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their impressive Virginia-themed art collection (page 42). Pho is on our minds too, the classic Vietnamese noodle soup just right for wintry days. It is surprisingly versatile, with herbaceous accompaniments giving it a new flavor each time it is made (page 36). We also introduce a new special section this month, which takes a look at retirement living in the Commonwealth. It’s all about being active and enjoying the next step, and we show you many of the great options our state has to offer retirees who want to stay on the move (page 54). Plus, don’t forget to get out the vote for your ‘bests’ in our third annual Best of Virginia Readers’ Survey underway now. Last year we heard from more than 25,000 Virginians—and this year, we hope to hear from even more of you about your favorites from the best annual charity event in your area to the best outdoor outfitter. Voting ends Jan. 24. It’s a brand new year, and all of us at Virginia Living hope yours will be healthy and happy! Erin Parkhurst, Editor

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It was a distinct pleasure for Hargrave Military Academy’s General Colin Powell Center for Leadership and Ethics to be cited among [Virginia Living’s top innovators in education] in the Arts and Humanities (October 2013 issue). Hargrave has always focused on development of the “whole person.” Therefore, our young men grow through a combination of academic rigor, physical fitness and athletic competition, a strong spiritual base (rooted in Judeo-Christian concepts) and underpinned by character development. Doyle D. Broome, Jr. Brigadier General (U.S. Army, Retired) President, Hargrave Military Academy, Chatham

The article on Alexandria’s town crier in your UpFront section of the December 2013 issue, “Take Note: Traditions” interested me quite a bit. While there isn’t much demand for town criers these days, in colonial times they were vital in getting pertinent information to the townspeople. The Town of Port Royal, settled in 1668 on the banks of the Rappahannock River and chartered by the House of Burgesses in 1744, most certainly had a town crier and we have not departed from that tradition today. Our current town crier is Michael Newman, who has served for many years … So, the Commonwealth of Virginia has at least two criers and, given the historical significance of the Commonwealth and its many early towns, it wouldn’t be surprising to find others as well.

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bubbling through the water, when the boat—with its promise of warmth and food and rest—floated tantalizingly only a few feet away, demanded an unsparing determination simply to keep putting one arm in front of the other, no matter what. And each of the Triple Crown swims presented its own mental obstacles. Manhattan (known as MIMS) takes place in the narrow rivers that encircle the island; waterways churned up by the constant passage of ferries, harbor tugs, pleasure boats, even enormous cargo ships and cruise liners. The English Channel is famously not over until it’s over—the last mile or so, with the French shoreline in sight, is swept by strong currents that can prevent a swimmer from ever making land. In the last two hours, swimming hard to make land, Paulk says she “covered maybe a mile? I could see the huge Cap Gris Nez right there, clear as day, but I felt like I was just swimming in place.” In California, because fierce daytime Santa Ana winds can make wave conditions too treacherous for the Catalina crossing, that swim begins at midnight; Paulk spent nearly seven hours swimming in darkness, following

Last summer Paulk, a 44-year-old Richmond attorney, waded into the water in Dover, England, and started swimming. She didn’t stop until her feet touched bottom at Cap Gris Nez, France, 14 hours and four minutes later. With a few steps up the beach to dry land, she turned and raised her weary arms in triumph. She had successfully completed the famed English Channel swim. That accomplishment might be enough; in fact, more than even comprehensible for most people. The distance alone is more than 21 miles. The swim crosses one of the world’s busiest shipping channels. Water temperatures average below 65 F during the “warm” months. For Paulk, though, swimming from England to France was only part of her journey, the second in a three-stage quest that began in 2011 with a 28.5-mile swim around the island of Manhattan. It Paulk completing concluded this past fall when a tired but jubilant Paulk clambered the Triple Crown up the rock-strewn shoreline of Rancho Palos Verdes, California, in the Catalina 11 hours and 50 minutes after setting out from Catalina Island, to Channel. claim her place as only the 79th swimmer (and 29th woman) ever to complete the “Triple Crown” of open-water marathon swimming: the English Channel, the Catalina Channel and the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim. A swimmer as a child, Paulk took up open water distance swimming barely a decade ago when, in 2003, she signed up with a coworker for the 4.4-mile Great Chesapeake Bay Swim, which crosses the Bay between the spans of the Bay Bridge outside Annapolis, Maryland. That first year, the water temperature was an unusually cold 64 F. “I thought I would die from the cold,” says Paulk. But she made it, and she returned again the following year (“the water temperature was fine, but the current was horrific”), and the year after that (“huge rolling swells with chop”). “I remember thinking ‘Wow, it’s never the same,’” she says. Paulk soon enough found herself wondering what greater goals she could set out to achieve. In 2010, she completed the eight-mile Boston Light Swim in water that hovered between 56 and 57 F. “Can I even do eight miles?” she’d asked herself beforehand. She could, and she did, and with that event accomplished, officially could call herself a marathon swimmer (the Fédération Internationale de Natation Amateur, or FINA, defines a “marathon swim” as a few glow sticks attached to her support kayaker’s minimum distance of 10 kilometers). And once you’ve swum eight It was amazing aboat. Every time Paulk plunged a hand into the water miles, well, then what’s another 10, 12, 20? Nothing but more for a stroke—or every time a fish swam beneath her— swimming, really. to be a part miniature fireworks of bioluminescence would explode A lot more swimming. Training for the Triple Crown, Paulk put in of that, of in front of her eyes. “After a while, it’s incredibly more than a million meters of swimming annually, for three years, in disorienting,” she says. pools and rivers, lakes and bays, and in the open ocean. At the same someone As she approached the California shoreline, with the time, she was managing her full-time career as a partner in the firm Hirschler Fleischer. (Her area of specialty is construction law.) “It was accomplishing sun bright overhead, two friends and fellow swimmers joined her for the final distance. “It was amazing to sheer will and stubbornness,” she says, which is also a good descripsomething that be a part of that, of someone accomplishing something tion of what it takes to complete a marathon swim, where the true that most people cannot even comprehend,” says Allichallenge is as much mental as physical. most people son Czapracki, a former Richmonder now living in San Marathon swimmers hew to an uncompromisingly minimalist aesDiego, who met Paulk through swimming. thetic, sometimes informally referred to as “English Channel rules.” cannot even The friends and family who accompanied Paulk For each of her Triple Crown swims, Paulk wore only a conventional comprehend.” through the many stages of her journey to the Triple swimsuit (think Speedo), standard swim cap, and goggles (wetsuits Crown were the other ingredients essential to her are anathema to marathon swimmers) and trained herself to count success, Paulk will tell you. Most important has been her husband Matt, on her own “bioprene” (subcutaneous tissue that stores fat) to endure also an attorney with a full-time practice. It is not every spouse who would long, cold swims: 63 F in the English Channel, 64 in Manhattan and a devote huge swaths of his free time to the role of team support, but it has balmy 67 in Catalina. (Paulk says she attributes her success partially to been Matt that Paulk has counted on to know her swimming almost better French fries.) For each swim, she entered and left the water unassisted. than she knows it herself, to make her feeds, track her strokes, crack jokes In between those two points, she never got out of the water and never so to keep her spirits up. And it is Matt you can hear cheering the loudest on much as touched or was touched by another swimmer, any member of her the videos of each of Paulk’s finishes. support team or the support boat that accompanied her. “Feeds” of warm With the Triple Crown behind her, is Paulk ready now to retire from sports drinks or whatever solid food she could gulp down in a few seconds marathon swimming? Hardly. Not when there are many waterways wide (bananas, peanut butter sandwiches), were tossed in bottles attached to a and long yet to be swum. “It is the only thing that feels challenging after a string or proffered in a cup on the end of a stick. while,” says Paulk. “They are the only events where I really feel like I can To swim for monotonous hour after hour, when she was cold, when push myself to my limit and learn something about myself.” ❉ she was tired, when there was no sound but her own exhaled breath

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ere is the mathematical

formula for calculating the number of leaves you can expect will fall from your oak trees every autumn: Take all the grains of sand on all the world’s beaches. Multiply by the square root of infinity. Round to the nearest quadrillion. Got that number? It’s more. Marginally more accurate, sources around the Internet offer a figure of anywhere from 200,000 to a million leaves per oak tree. But the essential point is that anyone who has ever raked, mowed or blown a yard full of oaks can decidedly say that the answer is “a lot.” Yet for this smallish cost in annual service, oaks reward us with a tremendous natural bounty all year long. Food and shelter for many different species, they are also, aesthetically speaking, ever-pleasing: casting shade in summer, blazing bright with fall, etched against a winter sky, and leafing out green with the spring. It’s no surprise that Americans voted, and Congress officially designated, the oak as our country’s

national tree 10 years ago this November—oaks are the stalwart reliables of the tree world, the byword for great and grand, for mighty and towering, for steady perseverance, the enduring metaphor irresistible to every author of the classroom-poster canon. “Oak,” of course, is a broad term for a number of different trees grouped under the genus quercus. White oak, red oak, pin oak, willow oak and live oak are some of the common species found in the Commonwealth, and each has its own particular characteristics. The Southern live oak, for example (appropriately named Quercus virginiana) is known for being nearly evergreen and for its massive spread, with huge sweeping branches; in the right conditions, the crown of one of these trees can reach a diameter of as much as 150 feet. The fast-growing and hardy willow oak can get enormous as well. Two of the four Virginia oak trees ranked among 2013’s “National Champion” trees by the nonprofit National Forests’ Big Tree program are willow oaks: One in Eastville is 105 feet tall and 328 inches in circumference F E B R UA RY 2 0 14

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BY CAROLINE KETTLEWELL

Curse the annual arboreal drudge, but don’t forget to love your oak trees, too.

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with a crown spread of 137 feet, and another in Chesapeake is 131 feet tall and 301 inches in circumference with a crown spread of 130 feet. The white oak, another oak that can grow to more than 100 feet, is a prolific acorn producer. It takes about 30 years for an oak to begin producing acorns, but in a bumper year, a mature white oak can drop as many as 20,000 of them—a boon for wildlife from white-tailed deer, black bear and wild turkey down to tiny deer mice and woodland voles. Which is why last autumn’s mysterious absence of acorns has been a subject of statewide concern. In my neighborhood, graced as it is with an abundance of towering oaks, the usual soundtrack of autumn suggests a catastrophe in a ball-bearing factory. The least shiver of a breeze sets loose a rattling cascade of acorns pinging off cars and tumbling down rooftops. This fall, however, a strange silence pervaded, the usual racket wholly absent. There were no acorns. Not a few, not a handful, not a smattering—none. Nada. Zilch. The same was true throughout the Commonwealth. No acorns. But why were there no acorns? A press release from the Department of Forestry and Department of Games and Inland Fisheries last fall noted that acorn crops can vary widely from year to year, influenced by factors such as insects, natural cyles—2012 happened to have been a very big year for acorns—and the weather. Last year’s wet, cold spring, for example, might have been the culprit. I blame those wretched inchworms, a.k.a. fall cankerworms, which for two years running have virtually denuded whole acres of oaks, forcing the trees to entirely re-leaf and thus (so my theory goes) sapping all the energy that would have gone into making acorns. I ran the theory by David Terwilliger, area forester for the Virginia Department of Forestry, who agreed the ravening worms could have been a factor. “The defoliation by the worms in some neighborhoods, I am sure, had a negative impact,” he says, “given the amount of energy it takes for a giant mature tree to make new buds and then produce a new crown.” He also pointed out that stress can cause a tree to produce more acorns, biology’s imperative for survival at work. So: mystery unsolved. The official botanical term for acorns is “mast,” which broadly means “forest tree nuts on the ground.” Is it coincidence that “mast” is also the word for the towering spires of sailing ships so often made from oak? Actually, yes, it is an etymological coincidence, yet it is true that oak has been a favored wood for everything from shipbuilding to hardwood flooring. While hickory, pecan and maple are, relatively speaking, harder woods, oak is by far the more abundant species in the U.S., and in Virginia, according to the Department of Forestry, oak is in many parts of the state the most abundant hardwood. Oaks being so common, it might be easy to take them for granted. But it is worth pausing to gaze up and appreciate their venerable grace and enduring beauty. Because you’ve got some time to kill now anyway, right? Leaf season won’t be back for another 10 months. ❉

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cub? Five cheetah cubs. And Metro Richmond Zoo in Moseley was lucky enough to welcome these fuzzy fellas Oct. 6 as one of only three cheetah litters born in U.S. captivity in 2013. After three months of courting, mama Lana and papa Kitu produced the cubs that are the undisputed stars of Richmond Cheetah Cam, two exclusive live feeds hosted by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. In its first week alone, the Cheetah Cam, whose first stream went live Nov. 15, garnered nearly 100,000 page views. Fans have watched the cheetahs nurse, play and even get their first check-up. Every now and then, Lana will pick a cub up by the scruff and give it a good shake, too. Part of the secret to the Cheetah Cam’s success? It’s the only glimpse into the lives of these little Acinonyx jubati. The cubs are not currently on public display at the zoo, though a second camera was added to their wooden shelter in December.

—By Christine Stoddard

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SOLDIER POET

commanded platoons in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Panama, opens his collection with the image of a bifurcated corpse stretched out in the sand gesturing accusingly at the soldiers surrounding it. The scene evokes battle’s horror as well as the bewilderment of those within it. Glose’s topics run the gamut, from training to combat to homecoming, and though he encounters the grotesque he also imbues his vision of war with deceptive elegance. Even apparently mundane events between bursts of violence strike surreal tones, as in “Long Live the Young Boys” when soldiers indulge in a moment of juvenile

Making sense of the art of war. “MANY POEMS IN THIS book began as something akin to diary entries,” says Gulf War veteran and author Bill Glose of his most recent collection of poetry, Half a Man, published last October by FutureCycle Press. “By putting my experiences on paper, I was able to confront and deal with all I saw and did.” Yorktown resident Glose, 46, a former Army paratrooper who served from 1989 to 1995 and

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Charlottesville Commons 2013 hits bookstores.

IF IT IS POSSIBLE TO eat with your eyes, Charlottesville Commons 2013 is where you want to pull up a chair. The premier issue, released last fall, is a 150-page, full-color visual feast. Although the title is vague, local photographers Sarah Cramer Shields and Andrea Hubbell, along with editor Jenny Paurys, say it aims to capture the area’s “unique and vibrant food community through honest, vivid portraits and descriptive narratives.” Commons offers a different approach to reading about food: Instead of using images to illustrate words, the authors use words to illuminate vivid, colorful images of food in various stages and settings. It’s sort of a thick, softcover extension of their website, BeyondTheFlavor.com, where they might dress up an ordinary holiday cookie swap with a plateful of artfully lit chocolate cookies offset by sprigs of brilliant red pepper berries on plain muslin. And, like the website, instead of buying ads, merchants, artisans and purveyors pay to sponsor stories about themselves or others, making the book, as well as the website, ad-free. $28, available through the website and various retail outlets. BeyondTheFlavor.com

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“When we learned about the births ‥. we knew [the cubs] would be a perfect fit for another live cam on our website,” says Paige Mudd, senior news editor at RTD. (The newspaper hosted Eagle Cam on the James River in 2012.) The other secret to the cubs’ popularity is their rarity. “Cheetahs are very specialized animals, with very specific needs,” says Dr. Laurie Marker, founder and executive director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia. This includes their, ahem, romantic needs. In the wild, an individual cheetah typically has a range of about 800 square miles. These solitary creatures don’t often run into each other (unless they’re related) and, when they do, that usually leads to the beginning of a love story. To keep the intrigue alive at zoos, naturalists must compensate for lack of such space. “In captivity, we have to keep male and female cheetahs very separate from each other,” says Karen Meeks, a cheetah expert from White Oak, a rare-species breeding center in Yulee, Florida. Metro Richmond Zoo owner and director, Jim Andelin, studied with Meeks and learned how to gradually bring the cheetah pair together. Kitu, for instance, was kept in a box for the first brief introduction. “The general process is time-consuming,” says Andelin, “We do a lot of teasing ‥. The worst part about cheetahs is that they’re so prone to pseudo pregnancies, so I was not getting my hopes up.” He needn’t have worried—the cheetahs’ first attempt was a success. And now the whole world can tune in any time of day to see what the cubs are up to. TimesDispatch.com/Cheetah-Cam

—By Lisa Antonelli Bacon

play: “Between cavalcades / of drumming thunder / and asphyxia, war / makes time for laughter.” “Soldiers are ordinary people put in extraordinary situations,” Glose says of the comrades in his book. “My hope is that civilian readers will reflect upon the impossible choices and ask themselves what they might do. As for readers who are also veterans, my hope is that they will relate to my words and understand that the confusion they feel does not make them strange—it makes them human.” BillGlose.com —By Ross Losapio

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HAVIN’ A BLAST Students put satellite into space with help of mentor Orbital Sciences Corp.

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could see the rocket on the pad; we could see its white light,” says Rohan Punnoose, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria about the night he watched a satellite he helped to create launch on a Minotaur I rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. “Then we saw giant orange plumes coming from the rocket. We saw it take off, and there was a delay before we heard it. We got bowled over by the shock waves of sound,” explains Punnoose, who plans to pursue a career in the space industry. Punnoose and other members of the TJ team were the first high school students in the world

ART ON ICE

MIRACLE ON ICE? Sky-high Arlington rink hosts hockey contenders.

LAST AUGUST, ARLINGTON FANS got their first look at the players who will make up the USA Hockey team at the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi when USA Hockey held its National Team Orientation Camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. “We’ve hosted USA Hockey’s national youth teams for ages 17 and 18 on their way to international competitions, so they’re familiar with our facility,” says Beth Lenz, general manager of the Iceplex, a public skating rink that also houses the Washington Capitals’ training facility. Perched atop the eighth floor of the parking garage of the Ballston Commons Mall, the $42.8 million facility is one of the highest elevated ice rinks in the U.S. Forty-eight players from across the U.S.—including John Carlson, defenseman of the Capitals—were invited to the orientation camp. From this number, 25 will be selected for the Olympic team at the 2014 NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor in January. USA Hockey’s young team had an unexpectedly strong showing in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, when it took home a silver medal in a hard-fought (and unexpected), overtime final against Canada. Some are murmuring that gold may be in USA Hockey’s future, something we haven’t seen since the legendary 1980 final against the Soviet Union. Keep your fingers crossed for another miracle. KettlerCapitalsIceplex.com —By Sandra Shelley

Williamsburg artist helps luge athletes gear up for Sochi 2014.

