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Central Virginia September 2007 Events
Through Sept. 3                                                              Gladstone
JAMES RIVER LABOR DAY WEEKEND. Meet and greet the interpreter over s’mores at the campfire,
take a wagon ride in search of owls and don’t forget to help feed the resident critters at the nature center.
Visit “Treasure Island” in a canoe, kayak or tube to discover the life of the James River. The James River
State Park’s canoe livery rents canoes, kayaks, tubes and bicycles, and offers shuttle services. (434)
933-4355, (800) 933-PARK. E-mail: jamesriver@dcr.virginia.gov. Web site:
www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/jam.shtml.

Through Sept. 3                                                            Wintergreen
LABOR DAY SPECTACULAR AT WINTERGREEN RESORT. Wintergreen’s mountaintop celebration
includes an arts and crafts show, chairlift rides, live music and much more. Bring the entire family for the
weekend. (800) 266-2444, (434) 325-2200. E-mail: info@wintergreenresort.com. Web site:
www.wintergreenresort.com.

Through Oct. 31                                                            Richmond
PLANTS OF THE POWHATANS 2007. Explore the plants of the Powhatan Indians at Lewis Ginter
Botanical Garden. The English settlers were intrigued to learn of many unfamiliar plants, and Garden
visitors can also learn more about how these plants of the “New World” were important to Native
American culture. In the Children’s Garden, visitors can see a structure suggestive of a Powhatan
longhouse surrounded by squash, corn, beans and other useful plants. $. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (804) 262-9887.
E-mail: events@lewisginter.org. Web site: www.lewisginter.org.

Through Oct. 31                                                              Richmond
RED, WHITE AND BLUE GARDEN 2007. The Children’s Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will
feature a special planting of red, white and blue flowers in celebration of the Jamestown 2007
Anniversary. This “anniversary garden” is part of an effort by the Virginia Cooperative Extension to help
mark America’s 400th Anniversary with a signature garden planting. $. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (804) 262-9887.
Web site: www.lewisginter.org.

Sept. 1                                                                   Afton
HARVEST OPEN HOUSE AT AFTON MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS & WINERY. Bring your own picnic or try
our gourmet picnic fare available for purchase while enjoying live music noon to 6 p.m. in beautiful Nelson
County. Grapes used in winemaking will be available for tasting. Scheduled tours will be offered. $,
includes souvenir wine glass. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (540) 456-8667, (800) 282-8223. E-mail:
finewines@aftonmountainwinery. Web site: www.aftonmountainvineyards.com.

Sept. 1                                                                   Altavista
“FIRST SATURDAYS” IN ALTAVISTA. Find that one-of-a-kind item you didn’t even know you needed,
from clothing and tools to antiques and livestock. Trade Lot. (434) 944-5530, (434) 369-6665, (434) 369-
5001.

Sept. 1                                                                   Appomattox
TWILIGHT CANOE TOUR AND OWL CALL. Discover Holliday Lake State Park and her wild residents
after the sun goes down. We paddle along the lake’s shores until it’s dark enough for the “Warriors of the
Night”—the owls—to come out to hunt. Then we call to lure them to fly over our group. Advance
registration is required. 7:30-10:30 p.m. (434) 248-6308, (800) 933-7275. E-mail:
hollidaylake@dcr.virginia.gov. www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/hol.shtml.

Sept. 1                                                                    Gladstone
BLUEGRASS UNDER THE STARS. Come hear great music in a beautiful setting overlooking the James
River. The James River State Park is the perfect venue for traditional bluegrass. “In the Tradition” will host
a guest band. $, free/kids under 12. 7-10 p.m. (434) 933-4355, (800) 933-PARK. E-mail:
jamesriver@dcr.virginia.gov. Web site: www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/jam.shtml.

