On Facebook and Twitter, UVA alumni and friends answered these questions: "What was your favorite thing to do in Charlottesville during the summertime? How did you beat the heat at the beginning of the fall semester?"
Here’s what they said.
Janet Murray Smith (Col ’80) We rode bikes to Chris Greene Lake from the old dorms first year. Summer before fourth year, I had a convertible ’66 MGB. We’d pile in the best we could and head on up 29. Those were the days!
Jasmine Jelesoff Larimer A second for Chris Greene Lake! We loved it because it was the closest thing to the real beach we could get to. Lots of fond memories of baking in the sun (baby oil—before we knew better!) with sand in our toes.
Jim Mackay (Col ’83) Chris Greene was great, once we could have our cars … just had to remember to bring a book, so you could pretend you were studying.
Ali Baba Going down to Blue Hole
Robert Patrick Paulson (Col ’89) A trip to Blue Hole often did the trick.
Tubing on the James River
Joe Mercado (Col ’11) Tubing down the James
Bizzy Bracken (Col ’08) Tubing on the James!
Chris Wilson (Col ’89) Tubing on the James from Scottsville.
Joey McGinley (Col ’00) Heading over to the James River with some friends, some beverages and tube down the river for a few hours before heading home to rest, shower up and hit up the Biltmore for the evening. That was summertime fun at its finest.
Jeb Byrne (Col ’14) Early morning hikes to Old Rag! So much cooler up there, and idyllic views.
Rob Buhrman (Engr ’94) Hike above the humidity at Humpback Rock.
Emilee Peters Wine tasting around Charlottesville!
Chiles Peach Orchard
Caro Lang (Engr ’11) Eating peach cider doughnuts and peach froyo at Chiles.
Ash Lawn Opera
Erin Conger McElwain (Col ’03) Ash Lawn Opera!
Ice Skating Rink
Whit Roberts The Downtown Mall and its ice skating rink.
Fridays After 5
Rafael Jordan Fridays after 5
Jenny Hahn Mah (Col ’96) Loved gettin’ some Arch’s fro yo!! Peanut butter flavor with their gooey fudge brownie topping—such a treat!
Joey McGinley (Col ’00) Bodo’s for breakfast … then hitting up the Biltmore for the evening.
Sean Keene The Biltmore grill, when they had the awesome grillroom salads.
Kathleen Whitman Plucker (Col ’92) Loved reading the Sunday New York Times over brunch at the Biltmore.
Kenneth Peoples (Law ’78) Martha’s Kitchen!
Margaret Nyland (Col ’81) Martha’s on Elliewood
Marc Turner Michael’s Bistro balcony
Dora Rosapepe (Col ’79) TJ’s
Jenny Stowers Brock (Col ’79) TJ’s and Graduate happy hour
Rafael Jordan Bars on the Corner and downtown, Trax ... I LOVED C’ville in the summer. The population was seemingly only a fraction and it seemed like we had the place to ourselves.
George Crickenberger (Educ ’77, ’79) Actually spent a lot of time at Poe’s “cooling off.”
Greg Harris (Arch ’05) Let’s not forget sitting on the back deck at Coupe’s!
Eric Kelley (Col ’06) Yay! Para Coffee!
Elizabeth J. Green (Col ’81) Summer activity: Midsummers party.
Michelle Luby Mehfoud (Educ ’89) Midsummers! Parking Lot Party at the Preston Avenue Apartments with Ralph Sampson. Good times!
Joey McGinley (Col ’00) Bodo’s for breakfast, then hitting up Slaughter Rec for a workout.
Rafael Jordan Hoops at Slaughter.
Working in Air-Conditioned Labs
Keen Compher (Grad ’68) I worked in the air-conditioned biology research lab all summer, day and night, and eventually received my Ph.D. in biology from UVA Wahoo!
Darryl Schnellenberger (Engr ’98) Working in my nice, cool lab in Thornton Hall!
Box Fans/Searching for Air Conditioning
Lessie Oliver-Clark (Col ’81) My roommate and I had a box fan in our window because Dunnington didn’t have air conditioning.
Jim Mackay (Col ’83) Cooling off in Charlottesville during those last several days of August? Well, first year, in the un-air-conditioned old dorms (still that way, if you can believe that), you put your box fan in your window and walked around in your shorty shorts.
Mike Jones (Engr ’73, Darden ’78) Box fan in the window (third floor Metcalf), and visited friends in Alderman Road dorms.
Jessica Hatch (Col ’12) Funny story from first-year Convocation: I don’t know what possessed me, but I didn’t bring any sundresses with me on move-in day! After some pretty active ice breakers, I sweated through convocation in a black, wool, 3/4 sleeve dress. If I could do that, today’s Hoos can do anything!
Ali Sutherland (Col ’86) No makeup. Not a lot of jewelry. The bare minimum.
John McCarey (Col ’88) Languishing under a tree on the Lawn, eyes closed, to listen to the absence of the voices from the incoming fall students, panicking in a rush to get their books.
Kathleen Whitman Plucker (Col ’92) Picnicking on the Lawn with food from Take It Away.