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Grace Church welcomes

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The Wrap Up of the Grace Church Farm Tour also

Keswick Hound andHorse Shows Winners plus much more

Lifestyles in Keswick and its environs - September 2014

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Sigh.. In this issue there goes another summer Sigh..

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Married in KESWICK

there goes another summer also: overheards, keswick scene, keswickians, streetscapes and much more also: overheards, keswick scene, keswickians, streetscapes and much more

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Fore for “Full Cry�

Stoking It

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Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs - November 2014

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Interview with a Huntsman

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Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs - December 2014

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Beyond the Gates

horsin around, the keswick scene and much more

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Good Tidings To All

Freezing His Whiskers Off!

also: only in keswick, life happens, what’s cooking, overheard, keswick scene and much more

Garden Week in Full Bloom

also: life happens, only in keswick, overheard, what’s cooking, travel journal and much more

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Masterful also: only in keswick, life happens, what’s cooking, overheard, travel journal and much more

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Farm Tour Guide

Go Behind The Gates

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Summertime!

Hot Dog Parties

also: only in keswick, life happens, what’s cooking, overheard, keswick scene and much more

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Uncork it

Keswick Vineyards Releases AmĂŠlie

also: only in keswick, life happens, what’s cooking, overheard, keswick scene and much more

A Cowboy in Keswick also: only in keswick, life happens, what’s cooking, overheard, keswick scene and much more

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The Magnificent Man also: only in keswick, life happens, what’s cooking, overheard, keswick scene and much more

Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs - October 2015

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Winners! also: only in keswick, life happens, what’s cooking, overheard, keswick scene and much more

Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs - November 2015

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Blessed

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Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs - December 2015

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Tis the Season

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Spring-like weather around the corner? also: life happens, what’s cooking, only in keswick, overheard, keswick scene and much more

Spring Has Sprung! Annual Garden Week Issue

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Showtime!

The 112th Annual Keswick Horse Show

also: life happens, on stage, only in keswick, overheard, going outs and much more

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Make it Merry!

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Butcher, Chef and Partisan

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Beyond the Gates

Local Nate Anda Finds His Way along a Culinary Road

Insiders Guide to the Grace Church Historic Farm Tour also: life happens, what’s cooking, only in keswick, overheard, keswick scene and much more

Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs - July 2016

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Retail Revival

The Shops at 205 – Gordonsville also: only in keswick, horsin' around, overheard, keswick scene, going out guide and much more

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A Keswick Story Tony Vanderwarker's New Book

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Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs - October 2016

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Foxhunting Etiquette Traditions That Harken Back Hundreds of Years to the Very Beginning of Foxhunting also: horsin' around, overheard, keswick scene, the going out guide, travel and much more

Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs - November 2016

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Virginia Field Hunter Championship Keswick's Rich History of Winners

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Lifestyles in Keswick and its environs - December 2016

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Have a Merry and the Happiest for the New Year from Keswick Life also: looking back, keswick scene, overheard, bookworm, travel and much more


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town of Orange. The current owners have operated a very successful bed and breakfast, which a new owner could continue or is ideal as a private estate. The 9,000 square foot home has been beautifully restored and offers gracious rooms with high ceilings, hardwood floors, and original woodwork. Additional acreage is available.

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LAUREL RUN – Located less than a mile from historic Montpelier, this 41 acre property boasts wonderful mountain views, a stream, several springs, rolling pastures, a large barn with a new one bedroom apartment. Numerous elevated building sites and is ideal for horses. Located in the Keswick Hunt minutes from downtown Orange and 30 minutes from Charlottesville. Justin H. Wiley – 434.981.5528

SEVERN FARM – A private retreat or equestrian property in the coveted Millington area of Western Albemarle. 12 miles from town on a quiet country lane with miles of trails, very close to a number of Farmington Hunt Club fixtures. Improvements include a stable, good paddocks and run-in sheds, guest house, three car garage with apartment, a versatile equipment building, indoor and outdoor rings and a pond.

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MILLWOOD LANE – This 63+ acre parcel is ideally located in the Keswick Hunt in an area of fine estates and equestrian properties. The land is ideally suited for a country estate with long road frontage and a bold stream. The property is under conservation easement to the Virginia Outdoors Foundation. There is an existing well on the property. Justin H. Wiley – 434.981.5528

LOWER BUNDORAN – A well-proportioned Federal period farmhouse surrounded by massive oaks w/ panoramic views. Residence sits on 30 AC equestrian lot in the heart of Bundoran Farm, offering the property protection, miles of hiking & riding trails & high-speed internet. A shed row barn w/ 4 stalls is connected to a handsome carriage house. Plans for complete renovation & landscaping included. 15 min from Charlottesville. Additional acreage available.

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THE COLUMNISTS Charlie 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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Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs PO Box 32, Keswick, Virginia 22947 T: 434.242.8033 E: keswicklife@gmail.com The minds behind Keswick Life: EDITORIAL EDITOR/FOUNDER Winkie Motley CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Colin J. Dougherty THE COLUMNISTS Tony Vanderwarker, Mary Morony, Suzanne Nash CONTRIBUTORS Charlie Thacher PROOF READER Staff Assistant

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Looking Back at 2016 As we begin the New Year we wanted to take a mo-

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17 LIFESTYLE 19 BUSINESS INSIDER Historically, a gentleman’s farm has evoked visions of Bradford and Bryan Manning knew they were going leisure, recreation, a refined landscape, classical architecture, and a robust social environment. The Gentleman’s Farm: Elegant Country House Living (by Rizzoli, 2016) presents 23 Virginia farms that live up to and exceed those expectations. Get all the details in our Bookworm's review on page 17.

on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show, ” but they did not know what the host exactly had in store for them. The brothers, 'Keswick sons', who live with a degenerative eye disease called Stargardt disease, launched their clothing company, “Two Blind Brothers,” this summer, read how they dreams are going big!

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to the University of Virginia as the Balch Writer-inResidence. In February, the University is marking the diamond anniversary of the Nobel Prize-winning writer’s arrival on Grounds with an exclusive new exhibition. The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library will open “Faulkner: Life and Works” on Feb. 6. Extraordinary!, read all the details on page 22.

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OVERHEARD

Here and there... in Keswick No Rezoning Some neighbors in Orange County are relieved after James Madison's Montpelier property announces it will not move forward with rezoning its land at this time. In November 2016, the Orange County Board of Supervisors was considering creating a special zoning district for the Montpelier property. That zoning district would allow Montpelier to choose what they wanted to build, like a farm brewery or a four-story hotel, and where they wanted to put it. But neighbors say they didn't want that because it could cause a precedent for more development along rural Route 20. In an email, Montpelier staff say they have suspended that process after "much consideration, conversation and listening to the community." "What we didn't want was building along a scenic corridor here on Route 20, which is a very special place to all of us and really to Montpelier, because it’s the front door to Montpelier. We didn't want to see large brewery across the street with a two-acre parking lot and I think they understood that very well,” Steven Brooks, who lives next to Montpelier, said. The Montpelier Foundation is planning to work with consultants to develop more specifics on their land use.

Bravo! Bill Rives, former resident of Keswick and now resident of Newport Rhode Island won the National Tennis Club of US ‘s most improved player in 2016. Bill is the brother of Sandy and Barclay rives and is a teacher in the providence school system. Bill chose tennis over horses since he was allergic to them.

Yum Girl scout cookies are celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies by introducing new Girl Scout S’mores cookies. That’s right! They are combining two iconic Girl Scout traditions—s’mores and Girl Scout Cookies! Joining legendary classics like Thin Mints and Caramel deLites/Samoas, the new Girl Scout S’mores cookies will be carried in select markets during the 2017 cookie season. And did you know that Girl Scout Cookies are SO much more than just a sweet treat? That’s right. Every box you buy helps power unique and amazing experiences for the awesome girls who sell them—it also gives her the opportunity to learn essential life skills, soar in confidence, and quickly discover the leader within. They have a great time doing it, too, and they couldn’t do it without you. Sweet! When you buy delicious Girl Scout Cookies, you’re helping to power new, unique and amazing experiences for girls—experiences that broaden their worlds, help them learn essential life skills, and prepare them to practice a lifetime of leadership. And guess what—100 percent of the money stays local! That means you’re not only supporting girls’ success, but the success of your community too—sweet! Whether it’s a trip to a breathtaking place they’ve never been before, an opportunity to attend Girl Scout camp and revel in the power of the great outdoors, or the chance to try something new, every experience helps them find the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ within to do amazing things for herself and for her community. If there’s anything that can make cracking open a box of fresh Girl Scout Cookies even better, it’s knowing that you’ve contributed to helping Girl Scouts learn the skills they need to succeed in life and make the world a better place.

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On and Off The Market Sold in the 22947 Zip this month is 1526 Kinross Lane, Glenmore, with 4 beds, 3.5 baths, 3400 sf listed at $699k and sold for $675k. 4508 Deer Bonn Road with 3 beds, 3 baths, 2.8 acres and 1866 sf was at $309k and sold for $293k and 844 Club Drive in Keswick Estate with 7 beds, 5.5 baths, 7066 sf and 3.3 acres was finally at $1.55m and sold for $1.4m. Reduced in Glenmore was 2462 Pendower Lane with 5 beds, 5 baths and 4582 sf down from $749.9k to $699.9k. 2352 Ferndown Lane with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3226 sf is down from $599k to $569k. 1562 Heathrow Lane with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 2997 sf is down from $649k to $599k and around the area 102 Spring Meadow Road with 4 beds, 2.5 baths, 2114 sf and 2.9 acres is down from $330k to $309k. Under contract in Glenmore is 1 Carroll Creek Road with 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 4481 sf, a presale at $614.8k. Also 9 Carroll Creek Road with 6 beds, 4.5 baths and 5441 sf is a presale at $709.6k. 3120 Darby Road with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 4615 sf started at $729k and went down to $649k. 3410 Darby Road with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 5116 sf started at $699k and went down to $6256k and 3303 Lockport Place with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 4045 sf started at $599 and went down to 574.9k. 6580 Louisa Road with 2 beds, 2 baths, 1800 sf and 4 acres priced at $265k is under contract and Lot 1 and 2 Stony Point Pass totaling 105 acres priced at $500k is also under contract. And new listings include 116 Distan Court in Hidden Hills with 4 beds, 3.5 baths, 4062 sf and 2.2 acres available at $559k. 18 Pelham Drive a 6.44 acre lot in the same sub division is $169k. 4 Louisa Road at Cismont Cottages is 5 acres available for $90k. Lot 2 on Club Drive, Keswick Estate is 2.36 acres and priced at $445k and finally “Upfront” at 115 Chopping Bottom Farm with 4 beds, 2.5 baths, 2798 sf and 3 acres is available at $720k

New Owners Effective January 1, 2017, the owner of Historic Hotels of Albemarle, LLC dba Keswick Hall, Keswick Club, LLC and Keswick Real Estate, LLC (Riverstone) is now H7 Holdings, LLC. The representative for H7 Holdings, LLC is Robert Hardie. This change for Keswick Estate means that the 48 residential lots owned by KRE and its role as Declarant will be assumed by H7 Holdings, LLC. The KEOA Board of Directors congratulates and welcomes Robert Hardie on this acquisition and to our homeowner's association. We look forward to forging a new relationship and working together in the best interest of Keswick Estate. With this change in ownership, the two director positions held on both the KEOA Board and the Design Review Board by Jeff Galanti and Chris Corrada have been vacated. They extend their thanks and best wishes to Jeff and Chris for their dedication and service to our community since 2012.

