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KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its environs - December 2017

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In this issue

Out in the Cold!

Keswickians Seek New Watering Hole also: going out, overheard, only in keswick, bookworm, what's cooking and much more


Justin H. Wiley

Peter A. Wiley

434.981.5528 justin@wileyproperty.com

434.422.2090 peter@wileyproperty.com 503 Faulconer Drive, Suite 6 • Charlottesville, VA 22903

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132A East Main Street • Orange, VA 22960

MLS#566744 • $550,000

MLS#560435 • $1,450,000

MERRYMOUNT – Located in the most desirable area of Somerset, is nestled amongst large estates, with incredible views of both the Blue Ridge, and the Southwest mountains. The 1850’s house is perfectly situated on 5 acres, and could be bought with additional land, if needed. The 3 bedroom house is in need of renovations, but is structurally sound, and could easily be added onto. Much of the surrounding land is in conservation easement, and the view from this property will not change.

WYATT MOUNTAIN RETREAT – The right buyer will fall in love at first sight! A timber-frame stucco residence with soaring spaces (30 foot ceilings, exposed timber beams), detailed millwork, and energy-efficient systems. Unparalleled craftsmanship. A magnificent home with dry-laid stone walls, and beautiful gardens all in a completely private setting with 30 mile views down the Blue Ridge. Lovingly designed and built by architect/builder for own use. 30 minutes to Charlottesville.

Justin H. Wiley – 434.981.5528

Peter A. Wiley – 434.422.2090

MLS# 496124 • $6,495,000

MLS# 561732 • $499,000

AIRSLIE – A landmark circa 1860 country estate located in the desirable Keswick hunt area of Albemarle. This 5 bedroom estate home was completely renovated by skilled craftsman using only the finest materials. Further complimenting the home are 115+/- beautiful acres affording the property complete privacy.

MILTON VILLAGE – Extremely well-located 21-acre lot just minutes east of Charlottesville in the established neighborhood of Milton Village. The level building site overlooks the site of the historic colonial village of Milton with views of the Southwest Mtn’s beyond. Well already drilled, soils tested for drain field. Lot is fully fenced, with 4-board along the road frontage. Well watered with a creek, small pond and 3 automatic waterers. Public Rivanna River access only half a mile away. Great opportunity to build in a neighborhood of high-quality custom homes, only 5 minutes from town.

Justin H. Wiley – 434.981.5528

Peter A. Wiley – 434.422.2090

MLS# 552308 • $910,000

MLS# 566855 • $2,200,000

CUTALONG FARM – Spectacular land located only 15 min. from Town of Orange w/frontage on the N. Anna River, great soil types, ideal for farming operation, livestock or country estate. Very private with numerous great building sites. Parcel is mostly open w/fabulous interior views. Protected by a V.O.F. Conservation Easement.

MT. ATHOS – This storied Somerset estate overlooks some of the prettiest, most protected land in Virginia. A well-constructed, 1930’s residence/hunting lodge and stone stable sit at the highest point of this magnificent property with panoramic views of the Blue Ridge and surrounding countryside. The 270 acres is a good mix of rolling pasture and mature hardwoods providing a serene, private setting. A beautiful lake adorned with Japanese Teahouse follies adds to the magical setting. The property has long frontage on bold, Blue Run Creek.

Justin H. Wiley – 434.981.5528

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Peter A. Wiley – 434.422.2090


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Mary Morony author of the novel Apron Strings is a Charlottesville native and long time resident of Keswick. Raising four children to adulthood and her unique perspective on life has given her lots of food for thought. She now lives on a farm in Orange County with her husband Ralph Morony, three dogs, two guineas and no cat. Check out Mary’s blog at www.marymorony.com. or email to: keswicklife@gmail.com

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Lifestyles in Keswick and its environs Letters: Editor, PO Box 32, Keswick, VA 22947 Editor: 434-242-8033 or keswicklife@gmail.com Advertising: 434-249-8900 or ads@keswicklife.com The minds behind Keswick Life:

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EDITOR/FOUNDER Winkie Motley CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Colin J. Dougherty COLUMNISTS Tony Vanderwarker, Suzanne Nash, Mary Morony CONTRIBUTORS Sam Johnson (What's Cooking) and Lizzie Rives (Community) PROOF READER Staff Assistant

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CREATIVE DIRECTOR Colin J. Dougherty Published by a division of Keswick Life PHOTOGRAPHY Colin Dougherty (Scene)

The Iconic Keswick Hall Closes for Rehab

Closed for renovations in 2018.

They look forward to welcoming us back when they reopen, planned for the Spring of 2019. Get some details on page 7.

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8 KESWICKIANS 12 LIFE, MAKE IT HAPPEN! As Keswickians settle into the post holiday blues and This month's article from Mary Morony reminds Kesthe wicked cold of the first week of January I wondered if some of us were thinking back to the season of giving. It seems as though the holiday season begins earlier and earlier every year. Get the full story on page 8.

wick how lucky we are to call the smithy Stokes of England it's own. Situated in the old firehouse right behind the post office, Steve Stokes' calls his hometown Keswick. Get the story on page 12.

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15 WINTER GIFT GUIDE 18 BOOKWORM From handcrafted blankets to riding lessons the items The final work from the Pulitzer Prize–winning writer, in the winter gift guide all share one guiding principal, authentic country living. Plenty of useful stuff, all perfect for the tough-to-shop for Keswickian, page 15.

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DECEMBER 2017


OVERHEARD

Here and there... in Keswick On and Off The Market New property on the market at this time of the year, sure there is! 4150 Richmond Road is a 2 bed, 1 bath, 1000 sf home on 4 acres, priced at $118.5k and 3680 Newbridge Road in Glenmore, a 5 bed,4.5 bath, 4719 sf home is available at $850k. There was also a bulk release of 30 Keswick Estate lots to the market on December 1st bringing the total available in the Estate to 45. Reduced in Glenmore is 1506 Bremberton Lane, a 4 bed, 3.5 bath, 2702 sf home down from $540k to $514.9k over 225 days and 1539 Kinross Lane, a 5 bed, 4.5 bath, 5600 sf home is down from $825k to 750k after 262 days whilst a 7.2 acre parcel on Palmer Drive, Keswick Estate, is down from $780k to $680k after 359 days. Under contract in the area is 51.7 acres on Stony Point Pass at the reduced price of $199.9k and a 2 acre lot on Turkey Sag Road priced at $115k. 732 Club View Drive in Keswick Estate, a 2.3 acre lot that had a tear down old home removed is under contract at $475k. 214 Autumn Ridge Drive a 4 bed, 3 bath, 2962 sf home on 2.3 acres, down from $409.9k is under contract at $379.9k. 1025 Shadwell Road, a 4 bed, 3.5 bath, 2895 sf home on 1.8 acres at $425k. In Glenmore 3392 Darby Road a 4 bed, 4.5 bath, 3420 sf home down from $659k is under contract at $599k and 3382 Marsdon Point, a 4 bed, 3.5 bath, 3258 sf home is under contract at $472k. Sold in time to move in for the Holidays is 378 Clarks Tract, a 4 bed, 3 bath, 3256 sf home on 7.6 acres listed at $350k, sold for $340k and 34 Pembroke Court, a 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 2358 sf home sold for $344k. In Glenmore 3570 Turnbridge Lane with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 4947 sf listed at $780k sold for $525k and 2316 Grey Heron Road with 5 beds, 5.5 baths and 5700 sf listed at $1.295m sold for $920k. To recap the highlights of the year the biggest $$ sales in the Keswick area in 2017 was 6132 Gordonsville Road, “Castle Hill Estate”, with 601 acres and a 10662 sf, 5 bed, 5.5 bath home closing in November at $5.6m and 2034 Limestone Crossing in Glenmore, a custom 4 bed, 5.5 bath, 7474 sf home on 21 acres selling for 2.659m in June. It has been a remarkable last 30 days in Albemarle County with 148 homes closing in this period and 123 going under contract. Those are big numbers for this time of the year and gives promise of a fascinating 2018.

