Mother’s Day Weekend in Charlottesville is truly jam-packed!

Mother’s Day Weekend in Charlottesville is truly jam-packed!  Beginning with a little bit of the big Soul Transit Authority at the Pavilion at the east end of the Downtown pedestrian mall on Friday evening, continuing with our beloved  Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival throughout the weekend and a fabulous Wine Festival at Monticello on Saturday evening, and wrapping up with to-die-for brunch events throughout the region (read about more than a few at the Charlottesville Visitor Center’s website).  There are other simpler events going on all weekend as well, from vineyard tours to nature hikes and plays.  And, then, there’s always the opportunity to see if Mom has what it takes at The Paramount’s own “Idol Competition”!  It’s supposed to be a beautiful weekend.  We’ll be starting at the Charlottesville City Market Saturday morning and then, who knows!

Virginia Gardner, Charlottesville DowntownFRIDAY’S AFTER FIVE!

Soul Transit Authority
Friday, May 11, 5:30 pm at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion
Downtown Charlottesville
Admission: Free!

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Seven experienced musicians from all over the US, now currently living in Charlottesville, Virginia. They play the songs from the golden years of Soul, classic Top 40 & Motown. Their extensive repertoire ranges from Jazz standards to Soul & Motown and classic dance hits of yesterday. With a line up that includes a full horn section, keyboards & percussion the group has a full energetic sound that will keep you on your feet.  The current lineup encompasses a wealth of musically experienced players. Such a wide range of music and high degree of professionalism allows the band great flexibility, making every show a night to remember.

CROZET ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL, Saturday and Sunday
May 12, 2012 – May 13, 2012
Crozet Arts & Crafts Spring Festival
Address: Claudius Crozet Park, Crozet, VA 22932
Times: 10:00am – 5:30pm
Admission: Gate Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors 65+, and children under 12 are 434-823-2211
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You will not want to miss Central Virginia’s premier juried Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival,  held during Mother’s Day weekend, May 12 & 13.   Over 100 artists and craftspeople from around the nation gather for this 2-day event which is held, rain or shine…  a great place to find one of a kind, handmade items. Pottery, textiles, leather, glass, wood, metal as well as photography and fine art. The festive fare menu includes a variety of foods ranging from fresh popped Blue Ridge Kettle Korn, Lion’s Club famous gourmet hot dogs, K&R BBQ, and local favorite La Cocina del Sol. The kids will be entertained as there are activities designed just for them including sand art, face painting, and more! There is wine tasting also…  All exhibits are handicapped accessible and under shelter. All proceeds benefit Crozet Park. a community non-profit recreational facility open to all. Call 434-823-2211 or peruse through the website for more information. Advance tickets on sale at Crozet School & Office Supply, (next to Fisher Auto Parts) Crozet Shopping Center. Admission to the wine tent after entering gate is $10 and includes a souvenir glass. No pets, please.

Virginia Gardner, real estate charlottesvilleWINE FESTIVAL AT MONTICELLO, Saturday, 6 – 9 pm

Thomas Jefferson wrote, in 1818, that “in nothing have the habits of the palate more decisive influence than in our relish of wines.” Come celebrate Jefferson’s passion for wine during the Wine Festival at Monticello!

May 12, from 6pm – 9pm
Tickets $55.00

An unforgettable evening on the West Lawn of Monticello. Enjoy the splendor of spring while tasting Virginia’s best vintages at the only house in America designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Walk the restored vineyards and wine cellar, meet wine-maker Gabriele Rausse and experience the full splendor of spring.

Tickets include tours of Jefferson’s Monticello, live music on the West Lawn, and tastings of Virginia’s most celebrated local vintages.

Discover the region’s finest wines and how they compare to the vintages that Jefferson enjoyed. Bring a blanket for picnic seating or reserve a premier table for your friends, family and colleagues.

To purchase tickets online please visit http://www.monticello.org/site/visit/events/wine-festival-monticello

Fruit and Cheese Boxes
Enjoy a gourmet picnic box for two featuring fresh fruit, local artisanal cheeses, bread and dessert. Available by pre-order only. Courtesy of the Café at Monticello. $30.

Private Tables
Entertain friends or colleagues with an elegant table for eight. Tables include a selection of the finest gourmet fruit and cheeses, premier table seating, VIP parking, a special private tour of Thomas Jefferson’s wine cellar. Meet Virginia’s most famous wine-maker Gabriele Rausse, and leave with a commemorative gift.  Private tables may be arranged by contacting Kerry Hannon at (434) 984-9826 or khannon@monticello.org. All-inclusive price: $750.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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