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Sept. 1                                                                        Glen Allen
HARVEST WINE FESTIVAL AT JAMES RIVER CELLARS WINERY. Three other guest wineries help
celebrate the fall harvest. Listen to live music, visit with craft vendors and taste some wine. Bring your
lawn chair and a picnic or purchase food from our vendor. Rain or shine. $12/advance, $17/door. Noon-6
p.m. (804) 550-7516. E-mail: winecellars@jrgm.com. Web site: www.jamesrivercellars.com.

Sept. 1                                                                     Madison
TASTE OF THE MOUNTAINS MAIN STREET FESTIVAL. This festival celebrates the mountain and
traditional cultures of 18th- and 19th-century America as reflected in the customs and history of the Blue
Ridge Mountain region. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (540) 948-4455. E-mail: tourism@madison-va.com. Web site: www-
madison-va.com.

Sept. 1                                                                    Ruckersville
DISCOVER VIRGINIA FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL. This fun, family-oriented events showcases the
finest wines, foods and products that Virginia has to offer. Near Ruckersville on U.S. 33, 5 minutes west
of U.S. 29. $. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (800) 985-6663. E-mail: greenevaeda@greeneva.com. Web site:
www.monticellowinetrail.org/.

Sept. 1-2                                                                    Nellysford
HARVEST CELEBRATION “ROMP, STOMP & CHOMP” AT WINTERGREEN WINERY. Do you want to
stomp grapes like Lucy? Here’s your chance. Help us send off summer and welcome the harvest on
Labor Day weekend with grape stomping, live music, wine and Virginia foods tasting, winery tours and
door prizes. Great picnic fare and scenic riverside picnic sites are available. $, includes live music, wine
tasting, wine glass, food sampling and grape stomping. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (434) 361-2519, (800) 282-8223.
E-mail: info@wintergreenwinery.com. Web site: www.wintergreenwinery.com.

Sept. 1-4, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30                                    Bedford
AN APPLE A DAY OPEN HOUSE AT PEAKS OF OTTER WINERY. Johnny Appleseed knew that “an
apple a day would keep the doctor away,” long before medical science discovered that three apples a day
helped with stomach, colon and other medical problems. Take your children to see the farm animals.
While there, also visit the National D-Day Memorial, Bedford Museum and Poplar Forest. Free. Noon-5
p.m. (540) 586-3707. E-mail: appleseed@earthlink.net. Web site: www.peaksofotterwinery.com/.

Sept. 2                                                                  Montebello
MONTEBELLO COMMUNITY MARKET DAY. This annual fund-raiser features regional artists and crafts
made from natural and recycled materials, live music, a bake sale, flea market, children’s activities and
home-cooked food prepared and served by the fire and rescue crew. Vendors are welcome. 11 a.m.-5
p.m. (540) 377-5754, (800) 282-8223. E-mail: britemtn@cfw.com.

Sept. 2-3                                                                     Charlottesville
MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC OAKENCROFT HARVEST MUSIC FESTIVAL. The grapes are ripening, harvest
is starting and Oakencroft is celebrating with tastings, tours, light fare and music. Bring a chair or blanket
and spend the day. $, includes wine glass. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (434) 296-4188. Web site:
www.oakencroft.com/.

Sept. 7                                                                 Richmond
WINE & BEER TASTING AT MAYMONT. The Dooley Noted Society, Maymont’s young professionals
group, hosts this annual event on the South Terrace of the Robins Nature & Visitor Center at Maymont
Park. Enjoy live music as you sample local wine and beer. $. (804) 358-7166. E-mail: info@maymont.org.
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Sept. 8                                                                     Appomattox
BEACHFEST AT HOLLIDAY LAKE. Don’t let your summer end on Labor Day. Take part in a sandcastle-
building contest or sand volleyball tournament on our beach. There will be music, food, games and
activities for the young and old alike. Holliday Lake State Park. (434) 248-6308, (800) 933-7275. E-mail:
hollidaylake@dcr.virginia.gov. Web site: www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/hol.shtml.

