KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its environs - February 2019
In this issue
Historic Clubhouse Saved Keswick Hunt Phase 1 Completed
also: going out, overheard, only in keswick, travel, what's cooking and much more
LOCAL PRESENCE, GLOBAL REACH BARTERBROOK FARM C. 1900 3-bedroom renovated farm house with 3 functioning fireplaces, flagstone terraces and covered porches, weatherboard siding and copper roof, gutters and downspouts, open kitchen and floor plan, outdoor jacuuzzi spa, beautiful woodwork inside.. Beautiful country home with tree lined approach set on 33-acres in the South West Mountains 10 miles north of Charlottesville. A timber frame workshop/garage with woodstove, electricity and roughed in plumbing. A rustic retreat barn completely renovated as a second home with full kitchen and bathroom and two stories. This building is a gem and has to be seen to be believed. MLS 584756. Murdoch Matheson 434.981.7439 2029 HESSIAN ROAD - First time offered in its 64 year history. This W.N. Hale designed home is unique and exceptional. Located in a highly sought after city neighborhood on just under six-tenths of an acre, this cozy 2 bedroom gem offers charm and quality with a comfortable floor plan. Close to Barracks Road and UVA. Murdoch Matheson 434.981.7439
1868 FIELD ROAD - Exceptional Rugby residence situated on an idyllic road with no through traffic and within walking distance to UVA. This home’s superb floor-plan includes an elegant first-floor master, generous-sized bedrooms, and a finished walk out basement. The custom kitchen equipped with Wolf/Sub-Zero appliances and open to the living room provides a focal point of the main level. Plenty of outdoor living space on the rear deck with screen porch and four wood burning fireplaces inside make for unique gathering and entertaining options. Heated floors, integrated burglary/fire protection, Lutron automated lighting, surround sound, and a custom wine cellar are some of the features of this beautiful home. MLS 584758. $1,495,000. Yates McCallum 415.994.2464
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32-Acre Country House & Equestrian Property Keswick, Virginia Albemarle County
Convenient Location • 10 Miles into Charlottesville 5000sf Country House with 5 BR, 4 1/2 BA • Large Master Suite w/private Study • Renovated Kitchen Living and Dining Room w/Vaulted Ceilings • Impressive Stacked Stone Fireplace • Wrap-around Screened Porch & Deck overlooks Large Stocked Pond • Finished Lower Level w/ Kitchen • 2-Car Garage 10-Stall Stable w/ Paddocks & Riding Ring • Quality Materials & Craftsmanship features: Cedar Siding, Ash Floors, African Rosewood Cabinets, reclaimed Tiffany Glass • Peaceful Country Setting mls. 585093 Offered for $1,100,000 Licensed in Virginia and North Carolina
Contact Duke & Sharon Merrick for more information:
Office: 434-951-5160 or Mobile: 434-962-5658 DukeandSharon@KeswickProperties.com www.KeswickProperties.com Ednam Hall • 1100 Dryden Lane Charlottesville, VA 22903
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FAIRVIEW - c. 1856 brick Georgian manor home. 9,000 s.f. with 11â&#x20AC;&#x2122; ceilings and heart pine floors. Fireplaces, original moldings and woodwork. 5 bedrooms and guest cottage. Formal gardens and rose garden, Farm managers house, horse facilities and equipment barns. Incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in Somerset, VA. MLS 585034. $2,975,000.
BLOOMINGDALE - c. 1840, Bloomingdale is a noteworthy Orange County, VA historic property located in the heart of Somerset. The Federal manor has a magnificent center hall with grand proportioned rooms (11 ft. ceilings on main floor) and fireplaces in every room (8 total). Geothermal heating and air, renovated sun porch saltwater pool, incredible Southwest and Blue Ridge Mt. views. MLS 567939. $1,275,000.
7 ON THE COVER Historic Clubhouse Saved Keswick Hunt Phase 1 Completed
At 6 PM on February 23, a hundred and forty pairs of eyes blinked and went wide as Hunt Club members walked through the front door of the renovated club. People were agog at the sight of the gleaming floor, the new porch dining room created from the former storage room and kitchen, the new curtains festooned with hunting scenes, and the 137 photos hanging on the walls which had been cleaned, reframed, captioned and hung in orderly groups on the walls. Read all about it on page 8.
12 LIFE HAPPENS Welcome, Bonnie B. Matheson and the Life Happens
BARTERBROOK FARM - c. 1900 3-bed renovated farm house with 3 fireplaces, terraces and porches, copper roof, open kitchen and floor plan, outdoor spa, beautiful woodwork. 33-acres. Workshop. Barn completely renovated as a second home with full kitchen and bathroom and two stories. This recreational guest house/retreat is a custom build and a must see. MLS 584756. $1,695,000.
Murdoch Matheson 434.981.7439 Murdoch.Matheson@Sothebysrealty.com
column starting this month! She was born in Washington DC during the Second World War. She has five grown children and 17 grandchildren. Writing has always been a passion for her, but it was not until after the age of 50 that she began to write, in earnest. She is fascinated with the ideas, pleasures, and wisdom that come with the second half-century of life. Many men and women age much more slowly today than their grandparents did. Many are active and healthy into their 90s and above. Bonnie says that anyone can sparkle after 50, and they should. Her views are positive and upbeat. "Just do it!", she says. Attitude is everything when it comes to health. Good food, good exercise, and good relationships, including sexual ones, are necessary for good health, at any age. She has many ideas about how to make all that happen. She is living with her 100-year-old Mother, now. So her focus has shifted somewhat, to people who are caring for older parents. She insists they still need to find the same pleasures. She is working on a new book. This one is a memoir of her last four years, living in her old room, in her old house, with her mother. The story of how she went from being miserable, to loving her life in the space of 4 years. You can learn more about Bonnie and her work by visiting: http://bonniebmatheson.com and be sure to read her column, and write in and tell your thoughts to Keswick Life, it all starts on page 12.
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13 COMMUNITY The Virginia Festival of the Book - a program of Virginia Humanities celebrating its
25th year of bringing writers and readers together to promote and celebrate books, reading, literacy, and literary culture announced key elements which highlight the festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growing reputation and allows Keswickians increased access to awardwinning authors, thinkers, and industry leaders. Get the full story on page 13.
15 WHAT'S COOKING This recipe is very special to Sam. Sam Johnson has picked one of his mother's which
STONEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S THROW Exceptional 42 acre country property with all the amenities. The 6-bedroom house completed in 2005 has every luxury you could hope for with an open f loor plan and first f loor master suite, exercise room and media, infinity pool and pavilion overlooking the gardens lawn and horse facilities (7-stall barn). Privacy and proximity to Charlottesville (12 min) with big views to the SW and unforgettable sunsets.
they have worked on together to perfect and we have nailed it. This dish is sure to please at your next brunch, it hits all the southern notes and more. If you see Judy around town, be sure to ask her about this dish for your next brunch! Get step by step instructions on page 15!
18 BOOKWORM Suzanne, our bookreviewer, says, "It is no coincidence that I chose to review the fol-
lowing books to coincide with me heading out of the country, as I know these involve controversial subject matters, but one of the best things about books is that they can spark conversations and thoughts about things that might otherwise be too difficult to approach. Talking about an issue under the cover of book discussions rounds the edges somewhat and gives more room to engage in difficult topics." With an intro like this, how can you resist, read her reviews on page 18.
MLS 585648 $3,250,000
Murdoch Matheson 434.981.7439 Murdoch.Matheson@Sothebysrealty.com 23 THE LAST WORD The 8 week renovation of the Keswick Hunt Club Kennels began in mid August and was completed in mid October, 2018. Our Editor found this to be amazing due to how much has been accomplished in such a short amount of time. Look back with us, and see how it all unfolded, page 23.
Here and there... in Keswick By The Numbers 4 Dry weekends since September 1 Dry weekend in 2019 (Feb.2-3) 1 Dry week in the past 14 months
Hotels Up and Coming
Grace Church will be holding a conversation with world renowned Taylor and Boody Organ designers and builders.Find out how this incredible project is unfolding as the critical physical installation, tuning and voicing, as well as the preservation and original architectural points continue. This is a masterpiece in the making and they are closer than ever to achieving their goals.
