Keswick Life Digital Edition June 2018

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KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its environs - June 2018


In this issue

The Road Update

Carefully Dealing with Inevitable Change also: bookworm, only in keswick, community, what's cooking, overheard and much more

Justin H. Wiley

Peter A. Wiley



132A East Main Street • Orange, VA 22960

503 Faulconer Drive, Suite 6 • Charlottesville, VA 22903



Recently SOLD Properties

STAVE MILL FARM – Charming 85 ac property surrounded by large estates in Albemarle County. The stuccoed main house successfully combines the conveniences of a new house with the charm and craftsmanship of an old Virginia manor home. Some of the many high points of this 3 bedroom home include custom woodwork, custom kitchen with Aga and sub-zero fridges, and 50 KW generator. Other features include a 2 bedroom guest cottage, stable, riding arena, board fencing, and equipment barn.

MARSH RUN – An elegant 208-acre estate in the sought-after Somerset area of Orange County with panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This 5-bedroom 4.5 bath neo-classical manor home built in the 1940s has been completely renovated with additions. Property features include a second residence dating from the 1800’s, barns, and a 6-stall stable with an office/apartment.

GREENLEA – This secluded 40-acre estate has sweeping green pastures, quiet woods, and a designer home and pool house brimming with amenities for entertaining friends and family. No expense has been spared in the meticulous renovation of this contemporary farmhouse combining large, light-filled open spaces with original charm and character. The main home features 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and a striking gourmet kitchen with custom cabinetry, Wolf, and Sub-Zero appliances. A pool/guest house, hot tub, and salt water pool complete this offering.

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


Peter A. Wiley – 434.422.2090


Justin H. Wiley – 434.981.5528

854 MILLWOOD LANE – 64 +/- acres ideally located in the Keswick Hunt in an area of fine estates and equestrian properties. This land is best suited for a country estate with long road frontage and a bold stream. The property is under conservation easement to the Virginia Outdoors Foundation. There is an existing well on the property.

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

Justin H. Wiley – 434.981.5528

Peter A. Wiley – 434.422.2090


Peter A. Wiley – 434.422.2090


Justin H. Wiley – 434.981.5528

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Over 20 acres in Sought-After Keswick Location Convenient Location • 5 miles into Gordonsville, 12 miles into Charlottesville Spacious Living & Dining Rooms w/ Fireplaces & Wood Floors • Family Room w/ Fireplace & Wet Bar • Large 1st Floor Master Suite • Year-Round Sun Room overlooks Terrace & Swimming Pool • Kitchen with Breakfast Nook • Large Laundry Room • Finished Basement • Upper Level Home Office & Study • Guest Cottage with Fireplace, Kitchen, Bed, Bath & Loft • 8-Stall Stable with 3-Board Fenced Paddocks • Dog-Friendly Fenced Back Lawn with Garden/Tool Sheds & Raised Planting Beds • Lush Landscaping mls.572542. Offered for $1,140,000 Licensed in Virginia and North Carolina

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


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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. Suzanne Nash, raised in Lynchburg Virginia, graduated from Wake Forest University and immediately moved to Charlottesville, Virginia to pursue all sorts of things, including working in insurance, marketing and television. The mother of two teenagers is currently the manufacturer of a lingerie and swimsuit design company, the director of education at Grace Episcopal Church and enjoys freelance writing and theatre in her free time.

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

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8 ON THE COVER The Road Update

Carefully Dealing with Inevitable Change

Tony Vanderwarker takes us on a three part article


CREATIVE DIRECTOR Colin J. Dougherty Published by a division of Keswick Life PHOTOGRAPHY Submissions thanks to Keswickians and Bill Anda for Keswick Scene

which deals with the propsoed 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 staight along the twists and turns, on page 8 and be sure to write in to Keswick Life and tell Tony how you feel.


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9 COMMUNITY 11 HORSIN' AROUND If you’ve driven by the Keswick Hunt Club recently, The Devon Horse Show, since 1896, is both the oldest you’ve noticed the renovation work is well underway. Winkie Motley collaborated got all the details from Peter Taylor on the current state of the Keswick Hunt Club renovations, read all the details on page 9 and be sure to write in and tell it to Keswick Life!

and largest outdoor multi-breed horse competition in the United States. Keswickians not only participated but won in their classes, see page 11 for all the details, photos and full story!

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14 TRAVEL 19 BOOKWORM Charlie Thacher takes us on an Austrian adventure! Its Summertime, and Suzanne has put together four It is not hard to understand Charlie's love of, and the pure enjoyment he finds in, travel. The beautiful welcoming country of Austria is the centerpiece this month. Yes, there is fishing involved, but there is also the scenery, dinners, new friends, beer halls and much more told in Charlie's captivating and narrative style. Read all about it, see page 14!

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great reads for staying cool on hot summer nights! Check them out on page 19. This month there are two from Asian history, then a couple of real nail biters . All four are "perfect poolside reads that you will want to bring with you into bed late at night as well." Reach out to Keswick Life, write in and tell Suzanne your pleasures, or otherwise thoughts!

JUNE 2018


Here and there... in Keswick By The Numbers

On and Off The Market

Seen at the Hunt Club Renovation 7 dumpsters 3 Pods

June 23rd Birthdays

And adding to the list of June 23rd birthdays : Sandy

Rives, Mary Morony, Caroline Dougherty, Fletcher and Griffin Shields ; and now Henley Baker Carlton, her parents Chase and Betsy Baker Carlton; grandparents, Jane and Woody Baker‘s eighth grandchild! Photo: Great Grandfathers, Snookie Wawner (holding Ennis) and Gene Corrigan ; Ennis’ parents, Maggie and Clay Wawner, grandparents - Scott and Louise Wawner

In this last 30 day period in Albemarle County 244 properties sold, 187

properties went under contract and just 159 were listed, which feeds into the lack of inventory. The two most expensive sales in Albemarle County in the last 30 days were 4780 Catterton Road, “Mariah”, a 7 bed, 7.5 bath, 10,676 sf home on 151 acres, listed at $6.495m and sold for $5.5m. 410 Oak Circle in Farmington, “Fairway”, a 5 bed, 5.5 bath, 5228 sf home on 6 acres was listed at $3.950m and sold for $4.075m. Both were cash sales! NEW listings out and around the Keswick area are 3555 Keswick Road, “La Fourche”, with 6 beds, 5.5 baths and 6412 sf on 4 acres at $2.475m. 5525 Hackingwood Lane, a 3 bed, 3.5 bath, 3313 sf home on 75 acres is $925k. 3384 Keswick Road, a 3 bed, 1.5 bath 1288 sf home on 6 acres is $349k. 1071 Club Drive, a 4 bed, 3.5 bath, 3758 sf home on 2+ acres is $865k. 6305 Turkey Sag Road, a 4 bed, 2 bath, 2019 sf home on 2.9 acres is $250k. 1113 Pelham Drive, a 4 bed, 4 bath, 5110 home on 5.6 acres is $649k. REDUCED is 843 Campbell Road, “Cardinal Hall”, a 4 bed, 4 bath, 3384 sf home on 10 acres down from $775 to $699.9k whilst SOLD is 854 Millwood Lane, 64 acres at $895k, then down to $795k and sold for $620k. Now specifically to the Glenmore market. UNDER CONTRACT is 15 Lockerbie Lane with 5 beds, 3.5 baths and 4787 sf at $662.13k and 49 Fenton Court a 4 bed, 4 ½ bath, 4206 sf home at $796.383k .. both are pre-sales. 2237 Piper Way, a 4 bed, 4.5 bath 4940 sf home at $790k. 3363 Darby Road with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 2888 at $579k. 3092 Darby Road a 5 bed, 7.5 bath 7823 sf home at $985k. 2402 Pendower Lane a 5 bed, 5.5 bath 4235 sf home at $690k and 1383 Tattersall Court a 5 bed, 4.5 bath, 6619 sf home at $995k. SOLD is 3386 Darby Road, a 4 bed, 3.5 bath, 3578 sf home that was $639k, then $625k and sold at $595k. 3354 Cotswold Lane, a 4 bed, 2.5 bath, 3108 sf home at $589k sold for $580k. 3354 Cotswold Lane, a 4 bed, 2.5 bath, 3108 sf home at $589k sold for $580k. 1256 Thistle Down a 6 bed, 7 bath, 5905 sf home at $1.25m sold for $1.2m. 3271 Sandown Park Road, a 3 bed, 3 bath, 4208 sf home at $679k sold for $655k. 3386 Cotswold Lane a 4 bed, 3.5 bath, 3404 sf home at $522.5k sold for $514k. REDUCED is 3515 Wedgewood Court, a 4 bed, 3 bath, 4429 sf home from $595k to $575k. 3640 Worcester Lane a 4 bed, 4.5 bath, 4252 sf home from $699.9k to $675k. 3220 Heathcote Lane, a 5 bed, 4.5 bath, 5384 sf home from $899k to $849k. 3420 Cesford Grange, a 5 bed, 5.5 bath, 7080 sf home from $890k to $849k. 2011 Piper Way a 5 bed, 4.5 bath, 4303 sf home from 825k to $799.9k. 22 Ferndown Lane, a 3 bed, 2 bath, 1686 sf home from $494.9k to $464.9k. 3197 Sandown Park Road, a 4 bed, 3.5 bath, 3591 sf home $629.9k to $599k. 2273 Piper Way, a 4 bed, 5.5 bath, 5986 sf home $939.9k to $899k and 2455 Pendower Lane, a 5 bed, 4.5 bath, 4028 sf home $699k to $674.9k

