KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its environs - August 2019
In this issue
plus: community, what's cooking, only in keswick, travel, bookworm, horsin around, and much more
Justin H. Wiley
Peter A. Wiley
434.981.5528 • firstname.lastname@example.org
434.422.2090 • email@example.com
132A East Main Street, Orange, VA 22960
503 Faulconer Dr, Ste 6, Charlottesville, VA 22903
REDUCED MLS # 1000159775
AIRSLIE - A landmark country estate located in the beautiful Keswick hunt area of Albemarle Co. House was completely renovated in the early 1990's using only the ﬁnest materials & craftsmen. The surrounding 324 +/acres further compliment the house and allows the property complete privacy. The estate has many improvements including a 4 tenant/guest cottages, stable complex & cattle barn. Justin H. Wiley – 434.981.5528
PUMP HOUSE - Spectacular small horse property located in the heart of Somerset and the Keswick Hunt. This mostly open & fenced 14.5 acre offering has a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom house built in the 1940s. A 4-stall stable with tack room, wash stall & 2 new run-in sheds make this a great horse property. Justin H. Wiley – 434.981.5528
LAUREL RIDGE - English country manor home on 99+/- acres designed by renowned architect & built by a highly respected contractor. Located amongst large, protected estates in the North Garden area of Albemarle Co. just 20 min. from town. The property also has a swimming pool, storage barn, kennel & workshop. House is in very good condition & the kitchen was recently redone. Completely private setting. Now priced $460,000 below assessment. Justin H. Wiley – 434.981.5528
RIVER ROCK FARM - A beautiful farm with long frontage on the Lynch River and great views of the Blue Ridge. The main residence was custom built with reclaimed materials, native ﬁeldstone and on-site milled oak counters. Sited for complete privacy, the home, a copper system pool and pool house enjoy beautiful views of the Blue Ridge. Pastures and a barn complex with riding trails, guest cottage/rental round complete this offering. High speed internet available. Peter A. Wiley – 434.422.2090
ELK ROCK MEADOW - Blazing fast internet on top of the Blue Ridge. Breathtaking views over Rockﬁsh and Shenandoah Valleys with an easy commute to Crozet and Charlottesville. Hikers paradise; steps from the Appalachian trail and convenient to wineries, breweries and the amenities and natural beauty Rt 151, Crozet, Wintergreen and the Valley have to offer. Additional home sites available ranging from 2.38 acres to 8.96 acres. Pricing from $193,000 to $292,500. Peter A. Wiley – 434.422.2090
MLS# 558491 $895,000 SCOTTSVILLE FARM - A beautiful, medium-sized horse farm or retreat 14 miles from town. The turn-of-the-century farmhouse is well-sited in the center of 77 acres of fenced pasture and ﬁelds, with a beautiful stable, large pond and trails. The farm offers privacy and views and is adjacent to over 1500 acres of protected farmland. A 6-stall center aisle barn with power, hot and cold water, bathroom, tack room, wash stall and shavings storage is positioned near the large outdoor ring. Peter A. Wiley – 434.422.2090
2916 Earlysville Road, Albemarle County
Charming Country House on over 2.5acres. Approximately 2900sf w/4Bedrooms, 3Baths. Complete Renovation, Restoration & New Construction completed 2019. Large eat-in Kitchen w/stainless appliances. Large Family Room w/Fireplace, built-ins. Large Master-Suite w/Fireplace and Private Deck. Lovely Screened Porch overlooks mature Landscape. Private Country Setting. Convenient location only 4 miles to Shops at Stonefield and many amenities. mls.590866 New Price $495,000 Contact Duke & Sharon Merrick for more information:
Licensed in Virginia and North Carolina
Office: 434-951-5160 or Mobile: 434-962-5658 DukeandSharon@KeswickProperties.com www.KeswickProperties.com Ednam Hall â€˘ 1100 Dryden Lane Charlottesville, VA 22903
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FAIRVIEW - c. 1856 brick Georgian manor home. 9,000 s.f. with 11â€™ ceilings and heart pine floors. Fireplaces, original moldings and woodwork. 5 bedrooms and guest cottage. Formal gardens and rose garden, Farm managers house, horse facilities and equipment barns. Incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in Somerset, VA. MLS 585034. $2,975,000.
BLOOMINGDALE - c. 1840, Bloomingdale is a noteworthy Orange County, VA historic property located in the heart of Somerset. The Federal manor has a magnificent center hall with grand proportioned rooms (11 ft. ceilings on main floor) and fireplaces in every room (8 total). Geothermal heating and air, renovated sun porch saltwater pool, incredible Southwest and Blue Ridge Mt. views. MLS 567939. $1,275,000.
ON THE COVER Cooling Down Keswick can be extremely brutal in the summer. It's hot, muggy, full of dusty rock
roads, and pretty smelly stalls, too. Factor in that most of us who live and work here have to wear full-coverage clothing when it's burning hot outside (not to mention that riders wear protective vests), and you've got a recipe for about four months of complete and utter overwhelm. As the weather heats up, we find ourselves desperately reaching for things that keep us cool â€” not just Kohr Bros and air conditioning, but also portable fans, facial mists, cooling clothes, and a little dip like this fox found, perhaps, on a Keswick farm. Enjoy the cooling temps and we hope to see you soon out and about in Keswick!
1108 HILLTOP RD. -FARM Rarely -does a property come available withwith so many excellent qualities. Period BARTERBROOK c. 1900 3-bed renovated farm house 3 fireplaces, terraces and porches, Georgian designed by Marshall Wells, c. outdoor 1930's. spa, Flemish Bondwoodwork. with a slate33-acres. roof andWorkshop. copper gutters copper roof, open kitchen and floor plan, beautiful Barn and downspouts. Multiple living home spaces, four andbathroom terrace fireplace with extensive completely renovated as a second with fullfireplaces kitchen and and twooutdoors stories. This recreational plantings/gardens private lawn. Bestalocation in MLS town.584756. MLS 588265 $2,600,000 guest house/retreat and is a custom build and must see. $1,695,000.
Murdoch Matheson 434.981.7439 Murdoch.Matheson@Sothebysrealty.com
9 POLITICS Introducing the Write-in Candidate for the Rivanna District Supervisor, Mike John-
son, a retired scientist and UVa Professor Emeritus, announced his write-in GOP endorsed candidacy for the Rivanna District Supervisor on Thursday, September 5. A forty-year resident of the County, the professor-farmer has lived in the Southwest Mountain District with his wife Diane for the last 21 years. Read all about his plans on page 9.
In the next issue we plan on asking both Rivanna candidates to outline their vision for Albemarle County and our district, stay tuned!
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10 HORSIN AROUND Will Coleman’s up-and-coming partner Chin Tonic HS made a smashing impression in his FEI debut at the 2019 MARS Great Meadow International, winning the CCI2-S class on his dressage score. The Keswick Hunt Club has long been blessed with beautiful horse show facilities, but except for the nationally recognized mid-May show, the ring and grandstand are usually empty the rest of the year. The summer of 2019, the club undertook to hold three schooling shows. Keswick Horses excelled at the World Champion Saddlebreds crowned in Kentucky and Sloane Coles Makes Nations Cup Debut. Read all about it on pages 10 and 11!
16 BOOKWORM While the temperatures are still a bit warm, fall is on the way and with it comes Back to School and Halloween. This is Suzanne Nash’s favorite time of the year and each fall she gets excited for some spooky reads to get herin the mood for tricks or treats! So, here are a few treats for you….read all about her choices for scary book on page 16
STONE’S THROW Co. SLATE HILL - Albemarle
Slate Hill is an design combining Virginia The farmhouse style Exceptional 42 original acre country property withtraditional all the amenities. 6-bedroom with elegant touch of Swedish charm. Youyou willcould not find a more comfortable, houseancompleted in 2005 has every luxury hope for with an open simply elegant homemaster in all of Virginia. The 4room bedrooms and 4 full baths f loor plan andcountry first f loor suite, exercise and media, infinity and 1 half bath house also includes a 2-bedroom, 1-bath guest cottage, swimming pool and pavilion overlooking the gardens lawn and horse facilities (7-stall pool, court,and putting green, to 3 quarries (ponds) on property, andviews 2 fenced barn).tennis Privacy proximity Charlottesville (12themin) with big to paddocks with run-in sheds and barns and miles of trails. MLS 591806 $2,500,000
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18 HAPPENINGS We wanted to share the great news with you, our Adopters, Volunteers, and Sup-
porters, before we make this public. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) announced the winners of the 2019 Help a Horse Home Challenge today We are happy to announce Hope’s Legacy was among the winners in this Challenge and will receive a $10,000 Grant! More than 170 Rescue Groups participated in the 2019 Challenge, and 13 winners were announced today. Thanks to those of you who helped us find new homes for 19 horses, minis and donkeys between April 26th and June 30th! The true winners are those horses and donkeys who are now residing in new loving homes, and future Hope’s Legacy residents who will benefit from this grant money. Thank you for your continued support! Read all about it on page 18
MLS 591806 $3,250,000 $2,500,000
19 ON SALE Montpelier Painting up for auction: The painting for the Montpelier Steeplechase
Races that is featured on the Poster for the 2019 races will be on display at the Caspari store on the Downtown Mall from September 19-October 1. From October 4 through October 31 it will be on display at the Art Center in Orange. It will be available by Silent Auction The bidding will start on Friday, November 1st and continue through Race Day November 2nd. The auction will conclude and the winner announced before the last race on November 2nd.The artist for the 2019 Poster is Booth Malone… read all about it on page 19!
Murdoch Matheson 434.981.7439 Murdoch.Matheson@Sothebysrealty.com
OVERHEARD OVERHEARD By the Numbers 10/15/2018
Call of Hounds and “Going Home”as Hounds moved into the their new Kennel
The Keswick Hunt Club reopened its doors for an opening cocktail party on February 23rd.
