Spring 2012 Issue
Spring Valley Homes & Style issue of 2012.
VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 1 56 58 FOOD Enjoy a Cracker Created in the Valley Cooking up a Dream: Recipes RENOVATION Bloomery Plantation Serves up a Unique Taste of the Valley AT HOME Through the Front Door: Decorating with Pink and Green One of a Kind: Mitchell Yanosky Furniture Living & Loving Where You Work A Tour of the Perkins House: A Property Where History Was Made VALLEY PETS Springtime in the Valley with our Four-Legged Friends Beautiful Valley Birds FEATURE A Look at the Battles of the Civil War in the Valley 38 10 70 76 94 72 3 6 Valley Views Events & Uniques GARDEN House & Garden Tours Outdoor Living Spaces and Places More than Plants: Garden Statuary HEALTHY LIFESTYLES Immunity through Mind-Body Connections ARTS & CULTURE Celebrating the Bloom: 85 Years Winchester Little Theatre Vintage Posters Make Statements Valley Inspirations FASHION On the Pink Carpet for a Good Cause Vintage Jewelry: A Touch of Romance with a Past 74 46 12 18 21 89 26 32 80 93 About the Front Cover Celebrate spring with pastel colors punctuated by lively -- almost neon -- colors in accents. A whimsical birdhouse features pinks and greens with a kick of bright sunshine yellow. Frogs are the new trend this year and look adorable on a table-scape, porch or even a mantle. Happy decorating! Front Cover Photo: Tony Cooper, TLC Photography Photo Stylist: Cynthia Brezler, Lehmans Mill 48 52 2 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE Valley Views Spring! It's the most glorious time of the year! It's wonderful to watch new life unfold in the spring. After a long winter slumber, we are blessed with beautiful colors, longer days and perfect weather. In this issue we celebrate the season by focusing on two colors indicative of all that is good about spring: pink and green. Lisa Bartell takes us "Through the Front Door" with these springtime favorites and shares how to work them into your seasonal decorating. Our managing editor, Wendy Kedzierski, shares all of the pageantry and tradition of the 85th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, Va. If you've never been to "The Bloom," this is a great time to join in the many events and celebrations. Lori Ryka shares the talent of regional furniture maker Mitchell Yanosky; and just in time for a special anniversary or Mothers Day, Loretta Wish finds fabulous vintage jewelry in the most unexpected places. Spring is the time for getting in the garden, and we have pages and pages of inspiration for outdoor spaces from outdoor living areas to gardens. To really get you in the motivated, Bonnie Williamson shares the region's best garden tours. Mary Stickley, our favorite horticulturist, shares seasonal gardening ideas. We welcome writer Katherine Cobb who takes a look at the wonderful renovation of the Bloomery Plantation in Jefferson County. It now houses a wonderful distillery that makes a refreshing Limoncello and other fruit flavored liqueurs that are served in many local restaurants. Their building renovation is preservation at its best. Katherine also explores the historical Perkins House in Charles Town. The Perkins House property is where the infamous abolitionist John Brown was hanged for treason pre-empting the Civil War. On another historical note, we know the valley is full of history and mysterious lore; local author Bob O'Connor shares excerpts from his novel about the War Between the States. Did you know the valley is where the arts come out in the springtime? Join our new writer, Anne Keisman Cissel, as she discovers the drama in the valley and the passion for production at the Winchester Little Theatre. We know art is collectible, but what about vintage posters? Debra Cornwell discovers how framed posters can make a huge statement on any wall. We have spring recipes by Joanne Cooke and chefs Dan and Brian, plus Healthy Lifestyles and loving and living where you work. It's a fabulous issue blooming with great ideas to make your spring in the valley unforgettable. Have a blessed spring, Follow us on Facebook! VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 3 is published by Homes and Style Publications, LLC Publisher/ Editor-in-Chief Margo Williams Managing Editor Wendy C. Kedzierski Graphic Designer Heather E. McAreavy ads@HomesAndStyle.com Photography and Photo Editing TLC Photography, Martinsburg, WV Full Frame Photography, Winchester, VA Front Cover Photo Stylist Cynthia Brezler Contributing Writers Lisa Bartell � Cathy Embrey Mary K. Stickley � Margo Williams � Lori Rypka Bonnie Williamson � Debra Cornwell � Bob O'Connor Wendy C. Kedzierski � Loretta Wish � Katherine Cobb Cheryl Keyrouze � Anne Keisman Cissel � Joanne Cooke Guest Writer & Coordinator for Valley Inspirations � Annmarie K. 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Valley Homes & Style is mailed to doctors offices from Winchester, VA, through Hagerstown, MD. Copies distributed free of charge at outstanding businesses throughout the region. If you would like to receive a subscription, call us or you can download a subscription form at www.homesandstyle.com Website Hosting Follow us on Facebook! VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 5 Events Uniques Positive Exposure's Spirit of Difference photographic exhibit, Barns Lower Gallery at the Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville, Va., through May 12. Meet the Artist and preview the documentary "On Beauty" March 23 at 7 p.m. Positive Exposure's Spirit of Difference photographic exhibit supports and promotes human dignity through an image data bank and video interviews of persons, particularly children, living with genetic conditions. Positive Exposure, founded in 1997 by former fashion photographer Rick Guidotti and Diane McLean, MD, PhD, MPH, is a highly innovative arts organization working with individuals living with genetic difference. For more information on the local exhibit, visit www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004. For more information on Positive Exposure, visit www.positiveexposure.org The 10th Annual Art in Bloom hosted this year by the Hagerstown Garden Club, will display the creativity of interpreting paintings, sculptures and decorative arts using floral arrangements. Garden clubs, educational groups and organizations from the region will participate. The event is free and open to the public. March 30 through April 1 at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. Visit www.wcmfa.org. Spring has sprung and the General Federation of Women's Club of Martinsburg will be putting out the welcome mat with their annual Spring Fashion Show and Tea, April 1 at the Martinsburg Holiday Inn, Martinsburg, W.Va. The event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Proceeds will go to the Shenandoah Women's Center. Visitors will see vintage fashions, bridal gowns and much more from such stores as Bon Ton's, Kaspers and Chico of Hagerstown, Blue River Clothing of Shepherdstown, Barn Bridal Shop of Inwood and Dana's Tuxedo of Martinsburg. The Club is an affiliate of the International General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC), headquartered in Washington, D.C. For more information call 304-263-0004. The Shepherdstown W.Va. Film Society announces its Spring 2012 season, in partnership with Shepherd University's Scarborough Society. The series, Almost Oscar, includes films that were nominated for Best Picture. Movies will be screened on Fridays at 7 p.m. in Shepherd University's Reynolds Hall and are followed by post-film discussion. April 6 will be "Good Night, and Good Luck" (2005) by George Clooney. Discussion led by Todd Cotgreave, manager of the campus radio station WSHC-89.7 FM. On April 20 "The Piano" will be shown. For further information on these and other films, visit www.shepherdstownfilmsociety.org. The Adams County Arts Council's 17th annual Recyclable Art Contest for Adams County students in grades K-12 will be held April 6 to April 21 at the Arts Education Center, 125 S. Washington St., Gettysburg, Pa. The exhibit will be open to the public. The contest is sponsored by 6 spring 2012 Just Jennifer Gallery, Gettysburg. For entry details, visit www.adamsarts.org or contact ACAC at (717) 334-5006 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Arts Center is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Get ready to celebrate Hollywood, the old and the new, during Frederick Goes to Hollywood, April 7 from 5 to 9 p.m. Area merchants in Frederick, Md. will be decked out for the event. There will be celebrity impersonators and even "fake" paparazzi. Visit www.downtownfrederick.org. If you'd like to try your hand at creating a greeting card, join artist Julie Cade at the Pages of the Past Bookstore in Gettysburg, Pa. Classes will be held the first Saturday of every month, beginning April 7 at 2 p.m. Participants will make two cards; all supplies are provided. The workshop will last about one hour. Children 15 years old and older are welcome. To register or for more information, please call Pages of the Past at 717-334-0572 or e-mail email@example.com. Pages of the Past Bookstore is located at 10 York Street. April 13-21, Gettysburg Pa. will celebrate its outstanding restaurants. Participating restaurants are offering two course lunches for $5, $10 or $15 and three course dinners for $10, $20 or $30. Whether you're a foodie or just love to eat, you won't want to miss Gettysburg's First Annual Restaurant Week. Visit www.gettysburgrestaurantweek.com. The Mad Hatter's Centennial Ball will be held April 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fountain Head Country Club. The ball is a major fundraiser for the Washington County Historical Society. The Fountain Head Country Club is located at 13316 Fountain Head Road, Hagerstown, Md. Visit www.washcomdhistoricalsociety. Pianist Haskell Small will be performing on April 15 at 2:30 p.m. at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, Md. A native of Washington, D.C., Small has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Spoleto Festival and on PBS specials. He performs standard classical repertoire along with some of his own compositions, including pieces that have been commissioned by various symphony orchestras, along with works by Gershwin. Selections include "Partita in G Major" by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) and "Sonata in Bflat Major" by Franz Schubert (17971828), among others. Also at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, Md.: a display of works of art by elementary students, kindergarten through fifth grade from April 21 through May 6 in the museum's Groh Gallery, sponsored in part by Centra Bank. Call 301-739-5727 or visit www.wcmfa.org. VALLEY HOMES & STYLE Martinsburg, W.Va., kicks off its "Paint the Town Purple" event from April 16 to April 21. The week will be loaded with specials to raise awareness in this cancer-fighting event. Visit www.mainstreetmartinsburg.com. The art exhibit "Art and Earth: My Art, My World" featuring all media will take place April 20 to May 20, produced by the Berkeley Arts Council in collaboration with The Arts Centre in Martinsburg, W.Va. An opening reception and awards presentation is Friday, April 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. Visit www.berkeleyartswv.org. In honor of the Apple Blossom Festival, Marker-Miller Orchards will be holding an apple pie baking contest May 3 at 9 a.m. The contest was first held in 1952 with Betty Crocker as one of the original judges. Judges are looking for the best homemade apple pie. Nothing is as comforting, as nostalgic, or as "apeeling" as a freshly baked apple pie. Marker-Miller Orchards is located at 3035 Cedar Creek Grade. For more information visit http://thebloom.com/events/apple-pie-baking-contest.html. Spring will be celebrated with music, flowers and giveaways in downtown Frederick, Md.'s Mayfest on May 5 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visit www.downtownfrederick.org. On May 5, one of the nation's largest steeplechase races will take place as approximately 50,000 people gather at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va. Held every year on the first Saturday in May (the same day as the Kentucky Derby), the Virginia Gold Cup enjoys a spectacular setting in the heart of Virginia horse country with the Blue Ridge Mountains serving as the backdrop. Race day features six hurdle and timber horse races, Jack Russell Terrier races, contests, and over 30 vendor booths for shopping. Gates open at 10 a.m. at 5089 Old Tavern Road. For more information call 540347-2612 or visit www.vagoldcup.com. Like antiques? You won't want to miss the Gettysburg Outdoor Antique Show, May 19. This one-day event features 125 antiques dealers from thirteen states, displaying their unique pieces on the sidewalks on historic Lincoln Square. The event is sponsored by the Gettysburg Area Retail Merchants Association. For details call John Angstadt at 717-253-5750 or go to firstname.lastname@example.org. Many elegant and whimsical gardens are hidden behind private homes in Frederick, Md. For the past twenty years these gardens have been shared with the public during the Beyond the Garden Gates Garden Tour, May 19 and May 20 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.celebratefrederick.com. A tradition since 1996, the West Virginia Wine and Arts Festival will be held May 26 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and May 27 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The festival offers the best in West Virginia wines, artists from around the region, and a variety of tastes and fragrances. Several well known musicians provide a unique variety of musical genres. The Arts Centre, located at 300 West King Street, Martinsburg, hosts the event. For more information, visit www.wineandarts.com. If you want to try your hand at being a ghost hunter, try the Gettysburg Ghost Bus Tour, May 26, at 8 p.m. The tour goes to Sachs Covered Bridge and Herr's Ridge and lasts about an hour and forty-five minutes. You'll be entertained with some chilling tales that you will long remember. You will also be walking on some of the most haunted soil in the area. For more information call 717-334-6296 or email email@example.com. The Winchester-Clarke Garden Club and The Little Garden Club of Winchester will offer a house and garden tour of five unique sites. The tour takes place April 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.VAGardenweek.org. Gettysburg, Pa. is going to the dogs -- literally -- during the 14th annual Greyhounds in Gettysburg event from April 27 to April 29 at various locations in town. The 2012 Greyhounds in Gettysburg weekend is dedicated to celebrating the adoption of retired racing greyhounds. Contests, a parade, an ice cream social, and much more. Activities begin at noon. This is the annual fundraiser for the Triangle Greyhound Society. For more information call 919212-5678. The 85th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival will take place April 27 to May 6 in Winchester, Va. The festival features a series of more than thirty events, including band competitions, dances, parades, the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros Circus, a 10K Race, the Coronation of Queen Shenandoah, Firefighters' events, and celebrities. The Festival is an event the whole family can enjoy. Crowds in excess of 250,000 attend the Festival each year. Visit www.thebloom.com for more details. Seven homes and gardens in Jefferson and Berkeley counties, W.Va., will be on display for the Shenandoah-Potomac Garden Council tour, April 28 and April 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are available at www.shenandoah-potomacgardencouncil.org. If you love eating chocolate as you read the latest bestseller, visit downtown Martinsburg, W.Va., for the Chocolate Fest/Book Faire April 28 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Authors will be signing books throughout the town. Celebrities including basketball player Jerry West will be on hand along with plenty of chocolate events. Details are available at http://mainstreetmartinsburg.com. VALLEY HOMES & STYLE E-mail calendar submissions to Bonnie Williamson - firstname.lastname@example.org - or mail to Homes & Style, LLC, P.O. Box 552, Falling Waters, WV 25419. spring 2012 7 Through the Front Door by Lisa Bartell of Wisteria Cove photos by Raz VALLEY HOMES & STYLE 10 spring 2012 Tickled Pink andGreen with Envy This spring-like color combo can add fresh punch to your d�cor. hether it's fuchsia and chartreuse, rose and celadon, or magenta and kiwi, these pink and green combinations are quite lovely and refreshing to a room, on a wall or used as an accent. This unlikely pair is totally different, not only in hue but also in meaning. Having light, feminine, frilly pink paired with the calm, serene, natural, healing essence of green is a great lesson in how opposites attract. Pink without green would be ultra feminine � bringing to mind "girl's room." But green seems to anchor the femininity with a touch of the masculine, giving a more universal appeal. While green alone is quite calming, adding a little excitement with pink makes the room say "Hello!" The combo can be introduced into any room and any style from 1950s retro to today's ultra modern look. It can also be quite charming in casual "Cottage Style" � not too loud but not fading into the background. W Pink and green for the cottage garden Pink and green are natural garden colors. Why not take it a step further with painted pink patio furniture? This could be a wooden swing or your favorite metal bench. For vegetable gardens, add a pop with colored tomato cages in a bold pink or limey green. Use table linens with patterns of pink and green along with toss pillows and cushions. Also consider a pink watering can atop a table with fresh flowers, or a lime green trellis supporting pink morning glories or sweet peas. Plant hot pink geraniums or pansies with bright lime green sweet potato vines trailing over and down the pot. Whatever your style or space, pink and green can add a quite a zing! Determine your design. English, French or Urban Cottage? This look can be customized to fit country homes, town homes or even apartments, offering an upscale and polished country look. The English Cottage The English Cottage pairs its pinks and greens with soft pastel walls and white furnishings using pink and green chintz fabrics in florals (especially roses) and plaids. A mix of antiques, applique linens, needlepoint pillows and freshly picked