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In This Issue
From the President
Rockfish Nights
Christmas Tree Sales
RVCC Tenant Spotlight
Logo Contest Winner
New Classes
Hamner Happenings
The Homecoming
Opens Thursday,
December 1 at the
Hamner Theater 

Houses sell out for this one!
Get your reservations in early For more into, see the article further along in this edition of the Rockfish Reader or
info, visit the Hamner's website.

Join us for a FULL day on Saturday, December 3!

Pancakes anyone? 

stack of pancakes

Pancake Breakfast

8:30 to 10:30 AM   


RVCC 5th

Holiday Market

(Featuring arts & crafts, seasonal greens/wreaths, along with local produce, meats, cheeses & baked goods!) 

holiday cart  

Holiday Market 

9 AM to 1 PM  


Take a Christmas tree home on your car! 

Tree lot open 

9 AM to 1 PM 


Last but not least (!):  

It's Bag Day  

at the

Treasure Chest

9 AM to 3 PM  


See you then! 

Holiday Harp Song Returns to RVCC
Harp Song of the Blue Ridge, led by Virginia Schweninger, will present its 6th Annual Harp Song Christmas Concert on Thursday, December 8, at 12:30 PM in the RVCC auditorium. As many as 15 harpists from Central Virginia will perform a selection of holiday music on several styles of harps, including Celtic/lever harps as well as the larger pedal harps. This year Virginia will share her treasured Lyon-Healy "Wagner Harp" which was created in 1895. Come join the Rockfish Seniors Group and your Rockfish neighbors to hear this heavenly concert.
Help wanted at the Treasure Chest!

Treasure Chest Thrift Store is seeking part-time help, one day per week, with the potential for more hours in 2012. For more information, please contact Lynn Mark at 434-361-0103.

Room for Rent 
at RVCC!

Spacious old classroom.

Beautiful south-facing sunny room. 

Great room for 

office or studio.  

Approx. 348SF.

Available Dec. 1.

Join us! 

$300 per month 

includes utilities. 

 For more info please contact Bo Holland 

at 434-361-0100 or


room 3 

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  


The RVCC Board of Directors proudly presents ...
The new boiler!!

Thanks to all who helped to make this great step happen!
RVCC Board of Directors 2011-2012
Gifford Childs
Vice President
Bill Howard
Connie Muscenti
Bob Kinney
Sue Chase
Margaret Clair
Sarah Jane Stewart
Bob Yoder
Quick Links

December 2011Top 

A Message from the President 

      Thanks to everyone who attended Rockfish Nights. The community support for the event was overwhelming.   RVCC is very fortunate that so many dedicated people and businesses donated to the silent auction and volunteered their time to make the event successful.   We are especially grateful to Margaret Clair who coordinated the silent auction and the overall event.

      This annual fundraising event is vital to RVCC and this year it was the turning point for us financially. We expect the profit from this event after all accounts are settled to be about $9,000. If all goes well this will turn the year from a loss to positive territory and allow us to invest in much needed infrastructure improvements.    

      If you attended the event you should have received an invitation to complete an online survey. Our intent is to use the survey data to plan next year's event. It is very brief with only 10 questions and should only take a few minutes.   Please tell us what you liked and what you think could be improved.
Gifford Childs
RVCC President
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Rockfish Nights 

Rockfish Nights: Many thanks to all! 

      The 12th annual Rockfish Nights was a great event, and I'd like to send a thank you to everyone who came and everyone who donated items for the auction. There is nothing like the RVCC Silent Auction, that's for sure, and this year the donors went all out to make sure there were items you would never find anywhere else.

      As always the music was excellent and many folks were dancing. Claudia Gibson and her assistants did a wonderful job with the food and the table settings. We owe a great deal of thanks to her calm demeanor and her gastronomic feats.

      It truly takes a community to pull off an event of this size and I'd like to thank Diana Malsky, Elaine Weems, Pat Gooch, Michael Dowell, and Bo Holland for all their fortitude and resilience. I'd also like to call out the Board of Directors of the RVCC for their unending willingness to work hard to make sure RVCC remains an asset to the community. I'd like also to thank Tim Gorman and Richard Averitt for their labor in making sure the bar was stocked. Thanks so much to my "askers" (you know who you are). And finally, thanks to the many other volunteers who pitched in before, during, and after the event to bring it all together.

      I hope whether you were able to come this year or not, you will put this event on your calendar for next year: the second weekend in November. Not only is it an important part of our support for the year, RVCC's Rockfish Nights is a fun community event.

Margaret Clair


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Fraser Fir Trees have arrived!


