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KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs - July 2015

LIFE

In this issue

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Keswick Vineyards Releases Amélie

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


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CLOVER HILL, c. 1860 Federal two-story brick residence on 477 acres at the base of the Southwest Mountains, just east of Charlottesville. Restored guest cottage, 2 additional guest houses, formal gardens, and new 5 bay garage with guest apartment/office above. Incredible views across Jefferson’s Sea from elevated portion of the property.

WHITE HORSE FARM, c. 1780 South of Charlottesville with updated main residence in excellent condition. 6 car garage, 8 stall stable, tenant house and sports barn (basketball court, hitting and pitching areas, guest suite, and locker room). 278.80 acres fenced and cross fenced, ample water, numerous ponds.

OLD HALL, c. 1830 A solid brick home overlooking Harrison St. in Scottsville. Formerly the James W. Mason House, Old Hall 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.

PLEASANT POINT, c. 1760’s Built in 1765, this 69 acre property is a beautifully preserved example of Tidewater plantations of the period. Situated on the James River, the 1½-story frame dwelling with brick ends is flanked by twin parterres and four symmetrically-placed outbuildings. Spectacular view of Jamestown Island on the opposite shore with long river frontage.

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THE COLUMNISTS 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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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

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Joe Shields has led integrated digital marketing and public relations programs for consumer, biopharmaceutical, and government organizations. He holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and a BA in English literature and communication studies from Roanoke College, where he received a senior scholar award for fiction in 1995. He lives with his family in Keswick.

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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

This remarkable home has been exquisitely restored to facilitate modern convenience with a perfect blend of history and charm for comfortable country living. On over 30 acres with rolling tree-shaded lawns and well-watered pastures minutes to Downtown. Formal living and dining, 4 bedrooms, 5 fireplaces, gourmet kitchen, family room, and library. Improvements include oval pool, detached screened porch or outdoor dining pavilion with stone fireplace, 3 bedroom guest cottage, and stables. Hunter Palmer (434) 981-0533. MLS# 525337 401 Park Street Charlottesville, VA 22902

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Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs PO Box 32, Keswick, Virginia 22947 T: 434.242.8033 E: keswicklife@gmail.com The minds behind Keswick Life: EDITORIAL EDITOR/FOUNDER Winkie Motley CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Colin Dougherty THE COLUMNISTS Joseph J. Shields, Suzanne Nash, Tony Vanderwarker CONTRIBUTORS Robin Ellis, Sheila Motley and Mat Allen PROOF READER Sierra Young

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Summer at the kennels with the Keswick Kids is off to a big start with the Keswick Hunt Club Hound Puppy Party – Nancy Wiley, MFH, and the hunt staff Tony and Sommers did something very special for the junior members of our club. Read all about the relaxed social time that is setting a new standard in Keswick and the club’s juniors - the Keswick Kids.

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Tony Vanderwarker has an incredible knack for taking everyday life events and breaking them down into the thoughts that go on in our heads - most of which we don’t say aloud, but sometimes we do! Tony’s humor, wordsmithing and sensibility is perfect for a Seinfeldlike sitcom story line called - Only In Keswick!

JULY 2015


OVERHEARD Here and there... in Keswick by the Numbers and by the Names

22 - Louisa Road,

Sissy’s Second Season!

231 - Gordonsville Road, 616 - Black Cat Road, 640 - St. Johns Road, 740 - Zion Hill Road, 799 - Hunt Club Road

Bloodline created by the people who made Damages, is an involving family drama, human and familiar, strongly performed by its serious cast. The first season received strong reviews from many critics, with some naming Bloodline the best Netflix original series to date and praising its performances (particularly for Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, and Sissy Spacek), writing, cinematography, and directing. On March 31, 2015, Bloodline was officially renewed for a second season to debut in 2016. There are bodies, and burning boats, and loads more to come, no doubt. If it can continue to blend the two – family and crime – as successfully as the opening episode suggests, then Bloodline may be one more nail in the coffin of Netflix resistance. Production on the second season has begun with Bloodline expected to be back on Netflix in the second quarter of 2016, or “probably sometime in May.” Going into season two, the Rayburn family is still reeling from two major losses. Before Danny’s death, patriarch Robert Rayburn (Sam Shepard) passed away in the fifth episode, something that was always planned as the end of that collection of episodes’ first act.

On and Off The Market It has been an amazing month in the Glenmore market. We saw 6 new resale listings and 5 resale homes reduced in price, such as 3488 Devon Pines... $638k to $599k, 3535 Devon Pines... $695k to $649k, 3249 Darby Road... $895k to $699k, and 3231 Wallingford Lane, $729k to $649k. The resale market appears extremely completive in Glenmore. There were 8 closed sales, namely 2364 Ferndown Lane... $520k, 1656 Piper Way... $1,446,300 (a new custom property), 3290 Melrose Lane... $831k, 3157 Dane Court... $624k, 131 Kilchattan Lane... $535k, 1114 Charterhouse Court... $620k, 3510 Devon Pines... $530k, and 2726 Lockerbie Lane... $744k. 880 Club Drive in Keswick Estate, the custom French Provincial home at $1,425,000 went under contract in 53 days, and two new 2.5 acre lots came onto the market on Palmer Drive, Lot 94 at $350k and Lot 93 at $325k It has also been active outside of the estates. “Hickory Hill” at Bridlewood Trail, a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home on 20.5 acres sold for $383,725 and “Keswick Hill” on Turkey Sag Road, a 3 bedroom, 3 bath home on 26 acres sold for $750k. 1095 E. Keswick Drive, a 3 bedroom, 3 bath home on 2 acres sold for $372k and 373 Clarks Tract, a 3 bedroom, 3 bath home on 2 acres sold for $215k. Also sold was 4776 Woodbound Road, a 4 bedroom, 3 bath home on 6 acres for $310,500. New to the market is 554 Clarks Tract where $625k will get you a 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath remodeled home on 3 acres, or try 388 Clarks Tract where $249k will get you a 2 bedroom, 2 bath remodeled home on 3 acres. 5724 Hackingwood Lane is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath home on 32 acres and is described as a horse lovers dream! It is priced at $949k. 3437 Keswick Road is a Doug Kingma resale home at $525k and 955 Shadwell Road, a 3 bedroom, 3 bath home on 2.5 acres is priced at $390k. Land is available at Cismont Cottages at reduced prices where 2 acre lots are $72k and $75k, or larger tracts are at 18 Pelham Drive where 6.5 acres is $169k and at Clarks Tract where 29.5 acres is priced at $550k. Under contract is 677 Starfield Drive, a 4 bedroom, 3 bath home on 4 acres at $469,900 and 548 Huckstep Branch Lane, an unfinished 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home on 2.5 acres for $255k. Finally a couple of reduced properties. Chopping Bottom Farm, the 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home on 3 acres is reduced to $699k from $719k and 3161 Shannon Lane, with 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 3.6 acres is reduced to $314k from $359k and recently sold 685 Black Cat Road, a renovated Farmhouse in the heart of Keswick for $685,000.

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On a recent summer night after Keswick Hall cel- Check ebrated a wedding with fireworks, Fleetwood, ran away while the Taylor’s house sitter was at work. The next morning Keswickians began a search for Fleetwood; 50 pounds, white body, a blue and orange collar and a tag with phone number (434)7601088. Not long into the search Susan Rives and Annie Vanderwarker were driving up the East Belmont drive when suddenly they came upon Fleetwood headed toward them. Quick thinking on their parts, they had doggie treats and a leash with them. Thank you, Susan Rives and Annie Vanderwarker! You are heroes!

Worth Repeating

out the contenders for the 2015 Best in Show competition! While skill, adorableness and talent all matter, the 2015 Best in Show champion will be the team that raises the most dollar donation votes for the animals at the SPCA! Show your support by voting for your favorite team! Michelle and John Andersen with Boone and Ruby Jana and Bill Burnett with Kita and Zeus Rachel Lloyd Miller and Jim Miller with Remmy Liza and Mark Sackson with Marty Martha Stockhausen with Tate

Al Schornberg began reading “Archie and Amelie” on the suggestion of his wife Cindy, when they were thinking of naming their new wine Amelie. On reading the first few pages he read that Archie had just escaped from an insane asylum and made it back to Virginia. Al commented “Toto, we are in Keswick!”

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Donate The Virginia Historical Society (VHS) is looking for donations of gently used hardcover and softcover fiction and nonfiction books. We are asking that they be in good condition and have a historical connection. We are especially interested in collecting books about WWI and the 1960s civil rights movement, as both topics have commemorated anniversaries recently. All books collected will be sold at deeply discounted prices during our Annual Book Sale, Friday September 4th – Sunday September 6th. Books may be donated to the VHS Pusey Museum Shop during regular business hours: Monday–Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Textbooks, reference books, magazines, and periodicals have not been the best sellers. We can suggest other places that might be interested in collecting these items). Donations are tax deductible. All money raised from the book sale will be used to support VHS educational initiatives. Thank you in advance for taking the time to go through your collection to find books to donate to our sale. Don’t forget to save the dates, September 4–6, so that you can replenish your personal library. See you in the museum shop.

Weather Hazy Hot and Humid now but wait… El Niño is back with a

vengeance. The weather system -- that was somewhat of a cultural phenomenon in the ‘90s -- recently broke through California’s long-time drought causing heavy rains, flooding and landslides. These dangerous weather conditions sweeping through the west coast are indicative of an intense El Niño event to come this winter. “The presence of a strong El Niño almost ensures that 2015 will become the warmest on record for Earth and will have ripple effects on weather patterns all over the world,” reports The Washington Post. But what is El Niño anyway? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sums them up as “complex weather patterns resulting from variations in ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific.”