Will Coleman and Off The Record pulled off a surprise win by a slim 0.1-penalty margin at the Brook Ledge Great Meadow International presented by Adequan® on 35.1 on a cross country day that absolutely turned the leaderboard upside down as one of only five pairs that caught the time on Mike Etherington-Smith’s cross country course here in The Plains, Virginia. Great Meadow marked the third start at Advanced level for Off the Record, a 9-year-old Irish Sport owned by the Off the Record Syndicate, and he continues to show himself as a serious horse for the future. He won his Advanced debut at Carolina International in March, finished second in his first CIC3* at Fair Hill in April and clinched his first CIC3* win today. He has finished no lower than fifth in his last seven international runs. Georgie Spence and Halltown Harley finished second on 35.2, with Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti in third on 36.7. Will Coleman finished a second horse in the top five in Soupcon de Brunet, owned by the Conair Syndicate who jumped clear with 4.0 time penalties to move up one spot on the leaderboard and finish fourth on 37.0. Over 40 entries competed representing entries from the United States, Canada, England, and Australia.

And NEW to the market is 1349 Queenscroft, a 5 bed, 4.5 bath, 4697 sf home at $679k. 1263 Thistle Down, a 6 bed, 5.5 bath, 6389 sf home at $869k. 3222 Avebury Lane, a 5 bed, 4.5 bath, 5221 sf home at $699k. 2206 Piper Way, a 5 bed, 4.5 bath, 5807 sf home at $745k. 1307 Kilchattan Lane, a 4 bed, 3.5 bath, 3643 sf home at $628k and 1631 Gateway Place, a 4 bed, 3.5 bath, 5064 sf home at $919k.

Whipping In Heather Player has joined the Keswick Hunt Club staff as the first whip-

per-in. Heather comes highly recommended from the Norfolk Hunt Club where she was the huntsman for the last four years. Before that, Heather was a professional whipper-in at Myopia Hunt Club for four years. Heather studied Equine Studies at Mount Ida College and she was mentored by Andrew Barclay in the MFHA Professional Development Program.



The GOING OUT Guide Mark your calendars! Save the date! Don’t be late! HORSIN' AROUND Virginia International Three Day Eventing

GO PLAY Albemarle County Fair

Where: Great Meadows, The Plains, Virginia When: July 6-8

The Albemarle County Fair Board is gearing up for the

High-performance eventing returns to The Plains, Vir-

ginia. The Great Meadow International CICO3* & FEI Nation's Cup™ Eventing will take place on July 6-8, 2018. Virginia International Three Day Event at Great Meadow is located at the address in Middleburg, Virginia 20117. They can be contacted via phone at (540) 687-5009 for pricing, hours and directions. For maps and directions to Virginia International Three Day Event at Great Meadow view the map to the right. For reviews of Virginia International Three Day Event at Great Meadow see below.

HISTORICAL FAMILY FUN Kids Are Free Where: Montpelier When: July 5- September 11

As you've settled into summer, gather your family and

friends and visit Montpelier. Between July 5 and August 31, all kids ages 14 and under visiting with a paying adult get free admission to the House. The free tours make for an affordable and enriching summer experience available to visitors every day of the week. Montpelier will also be offering its "Discovering Montpelier: A Family Friendly Tour," an interactive experience for families that involves using artifacts and documents, participating in kid-friendly activities, and touring the House and its surroundings. Tours also include entry into our exhibition The Mere Distinction of Colour, located in the cellars and in the South Yard. Other specialty tours offered daily include "Madison and the Constitution," "Dolley Madison and the Women of Montpelier," and the free outdoor walking tour "Montpelier's Enslaved Community (included in admission price)."Bring your walking shoes and hike our 8+ miles of trails that wind through old-growth forests, horse pastures, and meadows. At the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, recharge with an award-winning barbeque sandwich or other delicious offerings at the Exchange Cafe. The Museum Shop, which features beautiful hand-crafted, locally-sourced items, children's toys, and an impressive selection of books.

GET SPORTY Life in the Doghouse Where: Middleburg Classic Horse Show When: September 19th

TheThe “Life in the Doghouse” documentary will be

showing during the Middleburg Classic Horse Show on September 19th! Reserve your tickets TODAY! Special appearance by Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta for a Q&A after the movie! Tickets--> screening/23619

Where: James Monroe’s Highland When: July 26- July 28

upcoming Albemarle County Fair on July 26 through July 28. Hours of operation will be Thursday, July 26 from 4pm until 9pm; Friday, July 27 from 10am until 9pm; Saturday, July 28 from 10am until 9pm. Admission is $5, children under 6 free. The Albemarle County Fair will be held using indoor and outdoor exhibit space including the pavilion and grounds of James Monroe’s Highland located in Charlottesville. This event promises traditional family fun in a historic setting. In addition to this year’s longer hours, 2018 features more fun-filled attractions. A fun and festive “Old-Time Country Fair,” the 2018 Albemarle County Fair will be a three-day agricultural celebration, complete with farm animals, exhibits, baked goods, crafts, family entertainment, livestock, and grand old-time country fun! In conjunction with the Albemarle County Fair, James Monroe’s Highland will offer a selection of demonstrations and exhibits about historic crafts. The AFC Board thanks the community for their interest and continued support and looks forward to sharing and celebrating the best of our rich and lively agricultural community at the 2018 Fair at James Monroe’s Highland. CONTACT


SAVE THE DATE Montpelier Steeplechase Races Where: Montpelier When: Saturday, November 3rd

Order Your Tickets Early! Tickets go on sale July 5th, 9am. Go online or call (540) 672-0014 Montpelier Steeplechase And Equestrian Foundation, P.o. Box 399, Montpelier Station, VA 22957 - (540) 672-0027

VINEYARD LAWN TIME Eats and Beats and Wine Down Wednesdays Where: Keswick Vineyards, Virginia When: Every Saturday & Every 3rd Wednesday


that the weather is getting warmer, Keswick Vineyards is back to having lots of live music out at the winery … Eats and Beats: Every Saturday from 123pm. Free event. Wine is all about taste, smell and atmosphere, so what better way to enjoy great Virginia wine than with some great music and food? Join us on select Saturday's from 12-3pm at Keswick Vineyards for live music by local musicians and food from local food trucks. Wine Down Wednesdays Every 3rd Wednesday from 5:30-8:30pm. Free event.Join us on select Wednesday evenings to "wine down" with some great music, food, and, of course, wine from 5:30pm to 8:30pm!

