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Con te n ts APRIL 2017

A view of Bogotá, from atop Mount Monserrate in Colombia.

Features 90 EYE ON THE PRIZE

Virginia Beach is the state’s largest city in population and land area, but leaders here don’t believe it’s gotten the respect and national attention it deserves. Big dreams and bold ideas are changing that. BY ERIC J. WALLACE


CUSTOM OF THE COUNTRY Steeplechase racing is deeply woven into Virginia’s sporting culture. A look at the history and traditions surrounding one of our most exciting pastimes. BY AYNSLEY MILLER FISHER

On the Cover Calla lilies, spray roses, fatsia and hydrangea at the Kellam home in Norfolk. Photo by Mark Edward Atkinson

Departments 17 | U P F R O N T

Russian Realism at Lazare Gallery in Charles City, the Waterford Spring Concert Series, spring’s stylish stripes, black garlic, Bellwether and more.

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Galas and gatherings around the state, supporting art, institutions and charities.

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Instead of downsizing after their children grew up, Ed and Connie Kellam of Norfolk decided to upsize their home.



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It’s comforting, it’s custardy and it’s gotten a reboot from some of Virginia’s most inventive chefs­—5 new recipes for our old favorite, bread pudding. BY PHAEDRA HISE

Boutique hotels, new restaurants and a recent end to decades of conflict are luring visitors back to Bogotá, Colombia. BY LOGAN WARD



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For her story about the new Quarry Gardens at Schuyler opening in April (page 79), the Charlottesville-based author and photographer got to know the couple behind the effort to restore this once-forgotten land. Armand and Bernice Thieblot “are dedicating their retirement to creating and managing these remarkable and important gardens,” says Erler. “Their enthusiasm, energy, and commitment is infectious.”


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including the reopening of the historic Cavalier Hotel following a $75-million renovation, planning for a new $210-million arena adjacent to the Convention Center, the installation of ultra-high speed transcontinental cables running from Spain and Brazil to VB, and more. I look forward to getting to know the city again. There are stories about other Virginians making bold moves in this issue, including Bernice and Armand Thieblot whose new Quarry Gardens at Schuyler in Nelson County is set to open in April. From an overgrown and garbage-strewn abandoned soapstone quarry, they have carved out miles of trails on 40 acres that take visitors past 35 galleries of native plant communities. It’s impressive. We also meet John and Kathy Wurdeman of Charles City who, in the 1990s, traded a successful decorative art print wholesaling business to get into the Russian Realist art market. Today, their Lazare Gallery has an international reputation among collectors and scholars of the genre. There is more, including inventive recipes from chefs around the state for an old favorite, bread pudding, a fascinating visit to Bogotá, Colombia, the story of a Norfolk couple who bucked a trend and decided to upsize their home when their children grew up and moved away, and a feature about one of Virginia’s most enduring equestrian traditions, steeplechase. And in our health and wellness special flipbook issue, we introduce you to personal trainer and former college track and field All-American Courtney Cornwall (who appears on our cover), offer plans for colorful and healthful container gardens, explore the ways rock climbing can stoke success in our professional lives and share more tips and ideas for healthy living. Plus, we present Best Doctors, a peer-reviewed list of the state’s top physicians. I hope you enjoy the issue!

irginia Beach is one of my favorite places. My husband and I lived there in the late 1990s while he was a naval officer serving on a destroyer stationed in Norfolk and I was in graduate school. At the time, our daughter was just a wee thing with blonde curls, crawling when we arrived, running by the time we left. I confess, we didn’t get to spend much time at the oceanfront. Oh, we’d go there often, but it usually went something like this: After an hour or more of prep time packing sand toys, Goldfish crackers, juice boxes, beach chairs and what seemed like 100 other items, we would coat our little dumpling with sunblock and drive to the beach. Once we arrived and finally hauled everything down to the sand—MK happily riding on top of our piled-high wagon—it would be about 20 minutes before ... “Mommy, I want to go home.” Right. Sigh. It was always a fun 20 minutes though, and completely worth the effort. We did spend a lot of time, however, walking in the Thoroughgood neighborhood where we lived, checking in on the eagles nesting near a house on Witchduck Bay. We explored Chick’s Beach and First Landing State Park, and picked strawberries in Pungo. We went to Norfolk Naval Station regularly to meet my husband’s ship when it came back into port, the sight of its haze gray hull coming into view on the horizon making my heart swell. Though we would only get to stay a few years before moving on to our next duty station, we never felt transient. Our neighbors, many of whom had lived in Virginia Beach their whole lives, looked after us—inviting us for dinner and mowing the lawn without being asked. We remain grateful to this day. It was a wonderful place to live. I am certain it still is. Today, Virginia Beach is changing in some very exciting ways. One of our feature stories in this issue is about the big dreams leaders have for the state’s largest city. Mayor William Sessoms and others, including Brad Van Dommelen, director of the Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, envision a new Virginia Beach, one that will compete with cities like Austin, Seattle and Chicago in attracting new residents and visitors. Already, Sessoms notes, change is happening,

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John and Kathy Wurdeman’s Lazare Gallery in Charles City brings the masters of 20th century Russian Realism to the U.S.

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Kathy and John Wurdeman holding “In Thought,” 1962, by Olga Svetlechnaya.

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Driving down a winding dirt road in rural Charles City, the last thing you might expect to find is

acquired,” explains John. The prices at Lazare range from $1,000 for a small study to $350,000, though the most expensive painting the Wurdemans sold—by the esteemed Yuri Kugach—went for slightly more than $1 million. The Wurdeman’s inventory is composed of a mix of other legends of the era: Nikita Fedosov, Olga Svetlechnaya, Vyacheslav Zabelin, Gennady Korolev, Andre Tutunov and younger living artists including their son, who now lives and works in the Republic of Georgia. Because their Charles City location is remote, the Wurdemans have guestrooms available for clients, scholars and artists who come to see the work or present master classes and symposia at the gallery. In addition to their extensive collection of plein air landscapes, still lifes and portraits, the Wurdemans have a few examples of Social Realist art, which, during the Soviet era, was the Surikov Institute-trained artists’ bread and butter. Designed to appeal to the masses, the works presented the state’s agenda using universally understood and positive themes executed with meticulous skill. What these artists produced on their own time though, was completely different from the doctrinaire Soviet PR works. Adopting the approach and technique favored by the French Impressionists, the artists produced work that has a sensitivity and warmth totally absent from their statecommissioned oeuvre. “Among other things, they’re known for their subtle tonalities which blend together to create an overall harmony,” says John. While the work shares a similarity in approach, there is a lot of variety. “The Surikov artists were trained in the finest traditions of the great master artists of the

a vibrant center of Russian Realist art. But that’s exactly what Lazare Gallery is. Founded by Kathy and John Wurdeman in 1999, the gallery has developed an international reputation that commands the respect of collectors and scholars alike. The road to the gallery’s realization had almost as many twists and turns as the track through the woods that leads to it. The Wurdemans founded Lazare (pronounced La-za-ray) following a successful run as the owners of Richmond-based Old World Prints, a decorative art print wholesaler they purchased in 1991 that counted among its corporate clients Crate & Barrel, Waldolf Astoria Hotels and many others. It was their son, John, who provided an introduction to the Russian art in which the Wurdemans now specialize. An artistic prodigy, he entered the Maryland Art Institute at just 16. An avowed realist who wanted to continue his studies upon graduation, he discovered the Surikov Institute in Moscow, a bastion of the classical academic tradition. He applied and was accepted, embarking on a rigorous—think Bolshoi Ballet school with pencil and paintbrush—six-year course of study. To this day, he remains the only American to have graduated from the Institute. It is tradition for Surikov graduates to honor their professors, so John Wurdeman approached his parents about presenting a showing of his teachers’ work as part of the Old World Prints exhibit at Art Expo (a major trade show) in New York City in 1999. The first day of the show, the senior Wurdemans were busy with the four booths devoted to their prints, while their son oversaw a booth with his professors’ paintings. At the end of the day, John and Kathy were astounded to learn he had sold $265,000 worth of art. “I didn’t believe him at first,” says his father. “I thought, ‘Oh, he’s an artist, he didn’t add it up right.’” But the math was correct, and the Wurdemans, who had for some time wanted to downsize, saw the possibility of an exciting new direction for their business. Their son’s circle of artist friends and his widelyrecognized talent and devotion to the tradition gave the couple a rare entrée into the world of Russian Realism and provided them with the support they would need to navigate the Byzantine regulatory system of the Russian Ministry of Culture. The other thing the Wurdemans had on their side was timing. They hit the sweet spot just before an explosion of wealth in Russia increased competition for the genre. Between 2001 and 2008, they often brought 200-300 paintings back to the U.S. annually. The couple was buying so much art in fact, that the CIA took a brief interest in what they were doing. But the wellspring soon slowed to a trickle as wealthy Russians snapped up everything in sight: Russia produced more billionaires between 2002 and 2008 than any other country. According to John, during the same period, the Russian art market was the fastest growing sector at both Christie’s and Sotheby’s. Since 2008 the Wurdemans have only purchased four works from Russia. However, they have an extensive inventory of around 1,000 paintings and they maintain relationships with contemporary Russian artists from whom they buy work. They also find seminal pieces in other countries, sometimes even relying on a private detective to help suss them out. “We hired a detective to seek out works by Nikita Fedosov and the resulting leads led us to a number of the finest ones that we have ever A P R I L 2 0 17

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Clockwise, from left: “Fox Blossoms,” 2002, by Nikolai Fedorovich; “Old Park Gate,” 1992, by Novikov Vyacheslav Zabelin; “Phoxes,” 1995, by Alexander Fomkin.

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past,” says Kathy, “and they use this consummate academic training as a springboard to find their own unique voices.” The Wurdemans feature their Social Realist paintings at lectures and presentations, comparing them side by side with the private works to illustrate the striking difference between the two genres. “I believe in the transformative power of art,” says Kathy. “A great painting expands our consciousness and intrigues us from the first glance. We are drawn in, returning again and again to enjoy and reflect on the nuances that it reveals. To be connected to this caliber of art through the artists that Lazare Gallery represents is indeed a privilege.”



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In spring, ramps reach the peak of pungent perfection.

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hey emerge early in the spring,

spreading in big patches like verdant green pools against the dull carpet of winter’s leaf litter. Unprepossessing in appearance, they sprout two or three long, flat, tapered leaves attached to a purplish stem growing from a scallion-like bulb. But looks aren’t what you’re looking for when you seek these plants. It’s the olfactory punch they pack that make ramps a kind of Appalachian truffle: memorably stinky and almost cultishly coveted. Sometimes also called wild leeks, ramps are part of the allium, or onion, branch of the lily family, and in Virginia are found growing in the damp, shaded, organically rich soil of the forest understory in the state’s Appalachian corridor. Their season is brief—a few short weeks before the tree canopy overhead begins to leaf out. But all parts of the plant are edible, and, as the first

fresh burst of spring flavor to relieve the winter monotony of preserved foods and root vegetables, they have long been wild-gathered and feasted upon in this region. What do ramps taste like? They are variously described as spicy and funky; like green garlic and green onions, or a cross between scallions and garlic, but sweet like shallots. One Southern chef helpfully described them to Epicurious as “a tone flavor.” The word used most often, however, is “pungent.” Ramps are plants that announce themselves pronouncedly. Ramps have deep roots in Appalachian food culture, traditionally cooked with bacon fat and sometimes, eggs, and served alongside beans, bacon, potatoes and cornbread. Along with other early-season greens like nettles and dandelions, they have long been referred to as a “spring tonic,” a metaphorical and medicinal cure for A P R I L 2 0 17





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STEPPIN’ OUT Jazz guitarist Randy Johnston’s fresh start.


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Randy Johnston decided to relocate from Brooklyn to Charlottesville in October 2015, music enthusiasts throughout the region had reason to be excited. Despite having at some point side-manned, sat-inwith, or been featured on the records of, as he puts it, “every major organ player to pass through New York City in the ’80s and ’90s,” Johnston remains one of the genre’s greatest best-kept secrets. Johnston’s former employers include a list studded with icons of the genre such as Dr. Lonnie Smith, Joey DeFrancesco, Lou Donaldson, Etta Jones, Jack McDuff, Warne Marsh, Lee Konitz and many others. What brought Johnston to Charlottesville? “I

lived in Richmond throughout my teens and have relatives here, so in a sense, it was about getting back in touch with my roots,” he says. “While I was working as a side-man, people would say I had a ‘unique sound,’ but even when I was making my own records I felt like I was just doing what I’d always done. Now, with this move, I’ve devoted myself to something entirely new.” Not one to waste time, Johnston quickly formed a band with acclaimed Charlottesville organ prodigy Jonah Kane-West, Bobby Read on sax and John Hanks on drums. “At heart, I’ve always been a rock and blues guitarist,” says Johnston. “I wanted to make people get up and dance.” Funky, soulful, rocking to the point of sounding at home at jamband festivals, the group is, yes, imminently danceable. And yet, somehow it manages to retain the improvisational complexity, compositional sophistication and melodic intensity of jazz. Nearly a year and a half later, the group is catching on. They’ve toured along the East Coast and in Europe, and this spring are putting out a new album, Shockwave, which features five new original compositions by Johnston. “When I met Jonah and Bobby I felt inspired to write new material that would showcase our sound,” says Johnston. “I’ve been recording for 26 years and, out of the 12 albums under my name, this is the best and most satisfying music I’ve ever made.” —By Eric J. Wallace We sat down with Johnston to discuss some of his favorite recordings. For an exclusive look, visit us at



Left: Jazz guitarist Randy Johnston. Below: Johnston’s latest album, Shockwave.

Massanutten’s new lift access bike park. YOU WON’T FIND TOO many Virginians

complaining about mild winters, save perhaps for skiers craving a velvety cushion of powdery snow underfoot. But as winter cedes to spring, Massanutten Resort offers a compelling off-season lure that’s snow-independent: Virginia’s newest lift-access mountain-bike park, featuring 30 miles of trails on the resort’s western slope, all in a setting recognized by the governor’s office as a “Virginia Treasure.” Park supervisor Scott Wooten, who started as a snowboard instructor at Massanutten in 2001 and took up mountain biking soon after, says the idea to build the park “had been floating around for a long time,” gaining momentum with every April rendition of the resort’s annual “Yee-Ha!” downhill mountain biking race. The park, open from April-October, features a 1,000-foot vertical drop and trails with names like “Creamy,” “Crunchy” and “Nutten Better.” Two lifts provide access to beginner, intermediate and advanced jump and single-track trails. As with skiing, there are half- ($30) and full-day ($38) options available, including a “Pathway” package for novice riders that includes a bike rental—complete with a full-face helmet and knee, shin and elbow pads—and 75 minutes of instruction to avoid those pesky somersaults over the handlebars. —By Whit Sheppard

THE WORLD COMES TO WATERFORD The historic village hosts concert series. “IT’S NOT YOUR ORDINARY concert series,”

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says board member Barbara Josselyn of the Waterford Concert Series, which kicks off its 23rd season March 19 with a performance by Canada’s St. Lawrence String Quartet. “It’s an intimate, personal experience.” Co-founder Eleanor Adams grew up in a family with its own string quartet. Years later, she and some local friends were driven by a

simple notion: “Wouldn’t it be great if we had concerts here in Waterford?” The charming village (population 1,500) was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970. The 225-seat Waterford Old School Auditorium, built to replace a predecessor destroyed in a 2007 fire, is an acoustic marvel that draws prominent performers to this quiet corner of Loudoun County, just north of Leesburg.

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We have an open call for submissions, and this year more than 800 authors applied. For the headliner positions, we look for great writing on an important and timely topic and a certain amount of name recognition, with an emphasis on new books published in the last 12 months. Often, our community partners recommend someone, as they did this year with both Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and Sue Klebold (mother of Columbine High School shooter Dylan Klebold and author of A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy).

BULLISH ON BOOKS A Q&A with Virginia Festival of the Book director Jane Kulow.



Our goal is to provide books for every level of reader, from picture books to poetry to science fiction, so an overall theme doesn’t quite work. We do ask, of ourselves and our community partners, which conversations would we like to support? This year, topics such as income inequality, the international refugee crisis, and the intersection between violence and mental health are represented, among other, lighter subjects.


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We feel very strongly about the opportunity for a civil conversation about difficult topics. Our audience expects to hear a variety of perspectives about an issue in a nuanced presentation. A program may include fiction and nonfiction on the same subject, or both adult and YA frames, which broadens the appeal to different types of readers and brings them into the discussion. —By Lisa Martin

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ville-based Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, is the largest community book event in the mid-Atlantic region. Last year, 25,000 visitors attended more than 250 lectures, panel discussions and workshops. Festival Director Jane Kulow, a former communications consultant and spirited advocate for libraries, schools and students, orchestrates it all with a fulltime staff of two and 300 volunteers. In just two years at the helm, Kulow has doubled the number of events, amped up the star power of the headliners and encouraged people to think through difficult issues by reading

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BLACK GOLD Organic black garlic purveyors set up shop in Blacksburg. LET’S SAY YOU’RE A garlic

lover and a fellow aficionado mentions he has recently discovered organic black garlic. He tells you it has twice the antioxidant and antibiotic properties of traditional white garlic. Would that pique your interest? And suppose he told you it doesn’t cause garlic breath. That would seal the deal, right? Virginia Tech grads Lisa and Pat Lloyd are betting on it. In 2011, they left careers in the pharmaceutical business and teaching, respectively, to found Obis One. They spent

the next four years developing sustainable growing methods and a proprietary aging process utilizing heat, humidity and vacuum forces that transform white garlic into its simultaneously sweet and savory ebony counterpart in seven weeks. Last year, the couple and their two sons moved operations from a 17th century New Jersey farm where they began to new headquarters in Blacksburg. The majority of their crop is now grown in Montgomery and Floyd counties. Obis One’s line of products features 24 black garlic products, A P R I L 2 0 17


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Samuel Barnes, 75, is maneuvering a cart alongside the railroad track a mile north of Parksley, in Accomack County, when a piece of wood lurches from his cart and onto the tracks. The responsible Barnes steps upon the tracks to fetch his stick. While “attempting to remove the same,” runs a story in the county’s Peninsula Enterprise, “either disregarding the warnings given him or failing to see [or hear] the approaching train,” Barnes meets with the train’s cowcatcher and is bowled off the track, mortally wounded. “No inquest was held over him, and none was considered necessary,” reads the story. Moral: Let the chips fall where they may.





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The Appomattox County Library endures.

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proclaimed the front page of the Appomattox TimesVirginian. Photos just below the headline depicted a librarian serving patrons and two preschoolers browsing the children’s shelves. Other than this unfortunate placement, though, the esteem in which was held the Appomattox County Library, gearing up for its 27th birthday and National Library Week, was in no way diluted. The story, a half-century later, a little apt to recall a museum, describes a library life that’s been much transformed—and yet, hasn’t, really. In ’67, the library housed 40,000 tomes, librarian Violet Harwood proudly told the paper. But it had so much more (here, some readers are advised to have Wikipedia handy): 283 phonograph records (that is, “vinyl” and not 284, but 283, a testament to the librarian’s precision); 61 sound motion pictures (the first commercial “talkie,” The Jazz Singer, had appeared just 40 years earlier, says our bestest wiki); and 758 film strips. The 10- to 20-minute film strip reels were usually of still pictures (a Cenozoic-era Powerpoint), and on specific topics, including What Is an Insect? and— apropos for the town where the gluing-back together of our nation began—Causes of the Civil War. The institution was founded in 1940, when the Honorable David Bruce, of Charlotte Court House, “presented the library and $7,000 worth of books” to the people of Appomattox. The library thrives still, though in a new building and with a new name: the J. Robert Jamerson Memorial Library, honoring the brother of its builder and their family, its largest benefactor. So what else is new? A lot, says Katharine Bloodworth, a communications services specialist who has been with the library since

1996. Phonograph records? Not hardly, since the library no longer carries even music CDs—thanks to iPods, YouTube and streaming. Sound motion pictures? After the videocassette phase, that clutter was cleared and replaced with DVDs and Blu-Rays, she says. (And these, too, are on shaky ground in the wake of streaming.) For Bloodworth, the saddest and the best developments are strangely the same: new technologies. “We no longer have card catalogs or encyclopedias,” she says, citing cost and space restrictions. Like many, she feels something has been lost by the disappearance of “hands-on research.” Yet she acknowledges the flip side of that coin. “Country borders, presidents change every day,” she says. “For the latest information, we go right to the Internet.” Multimedia tools also let the library reach out to the community. “Our motto is ‘More than Just Books.’ Even though we’re a small library, we are trying to keep up with technology,” she explains. “We have a Facebook page and a Twitter account, more than a dozen computers that are all Internet connected, as well as high-speed Wi-Fi and a wireless printer.” Office services are available, including faxing and laminating. Plus, it lends DVDs, magazines—and books! Though the employees from 1967 long ago moved on, one stalwart remains: Herman. “Herman is a philodendron from the ’60s,” says Bloodworth. Herman’s workspace is on the young-adult fiction shelf. And don’t fret about the availability of fewer volumes. Like many other libraries, the library lend eBooks online. In other words, the stock is live.


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Twelve elk have been imported from the West into Wise County, the Big Stone Gap Post announces in a story it picked up from the Norton Progress. The dozen are to be transported tout de suite to High Knob, the summit of Stone Mountain, where “if they are given a fair chance ... they will soon replenish our mountains and forests with their progeny,” the story goes. The Wise County Game and Fish Protective Association is “in dead earnest” about giving them that fair chance. Any “miscreant” harming the elk will be “prosecuted without mercy,” fined $500 and spend six months in the pokey. He will also be the beneficiary of “general detestation and contempt by all right-thinking people.”



The face of the American labor force is having a little work done as the usual crowd is off to Europe, the Far East, or the High Seas. “Old-timers,” notes an editorial in Craig County’s New Castle Record, are rallying to fire up American factories as World War II drains off its workers. To the plants “[flock] scores of veteran shop workers, retired foremen and grizzled inspectors” more than ready to offer their “know-how” to boost “Axis-beating” output in the “production army.” The need to pull together on the home front has never been more acute. The editor discusses a “bottleneck” that comes about when workers can’t find the tool they need. Then, from spare parts, “one of these oldtimers tinkered together” just the device required. Rousing!



