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Wines and Fine Times

November is a wonderful month for experiencing local flavors of food, fun, and music throughout Virginia. At C’est Le Vin Wine Bar and Art Gallery in Richmond, check out the Poetry and Jazz Tasting to sample tapas and tantalizing vintages of wine while listening to music and verse. Local writers of all experience and publication levels are featured at this event, any of whom can ask for the attending jazz musicians to improv along with their work. At Barren Ridge Vineyards in the Shenandoah Valley, have a relaxing evening with wine and fellow oenophiles. They host two popular tasting events, Firelight Fridays and Sunsets at the Vineyard, where you'll be entertained with live music while enjoying a spectacular sunset view of their expansive vineyard. You can bring their own picnic lunch, or if you’d like a full-catered meal just call and let them know a week in advance. So bring yourself, your partner, and your friends to come and enjoy the flavors of Virginia wine country.

Virginia and History Go Hand in Hand

If you're a history buff, you can't go wrong making Virginia your travel destination. This November, share in the proud legacy of Stafford County by taking part in festivities commemorating the 350th anniversary of its founding. Come to special lectures and events created by the locals, such as “Tell Your Stafford Story”, as well as a stirring film screening about the region's heritage. At the very beginning of the month, be sure to also check out the Rowser African-American History Wall and Trail of Freedom Tour. In Roanoke, there will be a Virginia Lunchbox Lecture in the History Museum of Western Virginia that will cover various regions of our beautiful state. It will be much more relaxed than typical academic presentations and all are welcome. Have a penchant for the 1800’s? Participate in a walking tour of the 19th century courthouse complex in Isle of Wight county. The tour begins and ends at Boykin’s Tavern, following the complex’s history from its founding to the present, including exciting tales of the many capers and duels that took place there. Looking to learn more about the Civil War? Visit Locust Grove in Walkerton, where you can witness reenactments along with artillery, infantry and cavalry demonstrations. At Yorktown Victory Center there will also be a Revolutionary War lecture series hosted by Dr. Andrew O’Shaughnessy, the Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello and a University of Virginia professor of history. So if you're interested in our nation's past, there's no time like the present to take advantage of all that Virginia has to offer.

It’s All in the Wrist

This November, come to Virginia for events that will allow you to relax and unwind with friends and family while expressing your creativity. On the 6th, Martinsville is having a whirlwind day of creative expression and you're welcome to join in. From the morning until the afternoon, Ed Gowen at Piedmont Arts will show you how to paint a recreation of Bob Ross's famous piece, “The Old Oak Tree”. If you want to continue your creative pursuits, head out to the Artisan Center in the late afternoon and evening for a ceramics class on surface decoration and glazing. Create functional and food-safe pottery that you will treasure more than anything store-bought. Not only will you have fun, you'll learn new skills that you can keep with you for a lifetime.



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