LET’S FACE IT, MOST OF US don’t see much luge outside of the Winter Olympics. But that’s what will make watching the games' most dangerous sport more fun next month as competition gets underway in Sochi. And Team USA’s supine sliders will face their nearly 30-story descent down the mile-long frozen track at speeds of up to 95 mph looking sharp, thanks in part to Williamsburg artist Jon Wooten, 43. Team helmet artist to USA Luge since 2006, Wooten will paint helmets for the team’s 15 athletes before they

travel to Russia. “These athletes are not professionals,” says Wooten, who is art director for Newport Newsbased corporate event planning firm Big Top Entertainment and who offers his services to the team gratis. “They don’t have a lot and they’re working off sponsorships and donations. This is just our part.” It takes Wooten about six hours to paint each helmet shell. Friend and automotive painter Dan DiSalvo clear coats the helmet shells, which are then sent to USA Luge headquarters in Lake Placid for inspection and fin-

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to design, build and launch a satellite. The 4-inch CubeSat was one of 29 launched Nov. 19. by Dulles-based Orbital Sciences, one of the world’s leading space and technology companies. (In September, Orbital’s rockets were used in two high-profile launches from Wallops Island: the Cygnus spacecraft, and LADEE, the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer.) Orbital provided the students with the kit to make the satellite, and mentors from the company, including systems engineer Carlos Neiderstrasser lent their support. With the help of TJ teacher Adam Kemp, the mentors worked with about 50 students over the seven-plus years that it took to create the single satellite, from deciding its purpose (a voice synthesizer that turns text messages into voice) to design, testing and final assembly. Now that the satellite is in orbit, the students can begin communications. Eventually, “Anyone around the world can go to the school’s website, type in a short message” and have it transmitted and broadcasted to the satellite, says Niederstrasser. The voice synthesizer, he notes, “kind of sounds like Max Headroom.” “The fact that they were able to do this is just inspirational,” says TJ principal Dr. Evan Glazer, who has received congratulatory emails from all over the country. “Knowing that our school can serve as a beacon of hope to younger students in a way that they feel excited to pursue science and technology is exciting to me.” Seeing the launch, says Niederstrasser, was “definitely awe-inspiring. The sky lights up around you. It looks like a mini-sun has just turned on right in front of you. “Just four months ago, they were holding the satellite in their hands, putting the last screws in. Four months later, it’s inside a rocket going into orbit.” Awesome indeed. TJHSST.edu/ students/activities/tj3sat —By Sandra Shelley

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ishing. Has Wooten’s longtime support of USA Luge induced him to take up the sport? “Oh, no!” he laughs. The first time he tried luge he says he “hit the wall so hard it knocked the second hand off my watch,” (at a slow 35 mph). Says Wooten, “You gotta love the speed.” We agree. —By Erin Parkhurst USALuge.org

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UPFRONT CAPITOL CLASSROOM Teenage legislative pages report for duty. you may be surprised to see a gaggle of 13- and 14-year-olds in identical blue blazers running around Capitol Square. But they’re not playing hooky. These teens have come from across the state to work as House and Senate pages for the Virginia General Assembly, which convened Jan. 8. Unlike most state legislatures, the Old Dominion hosts its 34 Senate pages and 39 House pages for the duration of the eight-week session. Staying in a hotel four blocks from Capitol Square, these junior high students walk to and from work every day where they do everything from delivering mail to answering tele-

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board and ball co-chair. “The HLC is a warm inviting area that gives children the ability to interact in a safe place where they learn the benefit of exercise and healthy choices.” This year’s gift joins a list of other large-scale contributions made in recent years to the foundation by the Junior Board, including more than $200,000 each for the Children’s Garden Rooftop Play Deck and Recreation TherCo-chairs Michelle apy Program. Davis and Kathryn Angus at the ball. Since 2000 alone, the Junior Board has raised nearly $3 million for the hospital. It takes a year’s worth of planning by all members of the Junior Board to pull off the event, which is one of the oldest, continuous charity benefit balls in Richmond. Davis’ co-chair, community volunteer Kathryn Clary Angus, has been a part of the ball since she was a little girl. “Going to the ball before I was on the board, when my mom and grandmother were, I had no idea what it took to plan it until I was on the board myself.” The ball has a reputation for over-the-top decorations, and this year did not disappoint. The theme was Italian Opera, with each of seven dining rooms dedicated to operas, including Madame Butterfly, Carmen and Pagliacci. Set-up for the ball requires three days of round-the-clock shifts by board members. Says Davis, who is COO of marketing and design firm Circle S Studio, “What is so wonderful about this experience is we are all working through the year, so when everything comes together, it is magical.” The event drew a record 715 guests this year. “I hope people left the ball having had an incredible evening,” says Angus, “and knowing that they were doing good for the hospital.” CHFRichmond.org

The 50th Children’s Hospital Foundation Ball in Richmond.

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ere’s a math problem you won’t mind

doing: What do 50 years, 50 women and thousands of hours equal? Millions of dollars for Children’s Hospital Foundation in Richmond. Next month, many of the 50 members of the foundation’s Junior Board, which was established in 1933, will present a check for more than $200,000 to Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU—proceeds from their 50th annual ball held at the Country Club of Virginia last November. For the second year, the funds will support the Healthy Lifestyles Center (HLC) at the hospital, a program established in 2012 that provides a family-based approach to the treatment and prevention of obesity and related conditions for children, adolescents and young adults. “Obesity is such an epidemic in this country,” says Michelle Heydenreich Davis, a 14-year member of the

—By Erin Parkhurst

CHANGING OF THE GUARD

history of Virginia and its Capitol that is now shown six times a day for visitors to the historic building. He also directed the installation there of a bronze casting of a young Thomas Jefferson surveying his plans for the Capitol (pictured right). It is one of the first building blocks in the foundation’s mission to preserve and restore the heart of Virginia’s history. “I think we’re off to a good start,” says Scott. Stepping in to helm the organization is Richard “Ric” Arenstein, one of the foundation’s original trustees and past president of the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond, who says he wants to work with his colleagues on the board to

The future of our state's past is in the hands of the Virginia Capitol Foundation. DIRECTOR STEVEN SPIELBERG may have turned the Capitol of the Commonwealth into a Civil Warera White House for his 2012 film Lincoln, but the Capitol, Capitol Square and the Executive Mansion have been the subject of a much more lasting, restorative transformation for the better part of a decade, thanks to the preservation efforts of the Virginia Capitol Foundation and its founding

chairman, S. Buford Scott. After nine years leading the organization, Scott stepped down last year, saying his term was getting “a little long in the tooth” and that the time had come for some new leadership. Scott oversaw many successful projects during his tenure on the 15-member foundation board of trustees, including the production of Keepers of the Flame, a film about the F E B R UA RY 2 0 14

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phones to speaking with touring school groups. They even receive stipends to go along with their uniforms. “My favorite job was working on the Senate floor ... witnessing everything,” says Leath Ratliff, a 9th grader from Abingdon who worked as a Senate page last year. But it’s not all about the glamour of hanging around with pols and pundits. These kids start each day around 8 a.m. and don’t finish until 10:30 p.m. after mandatory study hall. Chaperones supervise the pages after hours—not that these kids need to be reminded to brush —By Christine Stoddard their teeth.

“strengthen and broaden our ranks to fully reflect the geographic and cultural diversity of the Commonwealth.” In fact, plans for two new monuments on Capitol Square–honoring women and Indians–have already begun. “After all,” concludes Arenstein, “one of our guiding principles is that the government and Capitol belong to ‘all the people.’” VirginiaCapitol.gov —By Mike Hilleary

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1964

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“Former Burkeville Girl Is Miss Electricity of 1964,” runs the headline of Nottoway County’s Crewe-Burkeville Journal. The new champion is one Molly Anne Foote, guest of honor at a luncheon at the John Marshall Hotel sponsored by the Electrical League of Richmond. The “blue-eyed brunette” works at Virginia Electric and Power Co. as the secretary of the board chairman. “I look forward someday to having an all-electric home, which will include electric heating,” she says, adding that “the kilowatt delivers to the consumer the best investment on the dollar.” More power to her!

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Virginia and North Carolina are vying for first crack at trying Roy Kelly, the “jail-tamed 20-year-old bad man of the South,” reports Stannardsville’s Greene County Record. The “robber-murder suspect” is on ice in Henrico County after a spree that has its start in October with his escape from a Tar Heel convict camp and ends as Virginia state police re-nab him on New Year’s Eve at a South Hill lunchroom. But not before Kelly has hopped freights and hitched to Mississippi, where he steals the ride that gets him to Virginia. In the car heist, he takes a bullet to the fingers of his “shooting hand,” and one digit has to be amputated. Dolly Smith of Henrico is ready to see a lineup to try to I.D. the “mild-mannered desperado.” She says Kelly skipped on a $5 rooming-house fee, and she is also “wanting to ask that young man a few questions.”

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Things go a trifle surreal when the artista sets up shop at a Caroline County manor.

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he most famous surrealist’s name is

longer than humuhumunukunukuapua‘a: Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech—the clock-melting Salvador Dalí, who was never, so far as we know, the state fish of Hawaii. He died 25 years ago in January, raising aftershocks, if not a tsunami, in Caroline County where, while Hitler was killing off anyone who didn’t suit him, New York socialite and ex-bra designer Caresse Crosby (née Mary Phelps Jacob) had opened her Hampton Manor as a haven to the artsy set, including Talullah Bankhead and our man Dalí. Plenty of folks vividly recalled the Dalí visit in the winter of 1940-41 for The Caroline Progress. “He was really a showman,” understated a resident. The man whom Virginianan (one who is a proponent of Virginiana) Park Rouse Jr. called “the little Spaniard” spent as much time being his own trademark as he did working, and he did both in Caroline. “Here came this man out with a funny moustache,” said Bernice Smith, who had gone to Hampton Manor to pick up the artist, his wife Gala (née Elena Ivanovna Diakonova), and Crosby to take them to meet her hubby. Smith took a backseat and couldn’t understand a word from the front, because they were all speaking Spanish. Cesar Romero! There were antics galore. More than one piano, it seems, was sacrificed for art’s sake. Needing a model for the painting that would be called Piano Descending by Parachute, Dalí conscripted Smith’s husband, Frank, and his Esso garage’s wrecker to hoist one piano into a tree. Another was the focal point of a black-andwhite photograph of a tableau staged in front of the

manor, titled The Effect of Seven Negroes, a Black Piano, and Two Black Pigs on the Snow. The painting shows exactly what it says and was featured in a story in Life about the artist’s visit. Harper’s Bazaar and The New Yorker also played gawker at this wild man in the South running their own stories. Ed Thornton, a teenager then, working at Blatt Chevrolet, also provided wrecker service, serving as Sal’s artistic gopher, this time to raise a cow into a tree, pre–PETA. The First Marquis of Púbol sketched and tried to pay the cow-raiser with art. “I thought he was crazy,” Thornton said, and of the offered inkind payment: “The thing looked so wild; I wouldn’t bring it home.” Too bad he didn’t stick it in the pantry and let it appreciate. Christie’s could have dealt with it. Mannequins made one of the artist’s more endearing props. When Bob Buchan’s family moved to the manor some time later (Crosby sold the estate postbellum and returned to Rome), they found stacks of Dalí’s sketches in the attic (and trashed them), and a bunch of mannequins in the woods that the artist had fetched from a store. Dalí posed a mannequin, nude but for a flowing black wig, in the middle of the fish pond. Mae Brooks’ mother and sister ran a store in the county, and it fascinated Dalí, with its potbelly stove and kegs of nails, still commonplace in Virginia country stores. “They just thought he was a crazy man,” Brooks said. If not Dalí, who in the world did these people like? Notorious, substance-loving Bankhead, it turns out. “Now that was someone we knew,” Brooks said, quoting the infamous actress.

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John Edmonds is as happy to see the back of Governor William Mann as he is to see Henry Stuart take Mann’s place. The editor and owner of the Peninsula Enterprise is not alone: Stuart receives almost 92 percent of the vote. “His nomination and election has [sic] been hailed with ... deep-seated approval,” writes Edmonds. A nephew of J.E.B. Stuart, the new guv heads up Virginia’s Anti-Saloon League and is the writer of the section of the constitution of 1902 that withdrew the vote from blacks and poor whites. Edmonds raves about Stuart’s “abiding faith,” “patriotism,” “forceful personality,” and, last but most surely not least, “his strong and virile ability.” Oh!

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WITH MEMBERS hailing from Northern Virginia, the D.C.based Plan burst out nearly 20 years ago with a dizzying blend of pop, rock and noise. The promising quartet disbanded for 10 years only to emerge with this new album, which doesn’t quite reach the heights of their previous output. Pick hit: “Go and Get It.” DismembermentPlan.com

MUSIC MAN

BORROWED BEAMS OF LIGHT

On the Wings of a Bug

Battling dementia, Billy Ray Hatley gets by with a little help from friends.

(Hibernator Gigs)

LED BY singer/drummer Adam Brock, the Borrowed Beams play a catchy brand of celestial soft rock that is steeped in danceable rhythms, Beatleesque melodies, Fleetwood Mac harmonies and the Charlottesville band’s whimsical sense of indie-cool. You need to catch this “bug.” Pick hit: “Four Good Eyes.” BorrowedBeams.com

WOVEN WIRES: OLD-TIME GUITAR DUETS FROM THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY (Sloppy Road)

IF YOU CORRAL the right bunch of modern Virginia folk pickers—the likes of Bill Adams, Bob Drier, Danny Dolinger and Dawn Miller—and pair ‘em up on a stellar selection of old guitar tunes (from “Wildwood Flower” to Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “One Time Blues”), it’s hard to go wrong. Pick hit: “What a Friend We Have In Jesus.” Available through Amazon.com

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emcee Chuck Wrenn tells the near-sellout crowd that braved icy weather to fill The National in Richmond on a Sunday night in December. “The Music of Billy Ray Hatley” had been advertised as a sort of local version of The Band’s famous “Last Waltz” concert in San Francisco, featuring stage turns by the likes of Robbin Thompson, Steve Bassett, Susan Greenbaum, Bill Blue, Janet Martin and Mike McAdam, who joined Hatley’s old bandmates in paying tribute to a respected music-maker’s formidable, if little-known, repertoire. Billy Ray Hatley was never a household name, not even in his hometown of Richmond. He was a contractor by trade and a musician by night. But to other songwriters and players in Virginia’s country and roots music world, he was the consummate singer/songwriter, and this respect was reflected in the genuine warmth felt at this stirring tribute concert, which was professionally taped with the intent of airing it on WCVE PBS in 2014. “I was so honored not only just to be there, but also, and especially, to have the responsibility of bringing F E B R UA RY 2 0 14

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Billy’s serious, meaningful, moving words and messages to the audience,” singer Susan Greenbaum said one day after the big gig, where her passionate rendition of “Promised Land” nearly stole the show. It was more than five years ago, at a concert at the now-defunct Richmond restaurant, Shenanigans, when his mates from Billy Ray Hatley and the Show Dogs that It was a shock realized something was not to see such a right with their bandleader. charismatic “He was having a devil of a time person finishing his songs helpless and onstage. These were songs he’d out of control. been performing for 10 years. He would just get lost. ... Everyone there knew that something was wrong,” guitarist Jim Wark recalls. It was a shock to see such a charismatic person helpless and out of control. “He was frustrated that he couldn’t fix it,” Wark says. Hatley also started to forget gigs. It was worse at home. “It started with really small things,” Hatley’s wife

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Sara says. “All of a sudden, he wouldn’t be where he was supposed to be to pick up a child.” (The couple has two children, Sierra, now 21, and Sam, 15.) Hatley, 65, was diagnosed with frontotemporal lobe dementia, exhibiting symptoms similar to an extreme case of Alzheimer’s disease. A Navy veteran, he is currently under 24-hour care at Sitter and Barfoot, a convalescent home affiliated with Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Hospital. “I thought about taking him to the concert,” Sara says. “But he wouldn’t understand ‥. he hasn’t been functioning or able to care for himself for two-and-a-half years.” Hatley’s friends still remember the good times. Several have banded together to curate a special two-CD, career-spanning retrospective of his 40 years of music making. The first disc of The Music of Billy Ray Hatley compiles the best recordings from the albums he released during his career, while the second features a lineup of rarities and live tracks. Proceeds from The National show and the new CD set will go directly to help pay for Hatley’s 24-hour care; his wife has been fighting a legal battle for two years with the VA over his coverage. “Starting in January, his medical care will have to be self-paid,” she says. Originally from Durham, North Carolina, the wiry-haired Hatley attended Virginia Commonwealth University in the early ’70s. From a musical family, he led early Richmondarea R&B and southern rock groups like Black Heart and the Hip Movers before founding a popular party band, Big City, that became a mainstay on area stages in the late ’80s. When he formed the Show Dogs in 1999, eventually recording three excellent albums of atmospheric Americana, it was to showcase the other side of his music. “Billy served in Vietnam,” Wark says. “He drove the boats up the Mekong River and delivered the young soldiers to the war zone. He told us a lot of stories. I think that time informed his life, and it absolutely informed his music.” In many of Hatley’s best songs, such as “Two Brothers” and “Holy Wars,” he writes eloquently and passionately about war and its effects. Wark’s favorite is “Promised Land,” which he calls “powerful stuff. It’s very personal, very intimate. It’s Billy’s Vietnam story. It’s beautiful, but it pulls no punches. Billy had a lot to say as a songwriter.” For more information about ‘The Music of Billy Ray Hatley’ compilation, or to contribute to the Billy Ray Hatley Fund, go to Facebook.com/ BillyHatley-Tribute

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a walk through a neighborhood, and almost without realizing it, we find ourselves checking out other people’s houses. For Amy Moorefield, curator of “Home Sweet Home” at the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University, daily speed walks in the Grandin Court Village neighborhood of Roanoke became the inspiration for an exhibition. “The concept of ‘home’ interests me as a curatorial theme harkening back to our innate desire to nest and take total possession of our surroundings. The anecdotal yet bizarre phrase ‘rule the roost’ sparked my thought process in culling together [the] work. ... Likewise, our contemporary culture’s fascination with all things that speak of ‘home’ seems to be of acute interest to many contemporary artists who are making objects today.” “Home Sweet Home” features over a dozen acclaimed artists working in various media. Moorefield asks us to think of the exhibition as a sort of crazy quilt including “everything and the kitchen sink,” perhaps because the term “home” is so fluid: Is it a place? A house? A location? Oneself, even? A visual record of every abode he has inhabited since birth recreated from memory,

BOTTOM LEFT PHOTO BY BENEDICT J. FERNANDEZ, PUBLISHED BY EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY AND THE KATHLEEN BOONE SAMUELS MEMORIAL FUND.

