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In This Issue
Anniversay Open House
New RVCC Tenant
Hamner Happenings
Rockfish Nights
Treasure Chest Bag Day

RVCC Autumn
Consignment Sale
first weekend
in October
We'll be doing another consignment sale this fall. Many consignors at the spring event asked for a repeat later in the year ... so we they can sell sweaters and coats
and snowblowers!
If you wish to be a consignor, or to volunteer, contact
Membership renewals
are due at

the end of each year.

If you know of someone
who wants to join NOW, we've a special offer.
Join today
and you'll be
a member for
all of 2011, too!


Drop by the Center or
the Treasure Chest and
pick up a sign-up form,
or you can
join online

Every Friday,
lunch at RVCC
from Claudia's Cafe ...
starting again on
September 10th.

Ala carte ~ salad, soup, varying entrees, desserts & beverage

Noon - 2pm

You're invited to
get involved in
YOUR Center.
RVCC has many projects accumulating that member volunteers could do. 
Many projects could even be done with a friend.

Please send an e-mail to board member,
Connie Muscenti ( if you would like to know more about volunteering
at RVCC.

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Much is coming up at RVCC. We're planning several autumn events to celebrate our 10th anniversary. Check out the details below and then come join the crowd!
Saturday, October 16:
Open House & Dance

We're inviting all of our neighbors and the community-at-large to an open house to see how this old school building has blossomed. And later, we'll dance the night away with a birthday dance!


  • The open house is free to all, from 6-8 PM.
  • Claudia's Cafe will be open from 6-9 offering dinner, ala carte.
  • Hamner Theater Bar & WiFi Cafe open from 5pm.  Performance Imaginary Letters: Mozart Remembered from at 7:30-9; $10 tickets include admission to Buzzard Hollow Boys Dance Party afterward!
  • The stage will offer an open mic from 6-7:30 ... email Wren Shoumate (or call her at 434-326-6991) if you're interested in participating.
  • Cake walks will happen in the 7:30-8 time.
  • Beer and wine cash bars will be open in the theater and in the RVCC conference room all evening.
  • Raffle. Door prizes. On-site group art projects.
  • AND THEN ... from 8-10 we invite all for a big community dance featuring the always fun and engaging Buzzard Hollow Boys. Their music just makes your feet need to move. (Get a preview at the September 4 Farmers' Market in Nellysford!)
    $10 cover for the dance. Children under 12 free.

You can download a printable card to post on your fridge  here ... so you don't forget this community celebration.
Meet New RVCC Tenant:
Cathy Kiehl, Art Therapist

Cathy Kiehl  brings a new artistic direction to RVCC - the use of art as therapy.

What is Art Therapy? According to Cathy, it's the therapeutic use of the creative process and of materials to help clients address issues that may be a source of stress to them. It is a way of problem solving and even a method of relaxation for many.
"During the past year or so, I have had to put my practice on hold due to a family illness which took up most of my time. It gave me a chance to do some art therapy of my own, and now I am so happy to find space at RVCC and looking forward to becoming an active partner with the folks here." Cathy's plan is to "thaw out" her practice and be ready to work with clients again in January. 
Cathy holds a Masters from Norfolk's Eastern Virginia Medical School, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Psychiatry. She has worked with hospitals, schools, seniors programs and Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.  She lives in Nellysford with her husband, Chuck, and has three children and six grandchildren. 
"In addition to working with groups, my practice includes individuals desiring to use the creative process for self expression."

"It has always been a goal to provide a comfortable, non-threatening environment where people could enjoy creative workshops or work on self-reflection..."   

RVCC welcomes Cathy Kiehl!

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Friday, September 10 | Special Events
Staged Reading of "Presence" by Staunton resident Chris Van Cleave. Presence is a Christmas musical and Mr. Van Cleave will be singing as well as reading. All VPSI readings are free and open to the public - if you are interested in our process of play development, this is the first step and will be followed, as always, by a candid feedback session designed not to rewrite the play, but to let the playwright hear what the audience got from his work.
Doors open 6:30, reading at 7 | Free.