The University of Virginia is already in discussions with third parties to develop and operate a hotel and conference center on the Ivy Road corridor, according to discussions at Board of Visitors meetings Thursday. The hotel will likely hug the western and southern sides of the parking garage on the 14.5-acre parcel. The $100 million project calls for an approximately 220,000square-foot hotel with 225 guest rooms and 25,000 square feet of conference space. A task force delivered a report earlier in the week recommending a hotel, performing arts center, classrooms and flexible space on the parcel
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Underway the new Quirk Hotel on Charlottesville’s West Main Street.The 80-room hotel will rise four stories above Main Street and be five stories at the rear above Commerce Street.The plans call for a rooftop bar — part of it will be enclosed for year-round comfort The rooftop space could seat 100 people for a wedding, The hotel also will have a Quirk art gallery, retail shop, have meeting and banquet space.Plans also call for incorporating two houses along Main Street — one is an 1820s-era Federal-style house and the other a twostory house built in 1893 — into the new Quirk Hotel.The existing Laurie Nicole salon tenant in the 1820s house will remain. The two rooms on the second floor will be turned into guest rooms, one of which will be a suite.The other house will have a coffee shop on the first floor, using coffee . The second floor will be used as an “intimate” whiskey bar for about 20 people.
! You won;t have to go out of state anymore to experience a day at the races..Colonial Downs will be opening its doors once again in just a few weeks. “This is who we are, and to become a sight again, a destination for all of Virginia right here in our backyard. It’s oh so important to us,” said Matthew Smolnick, the Director of Economic Development in New Kent County. Since October, crews have been working to breathe new life into the old racetrack.New additions to the facility includes a restaurant and a game room, as Colonial Downs will be adding a Rosie’s Gaming Emporium.Rosie’s New Kent is set to open in midApril, and will house historic horse races, the equivalent of slot machines. It is expected to be the main source of revenue, on top of the money coming in from the race bets.Reconstruction on the track is scheduled for early April, with a laying down of new material on both the grass and turf tracks – just in time for horse training in July.“We’re expecting horses to take up residency through live racing, from nearby states like Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland,” said John Marshall, of the Colonial Downs Group.They expect to house more horses from Europe and South America in the future.The horse races won’t actually start until August.8, with a scheduled 15 days of competition. The Colonial Downs group says the return of the racetrack could potentially lead to more economic growth for New Kent County, first with the creation of at least 800 jobs.“Roughly 300-400 just in this [New Kent] location. Obviously during racing season, that number will get even larger as we employ the temporary workforce to run the races,” Aaron Gomes of Colonial Downs Group said.They believe that the increase in business at the tracks could spill over to the rest of the county’s economy.“We were just told that New Kent doesn’t have any hotels in the entire county. So that’s just one example that we’re expecting when [Colonial Downs] opens, economic development in the region, such as hotels and restaurants as more visitors come from outside New Kent County,” Gomes added.The group says they may be exploring holding other events like concerts and festivals at the race track.
On and Off the Market New in Glenmore is 1555 Elgin Court with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 5406 sf at $799k. 1631 Gateway Place with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 5064 sf at $879k. 1446 Bremberton Lane with 4 beds, 2.5 baths and 3100 sf at $599k. 3223 Village Park Ave with 4 beds, 2.5 baths and 3133 sf at $486k. 1545 Elgin Court with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 5031 sf at $799k. 3197 Sandown Park Road with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3591 sf at $569k. 3072 Darby Road with 5 beds, 5 baths and 6090 sf at $1.195m. 3458 Carroll Creek Road with 5 beds, 4,.5 baths and 5567 sf at $829k. Around the area 2684 Paddock Wood Road, “Paddock Woods”, with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 4662 sf on 32 acres is $1.1m and 1032 Holly Ridge Road with 2 beds, 1 baths and 1283 sf on 3 acres at $240k.. Sold in the area is 3384 Keswick Road with 3.5 beds, 1.5 baths, 1208 sf on 6 acres listed at $329k sold for $320k in 403 days. 5724 Hackingwood Lane with 3 beds, 3 baths, 2703 sf on 32 acres listed at $765k, then $735k and sold for $705k in 122 days. In Glenmore 1880 Graham Court a 5 bed, 5.5 bath 5664 sf listed at $712k and sold for $690k in 365 days. 424 Fenton Court with 5 beds, 5.5 baths and 4838 sf listed at $815k and sold for $805k in 76 days. 2453 Ferndown Lane with 3 beds, 3 baths and 2948 sf at 589.7k Reduced in Glenmore is 1463 Bremberton Lane with 2 beds, 2 baths and 1775 sf from $425.5k to $399.9k in 76 days. 3200 Darby Road with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 5634 sf from $915k to $899k in 89 days. 3680 Newbridge Road with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 4719 sf from $799.5k to $775k in 225 days. 3426 Cesford Grange with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 5433 sf from $949k to $899k in 240 days. 1570 St John Road with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3575 sf on 70 acres from $1.995k to $1.795k in 320 days. 3420 Cesford Grange with 5 beds, 5.5 baths and 7080 sf from $890k to $789k in 300 days. Wellesley Knoll with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3677 sf down from $625k to $599k in 114 days and 1362 Sandown Lane with 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 4761 sf down from $895k to $859k in 98 days. Around the Zip area 5376 Gordonsville Rd with 3 beds, 2 baths and 2402 sf on 9.6 acres down from $715k to $650k. 1570 St John Road with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3575 sf on 70 acres down from $1.995m to $1.795m in 320 days and Lot 22, a 2.5 acres lot on Club Drive, Keswick Estate down from $264.5k to $195k in 510 days. Pending around the area is 5880 Mechunk Ridge Lane with 3 beds, 1.5 baths and 1260 sf on 2.5 acres at $288k in 183 days. 3270 Melrose Lane with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3150 sf at $599k in 150 days. 1990 Piper Way with 4 beds,4.5 baths and 5693 sf at $1.277m in 87 days. 2318 Ferndown Lane with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 43028 sf at $688.9k in 1 day. 2455 Pendower Lane with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 4028 sf at $674.9k in 15 days. 3303 Lockport Place with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 4045 sf at $629k in 12 days and 362 Winding Road with 2 beds, 2 baths and 1709 sf at $378.9k in 23 days. 4763 Mechunk Road with 5 beds, 3.5 baths and 2793 sf on 1.7 acres at $415k in 28 days
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Mark your calendars! Save the date! Don’t be late! What: Bees and Blooms Where: Glenmore Country Club When: Tuesday, April 9th - 10:00 AM Keswick Garden Club presents "Bees and Blooms" to benefit the McIntire Botanial Garden.
Schedule of Events
10:00 am - Doors open ,Shopping commences!! 11:45am - Lunch 12: 45 pm - Programs begin. 3:00 pm- Shopping ends
What: UVA Men’s Basketball Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, N.C. When: March 12 – 16th The 2019 ACC Tournament returns to Charlotte, North Carolina, for the first time since 2008 and will take place at the Spectrum Center, with the first games tipping off on March 12. A different team has won the ACC Tournament every season since 2011 and the 2019 ACC Tournament is sure feature a number of the nation’s top teams. Virginia won the tournament for the first time since 1976 and will enter as one of the tournament’s favorites. Other contenders like Duke, North Carolina, Clemson and Miami will look to prove they belong with the elite.
Speakers Dr. Josephine Johnson PhD Toxicology
Gregory Britt Designs For further information: www.keswickgardenclub.co
What: Jeans & Tweeds Where: The Middleburg Barn at Fox Chase When: April 6th - 7 PM
What: Virginia Horse Council Annual Meeting Where: Blacksburg, Virginia When: March 30
This driving tour celebrates the Centennial of the Dolley Madison Garden Club, a founding member of the Garden Club of Virginia, and hosts of the Orange County tour. Four gracious homes, with links to the earliest history of this beautiful place, highlight the area’s agricultural and equestrian roots. One is a Madison family home, now the headmaster’s house at Woodberry Forest, an acclaimed boy’s school. Another is a world-renowned equestrian training facility. Two are former residences of founding members of the Dolley Madison Garden Club; all are owned by individuals with flair and elegance. With their history, architecture and gardens, all four properties - Gaston, Tivoli, Windholme and The Residence - showcase the guiding principles which inspired the founders of the Dolley Madison Garden Club: beautification, preservation and restoration. Christ Church in nearby Gordonsville This driving tour celebrates the Centennial of the Dolley Madison Garden Club, a founding member of the Garden Club of Virginia, and hosts of the Orange County tour. Four gracious homes, with links to the earliest history of this beautiful place, highlight the area’s agricultural and equestrian roots. One is a Madison family home, now the headmaster’s house at Woodberry Forest, an acclaimed boy’s school. Another is a world-renowned equestrian training facility. Two are former residences of founding members of the Dolley Madison Garden Club; all are owned by individuals with flair and elegance. With their history, architecture and gardens, all four properties - Gaston, Tivoli, Windholme and The Residence - showcase the guiding principles which inspired the founders of the Dolley Madison Garden Club: beautification, preservation and restoration. Christ Church in nearby Gordonsville will also be open, and serves as Tour Headquarters.
