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JUNE 2017

Each month a prize-winning photograph from the archives of the Crozet Calendar will be published together with a story from the photographer of how the image was made and commentary by Sam Abell about the merits of the photograph. Compelling photographs are often the tightly composed section of a scene. The whole scene is too vast, or too vague, to...
In July 1853, a most unusual event transpired on the road between Mechums River Depot in Albemarle County, and Waynesboro, west of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Augusta. The citizenry along that route witnessed a theretofore unheard of feat, and, even more importantly, time-altering history in the making. The Richmond Daily Dispatch recorded it thusly: “The First Locomotive across the...
Brewing Tree Celebrates First Year The first weekend in June marks the first year of Mark and Gina Thompson’s Brewing Tree Beer Company. The Thompsons opened the craft brewery early last summer, but they’re veterans in the food and beverage business. Mark has been a brewer for more than two decades, and was a founder of Starr Hill Brewery in...
I haven’t had a drink of alcohol for 17 years. I don’t remember the exact date I stopped, and I don’t have a yearly sobriety coin. But 17 years ago, I determined that alcohol was a negative force in my life and I decided I needed to leave it behind. This was without a doubt one of the best...
Tabor Members Learn about Ramadan, Share Iftar Meal with Rumi Forum Chickpeas and rice were on the menu, along with beef and vegetables, lentil soup, blueberries, strawberries and cake. Served exactly at 8:10 on a May evening, the dinner was timed for sunset, and shared by Presbyterians from Crozet and Muslims from the Rumi Forum in Charlottesville. The dinner, prepared...
Board members, volunteers and friends gathered in May to celebrate Crozet’s Green Olive Tree as it turned 40. Congratulations and refreshments—including green olives and nonalcoholic champagne—were in order as speakers acknowledged the history and toasted the sometimes quirky serendipity of the wildly successful thrift store.  June Andrews sketched out the store’s beginnings. Mary Sherlin Willetts, formerly of Greenwood, had an...
Today when a death occurs the deceased is most likely to be buried in a church or public cemetery where the family has previously obtained plots. But in earlier times the people of the Blue Ridge Mountains wanted to be laid to rest on their own property and family graveyards were, and still are, commonly used.   From the Love...
By Kirsi Ide You’d never guess 10-year-old Hannah and Samuel Miller,  Crozet twins at Brownsville Elementary, were a force to be reckoned with.  They don’t brag,  but they recently won first place at  the Crescendo International Music Competition at Carnegie Hall. The twins first performed in a different international violin competition at Carnegie when they were eight years old. Hannah won...
The longest day of the year is magical, and mystical, and mythic, and gorgeous, and firefly-filled and astronomical.  Living in the country, away from light pollution and noise, we always know the phase of the moon and the length of the day. Since it doesn’t take much to make me want to throw a party, June 21 is the...
NCCO Performs Beethoven The sounds of Beethoven, Bizet and Bond came to the Rockfish Valley on May 19 courtesy of the Nelson County Community Orchestra. Thirty musicians were conducted by Michael Tyree, who has been with the volunteer orchestra for the past two years. The concert began with Beethoven Symphony Number 1 and featured student players performing Number 9. Bizet’s Carmen...

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Crozet Calendar Clinic: Bryan Parsons

Each month a prize-winning photograph from the archives of the Crozet Calendar will be published together with a story from the photographer of how...

Secrets of the Blue Ridge: Frederick Harris and the Steam Horse at Rockfish Gap

In July 1853, a most unusual event transpired on the road between Mechums River Depot in Albemarle County, and Waynesboro, west of the Blue...

Business Briefs: June 2019

Brewing Tree Celebrates First Year The first weekend in June marks the first year of Mark and Gina Thompson’s Brewing Tree Beer Company. The Thompsons...

Back to Fitness: Give It Up?

I haven’t had a drink of alcohol for 17 years. I don’t remember the exact date I stopped, and I don’t have a yearly...

Religion News: June 2019

Tabor Members Learn about Ramadan, Share Iftar Meal with Rumi Forum Chickpeas and rice were on the menu, along with beef and vegetables, lentil soup,...

Green Olive Tree Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Board members, volunteers and friends gathered in May to celebrate Crozet’s Green Olive Tree as it turned 40. Congratulations and refreshments—including green olives and...

Backroads: Early Mountain Graveyards and Burial Customs

Today when a death occurs the deceased is most likely to be buried in a church or public cemetery where the family has previously...