Keswick Life Digital Edition April 2020

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KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its environs - April 2020


In this issue

New Life Rising Up

Construction Update on Keswick Hall plus: going out, overheard, keswick scene, what's cooking, bookworm and much more




Located in the heart of Somerset Va. at the end of a county road, Hilton Farm offers complete privacy with incredible Blue Ridge Mountain views. The 473 acres is mostly open land, with exceptionally good soils, RESIDENTIAL • FARMS • LAND

and is currently used for both cattle and horses. The three story traditional colonial dates to 1830, and was later expanded in 1891. The five bedroom, five full and one half bathroom house has all the original heart pine floors, mantels, and extensive wood work throughout. The farm buildings include a center aisle


stable with 14 stalls, indoor arena with office/apt, cattle barn, hay barn, equipment shed, and two cottages. The property is situated in its own valley, and a is further improved by 1 large lake, and 3 smaller ponds. $ 3, 6 0 0, 0 0 0


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$8,750, 000



One of Albemarle’s finest farms. Perfect

Custom home, incredible mountain views,

Beautiful Albemarle farm with Lynch River

mix of productive farmland and mature

on private 78 ac, minutes from Madison /

frontage, fantastic Blue Ridge views. Custom,

hardwoods with 1.5 miles of Hardware River

Rt 29. Four bedroom, 3.5 baths, great room

eco-friendly main residence designed with

frontage. Exceptional, custom 6,000 sq ft

w/ fireplace, first floor master, full walk out

reclaimed / native materials and energy

residence designed by DGP Architects, sited

basement, garage, and large deck. Land—in

efficient systems throughout. Tranquil,

to take in the natural beauty of Carter’s Bridge

two tax map parcels—is both open fields and

completely pricavate 40 ac property includes

area. Convenient to Charlottesville and UVA.

woods, includes a tenant house, large barn.

barn, riding trails, pastures, pool, guest cottage.

PE TE R WI LE Y | M LS 59 4 9 3 0 | 4 3 4 4 22 20 9 0

JU ST I N W I L E Y | M L S 60 0 2 3 7 | 4 3 4 98 1 5 5 2 8

PE T E R WIL E Y | M L S 5886 85 | 434 422 209 0




Keswick Estate

Keswick Country Houses

60 Houses sold for a total $39.6million

5 House sold for total $7.1million

21 Houses for a total of $15.2million

Average Sold Price: $660,000

Average Sold Price: $1,411,000

Average Sold Price: $723,000 (no subdivision)

Rivanna Village

All Keswick Residential Sales

61 Residential Properties sold for a total $23.7million

156 Residential Properties totaled $86.6million

13 Parcels sold for a total of $3.2million

Average Sold Price: $575,000

Average size 3.5acres. Largest Parcel: 22acres

Average Sold Price: $389,000

Keswick Land Sales

Source: CAAR MLS Database

Duke & Sharon Merrick Cell: 434.962.5658 (call or text) Office: 434.951.5160


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A Virgi nia C oun try L ife


BLOOMINGDALE, c.1840, Bloomingdale a noteworthy Orange County, Mountains VA historic propBRAMBLEWOOD, A 522 acre privateis sanctuary in the Southwest and erty located in the heart of Somerset. The Federal manor has a magnificent center hall with the heart of Keswick. The 2008 manor home, with 6 bedrooms and over 14,000 sq. ft grand proportioned rooms (11 ft. ceilings on main floor) and fireplaces in every room (8 total). of living space, boasts Italian plaster finishes, limestone floors, his/her studies, 6 Numerous improvements and renovations: New kitchen, Geothermal heating and air,and renofireplaces. The roughed propertyinshowcases the kitchen, best in materials, craftsmanship, impressive vated sun porch for secondary saltwater pool, master bathroom, foam grounds, mature 2 other homes, andHouse a large barnon that insulation, windowslandscaping, and screens, ponds, plumbing, paint and plaster. is sited 14complete Ac. w/mathis trees stunning estate. MLS 595091 $6,700,000 ture and boxwood gardens, & incredible Southwest and Blue Ridge Mt. views. $995,000


New Life Rising Up

Spring is upon us, the Keswick Hall renovation and expansion are well underway. Recently whenever I drive through the gates, I couldn’t help but notice the significant progress made on the renovations at Keswick Hall – our beloved community touchstone. So, Colin Dougherty called in and wrote up a progress report, get all the details on page 9!

Murdoch Matheson 434.981.7439

10 HAPPENINGS Happenings in the Keswick Environs…..Keswick Vineyards opening up Montpelier opening up and The Owners of Champion Brewing Company and Barbeque Exchange are working together to open up a New Restaurant in Gordonsville. Champion Brewing Company and the Champion Hospitality Group have announced their next endeavor, Champion Ice House Brewery— a restaurant, brewery, and gathering space scheduled to open in the fall of 2020 on Main Street in Gordonsville, Virginia. The Ice House is a partnership between Champion Brewing Company’s owner Hunter Smith, BBQ Exchange’s Craig Hartman, and Stony Point Development Group’s Chris Henry.



A Virg i nia C ou ntry L i fe

12 ACCOLADES Manning Family Makes $1 Million Committment to Advance Covid-19 Research At

UVA. The University of Virginia recently announced the establishment of The Manning Fund for COVID-19 Research, a $1 million d that will directly support UVA’s efforts to develop solutions to challenges related to the global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus. Vivienne Shields, Daughter of Anna and Joe Shields and Amelie Rives Daughter of Sandy and Susan Rives receive accolades. Read all about it on page 12 and 13! WINDERMERE, BuiltBrick in theGeorgian 1930’s with only home, two owners that11’ time, the 2.3 acres is sited FAIRVIEW, c. 1856 manor 9,000since s.f. with ceilings and heart pine floors. original most moldings andafter woodwork. 5 bedrooms guest cottage. Formal in one Fireplaces, of Charlottesville’s sought locations. The houseand built of native fieldstone, gardens and bounded rose garden, farm manager’s house, horseis facilities andunique equipment and property by towering hedges, the residence completely within barns. FarmIncredible views ofsize, the Blue Ridge Mountains, VA. MLS ington in privacy, sighting, and proximity in toSomerset, the Clubhouse. Not 585034 in MLS.$2,975,000

14 TRAVEL Charlie Thacher travels again! - well to be fair a reflection back to 2001 feels a bit like quarentine life today in 2020 - be sure to catch Charlie's latest, page 14!

MEADOW HILL, c. 1910 Manor House, uncompromisingly updated throughout, on 14 stunning acres in Greenwood VA. Perched above Stockton Creek with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Only 15 mins to downtown Charlottesville in coveted Western Albemarle. MLS 595248 $2,300,0000

18 BOOKWORM Sometimes when you read as much as I do you forget which books you have writ-

ten reviews for. You stumble into some really amazing books and can’t wait to write about them and then you put them aside for something new. I actually had to go back and check to make sure I hadn’t already written about this month’s offerings because I read them in December and loved them and thought that I had certainly already shared them with you….but I hadn’t….so you are in for a treat! By Suzanne Nash, page 18. STONE’S THROW, Exceptional 42-acre country property with all the amenities. This 6-bedroom house completed in 2005 has every luxury you could hope for with an open floor plan and first floor master suite, exercise room and media, infinity pool and pavilion overlooking the gardens, lawn, and horse facilities (7-stall barn). Privacy and proximity to Charlottesville (12 min) with big views to the southwest and unforgettable sunsets. MLS 595734. $2,750,000

Murdoch Matheson 434.981.7439 24 LOOKING BACK Dolley Madison Garden Club’s Virtual Tour Brings “Gordonsville: Lovers Lane to

Main Street” – In Honor of Historic Garden Week With 2020’s Historic Garden Week events cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization is finding new ways to bring the gardens to visitors through social media posts and gardening tips.


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Closing On and Off the Market New to the market is 4048 Fairway Drive in Keswick Estate

with 5 beds, 5+ baths and 11233 sf on 2.4 lake front acres at $4.2m. 5450 Stony Point Pass, “Cedarcroft”, with 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 3902 sf on 2 acres at $1.395m. 675 Black Cat Road with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3389 sf on 2.5 acres at $774.9k and in Glenmore 3410 Cotswold Lane with 5 beds, 3.5 baths and 4111 sf for $574.9k. 3402 Cesford Grange with 4 beds, 2.5 baths and 315 sf for $650k. 3410 Carroll Creek Road with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 6536 sf at $1.195m. 3633 Victoria Lane with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 3651 sf at $549k. 3489 Carroll Creek Road with 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 5843 sf at $1.295m. 518 Drumin Rd with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3119 sf at $698k There were 3 new homes listed in Rivanna Ridge.