The Keswick Horse Show, will be held May 14th - 19th, 2019, at the historic Keswick Show Grounds. Spectators are welcome throughout the show. For a complete schedule or prize list look under Exhibitors.
What: Hiking the Blue Ridge Where: Clifton Inn When : Springtime What: The Dogs of MontpelierLandscape Walk Where: Montpelier When: April 20th - 9 AM
For additional information call: Sponsorships: Doug Wheeler, 434-981-2577 Hospitality : Sandra Burke, 434-295-1441 or Merrily36@aol.com Horse Show Manager: Keedie Leonard, 540-377-5750 Show Office During the Show: 434-244-3383 Horse Show Address: 626 Hunt Club Road, Keswick, VA 22947
This 1.5 mile tour (approximately 2 hours) will offer visitors and their dogs a chance to learn about the history of pets on the Montpelier property. Along the way, learn about the dogs that called Montpelier home, and their owners. Pets during the Madisons' time, the duPont dogs bred for show, foxhounds, dog housing and the Dalmations, and entertaining anecdotes will be covered! Begins at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center. Please make sure your pet is leashed and sociable.
What: Historic Garden Week Where: Orange/ Gordonsville When: Saturday April 27 -10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
What: The Keswick Horse Show Where: Keswick Showgrounds When: May 14th - 19th
The Virginia Horse Council Annual Meeting & Educational Seminar will be March 30, 2019, in Blacksburg, VA. There will be a silent auction, health and welfare issues, vendor booths and networking opportunities. Both adult and youth tracks are scheduled. For more information see the flyer or contact email@example.com.
Grab your hiking boots and head for the hills. The Clifton is surrounded by some of the best hiking around from the Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway for the avid hiker or a leisurely stroll. Our hiking package includes an overnight stay in our standard or Livery Stable Rooms, a nutritious lunch to go, and then reward yourself from a day of exploring with a three course dinner and pre-dinner cocktails. You will take home with you, Clifton gear to remind you of your stay with us. This includes: Two Soma water bottles, Clifton t-shirts, hats and mugs. Phone: (434) 971-1800 | Email: ?firstname.lastname@example.org
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COVER STORY BY TONY VANDERWARKER
Historic Clubhouse Saved Keswick Hunt Phase 1 Completed
At 6 PM on February 23, a hundred and forty
pairs of eyes blinked and went wide as Hunt Club members walked through the front door of the renovated club. People were agog at the sight of the gleaming floor, the new porch dining room created from the former storage room and kitchen, the new curtains festooned with hunting scenes, and the 137 photos hanging on the walls which had been cleaned, reframed, captioned and hung in orderly groups on the walls. As people toured the renovation, they were delighted by the men’s and ladies rooms, fresh, clean and roomy with new lighting and handicap accessibility, the gleaming kitchen, new hallways painted a light cream color and finally the heating and air conditioning systems which brought the hundred and twenty-year-old club into the twenty-first century. The musty, tired interior had been given a facelift and makeover without losing any of its character. Everything felt familiar but refreshed, like an old friend showing up in a sparkling new outfit. Arnold and Ernest were back behind the bar that had been lowered and refinished and the faded green Naugahyde front removed and Judy and Marika were enjoying the spacious new kitchen. Earlier, when Judy first walked in, tears came to her eyes as she took in the sight. The renovation of the Hunt Club could not have happened without Paul Manning, Kenny Wheeler and many other generous contributors along with the constant and expert supervision of Peter Taylor. , the board who initiated the project, to Ceil Wheeler who helmed the decorating committee, the team from the contractor, and the countless members who stepped up with donations of furniture and put in the time volunteering to assist in the renovation and in the previous week had swarmed over the club readying it for the opening. Still to be finished is the exterior. The Huntsman’s cottage has been removed and in its place are numerous bushes from Keswick Hall that will figure in the landscaping plan along with a barn and huntsman’s cottage. Get ready for the next 100 years of fun. Keep checking Keswick LIfe’s Facebook page and reading Keswick Life for updates on this fabulous restoration of Keswick’s fine old clubhouse.
COVER STORY BY TONY VANDERWARKER
Photos: opposite page, Paul Manning and Mr. Don King, Kat Imhoff John Moore And Rosie Merle Smith. This page: Dolly Buswell. Liza Taylor, then Amy Nunnaly with Paul Wilson and Scott Nunnally. Taylor Son and guest, lastly, Polly Cooley with Mrs. King.
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Graze, rest and roam the fields. Along with her show jumping training and teaching facility, Sloane Coles opens a retirement division
The Springledge Horse Retirement Division is located at The Oaks and Springfield Farm, two Coles family properties consisting of more than 450 acres of lush pastureland between The Plains and Middleburg, Virginia. Along with her show jumping training and teaching facility, Sloane Coles, and her full-time, professional retirement manager run this division of Springledge LLC. All pastures have automatic waterers and run-in sheds. New horses are given the time they need to transition from their previous lives as show horses. Initially, they will be “buddied-up” with one other suitable horse in a small paddock before full-time turn out is achieved with a group of retirees in a larger retirement field. After the new horse is totally relaxed in its new environment, he’s introduced to a small herd of well-mannered horses. There, they live out their lives together, being allowed to graze, rest and roam the fields. A negative Coggins test taken within six months is required before arrival. Hoof trimming, deworming, floating of teeth and all annual vaccines are included in the monthly board of $600. Fees are paid monthly by credit card and no other charges will be added without a consultation and permission. Discussion is required and a decision made as to how much medical care is warranted in the event of illness, injury or old-age problems (i.e. there’s a big difference between a few stitches or a month paying stall board and very expensive, as well as traumatic, colic surgery for an elderly horse). Close attention is paid to your horse’s overall health, and when the time comes that he’s no longer enjoying life and needs to be put down we will sensitively proceed with any arrangements you wish. Springledge invites you to come visit in the heart of Virginia Horse country. They think you’ll agree that their beautiful and professionally run farms are the perfect place to retire your beloved horse.
For further information : Sloane Coles – Springledge LLC, P.O. Box 332, 3324 Landmark Rd. The Plains VA 20198 – Springledgeva@gmail.com (540) 270-0173
Virginia Hunting Dog Alliance (VAHDA), an advocacy group for all types of hunting with dogs holds Sportsmen’s Rally
pictured above: Deep Run huntsman, John Harrison, with Deep Run MFH Jenny Perrin and MFHA Executive Director David Twiggs at Bell Tower Park across from Virginia Statehouse. On February 1, the Virginia House of Delegates in Richmond recognized Casanova Hunt (VA) on the occasion of the hunt's 110th anniversary. The Resolution was sponsored by Delegates Elizabeth Guzman, Mark Cole, and Michael Webert. The public reading of the commendation took place in conjunction with a Sportsmen's Rally organized by the Virginia Hunting Dog Alliance (VAHDA), an advocacy group for all types of hunting with dogs. Members from fellow Virginia hunts including Deep Run, Farmington, Keswick, Old Dominion, and Piedmont Fox Hounds attended the session in the historic state capitol building. The crowd then moved outside and gathered at the Bell Tower, where mounted foxhunters mingled with and swapped sporting tales with hunting dog enthusiasts supporting VAHDA. Deep Run huntsman John Harrison and staff, in formal livery, brought several couple of hounds who charmed spectators of all ages. Keswick MFH Mary Kalergis went with Keswick junior Annabelle Aron and FHC MFH Joy Crompton to the State House in Richmond to discuss issues concerning laws protecting hunting with hounds in Virginia. They had meetings in the offices of Creigh Deeds, Rob Bell, and David Toscano and joined fellow Foxhunters at the Bell Tower Park to see some of Deep Run’s pack and honor Casanova’s 110th anniversary. David Twiggs, Executive MFHA Director and Mike Pearson, the MFHA Lobbyist, were great spokesmen for our sport. Legislative Aide Christopher Fleury read a statement from Guzman to the assembled group."For the last two years, serving as a Delegate for Fauquier County, it has been my pleasure to learn about the traditions of the Casanova Hunt. The Casanova Hunt is one of the oldest recognized hunting clubs in the Commonwealth, and they are an important part of our community in Fauquier County. Their warm invitations to learn more about the culture of Fauquier County and the sport of foxhunting have been a true blessing." The statement continued, "I want to thank them for being so welcoming and inclusive. I also want to thank the Deep Run Hunt for coming today and joining us here at the Bell Tower - it's a true honor to have you here." Mrs. William Fendley, MFH, and huntsman Tommy Lee Jones received a framed copy of the Resolution on behalf of the club. The VAHDA attendees had been encouraged to wear blaze orange caps, and the vivid colors of their hats, combined with the huntsman's traditional coat, highlighted the positive relationship between mounted foxhunters and other sportsmen in the Commonwealth. Prior to joining the celebration outside, VAHDA members met with legislators to raise awareness of hunting-related issues. Equine industry lobbyist Mike Pearson also attended and answered questions about the importance of educating lawmakers regarding foxhunting and horse sports.
