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KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs - February 2015


In this issue

Freezing His Whiskers Off!

also: only in keswick, life happens, what’s cooking, overheard, keswick scene and much more

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SPRING BROOK c. 1850 This renovated VA farm house is situated on CISMONT RIDGE 34 open acres w/beautiful mtn. views in Orange Co. The 4-bedrm. 3.5 bath house is in excellent Privately located in the Keswick condition & w/4000+/fin. area sq. offt.Albemarle, is a perfect yet convenient to town. Large screened in porch, size. Property is further complimented with a pumpkin pine floors, ceramic tile countertops, bank barn used for entertaining or game room/ stainless of the line media studio. steel Alsotop included is appliances, a large pole barn UXPEJWJTJPOT room, fireplace in master bedroom and separate (stable conversion), guest cottage, garage/ sitting area. Large that spring-fed could be used workshop, pool,outbuilding fully fenced, pond. as a barn, workshop or another garage. $595,000 Spring Brook is the ideal VA Farm, located 25    min. from C’ville and two hours from D.C.

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LETTERS A reader commented on Tony Vanderwarker’s article in the January 2015 Issue, Our Road, which appeared on page 19:

ing drivers to respect the speed limits. Certainly with a school and post office at the turn on 231, some type of calming plan could and should be implemented.

I read the article about rte 231 and had wondered if there had ever been discussion about the speed and danger of that road in a mostly conserved area.

All the best and thank you for the article, VC

We have similar issues here in Baltimore County. The Valleys Planning Council, here in Baltimore County, created a country roads plan for the County, which was adopted. It sites paving material, widening limits, bridge design etc. It has been successful in that our country roads are now being paved with a new type of “tar and chip”.

Thanks, great that the article is elicting responses like this. Other people are facing the same problems and are coming up with similar solutions. Piedmont Environmental Council was responsible for the work in Aldie, that’s where I got the idea.

Contributing Editor Responds:

A reader commented on Tony Vanderwarker’s articles which appeared in issues from October 2014 thru Janaury 2015:

While I believe both of these may apply, I feel Tony has the right to his opinion in his capacity as a freelance writer and longtime resident of Keswick and the environs’ as much as the fence owner had to paint their fence yellow in the first

We continue to struggle with speed issues and the trucks from the quarry on 250 are a real and everpresent issue. (We own a house backing up to 231). Baltimore County has agreed to speed cameras and in certain places we have been able to get speed bumps. It is interesting that Sagamore Farms, in Baltimore County, was able to get speed bumps near their farm entrance. You might also look at the village of Aldie where there is a type of entrance gate with trees in the middle of the roadway - defining the village and in essence ask-

Tony Responds:

I try to be a “fair and balanced” thinker, however, after reading Tony Vanderwarker’s Article; Our Road...had to say something. While I’m very supportive on all points made, I’m disappointed that Tony, for the 4th time in a row, ends his Article with “remember, lean on your horn if you don’t like yellow.”

don’t see that? Of course they do and it is very hurtful.

place - I am all about freedom of choice, it’s America!

Please tell Tony several readers have said time to drop it. Your call how best to handle. But enough about the yellow fence.

I do acknowledge there has been an emotional reaction to the situation. We rarely intervene with our columnists and their content, as censorship would not be appropriate. Under the circumstances, the paper has a bigger megaphone than the fence owner; we have asked Tony to voluntarily cease making this point as it has already been made four times - it is time to move on.

Thank you, SM

I can’t respond to this without thinking back to my memories as a kid reading Aesop’s Fables. Two morals of the Fables that come to mind are “wise men keep a guard on their tongues” and “live and let live”.

As I recall from my grammar school days, we were guided to build a sense of control over our work and taught to consider all aspects of any situation whether sensitive or not. Perhaps, in the process, we became better brainstormers by keeping track of our many good ideas that often got lost if a repetitive theme was used over and over again.

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3611 Stony Point Road • $779,000

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This quintessential farmhouse has been expanded and built anew around the original 1900 home using both new and reclaimed materials. It has been carefully crafted into a virtual work of art by the current owner. Every detail is authentic, from the stone hearth and chimney to the stunning antique doors, windows and heart pine flooring. Truly a one-of-a-kind home. Extensive views, just minutes from town, paved driveway, guest cottage, 4 bedrooms, 3-1/2 baths on approximately 7 acres. Dennis Woodriff (434) 531-0140. MLS# 527710

With stunning, c. 1891 brick stable including interior courtyard as centerpiece, Nydrie Stud for generations was a prominent thoroughbred breeding farm. Today, it could again be a breathtaking equestrian estate or productive vineyard with arresting event venue. Neighboring other permanently protected estates like Enniscorthy and with 23 division rights, Nydrie is undoubtedly a strong conservation easement candidate. About 150 acres of rolling meadow with the balance in mature hardwoods. Other acreage configurations available. MLS# 522722 401 Park Street Charlottesville, VA 22902

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Freezing His Whiskers Off! It’s February, well at least for a few more days, and old man winter has definitely struck! We have experienced record low temps, historic wind chills and more snow and ice in the past week than this small fox cares to cry about.

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Mary Morony’s column this month touches the hearts of not only dog lovers but anyone that has an ounce of compassion for a suffering soul. Breeding is allimportant when making an investment in any large animal be it horses, cattle, or giant breed dogs. Ignore breeding at your own peril! I promise it won’t take a fortuneteller to see you will amass pain, suffering, and untold expenses. Read about Mary’s experience.




Kennedy was born in 1950 in Missouri the 8th child of 12, born into a laboring family. His father worked in the lumber business clearing timber from the Mississippi delta with a mule. His mother ran the household, cooking, gardening and tending her children. Our deep rooted backgrounds make us good Keswick neighbors where “...we all took care of each other in the community.”

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Tony Vanderwarker entertains us once again with tales of his move to Keswick, what he thought he’d be doing when he got here versus what he actually did for fifteen years. This month’s column takes us on a writer’s journey of his account of getting serious, down to business and dusting off a shelved pile of notes for a book and writing it, finally!

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Diane Weber, guest contributor for February, takes on the twisted road to a not so straightforward debate on adding roundabouts in and around our special roads where the increase in traffic and growth is inevitable. She explores the problem, a recap of events, the pros and cons and presents ideas on finding common ground and working together.

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OVERHEARD Here and there... in Keswick by the Numbers 6 - more weeks! Puxsutawney Phil was exactly correct when the furry rodent forecasted six more weeks of winter,

8 - of March the clocks are sprung forward 1 hour,

20 - of March is the first day of a welcomed Spring,

28 - days of February, Yeah! They’re over!

On and Off The Market “Upfront” at 115 Chopping Bottom Farm is on the market at $719,000. The 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 1960’s Cape Cod has around 2,798 finished sq ft. and is on 3 acres.


3068 Darby Road in Glenmore is just available at $1,427,500 and is a brick 6 bedroom, 5.5 bath, 6,928 finished sq ft home with water and mountain views, while on 15 Newbridge Rd a 0.84 lot is reduced from $224,900 to $189,900

Grymes Memorial School has just celebrated the comple-

There are healthy recent sales too in Glenmore with, for example, 3408 Cesford Grange, a 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath 2005 home closed at $796,550 and 1564 Heathrow Lane, a contemporary golf front 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath 1997 home selling for $475,000. 1215 Thistledown, a 2001 Colonial with 6 bedrooms and 6.5 baths sold for $905,000 and 1624 Gateway Place, a 1994 Colonial with 5 bedrooms and 5.5 baths sold for $774,000. Also 2455 Pendower Lane, a new home first at $698,826 and finally at $588,348 is under contract with a $15,000 closing incentive offered, and 1489 Bremberton Lane listed at $438,000 is also under contract. Around the area 777 Black Cat Rd, a 1929 3 bedroom farmhouse on 2 acres is reduced to $399,000. 51+ acres are available on top of the South Western mountains at Stony Point Pass for $195,000. It claims amazing views, numerous home sites and an old farmhouse. 2766 Bell Acres a 1988 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home on 2 acres off Turkey Ridge Rd is now reduced to $215,000 and 3304 Keswick Rd, a 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch on 2 acres is back on the market, now at $309,000. Up on Louisa Rd, 6618 is an affordable rancher with million dollar views and now $205,000, 7049 is on 2.5 acres with 3 bedrooms, 1,800 sq ft, and a 2 car garage is now $159,900, and 6580 is on 4.5 acres and now $330,000. Distress sales locally include 2585 Watkins Lane, a 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath Cape on 3.2 acres at $539,900, 972 Richmond Rd, a 1957 ranch on 2 acres is now reduced to $164,900 and 548 Huckstep Branch Lane, a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath to be completed home on 2.5 acres for $265,000.

