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August, 2018


Events in Nelson County October 5 through October 11




Dickie Brothers Orchard Open for the Season!  ThePumpkin Patch is open and our delicious apple cideris ready and waiting for you at the Apple Cider Express. Sweet Potatoes are early this year, and "Yes" they are available now! Pre-Picked Apples: Gala, Rome, SunCrisp, Empire, Jonagold, Golden Delicious, HoneyCrisp - small/munchkin size, Red Delicious (Red Delicious in pre-packed bushel boxes only). Pick-Your-Own Apples: SunCrisp. Pick-Your Own Fuji begins October 6! Open 7 days a week, Monday through Saturday 10AM to 5PM, Sunday 12PM to 4PM.  2685 Dickie Rd., Roseland, VA, 22967. Off Route 56 West (2 miles west of Rt. 151) Turn Left on Dickie Rd. (just before Massies Mill) and follow signs to the Orchard.  434-277-5516.



Critzer Family Farm Open for the Season!  Open Monday - Saturday 8AM to 6PM. Closed Sunday and Tuesday.  Pick-Your-Own and Pre-Picked Apples. Produce: tomatoes, zucchini, summer squash, and cucumbers.  9388 Critzer Shop Rd., Afton, VA 22920.  540-241-3305. 



Apples are in at Drumheller’s Orchard. Open Monday through Saturday 9AM to 5PM and Sunday 12Noon to 5PM. Call for availability of varieties. One mile behind Nelson County High School. 1130 Drumheller’s Orchard Lane, Lovingston, VA, 22949. [email protected]


Through October 7

Oktoberfest at Blue Mountain Brewery. 11AM to 9PM. Celebrate Oktoberfest at Blue Mountain Brewery! German food specials every day, live music, special activities, games, and prizes! See website for details. 9519 Critzer Shop Road, Afton, VA 22920.  [email protected]


October 5

Live Music at Devils Backbone Basecamp and Meadows. 6PM to 9PM. Live music by Mississippi Leg Hound. Crossroads of Route 151 and Route 664. 434-361-1001.   200 Mosbys Run, Roseland, VA, 22967.


October 5

Friday Cheers at Blue Mountain Barrel House. Live music outside every Friday 6PM to 8PM. October 5 Five Oaks Fire. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy panoramic mountain views. Our food truck will also be open. 495 Cooperative Way, Arrington, VA, 22922. 434-263-4002.


October 5

Oysters at Blue Mountain Barrel House. 5PM to 8PM. Come early! Every Friday in September and October! Fried, grilled or raw. Our food truck will also be open. 495 Cooperative Way, Arrington, VA, 22922. 434-263-4002.


October 5

Full Nelson Friday Live Music at Blue Mountain Brewery. 6PM to 8PM every Friday at the Afton Brewpub! October 5 Sun Dried Opossum.  540-456-8020.   9519 Critzers Shop Road, Afton, VA 22920.


October 5 through 7

The Festy Experience at Blue Ridge Bowl at Infinity Downs Farm featuring The Infamous Stringdusters. 10AM. The best in folk and Americana music, craft beer, local food, camping, outdoor and family friendly activities. 434-245-9000. [email protected]  1500 Diggs Mountain Road, Arrington, VA, 22922.


October 5 through 8

Columbus Day Weekend at Wintergreen Resort with the Wintergreen Tread and Trail Series. Celebrate our most colorful season with a weekend of fun and games.  We’ll have chairlift rides, third part of the Tread and Trail Series Mountain Bike Race and Trail Run, family movie night and more, plus we’re “gearing up” for a great winter season.  434-325-2200 39 Wintergreen Drive, Roseland, VA 22967.


October 6

Rock Spring United Methodist Church Annual Harvest Sale at Faber Fire Department Building. 7:30AM to 1PM. For info call the church at 434-263-4603. Venues include: farmer's market, bake sale, silent auction, thrift shop, raffles and a Fire truck visit. Breakfast from 7:30AM to 10:30AM. Nelson County Rescue Squad, 8301 Irish Road, Faber, VA, 22938.