Sept. 8                                                                 Charlottesville
HARVESTFEST AT FIRST COLONY WINERY. Have you ever dreamed of being in the I Love Lucy
grape-stomping skit? Come stomp on our grapes, watch winemaking in action, taste wine, enjoy the
beauty of the “Weingarten” and eat traditional German food. 11 a.m.-4 a.m. $. (434) 979-7105, (877) 979-
7105. E-mail: info@firstcolonywinery.com. Web site: www.firstcolonywinery.com.

Sept. 8                                                               Forest
GRANDPARENTS DAY. Poplar Forest will be offering special tours at 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15 that focus on
Jefferson and his grandchildren. $, grandparents accompanied by a grandchild receive $2 off. 1-3 p.m.
(434) 525-1806. Web site: www.poplarforest.org.

Sept. 8                                                                      Lynchburg
RIVERFLICK 2007 OUTDOOR FILM SERIES. Bring a chair or a blanket to enjoy a family-friendly movie
at the riverfront. This is an alcohol- and tobacco-free event; no outside drinks or coolers and please, no
pets. Movie concessions are available. The gate opens at 7; the movie begins at dark. 7-11:30 p.m. (434)
845-8850. E-mail: riverflick@aol.com. Web site: riverflick.org.

Sept. 9                                                                 Lynchburg
SECOND SUNDAYS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES. Join us in the new Old City Cemetery Chapel for a
free concert from Lynchburg-area jazz, gospel, blues and soul musicians. Come early, as seating is very
limited. 3-4 p.m. (434) 847-1465. E-mail: dawn@gravegarden.org. Web site: www.gravegarden.org.

Sept. 9                                                                    Oilville
CADILLAC COMMONWEALTH CUP POLO MATCH. Come see a spirited polo match between
American and British teams. The event also showcases dog agility trials; a wine tasting and vendor tent;
and best tent, hat and tailgate contests; as well as a carriage parade and traditional divot stomping at
halftime. South Ceres Farm. $. 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (804) 556-6565. E-mail: info@echelon-events.com.
Web site: www.commonwealthcup.com.

Sept. 13-15                                                                Richmond
FALL PLANT SALE 2007. The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s plant sales are among the largest in the
region, with more than 40 vendors selling plants ranging from well-known favorites to rare exotics. Thurs.,
1-7 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (804) 262-9887. Web site: www.lewisginter.org.

Sept. 15                                                                  Bedford
NATIONAL D-DAY MEMORIAL—NEVER FORGET. Join the Memorial as it welcomes hundreds of
Rolling Thunder members on motorcycles to pay tribute to veterans and military personnel who are
prisoners of war or missing in action. $. 1-2 p.m. (800) 351-DDAY, (540) 586-DDAY, (540) 587-8973. E-
mail: dday@dday.org. Web site: www.dday.org.

Sept. 15                                                               Lynchburg
LYNCHBURG ART FESTIVAL. See the works of local and regional artists competing for awards from
local sponsors amounting to $4,500. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (434) 384-2723. E-mail: wsthom@aol.com.




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Sept. 15                                                                 Orange
ORANGE COUNTY’S AFRICAN-AMERICAN SCHOOLS: A SENSE OF PLACE IN EDUCATION. The
Orange County African-American Historical Society, Inc. (OCAAHS) will celebrate the planned restoration
of Shady Grove School with exhibits and oral histories of alumni of Orange County African-American
schools. Shady Grove Baptist Church. Free. 4-6 p.m. (540) 672-4896. E-mail: bryan@virginia.edu. Web
site: www.ocaahs.org.

Sept. 15                                                                     Rice
SKY WATCH AT SAILOR’S CREEK BATTLEFIELD. Explore the heavens with guidance from
astronomy experts in this state park, a quiet, dark place far from the interference of bright lights. Special
sky watch programs can be arranged by request. 7:30 p.m. (434) 392-3435, (800) 933-PARK. E-mail:
twinlakes@dcr.virginia.gov. Web site: www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/sai.shtml.

