Business Briefs: March 2020

Works by Lesli Devito remain at Creative Framing and The Art Box through March.

Bees, pots, whimsy and live performances bring joy to “Second Saturdays”

Crozet Artisan Depot presents a show and sale of pottery by Stephen Palmer of Stephen Palmer Ceramics throughout March. A “Meet the Artist” reception will be held as part Crozet’s “Second Saturday” art celebration March 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the train depot, 5791 Three Notch’d Road. For his show, Palmer, a Charlottesville potter, will bring bowls, jars, plates, teapots, and other functional items designed with whimsy to bring joy to the user. Many of his pieces are a combination of wheel throwing and hand building, using an underglaze transfer process to add patterns. “As I grow older, it’s the things from childhood that bring me joy and influence my work,” Palmer said. “A toy rocket ship that could take me to the moon, a plastic dinosaur that carries the soldier into battle, and robots, lots of robots. The mechanical aspect of my pieces is influenced by Jules Verne and his many fantastic adventures.” 

Local honey will be sampled at the Artisan’s Depot “Second Saturdays.”

Also at the Depot March 14, Crozet beekeepers Ian Henry and Buzz Barnett will share the experiences and lessons learned with their honeybees over the years in a lighthearted talk slated for 11 a.m. Those curious about the importance of bees, or who are thinking about beekeeping, or who may be in the midst of a bee-related crisis will be enlightened about the peaks and valleys of beekeeping. For those who simply love honey, there will be samples from local bees.  

Henry has been involved with bees all his life and is active in a number of beekeeping guilds. He rescues bees, collects swarms, and mentors other beekeepers. Barnett is relatively new to beekeeping, but has had the experience of being stung many times. Though he received his nickname as an infant, he didn’t realize his connection to bees until seven years ago when he founded Jarmans Gap Apiary. “Buzz’s Best Honey” is produced just outside Crozet. 

One-of-a-kind cups by Stephen Palmer.

Crozet Artisan Depot is a hub for the artist community of central Virginia, representing more than 80 regional artisans. For more information: or

Other Second Saturday events are at the Barn Swallow Artisan Gallery. Acting as a satellite gallery of a major national clay conference in Richmond, the gallery presents a show and artist’s reception, “Memory of Clay: Works by Janice Arone and Ann Burk.” The show will be at the Barn Swallow until March 28, with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. March 14.

Artist Lesli Devito and her collection of colorful animal paintings can be found at Creative Framing and the Art Box at 5784 Three Notch’d Road, a continuing exhibit that’s part of the “Art on the Trax” series and can be viewed from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At the Hamner Theater at Crozet Arts, a number of short plays will be presented from 2 to 4 p.m., plays based on the theater’s work with the Newtown community regarding the Greenwood chemical plant explosion. Like the first Community Conversation event held in August, the short plays are intended to be conversation starters, and the audience is invited to help tell the stories of our community.  

At Over the Moon Bookstore & Gallery in Piedmont Place, the continuing exhibit, “Inviting Intuition,” a collection of paintings by Marca-Maria Boggiano, continues through the month and will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Paintings and stained glass by Jerry O’Dell are on display through April at Tabor Presbyterian Church. Meet the artist March 14 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Hamner Theater presents a number of short plays at Crozet Arts.

All events are free, although donations to the Hamner Theater will be gratefully accepted. More information, a detailed printable flyer, and map are available at:

The Nelson County Community Fund awards local grants

Rural medical care, medication assistance, and college preparation led the list of services supported by the winter round grants from the Nelson County Community Fund. The Blue Ridge Medical Center’s Rural Health Outreach Program received a grant to continue its preventive health primary care services, medication assistance and health education to low-income, uninsured people in Nelson County.

Project Discovery, a college preparation and scholarship program for Nelson County High School students, also received a grant. The program is administered through the Monticello Area Community Action Agency. In addition, MACAA received a grant to support its emergency services rural outreach program.

NCCF grants were also made to Nelson Kid Care to support provision of supplemental weekend meals to qualifying public school students; The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen to support environmental education for students and a “teacher wish list” of supplies; and Piedmont Habitat for Humanity to support minor exterior repairs for homeowner-occupied residences in Nelson County.

Biz Bits

In early February, Kelley Tripp and Justin Van der Linde, owners of The Rooftop and Smoked, announced on Facebook that The Rooftop was closing and will become an event space, taking bookings starting this month. According to the post, this will accompany the “hotel concept” planned by Piedmont Place owners Andrew and Isabelle Baldwin for six apartments in the Piedmont Place complex. Smoked will continue with its regular hours. There are signs of progress at the former Rocket Coffee site, soon to be Sabor Latino, specializing in Latino carry-out items such as tacos and tortas. 

Greenwood Gardens has closed for a couple of weeks and will re-open March 12, with a grand reopening Saturday, March 14. On Wednesday, March 11, Pro Re Nata presents “Books and Brews” in its new tasting room, featuring Dr. Gregory Smithers, author of Native Southerners, a narrative of American Indian history in the Southeast from the time before European colonialists to the Trail of Tears and beyond.

Those who register for full membership at Crozet Park Aquatic and Fitness Center, now managed by ACAC, before its opening in April will have privileges at all five ACAC clubs, including the Crozet club in Old Trail. And Crozet ACAC members are eligible for month-to-month membership at Crozet Park this summer, with no initial fee. 


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