Keswick Life Digital Edition February 2020

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KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its environs - February 2020


In this issue

The Uhler Effect Reflecting on a Project at Completion plus: going out, overheard, keswick scene, what's cooking, bookworm and much more




Located in the heart of Somerset Va. at the end of a county road, Hilton Farm offers complete privacy with incredible Blue Ridge Mountain views. The 264 acres is mostly open land, with exceptionally good soils, RESIDENTIAL • FARMS • LAND

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


stable with 14 stalls, indoor arena with office/apt, cattle barn, hay barn, equipment shed, and two cottages. The property is situated in its own valley, and a is further improved by 1 large lake, and 3 smaller ponds. $2 , 4 00, 000


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One of Albemarle’s finest farms. Perfect

Landmark 60-acre estate in beautiful Keswick

Beautiful Albemarle farm with Lynch River

mix of productive farmland and mature

hunt area of Albemarle County, minutes from

frontage, fantastic Blue Ridge views. Custom,

hardwoods with 1.5 miles of Hardware River

Charlottesville. 8,600 sq ft house significantly

eco-friendly main residence designed with

frontage. Exceptional, custom 6,000 sq ft

renovated in early 1990s using finest

reclaimed / native materials and energy

residence designed by DGP Architects, sited

materials and craftsmen. Situated amongst

efficient systems throughout. Tranquil,

to take in the natural beauty of Carter’s Bridge

wonderful large trees, commanding view of

completely pricavate 40 ac property includes

area. Convenient to Charlottesville and UVA.

the Southwest Mountains.

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

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Keswick, Virginia Albemarle County

Contemporary Cedar-Sided Home, approximately 14 miles into Charlottesville. Expansive views of Historic Southwest Mountains. Renovated, remodeled and enlarged to create beautiful living spaces, a large Master Suite w/Study, two large Guest Rooms en suite, open-concept Kitchen, large porch w/pergola. Other features include over 75acs of privacy with trails, fenced paddock, small barn, mature landscaping, flowing Mechunk Creek. Contact Duke & Sharon Merrick for more information:

SOLD Proud to have represented both Buyer and Seller

Licensed in Virginia and North Carolina

Office: 434-951-5160 or Mobile: 434-962-5658 Ednam Hall • 1100 Dryden Lane Charlottesville, VA 22903



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BRAMBLEWOOD, A 522 acre private sanctuary in the Southwest Mountains and the heart of Keswick. The 2008 manor home, with 6 bedrooms and over 14,000 sq. ft of living space, boasts Italian plaster finishes, limestone floors, his/her studies, and 6 fireplaces. The property showcases the best in materials, craftsmanship, impressive grounds, mature landscaping, ponds, 2 other homes, and a large barn that complete this stunning estate. MLS 595091 $6,700,000


The Uhler Effect

The Keswick Hunt Club is indeed lucky to have members who have made the com-

pletion of the renovations possible. Thanks to their generosity, the construction of the Kennels, Clubhouse, and Huntsman’s living quarters are completed thanks to their participation in this fantastic project that will keep KHC alive for many years to come. This month's cover story recaps some of the highlights of working with Uhler Design and Build construction company, Rick and Darla and their team were invaluable in getting it done! Get ready for the next 100 years of fun! Keep checking in at Keswick Life for updates on this fabulous restoration of Keswick’s fine old clubhouse, kennels and barn, and Huntsman’s lodgings. Read all the details on page 8!

Murdoch Matheson 434.981.7439

10 KESWICK SCENE Scarlet If Convenient - The 2020 Keswick Hunt Ball photo journal, read all about it on page 12!



enjoyed the tours of the hounds and horses. The conference as a whole had 160 attendees from 50 counties across the state.

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Friday evening, Keswick Huntsman Paul Wilson welcomed the farmers with a tour of the Keswick Hunt Club kennels. (pictured at right) The clubhouse was a perfect place for the 12 gathering SPORTING

Charlie Thacher has collected antiquarian angling books for many years. Occasion-

ally, he acquires a book that leads him to discover an author who is fascinating in ways that go far beyond the world of fishing. Henry William Herbert is one such dinner, Barclay Before the buffet author. Charlie tells a tale, and shares his world on pages 12-13, enjoy and be sure Rives spoke to the crowd about to write in with thoughts, comments and questions for Charlie!

foxhunting and farming. He mentioned the commandments on our fixture cards, including: WINDERMERE, BuiltBrick in theGeorgian 1930’s with only home, two owners that11’ time, the 2.3 acres is sited FAIRVIEW, c. 1856 manor 9,000since s.f. with ceilings and heart pine floors. Fireplaces, original most moldings andafter woodwork. 5 bedrooms guest cottage. Formal in one of Charlottesville’s sought locations. The houseand built of native fieldstone, Close Gates, Avoid Newly Seeded gardens and bounded rose garden, farm manager’s house, horseis facilities andunique equipment and property by towering hedges, the residence completely within barns. FarmBOOK WORM REVIEWS Incredible views ofsize, the Blue Ridge Mountains, VA. MLS Ground, and most important, ington in privacy, sighting, and proximity in toSomerset, the Clubhouse. Not 585034 in MLS.$2,975,000 Give Every Consideration to Farmers and Landowners Whose Etiquette for Runaways Kindness Makes Our Sport A sweeping Jazz Age tale Hardcover – August 18, 2020 Possible.Barclaystated two and of regret, ambition, by Liza Nash Taylor redemption inspired by maxims: No Farms No Food; and, true events, including the 15 ENVIRONMENT No Land No Hunt. Great Foxhunters Moonshine The Virginia Farm Bureau Young Farmers Winter Expo 2020need was held as a remindConspiracy Trial of 1935 farmers more than they need er, No Farms, No Food; and No Land, No Hunt! Get all the details on page 15! and Josephine Baker’s us. (pictured at left ) 1925 Paris debut in Le Revue Nègre.

Nancy Wiley jtMFH was drafted 1924. May Marshall is to say grace, which she did determined to spend the dog days of summer MEADOW HILL, in c. 1910 Manor House, uncompromisingly updated throughout, on prayerfully and beautifully. 14 stunning acres in Greenwood VA. Perched above Stockton Creek with views of

self-imposed exile at her the Blue Ridge Mountains. Only 15 mins to downtown Charlottesville in coveted father’s farm in Keswick, MLS 595248 $2,300,0000 Western Albemarle. Virginia. Following a Virginia State Delegate Sally Hudson spoke after dinner. She was energetic and naive dalliance that led to empathetic in fielding questions from the audience. Representatives from various heartbreak and her districts, as far away as the Eastern Shore, introduced themselves.expulsion The group from Mary Baldwin College, was inspiring, all dedicated to a demanding profession that puts food on our May returns home with a shameful secret only to find her father’s orchard is now the site of a lucrative moonshining enterprise. tables. The farmhouse where Liza Nash Taylor lives in Keswick, Virginia, with her family and dogs was built in 1825, and it is the opening setting Despite warnings from the one man she trusts —her childhood of Etiquette for Runaways. She writes in the old bunkhouse, with the friend Byrd— she joins her father’s illegal business. When occasional black snake and aLiza view Nash of the Southwest Mountains. In authorities in and father, Henry, is arrested, May goes he farmhouse where Taylor lives in Keswick, Virginia,close with her her family 2018, Liza completed the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine on Etiquette the run. for Runaways, and dogs built in 1825, and it is the opening of Art and waswas named a Hawthornden International Fellow. Shesetting was