Sept. 15                                                                 Richmond
VIRGINIA HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE QUE PASA FESTIVAL. This is Virginia’s kickoff to
Hispanic Heritage Month. Come experience an outdoor Latino market complete with the smells, sounds
and tastes. Science Museum of Virginia. $, free/children. Noon-8 p.m. (804) 378-4099. E-mail:
vahcc@rcn.com. Web site: www.vahcc.com.

Sept. 15-16                                                                  Roseland
PICK YOUR OWN APPLES AT SEAMANS ORCHARD. Pick your own Red and Golden Delicious,
Empire and Jonagold apples; half-bushel bags are provided. The orchard is well maintained and
accessible. Bring a picnic. Call to confirm dates and get directions. Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
(434) 277-5824, (800) 282-8223. E-mail: info@flippin-seaman.com. Web site: www.flippin-seaman.com.

Sept. 15-16                                                               Tyro
PICK YOUR OWN APPLES AT SILVER CREEK ORCHARDS. Pick your own Red and Golden
Delicious, Jonagold, Virginia Gold and Mutzu apples; half-bushel bags are provided. The orchard is well
maintained and accessible. Call to confirm dates, directions and other varieties for picking. Bring a picnic
and enjoy a family outing in the orchards during the peak of our spectacular autumn season. Sat., 9 a.m.-
4 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. (434) 277-5824, (800) 282-8223. E-mail: info@flippin-seaman.com. Web site:
www.flippin-seaman.com.

Sept. 20                                                                     Richmond
THIRD THURSDAYS. Enjoy themed events at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts centered on music, art,
tours, food and specialty drinks. Catch up with old friends and meet new people while exploring your
creative side. A central part of Third Thursdays is interactive art experiences with talented area artists. $.
6-9 p.m. (804) 340-1405. Web site: www.vmfa.museum/third_thursdays.html.

Sept. 20-23                                                                Emporia
VIRGINIA PEANUT FESTIVAL. Celebrate the Virginia Peanut, farmers and the fall harvesting season in
southeastern Virginia with carnival rides, games and food Thursday through Sunday. Veterans Memorial
Park opens Friday at 5 p.m., in a family fun event with food, crafts and music. On Saturday, the parade
starts at 11 a.m. with several marching bands. See the USS Hunley exhibit and Civil War camp. $. 10
a.m.-11 p.m. (434) 348-4219, (434) 634-4744. E-mail: kcallahan@courts.state.va.us. Web site:
www.greensvillecountyva.gov/Parks,%20Culture%20and%20Recreation/recreation.html.

Sept. 22                                                                    Barboursville
ITALIAN HARVEST FEAST AT BARBOURSVILLE VINEYARDS. Enjoy a traditional four-course harvest
feast expertly paired with six Barboursville wines. $, reservations are required. (540) 832-7848. E-mail:
book@palladiorestaurant.com. Web site: www.barboursvillewine.com.




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Sept. 22                                                                   Nellysford
RIBEYE ROUND UP AT HILL TOP. Enjoy true Southern hospitality from the Allen Sisters at Hill Top
Berry Farm and Winery. This is an event not to be missed. Enjoy thick ribeye steaks cooked to order with
salad, baked potato, bread and dessert along with a glass of wine and fine local bluegrass music. Make
your reservations in advance, as seating is limited. $. 6-9 p.m. (434) 361-1266, (800) 282-8223. E-mail:
hilltop1@ntelos.net. Web site: www.hilltopberrywine.com.

Sept. 22                                                                 Richmond
THE VIRGINIA GARDEN FESTIVAL. Held in conjunction with the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Fall
Plant Sale, this event celebrates America’s Anniversary Gardens with exhibits, demonstrations, speakers
and activities for successful planting and maintenance. You can also shop for crafts, gardening
equipment, plants and food. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (540) 382-0943. E-mail: festival@virginiagreen.org. Web site:
www.virginiagreen.org/virginiagardenfestival.htm.

