ARCHIVES OF NEWCOMERS CLUB BLOG: 2014

     

Creating Door Decorations for the Holidays, December 2014

[Some of the door decorations created by Charlottesville Newcomers Club members]

[Some of the door decorations created by Charlottesville Newcomers Club members]

On December 4th, Garden Group members gathered at A New Leaf Florist on West Rio Road to enjoy creating door decorations with fresh greens. The instructor, Eric, picked the most creative arrangement, a swag with Calla lilies added.


Garden Group Hits the Road Again, November 2014

[Members of the Charlottesville Newcomers Club's Garden Group at The Market at Grelen, with Grelen Nursery cofounder Dan Gregg]

[Members of the Charlottesville Newcomers Club's Garden Group at The Market at Grelen, with Grelen Nursery cofounder Dan Gregg]

Members of the Newcomers Garden Group carpooled out to The Market at Grelen on November 5th. The beautiful property is located in Somerset, Virginia, and is about 25 miles from downtown Charlottesville. A visit to Grelen is well worth the drive!

[Dan Gregg speaking to Garden Group members]

[Dan Gregg speaking to Garden Group members]

At Grelen, the group enjoyed a delicious lunch while listening to Grelen Nursery cofounder Dan Gregg give examples of great plants and trees to choose to maximize fall color in one's yard or garden. 


Luncheon at Wintergreen Resort, October 2014

[A view of fall foliage at Wintergreen Resort]

[A view of fall foliage at Wintergreen Resort]

The first luncheon event of the Newcomers Club 2014-15 season was held on a gorgeous day in October. The luncheon took place at Wintergreen Resort, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

[Mountain Inn at Wintergreen Resort]

[Mountain Inn at Wintergreen Resort]

The setting for the luncheon was the Mountain Inn at Wintergreen. In the ballroom of the inn, we enjoyed chatting with new friends and getting caught up with old friends while we dined on a scrumptious lunch.

[Author and social media specialist Marijean Jaggers]

[Author and social media specialist Marijean Jaggers]

The speaker at the luncheon was Marijean Jaggers, author of a guide that features 100 fascinating things to do in Charlottesville. Her presentation, which covered a selection of those activities, was both informative and entertaining. 


Visit to “Grow-What-You-Eat” Garden, September 2014

[Newcomers Club members at garden of Nancy Watkins]

[Newcomers Club members at garden of Nancy Watkins]

The Newcomers Garden Group enjoyed visiting the master-planned vegetable garden in the backyard of Nancy Watkins on September 25th. She grows herbs, tomatoes, lettuce, squash and other vegetables from seed.

[Nancy Watkins next to a tall tomato plant]

[Nancy Watkins next to a tall tomato plant]

Nancy Watkins is growing tomato plants taller than she is!  She has prepared all the compost-rich soil in raised beds and is beginning to reap the rewards of her labor.  From seed to table is her mantra, and she also shares and cans her surplus produce.


September 2014 Coffee Event at Farmington Country Club

[Ballroom at Farmington Country Club]

[Ballroom at Farmington Country Club]

The Charlottesville Newcomers Club held a delightful coffee event in the ballroom of the Farmington Country Club on the morning of September 23rd. We had a marvelous time socializing while enjoying a lovely selection of nibbles such as miniature quiches and muffins.

[Two representatives from the Jefferson Area Board for Aging chat with a Newcomers Club member]

[Two representatives from the Jefferson Area Board for Aging chat with a Newcomers Club member]

Members and guests were able to find out about various Newcomers Club activities and about volunteer opportunities at non-profit organizations by visiting tables that were set up around the perimeter of the ballroom. Visitors to the activities tables were able to have their questions answered by Newcomers members and visitors to the non-profit tables were able to chat with representatives from those organizations.


United Way Day of Caring, September 2014

[Two of the twelve Charlottesville Newcomers Club members who participated in the United Way Day of Caring]

[Two of the twelve Charlottesville Newcomers Club members who participated in the United Way Day of Caring]

Twelve members of the Charlottesville Newcomers Club contributed their time and energy to the community on September 17th by participating in the United Way Day of Caring. 

[Wendy Seay, Community Outreach chair, receives a donation]

[Wendy Seay, Community Outreach chair, receives a donation]

The Newcomers Club members were stationed in front of the local Walmart store and they collected donations of supplies for the Shelter for Help in Emergency.  Generous shoppers donated supplies such as paper towels.


Garden Group Plant Swap, Spring 2014

[Charlottesville Newcomers Club members at Plant Swap]

[Charlottesville Newcomers Club members at Plant Swap]

Tuesday, May 27th, was the date of this year’s Plant Swap of the Garden Group of the Charlottesville Newcomers Club. Many members came bearing plants taken from their gardens and then returned home to replant new ones in their place.  The Newcomers' gardeners pooled their donated plants and had a great time adopting new ones from the collection.


Luncheon at Boar's Head Inn, May 2014

[Boar's Head Inn, Charlottesville, Virginia]

[Boar's Head Inn, Charlottesville, Virginia]

The final luncheon event of the Newcomers Club 2013-14 season was held at the Boar’s Head Inn on Tuesday, May 20th. The three-course lunch began with the inn’s signature peanut soup and ended with a marvelous butterscotch crème brûlée.

 [Black-and-white photo of speaker Coy Barefoot at Boar's Head Inn]

 [Black-and-white photo of speaker Coy Barefoot at Boar's Head Inn]

Following the meal, Coy Barefoot gave an outstanding presentation about the history of “The Corner,” the well-known commercial area that is near the University of Virginia; his presentation included numerous historic black-and-white photographs and more recent color photos depicting the same spots. Mr. Barefoot is an author, media personality, historian and teacher and his books include The Corner: A History of Student Life at the University of Virginia.