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Liza recently completed book. SheConference writeslike inFiction the old bunkhouse, with occasional the 2016 winner of the Sanare Miguel Writer’s Prize. Young Farmers people just you who have an the interest in agriculture and arrives New York City, Her short storiesand haveaappeared Microchondria II, (an anthology InMay black snake view ofinthe Southwest Mountains. 2018, Lizaincompleted the determined to reinvent herself by the Harvard Gargoyle Magazine, and others. who want Bookstore), toatmake a College difference Virginia’s largest industry andontheir local as May Valentine and succeed her own terms,comfollowing in MFA program Vermont of Finein Art and was named a Hawthornden Interher mother’s footsteps as a costume designer. The Jazz Age city munities. Leadership skills are built and professional developnational Fellow. She was the 2016 winner of thethrough San Miguelpersonal Writer’s Conference FicEtiquette for Runaways is her first novel. Look for her second, a standglitters with both opportunity and the darker temptations of tion Her short appeared II, (an anthology by the alonePrize. sequel, in 2021, also stories from Blackstone Microchondria ment opportunities inhave an atmosphere that is fun friendly. cocaineand and nightlife. From a start mending sheets at THROW, the famed Exceptional STONE’S

42-acre country property with all the amenities. This Harvard Bookstore), Gargoyle Magazine, and others. Etiquette Runaways hera position6-bedroom completed in 2005 has every luxury you could hope for with an open floor Biltmorefor Hotel, May fallsisinto designinghouse costumes plan and first floor master suite, exercise room and media, infinity pool and pavilion overlooking first novel. Look for her second, a standalone sequel, in 2021, also from for a newly formedBlackstone troupe of African American entertainers the gardens, lawn, and horse facilities (7-stall barn). Privacy and proximity to Charlottesville Young people, ages 18 to 35, from many backgrounds make up this fast-growing Publishing. Catch a review of Liza's latest on page 18! bound for Paris. Reveling in her good fortune, will do to the southwest and unforgettable sunsets. MLS 595734. $2,750,000 (12 min) May with big views


for the farm chance on to goaabroad, andpart-time the lines between segment of Farm Bureau. The Young Farmersanything members’ full or right and wrong begin to blur. When Byrd shows up in New Every month we bring you the true Keswick Life, from the scoop of a basis, work in the agriculture industry or just want to become more involved in York, intent upon taking May back home, she pushes him, and party and horsey happenings to practical advice on making the most of your garden, preserving Keswick land and updates from the surrounding agriculture. Join today, and make a differenceherinpast, tomorrow’s agriculture. away.

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May must a choice: surrender to failurethrough and addiction, or couples and families who are 18-35 years of age andmake support agriculture Don’t forget when you are sending in your Keswick Life subscription face the truth and make amends to those she has wronged. But you “Go First Class” Yes, for only $45 aeducation, year you can receive promotion, your monthly production(farming), advocacy and leadership. Please first, she must find self-forgiveness before she can try tobe reclaim issue of Keswick Life in a cellophane envelope with First Class postage whatleadership her heart cravesfor most.opening their doors sure offer “thank thenews Hunt sure toto make it arriveainbig a timely manner soyou” that you to get your “hot Club the press.” tooffour Young Farmers group. It was a wonderful evening.

19 WHAT'S COOKING Sam love's this recipe for it's fresh and inviting flavors, and says "all your guests will

love this dish." He has enjoyed making this over the years. Always a crowd please and super easy. Keswick put this on your next dinner menu. Get the details on 19!



Overheard On and Off The Market New to the market is 2684 Paddock Wood Road with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 4662 sf on 32.37 acres at $1.045m. 832 Campbell Road, “Stanford Hall”, with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3372 sf on 155 acres is $1.9m .. or with only 99 acres it is $1.2m. 5352 Cismont Lane, “The Old Cismont Blacksmiths Shop” from 1830, with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 2838 sf listed at $495k. 3432 Keswick Road with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 3926 sf on 7 acres is $674k and 4325 Bunker Hill Road with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 1677 sf is priced at $379k. In Glenmore 3661 Perthshire Court with 6 beds, 4.5 baths and 5001 sf is $675k. 3262 Sandown Park Road with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 4894 sf is $729k and 3368 Camden Court with 5 beds, 3.5 baths and 4921 sf is priced at $625k. There were 2 new homes brought on the market in Rivanna Ridge, however there were 9 price increases at that location. Reduced in Glenmore was 3524 Glasgow Lane with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 5082 sf down from $750k to $650k in 353 days. 3125 Darby Road with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3605 sf down from $699k to $648k in 69 days. 2396 Pendower Lane with 5 beds, 6.5 baths and 5852 sf down from $689k to $670k in 187 days. 3416 Carroll Creek Road with 6 beds, 5 baths and 4896 sf down from $895k to $845k in 252 days. 2461 Pendower Lane with 4 beds, 3 baths and 3505 sf down from $797k to $769k in 567 days and around the area 3555 Keswick Road, “La Fourche”, with 6 beds, 5+ baths and 6412 sf on 4 acres is down from $2.475m to $2.150m in 341 days. 5350 Louisa Road, “Airslie”, with 5 beds, 6 baths and 8661 sf on 61 acres is down from $3.5m to $3.295m in 168 days. There were 7 homes sold in Rivanna Ridge. Around the area 1113 Hidden Hills with 4 beds, 4 baths and 5110 sf on 5.6 acres started at $625k and sold for $550k in 209 days. 1032 Holly Ridge Road with 2 beds, 1 bath and 1283 sf on 2.9 acres was $240k and sold for $232.7k in 346 days. 3570 Pinewood Drive with 4 beds, 3 baths and 3342 sf was $349k and sold for $299k in 559 days. 443 Campbell Road with 3 beds, 3 baths and 1669 sf on 4.4 acres sold for $360k in 2 days whilst 5525 Hackingwood Lane with 3 beds, 3.5 baths and 3313 sf on 75.4 acres was $814.95k and sold for $725k in 224 days. In Glenmore 1425 Bremberton Lane with 3 beds, 2 baths and 2086 sf was $440k and sold for $420k in 435 days and 1545 Elgin Court with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 5031 sf was $799.9k and sold for $685k in 376 days. Huge activity for under contract in Glenmore last month with 1485 Kinross Lane with 7 beds, 6+ baths and 7508 sf on 1.1 acres at $1.425m in 716 days. 3680 Newbridge Road with 5 beds, 4+ baths and 4719 sf at $649k in 594 days. 1326 Kilchatten Lane with 4 beds, 4 baths and 4223 sf at $679k in133 days. 3290 Melrose Lane with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 4161 sf at $829k in 239 days. 1875 Graham Court with 5 beds, 5+ baths and 6198 sf at $768k in 361 days. 2108 Piper Way with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 5289 sf at $795k in 735 days. 1418 Darley Row with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3438 sf at $650k in 19 days. 2419 Pendower Lane with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 4856 sf at $774.9k in 12 days. 3389 Cesford Grange with 4 beds, 4 baths and 3698 sf at $400k in 250 days. 2215 Piper Way with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 2957 sf at $550k in 1 day. 3368 Marsden Point with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 4246 sf at $579k in 1 day. Around the area 1 Paddock Wood Road, a 115 acre parcel at $399.79k is under contract in 26 days. 680 Beaverdam Road with 3 beds, 2 baths and 2.3 acres at $199.9k in 29 days and 3304 Keswick Road with 3 beds, 2 baths and 2289 sf on 2.5

Keswick Vineyards wins GOLD Six wineries in the region scored gold at the 2020 Virginia Governor’s Cup wine competition.Presented by the Virginia Wineries Association, the Governor’s Cup is a wine-tasting competition in which judges from around the world determine the best wines in the state. There were 64 Virginia wines from 40 different wineries that were awarded gold medals. Preliminary tastings were held at the Capital Wine School in Washington, D.C., in January, with the final wine tastings taking place in Richmond at the beginning of February. Any wine made from 100% Virginia fruit is eligible for the Governor's Cup Competition, and those earning a gold medal had to score a 90 or higher on a 100point score scale. Ciders, fruit wines, and meads have their own categories in the competition, the release states.

