KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its environs - June 2019
In this issue
Keswickians Got Married This Summer plus: life happens, only in keswick, going out, overheard, happenings, and much more
Justin H. Wiley
Peter A. Wiley
132A East Main Street • Orange, VA 22960
503 Faulconer Drive, Suite 6 • Charlottesville, VA 22903
MLS# 558793 • $995,000
MLS# 588685 • $1,400,000
LAUREL RIDGE – English country manor home on 99+/- acres designed by renowned architect & built by a highly respected contractor. Located amongst large, protected estates in the North Garden area of Albemarle Co. just 20 min. from town. The property also has a swimming pool, storage barn, kennel & workshop. House is in very good condition & the kitchen was recently redone. Completely private setting. Now priced $460,000 below assement.
RIVER ROCK FARM – A beautiful farm with long frontage on the Lynch River and great views of the Blue Ridge. The main residence was custom built with reclaimed materials, native fieldstone and on-site milled oak counters. Sited for complete privacy, the home, a copper system pool and pool house enjoy beautiful views of the Blue Ridge. Pastures and a barn complex with riding trails, guest cottage/rental round complete this offering. High speed internet available.
Justin H. Wiley – 434.981.5528
Peter A. Wiley – 434.422.2090
MLS# 521382 • $595,000
MLS# 587840 • $250,000
PUMPHOUSE ROAD – Spectacular small horse property located in the heart of Somerset and the Keswick Hunt. This mostly open & fenced 14.5 acre offering has a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom house built in the 1940s. A 4-stall stable with tack room, wash stall & 2 new run-in sheds make this a great horse property.
BANTON ORCHARD – 72 acres with excellent building sites, located close to Lovingston. Elevated home sites with good views and privacy. Land is perfect for orchard or grapes, and includes 1500 sq ft multipurpose shop building, dormitory building, and an older cottage/office. Wonderful vineyard, orchard or other agritourism potential with easy access to Route 29. Power and water (2 wells) at the property.
Justin H. Wiley – 434.981.5528
Peter A. Wiley – 434.422.2090
MLS# 549494 • $579,000
MLS# 585925 • $256,500
RUTH HOLLOW FIRE TRAIL – This 193-acre ridge top property has dramatic views – to the east (overlooking Madison) and west (into the Rapidan River valley and across to Flattop Ridge and surrounding mountains), along with forest, dense woods and open flat pasture. Privacy, a spring and several possible home sites. Hunting, hiking and other recreational opportunities. Access is by 4-wheel drive vehicle. Also available with less land.
ELK ROCK MEADOW – Blazing fast internet on top of the Blue Ridge. Breathtaking views over Rockfish and Shenandoah Valleys with easy commute to Crozet and Charlottesville. Hikers paradise; steps from the Appalachian trail and convenient to wineries, breweries and the amenities and natural beauty Rt 151, Crozet, Wintergreen and the Valley have to offer. Additional home sites available ranging from 2.38 acres to 8.96 acres. Pricing from $193,000 to $292,500.
Justin H. Wiley – 434.981.5528
Peter A. Wiley – 434.422.2090
W W W.W I L E Y P R O P E R T Y. C O M
BLANDFORD, KESWICK VA The Perfect Country Cottage! First time available in over 40 years. Blandford originally built as a two-over-two with 4 fireplaces. Addition in 1979 to add kitchen, master bedroom and full bath. Original Wood Floors. Beamed Ceilings. Upper/Lower Screened Porches. Over 15 acres with fenced paddocks and 5-stall Barn. Mature Landscaping. Well-maintained. Excellent Location.
Licensed in Virginia and North Carolina
Contact Duke & Sharon Merrick for more information:
Office: 434-951-5160 or Mobile: 434-962-5658 DukeandSharon@KeswickProperties.com www.KeswickProperties.com Ednam Hall â€˘ 1100 Dryden Lane Charlottesville, VA 22903
time on market
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14 SHOWINGS sold for
98% OF LIST PRICE JUNE 2019
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FAIRVIEW - c. 1856 brick Georgian manor home. 9,000 s.f. with 11â€™ 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.
8 ON THE COVER The Wedding Issue Margaret Sutherland Carragher and David Gregory Kalergis, Jr. met at the wed-
ding of their mutual friends, Annie and Drew Thomasson, in May 2016. There was an immediate spark of attraction and three years later, Maggie and David wed at James Monroe's Highland in Charlottesville on June 1, 2019. Jacqueline Camille Langholtz and William Randolph Taylor met by chance at Commonhouse, in Charlottesville, just weeks after the social club opened in the summer of 2017. The attraction was instantaneous and mutual, and on June first they were married in the chapel of St.Paulâ€™s Memorial Church in Charlottesville. Bianca Moreira Catta -Preta and Ross Michael Svetz were married on June 15th at the mountaintop cabin on East Belmont Farm. Read all about these Keswickians' weddings, start on page 8!
1108 HILLTOP RD. -FARM Rarely -does a property come available withwith so many excellent qualities. Period BARTERBROOK c. 1900 3-bed renovated farm house 3 fireplaces, terraces and porches, Georgian designed by Marshall Wells, c. outdoor 1930's. spa, Flemish Bondwoodwork. with a slate33-acres. roof andWorkshop. copper gutters copper roof, open kitchen and floor plan, beautiful Barn and downspouts. Multiple living home spaces, four andbathroom terrace fireplace with extensive completely renovated as a second with fullfireplaces kitchen and and twooutdoors stories. This recreational plantings/gardens private lawn. Bestalocation in MLS town.584756. MLS 588265 $2,600,000 guest house/retreat and is a custom build and must see. $1,695,000.
Murdoch Matheson 434.981.7439 Murdoch.Matheson@Sothebysrealty.com 11 HORSIN AROUND U.S. Olympic veteran and Keswickian Will Coleman rode his longtime partner, murdoch-matheson.com
Obos O'Reilly, to the win in the Advanced division of the MARS Essex Horse Trials at historic Moorland Farm. Coleman finished cross country with no jumping and 6.40 time penalties for a three-phase score of 42.10 penalties on his 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse. Read all about the event on page 11.
13 KESWICK SCENE Hurricane season officially starts on June 1 and ends on November 30. Native Ameri-
cans called these storms hurakons, after “a great spirit who commanded the east wind.” Spanish explorers adopted the word and then began giving hurricanes the names of patron saints on whose feast days the storms occurred. Later, hurricanes were identified by their longitude and latitude. In 1950, a formal practice for storm naming was first developed by the U.S. National Hurricane Center. Read all about how the names for the 2019 Hurricanes on page 13!
17 COMMUNITY James Madison’s Montpelier has more than doubled the amount of land it has in
conservation easement, the presidential property announced Thursday afternoon. In conjunction with the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC), Montpelier and the National Trust for Historic Preservation have placed an additional 1,024 acres of historic land under permanent conservation easement. This brings the total acreage under protection to 1,939 acres—more than two-thirds of the 2,700-acre estate.A gift from the Mars Family Conservation Fund has enabled Montpelier to protect agricultural and forest resources, scenic open space, historic landscapes and wildlife habitat on the property. Read all about this happening on page 17.
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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.
19 BOOK REVIEWS Suzanne Nash says, "It’s finally summer and with its arrival comes the summer reading list, so get ready for a beach bag full of great reading material, whatever your taste!" Read all about her reviews on her June books on page 19.
MLS 585648 $3,250,000
Murdoch Matheson 434.981.7439 Murdoch.Matheson@Sothebysrealty.com 17 SPORTING Michael Brennan Wins 106th VSGA Amateur Championship at Keswick Golf Club
On the final hole, each player had an opportunity for birdie. Brennan was past the flagstick and had a tricky putt that started uphill but went downhill, and with a 1-up lead, he was careful not to ram it past the hole, knowing if he tied the hole, he’d win the championship.The putt came up just short, and Zhang conceded the par. Read all about it on page 20!
