KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its environs - December 2016
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Have a Merry and the Happiest for the New Year from Keswick Life also: looking back, keswick scene, overheard, bookworm, travel and much more
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CLOVERFIELDS - 212 pristine, private acres with stone and shingle residence, which naturally melds into the landscape and boasts protected panoramic views. 2-car garage, lake with a dock, a horse barn, a pony barn plus a riding arena, paddocks and run-in sheds. In close proximity to The Homestead, with numerous amenities for recreation and fine dining.
THREAVE HOUSE - Private, elevated setting of 69 acres with incredible views, the estate is ideal for year-round living or family retreats. The home provides ample indoor and outdoor space fo r entertaining. There is a historic log cabin as well as a guest cottage available for additional overnight guests. Within 5 miles of The Homestead.
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THE COLUMNISTS Charlie Thacher and wife Ann moved to Keswick in 2008 from New York, to be near their kids and (now) four grandchildren. He has been an avid fly fisher for over 35 years, traveling extensively, primarily in pursuit of wily trout. Along with two other anglers, Charlie was a founder of the Anglers Club of Charlottesville, which has about 65 august members. He is a member of the Anglers Club of New York and the Paris Fario Club, and writes regularly for the New York Club’s journal and Classic Angling, a British magazine. Also, he has compiled and published a bibliography of angling books.
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IN THISDECEMBER ISSUE 2016
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 THE COLUMNISTS Tony Vanderwarker, Mary Morony, Suzanne Nash CONTRIBUTORS Charlie Thacher PROOF READER Staff Assistant
8 ON THE COVER Looking Back Seems like just yesterday, but five years ago, Keswickians shared their favorite Christmas thoughts, decorations, gift giving and traditions with Keswick Life.
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11 KESWICK SCENE 12 LIFE, MAKE IT HAPPEN The phots are in! Check out Keswickians as they cel- Mary Morony's latest, Forgiveness Starts With Me, ebrate this glorious time of the year at various events in and around Keswick. Get out and celebrate or lift someone's spirits with a Christmas visit filled with cheer – and be sure to tell it to Keswick Life!
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18 BOOKWORM 20 TRAVEL Suzanne Nash gives us multiple good books to light Charlie Thacher takes us to Tasmania! He recounts your way in the New Year! She goes local, with Keswick's very own Fred Shackelford upon the release of his new novel The Ticket. It’s a great way to start your year off right. Catch Suzanne's review on page 18 and write into Keswick Life with your letters and comments!
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his travel there, the scenery and the wildlife. For the intrepid angler, he speaks of hundreds of rivers that are virtually unfished, where those eight pound monsters could be lurking. Oh, and one might encounter a deadly snake, a platypus or even the devil. Get all the details of their family adventure here in Keswick Life!
Here and there... in Keswick Closed Montpelier will be closed January 3-13, 2017 for annual maintenance - painting, repairs, installations. We look forward to welcoming you back on January 14. Follow our progress on social media!
Lit Up! The Lawn is lit, exams are nearly finished and many Wahoos are looking forward to a holiday season spent with family and friends. University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan sent them off with one last musical greeting, courtesy of the University Singers, in the form of a video. Sullivan’s virtual holiday cards have become an annual tradition at UVA, featuring a rotating cast of talented student music groups. Last year, two a cappella groups – Remix and the Hullabahoos – performed a medley of seasonal tunes on the Lawn. This year, it was the University Singers’ turn to celebrate, this time in the newly restored Rotunda. Ringing the festively decorated Dome Room, the group, directed by associate professor and choral music director Michael Slon, performed the University’s official alma mater, “Virginia Hail, All Hail!” Enjoy the video and happy holidays! UVA’s Musical Holiday Greeting, Straight from the Reopened Rotunda.
Thanks Montpelier Hunt Races wants to say thank you for helping to make the 2016 Races the best ever! Don't miss the 83rd running on November 4, 2017. Tickets go on sale in July!
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Beware Increased enforcement is apparent along Rt. 22/231 for the truck use and speeding violations. If you see something, say something seemingly has finally gotten the attention of local law enforcement. Keep up the calls and reports and do your part to keep our road safe!
Win Place Show! The Virginia Equine Alliance's (VEA) second Off Track Betting Center in Richmond is on schedule to open in early January! The location is in Shockoe Bottom --- at 110 N.18th Street --- and will be called "Ponies & Pints". It will combine horse race wagering, sports, a full service menu and 60 craft beers on tap. Stay tuned for more updates!
On and Off The Market Under contract after 241 days is 884 Club Drive in Keswick Estate. The 7 bed, 5.5 bath, 7066 sf home on 3 acres was finally priced at $1.55m. 342 Echo Brook Farm with 81 acres, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and a total of 5115 sf with the home and the cottage went under contract after 221 days at $775k. 5068 Stony Point Pass with 4 beds, 3 baths and 3.6 acres went under contract after 113 days at $295k. A 3 acre lot backing up to Keswick Estate off Black Cat Rd, listed at $119,900 is under contract after 10 days. New in the area is 228 Fieldstone Drive with 3 beds, 2.5 baths, 2 acres and 2036 sf at 299k and Lot 9 at Royal Oaks, Keswick Rd, with 1.5 acres is available at $140k. Price adjusted in Glenmore is 3570 Turnbridge Lane with 5 beds, 4.5 baths, 4947 sf reduced from $780k to $710k in 137 days and 3410 Darby Rd with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 5116 sf is reduced from $699k to $625k in 348 days. And sold in 22947 zip is 1412 Sunderland Lane, a 4 bed, 4.5 bath, 3642 sf home listed at $695 and sold at $680k. Down the street at 1419 Sunderland Lane with 5 beds, 4,.5 baths, and 4821 sf listed at $699k sold for $650k. 1548 Tavistock Place a 3 bed, 2 bath, 2123 sf home sold for $459k. 3365 Camden Court, a 3 bed, 2 bath, 2948 sf home listed at $619k sold for $607k and 2215 Waterside Way, a 4 bed, 3 bath, 3832 sf home listed at $735k sold for $801k with new home upgrades. 6.6 acres at Cismont Cottages listed at $85k sold for $66k and 5085 Richmond Road, a 3 bed, 2 bath, 1360 sf home on 2 acres listed at $109k sold for $88k.
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The GOING OUT Guide Mark your calendars! Save the date! Don’t be late! RING IN THE NEW YEAR Festival of the Arts in Downtown
UPCOMING Painting Botanical Specimens in Sepia
Where: Downtown Charlottesville When: Saturday, December 31st
Where: David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center When: Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ring in the New Year at a family-oriented, non-alcohol
event. First Night Virginia Charlottesville celebrating New Year’s Eve in a festive atmosphere. First Night Virginia is an annual “community celebration of the arts” that began in Charlottesville in 1982 and is the second oldest First Night in the country. 2017 will be the 35th annual festival of the arts with many family-friendly activities on and around the historic Downtown Mall.
exclusive, one-day painting workshop features watercolor instruction by renowned botanical artist Lara Call Gastinger, illustrator of the Flora of Virginia. Enjoy painting dried seed pods and nuts using a single, reddish-brown color, or sepia. Painting in one color is ideal for students new to watercolor and also for developing brush control. Paint is provided; supplies to bring are listed on the website. Register by January 23. 10 AM-4 PM, $100 meet at David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center Classroom 7. $100 PER PERSON
New Year’s Eve Celebrations Where: Keswick Hall When: Saturday, December 31st
Start your evening in Fossett’s with a gourmet 6-course
dinner, then move the celebration to the Ballroom for dancing Reservations required | In Fossett’ s and Keswick Ballroom Dinner & Dancing: $145 per person |Dancing Only: $25 per person Visit Keswick.com/holidays for more information and call 434.979.3440 Where: Clifton Inn When: Saturday, December 31st
Celebrate the New Year at Clifton, a Charlottesville ho-
tel and member of the esteemed Relais & Châteaux. The best fine dining on the red-hot Charlottesville restaurant scene. World-class service. For further information and reservations contact 434-971- 1800 Where: Palladio, Barboursville, Virginia When: Saturday, December 31st
Enjoy a Five course feast by Chef Spencer Crawford, For further information by telephone at (540) 832-7848, or through the website reservation form, on Palladio's page. Where: Inn at Willow Grove When: Saturday, December 31st
Musical performance by classical guitarist, Peter Rich-
ardson. For further information checj kout the Inn's website.
SEE THE LIGHTS Garden Fest of Lights Where: Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens When: Now through Monday, January 9th, 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. (Not open December 24th or 25th).
