Here I am at McCormick Observatory at the eyepiece of the historic (they all are historic, huh?) Clark refractor. This instrument and the observatory it resides in was given to the University by the McCormick family (of McCormick reaper fame and fortune) with the stipulation that it be made available to the public for observing. Nowadays the NSF and other funding sources also require public outreach activities, so having this beautiful instrument available to us is absolutely priceless and gives UVa public outreach credit.
We at CAS man the scope on the 2dn and 4th Fridays of the month, showing cool stuff to boy & girl scout troops, school groups and the like. On the 1st & 3rd Fridays the University's grad students man the scope for the general public. These events are free to all and are a great deal of fun! If any of you astronomers out there come to Charlottesville on a Friday night come up and have a peek! If it's cloudy there will still be a presentation in the classroom. If it's clear the dome will be opened and magic happens!