On and Off The Market Sold in Glenmore were 3420 Cesford Grange with 5 beds, 5.5 baths and 7080 sf starting at $890k then $749k and sold at $723k in 437 days. 751 Bothwell Lane, new construction, with 3 beds, 2 baths and 2375 sf selling for $739.9k. 3657 Worcester Lane with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 2725 sf starting at $565.8k and sold at $560k in 61 days. 2230 Waterway, new construction, with 3 beds, 3 baths and 3562 sf sold at $778.7k. There were 12 sales closed in Rivanna Village Reduced in Glenmore is 3524 Glasgow Lane with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 5082 sf went from $750k to $697k in 172 days. 3221 Avebury Lane with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3405 sf went from $599k to $499k in 157 days. 2503 Wiltshire Close with 6 beds, 5.5 baths and 5600 sf went from $689k to $675k in 119 days. 2108 Piper Way with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 5289 sf went from $839k to $795k in 109 days. 1545 Elgin Court with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 5031 sf went from $799.9k to $725k in 220 days. 2206 Piper Way with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 5807 sf went from $749k to $650k in 471 days. 3345 Darby Road with 4 bds, 4.5 baths and 3722 sf went from $679.5k to $629.5 k in 172 days. Around the area 3382 Keswick Road, new construction, with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 2500 sf on 1.25 acres went from $599.9k to $499.9k in 114 days. 4990 Turkey Sag Road with 3 beds, 3.5 baths and 30889 sf on 7.8 acres went from $849.9k to 799.9k in 69 days. New around the area is Cismont Lane with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 2838 sf at $520k. There is a 21 acre parcel on Barn Field Road at $449k. 58 Red Maple Lane with 4 beds, 2.5 baths and 2056 sf at $320k. 5600 Turkey Sag Road, “Bramblewood”, with 6 beds, 7+ baths and 13,686 sf on 522 acres that was $8.8m is back on at $6.7m. 1023 Bridlewood Trail with 3 beds, 3.5 baths and 3168 sf on 12.1 acres at $575k. 3619 Red Fox Lane with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3538 sf on 6 acres at $895k. 2645 High Fields Road with 2 beds, 1 baths and 1318 sf on 12.7 acres is back on, now at $389.7k. In Glenmore 3394 Piperfife with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 4122 sf at $575k. 3351 Marsden Point with 3 beds, 2 baths and 2202 sf at $439k. 425 Fenton Court with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 2365 sf at $759.9k 1430 Piper Way with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3595 sf at $675k. 3164 Darby Road with 3 beds, 3+ baths and 5740 sf at $999k. 3398 Carroll Creek Road with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 4090 sf on 1.3 acres at $739k. There were 4 new listings in Rivanna Ridge, Under contract in Keswick Estate is 4098 Wood Lane with 5 beds, 5+ baths and 7243 sf on 2.6 acres from $2.9m to $1.65m in 4170 days. 265 Campbell Road, “Kincora”, with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 5863 sf on 31.9 acres from $1.195m to $1.125m in 122 days and 3505 Keswick Road with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 2442 sf on 1.8 acres at $495k. In Glenmore 3467 Devon Pines with 4 beds, 2.5 baths and 2805 sf from $538k to $535k. 3325 Braemar Court with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 2923 sf at $548k in 14 days .. and there were 8 properties that went under contract in Rivanna Ridge.
Updates We wanted you to know where we are in the process of the renovation of the Keswick Hunt Club with the construction of the new horse barn with living quarters for the Huntsman and his family.. Photos (at right) show the progress that has already happened.The Keswick Hunt Club is excelling in terms of their facilities, membership growth, and new hunt territory. The vision that was set out to create the finest hunt club in America for our members and for the community is on track and thanks to the generosity of our members we are poised to have one of the premier hunt clubs in the country.Take a moment, come by the Hunt Club and see the final phase of the renovation. You will be truly proud and amazed to see the transition of your Keswick Hunt Club.. Get ready for the next 100 years of fun. Keep checking Keswick LIfe’s Facebook page and reading Keswick Life for updates on this fabulous restoration of The Keswick Hunt Club
Play By the Rules The Board of Supervisors in late July ruled that a request for an upgrade to the antenna on Peter’s Mountain be allowed with a building permit. What’s disturbing about their decision is that the request contradicts the board’s 2002 permit that prohibited guy wires, any use other than emergency radio communication and changes to the surrounding tree cover. The county planner maintains that the modifications don’t constitute a “substantial change” under the County code and therefore all that is needed is a building permit. Why is the board allowing these changes to be made without a public hearing? President Reagan said, “Trust but verify.” The county planner may be right but don’t the citizens of Albemarle and more specifically, the residents of Keswick who live in the shadow of Peter’s Mountain, deserve a thorough public discussion of this proposal? Particularly since it includes the inclusion of broadband for “school networks”. Is the applicant trying to sneak something by the community under the guise of offering a supposed benefit? Maybe so, maybe not, but the proposal requires full disclosure only available in a public hearing. If you agree, please send an email to our supervisor (Norman Dill, firstname.lastname@example.org) or to the full board (email@example.com) expressing your desire for a public hearing on this request.
Help Wanted Grace Episcopal Church in Keswick is seeking a nursery worker to provide care to children ages 0-4. Would be needed for both the 9 am and 11 am services from the months of September through May (fall schedule) and during the 10 am service from June through August (summer schedule). Some holiday coverage as well. Starting pay: $15/hour. Qualifications: o At least 18 years of age o
Experience in caring for children between the ages of 0-4 with the ability to adapt and interact with a variety of personalities.
Satisfactory completion of Sexual Misconduct Prevention course (provided)
Satisfactory completion of CPR training for infants and children. (provided if needed)
Résumé with three references.
Submit résumé to: AngieWilfong email:firstname.lastname@example.org OR mail to: Grace Episcopal Church, PO BOX 43, Keswick, VA 22947
Hey Folks Hey folks! Your local fire company, East Rivanna Volunteer Fire Company is having a T-shirt fundraiser to celebrate their 50th anniversary of serving the Pantops and Keswick communities. Proceeds from this fundraiser are going towards our new Fire Engine that is due to arrive in August of 2020. Please spread the word and buy a T-shirt for yourself and your loved ones. We want to see everyone wearing them in the community! Use coupon code “FACEBOOK” to receive 10 percent off of your order. If you select local pickup you will be notified when your order is ready for pickup and you can swing by our station to get it. Otherwise, we’ll mail it to you via USPS for a small shipping fee. This is a great opportunity to own a piece of history, this shirt will never be produced again after this limited run . These shirts are high quality and are sourced and printed locally by Blue Ridge Graphics. You’ll be helping us and local small businesses at the same time. To order go to https://www.ervfc.com/tshirts KESWICK LIFE
Mark your calendars! Save the dates! Don’t be late!
What: Wahoowa Where: UVA FOOTBALL When: September - November
What: Leading the Field Where: National Sporting LIbrary When: Friday, October 4, 2019 - 6:00 - 8:00 pm
What: The Sound of Music Where: Wintergreen When: September 5- 29 - Thursday-Saturday at 7:00 pm and Saturday-Sunday at 2:00pm
The Sound of Music will come to life amongst the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains of Wintergreen Resort in a never before seen site-specific production of the iconic show this September 5th through 29th. A unique ski lift ride will set the stage as audiences are transported to a remote and breathtaking location at the resort where they will be greeted by friendly nuns and rowdy von Trapp Children all professing that the hills are truly alive with music. The Sound of Music, the most famous musical of all time, will be performed in a place perfectly meant for it as Wintergreen Resort is transformed into Austria. This limited run boasts an all-star cast of national and local talent with Mother Nature and Wintergreen Resort headlining this incredible musical adventure. For tickets visit: bit.ly/BCETheSoundOfMusic
What: Celebration Where: Montpelier When: Saturday, September 21st - 6:00 pm Join Montpelier on Saturday, September 21st in celebrating more than 1,900 acres of historical lands permanently set aside for all to enjoy. This picnicfriendly event starts at 6:00 pm and is perfect for the whole family. Think Hilltopping, but with fireworks! Fireworks at 8:00 PM Free Admission Barboursville Vineyards Pour Station Food from The BBQ Exchange Twilight Forest Hike
Join the National Sporting Library & Museum to celebrate the opening of Leading the Field: Ellen Emmet Rand!6-8pm: Members’ Reception and Exhibition Viewing Please note this is a members-only event. To join membership or renew, please visit our membership page or call (540) 687-6542 ext. 26. . RSVP to Reid O'Connor, email@example.com or by calling 540-687-6542 ext. 35. About the exhibition: Leading the Field: Ellen Emmet Rand and accompanying catalog gather together many of Rand’s Sporting Portraits to bring to life the stories, personalities, and relationships behind these works. Rand lived a remarkable life as one of the first successful, professional female artists in the United States. She was a lifelong equestrian active in American foxhunting circles and proved to be significant within the context of sporting history and culture during the first half of the 20th century.
What: Peter Rabbit Tales (live on stage) Where: Paramount When: Friday, October 18th at 6:00 PM
Don't miss the stage retelling of the classic Beatrix Potter favorites! This wonderful live event is not only for the next generation of littles, but also for the youngat-heart who fondly remember the adventures of Potter's Peter Rabbit. Enchantment Theatre Company's production is based on three of Beatrix Potter's "rabbit tales": The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, and The Tale of Mr. Tod. Peter Rabbit, his sister Flopsy and his cousin Benjamin are all grown up; Flopsy and Benjamin are married with baby bunnies of their own. When the nasty badger, Tommy Brock, decides to steal the babies, Peter and Benjamin set off on an adventure to rescue the bunnies. Along the way, both have flashbacks to their childhood misadventures, when Peter was almost caught in Mr. McGregor's garden and when Benjamin and Peter were saved from the McGregor's cat by Benjamin's father. On their journey, the cousins manage to avoid the dangerous fox, Mr. Tod, and they recruit Squirrel Nutkin, a cheeky squirrel who's lost his tail, and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, the kindly hedgehog, to help them find the bunnies. Back at home, a worried Flopsy decides to follow the cousins, and join the search. $10.75 YOUTH, $14.75 ADULT
Saturday September 28th at3:30PM @ Notre Dame Fighting Irish Tickets Available Friday October 11th at 8:00PM @ Miami Hurricanes Tickets Available Saturday ,October 19th at 12:00PM vs Duke Blue Devils Tickets Available Saturday, October 26th at 12:00PM @ Louisville Cardinals Tickets Available Saturday, November 2nd at 12:00PM @ North Carolina Tar Heels
What: Theodora A. Randolph Field Hunter Championships Where: Middleburg, Virginia When: October 7 -12 The 2019 Theodora A. Randolph Field Hunter Championship (formerly the North American Field Hunter Championship) will be held October 7-12, 2019. This event features four days of first field hunting privileges in beautiful Virginia hunt country with four outstanding packs: Middleburg Hunt, Bull Run Hunt, Loudoun Fairfax Hunt and Piedmont Fox Hounds. In addition, we have planned a wonderful week of social events.Mounted judges will ride with the competitors during the week and the Championship will be held at Glenwood Park in Middleburg, Virginia on Saturday, October 12 before the Virginia Fall Races. Entries are now open and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. This competition filled early last year and we were unable to accommodate many riders, as we can only accept a maximum of 60 entries. We expect to fill prior to the close date of September 20, so please encourage your members to submit their entries early.This competition awards a total of $4,000 in prize money to both the winning hunts and the winning riders, which is new for this year. We have also added an award for the highest placing Thoroughbred in memory of Dr. Alexander Mackay-Smith. Do you have the next Champion Field Hunter in your hunt club? The Entry Form and more information can be found on our website and our Facebook page. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-403-4884.
What: Fall Fiber Festival Where:Montpelier When: October 5 - 6, 2019 | Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The 32nd Annual Fall Fiber Festival features great workshops for adults and children, displays, animal exhibits, sheep dog trials, hands-on demonstrations, a fleece sale, fiber and crafts vendors, music, and more!
