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KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its environs - February 2017

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In this issue

Unseasonable Warmth

Brings Early Spring also: horsin' around, overheard, keswick scene, opinion, travel, only in keswick and much more


Country Living in Virginia

SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE - 3,080’+ of shore in private setting; beautiful grounds and 5 BR Mediterranean style manor with exquisite finishes throughout. Inviting windows and french doors beckon you outside to enjoy the decking, pool, lakeside pavilion, pool house, and 3 covered boat slips.

CLOVERFIELDS - 212 pristine, private acres with stone and shingle residence, which naturally melds into the landscape and boasts protected panoramic views. 2-car garage, lake with a dock, a horse barn, a pony barn plus a riding arena, paddocks and run-in sheds. In close proximity to The Homestead, with numerous amenities for recreation and fine dining.

THREAVE HOUSE - Private, elevated setting of 69 acres with incredible views, the estate is ideal for year-round living or family retreats. The home provides ample indoor and outdoor space fo r entertaining. There is a historic log cabin as well as a guest cottage available for additional overnight guests. Within 5 miles of The Homestead.

MOUNT AIR - Extraordinary estate offering 870 acres suited for livestock, vines, or agri-business, with dramatic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and frontage along the Doyles River. The 4-story brick main residence overlooks a lake and adjoins the indoor pool. Full complement of farm buildings and 4 additional residences, including the original farm house.

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Ann moved to Keswick in 2008 from New York, to be near their kids and (now) four grandchildren. He has been an avid fly fisher for over 35 years, traveling extensively, primarily in pursuit of wily trout. Along with two other anglers, Charlie was a founder of the Anglers Club of Charlottesville, which has about 65 august members. He is a member of the Anglers Club of New York and the Paris Fario Club, and writes regularly for the New York Club’s journal and Classic Angling, a British magazine. Also, he has compiled and published a bibliography of angling books. Suzanne Nash, raised in Lynchburg Virginia, graduated from Wake Forest University and immediately moved to Charlottesville, Virginia to pursue all sorts of things, including working in insurance, marketing and television. The mother of two teenagers is currently the manufacturer of a lingerie and swimsuit design company, the director of education at Grace Episcopal Church and enjoys freelance writing and theatre in her free time. 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 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 on life has given her lots of food for thought. She now lives on a farm in Orange County with her husband Ralph Morony, three dogs, two guineas and no cat. Check out Mary’s blog at www.marymorony.com. or email to: keswicklife@gmail.com

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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 J. Dougherty COLUMNISTS Tony Vanderwarker, Mary Morony, Suzanne Nash CONTRIBUTORS Charles Thacher, Sharon H. Merrick, Rebecca Walton PROOF READER Staff Assistant

8 ON THE COVER Unseasonable Warmth Brings Early Spring

DESIGN AND PRODUCTION CREATIVE DIRECTOR Colin J. Dougherty Published by a division of Keswick Life PHOTOGRAPHY George Payne, Virginia Horse Center (Lenore Rees Phillips), Charles Thacher

We've had 80 degrees in March for Keslife. A record heat in February with 9 days of temperatures over 70 in Keswick. Get out and enjoy, and be sure to write in and tell it to Keswick Life.

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11 OPINION 14 LIFE, MAKE IT HAPPEN Guest columnist Sharon H. Merrick's piece R.E. Lee, a Mary Morony's piece, 'Beware of a Wife Bearing Gifts' Hip Hip Musical is timely and from some of the recent headlines here in our part of the world. Sharon qiops, "well it certainly worked for Alexander Hamilton; catapulted into acceptance by the 21st Century!" Be sure to read her piece on page 11, think about it and write in and tell your thoughts to Keswick Life!

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16 BOOKWORM 20 TRAVEL Our book reviewer, Suzanne Nash, gets 'itchy feet' It’s been great reading about Charles Thacher's travel around this time of year and longs to pack a bag and travel to parts unknown. If you are like Suzanne and dream of travel but you can’t get away right now, books are a great way to transport you to other places and other times or at least you will get a mental break! Check ojut her three book reviews on page 16.

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adventures and this month is no exception, welcome to the San. Charles waxes poetic, quotes excerpts from 1774 by English author Charles Bowlker, trys to put fishing in its proper perspective and brings exceptional clarity with valuable lessons for us all whether it is the planning of our next fishing trip or simply getting out of bed in the morning! Get it on page 20.

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Here and there... in Keswick

Annie Vanderwarker was elected to a two-year term as President of the Dolley Madison Garden Club. Founded in 1919, the club’s mission is to promote gardening and advance horticulture, to conserve natural resources, promote civic planting and roadside beautifcation and preserve and restore historic gardens. In 2017, the club is sponsoring the annual Historic Garden Week in Orange, April 22nd, with tours of three houses designed and constructed in the mid-1800s by local master builder William A. Jennings. Also on the tour is The Market at Grelen (where tickets are available) and Spotswood Lodge. For more information see dolleymadisongardenclub.org or on Facebook at: historic garden week in orange,va@HGWOofVA.

Warm Welcome Keswick Hall & Golf Club is pleased to announce the appointment of John Trevenen to the position of General Manager. John comes to us from Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton, NY. Previously, he was vice president and general manager of The Mayflower Inn & Spa in Washington, Conn. following several senior-level positions with Four Seasons Hotels including the brand's Houston and Los Angeles properties. Trevenen is a graduate of the Tourism and Hotel Management School in Canberra, Australia. John will be joining us at the end of March. He is eager to meet everyone and we will be inviting our members to a reception for John shortly after his arrival.

Congrats On Sunday, Feb. 5 the New England Patriots made an historic second half comeback to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 34 - 28 at Houston's NGR Stadium in Super Bowl LI. This was the fifth title for the Patriots, and first for Chris Long a defensive end for the team. It was also the single biggest comeback in Super Bowl history as the Patriots trailed the Falcons 28 - 3 in the third quarter, but went on to win in overtime. Long's father, Howie, himself a member of the Raiders' team that won Super Bowl XVII, was part of the FOX Sports coverage of the game. FOX has since released a video of the Longs celebrating together.

Reassesed Albemarle County sent 2017 Change of Assessment notices to taxpayers reflecting changes in property values resulting from the County's recently completed annual reassessment. The notice will compare the new 2017 assessed values and proposed tax levy (based on the current tax rate) to the 2016 and 2015 values and tax levies, including the percent change for each of the past two years. The proposed tax levy is based on the new assessed value and the 2016 tax rate, since the 2017 tax rate will be set by the Board of Supervisors at a later date. Any questions regarding the new assessment notice should be directed to the Office of the County Assessor at (434) 296-5856. The 2017 reassessments show changes in property values resulting generally from increases in the real estate market that are being experienced nationally, however individual value changes can vary greatly from the average change for the County as a whole even within the same property type. Rural land evidenced a decrease in value but improved properties in general experienced gains. The change in the County's total "Fair Market Value" base has increased by 2.9% over the 2016 base. Overall reassessment changes by property type are: The new assessments will be reflected in the real estate bills which will be mailed in late April, 2017. County officials recommend that anyone who would like more information or who wishes a review of their assessment contact the Office of the County Assessor at (434) 296-5856. Among information available are property descriptions, maps and sales information. The Assessor's Office provides computers that can be used by the public during normal business hours.

