KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its environs - October 2017
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DYMER HALL - An extremely well-built home overlooking wonderful Dymer Creek. The home is of brick construction with a copper roof, and enjoys a picturesque waterfront setting, spacious rooms, handsome woodwork, and views in all directions. There are 6 bedrooms, 5 full baths, and 3 half-baths. A dream kitchen includes a large gas range and spacious island for meal prep. Amenities on the grounds include an inground pool, pool house (1 BR & 2 full baths), rip-rapped shoreline, two piers, boat house with two boat lifts and apartment above, 3 pole sheds, 1.5 story detached garage with apartment above, and majestic grounds with mature landscaping and trees. This estate boasts exceptional quality and detail throughout. MLS 564321. $6,500,000.
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 todayâ€™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. Under conservation easement to the Nature Conservancy. MLS 556159. $7,950,000.
HORSESHOE HILL - A charming country property in the heart of Keswick. The property was completely renovated in 2013. Features include a master suite with study, gourmet kitchen, cathedral ceilings, french doors that lead to a screened porch, and brick terrace. Separate guest apartment and 4 stall barn. The perfect horse property on just over 40 acres.
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. MLS 562720. $1,295,000.
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EDITOR/FOUNDER Winkie Motley CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Colin J. Dougherty COLUMNISTS Tony Vanderwarker, Suzanne Nash, Mary Morony CONTRIBUTORS Charles Thacher PROOF READER Staff Assistant
In 1901, William duPont purchased the Montpelier estate,
located four miles west of the Town of Orange, in Virginia’s Piedmont Region. It was the lifelong home of James Madison, the fourth President of the United States, and his wife Dolley. Mr. duPont’s daughter, Marion duPont Scott, an accomplished horsewoman, inherited the property from her parents and resided at Montpelier until her death in 1983. Mrs. Scott with the help of her brother, William duPont, Jr., transformed Montpelier into a first class Thoroughbred breeding and racing facility, building a state of the art steeplechase course and a flat training track. In 1929, Marion duPont Scott started The Montpelier Hunt Races on the front lawn of James Madison’s home. Read the full story on page 8.
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Here and there... in Keswick On and Off The Market Lots of reduced properties in the 22947 zip to sell before years end. In Glenmore, 2008 Farringdon Road with 5 beds, 5.5 baths and 7353 sf is down from $1.1m to $1.050m. 3398 Piperfife Court with 3 beds, 3 baths and 2238 sf is down from $529.9k to $499k. 1539 Kinross Lane with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 5600 sf reduced from $825k to $770k. 1438 Bremerton Lane with 3 beds, 2 baths and 2086 sf down from $519k to 479k and 1506 Bremerton Lane with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 2702 sf down from $540k to $519k. 1770 Shelbourn Lane with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 3541 sf down from $525k to $499k. 3092 Darby Road with 7 beds, 7.5 baths and 7823 sf is down from $958k to $925k. Around the area, “Cobham Station Farm” at Twin Brooks Drive with 4 beds, 3 baths, 3056 sf on 25 acres is down now below appraisal value to $799,999. 2096 “Stonemont Farm” with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3422 sf on 168 acres is down from $1.250m to $1.150m. 6182 Turkeysag Road, “Keswick Hill”, with 3 beds, 4.5 baths and 3330 sf on 25.7 acres is down from $1.425m to $1.270m. 827 Campbell Road with 3 beds, 3 baths and 3293 sf on 75 acres down from $1.425m to $1.270m and 449 Woodslodge Lane with 2 beds, 2 baths and 3650 sf, built in 1705 and on 45 acres, is down from $375k to $325k. Under contact is 862 Campbell Road, “The Old Post Office”, with 3 beds, 2 baths and 1805 sf on 5 acres, started at $312k and under contract at $299.5k. 378 Clarks Tract with 4 beds, 3 baths and 3562 sf on 7.5 acres at $350k. In Glenmore, 1562 Heathrow Lane with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 2997 sf started at $649k and under contact at $539k and 34 Pembroke Court with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 2358 sf is under contract at $344k. What sold this last month? 4545 Louisa Road, “Horse Shoe Hill”, with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 6295 sf on 42 acres started at $1.795m sold for $1.250m. In Glenmore, 1630 Piper Way with 5 beds, 5.5 baths and 5400 sf started at 1.299m and sold for $1.030m. 1444 Piper Way with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 4073 sf started at $659k and sold for $628k. Not too much new on the market in 22947. 2075 Piper Way with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3792 sf is listed at $538.9k and 1556 Elgin Court with 4 beds , 3.5 baths and 3288 sf is listed at $779k.
Gated Our neighbor, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's new gates were designed, hand-forged and installed by Steve Stokes (in addition to Jack Rakes and Amy Scott) at Stokes of England Blacksmiths, Keswick, Virginia. Stay local 'da Rock', thanks for shopping here!
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Bravo The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, Inc. is pleased to announce the results of the 2017 William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, beginning with the Novel Category of the competition. Liza Taylor’s second novel-in progress, “The Story of Dorrit Sykes” was a semi-finalist in this fine literary contest.
Foxy Fashion Trends The recent Keswick Hunt Club's opening meet day had record attendance with over 40 Juniors joining in the fox hunt! Will Coleman, jt-MFH, awarded the first 100 attendees with a handsome cap to commemerate this sure to be historic first season with the new Huntman and Masters. Photo to the right: Susie Matheson, KHC Board Member, with husband Murdoch and their hats.
Dedicated A Historical Marker for Grace Episcopal Church from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources will be dedicated at the church on Sunday, November 5, 12:15pm. The public is invited. The text of the Marker is as follows: The vestry of Fredericksville Parish commissioned a church for this site in 1745. First known as Middle Church, the wood-frame building was later called Walker’s Church. Thomas Jefferson attended the nearby classical school of the Rev. James Maury, whowas rector here and is buried in the churchyard. Jefferson served on the parish vestry from 1767 to 1770. Parishioner Judith Page Walker Rives enlisted William Strickland, one of the nation’s foremost architects, to design a replacement for the old frame church. The Gothic Revival sanctuary, consecrated by Bishop William Meade asGrace Church in 1855, is Strickland’s only known work in Virginia. Grace Church is located at 5607 Gordonsville Road in Keswick. Parking is available on the grounds. Refreshments will follow in the Parish House. For more information please call 434-293-3549 or email@example.com
Pebble Hill is Back! Pebble Hill is back! Swing by their new “creative space” in Gordonsville, check out a selection of handmade and unique items, sign up for an art class, or discuss design services with owner and designer Karena Gupton Akhavein. 104 S Main Street, Gordonsville. www.pebblehillshop.com The Virginia Fox Tee at Pebble Hill
Tree Please The City of Charlottesville is asking for the donation of a large tree for Grand Illumination, the city's annual holiday celebration. The tree should be an evergreen approximately 25-feet tall and have access for removal, which will be handled by city staff. The resident or organization who donates the selected tree will be recognized at the tree lighting ceremony on Friday, December 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Grand Illumination is a free event for all ages and includes live musical performances, fun kid crafts, character photos, a family holiday movie screening, and a visit from Santa Claus! Anyone interested in donating a tree should contact Michael Ronayne, urban forester at 434-970-3587.
