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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Date Night: Dinner and Dancing

Ah-5-6-7-8! We're putting on our dancing shoes here at Foxfield Inn, and we think you should too! Several groups in Charlottesville offer dance lessons in a variety of styles, so if you're looking for a fun and lively date night, check out these local classes for one that corresponds with your next visit to Charlottesville, Virginia.

Sundays
Salsa at Rapture's Club R2
Lesson at 8 P.M., Dance at 9 P.M.
This popular class is always a hit. Enjoy the rhythms of salsa, merengue, and cha cha, and be sure to stay for the social dance.

Our own Jessalyn takes a break from contra dancing
to pose with friends and instructors.
2nd and 4th Sundays of each month
Contra Dancing at Greenwood Community Center
(also 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month at Municipal Arts Center)
Lesson at 7:30 P.M., Dance at 8 P.M.
Evolved from English country line dancing, contra dancing somewhat resembles line dancing and is great fun. You and your partner interact with other couples down the line, following movement patterns dictated by a caller. Be sure to get there early for the beginner's workshop where you will learn the "swing" and maybe even the steps for the first dance.

Tuesdays
Tango at Charlottesville Tango
Lesson at 7 P.M., Practica follows
Perhaps one of the most intimate of the social dances, learning the Argentine Tango will help you practice patience, openness, and humility with your loved one.

Beginner Lessons at Terry Dean's Ballroom Dance Studio
8:15 P.M.
If you're shy about dancing with strangers, perhaps the Tuesday night couples-only "It Takes Two" beginner classes at Terry Dean's Dance Studio is more your style. Or, check the calendar for upcoming classes - rumba, waltz, mambo, oh my!

Thursdays
(4th Thursday of each month)
Crash Course in selected Swing Style at Odd Fellow's Monticello Lodge
Lesson 7:30 P.M., Social dance until 10 P.M.
Offering a unique range of introductory lessons to the various styles of swing dancing, this Cville Swing experience is tremendous fun. Check the calendar for upcoming styles including East Coast, Lindy Hop, and Charleston.

Call to schedule
Private social dance lessons at The Phoenix
If you prefer private dance instruction, consider heading to The Phoenix to learn any of the social dances. The Phoenix also offers classes in pole dancing, exotic, and burlesque, even for beginners. What a great way to spice up an anniversary trip or a girls' weekend!

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If you want to shake (or waltz or swing) up your next date night, why not try a dance lesson? We're sure you'll have a blast, even if you think you have two left feet. Tell us about your recent dance experience in the comments below, and let us know how else we at Foxfield Inn can make your next visit to Charlottesville a toe-tappin' good time.

Check out our other date night ideas here!

Your Innkeepers,
Dan & Kathryn Bundy
Foxfield Inn | A Charlottesville, VA Bed and Breakfast

Thursday, April 24, 2014

What to do in Charlottesville - May 2014

If April showers bring May flowers, the month of May in Charlottesville promises many opportunities for you to be outside enjoying the sunshine. At Foxfield Inn, we know you'll find something exciting to explore, whether your interests lie in history, wine and beer, or arts and crafts.

Events at Monticello

Thomas Jefferson's home is open for tours year-round. But be sure to take advantage of the wonderful staff and resources they have by attending one of their spring workshops!
5/3 Flower Arranging in the Garden
5/10 Digital Photography in the Garden
5/15, 5/17, 5/29 Bird Walk
5/22 Painting & Sketching in the Garden
5/24 Herbs and Their Uses in Early American Gardens

Swananoa Palace Open House
Saturday-Sunday, May 3-4; Saturday-Sunday, May 24-25 (11:30-5:30)
It's not often one gets to visit a palace in Europe, much less in the United States. This month, Afton's Swananoa Palace is open for tours. Marvel at the 52-room, marble palace and gardens built in 1912 and modeled after Rome's Villa de Medici. The home was built by Major James Dooley as a gift for his wife; she named the estate Swananoa in honor of swans, which mate for life. As they say, Virginia is for lovers. Call 434-942-5201 for more information.

