KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its environs - September 2014
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Keswick Life SEPTEMBER 2014
IN THIS ISSUE
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Stoking it What do the Emir of Quatar, the Sultan of Oman, Michael Jackson, Prince Charles and Atlantis have in common? They all have metalwork crafted by Stephen Stokes, Stokes of England, blacksmith of Keswick, Virginia.Stephen Stokes born in Shropshire, England was raised near Keswick, in England’s beautiful Lake District as the sonof a blacksmith. His father’s forge is still in existence in Whittington, England run by Steves brother. So how did the son of a long, long line of family blacksmiths come to live in Virginia? read the article on this Keswickian beginning on page 9
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With great pride and excitement, Keswick Club announced that Tuesday, September 16, was the first day of play on the new Pete Dye golf course at Loring Woodriff and Justi Campa were Keswick residents, Catherine and SallieKeswick Golf Club. As many of you have married June 21, 2014, on the Summer Mason Wheeler, recently participated at discovered on recent tours of the course, Solstice, shaded by a sycamore along a the World's Championship Horse Show it becomes more beautiful all the time. creek, with the Keswick countryside as for American Saddlebreds in Louisville, The selected name for the course, Full backdrop. Loring, the daughter or Piers Kentucky. Catherine, a Junior at St. Annes Cry, was among the wonderful and and Sandy Woodriff, grew up in Belfield, showed her 3-Gaited mare CH bountiful suggestions submitted by Somerset and Justi, the son of Justo and Swing An Singin to the unanimous blue Keswick Club members Full Cry, a Nancy Campa, is from Ivy. Loring’s ribbon topping a very competitive phrase well known to the local hunt daughters Octavia and Frances Lawson field.Janet and Jeff Sterba of Keswick, community, evokes determination, and Justi’s nieces Ava and Julia Gormley Virginia on their recent wins at the enthusiasm, drive and adventure. The were flower girls World's Championship Horse Show in new logo, a fox on the move, signals Louisville, Kentucky this August. Janet boundless energy and elusive gain, and drove her grand gelding, Caraway's New 5 has a historical reference. York Minute, to wins
UPCOMING...save dates Upcoming...save thethe dates What: Lunch & Learn and Walk & Talk Where: The Market at Grelen When: October 15th and October 18th The next Lunch & Learn "Proper Pruning Techniques" is on 10/15/14 and details are coming soon! A buffet lunch is included and each informative talk (including a Q&A session) will be approximately 45 minutes to an hour. All will start promptly at noon. The delicious buffet lunch will be made fresh by Chef Mel and will include salad, bread, dessert, water, tea & coffee. The next Walk & Talk "Fall Color" is on 10/18/2014 at 10 a.m.. Each month will have a different focus depending on the time of year. With 600 acres of land, there are many wonderful areas to explore. Dan Gregg will discuss a seasonal topic and Q&A is encouraged. Typically 3-4 miles, 9+. For further information please call www.themarketatgrelen.com
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When: October 19th Keswick Vineyards’ first annual Quynnessential event, Wine and Wheels is a serious car show for serious wine drinkers! Featuring the most beautiful premier automobiles, such as Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Jaguar, Bentley, Rolls Royce, and more modified show cars! Call for more details 434.244.3341 x.105
What: Oakland School Open House Where: Oakland School Selling and purchasing art, antiques & collectibles for the country house and garden
When: October 13th Oakland School, a specialized school for all children including those with learning differences near Keswick, VA, is having an Open House on Monday, October 13th at 10 am. The event will begin with our Head of School, Carol Williams, giving an overview of our program followed by student and staff guided tours of the grounds and classrooms. Please call or email Jamie Cato, Admissions Director, with any questions. Ph: 434-293-9059 Email: email@example.com Website www.oaklandschool.net We hope to see you on the 13th!
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What: Paddock Party Where: Montpelier Race Course When: October 31st at 6:30 pm
adults and Children under 12 are $10. The check is the RSVP made out to Keswick Hound Fund and mailed to Greta Siemen, 10089 Fox Meadow Lane, Orange, Virginia 22960.For further information and auction donations contact - 434-296-9405
What: Fall Fiber Festival & Montpelier Sheep Dog Trials Where: Montpelier Estate Enjoy the Oyster Bar, Dinner and Dancing the evening before the When: Saturday, Oct 4th, 2013 from 10AM – 5PM Montpelier Races in the paddock . Country Casual attire - For further Sunday, October 5th, 2013 from 10AM to 4PM information 540-672-0014 Please remember that the Fiber Festival cannot admit pets on the grounds. No exceptions! Many events are scheduled such as sheep SHOP shearing, spinning, knitting, a skein & garment contest, braiding, rug What:Martha’s Market hooking, the CHILDREN’S CORNER, felting, tatting, weaving, & basWhere: John Paul Jones Arena ketry. The famous Montpelier Sheep Dog Trials will be running dogs When: October 10th - 12th from all over the USA & Canada from sun up till dusk each day. Virtually every aspect of fiber work will be on display from the sheep to the The 19th Annual Martha’s Market will held October 10-12th at the John shawl! 20 different breeds of sheep & goats will be on display. There Paul Jones Arena, with the Preview Party being held October 9 th.More will be delicious food booths and many craft vendors & artisans sellthan 65 boutiques from across the country turned the John Paul Jones ing their natural fiber clothing, yarns, blankets, & socks. We will have Arena into a beautiful marketplace. The Women’s Committee of Mara Celtic Dancing group & a Bagpiper playing. A great way to spend a tha Jefferson Hospital has been proud to support many facets of womday in the country among the animals and get your Christmas shopen’s healthcare, with the primary emphasis on Breast Health. For over ping done early! This is a weekend not to be missed! Please come & seventeen years, through the tremendous success of Martha’s Market, enjoy yourselves. NO PETS ARE ALLOWED! The Women’s Committee has raised nearly $3 million in support of Admission: Adults $5.00, children under 16 are free areas such as breast health, technology, women’s midlife health, heart Contact person: Michele Mangham 434-973-2222 or 434-882-2222 disease and outreach to underserved populations.The Women’s Committee, Martha Jefferson Hospital wishes to thank our many generous supporters and others who help make Martha’s Market possible each SUPPORT and every year. For additional information please call the Foundation What: Out of the Darkness Community Walk office at 434-654-5578 Where:East End, Green Springs, Virginia When:10/18/2014 - Starts @ 10:00 am until 11:30 am Check-in Time- 9:00 am to 10:00 am