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s popular holiday light
show Dominion Garden Fest of Lights is open through January 9. “Garden Fest of Lights has become a signature event for our region,” said Frank Robinson, President and CEO of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. “More than 50,000 people visit the show each year and guests tell us it is a much-loved holiday tradition. We’re grateful for Dominion’s continued support in allowing us to keep offering exciting new features and surprises.”Dominion’s support for the event is being provided through the Dominion Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm. “Each year during the holiday season Richmonders and out-of-towners alike enjoy going to Lewis GinterBotanical Garden for the spectacular Garden Fest of Lights display,” said Virginia. Board, president of The Dominion Foundation and managing director -Community Affairs, Dominion Resources. “With this grant, Dominion is pleased to continue this Richmond holiday tradition.”With a theme of Nature’s DeLIGHTS, this year’s nightly features include lighting of the “Diamonds in the Rough” stick sculpture, oversized L-O-VE letters in the Rose Garden, and exciting new forms including a dragon and a 250-foot-long tunnel of lights. The Garden is using more LEDs (light emitting diodes) than ever before. GardenFest is comprised of 40 miles of light strands and approximately half a million bulbs. Approximately eighty percent of the show is now LEDs rather than traditional incandescent lights. “The LEDs use less power, but have great intensity and flexibility,” said Robinson. “We enjoy showing how they can be used to create dazzling displays, while at the same time conserving energy.” GardenFest runs 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. daily except for December 24 and 25 at the non-profit Garden located at 1800Lakeside Ave., Richmond. The event includes family-friendly activities, dining opportunities, music and more. Admission for Dominion GardenFest is $11 adults; $10 seniors;$7 children ages 3 – 12 and free for children under age 3. Admission for Garden members is $5; for children on a membership it is $4 (ages 3 –18). To learn more, call (804) 262-9887
Painting Botanical Specimens in Sepia Where: National Sporting Library, Middleburg When: First Sunday of the Month
Sunday Sketch on the first Sunday of the month, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Each month a local art teacher or artist leads a sketching session in the art galleries, guiding participants on style, composition, or another aspect of drawing. Supplies (pencils, paper, sketch boards, and clipboards) will be provided for attendees. February's featured artist is Middleburg resident and art instructor, Alice Porter.
The program is free and open to the public of all ages. Participants will receive free admission to the Museum. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is encouraged. Register to Anne Marie Barnes, Educational Programs Manager & Fellowship Advisor at ABarnes@NationalSporting.org or (540) 687-6542 x25
Virginia Festival of the Book Where: National Sporting Library, Middleburg When: March 22-26, 2017
The Virginia Festival of the Book is a signature program
of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) and the Virginia Center for the Book, the Virginia Festival of the Book brings readers and writers together in Charlottesville, Va. for a five-day program of mostly free events including author readings, book signings, panel discussions, programs for children, and more. The 23rd annual Festival will be held March 22-26, 2017. The Festival has consistently attracted audiences of more than 20,000 from more than forty states each spring, with an estimated local economic impact of about $4 million annually. To learn more, visit VaBook.org. The full roster of participating authors for the 2017 Virginia Festival of the Book was announced recently. Contact Sarah Lawson at email@example.com for information.
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Looking Back .
LOOKING BACK Five years to2011 Christmas Christmas - 5 Years2011 Ago
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Keswickians Shared Their Favorite Traditions, Decorations, Gifts, Etc... KESWICKIANS SHARE THEIR FAVORITE TRADITIONS, BY WINKIE MOTLEY DECORATIONS, GIFTS, ETC....
Hunting christmas trees with my wife, kids and in laws at a monastery near crozet -Tucker Yoder Merry Christmas, -=Peggy Augustus
When I think of Christmas I think of Family, Friendship and Good Will towards Man. A joyous time with Grandchildren, Traditions, Reindeer Food and Christmas Cookies, Merry Christmas to All and to All a Good Night! -Jane Baker
Putting up the icicle lights on Rollaway each year ....
- Sandy Rives
Every year I look forward to the first Saturday in December when all of the beautiful decorations at Keswick Hall and the club go up! Each of the spectacular Frasier Fir Christmas trees (5 in all) have different holiday themes and the property is wrapped in approximately 30,000 lights-such a visual treat all month long! Cheers! -Susan Allen
Christmas is a year round activity at Keswick. Certainly a nice change from my time in Hawaii where we never were able to fully get into the holiday at 75 degrees! -Best,- Matthias Smith
Let’s see, our Xmas traditions are going to see the lights at east Belmont, the “boys lunch” at the club, Xmas eve church, and caroling, large family lunch at the the farm, trying to put together the childrens xmas presents,hunting on Boxing day. -Justin Wiley
Holiday Reflections - 5:00 Christmas eve service at Grace church in the snow 2 yrs. ago, eggnog, wood fire in the fireplace and the Lessons & Carols service from England on NPR! -= Larry Tharpe I just went to the Holiday brunch at the Hunt Club and it was great to see friends and have that warm feeling of being in the Hunt club with great friends and wonderful comfort food. Great way to start the Christmas holiday. -Jon Eddowes
My first thought when you asked about “Holiday Reflections” is the drive down 22 and 231 where all the farm signs are decked in greens and bows and the holiday lights glow in the distance. A winter wonderland in the countryside! -Sharon Merrick
I look forward to Jessica being home for Christmas. Getting up bright and early, before there is a thought in Jess’ head of rising, having a roaring fire set in the fireplace, brewing a fresh pot of coffee, making breakfast and then going up to wake Jess up. We then have breakfast together in front of the fireplace, opened gifts and then reorganize to visit our closest friends the Dofflemyers whose family has grown from 5 in 1989 when we moved to Charlottesville to 17 in 2011. -Nancy Holt
Since Ada and I were older when we got married, we each had our own collection of ornaments for the Christmas tree. Her’s were angels, snowmen, cats, etc. and mine were horses, hounds, and foxes. We agreed that they really didn’t go together...so we’ve had 2 trees each of the 30 years of our married life and plan to do so in the future. We have a tradition of making and decorating Christmas cookies for friends and family. -Ed Harvey
A quiet Christmas with family, friendsand our dogs and horses here at the cabin about sums it up for us... -Nan Young My favorite tradtion for Christmas is making nut, apricot and poppyseed rolls from a recipe passed on to me by my father’s patient, Mrs. Verbus. When I was in junior high school, she came to our house and taught me how to make them. My family always had Christmas music playing as we rolled out the dough and added all the yummy ingredients and watched them bake. A great Christmas tradition and they are great to give as gifts, too - Elinor Larkin from In Vino Veritas..
As a small child I remember that the holidays were always filled with parties and good food and it seemed as if there were always people coming and going. Mom baked cookies for weeks and made platters for all of the neighbors and we would go from house to house caroling and tree trimming. On Christmas Eve all of my mother’s side of the family would start to arrive and the house would be filled with great uncles and aunts who seemed ancient and always smelled funny. They would give you strange gifts like gold genie shoes with the tips that curled up….or one year a pocketbook filled with pennies. They would drink eggnog and laugh and sing and then we would head to the late I will be with my 88 and 87 yr. old church service and come out of the church hot and exhausted but very parents in Lynchburg. I haven’t excited…with everyone shaking hands and kissing friends and wishing missed Christmas at home in 56 everyone a Merry Christmas. All of us kids would be bundled off to bed where years!!! I wouldn’t think of being we would fall into an exhausted sleep. The next morning we had to endure anywhere else! the worst tradition…at least in my eyes. We would have to get dressed in our . -Anne Coles best clothes, make our bed and then wait at the top of the steps for each of us Christmas means coming together as a family, so, since moving to Keswick, to be called down in order of our age. You guessed it…as the baby I was always our tradition has involved lots of driving on Christmas Day! But it’s alright last and had to sit at the top of the steps listening to the ooohs and aaaahs as since it means celebrating Christmas with all of our family members in everyone got to see what Santa brought before I did. It was torture. And of Warrenton and The Plains. One of my favorite memories growing up was course you had to WALK down the long staircase because there were glaring going to see Santa in Richmond at Miller & Rhoads. He, of course, is the REAL lights attached to the movie camera my Mom would be using to film every Santa, always knowing your name and even your pony’s name! Then going to step you took and you could hardly see where to place your foot. But it was all lunch in the Tea Room and having Reindeer Cake (which Rudolph helped Santa worth it when you rounded the corner and saw the loot awaiting you and make) and watching Santa drink an entire glass of milk in one gulp. It was everyone looking at you with the biggest smiles. It was wonderful. Merry Orr Farm still magical when I took my own children to see him years later. Of course, it The Christmas and may you not be the last one sitting at the top of the steps! just doesn’t seem like Christmas until we’ve gone to the candlelight service at - Suzanne Nash our church…singing Silent Night by candlelight brings the spirit of Christmas alive. Then, for this procrastinator, it’s off to wrap packages until the wee APRIL 2015 DECEMBER 2011 hours! Merry Christmas!! -Shelley Payne
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Christmas Shopping On Two Planets BY TONY VANDERWARKER
It’s a Chinese conspiracy of the highest
order. I can imagine a bunch of people sitting around a table in Beijing thinking up ridiculous Christmas gifts to peddle to Americans. “How about we take these plastic animals and put a mechanism in the back so they can defecate little balls of candy? Maybe we can fit a sound chip in so it will play a Christmas carol while it’s crapping?” “Wow! That’s a great idea, Boss. I’ll get the team to work on it right away.” And sure enough, I find myself Christmas shopping in some store crammed to the rafters with junk. “Aren’t these cute?” the wife asks, holding up two small plastic animals. “They poop candy,” she giggles. “Silly, absolutely ridiculous,” I answer. “C’mon where’s your Christmas spirit?” “What does pooping candy have to do with Christmas spirit?”
