Crozet Angel Tree 2017 – Fully Supported!

via email –

“I am so excited to say that between your boost, my email campaign, and many other caring folks from the community sharing the information with friends, neighbors, playgroups, exercise groups, etc we are 100% supported. I can’t thank you, and everyone who has pitched enough for coming through again this year. Crozet is a special place!”

Crozet rocks. 206 kids’ holidays are better.

Coyotes in Crozet (and in Old Trail)

Quite the FB conversation on this one.

As I was turning into Old Trail today around 1:00 PM, a sizable coyote ran in front of my car causing me to brake hard.

It was heading east to west.

I believe it was a coyote as it was running with it’s tail down.

I don’t know if there have been other sightings.

And, no, I hadn’t been drinking!

Short story: there are coyotes in Crozet (and coywolves); stay away from them, and keep small animals away, too.

Christmas Trees in and Around Crozet – 2017

Re-posting from last year. Any changes or suggestions?

Before you know it, I’ll be posting the “here’s where to recycle Christmas trees” post (usually in Crozet Park). For now, here’s a list of some of the places in and around Crozet to get a Christmas tree.


My post from 2011 is mostly still accurate, but a few links are dead, so at a friend’s/client’s request, here is an list of places to get Christmas trees in and around Crozet. (Thanks to the Facebook & RealCrozetVA Twitter friends!)

Pick your own + pre-cut Christmas trees


(list pulled from my post at RealCentralVA)


Loving the Crozet Trails

It’s fun riding the Crozet Trails with someone new to Crozet, as I did this morning. Even more fun when I discover something new … the pull up thing at the back of Claudius Crozet Park, near the Crozet Dog Park.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again … the more trails connections the better – for the community, environment, and property values. And … thanks, Crozet Trails Crew!

Crozet Cycling’s Easy Riders Take a Road Trip

One of my favorite parts of the Crozet Cycling Club is the Easy Riders. If you want to join them, please fill out the contact form at the end of this post.

Thanks to Terri Miyamoto for the photos and the story! (I added links)

On a perfect late-autumn day – the sky deep blue, the sun bright and low in the sky, and just enough chill to make you want to keep moving if you were outside – the Crozet Cycling Club “Easy Riders” took a field trip to scope out the trail system in Lynchburg, Virginia. We stowed the bikes and drove about an hour south, enjoying the last of the fall color through the 151 corridor and down US 29. Arriving at the parking lot, we were surprised to find it full, even on a weekday morning. Obviously, this is a popular trail system!

We began on the Blackwater Creek Trail, wide and paved, on a slight downhill for most of its three mile length to where it meets the James River. This is a rail trail, and the cuts through rock, plus a short, lighted tunnel, make for an interesting ride.

At the river, we encountered the RiverWalk Trail, through a historic section of Lynchburg with many choices for meals and refreshments, although some of them would require quite a walk up stairs from the river level to the bluff above! We recommend staying on the trail (which we think runs along the sidewalk) because biking over the cobblestone streets is kidney-shaking. Take it from me.

Past the commercial section, the trail makes a sharp bend back and then crosses a bridge over to Percival Island. For a mile you are biking on a narrow island in the middle of the James River, with water a short distance away on each side. Through another bridge, then you are on the other side of the James, biking through a section of woods and fields, all golden on that autumn morning.

At the end of the pavement, we turned around and rode back into town for lunch, really nice pizza and sandwiches at Waterstone Pizza. And beer, of course. The building had originally been a shoe factory, we were told, and the immense beams and super-thick walls made for interesting conjectures as we lunched. It is an impressive building.

Heading back toward the car, from the RiverWalk Trail we took the Point of Honor Trail. This trail follows Blackwater Creek very closely, and includes a beautiful stop to take pictures at an old mill dam. It’s not quite as flat as the Blackwater Creek Trail, but other than a couple short climbs, certainly not too strenuous.

Choosing to add a couple more miles to our ride, we rode the Kemper Street Trail up to the Lynchburg train station. Yes, up—it’s a climb the whole way. But coming back down was great fun. Almost enough to be tempted to do it again.
All together, including a couple “oops” detours (the trails in the downtown section could use some better signs) we biked 17 miles and had a wonderful day. There are lots of places to stop and appreciate the river, the city, and the woods. It’s all safely off-road, and not too far for an easy family trip.


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Crozet Angel Tree 2017 – Help 206 Kids

via email:

The Angels are registered, and we are ready for shoppers!

We are once again coordinating Angel Tree with the four public schools here in Western Albemarle. I am wondering if you might be willing to again help us with promoting the project and round up shoppers?  Here are the details as I know them right now…

Total Angels on List: 206

Last Year:                   208

Angel information sheets are now available.  Our focus is on needed items such as clothing, coats, shoes, winter accessories, etc. Please consider partnering with us and sponsoring an angel, or a family of angels. This is a great project to do with your children or at your place of employment. UNWrapped gifts are due to Crozet Baptist Church on Tuesday, November 28th at 5 pm.

Please contact Tracey Pugh at [email protected] to find out more about this wonderful program, or to request an angel.

Believing the Best,


Tracey R. Pugh

Minister to Children, Youth, and Community Connections



CCAC Meeting – 15 Nov 2017 | Western Park, Downtown Crozet, Re-Store ‘n Station

Should be interesting, and relevant.  #CCAC1117

Crozet Library
Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


1. Agenda Review (Dave Stoner – CCAC chair)

2. Approval of Minutes

3. Re-Store ’n Station SP Amendment Presentation (Jo Higgins, Re-Store ‘n Station, 45 min) (staff seem to be recommending approval of gas pumps being open 24 hours, & store being open 20 hours/day – pdf)

4. Project Updates & Discussion (45 min)
a. Neighborhood Improvement Funding Initiative (NIFI) – Crozet Square Streetscape – approved by BoS
b. Barnes Lumber Rezoning – applicant’s requested deferral
c. Western Park Master Plan Update – follow-up discussion

5. Downtown Crozet Initiative – Request for Virginia Main Street Affiliate Application

6. Items Not Listed on the Agenda

7. Announcements & Future Agenda Items



I’m appending a couple emails to this post, as I’ve seen things online get lost; better to save them here for posterity.

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Crozet Yoga Moving to Crozet Shopping Center

Thank goodness they are staying in downtown Crozet!

via their email:

After a wonderful first year in our space in Piedmont Place, Santosha will be moving down the road to the Crozet Shopping Center opening on January 1, 2018.

The new and improved space will include sunlight (!), a larger lobby and lounge, retail shop and second studio which we will utilize for childcare in the mornings as well as to expand our offerings. Our vision is that Santosha becomes a community and wellness center – a hub for a community looking to move the needle in terms of health, happy living – for ourselves as well as for our kids. Our hours will be expanded, so if you want to come well before class starts you can relax and have a cup of tea and read your book or stop by around lunch for a visit.

We thank you all so much of your support through this first year and we appreciate your business. We would love your input on how we can best serve you in year two. If you would take a moment to fill out this survey we can offer you an additional 10% off a retail item or workshop of your choice in the next 6 months.