KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its environs - September 2017
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Justin H. Wiley
Peter A. Wiley
132A East Main Street • Orange, VA 22960
503 Faulconer Drive, Suite 6 • Charlottesville, VA 22903
MLS#556528 • $1,950,000
AERIE –170 acre estate located in the Somerset area of Orange, just 2.5 miles from Gordonsville. The 1850 manor house has many improvements using the finest materials. In the main house are 4 bedrooms, dining and breakfast rooms, study, original living room, library and 2 galleries. The property is further enhanced by a guest house, 3 stall stable, 2 new garages, studio, pool, formal gardens, and vegetable garden. Spectacular views. Justin H. Wiley – 434.981.5528
MLS#565889 • $999,000
THE ROCKS – Incredible value in Ivy. Elegant 5+ bedroom residence with mountain and protected pastoral views, minutes to town, hospitals and UVA. This “new old house” offers an open floor plan, 1st floor master, 2nd floor master wing with dual baths/closets and wonderful overflow spaces including home theater, gym, “boat” bunk room and ample storage. Built by Baird Snyder. Peter A. Wiley – 434.422.2090
MLS# 559089 • $695,000
MLS# 558491 • $1,250,000 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.
Peter A. Wiley – 434.422.2090
LAUREL RUN – Located less than a mile from historic Montpelier and minutes from downtown Orange, this 60+/- acre property boasts wonderful mountain views, streams, springs, rolling pastures, a large barn with a one bedroom apartment. Also on the property is a ca 1795 log cabin, with great potential for restoration. This property is has numerous elevated building sites and is ideal for horses. Justin H. Wiley – 434.981.5528
MLS# 551000 • $795,000
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# 563868 • $3,350,000 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 317 acres of fertile bottomland, pasture and hardwoods, this quintessential Virginia Farm offers privacy, views and water in a beautiful setting.
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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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Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs PO Box 32, Keswick, Virginia 22947 T: 434.242.8033 E: email@example.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
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imously voted to name James E. Ryan as the University’s next president. A widely respected and accomplished educator and legal scholar, Ryan earned his law degree from UVA and previously served on the School of Law faculty. Since 2013, he has served as dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Charles William Eliot Professor of Education. Read the full story on page 10.
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13 BOOKWORM 16 ON TOUR Suzanne Nash loves the fall and especially October. Forty-five artisans in 25 studios throughout central She says, "The air is crisper and school is back in session….and Halloween is right around the corner. I love the fresh apples and pumpkins seen in all of the stores. The smell of cinnamon in the fall recipes fill the air and it’s the perfect time to curl up with an eerie tale." Suzanne has a few selections to give you some creepy thrills! Enjoy them on page 13, of course 13?!
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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. Get the details on page 16!
Here and there... in Keswick On and Off The Market
Castle Hill is under contract! Yes, the 5 bed, 5.5 bath, 10,662 sf home on 601 majestic areas, listed at $7.950m is under contract! 5460 Stony Point Pass, “Piedmont Lodge” with 4 beds, 3.5 baths, 5863 sf and 54 acres, listed at $1.295m is also under contract. In Glenmore 2316 Grey Heron Road with 5 beds, 5.5 baths, 5700 sf on 5 acres is pending at $999.9k and 1335 Tattersall Court with 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 4517 sf is pending at $778.5k. Three pre-sales (as in sold before construction begins) in Glenmore: 29 Ferndown Court with 3 beds, 2 baths and 2080 sf at $502,104, 7 Carroll Creek Road with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 3202 sf at $579,674 and 51 Fenton Court with 3 beds, 4.5 baths and 3025 sf at $794,250. In Keswick Estate 935 Club Drive with 4 beds, 4 baths, 2815 sf on 2 golf front acres is under contract at $645k and the lot adjacent, 2 golf front acres for $300k. Lot 1 Club Drive is also under contract with 2.6 acres at $300k. 102 Richmond Road, the huge 7552 sf manor home on 43 acres, priced at $895k is also under contract.
The Inn at Willow Grove is excited to announce that their Forbes Four-Star rated property is expanding! They will be adding 2 guest houses, each with 5 luxury rooms & suites, along with the Mill House Spa which will include spa services, a fitness facility, and outdoor 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.
There were 11 minor reductions in Glenmore re-sales, but the most noticeable was 2008 Farringdon Road with 5 beds, 5.5 baths and 7353 sf on 1.4 acres down from $1.1m to $1.050m. In Keswick 664 Club View Drive with 5 beds, 3.5 baths, and 3233 sf on 2 golf front acres is down from $749k to $695k. 6556 Gordonsville Road, “Misty Ridge”, with 3 beds, 2.5 baths, 5881 sf on 20 acres is down from $1.395m to $1.195m. 4995 Moriah Way with 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 5373 sf on 33.3 acres is down from $1.075m to $1.049m and 214 Autumn Ridge with 4 beds, 3 baths and 2962 sf on 2.1 acres is down from $409.9k to $389.9k.
In Glenmore 1520 Bremberton Lane with 3 beds, 2 baths and 2078 sf listed at $529k sold for $460k. 3076 Hyde Park Place with 7 bedrooms, 7.5 baths and 8850 sf on an acre listed at $1.399m sold for $1.150m. 1308 Piper Way with 6 beds, 5.5 baths and 6323 sf listed at $1.033499m sold for $980k. 116 Distan Court with 3 beds, 3.5 baths and 4062 sf on 2.2 acres listed at $530k sold for $479k, 447 Fieldstone Drive with 4 beds, 3 baths, 2500 on 2.3 acres listed and sold for $420k and 5432 Stony Point Pass, a 2 bed, 2 bath home on 1.6 acres listed at $435k sold for $415k. And finally what’s new in 22947? Three new ones on Keswick Rd. 3384 with 3 beds, 1.5 baths and 1288 sf on 6 acres is $393k whilst 3421 with 3 beds, 2 baths and 2156 sf is $479k. 3360 is a 33 acre parcel on Royal Acres listed at $550k. 51.7 acres is available on Stony Point Pass at $225k and a 115 acre parcel on Paddock Wood Road is available at $299.797k. 4622 Richmond Road with 4 beds, 3 baths and 4160 sf on 5.8 acres is just listed at $469.9k and 843 Campbell Road, “Cardinal Hall”, with 4 beds, 4 baths and 3384 sf on 10 acres is available at $775k. In Glenmore 1375 Huntersfield Close with 5 beds, 3.5 baths and 4344 sf is available at $624.9k and finally 3312 Lockport Place with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3950 sf is available at$624.9k.
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. Also, Willow Grove was just voted third on Travel and Leisure’s list of best resort hotels in the U.S.