Pawned On a recent

Bravo The Women’s Committee of Martha Jefferson Hospital presented the hospital with a check for $446,251.97 at their annual meeting on Wednesday, February 18th at the Boar’s Head Pavilion. The funds are proceeds from the 2014 Martha’s Market, In The Pink Tennis Tournament and Squash Cancer Squash Tournament. The funds will go directly towards women’s healths services at Martha Jefferson, including new mammography technology, complementary services for women undergoing cancer treatments, etc. The funding also supports free Breast Health Screening Days for women who may not otherwise be able to afford a mammogram. Since it’s inception, the Women’s Committee has donated more than $4 million to the Hospital.

episode of “Pawn Stars,” shop owner Rick Harrison had one of his most intense negotiations yet. It was over a copy of “Jay’s Treaty” owned by Thomas Jefferson.”$50,000,” the seller said on “Pawn Stars.” ”Oh my God,” said Rick Harrison.”You can have it for $50,000, I’ll walk out of here,” said the seller.”Let me have it for $48,000,” said Harrison.”No, it’s got to be $50,000, I can’t go below $50,000,” said the seller.”Oh my God,” said Harrison.Yes, even though the book was valued at around $75,000, Rick and the seller went back and forth several times before they agreed on a price tag of $50,000. It was still quite the profit for the seller. His great-great grandfather bought the book years ago at Jefferson’s estate sale for just 15 cents. Books from Jefferson’s private collection rarely are seen on the market. But when they do make an appearance, they really grab some attention, like back in 2011 when 74 volumes were discovered at Washington University in St. Louis. The way Rick looked during this negotiation, we had to wonder - did he really just want the book? Or is it a sign that his job might be taking a toll on him? He recently told CBS he’s only planning on keeping up with his two shows, “Pawn Stars” and “Pawnography,” for the next couple of years. “

tion of the largest and most successful Capital Campaign in the history of the school, exceeding its $4 million goal! Grymes had its beginnings on Main Street in 1947 in the home of Emily Grymes. Mrs. Grymes had lost her son in World War II, and her daughter also died of a long childhood illness. To honor the memory of her two children, she began teaching neighbors’ children. The school grew quickly and moved to its current location on Spicer’s Mill Road in 1957 after a group of Orange County families raised $85,000.00 in three months to build the original school building. Grymes now serves students in Orange, Madison, Culpeper, Louisa, Greene, Spotsylvania, and Albemarle counties, and once again, friends and families of the school rallied to make the construction of a new building happen! At the annual Christmas party, hosted by the school’s Board of Trustees, Head of School Penny Work and Campaign Chair David Perdue thanked the community for their dedication to the project, and then unveiled the donor wall commemorating the exceptional generosity of the school community. The commemorative wall features donor names etched on glass plates with student artwork framed behind the glass. A total of $4.3 million dollars contributed by 105 families was raised to build a beautiful building, Gardner Hall, with eight new middle school classrooms and four study rooms. In addition, improvements were made to the traffic circle and athletic fields, as well as upgrades to the infrastructure in anticipation of further building. Of that sum, $1.4 million has gone into the endowment for the support of faculty and financial aid.

Spotted Dolly and Kim Buswell at Maria Louisa Park in Seville, Spain.





Mark your calendars! Save the date! Don’t be late!

CELEBRATE Secretariat Birthday Event

HISTORICAL James Madison’s Birthday

Where: The Meadow Event Park When: March 29th

Where : Montpelier When: March 16th

There’s a big bash planned for “Big Red,” and this year the Secretariat Birthday Celebration at The Meadow Event Park will feature a “family reunion” as well. The March 29 Meadow Descendants Gathering will present Thoroughbreds that have Secretariat or other Meadow Stable champions in their pedigrees. Members of the original Secretariat team will be in the show ring to greet participants and pose for photos. Owners who wish to participate in the gathering should check their horses’ pedigrees for names such as Riva Ridge, winner of the 1972 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes; First Landing, sire of Riva Ridge; Hill Prince, 1950 Horse of the Year; Sir Gaylord, sire of Epsom Derby winner Sir Ivor; Cicada, top money-winning filly of the 1960s; Somethingroyal, dam of Secretariat; and broodmares Imperatrice, Hildene and Iberia. “This is a unique opportunity for owners to show off their horses and share the ring with those who were closest to Secretariat and other Meadow Stable champions,” said Leeanne Meadows Ladin, Secretariat tourism manager at The Meadow and co-author of Secretariat’s Meadow – The Land, The Family, The Legend.“The Meadow Descendants Gathering also will showcase retired racehorses who have found new homes and new careers off the track such as eventing, show jumping, dressage and other disciplines,” Ladin added.The gathering is being presented by secretariat.com, the Retired Racehorse Project, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at James River and the Secretariat tourism program at The Meadow. For information on how to enter, visitSecretariatsMeadow. com/event-news. The deadline for entries is March 23.

SUPPORT Bracket Breakfast for Piedmont CASA Where: Omni Hotel Ballroom When: Monday, March 17th, 7am

Join us for a March Madness Breakfast and

EATING OUT Five Chefs in the Vineyard

get the inside scoop on the Final Four from a legendary panel of basketball experts. Fill out a bracket and you could win a 60” LG Plasma screen television from Crutchfield. It’s all for the benefit of Piedmont CASACourt Appointed Special Advocates for abused and neglected children in our community.

Where: Barboursville Vineyard When: March 1, 2015


The annual Secretariat Birthday Celebration will take place March 27-29 at The Meadow as part of the new Virginia Horse Festival. Festival details are available at VirginiaHorseFestival.com

Every year our Orange Club hosts their annual Five Chefs in the Vineyards

at the beautiful Barboursville Vineyard for a five course dinner and silent auction. Chefs from five regional restaurants; Spencer Crawford from Barboursville’s Palladio, Dean Laupin from C& O, Gerard Gasparini from Pomme, Randy Cooper from Elmwood at Sparks and Paul & Sarah Deigl of Real Food will each prepare a signature dish to showcase their talents, each course paired with a Barboursville wine. A silent auction of select items and events round out this amazing evening at the Vineyard to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Orange County, Virginia. Five Chefs will be held on March 1, 2015. If you are interested in attending or being a sponsor of the event, please call 540-672-6399.

WARMING UP Winter Wonderland Winery Passport Where: Keswick Vineyard When: January 1st – March 31st

It’s that time of year again… when the air gets crisp, the fires get warm, and the red wine flows. The Winter Wonderland Passport is back! Purchase your passport and tour the warm and cozy tasting rooms of Keswick Vineyards, Glass House Winery, Jefferson Vineyards, Trump Winery and Grace Estates Winery all for one low price of $25! The passport is good until the end of March. For further information: (434) 244-3341 x 105.

Historic Virginia Garden Week

Commemorate the 264th birthday of America’s fourth president and Father of the Constitution with the United States Marine Corps Band and Color Guard during this annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Madison Family Cemetery at Montpelier. Remarks will be made by Alan Taylor, one of the nation’s premier experts in Colonial America and the early U.S. republic. Ceremony begins at 2:00 PM. After the ceremony, Mr. Madison will accept birthday wishes at the mansion. A special in-depth tour highlighting Madison’s role as Father of the Constitution will be offered at 11 AM and 1 PM. Signature tours will be offered every 30 minutes between 10 AM - 4 PM.