Get Out and Vote! This November (7th) marks an important gubernatorial election for voters in the commonwealth. The race between Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam is one of two governor's races in this off-off-year. The other is in New Jersey. It has gained national attention as a proxy referendum on the Trump administration in a state that is, for the most part, ideologically split along regional lines. Trump voters are concentrated in southern regions while Democrats, who carried the state for Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, are found in bigger numbers in the north. The Virginia race has been viewed by people in the politics business as an early measure of whether voters are motivated .
Chatter We all are hearing the chatter and questions need answers – what is going on at our beloved 'village' centerpiece, Keswick Hall? Diners have been offered the wine cellar discounted bottles by the servers, we have seen the surveyor lines spray painted on the grounds of the Hall, we have heard the rumors of more rooms coming and that the Hall will have closures this winter. Then, there is the one where Fosset's is being replaced with a brand new stand alone restaurant on the site of the current small 'vineyard' display adjacent to the tennis courts! It is no secret that Fossett’s has not been a success for Keswickians, is not a draw for locals to visit and perhaps something less upper end but good value/reputation is needed to replace it. There is nothing quotable here but it has been suggested that “[the property] has not lived up to expectations after the golf course renovations” and “a lot of money needs to be spent on Hall renovations and additions”. Others have 'overheard' assurances that the current owner's are dedicated to make it world class and second to none in Virginia. We shouldn't rule out that there is the “everything is for sale at the right price." None of this is proof, but does convey some doubt! This is all so exciting, because we love to support our old friend, 'the Hall', and its' current custodians. We will be sure to reach out to Keswick Hall again, to see if we can get some answers on what's to come! Keswick Hall, please do write in and tell it to Keswick Life – your loyal patrons want to know what to expect!
The GOING OUT Guide Mark your calendars! Save the date! Don’t be late! ADULT FUN The Crucible Where: Four County Players , Barboursville When: October 20, 21, 27, 28 at 8PM
Arthur Miller’s Tony Award-winning play, The Cru-
cible, a true classic of the American theater, takes us to Massachusetts in 1692, where the small town of Salem is under siege — not by the witchcraft it fears, but by the deceit and paranoia that spreads through its Puritan citizens like wildfire. The Crucible is both a gripping historical tale and a sobering parable of contemporary society. This fall, the intimate Cellar space brings this story closer to you than ever with a production that will haunt you long after you’ve left the theater. Directed by ‘Rick Gray. Produced by Wendy Novicoff. Performances in the Cellar at Four County Players.
Comedy at the Winery Where: Prince Michel Vineyard When: October 21st
Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at Montpelier is hosting a fundraiser on October 21 at Prince Michel Vineyard and Winery in Leon, Virginia. All proceeds will benefit the lifelong care of the former racehorses we care for at Montpelier. The event Comedy at the Winery' is a full evening of fun- wine tasting, buffet dinner, dessert with a silent auction and entertainment by Comedian Bengt Washburn. Bengt is a former winner of the San Francisco International Comedy Competition. He has been on Conan, The Late, Late Show and Comedy Central. Tickets are $130 per person and can be purchased on Eventbrite (www.eventbrite.com). Tickets ( & information) may also be purchased by calling Nancy Lowey at 540 672 345.
Paddock Party Where: Montpelier Racecourse When: November 3rd
The night before the races and the place to be is in the paddock for the oyster bar, hors d’oeuvres, buffet dinner, and dancing.
This year the décor will be reminiscent of Mrs. Scott’s Red Room, art deco in nature, complete with reproductions of duPont era photos on the walls. Tito’s Handmade Vodka is a sponsor and a special drink will be served “the Founder’s Cup” (not unlike a Moscow Mule). Caspari donated the invitations, Brian Hall, OBE, is underwriting the music, and the David and Elizabeth Perdue and Julie and Rhodes Perdue are sponsoring the oyster bar. Don’t miss it ! For further information call 540.672.0027.
FALL BACK Daylight Savings ends November 5th Benjamin Frankin, the Father of DST?
Many sources credit Benjamin Franklin with being the first to suggest seasonal time change. However, the idea voiced by the American inventor and politician in 1784 can hardly be described as fundamental for the development of modern DST. After all, it did not even involve turning the clocks. In a letter to the editor of the Journal of Paris, which was entitled “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light”, Franklin simply suggested that Parisians could economize candle usage by getting people out of bed earlier in the morning. What's more: Franklin meant it as a joke.
An Ancient Idea
Although modern DST has only been used for about 100 years, ancient civilizations are known to have engaged in comparable practices thousands of years ago. For example, the Roman water clocks used different scales for different months of the year to adjust the daily schedules to the solar time.
Daylight Saving Today
Daylight Saving Time is now used in over 70 countries worldwide and affects over 1 billion people every year. The beginning and end dates vary from one country to another.
FAMILY FUN Tailgating Where: Montpelier When: November 4th
Gates Open 9 AM. First Post time 12:30 PM .Last Post Time – approximately 4:30 PM
Race Day Activities: Jack Russell Terrier Races – near the flat track at 10:30 AM Stick Horse Races – pre enter at the Montpelier Tent prior to 11:15. For children 2-11, on the Racecourse in front of the Race Tower Tailgate Contest – no entry fee, just let the office know prior to race day that you would like to be judged, we need your location 540-672-0014 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Great prizes and lots of fun ! More information can be found on our Race Day Information page and Facebook. Hat Contest – Always a big hit and right after the second race on the racecourse in front of the Race Tower. Judged on elegance, or best race theme, even a group prize! Sponsored by Dubarry of Ireland. More information can be found on the Montpelier's Race Day Information page.
ARTSY TYPES Artisans Studio Tour Where: Central Virginia When: November 11th and 12th
artisans in 25 studios throughout central Virginia will display their craft during the 23rd annual Artisans Studio Tour on November 11 and 12, 2017. The self-guided tour, free and open to the public, is an opportunity to talk to professional artisans in a studio environment and experience their passion for creating finely crafted objects. Each year the current Tour participants seek out quality, professional artisans to join the tour. Seven artisans including 2 new studios are new in 2017. On High Street in Charlottesville Gabriel Ofriesh will open his work space to display his elegant jewelry. Sarah Tremaine’s Crozet studio is the second new space on the tour this year. Sarah combines her experience as a painter with her love of nature, creating wearable art and lovely hanging art panels with silk, wool and ecoprint. Potter Brian Lacy of Roseland, also a first-year studio tour artisan, will join Sarah and show his functional stoneware and porcelain work. Directions and a map can be found on the studio tour website. You are invited to join from 10 AM - 5 PM on November 11 and 12, 2017.For more information about the Artisans Studio Tour, and links to individual artisan websites, visit online at www.artisanstudiotour.com, like the Tour on Facebook at facebook.com/artisans.studio.tour, or contact Nancy Ross at email@example.com or 434-973-6846.