Most of the US, Canada and Mexico's northern border cities will end Daylight Saving Time (DST) at 2am (02:00) local time on November 05, 2017. The clocks will "fall back" an hour to standard time, meaning brighter mornings but darker evenings for most Americans. The rest of Mexico and the most of Europe will end DST one week earlier. Most of North America shifts at 02:00 local time, so its zones do not shift at the same time; for example, Mountain Time can be temporarily either zero or two hours ahead of Pacific Time. Daylight saving time - also summer time in several countries - is the practice of advancing clocks so that evenings have more daylight and mornings have less. Typically clocks are adjusted forward one hour near the start of spring and are adjusted backward in autumn. The modern idea of daylight saving was first implemented during the First World War. Many countries have used it at various times since then. The practice has been both praised and criticized. Adding daylight to evenings benefits retailing, sports, and other activities that exploit sunlight after working hours, but can cause problems for evening entertainment and other occupations tied to the sun. Although an early goal of DST was to reduce evening usage of incandescent lighting, formerly a primary use of electricity, modern heating and cooling usage patterns differ greatly, and research about how Daylight Saving Time currently affects energy use is limited or contradictory. The text "Daylight Saving Time ends" has been taken from www.cute-calendar.com
Compete Bushman Dreyfus Architects announces the inauguration of an annual ideas and design competition for its home city of Charlottesville, Virginia in celebration of the firm’s 25 years of community involvement. The BDA Prize was established to generate forward-looking ideas to better our community through design and dialogue. Each year, the competition will explore a current topic for Charlottesville. Submissions are encouraged to be visionary, bold and provocative. Entries will be exhibited publicly and discussed in open forums. As an ideas competition, it is not expected that winning entries will be constructed; instead, entries are to serve as a catalyst for dialogue and discovery in our community. The competition is open to everyone. An independent panel will select the most compelling visions for the future of Charlottesville. A $5,000 prize will be awarded to the Grand Prize winner, and 3 additional prizes of $1,000 each will be awarded, including “The Community’s Choice” award. The panel will also hold a public discussion of the submissions at a forum to be hosted at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center in April. The 2018 BDA Prize topic is “Charlottesville: Identity and Design”: In light of recent events and discussions regarding the role of public sculpture, memorials and monuments, the 2018 BDA Prize seeks designs that express the identity and values of our diverse community. The site for this year’s competition is at the west end of Charlottesville’s downtown pedestrian mall, which was once part of the vibrant Vinegar Hill neighborhood. Designs are encouraged to be transformative, contextual and dynamic. For more information on the BDA Prize, this year’s design brief and the schedule of events, please visit BDAPrize. BDArchitects.com
Lots of Chocolate On September 19th around 6:45am, a tractor trailer traveling north on Keswick's VSH 231 flipped over in front of Southwick Farm. The 21-year old driver was not hurt and climbed out of the window. The truck contained 4500lbs of Hershey chocolate products heading to Maryland and was traveling illegally on VSH 231 (restricted route prohibiting through vehicles 35ft and greater). Traffic was diverted between Klockner Rd and Lindsay Rd for over 5 hours while a rig from Nelson County worked to right the truck and tow it away. The speed limit is 50mph.
The GOING OUT Guide Mark your calendars! Save the date! Don’t be late! ADULT FUN 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 540 672 3454.
Adrenaline Film Project Where: Paramount THeater When: Saturday October 21st
in its 14th year, the Adrenaline Film Project (AFP) is moving out of the Festival proper and heading downtown to host its annual competitive screening and awards presentations at The Paramount Theater! Also new this year, the winners of the jury, mentor, audience, and acting awards will receive acash prize and industry badges to the 2017 Virginia Film Festival. The Adrenaline Film Project is the Virginia Film Festival's 72-hour, highly-caffeinated and highly-popular guerrilla filmmaking competition in which 10-12 teams of filmmakers compete for cash prizes by writing, shooting, editing, and screening their own 3-5 minute films with guidance from professional film industry mentors. AFP provides a unique opportunity to gain professional mentorship while producing an original short film that will screen to the public. Adrenaline alum have found success in film through acceptances to film schools, submissions to Sundance, involvement in the creation of popular movies and television shows, and with starting their own production companies.
LIVING HISTORY 30th annual Fall Fiber Festival Where: 11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier When: October 7th and 8th Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm Sunday: 10 am - 4pm
Planning is underway to bring you great workshops for adults and children, animal exhibits, sheep dog trials, hands-on demonstrations, a fleece sale, fiber and crafts vendors, music and more. Check back often for info and updates on workshops, competitions, vendor listings, and hands-on demo schedules. Please visit us on Facebook for updates! At James Madison's Montpelier ADMISSION: Adults - $516 & under free Pets are not allowed at the festival. : e: Info @fallfiberfestival.org
CELEBRATE University of Virginia's Bicentennial Commemoration The University of Virginia’s Bicentennial Commemora-
tion is a celebration of UVA’s achievements, a recognition of the imperfections of its past, and a visualization of its future. The story began 200 years ago with the creation of a new model for higher learning, one shaped by the belief that only educated citizen-leaders would be capable of sustaining freedom in a new republic. From Thomas Jefferson’s original conception of the Academical Village, the story continued through the years, as UVA evolved from a regional institution of limited renown to one of the great national and global universities of the 21st century. At the University of Virginia today, we continue to pursue the goal that has inspired our community since its inception — forging the leaders of tomorrow through the sharing of knowledge and the candid exchange of ideas. On this Bicentennial Launch Weekend we will mark the 200th anniversary of the laying of the University’s cornerstone at Pavilion VII. THURSDAY, OCT. 5 BackStory Live: Who Speaks for America? 200 Years of Debate Paramount Theater 7pm: In this live event, BackStory hosts Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, Nathan Connolly, and Joanne Freeman will take a topic and unpack its history in a lively debate, storytelling, and interview format on stage at the Paramount Theater. The show will weave together Jefferson's ideas of citizenship and the role education had with regards to citizenship in the eyes of the founders, particularly Jefferson. The University of Virginia is the embodiment of those views. The program will tackle how citizenship is defined both culturally and legally throughout the rest of the American history. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are free and will provide general admission seating. Get your tickets here. FRIDAY, OCT. 6 A Historical Perspective to the Laying of the Cornerstone Monroe Hill 1-2 pm A historical perspective talk on the Laying of the Cornerstone and masonic ceremony in 1817. This event is free and open to the public. A Tribute to the Laying of the Cornerstone - The Lawn, near Pavilion VII A tribute event to honor the original Laying of the Cornerstone ceremony in 1817. This event is free and open to the public. "A History of the University in 100 Objects" Exhibit Talk by Brendan Wolfe 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Special Collections Auditorium An exhibit talk by co-curator Brendan Wolfe, author of Mr. Jefferson’s Telescope (UVA Press, summer 2017.) This event is free and open to the public. A Bicentennial Launch Celebration - The Lawn 7 pm A multimedia celebration of the University with an awe-inspiring spectacle featuring student, faculty and alumni performers from UVA and special guests Andra Day and Leslie Odom Jr. The celebration is open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available August 15 and you can get tickets here. This event is in partnership with the UVA Arts.