October 6

Book Signing at Brewing Tree Beer Company. 1PM to 4PM. Lee Graves has been writing about beer for two decades. Lee has penned several books on Virginia Craft Beer which include, Charlottesville Beer:  Brewing in Jefferson's Shadow and Richmond Beer:  A History of Brewing In the River City. Come meet Lee and get a signed copy of his new book,Virginia Beer, A Guide from Colonial Days to Craft's Golden Age.  540-381-0990. 9278 Rockfish Valley Highway, Afton, VA, 22920.


October 6

Piney River Gold Day at Saunders Brothers Farm Market. Open 9AM to 5PM. Live music by The Ridge Runners. 434-277-5455.   2717 Tye Brook Highway, Piney River, VA, 22964.


October 6

Apple Butter Makin’ Festival at Silver Creek & Seaman’s Orchard 10AM to 4:30PM. Fresh apple selection, homemade apple butter, live music, food vendors, children’s activities, crafters, pick your own pumpkins, and corn maze. 434-277-5824. 5529Crabtree Falls Highway, Tyro, VA [email protected]


October 6

Community Breakfast at the Rockfish Valley Community Center 8:30AM to 10:30AM. Join us on the first Saturday of each month when volunteers from the community serve up breakfast at a great price. This is a wonderful way to meet your neighbors.  434-361-0100. [email protected]   190 Rockfish School Lane, Afton, VA, 22920.


October 6

Return to the Roots at the Barrel Barn at Bold Rock Hard Cider. 4PM to 9PM. Join us on Saturday as we Return to our Roots and celebrate our humble beginnings! We will be featuring live music 5PM to 8PM and will have a food truck 4PM to 9PM!! Live music and food truck: October 6 Greg Ward – 106 Grilled. 1020 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA, 22958.


October 6

Vertical Tasting at Lovingston Winery. 11AM to 4:30PM. Join us for another year of Lovingston history…back to Pinotage!  We’ll be tasting vintages of the varietal as far back as we have inventory, with all vintages available for purchase that day only while they last! Food options are forthcoming, so check back soon.   [email protected]   885 Freshwater Cove, Lovingston, VA, 22949.


October 6

The Deer Creek Boys Live at Rapunzel’s. 8PM to 11PM. This world famous Bluegrass band has been playing at Rapunzel’s since they were young teens. They are just the best Bluegrass band in Virginia! Rock the Vote Party and Voter Registration.  Fee. 434-263-6660.   924 Front Street, Lovingston, VA, 22949.


October 6

Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative 8AM to 12PM. Under the big white tent, a producer-only market featuring live music, fresh local produce, baked goods, fresh cheese, meats & poultry, local honey, jams, fine crafts, plants, cut flowers and more. Live music: October 6 Oh Wow Boy. Open every Saturday through October 27, 2018. [email protected]   3079 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, 22958.


October 6 and 7

Swannanoa Palace Open House 11:30AM to 5PM. Major James Dooley, an executive with the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Company, completed construction of the $2 million Swannanoa in 1912. Dooley, who owned the Maymont estate in Richmond, built this 52-room marble palace as a token of love for his wife, Sally May. More than 300 artisans were hired to create the palace as a replica of the Villa de Medici in Rome. They used the highest quality materials available. Visitors today can still see the depth of James and Sally May's relationship in places like the 4,000 piece Tiffany stained-glass window and a domed ceiling bearing the likeness of Mrs. Dooley. The name Swannanoa comes from Mrs. Dooley's fondness for swans, which she liked because they choose their mates for a lifetime. Entry fee $8.00. An optional guided tour is available for an additional $2.00.  Children 12 and under continue to be free. Cash or credit card only.  540-885-5653. 497Swannanoa Lane, Afton, VA, 22920.


October 7

Live Music at Brewing Tree Beer Company. 1PM to 4:30PM. Live music by Keith Bradley and Sierra Band. Fantastic craft beer and even better vibes! Featuring 4 Flagship Beers and always a Collaboration Beer. Homemade sodas and lemonade also available. 540-381-0990. 9278 Rockfish Valley Highway, Afton, VA, 22920.


October 7

Donktoberfest at Bold Rock Cider Meadow. 12PM to 5PM. Third annual Donktoberfest presented by Virginia Donkey Rescue. Live music, Bold Rock Hard Cider on tap, food trucks, craft vendors, activities and a Donkey Dash Fun Run. A portion of cider sales will benefit Virginia Donkey Rescue. Free admission. We hope to see you there! Virginia Donkey Rescue: [email protected]   Bold Rock Cider: 434-361-1030. 1020 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA, 22958.  