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Will Coleman Wins $20,000 Ocala Horse Properties Eventing Prix Invitational
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Will Coleman and TKS Cooley. Photo by Shelby Allen. Speed demon Will Coleman is now a back-to-back winner of the $20,000 Ocala Horse Properties Eventing Prix Invitational, this year with TKS Cooley. A careful clear secured Will and the 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Vivaldo Van Het Costersveld x Badgerhill Cruise, by Cruising), owned by the TKS Cooley Syndicate, a spot in the jump-off. They followed that up with a dead accurate speed round that put them out front in 41.68 seconds.
Tucked back on a quiet country lane in beautiful Somerset, this parcel is completely surrounded by properties under conservation easement. The terrain gently rises 120’ from the road frontage, affording the opportunity for unsurpassed panoramic views that are protected in perpetuity. The area is known for deep and fertile soils and excellent water. Ten minutes from the charming towns of Orange and Gordonsville, 30 minutes from Charlottesville, and under two hours from Washington. $399,000 Contact: Julia Parker Lyman 540-748-1497
“I just had a plan for what lines I wanted to ride and how I wanted to execute the course. Anytime you get in the ring with an atmosphere like this, it’s good for you. It’s good for your horse,” Will said. “When there’s money on the line, everyone wants to win. That’s the sort of competitive thing you can’t practice enough. Personally, I really enjoy it, and I had a blast today.” Will also led his team, “Black List,” which included Buck Davidson, Lauren Kieffer and Matt Brown, to a win the team competition. “Then I had all my teammates behind me giving me expert guidance — showing me the way,” Will smiled. “We were just having fun. It was just a good time.”
The Dartmoor Derby 2019
Dates for a unique horse riding adventure weekend, the Dartmoor Derby, have been set for September 2019. Having welcomed a number of wonderful American hunters to the Dartmoor Derby in past years. The ride takes place in just under seven months (from September 20 -23 though overseas visitors often choose to add some warm up rides ahead of it, or stay on for some autumn hunting with a local pack afterwards). The Dartmoor Derby’s organisers, Liberty Trails, also organises bespoke guided riding from March to October on Dartmoor, a stupendous national park in Devon, England, and have lately won a number of Gold tourism awards for their services. The Dartmoor Derby is a challenge ride, not a race, for which overseas riders may hire a horse matched to them by the organisers. It involves 50 miles over three days ridden in small teams led by experienced guides with full ground support. A fabulous yurt camp is built especially for this ride for guests, plus a field kitchen that serves SENSATIONAL meals in a terrific dining yurt, where we also have some surprise guest speakers in the evenings. The feedback from past riders has been fabulous as you can see on their website. Links to two very short films about the ride, including one made unexpectedly by a US guest who perfectly captured what this ride is all about with her Go Pro.
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Be Careful What You Wish For! "Well, Bonnie, if my children had given me a present like THAT, I would have given it right BACK!" said my pretty friend, Anne, in her sweet Southern drawl. What she was referring to was the birthday gift from my children, given to me without my prior knowledge– or consent. I should have known something was up when my daughter- in- law, Susie, said she wanted to bring her children to watch me open my presents. But it never crossed my mind that they had sucha surprise planned for me.
BY BONNIE B. MATHESON
I was still in shock and still holding the puppy as my other guests arrived. They were all surprised that my family had given me a” live” present. But my family knows me very well. We are a doggie bunch. And they knew I needed something else to love. I was spending so much time dealing with my mother. I held him close and cuddled him against me. I held him all through dinner, too. He sat in my lap quietly and peacefully and never made a sound. By the end of the meal it was pure and mutual love.
paws are huge, much larger than those on his rear legs. I have never seen this on another dog before. Normally, the front feet match those of the back feet.
My original reaction may not have been very gracious. I really thought it would be impossible to have a new puppy. My disbelief was real. But a puppy is hard to turn down.
Everyone feeds Magnus snacks. Once a sleek and agile puppy, by the time he was a little over one year old it was clear that he was gaining too much weight. I tried in vain to get people to cut back on the snacks. There are many caregivers here at my mother's house in Washington, D.C. They all insist on feeding him treats. He is, you might say, tubby. As for his personality, there is My five children were all "in on it.” Those wretched none better. Magnus loves everybody. He enjoys other children thought I might need another dog. They real- dogs, and other places, and other people. Above all, ized the Jack Russell, Lord Byron, was aging. I had usu- he loves me, best. He basically follows me everywhere ally had at least two dogs at a time. They had all talked when he is in the same house. If I am gone, he generit over (behind my back). They felt it was time. ally stays in our room. He must be enticed out of there to eat, and he is very shy about coming downstairs Well, I am not so sure my older dog, Byron, thought it without me. Dandy Dude, who is mother's small "inwassuch a good idea. But, over time, he accepted that tact" male dachshund, has taken the Alpha dog position puppy and loved him, too. In fact, I believe the puppy from Magnus. Magnus has been neutered, you see. And helped extend Byron's life. he seems to recognize this lack. At least he is nowhere near as aggressive as young Dandy, who is two years My first son, Charley, lives near Earlysville with his younger. wife, Andrea Matheson and their blended family of six children. They have the wonderful wine tasting and Magnus has taken the place of Lord Byron, who left event venue, Chisholm Vineyard. My daughter, Helen, this world the day before Thanksgiving a year ago. I an artist, lives near Crozet with her husband, David miss Lord Byron every day, but my love for Magnus Hilliard and occasionally, some of their three children. grows exponentially. He is a dear boy and his devotion Helen hunts with Farmington Hunt. David owns the is touching. It is as if he knows he is solely responsible Lodge at Old Trail. My daughter, Lilla, a sculptor, lives for my happiness now that he is the only dog and Lord in The Plains, Virginia with her husband, Christopher Byron is no more. Ohrstrom; most of their four children have grown and gone. Lilla hunts with Orange County Hunt where my The very first night when we went to bed, Byron slept at husband was President of the hunt for many years. my head and Magnus curled up near my chest, but not touching me. Magnus is not a "touching" sleeper. He My entrepreneur son, Robert, father to Jack Matheson- will allow me to put him next to me in bed and lie there Bradley, has a house in Charlottesville, which is also for a while, but then he will quietly move away to his a some-time Air B & B. Murdoch, my youngest son, is own space, normally closer to the foot of the bed. The married to Susie and has three children. He is a bro- nice thing is, most mornings when I wake, he is snugker with Frank Hardy Real Estate, and Susie started the gled against my back on the outside of the covers. This Scout Guide with her partner, Christy Ford. They hunt pleases me immensely. with Keswick Hounds. Magnus snores. Sometimes loudly. He has a strange It was Susie who went to the breeder and bought the black spot on the edge of his tongue towards the tip. dog. She kept it for one night so that it could be present- I have no idea why. His nails are long and go clickety ed to me exactly on my birthday. She is the culprit. She click on the hard wood floors and the black- and- white is also a loving, helpful and thoughtful daughter- in- squares in the long marble hall leading to my end of law. And I thank her now all the time for understanding the house. We live a strange existence here, now, in my how important it was for me to have a new dog, and old house with my elderly mother, who just turned 101 granting my unspoken wish. This puppy, who is now years old last Friday. Who would ever have thought a mature four- year- old dog is the love of my life. Lord this would happen? Because of her age and the fact Byron died at 16, more than a year ago, giving up the that someone must come and run this house, I have upplace of the Alpha dog. Thank heavens, I had Magnus ended my life and now Magnus and I stay here with to console me. Everyone who can should have a dog (or Mother, full time. It is not the life I would have chosen, two). There is simply nothing like them for companion- but I have determined to make the best of it. And I am ship, unconditional love and in most cases, stress relief. happy here, now.