Reduced was 3360 Keswick Road, 31.6 acres at “Royal Acres”, from $339.5k to $324.5k. 265 Pelham Drive with 4 beds, 4 baths and 2596 sf on 5.1 acres from $675k to $649k in 88 days. 1025 Pelham Drive with 4 beds, 4 baths and 3924 sf on 4.2 acres from $577.5k to $549.9k in 232 days. In Glenmore 3661 Perthshire Court with 6 beds, 4.5 baths and 5001 sf from $675k to $649k in 88 days. 1140 Cambridge Hill Lane with 7 beds, 8.5 baths and 8268 sf from $1.495m to $1.385m in 78 days. 506 Drumin Road with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 4769 sf from $849.9k to $799.9k in 197 days. Under contract is 5350 Louisa Road, “Airslie” with 5 beds, 6+ baths and 8661 sf on 61 acres listed at $3.5m and under contract at $3.295m in 229 days. 77 Keswick Glen Lane with 4 beds, 2.5 baths and 2000 sf on 1.5 acres at $350k. 4610 Further Lane is 3.16 acres at $75k in 1 day. 3465 Richmond Road with 4 beds, 3 baths and 2964 sf on 1.1 acres for $350k in 7 days. 736 Fieldstone Drive with 3 beds, 2+ baths and 3080 sf on 3.7 acres for $379.9k in 16 days. 160 Spring Meadow Lane with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 2878 sf on 2 acres at $420k in 42 days. 4325 Bunker Hill Road with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 1677 sf on 2 acres at $379k in 58 days. 2684 Paddock Wood Road with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 4662 sf on 43 acres at $1.045m in 72 days. 3262 Sandown Park Road with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 4894 sf for $720k in 52 days and 3 under contract in Rivanna Village.. Sold is 5600 Turkey Sag Road, “Bramblewood” with 6 beds, 7+ baths and 13686 sf on 522 acres, listed at $6.7m

sold for $6.2m. Chopping Bottom Farm with 4 beds, 4 baths and 5551 sf on 43.5 acres sold in 1 day for $1.895m. 5352 Cismont Lane with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 2838 sf on 0.69 acres, the “Old Blacksmiths Shop”, listed at $495k sold for $475k in 236 days. 3304 Keswick Road with 3 beds, 2 baths and 2289 sf on 2.5 acres sold for $349.9k in 2 days. 1664 Richmond Road with 4 beds, 2.5 baths and 2204 sf on 42 acres sold for $425k in 1 day. In Keswick Estate 859 Club Drive with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 2353 sf on 2.5 acres sold for $530k in 3 days. In Glenmore 3389 Cesford Grange with 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 3698 sf listed at $411k sold for $490k in 20 days. 3368 Marsden Point with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 4246 sf sold for $579k in 10 days. 2213 Piper Way with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 2957 sf sold for $550k in 1 day. 1683 Paddington Circle with 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 4331 sf listed at $632.9k sold for $620k in 165 days. 3125 Darby Road with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3606 sf listed at $699k sold for $650k in 91 days. 2316 Grey Heron Road with 5 beds, 5.5 baths and 5700 sf on 5.1 acres sold for $959k in 12 days and 3 homes sold in Rivanna Ridge.

On Board

With the cancellation of the April Annual meeting of the Keswick Hunt Club due to the Panemic their board found it necessary to appoint four new members for one year terms. Two of the appointees are currently board members their secretary, Shelley Payne and their Membership committee chair, Joan Poskey. At our next annual meeting presumable in Aptil 2021 , mmbers will vote to fill the four seats and any others that become available .In the meantime. They wish the two departing board members John Moore and Brook Royster, our sincere thanks for their time, hard work and siginificant contributions to the club. As the two replacements , the Board has asked Colin Dougherty and John Markey to join the board. Colin has resided in Keswick for decades, managed several successful businesses and most recently chaired the board and a transformational capital campaign for a local school. Colin brings enormous energy, expertise amd creativity that will promote our plan to have more club related activities as well as keen business instincts. Colin will work in conjunction with our social chairs. Susan Rives and Anne Vanderwarker. John Markey is a financial wizard and has an eye for detail like no other. John has been helpful with the buiding and renovation projects working with the budget and cost cutting measures.

The Downtown Grille management and staff would like to thank you for your patronage. For 21 years, it has been an honor to host and serve the Charlottesville community, and we appreciate being a part of your celebrations and special occasions over the years.The Downtown Grille announced Monday, April 20, its closing up after more than 20 years in business.In a social media post, management cites the economic hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and, “... closing the restaurant permanently us the best way to move forward.” Former employees say they are going to miss the atmosphere and their customers.“One, having a fun job. You know, lots of jobs in America are not very fun. We don’t really have a scale where we worry about that. We’re just like “JOBS!”, but is it fun to work there? So when you find one that actually is nice to work at, that works. So that place was fun to work at with really good people. That’s what I’ll miss,” said former wait staff member Robert Trail. With heavy hearts, we have decided to cease operations on the historic downtown mall. The COVID19 pandemic has created an unprecedented economic hardship, and we feel that closing the restaurant permanently is the best way to move forward. We sincerely hope that our patrons remain safe and stay home during this pandemic. Charlottesville restaurants have been especially affected by COVID19, and we encourage everyone to support the Charlottesville Restaurant Community Fund

Canceled The Virginia Foxhound Show; the National Horn Blowing Championships; the Ian Milne Huntsman’s Award presentation; the Professional Development Program graduation ceremony for the class of 2019/ 2020; and the ceremony for those huntsmen selected to be inducted into the Huntsmen's Room at the Museum of Hounds and Hunting this year—all previously scheduled over the Memorial Day weekend. It is planned to hold graduation ceremonies for the 2019/2020 Professional Development class at a later date at MFHA headquarters in Middleburg, Virginia. Graduating this year are Bennett Barclay, whipperin, Elkridge-Harford Hunt (MD); Jacob Cotton, whipper-in, Rose Tree-Blue Mountain Hunt (PA); James Dean, whipper-in, Radnor Hunt (PA); Brianna Graf, whipper-in, Essex Foxhounds (NJ); Alyse Phipps, huntsman, Norfolk Hunt (MA); and Katie Wallace, huntsman, Shawnee Hounds (IL).President Leahy has offered to make the MFHA headquarters facility in Middleburg available to the directors of the Museum of Hounds and Hunting for the Huntsmen's Room ceremonies when health conditions allow.

Also Camp Friendship is cancelled for 2020. It's hard

to imagine a summer without Camp Friendship.For anyone in a position to contribute to the Friendship Fund to ensure we are able to make it to the other side, please visit friendship-fund/ to donate. As always, every penny we make is invested back into our business with the intention of it being here for generations to come.



Looking Forward to

Going Out What: Virginia Festival Of The Wheel Where: The Boar's Head Resort When: September 4th, 5th and 6th

What: Independence Day Celebration Where: Monticello When: July 4th

There’s no better place to celebrate Independence Day than Monticello. Join us as we mark the 244th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and welcome more than 70 new American citizens at our 58th annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony. The event includes a Jeffersonian Open House with free walk-through tours of the first floor, patriotic music, Monticello Root Beer floats, and more! For further information 434) 984-9800

What: We’re Open

Where: Oakland Heights Farm Our trail rides safely offer social distancing and homeschooling all in one with a ride in the Southwest foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and a little local history lesson. We will continue with our next scheduled horse show with our TWO-DAY event on July 3rd and July 4th. We hope to see you then! Call David Lamb at 540-222-6576 or email us at to book your ride!

"A Celebration Of The Automobile" To Benefit UVA Cancer Center presenting the finest display of Collector Classic Automobiles in the State of Virginia in our 3rd Annual event. These will be distinctive vehicles - many you've never seen - in a venue like no other car show. The Virginia Festival of the Wheel is a 501.C.3 Corporation (sponsorships and donations are all tax deductible) and all proceeds will be donated to the UVA Cancer Center to assist in the tremendous work they do. This will be a three-day event beginning Friday evening, September 4th, featuring: • Cars and Conversation Reception at the Mill Room 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Friday, Sept 5. • Cars and Coffee sponsored by Hagerty Insurance 8:00-10:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6. • Jefferson Trail Road Tour to Pollak Vineyard 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 • An Evening at the Boars Head Reception and Dinner presented by Umansky Automotive 6:00 p.m.8:15 p.m. Sept.6 • Virginia Festival of the Wheel Concours 10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept.7 This event will draw many auto enthusiasts, their spouses and families to Charlottesville and our goal is to provide them with a great experience and share our beautiful City with them. We can only accomplish this goal with the generous support of firms and individuals who are willing to participate as partners in this event as sponsors, vendors, advertisers or donors to continue the success of the event. For further information :703 932 9448

What: Stream the Magic Where: Paramount

Part of our effort to bring The Paramount's magic to your home during these unprecedented times, we have partnered with Magnolia Pictures to bring paid movie streaming options to you. Currently available are Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band and The Whistlers.To stream these videos, visit "Stream the Magic of The Paramount." Click on the button "Buy Online Streaming Code Now." Immediately after payment, you can watch the film using the link provided on your receipt. Alternatively, once your transaction goes through you can click “Watch Film” on the confirmation page that pops up. That will direct you back to Magnolia Pictures' lobby page - just find The Paramount Theater to start watching.Any questions regarding payment for these streamings can be directed to The Paramount Theater's Box Office by calling at 434.979.1333 or by email at, Monday through Friday from 10:00AM until 2:00PM

