Keswick Life Digital Edition COVID Summer 2020

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KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its environs - Summer 2020


In this issue

Supervisors Uphold Comprehensive Plan In Gas Station Denial plus: going out, overheard, weddings, keswickian, community, bookworm and much more

For those ready for what's next




540 Park Street



Listed for $4,250,000

Listed for $2,485,000

Murdoch Matheson 434.981.7439

Murdoch Matheson | Conor Murray | Ann Hay Hardy 434.296.0134




4865 Gilbert Station Road



MLS 604324

MLS 605037

Liza Levy Payne 540.270.8590

Conor Murray 434.964.7100

Frank Hardy Sotheby's International Realty, Inc. | 417 Park Street Charlottesville, Virginia 22902 © MMXX Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC. All Rights Reserved. Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated. Sotheby's International Realty and the Sotheby's International Realty logo are registered (or unregistered) service marks licensed to Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC.




Keswick Estate

Keswick Country Houses

60 Houses sold for a total $39.6million

5 House sold for total $7.1million

21 Houses for a total of $15.2million

Average Sold Price: $660,000

Average Sold Price: $1,411,000

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

Rivanna Village

All Keswick Residential Sales

61 Residential Properties sold for a total $23.7million

156 Residential Properties totaled $86.6million

13 Parcels sold for a total of $3.2million

Average Sold Price: $575,000

Average size 3.5acres. Largest Parcel: 22acres

Average Sold Price: $389,000

Keswick Land Sales

Source: CAAR MLS Database

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



IN THIS ISSUE Summer 2020

COVID-19 Protocols In Place

Outdoor Tasting Experience

Socially distanced, sophisticated and relaxed.

9 ON THE COVER Denied - Supervisors Kill Proposal

A proposal to build a gas station and restaurant at Boyd Tavern was dealt a major setback this month when the Board of Supervisors deadlocked on a vote for the necessary special use permit to make this significant community improvement. Read all about it on page 9!

Light fare now served alongside the full cider menu by the glass or by the bottle. Friday -Sunday from Midday

10 COMMUNITY In January, Hospice of the Piedmont


was pleased to be featured in Keswick Life,announcing our 40th anniversary and exciting plans for the annual Run & Remember 5K Race at Keswick Hall. At that time, we could never have imagined how our world was about to change. When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in our community, Hospice of the Piedmont quickly and radically shifted operations in order to safely care for patients and families. Read all the developments on page 10.



13 WEDDINGS Bryan and Court Manning's Wedding exclusive, photo journal and story of a celebration in this COVID-19 age – details on page 13.

15 BUSINESS INSIDER ROX is the new, no-stress way to travel between Virginia Beach and Washington

D.C. or Virginia Beach and Charlottesville. Created by former State Sen. and Amerigroup founder Jeff McWaters, The ROX serves savvy, productive-minded business and leisure travelers with plush leather seating, luxury amenities and convenient departure times from each destination. All the details on page 15.

New Release

18 BOOKWORM While we are stuck social distancing and masking up every time we go out in public, one of the few benefits of COVID-19 is that we have more time to be creative and work on our pile of books that have built up by our bed. Reading doesn’t require being near anyone and you can enjoy it without a mask! Here are a few more good choices to enjoy during these long summer days. By Suzanne Nash, page 18.

Black Twig

Still, dry cider aged in Basil Hayden barrels, with a full body and mildly astringent finish. By the Glass at the Tasting Room, Friday -Sunday from Midday

24 LOOKING BACK Sadly, it was time to say goodbye. Keswick Stables had to put 'Husband' down over the summer – the end of an era. He had lost a ton of weight in spite of eating a lot. He was happy and sound but literally hairy bones and they did not want something bad to happen. "He was 30 years old and the nicest horse I ever owned," – Peggy Augustus


5 SUMMER 2020


Road with 4 beds, 3 baths and 2964 sf on 1.1 acres for $367k in 7 days. In Glenmore 3510 Devon Pines with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 4166 sf sold for $599k in 2 days, 2437 Pendower Lane with 2 beds, 2.5 baths and 2080 sf sold for $545k in 72 days. 3470 Darby Road with 4 beds, 3+ baths and 3648 sf listed at $698k sold for $680k in 230 days. 8 homes sold in Rivanna Ridge.