Ornamental This December, the holiday tree at Virginia’s Executive Mansion in Richmond will be adorned with ornaments handmade by artisans/artists from communities all over Virginia! Albemarle County is excited to invite our local artist population to participate in a juried competition whereby one ornament reflecting the quality of life and attributes of Albemarle County will be selected to represent our County on the tree. The jury committee will be looking for a one-of-a-kind, handmade ornament that uniquely represents Albemarle County. If selected, the artist will have the distinction of: having their ornament on display on the tree in the Executive Mansion’s ballroom through the holiday season. Upon its return from the Executive Mansion, having the ornament on display at the Crozet Artisan’s Depot for 30 days. More information: visit www.albemarle.org/ornament get the details for artists and submission guidelines, and more!

KESWICK LIFE


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GOING OUT Guide

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

CELEBRATE Save your Thursday Nights!

HISTORY Heritage Harvest Festival

Where: The Market at Grelen When: Thursdays thru October

Where: Monticello When: September 12th

Did you know that we’re open late EVERY Thursday from May thru October? On the first & third Thursday of every month, Grelen has a buffet dinner & concert from 6 - 9 p.m. On the other Thursdays, we are staying open late from 5 - 7 p.m. for a more casual cocktail/dinner hour. The cafe will be open for dinner guests and there will always be HAPPY HOUR specials. In addition, on some weeks there will be special tastings or events. There are no signups required for these Happy Hour evenings, but we do recommend signing up for our Dinner & Concert events. The Dinner & Concert on August 6th , Orange County Singer, Billy Brockman, will be the entertainment and Chef Matt will be preparing another delicious dinner. There is a $5 entrance fee for the concert events (free < 12). Pre-ordering dinner ($15/adult; $10/7-13) is optional, but strongly recommended. A limited number of dinners will be available for walk-ins at $20/person. Concerts will occur Rain or Shine as the event will be moved to our beautiful new Berry Field Tent in the event of inclement weather.

Calling all gardeners, chefs, farmers and seed savers - come celebrate the harvest and the legacy of revolutionary gardener Thomas Jefferson at the 9th annual Heritage Harvest Festival. Thomas Jefferson, America’s “First foodie,” championed vegetable cuisine, plant experimentation and sustainable agriculture. Come and taste a bounty of heirloom fruits and vegetables and learn about organic gardening, seed saving, land preservation and discover locally made foods and gifts during this fun, affordable, family-friendly festival unlike any other. This year boasts a spectacular line-up of speakers including Tom Burford, winner of the 2014 American Horticultural Society book award; Damon Lee Fowler, a nationally recognized authority on Southern cooking and its history; Sandor Katz, called by The New York Times “one of the unlikely rock stars of the American food scene,” and Craig LeHoullier , author of Epic Tomatoes, and many more! Returning this year is Aaron Keefer, 2014 HHF Keynote Speaker and Culinary Gardener for the French Laundry, and Suzanne Pollak, founder of the Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits.

FAMILY FUN 4H Club Show & Sale Where: Albemarle County Fair & Fluvanna County Fair When: August 1st & August 22nd

The 4-H clubs that participated in the Grace Church Historic Farm Tour will be exhibiting and selling their animals and poultry at the upcoming county fairs. The clubs will have their official show and sale at the Fluvanna County fair on August 22 (sale at 2:00, buyers’ reception at 1:00), at which our youngsters will most likely sell poultry and rabbits, with perhaps such larger animals as lambs and goats. At the Albemarle County fair on August 1, the sale will be a “youth”—not “4-H”—sale, but several of our club members will be selling there, probably including calves with other larger animals. Times for the sale and buyers’ luncheon are the same as at Fluvanna. Traditionally, poultry and rabbits have brought from $100 to $400, with larger animals ranging from $500 to $3,000. If you can support these young people in their first agricultural business experience, please attend either or both sales and offer a bid. If you cannot attend, they can make a bid for you if you let them know your bid limit and billing address. (For business owners, it is a very attractive advertising opportunity). Important note: You do not have to keep an animal you have bought, as dealers will handle its commercial sale. Thank you, Corky Shackelford.

HORSIN’ AROUND Sallie B. Wheeler East Coast Hunter Breeding National Championship Where: Virginia Horse Center, Lexington, Virginia When: Saturday, August 29th

The Virginia Young Horse Festival will proudly host the 2015 Sallie B. Wheeler/U.S. Hunter Breeding East Coast National Championship at the Virginia Horse Center on Saturday, August 29.

EXHIBIT Sporting Art Exhibit Where: Freeman’s Gallery When: September 10th

Highlights

from Freeman’s November Sporting Art auction will get the fall season off to a strong start. Opening in Charlottesville on September 10 with an evening of refreshments and remarks, and running until September 13, the exhibition will move to the new Richmond office on September 15 and run until the 18th. Notable artists such as John Emms, Sir Alfred Munnings, and Rosa Bonheur will be represented in paintings and bronzes. In addition, there will be an interesting mix of silver, jewelry and decorative objects related to the hunt, along with some of the more exotic examples of sporting art. Please join us for an interesting evening with Sporting Art at its center. For a complimentary catalogue for this sale or any future sale, please contact our Charlottesville office at 434-296-4096. And mark your calendars for the new Freeman’s Open Appraisal Days - every 2nd Wednesday of the month starting September 9th from 10am to 1pm. Bring up to 3 items per person or photographs of larger items for free verbal, auction-value estimates. For information about consigning or buying at auction, please contact Erica Humes in Charlottesville at 434-466-0388 or ehumes@ freemansauction.com. Freeman’s is located in downtown Charlottesville at 126 Garrett Street, Suite E and in Richmond at 5401 Patterson Avenue.

BENEFIT 5th Annual NSLM Benefit Polo Match and Brunch Where: Upperville, Virginia When: Sunday, September 13- All Day Join us for a super match featuring the best women players in the world. The match will take place at the Virginia International Polo Club in Upperville, Virginia. Gates open at 11:00 am and the match begins at 12:30. To purchase tables or tailgate tickets by phone or email, please contact Alexandra McKay at 540-687-6542 ext. 24 or amckay@nationalsporting.org.

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CELEBRATION Constitution Day Celebration Where: Montpelier When: September 15th

Learn, feast, and play at the 2015 Constitution Day Celebration with mansion tours, live music, children’s games, and the third annual Taste of Freedom Wine Festival, cohosted by the Orange County Chamber of Commerce. Featuring: Open House Mansion Tours, Taste of Freedom Wine Festival, Children’s Activities, The Liberty Ride Horse Parade, Live music, local food, Beer, Wine & Cider and Fireworks. Held rain or shine on the historic grounds of James Madison’s Montpelier. Main gate opens at 9:00 AM. Festivities will begin with mansion tours at 9:30 AM. Wine festival begins at 12:00 PM. Live music at 3 PM. Concluding with fireworks at dark. General admission tickets are $5/person in advance or at the gate. Wine festival tickets including general admission are $25/advance or $30/gate. Buy advance tickets online today! Picnic blankets and camping chairs are welcome. Dogs are not permitted.

JULY 2015


COVER STORY

Keswick Vineyards Releases Amélie

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Celebrate the release of Keswick Vineyards’ newest wine, Amélie, and learn about the scandalous and fascinating woman who inspired it! Amélie, a poet and novelist in the Gilded Age, was a celebrity who not only caught the attention of many men and partied with famous friends, but also covered the pages of the gossip columns. Donna M. Lucey, author of the biography Archie and Amélie: Love and Madness in the Gilded Age will be speaking about Amélie and signing copies of her book. Barclay Rives, distant relative of Amélie, will be speaking about the family and telling stories about the captivating Amélie. We’ll toast to this inspiring woman who once resided at Castle Hill, the Keswick estate that once was part of our property.

Photos by Cindy Schornberg, top row: (l) Aggie Rives, Barclay Rives, Sandy Rives, Susan Rives. second row: Donna Lucey showing guests the label original art, middle: celebration of release of Amelie in tent at Keswick Vineyards then Al Schornberg, owner of Keswick Vineyards; third row: Stewart Humiston and Dorothy Batten, Donna Lucey then the label original art by Amelie Rives - the vintage’s namesake.

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KESWICK SCENE

Keswick Hunt Club Kids and Puppies

Keswick Hunt Club Kids and Puppies Summer at the kennels with the Keswick Kids began with the Keswick Hunt Club Hound Puppy Party – Nancy Wiley, MFH, and the hunt staff, Tony and Sommers did something very special for the junior members of our club. It began with a relaxed social time of letting the kids hold the newest hound puppies, while parents were enjoying adult beverages and appetizers. The juniors were quietly holding the pups and enjoying every second of it. Nancy then gathered the juniors around her for a brief program she had prepared. Nancy and Tony talk about hounds, what were the hound’s best qualities and what we hunt in Keswick. The children offered that hounds need a good nose and cry and needed to be able to work as a pack. Next they had the children pick out hound names for themselves, and Tony taught them some of his hound calls he uses in a hunt. Then they were off, the children became the hounds in a mock hunt, with Nancy as Master, Tony as huntsman and Sommers as the Whipper in. They worked the “cover” around the horse show ring where different scents on ribbon strips were tied to bushes and trees to represent the fox or a deer. The juniors had to find all 10 strips in order of 1-10, and identify the scent to find the fox. They worked well as a group and even though it took some time they realized how hard the hounds work with each hunt. They all came back to the kennels happy and hungry where Whitney had prepared a great barbeque of hot dogs and hamburgers to feed the “junior pack”. Many thanks to Nancy, Tony and Whitney, and Sommers for the special summer fun they have created for our juniors. Next time parents I wouldn’t miss it. It is a sight to behold. The Next Time was the Keswick Hunt Club Junior Hound walk on Saturday July 25th, another great success! There was a good turnout of juniors of all ages who started the morning with their parents at the kennels. Nancy Wiley, MFH gathered the juniors together and talked with them about why hounds needed to be walked and why the hound did not need leashes when they walked. This got the juniors’ interest up and Nancy gave them the first challenge

