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KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its environs - July 2017

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In this issue

Train Spotting at Keswick Station also: overheard, going out, keswick scene, only in keswick, happenings and much more


Justin H. Wiley

Peter A. Wiley

434.981.5528 Justin@wileyproperty.com

434.422.2090 peter@wileyproperty.com

132A East Main Street • Orange, VA 22960

503 Faulconer Drive, Suite 6 • Charlottesville, VA 22903

MLS#559089 • $695,000

MLS#558491 • $1,250,000

LAUREL RUN – Located less than a mile from historic Montpelier, this 60+/- acre property boasts wonderful mountain views, 2 streams, several springs, rolling pastures, a large barn with a new one bedroom apartment with sitting room / office, full bath and kitchen. Also located on the property is a circa 1795 log cabin, which is listed in the Orange Antebellum book and has a great potential for restoration as a guest house, office, or studio. This property is configured in three tax map parcels with numerous elevated building sites and is ideal for horses. Located in the Keswick Hunt, it is minutes from downtown Orange and 30 minutes from Charlottesville.

SCOTTSVILLE FARM – A beautiful, medium-sized horse farm or retreat 14 miles from town. The turn-of-the-century farmhouse is well-sited in the center of 77 acres of fenced pasture and fields, with a beautiful stable, large pond and trails. The farm offers privacy and views and is adjacent to over 1500 acres of protected farmland. A 6-stall center aisle barn with power, hot and cold water, bathroom, tack room, wash stall and shavings storage is positioned near the large outdoor ring.

Justin H. Wiley – 434.981.5528

Peter A. Wiley – 434.422.2090

MLS# 556132 • $825,000

HELL’S BEND – 332 acres of rolling pasture and hardwoods with miles of trails and numerous streams and springs. Several excellent buildings sites, one with long views of the mountains. Abundant wildlife and complete privacy less than 40 minutes to Charlottesville and 50 minutes to the West end of Richmond. Newer, well built cabin on property could serve as a weekend home or guest house. Most of the property protected by conservation easement except for 25 acres that the cabin sits on. Exceptional value.

MLS# 550846 • $929,500

GRACELAND – A venerable 265-acre tract of farmland superbly located in the Green Springs Historic District with

3,500 feet of road frontage and bordered along the South Anna River. The open and rolling land has a dense wooded buffer surrounding each large field and along the perimeter. The property has several large, usable pastures to the south, and rises to the north forming a bluff above the South Anna River. Many potential building sites and ideal for horses.

Justin H. Wiley – 434.981.5528

Peter A. Wiley – 434.422.2090

MLS# 552308 • $935,000

CUTALONG FARM – Spectacular land located only 15 min. from Town of Orange w/frontage on the N. Anna River, great soil types, ideal for farming operation, livestock or country estate. Very private with numerous great building sites. Parcel is mostly open w/fabulous interior views. Protected by a V.O.F. Conservation Easement. Justin H. Wiley – 434.981.5528

MLS# 561732 • $499,000 MILTON VILLAGE – Extremely well-located 21-acre lot just minutes east of Charlottesville in the established neighborhood of Milton Village. The level building site overlooks the site of the historic colonial village of Milton with views of the Southwest Mtn’s beyond. Well already drilled, soils tested for drain field. Lot is fully fenced, with 4-board along the road frontage. Well watered with a creek, small pond and 3 automatic waterers. Public Rivanna River access only half a mile away. Great opportunity to build in a neighborhood of high-quality custom homes, only 5 minutes from town.

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Peter A. Wiley – 434.422.2090


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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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IN THIS ISSUE JULY 2017

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 PROOF READER Staff Assistant

8 ON THE COVER Trainspotting!

DESIGN AND PRODUCTION CREATIVE DIRECTOR Colin J. Dougherty Published by a division of Keswick Life PHOTOGRAPHY Charles Thacher (Travel), Colin Dougherty (Cover Story)

On July 17th, 2017, for the first time in 55 years, the

southbound Amtrak train from Washington, DC to Charlottesville, stopped at the former Keswick Station, actually Hunt Club Road. Get all the details on page 8!

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10 HAPPENINGS 11 HORSIN AROUND On July 6 the Budweiser company announced their The Roanoke Shenandoah Valley Horse Show new look saying, “Our new state bottles and cans celebrate the homes of our breweries and the communities that support them,” said Ricardo Marques, vice president, Budweiser. “Since 1876, Budweiser has been proudly brewed across America, and this summer, we’re inviting local consumers to raise a cold one..."!

returned to the Virginia Horse Center on Wednesday, June 21, for the second year in a row. During this year's competition, Ceil Wheeler and her own Callaway's Brioni took home the tricolor! Read all about Keswich winners, including Peggy Augustus' Stellar Wind on page 11!

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18 COMMUNITY The historic Paramount Theater of

Charlottesville, Virginia was named the 2017 Outstanding Historic Theatre by the League of Historic American Theatres on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Get the full story, from the people involved and comments on page 18.

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20 TRAVEL The pursuit of fish with a fly has taken Charles Thach-

er to many far-flung locations. Frequently, even if the quality of the fishing has been disappointing, Charles says "the overall experience has been enjoyable [and] rarely does he evaluate an invitation to fish based solely on his angling expectations. So off he goes to the fly-fishing club of Paris to explore the trout fishing in the streams of Burgundy, the famous wine region of France. Read all about his adventures!

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OVERHEARD

Here and there... in Keswick Photo of the Month

Congrats Congratulations to the team of Chris Hinchcliff and Brian Helms for winning the 2017 Keswick Golf Club Men's Member-Guest tournament on July 20-22. Chris and Brian persevered through the grueling seven team Shoot-Out, emerging victorious on the eighteenth hole with a one shot victory over the team of Dave Dolan and Tom Trucksess. Photo Top Center: Brian on the left and Chris on the right.

Life in Keswick “Boys of Keswick” Summer Hilltopping (L-R) Kinsey Marable, Brook Royster and David Perdue

On and Off The Market There are some high end property price reductions to note this month. 5460 Stony Point Pass, Piedmont Lodge, with 4 beds, 3.5 baths, 5863 sf and 54 acres is reduced from an original $1.595m to $1.295m. 6182 Turkey Sag Rd, Keswick Hill, with 3 beds, 4.5 baths, 3330 sf and 25 acres is reduced from an original $1.425m to $$1.350m. 1570 St John Road, Linden Ridge, with 4 beds, 3.5 baths, 5450 sf and 70 acres is reduced from an original $1.2950m to $1.995m. 6350 Twin Brooks Drive, Cobham Station Farm, with 4 beds, 3 baths, 3056 sf and 25 acres is down from $849k to $814.9k and in Glenmore there were 8 minor reductions but the big one was 1630 Piper Way with 5 beds, 5.5 baths and 9102 sf down from $1.299m to $1.189m. In Keswick Estate 664 Club View Drive with 5 beds, 3.5 baths, 3200 sf and 2 golf front acres is down from $749k to $724.9k and 2 Keswick Estate lots are reduced, 4090 Wood Lane, a 3 acre lot down from $450 to $395k and 18 Club Drive, a 2 acre lot down from $425k to $325k New to the market is 3575 Turnbridge Lane with 6 beds, 5.5 baths and 6000 sf listed at $789k. 2402 Pendower Lane with 5 beds, 5.5 baths and 4235 sf listed at $699.999k and 1770 Shelbourne Lane with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 3541 sf listed at $525k. 102 Richmond Road, a 5 bed, 4 bath, 7552 sf mansion on 43 acres is available at $895k and 4545 Louisa Road, Horseshoe Hill, with 4 beds, 3.5 baths, 6295 sf on 42 acres is available for $1.795m. The old post office at 862 Campbell Road with 3 beds, 2 baths, 1805 sf on 5 acres is available at $312k and off Campbell Rd in Paddock Woods you can get 47 acres for $330k, 29 acres for $209k or 112 acres for $561.75k.

“It's such a privilege to have Keswick train their foxhounds puppies in my neighborhood. Impromptu "mutual" distraction training and proofing stays. Tally Ho!! “ Go to https://youtu.be/ki_-2yiGDi0 to check out the YouTube video.

