Upcoming Community Events


February 7 Job Fair at the Lodge at Old Trail

The Lodge at Old Trail, a senior living community slated to open in May, will hold a job fair Feb. 7 to seek applicants for a variety of positions. The fair will be held in the Old Trail Golf Clubhouse from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. and again from 5 p.m to 7:30 p.m. Applicants will receive information and a brief interview. They are asked to bring a resumé and a photo ID.

The following part-time and full-time positions are open: Registered Nurses; Nurse Manager; Activity Assistants; Concierge; Cooks; Dining Service Director; Chef; Dining Room Manager; Environmental Services Director; Fitness Trainer; Food Servers; Administrative Assistant; Host/Hostess; Medication Aides; Housekeepers; Licensed Practical Nurses; Maintenance Technicians; Resident Services Director; Memory Care Program Manager; Sous Chef; Utility Staff; Van Driver.

February 9 Clann Mhor Talk at Gateway Theater

Members of Clann Mhor, a group of local independent scholars who are researching the history of the construction of the Blue Ridge Tunnel, will make a presentation of their findings so far Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Gateway Theatre, 329 W. Main Street, in downtown Waynesboro.  Learn about the Irish immigrants and slaves who constructed this 19th-Century engineering feat. Donations of $5 will be appreciated by the Waynesboro Heritage Foundation, which is hosting the talk.

February 10 Bill Staines Concert

Folk legend Bill Staines will return to North Branch School for a family-friendly concert Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Attendees are invited to join Staines for a pre-concert potluck supper at 6 p.m. Songs by Bill Staines have appeared on radio (Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage) TV (Deadwood), and movies (The Return of the Seacaucus 7.)  Staines’s music is a slice of Americana, reflecting with the same ease his feelings about the prairie people of the Midwest, the adventurers of the Yukon, the on-the-road truckers, or the everyday workers that make up this land. Tickets available in advance at Trailside Coffee and North Branch School.  Proceeds benefit North Branch School.  For more information call 540-456-8450.

February 11 LOVE Art Coming to Waynesboro

The Virginia Tourism Corporation’s oversized LOVE artwork will be located in downtown Waynesboro February 11 through February 15 at the corner of Main Street and Wayne Avenue. Area residents are invited to take family photos in front of the artwork. The artwork is 16 feet long and more than six feet tall and is part of the “Virginia is for Lovers” tourism campaign.

February 11 RVCC Sock Hop

Take off the winter chill and have some fun at the Rockfish Valley Community Center Winter Sock Hop Feb. 11 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. What did you dance to in the ’40s, ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s? DJ Ed will take requests. Dig out your poodle skirt or come as you are. Refreshments will include beer and wine from local establishments and an old-fashioned bake sale. Admission is $5 for RVCC members and $10 for non-members. Join RVCC that night and you and one guest get in for $5 each. Email song requests to Pat @ [email protected] Snow date is February 18. The Rockfish Valley Community Center is at 190 Rockfish School Lane in Afton.

February 11 Valentine Swing Dance WARS/CVFD Fundraiser

Valentine fundraiser for local emergency services in Western Albemarle on February 11 from 7 – 11 p.m. at the Field School (Old Crozet Elementary School) on Crozet Avenue in Crozet. This event is great for all ages.

Salute To Swing, the local 16 piece Big Band and four singers, will entertain the crowd with music from the 40′s and 50′s, as well as more modern favorites. The band will play from 8-11 pm. Clips can be found on salute2swing.com.

A free learn to swing dance lesson is offered to all who arrive between 7-8 pm. Join in when you arrive.

Crozet organizations and businesses will provide snacks and refreshments, wine and beer, and RAFFLES. Many services and products from local farms and merchants will be available for your 50 cent raffle ticket, as well as a special 50/50 raffle, where the winner takes home half of the ticket pot.

Admission is by donation at the door to Crozet Volunteer Fire Company or Western Albemarle Rescue Squad. Separate checks must be written to each agency. Suggested donation is $20 per person. School age dancers may attend free with their parents. This is a family event. Any questions, please call 434-996-6159.

February 15 Grammy-Winning Folk Musician Tim O’Brien at Field School

The Field School Distinguished Artist Series will feature renowned folk musician Tim O’Brien with local artists Uncle Henry’s Favorites at the Field School auditorium Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.

O’Brien is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who draws on a deep reservoir of traditional and his own tunes in his performances. He came to prominence as a member of the bluegrass group Hot Rize, recognized by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) as entertainers of the year for 1990. He is a bluegrass musician’s musician who has appeared with practically everyone in the industry, usually singing and playing the mandolin, fiddle, bazouki, banjo or guitar.

Charlottesville area’s finest traditional bluegrass band—Pete Vigour’s Uncle Henry’s Favorites—will appear with O’Brien. Uncle Henry’s Favorites recently won the Prairie Home Companion small town band contest.

Tickets are available at Green House Coffee in Crozet or through www.musictoday.com. Ticket prices are $25, and student tickets are $10.

The Field School is located at 1408 Crozet Avenue.

February 23 Phil James Soiree

Local historian Phil James will be the featured speaker at the Crozet Library Soiree Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at Crozet Elementary School. His column, “Secrets of the Blue Ridge: Stories from Western Albemarle,” is a popular feature of the Crozet Gazette, and James has come to be acknowledged as the historian of western Albemarle. Through his work collecting photographs and oral histories, James has preserved Crozet’s history and lore.

March 3 Pancake Breakfast to Benefit Piedmont Baptist Fire Fund

A pancake breakfast will be held March 3 from 8 a.m. until noon at the Piedmont Baptist Church Fellowship Hall to benefit the church’s Fire Fund. Piedmont Baptist Church is located at 596 Half Mile Branch Road in Yancey Mills.

The church will also host an open house Sunday, March 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. Piedmont Baptist will hold its Rededication and Appreciation Service Saturday, April 28, at 3 p.m. The St. James Baptist Church Choir, from Waynesboro, will perform, and dinner will be served in the fellowship hall. For more information, call 434-823-4194.


  1. The dinner dance at Field School auditorium with a swing band should be listed, including the fact it is a WARS fundraiser….

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