OVERHEARD On and Off the Market
New to the market this last month in the Keswick Zip code were 11 homes in Rivanna Village. In Glenmore, 3467 Devon Pines with 4 beds, 2.5 baths and 2805 sf for $538k. 1534 Kinross Lane with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 2505 sf at $589k. 3369 Darby Road with 3 beds, 2+ baths and 2698 sf at $565k. 3290 Melrose Lane with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 4161 sf is $829k. Around the area 4990 Turkey Sag Road with 3 beds, 3.5 baths and 3089 sf on 7.8 acres is at $849.9k. 4409 Bunker Hill Road with 2 beds, 1 bath and 960 sf on 3.6 acres is $139k. 996 Pelham Drive with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3236 sf on 4.9 acres is $480k. There were 8 new homes that went under contract in Rivanna Village. Around the area 6150 Louisa Road with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 2557 sf on 3.5 acres at $656k in 33 days and 2417 Palmer Drive, “Black Cat Cabin”, in Keswick Estate with 2 beds, 2 baths and 2176 sf on 4.2 acres at $795 in 19 days. In Glenmore 3235 Melrose Lane with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 4575 sf now at $628k in 303 days. 1451 Bremberton Lane with 4 beds, 2+ baths and 2929 sf at $549k in 64 days and 3657 Worcester Lane with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 2725 sf for $565.8k in 61 days. 3506 Glasgow Lane with 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 3658 sf at $599k in 83 days. Reduced around the area were 1093 St Johns Road, “Cobham Creek farm”, with 3 beds, 3.5 baths and 4088 sf on 26.3 acres from $1.995m to $1.695m in 96 days. 2645 High Fields Road with 2 beds, 1 bath and 1318 sf on 12.8 acres from $435k to $399k in 94 days and 3382 Royal Acres, a new construction home with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 2500 sf on 1.2 acres from $599.95k to $574.95k in 52 days. In Glenmore 3345 Darby Road with 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 3722 sf from $679.5k to $639.5k in 96 days. 3221 Avebury Lane with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3405 sf from $599k to $559k in 81 days. 3524 Glasgow Lane with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 5082 sf from $750k to $699k in 96 days. 1875 Graham Court with 5 beds, 5.5 baths and 6198 sf from $849k to $799k in 106 days. And we love sold property so 100 Campbell Road with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3375 sf on 9.4 acres at $542k sold in 112 days. 699 Black Cat Road with 2 beds, 1 bath and 1300 sf on .5 acres at $62k sold in 5 days. 944 Cismont Ridge Road with 3 beds, 3.5 baths and 3634 sf on 4.4 acres at $496,200 sold in 5 days. In Glenmore 1421 Bremberton Lane with 5 beds, 3.5 baths and 4063 sf at $570k sold in 5 days. 3222 Avebury Lane with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 5221 sf at $640 k sold in 323 days. 2325 Ferndown Lane with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 4164 sf at $590.5k sold in 250 days. 1685 Wellesley Knolls with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3677 sf at $545k sold in 146 days. 3303 Lockport Place with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 4045 sf at $625k sold in 12 days and 3197 Sundown Park with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3591 sf at $525k sold in 104 days.
BY THE NUMBERS
1500 visitors toured the Grace Church Farm Tour 9 Farms opened their gates throughout the Keswick environs
MANY THANKS TO
THE FARM OWNERS and their managers without which we would not be able to have a Farm Tour Our Sponsors some of which have supported us for all 10 years and others who are brand new to the Farm Tour The Volunteers -- all those who sold tickets, parked cars, helped kids have fun, baked for the bake sale, all 4-H kids and their animals, those who made music, set up and cleaned up Our guests who continue to come from near and far to enjoy a great day in the country The blessing of fabulous weather and the beautiful countryside where we are all privileged to live Once profits are finalized, the process will continue to determine the recipients for 2019. This involves a thorough vetting of each request and non-profit who asks for help. Once completed, the monies generated from June 8th will circulate in various directions to make life a little bit better for so many in need. To The Community of Keswick -- a heartfelt thank you for 10 years of continued support.
The Keswick Garden Club hosted a fundraiser with a theme of ‘Bees & Blooms’ on April 9th at Glenmore Country Club. The luncheon event featured a wonderful floral arranging demonstration by Keswick resident Gregory Britt of Gregory Britt Designs and an informative talk by Dr. Jody Johnson of Cullaborate LLC on the importance of bees and pollination in our daily lives. There were 20 vendors that took part in the event, bringing everything from local honey, to antiques and home furnishings, hats, jewelry, clothing and accessories. The fundraiser raised over $8500 and with a matching grant, the McIntire Botanical Garden received a donation of over $17,000! Not bad for your first fundraiser! And Keswickian Gregory Britt made all of the centerpieces!!! Stop in and visit him next door to Nancy Parson’s antique shop in the old Cismont Gulf building.
Keswick Farm on Route 22 is a setting for Liza Nash Taylor’s two forthcoming historical novels. Liza recently inked a two-book contract with Blackstone Publishers and her first novel will come out in hardcover and audiobook in August, 2020, all going well. The second will follow a year later. Inspired by Daniel Defoe’s 1922 novel, Moll Flanders, The Thin End of the Wedge (working title) is set in Keswick in 1925, with Keswick Farm imagined as an orchard and canning business. Next door is the fictitious Chestnut Grove, modeled after Castle Hill. Down Route 22 towards Gordonsville, about where Blue’s house and Country House Antiques are, is the imaginary Keswick Market. The Hunt Club and Grace Church also make appearances. Here’s a little bit about the story: Disillusioned and jilted, May Marshall returns home following an ignominious expulsion from Mary Baldwin College, only to find that her father has turned the family orchard into a lucrative moonshining enterprise. With nothing left to lose, she becomes complicit. Evading arrest by Prohibition agents, she skips town and lands in New York. From a job mending sheets in the laundry of the Biltmore Hotel, May works to distance herself from her past while pursuing new-found ambitions. A series of dubious opportunities and impetuous decisions lead her to Paris, where the discovery of a terrible truth about her mother forces May to reassess her values and reconcile the lies she has been telling to those she loves back at home. A loyal friend pulls her back from the brink; however, it might be too late to win back the trust of the man who has loved her since childhood. Liza started writing about six years ago, when her youngest, Annabel, went to boarding school. Last year she finished a low-residency MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the 2016 winner of the Fiction Prize of the San Miguel Writers’ Conference and a 2018 Hawthornden International Fellow. Her novels have been finalists in the Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing Competition and The Tucson Festival of Books and excerpts have appeared in The Copperfield Review and Deep South Magazine. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Bluestem Magazine, Gargoyle, and other literary magazines. She is currently working on a third novel. Liza is represented by Trident Media Group in New York. News and updates are available from her website: lizanashtaylor.com.
The GOING OUT Guide Mark your calendars! Save the date! Don’t be late! What: Albemarle County Fair When: James Monroe’s Highland Where: July 25th -27th The Albemarle County Fair Board is gearing up for the upcoming Albemarle County Fair on July 25 through July 27. Hours of operation will be Thursday, July 25 from 4pm until 9pm; Friday, July 26 from 10am until 9pm; Saturday, July 27 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. What: Front Lawn Fun! When: Wednesday, July 10th, 11:00am – 12:00pm Where: Virginia Museum of History & Culture Join us Wednesday mornings this summer from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm for Front Lawn Fun! This free, familyfriendly program will feature outdoor games and toys from yesteryear. Weather permitting, you’ll find us on our front lawn along Arthur Ashe Boulevard stretching out legs AND our minds. How did kids play in the past? Toys like Jacks, Jacob’s Ladders, and YoYos have been found around the world for thousands of years. You will get the chance to play with colonial-era replicas of these games, as well as take part in slinky races down our front steps, giant checkers on the lawn, and even try your luck in getting George Washington back home to Mount Vernon in a 19th century version of Chutes and Ladders.The activity will take place on the front lawn by the Boulevard (weather permitting) or in the Gottwald Gateway (rain and heat plan). The event is free but does not include admission to the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. The event also occurs on:, July 17, July 24, 31, August 7, August 14, August 21, and August 28th. What: Summer Concert at The Barn When: Saturday, July 20th 2019 7:30 pm Where: The Inn at Willow Grove Marc Broussard Summer Concert at The Inn at Willow Grove with Opening Act - Bent Mountain Trio Tickets: $50. To purchase tickets, call us at 540-317-1206 What: The 1784 Pub When: Saturday, July 20th 2019 7:30 pm Where: Michie Tavern Michie Tavern famously offers fried chicken and other Southern cuisine in a 1969 addition to the historic tavern. The original building itself, however, sat idle as a tourist attraction — until this month, when, after a $300,000 renovation, the 1784 Pub began serving Virginia beer, wine and cider to curious and thirsty travelers. The pub will serve appetizers, including chicken wings, and beverages.The tavern is open from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Appetizers are available after the lunch buffet closes at 3:30 p.m.
tions are required. Tour slots have limited seating and fill up quickly. View availability and make your reservation. Valley View Farm Craft Beverages, Pick-Your-Own Orchards, & Locavore Farm Market 1550 Leeds Manor Rd. Delaplane, VA 20144 Hours: Fridays: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm,Saturdays: 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.Sundays: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. For More information: Call us at (540) 592-1021 Email info@ valleyviewva.com or visit our Website at www.ValleyViewVA.com. WAHOOWA UVA Football -2019 Season August 31 - 7:30 PM AT PITTSBURGH
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.