'TIS THE SEASON Trick or Treat Where: UVA Lawn When: October 31st
Trick-or-Treating on the Lawn, one of the most color-
ful and beloved events of the year in the University of Virginia community, will take place October 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. “Lawnies” – residents of the 54 student rooms and 10 pavilions on the Lawn – will greet costumed youngsters and hand out treats. All candy is donated and distributed by approximately 75 student groups and other organizations. Hosted by Lawn residents, the longtime tradition event receives additional support from the University; the groups will hand out non-candy treats and allergy-free candy. Lawn residents look forward to hundreds of children participating in the festivities and encourage University students, faculty and staff to attend, too. “Trick-orTreating on the Lawn is always a very special event for Charlottesville because it is a unique way for everyone in our shared community to come together,” Malcolm Stewart, head resident of the Lawn, said. “It is always so fun to see the kids dressed up as their favorite superheroes and Disney characters.
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1901, William duPont purchased the Montpelier estate, located four miles west of the Town of Orange, in Virginia’s Piedmont Region. It was the lifelong home of James Madison, the fourth President of the United States, and his wife Dolley. William and his wife Annie, made substantial changes to the house, enlarging it, renovating the formal garden, and adding many outbuildings and stables. Mr. duPont’s daughter, Marion duPont Scott, an accomplished horsewoman, inherited the property from her parents and resided at Montpelier until her death in 1983, at which time the duPont family transferred the property to the National Trust For Historic Preservation. Montpelier was declared a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. It was included in the Madison-Barbour Rural Historic District in 1991. The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) has owned and operated the estate since 1984. In 2000, The Montpelier Foundation formed with the goal of transforming James Madison's historic estate into a dynamic cultural institution. From 2003–2008 the NTHP carried out a major restoration, in part to return the mansion to its original size of 22 rooms as it was during the years when it was occupied by James and Dolley Madison. Extensive interior and exterior work was done during the restoration.Recently, archeological investigations have revealed new information about African-American life at the plantation. Thanks to a generous gift from philanthropist David Rubenstein, Montpelier is restoring the slave quarters in the South Yard, and finalizing a groundbreaking exhibition on slavery, The Mere Distinction of Colour, opening Spring 2017.
Hunt Races hosts seven races. The hurdle course features the only live brush jumps in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The first race post time is 12:30 PM and the last race usually begins around 4:30PM. Two races are on the flat and five are over fences. The premier race is the sixth race and is run over Montpelier’s signature live brush fences. Most races are over 2 miles and the horses make over two turns around the course. Viewing is available right at the rail and is exhilarating beyond belief.
Mrs. Scott with the help of her brother, William duPont, Jr., transformed Montpelier into a first class Thoroughbred breeding and racing facility, building a state of the art steeplechase course and a flat training track. In 1929, Marion duPont Scott started The Montpelier Hunt Races on the front lawn of
Watching the horses being saddled and walked in the paddock is also popular with spectators. A traditional presentation is made in the Winner’s Circle below the Race Tower for the winning horse, jockey and trainer. Jockey’s silks distinguish the owners and are described in your race program. Other information about the horses, their recent race record, th Eweight they will be carrying, their color, sex and breeding are also included in the Race Program. Many other events happen during the race day. Jack Russell Terrier Races – near the flat track at 10:30 AM. Stick Horse Races For children 2-11, on the Racecourse in front of the Race Tower.
(Photo by Sanjay Suchak, University Communications Photography)
A Tailgate Contest has no entry fee, just let the office know prior to race day that you would like to be judged, we need your. Great prizes and lots of fun ! The Hat Contest is always a big hit and right after the second race on the racecourse in front of the Race Tower. Judged on elegance, or best race theme, even a group prize! Sponsored by Dubarry of Ireland.
James Madison’s home. As an owner, Mrs. Scott bred a series of winners from excellent Thoroughbred bloodlines. In 1932, her horse Trouble Maker won the Maryland Hunt Cup, regarded as America’s most challenging timber race, and in 1938, her horse Battleship, a son of Man o’ War, became the first American bred and owned horse to win the British Grand National Steeplechase. Other winners campaigned under her French blue, old rose and silver colors were Mongo, Accra and Annapolis, another son of Man o’ War.
Regarded by many as America’s First Lady of Racing, Marion duPont Scott generously supported the equine industry throughout her life. She donated funds to construct Virginia’s leading equine medical center in Leesburg, which is named in her honor. Her legacy continues with the running of the Montpelier Races, a premier event on the National Steeplechase Association’s circuit, which is always held on the first Saturday in November.
More information can be found on our Race Day Information page and Facebook. 540672-0014 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
October's Event Results for Keswickians COMPILED BY WINKIE MOTLEY
Coleman and Smith Earn 2017 The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI3* and CCI2* Eventing National Championship Titles
The show jumping phase proved influential for CCI3* competitors on Sunday October 15 at the 2017 The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event, with Will Coleman and Tight Lines claiming the title of The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI3* Eventing National Champions. Tamra Smith and Sunsprite Syrius remained unaffected by the challenging show jumping phase to close out a start-to-finish win of the CCI2* division.
ond place in The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI2* Eventing National Championship. The Off The Record Syndicate's eight-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding avoided jump penalties throughout the weekend for a final result of 49.8. "Anytime you finish a three-day event on your dressage score, I think it's a major accomplishment," Coleman said proudly. "This horse has done it twice this year, which I'm really proud of. There are some things we will try to improve on over the winter. He's been consistent this year, and that's something we can hang our hat on."
In the CCI3*, the leaderboard shuffled to put Canada's Selena O'Hanlon and Foxwood High on top as the winning pair of the 2017 The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event. It was a rollercoaster weekend for O'Hanlon (Ontario, Canada), as she bounced from first to second and back on top again with Foxwood High. Hunt Tosh and Lights Out, winners of the $25,000 North American Green Hunter 3' & 3'3" Championship, sponsored by The Wheeler Family and Radwanski Enterprises. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography/ Tosh capchal
The Wheeler Family take home Championships at the recent Capital Challenge Horse Show
Lights Out, ridden by Hunt Tosh and owned by Ceil
Wheeler was awarded the North American Green Hunter 3’ & 3’3” Championship and Sallie Mason Wheeler on Whisper was awarded the Children’s Hunter reserve championship. The win in the $25,000 North American Green Hunter 3’ & 3’3” Championship, sponsored by The Wheeler Family and Radwanski Enterprises, went to Lights Out, ridden by Hunt Tosh and owned by Ceil Wheeler. Tosh, of Milton, GA, and the six-year-old bay gelding by Lights On earned the win from a field of 33 of the best young horses in the country, qualifying to compete in the championship based on their results in the six Green Hunter 3’ and 3’3” sections offered at the 2017 Capital Challenge Horse Show.Lights Out earned an average score from three judges of 88.33 in the first round to move into the second place position.