Shake Off

On and Off The Market “Eldon Farm” at 1097 St John Road is just on the market at $6.59M. The 1940’s 4 bed, 4.5 bath, 4300 sf home is set on 199 acres. 776 Club Drive in Keswick Estate with 4 beds, 3.5 baths, 5767 sf and 2 acres is available at $2.395m. In Glenmore 3101 Darby rd with 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 5105 sf is $1.149m and 3465 Darby Road with 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 3738 sf is $659k. 2131 Piper Way with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 5050 sf is $849k. 2319 Ferndale Lane with 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 4373 sf is available at $629k and 3382 Marsden Point with 4 beds,3.5 baths and 3258 sf is priced at $525k. Around the area 1628 Black Cat Road with 3 beds, 2 baths, 1631 sf and 1.4 acres is $334,900 and 38 Tall Oaks Court with 3 beds, 3 baths, 3451 sf and 2.5 acres is $425k. Check out this 115 acres on Paddock Wood Road, priced at just $299,797. There are 7 Glenmore homes noted with minor price reductions in the last 30 days, a sign of competition. In Keswick Estate 3 privately owned lots are reduced. Lot 22 Club Drive with 2.5 acres is down from $272.5k to $268k after 337 days. 50 Palmer Drive with 2 acres is down from $295k to $269k in 97 days and 4090 Wood Lane with 3 acres is down from $450k to $395k in 205 days. Out on Richmond Road #102 is a 5 bed, 4 bath, 7552 sf Manor home on 44 acres down from $1.295m to $899.5k in 348 days and #4939 with 3 beds, 2,5 baths, 4224 sf on 5 acres is down from $415k to $399k in 113 days. 102 Spring Meadow Lane with 4 beds, 2.5 baths, 2114 sf on 3 acres is down from $330k to $300k in 130 days. The under contacts are “Kesmont” at 6478 Gordonsville Road a 4 bed, 4.5 bath, 4727 sf home on 47 acres that has a 10 stall stable and a pond priced at $1.565m. 4040 Fairway Drive in Keswick Estate with 4 beds, 2.5 baths and 4020 sf on 2.8 acres priced at $999.5k. 1332 Piper Way with 3 beds, 2.5 baths, 3022 sf priced at $679.9k and 1985 Piper Way with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 4457 sf priced at $850k. 3621 Keswick Road with 3 beds, 3.5 baths and 3018 sf on 2.8 acres priced at $479,900. Sold in Glenmore was 3244 Heathcote Lane with 6 beds, 5.5 baths and 5264 sf for $850k. 5068 Stony Point Pass with 4 beds, 3 baths, 2200 sf on 3.6 acres sold for $278k and 6580 Louisa Road with 2 beds, 2 baths, 1800 sf on 4.5 acres sold for $247,500.

Ski, climb, paddle and bike your way to adventure at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. The festival showcases environmental action and adventure in beautiful but threatened places around the world. Enjoy the Dream Day of friends who start high in the Sierras and hike, ski, and bike to the coast for a sunset surf. See how Alaskans save a free flowing, wild salmon river from a new hydro-electric dam. Learn how a Texas rancher and a Carolina farmer restore their farms to harmony and balance with nature. The Festival’s 12 short movies will inspire you to protect and enjoy the wild and the local places we love..Friends of the Rappahannock’s (FOR) 6th annual film festival will be shown at 2 locations. On Saturday, March 18 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m the Daniel Technology Center on the Germanna Community College campus in Culpeper will host the event. The following week on Saturday, March 25 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. the festival will be held at UMW’s Dodd Auditorium to accommodate an ever-growing Fredericksburg audience. FOR is a non-profit, advocacy group in its 32nd year of protecting the Rappahannock River..Festival tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. School students are free of charge, college students free with ID. Tickets can be purchased online at www.riverfriends.org.For more information, call (540) 373-3448 or e-mail nick.cadwallender@riverfriends.org

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The GOING OUT Guide Mark your calendars! Save the date! Don’t be late! the event. Pre-signed books will also be available for purchase. He will not sign any merchandise or posters. Photos can be taken of Cranston from the book-signing line, but staged photos will not be allowed. Students, staff, faculty and members of the local community are all welcome to participate in this one-of-a-kind arts event. More than 5,000 people are expected to attend. General admission tickets are free and will be available starting Wednesday at the following locations: UVA Arts Box Office (weekdays from noon to 5 p.m.)John Paul Jones Arena Box Office (weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

WORDS Virginia Festival of the Book ART

Where: Charlottesville When: March 22nd -26th

Flowers In Art

Where: Nichols Galleries, Barboursville When: March 1st thru the 31st

Flowers in Art,

featuring gallery artists, including new artists Trish Crowe & Pattee Hipschen, is up and running! During March, Nichols Gallery Annex is presenting "Flowers in Art," a group show featuring Paintings, Watercolors, and Original prints by artists who find inspiration in the natural world. Something about Flowers has always captured the imagination of artists. Because you are dealing with color, form, and abstraction, the subject of flowers provides the artist a connection between the creativity of nature and of art.Nichols Galleries,5420 Governor Barbour Street, Barboursville, VA 540-832-3565 www.frednichols.com

TALK President’s Speaker Series Where: John Paul Jones Arena When: March 26th

Bryan Cranston – New York Times best-selling author and award-winning actor, screenwriter, director and producer – will be the University of Virginia’s special guest for the third annual UVA President’s Speaker Series for the Arts. Cranston will share reflections on his career as an artist and the impact that the arts have on our lives, education, and the world. Academy Awardwinning producer and University alumnus Mark Johnson will moderate the conversation, hosted at UVA’s John Paul Jones Arena on March 26 at 2 p.m.

The President’s Speaker Series for the Arts is supported by the offices of the President and the Executive Vice President and Provost, the Vice Provost for the Arts and The Joseph & Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation. Cranston and Johnson’s conversation is also part of the Virginia Festival of the Book, and copies of Cranston’s 2016 New York Times best-selling memoir, “A Life in Parts,” will be available for purchase after the event. The first 40 patrons to buy a book that day will receive a special book-signing opportunity with Cranston after

The Virginia Festival of the Book brings readers and

writers together for a five-day celebration of books, reading, literacy, and literary culture. The 23rd Annual Festival will be held March 22-26, 2017. Produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH), the largest of the 56 state (and territory) humanities councils, the Festival is a program of the Virginia Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The Festival is the largest community-based book event in the Mid-Atlantic region and has attracted audiences of more than 20,000 for each of the past thirteen years. We have presented a captivating list of authors, ranging from international bestsellers to topical specialists to debut authors. An abbreviated list of past participants includes Rick Atkinson, Edward Ayers, David Baldacci, Maureen Corrigan, Edwidge Danticat, Kate DiCamillo, Rita Dove, Alan Furst, John Grisham, Jan Karon, Jim Lehrer, Frances Mayes, Colum McCann, David McCullough, Alice McDermott, Katherine Paterson, Jon Scieszka, Lisa Scottoline, Pete Seeger, Karin Slaughter, Alexander McCall Smith, Lee Smith, Bryan Stevenson, Elizabeth Strout, Judith Viorst, and Charles Wright. A more complete list of past participants can be seen here. Programs range from traditional author readings and book signings to children’s programs and hands-on workshops. All programs are open to the public and, with the exception of a few ticketed events, the majority of Festival programs are free to attend. For further information http://vabook.org/about-us

STAGE

Chicago

Where: Barboursville, Virginia When: March 5th

On the Main stage, Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, Script adaptation by David Thompson, Directed by Edward Warwick White, Choreographed by Heather Powell, Musical Direction by Kristin Baltes ,Vocal Direction by Kate Lambert, Sponsored by Wells Fargo Private Bank. For further information www.fourcp.org. or call 540-832-5355

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RACES The 25th Spring Market Where: Richmond Raceway Complex When: Friday, March 31st – Sunday April 2nd

The 25th Spring Market This large-scale event provides

an optimal shopping experience for all – Think Spring! – gifts for Easter, graduation, birthdays, bridal and baby showers…unique offerings include gourmet food and cookbooks, fine linens, designer clothing, toys, fine crafts and artwork, decorative home accessories and jewelry to name a few. Springtime also brings gardening and the outdoors to the forefront – included in the array of items available are whimsical garden art and accessories, spring and summer perennials, outdoor furniture and much, much more. Two Exhibition Buildings featuring unique gifts, gourmet foods, boutiques, fine artists and crafters and exciting decorative accessories for the home and garden. General Admission: $7.00 – Children (2-12) $1.50. For further information www. thebizarrebazaar.com

FOOD + WINE Villa Crawford Wine Thursdays Where: Keswick Hall When: Thursdays

Join us every Thursday in the Villa Crawford Bar &

Restaurant for half off all bottles of Virginia wine. Our wine list offers over 900 selections from around the world. On Thursdays you can choose from 100 Red, White, or Sparkling Virginia wines. This is a great opportunity to enjoy a new Virginia wine overlooking the most beautiful setting in the Charlottesville area. At Keswick Hall, we also offer our own beautifully crafted private label wines. The super-talented Michael Shaps bottles our Viognier, Centennial White (Petit Manseng & Viognier), Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc. These are included in our half priced wines on Thursdays. Keswick Hall is open to the public 7 days a week from 11am-10pm.