September 6 - 8 PM VS -WILLIAM & MARY CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.
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 :email@example.com
September 28 - 3:30 PM VS –NOTRE DAME AT NOTRE DAME
What: Virginia International Three Day Eventing When: August 22-25th Where: Great Meadows, The Plains, Virginia High-performance eventing returns to The Plains, Virginia. The Great Meadow International CICO3* & FEI Nation's Cup™ Eventing will take place on August 2225th. 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. What: A Weekend on the Farm... When: All Summer Where: Valley View Farm, Delaplane, Virginia
September 14 - 7:30 PM VS- FLORIDA STATE CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. September 21 - TBA VS -OLD DOMINION CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.
October 11 - 8 PM VS -MIAMI AT MIAMI October 19 - TBA VS - DUKE CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. October 26 -TBA VS- LOUISVILLE LOUISVILLE, KY. November 2 - TBA VS - NORTH CAROLINA CHAPEL HILL, N.C. November 9 - TBA VS- GEORGIA TECH CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. November 23 - TBA VS- LIBERTY CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. November29 - TBA VS- VIRGINIA TECH CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. TV: ABC OR ESPN
Enjoy the views and a tasting at the little red barn at Valley View Farm! We will have prepacked strawberries available for purchase. Pick a cheese and other picnic delights to enjoy with your fresh strawberries! our free-range chickens have been busy at work and have kindly provided us with quite afew dozen eggs! Come in to get your farm-fresh eggs from our happy hens! Have you booked your family-friendly farm tour experience yet? Tour vouchers are required for adults and children ages 6 and older, and includes guided hayride tour, local honey tasting experience, and 10% discount on all purchases in the Locavore Farm Market! Vouchers can be purchased through InsideNovaTix. Reserva-
Jacqueline Camille Langholtz and William Randolph Taylor
Jacqueline Camille Langholtz and William Randolph Taylor
Jacqueline Camille Langholtz and William Randolph Taylor met by chance at Common House, in Charlottesville, just weeks after the social club opened in the summer of 2017. The attraction was instantaneous and mutual, and on June first they were married in the chapel of St. Paul’s Memorial Church in Charlottesville. Thomas Taylor, of Keswick, brother of the groom, was best man and Annabel Taylor, the groom’s sister, offered a reading. Jacqueline’s sister, Gabrielle Langholtz was the bride’s attendant and her daughter Bess was flower girl. The multi-faith ceremony was led by Episcopal Rector Will Peyton with support by Catholic Deacon Chris Morash, with a recitation of Hebrew prayers by cousins of the bride. Immediately following the noon wedding, the couple celebrated with family from near and far at a garden luncheon at Keswick Farm. Summer flowers, including Sweet William, came from the gardens of Monticello, Castle Hill and area farms and were arranged by Lou Hatch. Guests enjoyed a lunch by Judy Johnson and JM Stock and the beautiful cake was a wedding gift, baked by Melanie Pyne, a local friend of the bride. Annie Vanderwarker kept things organized under the tent while dogs lolled under the tables and children played badminton. Jacqueline was finishing a lunchtime meeting with the Director of Second Street Gallery, where she is a board member. William, a founding member of the club and patron of the art gallery, was there with his business partner and father, and asked to be introduced. “Hi, dad!” were Jacqueline’s first words to her future father-in-law. Sensing William’s sweetness, and admiring his suspenders, she hoped he would ask her back for a drink at Common House. He did.As she entered the club for their first date a week later, Jacqueline bumped into a woman who happened to be walking in at the same time. Seeing the two ladies approaching together, “Hello, mother” was William’s surprised greeting. With that second parental introduction haphazardly taken care of, William and Jacqueline quickly found they had much in common: a shared love of Broadway’s “Hamilton: An American Musical”, an enthusiasm for the arts and community engagement, New York City, homemade pasta, August birthdays, many shared friends, and more. They realized that Jacqueline, Education Manager at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, had known William’s aunt, Monticello’s Executive Vice President, since she’d moved from Brooklyn for the job six years prior. Jacqueline owned up to having a “no dating bankers” rule. William, Assistant Vice President at BB&T Scott & Stringfellow, took the position that financial advisors weren’t really bankers. She chose not to argue the point.As luck would have it, Common House happened to take a photo of their social hall that evening, and posted it to Instagram. Among the drinkers and diners it’s easy to see two people, both eagerly leaning towards each other, engaged in a lively conversation. William has a huge smile on his face. The club’s first couple will be their first couple to get married The bride, 35, manages educational programs at Monticello. A graduate of William & Mary, she has recently begun a doctorate program in Educational Leadership, Foundations and Policy at the University of Virginia. Jacqueline is the daughter of Dr. Danielle Moretti-Langholtz, a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and Curator of Native American Art at the College of William & Mary. Her father, Dr. Harvey Langholtz, is also a professor at William & Mary and is a retired US Coast Guard Commander and Director of the International Peace Operations Training Institute. The groom, 33, is Assistant Vice President and Financial Advisor at BB&T Scott & Stringfellow in Charlottesville, where he works in partnership with his father, Rocky Taylor. A graduate of HampdenSydney College, William is currently completing his MBA at Virginia Commonwealth University. William’s mother, Sandra Mirkil, lives in Charlottesville. His stepmother, Liza Nash Taylor, is a novelist. The couple will reside in Charlottesville Pictured below :The bride and groom with Annabel Taylor and Taylor cousins Colin Tasi, Ben Taylor, and Peter Taylor with Peter's girlfriend Janie Whittaker.
KESWICK LIFE APRIL 2015
Margaret Sutherland Carragher and David Gregory Kalergis, Jr.
Margaret Sutherland Carragher and David Gregory Kalergis, Jr. Margaret Sutherland Carragher and David Gregory Kalergis, Jr. met at the wedding of their mutual friends, Annie and Drew Thomasson, in May 2016. There was an immediate spark of attraction and three years later, Maggie and David wed at James Monroe’s Highland in Charlottesville on June 1, 2019. The bride’s best friend, Hillary Parsons, served as the maidof-honor with the groom’s sister, Natasha Kalergis, as one of the bridal attendants. The groom’s brothers, Hugh and James Kalergis, served as best men with the bride’s brother, James Carragher, as one of the groomsmen. The groom’s daughter, Virginia Porter, alongside his nieces, Harper and Grayson, and nephew, Alexander, served as flower girls and ring bearer. The service was officiated by The Very Reverend Charles C. McCoart, Jr., Rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Virginia. A boisterous and spirited cocktail hour and reception followed the 5:30pm ceremony. Charlottesville-based photographer and friend of the groom, Meredith Coe, expertly captured the smiles, joyful tears, and love and happiness of the wedding celebration. Kelsey Mayo with Donovan-Groves Events coordinated the wedding celebration and Faded Poppy provided the floral decorations. Guests enjoyed mouthwatering BBQ and fried chicken prepared by BBQ Exchange and were then treated to an Albemarle Bakery carrot cake for dessert. The Virginia Beach-based 6-piece band, 10 Spot, kept the dance floor rocking as they entertained guests with tunes ranging from Motown to classic soul, rock’n’roll to contemporary party hits. The couple exited the reception under the lights of sparklers, surrounded by their closest family and friends, and made their getaway in a 1980s Jeep Wagoneer.