Freshen Up Keswick Post Office referred to as 22947 has a new coat of paint…The Cismont referred to as Blues new colors and as all were probably stuck at one time or another on Rt. 231 the yellow lines all painted anew… and a white farm fence now a black farm fence. New Sign inside the post office..If you are leaving your vehicle overnight at 22947 you must notify the postal clerks.

Thanks We want to give a big thank you and best wishes to Chef Mario as he departs from Keswick Hall next week for his new adventure in Florida. We wish him the very best! The buffet lunches and service will never be the same.

Save the Dates The 2018 Virginia Garden Week Tour is planning visits in Keswick…viewing the gardens of Ben Coolyn, Chopping Bottom and East Belmont…watch for the days they will be open , definite date to save!!

Bravo Willow Grove Inn is excited to announce their Forbes Four-Star rated property is expanding! They will be adding 2 guest houses, each with 5 luxury rooms and suites, along with a Spa and Fitness facility and Pool! Not only will they be able to house more guests, but also be able to offer more amenities and services than they currently provide. They cannot wait to share these new facilities with you. Stay tuned for updates and photos along the expansion process, and your chance to be a part of something special! As a guest at The Inn, you are their priority. They will do everything they can to ensure that the construction process does not interfere with your guest experience. They thank you for your understanding and are excited to announce that they have been voted#1 Resort Hotel in the South in this year's Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards along with #3 Resort Hotel in the United States #9 Resort Hotel in the World . They would like to thank all of their loyal guests for your continued support!

Under contract in Glenmore is 2131 Piper Way, a 4 bed, 3.5 bath, 5050 sf home listed at $775k and 3076 Hyde Park Place, a 7 bed, 7.5 bath, 8850 sf home finally reduced to $1.299m. 1037 Club Drive in Keswick with 5 beds, 5.5 baths, 6098 sf on 2.7 acres under contract finally reduced to $1.389m. 5474 Stony Point Pass with 3 beds, 3.5 baths and 2185 sf is under contract finally reduced to $429k and 116 Distan Court, a 3 bed, 3.5 bath, 4062 sf home under contract at a final price of $489k Sold in Glenmore 1386 Tatterstall Court with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 4579 sf listed at $629 and sold for $615k. 1825 Westerham Street with 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 5252 sf listed at $759, sold for $715k. 1458 Bremberton Lane a 4 bed, 3.5 bath, 2954 sf home listed at $575 and sold for $545k. 3398 Carroll Creek Road with 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 4481 sf listed at $614.8k and custom sold for $659.2k. 2462 Pendower Lane a 5 bed, 5 bath, 4582 sf home listed at $749.9k and sold for $680k. 3219 Darby Lane with 6 beds, 5.5 baths and 6537 sf listed at $1.349m and sold for $1.125m. 2034 Limestone Crossing a 4 bed, 5.5 bath, 7474 sf home listed at $2.485m and custom sold for $2.659m and 2507 Wiltshire Close with 6 beds, 5.5 baths and 4503 sf listed at $719k and sold for $695k.

Trail Blazing We want to give a big thank you to Montpelier for hosting the Keswick Hunt Club trail ride, led by Jennifer Nesbit.

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The GOING OUT Guide Mark your calendars! Save the date! Don’t be late! FAMILY FUN Horseback Riding Tours

ON STAGE Broadway at the Paramount

FOUNDING FATHERS Constitution Day

Where: Grelen, Somerset ,Va When: Call for available dates

Where: Paramount Theater When: Saturday, August 12th

Where: Montpelier, Orange, Virginia When: September 16th

Experience the breathtaking beauty and serenity of Gre- On Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 7:00PM, DMR Adven- Celebrate the anniversary of the U.S. Constitution with len Nursery and The Grelen Trails on horseback! Indian Summer Guide Service (ISGS) is now offering private horseback rides on the 600-acre tree nursery property. It will be a magical experience. Don't miss out as dates fill quickly! Book now by emailing ISGS directly or calling (434) 531-9679. $150/person for 1.5 hours. 2 Hour rides an option at an additional fee. Minimum 4 people/ride. One Market at Grelen 10% off discount coupon is included for each rider. *Please note: Horseback riding on the trails is only allowed by private tour with ISGS. Riding is not permitted at Grelen for any other individual or group. OPTIONAL ADD-ONS Ride thru the nursery fields with an ISGS Guide AND Grelen Founder and plant expert Dan Gregg. Talk trees and plants the whole time and ask unlimited gardening questions. Add $100 for the extra horse plus $50/person for 1.5 hr ride, $75/person for 2 hr ride. ISTG must check on Dan’s availability before booking. A PICK-YOUR-OWN EXPERIENCE Toward the end of your ride, climb down from your horse and fill your saddle bags with delicious in-season fruit. Pick-yourown apples, peaches or berries at the end of your ride. Keep up to 2 pints of berries (per person) or 10 pounds of apples or peaches (per person). $10/person. Only available in season. LUNCH & MORE After working up an appetite, please come enjoy the delicious fare and drink at The Market's Casual Cafe. Pre-order appetizers, lunch and/or VA beer, cider and wine (selected from our extensive curated list) and it will be ready after the ride. Sit anywhere around The Market: on the beautiful patio, in the shade garden or in the greenhouse. Price is dependent on order. Please pre-order at least a week in advance by emailing or calling Emmie Woody at 540-672-7268

Somerset Steam & Gas Pasture Party Where: Fairfield View Dairy Farm, Somerset When: September 8,9 and 10th 8am-Dusk

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Somerset Steam & Gas Engine Association hosts it's annual Somerset Steam & Gas Pasture Party. The Pasture Party will display exhibits of steam boilers and engines, gas engines, tractors, antique and classic cars. The Somerset Steam & Gas Pasture Party is a non profit show. Although there is a gate donation requested, proceeds, after show expenses are paid, are split between local charitable organizations, Volunteer Fire Companies, Rescue Squads, Scholarships and charitable work within the surrounding communities. Local businesses contribute innumerably to the support of the Pasture Party from free transportation, to logs for sawmill, to everything in between. We thank them and request that you show your appreciation by supporting our local businesses.For Additional Information: (540) 672-3429 Website: http://www.somersetsteamandgas. org

tures presents Broadway at The Paramount, a Broadway-themed musical revue featuring over 40 young performers from Charlottesville and the surrounding area alongside visiting Broadway Guest Artists. The event features Jennifer DiNoia (currently playing Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway), Tony Gonzalez (Mamma Mia!, Saturday Night Fever, We Will Rock You), and returning actor/director, Matthew Steffens, a graduate of the University of Virginia (Dr. Zhivago, West Side Story, Promises, Promises, , Smash,The Last Five Years film). DMR Adventures returns to The Paramount's stage after performing as the opening act to Vocalosity in January 2017! Use code "BROADWAY" to receive 15% off tickets through August 7, 2017. Tickets for this event are on sale now and can be purchased at www. theparamount.net, by phone at 434-979-1333, or in person at the Box Office.