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EXHIBITS AROUND THE STATE

Blacksburg artist and Virginia Tech art faculty member Travis Head’s “Places I’ve Lived” is a remarkable trip down memory lane. In the process of creating these incredibly detailed and entrancingly odd drawings, Head realized that he had adopted the spatial conventions used in the grid-based logic of early video games. Having spent a “good chunk” of his adolescence occupying the digital space of Final Fantasy and The Legend of Zelda, it’s no wonder it spilled over to I believe that color his drawing style. Textile and performance the act of artist Michael-Birch Pierce of creating is Richmond wields his sewing to create on-thereally an act of machine spot quickie portraits of connecting.” people “drawn” in thread. Using a powerful icon of home, a sewing machine, the nature of Pierce’s work requires that he make his subject feel “at home” so as to achieve the intense interactions necessary between artist and sitter. “I believe that the act of creating is really an act of connecting,” says Pierce of his performances. “The beauty and purpose I find in my art comes from the way it facilitates profound encounters with individuals.”

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■ McLean Project for the Arts, “Contraptions: Reflections on the Barely Functional.” MPAArt.org/index.php

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For the Wilson Museum exhibition, he collaborated with Honor Bowman, a Roanoke native now living in Anchorage, Alaska, who creates intimate details of house facades using glitter and flocking (faux suede) as well as paint. Together they present an über-domestic, 1950s-style yard with a figurine adorned in a garment that draws on nostalgic notions of the ideal suburban home. Pierce recently strutted his stuff at a TEDx talk in Richmond and, in 2012, produced all the ornaments for the White House Christmas tree. Hampton-based Kristin Skees’ knitted cozies reference Do-It-Yourself crafting but with a twist. Instead of knitting the cozies for objects like a teapot or toilet paper roll, she knits them to cover people. Skees, who is on the art faculty at Christopher Newport University, then photographs her subjects in their environments wearing the cozies. Combining craft, performance and photography, Kristin Skees’ the results are funny, but there’s Angela and something more going on: Steve, 2011, vulnerability on display. Not archival ink only have Skees’ cozy-wearers jet print. welcomed the artist (and, by extension, the viewer) into their homes, but they have agreed to do something goofy for all the world to see. Photographer, video artist and Hollins art faculty member Christine Carr of Roanoke exhibits two bodies of work, both haunting portraits of the absence of humans and home, as well as reassuring testaments to the power of nature. The lyrical Wanderlust, a 30-minute visual diary created in conjunction with British artist Roelof Bakker comprises 10-second video snippets she filmed every day in 2012. Nothing But, which takes its title from the David Byrne song, centers on the collapse and dissolution of abandoned homes, neighborhoods and businesses and how nature soon absorbs them. “Produced beginning in 2008, this work is my response to devastating natural and manmade events that seemed to keep unfolding on a regular basis,” says Carr. “I picked locations at the edges of town, in deserted places, or areas in stages of decay or rebuilding, including elements of nature: rushing water, blowing trees, dark clouds in the composition. I used a square format so the image feels trapped or boxed in.” Though the museum is only 10 years old, the exhibition program at Hollins began in 1948. Currently, the university’s collection consists of just over 1,000 objects: paintings, sculptures, drawings and other works on paper, including photographs by Hollins alum Sally Mann and 2013 MacArthur Fellow Carrie Mae Weems. Open year-round, the Wilson Museum features eight to 14 exhibitions annually, as well as artist lectures, receptions and workshops for students and the broader community. Hollins.edu

■ Taubman Museum, “Motomichi Nakamura: Crypto-animation.” TaubmanMuseum.org

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A compendium of news and notes from around the state.

If Dorothy had found Munchkinland as flatly black and white as Kansas, they would have applauded. If MGM hadn’t used that newfangled Technicolor to film Gone With the Wind, they would have cheered. What, then, did film purists think in November, when Norfolk’s 75-year-old cultural institution and indie art house, the Naro Cinema, pushed aside its antiquated reel-to-reel film projectors to make space for a new $80,000, state-of-the-art Digital Light Processing (DLP) projector? For owners Tench Phillips and Thom Vourlas, it was a must if they wanted to show the freshest in indie film, so last February, they launched a fundraising campaign to bring the Naro into the 21st century. More than 400 supporters came through with the cash, and now the Naro can show independent films from any era. On opening night, though, the Naro paid homage to its roots and played the 90-year-old silent film, Safety Last!. Old habits die hard. NaroCinema.com

Sticks and Stones … may break your bones, but at the University of Virginia, they’re art—at least the sticks are. Artist Patrick Dougherty (with help from nearly 200 students and community volunteers) spent three weeks constructing “On the Fly,” a one-story sculpture containing a “series of cylindrical rooms which open to the sky and cascade down the hill in a semicircle opening to the east,” according to Bill Bennett, a studio art professor at the university and project manager for the installation. With no fasteners, rope or wires, the piece is held together by the tension between the sticks. Constructed between late September and mid-October last year, the sculpture will remain on display in front of the Ruth Caplin Theatre for at least a year, depending on Mother Nature. How will they know when it’s time to say goodbye? Simple: “It will be taken down when it is no longer beautiful,” says Bennett. Stickwork.net

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New Era for the Naro

Virginia Salon in Vegas Revival When Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh decided to invest $350 million to restore the glamour of the Rat Pack days to downtown Las Vegas, Scott Black, co-founder of Bombshell “beauty lounge” in Richmond, knew that his business was perfect for the Sin City redux. “My wife, Melissa, always had the spark for the idea of Bombshell from her grandmother, who worked at the Sands Casino in the 1950s and ’60s,” says Black, who describes Bombshell’s style as “vintage Las Vegas/ Hollywood,” adding, “it’s one of the reasons the Las Vegas market is a natural fit.” He knew he had to set himself apart from the flood of online applicants, which he did via a phone and email campaign to get to directly to Hsieh, who had allocated $50 million to help small companies open their doors there. Two weeks later, he was on a plane to Vegas to pitch Hsieh. Cut to the end: Bombshell Vegas is scheduled to open this fall. As Marilyn Monroe once said, “I’m not interested in money, I just want to be fabulous.” ILoveBombshell.com

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We’re Smart; But We Knew That In light of Virginia’s repeated appearances on U.S. News & World Report’s and Forbes’ rankings of best public colleges and universities (UVA, William & Mary and Virginia Tech are in the top 25 public schools on U.S. News’ 2014 list), it’s not a leap of logic to conclude that some of America’s best and brightest have ties to Virginia. Need proof? Of the 32 U.S. Rhodes Scholars of 2014, four are either from Virginia or attend college here. In fact, you could build a case that UVA and Arlington are wellsprings of brilliance. A quick gander at the list of 2014 Rhodes Scholars shows that two—Evan Behrle of Oxford, Pennsylvania, and Charles Tyson of Chapel Hill, North Carolina—are currently fourth-year Hoos. The other two—Stanford grad Emma Pierson and Williams College senior Brian McGrail—both hail from Arlington. What are the odds? Initially, McGrail credited the strength of his Arlington public school education in an interview with the Washington Post following the award announcement. But in the end he cited serendipity: “I think it’s a fun coincidence.” RhodesScholar.org

Standing Room Only This will make you want to go to the bathroom. Really. “A Head of Its Time” is … well, how can we put this … a look at going at sea, before ships had flushing toilets. And where better to install such an exhibit but in the loo? Currently on display in the eight public restrooms of the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, the exhibit explores just how sailors made do on ocean-going vessels in days of yore. A series of panels illustrate different topics related to the subject, such as the importance of knowing which way the wind is blowing and how sailors improvised, pre-Charmin. The exhibit, which opened in November, is now on permanent display, free to museum visitors. So go ahead. Expose yourself to this littlediscussed bit of history. MarinersMuseum.org

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Becky Fentress, King Neptune Jim Arnhold, Jim Keown and Jill Haag

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More than 430 attended a dinner and a private film screening April 21 at the National Sporting Library & Museum. The event raised $400,000 for the museum.

Trish and Dan Hopkins, Scott Beland, Kim Beland, Sydney Mulder, Stephanie Inderlied, Andrew and Gretchen Curtin

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EQUI-KIDS More than 700 supporters came out for EQUI-KIDS’ annual Stall Ball Nov. 23. The event raised $130,000 for EQUIKIDS Therapeutic Riding Program.

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On Sept. 14, 188 guests attended a tailgate fundraiser at the Richmond home of Amy and Rafe Wilkinson. The event raised $46,000 for Sportable to help athletes with physical and visual disabilities.

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during the great depression, the swells lifted spirits by dressing to the nines and kicking it up at the Beaux Arts Ball, a gala to benefit the Richmond Academy of Arts (which, by the way, never got off the ground). In more modern history, the Art Deco Society of Virginia has replicated efforts with its annual Jazz Age Preservation Ball. This year’s beneficiary, the Byrd Theatre, one of the few remaining grand movie palaces, does exist, and it is in dire need of a cooling system. Be a sport and support. Bolling Haxall House. ArtDecoVa.org JANUARY 24-26 GETTING CRAFTY Chantilly

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By now, you’ve sworn off malls, mail orders and online sales. But Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at Dulles Expo Center is the antithesis of the mass buying experience brought on by the holidays. For this, more than 250 artists will offer their one-of-a-kind items in sculpture, glass, jewelry, wood, fashion, metal, furniture, home accessories, leather, photography and fine art. SugarloafCrafts.com

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Lord Alfred Douglas called it “the love that dare not speak its name,” a euphemism for homosexual love and its persecution. During a special presentation, “Love at the Maier,” Randolph College’s Maier Museum of Art will say it loud and clear. Come hear what Randolph’s student docents have to say about some great gay artists, including Robert Rauschenberg, Georgia O’Keefe and Marzden Hartley. Refreshments/Cash bar. MaierMuseum.org

FEBRUARY 8 COAL MIMING, Blacksburg The story in The Miners’ Hymns, a documentary by multimedia artist Bill Morrison, is told entirely without words. Instead, the hardship of pit work, the growth of mechanization and the rise of trade unions in England's Durham coalfield is conveyed through archival footage and an original score performed by a string quartet and an 18-piece brass section. A brass orchestra of Roanoke and New River Valley musicians augments the program. Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech. ArtsCenter.VT.edu F E B R UA RY 2 0 14

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They’re clever, they have perfect pitch, and their music crosses centuries. The King’s Singers, a British a capella sextet, entertains with The Great American Songbook, featuring the music of all the greats: George Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Etta James and more. Hear these Grammy winners at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. CFA.GMU.edu

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FEBRUARY 18, 25 & MARCH 4, 11 OH, THAT OLD CHESTNUT Staunton Until blight killed them off in the last century, the American chestnut tree enjoyed near-mythological status in the Appalachian region. In the aftermath of what scientists call one of the greatest natural tragedies in American history, efforts are underway to restore the tree to its dominance among hardwood species. Come to the Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia to hear experts wax about the introduction, demise and rebirth of this important species. FrontierMuseum.org

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P ROFILE she had a crib in her office and has taken her six children along on assignments: “I had my first child one year after I became general manager. ‥. Turns out, having babies around is really good for stressed out staff, particularly on deadline.” Fair, honest, direct and fearless, Adams is above all, genuine. “I’m not a good writer,” she says. “I don’t have the turn of phrase or the vocabulary. I’m not a good editor, either. I am a better reporter, because I’m nosy as hell and I ask a lot of questions.” I BOUGHT The Recorder because I desperately needed a job. I was afraid if Lea sold it to someone else, I’d get laid off. I had a family to support, and Lea had spoiled me. I didn’t want to work for anyone else. I had long ago fallen in love with The Recorder, with this area, and with my job. I didn’t want to do anything else, anywhere else.

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This publisher made the circulation of The Recorder in Monterey proportionally one of the highest in the U.S. How does Anne Witschey Adams do it? —INTERVIEW BY DAN SMITH—

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rate, one of the highest in the U.S., circulation of the 136-year-old weekly newspaper, which serves Bath and Highland counties, is just about equal to the number of households in the area. And it has a long list of awards to prove why. The Recorder (circulation 4,800) has won the Virginia Press Association’s Award for Journalistic Integrity and Community Service six of the last nine years, more than any other newspaper in the state. And 46-year-old Anne Adams, who took the reins as publisher in 2007, has won two D. Lathan Mims Awards for Editorial Leadership in the Community—the VPA’s highest honor—and earned 42 other VPA awards in everything from editorial writing and investigative reporting to art and illustration. But Adams would fall over laughing if you were to suggest she’s the towering figure in Virginia press circles that she has become. “I don’t believe in sensational reporting or cynicism,” says Adams. “I don’t believe there’s room for that in community journalism, or in newspapers generally. I believe in reporting the facts—sometimes bluntly—and giving folks commentary, steeped in those facts.” Adams, a Tulane art-educated former waitress who says her first “real job” was as an advertising rep at the paper she now owns, purchased The

Recorder from retiring former editor and publisher, Lea Campbell, after serving as its general manager for 10 years. Adams did not have enough money for a down payment, but the community believed in her, and five co-signers helped her secure a bank loan. Adams made a tough deal to buy the tabloid-sized newspaper, telling her backers that newspaper decisions were hers alone and that integrity was absolute. “Anne Adams has guts,” says Jane See White, former reporter and editorial writer for The Roanoke Times. “She understands the challenges the community faces, and as the editorial voice of The Recorder, she doesn’t hesitate to lay it all out for her readers.” Publishing is not always smooth and predictable, especially when The Recorder starts digging in dark corners. Adams once investigated a local medical center director and found he wasn’t who he said he was, though he had become popular in the community—he was later dismissed. She has faced threats, too, including the time a builder drew back his fist to hit her. She thought fast and pointed to her eight-months-pregnant belly. He stalked off. Though producing a weekly newspaper can be consuming, Adams has managed to blend work and family without a lot of fanfare. For years, F E B R UA RY 2 0 14

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THIS IS A REALLY damned hard way to make a living, but we’ve got a home, a big backyard, and we can usually keep groceries in the pantry and pay the bills. We had to refinance the house last year; that helped reduce mortgage payments. We don’t have a dime in savings, and no money for college. Hope the kids will get scholarships, or maybe join the military! I have not had a raise in about a decade, since before I bought the paper. When things were tight a couple of years ago, I stopped paying myself altogether for a while. We’re comfortable, though. PEOPLE OFTEN BELIEVE reporters should be objective. I don’t think anyone can be objective. But fair, you bet. I’M VERY SAD WHEN newspapers fail. Community newspapers are critical to the areas they serve. If they’re good at their mission—to provide information—the result is an active, informed citizenry. That said, I don’t believe print journalism is necessarily required to fulfill that mission. If there’s a way to inform people, we’ll use it. We will remain in print as long as we can pay the printing bills. IF I FLUB ON FACTS or perspective or context, I fail. If I succeed in informing my readers, and especially if I inspire them to action, that’s a win for my entire community.

journalists’ doesn’t bother me. We’ve been using them for 136 years.

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page is the sign of a strong newspaper doing its job. If folks have something to say, we let them say it however they like, for the most part. I do not foresee cutting down on content on the letters page or in our reporting.

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MY CHILDREN LEARNED that sending me an email is a faster way to get a response from Mama. How pathetic is that? THIS IS MY Disneyland. It is everything I could want. TheRecorderOnline.com ❉

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PHO BO 5 tablespoons salt 2 pounds oxtails 1 head garlic, unpeeled 4 large onions, unpeeled 6 ounces ginger, unpeeled 2 pounds beef bones 4-5 pounds beef brisket 6 ounces fish sauce 3 ounces rock sugar (available at Asian markets) 3 ½ pounds rice noodles, ½ inch wide, about 7 ounces per person 16 ounces trimmed sirloin, thinly sliced

Spice pouch: 2 teaspoons coriander seeds 2 teaspoons cumin seeds 2 teaspoons fennel seeds 2 teaspoons Sichuan peppercorns 5 star anise 10 cloves 1 teaspoon whole cardamom Toast each ingredient for the spice pouch separately in a pan over low heat, shaking frequently for 2-3 minutes. Cool and grind coarsely. Place all into a cheesecloth bag. Cover oxtails in cold water. Add salt and soak for one hour. Drain. Grill garlic, over an for 10-15 V I Ronions G I N I A Land I V I Nginger G 36 F E open B R UA flame RY 2 0 14

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minutes. When cool, peel and discard blackened skin. Roughly chop remainders. Put oxtails, bones and brisket into 7 quarts water and bring to boil, constantly skimming impurities from surface, for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to simmer, then add fish sauce, 1 tablespoon salt, and remaining ingredients, including spice pouch. Cover and simmer for 4 hours. Strain stock through cheesecloth into a clean pot. Set brisket aside to cool; then thinly slice. Remove as much fat as possible from stock. Blanch noodles in boiling water for 20-30 seconds. Drain and put in a large bowl. Top with 2-3 slices of brisket and 3-4 ounces sliced raw sirloin. Pour hot stock over all. Serve with accompaniments. Serves 8

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There’s nothing mysterious about it: a bowl of noodles, a few herbs, some protein and lots of warm, steamy broth. Many cultures serve it under native names, but no matter where you are when you spoon it up, it’s still basically noodle soup, right? Ahhh, not so with pho. Oh, no, pho is so much more. For starters, it’s healthy. You can’t get real pho (pronounced fuh) in a can (yet), so ingredients are always fresh and unprocessed. And in the hands of the Vietnamese, pho becomes a personalized endeavor—the perfect solution when those people who inhabit your kitchen (called family) can’t agree on what to have for dinner. And by Lisa Antonelli Bacon when the weather turns noses and toes to icicles, you can have it for many meals, never repeating the way it tastes. Everyone has the chance to make it their own by drawing—in any combination, in any proportion—from a colorful array of herbs, sprouts, chilis and citrus wedges that accompany every bowl. As with life, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Pho has all the restorative properties of global noodle soup. And it's a soup-er way to settle, once and for all, the “What’s for dinner?” duels that break out on occasion. When that happens, there's an easy answer: It's pho. Duh.

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PHO GA 2 yellow onions, unpeeled 1 four-inch piece ginger, unpeeled 3 ½-4 pound whole chicken 2 pounds chicken backs and necks 5 quarts water 1 ½ tablespoons salt 3 tablespoons fish sauce 1 ounce rock sugar 2 tablespoons coriander seeds, toasted 4 cloves ½ bunch cilantro plus ½ cup chopped 2 pounds yellow noodles 4 green onions, thinly sliced

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Grill onions and ginger over open flame for 10-15 minutes. When cool, peel and discard blackened skin. Roughly chop remainders. Cover all chicken in water and boil for 2-3 minutes. Drain and rinse. Return to pot, cover all chicken in water again and bring to a boil, skimming impurities. Reduce heat to simmer and add yellow onions, ginger and spices. Cook for 45 minutes. Remove whole chicken, leaving backs and necks in broth in pot. Remove meat from legs and breast and thighs and reserve. Return carcass to broth. Add ½ bunch cilantro and cook for 1½ hours. Strain broth through cheesecloth and discard solids. Skim fat and adjust flavor with fish sauce, salt and sugar. Blanch noodles for 15-20 seconds. Divide noodles and chicken meat between bowls and cover with broth. Garnish with green onions and cilantro. Serve with accompaniments. Serves 6

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Lemongrass stalks make a fragrant garnish for pho ca hoi.

