When my wife and I started dating, I took her to a Fluvanna football game. She met all of the very important people of my childhood in about a two-hour timeframe. As we left, I asked her what she thought of the experience. She looks at me and goes, “You said coach a lot.” For me, that’s a large part of being from Fluvanna and I am unashamedly and unabashedly from Fluvanna.
In 2020, the Economic Development Office will be launching a blog called, “From Fluvanna.” The focus of the blog are people, events, aspects, and anything else that is “From Fluvanna.” We will have a podcast with people “From Fluvanna.” We will describe events you most certainly have heard of or things you wish you had heard of that are “From Fluvanna.” We will in-depth conversations with people “From Fluvanna” including business owners, volunteers, community leaders, teachers and other people making a difference in Fluvanna County. I heard through the grapevine that a certain owner of a BBQ restaurant on Route 53will be the first guest. Unfortunately, smells of the smoker will not come through the podcast. I look forward to hearing Howie Brown’s story on starting Wahoo BBQ. Be on the lookout sometime towards the end of January.
My hope is you will participate in “From Fluvanna” and it will ring true to the Fluvanna you are also from. Because being "From Fluvanna" doesn't just mean you were born here. It also includes folks who came here to live. Being "From Fluvanna" includes everyone here now as well as folks who were here and moved away but still call Fluvanna home. And because we are a friendly bunch, we'll claim the ones yet to come! We are not Charlottesville or Albemarle. We are not Buckingham or Louisa. We are Fluvanna. I’m proud of that. The blog will include everything we are already proud of and maybe a few things we just uncovered!
I’m looking forward to the experience. I hope you will too. The Economic Development Office wishes you a happy holiday season. See you in 2020.
From Fluvanna, Bryan