Ed Roseberry (b. 1925) took this photo of Charlottesville’s Apple Harvest Festival parade on Main Street downtown in October 1953. The annual Festival had been launched in 1950, complete with a parade and fair, to celebrate one of the region’s most historic agricultural industries. Throughout much of the 1800s, Central Virginia’s “Albemarle Pippin” was among the most popular varieties of apple in America and in England. The Saturday, October 3, 1953 Harvest Festival Parade enjoyed spectacular weather in Charlottesville. Taken just before the parade began, this photo looks east down Main Street, today’s Downtown Mall. Sears and Leggett’s Department Stores are on the right, later the site of a Regal Cinema in 1996. In the next block on the right is the 1921 Lafayette Movie Theater, which in 1960 became the site of a Rose’s Department Store and in 1996 the York Place Shops and Apartments. The 1920 National Bank building, Charlottesville’s first “skyscraper” is visible on the left. The annual community celebration was re-organized as the Dogwood Festival and moved to the spring beginning in April 1958.  

 Music in the Park!

Partnering with the Charlottesville Municipal Band and the Charlottesville High School Orchestra, we are bringing live music to our West Front Portico and Market Street Park. Beginning in the summer of 2018, we’ve enjoyed the sounds of local youth talent, and most recently, the exceptional playing of the Socially Distanced Municipal Band, bringing joy to our Covid-19 stressed community! Look for more details about our live music series on the Calendar and Facebook. On the left below, the Brass Quintet of the Charlottesville Municipal Band (7.13.18). And on the right, the Westwood Quartet from the Charlottesville High School Orchestra (5.25.18). Check our Facebook and YouTube videos for recent concerts.

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