Carter Mountain Orchard
Pick Your Own Fun in Charlottesville!

Carter Mountain Orchard, located next to Michie Tavern and mere minutes from Monticello, is open mid-April through November (and weekends in December). The fun starts in the spring with apple blossom time, a craft festival, and the chance to check out the view early in the year. In the summer, you can head up the hill and pick-your-own tree-ripened peaches, or purchase Ready-Picked fruit in our market. You'll also find nectarines, white-fleshed peaches, fresh local veggies, and summer apples - perfect for applesauce and cooking.

As summer fades, the action heats up on the mountain with the mid-August start of our spectacular apple season. Pick Your Own, or buy fresh picked in the Apple Barn, all the way through November. You'll find a dozen varieties including Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Winesap, Fuji, and Pink Lady, among many. We also offer pumpkins galore, fresh Apple Cider, Aunt Sarah's Bakery with home-made apple cider donuts (a runaway hit year after year), fresh-baked apple pies, apple caramel cookies, hand-dipped ice cream, and delicious lunch foods in the Mountain Grill.

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Chiles Peach Orchard
Pick Your Own Fun in Crozet!

Located in Crozet, Virginia, and open from early May through Thanksgiving, Chiles Peach Orchard and Farm Market is your place for fun! While the terrifically tasty tree-ripened peaches may be the main attraction in the summer, you don't want to miss the strawberries, sweet cherries, apples, and pumpkins – all grown right here on our farm!

The Chiles family looks forward to seeing you soon. With the 3rd, 4th, and 5th generations all actively involved, you will usually see one or more of us when you visit.

Pick Your Own Granny Smith and Fuji Apples are now available!
Pumpkin Patch Now Open!

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* * *  Field Trip Fun for Your Family  * * *


Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum
Wytheville, October 23
Join us for two special events! At eleven o’clock, the new ADA compliant sidewalk and entryway will be dedicated in a public ceremony with complimentary tours of the Bolling Home to follow. Stay around for the 2pm ribbon cutting ceremony at the Bolling Wilson Hotel located directly across the street.  This restored 1920’s hotel is Wytheville’s first boutique hotel and will honor the town’s most prominent daughter.
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Haunting at the Lake - Twin Lakes State Park
Green Bay, October 24-25
Get ready for ghoulish good times with creep-tastic Halloween fun featuring kid-friendly activities. Mark your calendar for the 5th Annual Haunting on the Lake at Twin Lakes State Park on Friday, October 24th and Saturday, October 25th from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. each evening.
And for the fearless and daring, as night falls and the monsters of these woods begin to howl, you'll enter a realm of terror you could not have imagined Family fun includes a Pumpkin Patch where kids can purchase pumpkins, decorate their own Jack-O-Lanterns, pose for photos in pumpkin cut-outs, play in a cornbox, and jump in the Bouncy Castle.
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Family Frights at Jamestown Settlement - Jamestown Settlement
Williamsburg, October 24-25
A family night out at the museum with trick-or-treating, games and crafts, haunted house and ship, ghostly tales, spooky straw maze, and costume parade.
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Pumpkins in the Park - Wilderness Road State Park
Ewing, October 24-25
Gather the family, dress in your favorite costumes and prepare for two nights of fun and fright when Wilderness Road State Park hosts their annual Halloween special event, Pumpkins in the Park.Highlighted by the wildly popular Haunted Trail Hayride, where folklore comes alive, this year’s event will again feature children’s activities, contests and the community based Trunk-or-Treat.
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Fright Light Laser Show - Virginia Living Museum
Newport News, October 25
It’s a howling good time in the Virginia Living Museum’s Abbitt Planetarium with this frightfully awesome mix of terror-ific tunes! Wild and weird laser images accompany songs from Black Sabbath, Garbage, The Who and so many more! Come enjoy this laser spook-tacular!
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Museum Madness - Children's Museum of Virginia, Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum & Lightship Portsmouth Museum
Portsmouth, October 25, 12pm-6pm
Show us your costume creations for a day of hauntingly good fun at the Portsmouth Museums.
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Apple Harvest Celebration - Carter Mountain Orchard
Charlottesville, every weekend in October
It's our biggest celebration of the year! Join us for music, food, hayrides, wine tastings, pumpkins, apple picking, apple butter, apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple pie, and all things apple!
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Fall Festival - Amazing Farm Fun @ Ticonderoga
Chantilly, through November 2
PYO Pumpkins, hayrides, slides, jumping pillow, animals and much more!
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Crab Orchard Corn Maze & Pisgah Pumpkin Patch - Historic Crab Orchard Museum
Tazewell, through Novemer 2
Test your navigational skills in the corn maze!  Can you make it all the way through?
Come out to Historic Crab Orchard Museum's Corn Maze and find out!
And while you're here check out what other fun things are going on:
Take a ride on a hay wagon - Try your hand at Punkin' Chunkin - Visit the Kids' Knoll with hay bale maze for small children - Pick out a pumpkin or two to take home - Grab a bite to eat from one of our on-site food vendors, including Fisher & Co. in the museum's 1907 Pisgah Store.
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Innovation Festival Family Day - National Air and Space Museum
Washington, DC, November 1-2, 10am - 5pm
Join us for a festival for the whole family that celebrates the accomplishments of American inventors and the spirit of innovation that has led to so many of today's technologies. Meet inventors and the patent examiners that worked with them on their inventions,  hear directly from experts about how an idea is molded into a working product, and try your hand at making your own invention.  Exhibits, crafts, talks, and performances will showcase ingenuity at the Smithsonian and across America.
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Todd Rosenlieb Dance Fall Concert
Norfolk, November 14-15, 8:00pm
Fall Concert is a modern production that will feature live music, cello and piano accompanied with vocalist from Tidewater Opera Incentive.  A brief history of modern dance will be discussed informing the audience of the freedom of expression modern dance allowed in the early twentieth century. A contemporary modern piece, Liebes Leder will be performed to live music. Escape Velocity by guest artist Ryan Corriston - a fast paced dynamically intense piece that grabs the audience, and original choreography by Todd Rosenlieb will also be performed.
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Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia, Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center
Williamsburg & Yorktown, November 27-29
Colonial Virginia foodways are featured during this three-day event beginning on Thanksgiving Day.  At Jamestown Settlement, learn how food was gathered, preserved and prepared on land and at sea by Virginia’s English colonists and Powhatan Indians. At the Yorktown Victory Center, learn about typical soldiers’ fare during the American Revolution and trace the bounty of a 1780s farm from field to kitchen.
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A Colonial Christmas, Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center
Williamsburg & Yorktown, December 1-January 4, 2015
“A Colonial Christmas” offers a glimpse of 17th- and 18th-century holiday traditions with special tours and interpretive programs and, December 26-31 and January 2-4, musical entertainment of the period. A Jamestown Settlement holiday film and guided tours compare and contrast English Christmas customs of the period with how the season may have been observed in the difficult early years of the Jamestown colony. At the Yorktown Victory Center, hear accounts of Christmas and winter in Revolutionary War encampments and glimpse holiday preparations on a 1780s farm.
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Cinderella - Encore Stage & Studio
Arlington, January 9-18, 2015
In this musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale, a young girl, nicknamed Cinderella by her cruel stepsisters, dreams of leaving her work behind and becoming a princess. When the Prince throws a ball, she finally gets her chance. With a little bit of magical assistance from her fairy godmother, Cinderella just might win the heart of her very own Prince Charming. Recommended for ages 4 and up.
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