What: The 55th Shenandoah Antiques Expo When: Oct. 10, 9 am -5 pm, Oct. 11, 9 am-5 pm, Oct. 12, 10 am- 4pm Where: The Augusta Expoland, 277 Expo Road, Fishersville, VA
The Out of the Darkness Community Walks are the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) signature fundraising campaign, bringing together family, friends, colleagues, and supporters at 3-5 mile walks in hundreds of communities across the country.When you 300+dealers from Florida to Maine who offer quality pieces at fair walk in the Out of the Darkness Community Walks, you join the effort prices.Admission: Friday, October 10, $10, Saturday & Sunday, 11 & with thousands of people to raise funds and awareness for AFSP’s viOctober 12, $5.– October in the Valley of Virginia is the perfect time to sion to create a world without suicide. For further information :confind brilliant foliage and plenty of antiques at the 55th Shenandoah Antact Robin Durkin 434-409-1852 e-mail address: email@example.com or tiques Expo Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 12 at Augusta Cailin Collier 434-825-5961. Expoland (I-64, Exit 91) in Fishersville, Va. This weekend getaway is just a quick jaunt over the mountain from Charlottesville. For further information and for directions during event: (540) 337-2552.Heritage “Since 1986 our Expo has grown into one of the most highly anticipated antiques shows in the Mid-Atlantic,” Raymond Stokes, a co-founder of Heritage Promotions, said. “Thousands of folks return to Fishersville because they scooped up cherished collectibles or antique furniture on their last trip.”
What: Keswick Hunt Club Puppy Show Where: Keswick Hunt Club When: October 11th - 5:00 pm The neighborhood is invited to the 12th Annual Keswick Puppy Show. The evening will start with the Puppy Show at 5:00. There will be children’s activities, a fundraising silent auction and supper. A live auction for Adopt -a- Hound and a Junior Handler class are always popular parts of the evening. The Puppy Show is free. Supper is $25.00 for
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COVER STORY STOKES OF ENGLAND by Elizabeth Blythe Delaney
What do the Emir of Quatar, the Sultan of Oman, Michael Jackson, Prince Charles and Atlantis have in common? They all have metalwork crafted by Stephen Stokes, Stokes of England, blacksmith of Keswick, Virginia. Stephen Stokes born in Shropshire, England was raised near Keswick, in England’s beautiful Lake District as the son of a blacksmith. His father’s forge is still in existence in Whittington, England run by Steves brother. So how did the son of a long, long line of family blacksmiths come to live in Virginia?
at St. Agnes (girls from nearby high schools were chosen to play female roles in all-boy Episcopal High School). Following completion of high school she applied to the University of Virginia, got in and went there to study French and History. Steve followed her to Charlottesville and they married in 1981. Alison then went on to get her Master’s Degree in Drama. Newly married, they needed to get an income going soon. Steve, read an article on the high prices of ironwork and thought, “I can do that!” And so was born Steve’s first forge on Meachums Road, 250W Ivy in 1982. They had a free standing two bay cinderblock garage and Steve built a forge in it. He used a washing machine motor for the blower and scrap sheet metal. (The forge is the actual fire box that is kept hot enough to make iron “forge” or bend, shape, draw, punch, and weld.) He spent a total of $5,000.00 to open it. Alison thought up the name “Stokes of England”. It was a struggle for the first few years. Trying to find a market, Steve made knives and he and Alison went to various shows selling his wares. Good artists are rarely good marketers! Then fate intervened again in the form of David Easton the famous interior designer for John and Patricia Kluge. He came to Stephen and asked him to submit samples of railing work and if chosen would be doing the ironwork for the Kluge’s new estate , Albemarle House and its Chapel. Steve won the competition and spent the next few years completing the work. He moved to Shadwell first, then on to Keswick in 1992, where he has had his forge since then, behind the Keswick Post Office in the old train station warehouse. After Kluge’s work, came many referrals and commissions for large houses in Virginia, Indiana, New Jersey, Maryland, Georgia, South and North Carolina, Connecticut and New York, but local work always comes first!
Basically, it was love. Stephen’s father, Joe, accepted a position to become an instructor in blacksmithing for the British Ministry of Defense at Hadrians Camp when Steve was young. His father has his artistic ironwork work all over the British Isles, including the restoration of the Chirk Castle gates. He then took his family to numerous countries in Africa as an instructor for the United Nations. During the family’s time in Africa Steve was home schooled. As he approached his teens it was apparent that Steve would need to be sent to boarding school back in England for a proper education. He attended Lindisfarne College in Wales from the ages of 14-18 while his parents remained in Africa. Steve, when 18, entered a competition along with 300 other top UK students for a scholarship with the ESU, English Speaking Union, to study abroad. He was chosen, among 28 winners. He still remembers being grilled by the headmaster of Eton on “why” he should be an ambassador and his political understandings of the time. Afterall, being an ambassador for England meant you had to have tact. Not unlike his fathers diplomatic status for the United Nations.