HISTORICAL HIKE ACC Basketball Tournament Where : Greensboro, North Carolina When: March 10- 13

The ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament (popularly known as the ACC Tournament) is the conference championship tournament in basketball for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The tournament has been held every year since 1954, the ACC’s first season. It is a single-elimination tournament and seeding is based on regular season records. The winner, declared conference champion, receives the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Where: Keswick Environs When: April 18th

Dolley Madison Garden Club is pleased to

announce the 2015 Historic Garden Week tour in Orange County, Virginia. This year’s tour, ‘From Pastures to Parterres’, highlights the evolution of farming and architecture along the Spotswood Trail. Properties feature late 18th-and early to late 19th-century homes, outbuildings, and gardens, replete with period architecture and artifacts, antique furnishings, and art collections. Gardens range from boxwood-lined drives to extensive formal parterre gardens and perennial landscapes. The tour is illustrative of the evolution of garden design from the 1700s to the twenty-first century. The following farms are on the tour Aerie Farm, Springfields, Annadale and Barboursville Vineyards. Advance tickets are on sale for $25 at www.vagardenweek.org.

WORKSHOP Painting Animals Where: Castle Hill Farm, Keswick When: April 11th -12th

Painting animals with Nancy Bass April 11-

12th. When it comes to painting animals, no one compares to the incredibly talented Charlottesville artist, Nancy Bass. Please join us for an animal/pet painting retreat with Nancy at her farm house studio. Nancy will share her methods for capturing the personality of the animal, her color theory for making the fur glow and her techniques for accurate drawing. You will be working from your own animal photo and will receive a supply list prior to the event. please contact stewarthumiston@gmail.com to register or for more information.





Beads Mista!

There is nothing quite like a girl’s road trip and when my friend Cathy Clemons asked me to accompany her to Mardi Gras on a spur of the moment getaway I jumped at the chance. I traveled to New Orleans when I was very young, four I think, with my parents and yet I have harbored those memories and this past weekend I was not disappointed. You often hear tales of debauchery and drunken revelries during the Mardi Gras celebrations but our weekend was filled with gorgeous floats and gracious people. While I say we were going to Mardi Gras, that is not quite accurate. Mardi Gras (or Fat Tuesday) is the last day of the carnival season which begins on Twelfth Night (January 6th). Most people think that Mardi Gras is just one day and that is the day to visit but the weekend before Fat Tuesday is when all of the best krewes (parades) and Balls are thrown and that is what we went to see. Krewes originally were private social clubs and many today are still invitation only. There are at least 33 krewes in New Orleans and the tradition dates back to at least 1857 with many of them taking their names from Greek Mythology. If you are interested in brief descriptions of them you can find a bit more information at http:// www.mardigrasneworleans.com/schedule.html or http:// www.novareinna.com/festive/krewes.html. Our first night we were able to see Krewe of Hermes and Krewe of D’Etat and shouted the appropriate words “Throw me some beads mister”. Getting beads and other items thrown (flashing Frisbees, stuffed animals, flowers and t-shirts to name a few) is not hard. It’s loads of fun and very exciting and we found people around us to be friendly and often they shared what they caught. Each day we saw multiple krewes; the largest of which were Endymion and Bacchus. Besides the floats there were amazing marching bands. One thing that puzzled me were the men who often came in between the floats and bands carrying poles with metal sheets at the top and flames in front of the sheets. I found out from a nearby native that these harken back to the day before electricity. They were employed to light the way for the parades and are still part of the New Orleans tradition. Another tradition of Mardi Gras is the King Cake which I was determined to find while I was down there. King Cake is a delicious pastry which is filled with cinnamon and sugar and iced with white icing and covered in sprinkles. It is braided and formed into a ring. It contains a small plastic or ceramic baby representing the baby Jesus, and if you are lucky enough to find him in your slice of cake you are ensured luck for the year but you are also responsible for throwing the next Mar-

di Gras party and getting the King Cake next year. I had heard that Manny Randazzo’s was where all the locals went for their cakes so on Saturday morning around 7am I joined the queue. The shop opens at 8am and by then there were hundreds of people lined up - six blocks or more! I waited three hours and was rewarded by the most delicious King Cake. I brought one home to my family and my son said he would wait four hours for another. High Praise indeed! Saturday afternoon we headed back into the thick of things watching Krewe of Tucks and Krewe of Endymion. Endymion is a super krewe with floats that are three times as large as most of the other floats. It is not to be missed and they throw out the most elaborate prizes. These parades last hours and seem to never end so you have to be sturdy to hang in there and outlast the final float. The good news is that it is legal to drink on the streets with open containers. It took a while for me to get used to that but despite that we never really saw a lot of over the top drunken chaos. People were well behaved and charming and always wanted to know where you were from and if you were having a good time. Both Cathy and I said we never felt safer. Our final day in New Orleans was the best with a carriage ride around the French Quarter, beignets and café au late, a tarot card reading and a Hurricane (the drink, not the storm) at the oldest bar in the US, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, all before lunch! Then we were invited to a gathering at a friend’s house in the French Quarter. I was off purchasing a mask for my daughter so I had to meet them there and found myself winding my way down a beautiful street lined with elegant shuttered doorways. Stopping in front of a tall shuttered door decorated with a Mardi Gras mask and garland I knocked and the bolt slid and I was ushered into a beautiful golden hued room complete with a dog in a tutu and gorgeous art on every wall. There is always something magical about being welcomed into a local’s home and this time was very special! Denida, our gra-

cious hostess for the trip, introduced us to Deborah and Elaine and the three of them transformed Cathy and I into true New Orleans’ carnival celebrants. Glitter was applied to eyelids, clothes adjusted, feathers and flowers adorned our hair and boas draped across our shoulders. After a few drinks and their critical approval we were allowed to venture out into the French Quarter. After a brief stop at Fifi’s for a wig and a mask, we continued on to the Carousel Bar at the Monteleon Hotel where we tried the town’s own cocktail - the Sazerac. We ventured into Bourbon Street and danced to a great live band while waiting for the largest krewe to begin, Bacchus, and then joined the throngs to watch. We wandered home exhausted but thrilled with the evenings adventures. As Cathy and I faced the icy 14 hour trip home, we both decided it was well worth the drive! There is so much to experience in this beautiful city: art, architecture, music and history, but by far my favorite part was the people I met as we explored New Orleans. I am counting the days until I can return. So here are a few lessons if you decide to venture to New Orleans next year to participate in Carnival…. • Despite the often expressed opinion that flashing is expected, that isn’t the case. In fact if there is flashing it is only on Bourbon Street and it will likely get you a fine for exposure. DON’T DO IT! • Be prepared for all manner of things being tossed your way (my first catch was a moon pie)! • If you make eye contact with one of the krewe members you are more likely to get them to throw you things. • Bring a bag to stash your beads and prizes. You won’t be able to wear them all without breaking your neck! • Download an app that will help you track the multiple krewes that progress through the streets of New Orleans each day - you don’t want to park in a place where you won’t be able to get out for hours. • Don’t bend down to pick up beads or your fingers risk being trampled. • Be wary as you catch beads; they are often thrown with force and can hurt fingers and can hit you in the face if you aren’t careful. I saw a few bloody lips. Dodge and parry! • DON’T go to Pat O’Brian’s just for a Hurricane; it’s a tourist trap and they make it with a mix that tastes like kool aid. Go to Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop and watch them make you one from scratch. They are considered the BEST in New Orleans and if you take a carriage ride they will even bring one to your carriage while you wait.

Suzanne Nash, raised in Lynchburg Virginia, graduated from Wake Forest University and immediately moved to Charlottesville, Virginia to pursue all sorts of things, including working in insurance, marketing and television. The mother of two teenagers is currently the manufacturer of a lingerie and swimsuit design company, the director of education at Grace Episcopal Church and enjoys freelance writing and theatre in her free time.