Coleman (Charlottesville, Va.) and Tight Lines were crowned The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI3* National Eventing Champions and second overall at the 2017 The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event after a faultless show jumping round left them on their dressage score (46.3) as the highest placed American pair. As the national champion, Coleman will also receive one free, round-trip flight to Europe for one horse from the The Dutta Corp. "He was magic yesterday on the cross-country. I was thrilled with how he ran. He made it feel like it was well within his capabilities, and today he just tried his heart out," Coleman said of The Conair Syndicate's 10-yearold Thoroughbred gelding. "I think the horse's biggest attribute is that he just gives 100% all of the time. He's not the simplest, but he really tries. As long as you can harness that the right way, you can do some good things. We'll just try to reproduce it now over and over again." Coleman and Off The Record moved nimbly around Sally Ike's winding show jumping track to finish in sec-
2017 Equine Welfare Society and Keswick Hunt Club Hunter Pace
Sunday, October 1st, was a gorgeous fall day and the
crowds were out in force! A record 160 riders participated in the 2017 Equine Welfare Society and Keswick Hunt Club Hunter Pace over the five-mile course in the heart of Keswick hunt country at Bridlespur and Tall Oaks farms with thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Kundrun. Funds raised from entries will go to the club and to help horses in need in our community (www.EquineWelfareSociety.org). RESULTS: HUNT :1st: Team - Rosie Campbell, Amy Savell & Jamie Temple 2nd: Team - Anne Riley & Jennifer Campbell 3rd: Team - Shelley Payne & Darlene Murphy 4th: Team - Sandy & Lizzie Rives
The top 12 entries then returned to jump a second course, and Tosh and Lights Out jumped to the top of the leader board with a second-round score of 90.33 for a 178.66 total and the victory. For the win, Tosh and Lights out were awarded the Beverly Brooks Solter Memorial Trophy, donated by Hilary Scheer Gerhardt and Zan Martin Dillon. “To end up the year here with the win is very special,” said Tosh, now a three-time winner of the championship. “If you look at the past horses who have won this class, they’ve gone on to have great careers. It’s fun to look at the list. I’ve been lucky to win it a couple of times. You get a great group of horses for this class. Hopefully that means Lights Out will have a great career as well.”
Keswick Hunt Club Hunter Pace 3rd: Team - Shelley Payne & Darlene Murphy
PLEASURE: 1st: Team- Robert Davis, Billy Hill & Randy Hagan, 2nd: Team - Rebecca Yount 3rd: Team - Cheryl Riddle, Budd Riddle & Becky Galloway 4th: Team - Cat Meyers & Buck Jones JUNIOR: 1st: Team - Joanne Kline, Rory Gudka, Nick Gudka & Fiona Tustian 2nd: Team- Ellie Graham, Caroline Keville & Gabriella Hoarde West, 3rd: Team-Chandra Boylan, Hannah Thomas, Julie Caruccio & Evalina Caruccio 4th: Team - Rachel Jones & Emily Jones Supplied by US Equestrian Communications Department & Classic Communications – Will Coleman and Tight Lines (Photo by: Shannon Brinkman).
Transitioned from Rescue or Racing: Team – Rosie Campbell, Amy Savell & Jamie Temple
LIFE, MAKE IT HAPPEN! Imagine If...
BY MARY MORONY says, "It was the hardest most isolating thing I have ever done. We asked ourselves every night if we had made a mistake. But then we started thinking about all the kids that we left behind."
Just on the other side of the Louisa line
from Keswick in Dogwood Lake Estates lives a most amazing couple. I invite you as you read this article to wonder along with me what kind of world this would be if the Johnsons were just a typical American family.
Knowing they couldn't adopt again because it was so hard but they wanted to do something to help those children. A friend sent Erin a link for an orphanhosting program. The kids got to come over for the summer and live with families for a couple of weeks. Besides getting dental and medical care, the children could experience a world outside of the orphanages and can take part in family life before they went back. To Erin this was a perfect solution, "I can do hard as long as I know there is an end date." They signed up to host a little girl, paid all the fees to find out later that the girl couldn't come. Given the option of waiting until Christmas for her paperwork to sort out with no more girls in the age range selected rather than wait Erin decided to host a boy--Noah.
On a gray morning last week, I had the privilege to meet with Erin Johnson and her seven children. You read that right. Erin, who might be a year or two past thirty, along with her husband, Philip are the proud parents of seven children. How in the world can that happen? Two border collies and a gaggle of ducks and chickens milled about the yard but nary a child. A stray toy or two and a safety gate at the bottom of the stairs indicated the possibility of children. I stood in the drive trying to figure out the primary entrance when a handsome lad materialized on the deck. Greeting me at the top of the stairs, he fixed his soft hazel eyes on mine and said hello, shook my hand introducing himself as Eli (11.25 yrs.) and lead me into the house. I stepped into the kitchen to find Erin fixing pizza while son Wyatt (9) made coleslaw. The two eldest boys, Denis (15) and Noah (about to be 13) worked in the corner of the sitting room. Eli circled me before introducing me to his baby sister Ella (2) who played on the floor near the pantry closet and his older sister Mariah (11.12 yrs.) when she walked into the room. It must have been the delicious smell of the pizza coming from the oven that beckoned the rest. I heard no call to gather. Each child greeted me before sitting with the patience of saints to watch as Dennis the eldest attempted to remove the pizza stuck to the bottom of the pan. No one offered up a better solution or elbowed his or her way in with a let me do it attitude. I had the sense of having walked into the inside of a clock. While the children ate Erin and I sat on the sofa with our backs to the diners. I thought the sounds of seven children enjoying lunch would overwhelm the recording of our conversation. Erin's soft voice came through cystal clear, as did an occasional scrap of a chair leg. The quiet conversations didn't even register as background hum. When the meal concluded, and the table cleared all the children disappeared downstairs leaving us to speak uninterrupted for another fortyfive minutes. Their mother assured me that they were being really good. Upon becoming pregnant, she resigned
Noah, Eli, Ella,Erin, Wesley, Wyatt, Dennis
She and her son Wesley flew to JFK to pick this seven-year-old up. Noah started sniffling and crying after he left his host group on his way to Virginia. For his stay, he was so bad, just plain naughty, spitting on walls and being so destructive that Erin couldn’t wait to send him home. Even though she understood why Noah was behaving as he was, dealing with the child was exhausting. She found herself counting down the days he had left. At JFK to join his host group, she saw him standing alone looking so little and vulnerable, she couldn't wait to get him in back for Christmas.
from her job as an assistant to the Webmaster at Blue Ridge Mountain Sports to take care of Wesley (11.5) and then two years later Wyatt. When Wyatt was around 18 months old, friends adopted a child with a cleft palate from China. Philip and Erin went through the process of adoption with their friends and realized when the child arrived that they too wanted to adopt a child with special needs. Their age ruled out a lot of potential countries. Thirty to thirty-five is the magical age for adoption in most. Expenses also help narrow their search. The Ukraine was more affordable than the others. The intrepid parents took out a loan from their 401-K to pay the expenses associated with Mariah's adoption figuring that at their young age they could pay it back. What they couldn't borrow, Erin eked out of the food budget scrimping and saving a little at a time to pay the fees associated with the adoption. Despite the daunting distance, with all the cash strapped to their bodies, the young couple boarded their maiden flight more than a little apprehensive. Erin's eye-opening research showed her the abysmal treatment of children with special needs in Eastern Europe and galvanized the couple’s desire to adopt. Because of the stigma associated with being born with a disability such as Down's syndrome or cerebral palsy, children so afflicted are put in an orphanage and
when older transferred to a mental institution. Even though the social worker on their case had a constant question, “with no experience with special needs did they want to go forward?” The Johnsons' resolve remained unshaken. With the paperwork finished, they embarked on a blind adoption--no child had been identified. As they talked with the director of orphanages the European date on Mariah's file caught Erin's attention because it was her son Wyatt's birth date. The director noticed her interest and immediately asked if she wished to see the child. Not giving Erin much time to do anything but hem and haw, the woman made a call to the orphanage and got all Mariah's information. She read the pertinent facts to them describing the child as being smart, very talkative and liked dressing up in pretty dresses. Suffering from cerebral palsy, she couldn't walk or sit up, but she could crawl fast. With little time to take it all in the director asked if they want to see the child. After a harrowing overnight train ride, they arrived at the orphanage bleary-eyed and exhausted to meet Katya, the four-year-old child who became their daughter Mariah.
