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Autumn in Jefferson’s Virginia


September 29, 2017 | Ivy Publications

Autumn is a beautiful season to spend in Charlottesville. Here are six of our favorite events and things to do during this season:

1. Apple Picking: Visit one of the many local orchards and farms offering different apple varieties.

2. Barboursville Vineyards’ Truffle Dinner: This popular annual feast, a four-course dinner paired with Barboursville wines, is prepared with the cooperation of truffle expert Dr. Jeff Long. This year’s Truffle Dinner will be held on November 11 at 7pm. In addition, Barboursville Vineyards will host a Truffle Lunch on November 12 at 1pm. You can learn more about this tradition in Book One of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living.

3. Martha’s Market: This annual shopping event at John Paul Jones Arena takes place from Friday, September 29—Sunday, October 1. This market will feature 80 boutiques from across the country with 15% of each sale will benefiting women’s healthcare at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital. This is also a great event for getting a head start on your holiday shopping.

This year, Charlottesville Wine & Country will also be one of the featured boutiques. Be sure to visit and see the new W&C Collection!

4. Montpelier Hunt Races: The event includes seven steeplechase races and is always held on the first Saturday in November. This year, the race will take place on November 4.

In addition to the horse races, attendees can enjoy watching Jack Russell Terrier Races, a Tailgating Contest and a Hat Contest, while also shopping at fabulous vendors, like Dubarry of Ireland. For the second year in a row, Charlottesville Wine & Country will serve as one of the judges for the Tailgate Contest. Click here to learn more about the steeplechase tradition in Virginia. (Photos below by Susan M. Carter Photography)

5. UVA Home Football Games: Spend a beautiful fall day tailgating and cheering on the ‘Hoos. Click here to learn about game days at UVA and for a bourbon slush recipe to try at your next tailgate.

6. Experience the Fall Foliage: Finally, make sure to take time to experience the stunning foliage. Plan a bike ride or a hike through Shenandoah National Park and see all the gorgeous colors!

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at living@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.

Charlottesville Unites for Concert


September 25, 2017 | Ivy Publications

Last night at UVA’s Scott Stadium, our community came together for the Concert for Charlottesville to celebrate unity and love. Thousands of people attended the concert hosted by Dave Matthews. At the beginning of the concert, Matthews presented Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, the protester killed on August 12th in Charlottesville.

During the event, attendees enjoyed performances by Pharrell Williams, The Roots, Ariana Grande, Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes and Cage The Elephant. Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland and Stevie Wonder also made surprise appearances on the stage.

The evening was filled with amazing talent and a feeling of community as concert attendees lit up the sky with their phones, swaying to the performances. All proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. If you would like to make a donation, click here. We are so thankful to have been able to be a part of such a wonderful and positive event.

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at living@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.

When Architecture and Nature Come Together


September 14, 2017 | Ivy Publications

Our beautiful local landscape captured the heart of Thomas Jefferson and continues to impress us today with Blue Ridge Mountain backdrops and luscious green rolling hills. Cathy Purple Cherry, founder of Purple Cherry Architectsa high-end residential local architecture firm in Charlottesville, VA—shares how you can create meaningful places by fusing architecture and nature together…

“By the title of this blog, you would initially think that I might write about landscape architecture because this is where nature traditionally meets architecture [similar to these images of Purple Cherry Architects’ award-winning Harness Creek Pool House]. Instead, I want to focus on how nature can be brought into architecture and how the visual connection to nature through architecture can influence our emotions… most significantly moving us to experience joy, awe, humbleness, faithfulness and peace.

In the mountain landscape of Austria, the family chapel Maria Magdalena is, in my professional opinion, one of the best examples of how architecture and nature can combine to inspire self-reflection and elevate the visitor to a higher level of emotional thinking. This human connection with nature is known as biophilia. It is our fundamental human biological inclination to connect to elements within nature, and biophilic design is the method of bringing nature into the built-environment. From studies, it has been learned that biophilic design can reduce stress, increase creativity, improve our well-being and expedite healing. This whole experience is heightened with the overlay of related sounds and smells… rushing water, blowing winds, wrestling leaves.

There are many ways that nature can be brought into architecture from the simplest step of a large window with an incredible view to an interior garden space within four walls. Patterns within architecture that reflect the structures found in nature can further connect us to natural elements as well. However, what is undeniable is that spaces created to engage surrounding nature into the architectural experience are, by far, the most successful spaces in making us really think way beyond our own small world. The emotional feeling is undeniable. And it is a really happy feeling.” — Cathy Purple Cherry, Principal and Founder of Purple Cherry Architects

Keep an eye out for Cathy Purple Cherry’s article on UVA’s architecture inspired by Thomas Jefferson in Book 6 of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living!

Photos from Purple Cherry Architects’ award-winning Harness Creek Pool House.


From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at living@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.