FOOD + WINE Wine Down Wednesdays Where: Keswick Vineyards When: June 21st, July 19th, August 16th – 5:30 – 8 pm

Come "wine down" with some great music, food, and, of course, wine, on select Wednesday nights at Keswick Vineyards from 5:30pm - 8pm. June 21 – Music: Jon Spear Band / Food: Spice Sea Gourmet July 19 – Music: Erin & the Wildfire / Food: Spice Sea Gourmet August 16 – Music: Jason Burke / Food: Spice Sea

SPORTING 7th Annual Polo Classic Where: Great Meadow, The Plains, Virginia When: Sunday, September 10th

You will not want to miss the NSLM's 7th Annual Polo

Classic on Sunday, September 10! This classy and memorable event has got it all...world-class polo play, exquisite dining and libations, and plenty of festivities. The Polo Classic will be held on the Sheila C. Johnson polo field amidst the beautiful open space at Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia. Notable polo players promise to deliver exciting competition. The Dubai Team will compete against the British Military Team for the Founders Cup in the National Sporting Library & Museum’s 7th Annual Polo Classic at Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia on Sunday, September 10, 2017. Both teams will be captained by experienced international polo players who are ready to showcase their team’s skill and athleticism on the field. Steve Thompson will lead the Dubai Team and Major Mark Cann will lead the British Military Team. For more information, call 540687-6542 ext. 26

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family and friends on the historic grounds of Montpelier. Begin the day with an interpreter-led "We the People" trail walk on the 3.55-mile Montpelier Loop Trail at 9:30 a.m., learning about Madison's role as an early environmentalist, managing Montpelier today, tree identification, the duPonts, and more. There is free admission to the house 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., and hands-on history activities and colonial games around the grounds. Mr. Madison will be at home and will be receiving guests all day. Be sure to take in our newest permanent exhibition, The Mere Distinction of Colour. Take the family on a wagon ride around the property to get a look at the "back roads." Enjoy a variety of walking tours: Montpelier's Enslaved Community; Gardens & Grounds; and Dig It! Archaeology Tour. The archaeology lab and active archaeological dig sites will be open - come and learn about our latest discoveries! On the other side of Route 20, the Gilmore Cabin, a freedman's farm, will be open and and staffed by interpreters all day. The restored 1910 Train Depot housing the self-guided Jim Crow exhibition In the Time of Segregation also will be open. The award-winning Barbeque Exchange will be offering a delicious buffet lunch from noon - 3 p.m. for $14/person; enjoy live music while you eat. Or bring a picnic and spread out over 2,650 acres.

LIVING HISTORY 2017 Heritage Harvest Festival Where: Monticello When: September 9, 10 & 11

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than 100 programs and hands-on workshops, garden tours, chef demos, kids' activities, heirloom fruit and vegetable tastings and so much more! Join us for 10th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello, September 9, 10 & 11 ! Celebrate Jefferson's legacy as a revolutionary gardener with more heirloom tastings, workshops and chefs demos than ever before. From cheesemaking to "lamb hams;" medicine making to growing gourmet mushrooms; secrets for tomato success in the Southeast, hands-on craft cider demos, kids' activities, a petting zoo, a beer garden, music and more - this year's festival has something for everyone. And NEW this year - HHF is expanding to Sunday

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COVER STORY BY KESWICK LIFE STAFF

Train Spotting at Keswick Station

On July 17th, 2017, for the first time in 55 years, the southbound Amtrak train from Washington, DC to Charlottesville, stopped at the former Keswick Station, actually Hunt Club Road. Two of Keswick Hall & Golf Club’s repeat guests "de-trained" and were greeted by staff, friends and Keswickians Mr. Donald Skinner, a 37 year employee with Amtrak arranged the historic stop. He was recently described by Dave Harris, retired Amtrak, as "not only dedicated, but tenacious, detail oriented whole never forgetting to take his eye's off the "big picture" concerning his responsibilities of the position entrusted to

him". He continued, "Don is definately on of my best [Amtrak Heros]". Mr. Skinner told friends and Keswick staff if he was going to end his 37 years with Amtrak, he wanted to end it here with us. Mr. Skinner and friends have been frequent guests of Keswick Hall and Golf Club for over 16 years. The Keswick Hall & Golf Club team decided to capture this special moment for Mr. Skinner and presented the video at his departure. We thought you might enjoy as well.

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Looking Back at Keswick Station The building Little Keswick School uses as a dining hall was once the Keswick train station. The train tracks used to pass close to it and curve around like the highway does. You can see the old track bed on Vicky Collins' property. You can see the foundation of the old bridge across the creek, across from David Ordel's. I believe they straightened out the tracks to their present line shortly after WWII. In the movie Giant, shot in the mid 1950s, the train stopped at the "new" depot, the cinderblock building across from Springdale. Charlotte Rafferty told me, and I've also read in newspaper articles, that the train would stop next to the lower ring (the upper ring wasn't built until the 1950s) to pick up and drop off spectators in the show's early days. – Barclay Rives Mary Barbin called Peggy Augustus’ mother and told her she would be passing by Keswick on the train and would like to see the horse that they had for sale. As the train slowed, Mary Barbin was standing on the rail of the back car, and after catching a glimpse of the horse “Captain Lawton”, she called to Peggy’s mother “Ill take him”. Another time, Peggy remember a group of Texans had rented a train car and when the train passed the Keswick Horse showgrounds (which at that time was only located at the lower ring ) , the Texans saw the horse show and made the train stop to go see horse show. – Peggy Augustus

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HAPPENINGS

This Bud’s For Virginia: Beer Company Updates Bottle Labels For Summer BY KESWICK LIFE On July 6 the company announced their new look saying, “Our new state bottles and cans celebrate the homes of our breweries and the communities that support them,” said Ricardo Marques, vice president, Budweiser. “Since 1876, Budweiser has been proudly brewed across America, and this summer, we’re inviting local consumers to raise a cold one with us.”The bottles and cans with special packaging are specific to California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas and Virginia. Budweiser is paying tribute this summer to the 12 states where its beers are brewed, including Virginia. Starting this month, and through September, specially-packaged Bud bottles and cans will carry the names of states that are home to breweries. Budweiser has a large brewing facility in Williamsburg, Virginia, the Williamsburg Anheuser-Busch brewery. For the special summer packaging, “Budweiser” on cans and bottles has been replaced with “Virginia.” The center medallion “AB” monogram has been replaced with the state’s initials, and “King of Beers” has been changed to the Virginia state motto, which translates to “Thus Always to Tyrants.” The company’s Williamsburg brewery will also hold its first-ever open house on Sept. 16. Visitors can take photos with its world-famous Clydesdales and take a tour.

You can find the Virginia branded beer on shelves until September as they are a part of Budweiser’s summer packaging Anheuser-Busch’s Clydesdales will make an appearance in Williamsburg on Sept. 16. (Photo courtesy of Anheuser-Busch).

September 16th | 11:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.

Please join us at Budweiser’s Williamsburg brewery in a celebration of local community. Get a sneak peek into the world of brewing our Great American Lager and sample some of the freshest Budweiser in the nation. Come on by to learn about our one-of-a-kind brewing process from the Brewmasters themselves, or just to enjoy ice cold Budweiser, live music, local eats from our premium food trucks, and a special appearance from our world-famous Clydesdales. FREE ADMISSION: All ages allowed — must be 21+ to enjoy Budweiser responsibly. Food and beverage also available for purchase. “Our new state bottles and cans celebrate the homes of our breweries and the communities that support them,” said Ricardo Marques, vice president, Budweiser. “Since 1876, Budweiser has been proudly brewed across America, and this summer, we’re inviting local consumers to raise a cold one with us.” State-centric packaging the summer has also been rolled out in the 11 other states where Bud brews, including California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Texas.

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Charming Horse Farm, within Farmington Hunt Territory, consisting of about 24 acres, 8-stall Barn, and 3 Paddocks. The 4 bedroom property offers stainless steel appliances, granite counters & sink, open floor plan to family room & informal dining area. Sunroom off the back of the house overlooks 3 pastures where horses graze in full view & you can enjoy serene pastoral views. Cottage boasts one-level living with more living area on the terrace level. Separate drive goes down around the barn, allowing for commercial vehicles to easily load & unload horses. Minutes to the airport. 672 Simmons Gap Road. Bunny French (434) 996-1029. MLS# 559776

Stunning home perfectly sited in a private setting, yet offering the convenience of Glenmore Country Club and its many amenities. Built to uncompromising standards with reclaimed building materials. At the home’s center is its great room with a striking floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and window walls with seasonal mountain views. Gourmet kitchen with commercial grade appliances, custom cabinetry, and highest level granite. First and second floor master suites with large baths and more views. 150-year-old reclaimed rustic hardwood floors are found throughout. Billie Magerfield (434) 962-8865. MLS# 561027