Ringling Bros. circus folding its tent after nearly 150 years The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus said on Saturday it will cease performances after 146 years in business, owing to what it said were declining tickets sales and high operating costs."After much evaluation and deliberation, my family and I have made the difficult business decision that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will hold its final performances in May," Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of Feld En-

tertainment, the Florida-based producer of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, said on the circus' web site.In May of last year, the circus retired its elephant act, years after a suit by activists. It admitted no wrongdoing, but agreed to a six-figure fine several years before ending the elephant performances.In his statement on Saturday, Feld noted that declining sales had fallen off even more dramatically following what he called "the transition of the elephants off the road." Animal rights group PETA said it "heralds the end of what has been the saddest show on earth for wild animals,

and asks all other animal circuses to follow suit, as this is a sign of changing times."Activists often appeared outside venues with fliers, protesting against the use of elephants, and pictures of animals they said were abused. After Feld Entertainment sued, claiming malicious prosecution, more than a dozen animal welfare groups agreed in 2012 and 2014 to pay settlements totaling about $25 million to end 14 years of litigation.The circus went by the slogan "The greatest show on earth," a catchphrase that was so ubiquitous it was employed for the title of the 1952 Cecil B. DeMille best picture Oscar-winning film starring Charl-

ton Heston and Betty Hutton. The circus will end it long run with performances in Providence, R.I., on May 7, 2017, and in Uniondale, N.Y., on May 21. Other Feld productions, including Marvel Universe LIVE!, Monster Jam, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!, will continue, and the company said it will continue to develop new shows. Employees were told of the decision to close down following performances on Saturday in Florida

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The GOING OUT Guide Mark your calendars! Save the date! Don’t be late! FOOD + WINE Arcadian Wine Dinner with Winemaker Joe Davis Where: Keswick Hall When: Thursday, February 9th, 6:30pm

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Joe Davis is inspired by the great traditions of Burgundian (winegrowing). He made his mark at the famed Domaine Dujac. Joe has been making Arcadian Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah in California's Central Coast region since 1984. Utilizing French artisan methods and hands-on vineyard management, Joe's Arcadian label consistently receives high marks from the world's most respected wine writers. Relying on his many years of farming these same rows within the vineyards in which he works and following his gut instinct allows him the complete realization of his dream and his mission remains to make wines that fully express the uniqueness of the vineyard and the region while capturing the voluptuous flavor of the grape and the kiss of cool California breezes and warm sunshine. Famed Burghound critic Allen Meadows writes of Joe’s wines:“Traditionally, Joe harvests fruit with much more modest sugar levels and much higher natural acidity than many of his fellow growers. The belief that Arcadian wines will continue to evolve in the bottle for years to come and that this continued evolution will ultimately produce a much more interesting wine is what drives Arcadian's--and Joe's---philosophy of winegrowing.”This lineup is a true reflection of the Arcadian style of wine. The fruit is harvested while sugar levels are in check. Joe keeps his wine in barrel for an extended period (the Sleepy Hollow chardonnay is in oak for 3 years) and these tiny lots are then cellared at the winery for a much later release date. RSVP to Melissa Boardman ,mboardman@keswick.com,434-923-4346

Be Mine With Wine Where: Keswick Vineyards When: Saturday, February 11th - 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Join us in our wine cellar for this special tasting of Kes-

wick Vineyards wines paired with delicious desserts. After your tasting, enjoy the romantic setting while you savor a glass of wine by the fireplace on our enclosed porch! The cost is $10 for Keswick Vineyards Wine Club Members and $20 for non-wine club members; payment is due at the time of reservation. The tastings will begin at 12:00pm with seatings available every 15 minutes. Please call ahead for reservations (434) 244-3341 x105 or email tastingroom@keswickvineyards.com. Walk-ins are welcome based on availability.

Paris in Keswick Where: Clifton Inn When: February 14th

This Valentine’s Day, come to Clifton Inn and delight

in our special menu, featuring all the magic of a romantic evening in Paris. You’ll start off with a complimentary champagne toast as you make selections from our Five-Course Prix Fixe Menu, for only $95 per person.

Our chef will delight you with unique twists on French classics, as well as some local home favorites. It is like the best of both worlds…Paris in the heart of Charlottesville! Simply call +1 (434) 971-1800 to reserve your Valentine’s Day celebration.

Five Chefs in the Vineyard Where: Barboursville, Virginia When: March 5th

On Sunday, March 5th at 6 pm, the Five Chefs in the

Vineyard dinner and silent auction will be held at Barboursville Winery to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Orange. The chefs from five top regional restaurants, including Spencer Crawford from Barboursville’s Palladio, Dean Maupin (C&O), Nathan Martin (Pomme), Melissa Close-Hart (Junction), and Carlos Aquin (La Finca), will each prepare a signature dish to showcase their talents. Barboursville wines are featured during the evening. A wonderful silent auction of selected items and events round out this amazing night at the Vineyard. Tickets are $100/person. Reservations are accepted as received. The deadline for reservations is February 24th. To receive an invitation, contact Mary Lew Sponski at 540-672-6399.

THE BIG GAME Game On! Where: NRG Stadium, Houston. Texas When: Sunday, February 5th – 6:30 pm

Super Bowl LI will be the 51st edition of the Super Bowl

Montpelier is the 1910 Train Depot, which houses the self-guided Jim Crow exhibit In the Time of Segregation. Bring the family and spend the day - enjoy a tour of James and Dolley Madison’s beloved home, and take a hike through James Madison’s Landmark Forest. Have lunch at the Exchange Cafe, featuring awardwinning barbeque, fresh sandwiches, soups, salads, and desserts. Browse the Museum Gift Shop, which is filled with books, locally-sourced products, and great gifts for children and adults. Finally, stop by the Archaeology Lab (Monday only) to excavate and examine historic artifacts.

DOG DAYS Virginia Foxhound Club Annual Meeting Where: Fauquier Springs Country Club When: February 12th

The Annual Meeting and Luncheon will be held Sunday

February 12, 2017 at Fauquier Springs Country Club. A Silent Auction will be held during cocktails. Meeting and luncheon will be held at the Fauquier Springs Country Club, 9236 Tournament Drive (off Springs Road), Warrenton, Virginia 20186. A cash bar and silent auction will start at noon, with luncheon at 1:00 pm, followed by a short A Silent Auction will be held during cocktails .For further information contact the Virginia Foxhound Club : Judy Allen, PO Box 11, Casanova, Virginia 20139. Or email :rferrer@patricioenterprises.com .

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and the 46th modern-era National Football League championship game. The Atlanta Falcons, The National Football Conference (AFC) champion will play the New England Patriots , American Football Conference (NFC) champion to decide the league champion for the 2016 NFL season. In a departure from the NFL tradition of using Roman numerals, this game is marketed in Arabic numerals as "Super Bowl 51" instead of Super Bowl LI (the Roman numeral for 51) , and will be the third time the Super Bowl is held in Houston, after VIII in 1974 and XXXVIII in 2004. It will be televised nationally in the United States by Fox and Fox Deportes. The Super Bowl LI halftime show will be headlined by Lady Gaga.

Where: Madison Square Garden When: February 13-14th

GREAT FAMILY FUN President’s Day Celebration

Westminster takes place over two days and nights every February. During the day, the dogs compete at the breed level (i.e., against other dogs of the same breed). Each Best of Breed winner (BOB) advances into its respective group, of which there are seven (Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding). Group competition is held during the evenings, and the seven group winners advance into the final competition, which one judge will select one of them as the Best In Show winner. Since 2014, the show allowed mixedbreed dogs to compete in an agility event. Doors open at 6 PM for best of breed benching area Monday to include Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding groups (beginning at 8 PM)Tuesday to include Junior Showmanship, Sporting, Working, Terrier groups and BEST IN SHOW (beginning at 7:30 PM).

Where: Montpelier When: February 13-15th

Learn more about Madison's role as Father of the Con-

stitution on the Madison and the Constitution Tour on Monday at 1 PM. Tour fees: $20/adult; $7/child; free/ under 6. To commemorate Presidents' Day Weekend, Montpelier will be offering special tours highlighting the arc of African American citizenship as well as James Madison's role as Father of the Constitution. Visit the Gilmore Cabin and Freedman’s Farm on Saturday to learn more about the struggle for African Americans during Reconstruction. Adjacent to the entrance to

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The event is embraced in New York City every Febru-

ary, with salutes from such world-famous partners as the Empire State Building, which lights its tower in purple and gold (Westminster colors) during the show; Saks 5th Avenue, which features a street window with a Westminster-themed display; and the New York Stock Exchange, which invites the winner to ring the opening bell following its big win. The show has been broadcast on live television since 1948.The program airs on Monday and Tuesday. The Monday night broadcast is shown on Fox Sports.

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2016

BY COLIN J. DOUGHERTY

Looking Back

As we begin the New Year we wanted to take a moment to look back, so we’ve pulled together the best from 2016 and put them all in one place. Keswick Life wishes you – a 2017 that’s quite simply the best!