SATURDAY, OCT. 7 Bicentennial “More than the Score” Pregame Lecture 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Alumni Hall On the morning of home football games, Lifetime Learning, Office of Engagement in partnership with the Alumni Association invitedistinguished UVA faculty give lectures on a variety of topics. Alan Taylor, pulitzer prize-winning author and Thomas Jefferson Foundation Chair in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, will present Thomas Jefferson’s Education, an informative talk covering Thomas Jefferson’s experiences as a college student at the College of William & Mary and how this first-hand knowledge informed his plans to create an innovative academic university for Virginia after the American Revolution. This talk is free with registration. Seating is limited. Find more information about this event here. UVA vs. Duke Scott StadiumTime TBD by the ACC ACC home-opener football game. WTJU's Freefall Music and Art Festival Zac Band Concert John Paul Jones Arena 7 pm For further information email@example.com
ENTER TO WIN Win a Trip for Two to Hunt/Gather 2017 Where: Orapax Hunting Preserve in Goochland When: November 4th
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Virginia folks for a stylish fall giveaway. Enter to win two tickets to the annual Ledbury Hunt/Gather, a quail hunt and field party celebrating food, wine, and local makers put on by the Richmond-based luxury shirtmaker. The Hunt/Gather will take place at the Orapax Hunting Preserve in Goochland, Virginia, on Saturday, November 4th. In addition to a pair of tickets to the party, which will feature field activities and delicious cocktails and fare, the winner will receive a $3,500+ prize package including: • Two-night stay at the Graduate Richmond hotel, located in the heart of downtown Richmond • $1,000 travel voucher courtesy of Virginia Tourism to put toward your plane, train, or automobile expenses • Two Ledbury shirts of your choice • Moore & Giles Varsity Duffel perfect for a weekend getaway • Tom Beckbe Tensaw Jacket designed for the field (but perfect for the city) • $300 Blanc Creatives gift card for hand-forged pans and homegoods • Private cellar tour at Veritas Winery • Gift card for two for dinner, brunch, or bellying up to the bar at Brenner Pass
Farewell to the A-Bar BY CHARLES THACHER
Editor's Note: Warning! This story is a bit strange, as it begins as non-fiction and ends as fantasy, with a weird mid-70s TV pop-culture connection which the writer hopes the older folks will get, but the young'ns might say "whoa, this guy's doin' some bad stuff". I hope you enjoy this as much as I did, and be sure to write in and tell it to Keswick Life and Charlie on what you think. – Colin D.
For this angler, no town is more misnamed than Last
Chance, Idaho, the headquarters for fishing the famed Ranch Section of the Henrys Fork River. It should be named No Chance. When there, I rise confidently by 7AM – a most uncivilized hour for fly fishers – so that I can walk the two miles or so to the Islands, a lovely section of the famed spring creek, and arrive before other anglers and the wind, with the hopes of seeing a few noses poke through the glassy surface. Often there are noses, but they are attached to most diminutive bodies. Occasionally, across conflicting currents and in difficult lies near the banks, the noses and their appended bodies are substantial. But these noses are different, as they usually seem to be positioned over mouths that aren’t designed to open, at least for my offerings. And, the better rises seem always to be just out of my casting range and, magically, as I try stealthily to move toward them they move away at the same speed. I flail the water, spending much of my time changing flies, until invariably the wind comes up about eleven o’clock, creating a riffle, putting down the noses and driving me off the river to the supreme boredom of Last Chance, until the evening hatch starts. It’s the kind of experience that makes non-believers wonder why anyone bothers with this activity. Ah, but there are consolations. The evening hatch, though typically yielding only an hour or two of fishing before dark, usually brings up more large fish, and I have frequently succeeded in hooking a few. And there was the après-fishing. So, I was saddened to read last year that the A-Bar had finally closed for good.
The A-Bar was a prototypical Western saloon. The only one in Last Chance and for another forty miles or more. It had the essential ingredients – a horseshoe shaped bar with a glass top covering hundreds of silver dollars, a coin deposit pool table accompanied by a few cues, one or two of which rolled straight on the table and still had their tips attached, a juke box filled with edgy pop stars like Merle Haggard and Little Jimmy Dickens, a television that got one channel poorly, dinette tables scattered about with plastic covered chairs embedded with last week’s salsa, and a clientele of local ranch hands, fishermen and their guides, bikers and their bimboesque
babes slow dancing, and a few tourists who were lost on their way to Yellowstone Park. The food, red meat or Tex-Mex, mountain oysters or lamb fries, was better than decent, and my only complaint was the lack of draft beer and, in fact any beer that had the slightest hint of flavor or body, until Sam Adams appeared in bottles a few years ago. The A-Bar was welcoming to everyone –its vice and its virtue. I also have a sentimental attachment to the A-Bar. Some of my favorite fishing experiences and fantasies began there. One night in the mid-90s I was sitting at the bar, quaffing a beer and pondering what was deficient in my personality or judgment, that I would commit so much time and effort to such an utterly hopeless activity, when I overheard the guy on the next stool say to the bartender “Tomorrow I’m cutting out of here for the Missouri. I just talked to my buddy who is up there, and he told me that the river is lower than it has been in years, you can walk the banks and wade everyplace, and the dry fly fishing is awesome.” I knew nothing about fishing the Missouri, but it sure sounded better than what I had going. So, I got some details from the guy and the next morning, instead of walking down river, I drove north to Wolf Creek, about four hours away. I had some great fishing and the Mo became one of my favorite rivers. I have returned nearly every year since. Another night, I was sitting next to a young man and we got to talking about places that we had fished. He said that for the past two winters he had guided at a lodge in southern Chile called El Saltamontes. I asked him how it was and he replied “You know what ‘saltamontes’ means, right?” “Yeah. Sure. It’s an Italian dish with veal wrapped in prosciutto and sage, cooked in marsala, over a bed of spinach. I prefer the version with a few slices of a hardboiled egg on top, but what the hell does that have to do with fishing?” He rolled his head back and his eyebrows went up to his hat. “You’re joking, no? Saltemontes means ‘grasshopper’ in Spanish. The Lodge is on the Ñirehuao River. It’s the greatest hopper fishing in the world. They swarm like bees, and the big brown trout cruise the banks waiting for them to get blown into the water. In fact, several times I’ve seen large fish jump on to the banks and flop around to knock the hoppers into the water, then they flip back into the river and eat them. You’ll often see slimy spots in the grass on the bank, where the fish have landed.” Although I found the last part of his tale a bit tall, I was in a vulnerable frame of mind, since I was trying to fish a river where at least a half-dozen tiny bugs were always hatching simultaneously and after a day of total futility I had to face the guy in the fly shop who would tell me that the only thing working was some obscure fly that, of course, was completely sold out. Hearing of a river where you could prowl the banks all day with a big bushy fly, and with fish so aggressive that you had to hide behind a bush to tie it on your line, sounded like heaven. The next February I was off to southern Chile. After traveling for well over 20 hours my guide picked me up at the Balmaceda airport. “I assume that you didn’t get our email?”.
