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Keswick Hound andHorse Shows Winners plus much more

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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.

GREEN SPRINGS PLANTATION, c. 1722

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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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horsin around, the keswick scene and much more

The Wrap Up of the Grace Church Farm Tour also

Keswick Hound andHorse Shows Winners plus much more

In this issue

Sigh.. In this issue there goes another summer Sigh..

In this issue

Married in KESWICK

LIFE

Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs - October 2014

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Stoking It also: overheards, keswick scene, horsin’ around, weddings and much more

In this issue

Fore for “Full Cry� also: horsin’ around, weddings, keswick scene, keswickians and much more

Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs - November 2014

Looking Back at 2014 Turn to page eight for a wonderful review of where we have been in 2014! As we begin the New Year we wanted to take a moment to look back, so we’ve pulled together the best from 2014 and put them all in one place. We wish you a 2015 that’s quite simply the best!

there goes another summer

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also horsin around, architectural projects and smart meters

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Interview with a Huntsman

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Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs - December 2014

LIFE

Each month’s issue for 2104 is summarized with the highlights in an entertaining style to bring it all back to the time or place that has gone too soon or perhaps not soon enough!

In this issue

Good Tidings To All

also: only in keswick, life happens, horsin’ around, overheard, keswick scene and much more

12 LIFE HAPPENS

Take the journey with us and review where we have been and reflect where you are headed in 2015!

19 COMMUNITY

23 THE BOOKWORM

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Mary Morony didn’t need a neurological degree in veterinary medicine to know when something was very wrong with her beautiful black and white Great Dane’s gait - it changed! Hagar’s long, lanky, Jimmy Stewartesque swagger had morphed into a Rose Bowl Parade float with a front flat. Read her masterfully written monthly column titled, “A Lesson at the Paws of a Master� and get some insight into the ‘life happens’.

Take a trip with Tony Vanderwarker down our road, Route 231, on a winding recap of the bumps and turns the locals, VDOT and the politicians have lead us down - a path to no real improvement to date. Why is it that the residents have a clear idea for meaningful improvements, but the State seems to keep getting lost. Well we have a plan, if anyone ever wants to ask for directions!

Suzanne Nash reviews ‘Embers’ by Sandor Marai and hopes you will find this small treasure of a novel the perfect story to read by the fire on a long winter’s night! Hopefully the wolves won’t be howling outside your door! Don’t miss this full page feature review by our trusted reasource for the hard to put down and not to miss new books of our times.

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OVERHEARD Here and there... in Keswick by the Numbers 1947 - year the Black Cat Bridge was built

9 - months bridge will be closed for replacement

800 - vehicles cross the bridge everyday

$2,127,718.92 - replacement cost

On and Off The Market Cobham Park, the Georgian Manor on 178 acres, has sold for $3,000,000. It is on the National Register of Historical places and started out at $4,500,000.

Spotted

1107 Cambridge Hill Lane, a 2007, Earthcraft Certified, 4 bedroom, 5 bath home in Glenmore sold for $785,000 in a mere 44 days and “Little Pond” at 935 Campbell Road, the 1850 sq. ft. restored cottage on 1.3 acres, sold for $265,000.

Sandy Motley, Sandra Burke, Larry Tharpe, Jane and Jeffrey Cowan at sunset on Harbor Island in the Bahamas.

1055 Hacktown Road, a cottage near the Interstate on 2 acres, is now under contract having been reduced to $84,500.

Bravo

“Cattails” at 7612 Gordonsville Road is for sale at $540,000 and is a 2005 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath French Provincial Rinehart design home on 7 acres while 3 Louisa Road at “Cismont Cottages” offers a to be built 2,300+ sq. ft., 4 bedroom, 3 bath home on 3+ acres for $435,000.

Grymes students in grades 2-8 earned eligibility for the

514 Huckstep Branch Lane the 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom 2009 distress sale rancher on 2.7 acres is reduced once again, now at $200,000; down from an original $275,000.

Why not invest in a Vineyard or two? 13372 Shannon Hill Road in Louisa Co, “Cooper Vineyards”, is a 103 acre

property with a 7,000+ sq. ft. unique tasting room and is for sale at $2,650,000. Or maybe you prefer Nelson Co. where “Wintergreen Winery” at 462 Winery Lane, Nellysford is available at $1,650,000. It offers over 26 acres and a 3,200+ sq.ft. events building with panoramic Blue Ridge views ideal for weddings etc.

Another distress sale, maybe a potential investment/rental,

just available is at 972 Richmond Road. It is a 1400 sq.ft. brick rancher with a basement on 2 acres priced at $179,900.

Retired

After 19 years with Keswick Hall, Nancy Holt, the Director of Tennis will be retiring at the beginning of February. Nancy has been instrumental at Keswick and grew programs from a handful of players to 8 USTA Adult League teams, NTRP rated 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 women’s teams, a 4.0 men’s team and a 7.0 mixed team. Happy travels Nancy!

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Thirty One Thousand Plus

The U.S. Postal Service has proposed slight increases for mailing postcards and international letters but wants to leave first-class “forever” stamps at their present 49 cents. Under a filing with the Postal Regulatory Commission, letters to international destinations would rise from $1.15 to $1.20. Postcards would rise from 34 cents to 35 cents. If approved, the increases being proposed would become effective April 26. On first-class mail, every ounce over 1 ounce would cost an additional 22 cents, up from 21 cents.

Overall, the number of applications for a place in the

The Postal Service said the requested price increases are the latest in a series of steps “to achieve financial stability and by growing volume, revenue and contribution, the Postal Service will continue to meet America’s mailing and shipping needs well into the future,” the agency said in a statement. “While improving efficiency in streamlining its’ network and seeking legislative changes, the Postal Service must address an outdated business model,” it added. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses. It relies on the sale of postage, products and services to raise the revenues needed to pay for its’ operations. The last increase in first-class postage was a 3-cent boost to 49 cents that took place Jan. 26, 2014. Forever stamps bought now are good for first-class postage up to 1 ounce regardless of future rates.

UVA class of 2019 is nearly identical to the previous year, following a string of record-setting years. With final numbers in all categories expected in February, the preliminary numbers show that 31,107 completed applications by the deadline this year, compared with 31,336 the previous year. The target enrollment for this fall’s entering class is 3,675 students.

Efforts to attract students from families whose members have never attended college are bearing fruit at the University of Virginia. Preliminary analysis of applications for admission received by the January 1 deadline for the class of 2019 shows that applications from first-generation students increased by 12 percent compared with the previous year.“We are very pleased that more and more first-generation students see U.Va. as a compelling option,” Dean of Admission Greg Roberts said. “This has been an area of emphasis as we work to grow awareness of the University to key potential applicants, including first-generation students and traditionally underrepresented populations such as those with high financial need.” First-generation applications increased from 3,179 in 2014 to 3,552 this year. Applications from minority students held steady at 29.4 percent of the 31,107 first-year applications.

division level spelling bee on Friday, January 16, 2015. Twenty-three contestants won placement by being the highest scorers on the first round written bee. Students met with coordinators during lunch periods and studied the words over the last several weeks. Third place in the oral bee went to seventh grader, Rhew Deigl; second place went to sixth grader, Milo Jacobs; and first place went to fourth grader, Ethan Mallon. Ethan Mallon will advance to the Scripps Regional Bee in Fredericksburg on March 21st. Each participant received gift coupons from local sponsors, The Light Well and Wise Guys Restaurant. Inducted into the Virginia Horse Shows Association Hall of Fame for 2014 are: Jane Womble Gaston, Mr. & Mrs. J.W. Martin Jr., Tommy Serio, Julia Shearer, Max Tappero, along with “Marianna,” owned by Sara West and “Sir Thomson”, owned by Diana Dodge. Congratulations to Sally Lamb for winning a marketing grant from The Virginia Horse Industry Board for the VA Horse Council’s Living History on Horseback program.

Grace farm tour comes full circle in this season of giving. Recently representatives from 5 community ministries joined members of Grace Episcopal Church Cismont to receive proceeds from the 2014 Grace Historic Farm Tour. A total of 19 ministries will receive a portion of the $42,000 generated by this year’s tour. In the last 5 years, Farm Tour proceeds have reached a total of $200,000. Work is well under way for the 6th Annual Grace Historic Farm Tour scheduled for June 13, 2015.

Big Screen

Second Street Southwest and the Downtown Mall cross-

ing at Second Street is closed until further notice as general contractor Martin Horn Inc. begins a $5 million renovation project on the former Regal Cinema property. “We have 150 loads of debris to remove, 70 tons of steel to install, as well as dozens of truckloads of concrete and other materials to deliver,” said Martin Horn CEO Jack Horn Jr. “We are going to bring everything in and out of Water Street to minimize disruption and maximize safety on the Downtown Mall.” Contractors are constructing 10 stadium-style auditoriums with new projectors and sound systems, and a full bar and restaurant at 200 W. Main St. The property will be managed by Violet Crown Cinema.