“The kids will love them.” Then she trots out the ultimate put-down: “You’re just no fun, a matter of fact, you’re a real pain to go Christmas shopping with.” See, the problem is, stuff like little plastic animals that crap candy don’t interest me. Not only are they a waste of money, but they are the kinds of things you find molding in a closet eight months later and quickly pitch as you think to yourself, “I knew we’d end up tossing these out.” So to get through the holidays, you have to put up with all kinds of stupid trinkets made in China flooding into the house. Plus the endless catalogs she waves in your face saying, “Don’t you think Tina would love these glittery butterflies?” That’s the way it is for us Martians. Me, I speed shop over the holidays. Hit three or four stores, grabbing this or that like someone’s timing me, pay for them in a flash, and get the hell out.
The rest I do on Amazon. I have a list I throw together, order the items and hit “Place Your Order.” But the agonizing tromp through stores I avoid like the plague. Of course, I usually get kidnapped into one or two shopping sprees. One thing I do not understand is why women have to pick up every single thing in the store, fondle it for a couple seconds, then jab it in front of your face and exclaim, “Isn’t this just the cutest?” Fighting a sneer, you answer, “I don’t see why in the world you would want to buy that?” “Oh, c’mon, it’s a great stocking stuffer.” Stocking stuffer—that’s the greatest contribution the Chinese have made to the world since the Great Wall. They invented it so it would worm its way into every Venusian’s brain, giving them a free pass to buy ridiculous items.
ing Christmas Ornament. She tosses that into the cart saying, “Isn’t this great, it sings Jingle Bells every time someone walks by. Susan will just love putting it on her tree.” I wince when I pick up the ornament, see it’s made in China, and read the price, “$7.99.” Egads! China wins again. But she doesn’t stop there, next it’s the Egg-A-Matic, the boiled egg mold that turns your egg into a round little chicken. “Isn’t it just the cutest?” she exults. Just when I think it’s safe to go back in the water, just when she heads toward the checkout, she announces, “Let’s just hop over to Marshalls. They have great stocking stuffers there.” Instead of Christmas, I’m convinced the holiday should be called Chinmas.
For instance, the motion activated Sing-
Never Send a Martian To Do a Venusian’s Work We
had back-to-back AirBnb renters recently and Annie was worried we wouldn’t have time to wash and dry all the towels so I generously volunteered to take the mountain of towels down to the laundromat and put their industrialsized machines to work for us. Big mistake. I hadn’t set foot in one in decades and entering this laundromat was like stepping into an Edward Hopper painting, rows of Eisenhower-era washers and whale-eyed stainless dryers arrayed on the far wall, the whole place drab, colorless and filled with the CLANK, CLANK, CLANKING of clothes tumbling around in the machines. Not only was it an alien experience but I’m feeling definitely Laundromat-impaired—more used to hanging with mowers and weed-whackers than washers and dryers. My first Man From Mars mistake was forgetting to bring detergent and dryer sheets. I looked around and found this grey box on one wall with coin slides and Tide and Bounce labels under them. I fished out a wad of quarters and tried to fit them into the slots. But no-go, the quarters wouldn’t slide in. No instructions anywhere, no signs on the box, no illustrations. I looked around
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to see if there was an attendant I could ask. NOPE. Just when I was beginning to feel terminally stupid, I realized there were two slots that would accept the quarters, EUREKA! I inserted two quarters and KACHUNK, a box of Tide came sliding down into a slot at the bottom of the machine. Two more and KACHUNK, same with the Bounce. Only problem was, my hand was too big to fit into the slot. I finally worked them out using my index fingers as prods. I triumphantly walked back to the washers and started stuffing in towels. Loaded up one machine and started putting quarters in. But how many quarters? Again, no signs, no intructions. Suddenly my eye catches numbers flashing on the machine’s display. $1.75, $1.50—now I get it! Two bucks worth of quarters. Now for the detergent. It’s in a throwback-looking 1940’s cardboard box the size of a deck of cards. But no tab to pull it open, No printed OPEN HERE instructions. So I have to wrestle the sucker open, working my fingernail under the flap and tearing it apart bit by bit. Finally I get it open and shake the white stuff onto my towels. I start the machine and head over to the
quarter machine to reload. It eats six of my one-dollar bills and spits out quarters in return. I load up two more machines and feed in quarters. Now I’ve got three machines on my side, each one SHHHUSH, SHHHUSH, SHHUSHING my towels, all three counting down the minutes to done-time. So far, so good. I go over and check out the dryers. No signs, no instructions, no pictures. A lady is unloading a dryer so I ask her, “Ma’am, how many quarters for how long?’ She looks at me as if I’m from (guess where?), shrugs and says, “I dunno, couple minutes, I just keep feeling the clothes to see if they’re dry and adding another quarter if they’re not.”
feel supremely confident. That is, until I put my second quarter in and somehow it sticks halfway through and now the START button won’t depress. I slowly turn my head to see if there is some security guard who has noticed that some novice laundromonger has just busted one of their machines but seeing none, quickly load my towels into the next machine, out one quarter but having ducked the repair costs. Long story short, eight bucks worth of quarters and two hours later, I load my laundry basket piled high with fresh, clean, dry and neatly-folded towels into the trunk of my car and, saying sayonara to the laundro, I head back home, having once-and-for-all totally disproved the theory that Martians can’t do the wash.
Then I get an inspiration, I’ll put a clock on the damn thing! So when my first load is done, I load all the towels into a dryer, rip apart the Bounce box, add a sheet, drop in a quarter, push the START button and activate the stopwatch on my iPhone, thinking, Piece of cake, I’ll beat this damn place yet! As I load up another dryer, having determined that you get seven-plus minutes dry time per quarter, I’m beginning to
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LIFE, MAKE IT HAPPEN! Forgiveness Starts With Me
Last month I learned where forgiveness
must originate for it to be real. A lesson with this much value requires sharing. Giving yourself a break, besides making a lot of sense has benefits galore. A long-time friend recently left me gaping fishlike when she informed me she was angry with me. As shocking as it seems I am not for everyone and my humor is easily misconstrued, dark, yes, malicious, no. Hurting people on purpose is not how I roll. If injured, and I sure felt like it, I did what any normal red-blooded victim entrenched in victimhood would do; I marshaled my forces by retelling the tale. Lucky for me I am related to a man who possesses more sense than I. When informed of my woebegone plight, his response stunned me. "What a gift!" "Whoa, a gift?" I couldn't help looking at him like he spoke in tongues, nor could I refrain from feeling a degree of disappointment. He wasn't going to help me shore up my wronged spin. My guilt was never in question, though I was ignorant of the charge. With an indignant splutter, I asked, "Un-forgiveness a gift, what are you talking about?"
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"Who haven't you forgiven?" The question stopped my moral outrage, cold. "Uh me, for about anything you can name," I simpered after some concentrated effort. Before I could launch into the miserable litany of all my un-forgiven transgressions, smarty-pants piped up, "Maybe you ought to start there." He allowed me not a second of narcissistic hand wringing. After more time than I care to confess the fog lifted and I understood the wisdom in his words. God, The Universe, Cosmic Muffin, or, my Higher Self handed me an opportunity to heal a lifetime of hurt. My friend reflecting back to me my unforgiving nature did me a favor by hanging on to her pain. O-U-C-H!! The story of now I am the wronged one made me want to gather a battalion together to bolster my wounded ego, only preventing me from seeing the self-destruction in holding a grudge. Hanging on to anger is like throwing poison down your own well and hoping the SOB who wronged comes by for a drink. Newsflash: not it ain't going to happen! Payoffs are scarce in the animosity game, so you might as well let all the ill will go.