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of where we have been in 2016! As we began the New Year we wanted readers to take a moment to look back, so we'd pulled together the best from 2016 and put them all in one place. We wished everyone a new year that’s quite simply the best. Key parts of each month’s issue for 2016 were summarized with the highlights to bring it all back to the time or place that has gone too soon or perhaps not soon enough. Most importantly, we took the journey together, as Keswickians. As Keswickians, we celebrated the life of Hugh Motley, with special contributor Leonard Shapiro writing of the man who loved life, and in turn was loved by so many, truly a character with great spirit right to the very end. The article featured comments and thoughts from many beloved friends and family members that gave a unique insight into this local hero. Shapiro reminded us that, "Yes, he loved horse racing. Most of all, he loved Winkie, his beloved wife of 40 years, and his daughter, Sheila, the gorgeous and multi-talented mom of his precious grandson, Collins. He loved his friends; he loved his family, he loved a party, riding in the hunt, driving an open-top convertible, making birdies and reading a good book, usually with a cold Budweiser nearby." Sporting Life, we took a trip with Sandy Rives, Keswick local and special contributor, with Keswickian Hugh Motley of more than 25 years ago, and hundreds of foxhunts since then, but they remember it like it was yesterday. Barclay Rives, Bruce Eckert, Hugh Motley and Sandy Rives loaded up in Hugh Motley’s Imperatore box Horse Van and hit the road! Life Happens, Mary Morony opened her monthly column with the thought that "there isn’t a man or woman alive today who doesn’t feel the angst of a world operating with little virtue." We joined the conversation and jotted down our thoughts. Travel regular columnist, Joe Sheilds took us on a traveling tale to Mossy Creek, near Bridgewater, for some brown trout fishing. But as is often the case the trip takes on a turn in another direction – where life, learning and talking to cows all cross paths with rod and reel.

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February, Punxsutawney Phil, the Pennsylvania groundhog renowned for his ability to forecast the onset of spring did not see his shadow after emerging from his burrow on that fateful Tuesday morning, predicting an early spring. Phil's prediction came at about 7:25 a.m. and was met with cheers from a crowd of thousands who participated under a clear sky and 21-degree Fahrenheit (-6.1 Celsius) temperatures in the folk tradition that have been embraced by winter-weary Americans for more than a century. According to legend, if Phil sees his shadow on Groundhog Day, February 2, the cold weather will not loosen its grip on North America for six weeks. But if the morning is cloudy, and no shadow appears, spring-like weather is supposedly around the corner. We nestled up next to a cozy fire, grabbed our copy of Keswick Life and filled up with the warmth of the latest issue, packed with the practical, hysterical, informative and of course, the 'Overheard'. When we dug out, we reported in and told it to Keswick Life. Life Happens, Mary Morony’s column, says who needs an unreliable groundhog or a top hat sporting member of the Ground Hog Club to foretell the coming of an early spring? Mary Morony sits you down at the kitchen table with her warm and authentic writing style, captures your attention with this funny, witty and telling the tale of change ahead! Keswickian, Mary Jane Timmerman takes us to a gathering of Keswickians at their Farm, Round Hill, in honor of The Wildlife Center of Virginia and its past and present donors. We all know what a natural treasure Central Virginia is, for us and for the native species that share their habitat with us. Get the details on this particular night of honor and awareness – get involved! Keswick Scene, see all the goings on in Keswick and the environs with this month's photo journals on the Keswick Scene – we visited the 2016 Keswick Hunt Ball, the hunt at Mt. Sharon in Horsin Around plus the Keswick Hunt Club's annual Beer and Bingo night with winner Larry Tharpe! If you see something happening, be sure to write in and tell Keswick Life!

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11, 1991, the Dave Matthews Band played its first official gig at a warehouse on South Street in downtown Charlottesville. On May 7, the band, which has sold more than 30 million records worldwide in the quartercentury since that first show, will celebrate its silver anniversary in a much larger venue just a few miles away - read all about it in Keswick Life's On Stage column. Community, the University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello will present their highest honors, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals in Architecture, Law, Citizen Leadership, and Global Innovation during their joint Founder's Day activities. Read all about it in Keswick Life's Community section.

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Spring Has Sprung! Annual Garden Week Issue

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Mary Morony’s March column opens with "Spring is positively ripe with metaphor and more so than ever this election year. I write this in an attempt to sort out my feelings on the political season while delving into spring’s metaphors. I always look forward to spring— likely the season I anticipate most." Read her unique and warm outlook on her life in "Life Happens." Join Mary in the journey!

April

On the cover, It's Showtime, the 112th Annual Keswick

The cover, Spring Has Sprung, each spring visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia's most beautiful gardens, homes and historical landmarks during "America's Largest Open House." This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia's springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,000 flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members. Get all the details for tours in our area by reading our comprehensive guide to the Garden Week! Only in Keswick, Tony Vanderwarker takes us on a humorous tale of life in Keswick "according to Tony" - Can Westminster Canterbury Be That Far Away? Growing old isn't for sissies! On Stage, the Dave Matthews Band turns 25! On May

Horse is coming to town. Get Out and enjoy the competition at the historic showgrounds in Keswick and remember the Keswick Horse Show food stand will be serving their fabulous food- breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Get the details of the big event, get out and enjoy and be sure to tell it to Keswick Life! Keswick Scene, the 82nd Annual Garden Club of Virginia Daffodil Show was on March 30th and March 31st held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center and hosted by the Huntington Garden Club - the results are in along with those from the Keswick Flower Show held at Grace Church, Keswick, Va. What’s Cooking, Sam Johnson is no stranger to keeping it cool under pressure. He works hunt club events, caters with the best in Charlottesville and pours over the details of elegant Palm Beach weddings all keeping his cool and with a big warm smile. We suspect the

culinary interests are inspired by his Mother; Sam has always learned from the best – here is his go to Salmon dish! Bookworm, mornings are still a bit chilly so it is the perfect time to curl up in bed on my days off with a cup of tea and a few good books to start the day – says Suzanne Nash our book reviewer. Don't miss her great reads and tips to keep your appetite high for great books! Featured Property, Old Manse was built in 1868 by Reverend Dr. Isaac W. K. Handy in his role as Pastor of Orange Presbyterian Church. Of frame construction over a brick foundation capped with a standing seam metal roof, this is a lovely center hall colonial situated on 46 acres inside the town boundaries. Get all the details in our Featured Property section this month!

May

On the cover, Beyond the Gates, the Insiders Guide to

the Grace Church Historic Farm Tour! Grace Church Celebrates Seventh Annual "beyond the gates" Farm Tour and Country Fair, Saturday, June 11, 2016, What's better than a day in the country exploring some of Virginia's fabulous historic farms? On Saturday, June 11, 2016, visitors are invited “beyond the gates” here they may view the lands and agrarian lifestyles known to some of the nation's founders and alike! We received a railside preview of Keswick’s Grace Church Farm Tour! Keswick Life’s coverage is the only resource you will need to get all the information you need before you go! Life Happens, regular columnist Mary Morony shared updates with her devoted readers on the status of Hagar, the Great Dane, on his road to recovery after Wobblers and Cruciate Degeneration Disorder. Keswickian, Fritz Kundrun running the London Marathon to raise awareness for Brooke USA. Photo courtesy of the London Marathon - the full story in Keswick Scene! What's Cooking, Ann Coles and Norma Ballheim give us a taste of what's inside the Keswick Garden Club's 2016 cookbook - take a look and buy a copy!

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<<< continued from the previous page <<< Community, Summer Camp Guide 2016 in the Keswick area is ready to kick off! It is not too late to get in on the action and give the kiddos something fun and enriching to do for a few hours while you run around town!

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On the Cover, Two Blind Brothers - One Bold Vision, Keswick 'sons' and UVA grads Bradford and Bryan Manning have launched a company with a charitable aim: curing the disease that is robbing them of their sight. We’re very excited about the potential for growth and impact of Two Blind Brothers,” added co-founder Bryan Manning. “We’ve received an outpouring of support from social media and are striving to create a community around the fight for a cure. We have 50,000 hits and counting on a video we recently released on Facebook and have already sold out of popular styles. We’re happy to be producing in New York, creating ethical luxury products that look and feel great.” Keswick Scene, Farm Tour 2016 – the stage is set, and guests started to arrive, feather banners naming the sponsors billowed in the breeze as cars pulled into the circle at Airslie for valet parking. The night was electric, no really a massive storm was being predicted, and our hope was just to get all those arriving safe inside. Get all the details of the kickoff party, the big day, and the many thank yous to volunteers and sponsors alike! What's Cooking, Arnold and Ernest, on the Keswick scene, after sitting down with these two gentlemen it is obvious to see their passion for not only the drinks they create but the people they create them for. They can do it some ways, as the saying goes – straight up, neat on the rocks or if you're flexible with a twist!

has shaped every aspect of his work. Read the story of this local son in Keswick Life! Horsin' Around, has all the details on our local Keswickians headed to the Olympics, the US Saddle Seat World Cup results, Fitch's Corner event and so much more! Get all the details of the events, results, and hopes and dreams realized!

at the historic Keswick hunt club show grounds. What's Cooking, Rick O'Connell, chef, and proprietor of the Inn at Little Washington will be a keynote speaker for the exciting preview event for the Heritage Harvest Festival which is hosted at the Paramount Theater - read all about the event right here in Keswick Life!

Keswickian Ashley Sieg Williams and Chef Brice Cunningham have joined forces to launch Absolute Cuisine, an upscale catering company that is ready to wow you and your guests with innovative, Michelin Star-worthy dishes. Get all the details in this month's 'What's Cooking", plan a party and tell all about it in Keswick Life!

On Exhibit, the National Sporting Library & Museum presents 'The Chronicle of the Horse in Art' – a major exhibition that gathers a sampling of forty-six American, British, and Continental oil paintings, watercolors, and sculptures. The exhibit highlights a variety of material that was placed in front of readers, on the covers of the Chronicle of the Horse, a national equestrian magazine, for almost seventy years.

Bookwork, so if you are in the mood for literary indulgence take a trip to the library and grab a selection of titles to tempt you into some late night reading – Suzanne Nash brings us through some great books for those end of the summer moments!

Life, Make It Happen, Morony changes up the column with a revised name and theme – Life, Make It Happen!, Make A Wish. Take A Chance. Make A Change.

Life Happens, Mary Morony, a favorite and regular columnist at Keswick Life, with a new book out and touring - still takes the times to write for us! She tempts us in a 'make a wish' piece that is sure to entertain! Weddings, Christopher Dammann, son of Ralph and Charlotte Dammann of Keswick and Mia Magruder daughter of Mark and Ella Magruder tie the knot!