PHO CA HOI 4 shallots, unpeeled 2 ounces ginger, unpeeled 1 ½ pounds salmon bones, plus head 3 star anise 1 cinnamon stick 3 lemongrass stalks, cut in half lengthwise 3 ounces fish sauce 2 tablespoons rock sugar ½ teaspoon salt 1 ½ pounds fresh salmon fillet (cut six pieces for cooking; slice remainder) 1 pound thin rice noodles F E B R UA RY 2 0 14 cilantro for garnish

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Grill shallots and ginger over open flame 10-15 minutes. When cool, peel and discard blackened skin. Roughly chop remainders. Combine 10 cups water with salmon bones and heads, shallots, ginger and spices. Bring to a boil, skimming impurities from surface for 6-7 minutes. Reduce heat to low and cook for 25 minutes. Add fish sauce, sugar and salt and bring to boil. Continue skimming impurities for 4-5 minutes. Simmer for 20 minutes over low heat.

through cheesecloth into a clean pot. Discard solids, reserving lemongrass. Blanch noodles 20-30 seconds and divide among bowls. Place thinly sliced salmon in each bowl and place a piece of cooked salmon on top. Garnish with lemongrass and cilantro. Pour broth into each bowl. Serve with accompaniments. Serves 6

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puzzled that the house’s orientation neglected a breathtaking view. “There was a dense mist covering the mountains the day I visited the site,” remembers Rinehart. The weather cooperated on his next visit, and the new design took a dramatic turn to take in a nearly 270-degree view to the south. The result is a design dominated by a gambrel roof typical of barn construction, in keeping with the farm-like setting of the agricultural fields below. This tradition stretches back to the 1800s when The Homestead raised its own beef, says Jil. (The property is situated on land where cattle were once raised for the resort.) The 6,500-square-foot structure, which was completed in 2011, further references this heritage with agrarian elements like clapboard and shingle and native materials like stone and heavy timber headers. Ilex Construction in Charlottesville and Streamline Timberworks in Floyd moved the project along beautifully. “At the end of construction, our punch list was about five items long,” says Hiter. In fact, Jil’s only regret at the completion was missing the raising of the timber, a process Steve Arthur at Streamline Timberworks equates to the memorable Amish barn-raising scene in the 1985 movie Witness (sans Harrison Ford). Streamline converted the architect’s drawing into a buildable set of plans, including a pine-framed great room. “Jack draws everything by hand, so he did the conceptual sketches of what everything was going to look like,” says Arthur. “We did the CAD drawings and integrated the timber frame seamlessly into his design.”

he idea was to bring a piece of Switzerland to Bath

County,” says Jil Harris of Alpenglow, the Warm Springs retreat of her Richmond-based family. As a teen, Jil’s family decamped from their home in Danville each summer to the Swiss glacial village of Grindelwald where, she says, the sunset behind the mountain paints everything pinkish-orange. Jil attests that the Warm Springs sunsets similarly color the hillsides, though the glow from the peaks of the windswept Alleghenies is distinctively purple. A nod to her Alpine heritage is an antique cowbell hanging on a timber in the great room. “In Switzerland, the bell is how they find cows grazing high in the mountains,” says Hiter Harris, Jil’s husband. “The bigger the cow, the bigger the bell.” The idea of a weekend home came about after the Harrises visited a friend’s Montana ranch where they stayed in a guest house decorated by Richmond interior designer Janie Molster. They came home determined to build something similar. “How are you going to make that look like Virginia?” Hiter remembers Charlottesville architect Jack Rinehart asking. In the end, Hiter says, the solution was easy. “He got the Virginia exterior, and we have our Montana lodge on the interior.” Both Harrises were thrilled when Rinehart took on the design of their house, which is located in the Homestead Preserve. They knew that he only worked on one project at a time (via Fax, no email) and were lucky that theirs came along at the perfect moment. When they received his first sketches, they were a little F E B R UA RY 2 0 14

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HOME Here: Apparition by Teresita Fernández above a 17th-century Spanish chest; right: Isabel Bigelow's painting, Antlers, and linen-upholstered seating group.

Streamline leaned on a construction style typically used in English cathedral ceilings to give a bigger clear span without interior columns. This traditional timber frame configuration, called a hammer beam bent, transfers the roof load to the outside posts with smaller timbers. “We took that concept and made it fit in a traditional gambrel barn.” Reclaimed long leaf southern yellow pine, also known as heart pine, was sourced from Long Mill in Danville, Jil’s hometown. Because reclaimed wood doesn’t go through a grading process, to meet code, Arthur had to inspect each of the load-bearing members at the timber frame shop. “We cut all the joinery, and all the timbers are connected wood joints honoring the old way of doing things,” he says. The entire framework is pre-assembled in sections “like oversized Tinker toys.” During the 16 months of construction, designer Molster was busy planning the interior. “The ‘mountain look’ was a good challenge for her,” says Jil, “a departure from the contemporary sophisticated style which is Janie’s signature.” Molster incorporated elements like primitive branch forms, hammered metal finishes, antique leather and every permutation of burlap imaginable. It all adds up to something entirely fresh and unexpected—and about as far from fussy as one can get. The resulting Virginia mountain lodge is an easy style where rustic and whimsical co-exist. “Jil really wanted it to feel masculine,” says Molster. Towards that end are reclaimed floorboards—each and every one practiVIRGINIA LIVING

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cally hand-picked—with plenty of character (bolt holes, pulled nails) and, as her clients requested, “rugged, so you can’t hurt it.” Additionally, Molster says, Jil asked for something “woodsy or furry in every room.” As a result, twig and leaf designs run through the house like a leitmotif. Hide-covered ottomans populate the great room alongside branchlike floor lamps, a dramatic twig fixture hangs overhead, and sheepskin rugs are found throughout the house. Comfortable upholstered pieces up the cozy factor. “Sofas are deep and overstuffed, luxurious to prop their feet or curl up in,” Molster says. The boldest strokes are in the rooms of daughters Katie, 26, and Tyler, 24, and son Hiter, 22: Chocolate and raspberry flocked velvet bedskirts and lovely loopy-shaped headboards as well as a café au lait-colored fur chair are found in Katie and Tyler’s room along with boiled wool throws— another furry bit—that Jil found herself. In Hiter’s room, which contains a cowskin dresser and chair, patterns prevail while Pendleton blankets hold their own with broad ticking stripes. Combined with Jil’s penchant for purple (like the sunset light), the whole house’s color scheme takes its cues from the fearless palette in the client’s impressive collection of art, which contains a large number of pieces by Virginia artists. “They say collecting art is an addiction,” says Hiter, “and we are almost cured.” “Our jumping off place” for the design of the interior, says Molster, “was F E B R UA RY 2 0 14

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Clockwise from top left: The porch's furnishings are weighted for significant breeze, all the stone in the house is from Charles Luck Stone Center; the dining room is formal in scale but cozy in feeling; chocolate and raspberry flocked velvet bedskirts in the girls' room; valley view from the great room.

a Teresita Fernández sculpture, which they said was maybe the most significant piece of art we’ll have here. I knew art was going to be really huge.” (Fernández is a nationally renowned and widely exhibited sculptor who earned her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.) The Fernandez sculpture is “really a magical piece in the way that the green reflection on the back of the stainless steel seems to glow,” says Richmond gallerist Bev Reynolds. “Jil and Hiter are adventuresome in their pursuit of cutting-edge art. They have supported Virginia art while maintaining a broad vision for their collection.” Reflecting that, Jil recently was appointed to the VMFA Board of Trustees, and Hiter serves on the VMFA Foundation Board. Both Harrises are on the campaign committee to raise money for the new Institute of Contemporary Art at VCU. “We have a fair number of pieces by VCU School of the Arts graduates,” says Jil. “We are excited for VCU to have the exhibition space for the arts that it so greatly deserves.” Molster paired the Fernández artwork with a 17th-century Spanish chest she found at auction, whose patina seems to have enough clout for the sculpture hanging above it. Elsewhere reposes a Sally Mann photograph from her Deep South series, Dale Chihuly drawings and, underlining F E B R UA RY 2 0 14

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Reynolds’ point, a roster of other artworks that reads like a Who’s Who of Virginia artists, including Nell Blaine, Richard Carlyon, Robert Stuart and Sunny Goode. On the opposite wall hangs an Isabel Bigelow tree-scape that almost becomes a panorama with the expansive mountain view adjacent. Below, a linen-slipcovered bench allows a place for playing cards or an intimate dinner. For Molster, it was important to create these “moments” in the great room to humanize the grand space and anchor its occupants. Throughout the house, comfortable perches beckon, but never too far from expansive windows. The laid-back pace of Warm Springs is a perfect fit for the Harris family weekend activity of choice: relaxing (though top-notch trout fishing and miles of hiking trails occasionally dislodge them from their aerie). Warm Springs and the delights of The Homestead are nearby, but for the Harris family, the restaurant and pub at the Inn at Gristmill Square are in easy reach for a “big” night out. Really, at the end of the day it is all about the view and the house that so perfectly frames it. ❉

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CLARKE C. JONES hits the road with the Shenandoah Region Porsche Club of America to find out what it means to be a true Porschephile.

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Opposite page: 2013 Porsche Boxster on the track at a Shenandoah PCA autocross. Left: Customized 2000 Porsche Boxster S.

Jim Condon brakes hard, then smoothly whips his sleek white 2007 Porsche Cayman S around a large branch that has fallen on a rain-slicked Albemarle county road. He quickly shifts into third gear and accelerates to catch up with a formation of 15 Porsches, bumper-tobumper and flowing like a ribbon in an easy Southern breeze. As he skillfully navigates the sudden twists and hairpin turns of the Blue Ridge (and I hang on tightly), Condon is relaxed, confident in his Porsche’s capabilities. “Its superior braking system makes a ant, 53, an office manager from Midlothian, who drives a bright yellow 2004 Boxster S. “I would bug my dad to bring home hot rod magazines until my mother insisted that he stop.” Bryant tells me her Porsche is the best purchase she has ever made—for her, sitting behind the wheel is an escape from even the worst of days. For design, engineering and pedigree, no other car comes close to the Porsche, she says. “All this, plus the pitter patter of my heart when, sitting at a stop light, I hear the purr of an engine somewhere behind me, and I know it’s a Porsche, totally unique in sound and experience.” Indeed, many share Bryant’s passion for the marque. The Porsche 356, the first model to carry the Porsche name, was road certified in Austria in 1948. It was created by Ferdinand “Ferry” Porsche, son of German automotive engineer Ferdinand Porsche, who created the Volkswagen Beetle and the Mercedes-Benz SSK and founded the company that bears his name in 1931. The distinctive sleek styling of the 356, enhanced by superior internal engineering continually updated for reliable high-powered performance, has long given the machine an unmistakable mystique of cool and attracted fans nationwide to Porsche clubs like the Shenandoah PCA. The Porsche Club of America got its start in the early 1950s after Bill Sholar, a commercial artist living in Alexandria who had bought his first Porsche (a 1953 356 Coupe), realized that getting together with other owners would give them a chance to swap stories and technical advice about their cars. At that time, there were few Porsches on the road. What started out as a meeting in Sholar’s apartment has grown into a national network of more than 100,000

Porsche competitive when racing cars with more powerful engines,” he explains. Riding in the front passenger seat, I try to be cool, but I have my left foot pressed firmly to the floorboard on an imaginary brake as we hover closely behind the car in front of us. In my mind, if I can read the month and year on the license plate, I am too close. Condon, in his 60s, a radio astronomer and lecturer with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville, is one of the smartest guys I know—and believe me, intelligence matters when guiding this classic dream machine on the narrow roads near Crozet. He is one of a couple dozen of the 438 members of the Shenandoah Region Porsche Club of America (PCA) on the road today heading for lunch and a tour of historic Pharsalia Plantation in Nelson County. Leading the caravan is Condon’s wife Sherry Westfall, an energetic 50-something Charlottesville landscape designer and current president of the club, which comprises 17 counties from Buckingham to Shenandoah. Though Condon and I are somewhere in the middle of the pack of Porsches, it’s hard to lose sight of Westfall’s sporty 1999 911 Carrera C2 tinted like a fine Burgundy wine in a hue called Arena Red. She has planned the route for today’s road trip in careful detail for the challenge of its mountainous, curvy roads, which give drivers another chance to experience what this automobile can do. I am here to discover what it is that has made the iconic sports car so irresistible to folks like Condon and Westfall ‥. what it is that brings the members of their club together. “I have always been in love with sports cars,” says Susan BryF E B R UA RY 2 0 14

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Porsche 911 Cabriolet; Paul Sponseller of Fredericksburg and his 2008 Porsche Cayman; Sherry Westfall of Charlottesville at a Shenandoah Region PCA autocross; Westfall and her Porsche 911 Carrera C2; Porsche steering wheel.

initiative as a volunteer in developing new activities for the club. “A Porsche may be the magnet that draws people to the clubs,” Westfall points out, “but it is the people in the clubs that make them stay.” “The club members are my kind of people,” says Dan DeHart, 59, from Bedford, an engineer and president of the 300-member Blue Ridge Porsche Club. DeHart says most of the club’s members would confess to being “car guys.” They “were the teenagers reading car magazines and doodling cars on our notebooks in class.” As adults in the Porsche Club he says they still like cars, but “when we meet, less than half the conversation is about cars; it’s sports, politics, eating, spirits, vacations and places to see.” He explains that for this reason, many of the club’s outings are to places like local breweries and wineries where they can find a good meal to go along with the trip. The clubs also get together to do fundraisers for some of the museums and locations they visit during their driving tours, including the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar in Richmond and the Friends of the Wilderness Battlefield in Locust Grove. The First Settlers Club hosts an annual Turkeys in the Trunk Thanksgiving food drive to benefit the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia in Norfolk. Through these events and others, the First Settlers donated $27,000 to charities in 2012, earning them the Public Service Award from the Porsche Club of America. PCAs also collaborate and participate in public events, including the car show Classics on the Green, held at the New Kent Winery in September, which donated a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Fisher House Foundation.

Porsche purists structured into 139 regions across the country. Virginia has four regional Porsche clubs: Shenandoah for Central Virginia; First Settlers in the Tidewater area; Blue Ridge for the Roanoke area; and Potomac Founders in Northern Virginia. Anyone may join any of the clubs, regardless of residency, but there is one obvious stipulation: Club members must own or lease a Porsche or take part in a Porsche-related business. Over the years, the PCA has evolved beyond road rallies like today’s to include educational and charitable activities. Regional clubs set up autocross courses, where cars run on a fixed path around traffic pylons at varying speeds, so that drivers can learn how to safely handle their powerful cars with precision and prevent accidents. And although it isn’t racing, the PCA Driver Education program (DE) allows Porsche drivers to increase their skills by driving at high speeds on controlled, closed-course racetracks, including Virginia International Raceway near Danville. “Going to the driving school is not about racing. It’s about learning,” explains Anita Sangi from Oakton, a member of the Potomac Founders’ Region PCA and former professional racecar driver who teaches track driving to members of several clubs. Some drivers progress to actually racing; a much riskier, and expensive, proposition. The most obvious difference between racetrack driving and racing, Condon says, is that in DE, “as you approach a driver in front of you and intend to pass, the driver in front will signal you on which side to pass. Racing, as you can imagine, does not offer that courtesy.” “High performance driving has taught me situational awareness and how physics comes into play in handling my car when the unexpected occurs,” explains Westfall, who describes driving in club events as an “adrenaline rush.” An avid horsewoman who says she “traded horses for Porsches,” the petite brunette has logged 20,000 racetrack miles in her Porsche. Last year, at the PCA Parade, the Porsche Club of America’s national convention held in Traverse City, Michigan, she received the prestigious 2013 Porsche Club Enthusiast of the Year award, honoring her for her dedicated support and VIRGINIA LIVING

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“The Porsche is not a muscle car,” says Condon as he weaves around the mountain turns on Crabtree Falls Highway. “It is more like a pentathlete in that it does a lot of things well.” As we zigzag along the Tye River, the deep purr of 16 finely-tuned engines echoes through the valley like a room full of wild cats. When our motorcade stopped at Chiles Peach Orchard to buy fresh-picked, local peaches, I saw that the Shenandoah Club members are as diverse as the various models, colors and vintages of the Porsches they drive. For many, owning a Porsche is a lifelong dream come true. Though the new Porsche 2014 Panamera Turbo S Executive costs more than $200,000 and the 918 Spyder Hybrid starts at $845,000 (the perfect car

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TOP LEFT: Jason Hobbie of First Settlers PCA and his 1977 Porsche 911. BOTTOM LEFT: 2000 Porsche Boxster S customized for autocross racing by Jeff Elmore of Lake Monticello. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Kurt Suttell of McGaheysville participates in autocross in his 1988 Porsche 911; Cameron Caswell of Charlottesville in his 1984 Porsche Targa; Beverly McNeill of Fredericksburg in her 2013 Porsche Boxster.

if you want to go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds, while getting a reported 78 mpg), the majority of club members have pre-owned Porsches, says George Michaels, an active duty naval officer who serves as president of the First Settlers Porsche Club. “I’ve liked Porsches since my teens—got my first one in high school, a ’74 914. My dad bought it for me, and we worked on it together.” Michaels’ 1991 Porsche 928 is the latest model Porsche he has owned. He also has a 1989 Porsche 911, which he has owned for 15 years. But rebuilding vintage cars isn’t for everyone in the club. Jason Hobbie, 41, also a member of First Settlers PCA and a Richmond tattoo artist, acquired a rebuilt 1977 Porsche 911 S from Scott Kaefer, a Porsche enthusiast in Montpelier. For Hobbie, “Buying a car that needs a lot of work can easily take the fun out of ownership, because you are not driving it. Instead, it is in the shop for repairs.” Hobbie remembers his first Porsche sighting: “As a kid, I remember seeing one and thinking that there is nothing I have ever seen that looks like a 911. I have always been impressed how they would find ways to increase speed with design and not just by adding power to the car. They were the first company to try lightweight components and concentrate on power/weight in their racecars as well as their street cars.” I was surprised when Condon set me straight on the cost of gas. I thought a high performance engine would bankrupt me at the gas pump. “The Germans designed a car relatively light in weight and with a small engine,” he explains. “If I put it in cruise control at 65 mph, I get 30 miles to the gallon. However, on the track, I get nine miles per gallon.” “Yes, I am biased to the Porsche,” says Bryant, “but when it comes to such a complete history of automotive design, engineering excellence and racing pedigree, nothing comes even close.” It is this shared fascination with the car’s engineering that has drawn together club members from many backgrounds, including retired naval aviator Dick Pitman, another Shenandoah club member, who bought his Ruby Red 1961 Porsche 356B Roadster as a resale back in 1964. The Chester resident says both of his children learned how to drive stick shift on the car that Pitman restored extensively and now shows in competitions. It recently won first place in its class at Classics on the Green.

