WEATHER : MONDAY : Wintergreen & Nelson, VA : Rainy & Cool Until Mid-Week : Then Very Nice!


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Forecast By Tommy Stafford – Nelson County Life Magazine


Austin, Texas hit, Danny Schmidt, will be coming to the Hamner Theater this weekend on April 26th. Scroll to learn more and stay tuned to hear one of his latest songs!

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Nelson Farmers Market Tent Goes Up
Nellysford, Virginia

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Don’t you just love it when you see folks doing something good…No I mean really good. moving some place, taking a leap of faith, and doing in their heart what they know’s right. That’s Ken and Yvonne Harris. They’ve made Afton and the Rockfish Valley their home. Heck, they’re already raising the next generation of Harris’ now. Farming and farming right is the way they do things.

At a.m. Fog on the Nelson-Albemarle County Line along Route 151 in Afton. They’re as close to the farm as you can get with plenty of fresh meats and vegetables.

They tell me right now they have veggie start, 6 kinds of lettuce. spinach, kale, brocoli, cabbage. And soon they’ll have 26 types of heirloom tomatoes, sweet peppers, and a big selection of HOT HOT HOT HOT, did I say HOT, YIKES! peppers!

They’ve already got; asparagus, lettuce, cucumbers, STRAWBERRIES, strawberry onions (the best!!!), roasting potatoes, Idaho potatoes, carrots, green peppers, farm eggs, meat, and fresh baked bread.

And yea, they still have my favorite the trusty:
-Local “Happy Steer” Hormone and Antibiotic Free Meat
-Local Hormone & Antibiotic Free Chicken

Not to mention all of the other vegetables, annual, and perennial plants along with fruit trees ready for the spring planting! It’s time!

That new beautiful farm market is OPEN FOR BUSINESS NOW, and before long stop in for hot teas, coffee, muffins, and bread while you take a look around.

Visit them on the web at or call them at 540-456-7100.

Rainfall Since midnight as 2:00 PM EDT Monday

SUNDAY’S High / Low at NCL-Nelson County Life Magazine in the Rockfish Valley : 69°/53° – RAIN PAST 24 HRS: 0.25″ – YTD: 7.14″
SUNDAY’S High / Low at NCL-Wintergreen Nature Foundation on Devil’s Knob @ Wintergreen Mountain : 58°/45° – RAIN PAST 24 HRS: 0.37″ – YTD: 12.90″
SUNDAY’S High / Low at NCL-Hatcreek Farm on Horseshoe Mountain @ Roseland, VA : 71°/50° – RAIN PAST 24 HRS: 0.45″ – YTD: 13.20″
SUNDAY’S High / Low at NCL-Tiger Fuel @ Lovingston, VA : 68°/53° – Rain Unavailable
SUNDAY’S High / Low at NCL-Delfosse Winery & Vineyard @ Faber, VA : 68°/53° – RAIN PAST 24 HRS: 0.” – YTD: 4.46″
SUNDAY’S High / Low at NCL-Mini Tara Vineyards @ Arrington, VA : 63°/N/A° – RAIN PAST 24 HRS: 0.00″ – YTD: 3.64″

Half of the weekend was just perfect! Very warm temperatures and beautiful skies. Temps on Friday and Saturday easily made it into the mid and upper 80’s for afternoon highs.

That made it perfect for the annual Rural Health Outreach Program’s Evening of Art, Music, and Cuisine held at Spruce Creek Gallery this past Friday night. Yours truly was the auctioneer at the live auction. Lots of fun and they raised lots of money for the great work that RHOP does! On Saturday the tents went up for the Nelson Farmers Market that kicks off May 3rd! This year’s will be one of the best so I am told! That’s one of the photos above from Saturday’s tent raising.

By Saturday night showers moved in and stayed with us Sunday and continue today. Some areas not far away have been either under flood watches or warnings within the last day or so. Tornadoes even hit the D.C. suburbs on Sunday, thankfully there weren’t very strong ones. Temps were roughly 15-20 degrees cooler yesterday than the previous several days due to all of the cloud cover. Today won’t be much better as clouds will hang in there with showers continuing.

By Tuesday we will begin to see the system ending, but clouds still hang around with drizzle in the area. The real improvement comes mid-week when partly sunny skies return along with Spring like temps.

Chances for rain return again by the end of the week.

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Looking 12-24 Hours Ahead

Your Nelson County Life custom area forecast including: Nellysford, Oak Ridge, Colleen, and Massies Mill

MONDAY: Cloudy with showers, possibly heavy in the morning hours.
* Highs Valley: 60-63°
*On the mountains: 53-56°
*Winds: NE 10-15 MPH
*OVERNIGHT: Scattered showers continue. Lows valley: 51-54° : Mountains: 46-49° : Winds: NE 5-10 MPH gusting to 25 in the evening

TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy with light showers or drizzle. Peeks of sun possible afternoon.
* Highs Valley: 61-64°
*On the mountains: 57-60°
*Winds: NE 5-10 MPH
*OVERNIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Lows valley: 48-51° : Mountains: 46-49° : Winds: NE-5 MPH becoming L & V

The remainder of the week has partly sunny skies Wednesday through Friday with afternoon highs in the low and mid 70’s valley and around 70° mountains. Rain creeps back in the forecast by Friday night

Have a great Monday everyone!

Next show scheduled for the Hamner Theater Cabaret on Saturday, April 26, is Austin, Texas-based singer/songwriter & guitarist Danny Schmidt.

Danny Schmidt is an award-winning & versatile songwriter, his writing includes “heartbreaking love songs followed by biting philosophical commentary, plain-strummed ballads followed by virtuoso fingerpicking.” (Orchard Distribution). His musical style draws from mountain barroom gospel and English balladry, syncopated Piedmont country blues with a dash of 60’s protest folk.

Austin may claim Danny Schmidt for its own, but his career as a performing & recording artist began in Charlottesville, with his first CD, Live from the Prism Coffeehouse, released in 1999. Schmidt returned to Charlottesville to record his fifth & latest album, Little Grey Sheep, produced by Paul Curreri. Also appearing on Little Grey Sheep are Charlottesville musicians Randall Pharr on bass, Matty Metcalfe on accordion, Jeff Romano on harmonica, Sara Read on fiddle, Spencer Lathrop on drums and vocalist Joia Wood.

The songs included in Little Grey Sheep were written over a span of seven years. Says Schmidt: “Each has a very personal meaning for me, and each came from a very particular episode in my life …whereas the songs I was putting on those other records were more narrative and generalized and abstract.”

Danny Schmidt will perform solo at the Hamner, his heartfelt realism guaranteeing an intense live performance, well-suited to this intimate venue. “It’s honest, bare bones storytelling at it’s best” (Tori Mazur, Music Beyond Radio).

The Hamner Theater is in Nelson County, between Afton & Nellysford. Tickets, by reservation only, are $15, which includes food. Doors open at 6:30pm; Food is served from 6:30pm. Dessert is served during intermission. The first set begins at 7:30 pm. Please call 434-361-1999 for reservations. More information at


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