Historic Garden Week Outing, April 2014

[House at Morven in Charlottesville, VA]

[House at Morven in Charlottesville, VA]

On a sunny Saturday in April, Charlottesville Newcomers Club members participated in Virginia’s statewide Historic Garden Week by visiting Morven Estate. Morven has a long history dating back to the 1700s and it is currently owned by the University of Virginia Foundation.

[Tulips at Morven]

[Tulips at Morven]

Newcomers Club members had a lovely time strolling the grounds of Morven and enjoying the abundance of spring flowers that were in view. The salmon tulips were especially spectacular.

[Members of Charlottesville Newcomers Club at Morven]

[Members of Charlottesville Newcomers Club at Morven]

The Newcomers Club visit to Morven was a memorable way to spend a springtime Saturday morning!


April 2014 Event at King Family Vineyards

[Location of Newcomers Club event at King Family Vineyards]

[Location of Newcomers Club event at King Family Vineyards]

On the afternoon of April 22nd, the Charlottesville Newcomers Club held a delightful event at the King Family Vineyards. Members and guests socialized while sipping lemonade and snacking on miniature muffins and other treats. Representatives of several local nonprofit organizations were on hand to share information about the work of their organizations and about volunteer possibilities.

[Rows of grape vines at King Family Vineyards]

[Rows of grape vines at King Family Vineyards]

The weather was cooperative enough that we were able to head outdoors for a while and appreciate the marvelous views. While we were outside, James King, general manager at King Family Vineyards, spoke to our group about the fascinating history of this family-owned business. Afterwards, some of us took the opportunity to participate in a wine-tasting experience.


Cherry Blossom Adventure, April 2014

[Members of Charlottesville Newcomers Club at Tidal Basin in Washington, DC]

[Members of Charlottesville Newcomers Club at Tidal Basin in Washington, DC]

The Garden Group of the Newcomers Club organized a terrific train trip to Washington, DC, to see the famous cherry blossoms. The trip took place two days before peak bloom and the cherry trees looked lovely.

[Washington Monument and cherry trees as seen from the Jefferson Memorial]

[Washington Monument and cherry trees as seen from the Jefferson Memorial]

At the Tidal Basin, we stopped in front of the Jefferson Memorial and enjoyed the views from there of the cherry trees and the Washington Monument. In addition, our group saw various other memorials during our visit, including those commemorating Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jr., and World War II.


Luncheon Event with Antiques Appraiser, March 2014

[Promenade Ballroom at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel]

[Promenade Ballroom at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel]

On Tuesday, March 25th, almost 100 people gathered at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Charlottesville for lunch in the Promenade Ballroom. A short meeting was conducted to elect the Executive Board of the Charlottesville Newcomers Club for the next club year, which starts on June 1st.

[Information from presentation by antiques appraiser Ken Farmer] 

[Information from presentation by antiques appraiser Ken Farmer] 

Then the group was treated to a lively and fascinating talk by Ken Farmer of Quinn & Farmer Auctions. Mr. Farmer has been in the antiques business for 39 years and has been an appraiser on Antiques Road Show since its inception 18 years ago. He spoke about antiques, collecting and downsizing.

[Ken Farmer appraising an item brought by a luncheon attendee]

[Ken Farmer appraising an item brought by a luncheon attendee]

Mr. Farmer finished up with a mini version of Antiques Road Show—he appraised personal items that some luncheon attendees brought with them. During the event, snow was falling, which is unexpected on a day in early spring; but it looked beautiful and it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm for and the enjoyment of the day.


Community Outreach Event on Valentine's Day 2014

[Mary Jackson, manager of the UVA Medical Center Hospitality House, and Wendy Seay, Community Outreach chair]

[Mary Jackson, manager of the UVA Medical Center Hospitality House, and Wendy Seay, Community Outreach chair]

As a Community Outreach activity, a group of Charlottesville Newcomers Club members treated UVA Medical Center Hospitality House residents to a pizza lunch and baked treats for Valentine's Day.


February 2014 Gardening Challenge at Ivy Nursery

[Master gardener Midori at Ivy Nursery]

[Master gardener Midori at Ivy Nursery]

The Garden Group of the Charlottesville Newcomers Club held a gardening challenge event at Ivy Nursery on a sunny day in mid-February. Attendees received a small house plant and were charged to care for it until the fall; at that time, a “best plant” prize will be awarded. Master gardener Midori spoke to the group about how to grow, prune, water and repot house plants.

 


January 2014 Event at Michie Tavern

[Exterior of Michie Tavern]

[Exterior of Michie Tavern]

On Tuesday, January 28th, the Charlottesville Newcomers Club held its first luncheon event of 2014.  The setting was historic Michie Tavern, which is located just one half-mile from Monticello.

 

[Fireplace in front room at Michie Tavern]

[Fireplace in front room at Michie Tavern]

The weather was quite chilly, which made the cozy ambiance of the tavern especially inviting. We enjoyed socializing while dining on selections from the tavern's buffet: fried chicken, mashed potatoes, black-eyed peas, green beans, cornbread and more.

 

[Kat Imhoff, president and CEO of Montpelier Foundation]

[Kat Imhoff, president and CEO of Montpelier Foundation]

The luncheon event included a fascinating presentation by Kat Imhoff, president and CEO of the Montpelier Foundation. She told us a number of surprising facts about Montpelier's most famous residents, James and Dolley Madison. 

If you weren't able to make it to this event, you can plan on coming next time, as the Newcomers Club holds a luncheon every year at Michie Tavern!