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

CELEBRATE Consensus Blending Party

ENTERTAINMENT Love Letters Little Theater

Where: Keswick Vineyards Weekends through February 8th

Where: Louisa Arts Center When: February 13, 14; 7:30 pm.

The annual Wine-Club Consensus Blending Party is underway! This is the time in which our annual house blend “Consensus” is created by the knowledgeable (or sometimes not!) hands of our beloved wine club members! Each member is able to bring a guest or two, and group up with others to form a team of 5 or 6 people. Each team then has a limited amount of time to create a blend out of the varietals given. Once decided that blend is submitted for judging which occurs in the afternoon. By the end of the day a winner is chosen that will be featured on the next Consensus label! After all the daily winners have been decided their blends will be recreated for a final round of judging to decide which team will have created the 2014 Consensus Red Wine Blend! Participants are asked to arrive between 9:30 and 9:50 am on the day of their reserved tickets for check-in. Event parking is found in the gravel behind the winery. Consensus blending begins promptly at 10am! If you are unsure of which day your tickets are for, or wish to purchase tickets, please contact the tasting room at 434 244 3341

THE BIG SHOW Westminster Dog Show When: February 16-17 ; 6PM-11PM Where: Madison Square Garden

Westminster. There’s only one. That’s been true since 1877, as the world’s

most famous and prestigious canine event - The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show - has continually added to its inimitable legacy and its celebration of dogs with each ensuing year. In 2015, it will happen once again with The 139th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The iconic dog show, on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 16-17 in New York City, features an entry of 2,711 as it extends its standing as the second-longest continuously-held sporting event in this country, behind only the Kentucky Derby. There are entries in all 192 breeds and varieties eligible for this year’s show. Golden Retrievers have the largest entry with 58, followed closely by Labrador Retrievers with 56, Australian Shepherds 43, French Bulldogs 41, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 38, Rhodesian Ridgebacks 38, and Rottweilers 33. Norwich Terriers have the largest entry in the Terrier Group with 19. There is only one White Bull Terrier and one Norwegian Lundehund entered. The entry includes two breeds newly recognized by the American Kennel Club that are eligible for Westminster for the first time: Coton de Tulears in the Non-Sporting Group (14) and Wirehaired Vizslas in the Sporting Group (4). Monday to include hound, toy, non-sporting and herding groups (beginning at 8 pm). Tuesday to include Junior Showmanship, sporting, working, terrier groups and BEST IN SHOW (beginning at 7:30 pm). Monday night is LIVE ON CNBC from 8-11 pm. Tuesday night is LIVE ON USA from 8-11 pm.

FUNDRAISING Girls Scouts Online For

the first time since sales began nearly 100 years, Girl Scouts USA will allow its young go-getters to push their wares using a mobile app or personalized websites. The best news is they can have cookies shipped directly to your doorstep. The plan is intended to enhance, not replace, the paper sheets used to generate an estimated $800 million in cookie sales a year at anywhere from $4.00 a box. The encrypted personal pages will not be accessible without an email invitation, requiring the girls to build a client list. Coming soon!

The story of two dear friends whose hopes and dreams are shared over the course of a 50-year relationship in touching and often humorous honesty. Though physically apart for most of their lives, they are as close as only true lovers could be. Love Letters is a Valentine’s Day treat! $20 All Tickets

Suzy Bogguss Where: Louisa Arts Center When: February 28th 7:30 pm

WORKSHOP Sequential Vegetable Planting

Experience this adored country singer and songwriter live in concert. Bogguss won an Academy of Country Music’s award for Top New Female Vocalist. Suzy’s songs include HEY CINDERELLA, DRIVE SOUTH and OUTBOUND PLANE $45 Orchestra Front Rows A - B; $35 Orchestra Middle Rows C J; $25 Orchestra Rear Rows K - L

Where : Meets at Jefferson’s Tufton Farm When: Saturday, January 31, 2015, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, and Saturday, February 7, 2015, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.

THE BIG GAME Super Bowl XLIX

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When: February 1st Where: Glendale, Arizona

first in a three part series will help the home vegetable gardener maximize yields using sequential planting methods. Join Amy Jeffries at the Center for Historic Plants’ propagation facility for this twohour, hands-on workshop full of gardening tips and practical advice for spring gardening. Participants will start seeds from the Monticello gardens to take home. Reservations required.

HISTORICAL HIKE Civil War Trail & Gilmore Farm Walking When: February 7th, 2:00 pm Where : Montepelier Station Train Depot

Walk

in the footsteps of McGowan’s Brigade on Montpelier’s Civil War Trail, carving a path through archaeological remains of this Confederate winter camp to a reconstructed camp street. Conclude at the cabin and farm of George Gilmore, born into slavery at Montpelier in 1810 and turned farmer and landowner after Emancipation, on the site of an abandoned Confederate hut. Sites have been conserved by National Trust for Historic Preservation in partnership with PEC and Virginia Department of Historic Preservation. FREE. Begins at parking lot across from the Montpelier Station Train Depot on Route 20.

This year’s Super Bowl will be held at University of Phoenix Stadium, in 80 degree Glendale, for the second time on February 1st. For XLIX, there will be no weather concerns like there were for XLIII. With a listed capacity of 63,400, University of Phoenix Stadium will be the smallest host venue over the past six seasons. It will also leave almost 10,000 fewer tickets available than last year’s Super Bowl, which could lead to increased prices for Super Bowl tickets on the secondary market. The Seahawks will head to Arizona with a chance to become the NFL’s first back-to-back Super Bowl champion since 2005. It’s fitting the team standing in their way is the Patriots, who are the last franchise to repeat as Lombardi winners. This will be the first time these teams play each other since Week 6 of the 2012 season. Katy Perry won’t take the stage for the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show by herself. Rocker Lenny Kravitz will accompany the pop superstar. Besides the game and the halftime show, probably the most anticipated are the advertisements.

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COVER STORY BY WINKIE MOTLEY AND SIERRA YOUNG

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Looking Back As we begin the New Year we wanted to take a moment to look back, so we’ve pulled together the best from 2014 and put them all in one place. Keswick Life wishes you a 2015 that’s quite simply the best!

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A 2014 wedding of Miss Eleanor Madison Mason Porter and Mr. Cameron Dulany Morison took place at Trinity Episcopal Church in Upperville, Virginia. Miss Porter is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Ridgely PorterIII of “Oakley�, Orange, Virginia and Mr. Morison is the son of Mr. George Harris Morrison of Aldie, Virginia, and Mrs. Lucy Lancaster Reed Morison of The Plains, Virginia.

President Barack Obama and President Francois Hollande came to Thomas Jefferson’s mountaintop home on the occasion of the State Visit of the President of the French Republic to the United States. The new world leaders paid tribute to Jefferson and the longstanding friendship between the United States and France, President Hollande was no doubt the most distinguished French visitor to Monticello since Jefferson welcome his old comrade, the Marquis de Lafayette.

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Tradition was hosted at Montpelier as the Keswick Hunt Club and hounds were welcomed for a Stirrup Cup on the mansion front lawn by Montpelier President and CEO Kat Imhoff. Fifteen entries competed in the 2nd annual Chili Cookoff held at the Keswick Hunt Club. The party was awesome and is the “big event� of the post holiday season.



Jimmy Lee jumped into the Horse Show Hall Of Fame, taking a day off from his busy judging schedule so that his good friend, colleague and collegiate classmate from the University of Virginia, George Morris could induct him into the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame. PEC announced 1450 acres in Orange County now protected.

“A Walking Tour of Historic Gordonsville� was the feature of the March issue to mark Historic Virginia Garden Week time. Presented by the Dolley Madison Garden Club of Orange, the tour visited homes and gardens throughout Gordonsville. You don’t need to be a writer to come to Castle Hill Retreats. You just need to want to write, have a story to tell and have a will to finish the story. The first retreat of the season was held at Keswick’s Castle Hill, hosted by Stewart Humiston with a conversation with writer sisters, Felicity Blundon and Sarah Sargeant on the publishing of their new novel. UVa and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello presented their highest honors to Ito, Feinberg and Webb for Architecture, Law and Citizenship respectively.

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April ‘It’s Showtime’ again, the 110th annual Keswick Horse Show preparations at the historic Keswick showgrounds were underway. The show, by the Keswick Hunter Jumper Foundation, benefits the Charlottesville Senior Center. Keswick Horse Show has maintained its excellence as a World Champion Hunter Rider Event. The entertainment committee created a wonderful schedule of events including the most popular Eastminster Dog Show. A great number of Keswickian volunteers were gathered to help put on the big week and make it a great success. In celebration of the Madison Cabinet, Montpelier’s lead supporters ‘The Montpelier Foundation’ hosted the annual dinner featuring Lynne Cheney author of ‘James Madison: A Life Remembered’ as the keynote speaker in an interview format with David Mattern, Senior Associate Editor of the James Madison Papers at UVA.