Bravo Congrats to Will Coleman on Three-Peat in Ocala Horse Properties Eventing Prix Invitational. For the third consecutive year, Will Coleman (USA) galloped to the top of the podium in the Ocala Horse Properties (OHP) Eventing Prix Invitational. Coleman rode TKS Cooley, the mount he won with in 2019 as well, and produced the only clear show jumping round to snag the win. For his brilliant riding, Coleman was awarded $6,600 in prize money, in addition to a $5,000 travel voucher from EquiJet. In 2019, Coleman represented the USA on the international stage at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in Great Britain and the World Equestrian Games aboard his 5* mount, Tight Lines. TKS Cooley, Coleman's mount for this past weekend's eventing prix, had an eighth-place finish in the 4* competition at Jersey Fresh and an ninth-place finish in the 4* at Great Meadow International. Now in its seventh year, the 2020 OHP Eventing Prix Invitational enjoyed its first year sanctioned as a United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) event, allowing the Invitational to be open to competitors from all countries. Launched in 2013 by Max Corcoran, current United States Eventing Association president, and Olympic show jumper/event rider Scott Keach, who are based out of Southern Cross Equestrian, the contest was created to fill a need for event riders to compete in an atmosphere and pressure experienced at the grand prix show jumping level.

Gas Up Virginia lawmakers have announced an agreement on a transportation funding proposal that will double the gas tax in some parts of the state. But lawmakers are rejecting Gov. Ralph Northam’s request to do away annual vehicle safety inspections. Lawmakers said recently that the House and Senate had agreed to increase the statewide gas tax by 5 cents a gallon for the next two years and then index future increases to inflation. In addition, the state will expand to the rest of the state a regional gas tax of 7.6 cents a gallon that’s currently in place in northern Virginia, the Interstate 81 corridor and the Hampton Roads. That means the gas tax in some parts the state will go from about 16 cents a gallon to nearly 34 cents a gallon.The plan that was announced also calls for lowering the state’s current vehicle registration fee, which is $40.75 a year, by $10.




Going Out

What : The Jefferson Project: String Playing in Jefferson’s Virginia When : Sunday, March 29 at 4:00 pm Where: Jefferson Library at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello McCormick and Ludwig are joined by harpsichordist Paula Maust for this first concert of the series, an indepth look at string playing in Virginia during Jefferson’s lifetime. The performance features violin sonatas found in the Monticello Music Collection, viola da gamba works from the James River Music Book, and folk tunes played by both Thomas Jefferson and Eston Hemings, son of Jefferson and Sally Hemings.

The Jefferson Project aims to tell the story of music at Monticello through a series of four free concerts that will be the outgrowth of research by Artistic Director and baroque violinist David McCormick as a 2020 Fellow of the International Center for Jefferson Studies. Musicologist and viola da gamba player Loren Ludwig will join McCormick in the Fellowship and as a performer.The Jefferson Project, a collaborative effort with the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, aims to tell the story of music at Monticello. Each concert will focus on different aspects of musicmaking in Jefferson's Virginia, to include music in the Monticello collection (Jefferson was a violinist and the women of the family were keyboard and guitar players); music from the James River Music Book, a colonial Virginia manuscript recently unearthed in Richmond; and folk music of various origins likely heard in and around Monticello. And, vital to this project, we’re aiming to present music played and sung by enslaved Virginians, music long silenced but essential to the Monticello music story.This project explores the music in Thomas Jefferson's orbit, including music played by his son with Sally Hemings, Eston.

**Though our first concert is not in Keswick, our May 3 concert IS! We'll be in the newly renovated Grace Episcopal sanctuary using the new organ! FREE, reservations recommended For further information - 434-984-9800


What : Butterflies Live

When : Runs Friday, April 17 – Monday, October 12, Where: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Richmond, Virginia Regular Garden admission Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats, and life cycles. Runs Friday, April 17 – Monday, October 12, 2020. Tickets to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden also include admission to Wind, Waves and Light: Art in Motion by George Sherwood, April 24 – Oct. 18, 2020. Plus, don’t miss Butterflies LIVE! opening weekend events April 18-19, 2020. PLUS EXTENDED SUMMER HOURS ON THURSDAY NIGHTS TILL 8 P.M. AT FLOWERS AFTER 5

What : Photography Exhibition: Images of James Madison's Montpelier When : Opening Reception: April 3, 2020, 5-7 PM - FREE and open to the public Where: City Space Gallery, 100 Fifth Street, NE, Charlottesville, VA James Madison's Montpelier and Ken Garrett, a National Geographic award-winning photographer, invite you to enjoy an exhibition of exciting photographs of the historic site. Visitors will enjoy dramatic views of the interior of the House, its grounds, the enslaved environs, and artifacts uncovered by archaeology. These images were taken by over a dozen photographers in October 2019, during a public expedition at Montpelier. Please attend the opening reception to meet them and enjoy their creative interpretation of the home of the Father of the Constitution.

About Ken Garrett

In a career spanning over 40 years, Ken Garrett has photographed more than 60 feature stories for National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines, and has been involved with multiple National Geographic books, expeditions, and museum exhibits. Ken knew from an early age that he wanted to be a photographer, and he was offered his first National Geographic assignment in 1976. Ken has shot for Time, Fortune, Forbes, Smithsonian, and many other publications and commercial clients. During the October 2019 expedition, Ken led participants through multiple photography excursions at Montpelier and provided tips and theory on the process of photography.

The exhibition will run through April 30, 2020.


What : The Horses Of Montpelier Guided Landscape Tour When : April 5, 2020 - 1 PM

Where: James Madison's Montpelier,

Montpelier's traditions of horses and equestrian life Learn about the history of horses and equestrian life at Montpelier from the 18th century to the present the horses owned by the Madison family, how horses were used on the plantation, and the lives of the enslaved community who cared for these animals. Hear stories of the equestrian pursuits of William and Marion duPont and the legacy of horse racing at Montpelier, and pay your respects at the gravesite of Marion duPont Scott's famous racehorse, Battleship.