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of the day, to identify markings on 5 specific hounds and write them down. Tony brought each hound out for a couple of minutes for the juniors and parents to look for their identifying marks on their faces and bodies. Were the markings brown, tan or black? Each junior wrote out what they saw and then our huntsman Tony Gammell, with whipper-in Sommers Olinger, and kennel man Mike Poindexter released the pack and the juniors followed the huntsman Tony and tried to listen for the commands he was giving to the hounds. As the walk began, Nancy asked the juniors to watch where the hounds walked in relation to Tony. Were the hounds walking single file behind him or in a bunch? Were the hounds in front of him or to the sides of him? Where was the whipper- in in relation to Tony and the hounds? The juniors finished the challenge when walking all the hounds and found the 5 specific hounds in the large pack, they had identified at the beginning of the walk. It was hard for some but everyone completed the challenge. The juniors walked through Keswick Estates with the hounds and then Tony let the hounds swim in the pond. Back at the kennels, Nancy asked the group what they had seen when Tony was walking with the hounds. The juniors were very observant and noticed that the hounds walked behind Tony and flanked out to the sides of him. They thought this formation was a good way for hounds to find foxes because they were all spread out. The group identified whistles Tony used to call the hounds to him and commands like “over” when he wanted the hounds on the side of the road to avoid cars. The juniors then enjoyed a snack and were invited to swim at the Keswick club pool for the morning. The best sight of the day was when a young junior dropped his paper and a hound ate his homework. Many thanks to Nancy for organizing the summer junior program and to the hunt staff for providing such enthusiastic fun for the kids. Special thanks to Whitney who provided the snacks. The next junior events will include ponies and horses. Starting to see a theme here? Add it all together and the juniors will be foxhunt- Photos by Don Skelly, top left: Tony Gammell walks the hounds through the Keswick ers. Great job by all! Estate grounds; top right: the hounds stop for a swim; second row: Anna Burkett with KHC Juniors Carter and Levi; Lily and Hugh then Compton getting treated by a hound; Third row: while the parents watch, David Perdue, Murdoch Matheson, Mark Sackson, Sandy Rives.

JULY 2015


TRAVEL JOURNAL Blue Sky

BY JOSEPH J. SHIELDS

The guide, Scotty, offered me Klonopin

when I met him in the parking lot at the Wappoo Cut Boat Ramp. My nerves were shot because of waning time and sunshine. Ironically, the landing is located off Tranquil Drive in the West Ashley section of Charleston.

The explanation fit the eccentricities of a true character. Soon after Scotty purchased the fiberglass craft, a Carolina Skiff, he explored a hypothesis. Naturally its execution required the liberal use of marijuana and a scuba mask.

Our sales meeting in the Historic Downtown District had run late and dismissed at 1:00 p.m. instead of noon. I had no choice but to phone Scotty as I frantically sped from the Charleston Peninsula on Highway 17. I crossed the Ashley River Drawbridge, nervously eyeing my timepiece, the rental car’s navigation system, and the scenery.

“The idea was to camouflage the boat by painting the hull to match a typical Low Country blue sky,” he said. “So I spent a few sunny days on the same flat in the river and examined different shades of sky color. The resulting ‘blue sky’ really fools fish. If they’re skittish like they are today, the reds will crash right into me.” “That’s a fantastic story and a great hypothesis,” I said. “You’re an artist.”

On the phone, my guide sounded confident we would have enough time for the scheduled half-day of fishing. In person, he was amused when I failed to hide my mounting anxiety over the remaining daylight and imminent weather. “I down Klonopin pills like Skittles,” he said, patting his chest and the zip-pocket of his down jacket. “Anxiety gets worse at our age. I have enough pharmaceuticals in here to drop a show pony.” I would learn a lot from Scotty and had no doubt he was a man who spoke the truth. A friend had vouched for him, with the disclaimer that he was a “character” and a talented guide. I prefer the breed and have discovered all guides are characters. “Thank you,” I replied, handing Scotty two sandwiches to place in the cooler. “I’ll let you know if I need support in that area. I brought you a sandwich.” “Thanks, man,” he said. “Much appreciated.” There is a positive correlation in the angling realm between offering guides free sandwiches and catching fish. There is no “free lunch” in this world, but I am unaware of specific instances in which sharing and consideration negatively impacted any venture. Scotty must have agreed: I appreciated his mutual generosity. Klonopin may have addressed unbalanced chemicals in my brain, but my guide had no way of knowing I had taken prescription painkillers to assuage lower back pain earlier in the day. This information I kept confidential because I didn’t want him to misconstrue fact as an excuse for the poor casting I would display in the hunt for redfish.

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“Bad news is we have to get you a redfish before light fades and the storm hits,” he said, poling me away from shore with the tide. Wappoo Creek, part of the Intracoastal Waterway, winds through the Low Country between James Island and West Ashley. The stretch of water connects the Stono and Ashley Rivers. We motored past homes that lined the banks of the creek, headed east back towards the Ashley River and peninsula of Charleston. As we approached the city, Scotty explained our plan was to fish the Ashley because it was well suited for January fishing and the remaining part of the day. I studied the Battery at the tip of the peninsula where the Ashley and Cooper Rivers meet. Both rivers discharge into the Atlantic Ocean. I searched the open water of the harbor and identified Fort Sumter near the main channel. Scotty confirmed my estimation. The Ashley River and its tidal ecosystem stretch 30 miles and span both fresh and salt water. The river rises from the Wassamassaw and Great Cypress Swamps in western Berkeley County. We worked our way along the point in the direction of the river’s origin, past a large marina, with unwelcome cloud cover and dolphin following our boat. “The light is getting tricky,” he said. “It was beautiful earlier, but we have a window now.” “Hopefully that dolphin won’t follow us.” Scotty drove another 10 minutes, pointed out the Citadel in the distance, and explained we were only five miles from the point where brackish water becomes fresh water. He killed the engine and

climbed the skiff’s platform to pole us closer to shore in silence. “I’m taking us into this little cove,” he said. “The reds stay tucked in here, away from deep water and dolphin. The tide changes every hour, as saltwater flows in and out of Charleston Harbor. You’ll be amazed how much further we’re out from those grasses in less than one hour now that the tide is going out.” I had read our quarry bite best on the incoming tide. The report I discovered on the Internet explained redfish had been biting consistently in areas with a combination of oyster shells, grass, incoming water, and baitfish. Despite the tide, the scene before me looked like a perfect match. Suddenly Scotty sighted fish. The first torpedo was a direct hit; the creature came straight at us, a heat-sinking missile from 100 yards out. The fish had spooked moments before, when I casted directly into the thick of the school. Panicked, the fish altered its course and struck the bow with a dull thud. I lost my balance and couldn’t stop laughing. “I wasn’t able to get the words out, Scotty,” I exclaimed. “I didn’t think he would hit us.” “I knew he would,” the guide said, also laughing. “It’s the color I painted the hull.” “What do you mean?” I asked, just as another redfish slammed into the side of the boat.

We spent the next three hours in pursuit of several schools. Scotty had us on fish the whole time. He poled us back and forth in the cove, then fired up the engine and drove me along the coast to a cove alongside North Charleston. I had very few chances and casts while in this location, but I was amazed by the contrast of river and grasses against the urban setting of a dangerous neighborhood. “Sometimes kids yell from the shore and demand rides. When I decline, they throw rocks at me. Clients love it.” When the clouds thickened and light faded, Scotty had to remove his polarized sunglasses because he could no longer see fish. He told me we were “flying blind” at that point. That meant I had no chance of seeing fish, so I removed my eyewear as well. He decided to return to the first cove for one last try. The wind picked up as the storm approached. On the way back to the original spot, Scotty’s baseball cap blew off his head and disappeared in the twilight. We circled back but neither of us could spot it. “I can’t even sight a floating hat, let alone a redfish,” he said. The guide transformed his protective neck gaiter into a headband to tame his curly haired Afro. He looked like an extra from Apocalypse Now. I stood on the casting deck, rod and reel in one hand, fly and fly line in the other. Every cast counted as practice; some resulted in promising shots. The next step

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in my education would involve learning how to double haul for longer distance fly-casting in saltwater conditions. As instructed I kept my eye on a point of reference, the Holiday Inn CharlestonRiverview. Scotty told me the round hotel had an interesting bar that offered panoramic views of the Ashley River and the Charleston Cityscape. Then he spotted a large redfish and we forgot about the hotel.

a ridiculous sh*t-eating grin picture. I needed Klonopin. Before I knew it, Scotty netted the fish and brought him onto the boat. He removed the fly from its mouth. I believe he called the fly a drum runner but I cannot remember. It was green and black, with large, beaded eyes made of lead. He told me to keep it and I did.

I instinctively launched a cast and presented the fly directly in front of the brute’s mouth. I stripped twice and set the hook. It was perfect.

We studied my redfish, which had one large black spot on the upper part of its tail. Scotty showed me lice that covered its scales. Then he coached me on the photo opportunity before we released him. We watched him swim away.

My guide, whose mounting anxiety had become apparent with the reality of a fruitless afternoon, leapt from his perch and screamed with excitement. I heard him land behind me and wondered if he had taken a Klonopin.

“Look at that dark sky,” hollered Scotty over the roar of the engine, as we hauled ass back to the boat ramp before the storm hit. “It’s almost black. Looks like the end of the world is coming.”

Scotty expertly guided me as I fought the fish for what seemed like 10 minutes. It was big, and he adjusted the drag on the reel accordingly. Time froze, and I was paranoid the line would break. I wanted

I rubbed my arm, which was sore from the fight. I only recall seeing a shade of blue.

COMMUNITY

Montpelier’s Amazing Partner Inns

From left to right: Sharon Elswick, Innkeeper for the Holladay House Bed and Breakfast, presents the check for $1,000 to The Montpelier Foundation accepted by Marlee Stynchula, Assistant Director of Annual Giving.

