Author Archives: Ellen Sewell

Boar's Head Winter Wander Trail of Lights in Charlottesville

Top 8 Holiday Events in Charlottesville

FAMILY-FRIENDLY TRIPS TO SEE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS, HOLIDAY PLAYS, CREATE CRAFTS & MORE Any time of year is a great opportunity to visit Charlottesville, Virginia. There is something for everyone, from browsing through charming locally-owned shops where you can discover the most delicious delicacies and artisan gifts to visiting wineries to see illuminated vines and tall […]

Easy Roast Turkey Recipe

AN EASY ROAST TURKEY RECIPE & OTHER IDEAS Each year, our lovely staff shares personal, family recipes during the holiday season. It is a joy to share with CharlottesvilleFamily readers some of our favorite dishes like this Easy Roast Turkey Recipe with the hope that you and your family will enjoy them just as much […]

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Charlottesville-Area Tree Farms

FIND THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS TREE WITH THIS LOCAL ROUND-UP This year, enjoy venturing out of the house with your family to find the perfect Christmas tree. There are many local tree farms in the area, and we’ve compiled this Charlottesville-Area Tree Farms to help make planning easier. Be sure to call ahead and ask if […]

Harry Potter pumpkin pasty recipe perfect for kids and children's parties.

Harry Potter Recipes

HARRY POTTER-INSPIRED RECIPES TO MAKE WITH KIDS Cooking as a family is a wonderful shared experience for both parents and kids, some might even call it magical. With The Unofficial Hogwarts for the Holidays Cookbook ($19.95, 978- 1646040728, Ulysses Press, October 2020), your young ones will be eager to hop into an apron and work […]

Apple Fritters

Apple Fritter Donut Recipe

AN EASY FALL APPLE RECIPE One of my absolute favorite annual traditions that I have with my sons is our fall journey to a local orchard to pick apples. We’ve been doing this every September since they were toddlers, and even though they’ve now entered their teen years, it’s no less exciting than it was […]

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Does Your Child Need Braces?

TIPS ON TAKING CARE OF YOUR KID’S MOUTH As your little ones get older, their bodies are constantly growing through the childhood stages and into their teen years. With all of those changes, your child’s mouth is an important one that you should pay special attention to. Millions of American youths have donned one form […]

Foxfield Races

A Guide to The Foxfield Races Family Day

YOUR GUIDE TO ENJOYING THE FOXFIELD RACES FAMILY DAY IN CHARLOTTESVILLE The Foxfield Races, which are 10 minutes west of Charlottesville, have been an important part of our community’s history since 1977. Spectators travel to the heart of Virginia Horse Country twice a year. They want to enjoy the countryside’s beauty and the steeplechase’s excitement. […]

Grandparent reading to child

8 Children’s Books to Read This Grandparents’ Day

TOP 8 CHILDREN’S BOOKS CELEBRATING GRANDPARENTS Grandparents’ Day is the second Sunday in September each year. All of the below titles explore the special bond between a grandparent and a child and reading them together is a great way to highlight the upcoming holiday. Plus, they make excellent thoughtful gifts for any grandparent.  Grandma Kisses […]