With the brevity of your free time in mind, here is an itinerary – hint: bring your walking shoes.
1558: Arrive in Charlottesville. Assuming you arrive at our lovely airport, CHO, and that you’ll have a fun motorcade which won’t affect Charlottesville traffic on a Friday afternoon at all … you’ll probably make good time getting to Downtown Charlottesville.
1621: Get a cup of coffee at The Mudhouse Downtown. You’ll likely jump to the head of the ever-present line, so you’ll be out quickly. Normally we’d recommend trying one of their tasty pastries. But we have a treat in store for you later. From there, walk to
1641: Head on over to Eppies. We read that you like chili and pizza, and while there are great pizza places on the Downtown Mall, Fridays are Chicken and Dumplings day at Eppies, and it’s one of our favorite meals. Quick!
1659: Quick walk to Chaps Ice Cream. While eating your ice cream, hustle up to the site of your rally, the Charlottesville Pavilion. You have some big shoes to fill. The Avett Brothers played there last week, and the Pavilion has hosted Willie Nelson, Widespread Panic, Crosby Stills and Nash, Sheryl Crow and Garrison Keillor, but we think you’ll be able to hold your own.
Wait! A quick stop to admire The Community Chalkboard and Podium: A Monument to The First Amendment. Write your name in chalk. Everybody’s doing it. We know you’re fashionably late by now, so it’s probably best to take the stage.
Update 29 October 2010: If Obama goes to the Mudhouse, I’m totally taking credit.