flowers in vases against a soft background creates a tranquil, cozy, romantic setting. The French Cottage The French Cottage is a bit bolder in color. Pairing its pinks and greens with yellows, blues and even reds will work. These colors would be used on walls and substantial furnishings and tiles. Use paintings and china (such as Limoges) to accentuate pinks and greens. You can also use this color scheme with toile fabrics on pillows, drapes, wallpapers, cache pots full of fresh flowers and vintage and re-purposed pieces. This can produce a charming, elegant and zestful d�cor. The Urban Cottage The Urban Cottage incorporates its pinks and greens with deep earthy colors such as chocolates and grays. Accenting a dark colored wall with paintings of pink and green lend a striking contrast. Use a pop of color from a painted green or pink piece of furniture. Metal, glass, iron and heavy woods can be softened with pink and green accents. Leather and chenille fabrics can be used as canvases for pillows and throws, complementing this palette. This atmosphere would be more simplistic than other cottage styles. VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 11 by Bonnie Williamson Area House Garden Tours Offer Inspiration ineteenth century writer Victor Hugo once said, "Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart." The house at Farhill, 1434 Berrys Ferry Road, is a classic L-shaped stuccoed Virginia farmhouse with views in all directions. Welsh Springer Spaniels bred by the owner reside in specially built kennels. Built in 1882 and previously known as Grand View and Melkridge, the original part of the house is Greek Revival style. N Well, area residents can shake winter from their heads by taking part in house and garden tours being held all over the area. The earliest tour will be April 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., held by the Winchester-Clarke Garden Club and The Little Garden Club of Winchester, Va. "This is the first year the tour will only be one day. We wanted to make it easier for people to get to the different sites so everything is close together," says club member Liza Adams. The tour is centered in the village of White Post off Route 340, and features five sites. A young George Washington surveyed the valley and erected the very first white post to direct travelers. To this day, a white post stands at the intersection of White Post Road and Berrys Ferry Road to mark the village. Tour participants will visit the L'Auberge Proven�ale, thought to be the second oldest house in Clarke County. Originally known as Mt. Airy, the home was completed in 1753 by John Bell. Unharmed during the Civil War, the property was purchased by the current owners in 1980 and converted into a country inn featuring French cuisine. Built of native limestone, the main building is largely original, but porches and a rear annex have been added. Next on the tour is Meade Memorial Episcopal Church, 192 White Post Road. Organized in 1868, a cornerstone for the building was laid in 1872. The church was built using bricks removed from a house that burned on the site some years before. Nearby at 450 Berrys Ferry Road is a classic Georgianstyle home that combines the old and the new. The mid1950s west wing of the house was a cinderblock bungalow built by the owner's grandfather. It was stuccoed and remodeled in 1998 and now contains a study, office, library and modern kitchen. A south side addition was built in 2001. White Post Restorations is considered the preeminent antique and classic car restorer in the country. It will be open for tourists during Virginia Garden Week. Finally, the tour inlcudes White Post Restorations, One Old Car Lane. White Post Restorations is considered the preeminent antique and classic car restorer in the country. Now in its fourth generation of family ownership, it was founded in 1940 as a two-man repair shop for farm machinery and local cars. "We're hoping White Post Restorations will entice more men to join the tour. The cars are amazing," says Adams. For more information on the tour, go to www.VAGardenweek.org. The Shenandoah-Potomac Garden Council offers its home and garden tour April 28 and 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This council comprises garden clubs in Berkeley and Jefferson counties, W.Va. Carol Hovermale, president of the council, says this tour helps raise funds to beautify parks and historical places throughout the two counties. The tour covers seven sites. One is the Michael Fisher Log Home built between 1790 and 1840. Some of the rafters in the attic are still the original pegged 12 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE construction. A more modern home is Caller Hall, a mid-twentieth-century red brick southern colonial style house. Hovermale said this year visitors also will have the unique opportunity to visit the Judicial Center Rain Garden, an active rain garden, and learn about its construction and purpose, as well as how they can build their own gardens. BETH-EL house is the youngest on the tour located in the Swan Pond region of Berkeley County. Hidden down a long lane is Eastwood Farm built in 1840. It still operates as a working farm specializing in West Virginia Angus beef. Next is the Rutherford-Moore House, a Greek revival home built in 1873. Finally, visitors will see the Rectory, which survived numerous skirmishes during the Civil War. Tickets are available at www.shenandoah-potomacgardencouncil.org. The Michael Fisher Log Home was built between 1790 and 1840 and is on tour this year. Eastwood Farm, built in 1840, still operates as a working farm specializing in West Virginia Angus beef. It is one of the homes open for tour on the Shenandoah-Potomac House and Garden Tour in April. VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 13 The Rectory survived numerous skirmishes during the Civil War. For those who like to search for hidden treasures, there's the Beyond the Garden Gates Garden Tour, May 19 and May 20 in Frederick, Md., from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Twelve gardens located behind private homes are part of this tour. "The annual tour has grown to draw over 800 visitors annually and has raised thousands of dollars for local garden clubs and multiple beautification projects around Frederick," says Jennifer Martin, marketing and events coordinator for the City of Frederick. For more information on the Beyond the Garden Gates Tour, visit www.celebratefrederick.com online. 14 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 15 Spring Maintenance Tips courtesy of Through the Garden, Inc. March through April is the ideal time for spring maintenance on your landscape. After the winter sleep, your garden will quickly re-emerge to grow and flower. It is important to get a head start on the growing season and have your spring maintenance done in time so your garden will look beautiful for the remainder of the year. CLEANUP A long winter with snow and ice often results in damaged and broken branches that need to be cut and removed. Beds need to be raked and cleaned to remove leaves. This is also a good time to have your gutters cleaned. MULCHING A good layer of mulch covering the soil in your planting beds will keep the weeds down, retain moisture in the soil and help to fertilize the soil. Spring maintenance should include loosening the existing mulch and top-dressing it with fresh mulch to create a two- to three-inch thick mulch bed. BED EDGING Along with mulching the beds, the beds should be edged to create a new, clean edge. This not only makes for nice flowing lines but also keeps the grass and weeds from spreading out from the lawn. FERTILIZING Applying fertilizer in the spring helps to develop a healthy garden in which your plants and lawn will thrive. It is important to fertilize selectively and not to over-fertilize. A recommendation: use primarily organic, natural fertilizers. PRUNING Proper pruning is probably one of the most difficult gardening activities and requires significant knowledge and skill. Improper pruning often results in a "bad haircut" look and can take many years of recovery. Spring is the time to prune earlyflowering shrubs like forsythia, ornamental grasses and roses. Perennials need to be cut back. Lack of pruning often leads to overgrown and shapeless shrubs, bushes and trees. After a well-executed pruning job your garden will regain definition and look grand. Sometimes it takes multiple times of selective pruning to reshape a shrub or tree. PLANTING Seasonal color and summer bulbs should be planted in the spring. Many perennials can be divided and replanted in this period allowing you to expand your beds using your own plants. This is also the time for supplemental plantings so your plants will have a well-established root mass before the summer heat sets in. LAWNCARE Early spring is the perfect time for improving your lawn. Overseeding, fertilizing and weed control should be done now to establish a healthy turf . Many of these activities can be done by garden enthusiasts, but you may be surprised how quickly a professional landscaping company can turn your garden around and make it more beautiful in a very short time. 16 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE PATIO, POOldeck and drIvewAy design 101 Natural colors and patterns prevail. by Charles H. Gamarekian 18 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE L awrence Halprin, one of the truly distinguished landscape architects of this century, was once quoted as saying, "The great challenge for the garden designer is not to make the garden look natural, but to make the garden so that the people in it will feel natural." Landscape designers who embrace his philosophy search for materials and opt for the arrangement of components that capture the emotional appeal of a naturallooking space. In 2011, shades that are found in natural stone are still most favored in hardscaping materials. The natural look makes homeowners feel as though they are coinciding with nature -- in the comforts of their own outside spaces. As the economy slowly but surely recovers, we see homeowners reinvesting back into their homes. Just like the selection of durable exterior paint colors, energy-efficient windows and doors, and color coordinated roofing materials, upgrading surrounding curbside areas and backyards is not only in fashion but considered essential to attaining a totally rewarding lifestyle at home. Natural-looking hardscape materials such as interlocking concrete pavers and manufactured wallstones capture the interest of professional contractors and the do-it-yourself market because they offer sustainability and versatility in a single product group. But beauty, especially in colors, patterns and textures, remains the single-most important attraction guiding the homeowner. The rich colors of Cambridge Pavingstones with ArmorTec�, for instance, will never fade. wallstones. This was one of many responses to satisfy homeowner appetites for natural stone shades. We also learned that designers and homeowners were paying attention to the natural bluestone clefts on the surfaces of our Ledgestone products supporting the notion that texture also played a role in their decision-making priorities. Mixing and matching colors, textures and pattern designs, as well as the scale of pavers and wall blocks at loosely followed intervals in a given arrangement, can augment the overall natural look. Randomly placed and contrasting shades can also be used in the borders or in banding. One method is the integration of special, prepackaged design kits, which allow for easy inlaying of attractive configurations such as a circle or fans, within another pattern. By considering the new Cambridge Ledgestone Circle Design Kit in Bluestone Blend, a unique color, texture and pattern combination can result through a single product selection. Architectural characteristics, the color of siding, trim and the roof as well as natural backdrops surrounding the property can guide both color selection and the style of hardscaping As the economy slowly but surely recovers, we see back into their homes homeowners reinvesting As you learn which colors are in fashion, don't be surprised to find natural shades still topping the list. For instance, at Cambridge, we recently introduced a natural bluestone blend to our color selection in the Cambridge Ledgestone Series and other shapes of Cambridge pavingstones and VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 19 materials. You'll find that the color palette is vast; the creativity is unlimited. For more ideas, I invite you to pick up a 100-page DesignScaping Idea Book from any Authorized Cambridge Distributor or visit www.cambridgepavers.com. If you have any questions whatsoever, you can e-mail them to me, Charles Gamarekian, at email@example.com. Charles H. Gamarekian is the Chairman/CEO of Cambridge Pavers Inc., manufacturers of Cambridge Pavingstones with ArmorTec�, Cambridge Wallstones and a full line of products for outdoor living. He is one of the founders and a current board member of the Interlocking Pavement Institute. Organized in 1993, ICPI is the North American trade association representing the interlocking concrete paver industry and considered by peer associations around the world as the leader in development and dissemination of technical information for design professionals and contractors. Mr. Gamarekian is recognized worldwide as an expert in his field and is a frequent speaker on the proper installation of pavingstones, wallstones and many outdoor living products. 20 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE More Than Just Plants by Mary K. Stickley G ardens are not just the plants we put in them. They also consist of paths, buildings and other small details we add to the space. The best gardens are designed in such a way that they show off the personality of the owner. One great way to do this is to add various ornaments. The features you choose might be artwork, special details or items with a purpose such as bird feeders or irrigation tools. One way to use ornaments is to create a focal point in the garden. Our minds need a little help when looking at a space. We cannot take it all in at once, so a good design places an item in such a way that we look at that first and then ease our way through the rest of the location. It may be a beautiful plant, but some kind of statuary or structure is perfect for this purpose. Structures are necessary for many gardens. Things like walls, fences, sheds and pathways are fairly common. Many of us have the ubiquitous blank garage wall. By adding unique items to these ordinary things, you can make them special. It is a great way to show off your own personality and also connect your garden to your home. Placing items outside which are similar to items located in the rooms inside the home brings cohesion to the whole site. Ornaments can also be used to bring subtle attention to an VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 21 entranceway or an important location. Setting a special container or small statue in these spots helps direct a visitor to a location without screaming like a flashing neon sign. My favorite use is to "hide" items throughout the location. These are often not discovered on the first visit and so create wonderful surprises again and again. To walk around a corner and suddenly find a small ornament tucked into the foliage is such a special pleasure. It also adds dimension to the garden. As I visit various gardens, I am always amazed at the wide variety of items people choose to ornament their homes. Check out garden shops and catalogues. But also search through yard sales, junk yards, local dumps and auctions. Repurpose household items. Try to think out of the box and see if an old machine part could make a unique display or trellis. Sometimes these are ready to use as they were found but don't be afraid to add a little paint or something else if it needs it. Modern items can be mixed with antiques. Really anything goes! The only rule is to try to find items that speak to you as the owner � items you love and want to look at and enjoy again and again. And don't be afraid to experiment. Things can be moved around and rearranged until you find the perfect combination of plants and decoration. If one color of paint doesn't work, try a different color. I once had some columns and couldn't decide on the right color. So I painted them all of the possibilities in splotches and watched them for a few days to decide which was best for the location. If nothing else, paint it black and plant a vine on it. Whatever you do, when you get it right, your garden will jump from ordinary to truly special and people will be clamoring to come visit every chance they get. VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 23 FRONT ROYAL by Margo Williams Front Royal -- A Unique Place in the Valley The Shenandoah River meanders down the valley and meets the Blue Ridge Mountains at Front Royal, Va. This is a destination for lovers of land and water. From rafting and canoeing to hiking and biking or just taking a stroll downtown to shop, Front Royal offers something for everyone. Your car can be your best tool to navigate the scenery heading toward Shenandoah National Park. The northern gateway is less than a half mile from town. This is a drive for all seasons to appreciate the unique natural beauty of the valley. The scenic by-way traverses 105 miles along the ridges of the Blue Ridge. Don't forget your camera as the vistas and overlooks are phenomenal. On foot, back in town, you can take a one-mile walking tour. For the history buff, the Warren Rifles Confederate Museum is a must stop. Lean about domestic life in the valley in the 1860s as well as the battle flags, weapons, and accoutrements of the region's soldiers. 