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My lifelong tendency toward nursing victimhood feels like a huge sacrifice when I consider leaving it behind. My first thought is I will lose a large piece of me. Habits are hard to break, self-destructive bad ones harder still. Perhaps the singularity of this foible is mine alone, the nurturing of resentments. One thing is for sure. I need this reminder. Unresolved conflicts grow deep ruts with millennia of use. A To find a new way of operating in the world takes courage and kindness to yourself. This, I know because the last month I crawled up and over walls built from and on old wrongs and long ago hurts. The work entailed looking at my default: it's all my fault, no matter what it is; then assess my true responsibility. Where necessary I forgave the poor sot I blamed but mostly I forgave myself.
of our dining on sumptuous meals, and residing in beautiful accommodations. Not one thing, I conjured in my dreams happened in any way close to how I envision it. Historically, a tissy befitting the Hellenic Gods would have rained down creating indignations across the generations. So far from my dream, the entire weekend would have gone up in a noxious cloud of infamy. There isn't a dream, hope or vision worth those kinds of hurts.
In undoing the victim story, I got a reward. A few weeks ago, the family went to New York together. With the aid of my new skill, I let the world spin unaided. My feelings, as I suppose with most people, take a hit when reality trumps dreams. I had great expectations for this trip. Visions of familial bliss captured my imagination as we strolled arm in arm down Broadway meeting every deadline with perfect timing. Also dancing around in my cranium were pictures
Self-forgiveness is a powerful tonic one I need practice more. This holiday my wish for you is to give yourselves the gift of forgiveness. Your families will thank you, and the rest of us will benefit. With all my love I wish you a Merry Christmas and an abundant new year.
Thank you, friend, for not forgiving me, for showing me my work was to get over myself. Though I have a long road ahead, I endeavor to let a little of my blame game go every day, thanks to you. Hubs helps with daily reminders that forgiveness is the key. He is such a helpmate.
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Charlottesville, Virginia – December 15, John Paul Jones Arena to support area 2016 – Today, the Charlottesville Area nonprofits. Following the concert, Bama Community Foundation announces Works issued a $500,000 challenge grant $519,500 in grants to 71 local nonprof- to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virits through the Bama Works Fund of ginia to help fund an expansion project Dave Matthews Band. In 2016, the Bama of their Southwood Club. Additionally, Works Fund has awarded and commit- the fund issued challenge grants to both ted over $1.9 million to 175 organiza- Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottions in total. Established in 1998, the tesville for their work in the Southwood Bama Works Fund has been committed Community, and to the City of Charlotto making grants in Charlottesville and tesville for the planned Skate Park in Mcthe seven surrounding counties for close Intire Park. to two decades, and has had a significant impact on a variety of organizations. Anne Scott, President of the CharlotGrants have supported youth, vulnera- tesville Area Community Foundation, A great community full of inspiration. Innisfree special care to create ble populations, the naturalisenvironment stated thattakes “Dave Matthews Band’s coma therapeutic work environment for its coworkers that builds a strong of and arts and cultural assets. Since 1998, mitment to improvingsense the quality of life and enhances person’s skills. When needed is unique the Fundcommunity has made over 1,200 each grants, to- unique for everyone in Innisfree our community morethan space formillion. additional weavers, CACF and helped expand the weaving studio. taling more $18 outstanding. The Community FounNow, coworkers, like Mark, who have skillsdation that can is transform spools yarn support into grateful for of their and Dave Matthews Band’scanphilanthropy theshare lasting benefits of their beautiful placemats, enjoy working withappreciates friends and can their carefully through crafted the Bama Works Fund has notOur hard and generosity for hundreds products with our community. passionwork is to support the community. only touched a broad range of nonprofits of individuals and programs throughout of all sizes, it has also made foundational the local area.” gifts to transformative community projects over the years. In addition, the BandThere’s A complete list we of the Fall 2016 grant reno end to what can do together. finds new ways to give back to the com-www.cacfonline.org cipients can be found on the Community munity. This year, the Band marked its Foundation website www.cacfonline. 25th anniversary and thanked its home- org/apply. town with a special benefit concert at
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Applicants seeking a grant for the next Spring decision must apply no later than February 1, 2017. Additional information he Virginia Historical Society is pleased to announce that Altria Group has agreed to sponsor the VHS’s newest exhibit, “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times.”
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Albemarle County Public Schools Partner for Mental Health The nationally touring exhibit will run from October 2015 through January 2016 and All God's Children Child Development Piedmont CASA will be shown in the VHS’s newly created changing exhibition space, one of the project Center Appalachian Voices Piedmont Environmental Council goals of its $38-million “Story of Virginia Campaign.” Art Guild of Greene Piedmont Housing Alliance Basic Animal Rescue Training Planned Parenthood South Atlantic The exhibition consists of 35 costumes and accessories from the popular PBS Ben Hair Just Swim for Life Foundation Public Education Foundation MASTERPIECE Classic program. Visitors will be able to explore the lives of Downton’s Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Quickstart Tennis of Central Virginia aristocratic the World War I period. Blue Ridgeinhabitants and their servants during ReadyKids Blue Ridge Heritage Project Lab Nelson, Executive Vice “Altria has a long history of support for theReinventED arts,” said Jack Book Baskets Richmond Ballet President and Chief Technology Officer, Altria Group, and Board Vice Chairman, Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia Rockfish Wildlife Virginia Historical Society. “And we are pleased to support the Virginia Historical Building Goodness Foundation Improvement Society as it brings traveling exhibitions likeSchool ‘Dressing Downton’Fund to our hometown. Camp Albemarle Science Delivered This exhibition will be a great draw for residents and visitors alike.” Camp Holiday Trails Second Street Gallery Center for Nonprofit Excellence Senior “We are excited to have Altria Group sponsor thisCenter nationally touring exhibition of Charlottesville City Schools ServicePresident Dogs by Warren Retrievers Downton Abbey costumes,” said Paul Levengood, and CEO of the Virginia Charlottesville Department of Human Shenandoah National Park Trust Historical Society. “There are many real-life American connections to Downton Abbey, Services Charlottesville Free Clinic Smart to Cville and this exhibition complements the VHS mission bring our history to life. During Chesapeake Bay Foundation Southern Environmental LawofCenter the late 19th century, and right up to the outbreak of World War I, hundreds American Charlottesville Police Department Founwomen visited England and Europe hoping to marry aristocrats. The series character, Special Olympics Virginia dation City of Promise Lady Cora, the Countess of Grantham is oneThe such American woman.” Bridge Ministry Community Investment Collaborative East Rivanna Volunteer Fire Department The Haven at First & Market The exhibition and the two major exhibitionsTherapeutic that followAdventures it are part of the $38-million Fluvanna Historical Society “Story of Virginia Campaign,” of which more than $31 million has been raised. Tom Tom Foundation Georgia's Friends Unity in Community Girls on the Run of Central Virginia “The Story of Virginia Campaign” is designed to help theofVHS better utilize portions University Virginia Contemplative Hospice of the Piedmont of its existing facility. This will allow for the displayCenter of evenUniversity more of the Sciences of Society’s Virginia IMPACT collections as well as hosting more and larger events and exhibitions. Fralin Art Museum Interfaith Humanitarian Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Ivy Creek Foundation andArt Public Policy 200 years of American Future changing exhibitions will include “The of Seating: Jefferson Area CHiP Virginia Consort Design,” which will feature works by John Henry Belter, George Hunzinger, Herter Light House Studio Virginia Institute of Autism Brothers, Stickley Brothers, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles & Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry and Frank Gehry and many more. Virginia Supportive Housing Local Food Hub Voices for Animals MIMA Music Hall of Fame: Gridiron Glory,” “Pro Football Wild another Virginia upcoming VHS changing Molly Michie Cooperative exhibition, will highlight such storied objectsWildrock as the Super Bowl trophy, a 1917 game Montanova Stables Foundation ball used by Jim Thorpe and the Canton Bulldogs, Tom Dempsey’s famous kicking Paramount shoe created Theater for his half foot, Mean Joe Greene’s jersey, and more than 200 other items
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The Altria Group sponsorship of “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times” is part of a $250,000 total commitment that also includes support for the installation of a new “Story of Virginia” exhibition, which is slated to open in late summer 2015. Altria Group has been a major supporter of the VHS and the “Story of Virginia” exhibition since its first iteration in 1992, as well as leading the charge for its transformation to an online exhibition in the early 2000s. Altria Group’s most recent commitment will help the Virginia Historical Society make Virginia’s history relevant, exciting, and accessible to present and future generations.