The Parties

Stop this Tax!

Lots of parties. Lots of cheer. Little gossip heard or nas- The County of Albemarle is poised to impose one ties smeared! 'Twas nice! of the largest fees ever enacted on real estate property owners. Staff has been instructed to establish a stormwater management utility fee, also known as a rain fee. Computer software will “read” an aerial The Sterba Family is pleased to announce the opening photograph to determine the amount of impervious of Famesgate Stables in Troy, VA. Under the direction square footage you own and a fee will apply to evof Katy Sterba, the facility will provide training, sales, ery 500 square feet. This method is very inaccurate. and lessons of English riding on the flat, or saddle seat. The fee, if enacted, is scheduled to appear on your The farm includes 24 matted stalls, lighted indoor arena May 2019 real estate tax bill. with bullpen, large outdoor arena, and paddock space for turnout horses. They primarily focus on the training, By referring to it as a “fee" rather than a “tax”, the purchase and sale of American Saddlebred horses but proposed fee will apply to churches, schools, volunwill also offer riding and driving lessons tailored to rider teer fire departments and rescue squad buildings, needs and skill level. Contact Katy Sterba, Trainer, Facounty parks, buildings and parking lots, and any mesgate Stables at 434-989-5468. other tax-exempt properties. When the City of Charlottesville enacted this fee it was estimated that the economic impact on the average citizen would be Budweiser Celebrates 1933 Prohibition Repeal – Bud- minimal. However, the result for property owners weiser turned back the clock and is giving beer lovers with extensive buildings and accompanying parkthe chance to experience history by enjoying their limited ing areas was much higher. Example: First Baptist Church on Park Street is paying $8,000 annually. edition 1933 Repeal Reserve Amber Lager.

Lessons, Training and Sales

Celebrate

Your input and support are critical in helping to suppress this proposed fee. Please contact your supervisor to express your concerns. If you would like to receive an action alert notice about public meetings or hearings to be held by the county send your email address to Angela Windett atangela.windett@ vafb.com or call the Albemarle County Farm BuThe amber lager consists of a light, hoppy aroma and a reau at (434) 293-5775 with your address. rich caramel-malt taste. As a nod to the pre-Prohibition era, Repeal Reserve boasts a higher ABV than original Budweiser – 6.1% vs. 5%. And, inspired by the earlier At the Thanksgiving hunt Mary Schriver, Erica style of beers, new Repeal Reserve comes packaged in a Stevens, Robin Ellis, Jacque Juntilla and Murdoch vintage Budweiser stubby bottle. and Susie Matheson received their Keswick colors at the Thanksgiving hunt Their contribution to the As part of the promotion, Budweiser teamed up with hunt club made them deserving to wear the KHC Lyft to unveil a fleet of antique cars in New York City green. In addition to the awarding of the “colors”, to give Bud fans a chance to score a ride in an vintage the Barrister Award, the highest honor that can be car to experience the 1930’s first hand. During the ride, bestowed on a Keswick Hunt member, for extraorpassengers cruised through the famous streets of New dinary service and support of the club was awarded York, passing landmarks and neighborhoods that were this year to three members, Larry Jenkins, Barclay integral to Prohibition, while learning about the newly Rives, and Sandy Rives. Their hard work and wise released beer. To learn more about the 1933 Repeal Recounsel will be forever appreciated! serve, follow Budweiser. The inspiration behind the new line of lager comes from a pre-Prohibition recipe created by Adolphus Busch. Due to the onset of Prohibition in 1920, the beer didn’t have a chance to be distributed widely outside the St. Louis area. Starting today, Budweiser is celebrating the Repeal of Prohibition by releasing the lager line nationally.

Bravo

Welcome Little One

Woof!

John Preston Tilghman on November 21st….parents Ron Davis the producer of the recently acclaimed Fraley and Matt Tilghman…grandparents John and Julie movie Harry and Snowman depicting the story of local horseman Harry Deleyer and his illustrious Coles. horse “Snowman” is now producing Life in the Doghouse which will tell the inspiring life stories of how Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta went A grand success, the recent Oyster roast at the Keswick from animal lovers to saving and finding homes Hunt Club, 100 people ate 1500 oysters. Colin Dough- for more than 10,000 unwanted dogs. By telling a erty really worked hard creating the pork sliders to com- positive inspiring story about dog rescue, Life in the pliment the oysters and Judy’s cheese grits as always Doghouse will be an entertaining family film and were the best. Celebrating Paul Wilson’s birthday a cake to also start a movement and create a deeper dialog for dessert. about dog rescue issues in this country. Danny and Ron’s story will capture hearts, entertain, educate and inspire millions to make the right choices when UVA alumni Bradford (UVa COM ’07) and Bryan (UVa it comes to animal adoption, care and safety. We beA&S ’13) Manning were awarded $30,000 by Ellen De- lieve the film and its message has the potential to generes as she hosted them on her show this past year save the lives of millions of unwanted and abused to highlight their clothing company, Two Blind Brothers, animals. Douglas Wheeler and his son accepted the Mrs. A.C. Ran- which raises funds for blindness research and new therapies that could slow or reverse vision loss. dolph Owner's Legacy Award for the Wheeler Family.

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Two Blind Brothers

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The GOING OUT Guide Mark your calendars! Save the date! Don’t be late!

FOUR LEGGED ATHLETES Canine Agility Trial

Where: Lexington, Virginia When: January 11, 2018 @ 8:00 am - January 14, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

DOTC and SCCTC Canine Agility Trials: Star City Ca-

nine Training Club and Dog Owners Training Club of Lynchburg, will be hosting a 3 day AKC Agility Event indoors in Lexington Virginia January 12,13 and 14, 2018 offering FAST, T2B, STD and JWWStar. Premier Standard and Premier Jumpers will be offered on Friday. There will also be AKC B Match run thru’s.

CATCH A GAME Wahoowa Where: Wahoowa When: January – March 01/03/18 at Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA 9pm 01/06/18 vs. North Carolina Charlottesville 1pm 01/09/18 vs. Syracuse Charlottesville

8pm

01/14/18 vs. NC State Charlottesville

6pm

01/18/18 at Georgia Tech Atlanta

8pm

01/21/18 at Wake Forest Winston-Salem, N.C. 6pm 01/23/18 vs. Clemson Charlottesville, Va. 7pm 01/27/18 at Duke Durham, N.C. 2pm 01/31/18 vs. Louisville Charlottesville, Va. 7pm 02/03/18 at Syracuse Syracuse, N.Y. 4pm 02/07/18 at Florida State Tallahassee, FL. 7pm 02/10/18 vs. Virginia Tech Charlottesville, Va. 6pm 02/13/18 at Miami Coral Gables, FL 9pm 02/21/18 vs. Georgia Tech Charlottesville, Va. 7pm 02/24/18 at Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pa. 4pm 03/01/18 at Louisville Louisville, Ky. 8pm 03/03/18 vs. Notre Dame Charlottesville, Va. 4pm

WORDS

Lecture

Where: Paramount Theater When: February 1st at 7:00pm

COVER STORY Out in the Cold! Where: Keswick Hall When: January 2018 thru Spring 2019

The University of Virginia's College of Arts & Sciences The iconic Keswick Hall is closed for renovations in will return to The Paramount Theater on February 1, 2018 at 7:00PM for the Engagement Lecture Series featuring author and Harvard Professor Danielle Allen.

A compelling analyst of history and contemporary events and a leader in higher education, Allen is currently Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University as well as Professor in Harvard's Department of Government and Graduate School of Education. Before joining Harvard, she was UPS Foundation Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the first African American faculty member to be appointed to the Institute that was Einstein's home for two decades. She is also a contributing columnist for the Washington Post. Tickets for this event are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.theparamount.net, by calling The Paramount Theater's Box Office at 434-979-1333, or in person Monday-Friday from 10AM-2PM at 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Thank you to the University of Virginia's College of Arts and Sciences, who have generously underwritten this event to make possible the $2.00 ticket price for community members. Allen is the author of six books, including Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality, which won the Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians and the Chicago Tribune's Heartland Prize for Nonfiction and CUZ :The Life and Times of Michael A. (2017) She is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Philosophical Society and a 2001 winner of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

GAME ON!

