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A walk along Ragged Mountain will take you past rocks that are more than a billion years old. That little tidbit from the Rivanna Master Naturalists (p.10) stopped me in my tracks, and then sent me tumbling into a Google rabbit hole. How long is a billion years, anyway? Whip through all of human history, past the first sparks of fire and scratchy cave paintings all the way up to TikTok and Teslas. Then do it all about 4,999 more times—that’s a billion years. How old are the oldest rocks on Earth? That’s a trick question, as it turns out. The Hadean zircon deposits of Western Australia are more than 4 billion years old. The translucent blue minerals are the Earth’s oldest rocks, but they aren’t the oldest rocks on Earth. That title belongs to dust particles on the Murchison meteorite, which landed in 1969 and contains material roughly 7 billion years old—2.5 billion years older than the planet itself. Start paying close attention during a walk through the Ragged Mountain woods, and it all gets galactic pretty fast. This is the spirit of the naturalists in action. The world around us always offers more to learn, and learning further enriches our worlds; one question leads to a cascade of questions and answers. If you ask me, that rocks.—Ben Hitchcock

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“This is just outright scary. I’m not sure how the planets aligned for this to happen!”

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—Community activist Don Gathers, after this week’s City Council meeting adjourned in a record-fast 90 minutes

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Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has joined a coalition of state leaders—and the FBI—trying to quash the sale of fake vaccine cards. Apparently, entrepreneurs around the country have been selling fraudulent paper vaccine receipts to the needle-shy, impatient, and anti-vax crowds. If you ask us, it seems like a lot of bother when the local health district is currently doling out shots to all comers.

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That money edge—plus McAuliffe’s name recognition as a former governor—has translated to polling success. A mid-April Public Policy Polling survey shows 42 percent of likely primary voters in McAuliffe’s camp, with no other candidate even cracking double digits. The Democratic primary will be held June 8. Meanwhile, on the Republican side, businessmen Pete Snyder and Glenn Youngkin lead the way, each having raised similar amounts as McAuliffe. State Senator and self-proclaimed “Trump in heels” Amanda Chase has raised just over $800K. The Republicans will hold a drive-through nominating convention on May 8.

Poem patter During a virtual panel hosted by the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, Mayor Nikuyah Walker expanded on her poem that drew national attention last month. “Charlottesville: The beautiful-ugly it is. It rapes you, comforts you in its cum stained sheets and tells you to keep its secrets,” the mayor wrote. Walker says the poem was fueled by pent-up frustration trying to bring systemic change to the city as a Black woman.

“I was sitting there thinking of how difficult even getting this work done—social justice, economic justice,” said Walker. “That is very difficult with my current colleagues and a lot of the staff members.” Since taking office in 2018, Walker said she doesn’t think anything has changed. She focused specifically on affordable housing, an area in which she feels her fellow councilors have not been energetic enough. “When you’re serious about reparations [and] repair, then you do that with a sense of emergency,” she said.

In response to people who criticized her use of explicit language, Walker emphasized that elected officials should be able to express their emotions, and that she never tried to be a “polished individual.” “I know some people felt violated because of the [poem’s] word choice, but I hope they now…understand that we feel that way daily,” she added. “We feel that level of violation. We feel that level of pillaging our communities, taking from us.”

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Charlottesville City Council voted Monday night to repeal the city’s COVID-19 ordinance and defer to state guidelines. Over the last year, the city has been one of a handful of localities to enact more stringent gathering restrictions than the state requires. At this time, Virginia allows gatherings of up to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors, and limits event spaces to 30 percent capacity. The city’s ordinance repeal comes as Charlottesville and Albemarle residents continue to get vaccinated at high rates, with roughly 50 percent of the local population having received at least one dose.

It’s no surprise that Terry McAuliffe is leading the Democratic primary gubernatorial field in fundraising. The former Virginia governor and DNC chair is famous for his shameless shakedowns— in a 2007 book, he wrote about making his teary wife and newborn baby wait in the car on the way home from the hospital while he jumped into a gala to raise “a million bucks for the Democratic Party.” (Yes, really.) Thus far in his campaign, McAuliffe has pulled in $7.2 million, more than the rest of the Democratic field combined, per the Virginia Public Access Project. Former state legislator Jennifer Carroll Foy is second with $3.7 million in her war chest.

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heating, cooling, electrical, lighting, plumbing, sprinkler, elevator, and security systems. Appliances, cabinets, bathrooms, windows, common areas, outdoor spaces, and the parking lot will also be upgraded. Renovations on the eight-story structure will begin April 30, and it will be conducted two floors at a time. While their floor is under construction, residents will be relocated to temporary housing, paid for by the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority. The renovations will cost $18 million. Crescent Halls isn’t Charlottesville’s only major public housing project currently underway. In March, the city kicked off the redevelopment of the South First Street complex, which will see more than a hundred new units and various amenities added to the neighborhood over the next few years. Last week’s ceremony began in front of Crescent Halls with a moment of silence for more than a dozen residents, including Richard Shackelford, Eve Snowden, Edith Durette, and Curtis Gilmore, who fought for the building’s renovations but passed away before they came to fruition.

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rom 1941 to 1945, at least 6 million European Jews were deported, tortured, and murdered by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust. In light of these evils, all symbols honoring or celebrating the Third Reich have been banned in Germany for decades—outside of museums, you’ll find no Nazi flags, swastikas, or statues of Adolf Hitler. Yet in the United States, governments have only recently begun to take down Confederate monuments—painful symbols of white supremacy and terror—and thousands have yet to be removed, including Charlottesville’s infamous Lee and Jackson statues. As more Americans now work to properly memorialize the horrors of slavery and Jim Crow, what lessons can we learn from Germany? Drawing from her decades of research, Jewish American philosopher Susan Neiman shed light last week on these critical lessons during a virtual discussion with journalist Michele Norris that was sponsored by the UVA Democracy Initiative’s Memory Project. “[Germany] recognized that facing your criminal past is necessary for a country to be healthy and to become strong,” said Neiman, author of Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil. “It can be a road to strength to have a more nuanced history and acknowledge the criminals in your past—while also finding new heroes.” “It’s not just about what monuments we take down, but what we put up and who we honor,” she added. “Who are the people we would like to look up to [and] hold the values we want our children to hold in the 21st century?” The shells of concentration camps and Nazi headquarters now stand as memorials and museums, narrating the horrors suffered by Jews under the fascist regime. Across the country, the former residences of Jewish Holocaust victims are marked with small brass plaques inscribed with the victim’s name, date and place of birth, and (if known) date and place of death. It took nearly four decades for Germany to take real steps toward addressing the Holocaust, explained Neiman, who has lived in Germany since the ’80s. After World War II, many Germans, particularly those living in West Germany, felt they were the victims of the war. They blamed the SS for Germany’s racial genocide and claimed German soldiers were only defending their homeland.