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

with 5 beds, 5+ baths andCIDER 11233 sfCONTINUES on 2.4 lake front acres at CASTLE HILL $4.2m. 5450 Stony Point Pass, “Cedarcroft”, with 4 beds, 4.5 PARTNERSHIP BLUE baths and 3902 sf on 2 acresWITH at $1.395m. 675RIDGE Black Cat Road AREA FOOD BANK with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3389 sf on 2.5 acres at $774.9k and in Glenmore 3410 Cotswold Lane with 5 beds, 3.5 baths and $1000 raised3402 since MarchGrange with 4 beds, 2.5 baths 4111 sf for $574.9k. Cesford and 315 sf for $650k. 3410 Carroll Creek Road with 5 beds, 4.5 Keswick, July 6, 2020 – Castle Hill Cider baths and 6536 sf Virginia, at $1.195m. 3633 Victoria Lane with 5 beds,is pleased to announce its continued support of the Blue 4.5 baths and 3651 sf at $549k. 3489 Carroll Creek Road with 4 Ridge Area Food Bank by adding a new cider to beds, 4.5 baths and 5843 sf at $1.295m. 518 Drumin Rd with its 4 online beds, 3.5 bathspurchase and 3119promotion. sf at $698k There were 3 new homes listed in Rivanna Ridge. Since mid-March, Castle Hill Cider has been donating ON AND OFF THE MARKET for every six $339.5k bottles, to and $10 for265 every case of SerReduced was 3360 Keswick Road, 31.6 acres at “Royal$5Acres”, from $324.5k. Pelham Drive endipity 2016 sold to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Five 4custom construction Keswick with beds, 4homes baths are andunder 2596 sf on 5.1 acresinfrom $675k to $649k in 88 days. 1025 Pelham Drive with 4 beds, 4 Campbell, General Manager of Castle Hill Cider Estate! 2559 Palmer Drive with 3 beds, 3.5 baths and in Rob baths and 3924 sf on 4.2 acres from $577.5k to $549.9k 232 days. In Glenmore 3661 Perthshire Court with 6 remarked, “Every $10 equates to 40 meals for our area 3750 4.5 sf on 2 acres $2.425m, Palmer Drive with beds, baths and at5001 sf from2571 $675k to $649k in 88 days. 1140 Cambridge Hill Lane with 7 beds, 8.5 baths and neighbors in need, which is so powerful, especially 4 beds, 4.5 baths andto4080 sf onin2.7 8268 sf from $1.495m $1.385m 78 acres days. at 506$2.625m, Drumin Road with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 4769 sf from $849.9k to during times of crisis.” He continued, “Our team was 2869 Palmer $799.9k in 197Drive days.with 4 beds, 4 baths and 4606 sf on so moved by the ability of the BRAFB to affect so many 3.3 acres at $2.850m, 2884 Palmer Drive with 4 beds, with just $10, we got right to work creating a promo4.5 baths and 4118 sf on 4.15 acres at 2.675m and 3280 Under contract is 5350 Louisa Road, “Airslie” with 5tion beds, 6+would baths and 8661 sf on 61 acres listed at $3.5m that be impactful.” Broadmoor Drive with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 4000 sf on and under contract at $3.295m in 229 days. 77 Keswick Glen Lane with 4 beds, 2.5 baths and 2000 sf on 1.5 acres 2.3 acres at $2.7m. In Glenmore 2431 Pendower Lane at $350k. 4610 Further Lane is 3.16 acres at $75k in 1 day. 3465 Richmond Road with 4 beds, 3 baths and 2964 sf on with 4 beds, 3 baths and 2810 sf is listed at $639.5k, During the Commonwealth of Virginia’s mandated 1.1 acres for $350k in 7 days. 736 Fieldstone Drive with 3 beds, 2+ baths and Winery 3080 sf on 3.7 acres for $379.9k 16 closure of Farm Tasting Rooms, CastleinHill 1451 Bremberton Lane with 4 beds, 2.5 baths and 2929 days. 160 Spring Meadow Lane with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 2878 sf pivoted on 2 acresitsat efforts $420k into42focus days. on 4325internet Bunker sales Hill Cider sf listed at $574k. 3394 Piperfife Court with 5 beds, 4.5 Road with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 1677 sf on 2 acres at $379k with in 58 curbside days. 2684pick-up Paddock Wood with 5for beds, 4.5 and freeRoad shipping orders baths and 4122 sf listed at $575k and 1407 Sunderland baths and 4662 sf on 43 acres at $1.045m in 72 days. 3262 Sandown Park Road with 4combine beds, 3.5the baths and 4894 sf over $100. The ability to BRAFB promoLane with 6 beds, 5.5 baths and 57866 sf listed at $865k. for $720k in 52 days and 3 under contract in Rivanna Village.. tion with free shipping really struck a chord with the Reduced is 3360 Keswick Road, a 32 acre parcel at community. Rob Campbell added, “Our audience just loved especially those cider live out of Sold is 5600down Turkey Sag$339.5k Road, “Bramblewood” 7+it, baths and 13686 sf on 522 fans acres,who listed at $6.7m Royal Acres from to $319.5k in 385 with days.6 beds, town. We have truly been amazed by the support, and sold $6.2m. Bottom Farm 4 baths and 5551 sf on 43.5 acres sold in 1 day for $1.895m. 1998for Piper WayChopping with 3 beds, 3 baths andwith 40474sfbeds, on 1.25 we’re excited to up the ante by adding new ciders and 5352 Lane$1.249m with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and days 2838 and sf on 0.69 acres, the “Old Blacksmiths Shop”, listed at $495k acresCismont down from to $1.056m in 438 continuing the2289 freesfshipping offer.” sold $475k inLane 236 days. Keswick Road beds, 2 baths and on 2.5 acres sold for $349.9k in 2 2419for Pendower with 3304 5 beds, 4.5 baths andwith 48563sf days. with beds, 2.5 baths and 2204 sf on 42 acres sold for $425k in 1 day. In Keswick down1664 fromRichmond $774.9k toRoad $759.9k in 4121 days. far, sales of for Serendipity have generated3389 over Estate 859 Club Drive with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 2353 sf onSo2.5 acres sold $530k in 32016 days. In Glenmore $1000 for the BRAFB. Now, three months into the proCesford Grange with 4 beds, 4.5 baths andGordonsville 3698 sf listed at $411k sold for $490k in 20 days. 3368 Marsden Point Under contract around the area is 6478 motion, Castle Hill Cider is adding a new variety to with beds,33.5 baths 4246 sf 5414 sold for $579k 10 days. Road4 with beds, 3.5and baths and sf on 46.8 in acres at 2213 Piper Way with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 2957 sf sold help drive donations: All Hopped Up, a ginger cider for $550k in 1 day. 1683Drive Paddington with 4 beds, $1.495m. 996 Pelham with 4 Circle beds, 3.5 baths and4.5 baths and 4331 sf listed at $632.9k sold for $620k in 165 withsold Centennial, Idaho2316 7 hop vadays. 3125 Darbythen Road$459.9k, with 4 in beds, baths 3606 sfdry-hopped listed at $699k for $650k Citra, in 91 days. Grey 3236 sf at $480k, 356 3.5 days and and 265 Pelrieties. For each case purchase (6) four-packs of All Heron Roadwith with45 beds, beds, 45.5 baths and 5700sfsfaton 5.1 acres sold for $959k in 12 days and 3 homes sold in Rivanna ham Drive baths and 2596 $529.9k, Hopped Up, Castle Hill will donate 10% to the Blue then $499k, in 206 days. Lot 12 on Club Drive, KesRidge. wick Estate, 2.1 acres for $250k in 2 days. In Glenmore Ridge Area Food Bank. 3471 Darby Road with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 5938 sf for On Board $720k in 14 days. 1631 Gateway Place with 4 beds, 3.5 “We are so grateful to our community for how they baths and 5064 sf at $859k in 14 days. 3410 Cotswold have stepped up to help their neighbors,” says Millie Winstead, Director of Development for the Food Bank. Lane 5 beds, 3.5 baths and 4111meeting sf at $574.9k With thewith cancellation of the April Annual of the in Keswick Hunt Club due to the Panemic their board found “I am often asked, ‘how can I help?’. Cider Hill is a 59 days. 3368 Camden with 5 beds, baths it necessary to appoint four Court new members for one3.5 year terms.perfect Two of the appointees are currently boardyou members example of how—just do what can, how andsecretary, 4921 sf atShelley $625k in 112 days. 3661 Membership Perthshire Court their Payne and their committee chair, Joan Poskey. At our next annual meeting you can, when you can. That is how we make a difwith 6 beds, baths and 5001 sf at $675k, presumable in 4.5 Aptil 2021 , mmbers will vote then to fill$649k, the fourference.” seats and any others that become available .In the in 114 days. 2419 Pendower with board 5 beds,members 4.5 bathsJohn Moore and Brook Royster, our sincere thanks for meantime. They wish the two Lane departing Castle Hill Cider is open for outdoor bottle service and 4856 sf at $774.9 then $759.9k in 121 days. their time, hard work and siginificant contributions to3524 the club. Glasgow Lane with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 5082 sf at 2-8pm Friday and 12-6pm Saturday and Sunday. pick-up for online orders is available Monday$650k, in ,434 Darby Road with Porch As$750k, the twothen replacements the days. Board3164 has asked Colin Dougherty and John Markey join the board. Colin has resided Thursday 11am – to 5pm. beds, 3.5for baths and 5750 sf at $899k thensuccessful $850k in 275 in 4Keswick decades, managed several businesses and most recently chaired the board and a days. In Rivanna Ridge 3 home for went under contract. transformational capital campaign a local school. Colin brings enormous energy, expertise amd creativity that will promote our plan to have more club related activities as well as keen business instincts. Colin will work in OPENEDJohn Markey is a financial wizard and has Sold around the area waschairs. 4990 Susan TurkeyRives Sag and Road with conjunction with our social Anne Vanderwarker. 3 beds, 3.5 baths and 4166 sf listed at $800k sold for an eye for detail like no other. John has been helpful with the buiding and renovation projects working with the $755kand in cost 274 cutting days. 160 Spring Meadow Lane with 4 If you ride competitively, ride for fun or just love budget measures. beds, 3.5 baths and 2878 sf on 2 acres listed at $435k horses be sure you visit Crozet Tack and Saddle for sold for $415k in 42 days. 2684 Paddock Wood Road the ultimate retail therapy. 2020 is the five year anniwith 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 4662 sf on 32 acres listed versary of this amazing all consignment business servat $1.045m sold for $930k in 72 days. 3465 Richmond ing greater Charlottesville and the Shenandoah Valley.