It’s All in the Breeding BY MARY MORONY

Breeding is all-important when making

an investment in any large animal be it horses, cattle, or giant breed dogs. Ignore breeding at your own peril! I promise it won’t take a fortuneteller to see you will amass pain, suffering, and untold expenses. Backyard breeders and puppy mills are not equipped nor interested in making the investment of time, money and expertise that it takes to produce sound health puppies. Purebred animals are expensive for exactly these reasons time, effort, and knowledge. There is a great deal more involved in breeding than finding a stud and a dame and letting nature takes its course. Good breeding does not stop at conception or birth, for that matter. While early socialization may not seem to be important, it is paramount in all good breeding. By way of illustration, I offer up my personal experience as a cautionary tale. Driving south of town two years ago, I spied a hand painted sign announcing Great Dane Puppies for Sale. Later a picture appeared in a local paper of fourteen Great Dane puppies. I had done a fairly good job of resisting the temptation, but the hook was set. It was only a matter of time before this fish was going to be reeled in. I am a sucker for big dog puppies and am completely aware of this failing. There are times, like an addict to a needle that I can’t resist the siren’s song. This was one of those times, especially after I saw two of the fourteen. A friend and fellow puppy ad-

dict had bought two of the puppies and brought them to work with her. Not only did I see them, I picked them up and snuggled with them. Before I left to see the litter it was a fore gone conclusion, at least in my mind, that one would be accompany me home. Along the way, I enlisted my powers of reasoning to come up with hundreds if not thousand of reasons why I didn’t need another dog while my daughter a co-conspirator tried out names for the new puppy. Let me just say, it was nobody’s fault but my own that I came home that August two years ago with one black male and one blue merle female. Reason and need had nothing to do with it. Hagar and his liter-mate Sofie are very sweet loving dogs if they know you. If they don’t know you or are taken by surprise, they do a remarkable job of scaring the hell out of you. It is comical how timid they are, sometimes their own barking frightens them, go figure! The comedy is over when it comes to being head shy. They act in an extremely aggressive manner when approached from above, read: air snapping and growling–the, I mean business kind of growling. They are more afraid than aggressive, but when you are on the business end of a fearful dog, fear and aggression look remarkably similar. Because of their size the three of us started early training and socializing. We need constant and on going training. I have heard mutterings that I need more than the dogs. If you are a big dog and you bite somebody you are in super-sized trouble no matter the circumstance. Early obedience training was attempted to eliminate these

anti-social habits and avoid creating any hot messes. Thus far it has worked, but only thus far. When I walk the dogs new people constantly approach sticking their hands in the dog’s faces before asking. One Fed-Ex delivery guy despite many many reminders from me and flat out don’t tread on me snarling continues to reach over to pet the dogs as he assures me that he knows dogs. What I know is if my dogs bite him, the dogs and I are in trouble. I’m told that when I am not at home; even people the dogs know are treated as threats.

This behavior is not exclusive to my two; three other dogs from this same litter suffer from this fear-based hypersensitivity. There are three factors that result in fear and aggression in dogs: early socialization, bad experience in the past and the temperament of the breed. This is not typical Great Dane behavior. Generally, as a breed, they are easy-going and goodnatured. Since my two dogs arrived fearful I can only assume the breeder was responsible for lack of socialization and any trauma that might have made them afraid. At about nine months, Hagar’s (January 2015 issue Keswick Life - Wobbler’s Disease) hind leg began to quake severely when walking or standing. We were at

the vet’s lickity spilt. X-rays showed that he had pretty severe cranial cruciate degeneration (that means the ligaments in his knees break one strand at a time) and arthritis in his right hock at eight months old! He has been receiving laser treatments for a little over a year to alleviate his pain. The hope was to avoid surgery and all the accompanying pain and expense that comes with it for both of us. Last week, he blew out his knee. After a very long, hard and expensive surgery his doctor told me that Hagar’s knee had been a mess. I didn’t for a minute forget that he has another one in jeopardy of same fate. The vet went into graphic detail of the horrors inside Hagar’s knee. He explained that even under heavy sedation his hips and legs were stiff, meaning arthritis. As politely as possible he said, “It is very bad breeding.” Because of my impulsive folly, I have two large fearful dogs that I can’t trust not to over react and possibly hurt someone. I have had to spend a breath-taking amount of money on Hagar in the last six months for various medical procedures. Both dogs have allergies to grains and so they have to have expensive specialty food. Sweet potato and white fish is the only things that don’t create giant pustules on their snouts. The expense and P in the A factors are only mitigated by the fact that I love them. Don’t do what I did. Take time and choose your breeder well. You’ll be glad you did.

Mary Morony author of the novel Apron Strings is a Charlottesville native and long time resident of Keswick. Raising four children to adulthood and her unique perspective has given her lots of food for thought. She now lives on a farm in Orange County with three dogs, two guineas and her daughter’s cat. Check out more at www.marymorony.com.





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Sazerac Recipe Ingredients: 1 cube sugar

1½ ounces (35ml) Sazerac Rye Whiskey or Buffalo Trace Bourbon

¼ ounce Herbsaint

3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

Lemon peel

Directions: • Pack an Old-Fashioned glass with ice • In a second Old-Fashioned glass place the sugar cube and add the Peychaud’s Bitters to it, then crush the sugar cube

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• Add the Sazerac Rye Whiskey or Buffalo Trace Bourbon to the second glass containing the Peychaud’s Bitters and sugar • Empty the ice from the first glass and coat the glass with the Herbsaint, then discard the remaining Herbsaint • Empty the whiskey/bitters/sugar mixture from the second glass into the first glass and garnish with lemon peel


Paramount Transforms Into New Orleans for “The Festivale” EDITED BY KESWICK LIFE


Organizing celebrates its 20th year anniversary in 2015 and there is only one way to do so; the biggest way possible. On Friday, March 13, 2015, they present “The Festivale” at The Paramount Theater. The venue will be converted into a New Orleans inspired festive celebration for one night only. The Festivale will feature surprise theatrical inserts and performances by three bands of three different music genres including Alternative Americana, Latin Jazz/Saba, and Reggae. This eclectic fusion of live music will satisfy the tastebuds of anyone hungry for a festive affair. Headlined by Bryan Elijah Smith and the Wild Hearts with over 500 original songs, 8 independent releases, a solid touring schedule, Fall 2013 Australia Tour, notable festival plays including FloydFest 10 & 11, The Fiesty Experience, Red Wing Roots Music Festival and others, this band has created a following with their unique amalgam of Americana that is peppered with mainstream sensibilities. Also featured, the one and only Beleza, a fusion of Latin Jazz, Samba, Spanish Flamenco, and Bossa. Beleza often performs both as a duo and a full piece band. The

full band will grace the stage on this historical evening. Opening the show is the Reggae sensation, Mighty Joshua. This award winning musician once served as percussionist and provided background vocals for multiple albums by Corey Harris. Mighty Joshua performs with a full piece band and his lyrics open the listeners’ mind by promoting positive change that raise consciousness in society. Do not miss this 100% benefit concert to support Virginia Organizing, on Friday, March 13, 2015. Doors of The Paramount Theater open at 6pm; show starts at 7pm. Tickets are $32.00, $57.00 and $108 for Reception tickets, which include a Meet and Greet Reception with food and drinks provided from 6:00pm-6:45pm and premium seating for the show in the theater. Tickets may be purchased at The Paramount Theater located on the Downtown Mall at 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, Virginia; online at http:// www.theparamount.net or by phone at 434.979.1333. For event sponsorship opportunities, call Virginia Organizing directly: 434-984-4655 x222.

that Forbes Travel Guide bestowed on the luxury golf resort here in Keswick one of the lodging industry’s most coveted ratings, the Forbes Five Star award, which has been the gold standard in the hospitality industry since 1958. It marks the first time a Charlottesville area property has achieved this distinction. Keswick Hall and Golf Club was one of only eighteen additions to the prestigious list for 2015, and one of only five that were new to the list in the United States. Keswick Hall’s award also makes this the third property in the Commonwealth of Virginia, which includes Keswick Hall’s sister property The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond. The list contains less than one hundred twenty properites. With the opening of the new Pete Dye designed golf course, Full Cry, and a host of elegant and thoughtful renovations completed in 2014, the resort has become the lodging choice of many of the elite travelers from the Atlantic seaboard and throughout the Southeast. “Our ability to achieve the Forbes Five Star rating is a direct result of committed ownership, focused management, and the tireless efforts of our team members, ably lead by our General Manager, Monte Hansen, who provide a genuinely caring and comforting sanctuary for our guests,” said President and Managing Director Greg Sligh. “This award confirms that it is possible, and even desirable, to combine superior service, modern amenities, and truly gracious southern hospitality.” “The Forbes Five Star award is affirmation that Keswick Hall and Golf Club’s potential has not only been realized, but one of the world’s finest properties now calls Charlottesville home,” said Keswick Hall and Golf Club Chairman, Robert Hardie. “I am immensely proud to add Keswick Hall and Golf Club to the robust group of Forbes Five Star properties within our collection.” “Our Star Ratings recognize the finest hotels,

restaurants and spas in the world. These ratings serve as the most authoritative guideposts for guests seeking exceptional travel experiences. Our primary mission is to contribute to excellence in hospitality, serving the global tourism industry as well as the guest,” said Gerard J. Inzerillo, Chief Executive Officer of Forbes Travel Guide.