What : 2020 Hindsight: 40 Years of the American Academy of Equine Art When : October 2, 2020 - March 21, 2021 Where: National Sporting Library, Middleburg Begun in Middleburg, VA, in 1980 and now based in Lexington, KY, the American Academy of Equine Art’s (AAEA) founding members were some of the top sporting painters and sculptors of the day: Jean Bowman, June Harrah, Henry Koehler, William Wallace Nall, Marilyn Newmark, Eve Prime, Princess Marie Louise Moncada, Richard Stone Reeves, Sam Savitt, and Else Tuckerman. Forty years later, the organization has inspired a generation of equine artists in all manner of media, techniques, and artistic influences. The exhibition and accompanying catalog, 2020 Hindsight, will explore the rich history of the AAEA, and a dynamic selection of works by members through to the present will be selected to highlight the varied talents fostered by this influential organization over the years. Phone: (540) 687-6542

What: Great Meadow International Where: Great Meadow When: August 20 - 23rd

The MARS Great Meadow International’s 2020 event, is scheduled for August 20th to 23rd.Held annually in The Plains, Virginia, the MARS Great Meadow International’s expanded offerings have allowed the event to focus on a broader competitor base. l.n addition to the eventing competition, the event will feature an expanded Meadow Market trade show, a beer garden and a variety of demonstrations. Entries open for the 2020 MARS Great Meadow International on July 7th, 2020 and close August 4th, 2020. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit

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Thoroughbred Racing

Horse Showing

As of May 1st, it is still unclear when we will be racing in Virginia again. Ongoing talks with the Administration will determine if the scheduled racing at Middleburg and The Gold Cup will be happen. If allowed to go forward both meets likely will be run without spectators. Updated information will be posted as soon as we receive it

Pari-mutuel thoroughbred racing is back for a six week stand at Colonial Downs beginning July 23. The 18day season will continue through August 29 every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 5:30 PM. In its “Racing Revival” comeback last summer, 90% of the races were contested over the Secretariat Turf Course, widest grass surface in the country. An annual controlled burn of the turf oval took place March 30. Virginia Derby Day, the annual season highlight, will close out the meet on the 29th and feature four grass stakes. In addition to the Grade 3 Derby, the Virginia Oaks, Kitten’s Joy and Rosie’s Stakes will be carded that evening.

The Upperville Colt & Horse Show (UCHS) and the Loudoun Benefit Horse Show jointly announce that both events, scheduled to be held from June 1-7, 2020, and June 10-14, 2020, respectively; will not be held on their current dates in June due to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic.

The first sanctioned event on the revised slate is the Middleburg Spring Races, Virginia’s oldest steeplechase. Established in 1921, the 100th running will take place Saturday ,June 13 at Glenwood Park. Middleburg’s traditional spring date had been the third Saturday in April. For additional race details, go to 95th running of the Virginia Gold Cup Races are now scheduled two weeks later at Great Meadow in The Plains on Saturday June 27. Originally scheduled for May 2 in conjunction with the Kentucky Derby simulcast, the new date will not feature “Run for the Roses” betting since that has been pushed back to September 5. The Gold Cup traditionally has drawn 70,000 people at its annual spring renewal on the first Saturday in May. Tickets are on sale at A trio of Point-to-Point meets were cancelled — the Piedmont Fox Hounds, Orange County Hounds and Loudon Hunt — but three were rescheduled. The Middleburg Point-to-Point is now June 7 followed by the Old Dominion Hounds on September 12 and the Blue Ridge Hunt on September 19.

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced the 152nd renewal of the Grade 1, $1-million Belmont Stakes, to be contested at nine furlongs, will take place on Saturday, June 20 at Belmont Park as the opening leg of the Triple Crown for the first time in history.To align with required health and safety measures implemented in New York to mitigate risk and combat the spread of COVID-19, The Kentucky Derby will be held at Churchill Downs on September 5th. The traditional third leg of the Triple Crown series will instead be the first, with the Kentucky Derby scheduled to follow on September 5 and the Preakness on October 3. The Belmont will be run without spectators and cover 1 1/8 miles instead of the traditional 1 1/2 miles.

“The decision to not hold the show in June by the Upperville Colt & Horse Show and Loudoun Benefit shows was not made lightly, but we do feel that it is in the best interest of our exhibitors, staff, community, and patrons,” commented Joe Fargis, President of the UCHS. “We are extremely fortunate and grateful that the Middleburg Classic and Piedmont Jumper Classic organizers are willing to work with us regarding the use of their 2020 competition dates this Fall. These are unique times for the equine community and we are all going to have to work together as a team to deal with the uncertainty and risks that this pandemic has introduced. We hope to be able to provide further updates in the coming weeks. Our community is supportive and resilient, and we feel confident that both events will survive and thrive.” For more information, please email the Upperville Colt & Horse Show show office at or call (540) 687-5740. For more information on the Loudoun Benefit Horse Show, please contact or call (540) 486-5658.



3262 Sandown Park Road • $729,000

3972 Ivy Road • $1,545,000

Charming Glenmore 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home nestled between a pond and the 14th fairway and green. Enjoy golf, water and mountain views from 2 patios or from the renovated kitchen with Viking appliances. Sun drenched, 1-level living at its finest, with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms on the main level, including the master suite. The spacious walk out basement includes a bedroom, full bathroom, large family room, game room/library and office. This home sits on a gorgeous .62 acres and is a perfect combination of privacy and views. Jamie Waller (407) 694-8988. MLS# 600610

Robin Hill is a magical residence constructed in 1900, enlarged in the 50’s and comprehensively renovated over the last 5-10 years. Soaring ceilings, over-sized windows and fireplaces in all of the formal and informal living spaces create dramatic interior spaces. Gunnite pool, towering hardwoods shading level lawns, endless boxwoods, wonderful hardscaping, formal and vegetable gardens. What was the pool house has just been renovated as a light, bright guest house. In the Murray school district and under 5 minutes to Boars Head, Farmington. Another 5 minutes to UVA and Downtown. MLS# 602074


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New Life Rising Up

– Keswick Hall Construction Update – Never Once Waivering in the Face of the Challenges, Owners are Committed to Excellence on the Renovations, Legacy Project Built to Stand in the Community for a Lifetime BY COLIN J. DOUGHERTY Recently whenever I drive through the gates, I couldn’t help but notice the significant progress made on the renovations at Keswick Hall – our beloved community touchstone. A message sent recently to the public simply said, "With Spring upon us, the Hall renovation and expansions are well underway. In the coming months, we look forward to the completion of the Hall, Horizon Pool, and Jean-Georges at Keswick Hall." Brief and to the point, it continues to thank the community for the patience throughout the project and expresses, "looking forward to welcoming you to the new Keswick Hall."

The owners, Molly and Robert Hardie, and their experienced team lead by Trevenen, are no strangers to the highs and lows of real estate rehab and construction. Still, time and energy up on the hill, first built upon in 1912, sometimes takes a particular set of skills, patience, and late afternoon walks in the Estate to decompress and avoid exhaustion while dealing with all the surprises that continued to creep into the project. Keswick Hall has certainly tested their endurance, but Trevenen reports that there is nearly no stone left unturned at this point of the project, the hurtles of approvals are behind them, and there is now a clear path to completion.