The virus has caused small businesses to struggle nationwide so it is reassuring to see a local equestrian shop not only survive, but grow. “Horses are great Closingsays Barbara Barrell of Crozet Tack and medicine,” Saddle. Despite the light store schedule clients are The Downtown andadvantage staff wouldof coming from nearGrille and management far taking great like to thank you for your patronage. For 21 years, it the good weather to train and get back to basics. has been an honor to host and serve the Charlottesville we appreciate Regular shopper,community, Mary, from and Keswick, drops by berouing a part of your celebrations and special tinely to outfit her growing daughter, herselfoccasions and horsthe years.The Downtown announced esover for hunting and pony club. Mrs.Grille Shriver says, “We Monday, April 20, its closing up after more could not survive without Crozet tack and thethan vast20 seyears in business.In a social media post, managelection. It is so helpful when your child is growing and ment citesever the rotating.” economicJust hardship caused the your string last week Shriver coronavirus pandemic, and, “... closing the restaubrought her new horse in the trailer to try saddles and ranthome permanently us the waymake to move forward.” went with two! Thebest prices decision making easy and lowers the risk of trying new equipment. Former employees say they are going to miss the atmosphere and their a fun Back in 2015, seeing thecustomers.“One, huge deficit for having riding equipjob. You know, lots of jobs in America are not very ment locally, friends Barbara Barrell, a life-long horsefun. We don’t really have a scale where we worry woman and owner of Mechums View Farm in Crozet, about that. We’re just likea “JOBS!”, but is registered it fun to and Kathleen Anderson, horse-crazy work there? So when you find one that actually is nurse pooled their tack, talents and resources, and nice to work at, that works. So that place was fun to took a flying leap into the world of retail. work at with really good people. That’s what I’ll miss,” said former waitcontinues staff member Robert Five years later, the shop to grow andTrail. thrive, With heavy hearts, we have decided to cease operaadding new consignors from all over central Virginia tions onclosing the historic mall. The consignor COVIDweekly, in ondowntown the one thousandth 19 pandemic has created an unprecedented ecomilestone. The large brick building on Three Notched nomic hardship, and we feel that closing the restauroad features a fast moving selection of saddles, brirantand permanently is the best way tofor; move forward. dles, head to toe rider apparel Show riders, Fox hunters, Beagle followers, Endurance riders, Polo We sincerely hope that our patrons safe and players, Side Saddle, Driving, Trail remain riders, Campers, stay home during this pandemic. Charlottesville Racing and Western. The books, jewelry, clever resgifts taurants haveart been especially affected by COVIDand wonderful work complete the selection. 19, and we encourage everyone to support the Charlottesville Restaurant Community Fund The shop is super fun to visit and always accepting well-presented consignments. The current hours are Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00-6:00. After Canceled July 13th the shop will be back to normal hours 5 days a week Tuesday through Saturday. The Virginia Foxhound Show; the National Horn For more information about TackHuntsman’s and Saddle Blowing Championships; theCrozet Ian Milne orAward to buypresentation; saddles on line, visit their website: www. the Professional Development, or visit shop ofat2019/ 5778 Program graduation ceremony forthe the class Three Crozet, 22932. 2020;Notch'd and the Rd., ceremony forVA those huntsmen selected cid:f_kcney2pb1 to be inducted into the Huntsmen's Room at the Museum of Hounds and Hunting this year—all previously scheduled over the Memorial Day weekend. It is planned to hold graduation ceremonies for the 2019/2020 Professional Development class at a later date at MFHA headquarters in Middleburg, Virginia. Graduating this year are Bennett Barclay, whipperin, Elkridge-Harford Hunt (MD); Jacob Cotton, whipper-in, Rose Tree-Blue Mountain Hunt (PA); James Dean, whipper-in, Radnor Hunt (PA); Brianna Graf, whipper-in, Essex Foxhounds (NJ); Alyse Phipps, huntsman, Norfolk Hunt (MA); and Katie Wallace, huntsman, Shawnee Hounds (IL).President Leahy has offered to make the MFHA headquarters facility in Middleburg available to the directors of the Museum of Hounds and Hunting for the Huntsmen's Room ceremonies when health conditions allow.

