Fluvanna Happenings: What’s New?

By Rae Alberts

Fun Fact of the Week: You may have heard that the Death Star is the size of a small moon–and that’s true! But the title of the largest spaceship in fiction actually goes to the MotherShip from Independence Day (1996). This colossal ship is roughly the size of Ceres, the largest asteroid in our solar system. If you hollowed it out, you could fit 30 Death Stars within it! Now that’s a big ship!


There are tons of bands performing nearby coming up soon! This Friday, May 24, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Jefferson Speedboat (formerly The New Outliners) will be playing at the Bunker Bistro. This roots rock band has Scott Murdoch and Kenn Herrington, both on guitar, James Schoenster on bass, Thom Bronez on keyboard, and Steve Waller on drums–and they’re all on vocals! All members are from Lake Monticello.

This weekend, May 24-27, CampOUT is hosting the VA Women’s Music Festival! There will be tons of bands performing live, including Christine Havrilla, Mama’s Black Sheep, Wicked Jezabel, Tret Fure, and more! Three days of music, workshops, a 5k, and even more! Find out more and get tickets at www.CampOutVA.com.

On June 1st, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Southern Revere Cellars (Kents Store) will host Alex Lawhon for a night of music. Alex is a singer-songwriter who has played shows with the likes of Sara Bareilles, John Mayer, and Brandi Carlisle (just to name a few), and leads the rock band The Roman Spring.

Saturday, May 25, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Cunningham Creek Winery will be hosting SH’Boom Live! Pete of Sh’Boom fame returns to the vineyard for their Saturday Music and a Food Truck Series. Go on out and enjoy his wide range of top hits and smooth vocals, and sample the food truck and wine, making for a memorable evening in the vines! This week the food truck is Tasty Vittles.

And of course, Groovin’ at the Grove will be back on June 8, as it is each second Saturday of the month! Music kicks off at 5 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Park, and entry is free. That week will feature JBB, an eclectic, psychedelic, southern rock and roll jam band that will have you on the edge of your seat with their funky covers and cool originals. Their style is said to be an interesting mix of rockabilly and punk!

Lake Monticello

The Cornhole Tournament is coming up! Hosted by the Hardware Hills Vineyard, this tournament will benefit the Lake Monticello Community Foundation, and takes place Saturday, June 8, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $30 and available online. In addition to the tournament, there will be a raffle with prizes, food trucks, drinks, and live music by the F.O.G. Band!

The Lake Monticello swimming pool will be opening for members and associates this Monday, May 27. The pool is open daily 11 a.m. to  7p.m. (10:30 a.m. to those with pool memberships) from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Lap swim is from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Members and Associates in good standing can apply for family and individual pool memberships. The weather is warming up, so it’s just about time to come cool off in the pool!

That about wraps it up for this week, with tons of music coming your way! Tune in next time for new events in Palmyra in June and beyond!

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