challenges, and did not step back from the responsibil- into a new era of local tennis club play with brand new ity" they embarked upon when closing the doors on Cremonini red clay from Italy covering the courts. The the infrastructure problems of past on New Year's Day lighting system is engineered and executed in the same 2018. Getting it right above all has caused time delays type used for the US Open Tennis tournaments. The and questions on when will it all be finished. These courts are open for bookings, lessons, and the pro-shop comments don't worry the team, they are building at is ready for equipment consultations and repairs. a very high standard of excellence and creating a Hardie family legacy to last a lifetime – a gift of significant The Jean-George restaurant is an excellent advantage improvement for all, especially for the Keswickian com- for the Keswick community, hotel guests, and puts the Dear Keswick Club Members, munity. environs amongst an exclusive list of destination dining places. The new design is elegant, with a The 1912 historic 'house' side of the hotel structure was focus on easy, casual, and relaxed dining. The days of With Spring upon us, the Hall renovation wrought with decades of patched up repairs that were complicated menus and over-attending staff at Fossets andespecially expansion well underway. the to an enjoynever meant to stand the test of time, Albe- are are now gone! We will soon beIn welcomed marle County's summertime humidity, deluges of rain, able new dining experience of modern coming months, we look forward to the cuisine with a and icy winters. The right steps have been taken to en- perfectly framed view in the main seating area, or percompletion of the Horizon and with a freshly sure the best outcome when it would have been much hapsHall, an outdoor table inPool, the courtyard more manageable to tear down large portions of the made pizza of the day. The courtyard at Jean-George Jean-Georges at Keswick. hotel. The more expensive and time-consuming choice features a Petanque court, French-style Bocci Ball, Belowsubstrucare photos progress was made to restore it to the original masonry where aof pre-dinner gameto candate. be enjoyed with a cocktail ture and rebuild to preserve the historical features that in-hand. Petanque, the ball game that is played on a flat We appreciate your patience throughout would have otherwise been lost. court surface about 12 x 3 meters, has just a few simple the project and look forward welcoming to follow rules and to is enjoyed between two players or The Palmer Room, at the member's clubhouse, dining teams. you to the new Keswick Hall. space, an experience adored by generations of club Sincerely, members, will remain a special part of Keswick Hall. When you sit back and take in what is happening at The members have expressed they like this space gen- Keswick Hall, all at one time, you quickly realize how it erally the way it is, as many have their favorite corner will all be so great. John Trevenen, and the Hardies, are Molly Robert Hardie to meet with friends or grab a quick meal. To tie in the and personally and deeply involved in the project, fostering existing club spaces with the new Jean-Georges restau-John this creation of 'our house’, more of a palace – a place for Trevenen rant just above, there is a new transitional hard space gathering, great food, drinks with friends and leisure area adorn with new patios, fresh rehab of the existing activities. It is the local spot to rest your head, regroup porches, along with a new fire pit with outdoor fixtures and enjoy a spa treatment, hit some balls, or relax by the and furniture. With all the changes coming to the club- pool. Stay tuned, for great things are coming soon! house, one thing stays the same, the membership at Keswick Hall is a cherished and vital part of the business model going forward for the Hardies.

"Molly and Robert have had a consistent voice at every turn," Trevenen says; they made their desires very clear. He added, "never once did they waver in the face of the

The tennis courts have had significant investments made for improvement over the past months. Leading the way, stewards Tristan and Gabriella, bring us


I couldn't wait to know when, so I picked up the phone and called John Trevenen, Managing Director of Keswick Hall. For starters, they answer the phone a bit differently with a shortened name, simply 'Keswick Hall', no more 'and golf club' or resort, etc., just plain and simple. John explained the return to this tried and true designation was just the tip of the iceberg for the owner's unwavering commitment to getting the transformative job done right and to perfection. The name encompasses the entire experience, the hotel, the club, the spa, golf, tennis, and the great new dining experiences coming to the property, a staple in the Keswick environs.




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Keswick Vineyards is looking forward to welcoming guests back,

Keswick Vineyards is looking forward to welcoming guests back, by reservation,to the vineyard Our number one priortiy is keeping our guests and staff safe and healthy, therefore we have put the following adjustments in place for Phase 1. We will be open to guests by reservation only Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Reservations are being scheduled in 2 hour timeslots with no more than 6 people allowed per group. Please call (434) 244-3341 x 105 to make a reservation. A minimum purchase of $35 is required per couple. Initially we will only be welcoming guests that are 21 and over. Pets are allowed as long as they are leashed and maintain a 6 foot distance from other guests.Wine will be available by the bottle, glass or flight and all will be served in disposable drinkware. We are not offering tastings at this time.Only our outside areas will be available for use. In the case of inclement weather, you will need to seek shelter in your car or bring an umbrella. All staff and visitors will be required to wear face masks that cover their mouth and nose while outside of their reserved area. Face masks can be removed while guests are in their assigned area. Picnics are welcome, but all alcohol must be purchased onsite at the time of your reservation. Curbside pickup will still be available 7 days a week between the hours of 10am5pm. Please call the Tasting Room at (434) 244-3341 x105 to arrange your pickup. Orders can be placed in advanced through our online store.Complimentary neighborhood wine deliveries will continue and follow our schedule located HERE. Additionally, select food and wine dinner delivery options will be available on Wednesday and Thursday each week. Please see our Facebook Page for more information. If you have any questions please call or email the Tasting Room. (434) 244-3341 x105

Montpelier reopens its grounds On Friday, May 15, Montpelier opened its gates and welcomed the general public to access and enjoy its grounds. This includes the historical core, Annie duPont Formal Garden, Madison family and enslaved community cemeteries, and walking trails, on 2,700 acres. The grounds will be open Thursday-Monday from 9 AM to 4 PM. Orange County residents will be admitted onto the grounds free of charge.All indoor spaces will remain closed and no tours will be offered as of yet.All visitors will enter through the front gate and stop at the gate house to get on property. There are three purchase options for non-Orange County residents to access the grounds during the anticipated operating hours: a $10 per car, one-day pass; a $35 per car annual pass for a full year; or the standard $50 annual membership for free yearlong access to property, members’ programs, virtual tours, special events, and a discount in the museum shop. Visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase their passes online before visiting. "We're delighted to open our gates and welcome our members and the community back onto the grounds," said Roy Young, the new president and CEO of Montpelier. "We want people to think of Montpelier as a place for recreation, to know that this is a vast space where they can responsibly practice social distancing with enjoyment, and to take advantage of the beautiful historic landscape. Bring your leashed pets, walk our trails in the Landmark and Demonstration forests, and visit the gardens. Montpelier is in full bloom and we want to share it with you." In order to welcome visitors to the grounds safely, Montpelier asks that groups be no larger than 10 and that visitors stay 10 feet away from those with whom they are not socially distancing. Staff members at the gate house selling passes and handing out site maps, as well as other staff onsite to assist visitors, will wear masks and gloves. Visitors are encouraged to wear masks; however, it is not required. There will be ample signage to remind guests to socially distance and to enjoy the historic area and walking trails.For more information and to purchase an entry pass online, visit






The Owners of Champion Brewing Company and Barbeque Exchange are Working together on a New Restaurant in Gordonsville. Champion Brewing Company and the Champion Hospitality Group have announced their next endeavor, Champion Ice House Brewery— a restaurant, brewery, and gathering space scheduled to open in the fall of 2020 on Main Street in Gordonsville, Virginia. The Ice House is a partnership between Champion Brewing Company’s owner Hunter Smith, BBQ Exchange’s Craig Hartman, and Stony Point Development Group’s Chris Henry. Mike Stoneking of Stoneking Von Storch is the architect. Stony Point Development Group’s Chris Henry said, “I wanted to design a brewery that would complement the history of the town and pay tribute to the former civic auditorium known as ‘Memorial Hall’ whereChampion Ice House will be established. When Hunter Smith introduced the IceHouse concept to me, I couldn’t help but become enthusiastic, and it was only natural to complete the partnership with Craig Hartman offering a menu that is authentic to Gordonsville.” Hartman said it's time for a fried chicken restaurant to come to Gordonsville, which is considered the fried chicken capital of the world. Hartman will offer a menu featuring his popular fried chicken and other dishes that reflect the region and Southern hospitality. He said, “I am so excited to have the town book-ended with two of the finest true Virginia Foothills dining experiences. I can’t wait to see guests and their families enjoying the fruits of our efforts and love!”Champion owner Hunter Smith said, “An Ice House is a throwback to the days of relaxed Southern culture where locals and visitors alike would gather over iced down beers, toss a few games of horseshoes, enjoy local homemade foods, and laugh with friends. At Champion, we love the idea of providing a gathering space where our award-winning beer is paired with Craig’s excellent fried chicken in a laidback atmosphere.”

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"I've had fried chicken on my mind for a long time, I love fried chicken," said Hartman. "So to be able to bring fried chicken back to Gordonsville is really a dream come true, a place that people can come to Gordonsville, have a beer, but also have fried chicken which Gordonsville have been famous for since 1800s." "With Craig already being there with Barbeque Exchange and his success there, familiarity with the town and he and I have been mutual admirers of each other's work," said Smith. "So when Chris brought the opportunity to open a brewery and partner with Craig on the food, it seemed like a no-brainer."BBQ Exchange has been celebrated on national “Best of” lists and featured on an episode of Diners,Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri. Gordonsville was once known as the “Fried Chicken Capital of theWorld,” according to Harper’s Bazaar in the 1860s, when travelers on the Ohio Rail Line would be greeted at The Gordonsville Station by “Waiter Carriers” selling fried chicken to train passengers. Even though each of their respective businesses had to change their way of business recently, Smith said working on Champion Ice House is exciting but challenging. "It's daunting a little bit for sure given the current scenario restaurants are facing and what we're trying to do in the interim to stay afloat in the interim, but these were plans that we had before the virus landed and things that we plan to do afterward," said Smith. "It's a little bit weird to be in the planning process at this time, but you just got to stick to the program and keep plugging." Hartman said they are looking forward to serving up a little bit of love at the end of the tunnel. "If you don't make it for love like biscuits, why do they taste so good, it has to do with love and who makes the best food in the world, your grandmother what we're trying to do is tap into a little bit of that love and bring it to the people," said Hartman. They hope to have the restaurant finished by the fall.



