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In This Issue
From the President
Ivy Rowe in August
Rockfish Nights
RVCC Logo Contest
Tenant Spotlight
Hamner Happenings
Invaluable Volunteers


Bev Lacey  

of  Blue Heron Farm  

is giving RVCC  

weekly fresh flowers  

during the  

growing season  

for the front lobby.

Next time you are in   

Basic Necessities
tell her "Thanks!"



Cooking Pancakes

Saturday, AUGUST 6 

Pancake Breakfast

8:30 to 10:30 AM 

Bag Day at the

Treasure Chest

9 AM to 3 PM 

New RVCC Class: Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program
      The class will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:15 AM starting in September. It will be taught by Linda Hobson, CPT, who is an instructor certified by the Arthritis Foundation. The class will be one hour long and will consist of strength training, aerobics, joint flexibility and relaxation exercises.
      The training was developed scientifically by the Arthritis Foundation and is found to greatly benefit people with arthritis. All ages are welcome and I will offer seated exercise as well as standing.

      The twice a week class will be offered for 8 weeks for $100.

     Contact Linda with questions and to register: 540-456-6812.



RVCC Tenants

Leslie Alexander

Megan Atthowe 
Larry Cabaniss 

Christine Davis

Greg Ebelherr 

Flickinger Studios

Claudia Gibson  

Susan Gorman

Habitat for Humanity

The Hamner Theater 

John Helfrick 

Cathy Kiehl 

Rebecca L'Abbe

David Lipscomb

Sandra Pleasants 

K. Robins Design

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
Quick Links

August 2011Top 

Hello Friends of RVCC:

        What is your favorite way of beating the heat? My favorite new way is visiting the Treasure Chest thrift store. There are new high quality donations and bargains every day. While you are there check out the new reading room. Ann Catherine Briddell and the thrift store volunteers have been sorting and arranging the books and there is a very good selection. It is much easier to find books of interest and it's a nice place to relax and try out some of the books before purchasing. There is also a special new area for children's books. So, if you have not yet completed your summer reading there is sure to be something for you.  

        We are busy making plans for a couple of fall projects that will improve your community center. One is repairing and repainting the windows and wood trim on the front of the building. The other is the renovation of the auditorium ceiling. If you are interested in helping on either of these projects and interested in adding excitement to your life, please let me or Bo Holland know.

        I would like to give a special thanks to Pat Gooch who has been the key person compiling this newsletter each month. Her special flair and graphic design skills have put a distinguishing mark on RVCC. Pat recently moved to Amherst, but is still in touch thanks to the internet.

Thanks for your continued support! 

  Gifford Childs

RVCC President

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August 14 Benefit for RVCC

ivy rowe 

6 PM In the Hamner Theater | $20 tickets 

5 PM Reception with heavy hors d'ouvres | $35 tickets Tickets available online.


      Shake off the heat and enjoy the dramatic presentation of novelist Lee Smith's southwest Virginia character Ivy Rowe on August 14th.  Barbara Bates Smith portrays this spunky mountain woman from Fair and Tender Ladies, taking us back, in a flashback, through her life of "livin' on love." With a sensuous nature and a flair for storytelling, she paints a vivid picture of 20th Century revivals, mine disasters, rural electrification, the Depression, and three wars. With musical accompaniment on the mountain lap dulcimer by Jeff Sebens, you're sure to be transported into the heart of Appalachia with a grin and a laugh.  

       This production is in memory of Jeff Byron, and all proceeds benefit RVCC. Held in the air-conditioned Hamner Theater, seating is limited to 60. Kindly reserve for reception by August 10. Buy tickets online, at the  RVCC office and Treasure Chest, or from Mary Jo Russell


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Rockfish Nights 

Save the Date: Rockfish Nights 2011

will be on Saturday, November 12.  


Save the date because you're in for some great music

from Le Hotclub de Biglick ...  


... a feel-good band for all

ages and musical preferences. You'll have a hard time keeping your eyes (and ears) off  them. These guys are entertaining, virtuoso performers, each with a rich background in music performance. Even if you don't dance, you won't be able to keep your feet still! 

Check out their website at:

 AND start saving up those pennies for our silent auction - a unique, quirky, entertaining Nelson County experience!


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Rockfish Valley Community Center


RVCC needs your help!