Wahoowa

Where: US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis When: Sunday, February 4th– 6:30 pm

Super Bowl 52 is headed to Minnesota in Minneapolis'

brand new US Bank Stadium, home to the Minnesota Vikings, where the top two teams in the NFL will face off. The last game of the 2017 season is set to kick off on Sunday, February 4, 2018.US Bank Stadium will host Super Bowl 52 bringing the biggest game of the NFL season back to Minnesota for the second time in Super Bowl history. US Bank Stadium, which opened in 2016, is the newest stadium in the NFL and is therefore touted as one of the more modern stadiums in the NFL. Located in downtown Minneapois, US Bank Stadium also plays host to some of the countries most recognizable events including the Summer X-Games, and and some of the worlds most talented musicians such as Guns N roses, Coldplay, and more. With a max football capacity of more than 70,000 fans, US Bank Stadium offers a prime location for one of the largest events in football as Super Bowl 52 takes the excitement to Minneapolis.

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2018. THey look forward to welcoming us back when they reopen, planned for the Spring of 2019.

Their website has the following message: " "On January 1, 2018 our celebrated historic hotel will close for major renovations that will take place for the remainder of the year. The reconstruction will make over the entire hotel - from our rooms and suites to public spaces, meeting facilities and restaurants - all to preserve the integrity of the elegant structure and provide an even more luxurious setting for guests to savor a true world-class experience. During the renovation, our acclaimed golf club will remain open to members." The Luxury Travel Advisor, reported: " Keswick Hall—the historic luxury hotel just minutes from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello estate near Charlottesville—has big plans for 2018. With a slew of recreational facilities on its 600-acre estate, Keswick Hall has long been a destination in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, surrounded by rolling vineyards. Not to mention the superb fall foliage attracting leaf-peepers galore... As reported by Charlottesville’s Daily Progress, Keswick Hall will close in early 2018 for a top-to-bottom renovation expected to be complete in spring 2019. The project will touch every corner of the estate—from the 48 guestrooms and suites to the public spaces, meeting venues and dining outlets. The Hart Howerton firm— behind projects like Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina— has been tapped to modernize the resort. CEO Jim Tinson has stressed the importance of preserving the resort’s character and “historic context.” Owners Robert and Molly Hardie explained that the main building, parts of which were built over a century ago, had not been refurbished since the 1990s. To quote The Daily Progress, “things like the roof, heating and cooling systems, plumbing and other aspects of the infrastructure are due for a revamp.” Rather than stay open during the renovation project, the owners decided to shutt the hotel so as not to disturb guests. Good news for golfers: The Keswick Golf Club and the resort’s Full Cry golf course, designed by Pete Dye, will stay open during the renovation. This is also the case with facilities like the members’ pool, fitness center, spa and tennis courts." As the project moves along, check in with Keswick Life for the latest updates on the progress and be sure to call or write in to Keswick Life, reporting your experiences along the way!

DECEMBER 2017


KESWICKIANS

Redefining the Season of Giving BY WINKIE MOTLEY AND COLIN DOUGHERTY

As Keswickians settle into the post holiday blues and the wicked cold of the first week of January I wondered if some of us were thinking back to the season of giving. It seems as though the holiday season begins earlier and earlier every year. Before the autumn leaves begin to fall, retailers are touting this year’s “must have” gifts and trying to entice us with catchy holiday music and decorations to get us in the spirit. Despite this strong push, for many, the start of the holiday season is still marked by the tradition of Thanksgiving Day — a time when as a nation we pause, give thanks and take account of our many blessings. This year, it’s truly sad to see the mad rush of Black Friday encroach on this most cherished day, as retailers take their employees away from precious family time and throw open their doors to anxious buyers on Thanksgiving evening. Really? Just when I could be a little discouraged about where all of this is going, I’m encouraged and inspired by a counter movement. A movement to redefine the season of giving, away from the emphasis on “sales, sales, sales!” and toward the true spirit of giving to others in a more meaningful way, especially those in need. Called “Giving Tuesday,” this effort is designed to create a moment and build momentum for the season of giving back, in the same way that Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, or Cyber Monday kicks off the holiday shopping season. Celebrate this special time of year and to make it easier, we highlight the exceptional work that so many nonprofits and social enterprises do to strengthen our community during the holiday season and all year-long – consider this the last appeal to give from Keswick Life for the season!

The Monticello Annual Fund, as well as to specific departments and projects, safeguard the mountain and the mind of Thomas Jefferson.

Support The Trail. With a gift

of $25 or more towards the SaundersMonticello Trail, you can help ensure that this community treasure is wellmaintained and safe for everyone.

Attend an Event. Select tickets

contain a tax-deductible gift to support Monticello. Attended the annual Heritage Harvest Festival as a VIP (September). Race in the Montalto Challenge 5k (May), the Monticello Holiday Classic 5K, or the Deck the Halls Kids Dash (December). Join us for a TOM Talk, featuring distinguished speakers and insider opportunities related to Monticello and Thomas Jefferson.

Volunteer. The Thomas Jefferson

Foundation is always looking to grow our dedicated team of volunteers. We welcome volunteers in several areas—including our Visitor Center, the Jefferson Library, the Center for Historic Plants, and at special events around the mountaintop. Contact volunteer@monticello. org or 434-984-9869 for more details.

Monticello Cabinet. In 1990,

the Thomas Jefferson Foundation chartered the Monticello Cabinet to recognize those individuals whose enlightened philanthropy ensures and enhances our dual mission of preservation and education.Thomas Jefferson’s private study inspired the name. The Cabinet, the heart of Jefferson’s sanctum sanctorum, evokes his role as visionary statesmen, scientist, philosopher, and architect.Today, the Monticello Cabinet is the heart of philanthropic support for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. Participants in the Cabinet find their greatest reward in the knowledge that they are assuring Jefferson's legacy, advancing important educational initiatives, and ensuring the preservation of Monticello, one of the world's greatest treasures. Special opportunities for engagement, fellowship, and learning are year-round, through seminars on Jefferson and Monticello, special tours and events both on and off the mountaintop. The Trustees and Staff of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation invite individuals, corporations, and foundations to participate in the Monticello Cabinet with an annual gift of five thousand dollars or more. The Monticello Cabinet recognizes gifts of cash or property for all Foundation priorities.

TRF at Montpelier.

Montpelier, the home of James and Dolly Madison, has an additional attraction for the thousands of tourists who visit each year. A portion of the estate is also home to a Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Farm run by Kim Wilkins. The first Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation horses arrived at Montpelier in the fall of 2003. The equine residents have included Correggio, the 1996 Eclipse Award winner as the nation’s outstanding jumper.“For much of the 20th century, under the stewardship of Marion duPont Scott (Montpelier’s last private owner), Montpelier was one of the nation’s premier equestrian centers,” said Michael C. Quinn, Past President of the Montpelier Foundation. “In partnership with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, we are proud that Montpelier will continue to be a showcase for America’s race horses.”The association between Montpelier and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation could not have been possible

without the continued generosity of the trustees of the Paul Mellon estate. The Mellon estate agreed to cover the costs of fixing up Montpelier’s barns and pastures in exchange for allowing the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation to set up shop on the land.If you wish to visit Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation while you are on Montpelier, please call Kim at 540-748-7199 to arrange a tour and meet some of out horses. Like all Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation facilities, Montpelier Farm is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and we receive absolutely no public funding. Every bale of hay, quart of grain, halter, horseshoe, and vaccination is made possible by generous donors. Your tax-deductible contribution of any size will go toward helping retired all TRF horses, including those here at Montpelier. We also happily accept donations of supplies and services. Sponsoring a permanent resident at Montpelier makes a wonderful gift for someone special! For more information go to www.TRF at Montpelier to the “Sponsor A Horse” menu item.

express our thanks for this. As we move into 2018, your support of our afterschool programs and summer camps is still critical. Please click here or the button below to support our programs. Any gift, no matter the size, makes a difference.From all of us here at at Montanova Stables, enjoy this holiday season with family and friends!!See you in 2018.