Friday, September 24 | VPSI Events
Staged Reading of "Untitled" by Rick Steeves.
Rick Steeves is a Professor in the Nursing School at UVA; his play was inspired by his recent study of the effects of uxoricide on the children left behind.
Doors open 6:30, reading at 7 | Free.

September 17, 18 & 19 | Special Events
"Cry of the Mountain" returns for 3 performances.
This one woman show, conceived and acted by Adelind Horan in the style of Anna Deveare Smith, presents 13 characters in a documentary play about mountaintop mtnremoval in Appalachia.
More info at
Friday & Saturday show
at 8 PM.
Sunday matinee at 2 PM.
Tickets $10.
Reservations suggested.

Friday, September 24 | VPSI Events
Last seen on the mountain as a commissioned work
for the Wintergreen Performing Arts festival,
"Imaginary Letters: Mozart Remembered,"

comes to the Hamner Theater in October
 for six performances only! 
This adaptation for the stage by Peter Coy, of a book by Michael Whitefeatures Jen Hoffman, Jim Johnston, Joel Jones and Boomie Pedersen. As the title suggests, Mozart is brought to life through the remembrances of his family and friends in letters that a fictitious historian has collected. All letters are based on fact; only the historian is truly imaginary. Michael White is a conductor and Professor of Graduate Studies in Literature and Materials of Music at the Juilliard School; he counts Three Ford Foundation Fellowships and a Guggenheim Fellowship among his many honors and awards.
Friday-Saturday, October 8-9 & 15-16 at 7:30 pm;
Sunday, October 10 and 17 at 2 pm | Tickets $10

If you've not discovered The Hamner,

you're in for a treat!
For more info, visit the Hamner website here.

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Mark your calendars
for 2010 Rockfish Nights

  Rockfish Nights

Rockfish Nights, the annual major fundraiser for RVCC,
 is scheduled for Saturday, November 20, 2010.
Mark your calendars!
Tickets will be on sale at the Treasure Chest and online
on October 1. RVCC Board Members will also have tickets for sale earlier.

The special entertainment for the evening will feature
Paul Reisler with Terri Allard.

paulFor over 35 years, Paul Reisler
( has created a direct and emotional music that cuts across borders -- combining folk roots, world music eclecticism, classical precision, and new age mysticism with the vitality of contemporary music.
Paul was a founding member of the
much loved folk group, Trapezoid.
Reisler is the founder and artistic director of the Kid Pan Alley children's songwriting project. He currently performs with his group, Paul Reisler and A Thousand Questions, featuring Howard Levy, Angela Kaset, Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Amy Speace.
His most recent project, Aesop's Fables for Orchestra and Narrator, co-written with Art Wheeler with a libretto written by Tom Paxton and Paul
is a full-length piece for family audiences.

Reisler will be joined by vocalist Terri Allard ( Terri is an award winning singer-songwriter known for her intimate performances and personal writing style. Terri has received nominations for seven WAMMIES (Washington Area Music Association Awards), winning Best Female Country Vocalist in 1999. She has recorded five albums. When not on stage, Terri serves as the Charlottesville-Albemarle Kid Pan Alley Project Director, teaches songwriting, performance and vocal workshops in schools, universities and folk communities across the country, and is the host of Charlottesville Inside-Out, a television series on WHTJ Charlottesville PBS.

The concert will feature songs and instrumentals composed by Reisler as well as some Kid Pan Alley songs and a few of Terri Allard originals.

And if you'd like to volunteer to help with this event, contact
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New Member Benefits
at the Treasure Chest

As if it wasn't already the best deal around, RVCC members now get a discount at the Treasure Chest.
So be sure your membership is current and come take advantage of the following:
  • 20% off on Friday's.
  • $2 off per bag on Bag Days (First Saturdays of every month)
Call 434-361-0103 or email

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Like to flip pancakes?

Cooking PancakesThe much-loved and well-attended monthly pancake breakfast at RVCC
is in need of some volunteers. A morning in the RVCC kitchen on the first Saturday of the month 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 Holland,434.361.0100 or to sign-up.

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