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Helen Dempsey-Henofer

About Me
My name is Helen Dempsey-Henofer, and I am a social worker and exchange student coordinator. I love living in Charlottesville, Virginia because I feel connected to it in a way that's similar to family entanglement.I'm not sure that I can separate this place from myself. Also, there's some beautiful more/less
You have to go to
It's not exactly "in" my city, but Blue Hole is a mountain stream swimming hole in White Hall, VA, which is 20 minutes outside Charlottesville.
Here's one fun activity you can do
Join a free public drawing session at the IX Art Park (it's BYOB). You show up, sketch the model who holds a range of 5-20 minute poses and spend time with excellent people. I LOVE that it's BYOB and that it's not a color-by-number or "paint-this-painting" sort of thing. Also, it's free, but it's rude not to tip the model.
Don't forget to check out one of my favorite places
Millers, which is a bar on the downtown pedestrian mall, is special to me because I worked there when I was in my late teens and had many crazy and wonderful times there. Also notable to American pop-culture, Dave Matthews worked there long ago. It's a dark wood bar with a tin-tile ceiling and a good place to catch some local jazz and old-time music.
Enjoy a meal at my favorite restaurant
Revolutionary Soup is a local soup shop where you can pick up a cup of soup, an apple, and a roll for less than ten dollars—their soups are delicious. It's generally packed at lunch and there's a bit of a line, but I take my soup to go and enjoy it at nearby McGuffey Park, or while sitting on a bench on the outdoor pedestrian mall.
Here's a doable bucket list for you to do in one day
1. Stroll Downtown and have a cup of coffee at Mudhouse.
2. Afterwards, enjoy breakfast at Bluegrass Grill. Expect a bit of a wait. You might want to refill your coffee before you head over, but the food is awesome and the atmosphere is cozy.
3.Grab a cupcake at Sweethaus and head out of town to take in some nature of hills and rivers (of these 3 all are great: Blue Hole (White Hall); tubing the James River (Scottsville); hike Humpback Rocks (Appalachian Trail).
4. Return to town and have a light lunch at Revolutionary Soup. If you go to White Hall, try Crozet Pizza, otherwise Red Hub Food Co on 10th Sreet has great barbecue dishes, but it's not vegetarian-friendly.
5. If you go to Red Hub, it's a quick walk to the lawn at the University of Virginia, which was founded and historically designed by Thomas Jefferson. Take a stroll.
6. Visit Carter's Mountain Orchard, which overlooks the city of Charlottesville. You can pick your own apples, sample apple cider or wine slushies.
7. Visit the Belmont neighborhood and go for dinner at The Local.
My extra insider tip for you is
Introduce yourself to people. By and large, people are friendly and glad to make a new friend. Give yourself at least two hours to visit Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.
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