Prospect Hill – The Virginia Plantation Inn,
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Charlottesville Area
Things to Do, Places to Go


Fall Fiber Festival and Sheep Dog Trails

Dates:  October 04, 2014 - October 05, 2014
Location: James Madison's Montpelier, 11407 Constitution Hwy, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

Love wool? Join us for the Fall Fiber Festival, held opposite the main entrance of Montpelier and the Montpelier Train Depot on VA-Route 20. This family-fun event showcases fiber animals, sheep shearing demos, hands-on crafts demos and workshops for children and adults, sheep dog trials, craft vendors, food, and music.


51st Annual Parade of Homes

Dates: October 04, 2014 - October 12, 2014
Location: Various Locations

Thinking of moving to central Virginia?  The Blue Ridge Home Builders Association Parade of Homes is back for the 51st year, and offers an excellent opportunity to tour new homes built by some of the area's best builders. This event is free and open to the public.


Last Comic Standing

Date:  October 10, 2014
Location: Paramount Theater, 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Season 8 of Last Comic Standing premiered May 22 on NBC with celebrity judges Roseanne, Keenen Ivory Wayans, and Russell Peters. The laugh-fest returns with an all new group of the world’s funniest comics. Watch the series this summer on NBC, then see the finalists perform live as the Last Comic Standing Live Tour appears at The Paramount Theater on October 10th!


Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet with Jon Nakamatsu, piano

Date: October 14, 2014
Location: Cabell Hall Auditorium, University of Virginia

Renowned Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet with Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Jon Nakamatsu performing works by Mozart, Hindemith & Thuille.


Eric Church

Date:  October 16, 2014
Location: John Paul Jones Arena, 295 Massie Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Eric Church’s The Outsiders World Tour will launch in North America on September 11, 2014 with 31 arena dates.  Hailed as a top entertainer by The New York Times, Rolling Stone, SPIN Magazine, and more, Church will bring his rip-roaring attitude when he performs in Charlottesville. Tickets are available at 1-888-JPJ-TIXS and at the arena box office.


Kevin Spacey – University of Virginia President's “Speaker for the Arts

Date:  October 18, 2014
Location: John Paul Jones Arena, 295 Massie Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Kevin Spacey – award-winning American film and stage actor, director, screenwriter and producer – will address the University of Virginia for the 2nd Annual UVA President’s Speaker Series for the Arts.  The President’s Speaker Series for the Arts is supported by the offices of the President, The Executive Vice-President and Provost, the Vice Provost for the Arts, and the Joseph & Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation.  Students, staff, faculty and members of the community are all welcome to participate in this landmark even (more than 5,000 people are expected to attend).  General admission tickets are free and available at the UVA Arts box office as well as the John Paul Jones Arena box office.


Big Woods Walk

Date: October 19, 2014
Location: James Madison's Montpelier, 11407 Constitution Hwy, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

Hike through Montpelier’s Landmark Forest, a rare hardwood old-growth forest consisting of towering poplars, stately oaks, and sprawling beeches. Learn about ecology, conservation, and Madison's role as an early environmentalist. The trail is a gentle 1-mile loop. Begins at 2:00 p.m. at the Visitor’s Center.


Cirque Du Soleil - Dralion

Dates:  October 22, 2014 - October 26, 2014
Location: John Paul Jones Arena, 295 Massie Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903

After 15 years performing around the world, Dralion will make its final curtain call in January 2015. Fusing the 3000 year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature. The show’s name is derived from its two emblematic creatures: the dragon, symbolizing the East, and the lion, symbolizing the West.  In Dralion, the four elements that govern the natural order take on a human form as cultures blend, man and nature are one, and balance is achieved.


20th Annual Spirit Walk - Oakwood Cemetery

Date:  October 24th, 2014 & October 26th, 2014
Location: Oakwood Cemetery, Oak Street Entrance, Charlottesville, VA 22902

As the air begins to cool and the trees shed their leaves, the spirits of former citizens of Charlottesville and Albemarle County gather one last time before consigning themselves to the earth for the long, cold winter.  Join the Albemarle-Charlottesville Historical Society on its 20th Annual Spirit Walk to meet these memorable residents from our community’s past. Come learn their stories as they are vividly brought to life before you.  Officially opened in 1864, Oakwood houses the remains of many citizens, both well-known and long-forgotten. Tours depart every 15 minutes and last approximately 1.25 hours (and guests are encouraged to bring flashlights).


Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

Dates:  October 28, 2014 - June 01, 2015
Location: Arthur J. Morris Law Library, 580 Massie Road, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

Ida Libby Dengrove worked from 1972 to 1987 as a courtroom illustrator for NBC-TV in New York. She sketched some of the most noteworthy trials and notorious offenders of the twentieth century, working at a time when cameras were forbidden in most courtrooms. Using chalk pastels and charcoal pencils, she captured John Lennon as a defendant, Jackie Kennedy Onassis as a plaintiff, Mick Jagger as a witness, and Sid Vicious as an accused murdered.  She sketched mobsters John Gotti, Carmine “The Snake” Persico, and Anthony “Fat Tony” Salerno as they tried to escape the grip of the law. Her work on the David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz trial and Craig Crimmins “Murder at the Met” trial earned her two Emmys.


Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale
 
Dates:  November 08, 2014 - November 16, 2014
Location: Gordon Avenue Library, 1500 Gordon Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Thousands of high-quality books and recordings of all types and genres on sale at great prices. Proceeds benefit the programs and special projects of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, the public library system that serves Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson.


The 20th Annual Artisans Studio Tour
 
Dates:  November 08, 2014 & November 09, 2014
Location: Multiple studios throughout Charlottesville and Nelson, Albemarle, and Greene Counties

The 20th Annual Artisans Studio Tour is a region-wide tour of artisan studios centered in Charlottesville and her surrounding counties.  Host studios will feature dozens of Virginia’s finest handmade craft professionals providing an intimate, detailed look at the life and work of local artisans, as well as artisan-prepared food and beverages at each stop.  The tour provides an excellent opportunity to purchase work of talented area artisans as unique gifts or for your own collection. The tour is self-guided and is free and open to the public.


The Art of Mark King

Dates:  November 09, 2014 - December 31, 2014
Location: Graves Fine Art Gallery, 205 South Main Street, Gordonsville, Virginia 22942

Art aficionados won’t want to miss this "Mark King Legacy Exhibit" commemorating 35 years representing the Internationally Acclaimed "Champion of Impressionism" who passed away in April at the age of 83.  Featuring his last paintings, including "Fishing Boats at Cassis", "Oceanside", "Portofino", "Virginia Hunt", and his final painting, "Thunderheads".


TedxCharlottesville RefleXions

Date:  November 14, 2014
Location: Paramount Theater, 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Following the success of last year’s inaugural sold-out event, the all-volunteer committee is committed to re-inspire the community with a dynamic program. The conference will include a wide array of speakers and performers, including speakers “from all walks of life, representing the fields of design, technology, and environmental studies”.


Best of Both Worlds Dance and Step Competition

Date:  November 15, 2014
Location: Paramount Theater, 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

The 8th Annual Best of Both Worlds Dance and Step Competition Returns to the Paramount Theater for its 4th Consecutive Year.  This competition produces a fusion of dance and step teams competing for their share of $1,500 plus a trophy the size of a child, in addition to the bragging rights for being the best in this highly competitive event. Some of the top college, high school and community teams throughout the region will share the stage for one night only.  The Best of Both Worlds Dance and Step Competition is age appropriate and enjoyed by seniors, children and everyone in between.


The Great Russian Nutcracker

Date:  December 07, 2014
Location: Paramount Theater, 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

This performance of Moscow Ballet’s spectacular Great Russian Nutcracker is the must-see event this Holiday season! Celebrate the beloved Christmas tradition with the whole family as forty world-class Russian artists bring this charming classic to life. The New York Times raves “Knock Out!” Experience Tchaikovsky’s master score this Christmas with the magic of larger-than-life puppets, growing Christmas trees and life-sized Matrushka dolls.