The Inns at Montpelier have been amazing partners for Montpelier, providing excellent hospitality and resources to visitors looking for an authentic Central Virginia experience. The consistent support from the Inns at Montpelier is a relationship in which we take much pride. In addition to selling about a thousand Montpelier tickets annually, the Inns at Montpelier have been loyal donors to the Foundation as well. We were delighted to celebrate their tenth annual donation to Montpelier with a lovely picnic at the Inn at Westwood Farm on July 14th. The Inns at Montpelier is a registry of distinguished Virginia bed-and-breakfast Inns near President James and Dolley Madison’s Montpelier. This organization started well over a decade ago, originally as the Inns of Orange. In 2006, the Inns voted - with Montpelier’s blessing - to rename the organization the Inns at Montpelier to include their Madison County members and to signify the importance of the tourism connection between the historic Inns and James Madison’s Montpelier.

helped establish the area as a tourism destination. Cross-promotion was key in the beginning of the partnership, not only for each other, but including other attractions, shops and restaurants in the region. The cooperative environment blossomed into multiple day/night allinclusive vacation packages promoted extensively with the help of a Virginia Tourism Corporation Marketing Leverage Grant. The cooperative environment continues to thrive today. The Inns at Montpelier has been donating $1000 annually to the Montpelier Foundation for 9 years. Additionally, as part of the almost decade-long partnership, the IAM sell Montpelier tour tickets at their facilities, with ticket sales averaging 1000 per year. Participating Inns: Chestnut Hill, Holladay House Bed and Breakfast, Inn at Willow Grove, Ebenezer House, Inn at Meander Plantation, Inn at Westwood Farm, Uphill House, Mayhurst Inn, and the Inn on Poplar Hill.

As two established tourism entities in the region, their partnership activities

Photo: The Inns at Montpelier Innkeepers with members of The Montpelier Foundation staff at a reception hosted by the Inn at Westwood Farm.

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ARCOURT - Long after other homes have crumbled, the stone walls of ARCOURT will remain-a

testament to the quarried natural stone and superb quality construction used to create this one of a kind estate. Spacious (over 5,800 finished sq.ft.) French-inspired custom residence on 22 private acres in Keswick Hunt Country, completely fenced for horses, 3-stall stable, guest quarters, with shop/garage underneath. Interior of residence features an open floor plan, with large rooms, high ceilings, tall windows, and heated stone floors. There is a main-level master suite, second bedroom or study on the first floor, two more bedrooms and two baths on the second level. Beautiful mountain and pastoral views from home & covered veranda with stone fireplace. $2,595,000. Jim Faulconer (434) 981-0076. MLS#530692.

KESWICK ESTATES - Exquisite English Country

home on a premiere 2.5 acres in Keswick Estates. Lovely views golf course & mountains, yet very private. Architecturally designed 7000+ sq ft residence offers a beautiful light filled spacious LR; DR; gourmet kitchen; library w/ limestone FP surround; luxurious master complete w/ dressing rm & office; media rm & 4 additional BDRS. The highest quality materials & workmanship. $1,825,000. Charlotte Dammann (434) 981-1250. MLS#451592.

GLENMORE - Immaculate, brick Georgian with

EVERYTHING! Beautifully decorated, this lovely residence offers a gracious open kitchen, family room w/ fireplace, formal dining room, study, spacious 1st floor master suite, 4 bedrooms upstairs, plus a lower level guest suite and recreation room, an attached 2-car garage and rear deck. Fenced for pets. In excellent condition and with perhaps the best floor plan we have seen. $775,000. Tim Michel (434) 960-1124. MLS#529936.

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WHAT’S COOKING

Amazing Pan Roasted Chicken BY SHEILA MOTLEY & MAT ALLEN

WEDDING

Murphy/ Harlan

PHOTOGRAPHY BY DARLENE MURPHY

Pan Roasted Chicken Breast, Ricotta, Blackberry & Fig Reduction and Thyme Sprigs paired with Black Sesame Basmati Rice and Zucchini straws with Cippolini Onion Serves 4 It’s always wonderful to use seasonal fruits to enhance the flavor profile of an otherwise ordinary bird - guest columnists, event planner Sheila Motley and Chef Mat Allen offer up this alternative for an amazing summer dinner on the back porch. Ingredients: 4 - 6oz to 8oz Chicken Breast, skin on 3/4 cup Ricotta Cheese 1 cup fresh Blackberry 1/2 cup dried Fig 3 tablespoons sugar 3 tablespoons water 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar ¾ cup chicken stock 2 Zucchini - peeled and cut into 3” straws 1/2 cup Cippolini Onion peeled 1 cup Basmati Rice Black Sesame seed Thyme Sprigs Directions: • For rice: place the rice in a bowl with water, and then swish around, rinse with running water. Bring the rice up to a simmer in 1-1/2 cup water with 1 tsp salt, then cover and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is tender and all of the water is absorbed. Fluff with fork. Add black Sesame seed. • Season chicken breast with salt and pepper. Heat sauté pan over medium/ high heat with a few tablespoons of oil. Place chicken in pan skin down, sear till breast is golden brown flip chicken breast over and sear other side, 8-10 minutes or until cooked through. Set aside. • Place sugar, water in heavy medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat until sugar begins to melt. Stir until sugar dissolves, then cook without stirring until deep golden, about 5 minutes. Gradually add vinegar (mixture will harden). Stir until caramel melts, about 1 minute. Add chicken stock; boil until mixture begins to thicken, about 5 minutes. Add blackberries and figs and boil until gastrique coats spoon and is reduced, about 15 minutes. • In sauté pan add oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook down for 10 minutes. Add zucchini and flip half way through cooking till light brown, 5 minutes. Serve immediately to a kitchen full of friends!

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Brittany Lee Murphy daughter of Darlene and Mike Murphy of Gordonsville, Virginia was married to Aaron Kirby Harlan son of Pete and Cathie Harlan on Saturday, June 20th at the Trump Winery in Charlottesville, Virginia by the Pastor Greg Compton. The reception followed immediately afterward in the Grand Hall. The bride graduated with her Bachelors from James Madison University, majored in Engineering and currently works for Capital One as a Senior Data Analyst. Aaron, graduated with his Bachelors in Business Administration and Marketing

from Old Dominion University and currently works for Target as a Senior Team Lead in Logistics. Brittany and Aaron honeymooned in Hawaii, hiking, surfing, kayaking, and snorkeling, and are now at home in Glen Allen. The Wedding Party: Bridesmaids, Lauren Culbertson, Shelly Bloomfield, Sarah Ameling, Brittany Waldron, Sarah McClellan, Stephanie Luciano and groomsmen: Ryan Compton, Shane Voorheis, Bill Ornduff, Chris Vance, Kyle Harlan, David Colvin.

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A V i r g i n i A C o u n t ry L i f e

RIVER VIEW – This exceptional 251-ac. farm is sited in a picturesque valley traversed by the upper Rapidan River (noteworthy trout fishing) with a balance of open farm land and wooded mountain property. A superbly constructed 4BR brick manor with copper roof and over 5,000 s.f. enjoys stunning views of the Blue Ridge and working cattle farm. An additional 2BR brick home and numerous farm improvements compliment this property near the Shenandoah Nat. Forest-Proximity to Charlottesville or Washington DC. MLS #514774

RABBIT RUN – Exceptional property and pristine setting in the heart of Farmington. Designed and renovated by award winning architect and landscape architect with the finest materials throughout. Inviting perennial gardens adjoin and extend from the 4-BR residence on 3.6 private acres with a Garden Dining Pavilion, reflecting ponds, garden follies, and twin tree houses. MLS #520681

WHITE HORSE FARM - Classic Virginia home c. 1780, south of Charlottesville with updated main residence in excellent condition. 6 car garage, 8 stall stable, tenant house and sports barn (basketball court, hitting and pitching areas, guest suite, and locker room). 278.80 acres fenced and cross-fenced, ample water, numerous ponds. This natural locale suits every desire for country life. MLS #516697

SLATE HILL - This beautiful and elegant country home features 3 bedrooms and 3 and 1/2 baths, on 45 acres in Albemarle county. The traditional farm house style home was created by renowned architect, Bethany Poupolo. The home has been featured in Southern living magazine and was applauded for its attention to detail and beautiful design. The property also includes a 2 bedroom guest cottage, 2 fenced paddocks, run in shed, pool, sport court, and 3 quarries. The privacy and exposure to nature with easy access to Charlottesville are also noteworthy.

KESWICK ESTATES, LOT 5 – Private acreage inside the gates of Keswick Estate. Over 2.5 acres of open and level land fronts the newly designed Pete Dye golf course. Amenities at the impressive Keswick Hall include state-of-the-art fitness center, swimming, tennis, and spa facilities. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and convenient to all that the historic region has to offer. MLS #518257

MONTEVERDE - Classic brick Georgian located on 222-ac. in southern Albemarle county with dramatic Blue Ridge mountain views over pastoral and productive farm land. Numerous barn improvements and potential guest house.