“No. I haven’t looked at my email in four or five days. Why?” “Well, we’ve had a bunch of rain and the river is running a bit high. We emailed all of our guests three days ago telling them not to come. When we arrived at the lodge after driving for an hour and a half, I saw what he meant. The river, which was normally about the size of the Rivanna, was now as broad as the James, and it was an ugly chocolate brown color. “Is there any point in fishing this?” “No, it’s a hundred-year flood. Highest that we’ve ever seen it. It won’t be fishable for at least two weeks.” If my life were measured by the number of “hundredyear floods” that I’ve encountered at lodges, I’d be older than Methusalah. “So, what’s the program?” “No program. You might as well leave tomorrow.” The next day I caught a flight about 500 miles north, where I discovered some excellent fishing in Chile’s beautiful Lake Country, which I have revisited three times with great pleasure. To the Lodge’s credit they gave me a free week of fishing the following year, which I thoroughly enjoyed despite more rain, though I never did see a big brown trout swatting hoppers off the bank. But there was another night in the A-Bar that is my most memorable. I met an old angler named Whitey Whitmore who, in the past ten years had become a legend on the Ranch, fishing it exclusively and every day during the season. Supposedly, he could catch ‘em when and where no one else could. He had a grungy grayish white beard – was a spitting image of Foster Brooks - and, as it turned out, shared many oratorical flourishes with that great rhetorician. We chatted over a beer then hooked up as partners on the pool table. Our first match ended when Whitey sank the 8-ball on the break. It caused a bit of a fuss, because he broke the rack so hard that two other balls left the table. Our opponents protested, and we agreed to let the bartender rule. His sage decision was that “If someone is good enough to sink the 8-ball on the break, he shouldn’t be accountable for collateral damage.” In our next match, Whitey sank the 8-ball on the shot after his break, so we got bounced and repaired to the bar, even though I had not yet taken a shot. He switched to his regular drink, Jägermeister and Squirt, and began regaling me with stories of angling adventures in his life before he had settled in to fish the Ranch into eternity. Seems that after hearing any far-fetched or wild rumor, he would head off to the most remote corners of the world in search of exotic fish that could perhaps be caught on a fly. His final tale, though a bit garbled by booze, has remained with me and I have often lamented the fact that I have not followed its trail. I’ll pass it on as I heard it. While fishing for eels on a river in Moldova, Whitey had met Aristotelis, a Greek angler who said he had recently returned from his best trip ever, fishing for giant prelapsarian taimen, a trout-like fish, in the remote mountainous northeastern corner of the former Soviet republic of Kojakistan. These fish live only in the Stavros river system where they have survived for thousands of years. Normally the big taimen feed only on smaller fish and aquatic newts deep in the river’s largest
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pools. But in late May, seed pods drop from the beech trees that line the river, some ferment on the ground, and lemmings feed on them. After eating the fermented pods, the lemmings become disoriented, and many fall off the bank into the water. The sight and sounds of the inebriated lemmings thrashing about and belching loudly catches the attention of the taimen, and they come to the surface to eat them. In fact, for a period of several weeks, their diet consists almost exclusively of besotted lemmings, and that is when they can be caught by twitching big bushy flies on the surface. Aristotelis said that the taimen were the strongest fish he had ever encountered, and that in five days he had hooked about twenty, but had landed only three, the largest being over 70 pounds. Some that he lost were much larger, exceeding 100 pounds. He claimed that his problem was that he had only moderately heavy rods that he used for salmon, which were too light. In the five days, he had broken all three of his rods and lost two fly lines to the giants. Aristotelis’ tale caught Whitey. When he returned to the U.S., he first attempted to find someone in Kojakistan that he could contact regarding the fishing possibilities, but failed. The internet had just reached there and the national website merely said “Under construction. Please return if we finish”. He visited Kojakistan’s consulate in Washington, but the entire staff consisted of Americans of Kojaki descent from Toledo who had never actually been to the country, and knew little about it except that their grandmothers had always prepared the national dish, pickled rutabaga in fermented yak milk, for special holidays. But, being an undaunted angler, the following May, Whitey tied up some lemming flies, packed his heaviest rods and caught a Flying Yak Airlines flight from Baku to Savalas, an ancient Greek city that was founded by Alexander the Great’s food taster who deserted from the army in 327 B.C. on the way to India after eating a bad date, and which is the modern capital of Kojakistan. He checked into the Telli Hotel, the only one in Savalas with indoor plumbing and turn down service, and began to ask around for information on the Stavros River. He finally tracked down Abbimann, a local yurt-maker who spoke a bit of English because his brother was a third-degree shaman at the Kumbaya Yurt Colony in Boulder, Colorado. He offered to take Whitey to the Stavros for 500 Kopeckiz, the equivalent of $6.37. The next day they left for the river in Abbimann’s beaten up UAZ Patriot, a Russian
Although the Stavros was less than 100 kilometers away it took five days to get there, traveling on terrible dirt tracks. They passed only one other vehicle, a rusted out 1958 Edsel, and a few nomadic tribesmen riding yaks. When they arrived at the river in the early evening, Whitey was surprised, first at its size and then at its beauty. It was well over 200 yards wide, very clear, with huge deep pools separated by long glides. While Abbimann was setting up their yurt by a beech grove, Whitey began exploring for signs of lemmings. There were a few seed pods on the ground but no evidence that any were being eaten, or of lemmings. When he walked down to the river he noticed some tiny flies in the air and small dimples on the water. He caught one of the flies, which looked surprisingly similar to a fly that he occasionally found on the Henrys Fork. He then started examining the water. My god! The dimples were from trout, not taimen– and they were enormous. Every fish he saw was at least five pounds, some were over ten, and all were gulping the tiny flies. He couldn’t believe it. Aristotelis never mentioned the trout. He had bought only four very heavy rods and lines, huge flies, and materials to tie more of the same, and he was camped in dry fly nirvana! But Whitey had come to catch the giants, so he remained calm, suspecting that lemmings probably ate the pods during the night and then, in their stupors, fell into the river in the early morning. He turned in early to listen for the familiar soft crunching noise made by a munching lemming, followed shortly thereafter by the highpitched squeal of ecstasy that comes with intoxication. It never happened. When he arose in the morning, he heard only one sound – slurping fish. By 9 A.M. the air was already full of small mayflies and the huge trout were gorging on them. Whitey was helpless with his heavy rods and lines, and no small flies. But he couldn’t give up. He strung up his lightest rod, put on his smallest lemming imitation, and started casting. All he succeeded in doing was scaring the trout. Although Abbimann didn’t fully understand Whitey’s problem, he had the solution. “We can get the big fish up with explosives. I’m sure we can buy some in the village downriver. The natives here make it from yak dung.” “Really, yaks produce good fertilizer for making bombs?” “Most powerful stuff you can get. If you’d ever walked behind a yak all day, you’d understand”. Whitey didn’t even try to explain the problems with using bombs, but sent Abbimann to the village to get information on the lemming/taimen situation. When he returned that evening the news was not good. The lemmings run in cycles – three years of proliferation and three years of disappearance. Last year was the end of a
cycle of proliferation. This year there are very few lemmings and the taimen are sulking at the bottom of the deepest pools. Nothing will bring them up but explosives. That evening Whitey watched the largest brown trout that he had ever seen – he estimated it at over 15 pounds - sucking in the small flies. He spent the next day casting lemming and chipmunk imitations through the pools without ever moving a fish, while all around him monster trout were feeding voraciously on small flies. Never had fishing made him so depressed. Why hadn’t he packed just one light weight rod and line and a few small flies? Why did he let his planning for this trip be dictated by one goofy Greek. He cursed Aristotelis a hundred times – another Greek gift gone awry. A second day of futility and Whitey was finished. Seeing rising trout everywhere and having no way to fish for them was too much to endure. The next morning Abbimann packed up camp and they left for the long drive to Savalas. Eight days later he arrived back in the U.S. Although he planned to return to Kojakistan with more versatile equipment, the brutal coup six months later led by the President’s mother-in-law, and the installation of the repressive and paranoiac dictatorship under her bastard son, the enigmatic Danfra Zer, who immediately banned sport fishing and sky diving, quashed those plans. Shortly after, Whitey gave up his Gadabout Gaddis life, and retired to Last Chance to spend his remaining years chasing trout that were rarely as large as the smallest he had seen in Kojakistan, hanging out at the A-Bar and spinning his yarns. By the time Whitey finished his story he was sloshing his words, making Foster Brooks look like temperance. I wanted to be sympathetic. “God, what a depressing story! You had a shot at maybe the greatest dry fly fishing in the world, and came up empty. How’d you get over it?” “I dint. Neber haf.” At that moment, a stout bald man with a tootsie pop hanging from his mouth and wearing a tee shirt with the message “Who loves ya baby?” approached Whitey and threw his arm around him. He looked at me. “Whitey feeding you full of his ridiculous fishing stories?” Whitey looked dazed but responded. “Deh’r all true. I’d neber lie about fishin.” At that moment he eructed, slipped off the stool and went to the floor. I jumped down to check on his condition but the bald guy had already hoisted him over his shoulder and was heading toward the door. Whitey protested. “I gotta finish my story. Why you taking me out? You sonabitch Greek.” But the bald guy and Whitey were out the door. So, I was left to contemplate Kojakistan, and its monster taimen and trout. I don’t know if Whitey outlived the A-Bar, but I miss them both.
