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Joshua Farnsworth has made a name for himself on YouTube as a teacher of traditional woodworking using hand tools. So skilled are his explanations and demonstrations that he is known among the living masters of hand woodworking. And they are the faculty of his new school for the tradition, the Wood and Shop Traditional Woodworking School, which begins this...
On one of the nastiest race days in the 122-year history of the Boston Marathon, several Crozet runners fought the wind, rain and cold 26.2 miles to the finish. Representing the Crozet area were: Joan Bienvenue, Wendy Eicholtz, Kristen Hardy, Jaime Kurtz, and Allie Pesch. Also finishing was Holly Grimm, who now lives in Suamico, Wisconsin, but who trained in...
Maybe once a year, I attempt a “Jarmans PR”.  For those who haven’t explored it, “Jarmans” is the gravel portion of Jarmans Gap Road here in Crozet that starts right near Chiles Peach Orchard and climbs relentlessly up the gap between Bucks Elbow Mountain and Calf Mountain, 1600 feet of elevation gain over 2.9 grueling miles.   This was once...
Coldest Spring in Your Lifetime January was brutally cold but February was insanely warm.  Then cold dominated almost all of March and April.  Lately, “normal weather” means nothing around here. Of course, Heidi frequently says that “The weather is always crazy.  Keeps us employed.” So, as the highly paid meteorological writers for the Crozet Gazette, we decided to dig into the record...
They were shouting hallelujah in July 1865 when John Napoleon James showed back up on the doorstep of his father-in-law Hiram Via’s log home alongside Moorman’s River in Sugar Hollow. After four ugly years of an un-civil war, plus another three months of sidestepping the death angel ranging through the Union Army’s prisoner of war camp at Point Lookout,...
Crozet Home Sales Continue to Surge At the end of the first quarter of 2017 real estate participants were scratching their heads wondering “what just happened?” The period was the strongest first quarter ever in Crozet real estate history. With nice weather early, new home builders and current homeowners alike were experiencing high traffic and quick contracts. The traditionally strong...
Clean water, open land, ancient rocks, teeming wildlife and even strong spring winds are part of what makes Nelson County special, said Betsy Agelasto at the 10th Annual Rockfish Valley Foundation Kite Festival in early April. Right on schedule, the wind came up for the popular event, as the crowd made kites, competed in parachute races and sampled the offerings...
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. ‘A calendar picture’ is the phrase used to describe a photograph of near universal appeal. But sometimes the phrase is heard...
Tea Party Offers Refreshment, Comfort to Mountainside Elders For the past 18 years, a group of volunteers from Emmanuel Episcopal Church have visited the residents of Mountainside Senior Living in Crozet twice a month. Tuesday afternoon is the time for these long-running gatherings, first organized by Gren and Jeri King, who also continue as regular volunteers. Church members meet in...
Green Is a Color, Too… and Flowers Aren’t Everything Can you guess the identity of the unusual flower shown in the accompanying photograph?  Hint: you have to be looking closely even to see it. Spring in Virginia brings many more conspicuous show-stoppers to the fore. We all enjoy the dogwoods, azaleas, and daffodils that vie for our attention. But what about some...

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Learn How to Make Fine Furniture With Hand Tools

Joshua Farnsworth has made a name for himself on YouTube as a teacher of traditional woodworking using hand tools. So skilled are his explanations...

Crozet Runners Do Boston

On one of the nastiest race days in the 122-year history of the Boston Marathon, several Crozet runners fought the wind, rain and cold...

Back to Fitness: Managing Expectations and Finding the Can’t

Maybe once a year, I attempt a “Jarmans PR”.  For those who haven’t explored it, “Jarmans” is the gravel portion of Jarmans Gap Road...

Crozet Weather Almanac: May 2018

Coldest Spring in Your Lifetime January was brutally cold but February was insanely warm.  Then cold dominated almost all of March and April.  Lately, “normal weather”...

Secrets of the Blue Ridge: Uncle Lem: The Legacy of a Mountain Man

They were shouting hallelujah in July 1865 when John Napoleon James showed back up on the doorstep of his father-in-law Hiram Via’s log home...

Western Albemarle 2018 First Quarter Real Estate Report

Crozet Home Sales Continue to Surge At the end of the first quarter of 2017 real estate participants were scratching their heads wondering “what just...

Groups Collaborate to Protect Threatened Resources

Clean water, open land, ancient rocks, teeming wildlife and even strong spring winds are part of what makes Nelson County special, said Betsy Agelasto...