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In deft prose, Desmond takes us into Milwaukee’s poorest neighborhoods to tell the story of eight families on the edge. Single mothers, drug addicts, legless veterans— all are spending almost everything they have on rent… and all have fallen behind. Based on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, this sociological study examines extreme poverty and economic exploitation.

Shetterly still sounds amazed when recounting the conversation. “So Donna calls me up out of the blue and says, ‘Listen, I have your book proposal and we are going to make a movie.’ And I was like, ‘This is my first book. I’ve never written one before. I have so much work to do! And you’re telling me you’re going to make a movie of the book. Are you crazy?’” As Gigliotti assembled an all-star cast, including Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and Kevin Costner, Shetterly felt the pressure to write a book that would live up to the movie and, more importantly, properly acknowledge and do justice to these astonishing women. That, she did. In Hidden Figures, Shetterly weaves together the many histories of the “West Computers”— so known because they were segregated from the white women and worked on the west side of the Langley campus—focusing primarily on three key characters: Dorothy Vaughan, a Farmville math teacher who became supervisor of the section; Katherine Johnson, who authored a science paper deemed to be “the key document in the flight of Commander Alan Shepard into outer space”; and Mary Jackson, an aeronautical engineer specializing in the study of air flow over rough surfaces, such as rivets and grooves on the outermost layer of a rocket. The book also includes plenty of details about the history of NASA, its mission of exploration and of racial constraints that took years to overcome. Langley had to abide by Virginia laws that required segregated work facilities, restrooms and cafeterias. For a while, a cardboard sign in the cafeteria designated which area was for “Colored Computers.” The sign struck a raw nerve with some of the women, and one of them, Miriam Mann, silently protested by disposing of the sign each time a new one appeared. Eventually the signs stopped appearing. The movie version of Hidden Figures steamrolled into theaters in January, earning three

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Academy Award nominations. Shetterly was invited to a White House screening: “Thirty-six hours before the event was supposed to happen,” she says, “I got this late-night email asking if I would introduce Michelle Obama.” Shetterly says she worked on her remarks late into that night. When she arrived at the White House, Shetterly placed her notes on a lectern only to find that they had been removed when she went to speak: “I kind of had to wing the speech, but everything came out fine. I would have never imagined when I started work on this book six years ago that it would lead to all of this.” As a consultant for the film, Shetterly was read in on its development every step of the way. (Her mother even has a cameo as one of the women who meet the astronauts when they arrive at Langley.) Early in the process, she railed against some changes the scriptwriters were making (combining multiple characters into composites and creating fictional scenes to showcase racism), but admits she didn’t understand the constraints in adapting a lengthy story into a 2-hour film. Now, she laughs at her earlier complaints and says she is thrilled with the finished product. It’s long overdue, but the “West Computers” are finally getting the recognition they deserve.

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When Philip Levine passed away in 2015, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet left behind a last collection of his work to be published posthumously. The lyrical poems in this collection touch on every aspect of his life, from the gritty underbelly of Detroit’s auto plants to the bucolic landscape of central California and the jazz clubs and artist studios he loved. A wonderful final collection from one of the all-time greats.

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houses for thousands of die-hard fans, Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Jason Mraz stepped up to the microphone last October in Richmond for a different type of performance. An alum and longstanding supporter of the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community (SPARC), Mraz was back in town for the renaming of SPARC’s building to the John Robert Powell Center in honor of his late grandfather, a longtime supporter of the organization. Like the estimated 25,000 kids who have participated in SPARC’s programs, Mraz’s several years at SPARC helped nurture his creativity and taught him about acceptance. And that’s what SPARC sets out to do. “We train young people not just to be great performers, but to also be creative, confident, empathetic and accepting of others,” says Ryan Ripperton, the organization’s executive director since 2010. Founded in 1981, SPARC is the largest community-based arts education organization in Virginia. Last year it completed an eight-year capital campaign, raising more than $6 million to help fund three phases of renovations to its 15,000-square-foot building on North Hamilton


Street. The latest renovation, celebrated at last year’s building renaming, enhanced the 50-yearold building’s accessibility and tripled the amount of instructional studio space. One of the ways SPARC sets itself apart from other arts organizations in Virginia is through its annual LIVE ART production. The performance is the culmination of a yearlong program that brings together students with disabilities and those without; LIVE ART, now in its fifth year, was the first large-scale inclusive arts education program in Richmond. “The impact that LIVE ART is having on the students and teachers involved is astounding in ways we truly didn’t even predict when it all began,” says Erin Thomas-Foley, senior director of education. “We see all students gaining new awareness of the people around them by learning how to celebrate our differences and how to support each other instead of judging each other or competing with each other.” This year’s event will feature Mraz, who has performed at all of the previous LIVE ART shows and serves as its artistic advisor, as well as Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning singer, songwriter and composer Paul Williams; singer Colbie Caillat; magician and come-

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■ The Wiz April 11-30, 2017 Virginia Stage Company, Norfolk



dian Justin Willman; pianist Daniel Clarke and Virginia singer/songwriter Steve Bassett. Bassett says he had no idea what he was getting into when he first heard about the show a few years ago. “After my participation the first time it became my favorite show to be a part of,” he explains. On two occasions for LIVE ART Bassett performed a duet with a student named Ross, 27, who is enrolled in an adults with disabilities program. “The first time we sang together I told him I was a little nervous and hoped I could remember my lyrics,” says Bassett. “His reply was ‘I’ve got your back.’ The second time we performed together I dropped a line and he picked it up.” The show includes about 250 students as well as 20 guest artists and 45 teachers and volunteers. “We haven’t found anything in the country on the scale of LIVE ART and never with the same life-changing experience at the end,” notes Ripperton. The cost for the program and final production is around $450,000, and is funded through ticket sales and donations. Bridget Phipps’ 13-year-old daughter, Grace, who does not have a disability, will be participating in the show for the second year. She has been a SPARC student since the age of seven. “SPARC has been an anchor for Grace when she needed it,” says Phipps. “If you asked Grace about SPARC, she would say that it is the place where she can truly be herself without someone judging her or being critical of her. It’s just a magical thing.” A pianist and composer from Henrico County, Ajay Reddy has apraxia, a motor speech disorder, as well as some learning disabilities. The 23-yearold has played keyboard in all of the LIVE ART productions and also composed the score for an introduction to a film about the event, which will air nationwide on PBS stations later this year. “He has been given so many opportunities through SPARC,” says his mother, Tina Reddy. “This is truly one bright spot for him. They give the kids confidence to take on new activities. They bring out the best in every student.” Additionally, SPARC provides arts education to third-grade students in six schools in Richmond and Henrico County through its STAGES outreach program. One of its core teachings is the LIVE ART acceptance, compassion and empathy curriculum (ACE). “Our goal is to use this combined curriculum to teach social and emotional learning,” explains Thomas-Foley. She is grateful that Mraz continues to be an ambassador for both SPARC and LIVE ART, encouraging participation from artists across the nation: “He is helping us spread the magic.”


Jason Mraz performs with SPARC students.


■ SPARC: LIVE ART June 11, 2017 Altria Theater, Richmond


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Three Days of Celebrating the Best of Central Virginia Wines

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The Straw That Stirs The Drink His considerable legacy extends to an eponymous summer drink blending three parts of unsweetened iced tea with one part fresh lemonade, but golfing legend Arnold Palmer, who died last September at 87, also left a sizable footprint as a golf course architect. Palmer designed more than 300 courses, including a challenging 18-hole layout stretching north of 7,000 yards at Bay Creek Resort in Cape Charles rated highly among Virginia courses by Golf magazine. Palmer’s appeal to his legion of fans—“Arnie’s Army”— never faded. The resort honored his legacy this spring with the installation of a commemorative plaque in the property’s Clock Garden. Says Bay Creek’s director of club operations Tom Stevenson: “Arnold had a way of looking people in the eye that made you feel like you were his friend. I never saw him without a Sharpie in his back pocket to sign autographs.” Here’s to “The King.”

Paddle Botetourt Bubble sled rides in Finland, hydrobiking in Bermuda and paddling Botetourt County’s Upper James River Water Trail: Strange bedfellows at first glance, but not for Travel & Leisure, which recently put them all on its list of 15 top destinations for adventure travel novices. The trail was conceived in 2010 “so people would become aware of this great stretch of river,” says John Mays of Buchanan's Twin River Outfitters. The blueway traverses a 64-mile stretch of Botetourt and Rockbridge counties, 10 miles of the Maury, and portions of the Allegheny and Blue Ridge ranges. The 45 miles through Botetourt feature beginner-friendly class I and II rapids. More adventurous types have the option of paddling the full length of the James—348 miles from its Appalachian headwaters to the Chesapeake Bay.,


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The colorful legacy of a late Pulaski hat collector is spotlighted in Extraordinary Crowns: The Collection of Irma Jean Young Smith, at Roanoke’s Harrison Museum of African American Culture through April 30. Smith owned nearly 150 hats, which she typically donned on Sundays for services at First Baptist Church on Magazine Street. Among them: the curvy, ornate “Show Stopper,” and the bold, red “Sombrero Rojo.” Smith stored the large collection in her home, organizing the hats by season. The exhibit explores the headwear’s cultural connection to African headdresses and headwraps. The exhibit shows that “these hat styles have some relationships to African traditions that women may have had, and still may be practicing today,” says board president Charles Price.

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News that Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner, a senior advisor to POTUS, just bought a home in Washington’s upscale Kalorama neighborhood augurs well for Washington-area realtors. Will Wiard, managing broker for Weichert in Old Town Alexandria, says that after an administration change, Washington-area realtors are flooded with calls from politicos looking for new digs. “They're looking for prestige, location and amenities like access to golf courses and country clubs.” Many of his clients also value discretion in their transactions, striving to keep details private in the information-hungry Beltway. The most desired areas for new appointees: Old Town Alexandria, the District, Capitol Hill, Georgetown, McLean and Great Falls. So, do Republicans or Democrats favor certain neighborhoods? “We can’t even ask that,” says Wiard. “In D.C., political affiliation is a protected class.”

Not long after County Galway native Niall Duffy moved to Richmond three years ago with his American wife and their three kids, he began selling his traditional Irish baked goods at the Carytown Farmers’ Market. They were a hit, and today Duffy's Two and a Half Irish-Men bakery is booming. Sons Noah, 10, and Cian, 8, inspired the bakery’s name: “I let the two lads wrap me around their little fingers and only have half a say in whatever they do,” says dad, who does the baking. Big sellers include a Guinness Irish Ginger Bread; a soft, white bread called Waterford Blaa; and Irish Tea Brack, a dairy-free raisin loaf that involves soaking the raisins in strong black tea for four days.

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between the Vertical or horizontal, colorful or black and white—this season, make a statement with stripes.


2. BEACHY KEEN Taking inspiration from vintage swimwear, this ruffle-accented romper easily transitions from beach to street. Red Valentino striped romper, $595.



3. HITTING THE RIGHT NOTES Turkish rose essence, hemp leaves and vetiver roots create an alluring blend. Balenciaga Florabotanica 3.4 ounce eau de parfum spray, $134. 1. TRUNK SPACE Petite and patterned, this pachyderm is a stylish way to make sure you never forget your essentials. Loewe mini elephant stripe leather shoulder bag, $1,290.

9. WILD ONE Wide stripes in black and white offer a rockabilly spin on the trend. Similar styles at

6. ON THE GRID Wear the trend just below your sleeve with this sleek cuff. Bracelet in 18K rose gold set with pink opal plates, turquoise beads and brilliant cut diamonds, price upon request.

4. VERTICAL HORIZONS We’re getting serious ’70s vibes from the colorful stripes, halter neckline and star-accented clutch of this Elie Saab Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear look. Striped crepe georgette gown, $5,200.

8. WINGING IT Red, white and blue add a patriotic pop of color to these classic brogues. Thom Browne classic wingtip with half grosgrain strap in black pebble grain, $1,300.

7. TAKING FLIGHT The graphics on this shawl are striking and elegant. Hermès Zebra pegasus cashmere and silk shawl, $1,100.

5. HIGH LIFE Get a lift from these funky platforms, perfect for the boardwalk and the dance floor. Le Silla Cruise sandal in white and blue, $567.


Current Boutique’s CARMEN LOPEZ “for me, stripes are timeless, and there are so many fun ways you can wear them,” says Carmen Lopez, owner of Current Boutique, a highend designer consignment shop in Alexandria and Arlington. For spring, she says the pattern comes alive with “big, bold stripes, colored stripes, horizontal, vertical, it all goes this season.” Lopez suggests mixing patterns, and pairing your stripes with a floral skirt

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or jacket; or, for a more subtle look, you can never go wrong with a Breton striped top paired with dark pants (a look favored by fashion icons from Coco Chanel to the Duchess of Cambridge). When wearing the trend herself, Lopez opts for a French New Wave vibe. “I like to go classic with stripes—a pair of jeans and red lipstick kind of makes things pop. I like that look of Paris, casual and classic.”


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{ Alexandria }

Historic Alexandria Foundation Tika Wallace and Katherine Williams

The Historic Alexandria Foundation hosted its annual fundraiser, Toasting Our Town, Nov. 12, 2016 at Alexandria’s Athenaeum. More than 100 members of the organization attended the event, which raised $50,000. Proceeds will go toward the purchase of the 1775 Murray-Dick-Fawcett House in Alexandria.

{ Richmond }

Virginia Foundation for Architecture

Jamie Gardner and Alex Yurgaitis

The Virginia Foundation for Architecture’s Visions for Architecture Gala was held Nov. 4, 2016 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. The event, which was attended by more than 250 guests, benefited the organization’s scholarship fund.

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Cathy Bradford, Amy Heiden and Norman Bradford

{ Abingdon }

William King Museum of Art In partnership with the Town of Abingdon, the William King Museum of Art hosted its Haunted Hill event Oct. 29, 2016. Held on the museum grounds, the event included a costume contest, hay rides and pumpkin carving.

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The 19th annual Vintage Maymont Fundraiser was held Oct. 28, 2016 at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond. The event raised $345,000, which will be used to support operating expenses at the historic home.

Patsy Arnett and Carolyn and Jacques Moore

Jamie and Robin Seagraves Front: Renee Tierney, Lauren Brown, Drew Tierney and Jeff Brown. Back: Kevin and Melanie Stoudt and Tory Sprehe

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Virginia Living Museum On Nov. 12, 2016 the Virginia Living Museum hosted its fifth annual Oyster Roast in the museum’s outdoor Conservation Garden. The event’s 635 guests raised more than $53,000 for museum education programs and operations. Raina Krasner and barred owl Athena

Alex Wehrung greets guests with great horned owl Quinn.

Amanda Nicholson and American kestrel Verlon

Ryan Davis and Jamie Reaser

Cheryll Nicholson, Bill and Missy Carr and Christine Estep

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Wildlife Center of Virginia The Wildlife Center of Virginia hosted its Annual Gala & Benefit Auction Oct. 29, 2016 at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton. The event was attended by nearly 200 guests, who raised more than $100,000 for the organization.

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A soloist on many of film’s most memorable scores, such as Schindler’s List and Fantasia 3000, violinist Itzhak Perlman is the rare classical musician with marquee name recognition. Catch the virtuoso perform outstanding violin pieces at the Sandler Center for Performing Arts, backed by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, as part of the Virginia Arts Festival. Tickets $45-$125.





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founded more than 20 years ago by then 19-year-old Neil Ieremia, New Zealand’s Black Grace dance company offers up a unique blend of Maori, Pacific Islander, contemporary and modern dance for audiences all over the world. This year, the tour includes a performance at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, where the group will perform to a wide range of music from Bach to original compositions as well as indigenous music. Tickets $29-$48.




What becomes of the brokenhearted? For Giselle, the titular character of this romantic ballet, the answer is an untimely death and supernatural return. But don’t let the melancholy premise deter you: The combination of beautiful choreography by Marius Petipa performed by the Russian National Ballet, and ethereal production design make the performance a must-see. At the Hylton Performing Arts Center. Tickets $34-$56.

Spend St. Patrick’s Day with the Emerald Isle’s own Five Irish Tenors, who make a stop at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts during their first North American tour. The Dublin-based quintet’s repertoire ranges from traditional Irish tunes, such as “Danny Boy” and “Down by the Salley Gardens,” to classical offerings from Verdi and Mozart. They also perform contemporary tunes from Joel (as in Billy). Tickets $37-$43.

Backed by the school’s choir, soprano Kathleen Battle takes the stage at Norfolk State University for a series of traditional spirituals during Underground Railroad, part of the Virginia Arts Festival. Along with the hymns will be readings from works by Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. Tickets $26-$75.

Among the many things that Virginians love is the great outdoors. Take to the hills during Virginia’s Outdoor Lovers Expo, which includes hundreds of vendors from around the state showcasing their region’s outdoor offerings, plus food, music and free events for even the most reluctant outdoor adventurer. Held at Bisset Park. Admission is free.

From Martha Washington to Robert E. Lee, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary, opened in 1792, had many high-profile customers; today it’s a museum. During Mad Science!, see demonstrations and learn about historic medicine. You’ll be thankful for penicillin. Tickets $6.

Going into its sixth year, the Tom Tom Founders Festival brings together the local and the global from nearly every facet of culture. It comprises summits with tech CEOs and a host of C-Ville-centric events, including Porchella (with musicians performing on front porches throughout the city), block parties with local eats and brews, and City as Canvas, a project that sees artists creating murals around the town. For events and ticket information, visit

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Trade in the gray gloom typical of a mid-Atlantic spring for a bit of the tropics at the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival, held at The Barns at Wolf Trap. Now in its 35th year, the traveling fest features masters of the traditional Hawaiian guitar style known as Ki Ho’alu. Previous festivals have featured Grammy award nominees LT Smooth and Chris Lau. Tickets $27-$32.



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V irginiana Girl Scouts at FFV Bakery in the 1960s. Below: A box of Butter Flavored Shorties from 1973.

Smart Cookie

Girl Scouts celebrate 100 years of sweet success. — B Y S A N D R A S H E L L E Y—

top photo used with permission of the girl scouts of the commonwealth of virginia


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treasure she’s been saving for more than 40 years. Wrapped in tissue paper, it is a box of Butter Flavored Shorties from 1973. “It still has the cookies in it,” laughs Johnson, 80, who was a Girl Scout troop leader in Richmond’s East End for 50 years. She gently unwraps the box, which has on its cover a photo of Senior Girl Scouts singing a campfire song. Her daughter, Juliet Morales, known as Denise to family and friends, is one of the girls in the photo (she is pictured in the upper left of the photo at right). “Denise started in Girl Scouts when she was about 9 or 10, and she

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door-to-door and sell stacks of the familiar boxes from tables set up outside grocery stores. Indeed, buying­—and eating—Girl Scout cookies has become, for many, a rite of spring. And this year the organization celebrates a milestone, with the 100th anniversary of the cookie sales program.

went all the way up to high school and the senior level,” says Johnson. When Morales was selected to be on the cover, her mother says, “She was excited. Everybody at our church bought the cookies.” Butter Flavored Shorties were no doubt a popular seller that year in Richmond; the girls on the cover were all from local troops who knew each other from camping together, and the cookies were made downtown at the Interbake Foods factory under the Famous Foods of Virginia (FFV) label. Since then, the popularity of the cookies has not waned. Millions of boxes are sold every year as troops across the country take orders

cookies and sold them in their highschool cafeteria to raise funds for a service project. Soon, other troops began selling homemade cookies to raise funds for their activities. In 1934, the Girl Scouts of Greater Philadelphia Council became the first troop to sell commercially baked cookies. One year later, the Girl Scout Federation of Greater New York did the same, using a die in the shape of the organization’s signature trefoil. Building upon those early successes, in 1936, the national Girl Scout organization began licensing the first commercial bakers to produce cookies, which would be sold by troops nationwide. Richmond’s Southern Biscuit Co. (which would become part of Interbake Foods Inc. in the ’70s and continue to produce Girl Scout cookies first under the FFV label, then later as ABC Bakers) became one of the organization’s official bakers in 1937. By 1948, a total of 29 bakers throughout the nation were licensed to bake Girl Scout cookies. That number would begin to shrink in the 1990s, when the national council limited the number to two: ABC Bakers (a division of Richmond-headquartered Interbake Foods) and Louisville, Kentuckybased Little Brownie Bakers, a division of Keebler. These two bakers alone are now responsible for the 200 million boxes of cookies sold each year, which generate $800 million in annual sales. Each of the 112 Girl Scout councils in the U.S. select the baker that will serve the troops for that region, often with the girls involved in the process. Two of the four Virginia councils­— Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline in Roanoke and Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia in Richmond—use ABC Bakers. Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast in Chesapeake and Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital in Washington, D.C., use Little Brownie. Many of the cookies from the two bakers are the same—such as Thin Mints—while others may differ. Little Brownie Bakers’ Trefoils, for example, are similar to ABC’s

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Clockwise, from above left: Susan Eason (Troop 351) and Valerie Walker (Troop 462) in 1972; Southern Biscuit Co., 1953; the exterior of the factory in 1951; vintage cookie ad.

Strawberries and Creme, Upside Downs, Lemon Chalet Cremes and Iced Berry Piñatas. Past products have included low fat and sugarfree offerings. Today, the cookie line-up includes glutenfree and vegan options, and all are kosher. Thin Mints, the most popular product, account for about 25 percent of sales, “which is really funny,” explains Callaway, “because mint cookies in retail are not as popular, but for the cookie program they are.” Interbake’s factory in North Sioux City runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with some machines creating cookies at a pace of 2,800 per minute—or about 4 million per day. Driving it all is a higher purpose. “Through their participation in the cookie program, our girls develop five key skills—goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics,” says Molly Fuller, CEO of the Richmond council. One hundred percent of the net profits from Girl Scouts’ cookie sales stay with the local council and troops. “For 80 years we’ve been serving Girl Scouts,” says Callaway, herself a former scout. “We really do believe in their mission. Their whole reason for being is to build girls of courage, confidence and character and to make the world a better place.”

Many thanks to Yuki Hibben at VCU Special Collections and Archives, which holds the archive of the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia.



