Dark Skies Brews and Views
Wood Ridge Farm Brewery in Lovingston and WildManDan Brewery in Afton
165 Old Ridge Road, Lovingston and 279 Avon Road, Afton
Dark Skies Lager at Wood Ridge Farm Brewery – Well balanced Helles lager with notes of coffee.
Come out the 3rd Wednesday of the month for Dark Skies viewing. **WEATHER PERMITTING**
There will be a special viewing session on August 18th. Bryan Knowles plays from 7-10pm followed by the Perseid Meteor Party. Local area astronomers will gather at Wood Ridge Farm Brewery in conjunction with the Nelson County Dark Skies campaign to observe and enjoy the nights sky as well as a meteor shower. We will have 2 Dobsonian telescopes as well as an EV scope providing a very special opportunity to view the sky with high powered equipment. Be mindful of the night time weather and dress accordingly, bring a blanket and snacks as the brewery will be closed during prime viewing hours.
Dark Matter Black IPA at Wild Man Dans Brewery- ABV 6.0% IBU 75 – A light chocolate, coffee and caramel sweetness with a citrusy, tropical, resinous and melon character.
Daytime Star Gazing with The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen. 1PM to 3PM. Come join staff and the Charlottesville Astronomical Society for this fantastic celestial event as we view our star, the sun! We will see sunspots and solar flares using safe solar telescopes with Steve Layman, Coordinator of Future Astronomers Charlottesville Astronomical Society. This event will be held at Tuckahoe Clubhouse, 37 Stone Orchard Drive. Payment is due at time of registration. 434-325-8169.
Hazy Mountain Vineyard and Brewery
On November 18th from 7-9pm, Hazy Mountain Vineyards and Brewery, in association with local area amateur astronomers, will be presenting its patrons an opportunity to enjoy telescopic views of the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn. Children are welcome! This is a fair weather event, updates to the weather will be added here leading into the event.
This is a unique, two-night opportunity that only comes once a year and will be the largest gathering of astronomers at the park. Our astronomy clubs will have telescopes available for an up-close view of planets and galaxies, but you may also bring your own telescope to explore these amazing wonders of the night sky with our knowledgeable staff as your guide. We will also have programs and presentations to help you find your way through the galaxy. We promise you a stellar experience at James River State Park!