“It mirrored exactly what defenders of the Lost Cause like to say,” Neiman said. While East Germany educated students on the horrors of the Nazis, West Germany didn’t discuss the war. However, as the 68ers—the generation born after the war—came of age, they learned the truth from accounts published by Holocaust survivors, and demanded the country answer for its crimes. “Young people went out to dig out and restore the ruin of concentration camps [and] Gestapo torture chambers and turn them into monuments,” said Neiman. This grassroots movement eventually led West German president Richard von Weizsäcker to own up to Germany’s guilt in a famous 1985 speech, sparking the creation of state memorials and museums that honored Nazi victims; comprehensive education on the Third Reich’s crimes; and cash reparations to Holocaust survivors. As the United States atones for its violent history, it must go beyond removing racist statues, Neiman stressed. There must be a sweeping effort to educate the country on racial injustice, both inside and outside the classroom. “This is a multigenerational project,” Neiman said. “It’s not going to take place overnight. This is something that our children will still be working on.” The scholar also emphasized the need for a national memorial to enslaved people, as well as reparations owed to their descendants. “The Germans can provide a moral example [that] it’s really not enough to say, ‘gee I’m sorry, we shouldn’t have done that,’” she said. “Something concrete needs to be done as well.”

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“The most precious time for me was just being able to sit in the community room here with the gentlemen who really worked hard to get this done,” said resident Audrey Oliver. “They knew painting, carpentry, plumbing—they knew all of that,” she added. “They never even got to see this stage of it. That’s heartbreaking for me.” Brandon Collins, lead organizer for the Public Housing Association of Residents, reflected on Charlottesville’s painful legacy of urban renewal, which resulted in the destruction of several thriving Black communities, and forced many Black residents to move into public housing in the ’60s and ’70s. “We hear a lot about Vinegar Hill—but it also happened here on Garrett Street, and that was the birth of this building,” explained Collins. “[Crescent Halls] was sold to the community as this grand, amazing thing that was going to happen for seniors in our community. And I think for a short time it was that. But federal and local divestment, and the challenges of systemic racism and disrespect in this community has led to a really hard slog at Crescent Halls.” In response to the city’s failures to upgrade its public housing communities, PHAR worked with hundreds of residents to create a positive vision statement in 2016, stressing residents’ desire to lead the redevelopment process. In 2019, the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority approved a partnership between PHAR and several developers, getting the ball rolling on the redevelopment of Crescent Halls and South First Street. At the ceremony, state Delegate Sally Hudson lauded Charlottesville’s leadership in resident-led public housing redevelopment, not just in the state but nationwide. “Across the country, there are communities that are disinvesting from public housing [and] shifting more and more control out of the hands of the community and into private hands,” she said. “You really are not just leading our community—you are leading Virginia.” “It was hard [and] painful work because there’re so many decisions that seem like obstacles,” said Collins to the residents who spearheaded the redevelopment process. “But y’all were reasonable about it and had a vision and here we are today—getting ready to break ground on something that many people in this community said would never happen.” “[The renovations] are going to be noisy. The housing authority’s got earplugs for you,” added Collins. “We’re here to help you through this difficult process.” Walker criticized the city for not listening to residents’ calls for help sooner. “People shouldn’t have to wait for decades for their basic needs to be met. That happens when a community doesn’t own its responsibility,” she said. However, “I’m thankful to be a part of a community who, even though we did not get it right for a long time, finally has come together to get it right and make the commitment.” The mayor also encouraged residents to voice any needs and concerns throughout the renovation period. “Pick up the phone and call,” she said. “It’s not a pressure. It’s not us doing you a favor. It’s not charity. It is our responsibility.”

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Getting their hands dirty Rivanna Master Naturalists volunteer to protect local environment By Carol Diggs

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“The key has been having so many people interested and committed. It takes a lot of people to keep this effort running.” MASTER NATURALIST PROGRAM DIRECTOR MICHELLE PRYSBY

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Left: Quarry Gardens Foundation Director Bernice Thieblot teaches a group of naturalists in training about habitat restoration at Quarry Park in Schuyler. Above: Flowers at the park.

Rock out: At Ragged Mountain, take the trail that runs atop the reservoir dam, follow it into the woods, and stop at the dam’s spillway cut. The rocks around you are over 1 billion years old; they pre-date the Catoctin greenstone, which forms the Blue Ridge. Rock on: Check out the Educational Rock and Mineral Garden outside the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy office in Fontaine Research Park. On display: 49 samples (that’s 43,312 pounds of rocks) from all over the state. The garden is open to the public 24/7. Amphibian heaven: The southern Appalachian Mountains region, which includes central Virginia, is home to more salamander species than anywhere else in the world. Our state salamander is Pseudotriton ruber, the northern red salamander. Happy trails: All the natural areas mentioned, as well as many city, county, and state parks nearby—not to mention Shenandoah National Park—have extensive public trails. And observing nature is always fascinating, whether you see a rare wildflower or a baby bunny. Check websites before you go for maps, difficulty levels, hours, and restrictions, and always bring plenty of water.

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tional program (and a break from so much screen time) at Pen Park. Even with COVID restrictions, the Rivanna chapter logged 9,650 volunteer hours last year. By the state’s formula, that’s the equivalent of contributing $265,375 to environmental education and conservation. Many members volunteer more than the required minimum, and the chapter’s 2020 champion was retired economist and plant maven Mary Lee Epps, who racked up a staggering 2,500 hours. The idea behind master naturalists, however, isn’t really about free labor. “Yes, we’re doing these activities that would otherwise cost X dollars,” says Weber. “But the real value is, we are trying to protect the natural resources we have–and teach people, including the next generation, about making sure we still have them. When someone sees a ground bee, we say, ‘Don’t step on every bee, this one doesn’t sting.’ We say, ‘Don’t kill every snake’ and ‘Plant more native plants.’ It all boils down to educating, and passing on what you’ve learned.” Weber admits that when he first applied for the training, the term master naturalist was intimidating. “But when you meet these folks, they are all so willing to share.” Dede Smith, a former executive director at Ivy Creek and one of the founders of the Rivanna chapter, sums up the program’s ethos: “When you start walking with someone who really loves [the natural world], you find that the more you learn, the less you know.”