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As an Emily Couric Leadership Award finalist, Viv Shields believes young people can’t wait for older adults to save the planet – they have to make their own lives sustainable to stem climate change. Her environmental activism began when she noticed her school was serving food in single-use plastic containers. She was disappointed when her discussions with administrators and students yielded no change, so she helped launch the Youth Environmental Advocacy Committee where local students advocate for ways to make their high schools more sustainable. Viv also became an advocate for gender equity in the classroom after her experience in a male-dominated computer science class. When she became a teaching assistant, she saw that most students assumed she was there to get help rather than give help. That led her to become active in “Girls Geek Day” and join Charlottesville Women in Tech. She hopes to continue championing women and the environment in college, and has decided to attend the University of Vermont in the fall.For Viv Shields '20, being the St. Anne’sBelfield School nominee for this year’s Emily Couric Leadership Awards meant being recognized for four years of quiet work. “It means so much to me to be recognized for all of the hard work I've done in high school that no one really knew about,” said Shields. “I believe it’s incredibly important for young women to be recognized as leaders and the Emily Couric Leadership Forum makes me very hopeful for the future of all women.” In addition to serving in student government roles for each of her high school years, Shields has taken a leadership role in environmental and sustainability issues on campus and beyond. She was the 2019 recipient of the Frank Stinchfield Environmental and Experiential Scholarship, which she used to fund an experience with the NewGen Peacebuilder’s program. She employed the skills she learned there to launch a local youth advocacy group, the Youth Environmental Advocacy Committee. In addition to youth advocacy work, Shields has also taken the lead on local efforts to support girls interested in computer science. She has collaborated with local organization Women in Tech, and is active in “Girls Geek Days” for elementary school girls in the area. Throughout her years of growth and advocacy, Shields has come to define her own style of leadership.“In my opinion, leadership is listening to everyone’s thoughts, valuing everyone’s opinions, and supporting and celebrating each individual’s accomplishments,” she said. “I believe that it is critical for a successful leader to be informed, understanding, and respectful. If I were to pick one aspect of leaders that I admire the most, I would say passion. Passion is what drives leaders to make a change, which is what every leader should strive to reach. Change for the better.” As an Emily Couric Leadership Award finalist, Shields was the recipient of a $10,000 scholarship that she will use to attend the University of Vermont. She plans to major in environmental studies and possibly environmental policy.

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Manning Family Makes $1 Million Committment to Advance Covid-19 Research At UVA The University of Virginia recently announced the establishment of The Manning Fund for COVID-19 Research, a $1 million fund that will directly support UVA’s efforts to develop solutions to challenges related to the global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus.The new research catalyst fund is made possible by a $1 million commitment from local businessman and investor Paul Manning, a longtime supporter of the University and its research initiatives. “The Manning Fund for COVID-19 Research is entrepreneurial, agile, and will have an immediate impact,” UVA President Jim Ryan said. “The generosity of the Manning family is perfectly timed, and it’s going to help us help others get past this crisis. I am deeply grateful.” Melur K. “Ram” Ramasubramanian, the University’s vice president for research, said the new fund will serve as a catalyst for vital research focused on testing, therapies, vaccines and even strategies to safely reopen society. Entrepreneur Paul Manning said he hopes the fund “promotes bold, innovative research applications with a frontline impact that can help mitigate the virus and its broader effects on our world.” “The intent of this fund is to support practically oriented research on COVID-19related topics that can be acted upon quickly or have commercialization potential. This is exactly the type of support that will elicit a rapid response from the University of Virginia’s talented pool of researchers,” Ramasubramanian said.“A core component of a research institution’s mission is to solve problems and create knowledge that has the potential to benefit society,” Executive Vice President and Provost Liz Magill said. “The generosity of those who provide philanthropic support greatly strengthens the University of Virginia’s ability to pursue this meaningful work, which is particularly urgent during times of crisis.” The Manning Fund will be administered jointly through the offices of the Executive Vice President and Provost and of the Vice President for Research, which will award one-year grants of up to $100,000 per project to successful applications for research directly related to COVID-19. The deadline for submissions is May 15, with a response within two weeks after submission. Details on the application process can be found here. If funds are available, another solicitation may be opened in June. While the focus of the Manning Fund will be specific to the research priorities outlined above, there are opportunities for UVA faculty across Grounds to examine other critical needs, including K-12 education recovery, workforce adaptation, economic resurgence and public policy.

Paul Manning, an entrepreneur with 30 years of experience in the health care industry, founded PBM Capital in 2010. In 1997, he founded PBM Products, which became the largest private label producer of infant formula and baby/toddler food in the world. Manning is an active member of the UVA community, having served on the UVA Strategic Planning Committee, the UVA Health Foundation, the President’s Advisory Committee, and the Honor the Future Campaign Executive Committee. Manning was named Virginia Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young in 2002.“UVA researchers are already working on some of the most important issues of our day,” Manning said. “I hope this fund promotes bold, innovative research applications with a frontline impact that can help mitigate the virus and its broader effects on our world.”

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Lockdown Reminiscences BY CHARLES THACHER The Coronavirus lockdown is in its eleventh week. Recently I read an opinion piece asserting that we should charge reparations to China for creating the virus and exporting it to our shores. It made me wonder if Spain paid reparations for creating the worst pandemic of modern times – the Spanish Flu of 1918, which killed between 20 million and 50 million people worldwide, depending on whose statistics you believe. So, being flush with time, I decided to do a little research. The first entry on Google was from the History Channel, a seemingly dependable source. This is the story: The most likely origin of the 1918 flu pandemic was a bird or farm animal in the American Midwest. The virus may have traveled among other animals, then mutated into a version that took hold in the human population. The best evidence suggests that the flu spread slowly through the U.S. in the first half of the year (the first known case was reported in early March at a military base in Kansas), then spread to Europe via some of the 200,000 American troops who traveled there (in March and April, 1918) to fight in World War I. By June, the flu had mostly disappeared from North America, after taking a considerable toll. One of its first stops abroad was in Spain, where it killed so many people that it became known the world over as the Spanish Flu, although the Spanish believed the virus had come from France, so they called it the “French Flu.”. Based on this account, not only did the 1918 Flu start in the U.S., but we let Spain, a major victim, take the blame for it. COVID-19 has a similar history –starting in China, but with the U.S., thus far, suffering the greatest damage. Under the standards of 1918, it would be called the “American Virus”. But, the rest of the 1918 story is even worse. After virtually disappearing, the Flu came back with a vengeance in September (the “second wave”), and between then and the end of the year over 600,000 people died from it in the U.S. (when our population was 30% of today’s), and tens of millions worldwide. By early 1919, without a vaccine, the Flu had again virtually disappeared. I know that COVID-19 is not a flu, but given the history of 1918, I sure hope that it knows it. Historians and journalists love to draw insights from historical comparisons, and many have written that the American public’s behavior in the aftermath of COVD19 may mirror it following the 9-11 attacks. That makes no sense to me, as one is a discrete incident, fortunately not followed by subsequent incidents, and the other is a continuing pandemic. But reading the analogies got me thinking about the 9-11 attacks, and how I remember them. For us older folks, the attacks are notable, perhaps along with President Kennedy’s assassination, in that most of us can remember precisely where we were and what we were doing when the horrific events took place. For 9-11, I was in Mongolia. Mongolia, a country about the size of Alaska, with only 3 million people, is on the bucket list of many fly fisherman who enjoy traveling to exotic destinations. Getting there is a haul. On September 9, 2001, I flew from New York to Chicago, over the North Pole to Beijing, then on to Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbataar, I planned

the second plane hit the South Tower, and it became clear that these were no small planes or accidents, and all hell broke loose. Needless to say, we were glued to the TV until late that night and throughout the entire next day, skipping our planned tourist activities. When I heard that the hijackers had used box cutters as weapons, I thought how ironic it was that the security agents in Chicago had overlooked my knife, which was a much more dangerous weapon than a boxcutter, but the agents in Beijing had considered it a serious security threat. Was that a one-off, or was it a sign that we were courting disaster? Surprisingly, the Hotel had internet service (remember, this was 2001 in one of the world’s most remote countries), and I was able to contact my wife, Ann. She was supposed to fly to Beijing to meet me after I returned there from fishing, for an extensive tour of China, but all flights were shut down indefinitely, and also she was in no mood to leave the carnage and despair in New York City, so our Chinese trip plans were kaput. I would return home as soon as I could.

