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Historic Garden Week 2014, right around the corner

Glenbrook, Loudoun, by Missy Janes, Stone Barn Photography 

April 26 to May 3 marks the annual historic garden week in Virginia. Almost 200 private homes and gardens will be open for 31 separate tours across the state. Stroll through scenic gardens while you celebrate spring. For 81 years, the grounds of some of the Commonwealth’s most cherished historic landmarks have been restored or preserved using proceeds from the tour including Mount Vernon and Monticello.

Hickory House, Loudoun, by Missy Janes, Stone Barn Photography 

Notable locations in the Piedmont include:

Saturday, April 26

Old Town Alexandria

Clarke County and Winchester (also open Sunday)

Orange County: Gordonsville

Charlottesville: Morven

Sunday, April 27 and Monday, April 28

Albemarle: Charlottesville

Middleburg and Upperville

Tuesday, April 29

Fredericksburg: Caroline Street

Charlottesville: University of Virginia

Tickets may be purchased at any tour location throughout Virginia on the day of the event. Prices vary from $15 to $40 per tour. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit:

This year, the Albemarle Garden Club celebrates its 100th anniversary with several locations open for tours including Redlands, Esmont and Bellair Farm. Morven Estate , the gardens at Monticello and the University of Virginia’s Pavilion gardens will also be open for tours.

Read about Garden Week in old town Gordonsville in our new spring issue. Preview the article on our website:

The 23rd Fall Showing of Art at the Mill

The days are growing crisp and cooler, and the leaves are about to burst into rich shades of red and gold. The historic Burwell-Morgan Mill, an 18th-century grist mill in Millwood, VA,  is also bursting with color as artwork of every description fills all available space. The 23rd fall showing of Art at the Mill opens Saturday, October 6, 2012, and runs daily through Sunday October 21, 2012, at the Burwell-Morgan Mill in Millwood, Virginia. A Shenandoah Valley tradition, Art at the Mill has grown over the past 20 years into one of the region’s largest and most popular art events.

Offering visitors the unique opportunity to experience exceptional, affordable art in a historic setting, Art at the Mill continues to accumulate an enthusiastic, diverse following of artists and art lovers. Over 300 artists submitted works for consideration by the jury, and close to 1,000 works of original art were selected to be displayed and sold. Visitors to this fall’s show will find exquisite sculpture, colorful oils, delicate watercolors, fine woodworking, and
exceptional pottery of all sizes, shapes and styles.

Purchases made at Art at the Mill also go a long way toward supporting artists and their
work in our community. Artists keep 70% of their sales; the Clarke County Historical
Association — the event sponsor — receives 30% to support the ongoing operation of the Mill
and CCHA’s museum in Berryville, as well as to fund the Sarah P. Trumbower Memorial
Scholarship and the Arts grant.

“This is my first Art at the Mill and I can’t believe how amazing the mill looks with all of
the art in place. This is a one-of-a-kind experience that you won’t find anywhere else.” CCHA
Director Laura Christiansen said of this fall’s show. Christiansen went on to encourage everyone,
longtime patrons and first time visitors, to come out and see the show. “I think it would be very
hard for anyone to go away without being impressed and inspired.” she added.

For more information and a full list of the show’s artists, please visit the CCHA website
at and click on Art at the Mill. E-mail or call
540.955.2600 with questions or comments.

What: Art at the Mill
When: October 6 – 21, 2012. Saturdays: 10-6; Sundays – Fridays: 12-5
Where: 15 Tannery Lane, Burwell-Morgan Mill, Millwood, VA
Admission: $5 admission for adults, $3 for seniors, students free
Contact: Laura Christiansen, CCHA Director


h/t Price Benowitz LLP

Conferences, Summer Camps & Gods and Generals

Our friends at The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership (JTHG) have some pretty amazing events and projects going on this year.  From Gettysburg to Monticello, the JTHG is full of local culture, wineries, old towns, breath taking views and the amazing rich history of this region.

