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Grace Church welcomes

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Traffic Calming for the Rt. 22/231 Corridor

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Keswick Hound andHorse Shows Winners plus much more

Freezing His Whiskers Off!

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The Wrap Up of the Grace Church Farm Tour

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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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Interview with a Huntsman

also: guide to the Blessing of the Hounds, horsin’ around, keswick tales and much more

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Beyond the Gates

horsin around, the keswick scene and much more

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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

also: only in keswick, life happens, horsin’ around, overheard, keswick scene and much more

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Summertime!

Farm Tour Guide

Hot Dog Parties

Go Behind The Gates

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also: only in keswick, life happens, travel journal, 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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Winners!

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

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Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs - November 2015

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Blessed

all give thanks for living the Keswick Life! also: life happens, what’s cooking, only in keswick, overheard, keswick scene and much more

Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs - December 2015

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Tis the Season

No more winter –

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

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

Make it Merry!

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

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Local Nate Anda Finds His Way along a Culinary Road also: life happens, what’s cooking, only in keswick, overheard, keswick scene 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

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

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Butcher, Chef and Partisan

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Beyond the Gates

Insiders Guide to the Grace Church Historic Farm Tour

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

Unseasonable Warmth

Brings Early Spring also: horsin' around, overheard, keswick scene, opinion, travel, only in keswick and much more

Garden Week in Full Bloom also: horsin' around, overheard, keswick scene, travel, only in keswick and much more

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Horse Show Month Meet Lindsay also: horsin' around, overheard, keswick scene, travel, only in keswick and much more

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Beyond the Gates

The Insiders Guide to the 8th Annual Grace Church Country Fair and Farm Tour also: horsin' around, overheard, keswick scene, opinion, travel, only in keswick and much more

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Summer's Officially Here

Train Spotting at Keswick Station

also: overheard, going out, keswick scene, only in keswick, neighbors and much more

also: overheard, going out, keswick scene, only in keswick, happenings and much more

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Huntsman Arrives at Keswick Hunt Club also: going out, only in keswick, overheard, keswick scene, happenings and much more

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New President for Wahoowa also: travel, going out, only in keswick, overheard, community, happenings and much more

Lifestyles in Keswick and its environs - October 2017

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Chasing also: life, going out, only in keswick, overheard, community, business insider and much more

Lifestyles in Keswick and its environs - November 2017

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Traditions Live On

The Virginia Field Hunter Championship also: travel, going out, overheard, only in keswick, on screen, what's cooking and much more

Lifestyles in Keswick and its environs - December 2017

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Out in the Cold!

Keswickians Seek New Watering Hole

At Long Last

Keswick Hunt Club Prepares for Major Renovations

also: going out, overheard, only in keswick, bookworm, travel and much more

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Blessed

Blessing of the Hounds honors a timeless Keswick tradition on Thanksgiving Day also: update, only in keswick, community, what's cooking, overheard and so much more

Lifestyles in Keswick and its environs - December 2018

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There Goes Santa

Christmas Giving Stories, VHSA Inducts Two Keswickians and Shortbread Cookies also: horsin around, only in keswick, community, what's cooking, overheard and so much more


LOCAL PRESENCE, GLOBAL REACH BARTERBROOK FARM C. 1900 3-bedroom renovated farm house with 3 functioning fireplaces, flagstone terraces and covered porches, weatherboard siding and copper roof, gutters and downspouts, open kitchen and floor plan, outdoor jacuuzzi spa, beautiful woodwork inside.. Beautiful country home with tree lined approach set on 33-acres in the South West Mountains 10 miles north of Charlottesville. A timber frame workshop/garage with woodstove, electricity and roughed in plumbing. A rustic retreat barn completely renovated as a second home with full kitchen and bathroom and two stories. This building is a gem and has to be seen to be believed. MLS 584756. Murdoch Matheson 434.981.7439 2029 HESSIAN ROAD - First time offered in its 64 year history. This W.N. Hale designed home is unique and exceptional. Located in a highly sought after city neighborhood on just under six-tenths of an acre, this cozy 2 bedroom gem offers charm and quality with a comfortable floor plan. Close to Barracks Road and UVA. Murdoch Matheson 434.981.7439

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1868 FIELD ROAD - Exceptional Rugby residence situated on an idyllic road with no through traffic and within walking distance to UVA. This home’s superb floor-plan includes an elegant first-floor master, generous-sized bedrooms, and a finished walk out basement. The custom kitchen equipped with Wolf/Sub-Zero appliances and open to the living room provides a focal point of the main level. Plenty of outdoor living space on the rear deck with screen porch and four wood burning fireplaces inside make for unique gathering and entertaining options. Heated floors, integrated burglary/fire protection, Lutron automated lighting, surround sound, and a custom wine cellar are some of the features of this beautiful home. MLS 584758. $1,495,000. Yates McCallum 415.994.2464

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RIDGEVIEW

15-acre Custom Country House

Milton Road, Charlottesville VA - 8 miles to DownTown Mall, Charlottesville Main House over 5,000sf features: 4 Bedrooms, 3 1/2 Baths, 2 Fireplaces, Open Floor Plan, Gourmet Kitchen, Large Master Suite with Marble Bathroom, Family, Dining & Living Areas, Game Room, Exercise Room, wood floors, high quality and energy efficient construction. Cottage with 1600sf for workshop, guest house or studio. Planned 8-stall Stable. 2-Bay Garage for oversized vehicles. Peaceful Country Setting. mls.584839 offered for $980,000 Contact Duke & Sharon Merrick for more information:

Licensed in Virginia and North Carolina

Office: 434-951-5160 or Mobile: 434-962-5658 DukeandSharon@KeswickProperties.com www.KeswickProperties.com Ednam Hall • 1100 Dryden Lane Charlottesville, VA 22903

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FAIRVIEW - c. 1856 brick Georgian manor home. 9,000 s.f. with 11’ ceilings and heart pine floors. Fireplaces, original moldings and woodwork. 5 bedrooms and guest cottage. Formal gardens and rose garden, Farm managers house, horse facilities and equipment barns. Incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in Somerset, VA. MLS 585034. $2,975,000.

BLOOMINGDALE - c. 1840, Bloomingdale is a noteworthy Orange County, VA historic property located in the heart of Somerset. The Federal manor has a magnificent center hall with grand proportioned rooms (11 ft. ceilings on main floor) and fireplaces in every room (8 total). Geothermal heating and air, renovated sun porch saltwater pool, incredible Southwest and Blue Ridge Mt. views. MLS 567939. $1,275,000.

7 ON THE COVER Looking Back at 2018! The Year In Review Issue

As is the tradition, on the cover, was an excellent review of where we have been

in 2018! As we began the New Year we wanted readers to take a moment to look back, so we'd pulled together the best from 2018 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 2018 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. Read all about it on page 8.

BARTERBROOK FARM - c. 1900 3-bed renovated farm house with 3 fireplaces, terraces and porches, copper roof, open kitchen and floor plan, outdoor spa, beautiful woodwork. 33-acres. Workshop. Barn completely renovated as a second home with full kitchen and bathroom and two stories. This recreational guest house/retreat is a custom build and a must see. MLS 584756. $1,695,000.

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12 COMMUNITY The University of Virginia recently announced plans to establish a School of Data

Science, an effort made possible in part by the largest private gift in the institution’s 200-year history. UVA announced its plan for the school and the supporting gift of $120 million during a ceremony in the Rotunda Dome Room. The School of Data Science – UVA’s 12th school and the first established since 2007 – will position the University as a global leader in efforts to improve society through teaching and research based on the powerful, emerging field of data science.

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13 KESWICK SCENE Molly and Robert Hardie, owners of Keswick Hall, are pleased to announce the re-

sort’s multimillion-dollar transformation and partnership with globally renowned Chef Jean- Georges Vongerichten, who will oversee the property’s culinary operations. The renovation will be unveiled in spring 2020 with a Grand Opening to follow. Get the full story on page 13.

15 WHAT'S COOKING Sam Johnson's Southern Style comes through with this Kale and Yellow Pepper Frit-

STONE’S THROW Exceptional 42 acre country property with all the amenities. The 6-bedroom house completed in 2005 has every luxury you could hope for with an open f loor plan and first f loor master suite, exercise room and media, infinity pool and pavilion overlooking the gardens lawn and horse facilities (7-stall barn). Privacy and proximity to Charlottesville (12 min) with big views to the SW and unforgettable sunsets.

tata. This colorful frittata is packed with flavor and is incredibly versatile—Sam says, "almost any combination of blanched or wilted greens and veggies will do." Serve up and sure to please a room full of friends on a cold winter brunch, surely for all in Keswick to enjoy.” Get step by step instructions on page 15!

18 BOOKWORM January tends to be a month of winding down, clearing up clutter and cleaning up

your decorations from Christmas and your bills from the same. Suzanne Nash, our columnist, says, "I don’t consider it a fun month, although the snow made it a bit more exciting. I believe it’s always good to save my thrillers and suspenseful reads for January to get your heart pumping a bit. If you want some adrenaline in your life this month try one or two of the following novels." Read her reviews on page 18. MLS 585648 $3,250,000

Murdoch Matheson 434.981.7439 Murdoch.Matheson@Sothebysrealty.com 23 THE LAST WORD Colin Dougherty takes us on a tasting at Castle Hill Cider. Nestled on 600 acres against the Southwest Mountains in the picturesque Keswick countryside, the tasting room is open year-round and welcomes visitors for flights, glass, and bottle sales. Read all about their achievements, methods, and award-winning cider, page 23.

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earned an amazing honor at the National Football League Honors ceremony as the Philadelphia Eagle was named the 2018 Walter Payton Man of the Year. Long, who graduated from the University of Virginia in 2008, has long served the community in a myriad of ways. His Waterboys initiative works to bring clean water to communities in East Africa, while The Chris Long Foundation strives to improve educational equality, supports military veterans, and has programs to assist the homeless population.

100 + photographs and

memorabilia back on the walls of a hunt club

On and Off The Market

New to the market is 1490 Running Deer Drive with

4 beds, 3.5 baths and 2,490 sf at $575k. Lot 3 Fairway Drive, Keswick Estate, is 3 acres at $395k. A 2 acre lot on Hacktown Road is $90k and an adjacent 1.56 acre lot is $65k. 3384 Cesford Grange with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 5,820 sf is $799k and there are 6 new listings on Winding Way, Rivanna Village, between $382.975k for 2 beds and 2 baths and $429.9k for 3 beds and 3 baths.