ADULTS $5; 16 & UNDER FREE
503 Faulconer Drive Charlottesville, VA 22903 Office: 434.295.1131 Fax: 434.293.7377
MCLFarm, EAN FAULCONER INC. Estate and Residential Brokers
The right realtor makes all the difference!
◆ CARAPAN ◆
Exquisite English Country home on premiere 2.5 acres in Keswick Estates. Very private with lovely views of the golf course and distant mountains. The architecturally designed, 7,000+ square foot residence offers a beautiful, light-filled, spacious living room, dining room, gourmet kitchen, library with limestone fireplace surround, luxurious master complete with dressing room and office, media room, and 4 additional bedrooms. Built with the highest quality materials and workmanship. MLS#451592 $1,650,000 Charlotte Dammann, 434.981.1250
◆ MECHUNK CREEK FARM ◆ 216 private Keswick acres, 10 miles from town. Traditional circa 1910 home, 6-bedroom, completely modernized. 23-stall stable, large equipment barn, 2 lakes. PRIVATE AND CLOSE. MLS#590458 $3,200,000 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076
◆ GLENMORE CLUB ◆ Spectacular estate home in private setting with long-range views down course fairways. Features include 6-bedrooms, 7000+ fin. sq/ft., spacious rooms, high vaulted ceilings, elegant stone and stucco exterior. MLS#589447 $1,629,000 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076
◆ LAFAYETTE ◆ Tucked in a quiet and peaceful setting down a delightfully tree-lined lane is this attractive, three-story clapboard house. First floor master suite, five additional bedrooms on 91 gently rolling acres, great views, stream. MLS#574119 $2,395,000 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863
◆ LA FOURCHE ◆ Historic, circa 1788, gem in the heart of Keswick, restored and updated. Main house with attached tavern and party barn on 4 acres. Views of Southwest Mountains. Minutes to Charlottesville and UVA. MLS#587033 $2,250,000 C. Dammann, 434.981.1250
◆ STONY POINT ◆ Special sanctuary-12.7 acres, very private and tranquil, only 10 miles to Charlottesville. Onelevel cottage, open floor plan, sunroom, large deck with view to lovely mountain stream running through the land. MLS#587733 $399,000 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076
◆ ARCOURT ◆ French-inspired, custom stone home on 22 acres in Keswick Hunt Country with superb construction and details. Three-stall stable; spacious carriage home; fenced for horses in a beautiful, private setting. MLS#588398 $2,345,000 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076
COMMUNITY POLITICS Introducing the Write-in Candidate for the
Rivanna District Supervisor
In the next issue we plan on asking both Rivanna candidates to outline their vision for Albemarle County and our district Mike Johnson, a retired scientist and UVa Professor Emeritus, announced his write-in GOP endorsed candidacy for the Rivanna District Supervisor on Thursday, September 5. A forty-year resident of the County, the professor-farmer has lived in the Southwest Mountain District with his wife Diane for the last 21 years. Until Mr. Johnson stepped forward, Bea Lapisto Kirtley was running unopposed for the position formerly held by Norman Dill. At UVa Prof. Johnson had a stellar career in biomathematical modeling. As an educator, he taught pharmacology and biomathematics, and directed the biophysics Ph.D. training program, along with several federal research grants“I was enjoying retirement,” he says, “when I realized that the Supervisor seat for our District was going uncontested. Voters need a choice.” The Professor views the County through a different lens from his opponent. “The County only has 40,000 households. At some point, with all of the lavish spending and taxes needed to support it, people will vote with their feet – and move to lower tax counties. Same for newcomers looking for homes. That doesn’t bode well for the rest of us. Our property values could go down because there will be fewer buyers looking for homes here.Mr. Johnson says he is especially concerned that the higher taxes will impact the lower and lower-middle income brackets. “I liked Jerrod Smith’s remark about the ‘tale of two cities’,” he laughs. “We will become, like California – a ‘tale of two cities’ - a land of the very rich and very poor.” Jerrod Smith ran against Bea LaPisto in the Democratic primary last June. “ I attended the County’s Climate meetings and the price tag on that one is exorbitant. What I was hearing is that basically farmers cannot be trusted to conserve their own land – when it is clearly in their interest to do so. My wife and I live in the country. We look after our wells, our soil. We would never poison the environment we live and work in!
.“I am running to keep the County affordable, and to keep County regulations from stifling our vibrant agricultural and business cultures.”
“People who sit behind desks cannot micro-manage a farm through overbearing regulations and costs and expect it to stay solvent.” “The so-called ‘Rain Tax’ motivated me, and apparently the rest of the County,” he adds. “It showed how out-of-touch our Supervisors were. They were all prepared to rubber-stamp this destructive tax proposed by County staff. Now, how did that ever even get to the voting stage? That tells me– it’s coming back. Several Supervisors should lose their seats over that one.” For Mr. Johnson, the County needs leadership with a new vision.“We need to provide affordable housing for some of our citizens while lowering the tax burden of home ownership for people who live, work, raise families and have a stake in our community. Affordable housing is do-able if the County will just back off from the mountains of nitpicking regulations and up-front proffer costs that wind up on the price tag of new homes.” What County residents complain about most, he observes, is the horrendous traffic congestion on our main corridors – and increasingly on the secondary arteries like our own Rt. 22/231. “Drivers are frustrated and getting reckless. People want to spend less time on the road. Rt. 22/231 has become a nightmare of increased through-traffic from Culpeper and illegal tractor-trailers.“ Along with additional traffic enforcement, we need to bring UVa, the City, and VDOT to the table to create opportunities that don’t require long commutes,” he says. On education, he says, “We also have to provide the tools our residents need that will help allow them to lead fulfilling lives without government subsidies. Our students, for instance, should have a range of educational opportunities – not only college, but technical schools like CATEC that teach much-needed practical skills.” “We want ethnic, racial and economic diversity in our community.That’s what makes us rich,” he says. “The lavish spending programs proposed by my opponent and the current Board of Supervisors will put an end to that diversity.“You can see this in other localities that have put forth programs such as my opponent and the current Supervisors. Just look at what has happened in California. We do not want that to happen here.“I am running to keep the County affordable, and to keep County regulations from stifling our vibrant agricultural and business cultures.”
To cast your vote for Mr. Johnson this November 5th, you must fill in the bubble next to the word “Write-in,” then write his full name. To learn more about Mr. Johnson, see his website: www.mikejohnsonforsupervisor.com. 9
Announces the Appointment of James French to its Board of Directors Montpelier is excited to announce the appointment of James French to its Board of Directors of The Montpelier Foundation. French brings a wealth of finance and entrepreneurial experience to Montpelier. He was moreover elected as the Founding Chair of the Montpelier Descendants Committee (MDC). As an independent entity from The Montpelier Foundation, the Descendants Committee advocates for descendants of ancestors who were enslaved at Montpelier and the surrounding region, and also for those with a deep commitment to the important work around challenging dominant historical narratives. French’s dual role as the Founding Chair of the MDC and member of the Board of Directors marks a significant milestone: This is the first instance of a representative of the descendants community being placed on the board of a presidential home site to represent their interests.“I am excited for the opportunity to be more deeply involved in an organization that is taking steps to tell more holistic and honest narratives about America, past and present,” commented French. “I have ancestral ties to the area and think that Montpelier plays a critical role in ensuring that the voices of the historically-marginalized are not only heard, but celebrated.” French brings over 20 years of financial experience focused on corporate governance, Fintech, entrepreneurship, and financial inclusion to Montpelier. After graduating from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, French led a financial engineering and Treasury team for Citigroup in West and Central Africa, where he built a large regional trading and investing portfolio, and pioneered local-currency capital market transactions. After leaving Citigroup and publishing on African capital markets, French was hired by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Technical Assistance to be a Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Finance and Central Bank of Algeria, which was seeking to develop and diversify its economy.The International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group, hired French, as part of its prestigious Independent Directors Program, to sit on the board of one of its largest banking investments in Africa. As an independent non-executive director, French oversaw the complex restructuring and business rescue of a leading regional micro-finance bank based in South Africa. .“Montpelier is committed to telling the full story of James Madison, and at Montpelier we strive to engage visitors in ‘whole truth history’,” said Montpelier Foundation Board Chair Dennis Kernahan. “This requires a forthright assessment of the legacy of slavery along with exploration of the principles of democracy and the promise of liberty enshrined in Madison’s foremost accomplishment, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. James’ perspective is a valuable addition to the board as is his considerable executive experience.” French is a descendant of Governor James Barbour and an enslaved woman from the Barboursville Plantation. His late mother, Carolyn French, was a local and national activist and co-founded the Orange County African American Historical Society with Montpelier descendant, Rebecca Gilmore Coleman. French resides in Washington, D.C. APRIL 2015 AUGUST 2019
HORSIN AROUND HORSIN AROUND Chin Tonic HS Wins International Debut in Great Meadow Will Coleman’s up-and-coming partner Chin Tonic HSmade a smashing impression in his FEI debut at the 2019 MARS Great Meadow International, winning the CCI2*-S class on his dressage score. Will has been carefully bringing the 7-year-old Holsteiner (Chin Champ x Wildera, by Quinar) along from the beginning, with support from Vicky Castegren, whose Hyperion Stud owns the horse. While Vicky didn’t breed this horse, she sourced him as a 2-yearold.“We are really excited about him. He’s a lovely type. He’s as good a horse on the flat as I’ve ever had. He’s really taken to the sport,” Will said. “This is a really fun horse for us because it’s a great representation of the type of horse [Vicky’s] trying to breed—a great athlete with a great mind.” The pair started the weekend with a 25 in the first phase and added nothing to it over fences, finally moving into the top spot after a clear cross country trip nine seconds under the time.“He probably can even do better, but he did a very nice test, and I thought he jumped a a super show jump round. On the cross country he continues to get better,” he said. “We’ve taken our time. We’re under no pressure to rush him up the levels. We’re giving him as much time as he needs. I think that patience is starting to bear fruit.”