The Virginia Horse Center Foundation envisions a

Montanova Stables Foundation is a Youth Development Pro-

unique, bucolic landmark to honor and celebrate the timeless, special bond between mankind and the horse through safe, fair and spirited equestrian competition. Our story began over 30 years ago when Governor Mills E. Godwin, Jr. and the Commission of the Industry of Agriculture commissioned a study about the Commonwealth’s horse industry, focusing on ways to stimulate its growth. After visiting the Rockbridge site on June 6, 1984, the joint legislative subcommittee voted on June 8, 1984, to locate the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington. On March 22, 1985, Governor Charles S. Robb signed the Virginia Horse Center into law. Then on August 13, 1986, Governor Gerald L. Baliles hosted the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Virginia Horse Center which would be owned and operated by a 501(c) (3) Foundation.

gram in Keswick, Virginia. In 2011, it received its exempt organization status from the IRS and now brings in $200 k in annual income. Montanova Stables Foundation offers boarding for your horse or pony and quality riding instruction. We offer lessons for beginner to advanced riders with a balance between safety and fun. Our lesson horses and ponies are tried and true.Located on Belvoir Farm, in Keswick, VA, the facility sits on 50 acres. The farm includes 45 acres of paddocks, access to unlimited trails, a sand riding ring with an adjacent jumping field and a 16 stall barn. With more than 20 years of experience, we are able to provide excellent care for our board horses at reasonable rates. We partner with family support workers at local schools and Albemarle High School CBIP Program to identify children who will benefit from our horsemanship and mentoring program.As we reflect on another year spent with the children, horses, volunteers, and boarders of Montanova Stables Foundation (MSF), we truly appreciate your contributions! They allow Montanova to continue serving the families of Charlottesville and surrounding counties.

For twenty-one years, the Virginia Horse Center existed as a public-private partnership with the state of Virginia much like the horse parks in Kentucky and North Carolina. A publicly appointed board oversaw operations while a private board envisioned how the center could grow, and located philanthropic dollars to make such projects possible. Along the years, an Olympic caliber cross country-course was added, the Coliseum improved and expanded, four barns grew to eight, more indoor and outdoor rings were added, and a therapeutic riding center was constructed.

We are particularly grateful this year because Montanova Stables Foundation now has a forever home! It is through the generosity of longtime MSF supporter, Mary Walker (Cecil Holdings LLC), that the farm is “ours.” We cannot begin to

In 2007, the partnership between the state of Virginia and the VHCF was dissolved and the Foundation board was awarded the land through a United States Department of Agriculture loan. The VHC became wholly private yet was still committed to serving its participants and the state of Virginia with a standard of excellence seen at state supported facilities. The Foundation is over 30 years old, we have had our ups and downs, but we are proud of the progress and endurance of the Virginia Horse Center and hold great optimism for the next thirty years. The Virginia Horse Center provides a stage for the reality of equine passions. Your

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KESWICKIANS dedication to our mission is greatly appreciated and needed. Join our community of supporters Donate Today!

The Montpelier Fund. Sup-

port from members like you helps Montpelier bring to life the character of one of our most important founders and provides for the ongoing preservation of James and Dolley's home. Your generosity strengthens our mission as we continue the archaeological research to understand and interpret the enslaved community and provide civic education for today and tomorrow's leaders.

Friends of Montpelier

Annual Gift of $50-$249 *Under current IRS regulations, all gifts at this level are fully tax-deductible. Blue Ridge Circle -Annual Gift of $250-$499; Colonnade Circle - Annual Gift of $500-$999; Portico Circle - Annual Gift of $1,000-$2,499; Temple Circle -Annual Gift of $2,500$4,999; The Madison Cabinet - Annual Gift of $5,000 and over. The Madison Cabinet means more than additional benefits – it is an investment in the future of Montpelier. Your contribution will help James Madison’s Montpelier remain a significant local and national institution, now and years to come. If you are interested in making a gift on a monthly or quarterly basis, or about becoming a member of Montpe-

lier, please contact support@montpelier. org or call (540) 672-4921. Our mailing address is: The Montpelier Foundation, P.O. Box 911, Orange, VA 22960.

The Little Keswick Foundation for Special Education

is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit corporation committed to making a difference in the lives of individuals living with and working with children in need of special education services. The mission is achieved by providing scholarship support to families of learning challenged and emotionally disturbed students of The Little Keswick School; Offering an annual education symposium featuring a nationally renowned speaker presenting emerging information on key special education topics; and Making grants to special education teachers to enhance their skill set for working with specialneeds children. Make A Gift: Other Ways of Giving Check -Donations by check may be mailed to Little Keswick Foundation for Special Education, PO Box 722, Keswick, Virginia 22947-0722. Stocks & Mutual Funds -Gifts of stocks or mutual funds are coordinated by the Foundation’s Treasurer. Proceeds from the sale of these assets will go directly to the support of the efforts of the Foundation.

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Matching Gifts - Find out if your employer company matches gifts made by employees, board members, retired employees, and spouses. Gift Planning - A growing number of individuals choose to support the Foundation through financial or estate planning. This process is known as “gift planning” and the gifts are referred as “planned gifts”. Make a Pledge -Please call the Development Office at 434-293-7981 to make your pledge by phone. Questions -Contact the Foundation Office at 434-293-7981 or email Info@LKFSE.org.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville

brings people together to build and rebuild homes and communities while catalyzing new pathways to safe, decent, affordable housing . Habitat’s Vision is a Greater Charlottesville community where everyone can find a decent place to live. Our response to the local housing crisis is to innovate—and to think beyond the home so that more families can enjoy the benefits of a healthy home. Our new strategic plan calls for us to leverage our core family homeownership work to catalyze new pathways to simple, decent, affordable housing for more people than ever before.

ing, Rebuilding and Housing System Development —represent a holistic approach that will enable us to achieve impact at an unprecedented scale, directly addressing the conditions that cause housing poverty in the first place. Your gifts help hard-working families realize their dreams of homeownership, and help build a community where everyone can find a decent place to live. It takes everyone working together to build community! Habitat volunteers have varied skills, interests, and passions that contribute to our mission of building strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. Join us by swinging a hammer, helping at the Store, walking alongside Habitat Homebuyers, and a host of other ways. Whether you are a student, retired, working a full-time job, or raising a family, we have opportunities for you to help in our mission! Construction Build on the build site as an individual or with your team in a rewarding, fun environment --- no experience necessary - (16+ - Youth Builds; 18+ - General Builds) For further information contact Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville Main Office 919 West Main Street Charlottesville, VA 22903 Tel ;434-293-9066

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hese rolling hills and lush, sprawling vistas, already home to the renowned Keswick Hall and Golf Club, provide a remarkably picturesque setting for the Keswick Estate. Steeped in fascinating history and nestled in the foothills of Virginia’s fabled Blue Ridge Mountains, our real estate offers the opportunity to turn your vacation into a lifestyle and fully enjoy all the Charlottesville region have to offer. Keswick Estate, with only 121 homes and home sites behind its gates, provides the opportunity to live the resort life all year long. Home sites range from two to six acres and are presented for purchase in limited offerings. A theme of classic architectural design, guided by the Design Review Board, pervades the Estate. There is a site for everyone, including those inspired by golf views, lakefront access, and wooded tranquility. Purchasers are encouraged to select their own architect to design the perfect home for their lifestyles and one that will enhance the fabric of the Estate. Located just five miles from Martha Jefferson Hospital, ten miles from the University of Virginia, and less than forty-five minutes from the high end shopping district of Short Pump outside of Richmond, Keswick Estate provides all of the convenience you could ever need with all of the privacy and security of a proper country estate.