Where: Albemarle County When: Memorial Day through Labor Day

Local residents can rediscover affordable family fun at

Albemarle County’s three swimming beaches this summer. On Saturday, May 26, swimming beaches at Chris Greene, Walnut Creek and Mint Springs open for the three-day holiday weekend. Beaches are open daily from Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day Weekend, except when Albemarle County Schools are in session. This year, swimming will be available daily beginning on June 8, 2018. Parks are open for daylight hours. The beaches themselves are open for swimming with lifeguards on duty from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. In addition to swimming, the parks feature picnic shelters, hiking trails, and swimming lessons. Chris Greene and Walnut Creek both have canoes and kayaks for rent. Inexpensive season passes for individuals and families are available at all three beaches and at the Parks and Recreation Office on the first floor of the County Office Building on McIntire Road. Everyone must pay the entry fee into the parks no matter how you are using them. For more information, please visit the Parks and Recreation Department online at or call (434)296-5844.


JUNE 2018


The Road Update

The Proposed Eastern Bypass

At a community meeting on May 13 at

Chopping Bottom Farm, Peter Taylor and Tony Vanderwarker hosted Dan Holmes and Rex Linville of the Piedmont Environmental Council who outlined preliminary plans for a road going from Exit 129 on 64 up along the railroad right-ofway to Culpeper. A legislator from Danville submitted the bill and fortunately it was quickly voted down in the 2018 session. But he vows to bring it up again next year. While the PEC doesn’t think the road will ever be built since it doesn’t have wide support and the legislature and VDOT maintain the area has received enough spending for the work on 29, they see the interest in the bypass as a symptom of the problems on 22/231. In addition to the people downstate who are determined to get another route through Albemarle, Peter Taylor made the point that the increased traffic and fatalities on 22/231 have attracted the attention both of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and VDOT. At some point, Peter maintained, because of increasing traffic from Orange and surrounding counties down the road into Charlottesville, the BOS and VDOT will eventually be compelled to improve the road. “Improve” in VDOT’s parlance means to make the road faster, straighter and wider. While the conservation easements up and down the road most likely preclude four-laning the road, the statemaintained right-of-way on the shoulders could allow VDOT to widen and straighten the road, dramatically altering its character and possibly increasing traffic. The conclusion of the discussion was that the Keswick community needs to come up with plans to make 22/231 safer and enlist the support of our representative

on the Commonwealth Transportation Board, the BOS and VDOT to preclude VDOT taking action on their own. The improvements on Route 50 running from D.C, west through Gilbert’s Corner, Middleburg, Aldie and Upperville serve as a example of potential opportunities we can take advantage of to make 22/231 safer. A traffic management approach called “traffic calming” uses physical design and other measures to slow traffic and make driving safer such as rumble strips, roundabouts and speed signs. Other ideas to reduce traffic on the road include ride-sharing, bus service and staggering work hours at UVa. Keswick residents funded a traffic study a while ago and we could adopt some of the ideas from that study to help make the road safer. Peter and I along with other community members will be working with the PEC to develop plans and make presentations to the CTB, BOS and VDOT.

funneling traffic onto Black Cat and back up 231 or 22 from Cismont. Only local traffic from houses north of the accident were allowed to go down the road. Although later in the afternoon, they did allow local traffic past Black Cat. By 4 PM, the road was back to normal, though the logs lying in the field, gashes in the rightof-way and busted fences were a sorry sight.

of the club’s history. So far, it’s a keeper along with the stuffed foxes, tarnished trophies, wagon wheel chandeliers, naugahyde-garnished bar and Larry’s boot lamps.

We had the unique experience of walking up 231 on Friday afternoon with not a car in sight. Never having walked over the bridge over Choppjng Bottom Branch, we read a plaque that said: “Widened in 1978”. Forty years since VDOT has done major work on 231. Let’s hope we can prevent them from doing more work in the future (see accompanying article).

Okay, so the former storeroom and kitchen have been turned into additional space for dining and entertaining. Archways mirroring the arches on the opposite wall (over the windowed bay) have been cut in on each side of the fireplace to open the club to the new area. But what about the aged and weathered bead board walls? Though some of the board needs to be torn down, it will be replaced with identical bead board carefully stained to replicate the original.

By midday Saturday, the logs were gone and traffic was back to normal.

So far, everyone who has checked out the work agrees that the renovation retains the cherished character of the club while making it larger and more comfortable with HVAC, updated loos, a spanking new kitchen, handicapped accessible entrance, enlarged parking areas, and down-the-line when funded, muchneeded rebuilds of the barn, kennel and huntsman’s cottage.

Taking History Apart and Rebuilding It For the Next Hundred Years...

Meanwhile Over on the Keswick As the renovation on the Hunt Club proSide of Town... ceeds, there are a number of calls that

While we didn’t have the raging streams,

swept away cars or deaths like they did in Ivy, we had our own little catastrophe in Keswick. A tandem logging truck was coming up the S-turn in front of Horseshoe Hill when the driver (who was probably going too fast) over-corrected and went into the ditch just pass the Tall Oaks farm entrance. The load of large logs caused the tractor-trailer to tumble onto its right side taking out a dogwood and six sections of fence before it came to a stop. The logs spilled out over the downed fence and into the field. The driver suffered shoulder burns from the exhaust as he climbed out the driver’s side door but otherwise he was okay. VDOT and the police closed 231 from Black Cat to Cismont from 12:30 to 4 PM,

Oh, and there’s a new wrinkle, off the porch to the right side of the club, a large terrace at the same level as the porch will be added. Remember how crowded the porch used to be at warm-weather events? Now we’ll be able to swarm out onto the terrace and even tent it for outside events.

have to be made on the fly—like what to do with the ancient rattan couch from the ladies’ room? A fixture for almost a century, its rattan is faded, its seat is rumpsprung with collapsed springs but since its been in the Hunt Club forever, should it be tossed into the dumpster or preserved? The crew doing the cleanout actually deliberated for a good fifteen minutes before heaving it over porch railing into the waiting dumpster. So what about the pot-bellied stove? With a new heating system, it won’t be needed but to many Hunt Clubbers, it’s a beloved relic that’s kept people warm (and often overcooked) for years. Some say it’s an outdated eyesore that has no business in the renovated club. Others are holding firm that it’s a treasured part

The board deserves a lot of credit for initiating the renovation and holding to its commitment to preserving the club’s character. Peter Taylor is hosting a hardhat walk-through on July 19 at 6 PM to take members through the progress of the renovation and answer questions. And hopefully accept donations from members to insure that all aspects of the project will be completed.




Keswick Hunt Club Renovation Begins If you’ve driven by the Keswick Hunt Club recently, you’ve noticed the renovation work is well underway. Members found no shortage of memorabilia in addition to massive amounts of junk. Sandy Rives masterminded the pod packing and deserves accolades, as do his helpers, for the hard, grungy work. Hopefully, it all found its rightful home either in storage or the dumpster.

Albemarle County has given a green light to proceed with the clubhouse, cottage, barn and kennel renovation with forthcoming building permits. The Hunt

BY WINKIE MOTLEY Club filed for these on April 2nd and received the first of three for the clubhouse earlier this week. Demolition was permitted to but not new construction. The porch floor has been taken up and you can see by the original footings, which are no more than rickety piles of shale, how badly improvements needed to be made.

seems that every groundhog in Albemarle County has taken up residence at some point over the last 100 years resulting in unsure footings for the club foundation piers. Loose floor joists were discovered especially near the stage. Other challenges include installing a new steel support system into the sagging roofline unobtrusively while creating a mostly invisible HVAC system.

They had a few surprises. Apparently, members are not the only ones who have been enjoying the festive spirit, good food and music at the KHC. In fact, it

The balance of the renovation depends on a successful fund raise. One and a half million has been raised but to complete the work, Peter Taylor who is heading

Photos (Left): The porch floor has been taken up showing the original footings, which were rickety piles of shale

the Capital Campaign is pegging the number at two million three hundred thousand with an allowance for overruns. What an exciting transformation for this over 100 year old community gem, the heart of the Keswick Hunt Club past and future. Peter Taylor will give an update on the Hunt Club renovations and a tour of the building on Thursday July 19th at 6 pm at the Keswick Hunt Clubhouse. Please rsvp to if you would like to attend.