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

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



Looking Forward to

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

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

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

What: We’re Open

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

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

What: Stream the Magic Where: Paramount

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

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

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

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

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Colonial Downs To Open 2020 Thoroughbred Meet On July 27 With Limited Spectator Attendance New Monday thru Wednesday Evening Schedule Officials of Colonial Downs Group, a subsidiary of Peninsula Pacific Entertainment, today announced that its 2020 Thoroughbred meeting would begin on Monday, July 27, with provisions for a limited number of spectators in attendance for the 18-day schedule. This year’s meeting will be conducted on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, with first post time at 5:30 p.m. ET. The meeting will conclude on Wednesday, Sept. 2. The former schedule has been changed from its original slate of July 23-Aug. 29, with racing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. All races during the meeting will be televised on the TVG Network, with wagering available through and other platforms. Racing will begin at 5:30 PM and finish under the lights in 2020. Under conditions established in Virginia’s Phase 3 reopening plan, which allows for outdoor venues to cap attendance at 1000 spectators, Colonial Downs will plan the following protocols for the nightly meeting:

Up to 1000 spectators will be admitted to the outdoor areas of the grandstand and the track apron. All guests will receive temperature checks upon arrival at the facility and a 6-foot social distancing policy will be enforced. Guests are required to wear masks indoors and encouraged outdoors.

"With the advancement into Phase 3 of Virginia’s reopening plan, and guidance from state and local health authorities, we are anxious to offer this year’s race meeting with limited spectators in a safe and healthful fashion,"said John Marshall, Colonial Downs’ Executive Vice President of Operations."As we continue to monitor the effects of Covid-19, our top priority this meet is protecting the health and safety of our guests, team and racing participants." Safety protocols may evolve leading up to and during the race meeting as directed by governmental officials. Enthusiastic Response from Horsemen Response from horsemen for the 2020 meeting has been especially strong nationwide, with 90 stall applications for more than 800 stalls received. Among those received are from horsemen based in Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, New York and Virginia. The Colonial Downs stable area will open on Monday, July 13. The meet Condition Book is now available online at Colonial Downs. Please contact Racing Secretary, Allison DeLuca at for any follow-up questions.





5450 Stony Point Pass • $1,295,000

2431 Pendower Lane • $639,500

Tucked away off a quiet Keswick Lane, Cedarcroft is an idyllic, c. 1932 clapboard home sited on over 2 acres of level, verdant lawns dotted by hardwoods, boxwood borders, & established perennial beds. Comprehensively renovated in ‘93, the current owners have continued to improve this lovely country property located 15 mins from both C’ville & Gordonsville. Add’l 945 sf guest space w/ full bath adj. to the house. Two 2-bay garages are graced w/ Stokes of England weathervanes. Outdoor living options incl’ delightful soapstone-floored sunroom + screened porch w/ skylights & ceiling fans. MLS# 603434

Impeccably maintained & low maintenance home on a quiet, cul-de-sac street in amenity rich Glenmore! Featuring 1-level living & open floor plan, this home is like new & in turnkey condition w/ many upgrades: furniture grade kitchen cabinets, Silestone quartz counters, marble back splash, & upgraded hardwd. Soundproofing insulation has been added in the master bedroom wall between the kitchen & great room to insure a good night’s sleep! A screened porch overlooks the professionally landscaped garden w/ mature & easy to maintain plantings. Billie Magerfield (434) 962-8865. MLS# 604951


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Supervisors Uphold Comprehensive Plan In Gas Station Denial ADAPTED BY PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL A proposal to build a gas station and restaurant at Boyd Tavern was dealt a major setback this month when the Board of Supervisors deadlocked on a vote for the necessary special use permit. The Piedmont Environmental Council played a pivotal role in helping protect the character of Black Cat Road by reminding both supervisors and the community at large that the county decided a long time that this intersection should remain rural. “This is an expectation neighbors and many residents in the Keswick area have expressed,” said Sean Tubbs, PEC’s field representative for Albemarle County, at the June 17 public hearing. “PEC feels you must take their expectations into consideration.” Supervisors voted 3-3 on a motion to approve the permit, which means the permit for the 4,000-square-foot project will not move forward at this time. However, Tiger Fuel has filed a lawsuit against Albemarle, claiming the county’s requirement for a permit process is unlawful. Supervisors Bea LaPisto-Kirtley (Rivanna), Ann Mallek (White Hall), and Donna Price (Scottsville) voted to deny the permit. Supervisors Ned Gallaway (Rio), Diantha McKeel (Jack Jouett), and Liz Palmer (Samuel Miller) voted for its approval. The site is located in the southwest quadrant of Exit 129 on Black Cat Road and is the only commercially-zoned property in the area. Keswick Hall is a mile to the north. Across the street is the Mechunk Acres neighborhood. While zoned for commercial use, the county’s zoning ordinance requires a special use permit for gas stations, restaurants and convenience stores. That’s because the property is not served by public water or sewer and those uses are considered to be more intense. The June 17 public hearing was the second held for the permit. Another public hearing was held on May 20 and also lasted several hours. Both hearings were held electronically due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At least one resident of the Mechunk Acres said he was not able to access the June 17 meeting. County staff recommended approval of the project in part due to a series of conditions, including agreement by Tiger Fuel to turn off lights for at least part of the night. Planners also said the size of the structure would be consistent with the Comprehensive Plan because it would be the same footprint of a country store. However, the Comprehensive Plan also includes a policy on rural interstate interchanges that seeks them from being developed. “Interstate interchanges in the Rural Area should not be used as tourist destinations or tourist ‘stops’ along Interstate 64,” reads the plan. “The Black Cat interchange