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KESWICKIAN Talus

BY ROBIN ELLIS

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ELIZABETH BLYE DELANEY

“Talus”- pieces of rock that break away from larger boulders due to extreme weathering and gravity. A talus wall or slope is the stabilized formation of talus used for reinforcement at the bottom of a fortress wall or the stable accumulation at the bottom of a cliff or mountain. That is the name of the new home for Robin and Craig Ellis on Louisa Road across from the post office in Keswick. “The name ‘Bel-Roi’ was an amalgamation of the previous owners children’s names,” as Robin understands it. “It didn’t have significance to us or for the property.” “When we decided to raze the house, we thought we should give our new home a name of our own. The concept of breaking down the old to create something new, fit our situation in more ways than one.” Robin and Craig Ellis landed in Keswick by circumstances but have stayed here by choice. Robin has lived in Albemarle County for over 35 years. Craig came through the area on a polo contract while playing professionally around the world. He loved Virginia and the people he met. “Many of the traditions here reminded him of his family life in Zimbabwe, Africa; that is, rural and equestrian, open and friendly with conservative values.” They each share a Scots-Irish heritage and military background. “Talus” is a meld of their cultures, Craig’s being African and Robin’s being American Southern. The home is styled in classic Greek revival elements. Greek revival architecture is the reuse of ancient Greek forms some of which are; symmetric, pedimented por-

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tico, partial height porch supported by ornamental capitals, hip or gabled roof and widely spaced windows. This style was most popular in America from 1820 to 1850. Robin feels that “it’s a very patriotic American style but it also epitomizes Southern culture at it’s apex. I shopped hard for true Greek Doric columns, reflected in most of the government buildings in Washington, for the front porch. For some reason they aren’t popular now.” She says, “The floor plan is simple, compact and classical. It is four over four with wide center halls. It also has a walkout English basement. A stone and brick loggia runs across the back of the house at ground level while a wide, covered porch runs the length of the second floor. Wide plantation style stairs provide easy access to the pool. Both floors have large French doors that open onto the outdoor spaces. Rooms are divided by wide cased openings so light can pour in from both sides. The 10’ ceilings, 8’ French doors and 7’ French casement windows all aid in bringing in sunlight and the outdoors into the home. That connection to our environment was very important to us. We are both nature lovers. The third floor bedrooms put you in the treetops with the birds and we can see our horses in every field.” The house is also filled with individual embellishments. Flanking the front door on the outside are brass, antique British coach lanterns that Robin’s mother purchased in France in the 1960’s and had wired. Robin personally finished

the mantels and numerous doors taken from old Virginia houses or found at architectural salvage stores. The builders provided the old hand- hewn beams for the basement ceiling. Solid wood cabinets with vintage hardware were also salvaged for the mudroom. “Ironically, the simplicity and compactness of the design took an intensive amount of planning”, Robin says. There are spaces for all their needs; entertaining, guests, offices, outdoor living, dogs and mudroom, big closets, fireplaces on every level and yet it feels open, gracious and intimate at the same time. The house is efficient in its design with no wasted space. “I lined up all the plumbing in one corner of the house so you have mudroom, laundry, kitchen, powder room and bathrooms all stacked on top of one another. That detail saved a lot in construction costs.” Robin is an interior designer by eduction and has practiced long enough to know what she wanted but she states emphatically, “the project could not have succeeded without a really good team.” Architect, Bethany Puopolo was fabulous to work with. She has a strong classical aesthetic. She sorted out all the proportions, Greek Revival exterior, the multiple staircases, solved the powder room problem, provided the permit drawings, etc. I could go on and on. This isn’t the first project we have worked together on but it’s the first that’s been this personal and it was a fantastic experience.” Landscape Architect, Elizabeth Blye Del-

aney helped Robin and Craig site the house, designed the driveway, walkways and suggested planting options. In the end, Robin decided to go with a ground cover of ajuga, which she has planted herself. She has planted boxwoods on site which she will add to and transplant along with large ‘Natchez’ crape myrtles flanking the front porch and a large Southern Magnolia which is a gift from her family. The pool area will be surround by hydrangeas, peonies and a backdrop of large American boxwood. “Whit and Chad Graves of Evergreen Construction were also phenomenal. They worked so hard to bring character and quality to the building while staying on budget. Chad was the project manager and often I wondered if he cared more about the house than I did? I would have to kick him off the job site in the evening. He is passionate about what he does and does not shy away from overseeing every detail whether it is radiant heat flooring or matching the stain on a bookshelf. He is truly a professional. Finally, Andy Guercio of Evergreen Hardscapes built the stone retaining walls and path. “I truly appreciate everyone’s energy, work and support. It is an ongoing and long process but we plan to be here a long time.”

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ONLY IN KESWICK Car Shopping

While I can go on and on about how spe-

cial this place is—okay--I have to honest up here and admit there is one thing about Albemarle beside 29 North that is no different than anyplace else. You’ll find them in Toledo and Tuscaloosa, Anaheim and Atlantic City. They lounge around in big glass showrooms and all you have to do to get attacked by one is pull up in your car. You don’t even have to get out and before you know it, they’ll be leaning down beaming a big Cheshire cat grin through your window. When you get out, they are on you like glue, shaking hands like you’re long lost friends. “What can I help you with today?” they ask, practically salivating over the commission they are going to get from selling you a car. While I put up with car salesmen, Anne cannot abide the characters. They bring out the worst in her. And the more they come on to her, the crankier she gets. To her, they might as well be SS brownshirts and they want her to take a test drive with Adolph Hitler. She glares at the poor guy at this one dealership with her hands firmly planted

BY TONY VANDERWARKER on her hips as if to say, “One step closer, Buster, and I’ll kick you in the balls.” Actually the kick is mine for when I take her to car dealers my wife puts on a great show. I imagine it would be like looking at cars with Chita Hall. “How about taking a test drive, Ma’am?” the salesman will ask, plying her with his most ingratiating voice. Anne spits out, “No!” So we sit in the front seat while the salesman prattles on about the car’s features and Anne’s beginning to look like she wants to jump out of her skin. “How does the interior look to you, Ma’am?” “Very ordinary, frankly.” “You really should take a test drive, I think you’ll really enjoy the ride.” “Not a chance.” Car salesmen are pit bulls, once they get a prospect into a car, the scent of dollars takes over their good sense. So this particular salesman really steps in it, he says, “Ma’am, I’ve forgotten your

name, could you give it to me again.” Without even looking back at him, she snarls, “Look, Buster, you lost your chance so you’re SOL, okay?” Then they play their ace in the hole, tell you that you need to walk into the showroom and meet their sales manager, “Otherwise he’ll be mad at me,” the salesman says. “Are you…(and I’m worried she’s going to pop the F-word)…kidding me? I’d rather rot in hell than meet your manager.” So we say goodbye to the car salesman who’s still grinning like a carnivore and I say to Anne, “You sure put on a good show there.” “I can’t stand those guys, they make me feel like I need a shower.” “So what did you think of the car?” “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.” So the whole thing is, Anne’s gunning for an Audi. We’ve had two and she adores them. Even likes the Audi salesman, calls him “Hon,” and comes close to cougar-

ing him but she won’t set foot inside the showroom unless he’s there. Some other sleazy salesman might assault her. So I have to walk in and check. Find him and give Anne the thumbs up sign through the glass. Then she comes in. She’s not to the point of giving him a kiss but the contrast between the pig salesman and Jason is dramatic, to say the least. He could sell Anne anything, which he does of course. Talks her into her second Audi. I wouldn’t be surprised if she has him over for dinner. And I’m along for the ride. Tried to talk her into an American car with all the Audi’s bells and whistles for eight grand less. “So it’s eight grand less but it’s not an Audi,” she tells me, in the same tone of voice she used when I tried to sell her the vineyard. And she polishes off her point by saying, “I wouldn’t be caught dead in one of those shit machines.” So we’re ponying up the big bucks for German engineering. And Anne doesn’t have to sully herself with some skuzzy salesman or ride in a shit machine. Plus I get a good couple yuks out of it. That’s car shopping in Albemarle for you. Just like anyplace else.

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HAPPENINGS

Monticello, Darden Announce Fourth Thomas Jefferson Medal The University of Virginia Board of Visi-

tors and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation announced Monday the addition of a fourth Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal. The medal in Global Innovation will be hosted by the U.Va.’s Darden School of Business.

The new award is the fourth named in honor of Thomas Jefferson by the foundation, the independent, nonprofit organization that owns and operates his home, Monticello. It will join medals jointly awarded by the University and the foundation in Architecture, Law and Citizen Leadership. The medals, struck for the occasion, are the highest external honors conferred by the University, which awards no honorary degrees at Jefferson’s behest.

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Previous medal recipients have included architects I.M. Pei and Frank Gehry, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and U.S. Rep. John Lewis. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Global Innovation will recognize an individual for his or her role in guiding a significant global innovation that creates value for humanity. The award will honor responsible leaders who extend Jefferson’s commitment to global commerce and the creation and commercialization of inventions and ideas that improve society.The awards are presented annually on Jefferson’s birthday, April 13, by the presidents of the University and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. “This medal will make an important

statement about the commitment of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and the University of Virginia Darden School of Business to broaden awareness of Jefferson’s legacy and to celebrate the role of innovation in improving our lives,” said Leslie Greene Bowman, president and CEO of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, who recently announced the medal with Locke Ogens, senior executive director of the Darden School Foundation and Strategic Relations, in Shanghai, China, at Darden’s annual Global Leadership Forum. “The global innovation medal will recognize someone who is truly making a difference in the world. Thomas Jefferson is the father of innovation and progress in America,” Ogens said. “Jefferson relentlessly pursued knowledge for the benefit of society. He famously said, ‘I

like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.’” The recipient will be selected by a committee chaired by the dean of the Darden School. Scott Beardsley, who will take office August 1 as Darden’s ninth dean, will convene the inaugural committee. Honorees will receive the medal on Jefferson’s historic U.Va. Grounds and will be celebrated at a formal dinner inside his home, Monticello – both UNESCO World Heritage sites. A special recognition event will also take place in the medalist’s home country or region. The first Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Global Innovation will be conferred in 2016.