Photos (Right): The old kitchen, storeroom, side porch, and portions of the clubhouse floor have been removed



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JUNE 2018



Thank You Keswick ….. The tradition continues

Bill Anda Thank You Keswick, The TraditionByContinues BY BILL ANDA

The Ninth Annual Grace 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. Our “heartfelt thanks” to all our many volunteers, our many visitors, our wonderful sponsors and advertisers, the many artisans, and antique vendors, all the 4-H kids from Albemarle, Fluvanna, and Orange Counties, and especially our Keswick neighbors that make this entire effort possible. 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, as we share a small piece of Albemarle County’s history and beauty for the tenth time. Pictured at right: ( Bill Remington photos) Top row l-r Farm Tour and Sponsor Banners; Doris Vargo, Leslie Crowell, Ann Parks, and Jack O’Leary Second row: Jim Nermer; Paul Wilson ; Reg Woods. Third row: Kaden Kardell of the Albemarle CALF 4-H; Ralph Dammann; Jon Eddowes and Fred Shackelford Fourth Row: Barbara and Dick Crawford and “Cocky” the rooster.; Bev Nash; Miles Smith



APRIL 2015 The dinner is donated by Bill and Stevia Anda

HORSIN AROUND Keswickians HORSIN win at the prestigious Devon Horse Show AROUND


Keswickians win at the prestigious Devon Horse Show

The Devon HorseWin Show has at been held Keswickians thein late Prestigious Devon Horse Show May through early June in Devon,

Pennsylvania since 1896. It is both the oldest The Devon Horse Show multi-breed has been held in late and largest outdoor horse May through early June in Devon, competition in the United States. Pennsylvania since 1896. It is both the oldest and largest outdoor Thursday afternoon at themulti-breed Devon Horse horse Show competition in the United States. brought top hunter horses and riders together to showcase their best efforts in the $25,000 Thursday afternoon at the Devon Horse Show USHJA International Hunter Derby sponsored brought top hunter horses and riders together by the Wheeler family. At the end of the to showcaseit their best efforts in Alpharetta, the $25,000 afternoon, was Hunt Tosh of USHJA International Hunter Derby sponsored Georgia and Ceil Wheeler’s Flamingo K who by the Wheeler family. At the end of the bested the playing field of 30 other entries.In the first round, Tosh guided the 13afternoon, it was Hunt Tosh of Alpharetta, year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding to scores of 88 and 85 from the two judging andoptions Ceil Wheeler’s Flamingo who panels, The pair swiftly jumped allGeorgia four high in the classic roundK for a bested the playing field of 30 other entries.In the first round, Tosh guided the 13total score of 181 points.The course also tested riders with a two-stride combination year-old Belgian gelding tosome scores of 88 as and 85 from thethe two consisting of two Warmblood oxers that challenged horses, it was set on railjudging where panels, The pair swiftly jumped all four high options in the classic round bystanders were sitting in lawn chairs. It proved to be no feat for Flamingo Kfor anda total score of 181 points.The course also tested riders with a two-stride combination Tosh, whose partnership started last year at Devon when Ceil Wheeler purchased consisting of two that challenged someto horses, it was set on thehave rail where the horse for the oxers professional hunter rider“The Wheeler’s really bystanders were sitting in lawn chairs. It proved to be no feat for Flamingo K and wanted to get me a derby horse for a while. So when we saw this horse last year, he Tosh, whose partnership startedjump last year at Devon Ceil of Wheeler definitely looked like he could big enough forwhen the kind jumps purchased they build thethe horse for the show. “TheWe Wheeler’s havehim really in derbies. It’sprofessional really fun to hunter have a rider derbytohorse again. plan to take to wanted to get me a derby horse for a while. So when we saw this horse last year, he Kentucky for the International Hunter Derby Finals. I couldn’t ask for better owners. definitely looked like the he could big enough the kind of jumps they build I’m so lucky to have wholejump Wheeler family for behind me and supporting me. in the derbies. It’s really fun to have a derby horse again. We plan to take himthe to They are great owners. They have been so supportive and always let me call Kentucky for the International Hunter Derby Finals. I couldn’t ask for better owners. shots when it comes to what I think is the right thing to do with the horses. To have I’m whole so lucky to have the whole Wheeler meisand me.I the family’s support and for them tofamily do thisbehind with me suchsupporting a team effort. They are great owners. They have been so supportive and always let me call the couldn’t ask for anything better.” shots when it comes to what I think is the right thing to do with the horses. To have the whole family’s support to do thishunter with me is such were a teamawarded effort. I The championship tricolorsand for for thethem professional divisions couldn’t ask for anything better.” on Tuesday in the Dixon Oval at the iconic Devon Horse Show, and in the Green 3’6” Hunters it was Hunt Tosh and Douglas Wheeler’s Bastogne who took home The honors championship tricolorsgelding’s for the professional hunter divisions top The 6-year-old consistent effort over the twowere daysawarded the pair on Tuesday in the Dixon Oval at the iconic Devon Horse Show, and in the“Lights Green captured the championship title. In addition, Kenny and Ceil Wheeler’s 3’6” Hunters it was Hunt Tosh and Douglas Wheeler’s Bastogne who took home Out” was champion in the Green Conformation Hunters. top honors The 6-year-old gelding’s consistent effort over the two days the pair captured the championship In addition, Kenny andgiven Ceil Wheeler’s The final day saw the award title. for Best Young Horse being to Richard“Lights Taylor Out” was champion in the Green Conformation Hunters. and Renoir owned by Chuck and Sue Grossman . Taylor and Renoir are no strangers to this prestigious award, as this is his fourth year in a row taking home the title The final day second saw theyear award Bestwith Young being given toby Richard Taylor and Renoir’s in for a row topHorse honors. Sponsored Renaissance and Renoir owned by Chuck and Sue Grossman . Taylor and Renoir are no strangers Farm, the award and the Kenneth Wheeler Perpetual Trophy was awarded to Taylor to this prestigious award,Oldenburg as this is his year in a row taking home the title and Renoir, a 3-year-old coltfourth that impressed judges for two years in a and Renoir’s second year in a row with top honors. Sponsored by Renaissance row throughout the duration of the class.. Taylor, who has been in attendance at Farm, the and continually the Kenneth praised WheelerRenoir Perpetual was awarded to Taylor Devon foraward 53 years, for Trophy his impeccable behavior and and Renoir, a 3-year-old Oldenburg colt that impressed judges for two years in a will to win as soon as he steps foot in the Dixon Oval. Additionally, Taylor described row throughout the duration of the class.. Taylor, who has been in attendance at that Renoir is broken to walk, trot, canter, and trail ride and shows every indication Devon for 53 years, continually praised Renoir for his impeccable behavior and of being a very successful show hunter in his future. “He lives at the Grossman’s will toThis win as soon as he horse steps foot the Dixon Additionally, Taylor described farm. spring, this has in lived out in Oval. a field with a run-in shed and his that Renoir is broken to walk, trot, canter, and trail ride and shows every indication blankets because the barn is being completely renovated. He gets the best care. of being a very successful show hunter his extension future. “He lives vacuum, at the Grossman’s They made an outdoor grooming stall in with cords, clippers, farm. This spring, this horse has lived out in a field with a run-in his brooder lights, whatever it took. Even without a five million dollar shed barn,and he still blankets because the barn is being completely renovated. He gets the best care. got fabulous care. It’s great story to me because it proves if you want to do something They made an you outdoor grooming stall with extension cords, vacuum, clippers, badly enough, can do it.” brooder lights, whatever it took. Even without a five million dollar barn, he still got fabulous great story me because it proves if you to do something Next on the care. showIt’s schedule for to Tosh and Bastogne was the want Upperville Colt and badly enough, you can do it.” Horse Show where again they achieved more top results. In the Green Conformation Hunters, the championship ribbon was won by Tosh once again. He Next Ceil on the schedule for Tosh Bastogne was the Upperville Colt and rode andshow Kenny Wheeler’s Lightsand Out, and Douglas Wheeler’s Bastogne to Horse Show where again they achieved more top results. In the Green the Green Hunter Championship . Fresh off their $25,000 USHJA International Conformation Hunters, championship ribbon by Tosh once again. He Hunter Derby win at thethe Devon Horse Show, Toshwas andwon Flamingo-K, a 13-year-old rode Ceil and Kenny Wheeler’s Lights Out, and Douglas Wheeler’s Bastogne to Belgian Warmblood owned by Ceil Wheeler, executed brilliance over each fence the Green Hunter Championship . Fresh off their $25,000 USHJA International and were awarded the high scores of 92 and 91.Although normally there is a handy Hunterfollowing Derby winthe at the Devon Horse Show, Tosh and Flamingo-K, a 13-year-old round classic round, a thunderstorm that came through the area Belgian Warmblood owned by Ceil Wheeler, executed brilliance over each fence brought an early end to class, and the results were confirmed with the scores from andfirst wereround. awarded theearning high scores of 92 and 91.Although normally there iswith a handy the After the overall victory, Tosh was also presented the round following classic round, a thunderstorm that came through the area Russell Frey Stylethe Award. brought an early end to class, and the results were confirmed with the scores from the first round. After earning the overall victory, Tosh was also presented with the Russell Frey Style Award.