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DECEMBER 2016 KESWICK LIFE
Leslie Gilliam, 58, wife, mother and
dear friend to all, died peacefully on Friday, December 9, 2016, at her home in Keswick, Virginia, surrounded by her family. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in March of 2015. Leslie showed amazing strength and faith throughout her battle and never lost the will to fight. Her bright smile, compassionate honesty, and caring nature, allowed her to make friends everywhere she went. Leslie is survived by her husband, Richard Gilliam; her children, Baxter Gilliam, Julia Gilliam, and Anna Gilliam; her siblings, Carol Jones, George Flanary, and Allison McCabe; her stepmother, Betty Flanary; her stepbrother, Jack Belcher; and her stepsister, Beth Milam. She is also survived by her aunts and uncles, and many wonderful cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws, and friends.Leslie was born in Jonesville, Virginia, on October 23, 1958, to Nelle Rose and Curtis Flanary. She grew up working on her family's dairy farm and caring for her siblings. One of her most fond childhood memories was starring as a contestant on the local television show, "Kiddie Kollege"it was at this point that her enthusiasm for learning and her love for the stage began to develop. Leslie went on to attend University of Virginia nursing school; however, she took time off from school in 1977 to care for her mother who was battling breast cancer and receiving treatment at UVA. After her mother passed away a year later she met her future husband of 33 years, Richard Gilliam, and she re-enrolled at James Madison University where she earned a Bachelors degree in Economics. After graduating from JMU, she married Richard in Knoxville, Tennessee in August of 1983. She then received her Masters degree in Health and Wellness from East Tennessee State University. She and Richard moved to Abingdon, Virginia in 1988 where all three of their children were born.Throughout her life, Leslie enjoyed learning, loved traveling, and found happiness in staying active and being outdoors, but her true and abiding passion was for serving her family, friends, and the community. In talking about her service to the community, Leslie once said, "Rallying around a common cause increases our sense of community and helps us accomplish big goals. That is where we get our heart and where we get to dream about what we can do together." In Abingdon, she began serving the Southwest Virginia community through her involvement with the Barter Theater, the William King Art Center and the American Cancer Societyshe was a founder of the first Relay for Life in Abingdon in 1996. In 2001, she and Richard moved their family to Charlottesville, Virginia, where they have resided ever since. Living in Charlottesville, she became very active and engaged in the community by supporting the United Methodist Church,
OBITUARY the Paramount Theater, the Covenant School, the UVA Cancer Center, the Martha Jefferson Hospital, James Madison University, as well as various other charitable endeavors. Leslie served as a Board Member at the Paramount Theater and on the Board of Visitors at James Madison University. While she worked tirelessly to serve the community in Central Virginia, she never forgot her roots in Southwest Virginia. Leslie continued to serve as an active Board Member at the Barter Theater, and she was dedicated to supporting the local economy in Abingdon and the surrounding areas. Leslie was a devoted wife and mother. She sought to instill in her children the importance of having a caring heart and serving God. She also instilled in them a love for solving world problems during "coffee-time" every morning. She once said, "I believe that philanthropy and community service are both essential to solving problems that exist in all communities." Leslie was a woman of strong faith, believing in the power of God and the beauty of eternal life after her passing. The family is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers, and support during Leslie's battle with cancer. During her fight she received outstanding care and support from Dr. Amir Jazeri, as well as the nurses and staff at M.D. Anderson in Houston, Texas. A special thanks to her primary caregiver, Leigh Cantrell at the UVA Cancer Center, who provided tremendous support, encouragement and care. An additional thank you to all of the wonderful nurses and caregivers at the UVA Cancer Center who went above and beyond to encourage and comfort Leslie. Thank you also to all of Leslie's prayer warriors for their meals, prayers and love. A service was held at First Baptist Church Park Street in Charlottesville, Virginia on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at 6 p.m. Following this, the family received friends at Farris Funeral Home in Abingdon, Virginia on Thursday, December 15, 2016, at 12 p.m. Burial at Forest Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the UVA Cancer Center/Gynecological Oncology Division, P.O. Box 800773, Charlottesville, VA 229089 or online at cancer.uvahealth.com.Condolences may be offered at www.teaguefuneralhome.com.
Thomas Cashman, III, passed away peacefully on December 10, 2016, after a gallant and long-fought battle with Melanoma. Joe was born on July 30, 1949, son of the late Joseph Thomas Cashman Jr. and Frances Clare Stroebele Cashman.He grew up on Long Island and graduated from Fairfield University. At an early age, he cultivated a diligent and dedicated work ethic, and in 1971, he joined Merrill Lynch, where he worked as a Financial Advisor for the next 45
years. Joe deeply loved spending time with his family and found immense joy in his beloved granddaughters.Joe will be remembered for his positive attitude, booming voice, and boundless energy, which were evident in all aspects of his life. When he entered a room, Joe was always ready to contribute with an anecdote, some cheerful advice, or plenty of elbow grease! He was truly a remarkable man who was able to do just about anything and did so with curiosity, passion, and drive. Never one to shy away from a challenge, he loved to tackle any new project, and could often be found fixing up his house, refinishing a piano, or being "Mr. Fix-It" in his shed. Joe was devoted to the Charlottesville community, particularly in his work with Camp Holiday Trails, a cause to which he was deeply dedicated, and for which he served on the Board of Directors as a member of the Finance Committee and then as Chairman of the Board from 2013-2015. He is survived by his daughters, Austin Stroebele Cashman Hamlin and husband, Rick and Alexandra Christy Cashman Eckert and husband, Braden; his granddaughters, Branch McLaurin Hamlin, Keese Cashman Hamlin, and Agatha Jane Hamlin; his long-time girlfriend, Joy Crompton; his sisters, Nancy Lilly and husband, Ed, Bonnie Silvernail and husband, David, and Ginger Gonzalez and husband, Nelson; a brother, Tony Cashman and wife, Sandy; as well numerous, loving cousins, nephews, and nieces.The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at UVA Medical Center and the Hospice of the Piedmont Hospice House for their compassionate, loving, and attentive care. His daughters would like to extend a special thanks to their Aunt Nancy, Aunt Bonnie, and Uncle Eddie for their tireless attention, time away from family, and dutiful care of Joe during the final months of his illness. A memorial service was held at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlottesville at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 16, 2016. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Camp Holiday Trails, 400 Holiday Trails Lane,Charlottesville, VA 22903. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hillandwood.com.
Sydney Hall Blair, 67, passed away
unexpectedly on Monday, December 12, 2016. She was a writer who loved her friends and family, the outdoors, and the arts. In 30 years of teaching at the University of Virginia, she touched the lives of hundreds of students, sharpening their skills with her keen editor’s eye. She wanted to know and support her students, and her annual parties for the graduating set were a highlight of the semester. Sydney was born in 1949, to Abbie-Dora Ansel and Carvel Hall Blair. A Navy brat, Syd grew up all over, in England, Hawaii, South Carolina, and Connecticut. She studied art history at Mary Washing-
ton College, then transferred to George Washington to finish her bachelor’s degree, preferring a bigger school with a city vibe, and with men. After graduating, she landed a job acquiring books for the Corcoran Art Museum. In 1972, she moved to a farm in Maryland, where she grew vegetables, made goat milk cheese, and raised chickens. She married Michael Swanson at Grace Church in Cismont, and in 1974, they moved into an old clapboard house in Cobham, Virginia. The carriage house had no running water and, given all the poisonous snakes on the property, was probably built on a copperhead nest. The days were full of pig roasts on the front lawn, walks in the woods with dogs, and ice skating on the pond in the winter. Her children, Abbie and Tom, were born while they lived there. Sydney supported the family by working in the gift shop and helping to manage the books at Monticello. In 1986, after earning her MFA, she got a job in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Virginia, eventually becoming the administrator of the department and teaching part-time. In 1991, her novel, Buffalo, won the Virginia Prize for Fiction. During this time, she published short stories and essays in The American Scholar, Streetlight, Callaloo, 64, The Texas Review, New Virginia Review, Blue Penny Quarterly, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. In 1998, Sydney began teaching full-time and later helped organize an undergraduate concentration in literary prose. One year, students voted her the university’s hottest professor. She especially enjoyed her Writers in Paris class, which focused on the work of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, and other writers of the Lost Generation. She loved music, from James Brown to Dolly Parton. Her dinner parties often began and ended in singalongs with Sydney on the keyboard. She made a mean French 75 and was a founding member of Le Mot Juste, the ladies’ cocktail society. Sydney lived life to the fullest and adored her family. Recent trips took her cross country with her daughter and to visit childhood friends in England. She spearheaded the annual family trip to the Outer Banks, collecting seashells and building sand castles with her granddaughters on the North Carolina beaches. She is survived by her brother, Dennis Blair, and his wife, Diane; her sister, Julia Geier, and her husband, Bill; her daughter, Abbie Swanson; her son, Tom Swanson, and his wife, Kristin; her grandchildren, Avery and Callie Swanson; and her beloved pets, Mona and Maisie. A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 20, 2017,in Charlottesville, at the Old Cabell Hall Auditorium at 10:30 a.m. A reception at the Colonnade Club will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks gifts be made to a fellowship being established at the Creative Writing Program in Sydney’s name at UVa.
