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How to Tailgate at Steeplechase Races Like a Winner


October 31, 2017 | Ivy Publications

During the fall in Charlottesville, there are many fabulous events to tailgate at, especially the horse races. Horse races provide the perfect opportunity to gather and enjoy amazing food while watching a spectacular and traditional sport. Each year, the Montpelier Hunt Races hosts a tailgate contest showcasing how best to execute this form of entertaining. Here are Wine & Country’s tips for horse race tailgating featuring the Montpelier Hunt Races:

Presentation, Presentation, Presentation. Break out the silver and fine china to set a spectacular arrangement. Bring your vintage silver wine bottle cooler to keep the white wines chilled and plenty of serving bowls and dishes for displaying your food. While it is perfectly acceptable for guests to use plastic plates and cups from which to eat and drink, serving out of Tupperware is a faux pas.

Embrace a Theme. Whether you showcase the look of the season, such as the table with the leaves and engaging fox head below, or choose to highlight the theme of the event you are attending like the horse cookies and horse cake below, themed presentations are sure to make your table stand out. The perfect tailgate spread incorporates appropriate decor while also providing delectable food, both of which can delightfully feature your theme.

Prepare to Feast. When choosing the food for your tailgate, you want to cover all your bases: beverages, finger/snack foods, side dishes, entree options and desserts. If hosting for a large group of people, it is a good idea to provide gluten-free and vegetarian options as well. If you are planning to stay at an event long enough, it is often a good idea to provide for multiple times of the day (having breakfast and lunch spreads, for example). Tailgating tends to be an all-day or all-afternoon affair, so be prepared to set out different foods throughout the day depending on the time.

We cannot wait to see the tailgate spreads at this year’s Montpelier Hunt Races on Saturday, November 4, and are proud to be both sponsoring and providing a judge for the tailgate contest. We are looking forward to spending a delightful afternoon at the races.

To learn more about the Montpelier Hunt Races, be sure to check out our previous blog post on the 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.

Vern Yip Comes to U-Fab


October 27, 2017 | Ivy Publications

Vern Yip came to Charlottesville’s U-Fab Interiors yesterday to speak to a house full of interior design enthusiasts. A graduate of the University of Virginia (UVA), Yip spoke fondly of his undergraduate years in Charlottesville as a pre-med student prior to switching gears and pursuing a master’s degree in architecture. He spoke about his personal journey, from being a child of Chinese immigrants and his years at UVA to his success as an interior designer and as a designer on numerous television shows like HGTV’s Deserving Design. He also gave design tips and inspirations from his book Vern Yip’s Design Wise: Your Smart Guide to a Beautiful Home and took questions from the audience, helping them solve design dilemmas.

During his visit, Yip was kind enough to talk to Wine & Country so that we could learn a little more about this incredibly talented designer and his beautiful new collection.

On his new fabric collection: Yip enthuses about the beautiful assortment of colors in his new collection—some “that are of the moment and some that are timeless.” He carefully chose “performance” fabrics for parents like himself who have children and pets. Yip says he wants his fabrics to be affordable with quality that can endure family life.

On his design style: To be “timeless and fresh,” is one of the main mantras behind Yip’s work. He says he wants his designs to last while being exciting. He also says that when designing rooms and a home, the core of the design should be the people who live there. Yip says you should love and want to come home to your personalized space and recommends not feeling obligated to follow trends.

On his time at UVA: Yip says the proportion, scale and balance behind the university’s architecture makes the grounds iconic. He believes Thomas Jefferson and UVA’s push for one to always be a student should be applied to interior design and that it is important to continue learning in both your field and other areas.

On what is next: Yip is shooting more episodes of TLC’s Trading Spaces, is in the process of writing a new book and is launching a wallpaper line in the spring.

Yip also shared a few tips on how to pick the right fabric for a piece of furniture:

  • Consider and understand the scale of the piece—how it fits into a room and amongst other furniture. He says this will help determine the scale of the pattern.
  • Consider the functionality of the piece—will you be sitting on it often? Will your kids eat on it? This will help you determine if you want a performance fabric. Yip says if you are choosing fabric for a piece that has less traffic, then you can choose from more delicate fabrics.