One such job was Donald Trump’s estate in Westchester, New York. Mr. Trump asked Steve to price up a replica of the gates to Chirk Castle in Wales, which had been restored by Steve’s father. The price came in at $5,000,000.00, as Steve says,” it took the famous Davies Brothers’ 20 blacksmiths five years to make the gates in 1715”. They contain the coat of arms for the Gates at Chirk Castle fully restored by Steve’s father Myddleton Family showing a bloody hand and wolves. Mr. Trump refused this expense but contined on with balconies and balustrades. Steve had a booth at an AIA Convention in New Orleans and an architect dropped off his card and said, “You’ll be hearing from me!” Steve thought nothing of it. Later that week he received an email asking him to do the ironwork for a new resort in the Bahamas called “ Atlantis”. Steve told him that wasn’t the kind of work they did. After all, it was a small firm. They didn’t take “no” for an answer, telling Steve to bring a sample of a railing to the Bahamas in two weeks! So they made something they were sure the architect wouldn’t like. He sent one of his blacksmiths to the Bahamas with the rail sample. The owner and architect loved it! So Steve hired 12 blacksmiths and it took 3 years to complete all the rails, decor, stairs and anything metal at Atlantis Resort. Alison proudly said that during this time he kept up with all local orders! Steve said they had huge shipping crates in front of the forge for constant deliveries to the Bahamas.
So Steve was “sent” to Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia to launch his career as an engineer, doctor, minister, etc....certainly not as a blacksmith. He never even thought about it as a possibility. He was on his way in the United States....Then something happened that changed his life forever. He was cast in the play “You Cant Take It With You” opposite the beautiful 15 yr. old Alison...they played husband and wife in the play. He was smitten immediately. Ah, the lightning bolt of fate! She thought he was a professor, he was so well-dressed and poised. And so they rehearsed the play for months not dating but growing in a love for one another that is still very evident today. Alison said her parents were so impressed with this mature young man t!hat they invited him over for Alison’s sweet 16th birthday dinner! The stage was set with Steve attending George Mason University, after his last year at Episcopal, to be near Alison who was finishing her high school years
ON iron used to be shingled in layers of slag and pure iron. Now the slag and pure iron is homogenized and called “mild steel.” The carbon content in iron is also important and mild steel has a carbon content of ideally 2% or less. All steel is painted black and in medieval times it was coated with pitch to give it the black look. Steve says there are a lot of finish options from satin black paint or other colors, to powder coating. The fire is fueled with coal. The consistent temperature is important since it can’t be too hot or too cool. Steve remembered waking up once staring at the ceiling after passing out from the heat. It takes getting used to! Farriers are blacksmiths that shoe horses. Ironworking requires a steady hand, hand/eye coordination, balance and proportion in design, quality in finish and technical skill.
Steve is not only talented at the technical end of smithing but an incredible designer as well. Just look at the photos!
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Over the years, Steve has had clients all over the world. They have included Michael Jackson, architect Robert A.M. Stern, George Soros, the list goes on. PBS and the BBC have done shows on him and he’s been represented in print in Architectural Digest, the New York Times, Town and Country, Virginia Living, et al. He has three blacksmiths working for him and is proud to pass on the blacksmithing profession to his many apprentices over the years. He learned the trade from his father as a young boy and never thought he would spend his life as a blacksmith. Steve clearly led with his heart and with the support of his love, Alison, his true calling came shining through. After Steve’s dad passed on, Steve was in England talking to a friend of his dad’s. He said his dad had been proud of him. Steve said, “He never said anything to me about that” and the friend said “oh, he carried photos of your work on him to show us!” Did I mention that Steve and Alison have two very talented daughters? It is so apparent that Steve and Alison have supported one another in their accomplishments over the years and have much to be proud of. Alison, a talented actress has acted and sung in plays in New York as well as Virginia. They have a retreat in North Wales that they love going to as a family. For both Steve and Alison, it is clear, have made their family and life together the real priority. So it is their love and VERY hard work that has made an incredible life for them and their family. We are so proud to have him in our midst quietly creating world class art. Blacksmithing involves the bending and forging of hot iron by hand. Wrought
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A great community is full of inspiration. Innisfree takes special care to create a therapeutic work a environment its coworkers builds a strong sense of Blacksmiths once were staple offorlife, creatingthat nails and tools. Immortalized community and enhances each person’s unique skills. When Innisfree needed in Longfellow’s “The Village Blacksmith”. “The village smithy stands; the more space for additional weavers, CACF helped expand the weaving studio. smith, a mighty man is he, with large and sinewy hands; and the muscles of Now, coworkers, like Mark, who have skills that can transform spools of yarn into his brawny arms are as strong as iron bands...” beautiful placemats, can enjoy working with friends and can share their carefully crafted products with our community. Our passion is to support the community.
I asked Steve what was one of his most memorable jobs. He said as a kid in England he would watch the “Beverly Hillbillies”. He was thrilled to be asked to design and build gates and finials for the actual mansion used in the making of the television series in Los Angeles. He’d come full circle!
Steve pointed out the incredible math skills involved in the making of a spiral metal staircase. When the stair was ready for installation the architect said “You don’t mind that we changed the radius by 1/2 inch do you?” Steve had to take the entire stair back and cut it and rework it! Three months of work to do all over again. Steve also works in brass, bronze and copper as well as other alloys of metal.
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Pea Soup All Year Long 1 - package frozen petite peas 1 - medium onion 3 - cloves garlic 2 T - olive oil 1 - 32 oz box organic chicken broth 1 small bunch mint 1 small bunch flat leaf parsley salt & white pepper Crème fraîche Chop and sautee onion and garlic in olive oil, being careful not to brown. Add frozen peas, leaves of parsley and mint, and chicken broth. Bring to a quick boil. Take off the heat, let cool slightly and puree in blender. Add salt and white pepper to taste. Chill. Pour into bowls and garnish each with a spoonful of Crème fraîche and mint leaf.
