Fluvanna Happenings: What’s New?

By Rae Alberts

Store Openings: The Royal Cheesesteaks is now open on James Madison Highway, right next to Papa Jim’s Ice Cream! They specialize in Philadelphia-style cheesesteak subs and New-York-style pizzas.

Fun Fact of the Week: the most common trees in central Virginia are the loblolly pine and the yellow poplar. You probably recognize the loblolly pine; it’s the tall, spindly-looking bare trunk, with the branches and needles clustered at the top!

Music Bingo

Cunningham Creek Winery is hosting a music bingo night with Sara on May 10 at 7 p.m. Come sit back and relax with a glass of wine as you play a fun game of musical bingo.

Jam Thicket

Jam Thicket is back. This eclectic, psychedelic band is described as having material that ranges from “rhythmic rock and hypnotic sound-scaping, to infectious funk and up-tempo freakouts.” They have Dave Hersman on guitar, trumpet, and vocals; Warren Jobe on drums and devices; and Dan Haig on bass and vocals–plus there will be one or two special guests along for the ride! Live at Luna Azul Farms on May 11. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the music starts at 5 p.m.

Back 40 East

For those of you who may be thinking that Jam Thicket is a little out of your comfort zone, I’ve got your back. Check out Fluvanna County’s own newest rock-and-roll band, Back 40 East, playing at Wahoo BBQ on May 18 at 7 p.m. This band’s classic style works both for those who grew up listening to the oldies and for those who are just getting into it now. Come support your local musicians and grab some barbeque while you’re at it.

Muffins with Mom

On Mother’s Day, May 12, at 11a.m. the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association is hosting a celebration of moms and other motherly figures at the main beach at Ashlawn Boulevard. There will be free muffins and flowers for all–including gluten-free options. And dads, don’t feel left out–next month will have a Donuts for Dads event. I’ll talk more about that next time.

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Fluvanna Funfest

The Fluvanna Funfest is coming to van der Linde Recycling on May 18 in Troy. It will be a day filled with fun, food, and activities for the whole family. Food trucks, craft vendors, live broadcast from 99.7, pet adoptions, face painting, fire trucks and heavy equipment, raffles, games, and free electronic drop-off. 11- 2 p.m. Benefiting Fluvanna fire and rescue departments,  SPCA, and Meals on Wheels.

Hillside Market Bazaar

Hardware Hills Vineyard presents Hillside Market Bazaar, Saturday, May 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sip and shop, enjoy live music, unique foods, artisans and craft vendors, Hardware Hills wines, raffle baskets, etc. at 5199 W. River Rd., Scottsville. 434-286-4710. admin@hardwarehills.com. Raffle proceeds benefit Scottsville Community Chamber of Commerce.

Cornhole Shootout

     The Fluvanna Cornhole Shootout will be Saturday, June 8, noon to 5 p.m. at Hardware Hills Vineyard. In addition to the competition, players and fans can listen to music from F.O.G., enjoy a beer and wine tent and a food truck, and join in 50/50 drawings and a silent auction. Two-person teams can register at www.lakemonticellocommunityfoundation.org/projects-events, at $30 per team. Prizes are $100, $50 and $25. Proceeds benefit the Lake Monticello Community Foundation. 

There’s a ton more events in June, so make sure to check back in to Fluvanna Happenings in a couple weeks!

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