VFH Receives $1 Million Gift for Encyclopedia Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

(VFH) has received a $1 million gift from its Board chairman, Barbara J. Fried, to support Encyclopedia Virginia (EV), the largest donation from an individual for the encyclopedia in its eight-year history. Fried’s investment will partially endow a critical editorial position for the awardwinning online encyclopedia, viewable at EncyclopediaVirginia.org, ensuring that this authoritative and user-friendly resource on the history and culture of Virginia will educate the public, including thousands of students and teachers, for many years to come. Fried, president of Fried Companies Inc., a real estate development and property management firm based in Crozet, has served as chairman of the VFH Board of Directors since July 2014. She is also a member of the U.Va. Board of Visitors, a member and immediate past chair of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership State Advisory Board, and active in many community organizations. She

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earned a bachelor’s and law degree from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in history from U.Va. “We are profoundly grateful to Barbara for her support of EV,” said Rob Vaughan, founding president of VFH. “Her generosity and long-term commitment is allowing this important resource to expand and thrive with a sustainable future, meaning that Virginians of all ages, and many others worldwide, will explore Virginia’s unique history and culture in the highest quality way.” This significant contribution follows Fried’s previous giving of more than $500,000 to EV since 2005. “It’s essential for our citizens to have access to reliable information about Virginia, so that we can understand our past and shape a more promising future,” Fried said. “With the expertise and drive of EV’s staff, the commitment of the VFH Board, and the organization’s unique position as the largest and most diverse of all state humanities councils, we have the

capacity to educate and inspire millions of people with this dynamic resource.” EV publishes topical and biographical entries written by scholars, edited for a general audience, and vigorously fact checked. Content creation is a work in progress, with more than 900 entries currently live on the site and new entries published regularly. EV also features more than 500 primary documents and numerous media objects, including images, audio and visual clips, and links to Google Street View tours of historic sites. One of the only humanities projects using Google Street View technology, EV currently offers thirteen virtual tours of sites such as Poplar Forest, Montpelier, Bacon’s Castle, Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown, and Menokin, with more in the works. In August, EV staff will host a summit at VFH to train other Virginia humanities organizations, including museums and historic sites, to use this technology to advance their missions and reach broader audiences.

Thousands of teachers and students benefit from EV’s high-quality and accessible primary sources, innovative pedagogy, and history scholarship, earning the encyclopedia the Virginia Council of the Social Studies’ Friend of Education award in October 2014. “Barbara’s support opens up a world of future possibilities for the encyclopedia,” said Matthew Gibson, EV’s editor. “We are honored to be the beneficiary of such generosity and leadership and eager to put the funds to good use. As a result of this gift, many more people will make connections and discoveries around the ideas, individuals, and events that continue to shape the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

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Overgrown gardens, clogged and leaky

fountains and water-damaged ceiling medallions and hand-painted wallpaper greeted Trump Winery restoration teams when they began transforming a former manor house into an elite, boutique inn. Several years of sitting vacant did some damage to the estate. Many craftsmen who helped build the house for the Kluges in 1980 worked on the restoration.

Donald Trump is now the owner of a bed-and-breakfast in Albemarle County. Albemarle Estate at Trump Winery is welcoming guests to the property Trump bought from Patricia Kluge’s bankruptcy. “It’s a beautiful house, but it took a lot of work to repair it and get it restored,” said Martin Dodge, of guest services at Albemarle Estate at Trump Winery, which most recently was Patricia Kluge’s Albemarle House. “All of the wood floors were resurfaced and treated and there’s a lot of touch-up paint, a lot of plaster that needed to be replaced and hand-painted surfaces that needed touching up.” On Tuesday July 13th, the Trump Albemarle Estate officially opened for business. Ten rooms — five in the main

catch the game. Complementing the high-style of the mansion are exquisitely manicured English gardens; guests will also enjoy spa and gym facilities, indoor sauna and hot tub, outdoor pool and hot tub, private movie theater, croquet lawn, award-winning wines, and world-class service.

house, four in the pool house and a cabin on the property — now are available for booking. The five guestrooms inside the house include the Jefferson master suite with his and hers bathrooms. A pool house and cabin are also available. Guests share the golden living room, library, bar, and manicured gardens all within view of the vineyard. Designed by world famous architect David Easton, the 26,000 square foot 45 room mansion has been called “one of America’s true treasures.” Reminiscent of a classic Georgian-style home, Albemarle Estate at Trump Winery epitomizes high-style country living in the tradition of the English country manor.

The mansion features one breathtaking room after another with details that will amaze. The dining room, with twenty foot ceilings, antique English rococo mantle with ornate gilding, hand carved plaster ceiling, and hand painted wallpaper is a spectacular place to enjoy breakfast served daily. The living room, with its warm yellow walls, 18th century marble mantle, twenty foot ceilings, and crystal chandeliers, welcomes you as the perfect place to curl up with a book or gaze out to the gardens. The library, crafted from 150 year old English oak will transport you to an English manor. With a large screen TV, surround sound, pool table, and bar, this is a great meeting place for an afternoon drink and to

The team at Trump B&B hopes every person who stays at the Albemarle estate feels like the 45-room house and vineyard are their private getaway. “We just want them to feel welcome, feel relaxed,” said director of hospitality Derek Hunt. “Honestly, from the moment they pull up in our driveway to the moment they leave, we just want them to feel like they’re at home. Albemarle Estate at Trump Winery offers guests the opportunity to stay at one of the most prestigious and architecturally significant residences in US history. Experience the luxurious wine country estate surrounded by vineyards and beautiful countryside, world class accommodations, and classic Trump quality and service at Virginia’s largest vineyard.

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Annandale Lovers Lane Homestead Annandale Lovers Lane Circa 1805 Federal brick estate located Homestead A pristine horse farm set privately in A True Virginia Country House. C.1800 Renovation & Expansion 1999, 2010. Over A True Virginia House. C.1800 173 acres. Main Country Residence Features: Renovation & Expansion 1999, 2010. Over Expansive Master Suite, Gourmet Kitchen 173 acres. Main Residence Features: with Fireplace, Elegant Living Spaces; Expansive Master Suite, Gourmet Kitchen Den, Dining, Home Office, Porches, with Fireplace, Elegant Living Veranda , Breakfast Room and SunSpaces; Porch Den, Dining, overlook Large Home Pond . Office, Copper Porches, Roof & Veranda. Restored , Breakfastand Room and SunCabin Porch Gutters Expanded overlook Large Pond . Copper Roof for Office or Guest house. 8-Stall Stable& Gutters . Restored Expanded Cabin with Wash Rack andand Tack Room, Boardfor Office or Guest house. 8-Stall Stable Fenced Paddocks withWater and Sheds with Wash Rack and Tack Room, BoardExtensive Landscaping and Pear Orchard Fenced Paddocks withWater and Sheds . Private and Gated Entrance. Extensive Landscaping and Pear Orchard . Private and Gated Entrance. For further information contact Sharon and Duke Merrick For further information contact 540.406.7373 Sharon and Duke Merrick 540.406.7373

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Long after other homes have crumbled, the stone walls of ARCOURT will remain-a Long aftertoother homes have crumbled, the testament the quarried natural stone and stone walls of ARCOURT will remain-a superb quality construction used to create testament the quarried natural stone and this one of atokind estate. Spacious Frenchsuperb quality construction used to create inspired custom residence on 22 private this oneinof aKeswick kind estate. Spacious Frenchacres Hunt Country, inspired custom residence on 22 private completely fenced for horses, 3-stall stable, acres in Keswick Hunt Country, guest quarters, with shop/garage completely fenced 3-stall stable, underneath. Interiorfor ofhorses, residence features guest quarters, with shop/garage an open floor plan, with large rooms, high underneath. Interior ofand residence ceilings, tall windows, heatedfeatures stone an open floor plan, with large rooms, high floors. There is a main-level master suite, ceilings, tall windows, and heated stone second bedroom or study on the first floor, floors. There is a main-level master two more bedrooms and two baths onsuite, the second bedroom or study on the first second level. Beautiful mountain floor, and two moreviews bedrooms two & baths on the pastoral fromand home covered second level. Beautiful mountain and veranda with stone fireplace. pastoral views from home & covered veranda with stone fireplace. For further information contact Jim Faulconer - 434.295.1131 For further information contact Jim Faulconer - 434.295.1131

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rolling hills of Somerset estate country, A pristine farm set w/extensive privately in adajcnt to thehorse Keswick Hunt, rolling hills of Somerset estate country, SW mtn views. Appealing residence adajcnt to the Keswick Hunt, w/extensive constructed '06 of finest materials & SW mtn views. by Appealing further enhanced dramaticresidence 2 bed, 2 constructed '06 of finest materials a& bath guest house(1,900 sf, originally further enhanced by to dramatic 2 effect bed, 2 bank barn, converted stunning bath guest house(1,900 sf, originally in '12), vaulted guest/nanny/in-law qrtrsa bank barn, to water stunning (700sf) over converted garage, salt pooleffect w/ in '12), vaulted guest/nanny/in-law qrtrs pool hse center-aisle barn, equip. shed, (700sf) over garage, arena salt water pool w/ regulation dressage & multiple pool hse center-aisle barn, equip. shed, paddocks w/run-in sheds. Every inch regulation dressage arena & multiple immaculate & turn-key! The 144 acres paddocks sheds. inch incl. a dvsn w/run-in right. About 1/2 ofEvery property immaculate & turn-key! The 144 acres open, other half massive hardwoods incl. a dvsn 1/2toofthe property behind homeright. thatAbout run up last, open, other half massive hardwoods highest peak in SW Mtn range as they behind home that march eastward to therun sea.up to the last, highest peak in SW Mtn range as they march eastward to the sea. For further information contact Loring Woodriff 434.977.4005 For further information contact Loring Woodriff 434.977.4005

$3,495,000 $3,495,000 Deer Brook Deer Brook

Nestled among the trees along the private road is a 22+ acre horse farm known as Nestled among the trees along the private Deer Brook. The manageable property has road is a 22+ acre horse farm known aas been lovingly maintained and includes Deer Brook. Theboasting manageable property has spacious home a chef’s kitchen been lovingly maintained and includes equipped with professional gradea spacious home boasting a chef’s 3kitchen Thermador & Viking appliances, large equipped with professional en-suite bedrooms, living room grade with Thermador & Viking appliances, 3 large fireplace, numerous built-ins, mudroom, en-suiteporch bedrooms, living attached room with screened off the library, 2fireplace, numerous built-ins, mudroom, car garage, as well as a full unfinished screenedready porchfor offexpansion the library, attached basement and housing2car garage, as well as a full unfinished generator controls.Outside you will find basement ready for expansionlandscaped and housing beautiful, professionally generator controls.Outside you find grounds, the Brazilian woodwill deck beautiful, professionally landscaped expanded by the slate patio overlooking grounds, the Brazilian the fencedgardens. On the wood way to deck the expanded by the slate patio overlooking ample, fenced pastures there are 4 stalls, a the fencedgardens. On the way to the wash stall, shed, and vegetable garden,. ample, fenced pastures there are 4 stalls, a wash stall, shed, and vegetable garden,. For further information contact : William Johnson 434.296.2104 For further information contact : William Johnson 434.296.2104