has narrow winding roads in one direction and a connection to Route 250 East in the other direction.” The Board of Supervisor’s denial came despite a public relations campaign by Tiger Fuel to convince Supervisors to vote yes. “I have heard from many of you that the scale of our project is a point of concern so we have worked hard to… address that topic,” said Gordon Sutton, the president of Tiger Fuel. He said the proposed structure would be smaller than a Sheetz or a WaWa. He also hinted that the site could be the new home of a Dollar General if the permit was not granted. Sutton said he grew up across the street from the site and he did not want to change the rural character of eastern Albemarle. “I [am] a lifelong resident of this community and I care deeply about seeing it protected,” Sutton said. “I can think of nothing worse than seeing our beautiful county transformed into strip mall USA you might find in northern Virginia.” The Piedmont Environmental Council agrees with this sentiment, but urged denial of the special use permit because approving it would have been against the Comprehensive Plan. PEC staff analysed planning and zoning issues associated with the proposed project and helped educate the community. This outreached resulted in significant public input which ultimately influenced members of the BOS. “This will change the expected character of the area,” Tubbs said. “This county's respect for its citizen-led Comprehensive Plan has made Albemarle such a desirable place to be.” Supervisor Price said she received over 700 emails on the topic before the second public hearing. “What we have is a first-time development of this property, and it will be developed at some point in the future,” Price said. “Are we basically shoe-horning in an application that doesn’t fit within the description of a country market?” At the end of her initial comments, Price wanted to know what fellow supervisors thought about whether this was the right location for a gas station, given the Comprehensive Plan. Supervisor Palmer said she did not think a Dollar General would locate on the site, but was persuaded to approve the project in part because of the condition requiring turning off the lights at night. Supervisor McKeel also supported the project because she felt the use was appropriate.

to look at things as living documents, and maybe our country stores need to change a little bit with the times as well. This is a model of a modern day general store.” Supervisor Ann Mallek said the project was inconsistent with the Comprehensive Plan’s rural protections. “The expectation for the intersection policy was revisited as part of the Crozet Master Plan in 2010, and it was strengthened [in 2015] with the Comprehensive Plan revision,” Mallek said. “It just happens to be that there is an interstate going by. Many of these residents were actually there before the interstate got there.” Mallek said a similar gas station outside Crozet was built against neighborhood wishes. In that case, the developer continues to return to the Board of Supervisors to ask to be let out of previously approved conditions. Supervisor LaPisto Kirtley said her vote came down to personal experience. “I go through this corner several times a day,” she said. “Black Cat Road is a rural road. Where the proposed gas station is is on a blind curve. People are speeding around there. You’re now adding a business where people are going in making left turns and right turns. That’s a real problem for me.” LaPisto Kirtley said she did not think this would be a country store and that advertising for it on interstate signs would attract more than local clientele. “The additional traffic from that use would be too great,” she said. “It’s not a small country store for locals, which would be more fitting in with the rural nature.” Supervisor Gallaway said he was not concerned about interstate traffic because Exit 129 does not have the commercial activity at Exit 136 at Zion Crossroads. “I am somebody that commutes from Charlottesville to Richmond every day for my job, and I pass that intersection every single day,” Gallaway said. He said he prefers to use the bigger gas stations because they are easier to access. The 3-3 vote came at the end of a four-hour public hearing and discussion. The vote does not end the story. Tiger Fuel filed suit against the county last year over the need for a specialuse permit, an outcome that results from an ongoing appeal against the county. A hearing date has not yet been scheduled before the Albemarle Circuit Court. Please write in and tell us your thoughts, questions, concerns, or comments related to this article, by email to

“I do think that we need to look at the definition of a country store differently now, “ McKeel said. “We have




Hospice of the Piedmont Adapts to a Season of Change BY KESWICK LIFE

Photo, left: Dr. Tim Short rejoined Hospice of the Piedmont in May 2020 as Associate Medical Director and Director of the Education Institute at Hospice of the Piedmont. Photo, right: Children work in the Center for Children’s recently renovated art therapy office. Art therapy continues for Center for Children participants and their families with Zoom sessions and at-home art kits. In January, Hospice of the Piedmont was pleased to be featured in Keswick Life, announcing our 40th anniversary and exciting plans for the annual Run & Remember 5K Race at Keswick Hall. At that time, we could never have imagined how our world was about to change. When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in our community, Hospice of the Piedmont quickly and radically shifted operations in order to safely care for patients and families.

• Remembering Our Children – for parents who have experienced the death of a child at any age, join this group for grief education, support and healing. Meets on the first Monday of the month from 5:30 PM – 7:00PM • Grief Support for Mental Health Professionals – a group exclusively for mental health professionals, this monthly support group will meet the 4th Wednesday of each month from 12:00PM – 1:00PM, June 24; July 22; and August 26.

Telehealth services and personal protective equipment for staff, patients, caregivers and family members have now become essential to our work. Using telehealth, Hospice of the Piedmont physicians and nurses now visit more patients in a day and see patients more frequently. Families are able to visit virtually with loved ones who are unable to have visitors, as our staff hold iPhones and iPads to virtually connect families and their loved ones.

• Grief Counseling: In addition to support groups, one on one counseling is available to anyone who is grieving the loss of a friend, family member or even a beloved pet.

All bereavement services have moved online and are being offered via Zoom. Starting in July, Hospice of the Piedmont will offer the following new support groups which may be of interest to you. If you would like to learn more about our virtual counseling services, please call 434-817-6915 or 1-800-975-5501. Advanced registration is required. As a nonprofit hospice, we are able to offer these services free of charge to anyone in our community who is struggling with grief. • Men’s Grief Support Group – for men who have experienced the death of a loved one, participants will learn the grief management techniques alongside licensed counselors and other men experiencing similar situations. Meets on Mondays for 6 weeks, beginning July 6, ending August 10, from 4:00PM – 5:30PM • Spouse/Partner Loss Group for Women – for women who have experienced the death of a loved one, this group explores the unique ways in which women grieve and offers support in a counselor-supported setting. Meets Tuesdays for 6 weeks beginning July 7, ending August 11, from 5:00PM – 6:00PM

• Journeys Camp for grieving children - Hospice of the Piedmont’s Center for Children offers grief counseling through therapeutic art and play therapies. Since March, hundreds of bags of art supplies and grief support resources have been sent to families and special programs for children have been offered virtually. Hospice of the Piedmont’s Journeys Camp will take place virtually from July 27 – 31. Activities will include drumming, therapeutic horsemanship, puppet theater, music therapy and art therapy. The Journeys Camp provides these healing services to grieving children in our community free of charge. In addition to patient and family care, Hospice of the Piedmont also offers educational programs for our community. We are delighted to announce that Dr. Tim Short has recently returned to Hospice of the Piedmont as Associate Medical Director and Director of the Education Institute. Dr. Short served as the first Chief Medical Officer at Hospice of the Piedmont from 2008 through 2010. “We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Short back to the Hospice of the Piedmont family,” said President and CEO Ron Cottrell. “For years, we have collaborated with Dr. Short through his good work as a physician and educator. We’re grateful to have him aboard to aid in providing compassionate end-of-life care to our patients, as well as helping to further educational initiatives across our organization and the entire commu-