 

Charlottesville Area
Calendar of Events

Tom Tom Founders Festival
Dates: April 10 - 13, 2014

Location: Charlottesville Historic Downtown Pedestrian Mall, Charlottesville, VA
The Tom Tom Foundation is a not-for-profit which hosts this seasonal public festival to celebrate new ideas and community in Charlottesville (this past spring’s festival assembled 13,500 attendees for 5 block parties, 50 speakers, 60 concerts, and pitch competitions that seeded start-up businesses with over $176,000. The Foundation exists to educate the public about entrepreneurship and innovation, with proceeds funding the creation of public art.

STOMP
Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Location: John Paul Jones Arena, 295 Massie Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
Matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and more fill the stage with energizing beats at STOMP, the inventive and invigorating stage show that's dance, music and theatrical performance blended together in one electrifying rhythm. As one YELP reviewer states, “If you haven't seen this show you have no idea what you are missing out on. These people have taken art, creativity & music to a whole new dimension.”

86th Historic Garden Week
Dates: April 26 - April 29, 2014

Coinciding with the peak of Virginia’s springtime color, the Historic Garden Week offers a rare opportunity to visit Virginia’s most gracious homes and lavish, hidden gardens. This 8-day, 31-tour statewide event showcases nearly two hundred unforgettable gardens and beautiful houses. This year, the Charlottesville portion runs for four consecutive days and showcases four historic properties, as well as Jefferson’s University of Virginia. Read more here...

University of Virginia
Final Exercises
Date: Sunday, May 18, 2014

Location: John Paul Jones Arena, 295 Massie Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
This is what you've waited for... for the past four (or maybe more) years... graduation!

University of Virginia - Class Reunions
Date: June 5 - 8, 2014

Location: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Reconnect with classmates and friends at the annual Reunions Weekend. The classes of 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, and 2009 will celebrate their respective reunions.

University of Virginia - Alumni Family Weekend
Dates: June 20 - 21, 2014

Location: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22902
An annual event for alumni and their children, this day-and-a-half program gives students and parents a chance to learn more about the admission process. Featuring a panel discussion of admission deans from a host of colleges and universities, a workshop on effective essay writing and a mock evaluation of admission cases to give participants a better understanding of all the factors that affect an admission decision.

150th Anniversary "Battle of Trevilian Station " Historic Reenactment
Date: June 21 - 22, 2014

Location: Brackett's Farm, Louisa County, Virginia, 23093
The Battle of Trevilian Station was fought on June 11–12, 1864, as the Union cavalry under Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan fought against Confederate cavalry under Maj. Gens. Wade Hampton and Fitzhugh Lee in the bloodiest and largest all-cavalry battle of the war. Honoring the 150th anniversary of the battle, this reenactment will include house and plantation kitchen tours, cavalry battles and drills, horse-drawn artillery, a parade of carriages, field hospital, demonstrations of historical crafts and music and much more. An educational and entertaining family event located just 2 miles from Prospect Hill.

“The owners and staff definitely understand the importance in the name of Bed and Breakfast. The bed was most comfortable and the breakfast was great - available in the dining room or brought to our room - our choice. The room seemed to have the right blend of modern needs and plantation appearance - it all added up to a most pleasurable experience. We were most interested in visiting Monticello, only a 20 min ride - which was a very good historical visit.”
Glenn (July, 2012)
TripAdvisor.com



"One of the great things about Prospect Hill is breakfast, which comes with the price of the room. You can eat in the Manor House or, as we prefer, they will bring breakfast to you. This is just plain decadent and so enjoyable. Breakfast consists of things such as French toast, Poached Eggs, or Belgian Waffles. Coffee, cream, a fresh fruit cup, fruit juice and necessary condiments accompany each breakfast.

Podge (February, 2013)
TripAdvisor.com


“This is an amazingly beautiful property. My husband and I visited in late September and we had a wonderful time. The innkeepers were so welcoming, we felt like part of their family... my husband literally did not want to leave. In addition to the great food, beautiful quarters and gorgeous views, there are many animals including chickens, cats, dogs and horses. This was our favorite B&B on our trip and we are hoping to visit again in 2013!”
(December, 2012) – Bedandbreakfast.com
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