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In This Issue
Benefit Tickets
Rockfish Nights
Skate Park Opens
Trees for Sale
The Homecoming
Holiday Market
Benefit Tickets
Jesse Winchester
Tickets for the November 7 ROCKFISH NIGHTS Benefit for RVCC are on sale 10-03-2009 at RVCC, the Tresure Chest, and on our website at
First Saturday Pancake Breakfast is coming up ...
October 3.

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Join us for our fall benefit Nov. 7
Rockfish Nights
Once again, RVCC is inviting our community to a sparkling evening at our November 7 benefit, ROCKFISH NIGHTS. The event will include our 10th Annual Silent Auction, a scrumptious dinner catered by our own Claudia Gibson, a cash bar featuring Nelson County's wine and beer, and a very special concert performance by nationally known singer-songwriter, Jesse Winchester.

The music for this year will be presented as an after-dinner concert, featuring Jesse Winchester. Winchester was vaulted onto the music scene in 1972, with his first album of music, including two soon-to-become classics: "Yankee Lady" and "Brand New Tennesse Waltz." Other performers have been quick to recognize the merit of his songs, so he has been oft covered (Tom Rush, Jimmy Buffett, Jerry Jeff Walker, Emmylou Harris, Nicolette Larson, and the Weather Girls, to name a few). Having moved to the Charlottesville area, we are thrilled and honored that he will be a very special part of this year's RVCC benefit.

Serving as the Rockfish Valley Community Center's major fundraiser of the year, the Silent Auction was first produced in 2000. Donations from throughout the Rockfish Valley and beyond include art, crafts, music, classes, as well as antiques, products and services from supporting businesses and individuals. A wonderfully eclectic element of our auction is provided by the many items saved by RVCC's Treasure Chest staff and volunteers throughout the year: The Best of the Chest.

Tickets for the benefit go on sale October 3, at the RVCC office, at the Treasure Chest, and online at

We are getting requests from around the region and state about this concert, and there is limited seating in our auditorium.
So please be sure to buy your benefit tickets early to insure a seat at this event!

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Skate Nelson Opens at RVCC
Skate Park
The first phase of the RVCC skate park, a half-pipe, opened to an enthusiastic crowd on the morning of September 5, 2009. A "herd" of skaters took to the ramp immediately after the ribbon-cutting to demonstrate it's use to the participating onlookers. It is now open daily during daylight hours (unless posted otherwise).

The skate ramp was funded entirely by private donations, built by community volunteers, and driven to fruition through the dedication of Tim Gorman, a skater, founder of, member of the RVCC Board of Directors, and owner of Cardinal Point Winery.

Fundraising for Phase 2 has begun. It will add a multi-use "plaza" style skate area, suitable for skating, plus other that requires a hard, smooth surface like basketball, street hockey, biking, a tented area, etc. If you wish to make a donation to this exciting project, you may do so at RVCC or online here.

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RVCC in Design Marathon
Design Marathon
The Rockfish Valley Community Center has been chosen to take part in the Second Annual Design Marathon, co-sponsored by the Charlottesville Community Design Center (CCDC) and the Charlottesville Area Community Fund (CACF). The Design Marathon is an annual event in which professional graphic designers, architects and landscape architects give back to the community by providing pro-bono design services to deserving Charlottesville non-profits.

The Rockfish Valley Community Center needs a new landscape and structural plan that takes full advantage of its ten acres and seventy year-old building. The new plans will literally provide a blueprint for maximizing the RVCC's efforts to create space for new community development.

The Design Marathon is happening on Friday, October 2 from 10 am to 10 pm at the CCDC (105 N. 5th St. on the Downtown Mall) and the public is welcome from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Please come out and show your support for RVCC and the volunteer designers who are helping us.

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Christmas Trees for Sale in '09

Christmas TreesRVCC will once again be selling Christmas trees as a fundraiser at the end of 2009. These are frazier firs, straight out of the mountains of NC. Last year's customers were amazed at their shape, beauty and longevity.

Tree sizes and prices have not been finalized, but if you want to be notified once all is settled,
just email
and we'll be back in touch.

The Homecoming Returns
The HomecomingThe much loved tale of home and the holidays
will once again be part
of the Hamner Theater's winter season.

Preview night will be November 18, with the performances running from November 19 through December 13.

For more than 30 years, The Homecoming was a Christmas staple on TV. Earl Hamner wrote the script based loosely on his life growing up in Nelson County, Virginia. It spawned the popular series, The Waltons.

The Hamner presents a new telling of the story adapted by co-artistic director Peter Coy. The show will be directed by co-artistic director Boomie Pederesen. This 20-character play is the heart-warming story of a family waiting for the magic of Christmas Eve to arrive - not Santa, but Daddy - told from the perspective of the adult Clay-Boy as he remembers the journey he took, that snowy evening long ago...

For the full performance schedule and ticket information visit the theater's website here.

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Holiday Market Planned for Dec. 5
Holiday Market
The popular indoor community markets will return to RVCC this winter. The first event on Saturday, December 5, will be our large Holiday Market, featuring produce and food vendors, as well as crafts, gifts, holiday wreaths and arrangements. Hours will be 9 AM to 2 PM. Admission is free.

Markets in 2010 will be from 9 AM - Noon on first Saturdays of the months: February 6, March 6, and April 3. The markets are held in conjunction with our first Saturday Pancake Breakfasts (8:30-10:30 AM).

If you're interested in participating in a market, email for application information.

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Like to flip pancakes?
The much-loved and well-attended
monthly pancake breakfast at RVCC
is in need of some volunteers.
A Saturday morning in the RVCC kitchen is a highly recommended way to support the community center ... and have fun!
This monthly program helps to fund general operation and program costs at RVCC.

So if you are a regular participant of the breakfasts,
consider being an occasional volunteer.
Call Bo at 434.361.0100 or
email to sign-up.

And thanks!

We invite you to join us at the
Rockfish Valley Community Center ...
Where Community Happens!