Charlottesville Festival of Cultures
Saturday, May 10 (10-4)
This free event at Lee Park near the Downtown Mall celebrates Charlottesville's diversity through song, dance, and storytelling performances as well as crafts, food, and demonstrations. A unique stop after the visiting the City Market.

Wine Festival at Monticello
Saturday, May 10 (6-9 P.M.)
Enjoy some of the area's best wines all in one place - at Monticello! See the restored vineyards and wine cellar, tour Mr. Jefferson's home, and enjoy live music. Tickets can be purchased online in advance here.

Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival
Saturday-Sunday, May 10-11 (10-5)
Looking for a unique gift, piece of art, or home accent? Check out dozens of artists, artisans, and craftspeople all in one place. Just a short drive away, $6 entry fee gives you access to all vendors, plus there is wine tasting, painting lessons, and food/beverage. Great way to spend the afternoon, or stop by on your way back from a winery/brewery tour.




Beer Tasting 101 at Wild Wolf Brewing Company
Wednesday, May 14 (all day)
Celebrate American Craft Beer Week at Wild Wolf with beer-themed events all week long, like this beer tasting class. Gain the vocabulary and taste "memories" that will allow you to taste beer like a pro, and test your skills with the blind taste test.





Roseland Polo at King Family Vineyards
Sundays, beginning May 25 (1 P.M.)
A popular way to spend a Sunday afternoon, pack a picnic lunch and head out to King Family Vineyards to watch a rousing polo match. Pull your car up near the field, or watch from the tasting room's patio. King Family wines available for purchase. See complete guidelines here.

Interested in taking a hike to enjoy the weather? Check out our post on great local spots.

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We're looking forward to seeing you at Foxfield Inn in May! Let us know what events you'll be adding to your itinerary and how else we can make your visit special.

Your Innkeepers,
Dan & Kathryn Bundy
Foxfield Inn | A Charlottesville, VA Bed and Breakfast

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Lemon Curd - Who doesn't love it?

Lemon Curd - what can I say about it?  It is one of those versatile ingredients that most people don't think about using.  You can spread it on toast or muffins for breakfast, use it in pastries with fruit, add it to whipped cream for an easy dessert, or use it in a white wine sauce to serve with fish.  Of course there are many more ways to use Lemon Curd but these are some of my favorites.

Here at Foxfield Inn we use Lemon Curd frequently combined with whipped cream to make a Lemon Chiffon Mousse served with fresh strawberries, raspberries or blueberries (or even mixed fruit).  A small 2-ounce serving is just the right size to finish breakfast.

We adapted a recipe from Fine Cooking (by Janie Hibler, June 1, 2006) to get a more flavorful curd.

Ingredients:
3 large eggs
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 - 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice (depending on the strength of the juice flavor; & yup, you gotta taste it)
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
zest from two large lemons


Directions:
Whisk the eggs in a medium size bowl.  Set aside.

Combine the sugar, lemon juice and butter in a medium saucepan.  Cook over medium heat until the butter has melted, stir frequently as this helps the butter melt faster.

Remove the pan from the heat.  Gradually add to the eggs while continuously whisking - so that the eggs don't cook from the heat of the lemon-butter mixture.  Return mixture to the saucepan.

Cook over medium  heat, whisking continuously, until the mixture reaches 160F and coats the back of a
spoon.  If you used the larger amount of lemon juice you may need to take the mixture to 165F for it to coat the back of the spoon.

Remove the curd from the heat and strain into a heatproof container (I like to use a 4-cup measuring cup) to remove any cooked egg.  Let cool slightly and press plastic wrap on the surface of the curd - prevents a skin from forming.  Refrigerate until complete cooled.

Enjoy!

Dan & Kathryn Bundy, your innkeepers at Foxfield Inn, a Charlottesville bed and breakfast