Pictured above: (l-r) Jim, David, Natasha and Hugh Kalergis
Pictured above: David dancing with his mother, Mary Pictured below : David danccing with his bride and daughter, Porter
The bride, 28, manages community partnerships and events at Lowcountry Land Trust, a conservation nonprofit based in Charleston, SC. A graduate of the University of Virginia, she moved from Washington, DC to Charleston, SC shortly after meeting the groom. She has made her new home in the Lowcountry and enjoys spending summers at the beach with her family. Maggie is the daughter of Mary Elizabeth Tuttle, author and President & CEO of the American Horticultural Society, based in Alexandria, VA. Her father, Robert Carragher, serves as Senior State Affairs Advisor at the Society for Human Resource Management, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia.. The groom, 36, is founder of Lowcountry Family and Children, a family and child counseling practice based in Mount Pleasant, SC. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, David completed his Masters of Education in Counselor Education at The Citadel Graduate College. David’s mother, Mary Motley Kalergis, is an author, photographer and interviewer living in Charlottesville, VA. His father, David Gregory Kalergis, Sr., is co-founder and CEO of Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Inc, a Charlottesville, VA-based biotechnology and pharmaceutical company. The couple and their family will reside in Charleston, SC.
photo credits :Willaim Campbell Photography
Bianca Moreira Catta-Preta Ross Michael Svetz Biancaand Moreira Catta-Preta
and Ross Michael Svetz pictured at left. The Wedding Site at the mountain top cabin at East Belmont Farm
Bianca Moreira Catta-Preta and Ross Michael Svetz were married on June fifteenth two thousand nineteen. The ceremony took place at the mountain top cabin on East Belmont Farm which provided breathtaking views of the southwest mountains. The ceremony was presided over by Cathy Quick of Staunton, Virginia and a blessing was performed by Bruce Binney, originally from Keswick, Virginia. Ross’ cousin, Dex Wheeler, was the Best Man. Bianca’s sister, Jade Catta-Preta, was the Maid of Honor and Bianca’s best friend, Jessica Philhour, was the Matron of Honor. They had lots of other bridesmaids and groomsmen including Amanda Svetz Wainscott and Mary Alice Wainscott was the flower girl. Immediately following the ceremony, the happy couple held a reception for family and friends at the newly renovated Keswick Hunt Club, which also happens to be the same location where the Groom’s parents had their reception! Lovely flowers Food was catered by Exchange Events of BBQ Exchange in Gordonsville, Virginia and the cake was provided by Hot Cakes of Charlottesville, Virginia. The day was captured through photos by Tom Daly Photography and video by Amanda Monroe Finn. The already breathtaking Keswick scenery was enhanced by the beautiful flowers by Phlour Designs & The Orchid Station, as well as by Gregory Britt Design. The couple, along with their guests, danced the night away to incredible music performed by Soul Expressions of Richmond, Virginia. The rehearsal dinner for the bridal party, family and out of town guests was held at Prospect Hill The bride was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and moved to Charlottesville,Virginia with her family in 1995. Her parents, Fernando and Suely Catta-Preta currently live in Charlottesville, Virginia and her sister Jade Catta-Preta lives in Los Angeles, California. Bianca received her bachelor’s degree from Roanoke College, where she majored in Art and played lacrosse.
pictured above: Mike and Betty Svetz, parents of the groom; Ross and Bianca and Fernando Catta-Preta ,father of the bride
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The groom was born and raised in Keswick, Virginia. His parents, Michael and Betty Svetz currently live in Keswick, Virginia and his sister Amanda Wainscott lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and two children. Ross received his bachelor’s degree from Hampton Sydney College where he major in Economics. Bianca Catta-Preta and Ross Svetz met in Charlottesville, Virginia in the summer of 2014. During the summer of 2016 Bianca and Ross moved to Keswick, Virginia where they currently reside at Cismont Manor Farm. After several years of dating Ross proposed to Bianca at their favorite spot on Cismont Manor Farm. Bianca is the Marketing Associate for Southern Development Homes and Ross is part of the sales team at Virginia Eagle Distributing.
pictured above: Father- Daughter dance at the reception in The Keswick Hunt Club.
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Olympic Veteran Will Coleman Captures Inaugural Advanced Division at MARS Essex Horse Trials Far Hills, New Jersey - June 23, 2019 U.S. Olympic veteran Will Coleman rode his longtime partner, Obos O'Reilly, to the win in the Advanced division of the MARS Essex Horse Trials at historic Moorland Farm. Coleman finished cross country with no jumping and 6.40 time penalties for a three-phase score of 42.10 penalties on his 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse "My horse is like an old shoe. He just feels comfortable and familiar. He's been with me since he was four years old. He's been a wonderful horse for me and it's great for him to get the win," said Coleman. "It's my first time competing here. I thought the event was wonderful. It has everything you want in a marquee event. It's got atmosphere, a great cross country course, a beautiful turf and great going. I think it's wonderful to go full circle back to this area and I hope it can continue for a long time to come. It's such a special event."
Following Thursday and Friday's heavy rains, course designer Morgan Rowsell shortened the cross country course to 19 fences to ensure optimum conditions for the competitors. "The course rode great," said Coleman. "I think Morgan did an excellent job with the tracks and I think he deserves a lot of the credit.
For three decades, the famed Essex Horse Trials was a major highlight on the equestrian calendar, attracting top American and international competitors as well as thousands of fans who enjoyed its social aspects as well. The event was originally conceived in 1968 by the Haller Family at Hoopstick Farm. Proceeds from the event benefit the Greater Newark LifeCamp in nearby Pottersville, which provides an enriching summer day camp experience for approximately 300 Newarkarea youths for six weeks during July and August.Moorland Farm, a picturesque 230-acre property, provides the breathtaking setting for the event's current edition. It is the home of the annual Far Hills Race Meeting, a nationally prestigious steeplechase race meeting held each October.
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LIFE HAPPENS Splendor at the 4th
When I was a little girl, the 4th of July was splendid! The Second World War had ended, and patriotism was a national hobby. We were so happy and proud to be Americans!
One year that stands out in my memory, mothers dress, and my sisters and mine were matching red, white, and blue. My father was also enthusiastic. He gave us little American flags to wave. We watched a parade somewhere downtown, and there were so many people and so many flags, so much bunting. Those flags were proudly flown and no one made any rude remarks about them. The idea that anyone would not be celebrating honestly and proudly was preposterous. People looked forward to the celebration which might fall on any day of the week. There were no mandatory Monday holidays then. People were excited to celebrate the 4th on whichever day it fell. There were barbeques and picnics in backyards in every neighborhood and municipal parks. Massive fireworks displays followed parades in the evening when the light failed. The national celebration was enthusiastic and loud. Set in the corner of our yard, far enough from the house so we would not risk burning it down, sat a big stone outdoor fireplace. There was a picnic table out there. When extra guests were expected, card tables were set up in the grass with folding chairs enough to go around them. Not many people had "garden furniture" as they often do today. Everything was spontaneous. It was just whatever came to hand and could be moved without too much trouble into the yard. Paper napkins and paper plates were a modern convenience that was gaining popularity. Dishes of China were still often used though because some people felt it was more genteel. Paper plates and paper napkins were white. I never saw any in colors till much later. It was such fun. Home cooked fried chicken, not "carry
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As a nation, I believe we were grateful. And gratitude can accomplish amazing things. out" and strawberry shortcake for dessert. Eating watermelons was a favorite occupation. Spitting out all those seeds so that we would not grow a watermelon in our stomachs, kept us alert. Potato salad and cole slaw, hot dogs and hamburgers with buns added to the fun. Lots of mustard and catsup and sometimes relish or pickles accompanied these. None of us had ever heard of Grey Poupon mustard. Nor did I ever hear a word about cholesterol or triglycerides. People did not even talk about getting fat, even though there was probably a big bowl of potato chips at every gathering. There were also jello salads with grated carrots and mysterious things inside including tiny marshmallows. Usually, there were plenty of deviled eggs garnished with olives, radishes, and celery. Tomatoes were not ripe yet and so were rarely available at the market. People waited till they were in season. (Same for corn on the cob). It ripened earlier in the south, but until then you simply could not buy it. It was such a great day when the corn was ready. Everybody buttered and salted it and ate it all up. Then we were allowed to roast marshmallows when the coals died down. Fireworks were expected even at a private party. Some were illegal of course, but the men had a way of com-
ing up with them. Cherry bombs were impossibly loud. Chinese fireworks worked best; the dreaded Roman Candles were notorious. And they were dangerous! They still are. Fireworks are so elaborate now, and a session can sometimes go on long enough for a viewer to get bored. But back in the forties and fifties, they were much simpler and certainly shorter, but to us they were magic! Those days seem far away now. Protesters did not seem to be part of any celebration so close to the end of the Second World War. The country was pretty together and feeling triumphant and victorious. Hope was everywhere, and no one scoffed at it. We were all proud Americans. We felt spared from war, and our job was to live productive lives. Studying hard for the young, working hard for those who were older seemed reasonable. As a nation, I believe we were grateful. And gratitude can accomplish amazing things. Happy 4th of July!