WEDDINGS Woodriff/Campa Loring Woodriff and Justi Campa were married June 21, 2014, on the Summer Solstice, shaded by a sycamore along a creek, with the Keswick countryside as backdrop. Loring, the daughter or Piers and Sandy Woodriff, grew up in Somerset and Justi, the son of Justo and Nancy Campa, is from Ivy. Loring’s daughters Octavia and Frances Lawson and Justi’s nieces Ava and Julia Gormley were flower girls. The Honorable Jay Swett joined the couple in marriage. Mother Nature cooperated, just barely, with showers delaying the outdoor ceremony. Justi, Loring, Octavia and Frances reside in Downtown Charlottesville.
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WORLD’S CHAMPIONSHIP HORSE SHOW Keswick residents, Catherine and Sallie-Mason Wheeler, recently participated at the World’s Championship Horse Show for American Saddlebreds in Louisville, Kentucky. Catherine, a Junior at St. Annes Belfield, showed her 3-Gaited mare CH Swing An Singin to the unanimous blue ribbon topping a very competitive field.
ing, Caraway’s New York Minute, to win both the Amateur Ladies Fine Harness and Amateur Fine Harness Championship. This was Janet’s first show with “Jimmy” and she drove him to perfection against a field of the best harness horses in the country. Good Luck in the future to this exciting new combination.
WARRENTON HUNT NIGHT
Sallie-Mason, a seventh grader at St. Annes Belfield, showed her 5-Gaited mare CH Callaway’s Born for This against the best to win her qualifying class. She then went on to win the championship with first place votes by all three judges to wear the yellow roses out of the ring.
Sadly Mother Nature put an early end to Hunt Night this year with a “monsoon” that literally flooded the show grounds and put on a pyrotechnic show that lasted several hours. But despite the limited number of events, Keswick prevailed once again with the Championship!Many thanks to our hunt team members: Torston Kramer, Autumn Rogers, and Jennifer Nesbit. Darlene Murphy, who placed 4th in the over 46 Foxhunter Class, Greta Seimen, who placed 8th in the Over 46 Foxhunter, and, with Summers Olinger, placed 3rd in the Hunter Pairs. Sandy Rives and Trish Zorn, who placed 8th in the Hunter Pairs. Jordann Sipe, who won the Junior Foxhunter class. Jill Wilson, who won the 31-45 Foxhunter Class (and also placed 6th) and placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Warm Up. Whitney Gammell, who placed 3rd in the Ladies Hunter Hack. Sarah Poole, who placed 3rd in the 31-45 Foxhunter, and, with Kim Mitchell, placed 6th in the Hunter Pairs, and Rachel McMahon, who placed 4th in the 31-45 Foxhunter, and 7th in the Ladies Hunter Hack. We also must thank Sally Lamb for all the great horses she provides for the team, as well as hosting the practices, the tailgate at the show, etc., etc.!
US NATIONAL HUNTER BREEDING CHAMPIONSHIP Congrats to both of these young equestrians who also participate in showing the Hunters as well as Foxhunting.
Rainier Defends Title, Named Overall Grand Champion in 2014 Sallie B. Wheeler/US National Hunter Breeding Championship.
Congratulations to Janet and Jeff Sterba of Keswick, Virginia on their recent wins at the World’s Championship Horse Show in Louisville, Kentucky this August. Janet drove her grand geld-
The top young horses from across the country displayed their qualities in hopes of claiming a title at the 2014 Sallie B. Wheeler/US National Hunter Breeding Championship. Judges Linda Andrisani and Daniel Robertshaw traveled to both coasts to
For the eighth time in the Championship’s twophase history, the East Coast’s Champion Best Young Horse won the Overall Grand Champion title. Rainier (Eloquence x Countess Sabrina/Private Account), owned by Cismont Manor Farm, Meridian Partners, and Kenneth Wheeler, who also handled the horse, claimed top honors in the 2014 Sallie B. Wheeler/US National Hunter Breeding Championship, receiving the Dave Kelley Perpetual Trophy and successfully defending his 2013 title. Real Appeal (by Rosenthal out of Good Angel) a two year old owned by Chuck and Sue Tice Grossmann was the Best Young Horse (he is shown by Jay Golding—who also won the Bobbie Burke Trophy as the handler of the best young horse
On the East Coast, Rapscallion 18 (ROC USA x Natalya/Hermes Du Maurier), a two-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Rachel Kane and handled by Bucky Reynolds, won the Oldenburg Registry of North America award. The American Hanoverian Society award went to Viewpoint (Viva Voltaire x Bella Danja/Bordeaux) a yearling Hanoverian filly owned by Robin Stewart and handled by Dowell Johnson. The American Warmblood Registry Award went to Femineste, (Beste Gold x Fiera MRF/Feiner Stern) a two-year-old American Warmblood filly owned and handled by Elizabeth Lubrano. Ta Dah (Popeye K x Grannies Magic Punch/Magical) a two-year-old Dutch Warmblood filly owned and handled by Jane Witten, received the KWPN of North America Award. Joyful Hope (King De Coquerie x Brown Eyed Girl/Schoenfelder), a two-year-old Belgian Warmblood filly owned by Dr. Erica Feiste and handled by Dowell Johnson, took home the Stud-Book sBs Belgian Sport Horse Society Award. The Rheinland PfalzSaar International Award went to Impre ‘Czario (Balta ‘Czar x La Grande Cowgirl), a two-yearold RPSI gelding owned by Julianna Potteiger and handled by Chip Leonard.The Foxwick Farm Perpetual Trophy, which is awarded to the leading Thoroughbred. On the East Coast, the award went to Steppintothealter (Runnintothealter x Dodana/Two Punch), a yearling Thoroughbred gelding owned by Cheryll Francella and handled by William Howland. Bella Nelle Colore (Risque Remarque x Ebony Gold Rose/Rock Point) took the honors for the West Coast, handled by Linda Winters.