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By the time we reach Pharsalia Plantation where we end our day with lunch and a tour, I understand that, unlike many of the vehicles we drive today, age and model don’t seem to matter much to a Porsche owner. It is an iconic brand that carries its own cachet of world-respected styling, engineering and power. For some, Porsche ownership is the culmination of a teenage dream; for others, the hallmark of a goal achieved. For Westfall, though, driving a Porsche is like having the ultimate dance partner. “It’s athletic, it’s fun,” she says, and “it’s sexy!” ❉ For more from Clarke C. Jones about his experiences driving with the Shenandoah Region PCA, go to VirginiaLiving.com/RacetrackConfidential Porsche Clubs in Virginia: Blue Ridge BRR-PCA.org, Shenandoah SHN.PCA.org, Potomac PCAPotomac.org , First Settlers FSRPCA.org 1971 Porsche 911T Coupe belonging to Engelbert Muelhaupt of Powhatan.

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sit, quality shopping and restaurants, and arts and cultural events are also high on the list as is access to gyms, sports and recreational opportunities for those dedicated to living longer, healthier lives. But many baby boomers are seeking that extra something special in their communities—a vibrancy—and here’s where they are finding it:

We’ve all heard it: The baby boomers are coming ‥. retiring, that is. The largest generation in U.S. history is reaching the age of 65 at a rate of 10,000 per day. The question is, where will they retire? With its natural beauty, moderate climate, relatively low taxes and central mid-Atlantic location, the Commonwealth has much to offer retirees— Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Charlottesville and Williamsburg frequently appear on CNN/Money and other national “Best Places to Retire” lists. “Virginia is an interesting state because it has so many different types of communities,” says Rodney Harrell, senior strategic policy advisor for AARP’s Public Policy Institute. “Within a few hours’ drive, you can go from mountains to college towns to farms, from beaches to urban areas like Northern Virginia ... There are very few states this compact that have all of these elements.” Most people have a similar wish list of desired services and amenities that they seek in a retirement community. For many, affordability is important. Proximity to medical facilities, assisted living, skilled nursing care, mass tranVIRGINIA LIVING

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Gated, 55+ Communities When his grandchildren visit, Don Lewis can often be found dangling 205 feet over the grounds of Busch Gardens on the Griffon, one of the tallest and fastest dive roller coasters in the world. At 68, this former Navy pilot and air show producer is not about to slow down in his retirement. “I love doing exciting things,” he says. That’s one of the reasons he enjoys living at Colonial Heritage in Williamsburg, a gated neighborhood for those age 55 and older. “It’s an incredibly social community,” says Lewis, who has lived there for eight years and knows all of the neighbors on his block. He goes to dances

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a Trader Joe’s a couple of blocks away and restaurants up and down the street,” says Kavaljian, a realtor with Long & Foster’s Alexandria/Old Town office who has lived in the area for 50 years. She can stroll to church, her nail salon, and to a nearby park where she takes her five-year-old granddaughter. And whether by car or by Metro, “D.C. is 10 minutes away.” Events like an annual Christmas party and socials around the rooftop pool bring together the multi-generational residents of the 200-unit building. “It’s more of a neighborhood than just urban living,” says Kavaljian. “We know each other.” Throughout the country, an increasing number of urban seniors like Kavaljian are digging in their heels—“aging in place,” as the national movement is known. Cities like Norfolk (recently named one of the “10 Best Places to Retire” by CNN/Money), Richmond, Alexandria and Arlington are retaining—and even attracting—retirees with their access to universities, culture, top-notch hospitals and mass transit. Growing numbers of baby boomers like the cosmopolitan vibe of city living. Ceci Amrhein, a realtor with Joyner Fine Properties and resident of Richmond’s historic Fan district, frequently sells historic condos and singlefamily homes to empty nesters fleeing suburbia. “They want to walk to places—stores, shopping and restaurants–and not have to get in their cars all the time,” she says. Her clients seek historic homes, but they are not interested in renovation. “They’d rather have them turnkey,” says Amrhein. And they don’t mind giving up their sprawling suburban yards for elegant city courtyards. “But it’s very interesting. They’re not necessarily moving to smaller houses,” says Amrhein, who sells a lot of 5,000 square-foot-houses to this target group. Responding to the increasingly aging population, local city governments are working to make their communities more senior-friendly. In Arlington, mixed-use neighborhoods feature easy access to transit, local businesses and retail, allowing for car-free living. Officials are widening sidewalks, installing crosswalk countdown clocks, adjusting curb heights and adding low-floor buses to the city’s fleet to make boarding easier. Additionally, Arlington County’s Department of Human Services, through its Aging and Disability Services Division, coordinates services that support aging in place.

at the clubhouse, organizes tours for the history club and golfs three days a week with his men’s group on his community’s challenging, Arthur Hillsdesigned 18-hole course. “I Googled ‘gated 55 and over community,’” says Lewis, describing how he found a home. “There were only two in Virginia with a golf course.” He and his wife Nadine (now deceased) liked Virginia for its weather and proximity to family in the Outer Banks. They also wanted to be near a major airport and a hospital. Colonial Heritage is close to both the Williamsburg/Newport News and Norfolk airports and less than two miles from Williamsburg Sentara Hospital, a 145-bed facility that opened in 2006. Like the Lewises, many retirees in Williamsburg are also transplants. “People are coming from all over the country to retire here,” says Paula Tenenbaum, a realtor with Long & Foster who specializes in 55-plus communities. “We’ve got 10 different golf courses in Williamsburg. Golf is a very big draw.” Plus, she says, housing prices are reasonable. “You can get an absolutely gorgeous home here for the low $300s.” Retirees are drawn to the hassle-free living, security, athletic facilities and robust social life offered by gated, 55-plus neighborhoods. The homes typically feature open floor plans, first-floor bedrooms and, often, maintenance-free exteriors or yards. Other examples of these neighborhoods in Virginia include Heritage Hunt–A Lennar Active Adult Community in Gainesville and Del Webb’s communities in Ashburn (Potomac Green) and Fredericksburg (Celebrate). In Colonial Heritage, Lewis enjoys the camaraderie of neighbors, who are always willing to pick up his newspapers and mail when he travels: “Neighbors are always there to help. The support group is incredible.”

Urban Living A two-bedroom condo in Old Town Alexandria costs an average of $500,000, but for those drawn to big city life, like Ann Kavaljian, it’s worth the price. She lives in Alexandria House, a high rise with sweeping views of the Potomac and the nation’s capital. Set amidst the cobblestone streets and historic homes of Old Town, “It’s very convenient and walkable. There’s F E B R UA RY 2 0 14

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Clockwise from top left: Retired couple enjoying a day of boating; AHA! marching in the Scottish Walk Parade in Alexandria; View of The Colonnades in Charlottesville. Below: Fans cheering at a Virginia Tech football game.

has 39 cottages and 179 apartments for independent living, 40 assisted living apartments, 16 rooms in memory care and 34 skilled nursing beds. There’s also an on-site health clinic, where a UVA gerontologist provides care. The residents also enjoy proximity to both UVA and Martha Jefferson Hospitals. About 20 percent of the residents are UVA alumni, and around 40 percent have a family connection to the school. “We try to work closely with the university,” says Mark Kastan, executive director of The Colonnades. The community runs regular buses to sporting and cultural events on campus. The women’s basketball games are especially popular since the games aren’t as crowded, he says. There’s a lot of interaction with students. For instance, sorority members will often “adopt” grandparents. Many of the residents also take classes at OLLI, UVA’s lifelong learning center. There are many similar non-degree-granting programs in the state, including the College of William & Mary’s Christopher Wren Association, which usually offers more than 100 classes per semester to its more than 1,600 members, most of whom are in their 70s. For a fee of $100 per semester, members can take as many classes as they wish, choosing from subjects as diverse as oil painting, photography, history and yoga. Computer classes are especially popular. According to Sherry Barrow, director of administration for Christopher Wren, “Our members are people who are very active and want to remain that way, both physically and mentally.” GMU’s Carle describes today’s retirement ethos succinctly: “Baby boomers have zero interest in retiring and doing nothing.” ❉

Help is also arriving through a growing movement known as the “village network.” These non-profit organizations are dedicated to helping urban seniors remain in their homes for as long as possible. “In the D.C. area alone, there are 27 villages,” says Cele Garrett, executive director of the AHA! At Home in Alexandria village. Garrett’s organization helps Alexandria seniors “who want to stay here a little bit longer—but they may need a little help,” she says. For an annual fee ($550 single, $800 household, $250 social only), village members gain access to transportation and other services, educational workshops and social get-togethers, including museum visits, a monthly TGIF happy hour and ladies’ nights out. Amrhein understands the desire to age-in-place in neighborhoods like hers in the Fan. “There’s always something going on. Neighbors do a whole lot together. It’s so alive. It’s an energy that I think you get from the close proximity of the houses.”

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College Towns Military couple Mary and Marcus Williams have lived all over the world, but they’ve chosen a college town for their retirement. Although Marcus still works at the Pentagon, the couple already has purchased a home in Blacksburg. On fall weekends, they join the throngs of maroon and orange clad Virginia Tech fans cheering on the Hokie football team. The Marcuses, who are in their 60s and whose youngest daughter attended VT, also enjoy the mountains and hiking trails as well as the town’s friendly, small-town living. According to Mary, Blacksburg offers everything they need in their retirement—reliable mass transit, nearby medical facilities and plenty of good restaurants, antique stores and cultural opportunities. They also enjoy the seasonal influx of students. “They bring energy, and there’s a refreshing innocence and hopefulness about people that age. It’s stimulating,” she says. Having once set out to change the world, baby boomers are now reinventing retirement. One growing trend shows retirees moving to college towns—generally smaller towns that, because of their university ties, offer access to sophisticated arts and cultural events, a great variety of sports and top quality hospitals, shopping and restaurants. Retirees can even pursue a degree or audit classes. “We don’t want to sit on a front porch in a rocking chair and fade away,” says Andrew Carle, founding director of the Senior Housing Administration program at George Mason University. Carle has followed the growing trend of baby boomers retiring to college towns and the continuing care retirement communities that are springing up around them. He has created a model for “university-based retirement communities,” as he calls them. Among the criteria, ideally, the UBRC is near a college with at least 15,000 to 20,000 students. “A university or college of that size is going to have a whole lot going on around it,” says Carle. In Charlottesville, an increasing number of UVA alumni wanted to retire to the area, so the university donated land and located a developer for The Colonnades, a retirement community located less than three miles from The Grounds. Set on 59 wooded acres, the continuing care retirement community VIRGINIA LIVING

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doing her dream job. She has toured breweries and distilleries and attended live cooking demonstrations put on by local chefs, all in a day’s work. Just this past year, she took six of her clients whitewater rafting: “We booked a chalet with Ace Adventure West Virginia. We went up the night before, drank wine and hung out in the hot tub. The next day, we hopped into a van and took off into the mountains.” Ferguson says the trip, while strenuous, was a total blast. “We had one guy in our group that, each time the guides offered a scary option, like, ‘Who wants to go into this stream where the current shoots you out?’ he volunteered for it all.” Ferguson, 34, is the lifestyle director at Celebrate by Del Webb, a planned community for seniors age 55 and up in Fredericksburg. Her job is to plan activities and events for the residents, and to hear her tell it, it’s the best job in the world. “It definitely makes my job easier to have residents who are adventurous and always looking for new, fun activities to explore.” You might think a place like Celebrate is unusual; an experimental community designed for a special set of senior go-getters. But the reality is so much more exciting: Communities serving seniors across the state are already incorporating activities and amenities into the day-to-day mix that go way beyond bingo, and demand for them is growing. Why the surge in lifestyle offerings? “Thanks to modern health care, many of us are still able to do physical activities well past the age of 50,” says Ginger Thompson, communications director for AARP of Virginia. “That wasn’t the case

for previous generations. The average person didn’t go whitewater rafting, mountain climbing or bungee jumping 50 years ago, regardless of their age. Now, it’s more common for people to participate in those activities. Most of us want to continue exploring as we age.” The golden years are no longer a time to wind down—instead, they’re a time for seniors to live at the very top of their game, and fitness is a big part of it. “Many of the boomers today are much more active and health-conscious in terms of exercise and diet,” says Joseph Chamie, director of research at the Center for Migration Studies in New York City and former director of the United Nations Population Division. For instance, at Celebrate by Del Webb, residents can work out in a state-of-the-art fitness center with cardio and Nautilus equipment, and indoor and outdoor pools and Jacuzzis. To combat sore muscles, they can even book massages by appointment. Celebrate residents Clayton and Cathy Hill are just two of many who make frequent stops at the fitness center. At 62, with 28 Marine Corps Marathons under his belt, Clayton shows no signs of slowing. During training season, he gets up at 3 a.m. to run the trails surrounding the community before heading in to his full-time job as an electronics engineer for the Federal government. If the weather is bad, he runs on the fitness center’s indoor track and often cross-trains using the stationary bike and weights. “I’ve exercised over 5,000 days in a row now,” he says. “I started counting in late 1999.” Cathy, a part-time music teacher and, with Clayton, co-president of the community choir, stays fit by using the cardio machines, taking Zumba classes, swimming in the pool and relaxing in the Jacuzzi. F E B R UA RY 2 0 14

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Elizabeth Howard, owner of The Cordial Cricket, an invitation and wedding planning firm in Richmond, suggests using paper props printed by letterpress on high quality paper.

Show Stopping Tabletops Planner Jennifer Charles, owner of the D.C. Metro area’s Something Fabulous, says she likes to incorporate mercury glass, gold-embellished accents, crystal centerpieces and larger flower arrangements in metal containers to add sophistication.

Stylishly Sleek Ashley Baber’s Amanda Gray says “more close-fitting dresses,” bejeweled headpieces and faux fur shawls, as well as dramatic makeup are redefining the blushing bride. Fab menus

Eschewing the buffet table and chef’s station for butler-passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails gives a reception “an opulent feel and it keeps your guests from having to wait in line,” says Howard. Looking for more inspiration? Check out these Virginia wedding blogs: EastonEvents.com/blog, FeteStudio.com/ blog, RitzyBee.com/blog

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bells to use as napkin holders (when guests rang their bell, the couple was summoned to kiss), and they filled a rattan bicycle basket with flowers for the sideboard centerpiece. They used white metal water bottles (the sort that bikers use) as vases (pictured left), laced together and filled with white flowers to match the candles and linens. The bells made a unique memento for guests. A Charlottesville couple, Jenny and Jeremiah Langhorne, paid homage to the groom’s Charleston restaurant roots by staging a low country boil and pig picking at Rodes Farm in Nellysford in October. Jeremiah, who is preparing to open his own restaurant in Washington, D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood, was joined by “I don’t know how many chefs,” Jenny says, to roast the pig and prepare the boil, a mélange of shellfish and vegetables poured onto paper-topped tables, for an ultra-casual rehearsal dinner presentation. “Most people hadn’t had it before, so this was their introduction” to the classic South Carolina outdoor feast, says Jenny, adding that Jeremiah was pleased to feature his favorite local farm ingredients among the food and beverages served all weekend. Now that, for many couples, weddings are weekend events and not one day only, planners say there’s much more interest in creating a high-profile rehearsal dinner. Recently, a race-loving couple held their rehearsal dinner at the TORQUE Club at Richmond Raceway Complex; another, at the Children’s Museum of Virginia in Portsmouth. Another couple even wheeled in a wood-fired pizza oven for a riverside picnic in the Shenandoah Valley. Any creative backdrop, it seems, is appropriate for a rehearsal dinner. Short shrift no more.

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During cocktail hour at a Commonwealth Club wedding last spring in Richmond, a sleek steel cart was pushed around the room and a chef hand-rolled sushi for guests—a knockout, says Richmond wedding planner Lindsay Kennedy.

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At a Gwynn’s Island wedding last May, a cocktail hour highlight was an oyster shucker who plied his trade in overalls and served fresh bivalves with the traditional fixings—cocktail sauce, butter and saltines. Kennedy says the event was part of a spectacular tented reception at the bride’s family’s Middle Peninsula summer home.

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A Charlottesville couple set up a cider-tasting station for their reception to demonstrate their interest in vintage Virginia apple varieties and Albemarle Cider Works beverages, says Lynchburg-based wedding planner Amanda Gray. Six hard ciders, including Royal Pippin and Jupiter’s Legacy, were offered to guests before the wedding toasts began.

spirits In Northern Virginia, planner Danielle Couick of Magnolia Bluebird says, “There’s a movement toward lounge service where guests can place orders for cocktails. You’re going to have a bar, so make it a destination by putting a cool spin on it” by hiring a mixologist to craft variations on cocktail classics. —By Deveron Timberlake

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Sometimes it’s good to know a story has a happy ending. Even two-thirds of the way through the twists and turns of how Alex Cashman came to find true love with Braden Eckert, few would have predicted its outcome without sneaking a peek at the ending. It’s not like fate wasn’t doing its darnedest to push the two Charlottesville-area natives together. Although separated by three grades, both attended middle school at the relatively small, private St. Anne’s-Belfield. “I even had an older sister at the same school and knew other people in his class, but we just never met then—at least not that either of us remember,” explains Alex. Braden transferred to Charlottesville’s Einstein School during high school, and Alex left in ninth grade for boarding school at Chatham Hall. “It seems strange given the friends we had in common that we didn’t even know of each other,” says Alex. College presented another spate of near misses. Braden went to the all-male HampdenSydney College. Alex went to the all-female Hollins University. With only about an hour’s distance apart, students at the samesex schools frequently mix socially. But by the time Alex had warmed to the idea of visiting the boys’ school down the road in her

sophomore year, Braden had graduated and left for England to pursue a master’s degree in American foreign policy at the London School of Advanced Study. The two would once again circle closer together after Alex graduated from Hollins and returned to Charlottesville to study nursing at UVA, and Braden also returned to work as an energy account manager for SNL Financial. The pair even attended the wedding of one of Alex’s college friends to Braden’s Hampden-Sydney roommate, where, miraculously, they did not meet once again. But the 20-something social scene in Charlottesville eventually brought them back together when mutual friend Whitney Wigton, then a clothing store manager with a gift for matchmaking, suggested three eligible men for the single nursing student to consider dating. “Two of them I knew and didn’t think either of them would work out, but the third was Braden, and I didn’t know him. Charlottesville is small, especially given our age group, so I was really surprised ... especially when she told me where he’d gone to school. I thought maybe he was odd or a recluse or something,” Alex laughs. Several weeks later, Wigton arranged for

Braden and Alex to sit next to each other at a small dinner party she was hosting at her house, then sat back and waited for sparks to fly. They didn’t. “I didn’t know anyone beside Whitney at the dinner and assumed that they were all Braden’s friends. It turned out that he didn’t know anyone else at the table either,” says Alex. Shy around new acquaintances, Alex says Braden didn’t have much Above: Antique to say at dinner. Mistaking teacups collected Braden’s shyness for disinby the bride terest, Alex decided to leave, and her mother. making the excuse that she Opposite: The couple left their had to feed her father’s dog. ceremony in a Braden later learned from 1930s Packard. Wigton that Alex’s father doesn’t have a dog. “I thought it was definitely going to be a ‘one and done’ situation,” he recalls. “Especially when I found out her dad didn’t even have a dog.” After she left, Alex felt a twinge of regret for having ducked out of the dinner party without really giving Braden a chance, so when she got home, she sent him a text telling him that she had enjoyed meeting him. Braden, surprised to hear from Alex, regrouped and decided to ask Alex out on a date.

