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To Whom It May Concern at the Albemarle Board of Supervisors

To Whom It May Concern at the Albemarle Board of Supervisors

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Published by: katschornberg on Mar 09, 2011
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To whom it may concern at the Albemarle Board of Supervisors,I am a resident of Charlottesville and work at the University of Virginia overseeing alumni relations,annual giving and event planning at the School of Architecture. My fiancé and I am writing a letter of support for Keswick Vineyards and farm wineries in Albemarle, in preparation for your sound ordinancehearing tomorrow, Wednesday March 9th. My fiancé and I would be at the meeting to have our voicesheard but we have a class at 7:30PM that we cannot get out of. Instead, I hope you will read our letterand take it into account when reviewing this case.My fiancé and I learned about this new wedding venue, Keswick Vineyards, soon after we got engaged inMay 2010. As I plan events for the UVA School of Architecture, I stay current on the news of new venuesin the area. We made an appointment to visit Keswick in June and although it was only the secondvenue we had visited, we knew we had found the place for our special day. We had attended amagnificent wedding in Martha's Vineyard a year earlier of two good friends and fell in love with thesperry tent they had erected on a field. It was light and airy, the white peaks looking like sails in thewind, and at night the glow from the tent was stunning. I dreamed of having a sperry tent for mywedding, but I also knew the cost of renting one and it was above our budget. Therefore when wevisited Keswick and saw that we could have our reception under this tent, in a gorgeous setting of vinesand the Blue Ridge off in the distance for less than the cost of renting a tent on our own - it seemed toogood to be true. To top that, Keswick had paid attention to all of the right details - ample parking, abeautiful gazebo, fake grass under the tent to keep the outdoor feel without the mud, the best chairs, arenovated bridal/groom prepping area and helpful, honest people answering my questions. I haveworked with a lot of venues and have planned a lot of events here in Charlottesville and in New YorkCity - I can tell when a place, especially a new venue, know what they are doing by their attention todetail and their staffing. It was clear that Keswick wanted to provide a different venue for once-in-a-lifetime events. We booked the venue for our April 2011 wedding shortly after and then shortly afterthat with the first wedding at the venue, we started to hear news about the sound issues.As any couple who finds out that their venue is facing complaints and lawsuits, we were shocked,confused, and mostly stressed. It had never occurred to us that sound would be an issue and as aformer dancer, music is not only entertainment but a vital part of any party, let alone my wedding. Icontacted Keswick immediately and received an email directly from Cindy Schornberg about the detailsto the sound rumors and their situation. I was calmed to know that the owner of Keswick was handlingthe correspondences herself, so that any news would not be second-hand. We were optimistic for thecomplaints to cease, and for the country laws to change to allow for a reasonable decibel-level readingfor amplified outdoor music. Cindy and I kept in constant touch. She would update my fiancé and I withevery new idea to sound-proof the tent or a new sound system to direct the noise. We met severaltimes with Barbara and Cindy to discuss when the County would meet on this issue and gauged theirthoughts on how this would effect our wedding in April. We went back and forth, through a lot of unnecessary stress and for several months we always sided with staying with Keswick since we loved thespace so much. I picked out my wedding dress because I could picture myself standing in front of thewhite house, getting married. Cindy always was honest and from the beginning said they would return

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