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Memorial Day 2014 Saturday celebrations zero in on beer, cider and wine

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Memorial Day Weekend celebrations in 2014 continue on Saturday, adding the Jeffersonian favorite of cider to the altogether, already pleasing mix of wine and beer events. The beautiful settings in the Charlottesville environs are particularly fresh this spring, and the strains of live music at each venue add to the holiday excitement.

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You are going to need to road trip it and be snappy to participate in all that’s happening this Memorial Day Holiday Weekend in the Charlottesvilles area. Below is your guide to what’s happening where and when, so you can make the most of your travels.

If you were too busy to make Devils Backbone Brewing Company on Friday May 23, it’s not a problem. At 8:00 p.m., on Saturday May 24, you can still have that local brew, the sunset, dinner, the whole nine yards but you’ll be listening to a live performance of Chase’s Lament. Devils Backbone is located at 200 Mosbys Run in Roseland (434.361.1001).

If you had your fill of beer and wine on Friday, change it up on Saturday with a Jeffersonian favorite: cider. From 1:00-4:00 p.m., Gary Randal plays acoustic at Bold Rock Hard Cider in Nellysford. Tastings, tours, live music and cider to go could make for a great holiday afternoon. Bold Rock Hard Cider is located at 1020 Rockfish Valley Highway (434.361.1030).

On Saturday, from 1:00-4:00 p.m., Trump Winery offers live music, wine tastings and gourmet delights from their kitchen. Trump Winery, located at 3550 Blenheim Road in Charlottesville is open from 11 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (434.977.3895).

The Tin Can Fish Band plays at Wild Wolf Brewing Company from 8:00-11:00 p.m., while you partake of a late dinner and local brews. Or just have the local brews and star gaze to the live music. What a natural way to send up the second day of your long holiday weekend! Wild Wolf is located at 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway in Nellysford (434.361.0088).

Also on Saturday, Afton After Hours at Afton Mountain Vineyards promises live music with Eli Cook, wine tastings, pizza from Blue Ridge Pizza Company and Southern Cajun from Delicious Dish food truck. Fantastic mountain views and a stellar sunset are probably on the agenda as well as the event starts at 6:00 p.m. and will run through 8:30 p.m., and the setting of the sun. Bring a picnic, lawn chair or blanket. Afton Mountain Vineyards is located at 234 Vineyard Lane in Afton (540-456-8667).

Wintergreen Resort’s mountain location is perfect in just about any season, and is celebrating all out for Memorial Day. Drive up the mountain anytime 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday for a full day of activities: buffet breakfast at the Copper Mine Bistro; arts & crafts fair opens at 10 a.m. on the Blue Ridge Terrace; the Blues, Brews & BBQ festival kicks-off at 11:00 a.m.; and the kids can enjoy a Block Party from 1:00-4:00 p.m., while the adults listen to a full slate of music (Battle of the Bands). Wintergreen Resort is located off the Blue Ridge Parkway at 39 Mountain Inn Loop in Wintergreen (434.325.2200).

From 3:00-5:00 p.m., listen to the honky tonk sounds of “Get Right” at Albemarle Cider Works on Saturday. The band covers the likes of Dollly Parton, Patsy Cline and Hank Williams while you enjoy another Virginia classic: hard cider. The event happens rain or shine and has no cover. Albermarle Cider Works is located at 2545 Rural Ridge Lane in North Garden (434.297.2326).

Laying off the sauce? No worries. There’s plenty of other ways to celebrate your Memorial Day weekend in Charlottesville. Grow your brain cells with a historic walking tour or take in an art show. Ride the Hatton Ferry in Scottsville or visit a local American castle. Pick strawberries or select other fresh produce at local farmers markets dispersed through the region. You can even attend a Mystery Dinner Theater, a local flea market or an antique car show.

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