Elizabeth Brinton started out in Brownies as a first grader in Falls Church in 1978. Her mother was a Girl Scout troop leader. “We had a very active troop,” she says. “We would go camping all the time.” But what really fueled her interest? Cookie sales. “I was 10 or 11, and they had a contest for the first time, for whoever sold the most cookies. Radio Shack had donated a Tandy home computer,” recalls Brinton, now 45. “And I did it, I won the computer. And it was really fun.” She sold 11,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies; two years later, she sold 16,000. She worked up to 40 hours a week selling cookies, and was the first Girl Scout to pitch her products in a subway station. She recalls, “My first day of setting up a cookie stand in a Metro station, they were gone in President Ronald two hours.” Brinton says she would have fun calling out Reagan with to passersby. “I would start to memorize the ranks of offiElizabeth Brinton in cers, because if I went to Crystal City, there were a lot of 1986, and vintage Navy officers walking by. I would be like, ‘Commanders promotional photos. love Girl Scout cookies. Bring some cookies to your ship.’ ” With the help of U.S. Congressman Frank Wolf, who represented the 10th District, she made it to the Oval Office and met President Ronald Reagan in 1986: “I wanted to know if he was a Thin Mints man or a Samoas Man ... Vice President Bush was a Do-si-do man.” Reagan, though, did not reveal his hand. “He very diplomatically bought one box of each.” More goals were set, and Brinton sold 18,000 cookies in a single season—a record that held until 2014. She still holds the record for lifetime sales—100,000. That was her final goal. “Once I hit 100,000, then I took off my cookie coat and said, ‘My sales days are over.’” She continued in scouting, eventually achieving a Gold Award, which is similar to becoming an Eagle Scout. After writing about her sales and sending admissions officers a box of cookies, Brinton attended the University of Pennsylvania. Now a mother of two living in Alabama, she went on to a career in public relations and communications. “I’ve always said that the lessons I learned selling Girl Scout cookies served me very well in my adult life,” notes Brinton. “This idea of setting goals for yourself, and this confidence that you grow. Young women especially need organizations like the Girl Scouts that give them opportunities to succeed and shine. You carry that with you forever.”

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Shortbread, and their Samoas are much like ABC’s Caramel deLites. Each baker also claims two signature cookies: ABC produces Thanks-A-Lot and Lemonades; and Little Brownie makes Savannah Smiles and Toffee-tastic. In honor of the program’s centennial, the Girl Scouts have introduced S’Mores, a fudgedipped graham treat that recalls campfire memories, and is available from both of the bakers. For many Girl Scout cookie devotees, the different varieties evoke memories of the past— especially for Richmonders who remember the tantalizing smells of cookies baking. “As you would drive up to the bakery, you could smell, depending upon what items they were cooking that day, caramel, or lemon or peanut butter or chocolate, just emanating from the bakery,” says Mary Alice Callaway, vice president of ABC Bakers, recalling the old FFV factory. “The smell of fresh baked cookies in the air—who doesn’t love that? And that would waft its way down Boulevard and through the Fan.” Though the Richmond bakery closed in 2006, and ABC Bakers now produces Girl Scout cookies at their factory in North Sioux City, South Dakota, the company maintains a state-of-the-art pilot oven, test kitchen and lab at another factory in Front Royal, where Girl Scout cookies are tested. “We cycle out new cookies every so often just to generate interest,” says Callaway. “Consumer tastes change over time.” Some of the ABC cookies no longer in production include

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The Proof is in the Pudding Our old favorite, bread pudding, gets a modern boost with unexpected ingredients both savory and sweet.


Crab, roasted pepper, bacon and scallion bread pudding.

bread pudding can be considered a classic american dish, and it is if

we recall its humble origins, born from the thriftiness of the English colonists whose recipe using stale bread crusts transformed these leftovers into comforting custardy goodness. With endless flavor options like its more cosmopolitan counterpart rice pudding, the crusty dish attracts passionate devotees who argue tirelessly over issues such as whether raisins or nutmeg are proper additions and whether ice cream is a suitable topping. Not all early bread puddings measure up to today’s standards. In her influential cookbook The Virginia House-Wife, Mary Randolph shared recipes for the bread pudding that Virginians typically ate in the early 1800s. “Grate the crumb of a stale loaf, and pour it in a pint of boiling milk, let it stand an hour, then beat it to a pulp; add six eggs, well-beaten; half a pound of butter, the same of powdered sugar; half a nutmeg, a glass of brandy, and some grated lemon-peel; put the paste in a dish and bake it.” She may have called it bread pudding, but it sounds more like an overwrought pound cake. Modern cooks lean more toward Mrs. Randolph’s recipe for something called “Sippet Pudding,” which combines bread pieces, eggs and milk with sugar, raisins and nutmeg. Sippet was traditionally baked and served with a white wine sauce. We tend to think of bread pudding as a dessert, but it lends itself well to either sweet or savory ingredients. Today, Virginia chefs experiment with variations from croissants to crab, pretzels to donuts, and bourbon to bacon, and then top their puddings with rich sauces and ice cream. Here, we offer recipes for some creative bread puddings from some of the state’s most inventive chefs, who experiment with their favorite ingredients. You probably won’t have leftovers, but if you do, we recommend treating them as you would leftover pie: Bread pudding makes a highly respectable breakfast.


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Food in the day, we used “ Back to serve a blue cheese and

caramelized onion bread pudding alongside a tenderloin steak. Now, we sometimes call it a bread pudding soufflé, because that’s more the direction we head in than big heavy soaked bread. Kind of inbetween a traditional bread pudding and a spoon bread.” —Tom Power, Fat Canary Williamsburg

Dark chocolate pretzel bread pudding with malt ice cream.

Olivia Wilson

the past year I’ve been building the “ For bread program at Metzger. As I was

experimenting with our sourdough pretzels that go in our breadbasket, I’d go through baking tests and have lots of leftovers. I hate to waste anything, so one night for our Wednesday date-night menu I thought about tearing them up for bread pudding. The pretzels ended up going perfectly with the malt and chocolate. Bread pudding is a way to reduce waste. And who doesn’t love salty and sweet, especially pretzels and chocolate?” —Olivia Wilson, Metzger Bar & Butchery Richmond

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Food Right: Rebecca Yarwood Senter. Below: Croissant bread pudding with brandy crème anglaise.

“I adapted this recipe from the Greenbrier, where Bread

Craft owner Alex Eliades and I both worked. The croissants are very buttery, so that adds a richness that’s not in your normal white bread. The flavor from the caramelization on the baked croissants comes through also, so this bread pudding is a little richer than some. When we serve this in the bakery we cut it into squares and leave the edges in the pan. Then we eat the edges. Oh man, those scraps are the best part.” —Rebecca Yarwood Senter, Bread Craft Bakery Roanoke


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Right: Harvest Bread pudding. Below: Brian Noyes.

It’s not often that we have our harvest wheat “bread remaining at the end of the day, but we

secretly yearn for leftovers so that we can mix up a dish of this bread pudding. It can also be made with challah or brioche, but we especially like it in the fall and winter with our nutty fruit bread for a hearty dessert enjoyed while curled up in front of a fire. We like to ladle warm jam or pear butter over the bread pudding just before serving … whipped cream on top of everything is not out of the question.” —Brian Noyes, Red Truck Bakery Warrenton and Marshall

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HARVEST BREAD PUDDING Brian Noyes, Red Truck Bakery, Warrenton and Marshall

Tom Power, Fat Canary, Williamsburg 4 cups heavy cream 10 eggs 2 teaspoons kosher salt 12 cups French bread, cut into ½-inch dice (about one 1 pound loaf) 1 ½ pound jumbo lump crab, shell pieces removed ½ cup roasted peppers, finely diced 6 strips applewood smoked bacon, cooked and diced ¼ cup scallion (about 1 bunch), green parts sliced thin Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix cream, eggs, and salt in a large bowl with a whisk or immersion blender. Add diced bread and soak for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until custard is absorbed. Mix in crab, peppers, bacon and scallion. Grease and flour eight 1 ¼-cup soufflé dishes or large ramekins. Spoon mix into soufflé dishes and fill to the top. Place dishes in a large roasting pan. Fill roasting pan with hot water about a third of the way up the soufflé dishes. Cover roasting pan with foil and bake for about 45 minutes, until bread puddings are springy. When cool enough to handle, gently remove from dishes. If serving later, they can be cooled and stored in the refrigerator at this point. To reheat, place on parchment-lined sheet pan and bake at 350 until hot and puffy, about 20 minutes.

2 cups heavy cream 2 cups whole milk 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 ½ cup sugar 1 cup sorghum syrup 2 large eggs 3 egg yolks 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon grated orange zest ½ teaspoon ground allspice ½ teaspoon ground cardamom 1 loaf of harvest wheat bread (with walnuts and dried cranberries), torn into large pieces 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar Preheat oven to 325 degrees. With softened butter, liberally grease the sides and bottom of a large baking dish. In a saucepan over low heat and stirring frequently, cook the heavy cream and whole milk until just bubbling. Whisk in the vanilla, sugar, sorghum, eggs and yolks. Add the salt, orange zest, allspice and cardamom. Whisk together and remove from heat. Evenly distribute the torn bread into the buttered dish. Pour the milk and egg mixture over the bread. With a spoon, gently stir the bread to allow it to soak up the liquid. Sprinkle the turbinado sugar on top. Serves 8-12

Serves 12

Olivia Wilson, Metzger Bar & Butchery, Richmond 4 eggs ½ cup whole milk 1 ½ cup cream ¼ cup brown sugar 2⁄3 cup chopped dark chocolate 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon bourbon 1 teaspoon salt 1⁄3 cup dried currants 4 cups soft pretzels, torn into pieces and toasted 2 tablespoons butter, softened

Rebecca Yarwood Senter, Bread Craft Bakery, Roanoke 6 eggs ¼ teaspoon salt ¾ cup sugar 2 ½ cups milk ¾ cup cream ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 6-8 croissants (1-2 days old) Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8-by-8-inch baking pan. Prepare a water bath by filling a larger baking pan halfway with water and placing it in the oven to preheat.

Butter an 8-inch baking dish. Whisk eggs and set aside. Combine all ingredients, except pretzels, in a medium saucepan. Bring liquid to a gentle simmer, remove from heat, add chocolate and let sit one minute until chocolate melts. Whisk until well-blended, then add eggs.

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, salt and sugar until combined. Add remaining ingredients except the croissants and whisk until combined. Slice croissants in half lengthwise. Fill pan with croissants up to the edge. Fill in any gaps with partial pieces. Pour egg mixture over the bread and let stand for one hour, occasionally pressing the bread down into the mixture. Add more croissants if necessary.

Spread pretzel pieces evenly in pan. Pour liquid over the pretzels and press down so they are fully submerged. Wrap in plastic and chill in refrigerator for 3-4 hours.

Loosely cover pan with foil; do not let the foil touch the top of the pudding. Set pan in the water bath and bake for about 1 hour 45 minutes, or until set. Remove foil for last 10 minutes of baking to brown the top.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, place bread pudding in a larger baking pan and dot with butter. Fill large baking pan with enough water to come up to about an inch on the sides of the pudding pan.

For the brandy crème anglaise:

Bake for 45 minutes or until set. Cool to room temperature. For the malt ice cream: 2 cups whole milk 1 ¼ cup cream ¼ cup corn syrup ¼ cup sugar 1 teaspoon xanthan gum (thickener) 2 tablespoons malt syrup ½ teaspoon kosher salt

2 cups milk 1 vanilla bean 6 egg yolks ½ cup sugar ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons brandy Pour the milk into a double boiler or in a bowl set over a pan of water. Cut open the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape the insides into the pan, then add the bean pod. Scald the milk by heating the water over medium high heat just until the milk begins to boil. Let milk cool to room temperature.

Combine milk, cream and corn syrup in sauce pan. Combine sugar and xanthan gum, set aside. Bring milk mixture to a gentle simmer. Slowly whisk in sugar mixture. Continue mixing until it reaches a boil, and keep whisking for 5 minutes. Add malt syrup and salt and strain into a sealable container. Chill in refrigerator for 4 hours. Churn custard in ice cream maker.

In a large bowl, whisk egg yolks, sugar and vanilla extract until combined. Pour scalded milk into yolk mixture and whisk to combine. Pour mixture back into double boiler and heat to 185 degrees (test temperature with a candy or meat thermometer). Remove from heat, remove vanilla bean pod and mix in the brandy. Let cool briefly, and serve over the bread pudding. Serves 6-8

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It’s late morning, and we’re in a taxi dodging weekday traffic on Carrera Séptima—Seventh Avenue—Bogotá’s primary north-south thoroughfare. Our driver is a wiry older gentleman with a ramrod-straight spine and a severe expression. My wife, Heather, and I chatter away like the giddy first-day travelers we are, pointing out graffiti and other urban curiosities to our 17-year-old son, Luther, and daughter, Eliot, 13. Because we’ve just arrived—and because this is Colombia, a country with a violent past—our exuberance makes me self-conscious. The driver peers at us in the rearview mirror, never cracking a smile. The building heights drop, and we enter a warren of narrow streets, some paved with bricks or cobbles. We’ve reached the Candelaria, the oldest part of town. The old man parks and glowers at us. “There,” he says in Spanish, gesturing through the windshield, “is the Plaza de Bolívar. It is our city’s principal plaza and has many important buildings—the National Capital, the Palace of Justice, the Cathedral.” He swivels and points behind us. “There is the Gabriel Garcia Márquez Cultural Center. Gabriel Garcia Márquez is our country’s most famous novelist.” Clearly I misread the driver’s expression. Though I already know everything he’s telling us, I listen patiently, touched by his pride and grandfatherly care—even if it was probably meant to earn a tip. I thank him and pay the fare—including a generous bonus—and we hop out and hit the streets. Bogotá isn’t on most people’s bucket lists. The entire country of Colombia fell off the travel map back in the 1980s, after the rise of the cocaine trade led to rampant corruption, warring cartels and a demoralized justice system. Violent crime spiked around 1993, the year Medellín cartel boss Pablo Escobar was finally killed. Ever since, with Colombians working hard to get their house in order, crime has fallen steadily. Last November, after four years of negotiations, the Colombian government and the rebel faction FARC signed a historic peace agreement, ending a half-century of conflict. Colombians are remarkable people—warm, worldly, generous and above all, resilient. This was the impression I came away with during several trips I made to the country back during the dark days of the mid-1990s. I spent a week in Bogotá and other locations reporting on controversial plans to bridge the vast undeveloped forest and marshland of the Darién Gap and, on a much cushier assignment, covered a film festival in Cartagena. My wife and I also honeymooned in Cartagena and the nearby Rosario Islands. At the time, we were living in neighboring Ecuador, one of my all-time favorite travel destinations. With the exception of the Galápagos Islands, Colombia matches the dazzling variety of Ecuador—ice-capped Andean Mountain peaks, Amazon rainforest, Pacific and Caribbean beaches and a rich diversity of food and culture. But Colombia’s troubles kept the

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Once a hub for drug trade crime and kidnappings, Colombia’s capital has cleaned up its act. Today, a booming restaurant scene, dramatic geography and a newfound optimism are luring travelers back to this high-altitude Andean city.

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country from reaching its potential. Today, with rule of law re-established and the economy booming, Colombia is rebuilding its travel infrastructure and reputation. Bogotá, the capital, is leading the charge. One of the world’s most populous highaltitude cities—eight million people at 8,600 feet—Bogotá is a charming, sophisticated Andean city, located fewer than four hours by plane from Miami. In 2012, Bogotá christened a gleaming new airport—called El Dorado, or the “Golden One”—and a second is already in the works to meet increasing demand. The new optimism has spawned an abundance of boutique hotels and restaurants. Chefs who fled the unrest and found fame in New York and Europe are returning to experiment with the country’s unique bounty. When, after almost 20 years, I flew to Bogotá in 2014 to report on the booming restaurant scene, I was blown away by how much the city had changed. Now, with my wife scheduled to speak at a conference in Bogotá over Thanksgiving, the kids and I have tagged along. Why not turn an illVIRGINIA LIVING

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timed business trip into a family adventure? Among the first signs that we’ve landed in a distinctive place are the coffee beans rather than pebbles filling the pen holders and decorative bowls at our hotel. These days, thankfully, Colombia, the world’s second biggest coffee exporter after Brazil, is known more for its pepinducing beans than for white powder. We’re staying at the JW Marriott. Even though the dark cloud of crime has lifted—Bogotá’s current homicide rate is lower than Atlanta’s and Cincinnati’s and one-third that of St. Louis—we feel reassured lodging at a dependable U.S. brand. The 246-room high-rise, opened in 2010, is a haven of luxury and anything but cookie-cutter. The impeccable service and sumptuous furnishings seem a worthy splurge for our holiday getaway. November is the tail end of the rainy season, and today morning clouds have boiled up and dissipated over the green mountains ringing the city. The weather apps I typically rely on back home in Fairfax are of little help. The city’s unique geography—nestled in a high-altitude plateau, approximately 300 miles north of the equator, 200 miles east of the Pacific Coast and 200 miles west of the moisture-laden Amazon Basin—brings spring-like temperatures year-round, but also makes rain unpredictable. Back in the Candelaria, on the way to the main plaza, we stop to marvel at a pair of cathedral doors that could have been built for a giant. A pair of lion-head knockers clings to the ancient

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Above: La Candelaria, a historic neighborhood in downtown Bogotá. Below: Casa Santa Clara Restaurant atop Monserrate, which is accessible by funicular.

timbers high out of reach. A tiny, human-scale door hides in the lower right corner. Even the kids, who don’t usually get excited about historic architecture, are impressed. The Candelaria’s narrow streets teem with architectural treasures: rows of brightly colored stucco façades, centuries-old wooden balconies supported by hand-carved brackets, and stone entry lintels, some of which offer glimpses of magical courtyard gardens. This historic core dates back to 1538, when Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada claimed the territory for the Spanish crown after conquering the indigenous Muisca Indians. The city’s name derives from a Muisca chiefdom called Bacatá. Bogotá served as the colonial capital of New Granada—a region encompassing most of modernday Colombia, Venezuela and Panama—until independence in 1819. Colonial architecture, therefore, dominates the Candelaria. One of the grandest colonial homes now houses the Botero Museum’s art collection, donated by Colombian artist Fernando Botero. Some 85 of the works are by international artists, while more than 120 are by Botero, who is known for his stylized paintings and sculptures portraying figures more corpulent than Rubenesque. The Candelaria is home to a handful of other museums devoted to colonial art, Colombian currency and regional costumes. The most popular is the Gold Museum. But this being our first day, Heather and I decide to keep

strolling. We don’t want to lose momentum. Besides, we’re all getting hungry. “How about pizza?” Luther suggests. “No way,” I say, careful not to roll my eyes. “This is our chance for some comida típica.” I’ve done my homework. Topping my list of traditional food joints is La Puerta Falsa, Bogotá’s oldest café. Founded in 1816 (as Spanish rule crumbled), it’s known for its pastries and ajiaco, a hearty potato and shredded-chicken stew that’s one of the city’s proudest food traditions. I poke my head in the door. The eatery is charming. And packed. And only as big as a large closet. My eyes follow a winding staircase up to a cramped, three-table loft. La Puerta Falsa would be perfect if I were alone—and a foot shorter. “Hey, Dad, how about this place?” Eliot asks. She’s a half-block up the street peering through a nondescript entry in a tall stucco wall. We pass between a pair of Tuscan columns, and the space blossoms into a huge patio ringed with glassenclosed dining rooms and wooden balconies above. We choose an umbrella-shaded table in the center, amid fountains and garden beds walled in A P R I L 2 0 17

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quality and confidence at all levels—from independent coffee shops to Colombia’s surprisingly good Starbucks-like Juan Valdez Café chain, from the quality burger joints popping up around town to the upscale restaurants led by chefs gaining international notice. Craving sushi after a long day early in the trip, we score a late-ish reservation at Canoa, perched on the city’s eastern slope in the upscale Chapinero Alto neighborhood. The narrow, stylish Japanese tavern is pleasantly loud and filled with well-dressed young professionals who, like us, seem happy to have ducked in out of the fog and drizzle. We spend Thanksgiving evening at MiniMal, a small, lively restaurant in a brick, mid20th century townhouse in the Chapinero Alto neighborhood, not far from our hotel. I had met the friendly owners, chefs Eduardo Martinez and his wife Antonuela Ariza, during my 2014 trip and knew their celebration of indigenous food from Colombia’s Pacific coast— an economically impoverished yet culinarily rich region—would provide a fitting alternative to our own Thanksgiving traditions. Eduardo plies us with lots of small plates to sample and share—plantain balls stuffed with crabmeat, mushrooms with a pesto made from stinging nettles and a dish that looks just like a fancy sushi roll made instead with plantains, farm cheese, avocado and pork belly. Heather and I

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Clockwise, from top left: Colombian coffee; a street vendor in Bogotá makes arepas de maiz; arrullos, an appetizer of battered seafood bathed in coconut, green curry and served with sour cocadas (coconut cakes) from Mini-Mal restaurant. Below: JW Marriott hotel lobby.