pictured above: Hunt Tosh and Ceil Wheeler’s Flamingo K the winner of the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby photo credit: Caroline Nickolaus/Phelps Media Group pictured above: Hunt Tosh and Ceil Wheeler’s Flamingo K the winner of the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby photo credit: Caroline Nickolaus/Phelps Media Group

pictured above: Hunt Tosh and Douglas Wheeler’s Bastogne who took home top honors in the Green Hunter division photo credit: Caroline Nickolaus/Phelps Media Group pictured above: Hunt Tosh and Douglas Wheeler’s Bastogne who took home top honors in the Green Hunter division photo credit: Caroline Nickolaus/Phelps Media Group

pictured above: “Best Young Horse” being awarded to Richard Taylor and Renoir owned by Chuck and Sue Grossman Photo credit: Allyson Lagiovane/Phelps Media Group.

LIFE pictured above: “Best Young Horse” being awarded to Richard TaylorKESWICK and Renoir owned by Chuck and Sue Grossman Photo credit: Allyson Lagiovane/Phelps Media Group. JUNE 2018 KESWICK LIFE

LIFE, MAKE IT HAPPEN! Astrologically Speaking BY MARY MORONY

Probably around kindergarten, we figure

The moon doesn’t cause women to menstruate, yet their cycles synch. Every twenty-nine years coinciding with the orbit of Saturn like clockwork, a new phase of maturation begins in a person’s life. Similarly around forty-two to fortyfour there’s a powerful urge to break free of collective, societal, and familial conditioning to be true to self and to go to extremes, if need be to do so. That’s the revolutionary impulse of Uranus’s symbolism waking you up to the idea you let yourself play small for way too long and it no longer serves you.

out we aren't the same. Some of us are red skinned, others darker, some have eyes of blue, unlike your brown-eyed siblings. There are those we know who are easy to ruffle and others placid as lake water. I'm not exactly sure when it occurred to me that I was different from anybody in my family despite our mostly-mutual coloring and our shared predilection for drama. Different, back then, didn't get you a five-star review. Had astrology been a course of study at the time and someone of importance in my life had studied it things might have gone a lot differently for me. I understand why folks don’t race out to consult the stars, or embrace the idea that there is any validity to planets having control over our lives. Four people in my family share the same birthday. Chalk has more in common with cheese than we four have with each other. When we check out our horoscopes in the astrology columns, we are all reading Cancer's prediction for the month--end of similarity! How can it be? My take-no-prisoners dualistic thinking concluded: Astrology lacks credibility if four so remarkably dissimilar human beings share the same sun sign. Before throwing the ancient practice out altogether, I thought I should delve deeper than a few forays into columns in Harper's Bazaar or Vogue for my evidence. How else would I validate my conclusions? Luckily there is an astrologer right here in Charlottesville. Her name is Cheryl Hopkins and her email address is anempoweringastrology@ My elder sister and I don’t share the same birth sign. We rarely share the same take on any given experience, which makes perfect sense to a point. A few years back when she suffered a heart attack our lack of a consensus view could have been more stunning . She died and was twice resuscitated. I couldn't wait to hear about her adventure. Hardly able to control my excited curiosity, I listened expectantly as she relayed the events up to and after the attack. She left out the most important part of her narrative. Never one to leave a question unasked, I inquired, "Did you go to the light? How about a tunnel?" I pelted her with a barrage of the near-death experiences I had read about. "...None of those? ...Not any one of them, really?" We were each mystified by the other's response.

Now as I am beginning to discover, there is no mystery here. Death and transformation are themes that crop up like weeds in my natal chart and barely register in hers. With a quick look at our horoscopes any surprises in her answers melt away. "No, I don't remember anything. I just woke up?" Before this conversation, I suspected we didn't share similar worldviews. Afterwards, no doubt existed. Steeped throughout our shared childhoods in a decided right and wrong mentality, one of us had to be wrong, and I was pretty sure t’was I. The habit of being wrong formed at an early age and persisted despite my logical mind's contrary protestations. Imagine if a parent or teacher possessed even a cursory knowledge of what the stars revealed in a child’s personality how beneficial that could be. In my case I wouldn’t be wrong just myself, different. Coming to grips with my arbitrary nonconformity fueled a lifelong pursuit of self-discovery—another thing setting me apart from most of my family of origin, my neighbors, and pretty much the rest of the world. Despite all my efforts to create similarities between me, and thee, one peculiarity stood out like a principled man in D.C. No matter how hard I tried putting on the I’m-just-like-everyone-else hat, it didn’t fit. I can’t help being different. It is in my chart. By design, I came in order to be the outlier. As I was coming to discover there is more to astrology than just your sun sign. Once I found Cheryl, I made an appointment right away. When we spoke, I told her I was a skeptic since three other of my family members had the same birthday and we couldn’t be more distinctly individual. Also for giggles, I had some issues I wanted to take a stellar perspective on to find some clarity.

I'm here to tell you to have a human being you’ve never met tell you things about yourself, details long time friends might not pick up on, is weird. I jokingly asked if she had been peeking in my windows. When she started off our session with I was different and why that was so, I was nonplussed. She explained: “Your natal sun and Uranus are conjunct. Your sun is your sense of autonomy, identity and conscious awareness. Where it lands in your chart describes what part of your life you express this part of your psyche. Joined with Uranus, the outer planet representing individuality, authenticity and revolutionary change (that’s what conjunct means) and you get someone whose normal is anything but; doesn’t run with the crowd and is oriented toward shaking up the status quo rather than going along, like you.” Hearing that bit of information was like the satisfaction you feel when you find a long sought after puzzle piece that had fallen under the table. Its shape outlined clearly, once found makes sense of the whole puzzle. Your natal chart is a gold mine of information. Carl Jung used astrology extensively in his practice and coined the term “synchronicity” to describe meaningful coincidences occurring in his life and the lives of his patients in regards to the position of the planets. They are too far away to directly affect us. Yet observation of their placements, relationship to each other and the events occurring in the lives of individuals and nations for many millennia show a correlation. We resonant with their symbolism. That offers useful information that is relevant whether one is open to it or not.


If instead of personality, psychological and academic tests as the sole way to assess a person it would be enlightening to utilize the information in one’s astrological chart as the basis for understanding another’s orientation and potential first. If instead of using tests scores to assess a child’s potential, how wonderful would it be if horoscopes were the benchmark of an individual child’s abilities? The symbolism of the planets is reflected in our collective experiences, too. On 9/11 Saturn, representing society, structures and authority was in the sign of Gemini; relationship, business and two of something. It was opposing the planet Pluto representing death, destruction, transformation and rebirth in the sign of Sagittarius; beliefs, religion, and foreigners. Cheryl shared that, that event literally played out the energy of the two signs. Where they contacted the United States chart showed that our sense of who we are and how others see us in the world would be fundamentally altered. Maybe the heavenly bodies do have some sway over life on earth? Makes you think, doesn’t it? Now, don’t all call Cheryl at once.