When she inquired about Noah coming again in December, she was informed that he had three brothers at the orphanage. Husband, Philip, the more concerned with finances of the group, called the hosting organization and paid for Noah and his older brother Denis to visit during the holidays. Then he called his wife to tell her what he had done. When she asked him about the expense, he laughed and said, "That's what credit cards are for."
It took two years to get Mariah stable. The stabilization process included: clinic visits, therapies, obtaining a walker, braces for her legs and the family cocooned for eighteen months to ensure a secure bond. In describing this time Erin laughs and
By this time the couple had started thinking about bringing Noah and siblings into the family. The Johnsons wanted to meet the elder brother feeling he should have a choice because of his age. Brother Denis's nature was quieter than his younger sibling and Noah appeared much calmer on the second visit. The boys meshed with the family so much so that when it came time for them to go back, it was excruciating for all of them. Before they left the boys asked if Erin and Phillip would comeback for them.
Erin threw herself into finding another family for the boys knowing that she and Phillip didn't have the resources to adopt all four of the boys. That was until as she puts it, "it hit us upside the head that we were the family." In debt at the time from hosting the boys three times and no money, they couldn't pay for the adoption, so they had to fundraise. Like everything Erin does she made it look easy. In seven months they raised $33,000 through AdoptTogether. The ease and timing reinforced her conviction that those boys “were supposed to be mine.” Before the adoption of the four children took place, the youngest brother went to another family. When asked if she dealt with anger issues a lot she laughed and asked "mine or theirs?" Noah struggled while they were all in the Ukraine for the adoption. Torn because he wanted to be adopted but also he was leaving everything he knew. Even so, compared to the adjustment the family had with Mariah, the three boys settled in with ease. Not that there weren't issues, none spoke Eng-
lish, and upon enrolling in school, some severe learning disabilities were discovered. A little over a year after the adoption took place, Erin became pregnant. Early on in the pregnancy she was diagnosed with placenta previa and ordered to bed. The boys rallied around and took care of her until the condition resolved itself. Erin had done her fair share of rally around on her children's behalf especially in regards to their schooling. After a year of consent battling for her children's rights, she gave up fighting the system and has opted to homeschool the whole brood. This past summer a fellow host in the orphan hosting community contacted Erin to ask if she would take a particularly recalcitrant boy for the remainder of his time in the US. Lesser folk would beg off citing hands full, but not this family. After running it by the members it was decided that yes, they would take the child. Vitali (8) proved to be more than a handful—“feral” came to mind as she put it. He wanted to be good but like a
two year old in an eight-year-old body he spent the day poking, throwing, breaking, touching—to see how it works. The five younger males in the family complained about the havoc the newcomer created amusing the parents who asked, “Don’t you remember doing the exact same thing when you first arrived?” Proving again the size of her heart and her patience Erin said, “It was really good for them to get to be on the other side—to be part of the hosting family.” Serendipitously, Vitali came from the same orphanage as the other boys. The odds considering multiple orphanages in every city in the Ukraine and a different hosting organization of that happening are astronomical and by now we know, it didn’t escape this amazing mother’s attention.
Book. For what ever reason Vitali was not in foster care and was available to come again at Christmas. Again despite all of the reasons to say no, the household will be hosting the little boy this holiday and Erin is once again mounting another fund raising campaign to make it happen. If you would like to donate go to: http://bit.ly/2xETbZI From the looks of things, it's hard to know who got the better end of this deal, four Ukraine orphans or a loving, openhearted couple from Louisa. And then there’s Vitali. I, for one, am happy they found one another and grateful for the chance to spend a few moments in such a happy, loving household. If this were a story of an everyday American household can you imagine what a wonderful world this would be?
The hosting orgainztion left the Johnson family with the impression that their guest he was going to be foster care, while the child thought his grandmother was coming for him. Recently older kids from the orphanage found Erin on Face-
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Keswick Hunt Club 2017-18 Season Opening Meet PHOTO JOURNAL BY KESWICK LIFE
2017-18 Season Keswick Hunt Club Opening Meet The Keswick Hunt Club gave thanks to everyone who came out for 2017-18 Hunt Season opening meet. It was a beautiful fall morning to be in the Keswick countryside. They said. "Opening Meet wouldn't be the same without the kind and generous support of the Coles and Barnes families at Cloverfields". Everyone was treated to a hunt breakfast of ham biscuits, coffee, and some stronger libations to warm the insides for those that needed it! Will Coleman, jt-MFH, surprised everyone with wonderful caps to honor the occasion -- these are now a collector's item as all 100 were quickly given away to those in attendance. Top Row: KHC Board President, Kenny Wheeler, Frank and Jeanette McClendon, jt-MFH Will Coleman. Second Row: Sandy Rives, Barclay Rives, Larry Jenkins. Third Row: Mike Knight. Fourth Row: Eleanor Sackson, Lee Griffith, Christina Markey.
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2017 Keswick Hunt Club Puppy Show Saturday evening everyone gathered at the clubhouse for the puppy show, sponsored by Sheila and Winkie Motley in honor of former MFH, Hugh Motley. The evening began with fourteen junior handlers showing hounds for the judges Matthew Cook, huntsman for Farmington, and Charles Montgomery, huntsman for Bull Run. The judges then chose the best bitch and dog from this year's young entry. The juniors passed around clipboards and raised over $4k in pledges to the hounds and afterwards the membership didn't hesitate to "Raise a Hand for the Hounds" and the total donations tallied over $20,000. Hugh Motley's best friend Will Coleman gave a wonderful toast, and Hugh's namesake Hugh Kalergis and his sister, Mary Kalergis, put on a slide show after the auction that celebrated people and hounds from days gone by. We owe a special thanks to Phil and Susie Audibert who contributed over a hundred gorgeous photos and Sandy Rives, auctioneer and with Arnold Johnson's assistance , for preparing the delicious roasted pig. The beautiful painting by Lee Gildea for the puppy show invitation is now framed and hung on the clubhouse wall. There can be no doubt that Keswick members love their hounds and honor them as our greatest treasure.
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is found murdered. A tense trial begins and there is confrontation between the evangelical camp movement and the other religions in the area, between the industrial mill owners and the workers who are becoming increasingly angry about the conditions at the mills. If you have ever wondered about the reason behind union movements this is a good look into the start of workers uniting in the US. It paints a picture of the rough conditions and the life of those who chose to leave everything behind for a chance to work in a factory. It is well written and a very easy read.
Millie. Grace will need all of her wits and strength to find her way out and she will have to rely on her sister to help her. This was the perfect companion for my drive as it kept me engaged and intrigued the entire way – in fact I couldn’t wait for the ride home so I could find out the conclusion. I always enjoy discovering debut authors and I will definitely be picking up the next B. A. Paris book!