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KESWICK SCENE

Holiday Time Festivities PHOTOGRAPHY AT LARGE

Holiday Time Festivities Top Row: a Keswickian book club gathers for some 'reading' at the holidays; the Blessing of the Keswick Hunt Club Hounds on Thanksgiving Day; Second Row: Holland, Gardner (father) and Henry Hallock celebrating at a holiday gathering at Guthrie Hall; KHC President, Kenny Wheeler with daughter Sally Mason ready to hunt; next, Susan Rives, Annie Vanderwarker and Sara Lee Barnes at the Blessing of the Hounds. Third Row: a group of Keswick Hunt Club members at a Hunt Breakfast after an exciting morning with the hounds, Castle Hill's Peter Taylor with his boys, KHC Juniors Caroline and Charlotte. Fourth Row: Lizzie Rives with party caterer extraordinaire, Sandy Motley – at Sandy's pop up holiday shop; Junior Elenor Sackson waits to join the hunt with her steady trainer on Thanksgiving morning.

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DECEMBER 2017


LIFE, MAKE IT HAPPEN! Our Local Smith BY MARY MORONY

Though we are long bereft of a spreading

chestnut, Keswick is lucky indeed to call the smithy Stokes of England it's own. Situated in the old firehouse right behind the post office, when the large door to the forge is open it harkens to a village life of a bygone age. We have a betting man, young love, the University of Virginia and the town of Keswick, forty miles south of Carlisle, UK Steve Stokes' hometown to thank.

Under a spreading chestnut-tree The village smithy stands ~Longfellow

The circuitous route he took to arrive here included Sudan, Libya, Zambia, a boarding school in Wales and The Episcopal High School. While back in England at boarding school, an American exchange student pal bet our intrepid friend six pints of beer he wouldn't apply to come to the U.S. on an English Speaking Union Scholarship. He took him up on the bet, got his six pints of beer, and ended up in Alexandria as a student at Episcopal High School. Strict rules often challenge the more creative types, rules like not having a car or staying on school grounds. You can tell how long ago this was Steve wore a balaclava whenever he drove the car he sequestered off campus. That wouldn't attract any attention now! And being caught sneaking out back in his day was more of a negotiation over the amount of demerits than any real punishment.

Don't let the twinkle in his blue eyes or that he might be mistaken for a resident of Middle Earth fool you, our village's smith is a man of steel. He regaled me with tales of going toe to toe with a giant of corporate America. Even if he didn’t win the court case he made the man spend as much as he owed. Without flinching the smith looked a future president in the eye and told the man unused to no he couldn't afford the gates he wanted. Oh, and he even knifed the Duke of Windsor. Such accomplishments are not what one would expect upon meeting such an affable fellow as our Steve Stokes. The self-described messed up middle child comes from a long line of ironworkers--back to the seventeenth century. His father both a blacksmith and an engineer taught his son the family trade as they worked in the forge from Steve’s early childhood. The elder Stokes after finishing his blacksmith apprenticeship did his national service in the Air Force in Germany during the fifties. While in the service he designed engine test beds for the North American Saber jet. In night school he earned his engineering degree. Because of his inventions in the military, he was offered a design engineering post by North American Aviation. He turned the offer down to return to England and to what he always wanted to do blacksmithing. Only one of what I suspect were a multiple of perks for having such a creative and accomplished father, his children had the best toys in the whole county according to the eldest son. “We always had pedal go-carts.” At three, Steve's dad built him a pedal tractor complete with front-end fork and a working tip trailer. No doubt the envy of all, the ten-year-old Stokes sported about in a real (complete with engine) Morgan three-wheeled car thanks to dear old pops creative genius. While Longfellow describes his smith as plodding through life the Stokes clan hammers that stereotype to bits. The major muse stoking the Stokes is innovation. A London surgeon approached the elder with a conundrum. How does one put stainless steel mesh inside a blood

sixties watching his favorite show on a black and white TV, he never dreamed one day he would be doing ironwork for the same house. Since his job didn't require access to the residence he is unable to substantiate if there were more rooms than the front hall. I didn't ask if he got a look at the cement pond!

vessel? Not one to shirk from an issue as mundane as it's-never-been-done, Steve's father unleashed his genius on the problem. He hand-forged a plunger and then took stainless steel mesh off a hydraulic tractor hose and fashioned a prototype stint. The Londoner thanked him very much and went off to take credit for the stint Mr. Stokes invented. Speaking of mesh Steve was asked by a young lady last year if he might be able to design a copy of Princess Leah's slave costume. Just like the proverbial apple, he replied without hesitation, "Probably, except I don't know what a Princess Leah's slave costume looks like.” His client aghast at his lack of Star Wars minutia told him to watch the movie and call her. He did so, met the lady in question again and assured her that in fact, he could fashion the costume out of copper and brass. However, it would entail fittings and measurements taken in the nude, not a problem for his client as it turned out. She started to strip down right there in front of the apprentices. "Perhaps his office would be a more appropriate and

private place to undress," he suggested. I asked how he was able to fit the bra. A gesture not too dissimilar from the one that ended Al Franken's Senate career was his cringed reply. Having had a bustier fitted in the exact same manner it made perfect sense to me. I suspect these days he might have passed on that job. Creations fabricated by our iron man can't help but bear something of his wit and charm of which he abounds. One of the most delightful aspects of his art is how he personalizes each piece for its owner. An example of this is when Prince Charles asked to have something fashioned by Stokes Of England. Since the Prince was an avid gardener, it was suggested that a pruning knife would fit the bill. Knowing His Majesty enjoyed driving his Range Rovers Steve fabricated the knife from a Range Rover leaf spring. Despite working for many celebs, Steve’s biggest kick was to work for a relative unknown in California who owned the Beverly Hillbillies' mansion. Back in the

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As he put it, he was never allowed out so he never met any girls. Upon hearing that there would be girls from the local high school in the school play he endeavored to meet some. Never having acted, he tried out. Cast as the lead due to the assumption that since he spoke with an English accent he must be able to act. He played the timid husband to his future wife Alison Knight. His brilliant bit of acting had more to do with abject stage fright than any theatrical prowess. The next year Alison went off to UVa and Steve wasn’t far behind. Both of their daughters worked along with their father. When they were six and four, the girls made some iron projects that the proud parents entered in the Royal Show. Princess Margaret took a shining to the pieces. Part of the display was a photograph of the girls making the items. The Princess wouldn't believe that girls so young were capable of the ironworking. Despite her majesty’s disbelief the girls are quite capable of caring on the family tradition if their father decides to hang up his hammer. If Steve does retire anytime soon my suggestion to him is sit by the forge and tell stories. As storytellers go, I’ve never met a better one!

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ONLY IN KESWICK

The Day I Took a Swim With a Hippo BY TONY VANDERWARKER

I was twenty years old and didn’t know

any better. The temperature was soaring over a hundred and the river looked cool and inviting. 200 yards across with vegetation and sandy banks on both sides, this was the Niger River, West Africa’s version of the Mississippi. Running 2500 miles from the west coast up to Timbuctu and then down through Nigeria to the Gulf of Guinea, it is Africa’s third longest river. I was a Peace Corps volunteer stationed in a podunk town called Siguiri. A couple hundred miles from the Atlantic in the midst of the savannah, flat lowlands populated by scrub brush and hordes of baboons. The Niger saves the savannah from being dry and desolate, slicing through it and supporting lush greenery along its banks. Hundreds of women flock down to the river from town in the morning, wading in with their laundry to scrub and rinse their garments in the water. The Peace Corps discouraged us from swimming in the river because of the chance of picking up a nasty parasitic worm that can give you shistosomiasis which can lead to cancer and cirrhosis. But we figured one quick dip in the Niger wouldn’t expose us to the worms. A few days later, a couple of us drove up the river (away from the women and their dirty laundry) to a point where the road veered over close to the Niger’s banks. We parked, kicked off our shoes, stripped down to our shorts and, running across the sand like a bunch of kids at the beach, raced into the water shouting and splashing. We found the river deep enough to swim in and soon were paddling out in the middle. The sun was out, the sky a bright blue and the water clear and sparkling. The current was insistent but we were all good swimmers so we could easily maintain our positions. At one point, I flipped over on my back and floated for a while. When I turned over, I saw what looked like shiny black rock not ten feet away from me. But I quickly learned that this was no rock for what loomed up from the water