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



JUNE 2018


Fishing in Austria BY CHARLES THACHER

It had been two years since my first fish-

ing trip to Austria. On that occasion I had stayed at the Wirt am Bach, a bustling gasthof on the Traun River, one of the most famous fly-fishing destinations in Europe. On my last night, after four days of good fishing, I was drinking a beer and looking at the wine list, when a group of about ten men sat down at a table behind me. One of them, a man with rumpled gray hair, a thick mustache and a welcoming face, walked over to my table. “Hallo. I’m Hans Aigner. You wouldn’t be a fisherman, would you?” “In fact, I am. I’m Charlie Thacher.” I shook his hand.” Do you have the habit too?” “Yes, of course. I’m with the group over there. We are fishermen who look after the river. We call ourselves the Friends of the Traun. If you have not had dinner yet, why don’t you join us?” “Thanks so much. That is very nice, but I do not speak German” “No, please join us. Some of us speak English. As long as you don’t mind missing parts of the conversation.” “No problem. I would miss it all if I stayed here. I just need to tell the waiter.” It has been my pleasant experience that, because humans are social creatures, they naturally feel bad for someone who is engaged in a normally social activity, such as dinner, by himself. Or, maybe I look particularly needy. Whatever – it’s led to

some of my most memorable meals. Hans re-arranged the table so that the best English speakers were near me. I had a great time. He was one of the most engaging men that I have met – funny, raucous and warm. He seemed to be the unelected leader of the group, filling in during pauses in the conversation with stories or humor. As they all got up to leave, he gave me his card and told me that if I decided to return, and would like to fish with him, I should send him an email. Now, two years later, I was on my way to meet him, having left the Vienna airport in the early afternoon, for a 3-hour drive to the gasthof on the Salza River where we would meet for dinner at eight o’clock, and stay. As I neared the autobahn exit heading south toward the Salza, a sign said “Stift Melk” and under it a picture of a medieval building, and “36 kilometers’. I read Umberto Eco’s extraordinary book, The Name of the Rose, several decades ago. The fictional murder mystery takes place in the 14th Century in an un-named Benedictine monastery in the Italian Alps, and it explores quotidian life in a medieval monastery in much the same way that Melville explored life on a 19th Century whaling vessel. One of Eco’s two protagonists – the narrator and fictional author - was Adso of Melk. The incredible library, which is a central feature of the book’s fictional monastery, was described as being modeled after the great library at Melk Abbey. I had never done any research related to the book and had no idea that Melk Abbey actually existed, much less that I would be within half an

hour of it. I decided to bypass the exit and visit the ruin. I arrived at Melk just before admissions closed. It is anything but a ruin. Founded in the late 11th Century, it was completely rebuilt in the early 18th Century, and is perfectly preserved. The massive complex, set on a hill overlooking the Danube, is a beautiful and impressive site. The extensive gardens and the building’s opulent interior are spectacular, and the richly decorated library - housing nearly 2,000 medieval manuscripts and over 100,000 antiquarian printed books - is astonishing. Today, in a much more secular era than when it was founded and rebuilt, Melk functions primarily as a tourist attraction and a school. The unplanned diversion was worth the effort, but now I had to hustle to meet up with Hans by eight o’clock. The drive south through the mountains on winding country roads, was lovely. Soon it started to rain. It was already eight o’clock when I reached the charming four-season vacation village of Mariazell, but I was relaxed, knowing that it should be less than fifteen minutes more to my destination – the Gasthof Franzbauer, in the tiny village of Gusswerk. The Salza was generally rated as the finest trout stream in Austria. Permits were expensive (over $250 per day) and difficult to obtain, and I was very excited to be fishing it for two days. When I pulled into Gusswerk, it was raining very hard and nearly dark. I hadn’t bothered getting specific directions to the Gasthof, or attempting to plot it in a GPS,

because the village was so small that I figured I could easily find a gasthof. Wrong! I drove for a few miles on each of several different roads out of town and found nothing. I stopped four or five times to ask people how to get there, before someone claimed that he knew and pointed me to a road leading south. I drove on that dark, wet, winding road for over five miles, finally coming to a turnoff into a gasthof in a tiny cluster of buildings, but the name on the sign was not Franzbauer. Cursing the man who had sent me to the wrong place, I returned to the central village, and found someone else who promptly sent me back to where I had just come from. It was now about 9:30 and I felt awful that poor Hans, who had met me briefly two years earlier, was probably cursing me for making him drive about three hours from his home on a wild goose chase. But I was helpless since I had no telephone service, no GPS and no common sense. When I arrived again at the turnoff for the wrong gasthof, I decided to ask for help. I walked into a simple, but attractive restaurant, and went up to the small bar. “Can you tell me where Gasthof Franzbauer is?” “You are in it.” “But the big sign at the turn-in has a different name on it.” “Yes, that’s an old name that the local people still use, but the little sign in front of the gasthof is correct.” Just then a man walked from the back



up to the bar. “Charlie, how are you?” It was Hans. I started apologizing, and he immediately cut me off. “No problem. I assumed you might be lost. After all, you are a Yank.’ He laughed. “Come sit down, have a beer and we’ll order dinner. You must be hungry” I relaxed completely, had a great dinner, couple of beers, and we shared an excellent Austrian wine. We talked mostly about fishing, while exchanging basic details about our personal lives. Hans seemed to know nearly everyone else in the restaurant, with people regularly stopping by to say hello. It continued raining for most of the night. When I came down for breakfast at about eight o’clock, Hans was just coming in the door from outside. “I went out to have a cigarette and look at the river. It’s flooded. We can’t fish here.” “What about tomorrow?” “No. When the Salza is flooded like this, it cannot be fished for a week.” I went to look for myself, and was crestfallen. Hans said that our best bet was to try the Ybbs River, about an hour’s drive. We would go to the village of Opponitz, and acquire permits from the riverkeeper, who was also the town’s baker, and a good friend. But, as a courtesy we should ask him to join us for a coffee or beer, and some schnapps, and find out about the fishing. That wasn’t my normal morning sustenance, but “when in Rome…” Hans greeted the baker with a big bear hug, introduced me, and we went over to a café for our “snack.” The baker spoke little English, and I missed much of the conversation. But we got the permits, and just past noon we arrived at a bridge. Hans said “you can go upstream or down, and I’ll go the other way. There is not much difference. You might see a few flies hatching that you can try to match. Otherwise I suggest that you use a standard nymph or dry fly. We can meet back here about 3 o’clock and then we will fish a different section.” I picked upstream and had a nice afternoon on the pretty stream, catching about a half dozen trout. When I met up with Hans again, he was having a smoke, and merely said that he had caught some good fish on nymphs and a few on dry flies. We went to another spot with similar success, then back to our Gasthof for a couple of beers before dinner. Hans invited the baker to join us, and another friend who was eating in the restaurant, and who spoke English. A most pleasant evening. During dinner, Hans regaled us with fishing stories, including his recent pikefishing trip to the remote and enormous Amur river in eastern Siberia, where he and a half dozen of his buddies spent a week, but ended up waiting for the rain to stop. They only fished for a total of a few hours, before returning home. When I commiserated, he laughed and said “Oh no, we had a great time. We played a lot

of cards and never ran out of vodka and Cuban cigars.” That night it rained again, and Hans said that we should move on to the Steyr River near Grünberg, about an hour west. When we arrived at a parking area near the River, we were met by the riverkeeper, another pal of Hans. We had our schnapps interlude, and the riverkeeper gave us the required permits. The Steyr is a large river, and the fishing section runs through the middle of the busy village. But as in all of Austria and Germany, even the people whose homes are on the River, cannot fish without a permit, which costs about $200 per day, or maybe about 15 times that for a full season. So, other fishermen are rarely seen. We fished across from the village, perhaps fifty yards apart, for a couple of hours. At one point, Hans called to me to come see a fish he had landed. It was a very large grayling (a fish that behaves like a trout, but looks a bit like a whitefish with a big dorsal fin), perhaps 22” long. Large grayling are rare and difficult to catch, and I have observed that they excite most European anglers much more than trout. Hans said that we could not improve on that success, so we should go to lunch. It was the only caught fish that Hans ever bothered to show me. We drove a short distance to a modest house, with no sign. Hans led me to the back where there were four tables. A woman came out to greet him with a big hug, followed shortly by her husband. She put two large steins of beer on our table. Hans said “My friends here make the best wienerschnitzel in Austria. That is what we must have.” We did, with fries, and it was exceptional. And, to add to the enjoyment, the proprietress joined us for a second beer. One other table was occupied for lunch at what would now be on my list of all-time favorite restaurants, except I never found out the name. After a long lunch, and several smoke breaks for Hans, we returned to fishing, and encountered an evening hatch of tiny flies that allowed me to observe Hans’ impressive angling skills. I caught a few fish too. The next day after breakfast we drove to the Ager River, where Hans was the riverkeeper. It was a small stream. He suggested that we wade downstream, casting nymphs down and across the water, then stripping them in. I would go in front and he would follow about 25 meters behind me. He gave me a few of the nymphs that he would use. I’m an experienced nymph fisherman. and I would never want to fish right behind me or any other angler. But it was his plan on his river. I caught trout steadily, maybe a half dozen or so per hour for the three hours that we fished. I would have felt bad for Hans, but every time I turned to look back, he had a fish on. How was I missing the fish that he was catching? When we returned to our cars, he commented “Charlie, it looks like you had a good day”.