Reduced in Glenmore is 3270 Melrose Lane with 4 beds,

3.5 baths and 3,150 sf down from $649k to $599k after 134 days. 2088 Farringdon Road with 5 beds, 5.5 baths and 7,353 sf down from $985k to $919k after 443 days. 3211 Sandown Park Road with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 5,054 sf down from $659.5k to $599.9k after 276 days and around the area 4995 Moriah Way with 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 5,373 sf on 33.3 acres down from $1.05m to $995k after 251 days.

Sold this year is 3404 Carroll Creek Road with 5 beds,

5 baths and 5,300 sf started at $1.1m, then $930k and sold at $800k. 3375 Darby Road with 5 beds, 4 baths and 4,858 sf started at $720k, then $699k and sold for $650k. 1263 Thistle Down with 6 beds, 5.5 baths and 6,389 sf on 1.1 acres listed at $869k and sold for $837.5k in 151 days. 3092 Darby Road with 6 beds, 7.5 baths and 7,832 sf listed at $829k and sold for $820k in 71 days. Around the area 4822 Barn Field Road with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 4,743 sf on 21.2 acres listed at $995k sold for $931.3k in 277 days. 4325 Bunker Hill Road with 3 beds, 1 bath and 1,500 sf on 2 acres listed at $125k and sold in a day for that price. 2047 Campbell Road with 4 beds, 2.5 baths and 2,299 sf on 6 acres listed at $299.95k and sold for $310k in 33 days. 1390 Pleasant Valley Lane with 4 beds, 1.5 baths and 1,151 sf on 2.1 acres listed at $180k and sold for $162.5k in 4 days.

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contract in Glenmore is 2453 Ferndown Lane with 3 beds, 3 baths and 2,948 sf at $589.7. 1418 Darley Row with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3,438 sf at $699.9k. 1493 Bremberton Lane with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 2,631 sf listed at $454k and down to $438k in 125 days. 434 Fenton Court with 5 beds. 5.5 baths and 4838 sf at $815k in 76 days. 3 homes on Winding Way, Rivanna Village, went under contract, and out in the area 2256 Beaverdam Road with 2 beds, 1 bath and 1,140 sf on 3.4 acres went for $166.9k in 1 day. 3384 Keswick Road with 3 beds, 1.5 baths and 1,288 sf on 6 acres went for $329k in 29 days.

Bravo Former STAB andVirginia Football star Chris Long

Spring Is Coming Punxsutawney Phil delivered good news on Groundhog

Day morning, failing to see his shadow and thus predicting an early spring is on its way, according to local lore. The festivities have their origin in a German legend that says if a furry rodent casts a shadow on February 2, winter continues. If not, spring comes early.

They’re off again, yum! Girl Scout Cookie season is one of the best times of the

year — with scouts all over the country finding creative new ways to sell cookies. Starting soon, cookie fans will have yet another reason to celebrate. For the first time since the year the Girl Scout S’mores cookie joined the sweet lineup, cookie lovers will have a new option to add to their orders of Thin Mints and Samoas: Caramel Chocolate Chip cookies. The new cookie, which will officially be released in 2019, is gluten free.

Last season, Long donated the game checks for the entire season to “educational initiatives” in Charlottesville, St. Louis, Boston, and Philadelphia. His donations, plus the ensuing Pledge 10 for Tomorrow funds-matching drive, raised $1.75 million. “I am honored to be named the 2018 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year and to join the long line of men who have received this prestigious honor. While I am officially accepting this award, we would not be able to accomplish our goals without the support and participation of countless other individuals. I am humbled by the support we have received from my peers who have donated to our various matching-campaigns, the commitment and perseverance displayed by the veterans who have climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with me each year, and the generosity of our fans who have made vital contributions to our foundation over the years. I am incredibly thankful that football has provided me with a platform to give back and I am proud that so many of my colleagues have decided to use this stage to create positive and impactful change in our local communities and around the world.” says Long.

The chewy treats are made with caramel and semisweet chocolate chips, and boast a hint of sea salt in every bite. Instead of traditional wheat flour, the cookies use oat flour as the base. The new recipe is also gluten-free, making it the second gluten-free option in the collection, following the returning Toffee-tastic. Other favorites coming back include the ever-popular Thin Mints, Girl Scout S’mores, Caramel deLites/Samoas, Peanut Butter Patties/ Tagalongs, Shortbread/Trefoils, Do-si-dos/Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Lemonades, Savannah Smiles and Thanksa-Lots.

As a result of the recognition, the NFL Foundation, Nationwide, and United Way Worldwide will donate $250,000 to The Chris Long Foundation and another $250,000 to United Way on his behalf. This is the first time in the last three seasons that Long isn’t playing in the Super Bowl as he was part of the winning New England (2017) and Philadelphia (2018) teams.

“We’re excited to announce the new Caramel Chocolate Chip cookie as part of the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie lineup,” Stewart Goodbody, senior director of communications and external affairs, Girl Scouts of the USA, told TODAY Food. “The flavor is on-trend: Chocolate and caramel cookie flavor combinations are increasingly popular among consumers.” He also cited the popularity of gluten-free options among millennial consumers as a big factor in the new flavor’s release.

are pleased to announce that they have hired Jeff Woodall to be their first whipper-in for the 20192020 hunt season.

Even though the new gluten-free addition may not be to everyone’s liking, plenty of cookie fans are already excited about the start of another selling season.Girl Scouts have been selling cookies since 1917, and, according to Goodbody, the program helps girls learn skills including “goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics.”

Coming In May The Masters and Board of the Keswick Hunt Club

Jeff hunted with Deep Run as a junior before starting a successful horse show business which he operated for 26 years. Jeff was the first whipperin at Bull Run for four years when Greg Schwartz hunted the hounds and he has been the huntsman at Old Dominion for the last four seasons where he has done a great job with the hounds. Jeff will come on board at the beginning of May.

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The Going Out Guide Mark your calendars! Save the date! Don’t be late! FOUR LEGGERS For the Love of Dogs Where: 102 The Plains Rd., Middleburg, Virginia When: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Celebrate your canine Valentine with the Nati and Em-

manuel Episcopal Church. Stories, pnal Sporting Library and Museum.Poems, and songs will honor mankind's relationship with working dogs and hounds, service dogs, and beloved pets. $10 admission, free to NSLM members. RSVP to Anne Marie Paquette, the Clarice & Robert H. Smith Educator, APaquette@NationalSporting.org, (540) 687 6542 x25

WINE CELLAR EVENT Be Mine with Wine Where: Keswick Vineyards, Keswick, Virginia When: Saturday, February 16th - 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Join us in our wine cellar for this intimate tasting of

Keswick 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 tastings will begin at 12:00 pm with seatings available every 15 minutes. Contact: Tasting Room - Phone: 434-244-3341 Email: tastingroom@keswickvineyards.com.

HISTORICAL FAMILY FUN President’s Day Weekend Where: Montpelier When: Special Tours, February 16th- 18th

Make Montpelier a part of your weekend plans - Take

specialty tours, hike 8+ miles of walking trails, peruse galleries, and enjoy award-winning barbecue! Montpelier is Offering Special Tours February 16-18. During Presidents' Day Weekend, Montpelier will be offering tours every half hour from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Specialty tours include: Saturday-Monday at 10:30 a.m.: "Madison and the Constitution" - $22/adults; $9/children 6-14; free/children under 6. Saturday & Sunday at 1:00 p.m.: "Journey from Slavery to Freedom" - Free walking/driving tour. Monday at 1:00 p.m.: "Montpelier's Enslaved Community" - Free walking tour. The Gilmore Cabin will be open Saturday-Monday 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. February 17 at 3:00 PM in the Grand Salon at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center. Linda R. Monk, constitutional scholar, journalist, and national award-winning author, will discuss her books on the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. .Contact Krista Costello at 540.672.4921 or klcostello@montpelier.org for more information.

GAME ON! UVA Men’s Basketball Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, N.C. When: March 12 – 16th

The 2019 ACC Tournament returns to Charlotte, North

Carolina, for the first time since 2008 and will take place at the Spectrum Center, with the first games tipping off on March 12. A different team has won the ACC Tournament every season since 2011 and the 2019 ACC Tournament is sure feature a number of the nation’s top teams. Virginia won the tournament for the first time since 1976 and will enter as one of the tournament's favorites. Other contenders like Duke, North Carolina, Clemson and Miami will look to prove they belong with the elite.

GARDEN SHOPPING Bees and Blooms Where: Glenmore Country Club When: Tuesday, April 9th - 10:00 AM

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Garden Club presents "Bees and Blooms" to benefit the McIntire Botanial Garden. Schedule of Events 10:00 am - Doors open Shopping commences!! 11:45am - Lunch; 12: 45 pm - Programs begin 3:00 pmShopping ends.

DISTANCE HORSE RACING Virgina Spring Steeplechasing Sunday, March 10 - 12:00 noon Blue Ridge Hunt Hunter Pace Events Trelawny Farm, Berryville, Virginia (540) 687-5449 (www.BlueRidgeHunt.org) Saturday, March 16 - 12:00 noon Warrenton Hunt Point to Point Airlie Race Course, Warrenton, Virginia (540) 270-1730 www.warrentonhunt.com Saturday, March 23 - 1:00 pm Piedmont Fox Hounds Point to Point Salem Course, Upperville, Virginia (540) 592-7100 Sunday, March 31 -1:00 pm Orange County Hounds Point to Point Locust Hill Farm, Middleburg, Virginia (540) 687-5552 - pippy@vafallraces.com Saturday, April 6 - 12:00 noon Old Dominion Hounds Point to Point Ben Venue Farm, Ben Venue, Virginia (540) 364-4573 - olddominionhounds.weebly.com Sunday, April 14 - 12:00 noon Loudoun Hunt Point to Point Oatlands Plantation, Leesburg, Virginia (703) 431-8861 Saturday, April 20 - 1:30 pm Middleburg Spring Races Glenwood Park, Middleburg, Virginia (540) 687-6545 - www.middleburgspringraces.com Sunday, April 21 - 1:00 pm Blue Ridge Hunt Point to Point Woodley Farm, Berryville, Virginia (540) 636-0500 - www.blueridgehunt.org Saturday, April 27 - 1:00 pm Foxfield Spring Races Charlottesville, Virginia (434) 293-9501 - www.foxfieldraces.com Sunday, April 28 -1:00 pm Middleburg Hunt Point to Point Glenwood Park, Middleburg, Virginia (540) 3384366 Saturday, May 4 - 1:00 pm Virginia Gold Cup Races Great Meadow, The Plains, Virginia (540) 347-2612 www.vagoldcup.com

Speakers: Dr. Josephine ("Jody") Johnson, PhD Toxicology Founder and owner of Maryland based Cullaborate LLC; Renowned for the pollinator studies she conducts around the country, her current studies include the effects of fungicides on honey bees and a nutrition study on honey bees for a company working with an east coast commercial beekeeper. Gregory Britt, Gregory Britt Designs Creates inspired flower arrangements, dream weddings, lovely cocktail parties and a myriad of events. Gregory can design your gardens, style your photo shoot and decorate your home for the holidays. For further information: www.keswickgardenclub.com

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2018

COVER STORY BY WINKIE MOTLEY and COLIN 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 2018 and put them all in one place. Keswick Life wishes you a 2019 that’s quite simply, the best!