three nights there – to look around – before a 4-hour helicopter ride to the fishing camp in the north, close to the Russian border. An odd thing happened when I was passing through security for my flight from Beijing. A Chinese security guard pulled me aside, asked me to follow him into a private room, then confronted me with a serious folding knife that he had removed from my backpack. I remembered that, as I was leaving my home, I saw the knife and cavalierly threw it in my backpack, thinking that I might need it to ward off a wild animal or an attacking fish. When I passed through security in Chicago, no one had noticed it. But, in Beijing, it was a big deal. I finally convinced the security guard that I was not a threat, and he confiscated the knife, telling me that I could retrieve it when I passed through the airport again on my way home. Yeah, fat chance! But the incident may have been a harbinger – though I didn’t consider it then. I arrived in Ulaanbataar and checked into my hotel, one of a few modern ones in the City. The next day I spent walking around the City, visiting a museum and prominent Buddhist sites. Most Mongolians are Buddhists or non-religious (a vestige of the Communist days). That night I met two other American anglers – a father and son - who would be joining me at the fishing camp. They had been visiting a tourist camp in the Gobi Desert for five days and had a fascinating story. On their second day, former President Jimmy Carter arrived at the camp. It was his first trip to Mongolia, and there would be many others, as he became a fan and leading advocate for the Country. On the third day, billionaire George Soros arrived. They said that he had never met Carter, but the two immediately became fast friends. Of course, Soros subsequently became a major supporter of the Democratic Party and its policies, and the favorite piñata of the American Right. Who knew that it all started in the remote Mongolian desert? We had dinner in the hotel restaurant, then moved to the bar to shoot some pool. There was a television in the corner tuned to CNN. A bit before 9PM (Mongolia is 12 hours ahead of New York), a flash news announcement said that what was believed to be a small private plane had accidently flown in to the North Tower of the World Trade Center. About twenty minutes later,

The second day after the attack, we were scheduled to take our long helicopter flight to the fishing camp. We learned that we could not fly home for at least a week and probably longer, and decided that we might as well go fishing. Looking back, since I was so far from New York, in such a completely different environment, it’s clear that the emotional impact of the event was less than it would have been had I experienced it at home. That realization hit me, when I eventually returned, and I saw how melancholy, yet resilient, Ann and our many New York friends were regarding the tragedy and its aftermath. The camp was in a beautiful narrow river valley lined with forests of pines and hardwoods, but away from the valley, nearly treeless steppes extended for hundreds of miles. There were four of us staying there, plus two American guides and a small staff. It was built and operated by a company owned by the three Vermillion brothers from Montana, who had come to Mongolia about a decade previously to check out the fishing. They obviously liked it. The camp was adjacent to a small settlement of nomads (most Mongolians outside of the capital city are nomads), who were at their summer quarters with many sheep, goats and horses. We stayed in two spacious and comfortable gers - hidecovered movable dwellings prevalent throughout rural Mongolia, often called “yurts” elsewhere. A large elevated barrel of water was heated by a fire each afternoon, to provide showers. There was a cabin where we ate our meals and could sit around to have drinks and socialize. Meat, typically mutton or goat, was served every night, usually with vegetables and fried dumplings or noodles. The beer was Mongolian, the wines were Australian, and Mongolian vodka was always available. The nomadic peoples also drink prodigious quantities of a homemade alcoholic drink called airag, made from fermented mare’s or donkey’s milk, which we sampled but never fully adopted. Mongolia is one of the coldest countries on earth, and the mid-September daytime high temperatures were 55-60 degrees (always sunny) and the nighttime lows 25-30 degrees. There was a wood stove in the center of the ger, and an attendant came by just before dawn to start a fire so we could wake to a warm ger. The air in Mongolia is pristine, and never have I seen stars as clearly as those that appeared in the night sky, compensating me for the need to step outside



Taimen, like trout, will feed on small fish and other creatures that live on the river bottom, but also will come to the surface to eat almost anything that might be swimming there, such as a mouse, lemming or duckling. Anglers can fish deep for them with streamers, or on the surface with big hairy floating flies. I chose floaters –lemming patterns about five inches long - because a taimen attacks the fly ferociously, creating great excitement. They are the absolute rulers of their domains, and if they miss a fly, they will continue to attack it all the way to the boat. There were days that I had as many as eight strikes, and one day had none. But the constant anticipation that, at any moment, a huge fish might attack my fly, was exhilarating. We fished with heavy salt-water weight rods, and casting a large bulky fly all day, with a lot of wind resistance, was tiring. At the end of the week, two of us who had fished exclusively with dry flies, had casting hands that were very crimped from holding the rod so tight in order to push it through the wind. The largest taimen that I landed was about 25 pounds, and the largest in the camp that week was about 40 pounds. Each day on the river we would occasionally see men hanging out along the bank. The Mongolians are great horsemen, and will ride across deep rivers, but our river was too deep, even for them. Sometimes they would wave to us to take them across, and invariably

After dinner on our last night, the camp manager, a charming and capable young Mongolian lady, brought her mother, who lived in the nearby nomadic community, to describe a woman’s life in Mongolia. Her mother, who was only in her mid-fifties but to me looked older, spoke no English, so her daughter translated her comments. She painted the following picture: A woman’s life in Mongolia is very difficult. We are responsible for taking care of the home, the vegetable gardens and the animals. We cook the meals, make the clothing, tend to the children, and have to please our husbands. Our work lasts from daybreak to after dark. Each morning our husbands get up and go hunting. There are few animals left to hunt in Mongolia, and they rarely shoot anything. But they get drunk each day, then return for dinner. After dinner they fall asleep, and we keep the fire going during the night. The four of us looked at one another in wonderment. How difficult it must be to lead such a dull and arduous life, without choices, and to candidly describe it to foreigners who have so much, which they take for granted. I hope that over the nearly two decades since my trip, life has improved for these Mongolian women. The next morning, we took the helicopter back to Ulaanbataar, then flew on to Beijing. I was pleasantly surprised when I got to customs and a security guard took me to a storage room and returned my knife. I spent four interesting days touring the City, and visiting the Great Wall, before I was able to fly on to New York, where nothing had returned to normal.

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The river that the camp overlooks is large, 40-50 yards across. The fish we were after is called a taimen. It lives in the rivers and lakes of Mongolia and Eastern Russia, particularly in the rivers that flow into Lake Baikal in Russia, which is, if measured by volume, by far the largest fresh water lake in the world – a mile deep in places and estimated to hold 20% of the world’s fresh water. Most of the Russian rivers flowing into the lake have been cleaned out of taimen, but the fact that most Mongolians have no interest in eating them has saved their fish. Oddly, the only other place that taimen exist is in Europe, primarily in the Danube River drainage system, where they are called huchen. A taimen looks like a brown trout, and is genetically similar, but grows much larger. A typical example is 10-20 pounds, fish of twice that size are not rare, and examples of well over 50 pounds have been caught. Even in a big river, fish that large need a lot of territory to hunt, and are very spread out. So, the camp used jet boats that could cover many miles of river in a day. It’s impressive that such expensive boats and engines (including several extras for emergencies) had been transported from the U.S. to such a remote location. Another fish that was available in the rivers was the lenok, which looked and behaved much like a rainbow trout, and could weigh up to five pounds. But, like all anglers traveling to Mongolia, we sought the fish that eats the lenok.

our guide would accommodate them. Since we had the only two boats on about 60 miles of the river, and there were no bridges, we wondered how they ever got back. Apparently, they didn’t share our concerns. One morning, a few days after the 9-11 attacks, we saw three men listening to a short-wave radio. They motioned to us, and we pulled up to take them across. They were very drunk. Of course, we couldn’t speak to them, or they to us. About midway across, one of them grinned at us and blurted out “Osama bin Laden, Osama bid Laden”, then laughed convulsively. We were taken aback, thinking that perhaps he was an adherent, or taunting us, but then we realized that he probably felt anxious to say something that he thought we could understand, and all he could think of was the name of the terrorist that he kept hearing about on his radio. It was likely an innocent expression, but we didn’t laugh with him.