Bonnie B. Matheson is the author of Ahead of the Curve, an intimate conversation with women in the second half of life. Bonnie is a health and wellness coach, author, motivational speaker, mother and grandmother. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and is enjoying her “second fifty years” immensely. After she was divorced several years ago, she began to write and speak about women (and men) in the second half of life while juggling other interests, including her five children and twelve grandchildren. Bonnie was the executive director of the Institute for New Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center. She founded Childbirth Solutions, LLC (an information website for pregnant women) and later Acquired Wireless Ltd.(an ISP). Ms. Matheson has a story to tell and and all sorts of steps for her audience to take towards a more enjoyable and fulfilling life.
Keswick Golf Club's Full Cry Makes High Honors on 'Top 100 Course You Can Play' List Keswick Golf Club’s Full Cry course is on this year’s “Top 100 Courses You Can Play in the U.S.” list published by Golfweek magazine. The course, which was designed by legendary designer Pete Dye, came in at No. 66 on the list. The accolade is the latest in a growing list for the course that is just outside of Charlottesville. Full Cry currently is ranked No. 39 in Golfweek’s “Best Resort Courses” list for 2019 after debuting at No. 47 in 2016. The course also is ranked No. 3 in Golfweek’s 2019 list of “Best Courses You Can Play” in Virginia and was named one of Golf Digest’s “Best New Courses” in the U.S. “We are truly honored that Full Cry has become one of the game’s most celebrated golf courses in just a few
years,” Keswick Hall & Golf Club Managing Director John Trevenen said. The course will be on full display later this month, when Keswick Golf Club hosts the VSGA State Amateur. Keswick Hall, the 600-acre luxury resort that is home to the Full Cry course, is currently undergoing a major hotel and amenities renovation headed by owners Molly and Robert Hardie in conjunction with global design firm Hart Howerton.
Full Cry and Keswick Hall’s golf facilities have remained open during the renovation. “Our current transformation will take us to the forefront of premier luxury resorts in the U.S and we look forward to our guests enjoying the results of the extraordinary renovation for years to come,” Trevenen said.
Project highlights include an increase in the number of guest rooms from 48 to 80, a dramatic new horizon pool and new food and beverage outlets under the direction of acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who will oversee the property’s culinary operations when it reopens in 2020.
The 2019 Hurricane Names ADAPTED BY KESWICK LIFE The lists include storms in both the Atlantic Basin (Gulf and East Coast hurricanes) and Eastern North-Pacific (Pacific Island and West Coast hurricanes). Hurricane season officially starts on June 1 and ends on November 30. See Hurricane Season Forecast and Recap here. Note: Hurricanes are given names according to a formal system that is managed by the World Meteorological Organization, not The Old Farmer’s Almanac! We appreciate your requests, however, we have no influence over the names selected.
How do Hurricanes Get Their Names? Hurricane names are selected by the World Meteorological Organization. There are six lists of names for Atlantic and Pacific storms. Every six years, the lists of names repeat. Each list contains unique names, which are assigned to storms in alphabetical order. If more storms occur in one season than there are names on the list, the newest storms are named after the Greek alphabet (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and so on). Tropical storms are given names when they display a rotating circulation pattern and wind speeds of 39 miles per hour (63 kilometers per hour). A tropical storm
develops into a hurricane when wind speeds reach 74 mph (119 kph).
In 1979, the system was revised again to include both female and male names.
The names of especially destructive hurricanes are usually retired. See a list of retired tropical storm and hurricane names here.
Atlantic Tropical/Subtropical Storm Names
The History of Hurricane Names
Andrea Humberto Olga Barry Imelda Pablo Chantal Jerry Rebekah Dorian Karen Sebasian Erin Lorenzo Tanya Fernand Melissa Van Gabrielle Nestor Wendy
Native Americans called these storms hurakons, after “a great spirit who commanded the east wind.” Spanish explorers adopted the word and then began giving hurricanes the names of patron saints on whose feast days the storms occurred. Later, hurricanes were identified by their longitude and latitude. In 1950, a formal practice for storm naming was first developed by the U.S. National Hurricane Center. At that time, storms were named according to a phonetic alphabet (e.g., Able, Baker, Charlie) and the names used were the same for each hurricane season; in other words, the first hurricane of a season was always named “Able,” the second “Baker,” and so on. In 1953, to avoid the repetitive use of names, the system was revised so that storms would be given female names. This mimicked the habits of old naval meteorologists, who named the storms after their wife or girlfriend, much the way ships at sea were named after women. A weatherman in Australia is credited with being the first person to give a tropical storm a female name.
Eastern North-Pacific Tropical and Subtropical Storm Names Alvin Ivo Raymond Barbara Juliette Sonia Cosme Kiko Tico Dalila Lorena Velma Erick Mario Wallis Flossie Narda Xina Gil Octave York Henriette Priscilla Zelda
If you stare at a map of where hurricanes have made landfall in the United States since 1851, you’ll notice an enormous void over the Mid-Atlantic coast. Virginia, Maryland and Delaware have never been directly struck. Southern New Jersey has only been hit once. Is there a magical shield protecting the beaches where many Keswickians vacation and have second homes? Will a hurricane ever directly strike these shores? It turns out storms usually miss the expanse of coastline from roughly Virginia Beach to Long Beach Island, N.J., because of its geography. Whereas the Outer Banks of North Carolina and southern New England protrude outward into the Atlantic Ocean, the Delmarva Eastern Shore and surroundings are tucked in.
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Tuna Salad Ingredients
• 4 (5 ounce) cans tuna packed in water drained • 1 cup mayonnaise • 1/3 cup finely chopped celery about 1 rib • 2 tablespoon sweet pickle relish • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice • 1 clove garlic minced • salt and freshly ground black pepper
Salad Topping Ingredients
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The Montpelier Foundation and the National Trust Partner with the Piedmont Environmental Council to Place 1,024 Acres Under Permanent Conservation Easement ADAPTED BY KESWICK LIFE
conjunction with Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC), James Madison’s Montpelier and the National Trust for Historic Preservation have recently placed an additional 1,024 acres of historic land under permanent conservation easement. Thanks to a generous gift from the Mars family, The Montpelier Foundation, the National Trust, and PEC have recorded easements that protect agricultural resources, forest resources, scenic open space, historic landscapes and views, and wildlife habitat that exist on the property. The easements will be held by PEC and build on 25 years of investment in the restoration, interpretation, and stewardship of Montpelier’s land. “We are so thankful for the support of the Mars family on this initiative and excited to be partnering with PEC to further James Madison’s conservation ethic,” said Kat Imhoff, Montpelier President & CEO. “The story of conserving these grounds begins with Madison himself and is still as relevant today as it’s ever been. We are proud to be an example of a cultural institution with a forward-thinking and sustainable plan to protect our environmental resources and continue to use them as a natural classroom to engage with the public.” James Madison’s famous 1818 Address to the Agricultural Society of Albemarle placed him, as author and
the lands surrounding this important historic site, James Madison's Montpelier is leading the way by implementing a key component of Madison’s worldview that still very much resonates with us today.” Currently, permanent historical and conservation easements protect 915 acres of the property, including the Landmark Forest and the outlying forested areas along with the Civil War encampments and Gilmore Farm. This brings the total land protected by easements to 1,939 acres.
historian Andrea Wulf describes, “at the vanguard of forest and soil conservation, decades before a concerted effort was made to preserve America’s nature.” At the forefront of the modern conservation movement, Madison lamented the “injudicious and excessive” impact of “errors in our rural economy” on what he called the “symmetry of nature” – the relationship between the natural world and humanity.
“We are all about saving historicallysignificant places, and James Madison’s Montpelier, as a National Trust Historic Site, is certainly one of those sites,” said Paul Edmondson, President & CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “The breadth of the history at Montpelier and its resonance centuries later make it one of the most special places in our country and one that we are eager and proud to protect.”