24 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE �2004 - 2012 - julochka The Belle Boyd cottage is another point of interest. A Confederate spy, Belle Boyd was famous for her antics from Martinsburg, W.Va. all the way to Front Royal, Va. and beyond the battle lines. Hear her story. Prospect Hill Cemetery is another spot of historical significance. Upon entering, you'll find a tribute to John S. Mosby's rangers. It commemorates the seven rangers executed in Front Royal in 1864 by a very frustrated Union General U.S. Grant. The Grey Ghost (John Mosby) lived on. Visit the Soldiers Circle, a reminder of the loss during the War. There is also a driving tour of the Battle of Front Royal. Getting hungry? Soul Mountain offers contemporary twists on some favorite comfort foods and adds a Caribbean twist to its house specialties. I tried a Cajuninspired dish � fabulous! Other options include everything from pizza to steak, from upscale dining at the Wine and Duck to down home cooking at Mom's Country Cooking. For the explorer, Skyline Caverns is an adventure with its vivid colors and natural rock sculptures. If you want to stay, there are myriad places and spaces: campgrounds, hotels and local bed and breakfasts. Shopping downtown has everything you can imagine including specially crafted jewelry, clocks, Persian rugs � even an upscale gourmet cooking shop. There's framing and art and the latest in computers. Shop for vintage clothing and beautiful unique pottery pieces. A plethora of specialty antique shops abound, including a fabulous way to improve your home by re-using old home parts. In our next issue, we'll shop downtown and bring you some of the best finds in the region! Have any suggestions on antiquing? Email us to share your story: firstname.lastname@example.org. VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 25 W hat's pink and green and tread all over? Where real men wear pink � and women applaud them for it? It's The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, Va. This year marks the 85th anniversary of the festival, which began as a one-day celebration. The week-plus festival now has dozens of events � something for everyone � and planning for "The Bloom" is a year-round project. "Rhapsody in Bloom" is this year's theme � a nod to George Gershwin's jazz classic "Rhapsody in Blue," written in 1924, the year the first Queen Shenandoah was crowned. More than 80 queens have reigned since then, and the festival has become one of the premier events in the eastern United States. Executive Director John Rosenberger has been attending the festival his entire life. "I don't believe I've ever missed one � in 63 years," says Rosenberger, adding that the festival is "deeply entwined" in the lives of Winchester families. He himself was part of the Queen's Court when he was a 6-year-old crownbearer. In the 1970s he began volunteering, and in 1999 he became Executive Director. 63 years' worth of festivals is a long time. So when he's asked for his recollection of the biggest highlight, it's difficult to just choose one. But then he remembers 1964, when he was 14 years old, watching the parade with his family. It was a cold, dark rainy day � one of those days that would usually dampen spirits and thin a parade crowd to only the most loyal spectators. But this year was different. This year the parade's Grand Marshal was Lucille Ball. "She was a huge star," recalls Rosenberger. "Just about as famous as anybody in the world could be. That just rolled the people out. The crowds were huge." This was also just the beginning of the transition from black and white to a world of more readily available color television and film. "We'd never seen Lucille in color," recalls Rosenberger. "We'd only watched TV in black and white." And then, the big white Cadillac came around the Rhapsody in Bloom Happy 85th, Apple Blossom � where lifetime memories are made! by Wendy C. Kedzierski corner onto their street. "As I recall, she wore a white suit, had carrot-orange hair, bright red lipstick and a hot pink scarf around her neck." This was the most vibrant most people had ever seen her. The crowd went crazy. "It was probably the single biggest moment of Apple Blossom for me." This year's festival celebrities have not been announced as of press time. Rosenberger says that these days, celebrity guests won't commit until about 30 days � sometimes even less � before the event. It's frustrating, but builds incredible suspense among die-hard "bloomers." Regardless of the celebrities � The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival is worth attending. A practically continuous party of more than thirty events includes band competitions, dances, parades, a carnival, a circus, dinners, luncheons, a 10K Race, the Coronation of Queen Shenandoah, and firefighters' events. This is a celebration the whole family can enjoy. Past Grand Marshals Debbie Reynolds 2011 Val Kilmer 2010 Erik Estrada 2009 Fantasia Barrino 2008 Wayne Newton 2007 George Hamilton 2006 Larry Hagman 2005 Loni Anderson 2004 Sean Astin 2004 Dick Van Patten 2003 Dan Aykroyd 2002,1999 Donna Dixon 2002,1999 Brenda Lee 2001 Diahann Carroll 2000 Al Roker 1998 Joan Van Ark 1996 Adam West 1995 Katie Couric 1994 Mary Tyler Moore 1993 Willard Scott 1992 Jere Burns 1991 Jerry Mathers 1990 Jill St. John 1989 Dean Jones 1988 Sorrell Brooke 1987 1986 Tom Poston Robert Wagner 1985 Willie Mays 1984 Frank Bonner 1982 Anson Williams 1981 Sen. Harry F. Byrd, Jr. 1980 Jimmy Dean 1979 Norman Fell 1978 Tom Bosley 1977 Mickey Mantle 1976 Bob Hope 1975,1949 Frank Gifford 1974 Mike Douglas 1973 Billy Graham 1972 Captain Wally Schirra 1970 Ed McMahon 1969 Eddie Bracken 1968 Hank Williams Jr. 1967 Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler 1966 Jack Dempsey 1965 Lucille Ball 1964 Pernell Roberts 1963 George Montgomery 1962 Gene Barry 1961,1959 Tom Tryon 1960 Ted Mack 1958 James Cagney 1957 Bert Parks 1956 Captain Video 1955 Ed Sullivan 1954 Arthur Godfrey 1953 Howard Keel 1952 Van Johnson 1950 Bing Crosby 1948 Gen. Jacob Devers 1947 Gen. A.A. Vandergrift 1946 5 Fun Festival Facts No festivals were held during the years 1942 through 1945 in honor of those who were fighting and serving during World War II. The Firefighters' Parade was originally called the Torch Light and Mummers' Parade and featured participating firefighters carrying flaming torches. During the 1930s, community interest and profits were declining and there was the possibility that the festival would be discontinued. It was at this point in time that Mr. Tom Baldridge, an employee of MGM whose job was promoting the careers of young actors, was appointed as Executive Director of the Festival. Under his guidance, celebrities began to appear, sparking renewed interest in the festival. (See sidebar on celebrities.) Lyndon Baines Johnson was the first United States president to visit the festival when he appeared in 1964 for the coronation of his daughter, Luci, who reigned as Queen Shenandoah XXVII. President Gerald Ford attended the festival when his daughter Susan was crowned Queen Shenandoah XLVII. The festival used to include elaborate pageants written, narrated and produced by Dr. Garland Quarles and his staff, requiring up to 1,200 local school children and performed on the steps of John Handley High School. -- Courtesy of www.thebloom.com Get Bloomed! Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival Events There are so many ways to participate in the festivities. Here's just a sampling of what's in store. For more information, visit www.thebloom.com. FRI. & SAT., APRIL 27 - 28 Friday, 3 p.m. - 10 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. � 6 p.m. United Bank Bloomin' Wine Fest - Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall 11:45 a.m. Miller Lite Stag Luncheon at Winchester Cold Storage, North Loudoun Street 1:30 p.m. Coronation of Queen Shenandoah at Handley High School Auditorium 4 p.m. Shenandoah Valley Orthodontics - Kids Bloomin' Mile Handley Boulevard 4 p.m. Corporate Suites � Firefighter's Parade 5:30 p.m. Firefighters' Parade - Handley Boulevard 8 p.m. Jim Stutzman Chevrolet-Cadillac Co., Rugs Direct, 92.5 WINC FM Fireworks Display & Night Fest at Handley High School 8 p.m. Queen's Ball Ferrari Room - Shenandoah University 8 p.m. Jim Stutzman, Chevrolet-Cadillac-Buick, Life's A Beach Party Sprint Tent - Winchester Medical Center, 1840 Amherst Street MON., APRIL 30 7:30 p.m. Kimberly's - Pumps and Pearls Ladies Party George Washington Hotel TUES., MAY 1 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. Apple Blossom Carnival Opens - Powers Great American Midways - Valley Avenue behind Wards Plaza (continuing daily throughout the festival) SAT., MAY 5 8 a.m. Wachovia, Wells Fargo Co. Sports Breakfast - Moose Lodge Banquet Room, 215 East Cork Street 8:30 a.m. Valley Health 10K Race - Handley Boulevard 10 a.m. Weekend in the Park, Entertainment, WXVA 610AM Arts & Crafts Show - Jim Barnett Park, 1001 East Cork Street 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Washington Area Chevy Dealers Old Town Midway - Old Town Winchester, Loudoun Street walking mall 12 Noon Corporate Suites � Pre-Grand Feature Parade 1 p.m. Chevrolet Grand Feature Parade - Handley Boulevard 8 p.m. Square Dance - Charlotte DeHart - Virginia Avenue Elementary School 8 p.m. Saturday Night America: Traditional American Fun From The Heartland Featuring A Tribute To Southern Rock presented by Q102 Sprint Tent � Winchester Medical Center, 1840 Amherst Street 8 p.m. Oldies Rock `n' Roll Dance - Winchester Moose Lodge, 215 East Cork Street WED., MAY 2 8 a.m. Pro-Am Golf Tournament at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club, 522 South, Front Royal 12 Noon Valley Health Business at the Bloom - Sprint Tent Winchester Medical Center THURS., MAY 3 8 a.m. Westminster-Canterbury Breakfast Walk - Route 522 North 9 a.m. Apple Pie Baking Contest - Marker-Miller Orchards and Farm Market, 3035 Cedar Creek Grade 11 a.m. The Willows at Meadow Branch Young at Heart Dance Sprint Tent - Winchester Medical Center 5 p.m. The Village at Orchard Ridge Queen's Dinner - Lee-Jackson Banquet Room, 711 Millwood Ave. 7 p.m. Schenck Foods Firefighters' Reception presented by Martin's Food Market - Greenwood Fire & Rescue - Greenwood Road 8 p.m. Sheetz - Thursday Night Fever Disco Dance Party - Sprint Tent - Winchester Medical Center SUN., MAY 6 10 a.m. Anthony's Pizza Weekend in the Park, Entertainment, WXVA 610 AM Arts & Crafts Show, NAPA Cruise-In Car Show, HOOD Fun Day in the Park - Jim Barnett Park, 1001 East Cork Street 10 a.m. Bluegrass Festival - Sprint Tent � Winchester Medical Center, 1840 Amherst Street FRI., MAY 4 8 a.m. Music Festival - Concert Band Competition & Jazz Ensemble Competition - Shenandoah University, 1460 University Drive 8 a.m. VFIS Fire Truck Rodeo and Display of New & Antique Firefighting Equipment - Millbrook High School - Rt. 7 East 9:30 a.m. Prayer Brunch Presented by Knouse Foods - Winchester Church of God Family Life Center - Rt. 522 North 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Washington Area Chevy Dealers Old Town Midway - Old Town Winchester, Loudoun Street walking mall 11 a.m. Walmart Bloomers' Luncheon - Sprint Tent � Winchester Medical Center 11 a.m. Ladies' Horticultural Luncheon - Lee Jackson/Best Western 711 Millwood Ave. 11 a.m. BB&T Men's Commonwealth Luncheon at Picadilly's Public House - 125 East Piccadilly St. 28 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 29 Historic Downtown Winchester 30 spring 2012 Decorating with Pink & Green lringing spring colors indoors is a delight, and decorating with pink and green gives a room "zing." This combination might seem surprising because of their strong contrast, but because they are opposites on a color wheel, they provide a complementary design scheme. You can help pink and green to blend and still preserve contrast by using similarly light tones of pink and green. Pair very light pinks with very light greens. For a more feminine look use more pink than green. For a more masculine look, use more green than pink. Fabrics and textiles in varying geometric and floral patterns are an easy way to accentuate your pink and green theme: a pink and green rug, throw pillows or cushions. If you like sewing, try making your own pink and green soft furnishings using fabrics from your local fabric store. Whether your style is bold or muted, using pink and green in your home can provide a splash of color that is both exciting and elegant. By Darla McCrary Interior Designer & Owner, The Final Yard - fabrics, d�cor & design Celebrating the 6th Anniversary of our decorated showroom, we offer exciting vision to transform any space, whether residential, commercial, corporate, hospitality, restaurant or specialty spaces. Our professional, creative staff are responsive to your needs to create a custom product of outstanding beauty for your interior space. We have over 1,400 luxurious fabrics in stock, trims, accessories, wall art & mirrors, lamps, furniture and leather hides. B Fine Linens Invitations & Stationery Children's Boutique China Crystal Introducing Juliska Mariposa Sferra Herend Vietri 135 North Braddock Street Old Town Winchester 800.967.8676 Mon. - Sat. 10am - 6pm www.kimberlys.biz W WLT for KIDS' Ninth Season WLT for KIDS' Ninth Season will be (double the fun!) After 8 seasons of providing quality theatre for young audiences and a learning environment for young thespians, we are doubling the experience for EVERYONE!!! Two shows: Jack Neary's adaptation of Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs AND Honk!, book and lyrics by Anthony Drewe, music by George Stiles, based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling. Auditions Sunday May 13 & Monday May 14 5-8pm, callbacks Tuesday May 15. Questions? Contact Sara Gomez 540-869-5703 32 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE he Winchester Little Theatre completes its 82nd season this year, and the small but mighty arts organization celebrates being one of the Valley's most vibrant theater hubs. "Winchester has changed and grown so much over the last decade," says Dolly Vachon, Development Chair for the theatre's Board of Directors. "We want to make sure the Valley knows we are here, we are distinct, and � oh my � well worth supporting." One of the theatre's many distinctions is the dozens of community volunteers that keep it thriving. The fact that the theater sold out every performance this season is testimonial to the group's passion and dedication. "As the director of our last play said, there were three people acting on stage, but it took 51 people to make it happen - set construction, set design, lighting, hospitality, box office, make up, costumes, - oh-somany aspects to consider [when] putting on five full-scale productions a year," says Vachon. The director that Vachon mentions, Pat Markland, is an example of the kind of personal journey any volunteer can make with WLT. Markland walked into WLT 12 years ago with just one theatrical credit to his name: a small part in a college play 14 years prior. After a dozen roles at WLT, and all types of backstage work, Markland directed his first smash hit play in January 2011, Norm Foster's "The Love List." Vachon herself got involved with WLT serendipitously by overhearing a conversation at her gym years ago. "I heard Shirley Echelman, our Box Office director, say they were having trouble staffing the box office, so I got up T The "little" Theatre that could by Anne Cissel photos by Lauri Bridgeforth, Full Frame Photography We want to make sure the Valley knows we are here, we are distinct, and � oh my � well worth supporting. VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 33 the nerve to introduce myself � and it's been a joy ever since." Hundreds of stories like these have kept the Winchester Little Theater thriving for more than eight decades. storage space for props and sets � even an adjacent box car. Not only did their work and foresight bring a theatre into being; it preserved a historic landmark in the process. "Historians and architects swoon over the original 19th Century grout and glass," says Vachon. Today, Winchester's population is nearly triple what it was in 1930 when the theatre started. The all-volunteer group is dedicated to preserving cherished relationships with long time supporters while attracting new generations of theater-lovers as volunteers and patrons. In 2011 local businesses and individuals gave the freight station/playhouse's lobby a makeover, and this year "bathroom angels" are doing the same for the restrooms. As Vachon says, the work is "testimonial to the affection so many have for the freight station and for the `little theatre that could.'" The season, which lasts from September through May, offers five plays which have been carefully vetted and chosen by a play-reading committee. Auditions are open to all, and rehearsals take place on weeknights and weekends to accommodate day jobs. In addition to the theatre's regular season, the group offers seminars and workshops on everything from scene study to sword play. And nine times a season, WLT turns the entire theatre over, for a very low fee, to a local nonprofit; that organization then sells tickets to benefit its cause. "It's our way of giving back to the community," says Vachon. WLT's History In 1930, when Winchester numbered around 10,000 people, Winchester Little Theatre (then known as the Winchester Theatre Guild) opened the curtain on its first production, Edna St. Vincent Millay's "Aria de Capo," staged at Handley High School. Until 1955, WLT produced plays wherever there was room -- in high schools, churches, motion picture houses, empty storefronts, warehouses and even an abandoned swimming pool building. In 1955, the group found a permanent home on the second floor of a building at Wolfe and Braddock streets, once a mill that produced a bark product used in tanning leather. It was known as the old Bark Mill, and the group called itself the Bark Mill Players. It was there they began to do shows in the "arena" style: theater in the round. In 1974, the thespians-with-a-vision bought and moved into their current home, a historic Pennsylvania Railroad freight station built circa 1895. That all-volunteer crew did a staggering amount of cleaning and renovating in the building. The re-tasked space they created has a performance area with 97 seats on three sides of a "thrust" stage, a lobby, necessary lighting and backstage rooms, 34 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE Theater for Children and Young Adults The acclaimed WLT for Kids is coming up on its 9th summer season. It offers children, middle through high school, the opportunity to experience every aspect of theater from painting sets to delivering monologues. A six-week program, kids audition for the two dozen or so spots available. Sara Gomez, the director of WLT for Kids, says one of the most unique aspects of this program is the number of times the kids are able to perform. Instead of rehearsing for one or two big nights, the kids put on 15 shows. "They get a taste of real theater, and it allows the actors to grow into their roles, settle into their parts." This year, for the first time, the children will perform a play and a musical: "Snow White" and "Honk Jr.," a musical based on the ugly duckling story. Gomez, who