“Monticello in Mind: Fifty Contemporary Poems on Jefferson” Virginia Festival of the Book. This special event will be held as part of the much loved Virginia Festival of the Book. Join fellow literary lovers for a reading from eleven different contemporary poets, who will be available to sign books after the event. April 6, 2016: The Plantation Household: Monticello Women at Work. “In a plantation household of Monticello’s size, the work was all-consuming.” Take a fascinating walk through the kitchen, the parlor, and the dining room and learn about the history of dining and entertaining at Monticello. (Plus you’ll get to enjoy a wine and cheese reception at the end!) April 7, 2016: Spring Wildflower Walk. Immerse yourself in the beauty of springtime with this three-hour, five-mile walk. You’ll find yourself trekking through the woods and up the Rivanna River, taking note of blooms like trout lilies and Virginia blue bells. This is a must attend to any flower admirer. April 13, 2016: Founder’s Day and Jefferson’s Birthday Celebration. Celebrate history with this special event! “Monticello will mark the 273rd anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s birth with a celebration and ceremony on the West Lawn.” The event will feature a keynote speech from Marian Wright Edelman, who received the 2016 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership. Start planning your Monticello adventure now, and don’t forget to reserve your room, cottage, or cabin at the Iris Inn!