Keswick's Castle Hill. Photo: Nick Strocchia

Cider Week kicks off with local tastings and pairings

Step aside, pumpkin beer and full-bodied red wines. This week, it’s all about the ultimate fall-inspired beverage: cider. Cider Week Virginia kicks off Friday, November 15, and runs through Sunday, November 14, with events like tastings, classes, and workshops every single day. The festivities stretch across the Commonwealth, from Roanoke to Virginia Beach to Fairfax. […]

Stuart Madany, cidermaker at Castle Hill Cider. Photo courtesy Charlottesville 29

Five Finds on Friday: Stuart Madany

On Fridays, we feature five foods finds selected by local chefs and personalities. To mark the first day of Virginia’s Cider Week, today’s picks come from Stuart Madany, cidermaker at Castle Hill Cider. On Saturday November 23, Castle Hill Cider will host Cider Fest 2013, from 11 am to 5 pm, featuring cider tastings, food by area chefs, […]

Clients hold classic ballet positions and incorporate focused, isometric movements in the workout class at Pure Barre Charlottesville. Photo: Elli Williams

Is a popular ballet barre class worth the hefty price tag?

“This isn’t so bad,” I think to myself as I grip the ballet barre and sink into the plié squat I’ve been instructed to hold, glancing around at the other women in the 5:30pm Tuesday Pure Barre class. Suddenly the instructor’s hands are on my hips, gently realigning my posture, and an intense burn sets […]