nity.” Dr. Short comes to HOP from UVA, where he was an associate professor of medicine in palliative care. While this has been a profoundly challenging year, Hospice of the Piedmont has continued to lovingly care for patients and families when they need it most. Our staff has worked tirelessly to care for patients, to comfort their families and to counsel those grieving in our community – including healthcare workers themselves. Thanks to our friends and benefactors, we have been able to respond to this on-going pandemic that has impacted our 40th anniversary year in extraordinary ways. Although we were unable to gather together in Keswick for the Run & Remember 5K as planned, many joined us virtually in getting outside, running, and remembering their loved ones in early May 2020. We are now preparing for the twentieth anniversary of the Run & Remember 5K on May 8, 2021 again at beautiful Keswick Hall & Golf Club, and we remain ever grateful for the patrons of that race, as well as dozens of community sponsors and partners that make the race so meaningful for nearly 400 participants. We hope that you can join us in May 2021 for this important community event, celebrating its 20th anniversary next spring. The Keswick community has generously supported Hospice of the Piedmont for over forty years and we are profoundly grateful. On behalf of everyone at Hospice of the Piedmont, we wish you resiliency this summer season as we all navigate significant changes personally and with each other in this wonderful community. Learn more about Hospice of the Piedmont at hopva. org.




A Sweeping Jazz Age Tale BY KESWICK LIFE

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ETIQUETTE FOR RUNAWAYS (Blackstone Publishing; August 18, 2020; hardcover/ e-book/ audiobook) by debut author Liza Nash Taylor is a sweeping Jazz Age tale of regret, ambition, and redemption inspired by true events, including the Great Moonshine Conspiracy Trial of 1935 and Josephine Baker’s 1925 Paris debut in Le Revue Nègre. 1924. May Marshall is determined to spend the dog days of summer in self-imposed exile at her father’s farm in Keswick, Virginia. Following a naive dalliance that led to heartbreak and her expulsion from Mary Baldwin College, May returns home with a shameful secret only to find her father’s orchard is now the site of a lucrative moonshining enterprise. Despite warnings from the one man she trusts—her childhood friend Byrd—she joins her father’s illegal business. When authorities close in and her father, Henry, is arrested, May goes on the run. May arrives in New York City, determined to reinvent herself as May Valentine and succeed on her own terms, following her mother’s footsteps as a costume designer. The Jazz Age city glitters with both opportunity and the darker temptations of cocaine and nightlife. From a start mending sheets at the famed Biltmore Hotel, May falls into a position designing costumes for a newly formed troupe of African American entertainers bound for Paris. Reveling in her good fortune, May will do anything for the chance to go abroad, and the lines between right and wrong begin to blur. When Byrd shows up in New York, intent upon taking May back home, she pushes him, and her past, away.

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In Paris, May’s run of luck comes to a screeching halt, spiraling her into darkness as she unravels a painful secret about her past. May must make a choice: surrender to failure and addiction or face the truth and make amends to those she has wronged. But first, she must find self-forgiveness before she can try to reclaim what her heart craves most. LIZA NASH TAYLOR was a 2018 Hawthornden International Fellow and received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. The 2016 winner of the San Miguel Writer’s Conference Fiction Prize, her work has appeared in Microchondria II, Gargoyle Magazine, and Deep South, amongst others. A native Virginian, she lives in Keswick with her husband and dogs. More on the Author: The farmhouse where Liza Nash Taylor lives in Keswick, Virginia, with her family and dogs was built in 1825, and it is the opening setting of ETIQUETTE FOR RUNAWAYS. She writes in the old bunkhouse, with the occasional black snake and a view of the Southwest Mountains. In 2018, Liza completed the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Art and was named a Hawthornden International Fellow. She was the 2016 winner of the San Miguel Writer's Conference Fiction Prize. Her short stories have appeared in Microchondria II, (an anthology by the Harvard Bookstore), Gargoyle Magazine, and others. ETIQUETTE FOR RUNAWAYS is her first novel. Look for her second, a stand-alone sequel, in 2021, also from Blackstone Publishing. For more visit, Early Praise for ETIQUETTE FOR RUNAWAYS “Assured, exotic, heart wrenching, Liza Nash Taylor's Etiquette for Runaways is that rare debut novel that combines a story that sweeps from continent to continent and age to age without sacrificing the deeply personal story of one tormented woman. Taylor's May Marshall is the new woman of a previous century, a jazz dolly with a scarred past and a hungry heart who wants forgiveness from the only one who cannot give it--herself.” — Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean “An utterly absorbing tale of the trials of being a young woman of independent spirit during the glamorous but harsh years of post-WWI America, when the yearning for personal freedoms clashed with the heavy hand of prohibition, politics, and social mores. I could almost taste the smoky, moonshine-laced air of the speakeasies, and feel flashes of fringed tassels on my skin as I read. Beautiful and immersive writing!”— Natasha Boyd, USA Today bestselling author of The Indigo Girl



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Bryan Manning and Court Jenner were married at Holy Comforter Catholic Church in downtown Charlottesville on the afternoon of May 23, 2020. Aside from the array of face coverings donned by the couple, their priest, and the limited number of guests in attendance, it was as picturesque a spring wedding day as anyone could have hoped for or imagined. The couple, who had initially planned to wed and celebrate in front of 250 invited guests, were compelled to make a few changes to their special day due to COVID-19 restrictions, as well as the desire to prioritize health and safety over their previously laid plans. What came about was a wedding celebration beyond their wildest dreams, an intimate weekend affair with only their immediate families surrounding them.