New President for Wahoowa The
ADAPTED BY KESWICK LIFE gaging sense of humor.”
University of Virginia Board of Visitors on Friday unanimously voted to name James E. Ryan as the University’s next president. A widely respected and accomplished educator and legal scholar, Ryan earned his law degree from UVA and previously served on the School of Law faculty. Since 2013, he has served as dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Charles William Eliot Professor of Education. “Jim Ryan brings an exceptional blend of talent, experience, energy and vision to the University of Virginia at a time when the institution stands ready to chart a course for continued excellence into our third century,” said Frank M. “Rusty” Conner III, rector of the Board of Visitors and co-chair of the special committee leading the presidential search. Ryan’s transition will begin in summer 2018, with his official term as president beginning on Oct. 1, 2018. “The University of Virginia has occupied a special place in my heart since the day I first stepped on Grounds,” Ryan said. “Returning here to continue playing a role in the extraordinary work of this University community is deeply humbling, and an opportunity that I will strive every day to honor.” He will succeed Teresa A. Sullivan, who in 2010 became the University’s first woman president and guided UVA to new heights with the development and implementation of a new strategic plan, the completion of a $3 billion capital campaign and the continued strengthening of the University’s academic and research enterprises. Sullivan announced in January her intention to retire as president, and requested the Board of Visitors at that time to begin the search process. “The University warmly welcomes Jim Ryan back to Grounds,” Sullivan said. “The University of Virginia will be in good hands. I am grateful for the opportunity to have served the University, which holds such an important place in higher education, particularly among those with public missions.” Ryan, 50, earned his bachelor’s degree in American studies summa cum laude from Yale University in 1988. He was a first-generation college student, and earned his J.D. from the UVA School of Law in 1992, attending on a full scholarship and graduating first in his class. In 1998, Ryan joined the School of Law faculty after finishing a fellowship and clerking for the chief judge of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and for then-United States Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. During his time at the Law School, Ryan served as the Matheson and Morgenthau Distinguished Professor
Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust said UVA was fortunate to have Ryan rejoining its community, this time as a leader for the third century. “Jim Ryan elevated the Harvard Graduate School of Education with an effective combination of academic passion and organizational expertise. He excels at developing institutional vision, aligning strategies with their resources and, most importantly, inspiring others to join together to make it happen,” Faust said. “He will be greatly missed at Harvard, but we look forward to following his successes at UVA.”
The three living presidents of the University gather for a photo with the president-elect: from left, Robert M. O’Neil, Teresa A. Sullivan, Ryan and John T. Casteen III.
of Law and as the academic associate dean. In 2009, he founded the Program in Law and Public Service, which gives law students training and mentoring for public service careers. Ryan’s courses at UVA proved immensely popular and, in 2010, he was named recipient of an All-University Teaching Award. That year, Ryan also argued before the U.S. Supreme Court for a client of the School of Law’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic in a case dealing with federal firearms laws. He also has written about Supreme Court litigation, education law and policy, and constitutional law. In 2011, Ryan was the recipient of an Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Previously, he received the McFarland Prize for Outstanding Scholarship and the Black Law Students Association’s Outstanding Service Award. Ryan’s writing often focuses on the intersection of education and law, including topics such as school finance, school choice, desegregation and education standards. He is author of the acclaimed “Five Miles Away, A World Apart,” which examines the modern history of how law has shaped educational opportunities, using two Richmond-area schools to illustrate the story. Ryan’s career has been distinguished by service-oriented assignments and volunteerism. The U.S. Secretary of Education appointed him in 2011 to the Department of Education Equity and Excellence Commission. He previously served on the board of The Tapestry Project in New York, the Maya Angelou Public Charter School in Washington and the Legal Aid Justice Society in Charlottesville. Ryan also has volunteered with the Special Olympics and as a youth sports coach.