I have a mix of theme and genres this month starting with The Daring
Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott. The author of The Dressmaker has
delivered another historical novel that entertains. Based on an actual murder of a mill girl and the subsequent trial in 1833, this story centers around the mills in Lowell Massachusetts. There is a clear class distinction between the girls who run the looms and those families who actually own the mills. Many young girls have left family and farm work to work at the looms so that they can earn money and become independent but they are at the mercy of the mill owners. The Fiske family is the well to do owners of the mills in Lowell and when Alice Barrow begins working at their mill she suddenly becomes acquainted with the eldest son. She eventually represents the factory girls and workers and it is her dear friend Lovey (Sarah) Cornell who
My final book choice is my favorite –
The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston. PresOn a recent long-distance drive, I enjoyed listening to a new thriller that has just been released called Behind
Closed Doors, a debut novel by B. A. Paris. Wonderfully creepy,
it is a bit like Gone Girl in its intensity. Jack and Grace Angel seem to be the perfect couple. In fact, “perfect” is used quite a lot in this novel and start to mean something far different than the normal word. It doesn’t take too long for you to realize that Grace is trapped in a horrible relationship that threatens not only her existence but that of her autistic sister,
ton is one of my favorite authors and you may remember I reviewed another of his books several months ago….The Monster of Florence. Preston is a freelance journalist, as well as a book author and he specializes in amazing true stories and mysteries. This time he has discovered that there is a group of explorers set to enter into a mysterious jungle in Honduras that has not been mapped or extensively explored previously. They believe that in this remote jungle lies the legendary White City, or also known as the City of the Monkey God. In 2015 Preston has managed to get himself included in this
remarkable expedition. This book delves into the history of this area and discusses the Mayan culture and another culture which we known far less about which was located in the Mosquitia region and speaking Chibcha. Once the group, led by Steve Elkins, manages to get themselves into the region where they believe the ruins to be, they face deadly snakes, tropical diseases, drug cartels and a jungle so dense they can only travel a short distance each day. This is a perilous journey but the group stumbles on a cache of ritual objects buried in the jungle and they know they have made a significant discovery that may change our understanding of pre-Columbian culture. But the danger isn’t over once they leave the jungle. Weeks after they are back home the team begins to face another enemy – Leishmaniosis. It is a parasitical disease which can take three forms and, of course, they have contracted the hardest to cure…the one that could kill them all. I have to say this story makes me glad I am a book reviewer and prefer to write fiction because Preston puts his life on the line to get the stories he tells. It is no small feat! The other part of this story is the mystery of what happened to these massive cities which seem to have been abandoned in the jungle. The theory is that smallpox brought by Europeans to the Americas could have killed 90% of the population, decimating the once flourishing civilization. To put that into context – Black Death which devastated Europe only killed 30-60% of the population. Preston finds it ironic that a “New World city destroyed by Old-World disease wreaked havoc on its Old-World rediscoverers with a New World disease.” This is an incredible story that will keep you enthralled throughout and you will be amazed that there are still as yet unexplored regions in our world with lost cities to find. Have a wonderful fall and enjoy your Thanksgiving!
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Running Out of Funny
As a humorist, I’m constantly looking for amusing stuff to write about. But lately, I find my funny tank is running dry.
Maybe it’s the thought of Kim Jong-un with his finger on the button or maybe it’s because I’m finishing up a book and am lodged in a writer’s miasma, stuck in a chasm between one work and another. Or maybe it’s because I’m really running on empty, egads! So when I get desperate (like I am now) I can always turn to my dogs for inspiration. Take Butter, for instance. Some dogs chase cars, Butter chases planes. He’s a Jack Russell/beagle mix but if he was a human, he’d be in the Air Force because he runs after aircraft barking furiously like they have no business flying over our farm.
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He’ll start woofing up a storm and I’ll step outside to see what he’s barking at. I search the landscape but can’t find anything. Not a car, not a deer, but I can hear a slight hum in the distance. Scanning the sky, I see a speck, a plane way off in the distance. That’s what Butter’s barking at. When it recedes past the ho-
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rizon, Butter stops, turns and heads back into the house as if he’s thinking, “Damn, I sure took care of that one.” He really goes bananas when four or five helicopters come whopping over the house. They fly over once or twice a month, maybe carting generals to the spook palace up on 29. And for some reason, they fly low, like a couple thousand feet over the farm so they make a real racket, even rattling the windows. When he hears them approaching, Butter races out onto the lawn and goes into his defensive posture which involves a series of wild leaps into the air in the direction of the choppers. He’ll get a good eighteen inches off the ground all the while nipping at the air like he’s trying to bite their tires, not caring that he’s a good two thousand feet shy. His aerial acrobatics go on until the helicopters disappear behind the trees. But the pinnacle of Butter’s air controller antics came last fall when a hot air balloon came sailing over the house. Low enough so I could make out the faces of the passengers, for a second I thought they were going to land in the front field. If I thought his helicopter jumps were
impressive, he went after that hot air balloon like it was loaded with cats, shooting up in the air and howling frantically, the apex of his leaps easily two feet off the ground. I can imagine the passengers in the balloon’s basket looking down at this tiny creature trying to rocket himself up to their altitude. They must have been howling like I was, this tiny Jack Russell trying to ward off an invasion by air.
the county. But word quickly got around about the ferocious creature residing at Chopping Bottom so now when technicians visit to fix this or that, they cower in their trucks until I come out and leash him. He’s only about a foot tall and can’t weight more than twenty pounds but to them Butter might as well be Cujo.
