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Virginia Cheese
Stony Man, Grayson and Derby
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Camille Was No Lady
45 years ago, this hurricane wreaked havoc in Nelson County
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Great Piedmont Hikes
Five of my favorite place to spend summer days
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Landscapes of Summer
Donna Clark, David Williams and Trisha Adams
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The Decline of the Monarch
Pam Owen explores the complex life of the iconic monarch butterfly and the reasons for its 15-year population decline.
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Rivers Define Us
Letter from Amissville
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Upcoming Events


Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Preparatory Trials at Great Meadow
Jul. 26, 2014 through Jul. 27, 2014

David O’Connor, Chef d’Equipe of the US Equestrian Team eventing squad has named Great Meadow as the site of the preparatory trials for the upcoming Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in advance of the international competition held in Normandy, France, August 23 – September 7.  The list of competitors will include the nation’s finest horses and riders in the eventing discipline. All are invited to attend and suport the event.  The team needs plenty of faces in the crowd to replicate the atmosphere they will face in Normandy.  Please come to cheer the team on to victory in France and celebrate the opening of Great Meadow’s brand new event park opening next year. Dressage on Saturday morning, Stadium Saturday night (gates open at 6:30 PM) and Cross Country Sunday morning. Saturday night will end with dancing for everyone in the pavilion and continue until late.  Choose from General admission, Ringside boxes, tailgates, covered entertainment deck and tables in a tented VIP reception dinner. 5089 Old Tavern Road, The Plains. 540-253-5000.

Prince William

Jazz in the Garden
Aug. 02, 2014
@ 7 - 10 p.m.

Be our guest at an old fashioned lawn party. Enjoy the view stunning river views at Rippon Lodge while listening to the biggest hits of the jazz age. Hors d’oeuvres, wine and house tours included. This is an outdoor program and may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather. Reservations strongly recommended. Proceeds benefit the restoration projects at Rippon Lodge. Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15500 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge, 703-499-9812.,


Peach Ice Cream Days at Chiles Peach Orchard
Aug. 03, 2014 through Aug. 04, 2014
@ 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fresh, homemade peach ice cream available this weekend only! Made by the Crozet Lions Club, this event is a fundraiser for their community service activities.  Enjoy this special treat after picking your own peaches (or choosing from our fresh-picked selections). Peaches, nectarines, and local produce available. Our bakery and farm market are open every day. Call or visit the website for more information. Come early, this event can sell out! Chiles Peach Orchard, 1351 Greenwood Road, Crozet. 434-823-1583.


Civil War Trail and Gilmore Cabin Tour
Aug. 16, 2014
@ 2 p.m.

Walk in the footsteps of McGowan's Brigade on Montpelier's Civil War Trail, which begins at a reconstructed portion of a Confederate encampment and concludes at the restored farm of George Gilmore, a Montpelier-born slave who was freed after Emancipation.  Begins at the parking lot across Route 20 from the Montpelier Station Train depot. James Madison's Montpelier, 11199 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station. 540-672-2728.


9th Annual Blue Ridge Mountain Music Fest
Aug. 16, 2014
@ 12-7 p.m.

The Virginia Piedmont is known for its beauty, its history, its crystal clear streams and hardwood forests, but it is also the home of a rich musical tradition. Drawing on a Scots-Irish heritage, the Blue Ridge settlers created what we now call old time, bluegrass and Americana music. This year the Fest features the return of always entertaining Nothin’ Fancy and the talented young mandolin player Sierra Hull and her group, the Virginia Ramblers, and Kim and Jimbo Cary & Pete and Ellen Vigour. The Carys and the Vigours will be leading jamming sessions throughout the day. Food will be available for purchase. The Dunlop Pavilion, 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen. Nelson (434) 325-8292
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