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mountains;” Lori, a youth counselor who grew up “roaming the countryside around our Scottsville farm;” Maggie, a kindergarten teacher and avid gardener seeking to get more involved in citizen science; Jessie, an already-active environmental volunteer hoping to learn more and work with likeminded people; Adele, who began volunteering at Ivy Creek more than 20 years ago; and (full disclosure) this writer, who always regretted not getting a biology degree. The classes are comprehensive, and the field trips are a nature lover’s dream. At Fernbrook Natural Area and Pleasant Grove Park in Palmyra, we studied animal tracks and signs. The Ragged Mountain Natural Area offered a glimpse into Virginia’s geological history. Scheier Natural Area was brimming with frogs and salamanders. And Quarry Gardens in Schuyler provided a lesson in habitat restoration. The pandemic has meant converting classes to Zoom, and rearranging the group field trips into multiple trips of six students each. Volunteer activities had to be adjusted as well, since most in-person programs had shut down. Chapter volunteers worked with the Ivy Creek Foundation to create a series of contactless audio and virtual tours for the park. Master naturalist Doug Rogers became a certified drone pilot to help conservation nonprofits photograph hard-to-reach sites, monitor stream sedimentation, and guide habitat restoration efforts. And the chapter’s Voices of the Land program, developed with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia, was adapted so Charlottesville Parks & Recreation could offer kids an outdoor educa-

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scoop up a quart of dark pond water and debris in my cloth net. As the muck drains, my partner Claire sticks her hand into the mess. She grabs a glob of mud the size, shape, and color of a miniature York peppermint patty—except it’s wiggling and has a tail. A bullfrog tadpole! We crow in triumph, but no one can hear us over the roar of thousands of male frogs singing their spring mating songs. It’s an early spring evening at the Scheier Natural Area in Palmyra, frog romance is in the air, and Claire and I are learning to become master naturalists. Master naturalists are a cadre of volunteers trained to support their local environmental education and conservation programs. They serve as educational speakers, tour guides, and species counters; they maintain trails, tear out invasive plants, and plant riparian buffers. In short, they are nature nerds—and they love to share their passion. The Virginia Master Naturalists is a cooperative supported by seven state agencies that deal with water, land, forest and wildlife. Program director Michelle Prysby was hired six years ago to get it rolling; it now has 29 chapters. The Charlottesville-area chapter, Rivanna Master Naturalists, is among the most active. “Having a resource like the Ivy Creek Natural Area as a home base is a big help,” says Prysby, “but the key has been having so many people interested and committed. It takes a lot of people to keep this effort running.” While the Virginia Cooperative Extension provides expertise, guidance, and some tech support, master naturalist chapters are self-funded and volunteer-run. Historically, says current Rivanna chapter president Tim Weber, the naturalists have focused on maintaining the local bluebird trails, monitoring the Rivanna River, and conducting upkeep on a variety of other local sites. But opportunities range from participating in the Audubon Society’s bird counts to helping staff Camp Albemarle or leading tours at Ivy Creek. Every spring, the chapter runs a training program for 20 to 25 adults who want to not only study but also work to protect this area’s rich and varied habitats. It’s a significant, fourmonth commitment: 40 instructional hours covering everything from aquatic habitats to zoology, taught by experts from local schools, universities, and state agencies. Trainees go on at least seven field trips and participate in three hours of initial volunteering. Once trained, master naturalists must log at least eight hours of continuing education and 40 hours of volunteer work annually to stay certified. The program is open to anyone with an enthusiasm for the subject. “There is no expectation that someone comes from a nature background or has biology training of any kind,” says Karen Mulder, who headed the 2021 naturalist-in-training selection process. What kind of people want to be master naturalists? This year’s class includes Ralph, an animal rights lawyer who moved here from Washington, D.C., “to be closer to the


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UVA Drama doubles down on a pandemic-restricted season with Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage (translated by Christopher Hampton) and Steven Drukman’s The Death of the Author. The companion plays, which introduce the university’s new MFA Acting Company, observe chain reactions as characters argue over what is right, what is wrong, and what must be done. Both productions contain some mature themes and strong language. Free, streaming times vary. drama.virginia.edu/stage.

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What is it about a work of art that draws us in? See for yourself during Looking Inward, the latest installment in The Fralin from Home series. Docent June Heintz hosts an hour-long exploration of Kawase Hasui’s “Pavilion with Pagoda,” complete with mindfulness practices, slow looking, and contextual information. Registration required at museumoutreach@virginia.edu (10-person limit). Free, 11am. uvafralinartmuseum.virginia.edu.

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Set in 1930s Texas during the Jim Crow era, the story of The Great Debaters was brought to national attention in a 1997 American Legacy magazine article. It became a passion project for Denzel Washington, who directed and starred in the 2007 film, inspired by the experiences of the all-Black Wiley College debate team. Produced by Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films, the movie features Washington as professor Melvin B. Tolson, who brilliantly leads his team to a series of successes, culminating with an invitation to debate Harvard University’s champion team in Cambridge, Massachusetts. $5-8, 3 and 7pm. The Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. theparamount.net.


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ehind the window of a blue and white food truck with a cartoon rooster on its side, Kelsey Naylor and Anna Gardner ladle heaping helpings of ramen, chock full of locally sourced ingredients. But their menu is anything but traditional—they’ve put their own spin on every dish. The chefs’ signature option, Basan Peitan, combines chicken, greens, serrano pepper, and an onsen egg in a spicy, creamy chicken broth. “It also has pork rinds on top,” Naylor says, “which brings me a lot of joy.” If Naylor and Gardner’s names seem familiar, it’s because they’re veterans of the local restaurant scene. A graduate of Johnson & Wales culinary school, Naylor has worked at Lampo, Ten, Timbercreek Market, and The Alley Light, while Gardner has worked in the kitchen at Junction, Oakhurst Inn, and The Ivy Inn. It was while they were both working at Public Fish & Oyster that they decided to join forces and spend a year in Japan studying cuisine. “I’ve always wanted to cook Japanese food. So, being able to live and cook there for a year was awesome,” says Gardner. “I come from a fairly standard meat-and-potatoes family. (I’m not kidding—I didn’t even know pickles could be made from anything but cucumbers until I was in my late teens.) When we were in Japan, I fell in love with all of the new flavor possibilities and ingredient treatments.” When they returned, they opened Basan—but not without help from their