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Above: Fresh produce fills a farmers’ market in the city’s center. Below: The nightclub D.C., located in the Zona T neighborhood.

share a hibiscus ceviche made with the fish of the day, a sweet white fish called corvina. Between meals, we make it to a few museums and other sites. One day when Heather is in conference sessions, I take the kids up Monserrate, the mountain towering over downtown Bogotá. The white monastery at the top has been winking down at us, piquing our curiosity. At 10,341 feet above sea level, Monserrate, accessible by cable car or funicular, is one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations. You can also hike, which I did two decades ago, but I’ve heard the trail can be a magnet for pickpockets. I first visited on a Sunday, and I’ll never forget seeing penitent Colombians bloody their hands and knees crawling for hours up the rocky trail, some bearing timber crosses on their backs. I recommend the funicular, which takes less than five minutes. After taking in the views, touring the grounds and pawing through trinkets at the tourist stands, we hop the cable-car for the return trip. It’s an easy walk from the base of Monserrate to the Gold Museum. We follow a tree-lined street past the Universidad de los Andes. It’s midday, and students are hanging out in the small Parque Germania and at coffee shops. All morning, the sky has been threatening rain. It finally cuts loose, pelting us with warm, nickel-sized drops. We duck into a

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giant mural of cats—a café, rather, called Dos Gatos y Simone, whose entire façade is covered in a psychedelic feline fantasy. The ColombianMexican fusion-inspired food is excellent. We hang around playing poker and Go Fish, waiting for the clouds to part. They don’t, and the place closes, so we slosh through the nowflooded city streets, our umbrellas and jackets unable to keep us dry. The Gold Museum isn’t far, thankfully, and we find a locker for stashing our wet stuff. The collection of pre-Hispanic gold—the world’s largest—is so impressive, I soon forget about my soggy shoes and pants. The exhibit begins with an overview of the many early goldsmithing techniques—sintering, melting, hammering and carbonizing. The men who mastered this work were craftsmen, chemists, artists, historians and arbiters of culture. They must have been viewed as gods for their range of skills and the delicate jewelry and wares they created. It’s fascinating to stroll past glass case after glass case, comparing the work of different indigenous groups and periods—and a bit heartbreaking from my 21st century vantage point knowing that the Spaniards would eventually arrive and melt down most of their creations. Then again, it’s Colombia’s dramatic past— both distant and not so distant—that makes it such a fascinating place to visit.

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All in the Family Connie and Ed Kellam have transformed a historic Norfolk home and its forgotten garden into a gracious gathering place for their large family. by Kate Andrews Most people downsize once their children are grown, but Connie and Ed Kellam found they needed the opposite. When they hosted their four children, spouses and grandchildren at their previous home in Virginia Beach, the couple was often forced to sleep at a nearby hotel. What the Kellams needed was more space. home with an impressive collection of antique furniture, vintage light fixtures and paintings of children, soldiers, ships and landscapes. It features traditional and formal elements, but it’s meant for everyone, even the couple’s 8-year-old pug, Charlie. Most importantly, it is large enough for the Kellams’ children and their families, including eight grandchildren, so they can all stay under one roof at the same time. “This house, I did for them,” says Connie. “I told them, ‘This is your house.’”

So, in 2010, Ed and Connie, who both grew up in Norfolk but had raised their family near the beach, started looking for a larger house. What they found was a 1912 Dutch Colonial with cedar shingles and white trim in Norfolk’s Lochhaven neighborhood, facing the Lafayette River and the Naval Shipyard. Connie, who managed an art gallery at Norfolk Academy, confesses she had been more inclined to stay at the beach, but Ed, who works in insurance, had grown up in Lochhaven and was eager to see the house. After she saw it, Connie says she changed her mind. It had obviously been a happy home, she explains, and she relished the relative quiet after years of living “under the jets” from Oceana Naval Air Station near their Birdneck Point neighborhood. It would work for their family. But this would be a project with a capital P—a complete renovation that would delay their move-in day by three years. “My mother just thought we’d lost our minds,” Connie recalls, “because it was a mess. But Ed and I had a vision.” That vision is now a reality: an elegant, light-filled

a work in progress Before any other work could begin, the house had to be raised more than two feet to accommodate a new brick platform. Pipes and electrical wires were replaced, and the Kellams moved a historic carriage house on the property across the driveway to make room for parking. And then there were the interior cosmetic changes. Facing such a daunting project, the Kellams asked their two then-single children to wait to get married so they could tackle the house renovation first. That didn’t

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Left: Ed and Connie Kellam; above: an arrangement of roses, wisteria and fatsia complements the couple’s gold monogrammed Murano wine glasses, found on a visit to Venice.

work out, Connie says with a laugh. Both were engaged within three months, and work on the home was delayed for the next year. After the weddings, the couple hired a family friend working at Norfolk commercial building contractor E.T. Gresham Company, and the project proceeded quickly. The job was more like a commercial restoration than a typical home renovation, the contractor told Ed. “We had subcontractors here all the time,” Connie recalls. To keep everyone on track, she created a giant color-coded chart of every single job, their deadlines and the subcontractors’ phone numbers. She didn’t hesitate to call when someone didn’t show up on time, because many tasks depended on the timely completion of other work. After a year and a half of construction, the home was ready for move-in on the first day of October 2013—a self-imposed deadline for the couple that turned out to be just nine days before their daughter had her first child. The home opens to a goldenrod-hued foyer, lit by the first of several salvaged chandeliers and featuring a painting of Florence, Italy, by

“ This house, I did for them,” says Connie. “I told them, ‘This is your house.’”

Norfolk artist Charles Sibley. A grand staircase leads to the second floor bedrooms: the grandsons’ room contains a well-used bunk bed and a signed photo of Hopalong Cassidy that belonged to Ed; the granddaughters’ room is painted a sweet petal pink; and two bedrooms for adults are fitted with classic four-poster beds. The master bedroom has a small sitting area and a wraparound porch with an expansive view of the water. A painting of Ed’s father in military uniform keeps watch over the landing at the top of the stairs. VIRGINIA LIVING

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It can still get crowded, but there is room for everyone, says Connie. Downstairs, formal décor­—Ed’s taste—and traditional, but more casual décor—Connie’s— alternate by room. A light turquoise sunroom houses cushy sofas and chairs and a slightly worn Oriental rug their three boys used to wrestle on growing up. Next door is the dressier living room, featuring a tall wood-and-glass secretary and a painting of a girl in a field by German-American artist Hermann Herzog. The couple inherited both pieces from Ed’s parents, but the Herzog painting has become Connie’s favorite. Because Ed has a degree of colorblindness, many of the indoor hues are bright. Royal-blue walls with white crown molding set off floralprint settees and chairs in the living room, and the dining room walls are covered in a dramatic red-and-gold damask wallpaper that determined the rest of the room’s décor: a custom-built mahogany dinner table, a brass replica of a 16thcentury Cellini shield mounted above a china press, and several pieces of silver service inherited from Connie’s mother.

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Clockwise, from left: Calla lilies, spray roses, hellebores, bog lily and variegated pittosporum in a vase on a breakfront from the 1800s; a painting by Hermann Herzog hangs beside a Japanese arrangement of the three blessings of winter (pine, bamboo and flowering apricot); the staircase landing contains the home’s original arched window. Below: Connie with grandson Win.

The kitchen, where the family gathers during visits, is anchored by a long granite island with bar seating not far from the prep area and stove. Next to the nearby mudroom, the Kellams have replicated a favorite New York City shop’s inventive wine storage system—bottles are placed in never-used clay sewer pipes and arranged in a geometrical pattern. On a nearby wall, a large poster rescued from an Italian opera house reminds Connie of a family trip to Milan in 1998. In the study, a rich, wooden secretary and breakfront with delicate, carved detailing dominate one wall. A dedicated antiquer, Ed found the piece, which originates from England, c. 1880-1920, at Jere’s Antiques in Savannah, Georgia. It sat in his office for years, until it found a home here. Illuminating the room is a hefty brass swan-themed chandelier from Caravati’s Salvage in Richmond’s Manchester neighborhood. “Negotiating with them on the price, that’s the fun of it for me,” says Ed. “I’m a horse-trader.”

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Home Daughter-in-law Marianne Kellam with Quinn, Colt and Win on the master bedroom porch.

brick wall next to the house, and he followed it to its end. Some research determined that the wall was part of an English-style garden unknown to the previous owners, who had lived in the home for 40 years. The garden likely dated to the home’s construction in 1912 by the Martin family of the now defunct Burrow-Martin Drug Company. Connie, a master gardener who this year is chairman of the Garden Club of Norfolk’s Home & Garden Tour during Historic Garden Week, was delighted by the find. The couple decided to recreate the garden, unearthing its brick walls and building on top of them. Now, they have eight symmetrical beds where Connie has planted many kinds of flowers for clipping. Most are perennials, chosen to prolong the blooming season, starting in early spring. Just off the kitchen, Connie has a small

flower room outfitted with a deep sink and counter to make floral arrangements, one of her passions. (Next year, the Kellams’ home will be on the Norfolk Home & Garden Tour.) In addition to what Ed calls the English Garden, the Kellams’ property also includes a wooded area with a small trail and wooden bridge next to a playground for their grandchildren, who range in age from 1 to 11. When they purchased the land, the yard was mainly forest, but the Kellams wanted to be able to see their neighbors on either side, necessitating a heavy trim. Between the small, gated pool and the river’s edge is a spread of cushiony zoysia grass, which grows well in spite of the Lafayette River’s brackish water. A white, cross-shaped marine flagpole flies a fish-shaped windsock. It’s one of Ed’s antiques coups; purchased at Aardvark Antiques in Rhode Island, the flagpole was VIRGINIA LIVING

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a prop on the set of the whimsical 2012 film Moonrise Kingdom. Across the water is a small wooden pier in need of repair, a project on the list for later this year. Just beyond the Kellams’ cove is the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, the oldest and largest in the country. Today, modern vessels pass through the same waterways where Christopher Newport sailed the Susan Constant in 1607, on his way to found Jamestown. In late afternoon, the sun sparkles on the water in front of the Kellams’ home. This is one of Connie’s favorite things about where they live, the sun giving way to twilight. “I love the piers,” she says. “They twinkle at night. This is what Norfolk is.” Special thanks to the Garden Club of Norfolk and Harborfront Garden Club for creating floral arrangements.

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Clockwise, from above right: Roses and ranunculus complement a framed silk scarf of St. Mark’s Square in Venice that hangs above the kitchen sideboard; the Kellams’ youngest son Michael with wife Michelle and their son Win; the English cutting garden consists of eight symmetrical gardens surrounded by a brick wall.

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Left: Quinn arranging flowers. Below: The couple’s pug Charley sits on Quinn’s lap.

Clockwise, from above left: A spray, including quince, mahonia and delphinium in the sun room; Ed and Win; grandchildren gather on the Red Porch, named so because of its red marble floor; (left to right) Alex, Colt, Parker, Natalie, Win, Quinn and Clay.

Historic Garden Week 2017 Featuring historic homes, gardens and other landmarks across the Commonwealth, Historic Garden Week takes place April 22-29. The Garden Clubs of Norfolk and Harborfront host their tour on the 27th in the eclectic Ghent area. It includes four homes, the Norfolk Botanical Garden and the Norfolk Woman’s Club. Connie Kellam, Norfolk tour chairman, calls it “a walk back in history.” The tour also will feature a collection of antique cars and a historic fire truck, as well as a wine-tasting event. Skip Stiles, executive director of Norfolk’s Wetlands Watch, will speak about flooding and its impact on the region. Admission for the Norfolk tour is $30 in advance and $40 the day of the tour. For tickets and information about the more than 30 Historic Garden Week tours taking place all around the state, go to

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Garden One of the Thieblot’s quarries. Right: Bernice and Armand with their dog Skyla.

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The new Quarry Gardens at Schuyler transform this once-abandoned land into a lush habitat for native flora and fauna. — B Y C AT R I O N A T U D O R E R L E R —

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tract of land that now houses the Quarry Gardens at Schuyler was inaccessible, overgrown with invasive, non-native weeds and strewn with decaying rubbish. Formerly soapstone quarries that were actively mined for more than 20 years, they had been abandoned. Today, two miles of trails lead visitors here through various terrains and plant communities. They wend across forested hillside slopes and pass through a large colony of reindeer lichen opening to vistas of sheer rock faces with their massive forms reflected in the quarry ponds. The trails also cross bridges spanning gorges and follow along a ridge with views overlooking a pretty creek called Bern’s Run. This transformation from forgotten land to a garden that celebrates the beauty and diversity of native plants in their natural habitat is the brainchild of owners Armand and Bernice Thieblot, who ran a highly successful marketing and communications business, the North Charles Street Design Organization, in Baltimore, before turning their attention to the quarry property. The Thieblots purchased 440 acres of land in

Schuyler on the eastern edge of Nelson County in 1991. Later, they added another 160 acres, planning to make the property their retreat from the pressures of work and city life. Though the couple, now in their 70s, spent time over the years removing invasive plants and debris, it was not until they retired and moved to the property full-time in 2013 that the cleanup began in earnest. Since then, Armand estimates that they have hauled away 100 tons of garbage as well as truckloads of invasive plants, including autumn olive and silvergrass. Their vision for the property came into focus while on a cross-country road trip. “We visited Butchart Gardens on Victoria Island near Vancouver, British Columbia,” says Bernice, “and that’s where we got our idea.” Butchart Gardens was conceived and created by Jennie Butchart in the early 20th century. Butchart was inspired to establish gardens on the land of her family’s exhausted limestone quarry. To begin, she had tons of topsoil from local farms hauled to the site by horse and cart. At the base of the quarry she created a sunken garden. Over the years she transformed the A P R I L 2 0 17

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stripped, bare land into a series of themed garden rooms that today attract more than 1 million visitors each year. The Thieblots discussed the idea of transforming the quarries on their land into a garden during the long hours driving back home. But instead of creating a mass-planted display garden similar to Butchart Gardens, the Thieblots wanted to celebrate indigenous flora and fauna as well as the quarrying history of their land. The Thieblots approached their new project mindfully. Once home, they identified 40 acres of their property for the garden and set aside 400 adjoining acres in the state’s conservation easement program, thus creating a permanent buffer from development and protecting the viewshed. For the master plan, they hired Charlottesville-based Land Planning and Design Associates (LPDA), a firm specializing in landscape architecture and land planning. LPDA created a map outlining trails and roads to circumnavigate the two quarry pools, viewing spots for overlooks and a parking area, and proposed repurposing an existing Quonset


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hut into a visitors’ center. The native geology of the quarry played an important role in the planning. In its heyday, Schuyler was the center of the world’s most productive soapstone vein that supported 50 active quarries in Nelson County. From 1880 until 1975, the Alberene Soapstone Company was headquartered in Schuyler, where they quarried the dense, soft grey stone. Six of these quarries are on the Thieblot’s land. “The soapstone makes the soil pH alkaline, which is not typical of the Piedmont,” says Dorothy Tompkins, a retired physician who has served as president of both the Piedmont Master Gardeners and Rivanna Master Naturalists, and is currently president of the board of the McIntire Botanical Garden in Charlottesville. “With slightly alkaline soil and the plant communities it fosters, the Schuyler Quarry Garden is the premier native plant garden in our area,” she adds. Realizing they had an unusual growing environment on land that also has a fascinating industrial history, the Thieblots wanted to celebrate both. To begin, they hired Devin Floyd, a geologist, naturalist and archaeologist who is a founder of Charlottesville’s Center for Urban Habitats to conduct a survey of the existing biota. Floyd began cataloging the flora and fauna of the land with the help of his partner Rachel Bush. They completed their first survey in May 2015 and a second in 2016. The resulting 143-page document catalogs 525 plant species, including three different species of ladies’ tresses orchids; morel mushrooms and arrowleaf violets; 47 different

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trees; and 157 different fauna. Among the rare fauna are the smooth green snake; the gray petaltail dragonfly, which often indicates the presence of skunk cabbage and ferns; and the juniper hairstreak butterfly. With the information gleaned from the survey, the team divided the land into 14 ecozones and seven conservation zones. In the ecozones, they used “indicator” plants to determine what can grow in those areas. To enrich these ecozones, the Thieblots’ team is propagating and planting more of the indigenous flora as well as adding other native genera and species that will thrive in those soil and microclimate conditions. In the conservation zones, no new genera are being added. Instead, the focus is on building out the existing plant communities. Some of these plants are local genotypes so specific to this land they have yet to be positively identified. To prepare for their public opening in April, the Thieblots and their team of seven paid staff and a small volunteer contingent conducted a massive fall planting of 28,000 plugs and small plants—about 1,000 per day, according to Bernice. They also planted 78 large-sized native trees and shrubs, placing them to mark the trails and to provide structure and screening in the gardens. Last winter, the Wintergreen Nature Foundation and the Center for Urban Habitats Nursery grew plants from seed collected on the Thieblot’s land. Soon these seedlings also will populate the gardens. To date, the Thieblots have funded the project out of their own pockets. They plan to eventually raise additional sources of capital

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If you’re headed to Virginia Beach and it’s been a while since you made the drive, you’re in for a surprise. Miles before its 17B exit off I-264 East, lit by shafts of emerald green light and topped by a spired pyramid, the Westin Town Center glows like a beacon against the dark coastal skyline. Standing 508 feet tall, the 38-story hotel and residence sits nine miles from the oceanfront. Dominating the horizon and dwarfing everything in sight, the hotel serves as the heart of the Town Center of Virginia Beach, a 25-acre 17-city-block development comprising more than 800,000 square feet of office space, 700,000-plus square feet of retail, two dozen restaurants and more than 800 residential units. Developed in 2000, Town Center was conceived as the solution to the city’s lack of a downtown proper. “Virginia Beach is going through a huge transition,” says 53-year-old Bob Dorr, the Westin’s general manager. Dorr, who also serves on the Virginia Beach Travel and Tourism Foundation’s board of directors, believes the hotel, which opened in 2008, should be viewed as a symbol for that change: “If you’re visiting Virginia Beach, it’s the place to be seen. For millennials and the new vanguard of affluent and influential residents, it’s the place to live. The Westin Town Center sets the tone for the new Virginia Beach.” Though it may sound like marketing speak, Dorr is right: Virginia Beach is changing. And in a big way. “Most people don’t know we’re Virginia’s largest city,” says mayor William Sessoms, who was elected in 2008, referring to its more than 450,000 residents (according to the 2015 census) and its geographic footprint of 249 square-miles. “Our goal is to make people aware of that fact by transforming ourselves into the state’s most prestigious city.” How does a city most Virginians regard more as a military hub and vacation destination than as a model for progressive urban planning manage such ambitious transformation? It requires action, says Sessoms. Bold


action. Case in point: “We needed a downtown, so we invested $83.8 million and built one,” he says referring to Town Center. But the changes that lay ahead are bigger than Town Center. For Sessoms, Dorr and others, the shift they seek is epochal. “In 1988, the city underwent a major evolution which was arguably the largest and most important in its history, entailing, among other things, the overhaul of the oceanfront boardwalk,” says Brad Van Dommelen, 59, director of the Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau since 2016. “That project changed the nature and reputation of the city, and saw us through two decades of development. And I think now we’re on the cusp of another evolution, one that’s going to transform Virginia Beach into a city of national significance.” Prestige. National significance. Spend time chatting with city administrators and you’ll notice a sort of obsession with these descriptors. “Research shows millennials prefer cities, and that they choose where they live based on lifestyle considerations,” explains city manager Dave Hansen, 65. “It’s not like the baby boomers, who tended to stay home or relocate based on getting a job or marrying. This generation looks for a place with the amenities and the culture they want and, boom, they’re there ... So looking at the future, if we’re going to be attractive to new talent, we’ve got to compete with San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Chicago, Austin—the list goes on.” According to Van Dommelen—who came to Virginia Beach after spending the bulk of his career in Michigan working to rebrand Detroit and Traverse City—the city’s beach-town mentality is a major advantage. “There’s a way of life here that’s extremely appealing to millennials and modern professionals,” he says. Seated at a table on the covered frontporch at Doc Taylor’s, a popular diner about a block away from the beach, and at ease in an angular slate-blue suit, Van Dommelen offers an anec-

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Big dreams and bold moves are transforming Virginia Beach into a city of the future.

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Left: Westin Town Center. Above: The newly-renovated Cavalier Hotel is set to reopen this summer. Below: A conceptual rendering of the proposed arena development.

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Thompson’s $75 million renovation of the Cavalier Hotel, set to re-open this summer after nearly four years of construction. “He’s taking an iconic [1920s] property that was literally falling apart and transforming it into what’s going to be an internationally reputable 5-star hotel,” says Sessoms. Indeed, for Thompson, a Virginia Beach native, the project’s goal is to once and for all change what he has described as people’s misguided perception of Virginia Beach as some kind of “Redneck Riviera.” “I think people drastically underestimate this market,” says Thompson. “The majority of the businesses that are doing well are upscale and our hotels are no exception ... [by all indicators] the Cavalier is set to once again become the ultimate East Coast destination for special events, corporate meetings and luxury travel.” The revamped property features 85 standard rooms and suites with décor nodding to famous guests, including Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland and a number of U.S. presidents. It also includes a farm-to-table fine-dining restaurant, tavern, distillery and full-service spa. According to the city’s department of economic development, the new Cavalier will generate $41 million to $52 million in new taxes in the next 20 years, and is expected to create 200 year-round jobs and 330 seasonal jobs. And all of this, Thompson has said, will lead to a kind of race to the top, with many area businesses springing up, or upscaling to meet the demands of new, more affluent visitors. Then there is the plan for a new arena on 19th Street adjacent to the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The $210 million multipurpose facility would seat 18,000 and host indoor sporting events, major concerts and even rodeos. (Virginia Beach has frequently popped up as a potential destination for an NBA team and NCAA basketball conference tournaments.) In Van Dommelen’s opinion, it would be a boon for both the on- and off-season economies. “Right now, we’re not doing enough to market the city during the fall, winter and early spring months,” he says. “An arena will help us be more attractive during these traditional downtimes, and summertime programming will bring in folks who maybe wouldn’t come otherwise.” Developers at United States Management, an affiliate of the ESG

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dote: “When I first moved here I kept saying, ‘Why does everything take so long?’” he jokes. “People went about things at this leisurely pace, but were so friendly you couldn’t get mad at them ... Since then I’ve relaxed and have come to view that culture as one of our best assets.” In a meeting at City Hall with Sessoms and Hansen, Van Dommelen’s observation appears spot-on. The mayor’s office, with its hardwood wainscoting, plush rugs, big mahogany desk, antique furnishings and life-size portraits is formal, executive—but the mayor himself strolls in shoeless, wearing socks. To be fair, what comes across as beachy insouciance is actually the result of a recent foot surgery (shoes are uncomfortable and cause painful swelling, Sessoms explains). But the punch line to the 62-year-old mayor’s otherwise genteel apology is telling: “Hell, people here wear flip-flops all the time—if I had my way they’d be official attire!” But when it comes to advancing their vision for a nationally competitive city, Sessoms and company are all business. When asked for specific exempli gratia for the new Virginia Beach, with the exuberance of a man half his age, Sessoms launches into a dizzying presentation. He begins with developer and longtime power-player Bruce

top left photo by mark edward atkinson; top right: courtesy of cavalier hotel; below right: by cameron davidson courtesy of virginia tourism; above left: a conceptual rendering of proposed arena development not intended to demonstrate final architectural design. development proposed by united states management, llC, an esg company; bottom left by don monteaux

Top right: Dancing on the deck at the Cavalier Hotel, 1920; bottom; Virginia Beach oceanfront. Left: Rendering of the proposed arena.