Keswick Hunt Club’s
Summer Horse Show Season The Keswick Hunt Club has long been blessed with beautiful horse show facilities, but except for the nationally recognized mid-May show, the ring and grandstand are usually empty the rest of the year.The summer of 2019, the club undertook to hold three schooling shows recognized by the Virginia Horse Show Association and the Battlefield Horse Show Association. The club hired Aaron Mitchell Carver to manage the shows and to do the necessary paperwork in order to meet the requirement of both of these horse show associations. Darlene Murphy, Shelley Payne, Robin Schuler and Sandy Rives served as the organizing committee to work with Aaron to ensure that the shows were successfully held and to recruit the huge number of volunteer staff. Darlene took a leadership role in making this a reality and her fingerprints are on every aspect of three shows. Hope’s Legacy Equine Rescue ran the food booth and shared the profits with KHC, making money for us both. Once preparations were underway to run the three hunter shows andthe hunt night, it became apparent why no one had been doing this heavy lift earlier. It takes a huge amount of volunteerism and organization to run the series at a profit, as a fundraiser for the hunt club. The goal was to raise money to help maintain our dues and offer fun events during the off season of foxhunting. These horse shows certainly achieved that initial goal of raising approximately $9000 and plans are already underway to do it again next year. It was so lovely to see hunt club members working together for the common good of KHC and each other. The momentum built with each show and next year will no doubt be even more successful.It is far too large to provide a list of the class sponsors or to list all the volunteers who helped make the series a success but a huge thank you is in order for all who helped The Keswick Hunt Club sent a small team of 6 determined riders to Warrenton's Hunt Night this year.. Keswick ended up third in the overall results with 49 total points. Bull Run won with 70 points and Warrenton Hunt placed second with 66 points. Jill Wilson from Keswick was named the show's high point rider, winning the Over 35 Foxhunter class, the Ladies Hack, and the Corinthian class and was on KHC's 6th place hunt team. Many thanks to new KHC member Vanessa Massaro who loaned Jill her lovely mare Fashion Forward when she had a scheduling conflict and couldn't ride on the team. Shelley Payne placed fourth in the Corinthian class and was on the 6th place hunt team. Nicolette Merle-Smith was second in the staff class. Joel Merle-Smith was second in the Gentleman's hack and second in the Over 45 Foxhunters class. Sandy Rives was fourth in the Gentleman's hack, and Ann Young was on the 6th place finishing hunt team. A very respectful show for these 6 members given the fact that other hunts sent teams in excess of 20 riders!. In addition Keswick in a joint venture with Bull Run won the “Best Tailgate”.
World Champion Saddlebreds crowned in Kentucky The exciting and prestigious Worlds Championship Horse Show is held annually in conjunction with the Kentucky State Fair and crowns world champion Saddlebreds in different divisions. The show attracts spectators and competitors from across the world and includes over 2,000 horses competing for more than $1 million in awards determined by a panel of equestrian professionals. Horses compete in divisions including Three-Gaited, Five-Gaited, Fine Harness, Saddlebred Pleasure, Saddle Seat Equitation, Hackney/Harness Ponies, Roadster, In-Hand, and American Saddlebred. Each division includes several classes for amateurs, ladies, amateur ladies, and junior exhibitors, as well as younger horses and ponies. Horses or riders who win earn the title of worlds champion (abbreviated WC). A second place finish is given the title of reserve worlds champion (RWC). Horses may also earn the worlds grand championship (WGC) or worlds championship of champions (WCC) title.
Keswick horses excelled !
Sallie Mason Wheeler won 6 out of 6 classes and was the 5 gaited Junior Exhibitor World Champion on Man of Magic. She also won the 5 gaited Pleasure Championship on Callaway’s Brion. Don’t Mention It owned by Ceil and Kenny Wheeler and shown by Ceil was the 3 gaited amateur world champion. Kenny Wheeler led his handsom bay yearling Walterway’s First Responder for the win in the ASR Yearling Futurity. Jimmy Lee ‘s Heartland Spokesman won the Four year old Roadster Pony World Championship.
Pictured above: (l-r) Don’t Mention It owned by Ceil and Kenny Wheeler was the 3 gaited amateur
world champion, shown by Ceil Wheeler.. Man of Magic shown by Sallie Mason Wheeler was the 5 gaited Junior Exhibitor World Champion (photo credit - Courier Journal) KESWICK LIFE
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Sloane Coles Makes Nations Cup Debut “It was a dream come true to represent my country at the highest level of our sport this week. I’m very proud of “Chip” and my team for getting me to this point, and I am excited for more Nations Cup appearances to come!” Sloane Coles it easily.”
Sloane Coles daughter of John and Julie Coles was recentyl named to the NetJets U.S. Jumping Team for the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Jumping Nations Cup Calgary CSIO5*, which took place during the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament on September 4 to 8, 2019, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The appointment comes following a successful summer that began during her two weeks of competition at the Spruce Meadows Summer Series. She and Chippendale’s Boy Z had strong placings in five-star competition against some of the best show jumpers in the world, including a 10th place finish in the ATCO Queen Elizabeth II Cup CSI5* during the Spruce Meadows ‘North American’ Tournament, presented by Rolex, on July 6.“That was big for us and it’s the reason why I decided to apply to compete at the ‘Masters’; I feel like he’s ready,” said Coles of the 10-year-old Zangersheide gelding by Chippendale Z x Lupicor. “He learns something every week. Spruce Meadows suits him so well because it’s a big field with scopey jumps. We went early in the Queen Elizabeth Cup and he felt like he knew what he was doing, like he had done it before. He did
The pair went on to finish runner-up following a double clear performance in the $133,700 Staller Grand Traverse Grand Prix CSI3* at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, presented by CaptiveOne Advisors LLC, on August 4.They recently competed at the Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. At the Summer Fort Classic held from August 13 to 18, they jumped clear for a top 10 finish in the $36,100 Cypress Point Stables Cup CSI3*. The following week at the CSI4*-W Summer Fort Festival held August 20 to 25, they were again clear in the $75,000 Steel-Craft Cup.These successful outings led to Coles being named to her first senior Nations Cup team representing the United States. It will also be her first time competing at the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters,’ one of the premier show jumping events in the world. She was named to the team along with Olympic team gold medalists McLain Ward and Beezie Madden (with whom she trained and worked for as a young professional), as well as fellow up-and-comer Jennifer Gates. The team is led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland, who competed for the United States in show jumping at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games. Coles started riding Chippendale’s Boy Z, fondly known as “Chip,” in January of 2018. She found the talented horse through Katherine Walsh and Ben Schroeder in the Netherlands, where he had competed up to the 1.40m level. He is owned by The Springledge Group, which includes Alan and Eileen Wurtzel, Landon and Carol Butler, and her parents, John and Julie Coles.“Chip is scopey and careful and learning to be competitive,” she continued. “I think he’s a horse I can get a break with and do some bigger things, like the ‘Masters.’ It’s a big first team experience and I feel like it’s a good venue for him and he’s peaking now. It’s pretty amazing to be on your first team with Beezie and McLain.” Sloane Coles is an international show jumping athlete based at her Springledge LLC in The Plains, Virginia. Coming from a family with a long tradition in equestrian sport, Coles first rose to national prominence as a junior rider. She received degrees in Sociology and Business from Drew University and, as a young professional, is respected for her horsemanship and developing horses and riders for the show ring. pictured above :Sloane Coles and Chippendale's Boy Z” madetheir Nations Cup debut for the United States during the Spruce Meadows 'Masters' Tournament on September 4-8, 2019. Photo by Sportfoto
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BY CHARLES THACHER Many American presidents have been enthusiastic fishermen. The most notable were Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Dwight Eisenhower and Jimmy Carter. Quite likely, the most accomplished was Hoover and, although during his lifetime he fished in many places throughout the world, his favorite fishing haunt while he was President was his camp on the upper Rapidan River – in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, about 55 miles northeast of Keswick. The Rapidan Camp has survived to this day and is contained within the Shenandoah National Park.
considerably, but the stock market continued to soar, as speculators ignored reality. The impending debacle was foreshadowed by the prominent financier, Bernard Baruch, who famously said: When beggars and shoeshine boys, barbers and beauticians can tell you how to get rich, it is time to remind yourself that there is no more dangerous illusion than the belief that one can get something for nothing.
The Rapidan Camp can be accessed from the Milam Gap parking area on the Skyline Drive, and walking down the Mill Prong Trail about two miles. Alternatively, one can take Route 231 through Criglersville, then Routes 670/649 to an entrance gate, and then a walk of a bit over a mile along the River (one of the best native brook trout fisheries in Virginia) to the Camp. Note that the last seven miles or so of driving up to the gate is on a narrow, rough dirt road. The last time that I was there, a couple of years ago, it had intimidating deep, wide ruts that would disable any car that slid into them. I understand that it has since been improved, but it is still very slow-going, even with a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Building Camp Rapidan in such a remote site was a major challenge in 1929. Even traveling there by automobile to fish and enjoy the salubrious environment must have required an enormous effort, especially when the size of a President’s entourage is considered. When I first learned of the Camp, I realized that I knew practically nothing about Hoover, except that he was the President when the stock market crashed in October, 1929 – an event that ushered in The Great Depression three words which inevitably follow the mere mention of his name. When I found that he was an avid and accomplished fly-fisherman and wrote frequently about the sport, I began to dig a little deeper. Hoover was no anomaly, who become president by some backroom deal or a quirky primary process. He was actually an American icon, with a real “Horatio Alger” biography. His early life was the prototypical American rags-to-riches story: born in a small cabin in rural Iowa in 1874; parents both died before his 11th birthday; he and two siblings were sent off to live with three different families of relatives nearby; a year later, he and his older brother were sent to separate families of relatives in Oregon, then a very rural state with a tiny population of only about 100,000. Oregon had great trout and salmon rivers, and Hoover (called Bert) fished often, becoming an excellent angler, including with the fly. Bert was also a fine student, being selected for the initial class of what is now Stanford University, graduating in 1895 as an engineer, with a major in geology. During his college years, he camped and worked during the summers in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains on geological exploration and mining projects, sometimes with his classmate Lou Henry –a rare female geology major – whom he later married. He always carried his fishing rod, perfecting his skills by taking advantage of any free time to cast a line. After graduating, during the period 1896-1913, he and Lou traveled constantly and indefatigably, often under physically-demanding circumstances, on business to Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, New Zealand and other far-flung places, working on mining projects and, ultimately, investing in mines.
