Calendar of Events

Ongoing

Preschool Palette Classes

Guided Woodland Hikes
Last Sunday of each month, 2 p.m.
Conducted by Virginia Master Naturalists, these informative walks cover a mile of trails in both woodlands and fields and also touch on the historic ruins of Belmont’s past. Please wear sturdy footwear. Meet outside the Visitor Center.

Public Programs

A Wedding Sampler
Sunday, January 18, 1-4 pm. $10 includes Studio admission

Meet the area’s most respected and popular caterers, photographers, and wedding specialists for a fun and informative afternoon. Pre-registration suggested: 540/654-1848 or blabar@umw.edu.

Sweetheart Wine Pairing Dinner
Saturday, February 14, 5:30 pm. Members $75/non-members $95

Celebrate this special day with a four-course dinner catered by Dori Farrell, featuring wines chosen for each course by Ingleside Winery. Reservations required by February 7: 540/654-1848 or blabar@umw.edu.

‘Rappahannock’ Film Screening
Sunday, February 15, 2 pm. Free

Belmont is partnering with Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) for a showing of FOR’s new film, ‘Rappahannock.’ This historic and cultural film about the Rappahannock River is produced by Oscar-nominated Bailey Silleck. John Odenkirk of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will give a short presentation about the river’s health in our area and the impact of the Embrey Dam removal; a Q&A will follow. This is a free and family-friendly event.

Spotlight Exhibition: Melchers’ The Crimson Rambler
February 28-June 7. Included with museum admission

Gari Melchers built a reputation painting the human figure, but in the second half of his career he sometimes ventured into landscape painting. The Crimson Rambler, on loan from a private collection, exemplifies how the garden as subject matter was ideally suited to Melchers’ adoption of impressionistic painting.

Director’s Tour for Members
Sunday, March 1, 2 pm. Free

Behind-the-scenes tour led by Director David Berreth. Open to Friends of Belmont and guests. Space limited. Reservations required: 540/654-1840 or dberreth@umw.edu.

Beeping Egg Hunt
Sunday, March 29, 2-4 pm. Free

Belmont’s fourth annual Beeping Easter Egg Hunt for visually impaired or blind children and their families. For information contact Education and Communications Manager Michelle Crow-Dolby at 540/654-1851.

Spring Open House
Sunday, April 12, 10 am-5 pm. Free

Enjoy the restored gardens in bloom, the art of Gari Melchers and the history of Belmont. The Spring Open House is a great opportunity to share Belmont with family and friends.

The Colonial Revival Movement
Sunday, April 26, 2 pm. Free

Belmont Site Preservation Manager Beate Jensen traces the Colonial Revival from its emergence in the 1870s. The movement profoundly influenced American architecture and decorative arts as well as landscape and garden design. The illustrated presentation focuses on the influence the Colonial Revival had on Gari and Corinne Melchers and how it is expressed in Belmont’s house and gardens.

The Painted Garden: A Favorite Motif in American Impressionism
Sunday, May 3, 2 pm. Free

An illustrated presentation by Belmont Curator Joanna Catron shows how early 20th century American impressionist painters demonstrated a preference for gardens as subjects, as well as an appreciation for the art of gardening itself. The talk will survey the many talented artists, including Gari Melchers, who left us an enduring legacy of American Garden craft.