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of where we have been in 2018! As we began the New Year we wanted readers to take a moment to look back, so we'd pulled together the best from 2018 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 2018 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.

tions. A number of members concerned about the condition of the 100 year+ Keswick Hunt Club have stepped forward with a plan and initial funding for a major renovation of the club. The Board stressed that a major consideration of the renovation was to retain the history of the building, site and structures.

As is the tradition, on the cover, was an excellent review At Long Last. Keswick Hunt Club Plans for Renova-

Keswickian Madison Fisk has a new show! She was born and raised on a horse farm in Keswick. She studied painting and video art at California Institute of the Arts and sculpture at Virginia Commonwealth University, now she has returned with a new exhibition. Tony Vanderwarker's monthly column asks, "How Cold Isn't It?" He continues, "Every winter Virginians moan and bitch about the cold. “Can you believe this weather? I’m really sick of it,� or, “I’ve had it up to here with this damn cold,� you hear from everyone. Check out the full artcile, grab a cup of coffee andget ready for a chuckle.

Show stopper! Keswick Hunt Club's 2018 Ball was one for the record books. Co-chairs Kinsey Marable and Susie Matheson wanted to do a “traditional� hunt club ball and they pulled it off elegantly. Pin lights spectacularly strung overhead set the scene.

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ia Landmark Register; an 18th century home with formal gardens and an extensive arboretum-never before on tour; a con- temporary, award-winning farmhouse; and historic Grace Episcopal Church. Visitors will travel historic roads amid scenic vistas! For the second time Coach Bennett has earned the honor of AP Coach of the Year, winning it in 2007 while at Washington State University and again this year! Did you catch a game?

April

Keswick Horse Show. This Annual Event is in its' 114th

year! The 114th Annual Keswick Horse Show presented by The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund wasagain be held at the historic Keswick showgrounds from Tuesday, May 15 through Sunday, May 20. The Keswick Horse Show, the second oldest horse show in the United States, started and continues to be a community horse show that represents the best of Virginia horseman and our community. The 2018 Garden Week featured a few Keswick stops as featured in the March issue of Keswick Life. This month, we took a look at the events of the day in our photo journal. Thousands of visitors responded with genuine interest and appreciation, oohing and ahhing.

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also: overheards, keswick scene, keswickians, streetscapes and much more also: overheards, keswick scene, keswickians, streetscapes and much more

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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

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Blessed

all give thanks for living the Keswick Life! also: life happens, what’s cooking, only in keswick, overheard, keswick scene and much more

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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

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

Make it Merry!

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

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Local Nate Anda Finds His Way along a Culinary Road

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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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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

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Virginia Field Hunter Championship Keswick's Rich History of Winners

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Butcher, Chef and Partisan

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

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Brings Early Spring also: horsin' around, overheard, keswick scene, opinion, travel, only in keswick and much more

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Horse Show Month Meet Lindsay also: horsin' around, overheard, keswick scene, travel, only in keswick and much more

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The Insiders Guide to the 8th Annual Grace Church Country Fair and Farm Tour also: horsin' around, overheard, keswick scene, opinion, travel, only in keswick and much more

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Summer's Officially Here

Train Spotting at Keswick Station

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Huntsman Arrives at Keswick Hunt Club also: going out, only in keswick, overheard, keswick scene, happenings and much more

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New President for Wahoowa also: travel, going out, only in keswick, overheard, community, happenings and much more

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Traditions Live On

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Out in the Cold!

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

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Garden Week In Full Bloom. Bucolic Keswick Hhunt

featured properties, this year's tour takes us to the bucolic Keswick hunt country of Albemarle County. On Sunday, April 22nd the House and Garden Tour visit properties, includ- ing a 1,250-acre estate on the Virgin-

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June

Summer is Officially Here! The Ninth Annual Grace

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Church Historic Farm Tour and County Fair was held on Saturday, June 8. While it could have been a little cooler, the rains held off and visitors from as far away as California, Louisiana, and New York; and from throughout the Mid-Atlantic area enjoyed dressage, competitive horse jumping, superior antiques, 4-H kids and their animals, Keswick Club hounds and wonderful historic tours. The Annual Farm Fest, the precursor to the Farm Tour and Country Fair, was held at Grace’s Parrish Hall on Wednesday evening, June 6. Delicious food by Sandy Motley and her team and a fine assortment of wines presented by Erin Scala of In Vino Veritas, helped to insure a very successful silent auction and live auction. Tufton Farm Milton Farm, Glenmore Farm, Cadeaux Show Stables Keswick Hunt Club Cloverfield’s Farm Castalia Montanova Grace Historic Church One Hundred Percent of our Farm Tour proceeds spill back into the community; it’s our Grace community working with its Keswick neighbors all to benefit those less fortunate. Because of you we will have been able to give back over $400,000 in just the last 9 years. Save the date, June 8, 2019. Thank you to everyone involved!

August Heavy Rains Rain Swollen Rivers, Storm Drains, Shops

How Lucky We Are. Reflections of Life in Keswick, Vir-

and Low-Lying Lands Flooded Rain-swollen rivers ran over roads and flooded low lying land this past month after nearly daily storms dropped as much as 5 inches of rain per hour in some areas of Keswick and its environs. Flooding forced closures of roads, trails, golf courses and shops in downtown Gordonsville. The National Weather Service warned of an additional rain and chances of thunderstorms and showers throughout the coming weeks.

ginia. Tony Vanderwarker takes the cover this month, with his piece, "How Lucky We Are," a tour of sorts of Keswick with its' stunningly beauty, lush pastures bordered with three board white fences and divided by a twisty, roller coaster road running along the Southwest Mountains. See Jefferson's “America’s Eden,” Tony words are not to be forgotten. Whether it is the Dolley Madison Ladies Luncheon guests, the youngest competitor at the Keswick Horse Show or the Virginia Hound Show, Keswick Life's May photo journal section, Kessick Scene, has all the hottest photos from the month's events in the environs. Mary Morony's column tdeals with the family – what is your deifinition? From tattoos to carping about taking out the garbage, nursing a sick child in the middle of the night, carpools, schedules, and money issues living with others no matter the relationship it can be messy work.

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Road Update. Carefully Dealing with Inevitable Change. Tony Vanderwarker takes us on a three part article which deals with the proposed Eastern Bypass road system, to the recent wrecks in the road and then to the changes along the road you may have noticed. Read all the details, keep straight along the twists and turns, and be sure to write in to Keswick Life. If you’ve driven by the Keswick Hunt Club recently, you’ve noticed the renovation work is well underway. The Devon Horse Show, since 1896, is both the oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed horse competition in the United States. Keswickians not only participated but won in their classes.

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Coles in honor of her late husband, Eddie Coles. In the early years, the purpose of the event was to encourage club members and guests to be aware of the young hounds and to have a wonderful party. Anne’s efforts for 10 years developed into a major fundraiser to benefit the hounds while continuing the tradition of a fun event. The first few years the Puppy Show was held at Cloverfields. Kenny and Ceil Wheeler then hosted at their farm, East Belmont, followed by the Puppy Show moving to the Keswick Hunt Club . Last year, Winkie and Sheila Motley hosted the show at the Hunt Club in honor of Hugh C. Motley, MFH who placed great importance on the hounds during his tenure as Master. This year due to the ongoing renovation of the Clubhouse, Kennels, Barn and Huntsman’s cottage, the Puppy Show was hosted by Will Coleman, MFH at Tivoli. The Keswick Hunt Club Foxhounds are the major resource and their lineage can be traced back hundreds of years. Without them we would not enjoy the Hunting we have today. Excitement is building as Restaurant Rochambeau prepares to open its doors later this month, on Main Street in Gordonsville. Focused on authentic French cuisine, the restaurant is located in the space previously occupied by the Restaurant Pomme for over a dozen years.

the kennel. The 8 week renovation of the Keswick Hunt Club Kennels began in mid August and was completed in mid October, 2018. The renovation design was a collaboration between Paul Wilson, KHC Huntsman and Uhler and Company, design build. The goal of the project was a complete renovation of the kennels to maximize the square footage within the existing building footprint as required by the county ordinance. The completed effort is a state of the art facility Drawing over 150 attendees, PEC held their Annual Meeting on October 21 at historic Castle Hill Farm in Keswick. First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam was in attendance and spoke about the importance of conserving lands in the state. Land conservation has long been a priority of the commonwealth, and for good reason. Nicolette Margaret Merle-Smith was married to Joel Allan Scholz on October 6th, 2018 on her parents’, Grosvenor and Rosemarie Merle-Smith, Sunny View Plantation in Louisa, Virginia. Nicolette and Joel spent the month of August in Mongolia.

handicap accessible bathrooms and entrance—changes that will update the club and add to its rental appeal. Fortunately, the threatening structural conditions were discovered just in time as the option would have been to demolish the club and rebuild it, destroying over a hundred years of tradition and memories.