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Charles 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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BOOKWORM REVIEWS BOOK WORM REVIEWS Bookworm Reviews for April 2020 By Suzanne Nash

. Sometimes when you read as much as I do you forget which books you have written reviews for. You stumble into some really amazing books and can’t wait to write about them and then you put them aside for something new. I actually had to go back and check to make sure I hadn’t already written about this month’s offerings because I read them in December and loved them and thought that I had certainly already shared them with you….but I hadn’t….so you are in for a treat! I loved, loved, loved The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek and have been meaning to tell you about this wonderful historical fiction by Kim Michele Richardson. In the 1930’s President Roosevelt created a Pack Horse Library Project to serve those people living in the Appalachia area who wouldn’t normally have access to libraries. This novel follows the story of Cussy Mary Carter who was one of the lady librarians working on the Pack Horse Project. The fact that she was a woman who was holding down a job back then was amazing enough but to add to that she was “colored”…..but not in the way you might expect. She was a blue Kentuckian….which I thought was just something made up by the author, but in fact there were a group of people living in Kentucky who were actually blue and shunned because of their unusual hue. The 1930’s in Kentucky, things were hard. People struggled to put food on the table and reading was considered a luxury that few could afford. Many in the town did not like the idea of the Pack Horse Project and went out of their way to make things difficult for the librarians. If you were a young woman you were expected to get married just as soon as you could and Cussy’s father was no different to most of the men in that town. He expected his daughter to entertain suitors by the light of the courting candle. Cussy, however, wasn’t interested in getting married again after her first husband abused her. She loved the freedom and challenges of taking her books through the mountains to those people who lived far beyond the road system. While she was frustrated by the color of her skin and how that impacted her life, she didn’t see any way to move past it. Fighting against all of the prejudice, Cussy shows how books have the power to transport and transform you. This book will do just that. I highly recommend it! The Trustee from the Toolroom by Nevil Shute is a classic written in the 1950s and you may be familiar with the author from his more well-known book, A Town Like Alice or even The Far Country. It was published after Shute’s death in 1960 and if you are someone with an engineering mindset then this is the book for you. Keith Stewart is a very sweet humble technical journalist who lives with his wife in England and he is pretty happy with his quiet life and spends most of his time focused on small scale precision machines. When his flamboyant sister and her husband die in a shipwreck off the coast of Polynesia and leave their 10 year old in the care of Keith and his wife, Keith must make a decision that will pull him out of his comfort zone. He knows the secret hidden in his brother in laws boat and he must somehow get to it before it is lost forever. It is serious when it comes to the engines and parts it talks about, but it is also poignant and loveable, and I didn’t find the engineering talk off putting in the least, but actually endearing because of the joyful glee of the people discussing them. This is the story of a modest man who is amazed by the esteem others hold him in and it is just wonderful as the story unfolds. It also really puts into perspective the idea that simple joys are sometimes the best joys.

So, if you are looking for a book that addresses some of the pitfalls of our time, Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress by Christopher Ryan may be just the book you are looking for. I read this in January before really facing the crisis we are currently in. I may just reread it with a different mindset. Ryan asks the question “How to myths and lies become the truth?” We believe that civilization is humankind’s greatest accomplishment, but is it? Perhaps progress isn’t inherently good. He asks “Were pre-civilized dangers more dangerous than what we face today?”….Wow, that is certainly a loaded question right now! He writes that maybe we should move backwards to create a better tomorrow and argues that “progress” is a lot like an advancing disease. His arguments are fascinating, and he makes some very interesting points that are worth exploring. I found myself being swayed by many of his premises and also ended up looking up some of the anthropological data he quotes because it was compelling. If you like debating and playing devil’s advocate with your friends, and I do, then this will give you a lot to talk about at the next zoom gathering!

Lanny by Max Porter is a fantasy read mixed with the environment of an English village. For me, when I am looking for escapism, there is nothing better! This is a powerful story of the land and nature and the forces that hide within it. The author can write you into a child’s head in a truly magical way and Lanny is a child like no other. He is unusual and connected to the land around him and he spins his path around the village. His parents struggle to keep track of him as he wanders the village and wild spaces and he puzzles the adults and children alike with his strange questions and thoughts. When Lanny goes missing the world turns upside down for his parents and the village gossip becomes bitter and vile. This is not a sweet little English book that spins a dreamy version of the village life. No, it grasps and tugs out the words and thoughts of the neighbors, who spy and connive and lie, always judging and comparing. I think the language in this book is spectacular, especially the whispering of the green pagan spirit who shape shifts and goes by the name Dead Papa Toothwort. He seems to suck in the murmurings of the different conversations occurring in the village around him and the dialect and dialogue are delicious in every way. I think spring is the perfect time to read this novel because it is green and growing and you can feel the vines curling around your fingers as you read. Just don’t let them choke you before you finish the book!



OBITUARY Richard Gilder

May 31, 1932 - Tuesday, May 12, 2020 Richard Gilder, an investor and benefactor who was instrumental in revitalizing two neglected exemplars of American de-mocracy the study of American history and Central Park died on Tuesday at his home in Charlottesville, Va. He was 87. His wife, the actress Lois Chiles, said the cause was congestive heart failure. Starting in 1994, Gilder served several terms as a Trustee at Monticello and made major contributions there intellectually and philanthropically. "Dick was always game for a big idea," said Dan Jordan, Executive Director at the time. Among many special contributions were the gift of Houdon's master model bust of Jefferson, generous support for the publication by Princeton of the papers of Thomas Jefferson's retirement years, underwriting the curator's position, and numerous gifts to ad-vance educational and scholarly programs. As Gilder said famously, "The only rea-son to be on a board is to do something big." His service at Monticello led to an interest in having a home here, an interest strongly supported by his wife Lois. Mr. Gilder resided in New York City his entire life. He deeply loved the City and supported many of it's oldest most recognizable institutions. He formed a partner-ship in 1974 with George Soros to rehabilitate Central Park, laying the foundation for what became the Central Park Conservancy in 1980. The conservancy, a public-private partnership, restored Central Park, transforming it from a dust bowl that had been doomed by deferred maintenance during the city's fiscal crisis of the 1970s to the 840-acre people's oasis that was envisioned when it opened in the 19th cen-tury. Gordon J. Davis, New York City's park commissioner at the time, reflected on Mr Gilder's contributions to Central Park. "No Dick Gilder, no reborn and restored Central Park." He began his history restoration project in the late 1980s, teaming up with Lewis E. Lehrman, who had left academia to run Rite-Aid, his family's drug-store chain. They amassed a collection that would eventually consist of 70,000 origi-nal documents, letters, pamphlets, diaries and other primary sources that illumuminate American history. They incorporated the collection into the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, which they established in 1994 to promote research, teacher training, exhibitions and classroom curriculums and endow prizes to encourage research in the names of Lincoln, Washington and Frederick Douglass.

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Today the Gilder Lehrman collection is used in over 20,000 schools across the United States in the furtherance of teaching American history to millions of high school students. Mr. Gilder also restored the New-York Historical Society as chair-man of its executive committee, rescuing it from a precarious financial state and returning it to solvency; renovating its headquarters, on Central Park West; re-cruiting Louise Mirrer from the City University of New York to be the society's president; and clarifying its mission to explore the nation's history from a New York perspective. After joining the society's board in 2003, Mr. Gilder was instru-mental in transforming Alexander Hamilton from a relatively obscure profile on a$10 bill into a marquee name more than a decade before the musical version of his life arrived on Broadway. The society did so in an exhibition that celebrated Hamilton's West Indian immigrant roots and that reclaimed New York's role as the nation's first capital in a historical narrative that had been hijacked by Boston, Philadelphia and Virginia. "Hamilton" was followed by the blockbuster exhibition "Slavery in New York" in 2005. Mr. Gilder's philanthropy extended to the Ameri-can Museum of Natural History. As a board member he encouraged and contrib-uted to the renovation of the outdated planatrium, establishing the Rose Space Center. In 2005, along with President, Dr. Ellen Futter, and Board President, Lewis Bernard, he established the Gilder Graduate School, making the museum the first in the Western Hemisphere to be able to grant doctoral degrees in Science. In 2012, his lead gift resulted in the building of the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation, which is now under construction. Dr. Futter called Mr. Gilder "a provocateur who encouraged us to think big, aim high and optimize what things could be." Richard Gilder Jr., a fifth-generation New Yorker known for his tweedy professorial appearance and handsome good looks, was born on May 31, 1932, in Manhattan, the great-great-grandson of a Jewish immigrant from Bohemia. Richard Sr. was a property manager for a real estate company. Mr. Gilder's mother, Jane (Moyse) Gilder, was a homemaker. In addition to Ms. Chiles, whom he married in 2005, he is survived by four children from his first marriage, Ginny (an Olympian rower), Peggy, Britt-Louise and Richard Gilder III; a sister, Peggy Tirschwell; and 10 grandchildren. Teague Funeral Service 2260 Ivy Road, Charlottesville, Va.