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Charlottesville and Albemarle County: A Festive & Fun Wonderland to Visit in Early Winter The Charlottesville area is a wonderful
choice for an early-winter getaway, with shopping options galore, special evening tours at Monticello and Highland, First Night Virginia and a performance at the Paramount Theater by Tony Bennett! The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB) invites everyone to consider the Charlottesville, Virginia area for an extraordinary earlywinter getaway. With lots of great shopping, winter events, and fantastic deals on area lodging and attractions, early winter makes for the perfect time to visit Charlottesville & Albemarle County. The holidays are an amazing time to rediscover history in an interesting and unique way, by taking a holiday evening tour at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello or James Monroe’s Highland. Monticello’s small-group house tours, which include the Dome Room, give guests an intimate look at how the holidays were celebrated in Jefferson’s time. Guests will also have the rare opportunity to experience Monticello after dark. For more details, visit www.monticello.org. Additionally, James Monroe’s Highland will be opening its doors to special evening tours on three dates in December, giving guests a unique glimpse into this presidential home. Visitors will be able to take part in cooking demonstrations on open hearths to create buttermilk pies, apple cakes, wine-soaked pears, and sweet potato pudding, all enjoyed by candlelight. Guests will then enjoy a guided visit of the Presidential guest house and museum spaces which will be decorated for the holidays. For more information, visit www.highland.org. The year 2017 will start with a bang on the historic Downtown Mall as First Night Virginia celebrations take place. First Night Virginia is one of the oldest First Night events in the nation and is a terrific and family-friendly way to usher
in the new year. Families and visitors will be treated to a plethora of entertainment acts, live music, face painting, and other artistic activities. For more information on this iconic New Year’s Eve celebration, visit www.firstnightva.org. Located at the heart of Charlottesville’s historic Downtown Mall, the Paramount Theater has several exciting and festive performances lined up for the holidays! For more information on shows and performances taking place at the Paramount Theater, visit www.theparamount.net. Even though the days are shorter and the weather is cooler in the winter months, it is still business as usual in Charlottesville & Albemarle County. Numerous area hotels and attractions offer discounted rates during this time of year as an incentive for tourists to visit the destination without all of the crowds often found during busier times of year. Many of these deals are offered in gift certificate form and make great holiday gift ideas. The Charlottesville area also features more than 30 wineries, breweries, and cideries, many of which have large roaring fireplaces, making for a perfect way to warm up on a cold winter day. For more information about special packages and offerings, go to www.visitcharlottesville. org/packages.
Holiday Pet Safety Tips Holly, Jolly and Oh-So-Safe!
Of course you want to include your furry companions in the festivities, pet parents, but as you celebrate this holiday season, try to keep your pet’seating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible. And be sure to steer them clear of the following unhealthy treats, toxic plants and dangerous decorations:
Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn’t tip and fall, causing possible injury to your pet. This will also prevent the tree water—which may contain fertilizers that can cause stomach upset—
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from spilling. Stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria and your pet could end up with nausea or diarrhea should he imbibe.
Kitties love this sparkly, light-catching “toy” that’s easy to bat around and carry in their mouths. But a nibble can lead to a swallow, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery. It’s best to brighten your boughs with something other than tinsel.
No Feasting for the Furries
By now you know not to feed your pets chocolate and anything sweetened with xylitol, but do you know the lengths to which an enterprising fur kid will go to chomp on something yummy? Make sure to keep your pets away from the table and unattended plates of food, and be sure to secure the lids on garbage cans.
Looking to stuff your pet’s stockings? Choose gifts that are safe. Dogs have been known to tear their toys apart and swallowing the pieces, which can then become lodged in the esophagus, stomach or intestines. Stick with chew toys that are basically indestructible, Kongs that can be stuffed with healthy foods or chew treats that are designed to be safely digestible. Long, stringy things are a feline’s dream, but the most risky toys for cats involve ribbon, yarn and loose little parts that can get stuck in the intestines, often necessitating surgery. Surprise kitty with a new ball that’s too big to swallow, a stuffed catnip toy or the interactive cat dancer—and tons of play sessions together.
artificial plants made from silk or plastic, or choose a pet-safe bouquet.
Leave the Leftovers
Fatty, spicy and no-no human foods, as well as bones, should not be fed to yourfurry friends. Pets can join the festivities in other fun ways that won’t lead to costly medical bills.
That Holiday Glow
Don’t leave lighted candles unattended. Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders, placed on a stable surface. And if you leave the room, put the candle out!
Keep wires, batteries and glass or plastic ornaments out of paws’ reach. A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus, while shards of breakable ornaments can damage your pet’s mouth.
Put the Meds Away
Make sure all of your medications are locked behind secure doors, and be sure to tell your guests to keep their meds zipped up and packed away, too.
A Room of Their Own
Give your pet his own quiet space to retreat to—complete with fresh water and a place to snuggle. Shy pups and cats might want to hide out under a piece of furniture, in their carrying case or in a separate room away from the hubbub.
Forget the Mistletoe & Holly
Holly, when ingested, can cause pets to sufferForget the Mistletoe & Holly Holly, when ingested, can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. And many varieties of lilies, can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested. Opt for just-as-jolly
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Proximity to several international airports and mid-atlantic cities The Gardner Farm is an expansive retreat of 1,563 acres that offers the highest degree of privacy and bucolic tranquility rural Virginia can offer. Over 3.8 miles of the South Anna River traverses the property with approximately 20 miles in trails extending through forests of poplar and oak and several unique river crossings link this private parkland with numerous potential home sites and 4 scenic ponds and a 30 acre lake. Expansive pastoral views of hay fields and fenced paddocks a comfortable colonial country home and equipment shop also included with this incredibly unique offering.
850 WEST STREET - c. 1890 farm house on West St. located in the center of Charlottesville. The 3 bedroom 2 full bathroom house has hot water baseboard heat and new standing seem metal roof. A private level yard includes an irrigation system and privacy fencing. Charlottesville city location and charming period home, this property is a rare find in todayâ€™s active city market. MLS# 554489
KESWICK HALL LOT 1 AND LOT 4 - Ideal Keswick Estates home sites located on club drive and fronting on the newly designed Pete Dye golf course. Community amenities at the impressive Keswick Hall include state-of-the-art fitness center, swimming, tennis, and spa facilities. The heart of all the Keswick activity, these homesites an excellent location to build. LOT 4 MLS# 545613 ($350,000) and LOT 1 MLS# 518257 ($300,000)
DEER RIDGE - Deer Ridge Farm, 218 ac.set at the foothills of the South West Mountain Range 15 minutes drive south of Charlottesville, VA. Three substantial ponds, two of which are larger than 3.5 -acres in size. The elegant country road to the farm passes the former homes of two Presidents, Monticello (Jefferson) and Ashlawn (Monroe). The property is adjacent to several large farms and across the road from the largest vineyard on the eastern seaboard. The property is ideal for recreational retreat or agricultural and forestall use. Conservation easements apply. Privacy and scenic country beauty in every direction with miles of walking trails. MLS 547863
NAGS HEAD FARM - North West Albemarle Co. horse farm priced competitively in excellent condition. The 24-ac. lends itself to the rolling fields and pastoral setting with a renovated home and stables. The house is has excellent light and view over three fenced horse paddocks and many upgrades on the main level and walk out basement. New Deck built in 2016. There is a separate drive for the stable area, also in excellent condition and very serviceable for horses. A rare offering at this price, ideal for equestrian enthusiast. MLS # 546338
Give the Gift of a Great Book BY SUZANNE NASH
Happy New Year to Keswick and I hope your year begins with multiple good books to light your way!