My Jack Russell turned his back and ignored the tackle box and its contents. But, of course, I took that little fur ball out of the basket and into my arms. At eight weeks, he was still very small, and his fur was still smooth. They told me my present was a mid-sized (not miniature) long- haired dachshund from a local kennel near Ruckersville. He had brown markings in all the appropriate places and huge front paws, which surprised me. He had a truncated tail. I asked what happened to his tail and they said, "Oh, it will grow." I have had dachshunds all my life, and I knew that tail was NOT going to grow. This puppy’s tail ended in a sort of hook.
Magnus is a black- and- tan, long- hair– supposedly mid-size Dachshund- who should have been drowned at birth. His tail is only a half the length it should be and there is a pronounced hook at the end of this truncated appendage. It grows a great fluff of tail feathers where the long hair of his coat makes a multicolored plume, to make up for the lost length of tail. His coat is shiny and full, with King Charles curls at the back of his neck. The nose, which should be long and narrow, is way too short and rather wide, giving him more the face of a spaniel than a typical dachshund profile. His ears dangle appropriately and give him some gravitas. His front
I had planned a birthday dinner party to celebrate the day with my family and friends. All five of my children were invited with their spouses along with a few of my grandchildren. The party was held at the wonderful house, Barrsden, on Route 20 North, where I used to live. My family arrived a little early and before the other guests. They told me to sit on the sofa in the living room, which I did. My old dog, Lord Byron, a Jack Russell, sat beside me, looking perplexed. Murdoch, my youngest son, handed me an old- fashioned wicker fishing tackle box. It had a big bow on it. He surprised me by setting the tackle box squarely in my lap. "What am I supposed to do with this? Do you want me to take up fishing?" I asked, truly mystified; I do not know much about fishing. "Open it, Mom!" they all chimed in. Even then, I did not get it. I was completely in the dark. I opened the wicker lid. Though the lighting in the room was somewhat dim, I saw two bright little eyes looking up at me out of a black furry face. A PUPPY!!!! A real live puppy, and it was for me! "Oh, My Goodness! It is a puppy. I have never been so shocked! Oh my God!!! I already have a dog! I do not need another one! This is unbelievable!" I was totally amazed and nearly speechless. But also horrified! I had already begun going to spend long periods of time in Washington, D.C. with my aging mother. The very LAST thing I needed was another dog. And a puppy, of all things, not a trained dog, a PUPPY!!! What was I going to do with a tiny puppy that very weekend? I was supposed to be leaving the next day to go, first, to The Plains, Virginia, for a party, then on to D.C. for a week.
The year after the one when my children gave me the dog, I did not invite all of them for my birthday. It was not meant as an insult. I was just trying to make room for more guests. But the outcry from the children was tremendous. They thought it might be because I was afraid, they would give me another puppy. There may have been some truth in that. I don't quite trust them, not to do it again.
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Virginia Festival of the Book to Offer
Over 100 Programs The Virginia Festival of the Book - a program of Virginia Humanities celebrating its 25th year of bringing writers and readers together to promote and celebrate books, reading, literacy, and literary culture announced a series of national partnerships which highlight the festival’s growing reputation and allows Festival visitors increased access to award-winning authors, thinkers, and industry leaders. Three new headlining programs will showcase some of the most acclaimed authors working in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry today, and will include new festival headliners Ron Charles, Leslie Connor, and Rebecca Makkai. The 2019 festival will take place March 20-24, 2019, in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Details about the newly announced programs can be found below:
Saturday, March 23, 2 p.m. at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center Friday Black: A Conversation with Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah and Ron Charles
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Friday Black) discusses his highly-acclaimed collection of short stories with Ron Charles, book critic and feature writer at The Washington Post. Readings from the work will be interspersed throughout the conversation. This program is FREE to attend and open to the public. Book sales and signing will follow.
Saturday, March 23, 4 p.m. at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center An Afternoon with the National Book Awards: Leslie Connor, Rebecca Makkai, Diana Khoi Nguyen, and Sarah Smarsh
Join the National Book Foundation at Virginia Festival of the Book for readings from this year’s National Book Award finalists in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and youth, including Leslie Connor (The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle), Rebecca Makkai (The Great Believers), Diana Khoi Nguyen (Ghost Of), and Sarah Smarsh (Heartland). Lisa Lucas, executive director of the National Book Foundation, will host the reading and discussion. This program is FREE to attend and open to the public. Book sales and signing will follow. Sponsored by the National Book Foundation.
Sunday, March 24, 1 p.m. at the Central JMRL Library Join National Book Critics Circle
National Book Critics Circle Presents: Outstanding Writing (NBCC) board members Tess Taylor (Work & Days) and Marion Winik (The Baltimore Book of the Dead) as they discuss the NBCC’s work in support of reading, criticism, and literature. Taylor and Winik will be joined by NBCC Literary Award-recognized author Nicole Chung (All You Can Ever Know). The only national literary awards chosen by critics themselves, the 2018 NBCC award longlist is announced in January, and awarded the week before the Festival. This program is FREE to attend and open to the public. Book sales and signing will follow. In addition, the festival is pleased to announce the addition of John Edgar Wideman, author of American Histories, to the 2019 line-up as a headlining speaker in the official closing program of the festival, A World Built on Bondage: Racism and Human Diversity in Award-Winning Fiction, on Sunday, March 24 at 3 p.m. at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. Wideman will join Esi Edugyan (Washington Black) in a conversation on the meanings of race, violence, and freedom, as explored in their acclaimed fiction. Edugyan and Wideman each received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for earlier work; they are accompanied in conversation with Award jury member Rita Dove. Following the discussion, speakers will welcome audience questions. Sponsored by Wells Fargo, the Charlottesville Sister Cities Commission, and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards presented by the Cleveland Foundation.
2019 Virginia Festival of the Book Presents: An Evening with Festival All-Stars Lee Smith, Adriana Trigiani, and Douglas Brinkley The Virginia Festival of the Book returns to The Paramount Theater on Wednesday, March 20 at 8:00PM with their program, An Evening with Festival All-Stars - Lee Smith, Adriana Trigiani, and Douglas Brinkley. In honor of its twenty-fifth anniversary this year, three of the Virginia Festival of the Book's most popular recurring authors-Lee Smith (Dimestore: A Writer's Life), Adriana Trigiani (Tony's Wife), and Douglas Brinkley (American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race) take the stage to share memories and swap stories, reflect on the evolution of all things literary in the past quarter-century, and discuss their own work, past, present, and future. Hosted by Margot Lee Shetterly (Hidden Figures). For additional details, please visit VaBook.org. The 2019 Virginia Festival of the Book did an exclusive interview with Adriana Trigiani where she discussed her current projects, her writing routines, and her favorite aspect of book festivals. "Any time I can see Lee Smith I'm thrilled. I love Margot Lee Shetterly--and I'm a big fan of Douglas Brinkley -- so our panel will be pretty perfect." To read the full interview, click here.
About the Speakers: Douglas Brinkley
Author of American Moonshot, is a professor of history at Rice University, the CNN Presidential Historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Audubon. Seven of his books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Cronkite won the Sperber Prize for Best Book in Journalism, and The Great Deluge won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.
Author of Dimestore, was born in the small coal-mining town of Grundy, Va., and began writing stories at the age of nine. She has written seventeen works of fiction and received many awards, including the North Carolina Award for Literature, an Academy Award in Fiction, and the Southern Book Critics Circle Award.
