Spring has sprung: Bands, booze, and banter at the McGuffey Block Party


Photo: Tom Daly Photo: Tom Daly

Charlottesville’s Tom Tom Founders Festival kicked off its third year of music, art, and innovation events on Friday, April 11 at the McGuffey Block Party, which doubled as C-VILLE’s 25th birthday party. Entertainment ranged from a capella from the Hullabahoos to performances by fire dancers, and an audience of all ages spent the evening chowing down at food trucks, showing off their face paint, and sipping local craft beer. We joined the festivities, and asked several folks about their thoughts on springtime and the warm weather influx of festivals around town.

Photo: Amanda Finn

Michelle Oliva (right)
Director of planning at an international nonprofit
“Growing up in New Jersey, spring for me were those first crisp April mornings when I was allowed to walk to school; the sweet smell of honeysuckle.”

Linda Livernois (left)
Owner of Rouge 9 Make Up Studio

4 Tammy
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Tammy Allen
World Traveller, recently returned from Uganda

3 Whit and Ryan
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Whit Douglas (right)
Loan Officer
“When I was in ninth grade my dad took me to Vail, Colorado for spring break. It was just the two of us. I was so proud of my ’90s colorful Descente one piece ski suit and Oakley sunglasses.”

Ryan Mallard (left)
Loan Officer 

2 Jasmine and Chandler
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Jasmine Pusser (right)
“It’s really different being on the East Coast, coming from California where there is not such a drastic change from season to season.”

Chandler Ferrebee (left)

5 The Heards
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Gail Heard (left)
Charlottesville ESL teacher 

Mike Heard (right)
Louisa educator