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JUNE 2017

In the early 1970s, while living in Chesterfield County, I often came to hike and camp in the Nelson County area. One of my favorite spots was Crabtree Falls, when it was still pristine and didn’t have much foot traffic.   From the bottom of the falls, hiking to the summit was a rather “hand over fist” venture. There were...
John Thomas Comes to Emmanuel Episcopal In mid-July, Rev. John Thomas preached his final sermon for Christ Church, the colonial Northern Neck landmark that’s included in the historic parish he served. On August 4th, he’ll preach at Emmanuel Episcopal Church for the first time. In between, he’ll be moving to rural central Virginia and getting to know his new home. He’s...
When no one else is around, who are you?  In a world where curated online presence dominates our presentation of ourselves, we sometimes remain ignorant of our real inner landscape. But for more than 50 years, there’s been a well-thought-out and carefully tested tradition of identifying human types based on the coping style we’ve been employing since childhood. The...
Banners and handbills touted the upcoming Kutztown Fair of 1927 as four big days and nights of festivities, fireworks and fun. Pennsylvanians speak of that legendary agricultural exposition, founded in 1870, as “The Biggest Little Fair in the State.” Promoters know that the real drawing card for any such outdoor extravaganza is its midway amusements. Centermost in Kutztown’s promotions was...
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. Corbett Smithson’s photograph of star trails reflected in Beaver Creek Reservoir instantly elicits two responses: Wow! and…how? First, the Wow! “Star trail” images...
If you have an autistic friend or family member and want to know more about what it’s like to live with someone affected by this neurological disorder, two new books by Crozet authors have recently been published to help you. Runaway Words, written by Patricia Taylor and illustrated by Wendy Leach, and My Life With Lee: Adventures in Autism,...
During a recent conversation with a friend on the way to a trail race, we were philosophizing about why we race and do endurance sports. We came to the agreement that we race not because it’s fun, but because it’s hard. This is a mindset that comes easily to an experienced endurance athlete, but one that is likely more...
What a wonderful Fourth of July celebration we had in Crozet several Saturdays ago! Thanks to all the volunteers and donors that helped make this community party such a success. And what wonderful fireworks!  Also explosive is the Crozet real estate market in 2019. A strong second quarter has led to a total of 150 property sales in the first...
These days, everywhere you look you find so-called smart devices. In the vast majority of cases, that means these things have a connection to the internet. Most folks are familiar with smart phones, as well as the slightly newer smart home speakers such as Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple Homepod. Many more devices, though, are relying on the internet...
Eduardo Montes-Bradley, director of the planned film Crozet: Where Past Meets Future, has had conversations with key players such as Phil James, Rita Mae Brown, Jane O’Neil Graham, and David Wayland, and has filmed footage of the Pleasant Green house. But he has still not obtained the consensus he needs to proceed with the project. “This is a great...

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Crabtree Falls: A Virginia Landmark

In the early 1970s, while living in Chesterfield County, I often came to hike and camp in the Nelson County area. One of my...

Religion News: August 2019

John Thomas Comes to Emmanuel Episcopal In mid-July, Rev. John Thomas preached his final sermon for Christ Church, the colonial Northern Neck landmark that’s included...

True to Type: The Enneagram Identifies Basic Coping Strategies

When no one else is around, who are you?  In a world where curated online presence dominates our presentation of ourselves, we sometimes remain...

Secrets of the Blue Ridge: Bruce Greater Shows: An American Carnival

Banners and handbills touted the upcoming Kutztown Fair of 1927 as four big days and nights of festivities, fireworks and fun. Pennsylvanians speak of...

Crozet Calendar Clinic: Corbett Smithson

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...

Living with Autism: New Books by Local Authors

If you have an autistic friend or family member and want to know more about what it’s like to live with someone affected by...

Back to Fitness: Do the Hard Stuff

During a recent conversation with a friend on the way to a trail race, we were philosophizing about why we race and do endurance...