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JUNE 2017

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...
In the time-honored tradition of municipal bands performing outside in park band shells, the Charlottesville Municipal Band kicked off its summer season with a Music Under the Stars concert at Claudius Crozet Park on June 4. The enormous audience nearly filled the field opposite the Dauset Pavilion where the band was set up, and the perfect spring weather, food...
A new bridge on the Crozet Connector Trail was dedicated  May 26 to the winners of the Crozet Trails Crew 5K Trail Race & Fun Run held Oct. 6, 2018.  CTC President Terri Miyamoto presented the honor to Nicola Ratcliffe, the fastest female finisher with a time of 24:30.9, and Anthony Lucas Wind, the fastest male finisher with a time...
Joy and laughter suffused the V. Earl Dickinson auditorium at PVCC on May 11 as a cast of 75 gifted ballerinas of all ages filled the stage with dancing ducklings, swans, vultures, foxes, rabbits, tortoises, river fish and more in the Albemarle Ballet Theatre’s (ABT) 15th Annual Spring Gala performance of “The Ugly Duckling.” Adorable, innocent baby ducklings waddled...
Red foxes are adapting to Crozet’s changing contours, quietly living among us in neighborhoods from Old Trail to the Highlands and beyond. The striking, self-possessed creature, with its rusty red-gold fur, black paws, prominent ears, and bushy white-tipped tail, is a compelling sight for most residents—except, of course, for keepers of small livestock. It’s tough to guard a henhouse...
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...
Earl Swift lived on the water for more than 20 years, sometimes traveling to the mountains in search of stories for the Virginian-Pilot, but mostly observing and writing about life in Tidewater.  He’s been here now for several years, living near Afton and commuting to his office in Charlottesville, where he’s a fellow of Virginia Humanities at U.Va. As a...

In This Section

Little Free Library Movement Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Need a book to read? Just drive around Crozet and help yourself from one of several Little Free Libraries that have popped up locally...

Business Briefs: May 2019

New Businesses to fill Crozet Vacancies Mountain Lumber, formerly located in Greene County, has opened its Crozet office in the former location of SWAY. Sharon...

Just Too Much Stuff: War on Clutter Affects Local Businesses

Tammy Smith travels between clients in the Valley and those in Crozet and Charlottesville. She’s the owner of Tammy’s Cleaning and has had an...

Virginia Air to Offer Wireless Internet in Western Albemarle

Valley-based Virginia Air Networks will begin offering wireless internet service targeted at Crozet’s rural area residents who have difficulty getting service. “We’re offering it for...

Carly Witt Celebrates Small Town America in Song

Crozet musician Carly Witt is tall and slender, with a wide smile, deep dimples, and a gentle demeanor. But her singing voice is a...

Locally Made Billy & Blaze Film Coming This Fall

“Throw your heart over the fence and the horse will follow”—a line from one of C.W. Anderson’s forty horse books for children—perfectly captures the...

Pleasant Green Builder Proposes Alternative Stream Crossing

The builder of the planned Pleasant Green development near downtown Crozet is proposing to relocate the neighborhood’s entrance/exit road connector in an effort to...