Fluvanna Review

Maria Carter won first place in the oil/acrylic category for Field of Flowers Photo by Page H. GiffordTrilbie Knap, a watercolorist from Charlottesville was the judge for the Fluvanna Art Association’s annual juried show. The show, currently at the Fluvanna County Library through December, features some striking works by members.

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This FlucoFinder column’s goal is to share with the community, information about the schools. Here you will find news of events and activities of public interest, with details and contact information. The FlucoFinder logo was designed by Brendan Murray, a 2013 Fluvanna County High School graduate.
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• Ongoing: Mr. David Small’s TV production group will be producing and taping sporting events at School Board meetings for viewing on Charlottesville public access channel 14 and on Lake Monticello’s channel 977.

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Comedian Sid Davis will perform in Fluvanna on Oct. 20.The Fluvanna Arts Council’s 14th season is moving in a new direction, bringing in more local talent, some familiar favorites and some newcomers and lower ticket prices. Kicking off the 2012-2013 season on Oct. 20 is comedian Sid Davis from North Carolina. Davis’ act is described as family-friendly fun and invigorating. Davis pokes fun at everyday events and keeps audiences rolling with laughter. Add a comment

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Debra Lucado, Renny Megahan, Jeff Craig and Joe Chesser cut the ribbon. Photo by Page H. Gifford Attracting shoppers locally and supporting the newly stocked Fluvanna Ace Hardware (formerly Do It Best) was Joe Chesser’s message to the group of well-wishers gathered at Friday’s (Sept. 12) ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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Set-up costs, insurance prices and lack of support worry vendors. Photo by Christina Dimeo GusemanThe Fluvanna County Farmers  Market, which in its prime boasted 60 vendors each week, has dwindled down to six or so, and by the end of July may become even smaller.
What happened to the bustling market packed with local foods, crafts, and goodies? Why have only 10 percent of its vendors stuck with it?
Brenda Moore, Farmers  Market manager and craft vendor, blames liability insurance as the primary reason among several factors that the market - held from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays from April through October at the county’s Pleasant Grove Park - has all but disappeared.
“To set up on county property the Farmers  Market has to have insurance, which is definitely understandable in case someone gets hurt at the market,” Moore said. “But the only insurance that the Farmers  Market is able to get is one that requires each vendor to have their own individual liability insurance.”
When the liability insurance requirement went into effect, Moore said, the market lost roughly two-thirds of its vendors. “I was able to get liability insurance at $300-something for one year,” she said. “But being a small vendor that takes out all of my profit.”
In fact, when the insurance policy Moore is using expires at the end of July, she’s not sure she’s going to be able to afford to continue selling her crafts.
In addition to their individual liability policies, which Moore said can range from a couple hundred dollars to as much as $600, each vendor pays $100 yearly to the Farmers  Market Association. “It’s the least expensive farmers market around that I know of,” Moore said. Out of that pool of money comes the $100 rental fee the market pays to the county for use of Pleasant Grove, then about $280 for the overall Farmers  Market insurance policy. Leftover money, if it exists, goes toward expenses like advertising.
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