Five Historic Albemarle County Farms were signed on for ‘Beyond the Gates’ - where the public has the opportunity to tour four farm estates in Albemarle County, as well as the Keswick Hunt Club, the Montanova Stables and Grace Episcopal Church, on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The tours are sponsored by Grace Episcopal Church, which is located near the farms in the Cismont/ Keswick area. At Grace Church, participants can visit a country fair, tour the historic church and grounds, and enjoy organ music which is all included in the ticket price.

The Keswick Horse Show was held at the historic Keswick showgrounds, May 13 to the 18th. The Keswick Hunter Jumper Foundation, once again seamlessly, put on a world class horse show right here in our local environs with proceeds benefiting The Charlottesville Senior Center. The Eastminster Dog show on May 14, enjoyed perfect weather and overflow attendance by dogs of many breeds that showed up with owners, trainers and rescuers. Many were, quite naturally, of unknown heritage, though all were lovable, well-behaved pets.

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In this issue

Traffic Calming for the Rt. 22/231 Corridor &

The Wrap Up of the Grace Church Farm Tour also

Keswick Hound andHorse Shows Winners plus much more

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Grace Church welcomes

Beyond the Gates

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Keswick Horses and Hounds win championship honors at prestigious shows throughout the east coast circuit.

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Married in KESWICK

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Traffic calming, for the Rt. 22/231 corridor? Celebrating Dolley’s 246th birthday and a Gala honors Arons & McNeelys at the Paramount Theater.

Two days of the most glorious weather served as the backdrop for the first Photography Workshop at Castle Hill Farm on May 18th-19th. Eight students, from as far away as Florida, were able to enjoy an action packed and educational workshop focusing on the art of taking the perfect photo. Accomplished photographer, Mark Atkinson, who is partner and creative director with Otto design and marketing, led the retreat.

For the 13th year, the Hospice of the Piedmont Benefit 5k Run and Remember takes place on the beautiful grounds of Keswick Estate. Held in memory of Sally

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Farm Tour, Bill and Stevia Anda and Rachel Harrison will step down and Tom and Julie Estes will succeed in 2015 as chairpersons. The date for the next Grace Church Historic Farm Tour is June 13, 2015.

June The weather was glorious, the flag was hung, the Prosecco chilled and the smells of savory food filled the air - Thursday, June 12th kicked off the Grace Church Historic Farm Tour with a fun-filled evening of bidding up items at the silent auction. At the start of this year’s planning they had achieved a 4-year total net proceeds of $153,000. The goal this year was to hit $47,000 to add, making the 5-year total $200,000 AND‌.they did it! After an incredibly successful five years of “chairingâ€? the

Clay Corrigan Wawner, son of Scott and Louise Wawner of Charlottesville, Virginia married Margaret (Maggie) Colleen Herrick, daughter of Dan and Mindy Herrick of Marietta, Georgia. They were wed on the porch of the upper cabin atop the mountain on East Belmont farm. Guests were requested by letterpress invites the couple made with friends. Friends and family gathered before sundown to enjoy the sweeping views of the Shenandoah with a glass of Bold Rock cider or a can of Budweiser in hand. Horsin Around had a ringside chat with Will Coleman. Getting back on track Lindsay Berreth chats with Will Coleman on his thoughts following the loss of Conair but he’s moving on with some exciting new young horses and his top mount, OBOS O’Reille. Also the inaugural Fox Trot 5K was held on Saturday evening at Paul and Diane Manning’s, Castalia. Over 100 registered to run or walk in the 5K, Kids’ Mile or Kids’ Scramble. Huntsman Tony Gammell arrived with a few of the foxhounds to run in the scramble and he blew the horn to signal the start of the races. Runners and walkers were treated to excellent weather, fabulous food and Michelob Ultra and Castle Hill Cider after the race. Smart Meters being installed in the Keswick environs Dominion is exchanging existing meters or new smart meters to continue to provide customers with reasonable rate and better service – like more reliable delivery of energy, better power-outage detection, more responsive problem resolution and remote meter reading. We continue to invest in smart meter technology in portions of Virginia. continued on the next page>


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Sigh.. In this issue there goes another summer Sigh..

What do the Emir of Quatar, the Sultan of Oman, Mi-

chael Jackson, Prince Charles and Atlantis all have in common? They each share metalwork crafted by Stephen Stokes, Stokes of England, blacksmith of Keswick, Virginia. Born in Shropshire, England, 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 Stephen’s brother. So how did the son of a long, long line of family blacksmiths come to live in Virginia? 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 of 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.

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August

Sigh..... there goes another summer! Keswickians leave the environs for summer places and those that stay - a hilltopping at East Belmont. Trading a career for a passion - have you ever wanted to just quit your “day job” and follow your “bliss”? Nancy Parsons did that and opened an antiques shop. Gordonsville Streetscape project encompasses Main Street between West King Street and Cobb Street, and is located within the registered Town of Gordonsville Historic District. A $3 million project plans repairs and to sidewalks and light posts. You’ve heard of “paint the town red” or “once in a Blue Moon” - why not paint your fence yellow. A horse of a different color? No need for fences to be a black or white issue. Why not the color yellow? Yellow is one of the primary colors and is the brightest color on a basic color wheel. In psychology, yellow is the color of the mind and intellect. It is cheerful and optimistic.

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. Anne’s Belfield, showed her 3-Gaited mare, CH Swing an Singing, to the unanimous blue ribbon topping a very competitive field. Janet and Jeff Sterba of Keswick, VA on their recent wins at the World’s Championship Horse Show in the Louisville, Kentucky this August. Janet drove her grand gelding, Caraway’s New York Minute, to wins.

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also: horsin’ around, weddings, keswick scene, keswickians and much more

Stoking It also: overheards, keswick scene, horsin’ around, weddings and much more

This 12th Annual Keswick Hunt Club Puppy Show had a cute factor beyond belief and displayed the seasoned training of our Junior handlers with a great group of both kids and hounds. While the judges, Hugh Motely and Jake Carle, evaluated the puppies, the spectators were enjoying the Pimm’s Cup served by Rohn and Connie Laudenschlage. It was a big night with lots of voluteers who spent countless hours preparing. Indoors or outdoors it was a busy month for Horsin’ Around at an ‘old tradition’ at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show as 19 Hunt Clubs, including hounds, huntsmen, and horses, took over the main arena at the Farm Show Complex for ‘Hunt Night’. The event was sponsored by Kinsley Construction. Outdoors, Janet Pendegrast rode hard to a solid finish at the Field Hunter Championship.

KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs - November 2014

LIFE

In this issue

Interview with a Huntsman

also: guide to the Blessing of the Hounds, horsin’ around, keswick tales and much more

Fore for “Full Cry”

In this issue

A baker and a carpenter tied the knot. Laura is an awardwinning baker who recently relocated from New York, and Coleman, a graduate of the Evergreen State College – previously a nationally ranked alpine skier – is a carpenter with STOA Design/Build. Their big day and celebration were featured as if you were walking right alongside them thanks to their beautiful photos.

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 Keswick Golf Club. As many of you have discovered on recent tours of the course, it becomes more beautiful all the time.

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dio show on SiriusXM called “Maginnes on Tap” about golf, “Dye courses are distinct.”

October

It was a beautiful fall morning for the opening of the new Pete Dye designed golf course named “Full Cry” at Keswick Hall. When Dye was asked what was his signature hole? He replied “eighteen.” When asked why, he replied, “no, all eighteen!” According to John Maginnes, former PGA Tour player, who has a talk ra-

November

Enter the world of foxhunting with our in-depth interview of Tony Gammell, Huntsman of the Keswick Hunt Club. The sport is as old as time and man and animals together on our planet. The interviewer, Elizabeth Delaney, suggested that “there is something spiritual about what Tony does, what the hounds do and what the fox does. To be able to read nature and communicate with these animals is otherworldly. It seems primitive. It’s about the bond we all share with animals, and the pact they made coming here as a part of God’s plan.” “Human partnership with hunting hounds is a fundamental connection that dates back to prehistoric times”, and so much more was wordsmithed into a comprehensive guide to the Blessing of the Hounds, the traditions and the origins, written by a contributor and local historian, Barclay Rives. Kathryn Thornton of Canada married Will Coleman of


ACCOLADES

Gordonsville. A celebration of their marriage was held at the Keswick Hunt Club on Saturday, November 8th. Montpelier, the home of James Madison who was the Father of the Constitution, an Architect of the Bill of Rights, the fourth president of the United States and whose legacy is held dearly by The Montpelier Foundation, the custodian of this great treasure, got a big boost by a generous individual who shared a common goal.

KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs - December 2014

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In this issue

Good Tidings To All

also: only in keswick, life happens, horsin’ around, overheard, keswick scene and much more

December

The Wiley children were putting the lights on the tree in preparation for a festive holiday season filled with laughter, joy, generosity and goodwill to all. As we celebrated this holiday season, we reflected on the generous spirit of our fellow Keswickians and were thankful for the many kindnesses bestowed upon each other and the community. Photo journals we packed with snaps from the Blessing of the Hounds and the Farmington Beagles at Cloverfields with the Juniors. Joe Shields took us on a journey of discovery and natural wonders at a quiet fishing hole in Shenandoah National Park. This was a must read; yes a story about fishing, but so much more about life and self-awareness; Pink Floyd and psychedelic red tail brookies. God broke the mold after Chita hall was born and Tony wrote about it. The late Reverend Julie Norton had remarked in her eulogy for Chita, “I began seeing Chita the summer of 2002 because people thought she was about to die.” Chita said, ‘Julie only comes to see me beach she thinks I’m dying.’ It was a not to miss article by Keswick Life columnist Tony Vanderwarker as he recounted some of Chita’s stories – a rare glimpse into the life of this one-of-a-kind true Keswickian. Lastly, the here and there in December was 10,000 readers read Keswick Life each month; 1 of each… a bear, a coyote, a deer, a bobcat and a fox viewed at a recent Keswick Hunt Club meet; 1,400 oysters consumed at the KHC Oyster Roast; 5 Mondays and Saturdays and Sundays in December, which happens only once every 823 years.

Vandy Vanderwarker Wins ‘Chopped’ BY TONY VANDERWARKER

Filmed in New York in March,

can get. And I source our oysters from the best suppliers all over the world so they’re the tastiest in town.”

the Food Network show “Chopped” featured Vandy and three other chefs competing to cook appetizers, entrees and desserts with mystery ingredients for each round. One chef is “chopped” at each stage with the winner taking home a prize of $10,000. Vandy, 33, the son of Anne and Tony Vanderwarker went to St. Anne’s and Franklin & Marshall before attending the French Culinary Institute in New York to follow up on a lifelong interest in cooking. “I started watching ‘Yan Can Cook’ as a kid,” Vandy explained, “and I used to make his recipes. So after graduating college, I took the plunge into cooking full time.” Interning at Per Se, then working up the ladder at various restaurants in Manhattan for four years, he moved to Charleston to work at Fig as a line chef for Mike Lata, a nationally recognized chef who went on to open another restaurant, The Ordinary, also in Charleston. Recently, Vandy moved from Fig to The Ordinary as Chef de Cuisine, helming the kitchen at one of the town’s most noted and popular restaurants. “I get fishermen calling me from their boats at four in the morning with their latest catch and I make up our menu for that day with fish right out of the water, as fresh as you

Located in a former bank on King Street, the restaurant has a high ceiling, loft seating and the kitchen in the old bank vault complete with a thick vault door. “Chopped” is the most popular show on the Food Channel with millions of viewers each episode. Vandy’s challenge was particularly difficult as the mystery ingredients included such delicacies as calves’ eyeballs. “Because the clock is running,” Vandy says, “you have to make split-second decisions about what you’re going to cook. It’s really ‘seat of your pants’ stuff. And some of the ingredients make it a real challenge. It’s a real war on the set, plus it’s a fifteen-hour day so you’re fried at the end. But I’m delighted I won.” The show aired again Jan 15 at 8 PM, 16 at 3 PM and the 17th at 6 PM. The episode is also available on Amazon, search ‘Chopped’ and then the episode titled: “Viewers Choice”.

WHAT’S COOKING

Çılbır - Poached Eggs, Garlic Yogurt and Sage BY CHEF MICHAEL TURK

There are records of çılbır being eaten by Ottoman Sultans as far back as the 15th century. Çılbır is a Turkish dish of poached eggs with yogurt (often with garlic mixed in). It is now common to serve the dish topped with melted butter infused with Aleppo pepper, for which paprika can be substituted. Ingredients: 4 large eggs (2 servings) 1 tbsp vinegar 1 cup yogurt (plain, thick) 2 cloves of garlic 1/4 cup butter (salted, plain) Ground cheyenne (substitute Aleppo) and paprika Sea salt and few leaves of sage Directions: Bring a pot of water to a boil and add a dash of salt and vinegar. Next, lightly whisk the yogurt in a bowl, add crushed garlic, mix well - set aside. Carefully poach the eggs in the boiling water using a slotted spoon to delicately cook to taste (yoke hard or soft). Scoop out the eggs carefully and set aside to cool slightly. Melt butter in a small pan, add cheyenne and paprika. Plate the rested eggs and cover with garlic yogurt sauce then splash with the sizzling butter-pepper mix. Garnish with leaves of sage, or chop the leaves coarse. Serve with warm pita bread.

Michael Turk is the chef-owner of the “Turkish Street Foods Kitchen”, a restauranteur and a food enthusiast. He specializes in Ottoman-Turkish cuisine and Kebabs. He owned and operated a food truck at UVa campus, an authentic Turkish restaurant in central Virginia and is available for catering. Contact him with any questions or services at 434-260-7282 or email turkishstreetfood@gmail.com

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LIFE HAPPENS

A Lesson at the Paws of a Master BY MARY MORONY

focus, this time from the opposite vantage point. On our very next walk, we ran into a problem. The fences along our walk are electrified high tensile cattle fences. Hagar has hit those fences a time or two and had developed a very healthy regard for them.

It didn’t take a neurological degree in vet-

erinary medicine to know something was very wrong when my beautiful black and white Great Dane’s gait changed. Hagar’s long, lanky, Jimmy Stewartesque swagger had morphed into a Rose Bowl Parade float with a front flat. Two very expensive visits to the vet confirmed that something was indeed wrong. My two and half year old darling dog has Wobbler’s Syndrome, a neurological disorder where the vertebrae triangulate for reasons unknown. The triangulation eventually causes pinching of the nerves and ultimately the spinal column. Although there are surgeries, laser treatments, and pharmacological avenues to alleviate symptoms, there is no known cure. The prognosis is a shorter life span with paralysis a strong likelihood. Of course, I have just given you the worst-case scenario, because it’s the nature of a drama queen. Fortunately it is not Hagar’s nature. He is decidedly unaffected by his disorder, one could almost say oblivious. When we go for walks, he leads the way except down the drive where the gravel is thickest. It hurts his feet, but then it hurts his sister’s feet, too. He races to the various groundhog dens to check for activity as he always did, arriving first. While he may not rip around the woods with the abandoned he once employed, there is no discontent. When he does hang back or tires he comes alongside me making it known that it is time to get his back scratched - one of the distinct advantages of being and having a Great Dane - the perfect height for getting a back scratched in transit. He has figured out how to conserve his energy so that when we near the end of the walk, when we come out into a big field, he can run and romp with his sister with as much vigor and joy as always. If you didn’t know there was something wrong you couldn’t tell, unless of course, you choose to focus on it. Quite possibly Hagar thought I needed more than one lesson on this particular subject:

All of the gates along our walking path are electrified wire strung across the opening with a hook on a spring to keep the wire taught and hot. The springs on most of these ‘gates’ are too tight for me to open easily, so I take a stick along so that I can hold the wire up for the dogs to go under. Hagar’s previous experience makes him very cautious when approaching these gates. Trust would not be his first thought. I lifted the wire. Two of the dogs ran right under. As luck would have it, Hagar had hung back. When I turned to coax him through, the wire slipped off the stick hitting him on the tail. Good Lord, you should have heard the wailing. He shrieked and whined like a ninny. I am almost certain he wasn’t shocked, just scared. The bad news, there were four more gates along the path to home. At this point, Hagar’s abiding credo was you can fool me once and that’s on you, but fool me twice and that’s on me so he was having nothing to do with any more of this going under wire, period. If he was going home, I was going to have to open the gate all of the way. Once the offending wire was cleared from his path, he would then streak through it shrieking as if he had been hit with a hot poker, which is why I don’t believe he was shocked in the first place. We made it home, although, he whinged shamelessly through every gate since he was unable to take his focus off the earlier debacle - talk about a drama queen! He absolutely refused to walk with me the next afternoon. Rather, he chose to stay at home and bark the entire time the other two dogs and I walked. I could hear him the whole time we were gone. The next day I brought along a leash and led my now recalcitrant walker through the first gate. That was all it took. He zipped under wires without a second thought. He just needed a little patience to help him face his fears and poof they are gone in an instant. If I can’t take my focus off my problem, then all I need to apply is a little patience. I’m learning, but it is hard to teach this old dog new tricks.

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.

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Beagling and a Stirrup Cup at Montpelier

Beagling and a Stirrup Cup at Historic Montpelier

Photographs letf to right from the top: Stokes Skelly and Elizabeth Von Hassell, Andy Lynn and Charlotte Tieken, second row: Kimberly Skelly, third row: young beaglers, Mac Dent and Kat Imhoff with Anita Vere Nicoll, bottom row: a Farmington Beagle poses in front or the Montpelier lions and Justin Wiley. Photographs courtesy of Don Skelly and George Payne.