We are fortunate to have our very own Fred Shackelford releasing his new novel The Ticket and it’s a great way to start your year off right. Channing Booker has won the jackpot lottery and hidden the ticket in order to make sure he doesn't have to share his winnings. This character is sleazy but amusing and it's entertaining to watch him as he searches for the ticket that suddenly disappears along with the book it was tucked into. Filled with twists and turns, it's a legal drama that will satisfy the suspense lover. Elizabeth Eaves has an insatiable hunger to travel the world. In Wanderlust:A Love Affair with Five Continents, Eaves covers fifteen years of her exploits as she traverses the globe. From London to Egypt, Paris to Karachi, if you have itchy feet like me, this book will make you long to book a plane ticket. Along the way you will discover how the authors love of travel and adventure is tangled up in her desire for different lovers. She seems to constantly be searching for some experience beyond her grasp and that propels her forward at every turn. If you want a book that changes her perspective on mental illness and leadership try Nassir Ghaemi’s A First Rate Madness. Ghaemi takes a look at why sometimes sanity is not always a plus when leading a country or corporation through tumultuous times. He covers famous historical leaders such as Churchill, Ghandi, Sherman, Ted Turner, and Kennedy in his attempt to illustrate his theories and I found it gave me a great deal to think about. It will certainly make you see that mental illness may not be a completely negative thing. There's hope for me yet! So if you don't have a New Years Resolution yet, try resolving to read more in 2017 and I hope to see you in the bookstore soon!
Virginia Festival of the Book announced recently the 2017 Festival headline events addressing Andrew Wyeth’s influence, real and imagined; family ties, to community and to murder; a realistic look at the state of the American economy, from past influencers to necessary changes; how failure influences science; diner food, traditional to modern; and odes to poets, ancient and contemporary.
Headliners for 2017:
•Neurobiologist Stuart Firestein, author of "Failure: Why Science Is So Successful", will speak at the Leadership Breakfast on Wednesday, March 22; •Novelist Christina Baker Kline, author of "Orphan Train" and the forthcoming "A Piece of the World" (February 2017), will speak on Thursday, March 23; •Detective fiction writer Laura Lippman, author of the Tess Monaghan series and "Wilde Lake", will speak at the Crime Wave Brunch on Saturday, March 25; •Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, author of "The Great Divide and The Price of Inequality", will headline a series on economic inequality •James Beard Award-winning chef Ashley Christensen, author of "Poole’s: Recipes and Stories from a Modern Diner", will speak and lead a cooking demo •Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander, author of "The Crossover", and Caldecott winner Ekua Holmes, illustrator of "Voice of Freedom", will give presentations to local students in addition to a public program about their forthcoming collaboration, "Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets" (March 2017).
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The Other 41st Parallel A few years ago, on a cold November day
I was having lunch at the St. Andrews Pub in New York’s midtown with a few of my fly-fishing buddies. Someone mentioned that he had just read and enjoyed James Prosek’s book Fly-fishing the 41st, an engaging tale of traveling and fishing around the globe following the northern 41st parallel, starting from the Author’s home in Connecticut, which inspired another to comment “You know, someone should do the same thing for the 41st parallel in the Southern Hemisphere.” The idea was so brilliant, and thus its emergence among our usually soporific group so startling, that several of us choked on our haggis. But then, the inevitable damp rag fell. “Hey, it’s just not that interesting. You’ve got New Zealand and the Lake Districts in Argentina and Chile. We’ve all been there and, anyway, people write about those places all the time. There’s nothing else.” So, another idea was shot to hell and we all went back to discussing our favorite pellet fly patterns. But nothing else was all I had to do, so I went home and pulled out an atlas. Three months later, Ann and I were on a plane to Tasmania. The island of Tasmania is a separate Australian state, about 150 miles south of the mainland, at a similar latitude to the northern two-thirds of New Zealand’s South Island. It’s smaller than the South Island – about the size of West Virginia – with a rugged and remote southwestern quarter latticed with deep, heavily forested gorges that render it mostly uninhabitable. The Island’s total population is only about 500,000, with roughly 70% living in and around its two principal cities – Hobart (the capital) in the south and Launceston in the north. Both cities are modern, with fine amenities and considerable colonial charm. Tasmania has several claims to fame. It was settled (or its Aboriginal peoples might say “invaded”) in the early 19th Century almost entirely by convicts from English prisons (mostly Irish and Scottish) and others on the lam from various far-flung places. It was the birthplace of two intriguing film actors who were prominent from the 1930s through the 1950s – Errol Flynn and Merle Oberon. Flynn was a true son of Tasmania, although he left the Island for England in his teens, and ultimately spent most of his life in America, becoming a major Hollywood star, matinee idol, and legendary lothario (think “in like Flynn”). But Oberon’s story is the more interesting. The exotic-appearing actress, who was often described in terms such as “hauntingly beautiful”, was born in Ho-
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ing countless hiking opportunities. The views along the seacoast were particularly beautiful, reminding us of Cornwall. We saw much of the exotic wildlife, including the rare and reclusive echidna, a small spiny creature with a long slender snout, that is one of the Island’s (and the world’s) only two monotremes – egg laying mammals that suckle their young. Oh, and lest I forget, the Island’s food, beer and wine is first-rate, particularly the low-production pinot noirs which rarely venture off-island.
Ann Thacher on a beautiful and nearly deserted beach bart to affluent parents, moved to India about 1930 and 1960, anglers came from after her father’s death, to be raised by around the world to fish the famed her godparents, then at age 17 moved “Shannon Rise” – a hatch of caddis flies alone to England, where she met the emi- on the Shannon River spanning several nent Hungarian film producer Alexander weeks that was among the most prolific Korda, who hired her for a first starring in the world. Today, Tasmania is not a film role in 1933. Two years later she mar- major fishing destination, probably due ried Korda, the first of her four husbands. to a combination of a decline in the qualOberon became a renowned beauty and ity of fishing in some of the island’s more star in both England and America, ap- prominent rivers (the Shannon River is pearing in over 50 films. She was revered now heavily silted) and the continued in Tasmania as a heroine –living proof development of the extraordinary New that Tassies could break away from their Zealand fishery. And, for most of the remote beginnings and accomplish great world’s anglers, New Zealand is a shortthings on the world stage. In 1978, at age er trip than Tasmania. 67, she made a celebrated first return to Hobart and promptly announced to the However, I was intent on completing my press and her fans that she was born in southern 41st Parallel experience, so TasIndia, and had never before set foot on mania it was. Prior to my fishing, Ann the Island. The revelation crushed her and I spent six days traveling around Tassie followers, some of whom still re- the Island. It’s a delightful experience. fuse to believe that she was not one of The roads are excellent (driving on the them. Apparently, upon hiring her, Kor- right) with light traffic, although it may da had decided that the world was not be the road-kill capital of the world. ready to idolize an Indian-born actress, Carcasses of the Island’s many nocturespecially one of mixed ethnic parentage, nal animals litter the roads, and they and had invented Tasmania as her faux stay around to become maggot homes, birthplace because it sounded exotic and because there are few avian scavengers mysterious, as was she. Oberon herself and the population of Tasmanian devils, perpetuated the story for nearly 50 years, those ferocious marsupials that will eat even contriving many anecdotes about everything including one another, has her early Tassie life. A year after her visit been dramatically reduced by a deadly virus. A fly-tier seeking the hair of womshe died in Malibu. bat or wallaby, or even a devil, would be Tasmania is the also home to some of the in heaven. The friendly wallabies can be world’s most exotic animals, including seen everyplace – in parking lots, on the several that are found nowhere else on beaches, even bouncing through towns. earth. And finally, of importance to an- The Tasmanian tiger-wolf, a carnivorous glers, it is the source of New Zealand’s marsupial much bigger than the devil, trout, which arrived on the Island from became officially extinct in the 1930s, although unconfirmed sightings are ocEngland in the 1860s. casionally reported in the Island’s wild Surprisingly, Tasmania’s angling repu- southwest quarter. tation was greater in the first half of the 20th Century than it is today. Between Tasmania has 19 national parks, offer-