has also directed 22 plays for the adult theater, says the camaraderie during the summer program is very special. "The kids become one big family," says Gomez. WLT's Future Patrons of Winchester Little Theatre can opt for season subscriptions as either set season tickets or pre-paid admissions. Prepaid admissions afford the flexibility of purchasing a set number of tickets, but deciding closer to the performance dates which day to attend. If you have to switch a night, WLT is as accommodating as possible. "We've got the friendliest box office in the world," says Vachon. The WLT "family" encourages people to come visit WLT for a show, a class, to check out volunteer opportunities or to become a member. Vachon and her colleagues know that continued community support will keep the theater prospering for the next 80 years and beyond. The Winchester Little Theatre 315 West Boscawen Street Winchester VA 22601 T: 540-662-3331 www.wltonline.org � email@example.com Ticket prices: Adult $18.75; Seniors (62+) $16.75; Students (K-12, college) $14.75 Next up: The Porch by Jack Neary; directed by Sara Gomez. May 11-13, 17-20, 24-26. VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 35 36 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE To be a part of Golf 2012 Contact Stephanie Smith 410.200.0013 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 37 From Moonshine to imoncello History and folklore live on at Bloomery Plantation. L story and photos by Katherine Cobb he Bloomery Plantation is making history and preserving it. The Charles Town distillery is the first to grow lemons in West Virginia (the main ingredient in its assortment of delicious cordials), and its owners have painstakingly preserved the historic property. The log cabin portion the building, located in the center, is one of two former slave quarters left standing in Jefferson County. The cabin, along with two others no longer in existence, was built in the 1840s. An addition was built in the 1870s, confirmed by a roof beam branded with the year, creating a small six-room house. T plantation that included the Shenandoah Bloomery (or Vestal's Bloomery), the first ironworks in West Virginia. Documents show the land eventually belonged to George William Eichelberger, a "self-sufficient gentleman farmer" who oned 13 slaves and lived in a large house no longer connected to the property. It's believed slaves left the area by 1870. After the Civil War, George W. Marlow acquired the property and named it Willowdale Plantation. Losey believes he may have built "I love old buildings," says Losey. "They just sing to me." the addition. Linda Losey, co-owner of the Bloomery Plantation, says the 12-acre property was once part of the much larger The land eventually became splintered, passing through other owners until Losey found it. She was investigating West Virginia properties because it was the most logical location for her budding distillery, where it would fall 38 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE before under the agri-tourism business model, one reason she grows her own lemons and raspberries. Losey and her partner-husband, Tom Kiefer, had their work cut out for them. Upon their first visit to the property in October 2010, Losey describes it as "ramshackle," but purchased it anyway. "I love old buildings," says Losey. "They just sing to me. Historic preservation is a passion of mine that's developed over the years." Losey has renovated and restored five properties, including an old mill from 1797. Serving as general contractor of the project so the details wouldn't be overlooked, Losey says she used as many of the original materials as possible. The old chink and log slave cabin was in fairly good shape, requiring minor repair. To the entire structure, they added a foundation, shored up the house, restored all the flooring, added a floor to the distillery area (previously dirt), added a hand-seamed roof, installed a commercial kitchen and added windows and handcrafted custom doors. They painted the exterior the same yellow as its original color. They also raised the roof by one foot to make the upstairs more comfortable. The original timbers from the roof were repurposed into table legs. They also kept the two outbuildings plus the original root cellar, still in good condition. The large greenhouse Losey and Kiefer added holds the lemon trees, all part of their vision to grow the ingredients used in their cordials. They found precious few artifacts in the restoration process -- a WWII board game and some old metal artifacts, probably farm-related. Losey says she was also lucky to purchase an armoire with the property signed by the local coffin-maker in the 1900s, believed to be the same one who built John Brown's coffin. The board and batten found on the VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 39 Linda Losey with bar manager Slone Miranda, who is busy zesting lemons for another batch of Limoncello. exterior of the house is known to be from boats, and Losey's heard two possibilities about which vessels might have supplied it. "One theory suggests the planks are from boats used on the C&O Canal," says Losey, "or they are from Shenandoah River boats, known as gundolows. They ferried people across the river by day, but by night, were used by moonshine boatmen." Losey says the folklore doesn't end there. "Some say John Mosby and his Raiders once used the property. It sits on a knoll and offered a good location for shooting the enemy," she says. "Others say the biggest moonshiner in West Virginia used the property to make `hooky hooch,' which kids skipping school would get before going to hang out down by the river." History aside, Losey is pleased her distillery is up and running. The Bloomery Plantation makes five varieties of natural cordials on the premises -- all made my hand, the old-fashioned way. They can each be tasted during operating hours, and long, slender bottles are available for purchase. Products include Limoncello, Raspberry Limoncello and Cremma Lemma (a creamy Limoncello, also called a Moonshine Milkshake). Other products include Lemon Ice Liqueur (a hard lemonade) plus Dark Chocolate Raspberry Liqueur. Limoncello is a popular Italian lemon liqueur, both tart and sweet. The raspberry version is the Bloomery Plantation's original, proprietary concoction, which is why they planted an acre of the sweet, delicate fruit. Customers have already used the "cello" products to make a variety of desserts (which the owners are pleased they bring in to share), but Losey says the drinks are delicious on their own, over sorbet or ice cream, and mixed with coffee. 40 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE The response from the public has been positive. "We had no idea how Limoncello would go over in the mountains of West Virginia, but we're finding the locals really support it," says Losey. "That's actually been the best part," she adds. "The people here have embraced us as their own. It feels so good to be accepted as part of the community." "A surprising number of people have been to Italy and are ecstatic to find this quality of Limoncello available, especially in our small town," says Losey. A trip she and Tom took to Italy is what sparked their drive to make the lemony after-dinner treat after being disappointed with products they tried upon returning home. Losey describes other customers as "adventuresome" and a rare few are hoping distillery means bourbon or whiskey, but even they rarely leave empty-handed, as customers rave about the products from the Bloomery Plantation. In addition to the downstairs tasting room, open Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., the Bloomery Plantation features live music from 6 to 8 p.m. in the casual gathering space upstairs. For more information, visit www.bloomeryplantation.com. Bloomery Plantation History, Hooch & Hospitality Distil Distil ery The Refreshing Limoncello Cake An adult twist to the classic lemonade cake -- terrifically moist and refreshing! Serves 8. -- Compliments of Bloomery Plantation Distillery InGredIenTs: cooking spray 1 cup plain yogurt or sour cream 2 eggs 1/3 cup canola oil 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons lemon zest (or more for a more lemony-flavor) 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup Bloomery Plantation Distillery's original Limoncello Liqueur 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 pinch salt (optional) 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar 3 tablespoons Limoncello dIrecTIOns: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare an 8-inch cake pan or bundt pan with cooking spray. Whisk together the yogurt or sour cream, eggs, canola oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, and 4 tablespoons Limoncello in a large bowl. In a separate large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gently stir the dry ingredients into the wet. Do not over mix or the cake will be tough. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven until top is golden and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. Stir the powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons of Limoncello together in a small bowl until smooth. Poke small holes all over the top of the still-warm cake with a fork or toothpick. Spoon the glaze over the cake and spread with the back of a spoon. The glaze will seep into the cake and add moisture. 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The most significant is the expression that "brother fought against brother." According to O'Connor, a passionate historian and speaker T 46 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE who has been nominated four times for national book awards, brothers who fought on opposite sides rarely fought in the same battle. The war was huge, extending from the Atlantic Ocean to the far west including Texas and beyond. "Most times when people use the expression, they are talking about brothers on opposite sides � which happened frequently, especially in western Virginia (today West Virginia)," says O'Connor. "But it is quite rare to find two brothers who were on the same battlefield, actually fighting against his brother and his brother's regiment." O'Connor's book follows two such brothers who fought against each other twice. The first time their units were across from each other was on July 2, 1861. General Patterson's Union army (which included William Culp) waded across the Potomac River at Williamsport and was marching toward Martinsburg. They filled their canteens at Falling Waters and proceeded south on what is today Route 11. Waiting for them near where Sheetz store stands were the Confederate cannons, facing north. About one half mile to the south of those cannons sat Colonel Thomas J. Jackson (he was not a General at that time and had not yet been given the nickname "Stonewall") on a large rock, watching and waiting. Behind him was part of his infantry, and included Wesley Culp, William's brother. Both brothers had grown up in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Wesley had moved with the company he worked for, Hoffman Carriage Company, to Shepherdstown, Va. When the war started, Wesley joined the 2nd Virginia Infantry, CSA, with his new friends from Shepherdstown. They trained at Bolivar Heights under the direction of Colonel Jackson. William and Wesley's best friend, Jack Skelly, enlisted for 90 days with the 2nd Pennsylvania Infantry and were trained at the York Fairgrounds. On July 2, they faced each other at what became known as the Battle of Hokes Run or the Battle of Falling Waters. The battle was a short one, with little action, as Colonel Jackson quickly realized General Patterson had many more men than he had. The Confederates fled the scene. The Union army moved south and captured Martinsburg. In the early morning hours of June 15, 1863, William Culp and Jack Skelly faced the 2nd Virginia Infantry again, this time at Stephenson's Depot just north of Winchester, and along what today is Route 11. Their 2nd Pennsylvania Infantry had been incorporated into the 87th Pennsylvania Infantry. At Stephenson's Depot, the Union army was crushed, resulting in over 300 prisoners being taken from William and Jack's unit alone. After the intense battle (known today as the Battle of Second Winchester or the Battle of Stephenson's Depot), Wesley Culp looked for his friends from Gettysburg who might have been left on the field. He found his best friend Jack Skelly lying wounded and helped medics carry him to the Taylor's Tavern (which became Taylor's Hospital). Another common misconception the book covers is the idea that the men were in battles every single day. The regiment that included William Culp and Jack Skelly waited almost exactly two years between battles. The Battle of Falling Waters was their first action. The battle at Stephenson Depot was their next action. They went from July 2, 1861 to June 17, 1863 between battles. So what did they do with their time? According to O'Connor, they marched, drilled, slept, practiced shooting their muskets, wrote home, played cards, whittled, sang songs, read their Bibles, maintained their firearms, tried to keep their powder dry and were mostly bored the rest of the time. "Movies give people the impression there were battles every day. That is not true. But the armies needed to be ready when the battles occurred, so they trained regularly." Boredom, the author says, is one of the reasons why the desertion rate for Civil War soldiers was high. "The boys were bored, away from home for the first time, lonely, scared and often sickly. For most it was not a fun time. The remedy for some was to leave. The army's punishment if they got caught often was a firing squad which the army perceived would deter the next wave of possible deserters." O'Connor writes historical fiction, but spends hours and continued on page 51 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 47 Pink Carpet Affair Stu dio M Missy Grove, owner of Studio M Salon & Spa, with friends Elizabeth Worcester, team captain for Mountain Mommas, and Nicole Whitman. hol din g se con da nnu al e ven t to s by Katherine Cobb photos by Candice Mumaw, Bella Bambino Photography upp ort Mo unt ain Mo Get ready to get your pink on! Studio M Salon & Spa in historic downtown Charles Town, W.Va., is holding its second annual Pink Carpet Affair on Sat., March 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. Like celebrities, attendees walk down the roped pink carpet at the entrance of the salon and enjoy an evening of fashion, where unique boutique items will be modeled and patrons can shop at an onsite store. Misguided Angels, billed as a "fun, fabulous, slightly twisted women's boutique" from Brambleton, Va., will again provide the clothes and accessories for this year's event. Studio M Salon & Spa technicians will provide the hair, make up and styling for the models. Guests can shop, socialize and enjoy light refreshments, all for a good cause. A Pink Carpet Affair supports the Mountain Mommas, a local group of "wild and wonderful West Virginia mothers" who are banding together for the third consecutive year to raise funds and walk in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Washington, D.C. The two-day, 39-mile walk comes with a fundraising minimum entry of $1,800 for each participant. The Mountain Mommas have exceeded their fundraising goals each year with the help of local businesses and individuals who support them. mm Grove says it also gives area women a chance to shop for beautifully crafted clothes (Misguided Angels was voted 2011's "Best Boutique" by Northern Virginia Magazine and I Am Modern Magazine). "It's also a good excuse to wear pink, my favorite color!" adds Grove, who enjoyed seeing over a hundred people swathed in coral, fuchsia and rose hues at last year's inaugural event. Grove's fashion merchandising background, previous makeover business and now full salon and spa offerings make her the perfect purveyor of this type of event, combining all of her talents (clothes, accessories, hair, make up and styling) into one fabulous evening with friends, family and the community. Tickets go on sale beginning March 1 at Studio M Salon & Spa for $20 (only 100 are available), with 100 percent of ticket sales donated to the Mountain Mommas. Misguided Angels also donates a percentage of its proceeds to the breast cancer team. Studio M Salon & Spa is located at 231 W. Washington Street in Charles Town. For more information, visit www.studiom4u.com. as Studio M Salon & Spa owner Missy Grove says last year's fashion show was such a success, she's decided to make it an annual event. "I am pleased to support the Mountain Mommas with this type of affair. They raise a lot of money for breast cancer research and it's a fun way to contribute to their efforts," says Grove. 