Nelson Supervisors to Consider Cigarette Tax
Nelson County supervisors are considering how to impose a cigarette tax. David Blount, legislative director of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, explained to supervisors at their August 10 meeting how a cigarette tax can be administered by a county or a regional board. Seven other localities have expressed an interest to working together to form the Blue Ridge Cigarette Tax Board, including Albemarle, Augusta, Fluvanna, Greene, Madison, and Orange Counties and the City of Charlottesville. Participation in a regional cigarette tax board must be approved by participating counties with a local ordinance. Nelson supervisors voted 4-1 to hold a public hearing on the matter September 14. In 2020 the General Assembly granted Virginia localities authority to create a cigarette tax to provide resources for a purpose identified by the County. The Blue Ridge Health Department has recommended that funds could support a smoking cessation program. A separate hearing would be set for establishing the tax rate.
Breakfast Returns to RVCC
Vaccinated volunteers are needed to kick off the return of the Community Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, September 4, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Rockfish Valley Community Center. If you are vaccinated and wear a mask indoors, you are welcome to enjoy delicious pancakes, eggs, grits, bacon, juice and coffee. Call 434-361-0100 for more details.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Wintergreen Resort has partnered with the Wayne Theatre for a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat stage version on September 9 through October 3. Thursday through Saturday evening shows are at 7:30 p.m. with additional Saturday and Sunday performances at 2 p.m. All performances are outdoors at Wintergreen Resort. This show is an award-winning family musical that has played on Broadway and on worldwide tours. This is a rain or shine event. Information on ticket sales is available online at www.waynetheatre.org/wayne-at- wintergreen.
Flea Markets return to RVCC
Flea Markets are returning to Rockfish Valley Community Center with a popular food truck and beverage sales. Free vendor space is planned for September 12 and 19 and again in October. Vendor tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The dates are rain or shine. More information is available from Lisa Davis, RVCC event coordinator, at [email protected]
Fabric Arts Displayed
Throughout the Fall the auditorium walls at RVCC will display fabric creations. September continues the “Ties That Bind” exhibit with braided wall hangings on hand carved, local artisan-made wooden rods. Amelia L. Williams is a medical writer, poet, and eco-artist living in Afton. Williams said the wall-hangings tell about a community protest of fracked-gas pipelines in Virginia. They were displayed at regional events to show the ways that many different affected communities were bound together by their goal of protecting fragile ecosystems.
A quilt exhibit will hang from October to December. If you’d like to display your quilted creation, contact organizer Cathy Kiehl organizer at [email protected] or (434) 996-3966. A reception is planned for early October when the exhibit opens.
Rockfish Ruritan Park Motor-Event
The Lovingston-Rockfish Ruritan Club will host a Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show at Rockfish Ruritan Park (74 Rockfish School Lane Afton) Saturday, September 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gates open at 9 a.m. with concessions, vendors, a bake sale, 50/50 raffle, door prizes and entertainment by DJ HIXX. The first 100 entries receive plaques and there will be trophies for 1939-Older, 1940-1959, 1960-1979, 1980-1999, 2000- newer and Best in Show. Entry fee is $20. All proceeds benefit college scholarships for Nelson High School seniors and the Nelson County Food Pantry. Contact Jennifer Fitzgerald with questions at 434- 987-0082.