Sept. 22                                                               Richmond
WARTIME WALTZING. Enjoy demonstrations of 19th-century dances, hear lectures and join in the
dancing by the Virginia Homespun Dance Ensemble. See Civil War dance demonstrations by friends and
members of the 12th Virginia Infantry, Company B, Longstreet’s Corps. Museum of the Confederacy. $.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (804) 649-1861. E-mail: info@moc.org. Web site: www.moc.org.

Sept. 22-23                                                                 Providence Forge
CHICKAHOMINY POW-WOW/FALL FESTIVAL—56TH ANNUAL. Native Americans from all over will
join the Chickahominy Tribe on the Tribal Grounds, featuring Native American dancers, drummers,
traditional crafters, historical and cultural demonstrations, food and more. This family event is the longest-
running traditional pow-wow in Virginia, dating back to 1951. No pets, please. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (804) 966-
2448, (804) 829-2027. E-mail: kdeerhorn@aol.com. Web site: www.chickahominytribe.org.

Sept. 22-23                                                                Ruckersville
BATTLE OF STANARDSVILLE. The sights and sounds of the Civil War will re-echo across the fields of
Greene County as history buffs re-enact the 143rd anniversary of the Battle of Stanardsville. The event
features exciting battle scenes, a costumed Southern ball and night artillery fire. $. 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
(434) 985-6663. E-mail: greenevaeda@greeneva.com. Web site: greeneva.com.

Sept. 23                                                                 Richmond
SALSA SIZZLER SUNDAY FUNDAY 2007. At Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, this FunDay has a Latin
flair with music, dancing and fun and celebrates the two-year anniversary of the Children’s Garden
opening. Families can also enjoy children’s entertainment, gardening and activities in the Children’s
Garden. $. 5-8 p.m. (804) 262-9887. E-mail: events@lewisginter.org. Web site: www.lewisginter.org.

Sept. 28                                                                   Glen Allen
FRIDAYS ON THE PATIO AT JAMES RIVER CELLARS. Our beautiful patio sets the scene for this
monthly event featuring local musicians, light appetizers, tours and wine tasting. Bring a picnic and some
friends. The event will be held rain or shine. $12. 6-9 p.m. (804) 550-7516. E-mail:
winecellars@jrgm.com. Web site: www.jamesrivercellars.com.

Sept. 29                                                                    Charlottesville
JEFFERSON VINEYARDS HARVEST FEAST. Help us celebrate our 26th harvest with a gourmet pig
roast, fresh farm vegetables and salads, reserve wine tasting, a walking tour of the vineyard and winery
and the fantastic folk music of Albemarle County’s own Ms. Terri Allard. Spend the afternoon relaxing with
family and friends and enjoying the first cool breezes of fall. $. Noon-4 p.m. (800) 272-3042, (434) 977-
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Sept. 29                                                                  Dyke
STONE MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS HARVEST DINNER. Taste the altitude as we celebrate the harvest of
2007. Enjoy a gourmet feast on the mountain and hear firsthand how the new vintage looks coming in
from the vineyard. $; reservations are required. 7-9:30 p.m. (434) 990-9463. E-mail:
info@stonemountainvineyards.com. Web site: www.stonemountainvineyards.com.

Sept. 29-30                                                                Lovingston
APPLE HARVEST & APPLE BUTTER FESTIVAL AT DRUMHELLER’S ORCHARD. Smell the
fragrance of apple butter boiling in a copper kettle and see the breathtaking colors of the mountains, all
while you sit back and listen to foot-stomping music. Take a hayride through the orchard to the pumpkin
patch, find your way through the corn maze or try your luck with the apple slingshot. Apple butter, apple
cake and apple pie will all be available. Tour groups are welcome. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (434) 263-5036,
(800) 282-8223. Web site: www.nelsoncounty.com.




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