Upcoming Events


The Gazette’s Upcoming Community Events listing is intended for free, not-for-profit or fundraiser events that are open to and serve the broader community. Events are included at the editor’s discretion. Priority is given to special and unique events. Space is very limited. Submit event press releases for consideration to news@crozetgazette.com.

September 7: Crozet Orchestra Season Begins

The Crozet Community Orchestra 2016-2017 Season re-opens on September 7. The orchestra has openings for string musicians, bassoon and brass players. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. at Tabor Presbyterian Church (note: the Sept 7 rehearsal will be held in Gillum Hall at Crozet Baptist Church). Registration will remain open until September 30. For more information and sign-up forms, visit the CCO’s website: crozetcommunityorchestra.org.

The CCO’s next concert is Sunday, Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. at Crozet Baptist Church.

CCO Director of Music Philip Clark will offer weekly group classes for beginning string students beginning Sept. 12, at 6:45 pm at the Batesville Market at 6624 Plank Road in Batesville. Beginners or novices ages 14 and up interested in learning to play violin (fiddle), viola, cello, upright bass are welcome. Walk-ins are welcome. Help is available for arranging instrument rental or repair.

Contact Clark at pclarkmusic@gmail.com or call 434-979-3343 for more information. To register online visit: crozetcommunityorchestra.org/string-class-registration/

September 10: Second Saturday Art Receptions

Crozet’s Second Saturday event art receptions run from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, September 10.

Art on the Trax will present “Letter by Letter: Letterpress Prints from St. Brigid Press” by Emily Hancock during the month of September.

Across the street, Crozet Artisan Depot will present “The Art Of Chocolate” with Jennifer Mowad of Cocoa & Spice, with free chocolate samples.

All events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

September 10: Chiles Pancake 5k

Join us on Saturday September 10 at 8 a.m. at Chiles Peach Orchard for the 3rd annual Pancake 5K. All proceeds benefit the Western Albemarle Rescue Squad.

The course runs along the scenic and flat Jarmans Gap Road with beautiful views of the orchard and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.

Included in your entry is an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at the finish.Register online at raceit.com.

September 14: Crozet Jam Session

The Crozet Jam Sessions will move from their first home in the depot to Starr Hill Brewery on Three Notched Road beginning Sept 14. The move to a larger venue comes because the jams had grown in popularity. Jam sessions after that will be on the second Thursday of the month, with upcoming dates on October 13, November 10 and December 8.

Sessions start at 7 p.m. and last until 9. Everyone is welcome regardless of whether they wish to play an instrument or sing or just enjoy the music. The session on September 14 will feature the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival and John Denver. These are amplified acoustic sessions but electric basses and drums are welcome. Anyone needing to hook up to the sound system needs to arrive by 6:15 p.m.

For more information, write Jim Pyles at jcpyles44@gmail.com or call him at 434-812-2124.

September 15: Chimney Project Silent Auction

The Albemarle Blue Ridge Heritage Project will host a fundraiser at The Lodge at Old Trail’s Third Thursday event on Sept 15. To honor those displaced from their homes by the creation of Shenandoah National Park ABRHP is trying to raise $25,000 to complete Phases I and II of their memorial that has now begun construction at Patricia Ann Byrom Forest Preserve Park.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the event kicks off with mountain music by Kim and Jimbo Cary and light refreshments. More than 40 items for a silent auction will be on display at that time, and after a brief presentation with stories about the mountain people and an explanation of the memorial, bidding will last until 6:55 when the winners will be announced.

Valuable gift certificates, expertly hand-crafted items and artwork, antiques and more have been donated by local businesses and individuals.

September 17: Pace Chase 5k in Western Ridge 

The first annual Pace Chase 5K will be held Saturday Sept. 17 on a route through the Western Ridge and Foothills Crossing neighborhoods. The race will begin at 8 a.m. at the Western Ridge Clubhouse and return there for the finish. The event is a fundraiser for CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children. Team Lost in Pace is a 12-member group, many of whom live in Western Ridge, who will be running a 200-mile relay race from Louisville to Lexington, Kentucky Oct. 14-15 to benefit CASA.

Entry for adults and children age 13 and up is $20; kids 12 and under, $10. The top two male and female finishers will receive a prize. Team Lost in Pace will host a pancake breakfast at the clubhouse after the race for $5 per plate. Deadline for entry is 7 a.m. Sept. 17.

For more information, call Heidi Brown at 434-465-0285, or write her at heidihbb@comcast.net.

September 18: Boys and Girls Club Cycling Challenge

The 2016 Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Virginia Cycling Challenge will be held Sept. 18, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Old Trail Swim Club at 380 Claremont Lane in Crozet, where the ride finishes as well.

The Challenge Ride has four fully supported, scenic routes available with mile options of 25, 50, 75, and 100. Aid stations are stocked with food, drinks, and energy items as well as volunteers. Routes are clearly marked and directed with course marshals along the way.

The eight-mile Family Fun Ride is ideal for families and children who like to enjoy a special day together. It begins at 10 a.m. and covers a local, well-marked course to a fun rest stop where riders will enjoy drinks and snacks before biking back to Old Trail. The family route is flat, controlled carefully by local authorities and welcoming to people of all ages and abilities.

At the finish line find cheering fans and enjoy live music, catered food, awards for teams and individuals, local beer and wine, a swimming pool, professional pictures, and more.

For more information and to register, visit www.bgcchallenge.org.

October 14-16: Martha’s Market

The Women’s Committee of the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation, along with Wells Fargo, will host the 23rd annual Martha’s Market at John Paul Jones Arena from October 14-16, with a special Preview Party on Thursday, October 13.  Eighty unique boutiques from across the country transform the arena into a marketplace with something for everyone.  For the first time, local vendors will be among the boutiques at the Market.

The price of admission is $10 per person and allows unlimited entry throughout the weekend at the following times:  Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 pm; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  John Paul Jones Arena is located at 295 Massie Road in Charlottesville.

The Women’s Committee has raised over $5 million in support of breast health, advanced technology, women’s midlife health, palliative care, the Cancer Resource Center and outreach to underserved populations.

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