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In this issue

Blessed

Blessing of the Hounds honors a timeless Keswick tradition on Thanksgiving Day also: update, only in keswick, community, what's cooking, overheard and so much more

December

Packed full issue of Christmas Cheer, including bak-

October Power

Tower Fight Are Keswick Scenic Roads and Farm Next? For the past few weeks, Dominion contractors have been constructing the foundations and erecting monopoles along Route 15 in Orange as part of the Remington-Gordonsville transmission upgrade. This is part of the first phase of the project and includes a 4.5mile stretch from Orange to near the Macmillan Publishing Services facility on Route 15. Pictured are the monopoles and lines that are replacing the older and more modest wooden frame construction. A group of property owners and other concerned citizens have begun to gather to assess the threat to Keswick farms and lands.. The group plans to lead the fight to protect Keswick environs but pressuring Dominion Energy to bury the lines as to preserve the beautiful countryside in this historic area. Sunday, October 14th, the Keswick Foxhounds “Came Home” to their new kennel. A ribbon cutting followed by a Toast to the Hounds and Keswick Huntsman, Paul Wilson blew: ”Going Home” as he led the hounds into

November

Blessing of the Hounds honors a timeless Keswick tra-

dition on Thanksgiving Day Hundreds gathered for the 90th Annual Blessing of the Hounds in Keswick early Thanksgiving morning. Keswick Hunt Club member Kim Mitchell at Grace Episcopal Church featured on the cover. The tradition at Grace Episcopal Church dates back to 1929. Many people say they can't imagine their holiday without the riders attired in their formal hunting attire, the hounds, and the horses. After the pageantry each year — the blessing, the horn call, the huntsmen and hounds set off across the countryside. The hounds follow the fox. The riders follow the houndsIt’s almost Christmas time! Tony, takes on his adventures of ordering and setting up on the most time honored Christmas Traditions - a tree! Read the calamity that only Tony can describe as if you were sitting right beside him with the box cutter in hand. When we began renovating the Hunt Club, all of us involved wondered what surprises we would find.. But our biggest surprise was that the club was in such a dilapidated state that a big wet snowfall could have collapsed the entire structure. Fixing these conditions required the novel approach of building a steel skeleton around and over the building, both built into the walls and erected on the roof to enable us to save the interior. enabling us to preserve its treasured and historic interior while we are adding a new kitchen,

ing, giving, preparing and recovering from the big holiday season! Plus two Keswickians are inducted into the VHSA Hall of Fame. A number of Keswick members and landowners were recognized at the ceremony. Hugh Wiley and Clay Camp, both former KHC members, were inducted into the VHSA Hall of Fame. WEDDINGS Jillian Grace DeVito and Pierce McCleary Derkac were married on the 3rd of November COMMUNITY The 6th annual Shop to Stop Hunger for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank was held at the Barracks Road Kroger on December 6th. The 60 second supermarket shopping spree to win the coveted Cart Away Hunger award, a reace of champtions included a team of Keswickians, Jeanne McCusker and Bob Powers.

KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its environs - December 2018

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There Goes Santa

Christmas Giving Stories, VHSA Inducts Two Keswickians and Shortbread Cookies also: horsin around, only in keswick, community, what's cooking, overheard and so much more

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UVA Plans New School of Data Science $120 Million Gift is Largest in University History

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The University of Virginia recently an-

State officials hailed the news of the new School of Data Science and its role in helping to meet Virginia’s and the nation’s surging demand for highly skilled, information-economy workers.“This is a momentous day for the University of Virginia and for the commonwealth,” Gov. Ralph Northam said. “As data increasingly becomes a bigger part of our daily lives, it is critical that we train more people with the necessary skills for 21stcentury jobs, and ensure that the information we produce is being used responsibly in service of the common good. I look forward to working with the University of Virginia to explore the many ways the School of Data Science can benefit the commonwealth and the nation.” UVA’s School of Data Science promises to be a new model for how a school functions within a higher education institution. Envisioned as a “school without walls,” it will be designed as an open ecosystem that fosters interdisciplinary research, teaching and partnerships across the University, with the private sector and with governmental entities. Phil Bourne, director of the Data Science Institute since 2017, will serve as the school’s acting dean.

nounced plans to establish a School of Data Science, an effort made possible in part by the largest private gift in the institution’s 200-year history. UVA announced its plan for the school and the supporting gift of $120 million during a ceremony in the Rotunda Dome Room. The School of Data Science – UVA’s 12th school and the first established since 2007 – will position the University as a global leader in efforts to improve society through teaching and research based on the powerful, emerging field of data science (pictured center) Jaffray Woodriff. (Photo by Sanjay Suchak, University Communications). The grant to support the establishment of the University of Virginia School of Data Science is provided by the Quantitative Foundation, a private foundation based in Charlottesville. Jaffray Woodriff, a 1991 graduate of the McIntire School of Commerce, is trustee of the foundation. His wife, Merrill Woodriff, who completed a bachelor’s degree from the College of Arts & Sciences and a master’s degree from the Curry School of Education in 1998, is a foundation director. Jaffray Woodriff is also co-founder and CEO of Quantitative Investment Management, a private investment firm also based in Charlottesville. “This is a historic announcement, both because of the gift itself and because of what it means for the future,” UVA President Jim Ryan said. “Data has the potential to shape our world in ways we are only now beginning to understand. With this gift, we have an opportunity to establish one of the first schools of data science in the nation – one driven by the discovery of new knowledge and a commitment to the public good. I am extremely grateful to the Quantitative Foundation for their generosity and vision, and I look forward to the work ahead.” The new school is still in the design phase, and the University continues to seek input and necessary approvals from multiple groups, including the Faculty Senate, Board of Visitors, and ultimately the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. It builds on a foundation set in place at UVA by the Data Science Institute, a pan- University institute established in 2013 that grants graduate degrees and has a dual mission in education and research. The new School of Data Science pro-

“UVA has the rare opportunity to create a school that embodies the principles that have made the University exceptional, while at the same time creating a forward-looking exemplar for what the future will look like in higher education,” Bourne said. “The Data Science Institute has provided a solid foundation, including best practices, a foundational team and a set of processes and protocols upon which to build.

Jaffray Woodriff, trustee of Quantitative Foundation, said the time is right for UVA to establish an even greater leadership position in education, research, policy and other applications of data science. poses to ultimately offer both doctoral and undergraduate degree programs and certificate programs, helping to meet soaring demand for qualified data science professionals in a field that plays a key role in the global information-based economy. President Jim Ryan said the new school will position UVA to meet soaring demand for highly skilled, ethical data scientists who can lead efforts to address an array of societal challenges. In addition to the $120 million grant announced Friday, the Quantitative Foundation previously has given more than $30 million to UVA, including the $10 million grant used to establish the Data Science Institute, which will be integrated into the new School of Data Science “Quantitative Foundation shares the University of Virginia’s belief that the School of Data Science will establish leadership in a field that already plays a central role in shaping our future,” Woodriff said. “The time is right to establish a school which will not only train

the finest data scientists in the world, but will also collaborate with schools across the University to evaluate and shape policy with respect to the ethical, privacy and regulatory aspects of data science application.” The foundation’s gift will support faculty and administration for the school as well as doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships, with matching funds from UVA’s Bicentennial Professors Fund and Bicentennial Scholars Fund. The gift will also support a new building for the school and an endowed fund for visiting scholars from other schools and academic units.

The school will have satellites and centers instead of departments. The satellites will be embedded in other schools to facilitate collaborative data science work in those disciplines, and the centers will be theme-based with focus areas to include data acquisition; engineering; analytics; visualization and dissemination; and ethics, policy and law.

Additional financial support will come from University funds, philanthropy and faculty research grants.The school’s establishment comes at a time when the amount of available data in the world is more than doubling every two years and there is a shortage of qualified data scientists to analyze and interpret the data and to help make data-informed decisions for the betterment of society.

The school will focus on responsible data science, striving for diversity, openness and transparency with the goal of making everything – from policies, procedures and educational materials to lab materials, data, analytics and published literature – a resource for the public good.

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KESWICK SCENE

Keswick's Renowned Country Retreat Appoints Internationally Acclaimed Chef to Helm Culinary Operations Molly

and Robert Hardie, owners of Keswick Hall, are pleased to announce the resort’s multimillion-dollar transformation and partnership with globally renowned Chef Jean- Georges Vongerichten, who will oversee the property’s culinary operations. The renovation will be unveiled in spring 2020 with a Grand Opening to follow. Enhancements will be made throughout the 198-acre resort’s public spaces and guest rooms. A brandnew guest wing will be built, including 42 additional guest rooms, bringing the number of rooms to 80. The property will also boast a new signature restaurant; a new spa and wellness center; the dramatic redesign of the infinity pool and reimagined resort grounds. Renowned Architecture firm Hart Howerton and Lighting Design firm L’Observatoire International were tapped to transform the property, implementing thoughtful designs that reflect its classic American heritage and authentic Southern hospitality. “With several new sophisticated spaces that reflect a timeless look and feel and a partnership with one of the most celebrated chefs in the world, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, we are delighted to announce the new Keswick Hall,” said Molly Hardie, co-owner of the property. Co-owner, Robert Hardie, then added, “This world-class country retreat will delight guests with its impeccable design, distinguished cuisine, upscale amenities, warm, personalized service and distinctive offerings and we cannot wait to welcome back our loyal guests and showcase how we brought this storied, grand estate into a new era.” “I love creating inspiring new restaurant concepts and menus and am excited to be partnering with Keswick Hall to bring my vision for this beautiful luxury hotel to life,” said Jean-Georges Vongerichten. “By overseeing culinary operations for the new signature restaurant, in-room dining and all catering and events, I will be given the opportunity to share a wide selection of exciting new dishes with guests and members of this charming country community.” “I have had the pleasure of working with Chef Jean-Georges previously and am delighted to bring his culinary vision and excellence to Keswick,” said John Trevenen, managing director of Keswick Hall. Surrounded by a beautiful herb garden, the new signature restaurant helmed by Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, will be the focal point of the renovation. This

ADAPTED BY KESWICK LIFE ginia landscape. The new spa will house eight treatment rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center and indoor cycling. Spa services will incorporate indigenous treatments and employ organic red flower products. Soothing water treatments and elements will also be incorporated. An impressive newly redesigned infinity pool, adjacent to the hotel, will feature breathtaking views of the stunning Virginia countryside and serve as a hallmark design feature.