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HORSIN' AROUND BY REBECCA WALTON OF PHELPS MEDIA GROUP The Virginia Horse Center Foundation (VHC) entertained members of their Board of Directors, advisory board, and guests during an evening of conversation and cocktails on Feb. 21. Hosted by Gardy Bloemers, a member of the Foundation's Board Executive Committee and Vicky Castegren, an Advisory Board member, the event helped educate members of the broader equestrian community about recent challenges and improvements made to the facility as well as the opportunity to further establish the facility as one of the premier multi-discipline and multi-breed competition facilities in the mid-Atlantic.

between the mankind and the horse because Virginia is where it all started," Nicholson commented. "At the VHC, we realize that we are honoring the heritage that Virginia has earned as being the mother of our relationship with the horse dating back to the colonies." Nicholson concluded his remarks by calling on all of the participants to submit suggestions of events that would be appropriate to hold at the VHC to help them continue to grow and improve.

During the two-hour event, Bloemers, CEO John Nicholson, and Board of Directors President Ernie Oare addressed the guests, who reside throughout the United States. "The Virginia Horse Center has such a large group of supporters including equestrians who love to compete at the facility throughout the year, and friends of the VHC continues to grow," Bloemers said. "One of the reasons we wanted to gather in Wellington is because it is a a center for equestrian excellence. The purpose of the Advisory Board is to strive to take the VHC into a new era of excellence, much like what we see here."

The sentiment of progress and continued improvement was echoed when CEO John Nicholson, the former executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park, explained what makes the VHC special. "There is an incredibly energetic community of people that love the VHC and with that energy I believe that we are going to build and do great things," Nicholson explained. "I believe that our

strategic plan is incredibly effective and we are consistently moving forward with a cutting edge comprehensive plan that promotes environmental sustainability, green space and equestrian initiatives."

Located in Lexington, Virginia, the Virginia Horse Center is a premier horse show and events facility in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It features eight barns, nineteen show rings, a 4,000 seat coliseum and a state of the art cross country course all nested in 600 acres of rolling hills.

Nicholson also took some time to educate guests on what he saw as the eternal bond between Virginia and the history of the horse in the United States. "We understand that the heart of what we are doing is celebrating the eternal bond

To learn more about the Virginia Horse Center, their strategic plan and a full list of upcoming events, please visit www. horsecenter.org

Photography courtesy of the Virginia Horse Center, Lenore Rees Phillips

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Set in privacy & tranquility in picturesque Keswick horse country, this classically appointed residence showcases a modern floor plan enhanced by beautiful millwork, grand proportions and details like multiple piece cornices, paneled columns, coffered ceilings, and 12-inch baseboards. Expansive covered porch with herringbone stone fireplace and travertine floor. First and second floor masters, stunning library with Honduran Mahogany cabinets, ceiling, home theater, private, and au pair or in-law area over garage. MLS# 551980

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Unseasonable Warmth Brings Early Spring BY WINKIE MOTLEY

The weatherman said the other night that we said goodbye to meteorological winter, marking the last of the three coldest months of the year, once the calendars rolled over to March. We're still a bit away from the official first day of spring and some days still feels very much like winter.

came into effect two years later, stretched DST from four weeks to five, changing its start date from the first Sunday of April to the second Sunday of March. The rule also changed the end of DST, moving that date from the last Sunday in October to the first Sunday in November, Mass Live noted.Though DST means you’ll be losing an hour of sleep, on the bright side it means that you’ll see the sun shining from the sky for an extra hour, WXYZ noted. Past theories suggest that DST was implemented so that farmers could benefit from more sunlight.

However, Keswick has had a record heat in February with 9 days of temperatures over 70! Then last week a strong storm blew through Keswick, bringing with it strong winds and heavy rains that downed trees and knocked out power. The storm was part of a line of super-cell thunderstorms that slammed the Midwest Tuesday , spawned tornadoes and destroyed more than 100 homes. Central Virginians enjoyed a second day of record-high temperatures on Wednesday, but that was expected to change overnight as a cold front pushed its way into the region, offering a chance of rain with snow farther north in Pennsylvania. National Weather Service meteorologists said Wednesday’s temperature hit 71 degrees. That was cooler than Tuesday’s record of 75 degrees, but still 9 degrees higher than the record high of 62 for February 8 that was recorded in 1991. The average high for February in Keswick is about 48 degrees. Meteorologists say they expect a cold front that began to move into the region and cause rain and snow across the Mid-Atlantic into Thursday.

Soon enough it will be time to spring forward!

Virginia Spring Steeplechasing Saturday, March 11 12:00 noon, Blue Ridge Hunt Point to Point Woodley Farm, Berryville, Virginia (540) 550-7015 (703) 509-4499 www.blueridgehunt.org Sunday, March 12 12:00 noon, Blue Ridge Hunt Hunter Pace Events Woodley Farm, Berryville, Virginia (540) 687-5449 (540) 247-3449 www.BlueRidgeHunt.org Saturday, March 18 12:30 pm, Warrenton Hunt Point to Point Airlie Race Course, Warrenton, Virginia (540) 270-1730 www.warrentonhunt.com Saturday, March 25 9:30 am Piedmont Fox Hounds Hunter Pace Events 1:00 pm Piedmont Fox Hounds Point to Point Salem Course, Upperville, Virginia (540) 592-7100 Saturday, April 1 9:00 am ,Orange County Hounds Hunter Pace Events Locust Hill Farm, Middleburg, Virginia (540) 253-5566

The first day of Spring is March 20th. At 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 12 Daylight Saving Time will start and last for about eight months this year you'll lose an hour of sleep, but the good news is it means there are more hours of daylight every day. Now Daylight saving time is just days away, when clocks will spring forward an hour despite the fact that we’re still in the midst of the winter season.. The Energy Policy Act of 2005, which

Sunday, April 2 1:00 pm, Orange County Hounds Point to Point Locust Hill Farm, Middleburg, Virginia (540) 687-5552 pippy@vafallraces.com Saturday, April 8 12:00 noon ,Old Dominion Hounds Point to Point Ben Venue Farm, Ben Venue, Virginia (540) 364-4573 (540) 636-1507 olddominionhounds.weebly.com Sunday, April 9 1:00 pm, Old Dominion Hounds Hunter Pace Events Ben Venue Farm, Ben Venue, Virginia Saturday, April 15 12:00 noon, Rappahannock Hunt Hunter Pace Events Greenwood Farm, Washington VA (540) 547-2810 (540) 229-7752 Sunday, April 16 12:00 noon. Loudoun Hunt Point to Point Oatlands Plantation, Leesburg, Virginia (540) 338-4031 Saturday, April 22 1:00 pm, Warrenton Hunt Hunter Pace Events (540) 219-6562 www.warrentonhunt.com

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Other theories suggest that a desire to save more energy was one of the main reasons why the time change was originally made.Those are theories that have been passed down from generations, and might not mean as much to millennials. We live in a time where most of us don’t have to worry about setting our clocks forward or backward unless we’re setting an alarm for ourselves. Smartphones, computers and even some automobiles have the ability to change the clocks accordingly all on their own, and that will be the case when DST starts March 12. Soon days will be longer and weather will stay warmer.

Enjoy Spring in Keswick! Go Steeplechasing !

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KESWICK SCENE The Hunt Ball

PHOTO JOURNAL BY GEORGE PAYNE

The Keswick Hunt Ball 2017: Top Row, left to right: Kat Imhoff and Jeanne Izzo Joslyn, Thomas and LeAnne Brubaker, Whitney Gammell, . Second Row: Sandy Rives and George Payne, Kimberly Skelly and Shelley Hoovler Payne, then Nevin Sackson and Mark Sackson. Third Row: The band, with Jeanne Izzo Joslyn and the Vanderwarkers in focus, then Kat Imhoff and John Moore. Fourth Row: Marilyn Ware.