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from in and around the Keswick environs two round score of 335 to capture the win. Leigh Ashby of Lincolnton, NC, and Onyxford's Blue Magic finished in second place with a two round score of 326, while Erica Felder of Lenoir, NC, and Elegance secured third place with a final score of 320.Jolly and Mischief Managed, owned by Rhiana Hughes, performed brilliantly together throughout the two rounds, earning a 167 in the first round, before taking the win with a 168 in the handy. Emma is fifteen-years-old and trains with Brooke Kemper of Culpepper, VA, "This was such a fun experience. I think it really got the ponies and the riders ready for the finals later this summer. The big ring let you get them out in front of you, but then bring them back in," said Jolly. "It was a great atmosphere to relax and just have a blast."

because they have been looking for that special derby horse. I showed him in one other derby before this, so I am really just getting to know him."Flamingo-K only started competing in the hunter discipline this year, originally coming from the jumpers, and his transition to the hunter derby ring has been flawless. Photo Hunt Tosh

Emma Jolly and Mischief Managed Photo Credit ©Sportfot

Ceil Wheeler Rides Away with Tricolor at Roanoke Shenandoah Valley Horse Show The Roanoke Shenandoah Valley Horse Show returned to the Virginia Horse Center on Wednesday, June 21, for the second year in a row. Exhibitors took to the Coliseum ring to compete for top honors, with championship pinning taking place throughout the weekend.During this year's competition, Ceil Wheeler and her own Callaway's Brioni took home the tricolor in the ASB Ladies Five Gaited Championship. The reserve champion was presented to Phyllis Brookshire aboard Man on the Move for the class. Suzanne Wright and Fort Chiswell's Wild Kiss earned the ASB Five Gaited Show Pleasure Adult championship, with the reserve championship going to Jennie Garlington riding Kalarama's New Moon. The horse show welcomed exhibitors and spectators to this year's event with "A Grand Celebration," an inaugural evening filled with cocktails and delectable hors d'oeuvres. Guests had the opportunity to mingle with community business leaders and influential government officials on the concourse of the Waldron arena. Held during the second night of the show, guests enjoyed an open bar while watching USEF Saddlebred, Roadster, and Hackney action. They also had the chance to hone their skills in the judge's box with "Be the Judge," a special opportunity to rate competitors and present historic trophies to the winners at center ring. The night concluded with great music at the lively after party.

Making just her fourth start and first attempt at the stakes level, Unchained Melody the daughter of Smart Strike was in control at every point of call in the $250,000 Mother Goose Stakes (G2), as she turned back six challengers in gate-to-wire fashion at Belmont Park July 1.Bred by Hare Forest Farm, which owns her in partnership with Hidden Brook Farm, Unchained Melody came into the Mother Goose off a two-length win a 1 1/16-mile allowance test at Belmont June 1. She broke her maiden first time out at Gulfstream Park March 19 and came in second going six furlongs at Keeneland in April."The (grade 1) Alabama (Aug. 19) would be the next step, I think," Lynch said. "We'll give her some time and set her for that. I think she's certainly stamped her card in that direction today."

Photo Sloan Coles

Ceil Wheeler and Callaway's Brioni. Photo courtesy of Shiflet Photography

Emma Jolly of Keswick, VA, and Mischief Managed rode to victory in the $10,000 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby, the highlight of the first annual USHJA Foundation Pony Spectacular at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). Jolly and Mischief Managed secured a

The $50,000 Grand Prix of Michigan CSI2* highlighted Week Two of competition at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF) on Sunday. Twenty-four international athletes went head-to-head in the Grand Prix Ring, but it was Sloane Coles who took home the first win for the United States during the first week of FEI competition at GLEF with Esprit, owned by The Springledge Group. Course designer Manuel Esparza of Mexico challenged horses and riders over a 13-fence serpentine in the first round, but only seven were invited back to jump-off after going clear. Twenty-one-year-old Kaely Tomeu (USA) and Gentille, owned by Siboney Ranch, produced the first double-clear round of the jump-off, stopping the timers in 40.930 seconds as second to go in the order.It looked as though Tomeu would take the win as the only exhibitor to go clear in the tie-breaking round, as faults were collected throughout the next four rounds, until Coles and the 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding entered the ring as the final combination to jump-off. The pair galloped around the shortened track, adding no faults to their name, and crossed the finish line in 40.450 seconds to clinch the blue ribbon.In addition to her winning title and prize money, Coles took home a bottle of wine, courtesy of Black Star Farms, and a gift certificate for a free custom portrait from Kristi’s Canvas. Coles was also presented with one of Bloomfield Open Hunts’ historic trophies, the Wayne State University Grand Prix Trophy from the historic Motor City Horse Show, by Dean and Wendly Groulx

Hunt Tosh of Milton, Georgia, and Flamingo-K, owned by Ceil Wheeler, finished as the winning pair in the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Tryon International Equestrian Center .The duo were tied for second place after the first round with a combined score of 177 and turned in another strong performance in the handy round, earning a score of 200, for a total score of 377. "He is very new to us," Tosh explained. "The Wheeler's bought him for me at Devon this year

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In winnning the Clement Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar on July 30th, Stellar Wind now has 10 wins from 15 starts and more than $2.3 million in earnings. The Virginia bred, out of the Malibu Moon mare Evening Star, was bred and raised in Keswick at Peggy Augustus' Keswick Stables.

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ONLY IN KESWICK Call Us Fuddy Duddy BY TONY VANDERWARKER

That’s okay, because we are. Just have

someone paint their fence yellow and the community goes bonkers. People around here like things as they are. And if they’re not, they push and prod to get them back the way they should be. When we first moved in, Anne Barnes called us aside and asked, “This might sound silly, but for years the orange azalea at your farm entrance has bothered me. It clashes with the purple one across the way. Would you please consider taking it out?” Pull up a bush because your neighbor doesn’t like it? No problem. I quickly tore it out and Anne Barnes was mighty pleased. And the community was relieved when the new owner of Kesmont painted the yellow fence black. When it comes to fences, black is good, white is better and split rails get a pass. But yellow? You might as well paint the Hunt Club purple. Speaking of fences, there’s the monstrosity that goes beyond hideous. Someone told a farm owner that vehicles could crash through her wooden fence and kill her horses so she put up the ultimate car killer—a concrete fence. This thing gives ugly a bad name. To come upon it amidst the lush greenery and carefully tended roadside, is like rounding a corner and encountering Sasquatch. Ersatz

clapboard topped with crisscross and festooned with pineapples, the fence is truly ghastly. Plus it’s the color of what you’d find in a diaper. And to make matters worse, a couple years after she put it up, a car crashed through it. The Keswick aesthetic is throwback, definitely, but in an age of passwords and streaming media where change is constant, it’s nice to drive down a road where everything is familiar. The signs and plantings at the farm entrances are reassuringly the same, when a tree goes down or someone mars the side of the road with tire tracks, everyone gabs about it. How fiercely protective are people about 231? Just ask the people who religiously hew to the speed limit. Have twenty cars riding your bumper for ten miles? Keswickians could care less. This is our road and the speed limit is 45--so live with it. When VDOT announced plans to trim the trees along the road to increase visibility, the community went into conniptions. You might as well have suggested putting triple-track storms on Monticello or clear-cutting Lonesome Mountain. You don’t mess with Keswick. Same when a past owner of the Cismont store let it be known that he was considering a huge Sheetz-style awning over his gas pumps—the outcry caused him to quickly ditch the idea.