At Harvard, Ryan has continued to explore the connection between law and quality education. He has emphasized the importance of research – and reasoned debate of its findings and evidence – as an effective path toward influencing and improving education policy. Ryan said his guiding principles as dean have been to better understand how students learn, to determine how to help more students succeed and to expand educational opportunities. William Goodwin, former UVA rector and co-chair of the presidential search committee, said Ryan deeply impressed committee members with a depth of experience, insight and clear commitment to the mission of higher education in service to the commonwealth, nation and world. “Jim Ryan is a person of great integrity who embodies the values at the core of the University,” Goodwin said. “I’m delighted that he will be representing UVA and leading this great university to even bigger and better things for the future.” Goodwin also praised Sullivan for her leadership and contributions to the University. “No one worked harder than Terry Sullivan to advance this great university,” Goodwin said. “I know I speak on behalf of the entire Board of Visitors in thanking her for her service and for representing the University of Virginia with such grace and professionalism.” Pamela Sutton-Wallace, CEO of the UVA Medical Center and a member of the search committee, said, “Jim Ryan impressed the search committee with his fierce intellect and a proven ability to establish rapport with a variety of stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff and the broader community. On a personal level, he is able to quickly make connections with others in an approach that projects genuine humility, warmth and an en-
Friday’s vote was the culmination of an extended search process launched in January with the formation of the Special Committee on the Nomination of a President. The 22-member committee – which included Board of Visitors members, students, faculty and staff members, and alumni – conducted nearly 50 outreach sessions throughout the nomination and review process and gathered comment through an online survey as well. Ryan will begin his tenure at a pivotal moment for the University of Virginia, which is consistently recognized for its academic quality and value. UVA continues to commemorate its bicentennial by celebrating and exploring its history, while charting a course for its third century that sustains academic, research and health care excellence while positioning the University to play a leading role in global higher education. “As it has for 200 years, the University of Virginia will pursue ever-higher ambitions,” Ryan said. “UVA’s third century should be marked by its continued rise as a model of higher education for the world. It is a public institution in its truest sense, educating citizen leaders in service to our democracy, and improving the lives of people everywhere. I’m thrilled to be a part of it again.” Ryan is married to Katie Homer Ryan, a staff attorney for the Education Law Clinic and Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative at Harvard Law School, and an adjunct lecturer in education. Katie Ryan is a 1987 graduate of Dartmouth College and, like Jim, earned a J.D. from the UVA School of Law in 1992. The Ryans have four children: Will, age 20; Sam, 18; Ben, 16; and Phebe, 11. Jim and Katie Ryan are accomplished runners, each having completed the Boston Marathon for the last seven years. Jim’s other interests include skiing, mountain biking, flyfishing, surfing and cooking.
HORSIN' AROUND Good Night Shirt Honored ADAPTED BY KESWICK LIFE
Eclipse winner Good Night Shirt (Concern — Hot Story, Two Punch) was recently inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame. The chestnut gelding, bred in Maryland by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowman, is owned by Harold A. “Sonny” Via Jr.
some Glory and McDynamo as only the third steeplechaser to surpass $1 million in career earnings. Good Night Shirt is also in the elite company of Lonesome Glory, Zaccio, Mistico, Moonstruck and Alajmal as the only horses to win both the Carolina Cup and Colonial Cup in their career.
Bred in Maryland by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowman, Good Night Shirt (Concern—Hot Story, by Two Punch) was owned for the majority of his career by Harold A. “Sonny” Via, Jr., and trained by Jack O. Fisher. Good Night Shirt joined Fisher’s barn in 2005 after beginning his career as a flat racer. He went on to win 10 graded stakes races, including eight Grade 1s. In 2007, Good Night Shirt won the Iroquois, Lonesome Glory and Colonial Cup — all Grade 1 events — to earn the first of his consecutive Eclipse Awards. As a 7-year-old the following year, Good Night Shirt raced exclusively in Grade 1 company. He won each of his five starts, taking in succession the Georgia Cup, Iroquois, Lonesome Glory, Grand National and Colonial Cup. Good Night Shirt’s 2008 earnings of $485,520 set a single-season record, surpassing the previous mark of $314,163, which he set in 2007. In his 2008 Lonesome Glory victory, Good Night Shirt set a Belmont Park track record of 4:24 for 2½ miles over jumps. He received 168 pounds in the National Steeplechase Association Theoretical Handicap in 2008. Only Lonesome Glory was given a higher impost (170
After a career on the flat with trainer Elizabeth Hendricks, Good Night Shirt went to steeplechase trainer Jack Fisher’s barn in 2005 and flourished, winning eight Grade 1 stakes in two years. He claimed back-to-back Eclipse awards in 2007 and 2008 and set a track record in ’08 in the Lonesome Glory at Belmont Park (N.Y.). At the time of his early retirement in 2009 due to an ankle injury, Good Night Shirt was one of three steeplechase horses with career earnings over $1 million.
pounds in 1995) among annual highweights in NSA history. The NSA Theoretical Handicap has been in place since 1992. As an 8-year-old, Good Night Shirt began his 2009 season with a victory in the Grade 2 Carolina Cup — securing his 10th career graded stakes win — before finishing second in the Iroquois. He was then retired because of an ankle injury with a career record of 14-5-3 from 33 starts and earnings of $1,041,083, joining Lone-
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“It’s cool having a horse in the Racing Hall of Fame, although it made me look back and really wish he hadn’t gotten hurt,” said Fisher. Good Night Shirt was the first horse trained by Fisher to receive the honor, and the Monkton, Md.-based trainer said the event in Saratoga felt like a hometown party.“It was cool — all the support that was up there at the ceremony for Tom and Good Night Shirt. I think half of Monkton was up there,” he joked.
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BOOKWORM Creepy Thrills BY SUZANNE NASH
I love the fall and especially October. The air is crisper and school is back in session….and Halloween is right around the corner. I love the fresh apples and pumpkins seen in all of the stores. The smell of cinnamon in the fall recipes fill the air and it’s the perfect time to curl up with an eerie tale…so here are a few selections to give you some creepy thrills.
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry has
the flavor of a Victorian gothic tale in the style of Shelly, Collins or even Dickens. It’s 19th century England and Cora Seaborne has just lost her husband…which in her case in not something to mourn. She is a naturalist at heart and once she has her freedom she throws aside Victorian convention and goes around wearing pants and digging in the dirt looking for fossils. She leaves London with her unusually obsessive 11-year-old son, Frances, and they decamp to Colchester where she begins to become intrigued by the tale of the Essex Serpent that roams the marsh and allegedly had taken the lives of multiple people in the past. This monster is back and the people of Colchester are afraid. Cora doesn’t believe in magic or religion…she is a practical person who thinks science will explain the Essex Serpent…she believes it may
even be a lost species and she wants to be the one to present this new specie to the world. Follow Cora’s foray into the marshes of Colchester and discover if she is right. If you are looking for some witchy fun try The Witches of New York: A Novel. The author, Ami McKay, discovered during her research for this book that one of her relatives had been hung for witchcraft and that made this book even more personal for her. She describes the work as “part Victorian fairy tale, part penny dreadful, part feminist manifesto” and that really captures the atmosphere. In 1880 New York there is a tea shop called Tea and Sympathy run by two very unusual women, Adelaide Thom and Eleanor St. Claire. They are looking for an assistant and 17-year-old Beatrice Dunn seems to fit the bill. Adelaide and Eleanor help their clients in multiple ways and seem to have a knack of knowing what is needed. The curiosity of the age has made séances a very popular entertainment and the public clamors to know more about science and magic. On the other side of the coin there is public hysteria about dark magic that is stoked by the sermons and guidance of the Reverend Francis Townsend. He
and his followers are on the lookout for witches and his dark ideas are violent and misogynistic. It is into this world that the innocence and spiritual gifts of Beatrice are tested. This is the perfect tale for the month of October. What says spooky haunted house more than gargoyles? The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson is a very unusual love story. The narrator remains unnamed but the reader learns of his descent into hell, after a horrifying car wreck that leaves him unmanned and burnt beyond recognition. Into this hell comes a beautiful slightly crazy sculptress of gargoyles, Marianne Engle, who leads him through hell and out the other side. Yes, Marianne has a similar role as Beatrice did in Dante’s masterpieces if you are familiar with them. Marianne explains that she and the narrator have been together for many lives and that their love is eternal, spanning the world from Japan, Italy, England, Iceland and Germany. But time is slipping away and she has very little time left to save him. If you are looking for a far more modern spooky tale then look no further than
The Things That Keep Us Here by Carla Buckly. Ann Brook lives in Ohio
with her daughters, Maddie and Katie and her husband, Peter. Peter is a professor studying avian bird flu and the possibility of a pandemic in the USA. If you don’t know anything about H5N1 Influenza, it’s a highly pathogenic virus that can infect migratory birds and it is very possible that is could cause a widespread pandemic in the United States. In this story, the pandemic occurs and what ensues is chaos and fear, where choices have to made that will affect everyone’s future. Ann and Peter’s marital problems become less of focus for them as they try and deal with the life-threatening situation that forces them to lock their doors and try and keep from coming into contact with anyone who might infect them. There really is a surveillance of migratory birds ongoing in the USA so this is a very real threat. Buckly has done a wonderful job making the science of this threat very readable. It definitely had my heart thumping as I turned the pages and I think if you want something that strikes a bit closer to home this book will do the trick. So, make sure you pick up some ghostly stories this fall. Happy Haunting this Halloween!
