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Hunting Preserve Opening For 5th Season

priest.pixPriestView Hunting Preserve, a family-owned and operated bird hunting preserve located at the foot of the Priest Mountain (in Nelson County), opened in 2011 and will re-open for their fifth season from September, 2015 to April 2016.

Owned and operated by Tim and LaVerne Castillo, PriestView developed out of a family tradition of upland hunting and raising Brittanys and quail. Guided and independent hunts for quail, pheasant or chukar are available for those of all levels of experience.

For more information, visit www.PriestView.com.


The Blackburn Gallery Open in Nellysford

blackburn.good.inKevin Blackburn has been an artist and photographer for 20 years. Earlier this year he opened The Blackburn Gallery, which is now highlighting the works of 18 regional artists, all from within 75 miles of his location, at the corner of Rt. 151 (Rockfish Valley Hwy.) and Pheasant Run.

He also shows work from his own Impressions Limited Edition Collection, along with the William Lee Collection, an open edition of prints dedicated to his father.

“I’ve known many great artists over the years, and opening the gallery is giving me the opportunity to be inspired by them,” says Kevin. For more information, visit www.TheBlackburnGalleryVA.com

The “Cupcake Lady” Opens Shop

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANorthern Virginia native Coral Kemp, who used to own and manage a florist in Fairfax County for 25 years, talked about getting away from all of the congestion and traffic of the Washington D.C. area suburbs for years.

“Bob and I just wanted a more simple life”, Coral said, “and we chose Nelson County. Northern Virginia will always be home to us, but we prefer the Blue Ridge Mountains in our backyard.”

They moved here almost five years ago. Now she and three experienced employees bake, a lot, for their Nelson County customers. Coral’s shop, The Rockfish Baking Co., is located in the Valley Green Shopping Center in Nellysford, near the IGA and behind Chirios.

One might wonder what baking and floral careers have in common.

“Somehow, with my knowledge and creativity from my past floral experience, I’ve been led to a new-found interest in baking more for the folks here in Nelson County,” Coral says. “I have found it rewarding and a great way to meet new people and establish our home here.”

Coral has been baking for family and friends all of her life, even helping at the Rockfish Valley Community Center at the annual “rock-night” fundraiser, where she earned the nickname “The Cupcake Lady”.

Asked which of her treats their customers’ like best, Coral diplomatically answered “all of them, of course! But it’s probably our scones and the 19 varieties of cupcakes.”

Maybe you’ll have to have a taste for yourself one day soon. For more information, see the ad below or visit www.RockfishBaking.com  


habitat.logoNelson County Habitat For Humanity


Habitat for Humanity of Nelson County is a non-profit organization building homes for low-income families with volunteer labor, believing that everyone deserves to live in safe, decent and affordable housing.


Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 and today is a true world leader in addressing the issues of poverty housing. Since 1976, over 1 million homes have been built or repaired worldwide, serving more than 5 million people. Founded in 1994, the Nelson County chapter of Habitat For Humanity has built 22 homes in 21 years, and is now working on its 23rd . They are also searching for a family to live in it.

habitat.womenHOW IT WORKS

The houses are built at no profit and interest is not charged on the loans. The Nelson County chapter needs to raise over $100,000 annually to continually achieve their mission. Funds come from the new homeowners’ house payments, no-interest loans provided by supporters and money earned by fund-raising activities. Nelson County chapter has no paid employees and relies entirely on volunteers.


If your family, or a family you know, is in need of decent, affordable housing, contact your local Nelson County chapter. They will explain the application process and provide information on the availability, size and cost of Habitat homes.

Nelson County Habitat For Humanity selects “partner families” to become Habitat homeowners. Habitat for Humanity follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing partner families. Partner families are always selected based on their level of need, ability to pay and willingness to partner.

Applicants are required to meet several qualifications to ensure success. Prospective homeowners must have:

NEED- Applicants must currently be living in substandard housing conditions. (Example: defective dwelling, overcrowding, housing not affordable to budget, and poor living environment).

ABILITY TO PAY – Applicants must not be able to qualify for other home loans. However the applicant must have enough income to support a mortgage, taxes, insurance, and other responsibilities.

WILLINGNESS TO PARTNER WITH NELSON COUNTY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY – To build your house, and help to build houses for others. Each adult, 18 years of age must work a specific number of hours of sweat equity on the construction site or on other locations or activities sponsored by NCHFH.

RESIDENCY – Applicants must have been living or working in Nelson County for one year.

The total family income from all sources must not exceed the maximum guidelines (visit www.NelsonHabitat.com for more information).

Below Are Habitat’s Immediate Needs! Contact us if you have any item you’d like to donate to Habitat for Humanity of Nelson County.

  • Land-Nelson County Habitat for Humanity is always in the need for new home sites. If you know of such property or would like to speak to us about the sale of your property, please contact us.
  • Your Time-Habitat is always looking for new volunteers.
  • Prayers of Support
  • Gift Cards to Home Depot, Lowe’s Home Improvement or Office Depot.

Other Giving Options: Donate by Mail/Phone

To donate by mail please print out our donation form (located under Home/Forms on www.NelsonHabitat.com), and send it along with your donation to: Nelson County Habitat for Humanity

P.O. Box 338
Nellysford, VA 22958
-or- call 434-361-0201  This page each year features a different Nelson County based non-profit, volunteer-dependent organization. To have your organization considered for this page next year, e-mail Dan Curran at Dan@AllAmericanPub.net.

For More Information

For more information about the Lodge, Visiting, Joining Fleetwood Harmony, or Freemasonry in General, visit www.FleetwoodHarmony.org

This page each year features a different Nelson County based non-profit, volunteer-dependent organization. To have your organization considered for this page next year, e-mail Dan Curran at Dan@AllAmericanPub.net.