October 11

Arranging Dahlias and Other Fall Flowers Workshop at Pharsalia. 10AM to 1:30PM.  With Pharsalia's fall flowers in abundance, including dahlias, celosias, tuberoses, sunflowers, gomphrenas and many others, Foxie Morgan and Candice Sulzbach will share their tips on how to create your floral designs and to make them pop.  Experience creating your own arrangement as they guide you with colors, flower shapes and mixed greenery textures.  This is a fun relaxing activity!! Please bring a container, clippers and a box to transport your arrangement home.  Our favorite clippers will be for sale on this day. This workshop includes a delicious catered lunch. Register in advance:  434-277-5231. [email protected]  2333 Pharsalia Road, Tyro,VA, 22976.




Orchard Update 10/03/18



Critzer Family Farm

Open Monday – Sat. 8AM – 6PM.  Closed on Sunday and Tuesday. Pick-Your-Own and Pre-Picked Apples and Blackberries.  Summer produce: tomatoes, zucchini, summer squash, and cucumbers.  9388 Critzer Shop Rd., Afton, VA 22920.  540-241-3305.  [email protected]


Dickie Brothers Orchards

Pre-Picked Apples – Gala, Empire, Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp(small size), and Red Delicious (pre-picked bushel boxes only).  Pick-Your-Own SunCrisp apples!  Sweet Potatoes and Fresh Apple Cider!  And the Pumpkin Patch is Open!  Open 7 days a week, Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-4pm.  12685 Dickie Rd., Roseland, VA, 22967. Off Route 56 West (2 miles west of Rt. 151) Turn Left on Dickie Rd. (just before Massies Mill) and follow signs to the Orchard.


Drumheller’s Orchard

Pre-picked Apples – Gala, Early Fuji, Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Honey Crisp and Golden Supreme.  Open: Mon. – Sat. 9AM-5PM. and Sunday 12PM – 5PM.  1130 Drumheller Orchard Ln., Lovingston, VA, 22949.

Saunders Brothers Farm Market  -  Pre-picked Apples:  HoneyCrisp, Fuji, Jonagold, Empire and Piney River Gold Apples, and Asian Pears.  Green beans (ltd. qty) and tomatoes, sweet potatoes, acorn and butternut squash, gourds and pumpkins. Also farm-raised beef and pork, home-baked goods and hand dipped ice cream in fall flavors: Pumpkin and Apple Pie.  It’s Piney River Gold (Apples) Day – Saturday Oct. 6th. Open Monday through Saturday 9AM to 5PM. Closed Sundays. 2717 Tye Brook Hwy, Piney River, Route 56 (off Highway 29) 22964.   434-277-5455  

Silver Creek & Seamans’ Orchard – Pre-picked Apples: Jonagold, Golden Delicious, September Wonder (Early Fuji), Honey Crisp, Red Delicious, Jonathan, Empire, Mutsu and Blue Ridge Crisp.  Also jams, jellies, honey, apple cider and more.Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze open daily Oct. 1st-31st.            Apple Butter Makin’ Festival October 6th – featuring crafters, live music, corn maze, PYO pumpkins, kid’s activities, food vendors, fresh apple cider, apples, and apple butter and more. Open Mon - Sat 10am - 4:30pm,  Sun. 1pm - 5pm.  Email:  [email protected] Tyro, VA  434-277-5824.  

The Apple Shed- Open Daily 9AM-5PM - Buckeye Gala, Golden Supreme, Red & Golden Delicious, Jonagold, SunCrisp, Rome and Empire apples.  Tomatoes and summer vegetables, plus fresh apple cider, apple butter, and grass-fed beef (including Irish Dexter) and more.  14815 Thomas Nelson Hwy., Lovingston, VA, 22949 on Hwy 29, one mile south of Route 6 West  434-263-8843.




Nelson County Economic Development and Tourism

8519 Thomas Nelson Highway

Lovingston, Virginia, 22949



Perfect Thanksgiving weekend getaway. Jacks Place is so cozy and comfortable! Beds and pillows are super comfy, as well. Incredibly clean throughout. Definitely going back! Surrounding area beautiful and hike at Crabtree Falls is a must. -Melissa P. via TripAdvisor

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