Enter the holidays with chiles and spice as we celebrate Friendsgiving dinner with a South-of-the-Border twist. Leave your turkey for Thanksgiving Day as we come together for a family-style fiesta complete with traditional Mexican platters, optional cocktail pairings, and live music by esteemed Mexican folk musician Zenen Zeferino. Bring your kiddos to our first seating at 5pm. Our second seating will begin at 7:30pm — come experience a fullness of flavor, friendship, and stomach. ‣ [$40 per person, $15 for children + tax & gratuity]
Hark in good tidings with fir sprigs, pine cones, and festive ribbon. Karen Walker from Hedge Fine Bloom will guide us through how to craft the perfect holiday wreath to adorn our homes. Bring a friend or your little elves (10+) as we enjoy an afternoon of creativity, community, and merriment. Please RSVP 48 hours in advance. ▸ 18” wreath for $75, 24” wreath for $125, and 32” wreath for $175.
Please join us for a special dining experience of exemplary eats crafted by two of Charlottesville’s most sought-after and well-respected chefs. Drawing on their past accolades, the former Executive Chef of Clifton Inn and Timbercreek's Back 40, Tucker Yoder, and our Executive House Chef, Matt Green, will share a rare opportunity to savor a refined, progressive, and sumptuous meal from a nine-course tasting menu with recommended wine pairings on offer. Enjoy elegant ingredients, an intimate atmosphere, and a memorable evening treasured with friends. ▸ $150 per person with wine pairings. Menu to come. Seats are limited. RSVP required.
Enjoy a sip-filled fest with a curated array of vintages. Between 3 and 6pm, Vinegar Hall will transform into an epicurean’s paradise where vintner’s will offer tastings of their best wines as well as complimentary cheeses to sample. Our wine circuit will take between 25 to 60 minutes to complete depending on the pace in which you taste. Bottles will be available for purchase. This is a perfect opportunity to put together a personalized case to bring to your next holiday gathering. ‣ $3 in advance, $5 at the door.
The time has come to bust out those hot pants again. Boogie, bump, and electric slide your way to the dance floor with the launch of our Supreme Dance Party. Kickstarting with a night of disco, Vinegar Hall will transform into a different era each month for members and non-members to enjoy. Do “The Hustle” under a real disco ball as Melody Supreme’s DJs play analog mixes to all your 70s favorites. We are keeping the party bumping until late o'clock. Come light up the House with us. ‣ Open to the public: $10 non-members, free for members.
Resilience has been called the great puzzle of human nature. Some question whether it is an innate quality or something you learn. Over lunch, we will hear from Wendy Hubbard—the Founder of Beyond Broken—who will deep dive into what resiliency is, how to navigate life’s challenges, and ways to lean into adversity with strength and acceptance. ▸$12, member; $20 guest, + tax &gratuity
Don your festive apparel and toll the ancient yuletide carol as we gather around the fire, spreading holiday cheer by singing loud for all to hear. Join us for a jolly evening full of carols, cocoa, and cozy sweaters as the Founder of The Center of Vocal Study, Heather Hightower, leads us in merry measure. Grab a friend and come join the chorus as we sing a mix of holiday classics and contemporary favorites. ▸ All experience levels are welcome; songbooks will be provided.
Discover why the light and lively Cru Beaujolais will perfectly pair with the cornucopia of flavors served on your Thanksgiving table — even your great aunt’s questionable “ambrosia salad." Grab a glass as Somm Scala shares why this vintage is the must-buy of the holiday season. ▸ $15 members, $20 guests (+tax & gratuity)
Cozy up by the fireplace as UVA alumnus Nathan Colberg shares his soaring vocals and original lyrics. The 23 year-old singer songwriter is the voice behind the E.P. “Barricade” and recently released “Silo.” Join us as we warm up with a drink in hand and bask in rich melodies.
Self care. We know it’s important, but how do we make space for it in the midst of our busy lives as entrepreneurs? During this Women’s Networking Luncheon, we will explore creative, simple approaches for cultivating self care and well-being in life and work. Jena Leake will lead us in a lively conversation as we reflect upon what inspires, nourishes, and sustains us. As an artist, expressive arts therapist, educator, and consultant, Ms. Leake has worked with women of all ages over the past 20 years. She will weave poetry and artful inquiry into this talk, inviting you to become an artist of your life and to contemplate how self care contributes to being a successful business owner. ▸ $12 members, $20 guests (+tax & gratuity)
Through the lens of Aaron Farrington, photographic methods of the Victorian era are revived. During this second session of our Charlottesville Slideshow Series, moderator Ashley Florence will join us as we meet the man behind the stunning “People of Charlottesville” portraits — a three-part project thats captures community members through collodion processing. A retrospective of his multidisciplinary work will be given before we watch his live demo of wet plate photography and see his art come to life.
Spice up this Thanksgiving season with the perfect vintage to accompany your turkey dinner. Take a tasting tour of the Crus de Beaujolais region in Southern France where easy-drinking reds have become staples at holiday tables. Expand your palates as we sample other Thanksgiving classics such as aromatic Gewürztraminer varietals as well as more perennial Jura Poulsard and Nebbiolo wines. ▸ $15 for members includes tasting through the region.