The first event that is quickly approaching would be the JTHG Partnership Annual Conference on May 24-25 at George Mason University in Manassas, VA.  JTHG along with A&E Television Network invite you to this annual conference featuring History Channel Chief Historian and Senior Vice President, Libby H. O’Connell as the keynote speaker.  The conference is open to the public however you must register to attend ($30-$100 for registration).  There will be networking events, battlefield tours, and workshops covering genealogy and tourism; mobile technology and visitors; African American heritage and the Underground Railroad; engaging youth in our shared national heritage; and the latest news on the commemorations for the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War and Emancipation.  Seating is limited so please register soon!

JTHG also offers a wonderful Extreme Journey Summer Camp every Summer.  However this year, for the very first time, middle-school-aged students from around the globe can also experience Extreme Journey Summer Camp!  The JTHG Partnership is also teaming up with Woodberry Forest School this year to host a two-week overnight camp that builds on the enormous popularity of the normal Extreme Journey Day Camp.  Both of the day and overnight camps take 6th through 8th grade boys and girls on historic adventures through Presidential homes, internationally known heritage sites, and through some of our nation’s most significant national parks.  They will hike, bike, canoe and spend time with National Park Service Rangers, expert historians, archaeologists, and educators to unlock stories and lessons of leadership found in the region.  For more info and registration, click here.

HISTORY (channel) recently announced its financial support of $100,000 to the JTHG Partnership’s award-winning Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student service-learning program.  This donation will be used over the next three years to bring this groundbreaking, multimedia educational program to students and schools in order to interpret life and events during the American Civil War and from battlefields within the JTHG National Heritage Area.  The donation will allow JTHG to work closely with 12 National Park partners and nearby grade schools with in the JTHG National Heritage Area, and will teach young people about the impact of the Civil War.

The JTHG Partnership, Warner Brothers Entertainment, and Producer/Director Ron Maxwell invite you to see the new Extended Director’s Cut of Gods & Generals at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Va.  The actors will discuss the making of the film and the importance of our nation’s heritage.  Several of the actors/actresses will attend this event as well!  Come out and enjoy the premiere on Friday, July 22 at 3pm.  Tickets are $61 and benefit the education programs of the JTHG.  Group rates are available.  Click here for more information and to order tickets.

As you can see, there are so many fantastic things going on with The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership and we’re so excited to be a part of it.  We hope that you and your family will take the time to enjoy one or all of these amazing events or programs coming up.  Please visit the JTHG website for many more event listings such as The Heart & Soul of the Journey Annual Gala on June 18th; Kids to Parks Days; the Dinner at Palladio Restuarant with Gods and Generals director Ron Maxwell, or read about the six JTHG Certified Tourism Ambassadors that have reached the finals for the annual Star Award!  Visit to stay up to date with all of the amazing events happening for this organization.

The Fields ‘R Humming

Yes, it’s true and just in time for Mother’s Day, local strawberries are in abundance. The Virginia crop looks plentiful after our rough winter season which provided a lovely ground cover blanket of protection.

Head over to Virginia Grown to find a location that’s convenient for farm market pick up or a field that’s ready for your hands to gently pick the biggest, reddest, tastiest beauties. Always a good idea to check with the location, many have pre-recorded announcements, to ascertain the daily crop potential.

Then visit a chocolatier and do some serious pairing: Chocolates and Strawberries.


Wine, Chocolate & Diamonds, hmmm need I say more?

Not really sure if I should tell you the details, but that would not be fair would it? Veramar Vineyard will be hosting Chocolate Fountain and Diamond Ring Giveaway February 13 & 14. Bring your valentine out to Veramar and enjoy this annual treat of a decadent chocolate fountain, and a chance to win a Diamond Ring. You can taste Vermar's wine and savor chocolate, together with your loved one. There will be live romantic music. This event is only $15 per person includes chocolate fondue & wine tasting, and don't forget the chance for the diamond ring.

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