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COMMUNITY

Powerful Landscaper Line Up for 2015 PLA Seminar ADAPTED BY SIERRA YOUNG

The Piedmont Landscape Association will host its annual seminar February 18th at The Paramount Theater in Charlottesville. This event brings gardening enthusiasts and landscape professionals together in an educational setting. Co-sponsors include: Bartlett Tree Experts, Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards, JW Townsend Landscapes, Virginia Native Plant Society and Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association. Special thanks also to T&N Printing and The Paramount Theater. Agenda begins with registration, followed by breakfast and author introductions: Julie Moir Messervy (Get Out! Designing Landscapes that Bring Everyone Outside Again and The New Homestead: Greening the Home Outside), Joan Maloof (The Newest Ideas about the Oldest Forests) and Dave Jacke (Gardening Like the Forest: Edible Ecosystems in the Home Landscape and Designing Perennial Polycultures: Cracking the Nut). Door prizes, signed book sales and cocktail hour are all scheduled. Julie Moir Messervy is a noted lecturer and designer of the Toronto Music Garden and countless public and private landscapes. The author of six books on landscape design including Landscaping Ideas That Work and Outside the Not So Big House. Messervy is the principal of

Featured guest, pictured (left to right): Julie Moir Messervy, Dave Jacke and Joan Maloof.

Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio in Saxtons River, Vermont. Messervy’s first seminar: “Get Out! Designing Landscapes that Bring Everyone Outside Again” features ways to weave hectic schedules and distracting tech devices and finding more connection with nature. Learn how to create outdoor spaces that disconnect homeowners from the stress of life and reconnect them to their surroundings. Messervy will offer a second session: “The New Homestead: Greening the Home Outside” teaches that a new homestead means living lightly by utilizing the best time-honored earth-friendly practices as well as up-to-date green technologies and materials. Sustainable features such as vegetable gardens, solar panels, rainwater collection systems and more can be incorporated in imaginative and aesthetically pleasing ways. Next up Joan Maloof, who studied Plant Science at the University of Delaware,

Environmental Science at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Ecology at the University of Maryland College Park. Her books include “Teaching the Trees: Lessons from the Forest” and “Among the Ancients: Adventures in the Eastern Old-Growth Forests”. Ms. Maloof is developing a network of forests across the U.S., which will remain forever unlogged and open to the public, called the Old-Growth Forest Network. Maloof’s seminar, “The Newest Ideas about the Oldest Forest” poses the question, what makes old-growth forests special? Are they truly different from younger forests? Discover stories of some of our nation’s oldest forests and learn how they have changed. Maloof will share stories of some special Virginia forests, and the vision of creating an Old-Growth Forest Network to preserve more forests for future generations. Meet Dave Jacke who studied ecology and design since the 1970s, and has run his ecological design firm—Dynam-

ics Ecological Design—since 1984. An engaging, passionate and meticulous ecological designer and educator, Dave holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Land Use Planning from Simon’s Rock College (1980) and a M.A. in Landscape Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design (1984). Jacke’s first seminar is “Gardening Like the Forest: Edible Ecosystems in the Home Landscape”. Mimicking natural ecosystems in landscape design promises the regeneration of healthy ecological functions while meeting human needs, especially for food. Learn how to create landscapes that work like healthy forest ecosystems through conscious ecological design. Second up for Jacke, “Designing Perennials Polycultures: Cracking the Nut” where the focus is healthy ecosystems evolving over time into dynamic polycultures that offer minimal competition, maximum cooperation, additive yielding, and reduced work. Crack the nut of functional polyculture design by reviewing the science behind it, seeing successful examples, and exploring plant polycultures that work. Tickets can be purchased by calling (434979-1333) or www.theparamount.net.

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ONLY IN KESWICK “Dressing Downton:

Changing Fashion for Changing Times” Not Far From the Tree BY TONY VANDERWARKER

My mother was a character, part whacko artist and part straitlaced Wasp, she would mortify me at social gatherings by having a few drinks and proceeding to stand on her head. Her dress would drop down over her face to reveal her undies. Face red, I stood there horrified at the sight of my mother’s unmentionables on full display.

pair convertible tops and referred us to a business in town.

On the other hand, when I told her we had decided to name our farm “Chopping Bottom”, her response was, “Well, I like the first part.”

When I pointed out the problem, one said, “Sure, we can fix that. Fix it good. It’ll cost you but not half as much as a new top.”

The two good old boys who were lounging in dilapidated armchairs in front of their establishment jumped to their feet when I drove in as if to say, “Here’s another sucker with a broken back window that we can take to the cleaners.”

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Having grown up inwork the Depression, “How that much?” a therapeutic environment formy its coworkers builds Iaasked. strong sense of mother was tighter than a tick and would community and enhances each person’s unique skills. When Innisfree needed never throw anything out. Instead she “Two thousand three hundred,” one of more space for additional weavers, CACF helped expand the weaving studio. would glue it. Patty glued everything the guys, who was missing a lot of teeth, Now, coworkers, like Mark, who have skills that can transform spools of yarn into and glued them poorly. Many things in said. beautiful placemats, can enjoy working with friends and can share their carefully the house were joined caddywompus, crafted products with our community. Our passion is to support the community. bent, offset, cracked and stuff often fell “Thanks,” I said, and beat a hasty retreat. apart in your hands when picked up. That was an obscene amount of money “Another Patty glue job,” you’d think to and I’m cheap, not as cheap as Patty, but yourself. cheap nevertheless. There’s no end to what we can do together.

low-hanging only using Rhino Glue—nothing else going under Featuring costumes and accessories fromathe hit PBSbranch. seriesI glued the stand that held the tray tables would do. at the Virginia Historical Society Anne’s mom had bought with Green

So I ordered the Rhino Glue and the oth- stamps. I was a gluing fool. er stuff he recommended. Total outlay— he Virginia Society is pleased to announce thatwhen Altriathe Group has But the best one was shower under thirty bucks.Historical So far, so good. handle came off in my hand one day, agreed to sponsor the VHS’s newest exhibit, “Dressing Downton: Changing His procedure was to RhinoTimes.” Glue the completely broke off. The problem, the Fashion for Changing edges of the window where it came in shower head, handle and feed pipe were contact with the fabric top, then using one piece, from some fancy bath shop in The nationally touring will runup fromNew October January 2016 suction cups and rope,exhibit sling the rope York.2015 Andthrough there was no way to and rewill be shown in the VHS’s newly channel created changing exhibition space,talking one oftwo the grand project through the garage door opener place the handle. We’re goals of ititsdown $38-million “Story cups of Virginia and tie so the suction creat- Campaign.” for a whole new feed pipe and spigot— ed a tight seal between the window and no way. The answer: get the Rhino Glue. the Theconvertible exhibitiontop. consists of 35 costumes and accessories from the popular PBS I drilled a hole in the base of the handle MASTERPIECE Classic program. Visitors will be able to explore the lives of Downton’s I left the jury-rigged contraption to set and another in the whatchamagiggy it aristocratic inhabitants their servants the World War cut I period. for the prescribed two and hours hoping my during was attached to then a piece of metal investment and the guy’s instructions rod and glued the two together so the would pay handle When it was dry, “Altria has off. a long history of support for the arts,”was saidreattached. Jack Nelson, Executive Vice I called Anne to admire my handiwork. President and Chief Technology Officer, Altria Group, and Board Vice Chairman, When I Historical loosened the rope and Virginia Society. “Andtook we off are pleased to support the Virginia Historical the suction cups—Eureka! I found the “Watch,” I said, as I proudly turned the Society as it brings traveling exhibitions like ‘Dressing Downton’ to our hometown. window was firmly cemented in place. I handle. This exhibition will be aconvert great draw for residents and visitors alike.” became an immediate to Rhino

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Glue. After all, it had saved me over two Water came pouring out of the shower Cut to years later. One sunny Keswickwww.cacfonline.org On the internet I quickly found a guy thousand bucks. to have Altria Group sponsor headthis but nationally the handletouring would only go half “We are excited exhibition of day we noticed that the rear window who’d repaired a Corvette back window Downton Abbey costumes,” said Paul Levengood, way around. President and CEO of the Virginia of our convertible had come loose, two and had pictures and instructions on his Historical Society. “There are many real-life American connections to Downton Abbey, thirds of it were unattached from the website. The glue he recommended was “Oh, great,” Anne said, now we have no to bring our history to life. During fabric top. The dealer said they didn’t re- Rhino Glue. In fact he was clear about and this exhibition complements the VHS mission hot water.” the late 19th century, and right up to the outbreak of World War I, hundreds of American women visited England and Europe hopingTurns to marry character, outaristocrats. the hole I The had series drilled for the metal rod was too deep and the rod was Lady Cora, the Countess of Grantham is one such American woman.” keeping the handle from moving into the hot position. The exhibition and the two major exhibitions that follow it are part of the $38-million “Story of Virginia Campaign,” of which more than $31 million “You better unglue has thatbeen fast raised. and fix it,”