“We’re proud to be associated with the new additions, Keswick Hall and Golf Club & The Clifton Inn, that made a short list of honored Virginia properties” - CEO, Forbes Travel Guide Keswick Hall and Golf Club is one of Virginia’s only three Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hotels, while The Clifton Inn made the short list of the state’s Four-Star Hotels. Fossett’s Restaurant at Keswick Hall and the Dining Room at Clifton Inn both made Forbes’ list for the Travel Guide Four-Star Restaurants. Forbes Travel Guide collects the world’s finest hotels, restaurants and spas, along with expert travel advice. The CACVB’s Executive Director Kurt Burkhart, expressed his excitement; “Keswick Hall and Golf Club & The Clifton Inn offer a world-class experience and we are thrilled with the news of this well-deserved honor. There is no question that both lodging partners provide their guests the best accommodations and customer service, not to mention dining experiences that can rival with the country’s best restaurants and we are proud of this grand achievement,” said Burkhart.




UVA Children’s Hospital Main Event Gala 2015

UVA Children’s Hospital Main Event Gala 2015 Hundreds of people in the Charlottesville Albemarle community came out to support the University of Virginia

Children’s Hospital. Keswick Hall hosted the main event, a silent auction gala that is helping to fund the hospital’s Child Health Research Center. More than 400 community members, hospital staff, and UVA alumni came out, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the research center. “It’s a real mixture of people in the community. We’ve got administration, we’ve got the doctors, we’ve got the hospital staff, we’ve got people in the community,” said Liz Ratcliffe, event co-chair. “It’s just a great event for a great cause.” Pediatrics Department Chair Jim Nataro says the turnout demonstrates the community’s appreciation for this unique resource. “A lot of places have research centers where scientists come together for a particular cause, but coming together for the welfare of children is something that’s very unusual,” he said. Nataro says the Child Health Research Center works closely with the hospital to develop new cures as quickly as possible. “Our particular interest in the childhood research center is in translation, which means taking things that we discover in the laboratory and moving them into the clinical arena so they actually can turn into cures for children,” said Nataro. The silent auction at the main event, along with donations from dozens of sponsors, is making sure that work continues. The UVA Children’s Hospital uses donations to support more than 30 different treatment specialties. In 2012, the gala alone raised $217,000 for the hospital. This year, they’ve already surpassed that as well!

photos, top row: (l) revellers support while playing a few hands of blackjack; (r) a supporter enjoying a moment with Paul B. Manning, a sponsor of the Main Event. Middle row, left to right: Mark Sackson then Al and Cindy Schornberg. Bottom row: co-chair Liz Ratcliffe with husband Ian. Photo Credits: Amy Jackson Photography and Kat Schornberg Barnard.



KESWICK SCENE Keswick Hunt Ball

The 2015 Keswick Hunt Ball on Valentine’s Day This year’s big bash at the Keswick Hunt Club was held on Valentine’s night and it was a big hit! The sell-out crowd enjoyed cocktails before the exquisitely prepared quail dinner (Sandy Motley Catering). The six person band, the Winn Brothers from Washington DC, kept everyone dancing until the bitter end: photos, top row: (l) co-chairs Susan Rives and Annie Vanderwarker (center upper) Sommers Olinger, KHC Whipper-In, with Megan Eagney (center lower) Kimberly and Don Skelly and (r) the clubhouse, beautifully decorated by the organizers and their team of volunteers. Middle row, left to right: Susie Matheson and Janice Aron, Harry and Tamara Gamble, Robin and Cricket Williams then Sandy Rives with Michael Heimer and Tony Vanderwarker. Bottom row, left to right: John Moore with Mary Kalergis and Sumter Pendegrast, Tony Vanderwarker and Ada Harvey, Murdoch and Susie Matheson then Julie and Tom Estes.



KESWICK SCENE Keswick Hunt Ball

Photos, top row: (l) Whitney Gammel and Marilynn Ware, Nancy Wiley, Shelley Payne and Greta Siemen then Kat Imhoff and John Moore; top row: (lower center) Mary and Scott Shriver. Second row, left to right: Tony Gammel (Huntsman) with Joe Shields, Mary Kalergis and Adair Roper, Annie Vanderwarker with Ed Harvey, Mark Collins with Jt.MFH Charlotte Tieken then Jaffrey Woodriff enjoys a moment with a friend. Bottom row, left to right: Jennifer Nickerson and Caroline Barnes, Richard and Leslie Gilliam then John Gurley and David Purdue. Photo credits: Amanda Maglione Photography for Keswick Life.




I moved to Keswick to write novels after having been in the ad biz for twenty years. In case you hadn’t noticed, advertising is a particularly American spectacle of glitz, sham, noise and lust that worms it’s way into our culture and makes people buy things they don’t need, want things they’ve never wanted, say things they never thought and do things they never did. But it’s also a driver of our economy, informing us of new products, forming bonds between people and the things we buy and use, fueling media outlets and often entertaining and sometimes uplifting us. We have a hard time dealing with advertising, but where would we be without it? It’s the duality of advertising, the positive and negative that I decided to bring to life in a novel. I failed on my first attempt, a blustery, gonzo journalism kind of thing that ended up collapsing on itself. It’s inevitable that when you take on something that’s superficial and shallow, that character seeps into the writing. I found I needed what Mad Men has, another frame, some distance, from which to look at the biz—in Mad Men’s case, going back to the days when men were men and women were women and everybody kept their clothes on at least until drinks were served. But what frame, how to get the distance? I put the project aside for a couple years and then I had an epiphany. Literally deus ex machina, God comes down to earth and chooses a jaded adman on the last legs of his career to do a campaign for him. So let’s peek in on Dinny Rein shaving one morning and chatting with God about his business. “So what’s your problem?” “My comparables--been down four quarters in a row.” “Comparables?” “Attendance, church attendance. I’ve

been up nice each year for the past ten, but damn Mohammed’s been off the charts, double digits with practically no marketing. Guy makes me look like I’m standing still.” “Any reason?” “That’s here.”



“You know, just off the top of my head, I’d say it’s a high awareness/low usage kind-of-thing in your core target with the need for increased penetration among the fringe.” “See? You are one smart cookie.” “Everyone’s heard of God, but not enough people are going to church, right?” “You got it. I’m a household word that never gets spoken.” “You’re Arm & Hammer.” “I’m what?” “Arm & Hammer baking soda, everyone had it for recipes but it seldom got used-classic marketing story.” “That’s what I need--marketing.” “There are a million examples, Tabasco sauce, Bisquik, products everyone has in their cupboards but the usage interval is so long...” “Like between Christmas and Easter, you mean.” “That’s it, so the products either go bad and get thrown away....” “Or they get ignored. Pushed to the back of the shelf with the pickles Granny

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canned ten years ago. That’s me, God, out-of-sight and out-of-mind until little Jimmy gets run over by a car, Sis gets diagnosed with leukemia, or a tornado upends a trailer park, and everyone starts praying to beat the band.” Ads For God took me nine months to write and I proudly shipped it off to my agent with visions of Ferraris and trips to St. Barths running through my mind. But the reaction from the market quickly quashed those dreams. “Nobody wants to read books about advertising,” was the wisdom coming from New York publishing houses. Again and again my novel was rejected, always with the same rationale. I even sent it to an ad buddy of mine who worked at a Hollywood studio, “Nobody wants to watch movies about advertising,” was his verdict. Reluctantly, I parked the book in the far reaches of my hard drive and moved on. And then in July of 2007, a new TV show debuted and took the world by storm. And guess what? It was about advertising. All the editors in New York who had savaged my manuscript had egg on their face. Of course they had rejected it ten years earlier and none of them would remember. But I did. After becoming a Mad Men fan, I decided to check out Ads For God but the problem was—where was it? It was long gone from my computers and I hadn’t saved it on any flash drives. I vainly searched through all my files and storage containers. I’d almost resigned myself to the fact that I’d never find my long lost novel when I came across a floppy disc with “Ads ‘98” scribbled on it in Magic Marker.