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Above: Murals in the ViBe District; right: Kate Pittman at Three Ships Coffee Roasters; below: Sarah and Aaron McLellan in the workshop at North End Bag Co. in the ViBe District.

Companies, are presently negotiating a financing package with the city that they hope will allow them to begin construction later this year. Third on the mayor’s list of evidence of a new VB is the installation of ultra-high-speed transcontinental data cables running from Bilbao, Spain, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Virginia Beach. Spearheaded by Telefonica, Microsoft and Facebook, the cable will connect to a landing station that is being built on 3.5 acres in the Corporate Landing Business Park (CLBP) off General Booth Boulevard. The Spain connection is expected to be completed around October 2017; the Brazilian link should follow in 2018. And in January, VB-headquartered Globalinx Data Center LLC paid $2 million for 10 acres of CLBP land where it will soon build a 138,000 square-foot carrier-neutral data center to service the cables. According to Microsoft Corps’ director of global network acquisition, Frank Rey, the cables will be the highest-capacity carriers in the Atlantic. “In Los Angeles and San Francisco, the installation of such international connectivity points has led to the establishment of booming tech industry hubs,” adds Sessoms. But there is an elephant in the room for Sessoms and company: a proposal to build a light rail system connecting Virginia Beach to Norfolk, Hampton Roads and perhaps Richmond, which remains a sore subject. A referendum for a 3.5-mile rail-line extension from Norfolk to TCVB was rejected in November 2016; 57 percent of 166,000 votes were cast against the measure. Clearly miffed, Hansen dismisses the result as a temporary setback: “If we want to attract new millennial talent and keep our homegrown talent here, we have to recognize the extent to which this generation values quality public transportation; like it or not, to be competitive, that’s something we’re going to have to invest in.” “We’re going to get it.” says Sessoms, undaunted by the defeat. “Research shows these things tend to go through at least three referendums before they pass, and we’re only on our second go-round.” The mayor’s vision includes fostering hybridized neighborhoods that serve as arts and culinary districts, as well as incubators for local tech startups and boutique businesses. He points to the success of the ViBe Creative District, which began in 2011 as a partnership between area artists, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and business-owners. Situated about a block east of the Convention Center and spanning from Virginia Beach Boulevard to 22nd Street—an area that includes the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art—the ViBe sits smack dab in the middle of the oceanfront resort area. “The district began as an attempt to restore a historical neighborhood that had fallen into drastic decline,” says Kate Pittman, who was named its first executive director in October 2016. Sitting at an artisan-crafted hardwood table over breakfast at the Commune, the city’s first farmer-owned farm-to-table restaurant, Pittman explains that while the corner lot now features a large community garden and a hip-looking building covered with murals painted by local artists— one of whom sits at the bar sipping coffee, dashing off emails in his paja-

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mas—this is all a recent development. “This used to be a really seedy area that people went out of their way to avoid,” she says. “But whether it’s the Commune, or the Chesapeake Bay Distillery, or our 50-member co-working and business incubator space, 1701, as these businesses went in, we transformed entire street corners. And bit by bit, it added up.” Today, the ViBe comprises a diverse array of more than 50 businesses, including coffee shops, restaurants, a yoga studio, a gym, high-end jewelers, art galleries and more. There is also studio space for graphic designers, digital animators, filmmakers and other creatives. Pittman says the ViBe will continue to grow and transform (plans for building more green space and replacing old infrastructure with new buildings are in the works), and will one day become for Virginia Beach what Carytown is for Richmond, or Ghent for Norfolk: “We’re just getting started here.” As I stand on the sand with the waves crashing and the sunrise rinsing soft pink hues over the Atlantic, an adolescent humpback whale breaches the surf about 100 yards from shore. It’s the dead of winter and the beach and boardwalk are mostly abandoned. Meanwhile, out there across the vast ocean lies Bilbao, Spain, a city of nearly 350,000 people. Westward are San Francisco and a trans-Pacific data-cable stretching all the way to Japan. And here, in the brisk salty air, the big dreams of Sessoms, Thompson, Van Dommelen, Dorr, Hansen, Pittman and the various caucuses they represent are coming alive. Yes, it all seems to be converging—right ... here.



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t’s race day at the Virginia Gold Cup—the Kentucky Derby of Virginia jump racing— and 50,000 spectators flood the grounds at Great Meadow in The Plains. They are here on this first Saturday in May waiting to watch one horse emerge from the pack and thunder across the finish line to win the state’s most prestigious race, the Gold Cup Timber Stakes, and claim a piece of the day’s biggest purse, $100,000. Winning here is no small feat. The picturesque racecourse is a long oval, mostly flat, with rolling grassy hills. But racing on grass is challenging. Too much rain, and the footing gets deep and muddy, slow. Too little rain, and the ground can be hard and slick. Today, skies are clear. The field is full at nine horses, and many prance and jig, nervous as they approach the start. Their ears are pricked forward, their heads held high and eyes wide: They know what’s coming. Staying light in the saddle, the jockeys in

their colorful silks hold the reins tight, and some likely say a few silent prayers. Soon, this elite grouping of steeplechase’s top horses will race for four miles at high speed over impossibly tall timber jumps as solid as tree trunks. Racing is dangerous business—it’s also an adrenaline ride like no other. In what other sport do you sit on top of a powerful animal with a mind of its own that can weigh more than 1,200 pounds and gallop at top speeds near 40 mph? The answer: none. The cheers of the crowd lining the rails as far as the eye can see swell to a roar; the race is off. Like a wave, the roar follows the galloping horses as the ground shakes and vibrates. The horses take the first jump and soar over, landing with little room to spare as their feet kick up turf in their wake. Then they pound off for the next jump, laying it all on the line for that moment. From the chaos comes a moment of clarity. Steeplechase is passionate—a glorious sport with amazing animals doing what they were born to do.

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Above, left to right: 2016 Foxfield Fall Family Day; 1978 Virginia Gold Cup presentation (left to right), Mrs. Russell Arundel, Arthur Arundel, Mrs. Edgar Scott (owner of Navy Davy) and rider Don Yovanovich; more from 2016 Foxfield Fall Family Day. Below: Don Yovanovich riding 1978 Virginia Gold Cup winner Navy Davy (left).


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FALL Foxfield Sunday, Sept. 24 Charlottesville Virginia Fall Races Saturday, Oct. 14 Middleburg International Gold Cup Saturday, Oct. 28 The Plains Montpelier Hunt Races Saturday, Nov. 4 Montpelier Station

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Origins The steeplechase traces its origins to 1752, in County Cork, Ireland, where a horseman named Cornelius O’Callaghan engaged Edmund Blake in a match race of 4 ½ miles from Buttevant Church to St. Mary’s Doneraile. The tower there was known as St. Leger Steeple—the most prominent landmark around—and so the men set off in a “chase to the steeple.” Adding a competitive element to the already thrilling pursuit of galloping at top speed over rough country proved a winning combination. The trend took off and this form of cross-country match racing—“my horse against yours”—soon spread to England. Though the first reported race involving more than two horses occurred in England in 1792, the first race over an established course occurred there in 1810. The sport quickly grew in popularity, and the first Grand National, Europe’s most prestigious jump race whose towering fences and challenging distance have made it the ultimate test of horse and rider, was staged in 1839 at Aintree, a small town outside Liverpool. Steeplechasing found its way to the U.S. through foxhunting, first taking hold in New York, Maryland, Virginia and eastern Pennsylvania, and eventually spreading to the Carolinas, Georgia, Massachusetts and other states. VIRGINIA LIVING



For much of the 20th century, foxhunting clubs were the hub of social and sporting activities, and their informal steeplechase or “hunt” races were wildly popular. Horses were an integral part of life, and those who enjoyed “riding to hounds” naturally enjoyed other sporting pursuits with their horses, namely racing. So popular were the races that in 1895 the National Steeplechase Association (NSA) was formed to sanction, oversee and regulate all aspects of the sport. The strong tradition of foxhunting endures today in Virginia through its 26 active hunt clubs. One of the oldest, Manakin-Sabot’s Deep Run Hunt Club, founded in 1887, originally held hunt races on Broad Street, and later at Ginter Park when the club was based in the city of Richmond. In 1900, the club was recognized by the NSA, merged (briefly) with the Country Club of Virginia and held nationally-sanctioned steeplechase races on a course that ran west from Cary Street up River Road. The Deep Run Hunt Races eventually became known as Richmond’s legendary Strawberry Hill Races. In 1947, the Strawberry Hill Races moved to the Atlantic Rural Exposition (today’s RIR) to a new course developed by William du Pont Jr. Du Pont and his sister, Marion du Pont Scott, were very involved in many aspects of equestrian life in Virginia, including both flat and jump racing, breeding, horse shows and venue development. Marion won many important races with Battleship—the

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Above, left: The spring 2016 Foxfield Races. Above: Top Virginia trainer Richard Valentine and Jacqueline Ohrstrom, owner of Demonstrative, at the 2011 Far Hills Races. Left: The rail along Member’s Hill at the 2015 Virginia Gold Cup.

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Left: Marion du Pont Scott. Below: Lemony Bay, owned by Bruton Street-US and ridden by Connor Hankin, hurdles a natural brush fence at the 2016 Virginia Gold Cup Races.

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Top left: The Daniel Van Clief Memorial Race, 2016 Foxfield Spring Races; bottom left: a rider clears a timber fence at Foxfield, 2016.

son of great thoroughbred Man o’ War—including the American Grand National in 1934. She also won the British Grand National at Aintree in 1938 when her 40-to-1 long shot overtook the favorite in the last stride. Battleship became the first American-bred and -owned horse to win at Aintree. Her brother developed many racing venues, including Fair Hill (home to the National Steeplechase Association headquarters and its race course in Maryland) and the Springdale Race Course in Camden, South Carolina (home of the Carolina Cup and the Colonial Cup races). Overall, du Pont developed 23 racecourses for both flat and steeplechase racing through the mid-part of the 20th century. In 1901, William du Pont Sr. purchased Montpelier, President James Madison’s estate near Orange. Marion inherited the property, and with the help of her brother turned it into a world-class breeding and racing facility. Due to her enormous contribution to the sport, Marion du Pont Scott is considered “America’s first lady of racing.” In 1929, the du Ponts established the Montpelier Hunt Races, a fixture on the NSA calendar and a continuing Virginia tradition.

modern steeplechase Today, of Virginia’s 14 steeplechase races, which include charitable point-to-points and NSA-sanctioned race meets,

the most renowned is the Virginia Gold Cup. Its beginnings were humble: In 1922, eight sportsmen from Warrenton organized a four-mile race and offered a challenge trophy to be kept permanently by the owner whose horse could win the race three times. A month later, in May, they held the first Virginia Gold Cup race, which saw nine horses competing. By 1924, the Gold Cup was nationally sanctioned and moved to a new course at Broadview Farm in Warrenton, which would be its home for the next 50 years, until 1985, when it relocated to its current home at Great Meadow in The Plains. To date, there have been six Gold Cup challenge trophies “retired” to owners who won the race three times. In 1953, Hall of Fame jockey D.M. “Mikey” Smithwick, riding three different horses, clinched the win for Christopher Greer. (Mikey and his brother A.P. “Paddy” Smithwick, both Hall of Fame riders, rode five Gold Cup winners between them—and trained many more.) Until 1967 only three horses had won the race twice—no single horse had ever won the race three times. Leeds Don, owned by David “Zeke” Ferguson of Hume, was the first horse to do so. Bred, raised, and trained by Ridgely White (the son of Arthur White, jockey of the first Gold Cup winner), the big gray made history. The day was rainy and cold, and A P R I L 2 0 17




TRACK The Middleburg Spring Races held at Glenwood Park, is the first NSA race on the Virginia calendar. Famous for providing an exceptional spectator experience, Glenwood Park is a natural ampitheater where every jump and bend is visible to the entire crowd. Shaded by oak trees, the hillside and terraced stone patio offer intimate views of the course designed by legendary trainer and breeder Paul Fout. The featured race of the spring is the graded Temple Gwathmey stakes, which attracts many of the country’s most competitive steeplechase horses.


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Irv Nayor’s Saluda Sam leads the field through the water in the 2016 Virginia Gold Cup.



reasons), vying for position and galloping over fences that would challenge top show horses. Last year, 498 horses competed in races in 12 states. Total NSA purses exceeded $6 million, and millions of dollars were raised for charities. Virginia’s race calendar is comprised of race meets and point-to-points. The race meets are NSA-sanctioned, offer purses and include the Middleburg Spring Races and Foxfield Spring Races (April); the Gold Cup (May); the Foxfield Fall Races (September); the Virginia Fall Races in Middleburg and the International Gold Cup (October); and the Montpelier Hunt Races (November). The pointto-points, staged by individual hunts, are run by the Virginia Point-to-Point Association, benefit a charitable entity and offer no purses.

what makes a champion Equestrian sport and its multitude of disciplines is nuanced. What makes a great show jumper, hunter, eventer, flat horse, turf horse, reiner, barrel racer or a dressage horse depends on the demands of each discipline. According to Dr. Reynolds Cowles, D.V.M., founder of the Blue Ridge Equine Clinic in Earlysville, a great steeplechaser needs endurance. Cowles has a long history with racehorses. He began working on steeplechasers in the early 1970s and through the years he and his wife, Evelyn, have owned 18 racehorses. He’s been involved in the Virginia point-to-point circuit since the 1990s and currently serves on the National Steeplechasing Association (NSA) board, chairing its safety committee. Cowles says steeplechasers don’t need to have the speed required to be competitive on the flat track, but they need to be good jumpers with natural talent. “Like all performance horses,” he says, “they need good feet, good bones and good tendons.” One of the sport’s top trainers is Richard Valentine, 48, who splits his time between The Plains and Camden, South Carolina. In his 20th year in the sport, he currently trains 20 horses.


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Leeds Don struggled, even going to his knees at one jump. But veteran jockey Joe Aitcheson kept him on his feet and pressed him to victory. Aitcheson, the winningest steeplechase rider of all time, won five out of the six races on the card that day. The Hall of Famer would go on to win eight Virginia Gold Cups with eight different horses. After Leeds Don retired the fifth challenge trophy, an exciting rivalry played out among three Virginia gentlemen—Paul Mellon, Sen. John Warner and Joe Rogers, a physician, farmer and horseman—who all owned talented horses. In a history of the race published by the Virginia Gold Cup, Sen. Warner remembered winning a case of champagne in a wager with his then father-inlaw Paul Mellon when his horse Annual Meeting beat Mellon’s Chapel Street. Annual Meeting was “an old raw-boned rascal from the backwoods of Virginia,” recalled Warner. “He cost very little—about $1,500 I think, but the thing that wins the Gold Cup is heart, and Annual Meeting had heart.” The horse won two Gold Cup races for Warner but pulled up lame on his way to a third win in 1974. The winner of that race was Paul Mellon’s small gelding, Mongogo. It was Mr. Mellon’s first Gold Cup success in nearly four decades of trying. Mongogo’s triumph was duplicated the next year by his stablemate, Chapel Street. So both Mellon and Warner had two legs on the trophy. Then Dr. Rogers won two Gold Cups with Private Gary and King of Spades, and by 1983 each was one win shy of retiring the cup. Rogers pulled it off in 1984 when his Constantine swept the field, and the doctor from Hamilton (in Loudoun County) took home the sixth Gold Cup to be retired. Jockey D.M. “Speedy” Smithwick Jr. joined his father as a winning Gold Cup rider, making them only the second father-son team to win the race. (The Bonsals of Maryland, both named Frank, were the first.) Today, top steeplechase horses race on average four times a year during a season that begins in March and runs through November. These races are incredibly demanding: jumps are big, and in the case of timber, unforgiving. The horses run in a pack (jump races are capped at 12 horses for safety

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RITE OF PASSAGE Eclipse-award winning steeplechaser Slip Away in the 2010 Temple Gwathmey Hurdle Stakes at Glenwood Park, Middleburg.




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and the grass course was heavy and deep. With 10 accomplished horses in the field, nobody gave Yovanovich much of a shot with some odds as high as 25-to-1. The fourth and final time up the hill, Yovanovich and Navy Davy were cruising effortlessly and the rest of the field was struggling. Over the last jump, they landed in front. “I looked over my shoulder as we turned for home and there was nobody there!” he says. “We won by 12 lengths.” As Melvin Dutton, Navy Davy’s groom, met them at the finish line, the men exchanged knowing looks: They both realized the scope of their accomplishment. “To win something like the Gold Cup is terribly exciting,” says Yovanovich. “You’re so proud of your horse, yourself, and delighted for the owners and trainers.” As exhilarating as racing and winning is, steeplechase inspires a passion not only for the sport, but for the horses: It goes beyond business. “We spend a lot of time with the horses and develop strong bonds,” says Valentine. “Horses get to be horses and racehorses.”

In 2013, one of Valentine’s horses, Demonstrative, won America’s premier steeplechase, the Grand National at the Far Hills Races in New Jersey. It was a sweet victory—the horse hadn’t previously run well there. The Grade 1 stakes race with a purse of $250,000 was just one of many important wins that year, making Demonstrative steeplechase’s top horse in 2014 and earning him the Eclipse Award—one of the racing industry’s top honors for horses. (Graded stakes races feature the top horses in their respective categories and offer the biggest purses; Grade 1 is the highest level.) Contrary to public conceptions of racehorses with fiery temperaments, Valentine describes Demonstrative, a big dark bay, as a gentle horse with a relaxed temperament: “He’s a real masculine horse with a lot of presence .… [he] loves the game.” Valentine retired Demonstrative, who earned $960,000 over his career, this year. Like many ex-steeplechasers, Demonstrative will soon begin a second career as a foxhunter. Though horses that cross over to other sports are increasingly rare, steeplechasing is a discipline where the horses adapt well to other pursuits. Don Yovanovich, 65, who lives in Upperville, also has a wealth of experience in the steeplechase world. A Hall of Fame rider and trainer with more than 40 years in the sport, he currently serves on the boards of the NSA, the Gold Cup Association and the Virginia Steeplechase Association, and has served as president of the Virginia Point-to-Point Association since the early 1980s. Yovanovich is passionate about all aspects of the sport. In 1978, he won the Gold Cup riding a beautiful gray horse called Navy Davy—a feat he remembers like it was yesterday. Navy Davy and Yovanovich were entered in the Maryland Hunt Cup the week prior to the Gold Cup. After jumping the second fence, Navy Davy stepped into a hole and flipped. Uninjured, the horse got up and galloped away, jumping 18 fences rider-less. Yovanovich had not planned to compete in the Gold Cup, but pivoting in the wake of the fall, he and the gray gelding entered the race. It rained on Friday VIRGINIA LIVING



MAKE NO MISTAKE, SOME races are as much about the tailgate as they are about the horses, and the Foxfield Spring Races are no exception. This is particularly true for the busloads of UVA students bedecked in bow ties and pastel sundresses who have made it a rite of passage to trek to Albemarle’s horse country for a day of racing and making merry. Theirs is just one of many traditions surrounding Foxfield, which this year celebrates the 40th running. The Foxfield property has a long equestrian history. Site of the Albermarle County airport in the 1930s, the land was purchased by well-known horseman Grover Vandevener, huntsman for the Farmington Hunt Club, which at the time was adjacent to the property. He called it Fox Fields. Vandevener taught students to ride, and, it is said, entertained many notable visitors there. They included William Faulkner, who in the late 1950s was author-in-residence at UVA. Mariann de Tejeda purchased the property from her friend Vandevener in 1973, and in 1977, established Foxfield Racing with the intent to preserve its 137 acres for steeplechase. That year, de Tejeda, a longtime benefactress of equestrian pursuits in the region, worked with Raymond G. Woolfe Jr., author of Secretariat, to design and build the racecourse. When de Tejeda died in 1983, her will indicated the property should be held in trust for the continuation of the races. To that end, in 1987, the property passed into the hands of Foxfield Racing. Patrick Butterfield, Foxfield’s director of racing since 1990, has attended 79 of its 80 races and directed 54. “To race at Foxfield,” he says, “you have to know how to ride, and your horse needs to be fit.” The first jump is right in front of the crowd. The course then turns downhill and through the “chute,” continuing over rolling hills toward the flat stretch of the finish line where revelers line the rails, their tailgate parties—like Virginia’s other steeplechase races—often continuing long past the race card’s final test. Pictured above and below: UVA students at the Spring Foxfield Races.