Bert acquired a reputation as an intrepid traveler and an extraordinary miner and businessman, and Lou was his equal. They became wealthy - not Rockefeller-rich - but set for life. In 1914, while the Hoovers were enjoying a respite in the U.S., the war in Europe broke out, and many Americans were stranded on the Continent. An American Committee was formed in London to arrange for their rescues, and the Hoovers not only sailed to join them, but brought substantial personal funds to contribute to the effort. Bert quickly took over management of the Committee that was instrumental in rescuing over 50,000 Americans. That done, his Committee morphed into the Commission for Relief in Belgium, with a mission to save millions of Belgians starving under German occupation. Hoover’s Commission raised over $200 million from the Allies for the relief mission, at an administrative cost of less than $3 million, and not only fed the Belgians during the War, but had $24 million left over after the War for reconstruction. Based on this impressive effort, and similar work in Russia and Ukraine, Hoover became highly acclaimed in America and Europe, recognized as a gifted engineer and manager - but with a heart - as evidenced by the sobriquet commonly given to him, “The Great Humanitarian”. When Warren Harding was elected President in 1920, he named Hoover as Secretary of Commerce. Previously the post had been of little significance, but Hoover, always independent and aggressive, made it a powerhouse, spurring the economic boom of “the Roaring Twenties.” He served in that position with distinction and without scandal (not easy in the Harding administration), and after Harding’s death, for six years under Calvin Coolidge. When Coolidge chose not to run again in 1928, Hoover was the overwhelming Republican choice, and he won the Presidency by a huge margin over Al Smith. By the time he took office in March, 1929, American economic growth had already slowed
Of course, it all crashed seven months after Hoover’s inauguration, leading to ten years of the worst and most prolonged economic decline in American history. Hoover wrongfully assumed that, as in the past, a natural recovery would ensue after a few years. His laissezfaire approach and the protectionist policies (which he personally didn’t favor, but nonetheless foolishly implemented because of loyalty to the isolationist Republican Party) failed miserably, and when he ran for re-election in 1932, the economy was at its nadir with 25% unemployment, and the stock market having lost almost 90% of its value from the 1929 peak. He appeared impotent and overmatched, and was crushed in the 1932 election by Franklin Roosevelt, who confidently promised hope and change, including major new government spending programs (an anathema to Hoover) to stimulate economic activity. The economy slowly recovered under Roosevelt through 1936, with unemployment dropping to 9%, but then a severe recession hit again in 1937-38, with unemployment more than doubling and general economic conditions being nearly as bad as they were in 1933. In 1939, World War II broke out in Europe, the need to supply the Allies jump-started the American economy, and recovery from the Great Depression began. Had Roosevelt not run for a 3rd term in 1940 – an unprecedented action, breaking an American tradition dating from George Washington – his legacy might be quite different than it is today, but such are the vagaries of history. Hoover was what today we would call a workaholic, usually putting in workdays of 12 hours or longer. But he believed that a President needed to get away occasionally for quiet, contemplative periods in order to recharge his batteries. The only leisure activity that he really cared about was fishing, and he also felt that being identified with the sport would enhance the image he sought, as that of a “common man”. In his memoirs, Hoover wrote: Fishing seems to be one of the few avenues to be left to Presidents through which they may escape to their own thoughts, may live in their own imaginings, find relief from the pneumatic hammer of constant personal contacts, and refreshment of mind in rippling waters. Moreover, it is a constant reminder of the democracy of life, of humility and human frailty. It is desirable that the President should be periodically reminded of this fundamental fact – that the forces of nature discriminate for no man. Shortly after his election, Hoover’s staff began exploring for a place to relax within driving distance of Washington, D.C., and the upper Rapidan was his choice. Using his and Lou’s personal funds, he acquired the land, and had the 13 rustic buildings constructed by a U.S. Marine unit. He mothballed the Presidential yacht (which held no interest for him) and transferred the crew to work
there. The River in the chosen section is small, fast and subject to flooding, so he had screens put in below the Camp’s pools to retain the stocked fish, which raised the hackles on some Americans who thought that to be unsportsmanlike. In 1932, Hoover donated the Camp to the people of Virginia, for use as a future Presidential retreat. Roosevelt’s disability made the Camp impractical, so he had a new facility built at Camp David in Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains, which continues to be a retreat for our presidents. The last President to use Rapidan Camp was Jimmy Carter, in the late 1970s. The Hoovers regularly held important meetings with both domestic and foreign dignitaries on the Rapidan, though the press was rarely invited to observe – a very bad public relations decision. There was telephone service, and a plane flew over every day dropping mail and newspapers. As the Depression worsened in the early 1930s, and many Americans suffered, Hoover was often chastised for his “feckless” excursions there, a criticism which seems quaint by modern standards for presidential getaways. When Hoover left office in 1933, his national reputation was in tatters, particularly while the Depression continued. But he soldiered on, helping manage food relief programs in Poland, then later, Finland, after those countries were invaded in the late 1930s, and then through the War’s end, and during the rebuilding of post-War Europe. When he was not working, he was fishing, typically 10-12 weeks a year for the remainder of his life. He became a keen deep-sea fisherman for tarpon, sailfish and virtually every other variety that would bite. After the strain of fighting large fish in the open ocean became too great, he switched to chasing bonefish on the flats in the Florida Keys, and became an expert at that. For his last fourteen years he fished with a prominent Florida guide, Calvin Albury, who marveled at Hoover’s fishing ability, discipline and endurance. After their last trip, Hoover at age 89 gave Albury his equipment, saying he did not expect to return. He was right, and he died within a year. Some writers and historians conflate Hoover’s passion for fishing and his Camp with the severity of the Depression. For example, Howell Raines in his enter-
taining 1993 memoir, Fly Fishing Through the Midlife Crisis, which contains much to like about fishing in the American South, states that “the Marines scraped across the mountains in 1929 so that Herbert Hoover could reach the Rapidan (River). In those days the stream was reserved for his exclusive use. He also needed a place where he would not be bothered by the little people while he planned the Great Depression.” Certainly, Hoover’s policies failed in stopping or even slowing down the worsening of the Depression, but the idea that he planned it, or was even indifferent to it, is preposterous, and inconsistent with his history. Nearly all of his noble humanitarian efforts in Europe – both before and after his presidency - were on behalf of Raines’ so-called “little people”. Perhaps, had Raines written his book after his own scandalous debacle and departure in 2003 as Editor of the New York Times, he would have understood that leaders can make poor choices without being malevolent. Hoover’s personality fit the stereotype of an engineer. He always fished in a suit with a white shirt and tie – whether alone on the Rapidan, on a mountain stream in the West, or a steaming bonefish flat. While fishing, he was laser-focused on his target and rarely engaged in idle conversation or took breaks. He had enormous energy, and would often work well into the night after fishing all day. Jimmy Carter was also an engineer, and both men failed to be re-elected, primarily because of the County’s economic problems while they were in office. They were often criticized for being too detail oriented, unable to empathize with the plight of regular Americans, and overly rigid in their thinking and approaches, but interestingly, both made greater contributions to their country and the world in their post-presidential years than the vast majority of modern presidents. Hoover wrote numerous magazine articles about fishing and other subjects after the 1950s. Remarkably, in his 80s, he wrote his 4-volume tome, An American Epic, about the history of his country’s food relief efforts around the world during the two World Wars and their aftermaths. In the last year of his life, at age 89, he wrote his only angling book, Fishing for Fun and to Wash Your Soul, a simple volume of snippets on the rewards and frustrations of fishing. It closes with:
There are two things I can say for sure: two months after you return from a fishing expedition you will begin again to think of the snow-cap on the distant mountain peak, the glint of sunshine on the water, the excitement of the dark blue seas, and the glories of the forest. And then you buy more tackle for next year. There is no cure for these infections. And that big fish never shrinks. Only three of Rapidan Camp's original 13 buildings remain today. Many of the landscape features of the Camp, such as trails, pools, bridges, and a charming stone fireplace also survive. The National Park Service has restored the exteriors of two cabins to their appearance in 1932, and the interior of one. That cabin, and a museum inside a second cabin are open to the public for scheduled tours led by Park Rangers. Herbert Hoover was a successful and exemplary American for all but four years of a very long life. But those four years, during which he made bad decisions, or maybe he was just in a hopeless place at a hopeless time, have defined his political legacy – largely cancelling out all of his good work, at least in the eyes of most Americans. Hoover failed greatly in the biggest and most important job of his life, perhaps another tragic example of Teddy Roosevelt’s inspiring description of the Man in the Arena: It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
Lou Henry and Herbert Hoover on the deck of their cabin at Camp Rapidan, Virginia. August 2, 1930. Herbert Hoover Library.
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Don’t Hide Things Where You Can’t Find Them BY TONY VANDERWARKER
you say, “that’s pretty obvious.” But then ask yourself, How many times have you put something down, a pair of glasses, a set of keys, a phone, and thought to yourself, “Don’t put it there, you dope, you’ll never find it.” Right now is where the “I’m not as smart as I think I am,” syndrome kicks in. Because you forge right ahead, put the glasses under the chaise in the garden, leave the cell phone tucked into the seat of the mower or leave the keys after you got out of the car on the shelf with the old cans of paint. “Hey, I got a call and I had to put them somewhere,” you reasoned. When you try to find them, that somewhere gets to be nowhere. Because you’ve gone from the of course I’ll remember I put them on the shelf where the old paints of can are to: “I have no effing idea where in the world I could have left them.” Suddenly life goes from breezy and carefree to unglued and capricious. Smacking yourself in the forehead you think, How could I be so stupid? Right here is where you get half-crazy because you need the keys to get in the car to pick up the kids, or you have a dinner party coming up and you need your glasses to read the recipes so now you go into a warp speed search.
This is a setting which involves throwing pillows, tearing apart beds, madly sorting through the trash, shouting things you’d never say in polite company and other goofy actions which turn out to have nothing to do with finding the missing object. The thought that you might be slipping in mental capacity (which your spouse has suggested on multiple occasions) begins to creep into your mind. Which only aggravates the situation. And this is where the hard part comes in. The Big Goody: you end up finding that you put the keys on the paint can shelf, tucked the cell phone into the seat rail of the mower (it was wrecked), or found the glasses under the chaise in the garden (they were okay).
one hides things where they can’t find them. And with the genius of Apple, they figured out that people would depend on their phones to find them where they hid them. So in our household, we go through a number of “Find My iPhone” situations. Not monthly, but surely quarterly, I find myself saying, “Hey, Hon, can I borrow your phone to call mine, I seem to have lost it.”
Problem is, if you’ve stayed with me, this isn’t a one-off situation. Like sniffles and headaches, hiding things where you can’t find them recurs on a regular basis. And, while I don’t have the facts, I can make the case that it’s universal.
This is where it gets funny. I mean, you’re standing in the bedroom dialing your own cell phone number because you have no idea in the world where you left it, and when it starts ringing you go into wolf-hunting-prey mode, running from room to room trying to narrow down where the ringing is coming from. Now these phones set you back good so you’re hoofing around frantically trying to narrow down the source of the sound, hoping it will ring in the house and not somewhere where you can’t hear it. When it rings, you’re triumphant, unless it’s stuck behind the pillows on the couch which muffles the sound. You can hear it but you can’t find it.
Why else would Apple, which sells eighty gillion iPhones all over the world, put a “Find My iPhone” function on its phones? Because they know that every-
This is where the pillow tossing starts again, prompting the wife to remark, “Don’t get so crazy, you’ll find it.” But you’ve already left one on the mower
So you end up feeling a sense of relief tinged with a feeling of How could I be so stupid? Plus you have to put the beds back together, buy a new cell phone and put the trash back in the bin.
and it got drowned, is going through your mind, that’s another seven hundred bucks I don’t need to spend. Maybe it’s in the TV room so I run in there. Then the ringing stops. Need to go back and call again. I don’t want to admit that I’ve had to make three “Find Your iPhone” calls, but I can console myself that at the same time I’ve hidden my iPhone, millions of people are doing the same. All over the world you can imagine people dashing around their houses or yurts or pagodas or tents trying to run down their ringing iPhones. So the next time you’re tempted to leave your keys by the old paint cans, stop and ask yourself if you want to go into How can I be so stupid? mode again. But if you’re like me, you’ll probably go ahead and leave them there again. Maybe I should get that gizmo that lets you call your keys? One for my wallet too. That way I can find everything I hide. That will make me happy and probably Verizon too. All over the world people will be calling their phones, keys and wallets and the phone companies will be raking it in, Who knew?