48 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE Guests from last year's Pink Carpet Affair shop from the Misguided Angels boutique set up on-site. A model from the inaugural Pink Carpet Affair wears an outfit from the Misguided Angels boutique. Beautiful Skin: A good skin care regimen is essential. By Henry F. Garazo, MD Spring is here and our attention tends to focus more on our looks. One of the easiest things to improve is your skin. The skin is the largest organ of the body and often one of the most ignored aspects of your appearance. Just a few minutes a day can lead to healthier, more youthful skin. The good news is that there are proven, costeffective treatments available now for less than you are spending at the cosmetics counter. A daily skin regimen will dramatically improve your skin health. In the morning, use a cleanser, antioxidant serum, moisturizing sunscreen, and then you may apply makeup. In the evening, use a cleanser, retinoids (Retin-A), hydroquinone and moisturizer. Products Physician-only products deliver much stronger ingredients, resulting in faster, deeper improvement. This is why plastic surgeons carry products that cannot be purchased over the counter. They must be prescribed and closely monitored, just as with any medicine. Hyperpigmentation from sun damage and dry skin/wrinkles from smoking are the most damaging factors that can lead to an aged appearance � as much as 10 years older in some studies. Under the supervision of a qualified physician, a medical aesthetician can develop a comprehensive skin care program. The results are closely monitored and treatment protocols adjusted accordingly. Microdermabrasion Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical way to freshen and rejuvenate the skin on your face. Microdermabrasion treatments make use of a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand the skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer. This type of skin rejuvenation is used to treat light scarring, discoloration and sun damage. Microdermabrasion will slough off the top layer (epidermis) of your skin and stimulate new skin growth. This technique also helps to thicken your collagen, which results in a younger looking complexion. Chemical Peels A chemical peel is applied to the skin to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the production of new skin cells. This will tighten the skin, reduce wrinkling and give a more youthful appearance. They are often used for improving fine lines and wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, acne scars, sun-damaged skin, age spots and freckling. While chemical peels are not a substitute for cosmetic surgery, they are often used in conjunction with surgical procedures to achieve even better results. Lasers Lasers are used to remove unwanted hair and resurface and tighten skin. They can be painful and require multiple treatments. Stronger medical chemical peels can achieve similar results. Injectables Injectables are used to weaken muscles that cause wrinkling (Botox) or to fill the wrinkles (Juvederm) formed as a result of their activity. These can last from 3 � 12 months and take only a few minutes to perform. Injectables are quick, safe, easy and affordable. There is no downtime and results are immediate. They dramatically soften your appearance and may stave off having plastic surgery for a few years. Recent focus has shifted from not only improving your wrinkles, but actually delaying their appearance. Studies have demonstrated that routine use of injectables such as Botox will delay the onset and progression of fine lines and wrinkles. Watch for faster-acting, longer lasting injectables in the future. 50 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE continued from page 46 hours researching what actually happened before building his story around that information. The story of Wesley and William Culp and Jack Skelly is mostly true. It is based on regimental rosters, and over 90 letters the men and their families exchanged. All the book's characters are real. Persons familiar with Gettysburg and the name "Jennie Wade" (who was Jack Skelly's girlfriend and is the fourth character the novel follows) will know the ending of the story. The beginning of the story has never been told. "A House Divided Against Itself" will give readers "the rest of the story." O'Connor has published seven books, including six about the Civil War. He grew up in Illinois and portrayed Abraham Lincoln in a school play in eighth grade. Today he portrays Ward Hill Lamon, originally from Summit Point, who was Abraham Lincoln's bodyguard. His "The Life of Abraham Lincoln as President" was actually written by Lamon in the 1880s but never published. O'Connor edited the book after getting permission from The Huntington Library in California to publish it. "The Virginian Who Might Have Saved Lincoln" is about Lamon's relationship with Lincoln and tells why Lamon was not on duty when Lincoln went to see the play "Our American Cousins" in Ford's Theater on Good Friday. Most readers will know what happened at Ford's Theater in Lamon's absence." The author's books are available locally at Four Season's Books in Shepherdstown, W.Va., Turn the Page Books in Boonsboro, Md., Patterson Drug store in Martinsburg, W.Va., and at the Jefferson County Visitors Centers in Charles Town and Harpers Ferry. They may be purchased on line at www.boboconnorbooks.com or at www.amazon.com. Most are also available as e-books. O'Connor is available to do programs for local schools and civic groups. He has given over 500 presentations since 2006. He works part time at the Jefferson County Visitors Center in Harpers Ferry. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 51 W What Goes Around Comes Around What's hot in vintage jewelry hether it's the lacy glamour of chandelier earrings, the geometric drama of an Art Deco bracelet or the frisky fun of a cocktail ring, who doesn't love vintage jewelry? The merchants who resell these antiques, or their replicas, always enjoy looking back at the styles of bygone times -- and looking forward to the revivals that each year brings. Dealers expect a continued trend in 2012 toward statement jewelry. Much of this dates back to, or is inspired by, bold fashion eras such as the 1920s and 1960s. These large, extravagant pieces have recently been eclipsing the more subdued vintage items such as slender chains, demure cameos and dainty rings and charms. The most sought-after necklaces are lavish and often multi-tiered with hefty stones, dropped beads or cascading strands. Many of the styles date back to the 1920s, when radically shorter skirts and bobbed hair called for equally daring jewelry. Roaring Twenties clothing has been prominent on fashion runways, possibly fueled by the success of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire and the much-publicized remake of The Great Gatsby. And nothing sets off "flapper" dresses better than the Jazz Age's Art Deco jewelry with its exaggerated shapes, swirls and Egyptian-inspired geometric forms. by Loretta Bolger Wish All photos courtesy of Chic to Chic consignment boutique. Who doesn't love vintage jewelry? "Art Deco period jewelry is very popular now. Rings, earrings, bracelets and pins � in 18-karat white gold or platinum," says Lesley Clark, owner of Penny Farthing Antiques and co-owner of The Middleburg Antique Emporium in Virginia. "The best Art Deco Jewelry of this period was made in France." Iconic French designer Coco Chanel was among the first to create the elaborate Art Deco jewelry pieces, which appeared doubly striking against the simple backdrop of her VALLEY HOMES & STYLE 52 spring 2012 modern, clean-lined couture. Using not only precious metals and stones but also colorful glass and plastic, Chanel set off a costume jewelry craze that enabled middle-class women to buy and wear these items in greater abundance. The gemstone and glass creations of the day, sometimes mixing colors for a "fruit salad" effect, are currently in demand along with crystal jewelry, a staple of the 1920s and 1930s that often features Czech or Austrian stones. Merchants see a stronger market for vibrant blues, greens, pinks and yellows. Fire opal and other flamecolored gemstones are also coveted, to match this season's vivid orange hues. Other semi-precious stones such as sapphire, peridot, aquamarine and topaz are also on the must-have list. "They're colors we hadn't seen a lot, and those pieces can be very expensive in retail," says Brittany Carpenter, manager of Chic to Chic consignment boutique in Frederick. Her customers also have a special fondness for vintage jewelry, she adds, because it "feels more like your own" than newer mass-produced items. Chic to Chic, which has a second shop in Gaithersburg, specializes in high-end consignment merchandise. While certain shoppers stick closely to a few personal preferences, Carpenter notices quite a few have been bypassing the more subtle pieces lately, "even the ones with the Tiffany name," in favor of eye-catching jewelry. "We're doing very, very well with turquoise jewelry, which is a part of the current tribal trend in clothing," Carpenter says. Turquoise, quartz and coral are all on the upswing in keeping with 2012 tribal fashions that are based on VALLEY HOMES & STYLE Native American, African, Indian or Mayan designs. Some of these jewelry styles have been resurrected from the nature-oriented 1960s, drawing on elements such as leather and wood. Others echo the 1940s, when Mexican-style silver jewelry studded with turquoise was in vogue. Bracelets are bold, mirroring the wooden or beaded tribal pieces of the 1960s and the decade's space-age Lucite and metallic cuffs and bangles. Also popular are multi-layered wrap bracelets, dating back to ancient watched those shows, loving all the bright colors and large necklaces and big hoop earrings," Knowles says. Hoops are currently selling briskly along with the drop earrings that Marlo Thomas and other 1960s fashion icons popularized, single strands often capped off with big stones or clusters of small ones. And the multi-strand or tiered chandelier earrings so prevalent at red carpet events, the 1920s and 1930s designs as well as the funkier 1970s versions, are moving farther into the mainstream and bringing a bit of lighthearted glamour to workplace clothing and casual attire. Both Knowles and Carpenter noted that clip earrings-- mainly a vintage item because relatively few have been made since ear piercing hit the mainstream in the 1970s--are selling very rapidly. "I can't hold onto them," Knowles says. "Some women are choosing not to wear pierced earrings now, or just never got their ears pierced, and they buy my clip earrings as soon as they come in." Oversized rings are among this year's hottest sellers, reviving a trend that took hold after World War II. Once known as cocktail rings and now termed retro rings, many were designed to be worn comfortably over evening gloves. Most featured patterns of tiny mixed stones or a large precious or semi-precious stone in a rectangle, pear, oval or heart shape. Costume-jewelry versions became more whimsical in the 1960s with bulky or elongated stones, intricate beading, floral shapes or wraparound filigree work. Like today's replicas, they might extend up to the knuckle or sideways to cover more than one finger. spring 2012 53 Egypt and revived in the Victorian and Art Nouveau periods as serpentshaped snake bracelets or jewelstudded fabric wraps. Chunky pendants circa 1970, some with a tribal flavor and others with big stones or playful shapes, are among the top sellers at Day' Javu resale shop in Martinsburg, according to proprietor Dana Knowles. Her own taste, she adds, runs to the vivid outsized jewelry from the late 1960s and 1970s. "I think I like the whole That Girl and Mary Tyler Moore Show look the best. I still remember, when I first "There's a lot of excitement over large rings right now. They're fun and inexpensive, and with the expandable bands you can wear them on different fingers," says Carpenter. Rings are a passion of hers, and she often wears five or six at a time. Vintage brooches are catching on again, showing up on casual clothes, formal wear and everything in between. Flowers, sunbursts and other 1960s-style pins are adding a note of fun kitsch to jackets and vests while sparkly glass or gold brooches provide a fresh, feminine accent to professional clothes and Deco pieces bring Hollywood glam to evening gowns and cocktail dresses. Placement of brooches isn't confined to the lapel area. They might be fastened to the belt or waistline of a dress, pinned to a shoulder strap or anchored to a hat or headband. Headbands and other hair ornaments have been prevalent on the red carpet this award season, recalling the glittery bands of the 1920s, elegant tiaras of the 1930s and jewelencrusted combs and hairpins of the 1940s and 1950s. Hair accessories are expected to be big sellers this year, favored by young customers in particular. Younger consumers also tend to be fond of rhinestones in any form -- bracelet, pendants earrings and even fingernail or shoe decorations -- because they're fairly inexpensive and combine well with a range of outfits. Rhinestones are a perennial favorite with most age groups, in fact, and an assortment of different vintages is available at antique stores, consignment shops, flea markets and yard sales. Pearls are also consistently popular -- real or faux, in nearly any size, shape and configuration. Long ropes of pearls were the rage in the prosperous 1920s while in earlier times a large, perfect specimen might have been the centerpiece of an ornate brooch or pendant. Later in the 20th century, a simple strand was a symbol of refinement and a must for well-dressed women. They showed up singly in earrings and pendants at mid-century and small, more irregularly shaped freshwater 54 spring 2012 pearls made a big comeback around 1980 as "Rice Krispie" pearls. The latter are currently in vogue along with the iridescent mother of pearl featured in many Victorian pieces. While the market for the Victorian jewelry of the 19th century has been on the decline overall, the elaborate rings are an exception. More substantial than the slender Edwardian bands of the early 1900s and more romantic-looking than the theatrical Art Deco rings yet to come, Victorian rings usually have engravings along the sides and possibly small stones or pearls surrounding a large gemstone. The "old-mine" technique for cutting these stones, more square-shaped than round, fell into disuse after the Victorian age ended in the early 1900s. Contemporary jewelers have revived it in a modified form known as a "cushion cut." Authentic Victorian rings or highquality replicas are highly prized as engagement rings. Experts note that their gemstones are affixed more deeply into their settings and therefore tend to be more secure than the modern, high-pronged solitaires. And for certain couples, the detailed craftsmanship and history of a Victorian ring have sentimental appeal. "These pieces have a lot of character and they have a story behind them, so that you're kind of living someone else's romance along with your own," Carpenter says. Dealers agree that vintage jewelry usually captures the imagination of a special type of person who "wants something that feels unique," as Knowles puts it, and likes knowing that each item carries a back story all its own. Chic to Chic owner Ellen Didion is confident that the jewelry of the past, in one form or another, will retain an appreciative fan base. "What goes around comes around, so you kind of ride the wave and wait to see what's coming back," she says. "It's jewelry with history and fine, quality workmanship, and there will always be people who treasure the vintage." VALLEY HOMES & STYLE the Region's Finest Antiques & Collectibles Wysong Farm and Gourmet Crackers by Bonnie Williamson 56 T hey're like hidden jewels. T hey're delicious by themselves, with dips, and you can even use them to add to other dishes like meatloaf and fish. spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE scones." A n insurance agent and a part-time school cook in Jefferson County, W.Va., who happen to be brother and sister, have an unusual passion. They specialize in making hand-made artisan cheese crackers and what they call "made-from-scratch Locke Wysong and his sister Cesarina come from a long line of farmers. The family farm sits on 110 acres in Shenandoah Junction. "Our family has been farming here for about 200 years. We still have some beef and produce," Locke says. "We wanted to segue back to our roots. Do something we wanted to do. Get back into sharing our products with the community." Locke and Cesarina started making gourmet crackers in a variety of flavors, including Savory Cheddar, Pepper Jack, Feta and Oregano, Goat and Sage, and Parmesan and Rosemary. Locke says people are more familiar with cheddar cheese. He and his sister enjoyed educating people by exposing them to sharper cheeses or milder ones. This education soon turned into a business. "We were encouraged to start selling our crackers at the Charles Town Farmers' Market by Kellie Boles, former Jefferson County Agriculture Development Officer," Locke says. In 2011, they participated in the Charles Town and Shepherdstown Farmers' Markets in Jefferson County, as well as the FRESHFARM Markets, in Annapolis, Md. There is no factory or staff involved with creating the crackers. "It's just us. We take our time and perfect our product," Cesarina says. The couple rents a local commercial kitchen for their products. Locke says it's a three-day process to create the crackers from family recipes. The dough is made, then refrigerated, baked and cured a bit. "It's a lot of man hours." The partners can have from 40 to 50 dozen ready to go for a farmers' market appearance. With both Locke and Cesarina working full-time jobs besides making crackers, Locke says it's a balancing act. They take no time off. However, Locke says it's worthwhile. "It's a lot of work but we have fun," says Cesarina. "We have received many positive comments about our crackers. They're like hidden jewels. They're delicious by themselves, with dips, and you can even use them to add to other dishes like meatloaf and fish," Locke says. "Right now most of our business is word of mouth. We hope to be able to do more full-time marketing at some point." All cracker products are available by the dozen and are packaged in an air-tight reusable tin. "Our cheese crackers are hand cut and are made to order. Shipment is guaranteed within one week of placing an order," says Locke. "Either straight out of the tin or to accompany your favorite appetizer, to complement your green salad or your favorite cocktail or glass of wine, Wysong Farm Gourmet Crackers are perfect for any occasion." The majority of the Wysongs' sales take place in farmers' markets but orders can also be made through Facebook or email: email@example.com. VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 57 58 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 59 Gourmet W hen you think of creating a dish you should choose an ingredient that inspires you and use this inspiration to build your menu. People eat with their eyes, so food must have visual appeal as well as great taste and texture. If you are using a recipe, I recommend following it exactly the first time. Later, make adjustments to suit your own taste. Recipes are a guide that help with scale, but the ingredients are up to the creator. The recipe I'm sharing is Salt Encrusted Beef. It is beef tenderloin that is encased in salt dough and roasted. Don't worry � it's an easy recipe with only five main ingredients: kosher salt, egg whites, Cooke Joanne Cooke offers advice to aspiring chefs. flour, water and beef. The dough is used as a vessel to cook the meat and infuse flavor. This is the main component for my entr�e. You can cr eate your own by using this recipe as your base. What I added to complete this dish were f a v o r i t e ingredients that my family and I enjoy. Port wine was flamed and reduced to make a syrup. Asparagus was incorporated as a puree to enhance the sauce rather than focus i t as the vegetable on the plate. Knowing that meat and potatoes are a classic (and my husband's favorite), I wanted to present it with style. So I chose Potatoes Anna, layering thin slices of Idaho potato and cream. The last component was lobster mushrooms, which added a different texture and earthiness. Whether you are creating a nice meal or a simple sandwich, think of food combinations you enjoy to make your dish extraordinary; it will be worth it. It doesn't have to be fancy: mashed potatoes, peas and carrots are a great combination, too. Food is like fashion. It always makes a comeback. You have the classic (timeless) recipes, basic mother sauces and ethnic influences. Every few years, chefs create a new way to present it. In 2012, the focus on food is where it comes from and how it was harvested. Gone is the era of nouveau cuisine where the presentation was more important than the product being in season. A sauce now is composed of ingredients that are reduced to concentrate the flavors rather than adding a roux (equal parts of butter and flour) to thicken it. Having an artistic eye and a family of wonderful cooks, I knew this industry was the perfect fit. What I learned from working in restaurants, hotels and catering is that it takes a great team to throw a party. In catering, when you're first starting out, you have to wear all the hats. Passion and persistence are mandatory. There must be a willingness to learn from others and be a sponge. A great friend and mentor, Chef Alan Kaufman who I worked with in Tucson, Arizona, gave me a wonderful foundation in my cooking career. The greatest satisfaction in catering is hearing that you've made someone's event a success. Style and vision can't be compromised. Each catering job is different and always presents a new challenge. That's what keeps it exciting! Why the name Gourmet Cooke? It's a play on my last name. Most people hear the term "gourmet" and think expensive or food that is prepared with "off the wall" ingredients. In some cases that may be true, but I offer a wide variety of elegant bites that are artfully presented to match your tastes and budget. I offer intimate multi-course dinners for as small as two people and larger scale buffet events for as large as two thousand. Let's get cooking! 