was this enormous set of jaws opening to stretch six feet high. I remember an enormous expanse of bright pink gums two feet across punctuated by fat yellow teeth, five inch wide pegs, flat at the top, one on each side. Needless to say, by then I was setting a new world record for the 100-yard freestyle, swimming like hell for the shore and hoping the hippos wouldn’t come after me. I didn’t stick around long enough to count the others but I’d seen a couple more coming out of the water behind the first. Somehow I’d stumbled into a hippo colony. When the water got shallower, I was able to sprint toward the shore, my buddies racing along with me for they’d seen the hippos also. What was propelling us was the knowledge that despite their size, hippos can run twenty miles per hour. Usain Bolt has been clocked at 28 mph and we were no Usain Bolt so when we reached the shore, we didn’t stop running until we got to our car. Fortunately, the hippos didn’t decide to give chase, remaining in the river, opening and their huge mouths and closing them with noisy splashes. We watched them from the safety of our vehicle, then, deciding that the car probably wouldn’t hold up to a charging hippopotamus, quickly decided to book the hell out of there. We later learned that while the Africans hadn’t heard of many hippo attacks, there were a few instances of people being dragged under water by hippos and drowned. After that experience, we stayed out of the Niger. The women could do all the washing they wanted but we weren’t going near the damn thing again. That wasn’t my only near-death experience with African wildlife. Occasionally, we’d have to drive five hours to the nearest big city to pick up supplies or for some Peace Corps meeting. I’d earlier mentioned hordes of baboons, you’d see them running through the scrub brush,

packs of twenty or thirty, good-sized creatures, I’d say two or three feet tall on all fours, looking to weigh close to a hundred pounds, covered in thick hair and with shiny scarlet behinds. One day we were driving along and suddenly a pack of baboons broke out of the brush and started heading for us. Leaping up on the hood and roof, all of a sudden our Land Rover was covered with baboons, there could have been sixty of them, not that I was counting. Not only did they block the light, they made eerie screeching noises that were right out of a horror movie. Then the worst happened, they started to pound on the roof and windshield like they wanted to get in. The looks on their faces didn’t give the impression they wanted to go dancing, Could they break the glass? Could they come in and attack us? I wasn’t about to find out so I turned on all the lights, cranked up the radio, got front and rear wipers working, started honking like mad and tromped on the gas. Slowly, one by one, they began dropping off the car and scrambling away into the brush. Whew! We just avoided death by baboon attack. Our African friends later told us, “It doesn’t happen often, but when they do attack humans, it isn’t pretty.” Then there was the close call with the bull elephant. I had a couple of French friends and one weekend they decided to go elephant hunting. I thought it would be an interesting experience (amazing what you think when you’re twenty) so I asked if I could tag along. We trekked through fifteen-foot high grass, our path making a tunnel with the grass bending down behind us to block out the sky. Every so often, our African guide would come upon a fresh pile of elephant dung. Sticking his finger into it, (the African version of wetting your finger and holding it up in the wind) he could judge by the temperature how far

ahead the animal was. After about four piles, he estimated the elephant was two minutes ahead. I had heard stories about elephants turning on hunters and trampling them to death. So I was mildly alarmed at the idea of surprising the rear end of an elephant. Eventually we came to a watering hole, tall trees surrounding a wet area crammed with vegetation. To me, it looked like Tarzan territory, almost jungle. Slipping and sliding down the wet bank, I lost contact with my fellow hunters and that’s when I started hearing the bellowing. Also, loud swishing in the trees above me. That’s when I saw a huge gray trunk twenty-five feet over my head, ripping the trees apart trying to make headway and coming right at me. The beast couldn’t have been more than twenty feet away and closing fast, roaring like a railroad train. I couldn’t run for there was no place to go and I was knee deep in muck. Though I could only see the beast’s trunk, it towered above me and I began to think I was a goner. Suddenly a bunch of shots rang out and all hell broke loose. The French hunters had fired at the group of elephants and caused them to vamoose, bellowing and clumping, out of the watering hole, leaving only a dead baby elephant behind. Sad, of course, but the local villagers had meals for the next month. After that experience, I never asked to tag along on an elephant hunt again. A half-century later, thinking back on my experiences in Africa, I’m astonished I didn’t get chomped by hippos, mashed in a swamp or beaten up by baboons. When I happen to visit a zoo, I always walk by the baboon cages and hippo and elephant enclosures and think, “I’m just glad I got out of Africa alive.”

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In Vino Veritas your wine shop ‘east’ of Charlottesville says it’s a great time of year to come in for the holidays as they have plenty of gift giving options! Come by every Friday for a wine tasting from 4:30-7pm. 3015 Louisa Rd, Keswick at Shadwell Corner; 434-9776366; Open Monday-Saturday

Michael Turk Company’s Belgian Cover Up for kids. Hand-loomed 100% bamboo combines both flexibility and extra protection from the sun. The fibers provide natural UV protection as well as a soft to the touch feel, fast drying and ultra-absorbent performance with bacteria resistant qualities. www.michaelturkcompany.com

The Apron Strings Trilogy is the perfect after Christmas (or Hanukkah) present for the reader on your mind by our own Mary Morony! Get the recently republished books (Archway Publishing by Simon & Schuster) at www. apronstrings.com or give Mary Morony an email at: mmorony@me.com

Scarpa says buckle-up and take this amazing boot for a spin. Fiorentini+Baker’s knee high Emma boot: lace up detail, effortless cool with signature quality and durability. Leather stacked heel. Black leather or moro brown leather. Handmade in italy. ($558; 2114a Barracks Road, Barracks North Wing, 434-296-0040, open 7 days)

The GIFT HUNTER’S Guide Ten irresistible winter gifts that celebrate the Keswickian’s unshakable spirit. Laurie Holladay can make a lamp from almost anything. Build a lamp, fuse a memory with function. Give this shop a riding hat, riding boots, antique seltzer bottles, duck decoys, toys, bottles, vases, trophys and watch Mr. Holladay transform it into an unforgettable gift. ($150+; 123 South Main Street, Gordonsville, 540832-0552)

Instant Shade will work with you to pick the perfect tree for that special gift for Christmas, to commemorate a birth or other special occasion. Call Ralph to make this unique gift, custom arrangements or to visit the nursery off of Polo Grounds Road, Charlottesville. Plant a tree! (fees vary, 434-981-8733)

From handcrafted blankets to riding lessons the items in the winter gift guide all share one guiding principal, authentic country living. Plenty of useful stuff, all perfect for the tough-to-shop for Keswickian.

Pebble Hill – Winter is the perfect time to curl up by the fire with a book and a cozy blanket. Made in Italy, of a custom cotton blend that feels as warm and soft as cashmere, yet is machine washable, our stylish throws come in an array of chic colors that will coordinate with any decor. $98 at Pebble Hill Shop, 104 S Main Street, Gordonsville. www.PebbleHillShop.

Famesgate Stables offers training and lessons in their new facility in Troy. The Sterba Family, under the direction of Katy Sterba, and will provide training, sales, and lessons of English riding on the flat, or saddle seat. Give the gift of a riding or driving lesson tailored to your riders needs and skill level. Call Katy, Famesgate Stables, 434-989-5468.

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Floradise Orchids’ lavish custom orchid arrangements will bloom through the Holidays into the New Year in one-of-a-kind containers. Orchids in heirloom species and superb blooming varieties. Weekly delivery. ($175+; Gordonsville, 540-832-3440, visit Wednesday thru Sunday: 10am - 5pm)

Stokes of England has candlestands! This local blacksmith shop has custom hand-forged architectural iron works and turn out detailed wrought-iron railings, stair cases and doors for royalty all over the world. Visit their shop to discuss custom orders. (117 South Main Street, Gordonsville, 540-832-7888)

DECEMBER 2017


COMMUNITY

College Mentors for Kids BY LIZZIE RIVES

I want to tell you a little bit about my current involvement at the University of Virginia. I am a mentor for the UVA chapter of College Mentors for Kids. I have been involved with College Mentors for 2 years.