What : Phyllis Mills Wyeth: A Celebration

When : Through June 28, 2020 Where: National Sporting Library, Middleburg A memorial exhibition celebrating the life of Phyllis Mills Wyeth features a selection of portraits created by her husband, contemporary artist Jamie Wyeth. From the late 1960s, and throughout the decades of their marriage, Phyllis Wyeth was his muse. The exhibit features 31 paintings and drawings and reflects Phyllis’ vibrant spirit and love of nature, horses, and her ever-present dogs.The exhibition and accompanying catalogue were organized by the Brandywine River Museum of Art (Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania), the first venue. It then traveled to the Farnsworth Art Museum (Rockland, Maine) and the Greenville County Museum of Art (Greenville, South Carolina), after which the National Sporting Library & Museum (Middleburg, Virginia) was added as a venue. Wyeth’s local ties run deep. She was the younger sister of Middleburg resident Mimi Abel Smith, a Board member of NSLM and a lifelong sporting enthusiast who hunted with Orange County as well. They grew up outside of the village on Burnt Mill Farm next to Hickory Tree Farm, a renowned Thoroughbred breeding, training, and racing facility founded by their parents, Mr. and Mrs. James P. Mills, Sr. “My sister loved to ride and jump horses and compete in point-topoints,” notes Abel Smith, “And she was very good at it.” NSLM Executive Director Elizabeth von Hassell was a strong supporter of bringing Phyllis Mills Wyeth: A Celebration to the NSLM and notes, “The exhibition is an intimate tribute by one of the most recognized artists of our time to his wife, a loving testimony to their 50-year marriage, and the embodiment of Phyllis’s tenacious spirit. I can’t think of a more fitting location to celebrate Phyllis Wyeth’s sporting legacy.”



The Uhler Effect - Reflections on a Project at Completion On Sunday, October 14th, 2018, the Kes-

BY KESWICK LIFE Rick Uhler came from a family of craftsmen/women, and as a result of working in the field with his uncle, grandmother, and mother, he fell in love with the building process. He intended to become a high-end custom builder from a very early age.

wick Foxhounds “Came Home” to their new kennel. A ribbon-cutting followed by a Toast to the Hounds and Keswick Huntsman, Paul Wilson blew: ”Going Home” as he led the hounds into the kennel. The eight-week renovation of the Keswick Hunt Club Kennels began in midAugust 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 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. Along with a more attractive roofline with functional venting, construction crews have retrofitted the interior to create more usable and healthier spaces for our hounds along with a new whelping area to the North. Under the wise guidance of Paul Wilson and others, we estimate that our hounds can move into their new home during October. 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. The whelping lodges, hot bitch yards, and puppy areas were redone entirely as well as food storage and isolation areas for sick hounds. Washer and Dryer, heated areas and cupola fans were added to improve the overall utility of the buildings Construction crews completed the concrete footings, foundations, and slabs at the club to be followed immediately by the framing and installation of the ductwork associated with the new HVAC. Concurrently, the roofing crew began the removal of the old roof while the structural engineers began the steel superstructure needed to support the building. This represents among the more challenging aspects of the renovation as all of the work took place on the exterior of the building to preserve the interior surfaces precisely as they are. More specifically, construction crews installed steel beams within the walls and exterior tubing under what became the new roof and insulation. These will support the sagging structure and the new weight associated with roof insulation and possible buildup of snow. Along with new systems and structural support, work continued on the modern bathrooms, kitchen, and covered porch area. These gave our membership additional space for our most popular functions and improved functionality

Due to a desire to spend more time together, Rick convinced Darla to learn to build houses as well. With the patience of a saint, Rick taught Darla how to frame, install exterior trim and siding, install interior trim, stair systems, and cabinetry. During necessary weekend workdays, all three kids could be seen on project sites building forts and cleaning up construction debris for extra money. After many years of working for other builders, they began building custom homes as well as spec homes in the Shenandoah Valley. They quickly learned that the market in Charlottesville was much more suited to the types of houses they preferred to build.

Photos: The new barn (above) and the renderings of the kennels (below).

for food preparation. The conversion of what was the old kitchen and storeroom into usable space added seating capacity for approximately 40 people. The Keswick Hunt Club reopened its doors for an opening cocktail party on February 23rd, 2019, navigating the mud with many bringing along an extra pair of shoes. Over 150 enjoyed their favorite cocktail in the fine, old clubhouse for the first time in about a year. It’s fantastic. The core of the building looks the same, except now, there’s no chance that the floor will collapse, and a new roof will stop all the old leaks that were once a problem. The kitchen is state of the art, and those using the new ADA compliant bathrooms may mistakenly believe they are at a newly renovated suite up the hill at Keswick Hall. The former storeroom and kitchen have been wonderfully re-

purposed to usable space. They will now serve as a slightly quieter area, allowing those with failing hearing to understand more of the conversation, perhaps. Plus airconditioning and heating have been installed. Most all of the photographs and memorabilia were reframed and “identified” and had been hung back on the walls for future generations to be able to view the history of the Hunt Club. All admired a wall for photos of all of the former Masters and another for the preeminent horses and people from Keswick. The Huntsman’s cottage was removed and in its place are numerous bushes from Keswick Hall that will figure in the landscaping plan along with the barn and Huntsman’s cottage.


The Uhlers began subcontracting once again for builders in Charlottesville. After many years of subcontracting, Rick went to work as a Construction Manager for two area builders while Darla managed the carpentry crew. As a result of the recession of 2007-2008, Rick and Darla went back to work in the field together with the idea of starting their own building business once the market turned around. Around this time, their two oldest children came into the business with the same passion for building. In 2010, they built the first of many high-end projects in the Charlottesville area. By 2013, all three children shared the passion and came to work for the business. Current Family Business Rick Uhler- Design/Operations Darla Uhler- Business/Operations Derek Uhler- Design/Project Managr Rachel Uhler-Pile- Design/Selections Cameron Pile- Casework Production Reagan Uhler- Business/Operations Uhler & Company currently has 20 employees in total. After having done some minor work for Paul and Diane Manning, the Mannings approached Rick to do a major renovation on an existing hay barn on their new property. This led to other projects with the Mannings and eventually, the restoration of the Keswick Hunt Club grounds. Rick and Derek worked closely with Peter Taylor and John Markey on the renovation of the clubhouse taking


The Keswick Hunt Club is indeed lucky to have its' generous membership who made the completion of the renovations possible with an overwhelming participation rate in the original fund drive. Thanks to their generosity, the construction of the Clubhouse, the kennels and barns with the Huntsman’s living quarters are completed. This fantastic project will keep KHC alive for many years to come. Get ready for the next 100 years of fun! Keep checking in at Keswick Life for updates on this fabulous restoration of Keswick’s fine old clubhouse, kennels and barn, and Huntsman’s lodgings.

Photos: The renovated club house (above), the old barn (top right), the Huntsman's living quarters/new barn under construction, and the new barn interior (bottom). great care to leave it historically intact while bringing it safely into the modern era for events taking place inside of its walls. The engineering challenge on the clubhouse renovations was one of the most difficult they had ever experienced while working within the constraints of an original building. Derek took over the reins on the kennel design with a necessary close eye on budget considerations. He knew he had to build a virtually bulletproof building, knowing that the hounds would destroy anything not made of concrete or steel. When approached about building the new barn/Huntsman apartment, the design changed and changed again due to budget and member input consideration, as well as the beautiful stall hardware donated to KHC by Jaffrey Woodriff. The idea to combine the cottage and barn into one allowed for a higher quality level for each project, and ultimately opened up the entirety of the Hunt Club site instead of cluttering it. The most significant stroke of inspiration came upon researching some of the great historic barns in the past when Derek decided that a Gambrel or split pitch, roof not only made the building much more attractive but also allowed for a more spacious and functional apartment as well. The ability to

draw plans in 3D helped to visualize the final product immensely and enabled all stakeholders to get a feel for how it would nestle into the land. Upon settling on the final design, Derek enjoyed once again working with Peter Taylor and John Markey to deliver a product that was deserving of sitting next to the historical KHC Clubhouse. Halfway through the project, a curveball was thrown with a notice by the new head of building inspections informing that the requirements for the fire rating between the Barn area and the apartment area were now doubled, effective retroactively. They were thus rendering the initial approval by Albemarle County Building Inspections void until the barn area complied with the more stringent requirements. What initially could have been a detrimental situation, ultimately became a solution that improved the longevity of the barn By replacing the rough cut wood posts with concrete, the new KHC barn/ Huntsman cottage should stand for multiple generations of Keswick Hunt Club Members. We at Uhler & Company are so grateful to have been a part of this historic renovation, and will always cherish the friendships that have been made among the Keswick Hunt Club Members.