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Coming Soon to Broadway... R. E. Lee, the Hip-Hop Musical BY SHARON H. MERRICK

Well it certainly worked for Alexander Hamilton; cata-

ness, Spotsylvania, Appomattox. Six months into the War, Robert’s family see photos and don’t recognize him. His dark hair and beard now gray and white. In the Spring of 1863, Robert’s health is declining and he suffers a massive heart attack. The War continues to take its toll. He sits alone in his tent and told his 23yr old daughter died from scarlet fever and two of his grandchildren he has never seen have died. In the Summer of 1863, Robert’s assault known as Pickett’s Charge results in heavy losses. He rides out to meet the troops and claims “All this has been my fault.” Robert sends a Letter of Resignation to Jefferson Davis, but Davis refuses.

pulted into acceptance by the 21st Century! So here goes:

Act I Scene One Robert’s Early Years Raised by a single Mother, Robert was only 5 yrs. old when his Father abandoned the family of six children. The war-hero father turned scoundrel over bad land deals, lost the family fortune and the ancestral home at Stratford. After release from Debtor’s Prison he took off for the West Indies and never returned. Robert’s Mother did the best she could.

On January 31, 1865, Robert is made general-in-chief of Confederate forces. 68 days later, he surrenders to Grant, signs the Surrender Documents, requests food and supplies for his soldiers and insists the war is over to those that want to continue.

Education was important and Robert worked hard in school. He was very good in Math and received an appointment to West Point. Graduated 2nd in his Class with a perfect record and became an engineer in the Army Corps. Honor, Duty and Country. His mother died a month later.

Robert did not start the War....but he did end it. Honor, Duty and Country.

Scene Two Army Career, Marriage & Family As a Civil Engineer, Robert designed buildings, forts and surveyed State boarders. Only 2 years into the job, he met Mary Curtis, fell in love and proposed marriage. Her Father disapproved as the Lee family had been disgraced by Robert’s Father. Robert persisted and eventually won her heart and her Father’s approval. They were married 39 yrs until Robert’s death and raised seven children; 4 girls, 3 boys. Son, George Lee, graduated 1st in his class at West Point, Wm. Lee attended Harvard and Robert,Jr. graduated from UVA. None of Robert’s daughters married and all but one, died from disease at a young age. Mary was dedicated to Robert and their family. Robert dedicated to his Country, then Family. Honor, Duty and Country. Robert’s career in the U.S.Army spanned over 32 years including: distinguished service in the Mexican-American War where he first met and worked with Ulysses Grant; appointed by the War Depart. as West Point’s Superintendent where he improved the buildings and course offerings and spent time with his Cadets; promoted to 2nd-in-command in Texas with a mission to protect settlers from Indian attacks. After the Mexican War, Robert wants to leave the Army, but cannot find a way. Honor, Duty and Country.

Intermission How do you like Me now?

Act IV Time to Reconcile and Unite

Act II

“At War with His Country and Himself” (PBS, American Experience) Now Robert is 54 yrs old and a U.S.Army Colonel. Southern States are threatening to secede from the Federal Government in favor of State’s rights. South Carolina the first to go followed by Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas. Virginia not yet seceded and is the most populated Southern State. Surely the Union Army will march through Virginia into the seceding South. Robert is offered a position as a Major General in the Union Army. He meets with his hero, U.S.Army General Winfield Scott. He is conflicted between his Country and his Homeland of Virginia. Robert returns Home in Arlington to think. He is seen sitting alone in his office, pacing back & forth on the front porch and praying at night in his room. His loyalties are split; love of Country and the U.S. Constitution vs. love of Family and his beloved Native State..... Virginia. Robert cannot take up arms against Virginia. He resigns from the U.S.Army and is named Commander of all Virginia Forces; one of five full Confederate Generals.

Robert diligently works to bring Virginia together and back into the U.S.A. “I am rejoiced that slavery is abolished.” He supports civil rights for all, as well as a system of free public schools for blacks. He is Nationally recognized for his efforts to reconcile the North and South. He becomes president of Washington College (now Washington & Lee University) and helps to transform the school into a leading Southern College and Law School. In 1869, President Grant invites Robert to the White House. Honor, Duty and Country.

Final Curtain Robert Edward Lee’s Letter to Magazine Editor, 1865 “It should be the object of all to avoid controversy, to allay passion, give full scope to reason and to every kindly feeling. By doing this and encouraging our citizens to engage in the duties of life with all their heart and mind, with a determination not to be turned aside by thoughts of the past and fears of the future, our country will not only be restored in material prosperity, but will be advanced in science, in virtue and in religion.”

Please join me in a standing ovation.

Act III For Love of Virginia The Battles begin: Battle of Cheat Mt., Manassas, Battles of Bull Run, Richmond, the James River, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Petersburg, Gettysburg, Wilder-

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ONLY IN KESWICK About Gaseous Emissions BY TONY VANDERWARKER

Admittedly, this is a touchy subject. Al-

though the word is one of the oldest in the English language, using it is considered by many to be beyond the pale. Deriving from the Middle English fertan, it’s akin to the Old High German fersan, which means to break wind. I guess the High Germans figured it you fersanded, there’d better be a wind around. Now Martians accept the word for what it is but the ladies from Venus consider it to be indecent and offensive. So guys fersan (with sound) and polite people like Venusians pass wind (no sound). Which makes me wonder if you pass wind with no sound, is that an actual fersan? Sort of if a tree falls in the forest kind of thing. Then there is the scent. Most fersanders (Martians and Venusians) quickly stride away from the noxious yellow cloud, leaving it hovering behind for unfortunates to unwittingly walk into. If that’s ever happened to you, you know well the reaction. You stand there with your nose wrinkling up looking around to locate the guilty party. Of course, everyone is far away and acting totally innocent so you write it off, thinking, maybe there’s a dead mouse under the sofa? Now while the word is banned in printed media, it is used all the time in common parlance. For instance, “he’s an old

fersan”, or “as out of place as a fersan at a garden party,” and of course, every teenager’s great love, the “fersan cushion.” But God forbid you ask in mixed company: “Did someone just fersan?” Even if someone did, you don’t dare use the word lest you be written off as a barbarian. Which brings me to guys. Guys learn at an early age that nothing is quite as satisfying as lifting one leg and letting a fersan rip--the louder and more flapping the sound (imagine a playing card clothes-pinned to a bicycle wheel)--the better. It’s a male ritual, one that survives into old age. It’s especially gratifying for guys to rip one in a narrow corridor so the sound reverberates like clapping hands in a canyon. Of course, nothing offends Venusians more than a juicy fersan, especially if an odor attends it. Now if you choose to fersan in a car, here’s my counsel. Before the cheek-lifting maneuver, hit the down buttons on the front windows so most of the yellow cloud flies out into the county. And all you get is a sneeringly-intoned, “That’s disgusting.” If you don’t go for the open window op-

tion, be prepared for your wife to act like she’s been tear-gassed, swatting at the air with her hands while screaming unmentionables at you. Of course, they never cut the cheese-never ever. They might pass gas or break wind, but as I said earlier, women never fersan. If you say, “Did you just fersan?” They get all self-righteous, and archly ask, “Who me?” Here’s the way the rest of the conversation goes: Me: “Yes--you, I heard it.” Her:“ Heard what?” Me: “The fersan. Her: “I didn’t fersan.” Me: “Then what’s that smell?” Her: “What smell? I don’t smell anything.” When it comes to fersanding, women always take the 5th. If you really catch them in the act, they’ll offhandedly dismiss it as “just an intestinal disturbance.” The history of fersanding is fascinating. In a recent article, “How a Fart Killed 10,000 People”*, Candida Moss, a professor at Notre Dame, writes, “We might think of farts as trapped gas, but the history of farting is more than just hot air. The historian Josephus tells us that an irreverent Roman soldier lowered his pants, bent over, and ‘spoke such words as you might expect from such a pos-

ture.’ The incident took place shortly before the Passover and caused a riot that led to the deaths of 10,000 people.” Lest you think that the history of fersanding is only tragic, she goes on to say that “the oldest joke in the world is a fart joke.” She cites Roland le Sarcere, “also known as Roland the Farter, court minstrel to King Henry II, as the most successful purveyor of fart jokes. Roland performed a dance that ended with the simultaneous execution of one jump, one whistle, and one fart. For his talents, Roland was gifted a manor house in Suffolk and 100 acres of land.” She sums up her article by saying that fersands are the cellar dwellers of bodily sounds. Burps can embarrass, hiccups may get a laugh, sneezes meet with “God bless” and even coughs are acceptable, while the lowly fersand awaits social rehabilitation—even though scientists estimate that the average person fersands 14 times a day. So the next time your hubby cuts one, remember all you Venusians, maybe he’s simply angling for a house and a hundred acres in the country.