We were so pleased to be able to spend time and speak with designer Vern Yip as he showcased his new line of beautiful fabrics. Yip told us he was excited to be back in Charlottesville. He and his husband Craig agree that “Charlottesville Loves,” just as we agree that we can expect many more amazing designs to come from this talented UVA alum.


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.

Home Trends: Timber Framing


October 17, 2017 | Ivy Publications

There are so many ways to design a beautiful home. One home trend we love is timber framing. This vintage method has recently grown in popularity in residential homes, and the exposed wood looks stunning amidst our local setting. Purple Cherry Architects Founder and Principal, Cathy Purple Cherry, shared with us just what this trend entails:

“Before metal nails were invented, wooden buildings were assembled by notching wood to fit it together and pegging the wood with a wooden ‘nail’. This notching technique is memorialized in timber frame and log structures. The building method of notching (mortise) and pegging (tendon) wood has been around for thousands of years. Timber framing itself refers to the method of constructing a “frame” from heavy, large-cut square timbers. Framing a structure this way results in exposed timbers seen from the inside of a space. This method also results in one of the most beautiful building outcomes.

Photo by Tria Giovan, courtesy of Purple Cherry Architects (Example of Purple Cherry Architects work (auto barn))

Today, when timber framing is used, it is an intentional selection introduced to contribute to the beauty of a home on the inside. It exposes the bones of the house to the visitor’s eye. This then places all finishes and insulation to the outside face of the frame in a sandwich of structural plank boards, insulation, plywood sheathing and roofing material.

Photo courtesy of Purple Cherry Architects (Up-close 3D Revit rendering of their work)

One of the most fascinating things about a timber frame structure is that most people do not know that the timbers are fully cut, mortised and assembled off site at the supplier’s yard. These timbers then are numbered, disassembled and shipped to the job site for re-assembly. This allows the erection of the building to move very quickly, often within three or less days!” – Cathy Purple Cherry, AIA, LEED-AP/Founder and Principal of Purple Cherry Architects

Photo by David Burroughs, courtesy of Purple Cherry Architects (Example of Purple Cherry Architects work (indoor pool room))

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.

UVA Celebrates Bicentennial


October 5, 2017 | Ivy Publications

Our beloved local university is celebrating 200 years of history and academics this fall with the UVA Bicentennial. This weekend, October 5–7, the celebration will kick off with talks, performances and more during the launch weekend. Programming begins Thursday, October 5, at The Paramount Theater with “Who Speaks for America? 200 Years of Debate” presented by BackStory Live.

On Friday, attendees can enjoy talks, visit the “Memorial to Enslaved Laborers” Exhibit, and attend the “Tribute to the Laying of the Cornerstone,” a ceremony on the Lawn. The final event on Friday will be the “Bicentennial Launch Celebration” on the Lawn and will include performances from UVA faculty members, staff and students, as well as the Goo Goo Dolls among other special guests.

On Saturday, UVA will host a home football game against Duke, as well as a lecture by Pulitzer Prize winning author Alan Taylor and a book signing event with faculty members and Pulitzer Prize winning U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove.

In addition to the launch weekend, the UVA Bicentennial celebration will include:

  • A symposium on “Universities, Slavery, Public Memory & the Build Landscape” later in October.
  • A Women’s Global Leadership Forum in November.
  • “The University of Virginia in One Hundred Objects,” a collection of the university’s history that can be found on or around Grounds through June 22, 2018. Check out two of the objects featured in the exhibit (object #56: a model of grounds, and #94: UVA’s University Barbie), below.
  • The release of a new edition of the Songs of the University of Virginia.

Visit bicentennial.virginia.edu for more information on the events and tickets for this weekend, and look for a special feature on the UVA Bicentennial in the upcoming Charlottesville Wine & Country Living!

Lead/first photo: by Dan Addison, courtesy of the University of Virginia

Second photo: by Jennifer Jones

Third photo: courtesy of Virginia Athletics Media Relations

Fourth photos: Left photo by Stacey Evans Photography; Right photo courtesy of University of Virginia Library

 

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.