Author of Tony's Wife, is a playwright, television writer/producer, and filmmaker. She is the author of seventeen books and directed the film version of her novel, Big Stone Gap, which was shot entirely on location in her Virginia hometown. Trigiani is co-founder of the Origin Project, an in-school writing program that serves more than one thousand students in Appalachia.
For further information: Phone: 434-979-1333 In Person: Paramount Box Office, 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, Monday-Friday 10AM-2PM Tickets:$11.50 Student, $22.00
The full 2019 Festival schedule and list of speakers is available at VaBook.org and searchable by genre(fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children/youth, and crime 13fiction).
FEBRUARY 2019 APRIL 2015
ONLY IN KESWICK Stranger Than Fiction
Everyone’s had weird things happen to
them, events or happenings that are so out of the ordinary that they stick in your mind in a way that normal occurrences don’t. Like the experience I had in Munich in the middle of my adolescence. I was an upper-middle class, preppy, suburban kid and at that time madras shorts were the rage. So naturally, when our parents decided to take the kids on a summertime trip to Europe, I packed my madras shorts thinking I’d sport them around England, France and Germany. All went well in the first two countries but when I put them on in Germany and took a walk around the hotel, I was in for a shock. At first it was two teenage German guys pointing at me from across the street. Not only were they pointing, but they were laughing uproariously. I looked around to see what they were laughing at, never imagining it was me they found so funny, until a couple other kids joined them and they formed a group, every single one of them pointing at me and howling hysterically. I distinctly remember looking down at my shorts and suddenly realizing it was my
BY TONY VANDERWARKER
madras trunks they found so hilarious.
better than to refuse their kind gesture.
By this time, the group of kids had grown into a crowd, everyone motioning at me and guffawing loudly. I was totally embarrassed and turned beet red, almost the color of the plaid pattern on my shorts. How could the madras shorts that were so popular back home, be the object of ridicule in Germany? I couldn’t figure it out but hightailed back to our hotel totally humiliated. I hustled through the lobby and up to the room, took off the shorts, stuffed them into the bottom of my bag and didn’t put them on again until I got back to the States.
Okay, so get this picture, the three of us sitting on our haunches with a bunch of village elders, around a large pot filled with some kind of murky-looking stew. One villager spoke French and he explained to us that the dish we were about to eat was poulet, chicken in French. Everyone gustily dug into the pot, I grabbed a handful of stew and brought it up to my mouth and just as I was about to take a bite, I realized that I was holding the head of a chicken and that its one eye was wide open, staring me right in the face.
To this day, when I spot an article of madras clothing, I can hear raucous giggling—in German.
Needless to say, I dropped the head, eye, beak, cockscomb and all, back into the pot, much to the delight and amusement of my fellow diners.
Then there was the time when I was in Guinea, in West Africa, serving in the Peace Corps. A couple volunteers and I were visiting a small village out in the sticks and the villagers insisted that we stay and eat lunch with them. We had learned that the Africans were particularly welcoming to Americans and though none of us liked eating out of the communal pots with bare hands, we knew
Later in my Peace Corps service, in the capital city, Conakry, I got on a large public bus to go somewhere and since the bus was packed with people and there were no available seats, I stood, holding onto one of the metal grab handles. As the bus got underway, I looked around at the other passengers and began to notice that everyone was staring at me. At first,
I couldn’t figure it out. I wasn’t wearing madras shorts or anything out of the ordinary, but all the passengers were looking at me. Suddenly, looking at my arm holding the grab handle, I realized why they found me so interesting. All the other people on the bus were black, I was the only white person. That feeling of being singled out because of my skin color has stuck with me to this day. One more instance of being singled out—or almost singled out. This time much later when I was in the advertising business. I was down at the AnheuserBusch headquarters in St. Louis to present a major ad campaign for one of its brands to the chairman, August Busch (Sallie Wheeler’s brother). I arrived early and decided to make a quick stop in the men’s room so I’d be all set for the presentation. Presenting ads to the chairman was a big deal, not only was he the top dog, but he was a tough customer, both demanding and dismissive. If he didn’t like something, you’d know it, quickly. So I was a bit preoccupied as a lot was riding on my presentation, like my career. I pushed open the door to the bathroom and not seeing any urinals, pushed open a stall and closed the door behind
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me. Just as I was about to pee, I heard people coming into the bathroom. What caused me to quickly clamber up on the toilet, carefully balancing myself on the seat, was the sound of their voices. They were female. I was in the Ladies Room. In my concentration on the upcoming presentation I had walked into the wrong bathroom. Praying they wouldn’t discover me and rush out screaming to alert the security guards about the weirdo in the Ladies Room, I stood stock still, hoping they’d go about their business and leave so I could scurry out undetected.
Louis Post-Dispatch reading, “Pervert ad exec arrested in Anheuser-Busch Ladies Room,” I heard the women opening the door and leaving. Whew! Though I don’t remember a thing about the presentation, I can remember every stinking detail about the five minutes I spent in a state of total terror standing on the toilet in the Ladies Room of our largest client.
After what seemed like an eternity and as I watched my career flash before my eyes, imagining the headline in the St.
Tony Vanderwarker, raised in New England, spent a couple years at Yale and then served two years in the Peace Corps where he got bitten both by tsetse flies and the writing bug. He went to film school at NYU and made documentaries and a full length film which didn’t sell so he decided to try shorter films and went into advertising. Fifteen years later, he had his own ad agency in Chicago where he did “Be Like Mike” for Gatorade. When his partners bought him out, Tony finally had a chance to write full time. It only took him fifteen more years to finally get a book published. “Who cares?” Tony says, “some writers hit paydirt fast, others take longer. I’m just glad my time has come.” visit www.tonyvanderwarker.com
Good Grits BY SAM JOHNSON, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF CULLINARY | 1776 Ingredients
• 4 cups whole milk • 1 cup quick-cooking grits (not instant) • Jack cheese 3 cups • 1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (3/4 stick), cut into small pieces • 2 teaspoons kosher salt • 6 large eggs • Pinch of cayenne pepper to taste • ½ tsp garlic powder
This recipe is very special to me. This is one my mother and I have worked on together to perfect and we have nailed it. This dish is sure to please at your next brunch, it hits all the southern notes and more. If you see Judy around town, be sure to ask her about this dish for your next brunch!
Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Coat a 2-quart soufflé dish or a deep baking dish with butter and set aside.
Place milk in a large saucepan over me-
dium-high heat and bring to a boil. Add grits and whisk to combine. Reduce heat to low and whisk until thickened, about 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and add cheese, scallions, butter, and salt, stirring until all ingredients are completely incorporated and butter is melted. Season with freshly ground black pepper and garlic cayenne. Add eggs and stir until thoroughly incorporated.
Pour into the prepared dish and bake until puffed and golden, about 45 minutes.
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Winter Reading - Warmer Weather of the Horizon BY SUZANNE NASH
It is no coincidence that I chose to re-
view the following books to coincide with me heading out of the country, as I know these involve controversial subject matters, but one of the best things about books is that they can spark conversations and thoughts about things that might otherwise be too difficult to approach. Talking about an issue under the cover of book discussions rounds the edges somewhat and gives more room to engage in difficult topics. That said, I am heading to London and leaving the Keswick crowd to mull over these things while I am away! I am joking a little here, and while I AM going away, I will be more than happy to talk to you about any of these books at any time upon my return. There is nothing I love more than good conversation around interesting ideas and opinions, and I am sure these books will generate quite a bit of that! I happened to pick up two books at the library without realizing they were attacking the same subject from different angles. One was a true crime story and the other a fictionalized version of the same story, both of which made reference to a classic American novel, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. Now many people have definite opinions about the novel, Lolita, but I find most people have never actually read it. It is an American masterpiece and despite the difficult subject matter, the writing is phenomenal. And this is what makes this book such a perfect subject in our present-day atmosphere. It will make the reader contemplate how often a well-spoken narrative can make one accept abhorrent behavior. I had read this novel a long time ago when I was younger, and I must admit it didn’t bother me as much as it does now. This time I listened to it on audible and the benefit of listening to it is the narrative voice of Jeremy Irons, which gives
an added creepy quality to the story. He really has the perfect aristocratic arrogance to capture the character of Humber Humbert. This silver-tongued gentleman describes his infatuation for a young girl named Dolores, who he nicknames Lolita. Lolita is HIS Lolita and that is very clear. There is a possessiveness in this entire story that underlines the fact that we are hearing this tale strictly from his perspective. He tries to convince the reader that his feelings are beyond his control and that Lolita has lured him into a predicament. He marries Lolita’s mother to stay close to the child he lusts after and the story blossoms from there. What is fascinating is the result of this novel on the American and worldwide culture. Rather than causing disgust and the realization that pretty words can’t hide a manipulative heart, people ran out and began to dress as school girls and the term Lolita began to have suggestive meanings. It even eventually led to the wide-eyed Asian anime characters that are so popular today. It had worldwide implication that we still feel to this day. This is further examined in the first book I came across at the library.