After our travels, I dropped Ann at the Launcestown airport for her 30+ hour trip home, and I went on to Riverfly, my fishing lodge. It is situated on a sheep farm on the North Esk River, about 45 minutes southeast of Launceston. The owner, Daniel Hackett, greeted me and informed me that I was the only guest for the next five days. Well, at least I wouldn’t have to rush to the table for first dibs on the food. The first two days I fished several small streams – the Macquarie, the South and North branches of the Esk and Brumbys Creek – with two different guides. Although Tasmania (and, in fact, all of Australia) was in the middle of a severe drought, a very recent rain had made the streams slightly off-color. The guides were fine, but the fishing with dries and nymph droppers was slow, the few fish I caught were small, and the experience was a bit disappointing. But the food and wine at the lodge were excellent, so the days ended on a higher note. For the last three days, Daniel was my guide. The first day we went to the St. Patricks River, a small, pretty stream hemmed in by willows. Fortunately, Daniel loaned me his 7-foot rod, and even with that a lot of roll casting was required. In most pools, Daniel spotted fish, some of which were rising (even I could see those), and I caught many 12”15” inch browns. We arrived at one small log-jammed pool and Daniel mentioned that a large fish resided within that had been hooked four previous times this season, but never landed. Sure enough, after a few casts I hooked the allegedly elusive resident. He must have still been exhausted from his prior struggles, because he came to the net with little resistance. A pretty 20” brown. But that big brown was not the highlight of the St. Pats. While standing under a canopy of willows, while Daniel had gone back to bring up the car, I saw at the head of a pool what looked like a trout’s back push through the water, then disappear. A minute later, I noticed a creature roughly the size and color of a muskrat
Photos from the top, clockwise: a mama kangaroo with the joey (baby) in her pouch, the exotic platypus, a friendly wombat and hikers' bridge over lovely trout stream. swimming toward me. As it moved closer I saw the distinctive duck bill. A platypus, the other monotreme, and a mythical creature that I had only ever seen in books, swam right past my leg. I could have reached out and touched it, which as I learned later, would have been stupid given the seriously venomous spur that it carries on its hind foot. And, to compound my pleasure, a few moments later a screeching flock of large white cockatoos flew away, their slender yellow crests reflecting the bright sunlight hidden from my view. There is more to fishing than catching. One slightly disarming aspect of wadefishing in Tasmania, is that the guides are constantly prodding the ground ahead, trying to spook snakes that prefer living along rivers. There are only three species on the Island, but all are highly venomous and among the world’s deadliest, with the most common and dangerous being the tiger snake, which can reach a length of over six feet. The guides said that the same anti-venom works for all three species, but I was glad not to test that theory. The only snake that I saw was a large one that crossed the road in front of our car. I didn’t get out to check
the species. The next day, Daniel hitched up his rubber boat, and said that we were off to Brumbys Creek. I can’t say that I was thrilled, since my previous experience on the Creek was disappointing and it wasn’t nearly large enough to accommodate a boat. When we arrived at the launch site two things were obvious – this part of Brumbys looked more like a pond then a stream and the reeds protruding from the water were so thick that there didn’t appear to be any place to fish. But I stepped in, and Dan proceeded to push us through a hundred meters of reeds to open water. For the rest of the day we floated a few kilometers downstream in what looked like the biggest spring creek that I have ever seen. In some places, it was several hundred meters wide. Daniel explained that there are three weirs in Brumby’s, and that above each weir the water backs up to form this spring-creek like environment. Despite having to cast from the boat (not normally my choice), it was a wonderful day of fishing. Large browns were often finning and tailing in the many narrow channels and pockets, and when they
weren’t, Daniel proved to be one of the best fish-spotters that I’ve ever seen. He was also a skilled boatman, which was essential given the gusting wind and complex currents. The fish were mostly in the 15”-20” range, and were very skittish and challenging. I hooked a bunch, lost some, but had countless opportunities – which is all that I ever hope for. The most exciting targets were fish that came six inches out of the water, attempting to eat dragon and damsel flies that were hovering in the air. So, I discovered that Brumbys was, in fact, two different creeks. The last day, Daniel again hitched up his boat and said that we were off to the Macquarie, another river that had previously disappointed me. But it was a different river way downstream - wide, deep and slightly off-color, which was slightly off-putting. Using an electric motor, we headed upstream and came to a fork, where a lovely, clear freestone river, lined with high grassy banks, came in from the left. Daniel announced that it was my old friend again – Brumbys Creek – below the third weir. Not a bit like the other two sections that I had fished.
Daniel suggested that we get out and wade-fish upstream, and I didn’t need convincing. It was mid-February (think mid-August in the U.S.) and he hoped that the fish would finally be on hoppers. They were. The rest of the day we walked up the schizophrenic Brumbys. I casted to lovely browns that occasionally rose, Daniel spotted others, and many were seduced by the hopper when I was able to place it under the cut banks. There is something in the slapdash way that a trout takes a hopper that I always eagerly anticipate, no matter how much action I’ve already had. It was a fine day – my third in a row. For anglers, Tasmania is not New Zealand. I didn’t catch a single fish over 20”, which is a small fish in most Kiwi streams. But Tasmania has its own charms, not the least of which is the scenery and far more wildlife. And, for a more intrepid angler than I, it has hundreds of rivers that are virtually unfished, where those eight pound monsters could be lurking. Oh, and one might encounter a deadly snake, a platypus or even the devil.
Fifteen Awesome Preservation-Themed Movies We know there’s no substitute for vis-
iting historic places and experiencing firsthand the stories they tell and the history they bring to life, like when you step into an old movie theater or pull up to a drive-in and feel the magic about to begin. But for the winter weather when you can’t get out to a historic site or for whenever you’re in the mood to simply cozy up on the couch, we’ve put together a big list of preservation-themed movies worth a watch.
1. Barbershop (2002)—One day, the
son of a barber decides he no longer wants to run the barbershop his father handed down to him. But shortly after he sells the shop, he realizes how vital it is to the surrounding community and decides to try and get it back.
2. *batteries not included (1987)—
Small alien machines help the tenants of a threatened apartment block save their building from demolition by developers.
BY WINKIE MOTLEY turally valuable. The family trust will expire in seven years and they decide to sell the land to a developer, until one member of the family changes his mind.
5. From the Ashes: The Life and Times of Tick Hall (2003)—This
documentary explores the history, loss, and rebuilding of the 125-year-old house known as Tick Hall in historic Montauk, N.Y. After the house was tragically destroyed in a fire in 1997, the owners decided to rebuild it exactly as it once was.
6. From Up On Poppy Hill (2013)—
A Japanese animated drama, this story centers on the relationship between two high school students who decide to clean up their school’s clubhouse. When they learn that the chairman of the school intends to demolish the building for redevelopment, they set out to convince him to reconsider.
7. Herbie Rides Again (1974)—A ruthless developer sets his sights on an
9. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)—Based on real-life
events that took place in Savannah, Ga., the movie showcases old Savannah and follows a man on trial for murder, who has also restored a number of mansions in the city, and a reporter covering the case.
based on a novel about an advertising executive who decides to move out of the city to fix up a 200-year-old farmhouse. The house turns out to be unsound and must be torn down, and there are many incidents along the way as the family tries to build a new house. The later movie The Money Pit (1986) is another adaptation of the original novel. (Fun fact: A replica of the home built for the 1948 movie was constructed as a promotion for the film and still stands today in Ottaway Hills, Ohio.)
11. The Muppets (2011)—A devoted
8. The Majestic (2001)—A man suf-
12. These Amazing Shadows (2011)—The National Film Registry is
4. The Descendants (2011)—A fam-
ily living in Hawaii controls 25,000 acres of land that are both financially and cul-
by the widow of its former fire captain. Herbie steps in to help save the day, rallying together other VWs in town. fering from amnesia finds himself welcomed by a small town who believes him to be a long-lost WWII veteran. He settles into his “new” life and starts to restore The Majestic, an old, abandoned movie theater.
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13. Two Weeks Notice (2002)—A
lawyer who specializes in environmental law ends up working for a real estate tycoon she meets as she’s trying to stop the destruction of the Coney Island community center, initiated by his company.
10. Mr. Blandings Builds His 14. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)—While Roger Rabbit is susDream House (1948)—This movie is pected of murder, Toontown (a 1940s
3. Cars (2006)—On the way to Califor- old firehouse in San Francisco, inhabited nia for a tiebreaker car race, race participant Lightning McQueen and his big rig end up being impounded overnight in Radiator Springs, an old Route 66 stopover. When the race is over, Lightning returns to the town to help put it back on the map.
of the registry.
LA town) finds itself at risk of being destroyed to make room for a freeway, which people will be forced to use when the trolley system is also dismantled.
15. Xanadu (1980)—A mythical muse inspires an artist stuck in a humdrum job and an orchestra-leader-turned-construction-mogul to form a partnership and open a night club in a once-abandoned auditorium.
Muppet fan reunites the gang to help save the Muppet Theater from a businessman who plans to demolish it to drill for oil.
a list of films deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and are earmarked for preservation by the Library of Congress. This film is a documentary on the history and importance
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