In the News 2008


Oktoberfest held at Lake Anna Winery

The fourth annual Oktoberfest, held at Lake Anna Winery on Saturday, October 4, is now just a happy memory. The event was sponsored by and to benefit Louisa Habitat For Humanity (HFH), and more than 180 attended.

Each person received a complimentary wine glass and a wine tasting, and a catered dinner consisted of sauerbraten, bratwurst and knockwurst with sauerkraut, egg noodles, sauteed green beans Almandine and German potato salad, with a choice of desserts, baked by HFH volunteers. The choices were Obstkuchen, Black Forest cupcakes or German chocolate cake. The meal was catered by Clover Forest Plantation, which also provided two chefs at no charge, as a donation to HFH.

Michael Wheelehan filled the vineyard air with non-stop singing, his keyboard sounding like a full band. Wheelehan donated half of his fee back to HFH as a contribution. His daughter, Cathy, joined him in several duets.

A special and emotional moment was the introduction of David Saldivar, a 17-year Marine, just returning from Iraq. He and his wife, Julie, were presented Oktoberfest tickets by a dear friend, Desiree. Saldivar received a standing ovation amid cheers and tears. Wheelehan sang them a special song, America, for their solo dance.

A silent auction completed the event, and items were donated by many local rsidents and businesses. Event Chairman Sherri Brown said she was thrilled that everyone had such a good time and that HFH is now closer to beginning its sixth Louisa County house.

If you missed this Oktoberfest, the fifth annual Oktoberfest is being planned for early October, 2009, featuring the music of Michael Wheelehan once again.


Oktoberfest coming soon

Lake Anna Winery and Louisa Habitat for Humanity will partner for the Fourth Annual Oktoberfest on October 4 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The authentic German dinner will be presented by Clover Forest Plantation. A souvenir glass with wine will also be included.

Live Music will be provided by Michael Wheelehan of Fredericksburg, who has developed a large following throughout Virginia and the east coast. There will also be a silent auction of very interesting and diverse items.

Louisa Habitat for Humanity is raising funds for its sixth house in Louisa County. Habitat helps families with low income and inadequate housing who live or work in Louisa County. They provide a no-interest mortgage that gives families a sense of pride and ownership which comes from learning to work on their own home and those of other habitat families.

Habitat is solely dependent on the volunteers who donate time and money toward the cause of providing affordable housing for hard working partner families.

Make reservations by calling Lake Anna Winery at (540) 895-5085, Gail Martin at (540) 872-3345, emailing, or by calling Sherri Brown evenings at (540) 967-9727, or emailing


Louisa Habitat Dedicates New Home; New Applicants, Donations, and Volunteers are Welcome
July 12, 2008

On July 12th, Louisa County Habitat for Humanity dedicated its latest house and formally presented the keys to the new owner, Jodi Martin. She, and her sons Tyler and Brandon, have been patiently waiting and working on the home, located in the Boswell Tavern area, for over three years. They put in over 300 hours of what Habitat calls sweat equity on their home, three times the required amount.

More than 200 volunteers labored on the house for almost a year during its construction. The volunteer laborers included individuals, church groups, and civic groups from across Louisa County.

Plans are now being made for the next Habitat house and applicants, funding, and workers of all skill levels are needed. If you are interested in home ownership, or know someone who is, contact Sherri at 540-967-9727. Donations by check to help fund this next house are gladly accepted and may be mailed to HFH, P.O. Box 1179, Louisa, VA 23093. Volunteers, or volunteer groups, are always welcome; contact Sherri at the number above if you can help.





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