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When I cracked the front side panel of my Prius, I thought, “Maybe I’ll try the Rhino Glue.” When it worked, I became a true believer. “Jeez, if it was all she said. “The Story of Virginia Campaign” is designed to help the VHS better utilize portions can hold a car fender to- Fortunately, glue hadofnot and I of its existing facility. This will allow for the display ofthe even more theset Society’s was able to pull the handle off, shorten collections wellcan as hosting more and larger events and exhibitions. gether,asit glue anythe rod and reglue it. The shower now works like new. Another couple grand thing.” Future changing exhibitions will include “The Art of Seating: 200 years of American

saved--all because of Rhino Glue. Design,” which will feature works by John I glued my broken eyeglasses, I glued my Henry Belter, George Hunzinger, Herter So Tony’s a devout gluer--just Brothers, Stickley Brothers, Frank Wright, Charlesbecome & Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, night brace one of my dogs had Lloyd chewed like his mom. Go figure. in half. I glued the earmany back more. on the Mexiand Frank Gehry and can sculpture the housekeeper had bustIt’s just too bad Patty never had a chance ed off.Football I glued loose handles, glid- Glory,” “Pro Hall frypan of Fame: Gridiron another upcoming VHS changing ers on chair legs, I was gluing left and to use Rhino Glue. It would have made exhibition, will highlight such storied objects as the Super Bowl trophy, a 1917 game right. Even had to order a second batch her a very happy lady. Might have even ball used by Jim Thorpe and the Canton Bulldogs, Tom Dempsey’s done a handstand over it. famous kicking of Rhino Glue. shoe created for his half foot, Mean Joe Greene’s jersey, and more than 200 other items I glued back shoes, the wind- housed at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. from thesoles sport’s richonhistory, normally shield of my Gator which Anne busted Admission to each of these special exhibitions is free for Virginia Historical Society members.

The Altria Group sponsorship of “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times” is part of a $250,000 total commitment that also includes support for the installation of a new “Story of Virginia” exhibition, which is slated to open in late summer 2015. Altria Group has been a major supporter of the VHS and the “Story of Virginia” exhibition since its first iteration you in onthe lifecharge in Keswick in 1992, asLets well as leading for its transformation to an online exhibition in the early 2000s. Altria Group’s most recent commitment will help the Virginia Historical Society make Virginia’s history relevant, exciting, and accessible to present and future generations.

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COMMUNITY Our Road

I normally like to be light-hearted, amusing readers with tales of life in Keswick. But I can’t find anything funny about 231. So bear with me.

BY TONY VANDERWARKER to enforce because of the lack of pull-offs. So our traffic expert’s best advice was an a la carte series of traffic calming measures, not to limit traffic but to slow it down. His primary conclusions were that the road surface is too smooth so drivers get no feedback from tire noise on how fast they are going. And with multiple pavings, the roadway surface has been raised so there’s often only six inches of roadside before a driver is in the ditch.

Think of it as the spinal cord connecting our community, sixteen miles of twisty, winding, loop-de-loop navigating between the stubborn shale formations on the south and the lush clay to the north, turning some of the most gorgeous countryside in the world into postcard after postcard of stunning vistas. Not only one of the most beautiful roads in the world, it’s no surprise that it’s also incredibly historic. Imagine Mr. Jefferson riding Caractacus down our road to visit the Walkers at Castle Hill thinking of how he was going to disengage the colonies from British rule. Or Jack Jouett galloping down the road to warn the members of the Continental Congress that the redcoats were coming. Think of William Cabell Rives in his buggy riding into Charlottesville wondering if he was going to be Van Buren’s running mate in the presidential election of 1835 (he wasn’t) or Lady Bird Johnson touring the road as part of her campaign to beautify America’s highways. So steeped in history, such a purveyor of marvelous views, yet nowadays not only the spinal cord, but the artery providing a conduit for 13,000 cars and trucks a day traveling from north to south, bringing people to work at the University, to shop at Pantops or Charlottesville, to access 64 or even just to take in the scenery. Those of us who live on 231 are daily reminded not just of the road’s unique character, but also of its perilous nature. Banged-up guardrails, swishy tire marks on the pavement, bark stripped from trees, dead deer on the roadside, sirens blazing in the night, traffic backed up for miles after deadly accidents--are too frequent reminders of how dangerous driving on 231 can be. In fact, according to VDOT records, there’s been one fatality a year in the past three. I’d bet that there isn’t a single resident along 231 who doesn’t have multiple horror stories of near misses on 231, accidents avoided by luck and the grace of the big guy upstairs. My wife Anne was stopped at the entrance to Chopping Bottom waiting to make a left when she suddenly saw a car cresting the hill at Clark’s Tract and tearing down at her going sixty. She sat there helpless, certain the car was going to smash into her, when finally the driver woke up. Somehow riding up onto the embankment of Cismont Manor, keeping two wheels on the road and straddling the ditch, the car sailed around her, its side door falling open and a child almost tumbling out. Did the car stop? What do you think? Probably consumed with getting to the Giant and picking up something for dinner before heading into work. Anne was so shaken she insisted that I go out and inspect the tire marks on the bank. Not that I didn’t believe her, but it was a grim reminder of how close she had come to a fatal or near-fatal accident. More bad news. The godfather of our road system, VDOT, in its infinite wisdom, made sure that the bridge at Shadwell carrying 64 traffic over our road had space to accommodate two additional lanes. And some years

With little awareness of how fast you are going and no margin of safety on the sides, it’s no wonder that so many drivers find themselves off the road, or having to swerve back on and collide with another vehicle. Anne was almost knocked off the road by a trailer weaving across the center line after the pickup truck towing it overcorrected and sent it swaying all over the place.

back, VDOT had incorporated the four-laning in their Five Year Plan. While its not included in present plans, it’s in the back of their minds. No matter that 231 is a Virginia Scenic Byway, forget about the numerous easements up and down 231, to hell with the wishes of the residents along the road, if VDOT decides its in the Commonwealth’s best interest to widen it, get out of the way of the bulldozers because four-lane it they will. Maybe it would take, God forbid, a sixteen-wheeler colliding with a school bus, or Walmart, UPS and the trucking lobby buying off some politicians, or a perfect storm of everything to trip the switch. Couldn’t happen here? Taking bets right now. Look what happened with the 29 Bypass, resurrected in the middle of the night (literally) after it had been shot down by VDOT, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Board of Supervisiors by out-of-the-area politicians intent on paying off campaign promises—not from their constituents in Albemarle, but from Danville and Roanoke. Tear down a magnificent piece of architecture like Penn Station and replace it with an undistinguished hockey rink and basketball arena? Rip up a historic black neighborhood, discarding years of history and culture like rubbish and putting up a forgettable federal building and characterless hotel in its place? Vinegar Hill is now only a page in the history books. It’s often unbelievable what we are capable of doing to our treasured past. And that’s why a group of us got together to draft an alternative to four-laning 231. We raised $40,000 from the community, hired an expert traffic engineer and set him to work. Because the trucking lobby is so influential in Richmond, there’s no hope of prohibiting trucks from using the road. The best we’ve been able to do (thanks to John Moore) is to lower the speed limit to 45. And that’s difficult for the county

Many of the traffic engineers other suggestions are included in the study now up on: www.albemarle. org/.../R.10.15_Rural_Traffic_Calming.pdf. The Board of Supervisors plans to include it in the revised Comprehensive Plan so it will be a resource not just for Keswick but for other rural areas in the county as well.

While none of it may ever be implemented, as one of our donors put it, “At least we have a plan in case someone gets the idea of messing with our road.” In the meantime, thanks to Peter Taylor, we continue our annual cleanup of the roadway and we’re looking into a camera system that would record oversize trucks on the road and/or radar speed monitoring signs. And Robin Ellis, who lives across from the post office and sees oversize trucks up close and personal, encourages residents to report offenders to the county police by calling 434 977-9041. Give them a plate number and trucking company name if possible. The more people who call, the more the issue will be taken seriously by the county. See you next time. And in the meantime, remember; lean on your horn if you don’t like yellow.

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Ashanti Farm is a 395-ac EuropeanDesigned Equestrian Property. Located in Keswick Hunt Country with expansive views of Southwest Mts. Main Residence is completely renovated/redesigned;4 Bedrooms, 3.5Baths, Manager's House, 3Car Garage, Swimming Pool&Spa, Raised Gardens, Orchards, Both Indoor and Covered Riding Arenas, 3 Stables providing 26 stalls, Barn Apartment ,Paddocks with Board Fencing, water & sheds. Several Equipment/Storage Facilities.

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.

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ON EXHIBIT Lucian Freud

U.VA. FRALIN MUSEUM OF ART EXHIBITS WORK OF CELEBRATED PORTRAITIST

The majority of his works were of people, often shown nude, with an intense concentration on the texture and color of flesh. His oeuvre includes images of men, women, fellow artists, family members, those on the outskirts of society, and celebrities ranging from the Queen of England to Kate Moss – all of which show the art of someone whose penetrating gaze could reveal the very soul of the sitter.