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Historically, Wheatley has a propensity for building his way to grand finales, and In the Earth is no exception—but don’t mistake it for a thrill ride. The pace is intentional and measured, and Martin must face each threat as he is slowly guided through the woods. He does not flinch, even when that seems impossible. The film’s ultimate payoff is a natural culmination of the gore, frights, and dread. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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lending folk horror, environmental anxiety, and good old-fashioned psychopathy, In the Earth is not your everyday horror film. It’s a steady exercise in suspense, filled with slowly growing doom and unforeseeable instability. Written and directed by Ben Wheatley, the movie is a return to the British filmmaker’s roots. It’s difficult to summarize the career of a shapeshifter like Wheatley. Though he began his directing career in television, he has firmly established himself as a filmmaker who plays in various sandboxes, bringing his own twisted tools along with him. Jumping between budgets and genres with relative ease, Wheatley is a master at making his audience squirm. Sightseers is his crack at dark comedy, with an emphasis on the dark. Free Fire is a shoot ’em up focused almost entirely on the shooting, devoid of details like plot and character development. His most unique film to date is A Field In England, which deals with alchemy during the English Civil War in stark black and white. His adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca,

starring Lily James and Armie Hammer, was released directly to streaming last year, with a deservedly mixed reception. In the Earth is Wheatley’s second foray into folk horror (his first was the tense and haunting Kill List), and takes place in our own uncertain times. Wheatley began writing his script after the first UK COVID-19 lockdown, and the film was shot in the midst of the global outbreak. Reflecting the reality behind the camera, the plot spotlights virus fear and concern in its opening moments. When we first see Martin (Joel Fry), he is approaching a cabin, and gets stopped for decontamination. He’s there to find Dr. Olivia Wendle (Hayley Squires), a colleague who was doing research in the woods and abruptly stopped communicating. Alma (Ellora Torchia) knows the woods well, and offers to take Martin to find Wendle, though the hike to where she is suspected to be will last days. The pandemic and the spookiness of the woods ratchets up the tension, and Wheatley throws myriad obstacles into the expedition. There’s talk of a witch who protects the forest, and it seems that the travelers are not alone. Human, natural, and supernatural threats pummel Martin and Alma on their journey.

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peppers is the dish she will always remember, and she’s especially grateful for their trip to explore the Champagne houses of France, where Ross was playing with dogs, drinking Champagne, and the couple revelled in the extraordinary hospitality of their hosts. In that happy moment Ross was a guest. At the time of his passing, Ross had recently been hired as the general manager for Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s new fine-din-

ing restaurant at Keswick Hall. He was ready to pour his heart and soul into the high-profile project. “He wanted to create something really special for people,” says Bright. A celebration of Justin Ross’ life will take place at King Family Vineyards on April 23, his 41st birthday. For information on how to contribute to a college fund for Dash Ross, contact Meredith Coe at coemeredith@gmail.com.

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he Charlottesville food scene lost a bright and passionate figure when Justin Ross passed away unexpectedly on March 26, at the age of 40. Those who knew the talented restaurateur and wine connoisseur remember him for his beaming smile and commitment to hospitality. Ross moved to Charlottesville in 2013 to launch modern Mediterranean restaurant Parallel 38 in The Shops at Stonefield, but it was love that brought him here. Jackie Bright worked with Ross at José Andrés’ Zaytinya in Washington, D.C., where Ross was the beverage director and general manager. “He was probably one of the most exceptional hospitality leaders I had met,” remembers Bright. “He just had this passion for creating an experience for guests, and also brought so much joy to the team.” Bright left Zaytinya in 2008 to return to her hometown of Charlottesville. She and Ross kept in touch, and reconnected when Bright returned to visit her former restaurant crew. The pair had dinner and fell in love. While trying to decide where to live, one of the employees on Andrés’ team suggested that Ross lead a new concept in Charlottesville, making the couple’s decision easy. Born in Maryland in 1980, Ross began working in kitchens as a teenager, and spent his whole career in hospitality. “He loved being with people, serving people wine, food—all of the energy around hospitality,” says Bright. He was adamant that his staff use the word guest instead of customer. Warm, kind, and food savvy, Ross befriended guests and employees alike. They tell stories about his mischievousness—becoming a Red Sox fan in a Yankees family— and whimsy—leading a dinner party into a soaking summer rainstorm.

Former Parallel 38 manager Jesse Fellows met Ross a little less than a decade ago. “We became fast friends, and it very quickly felt like he had been in my life forever,” says Fellows. “There are too many stories to pick one, but a common theme among them was Justin’s brilliance, fierce loyalty, and very personal brand of kindness. He always remembered the smallest details and took time out of his busy schedule to make people feel special.” A wine fanatic who held an Advanced Sommelier certification, Ross frequently delved into his own collection to further a guest’s experience. “When you wanted an excellent bottle of wine and conversation to match, you went to see Justin,” says Tavola’s Michael Keaveny. “And that pork belly dish in the early days of Parallel 38 set the bar for everyone else in town.” Nothing was more important to Ross than sharing his passions with loved ones. In 2013, he told the Charlottesville 29 food blog: “I’m not sure what’s better about our regular C&O date night, a much-needed break with my lovely lady or the sweetbreads.” “We had dinner together every single night,” says Bright. “Even when he was working in the restaurant I would wait for him to come home. We always waited for each other.” He and Bright welcomed a son in 2013, and Ross was thrilled to have a new partner at his side to pursue life’s adventures. An outdoor enthusiast, he took his toddler on hikes at Monticello and Walnut Creek, and kept maps of the trails, marking their progress each time out. When cooking his much-loved Sunday gravy recipe, he’d hold Dash in his arms, teaching him the gifts of his Italian heritage. “I’ve never seen someone so devoted to a child,” says Bright. “He would refer to Dash as his best friend.” As Bright reflects on the span of culinary experiences she shared with Ross, sausage and

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With bright acidity, the 2019 Viognier is refreshing for those warm spring afternoons. On the nose you may find hints of white lilies and honeysuckle. White peaches, asian pears, and honeydew melon dominate the palate, with a fine and mineral finish for balance. Our 2019 Viognier is perfect for your springtime salads, goat cheese, roasted chicken, or even pork chops!

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We are open 7 days a week 11am to 5pm, offering curbside pickup and for those visiting we have bottle sales only Monday through Thursday and Friday through Sunday offer wine by the bottle, glass and tasting flights (four 2 oz pours). The following areas are available for customers: outside tables, deck off tasting room and wellspaced seating inside our Pavilion. Groups greater than 10 not permitted. We ask that customers refrain from moving inside and outside tables. Children and Pets are welcome but pets must remain outside of buildings. Customers are welcome to bring their own picnic baskets, chairs, blankets and glassware. Please note that we cannot pour into glassware brought from home. Please follow entrance and exit signs when coming into the tasting room to purchase wine. Restrooms are available in tasting room and pavilion, one patron at a time. Visit our website, www.53rdwinery.com on our Covid operating procedures.

