The Academy's first public use in more than a century comes in mid-October, as the Bluemont Fair Committee chooses to hold its 2016 "wrap-up" session at the Snickersville Academy. After that, Friends of Bluemont will whitewash the building to create period authenticity and to seal the log and chinking walls.
Below: The restored Snickersville Academy set up for community meetings. On right: 2016 Bluemont Fair co-chairs Cynthia Morris and Jen Stone arrange the school furniture--benches and tables newly fashioned of antique wood. Left corner: replica period teacher's desk made by Mark Zalewski, Friends of Bluemont's vice president in charge of restoration.
The 2016 Bluemont Fair
This year's Bluemont Fair featured touches of history (as well as American Indian pre-history).
Nolan Barzee of Mr. Print in Purcellville provided horse-drawn wagon rides from the rear of Epling Landscaping into the Boulder Crest property, recalling the times when the village roads were for horses and foot-traffic only.
The Indian Village--a joint project of the Sanctuary on the Trail and the Bluemont Montessori School--erected a teepee and a wigwam as well as offering crafts and presenting demonstrations of Indian dancing. There was a special dance honoring military, Veterans, and uniformed services (below, right). Chris and Rene White honored Ken and Julia Falke, founders of Boulder Crest Retreat, by ceremonially wrapping them in a blanket (below, left).
Also at this year's Bluemont Fair and throughout the village: the bright blue banners with the names and dates of Bluemont's historic buildings. The banners--designed, produced, and hung by George and Natalie Evancheck of Friends of Bluemont--will remain through the Blue Ridge autumn leaf season.
Friends of Bluemont's palm-card-sized walking tour maps of the village will be available at the post office, the Bluemont Community Center, and the Bluemont General Store. Remember, these cards have a "square" which, using your smart phone, takes you to more information about our historic places through the web.