People police their road frontage, pick up trash, manicure the grass and clean their farm signs. One neighbor hires a tribe of Hispanics to pick up trash along the roadway, another goes out on Sunday mornings and pulls down ads tacked to trees. If you let soda cans accumulate on your roadside or your grass grow long, you might as well go out with spinach in your teeth or soap in your ears. People gossip when a neighbor’s fences look like they need painting and kibbitz about the new house at Clark’s Tract. Even newcomers, like the guy with the new house, understand there’s a Keswick design ethic. The owner even emailed me, remembering something I had written about the famous yellow fence, and saying he hoped Keswickians wouldn’t be upset that he painted his house yellow. I reassured him that yellow is fine for houses, just not for fences. The new owners of a big farm put up a world-class entrance, with fancy stonework, extensive planting, even some decorative chains. While some road snobs have snarkily suggested the whole thing is over-the-top, there’s no doubt it will wear well and become an accepted and admired piece of the landscape.

the road’s character. The neighborhood takes them in stride, realizing that like texting and hiphop, they are here to stay. But every time a new gate goes you can hear Keswickians wistfully ask, “Can you believe all these gates?” In the two years we were building our house, we often talked about the how neighbors would react. Would people think a modern house would be tainting the area’s Palladian heritage? Soon after we moved in, we had a group of friends over for cocktails, Anne Barnes among them. Would Keswick’s leading aesthetician look down her nose at our house? Sitting in the living room, Anne surveyed our new digs and pronounced, “Well, I couldn’t live in it, but I kind of like it.” And recently we were concerned about the community reaction to the new light posts and plantings we were putting in at the entrance to Chopping Bottom so Annie and I were and were relieved when people reacted positively. Your farm entrance is your face to the world. And the last thing you want is to have egg on it. Especially for a fuddy duddy like me.

Then there are the gates. When we first moved here, no one had gates. Now there are six. They are all nicely done, tasteful, and understated but they do change

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Our 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom, ranch style home, custom built in 2000, sits on 25 acres of beautiful rolling Keswick area farmland. We have around 2,200 sf on the main level with a gourmet kitchen that has cherry cabinetry and granite counter tops, vaulted ceilings in the family room, wood floors in the kitchen and dining area, and a light filled master suite with a jetted tub. There is also a finished walkout basement with a bedroom, bathroom and a den in its 825+/- sf. We have an extensive wrap around screened porch and covered porch with views of the 3 fenced pastures. There is water, shelter and secure fencing for horses currently on the property. The parcel is private with mountain views, around a mile from popular Castle Hill Cider and midway between Keswick and Gordonsville. $814,900

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hese rolling hills and lush, sprawling vistas, already home to the renowned Keswick Hall and Golf Club, provide a remarkably picturesque setting for the Keswick Estate. Steeped in fascinating history and nestled in the foothills of Virginia’s fabled Blue Ridge Mountains, our real estate offers the opportunity to turn your vacation into a lifestyle and fully enjoy all the Charlottesville region have to offer. Keswick Estate, with only 121 homes and home sites behind its gates, provides the opportunity to live the resort life all year long. Home sites range from two to six acres and are presented for purchase in limited offerings. A theme of classic architectural design, guided by the Design Review Board, pervades the Estate. There is a site for everyone, including those inspired by golf views, lakefront access, and wooded tranquility. Purchasers are encouraged to select their own architect to design the perfect home for their lifestyles and one that will enhance the fabric of the Estate. Located just five miles from Martha Jefferson Hospital, ten miles from the University of Virginia, and less than forty-five minutes from the high end shopping district of Short Pump outside of Richmond, Keswick Estate provides all of the convenience you could ever need with all of the privacy and security of a proper country estate.

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why do we do it, to see other sights, broaden our minds, and learn new ways of being, or for the fun and novelty? Ever since my son John returned from a trip to Uganda last summer, he has been asking me to go back with him. I didn't understand until I got there, he had been joking. He never expected me to take him up on his request. The joke turned out to be on him. When he first told me of his plans to visit Uganda I asked an incredulous why? For a man content most times to let a few well-chosen words suffice as an answer, he only shrugged a reply. I, more loquacious by a factor of ten, found myself also bereft of words when the same question was put to me a year later. A mysterious primal urge defied explanation while drawing my interest. Two previous trips to Africa, was as different from this latest as Zwieback is to banana bread. They set a stage for extraordinary contrasts. When we considered visiting this intriguing continent we chose a tour. It was the antithesis to Hubs and my usual wandering around in foreign parts. But seemed the safest way to avert a disaster. I met lots of chambermaids, guides, bartenders and support staff on that trip. I never once left a compound or strayed out into a street without a cadre of minders. Everyone was jovial, charming and likable. The same qualities, undoubtedly that got them their jobs rather than exemplifying the citizenry of a country. With no agenda or tour-guide nipping at my heels, I looked forward to seeing the sights. I found myself both exhilarated and terrified. That is until Church greeted us at the airport. A younger sister bestowed the moniker finding her sibling's name a challenge. Church Fridaus, a friend John, made on his last stay appointed herself our guide. She also acted as a representative of the Ugandan chamber of commerce. According to our wig-bedecked docent, (to give herself more cred) for a white person to be in Kampala unaided by an African amounted to a suicide mission. John and I impressed upon her that she should lose the wig straight away before we set about to disprove her suicide theory. Since my view of the city appeared to be a labyrinth of clogged streets and menacing motorcyclists, I couldn't argue. My princess-and-the-pea sensibilities recoiled when I first laid eyes on my Ugandan lodgings. Used as I was to several more stars in the ratings and loft in the mattresses. Kampala met all the criteria for an exotic city. My interpretation of the

BY MARY MORONY word runs more to romance, delicious foods, and extraordinary sights. The traffic alone negated any romance Jambs are a way of life. On time, is a western concept. Clouts of frustrated tourist stand looking at their watches. Meanwhile Africans and expats arrive without apology when they do. Mass transit does not exist. By default the job comes in the form of thousands of motorcycle taxis. They swarm like hornets through and around traffic. Bodabodas, as the taxis are called, are the only way to get from point A to point B on time. Safety, however, is an issue when using this form of transportation. They drive on either side of the road, on sidewalks, weave in and around traffic and never stop at a light. Boda-bodas were off limits to us white folk. Though our keeper hopped aboard one, if Kenny the driver was missing in action. As we sat in the interminable traffic, a constant reframe of careful emanated from our over-cautious-hostess. I don't know if Church has a larcenous soul or a vivid imagination. She saw cell phones plucked from unsuspecting hands, while on a boda-bodas, standing at street corners, or sitting in a car in a traffic snarl. Despite all the dire warnings, we brandished our phones about filming the cityscape. Neither of us lost our cells even while filming aboard the dreaded boda-bodas.

had that moment noshed into a similarly cooked egg with a gray yolk. Church and her husband Geoffrey work in the slums. They keep tabs on several woman and their children. Many men in Uganda marry, produce children, move on to another wife and make more children. Since most lack jobs, few support the women and children they left. The Kampala slums have a disproportionate amount of single mothers in residence because of this. When I was invited to visit the slums with Geoffrey and Church, I wanted to find a reason, and I assure you any would do, not to go. I couldn't fathom being in the squalor an African slum conjured up. Seeing children no more than four-year-olds begging in the streets with their month'sold siblings strapped to their backs was mind-boggling enough. Having been a single mother the stories of the families the two shepherded were especially heart breaking. It didn't allay my dread that I needed to have a police escort equipped with AK-47s. Every square inch of the place assaulted my senses. Mud huts crammed into each other among more filth than I could ever have imagined. I went into several homes

A few days later we went to the Kampala Home for the Handicapped. Church whispered to me as we approached the grounds that even she couldn't work here. I shuttered then steeled myself for a magnitude of horror and sad circumstances. If this angel of misery couldn't handle what was in store how was I? I had no idea how many afflictions disabled encompassed. Nor did I know that some of the afflictions I saw there existed. In a few minutes the scales fell from my eyes and as I looked past the handicap at the unmistakable joy for life the children possessed. Someone asked a volunteer how she kept from being depressed. She responded, "How could I get depressed?" The attitude of gratitude that permeated the school was palpable. Though my body might have wished for a more varied menu while I was there, I left Africa with my soul fed.