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OBITUARY OBITUARY Edward Francis Schuler Edward Francis Schuler, 88, of Keswick, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, April 30, 2020, after complications from surgery. Edward was born on July 24, 1931, in New York, New York, to the late Albert and Gertrude McGinnis Schuler. Ed attended Christian Brothers Academy in Albany, New York. He then served his country in The Korean War before being honorably discharged and attending The University of Kentucky, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology. From there, he worked for several companies including The National Canners Association, Schaefer Brewery as a certified master brewer, and Wallerstein - Division of Baxter Laboratories in Chicago. By 1977, from a barn in his New Hampshire backyard, Ed had started his own business, International Enzyme Co., which he sold just three years later to Boehringer Ingelheim, who partnered with Amano Pharmaceutical and together created Amano International Enzyme Co. in Troy, Va., where Ed was President. In 1988, he resigned to follow his calling and started what is now a leading business in the enzyme industry, BIO-CAT, Inc., with his son, Chris. Ed holds 12 enzyme patents all pertaining to the Pharmaceutical Industry as well as the Dietary Supplement Industry. Ed was a thoroughbred owner and would often be found handicapping races. He was a loyal Red Sox and Virginia sports fan. He was an avid golfer and loved to watch his children and grandchildren compete in sports. Ed will be remembered as being humble, selfless, and compassionate by his family, friends, and employees. His competitive nature and witty sayings will be missed, but carried on. Of all his success and accomplishments throughout his lifetime, the most important to him was his family. In addition to his parents, Edward was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Reilly Schuler; son, Kevin Kennedy Schuler; brothers Albert and Richard Schuler. Edward is survived by five children, Deborah Fiscaletti (Mark) of Florida, Robin Schuler of Keswick, Christopher Schuler (Donna) of Ivy, Cailin Collier (Andy) of Charlottesville, and Matthew Schuler of California; 10 grandchildren, two great- grandchildren. A private service was held on Monday, May 4, 2020. Edward was interred next to Patricia at Holly Memorial Gardens in Charlottesville, Va. A celebration of life will be held at a later date, once family and friends can gather. If you are interested in providing a gift in his honor, the family has designated the Foundation at Sentara Martha Jefferson for donations in orthopedics or emergency services donatenow/tribute and also The Charlottesville Boys and Girls Club. Condolences may be sent to the family through Teague Funeral Service 2260 Ivy Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22903

Francis Edward McGovern II Francis Edward McGovern II passed away unexpectedly on February 14, 2020, at age 74. Francis's birth in Albemarle County, Virginia marked his family's sixth generation. Francis graduated from Yale University and the University of Virginia School of Law, and served his country as a Captain in the U.S.Marine Corps. A widely revered and innovative legal scholar and gifted teacher, Francis was a tenured Professor of Law at Duke University and Associate Professor at The University of California Hastings College of Law and taught in various capacities at dozens of law schools nationally and internationally. He was a prolific author in leading legal publications, highlighting his innovative and insightful approaches to the practical application of the law and strategic thinking. Not only were students broadened and enriched by Francis, but throughout the United States and abroad Francis worked with esteemed members of the federal and state judiciaries, mediators, and attorneys, helping them apply and improve the law to resolve intractable problems with creative solutions. Francis was a frequent lecturer or moderator at professional conferences and also served on dozens of legal and university boards and committees, serving as President of the Academy of Court-Appointed Masters as well as numerous settlement trust or compensation centers and institutes. As a court-appointed special master or neutral expert, Francis developed innovative and lasting solutions in most of the significant US mass-claim litigation, including the DDT toxic exposure litigation, Dalkon-Shield controversy, and silicone gel breast implant litigation.More recently, Francis was serving as the special master addressing abatement of mold in New York public housing, and global settlement efforts to address the national opioid crisis. Francis knew how to balance his professional pursuits and achievements with life's small pleasures. He was a thoughtful and generous man who loved traveling and discovery, lively discussions, music and theatre, reading, golf and swimming. Francis was an active and engaged sportsman relishing polo and fox hunting through the wooded hills of Virginia, earning his colors with three hunt clubs: Farmington, Keswick, and Oakridge. He wrote a musical performed at the Bohemian Grove. Francis was a man of complexity and vitality, relishing life on many levels. And in every pursuit of his life, though he was relentless and unstoppable, Francis never treated anyone with disrespect or raised his voice; he was encouraging, engaged, gracious, and genuinely interested in others. Though Francis was, and will remain, an inspiration and icon for multiple generations of professionals, colleagues, and friends, he was a strong and caring family man. His unconditional love and devotion for his wife Katy, and his children and grandchildren reflect the legacy that Francis truly valued most. Francis was the beloved husband of Katy, father to Henry McGovern (Michelle), Elizabeth Brann (Michael), Clare Lewis (Chris), and Laura McNealey (Alex), and grandfather to Isabelle, Madeleine, Colston, and Caroline Two memorial services in celebration of the life of Francis McGovern were held: Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle, 1725 Rhode Island Ave, NW, Washington DC 20036 on Monday, March 9, 2020 reception to follow at The Mayflower Hotel, one block from the cathedral. and at St. John's Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 14 Lagunitas Road, Ross, California 94957, on Saturday, April 4, 2020 reception to follow. .In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made to the Francis E. McGovern Foundation, PO Box 1556, Ross, CA 94957, for the furthering development of higher legal education and alternative dispute resolution

James Barbour "JB" Haney James Barbour (J.B.) Haney passed away on Sunday, April 19, 2020, at his home with his family by his side. JB was born in Barboursville, Virginia on September 5, 1932 to Clara Mae Haney. JB was a member of Oak Chapel Baptist Church and he worked for the Orange Madison CoOp for 68 years.JB is survived by his wife of 52 years, Nancy Rose Haney, his son Stephen James Haney and his devoted Daughter-in-Law, Gina Berry Haney and his loving grandchildren Austin James Haney and Clara Elizabeth Haney all of Orange. He is also survived by his nieces Barbara Cornell of Annandale and Bettie Davis of Fredericksburg. He was preceded in death by his mother Clara Mae Haney and his sister Mildred H. Wedding. JB loved playing baseball in high school and he coached many slow pitch and fast pitch teams as well as a girls soft ball team and youth leagues. His favorite major league team was the New York Yankees, however in later years his favorite team became the Washington Nationals. In 2019 his two favorite teams the Nationals and the UVa Men’s basketball team both won their championships. It was a happy day as he enjoyed both playoffs.JB was the recipient of the Harry T. Peters Award for his coaching over the years. He was a member of the Orange Boosters Club, the Orange County Farm Bureau and the Orange County Fair Board.Through his many years of working for the CoOp it brought him in contact with many farmers, gardeners, livestock folks and well as horse owners. He truly loved working for the CoOp and he still called on a few customers each week just before he became ill. For approximately fifteen years he and his wife became partners with his father in law, Jimmy Rose, and together they farmed approximately 1200 acres in the Montford neighborhood. He loved farming as a child while helping his grandfather and his love for farming continued till the present time. A private graveside service was held at Graham Cemetery with the Rev. Steve Johnson officiating. A celebration service for friends and family will be scheduled at a later date due to social distancing regulations.If you would like to make a donation in his memory, please consider Oak Chapel Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 11415 Montford Road, Orange, Virginia 22960. Preddy Funeral Home of Orange is assisting the family.




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With 2020’s Historic Garden Week events cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization is finding new ways to bring the gardens to visitors through social media posts and gardening tips. For flower enthusiasts currently sheltering in place, here is their virtual tour. Every year, the Garden Club of Virginia showcases the best of Virginia’s gardens in its annual Historic Garden Week. On the front of the Dolley Madison Garden Club’s Historic Garden Week booklet, there’s a line that says, “Saluting 100 years of the Garden Club of Virginia.” Inside, another line reads, “A lot has changed in the past 100 years, but the work of the Garden Club of Virginia has not.” What the booklet doesn’t say (since it was printed long before annual garden week tour was canceled), is “a lot has changed in the past 30 days.” Citing the safety of its members, participating homeowners and the visiting public, the organization announced in mid-March that it was canceling the 32 events scheduled across the state,for the first time since World War II. including the Dolley Madison Garden Club’s “Gordonsville: Lovers Lane to Main Street” tour April 18. “It is clear that we must act responsibly and proactively to protect the well-being of our members, staff, volunteers, and homeowners as well as the 26,000 visitors who travel from all over the world to enjoy the gardens and hospitality of Virginia during this unique springtime event,” said Jean Gilpin, Garden Club of Virginia President. In 87 years, Historic Garden Week has been cancelled only once before. “At that time, we were in the middle of World War II. Now, we face challenges here at home,” Gilpin continued. “It is important that we follow the advice of experts, adhere to guidelines established by the CDC, and take special care to keep our families and communities safe and healthy.” Still, nature didn’t know the tour would be canceled—even after the property owners did—and each of the locations to be featured was in full bloom in advance of the scheduled tour. To that end, with bulbs and blossoms bursting with color, organizers at the Dolley Madison Garden Club—in conjunction with Orange County Tourism and the Orange County Review—provide a “virtual” garden tour of the properties that would have been featured last month “With a nod to conservation and preserving the rural flavor of the land, this year’s tour takes visitors from the countryside of Lovers Lane to Main Street Gordonsville,” the DMGC booklet notes. The tour would have featured two horse farms, a charming cottage surrounded by abundant flower and vegetable gardens, the historic Exchange Hotel in Gordonsville and the Annie DuPont formal garden at James Madison’s Montpelier. To commemorate the centennial of the Garden Club of Virginia and the 2020 tour, the DMGC presented each of the venues on the Orange County tour with 100 daffodil bulbs. They were planted in the fall of 2019 to bloom this spring. The “100 for 100” gift was a “thank you” from the club to those participating in this year’s tour. “While this was a heart-breaking decision for our board to make, we hope Historic Garden Week fans will use this occasion to pause and take a walk, enjoy digging in the dirt, listen to the birds, and relish all that nature presents to us,” Gilpin concluded. Perhaps the Historic Virginia Garden Tour will bring back the “Gordonsville: Lovers Lane to Main Street” Tour for the 2021 Garden Week in Orange County.



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