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WHAT’S COOKING Paprika Chicken W/ Roasted Red Peppers BY SAM JOHNSON DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF CULINARY 1776
I love this recipe it’s great for the fall dinner menu and makes an easy weeknight menu option for dinner. The smoky taste makes for a complex taste. Great served with rice and a side salad. Let’s make this and serve around the dinner table this fall.
Paprika Chicken W/ Roasted Red Peppers Ingredients
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1/2 cup olive oil 8 cloves garlic minced 2 tbsp smoked paprika 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes 1/4 cup parsley fresh, chopped 2 tbsp oregano fresh, chopped 1/2 tsp salt or to taste 1/2 tsp black pepper or to taste
Preheat oven to 425 F degrees. In a small skillet heat the olive oil. Add the garlic, smoked paprika, red pepper flakes and the herbs. Cook for about 1 minute over medium heat, do not burn the garlic.
Clean and dry the thighs and season with salt and pepper.
Pour this olive oil mixture over the drumsticks and make sure the thighs are coated thoroughly with the olive oil/paprika mixture.
Place the thighs in a 9x13 baking dish and bake for about 45 minutes or until chicken thighs are cooked through.
Fall is on the Way - Back to School and Halloween Fall is on the Way BY – SUZANNE Back toNASH School and Halloween BY SUZANNE NASH
While the temperatures are still a bit warm, A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness’s new Forgotten Bones by Vivian Barz is a great thriller fall is on the way and with it comes Back to book, is the first in a series about Diane Bishop. She is ghost story and I read the whole thing in one sitting. descended from a famous family of witches in Marlan in a police officer called to the scene of a School and Halloween. This is my favorite Massachusetts but turns away from magic and instead Susan traffic accident where a car has plowed into a telephone time of the year and each fall I get excited for becomes an academic. She heads to Oxford to do a little pole, and in replacing the damaged pole, a body of a on alchemy and that’s where geneticist Matthew young boy is found. This discovery leads to a farm some spooky reads to get me in the mood for research Clairmont finds her. Together they must find out the where more bodies of children are recovered, and the tricks or treats! So, here are a few treats for mystery related to one of the rare books in the Bodleian search is on for a pedophile they believe is responsible. Library. There is romance and fantasy in this fun novel Meanwhile a college professor new to the area, Eric you…. just made for the spooky season.
A couple of witchy tales: The Familiars by Stacey Halls takes place in 1612
England and revolves around the Pendle witch trials. Fleetwood Shuttleworth is pregnant but finds a note from her doctor which says she won’t survive the birth. When she unexpectedly runs into Alice Grey who just happens to be a midwife her fortune seems to turn. Alice promises to deliver a healthy baby to Fleetwood but things get complicated when Alice is accused of witchcraft. If you are unfamiliar with the English witch trials in Pendle in the 17th century this will introduce you to the history and how the lives of women in that time were subject to the whims of society.
Next up…ghosts and haunted houses: I discovered The Ghost Tree by Barbara Eskin while in London this year and found it perfectly eerie. Ruth goes to her father’s home to sort it out after his death and discovers an ancestor she wasn’t aware she had, Thomas Erskin, who was Lord Chancellor during the 1700s.The tale travels back and forth through time, introducing Thomas’ life and how a man he helped to hang has come back to seek revenge on all of Thomas’ ancestors. Ruth is also dealing with a wretched man named Timothy who along with his sister had been scamming Ruth’s deceased Father. This historical novel that is actually based on the author’s real ancestor, Thomas Erskin.
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The Widow’s House by Carol Goodman is another house that is haunted . The house in question is River House and Jess and Clare Martin have moved in so they can be the caretakers. The house is owned by their former mentor and professor, Monty who has difficulty taking care of the property. Jess is a formerly successful writer who needs some space to capture his former glory and Clare wants to support him. Once they move in Clare starts to hear sounds and suddenly the past starts to come back to haunt them.
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ON SCREEN The Virginia Film Festival The Virginia Film Festival The Virginia Film Festival is a program of the University of Virginia and the Office of the Provost and Vice Provost for the Arts. The 32nd annual Festival will take place from October 2327, 2019, in Charlottesville and will include more than 150 films and 100+ industry guests from around the world. The 2019 Virginia Film Festival program will be announced on Tuesday, September 24. The full schedule of films and guests will be available to browse online on Thursday, September 26, and tickets will go on sale Monday, September 30.For the first time, the Festival will kick off on Wednesday evening with its Opening Night Film at The Paramount Theater and Opening Night Gala at The Jefferson Theater. The Festival will then begin its full schedule on Thursday and run through Sunday. Every year VAFF hosts free screenings of a socially relevant film for students and their teachers. Experts on film, ethics, and other disciplines speak to the subjects of the film after the screening, providing a fascinating and accessible out-of-theclassroom lesson. The School Screening is free and open to private, public, and homeschool middle and high school students throughout the Commonwealth. Advance registration is required, and seats are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. For more info and to register today, visit http://virginiafilmfestival.org/schoolscreeningsFestival officials also have announced that, in partnership with VPM: Virginia’s home for Public Media, Elmo, the beloved Sesame Street star of stars, will be on hand to greet kids and families at the annual VAFF Family Day, to be held at the Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds on Saturday, October 26. The Festival will also screen two episodes of Sesame Street to celebrate the show’s 50th AnniversaryFor more than 30 years, Alabama public interest attorney Bryan Stevenson has tirelessly fought for a more equitable criminal justice system. As the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Stevenson has dedicated his career to advocating for the disadvantaged, incarcerated, and wrongfully condemned. Weaving together Stevenson’s own story with those of his clients, True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality examines the history of complicity by our justice system, revealing how a culture built on racial injustice emerged in this country. This documentary, directed by Peter Kunhardt, Teddy Kunhardt, and George Kunhardt, also details the opening of the Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. This film provides an intimate depiction of Stevenson’s unwavering dedication to equality and the value of seeking truth and reconciliation. A panel of local experts to host a post-screening discussion on the film and Q&A session with the students will be announced later this Fall.“We are proud to continue our school screening tradition of sharing meaningful and thought-provoking documentaries with students from throughout our region with this remarkable film,” said Jody Kielbasa, Bryan Stevenson is one of our world’s true social justice heroes, and the efforts depicted in this film to right the ultimate wrongs for the most marginalized in our world are inspiring beyond measure.” The announcements were made at the VAFF Stakeholders Reception at Prime 109, where a large crowd heard from Kielbasa as well as from one of the Festival’s Senior Guest Programmer, Andrew Rodgers. Rodgers, the former head of the Denver Film Society and RiverRun International Film Festival, is working with co-Senior Guest Programmer Iana Dontcheva, a veteran film producer, educator, and programmer; VAFF Assistant Programmer Chandler Ferrebee; and a team of guest programmers to continue to grow the VAFF program and to further expand the Festival’s reach. The 2019 Guest Programmer team for the VAFF will include indigenous artist and filmmaker Federico Cuatlacuatl; Another Slave Narrative filmmaker Michelle Jackson; Emmy-nominated producer, director, and writer Joe Fab; international film scholar and curator Samhita Sunya; new media artist and scholar Mona Kasra; and director of the Washington Jewish Music Festival and Washington Jewish Film Festival Ilya Tovbis.
As their vet said "This is a really wonderful farm, you can do dressage, jumpers, eventing or raise horses here. It's set up perfectly." Vixen Hill Thoroughbreds
Created to incorporate horse safety with comfort, is a proven farm in rural Orange County designed to raise foals or teach equestrian discipline. The 4 stall barn is equipped for a broodmare stall and additionally we include a hot water wash stall and insulated tack room. We have water and electricity to the 3 paddocks and two 24x12 run in sheds to provide shade and cool breezes. The 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 2376 sf home overlooks the rolling hay fields with an inviting front porch, and an enclosed three season room at the rear. We have extensive hardwood floors and ceiling fans and in addition to the master suite there is a guest suite with its own sitting area and you can soak in the antique claw tub. 10 mins to Lake Anna water sports. $564,900
What the owners love about this farm
Vixen Hill was aptly named for the little Vixen that ran through the front field when we came to look at the property. I think of the dinners we have had on the front porch. I think of watching the sun set and listening to a squadron of geese as they fly in formation over the barn or wait for one of the Bald Eagles to take flight from the old Hickory tree. I wait for our little vixen to come out from her den and hunt for the mice that inhabit the front field. I will always remember the wind in my face as I galloped the fields, in preparation for my beloved sport of Eventing. The sound of my mare’s hooves crunching on the gravel road and the smell of freshly cut hay bring me a sense of peace. Vixen Hill is a slice of Heaven tucked away in Orange Virginia, peaceful, quiet and graceful, There is plenty of room for legging up a horse and practicing some cross country jumps as well as stadium. The dressage ring is standard size with room to enlarge to full size. There are paddocks with sheds for new horses and one is connected to the broodmare stall in the barn. There are two large grazing fields, all have electric for water heaters, post and board fencing and faucets with underground shut offs. The barn has three stalls on one side and a tack room, wash stall and grain room on the other. The barn was built with supports for over hangs if desired. The need for more stalls would be an easy build as this Morton barn is already a sturdy yet simple design. Aside from the farm life Vixen Hill can give you serenity after a hectic day and provide you with a safe place for your children to grow up.
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HAPPENINGS HAPPENINGS Hope’s Legacy
Wins ASPCA Grant (& is Holding a Raffle)
We wanted to share the great news with you, our Adopters, Volunteers, and Supporters, before we make this public. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) announced the winners of the 2019 Help a Horse Home Challenge today . We are happy to announce Hope’s Legacy was among the winners in this Challenge and will receive a $10,000 Grant! More than 170 Rescue Groups participated in the 2019 Challenge, and 13 winners were announced today. Thanks to those of you who helped us find new homes for 19 horses, minis and donkeys between April 26th and June 30th! The true winners are those horses and donkeys who are now residing in new loving homes, and future Hope’s Legacy residents who will benefit from this grant money. Thank you for your continued support! For more information about Help a Horse HomeSM: The ASPCA Equine Adoption Challenge, please visit www.aspca.org/helpahorse.
Hope’s Legacy’s Online Raffle! Purchase tickets now until September 21st at www.hopeslegacy.com/raffle Your chances of winning are outstanding! All you need to do is buy a ticket or two - or 6! Go to the website to see the packages being raffled. Tickets are only $20 each, or 6 for $100. Purchase tickets until Noon 9/21/19; winners will be announced at 6 PM, September 21st. 100% of your purchase benefits the horses and donkeys at Hope’s Legacy!