60 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE In a mixing bowl with the paddle attachment, add the first three ingredients to blend. Slowly incorporate the flour until it forms a dough. Depending on the temperature outside, you may not need all the flour. Once the dough is formed, let it rest for at least 2 hours. Bring tenderloin to room temperature. You do not want to season the beef with salt because the juices will be drawn from the meat. In a large skillet, combine the butter and oil over medium heat. When hot, add the beef and sear on all sides. Let it rest for 5 minutes. Preheat oven to 375. T enderloin in Salt Dough InGredIenTs 2 cups kosher salt 2 egg whites 2/3 cup water 2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 pounds beef tenderloin 1 tablespoon of olive oil and butter 2 teaspoons fresh thyme Black pepper to taste On a floured surface, roll out the dough to form a rectangle large enough to easily enclose the beef without stretching the dough. Sprinkle the fresh thyme over the beef and completely wrap the meat in the salt dough. Transfer to a baking sheet. Use the egg yolk with � teaspoon water to make a glaze. Brush glaze over the entire surface of the dough. Bake in center of the oven for 30 minutes (or until the temperature is 125 degrees). Let the beef rest in the crust for one hour. To serve, slice off the crust at one end to remove the beef, and discard the crust. Slice beef and arrange on plates. Serve immediately. Fabulous Salads Fresh and Flavorful "Eating nutritious and flavorful food as part of a balanced diet isn't as difficult as some think," says Cindy Windham, the clinical nutrition manager of Westminster-Canterbury. "Using fresh, unprocessed or minimally processed foods as much as possible is key. Salads such as these are perfect examples of blending simple, wholesome ingredients to make a delicious meal. Plus, they're absolutely beautiful on your plate!" At Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury, Windham provides nutrition consultations to all residents and designs special dining plans for segments of the retirement community based on dietary needs. Here she provides recipes for two wholesome � and colorful � salads. On the menu are a tasty Blueberry Quinoa Salad and a delicious Mango Jicama Fennel Salad. Blueberry-Walnut Quinoa Salad Submitted by Cindy Windham, RD, CNM, Sodexo Senior Living Minutes to Prepare: 15 Minutes to Cook: 15 Tips If desired, add agave nectar to taste and omit the red pepper. This makes an excellent breakfast meal when served with low fat yogurt. Ingredients 1 cup red quinoa 2 cups water salt, to taste 1 � cups fresh blueberries 4 ounces reduced-fat feta Cheese, crumbled (1 cup) 1/3 cup toasted walnuts, chopped 1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced 1/4 to 1/3 cup raspberry-walnut vinaigrette Directions For the salad, in a heavy saut� pan, toast the quinoa on medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until it begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, bring 2 cups water to boiling, then carefully pour water into the quinoa. Add salt to taste; cover, reduce heat to low and cook 15 minutes. Transfer quinoa to a large bowl; let cool. Add blueberries, feta cheese, walnuts, and bell pepper; mix gently. Drizzle dressing over salad; stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. Serves: Approximately 6 � � cup servings; Calories: 254; Fat: 11 g; Saturated fat: 2.1 g; Cholesterol: 7 mg; Potassium: 72 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 30 g; Fiber: 3.5 g; Sugars: 8.6 g; Protein: 9.3 g Mango-Jicama Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing Submitted by Cindy Windham, RD, CNM, Sodexo Senior Living Minutes to Prepare: 15 Number of Servings: 4 Tips This recipe can be kicked up by adding more cayenne pepper. The heat from the cayenne blends nicely with the sweetness of the mangos and orange poppy seed dressing. This would be a perfect side dish for grilled salmon. Ingredients 1/3 cup light sour cream 1/2 tsp orange zest, grated 3 Tbsp fresh orange juice, (approx. juice from 1 orange) 2 tsp honey 2 tsp poppy seeds 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste) 1/4 tsp black pepper 1 medium fennel bulb, cut into matchsticks or shaved � medium jicama, cut into matchsticks 1 mango, cut into cubes or sliced 1 medium red pepper, sliced Cayenne pepper to taste Dash of lime juice to taste Directions To make the dressing, whisk together the sour cream, orange zest and orange and lime juice, honey, poppy seeds, salt and pepper into a small bowl. Toss together with the remaining ingredients and serve over arugula. Serves: Approximately 4- 1 cup servings; Calories: 130; Total Fat: 3.4 g; Saturated fat: 1.6 g; Cholesterol: 7.8 mg; Potassium: 340 mg; Total Carbohydrates: 24 g; Fiber: 5.8 g; Sugars: 16 g; Protein: 2.2 g 62 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE Serving Wine Tips for pouring like a pro by Hauser Estate Winery hen serving wine there are a couple of rules to follow and a couple tricks of the trade. Once you learn the rules, you'll be able to experience the optimal flavors from your wine as well as be able to impress your friends and neighbors with your wine knowledge! The first rule is to ensure the temperature is right. White wine should always be served cold, but if it's too cold, you can paralyze the taste. Dry white wines, champagne and sweet whites should be chilled between 45-50 degrees Fahrenheit for roughly 30 minutes. Red wines should also be kept at a certain temperature: if served too warm you lose the balance of flavors. When wine is kept too warm, the alcohol evaporates at a quicker pace. The result of alcohol in wine contributes to the sweetness, so that the degrees of acidity and bitterness are properly balanced. The proper serving temperature is key to maintaining that balance. Considering that most homes have a standard temperature between 77-68 Fahrenheit, red wines can be chilled between 65-55 degrees for five to seven minutes. The next step is choosing the right glass for serving. Generally, red wine glasses have a larger base, rounder bowl, and smaller stem. The larger base allows the red wine to oxygenate and helps you breathe the aromas. Since red wines are served room temperature or slightly chilled, you can hold the wine glass at the base. The transfer of heat from your hand will not affect the wine flavors. White wine glasses have a narrower bowl, a smaller rim diameter, and typically a longer stem. The smaller rim diameter allows less air to reach the wine. Generally white wine has more delicate flavors than red wines, so the enclosing glass lets the flavors linger longer. The longer stem also allows for the individual to hold the glass by the stem, as to not let the transfer of heat from the hand to interfere with the wine's temperature. Champagnes should be served in a tall, thin flute. With these simple guidelines, you'll be a professional sommelier in no time! But remember, above all, wine is to be enjoyed. So sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of wine. Whether red or white, it will be a delight! W Cheers! VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 63 Shepherdstown West Virginia H istoric Shepherdstown, the oldest town in the state of West Virginia, nestled in the lower Shenandoah Valley - is only 90 minutes from the Washington/Baltimore metropolitan areas but miles away from the stress and rushed lifestyle of the city. Stroll along German Street, filled with more than a dozen fine dining and casual restaurants, unique locally-owned shops offering everything from baby clothes to local arts and crafts, and an independent movie theater. You're sure to find the perfect spot to stay, eat and shop here - all uniquely Shepherdstown. 64 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 65 Celebrate Spring in Hagerstown VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 67 CLARK'S 1734 Valley Road, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411 304-258-2226 68 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 69 hen a partnership works, it's a beautiful thing. The whole focus of the partnership between Brent Mitchell and Ed Yanosky is to create beauty for their clients. The two men worked together for seven years at The Valley Craftsmen in Baltimore more than a decade ago in the furniture division. There they were more involved with decorative painting and refinishing furniture. When the company owner decided to move away from the furniture business 10 years ago, Mitchell and Yanosky had an opportunity to go into business together and focus on the work they both love � creating custom furniture and accessories and restoring the beauty in older pieces. Mitchell Yanosky designs many high-end, one-ofa-kind pieces, often based on the drawings of interior designers at the request of their clients. "Interior designers turn to us for our custom furniture abilities," Yanosky says, adding they also can provide drawings to clients on proposed pieces. A smaller percentage of their work comes from private homeowners looking for a particular size, shape or design of that "just right" piece of furniture. The crafters use a variety of materials, from wood to metal. Due to the custom nature of their craft, they work in all styles, including traditional, modern, antique European and more. W One of a Kind Mitchell Yanosky crafts home beauty by hand. by Lori Rypka 70 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE The duo received their largest commission this year and will be creating a dining room table that stretches nearly 20-feet long. It will have three hand-carved pedestal bases, four types of inlaid wood and more intricate patterning. "It looks like it should go in the Russian Embassy," said Yanosky of the impressive piece. The project should take the men about three months to complete. Because their clientele is mainly comprised of interior designers, there is no limit to where their work will end up. Yanosky said their pieces have been sent to sites around the world, including Switzerland and Puerto Rico. Because the business is owned and run by just the two men, Yanosky said this results in the highest quality standards. They know who works on each piece � it is not handled by anyone other than themselves � so they take a lot of pride in everything they do. Ecclesiastical furnishing and statue restoration is also a niche for the two. "Most of the pieces we build and finish go into existing homes where the owner has yet to find the perfect piece to fill a particular spot and need," Yanosky says. In addition to furniture, Mitchell Yanosky builds custom lighting fixtures and lamps. Their work has gotten the attention of many prominent interior designers, and has been featured in many industry magazines, including most recently in the "Made in Maryland" section of last May's issue of Southern Living magazine. The company was discovered by well-known Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area writer Susan Stiles Dowell, who wrote the piece for the popular home and style magazine. Dowell had commissioned the company to build a powder room mirror with electrical sconces for her restored farm home. When Dowell arrived to pick up the mirror, she asked the owners whether their work has been published, as she was impressed with it. This led to one of their most prominent media spotlights. While every piece is one of a kind, Yanosky said one of the most memorable pieces they've created was commissioned by Baltimore-based Under Armour headquarters for a large conference table. The two took boards off packing tables used when the company started � complete with stickers, hand-written phone numbers and original patina. They cut out a 76-inch diameter top from the boards and created an iron base to create the table that is prominently displayed in the company's conference room. More information about Mitchell Yanosky can be found on the Web at www.mitchellyanosky.com. VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 71 Valley Pets holds true for chemicals in granular or pelletized form, but the caution is extended due to these products lingering in the environment and being re-activated by water for an extended period of time. Most often pets are actually poisoned by chemicals in containers that are left within their reach. Proper storage and disposal are critical. Poisoning treatments vary, so it's best to contact your veterinarian right away if you think your cat or dog has gotten into a chemical, and always take the container and label with you. The National Animal Poison Contr ol Center can b e r e ac h e d 2 4 / 7 a t 1-800-548-2423. Another question we are frequently asked to address at this time of year is how to prevent dog urine burn spots in lawns. Lawn burns are mostly attributed to two causes: either the dog has a urinary tract infection, which needs to be diagnosed and treated by a veterinarian, or it's simply too much nitrogen from the urine being released into the soil all at once. Home remedy dietary changes, spawned by urban legend, can often cause severe health problems in dogs and should not be attempted. Adding salt to the diet in an effort to make the dog drink more water and thus dilute the urine is also very dangerous, particularly for those pets with existing kidney or heart conditions. Springtime Pet Safety by Dr. Joseph Schmitt, Linden Heights Animal Hospital W e have been blessed with a mild winter this year, and spring is knocking at the door. Folks are outside enjoying the weather while they spruce up the yard and ready the garden, but a few precautions are in order to keep our four-legged family members safe. Organophosphates, which are one group of chemicals to control yard and garden bugs, should be used with great caution. If applied as a spray, pets should be kept away from the treated area until it is completely dry. Cats are more sensitive to these chemicals than dogs, and very young or very old pets are the most vulnerable. Particular care should be taken to ensure that outdoor food and water containers aren't contaminated by drifting spray. Owners need to be aware of any change in their pets after the yard has been sprayed and consult their veterinarian immediately if any symptoms surface following any outdoor chemical application. The same advice Two safety tips: Dogs can be trained to urinate only in specific areas where the grass has been replaced by an appropriate substrate such as pea gravel or mulch. Watering the lawn after your dog has urinated dilutes the urine with no ill effect on the dog. Adding water three times the volume of the urine creates a fertilizer effect rather than a burn when the site is watered at any time up to eight hours after urination. Have a safe and happy spring, and don't forget to always check first with your veterinarian with any pet questions or problems. 