“This completion and recording of the easements mark an important moment in the conservation plan and long-term investment in Montpelier as a living example of sustainable development,” said Chris Miller, President of PEC. “By preserving, restoring, and interpreting
Albemarle County Opens New Access Point to Rivanna River ADAPTED BY KESWICK LIFE Hikers, boaters, and all types of outdoor enthusiasts now have a new place to enjoy Mother Nature in Albemarle County.vOn Wednesday, July 10, the county held a soft opening of Brook Hill River Park, which is located just off Route 29 and Rio Mills Road.The park is very basic for now, but it’ll soon be expanding. Right now, it offers another convenient access point to the Rivanna River in Albemarle County. The brand-new Brook Hill River Park encompasses 20.4 acres of land that was donated to Albemarle County by the Oglesby family. “They have made a huge contribution to our community,” Mallek said.The boat launch area is still pretty basic right now and it’s just a rocky path down to the
water’s edge, but it’s now officially open to the public from dawn to dusk and in just a short time the whole area will begin to undergo a massive transformation. “This is going to build out where it’ll be more formalized for a boat launch, walking trails, gathering spaces, people will be able to fish back here, so it’ll be fun to watch it transform over the next couple years,” Ned Gallaway, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors chair, said.vThis river entry point is greatly desired by citizens, coming in near the top of the latest community activity needs assessment.“River access ranked very high in terms of activities from the citizens that were surveyed, so this just provides another opportunity to get on the water,” Bob Crickenberger, the Albemarle County Parks and Recreation director, said.People will
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be able to easily float down the south fork of the Rivanna River and hop off at other Albemarle County parks. “So now this will give us a point to go from here to Darden Towe and casually, I hear it’s about a threehour float,” Gallaway said. “If you’re really going after it, it might be about an hour, but two hours, three hours, to get from here to there - that's awesome.”People can start using the river entry right now, but the construction process is still a ways away.The county is still conducting initial site plan surveys, and has not yet released a timetable or cost of construction.
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ONLY IN KESWICK That's Not Funny
I recently volunteered to teach a class at Writerhouse, a
not-for-profit supporting local writers with workspaces and classes, on comedy. What do I know about comedy? I’ve been writing funny stuff for twenty years so I thought I could pull it off. Since most of my comedy-writing abilities are intuitive, I sat down and tried to formalize them, make them concrete so I could talk about them. What’s funny, I decided, was when an author or comic takes you in one direction, then suddenly shifts into another, swerves, you might say, and the audience ends up in an unexpected place. Like in Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner’s the 2000 YEAR OLD MAN, when Reiner asks Brooks, who’s playing the 2000 year old man, “How many children do you have?” Brooks answers, “I have over 42,000 children (SWERVE)…and not one of them comes to visit.” “What’s the biggest change you’ve seen?” And Brooks answers deadpan, “In 2000 years, the greatest thing ever devised was (SWERVE)...Saran Wrap.” Or in Catch-22 when Yossarian explains that the only way to get out of combat is to be certified insane. But since it’s sane to want to get out of combat, you can’t be considered insane, as Yossarian explains, “That’s some catch, that’s Catch-22.” Now I have the theory of writing comedy, but as the date of the class approaches, I start getting a creepy feeling. Will the class laugh at the funny writing? What if they sit there stonefaced? I start to sweat just thinking about it. An hour and a half of people staring at me, not laughing, just blankly staring. And I’m signed up for two days, three hours total, that could be terrible, just terrible. One of the best things about writing comedy is that you don’t have to worry whether people will think its funny or not because you’re not there when they read it. They either think its funny or they don’t, the only way you know is when they come up to you and tell you what you wrote they thought was funny. So you’re insulated, in a sense. But in this class, I feared, I won’t be insulated, if they don’t laugh, I’ll be right up there dying. Adding to my growing fear was the suspicion that, for
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some reason, written comedy isn’t as funny when it’s read out loud. I was planning to read from my comic novel, Ads For God, from I’m Not From the South But I Got Down Here As Fast As I Could and from some of the pieces I’ve written for Keswick Life.
As the date for the class approaches, I get a call from Writerhouse, “No one’s signed up yet, but you never know, most people wait until the last minute.” No one’s signed up, maybe I’m off the hook, I think. And I put the class out of my mind. But three days before the date, I get another call: “We’ve got six signed up and I’ve heard that two or three may join in, so we’ll have a good group for your class,” Sibley, the director, says. Oh, sh**, I’m thinking, in three days, I’ll be facing the music. But then I get an idea. Maybe I’ll start by playing the 2000 Year Old Man. I get out my cassettes of Brooks and Reiner and play the 12-minute comedy sketch. It’s hilarious. Stuff like, “You claim to be 2000,” “Yes, but not yet. I’ll be 2000 on October 17th,” And, “How did Bernie discover women?” And Brooks answers, “Well one morning, he woke up smiling.”
The day of the class, I bundle up my books, Mac, cassette and head over to Writerhouse. As I sit at the head of the table in the conference room. Six women, a couple guys, all ages, troop in and sit down. Sibley introduces me and I briefly explain what I’m going to be doing, go through my swerve lecture and start the cassette. Everybody’s laughing, whew! I read some stuff from David Sedaris’s Me Talk Pretty Some Day. On a scale of 1-10, the laughs are a 3. Uh, oh. This stuff’s not funny, I mean it is, but not when you read it out loud. I quickly jump to Ads For God. I get a 6 there and a couple 7’s. I go to Not From the South, the rich story about Chita Hall and her husband, Chet, as told by a neighbor, “That parrot talked awful. Dirty, dirty, dirty. And Chet taught it all kinds of nasty tricks. Once an encyclopedia salesman came to the door and knocked. No one was home but that didn’t stop the parrot from saying, ‘Come on in.’ The salesman let himself in. The first thing he saw was an enormous Doberman sitting on the front hall rug. And then the parrot screeched, ‘Sic him, boy, sic him!’” The salesman barely escaped with his life.” That cracks them up. I check my watch, only fifteen minutes to go. So I say, “Now you all must have some questions.” They’re full of questions, even running over the time limit. This is going better than I expected. And the second class is the students reading their funny stuff, so the ball’s in their court. The next day, we assemble again. I ask who wants to start first. A woman starts reading, her stuff’s hilarious. So are the others. My class is a success, who knew?
Or, “What was the means of transportation back then?” Brook’s comeback: “Fear.” The audience laughter on the track is contagious, you can’t help but laugh. So at least for the first twelve minutes, I’ll be on solid ground.
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The Heat is On - Summer Reads BY SUZANNE NASH
It’s finally summer and with its arrival comes the summer reading list, so get ready for a beach bag full of great reading material, whatever your taste! I’ll start with the mystery and thriller category of books with a relatively newly published novel called The Other Woman by Sandie Jones. I consider this a perfect summer read…. just enough psychological tension to keep your attention as you bake in the sun, but ok to put down if you need to take a dip! Emily is the main character and she has finally found true love with Adam…or so she thinks. The title is a bit of a red herring, since the “other woman” in this case is Adam’s mother who is a scary piece of work. The snag is that Adam never sees the side of his mother that Emily sees. Chaos and mystery ensue! Another newly published thriller is Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear and I really loved the narrative of this charged novel. Cat Kinsella is a detective constable with the Metro Police Force when the body of Alice Lapaine shows up and throws her into the fears of her past. She has to face the memories that have plagued her for years and her suspicions that her father was involved in a disappearance of a young girl during a holiday in Ireland. Well written and filled with enough twists and turns to keep you on your toes, this is a psychological thriller that keeps you guessing.
member that night very well, but she spent time in jail for driving under the influence and has been fighting addiction ever since. The question is…what REALLY happened that night? For a sweeter summer book try Cottage by The Sea by Debbie Macomber. It’s an easy read that is a bit like the Hallmark Channel plots in its simplicity. Lead character Annie Marlow is recovering from the tragedy of losing her whole family in an accident when she decides to move to Oceanside in the Pacific Northwest. It is a small coastal village she remembers from family vacations with her parents and the perfect place to heal. The village is of course filled with characters such as the town recluse, the troubled teen and a gentle giant of a man….single of course. It is simply written but that’s not a bad thing for a beach book.
