Local Breweries win Statewide Competition
Area breweries won awards in the 2019 Brewer’s Cup Virginia competition. Crozet’s Starr Hill won a second place in the German wheat beer category for “The Love.”
The Blue Mountain Companies, which include Blue Mountain Brewery, South Street Brewery and Blue Mountain Barrel House, received four medals. Blue Mountain Barrel House received a medal for each of the three beers entered (gold for Classic Lager in Historical Beer category, silver for Chocolate Coffee Dark Hollow in wood-aged beer category and bronze for Raspberries on Acid in Specialty Category), South Street Brewery received a gold for Soft-Serv Ice Cream Porter in the Specialty beer category.
Over in Waynesboro, Seven Arrows won a second place award for its Sour Grapes beer in the fruit beer category.
“Second Saturdays” Features Whimsy, Crafts and Bees
The high-summer version of “Second Saturdays” July 13 will feature handmade and vintage goods at a pop-up market partially benefitting the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program at Starr Hill Brewery. The market, sponsored by Craft CVille, will pop up at the brewery from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Stephen Dalton will display and sell his mixed-media jewelry at the Crozet Artisans Depot as the featured artist. He’ll also talk about “The Art of Whimsy” from 1 to 3 p.m.
At the Barn Swallow Gallery, Beekeeper Nichole Balenger of Thorny Bottom Bees will illustrate and explain her world of bees from 1 to 3 p.m.
A complete schedule and map can be found at www.downtowncrozetinitiative.com/crozet-second-saturdays.
Bama Works Award for Crozet Arts
Crozet Arts has been awarded a grant from the Bama Works Fund of the Dave Matthews Band to support the growth and development of its summer workshops. Summer workshops presented by the nonprofit include an assortment of weeklong workshops for children and teens: an interdisciplinary performance workshop; the “Twinkle Project”; arts samplers; art workshops for children, middle-school, and high-school students; stained glass workshops for grades 6 to adults, and a two-week ballet intensive for teens. Workshops are led by Crozet Arts faculty, made up of area artists.
Crozet Arts has received two previous grants from the Bama Works Fund to develop The Twinkle Project and its summer programs. For information about summer programs, go to www.crozetarts.org.
Thursday Farmers Market Open
Those who support local farmers at Crozet’s Saturday market and find their fresh produce runs out towards the end of the week now have a couple of additional choices.
On the field west of Greenwood Gourmet, a lively Thursday market has just begun and is still growing, with live music and a good selection of vendors peddling produce, kombucha, beef, eggs, mushrooms, flowers, tinctures and salves. Shoppers enjoyed the shade and stuck around for a while to listen to music and talk. The market is open every Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m.
The North Garden Farmers Market is hosted by Albemarle CiderWorks every Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. through October. Each third Thursday of the month there’s a larger “Community Night,” designed to be a gathering for people in North Garden and the surrounding area, with live music, a food truck, kids’ activities and a longer list of vendors. Regulars at the market are Mountain Dream Farm, App Yaks, Old Orchard Farm, Momo’s Bloody Mary Mix, and Eliza Evans Portraits and Flowers. You might also find Clovertop Creamery, Fairfield Farm, Abby Love Craft Company, Cutie Pies, Wineberry Farm, Backyard Batesville and Lala’s Garden. The market is still accepting vendors.
Crozet Trolley has extended its free rides up to “Orchard Jams” to every Friday in the summer, with pick-ups at Western Ridge, Downtown and Old Trail, and return trips from Chiles Peach Orchard when the music’s over. Find the details and timing, as well as the names of the weekly bands at crozettrolley.com. Soon you’ll see homemade Wild Blue Chocolate fresh from Michael Sever’s Crozet kitchen at the Mudhouse coffee shops, including the one at the square in Crozet.
The Cantina scheduled to open at the former Otto’s will probably not be open until August, according to landlord Benton Downer. The Waynesboro group opening the Cantina also runs Jalisco’s on Waynesboro’s Main Street.
Got a flat tire? University Tire offers free repair and remounting to the Crozet community as a public service.
Starr Hill Brewery will be an anchor tenant of the new Dairy Market on Preston Avenue near downtown Charlottesville, with an opening expected in 2020. The new location, at 4,200 square feet, will have room for live music and feature food provided by local restaurants, which will be part of the open concept of the market. Starr Hill will maintain its presence in Crozet with its taproom and main brewery here.
TONY (To Navigate You), the autonomous shuttle under development at Crozet’s Perrone Robotics, will begin taking passengers on some designated test routes July 9. The shuttle will board at Grit in Old Trail at 9 a.m. and give riders a glimpse of how the autonomous vehicle works. There will be an assistant aboard TONY at all times during the testing phase.
Fans of ax-throwing, lovers of wine, bingo, yoga, trivia and live music will find them all at Pro Re Nata as the popular local brewery expands its summer special events. Find updates on the Pro Re Nata Facebook page.