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In This Issue
From the President
Rockfish Nights
Art Exhibit Opening
Volunteer Picnic
Tenant Spotlight
Hamner Happenings
Volunteer Projects

$100 Prize!

Submit your design to the RVCC

Logo Contest.


October 14

More info



Cooking Pancakes

Saturday, September 3  

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.




  Develop coordination, strength and motor skills through fun structured activities.

  Instructor Beth Morazes

with 30 years of experience.

  Pre-school classes:  Monday 9:30 - 10:15

  School Age classes:  Wed. afternoon

  For more information and to register e-mail:  



Fridays: 9 - 10:30 AM 

Foundational Yoga Class for Beginners and Intermediate Students.

Bring Yourself Back to Balance with the Elements
12 Week Session
in 4 Week Cycles

Starting September 2

Cost is $108 for all 12 sessions or $12/class

For more information,

contact yoga teacher  

Sara Agelasto at

434-361-1599 or 


      The performance by Barbara Bates Smith of Ivy Rowe in the Hamner Theater on August 14 drew a sellout crowd, enthralled by the engaging dramatization. Musical accompaniment on the lap and hammer dulcimers by Jeff Sebens enhanced the listening experience.  

      The evening was a benefit for RVCC in memory of Jeff Byron, whose photographs were placed around the reception room. Thanks to the personal sponsors and promotion by Mary Jo Russell, $1300 was deposited in RVCC's account.  Many in the audience left with the feeling that this talented actress should pay another visit to the Hamner!

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
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September 2011Top 

Hello Friends of RVCC:

      WOW! What a month August was. Earthquakes, Hurricane Irene, and depressing world news made life difficult for many of us in Nelson County. Let's hope September is better. Despite all these unpredictable events, RVCC is going strong and moving forward. It's nice to know that something in our neighborhood is stable and improving!

      There are two new and very visible improvements at RVCC you should be aware of. When you enter the driveway look for the newly restored sign and when you visit the Hamner Theater look for the two new "OLD" doors at the entrance. Both improvements were made possible by loyal community center volunteers.  

      In September we start restoring windows on the front of the building to their full beauty and function. This will preserve the original windows, reduce air infiltration and save energy. A work shop is planned for Saturday, September 10, led by Jim Imbur, an expert in historic building window restoration. The purpose of the workshop is to begin a workable plan for preserving all 99 of the double hung windows and for weatherizing the building. In the workshop we will remove the sashes from one window, replace damaged glass and glazing, scrape the damaged paint and repaint. The sashes will then be replaced with new weather strip and repaired counter weight systems so that the windows are in good operating condition. Because of the hazard from the possible presence of lead based paint, special safety procedures will be carefully followed. For more information on this workshop or to find out how you can assist on this important project, please contact me through the center.

Thanks for your continued support! 

  Gifford Childs

RVCC President

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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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Opening: New Art Exhibit at RVCC

September 25, 2011  |  2-4 PM  

      A collection of paintings by senior citizens at Nelson County Community Center,  Lovingston, and Mary Williams Community Center, Charlottesville, will hang in the RVCC conference room for a month this autumn. The collection is called Painting Without Numbers. Come meet some of the artists most of whom are first time painters and some have overcome various challenges to create their work.  Light refreshments will be served on opening day. 

      The Painting Without Numbers exhibit continues through October 20, 2011. Gallery hours are from 10 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday or by appointment. Contact Cathy Kiehl (434-996-3966) or Bo Holland (434-361-0100) for more information.  

"What art offers is space; 

a certain breathing room for the spirit." 

John Updike

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 RVCC Volunteer Appreciation Picnic  

Sunday, October 2, 4-6 PM  

(Rain or shine!) 

      RVCC wouldn't be the successful community center it is today if it wasn't for all the hours of time and hard work that our volunteers have given us. We would like to honor all those volunteers on October 2 with a "Volunteer Appreciation" potluck picnic. This picnic is for ALL our members and their families and of course, all our volunteers! Please bring a favorite dish to share. RVCC will provide beverages, plates and utensils.  