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D eparture HARD BALL True confessions of a travel baseball dad. B Y R O B E R T N E L S O N | I L L U S T R AT I O N B Y PAU L H O S T E T L E R


y oldest son can throw a baseball 95 miles

an hour. I love saying that. I will guide any conversation or column—regardless of original topic—toward that number (this column was supposed to be about turtles). Waiting in the checkout line at Costco recently I was saying, “My oldest son throws 95 miles an hour” to a guy within 30 seconds of meeting him, according to my embarrassed wife. The conversation began with “I love taquitos, too.” I throw my age, which is 49. Although I’ve coached my three boys on and off for 18 years, I still can’t throw a strike in batting practice. Last year I hit a kid in the crotch and he had to sit out the game with stomach cramps. I passed it off as a “cup check.” Hey kid: Welcome to manhood, and a mediocre Greater Loudoun Babe Ruth League assistant coach. (This paragraph is off-the-record.) Through years of self-analysis augmented by occasional criticism from

losers, I’ve come to the conclusion that, at various times in my life, I have embodied almost everything that’s wrong with youth baseball today. I have wanted my boys to play on travel ball teams because I like telling people my kids play on travel ball teams. I have lived vicariously through my sons’ successes and blamed their failures on everything from bad coaching and bad officiating to undercooked hamburgers sold by the opposing team’s booster parents. I taught my oldest boy how to throw a curveball when he was 11. For five years I wore a Super Series National Champions hat one of my boys was given because he served as a pinch runner for the tournament’s winning team for two games. Bryce Harper played on that team, so I tell people my kid played on the same team as Bryce Harper. I still wear my 2005 Arizona Little League State Champion hat with “Coach Nelson” emblazoned on the side. It smells like stink bait, but I’m used to it because it never leaves my head on weekends. Nine million youths between the ages of 7 and 17 played baseball in the U.S. in 2002. By 2013, according to a study by the National Sporting VIRGINIA LIVING

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Goods Association, that number had dropped to 5.3 million. The numbers are nearly identical in youth softball. Could the decline be in part due to parents like me, parents who sometimes let their own egos get in the way of their childrens’ best interests? I still coach in our local Babe Ruth League, which has struggled in recent years to get the number of kids we need to field a league of just six teams. I coached in a Little League in Omaha, Nebraska, several years ago that folded the following year because of dwindling numbers. Then again, I coached in a Little League in Arizona that grew so much in the five years we lived there it had to be split into two leagues. The trends are disheartening, but the news is not all bad. According to state and national statistics, other sports, particularly lacrosse and hockey, are pulling kids away from what long reigned as our “National Pastime.” Fine. Awesome sports. But another significant drag on community baseball leagues—and I think on the sport in general—is the exponential growth in the number of travel and club teams. Why? Because when community youth leagues die because kids are drawn off by club teams—teams often run by for-profit baseball facilities—communities suffer. The evening matchups among friends at the town parks disappear. All of sudden, youngsters who haven’t played the sport year-round since they were four, haven’t been getting lessons from professionals throughout the off-season and who may not yet be the fastest or the strongest, get left out. All three of my boys have played both community and club ball. While my oldest son, now 23, has lived for baseball, playing in college and aspiring to a shot at the pros, my youngest son, who I now coach, enjoys baseball as just a thing he does for a while in the spring and early summer. His teammates now are town kids from the Purcellville area with wildly varying skill levels. Some are wizards who will soon play high school ball, others are guys just out to play a fun game with buddies. Out of all my years of being a coach and a baseball parent at every level of play, last year was my favorite. Our small-town community league team in Loudoun County started 1-5, but ended on a 4-game winning streak. We worked on fundamentals, came together as a team, and by the end of the season, we were a fired-up band of brothers charging upward toward inspired mediocrity. I’d like to think we taught some life lessons and also had a great time. We had a rollicking pizza party Your kids at the end of the season, and that was that. I’d like to think these guys became better peomay naturally ple and players without having to travel hundreds of gravitate toward miles with parents spending on training, equipment, hotels and tournament admission fees. I’d like to the club ball think they just had a good time while being cheered by—get this—parents from both teams (we all rigors, but don’t on have to see each other at school functions, after all). And I’d like to imagine that at nearly 50 years let your ego be old, I may finally be growing up a bit. the gravity.” So, from an old amateur to you younger parents: Your kids may naturally gravitate toward the club-ball rigors, but don’t let your ego be the gravity. And don’t pooh-pooh the community leagues. They need you, your community needs them, and you and your children may just have some of the best times of your lives by keeping it simple and staying close to home.

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A Different Kind of Family Portrait

4ft x 6ft

“Chub Life “







acrylic on canvas

Boys in 2001



D.A. Sea

Valerie had seen ads for David Cochran’s Family Portraits for years and was always intrigued. She had a large stone wall in her family room that could be a perfect setting for a painting. Christmas was approaching, and she thought this would be a perfect surprise for her impossible-to-buy-for husband, Ed. She called David and he came out to her Eastern Shore waterfront home to view and measure the wall and figure out a possible direction for the portrait. Valerie was pleased to find that David uses snapshots of the family as his resource (NO sittings!) and that he could incorporate images from many facets of their lives. The blended family has four boys and a beautiful white bulldog, who is usually the center of attention. David scoured many photos and suggested a triple portrait of the boys at different stages in their lives with the backdrop of a vacation home on Chub Cay in the Bahamas. Valerie and her boys identified their favorite Chub activities: including fishing on Ed’s Sport fishing boat: the D.A. SEA, and jumping off cliffs into the Blue Hole. David even sketched out a plan for the painting on the spot. Valerie loved the idea--the price and Christmas deadline all seemed reasonable, so she commissioned the painting. The painting arrived on time and was unveiled on Christmas morning much to Ed’s surprise. He was absolutely floored by this thoughtful depiction of his life. The painting now hangs above the replace.Valerie says, “As I enter the Great Room, I immediately feel my mood lifted. I am literally drawn into this space. I love being reminded of special family memories in a place we call paradise.”

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to power through that because I had learned how to power through the pain of a distance race. Cross country made me mentally tough.” After graduating from OSU with a degree in geography, Cornwall took a job in the mapping and GIS industry with Quantum Spatial in Dulles in 2002. He worked as a graphic technician there for 11 years, but then decided to make a risky career jump to follow his passion. “I have always wanted to help people—help them be healthy and reach their potential,” says Cornwall, who has a 13-year-old son, Amari. “It was tough because you can hurt your family if you make the wrong move. But it’s been fantastic. I’ve never been happier.” Cornwall, who is certified in personal training and fitness nutrition through the International Sports Science Association, now works as a personal trainer at Equinox Tysons Corner. He has also coached in area schools. “He was a huge help to me,” says Rennix Offutt, one of Cornwall’s former high schoolers who ran competitively at Potomac Falls High School. “For one, he brought in that idea of the dynamic stretching,” says the 24-year-old, a George Mason University grad who now works for a government contractor in the D.C. area. “He made me a much better runner. It’s just fun to have the chance to be working with him again.” Though approaching 40, Cornwall still looks like a college-aged All-American. He organizes his own training regimen around his personal training sessions and classes, working out five days a week and focusing on core strength, stability and endurance. Of course, there’s a healthy dose of dynamic stretching. Afterwards, he recovers by “drinking coconut water, eating real foods, stretching a lot and getting a great night’s sleep.” Cornwall hopes to use his unique approach to training and his passion for and knowledge of complete health and wellness to help him expand his client base. At some point, he says, he would love to own his own larger-scale business, perhaps a gym. His goal though, ultimately, is to make helping others achieve their own goals his life’s pursuit. “I never felt like I was helping people before,” he says. “I love coaching and the leadership aspect of sports. It’s my calling. This is the life I was intended to lead.”


Distance runners are distance runners, sprinters are sprinters, and never the twain shall meet. Or so goes the theory for the track and field set. If you run distance, you don’t have the fast-twitch muscles and muscle bulk to sprint. If you’re a sprinter, you don’t have the slow-twitchies, gangly build and, perhaps, the pain tolerance, to go long. Enter Courtney Cornwall, a former NCAA track and field All-American who is living proof that speed and endurance need not be mutually exclusive. Throughout his decorated high school, college and coaching career, Cornwall has run at the highest levels in both short- and long-distance competitions. “I think running—whatever the distance—changed my life,” says Cornwall after coaching a McLean community running club on a recent evening. “I love running sprints, I love running cross-country distances. And I really feel like doing both makes you better at both.” His students—a dedicated collection of amateurs of varying abilities—agree that

the 38-year-old has made them better with his holistic approach. After they finish a 2-mile course, Cornwall gathers the runners on the track at McLean High School and takes them through a collection of “dynamic stretches.” “It used to be runners just came to practice and bent and stretched their leg muscles and headed out,” says Cornwall. “We move when we stretch – get the blood flowing and open those capillaries. Jumping jacks, things like that. It prepares you to perform your best.” The group does some sprints, and then heads out for a series of 400-meter runs. Cornwall jogs along or stands cheering as runners pass him. One of them is Jill Olmstead of Arlington, a marathon runner. Cornwall makes her run sprints and laps. Through speed work, she says, she has become a better distance runner. “We work on the arm movement that sprinters use,” she says. “We also work on the mental aspect of it. When you run a 400, that last 100 hurts. But you know the pain is temporary. Same with distance—the pain is temporary.”

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he percentage of children diagnosed with peanut allergies has been on the rise over the past 20 years, leading to proliferations of EpiPens and school-wide bans. Though there is no concensus regarding the cause—are we too clean, or are we using too many antibiotics?—new guidelines put forth in January by the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, could help turn the tide. Instead of isolating children from peanuts— another theory to try and explain the increase—the guidelines suggest that early exposure to the potential allergen might actually be helpful. The NIAID, in an addendum to guidelines published in 2010, recommends offering peanuts (in crushed or powdered form, to avoid a choking hazard) to infants as young as four to six months of age. The previous guidelines recommended no exposure to peanut products before age 3. “This is a really big change that parents are hearing. So understandably, there have been a lot of questions,” says Darlene Mansoor, M.D., a pediatric allergistimmunologist affiliated with Inova Fairfax Hospital. Mansoor says the addendum resulted from the study, Learning Early About Peanut (LEAP) aller-

gies, conducted two years ago, which showed that peanut allergies may be prevented by the early introduction of peanuts to children at high-risk—those with eczema and/or egg allergies. Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the study divided high-risk infants into two groups: The first group was introduced to peanuts; the second was not. “In the group that did not eat the peanuts, there was a significant amount of children who later developed a peanut allergy,” she says. Meanwhile, the other group reduced their allergy risk by 81 percent. The addendum offers three different recommendations depending upon the degree of the infant’s eczema and food allergy. The first is for infants with severe eczema and/or egg allergy and offers a process for introducing peanuts by 4-6 months of age. (Parents should check with a health provider to see if an allergy blood test or skin prick test is needed first to determine if the introduction is safe.) The second is for those with mild to moderate eczema and recommends peanut consumption around six months. The third is for patients with no eczema or food allergies and suggests that peanuts can be introduced at any age to beneficial effect. —By Sandra Shelley

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“bwahahahahahaha!” is a totally appropriate reaction to a clever SNL skit, but in a yoga class? Amidst a backdrop of reverential hush punctuated only by sporadic grunts and the occasional “Om”? Laughter—commonly referred to as “Laugha”—yoga aims to change that thinking. Created in 1995 by Madan Kataria, a doctor in India researching the health benefits of laughter, the practice of selfinducing laughter (no jokes necessary) decreases cortisol levels and is an effective mind-body tool, particularly for the self-

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Preventing cardiovascular disease. The simple challenge of saving your life. - BY CAROLINE KETTLEWELL -


uppose you were headed straight for a cliff. Surely you’d want to stop before you went over the edge? Or would you just hope that the fall wouldn’t kill you before you hit the ground? The cliff is cardiovascular disease. It’s the leading cause of death in the U.S. for men and women alike, killing more people every year than all forms of cancer combined. And the deadliest— and the most common—form of cardiovascular disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), responsible each year for the deaths of more than 370,000 people in the U.S. Coronary artery disease results from a condition known as atherosclerosis, a narrowing and hardening of the arteries that is the result of plaque buildup within the artery walls. As atherosclerosis progresses, blood flow to the heart is restricted, which can weaken and damage the heart, putting you at risk for heart failure or for a potentially fatal, sudden heart-rhythm malfunction. But for many people, the first sign of advanced atherosclerosis is an abrupt, complete blockage of an artery, cutting off blood flow to the heart: a heart attack. Every year, more than half a million people in the U.S. suffer their first heart attack. The development of coronary artery disease is a complex process, and one that is broadly, but far from fully, understood. What is believed is that any one person’s chance of developing CAD

is predicated upon a set of risk factors that both individually and cumulatively increase your odds of cashing in on a lottery nobody wants to win. The risk factors that seem to have the most wellestablished association with heart disease are: excess weight, smoking, an unhealthy diet, a sedentary lifestyle, elevated blood pressure, high blood sugar or diabetes, and high cholesterol along with age, sex (men have a greater lifetime risk), and a family history of heart disease. Yet causation is not always clear: about half of heart attacks, for example, happen to people with “normal” cholesterol levels, and Hispanic-Americans, despite higher apparent incidence of risk factors, seem to have a lower incidence of CAD. Other possible associations are the subject of continuing investigation: Do microbes in our gut play a role? Are added sugars the true dietary culprit? What possible roles do stress, sleep deprivation, loneliness, income, education—and even geographical distribution—play? Still more factors are only now coming into focus with new advances in research capabilities in fields like genetics and immune-system functioning, and large-scale data-crunching that can tease out associations once too subtle to identify. Every new advance in understanding suggests how much more is yet to be understood. But here’s the truly startling statistic: It’s esti-

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mated that up to 90 percent of coronary artery disease is potentially preventable. Preventable. Most of the risk factors that line us up for CAD are significantly influenced by lifestyle, particularly diet and physical activity. We’re spending more than $45 billion a year on direct medical costs for coronary artery disease. In theory, most of that might be saved with changed eating habits and a pair of comfortable shoes. That’s Richmond physician Randy Baggesen’s argument. The analogy about heading for a cliff is his, and he expresses a frank outrage at our healthcare system, which does nothing to keep people from going over the edge, stepping in only “after they have fallen off the cliff,” he says. “All of the strategies we use in modern medicine are backwards. We don’t do anything, something bad happens, and then we do everything.” The Centers for Disease Control agree: “Our health care system is not designed to prevent chronic illnesses,” the agency noted in a 2009 publication on chronic disease and prevention. Baggesen’s concierge medical practice takes an aggressive approach to addressing cardiovascular disease risk in patients, with exhaustive evaluations that look at everything from clotting genetics to sleep patterns. But fundamentally, he focuses on prevention, which, he argues, comes down to two things: a healthy diet and daily exercise. “If people adopted just those two practices, it would make a huge difference,” he says. So simple. And yet, the challenge to that prescription lies in the very nature of CAD. It develops, symptomless, over decades. Research suggests that childhood isn’t too soon to start prevention if you want to avoid a heart attack in retirement. But when health and nutrition advice changes or conflicts (remember when margarine was supposed to be good for you? remember when eggs were bad?), when our understanding of heart disease keeps evolving, and when daily decisions add up only over years, how many people can keep their eye on the ball across a lifetime? Dr. Angela Taylor, an interventional cardiologist and an associate professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Virginia, acknowledges that challenge; with more than 80 percent of American adults failing to get recommended amounts of exercise, she says the focus should be on small changes that make a meaningful difference: “If you start with a goal that is too big, most people will fail to get there. We want to create a lifestyle that is doable, livable, and something that people can do for the long haul.” A moderate, balanced diet that avoids added sugar, trans fats, and processed food (“If your grandmother wouldn’t recognize the ingredient, don’t eat it,” says Taylor) and engaging in 30 minutes of moderate activity daily, like a fast walk, are strategies from which almost everyone could benefit. Are such incremental steps likely to get us to that 90 percent prevention? Unlikely. But at least we’d all be headed in the right direction. Because in the end, says Taylor, the best thing you can do for your heart is to do something, now. “The earlier you can begin, the better, but wherever you are, begin.”


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grow out of control. Add some colorful chard and purple basil to grow alongside the tomato, and alternate those with shorter arugula. Plant thyme along the edge to trail down the side of the pot. Pinch the basil tips frequently to keep them from blooming, which makes the leaves bitter. The Recipes:

• Toss fresh cherry tomatoes with torn purple basil leaves, fresh mozzarella balls, olive oil and vinegar for a twist on a traditional Caprese salad. • Add peppery arugula to salads and soups, or bake on top of pizza. • Pull the chard leaves from the stem and chop coarsely, then slice the stem into small pieces. Sauté both leaves and stem with garlic, onion, olive oil, pine nuts and a splash of lemon juice for a simple but flavorful pasta topping. • Sauté arugula quickly with olive oil and garlic, then toss with pasta and Parmesan cheese.

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SOUTHERN CLASSIC Okra or Pole Beans Mustard Greens Mint and Marigolds Ornamental Sweet Potato The anchor plant here is a 4-foot tall okra or pole bean that will both grow into attractive shrub shapes. Around the central plant, tuck a few leafy mustard greens, which grow to about 2 feet tall. Intersperse taller mustard greens with mint and one or two French marigolds to attract pollinators. The mint and flowers will fill in when the weather becomes too hot for the greens. For a trailing plant to soften the pot edge, plant a few ornamental sweet potatoes. The roots are edible, though not as flavorful as traditional sweet potatoes, which have much larger leaves and roots. The Recipes:

• Pick young okra pods and toss them with salt and olive oil, then roast on a sheet pan in a 400-degree oven for about 15 minutes.

• Dice sweet potato roots and roast, then add to soups or a skillet hash. • Stew bitter mustard greens as you would collards (they are best cooked) with chicken stock, onion, bacon and a splash of cider vinegar. • Use fresh mint to make mint juleps, mojitos or tea for refreshing summer drinks. • Pull marigold flowers apart and use the edible

petals as colorful food garnishes.

MEDITERRANEAN WARMTH Sun Gold Cherry Tomatoes Rainbow Chard and Basil Arugula Thyme You’ll find endless ways to eat the produce from this pot. In the center, plant a bushy dwarf or cherry tomato, such as a Gold Nugget variety. Be sure that your tomato is a compact “determinate” and not a leggy “indeterminate” variety that can

• Toss diced root vegetables with olive oil, thyme and rosemary, and then roast on a shallow tray in the oven. • Sprinkle fresh thyme on pasta salads.

ASIAN SPICE Chili or Sweet Bell Pepper Thai Basil and Broccoli Rabe Mizuna Cilantro and Nasturtiums Plant a spicy bird chili or sweet dwarf bell pepper variety in the center of the pot for an anchor shrub. Select a variety with bright red peppers for the best pop of color amid the green foliage. Fill in around the chili with Thai basil interspersed with a few mizuna (an Asian green) or broccoli rabe plants. Plant cilantro and nasturtium along the edge of the pot and encourage it to spill over the rim. Let cilantro flower to attract pollinators, and use the blossoms in salads or as a colorful garnish. The Recipes:

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Charlottesville | 434-982-3591

Fairfax | 703-391-2020

Aaron I. Vinik

Kurtis S. Elward

Norfolk | 757-446-5912

Charlottesville | 434-973-9744


Gina G. Davis Engel

Michael Z. Blumberg Richmond | 804-288-0055

Thomas A. E. Platts-Mills Charlottesville | 434-924-2227

Donna L. Schuster Herndon | 703-689-2000

Lawrence B. Schwartz Richmond | 804-628-4432

Norfolk | 757-252-9365

ANESTHESIOLOGY David L. Bogdonoff Charlottesville | 434-924-2283

John F. Butterworth IV Richmond | 804-828-2207

Michael G. Byas-Smith Aldie | 703-957-1880

Alex D. Colquhoun Richmond | 804-269-3795

Dennis W. Coombs Richmond | 804-675-5110

Carl Lynch III Charlottesville | 434-924-2283

George Rich Charlottesville | 434-924-9508

John C. Rowlingson

Thomas G. Cropley

Michael Salerno

Charlottesville | 434-924-5115

Charlottesville | 434-243-1000

Algin B. Garrett

David C. Sane

Richmond | 804-560-8991

Roanoke | 540-982-8204

Kenneth E. Greer

Harvey S. Sherber

Charlottesville | 434-924-5115

Fairfax | 703-698-8525

David H. McDaniel

S. Adam Strickberger

Virginia Beach | 757-437-8900

Fairfax | 703-289-9400

Mark A. Russell

Angela M. Taylor

Charlottesville | 434-924-5115

Charlottesville | 434-243-1000

Hema Sundaram

Amy L. Tucker

Fairfax | 703-641-9666

Charlottesville | 434-243-1000

Abby Van Voorhees

Michael Valentine

Norfolk | 757-446-5629

Lynchburg | 434-200-5252

Barbara B. Wilson

James G. Warner, Jr.

Charlottesville | 434-924-5115

Lynchburg | 434-200-5252

Charlottesville | 434-924-2283

COLON AND RECTAL SURGERY Lynda T. Wells Charlottesville | 434-924-9508


Donald B. Colvin

Charlotesville | 434-982-3915

Fairfax | 703-280-2841

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE Robert W. Battle Charlottesville | 434-243-1000

James D. Bergin Charlottesville | 434-982-4247

Kenneth A. Ellenbogen Richmond | 804-828-7565

Luis A. Guzman Richmond | 804-628-4327

Michael L. Hess

Falls Church | 703-237-7707


Lynda S. Dougherty Fairfax | 703-280-2841

Stacey M. Anderson

Charles M. Friel Charlottesville | 434-243-9970

Charlottesville | 434-924-1825

Eugene J. Barrett

Kimberly A. Matzie

Charlottesville | 434-924-1825

Fairfax | 703-280-2841

Allen Stuart Burris

Daniel Otchy

Midlothian | 804-272-2702

Fairfax | 703-280-2841

William R. Timmerman Mechanicsville | 804-559-3400

Richmond | 804-828-4571

CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE Robert L. Jesse Richmond | 804-675-5419

Waynesboro | 540-942-1200

Scott F. Bartram

John Newton Clore Mechanicsville | 804-764-7686

Frank R. Crantz McLean | 703-448-6010

Michael A. Filak Centreville | 703-263-9600

Susan Bienert

Edward M. Friedler

Alexandria | 703-922-3994

Annandale | 703-941-0267

M. Lee Blackburn Mechanicsville | 804-730-0990

Charles W. Gardner, Jr. Alexandria | 703-647-4962

David Wayne Brown Charlottesville | 434-973-4040

John Day Gazewood Charlottesville | 434-924-5348

Susan H. Burroughs

Matthew P. Green

Fairfax | 703-391-2020

Louisa | 540-967-2011

Bruce D. Campbell, Jr.

Andrew Harding

Free Union | 434-978-1691

Reston | 703-834-1473

William H. Carter, Jr.

Fern Hauck

Centreville | 703-263-9600

Charlottesville | 434-924-5348

Robert L. Bloom Annandale | 703-641-8616

Gallup® has audited and certified Best Doctors, Inc.’s database of physicians, and its companion The Best Doctors in America® List, as using the highest industry standards survey methodology and processes. These lists are excerpted from The Best Doctors in America® 2015-2016 database, which includes over 40,000 U.S. doctors in more than 40 medical specialties and 400 subspecialties. The Best Doctors in America® database is compiled and maintained by Best Doctors, Inc. For more information, visit or contact Best Doctors by telephone at 800-675-1199 or by e-mail at Please note that lists of doctors are not available on the Best Doctors website. Best Doctors, Inc., has used its best efforts in assembling material for this list, but does not warrant that the information contained herein is complete or accurate, and does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person or other party for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein, whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause. Copyright 2017, Best Doctors, Inc. Used under license, all rights reserved. This list, or any parts thereof, must not be reproduced in any form without written permission from Best Doctors, Inc. No commercial use of the information in this list may be made without the permission of Best Doctors, Inc. No fees may be charged, directly or indirectly, for the use of the information in this list without permission. BEST DOCTORS, THE BEST DOCTORS IN AMERICA, and the Star-in-Cross Logo are trademarks of Best Doctors, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries, and are used under license.


