It’s true what they say: Those who play together stay together. A recent report from The National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia reveals that couples who carve out time for each other (no kids allowed!) at least once a week are less likely to experience disappointment with their relationship. This is especially true for new parents. Says the report, “New parents who saw their couple time decline across the transition to parenthood were about two times more likely to experience a decline in marital quality, compared to new parents who kept up their couple time.” In other words, get outta the house!
Health & Wellness Working Woods Walk Saturday, October 21 Hike through Montpelier Demonstration Forest to learn about forest conservation and its many perks, today and historically. $5, 2-4 pm. James Madison’s Montpelier, 11350 Constitution Hwy., Montpelier Station. (540) 672-2728. Family
I’m suspicious right away. His dilated pupils don’t seem focused on anything in particular, and his usually chipper demeanor has been replaced with a vacant haze unmoored from time and space. His head lists to one side before jerking back to center, like a student fighting to stay awake in a
As a kid, Chris Humphrey spent a lot of time at his grandmother’s home on Belmont Avenue. The small house was the hub for the entire family—there was never fewer than 15 people there at a time, Humphrey remembers—and his grandmother was always cooking for everyone: beef stew, onion gravy, mac
FAMILY Farm Animal Day Saturday, October 14 The Saunders Brothers Farm Market hosts a day on the farm featuring horses, cows, sheep, goats, chickens and more. Make sure to keep an eye out for baby animals! Free admission, 9am-5pm. Saunders Brothers Farm Market, 2717 Tye Brook Hwy., Piney River.
“Cooking is a young person’s game.” I’ve heard it more than once. As chefs grow older, the daily grind leaves many looking to continue their careers outside a restaurant kitchen. Never easy, the transition can be especially tough for chef-owners, who must entrust someone else at the helm.
FAMILY Fall Fiber Festival Saturday, October 7, and Sunday, October 8 Bring the whole family for craft workshops, sheep dog trials, Celtic music and dancers and more at this 30th annual festival. Adults $5, children 16 and under free, 10am-5pm Saturday; 10am-4pm Sunday. James Madison’s
When Hassan Kaisoum was 11 years old, he lost both of his parents. Nearly homeless and roaming the streets of Morocco, someone handed him an eggplant, which he put on the stove and promptly burned. But he was hungry, so he sprinkled some vinegar on the scorched eggplant and ate it anyway—it
Although Blue Moon Diner is closed during construction of 600 West Main, the six-story mixed-use building going up behind the restaurant, that hasn’t stopped owner Laura Galgano from serving her customers. “I am a social being, and quite simply, [I] want to know what folks are up to, how their
As an avid mountain biker, Dave Stackhouse immediately started looking for like-minded riders when he relocated from Maine to Charlottesville in 2007. The search quickly led the 68-year-old veteran mountain biker to what was then a relatively new area organization, the Charlottesville Area
FAMILY Family fun hike Friday, September 29 Local high schooler and wilderness guide Char Tomlinson leads a seasonal hike that highlights native plant and animal life. Pay what you will, 12:30-1:30pm. Wildrock, 6700 Blackwells Hollow Rd., Crozet. RSVP to 823-5100. NONPROFIT Rivanna
Just in time for Halloween, The Candy Store has opened at 114 Fourth St. SE (the space that formerly housed O’Suzan-nah, which moved to 320 E. Main St., next to Timberlake’s Drug Store and Soda Fountain), and the slightly sour sugary aroma is palpable even from the doorstep. The Candy Store,
High school student-athletes aren’t just working to be the best at their sports; they’re also juggling classes and college applications at the same time. That takes dedication, talent and lucky pre-game meals. We talked with some of the Charlottesville area’s best and brightest student-athletes
Bottoms up, y’all. It’s Virginia Spirits Month here in the commonwealth, sponsored by the Virginia Distillers Association and meant to spotlight Virginia-made spirits. Many local bartenders do so all year ’round, but there are a few special cocktails this month that are worth sidling up to the
From hookworm to heartworm, our pets can shelter no shortage of creepy crawly horrors. But few are as renowned as the tapeworm. The mere mention conjures images of people wasting away as the parasite secretly steals their lunch. Indeed, some have even tried harnessing tapeworm in a desperate
FAMILY Youth Film Festival Friday, September 15 The 16th annual Light House Studio Youth Film Festival showcases movies from local students before they hit the 2018 film circuit. $15-80, 6pm. The Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. 293-6992. NONPROFIT Salvation Army telethon
Family LGBTQ Youth Pride picnic Saturday, September 9 The third annual LGBTQ Youth Pride Picnic, part of the Cville Pride Festival, offers food, resources and games for teens. Families of youth and LGBTQ parents are welcome. Free, 3-7pm. Washington Park, 1001 Preston Ave. cvillepride.org/ 2017-
There’s always something new to learn about food, and for the past 11 years, the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello has been one of the best ways to learn a lot about the history of what we eat in a little bit of time. On Saturday, chefs, farmers, culinary historians, purveyors and foodies
By C. Simon Davidson, Alexa Nash and Erin O’Hare Bellair Market’s Jefferson sandwich—maple turkey, cranberry relish, cheddar cheese, lettuce and herb mayonnaise layered between two slices of pillowy French bread—is a lunch staple for many in town. But for Charlottesville native Mason
Fifth Street Station is serving up another helping of restaurants, which includes a second location for a Corner favorite, and a Manassas-based traditional Thai restaurant. Jersey Mike’s Subs: Grab a submarine sandwich from the New Jersey-bred chain at one of the newest additions to its
FAMILY Beauty and the Beast Sunday, September 3 Bring a chair or blanket to this movie on the green, and watch the sunset and a Disney classic. Free, 8:30-10:30pm. Boar’s Head Resort, 200 Ednam Dr. (855) 615-7587. NONPROFIT Charlottesville Women’s Four Miler Saturday, September 2 Help