The bride was walked down the aisle by her father, John Kellogg Jenner, of Lake Forest, Illinois, while her mother Leslie Jenner lovingly looked on. The ceremony was followed by an enchanting dinner party, served al fresco amidst the grapevines at Castalia Farm. The property is owned by the Grooms parents, Paul and Diane Manning. To assure that everyone was properly socially distanced, the talented team from Donovan-Groves Events designed an impressive fifty-foot long serpentine table, allowing spacing between the guests. Gorgeous florals, greenery, and candles transformed the table into an irresistibly stunning scape and made it so everyone felt close and a part of the magic. Pictured, l to r: Jenner Family, Jill LaPoint (aunt of bride), Jody Mooradian (aunt of bride), John "Kelly" Jenner (father of bride), Court Manning, Bryan Manning, Leslie Jenner (mother of bride), Whitney Russo (sister of bride), Louie Russo (brother in law of bride)

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Should I Stay Or Should I Go? Okay, remember back in early March when everything

was still normal? That was a short three and half months ago. We were looking forward to spring, the stock market was making history, Virginia basketball had a shot at pulling down its second national championship and the lacrosse team was on its way to another great season. People went to movies, ate at restaurants, went to church and hung out in bars. Then a microbe snuck up on us and changed everything. We went from not even thinking about going out to cowering in our houses, scared to death about getting exposed to the virus. If you went out and happened to run into droplets, you could be looking at being put in a coma and having a tube shoved down your throat. Going on a ventilator for three weeks is not what you call a party. So for the longest time we stayed home, only venturing out a couple times to get groceries or go to Lowe’s, always wearing our masks and carefully dodging around fellow shoppers to maintain distance, always dreading that someone would cough up a cloud of droplets that would put us in the ICU. Strange phrases like “social distancing” and “sheltering at home” cropped up in our conversation and grocery stores put circles and marks on their floors to remind you to stay six feet apart. We’d been to Lowe’s a couple times as well as the Giant and Wegman’s, wearing our masks and dodging around fellow shoppers to maintain distance, but always fearing some shopper would cough up the haze of droplets that would give us the dread disease. We hadn’t considered going to a restaurant since that could be like putting your life on the line. Only picking up lunch at Bodo’s or dinner at Orzo or Public through the car window. But after two months, sick of being cooped up like caged animals, we decided to take a walk on the Downtown Mall and see if we could find a restaurant that would seat us outside. No such luck, it was Father’s Day and the best we could do was a table inside at Hamilton’s. “We’ll take it,” I said, knowing that we could be signing our death warrants.

BY TONY VANDERWARKER “I’m not sure we should be eating inside,” my wife said. “C’mon,” I joked, “this is a restaurant, not a gas chamber,” trying to make light of the situation.

ing like we’re living in a horror movie, never knowing when a zombie is going to jump out of a wall and start eating your face.”

Taking off our masks, we sat down at the table with a bit of trepidation—in the back of our minds was the question: would we recall this experience as the one that finally deported us to the ICU?

“That’s what this damn disease has done, taken normal everyday actions like touching your face, shaking hands, air kissing and going to restaurants and turned them into taboos. It’s made us into a bunch of scaredy cats.

Fortunately, our table was isolated from the others and the other diners in the restaurant were all wearing masks. But we kept our eyes peeled for clouds of droplets. If someone had sneezed, it would have sent us diving under the table. Now these thoughts and feelings don’t make for a pleasant lunch so we struggled to pretend everything was hunky-dory. “The menu looks good,” I said, “what are you thinking of getting?” Just then, the waitress approached, pulling up six feet away from us, “Good afternoon,” she mumbled through her mask, “how are you folks?” “I was tempted to say, “Scared s**tless,” but I bit my tongue. “Can I get you something to drink?” I ordered a rum cocktail, the wife a Prosecco. “So what do you think?” I asked her. “About what?” “About being here.” “It’s a little uncomfortable, I must admit.” “C’mon, it feels like being in London during the Blitz, you never knew when you were going to get blown to bits.”

The waitress was hovering a social distance away, her pad at the ready. It was time to order. “I’d like shrimp and grits and my wife will have the beet salad.” “Thanks, I’ll be right back.” She was and the food, as always, was good. A second round of drinks made us almost feel normal, like there was nothing wrong with eating in a restaurant. But after we finished and took care of the check, as we walked out the door I felt a sense of relief. Like we’d escaped from a threatening situation and lived to tell about it. We hadn’t parachuted out of a plane or faced off against a hissing rattler, all we’d done was have lunch in a restaurant. As we walked down the Mall snapping our masks behind our ears, I reflected on how otherworldly the experience had been, how a mundane and routine event like eating out had been transformed into something disquieting and foreboding. My wife summed up the situation perfectly, saying, “Maybe we won’t do this again for a while.” And I couldn’t help but recall Dorothy’s statement to her dog, “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

“It does feel risky.” “Imagine that--here we are sitting in a nice restaurant about to get our drinks and we’re talking about feel-




ROX Adds Charlottesville Route To Its Travel Schedule

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BOOKWORM REVIEWS Social Distance, Masked Up – Reads BY SUZANNE NASH

While we are stuck social distancing and masking up every time we go out in public, one of the benefits of CoVid is that we have more time to be creative and work on our pile of books that have built up by our bed. Reading doesn’t require being near anyone and you can enjoy it without a mask! Here are a few more good choices to enjoy during these long summer days.

learning establishment. Ines is on the run from something or someone and as she settles in and finds a few friends, she starts to wonder if maybe coming to Catherine House might prove to be a lot more dangerous than her former troubles.

All Happy Families is a wonderful and revealing memoir by debut author, Jeanne McCulloch. In 1983, in the East Hamptons, a wedding is being planned

Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank is a great summer read that takes place and all of the guests are arriving…but there is a problem…the bride’s father is dying. in the North Carolina low country in a place called Sullivan’s Island. Librarian, Holly McNee Jensen, lives on the island, quietly keeping her bees and looking after her mother who rules the roost. She is finding herself drawn to her widowed neighbor, Archie and his two boys. Suddenly the peace comes crashing down when her sister moves back to town after her husband reveals his dream to be a female impersonator. Funny and sure to entertain, it’s a wonderful pool side escape. I loved Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert when it was first published, so I just had to read Gilbert’s latest book… City of Girls. In it, a young girl named Vivian enters the bright world of New York City’s Theatre in 1940s. Kicked out of Vassar, she is looking for meaning and fun at the Lily Playhouse. It is a coming of age novel that has loads of sex and a bit of intrigue.

Instead of cancelling the wedding Jeanne’s mother pushes everyone forwards, and so begins the story of how Jeanne went through with her wedding in the midst of grieving for her father. The family dynamics play out with the beautiful backdrop of the Hamptons’ shoreline and their family home. The differences in backgrounds between Jeanne and her husband are explored and her longing for a more wholesome and homey family life explains how she is drawn to her in laws, even though she doesn’t always understand them. It is a very poignant look at how the desire to keep up appearances can cause lasting effects that take a lifetime to deal with. So stay safe and healthy and keep your mind active and alert this summer by reading loads of interesting books!