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Clockwise from top left: After the ceremony; champagne toast; Alex’s two-piece gown comprised a hand-beaded corset and full tulle skirt; Alex with her father, Joseph T. Cashman III; groomsmen raise a glass; two of the couple’s three cakes were adorned with fresh flowers and the third, “naked” tiered cake was decorated with small bunting; dinner was held beneath a tent on the patio at Keswick Hall; handmade 40-foot table runner; Braden; flower girl, Alex’s niece, Branch Hamlin.

But when he called her, she said no. “I couldn’t believe it, but the night he asked me out, I already had tickets to see Cirque du Soleil with my mother ... which also sounded a little made up,” she recalls with a laugh. She quickly offered up another night for their date, and a very relieved Braden said that would work. The starcrossed lovers enjoyed a great first date, and their fate was sealed at last. “There were definitely a lot of near misses,” says Braden. “But looking back, I think the timing was actually a good thing. We met when we were ready to meet.” By the time Alex graduated from the nursing program in May 2011 and began working as a critical care nurse at UVA Hospital, Braden had grown evermore sure of their relationship. In the spring of 2012, Braden began searching for the perfect ring. Several months into his quest, he discovered a three-stone oval diamond estate ring that he knew would be perfect in a customized platinum setting with pavé diamonds and milgrain edging. Meanwhile, Alex, who loves to travel, was eager to plan a trip, and Braden saw a plan coming together. Alex’s 28th birthday that fall would be the perfect time to propose. He suggested a favorite spot of Alex’s, the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island where her family had vacationed every summer.

The couple arrived on Halloween, and Braden knew he would not be able to wait to give Alex the ring that was tucked into his suitcase. But like their courtship, the proposal would not come easily. After settling into the room, Braden surreptitiously slipped the ring box into his jacket pocket and suggested they “go check out the grounds.” But on their way out the door, Alex turned to Braden and said, “Why are you wearing your coat?” Braden says he left the coat—and the ring—in the room. “The whole time we were walking around I was trying to come up with a way to get back to the room and get the ring,” Braden recalls. He finally announced that he had to take a phone call and left the bar, sprinting back to the room for the ring. With it stashed in his pants pocket, he ran back to the bar. After drinks, he suggested another walk outside. “I remember she said to me, ‘Braden, you’re being weird. What’s going on?’” he says with a laugh. “I felt like I was in middle school about to get my first kiss.” He eventually coaxed Alex back outside and towards the oceanfront where he knelt on one knee and asked her to marry him. Alex said yes. Braden grew up on farms near Keswick, and the place holds special memories for him and his family, so the couple chose Grace Episcopal Church for their ceremony and Keswick Hall for their VIRGINIA LIVING

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reception. In fact, family was a recurring theme for the wedding, which featured floral arrangements in teacups collected over the years by Alex and her mother. Braden wore a wedding band first worn by his grandfather and engraved with his grandparents’ initials and wedding date, as well as Braden and Alex’s initials and wedding date. The whole family joined together to make the guests’ favors: a small jar of local honey, bottled by the couple’s fathers. Alex’s mother cut lace fabric, which her sisters tied to the top of each jar. Alex and her father together created a velvet, stenciled damask table runner for the 40-foot head table. To help identify seating assignments, each table was identified by the name of one of the 14 dogs from both families. “The tent and the décor required so much planning,” says Alex. “It was surreal to see it all finally come together.” But the couple agrees, by far the best part was seeing each other at the church for the first time. “When I saw the doors open and saw Alex and her dad coming in, that was my moment. And then my dad leaned over and whispered in my ear, ‘I’m proud of you ... she’s beautiful.’” ❉

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Sweet Haus

Charlottesville | SweetHaus.com

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Don Mears Photography Richmond | DonMearsPhotography.com

Eric Kelley

Charlottesville | EricKelleyPhotography.com

Hayes and Fisk

Lexington | LexCarriage.com

Richmond Trolley Company

Richmond | RichmondTrolley.com

Sports Car Rentals

Batesville | SportsCarRentals.com

Virginia Rides

Culpeper | VARides.org

Winn Transportation Richmond | WinnBus.com

VENUES: ART GALLERIES

2nd Street Gallery Charlottesville | SecondStreetGallery.com

McGuffey Art Center Charlottesville | McGuffeyArtCenter.com

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Richmond | VMFA.State.VA.us

VENUES: BARNS AND FARMS

Castle Hill Cider

Keswick | CastleHillCider.com

Richmond | HayesAndFisk.com

The Inn at Westwood Farm

Jen and Ashley Photography

Mount Ida Farm

Orange | InnAtWestwoodFarm.com

Powhatan | JenAndAshley.com

Charlottesville | MountIdaFarm.com

Jen Fariello

Panorama Farms

Charlottesville | JenFariello.com

Earlysville | PanoramaEventBarn.com

Marta Locklear

Rounton Farm

Fredricksburg | MartaLocklearPhoto.com

Mike Topham Photography

Mechanicsville | MikeTopham.com

Orange | RountonFarm.com

VENUES: GARDENS AND MANORS

The Bedford Columns

The Poe Museum

Rosemont Winery

Simply Selma’s

Science Museum of Virginia

Veritas Vineyard and Winery

CAKES

Virginia Beach | AvaClaraBridal.com

Cake Delights

Maya Couture Bridal Salon

Richmond | PoeMuseum.org

La Crosse | RosemontOfVirginia.com

Richmond | SMV.org

Afton | VeritasWine.com

The Valentine Richmond History Center

VIDEOGRAPHERS

Kirby Martin Cinematography

Richmond | RichmondHistoryCenter.com

Virginia Center for Architecture

Richmond | ArchitectureVA.org

Goochland | DoverHallEstate.com

Mechanicsville | StarringYouProductions.com

The Inn at Meander Plantation

Stone Blue Productions Lynchburg | StoneBlueProductions.com

Arrington | OakRidgeEstate.com

WEDDING PLANNERS

Tuckahoe Plantation

Ashley Baber Weddings Lynchburg | AshleyBaberWeddings.com

Richmond | TuckahoePlantation.com

West Manor Estate

Forest | WestManorEvents.com

The Ivy Inn Restaurant Charlottesville | IvyInnRestaurant.com

Glen Allen | McBrideEvents.com

The Space Downtown

Merriment Events

Richmond | MerrimentEvents.com

EASTERN Virginia

Fredricksburg | EdenTryEvents.com

VENUES: WATERFRONT

PW Photography

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing

Virginia Beach | EmersonsCigars.com

RENTAL COMPANIES

Maymont

Historic Riverview on the James

Richmond | PatriciaLyonsPhotography.com Richmond | PWPhotography.com

Classic Party Rentals Richmond | ClassicPartyRentalsVA.com

Festive Fare

Charlottesville | Charlottesville.ClassicPartyRentals.com

Gibson Rental

Eden Try

Henrico | LewisGinter.org

Richmond | Maymont.org

The Trivium Estate Forest | TheTrivium.com

VENUES: GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUBS

The Commonwealth Club

Orange | GibsonRental.com

Richmond | TheCommonwealthClub.net

Paisley and Jade

Country Club of Virginia

Richmond | PaisleyAndJade.com

Skyline Tent Company Charlottesville | SkylineTentCompany.com

Stonegate Event Rentals Charlottesville | StonegateEventRentals.com

TRANSPORTATION: LIMOUSINES

Ambassador Limousine

Richmond | TheCCV.org

Glenmore Country Club Charlottesville | GlenmoreWeddings.com

VENUES: HOTELS

Camryn Executive Transportation

The Jefferson

Charlottesville | Camryn-Limo.com

James Limousine

Orange | TheInnAtWillowGrove.com Richmond | JeffersonHotel.com

The John Marshall Hotel

Maya Couture Bridal Salon

Virginia Beach | CandyKitchen.com

Stick.A.Licious Cake Pops

Chesapeake | TerebinthLove.com

Williamsburg | WilliamsburgOccasions.com

Chef by Design

Virginia Beach | ChefByDesignCatering.com

Chesapeake Bay Catering Chesapeake | ChesapeakeBayCatering.com

Cuisine & Company Virginia Beach | CuisineAndCompany.com

Norfolk | MayaCouture.com

Williamsburg Bridal

Williamsburg | WilliamsburgBridalAndFormal.com

CLOTHING: FLOWER GIRLS

All the Rage

Chesapeake | AllTheRageFormals.com

The Carousel

Williamsburg | CarouselChildrens.com

Pure English Bridal Virginia Beach | PureEnglishBridal.com

Williamsburg Bridal

Williamsburg | WilliamsburgBridalAndFormal.com

CLOTHING: MENSWEAR

Beecroft & Bull

Virginia Beach | BeecroftAndBull.com

Historic Mankin Mansion Richmond | HistoricMankinMansion.com Keswick | Keswick.com Orange | MayhurstInn.com

VENUES: WINERIES

Barboursville Vineyards

Barboursville | BarboursvilleWine.net

Blenheim Vineyards Charlottesville | BlenheimVineyards.com

Historic Tredegar

King Family Vineyards

Charlottesville | Monticello.org

Candy Kitchen

Charlottesville | Clifton-Inn.com

Early Mountain Vineyards

bioRide

Virginia Beach | PureEnglishBridal.com

The Clifton Inn

VENUES: MUSEUMS

Monticello

Virginia Beach | AvaClaraBridal.com

Orange | ChesnutHillBnB.com

TRANSPORTATION: UNIQUE RIDES

Richmond | Tredegar.org

Ava Clara Couture Bridal

Chestnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

Richmond | JamesLimousine.com

Charlottesville | AlbemarleLimousine.com

CLOTHING: BRIDAL AND ATTENDANTS

VENUES: WEEKEND DESTINATIONS

Richmond | TheJohnMarshallBallrooms.com

Albemarle Limousine

Williamsburg | WilliamsburgBridalAndFormal.com

Powhatan | TheMillAtFineCreek.com

Mayhurst Inn

The Inn at Willow Grove

Williamsburg Bridal

The Mill at Fine Creek

The Craddock Terry Hotel

Charlottesville | AmbassadorLimos.com

Virginia Beach | PureEnglishBridal.com

Madison Heights | HistoricRiverview.com

Keswick Hall

Lynchburg | CraddockTerryHotel.com

Pure English Bridal

Richmond | BoathouseRVA.com

The Boar's Head Inn

Charlottesville | BoarsHeadInn.com

Emerson’s Cigars

Norfolk | MayaCouture.com

Pure English Bridal

The Catering Company

Charlottesville | TheLocal-Cville.com

Ava Clara Couture Bridal

Virginia Beach | TheBackBayGourmet.com

Fête Studio

The Local

CLOTHING: ACCESSORIES

Back Bay Gourmet

CATERING

BRIDAL PARTY GIFTS

Bedford | TheBedfordColumns.com

CAKE POPS AND MACARONS

Charlottesville | EastonEvents.com

McBride Events

The Tobacco Company

Virginia Beach | IncredibleEdiblesDesserts.net

The Terebinth Patisserie & Bistro

Richmond | FeteStudio.com

Charlottesville | TheSpaceDowntown.com

Incredible Edibles Bakery

The Cordial Cricket Easton Events

Hanover | HanoverTavern.org

Chesapeake | EESpecialEvents.net

Virginia Beach | StickALiciousCakePopsVA.Weebly.com

Richmond | TheCordialCricket.com

Hanover Tavern Restaurant and Pub

Virginia Beach | DreamCakeVB.com

Consulting by Naomi Glen Allen | NaomiMeyer.com

VENUES: RESTAURANTS

Chesapeake | CakesByCrystalVA.com

E and E Special Events

Starring You Productions

Oak Ridge Estate

Cakes by Crystal

Shaking Hands Productions

Dover Hall

Locust Dale | Meander.net

Virginia Beach | MyCakeDelights.com

Dream Cake

Lynchburg | ShakingHandsPro.com

VENUES: PLANTATIONS

Virginia Beach | SimplySelmas.com

Charlottesville | Wedding.KirbyMartin.com

Richmond | TheTobaccoCompany.com

Patricia Lyons Photography

photo by patricia lyons

Lexington Carriage Company

Madison | EarlyMountain.com

Boutonnière of herbs and berries at Lacy and Sam's King Family Vineyards wedding.

Crozet | KingFamilyVineyards.com

Pippin Hill Farm

North Garden | PippinHillFarm.com

Richmond | BioRideRVA.com

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A wedding venue

as elegant and original as you are Bianca Norton Director of Catering

901 Prices Fork Rd Blacksburg, VA 24061 540.231.0115 nortonb@vt.edu www.InnatVirginiaTech.com

Imagine. Dream. Indulge THE WATERTABLE AT FISHERMAN’S WHARF MARINA

photography by Ramone

Reserve the Room with the Inlet View!

Perched on the edge of Rudee Inlet at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront is a scenic location for the perfect event! The WaterTable at Fisherman’s Wharf Marina is a one-of-a-kind facility with spectacular waterfront views, a large dance floor and fireplace, on-site parking, and your choice of caterers, florists and planners!

757-425-1388 | shown by appointment

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Dan Ryan’s For Men Virginia Beach | DanRyansForMen.com

Maya Couture Bridal Salon Norfolk | MayaCouture.com

CLOTHING: MOTHERS

All the Rage

Chesapeake | AllTheRageFormals.com

Maya Couture Bridal Salon Norfolk | MayaCouture.com

Williamsburg Bridal

Williamsburg | WilliamsburgBridalAndFormal.com

COSMETIC SURGERY AND DENTISTRY

Associates in Plastic Surgery

Virginia Beach | AssociatesPlasticSurgery.com

Cosmetic Surgery Center Virginia Beach | DrJoanneLopes.com

Mancoll Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Virginia Beach | MancollPlasticSurgery.com

Port Warwick Dental Arts Newport News | PWDentalArts.com

CUPCAKES

Cupcake Central

Schakolad Chocolate Factory

Kate Marie Paperie

Wythe Will Tzetzo Confections & Specialty Foods

Virginia Beach | JacobsonFinePapers.net

Norfolk | KateMariePaperie.com

Parlett’s Paper Expressions

Williamsburg | ParlettsPaperExpressions.com

RSVP Stationery

Virginia Beach | RSVPStationery.net

JEWELRY

Virginia Beach | TwistedSistersCupcakes.com

Eleise Theuer

Norfolk | EleiseTheuerPhotography.com

Genevieve Neal Photography

Yorktown | GenevieveNeal.com

Virginia Beach | LongJewelers.com

Madison Jewelers

Sam Hughes Photography

Virginia Beach | Madison-Jewelers.com

Norfolk | SamHughesPhotography.com

Daevid’s of Norfolk Norfolk | Daevids.com

Chesapeake | DistinctiveEventRentals.com

Stage Right Lighting

Waterford Event Rentals

Virginia Beach | SRLWeddings.com

MUSIC: DJS Virginia Beach | AstroDJ.com

Distinctive Event Rentals

Chesapeake | WaterfordEventRentals.com

MUSIC: IN CEREMONY

Royal Coach Limousines

Suffolk | HamptonRoadsDJ.com

Ambrosia Quartet

Chesapeake | PremierLimoVA.com Chesapeake | RoyalCoachLimo.net

Galliard Trio

Seven Cities Rickshaws

Chesapeake | IshaFossEvents.com

Chesapeake | MusicForWeddings.netfirms.com

Palette of Petals

Hye-Yun Harpist

Smithfield Horse & Carriage Company

Roost Flowers and Designs

MUSIC: LIVE BANDS

Virginia Beach | TheGlobeVirginiaBeach.com

Green Gates Gifts

Gloucester Point | Facebook.com/GreenGatesGifts

HAIR AND MAKEUP

Behind the Veil Studio Virginia Beach | BehindTheVeilStudio.com

Jake’s Place Men’s Barbering Lounge and Spa Norfolk | JakesPlaceGhent.com

Kristine Marie Makeup Artistry

Suffolk | KristineMarieArtistry.com

Rebecca Wood

Virginia Beach | FacesByRebeccaWood.com

Salon Vivace

Hampton Roads | FritzProMusic.com

Chesapeake | HarpNPiano.com

2 Plus 2 Band

Newport News | 2Plus2Band.com

Bigger Dream Band

Norfolk | TheBiggerDream.com

Hot House

Williamsburg | HotHouse-Band.com

Snackbar Jones

Virginia Beach | SnackbarJones.com

Vinyl Headlights

Virginia Beach | BandForBrides.com

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The Girl Tyler

Virginia Beach | WestinVirginiaBeach.com

VENUES: WATERFRONT

Lovell Productions

Williamsburg Inn

Hampton | HistoricChamberlin.com

WEDDING PLANNERS

Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center

Antonia Christianson Events

The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center

Mariner’s Museum

Newport News | MarinersMuseum.org

Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center

Virginia Beach | VirginiaAquarium.com

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

Virginia Beach | VirginiaMOCA.org Yorktown | Watermens.org

Berkeley Plantation Charles City | BerkeleyPlantation.com

Blandfield Plantation

Caret | BlandfieldPlantation.com

Hewick Plantation

Urbanna | HewickPlantation.com

The Chamberlin

Norfolk | HalfMoone.org

Kingsmill Resort

Williamsburg | Kingsmill.com

Smithfield Station

Smithfield | SmithfieldStation.com

The Water Table

Virginia Beach | TheWaterTable.net

Suffolk | TheGirlTyler.com Chesapeake | LovellProductions.com

Virginia Beach | AntoniaChristiansonEvents.com

CMT Event Planning

Norfolk | CMTEventPlanning.com

NORTHERN Virginia

VENUES: WEEKEND DESTINATIONS

BRIDAL PARTY GIFTS

Founders Inn and Spa

Sterling | CraftyStitches.com

Virginia Beach | FoundersInn.com

The Hope and Glory Inn Irvington | HopeAndGlory.com

Kings Creek Marina & Resort

Crafty Stitches

The Dandelion Patch

Vienna | TheDandelionPatch.com

The Little Monogram Shop Alexandria | TheLittleMonogramShop.net

Cape Charles | KingsCreekMarina.com

CAKES

The Tides Inn

Amphora Bakery

VENUES: WINERIES

Fluffy Thoughts Cake

Irvington | TidesInn.com

Chatham Vineyards Machipongo | ChathamVineyards.com

Herndon | AmphoraBakery.com McLean | FluffyThoughts.com

Kendall’s Cakes

Falls Church | KendallsCakes.com

A place card at Alex and Braden's Keswick Hall reception.