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Tony Vanderwarker's New Book

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In this issue

Retail Revival

The Shops at 205 – Gordonsville In this issue

Butcher, Chef and Partisan Local Nate Anda Finds His Way along a Culinary Road also: life happens, what’s cooking, only in keswick, overheard, horsin' around and much more

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On the cover, Retail Revival – the shops at 205 Main Street in Gordonsville!

July

A new door opened in Gordonsville and beyond lies a treasure-house full of imagination, experience, and magic! European antiques, stuffed toy animals, ladies’ beautiful accessories, Belgium crystal, French chandeliers and a Kangaroo Rocker are certain to capture your attention.

takes his meat seriously: a combination of classic culinary training, immersion in the art of charcuterie, and an unshakable commitment to the tradition of butchery

Horsin' Around has all the details on over 100 horses and riders that came from throughout central Virginia to participate in an old-fashioned summer horse show

On the cover, Butcher, Chef and Partisan! Nate Anda

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the cover, Keswickian, Tony Vanderwarker has just released his new book. The title, "I’m Not From the South But I Got Down Here As Fast As I Could – How a Connecticut Yankee Learned To Love Grits and Fried Green Tomatoes And Lived To Tell About It." Keswick Life's Colin Dougherty caught up with Tony to get an inside look at the author, his writing process, the new book and life in general. Tony has published three books, Writing With the Master, Sleeping Dogs, and Ads For God. He has four grown children and now lives on a farm in Keswick with his wife, four dogs, a horse and a Sicilian donkey named Jethro. Horsin' Around has all the details on the handlers, owners, and breeders that showcased their top hunter prospects this past week at the 2016 Sallie B. Wheeler/US Hunter Breeding National Championship. Get all the details on the winners and the competition in Keswick Life's Horsin' Around. Life, Make It Happen columnist Mary Morony writes from a modified column title this month with here lat-

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est work titled Laughing at Fears and Uncertainty. She begins with reminding us "there is an extreme amount of uncertainty for us to fear currently. There’s the presidential election, enough said. There’s also climate change, international, economic and political uncertainty all around us." Put your fears aside and read on, Mary will 'make it happen". Business Insider, takes us to Mason Insurance which turns 125 this year – the company’s history surrounds them daily—pictures of their ancestors who worked at the same company adorn the walls. A photo of Mason as a child hangs in his office. In it, there’s a telegram telling his mother that a desk had already been picked out for the youngest family member. On Exhibit, masterworks from one of the world’s great private libraries devoted to the plant world, Redouté to Warhol: Bunny Mellon’s Botanical Art will be on view at the LuEsther Mertz Library at The New York Botanical Garden beginning October 8, 2016.

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and a new program at the University of Virginia. Bookworm, Suzanne Nash sits in retreat, writing her reviews on a porch in beautiful Orkney Springs, enjoying the smell of wood burning in the fireplace and the company of good friends. Travel, Charles Thacher, a first-time contributor, enjoys fishing in two ponds on his property and on surrounding farms. Catching a large bass or catfish, or even a good brim, on a fly rod is exciting. But, the allure of traveling to far-flung locations to experience the joys of fly fishing while immersed in an entirely different culture continues to be addictive – get set for a tale in Bhutan as Charlie takes you on an incredible journey.

the celebration with Friends and family gathered in the property's restored 1903 cattle barn – don't miss this story full of surprises and special touches, congratulations! Photo Journal, George Payne, a frequent contributor, with an amazing eye and ability to get the shot!

KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its environs - December 2016

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KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs - November 2016

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In this issue

Have a Merry and the Happiest for the New Year from Keswick Life

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In this issue

December

Keswick's Rich History of Winners

Seems like just yesterday, but five years ago, Keswick-

Virginia Field Hunter Championship In this issue

Foxhunting Etiquette Traditions That Harken Back Hundreds of Years to the Very Beginning of Foxhunting also: horsin' around, overheard, keswick scene, the going out guide, travel and much more

October

On the cover, Foxhunting Etiquette – Traditions That

Harken Back Hundreds of Years to the Very Beginning of Foxhunting. This year 2016/17 being the 120th season of the Keswick Hunt Club, we often need to refresh the traditions and etiquette of this age old sport. Foxhunting is meant to be a fun sport, after all, most fox hunters have risen early, cleaned a horse, tack, clothes, etc. shipped to the meet and then are expecting a fun morning in the sport. Our Editor, Winkie Motley, takes us on a refresher of traditions that matter for hundreds of years, since the very beginning – with thanks to Norman Fine's "Foxhunting Life." Horsin' Around, has all the details on Stellar Wind, a chestnut filly with a white blaze bred in Virginia by Keswick Stables & Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings. Read all about it in Keswick Life! Community, our Editor, Winkie Motley, reached out to follow up on an invitation to an event held in support of the Town of Gordonsville. Lauren Bauk, of PBM Capital Group in Charlottesville, filled us in on the goings-on in the Town, a possible new use for some vacant buildings

also: overheard, keswick scene, weddings, what's cooking and much more

November On

the cover, Virginia Field Hunter Championship. Shortly after World War II, a group of Virginia Foxhunters wanted to hold a hunter trial for horses that had been hunted regularly for the past hunting season from each hunt within the State of Virginia. The masters from each hunt were to nominate two horses to represent their hunt in a class which they called the Virginia Field Hunter Championship. Get some of the history and the story of this year's winner, our very own Will Coleman, Sr. Keswick Scene, the 82nd running of the Montpelier Hunt Races, an annual celebration of steeplechase racing and Virginia Piedmont hospitality, was held on Saturday, November 5, at James Madison’s Montpelier. Keswick Life has covered it, and the photo journal takes you right there! Travel, Joe Shields is back and brings us to Peanut Island! The Island, created in 1918 with excavation debris from the construction of the Palm Beach Inlet. It was formerly called Inlet Island, but the name changed after plans were made to use the island for a peanutshipping operation. The venture never happened, but the name stuck. Weddings, Keswickian Katie Manning, tied the knot with Chris Henry on September 17 in Keswick, Virginia, at Grace Episcopal Church. Get all the details of

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ians shared their intimate Christmas thoughts, decorations, gift giving and traditions with Keswick Life. Have a merry and the happiest for the New Year from Keswick Life! Keswick Scene, the photos are in – check out Keswickians as they celebrate this glorious time of the year at various events in and around Keswick. Get out and celebrate or lift someone's spirits with a Christmas visit filled with cheer – and be sure to tell it to Keswick Life! Bookworm, Suzanne Nash gives us multiple good books to light your way in the New Year! She goes local, with Keswick's very own Fred Shackelford upon the release of his new novel The Ticket. It’s a great way to start your year off right. Catch Suzanne's review on page 18 and write into Keswick Life with your letters and comments! Life, Make It Happen columnist Mary Morony's latest, Forgiveness Starts With Me, recounts an experience last month where she learned where forgiveness must originate for it to be real. A lesson with this much value requires sharing. Giving yourself a break, besides making a lot of sense has benefits galore. So, grab a cup of tea, a cozy blanket and warm up with Mary and be sure to take some time to reflect and comment! Travel, Charlie Thacher takes us to Tasmania! He recounts his travel there, the scenery and the wildlife. For the intrepid angler, he speaks of hundreds of rivers that are virtually unfished, where those eight-pound monsters could be lurking. Oh, and one might encounter a deadly snake, a platypus or even the devil. Get all the details of their family adventure here in Keswick Life!

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ONLY IN KESWICK

Looking Back On Christmas BY TONY VANDERWARKER

Face

it, Christmas is a tough time for Martians. Because if you don’t get your jollies wrapping packages and don’t see the value of slathering yards of decorative ribbon around them, don’t enjoy looking through stacks of Christmas cards with families dressed to the nines and smiling like they’re auditioning for The Brady Bunch and would rather have a root canal than go to the 10 PM service, then you are chalked up as not only a hopeless Martian, but also as a complete grinch. No matter how many pre-Xmas pacts you’ve negotiated about not overdoing presents, when you only own up to having the allotted three, you get grinched. “Yeah, we had an agreement,” she’ll say, “but I didn’t expect you to hold to it—after all, it’s Christmas!” So if you’re like me, you rush out at the last minute and peevishly squander a bunch of money on a gift hoping it puts you back in good graces again. I usually end up at Angelo’s pointing at some trinket and praying it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. When the salesgirl tells me the price, I think to myself, “Good, only a leg!” Chances are the bauble will get you through Christmas dinner, but later in the day she’s bound to say, “I hope next year you don’t have to buy your way back into favor with some lavish gift.” And if you respond with, “If you don’t like it, you can take it back,” only gets you in deeper. It’s best, I’ve learned, just to cut your losses and sit there eating humble

pie. Face it, you’re a hopeless grinch. And God forbid you try to limit the number of gifts each grandchildren gets by saying, “Jeez, you already got Molly the doll, a bunch of clothes and the camera— don’t you think that’s enough?” What you get in return is, “What do you want to do? Wreck the poor child’s Christmas?” Plus, you’d better learn to back off when she drags you into the pet store and starts chucking gifts for the dogs into the cart. “Don’t you think Rufus will just love these?” Even if you’re tempted to say something like: “I’m not sure that dogs even know its Christmas.” Such a seemingly innocuous statement can get you into big trouble. I should know, I tried it last year and got, “I can’t believe you’d say such a thing--of course they do!” But the place where you can really step in it is with the tree. First thing you need to know is that to a Martian, all the trees look pretty much the same but in Venusian reality there is no such thing as a perfect tree. That’s why you have to go through every tree in the damn lot to find the one with the least imperfections. You have to listen to, “Hold this one up for me, will you?” at least twenty times.

way to the left.” Or, “Are you kidding me? That’s the ugliest tree I’ve ever seen.” Ten more trees and she’s finally resigned to saying, “Well, I guess unless you want to try the other lot, we’ll have to settle for this one.” “Oh no, I think this one will look great,” you say as you fork over the eighty bucks for the flawed tree and drag it to the car. Then the fun starts. I swear Christmas tree stands were invented in medieval times. High tech they aren’t. I don’t know why someone doesn’t invent a remotecontrolled gizmo that stands the tree up straight and screws it in automatically. I mean, now you can turn up the heat when you’re in Zanzibar and vacuum your house with a robot, I don’t know why we’re condemned to this Stone Age mechanism.

And of course its freezing cold out there and you’ve forgotten gloves so the needles prick and itch your wrists. So by the time you get to the twentieth, you’re starting to repeat, “So this one looks pretty good, don’t you think?”

