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March 3: Art Fest Fundraiser

The 5th annual ArtFest in the West will be held on Friday, March 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Western Albemarle High School cafeteria. “A Magical Medieval Fundraiser” will showcase the talented youth of Western Albemarle with orchestra and jazz band performances, student art showcase, silent auction, a juggling lesson, kids’ activities, food & drink for sale, and presentation of a scene from “Once Upon a Mattress”! Visit www.artsinwesterned.org for more information.

March 11: Crozet Artisan Depot Bird Walk

To accompany the March focus on bird-related artwork at the Crozet Artisan Depot, Park Ranger Mark Spears will lead a morning bird walk Saturday, March 11, at 8:30 a.m., leaving from the Depot. Refreshments at the Depot will follow the walk at about 10:30.

Spears will also present a talk and slide show, “The Birdscape: Birds Through the Eyes of a Park Ranger,” that will put birds in the context of their surroundings. “Working outside for many years gives you a new perspective on life in the wild,” Spears said. “You learn quickly that animals and plants are not just actors in the play of life, but an integral part of the stage as well.”

Spears called this new way of thinking about birds the “birdscape.” “Birds don’t just use the environment, they are the makers and shapers of it,” he said. “Once we view birds in this way, we can begin to understand and protect them.” His talk, which will include stories from his own experience, will begin about 11:30.

Later that afternoon, the Artisan Depot will present its regular Second Saturday Reception from 3 to 5 p.m., again providing light refreshments and the opportunity to meet some of the artists.

The Crozet Artisan Depot is at 5791 Three Notch’d Road in Crozet.

March 16, 23, 30: Piedmont Master Gardeners Lecture Series

Piedmont Master Gardeners, in cooperation with the Virginia Cooperative Extension, will host four lectures for home gardeners, starting in mid-March:

  • March 16 — Cathy Clary: Into the Shade
  • March 23 — Kathy Jentz: Small-Space Garden Design — Squeezing it All into Your Garden
  • March 30 — Erin Clark: Grow Your Own Three-Season Victory Garden with Smithsonian Gardens
  • April 13 — Kirk Brown: No Watering Required: Water-wise Garden Design

Lectures are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room A at the Albemarle County Office Building on 5th Street Extended in Charlottesville. Lectures are open to the public and cost $8 per lecture. For more details, reservations, and online payment, go to http://piedmontmastergardeners.org/events/ or pay at the VCE office or at the door.

March 26: NCCO Concert

The Nelson County Community Orchestra, under the direction of guest conductor Michael Tyree of Harrisonburg, will perform a concert Sunday, March 26, at 4 p.m. at the Rockfish Valley Community Center.

The performance will be a mix of classical music from Mozart, Bach and Holst and popular pieces: Stravinsky’s Firebird, 007 Themes, and Salute to the Big Apple. Also featured will be the McGaheysville United Methodist Church Chancel Choir with soloist Sydney Wilkins performing Handel’s “O Thou That Tellest” Messiah, and Battle Hymn of the Republic with the orchestra and featuring Nelson County String Education Program youth.

A reception will follow to greet the choir and guest conductor. Admission is free, donations accepted.

New players are always welcome to join NCCO—all instruments, ages and levels. Trombone & timpani players especially needed. Weekly rehearsals are Mondays at 7 p.m. at the Rockfish Presbyterian Church in Nellysford. For more information visit More info. at www.nelsoncco.org or contact: Ellen Neal 434-263-4745 or info@nelsoncco.org.

The RVCC is located at 190 Rockfish School Lane in Afton.

April 1: Starr Hill to Benefit Trails Crew

Throughout April, one dollar for every pint of beer sold in the Starr Hill Brewery Tap Room will be donated to the Crozet Trails Crew. Join the Crozet Trails Crew on April 1 at 2 p.m. for a special kickoff event at the Tap Room.

“‘Cheers for Charity’ is a great opportunity to bring awareness and support that is essential to these organizations that do so much for our community,” said Allie Hochman, Starr Hill Brewery’s Tap Room manager.

“We are privileged to be the recipient of Starr Hill’s ‘Cheers for Charity’ and excited to partner with them by offering events at the Brewery throughout the month,” said Crozet Trails Crew president Terri Miyamoto. “The money raised will help build a pedestrian bridge over Lickinghole Creek, place benches and other amenities throughout the trail system, and continue our efforts to maintain and expand the network of trails in and around Crozet for the benefit and enjoyment of all the community,”

Learn more about the work of the Crozet Trails Crew, get information about the Crozet trails system and compete for prizes playing a round of “Trails Trivia.”

The Starr Hill Brewery Tap Room is located at 5391 Three Notch’d Road in Crozet. Go to www.StarrHill.com/Tap-Room for hours, events and more information.

April 9: Four Kings 4K

Register now for the Four Kings 4K trail run, to be held at Starr Hill on Sunday, April 9, at 1:00 pm to benefit the Crozet Trails Crew http://starrhill.com/events/four-kings-4k. As the beneficiary of Starr Hill’s Cheers for Charity program, $1 of every pint sold throughout April will benefit the CTC.

March 16 – 18: WAHS Drama Presents “Once Upon a Mattress”

The Western Albemarle High School Theatre Ensemble will present the fun and family friendly musical “Once Upon a Mattress”  Thursday, March 16, through Saturday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m., plus a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.

Prince Dauntless must find a wife, but his mother, the Queen, tests and rejects every princess who applies. When Princess Winnifred arrives, she charms and inspires everyone around her with her unique, down-to-earth ways. The show, featuring a live orchestra, is directed by Caitlin Pitts with music direction by Joel Hartshorn and vocal direction by Amber Blakovich. The roughly 100-member cast and crew is led by Cutter Mendenhall, Lauren Rider, Indigo Witt, and Ryann Sheehy. All performances will be held in the WAHS auditorium, 5941 Rockfish Gap Turnpike. Tickets are $12 for adults in advance or $14 at the door, and $6 for students, children, and seniors in advance or $8 at the door.

May 6: Batesville Day 10K

The Batesville Ruritans will host the 42nd annual Batesville Day and 10K race Saturday, May 6.

The race will start at 8 a.m. with registration beginning at 7. The parade featuring the Henley Middle School Band and the Charlottesville Municipal Band will march at 11 a.m.

Field activities following the parade include music by the Central Virginia Blues Society. This year will also feature a tug-of-war rematch of the Crozet and North Garden Volunteer Fire Departments and the grand reopening of the Batesville Market.

For more information, visit batesvilleva.org.


  1. I am missing an event that should be listed: The free Crozet Community Orchestra concert on Sunday March 19 at 4:00 pm at Crozet Baptist Church, featuring Crozet resident flautist Elisabeth Brightbill.

    • Thanks, Ron. This ran in the February issue. I’m sorry space is limited.

      • Our website is currently being redesigned and soon we will have a system for submitting events onto a calendar.

        • Good afternoon. I am helping the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership with publicity for some upcoming events; one of these, the Living Legacy tree-planting project to honor those who died in the Civil War, is planned in Albemarle County for April 16. To whom and where should I send information about this event?

          Thank you!

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