KESWICK SCENE Scarlet If Convenient - The 2020 Keswick Hunt Ball Walker Coleman and Liz Carter, Co-Chairs, carried on the fine tradition of Hunt Balls, with ladies in long gowns, men in scarlet, by staging a beautiful setting with flowers by Gregory Britt and creating a sumptuous feast from Sandy Motley featuring a salad first course, short ribs (someone said for the first time), polenta and sugar snap peas and a carrot for color topped off with a dessert bar on the porch. A great cover band, Affirmative Groove, kept a bunch of members dancing into the wee hours.


Photos, starting at the top clockwise, left to right: Stewart Sackson, Audrey Lorenzoni, Liza and Mark Sackson. Polly Cooley is on the dance floor with John 'Jeep' Moore, the mantel decorations, by vendor Gregory Britt, then Ann and Peter Taylor dancing, with more ladies, Sarah Aldige, Maria Epley, Brett Scalese, Jessica Rahul, Walker Coleman (co-chair), Francis Hurt.



KESWICK SCENE Keswick Hunt Club's 'Happy Hour Fridays' - 2020 Opener The first 'Happy Hour Fridays' event of 2020 was fantastic! The newly renovated club house was transformed into a vibrant 'happy hour’ scene where members and their guests relaxed and kicked off the weekend together. Many dropped in for just one, while others stayed for a full night of fun! Stationed bite sized delights by Feast, with special sushi and chilled seafood stations, passed ground sirloin sliders and an artisanal dessert selection by Judy kept everyone smiling. Music was powered by the newly installed Sonos music system organized and donated by a couple of club members. Thanks to our host Colin Dougherty with big kudos to Eric Wagner and Binky Wheeler along with Judy, Arnold and Ernest. Castle Hill Cider sponsored a tasting of their award-winning ciders at the featured ‘classic car' bar. Be sure to come out for the next 'Happy Hour Fridays' event, omce we get past these unprecedented times the club will set new dates!

Benjamin Rous, Music Director

Saturday, April 25 8:00pm | Old Cabell Hall

Sunday, April 26

3:30pm | Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center Kelly Sulick, Flute ROUSE Flute Concerto J. STRAUSS II Four Dances RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Capriccio Espagnol Ms. Sulick’s appearance is underwritten by Signe G. Bowling.



Saturday, May 30

7:30 PM | The Paramount Theater Music Director Benjamin Rous leads the full Charlottesville Symphony in music from all nine “Star Wars” films including The Imperial March, Rey’s Theme, The Rebellion is Reborn, Luke and Leia, Yoda’s Theme and much, much more.


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SPORTING Frank Forester: Outdoorsman, Polymath and Enigma BY CHARLES THACHER

I have collected antiquarian angling books for many years. Occasionally, I acquire a book that leads me to discover an author who is fascinating in ways that go far beyond the world of fishing. Henry William Herbert is one such author. Herbert left England at age 24 and sailed to New York City, arriving in the spring of 1831. He never returned. He was from a prominent, affluent and accomplished English family. His grandfather was an Earl, his father a member of Parliament, later an esteemed clergyman, and a recognized authority in the fields of linguistics, literary composition and botany. Henry William himself had attended one of the best preparatory schools in England, followed by Eton and Cambridge, graduating with a commendable record less than a year before leaving for America. In the spring of 1858, at age 51, Frank Forester, who could rightfully be described as the first sporting writer in America, sent a written invitation to his friends to come to his suite at the Stevens House, a fashionable New York City hotel. The invitation asked them to join him for dinner, and then to watch him shoot himself. Only one person showed up for the unusual event. After imbibing much, Forester left the dining table, went into another room, pointed a pistol at his heart, and shot himself. He staggered out, said to his guest “I told you I would do it”, and immediately expired. Forester died penniless, but an admirer of his many talents started a campaign to raise money for a gravestone to be placed in the New Jersey cemetery where he was buried. The effort produced a total of only $1.00, providing evidence of how few friends he had left at the time of his death. Eighteen years later a literary club formed in his honor placed a simple gravestone over his burial site, which remains there today. On it, his life is summarized with a single obscure Latin word, “Infelicissimus”. How tragic that a life full of remarkable productivity and accomplishment would be encapsulated simply as “unhappy.” How did life turn out so badly for Herbert, why did he become Frank Forester, and what is his modern legacy? The answers to these questions tell an intriguing story, full of twists and turns. In England, young Henry William had spent many days in the field with his father, gathering plant specimens, riding behind the hounds, and shooting. He also became an accomplished scholar, particularly of GrecoRoman literature and English classics. He was second in line for the family earldom, which was not a remote possibility given the risky personal behavior of his cousin who preceded him. So why would such a promising and well situated young man abruptly decide to cross the Atlantic to start a new life? His several biographers haven’t identified a specific event that led to his decision, but there certainly was trouble in paradise. Henry William carried on a very expensive lifestyle in England that included upscale vacations, the acquisition and maintenance of many horses, sartorial elegance, high-end food and wines, gambling, and memberships in prestigious clubs. To afford these costly proclivities, he accumulated significant debts which caused him, as he told his friends many years later, to declare bankruptcy,

and leading him to flee both creditors and his father’s wrath. But, as biographer William Hunt notes, there is no public record of his bankruptcies, and his father not only ultimately paid his debts, but also gave him letters of introduction to persons in Canada and, later, sent him money, so he could establish a successful life in the U.S. That does not hint at a young man who he had been disowned. Rather, Hunt surmises “The reason lies deeper, and we sense an offense against the rigorous social code, of his class, an offense that no paternal settlement could clear.” Herbert did make a brief trip to Canada, but found little of interest, and returned to the New York environs for the remainder of his life. New York, in 1831, was the ideal place for Herbert to start over. With a population of 200,000 and growing rapidly. primarily from an influx of immigrants, it was already the largest city in the Nation (by comparison, London’s population then was over 1.5 million), and was fast becoming the center of American commerce after completion of the Erie Canal in 1827, which allowed ships coming into New York harbor to transport their cargos all the way to the Great Lakes. The printing and publishing industry was booming, with new magazines and newspapers starting nearly every month. Although the English were among the least popular of all immigrant groups, due to lingering memories of the War of 1812 and their perceived condescending attitude toward American culture and values, Herbert had the right training and talents to succeed. His haughtiness and frequently obnoxious temperament made it difficult to acquire and retain friends, but fortunately he met Anson Livingston, a well-heeled and connected young man who shared Herbert’s love of horses, field sports and various cultural interests. Through Livingston, Herbert was introduced to the hoity-toity set around town, which helped him secure a position teaching Greek at the Huddart Academy – an elite school – where he taught successfully for eight years. Livingston remained a lifelong friend, and was that person who joined Herbert for his final dinner. Herbert didn’t earn enough from teaching to support his desired life style. He had great energy, both mental and physical, so he began looking for other remunerative activities. In 1833 he and a partner started the American Monthly Magazine, which he co-edited until 1835, when the partners separated because of disagreements. It was the first of his many relationships that failed, often due to his irascible temperament and uncompromising attitudes. In 1834, he produced his first book, The Brothers, a Tale of the Fronde, an historical novel in the style of Sir Walter Scott (as were many of his romantic historical novels). It was favorably received by critics, but was not a great commercial success. Herbert continued to write prodigiously, ultimately producing 51 original works (novels, histories, instructional manuals and compilations), 15 translations (from Greek, Latin and French), 9 books that he edited, 21 books to which he contributed, 11 anonymous books that are generally attributed to him, and hundreds of articles for newspapers, journals and magazines. Herbert was a polymath, and as a demonstration of the breadth of his knowledge, he is listed as a contributor to the first edition of The New American Cyclopedia, and credited with entries on dozens of diverse and unrelated subjects. He also became a skilled artist and engraver – illustrating many of his books. Herbert was an accomplished rider and trainer