Here’s the drill. First you have to approximate a 90 degree angle with the tree, then hit the deck and scoot under the branches, hoping the tree doesn’t decide to do a sudden lean on you. Christmas tree stands have these thumbscrews that rust in place over the summer so you have to crawl out and get pliers to loosen them. You painstakingly screw each one in a little bit so you gradually surround the trunk, hopefully holding it in place only to creep out to hear the wife saying, “You call that straight?” So it’s back under the tree until you get it right. One Christmas, I got sent back under four times.

“No, no, no, can’t you see there’s a big hole in the side?” Or, “C’mon, it leans

Every Christmas it seems like there are tons more ornaments. And of course

there are the lights that don’t work. I swear someone sneaks in over the summer and adds more ornaments and sabotages the strings of lights so that you have to make a trip to Lowe’s and buy more. You stand in line with a bunch of fellow saps all holding items to replace the ones that went on the fritz the past year. I don’t know when I’m going to learn to toss the lights and buy new ones next Xmas. But jeez, I think to myself, what with the bracelet I bought at Angelo’s, the toys for the grandkids and the dogs— doesn’t someone have to be fiscally responsible around here? Maybe I’ll wait on the lights until next year. That’s when you come to realize the whole cycle is destined to repeat again. And finally there’s the damn antique star that goes at the tippy-top so you have to risk a hospital trip by getting up on the tallest stepladder you have and, leaning precariously over the top of the tree, insert it onto the tree’s top, praying you don’t slip a step and end up in a fullbody cast for the holidays. And all the time you have to smile and grin like you’re having the time of your life, when you’re actually praying she’ll forget the last box of ornaments and call it a day. No such luck. Every one of the 633 ornaments is going to go on the tree. It’s enough to make you start drinking eggnog early. So every Christmas I say to myself, Hooray for New Years! It can’t come soon enough.

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Gordonsville’s Best Kept Secret Exposed About six weeks ago, the Monday after

Thanksgiving, I ran into Yvonne (eevahn-uh) Waller in Charlottesville at Whole Foods. Since she pulled me out of her pedicure chair during the big earthquake our paths have not crossed. She swears she saved my neck when it occurred to her that the roaring outside was the earth quaking, not a train derailing. Standing in the doorjamb of her spa's entrance, we watched the backside of downtown shake rattle and roll. Nary a single chip of paint fell, so I’m hard pressed to know how she saved me then, but she has now. If a change in routine hadn't forced me to create a new rut I might be as young looking as Benjamin Button in his twilight years. Time, however, quickstepped in stilettos across my face but hardly grazed hers. When you haven't seen someone in five years you expect some changes. Shocked by Yvonne youthful visage, like any woman, I scanned her face for lines. None! Clearly, she had discovered the fountain of youth. Whatever she was up to, I wanted in. On the phone the next day I blurted, "Sign me up for what you are doing. I don't care what it is, short of the black arts. If chicken feet are involved, we'd need to talk. When can you see me?" To my amazement, she responded, "How about now?" Standing in her shop twenty minutes later, I suffered a pang of uh-oh-what-have-I-gotten-myselfinto kind of dread. The lady in question is straightforward holding little if anything back. As I stood there just inside the door, I felt not unlike a field mouse must when aware it is caught in the bead of a hawk's scrutinizing stare. I did ask

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for this appointment, so there was no way to back out now. Where I stood in the skin care specialist's eyes was sorely in need of a facial and a mini peel. Afterward, she thought I would benefit from a laser treatment and twelve minutes on the Zaaz. In lieu of a magic wand a laser will do the job. My dog Hagar owes his mobility to Dr. Chip Godine's (Ruckersville Animal Hospital) skill with the device. Chip, by the way, is a world-renowned expert on veterinary laser therapy. He helped write the textbook right there in little old Ruckersville. Several years ago a broken ankle I suffered healed in three weeks thanks to Gordon Merrick's abilities with the healing red lights. His brother Dr. Randy Merrick routinely employs the magic power of lasers in his practice in Orange. With a twenty-first century arsenal of skin care on the table, without a moment's hesitation, I put my skin in the game. I look fantastic for it, too! I'm not bragging merely stating the facts. Other than having the wisdom to follow Yvonne back to her magic emporium and placing myself in her capable hands, I had little to do with the transformation. I owe the remarkable change in appearance to De Estheticienne's skill. My metamorphosis didn't escape Hubs' notice though several days passed before he could figure out how to broach the subject with the utmost diplomacy. Prone to hyperbole, he says history has taught him to approach matters of this nature with extreme caution. If I didn't feel duty bound to share Ms. Waller's brilliance, I would keep her un-

der wraps to hear the speculation as to what sort of deal I made with the devil. As a public service announcement, I am imploring you to stop whatever beauty regimen you are following (especially if a knife or injections are involved) and high tail it to 202 Mayhugh Street Gordonsville as fast as your little legs can carry you. Here is the phone number 540-832-3688 so that you can make an appointment. This remarkably gifted esthetician's abilities are nothing short of miraculous. She was able to take my old battered, weather-beaten face and make it better than it was twenty years ago, scout's honor! Give the woman a prune and I swear she would hand you back a juicy plum in no time. She's that good! As many of you may be aware, Yvonne worked for ten years at the Keswick Club. In 2007, she opened a shop of her own. Don't let her Dutch/Orange County patois fool you. Yvonne is not your typical pretty, unlined face. Before she moved to the U.S. from Holland, this smart lady spent two years after college as a registered pharmacist. Once her husband Gordonsville native, Conrad Waller finished his landscape design school he wanted to move back to his hometown. A four-year stint working in the inpatient pharmacy at UVa Hospital helped her decide to switch professions. Back home she went to school, she didn't stop at becoming an esthetician. She received certification as a massage therapist including pregnancy massage. Never one to do things by half, she also got herself certified as an aerobics instructor through the best organization for such accreditation in her country The Dutch Gymnastic Association. To add to her list of skills she is a holistic health counselor and coach as

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OBITUARY Phillip Harris Yates, Jr. departed and husband, Gary. this life on Saturday, January 21, 2017, after a long illness. Phillip, known by all as "Bug", was born in Charlottesville, Virginia on September 25, 1957, the son of Phillip and Doris Yates, Sr. Bug was preceded in death by his father, Phillip H. Yates, Sr.; his paternal grandparents, George and Cauline Yates; maternal grandparents, Fred and Jeanette Day; four uncles, Authur, George, Henry, and James Yates;and four aunts, Gertrude Hart, Hattie Scranage, Gertrude Day, and Roberta Day.

Bug's special interests were fishing and hunting and just being outside as much as possible. Bug worked at Glenmore for Clay Camp for many years. Bug had a gift of telling jokes and was known as the life of family gatherings. He shared his daily life with his best friend, his dog, Milton. Bug loved hanging out with his family and friends as much as possible. He leaves to cherish his memory, his mother, Doris Yates, of Keswick; two sisters, Shirley Yates of Upper Marlboro, Md. and Donna Cooper of Troy, Va.;three brothers, Alfred, "AC", and wife, Amy, and Gary Yates, and Tyrone Curry, all of Charlottesville, Va.;two aunts, Mildred Strother and Martha Yates of Charlottesville;two uncles, Howell Day of Charleston, W.Va., and Charles Day of Cleveland, Ohio;six nieces,seven nephews; and 14 great nieces and nephews. Bug also leaves a host of cousins and life-long friends, adopted parents, William and Odell Hearns of Milton, Va., along with his faithful 4-legged companion, Milton. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2017, at Union Run Baptist Church with the Reverend Dr. Rickey White officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will be receiving friends at the church one hour prior to the services. J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Ronnie Kite, husband of Cornelia Jar-

man Kite and owner of the former Meadowbrook Hardware for 53 years, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 29, 2016, at the University of Virginia Medical Center after a brief illness. As well as his wife, he is also survived by his daughter, Amy Trotter, her husband, Tom and their daughters, Clea and Delilah; a stepson, Eddie Huffman and wife, Michelle; and stepdaughter, Beth Glaser

Ronnie requested that there be no funeral and that his burial be private with family members only. The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses on 3rd floor west, ICU for there compassionate care they provided him during his illness as well as the office of Dr. Robert Stokes. If so desired memorial donations may be made in his name to the CASPCA.

Dr. Joseph Walton May, 83, of Kes-

wick and Charlottesville, passed away on January 6, 2017. Dr. May was born on January 4, 1934, in Ironton, Ohio, to Charlie Walton May and Exalpha Winters May. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Connie May; and his son, Joseph Walton May II. He leaves behind a large and loving family: his wife, Jeannette S. May, her children, Kathleen Brown and Jason Orrock; his children and their spouses, Teresa and Andy Stowasser, Janie and Tim Stratos, Leslie and Bob Tirrell, Julia May and Colter Knight, and Charlie and Mary May. "PopPop" loved and was adored by his many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and dear family friend, Ivan Jacobs. Joe graduated in 1952, from Russell High School in Ashland, Kentucky, where he lettered in several sports. He was inducted into the Russell High School Athletic Hall of Fame in the fall of 2016 for his outstanding play on the football field, earning first team All Greenup County in 1948 and second team All-State honors in 1951. While offered a football scholarship to the University of Kentucky, he chose to play football for the University of Virginia. Indeed, Joe was a Wahoo among Wahoo's. He earned a B.S. in Education from the Curry School, joined Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and was inducted into The Raven Society and T.I.L.K.A. After graduating, Joe worked as a pharmaceutical representative for Wyeth Laboratories in the Hampton-Roads area. In 1967, he returned to Charlottesville to attend medical school at the University of Virginia. In 1972, he was chief resident in the newly designed family medicine specialty area at UVA. Upon graduating, Dr. May began a successful career in family medicine on Rose Hill Drive where he practiced for fortytwo years. His direct approach and medical expertise benefited multiple generations of families. When not working with patients, Joe relished his time at Velin-

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dre, his beloved farm. He enjoyed tending cattle, hunting with friends, playing golf and poker, celebrating with family and friends, and attending UVA sporting events, especially football and basketball games. 'JocDoc' traveled with Terry Holland, Craig Littlepaige and the UVA basketball team in the 1970's; he supported the players and delighted in the basketball teams' successful seasons. A proud member of the OTHH and VAF, his loyalty and support of Virginia Athletic programs continues. Italy, Japan, Australia, Scotland and the Caribbean were among his favorite travel destinations. He was a member of numerous civic organizations including B.P.O.E. #389, Kiwanis Club, and more. A roiling sea of emotions, Joe was quick to share his opinion. He was a true friend to many, and his infectious laugh, mischievous smile, compassion, razor-sharp wit and zest for life will be missed. Heartfelt thanks go to Doc's wonderful friends who faithfully visited him after his stroke, as well as UVA Neurologist Dr. Jason Crowell, Speech Pathologist at Health South Megan Ferris, staff members at The Laurels of Charlottesville, family physician Dr. William Dandridge, and Hospice of the Piedmont for their outstanding support. A memorial service to celebrate Dr. May's life was held Saturday, January 14, 2017,2 p.m. at University Baptist Church, 1223 West Main Street, Charlottesville, Va. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911, www.hopva.org. Condolences may be sent to the family atwww.hillandwood.com.