Join us for a special Common Knowledge session that you can sink your teeth into. While enjoying a lunch comprised of their fresh organic flavors, Babylon Micro-Farm will get to the roots of innovative growing methods, a brief history of hydroponics, and ways to make your home more sustainable—all while enjoying the company of fellow plant lovers. Green thumbs not required—all are welcome. ▸ [$12 members, $15 guests (+tax & gratuity)]
Your wardrobe awaits at Alton Lane. Our newest House partner tailors your shopping experience to suit your personal style and needs. Receive a custom fitting while enjoying a bourbon at their design bar as we celebrate this perk with a spirited party. Join us at the Alton Lane Showroom for an open bar happy hour — complete with your favorite cocktails and bespoke clothing.
Is the U.S. Constitution upholding liberty and equality for all? Are our governmental systems still a reflection of James Madison’s vision of democracy? CEO & President of James Madison’s Montpelier, Kat Imhoff, and Director of Marketing & Communications, Price Thomas, set out to discover the public’s current engagement and perceptions of the Constitution. On Election Day, join us over breakfast as they share their findings from Montpelier’s national survey. Their studies reveal our varying relationships to the Constitution, what issues matter most to us, and why it all matters. ▸ [ $12 + tax & gratuity]
We invite you to learn more about the project and take their interactive survey on Montpelier’s website.
Turn down the polish, crank the country, but leave the Americana on 11... WNRN is bringing Cordovas—a five-man set of rockers from East Nashville—for a pop-up concert. Their blend of parlor piano, pedal steel, and poetic country blues have made them the next big thing in country rock. Join us for some great songs and good fun.
Grab your goblets and step into the spirited lab of Ivar Aass for an evening full of micro-distilling adventures. This Master of Malt will guide us through an interactive experience on how whiskey and other spirits are produced. A tasting of Spirit Lab spirits will be followed, which will include some of their small batch products. ▸ $5/member, $20/guest [+tax & gratuity].
Lush rainforests. Secluded beaches. And abundant wildlife. Photographer and conservationist, Manuel Sanchez Mendoza, captures breathtaking photos of Osa’s natural treasures to protect and maintain the region’s unique biodiversity. Before exhibiting at the McGuffey Art Center, catch a sneak peak of his stunning collection Mi Jungla Natal with us. A talk will be given alongside his coworkers from the Osa Conservation — a D.C.-based nonprofit dedicated to cultivating ecological stewardship to support Osa’s land and the communities dependent on it.
Our second annual Halloween Party is sure to be a humerus affair—wicked awesome costumes required, and complete with haunted house jams, special boos collaborations with Potter's Cider, and a wicked awesome late night menu that we are batty about. Come shake your booty and haunt your stuff. ▸ Your costume is your ticket. Guests welcome.
Creep it real with us for a fangtastic evening of spooktacular proportions. Trick or Treat yo’self to a Morgue-A-Rita or Wicked Rye while shaking your booty to our most haunted jams. We know you’ve got it—haunt it. We welcome you to bring zombodie as you mingle with your fellow grad ghouls. Come eat, drink, and be scary with us.
The 31st annual Virginia Film Festival, the state’s largest and longest-running film festival, will preview their most highly anticipated titles with us. Festival Director, Jody Kielbasa, and Program Manager, Wesley Harris, will provide an in-depth look at upcoming Festival offerings from this season’s most coveted features, to time-honored classics, to experimental shorts. This year, the VAFF will host over 100 guest artists, including Martin Luther King III, Alexis Bloom, Peter Bogdanovich, Allen Hughes, and Michelle Jackson whose work has sparked important and empowering discourse within our community and beyond. ▸ This event will be cohosted with C-VILLE Weekly.
Does the “self” survive death? For centuries, the afterlife was exclusively framed in terms of our religious traditions until Enlightenment thought pushed against our ideological beliefs. Scientists soon came to favor a materialistic approach to the “self.” They claimed you are your brain and when your brain stops working, your selfhood ceases to exist. In his talk, Patrick Belisle, A.R.E.’s Development Director, will share data that reveals we are more than our brains. He will provide recent studies that support how our consciousness is carried on beyond death. Archived videos will be shown from Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Edgar Cayce, Carl Sagan, Ian Stevenson, and near-death survivors themselves.
Our stars have aligned with Le Lion. On October 21st, Cofounder, Laura Gelfand, will share her zodiac-inspired knits, made from Italy’s finest and softest Merino wools. Her sweaters are personalized with embroidered monograms and hand-applied sequins. Each piece offers a playful twist of a bygone era woven perfectly together with modernity. Unique, cozy, and stylish, you are bound to wear a Le Lion sweater with pride.
Strong nonprofits make strong communities. Join us as we learn why. With over a decade of leadership experience in nonprofits, CNE’s Director of Philanthropy, Sarah Gaines, will share her insights into our local nonprofit landscape and how this sector holds the power to be an agent of lasting change within our lives. ‣ Please RSVP as space is limited.