“I did. Your nymph worked very well. Do you mind if I ask how many fish you caught?” “I didn’t count. Perhaps thirty or forty. But I am the riverkeeper and have a personal relationship with these fish. You did well for your first day on the river” That afternoon we drove to the Wirt am Bach, where I would be staying for two nights. Hans returned home. He told me that the Friends of the Traun were having dinner at the Gasthof the next night, and that we should join them. I had more good fishing. The next evening, Hans and I met for a beer, then joined the group. I was sitting next to the group’s president. Richard, who spoke excellent English. When Hans went out for a smoke, Richard turned to me. “How do you know Hans?” “I met him two years ago at a dinner with this group. I don’t believe that you were here. He invited me to fish with him.” Do you know anything about him?” “Not much, except that he’s a great guy to fish and travel with. He seems to know someone in every village, and he has more fun than anyone I know.” “He is a great guy. The best, and he lives every day like it’s his last. But he is also the best fisherman in Austria. He ran our top casting school for 30 years. He never talks about it, but he catches fish when no one else can. And he never takes fishing too seriously. You must be a very good fisherman if he invited you to join him.” “Frankly, he had never seen me fish. He just invited me. I liked him and accepted. It’s only been a few days, but great fun.” Richard’s comment got me thinking that Hans, a great angler, had never given me any suggestions, or even commented on my workaday skills. We were just fishing pals. Neat. The next year I decided to return to Austria. Hans said that he could not join me any place, but he would get me permits on the Salza and some other rivers if I liked, and when I came to the Traun he could fish with me. I spent two days on the Salza (staying at Franzbauer) in perfect conditions and all the good things that I had heard about it turned out to be true. A beautiful river, in a narrow valley cut through high and rugged mountains, with great dry-fly fishing. I also enjoyed the Steyr again. After I got to the Traun, Hans and I met for dinner twice, which included some of his friends. and the first morning he took me to a small section of the river that he said had not been fished all season. That was because there were very high, thick grasses and shrubs between the access road and the river, and no one bothered to bushwhack


through them to fish water that might be unproductive. But the day before, Hans in his inimitable fashion, had the River’s landscaper cut a path through the brush, creating easy access for the two of us. I caught some fine trout and a large barbel (a popular European fish that looks like a cross between a carp and a catfish) – the first of my life. Hans fished just out of my view, and I don’t know what he caught. Austria had become a favorite destination for me. And fishing and hanging out with Hans made it even more enjoyable. The following spring, I emailed him to give him the dates that I was planning to come. He wrote back that he would not be able to fish with me, because he had been diagnosed with lung cancer, it had spread to other parts of his body, and the doctor had told him that it was too late to stop it. He could expect to live only a few months. If, when I came, he was still able to, he would meet me for coffee. What a shock! This robust, always happy and optimistic man, in such a bad way. Although, I had spent, in total, less than a week with him, he was a close friend. We picked a day to meet at the Wirt am Bach. He looked better than I expected, though he had lost a great deal of weight. The doctor’s prognosis had not changed. I asked him if he was able to fish, and he said that he might be able to, but no longer had any interest in it. He was staying at home with his wife and doing nothing. He was depressed, and seemed to be just playing out the string. I was a bit shocked, since he had always seemed to enjoy life so much. But, then how well did I really know him? We said our good-byes after less than an hour. A few months later a member of the Friends of the Traun emailed me to tell me that he had died. I’ve returned to Austria to fish twice since, always enjoying myself in that beautiful, welcoming country. I even had dinner again with the Friends of the Traun. We met at a large traditional beer hall, and all of them had a single beer or just nonalcoholic beverages. They said that the legal alcohol levels for driving in Austria were now so low, and the penalties for violations so severe, that they could not take a chance. Dinner was very short and, frankly, a bit boring. I could imagine Hans laughing and saying “In the new Austria, what’s the point of a beer hall?”

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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• 2 cans solid white tuna • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced • 1/4 C soy sauce • 2 T sesame oil • 1 T honey • 1 T rice wine vinegar • 1 T furikake rice seasoning • 1 C cherry tomatoes, halved • 1 english cucumber, halved & thinly sliced • 4 C mixed greens • 1 C fresh herbs (mint, basil, thai basil, cilantro)

This is also a very popular recipe for a summer friends on patio! This recipe is fun and can be used as a quick lunch item or a great make ahead meal served with nice French White. I’m pretty sure this will become a Keswick favorite, it’s certainly one of mine!

Step 3

For ginger dressing; combine all ingredients in blender, puree until smooth.

Step 4

To serve, mix greens, herbs, tomato & cucumber.

Step 5

Top with reserved marinated tuna and Ginger-Miso dressing. 4 servings.

Ginger-Miso Dressing • 2 T miso paste • 2 T ginger, finely chopped • 1 garlic clove • T rice wine vinegar • T water • T sugar • 2 tsp sesame oil • 2 T vegetable oil

Step 1

Drain tuna and flake into bowl, add scallions.

Step 2

Add soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, vinegar & rice seasoning to blender, blend until combined and pour over tuna. Mix tuna, scallions & soy dressing until well com-

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Stay Cool On Hot Summer Nights BY SUZANNE NASH

As I am writing this, it has topped 100 degrees in Keswick today and summer is fast upon us. I hope everyone is staying cool and enjoy afternoons by the pool when they can. I left you with quite a few reviews for last month, but I live in hopes that you have read them all and are ready to move on to a few new favorites! You have to read a least one epic novel every summer and for me, this summer, I finally got to a book that was a Christmas gift…yes sometimes it takes me awhile to get through my piles of books too! Pachinko is a masterpiece by author Min Jin Lee and was a National Book Award finalist for good reason. It’s the early 1900sin a small fishing village in Korea where Sunja and her mother take in lodgers. When Sunja becomes seduced by a very suave Korean named Hansu and falls pregnant, her life turns upside down. If you have never read much about the Japanese and Korean culture this will be an illuminating look. I find it especially relevant, as we are currently dealing with the North Korean situation in the news all of the time, to get a better idea of some of the cultural history in Asia. In the 1900’s, the Koreans are not thought highly of by the Japanese, who have control of their homeland. They are treated as second class citizens if that. Hansu wants nothing more than to be Japanese and all that goes with being able to pass for Japanese. This is a theme that runs throughout the book. When Sunja marries a kind, sickly minister named Isak, he takes her to join his brother (Yosab) and sister in law (Kyunghee) in Japan. There the two families struggle to exist and create a better life for the two young sons of Sunja. The name of the novel is never really explained fully so I will enlighten you a bit. Pachinko is a gambling game in Japan that involves a pinball like machine that is upright. These gambling houses are almost exclusively run by Koreans and exist to this day. This story will give you a window onto the world of the Koreans who had to try and overcome many obstacles to succeed in a very repressive world.