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LIFE, MAKE IT HAPPEN! Beware of a Wife Bearing Gifts BY MARY MORONY

The guinea bird danced around gabbling

and cutlery out his way, placing the old shoe beside a new one he proceeded to examine them comparing them like he was all of a sudden quality control wonk.

at me, patience never being one of his virtues. Since I couldn't remember when I last threw food out to him I was feeling a little guilty. As I was barefoot, I assure you I would not have done so otherwise, I shoved my feet into Hub's much-loved bedroom moccasins. To my surprise I had to hobble out to cast some cracked corn about for the impatient foul. I'm not sure of the expected life of the lining in fleece-lined shoes, though I suspect eight years exceeds the most liberal forecast. The insoles of Hubster's slippers felt like the dingle berry end of an ancient illkept ewe must feel, like walking shoeless on lima bean sized river rocks. Years ago when these shoes I had on my feet emerged from under the Christmas tree, they were comfortable fleeced-lined mocs. Contrary to Hub’s usual approach of eyeing a gift with suspicion, he jettisoned whatever he had on his feet and ensconced his tootsies into this new plushness. Two other pair of similar footwear I had trotted out for his perusal over the years never made it out of their boxes. Hubs exclaimed -something he never does- “these were the best present I’ve ever gotten!” In the ensuing years, when he is home and when the ambient temperature is less than seventy degrees rest assured he will be shod in these sorry slippers. They stand at the ready next to his side of the bed to protect his tender toes from ever coming in contact with the floor and by the garage door for him to don before doing his equivalent of, Honey I'm home at night.

"It's just a shoe!"

Like any good dutiful wife, I kicked off the repulsive footwear and made my way straight to the L. L. Bean website where I placed an order for an upgrade. To find the correct identifying number necessitated that I revisit the shoes once more. God forbid I order the wrong pair! My plan, formulated over years of living with the man, was a surreptitious replacement of the new with the old. The old boy doesn't cotton to change and isn't the quickest to notice. Confident that I had the exact right pair in the exact right size and color, I clicked the buy button and waited for them to arrive at my door by the end of the week. On Friday night, home late from work wearing his slippers, he placed the mail on the counter. Busy with putting the finishing touches on an over-cooked dinner and a bad case of the hangries, the idea of replacing one for the other right then was beyond me. I said, "The box is for you." We had to go through the whole explanation of no it’s got your name is on it. I ordered it for you rigmarole before he opened the package. After tearing into the package, he plucked a shoe from its box like he was handling a snake. I presumed he held

the offending item away from him so it wouldn't strike. "What are these?" Fighting the urge to snarl, "What does it look like?" Late for dinner and low blood sugar brings out my worst qualities. In my most controlled and dulcet voice, I managed, "I thought you might like a new pair." He looked down at his feet as if I had insulted a dear friend and raced to their defense, "I don't need new ones. These are still good." I kicked myself for thinking even for a minute that my husband was capable of acting like a normal human being when confronted with a gift. "Can I keep these for outside?" He pleaded for his old friends like he was appealing to the governor for a stay of execution. I did my best not to cut my finger off and his head as I chopped parsley. "No, you already have outside more than covered. Why don't you try the new ones on?"

In the interim between the two purchases, the manufacturers had the audacity to change the pattern imprinted on the sole and oh-über-observant one noticed. "They aren't the same." How he could tell is a wonder since most of the imprint had long worn away from the old pair. While I congratulated myself on saving my true love from a terrible tumble by buying him new kicks, I lamented that I failed to I stick to my original plan and just replace the old with the new. He would never have noticed. Unable to suppress an exasperated eye roll, "Would you mind taking your shoes off the table and try the new ones on? Most horses are easier to shoe. Put them on!!!" After repositioning his place setting in front of him, I put his dinner down. While he slipped his feet into the clean fluffy new shoes, I snatched the old things and tossed them in the trash. He was about to protest until he allowed himself to appreciate the fluffy softness enveloping his little piggies. If it is true that becoming set in your ways only worsen with age, one of us will not reach our dotage. Boy, you are going to have to make friends with change.

At the dinner table, he sat and removed one old slipper. He pushed the placemat

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The Little Keswick Foundation for Special Education BY KESWICK LIFE

The Little Keswick Foundation for Spe-

cial Education (LKFSE) will celebrate 35 years in operations in 2017. The Foundation, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation, was established in 1982 by Bob and Libby Wilson of The Little Keswick School in Keswick, Virginia, to receive donations and gifts to the School. The School, which was founded in 1963, is a therapeutically and special needs boarding school for boys aged 8-14 with learning, emotional, or behavioral disabilities. The Foundation is governed by Robert A. Wilson, Jr. (Beau), son of the Founders, and 7 Trustees, including former parents of students who have attended the School. According to Beau, the growth of the Foundation and the School provided enormous satisfaction to his father, Bob Wilson, who passed away on March 15, 2012. The vision of Bob Wilson is embedded in the Foundation today and eliminates the commingling of funds with the School. The Foundation receives donations and administers gifts for scholarships at the School, promotes special education awareness with annual symposia, and advancing skills of special educators with the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, all independent of School administration.

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The Foundation accepts multi-year, restricted gifts for scholarships at the School. Parents who are in need of tuition support must complete the scholarship process with Princeton Financial Services. Other restricted gifts honor past student achievements in reading, art, and recreational activities.

psychiatrist, Dr. Edward Hallowell. Dr. Hallowell is an expert on ADD and ADHD and author of 11 books, including Delivered from Distraction (2005). The annual symposium is free to the public and is delivered the second Thursday in October at the Piedmont Virginia Community College to raise awareness of special education in Central Virginia. The Foundation is proud of its recent collaboration with the Curry School of Education at The University of Virginia. According to Dean Robert Pianta, “We are pleased to acknowledge the Foundation’s stipend to a graduate student in special education. And, coming a graduate like Bob Wilson makes the gift all the more special.” The major public fundraising event for the Foundation is a golf tournament held the first Monday in May at Keswick Golf and Country Club. Again, the long collaboration with Keswick Hall and the Foundation always ensures a fun event to provide for scholarships. In 2017, the 23rd Annual Tournament will be held on Monday, May 8th.. The Foundation graciously accepts cash gifts on its Website, www.lkfse.org , or via mail at P.O. Box 722, Keswick, VA 22947. The Executive Director, Ms. Deb Woolfolk, may be contacted for arranging donations of appreciated securities, insurance policies, and planned giving. Ms. Woolfolk may be reached via telephone at 434-989-6866 or Emailing info@ LKFSE.org.

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The Dream of Travel Around this time of year I

get “itchy feet” and long to pack a bag and travel to parts unknown. If you are like me and dream of travel but you can’t get away right now, books are a great way to transport you to other places and other times…at least you will get a mental break! If you don’t want to go too far afield try In the Shad-

ow of Lakecrest by Elizabeth Blackwell which takes place in 1928 Chicago.

It has the flavor of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. A young woman, Kate, looking to escape her past, falls for a handsome young man on a transatlantic crossing. She believes all her prayers are answered when the wealthy young man is equally smitten with her. She is not, however, the bride his family would have chosen for him. As the new Mrs. Matthew Lemont Kate finds she has very little say in her day to day life. Her mother-in-law, Hannah, wielded the real power and was not about to turn the running of the family home over to Kate. She was also not about to let Kate take her son away from her. Underneath all of the family tension is the sinister disappearance years earlier of Matthew’s aunt Cecily. This is a novel full of twists and turns and I especially liked the way Blackwell ended the story. Taking place around the same time, but a world away, A Gentleman in Moscow is set in 1928 Moscow.

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Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce announced recently that it presented its 2017 Hovey S. Dabney Award for Corporate Citizenship to Roy Wheeler Realty Company, at a gathering of business and civic leaders attending the Annual Chamber Membership Meeting & Business Luncheon held at the Holiday Inn – Emmet Street on Wednesday, February 15th.