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that is both distinctive and amazing. before 7:30am and after daily play Lifestyles in Keswick and its environs, March 2013 Thank you for your help concludes. in keeping Full Cry in the best possible condition . With great pride and excitement, Keswick Club announced that Tuesday, September 16, would be the first day of play on the new Pete Dye golf course at Keswick Golf Club. As many of you have discovered on recent tours of the course, it becomes While the course will be open most more beautiful all the time. The sedays for play, they have designated lected name for the course, Full Cry, Mondays, Tuesdays and occasional was among the wonderful and bounother days to complete the grounds The grand opening and ribbon cuttiful suggestions submitted by Kesand maintenance work that remains ting for the new course will take wick Club members. here and there on the course.. Thank place on October 10th, and will be you for your patience through this the feature cover story in the October process. issue of Keswick Life.
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these conversations between adult children and their parents.
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A formal search process is well underway for Haden’s successor. The next president is expected to be named later this fall.
The idea behind the “40-70 Rule” is that by the time adult children are age 40 and their parents are age 70, they should have these critical conversations that will impact the parents’ future.
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“Unfortunately, it is often not until a crisis happens that families consider these important discussions,” says Jeanne McCusker, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Charlottesville and surrounding counties. “Although the prospect of addressing sensitive topics can often be intimidating, it’s critical for these conversations to happen before it’s too late.”
Charlottesville, VA. Jim Haden, president of Martha Jefferson Hospital, will be retiring this fall after 21 years of service to Charlottesville’s community hospital. Haden, who is 67, began working at Martha Jefferson in 1993. While president, Martha Jefferson has grown and greatly expanded, now offering a more enhanced complement of clinical services to the community, including neurosurgery and advanced cardiology and orthopedic services. In addition, Haden has been an avid supporter of increasing quality outcomes during his tenure, which has been achieved through the hard-work and dedication of all Martha Jefferson team members and an investment in sophisticated technology. During his time as president, Martha Jefferson has enhanced its complement of comprehensive cancer services, was designated as a Magnet® facility for excellence in nursing, opened the Outpatient Care Centers at Pantops and Proffit Road, as well as a free-standing emergency department, recruited numerous specialists from the nation’s top medical institutions and achieved superior state and national patient satisfaction scores. In addition, the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation was created which has served as a wonderful partnership with our community. Most recently, Haden was instrumental in the successful construction of, and move to, the new Martha Jefferson Hospital on Pantops Mountain and the successful merger with Sentara Healthcare. “I consider myself lucky to have been able to work at Martha Jefferson Hospital,” said Haden. “I have had the good fortune to work with an outstanding group of physicians, employees, volunteers and unbelievably dedicated board members. It’s truly been fun. Martha Jefferson Hospital is a special place, and what I cherish the most about our hospital is the Caring Tradition culture. Thanks to the dedication of all those involved, I am confident the culture will continue through the years.” As the healthcare landscape has changed over time, the strategic leadership of Haden has allowed Martha Jefferson to grow, and to continue to find better ways to provide care that has led to improved safety and quality outcomes for patients and their families. “Jim is responsible for encouraging a wide spectrum of individuals to become involved with Martha Jefferson, which in turn has made it the fine institution it is today,” said Peter Brooks, chair of the Martha Jefferson Hospital Board of Directors. “His tireless dedication to improving the health of the community can be seen in the major accomplishments that have taken place, but also in the
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According to recently conducted research, 70 percent of family conversations about aging issues don’t occur until they are prompted by a health crisis or other emergency. 1 This can increase the likelihood of family disputes. McCusker says that she hopes this program can change that for area families. “Quite often, when it comes to certain topics, there is a noticeable gap between the wishes of the senior parents and their children,” she says. “We want to help families establish plans in advance so that a parent’s expressed wishes are met.” For more information about the “40-70 Rule” program or to obtain a copy of the Action Plan for Successful Aging, please visit 4070talk.com or call 434-979-4663.
TIME TO START TALKING: MAKING PARENTS PART OF THE AGING PROCESS NOW Local senior care experts encourage families to connect and provide tips on tackling tough conversations about aging Discussing aging issues, such as living arrangements, finances, dating, end-of-life decisions and driving, early and often can save families years of heartache, tension and even legal battles. Yet, research indicates that about two-thirds of American families put off these conversations, either because they are uncomfortable with the topics or they just don’t know where to start. 1 Statistics show that 34 percent of adults surveyed are conversation avoiders. 2 That is, they haven’t talked about any important end-of-life issues with their parents or children, or they have talked about just one issue. To help, the Charlottesville office of Home Instead Senior Care is sponsoring the “40-70 Rule®” program, which includes an Action Plan for Successful AgingSM and other resources to help ease
to replace the tear down opposite the Post Office takes shape there are two tear downs in progress in Keswick Estate.
here & there..... in Keswick By The Numbers a Bunch Canadian Geese on their way south, 30 People Astride on the first day of cubbing, 40 Tee Times scheduled for the first day of golfing on Keswick Estate’s new course Full Cry On and Off The Market
So what opportunities for investment or farmette type properties are there at a reasonable price is in the area? 4027 Louisa Rd, the restoration cottage on an acre with a garage/old forge by the Post Office is back on the market at $189,500. 373 Clarks Tract, a 1954 ranch, is just listed at $299,000 and has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms on 2.1 acres. 6580 Louisa Rd is recently available at $335,000 and is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 2001 built ranch on 4+ acres. 6618 Louisa Rd, a 2 bedroom, 2 bath modular rancher on 5 acres went under contract in a few days at $210,000, and 870 Black Cat Rd just sold for $187,000. It was a 5 bedroom, 1.5 bath 1880’s farmhouse on 2 acres 1055 Hacktown Rd is available at $105,000, a 3 bedroom, one bath ranch on 2 acres. 514 Huckstep Branch Lane is a distress sale at $275,000. It is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath ranch on 2 7 acres only built in 2009, and then just down the road at #548 is the 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath brick uncompleted home on 2.5 acres, also built in 2009. Possible farmettes to develop could be: 595 Starry Sky Lane as it offers 25+ acres with a 3 bedroom, 2 bath contemporary home at $375,000, and at 3938 Richmond Road that is on 13+ acres and has a 2 bedroom, 3 bath cottage for $419,000. Regarding land parcels …there is 14 acres, claimed to be 5 lots, with a single wide, on Paddock Wood Road for $197,000, and a new 1.48 acre lot on Campbell Road for $67,000. A 7+ acre Keswick Estate lot backing up to the 17th tee is under contract at $549,950 and here is a neat sale reported in Glenmore... 988 Piper Way, a 60 acre parcel reportedly sold for $1,200,000. It is better known as the Glenmore Equestrian Center! As the new home
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Sold Both are on Club View Drive and were 1970’s style brick ranchers on basements. When the new homes are created they will offer great views of the Full Cry golf course and the Keswick Hall. So, lots of possibilities are out there if you wanted to invest some sweat equity!