Luckily, College Mentors for Kids provides college student mentors to serve as positive role models for these kids and open their eyes to new opportunities, helping them to create new visions for their futures.

College Mentors for Kids is an innovative nonprofit that matches the talents and resources of college students with at-risk children in the community. Twenty times throughout the school year, over 2,000 children are brought to 33 college campuses across the country to participate in one-on-one mentoring activities led by 2,300 college student mentors and volunteers. Through the mentoring program, we accomplish our mission to connect college students with the most to give to kids who need it most.

I enjoy being a mentor because I get to spend time with my little buddy each week and participate in fun activities together with other mentors and buddies. I also enjoy learning with my buddy about careers, culture and diversity, and community service. It's important to me to give back to the community, and I'm learning important leadership skills in the meantime.

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BOOKWORM

Be Prepared with a Good Book at Hand BY SUZANNE NASH

As this goes to print I sit in front of a warm

fire and enjoy the prospect of snow this winter. There is nothing better than a vacation or snow day to curl up and enjoy a cup of cocoa with a pile of books and I hope you have a stash ready just in case the opportunity arises soon. Here are a few possibilities you might want to add to your collection. Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney introduces readers to the Plumb family in her debut novel The Nest. Four siblings are the centerpiece of the story which revolves around the family nest egg, held in trust until the youngest member Melody turns forty. Their mother, however, has the power to use that money in an emergency and an emergency does arrive in the form of the eldest sibling, Leo, being a complete irresponsible idiot and

getting behind the wheel while he is drunk. Quickly Melody, Bea and Jack see all of the money they were expecting to be theirs disappearing to pay for Leo’s mistake. It infuriates them and changes their lives. Suddenly they are forced to reimagine their futures and they aren’t really happy with that. Simmering resentments surface and the family’s dysfunction becomes apparent. I love debut novels and this a good one delving into the meaning of family, loyalty and love. If you read the novel I recommended in another Bookworm Review called A Man Called Ove and enjoyed it, or if you like Scandinavian writing, then you must read Britt-Marie Was Here. Author Fredrik Backman has a distinctive writing style of which I have become enamored. His main

The final work from the Pulitzer Prize–winning writer, actor, and musician, drawn from his transformative last days. In searing, beautiful prose, Sam Shepard’s extraordinary narrative leaps off the page with its immediacy and power. It tells in a brilliant braid of voices the story of an unnamed narrator who traces, before our rapt eyes, his memories of work, adventure, and travel as he undergoes medical tests and treatments for a condition that is rendering him more and more dependent on the loved ones who are caring for him. The narrator’s memories and preoccupations often echo those of our current moment—for here are stories of immigration and community, inclusion and exclusion, suspicion and trust. But at the book’s core, and his, is family—his relationships with those he loved, and with the natural world around him. Vivid, haunting, and deeply moving, Spy of the First Person takes us from the sculpted gardens of a renowned clinic in Arizona to the blue waters surrounding Alcatraz, from a New Mexico border town to a condemned building on New York City’s Avenue C. It is an unflinching expression of the vulnerabilities that make us

character, Britt-Marie, is prickly and set in her ways when she learns her husband has been cheating on her. She is stunned. She had her life ordered and completely organized, now it has come completely undone. But Britt-Marie will rise above it all. With her favorite cleaning products in tow, she heads to a new life as the temporary manager of a rec center in a dead-end town called Borg. Backman once again creates delightful characters and I laughed out loud at Britt-Marie’s thoughts on everything from the ordering of the cutlery drawers to how to entertain a rat for dinner.

tually hear the Irish lilt. The language is rich and delectable! Mahony returns to his mother’s hometown, Mulderrig, to investigate her disappearance which occurred years ago. The town is filled with secrets and ghosts are quite literally stirred up as Mahony probes into the past. He seems to have a touch of magic about him and even nature appears to be affected by his presence. This novel is a combination fairy tale and crime fiction and is remarkable in every way. It is like many Irish tales which seems to grow with each telling. So, grab your beverage of choice and stoke up the fire and enjoy a brief spell immersed in a book this new year!

The last book on my list this month is my favorite book in a long time. Himself, by Jess Kidd is a beautifully written Irish tale that is magical and glowing. This is one of the few novels I have read where I can ac-

human—and an unbound celebration of family and life. Spy of the First Person (Knopf), an autobiographical work of fiction, comes with a poignant back story. Sam Shepard, whose illness had not been made public, began working on the book in 2016, writing by hand. When that became impossible, he used a tape recorder, with family members transcribing. Musician Patti Smith, a friend, helped Shepard with edits, and he gave the final manuscript to his daughter just days before he died. There are references in Spy of the First Person to his actual sisters and two sons and daughter, so reality fleetingly intrudes upon this fragmentary, disjointed narrative, in which Samuel Beckett’s influence on Shepard (Buried Child, Fool for Love) has perhaps never been more apparent. It’s Waiting for Godot in the desert. Who is the “Spy of the First Person”? It could be Shepard spying on himself, watching himself deteriorate. It could be, and perhaps is, God. Waiting. As this book with the brilliant title begins, someone is watching a man on a screened-in porch in a rocking chair, which, we learn later, is a wheelchair. The point of view shifts between the watcher and the watched. (“Sometimes it feels like we’re the same person,” Shepard writes.) It’s unclear at times who is sharing this flood of memories, of grandparents, of a terrible day when a racehorse

was shot by a sniper, of a woman being beaten, of a man escaping Alcatraz (real or a movie?). The reader must follow the flow; but, like trying to decipher someone else’s dreams, it’s not always easy. The book startles with quick, elliptical references to the unnamed man and his illness, discovered after spinal taps and MRIs and blood tests and X-rays. “Nothing seems to be working now. Hands. Legs. Nothing. I just lie here.” And later: “You notice the progressive nature of things. Things run down. You notice how different. You don’t want to believe it.” Eventually, having to ask for help to scratch an itch: “Is something crawling through my hair? Is there an ant, for instance? Is there a worm? Is there a fly? An insect of some kind, winged? Mosquito? A leggy insect. An insect with many tentacles that is searching around through my hair for something imagined?” It’s painful to read, and yet remarkable to think Shepard was compelled to keep writing, and without self-pity. A feeling of vague paranoia can lurk in these sparse pages. “Someone wants to know something. Someone wants to know something about me that I don’t even know myself. I can feel him getting closer and closer.” There’s a subtle curiosity at work, too, the curiosity of a writer to the very end. Unsettling, yet brave.

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OBITUARY Doreen Kirschnick Wills, It is with great sadness

that the family of Doreen Kirschnick Wills announces her passing. Surrounded by her family, Doreen passed peacefully on Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at her home in Charlottesville, Va. Doreen was born in London, England on January 4, 1933, and was only seven years old when she was evacuated from the city during World War II. Doreen arrived in the U.S. when she was 19 years old, newly married to an Air Force enlisted man, Fred Kirschnick. She later married Roy Wills, who passed in 1975. Doreen is survived by her five sons, Kim, Steve, David, Eric, and Matthew Kirschnick; as well as two daughters-in-law, Dana and Debra. Beloved grandchildren, Erin, Emma Jeanne, Kelsey, Masey, Brittany, Haley and McKenzie. Greatgrandchildren, Emma Grace, Maggie, Jack, William, Bailey and Beckham. Doreen retired from UVA Medical Center in 1991 and Michie Tavern General Store in 2017 after 26 years. She loved to tell stories about the people from all over the world that she met in the General Store. Doreen also volunteered at The Senior Center of Charlottesville for ten years. She instilled an incredible work ethic in her sons and her strength and spirited nature are reflected in her granddaughters' character. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends, and her quick wit and ice box cake will never be forgotten. After cremation, there will be a friends and family night at Teague Funeral Home, 2260 Ivy Road, on Friday, January 5, 2018, from 6 to 8 p.m. A celebration of Doreen's life will be held at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, 4708 Dicks Woods Road, on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at 1 p.m.; refreshments will be served in the Social Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Senior Center of Charlottesville, Va.