Chamber Board of Directors, will lead a presentation of the 2017 Annual Chamber Report to the Chamber membership and area business and civic leadership.

Roy Wheeler Realty was founded in Charlottesville in 1927 when its Founder, Roy Wheeler, borrowed $300 to start the company. Ninety (90) years later, the firm proudly asserts its Founder’s philosophy that "service is our most important prod“Our Chamber is pleased to recognize uct." Today Roy Wheeler Realty’s more Roy Wheeler Realty Company with our than 120 real estate associates and staff 2017 Chamber Hovey S. Dabney Award,” professionals work from six (6) offices in said Adrian Felts, Chief Operations Of- Central Virginia. The firm’s President ficer of Centridian, Immediate Past & CEO, Michael Guthrie, maintains the Chairman (2016) of the Chamber Board, firm’s commitment to “Trust, Tradition and Chairman the Hovey S. of Dabney and Market emphasizing A great of community is full inspiration. Innisfree takesLeadership,” special care to create Award for Corporate Citizenship adherence to aa"helping hand" a therapeutic work environment Selecfor its coworkers that builds strong sense of model in tion Committee. “Roy Wheeler both skills. business within our communicommunity and enhances eachRealty, person’s unique Whenand Innisfree needed and theirmore dedicated professionals, define ties. space for additional weavers, CACF helped expand the weaving studio. good corporate citizenship.” Now, coworkers, like Mark, who have skillsRoy that can transform spools of yarn into hand” is Wheeler Realty’s “helping

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Ridge 1st Tee program; AHIP House Dabney, a distinguished business leader Party; Blue Ridge Home Builders Parade and citizen in the Greater Charlottesville of Homes; Court Appointed Special Ad- area, the Commonwealth of Virginia and Featuring costumes and accessories from the hit PBS series vocates; Senior Center; Special Olym- our nation. The Chamber Hovey S. Dabatpics; theBigVirginia Historical Society Brothers /Big Sisters; Salvation ney Award for Corporate Citizenship is Army; Toy Lift; and many others. underwritten through the generosity of Roy Wheeler Realty associates serve Hunter E. Craig, W. K. Heischman and Ivo Romenesko. he Virginia HistoricalBoards Societysuch is pleased to announce that Altria Group has on myriad organizational to sponsor the Association VHS’s newestThe exhibit, as theagreed Charlottesville Area 2017“Dressing ChamberDownton: Hovey S.Changing Dabney of Realtors; the Realtors Asso- Award Selection Committee, in addition Fashion forVirginia Changing Times.” ciation; Senior Center; Charlottesville to Mr. Felts as Committee Chairman, inScholarship Program; Free Enterprise cludes: Paul Beyer, Liza Borches, Martin The nationally touring exhibit will run from October 2015 through January 2016 and Forum; and, the Charlottesville Regional Burks, III, Alison DeTuncq, Kristina Hofwill be shown in the VHS’s newly created changing space, oneRobert of the project Chamber of Commerce. mann, exhibition Timothy Hulbert, Pfluggoals of its $38-million “Story of Virginia Campaign.” felder, Joseph Raichel, Ivo Romenesko, Mr. Guthrie, the 2011 Chamber Christopher Lee Small Business Person Award Pamela Sutton-Wallace, Brinson White and accessories Erika Viccellio. The exhibition consists 35 Chamber costumes and fromThe theCharlottesville popular PBS recipient, has served onofthe Regional Chamber of Commerce is dediMASTERPIECE Classic program. Visitors Board of Directors since 2014. Many ofwill be able to explore the lives of Downton’s cated to representing private enterprise, his associates are engaged in servants various during the World War I period. aristocratic inhabitants and their Chamber activities including Leader- promoting business and enhancing the ship Charlottesville, Chamber Business quality of life in our greater Charlottes“Altria has a long history of support for theville arts,” said Jack Nelson, Executivemore Vice communities. The Chamber’s Women’s Round Table, Quadruplicity than 1,200 member and affiliate member President and Chief Technology Officer, Altria Group, and Board Vice Chairman, and the Chamber Senior Round Table. enterprises employ than 45,000 Virginia Historical Society. “And we are pleased to support the more Virginia Historical The Charlottesville Regional Chamber people in our community, representing Society as it brings traveling exhibitions like ‘Dressing Downton’ to our hometown. of Commerce established the Hovey S. an estimated total payroll of more than This exhibition willfor beCorporate a great draw for residents and visitors alike.” Dabney Award Citizen$1.75 billion a year. ship in 2005 to recognize outstanding examples of corporate citizenship in “We are excited to have Altria Group sponsor this nationally touring exhibition of the Greater Charlottesville communiDownton Abbey costumes,” said Paul Levengood, President and CEO of the Virginia ties. This Chamber Award is established Historical Society. “There are many real-life American connections to Downton Abbey, and named in honor of the late Hovey S. and this exhibition complements the VHS mission to bring our history to life. During the late 19th century, and right up to the outbreak of World War I, hundreds of American women visited England and Europe hoping to marry aristocrats. The series character, Lady Cora, the Countess of Grantham is one such American woman.”

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The exhibition and the two major exhibitions that follow it are part of the $38-million “Story of Virginia Campaign,” of which more than $31 million has been raised. “The Story of Virginia Campaign” is designed to help the VHS better utilize portions of its existing facility. This will allow for the display of even more of the Society’s collections as well as hosting more and larger events and exhibitions. Future changing exhibitions will include “The Art of Seating: 200 years of American Design,” which will feature works by John Henry Belter, George Hunzinger, Herter Brothers, Stickley Brothers, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles & Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, and Frank Gehry and many more. “Pro Football Hall of Fame: Gridiron Glory,” another upcoming VHS changing exhibition, will highlight such storied objects as the Super Bowl trophy, a 1917 game ball used by Jim Thorpe and the Canton Bulldogs, Tom Dempsey’s famous kicking 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. The Altria Group sponsorship of “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times” is part of a $250,000 total commitment that also includes support for the installation of a new “Story of Virginia” exhibition, which is slated to open in late summer 2015. Altria Group has been a major supporter of the VHS and the “Story of Virginia” exhibition since its first iteration 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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A Sojourn on the San Several Augusts past, a small group of

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dissolute regulars was gathered at the communal long table of my New York angling club for lunch, to imbibe in a wee dram and exchange the customary dubious tales of fishing exploits and expectations. Someone posited “So, anyone got any interesting trips coming up”.

I took the bait. “Actually, yeah. I’m going to Poland next month” “Poland? What do you catch there? Gefilte fish?” “Wouldn’t it be easier to just go to Buffalo?” “Maybe when you’re there you can find out how many Poles it takes to…..?” As tasty as the club’s food is, I’m not sure that it’s worth the verbal abuse that often stalks the long table. But, come September, off I went. After some sightseeing in Warsaw I flew southeast to Rzeszów, a city in the Carpathian foothills, about 35 miles equidistant from the borders with Slovakia and the Ukraine. From the latter part of the 18th Century until the end of WWI, this region was included in the Austrian Empire (with the rest of the former Poland being split between Prussia and, Russia), then was part of an independent Poland for the two decades between the wars, until it was invaded and occupied by the Russians just two weeks after the better-known German invasion of Poland in September 1939. Later during WWII, the Russian occupiers were supplanted by the Germans, then from 1945 until 1990 a communist government directed from Russia was in control, after which Poland became a democratic republic once again. A dismal history indeed. During those long periods of occupation and subjugation many Poles left the country for greener pastures, particularly the U.S. In fact, until recently, the Polish community in Chicago was larger than Warsaw. On Saturday afternoon, I wandered into Rzeszów’s town square, lined with outdoor bars and restaurants, to discover that a music festival had just begun, featuring local song and dance groups, both folk and classical. Most of the classical music was by Frédéric Chopin, the famed 19th Century composer and pianist who was one of history’s great musical prodigies and continues to be a revered Polish national hero, despite the fact that he left the country at age twenty, became a French citizen, and never again returned. The festival was capped off with a free concert by Andrzej Cierniewski, a senior citizen and one of the Country’s most popular entertainers, who might be de-