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After two days of no so great western style restaurants, I suggested we try an African one. Had that first meal been my sole foray into African cuisine I would have delighted in the subtle tastes and flavors. As meals turned out, I experienced a preponderance of African food in my seventeen-day stay. The problem, whether for lunch or dinner was the monotony. The only variance in the menu was the choice between goat or chicken with steamed bananas, white rice, plantains, beans, Irish (white potatoes), vegetable gravy and fruit for dessert. The fruit could not have been more delicious, especially the pineapple. It became my go to breakfast. I never thought of myself as a picky eater (as a friend once said "we'll eat anything look at us!"). That is until I bit into a commercially grown hard-boiled Ugandan chicken egg. I had a strange sensation of what's-wrong-here when I took a bite and noticed nothing but white. Wondering how an egg could be yolkless, I inspected further to find the yolk to be the same hue as the white. Odd as it was, I hardly suspected the color would affect the taste. As I started in on my second bite of egg, I began to gag. A person at the table across from me

and met countless children. I came away awed by the kindness and joie de vivre exuding from so unlikely a place. There is more discontent on street corners in the United States than I saw in that slum. I'm glad I couldn't find an excuse not to go.

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The Paramount Theater Named 2017 Outstanding Historic Theatre The historic Paramount Theater of Char-

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lottesville, Virginia was named the 2017 Outstanding Historic Theatre by the League of Historic American Theatres on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. "We could not be more honored to receive this very distinguished award from The League of Historic American Theatres. Our pride for our Theater being recognized with this honor shines through every seat in the auditorium, every smile on a patron's face, and every glimmer of excitement in a child's eye when they see an event on stage. None of this would be possible without the foresight of those who saved and restored our beautiful Theater. To be recognized nationally as The Outstanding Historic Theatre for 2017 by such a prestigious organization, is an honor we share with our community and we plan to celebrate this honor with you all this season!" Chris Eure, Executive Director. Founded in 1976 by 42 theaters across the country, which has grown to more than 350 historic theaters with more than 1,000 individual members, the League of Historic American Theaters (LHAT) is a non-profit organization with the mission

The award was presented to the Executive Director of The Paramount Theater, Chris Eure, at the League's 41st Annual Conference which took place in Los Angeles, California, July 16 - 19. The honor of the award received carries significant respect and excitement from colleagues in the arts world.

to champion the preservation, restoration, and operation of historic theaters across North America for the benefit of their communities and future generations. The Outstanding Historic Theatre Award recognizes a theater that demonstrates excellence through its community

impact, quality of program and services, and quality of the restoration or rehabilitation of its historic structure. Former winners of this prestigious award include the distinguished Fabulous Fox in Atlanta, the New York City Center, the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, New Jersey, and Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Ohio to name a few. CLICK

Photo: Left to Right: Ken Stein, Executive Director for The League of Historic American Theatres; Maran Garland, Director of Marketing for The Paramount Theater; Chris Eure, Executive Director for The Paramount Theater; David Gies, Board Member for The Paramount Theater; Chris Faulkner, Major Gifts Officer for The Paramount Theater; Jana Gies, wife of Board Member David Gies for The Paramount Theater; Jeffrey Gabel, Founding Executive Director for the Majestic Theater, Gettysburg PA, and Chair of the Board for The League of Historic American Theatres.

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Dog Days of Summer – Beliefs and Understanding We are in the middle of the dog days of summer and while I encouraged you to explore other lands last month, this month I want to discuss a few books that ask you to explore your beliefs and expand your understanding of other religions.

Summer is the perfect time to slow down and go within and this time of year poetry really calls to me. Try The Illustrated Rumi: a Treasury of Wisdom form the Poet of the Soul by Dunn, Mascetti and Nicholson. If you have never read Rumi you will be in for a treat! This books not only has beautiful illustrations but it is a mix of story and poetry that give you a look into the Arabic world of Sufism. Here is a small taste of the poetry…perfect as you head to the beach:

Silence lies in the ocean While words flow through the river The ocean waits for you, don’t wait for the river. Look to the ocean and watch its message, It will come, it will come.

Along those same lines another Sufi exploration is Physicians of the Heart: A Sufi View of the Ninety-nine Names of Allah by Wali Ali Meyer, Bilal Hyde, Faisal Muqaddam and Shabda Kahn. Whether you are Muslim or Christian or any other religion there is something beautiful about looking at the different aspects of God and how each aspect of God touches us. I am studying one name each day this summer and it is a beautiful way to start each morning. This book is beautifully organized so you will understand the groupings of the names and why balancing one name with the other is so important. For Lovers of God Everywhere: Poems of the Christian

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Mystic by Roger Housden is a beautiful and transformational book that you might want to always keep with you. I find myself opening it up whenever I have a spare moment…and perusing the inspirational and thoughtful poetry and prayers. One page has the prayer or poem while the facing page has a commentary of the writing or the author. It’s a lovely book to relax with in the long afternoons when you are perhaps too tired or hot to read anything lengthy. Another beautiful book that connects you to God within nature is John O’Donohue’s To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings. I am not one who can just come up with blessings on the spur so I am always drawn to those who can create beautiful blessings that stir the heart. O’Donohue is by far my favorite. I adore his writing and I always find inspiration is his books, including Anam Cara which I have reviewed in the past. Celtic Christianity has a special place in my heart so I always return to this book when I need comfort or inspiration. Some of the blessings seem especially fitting for the summer. Here is a portion from In Praise of Water:

Water: vehicle and idiom Of all the inner voyaging That keeps us alive

Blessed be water, Our first mother.

And from For Eros

May the words of love Reach you and fluster Your held self, The way a silhouette of breeze Excites the meadow.

Perhaps poetry doesn’t really do it for you…. that’s ok…I have one more book that is a bit more standard. Currently there are several biographies out there of Bonhoeffer and I recently read one called Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas which will expand your awareness of this fascinating pastor who stood against the Nazi Regime in the 1930s. His bravery in standing up for his beliefs is remarkable and since I did not know a great deal about his life I found the history very compelling. It will make you think about your faith and what you are willing to stand up for. A few Bonhoeffer quotes that stand out and represent this pastors faith in action… “There is no way to peace along the way to safety. For peace must be dared. It is the great venture” “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” These are words to ponder as our summer this year seems to be filled with controversy and social justice issues. I do not believe everyone can be called to be a Bonhoeffer but we each contribute in our own way to the fabric of this world and that fabric can only be made stronger by its diversity. So I hope you appreciate all of the diverse offerings around us this summer and the more you read the more you can appreciate our differences. Try and stay cool! Suzanne

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Fishing In Wine Country The pursuit of fish with a fly has taken

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me to many far-flung locations. Frequently, even if the quality of the fishing has been disappointing, the overall experience has been enjoyable. So, rarely do I evaluate an invitation to fish based solely on my angling expectations. This past January an email arrived from the Fario Club, the fly-fishing club of Paris, inviting members to explore the trout fishing in the streams of Burgundy, the famous wine region of France. The Club was originally identified with Charles Ritz, whose father, Cesar Ritz, started the Ritz-Carlton hotel chain in 1898. Cesar was known among his peers as the “king of hoteliers and hotelier to kings” and, of course, the hotels continue to carry that cachet today. Charles took over management of the hotels following World War I and continued in that role until his death in 1976. Charles Ritz began fly fishing in his 20s, while residing in the United States. He took to it quickly, and became one of the most skilled casters and anglers in the world. His 1959 angling autobiography, A Fly Fisher’s Life – which has been translated into many languages - is generally considered one of the finest books ever written on the sport. In 1958, he founded the Fario Club (named for the brown trout), which attracted as members many prominent men, because of Ritz’s celebrity as an angler, hotelier and bon vivant. Ritz was the life-blood of the Club, and shortly after he died in 1976, the Club died with him. Fortunately, about two decades ago, it was resuscitated by a new group of French anglers led by the engaging and energetic Laurent Sainsot. The email from Laurent described a trip that would include fishing the Seine River and a few of its tributaries. That’s right – the Seine, which I knew only from seeing it in Paris. Mon dieu! Would we be fly casting for old tires and dead cats? Laurent assured me otherwise, that the Seine originates in Burgundy, a three-hour drive from Paris, and that it is a charming rural stream in those environs. So, I signed up and was on a plane to Paris in mid-May. Like many French fishing excursions, it started with a lunch including several bottles of wine, before four of us – three Frenchmen and myself – left the City of Light and drove to the tiny rural village of Aisey-sur-Seine, about 20 miles from the source where the 500-mile long river emerges from a hardly noticeable underground aquifer. On route, we passed many large, beautiful fields of blue flax, which I have never seen in the U.S.