2019 Artisans Studio Tour:
Make it a Handmade Weekend
This year we celebrate the 25th year of Artisan Studio Tours with 25 studio spaces open throughout the region. Our annual studio tour invites guests into the homes and workspaces of Virginia makers. The 25th annual Artisans Studio Tour includes 46 artisans in 25 studios across Charlottesville and surrounding counties over the weekend of November 9-10. Central Virginia’s fall foliage provides a stunning backdrop to this free driving tour of the studios of returning favorites and new artisans. “With so much to enjoy, why not make a weekend of it?” suggests Tour Director Nancy Ross with a smile. “Check out the northern cluster of studios, then after lunch in town, spend an afternoon visiting the studios in Charlottesville. After a casual evening dining in one of the more than 100 area independent restaurants, cafes, bistros, grills or pubs, wake early on Sunday to catch the rest of the amazing studios in the southern and western areas of the Tour,” adds Ross. Check out www.visitcharlottesville.org for accommodation ideas, and organizers suggest booking in advance. This year’s Tour brings five new artisans from around the state representing a variety of craft. Emerging artist Robert Turner as well as Johannah Willsey and Kyle Lucia (known together as Phoenix Handcraft) join Christina Boy in her Madison woodworking studio. From Central Virginia, Turner’s work as a copper roofer influences his fine metal & enamel jewelry. Coming from Richmond, mosaic artist Willsey and blacksmith Lucia combine their skills to create furniture, art, and home goods. In Charlottesville, fiber and textile artist Charlotte Friese joins Nan Rothwell Pottery Studio. Friese creates contemporary apparel, accessories, and wall hangings influenced by nature. Ceramic artist Christina Osheim opens her Charlottesville studio where she displays ceramics exploring concepts of “high art” in everyday objects with humor and intellect. There will be artisan demonstrations and opportunities to learn about the working processes throughout the Studio Tour. The Tour provides an excellent opportunity to purchase the work of talented professional artisans as unique gifts or for your own collection. The studios and artisans are varied, but their commitment to fine craftsmanship is a constant throughout the tour. Directions and a map can be found on the studio tour website. You are invited to tour from 10 AM to 5 PM on November 9 and 10, 2019. For more information about the Artisans Studio Tour and links to individual artisan websites, visit online at www.artisanstudiotour.com, like the Tour on Facebook at https:/ /www.facebook.com/artisans.studio.tour and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/artisanstudiotour/, or contact Nancy Ross at email@example.com or 434-973-6846.
OnSALE Sale ON Montpelier Painting up for auction : The artist for the 2019 Poster is Booth Malone
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Pictured at left The painting for the Montpelier Steeplechase Races that is featured on the Poster for the 2019 races will be on display at the Caspari store on the Downtown Mall from September 19October 1. From October 4 through October 31 it will be on display at the Art Center in Orange. It will be available by Silent Auction The bidding will start on Friday, November 1st and continue through Race Day November 2nd.. The auction will conclude and the winner announced before the last race on November 2nd. If anyone wishes to place a phone bid they can do so by calling 540-672-0027 prior to November 1st. The painting is 24â€? by 30â€? Our Thanks to Buchanan and Kiguel for the beautiful framing.
About the Artist:
ward winning equestrian artist Booth Malone remembers the parting advice of his old boss at Coca-Cola, then President Donald Keough: "Do one thing; do it the best you can, and market the hell out of it!" "I took that to heart and concentrated on horses and put my best into each painting. The marketing I've left up to word-of-mouth which, in our small world of horses, has been more than enough."
"The best sporting artists have an eye not only for detail, but for the telling detail - the nuance of gesture, of motion, of light and gear which reflects an insider's grasp of the outdoor world
- Booth Malone
Receiving his B.A. with a Visual Design major, Booth worked for The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta. His positions there afforded him a unique opportunity to travel extensively and he used his spare time to broaden his art education. Seeing some of the finest collections in the world infused him with the desire to be an artist himself: "Regional museums were my first real exposure to Remington and Russell --they didn't exactly receive a lot of coverage in 'Art History 101' and I was completely captivated by [Remington's] use of light and Russell's narrative compositions. I also saw Russell's studio in Montana and his earliest works -- which were quite raw -- and discovered he developed his talent as an adult. So it was an encouragement to me. To Start!" In a portent of things to come his first professional painting was an equestrian portrait of a friend from work. "It was a small painting and rough, and a small check, but I got more pleasure from that than from all the salary I received from Coke - I never looked back!" Booth studied the techniques of portraitist John Singer Sargent and equestrian artist Sir Alfred Munnings. "They're really twin souls. If Sargent had gone outside more he would have painted like Munnings and vice versa. They were both known for bravura brushwork but I also noticed they went for nuances and subtle gestures and that appealed to me -- good paintings should be more than photographic accuracy." He says he also picks up ideas from the great illustrators like N.C. Wyeth, Rockwell and Leyendecker.
Moving to Columbus, Georgia in the mid 1980's, "I was lucky early on to fall in with the Midland Fox Hounds when Ben Hardaway was Master, and through them I was exposed to Olympic level Eventing, and high caliber steeplechasing and polo. My wife, when we first met, worked in bloodstock and her knowledge of racing and its players, on both sides of the Atlantic proved to be a tremendous resource." Booth has been a member of the American Academy of Equine Art since 1994, and since 2016, President of its Board of Directors. He showed regularly at Rolex CCI**** from 1997 to 2010 and made his international debut with the prestigious Frost & Reed Gallery. He has been the official artist for numerous steeplechase meets, as well as The Virginia Gold Cup and the 2006 Breeder's Cup, and you find his work regularly on the covers of The Chronicle of The Horse and other equestrian magazines and catalogs. He enjoys a close association with The United States Pony Clubs (USPC). He is a Signature member of Oil Painters of America (OPA), Society of Animal Artists (SAA), and the Portrait Society of Atlanta (Member of Merit). In 2012 Green Island Country Club chose him to portray 1987 Master's Champion Larry Mize. His most recent exhibition was held jointly with sculptor Kathleen Friedenberg at the Aiken (SC) Art Center.
OBITUARY OBITUARY Virginia Bliss Trester Mason Virginia Bliss Trester Mason was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on February 18, 1931, to Virginia Allen Bliss and William Stanley Bliss. She died on August 11, 2019. She grew up in Aurora, Ohio, and attended Hathaway Brown in Shaker Heights, Ohio and Smith College in Northampton, Mass. She was graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Education and minored in Spanish at the top of her class. Her husband, Leonard Steele Trester predeceased her in 1967. Her husband, Harry C. Mason predeceased her in March 1997. She was a founding member of the Woman's Club of Madison and served as president from 1962-1964. She was a member of the Dolley Madison Garden Club and served as president in 1979. She served as volunteer at the Love Outreach Food Pantry and the Clothes Closet in Orange for years and was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Orange, serving on the vestry and as a docent. She held her private pilot's license and was a member of the Flying Farmers of America, serving as Virginia's queen in the mid 1960's. She was an avid gardener, enjoyed yoga, refinishing furniture, sewing and knitting. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her children, Chuck Mason and his wife, Ann, of Orange, Gayle Trester Fitzhugh and her husband, Curtis, of Orange, Billy Mason and his wife, Tanya, of Richmond, Leonard Trester and his wife, Julie, of Bluffton, S.C., Holly Trester Carper and her husband, Thomas, of Waynesboro, and Merry Trester Shifflett and her husband, Ross, of Pratts, 16 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. Her son, James C. Mason predeceased her in 1990. She is also survived by her brothers, Bill Bliss and his wife, Lynn, of Hollywood, Fla., Pres Bliss and his wife, Marge, of Ft. Myers, Fla., and Bob Bliss and his wife, Judy of Harwich, Mass. A memorial funeral service was held on Tuesday, August 20, 2019,. at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church, in Orange, with the Rev. Dr. Linda Hutton officiating. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Orange Love Outreach Food Pantry, 252 Blue Ridge Dr., Orange, VA 22960, or the Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911. Preddy Funeral Home of Orange is assisting the family.
John Young Haffner John Young Haffnerwas born in Charlottesville, Virginia, on June 28, 1949, and died surrounded by his family at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 27, 2019. He was the son of the late Mary Porter Jones Haffner and Howard Young Haffner. He is survived by his wife, Shannon Wilson Haffner; his son, Howard Young Haffner; daughter, Shannon Montgomery Haffner Morris and her wife, Sarah Haffner Mathis and grandson, Tucker Scott Morris. He is also survived by his sister, Ann Haffner “Missy” Sanford and her two daughters, Cameron and Paige Sanford. John went to Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, Connecticut and The Hun School of Princeton, New Jersey. There he played football and lacrosse. For college he attended the University of Tennessee where he met his wife, Shannon. He graduated in 1974, with a Bachelor of Science from the School of Agriculture. While attending UT he played on club teams. John grew up in the Farmington Hunt Club learning to ride beside some of the great equestrians of our area. He had many great horses in his life but he most enjoyed hunting with his mare, “Miss Berta”. He enjoyed various hobbies including Fox Hunting and Polo earlier in his life. He had a true love for model trains that grew out of being gifted a train from his grandfather at a young age. This is a passion that he has now passed along to his own grandson, Tucker. John was an avid football fan, loved to follow the Volunteers, Cavaliers and the Redskins, and he also spent time surf fishing. After graduating college he came back to work on the family farm. He evolved his farming knowledge into his own business of selling Ford tractors. John then worked at Faulconer Construction, where he thrived and continued to work there until his death. He will be missed. We will all hold so many memories of him and his wonderful sense of humor in our hearts. A graveside service for Mr. Haffner was at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 1, 2019, at St. James Church (Garth Chapel) on Garth Road outside of Charlottesville. . In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate that memorial donations be made to St. James Church (Garth Chapel), c/o Scott Peyton, 12189 Indian Creek Road, Amherst, VA 24521. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hillandwood.com.