“Lucian Freud: Etchings” examines the artist’s powerful and detailed depictions of the human form and the psychological conditions that characterized his oeuvre. In addition to a selection of nudes, the exhibition will feature a series of portraits of family members (ranging from his children to the artist’s dog), associates, models and muses, such as Australian artist and fashion designer Leigh Bowery, who frequently appeared in his art.

These are the portraits of British artist Lucian Freud (1922-2011), a grandson of Sigmund Freud who achieved international renown as one of the greatest painters of the 20th century.

Also included are works that may be less familiar, such as landscapes and interpretations of Old Master works by artists, such as 18th-century French painter Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin.

Beginning Friday and running through April 19, The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia will host the exhibit, “Lucian Freud: Etchings.” Freud exhibits of any sort are infrequent, so this will be an opportunity to experience the work of one of the most important artists of the post-World War II period. For over seven decades, Freud has been widely celebrated for the powerful and moving portraits he made – and for his ability to buck trends in the art world to focus on one thing: the true nature of people. The current exhibit at The Fralin is an attempt to capture his special and intense focus. Curated by Jennifer Farrell, associate curator of modern and contemporary prints and illustrated books at The Metropolitan Museum in New York and former curator of exhibitions and contemporary art at The Fralin, “Lucian Freud: Etchings” provides an in-depth look at

Lucian Freud, “Woman with an Arm Tattoo,” 1996. Etching on Somerset White paper, edition 12/40, 14 ½ x 16 1/8 in (36.9 x 41 cm) (plate). Collection of William and Donna Acquavella.© The Lucian Freud Archive/Bridgeman Images.

the prints Freud made after returning to the medium in the 1980s. In addition, the exhibition will feature a major portrait painting and etching of the same subject, demonstrating how Freud’s etchings complimented his oil paintings. Created in an era dominated by abstraction and more conceptual practices, Freud’s depictions of the human form expanded and challenged the very idea of realist art, particularly in portraiture, and stretched its definition through Freud’s innovative style. “Freud considered all of his works to be portraits, whether they were of people, his dog, photographs of Egyptian sculptures in a book, the view in his garden,

or a painting by Chardin or Constable,” Farrell said. “Freud also purported that all of his work was autobiographical and less about the subject than his reaction to the person or the object or the scene. In this way, he challenged and expanded the definition of what a portrait could be. ”Freud was best known for his portraits with oil paint. But The Fralin exhibit shows that he also produced an important body of prints, illustrating the critical place that printmaking, in particular etching, held for him throughout his career. “Etching was a critical part of his oeuvre and in this exhibition, the viewer will be able to explore not only Freud’s portraits, but also the distinct and unique way in which he made etchings,” Farrell said.

Together, the etchings in this exhibit show how Freud, through his masterful depictions of the human form, redefined portraiture in the world of 20th century art.

“Although Freud is celebrated as a virtuoso of the loaded brush, his etchings reveal another side of his unblinking study of human beings, animals and nature,” said Bruce Boucher, director of The Fralin. “His etchings push the boundaries of the medium, achieving a lushness like pastel or charcoal drawings. They remain in a league by themselves.”

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Embers Hard to Put Down First let me say I had to change my plans

BY SUZANNE NASH fateful day unfold, teased out slowly and with care.

due to this book review. I had several books I wanted to review; including the one I am presenting to you. Embers is a small book, easily read and I felt I needed to add several other books for your winter reading options this month - however I changed my mind. Embers by Sandor Marai is enough to write about - it begs to be read and it is a masterpiece of beautifully eloquent prose and it deserves to stand alone. My second confession is that I am late getting this review to Keswick Life because I became so absorbed in research and memories relating to this review that I couldn’t finish it as quickly as I normally would have. So with that said I want to give you a brief history of this author that few of you may have even heard of. Sandor Marai is considered by many to be the finest writer of Hungarian prose in the Hungarian language. He started out as a poet but also wrote plays, memoirs, novels, newspaper articles, belle-lettres and kept diaries. His life is a reflection of the Hungarian history with its experience of war, poverty and resurgence. Marai died poor and alone in California in 1989 after years of exile in Italy. He despaired that there was no place in the world for Hungarian writers and sadly ended his own life. He was rediscovered after his death, as is often the case, and we are lucky to be able to enjoy his genius today due to the translation of this particular novel by Carol Brown Janeway from an earlier German translation. Despite being a translation of a translation and not in the native language, this small novel is beautiful in its stark nature and poetic prose. From the first few pages I knew this author was a brilliant artist who

would hold me entranced with a skillful weaving of words. Sometimes there is an alchemy of words that occurs that sets a writer apart from all of the others, just as certain painters can take your breath away with only a few strokes of a brush. Marai has a gift that will stun you with it’s simple brilliance. This novel is compact and deft with a bare stage set and few characters. It revolves around memories like a waltz and the title reflects the emotional undercurrents that move the plot to the conclusion. The original title translated into “Candles Burn to the End” and that captures the fact that some emotions last until death - lingering dormant until given the oxygen to burn again fiercely. The leading character is the General (Henrik). The opening pages reveal the General’s selfenforced solitude within the walls of his castle in Hungary. The woods that surround his estate ensure isolation and the overall atmosphere of the opening pages is damp decay and a lingering feeling of elegance that existed in a bygone era. Suddenly a letter arrives and the castle is thrown into a race to recreate a night forty one years before (1899). The general’s friend is on his way to see him after a forty one year absence. Konrad had been Henrik’s best friend from his days in military school in Vienna. They had been the closest of friends, experiencing together the glory days of the Austro Hungarian Empire prior to World War I when Vienna was the center of culture and art. The sounds of the Strauss waltzes echoed in the air and young men in their elegant uniforms hurried to the opera and to the ballrooms. During the day they went to Royal stables to watch the Lipizzaner horses run through their

paces. It was a romantic period and for Konrad it was also a difficult time as he was poor and had the heart of an artist who lived for music as opposed to Henrik, who was wealthy and made for the military life. There was a resentment despite their friendship and it lingered as they grew older together. Konrad, Henrik and Henrik’s wife had been together at the castle when the men had last seen each other. They had been on a hunt that had proved fruitless and now Henrik is on a hunt of his own - one that involves recreating their last evening together in every detail. Much of this past history is revealed prior to the arrival of Konrad, as Henrik’s memories are brought to the surface in anticipation of meeting his old friend. The composition of the novel reminds me of a piece of music with different movements or perhaps an elegant meal with different courses that flow gracefully one into the other. The prelude leads up to Konrad’s arrival and then the complex part of this story begins. Things become staccato and it is as if the General is playing a game of chess with Konrad; each word a sharp reproach and accusation. He is determined to get to the truth.

Perhaps the images that this book conjures for me are so evocative because I spent part of a summer in Vienna when I was young, visiting with my parents and studying ballet. I can remember walking through Schönbrunn Palace and watching the Lipizzaner horses perform in the same arena that Marai describes. One of my favorite memories is listening to the music of Strauss in Stadtpark and dancing under the stars to the beautiful strains which carried through the gardens. It was a remarkable setting and It is not hard for me to imagine the splendor of the Austro Hungarian Empire. I can imagine the regret and longing felt by those who experienced a radiant and golden Vienna only to see those beautiful images destroyed by the ravages of war. This is a tale of mystery, romance, friendship and longing, it is written with a tenderness and beauty that I bow to; I am grateful to be able to share this remarkable author with you. If you really want to get in the mood and set the stage before you begin, go once more to You Tube and look up “10 most romantic waltzes by Johann Strauss”. It will give you a compilation of waltzes along with beautiful paintings of that era that can transport you. ”Tales from the Vienna Woods” is most appropriate to this tale I believe! I hope you find this small treasure of a novel the perfect story to read by the fire on a long winter’s night! Hopefully the wolves won’t be howling outside your door. Cheers!

“Facts are not the truth. Facts are only part of it,” the General says. He wants to go over that last day they spent together and learn the truth. Why did his friend leave so abruptly and isolated himself in the tropics with no further contact with any of his former colleagues? The story and the events of that

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OBITUARY Harris, Evelyn Boston Evelyn Boston Harris departed this life on Friday, December 19, 2014, at the Hospice House in Charlottesville, Virginia. She was born on November 21, 1929, in New Jersey, to the late John and Ethel Smith. A faithful and loving wife to James O. Harris of Keswick, Virginia. Evelyn performed domestic housework for many years, and also helped her husband establish Harris Disposal, a successful business, 46 years ago. Evelyn was a long time member and cornerstone of Union Grove Baptist Church where she participated in various activities and was a songbird on the choir. In addition to her husband, James O. Harris, she is survived by one devoted daughter, Lee Ethel Butler of Keswick, Virginia; two devoted sons, James Kenneth Harris and wife, Vanessa, of Hampton, Virginia, and Thomas Harris of North Garden, Virginia; and a son-inlaw, Patrick Butler. She is also survived by four devoted grandchildren, Chrystal Banks of Richmond, Virginia, Patrick Butler and his wife, Nicole, of Palmyra, Virginia; Reggie Butler and his wife, Ebony, of Keswick, Virginia; and Nathan Harris of Hampton, Virginia; adopted granddaughter, Erica Butler; three adopted children, Harold Timberlake, Joy Johnson, and Albert Stinnie; along with seven great grandchildren, and a host of many other friends and family members. Those who knew Evelyn, “Nana” or Mom” will have precious memories of

her. A memorial service was held on Sunday, December 28, 2014, at Union Grove Baptist Church in Keswick, Virginia. The family would like to express many thanks to Dr. Daniel Sawyer and the staff at the Hospice House. J. F. Bell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralhome.com.