scribed as the Polish Neil Diamond, except for the fact that Diamond himself is of Polish heritage. In any event, the audience, which packed the square, reacted to Cierniewski with similar loud enthusiasm, as did I. So good, so good! The next morning Richard, my guide, picked me up and we drove for an hour to a house where I was to stay on the lower San River, which flows out of a reservoir, near the Bieszczady National Park – a major wilderness area. He told me that he had previously lived in Afghanistan, South Africa and Costa Rica, then for over twenty years in Chicago, returning to his village in Poland a few years earlier to care for his parents. He had a steady stream of exotic stories, or perhaps tall tales. When we arrived at the house, he asked to examine my flies. I showed him a typical assortment of common patterns, but also two boxes of tiny flies that I use on a few spring creeks and tail waters, when I don’t want to catch any fish. Surprisingly, he was most impressed with this collection of mysterious miniatures, noting that “no one ever brings flies like those here.” Being astute, I immediately grasped the importance of Richard’s observation. If no one ever brought flies like those, then the fish had never seen their like. They would be easily inveigled and, perhaps, I would become a legend of the San. The American who untied the piscatorial Gordian Knot. The fishing hadn’t even started and I was already flushed with success. The house is managed by Wojtek, an owner of the guiding operation. He shops, cooks, cleans, occasionally guides and oversees his two young children while his wife works and lives during the week three hours away in Kraków. I met Dadek, his tow-headed two-year old son who constantly referred to himself in the first person as “Bebish”, for reasons that only he understood. Bebish and I got along famously because my half

dozen words of Polish were among the few dozen that he had mastered. During the week, an interesting collection of other guests – an American, a Brit, two Frenchmen and a Pole – showed up, seemingly unannounced. Some days one of them would fish with me, and at night they consumed prodigious quantities of vodka, the mother’s milk of Poland. The first morning we futzed around after breakfast before finally leaving to fish at well past ten o’clock. As always at the start of a trip, I was a bit antsy, but as the week moved along, it became clear that there was no reason to get going early. The River’s six-mile fishing section is divided into eight designated beats, and to fish them requires obtaining a special permit each day. The first day, we stopped at the house of a forest ranger to get our assigned beat. When we arrived at our beat, two cars were already parked there and several anglers were in the water casting in earnest. No worries, Richard drove around until he found another beat that was empty and we fished there. This strange ritual repeated itself for all six days that I fished, with other anglers always at our assigned beat, but with another beat (that was assigned to someone else) always being empty and available. And I never had to fish the same beat twice. But I did wonder why they bothered assigning beats. Perhaps it’s like screwing in a lightbulb. The San, and its large population of brown trout and grayling, was a local secret until 1985 when the World Fly Fishing Championship was held there. As stories of the competitors’ success spread, anglers from all over Europe began flocking there. Because there were no fishing regulations, the fish population was decimated in a few years. In the early 90s regulations were implemented and, today, it has a very large population of fish – perhaps too large. The World Championship returned to the San in June, 2010. Poland has twice

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won the gold medal, trailing well behind the leader, the Czech Republic which has won nine, followed by France, Italy and England with seven, six and five, respectively. A U.S. team has competed every year, but has won only two medals - a silver and a bronze. We rank behind the likes of Slovakia and Wales, which by the way, is not even a country. This is an outrage! OMG, we invented the San Juan worm and the stomach pump. We spend the most effort and money on river conservation and restoration and what has it gotten us? Two lousy also-ran medals and a tarnished reputation - the laughing stock of the elite angling world. We need a blue-ribbon commission of angling nabobs to get to the bottom of this scandal, lest we continue to embarrass ourselves. When we arrived at the beat I was impressed by the river’s width (30-50 yards across at most spots), its accessibility (mostly 3-4 feet deep throughout with gentle currents) and its physical beauty (lined with forest, bushes and meadows, and with virtually no development visible). Nothing happened on the water until about early afternoon when tiny olive mayflies began appearing, and the fish started to rise. Most of the rises were very subtle - tiny dimples. I thought probably fish feeding just below the surface. As usual, ignoring my own observation, I put on a small dry fly for half an hour with the predictable result – nothing. Then I picked out a small emerger pattern, and cast that in front of some feeding fish. On my third or fourth try it drifted ten feet past the fish that I was casting to and began swinging across the current when another fish took it. As I landed a small trout, Richard came over to inspect. He complimented me on my success in matching the hatch. I readily, though with the requisite humility, accepted his approbation with an allknowing nod, being too vain to admit that it was dumb luck and that, in fact, I had no idea what the fish wanted. My initial experience repeated itself each day. Early in the afternoon, fish began rising steadily, and I caught a two or three an hour using a variety of different diminutive patterns, with the same one rarely catching more than a fish or two. It was engaging, because fish were rising constantly within casting distance, but it was frustrating because I couldn’t solve the problem. But I got satisfaction from the fact that Richard couldn’t either. Richard told me that the fish in the San are roughly 2/3rds grayling and 1/3rd trout, though I caught primarily trout. The largest were about 15”, though most were 10-12”, which disappointed. I have met other anglers who have fished the

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San earlier in the season and who have caught larger fish, perhaps because the flies hatching at that time are larger, or maybe they knew what they were doing. The San is popular among British anglers because it’s one of the few rivers that offers a good chance to catch a grayling of well over 20”, and the Brits love large grayling more than pickled kippers. As we walked and drove along the San, we saw much wildlife. Roe deer, huge rotund European hares that looked like they had eaten too many vegan pierogies, blue and white herons, swans, ducks, geese, kingfishers, cranes and many other birds were common. Eagles and large owls were seen more than once. Richard said that he sometimes sees beavers, wild boars and red stags, and less often bears and wolves that reside in the National Park, which is also home to some of the few remaining European bison. The mute white storks, which are revered and treated as royalty in Poland, and can often be seen nesting on rooftops, had already left on their annual migration to Egypt. Occasionally Richard would interrupt his stories to divagate in search of wild mushrooms, a favorite activity of Poles everywhere. The many small villages dotting the landscape in the San valley are charming, and seem quite prosperous. That’s impressive, given Poland’s long history of devastation by its neighbors, particularly the Germans and Russians, but even the Swedes and Lithuanians. From 1939-45, more than 6,000,000 Poles were killed, an awful carnage roughly equivalent to a 9-11 attack on every day in that 6-year period. Millions more were exiled or escaped, most never to return. Lesko, the largest town on the upper San, lost about 80% of its population during the War.

The wartime destruction was followed by 45 years of oppressive and incompetent communist rule. How does such a country, in just over two decades, recover to the point that it looks like much of Western Europe? I don’t know, but it is a great tribute to the will, energy and spirit of the Polish people. Poland still has significant challenges – both political and economic – but that doesn’t dim the luster of what has been accomplished. It is inspiring to observe this remarkable rebirth firsthand. On my last day, I was fishing late in the afternoon to a pod of sipping grayling. I heard voices behind me, and turned around to see three attractive young ladies standing on the bank, dressed in skimpy halters and what, in the 70s, we called “hot pants”. When they saw that I had noticed them they began talking to me, so I called Richard over to interpret. He was, well, interested. I asked him what they were saying. “They’re local college girls and they want us to catch them a fish for dinner. If we do, we can go with them while they drop it off at home, and then they’ll buy us a drink at a club in town.” So, I was now presented with several dilemmas. First, it was a nokill section. Would this be an extenuating circumstance that justified killing a fish, something like murder in self-defense? Second, I’m more than fifty years older than them and not all that spiffy (not to mention that I’m married). Third, and most significant, I had been fishing over the same pod for the last hour and hadn’t come close to hooking a fish. Now, with the added pressure, I’d probably have no chance. But being empathetic with Richard’s concupiscence (I, of course, was impervious to their charms), I increased my efforts, frantically changing flies every several casts, sadly without success.