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A blend of Chardonnay, Viognier, and Traminette, the Cuvée 719 has a powerful nose with citrus notes of lemon zest and grapefruit. With a vibrant acidity and a refreshing palate, you’ll find flavors of lemon candy, white flowers, and clementine for a refreshing zip! Perfect to pair with oysters, scallops, soft cheeses, and salads with rich creamy dressing. As we head into the warmer months, this is a wine to enjoy outsides with friends and family. Our uncrowded rural Madison County area has mountains, streams

and lots of beautiful views along scenic back roads. Get some peace and quiet relaxation in this challenging environment. Sit on our lawns, or pick up a bottle or three of our award-winning wines to take home. Reservations available and recommended (especially for Saturdays). No reservation fee or minimum purchase. Walk-ups accommodated on a space-available basis. To order wine for local delivery or UPS shipping, visit our website! Open daily; Mon-Thurs 12-5 pm; Fridays 12-9 pm; Sat/Sun 12-6 pm NEW: Offering tasting flights daily. Table service, well-spaced, led by DuCard staff host, crystal glassware, red, white or mixed flights. An elegant way to get to know our wines. Fridays- Friday Night out at Ducard (5:30 - 8:30 pm) come out and kick off the weekend with dinner and live music at DuCard. April 24th- Music on the Patio by Davis Bradley Duo (2:30-5:30 pm) May 1st- Music on the Patio by Mike Proffitt (2:30-5:30 pm) May 2nd- Music on the Patio by Mo Safren (2:30-5:30 pm) 40 Gibson Hollow Ln • Etlan, VA 22719 (540) 923-4206 www.ducardvineyards.com


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EASTWOOD FARM AND WINERY 2019 LVA Rose 100% Touriga Nacionale. This is a dry Provencal style wine has amplified aromas of freshly cut red berries, citrus fruit and a hint of green apple. The palate is light and vibrant with lovely acidity, good palate weight and length. Flavors of cherry, strawberry and raspberries are dominant before warmth shows a touch more of the citrus tones and slight spiciness on the finish. Perfect on its own during the warmer months or paired with shellfish and oysters on the half shell. Tasting Room Hours We welcome guests daily from 10am5pm. No reservations are required for open air, first-come, first served seating at our courtyard tables. Guests may also bring their own blankets and lawn chairs and spread out on the lower hillside. Please remember face masks are required for all guests ages 5+ when not seated. Wine is available by the flight, glass and bottle, and only our outdoor areas can be accessed at this time. A selection of pre-packaged meats, cheeses, crackers, and spreads are available for purchase.

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KILAURWEN WINERY 2014 Rosé An elegant tea-rose color, this wine has notes of wild strawberries and pink grapefruit on the palate. Crisp and bright, with a touch of minerality underlying a distinctive and refreshing finish. Enjoy with your favorite shellfish dishes, roasted turkey, or sharper cheddar and manchego cheeses. *Bronze Medal winner, 2016 Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition* *Bronze Medal winner, 2015 Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition* Our season opening will be the weekend of April 17 & 18. Hours will be from noon - 6 pm. First come, first serve at outdoor umbrella tables in our Boxwood Garden. Enjoy the mountain views while sipping your favorite Kilaurwen wines which are available by the bottle, the glass and DIY tasting flights. You’re welcome to bring your own picnic or snacks to enjoy with our wine! COVID regulations still in effect require 6 foot spacing, mask wearing except when seated at tables, and group size limited to 6 people. Special orders are available any day of the week to those preferring to arrange gateside pick up at a date and time of your choosing. Place order by calling 434-985-2535. 1543 Evergreen Church Rd Stanardsville, VA 22973 (434) 985-2535 www.kilaurwenwinery.com

PIPPIN HILL FARM & VINEYARDS 2020 Rosé Our Rosé is both floral and fruity in the aromatics, like a basket of cranberries and watermelon with a few rose petals thrown in for fun. The plush palate of grapefruit gives way to tart raspberry, with a touch of meyer lemon. While this wine is not sweet, the fruit qualities balance out the dry wine, and that makes it perfect for the spring and summer months, chilled and close enough to refill your glass without having to get out of the hammock. Pippin Hill is a culinary vineyard in the heart of Virginia’s wine country. Reservations are highly encouraged and can be made via Resy for indoor and Veranda seating. We do have walkin availability for Grab-and-Go Lawn Seating as well. Please note our staff diligently checks IDs as part of our ABC licensure compliance as well as guest safety. If your party has a guest who is under age 21, we do require you to have a reservation at a table. Walk-ins are welcome based on availability. Reservations via Resy are

recommended for indoor and Veranda seating. Hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 11 am – 5 pm; Friday – Sunday: 11am to 4:30pm Sundays- Live music on the hill! Each Sunday from 1-4 PM, Pippin Hill welcomes local musicians to perform on our Veranda. Check our website for varying artists. April 30th- Featured Farmer Fridaythe French German! Visit us on select Fridays from 12-4pm to shop each week’s featured farmer. This week, we welcome Erik of The French German with his selection of locally made BBQ, pies, cakes, jams, jerky, & preserves. May 7th- Featured Farmer Fridaythe Grubby Girl! Visit us on select Fridays from 12-4pm to shop each week’s featured farmer! This Friday, we welcome Amanda of Grubby Girl, selling her handmade soaps and bath products. 5022 Plank Rd., North Garden, VA 22959 (434).202.8063 www.pippinhillfarm.com

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2019 LVA Rose 100% Touriga Nacionale. This is a dry Provencal style wine has amplified aromas of freshly cut red berries, citrus fruit and a hint of green apple. The palate is light and vibrant with lovely acidity, good palate weight and length. Flavors of cherry, strawberry and raspberries are dominant before warmth shows a touch more of the citrus tones and slight spiciness on the finish. Perfect on its own during the warmer months or paired with shellfish and oysters on the half shell.

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April 24th- Laughter and Wine, a comedy night! Doors open at 6 pm for Food and Drinks (Martin’s Grill Food Truck available from 6 to 7:45pm) Show begins at 7:45pm.

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(April 20-May 20): Some traditional Buddhist monks sit on city streets in Asia with a “begging bowl” in front of them. It’s a clay or iron container they use to solicit money and food from passers-by who want to support them. Contemporary American poet Marianne Boruch regards the begging bowl as a metaphor that helps her generate new poems. She adopts the attitude of the empty vessel, awaiting life’s instructions and inspiration to guide her creative inquiry. This enables her to “avoid too much self-obsession and navel-gazing” and “be receptive—with no agenda besides the usual wonder and puzzlement.” I recommend the begging bowl approach to you as you launch the next phase of your journey, Taurus.

Gemini (May 21-June 20): Gemini-born Paul Gauguin is today regarded as an innovative and influential painter. But his early years provided few hints that he would ultimately become renowned. As a teenager, he attended naval preparatory school, and later he joined the French navy. At age 23, he became a stockbroker. Although he also began dabbling as a painter at that time, it wasn’t until the stock market crashed 11 years later that he made the decision to be a full-time painter. Is there a Gauguin-like turning point in your future, Gemini? If so, its early signs might show itself soon. It won’t be as dramatic or stressful as Gauguin’s, but I bet it will be quite galvanizing.