eight-track tape, it was a relic of the past, no slots for floppies on my machines. I called my computer geek, and Lou told me, “I have a couple old Apples that can take them, but I can’t promise anything.” Two days later, Lou handed me a CD, “See if what you’re looking for is on this.” I stuck the CD in my drive and lo and behold, what came up? Ads For God, all 341 pages of it. I sat down and read the whole thing in one sitting. It was amazing. Of course, all authors think everything they write is amazing but after twenty years at the keyboard, I know my stuff. So what to do with it? I’ve had two books published by a New York publishing house and quickly learned that if you don’t turn into the next James Patterson right off the bat, they drop you like a hot potato and you quickly become just another of the 4000 books published that day. You didn’t read me wrong. Over a billion books online. Talk about needle in a haystack. Unless you are a bestselling author with an established following, very few new writers pop out of the oceans of books out there. You end up doing your own promotion, your own book tours, scheduling radio interviews, trying to get all the ink you can. So if you have to do everything yourself, why give them a piece of the action? I ended up with a small press in Gordonsville of all places and Cedar Grove is publishing Ads For God, available from bookstores and online February 17th. With a book-signing and talk at New Dominion on March 6 at 5:30. Ads For God is finally seeing the light of day after festering on a floppy for sixteen years.

So there it is, never say die - can’t keep a good book down. See you next time!

But how do you read a floppy? Like an Tony Vanderwarker, raised in New England, spent a couple years at Yale and then served two years in the Peace Corps where he got bitten both by tsetse flies and the writing bug. He went to film school at NYU and made documentaries and a full length film which didn’t sell so he decided to try shorter films and went into advertising. Fifteen years later, he had his own ad agency in Chicago where he did “Be Like Mike” for Gatorade. When his partners bought him out, Tony finally had a chance to write full time. It only took him fifteen more years to finally get a book published. “Who cares?” Tony says, “some writers hit paydirt fast, others take longer. I’m just glad my time has come.” visit www.tonyvanderwarker.com




Wayne Brooks Kennedy - Farrier BY ELIZABETH BLYE DELANEY


Life’s free lance writer, Liz Delaney, caught up with a Keswick environs trusted Farrier - Wayne Brooks Kennedy. How important is a farrier to a horse? Well, the saying goes, “No foot, no horse.” Simply, a farrier specializes in equine hoof care. They trim and balance the hoof and places shoes on them. Using a propane heated forge, he bends the horseshoe to fit each individual hoof. Both part blacksmith and veterinarian; knowing the anatomy of the horse. A good one understands the connection of all the working parts, especially as they filter down to the hoof. Wayne Kennedy is a farrier in the Keswick area who has been at his trade for 42 years - he is both respected and loved. Over the years he has developed a sixth sense about horses, watching them walk and determining what needs to be done to their feet to help lameness and balance issues. I caught up with Kelley Farmer of Lane Change Farm to ask the question, “what makes Wayne so good?” and without hesitation Kelley said, “he’s a horseman first [so] he understands horses... my horses could not do their job without Wayne... we are so lucky to have him.” Upon meeting Wayne, I was first struck

by his deep Mississippi delta drawl and the overall confidence about what he does. He’s fit and has a kind heart which anyone can tell right off the bat. Wayne was born in 1950 in Missouri the eighth child of twelve of a laboring family. His father “Daddy” worked in the lumber business clearing timber from the Mississippi delta with a mule. His mother “Momma” ran the household doing cooking, gardening and tending to her children. Their house in Missouri burned to the ground while Wayne was at school. They lost everything, but the one thing that hurt his mother the most was losing 700 quarts of canned food she had put up that summer. Wayne recounts, “we about starved that next winter, but the church took care of us.... we all took care of each other in the community.” When Wayne was nine years old they moved to Gunnison, Mississippi to a 5,000 acre cotton farm. His father was a sharecropper, which meant he leased his own 65 acres to grow cotton and shared the profits. He worked on the other acreage for the land owner as well to earn a small salary. Wayne carried water into the fields until he turned eight, then he was given a hoe. He went to school but worked in the fields early morning, af-

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ter school and on weekends. They had a half day off on Saturday; Sunday was a church day. “Momma got us by the ear and off we went to the Baptist Church,” Wayne recalls. The cotton sacks were eleven feet long and held two hundred pounds of cotton. On cold mornings, at three years old, his mother would gather about ten pounds in her sack and let Wayne climb in to warm up, while she picked, dragging him along. He has wonderful memories of those times, “we were poor as snakes but we didn’t know it... we thought we were rich with food on the table and family together, we were happy... when we all look back on it, we thank God that’s how we came up.” When Momma died of cancer Wayne was eleven and in the year and a half leading up to her death he recalls, “she taught us how to take care of ourselves and did a pretty fair job of it. Teaching us gardening and then Daddy taught us how to work hard and love your neighbor.” “We always had a horse. Daddy loved horses. He taught us early on how to take care of and shoe a horse. It was nothing I ever thought about whether I liked or not, it was just a necessity, you had to shoe your horses.” Horses were a part of family life, they came and went and later Wayne realized his Dad was training the horses for someone else and using his boys as riders. “I never had a horse to call my own but there was always one to ride.” At age 16, Wayne left the farm and school to move to Florida with an older brother. Then in 1970 Wayne and his brother moved to Virginia. He got a job mucking stalls for Ed Stevens at Rocketts Mill Farm and became interested in racing. In 1971 Wayne bought a racehorse named Bando’s Bunn, a quarter horse. In 1973 the stallion won the races at Goochland, Varina and Camptown, called the Virginia Triple Crown. Bando’s Bunn still holds the track record for the races at Camptown and Varina. That same year Secretariat won the Triple Crown. He knew he could read a horse; “I like working with horses better than most people.” Wayne had always heard about a farrier named Eddie Watson who lived in Keswick and he decided to move to Fluvanna where he started picking up horseshoeing clients. “Meeting Eddie Watson was a God send. I was 33 and he was in his late 50’s.” Eddie was a well known and respected farrier who was inducted into the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame and a member of the Anvil 21 Club. The members have more than 500 years of shoeing experience among them. “He taught me so much,” Wayne recalls, such as how to make belt buckles which he does still today from Eddie’s orginal design - works of art and sought after.

Word started to spread about Wayne’s talent as a farrier; shortly thereafter Davera Ackenbom got him a job as farrieron-call for the Keswick Hunt Club’s annual horseshow. Sascha Burnath used him at Belmont Farm, as did Tommy Serio at Summerfield Stable. The list goes on and on - word spread fast. Wayne has a full schedule in Virginia and now drives to Wellington, Florida once a month for 5-6 ten-hour days shoeing horses for Kelley Farmer and Larry Glefke at Lane Change Farm among others. Wayne now apprentices others, teaching his ways ‘Wayne-isms’ and passing on his beloved trade wishing them his own success - like Eddie Watson did for him so long ago. It takes him 45 min to 1 hour to shoe a horse and in Florida they do about 10 horses a day after driving about 15 hours - he and two apprentices switch on and off. When I ask Wayne about retirement, he says “I’ll never retire, I love what I do, I get to eat whatever I want and I sleep well at night. It is a lot, having a horse lean on you all day even though I love it, so I’d just like to slow down [perhaps].” His father died at 84 driving his own car, painting his house and cutting his grass. Wayne and his family own a 50 acre farm called Beaver Creek Forge in Louisa County and, with four horses of his own, he enjoys riding and passing his skills on to his grandsons. I tried to get to the bottom of Wayne’s love for horses, he says simply “we are all a horse has got to look out for them.” He goes into his barn every night before bed (11pm) to check on his horses to find them “standing there waiting for me.” Wayne hears an unuttered plea from all horses to be cared for, instinctively knows what a horse is saying and he can answer with the care that is required. God given talent with a kind heart.