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The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation recently announced a new owner for the national historic landmark a few miles south of Williamsburg: Samuel Mencoff, a co-chief executive of a prominent private equity investment firm in Chicago who is known for preservation projects, bought Carter’s Grove for $7.5 million.“The property is in the hands of somebody who is going to preserve it, take care of it,” said Colin G. Campbell, president and chief executive of the foundation.The foundation closed it and sold it in 2007 — with conservation easements designed to protect the house and most of the land — to Halsey Minor, a tech entrepreneur whose family had deep Virginia roots for $15.3 million. When Minor’s self-made fortune crashed, the property fell into neglect, with some simple maintenance work left undone. A spokeswoman said Friday that Minor would not comment on personal matters. After Minor’s limited liability company filed for bankruptcy in 2011, the Williamsburg foundation took over the needed repairs.The plantation was on the market for a year, with a nearly $15 million asking price, but no offers were made. At a public auction this spring, only Colonial Williamsburg bid on Carter’s Grove. The sales price to Mencoff covers the expenses paid by the Williamsburg foundation during the bankruptcy process and the outstanding principal balance on the mortgage loan to the previous owner, according to Campbell.“Carter’s Grove is a treasure,” he said, “in many ways chronicling the history of the New World.”
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Beautifully maintained, old Virginia brick home situated on 80+/- acres in one of the most protected areas in the Piedmont located in Orange Co. just 20 miles from Charlottesville. This ideal sized property includes the 4 bedroom, 3-1/2 bath home, 6-stall center aisle stable, riding ring, runin shed, newly renovated 800 sq. ft. 1 bedroom apt. and a fabulous landscaped salt water swimming pool.
What does this distinguished French provincial NOT offer? Lush professional landscaping grace an expansive, level back lawn further enhanced by a huge bluestone patio w/ fp & built-in grill, an endless list of luxurious upgrades, exquisite wainscoting & trimwork, extraordinary tile selections, built-in speakers throughout, brick wine cellar, Invisible fence. The list goes on, see attached. The wonderful floor plan inclâ€™ nanny/in-law quarters, screen porch, cork-floored playroom near kitchen.
A setting of mature trees and landscaping is home to this wonderfully restored home, c. 1782. Loyal to the character and integrity of the home, the current owners have meticulously updated and restored Clifton to facilitate modern convenience melded with history and charm. Equestrian enthusiasts will love this country property with a well-appointed 13 stall stable, riding ring and great pastures as well as other outbuildings.
Classic farmhouse on 171 acres, protected area with magnificent natural beauty, near Shenandoah National Park. Home has lots of character including beautiful heart pine floors in most rooms, wide entry hall, family room w/ beamed ceiling and stone fireplace, first level bedroom w/ stone FP, large kitchen leading to large screened porch in back, 6 BR and 2 BA total. Beautiful pastoral setting, BLue Ridge views, long frontage on pristine Rapidan River, barn, rolling pastures, woods, mtn. trails
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Rabbit Run is a lovely and beautifully maintained Virginia farm house with a charming two bedroom guest cottage on 2 + private acres in the town of Gordonsville in Orange Co.Features include- 5 bedrooms and five full baths in the main house and two additional bedrooms in the cottage. Heart pine floors, Standing seam metal roof. Two zone heating and cooling.Mature trees and shrubs and lovely perennial gardens enhance the beauty and charm of this unique offering. Within walking distance of Main street Gordonsville restaurants and shops B&B potential.
Beautifully restored, historic c. 1860 house on 139 acres with a large, beautiful guest house constructed from reclaimed materials. Features include a custom mural by Michael Brown and double staircase. The property contains a large spring fed pond, and pool. There are 3 bedrooms and 2 baths in the main house; 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and a full kitchen featuring custom kitchen cabinets made from reclaimed heart pine in the guest house. This house is in mint condition.
Mulberry Hill has been a long-time family home and retreat. Over 22acs in Keswick. The House built 1900c was originally a two-over-two structure with side entry foyer and stair. Additions for a dining room, kitchen and baths were added over the years. The House is a Restoration Candidate for the Old House Enthusiast. The Property shares borders with Historic Grace Episcopal Church, other Country Houses and Land under Conservation Easement.