In a completely different vein, Catherine House by Elizabeth Thomas, is a spooky tale of an unusual private university, where you spend three years with absolutely no contact with the outside world. Young Ines doesn’t have a problem with being sequestered away when she is issued an invitation for entrance to this exclusive


First Book of Poems BY KESWICK LIFE God Love one is a prayer wafting skyward. The author urgently calls her readers to examine their lives to see if they are satisfied at the same time she points to Jesus Christ the only true means of satisfaction. Her poems come out of scripture and the author's personal experiences. Some poems are reflective and others playful but all demand the reader's engagement. Nancy Wiley lives in Orange, Virginia with her husband, three children, dog and horses. She is a life-long poem writer. This is her first official book of poems.




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BY KESWICK LIFE Dear Keswick Club Member, Beginning Wednesday, July 22nd, there will be a new traffic pattern for entering and exiting the Club parking area. The existing Club entrance will be closed for further renovations. To use the Club facilities, please use the temporary entrance off Keswick Road and proceed to the parking area at the Club. There will be additional parking available in the grassy area, across from the Pavilion, should the Club parking lot be full. The road closure and detour will continue (day and night) for approximately 8 weeks until the parking lot and road changes are complete. We appreciate your patience and understanding. John Treneven

After nearly 40 years the internationally renowned Stokes of England Blacksmithing Company is for sale! The sale will include the 6,000 sq. ft. forge building, all blacksmithing equipment, all welding equipment, metal inventory, showroom samples and all in stock consumables (grinding and sanding discs, welding rods etc) and even the pick-up truck!

This unique sale also includes the owners international client list, the “Stokes of England” name and all the in-progress commissions. Stephen will be available as mentor, sales assistant and promotional front man for up to 2 years for a nominal fee and his well trained crew of 3 blacksmiths are eager to stay on working for the new owner. The Gallery retail shop lease is also available along with all stock therein for an additional $75,000.

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TOLLESON Jane (Kitchie), died at

her home in Charlottesville, Virginia on July 22, 2020. Born Jane Carolyn Roseberry, March 13, 1930, in Paris, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Kathryn Marsh and Hiram Montgomery Roseberry. She was graduated from Stuart Hall in Staunton, Virginia and Sweet Briar College, later serving on both Boards and receiving Outstand-

ing Alumna Awards from both institutions. In 1954 she was married to John A. Ewald, Jr., her Co-State Chairman of Virginia Youth for Eisenhower. Having attended the University School of Law for one year, she accepted a summer job in the Office of Senator John Sherman Cooper (R-Ky) and remained in Washington in that office while attending Georgetown University School of Law at night. The Ewald's lived in Garden City, New York for many years where Mrs. Ewald served in countless capacities with the local hospitals, the Community Fund, and was President of the Junior League of the North Shore, Long Island, Inc. In 1970, the Ewald's purchased Verulam Farm in Ivy, Virginia and engaged in thoroughbred horse breeding and racing. In 1974, Mrs. Ewald founded The Very Thing!, a gift shop at the Boar's Head Inn which subsequently became the national mail

order catalog of the same name, operating in Crozet, Virginia with a large national circulation until its sale in 1986. John Ewald, Jr. died in 1979. In 1982, she married Roy M. Tolleson, Jr., an attorney of Grosse Point, Michigan. They made their homes in Charlottesville, Virginia, Gulf Stream, Florida, and Harbor Springs, Michigan. Mrs. Tolleson was an active council member with the Heart & Vascular Center of the University of Virginia Medical School Foundation, the Law Council, and Focused Ultrasound Foundation. She served on the Board of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, and was a member of the Colonial Dames of America Chapter XVII, and the Raven Society of the University of Virginia. She is survived by two sons, John Hiram (Hi) Ewald and his wife Molly, and Charles Hildreth (Hill) Ewald and his wife Marion, both of Charlottesville, Virginia, a daughter,

Kathryn Ewald Brooks of Dorset, Vermont, six grandchildren, Meme Ewald, John Ewald, Austen Ewald Adams, Oliver Adams, Caroline Ewald, and John Reilly Ewald and his wife Elizabeth, one great-granddaughter, Penelope Ewald, one step great-grandson, Calvin Haneline, and three beloved step daughters, Suzanne Tolleson, Betsy Tolleson Meyers, and Christine Tolleson Collins. The family would like to thank Emily, June, Annette, Sheryl, Ellen, Jill, Leslie, and Melanie for the devoted and compassionate care. There will be a private graveside service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to The Charlottesville Free Clinic, 1138 Rose Hill Drive, Suite 200, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903.

Read Keswick Life Lets you in on life in Keswick As we move into the second half of the year like none other, cheered on by some good news perhaps, Keswick Life presents our annual 'Summer Issue' — with eyes open and ears well tuned toward the altered lifestyles to which we are all (somewhat) adapting. Editors Winkie Motley (Founder) and Colin Dougherty bring you what's happening in the Keswick environs. We have triumphed and happily overcame all manner of obstacles caused by the COVID-19 virus, which had inevitably delayed our Summer issue. This month has the story of the gas station denial and the joy of

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a wedding celebration in the new age of gathering. Next up, two business insider stories involving new leadership at the Hospice of the Piedmont and another, a new business, a bus line that has adopted safety protocols to reinvent how we can get from place to place.

on the market, Nancy Wiley, a lifelong poet, published her first collection while Liza Taylor takes us back to a Jazz-age tale of regret, ambition, and redemption.

news resonates and must be embraced. As another poet, Bob Dylan, recently decried: "Good news in today's world is treated like a fugitive—a hoodlum put on the run." Let's reverse that trend Last thought, we couldn't do this in September and celebrate the publication without our valued ongoing good news in our lives; advertisers. Please pick up the there's already enough of the fake phone, drop them a note and shop stuff. Our esteemed contributors, Tony with them for your curated goods Vanderwarker and Samuel John- and gifts, all manner of services, Thank you, our reader, with an son, bring us a few chuckles and real estate, food, entertainment, abundance of gratitude, some good food for the soul – for wine, and cider – and so much Winkie and Colin some much-needed comfort in more! these changing times. Suzanne Nash has got all the right books, Yes, this is quite the issue, unusual reviewed, and recommended for in its broader summer scope and our distanced lives. Not one, but brimming with upbeat reporting two Keswickians have new books despite the COVID crisis. Good




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