      And if you have ever volunteered for RVCC, please fill out the form (download here) and send it back to us so that we don't forget anyone. Everyone, please RSVP Bo Holland, Center Manager, and be sure to tell her if you have been one of our volunteers. 


Please return to the RVCC office by September 15  |  PO Box 106, Nellysford, VA 22958   

Fax: 434.361.0102 

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John Helfrick of John Helfrick
Afton Laser Arts  

     Please join RVCC in welcoming John Helfrick of Afton Laser Arts as our newest tenant. John has over 40 years experience in the printing business and has knowledge of all kinds of printing. His new business uses some pretty high tech processes including laser, vinyl cutting, wide format digital printing and heat transfer. With this very specialized equipment John can engrave and cut many types of materials including wood, laserable plastics, acrylic, leather, Corian and fabrics. He is also setup to etch painted brass, aluminum, glass, crystal, marble, granite and stainless steel.  

     In his shop John has on display several examples of his creations. He can personalize many types of items including laptops, cell phones and iPods. He also makes many different types of gift items and keepsakes that can be customized including clocks, cups, flashlights, cribbage boards, jewelry, picture frames, puzzles, signs and awards.

     It always seems that John is having more fun than working. He describes his work as a hobby and enjoys working with people and creating special "one of a kind" items that last forever. He also enjoys tinkering and experimenting with new materials and designs. You might have noticed the banners and signs that identify the studios at RVCC. They are all John's handiwork.   If you have an idea for a special creation, email or call John at 540-910-1530. He can probably bring it to life for you.  You can also visit his studio in Room 10.

john's case

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Hamner Happenings

Hamner Theater 


Friday, September 2: An Evening of Jazz and Democracy Wines at the Hamner Theater

Join us for an elegant evening of jazz piano, small plates and Democracy Vineyards wines - food by Claudia Gibson.  Tickets are $35 for the event, including food, music and wine.  Reservations: or 434-361-1999.


2011-12 Season at the Hamner Theater: 

The first production of the season is A Life in the Theatre by David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross) will open Thursday, September 22 and run through Sunday, October 2.  Performances Thursdays - Saturdays are at 7:30 PM; at 2 PM on Sunday.  This "love letter" to the theater is directed by Boomie Pedersen and features Bill LeSueur and Eamon Hyland.  There will be a champagne reception sponsored by the Wolf Family Foundation after the opening night performance.



The Hamner is offering a "demi-subscription" | 3 plays for $40 ($45 if sold separately)  

and guaranteed seating at The Homecoming!   

Available at the theater or via email:

Don't miss out on any of our productions!



The second show of our upcoming season will be Neil Simon's The Prisoner of Second Avenue, directed by Peter Coy.  This comedy about unemployment (how timely!) "will satisfy your deepest desires."  Opening Thursday, October 20 and running through November 6.



And yes, Virginia, The Homecoming is back - Earl Hamner's classic holiday tale of Christmas in Nelson County.  Opening December 1 and running through December 18.



The Hamner Theater is excited about our upcoming events and we look forward to seeing you all soon!

For more info visit

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New Doors for the Hamner
In August, the breezeway entrance to RVCC and the Hamner Theatre got two new much needed exterior doors. The old ones had warped and were hard to use. Members extraordinaire Henry and Elaine Weems once again helped RVCC by donating two doors they had in storage and were happy to part with. This saved the Center several thousand dollars. The hardware to install them was recycled from old classroom doors. Board Members extraordinaire, Gifford Childs and Bill Howard, along with the Weems, spent a week installing and painting.
The breezeway entrance is looking quite spiffy with the white doors, a purple wall, and mature plantings
(planted by another volunteer extraordinaire,
Bob West, a few years ago).

Many thanks to  

our generous & hardworking friends.

 theater door

We invite you to join us at the

Rockfish Valley Community Center ...

Where Community Happens!