Sun Setting on Labor Day 2011 As Unofficial End to Summer Arrives

Photos By NCL Mountain Photographer Paul Purpura : People celebrated the end to summer this past weekend at the annual Romp, Stomp & Chomp at Wintergreen Winery. Lucy would be envious!

Nelson County, Virginia
Though it’s not official until September 23rd, Labor Day Weekend signifies the end to summer for most. Packing up, winterizing, getting ready for colder days ahead. But not before enjoying a fantastic holiday weekend here in Nelson! People from near and far spent the extended weekend enjoying lots of activities. Our NCL Mountain Photographer extraordinaire, Paul Purpura, gallivanted all over Nelson to grab some shots of some of the things happening. Overall the weather cooperated for most of the weekend.

If you've never made the annual event at Wintergreen Winery, you should! It's a stomping good way to say farewell to carefree days of summer!
Over at Democracy Vineyards near Lovingston it was their 3rd annual Blessing of the Harvest complete with a full communion service.
Democracy is nearing completion of their new tasting room adding another fantastic winery / vineyard to Nelson!
Head up about 3500 feet and Wintergreen Performing Arts held their annual International Wine Festival at the Resort. In just a few days on September 24th, WPA will hold their annual Oktoberfest, a celebration of German culture and food.
60 wines were available from Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Chile and Argentina. Two Virginia wineries were also represented (Veritas and Pollak)
Also at Wintergreen Resort this past weekend people got the rare opportunity to ride the ski lifts on a summer day! It's a whole different feel on a beautiful warm afternoon. Won't be long before those slopes will be covered in snow!
In addition to the ski lift rides, there was plenty of other activities including arts and crafts, live music, movie nights, and a day at the lake.
Photo Courtesy of Sherri Brooks: Down the Blue Ridge Parkway from Wintergreen people in Montebello were out celebrating their annual Community Market Day including all sorts of crafts.
In addition to the crafts, lots and lots of great food!

See you next Labor Day, till then get ready to enjoy the beautiful fall colors heading our way in October!


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