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CHARLOTTESVILLE AND ALBEMARLE COUNTY:
A FEAST FOR THE EYES, THE MIND, AND THE TASTEBUDS
This area is a wonderful choice for a late fall getaway,
with Virginia Wine Month, the Spirit Walk, TedX, the Virginia Film Festival,
Virginia Cider Week, and breathtaking fall foliage
Charlottesville, VA (October 23, 2015) - The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB) invites everyone to consider the Charlottesville, Virginia area for a late fall getaway. With plenty of events and activities, the epicenter of Virginia offers a multitude of options for recreation and entertainment.
There is still time to partake in the celebrations surrounding Virginia Wine Month. There are more than 250 wineries across the beautiful state of Virginia and a large concentration of them in located within a 30-mile radius around Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Virginia Wine Month features a large number of wine-centric special events taking place daily! For more information and a calendar of events, visit www.virginiawine.org/october-wine-month.
The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society invites everyone to participate in the 21st Annual Spirit Walk and meet residents from our community's past. Come learn their stories as they are vividly brought to life before you. On October 23rd, and Sunday, October 25th, meet former residents who now rest in Charlottesville's Oakwood Cemetery. Officially opened in 1864, Oakwood houses the remains of many citizens, both well-known and long-forgotten. Guests are encouraged to bring flashlights to the Oakwood Cemetery tours. Step back in time as you are guided through Charlottesville's historic Court Square on Saturday, October 24th. Included in this tour is the courtroom trial of Francis Morgan. On October 30th, meet former inmates of the Old Albemarle Jailhouse. Completed in 1886, the jail served the community until 1974, holding a variety of people behind its bars. To purchase tickets or obtain more information, visit www.albemarlehistory.org.
Back for the 28th consecutive year, the 2015 Virginia Film Festival returns to Charlottesville from November 5-8, highlighted by a diverse program featuring more than 100 films, and an impressive lineup of special guests highlighted by Meg Ryan, Oliver Stone, Leonard Maltin, and noted writer and activist Larry Kramer. This year we will feature some of the most highly anticipated titles in the film world while also showing off the talents of rising stars in the industry. We'll offer a carefully-curated selection of transformational classics, fascinating documentaries, outstanding foreign films and more. All will combine to offer up a thought-provoking creative window on some of the most important issues in our world today. Family Day, set for Saturday November 7 on the Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds at the University of Virginia, will be highlighted by a free screening of Pixar Short Films, followed by a 20th anniversary celebration of Babe, in addition to a variety of free, family-friendly arts offerings. For the complete VFF program, please visit www.virginiafilmfestival.org.
Then later in November, Virginia Cider Week will kick-off its third edition, which will be held from November 13 - 22. During Virginia Cider Week, restaurants, shops and cider makers across the state will hold dinners, in-store tastings, workshops and classes promoting Virginia cider. Virginia is the first state to have an officially proclaimed "Cider Week", and this is only the second weeklong cider celebration in the US. Over 100 restaurants and shops in 30 cities will promote cider during Virginia Cider Week. The cider celebration includes over 60 special events taking place at various locations across Virginia, with a large concentration of events in Charlottesville and the surrounding area. Visitors can expect cider promotions and tastings at shops, cafes, bistros and fine dining restaurants. All the details can be found at www.ciderweekva.com.
TEDxCharlottesville 2015 promises to be one of the most popular events in Charlottesville again this year. Hosted by TEDxCharlottesville and Starr Hill Presents, "What If..." will be held at the Paramount Theater on November 13. Following the success of the past two years' sold-out events, the all-volunteer committee team is dedicated to re-inspire the community with a dynamic program. The focus on "What If..." will encourage consideration of how the world would look different when we suspend our judgment. The core of age-old questions asked by explorers ("What if the world isn't flat?"), scientists ("What would happen if you could split an atom?"), and artists at the start of every new piece of work, "What If..." inspires new thinking, demands introspection, and challenges the status quo. Tickets to the full-day conference and information about this event are available at http://tedxcharlottesville.com/.
Even though the fall season is well under way, Charlottesville and Albemarle County still offer some of the most spectacular autumnal landscapes in the country. The Shenandoah National Park Fall Color Report describes the current scenery: "The Piedmont has about a 50% color change now. Most notable are the hickories' brilliant gold tones, and the red maples varying from yellow to orange to red. The oaks are just beginning to lend their more subdued tones to the palette. You know that autumn has reached the whole state when eastern Virginia's maples begin to turn red, starting from the tops down. Patches of color can now be seen all the way to the coast. Watch for big changes soon in eastern oaks, maples, and sweet gums." Charlottesville is located only 26 miles from the Rockfish Gap entrance to the Shenandoah National Park, which is a unique location to enjoy this colorful season either by foot with a crisp hike or relaxing drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. For more information, please visit www.nps.gov/shen.
About the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB):
In addition to serving as the global resource for marketing the tourism assets of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia, through www.visitcharlottesville.org, the CACVB assists tour operators, meeting planners, reunions and other groups in planning visits to the destination. CACVB's mission is "to enhance the economic prosperity of City and County by promoting, selling and marketing the City of Charlottesville and County of Albemarle, as a destination, in pursuit of the meetings and tourism markets." CACVB operates the Downtown Visitor Center (610 E Main St) which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and a second visitor center, the Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center downtown Crozet (5791 Three Notch'd Rd), as well as a touch-screen kiosk at Monticello's Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center. In addition, the organization manages powerful social media channels; ExperienceCharlottesville on Facebook, @VisitCVille on Twitter, CVilleVA on Pinterest, and @CharlottesvilleVA on Instagram and Vimeo.
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