liam Gibson and his wife, Alma; and his brothers -in-law, Luther Gibson and Verley Gibson. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Frances Gibson Loose, theirtwo daughters,Mary Loose DeViney and her husband, John, and Frieda Loose-Wagner and her husband, Michael; andtwo grandsons, Hunter andTyler whom he loved very much. He is also survived by sisters-in-law, Nancy Gibson and Peggy Gibson, and many nieces and nephews. He was a graduate of Agriculture School in Switzerland. When he came to the United States, he became the farm manager of Clover Hill Farm and Oakdale in Keswick Virginia. He did so proudly for over 30 years. Hermann raised Black Angus cattle, was a member of the Virginia Angus Association, Farm Bureau, and a constant collaborator with the Virginia Cooperative Extension Agency. He was a championship bowler with Mountain Bowl. He was a lifetime member of the Albemarle Ruritan Club and served in leadership positions. He was always proud to lead them in singing, America, My Country Tis of Thee. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose and Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, an Honorary Member of the Keswick Hunt Club, and member of Grace Episcopal ChurchCismont having served on the vestry. After retiring from farming, he was well known in the Charlottesville community as the "gate keeper" at the Jefferson National Bank Parking Lot. He spent his last years at The Laurel's suffering from Dementia. The family would like to thank the Staff at the Laurels and Dr. Jonathan Evans for their dedication and care of Hermann (Popa) while he was there, and to Legacy Hospice.

Hermann Friedrich Wilhelm The family received friends from 6 unLoose, 91, of Keswick, Virginia passed til 7:30 p.m., Monday, January 16, 2017, away peacefully on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at home, surrounded by his family. Hermann was born on May 2, 1925, in Zurich, Switzerland. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hermann Karl Loose. Hermann was a husband, father, grandfather and a respected farmer.

He was a Swiss Immigrant who persevered during World War II and immigrated to America to live his dream. He was a proud American and loved the Blue Ridge Mountains. He was preceded in death by his sister, Doralis Loose Rufenacht, and her husband, Willie; his sister-in-law, Louise Haney, and her husband, Milton; his brother-in-law, Wil-

at the Teague Funeral Home. A funeral service was conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at the Teague Chapel. Interment followed at Monticello Memory Gardens. Pall bearers were Mr. Mike Wagner, Mr. Hunter Loose, Mr. Tyler Wagner, and Mr. John DeViney, members of the Albemarle Ruritan Club will serve as honorary pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made toThe Benevolence Fund, First Christian Church, 3285 Keswick Road, Keswick, VA 22947, or to Grace Episcopal ChurchAll Saints Chapel, Post Office Box 43, Keswick, VA22947. Condolences may be offered at teaguefuneralhome.com

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the year has begun and despite warmer than normal temperatures, I still find myself wanting to curl up by the fire with a pile of books. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching so I thought this month I’d choose a few to make your heart beat a little faster. The Keeper of Lost Causes is the first in a series called Department Q by Jussi AdlerOlsen. I love Scandinavian authors and this author’s books are a combination of the writings of Steif Larsson and Thomas Harris. The protagonist, Carl Mork, is a homicide detective in Copenhagen who is promoted to take over a new department which handles cold cases. Actually the powers that be just want to get Carl out of the way as he is difficult and no one really wants to work with him. He joins forces with his unusually astute handy man, Assad, to tackle the first case which involves the disappearance of a liberal politician five years previously. Merete vanished from a ferry and everyone assumes she is dead but Carl is

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not so sure. I just recently discovered that Netflix has several movies based on this series of books and they are very good if you don’t mind subtitles. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena is a New York Times best seller that came out this summer. It has gotten mixed reviews but I really enjoyed it. It reminds me a bit of The Girl on the Train. Anne and Marco appear to have a wonderful life: a beautiful house, a great business and a new baby. But when their baby Cora is taken from her bed, their whole world comes crumbling down and everyone starts seeing the cracks. None of the characters are particularly likable…they are all hiding secrets and filled with flaws but the twists and turns of the story create a wonderful ride. I can easily see this turned into a movie at some point. Another thriller, The Sign by Raymond Khoury, will make you second guess how you would respond to a miraculous sign. A strange and unexplainable sign sud-

denly appears above a melting polar icecap and the world takes notice. Is it a sign from God? Are we supposed to be doing something more to protect this earth? Or is this some kind of hoax? Grace Logan and Matt Sherwood are determined to figure out what the sign means and how it may be created. As they race across the globe in search of answers, they are being pursued by dangerous men with a lot of money backing them. It’s a dangerous game and time is running out for them to get to the bottom of things before the religions of the world come to blows. I’m not a big reader of romance novels but since Valentine’s Day is all about romance I thought I would give local author Jenny Gardiner’s new romance series, Royal Romeos, a try. The Romeo family owns a vineyard in Italy and in Black Sheep Romeo, Lizzie Moretti finds herself scared, alone, sick and hiding in an outbuilding on the Romeo Estate when Matteo Romeo finds her and the sparks

begin to fly. If you are looking for a bit of good old fashioned escapism…. this is it. With Italy as the backdrop and a family of Romeos it seems the perfect match for a Valentine’s read! Red Carpet Romeo comes out in February and features the Romeo family’s daughter Valentina (OK yet another Valentine’s Day plug). Valentina is a bridesmaid in her cousin Luca’s royal wedding. It’s the perfect chance to show Luca’s college friend, Parker, that she is all grown up. It’s a natural instinct for most women to want to make that one guy who rejected them regret their stupidity and that’s what this story is all about. Parker takes one look at Valentina and decides to change his mind about her…but she is having none of it. It’s a fun romp through the countryside of Italy and made me smile. So I hope your February is filled with romance and thrills…it won’t be from lack of reading material!

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a gentleman’s farm has evoked visions of leisure, recreation, a refined landscape, classical architecture, and a robust social environment. The Gentleman’s Farm: Elegant Country House Living (Rizzoli, 2016) presents 23 Virginia farms that live up to and exceed those expectations. Lavishly illustrated with opulent interior and exterior photographs, the book sets forth historical aspects of each property in a lively narrative and up-to-date interviews with current owners. Co-authors Dr. Laurie Ossman and Debra McClane met during graduate studies in architectural history at the University of Virginia. Both have a love of rural landscapes, as well as architecture and spent over two years visiting properties and conducting research. Teamed with experienced photographer Walter Smalling, Jr., the pair deliver a loving view of these farms that highlights the best of the past and the present. Keswick properties are (literally) front and center in the book. Among the estates featured are Edgewood (Keswick Vineyards), Barboursville, and Castle Hill, which graces the front cover. Nearby farms include Mount Sharon in Orange, Edgemont in Albemarle, and the ever-present Monticello. The book’s gaze extends from the Eastern Shore to Jefferson’s Poplar Forest near Lynchburg with properties that span the four-hundredyear-old tradition of gracious rural living in the Commonwealth. The Gentleman’s Farm examines an ideal way of life. The first section in the book, “Establishing an American Tradition,” showcases well-known farms, notably Mount Vernon and Monticello. Following the Revolution, the American farming expressed independence from the aristocratic tradition, promising an opportunity to elevate one’s self from yeoman to gentleman. An agrarian lifestyle led to personal fulfillment and, as Jefferson postulated, to virtue and an independent citizenry. Until the midnineteenth century, however, slavery overshadowed much of America’s early

the Zonin family and winemaker Luca Paschina have embraced the Jeffersonian ideal by loving the land and the history, and producing wines that compete successfully on a world-class level.

struggle to fulfill this ideal. Castle Hill, which begins the second part of the book focusing on “Reinventing and Refining Tradition,” holds ties to the very founding of Virginia agriculture and its role as literary muse is highlighted. Home to Dr. Thomas Walker— physician, explorer, and war hero—in the eighteenth century, the house took on a literary air while occupied by his granddaughter Judith and her politician/ historian husband, William Cabell Rives. William penned a three volume biography of James Madison and Judith wrote numerous novels; their granddaughter, Amelie, world-renown author and ravishing beauty, lured artists and writers to the estate and imbued the property with a romantic and mysterious air. The literary airs remain at Castle Hill thanks to current owners Ray and Stewart Humiston’s restoration of the house and patronage of the Castle Hill Readers and Writers Retreat. Here, established and aspiring writers can find inspiration in the surrounding rural landscape and find a quiet place to dream and write. Also featured in the second part of the book is Edgewood, another former Rives family estate located just across Gordonsville Road from Castle Hill. The main dwelling dates to 1911 and was built for New York-born ambassador George Barclay Rives, who was

a direct descendant of the Meriwether family (recipient of the aforementioned land grant). As the book details, Rives met architect Waddy Wood—a native of Ivy--¬¬¬while in Washington and engaged him to build the Colonial Revival house at the heart of the property. Current owners, Al and Cindy Schornberg, have brought their own family traditions to the farm, establishing Keswick Vineyards in 2000. Inspired by stories of his grandfather’s winemaking in France, Al found the perfect pastoral setting for his new vineyard in Edgewood. In the few years that Keswick Vineyards has been producing, they have garnered numerous awards including last year’s Governor’s Cup for their Cabernet Franc Estate Reserve (2014). The third and final section of the book, “Sustaining the Tradition,” focuses on present-day farms that embrace the tradition of country life, while pursuing it in new ways of sustainable land practices, respect for farm animals, and re-creation of lost landscapes. Among these farms is Barboursville, now almost a “granddaddy” among Virginia’s wineries. The book traces the rich history of this property to James Barbour, Governor of Virginia and heralded farmer of Merino sheep and fast thoroughbreds, and the Jeffersondesigned house that was ruined by fire on Christmas Day 1884. Fulfilling Jefferson’s dream of a fine Virginia wine,

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Not far away just outside of the Town of Orange, lies Mount Sharon. The present house, the third at this site, is a nearly perfect example of Georgian Revival architecture, designed by Louis Bancal LaFarge in 1937. When the current owners, Charlie and Mary Lou Seilheimer, moved in the house was in good shape and needed little attention. The landscaped gardens behind the house, however, had nearly disappeared. The Seilheimers undertook the resurrection of the gardens under the able guidance of Charlottesville-based landscape architect Charles J. Stick, whose immediate reaction to the site was “it’s all about the view.” And what a view! Extensive vistas to the west and to the east rival any in the area. With the rolling Piedmont around it, Stick drew on his understanding of the Palladian tradition of placing the house within the garden and connecting the two through design. Mount Sharon’s new gardens, based on these classical ideas, enhances the enjoyment of the surrounding natural landscape, while elevating the immediate setting of the house. In the end, The Gentleman’s Farm shows us that today’s gentlemen (and gentlewomen) farmers are bringing new perspectives and ideas to the traditional field of agriculture—respecting and learning from the old ways and serving as stewards of multigenerational legacies. “The Gentleman’s Farm is available online at www.rizzoliusa.com and Amazon, and is also available locally at New Dominion Bookshop on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville.”

