Like to speculate on the next big fail? Lately, the bell seems to be tolling for our only daily newspaper, whose debt-riddled parent company—Richmond-based media conglomerate Media General—has been drastically cutting costs in a desperate attempt to ride out a perfect storm of financial doom: increasing competition from free content on the Internet, a global recession driving ad revenue into the bowels of hell, and three-quarters of a billion dollars in long-term debt. In the last year and a half, Media General has moved the DP’s printing operations to the Hanover, Virginia printing site of the Richmond Times Dispatch, raised the DP’s newsstand price to 75 cents, laid off 21 percent of its workforce, and imposed 10 mandatory furlough days on all workers. The DP’s shrinking newsroom now sits in a creepily empty 30,000-square-foot building that Media General put up for sale shortly after stopping the printing presses there. As contents get thinner and thinner, public supposition mounts that the DP’s print version soon may come out fewer days a week or become an insert of the Times-Dispatch. Media General has already utilized the former tactic at three of its smaller community papers in North Carolina. The Grim Reaper may not close the shop tomorrow, but he definitely is spooking the place.
“We dodged a bullet,” says vineyard consultant Chris Hill, as he tucks his hand through a grapevine thicket, revealing a cluster of grapes. He suspects the previous day’s rain may have damaged the fruit set, but the bunches look much better than anticipated. The canopy, lush with
MarieBette Café & Bakery has expanded its baking operations into a new building about a block away from the French café at 700 Rose Hill Dr. The satellite space has brand-new equipment, such as a gigantic four-deck oven that’s double the size of the one in the original bakery. The bakery
If you’ve made the trip down I-64 recently to check out an REI garage sale or pop in at the General Assembly, you may have noticed a familiar sign or two in the area. Restaurants and breweries that are native to Charlottesville continue to appear all around our eastward neighboring city—and
FOOD & DRINK Cooking class Wednesday, June 28 Learn from the master as Rachel Pennington of The Pie Chest demonstrates how to make a summertime favorite—strawberry rhubarb shortcake—in this hands-on class. $55, 6pm. The Happy Cook, Barracks Road Shopping Center. 977-2665. NONPROFIT Choose
When veterans and first responders look for therapy and support to get them through their day-to-day lives, yoga is not typically the first thing that comes to mind. But a recovery program at FlyDog Yoga is shifting that perspective. Brad and Eliza Whiteman founded FlyDog Yoga in 2014, focusing
Family Delve into Design Friday, June 23 Help your child in kindergarten through first grade create a masterpiece, in this class taught by Venable Elementary art teacher Melissa Combs. Free, 2-3pm. Regis- tration required. Gordon Avenue Library, 1500 Gordon Ave. 296-5544. Nonprofit United Way
We’re halfway through June, which means fruit harvest season has begun, and that means now is the time to do our best impression of the very hungry caterpillar. You know the story: A tiny caterpillar eats through fruit after fruit (and a piece of cake, an ice cream cone, a pickle, etc.) on his
FAMILY Donuts with Dad Saturday, June 17 Dads, grandfathers, uncles or buddies can enjoy story time and donuts with their little ones (ages 2-5) at Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. Free, 10:30am. Central Library, 201 E. Market St. 979-7151. NONPROFIT Alzheimer’s Association concert Thursday,
Family Fun 2 Run Saturday, June 10 Traverse a course of balance beams and mud pits before skidding your way to the finish line across a giant slip ’n’ slide. $20, 9am for Fun Dash (ages 3-5), 9:15am for Mud Run (ages 6-12). Ridgeview Park, 700 S. Magnolia Ave., Waynesboro. (540) 942-6735.
After showcasing his mastery of Italian cooking at Tavola, Caleb Warr is leaving his post as the eatery’s head chef. Dylan Allwood, current chef de cuisine at C&O Restaurant, will take his spot. Warr, a Louisiana native, arrived in Charlottesville seven years ago with a desire to cook. He
After showcasing his mastery of Italian cooking at Tavola, Caleb Warr is leaving his post as head chef. Dylan Allwood, current chef de cuisine at C&O Restaurant, will take the spot. Warr, a Louisiana native, arrived in Charlottesville seven years ago with a desire to cook. He didn’t attend
Family Dragonflies of Ivy Creek Saturday, June 3 Bring your family and a pair of binoculars to Ivy Creek and learn more about the dragonflies that live there. Meet the group at the Education Center. Free, 11am-12:30pm. Ivy Creek Foundation, 1780 Earlysville Rd. 973-7772. Nonprofit 4 Our Freedom
Ordering a classic aperitivo Italian cocktail will give you a new buzz starting June 5: a chance to donate to charity. Negroni Week, a fundraising event from June 5-11 revolving around the bright, bitter citrus drink, has Charlottesville bars signing up to give a portion of their sales of the
The Virginia wine scene exists within a larger post-Prohibition wine revival sweeping across the United States. Before Prohibition, the East Coast had a thriving wine trade. But following the 1920 constitutional ban on alchohol, only a few wineries remained standing, such as New York’s
Why do so many chefs love Riverside Lunch? Don’t get me wrong—I love it too. Few things hit the spot like a Riverside burger. But this is the era of local food, where chefs preach the gospel of local sourcing and other responsible food practices. Yet they regularly allow themselves to “cheat”
Nonprofit Before the Flood screening Thursday, May 25 The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) hosts a showing of this National Geographic documentary about climate change as well as a Q&A session with environmental experts. Free, 7pm. The Paramount Theater, 215 E Main St., Downtown Mall.
Fans of locally made craft beer have long felt that we had something special happening here. Now there is a book to reinforce that. Author and journalist Lee Graves has written Charlottesville Beer, documenting the history of area brewing and outlining the current state of the industry. While
You can never have too many sandwich options, which is why Morgan Hurt and Gabe Garcia, the team behind Kitchen Catering, opened KITCHEN(ette), a sandwich shop in their catering facility and event space at 606 Rivanna Ave. The menu, divided into four sections—sandwiches with meat, vegetarian
FAMILY The Festival of Cultures Saturday, May 13 This 14th annual event includes music, dance, song, storytelling, cultural activities and exhibits, food and more. Free, 10am-4pm. Lee Park, 201 Second St. NE. festivalofcultures.org NONPROFIT Charity golf tournament Tuesday, May 16 The Virginia
My patient, a 12-year-old Labrador, is showing his age. Arthritis has settled into those old bones, and he’s not as active as he used to be. But he’s still a happy dog, living out his golden years in peace with a family that loves him. We’re just finishing up, but his owners have one more […]