We checked into our gite (a simple cottage) was on the grounds of a fish hatchery called La Chouette (the Owl), and made our preparations for the next day’s fishing. Nearly all the stream fishing in France, and in the rest of continental Europe, is private. Fishing rights on rivers are controlled by individuals, clubs, hotels or other parties that own or lease the land through which the river flows. Sometimes ownership goes back for many centuries. Owners can sell a permit to an angler that allows him to fish on the owner’s section for a day or longer. Even someone who lives on the banks of a river cannot fish in it unless he owns the rights or has acquired the requisite permit.

of vineyards in the Cote d’Or is very complex. This resulted first from the division of the estates of the nobility and churches following the French Revolution, and subsequently from the effect of the French system of inheritance. For example, the Montrachet district, where some of the greatest dry white wines in the world are produced, consists of 19 acres and is divided among 18 individual owners – some owning less than one-tenth of an acre. Interestingly, the last sale of a Montrachet vineyard was in 1993 when approximately one-tenth of an acre sold for over $500,000, which at least partially explains why the wines of Montrachet are so expensive, as are many of the great Burgundies.

The Burgundy region was once part of a vast, tropical sea which created limestone soils enriched with crushed shells, which in turn produced the zesty minerality that’s the hallmark of Burgundian wines. Limestone, also often holds underground aquifers, producing spring creeks (sometimes called chalk streams), which are fertile trout habitats. Some of the streams that we intended to explore in Burgundy, including the uppermost Seine, are spring creeks. There are also many spring creeks that provide fine fishing in the U.S., and in our region of Virginia, such as Mossy Run, Spring Run and Buffalo Creek.

The division of fishing rights on Burgundian rivers is not unlike the division of wine districts. A 5-mile section of river could be divided among a half dozen or more owners, with some having only a few hundred yards, or only one bank of a river. The Club’s purpose in exploring the rivers was to, first, evaluate the quality of the fishing and, second, to determine if permits for large enough sections of some rivers could be acquired to accommodate a typical Club outing consisting of a 10-20 anglers. Alas, as is often the case in France, other priorities arose which undermined the completion of our mission.

If you are familiar with the wines of Burgundy, you may know that the division

One of the anglers in our group, Marc, had an uncle, Patrick, a wine merchant

who owned the fishing rights to a section of the upper Seine and of a tributary, the Yonne. Marc had persuaded Patrick to let us fish his sections on the two rivers. We arrived at the Seine shortly after 10AM, and our first mission was to survey the waters and learn where we should fish. Patrick’s section was quite long, 2-3 miles, and the viewing required us to follow him through farm fields to observe each part of the river, the flies that were hatching, where the fish were likely to be found, and discuss the appropriate techniques for catching them. By the time we were finished it was past noon, and Patrick announced that his wife Marie had prepared lunch for us back at his 16th Century house. We gathered there and he opened a bottle of Champagne for the five of us, raising a toast to our fishing success. We had just finished the Champagne, when Marie appeared with a platter of five different local Burgundian hams, and baguettes. The hams were incredible, washed down by two different bottles of Chablis, and then a white Burgundy. I was just beginning to think about where on the river I should go to fish, when a huge platter of beef filet appeared which Patrick said was from an animal raised on the farm. The wonderful meat was surrounded by a ring of assorted grilled vegetables and accompanied by two different rich sauces. Of course, a red Burgundy was required to partner with the red meat, then surprisingly Patrick strayed from his roots, and opened a lovely syrah from the Rhone Valley. I was beginning to reach a state of somnolence, when the homemade rhubarb-raspberry pie appeared, though the fifth bottle of wine carried us through the dessert. But Patrick and Marie were undaunted. Burgundian cheeses are renowned, and the next platter included four varieties, all of which were wonderful, with small toasts to put them on and another excellent Rhone Valley wine. Of course, “what is cheese without Port?”, and a bottle was soon opened. Over our repast, we talked with increasing exuberance of fishing, food, wine and anticipated outcomes of the recent unexpected election results in both of our countries. It was the longest, wettest, and most memorable, lunch that I have eaten. After finishing, we four anglers got up (surprisingly, without assistance), donned our waders and other gear, and walked shakily to the river. We began fishing at 6PM, eight hours after we had arrived. Among the four of us we caught a single small trout, and left for the drive back to our abode at dusk, having learned nothing about the river or how to catch its fish. When we arrived back at the gite after ten o’clock, the Frenchmen insisted that dinner was required before turning in. I

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have forgotten what was served, but the next morning I observed that we had consumed three more bottles of wine. That day we drove to the other fishing section that Patrick controlled, on the Yonne River, a tributary of the Seine. Not surprisingly, we got a late start, and it was a longer drive. We arrived just in time for lunch at a small fishing cottage on the river, and I was surprised to find Patrick and Marie there to welcome us again. Marie had prepared a lunch consisting entirely of offal, cooked in the traditional French peasant style. The first course looked like ravioli, except that it was minced tripe and innards mixed with a stuffing, and wrapped in tripe. There were sweetbreads, liver and a few things that I could not, or was afraid to, identify. We were still recovering from the previous day’s Bacchanalia, so our wine intake was reduced to only six bottles, and we were all fishing by 4PM. On this river, there was a hatch of green drakes (a very large mayfly that can be found in the U.S., including a few streams in Virginia). Sometimes the big fly brings up the big fish, but it didn’t that day, and our group caught only a few small ones. But it was a pretty stream and, all-in-all, another fine day. The third day I decided that the risk of eating lunch was too great to consider venturing forth with the rest of my group, so I stayed at the gite to fish the small stream that flowed next to the hatchery, then through the property for another mile or so. On my first cast in a likely looking spot, I was careful and faintly dropped the fly on the water. Nothing happened. On the second cast, I clum-

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OBITUARY Alice Chapman Arnette of Gordonsville, Va. passed row of the church's pew praying and singing praise to away peacefully, on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at her home surrounded by loved ones. She was born in Albemarle County on April 25, 1932, to the late Alexander and Elizabeth Chapman of Albemarle County. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Philip Arnette; three brothers, Rudy Dickerson, Lawrence and Earnly Chapman; and one sister, Gertrude Jones. Alice worked for Comdial for many years. She was a creative and ambitious entrepreneur who found her passion in pottery making and ceramics. She was a life member of Zion Hill Baptist Church in Keswick, Va. where she served on the Sr. Choir and in the Missionary Ministry.

She leaves to cherish her memory her loving and devoted daughter, Teresa M. Miller of Woodbridge, Va.; two sisters, Bernice Mitchell and husband, Kenneth and Alberta Mahanes of Keswick; one brother, James Chapman and wife, Rachel of Charlottesville; one great aunt, Lucille Chapman; a sister-in-law, Josephine Crowell of Keswick: two brothers-in-law, James and Ray Arnette; two special and devoted nieces, Ramona Chapman of Gordonsville and LaToya Shelton of Charlottesville; one Goddaughter, Brigic Quarles Johnson of Waynesboro; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends. Funeral services were held at 12 p.m. on Friday, July 7, 2017, at the St. John Baptist Church, 595 St. John Rd., Gordonsville, Va., with Pastor, Kelvin R. Hawkins delivering the eulogy and the Reverend Carolyn M. Dillard officiating. Interment followed at Zion Hill Baptist Church cemetery, 802 Zion Hill Road, Keswick, Va. The family received friends at the church one hour prior to services. The family extends sincere gratitude to her attentive, in-home caregivers and Hospice of the Piedmont.