Emmett W. Wright,Jr. Emmett W. Wright, Jr., the sixth headmaster of Woodberry Forest School and an ardent supporter of independent schools, died August 26, 2019 in Orange, Virginia. He was ninety-three years old. Mr. Wright first came to Woodberry in 1968 as a history teacher and curriculum advisor. During his initial short stay of two years, he helped to develop a new and improved curriculum for Woodberry students. He then was invited to be head of Metairie Park Country Day School in New Orleans, where he stayed from 1970 to 1974. He returned to Woodberry as headmaster in 1974 and served in that role until 1991. Upon his retirement he received the J. Carter Walker Award, Woodberry’s highest honor. "As headmaster, Emmett Wright was a titan of excellence at Woodberry Forest," said Dr. Byron Hulsey ’86, Woodberry’s current headmaster. "His commitment to the school’s mission was unceasing, and the unique combination of his resolute decisiveness and tender heart made him worthy of our respect and admiration." Emmett Wright grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and graduated from North Fulton High School before joining the United States Navy. Where he started his career in education after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in history from Furman University and a master’s in history from Emory University. During this time he married his wife, Betty, and they had two children, Bobby ’72 and Jimmy. After finishing graduate school, Mr. Wright went to West Fulton High School, in 1951 to teach history and coach basketball. A year later, he joined the faculty at The Westminster Schools of Atlanta, and worked there until 1968, eventually serving as head of the boys’ school. During his time in Atlanta, Mr. Wright became known as a community leader and distinguished scholar and educator, including becoming a William Robertson Coe Fellow at the Institute of American History at Stanford University in 1960. He also published a book, Political Leadership in America, in 1966 and was instrumental in the development of the Advanced Placement Program. He helped write the original AP United States History exam and was an AP reader for many years. After his four-year tenure in New Orleans as head of Metairie Park, Mr. Wright found his way back to Woodberry. His time here was marked by major successes in the classroom, on the athletic fields, and behind the scenes. Mr. Wright knew that not all students tested well, but he never gave up on them. Throughout his time as headmaster, he taught history classes for upperclassmen. Paul Huber III ’68, academic dean and member of the foreign language department, remembers Mr. Wright during a faculty meeting urging his colleagues to work harder to allow every boy to succeed. He said “the problem with you people is that you don’t want to teach. You expect the students to already know what they need to know before you get them.” Outside of the classroom Mr. Wright was instrumental in the construction of the Barbee Center, the home for swimming, indoor track, and other athletic teams. This athletic complex showed his dedication to athletics as a core part of the Woodberry student experience. One of the main accomplishments of his tenure as headmaster was his commitment to growing the endowment, an essential part of any independent school. The endowment grew tenfold from when he became headmaster in 1974 to when he retired in 1991. This legacy supported tuition assistance for students who would have otherwise not been able to attend Woodberry, as well as support for the faculty and other school programs. Mr. Wright was known for his sense of humor and his ability to make tough decisions. He believed in tough love and saying no, while also maintaining close relationships with both the boys and the faculty. In retirement he retained his fondness for watching Woodberry athletic contests and for cigars. He especially relished regular Monday night gatherings with long-serving faculty members such as Dick Glover ’61, Tom Bond, Bob Vasquez, John Reimers, and Paul Huber to discuss the news of the day and events at Woodberry and gathered with these friends and colleagues just a week before his death. Mr. Wright is survived by his son, son and daughter-in-law, James Howard Wright and Elizabeth Wood Wright, of Charlottesville; his grandson and his wife, Andrew MacNaughton Wright and Constance Fleming Wright; his great-grandchildren, Sidney Fleming Wright, Sloane MacNaughton Wright, and Wilson Iredell Wright, all of Charlottesville, and a niece and six nephews.He was preceded in death by his son, Bobby, his former wife, Betty, and one of his grandsons, Brian Wright. A memorial service will be held in St. Andrew’s Chapel at Woodberry Forest on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. A reception will follow the service.
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OBITUARY OBITUARY Evans Clark (E.C.) Mundy, Jr.
Brian M. Campbell Brian M. Campbell, PhD., a loving husband, father, grandfather and mentor to many, died peacefully at his home in Keswick, Va. on September 6, 2019, he was 77. Dr. Campbell had a long and distinguished career in aviation, serving in Senior Executive roles, including the founding of two airlines and two aviation consulting practices. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on July 22, 1942, he was the son of George and Dorothy Campbell. Dr. Campbell was an avid and lifelong scholar, receiving a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University in 1963 and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario in 1965. Dr. Campbell earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration from Columbia University in 1968 and then joined Simat, Hellissen & Eichner, Inc., a transportation consulting firm. Between 1976 and 1982, Dr. Campbell was a co-founder and senior executive of two new-entrant airlines, with primary responsibilities for planning and finance. The first of these new companies was Midway Airlines, Inc., where he held the position of Vice President of Finance and Administration from 1977 to 1980. After Midway, Dr. Campbell formed Air Chicago, Inc. and served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer through the planning and initial capitalization period. Dr. Campbell returned to the consulting profession in 1982, and from 1987 until December 1993, he was a founding member of Leeper, Cambridge & Campbell, Inc. He held the position of President from 1991 to 1993. In December 1993, he formed The Campbell Aviation Group, Inc., the predecessor to the Campbell-Hill Aviation Group. As a consultant, Dr. Campbell appeared as an expert witness in more than 100 adversarial proceedings before regulatory boards or commissions, representing private as well as government and non-profit organizations. Dr. Campbell often testified in U.S. federal courts, state courts and administrative tribunals, and provided testimony before the U.S. Congress and the Canadian Parliament. Dr. Campbell stepped down as Chairman of Campbell-Hill Aviation Group in March 2017, though he continued to provide his expertise and support to his numerous clients and colleagues. In October 1990, Brian married the love of his life, Melba Mullins Campbell in Cincinnati, Ohio. The couple lived in McLean, Va. for 12 years and built their dream home in Keswick, Va., outside of Charlottesville in 2002. In addition to his aviation work, Dr. Campbell was an avid supporter of the University of Virginia, where he served on multiple boards. He and Melba were active in a number of local charities, including the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center at UVA, as well as a Board Member for the First Tee of the Virginia Blue Ridge and the UVA Heart & Vascular Center. Dr. Campbell was a member of the Keswick Hall & Golf Club, where he will be greatly missed by his weekly foursome. He was also an active mentor and advisor to numerous UVA entrepreneurs starting companies to commercialize their inventions, and was a founding investor and Board member of HemoShear Therapeutics. In addition to his wife, Melba, Dr. Campbell is survived by his stepdaughter Tina Rogers and her husband, Jeff and three grandchildren, Caroline, Matthew, and Jack, all of Memphis, Tenn. His granddaughter Caroline, who held a special place in Brian’s heart, is just beginning her pursuit of a medical career at Texas Christian University. He also loved playing golf with his two grandsons, Matthew and Jack, of whom he was extraordinarily proud. The family would like to express their profound gratitude to the UVA Heart & Vascular Center for all the excellent care he was provided during his various heart surgeries. A graveside service was held on. Friday, September 13, 2019, at Grace Episcopal Church, 5607 Gordonsville Road, Keswick, VA 22947. The funeral service and celebration of his life followed at the Glenmore Country Club, 1750 Piper Way, Keswick, VA 22947.
Evans Clark (E.C.) Mundy, Jr. passed away on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at home in Barboursville, VA with his wife of 43 years by his side. E.C. was born March 25, 1927 at home on the family farm with the help of Dr.Sims who came from Eheart on a horse and buggy. E.C. began his education at James Barbour School in Barboursville and graduated in 1944 from Orange High School in Orange, Virginia. After several “tries” to enter the U.S. Marine Corps and being told he was too small each time, he began eating bananas and drinking water to increase the amount of his weight on the scales and they finally sent him to “boot camp.” Once in the Marine Corps during WWII, he was stationed in Guam, Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Tokyo Bay, Japan. He was later sent aboard the USS Columbus to serve under Admiral Bennett and then transferred to the heavy cruiser USS Chicago to serve with Admiral Bledsoe. E.C.’s last tour of duty was on the USS Fall River which also returned him home to the USA. After leaving the Marines he attended the Cincinnati College of Embalming and graduated Summa Cum Laude. He worked as a licensed embalmer and funeral director under Frank A. Bliley of Richmond, Virginia and also at Wheeler-Thompson Funeral Home, Fredericksburg, VA. After his father died, E.C. moved back to the farm in Barboursville and opened the State Farm Insurance Office in Orange, VA while also working part time with horses. He began working full time with horses in the 1950’s. After marrying Keveney Bliley in 1976, they both began buying, selling and raising young thoroughbreds for the racetracks. They later moved their horse business to Ocala, Florida where the Ocala Breeders Sales Company was trying to get started. E.C. bought an interest in this sales company and he and Keveney still own an interest.Thousands of thoroughbreds are sold each year and the barns in Florida are always full. One day E.C. decided that it was time to say goodbye to Florida and head back home to Virginia. They made a home in Barboursville where E.C. was Master of the Barboursville Masonic Lodge; founding member of the Piedmont Sportsman Club; Chairman of the Orange County Zoning Board of Appeals; Chairman of the BarboursvilleRuritan Club; a former member of the Farmington Hunt Club and helped start the firedepartment in Barboursville. E.C. loved dogs and started the first Jack Russell Budweiser line here in Virginia.He also had some of the first Charolais cattle in the area and the first Goose Neck Horse Trailer that became the “trailer of choice” after a while. E.C.’s love of the sport of hunting with his friends and his English Pointers and later, English Setters, brought him great joy. He brought the first Pointing Lab to this area. E.C. was preceded in death by his parents Evans C. and Denzil Mundy, sisters Duvrese M. Marr, Denzil M. Lyne, Beverly M. Collins and his son Evans Clark Mundy,III. In addition to his wife, Keveney, he is survived by daughter Kimberly Murphy of Alabama; sister Theresa M. Jesser of Athens, GA and several nieces and nephews. Honorary pall bearers will be his nephews, cousins and The Hatton Ferry Dead Eyes, sporting clay friends of E.C. Mundy. The family will receive friends from 5-7 PM on Sunday, September 8th at Preddy Funeral Home in Gordonsville, VA. The funeral, with Masonic Rites, was on Monday, September 9th at Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville. Interment will be in Graham Cemetery, 14191 Constitution Highway, Orange, VA. A Reception followed at the Barboursville Volunteer Fire Department, 5251 Spotswood Trail, Barboursville, VA. Memorial contributions may be made to Legacy Hospice, 500 Faulconer Dr, Suite 100, Charlottesville, VA 22903; Barboursville Masonic Lodge, P.O. Box 83, Barboursville, VA 22923; The Ruritan Club, 5259 Barboursville Community Center, Barboursville, VA 22923; or the Barboursville Volunteer Fire Department P.O. 122, Barboursville, VA 22923.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to First Tee of The Virginia Blue Ridge, 1 Boar’s Head Pl., Suite 120, Charlottesville, VA 22903, the University of Virginia Heart & Vascular Center, 500 Ray C. Hunt Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903, or the Grace Episcopal Church Opus 77 Fund, P.O. Box 43, Keswick, VA 22947. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hillandwood.com .
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Long after other homes have crumbled, the stone walls of Arcourt will remain-a testament to the quarried natural stone and superb quality construction used to create this one of a kind estate. Spacious (over 5800 finished sq. ft.) French-inspired custom residence on 22 private acres in Keswick Hunt Country, completely fenced for horses, 3-stall stable, guest quarters, with shop/garage underneath. Interior of residence features an open floor plan, with large rooms, high ceilings, tall windows, and heated stone floors. There is a main-level master suite, second bedroom or study on the first floor, two more bedrooms and two baths on the second level.
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inCowherd Mtn Farm enjoys fertile soil and abundant water. Revolutionary War Vet Francis Cowherd purchased from James Madison and left his name on the mountain which serves as a shelter to the farm. Approximately 1/2 the farm is established pasture with the balance in mature forest. This is the Keswick Hunt and suitable for horses or other livestock. With morning sun, afternoon shade, & gentle slope, this is perfect for a vineyard. The farmhouse has 3 br's and 2 baths for a farm mgr or as a staging area while you build on a knoll overlooking the valley to the mountains. Not in conservation easement with potential tax benefits For further information contact Joe Samuels 434.295.8540. t
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