Archive: Mar 2015

  1. Local Interior Designers Support Victims of Domestic Violence

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    The Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE) is a not-for-profit organization in Charlottesville, Virginia providing comprehensive services to women and children who are victims of domestic violence.

    In 2009, a vision for establishing a major fundraising event to help sustain the Shelter’s residential facilities operations and outreach established the Design House event.

    The Lodge at Old Trail supports this endeavor by annually showcasing Design House in a preview event as a part of our Third Thursday series.  On Thursday, April 16th, at 5:30pm, The Lodge will host a member of the Design House 2015 team to discuss what went into creating this year’s featured home.

    The idea for a Design House to benefit SHE had its roots in the new emergency residential shelter opened in 2008. As the first facility designed specifically for victims of domestic violence in our community, it was important that the shelter should be bright, airy and welcoming.

    For most of us, that ideal is the essence of our concept of “home.” At home, we all seek to be comforted and nurtured. At home, we open our hearts. And each year, a Charlottesville-area homeowner opens their heart and generously extends the use of his or her residence for the Design House event. Designers and their vendors assigned to individual rooms and spaces showcase their talents and the latest in interior design styles and techniques. The result is a unique tour for visitors, where each room reflects a designer’s creative vision and provides endless and inspiring ideas for the home.

    The Shelter offers a variety of services designed to empower victims of domestic violence and create a community of support. Every year they respond to nearly 1,000 hotline calls, provide close to 4,000 nights of safe shelter to more than 200 women and children and assist many other victims of domestic violence through outreach services.

    Shelter services include:

    • 24-hour crisis hotline
    • 24-hour emergency shelter
    • Supportive individual and group counseling
    • Case management
    • Child and adolescent advocacy
    • Information and referrals
    • Court accompaniment & legal advocacy
    • Outreach and support to the Spanish-speaking community
    • Community education & allied professional training

    For more information about SHE, contact them at

    To find out more about Design House and how it benefits SHE, please join us on Thursday, April 16th at 5:30pm and see what the amazing designers have in store for you as we gain insight into Design House 2015.

  2. Let it Snow!

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    The snow is falling again in Central Virginia and if you are safe inside, it is absolutely magical.  It makes most people want a fire, a good book and a hot toddy.   Thank goodness for the residents at The Lodge, we can provide all three.

    Our entry foyer fireplace stays ablaze on cold days.  It is a wonderful gathering spot for those looking to read a book, knit, play cards with friends, or just people watch.

    Gregg’s Pub is a full service bar and can provide any spirit to lift your spirits.  It is host to monthly cocktail parties and informal lunches with residents and families.


    The library is the perfect place to grab a good mystery or romance.  You can find a cozy seat in there or venture off to your own special spot.  There are many spaces to make your own even outside of your apartment.

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    Call our Director of Marketing, Kristina Paré, for a tour so you can pick your favorite spot! 434.823.9100

  3. The 21st Annual Festival of the Book

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    The Lodge at Old Trail is excited to announce that we will be a site for one of the programs for The Virginia Festival of the Book.  The Festival brings readers and writers together for a five-day celebration of books, reading, literacy, and literary culture. The 21st Annual Festival will be held March 18-22, 2015.

    The Festival is the largest community-based book event in the Mid-Atlantic region and has attracted audiences of more than 20,000 for each of the past eleven years. They have a captivating list of authors, ranging from international bestsellers to topical specialists to debut authors.

    Programs range from traditional author readings and book signings to a StoryFest day of children’s authors and storybook characters; from a panel on how to publish a novel, to a discussion on running a book club to a workshop on bookbinding. All programs are open to the public; with the exception of a few ticketed events, programs are free of charge.

    The Festival programs are on a wide range of topics set among a variety of venues throughout the City of Charlottesville, County of Albemarle, and the University of Virginia.

    The Book Festival has become an integral part of the Charlottesville-Albemarle County community and is now a part of The Lodge community as well.

    Please come see three of this year’s participating authors at The Lodge on March 19th, 2015 at 5:30PM at they discuss their works of fiction.


  4. 4th Annual Definitive Downsizing Workshop

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    We are proud to announce that several local experts will join us at The Lodge at Old Trail, on Thursday, February 19th to give invaluable information for anyone planning toFeb TTdownsize their home.  We have an outstanding line-up of trusted individuals in their fields.

    Denise Ramey from Denise Ramey Real Estate Co. at Long & Foster Realty will talk about the Spring Real Estate Market Forecast, how to prepare your home to compete with others on the market, and the value of staging and moving out of your home during the sales process.

    Liz Blankenship from Stage to Sell will describe how to transform your home from “yours” to “buyer friendly.”

    Ken Farmer will be here from Quinn & Farmer Auctions to demystify auction houses by discussing how they work, what has value (and what doesn’t) and online sales vs in-house sales.

    Katie Hamman from Door to Door Solutions will discuss how to organize, declutter and rightsize your “stuff.”

    Eddie Giles, owner of Professional Movers, Inc., provides amazing information on how to choose a mover, what to expect, contractual obligations, packing fragile items, and insurance.

    Don’t miss this valuable presentation. Seating is limited and this event fills up very quickly.  This workshop is offered at a special time — 2:00PM.  Be sure to RSVP to or 434.823.9100.