of horses, and some Keswickians might be interested in his 1857 publication, Horse and Horsemanship. Herbert is a bibliographer’s nightmare, as many of his shorter articles and sections from works were re-used in other works. This practice was particularly irritating to his editors and publishers, because they could not be sure if a script was wholly original. He was also a serial procrastinator, regularly missing deadlines, resulting in his having to frequently change publishers and their refusing to risk giving him an advance for his writing commitments. He always lived beyond his means, and was constantly in debt, which ultimately contributed to his demise. But, his talents continue to be recognized by scholars, such as noted 20th Century American historian, Chester Starr who wrote that "as a classical scholar he had few equals in the United States . . . his knowledge of English history and literature was extensive; he was a pen-and-ink artist of marked ability.” Conversely, a more famous contemporary, Edgar Alan Poe, opined that Herbert’s writing was “not unapt to fall into pompous grandiloquence" and at times was "woefully turgid”, perhaps primarily to demonstrate that he, Poe, could compete with his own bloviated prose. When Herbert arrived in New York, writing about sports in America had just begun, with the advent of The American Turf Register and Sporting Magazine in 1829. In the Angler’s Souvenir, published in 1835 in England (where angling literature had existed since the late 15th Century), a dialogue between Fisher, the author, and another angler satirized the state of the art among Americans (sometimes satirically called Brother Jonathans): 'Simpson: 'Have you ever seen any American books on angling, Fisher? 'Fisher: 'No. I do not think there are any published. Brother Jonathan is not yet sufficiently civilized to produce anything original on the gentle art.' In 1839, Herbert was asked to write a series of articles on field sports for The Turf Register. He considered sporting activities to be a frivolous subject, so he adopted the pen name “Frank Forester” solely for his writing on sports, to protect his reputation as a serious author. Ultimately, he wrote six books about field sports. Ironically, frivolous has trumped literary, and today his books and articles on sports continue to be well known, while his other works have faded into obscurity. His first sporting book, published in 1845, was The Warwick Woodlands, a hunting novel that gained great popularity, and which many critics consider his best work. He produced two books on angling, but short pieces on angling were included in several of his other books, and in numerous compilations and magazines. The first American Edition of Izaak Walton‘s classic The Complete Angler (American spelling) was published in 1847. In this highly-acclaimed Edition, the only writing other than by Walton and the Editor, is an appended 10page article by Forester entitled Trout-Fishing on Long Island. Although this seems to be an odd inclusion, it serves as a confirmation of Forester’s prestige and popularity as a sporting writer at the time. The closing paragraph of this article provides some insight into the often arrogant Author’s capacity for specious humility:



And here I will bring the over-long paper to a close. No one can be more fully aware of its deficiencies than I am myself; the only apology I can offer is, that it has been thrown off in haste, at moments snatched from severer labors; and the only hope that I do offer it, is that it may contain some hint which may prove not wholly unworthy of better brothers of the angle than myself and that it may be regarded as a tribute of my affection to what has been well termed the gentle art. Forester was the first American sporting writer to encourage conservation of resources and protection of the environment. In his writing, “catch and release” fishing is promoted long before other anglers grasped its importance, or the term even existed. In 1839, while on a hunting trip in Maine, Forester met an attractive, well-born young lady, Sarah Barker. He was immediately smitten. They married and returned to New York shortly thereafter. In 1841 they had a son, then a daughter in 1843. The second birth left Sarah very ill, and eight months later she died, followed in another six months by her daughter’s death. The son was sent to England in 1845 to be cared for by Forester’s family, and he never returned. Although the marriage had been challenging due to Forester’s difficult temperament and his wife’s fragility, he had loved her, and was disconsolate over his loss. His father in England was sympathetic, and sent him funds for use in acquiring a property, which he did, on a river near Newark, New Jersey, the only American state that at the time allowed non-citizens to own property. There he built The Cedars, a house where he lived for most of the time until his death. Forester rarely had visitors at The Cedars and wrote prolifically and well while there. Even though his in-

come from writing was favorable, and when he was at home he lived like a hermit, and continued to spend beyond his means on his occasional sporting activities, fine hotels, expensive sporting equipment, and other luxuries. Most of his friends gradually drifted away, and his disputes with publishers and others grew more frequent and irrational. He became heavily indebted to an unethical money-lender. In 1858, he met Adela Budlong while in New York. He was infatuated, and they quickly married. He brought her to The Cedars, she reacted negatively to the dull life she found there, and soon they were quarrelling frequently. One morning, a few months after their marriage, she left The Cedars to visit some friends, with the agreement that they would meet up again in a few days at the Stevens House in New York City to bury the past, and rekindle their relationship. Forester rented the room and waited for her to arrive. When she didn’t show up on the agreed day, he began searching for her. Then he received a package of divorce papers from Indiana, over 700 miles away. Distraught over that, the pressure of his debts, and his unhappiness with every other aspect of his life, he sent the foreboding invitations to his few friends, and made plans for his denouement. Among Forester’s best-known angling writing is a story Among the Mountains from a compilation of works published after his death called Fugitive Sporting Sketches. Here, he is visiting a friend who is guiding him in pursuit of a large trout. He refers to himself in the third person, and demonstrates that, for him, some trout are too impressive to practice catch and release: At the moment they were there; and lo! The big trout was feeding fiercely on the natural fly. “Be ready, Frank, and when next he rises drop your fly right in the middle of his bell. Be easy, I mean it.”

The snipe feather fell and fluttered. With an arrowy rush, the monster rose, and his broad tail showed above the surface, the merry music of the resonant click-reel told that Frank had him. Well struck, he was better played, killed unexceptionally; in thirteen minutes he lay fluttering on the greensward, lacking four ounces, a six-pounder. The snipe feather and mouse body won the day in a canter. So off they started, up the Stony Brook, to admire the feats of {their friend}. It was not long ere they found him; he had reached the lower waters of the brook, full of beautiful scours, eddies, whirlpools and basins, wading about knee deep with his bait….Some trees on the bank hung thickly over his head; a few yards behind him was a pretty cascade and above that an open upland glade, lighted up by a gleam of the westering sun; and, altogether with his gay garb, he presented quite a picturesque, if not very sportsmanly, appearance…. A mind that could rejoice in the illuminated beauty of the natural world, but succumb to the darkness within. Enigmatic indeed.