       We do not have a logo for our Center and invite you to design a logo that could be used on our letterhead, website, etc.  We are looking for an image that reflects RVCC's surroundings and/or RVCC's place in the community as a site for activities such as:  classes, sports, social events, theatre, food, community markets, business, shopping and more.  Check the RVCC website for current events and history of RVCC. All ages and abilities can participate.

Award for the one winning design: $100.00

What we need from you:

  1. Use pencil, pen, crayon, colored pencil or paint to create   a simple image  on 8 " x 11" plain, white paper.  (Typing paper accepted). Computer generated designs are welcomed as well.
  2. Complete and sign the application. You can download it here or stop by the Center and
    pick up a copy.
  3. Mail design and application to: Logo Contest, RVCC, PO Box 106, Nellysford, VA 22958
    OR deliver design and application to: RVCC,
    190 Rockfish School Lane, Afton, VA 22920
  4. Deadline for entries: October 14, 2011

      Entries will be judged by members of the RVCC Board of Directors. Entries will be judged on the image alone, not technical ability. To guarantee anonymity during the selection process, identifying information will be removed.

Winner will be announced at a reception at RVCC on October 30, 2011, 2-4 pm. All entries will be on exhibit from October 30, through November 30, 2011.

      Entries will not be returned by mail. Applicants may pick their entries up at the office of RVCC after November 30, 2011. Any entries not picked up by December 15, 2011 will become property of RVCC.

      Please do not use quotes or copyrighted material in your design.

      Questions? Call: 434-996-3966 or 434-361-0100


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Rose of Rosalba

Valentine Designs 

      Rosalba Valentino Designs opened in RVCC in April 2010. It is a studio and boutique offering one-of-a-kind fashion & accessories for purchase as well as custom fashion design and alterations work, including bridal. Rose attended Virginia Commonwealth University, where she studied metalsmithing, textiles, ceramics and more, graduating in 2000 with a BFA in Crafts. Since then, she has been creating and selling pieces using a wide range of media, often incorporating vintage textiles, buttons and found baubles in her intricate, detailed wearable art. "People often give me clothing and linens that are heirlooms in their families, but for which they don't necessarily have a use ... they don't want to throw them away, and would rather see them re-purposed by someone with an appreciation for the history and personal attachment they carry," she says.

      In addition to creating custom dresses, suits, wedding gowns, and baby items, Rose also enjoys her role as educator, offering individual and small group sewing classes so that people can learn the skill for themselves. "You can take it as far as you want," she says. "For some, it's enough to do simple repairs or hems. For others, it is the start of a lifelong passion for the art of sewing and its many forms."

      That it is hers is evident in her original designs --- though each piece is different, there is a style that shows through in the flowing, organic shapes, rich embellishments, and often whimsical designs. "My goal," she says, "is to emphasize the idea of dressing as a means of personal expression, a celebration of our bodies and abilities. Mass produced clothing often feels very stale. A fellow designer put it very well:  "Handmade means patience and attention to detail, where value increases with the workmanship. There's a look and a quality you cannot get from an assembly line."

Come visit Rose @ Studio 8-B and share her process - -

From Imagination To Creation!

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> Hamner Happenings <


halliday band
The Halliday Line Band
Coming to the Hamner Theater on Saturday,
August 27 at 7:30 PM ....


Halliday Line Band &

Our 2011-2012 Season Announcement Party!   


Come find out what we will be doing for the rest of the year, hear a great band and dance the night away!  Tickets are $15 @. A la carte food available ... call 434-361-1999 for further information and reservations.


       Just to give a hint as to what the future holds: we promise a Mamet, a Simon, a Hamner, a Shakespeare ... and that's just until February 2012. There's more to follow! We have great things planned for 2011 - 2012. Don't miss out on any of it!
       If you are interested in being involved, give Hamner Theaterus a call - we are always looking for actors, stage managers, front of house help, painters, stitchers --- just about anything you might fancy.   

      And our Monday evening Improv sessions continue --- no experience necessary, just a willingness to play.  We meet at 6 PM in the theater most Mondays.  

      Feel free to email ( or call (434-361-1999) for more information.
       Happy Summer - don't forget, it's cool and comfortable at the Hamner Theater!  



For more info visit

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Last but far from least:


In the midst of this incredible heat wave, the Dynamic Weems Duo (Henry and Elaine) trimmed the shrubs around the Center (and even seemed to have fun doing it!). Later they helped board member Bill Howard install new doors in the breezeway leading to the Hamner Theater.  

We invite you to join us at the

Rockfish Valley Community Center ...

Where Community Happens!