James Madison’s Montpelier

See how the gardens grow in Montpelier's virtual horticulture series. Photo: Ethan Hickerson (Mobelux)

PICK: Montpelier’s Horticultural History

Planting seeds: Montpelier, the home of President James Madison, and later, the duPont family, is a former plantation dedicated to historical preservation and education, but its events are not just about the past. Montpelier’s Horticultural History offers an exploration of the evolving and very much alive ornamental gardens of the great house. Virtually explore the lush, verdant […]

Michael Twitty, James Beard award-winning author, will demonstrate early African-American foodways in Colonial America, and discuss the politics surrounding the origins of soul food and Southern cuisine. Courtesy Poplar Forest

LIVING Picks: Week of May 30-June 5

FAMILY First Fridays Under the Stars Friday, June 1 After a brief talk in the education building, visitors will point out constellations and other galactic wonders. The Charlottesville Astronomical Society provides a telescope—or bring your own. Free, 7:30-9:30pm. Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Rd. 973-7772. NONPROFIT C’ville’s Day of R+R Saturday, June 2 Common […]

Enjoy rides down the Rivanna River in handmade wooden boats, and learn about one of the most seasoned travelers: monarch butterflies, at the Boats and Butterflies Festival.

LIVING Picks: Week of October 4-10

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 Montpelier, 11350 Constitution Hwy., Montpelier Station. fallfiberfestival.org FOOD & DRINK […]

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