Virginia Beach | Fair-WindsFarm.com

VENUES: GARDENS AND MANORS

Church Point Manor

Norfolk | NorfolkBotanicalGarden.org

Norfolk | PagodaGarden.org

Tidewater Photo Booth

Suffolk | TidewaterPhotoBooth.com

VENUES: GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUBS

The Traveling Photo Booth

The Governor’s Land at Two Rivers

Virginia Beach | TheRoyalChocolate.com

Norfolk | TheHermitageMuseum.org

Virginia Beach | Steinys.com

Fair-Winds Farm

Virginia Beach | IceArtVA.com

The Girl Tyler

Baker Entertainment

VENUES: BARNS AND FARMS

Pagoda Garden Tea House & Gallery

The Royal Chocolate

VIDEOGRAPHERS

Virginia Beach | SouthsideGroundTransportation.com

Ice Art Inc.

PARTY FAVORS

Williamsburg | WilliamsburgWinery.com

Southside Ground Transportation

Norfolk Botanical Garden

INVITATIONS AND STATIONERY

Williamsburg Winery

Windsor | SmithfieldHorseCarriage.com

Boardwalk Photo Booth Company

Virginia Beach | TheTravelingPhotoBooth.com

Suffolk | TheGirlTyler.com

Virginia Beach | SevenCitiesRickshaws.com

Virginia Beach | ChurchPointManor.com

Virginia Beach | SalonVivace.com

Lanexa | SaudeCreek.com

Chesapeake | RoyalCoachLimo.net

NOVELTIES

Virginia Beach | BoardwalkPhotoBoothCompany.com

Saudé Creek Vineyards

Steinhilber's

Virginia Beach | HiltonVB.com

VENUES: PLANTATIONS

Premier Limo

Charles City | Westover-Plantation.com

New Kent | NewKentWinery.com

Newport News | BakerEntertainment.com

Exotic Style Limousines

Hampton Roads DJ

Westover Plantation

New Kent Winery

Callao | TheLunaRestaurant.com

The Watermen’s Museum

Yorktown | ColonialDJs.com

Warsaw | MountAiryPlantation.com

The Luna

TRANSPORTATION: LIMOUSINES Virginia Beach | ExoticStyleLimousines.com

Mount Airy Plantation

Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Cottage House Linens

Toano | CottageHouseLinens.com

Providence Forge | JasminePlantation.com

VENUES: RESTAURANTS

Blue Steel Lighting Design

Chesapeake | BlueSteelLightingDesign.com

Jasmine Plantation

Virginia Beach | FoundersInn.com

The Hermitage Museum and Gardens

Chesapeake | ClassyCovers.net

Royal Coach Limousines

The Globe

Founders Inn and Spa

Classy Covers

Fritz Pro Music

GIFT REGISTRIES

Virginia Beach | CavalierHotel.com

LIGHTING

Yorktown | ABZRentals.com

Helga Macko Flowers

Virginia Beach | RoostFlowers.com

Cavalier Hotel

VENUES: MUSEUMS

Virginia Beach | ThePreciousGems.com

FLOWERS

Virginia Beach | PaletteOfPetals.com

VENUES: HOTELS

ABZ Rentals

The Precious Gem

Virginia Beach | AmbrosiaQuartet.com

Isha Foss Events

Virginia Beach | SignatureAtWestNeck.com

Williamsburg | ColonialWilliamsburg.com

TRANSPORTATION: UNIQUE RIDES

Virginia Beach | HelgaMackoFlowers.com

The Signature at West Neck

RENTAL COMPANIES

Colonial DJs

Twisted Sisters Cupcakes

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Virginia Beach | KeithCephus.com

Just Cupcakes

Virginia Beach | RoxiesCupcakes.com

Williamsburg | WytheCandy.com

Long Jewelers

Astro Entertainment

Roxie’s Cupcakes

Virginia Beach | Schakolad.com

Keith Cephus

Virginia Beach | CupcakeCentral757.com

Virginia Beach | JustCupcakes.net

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Jacobson Fine Papers & Gifts

Williamsburg | GovernorsLand.com

Greenbrier Country Club Chesapeake | ClubCorp.com

Norfolk Yacht and Country Club

Norfolk | NorfolkYacht.com

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Terebinth – Exquisite Macarons... and Dessert!

Food is a part of many significant life-changing moments, from births to birthdays, weddings, going-aways, and home-comings. Terebinth is the place where these amazing moments in life are experienced. Come and dine with us under the Terebinth Tree. We’ll see you soon. Eat Well. Live Well. Celebrate Life!

717 Eden Way N. Suite 610 Chesapeake, VA 23320 757-410-0900 www.terebinthlove.com

Full Production Catering Award-Winning Chefs & Event Specialists

Your Choice for Catering Excellence 1800 Greenbrier Pky Chesapeake, VA 23320 757-213-5021 • ChesapeakeBayCatering.com

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Over 25 years’ experience with Traditional & Multi-Cultural Weddings

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Maggie Austin Cake

Cupcakes Actually

CAKE POPS AND MACARONS

Edibles Incredible

Alexandria | MaggieAustinCake.com

Olivia Macaron

Washington, D.C. | OliviaMacaron.com

CATERING

Better Events Catering Chantilly | BetterEvents.com

Fairfax | CupcakesActually.com

FLOWERS

Distinctive Floral Designs Great Falls | DistinctiveFloral.com

The Enchanted Florist

Design Cuisine

Fusions Cuisine

Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, Ltd.

Brambleton | FusionsCuisine.com

Leesburg | HollyChappleFlowers.com

Main Event Caterers

Toulies en Fleur

Arlington | MainEventCaterers.com

Woodbridge | Toulies.com

RSVP Catering

GIFT REGISTRIES

Fairfax | RSVPCatering.com

CLOTHING: ACCESSORIES

Crate & Barrel

Arlington | CrateAndBarrel.com

Hannelore’s

Pottery Barn

Alexandria | Hannelores.com

Tysons Corner | PotteryBarn.com

Trousseau

Williams-Sonoma

Vienna | Trousseaultd.com

Tysons Corner | Williams-Sonoma.com

CLOTHING: BRIDAL AND ATTENDANTS

HAIR AND MAKEUP

Blush Bridal Boutique

Beautiful Hair by Beverly

Haymarket | BlushBridalBoutique.com

Fairfax | BeautifulHairByBeverly.com

Hannelore’s

Gainesville | MyMobileSalon.com

Alexandria | Hannelores.com

Soliloquy Bridal Couture Herndon | SoliloquyBridal.com

CLOTHING: FLOWER GIRLS

Dharma & Leopold’s Children's Boutique Gainesville | DharmaAndLeopolds.com

The Purple Goose

Alexandria | ShopThePurpleGoose.com

CLOTHING: MENSWEAR

My Mobile Salon

INVITATIONS AND STATIONERY

PARTY FAVORS

Haute Papier

Highcliffe Clothiers Ltd

Tiffany & Company

Middleburg | HighcliffeClothiers.com

Vienna | Tiffany.com

Saks Fifth Avenue

LIGHTING

Frost Lighting

Burke | MarzbanDDS.com

CUPCAKES

Cupcake Heaven and Café Haymarket | CupcakeHeavenAndCafe.com

Alexandria | EastCoastEntertainment.com

Eli Staples Music

Arlington | EliStaples.com

Harbour View

Woodbridge | HarbourViewEvents.com

Indigo Landing

Alexandria | IndigoLanding.com

Madigan’s

Alexandria | LeeFendallHouse.org

National Museum of the Marine Corps

Triangle | Events.USMCMuseum.org

VIDEOGRAPHERS

Dolce Studio Films

Arlington | DolceStudioFilms.com

Kate Headley Photography

Washington, D.C. | ADominick.com

The Inn at Little Washington

Lansdowne Resort

Alexandria | LorienHotelAndSpa.com

Middleburg | Goodstone.com Leesburg | LansdowneResort.com

Stone Manor

Lovettsville | MyCountryRetreat.com

A. Dominick Events

Kelley Cannon Events

Arlington | KelleyCannonEvents.com

Ritzy Bee Events

Alexandria | RitzyBee.com

Simply Chic Events

Leesburg | ASimplyChicEvent.com

Stephanie and Bob's artful wedding cake.

Chariots for Hire

Sterling | ChariotsForHire.com

Reston Limousine

Sterling | RestonLimo.com

Brandy Station | HarmonsCarriages.com

Purcellville | ShenandoahCarriage.net

Alexandria | NVFAA.org

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Alexandria | TorpedoFactory.org

Workhouse Art Center Lorton | LortonArts.org

VENUES: BARNS AND FARMS

Creighton Farms

Aldie | CreightonFarms.com

Marriott Ranch

Hume | MarriottRanch.com

River Farm

Alexandria | AHS.org

Sunset Hills Vineyard

Purcellville | SunsetHillsVineyard.com

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VENUES: WATERFRONT

Lee-Fendall House Museum and Garden

Lorton | AmericanEagleLimo.com

Athenaeum

EastCoast Entertainment

Leesburg | LightfootRestaurant.com

Alexandria | GWMemorial.org

Goodstone Inn

Lorien Hotel and Spa

American Eagle Limousine

VENUES: ART GALLERIES

Alexandria | DavisEventGroup.com

Lightfoot Restaurant

George Washington Masonic Memorial

Reston | Reston.Hyatt.com

Washington | TheInnAtLittleWashington.com

TRANSPORTATION: LIMOUSINES

Crystal Strings and Sterling Artists

Pamela Marzban

Alexandria | CedarKnollInnRestaurant.com

Centreville | WineryAtBullRun.com

Arlington | DCRental.com

MUSIC: IN CEREMONY

The Davis Event Group

Historic Cedar Knoll Restaurant

Middleburg | SalamanderResort.com

WEDDING PLANNERS

Hyatt Regency Reston

Capital Party Rentals

Alexandria | ColumbiaFirehouse.com

Barrel Oak Winery

VENUES: WEEKEND DESTINATIONS

Alexandria | Monaco-Alexandria.com

Hotel Monaco

Artistic Concepts Group

Alexandria | Woodlawn1805.org

VENUES: WINERIES

Alexandria | KateHeadleyPhotography.com

Timmester Photography Falls Church | TimmesterPhoto.com

McLean | RitzCarlton.com/Tysons

Occoquan | MadigansWaterfront.com

VENUES: HOTELS

The Shenandoah Carriage Company LLC

MUSIC: LIVE BANDS

Round Hill | StoneLeighGolf.com

Alexandria | KThompsonWeddings.com

Dream Day DJs

Herndon | VirginiaFacialPlasticSurgery.com

Stoneleigh Golf and Country Club

K. Thompson Photography

MUSIC: DJS

The Naderi Center

Haymarket | EventsAtRegency.com

Alexandria | KateHeadleyPhotography.com

Nordstrom

Centreville | VirginiaVirtuosi.com

Regency at Dominion Valley

Kate Headley Photography

Alexandria | Hannelores.com

Virginia Virtuosi

Reston | HiddenCreekCC.com

Leesburg | GenevieveLeiper.com

Harmon’s Hayrides & Carriages

Ashburn | Rejuven8u.com

VENUES: MUSEUMS

Hidden Creek Country Club

Genevieve Leiper

Arlington | SuperlativeEvents.com

Alexandria | The-Harpist.com

Columbia Firehouse Restaurant

Haymarket | EvergreenCC.org

Arlington | AbbyJiu.com

Superlative Events

The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery

The Winery at Bull Run

Evergreen Country Club

Abby Jiu Photography

Hannelore’s

Diana Marie Gibbs, Harpist

VENUES: RESTAURANTS

Ashburn | BelmontCountryClub.com

PHOTOGRAPHERS

TRANSPORTATION: UNIQUE RIDES

Ashburn | CPSDocs.com

Salamander Resort & Spa

Belmont Country Club

Alexandria | NomadEvents.com

Alexandria | Sterling-Artists.com

Woodlawn

Thomas Birkby House

Middleburg | WhoopsiesPies.com

Nomad Event Systems

Center for Plastic Surgery

Middleburg | ChrysalisWine.com

Whoopsies Pies

Tysons Corner | Bloomingdales.com

COSMETIC SURGERY AND DENTISTRY

Chrysalis Winery

Middleburg | TaprootEvents.com

VENUES: GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUBS

Bloomingdales

Tysons Corner | SaksFifthAvenue.com

Taproot

Fairfax | JJBakeShop.com

Newington | FrostDC.com

Centreville | DreamDayDJs.com

Purcellville | BreauxVineyards.com

J & J Bakeshop

CLOTHING: MOTHERS

Saks Fifth Avenue

Breaux Vineyards

Leesburg | Oatlands.org

Leesburg | BirkbyHouse.com

DC Rental

Alexandria | MystiqueJewelers.com

Oatlands Plantation

Fairfax | Itty-BittyCakes.com

JEWELRY

Tysons Corner | Bloomingdales.com

Delaplane | BarrelOak.com

Chantilly | SunsetCrestManor.com

The Itty Bitty Cake Company

Dulles | Dulles.ClassicPartyRentals.com

McLean | BooneAndSons.com

VENUES: PLANTATIONS

Sunset Crest Manor

Arlington | ArtisanConfections.com

Arlington | HautePapier.com

Boone & Sons Jewelers

The Atrium at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Middleburg | RedFox.com

Artisan Confections

Ellas Paper

Bristow | EllasPaper.com

The Ritz-Carlton

The Red Fox Inn

Alexandria | ACKCCocoaBar.com

Chantilly | ArtisticConceptsGroup.com

Vienna | TheDandelionPatch.com

VENUES: GARDENS AND MANORS

Vienna | AtriumAtMeadowLark.com

Artfully Chocolate & Gifts

The Dandelion Patch

Bloomingdales

Tysons Corner | Nordstrom.com

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Kingstowne | Poshbooth.com

RENTAL COMPANIES

Mystique Fine Jewelry Designs

Tysons Corner | SaksFifthAvenue.com

Poshbooth

Reston | EdiblesIncredible.com

Alexandria | EnchantedFloristOldTown.com

Arlington | DesignCuisine.com

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Voilà Event Studio

Great Falls | VoilaEventStudioShop.com

SHENANDOAH Valley BRIDAL PARTY GIFTS

John B. Hayes Tobacconist

Winchester | HayesTobacconist.com

SoLace Studios

Elkton | SoLaceInc.com

Top Dog Boutique

Staunton | TopDogBoutique.biz

CAKES

Taylor Made Cakes

Hamilton | CakesByTaylorMade.com

CAKE POPS AND MACARONS

Beckaboo’s Cakes

Winchester | BeckaboosCakes.com

Cupcake Novelties

Stephens City | CupcakeNovelties.webs.com

Eloise’s Pastries

Warrenton | EloisesPastries.com

Giancarlo Fine European Pastries Staunton | EuropeanPastry.com

CATERING

Barn Door BBQ

Harrisonburg | ClassicTuxedos.net

Amanda’s Touch

Shenandoah Music

Verona | AmandasTouch.net

Bridal Impressions Harrisonburg | BridalImpressionsVA.com

COSMETIC SURGERY AND DENTISTRY

ASFA Plastic Surgery Harrisonburg | ASFAPlasticSurgery.com

Augusta Plastic Surgery Winchester Oral Surgery Center Winchester | WinchesterOralSurgeryCenter.com

CUPCAKES

Pastry Love

Staunton | Pastry-Love.com

Woodstock Café and Shoppes Woodstock | CafeShoppes.org

Winchester | BlueBellsDesigns.com

Blue Ridge Florist and Gifts

GIFT REGISTRIES

The Emporium

Staunton | Emporium-Gifts.com

Winchester | SixStarCatering.com

HAIR AND MAKEUP

CLOTHING: ACCESSORIES

Encore Salon 215 Spa

Buena Vista | BeckysBridal.net

Bridal Impressions Harrisonburg | BridalImpressionsVA.com

CLOTHING: BRIDAL AND ATTENDANTS

Amanda’s Touch

Verona | AmandasTouch.net

Anna-Joys

Harrisonburg | AnnaJoys.com

Bridal Impressions Harrisonburg | BridalImpressionsVA.com

CLOTHING: FLOWER GIRLS

Amanda’s Touch

Verona | AmandasTouch.net

Bridal Impressions Harrisonburg | BridalImpressionsVA.com

Grandma’s Bait

Staunton | GrandmasBait.wordpress.com

CLOTHING: MENSWEAR

Alvin Dennis

Lexington | AlvinDennis.com

Bell’s Fine Clothing

Winchester | BellsFineClothing.com

Lexington | Salon215DaySpa.com

L.L. McKee Salon

Winchester | LLMcKeeSalon.com

The Studio

VENUES: HOTELS

Nibblins Edibles and Gifts

The George Washington Hotel

Winchester | Nibblins.com

Winchester | WyndhamGeorgeWashington.com

Shenandoah Fine Chocolates

Winchester | ShenandoahFineChocolates.com

The Inn at Vaucluse Spring

PHOTOGRAPHERS

The Iris Inn

Stephens City | VaucluseSpring.com

Aaron Riddle

Staunton | HLLang.com

James McHone Jewelry

Harrisonburg | McHoneJewelry.com

LIGHTING

Linden | Everything-Linen.com

TRANSPORTATION: LIMOUSINES

Custom Transportation Inc

Weyers Cave | DJYourWedding.com

MUSIC: IN CEREMONY

The Giovane Players

Staunton | Zynodoa.com

VENUES: WATERFRONT

The Blackthorn Inn

Upperville | Blackthorn-Inn.com

Port Republic Museum Port Republic | PortRepublicMuseum.org

VENUES: WEEKEND DESTINATIONS

Black Horse Inn

Warrenton | BlackHorseInn.com

Brierly Hill Bed & Breakfast

Lexington | BrierlyHill.com

Flint Hill Public House Restaurant & Inn Historic Rosemont Manor The Homestead

Inn at Old Virginia

Staunton | InnAtOldVirginia.com

Grottoes | JoshGooden.com

WEDDING PLANNERS

Amy VanMeter Events Winchester | AmyVanMeterEvents.com

SOUTHWEST Virginia BRIDAL PARTY GIFTS

Blacksburg Pipe and Tobacco

Blacksburg | BlacksburgTobacco.com

Janice Cain Stationery and Gifts Martinsville | JaniceCainStationery.com

Made the Shop

Glades Spring | MadeTheShop.com

Matrix Gallery

Blacksburg | MatrixGallery.com

Milan Tobacconists

Roanoke | MilanTobacco.com

CAKES

Center Stage Catering

Rocky Mount | CenterStageFood.com

Belle Grove Plantation

Bluemont Vineyard

Roanoke | KellyCakes.com

Glen Gordon Manor

Bluestone Vineyard

Roanoke | EviesWildFlourWeddingCakes.com

Long Branch Historic House and Farm

CrossKeys Vineyards

Bluemont | BluemontVineyard.com Bridgewater | BlueStoneVineyard.com

Mount Crawford | CrossKeysVineyards.com

Kelly Cakes

Wildflour Bakery

CAKE POPS AND MACARONS

Our Daily Bread Bistro Blacksburg | ODBB.com

A copper plant tag for a place card at Cat and Teddy's reception at Williamsburg Winery.