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Windy Knoll A peaceful and serene location in Orange Co. Our custom 3,600+/- sf, 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home was crafted in 2000 on the old Chestnut Hill farm of 82 acres. Two master suites, one on each level, a family room with a fireplace, a custom kitchen with Granite counters, a breakfast room with pasture views, recent new hardwood floors and an attached garage. There are 30+ acres of fenced pasture, currently for cattle, rolling mature woodlands with trails, a stream, a custom 2,400 sf shop/barn suitable for RVâ€™s, 2 run-in sheds, and a fascinating managers cottage For further information contact Bev Nash(434) 295-3524
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110 Acre Orange County horse farm with an architecturally distinguished, renovated and expanded c. 1870 home. The home features large open country kitchen with custom cabinets, salt water gunnite pool, 8 stall barn. Multiple board fenced paddocks, riding ring, large hay barn with large 800 +/- sq. ft. office. Completely private. Less than Â˝ hour from Bull Run, Casanova Hunts. $1,900,000
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Architecturally distinguished, exceptionally private 3,224 sq. ft. Chalet style home with high ceilings, great room with built-in bookcases, large fireplace and a gracious master suite with fireplace, and a large gourmet kitchen. All on 29+/- private acres with stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Less than 15 minutes from the VA Horse Center and les than 10 minutes from the charming town of Lexington. $775,000
Exceptionally private 22 acre property almost completely encircled by a 30-footwide stream. The 2,802 sq. ft. custom built French Country style home features expanses of white marble flooring, 18th century Portuguese kitchen tiles, and library with custom bookcases. Post and beam barn offers unlimited possibilities 2 full baths, an office and loft bedroom. $675,000
This elegant 1,592 sq. ft. historic townhouse in the town of Orange comprises the 1859 addition to the historic Montpeliso Mansion, c. 1819. Featuring high ceilings, period detail, working fireplace, and large windows. Spacious modern kitchen. Lovely back porch with outdoor shower, large landscaped backyard, and elegant front porch. $169,900.
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BOOKWORM REVIEW By Suzanne Nash
The kids are back in school and the evenings are getting cooler. It’s the perfect time to gather some new books to install beside your reading chair. They say it’s going to be a rough winter but if you are stocked with good reading material you have nothing to worry about! It may be listed as science fiction but Wool isn’t typical sci-fi fare….I believe it will intrigue anyone who loves a good story with mystery, love and social commentary. Imagine a world where the air outside is so toxic that only a few minutes exposure ensures certain death. This is the world that Jules grew up in. She works in the lower level of the silo where she and everyone she knows lives. The silo extends deep within the earth and the only view of the surface of the earth is through cameras mounted on the outside…camera’s whose lenses must periodically be cleaned… otherwise the view will go dark. Those who ask questions, those who express curiosity about the past or about the outside world are given the “honor “of being cleaners. It is a death sentence. This is a tale of revolution, a call to arms to ask the questions, to not blindly follow the powers that be. There is definitely an upstairs downstairs quality to this story…quite literally. Many levels below lie
the mechanics who toil to keep the generators running that help to provide the power to the computers….which are used by those in the upper levels use. Of course those individuals who control the IT control the world of the silo…they have more food and live with more light while those on the lower levels live in darkness. There is knowledge in the power the upper level leaders hold but there is also power deep within the silo and this is the story of how the lower levels rise up to reclaim the knowledge and history hidden from them. There are so many allegories here and that is what I enjoyed…the parallels are very thought provoking. Hugh Howey originally wrote this as a short story but then he serialized it and then it became a bestseller. The story of his success is just another interesting dimension to this tale. If you are looking for an epic tale then look no further than The Goldfinch by Donna Tart. Long, complex and undoubtedly compelling, as only Donna Tart can provide, this book begins with a tragedy. A bomb goes off in a museum and a little boy’s life changes forever. An amazing cast of characters come alive in this story. Corrupt Russians, Las Vegas grafters and questionable art dealers are mixed together to create an intriguing landscape which provide a backdrop for Theo’s journey from a scared boy to a confused young man. This is a book about loss and a search for meaning when something inexplicable chang-
es everything. Many critics have remarked that Tart resembles Dickens in her story development and her extensive array of characters. I agree to their assessment to some extent, though I found occasions where the descriptions became a bit like overkill. Despite this small criticism I found myself returning to this book again and again…it continually drew me back to its pages and that is the sign of a good book. So if the long nights are closing in on you this is a good book to curl up with…… because, while it may be long, it is truly worth the read. I am also going to invite you to try another reading pleasure I have found. I can recall my mother putting a record on the turntable (yes…I actually do remember using one of them) whenever she got ready to settle down to read and I have often enjoyed listening to music that sets the mood for different reading genres. I recently joined amazon prime and discovered, much to my joy, that they offer free music to stream and I was even more excited to discover that they have play lists already created that are excellent. What is even better than this? They have great music play lists for every genre of reading material….and they are wonderful! So if you love to have background music while you read and happen to have joined Amazon Prime take a moment to look at their free music streaming and then peruse their music playlists….it is under the title: For Reading: followed by a genre. I hope this will enhance your reading experience. Enjoy the changing season and keep reading.
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OBITUARY Frankie June Hall Frankie June Hall, 72, of Orange, Virginia, passed away peacefully at home with family in attendance on Saturday, September 6, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. Frankie lived love and adventure. A Virginia native, Frankie understood and was an example of the meaning of southern hospitality, welcoming and accepting everyone who came into her life. Traveling the world with her military parents from early childhood, she married Brian Ralph Hall in 1963, and had four children, Peter, Michael, Robert and Susan, while living in Bermuda, for over 40 years. Frankie was a successful executive’s wife, but her passion was raising and caring for her children and grandchildren. Frankie and Brian have traveled extensively, experiencing cultures all over the world by land and by sea, sharing many of these experiences with family and friends. But over the last few years, her favorite pastime has been as a stable hand, often on foal-watch at their horse farm in Orange. Frankie is survived by her loving husband, Brian; sons, Peter, Michael and Rob; her daughter, Susan Hanner; her grandchildren, Tammy, Tim, Julie, CJ, Corey, Ellie, Alan, Jesse, Charlie and Eric; and her five great-grandchildren. Frankie’s funeral service was Saturday, September 13, 2014, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, located at 119 Caroline Street, Orange, Virginia. Interment followed at the Hall Family Cemetery at Elmwood Farm. . In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, the Orange County Free Clinic, or the Orange Boys and Girls Club.
