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From Gifford
Meet Lynn Mark
Eleanor Honored
Consignment Sale
RVCC Music
Hamner Happenings
RVCC Officers 2011-12

June 3-4, 2011




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Workshop at RVCC

Flick Class   

May 21-22, 2011

10:00 am - 5:30 pm

With 1.5 hr. lunch break
$200 includes clay and
model fee
(Regular class
fee is $235)

Come for one day $115
Call 434-361-2126 or
email to sign-up!

Every Friday,

lunch at RVCC

from Claudia's Cafe

A la carte ~ salad, soup, varying entrees,  

desserts & beverages 

Noon - 2pm


RVCC Tenants

Leslie Alexander

Megan Atthowe  Larry Cabaniss 

Christine Davis

Greg Ebelherr 

Flickinger Studios

Claudia Gibson  

Susan Gorman

Habitat for Humanity

The Hamner Theater 

Cathy Kiehl 

Rebecca L'Abbe

David Lipscomb

Sandra Pleasants 

K. Robins Design

Rockfish Seniors

Wren Shoumate 

Treasure Chest 

Rose Valentino

Brian Webb  


RVCC Board of Directors 2011-2012
Gifford Childs
Vice President
Bill Howard
Connie Muscenti
Bob Kinney
Sue Chase
Margaret Clair
Tim Gorman
Sarah Jane Stewart
Bob Yoder
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MAY 2011 




New faces are springing up like flowers at RVCC.  Meet the NEW Treasure Chest Manager, Lynn Mark, and the NEW (though with us from the start) RVCC President, Gifford Childs. Lots of NEW performances at the Hamner Theater.  And donated items at the June Consignment Sale can look like something new to YOU, the shopper.  Read on! 

Greetings from RVCC

       RVCC is in full swing this spring with a multitude of activities planned.  I hope you enjoy reading about them in this month's newsletter and would like to invite you to participate in as many as you can.   

       I would also like to send a special thanks to Sarah Jane Stewart for her many years of service as President.  Sarah Jane's administrative expertise brought RVCC to a much higher level and directed us safely through many challenges.  Fortunately, Sarah Jane is remaining on the board and as past president has the difficult role of training me. 

       It should be an exciting year for your community center. One of our many priorities has to do with upgrading the building.  Our specific goals are renovating the auditorium, repairing and painting the thrift store and theater building, and giving the front of the building a facelift.   Our challenge is getting the funds and resources to accomplish it all. 

       Thanks for your continued support for the RVCC programs and our wonderful tenants.

 Gifford Childs

RVCC President

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Welcome to Lynn Mark, the New Manager,  

of the RVCC Treasure Chest!

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Lynn Mark, accepting new donations daily

       The new manager at the Treasure Chest brings retail marketing experience and non-profit organizational skills to the business of selling gently used items at RVCC. 

       Lynn Mark aims to please the customer with a friendly greeting and to make shopping easier through attractive display.  She wants the community to be more aware of this gem of a shop at the back of the RVCC building, next to the theater entrance.  Her enthusiasm for marketing the Treasure Chest stems from her admiration of the volunteers who help and the quality of the donations brought in.  "I've learned how really important the volunteer base is to the success of this operation.  They have a deep emotional tie and each has a niche for their involvement."  

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There's something for everyone!

        Lynn is very impressed with the good condition of the clothing.  "All kinds of people shop here, for bargains and for rare finds at low prices. Once people discover us, they come back. It's rare that someone leaves without buying."  People who donate items are also greeted and thanked.
        So be sure to stop by the Treasure Chest to peruse the shelves and racks and meet Lynn.  Hours are 10-3 Tuesday - Friday, and 9-3 on Saturday.   Your feedbackon how to improve the shopping experience is always welcome, as well as your offer to volunteer!  Keep those donations coming!   




The Treasure Chest's Book Section is HUGE!



This is a good place to donate those books  

you've read and shop for a new one!




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Eleanor Massie Recognized for Ten Years of Employment at Treasure Chest

Eleanor Massie has seen the Treasure Chest grow from the very beginning when she started as a Green Thumb employee (now known as the Experience Works program).  She has offered steadfast continuity as a dedicated worker through these ten years, with all the ups and downs!  The RVCC Board of Directors recently presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Eleanor along with a gift.  Thanks to Eleanor for giving direction and insight to both volunteers and new managers!    

We love you, Eleanor! 

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June 3-4 at RVCC

RVCC will once again hold a consignment sale on the first weekend in June. If you wish to sell items and split the proceeds with RVCC (60-40, or 50-50 if you volunteer!), this is for you. We display your tagged goods, advertise and run the sale, and give you your $$$ when it's all over! Easiest yard sale you've ever done!  

         Sale and drop-off instructions and the sign-up form will be posted for download on the website and at the RVCC office by May 6. 

Mark June 3-4 as your time to sell and to shop!

Saturday, June 4 is the pancake breakfast, too.


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Furthering Music at RVCC?

       The Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group concert drew 175 attendees to enjoy the down home, folksy yet professional performance of four artists.  They acknowledged the good feel of the Community Center, and were most appreciative of the hospitality, including Claudia's dinner.  This concert demonstrated what a fine venue for the performing arts we have at RVCC, and an audience hungry for local entertainment on this scale.               

       To continue planning for musical entertainment, a committee has been formed with RVCC Board member Connie Muscenti as the convenor.  They are exploring other types of concerts to sponsor.  

       If you would like to be part of this planning, please call the RVCC office at 434-361-0100 and we'll keep you posted about the meetings.


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Hamner TheaterUPCOMING




Coming May 11-21:the world premiere of a new play by Robert Wray, Ocean View Odyssey.  Originally part of the first Playwrights Conference, this work has been re-written and is produced now in its latest incarnation.  Ticket details on the website, www.thehamnertheater.comNB -There will be no show on May 14 so HIT (Hamner Improv Troupe) will fill in the space.


As a special pre-show treat for the final weekend, Peter Coy is directing Caryl Churchill's Heart's Desire with five NCHS students.  6:30 Th. - Sat. and 2 on Sun., May 19 - 22.


To Close Out the Merrie Month of May - we are delighted to present Oscar Wilde's timeless comedy of manners, The Importance of Being Earnest, fresh from Four County Players in Barboursville.  Four days: May 26 - 29; curtain is 7:30 for Thurs. - Sat. and 2 on Sun. Call 434-361-1999 for reservations.


And finally - the Nelson County Shakespeare Festival presents The Merrie Wives of Wintergreen (aka Windsor), June 15 - July 3, including a special benefit performance on the grounds of the Stoney Creek golf course, Friday, July 17!


Good things cooking at the Hamner! 

For more info visit

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RVCC Board Elects New Officers 

At the April Board of Directors meeting, the following officers were elected for a one year term:              

  • President - Gifford Childs
  • Vice President - Bill Howard
  • Secretary - Connie Muscenti
  • Treasurer - Bob Kinney

       Outgoing president Sarah Jane Stewart was presented with a watercolor painting of area artist Nancy Maxson, framed by past board member Pat Gooch, as an expression of appreciation for Sarah Jane's four years of service as president.

RVCC President Gifford Childs

       Gifford Childs has been the Vice President for four years and brings a wealth of experience as a founding member of the Board, and as the competent chair of the Building and Grounds Committee.  Having retired as Operations Manager at International Cold Storage, he brings executive as well as engineering skills to the forefront of RVCC.   Gifford graduated from the University of Maine in 1973, and received his Masters in Business Administration from Lynchburg College in 1993.  He lives with his wife Amy on Taylor Creek Road and enjoys being a grandpa! 


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