72 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 73 photos courtesy of Diana Cooper, TLC Photography 74 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 75 living where you work A local couple renovates a downtown structure for the perfect blend of personal and professional space. by Margo Williams photos by Tony Coooper, TLC Photography E ven in smaller towns, urban style living can be achieved. Living and working in the same space can be challenging but rewarding. In Martinsburg, W.Va., a visit to the Red Brick Gallery proves it can be the perfect marriage. Owner Doreane Conrad, an accomplished artist and painter, had the ability to see the potential in a derelict brick house located on King Street. Doreane, her husband Dan (a local optometrist), and their dog, Snuggles, have created a perfect haven in 4,000 square feet on three floors. Keeping the good bones of the house, this illustrious team acted as their own general contractors and had walls removed to create a perfect space for entertaining on the main floor. The open concept kitchen is modern in design, yet beautifully marries old and new spaces. Contemporary 76 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE cabinets and colorful quartz countertops complement the space. Unique lighting fixtures add color and shimmer throughout. Speaking of color, the space is awash in a rainbow of color that coincides beautifully with the open living area. Original art ties the colors together. "Color is intuitive to me," says Dorean when asked about the daring color combinations she chose. "Being an artist, you can tell the colors that complement each other without competing for attention." The three-bedroom house has in-suite baths. A guestroom with bath on the main floor will lend itself to one-floor living as needs change. Open to the first floor living area and dining room is a perfect space for a cozy Sunday brunch or entertaining a crowd of guests. In the front of the house, the gallery is now a showcase for Doreane's works as well as host to many local, regional and national artists, photographers, and sculptors who enjoy showcasing their work in this highly energized regional arts community. Doreane chose the house about seven years ago and after two and a half years of work: "It all seemed to fit." At first the couple lived on the second floor, complete with a private living space, bedrooms VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 77 and baths. "The bones were good. The walls are about a foot thick so it's really energy efficient." As the couple continued renovations, the house began to tell its story. Built between 1870 and 1890, the house is classic Victorian design. In the 1920s an addition was added in the back. "We re-did everything," says Doreane. "Electrical, plumbing, the HVAC, adding the most efficient equipment we could." Three fireplaces were converted to gas keep the house warm in the winter. And since natural gas runs throughout the city, the heating is gas as well. The couple preserved the windows, keeping in mind the way the various styles and designs of the windows speak to the evolution of the space. In its past, the house has been a candy store, a barber shop, a dentist office and now a gallery. At one point, the house was used as a multi-family dwelling. The couple even found an old shoe shine chair and a post card from the 1940s during the renovation. Living downtown has its advantages. Dan commutes four blocks to work, allowing him to walk on nice days. Doreane says they can walk downtown to shop for a bite of breakfast, lunch or dinner. They love the community feel the area offers. "The downtown activities and farmers market make it so convenient," she says. "We are located close to the art center and the area is growing to meet the times." National trends show the Baby Boom generation gravitating toward in-town living for convenience and shorter commutes. This generation is interested in redeveloping and reinventing downtown areas, volunteering in communities, and -- like Dan and Doreane -- bringing the arts culture to a small town in the valley. 78 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE Rebrick Gallery Begins its 5th Year with Art & Chocolate rt and Chocolate is the order of the day for the re-opening of Redbrick Gallery. In conjunction with Downtown Martinsburg's Chocolate Festival, the gallery will be open April 27 from 4 - 7 p.m. to enjoy art and sample various chocolate desserts. A The exhibit features the art of Doreane Conrad. Also highlighted will be the paintings of Peter Gadh, Sweden, and Rachel Eschet, Israel. Figurative work is a theme that Doreane Conrad has returned to after many years of abstract work and this is the theme that will grace the walls of Redbrick Gallery. Doreane's portraitures are gentle and personal, inviting the viewer to communicate with her subjects. Oddly, even the focus on the clothed body without a head is warm and comforting. Rachel describes her artwork as "embroidering with a brush" � her thoughts, memories and experiences. Among the most notable attributes of her techniques are crossstitching and dots. She says this technique comes from someplace dark and irrational that draws her inward to unknown places in the soul that words are not able to touch. Peter Gadh is a multi-faceted Swedish artist: a painter, graphic artist, set designer and musician. In this series, he chooses the formal nude and combines it with intricate collage and various painting techniques to create images with creative joy and freedom. He believes it is important to feel free in the creative process, always have an open mind, and "learn from others, but be yourself." Call for more information 304.261.1089 404 W. King Street � Martinsburg, WV 304-261-1089 Gallery Hours: Thurs. - Sat. 11am - 6pm and by appointment Upcoming Events The Gallery will be Open to Enjoy Art & Chocolate Desserts April 27th ~ 4 - 7 pm VALLEY HOMES & STYLE Doreane Conrad Rachel Eschet Peter Gadh at the spring 2012 79 Demand is on the increase for vintage posters. by Debra Cornwell photos by Tony Cooper, TLC Photography t one time or another, posters have likely adorned your walls. Themes may have included sports, concerts, Broadway, movies, politics, advertising, architecture, food and wine, fine art or vintage posters. Poster collecting is popular because the collector can possess and admire a favored image at a fraction of the cost of the original. Collectors purchase posters for different reasons -- some because they are interested in a particular topic, others because they are simply interested in decorating their walls. Greg and Janie Henry of Queen Street Gallery in Historic Downtown Martinsburg are longtime art aficionados, collectors of oil paintings and African tribal art, and are accomplished picture framers. Greg suggests, "Don't buy prints, posters and art solely for an investment. Buy because you like it and want to live with it." In the custom picture framing business for over 20 years, they opened the Queen Street Gallery in 1997. The store contains a large selection of rare and vintage posters along with numerous antique prints. The gallery is one of the largest purveyors of posters and prints in the region. If a customer is seeking a particular poster or print, Greg can usually track it down if he doesn't have it in stock, including top names like Andy Warhol and Marc Chagall. A 80 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE Vintage Art &Style When collecting posters it helps to know how the print was made. This list depicts printing methods in the order they were developed between 200 A.D. and 2003: woodblock, movable type, printing press, etching, mezzotint, aquatint, lithography, chromolithography, rotary press, offset printing, hectograph, hot metal typesetting, mimeograph, screen printing/serigraph, spirit duplicator, dye sublimation, phototypesetting, dot matrix printing, laser printing, thermal printing, inkjet printing, stereolithography, digital press and 3D printing. The most common form of printing technology used for high-volume jobs such as book printing is offset printing. Many posters are created by stone or metal lithography, that is an image which is etched into a waxed plate. The waxy part accepts ink and the part with a film of water repels the ink. The image can be printed from the plate or offset to a sheet of rubber for large quantity printing. Another popular form of printing is gicl�e which was developed in the 1990s. It's a way to save an original work of art digitally and print it on a high quality ink jet printer. The inks are typically fade resistant, and largeformat printers are used which can produce various textures and finishes. VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 81 Certain factors influence the value of collectible posters: SUBJECT MATTER Demand for particular topics varies by decade or by generation. RARITY Was the poster a run of 100 or 100,000? ORIGINALITY Is the poster from the original plate in the first printing run? ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT Is the poster by a noted artist? CONSERVATION AND CONDITION How a poster is conserved can effect its value and shorten its lifespan. A poster in seemingly poor condition may still be valued if it is rare and desirable. If you still have them, take a fresh look at the posters and prints that used to hang on your walls. Always fun and decorative, posters and prints can be extremely valuable in the hundreds, thousands, even tens of thousands of dollars. Collectible posters are in ever-increasing demand as fewer original prints are available in the marketplace. Visit www.QueenStreetGallery.com. 82 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE 84 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE Subscribe Today! Here's how! Valley Homes & Style can come directly to your door, six times a year, for $18, little more expense than our costs for printing and mailing. I invite you to review the subscription offer below and consider adding Valley Homes & Style to the magazines you receive regularly. In future issues we plan to tour exquisite properties, explore regional cuisine, introduce holistic and traditional wellness philosophies, meet new people and find getaways both inexpensive and luxurious. I invite you to come with us. 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Laid out by John Wallace in 1797, the town was first called Mount Vernon, then Wallacetown, Waynesburg, Waynesborough, and finally Waynesboro in 1831. Part of the unique 86 spring 2012 beauty of Waynesboro is in the difference of the palatial, Victorian-era homes and the simple houses of the workingclass people. The 1881 borough hall on Main Street shows the practicality of its residents. Before housing local government, the structure was a fire company, a farmer's market, and an opera house. KAREN'S CUSTOM Framing & Gallery � Conservation Framing � � � � Expert Design Friendly Service Over 1,200 Frame Styles Jewelry & Stained Glass Pieces 114 Walnut Street, Waynesboro PA 717-762-8730 Mon.-Fri. 10-5, Sat. 10-2 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE Franklin County, Pennsylvania GREENCASTLE GREENCASTLE Old-fashioned charm and friendliness describe Greencastle perfectly. Located near the Maryland state line along the I-81 corridor, Greencastle was founded in 1782 by John Allison, a personal friend of George Washington. First came the Baltimore turnpike and then the Cumberland Valley Railroad passed through town. Today visitors can glimpse vestiges of the era at the old passenger station along the highline at West Baltimore and Jefferson Streets. ALLISON-ANTRIM MUSEUM, INC, The Museum provides a home for the artifacts, treasures and history of Greencastle. HOURS Open the second Sunday of each month from 1-4 p.m.; open one Thursday each month from noon-3 p.m.; other times by appointment. BIG TALL & ENOCH BROWN MONUMENT & PARK On July 26, 1764, four Delaware Indian warriors massacred schoolmaster Enoch Brown and 11 students. They were buried in a common grave, and in 1885 a memorial and a park were created to honor the spot. MEN'S CLOTHING � Shirts up to 6X-T � Jeans up to 66" � Suits up to 66" Looking for a "Real Shoe Store?" 12 Center Square, Greencastle, PA 717-597-3710 We carry over 20,000 pairs of shoes for men, women, & children At E.L.M. Shoes, our trained shoe fitters will make sure your footwear is the size that fits your feet. 1-866-356-7463 3 Center Square Greencastle PA 17225 www.elmshoes.com Thurs & Fri 9-7 Closed Sun. Hours: Daily 9-5 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 87 A Business Minute Where has Mayberry gone? by Larry W. Faircloth, Director at 4TheValley.com hen it comes to the world of business today, things have changed dramatically. Businesses have become so keyed to offering coupons, weekly sales, end-of-year blowout events, just to name a few. Has it gotten to a point that business owners have missed what put a business and a consumer together? We recently did a complete customer survey asking a few things. More than your average poll survey, we wanted to know some specific things. The results turned out to prove more than a theory. We found that many consumers base their shopping pattern on the coupons and specials they find. Whether it was dining out, furnishings, clothing, it didn't matter to them. They were not worried about which business got their money, just as long as they were getting the best deal. But on the flip side of the survey, those same customers all said the same thing. Businesses are just what they are. They are here today and gone tomorrow only to be replaced by yet another business. Elaboration also went on to state something very clear. It would be nice to actually go to businesses that kept it personal. A thank you is often left out of the transaction, which upsets a lot of consumers. When a customer has a problem with their purchase, they are often given a tollfree number to a consumer line. That is the breaking point for a lot of consumers. But when asked what their idea of the perfect businesses was, a lot of the same answers came up. Many returned the question with a question. What ever happened to the times of Mayberry? The times where businesses actually knew their customers; a time where the clerk would ask how the kids were; or even when the free gift that was given to the customer just for being a customer. Not because they reached enough points on a card, purchased enough products to earn a free gift, or referred a friend. When consumers were asked about downtown shopping areas, they all gave us the same answers: they love them. Many consumers value those areas and the small businesses as a getaway on the weekends. Being able to walk down the street, into a store where you are promptly greeted by a friendly person, a pleasant experience and friendly atmosphere, and given a sincere thank you at the end of conversation by the business owner. Nearly all the consumers returned to those businesses on a regular basis. Consumers also stated that they didn't go there because it was a convenient location, a large sale, or some special. In fact, many went because their family and friends spoke of their experience. They said their shopping experience was so wonderful that they were willing to pay more rather than go anywhere else. All of this can be summed up to one thing. Have businesses gotten to a point that we can not even take time to offer a sincere thank you, give our customers something for nothing, or even take a few minutes to make their spending experience by conversing with them? I firmly believe that if we can and put a little bit of `Mayberry' back into our business practice, we can accomplish a couple of things. First would be customer retention. And second would be customer growth, meaning new customers from those existing customers that walked away happy. I challenge each and every business owner or manager reading this to do one thing: offer that conversation, give them a small gift of gratitude, thank them with a smile. I can almost assure you, their faces will return to you, and in most cases, so will one of their friends or family. W 4TheValley.com Your Business Road to Internet Success Contact Us Today to Get Started! Larry W. Faircloth � 304.582�0087 88 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE Healthy Lifestyles 2012 Make 2012 the year that you. . . k ty et on the ball t "Get on the ball " with the area's ea' State-of-the-Art Technogym State-of-the-Art Equipment Fitness Assessments Fitness Assessments Goal Setting Setting Personal Training Training Lifestyle & Weight Management Lifestyle Boot Camp Step Aerobics Step Aerobics Yoga Zumba Zumba Water Aerobics Water Aerobics Low Impact Aerobics Aerobics Chair Aerobics spring 2012 89 Staying healthy and in shape is a challenge Staying healthy in is challenge for anyone. But there is no better time than for anyone. But there better time than ball" the start of a new year to "get on the ball" year Located in the Dorothy A. McCormack in the Dorothy McCormack City Hospital Center on the City Hospital Campus. Let the professional staff The Wellness ff Let the professional staff at The Wellness Center help create a program customCenter hel create program customr lp reat t ri this the ized just right for you and make this the healthiest t healthiest new year ever. F or mor e i nf ormati on, cal l 304 .2 6 4.1 2 3 2 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE HeAlInG through our Love Walk Unconditional or "Agape" is divine love. Divine love grows in us and fills us with a sense of completeness and is a love so pure that it is often expressed as eternal coming from the outside of the body inward; rather than eros and philos which are usually expressed from the inside out. Agape is often used when one speaks of God, or a husband and wife who speak of their marriage as a "match made in heaven." Agape love goes beyond physical and emotional need; it expands into the soul's connection to creation. In other words, there is a quantum aspect to Agape love that transcends this world and exists in the mysterious ethers of the universe. by Cathy Embrey, LMT, LMEI O ur love walk needs to be nurtured and nourished throughout our lifetime. Besides breathing, one could argue that without love we would cease to exist. Even food and water, though primary to life in our physical form, are not enough to feed the spiritual side of a living being. Many studies have been done that demonstrate life void of touch, affection and expressions of love result in under development, reduced quality of life, increased pain and even death. Empirical evidence shows a mind-body connection that affects our health after experiencing the passing of a long-term partner or a great loss. An example of this is when the surviving spouse dies shortly after the death of their partner. One reason for this accelerated death could be Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy: "broken heart syndrome." Though painful for those who remain, we are witnessing the emotional and spiritual affects of death taking the physical form of a broken heart at the absence of the love that made them one. In healing we need to look deeply into our love walk so that the release of negative and positive feelings and emotions can be achieved. We also want to make sure our love is pure and no conditions, expectations or controls are in its root. For example, we will train a child because we love them, but if our training is unsuccessful and we experience disappointment, we still love them. On the other hand, we could want control over someone with our actions and call it love. Or we might expect a spouse or friend to fill our needs and then wonder why they don't love us enough to meet our expectations. The latter two are unhealthy examples of loving. In healing deep trauma we discover a co-mingling of needs and wants that affect the purity of our love walk. Like the refiner's fire, the melted gold will have impurities rise to the top to be skimmed off. In the 4 Steps of Your Love Walk, described below, positive-active love is encouraged. However, human nature will lead us to examine our negative aspects of love. Stay focused on the positive and the negative will begin to fade; pure love will prevail. Practicing this act of kindness toward yourself is an act of love, discussed in step 3. Evidence is growing that positive and negative experiences can lock themselves into the physical form of the body affecting organs, muscles, nerves, hormones and much more. In CAM (complementary and alternative medicine), it is widely accepted that a different emotion is present in each organ. For example, the kidneys handle fear. The negative extreme of fear is being afraid of life; underlying aspects could be anger, frustration and depression. The positive aspect of fear is the fear of God, translated as awe Love is the most powerful force in the universe, though we often relegate it to emotions, feelings and sex. Love gives health, wellness, truth and life. To comprehend how love affects our healing and wellness we must understand what we believe about love. Love is expressed in many ways. We often see erotic love on film. Erotic � from the Greek word "eros" meaning longing or desire � usually is associated with selfishness, self desire, and self need. "Philos" is best described as the love one feels toward a friend or companion, a person that we might hold in high regard. 