The Shadows We Hide by Allen Eskens also involves
If you are looking for a bit more of a bite to your summer try An Elderly Woman Up
Amber Cowie’s mystery, Rapid Falls, also asks its
tiny little treasure. You can’t class it as a mystery because you know who committed all of the murders, but it is funny, short and very irreverent. I have always enjoyed Swedish writers and Tursten didn’t fail to please me with her latest book. Maud lives in Gothenburg Sweden and this 88 year old is a force to be reckoned with. She manages to solve any of the problems cast her way…whether it is travel problems, old boyfriends, antiques theft or someone looking to move into her apartment, with a method that is a bit over the top. You can finish each story in the time it takes you to rotate for a tan, so be sure to pick this one up!
questionable paternal ties. Joe Talbert Jr. is a reporter for the Associated Press in Minneapolis when he is sent to investigate the murder of a man who may, or may not, be his father. From all accounts Joe Sr wasn’t a particularly nice person, so there are plenty of suspects in his murder and with his death comes the possibility that Joe Jr may inherit some pretty valuable real estate which puts him in the crosshairs as well. Enjoy the ride, as Joe Jr struggles to find the truth about a man he never knew but who certainly will play a large role in his future! main characters to face the past to discover hidden secrets. Cara and Annie are sisters who struggle to maintain a relationship due to a past tragedy that impacted them both. Cara’s senior year of high school ended in disaster when a car carrying Cara, her boyfriend, Jessie, and Annie crashed. Jessie was killed and Annie can’t re-
to No Good: Stories by Helene Tursten. I loved this
slave from a Virginia plantation whose strength cannot be tamed, and Norman Aragon is the bastard son of a scientist in Jamaica who takes advantage of a young Maroon girl working for him. Callum, the father, is determined to learn the secret of his Maroon slave, Nanni, who can disappear from sight and has magical powers which her son inherits. These three larger than life characters come together on the shores of Liberia in Monrovia, an American colony formed for freed slaves in the 1800s. This a tale of magic and hope and the desperation of oppression and it is beautifully written. It has made me want to learn a lot more about the history of Liberia, which prior to this book I knew very little about. Monrovia is indeed the Capital of Liberia and was named after President James Monroe in 1822 and was founded by the American Colonization Society as a self-sufficient colony for emancipated black slaves.
The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
is a novel based on the life of Heddie Lamar. I must admit I knew a little about Heddie Lamar, but this book shines a light on what a truly remarkable woman she was. An Austrian Jew from Vienna she ended up marrying an arms dealer who provided equipment to Mussolini and eventually Hitler. She was often the only woman in the room during strategic discussions involving the weaknesses in the Nazis military equipment and when she finally escapes her abusive husband, she makes her way to America and Hollywood. Heddie was not only beautiful but canny as well. She works with a composer to invent and patent a radio guided torpedo system that can’t be jammed and struggles to be taken seriously by the US Military. She helped to develop technology we still use to this day. She was not just a pretty face but an intellectual powerhouse! I hope you have time to enjoy a few books this summer and I will be sure to refill your beach bag next month. Stay cool and keep reading!!
On a more serious note Wayetu Moore’s She Would Be King is a masterpiece and well worth putting on your list. She weaves a tale of mythic proportions out of three special people’s lives who are sent by forces beyond themselves to save Liberia. Gbessa is the young girl who will not die, June Dey is a runaway
Michael Brennan Wins 106th VSGA Amateur Championship at Keswick Golf Club BY CHRIS LANG, VIRGINIA GOLFER MAGAZINE
When Michael Brennan came off the 13th green Friday
afternoon at Keswick Golf Club, he did so with a little extra juice in his step. He looked over at Jeff Long, whom he partnered with at this year’s U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, and yelled, “I learned that from you!” Long later explained what “that” was, saying that one thing he and Brennan have discussed in the past is that you’re never out of a hole, and no matter how dire the situation, you’ll always have a chance to make birdie or save par. Brennan took that to heart. Nursing a 1-up lead in a tense final match at the 106th Virginia State Golf Association Amateur Championship, Brennan hit his drive on 13 so far left that it nearly ended up on a teeing ground for the adjacent 14th hole. Though he had an opening to reach the green, Brennan couldn’t see the flagstick, so after scoping out the situation, he sort of just hit and hoped. When he scrambled up a hillside to see where the ball had landed, he saw it had settled on the green, 12 feet past the hole. He sank the birdie putt to go 2 up, a gigantic momentum swing and one that gave Brennan just enough cushion to fend off Zhang 1 up in the first Amateur title match to go the full 36 holes in five years. Brennan, a 17 year old from Leesburg and a rising senior at Tuscarora High School, won the Schwarzschild Brothers Trophy. Two years after he broke onto the Virginia amateur scene as a 15 year old—in 2017, he won the VSGA Junior Match Play, earned stroke-play medalist honors at the VSGA Amateur and tied for lowam honors at the Delta Dental State Open of Virginia—
Brennan added the biggest title yet to his resume.
“The birdie on 13 was really big,” Brennan said. “I hit a terrible drive, and to be able to hit a good wedge shot from there and to make that putt, that was really good. That was a lot of momentum coming through.”
On the final hole, each player had an opportunity for birdie. Brennan was past the flagstick and had a tricky putt that started uphill but went downhill, and with a 1-up lead, he was careful not to ram it past the hole, knowing if he tied the hole, he’d win the championship. The putt came up just short, and Zhang conceded the par.
The match was far from over after the 13th hole in the afternoon, but the 18-year-old Zhang, a recent Blacksburg High School graduate, was never quite able to catch up. The two junior standouts showed tremendous nerve down the stretch, making clutch putt after clutch putt to set up a fantastic final three holes. On the par-5 15th hole, Zhang hit a solid approach, leaving him a two-putt birdie that cut the lead to 1 up. Zhang’s short game kept him in the match all afternoon. In the opening 18 holes, he got out of jail on the par-3 11th to salvage a par and a tie of that hole. On 18, he hit his drive right into a terrible lie in tall grass, and he managed to get up and down for par from left and short of the green to tie the hole and get to the afternoon 2 down. That same short-game prowess kept the match going deep into the afternoon. Zhang’s tee shot on the par-3 16th came up short and right of the green, and he mishit his chip long past the flagstick. But he rallied to sink a long par putt to salvage another tie of a hole. On 17, Zhang got up and down for birdie to match Brennan, sending the match to the 18th hole for the second time. “Christopher made some great putts on 15, 16, and 17 to keep the match going,” Brennan said. “That was really
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Zhang had an uphill bender from about 20 feet, and it just missed going in, ending the match. “At the end, he didn’t read many of the putts, because I just felt better doing it myself,” the younger Brennan said. “He definitely teases me for doing stupid stuff, and things like that. He tries to keep it light out there.” Brennan won’t have his dad on the bag at Inverness Club in Toledo in a couple of weeks at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship—USGA rules prohibit a parent from caddying for his or her child. Instead, his brother Sean will tote the bag.If Brennan plays anything like he did this week at Keswick in winning five matches against a variety of opponents—mid-ams, college players and fellow juniors—he’ll have a chance to advance deep into the event. “You don’t get to play in many match-play events like that,” Brennan said. “I’ll learn from this week. Even though I won, I still messed up a lot, and I need to learn from those mistakes and put that toward the U.S. Junior.”