       Fraser Fir Christmas trees have just arrived at RVCC, freshly cut from the Stewart Tree Farm in the mountains of North Carolina. These trees will stay fragrant and green throughout December.

      If you come on a Saturday morning, helpers will assist you in choosing and loading a tree. Trees are also available at the Treasure Chest during their weekday hours.

      New and renewing members receive a 10% discount. Large sizes (10-12 feet tall!) are also available.

Help support RVCC & get a long-lasting, superb-smelling, beautifully-shaped Christmas tree!

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Cathy Kiehl,   

MS Art Therapy 

       The large sunny classroom at RVCC that was earlier used as an art studio for RVCC workshops and classes now houses the studio of art therapist
Cathy Kiehl
With a Masters degree in Art Therapy from Eastern Virginia Medical School's Department of Psychiatry, Cathy is well trained to utilize art for personal healing and expres
sion. She describes Art Therapy as the use of art supplies and processes to help clients express their inner feelings visually in order to deal with issues they may be addressing. She has applied art therapy in hospital inpatient and outpatient settings, in alternative schools, and with individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

      Cathy also uses the creative process with individuals to enhance self-knowledge, for self-enrichment, and just to have fun with a group.   Recently she instructed seniors in artistic self-expression, and placed their art on the wall of the RVCC conference room for all to see during a reception on October 30th.   As a member of the RVCC Art Committee, she is thinking about how to showcase art at RVCC for the community's enjoyment and appreciation.

      Cathy has 3 children, 6 grandchildren, and lives with her husband Chuck in the Rockfish Valley. She says she came to RVCC at just the right time. "It is a haven for me and the folks there are so helpful. RVCC is becoming an excellent place for work, business, shopping and entertainment. This old school is being re-purposed just like some of my creations. I am glad to be a part of RVCC and to be a part of its growth."


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Logo Contest Winner  

The winner of the RVCC Logo contest is Allie Marshall Pesch. She is a freelance graphic designer and art director at the Crozet Gazette. She graduated from Western Albemarle High School, UVA, and got her Master's in Art History at NYU. She lives in Crozet with her husband A.J. and their two young children. 


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New Classes at RVCC:


nia adrienne 

NIA class begins in January

Led by Adrienne Young-Ramsey

Thursdays, 5-6 PM 

NIA is a sensory-based movement practice drawing from disciplines of the martial arts, dance arts, and healing arts.

For info on NIA go to


 portrait class 

Portrait Sculpture Workshop

Led by Charles "Flick" Flickinger
Dec. 3 & 4, 10 - 5:30

(Includes 1/2 hr. lunch break)
$210 includes model fee and clay; $115 for one day; additional $45 if you need an armature.


sara pope 


 Sara Pope will offer 3 Special Retreat Classes in December.

Friday, Dec. 16 / 9-11 am
Saturday, Dec. 17 / 10-12 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 20 / 6-8pm
 Each 2 hour class is $25 and 10% of proceeds will be returned to benefit the RVCC Yoga Studio.  

Please contact Sara for more 
or 434-361-1599 or visit her site

(Sara Pope's Friday morning Element Yoga classes are on
Retreat for the month of December. Classes will  resume on
January 13 for an 8 Week Session.)

NOTE: Rebecca L'Abbe's Tuesday night class is on pause for December and one of these Special Classes will fill the regular Tuesday night spot at 6PM (NOT 6:30) on Dec. 20, 2011. 


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Hamner Happenings

in December 2011

Opening December 1: 

The Homecoming  

Join us for the this holiday celebration, Peter Coy's adaptation of Earl Hamner's novella, with a cast of 32 (not all at once!), a Christmas tree, an Albino Buck, a jar of recipe and much, much more. The Homecoming will run through Dec. 18, with performances Weds. through Sat. at 7:30pm and matinees on both Sat. and Sun. at 2pm. There will be pay-what-you-will performances on the second and third Thursdays and free previews Tues., Nov. 29 and Weds., Nov. 30. We will have opening night receptions on Thurs. and Fri. for the two casts. Tickets are $15; $10 for children 10 and under and may be reserved by calling 434-361-1999. For information about which cast is performing when, please visit the website,
Saturday, December 31  

Geezer New Year
Set the clocks ahead at 6 PM so that at 9 PM, we  

welcome the New Year and still get a good night's sleep  

... or head on to the next party!

 Saturday, January 14

In the Nightclub 

Mississippi Conjure:  Blues

like you've never heard them before!


Friday & Saturday, January 20 & 21

Two one acts from the PVCC Theater Lab   

Antigone Now& Mystery in the Round


Saturday, January 28

Blue Line Highway:
Americana, Rock and laid back blues  



The Hamner Theater: 
Celebrating life & the shared human experience Join us!


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