(l-r): John Trevenen, Chef Jean-Georges with Molly and Robert Hardie

Keswick Hall announces multimillion-dollar makeover and partnership with Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten bistro-like venue will feature both black and white tiled and wooden floor areas, custom-made light fixtures, ceramic-face bar, stone fireplace and vibrant outside areas. Boasting expansive views of the rolling Full Cry golf course with the Virginia mountains in the distance, the dining area will delight guests with a dazzling gastronomic experience. Comprised of 130 indoor seats, 20 bar seats and 70 outdoor seats, the cozy space will showcase regional cuisine with the freshest flavors. The restaurant will feature flavorful fare that’s organic and sustainable, sourced from local family-owned food suppliers and farms. A Pétanque court will sit just outside the restaurant, where guests can partake in a relaxing game in a bucolic setting, cocktail in hand, before enjoying dinner at the restaurant. The hotel’s refined guest rooms will include four signature suites – in addition to 11 junior suites. All guest rooms will feature light colored woods, elegant furniture and classic upholstery, plush Duxiana mattresses and red flower bathroom amenities. Each high-tech room will be

outfitted with smart televisions and Lutron lighting, enabling guests to set their room’s privacy settings and lighting with a touch of a button. Vibrant photographs that imaginatively juxtapose the guest room’s sophisticated style and reflect the property’s neighboring farms, will adorn the walls. The lobby will house a cafe and a retail area offering a selection of artisanal breakfast items, fresh juices, teas and coffees in the morning, as well as a range of sundries, distinctive bathroom amenities and other goods. The newly designed ballroom will feature a pre-function area and fireplace to accommodate 210 people. There will also be several new areas ideally designed for weddings, including a spectacular natural outdoor setting, perfect for ceremonies, in addition to outdoor tented areas that can hold events for up to 400 people. World-class landscape architect firm Nelson Byrd Woltz will create an enchanting outdoor environment that will tempt guests to explore myriad walking paths and beautifully restored resort grounds – all sustainable and reflective of the native Vir-

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Keswick Hall, nestled in the heart of Virginia’s Piedmont region, among lush, rolling hills at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, will also offer exceptional local area experiences for guests. This peaceful and pastoral property will provide access and transportation to such extraordinary gastronomic and cultural experiences as visits to local wineries, craft breweries, distilleries and farms, as well as to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello plantation, James Madison’s Montpelier plantation and the University of Virginia. Originally opened in 1912 and built as a country estate for Robert Crawford, this historic Virginia gem has gone through numerous chapters and uses over the past century -- as a residence, a country club and five-star boutique hotel. With this major makeover and distinguished partnership with Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the iconic destination is now poised to become Virginia’s premier luxury hotel and dining destination. Travelers seeking a relaxing experience in the country, complete with horse trails, walking trails, exceptional dining experiences and quaint local wineries, will delight in everything this retreat has to offer.

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ONLY IN KESWICK Shoo Flu

As if slogging through winter isn’t bad

enough, when you add the threat of influenza, it turns into a really scary season. Social events are like running the gauntlet, with every hand you shake and every air-kiss you give, you’re wondering, is that the one that’s going to get me? Is it the air-kiss with Susie that’s going to bring me down, giving me hoarseness, eye and lip swelling, headaches, fever and nausea? Or the handshake with Gene that’s going to put me in bed coughing and groaning for ten days? These kind of worries can really wreck a party, leaving one wondering, did I get infected and am I going to wake up sick in the morning? It’s enough to turn you into a germophobe, squirting endless dollops of sanitizer into your palm and washing your hands so often they begin to dry and crack. Supermarket carts really give me pause. I look at them and see millions of tiny microbes swarming over the plastic handle, I mean the bubonic plague could be lurking there so I furiously wipe them down with the sanitary wipe provided. No matter how silly I look standing at the entrance of the grocery store massag-

BY TONY VANDERWARKER ing the handle of my shopping cart with a moist cloth, I’m confident I’m killing millions of tiny critters with every swipe. Every winter, there are all kinds of flu triggers that appear. Like the commercials where someone coughs and a cloud of blue smoke billows out of their mouth? That visual sticks in your mind so when someone behind you in a movie theatre coughs, you see the blue cloud seeping down into your row. When this happens, my solution is to stop breathing, hoping that the blue cloud will pass me by. Needless to say, holding your breath in a movie is not the best way to enjoy the show. But if it keeps you from getting infected, who cares? You can always watch it again on Netflix. Out in public, I have to resist the urge to hit the floor when someone emits blue smoke in front of me. Often, I’ll just quickly step aside to let the noxious blue stuff pass by. So going downtown can result in a lot of open field running, dodging this way and that, trying not to make a big thing of it so people will think you are nuts. The friendly warnings from the CDC

don’t help either. “People over 65 should be particularly cautious of situations where you can contact the flu as it can be life-threatening for older people.” I was sixty-five a long time ago, now I guess I’m a sitting duck for the flu, ready for some virus from Hong Kong or Vietnam to take me down. One little air-kiss and that’s all she wrote for Tony. So every winter is running the flu gauntlet again. Who cares about slipping on a frozen sidewalk or going off the road when you hit black ice? That’s preferable than ending up on the wrong side of the dirt just because you shook someone’s hand. When you hear that Louise has the flu, you scan your memory to see if you’d had any recent encounters with her. Even when Louise is fully recovered, you still give her a wide berth, turning your cart around at the supermarket when you see her coming down the aisle, or staying on the far side of the cocktail party and watching her warily to make sure she doesn’t invade your space and infect you. I mean, this girl had the flu and remnants could still be lurking around in her smile lines.

For me, traveling during flu season is a no-no. Getting on an airplane is like entering a flu tube and is at the bottom of my bucket list--for to me, the inside of an airplane is one dense blue cloud. Not to mention tray tables that make shopping cart handles seem harmless. Just think of all the germs lurking there. As much as I enjoy watching UVa basketball, during flu season, I turn down every invite, fearing that 18,000 people screaming and cheering will exude enough blue smoke to take down the whole crowd. Same thing goes for elementary schools, in the winter, I wouldn’t be caught dead in one. Not that I’m a hypochondriac, I just don’t want to die from going to a movie or airkissing someone. Fortunately, my wife has all kinds of preventative pills, chalky orange ones that supposedly boost your immune system, over-the-counter remedies that reduce flu’s effects, witch doctor potions like olive leaf extract and oregano oil. Normally I’m not much of a pill-popper, but during flu season, I chomp them down like candy. continued on the bottom of page 15 >>

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Unfortunately, my preoccupation with the flu makes me a pretty boring person. When someone asks me how my winter’s been going, I don’t have much to say since all I’ve been doing is keeping my head down. I can’t say, “I’ve been doing everything I can to duck the flu,” so I say, “Not much, it’s been a quiet winter.”

WHAT'S COOKING

shopping carts, holding my breath in the movies, imbibing oregano oil and staying away from JPJ,” but instead I say, “Life’s been pretty dull, how about you?”

Kale & Yellow Pepper Friatta BY SAM JOHNSON, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF CULLINARY | 1776

Asking about the other person always gets you out of a hole, so I’m home free in this conversation and just happy as hell he didn’t ask me to shake hands.

Ingredients

If they persist and ask, “Done any traveling?” I have to answer, “No, not really.”

• 4 large eggs • ½ cup milk • olive oil, drizzle • ½ cup kale, chopped • ⅓ cup yellow bell pepper, diced • salt, to taste • pepper, to taste • ¼ cup asiago cheese, shredded

Around here, people are pretty sociable, so they continue, “So what have you been up to?” I want to answer, “I’ve been wiping off

Tony Vanderwarker, raised in New England, spent a couple years at Yale and then served two years in the Peace Corps where he got bitten both by tsetse flies and the writing bug. He went to film school at NYU and made documentaries and a full length film which didn’t sell so he decided to try shorter films and went into advertising. Fifteen years later, he had his own ad agency in Chicago where he did “Be Like Mike” for Gatorade. When his partners bought him out, Tony finally had a chance to write full time. It only took him fifteen more years to finally get a book published. “Who cares?” Tony says, “some writers hit paydirt fast, others take longer. I’m just glad my time has come.” visit www.tonyvanderwarker.com

Step 1

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. Heat the olive oil in an oven-safe pan over medium-low heat. When the oil is shimmering, add the kale, bell pepper, salt, and pepper. Sauté until the pepper is tender, about 10 minutes.

Step 2

Step 3

Place the pan in the oven and broil on high until the top is lightly browned, about 4 minutes.

Step 4

Serve w/chopt kale salad and balsamic dressing to a kitchen full of friends!

Pour the egg mixture into the pan and sprinkle the asiago cheese on top. Continue to cook, pushing in the edges occasionally to make sure all the egg cooks evenly. Remove from the heat.

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FICTION

Seeing the Light It was a dull, late winter evening. Ellie had just gotten

around to washing the dinner dishes when the phone rang. “Hi, it’s Amy. Sorry to call so late. What’s happening?” “Same old, same old. I’m cleaning up in the kitchen. Joe’s watching some game. How about you?” “It’s all good. We met the that fun couple from Keswick last night - the Winchesters - at the new steak restaurant on the Mall that’s been getting excellent reviews. The steaks are super expensive, but they have a great wine list, and we loved it. Actually, though, I’m calling about the tour to Rome that I’m taking with the UVA women’s group next month. Remember, the one focusing on Caravaggio. I got a really exciting email from the booking agent saying that it’s undersold and anyone who is signed up can take a guest at half price. It’s an amazing deal.” “Wow! That’s wonderful. You know anybody who can go.” “Honestly, the first person I thought of was you. We’d have so much fun together. And you’ve never been to Italy. Now that the kids are out of the house, you need to start traveling. What do you think?” “I’d love to, but there’s no way. Joe’d be lost if I left him alone for a day, much less a week. And I know the kind of trips you take. Even half the cost would be over my budget. But, just out of curiosity, how much is it?” “Well, I’m paying $8,000 for seven days, so it would be $4,000 plus airfare. The hotels, restaurants, everything is first class, so it’s a great price. I guess it’s the recession in Europe.” “I’d love to see Rome and you know how much I loved the Caravaggio book, but I can’t even think about it. We’re saving up to redo our bathroom and there are tons of other expenses. Maybe another year when things are more settled.” “I thought you might be reluctant, so I’ve got a proposition. Larry really wants me to start traveling without him, since it’s so hard for him to get away from work and when he does, he just wants to take those boring golf trips, which I hate. But he just got a huge bonus, so I guess he’s earned the right. Anyway, he knows how much I enjoy your company, so he said that if you couldn’t afford it, then I can pay for everything. How does that sound?” “Honestly, a bit insulting. We’re not rich, but we’re not looking for handouts either. I know you mean well, but it doesn’t work for me. We’re just in different situations. Now I have to go look at the bathroom plans with Joe. I’ll see you next week at book club” “Okay. I wish I could convince you. We’d have a ball. By the way, I’m loving this month’s book. Can’t wait for you to tell me what’s wrong with it. See ya.” Ellie was hurt. In over thirty years since they had met at UVA as sorority sisters, Amy had never patronized her, despite their differing backgrounds and financial circumstances. Ellie had grown up in a modest home in Scottsville, Amy in a large house in the toney D.C.