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Manning Brothers on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' BY WINKIE MOTLEY

Bradford and Bryan Manning knew they

formed the brothers that she would like to buy a shirt and jokingly brought out a giant checkbook. In it, there was a check for $30,000 from DeGeneres and publishing company Shutterfly.

were going on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” but they did not know exactly what the host had in store for them. The brothers, who live with a degenerative eye disease called Stargardt disease, launched their clothing company, “Two Blind Brothers,” this summer to raise funds for blindness research and new gene and stem cell therapies that could slow or even reverse vision loss. Neither brother takes a salary from the company, relying on income from their day jobs in New York City.

Everyone in the audience received a shirt, and the Mannings walked off the stage knowing that they can now do even more to spur the research that could change their lives and the lives of millions around the globe.“We are overwhelmingly grateful,” Bradford Manning said. Most of the money, he said, will go directly to the research programs that the company supports, perhaps with some reserved for future marketing campaigns or other efforts to raise awareness and funding for promising new research. Read more about the Manning brothers and the story behind their company In Keswick Life’s June issue (www.KeswickLife.com) .

“Instead of letting their diagnosis set them back, it became their mission to help others,” DeGeneres told her audience before welcoming the brothers onstage. Bradford,, graduated from the McIntire School of Commerce in 2007. His younger brother, Bryan, graduated in 2013 with a degree in statistics. Both brothers now live in New York City. “It was very surreal,” Bradford Manning

said of taking the stage with DeGeneres. “In awarding Ellen the Medal of Freedom, President Obama remarked that Ellen makes you laugh at something, rather than someone. We really admired that. Learning how to laugh at yourself and have a sense of humor is very important for anyone going through unique

challenges.” DeGeneres, who regularly spotlights charitable causes on her show, questioned the Mannings about their disease and their company, which sells casual shirts in long and short-sleeved styles. Near the end of the segment, she in-

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COMMUNITY A complaint, was filed December 30 in

Albemarle County Circuit Court by a group of concerned Albemarle citizens against the Foxfield Racing Association to prevent the racecourse and surrounding land from being sold. The complaint alleges that the Foxfield Racing Association has attempted to sell 137 acres or have it listed for sale. At issue is whether the last will and testament of the late Mariann S. de Tejada should be held in perpetuity according to her wishes. Her will states “That is to apply all my time, energies and financial resources to the perpetuation of the Foxfield Races in Albemarle County for the recreation, education and enjoy-

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ment of the people of Albemarle County and their friends and visitors and of Virginia who appreciate equestrian sports, competition and related activities,” she wrote. The plaintiffs in the case argue they are all beneficiaries of the trust and are thus entitled to a ruling because they are all “concerned citizens and owners of land” near the property. The suit states that de Tejada purchased the property in 1973 from Grover Vandevender, the huntsman for the Farmington Hunt Club. De Tejada was the original president of Foxfield Racing and helped incorporate Foxfield Steeplechase Inc. to carry on equestrian pursuits in Vandevender’s honor

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and memory. When de Tejada died, she was president of Foxfield Racing. Benjamin Dick was vice president and served as one of the co-executors of her will. The property passed into the hands of Foxfield Racing on May 7, 1987. Benjamin Dick had by that point become president. The suit seeks a judgment on whether the Foxfield property should be held perpetually in trust and whether the current owners can sell any portion of the 137 acres on which the races are run. The suit also seeks an injunction requiring the races to continue “in the normal course of business.”The plaintiffs in the

case are John H. Birdsall, Harry Burn, Reynolds Cowles, Landon Hilliard, Kiwi Hilliard, John G. Macfarlane III, Dudley Macfarlane and Jack Sanford Jr. The Foxfield website states that the Spring Races will be held on April 29. The beneficiary of the race will be International Neighbors Charlottesville. The land is located within Albemarle’s rural area and could be developed. “The number of lots that could be created would depend on several things, including how many development rights it has, whether or not there were any conservation easements on the property,” said county planner Elaine Echols.

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Privileged Fishing I turned south on the dirt road out of

Craig, Montana, drove about a mile along the river and parked at a familiar spot - a slight rise overlooking the large corner pool that local anglers call “the bay of pigs”, presumably for the monster fish that inhabit its depths. I sidled down the first hill, then clambered over a railroad car that was part of a 5-mile string that the BNSF Railway had left on the tracks for the past six months, either due to the downturn in the economy or as punishment to the locals for voting down the conversion of the trunk line’s tracks into a bike path, dependent on whose version of the truth you chose to believe. After jumping off the railroad car, I slid down the grass on the next hill to the water’s edge, walked downstream to the first bend in the river, and began looking for noses and tails. It was late July, about six in the evening on one of America’s great trout rivers. Prime time. From where I was standing, I could see up and down the broad Missouri for nearly a mile. Not another wade fisherman was in sight, even though both banks within my view (and all of the ten miles or so further upstream to the dam), are accessible to the public for wade fishing. As no fish were rising, my mind wandered, and I thought about how fortunate it is that I can drive along a river and walk in to fish almost any spot that I please. In the previous four days, I had a similar experience on two other legendary Western rivers – the Henrys Fork and the Madison – walking the banks and wading for many miles. Of course, most of our rivers can be accessed the same way. But, it is not everywhere thus. Just a few weeks earlier I had spent four days fishing one of the legendary trout streams of Europe – Austria’s Traun River –an hour east of Salzburg. Prior to that, I had fished (while Ann toured) the Loue River in eastern France with the Fario Club (the fly fishing club of Paris) for our annual outing, along with guests from the London and Munich Fly Fishing Clubs. The Loue is a beautiful river, and we had access to about six miles of it (all of which was private) through the extraordinary generosity of Fario Club members. Although the fishing was fine, it may have been surpassed by the food and wine, although my recollection of that is somewhat dimmed from overindulgence. Luckily for me, one thing I did recall was that a member of the Munich Club had provided me with an introduction to his friend, Erhard Loidl, a part owner of a fly shop on the Traun. After dropping Ann off for her sojourn at a spa hotel in the charming Austrian lakeside town of Fuschl am See, I arrived

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at my hotel, the Wirt am Bach in Oberweis, near the Traun, and was greeted by Erhard. The Traun is restricted to fishing by permit, and only a few are available to the public for a daily fee of about S115 each. It’s a large river, flowing for 100 miles before reaching the Danube, and each of its angling sections has a different name. My permit covered an 8-mile stretch called the Gmundner Traun, which flows out of the Traunsee, a large lake girded by impressive snow-capped peaks. The Traun is a venerable fishery. Local records indicate that in the year 1360, a wealthy trader acquired the right “to fish for grayling and trout by means of feathered hooks” from the abbot of Lambach Monastery. That precedes the earliest known mention of fly fishing in English literature by 136 years. Sir Humphrey Davy, an Englishman who was the world’s greatest chemist during the first half of the 19th Century, the inventor of one of the earliest light bulbs, and a prominent angling author, praised the Traun’s beauty and its fish in his 1828 classic Salmonia or Days of Fly Fishing. The mid-20th Century writer and legendary international angler, Charles Ritz (also of hotel fame), was a devotee of the Traun. The prospect of fishing a river with such a storied history and tradition was exciting. Although the Gmundner Traun flows through a busy, developed suburban area, it is gin clear and pristine. The river can rarely be seen from the road. Many of the fishing access points are very hard to find, and Erhard’s tour of them no doubt saved me many hours of frustration. Walking trails lead from the access points to the river and follow most of its length. The portion of the river that I fished was lined on both sides by a forest of mature trees, giving the feeling of fishing in a remote wilderness. The water was high for late June, and Erhard cautioned me that many good fishing spots would be inaccessible for wading.

Although we saw few flies on the river, he suggested that a large green caddis, fished on the surface or below, would likely be the ticket, which proved accurate. As we stood above a riffle swapping fishing stories, I hooked several rainbows as my fly aimlessly bobbed up and down in the water – a good sign. I asked Erhard about other Austrian rivers that he might recommend. He responded that Austria had the finest and most diverse trout fishing in Europe – but that all rivers are private. Most fishing rights are controlled by individuals, clubs or hotels and those that are accessible to the public require a permit, which often must be reserved in advance for a fee that is sometimes well in excess of what I was paying. I inquired how young people learn to fly fish. The answer is that they usually don’t unless they have a mentor who has fishing rights on a river, or they can learn on a lake. We discussed the relative merits of the American and Austrian systems, with Erhard pointing out the effectiveness of their system which puts fishing rights in the hands of those who are invested in, and are zealous about, protecting the fisheries from environmental abuse and overfishing, and me emphasizing that our system gives access to a valuable and pleasurable resource to those without power or wealth and creates wide public support for preservation of the fisheries. The Austrian system is the same as has existed throughout Europe for centuries, and is unlikely to change. Nor is ours. The discussion gave me a new appreciation for the privilege of my unfettered access to most American rivers. Would I trade this for private control (if I could afford and obtain it) of a few fine rivers near my home? Fortunately, there is no need for me to ponder this question. The last stop on Erhard’s introductory tour was his fly shop in Steyermuhl, downstream from Oberweis. I bought some of his innovative caddis patterns, and he gave me a signed copy of the im-

