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Memorial Day holiday revels in beer, mountain air and wine: Friday, May 23

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Charlottesville area Memorial Day Weekend celebrations in 2014 embrace beer, mountain air and wine, usually in a beautiful natural setting with live music performed by local artists. Join in the merriment and go ahead and make the holiday weekend interesting: why not travel the Shenandoah Valley Region from one end to the other sampling from among the best liquid Virginia products available? Here’s your Friday, May 23 guide to what’s happening where and when, so you can make the most of your travels.

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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.

Kick-off the holiday weekend straight out of the workday gates with The Chickenhead Blues Band at Friday’s After Five from 5:30-8:30 p.m.; but don’t let your evening end there! Keep reading below to add additional events to the start of your holiday weekend.

Also on Friday May 23, from 6:00-9:00 p.m., enjoy Judy Chops live music at Glass House Winery, with food for purchase from Morsel Compass Mobile Kitchen and $5-$8 wine tastings. Or bring your own picnic or purchase cheese, crackers and meats at the Glass House. No additional cover charge; the winery is located outside of Crozet at 5898 Free Union Road in Free Union (434.975.0094).

Later in the evening on Friday, enjoy a local brew at Devils Backbone Brewing Company in Nelson County while catching a live performance with Elizabeth Wise at 8:00 p.m.; or arrive early for dinner and add experiencing a Virginia mountain sunset to your itinerary. Devils Backbone is located at 200 Mosbys Run in Roseland (434.361.1001).

From 8:00-11:00 p.m. on Friday, the Jimmy Stellin Trio will perform live at Wild Wolf Brewing Company. Dinner can be served alfresco on the patio, and a nice evening can be enjoyed by all. Wild Wolf is located at 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway in Nellysford (434.361.0088).

A little deeper into the mountains on Friday, at 8:00 p.m., Wintergreen Resort kicks off its holiday weekend of events with a bonfire and storytelling at its Discovery Ridge Adventure Center. The fun then moves to The Edge for live entertainment from 9:30 p.m. to midnight. Wintergreen Resort is located off the Blue Ridge Parkway at 39 Mountain Inn Loop in Wintergreen (434.325.2200).

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