90 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE or wonder in Hebrew. People healing from trauma will often experience a visceral release when an emotional barrier has been located in layers of the body tissue. This is often expressed as uncontrollable tears, laughter, mental or physical instability or shaking from the inside out. There are many forms of manual touch therapy and spiritual direction that can assist a person through this process of release. This is in addition to the counseling services provided in today's traditional medical model. Love is the most powerful force in the universe, though we often relegate it to emotions, feelings and sex. Love gives health, wellness, truth and life. For more than two thousand years love has been defined as "patient, kind, not boastful, arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful, it does not rejoice in wrong doing, but rejoices in the truth.... Love never ends. Faith, hope and love abide and the greatest of these is love." (NIB, 1Corinthians 13:4-8, 13) 4. care of my body today? How can I maintain balance and healthy boundaries today? What happiness or joy can I appreciate or experience today? Fourth, how will I show my love of nature? How can I be a good steward of the earth today? How can I express love toward animals, toward the land, and use natural resources wisely? What beauty abounds on earth and in this magnificent universe for me to appreciate and express thanks? How one grows through their Love Walk will affect total wellness. Being well is more than the right weight, good food and being physically fit. Healing is more than killing bacteria, removing tumors, setting bones, or understanding past trauma. Good health is more than the absence of pain and disease. Total wellness comes from being prepared each day to meet the positive and negative experiences of life ... in balance and in love. Chester Michael, of the Open Door Institute, developed four basic questions that help examine the daily love walk. Keep this simple. Dedicate a few minutes each day to review and answer these questions. Examine your heart, intentions and desires. 1. 2. 3. First, what can I do to draw closer to God today? This is a three-part question. In your head ask, what can I do to grow in wisdom and knowledge? In your heart ask, how can I increase my desires for and expectations of God? And in your hands, what actions can I take to express this love? Second, how will I love others today? Who can I show love to today? Is there someone I need to forgive? Do I need to ask for forgiveness? (An unforgiving heart is a locked door that has no key.) Who can I help in the community, at the prison, who is in need? What talents do I have that might help me be of service? How can I show love to those from whom I draw away (such as an enemy, someone who has hurt me, or someone who doesn't share my beliefs or standards of living)? Third, how will I love myself today? Self love is not necessarily selfish, for how can we love others if we cannot love ourselves? We must be able to give as well as receive. When this aspect of love is unbalanced we often sacrifice too much and become self-sacrificing resulting in an inner emptiness that seems almost impossible to fill by our own hand. Each day we must practice positive-active love by allowing time for restoration, reflection, nourishment, physical movement and rest. Ask yourself, what can I do to take VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 91 As the Eastern Panhandle has grown, so have we. We set a course to become the region's leader in medical care. And now, just look inside City Hospital and Jefferson Memorial and you'll see the difference. It's about our growing staff of gifted doctors. It's about our people. Healthcare professionals holding themselves to a high standard of excellence. It's care from the heart. It's WVU Healthcare's statewide commitment to medical excellence...working for you. Please visit us at wvuh-east.org for more information or call 888-WVU-1DOC for specific medical services Member Subscribe Today! Here's how! 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Box 552 � Falling Waters, WV 25419 92 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE Valley Inspirations DANDELIONS Bright yellow polka dots scattered on a hill looking, oh so colorful, they give me such a thrill! Tiny yellow flowers in a field of green; drinking in each raindrop, basking in each warm sunbeam. Gardeners say they're ugly, they say that they're just weeds; but nothing is more lovely then when they turn to seed. For then I'm just a child again, I pluck them from their base. I take a deep breath, blow those seeds and watch them float in space. Then it isn't very long until they grow again. Bright yellow polka dots, I look at them and grin. (c) Carolyn Reineke Matthews Goose and Woodpecker Photos by Kaim Collins TELL ME THAT SPRING IS NIGH By Gary L. Edwards I call upon the magic hues atop a monarch's wing-- I call upon the melodies that springtime songbirds sing-- I call upon the brilliant blues that paint an April sky-- I call on Mother Nature, please tell me that spring is nigh. I call upon the sun's bright glow to chase away the chills-- I call upon the robust golds that paint the daffodils-- I call upon the pansies that greet us with winking eye-- I call on Mother Nature, please tell me that spring is nigh. I call upon handfuls of green to fill the trees with play-- I call on April showers to bring flower beds in May-- I call upon a rainbow to cheer up a dismal sky-- I call on Mother Nature, please tell me that spring is nigh. VALLEY HOMES & STYLE Photo by Melanie Files spring 2012 93 Tour of the renowned Perkins House story and photos by Katherine Cobb L 94 ocated in the historic district of Charles Town, the Perkins House is famous for sitting on the grounds where John Brown was executed in 1859, but there are infinitely more interesting qualities to this intriguing -- and imposing -- structure. Col. John T. Gibson built the 8,000-square-foot (113-foot high) historic brick mansion in 1891. His daughter, Augustine Jaquelin Todd, donated it to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1982. Current owners Gene and Joanne Perkins bought it in November 1987, but currently have it on the market. The exterior is fully bricked, with the most noticeable architectural element being the turret. Although most notice the Victorian design (the turret being the most obvious example), Gene Perkins says there are actually five types of architectural styles in the exterior design including Moorish and Edwardian elements. According to Perkins, Col. Gibson traveled extensively and was a close observer of architecture in both Europe and America. spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE A tour of the home's four floors reveals its many features. The first floor is comprised of the entry foyer (featuring authentic Tiffany glass), dining room, kitchen, parlor, library and a ladies room. "Years ago, after dinner, men would retire to the library while women would gather in a sitting room," Perkins explains. "Theirs was called a ladies room, or sometimes a music room." The rooms within the turret all benefit from the unique semicircle design, and contain long windows that both accentuate the style and provide ample light. On the main living floor, the turret houses the dining room, which holds a massive 17-foot table and chairs. Two pieces of antique furniture purchased with the home stand regally "One of the things that survived was an intercom system that operated on a series of bells. The bells denoted which room was requesting staff, but we have never found a button or other device to activate the bells," Perkins says. There is a fireplace in every room of the house except for one. All of the fireplaces on the first floor are French laid and narrow. Radiators are also in nearly every room; all are original to the house along with handmade four-part wooden shutters for each window (a total of 77 windows). Three porches adhere to the main level. The second floor contains a number of bedrooms, including one in the turret, and the master suite. The staff quarters are also found on this story. Of special note is that every bedroom contains thank you notes, handwritten on the walls by guests in the 1800s and 1900s. The notes provide oft-detailed accounts of what each guest did during their stay in Charles Town along with heartfelt thanks, their name and the date it was written. Amy Vanderbilt, known etiquette authority in her time, penned one such note. The third floor houses one of the most spectacular rooms in the turret, which has a 19-foot, 6-inch ceiling and contains three symmetrical windows. Currently used as a billiard room, it contains original hand-painted wallpaper on opposite sides of the table. There's also a china closet made specifically for the house that holds 900 pieces. Perkins was able to purchase the original Royal Dalton Ascot set made exclusively for the house from a third party. A rear set of steps for servants leads to the second story; however, Perkins has never employed house staff as the previous family did. The two dumbwaiters are now used for other purposes. This bedroom provides an example of the original radiators and handmade four-part wooden shutters, which are in nearly every room of the house. 96 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE that has real gold in it. "We've saved swatches of it as over time, the turret has leaked, ruining some of the wallpaper," says Perkins. "In one of the rooms on this floor, we also discovered there was the making of a port-type of wine. We actually have some of the original glass with the Gibson name on it, along with a big peacock. I have some of the bottles that were filled at that time," he says. Every bedroom contains thank you notes, handwritten on the walls by guests from as early as the 1800s. On this floor there are also two large, spectacular rooms with unusual windows and beautiful wood flooring. Finally, there's a set of steps that ascend to the widow's walk on the roof. From that vantage point, one can look over the entire town -- and even into neighboring states -- and also glimpse an appealing perspective of the turret, rising majestically into the sky. The basement floor is the overall utility center for the house. There is a coal chute, the original gas meters and a couple of dead rooms. The exterior contains 14 embellishments created for the house, which replicate rambling roses winding up to an English thistle. "They have been signed by different jewelers, or what is believed to be jewelers, from 1812, because of the way they were cut. And who else could have done that kind of work back then? The detail is very intricate," says Perkins. The two-story red barn in the back housed carriages that are now at Mt. Vernon. There's also a four-seat Johnny (outhouse), better known as a four-holer with a partition in between, separating men from women. The property is surrounded by a wrought iron fence and adjoining brick wall. Sitting on a little over an acre, the house contains beautiful gardens, something Perkins and his wife continue to enhance. A small marker on the north side of the house reads: "Site of the Execution December 2, 1859 of John Brown, leader of the Raid at Harpers Ferry." There is also an historical marker near the sidewalk by the front gate. Recently, various film crews contracted use of the house for a film about "men who built America." Various rooms in the house were used for scenes about historical figures John D. Rockefeller, Lady Astor and Abraham Lincoln. The crew even de-modernized the streets to film a horse-drawn carriage scene. "It's the perfect house to reenact history," says Perkins. "I was told the producers were unanimous in using my house as a location as it actually existed during the time period they were filming and has many original features still intact. Not many homes fit this profile." History is something Perkins is passionate about, and he happily entertains tourists throughout the year. "It's been a privilege to own the house because it's been such a crosscultural environment. People come from all over the world to visit. You open up the gate, invite them in and tell them about the history and sometimes, they tell you some of their history." VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 97 Valley Real Estate Sampler A sampling of premiere properties, agents, lenders, contractors and mortgage officers throughout the Valley. Hedgesville, WV Built in 1820, this beautifully restored stone home on the historic registry, has 15 acres of lovely Berkeley County countryside. Original fireplaces, lovely wood floors, front and back stairways, upgraded electric, air conditioning with a heat pump, granit counters in the upgrated kitchen create a very homey atmosphere. Don't forget the 30" in-ground pool, too! Go to 915calvaryhillroad.com for interior pictures. BE7785389 Call Us Today! AGENTS: Jim Seibert 304.269.6597 JimSeibert.com OR Tillie Spies 304.261.6702 firstname.lastname@example.org Liberty Realty; John Kilroy, Broker $159,900 Great opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life! Situated in historical Harpers Ferry with gorgeous seasonal views of the Potomac River and Harpers Ferry Gap. Perched high on the hill, you can go for a stroll though the downtown shops and dine in historical restaurants. Home offers hardwood flooring, vaulted ceiling, skylight, spiral staircase, updated fully equipped kitchen. Covered front porch. Location also offers walking distance to the commuter train! $389,000 5 Acre Country Estate Perfect property for horse lovers or those that appreciate space. This impressive brick front colonial boosts large open living space. Family room has cathedral ceilings and is open to an expansive eat-in kitchen. Large master suite, full finished walkout basement with full bath and media room. Over 5 landscaped acres with board fencing, a 2 stall horse barn with tack room, electric & water. House shows like a model. Screened in rear porch and a whole lot more! Conveniently located in Falling Waters. BE7639966 AGENT: Natalie J. Hoffmann, Realtor: Home/Office:(304) 264-2468 email@example.com AGENT: Lou Ann Spaur: 304.725.1001 Cell: 304.283.4794 www.louannspaur.com firstname.lastname@example.org VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 99 Valley Real Estate Sampler A sampling of premiere properties, agents, lenders, contractors and mortgage officers throughout the Valley. 100 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE Nancy Grams McBride GRI, CRS, ABRM, CREA Broker & Realtor Certified Residential Appraiser, CR 0168 WV Conventional, FHA ERC's, Land, Homes, Estates, Divorces & Multi-Units Serving Berkeley, Jefferson & Morgan Counties Buying or Selling? - Nancy has over 30 Years EXPERIENCE. Top Producer Hall of Fame HONESTY � INTEGRITY � KNOWLEDGE � EXPERIENCE SPECIALIZING IN RIVER FRONT & COUNTRY LIFESTYLES REDUCED � Stone & Vinyl Colonial in HUNTFIELD, 46 Braddock Street, 4 BEDROOMS, 3.5 Bath, Full FInished Basement, 2 car garage, deck, Built 2003. JF90002517 $199,900 TING! NEW LIS NEW LISTING! � 55 Grasmere Drive � Spruce Hill, 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 baths, Full Finished Basement, Gourmet Kitchen, Stone FIreplace, rear deck & patio, bump outs, 1.60 acres, Built 2001, Looks NEW. JF7776012 $299,000 NEW LISTING! NEW LISTING! � 226 Bunting Avenue � Crestfield - $199,900 � 4 Bedroom, 2.5 bath, well maintained, built 2003, full basement walkout, front porch, rear deck, 2 car garage, 2210 sf, 0.21 acres. regular sale! $199,900 BE7777901 G! NEW LISTIN NEW LISTING! � 138 Diamante Drive - Webber Springs - $1500 month, ready 6/1/12, 3 BR, 2.5 bath, full basement, 2 car garage, front porch, rear deck, built 2006. BE7786911 $1500 Per Month LAND FOR SALE GEORGE WASHINGTON CAVE - 2.7 acres, history at its best!! beautiful building site, evitts run on corner of property, 183 feet of road frontage. JF7745864 $500,000 Land & Commercial - Call to See What's New! 217 Oak Lee Drive, Suite 4 Ranson, WV 25438 304-283-3630 � 877-725-1913 Nancy McBride, Broker NancyMcBride@frontier.com VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 101 Images of HOME The Merry, Merry Month of May The weeks are getting warmer; the morning light embarks on us earlier. We are well into the spring season, and summer is on its way. Reveling in these moments, we are keenly aware of the signs: fresh greenery that sparkles in the morning dew, flowers in competition to see which can bloom first. Animated sounds of birds sharing this great enthusiasm signify that spring has arrived! The Corporation of Shepherdstown, W.Va. celebrates May Day every year with the fervor of any major holiday. On May 6, the community has planned activities that follow the historical traditions of May Day, including a parade (the public can join in), song and dance, music and wonderment. Included in the parade are the Morris Dancers dressed in vibrant celebratory garb including bells and wooden clogs. For more information, including how to participate in the parade or to see pictures from last May Day, visit Shepherdstown Music and Dance online at http://smad.us or call 304-263-2531. You can also email email@example.com. -- Cheryl Keyrouze VALLEY HOMES & STYLE spring 2012 103 104 spring 2012 VALLEY HOMES & STYLE