BY CHARLES THACHER

suburb of Potomac. Ellie attended public school, while Amy was at Miss Porter’s – a fancy New England prep school for women. They both married men that they met at UVA, stayed in Charlottesville, and worked in non-profits for a few years before having two children, then quit to take care of their families. Now in their mid-fifties, they were empty-nesters but neither wanted to return to work. Ellie suspected that Joe would like her to get a job and help save for their retirement, but they had never discussed the subject. Larry and Amy were already wealthy and thoughts of a job never entered Amy’s mind. Joe still worked at the insurance company that he joined right out of college, having moved up through the ranks to become a Vice President in underwriting. He never thought about changing jobs since he would lose too much in retirement benefits. Larry had started out in a commercial bank, then moved to the private investment business, changing firms twice since, with each change bringing more money. He and Amy had a large home in town, while Ellie and Joe lived in a town house in Crozet. Larry and Joe had almost nothing in common, so the couples rarely saw each other socially, but the wives met for lunch every few weeks at Amy’s club, and at book club each month. Two days later, Joe mentioned to Ellie that Amy had called him to describe her offer, and see if he could persuade Ellie to join her on the tour. “Really? That’s obnoxious. She has no right to call you. What part of ‘no’ doesn’t she understand?” “I think maybe you’re overreacting. She likes being with you and knows that you’d love Italy. And you care so much about art. My first reaction was the same as yours. We don’t want their charity. But then I thought about the fact that they’re loaded despite Larry’s being a self-absorbed jerk and not all that bright. Frankly, it’s just a lucky accident that they’re rich, so why shouldn’t you share in some of what fell into their laps? But the most important thing is that you’d have a great time and you deserve a trip like this.” Ellie was surprised by both Joe’s enthusiasm for the trip, and how much he disliked Larry, but was still hesitant. She was proud and had always related to Amy as a peer. Accepting the offer could change that relationship. She might be like a dependent child traveling with a parent. But her concerns were trumped by the fact that ever since she had read Johnathan Harr’s wonderful book - The Lost Painting - for book club, she harbored a burning desire to see every Caravaggio painting, and she knew that there were more in and around Rome than anywhere else. No artist’s story had captured her imagination in the same way. Joe hated traveling, and she’d never get to Italy with him. So, despite being embarrassed about freeloading, that night she called Amy to say that she would go, preserving a modicum of selfesteem by offering to pay for her own flight. Amy was thrilled and spent ten minutes describing the spa, the four pools, and every other luxurious feature of the Hotel Cavalieri where they would be staying. Ellie listened though she had little interest in the fatuous embellishments that earn a hotel a fifth star. On the overnight flight to Rome, Amy sat in first class (“Larry always insisted”), Ellie in coach. Larry loaned

Amy his iPad and had downloaded a current movie for her. Ellie chose to read and sleep. As she dozed, her mind wandered between the excitement of the trip and the dilemma of how she could retain her self-respect with Amy, given her dependent position. After a morning arrival, they checked into their rooms at the Hotel, then met the other six women in the group for breakfast. One of them, Linda, who had come by herself, lived near Ellie in Crozet. They discovered that they had several friends in common. After breakfast Amy went to the spa for a massage, while Ellie and Linda toured the hotel’s impressive art collection. Later Ellie invited Linda to join them as they visited some of the City’s sites. The three had dinner at a touristy, and rather ordinary, trattoria that Amy’s guidebook had described as “exuding Roman charm and sophistication”. The next morning Amy and Ellie met at breakfast. “Ellie, you seem to like Linda, but I really hoped that we’d be together on this trip.” “Oh. I’m sorry. I thought you liked her too.” “She’s okay, but you’re much sharper and more interesting. And I invited you so that the two of us could share the enjoyment of Rome and the tour. I hope we can keep it that way.” “All right. I understand. Hey, it’s your trip, so whatever you decide is fine. We’ll all be together as a group every day, but don’t worry, I’ll come up with some explanation, so that Linda doesn’t join us in the evenings.” That day the Caravaggio tour started with a private showing at the Galleria Borghese, home of the largest collection of the master’s works. For Ellie it was the most thrilling art experience of her life. The paintings lived up to their reputations and the guide made every aspect of the artist’s creative genius come alive, just as she remembered from Harr’s book. At dinner, Amy was admiring the pictures she had taken at the Gallery on her iPhone. “The painting of David holding Goliath’s head is even more grotesque then I had imagined. I’d love to email this photo to Marian Green, since it was her idea for the club to read the book and she liked it more than anyone – well, except maybe you. But I don’t have her email address. Do you know it?” “No. But doesn’t her husband Bert play golf with Larry? His address may be in Larry’s contacts list in his iPad.” “Beyond my iPhone, I’m a computer dope. I have no idea how to access that. Maybe if I brought it to breakfast tomorrow you could do it.” “Possibly. I’ll try” At breakfast Ellie signed in to the Hotel’s wi-fi, and opened Larry’s email to his Inbox. “Uh…, he’s got an unopened message from Judy Winchester. Maybe you should look at it?” “If I open it, won’t he know it?” “You don’t have to open it. The whole message seems to be right here in the Subject. Look.” Ellie had already read the message, which she showed to Amy. It read cutely “Perfect Date. Omni at 8. Can’t wait!” Amy turned ashen, but was stolid. “Oh, I just remem-

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bered that I’ve got to take care of some things in my room. If I’m not back by the time the group leaves, then tell our guide to go without me and I’ll catch up later.” “You sure? Can I help you with something?” “No. I just have some chores to do to get ready for the day.” Without waiting for a response, she walked to the elevator. Amy missed the morning tour to The Vatican and its museum where the group saw The Entombment, another Caravaggio masterpiece. She met up with them in the afternoon to view additional works at the Galleria Doria Pamphilj and the Corsini Galleria, but barely spoke to Ellie or anyone else –seemingly going through the motions of appearing interested. Ellie loved the museums, but was too worried about Amy to fully enjoy them. She decided that at dinner she would try to find out what Amy was experiencing and if she could help. When they returned to the hotel, Amy said that she wasn’t feeling well and would skip dinner. Ellie dined with the other members of the group including Linda, who was standoffish, though Ellie didn’t care, being so distracted by her thoughts about Amy. Until the last night of the trip, Amy didn’t join Ellie or the group for breakfast or dinner, but did go on the daily tours. Ellie was frustrated that she couldn’t find a good opportunity to talk privately with her, but accepted that it was what Amy wanted. The last day, Amy asked if Ellie would have dinner with her, apart from the group, at La Pergola, the Hotel’s acclaimed “Michelin three starred” restaurant. She seemed a bit more upbeat. After exchanging some small talk Ellie confronted the issue. “Amy, you clearly haven’t been yourself since you saw that email. If you want to talk about it, I’m happy to listen.” “No. I’m fine. Of course, I was surprised, but I’m sure that there’s an explanation for it. I shouldn’t have allowed myself to become preoccupied and ruin your trip.” “Well, you haven’t ruined my trip. I’ve loved it despite being worried about you. Have you called Larry to discuss it with him?” “I’ve called him but we haven’t discussed it. He’d be really angry if he thought that I was looking at his private emails.” Ellie was incredulous that Amy couldn’t discuss such an obviously incriminating email with him. That he would be angry. She asked herself “what kind of a one-sided relationship do they have that he screws around and she has to feel guilty for finding out about it?” She persisted. “Amy, you had no intention of seeing his email, but it happened. You can’t pretend that it didn’t. You’re married to him and you have a right to know what that message is about.” “Ellie, I don’t want to discuss this. I’m sure it’s a misunderstanding. I’ll find out more after I’m back. Now let’s move on and talk about Rome, Caravaggio and all of the things that we came here to enjoy, including this fabulous menu and wine list.” Ellie was skeptical, but Amy’s marital relationship was her own business, so she moved on. Amy quickly reverted to her old self, and they had a wonderful meal accompanied by their usual light banter. Amy put the meal on her bill. The next day they returned to Dulles and home.

Joe took a vacation day to pick Ellie up at the airport and welcomed her back with a gift of Howard Hibbard’s Caravaggio biography, which Marian Green had told him was the best book on the author. That night he took her to Tavola, for a romantic dinner. Typical Joe. It never occurred to him that Italian food wasn’t what would excite her after seven days of it, but she said nothing because his feelings would have been hurt, and she knew that he had planned everything just to please her. A surprise was that dinner was as good as nearly all that she had in Rome, which in an odd way, disappointed her. The monthly book club meeting was scheduled for the next week, and Ellie called and emailed Amy to find out if she was going, but got no response, which was unlike Amy. Ellie went to the meeting and regaled the group about the extraordinary art, food and everything else that they enjoyed in Rome. Amy didn’t come. After another week of hearing nothing, Ellie called again and Amy answered. “Amy, where have you been? I’ve been calling and emailing you since we got back. You missed a great evening at book club. Everyone was really excited to hear about our trip. I had so much fun reliving it, but we all missed your witty comments. Are you okay?” “I’m fine. I’m sure that you did a good job speaking for both of us. Frankly, I’ve been really busy since the trip. I’m not sure that I’ll have time for book club any more. Suddenly we’ve got a lot of work to do on our house, and Larry wants me to be around here to manage it. And we found out that John and Wendy are having their first baby in January so I’ll be preparing for that. Also, Larry surprised me by signing me up for golf lessons.” Ellie thought “Golf lessons. Really? Has she become a Stepford Wife?” She held her tongue, congratulating Amy on almost being a grandmother, but felt that she just couldn’t give up easily on their friendship. “Amy, I miss seeing you. Something has changed. You seem different. I can’t help but think that it’s related to the email you saw in Rome. Do you want to talk about it?” “Not really. But since you asked, as I suspected, that email was nothing. Larry had agreed to meet Judy Winchester to discuss plans that she was making for a secret fiftieth birthday party for her husband. In fact, Larry had to work late and cancelled the meeting. It was completely innocent, didn’t happen and now it’s forgotten.” “Amy, you can’t be that gullible? Who goes to a hotel at eight o’clock at night to discuss plans for a birthday party? And why would she say ‘Can’t wait’? For what, to get Larry’s fabulous party ideas? Does he do event planning on the side? Amy, his story is not believable.” “Maybe not to you. But it is to me. Larry and I have been together for a long time and I have to trust him. So please don’t ever bring this up again. Call me next week and maybe we can make a lunch date. And say hi to Joe. Bye.” Joe walked in from the den. “What was that all about? You sounded upset.” “I was, but I’m okay. I just feel so bad for Amy. You were right about Larry. He’s a creep. He lies and worse. And she’s got to live with him.” “Whew! Did something happen with you and Amy on your trip? I thought you spent all of your time looking at art and eating pasta.”