2015 Virginia Festival of the Book

The Still Lifes of Henry Koehler



Life stories, poetry, and football will be featured in headliner events for the 2015 Virginia Festival of the Book. Some stand outs include: March 21 at The Paramount

Stories in Our Lives, to be held Saturday night, March 21 at 8:00 PM at The Paramount, will feature Blake Bailey, author of The Splendid Things We Planned: A Family Portrait, as well as biographies of John Cheever, Charles Jackson, and Richard Yates, and the designated biographer for Philip Roth, Maureen Corrigan, author of So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures, and NPR book critic for Fresh Air, Edwidge Danticat, author of Claire of the Sea Light most recently, and the memoir, Brother, I’m Dying, and Katherine Paterson, author of The Stories of My Life as well as dozens of children’s books, including Newbery Award winning Bridge to Terabithia and National Book Award winning The Great Gilly Hopkins.

March 20 at U.Va. Culbreth Theatre

On Friday night, March 20 at 6:00 PM at the U.Va. Culbreth Theatre, the Festival of the Book continues its strong commitment to poetry (and U.S. Poets Laureate)

with Shrines to Longing: The Poetry of Charles Wright and Mary Szybist, which will feature readings by the U.S. Poet Laureate Wright, and his former U.Va. student, National Book Award-recipient Szybist.

March 18 at U.Va. Culbreth Theater

And on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 8:00 PM at the U.Va. Culbreth Theater, Football in the Red Zone: Perspectives from the Player, Coach, and Fan will feature Bill Curry, author of The Ten Men You Meet in the Huddle: Lessons From A Football Life and former NFL player, college football coach and ESPN football analyst; Mark Edmundson, author of Why Football Matters: My Education in the Game; and Steve Almond, author of Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto. Children’s author Megan McDonald (author of the Judy Moody series) will bring her Stink series Tenth Anniversary Tour to Charlottesville during the Festival as well as many other authors - check the U. Va. Art Box Office website for listings and tickets or The Paramount Theatre.

The exhibition is on view at the National Sporting Library & Museum in Middleburg through May 31, 2015. Twenty-four intimate and contemplative paintings of fox and stag hunting, racing, polo, fishing, and shooting paraphernalia by the recognized sporting painter Henry Koehler have been brought together to highlight the artist’s deep knowledge and almost hallowed respect for the objects he paints, evoking the very nature of their use. These often quiet, introspective works convey Koehler’s artistic sense of observation, color, and composition and echo the sentiments of sporting and art enthusiasts, both past and present. Koehler has had over seventy solo museum and gallery exhibitions since his first in 1961. An elegant, articulate, and sophisticated man, he has easily moved through international sporting circles sketching and painting many of the major race courses and tracks, polo events, and hunts in the U.S., England, France, and Italy throughout his career. He has touched on, not just equestrian pursuits, but most all of the traditional turf and field sports in his work, including fishing and shooting. NSLM Chairman of the Board Manuel H. Johnson noted of Koehler, “His unassuming nature belies the magnitude his career. Koehler will turn eighty eight years old this year and may still be found at his easel.”Although he has worked on commission, Koehler is not known for formal portraiture. He prefers to capture the atmosphere of a given scene, looking for intimate and often informal moments, from every perspective. With this diverse approach to compositions, the artist includes still lifes of sporting accoutrements as an extension of the scene,

sometimes arranged and at other times in situ. For centuries, still life painting has been influenced by a tradition of formally arranged, highly-detailed compositions, often created as a measure of an artist’s technical skill. Henry Koehler’s contemporary versions, however, are far removed from the academic genre’s often static roots. His atmospheric interpretations of turf and field sport accoutrements are not just renderings of the equipment. They are vibrant tableaus which not only evoke personal experiences; they stimulate the senses. Lorian Peralta-Ramos, a sporting art authority, equestrienne, and NSLM Board Member, was an advisor for the exhibition. She noted the personal nature of Koehler’s compositions, “Still lifes of saddles arouse the delicious smell of a tack room, while a line of hunting boots reminds us of a sweet scent of well-oiled leather, scents savored and appreciated by true horse people... Even jockeys’ boots or racing saddles, unceremoniously dropped in a pile, are transformed into inventive still life compositions.” Peralta-Ramos is in the final stages of compiling a catalogue raisonné of the works of famed twentieth-century British sporting artist Alfred Munnings. She has known Koehler since she was four years old and acknowledges him as an early mentor in her discovery of sporting art. Visit the Museum on Saturday, April 11th for a free admission and chat with Henry Koehler from noon to 1 p.m.. Visit www.nsl.org or contact NSLM at 540687-6542.

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announced that actor, writer and comedian Ed Helms will speak Friday, May 15 at Valedictory Exercises. On Saturday, May 16, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe will deliver the keynote speech to graduates of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. “We really wanted a speaker who was both inspiring and relatable, which immediately led us to Ed Helms,” said Danielle Ager, who chairs the Class of 2015 Graduation Committee. “Mr. Helms’ work, both on- and off-screen, serves as examples of his passion, generosity and dedication to everything he commits himself to – traits we feel our whole class can learn and benefit from.”“The Class of 2015 has really grown up while watching Ed Helms, and we’re so excited to be welcoming such a positive and dynamic role model to Charlottesville this spring.”

possible and studying with The Upright Citizens Brigade troupe.

grad and a cappella singer, alongside fellow “Daily Show” alum Steve Carell.

Born and raised in Atlanta and now based in Los Angeles, Helms attended Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio before moving to New York City in 1996 to pursue a career in comedy. There, he immersed himself in sketch, improvisational and standup comedy, performing as often as

In 2002, Helms landed a correspondent role on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” where he stayed for almost five years, combining his loves of comedy and politics. From there, he joined NBC’s hit comedy, “The Office,” starring for seven years as Andy Bernard, a Cornell

In feature films, Helms has starred in “The Hangover” trilogy with Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis. The first installment won the 2010 Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical. Additional film credits include “We’re The Millers”; “The Lorax,” based on the famous Dr. Seuss children’s book; the Duplass brothers’ “Jeff, Who Lives At Home”; and “Cedar Rapids,” for which Helms was also the executive producer. Recently he completed production on a new movie, “Vacation,” in which he plays protagonist Rusty Griswold, son of Clark Griswold, the legendary Chevy Chase character from the original National Lampoon’s “Vacation” movies.


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In 2013, Helms launched his production company, Pacific Electric Picture Co., with producing partner Michael Falbo. The company is developing and producing numerous television shows and feature films. Beyond show business, Helms sits on the board of trustees at Oberlin College and on the advisory board for Education Through Music-Los Angeles, a nonprofit that builds the music curriculum and funds music education in Los Angeles public schools. He has also worked closely with Malaria No More, an organization at the vanguard of the fight to eradicate malaria worldwide. A lifelong musician, Helms plays banjo in his bluegrass band, The Lonesome Trio, which formed at Oberlin College in the mid-1990s and has played together for more than 20 years. In 2010, Helms co-founded The L.A. Bluegrass Situation, a music festival in Los Angeles, and its sister website, TheBluegrassSituation.

com, providing news and resources for fans of American roots music and culture. Helms does have an interesting prior link to the University, having sung with the Hullabahoos, a male a capella group at U.Va., during a 2012 episode of “The Office.” The executive producer of that show, Halsted Sullivan, is a 1989 graduate of the College of Arts & Sciences and was a founding member of the singing group. Valedictory Exercises are scheduled to be held Friday, May 15 at 4 p.m. on the Lawn. The rain site is John Paul Jones Arena. The ceremony also will include the presentation of various awards and the bestowing of the class gift, as well as remarks from the class president and trustees and U.Va. President Teresa A. Sullivan. On Saturday, May 16, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe will deliver the keynote speech to graduates of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. “We are delighted that Governor McAuliffe will speak at Final Exercises,” UVa President Teresa Sullivan said. “This is a continuation of the University’s longstanding tradition of inviting Virginia’s governor to speak at a Finals ceremony during his four-year term in office. The governor’s participation will make the day even more meaningful for our students and families. ”Sworn in as Virginia’s 72nd governor in January, McAuliffe has worked to grow and diversify Virginia’s economy and encourage more businesses across the nation and globe to locate in the commonwealth. Previous Virginia governors with UVa ties have included University founder Thomas Jefferson; former UVa. President Colgate Darden; and Gerald Baliles, director and CEO of UVa’s Miller Center. Before entering politics, McAuliffe was a banker, real estate developer, home builder and Internet venture capitalist. In 1985, McAuliffe helped found the Federal City National Bank in Washington, D.C. In January 1988, the bank’s board elected McAuliffe chairman at age 30, making him the youngest elected chairman of a federally chartered bank in U.S. history. McAuliffe’s memoir, “What a Party! My Life Among Democrats: Presidents, Candidates, Donors, Activists, Alligators, and Other Wild Animals,” was a New York Times best seller. He attended Catholic University and Georgetown Law School. He and his wife, Dorothy, have five children.





