*STAR* Supporter Update

October 2019


I hope you have all had a wonderful summer. We were lucky enough to escape most of the heat with a delightful time in Nova Scotia. However, we were sent hurrying back to Virginia after Hurricane Dorian hit and put us all in darkness with waves pounding high on the nearby shore of Whale Cove.

As summer draws to a close we want to update you on progress in Stanardsville and Greene. There is a lot happening in the coming days and months and we hope you will participate.

The Greene Commons Farmers Market is still going strong, even as the growing season begins to wind down, attracting more and more customers and vendors. Visitors to the market have greatly increased since June and it now draws close to 300 people. It has become a wonderful meeting place. The new stage is completed and ready for bringing great music and entertainment to Greene. Our Grand Opening will be on October 5th and will run from 8 am until 4 pm. Kids of all ages will have a great time.

The market starts at 8. While some produce items are no longer available (my favorite corn is finished), every week there are new seasonal fruits and vegetables. And, of course, we can always rely on a rich mix of our favorite baked goods (breads, donuts, quiches, flans, cookies and muffins), pastas, coffees, eggs and a variety of meats. Come join us, meet your friends, see local artworks and listen to local musicians. On October 5th Silo will be performing. See www.greenecommons.com.

The Greene Commons performance stage will be a great community asset. It will be a wonderful venue for concerts by local and other entertainment musicians. Opening day will feature Gospel Sing and the group Lydia Station.

The day will include our normal Farmers Market plus a play area for kids, food trucks, craft and art demonstrations, talks and apple-cider making at the Blue Ridge Heritage Memorial chimney and, of course, a few brief remarks by dignitaries (some of who might be politicians running for office). Bob Burkholder, who led Greene’s farmers market for many years, will share a few reflections. It should be a great day for good food, good music, good experiences and good friends.

On October 12th the Farmers Market will be followed by the annual Oktoberfest, starting at 1 pm. It will feature a beer garden with regional brewers, vintners and hard cider makers, a homebrewers German Kolsch competition, games and other attractions for grandkids and others (bounce house, gyroscope, petting zoo, barrel train and more), food vendors and great music (local favorite Lydia Station), followed by haunted tours of Stanardsville. Last year some beer vendors ran out of their elixirs, but all have assured us that this won’t happen again. Come early, enjoy the market and then join the fun and pleasure of Oktoberfest! Additional information can be found at www.RWBnG.org.

The 13th annual Tour de Greene will also take place on the 12th. Registration begins at 8 am and the ride begins at 9 am. For all the hearty cyclists in Greene this offers an enjoyable challenge of 25, 40 or 60 kilometers through beautiful Greene back roads.

On Monday October 14th *STAR* will hold its annual STAR Shootout Golf Tournament at Greene Hills Club. The tournament will have a shotgun start at 1:00 pm. Practice areas will be available before the start and pizza will be there to provide energy. If a golfer has a hole in one on the 18th hole he or she will win $20,000 from our insurance company (they don’t have any faith in *STAR* golfers – let’s prove them wrong, we have paid for the insurance for a decade!). As usual, the Mayor will be driving the beer and snacks truck during the tournament. Dinner will be served after the finish accompanied by awards and humor. This is always a relaxed and fun event that brings people from near and far. Contact Roy.

The Greene Care Clinic has a wonderful new Executive Director, Pam Morris, taking over leadership of this great community service. Everyone should be aware of the care the clinic provides to adult Greene residents who aren’t eligible for government insurance and are uninsured. Come and learn about the clinic so you can help friends, family members and neighbors get the care they need.

Despite many hiccups, we are close to issuing Requests for Qualifications to continue the sidewalks along Main Street. We are awaiting final VDOT granting of the right of ways, a necessary step before gaining final approval of property owners. We will keep you posted on the progress. Note, however, that the delays have caused extra engineering costs and we will need help with these.

Our wonderful Greene County seat of Stanardsville is preparing to celebrate 225 years since its formal establishment in 1794 later this year. We would love to have your ideas on how to celebrate this occasion. Please send your ideas to Roy Dye at roydye111@gmail.com .

It wouldn’t seem like a normal *STAR* update if you didn’t see an appeal for donations by me. Please send donations to STAR at P.O. Box 838, Stanardsville, Virginia 22973.

Don Pamenter (*STAR*)