pecially the art. In fact, lately I’ve been thinking about Caravaggio and how he’s still relevant.” “Really? To whom, other than a few art junkies?” “To us. To everyone. For example, do you know what painting technique he’s best known for?” “No. Can’t say that I know any painting technique. And, honestly, I don’t get why I should care how an artist does his work or what he is trying to say. All that matters to me, is what I get from the painting and whether I like it or not. The rest of it seems like pseudointellectual mumbo jumbo, trying to make something simple seem complicated.” “I get your point, but it’s different for me. I think a painting is the expression of an artist’s life experiences, beliefs and passions, and understanding those adds to my appreciation and comprehension of it. Anyway, Caravaggio was famous for chiaroscuro, an Italian word that has no English equivalent. It means having light focus on one or two subjects in a painting that the artist thinks are critical and leaving the rest in shadows or even darkness. Other painters have used the technique, but Caravaggio raised it to the highest artistic level. I never thought about chiaroscuro as a metaphor for life, but spending time with Amy has brought the point home. Most of what happens in everyday living is just background noise, but there are a few crucial things that have to be right or you can never really be happy or satisfied. When I left on the trip, I was feeling vulnerable just because Amy was paying for me, but now I realize how naive I was, that I had no concept of what it’s like to be truly vulnerable. That’s probably more than you wanted to know.” “Yeh, I guess so, but I suppose it can’t hurt me to learn something about art. I do think that sometimes you over-analyze things. Anyway, I’m thirsty. How about joining me in a beer?” “I’d love to.” She looked up at him with an impish smile. “But a real one. I’ve been seeing too much ‘lite’ lately.”

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

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January tends to be a month of winding

down, clearing up clutter and cleaning up your decorations from Christmas and your bills from the same. I don’t consider it really a fun month, although the snow made it a bit more exciting. I believe it’s always good to save my thrillers and suspenseful reads for January just to get your heart pumping a bit. If you want some adrenaline in your life this month try one or two of the following novels. In The Saint of Wolves and Butchers by Alex Grecian the Rev Rudy is leading a congregation of followers at the Purity First Church in Paradise Flats, Kansas. It all seems above board, with Rev Rudy recognized throughout the area driving around his cheerful church van….except all is not what it seems. Skottie Foster is a State Trooper just doing her job when she pulls over Travis Roan because she is not quite sure about his companion. Travis Roan is a Nazi hunter and on the trail of an infamous Nazi Dr who has been spotted in the area by a woman who knew his atrocities first hand. Skottie isn’t sure what to make of Roan and his huge wolf-like dog, Bear, but as bodies start to pile up, she has to admit there are some pretty weird things going on in Kansas.

The Craftsman is a bit more gothic in nature. This thriller begins in Lancaster England, 30 years after the conviction of Larry Grassbrook for the murder of several children by burying them alive in his beautiful hand crafted coffins. Florence Lovelady was the policewoman

who caught him and now she is back in town to attend his funeral. Once in town, however, Florence starts to doubt that she caught the right man, despite his confession. The village has a wonderful eclectic group of characters, including witches, a dwarf and bellicose teenagers, but they all blend together to create a sinister town rife with superstitions and lies. Florence has to figure out who the real killer is quickly because her teenage son has disappeared and may be the next victim.

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streets of Paris to the Hebridean Islands of Scotland in his latest thriller, I’ll Keep you Safe. Niamh and her husband, Ruairidh, own a company that creates Ranish Tweed. Their tweed competes with Harris Tweed for business and the pair are visiting Paris to secure a new deal. When her husband suddenly dies in a car bomb Niamh suddenly becomes a suspect in his murder because she suspected he was having an affair. When she returns home to bury her husband, things get a complicated and she finds herself fighting for her life. Her family and her husband’s family do not get along and were not thrilled when Niamh and Ruairidh got married, so there is not a great deal of support back in her hometown. She doesn’t really know who she can trust, especially after being betrayed by the one person she loved the most. This a great thriller that also gives you beautiful images of the Scottish landscape…it’s a win-win as far as I am concerned.

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you to another beautiful exotic location: Greece. But rather than getting to enjoy the beaches and ancient architecture this mystery thriller will immerse you in the world of the refugees who are huddled in the camps seeking asylum. Facing the cold, illness and starvation, the refugees also face other atrocities that someone will do anything to cover up. When a young woman from Canada who is working to help the refugees disappears, Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak set off to find out what happened to their friend’s sister and bring her home. There are multiple narrative threads that keep you fully engaged from multiple perspectives. I found this book fascinating and became saddened by the figures at the back of the book that educate the reader about the Syrian refugee crisis and why these people are fleeing their homeland. It’s a complex issue and author Ausma Zehanat Khan has done a wonderful job creating the tense environment and resentment that exists in and around these camps.

So I hope these will get your heart beating a little faster as we make our way through the cold months to follow. See you next month and keep reading!

And the last book I recommend is the crazy modern thriller called Social

Creature by Tara Isabella Burton. All I can say is wow what a ride.

It reminded me a little bit of The Great Gatsby for some reason. Perhaps it was the characters. Louise is fighting to make her way in New York City. She’s 29 years old and works three jobs just trying to survive and then, while tutoring she meets Lavinia. Lavinia is an ab-

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Amaya Rose Barnard

Brian J. Cowan, Cdr., US Navy, (Ret.) died on January 14, 2019, in Arlington, VA. He was 61.

Amaya Rose Barnard, infant daughter of Stephen Barnard and Kathryn Schornberg Barnard, passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2019, at Martha Jefferson Hospital

He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Constance J. Hallquist; three sons, Joseph P. Cowan, Thomas J. Cowan, Lukas J. Cowan, and a daughter, Anna L. Cowan. He is also survived by his sisters, Patricia E. Kloser and Ruth A. Casey; brothers Terrance J. Cowan and Patrick J. Cowan; as well as many cherished in-laws, cousins, nieces, and nephews throughout the country.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her sister, Aria Barnard; maternal grandparents, Al and Cindy Schornberg and Valerie Schendel; paternal grandparents, Alan and Anet Barnard; aunts and uncles, Kristine Schornberg, Eric and Rachel Schornberg, Brian Schornberg and Mark Lungociu, Marina Schendel, Alacin Schornberg, LaShalle Schornberg, Neil Barnard and Kavita Krishnan; and her cousins, Tigerlilly Schornberg, Maya Barnard, Ria Barnard, and Graham Schornberg. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Robert Schendel.

A Celebration of Life was held on Friday, January 18, 2019, at Grace Episcopal Church,, Alexandria, Virginia. Interment with military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be mailed to: The Aquinas Institute Veterans Fund, 1127 Dewey Avenue, Rochester, New York 14613, or online at Aquinasinstitute.com, noting "In memory of Brian Cowan."

George Welsh George Welsh, who coached football at Virginia for 19 years and retired as the ACC’s career victories leader, died January 2 in Charlottesville. He was 85.The university announced the death and did not disclose any further information. Mr. Welsh compiled a 134-86-3 record at Virginia from 1982 to 2000. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004, and the school named its indoor practice facility for him when it was completed in 2013.A former quarterback at Navy who finished third in the Heisman Trophy balloting as a senior, Mr. Welsh took over a Cavaliers program that was sometimes derided as “Cadavaliers” because it had just two winning seasons in 29 years.He guided Virginia to an 8-2-2 record in his third season, which ended with the school’s first appearance in a bowl game. The Cavaliers faced Purdue in the Peach Bowl, winning 27-24. Mr. Welsh guided Virginia to bowl games 11 more times during his tenure and, in 1990, their only No. 1 ranking.His quarterback when the Cavaliers rose to No. 1 was Shawn Moore, who recalled Mr. Welsh’s ability to get Virginia prospects to come be part of the football program he was building.“George’s personality wasn’t going to captivate you sitting in your living room, but he had an incredible staff and once you got there, you realized you were being coached by one of the best preparation coaches of all time,” said Moore, who later played quarterback in the National Football League and Canadian Football League. “He just prepared you like you wouldn’t believe. I can’t count the number of times he would kick us off the practice field because we weren’t prepared mentally or physically.” When the Cavaliers rose to No. 1, he said, Mr. Welsh worked to keep the team from getting overconfident. They relinquished the top spot after a 41-38 loss to Georgia Tech.“He always wanted to keep everyone humble. We had so much confidence. You’re talking about a team with a lot of different personalities, and a coach with a unique personality,” Moore said. “He knew we were good but he wanted to keep everyone humble. The game could be out of reach, and he was still coaching and yelling and screaming.” Virginia shared the ACC title twice, in 1989 and 1995. In 1995, they became the first ACC team to beat Florida State, which had been unbeaten in league play since joining the conference in 1992.He also coached at Navy from 1973 to 1981, where he compiled a 55-46-1 record to become one of the winningest coaches in the service academy’s history. Mr. Welsh received the Bobby Dodd Award in 1991 as the national coach of the year and was the ACC’s coach of the year four times.Mr. Welsh was born in Coaldale, Pa., on Aug. 26, 1933. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1956 and later was an assistant coach at Penn State under Rip Engle and Joe Paterno.He also coached at Navy from 1973 to 1981, where he compiled a 55-46-1 record to become one of the winningest coaches in the service academy’s history. His wife of 52 years, the former Alexandra Hubicsak, died in 2015. Survivors include their four children.

A graveside service was held on Thursday, January 31st. at Monticello Memory Gardens. An online guestbook is available at www.ryanfuneral.com. Ryan Funeral Home of Ruckersville, Va. is handling the arrangements.