Cancer (June 21-July 22): A research team found that some people pray for things they are reasonably sure God wouldn’t approve of. In a sense, they’re trying to trick the Creator into giving them goodies they’re not supposed to get. Do you ever do that? Try to bamboozle life into offering you blessings you’re not sure you deserve? The coming weeks will be a favorable time for you to dare such ploys. I’m not guaranteeing you’ll succeed, but the chances are much better than usual that you will. The universe is pretty relaxed and generous toward you right now.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22): In 2013, the New Zealand government decided to rectify the

fact that its two main islands had never been assigned formal names. At that time, it gave both an English and Māori-language moniker for each: North Island, or Te Ika-a-Māui, and South Island, or Te Waipounamu. In the spirit of correcting for oversights and neglect, and in accordance with current astrological omens, is there any action you’d like to take to make yourself more official or professional or established? The coming weeks will be a favorable time to do so.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Author Grant Morrison observes that our heads are “big enough to contain every god and devil there ever was. Big enough to hold the weight of oceans and the turning stars. Whole universes fit in there!” That’s why it’s so unfortunate, he says, if we fill up our “magical cabinet” with “little broken things, sad trinkets that we play with over and over.” In accordance with astrological potentials, Virgo, I exhort you to dispose of as many of those sad trinkets and little broken things as you can. Make lots of room to hold expansive visions and marvelous dreams and wondrous possibilities. It’s time to think bigger and feel wilder.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct.22): Libran author bell hooks (who doesn’t capitalize her name) has a nuanced perspective on the nature of our pain. She writes, “Contrary to what we may have been taught, unnecessary and unchosen suffering wounds us, but need not scar us for life.” She acknowledges that unnecessary and unchosen suffering does indeed “mark us.” But we have the power to reshape and transform how it marks us. I think her wisdom will be useful for you to wield in the coming weeks. You now have extra power to reshape and transform the marks of your old pain. You probably won’t make it disappear entirely, but you can find new ways to make it serve you, teach you, and ennoble you.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): I love people who inspire me to surprise myself. I’m appreciative when an ally provides me with a friendly shock that moves me to question my habitual ways of thinking or doing things. I feel lucky when a person I like offers a compassionate critique that nudges me out


Q&A of a rut I’ve been in. Here’s a secret: I don’t always wait around passively hoping events like these will happen. Now and then I actively seek them out. I encourage them. I ask for them. In the coming weeks, Scorpio, I invite you to be like me in this regard.

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Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “Where did last year’s lessons go?” asks Gillian Welch in her song “I Dream a Highway.” Now I’m posing the same question to you—just in time for the Remember Last Year’s Lessons Phase of your cycle. In my astrological opinion, it’s crucial for you to recollect and ruminate deeply on the breakdowns and breakthroughs you experienced in 2020; on every spiritual emergency and spiritual emergence you weathered; on all the scary trials you endured and all the sacred trails you trod.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Capricorn painter Henri Matisse had a revolutionary influence on 20th-century art, in part because of his raucous use of color. Early in his career he belonged to the movement known as Fauvism, derived from the French term for wild beasts. During his final years, he invented a new genre very different from his previous work: large collages of brightly colored cut-out paper. The subject matter, according to critic Jed Perl, included “jungles, goddesses, oceans, and the heavens,” and “ravishing signs and symbols” extracted from the depths of “Matisse’s luminosity.” I offer him as a role model for you, Capricorn, because I think it’s a perfect time to be, as Perl describes Matisse, both “a hard-nosed problem-solver and a feverish dreamer.

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(Feb. 19-March 20): In ancient Greek comic theater, there was a stock character known as the eiron. He was a crafty underdog who outwitted and triumphed over boastful egotists by pretending to be naive. Might I interest you in borrowing from that technique in the coming weeks? I think you’re most likely to be successful if you approach victory indirectly or sideways— and don’t get bogged down trying to forcefully coax skeptics and resisters. Be cagey, understated, and strategic, Pisces. Let everyone think they’re smart and strong if it helps ensure that your vision of how things should be will win out in the end.

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(Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “The guiding motto in the life of every natural philosopher should be, ‘Seek simplicity, but distrust it.’” Aquarian philosopher Alfred North Whitehead wrote that, and now I’m proposing that you use it as your motto in the coming weeks, even if you’re not a natural philosopher. Why? Because I suspect you’ll thrive by uncomplicating your life. You’ll enhance your well-being if you put greater trust in your instinctual nature and avoid getting lost in convoluted thoughts. On the other hand, it’s important not to plunge so deeply into minimalism that you become shallow, careless, or unimaginative.

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Landmark estate just west of University of Virginia on 500 acres. Classic home of the highest standards with elegant spaces, 5 bedroom suites, formal gardens, pool, cottage, event barn, and bold mountain views creating a one-of-a-kind offering. MLS#597954 Andrew Middleditch, 434.981.1410

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Beautifully restored 1780s Colonial on 293 acres in Northampton County. This historic home has 4 BR, 3 full & 2 half BA. Property has access to deep water on the Machipongo River which flows into the Atlantic. Rare offering. MLS#614051 $1,495,000 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863 WoodlandsFarmVa.com

TOTIER HILLS FARM

Exquisite brick mansion, superb quality construction and features in over 9,000 finished square feet. On 98 gently rolling acres with total privacy, a stream, and pond. Only 5 minutes to shops, 15 miles to UVA. MLS#600284 $2,700,000 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076 www.TotierHillsFarm.com

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1954 Milton Grigg 8-BR residence sited on over 2.5 manicured acres. Beautifully maintained, the original brick home has been enlarged, creating an elegant yet livable floor plan with open living and entertaining spaces, kitchen, and master suite on the main level. Pool, 2-story pool house, and 3-bay garage with fully equipped 1-BR apartment above. Fronting 17th fairway in Farmington, property offers a quality-built home, gorgeous setting, and prime location only minutes to UVA and Downtown. MLS#606911 $4,950,000 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863 www.320FarmingtonDrive.com

MERIDIEN

Private, peaceful, and perfect—a sophisticated country estate offering stunning Blue Ridge views from just over 40 rolling acres, 9 miles NW of Charlottesville. C. 1840, character-rich yet modernized home with 5 BR & 3.5 BA. Under conservation easement. MLS#613521 $3,685,000 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863

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Private 4.29 acres, spacious Traditional brick home, built circa 2006, 4 BR and 4.5 BA, attached 3-bay garage and detached 2 bays. Meriwether Elementary District, NO HOA, only 6 miles to Barracks Road Shopping Center. MLS#614079 $1,250,000 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076