Eleanor Mann Montague After a long illness, Eleanor Mann Montague, 92, of Charlottesville, Virginia, died at Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge on Friday, September 19, 2014. She was born on June 19, 1922, in Charlottesville, the daughter of the late Henry Washington Mann and Frances Page Morrison Mann. A native of Albemarle County, she grew up on a farm near Cobham and developed a love for animals-especially dogs and horses. She became an avid horsewoman, and her love for horses continued throughout her life. During and shortly after World War II, Ellie worked at Brown’s Gift Shop, where, one day, she met her future husband, who had just returned from serving in the Army Air Corps in China. While Monty was developing a successful real estate career, they raised their three children and lived most of their married life in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. In the late 80s, they relocated to Callawassie Island, a golf resort between Beaufort and Hilton Head, South Carolina. There, they enjoyed an active retirement for more than 10 years before re
turning to Charlottesville in 2002. Three activities that Ellie and Monty especially enjoyed together were playing golf, dancing, and traveling. Over the years, they traveled widely from Europe and Russia to China and Australia. Also, Ellie enjoyed reading, gardening, playing cards-bridge and solitaire, especially-as well as needle-working. She created beautiful sweaters, pillows, blankets, etc., through knitting, embroidery, and crocheting. Ellie was a lifelong member of Grace Episcopal Church in Cismont, where she served on the Altar Guild for several years. Also, she participated in a variety of other civic and social activities, including the University League; the Keswick Garden Club, where she served one term as president; and as a Reading for the Blind volunteer. Devoted to her family, Ellie was a loving and supportive wife, mother, and grandmother. Always gracious, she was a selfless, unassuming, gentle lady. In addition to her parents, Ellie was predeceased by her devoted husband of 66 years, Percy Montague III; and her three half-sisters, Frances Burger, Elizabeth Gildea, and Flora (Pody) Caperton. She is survived by a daughter, Claudia Montague Adams and her husband, Bob, of Cary, North Carolina and Richmond, Virginia; and two sons, Percy Montague IV and his wife, Anne, and Henry Mann Montague and his wife, Marsha, all of Charlottesville. Also, she is survived by 10 grandchildren, Hope Adams of Greenville, North Carolina, Elizabeth Adams of Morrisville, North Carolina, Carter Montague and wife, Maggie, of Schuyler, Virginia, Ellie Montague of Charlottesville, Meredith Montague and her husband, Todd Barnett, of Charlottesville, David Montague and his wife Roxzanna of Grand Lake Stream, Maine, John Montague and his wife, Mari, of Washington, D.C., Will Montague and his wife, Johanna, of Charlottesville, Martha Montague Stockment and her husband, Andrew, of Charlottesville, and Margaret Montague Feldman and her husband, Jacob, of Arlington, Virginia. Additionally, she is survived by nine great-grandchildren, Mason and Carter Wagoner of Morrisville, North Carolina, Henry and Althea Montague of Schuyler, Virginia, Flora, Evangeline, and Roscoe Barnett of Charlottesville, Cornelius Montague of Washington, D.C., and Charlotte Montague of Charlottesville. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the angels of Health Care 2 at Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge and Hospice of the Piedmont for their loving care during this difficult time. Special thanks also to the sitters and friends who sat with and cared for Ellie during the past few weeks. A funeral service was held on September 22, 2014, at Grace Episcopal Church in Cismont, Virginia, with the Reverend Miles Smith officiating. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, Virginia 22911, www.hopva.org; or to the Alzheimer’s Associa
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Melvin Poe The world of American foxhunting lost one of its best-loved and most highly respected personalities with the passing of huntsman Melvin Poe, age ninety-four, on Saturday September 13, 2014. That’s the sad news. The good news is that Melvin was able to ride his horse and hunt his hounds to the very last year of his life.Poe was born in Hume Aug. 24, 1920. Grandfather John Lewis Poe served in the Confederate Army, fighting in the battles of Seven Pines, second Manassas, Antietam and Gettysburg. Melvin Poe was the third of 10 children of Ollie and Eva Pearson Poe. Poe attended the now-closed Hume School, often recalling long school days spent “staring out the windows,” he once said. “I remember one day a meet of [Gen. George Patton’s] Cobbler Hunt crossing the crossroads. The principal – all of us – got tied up by the hunters on the way to school. No problem, school started an hour late that morning.”Poe was a Boy Scout and an expert jouster, as well as an avid baseball player while in high school. He served a tour as a jeep mechanic with the U.S. Army during World War II, taking part in the Normandy invasion. Upon his return stateside, Poe took a job with the Old Dominion Hounds in Orlean, 1947-1962, then with The Plains-based Orange County Hounds until he “retired” in 1991. Poe was huntsman for the private Bath County Hounds until that hunt folded in 2011. He continued hunting his own pack of hounds until this past spring, inviting friends and family to join him on twice-weekly outings. In foxhunting circles he was referred to simply as Melvin. Everyone knew who you were talking about. He’s been a fixture in North American foxhunting for more than sixty years and a celebrated legend for most of that time. He’s immortalized in a dramatic oil painting by Wally Nall; he made the cover of UK’s Horse and Hound in 1991; he starred in Tom Davenport’s 1979 foxhunting video documentary, Thoughts on Foxhunting, narrated by Alexander Mackay-Smith; he was the subject for Peter Winant’s wonderful book, Foxhunting with Melvin Poe, The Derrydale Press, 2002; and in 2011 Melvin was inducted, along with his brother Albert, into the Huntsmen’s Room at the Museum of Hounds and Hunting in Leesburg, Virginia. Poe leaves wife Peggy, son Randy Poe, and daughters, Shirley Laing, Susan Bradshaw, Bridget Paradise, Patty Gould, Cathy Baldwin and Chrissy Gray, and grandchildren. Services were at the Marriott Ranch in Hume on Wednesday, September 17th.
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