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An exceptional Country residence and equine facility only a short 10 min drive east of Charlottesville, Virginia . The stucco and stone 6-bedroom residence, built in 2005, has all that a buyer would hope for in a open floor plan. First floor master suite, private wood paneled office, open kitchen and French doors designed to take in the views. Exercise room, media room, infinity pool, hot tub and pavilion, gardens and lawns, 7-stall stone stable and riding ring. 2 detached garage spaces, 2 guest quarters, a large pond, gated entrance, fenced paddocks on all sides. Immense privacy with extraordinary views. For further information contact Murdoch Matheson 434.981.7439 t
In a private valley of the Madison-Barbour Rural Historic District near Somerset and James Madison's Montpelier, Cowherd Mtn Farm enjoys fertile soil and abundant water. Revolutionary War Vet Francis Cowherd purchased from James Madison and left his name on the mountain which serves as a shelter to the farm. Approximately 1/2 the farm is established pasture with the balance in mature forest. This is the Keswick Hunt and suitable for horses or other livestock. With morning sun, afternoon shade, & gentle slope, this is perfect for a vineyard. The farmhouse has 3 br's and 2 baths for a farm mgr or as a staging area while you build on a knoll overlooking the valley to the mountains. Not in conservation easement with potential tax benefits
Long after other homes have crumbled, the stone walls of Arcourt will remain-a testament to the quarried natural stone and superb quality construction used to create this one of a kind estate. Spacious (over 5800 finished sq. ft.) French-inspired custom residence on 22 private acres in Keswick Hunt Country, completely fenced for horses, 3-stall stable, guest quarters, with shop/garage underneath. Interior of residence features an open floor plan, with large rooms, high ceilings, tall windows, and heated stone floors. There is a main-level master suite, second bedroom or study on the first floor, two more bedrooms and two baths on the second level. For further information contact Jim Faulconer 434.981.007 t
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La Fourche - Significant property in heart of Keswick with a lovingly restored & updated main house with attached tavern, two dependencies & party barn. The gracious home features an attractive floorplan highlighted by a spacious center hall leading to the first floor living, dining, kitchen & library/media room. The second & third floors have a lovely master suite along with five additional spacious bedrooms, five & half baths & home office. Just to the side of the house is a large patio with views of the historic Southwest Mtns for numerous outdoor activities & enjoyment. Live large on the four acres and yet only minutes to Charlottesville & University of Virginia.
Guaranteed, this remarkable c. 1930 cottage tucked away in Keswick yet just 10 mins from Downtown, will steal your heart w/ its endless charms, privacy & history. The ownerâ€™s wonderful aesthetic sense & light touch on the renovation front have only enhanced Black Cat Cabinâ€™s appeal. The vaulted living room is light and airy, even as it is framed by a massive stone fireplace. Soapstone counters in the kitchen compliment exposed beams. The untouched cabin walls in the dining room, with another stone fireplace, provide the perfect counter point to the white washed living room. Screen porches on both floors bring the outside in. Massive hardwoods shade expansive, level lawns. Who knew this well loved, historic gem was here, in Keswick Estate?! . For further information contact Loring Woodriff 434.466.2992 t r
Cobham Creek Farm A thoughtfully designed 26 acre equestrian farmstead set among large estates just 20 minutes from Charlottesville. The main residence, once a barn, was restored and expanded by noted contractor Ralph Dammann. There are 3 bedrooms with full baths, . A newer whole-house generator sits aside the 2car garage A small, stocked pond borders the front lawn and long driveway. Numerous paddocks encompass the farm. The traditional center aisle barn has 5 stalls, tack room, wash rack and attached hay storage. A separate large shed holds 2 additional stalls. A recently built and truly comfortable one bedroom cottage sits across from the barn. Just beyond is a riding arena. A complete RV hook up station adds further potential for accommodations. For further information contact Frank Hardy 434.296.0134 t
Misty Ridge Farm
Landmark country estate located in the beautiful Keswick hunt area of Albemarle Co. House was completely renovated in the early 1990's using only the finest materials & craftsmen. Surrounding 507+/- acres further compliments the house and allows the property complete privacy. The estate has many improvements including one of the oldest houses in the county "Findowrie", 4 tenant/guest cottages, stable complex & cattle barn.Property has numerous rolling pastures that are fenced w/board & wire . For further information contact Justin H. Wiley 434-981-5528
Residential and Equestrian Property in sought after Keswick Location on over 20 acres . Spacious Living and Dining Rooms with Fireplaces andWood Floors Family Room with Fireplace and WetBar A Large First Floor Master Suite and Year-Round SunRoom overlooks Terrace and Swimming Pool. Kitchen with Breakfast Nook and Large Laundry Room . Finished Basement. Upper Level Home Office and Study. Guest Cottage with fireplace . 8-Stall Stable 3-Board Fenced Paddocks 5 miles into Gordonsville, 12 miles into Charlottesville For further information contact Duke and Sharon Merrick 434. 951.5160
HAPPENINGS If you are fortunate, or unfortunate, enough to be near 250 in Pantops during morning, afternoon or evening hours, there is a huge flow of traffic making a trip down Pantops Mountain unbearable. A construction boom is hitting one part of Albemarle County: dozens of new developments are coming to fruition on Pantops Mountain.
As their vet said "This is a really wonderful farm, you can do dressage, jumpers, eventing or raise horses here. It's set up perfectly." Vixen Hill Thoroughbreds
Created to incorporate horse safety with comfort, is a proven farm in rural Orange County designed to raise foals or teach equestrian discipline. The 4 stall barn is equipped for a broodmare stall and additionally we include a hot water wash stall and insulated tack room. We have water and electricity to the 3 paddocks and two 24x12 run in sheds to provide shade and cool breezes. The 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 2376 sf home overlooks the rolling hay fields with an inviting front porch, and an enclosed three season room at the rear. We have extensive hardwood floors and ceiling fans and in addition to the master suite there is a guest suite with its own sitting area and you can soak in the antique claw tub. 10 mins to Lake Anna water sports. $564,900
"Residential units, office space, retail. We think the potential for that on Pantops is high, and we hope to see that coming in the next few years," Albemarle County Senior Planner Cameron Langille said. County planners are bracing for a future change in how the growth will be handled. They say the construction boom started in January 2017, and there are more than twenty new projects that are either under review or under construction. Two apartment complexes that are still under review are looking to create 400 units on South Pantops Drive and Peter Jefferson Parkway. While two of the largest new developments - Riverside Village and Cascadia – are well underway.
the potential for redevelopment of some of the older sites is growing each year,” said Langille. “We think it's going to be a great opportunity to see a different kind of development, have more of a downtown feel in Pantops.""It's getting to be a more vibrant community, not just a bedroom community, not just a place to drive and do your shopping or something," Albemarle County Supervisor Norman Dill said. With little new space for construction on Pantops, the county hopes any redevelopment will be vertical and mixed-use. Albemarle County recently learned that money from the Commonwealth Transportation Board to expand turning lanes at the intersection of Route 250 and Route 20 is approved. VDOt expects that to cost $8.8 million. As for other infrastructure, the county says there is ample water and sewer for this growth area, schools are not overcrowded, and a relatively new Albemarle County Fire Rescue station on Pantops is meeting emergency service needs.
"Pantops is starting to build out, and so
What the owners love about this farm
Vixen Hill was aptly named for the little Vixen that ran through the front field when we came to look at the property. I think of the dinners we have had on the front porch. I think of watching the sun set and listening to a squadron of geese as they fly in formation over the barn or wait for one of the Bald Eagles to take flight from the old Hickory tree. I wait for our little vixen to come out from her den and hunt for the mice that inhabit the front field. I will always remember the wind in my face as I galloped the fields, in preparation for my beloved sport of Eventing. The sound of my mare’s hooves crunching on the gravel road and the smell of freshly cut hay bring me a sense of peace. Vixen Hill is a slice of Heaven tucked away in Orange Virginia, peaceful, quiet and graceful, There is plenty of room for legging up a horse and practicing some cross country jumps as well as stadium. The dressage ring is standard size with room to enlarge to full size. There are paddocks with sheds for new horses and one is connected to the broodmare stall in the barn. There are two large grazing fields, all have electric for water heaters, post and board fencing and faucets with underground shut offs. The barn has three stalls on one side and a tack room, wash stall and grain room on the other. The barn was built with supports for over hangs if desired. The need for more stalls would be an easy build as this Morton barn is already a sturdy yet simple design. Aside from the farm life Vixen Hill can give you serenity after a hectic day and provide you with a safe place for your children to grow up.
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WAVERTREE HALL FARM - Brilliantly sited on 147 acres and surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains lies one of Virginia’s most beautiful Greek Revival brick manor homes, Bellevue C.1769. The estate is on the National Register of Historic Places and Virginia Landmarks Registry. Eight bedrooms and six full bathrooms in the manor home alone. Heart pine floors, 10’ ceilings, 12 fireplaces, and a gourmet kitchen are just the beginning in this classically, elegant, estate home. There are extensive equestrian facilities including an 18-stall barn, indoor arena, and a show ring. With 2 guest/ tenant cottages, formal gardens, and an easy drive to Charlottesville! MLS 591884 $3,800,000. Frank Hardy 434.981.0798
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