In The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Nov-
el that Scandalized the World author Sarah Weinman investigates the story behind the Nabokov’s novel. In 1948 an eleven-year-old girl was abducted from her home in New Jersey and Weinman delves into the abduction through newspaper accounts, court documents and interviews. This is the first time the whole story of Sally’s abduction has been made public and Weinman finds evidence regarding how much Nabokov knew of this case before he finished his masterpiece in 1955. She investigates why he tried to hide his knowledge of the case and its influence on his story. Not only is Lolita’s effect on society and culture explored, but the author also looks at Nabokov’s life and how protective his
wife was of his artistic legacy. It is a wonderfully revealing book and really opens another view of this important piece of literature.
Rust and Stardust is a novel by T. Greenwood that is another take on the
he buys into and his doctor struggles with how to meld her scientific reasoning with what has happened. This book is a witty and poignant look at whether we believe that only certain individuals would be worthy of a miracle. If you happen to be the recipient of a miracle does that mean you are required to live up to all of the expectation that might come with it?
Sally Horner kidnapping. Taken from Camden New Jersey and spirited across country Sally Horner faces a kidnapper who is a far cry from Lolita’s self-proclaimed gentleman narrator. It is a fictional retelling but carries many of the details form Weinman’s book. This looks at the sad reality of a young girl taken by a man who doesn’t have aristocratic bearing or honeyed words. It is darker and more gruesome along the lines of a true crime story and will make you ponder once more how each narrator lends a different perspective of the same issue. What is worth considering is how this tale told in 1955 did spark a scandal but it also sparked a craze and this book was a bestseller worldwide. Fashions changed and songs were written about Lolita, so this has created controversy and discussion since it’s publication. I found the comparisons between these books to be very revealing and think it is interesting that these new novels and books referencing Lolita and the background of the story are timely considering the Me-Too movement.
Educated: A memoir by Tara Westover was a book club recom-
mendation for me and I was completely hooked after the first few pages. Tara grew up in Idaho and her family was Mormon but not quite like the Mormons you might be used to. They lived off the grid and they had all of their children at home so that there was no record of their births. While the older three children went to school for just a few years, by the time Tara came along they didn’t even pretend to homeschool, the children were left to roam the hills until they were old enough to start working in their Dad’s business of scrapping. There is so much that will disturb you, amaze you and confound you about this memoir. It will leave you with questions and make you grateful for a relatively normal childhood. School will never look so good!
If you cannot bring yourself to tackle Lolita and the books around it, then perhaps try Anatomy of a Miracle by Jonathan Miles. This is another book that will make you ponder your beliefs. In Biloxi, Mississippi a veteran paraplegic named Cameron suddenly rises from his wheelchair in the parking lot of the Biz-E-Bee convenience store and walks. Is it a fluke, a scam or a miracle? Cameron finds himself in a firestorm of media and religious focus. Suddenly his life is full of people asking him for prayers and asking hard questions. He becomes the symbol for something he is not quite sure
I especially love the final few chapters because it explores faith in God and what we believe we know about him- which is slightly humorous, in that we presume to know anything at all. I hope you will grab these issues and play with them and discuss these books with your friends because nothing is more enlightening that lively conversations around books and ideas.
Have a wonderful month and get ready for the warmer weather that is on the horizon!
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in Brilliantly sited on the brow of the second highest point in Orange County lies one of Virginias most magnificent historic estates, Mount Sharon Farm. With panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Coastal Plain the property showcases an extraordinary, circa 1937 Georgian Revival-style residence surrounded by 10+ acres of worldrenowned gardens created by the current owners alongside highly respected landscape architect Charles J. Stick. Comprised of 560+ gently rolling acres, Mount Sharon Farm offers fertile cropland, lush pastures, farm improvements, and a wonderful assortment of dependencies, all in excellent condition. On Virginia and National Historic Registers.
In a private valley of the Madison-Barbour Rural Historic District near Somerset and James Madison's Montpelier, Cowherd Mtn Farm enjoys fertile soil and abundant water. Revolutionary War Vet Francis Cowherd purchased from James Madison and left his name on the mountain which serves as a shelter to the farm. Approximately 1/2 the farm is established pasture with the balance in mature forest. This is the Keswick Hunt and suitable for horses or other livestock. With morning sun, afternoon shade, & gentle slope, this is perfect for a vineyard. The farmhouse has 3 br's and 2 baths for a farm mgr or as a staging area while you build on a knoll overlooking the valley to the mountains. Not in conservation easement with potential tax benefits
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Landmark country estate located in the beautiful Keswick hunt area of Albemarle Co. House was completely renovated in the early 1990's using only the finest materials & craftsmen. Surrounding 507+/- acres further compliments the house and allows the property complete privacy. The estate has many improvements including one of the oldest houses in the county "Findowrie", 4 tenant/guest cottages, stable complex & cattle barn.Property has numerous rolling pastures that are fenced w/board & wire .
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Long after other homes have crumbled, the stone walls of ARCOURT will remaina testament to the quarried natural stone and superb quality construction used to create this one of a kind estate. Spacious (over 5800 finished sq. ft.) French-inspired custom residence on 22 private acres in Keswick Hunt Country, completely fenced for horses, 3-stall stable, guest quarters, with shop/garage underneath. Interior of residence features an open floor plan, with large rooms, high ceilings, tall windows, and heated stone floors. There is a main-level master suite, second bedroom or study on the first floor, two more bedrooms and two baths on the second level.
One of the loveliest farms in Albemarle county, Round Hill Farm is perched on a hilltop on 21 acres in the heart of Keswick,featuring 4 bedrooms and 3 ½ baths. Fireplaces throughout,, there is a magnificent great room with 22-foot cathedral ceilings framed by natural ash beams and an antique wine barrel chandelier. The home boasts a gourmet kitchen with a Wolf stove, farm sink, tile backsplash and skylight. There are 17 acres of horse-fenced pastures, a four-stall barn, with bathroom and kitchen. Nestled in this highly desirable area, and only 20 minutes to downtown Charlottesville.
Residential and Equestrian Property in sought after Keswick Location on over 20 acres . Spacious Living and Dining Rooms with Fireplaces andWood Floors Family Room with Fireplace and WetBar A Large First Floor Master Suite and Year-Round SunRoom overlooks Terrace and Swimming Pool. Kitchen with Breakfast Nook and Large Laundry Room . Finished Basement. Upper Level Home Office and Study. Guest Cottage with fireplace . 8-Stall Stable 3-Board Fenced Paddocks 5 miles into Gordonsville, 12 miles into Charlottesville
LINDEN RIDGE – A private 70 Located among other estates in the Keswick Hunt area of Albemarle Cty. The 1920’s home is situated on a knoll in the center of the manicured acreage, with dramatic views of the SW Mtns. Close to C’ville, this 4 BR home is insulated from road noise, and extremely private. The exterior includes a detached garage, formal gardens with irrigation, rear patio, and numerous large specimen trees. Also included: guest cottage, entertainment/art studio barn, stable, fencing, stream, gated entry. For further information contact Justin Wiley 434.981.5528 t
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REGION Center for Natural Habitat Directors Vote to Begin Eastern Rivers and Landscape Rewilding Institute at New Historic Rapidan Mill Headquarters In response to increased flooding frequency and the remaining portion of the Chesapeake Bay Program goals, the Center for Natural Habitat has launched The Rapidan Institute – Wilding Eastern Rivers and Landscapes through Education, Outreach, and Comprehensive Landscape Design. The Institute will borrow concepts developed by Functional Medicine practitioners to approach river health through the use of biodiversity to enhance floodplain vegetation and surgically raise and reconnecting river flow using cost effective practices developed on the West Coast. This systems approach begins with creation of an entire river landscape design, similar to plans completed for the Colorado and other Western rivers, that specifies fine grained customized solutions for every floodplain parcel, developed in cooperation with each floodplain landowner. They will transition from remediation to restoration in the Rapidan, Robinson, and Hughes River Valleys, through a new enterprise they tentatively refer to as The Rapidan Institute – Rewilding Eastern Rivers and Landscapes through Education, Outreach, and Applied Research. And they note that in the context of agricultural landowners, this means increasing biological diversity on production lands (hay, pasture, and croplands through agroforestry, silvopasture, etc.) while maintaining financial return.