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in beautiful Orange County, just minutes CircaGordonsville 1805 Federaland brick25estate located from minutes to in beautiful Orange County, just minutes Charlottesville. The 3800 square foot from Gordonsville andfoot 25 ceilings minutesonto manor house has twelve Charlottesville. The 3800 square foot the main floor and 10 foot on the second. manor house has twelve foot ceilings on The recent renovations spared no the main floor and 10 foot on the second. expense and include a new master suite, The recent renovations no country kitchen, and spared all new expense and include a new master suite, mechanicals. The mostly open 63 acres countrytwokitchen, and anall new includes guest cottages, original mechanicals. The mostly open 63 acres Sears barn (converted into a stable and includes two guest cottages, an original entertainment center), swimming pool, Sears barn (converted into a and extensive plantings and astable newly entertainment center), swimming pool, constructed four acre lake. All of which extensive plantings and aturnkey newly make this property an ideal constructed four acre lake. All of which country estate. make this property an ideal turnkey country estate. For further information contact : Justin Wiley 434.981.5528 For further information contact : Justin Wiley 434.981.5528

$3,300,000 $3,300,000

Clifton AClifton setting of mature trees and landscaping

is home to this wonderfully restored A setting of mature landscaping home, c. 1782. Loyaltrees to theand character and is home to this wonderfully integrity of the home, the currentrestored owners home, c. 1782. Loyal to the character and have meticulously updated and restored integrity of the home, the current owners Clifton to facilitate modern convenience have meticulously updated andcharm. restored melded with history and Clifton to facilitate modern convenience Equestrian enthusiasts will love this meldedproperty with with history and charm. country a well-appointed Equestrian enthusiasts will love this 13 stall stable, riding ring and great country property with a well-appointed pastures as well as other outbuildings. 13 stall stable, riding ring and great pastures as well as other outbuildings.

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Fox Run is a splendid country estate in the Keswick Hunt of Albemarle County near Fox Run is a splendid country estate in the Charlottesville. Built in 1988, recent Keswick Hunt of Albemarle County near renovations and additions have been Charlottesville. Built in 1988, recent thoughtful, meticulous and complete. Of renovations and additions have with been stucco construction capped thoughtful, meticulous and complete. Of architectural shingles, the manor resides on stucco construction capped with a private hilltop amidst impressive garden architectural the manor resides on accents. The shingles, gardens and exterior patios a private hilltop amidst impressive garden are a natural extension of the interior accents. The gardens and exterior spaces. Complementing the manor is apatios two are a natural extension of the interior bedroom, living room, kitchen and full bath spaces.for Complementing the manor is a two cottage staff and/or guests. Adjacent is bedroom, living room, kitchen and full bath a 10 stall stable with wash rack, tack room cottage staff and/or guests. and hay for storage. Perfect for theAdjacent Keswickis a 10 stall stable with wash rack, tack room Hunt. The land is 20 acres equally divided and hay storage. Perfect for the Keswick between board-fenced paddocks and deep, Hunt. The land is 20 acresisequally divided mature forest. The drive accented with between board-fenced paddocks and deep, hand-wrought iron gates at the entrance. mature forest. The drive is accented with hand-wrought iron gates at the entrance. For further information contact : Julia Lyman -540.748.1497 For further information contact : Julia Lyman -540.748.1497

“Magnifique” was created by craftsman Ralph Dammann from designs by “Magnifique” was created by craftsman renowned architect Jack Arnold.This Ralph Dammann from designs magnificent manor home is nestled onby 3 renowned architect Jack Arnold.This private wooded acres in Keswick Estate magnificent manorofhome is nestled on 3 and is reminiscent traditional French private wooded acres in Keswick Estate country homes with its beautifully and is reminiscent of traditional weathered Virginia fieldstone and French shake country homes with its beautifully shingle roof line.Every area exudes weathered Virginia and shake Southern charm and fieldstone gracious living and shingle roof line.Every area exudes encourages you to linger a while.The Southern charmsuite and gracious living and private master opens out to the encourages you to linger a while.The expansive rear blue stone patio that private suite out to the would bemaster a delight for opens entertaining.The expansive rear blue stone patio guest bedrooms are cleverly situated that off would be a delight for entertaining.The the kitchen/family room side of the guest bedrooms cleverly guest situated off home,and there isare a secluded suite the kitchen/family room side of the above the garage to complete our 4 home,and there is aand secluded suite bedrooms,3.5 baths 3,927 sfguest of living above the garage to complete our 4 space bedrooms,3.5 baths and 3,927 sf of living For further information contact : space Bev Nash -434-981-5560 For further information contact : Bev Nash -434-981-5560 KESWICK LIFE

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able story of the “Cinderella Horse,” saved from the meat market and steered to a celebrated show-jumping career. The documentary by filmmaker Ron Davis is about the 1958 triple crown winner of the show jumping horse world, Snowman, and his owner/rider, Harry de Leyer. Filmmaker Davis is a former equestrian so knew of deLeyer, who competed in the 1980s and was known as “the galloping grandfather.” He read a book about Snowman and made connections in the horse world to find deLeyer and all the archival footage from home movies to ABC’s “Wide World of Sports.” It took a lot of planning but a lot of luck, too, Davis said.

Davis traces the remarkable success of Harry and Snowman at a series of shows, starting with local events and quickly escalating to the big time at Madison Square Garden. In addition to the excellent archival material from TV and Movietone reports, the director makes elegant use of the old-school, prose-style journalism of New York Herald Tribune horseshow reporter Marie C. Lafrenz, heard in descriptive voiceovers. The phenomenon of an ineffably calm 12-year-old plow horse beating out sleek thoroughbreds for top titles in 1958 and ’59 helps explain how Snowman’s fame spread. The same applied to de Leyer, an immigrant farmer who came to America with little money or possessions, triumphing over the wealthiest competitors in a sport dominated by blue bloods. Some of the most touching material is the footage of family beach trips, showing Snowman paddling in the water with multiple kids astride his back, or using him as a diving platform.

While there have been books and numerous television appearances and print articles about Harry deLeyer and his star jumper Snowman, this documentary tells deLeyer and Snowman’s stories through deLeyer himself, his children, his equestrian students, friends and extensive television and home movie archival footage. Narrative films such as Seabiscuit and Secretariat have recounted the fact-based stories of horses that overcame steep odds to triumph on the racetrack. The big difference in Ron Davis’ heartwarming documentary, Harry & Snowman, is that the subject is not a thoroughbred but an Amish plow horse headed for the slaughterhouse when it was rescued by Dutch immigrant Harry de Leyer. The white steed went on in less than two years to become a show-jumping triplecrown winner with its own fan club. This simple but effective retelling of the story comes as MGM is developing a dramatic feature based on Elizabeth Letts’ bestselling nonfiction book, The Eighty-Dollar Champion. Laced with captivating home movies and a wealth of archive footage from the 1950s and ‘60s, when horse shows were a significant event on the upper-crust social-season calendar, Davis’ film is a disarming underdog story that doubles as an animal-rescue advocacy tool. If it’s less rounded in its portrait of lifelong horseman de Leyer, who became known as “the galloping grandfather,” it nonetheless provides a tender illustration of the bond between man and beast. De Leyer, now 86, came with his wife to the U.S. after World War II, sponsored

high the fences, he kept jumping them and returning home to Harry, six miles away. At that point he repurchased him and vowed never to sell the animal again. He stuck to that decision even after the horse’s stellar performance in national jumping contests attracted a $100,000 offer.

Now 87, de Leyer is not retired from riding or teaching. De Leyer’s relationship with Snowman is summed up best by the man himself, who says in the film: “Snowman’s most special to me, more than just a horse to me. He was my best friend.”

by North Carolina tobacco growers whose G.I. son had been shot down by Germans and was buried on the Dutch family’s farm. The oldest of 12 children, Harry worked with his father at 16 in the underground resistance movement, hiding Jews in their barn and delivering them safely to the Allies. He’s somewhat reticent in discussing the war, however, preferring to talk about his love of horses. He saved money and moved to Long Island, signing a one-year contract as a riding teacher at the tony Knox School, a boarding academy for girls where he ended up working for 22 years. In 1956,

Harry drove to Pennsylvania to buy a cheap horse at an auction, but a flat tire caused him to miss the event. He spotted Snowman among the unsold horses that were destined to be slaughtered for pet food and glue, and says the connection was instantaneous. He paid $80 for the gentle, 8-year-old gelding, which proved an ideal mount for novice riders and a favorite with his young family.

They are currently in the process of confirming the release plans for the film. HARRY & SNOWMAN will be screening first in Arizona and Massachusetts. Stay tuned at www.harryandsnowman. com for further information on screenings.

One of the most delightful aspects of the story is how Snowman first demonstrated his jumping skills. Harry sold the horse to a farmer, and no matter how

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Triple Play Historical Fiction BY SUZANNE NASH

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer weather and staying cool around the pool. The heat is on and it’s a great time to check out some historical novels. Go back in time and explore other lands in three fascinating books I have selected for the hot days to follow. Let’s start in Canada with The Sea Captain’s Wife by Beth Powning. In the 1960’s, Azuba Galloway lived in the Bay of Fundy and dreamed of an adventurous life at sea. She longs to escape the monotony of sewing circles and tea parties and once she marries the handsome sea captain Nathaniel Bradstock she thinks she has broken free from her constraints. But instead of taking Azuba away with him, Nathaniel decides that her safety is more important than satisfying her adventurous spirit. He knows the danger that sailing the open water brings. However once rumors of an indiscretion change Nathaniel’s mind, Azuba and her young daughter find themselves stashed in a cramped cabin, far from the rough crew. Boredom and the unpredictable weather are a far cry from the adventurous life Azuba imagine but she adjusts to her husband’s life at sea and learns how to negotiate a life where she and her daughter must share his attentions with

a demanding crew and merciless sea. So follow their journey from London to South America, Antwerp and San Francisco and watch as tempers flare, spirits soar and dashed dreams resurface to become a reality.

