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7th Annual Tom Tom – Tuesday Highlights

by Tom Tom Staff

Tuesday at Tom Tom

Our week of festivities, conferences, and innovation continues on day two at the 7th annual Tom Tom Founders Festival! Today, you can look forward to a mix of community activities, art, and workshops. Thank you for joining us on the second day of our whirlwind week – we are happy to have you here with us.

An All-Access or Summit Badge grants you access to so many of our great programs. Individual tickets to specific events are also available. But there is also a  Free Festival pass that allows you to download the app and create a personalized schedule (and sign up for a Community Workshop!)



Free Community Events

Messy Democracy: From Founding Our Nation to Finding Our Way, Old Metropolitan Hall, 5:00-7:00PM – The core ideas and principles of the American experiment have shaped not only our nation, but also the world more broadly. It is an ongoing experiment rather than a finished product, and at times we struggle to live up to the vision of the Founding Fathers as we navigate our imperfect democracy. This facilitated discussion will draw on the expertise and perspectives of three visionary women who are leading the charge to examine and share the lessons and legacies of Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and James Madison.

Charlottesville Identity and Design Competition, The Jefferson School of African-American Heritage, 6:00-8:00PM – The goal of the BDA Prize and the Charlottesville: Identity & Design ideas competition is to foster community dialogue about design. Entries are to serve as a catalyst for dialogue and discovery in our community, and will be exhibited publicly and discussed in open forums attended or led by members of the Charlottesville community, artists, designers, scholars, and our invited panel of jurors. Voting for the Community Choice Award will take place during the panel discussion at the Jefferson School. More details at


Community Workshops

  1. Corsage and Boutonniere MakingHedge Fine Blooms, 2:30-4:00PM

  2. Under the Veil: Inside the Wedding IndustryCommunity Investment Collaborative Offices, 5:00-6:00PM

  3. A Brief History of Purple Bridge PAI, 6:00-8:00PM

  4. Increasing Productivity and Workflow Using Digital ToolsBabylon Micro Farms Office, 6:00-8:00PM

  5. You Knead to Learn About Good GlutenGreat Harvest Bread Company, 6:30-7:30PM

  6. Why Food Writing MattersThe Pie Chest, 7:00-9:00PM

Weeklong Events

Craft Cocktail Competition

Farm to Table Restaurant Week, Various Locations, 5:00-11:00pm — Participating restaurants will feature a special dinner menu that features the newly announced Cville Signature Dish, the ham biscuit, alongside seasonal produce and ingredients.

Craft Cocktail Competition, Various Locations, 5:00-11:00pm — Top bartenders create specialty “Tom Tom” cocktails, featuring local spirits and ingredients. Patrons will vote for their favorites throughout the week, and a panel of judges will also crown a winner.


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