Charles Thacher and wife Ann moved to Keswick in 2008 from New York, to be near their kids and (now) four grandchildren. He has been an avid fly fisher for over 35 years, traveling extensively, primarily in pursuit of wily trout. Along with two other anglers, Charlie was a founder of the Anglers Club of Charlottesville, which has about 65 august members. He is a member of the Anglers Club of New York and the Paris Fario Club, and writes regularly for the New York Club’s journal and Classic Angling, a British magazine. Also, he has compiled and published a bibliography of angling books.



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Albemarle County Fire Rescue Hosting Community Meeting Due to staffing shortages and lack of funds, East Rivanna and Stony Point fire departments stand to lose their career staffing Monday through Friday 6 am to 6 pm. This will affect response times, and I'm sure that no one wants to wait any longer than necessary in the event of a fire or medical emergency. Albemarle County Fire Rescue is hosting a community meeting to share information about a proposal to align staff resources with call volume that would change staffing at Stony Point and East Rivanna stations.

Where: Stony Point Elementary School (3893 Stony Point Rd, Keswick, VA 22947) When: Monday, March 9 at 6 pm Encourage interested friends and neighbors to spread the word, attend the meeting, or express their thoughts to the Board of Supervisors, that would be great for the communities. A follow up on the meeting will be iincluded in an upcoming issue of Keswick Life.

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Virginia Horse Center’s Economic Impact Delivers $94.9 Million to Commonwealth in 2019. The Virginia Horse Center Foundation (VHCF), is pleased to announce that an economic impact study performed by Chmura Economics & Analytics demonstrates the vast economic impact of the Virginia Horse Center (VHC). According to the report, operations and capital spending, organization of events and visitors to all VHC events by the VHC was responsible for $94.9 million in economic activity, supporting 896 jobs. Gardy Bloemers, President, VHCF Board of Directors, said “This impact report is exciting in so many ways. First a large part the funds to pay for the report were donated by our inaugural Advisory Board. Second the findings demonstrate the significant economic impact we have both locally and across the state, and although we are a non-profit, we clearly stimulate business!” This study summarizes the results of the economic impact analysis for the VHC in Rockbridge County, the city of Lexington, and Virginia. The study measures the economic impact of the VHC throughout 2019. In Rockbridge County, the total economic impact (direct, indirect, and induced) is estimated to be $47.7 million, supporting 518 jobs. Located just 3.4 miles from the city of Lexington, VHC generated an estimated $7.4 million in economic impact in the city in 2019, supporting 67 jobs. “These impressive numbers reflect what many have known for some time, that the Virginia Horse Center is a powerful economic engine, not only for Lexington and Rockbridge County, but for the Commonwealth as a whole.” -John Nicholson, CEO, VHCF



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Young farmers (under age 35) gathered from all over Virginia for a weekend of tours and conferences February 21-23. They fed 125 people at the Keswick Hunt Club on 2/21 and about 75 of those enjoyed the tours of the hounds and horses. The conference as a whole had 160 attendees from 50 counties across the state.


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Friday evening, Keswick Huntsman Paul Wilson welcomed the farmers with a tour of the Keswick Hunt Club kennels. (pictured at right)


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Virginia State Delegate Sally Hudson spoke after dinner. She was energetic and empathetic in fielding questions from the audience. Representatives from various districts, as far away as the Eastern Shore, introduced themselves. The group was inspiring, all dedicated to a demanding profession that puts food on our tables.

Young Farmers are people just like you who have an interest in agriculture and who want to make a difference in Virginia’s largest industry and their local communities. Leadership skills are built through personal and professional development opportunities in an atmosphere that is fun and friendly. Young people, ages 18 to 35, from many backgrounds make up this fast-growing segment of Farm Bureau. The Young Farmers members’ farm on a full or part-time basis, work in the agriculture industry or just want to become more involved in agriculture. Join today, and make a difference in tomorrow’s agriculture. Young Farmers is a part of Virginia Farm Bureau and is targeted at individuals, couples and families who are 18-35 years of age and support agriculture through production(farming), education, promotion, advocacy and leadership. Please be sure to offer a big “thank you” to the Hunt Club leadership for opening their doors to our Young Farmers group. It was a wonderful evening.

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The farmhouse where Liza Nash Taylor lives in Keswick, Virginia, with her family and dogs was built in 1825, and it is the opening setting of Etiquette for Runaways. She writes in the old bunkhouse, with the occasional black snake and a view of the Southwest Mountains. In 2018, Liza completed the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Art and was named a Hawthornden International Fellow. She was the 2016 winner of the San Miguel Writer’s Conference Fiction Prize. Her short stories have appeared in Microchondria II, (an anthology by the Harvard Bookstore), Gargoyle Magazine, and others. Etiquette for Runaways is her first novel. Look for her second, a standalone sequel, in 2021, also from Blackstone Publishing.

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1924. May Marshall is determined to spend the dog days of summer in self-imposed exile at her father’s farm in Keswick, Virginia. Following a naive dalliance that led to heartbreak and her expulsion from Mary Baldwin College, May returns home with a shameful secret only to find her father’s orchard is now the site of a lucrative moonshining enterprise. Despite warnings from the one man she trusts —her childhood friend Byrd— she joins her father’s illegal business. When authorities close in and her father, Henry, is arrested, May goes on the run. May arrives in New York City, determined to reinvent herself as May Valentine and succeed on her own terms, following in her mother’s footsteps as a costume designer. The Jazz Age city glitters with both opportunity and the darker temptations of cocaine and nightlife. From a start mending sheets at the famed Biltmore Hotel, May falls into a position designing costumes for a newly formed troupe of African American entertainers bound for Paris. Reveling in her good fortune, May will do anything for the chance to go abroad, and the lines between right and wrong begin to blur. When Byrd shows up in New York, intent upon taking May back home, she pushes him, and her past, away. In Paris, May’s run of luck comes to a screeching halt, spiraling her into darkness as she unravels a painful secret about her past. May must make a choice: surrender to failure and addiction, or face the truth and make amends to those she has wronged. But first, she must find self-forgiveness before she can try to reclaim what her heart craves most.



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• 4 salmon fillets 6 ounces each • 4 garlic cloves, minced • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme • 3/4 teaspoon salt • 1/2 teaspoon pepper • 2 cups of white wine

Kale Salad Ingredients:

• 1 Bunch of Kale Chopped • 1-1/2 Cups of sundried tomatoes sliced • 2 Cups of Black olives • ½ Cup of Olive Oil • ¼ Cup of lemon juice • Salt and Pepper to taste

Salmon Directions: • Preheat the oven to 425°. Place salmon in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan, skin side down. Combine remaining ingredients; spread over fillets. Pour white wine around the salmon. Roast to desired doneness, 15-18 minutes. Kale Salad Directions: • Combine oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper in a bowl whisk together. Pour Over remain ingredients toss together. Serve over salmon. Fun tip add a little crumble feta to the top.