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BEST DOCTORS Steven Heim Nellysford | 434-361-2555


Richard H. Hoffman Richmond | 804-276-9305

Micah T. Houghton Mechanicsville | 804-730-0990

James P. Jenkins Vienna | 703-255-9100

Samuel M. Jones Fairfax | 703-391-2020

Kevin J. Kelleher Reston | 703-230-0347

Janice L. Keyes Centreville | 703-631-0331

Alexander H. Krist Fairfax | 703-391-2020

Anton J. Kuzel Richmond | 804-828-5883

Robert L. Lazo Galax | 276-236-5181

Deborah I. Leavens Herndon | 703-481-1505

David D. Leonard Fairfax | 703-352-4101

Mark Lepsch Charlottesville | 434-243-4500

Andrew Lockman North Garden | 434-243-4660

D. Andrew Macfarlan Charlottesville | 434-978-2126

Lora E. Mackie Ashburn | 571-252-6000

Raymond Paul Marotta Charlottesville | 434-973-9744

Karen Maughan Charlottesville | 434-924-5348

Daniel F. McCarter Nellysford | 434-361-2555

W. Jefferson McCarter Galax | 276-236-8181

Terence J. McCormally Fairfax | 703-391-2020

Maura R. McLaughlin Charlottesville | 434-409-3637

Timothy E. McLaughlin Charlottesville | 434-243-0700

Victoria L. Merkel Fairfax | 703-391-2020

Mitchell B. Miller Virginia Beach | 757-563-2800

Phillip Morrissette III Midlothian | 804-419-9701

Scott Nagell Leesburg | 703-724-7530

Robert J. Newman Norfolk | 757-446-5955

Bao N. Nguyen Lansdowne | 703-840-7300

Amy Y. Nobu Fairfax | 703-391-2020

Lynn M. O'Brien Fairfax | 703-391-2020

M. Norman Oliver Charlottesville | 434-924-5348

Julie F. Overholtzer Centreville | 703-263-9600

Eugene W. Overton Fairfax | 703-385-6789


Frederick W. Parker III

Michael A. Garone

William Petri

Barbara Tyl Post

Manassas | 703-368-3161

Fairfax | 703-698-8960

Charlottesville | 434-982-1700

Charlottesville | 434-243-4500

Philip R. Peacock

Gabriel B. Herman

Donald Poretz

Sherry A. Scheib

Gainesville | 703-753-4999

Arlington | 703-522-7476

Annandale | 703-560-7900

Norfolk | 757-252-9350

Carolyn Peel

W. William Immel

Eric D. Reines

Diane G. Snustad

Richmond | 804-828-5883

Springfield | 703-642-5990

Alexandria | 703-212-8750

Charlottesville | 434-924-1212

Mark G. Petrizzi

Richard Ranard

Rodrigo Romulo

Mark Weisman

Richmond | 804-237-8282

Fairfax | 703-560-3510

Chesapeake | 757-455-9036

Norfolk | 757-252-9344

Michael J. Petrizzi

Peter L. Scudera

Richard K. Sall

Andrew M. D. Wolf

Mechanicsville | 804-730-0990

Fairfax | 703-716-8700

Fairfax | 703-758-2664

Charlottesville | 434-924-1931

W. James Pettit


William Michael Scheld Charlottesville | 434-982-1700


John Conrad Schwab

David Blais

Alexandria | 703-922-5998

Marc G. Plescia

Peter A. Boling Richmond | 804-828-9357

Herndon | 703-481-1505

Susan Pollart

Chesapeake | 757-455-9036

Joanne Gittleson Crantz Fairfax | 703-560-8877

Charlottesville | 434-924-5348

Mercedes G. Quintos-Gomez

Charlottesville | 434-982-1700

Louis J. Croteau Virginia Beach | 757-395-2500

Annandale | 703-941-0267

Sean Reed

Marissa C. Galicia-Castillo Norfolk | 757-446-7040

Bruce Everett Johnson Roanoke | 540-224-5170

Robert J. Newman Norfolk | 757-446-5955

Richmond | 804-828-5883

Hendra Augustinus Sanusi

Stephen Weinroth Fairfax | 703-246-9560

Ashburn | 703-726-0003

Stephen F. Rothemich

Marsha Diane Soni Fairfax | 703-758-2664

Charlottesville | 434-924-5348

Kelly M. Rodriguez

Costi D. Sifri

Herndon | 703-481-1505

David Craig Slawson Charlottesville | 434-243-4660

Maura J. Sughrue Fairfax | 703-391-2020

Robert M. Palmer Norfolk | 757-446-7040


Diane G. Snustad

Kenneth A. Ballew

Charlottesville | 434-924-1212

Charlottesville | 434-924-2472

Andrew M. D. Wolf

Daniel M. Becker

Charlottesville | 434-924-1931

Charlottesville | 434-924-1931


Peter A. Boling

Marissa C. Galicia-Castillo

Norfolk | 757-252-9250

Sandra Tandeciarz Vienna | 703-255-9100

Mark E. Vasiliadis Reston | 703-230-0347

Jeffry T. Waldman Centreville | 703-263-9600

Crista N. Warniment Stephens City | 540-868-4100

E. Mark Watts Vinton | 540-983-6700

Kevin M. Weaver Herndon | 703-481-1505

Michelle Y. Whitehurst-Cook Richmond | 804-828-5883

Andrew E. Wise Alexandria | 703-922-0234

Brett A. Wohler Alexandria | 703-922-0234

FAMILY MEDICINE/ HOSPITAL MEDICINE Kurtis S. Elward Charlottesville | 434-973-9744

Benjamin H. McIlwaine Leesburg | 703-858-6000

GASTROENTEROLOGY Tonya L. Adams Fairfax | 703-698-1775

Alan F. Ansher Alexandria | 703-751-5763

John Baillie Richmond | 804-828-3286

James E. Gardiner Winchester | 540-667-1244

HAND SURGERY Robert S. Adelaar Richmond | 804-828-7069

Abhinav (Bobby) Chhabra Charlottesville | 434-982-4263

Lawrence B. Colen Norfolk | 757-466-1000

Wyndell H. Merritt Henrico | 804-282-2112

Stephen Pournaras Fairfax | 703-391-0111

HEPATOLOGY Stephen H. Caldwell Charlottesville | 434-924-2626

Gabriel B. Herman Arlington | 703-522-7476

Mitchell L. Shiffman Richmond | 804-977-8920

Zobair Younossi Falls Church | 703-776-2540

INFECTIOUS DISEASE Sujata Ambardar Annandale | 703-560-7900

Robert O. Brennan Lynchburg | 434-947-3944

Gerald R. Donowitz Charlottesville | 434-924-1700

Leigh B. Grossman Charlottesville | 434-924-9141

Sara G. Monroe Richmond | 804-828-6163

Allan J. Morrison, Jr. Annandale | 703-560-7900

William Grady Wilson Charlottesville | 434-924-2595

Jeanny Aragon-Ching

Charlottesville | 434-982-4470

Norfolk | 757-446-7040

Alexandria | 703-504-7868

Brian Wispelwey

Fairfax | 703-573-6400

Michael A. Silverstein

Alessandro Ghidini


Falls Church | 703-237-7707

Eugene A. Shmorhun


Annandale | 703-560-7900

David A. Wheeler

Charlottesville | 434-973-4040

Andrea Schmieg

Norfolk | 757-261-8070

Richmond | 804-828-9357

Gregg R. Clifford Julie Damman Norfolk | 757-252-9312

Kurtis S. Elward Charlottesville | 434-973-9744

Lynne L. Fagan Reston | 703-435-2227

Gary R. Fender Fairfax | 703-573-9800

Mark C. Flemmer Norfolk | 757-446-8920

William E. Fox Charlottesville | 434-244-5684

Joyce B. Geilker Charlottesville | 434-243-4500

Matthew J. Goodman Charlottesville | 434-924-2472

Evan Heald Charlottesville | 434-924-1931

Ira Marie Helenius Charlottesville | 434-924-1931

Bruce Everett Johnson Roanoke | 540-244-5170

Glenn C. Jones Norfolk | 757-252-9282

Frederick H. Kozlowski Winchester | 540-662-6135

Susan Laurie Charlottesville | 434-243-4500

Charles Alan Lisner Norfolk | 757-252-9330

John MacKnight Charlottesville | 434-924-2472

Thomas J. Manser Norfolk | 757-446-8920

Gabrielle Marzani-Nissen Charlottesville | 434-982-1688

Fairfax | 703-970-6431

Christiana M. Brenin Charlottesville | 434-924-9333

Thomas P. Butler Arlington | 703-894-3800

Thao P. Dang Falls Church | 703-241-2882

Kelly M. Davidson Charlottesville | 434-982-6523

John Densmore Charlottesville | 434-982-3390

Patrick Michael Dillon Charlottesville | 434-924-9333

Michael Douvas Charlottesville | 434-982-6399

Robert Dreicer Charlottesville | 434-924-9333

David M. Dunning Alexandria | 571-483-1800

William B. Ershler Fairfax | 703-207-0733

Anne M. Favret Fairfax | 703-280-5390

Nicholas W. Gemma Winchester | 540-662-1108

William W. Grosh Charlottesville | 434-924-9333

David M. Heyer Fairfax | 703-391-4395

Tamila L. Kindwall-Keller Charlottesville | 434-982-6406

Thomas P. Loughran, Jr. Charlottesville | 434-243-9859

Barbara Gail Macik Charlottesville | 434-982-6400

William P. McGuire III Richmond | 804-828-7999

Gregory Orloff Fairfax | 703-280-5390

Benjamin W. Purow Charlottesville | 434-982-4415

Alexander Spira Fairfax | 703-280-5390

Mary J. Wilkinson Fairfax | 703-207-0733

Michael E. Williams Charlottesville | 434-924-9333


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Jon D. Peters

Jeff C. Hammer

Fidel A. Valea

Reston | 703-478-0440

Chesapeake | 757-547-2322

Roanoke | 540-581-0160

Lawrence H. Phillips II

Alice Hirata

Steven L. Warsof

Charlottesville | 434-924-5361

Richmond | 804-288-4084

Virginia Beach | 757-689-5104

J. Javier Provencio

W. Allen Hogge

Patrice Weiss

Charlottesville | 434-924-8371

Richmond | 804-828-4409

Roanoke | 540-526-2273

Mark S. Quigg

Nicolette S. Horbach

Jeffrey A. Welgoss

Charlottesville | 434-924-2706

Annandale | 571-389-7140

Annandale | 571-389-7140

David Schiff

Kathie L. Hullfish

Randal J. West

Charlottesville | 434-982-4415

Charlottesville | 434-924-2103

Richmond | 804-323-5040

James P. Simsarian

William P. Irvin, Jr.

Christopher D. Williams

Fairfax | 703-876-0800

Newport News | 757-594-4198

Charlottesville | 434-654-8520

Alan R. Towne

Christine R. Isaacs


Richmond | 804-828-9350

Richmond | 804-560-8950

Armistead D. Williams, Jr.

Charles M. Jones

Norfolk | 757-461-5400

Richmond | 804-288-8900

G. Frederick Wooten, Jr.

Camille Kanaan

Charlottesvile | 434-924-2706

Norfolk | 757-446-7979

Bradford Worrall

Charles N. Landen

Charlottesville | 434-924-2783

Charlottesville | 434-924-9333


R. Scott Lucidi

Chris Annunziata

W. Kline Bolton Charlottesville | 434-924-1984

Vienna | 703-810-5213

Charlottesville | 800-543-8814

William R. Beach Richmond | 804-285-2300

Kevin F. Bonner

Kambiz Kalantari Charlottesville | 434-924-1984

Virginia Beach | 757-490-4802

Steve F. Brockmeier

Mark D. Okusa Charlottesville | 434-924-1984

Mitchell H. Rosner Charlottesville | 434-924-1984

NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY Ashok R. Asthagiri Charlottesville | 434-924-2203

William Jeffrey Elias Charlottesville | 434-924-2203

R. Scott Graham Richmond | 804-828-9165

Lynchburg | 434-947-3920

Melvin J. Fratkin Richmond | 804-828-2838

Jayashree Parekh Charlottesville | 434-924-9391

Christopher I. Shaffrey Charlottesville | 434-243-7026

Mark E. Shaffrey Charlottesville | 434-924-1843

Jason Sheehan Charlottesvile | 434-924-2203

Justin S. Smith Charlottesville | 434-924-2203

Dennis G. Vollmer Charlottesville | 434-924-2203

Joseph Watson Vienna | 703-748-1000

Donald C. Wright Arlington | 703-248-0111


OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY Leonard W. Aamodt Harrisonburg | 540-438-1314

Alfred Z. Abuhamad Norfolk | 757-446-7900

Glenna R. Andersen Fairfax | 703-560-1611

Bruce G. Bateman Charlottesville | 434-654-8520

Annette Bicher Annandale | 571-308-1830

Erika Blanton Richmond | 804-673-8791

Paulette Browne Fairfax | 703-246-0500

Leigh Cantrell Charlottesville | 434-924-9933

Charlottesville | 434-924-2783

William W. Campbell

Weldon Chafe Richmond | 804-560-8950

Midlothian | 804-288-2742

Ruben Cintron

David Peter Chelmow Richmond | 804-828-4409

Reston | 703-478-0440

Heidi Crayton

Christian A. Chisholm Charlottesville | 434-924-2500

Vienna | 703-226-4000

Nathan Benjamin Fountain

James T. Christmas Richmond | 804-289-4972

Charlottesville | 434-924-5401

Myla D. Goldman

Jon Lee Crockford Norfolk | 757-466-6350

Charlottesville | 434-924-2783

Madaline Harrison

Donald J. Dudley Charlottesville | 434-924-2500

Charlottesville | 434-924-2706

Timothy Hormel

Linda R. Duska Charlottesville | 434-924-1570

Salem | 540-725-3500

Karen C. Johnston

John C. Elkas Annandale | 571-308-1830

Charlottesville | 434-924-2783

David E. Jones

James E. (Jef) Ferguson II Charlottesville | 434-924-2500

Charlottesville | 434-924-8668

Robert Kurtzke

Martha T. Fernandez Norfolk | 757-466-6350

Fairfax | 703-876-0800

Kenneth V. Leone

William Fitzhugh Richmond | 804-523-3712

Charlottesville | 434-924-2706

Mark G. Malkin

Fairfax | 703-698-9335

Charlottesville | 434-243-0266

Gordon A. Byrnes

James Chandler

Alexandria | 703-313-8822

Roanoke | 540-725-1226

James L. Combs

Abhinav (Bobby) Chhabra

Richmond | 804-285-5300

Charlottesville | 434-982-4263

William F. Deegan III

Quanjun “Trey” Cui

Alexandria | 703-313-8822

Charlottesville | 434-243-0266

John P. Essepian III

David R. Diduch

Fairfax | 703-698-8880

Charlottesville | 434-243-7778

Mark Falls

Harry C. Eschenroeder

Vienna | 703-790-1780

Lynchburg | 434-485-8500

Richard A. Garfinkel

Gregory J. Golladay

Charlottesville | 434-249-1613

Edward H. Oldfield Charlottesville | 434-982-3591

Elizabeth H. Mandell

Alessandro Ghidini Alexandria | 703-504-7868

Richmond | 804-828-9447

Edward John Gill

Adrienne Louise Maraist

Fairfax | 703-698-9335

Richmond | 804-828-7069

Maurice L. Gaspar

Thomas P. Loughran

Richmond | 804-285-8806

Rodney McLaren

Arlington | 703-524-5777

Richmond | 804-828-0713

Michael Goldberg

John F. Meyers

Fairfax | 703-277-9510

Susan C. Modesitt

Woodbridge | 703-670-4700

Richmond | 804-285-2300

Thomas John Joly

Mark D. Miller

Charlottesville | 434-924-5197

Michael D. Moxley

Norfolk | 757-622-2200

Charlottesville | 434-243-7778

Sara A. Kaltreider

Joseph S. Park

Arlington | 703-558-4400

Donna L. Musgrave

Charlottesville | 434-244-8610

Charlottesville | 434-243-0245

Kenneth M. Karlin

Frank A. Pettrone

Roanoke | 540-982-8881

Wade A. Neiman

Reston | 703-437-3900

Arlington | 703-525-6100

Alex Melamud

David W. Romness

Lynchburg | 434-239-7890

Barbara Nies

Fairfax | 703-698-9335

Arlington | 703-810-5215

Robert P. Murphy

Christopher I. Shaffrey

Fairfax | 703-698-5350

Nan G. O’Connell

Fairfax | 703-698-9335

Charlottesville | 434-243-7026

Peter A. Netland

Frank H. Shen

Richmond | 804-560-8950

Sergio C. Oehninger

Charlottesville | 434-982-0854

Charlottesville | 434-243-3633

Steven A. Newman

Adam L. Shimer

Norfolk | 757-446-7100

John G. Pierce, Jr.

Charlottesville | 434-924-5978

Charlottesville | 434-243-0291

Edward S. Parelhoff

Hans R. Tuten

Lynchburg | 434-239-7890

JoAnn Pinkerton

Springfield | 703-451-6111

Richmond | 804-285-2300

Michael B. Rivers

David B. Weiss

Charlottesville | 434-243-4720

Sarah Poggi

Fairfax | 703-698-9335

Charlottesville | 434-243-0274

David Salib

Robin V. West

Alexandria | 703-504-7868

Holly Puritz

Norfolk | 757-622-2200

Fairfax | 703-970-6464

Stephen V. Scoper

Felasfa Wodajo

Norfolk | 757-466-6350

Ronald M. Ramus

Norfolk | 757-622-2200

Fairfax | 703-280-5390

John Sheppard


Richmond | 804-560-8950

Fidelma Burke Rigby

Norfolk | 757-622-2200

Laurence DiNardo

Richmond | 804-828-4409

Richard F. Rinehardt

Richmond | 804-628-4368

Ali R. Tabassian Richmond | 804-644-7478

Joseph K. Han

Richmond | 804-289-4500

Stacey Jean Rogers

Norfolk | 757-388-6200

James S. Tiedeman Fishersville | 540-213-7484

George T. Hashisaki

Chesapeake | 757-549-4403

G. Scott Rose

Charlottesville | 434-924-5700

Michael C. Tigani McLean | 703-356-5484

Daniel Karakla

Annandale | 571-308-1830

Barry S. Rothman

Norfolk | 757-388-6200

Mark E. Whitten Richmond | 804-527-1963

Bradley William Kesser

Alexandria | 703-370-0400

Diljeet K. Singh

Charlottesville | 434-924-5700

Elizabeth Yeu Norfolk | 757-622-2200

Paul A. Levine

McLean | 703-287-4550

Robert B. Thompson Fishersville | 540-213-7750

Thomas E. Brown James A. Browne

Daniel M. Berinstein

Fairfax | 703-560-1611

Kenneth C. Liu Charlottesville | 434-924-2203

Darya Maanavi

Charlottesville | 434-243-7778

Charlottesville | 434-243-0266

Richmond | 804-560-8950

George A. Hurt

Gordon L. Avery Arlington | 703-810-5215

Robert D. Fildes Fairfax | 703-876-2788

ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY Robert S. Adelaar Richmond | 804-828-7069


Alden M. Doyle

Charlottesville | 434-924-5700

Stephanie A. Moody Antonio Norfolk | 757-388-6200

Richmond | 804-560-8950


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BEST DOCTORS Stephen S. Park

Kathleen M. Donnelly

Benjamin W. Purow

Hans R. Tuten

Charlottesville | 434-924-5700

Falls Church | 703-776-4001

Charlottesville | 434-982-4415

Richmond | 804-285-2300

Spencer C. Payne

Christopher Foley

Marshall Allen Schorin


Charlottesville | 434-924-5700

Norfolk | 757-668-7331

Falls Church | 703-531-3627

Mark I. Rubinstein

William G. Harmon

Eric Werner

Fairfax | 703-383-8130

Charlottesville | 434-924-1761

Norfolk | 757-668-7185

John Sinacori

Stephen R. Keller


Norfolk | 757-668-9373

Richmond | 804-828-9964

Norfolk | 757-388-6200

Falls Church | 703-776-6053

Craig S. Derkay

Alan P. Picarillo

Norma Maxvold

Leigh B. Grossman


Charlottesville | 434-924-9141

Norfolk | 757-668-9373

Daniel E. Keim


Michael C. Spaeder

Norfolk | 757-668-9373

Charlottesville | 434-924-5428

David H. Darrow

Russell R. Moores, Jr.

Richmond | 804-289-4500

Fairfax | 703-876-2788

Charlottesville | 434-924-5879

Stacey E. Mills Charlottesville | 434-924-5227

Michael G. Vish

Suzanne R. Lavoie

James W. Patterson Charlottesville | 434-924-9169

Douglas F. Willson

Jose L. Munoz

Charlottesville | 434-982-0284

Ronald B. Turner PEDIATRIC DERMATOLOGY Laurie Lee Shinn

Linda A. Waggoner-Fountain

Charlottesville | 434-243-6147

Richmond | 804-282-0831

Charlottesville | 434-924-5321


Robert A. Silverman


Arlington | 703-558-6040

Peter W. Heymann Charlottesville | 434-924-0123

Anne-Marie Irani Richmond | 804-628-7337

Fairfax | 703-641-0083

Hazel J. Vernon

John Barcia Timothy E. Bunchman Jennifer E. Charlton Robert D. Fildes

Nicole W. Karjane


Charlottesville | 434-924-2096

Gary L. Francis

Irene G. Restaino

Richmond | 804-828-4409

Eduardo Lara-Torre Roanoke | 540-526-2273

Victoria F. Norwood

Henrico | 804-828-2467

Norfolk | 757-668-7244

Kathleen M. Link

Charlottesville | 434-924-5428

Jonathan R. Swanson Charlottesville | 434-924-5428




Charlottesville | 434-924-0123

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Norfolk | 757-668-9920

Richmond | 804-828-2982

David Jaffe Michael S. Schechter

Richmond | 804-425-3627

Richmond | 804-828-2467

Bennett Lavenstein H. Joel Schmidt

Fairfax | 571-226-8380

Richmond | 804-828-2467

Lawrence D. Morton James M. Sherman, Jr.