CRAWFORD’S KNOB

An opportunity to own a deeded nature preserve protected in perpetuity, a chance to purchase and hold wilderness, and to leave it largely unaltered. This property is ideal for the passive enjoyment of wild lands and the conservation minded buyer. MLS#608893 $1,900,000 Will Carr, 434.981.3065

EDNAM FOREST

Wonderfully large 1.5+ acre building lot in Ednam Forest. Build your dream home on this elevated, wooded lot located in a single family community, minutes from UVA and within walking distance to Boar’s Head Resort. MLS#598537 $289,500 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863

OLD VIRGINIA

Beautiful, mostly open rolling Albemarle County parcel offering 51.8 acres, sweeping panoramic mtn. views, bold stream, pond, & old unrestored log cabin. Has division rights & potential for conservation easement. 16.2 miles west of Charlottesville. MLS#615504 $780,000 Tim Michel, 434.960.1124

BELLAIR

Rare opportunity to purchase a building lot of just under 1 acre in sought-after Bellair. Lush, mature landscaping, partly wooded, stream/creek. Minutes from UVA, shopping, dining, and entertainment. Murray/Henley/Western Albemarle school district. MLS#614627 $375,000 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863

WESLEY CHAPEL ROAD

Nice, mostly wooded residential building lot in Meriwether Lewis School District! Great privacy, 1.72± acres, beautiful rural setting in an area of large farm and estate properties. Located approximately 15 miles NW of Charlottesville. MLS#613685 $125,000 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863

CLOWES HOUSE

C. 1870 residence in the heart of Gordonsville with historic character, original architectural detailing, & updated systems. Walk to the many amenities of Historic Main Street Gordonsville or take a short drive to Charlottesville and UVA. MLS#615710 $289,000 Charlotte Dammann, 434.981.1250

RICHMOND

Nearly two acres in the City of Richmond on desirable Rothesay Circle with potential river views. Open woodland with mature hardwoods and small fields. Minutes from Carytown, James River Park, and downtown. MLS#2031412 $449,000 Philip Reed, 804.833.8325

GREENTREES

188+ acres in Albemarle, 12 miles south of Charlottesville on Rt 20. This wooded tract, mostly in planted pines, offers long road with potential for eight 21-acre lots. There is conservation easement potential. MLS#614109 $1,400,000 Tim Michel, 434.960.1124

LONESOME MOUNTAIN ROAD

5-acre lot that has not been available for many years. This country but close-to-town location is conveniently located with quick access to Historic Downtown Mall, UVA, NGIC, airport, and North Fork Business Park. MLS#593160 $250,000 Charlotte Dammann, 434.981.1250

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Elevated 21-acre tract, mostly mature hardwood forest and road frontage in northwest Albemarle. Elevated homesite offers potential panoramic Blue Ridge Mountain views with some clearing. Adjacent 21 acres also for sale. MLS#614424 $227,000 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076

SUNNYSIDE

Remarkably large parcel located convenient to Charlottesville and UVA. Exceptional Blue Ridge views, charming farm house (in need of restoration). Under VOF easement but with divisions into already predetermined parcels. MLS#585228 $4,400,000 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863

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Where have all the horse farms gone? It’s not that they have declined in popularity; they are just getting snatched up as quickly as they appear on the market. Like almost every other category of real estate, lack of inventory has become a barrier to finding a horse farm. If you’re a potential buyer, the solution is to have an expert on your team, know what you want but be flexible, and have lots of patience. Because once you land your own horse farm, you’ll be in good company here in Central Virginia.

Demand Up Inventory Down There is something about being out in the open air on horseback, especially on the tail end of a year of isolation and social distancing. And that appeal is not likely to diminish soon. Out on the farm

or trail, breathing fresh air, experiencing nature, and getting exercise without a face covering in sight, harkens back to yesteryear and pre-pandemic days. In general, the pandemic has been good for outdoor activities. Horseback riding is no exception. This heightened interest in the equestrian world translates into a boost in demand for Central Virginia horse farms. Sharon Donovan, REALTOR® with McLean Faulconer Inc., says “Central Virginia has always attracted horse owners because of our landscape and climate. All of a sudden, it feels like a feeding frenzy. I had a farm between Charlottesville and Richmond that had been listed for a while and wasn’t getting a huge amount of interest. It was one of those properties that was a bit more difficult to sell.

Soon after everyone realized how long COVID would impact our lives, it sold very quickly.” And that is not an isolated incident. REALTOR® Gerri Russell, with Avenue Realty, LLC, owns three acres with a 4-stall barn. There are a lot of buyers out looking for exactly what she has. When asked if there is still a market for horse farms, she responds with an enthusiastic, “Oh yeah, absolutely! There is a big market for horse farms, particularly in the mid-size range,” which she defines as a four- to six-stall barn, 15-20 acres, and priced under $500,000.


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“I’m closing with a client on a property with an eight-stall barn. Once you get above eight, you’re getting into a smaller subset that is interested in a larger operation. For the average buyer, that’s just too big. “Demand keeps increasing, and inventory is not keeping up. This is a hotter market than even 2005-2006. Sellers are getting multiple offers that under normal circumstances would sit on the market for a while until the right buyer came along. Inventory is staying low because the owners of these assets are staying. They like the situation they are in and are not ready to let it go yet.”

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Before You Buy Undoubtedly, buying a horse farm is a little more complex than buying a few acres to have a great view or access to a waterfront. Rick Walden, REALTOR® with Virginia Estates, divides the market into two broad categories: 1) a farm where horses are bred and raised, and 2) a farm where horses are boarded and trained. Within that latter category is a commercial horse farm where you pay to have your horse boarded. Whether a farmer is interested in a commercial operation or a hobby farm, Walden advises buyers to pay close attention to the pasture, barn, fencing, and auxiliary structures. If you start with a great pasture area, the other three can be built or transformed from existing structures. But you must know what structural deficits exist and whether your budget is sufficient for the required improvements. REALTOR® Pam Dent, with Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc., was a professional in the horse business: boarding, training, and selling horses. Building on that experience, she offers a seven-point checklist for buyers when looking for their perfect horse property. “This checklist gives you an idea of some things that will set you up for horse farming success.” Some of these points are less obvious than the barn and pasture, but equally important. “You may think that your neighbors don’t matter when the closest one is five miles away, but they do. These are the people that can help you… or hinder you. They know intimately about the land, the weather, and what to do in emergencies. When you find what you think is a perfect piece of land, go introduce yourself. Find out

what they do with their farmland, any problems they have, and let them know what you’re thinking of doing with your own potential property.” Dent also recommends soil and water quality testing specific to horse farming. It’s not the same type of testing as if you were a tobacco or wheat farmer. She emphasizes how critical it is to understand tax regulations and incentives, and the wide variety of conservation easements and enhancement programs.