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When I turned around and asked Richard to reassure the trio that I was still in the game, he pointed out that they had given up and left, probably to find someone fishing with worms.

nothing original in these thoughts. Way back in 1774, English author Charles Bowlker, in The Art of Angling, put fishing in its proper perspective with exceptional clarity:

During the occasional downtime on the San, as during the downtime on many other distant rivers, I thought about why I would travel so far, and at such inconvenience, for a fishing experience that is often measurably no better, and sometimes not as good, as I can get on rivers in the U.S. I suppose that the answer defies logic. I travel to distant places because there is fishing, and yet if the fishing results fall short of my hopes or expectations, it often does not diminish my enjoyment of the experience. And that’s a good thing, because fishing is fraught with risk and unpredictability. There is

Remember that the wit and invention of man were given for greater purposes than to ensnare silly fish: and that, how delightful soever angling may appear, it ceases to be innocent when used otherwise than as mere recreation. What a valuable thought to keep in mind as I plan my next fishing trip.

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FEBRUARY 2017


ON STAGE

Charlottesville’s

Heritage Theatre Festival Announces 2017 Season

most beloved summer theatre tradition to continue with lineup to include middletown; woody guthrie’s american song; chapatti; ken ludwig’s baskerville: a sherlock holmes mystery, and the return of bob chapel directing sondheim’s classic company. Audiences of all ages to get post-season treat with oneman-show by internationally-acclaimed circus star barry lubin and his beloved “grandma” character of big apple circus fame. This summer, Heritage Theatre Festival audiences can look forward to a season that combines exciting new discoveries, an American musical treasure, madcap mystery and one of the theatre world’s most beloved modern musicals. And as if that is not enough, Heritage is throwing in a postseason treat in the form of a one-person-show by a circus legend who has brought his iconic act to all seven continents! Heritage will kick off its 43rd year with playwright Will Eno’s Middletown, a flippant-yet-poignant take on

small town life in the most average of the average hamlets, where the population and elevation are both stable, and the main street is called – you guessed it – Main Street! Yet the more we see the townsfolk battle life’s absurdities in their efforts to become “normal” human beings, the more we can see ourselves in those battles in a play that takes us a long way from Wilder’s Grover’s Corners, and often right to the heart of what it means to live and love in our world today.

written in response to the trials of the depression era in America, yet continue to reflect all times and speak to all people. The show was conceived and adapted by Peter Glazer and features orchestrations and vocal arrangements by Jeff Waxman.

Woody Guthrie’s American Song will be presented in the Culbreth Theatre from June 30July 8. Two late-in-life neighbors searching for homes for their respective pets find an unusual bond in Chapatti, a touching drama from Irish playwright Christian O’Reilly. The production will mark a reunion of another sort as recently-retired Drama faculty members Richard Warner and his wife Judith Reagan take the HTF stage together for the first time since the 1992 production of A Moon for the Misbegotten.

Chapatti will be presented from July 6-15 in the Helms Theatre. There is nothing elementary about Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. The classic game is afoot, but the players may well outnumber the clues in Ludwig’s madcap adventure featuring five actors playing 40 characters. Join Holmes and Watson as they brave the desolate moors before the Baskerville family curse dooms its newest heir.

Middletown will be presented in the Ruth Ca- Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery will be presented in the Ruth Caplin plin Theatre from June 23 through July 1. Theatre from July 22-29. The resilience and tenacity of the human spirit comes to life in Woody Guthrie’s American Song. This ensemble musical presents a collection of the legendary writer and performer’s inspiring folk anthems, which were

James Francis Copps, Major, United StatesArmy Re-

tired, passed away in Charlottesville on Friday the 10th ofFebruary,2017, with his wife by his side. Born on the 14th of September,1919, in Schuyler, Virginia, he was the son of the late Mortimer J. Copps and Elizabeth L. Copps. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Mortimer Jr.; and three sisters, Beth Copps Ramsey, Bert Copps Markham and Mary Copps Stipe. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ute (Judy) Dallmer Copps. Major Copps attended local Albemarle County schools, the University of Virginia, Wagner College, the University of Maryland (European Division) and finished work on his Masters in Europe. He had many fascinating assignments in Korea, Japan, Europe and the United States. Major Copps held memberships in the Army& Navy Club, Washington, D.C., the Central Virginia Chapter of the Military Officers of America. He was a 32nd degree Mason at the Tompkins Lodge #471 F & AM Staton Island, New York. He was a charter and life member of the VFW Post #2044 in Earlysville, Virginia. He was a longtime member of the Keswick Hunt Club and hunted with the Keswick Hounds. He rode horses into his 96thyear. A memorial service was held in the Chapel at Preddy Funeral Home in Gordonsville on Wednesday the 15th of February, 2017, with Masonic Rites. Internment at Riverview Cemetery in Charlottesville with military honors followed the service in Gordonsville. A celebration of

Robert Chapel, who retired in 2015 after 29 years at the Heritage helm, returns this summer to direct Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical Company.

Featuring such Sondheim classics as “The Ladies Who Lunch” and “Being Alive,” Company tells the story of Robert, a confirmed bachelor who on the night of his 35th birthday begins contemplating his unmarried state. After a hilarious array of interactions with advicegiving married couples and temporary girlfriends, Robert finds himself questioning his commitment to bachelorhood. The show features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by George Furth.

Company will be presented in Culbreth Theatre from July 28-August 4. This year Heritage audiences are in for a an extra dose of fun courtesy of Barry Lubin, an international circus star who has peddled his particular brand of hilarity as “Grandma,” the iconic face of the Big Apple Circus, for 25 years. Inducted into the International Clown Hall of Fame in 2002, and the Sarasota Ring of Fame in 2012 (the highest honor in the American Circus), Barry was the recipient of the Lou Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Last year he literally went where no clown has gone before when he became the first clown ever to have performed on all seven continents! In addition to performing his acclaimed show in the Ruth Caplin Theatre on August 4 & 5, Barry will also join UVA’s acclaimed resident clown Tim Cunningham and some of his fellow merrymakers for a series of workshops on the art of clowning. Heritage’s 2016 season subscribers will receive information on how to renew their subscriptions for the 2017 season in early April. New subscription sales will begin April 17, and single tickets will go on sale June 9. For more information on the upcoming summer season and how you can support Heritage’s efforts, visit www. heritagetheatrefestival.org.

OBITUARY Jim's life will follow at a later date. Judy would like to thank Rudy and Irene Richardson for their generosity of heart.

Jean Mary Carswell, 87, of Charlottesville, quietly

passed away Friday,February 24, 2017, at Martha Jefferson Hospital after battling pneumonia. Born September 27, 1929, the only child of Janet and Gerald Donlan, she was raised in New Jersey, and attended the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art where she met her future husband, James G. Carswell. Married in 1952, they continued their careers in Art and raised their family in Keswick. Using her talents she enjoyed color, style, gardening, and flowers and started a life in retail with the Chimney Corner Studio Shop. Later seeing the need for a kitchen shop, she became the original "Happy Cook". After retirement, she enjoyed her involvement and volunteer work at The First Presbyterian Church. She is survived by four sons, Jim, Tom, David, and Bill and their families; sister-in-law, Cornelia Serota; andnephews, Bruce and Kevin Carswell and their families. Aside from her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, her most favorite part of life was The Keswick Garden Club. As a founding member, she remained involved to her final years. Jean was so very fond of her many fellow gardeners and flower arrangers, forming lifetime friendships. In life, she appreciated the beauty of flowers so much. In lieu of flowers, her wish would

be that you honor her memory by giving the gift of flowers to someone to brighten their day. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be offered to the family at teaguefuneralhome.com.

Margaret Louise Brackett, 82, of Charlottesville, VA

passed away February 15, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born November 20, 1934 in Nelson County, daughter of the late John Emmet Stevens and Sallie Mae Dawson Stevens. Margaret is survived by her children, Tyrone Lee Brackett, Sr. and his wife, Arnetta, Mary Dianne Baskfield and her husband, Louis, Daniel Marshall Brackett, Clarasteen Tomes, and Judith Mariette Johnson and her husband, Arnold; two brothers, Leroy Stevens and his wife, Gretchen and George Stevens and his wife, Deborah; three sisters, Mary Byers and her husband, Donald, Annie Hyde and her husband, James, and Janie Starks and her husband, Oliver; 10 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; 5 great- great- grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Marshall Brackett; and brother, Wayne Stevens. A funeral service was held on Monday, February 20th at Charlottesville West Congregation of Jehovah’s Witness with Raymond Jones officiating. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local Alzheimer's Association.

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