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Cobham Cobham Cobham A Rare Find in Keswick! Cobham Cottage Cobham Remodeled in 2013 features Simplicity,
Castle Hill Castle Hill One of the most significant historic estates Castle Hill in Virginia and certainly in the county of Castle Hill One of the most significant historic estates Albemarle, Castle Hill boasts both 18th
in Virginia and certainly inhistoric the county of One of thecentury most significant estates and 19th construction with the Albemarle, Castle Hill boasts 18th One of the most significant estates in Virginia and certainly inhistoric the county of clapboard Georgian portion (c. both 1764) and and 19th Federal century construction with the in Virginia and certainly in the both county of Albemarle, Castle Hill boasts 18th the brick style portion (c. 1824) clapboard Georgian portion (c. both 1764) and Albemarle, Castle Hill boasts 18th and 19th century construction with the seamlessly married together by a the brick Federal style (c. 1824) and 19th center century construction with the clapboard Georgian portion (c. 1764) and spacious hall. Theportion home has been seamlessly married together clapboard Georgian portion 1764) anda the brick Federal style portion (c. by 1824) meticulously renovated to (c. incorporate spacious center hall. Theportion home has been brick Federal style (c. by 1824) seamlessly married together the history and integrity of those erasa meticulously renovated to incorporate seamlessly married together spacious center hall. The home hasby been with today's modern convenience anda the history and integrity those eras spacious center hall. The home has been meticulously renovated toofincorporate amenities. Thomas Jefferson was a with today's modern convenience and meticulously renovated today. the history and integrity ofincorporate those eras frequent visitor in his Formal amenities. Thomas Jefferson was the integrity of those eras withhistory today's modern convenience and gardens andand perennial paths adorn thea frequent visitor in his day. Formal with today's modern convenience and amenities. Thomas Jefferson was grounds, with a pool and pool house,a gardens and perennial paths amenities. Thomas Jefferson was frequent visitor in his day.adorn Formal guest cottage, detached garage, andthea grounds, with aart pool and pool house, frequent visitor in horse his day. Formal gardens paths adorn the state ofand theperennial barn and guest cottage, detached garage, andthea gardens and perennial paths adorn grounds, with a Under pool and pool house, dependencies. conservation state of to the art barnhouse, anda grounds, with aNature poolhorse and pool guest cottage, garage, and easement thedetached Conservancy. dependencies. Under conservation guest cottage, garage, state of the detached art horse barnand anda easement the Nature Conservancy. state of tothe art horse barn and dependencies. Under conservation dependencies. UnderConservancy. conservation easement to the Nature easement to the Nature Conservancy. For further information contact : Frank Hardy 434.296.0134 For further information contact : Frank Hardy 434.296.0134 For further information contact : For further information contact : Frank Hardy 434.296.0134 Frank Hardy 434.296.0134
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A Rare Find&inComfort. Keswick! Cobham Elegance 3400sf Cottage with 4 4000 sf Cape Cod style residence with 3 2000Ridge and a picture perfect Misty with 20.17 acresbasement, was built Remodeled in 2013 features Simplicity, bedrooms, 2.5features baths, finished A Rare Find3in Cobham Cottage Bedrooms, 1/2Keswick! Baths. Large Master Suite in 4000 sf Cape Cod style residence with 3 Misty Ridge with 20.17 acres was built in 2000 and features a picture perfect Elegance & Comfort. 3400sf with 4 A Rare Find in Keswick! Cobham Cottage attached garage, home office, pool, Remodeled in 2013 features Simplicity, with Fireplace. Sophisticated Country bedrooms, 2.5 baths, finished basement, in 2000 and features a picture perfect 4000 sf Cape Cod style residence with 3 Bedrooms, 3 1/2 Baths. Large Master Suite Remodeled in 2013 features Simplicity, charming guest house, stable, riding Elegance & Comfort. 3400sf with 4 Kitchen. Unique Living Spaces and Rustic garage, home office, pool, 4000 sf workshop, Cape style residence with 3 bedrooms, 2.5Cod baths, finished basement, with Fireplace. Sophisticated Country Elegance Comfort. 3400sf with ring, all on perfectly Bedrooms, 3&1/2 Baths. Large Master Suite4 attached Chic Living Room. Large SunPorch guest house, stable, riding bedrooms, 2.5 baths, finished basement, attached garage, home office, pool, Kitchen. Unique Living Spaces and Rustic Bedrooms, 3 1/2 Baths. Large Master Suite maintained board fenced pastures with with Fireplace. Sophisticated Country overlooks Garden. Wooden Floors and charming workshop, all perfectly attached garage, home office, pool, charming guest house, stable, riding Chic Living Room. Large SunPorch with Ceilings. Fireplace. Sophisticated Country automatic waterers and on run in sheds. Kitchen. Unique Living Spaces and Rustic 11ft Charming Garden Shed ring, maintained board fenced pastures with charming guest house, stable, riding ring, workshop, all on perfectly overlooks Garden. Wooden Floors and Kitchen. Unique Living Spaces and Rustic This is an impeccable property in an Chic Living Room. Large SunPorch with Raised Beds. Mature Landscaping. automatic waterers and run in sheds. ring, workshop, all on perfectly maintained board fenced pastures with 11ft Ceilings. Charming Garden Shed Chic Living Room. Large SunPorch overlooks Garden. Wooden and outstanding Albemarle County location Garden Vignettes for Floors Outdoor is impeccable in an maintained board fenced pastures with automatic waterers andproperty run in sheds. with Raised Beds. Mature Landscaping. overlooks Garden. Wooden Floors and This just 25anminutes from Downtown 11ft Ceilings. Charming Garden Shed Enjoyment. Mountain Views. Energy outstanding Albemarle County location automatic waterers and run in sheds. This is an impeccable property in an Garden Vignettes for Outdoor 11ft Ceilings. Charming Garden Shed Charlottesville and less than 10 minutes with Raised Beds. Mature Landscaping. Efficient Systems & Mechanicals. Built in 25an minutes from Downtown This is impeccable property in an outstanding Albemarle County location Enjoyment. Mountain Views. Energy with Raised Beds. Mature from charming and historic Garden forLandscaping. Outdoor 1936 as theVignettes Cobham General Store and just and less thanDowntown 10 minutes outstanding Albemarle County location just 25 minutes from Efficient Systems & Mechanicals. Built in Charlottesville Garden Vignettes for Outdoor Gordonsville. Enjoyment. Mountain Views. Energy Post Office. from charming and just 25 minutes from Downtown Charlottesville and less than 10 historic minutes 1936 as the Cobham General Store and Enjoyment. Mountain Views. Energy Efficient Systems & Mechanicals. Built in Charlottesville and less and than 10 historic minutes from charming Post Office. Efficient Systems & Mechanicals. Built in Gordonsville. 1936 as the Cobham General Store and For further information contactStore : For further informationand contacthistoric : from charming Gordonsville. 1936 as the Cobham General and Post Office. Duke and Sharon Merrick 434.951.5160 John Ince. 540. 981-3011 CREATING YOUR POSITION WITH POLISH AND INTEGRITY. Gordonsville. Postfurther Office. For information contact : For further information contact :