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pressive book on entomology for European fly fishers that he and his partners produced in 2002, which is now available in many languages (not English). I can read scarcely a word of the German text, but it is beautifully produced with remarkable photographs of insects. Erhard then took me down a trail near the shop to a spot where the river backed up behind a weir, forming a large deep pool. He said that it was called “the place where fish always rise”. It was living up to its reputation at that moment, as many large fish were dimpling. The problem was getting a cast to them. The only place to stand was a narrow ledge about fifteen feet long in front of a wall, and a roll cast was required. Erhard pointed out to me that they were feeding on the small spinners (the stage in the mayfly’s metamorphosis after mating and egg laying, that lasts a few hours, just before death) that were on the water, and that, as I cast to them, they would spook, continually moving further away. They did. After about half an hour observing my futility, he left to drive to his home in Vienna, and I returned to the hotel to unpack. While walking back to the car Erhard pointed out a large pike lounging in a few feet of water near the bank. He said that pike of over 40 pounds had been caught in the river. I salivated. That evening I couldn’t resist returning to the place of the rising fish – and they still were. I tied a small spinner on a very light leader, and began casting. Surprising myself, I hooked four fish. The first one showed why Traun rainbows are known for their fighting qualities. It took out line rapidly, got into my backing, then broke off. I changed to a slightly heavier leader and managed to land one of the other three – a beautifully colored and feisty 3-pound rainbow. While fishing, I witnessed something that I had not observed before. A group of about a dozen ducks were circling the pool, feeding voraciously on the spinners that blanketed the surface, and every half hour or so they would come around in front of me. They didn’t spook the fish, but during the ten minutes or so before they moved on, I had to suspend casting to avoid hooking a feathered sipper. I don’t know if the catch and release fishing regulations applied to ducks. The next morning I walked down a driveway near the hotel, then through a yard to a section that has a series of islands. No fish were rising, so I put on a caddis nymph. On the third cast I hooked and landed a nice rainbow. Minutes later a brown, then a grayling and, finally, a beautiful brook trout. Four varieties in about an hour, while hardly moving. When I returned to the fly shop, I men-

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he Virginia Historical Society is pleased to announce that Altria Group has agreed to sponsor the VHS’s newest exhibit, “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashionrose for Changing immediately and ate. It Times.” rolled and I my carelessness, out of my mind. Opporcould see that it was very large, undoubt- tunities to catch unusually large fish are edly one of the biggestexhibit fish ofwill my run life.from A rare. Why2015 am Ithrough not more disciplined The nationally touring October January 2016 and and brown trout I guessed, given that it was patient? How many more nice fish must will be shown in the VHS’s newly created changing exhibition space, one of the project feeding in slow water. After several long, I lose before I learn to take better care goals of its $38-million “Story of Virginia powerful runs, I got it to within about Campaign.” of my leader? Am I too old to shed my

ten yards of me, and the line broke. On bad habits? If only I had gotten the fish The exhibition of neat, 35 costumes accessories thesee popular PBS examination, theconsists break was with no and in close to wherefrom I could it, I would curlicue that would indicate a failed knot have felt much better. I was disconsoMASTERPIECE Classic program. Visitors will be able to explore the lives of Downton’s that I had tied. In my fashion, late. But then IWar remembered aristocratic inhabitants and theirI mentally servants during the World I period. the large beat myself up for not having checked pike that Erhard showed me and his tale for knots caused by my poor casting, or of the giants that inhabit the river, par“Altria has in a long historybefore of support arts,” said Jack Nelson, Vice abrasions, the leader tryingfor for theticularly in slower water. Executive Yes, of course, President and Chief Technology Group, Board Viceteeth Chairman, such a nice fish. To punish myselfOfficer, for my Altria it was a pike,and whose sharp would inattention to detail, I quit the river, easily to cutsupport a trout leader. So, it wasn’t my Virginia Historical Society. “And we and are pleased the Virginia Historical returned to my car to go pick up Ann and fault. I was innocent. It was unavoidable. Society as it brings traveling exhibitions like ‘Dressing Downton’ to our hometown. drive on to Salzburg. I wasand redeemed - and quite pleased that I This exhibition will be a great draw for residents visitors alike.” had found the obvious answer. On such If there is a lovelier country than Austria, a slender thread hangs my optimism re“We are excited to have Group sponsor this nationally touring I haven’t been there. TheAltria scenery around garding my next fishing trip.exhibition of Downton said Paul Levengood, President and CEO of the Virginia the manyAbbey lakes costumes,” east of Salzburg is spectacular. But even “There with such distraction, Historical Society. are amany real-life American connections to Downton Abbey, as Ithis drove I couldn’t get the lost fish, and mission to bring our history to life. During and exhibition complements the VHS the late 19th century, and right up to the outbreak of World War I, hundreds of American women visited England and Europe hoping to marry aristocrats. The series character, Lady Cora, the Countess of Grantham is one such American woman.”

The exhibition and the two major exhibitions that follow it are part of the $38-million “Story of Virginia Campaign,” of which more than $31 million has been raised. “The Story of Virginia Campaign” is designed to help the VHS better utilize portions of its existing facility. This will allow for the display of even more of the Society’s collections as well as hosting more and larger events and exhibitions. Future changing exhibitions will include “The Art of Seating: 200 years of American Design,” which will feature works by John Henry Belter, George Hunzinger, Herter Brothers, Stickley Brothers, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles & Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, and Frank Gehry and many more. “Pro Football Hall of Fame: Gridiron Glory,” another upcoming VHS changing exhibition, will highlight such storied objects as the Super Bowl trophy, a 1917 game ball used by Jim Thorpe and the Canton Bulldogs, Tom Dempsey’s famous kicking shoe created for his half foot, Mean Joe Greene’s jersey, and more than 200 other items from the sport’s rich history, normally housed at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Admission to each of these special exhibitions is free for Virginia Historical Society members. The Altria Group sponsorship of “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times” is part of a $250,000 total commitment that also includes support for the installation of a new “Story of Virginia” exhibition, which is slated to open in late summer 2015. Altria Group has been a major supporter of the VHS and the “Story of Virginia” exhibition since its first iteration in 1992, as well as leading the charge for its transformation to an online exhibition in the early 2000s. Altria Group’s most recent commitment will help the Virginia Historical Society make Virginia’s history relevant, exciting, and accessible to present and future generations.

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been 60 years since William Faulkner first came to the University of Virginia as the Balch Writer-in-Residence. In February, the University is marking the diamond anniversary of the Nobel Prize-winning writer’s arrival on Grounds with an exclusive new exhibition.

numerous successful films, the best-known of which were “To Have and Have Not” and “The Big Sleep,” both staring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.

The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library will open “Faulkner: Life and Works” on Feb. 6. “The exhibition covers two bodies of work. There are the literary works that Faulkner composed, and then there’s the person who he became over the course of his life,” Special Collections Curator Molly Schwartzburg said. “We know that Faulkner liked constructing and playing with personae. The most famous – or infamous – example of this was that he pretended that he had been wounded in WWI and he hadn’t. He loved performing that tall tale.”These different personae come to life throughout the exhibition. Along with the largest collection of Faulkner manuscripts in the world, the UVA Library also holds a great deal of the writer’s personal effects, letters, interviews and audio recordings, all of which shed light on the many facets of his identity. Born William Cuthbert Falkner, Faulkner added the ‘u’ to his last name shortly after returning from a few months of training in Canada as a cadet in the British Royal Air Force. This change in spelling was accompanied by an affected British accent and a fake limp he claimed he acquired in an equally false wartime plane crash. While he kept his RAF jacket (pictured above left with one of his tweed jackets) and the added ‘u,’ Faulkner’s inhabitance of the British soldier character was otherwise short-lived. Still, it was the beginning of a trend that could be traced throughout his life. He often adopted the traits of the type of character he felt he should be at any given time. “There were some personae that he really liked to inhabit, like that of the farmer from Mississippi. And then there were others that were thrust upon him, like that of the Nobel Prize-winner,” Schwartzburg said. “The exhibition looks at how he is constructed through time, both by his own motivation and by circumstance.”A look at early handwritten manuscripts, like the one for >>>

Faulkner’s short story, “A Rose for Emily,” offers a window into the mind of Faulkner as a young writer. Many handwritten manuscripts were donated to UVA by the William Faulkner Foundation a few years after his death in 1962. Through the foundation and the efforts of many other generous donors over the years, the library has amassed a staggering collection of originals like the “Rose for Emily” manuscript. Visitors to the collection will even get a glimpse of never-beforedisplayed acquisitions such as the original bound typescript of Faulkner’s first collection of poems, “Vision in Spring.” In addition to his creative work as a writer, the exhibition also highlights Faulkner’s efforts as a visual artist. He often painted and sketched images and used his skills to help map out his stories depicting the fictional universe of Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi. Guests can take a deep dive into that universe through the “Digital Yoknapatawpha” project led by UVA English professor Stephen Railton. With interactive maps and timelines, this project places readers inside Yoknapatawpha and catalogs the progression of characters, places and events there. The exhibition will have a touchscreen portal where visitors can explore various aspects of this ongoing project. In the early 1930s, Faulkner adopted an additional creative identity: Hollywood screenwriter. He worked in Southern California on and off for more than a decade, collaborating primarily with director Howard Hawks at several different studios. Hawks and Faulkner had

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Along with photos and belongings from Faulkner’s time in Hollywood, the UVA exhibition also contains classic movie posters from popular film adaptations of Faulkner’s work such as “The Sound and the Fury.”Speeches and interviews that Faulkner gave throughout the 1940s and 1950s indicate that he felt it was his duty to use his celebrity status for good. He traveled throughout Asia, Latin America and Europe advocating for peace.“When he won the Nobel – not long after World War II – he used his acceptance speech to discuss the atomic bomb. He was clearly deeply affected by the war and felt strongly that if he could play a role toward peace among nations, he should,” Schwartzburg said. Faulkner’s years of international travel overlapped with his time at the University, where he served in one capacity or another from 1957 until his death in 1962. It was during this same time that he also began to directly address one identity he had inhabited his whole life, that of the white Southern man.“You can’t easily summarize Faulkner’s views on racial attitudes or views on integration or racial justice,” Schwartzburg said. “It’s surprisingly complicated. Every time I think I know what his position was, I encounter another document with a very different view. Our display tries to show how his views shifted from moment to moment. “I hope the exhibition encourages more people to read and think about Faulkner’s non-fiction writings on race – both public statements and in his private correspondence – and how they might help us understand the complex range of white Southern views on this topic in the 1950s.” The full exhibition will be open from Feb. 6 to July 7, and readers can also attend a celebration of “Faulkner: Life and Works” on Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. Additional details are available here.

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