The festival masterminds of Across-The-Way Productions are experts in the art of fun. By pairing meticulous planning with celebrated vendors, delicious food, and lots and lots of music, the production company makes every one of their outdoor festivals an unforgettable event. For the past three decades, The Vintage Virginia Wine Festival has highlighted vintages from the state’s most acclaimed winemakers amid cooking demonstrations and other entertainment. The company also hosts the three-day FloydFest, a family-friendly music festival in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains that features folk musicians, bluegrass bands, DJs, performance art, and food.
As the fall film premiere of the RiverRun International Film Festival, Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey explores the creation of Elmo—a global icon and beloved Muppet—during an 80-minute documentary narrated by Whoopi Goldberg. Winner of a Special Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival and a Best of Fest Award at the Seattle International Film Festival, the documentary focuses on Elmo’s creator and voice, Kevin Clash, who dreamed of collaborating with master puppeteer Jim Henson and pursuing a one-man puppet recreation of Glengarry Glen Ross. Once recruited to introduce the lovable red-furred monster to the Sesame Street audience, Clash became part of the Jim Henson family, which is illustrated through archival footage of the company’s workshop and interviews with prominent Henson players such as legendary puppeteer Frank Oz and producer Joan Ganz Cooney.
While in Sonoma on business in 1992, tech entrepreneur Max Lloyd fell in love with the fermented grape. Though his father and grandfather had been in the business of winemaking, it wasn't until his encounter with California-grown, European-style varietals that he resolved to dabble in the family trade himself. Launched as a part-time project in Virginia and transplanted to its current location in 2001, Grove Winery and Vineyards culls its grapes from two estate vineyards that span more than 70 acres in addition to a handful of local vineyards. The staff meticulously handpicks the grapes and gently presses them with a basket press to yield their fresh milk.
• For $60, you get two seats in the back upper level of sections 217–225 (a $99 value before fees, or up to a $123 value online including all ticketing fees). • For $82, you get two seats in the upper level sides of sections 209–216 or 226–233 (a $139 value before fees, or up to a $166.20 value online, including all ticketing fees).