Another amusing trick he has is spelunking. When we’re in bed, he jumps up, walks to the top of the covers and works his head under until he can tunnel down When the balloon passed over, Butter to the bottom of the bed to stay there all came back to ground and I walked up night. Early on, I had to poke him with and pattedAhim, “Good job,ofButmy toes to make sure he greatsaying, community is full inspiration. Innisfree takes special carehadn’t to createsuffoter, you saved us fromwork certain death and cated. Now just atake it for granted that a therapeutic environment for its coworkers that Ibuilds strong sense of destruction.” even under a sheet, blanket and comfortcommunity and enhances each person’s unique skills. When Innisfree needed er, helped Butterexpand can breathe. more space for additional weavers, CACF the weaving studio. He looked up at me as if he was thinking, Now, coworkers, like Mark, who have skills that can transform spools of yarn into “Thanks, Boss, but it’s my job.” In the morning, he doesn’t come out unbeautiful placemats, can enjoy working with friends and can share their carefully til I throw back the covers and he slowly crafted products with our community. Our passion is to support the community. The only thing Butter hates more than crawls out, blinking like a badger comairborne objects is people in uniforms. ing out of his burrow. He broke the skin of a young lady, a tech out to repair our air conditioning sys- This dog is a real hoot—unless you fix air no end tofor what we can do together. tem, nipped her shin right through her There’s conditioners a living. www.cacfonline.org pants so much it began to bleed. She had it treated at Sentara and they reported it So thanks, Butter, for helping Tony get to the county so we got a visit from an his funny back. animal control officer. We sent the victim a gift card and placated the guy from
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Redcliffe, c. 1902, is one of Virginia’s most beautiful estates exemplifying stylish, country living Redcliffe,comfortable, c. 1902, is one of Virginia’s most only minutes fromexemplifying historic Charlottesbeautiful estates stylish, comfortable, country livingon only ville and UVA and sited 45 minutes private from historic UVA and acres with Charlottesville jaw droppingand mountain sited on private acres with jaw views. This45classic colonial with centerdropping mountain views. This classic core fieldstone construction includes colonial additions with center-core fieldstone extensive of the finest matericonstruction includes extensive additions als. It also features 6,550 finished square of theoffinest materials. It also features 6,550 feet living area and family-oriented finished feet of living living and area dinand floor plansquare with formal family-oriented floor plan with formal ing rooms, billiard room, 5 bedrooms, living and dining rooms, billiard room, 5 3 full baths, 6 fireplaces, professionally bedrooms, 3 full baths, 6 fireplaces, designed kitchen/family room with 15' professionally designed kitchen/family ceilings, imported English oak moldroom with 15' ceilings, imported English ings and cabinetry, art gallery, lovely oak moldings and cabinetry, art gallery, landscaping, soccer/baseball field, lovely landscaping, soccer/baseball 4-car field, garage, saltwater pool, guest house and 4-car garage, saltwater pool, guest house stream. and stream. For further information contact Jim Faulconer 434.981.0076 For further information contact Jim Faulconer 434.981.0076
Merrymount Merrymount, located in the most desirable area of Somerset, is nestled amongst large estates, with incredible views of both the Blue Ridge, and the Southwest mountains. The 1850's house is perfectly situated on 5 acres, and could be bought with additional land, if needed. The 3 bedroom house is in need of renovations, but is structurally sound, and could easily be added onto. Much of the surrounding land is in conservation easement, and the view from this property will not change. For further information contact Justin Wiley 540.672.5603
Marsh Run Anchorage Farm Under 10 mins to town, the centerpiece Linden Linden RidgeRidge is an exceptional 70 acre Marsh Run is an extremely private doin of Anchorage Farm is a c. 1825 resi- in property with a prime location in the Linden sought Ridge is after an exceptional acre dence. Original incl' 7 fireplac- much historic 70 Keswick Under 10 mins tocharms town, the centerpiece property with a prime location in the of Anchorage Farm elaborate is a c. 1825 es, period detailing, plaster Hunt community. The 4 bedroom home much sought after historic Keswick residence. Original charms incl' 7a 4 includes an expansive 1st floor master work, 5 covered porches. Currently Hunt community. The 4 bedroom home fireplaces, period detailing, elaborate bdrm utilized as lightdrenched paint- suite and 3 second floor bedrooms and includes an expansive 1st floor master plaster work, 5 covered ing studio, the structure is porches. in good re- a gourmet custom kitchen Guest cotsuite and 3 second floor bedrooms and Currently 4 bdrm utilized as lightpair on allafronts with efficient radiant tage, entertainment barn and 16 stall a gourmet custom kitchen Guest drenched painting the structure heat; it just awaitsstudio, new owner's vision stable.Linden Ridge’sbarn unique cottage, entertainment and 16combistall is inupgraded good repair on all fronts with for kitchen, baths. The acre- nation of buildings, land, andunique streams stable.Linden Ridge’s efficient radiant heat; it justbank awaits new age includes a wonderful barnand offers the experience of total tranquilcombination of buildings, land, and owner's vision for upgraded kitchen, tranquil 2nd building site overlooking ity and relaxation. A picturesque setstreams offers the experience of total baths. The acreage includes a the Hardware River, rolling hay fields ting just 20 minutes to the University tranquility and relaxation. Aof wonderful bank barnand tranquil 2nd & mountains beyond. This building Virginia, Only one hundred miles from picturesque setting just 20 minutes to building site overlooking the Hardware site is so arresting one might consider Washington DC, must be seen to be the University of Virginia, Only one River, rolling hay fields & mountains building a primary residence here and appreciated for all its possibilities. An hundred miles from Washington DC, beyond. This building site is so must be seensetting to be perfect appreciated for allor using theone current for guests, exceptional for family arresting mightresidence consider building its possibilities. An exceptional setting office or tasting room. business gatherings and /or retreats. a primary residence here and using the perfect for family or business gatherings current residence for guests, office or and /or retreats. tasting room.
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Exquisite, 4-bedroom, stone & stucco home that depicts understated elegance in Keswick Estate. Constructed by Alexander Nicholson, the home offers an expansive, light-filled floor plan with premium finishes & exceptional craftsmanship throughout. 10' ceilings, 2 fireplaces, wood paneled study, master bedroom suite with private balcony, home theater room with oversized theater chairs, climate controlled wine room, infinity pool, and charming guest house with outdoor fireplace. 2.14-acre lot within walking distance to tennis courts, golf clubhouse, and Keswick hall. Approximately 10 minutes to Downtown Charlottesville.
Mt. Athos- This storied Somerset estate Mt. Athos overlooks some of the prettiest, most protected land in Virginia. A well-constructed, 1930’s residence/hunting lodge and stone stable sit at the highest point of this magnificent property with panoramic views of the Blue Ridge and surrounding countryside. The 270 acres is a good mix of rolling pasture and mature hardwoods providing a serene, private setting . A beautiful lake adorned with Japanese Teahouse follies adds to the magical setting. The property has longPOLISH frontageAND on bold, Blue Run Creek. CREATING YOUR POSITION WITH INTEGRITY.
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Terry McAuliffe announced the 29th Annual October Virginia Wine Month, offering visitors a chance to discover why Virginia is a wine destination unlike any other. The month long celebration includes special events at wineries, restaurants, hotels, and wine bars, as well as dozens of wine festivals across the commonwealth. This year’s wine month theme is ‘Discover Your Local Crush.’“The Virginia wine industry has grown tremendously since 1988 when October was first proclaimed Virginia Wine Month,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Wine sales reached a new record level last fiscal year, at over 587,500 cases. The continued growth of the commonwealth’s wine industry, one of Virginia’s fastest growing agricultural sectors, is a priority for my administration as we work to build a new Virginia economy. I’m proud that these vineyards are bringing jobs and tourism to many rural localities across our beautiful commonwealth.” With wine sales at a new alltime high, and more people visiting the state’s wineries than ever before, Virginia is now a premiere East Coast destination for wine and wine tourism. In addition to critically acclaimed wines, Virginia boasts lavish scenery, breathtaking views, quaint small towns, and celebrated historic sites from just over 3,800 acres of winery and vineyard locations, seven American Viticultural Areas, and more than two dozen wine trails.