Kilham, Angelica Jecky Neale Angelica “Jecky” Neale Kilham, 89, of Charlotesville, died peacefully, surrounded by her large, extended family on Sunday, December 21, 2014. She was born in Buffalo, New York, March 4, 1925, to Charles T. Neale and Doris Kellogg Neale and was raised on Rocklands Farm in Gordonsville. Mrs. Kilham graduated from St. Anne’s School in Charlottesville. Once eligible, she joined the Womens Army Corps along with her beloved sister, Margaret Neale Heath, during World War II as Private 1st Class (PFC). After completion of medical training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Angelica served throughout the war in several Army Hospitals in the United States caring for wounded Soldiers. Mrs. Alfred C. Kilham was involved in local clean-up programs, started the five cent bottle return policy, a precursor to recycling, and advocated for women’s health issues. She was a past President of the Albemarle Garden Club and Chairwoman of the Garden Club of Virginia’s Conservation and Beautification Com-

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mittee. She was active in her local community on the Stony Point Road through the Stony Point Fire Company, Meals on Wheels, the Locust Grove Baptist Church as well as helping neighborhood families. ”Jecky” was first married to “Dickie” Miller of Charlottesville, and with the help of their parents raised six children and Angus cattle at Foothill Farm on the Stony Point Road. She was a farm girl at heart raising chickens, cattle and children with boundless energy. Her children are Rick Miller of Warrenton, Virginia; Mardi Page, Joan Miller, Linda Miller and Fred Miller of Charlottesville; and Michael Miller of North Little Rock, Arkansas; and her stepdaughter, Lumpkin Kilham of Nicasio, California. Ms. Kilham is survived by 11 grandchildren, one step granddaughter, four great grandchildren; her brother, Spencer Kellogg Neale; and her faithful companion, “Blossom”. Later in life Angelica married Alfred C. Kilham of Charlottesville, and they resided at Foothill Farm. Mrs. Frances Parrish was one of Mrs. Kilham’s dearest friends to whom the family is eternally grateful. Angelica Neale Kilham’s funeral service was held at the Hinton Avenue Methodist Church in Charlottesville, Saturday, December 27, 2014. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Southern Environmental Law Center www.southernenvironment.org; the Stony Point Fire Company www.spvfc.org; or the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad www.carsrescue.org

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Inskeep, Clyde Roland Clyde Roland Inskeep, 88, of Rapidan, Virginia, passed away at Dogwood Village Senior Living, Orange, Virginia, on Thursday, January 1, 2015. Born in Culpeper County, Virginia, on October 6, 1926 to Bernard Inskeep and Beulah Yowell Inskeep, his most cherished pleasure in life was spending time with his large and extended family at the beloved family farm. A lifelong farmer, businessman and sportsman, he was instrumental in bringing the Bull Run Hunt to Culpeper County in the 1980’s. It gave him great joy to hear the cry of the hounds as he spent time with dear friends he made along the way. He would follow the hunt in his ‘command’ vehicle, many times having more success at finding foxes than the dogs, to the amusement of those riding with him. He will be remembered by his family and friends for his generosity, his willingness to work hard and play hard, his love of fun and his frequent laughter, which spread to all who were in his presence. Surviving Mr. Inskeep are his children, Janice Inskeep Willis and her husband, Werter, of Charleston, South Carolina, Clyde Roland Inskeep, Jr. and his wife, Paige, of Rapidan, Virginia, and Kelley Inskeep Johnson and her husband, Eric, of Keswick, Virginia; his grandchildren, Werter Larkin Willis and his wife, Martinique, Zachary Inskeep Willis and his wife, Jessica, Hunter Addison Willis and his wife, Mierka, Jason Andrew Inskeep and his wife Lauren, Julie Inskeep Steele and her husband Kemper, Christopher Bryce Johnson and Tyler Scott Johnson.; and his great-grandchildren, Sophia Willis, Madison and Audrey Inskeep, Cameron and Caroline Steele. He is also survived by his brother, Russell J. Inskeep and his wife, Hope. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Louise Hitt Inskeep; and his siblings, B. Carlin Inskeep, James L. Inskeep, Helen I. Richardson, Beulah I. Lewis and Jessie I. Christensen. Graveside funeral services were held in Fairview Cemetery, Culpeper, Virginia, on January 17th with the Rev. Lanny Horton conducting the service. The family would also like to recognize and give thanks for the warm, compassionate, and loving care that he received during his stay at Dogwood Village Senior Living. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made to Dogwood Village Foundation, 120 Dogwood Lane, Orange, VA 22960 or to The Bull Run Hunt, P.O. Box 14, Mitchells, Virginia 22729. continued on the page 26 >

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Brady Murray, 94, of Earlysville, Virginia, died peacefully on Friday, January 2, 2015, surrounded by his family on the farm that he founded and loved. Jim Murray was born in Allenhurst, New Jersey, on the Fourth of July, 1920 and raised in New York City. He was one of the 11 children of Thomas and Marie Brady Murray, and grandson of the famed electrical inventor Thomas E. Murray, scion of a sprawling Irish-Catholic clan. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University and an Engineering degree from Yale at the outset of World War II. As a lieutenant in the Navy, teaching on aircraft carriers in the Pacific and stationed in Coronado, California, he met and married Jean “Bunny” Brundred, a WAVES lieutenant, j.g. After the war, the couple moved to Long Island, New York, where Jim became President of Murray Manufacturing, the electric equipment manufacturing business founded by his grandfather. Disenchanted with suburban life, in 1953 Jim and Bunny departed for Virginia to form Panorama Farms, when their fifth son was three weeks old. Here, Jim began his lifelong career as a farmer and conservationist, raising sheep and cattle

using organic methods long before they were in fashion. He taught at the UVA McIntyre School of Commerce and built, then managed a Murray Manufacturing branch in Earlysville employing 700 local residents. By 1961, their family had grown to eight sons. The family contributed to the expansion of the Catholic community in Charlottesville. From 1974 to 1982, Jim represented the Albemarle County area in the Virginia House of Delegates. There, he was most proud to have sponsored legislation designating the Rivanna as the first Wild and Scenic River in Virginia; establishing Piedmont Virginia Community College, where he later served as the first Board Chair; allowing organ donor designation on driver’s licenses; and granting the right for health maintenance organizations (HMOs) to be established in Virginia. His career in public service continued as chairman of the Albemarle County Electoral Board for 15 years, on the board of the Monticello Area Community Action Agency for 25 years, as well as on the boards of the Charlottesville Free Clinic, Albemarle County Board of Assessors, Offender Aid and Restoration, Virginia Health Planning, The Rodale Institute, and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), where he also volunteered as an

advocate at age 80. He donated the land for the formation of the original Earlysville Volunteer Fire Department and for Camp Faith, a nature camp for the underprivileged. Jim was a director for United Virginia Bank of Charlottesville and the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce. In 1991, he and Bunny received the Chamber’s Paul Goodloe McIntyre Citizenship Award for their many civic contributions. An early Albemarle County environmental steward, Jim received the Virginia Conservationist of the Year award from the Virginia Outdoors Foundation in 1991. He presided over the Virginia Water Project, and served on both the Thomas Jefferson Sustainability Council and on the Virginia Nature Conservancy Board. On Panorama Farms, he championed the development of nature camps, crosscountry running, mountain biking, a game preserve, grain milling, and commercial composting (Panorama Paydirt) in an effort to balance economic activity with sustainable land use. An ardent hunter, fisherman, hiker, organic gardener, astronomer, and ornithologist, he educated his family and community about the natural world.

Following retirement, he and Bunny traveled widely, with a book of verse never far from his side. He was known for his intellectual curiosity, progressive politics, love of the forced play at second, Catholic faith, ability to recite long stanzas of poetry from memory, and pocketful of index cards jotted with notes for his daily journal. Jim was predeceased by his wife Bunny (2012) and son Latham Murray, M.D. (2009), and is survived by seven sons, 23 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, those who are so inclined may make a gift in Jim’s name to the Monticello Area Community Action Agency.

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