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Central Virginian Artisans Studio Tour BY KESWICK LIFE
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. Gabriel is new to the studio tour, but he is hardly a novice craftsman. He has been working with precious metals and stones for forty 8/8/16 3:02 PM Page 1 years. 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
T Brian Lacy of Roseland, also a first-year studio tour artisan, will join Sarah and show his functional stoneware and porcelain work. Susan Haas of Leesburg is another newcomer to the Artisans Studio Tour. Visitors can find her mesmerizing blown glass at Phineas Rose in Madison County. Potter Rebekah Wostrel has shown throughout the world and on the Tour weekend will join artisans in tour studio 15 in Belmont. The final two newcomers are part of the tour’s emerging artisans program. Potter Sherri Raffaele will join tour veteran Noah Hughey-Commer in his Lovingston studio. Adam Childress of Richmond
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works in glass and will join returning sourced refreshments and fine hospitaliartisan Kirk McCauley in Kirk’s wood- ty. The studios and craftsmen are varied, working studio in community North Garden. but their commitment thetoart of fine A great is full of inspiration. Innisfree takes specialtocare create craftsmanship pervades the tour. a therapeutic work environment for its coworkers that builds a strong sense of The Artisans Studio Tour was founded community and enhances each person’s unique skills. When Innisfree needed in 1994 by a group of Charlottesville area Directions and a map can be found on more space for additional weavers, CACF helped expand the weaving studio. artisans to enhance the community's the studio tour website. You are invited Now, coworkers, like Mark, who have skills that can transform spools of yarn into awareness of professional artisans liv- to join from 10 AM - 5 PM on November beautifulinplacemats, can This enjoyyear working11 with friends and can share their carefully ing and working the region. and 12, 2017. crafted products with our community. Our passion is to support the community. marks the 23rd year that artists will open their studios and collaborate to make a public showing of their work. There will be artisan demonstrations and opportunities to learn about the working pro- There’s no end to what we can do together. cesses throughout the Studio Tour. The www.cacfonline.org tour provides an excellent opportunity to purchase the work of talented area artisans as unique gifts or for your own collection. Each studio provides locally
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OBITUARY Gordon Lee Wheeler, 97, of of Keswick, Virgin-
ia, died on Thursday, September 7, 2017, at The Gordon House in Gordonsville, Virginia. Born on March 23, 1920, he was a son of the late Roy Lee Wheeler and Emily Ruth Smith Wheeler. Gordon is survived by his wife, Hildreth McCray Wheeler; his sister, Emily Wheeler Rhodes and brother, Kenneth Mason Wheeler. He was affectionately "Ga Ga" to his nieces and nephews, Ronald Rhodes, Faye Male, Michael Wheeler, Brenda Zacherle, Betty Svetz, Patti Knight, David Rhodes, Nancy Wheeler, Robert Wheeler, Kenneth Wheeler Jr., Gordon" Cappy" Wheeler, Douglas Wheeler and the next generation of great nieces and nephews and their families. He was a rock you could lean on who cared deeply for his family and his community. Holidays, Sunday dinners and card games were integral parts of his life. Gordon was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth Hall Wheeler; and his brother, Earl Poindexter Wheeler. Gordon was a 1938 graduate of Lane High School and attended the University of Virginia. In recognition of his fifty years of devoted and active service to the University, he became a member of The Thomas Jefferson Society of Alumni. As the United States entered WWII, Gordon joined the United States Army in 1942, attending officer training school. Serving in the 96th Infantry in the Pacific, he was wounded at The Battle of Okinawa, Japan and awarded the Purple Heart. Following World War
II, Gordon remained in the Army Reserves and was recalled to active duty as an officer in 1951 serving in Korea and attaining the rank of Captain. Upon re-entering civilian life, Gordon began his entrepreneurial career opening the Keswick Store in the early fifties. Subsequently, he managed the Central Electric Company in Charlottesville, Virginia. In 1964, he earned his real estate broker's license, opening Gordon L. Wheeler and Associates, Inc., representing owners in the sale and management of residential, farm, estate, and equestrian properties in Central Virginia for over fifty years. He was an active member of the Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors. Public service called Gordon again in 1967 as he was elected as the Rivanna District representative to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. Re-elected in 1970, Gordon served the next four years as board chairman. During his tenure, two regional agreements were initiated; in 1973, the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority, and in 1975, the Jefferson Board For Aging. In assessing his tenure on the board, Gordon was most proud of the strides taken in education for the county students. "We have made every effort-there isn't any question that education has been the number one priority for us."
nance Committee, Church Moderator and was on several pastor search committees. Gordon was a founding member of the Greencroft Club and the Keswick Club, as well as a longtime member of the Keswick Hunt Club. He also was an active member of the East Rivanna Fire Department, serving on the Board of Directors for many years. His family wishes to thank a special friend and caretaker, Michele Stevens, for her devoted service. As Gordon said recently, "I don't know what I've done to deserve you." Thanks also to The Gordon House staff for constant care and attention. Memorial contributions in Gordon's honor may be made to Beaver Dam Baptist Church, 1794 Richmond Road, Troy, VA 22974 or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. A funeral service and Celebration of his Life will be held on Monday, September 11, 2017, at Beaver Dam Baptist Church, at 11 a.m. A visitation will be held at 10 a.m. in the church. A Reception will immediately follow in the church social hall. The burial will conclude at 1:30 p.m. at Monticello Memory Gardens, 670 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, Virginia. Friends and family can sign the online register book at www.hillandwood.com.
Gordon was an active, life-long member of Beaver Dam Baptist Church. He served as Sunday School Treasurer and Superintendent, Chairman of the Deacons and Fi-
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