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swap at Grace Church and when I started reading it I was stunned to learn about this horrible atrocity that took place in World War II. Once again, the Japanese looked down on another Asian culture (the Chinese) and when they invaded China they wreaked havoc in a brutal attack that even horrified some of the Nazis who were living in China at that time. I will not pretend that this is an easy, fun read. It is difficult due to the subject matter, but it is something that opened my eyes to another part of history I had heard very little about. I knew about the forced marches imposed on the Chinese and had read about them before, but this book takes the experience to a whole new level and it holds some surprising heroes. If you like history and want to have a better understanding of a not too distant past then look into this horrible event that many Japanese still refuse to admit to. On a much lighter note, if you are looking for some thrillers to give you a chill this summer look no further.

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Anna has called to reconnect and within days she has moved into the home of Noah and Maggie. Seventeen days later Anna is dead, and Noah is on trial. This is a real nail biter and a perfect poolside read that you will want to bring with you into bed late at night as well. Sometimes I Lie is another psychological thriller featuring a woman narrator who you aren’t sure whether to believe or not. The title sort of clues you in to the fact that you need to question everything you are being told. The chapters bounce between before and after as well, and the reader has to piece together why Amber is now in the hospital in a coma. She is married to Paul, who may or may not be having an affair with Amber’s sister, and before the accident she was working as a radio co-host with a real ball-busting radio dive named Madeline. You immediately understand that Amber did not end up in a coma due to the car accident the police seem to think was the cause. There is a lot more going on here. Amber isn’t a particularly nice person…she has her issues…but do those issues mean that her views are warped or is she really in danger? If you like suspense this is a wonderful summer read, that will leave you wanting more! After all, what could be worse than lying in a coma while you have people around you that might be trying to kill you? I have to admit I was not sure what was going on until right at the end. Have a great time this summer and pack a few books as you head out on your adventures because you are never lost or alone when you have a book to keep you company!



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LINDEN RIDGE – A private 70 Located estates LINDEN among RIDGE –other A private 70 in the Keswick areaother of Albemarle LocatedHunt among estatesCty. in The the 1920’s home is situated on a knoll in The the Keswick Hunt area of Albemarle Cty. center of the manicured acreage, with 1920’s home is situated on a knoll in the dramatic of the SW Mtns. Close to center ofviews the manicured acreage, with C’ville, this 4 BRofhome is insulated from dramatic views the SW Mtns. Close to road noise, private.from The C’ville, this 4and BR extremely home is insulated exterior includes a detached garage, road noise, and extremely private. The formal gardens with irrigation, rear patio, exterior includes a detached garage, and numerous Also formal gardenslarge with specimen irrigation,trees. rear patio, included: guest cottage, entertainment/art and numerous large specimen trees. Also studio barn, stable, fencing, stream, gated included: guest cottage, entertainment/art entry. studio barn, stable, fencing, stream, gated entry. For further information contact Justin Wileyinformation 434.981.5528 For further contact tJustin Wiley 434.981.5528 r t r

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JUNE 2018

OBITUARY Mildred Newton Dillard, 89, passed

away peacefully on Sunday, June 3, 2018, at Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge. She was born on April 13, 1929, in Charlottesville, to Robert and Vivian (Henshaw) Newton. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jack Hamner Dillard; and sisters, Irene Adams and her husband, William Adams, Edna Hildebrand, and Audrey Pippin. Millie is survived by her daughter, Lisa Brown and her husband, Guy Brown, of Charlottesville; son, Charles Dillard and his wife, Cynthia Dillard, of Johns Island, S.C.; son, Robert Dillard of Charlottesville; grandchildren, Walker Dillard of Charleston, S.C., Alicia Dillard of Johns Island, S.C., and Sidra Dillard of Madison, Wisc.; nieces, Tanya Adams of Charlottesville, Brenda Johnson of Crozet, Sandra Melton of Charlottesville, Heather Knight of Charlottesville, and Susie Pearce of Fluvanna; nephews, Michael Adams of Fluvanna, Jay Knight of Charlottesville, and Colter Knight of Charlottesville; and beloved brother-in-law, Pete Hildebrand of Charlottesville. Millie graduated Lane High School, soon after married Jack and worked at Peoples Bank. She eventually devoted her energies to the children and managing the residential real estate properties she and Jack accrued over the years. She enjoyed flower gardening, playing tennis, spending winters in St. Croix, USVI and traveling abroad with Jack. In recent years her Yorkshire terrier "Josh" was a wonderful companion. The family wishes to thank the Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge healthcare team and Hospice of the Piedmont for

their care and compassion. A church service and interment was held on Thursday, June 7, 2018, at Grace Episcopal Church,., Keswick, Va. Condolences may be offered at

John Daniel DeViney, dearly loved

husband of Mary Loose DeViney, died on a memorable Father's Day, June 17, 2018, at his home in Keswick, Virginia. John had an abiding Faith in God. He took pride in his work and tried to help others along their life's path. He was born on March 8, 1957, at Camp Lejeune, N.C., to 1st SGT John Thomas DeViney, USMC (Ret.) and Frances Mabeline DeViney. Growing up a "Marine Corps Brat," he took on the characteristics and honor of a U.S. Marine so instilled by his father. He grew up a caring, loving man from the influence of his mother. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Thomas DeViney. He was also preceded in death by his wife's parents, Hermann FW Loose and Frances G. Loose, whom he loved dearly, and they loved him. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Mary Loose DeViney whom he loved and adored with all his heart; his beloved son, Hunter A. W. Loose, his son, William DeViney and his wife, Michele, grandson, Nicolas and granddaughter, Savannah of Front Royal, Va.; his daughter, Sara DeViney of Navarre, Fla.; his sister, Debra Bishop and her husband, William, from Woodbridge, Va.; his sister, Susan Pellien and her husband, James, from Lake Orion, Mich.; and a sister and brother-in-law, Mr. & Mrs. Michael

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Wagner. John was the General Manager of Par Vehicle in Springfield and then was the Account Representative for Bogle Tire Company in Lorton, before working at his dream job at Dickinson Equipment in Fredericksburg, where he met a family that loved him like their own. He loved to sell tractors, he loved his customers, but most of all he loved being a part of the Dickinson Family. He considered Robert and Clay his brothers, and Drew and Robby his sons. He graduated from Woodbridge High School where he played on the football team. He attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to play football and broke his ankle in a college practice rendering him unable to play. He then attended George Mason University, Cummins Diesel Training School and Detroit Diesel Training School. He held many certificates in business, sales, engine repair, electrical systems, rubber tire construction, and from Kubota University. John served as a Staff Officer for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He was a Boy Scouts of America Life Scout and served as President of the Virginia Jaycees. He was a member of the Men's Industrial Bowling League and a YABA Youth Bowling Instructor. He was a member of the Virginia Service Station Dealers Association as well as a member of Kubota Advisory for the Southeastern Region. John served as the Vice President of the Beville Middle School PTSO and an Advisory Board Member of the Prince William County School Board. He was also a member of the Stafford Advisory Board to the School Board for Business Leaders. John was the Chairman of the Fredericks-

burg Area Food Bank Golf Tournament for 15 years. He was a Virginia Junior Chamber of Commerce Life Member #93-016, a Junior Chamber International Senator #52113, a National Merit Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society. He was also a member of the Woodberry Forest Golf Club and so enjoyed playing golf with Bob, Leo, Carl and Tony. John loved to cook, especially for his wife, who does not cook. He was a faithful member of Grace Church Cismont. His favorite prayer in the world was the Lord's Prayer and he cherished it above all others. Pallbearers are Hunter A.W. Loose, William DeViney, Nicolas DeViney, R. Marc Johnson, Robert Dickinson and Clay Dickinson. Honorary pallbearers are his co-workers at Dickinson Equipment, Kubota of Culpeper, and The Tractor Center. A Service of Burial of the Dead will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at Grace Episcopal Church Cismont, 5607 Gordonsville Rd., Keswick, VA 22947 with interment immediately following at Monticello Memory Gardens, 670 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, Va. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at Hill and Wood Funeral Home. In addition to flowers, John requests that donations be made to Grace Episcopal Church Cismont, Stony Point Chapel, POB 43, Keswick, VA 22947, which was consecrated the day his father was born. Condolences may be sent to the family

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