Finding Your Tribe Besides the land and climate, another reason equestrians consider Central Virginia such a desirable place is that there is so much going on year-round. Horse shows and competitions can be found nearby almost every weekend. The Virginia Horse Center has nine show rings, eight schooling rings, a 4,000seat coliseum and eight barns on 600 acres near Lexington. Home to numerous A-rated shows, the Center provides a COVID-safe environment for owners, trainers, competitors, and the public to enjoy shows, competitions, and exhibitions. More than that, it’s about being

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around horses and horse-lovers. If riding with the hounds appeals to you, the Keswick Hunt and Farmington Hunt offer plenty of opportunities for mounted rides. Trail riding has always been popular here because Central Virginia is home to hundreds of miles of designated horseback riding trails. These and multi-purpose trails in the James River State Park and throughout the George Washington National Forest offer forested and wooded trails in open pastures and along the James River. The 33-mile Washington & Old Dominion cross country trail runs from Vienna to Purcellville. These are just a few of the many and varied trails available for riders to explore. A growing segment of trail riders is turning its adventures into overnight camping excursions. Russell is one of those overnighters. “Riders are getting big into horse camping. With access to a horse trailer, you can create your own adventure. Graves Mountain Lodge, in Madison County, offers trail rides from an hour long to overnight. You can rent horse stalls at James River State Park. There are so many ways to combine trail


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Foxfield Racing LLC is the new entity that took over the races’ management in June 2020. Last year’s spring race was initially postponed, and eventually canceled due to COVID. The fall races were held in 2020, but without spectators. When faced with similar restrictions for the race this spring, Reynolds Cowles, DVM, and Board Chair for Foxfield Racing LLC, says, “We had hoped to run this spring but with COVID regulations still not allowing crowds, we chose to put our emphasis on this fall when we plan to have attendees.” The group is in the process of hiring a new Executive Director and has been focused on upgrading the course and turf, as well as establishing strong community ties and developing a sustainable financial model. As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, each race day benefits a local organization or charity. The fall 2021 charity will be Habitat for Humanity. Cowles says, “Foxfield looks forward to a very successful fall meet and then returning in the spring of 2022. Our goal is to make Foxfield Races once again a

strong community partner. We will celebrate the traditions of steeplechase racing in a responsible manner and celebrate the conserved open space of Foxfield in our community.” There are about 25,000 race fans that can hardly wait.

Buyers: Get Help With so many options available to enjoy equestrian activities, it’s no wonder the demand for horse farms is so high. Add in the natural reaction to the COVID pandemic to want more space and more access to the outdoors, and the result is a market strained beyond currently available inventory. “For buyers, I advise people to not give up. Keep looking. And don’t be afraid to look a little farther away than what you might have first considered,” says Russell. Donovan confirms that. “Distance isn’t nearly the barrier that it used to be. With high-speed internet service and options to work from home full- or parttime, those regions farther away from town may be where we see the market opening up more.” Successfully navigating a seller’s market is tough for buyers. The best piece of advice is to choose an experienced REALTOR® before you even start looking for land or a farm. In this market, it may mean the difference between loading up the horses for their new barn or staying frustrated for months or even years. Assessing what you want and what you are willing to be flexible on is a conversation best had with someone who knows Central Virginia farms and land and, just as important, knows horses. Connecting with an equestrian REALTOR® early is even more important if you are unfamiliar with this region. “In our climate, it’s important to have at least two acres for each horse,” says Russell. Recently some people moved with their horses to Central Virginia from California. In that arid California climate, they kept four horses happy on just a few acres. So, they assumed they could do the same here and they bought three acres and a barn. Putting four horses on just three acres might work in California. But with the amount of rain we get in Central Virginia, you need to be able to rotate the horses off the pasture. Otherwise, you’ll end up with just mud. And that’s what they have. And it was all avoidable if they had used an agent who understood how the local situation applies to horse farms.” “Educating buyers, particularly those from other areas, is part of what we do best,” says Dent. “And we can help them tease out their must-haves from features in which they can be flexible. The goal is to get onto the horse farm without losing what you loved about it in the first place.” The right REALTOR® can help make that happen. Carla Huckabee writes about high-performing real estate.


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Beautifully upgraded home in desirable Avinity. Country living just 20 minutes from CharlottesWonderful home in the sought after Mill Creek Quality & upgrades exceed newer construction ville! The 11+ acres has it all. Enjoy the two South neighborhood. First floor living is showoptions. Your new home welcomes you into the acre stocked pond, walk through the woods, cased with the open concept connecting the foyerthen head down the hall to a large room & use the pasture for your horses, goats, other kitchen,dining area, and living room. Enjoy custom with brick focus wall & attached bath. livestock, or as a large fenced yard. Three stall cooking in your updated kitchen with huge isThis room is a perfect guest suite, rec room, or barn & run-in shed waiting for you. Walk into land. The large master suite has a walk-in closet home office. The garage hasplenty of space for the main floor of the house to find your beautiful and attached bath. The laundry caps off the a car & storage in front. The main level with an kitchen with tons of cabinets & counter space first floor. Head upstairs to find three additional open concept allows natural light & real hardto entertain. On that level, you’ll also find your bedrooms and full bath. Head downstairs to wood floors to flow throughout. Your kitchen is large master suite. Upstairs is a second bedthe finished, walkout basement which is a rare madefor a chef with gas range, upgraded cabroom, full bath, & loft looking down onto the livfind in the neighborhood. The large combinainets, granite countertops, & tile backsplash. ing room. Head to the downstairs to appreciate tion room has plenty of room to create several Pull up a stool to the big island. The living the flexibility of the house. Currently used as a living spaces like a home office, rec room, and room is large with gas fireplace. Don’tmiss separate two bedroom apartment with full kitcheven a guest suite with the full bath. The view the wine bar which is perfect for entertaining. en or you can use the terrace level as an adfrom the back deck is the wonderful fencedSunday 1-3 pm Step outside to your private back patio. Plenty ditional family room, bedroom, & office. There in lawn and a wooded common area to give of room to grill & enjoy the mountain1544 views. are tons ofCt options to enjoy the peace & quiet Loop more privacy than expected in a neighborhood. 2808 Magnolia Dr 2142 Avinity Sawgrass MLS# 616143 $415,000 $475,000 615586 $420,000 Peace & tranquility less than 15 minutes from Beautifully upgraded 4 BR townhouseMLS# w/mountain Complete 1st floor living,MLS# lg MBR 615511 & BA w/laundry.

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