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OBITUARY OBITUARY Stephanie Anne Elisabeth Guerlain It is with immeasurable sadness that the family of Stephanie Guerlain announces her passing in Charlottesville, Virginia on Friday, February 21, 2020 at the age of 52. Born Oct 13, 1967 in Norwalk, Connecticut, Stephanie is survived by her most loving and devoted husband Robert “Bob” Haschart, with whom she shared an adventurous and full life. She is also survived by her siblings Jean-Nicholas Guerlain (Cindy), Thierry Guerlain (Julie Hendrickson), Claude Guerlain (Scott Karpuk), Peter Guerlain (Kimberly), Natalie Denoyer (Eric) and Caroline Feroleto (Thomas), sister-in-law Linda Haschart, and brothers-in-law David and Joseph. She was predeceased by her parents, Bernard and Fanny Guerlain, and her sister Elisabeth “Babette” Talbot. She will also be missed by an extended family and tremendous circle of friends and colleagues. A memorial service was held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the University of Virginia Chapel followed by a reception at the Harrison Small Auditorium. Stephanie’s robust life spanned the globe and many local interests. For many years she was a Big Sister within Charlottesville and taught tai chi in surrounding towns. Raised in Connecticut, she was a stellar student and accomplished equestrian by the time she enrolled at Tufts University. She earned her Ph.D. in Human Factors Engineering at Ohio State University where she met her husband Bob. They were married in 1994 and resided in Minnesota for several years before settling in Charlottesville, Virginia. Stephanie’s career included 21 years as a University of Virginia faculty member, teaching and researching human factors, human-machine interaction and cognitive systems engineering. In her 21-year career as a University of Virginia engineering faculty member, Stephanie A. Guerlain’s research and teaching focused on designing and evaluating systems to make them easier, faster and safer to use. Off Grounds, Guerlain also taught generations of aspiring equestrians how to ride, show and care for the horses she loved so much. Previously she held positions at the MITRE Corporation, Apple and Honeywell. Her professional highlights include a 2001 prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award for early-career faculty, a 2008 invitation to speak about cognitive engineering at the National Academy of Engineering's Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, establishing a partnership with the Universidade Federal of Rio Grande do Sul and Ohio State University in 2003 for a cognitive systems engineering exchange program, and in 2011, joining faculty on the inaugural Maymester, a partnership of UVA and the Semester at Sea Program, focusing on the National Academy of Engineering’s “Grand Challenges for Engineers.” “We worked hard, and we played hard, fully embracing the opportunity of learning from each other and our surroundings as we sailed through South America, visiting and performing service in local communities, exploring the local cuisines and coffees, studying the uses of technology, snorkeling in Belize, birdwatching in the rainforest, and developing a more sophisticated and nuanced view of the world,” Norris said. More detailed information on her professional career can be found at https:/ /…/memoriam-professor-steph.

Stephanie’s love for horses is legendary. She was a gifted and accomplished horsewoman (or “horse fanatic” as she called herself), known for her kindness in mentoring many in the horse community. During high school she qualified for the prestigious regional Maclay finals and was among the top ten riders for her Professional Horseman’s Association class. She continued training horses throughout her life, uniquely winning in many disciplines including equitation, hunters, jumpers, eventing, dressage, foxhunting, competitive trail riding and natural horsemanship, often on the same horse in several disciplines, a most unusual accomplishment. Perhaps best known for her partnership with her horse Brooklyn, whom she developed from the age of four, Stephanie won tri-colors and placed in and won Hunter Derbies up and down the East Coast, from Florida to New York. She also raised from birth and trained her homebred mare, C’mon Carmen for a successful show career, including winning numerous tri-colors at major Virginia horse shows and qualifying for the North American League and Washington International Horse Show Adult Hunter Finals in 2019. Other notable accomplishments include, in dressage, winning the First Level Midwest Regional Dressage Championships, in eventing, winning Preliminary Level Amateur Horse of the Year, and numerous other horse show awards and accolades including the Virginia Horse Show Association Medal in 2017, competing in the $250,000 Hunter Prix Finals in Saugerties, NY, and numerous year-end state and zone awards in Adult and Amateur Owner hunters. Known for her helpfulness to fellow riders, Stephanie had a gift for teaching horses to load onto a trailer, a special talent. Friends have shared stories of the kindnesses she offered to anyone who seemed to need a hand, out in the hunt field, running a horse show or handling a difficult horse.Elizabeth King, master of foxhounds for Farmington Hunt Club and owner of Millington Stables, said Guerlain handled the club’s web site, membership lists and secretarial details for their eight horse shows per year. “She did everything,” King said. “What would take her two seconds, it’s going to take us a long time to figure it all out. Thanks to her, everyone knew what the whole community was doing.”King remembers Guerlain inviting her and other local equestrians to systems engineering classes; Guerlain wanted to give her students a real-world example of process efficiency by analyzing the process of putting on an equestrian event. Students got the opportunity to pepper King and other riders with questions. King said Guerlain, in turn, brought her engineering skills to her work with horses, writing a peer-reviewed research paper meshing the two. Published in 2001 in the journal Ergonomics in Design, the paper applied cognitive task analysis, which is typically used to understand why people behave the way they do in particular situations, to the rigors of competitive horse events. Stephanie and Bob shared many adventures. Together they remodeled houses, hiked with kangaroos in Australia, climbed up volcanoes in Hawaii and Italy, cruised around the Caribbean, visited family in France, visited the most impressive waterfall in the world, walked across the locks at the Panama Canal, floated in a balloon over Southern California, and built a barn, a business and Stephanie’s life-long dream at Sugarday Farm.Those who wish may make memorial donations in Stephanie’s name to the Farmington Hunt Club, PO Box 5562, Charlottesville, VA 22905.To plant a tree in memory of Stephanie Guerlain as a living tribute, please visit Tribute Store.








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The Foxfield racetrack in Albemarle County will soon be under new ownership.A press release from the Blue Ridge Group Friday, February 28, announced management and oversight of the races will be transitioned to the newly formed Foxfiled Racing, LLC on June 1.Last year, all 179-acres of the property received protection under conservation easements, ending a lawsuit over the future of the racetrack.

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Foxfield Racing, LLC will continue under two, five-year leases to run the spring and fall steeple chase races.


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The wishes of the founder of Foxfield Mariann Tejeda are continuing to be fulfilled. In her will, Mrs. Tejeda’s requested the “perpetuation of the Foxfield Races in Albemarle County for the recreation, education and enjoyment of the people of Albemarle County and their friends and visitors and of Virginia who appreciate the equestrian sports, competition, and related activities.” To this wish, the Foxfield Racing Association is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached to ensure the future of the Foxfield Races. Beginning June 1, 2020, the management and oversight of the Foxfield Races will be transitioned to the newly formed Foxfield Racing, LLC. Under the guidance of Dr. Reynolds Cowles and fellow members, Foxfield Racing, LLC will continue under two 5-year leases to run the Spring and Fall National Steeplechase Association sanctioned races. Thomas J. Dick, who was appointed to the Foxfield Racing Association board as vice president in 2014 began to oversee the operations of Foxfield Racing Association and succeeded his brother Ben in 2015 as chairman and president. Over the past year and a half, Tom Dick in cooperation with Dr. Cowles have developed a new governance structure going forward under local leadership. Dr. Cowles is a past board member of the National Steeplechase Association and serves as Safety Committee chair of the NSA presently. The Foxfield Racing Association’s Mr. Dick has developed a plan to place the historic 178-acre venue into an ‘open space’ easement working closely with Virginia’s Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) in Richmond, VA and the local Albemarle Conservation Easement Authority (ACEA). Chaired by county resident Jay Fennell, the ACEA has approved the easement application and all final documents have been forwarded to the Department of Conservation and Recreation for final review of the easement. The Property will be protected from future development in perpetuity. Under this easement, a long list of beneficial public activities will be permitted, i.e. The Women’s 4-Miler and other charitable fundraisers. The Marian Tejeda Foxfield Memorial Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization will be established to support equine activities and organizations specializing in supporting children with special needs. The Foxfield Racing Association and Foxfield Racing, LLC are committed to continuing the Steeplechase tradition and maintaining the open space easement. For more information about the Foxfield Races, tickets and reserved parking, please visit




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