James Leon Chapman, of Keswick, Va., passed

away Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Martha Jefferson Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born in Albemarle County on July 7, 1937, to the late Alexander and Elizabeth Chapman of Albemarle County. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Rudy Dickerson, Lawrence Chapman and Earnly Chapman; and two sisters, Gertrude Jones and Alice Arnette. James "Jim Dandy" Chapman was a happy, fun-spirited man who always greeted you with a smile and a kind word. James loved people and loved making them laugh. At family gatherings, he enjoyed making everyone laugh by telling a joke. James was an avid gardener. His vegetable gardens produced a variety of vegetables such as juicy tomatoes, potatoes, onions, pole beans, mustard greens and mouth watering watermelons and cantaloupes. During the summer, one only needed to visit James' garden and forgo the grocery store! Not only was James gifted at growing his own vegetables, which he loved to share with his family and community, he was an excellent cook. James was famous for his sirloin roasts that melted in your mouth, country hams, silky smooth gravy and scalloped potatoes. Honestly, there was nothing he couldn't cook! At family gatherings, James' favorite place was in the kitchen, wearing his red apron with a carving knife in hand. He was raised in a loving Christian home and baptized at an early age. James was a life-long member of Zion Hill Baptist Church, serving as an Ordained Deacon, and for many years Chairman of the Deacon Ministry. James loved Zion Hill and looked forward to Sunday morning worship service. Faithfully, he was seated on the front

The Lord. He enjoyed listening to the choir while clapping his hands and tapping his feet to the music. James proudly served his country while enlisted in the Army, where he was stationed at Fort McClellan, Alabama. In 1971, he began his career with Kane Furniture and remained a faithful and devoted employee until 2013. His greatest joy in life was his family. James loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He showered them with love and spent quality time with each of them. They affectionately referred to him as PaPa. James leaves to cherish his memory his loving and devoted wife of fifty-three years, Rachel Chapman of Keswick, Va.; two children, Paul Brassfield and wife, Carolyn, of Felton Del. and Carmelita Gaines and husband, Earnest, of Charlottesville, Va.; two sisters, Bernice Mitchell and husband, Kenneth, of Keswick, Va. and Alberta Mahanes of Keswick, Va.; three sisters-inlaw, Shirley Thompson of Charlottesville, Va., Patricia White of Charlottesville, Va. and Linda Ayers and husband, Floyd, of Charlottesville, Va.; four grandchildren, Jeffrey White Jr. of Keswick, Va., Tiffany White and husband, Jamaal, of Charlottesville, Va., Erica Gaines of Charlottesville, Va. and Earnest Gaines III of Conn.; nine great-grandchildren, James, Jayla, Jordyn, Zuri, Nia, JaQuavion, Brooklyn, King and Bellemy; two goddaughters, Lisa Chapman of Keswick, Va., and Patrice White of Charlottesville, Va.; one special Aunt, Lucille Chapman, many loving nieces and nephews, cousins and a host of friends. James was a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. He was loved and will be sorely missed. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 23, 2017, at St. John Baptist Church, Cobham, Va. Interment will follow at Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at St. John Baptist Church one hour prior to the services. The family extends their sincere gratitude to his attentive caregivers. Along with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, you have made this four-year journey possible, Jerome Harris, Crystal Ross, Shinel Jones, Michelle Rush, Kimberly and all of the At Home Care staff.

Sam Shepard, author, playwright and actor, died on

July 27 at his home in Midway, Kentucky from complications of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease).He was 73 years old. Shepard is the author of 44 plays as well as books of short stories, essays and memories, and he won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play, “Buried Child.” His plays, “True West” and “Fool for Love,” were also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in 1983’s “The Right Stuff.” Shepard also had an extensive list of film credits, including “The Notebook,” “Black Hawk Down,” “In Dubious Battle,” “Killing Them Softly,” “Hamlet” and “Fools for Love.” He began his acting career when he was cast in Terrence Malick’s “Days of Heaven” opposite Richard Gere and Brooke Adams. The last film he appeared in was Camille Thoman’s “Never Here,” which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival last month. Most recently, he starred on Netflix’s “Bloodline” and the TV mini series, “Klondike.” In 1999, he received Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations for his performance in “Dash and Lilly.”. In 1986, Shepard was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 1992, he received the Gold Medal for Drama from

the Academy. In 1994, he was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame, and in 2009, he received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a master of American dramatist. Sam lived for many years at Totier Creek Farm in Scottsville with Jessica Lange and hunted often with the Keswick Hunt alongside his great friends Hugh Motley, Jack Fisk and Sandy Rives. Shepard was born in Fort Sheridan, Illinois in 1943. He is survived by his children Jesse, Hannah and Walker Shepard (Hannah and Walker are from his long-term relationship with actress Jessica Lange), and his sisters, Sandy and Roxanne Rogers. Funeral arrangements will remain private and plans for a public memorial have not yet been determined.

J. Arthur “Bucky” Reynolds II, a Hall of Fame

horseman and long-time Warrenton resident, died July 24th after a long illness. Reynolds, 78, was selected for the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame earlier this year and honored at a ceremony at the Devon Horse Show near Philadelphia in May. He joined his late father, J. Arthur Reynolds Sr., and his sister, Betty Oare of Warrenton, both previous Hall honorees. All three, as well as his brother-in-law, Ernie Oare, are also in the Virginia Horse Shows Association Hall of Fame. They’re often referred to as their sport’s royal family.Bucky Reynolds officiated at every major horse show in the U.S. and had trained and ridden winners from New York City's Madison Square Garden to the winter equestrian mecca of Wellington, Florida, and hundreds of events in between. For more than five decades, he was a leading figure and frequent champion on the nation's hunter-jumper circuit.J. Arthur Reynolds, Sr. was a lifelong horse professional who began his career with work horses near Orange. He was huntsman at Tryon Hounds in North Carolina where Bucky was born. His father taught him and his sister Betty to ride at an early age. Bucky Reynolds majored in English at Wofford College, but was determined to return to horses. For many years, Reynolds had trained out of Waverly Farm in Warrenton and Merryweather Farm in Jeffersonton, and recently had been operating out of EMO Stables in Warrenton. He taught local show riders and pony club students for many years when he and his wife, Linda, also a widely-regarded horse show judge, were back in Fauquier County. He also was a long-time fox-hunter and subscriber and supporter of the Old Dominion Hounds. There will be a celebration of his life at the Warrenton Horse Show (Aug. 30 to Sept. 3) with the date still to be determined. Reynolds is survived by his wife, Linda, a son, Jay, a recent graduate of the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, and a daughter, Lydia, of Charleston, South Carolina; his sister, Betty Oare of Warrenton and his brother, Bobby Reynolds of Warrenton.

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CASTLE HILL - One of the most significant historic estates in Virginia and certainly in the county of Albemarle, Castle Hill boasts both 18th and 19th century construction with the clapboard Georgian portion (c. 1764) and the brick Federal style portion (c. 1824) seamlessly married together by a spacious center hall. The home has been meticulously renovated to incorporate the history and integrity of those eras with today’s modern convenience and amenities. Thomas Jefferson was a frequent visitor in his day. Formal gardens and perennial paths adorn the grounds, w/ a pool and pool house, guest cottage, detached garage, and a state of the art horse barn and dependencies. $7,950,000 MLS 556159. Frank Hardy 434.296.0134.

4048 FAIRWAY DRIVE - Perfectly located on a private waterfront lot overlooking Broadmoor Lake and the new Pete Dye designed golf course (“Full Cry”) this estate home boasts the finest in luxury living, and includes a membership to the club. Enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding golf course, woodlands and Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance. This low maintenance and exceptionally designed home is relaxing as well as perfect for entertaining with a billiard room, home theatre, sauna, and outdoor kitchen. State of the art security system, indoor and outdoor house audio, and Lutron lighting throughout. Five heating and air zones. Exceptionally well crafted with the finest materials. $3,999,999 MLS 557851. Frank Hardy 434.296.0134.

PIEDMONT LODGE, c. 1850, represents an incredible opportunity within the Keswick Hunt. This property is a gem with true character and potential, featuring a full length front porch on 2 levels, large center hallway, grand staircase, spacious living room, den, and dining room. The home is set amidst beautiful mature grounds and landscaping. 2 bedroom cottage, pool, pool house, slate patio, and rear courtyard, all in a private setting on 54 acres. $1,295,000 MLS 562720. Frank Hardy 434.296.0134.

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