Spencer Kellogg Neale,

died at Martha Jefferson Hospital on November 21st 2017, at the age of 95. He was born in Buffalo, New York on 19 April 1922. In 1925, he moved with his family to Rocklands Farm near Gordonsville in Orange County, Virginia where he grew up and on which he later built the home in which he lived at the time of his death. He was educated at home and at several schools including the Arizona Desert School in Tucson, the Hotchkiss School, the Severn School and the United States Naval Academy from which he graduated in the Class of 1945. He was commissioned in June 1944 and then served as a gunnery officer aboard the light cruiser USS Denver in the Pacific Theater. His ship was involved in General MacArthur's return to the Philippines and the subsequent Battle of Leyte Gulf which followed the landings, a damaging strike by a Kamikaze, the Battle of Surigao Strait (the last naval battle in history, involving battleships on both sides} and, at the war's end in 1945, occupation duty at Wakayama Wan, Japan. In 1946, following flight training at Pensacola he joined a fighter squadron aboard the aircraft carrier USS Philippine Sea which was then deployed for six months to the Mediterranean. After leaving the Navy he moved to France where he studied at the branch of the University of Aix-en- Provence in Nice. There he met and married Ghislaine Signard de Poyen. He joined Pan American Airways as a pilot based in London and flew on routes to Hong Kong and Johannesburg. In 1952 during the Korean War he was recalled to Navy duty and assigned to a transport squadron in Hawaii flying many trans-Pacific routes. One of the squadron's primary missions was evacuating the severely wounded from the Korean War to the military hospital in Honolulu. After the Korean War he retired as a Lieutenant Commander USNR. He returned to Virginia and attended the University of Virginia. Following this he was engaged in several aviation ventures. He spent two years in England as the managing director of Air Couriers International, an aircraft sales company, during which time he flew several solo Atlantic crossings. During the summer of 1965 he flew the night airmail service in Yugoslavia. He obtained his British professional pilot's licenses and was hired by BOAC as the first American captain with the BOAC Associated Company Malayan Airways based in the state of Sabah in Borneo where he lived with

his family for several years. He then flew as a Boeing747 captain with Singapore Airlines on routes to Europe, Japan and Australia. He and Ghislaine lived in Singapore for many years. After retiring from Singapore Airlines he was a captain with Iran Air for two years and later with Pakistan International Airlines. He then returned, this time for good, to his home in Virginia. He was preceded in death by his mother, Doris; his father, Charles; his beloved sisters, Margaret and Angelica; and his younger brother, Samuel. He is survived by his daughters, Danielle Cormier and Dorisse Neale; his son, Spencer and his daughter-in-law, Linda, seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and by Destiny Clark, his dearest and deeply loved friend and companion of many years. An open house in remembrance of Spencer was held at his home in Gordonsville, on Sunday December 10. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Orange County Free Clinic, 101 C Woodmark Street Orange, VA 22960. Condolences may be offered to the family at preddyfuneralhomes.com in Gordonsville. Spencer's hope was only that he be remembered in the hearts of his loved ones. And he will indeed live on in our hearts forever.

Robert Lee Winkey, 69, of Gordonsville died on

Friday November 24, 2017, at his residence. Born on February 21, 1948, in Charlottesville, he was a son of the late Sidney Winkey, Sr. and Leona Thompson Winkey. Mr. Winkey retired from Liberty Fabrics where he worked for over 35 years and was a Deacon of Union Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Maria Johnson Winkey; four daughters, Natasha Chance and husband, Adrian, Maya Winkey, Pamela Lee and husband, Carl, and Katrina Wiggins; two sons, Ethan Winkey and Craig Banks; three brothers, Charles Winkey, George Winkey and wife, Kyellye, and Thaddeus Winkey and wife, Denise; three sisters, Barbara Vitto, Susie Brown and husband, Gene, and Emily Winkey, 13 grandchildren, Elijah, Gabriel, Gideon, Nadya, Savion, Carlton, Latisha, Anisha, Sada, Lasha, Eric, Raphael, and Dion, six great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, November, 29, 2017, at Preddy Funeral Home in Gordonsville with interment to follow in Woodberry Cemetery. Pastors, James Copeland and Thaddeus Winkey will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Kenneth Atwell Staples Sr., died on Saturday,

November 18, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Ken was born in Charlottesville on July 31, 1932, to Albert Atwell Staples and Elizabeth King Staples. He grew up in Charlottesville, graduating from Lane High School before working for C&O Railroad, then serving in the U.S. Army in Korea. After returning home, he began working in Staples Barber Shop with his father, and continued that career until his retirement to help care for his beloved wife, Barbara. He became a Charlottesville icon, largely due to his gregarious nature and his commitment to service to his community, meeting a large number of friends (he never met a stranger) through his work at Staples Barber Shop, his involvement with First Baptist Church, and his involvement in community organizations such as the Jaycees, the Charlottesville Lions Club annual shows, The Monticello Guards, and the Charlottesville Dogwood Festival. One of his proudest contributions to the community is Charlottesville's Dogwood Vietnam Memorial, conceived during a conversation between Ken, Jim Shisler, and Bill Gentry in 1965, and guided by the Charlottesville Dogwood Festival and many local volunteers to its current stature as the first public-civic memorial in the U.S.A. honoring those who served and those who gave their lives in the

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war in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Ken was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Clements Staples; their daughter, Leslie Jo Staples Leidemer; and his brother, Albert Duval Staples. Surviving Ken are his two children, Beth Staples Barber and her partner, Kevin Lee, and Chip Staples all of Charlottesville; his granddaughters, Ellen Staples Barber and Elizabeth Rixey Barber; and his sister, Madeline Staples Austin, her husband, Jim, and their family of Rome, Georgia. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at First Baptist Church on Park Street in Charlottesville, followed by interment at Riverview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Dogwood Vietnam Memorial Foundation, c/o Jim Carpenter, 2570 Holly Knoll Lane, Charlottesville, VA 22901. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hillandwood.com

Louise Estelle Chapman was born on Novem-

ber 27, 1923, in Albemarle County, to the late Rosa Bell Chapman. She was preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Chapman; and a sister, Beatrice Jackson. Also preceding her was a son-in-law, Bennett Lee Wynn (Joe). Louise was sweet and kind to all. She was always cleaning and busy around the house; whatever, her hands found to do she was busy doing it. She had a great love for her family especially her grandchildren, Chuckie, Dionne and Demetrice. She attended the Albemarle Training School in Charlottesville, Va. She was retired from the President's Office at the University of Virginia after many years of service, attending as John Casteen's private household technician. She worked for The Gibson's in Ivy, Virginia, for many years. They loved her as family, standing by her until the very end. She was an active member of the Zion Hill Baptist Church until her health began to decline. She was the proud mother of two daughters, Phyllis Hopkins (Charles) of Beltsville, Md., and Delores Wynn of Keswick, Va. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Charles Hopkins Jr. (Lisa) of Baltimore, Md., Dionne Johnson (Michael) of Laurel, Md., and Demetrice Wynn of Keswick, Va.; two great-grandchildren, Cameron Hopkins of Baltimore, Md., and Micah Johnson of Laurel, Md. Louise is also survived by one nephew, Massie Jackson (Linda) of Charlottesville, Va.; and one aunt, Lucille Chapman of Keswick, Va. Her memories are also cherished by the Gibson family whom she raised as her own, Anne Brucie (Earl) of Charlottesville, Va., and Jamie Gibson (Theresa) of Charlottesville, Va. Louise leaves many close friends to name a few, Pauline Minor, Evelyn Hughes, Minnie Gardner and a devoted cousin, Sheila Johnson, known to her as "Winny Skinny." Her memories will also be cherished by a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at Zion Hill Baptist Church with interment to follow in the church cemetery. Pastor Kelvin Hawkins will officiate. The family would like to thank the Cedars Health Care Center of Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Hospice of the Piedmont and caretakers Constance "Tooty Fruity" and Janae for their special care of our mother during her illness.

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