London is the starting point for Trapeze, the latest novel by Simon Mawer. Marian Sutro is a bilingual young woman who has no dreams of adventure when she is approached by the Inter-Services Research Bureau to spy for the British in occupied France. After surviving the intense training and meeting fellow compatriots, Marian is ready for her missio. Once she is inserted into France she be-

comes aware that her mission involves more than she bargained for. She finds herself wondering who she can trust and where to turn when each turn in Paris could hold the danger of her betrayal. Full of adventure and suspense as well as a bit of romance, this book will keep you turning the pages right up to the surprising end.

The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin will transport you to England of the 1800s. Based on the actual lives of Princess of Elizabeth of Austria (Sisi), Charlotte Baird and Captain Bay Middleton, this is a story of a love triangle which has basis in reality. The foxhunting of

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England sets the stage for the love affair between Sisi and Middleton. Sisi was an elegant, beautiful princess and considered the best horsewoman in the world. She was a “Diana” following the Quorn and Middleton was chosen as her escort. Sisi riding over hill and dale in the English countryside, without petticoats and sporting skin tight chamois leather britches in the company of a notorious ladies man, quickly raised a scandal. They both became the talk of European courts. Their relationship is at the heart of this story, along with the beautiful Charlotte Baird who provides the foil to Sisi’s regal presence. Charlotte captures Middle’s heart and you will need to read the book to find out the dramatic ending. The epilogue will give you the historical facts to fill in all of the unanswered questions which I enjoyed, following the tale woven by Goodwin.

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Featuring costumes and accessories from the hit PBS series The state of Virginia is home to some of the Stonewall Country I “A” (1/15-18) at thelongest Virginia Historical SocietyUpperville Horse Show “AA”(6/1-7) nation’s standing and most historic

hunter horse shows. And now the Virginia Stonewall Country II “A” (1/30-2/1) Hunter Championships offer an added in- Loudoun Benefit Show “AA”(6/10-14) centive for andHistorical trainers competing The toBarracks “A” (2/6-8)* he riders Virginia Society is at pleased announce February that Altria Group has these notable shows within the commonRoanoke Valley Horse Show “AA” (6/16-20) agreed to sponsor the VHS’s newest exhibit, “Dressing Downton: Changing wealth. Hollins Spring Welcome “A” (2/26-3/1) Fashion for Changing Times.” Deep Run Horse Show “AA” (6/17-21) The inaugural Virginia Hunter Champion- The Barracks March “A” (3/6-8)* The nationally exhibitwill willbe run from Warrenton October 2015 through 2016 and ships, presentedtouring by Markel, held Pony Show January “A” (6/24-28) atwill thebeVirginia Horse Center on Tuesday, Rosemount “AA” (4/8-12) shown in the VHS’s newly created changing exhibitionFarm space, one of the project August 4. The one-day show will give out Rosemount Farm “A” (7/24-26) goals of its $38-million “Story of Virginia Campaign.” more than $60,000 in prize money to exhibi- Lexington Spring Premiere “AA” (4/22-26) tors who have been competing in Virginia The exhibition consists of 35 costumes and accessories from the popular PBS throughout the year. A-rated shows were given a value of 1.5 MASTERPIECE Classic program. Visitors willshows, be ableand to explore the shows lives ofaDownton’s AA-rated value of one aristocratic their “There are soinhabitants many horseand shows inservants Virginia during show.the World War I period. that are sort of ‘stand alones,’” explained Chris Wynne, the driving forces for be-the“We have lot of good professionals that “Altria has a one longofhistory of support arts,” saida Jack Nelson, Executive Vice hind the creation of the Virginia Hunter have qualified for it, and we’ve received President and Chief Technology Officer, Altria Group, and Board Vice Chairman, Championships. “A farm has one or two great sponsorship support for our first Virginia Historical Society. weorgaare pleased supportsaid. the Virginia Historical shows, like Rosemount Farm,“And or an year,” toWynne “A number of indiSociety as it brings traveling exhibitions like ‘Dressing Downton’ to our hometown. nization has one or two like an Upperville viduals and Virginia families have been This exhibitionWe’re will be a great residents alike.” or a Keswick. trying to draw help for those very and nice visitors to sponsor this as a way to show horse shows and get people to stay at home support and to keep the Virginia horse and show in Virginia at their home horse shows They’ve shown at Keswick “We are excited to have Altria Group sponsor thisgoing. nationally touring exhibition of or shows.” Warrenton or places like that and want to Downton Abbey costumes,” said Paul Levengood, President and CEO of the Virginia make sure that they keep going. Today it’s Historical Society. “There are many real-life connections Downton Abbey, The Virginia Hunter Championships on American difficult to keep thesetohistoric APRILhunter 2015 horse and this4 exhibition the VHS mission bring ourthriving history if toyou life. don’t During August will offer complements a $15,000 Professional showstoalive and have Hunter a $10,000 jumpers. WeWar hope that thisofgives another the lateClassic, 19th century, and Pre-Green right up to Hunter the outbreak of World I, hundreds American Classic, $10,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner avenue that.” women avisited England and Europe hoping to marryfor aristocrats. The series character, Hunter Classic, a $10,000 Children’s HuntLady Cora, the Countess of Grantham is one such American woman.” er Classic, a $10,000 Adult Amateur Hunter All of the entry money and money raised Classic and a $5,000 Pony/Children’s Pony for the Virginia Hunter Championships is The exhibition and the two major exhibitionsfunneled that follow it are part the $38-million Classic. directly backofinto the event, al“Story of Virginia Campaign,” of which more than $31 been raised.exhibitor lowing for million greater has prize money, In order to be a part of the classics at the parties and more. Virginia Hunter Championships, horses “The Story of Virginia Campaign” is designed to help the VHS better utilize portions had to qualify by showing at Virginia horse “Every dollar earned toward event is of its existing facility. This will allow for the display of even more of thethe Society’s shows throughout the year. Horses wishing put back into the event,” Wynne said. “It’s as the wellprofessional as hosting more largernot events and exhibitions. tocollections compete for classicand must a moneymaker. It’s all for the exhibitors

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have shown in at least four of the qualifying and the trainers that have supported the Futurewhile changing include Art ofhorse Seating: 200 for years American shows, thoseexhibitions qualifying will for all other“The Virginia shows theof year.” classics must have at least Design,” which willshown featureinworks by six. John Henry Belter, George Hunzinger, Herter Listed qualifying included: The Virginia Hunter Championships will Brothers, Stickleyshows Brothers, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles & Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, immediately precede the Lexington Naand Frank Gehry and many more. The Barracks December “A” (12/11-14)* tional Horse Show, held August 5-9, 2015. Lexington Spring Encore “AA”(4/29-5/3) “ProBarracks Football Hall of Fame: Gridiron The January I “A” (1/2-4)*Glory,” another upcoming VHS changing exhibition, such storied objects as the Super Bowl trophy, a 1917 game James River will Hunthighlight “A” (5/8-10) The Barracks January II ball used by Jim Thorpe and“A” the (1/8-11)* Canton Bulldogs, Tom Dempsey’s famous kicking Keswick Horse Show “AA” (5/12-17) shoe created for his half foot, Mean Joe Greene’s jersey, and more than 200 other items from the sport’s rich history, normally housed at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Admission to each of these special exhibitions is free for Virginia Historical Society members.

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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 Drink Better Wine and Beer “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 sincesince1994 its first iteration in 1992, as well as leading the charge 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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“Take Me To The Rapidan”

IN THE MORIN GALLERY AT THE ARTS CENTER IN ORANGE

Today, our presidents retreat to Camp David, but when Herbert Hoover wanted to get away from it all, he said, “Take me to the Rapidan!” Today, many fine artists have made the same choice, and their work will be exhibited at the Morin Gallery at the Arts Center in Orange for the next two months.

the Rapidan River flows 88 miles, from its headwaters in Shenandoah National Park to the Rappahannock just west of Fredericksburg. It also flows through the faucets of about half of Orange County’s residents. And, as we understand, the Rapidan has played an important role in many an Orange County courtship.

It was on the Rapidan River in Orange County that archaeologists discovered the remains of Stegara, a village inhabited by the extinct Manahoac tribe. When the British arrived, they named the river the Rapid Ann -- in honor of their fast running queen. During much of the Civil War, the river was the de facto northern boundary of the Confederacy. Union and Confederate troops alternately glared and socialized with each other from their winter camps on both sides. Numerous skirmishes, forays and entire campaigns were launched from its banks. And for some enslaved African Americans the river was a path toward freedom.

August 6 – September 30, the Morin Gallery at The Arts Center In Orange celebrates Orange County’s important river with “Take me to the Rapidan.” Sponsored by the Rapidan Foundation and juried by Clive Pates & Virginia Rood Pates, the exhibit includes paintings, photography, film, sculpture and mixed media work by artists Phil & Susie Audibert, Ramey Campbell, Barbara M. Collins, Trish Crowe, Pam Derrickson, Susan Garnett, Linda Goodling, Ashe Laughlin, Krissy Lavin, Stephanie Mendlow, Nancy Mottley, Lee J. Nixon, Jr., Virginia Pates, Larry Patterson, Laura Rosenthal, B. Berne Smith, Tom Tartaglino, Pat Temples, Kathleen Willingham, Claudia Wisdom Good and Richard Young.

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5-7pm. The event is free and the public is invited. The Arts Center In Orange is located at 129 East Main Street in Orange, VA. Exhibits and receptions are offered free to the public thanks to the support of the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and our community’s support.

Photos: Waugh’s Ford Mill by Pat Temples, Indian Yellow Butterfly by Trish Crowe and Rapidan by Tom Tartaglino

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