“Virginia’s 420 vineyards growing 3,800 acres of wine grapes are dotted across the commonwealth and are becoming an increasingly important part of Virginia’s diverse agricultural economy,” said Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Basil Gooden. “We are proud of the caliber of wines our growers and winemakers are producing. October is a perfect time to get out and explore the vineyards and see the grapes being picked and taste the wines.” “Tourism is an instant revenue generator for Virginia, generating $24 billion in economic impact, supporting 130,000 jobs and contributing $1.7 billion in state and local taxes,” said Secretary
of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore. “Virginia’s wine industry is an important part of our tourism economy, and serves as a major competitive differentiator for the Commonwealth, making us an ideal destination for travelers who are seeking authentic, experiential culinary attractions. With our 15 million acres of beautiful fall foliage, breathtaking vistas, and a large variety of events and festivals taking place across the Commonwealth, October is truly the perfect time to discover why Virginia is for Wine Lovers.” October Virginia Wine Month is the oldest wine month in the country. It began in 1988 as a way to support the state’s
young wine business – with just 40 wineries at the time – and promote travel to Virginia wine country. Today, Virginia ranks fifth in the number of wineries in the nation with more than 280 wineries and over 410 vineyards. Sales of Virginia wine have shown solid growth in recent years, with a 5.6% in increase from last fiscal year. In addition, more than 2.2 million tourists visited Virginia wineries in 2015, according the Virginia Tourism Corporation. Virginia’s wine industry generates $1.37 billion in economic impact to the Commonwealth. October in Virginia is for many reasons. The state’s 15 million acres of fall foliage are bursting with color at the same time the wineries are celebrating the harvest. From the coastal serenity of the Eastern Shore vineyards to the majestic splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains, each wine region provides travelers with one-of-a-kind wine experiences. Virginia wines have been featured recently in Forbes, The New York Times, Food & Wine, Wine Spectator, Decanter Magazine, Wine Enthusiast, Bon Appétit, CNN, Financial Times, Bloomberg News, Conde Nast Traveler, Washington Post, and Washingtonian Magazine. To find more information on wine travel in Virginia including travel packages and deals, visit www.Virginia.org/wine
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Introducing Cobham Station Farm in Albemarle County
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. Now below appraisal at $799,999
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Stately residence in Keswick with stunning views of the Southwest Mountains.The attractive floor plan of 7000+ finished square feet is highlighted by a gracious center hall, living room, dining room, spacious kitchen with breakfast area, family room with fireplace & sunroom. Upstairs are two en suite bedrooms and a master suite. The third floor and lower level have open space with a fourth bedroom and bath on the lower level. Room for five cars and hobbies in two garages. Privately located on 36 open acres with a stocked pond. Visit: www.vafarms. net MLS#557603 $1,250,000 Charlotte Dammann 434.981.1250
◆ BEST COUNTRY CLUB VALUE! ◆ GREAT PRICE for this superbly maintained 4-bedroom,3.5-bath Colonial built by excellent craftsmen with a full, unfinished basement, on quiet street within the Glenmore community and close to all amenities. MLS#562380 $535,000 Jim Faulconer 434.981.0076
◆ PELHAM DRIVE ◆ Custom home built in 2008 bordering Beaverdam Creek. Four bedrooms, 4 baths, 1st floor master, multi-purpose terrace level family room, 2-car garage. Beautiful rockwork and landscaping. MLS#559093 $649,950 Betsy Swett 434.249.2922
◆ CARAPAN ◆ Very private, 2.5 acres with lovely views of the golf course and distant mountains. Architecturally designed 7,000+ square foot residence with 5 bedrooms. MLS#451592 www.keswickestate.net $1,825,000 Charlotte Dammann 434.981.1250
◆ UPFRONT ◆ Attractive Cape Cod with Southwest Mtn. views, on 3 acres in one of the most beautiful sections of Albemarle County. 4 BR, 3.5 BA, large kitchen with dining area, FR, sunroom, and pool. MLS#555617 $649,000 Charlotte Dammann 434.981.1250
◆ KESWICK HUNT ◆ French-inspired, custom stone home on 22 acres in Keswick Hunt Country, with superb construction and details. Three-stall stable; spacious carriage home; fenced for horses in a beautiful, private setting. MLS#543296 $2,495,000 Jim Faulconer 434.981.0076
◆ KESWICK ESTATE ◆ Exquisite, 4-bedroom home with premium finishes, paneled study, 1st-floor master suite, home theater, infinity pool, charming guest house, and professionally designed gardens. Short walk to Keswick Hall. MLS#556917 $1,895,000 Steve McLean 434.981.1863
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The Scout Guide announced recently the appointment of Ian Dillard as the new Editor of The Scout Guide Charlottesville, Virginia, the company’s flagship city guide that highlights select independently owned businesses, artists, artisans, and entrepreneurs in the area.
The Scout Guide Charlottesville features locally owned enterprises in a variety of categories, which include restaurants, apparel and accessory boutiques, services, and more. These businesses—and the people behind them— are represented through high-quality photographs on beautifully
designed pages. Copies of the guide are available free of charge at participating businesses and other locations throughout the year. “We are so excited to welcome Ian as our new Editor for The Scout Guide Charlottesville!” says Susie Matheson, co-founder of The Scout Guide. “Ian shares our vision and enthusiasm for small businesses in our community and we look forward to opening the doors to more small businesses that reflect our community as a whole.” “I can’t wait to get started working with all the amazing businesses in Charlottesville,”
comments Dillard. “I have admired The Scout Guide since its inception when I was a student at the University of Virginia. I am excited to collaborate with fellow entrepreneurs and share our passion for living locally. The Scout Guide is an unparalleled guide and is a great platform for businesses to further brand themselves both locally and nationally. As Editor, I have the opportunity to be a voice for the known and unknown luxuries of Charlottesville, the up-and-coming businesses, and advance the network overall.”
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CHICKEN MOUNTAIN ROAD –388 +/- acres located on Chicken Mountain Road with views of the Blue Ridge and the Southwest Ridge. Property is completely private and surrounded by large estates including Montpelier. The land is rolling and is a mix of woods and open meadows with numerous springs and streams. The open land is all fenced and currently grazed by cattle. The property is further protected by a conservation easement.
MT. ATHOS – This storied Somerset estate overlooks some of the prettiest, most protected land in Virginia. A well-constructed, 1930’s residence/hunting lodge and stone stable sit at the highest point of this magnificent property with panoramic views of the Blue Ridge and surrounding countryside. The 270 acres is a good mix of rolling pasture and mature hardwoods providing a serene, private setting. A beautiful lake adorned with Japanese Teahouse follies adds to the magical setting. The property has long frontage on bold, Blue Run Creek.
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MERRYMOUNT – Located in the most desirable area of Somerset, is nestled amongst large estates, with incredible views of both the Blue Ridge, and the Southwest mountains. The 1850’s house is perfectly situated on 5 acres, and could be bought with additional land, if needed. The 3 bedroom house is in need of renovations, but is structurally sound, and could easily be added onto. Much of the surrounding land is in conservation easement, and the view from this property will not change.
SOUTHERN ALBEMARLE FARM – A beautiful, medium-sized horse farm or retreat 14 miles from town. The turn-of-thecentury 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.
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854 MILLWOOD LANE – This land is ideally located in the Keswick Hunt in an area of fine estates and equestrian properties. This land is best suited for a country estate with long road frontage and a bold stream. The property is under conservation easement to the Virginia Outdoors Foundation. There is an existing well on the property. Justin H. Wiley – 434.981.5528
MLS# 567309 • $1,850,000 WILHOIT FARM – Natural beauty, steeped in history; c. 1823 residence sited on a high bluff overlooking the Lynch River and its low grounds; with stunning, panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is thought that Jefferson’s notable craftsman, Thomas Blackburn built this elegantly proportioned house. With over 135 acres of fertile bottomland, pasture and hardwoods, this quintessential Virginia Farm offers privacy, views and water in a beautiful setting.
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