TRANSPORTATION: UNIQUE RIDES Winchester | CandyHill.com

Waynesboro | SVACart.com

Staunton | SAArtCenter.org

VENUES: BARNS AND FARMS

Diamond V Farm

Blue Ridge | DiamondVFarm.com

Hermitage Hill Farm & Stables

Waynesboro | HermitageHillFarm.com

Khimaira Farm

Luray | EventsAtTheFarm.com

Airlie Center

King Studios

Zynodoa

VENUES: WINERIES

Waynesboro | TalcottLimo.com

MUSIC: DJS

Stephens City | JamminJimDJ.com

Josh Gooden

Winchester | PiccadillysBrewPub.net

VENUES: PLANTATIONS

Talcott Limo Service

VENUES: GARDENS AND MANORS

DJ Jammin’ Jim

VIDEOGRAPHERS

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum

Milwood | HistoricLongBranch.com

Harrisonburg| CustomTransportation.net

Bealeton | MoraisVineyards.com

Piccadilly’s Public House

Hot Springs | TheHomestead.com

Huntly | GlenGordonManor.com

Winchester| AESLimo.biz

Morais Vineyards

Staunton | MillStreetGrill.com

Stephenson | HistoricJordanSprings.com

Middletown | BelleGrove.org

AES Limousine Service Inc

Haymarket | MusicalDJs.com

Front Royal | TheDJConnection.com

Mill Street Grill

Berryville | Rosemont1811.com

Staunton | WoodrowWilson.org

Everything Linen Banquet Rentals

Musical DJs

The DJ Connection

Historic Jordan Springs

Winchester | CraveVintageRentals.com

Staunton Augusta Art Center

H.L. Lang Jewelers

VENUES: MUSEUMS

Warrenton | RegetisPhotography.net

JEWELRY

VENUES: RESTAURANTS

Flint Hill | FlintHillVA.com

Regeti’s Photography

The Shenandoah Valley Art Center

Lexington | HessJewelry.com

Staunton | StonewallJacksonHotel.com

Harrisonburg | KatieStoops.com

Elegant Touch Invitations

Hess & Company

Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center

Katie Stoops

VENUES: ART GALLERIES

Staunton | CrownLtd.net

Luray | MimslynInn.com

Winchester | JSNPhoto.com

INVITATIONS AND STATIONERY

Crown Jewelers

The Mimslyn Inn

Julie Napear Photography

Candy Hill Trolley

Fairfield | ElegantTouchInvitations.com

Waynesboro | IrisInn.com

Winchester | ACRiddle.com

Harrisonburg | TheStudioHairSalon.com

Winchester | GiovanePlayers.com

Warrenton | Airlie.com

The Ashby Inn Paris | AshbyInn.com

Historic Whitehall Manor Bluemont | HistoricWhitehall.com

VENUES: GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUBS

Bowling Green Country Club Front Royal | BowlingGreenCountryClub.net

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Front Royal | Shenandoah Valley Golf Club

Lexington | CocoaMill.com

Crave! Event Rentals LLC

Panache Catering Company

Becky’s Bridal

Shenandoah Valley Golf Club

Cocoa Mill

Bluebells

Staunton | HoneyBeeFlorist.com

Harrisonburg | AnnaJoys.com

Warrenton | FauquierSprings.com

PARTY FAVORS

RENTAL COMPANIES

Staunton | EricStamer.net

Anna-Joys

Fauquier Springs Country Club

Edinburg | ShenandoahMusic.com

FLOWERS

Honey Bee’s Florist

Verona | AmandasTouch.net

Haymarket | BullRunCC.com

Fisherville | 540-932-5771

Eric Stamer Catering

Amanda’s Touch

Bull Run Golf Club

Lovettsville | HuntCountryHarpist.com

MUSIC: LIVE BANDS

Upperville | Barn-Door.com

Six Star Catering

Hunt Country Harpist

CLOTHING: MOTHERS

Harrisonburg | BlueRidgeFloristOnline.com

Middletown | PanacheCatering.com

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Roanoke Cakes

Salem | RoanokeCakes.com

CATERING

Center Stage Catering

Rocky Mount | CenterStageFood.com

Mary’s Party Works

Master Taylor Entertainment

Executive Town Car & Limousine

Blacksburg | PhilipGrubbs.com

MUSIC: IN CEREMONY

Prestige Limousine Service

Plastic Surgery Specialists

Four on Six

COSMETIC SURGERY AND DENTISTRY

Plastic Surgery Center of Virginia

Vinton | MarysPartyWorks.net

Abingdon | PLSurgery.com

Personal Touch Catering

Roanoke Plastic Surgery

Blacksburg | Catering.VT.edu

CLOTHING: ACCESSORIES

AmRhein’s Brides and Formals Roanoke | AmRheins.com

Chantilly Lace and Bridals Blacksburg | ChantillyLaceBridals.com

Patina Bridal & Formals Roanoke | PatinaFormals.com

Ponytail Pearls

Roanoke | PonytailPearls.com

CLOTHING: BRIDAL AND ATTENDANTS

AmRhein’s Brides and Formals Roanoke | AmRheins.com

Roanoke | RoanokePlasticSurgery.com

CUPCAKES

Babycakes

Abingdon | BabycakesCupcakery.vpweb.com

Bubblecake Bake Shop Roanoke | Bubblecake.com

Viva La Cupcake

Roanoke | VivaLaCupcakes.com

FLOWERS

Best Wishes Flowers & Gifts

Blacksburg | BestWishesFlowers.com

Corsair Floral and Décor Roanoke | CorsairEvents.com

Creative Occasions

No Strings Attached Roanoke | Enessay.com

Obligato Musicians for Elegant Events

Salem | SuperholdBand.com

Roanoke | 540-892-7112

Blacksburg | EliteStyleSalon.com

Les Cheveux

Roanoke | LesCheveuxSalonInc.com

CLOTHING: FLOWER GIRLS

AmRhein’s Brides and Formals Roanoke | AmRheins.com

The Bride’s House

Roanoke | PromsPageantsAndPrettyThings.com

Chantilly Lace Bridals Blacksburg | ChantillyLaceBridals.com

Piccolini

Blacksburg | Facebook.com/PiccoliniKids

CLOTHING: MENSWEAR

AmRhein’s Brides and Formals

LHC Promakeup

Roanoke | LHCPromakeup.com

Meredith’s Salon

Christiansburg | MeredithsSalon.com

Plaza 101 Salon and Spa Roanoke | Plaza101.net

INVITATIONS AND STATIONERY

Appalachia Press

Martinsville | JaniceCainStationery.com

RSVP

JEWELRY

The Bride’s House

Fink’s

Chantilly Lace Bridals Blacksburg | ChantillyLaceBridals.com

Davidsons

Roanoke | DavidsonsClothing.com

Draper & Ferrell Clothiers Ltd

Martinsville | DFClothiers.com

CLOTHING: MOTHERS

AmRhein’s Brides and Formals Roanoke | AmRheins.com

The Bride’s House

Roanoke | PromsPageantsAndPrettyThings.com

Roanoke | RoanokeCountryClub.org

Roanoke | HotelRoanoke.com Blacksburg | InnAtVirginiaTech.com

Inn on Campbell

Attimo Winery

The Martha Washington Hotel and Spa

Chateau Morrisette

Abingdon | MarthaWashingtonInn.com

Skyryder Photography

Roanoke | SkyryderPhotography.com

White Rock Vineyard and Wines

Smithfield Plantation

VENUES: MUSEUMS

202 Market

Vinton War Memorial

VENUES: GARDENS AND MANORS

Metamorphosis

Virginia Museum of Natural History

Clay Hill Garden Events

The Palisades

Martinsville | VMNH.net

Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech

Virginia Museum of Transportation Roanoke | VMT.org

Ingles Castle

Table 50

Abingdon | WilliamKingMuseum.org

Radford | TheInglesCastle.com

Roanoke | Table50Roanoke.com

Rockwood Manor

VENUES: WATERFRONT

Michael’s Videography

Nesselrod on the New River

Roanoke | SharedMomentsVideo.com

Radford | NesselRod.com

Glenrochie Country Club

VENUES: WEEKEND DESTINATIONS

Salem | HiddenValleyCC.com

VIDEOGRAPHERS Salem | MichaelsVideo.net

Moneta | BernardsLanding.com

Blacksburg Country Club

Hidden Valley Country Club

William King Museum

Bernard’s Landing

Selah Springs

Abingdon | GlenrochieCC.com

Daleville | EliteLimo4U.com

Eggleston | ThePalisadesRestaurant.com Roanoke | Blue5Restaurant.com

Blacksburg | BlacksburgCC.com

Elite Limousine Service

Roanoke | SchaalsEvents.com

Vinton | VintonWarMemorial.com

The Red Room at Blue 5

RENTAL COMPANIES

TRANSPORTATION: LIMOUSINES

Roanoke | 202Market.net

Roanoke | LinkMuseum.org

Blacksburg | Hort.VT.edu

VENUES: GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUBS

Roanoke | CorsairEvents.com

O. Winston Link Museum

The Olde Farm

Boones Mill | MySundara.com

Corsair Floral and Décor

Goodview | WhiteRockWines.com

VENUES: RESTAURANTS

Roanoke | TaraLilly.com

Salem | AztecRental.com

Blacksburg | SmithfieldPlantation.org

Wise | MountainRoseVineyard.com

Vinton | 540-890-9152

Sundara, LLC

Aztec Rental

Mountain Rose Vineyard

The Plantation on Sunnybrook

Dublin | Rockwood-Manor.com

Tara Lilly Design and Photography

Floyd | ChateauMorrisette.com

Galax | MtValeVineyard.com

Yale | ClayHillGardenEvents.com

Newport | LaurasFocus.com

Christiansburg | AttimoWinery.com

Mt. Vale Vineyards

Bristol | TheOldeFarm.com

Laura’s Focus Photography

VENUES: WINERIES

Blacksburg | BeliveauEstate.com

Boxtree Lodge/Braeloch Meeting Facilities

Blacksburg | JeffGreenough.com

Bent Mountain | SilverHearthLodge.com

Beliveau Estate

The Chocolate Spike

Jeff Greenough

Silver Hearth Lodge

Roanoke | TheInnOnCampbell.com

Roanoke | Plantation-Creations.com

Radford | EnigmaPro.com

Meadows of Dan | Primland.com

Piedmont Arts

VENUES: BARNS AND FARMS

Nancy’s Candy Co.

Pembroke | MtnLakeLodge.com

VENUES: PLANTATIONS

Roanoke | ChocolatePaperRoanoke.com Blacksburg | ChocolateSpike.com

Abingdon | InnOnTownCreek.com

Abingdon | HeartwoodVirginia.org

Riner | SelahSpringsFarm.com

The Inn at Hans Meadow Christiansburg | TheInnAtHansMeadow.com

Shared Moments Video Video Records

Roanoke | VideoRecordsInc.com

WEDDING PLANNERS

Diamond Events

Roanoke | WeddingsbyDE.com

Joy & Company

Abingdon | JoyAndCompany.com

Alex and Braden's heirloom jewelry.

Goodman Jewelers

Abingdon | GoodmanJewelers.biz

P.R. Sturgill Fine Jewelry Radford | PRSturgills.com

R.M. Johnson & Son Jewelers Salem | RMJohnson.com

Todd’s Jewelry

Radford | ToddsJewelryNRV.com

LIGHTING

SRO Productions Roanoke | GoSRO.com

MUSIC: DJS

Ken Heath’s Bow Tie Pro Music and Sound Services

Vaughn Designs Custom Bridals & Formals

Kings Entertainment

Roanoke | 540-892-7112

The Inn at Virginia Tech

Roanoke | Finks.com

Chantilly Lace Bridals

Blacksburg | ChantillyLaceBridals.com

Laurel Springs Percherons

Radford | PeteDyeRiverCourse.com

Roanoke | ProvisionsRSVP.com

Roanoke | AmRheins.com

Roanoke | PromsPageantsAndPrettyThings.com

Hotel Roanoke

Roanoke | TaubmanMuseum.org

Roanoke | AppalachiaPress.com

Janice Cain Stationery

TRANSPORTATION: UNIQUE RIDES

Taubman Museum of Art

Chocolate Paper

Enigma Photography

Elite Style Salon

Primland

Martinsville | PiedmontArts.org

PARTY FAVORS

Gourmet Pantry

Vaughn Designs Custom Bridals & Formals

VENUES: HOTELS

Heartwood

Super Hold Band

Chantilly Lace Bridals

HAIR AND MAKEUP

Roanoke | PrestigeLimoInc.com

VENUES: ART GALLERIES

Salem | 540-387-3575

PHOTOGRAPHY

Roanoke | PatinaFormals.com

Mountain Lake Lodge

Roanoke | PrestigeLimoInc.com

Les Brown Stardusters

GIFT REGISTRIES

Patina Bridal & Formals

Roanoke Country Club

Prestige Limousine Service

MUSIC: LIVE BANDS

Roanoke | PromsPageantsAndPrettyThings.com

Blacksburg | GourmetPantryOnline.com

The Inn on Town Creek

Riner | LaurelSpringsPercherons.com

Roanoke | Facebook.com/ObligatoMusic

Meadows of Dan | NancysHomemadeFudge.com

Blacksburg | ChantillyLaceBridals.com

Pete Dye River Course

Roanoke | EtcLimo.com

Pearisburg | FourOnSixMusic.com

Vinton | CreativeOccasionsEvents.com

The Bride’s House

photo by jen fariello

Roanoke | MasterTaylorEntertainment.com

Marion | KenHeath.com Salem | KEAUSA.com

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ou might not know this, but Virginia is a hotbed of

squash. No, not the savory yellow gourd, but the game of squash, played with a soft little black ball throughout the former British Empire and beyond, albeit in relative obscurity in the U.S. A squash racquet resembles a badminton racquet but is sturdy and tightly strung, like a tennis racquet. Like tennis, it can be played by two or four, and like racquetball, all four walls are in play. It’s a game of strategy, finesse and speed. A shot by the 6-foot-4-inch hard-hitting Australian pro Cameron Pilley has been clocked at 175 mph. Over the past 10 years, Pilley and the world’s elite players have traveled from across the globe to compete in Richmond’s pro tourney. Known rather loftily in its last five years as the North American Open, it was one

of the nation’s top two tournaments (the other being held in a glass court in New York’s Grand Central Station) and top eight in the world, alongside those in London, Hong Kong, Dubai and Qatar. Richmond’s event started out as a gleam in the eye of Gus Cook, then the pro at the Country Club of Virginia (CCV) and now at fitness center ACAC, and evolved into one of the most spectacular—if least known— sports events ever to take place in Virginia. Cook knew what he was talking about. Soon players were jetting into RVA from Brazil, Pakistan, Zambia and New Zealand, but mostly Egypt and England, whose players now dominate the sport’s top ranks. With the financial and moral support of Davenport & Company’s Ted Price, a long-time squash proponent, Cook’s event grew and grew, relocating from CCV to the University of Richmond in 2006 and finally to Westwood Club in 2011. Run largely by volunteers, who raised funds, billeted qualifiers, chauffeured players and ushered at matches, the tournament developed a reputation for hospitalVIRGINIA LIVING

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ity and each year attracted most of the world’s top 30 players. As an amateur player and enthusiast who couldn’t believe his luck at watching the two best players in the world—Ramy Ashour of Egypt and Nick Matthew of England—display their whip-like strokes in finals showdowns in his hometown, I schemed to carve out the time to watch the pros for a week each winter. To justify this, I took on the exalted unpaid role of head usher. This meant that I took tickets, helped people find their seats (but never during play), and when my turn came, toweled the players’ sweat off the glass walls of the court between games. I considered it a small price to pay and the best boondoggle in town. Even better, my family hosted players from England, Egypt, Australia and New Zealand, unfailingly courteous young men, living the strict regimen of elite athletes. One year, Brits Tom Richards and Robbie Temple spent Saturday night playing Yahtzee with our young daughters while my wife and I went out to dinner. Another year, Egyptians Andrew Shoukry and Karim Abdel Gawad took on two of my girls and me in a spirited game of soccer in the backyard. Each winter, my youngest daughter, Nora, asked if Mohammed Abbas and others were coming back so that she could renew her ping pong rivalry with them. For us, the cultural exchange and friendships raised our interest in the sport and surpassed it in reward. Alas, the crowd size never reached a critical mass to sustain the event long-term. Last February, the North American Open ended its run in Richmond. Of course, big-time sports teams and events come and go in the Old Dominion, like ice cubes in August: the Virginia Squires, the Richmond Robins and more recently the Richmond Braves. We used to have big-time tennis, too. At a WCT tourney of yore in the Richmond Coliseum, I ballboyed with a broken arm, and Björn Borg and Arthur Ashe signed my cast. The good news is that squash is thriving in Virginia. With two dozen nineplayer teams based at a variety of clubs, the YMCA and the University of Richmond (whose president, Ed Ayers, plays), Richmond boasts one of the busiest squash leagues in America. The McArthur Squash Center recently opened up in Charlottesville for UVA’s club program. Virginia prep schools For us, the now compete, send players on to college teams, and cultural offer camps run by Cook (at Episcopal High School) and Patrick Chifunda (at Woodberry Forest), a former exchange and world top 100, who took over as pro at CCV. There friendships is also a developmental program, SquashRocks, for inner-city kids at Peter Paul Development Center. raised our Because squash can be played all year, requires less than tennis, and provides a vigorous workout interest in space in under an hour, it is likely to continue growing. the sport and Although the North American Open has gone the way of the rockin’ Robins, Cook has another gleam in surpassed it his eye. “With any luck,” he says, “I will bring another pro in reward. event to Richmond next year.” ❉

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