Richmond | 804-828-0442

Roanoke | 540-266-6012

Fairfax | 703-876-2788

Richard Stevenson

Robert A. Sinkin

Howard P. Goodkin

Roanoke | 540-224-5170

Charlottesville | 434-924-0123


Charlottesville | 434-924-0123

James T. Thompson

Richmond | 804-827-2264

Norfolk | 757-668-7546


Charlottesville | 434-924-2528

Charlottesville | 434-924-2096

Richmond | 804-282-0831

Judith V. Williams

Kant Yuan-Kai Lin

Charlottesville | 434-924-9141

Mark R. Wick

Sally H. Bailey

Charlottesville | 434-924-5068

Richmond | 804-828-9339

Richmond | 804-828-4080

Mark H. Stoler

Thomas J. Gampper

Richmond | 804-828-3744

Falls Church | 703-776-6053

Donald A. Taylor W. Gerald Teague, Jr.

Richmond | 804-288-9898

Charlottesville | 434-924-5321

Terry Watkin Judith Ann Voynow

Fairfax | 703-876-2788

Richmond | 804-828-2982

Pearl Lee Yu



Fairfax | 703-876-2788


Ronald Brodsky

David Repaske

Joseph F. Dilustro

Norfolk | 757-668-7320

Charlottesville | 434-924-0123

Norfolk | 757-668-7990

Ramesh I. Patel

Edmond Wickham

John Jane, Jr.

Richmond | 804-828-2161

Charlottesville | 434-924-2203


Lydia Kernitsky Richmond | 804-828-0442


George D. Politis

Stephen M. Borowitz

Gary W. Tye

Svinder S. Toor

Charlottesville | 434-924-2283

Charlottesville | 434-924-5321

Norfolk | 757-668-7990

Norfolk | 757-668-9920


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Lynn Frances Duffy

John David Ward

Norfolk | 757-668-7320

Fairfax | 703-876-2788

Richmond | 804-828-9165


Billy D. Shaw

Lynda T. Wells

Martin Graham


Michelle Clayton

Charlottesville | 434-924-9508

Richmond | 804-828-2467


Fairfax | 571-766-3100

Mark J. Polak Norfolk | 757-668-7320

PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGY Richmond | 804-297-3055

Charlottesville | 434-924-1761

Norfolk | 757-668-6100 Arlington | 703-524-5777

Ian H. Leibowitz Nancy U. Yokois

Falls Church | 703-534-3900

D. Scott Lim G. Paul Matherne Charlottesville | 434-924-9119

Nancy L. McDaniel Charlottesville | 434-924-9119

John H. Reed Norfolk | 757-668-7214

Karen S. Rheuban Charlottesville | 434-924-9119

Elliot M. Tucker Norfolk | 757-668-7214

PEDIATRIC CRITICAL CARE Jeannean Carver Charlottesville | 434-982-1707

Edward S. Parelhoff PEDIATRIC GENERAL HEPATOLOGY Barrett H. Barnes

Springfield | 703-451-6111


Charlottesville | 434-924-0123

Peter Lee

Mark F. Abel George “Jordy” D. Gantsoudes


Fairfax | 703-876-2788

Jennifer B. Dean

Norfolk | 757-668-6550

Falls Church | 703-531-3627

Kimberly P. Dunsmore Charlottesville | 434-924-8499

Christopher J. Lawlor Falls Church | 703-531-3627

Gita Vasers Massey Richmond | 804-828-9300


Cara D. Novick Mark J. Romness Charlottesville | 434-982-4214

Chester Sharps Richmond | 804-285-2300

H. Sheldon St. Clair Norfolk | 757-668-6550

Christine Burt Solorzano Charlottesville | 434-924-0123

William Grady Wilson

Richmond | 804-828-9338

Jeffrey (Jeff) H. Haynes Richmond | 804-828-3500

Robert E. Kelly Norfolk | 757-668-7703

Richard R. Brookman

Patricia Lange

Richmond | 804-828-9449

Richmond | 804-828-3500

Stephanie N. Crewe

David A. Lanning

Richmond | 804-828-9449

Richmond | 804-828-3500

Maria G. Portilla Charlottesville | 434-982-3915

Charlottesville | 434-924-2301

Fairfax | 703-876-2788


Richmond | 804-828-3500

Joel Lall-Trail Nancy A. Morrison

Richmond | 804-828-0442

Charles Bagwell

Suzanne Starling Norfolk | 757-668-6100

Norfolk | 757-461-1444

Jean E. Teasley

Charlottesville | 434-924-2595

Melissa Kern

Norfolk | 757-668-7240 Charlottesville | 434-243-1000

David Kushner Virginia Beach | 757-466-0089

Fairfax | 703-876-2788

William G. Harmon

Bennett A. Alford Charlottesville | 434-924-9377

Lynchburg | 434-316-5495

Gerald Thomas Albrecht

Charlottesville | 434-975-7700


Michael H. Hart

Eugene D. McGahren Charlottesville | 434-924-5643


Robert John Obermeyer Norfolk | 757-668-7703

Claudio Oiticica

Richmond | 804-828-3137

Richmond | 804-828-3500

Aradhana A. (Bella) Sood Richmond | 804-828-3129

Bradley Moreland Rodgers Charlottesville | 434-924-2673


Alexander Soutter Fairfax | 703-560-2236

Karen Diane Fairchild Charlottesvile | 434-924-5428


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Richmond | 804-828-9956

David Kaufman

Cristina Baldassari

Richmond | 804-828-4987

Kristen A. Atkins

Karen Hendricks-Munoz


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Ivica Ducic

Alexandria | 703-924-2100

McLean | 703-992-9233

George T. Rowe

Gloria Duda

Richmond | 804-754-3776

McLean | 703-893-1111

Richard H. Schwartz

James H. French

Vienna | 703-938-5555

Annandale | 703-560-2850

C.D. Anthony Herndon Richmond | 804-828-2467

PEDIATRICS/GENERAL Bobby Arnold Archuleta Richmond | 804-320-7139

Vincent Ascrizzi Reston | 703-435-3636

Serene Barmada-Mazid Fairfax | 703-391-0900

James R. Baugh Fairfax | 703-573-2432

Sandra L. Bell Richmond | 804-231-0788

Gary J. Bergman Alexandria | 703-914-8989

Sandra L. Boisseau Richmond | 804-222-7744

Michelle Brenner Norfolk | 757-668-7400

Suzanne N. Brixey Virginia Beach | 757-668-6700

Laura Byrnes Fairfax | 703-391-0900

Sandy Chung

Mary Michael Schweiker

Thomas J. Gampper

Richmond | 804-358-4904

Charlottesville | 434-924-5068

Hope T. Scott

Stephen S. Park

Reston | 703-435-3636

Charlottesville | 434-924-5700

South Riding | 703-327-0075

Fredric N. Fink Norfolk | 757-461-6342

Robert A. Fink Norfolk | 757-461-6342

William D. Goldman Arlington | 703-522-7300

Stephen Gary Harrison Reston | 703-435-3636

Michael J. Hopper Alexandria | 703-924-2100

Barbara Lyons Kahler Kilmarnock | 804-435-1152

Anne B. Kernan-Grunzke Alexandria | 703-924-2100

Russell C. Libby Fairfax | 703-573-2432

Karen R. McElfish Alexandria | 703-914-8989

Patricia D. Mulreany Midlothian | 804-794-2821

Bernadette M. Murphy Fairfax | 703-391-0900

Tim O’Neil Richmond | 804-320-7139

William D. Ohriner Fairfax | 703-391-0900

Mark W. Anderson


Charlottesville | 434-924-9401

Robert Shayne

Theodore W. Uroskie, Jr.

Chester | 804-748-9090

Norfolk | 757-466-1000

Donald B. Colvin Fairfax | 703-280-2841

Charlottesville | 434-924-7558

Richmond | 804-828-6600

Gabrielle Marzani-Nissen

John D. Grizzard

Charlottesville | 434-982-1688

Richmond | 804-828-3151

Charlie L. Swanson, Jr.

Jennifer Harvey

Roanoke | 540-981-8025

Charlottesville | 434-924-5194

Thomas N. Wise

Ziv J. Haskal

Falls Church | 703-776-3626

Charlottesville | 434-924-9401


Curtis W. Hayes

John J. Moynihan Falls Church | 703-531-2246

Midlothian | 804-739-6142

Patricia M. Strauss

Richmond | 804-320-1353

Charles Vaden Terry Midlothian | 804-379-5437

Samuel Weinstein Fairfax | 703-573-2432

Edward James Wiley III Glen Allen | 804-282-4210


Robert L. Bloom Annandale | 703-641-8616

M. Anthony Casolaro Falls Church | 703-521-6662

John B. Cleary Fairfax | 703-391-8804

Alpha A. Fowler III Richmond | 804-828-2161

Jamie C. Hey Richmond | 804-320-4243

David E. Marcello III Richmond | 804-828-0951

James P. Lamberti Annandale | 703-641-8616

PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION Alan P. Alfano Charlottesville | 434-243-5600

Peter J. Bower Charlottesville | 434-964-0159

Michael DePalma Richmond | 804-330-0303

Eric A. Libre Annandale | 703-641-8616

Omar A. Minai Hopewell | 804-458-7781

C. Edward Rose Charlottesville | 434-924-5219

Ellen Clarke Vaughey

Hernan I. Vargas Fairfax | 703-207-4320

Mary Elizabeth Jensen Charlottesville | 434-924-9719

Charlottesville | 434-982-6018

THORACIC SURGERY Alan H. Matsumoto Charlottesville | 434-924-9401

Charlottesville | 434-982-4301 Richmond | 804-828-0534

Falls Church | 703-280-5858 Charlottesville | 434-924-9358

Charlottesville | 434-924-2158

Alexander S. Krupnick

Fairfax | 703-698-4475

Charlottesville | 434-924-8016

Mary Ann Turner Mohammed Abdul Quader

Richmond | 804-828-3151

Richmond | 804-675-5403

Arina van Breda Alexandria | 703-504-7950

Charlottesville | 434-924-2673 Charlottesville | 434-982-6018

Alan M. Speir Falls Church | 703-280-5858

Alexandria | 703-664-7285


George Moxley

Gary Goldberg

Mitchell S. Anscher

Richmond | 804-675-5576

Richmond | 804-828-7232

Jeffrey G. Jenkins

Douglas Arthur

Charlottesville | 434-243-5622

Richmond | 804-828-7232

William McKinley

Gopal Bajaj

Richmond | 804-828-4097

Falls Church | 703-776-3731

Douglas A. Wayne

Susan E. Boylan

Midlothian | 804-270-1305

Woodbridge | 703-670-3349


Robert Phillips Wilder

Laurie Cuttino

Reid Barton Adams

Charlotesville | 434-243-5600

Richmond | 804-287-4340

Charlottesville | 434-924-9333

Nathan David Zasler

Stella Hetelekidis

John J. Moynihan

Richmond | 804-270-5484

Falls Church | 703-776-3731

Falls Church | 703-531-2246


Samir Kanani

William J. Purkert

Falls Church | 703-776-3731

Falls Church | 703-531-2246

Bradley Robert Prestidge

Bruce D. Schirmer

Norfolk | 757-278-2200

Charlottesville | 434-924-2104

Tyvin Andrew Rich

Hernan I. Vargas

Hampton | 757-251-6800

Fairfax | 703-207-4320

Charlottesville | 434-924-2123

Bradley Moreland Rodgers

Adam B. Winick

Vienna | 703-734-2222

David B. Drake

Irving L. Kron

David Spinosa

Falls Church | 703-521-6662

Norfolk | 757-466-1000

Sandeep Khandhar

Patrice K. Rehm

Mahnaz Momeni

Lawrence B. Colen

John Allen Kern

Mark Steven Parker

Steven M. Zimmet

Roger V. Gisolfi

Eric A. Wiebke Hampton | 757-722-9961

Arun Krishnaraj


Charlottesville | 434-243-5622

Linda Sommers Charlottesville | 434-984-6121

Richmond | 804-828-1900

Annandale | 703-641-8616

Paul Diamond

Craig Slingluff Charlottesville | 434-924-1730

Norfolk | 757-461-6342

Paul M. Strehler

Brian J. Kaplan Richmond | 804-828-3250

Alexandria | 703-924-2100

Kara E. Somers

Gordon Hafner Falls Church | 703-531-2246


Richmond | 804-282-4205

Andreas D. Sideridis

Harry D. Bear Richmond | 804-828-5116

Richmond | 804-281-8237

Ann S. Fulcher J. Mark Shreve

Reid Barton Adams Charlottesville | 434-924-9333

Charlottesville | 434-924-9401

Avery Jennings Evans

Richmond | 804-320-7139

John D. Farrell, Jr.

Hampton | 757-722-9961

David G. Disler

Falls Church | 703-359-7878

Tracey Deal

Charlottesville | 434-924-9377

J. Fritz Angle

Fairfax | 703-391-0900

P. Saleena Dakin

Eric A. Wiebke

Bennett A. Alford

Boyd H. Winslow Richmond | 804-775-4500



Kathleen O. Parente

Curtis G. Tribble Charlottesville | 434-982-4301

UROLOGY Sam D. Graham, Jr.

Richmond | 804-828-9341

Fishersville | 540-932-5926

Gary R. Siegel Virginia Beach | 757-491-7359

William R. Morgan Richmond | 804-288-0339

Neil Stahl Walter M. O’Brien

Burke | 703-425-4435

Reston | 703-480-0220

Christopher M. Wise Sunil V. Patel

Richmond | 804-828-9341

Fairfax | 703-876-0288

Tiffany M. Sotelo Fairfax | 877-437-7100

VASCULAR SURGERY Kenneth J. Cherry, Jr. Charlottesville | 434-243-7052

Irving L. Kron Charlottesville | 434-924-2158

Gilbert Rivers Upchurch, Jr. Charlottesville | 434-243-6334

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UP by Eric Williamson

UPWARDLY MOBILE ARIANA ORTEGA’S FIRST TIME climbing outdoors was on the Virginia side of the Beltway, in Springfield. Lodged between housing developments, the approximately 20-foot-high rock was graffitiscrawled and littered with glass and other potential hazards. She and her fellow climbers cleaned up the landing zone, readied their crash pads and set out in the frigid morning air to solve the riddles posed by the rock’s surfaces. Ortega, 35, of Woodbridge, has been climbing for more than a decade. She’s a manager of member relations for a higher-education technology not-forprofit who began the sport a year before embarking on her current career path: first as an office manager for a college in Washington, D.C., and then as a registrar before switching to the vendor side, where she sees strong potential for upward mobility. She says problem-solving and managing fear are aspects of climbing she applies to her daily life. “There’s a lot of problem-solving that happens while you’re physically dangling from your fingertips, and in some cases your ankle,” she says. “There’s also usually a moment on a problem when I’m thinking, ‘Oh God, I don’t know if I can do this; I didn’t realize this was going to happen.’ Then I make a move and it sticks and it’s the best feeling.”

Climbing tunes the mind to win uphill battles both on and off the rock.

MATT LONDREY, ANOTHER VERTICAL devotee, has been climbing since he was 8 years old. “I would be very surprised if climbing wasn’t the reason that I enjoy being in an environment where there’s lots of stuff going on,” he says. “That’s just too much of a coincidence.” The 26-year-old Richmond resident is a scrub tech at an area vascular center and a first-year nursing student at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is also a nationally competitive indoor climber, recently helped coach the U.S. youth national team at the 2016 Youth World Championships in China and coaches young climbers part-time at Peak Experiences in Midlothian. “With climbing competitions, you might not guess that on any given day the strongest person doesn’t actually win,” he says. “In the end, it has more to do with who has the mental capability of performing the best in the moment.” He says climbing has helped him learn to concentrate on one thing at a time. “My experience with nursing is you have, for example, five patients and each one has a different problem,” he says. “You have to focus on the patient in front of you. That’s the same way when it comes to competing. You have to focus on the task at hand, and do your best in the moment, then move on.”

Illustrations by David Hollenbach VIRGINIA LIVING • HEALTH & WELLNESS 2017

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VIVEK PURI ASPIRES TO BE the best, and the biggest: “Both,” he emphasizes. At 42, he’s married with three children and runs his family’s business, Classic Homes, which his father and uncle cofounded in Arlington in 1983. The company specializes in taking existing structures, tearing them down and replacing them with custom-built dream houses. The builder is the second largest of its kind in Northern Virginia, says Puri, and gunning for No. 1. “The idea is do a good job first, and do well as a result of that,” he explains. “Not the other way around.” To that end, Puri’s first order of business each morning is to scale a wall. “One of the ways climbing helps me is it gives me a way of focusing my energies on achieving something physical, rather than financial or anything else,” he says. The 5:30 a.m. routine—at a time when most people haven’t even climbed out of bed—he says, “also gives me structure in the day.” FAR FROM LIVING ON THE EDGE, Ortega, Londrey and Puri are three Virginia professionals who find climbing helps them bring their A-game to their work. “Mostly what I’ve seen in my personal practice is folks who have another primary day job—like a lawyer or a doctor or a businessperson,” says Dr. Keith Kaufman, a licensed psychologist specializing in sports performance who has offices in Fairfax and Washington, D.C. “They may climb on the side, and may climb relatively seriously, as a way of balancing out their lives.”


While Kaufman eschews labels, climbers, because of the more extreme ends of the sport, often get stereotyped with the psychological tag “sensation-seekers.” “Oh, adrenaline junkies,” says Ex Pow-anpongkul, 32, director of Earth Trek’s new climbing gym in Crystal City. “That’s a misconception that I had even when I got into the sport. I was a chemical engineer and a huge computer and videogame dude and didn’t really work out that much when I first started. I had no upper-body strength, couldn’t do a pull-up; I wasn’t fit. I was not an adrenaline junkie.” Climbing gyms (there are currently about 30 in Virginia) originated as a place to train or exercise when weather didn’t permit an outdoor rope climb or bouldering, but they’ve since become a popular destination in and of themselves, says Pow-anpongkul. He has witnessed sharp growth in the past five years. And while the state’s well-traversed outdoor climbing routes advertise themselves with enticing names, such as “True Grit,” “Romeo’s Ladder” and “Bushwhack Crack,” he notes that they have to compete with a large recurring support group at the gym, and its conveniences. But back to the brain—specifically the brain on rock—or polyurethane, depending on what one is gripping. Our professionals report specific mental benefits from climbing. But is it more than just a subjective feeling? Ortega, in her day job, must make sure her organization’s members report an exceptional user experience. High expectations can mean work may be stressful or seem overwhelming at times, she says. She credits the mindset developed by climbing as helping her in those moments when she feels stuck.


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“I might be flattering myself, but I feel like, because of climbing, you can take a step back, look at a situation, assess the different options and problem-solve the situation the same way you problem-solve a climb,” says Ortega. Virginia Beach career coach Amy Walton, herself an avid hiker of Virginia’s mountains, can see the connection. She says the concepts of breaking large tasks down into manageable chunks and learning to appreciate a process, rather than just the end goal, are as applicable to business or any other serious task as they are to climbing. Beyond the anecdotal, though, what does science say about climbing’s ability to hone the brain? A lot of the existing research focuses on the physical toll climbing takes on the body, or comparisons of the associated risks (for example, ice climbing is more dangerous, not surprisingly). Less studied is the impact that climbing has on brain activity and mental fitness. While numerous studies have found outdoor and physical activities to be generally good for body and mind, an Italian study showed little difference in improvements for climbers in psychophysical measures compared to those who participated in generalized training (“vigor” actually ranked lower for climbers). Yet, other studies indicate climbing may improve certain mind-related health conditions, including depression and, among children, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. A study released by the University of North Florida in 2015 looked at the benefit of proprioceptive activity (lifting, pushing and pulling heavy objects, including one’s own weight) on the brain; after subjects performed complex tasks that involved strength and bodily coordination, combined with at least one other element such as route planning, evidence suggested the activity improved working memory. Kaufman says he sees the main mental boost to be had from climbing as the release that comes when a strenuous task is performed out of intrinsic motivation: “I think the real benefit comes from the exertion.”

Go to to find a list of Virginia climbing centers in your area, and visit to search Virginia’s outdoor climbing possibilities. Information about some of the state’s climbing groups can be found at

FOR PURI, THE VALUE OF CLIMBING is more profound than just serving as a steam valve: He is living with Parkinson’s. He was diagnosed with the progressive disease when he was 38, and uses Sportrock Climbing Center in Alexandria to help his mind counteract the neuromuscular disorder. So far, he says, the therapy is working. “I may be on a wall, and I have to make a move with my left leg, and it doesn’t engage the way I want it to,” Puri explains. “What I do with that is I try to work around it, whether it’s willing that muscle to engage, or to compensate and find a different way to get to the top. “It’s almost like challenging Parkinson’s to a duel, and showing that you can actually win the battle.” The Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale is a subjective test a doctor administers to measure the progression of the disease. When a doctor first diagnosed Puri, his score was an eight. It rose to a 12. “Most recently, I was at 3 ½ ,” he says. But Puri is also a pragmatist. He has groomed a group of his employees to run the company, giving them greater ownership and distributing the managerial workload. In doing so, he says, he’s created a more robust and competitive organization that can continue to thrive without him. “It’s kind of the working-around-it solution,” he says. “I’m the left leg in that analogy. The right leg and the arms could be the rest of the people in the company.”,,


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Virginia Living - April 2017  

Spring is in full force in the April issue of Virginia Living. We take a look at the elegant tradition of steeplechase, a sport that, from F...

Virginia Living - April 2017  

Spring is in full force in the April issue of Virginia Living. We take a look at the elegant tradition of steeplechase, a sport that, from F...