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Runners and walkers are invited to participate in this family-oriented community event FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, November 11, 2010 Media Contact: Lisa Stites 434-984-7529 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.— ‘Tis the season for holiday cheer! Whether you’re ready to make a run for the hills or spread your enthusiastic holiday spirit—nothing makes the holiday season more memorable than spending quality time with family and friends.  The Thomas Jefferson Foundation invites runners and walkers to the first ever Monticello Holiday Classic 5K and Deck the Halls Kids Dash, December 11, 2010 at 8:00 a.m.  The event offers families a quality holiday experience at Monticello’s one-of-a-kind Saunders-Monticello Trail.  This family-oriented 5K begins at the Thomas Jefferson...

Visitors get the chance to uncover history during Virginia Archaeology Month News Release - October 21, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Media Contact: Lisa Stites  434-984-7529  CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.—Visitors can explore the Monticello plantation with a guided tour of the archaeological landscape and see Monticello artifacts in the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center Woodland Pavilion, Friday, October 22 – Saturday, October 23, during Virginia Archaeology Month. Visitors will learn about the archaeology department at Monticello, which has been working to unearth history as part of the Monticello Plantation Archaeological Survey since 1997. “Our motto is ‘the entire mountain is the site’,” said Fraser Neiman, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation’s director of archaeology. “Our goal is...

For Immediate Release  Sep 07, 2010 Media Contact: Lisa Stites, 434-984-7529 Charlottesville, VA.&—Wine is the theme this fall at Thomas Jefferson's mountaintop Monticello home. Regional Virginia wineries and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation celebrate Thomas Jefferson's impact on American wines with a pair of events: the inaugural Wine Festival at Monticello, September 18, 2010, on Monticello's West Lawn from 6-9 p.m.; and the 22nd Annual Kickoff to October Virginia Wine Month, September 29, 2010. The 2010 Governor's Cup for White Wines will be announced at this event. Jefferson's passion for wine was evident, as was his desire to see America produce its own wines. He has been called America's "first distinguished viticulturist" and "the greatest patron of wine and winegrowing...

For Immediate Release  Sep 27, 2010 Media Contact: Lisa Stites, 434-984-7529 Charlottesville, VA.&— The Virginia Wine Board hosts the Governor's Cup for White Wines, Wednesday, September 29, 2010, at 6:30 p.m., on the West Lawn of Monticello, as part of the kick off celebration of October Virginia Wine Month. Thomas Jefferson wrote to Charles Philibert Lasteyrie-du Saillant in 1808, "We could, in the United States, make as great a variety of wines as are made in Europe, not exactly of the same kinds, but doubtless as good." Today, Jefferson's dreams of an American wine industry have been realized. Virginia's wine industry is booming; there are now more than 160 wineries in the Commonwealth. The Governor's Cup at Monticello kicks off October Virginia Wine Month, themed "Discover...