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We Need Your Voice! Starting this month, the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and the University of Virginia – building upon a history of commitments on sustainability and climate action – will be embarking on a collaborative community outreach effort as each entity begins to update their greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets and develop climate action plans (CAPs). The results of these efforts will serve to guide climate action in the Charlottesville area for the next 10-30 years. To enable broad community engagement and participation in informing these commitments, the three organizations are coordinating their outreach efforts across their sustainability offices. Residents, businesses, and area stakeholders are encouraged to get involved and participate in this collaboration – starting today. The community is encouraged to go to www.ClimateActionTogether.org to learn about specific participation opportunities, previous regional climate action efforts, and more information about each organization’s efforts.This collaboration builds on a regional climate initiative by the City, County, and UVA completed in 2011 – the Local Climate Action Planning Process (LCAPP). While LCAPP culminated with broad strategy recommendations, the current climate action planning processes will be more action-oriented. As each organization develops specific long-term targets and action plans to fit their unique composition and circumstances, they will benefit through sharing ideas and resources, building upon each other’s work, and collaboratively engaging with the community. C3 is thrilled to know that the City, County and UVA are working together to address local climate solutions. As a part of the goal-setting process to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, these three entities are seeking your valuable input. We’ve crafted the following letter outlining why we believe a leadership-level goal is imperative to developing and implementing a successful climate action plan. We hope you will join us and #AddYourVoice! Over the coming months in 2019, the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and the University of Virginia will each be making new commitments for climate action. Building upon our region’s history of commitments to sustainability and climate action, sustainability staff from the three organizations are collaborating on community outreach. Community engagement and public input are an important part of the collaborative process, and we invite the community to participate to help advance climate action in our region. Information on the concurrent climate action processes in the Charlottesville-Albemarle-UVA region is available at::www.climateactiontogether.org
Dear City Councilors and County Supervisors, As citizens of the Charlottesville area, we share a common goal to protect the health and vitality of our community against effects of climate change impacting our built, social, and natural systems. The future of our community, of our children, and of our legacy is dependent on commitments to reducing our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. So, we thank you for taking up the important task of setting new community climate goals for the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, and for recognizing the need to develop comprehensive Climate Action Plans to ensure we reach those goals! As community members, we recognize that we have an important role to play in reducing emissions for the health and safety of our families, friends, and future. But we cannot do it alone. Setting an ambitious GHG reduction goal would serve to catalyze and activate all members of the community around this common purpose.
As citizens, we are concerned about climate leadership for a number of important reasons: 1. We believe our local government should make commitments that reflect our values. The issue of climate change concerns many families, students, and individuals who wish to see Charlottesville support and promote a more sustainable way of living. According to the 2018 Yale Climate Opinion map, the majority of Charlottesville and Albemarle County residents feel that more should be done to address climate impacts. 2. Climate leadership is vital for ensuring our community remains a desirable place to live, work and play. The City and County’s current emissions reduction goals lag conspicuously behind our peer communities in the region and across the Commonwealth. As a community of forward thinkers and problem-solvers, Charlottesville has a reputation of innovation and progress to uphold. 3. The health and safety of our community is at risk. Extreme weather events, like flash flooding or intense heat, are becoming increasingly more frequent and severe. Already the greater Charlottesville area is experiencing an average of 9-14 days of extreme heat per summer according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (2018). While climate change impacts all of us, low-income families, children, and the elderly are members of our community that feel the effects to an even greater extent. 4. We are all in this together. As various sectors of the community come together to address this problem, we as citizens also aim to be part of the solution. Together, we have already reduced emissions by 21% since 2011 and with a leadership level goal driving our climate action plan, we can make even greater strides.
We urge the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County to do the following: 1. Establish a best-in-class climate goal of: (a) reducing our year 2010 baseline greenhouse gas emissions 45% by the year 2030; and (b) achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. This goal is aligned with the overarching goal in the International Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) 2018 report of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. It is what the world’s preeminent climate scientists tell us is needed to avoid the most harmful consequences of climate change. 2. Commit to conducting a greenhouse gas inventory every two years. Regular inventories are absolutely critical. Looking back, the City conducted inventories of 2000, 2011, and most recently, 2016. The County’s last inventory was of 2008 emissions. We only have eleven years to reach a 45% reduction, so we must be diligent. Frequent and regular measurement of our progress is necessary to ensure we are pursuing effective strategies and keeping climate action a focus of our community.
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The February 2018 Keswick Life Cover Story At Long Last Keswick Hunt Club Prepares for Major Renovations
A number of members concerned about the condition of the Hunt Club have stepped forward with a plan and initial funding for a major renovation of the club. In a presentation to the members on February 6, 2018 they presented preliminary plans including renovation to the kitchen, bathrooms, HVAC, a teardown of the Huntsman’s cottage and building a new one along with a new barn. Moving the structures opens up space for parking on the property as well as protecting the existing trees. The Board stressed that a major consideration of the renovation was to retain the historic character of the club so any additions will be add-ons not changes to the interior. The physical condition of the club necessitates a full-scale renovation. The kitchen is in terrible shape and the electrical system is sketchy to say the least. The bathrooms are not handicap-accessible and those deficiencies alone not only make the club unsafe and also limit its potential for rental income.
and windows to admit the cool mountain breeze. The situation of the club- house is almost ideal. To the north and west one catches a magnificent view of the southwest mountains, a brotherhood long since made famous by historic old ‘Monticello.’ A country highway passes near the building, a telephone line runs by the door, and the post office and telegraph office at Keswick are scarcely half a mile distant. The article went on to describe the party that followed the dedication ceremony: “The audience hall was artistically decorated with sweeping draperies of white and red, while flags and unique club devices were gracefully disposed here and there. The music was furnished by an excellent band from Washington, and the entertainment in every detail was a most pleasing and decided success. Refreshments were served during the evening and it was not till half-past 3 a.m. that the bright hours of gayety were brought to an end. The Keswick Hunt Club continues to operate to this day.
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Instead of financing the renovation by raising dues, the Board is beginning a campaign to raise the funds from the membership and interested members of the Keswick and equine community. Indications are that a portion of the estimated 2.5 million dollar cost has been pledged.
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While a construction schedule and finished plans are in the works, the Board intends to begin construction as soon as possible. Hopefully in the near future, the club will be good to go for another hundred years.
The goal of the project was a complete renovation of the kennels to maximize the square footage within the existing building footprint as required by the county ordinance. The completed effort is a state of the art facility with new hound kennels, updated fixtures, electric, water and sewer and a modernized area that can be maintained with minimal maintenance.
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The Keswick Hunt Club was established in 1896. In 1898 the clubhouse was built under the direction of Horatio MacGruder. The building has been used continuously as a club house for social events related to fox hunting. The veranda, constructed prior to 1925, surrounds three s ides of the rectangular structure and since the time of construction, has been partially enclosed. The building is in the late Victorian style, with a side gable and an Edwardian bay window. Dubbed as “A Brilliant Social Event,” the Keswick Hunt Club building was dedicated on this day in 1898. The Daily Progress reported: “Just on the crown of a finely wooded hill near Keswick stands the new and commodious building of the Keswick Hunt Club.” A detailed description of the building itself included: “The building is ceiled with the best North Carolina pine; has a floor of excellent smoothness, and is plentifully supplied with doors
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The 8 week renovation of the Keswick Hunt Club Kennels began in mid August and was completed in mid October, 2018. The renovation design was a collaboration between Paul Wilson, KHC Huntsman and Uhler and Company, design build.
The whelping lodges, hot bitch yards and puppy areas were completely redone as well as food storage and isolation areas for sick hounds.Washer and Dryer, heated area and cupola fans were added to improve the overall utility of the buildings.
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