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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

The Virginia Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation to Host 3rd Chestnut Gala

By Bridget Chisholm, Gala Event Coordinator, Virginia TACF
Topping off a year of remarkable success, the Virginia Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) will host their Annual Chestnut Gala at Ayrshire Farm in Upperville, Virginia on October 6, 2012 beginning at 6 pm. This year alone, the chapter planted two new breeding orchards, initiated a reforestation study on the nearby Bull Run Mountains, started a fire-effects study in Shenandoah National Park, and pollinated ten wild, surviving chestnut trees to make hybrid seed for 2013. The chapter continues to breed locally adapted, blight-resistant Castanea dentata and works on bringing awareness to the community about the Castanea dentata’s plight.

The goal of the Annual Chestnut Gala is to raise $50,000 in order to continue and expand the chapter’s work in 2013. Ms. Sandy Lerner has once again donated the use of her Ayrshire Farm and staff. She also donated an Ayrshire Farm pig which will be skillfully pit-roasted by the farm’s chef. If you haven’t had this pork before you are in for an amazing treat! Guests will also enjoy the Chestnut Soufflé which was an incredible hit last year. Additionally, the Mason Branch Bluegrass Band composed of Dan Rilko, TJ Morgan, Mark Maggiolio, Troy Gooding, and Glen Cantrell will perform live traditional bluegrass music for guests to dance the night away under an almost full moon.

Tables for ten people can be purchased for the event and in exchange, the person(s) or organization will get recognition in the printed program and on the chapter’s new web site. The chapter has a goal to sell ten tables. Single tickets are also available for purchase. A percentage of all monies raised goes to TACF National Office so please consider supporting the event. If you are traveling from far away, the Virginia office is able to help out-of-town guests find lodging, so please consider a weekend in the Virginia Piedmont to attend the gala and support our work.

The evening events also include a silent and live auction. Donations for the auctions welcome. Items currently up for bit include: a handmade leaf necklace by Ms. Sandy Lerner; a VIP tailgate rail pass for the Gold Cup Races on May 4, 2013; a fly fishing package by Douglas Lees; a private tour of the Phillips Collection led by William Woodward, including lunch at the Cosmos Club; a guided spring gobbler turkey hunt; with many more to come. If you have something you would like to donate please contact Janet White at 540-364-4522 or 540-878-6616 or

Visit the Virginia Chapter’s new website at to learn more and purchase tickets for the gala at
If you are interested in a sponsorship contact Bridget Chisholm at 540-364-0065 or

h/t to Price Benowitz LLP

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