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Roundabout The Problem Rt. 22/231 in Keswick makes some drivers nervous and residents feel that huge trucks barreling down the road present hazards - real or unreal. While VDOT’s data shows that the road’s accident rate is in line with similar state roads, nervous drivers – such as this writer -- often observe that the wheels of these oncoming behemoths are inches away from the center line. The road’s shoulders are not wide enough to create a comfort zone between a driver and oncoming traffic and there are sharp drop offs in a few places. Creating more fear into the hearts of timorous drivers, there are occasional wheel tracks leading off the pavement and on to soft ground just beyond the shoulder. Some of us are thinking: that could have been me!

A Recap of Events Back in April 2010, at a meeting with about 80 residents, the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) unveiled an initial plan to makeover Rt. 22/231. The project was intended to forestall VDOT’s plan to four-lane Rt. 22/231. VDOT dropped the idea, but the privately funded PEC plan managed to work its way into the County’s planning documents. Inserted into the reference material of the County’s Transportation section, it went under the heading “Concepts for a Rural Traffic Calming Plan.” “Traffic calming” means using obstacles such as speed bumps and roundabouts to force drivers to slow down. Among other things, the Rt. 22/231 plan suggested up to seven roundabouts located at Keswick Road, Clark’s Tract, Louisa Road, Cismont Lane, Turkey Sag, Lindsay Road, and Klockner Road. The PEC’s “community support,” however, crumbled four years later at Rivanna Supervisor Ken Boyd’s town hall meeting held at Grace Church. This gathering, with a wider sampling of the Keswick community, expressed outrage at the PEC’s plan. By December it had disappeared from County documents, with the comment: “Given the amount of concern and consternation from the


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most of the intersection while turning”. The FHA also frowns on roundabout locations with light traffic volumes on the smaller intersecting roads, since over time drivers on the major roads learn to ignore incoming vehicles.

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community, staff believes that using an Albemarle County example is not the best option” for the PEC’s roundabout proposed plan. Last December the County’s Board of Supervisors heard both sides of the issue. Petie Craddock, whose family owns land in Cismont, agreed with staff’s recommendation to eliminate any reference to Albemarle County and Rt. 22/231 as an example of traffic calming from the County’s plan. As a former Planning Commissioner and interim County supervisor, Mr. Craddock observed that “items that linger [in the comprehensive plans] tend to become benchmarks for action when up for review.” “Not only would Albemarle fire, rescue and police have longer response times,” he suggested, “EMS vehicles from Orange, Louisa and the State Police accessing the ER at Martha Jefferson Hospital would experience these increases also.” Mr. Craddock has been on the board of the East Rivanna Volunteer Fire Department since 1986. Speaking for the PEC, Jeff Werner expressed his disappointment that the planning staff had “recommended removing the Rt. 22/231 plan from documents [and that it would] be tossed out for some hysteria over traffic circles that will never happen.” “The community

made it clear,” he said, “that they preferred simple solutions” to the traffic issue. Several Keswick residents spoke against the plan, citing air, noise and light pollution and the inevitable longer travel times for commuters and school children. Supervisors acknowledged that the plan was opposed by most Keswick residents, but agreed to let planning staff extract “concepts” from the PEC plan as a guideline for all rural County roads.

About Roundabouts Roundabouts are central to the traffic calming goals of the PEC. No roundabouts, no traffic calming. The PEC’s plan features what the Federal Highway Administration calls “miniroundabouts,” defined by, among other things, entry speeds of 15 to 20mph. These are used specifically for traffic calming, and work well in several areas of the County, notably the Old Trail and Forest Lakes developments, and in Hollymead Town Center. But given their size and entry speeds, these smaller roundabouts are, says the FHA, “less suited for roadways and speeds exceeding 3035mph.” Moreover, they “are not suitable for all locations,” particularly those with truck traffic, as trucks will occupy

Major disadvantages of roundabouts have been well documented, namely emergency response times and increased vehicular emissions. Half of all Keswick residents are over 49 years of age, and hence at greater risk for emergency delays. Response to fire would also be slowed, as Mr. Craddock stressed. Fire flashover times are critical: what all firefighters know is that what happens in the first five minutes determines what happens in the next five hours. Roundabouts would also take a toll on the environment where studies have shown that traffic calming devices cause startling increases in fuel consumption and vehicular emissions of all kinds. That’s per vehicle, per roundabout. One might have expected the Piedmont Environmental Council to be on the other side of this issue.

Finding Common Ground So, how about a few truly “simple solutions”? Slowing down traffic might be just as simple as posting lower speed limits, enforcing them with cameras and setting prohibitively high fines. The shoulders could be widened much like the curved portions on Rt. 20 north of Proffit Road. Perhaps land for pull-offs could be donated by residents who live along the roadway in question. For a more detailed version of this article and a list of sources, email the writer at annieok@embarqmail.com




Two Great Reads for a Cozy Fire BY SUZANNE NASH

As I sit here writing the snow is coming down like mad and I am grateful for the warmth of the fire and the opportunity to have a peaceful day at home to write and catch up on reading. I hope you have a nice stack of books beside you to enjoy while waiting out the storm. If you haven’t read Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, then let me suggest you track a copy down and enjoy a wonderful tale told with a simple authenticity that is startling. Crossing three continents, this novel begins in a military controlled Nigeria, where self-assured Ifemelu and quiet Obinze fall in love and make a vow. He promises he will follow her on her journey to America where she seeks a new life and an education. Unfortunately their plans fall to the wayside post 9/11. He is forced to make do with a life undocumented and underground in London while Ifemelu learns to navigate her future in the complicated world of America alone. It is in America where she suddenly discovers she is “black” and that this word has so many connotations that she never knew in Africa. Adichie is remarkable in her examination of race in the USA and the difference between being African and African-American. Through the author’s many very well developed characters and through Ifemelu’s witty blog we are given greater clarity of what it means to belong. It is a search for identity in a world that is quick to assign roles based on appearance. Heritage and village loyalties have even greater meaning in America where the divides seem larger even as the common bond of African birth keeps

the expatriates together. This is a complex and weighty subject and Adichie does not shy away from the complexities but faces them head on! From the politics of Lagos, to the difficulties of living illegally in London, the trials of belonging in America and then back to Nigeria once more - this is a journey worth taking and an author worth reading! Another journey worth taking begins with a young woman’s torment at the hands of Nazi captors. Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein, takes place during WWII and the opening chapters are the experiences of a girl whose name is hidden behind many false ones. Bemoaning her betrayal of her country as she caves un-

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OLD HALL - c. 1830

Protected elevated setting with incredible views on 60.87 acres.The clapboard home with heavy shake roof, is modern and spacious and has been meticulously maintained. It is ideal for year round living or family retreats with ample space for entertaining. There is a historic log cabin and guest cottage. The land is mostly wooded with abundant wildlife.

A solid brick home overlooking Harrison St. in Scottsville that has been restored and meticulously maintained. Formerly the James W. Mason House, the home is considered to be early Greek Revival, but shows Federal elements. High ceilings, impressive grand mantels, beautiful woodwork and authentic heart pine flooring. On the National Historic Register and the Virginia Landmarks Register.



255 acre plantation in the Green Springs Historic District with Clapboard manor home, with full complement of dependencies. The farm land is mostly open and includes a stable complex, and other farm buildings. Pond, creek and lovely views only 20 minutes east of Charlottesville. Price significantly reduced.

Overlooking the James River with views to Jamestown Island, this historic home is privately situated and has been lovingly restored by the current owners. Approximately 69 acres with colonial terraced gardens that lead down to the water. There is a 2 car detached garage & several original dependencies, as well as an inground pool.

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417 PARK STREET CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA 22902 TELEPHONE: (434) 296-0134 FAX (434) 296-9730 www.farmandestate.com




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Keswick Life Digital Edition February 2015  

Keswick Life Digital Edition February 2015