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Get to Know: Animal Connection

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Animal Connection, owned by Pattie Boden, has been the premiere source for all-natural pet supplies for Charlottesville and points beyond since opening in Fall 2001, thanks to a Chesapeake Bay Retriever called Ernie. He’d developed cancer and Pattie decided to forego traditional vet techniques and go for healing by changing the diet and Ernie was able to live on as official store greeter for many years. Today, the store is the go-to place to find USA sourced and made pet foods, locally baked treats, supplements and eco-friendly products like chemical free insect repellants, organic toys, bedding and fashionable apparel. As proclaimed “pet lifestyle professionals” Pattie also offers nutrition and behavior consulting and ace groomer, Ann Dreibelbis, offers stress-free and gentle canine care. Get to know Pattie…

1. A favorite indulgence: Wellfleet oysters on the half shell and an India pale ale

2. An unmissable element of a perfect day: Driving home to a 360 view of the Blue Ridge and a good bourbon

3. A memorable food experience: Discussing the perfect roast chicken in the kitchen with famous chef, Daniel Bolud in NYC

4. The greatest surprise of your life: Front row tickets at a Depeche Mode concert and nearly catching Martin Gore’s guitar pick

5. The best gift you’ve ever received: A winter trip to Santa Fe for southwestern cooking lessons

6. The best advice you’ve ever received: “Take the time it takes.. so it takes less time the next time.” – Buck Brannaman

7. Biggest annoyance: People with a false sense of entitlement and children who are in charge of their parents.

8. Your daily uniform: Jeans, wrinkle free shirts and Merrell clogs

9. A goal outstanding: To be the oldest wrangler ever hired, even for one day, by McGinnis Meadows Ranch in Libby, Montana

10. A splurge that is well worth it: Two weeks at McGinnis Meadows Ranch in Libby, Montana

11. The Alps or The Maldives: Neither, I’ll take the Rockies over anything

12. A must-have travel item: Peppermint essential oil and noise cancelling headphones

13. A Charlottesville hidden gem: The workshop of Chuck Pinnell Custom Leather

14. If you didn’t have to work today, you would: Be standing in a rolling river fly fishing or on a ranch horse sorting cattle

15. Apart from the obvious, an essential work tool: A bottle of Fi Ji water, Rhodia grid paper and fine point pens

16. The work experience you are most proud of: Leaving a 20 year advertising career to put my marketing skills to work helping pets become healthier

17. An important source of inspiration: The teachings of legendary horsemen Tom Dorrance, Ray Hunt and Buck Brannaman

18. Success is: Being at peace at the end of a day knowing what you did made a difference

19. A song that instantly puts you in a good mood: “Big City Set Me Free” by Merle Haggard

 20. How did you make your first dollar? Selling penny candy and peanuts in my grandfather’s country store in Arcola NC



The Environmental Working Group is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to using the power of information to protect human health and the environment. Recently, EWG partnered with Hill & Holler for a Bounty of Summer Farm Dinner with amazing guests Jackson Browne and Chef Kyle Bailey of Birch & Barley Restaurant at Blenheim Vineyards Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 10.44.19 AM With the backdrop of one of Charlottesville’s most gorgeous vineyards while dining on a wonderful meal, the evening’s discussion focused on EWG’s efforts to shape policy debates with game-changing, rock-solid original research. It’s key issues include consumer products, energy, farming, food, water, toxins, and the midwest.

For two decades EWG’s groundbreaking research has changed the debate over our nation’s environmental health. From households to Capitol Hill – EWG’s team of scientists, policy experts, lawyers, communication experts and programmers have worked tirelessly to bring awareness about public health.

A cause we can all rally behind, The Environmental Working Group empowers people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment.

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The next big EWG event will be on Wednesday, October 15th in Washington, DC.


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Folly is hosting a reception and book signing on Thursday, September 25th at 11:30 with designer and author, Michael Devine.

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His resume exudes style and taste: Devine studied art history at the Ecole du Louvre, French at the Sorbonne and cooking at the Ritz Escoffier. After six years as a style and party editor at HFN Magazine, Devine started his own fabric collection of modern traditional hand prints that has earned international acclaim. His talented hands have now turned green as his most recently developed passion for gardening was the last step to his first book, An Invitation to the Garden: Seasonal Entertaining Outdoors, a true culmination of all his experience and expertise.

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Devine’s fabric are frequently featured in the worlds top design magazines and blogs, including House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Traditional Home, Quest, British House & Garden, The World of Interiors, Remodelista and All the Best. His fabric collection was chosen by French Elle Decoration as Best of International.  How does it do it? Michael Devine’s fabrics are all individually designed and painstakingly handcrafted – but oh so worth it. See the process below! 