William Theodore Van Doren III William Theodore Van Doren III, 70, of Albemarle County died peacefully at Hospice of the Piedmont in Charlottesville, Virginia, on January 20, 2019, after sustaining a head injury during an accident while cutting firewood — one of his favorite outdoor activities. Born on July 14, 1948, in Leesburg, Virginia, Bill was the oldest son of the late Theodore Van Doren and Helen Bezilla. He grew up in Lorton, graduated from Lee High School, and earned a full scholarship to Johns Hopkins University. There he studied history and English, published and edited a national student publication, The Diode, rewrote issues of the magazine Reason, and earned early election to Phi Beta Kappa. Although Hopkins did not have a studio art program, Bill undertook his own study of oil painting and began selling original works. After graduation, Bill (also known to friends as BVD) moved to New York to become an editor at the Scott Meredith Literary Agency, where he handled day-to-day literary affairs for Norman Mailer, Arthur C. Clarke, P. G. Wodehouse, and many others. He relocated to Los Angeles and, while continuing to develop his visual art, ghostwrote or rewrote more than 50 books. Bill’s professional film-writing credits include the first-ever screen treatment based on the discovery of the wreckage of the Titanic, drafted aboard the search vessel at Woods Hole.Returning to Virginia, Bill became the founding editor and art director of Albemarle, and won first prize for magazine design in Virginia with its second issue, featuring his cover painting. In 1995 he met Laura Owen Sutherland when she was hired to replace him at Carden Jennings Publishing The two were married on the summer solstice, June 21, 1997, at St. James Chapel in Albemarle County. The following year, Bill founded the Van Doren Company, and, together with Laura, edited and designed publications for a variety of clients and published books. Bill was devoted to his family, friends, and pets, and quick to help a loved one in need or to embolden anyone in doubt. He recognized and celebrated individuality and was true to himself while encouraging others to be the same. He was an inspiration simply by being himself. Bill is survived by his wife of 21 years, Laura; his brother Steve Van Doren and wife, Sandy, of Westminster, Maryland; brother Michael Van Doren and wife, Lori, of Live Oak, Texas; brother-in-law John Sutherland and wife, Susie, of Baltimore, Maryland; brother-in-law Robert Dias of Woodbridge, Virginia; niece Amy Pine and husband, Richard Ross, of Durham, North Carolina; niece Ashley Hanson and husband, Erik, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; niece Jody Zaruba and husband, Jason, of Ellicott City, Maryland; niece Miranda Van Doren and nephew Cooper Van Doren of Cedar Park, Texas; nieces Sydney and Grace Sutherland and nephew E. J. Sutherland of Baltimore, Maryland; great nieces Zoe Mae Patricia Pine Ross and Emory and Talia Hanson; and great nephews Bryce and Brady Zaruba. He was preceded in death by his sister, Emily Van Doren, and sister-in-law Mary Dias. A memorial service to celebrate Bill’s vibrant life was held on February 9th at Moss Vineyards in Nortonsville, Virginia.In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift to the Shenandoah National Park Trust (https://snptrust.org) or the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Thomas Jefferson Area Branch (https://www.brafb.org).

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Castle Hill Cider's Award Winning Excellence BY COLIN DOUGHERTY

Castle Hill Cider recently received Gold Medal recogni-

tion in the 2018 Virginia Governor’s Cup Competition for their Serendipity Cider, vintage 2016. Gold Medals are awarded to Outstanding/Classic products with an average of 90-100 points after the judges’ multi-round evaluations. For four weeks, Jay Youmans – one of only 45 Masters of Wine (MW) in the U.S., and his team of judges, consider appearance, aroma, flavor, overall quality, and commercial suitability in their scoring. Now in its 36th year, the competition was revamped in 2012 to become one of the most stringent and thorough wine, and cider competitions in the country. 2018 was the first year that any Virginia cider had been recognized with a gold medal! Castle Hill's Serendipity is an approachable, flavordense, fruit-forward cider. This 2016 vintage features a blend of Albemarle Pippin and Gold Rush apples fermented with two yeast strains. Arresting fermentation before the sugar is converted to alcohol produces a freshness and fullness of fruit flavors and aromas that sweetening with sugar or juice cannot match. While conceptually simple, it has been a technological challenge to stop the fermentation and clarify the cider. They arrest fermentation with just enough residual sugar (~2%) to enhance the floral, citrus, and pear notes without the masking of subtleties that would occur at higher levels. This bit of sweetness is well balanced with crisp acidity. This local cidery grows over 30 cider-specific apple varieties on 10 acres of orchard and produces a range of award-winning fine ciders from estate fruit and apples from area growers. The orchard sits on land that belonged to the noted Castle Hill estate, which was built in 1764 and founded by Thomas Walker, guardian and mentor to Thomas Jefferson. Their ciders have appeared in The Washington Post, Newsweek, Garden and Gun, and Esquire among other print and online publications. Another notable in the award-winning heritage cider line up is Levity. To make its Levity cider, Castle Hill harvested, crushed, and fermented ten varieties of apples for three months, using terra-cotta qvevri, which are believed to be the world’s oldest fermentation vessels. “These date back to some seven or eight thousand years ago, and are still in use in the Republic of Georgia, where the grape was first cultivated,” says Stuart Madany, the cider maker and orchard manager. Madany had his set of vessels shipped from the former Soviet republic—he was the first to import them—and then buried them. He explains, "the area's dense clay soil and the subterranean storage maintain an ideal temperature for fermentation with wild yeast." The result is a palate-filling cider with substantial astringency and notes of orange and passion fruit, followed by fresh acidity. This vintage features a wild yeast slow ferment, with lingering aromas of lime zest, pear, and orange oil. Bottled before completely dry, Levity finishes its fermentation in the bottle, producing natural carbonation and a richer mouthfeel with a finish reminiscent of champagne. Levity is one of four crafted heritage ciders produced in limited quantities at Castle Hill Cidery. Castle Hill is the first and perhaps remains the only, commercial cidery in the world to ferment in qvevri in

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the modern age. Green production principals are employed with the use of the vessels. There is a low carbon footprint when compared with the mining, smelting, alloying and fabrication of stainless vessels. In use, they further reduce the cider’s energy consumption in production by using the earth for cooling rather than electricity. Earlier in 2018, the cidery continued to make state and national news for its unique ciders, recently receiving recognition at the 2018 Good Food Awards for both Levity 2016 and Serendipity 2016. Hosted on January 19, in San Francisco, California, the nation’s leading food producers, grocers, chefs, journalists, and activists honored the 199 winners of 2018 in categories ranging from coffee to chocolate to cider and much more. The Good Food Awards distinguishes American food and drink crafters who demonstrate a commitment to creating tasty, authentic and responsibly made products. The winners are not only commended for their creativity, but also for their sustainable production methods that showcase the highest social and environmental standards. Nestled on 600 acres against the Southwest Mountains in the picturesque Keswick countryside, the facility also functions as an event venue, hosting dozens of weddings and corporate events each year. The Tasting Room is open year-round and welcomes visitors for flights, glass, and bottle sales. They organize groups for tastings, live music, and other events, as well as the simple pleasures of their "Cider Club" membership. During our tasting room visit, we are greeted by a friendly and soulful Brianna Litman. She hosts a small group of guests, serving up the newest creations, as well as some classic favorites. Later in our visit, Litman was busy preparing the first delivery of three yearly club packages with a variety of some of their best hard ciders. The package included the 1764 Cider Port, made with Black Twig apples and fortified to 18% ABV with a custom Gold Rush eau de vie from Catochtin Creek Distillery and aged in oak barrels from Virginia Distillery for over a year. Deep notes of caramel, vanilla and cocoa finish long and smooth with a hint of fresh melon on the palate. Pairs great a room full of friends with bittersweet chocolates and savory snacks in front of a roaring fire! The club package was completed with the Serendipity 2016, Big Pippin Classic Ginger (makes a fantastic Moscow Mule), the new sister product line of the Big Pippin Elder Cherry Rose, and the Big Pippin Prickly Pear & Orange. These packages make a great gift, and they provide a convenient and straightforward bottle tote for portability. The well-kept grounds are incredibly beautiful, with a massive barn and an outdoor shaded pavilion with mountain views abound. The tasting experience was exceptional, informative and fun. Litman explained, "we are always trying new blends to stay modern while maintaining the heritage cider lineup. The cidery creates all sorts of innovative ways to get visitors involved, including an annual cider fest, a good rotation of live music and release parties." Online cider sales are easy and now available in 38 States. Details on Tasting Room hours, live music and other events, Cider Club membership, and online cider sales are available at www.CastleHillCider.com.

JANUARY 2019


Justin H. Wiley

Peter A. Wiley

434.981.5528 justin@wileyproperty.com

434.422.2090 peter@wileyproperty.com

132A East Main Street • Orange, VA 22960

503 Faulconer Drive, Suite 6 • Charlottesville, VA 22903

MLS# 496120 • $2,495,000

MLS# 582363 • $1,460,000

AIRSLIE – 209+/- acres located in the beautiful Keswick hunt area of Albemarle County. The land has numerous building sites with wonderful views of the southwest mountains. Existing improvements include, 4 tenant/guest homes, stable complex and cattle barn. The property has a mix of open pastures and hardwood forest.

WILDAIR FARM – A 52 acre horse farm nestled in the heart of one of Western Albemarle’s most beautiful pastoral enclaves. The rolling mix of productive fenced pasture, towering, mature hardwoods, a bold stream and two large ponds offers a diversity rarely found on a farm of this size. Horse facilities include stable, equipment buildings, manager’s apartment, run-ins and a 100 x 200 ring. 11 miles from Charlottesville. A rare offering.

Justin H. Wiley – 434.981.5528

Peter A. Wiley – 434.422.2090

MLS# 566744 • $475,000

MLS# 558491 • $995,000

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

SOUTHERN ALBEMARLE FARM – A beautiful, medium-sized horse farm or retreat 14 miles from town. The turn-ofthe-century farmhouse is well-sited in the center of 77 acres of fenced pasture and fields, with a beautiful stable, large pond and trails. The farm offers privacy and views and is adjacent to over 1500 acres of protected farmland. A 6-stall center aisle barn with power, hot and cold water, bathroom, tack room, wash stall and shavings storage is positioned near the large outdoor ring.

Justin H. Wiley – 434.981.5528

Peter A. Wiley – 434.422.2090

MLS# 559333 • $525,000

MLS# 574613 • $3,795,000

PUMPHOUSE ROAD – Small horse property located in the heart of Somerset and the Keswick Hunt. This mostly open and fenced 14.5 acre offering has a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom house built in the 1940’s. Many recent improvements include a finished basement, 2 renovated bathrooms and remodeled kitchen. Situated at the end of a county road with great privacy. A 4-stall stable with tack room, wash stall & 2 new run-in sheds make this a great horse property.

REDCLIFFE – Private 21 ac setting with panoramic Blue Ridge views, mins to downtown c. 1902, beautifully renovated 4 BR 6,500 sq ft fieldstone manor w/ additions including a kitchen/family room with 15 ft ceilings, English oak cabinetry, limestone floors, stone fireplace. A gallery connects downstairs living spaces, creating perfect flow for family or entertaining. Amenities include soccer/athletic field, guest house, salt water pool, pool house, 4-car garage, mature grounds.

Justin H. Wiley – 434.981.5528

Peter A. Wiley – 434.422.2090

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