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Scouted Event: Isabelle Abbot Exhibit

It’s no secret that we LOVE local artist Isabelle Abbot so we wanted to let you know about her exhibit opening at Bridgewater College on Monday September 22nd. She will give an artists talk from 4:00 to 5:00 with a reception following from 5:00 to 7:00. The title of the show is “Knowing a Place”.  The exhibit will be at the Cleo Miller Art Gallery, second floor of the Alexander Mack Memorial Library, Bridgewater College, 402 East College Street, Bridgewater, VA. The image below is from the collection that will be hanging. You don’t want to miss this!

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Autumn Al Fresco

Eye-candy and entertaining inspiration from ultimate TSG Tastemaker Shawn Cosette of Beehive Events:
Sumptuous Al Fresco Autumn Soiree


What better way to celebrate fall than an elegant dinner party set amidst the fiery leaves and crisp autumn air?
With a hickory tree’s yellow branches offering an intimate backdrop, this table positively glows with the lush, sensual colors of the season bathed in an abundance of candlelight.

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The show-stopping floral centerpiece, spilling over the sides of its woven seagrass compote, is composed from peonies, roses, agonis, scabiosa, and honeysuckle. The arrangement’s blossoms just barely brush the tall, sand-colored pillar candles set in bark-rimmed wooden coasters; gold filigree votives provide additional candlelight on the table surface.


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The round farm table, stained a dark walnut and set with Tuscan cross-back chairs, has been set in anticipation of an elegant, seasonal meal with pheasant-motif china, three-face etched stemware, and the designer’s own heirloom silver and linen napkins.


Photography: Meg Runion





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We are honored and delighted to share the exciting news that Lucia Evans-Morse and Gregory Britt have purchased Tourterelle Floral Design!

Please join the former owner of Tourterelle Floral Design and dear friend, Sally Carroll,  for a congratulatory cocktail party at Tourterelle to toast Lucia and Gregory and wish them continued success. 

Thursday September 18th at 5:30 pm. 

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Since its inception in early 2013, Tourterelle Floral Design has become the leading florist for Charlottesville brides and event planners. Owners, Lucia Evans-Morse and Gregory Britt collectively have 60 years of experience in the wedding and event industries. Together they have formed a partnership that enables them to create enchanting floral artistry and unforgettable celebrations. This partnership brings together two incredible designers, each bringing their unique talents to your table.


Lucia Evans-Morse joined Tourterelle in July 2013. Lucia had recent spent 8 years at Caspari, where she was responsible for the interior design and table-scapes for the company as well as the merchandising and interior of the flagship store in Charlottesville, VA.

In Northern Virginia, her Family business was the notable and award winning Evans Farm Inn. Lucia grew up in this prominent Washington, D.C. restaurant where she developed at an early age expertise in working in the wedding and entertainment industry.

Lucia has her degree in design from The Maine College of Art. She has worked internationally in Paris, London and Venice as well as throughout the United States. Lucia is proud to have been born in Charlottesville and still maintains her family horse farm, Keelona, in Albemarle County.


With a knack for gardening beginning at age 10, Gregory Britt brings his creativity and attention to detail to Tourterelle as The Creative Director. Britt’s childhood consisted of days spent in the southern Indiana countryside collecting and growing unusual plants. His passion for nature as well as art led him to The Art Academy of Cincinnati, the University of South Florida and the University of Florida gaining degrees in painting and art history.

After graduating in 1991 Britt headed to Manhattan to pursue his painting dreams. He began sharing an art studio with an event designer, Dan Dahl, who introduced him to the event design business. After working with Mr. Dahl, he began freelancing with Preston Bailey, Robert Isabelle, Avi Adler and Dejuan Stroud. After managing Mr. Stroud’s TriBeCa design studio for two years, and gaining a depth of knowledge about the business side of the industry, he opened Gregory Britt Design. Working with many high profile clients he traveled the eastern seaboard from Maine, the Hamptons, Atlanta, Savannah and Palm Beach, designing parties along the way. Internationally, he was fortunate enough to work in England, France, Spain and Morocco.

In 2003, tired of the city, the travel and hectic lifestyle, Gregory realized he missed the countryside and his gardens. Friends introduced him to beautiful rural Virginia, where he was encouraged to meet renowned chef, Patrick O’Connell at The Inn at Little Washington. In 2003, Britt joined The Inn at Little Washington team as head Floral Designer.


The Scout Guide would love to thank Sally Carroll for her contribution of beauty and taste to the Charlottesville community and wish Lucia Evans-Morse and Gregory Britt the greatest success. We are truly fortunate to have such talented local artisans – the ultimate luxury.

The earth laughs in flowers.                                                - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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