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KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its environs - November 2019

LIFE

In this issue

Hunting Styles

A Feature Focused on Hunting Styles and Etiquette also overheard, going out, weddings, bookworm, travel, properties on the market and much more


For your new memories

CROZET, VA

SCOTTSVILLE, VA

Mount Air Farm

Slate Hill

SOLD

SOLD

Listed for $11,800,000

Listed for $1,850,000

Frank Hardy 434.981.0798

Murdoch Matheson 434.981.7439

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA

NELSON, VA

419 2nd Street NE

River Circle Farm

SOLD

SOLD

Listed for $1,750,000

Listed for $995,000

Murdoch Matheson 434.981.7439

Conor Murray 434.964.7100

FRANK HARDY SOTHEBY'S INTERNATIONAL REALTY, INC | 417 PARK ST CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA 22902 © MMXIX Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC. All Rights Reserved. Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated. Sotheby's International Realty and the Sotheby's International Realty logo are registered (or unregistered) service marks licensed to Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC.

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Kesmont

Charming Cottage, Equestrian Facility & Beautiful Land

Keswick VA, Albemarle County

6 miles to Keswick Country Club • 9 miles to Charlottesville Equestrian Estate in the Heart of Keswick • Cottage Homes are known for Natural Charm & Comfort and Kesmont offers a Refined Country House • Renovated Kitchen w/Chef's Layout, Granite tops & Maple Cabinetry Open Floor Plan with Chic & Charming Living Spaces • Gunite Swimming Pool • 10-Stall Stable w/Tack Room, Wash Rack • Riding Arena • 2-Stall Barn & Run-In Sheds • Board Fenced Paddocks w/Water Guest House or Apartments w/3Bedrooms, 2Bath, 2Kitchens • Equipment & Storage Buildings • Large Pond Cottages Gardens • Outdoor Entertaining Terraces • Excellent Location Offered for $1,495,000 mls.593206 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 • 1100 Dryden Lane Charlottesville, VA 22903

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A Virgi nia C oun try L ife

IN THISNOVEMBER ISSUE 2019

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

9 ON THE COVER

Hunting Styles and Etiquette

Fall is such a wonderful time of year when the field is mounted in full flight over hill and dale in pursuit of a good gallop in the countryside. The Hunt is an exhilarating sport for those adventuresome types, as well as for meeker types who follow on foot. We often need to refresh the traditions and etiquette of this age old sport. Foxhunting is meant to be a fun sport, after all most foxhunters have risen early, cleaned a horse, tack, clothes etc. shipped to the meet and then are expecting a fun morning in the sport.. As each new season begins, it is never inappropriate to remind ourselves of the courtesies read all about them on page 9!

On the cover, co-MFH of Keswick Hunt Club, Nancy Wiley, Will

Murdoch Matheson 434.981.7439 mmatheson@frankhardy.com

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10 KESWICK SCENE Hunt clubs all across the country have begun their formal season with their Opening

Meet and holding their traditional Blessing of the Hounds. Here are some of our favorite moments. This year’s Opening Meet was held at Cloverfields, the pack set off at 9 a.m. and returned at noon to a Hunt Breakfast. The field and spectators were thoroughly welcomed with ham biscuits and a hot toddy before the hounds moved off . If you happened upon this rare site, you might wonder what century you were in as the opening meet has been held at Cloverfields since 1896. The Blessing of the Hounds at Grace Church started in 1929, so it's been happening a long time, and fox hunting has been a tradition and a sport in Albemarle County since the colonial days, Here are some of our favorite moments on page 10 – 11.

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12 HAPPENINGS Of all the places on the Little Keswick School campus where students work toward

life-altering growth, the Depot is where the real magic happens. “LKS is a thriving, compassionate, dynamic community, and the Depot is its beating heart,” Gaillee says. “From our first day touring the campus, where we met many of our son’s future friends at lunch, to the many talent shows, Community Meetings and parent workshops—the Depot holds such a special place in our hearts.” This spring, as their son transitioned out of LKS, the Fitzpatricks thought about how much he loves the Depot and how they all would miss the feeling of coming to a second home there. To ensure this special place lasts far into the future, they decided to fund a much-needed renovation of the historic building. Read all about the renovation on page 12.

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

14 WEDDING Vandy Vanderwarker Marries Maddy Love. Saturday, November 9, was a typical day in Charleston, South Carolina. Forty degree weather, cold and blustery but though the wedding was outside, everyone was so delighted and joyful about the prospect of Carlton Edward Vanderwarker III and Madelaine Margaret Love getting married, the temperature didn’t bother anyone. Vandy’s sister, Krissy was the officiant and she wrote and presented a thoughtful, caring and occasionally humorous ceremony. Guests dined on food from Raw 167, a raw bar in Charleston and delicious entrees from a food truck as well as platters of cheese and charcuterie. Details on page 14.

16 TRAVEL In September, Charlie traveled on to Bulgaria to meet up with his Keswick environs

friends, Nancy and Victor Schiller, who have been living and working in Sofia for three years. He came away impressed with the Country and its people, and the role that American individuals and organizations have played in its success. Read all about it on page 16!

18 BOOKWORM The holidays are upon us and so it is time for Suzanne Nash’ s Christmas Gift list of

books to get your Christmas shopping started…or so you can start your wish list of what you’d like to find under the tree this year! She has been working hard to compile a list with an assortment of books that might fit any tastes. She is often asked if actually she reads everything she recommends, and she can assure you that she has read each and every book she suggest – so it has been a very busy month for her! Read reviews of all her book choices on page 18-19.

MEADOW HILL, c. 1910 Manor House, uncompromisingly updated throughout, on 14 stunning acres in Greenwood VA. Perched above Stockton Creek with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Only 15 mins to downtown Charlottesville in coveted Western Albemarle. MLS 595248 $2,300,0000

STONE’S THROW, Exceptional 42-acre country property with all the amenities. This 6-bedroom house completed in 2005 has every luxury you could hope for with an open floor plan and first floor 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 southwest and unforgettable sunsets. MLS 595734. $2,750,000

Murdoch Matheson 434.981.7439 mmatheson@frankhardy.com

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Overheard

Here and There Wall Street Journal

Forbes 30 under 30

On and Off The Market

Kinsey Marable commented on his inclusion in the most recent Wall street Journal’s Magazine. Sold around the area was 6336 Louisa Road with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 1869 sf on 6.5 acres for $367k in 3 days and 265 Campbell Road with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 5836 sf on 32 acres, listed at $1.195m, then $1.125m and sold for $975k in 175 days. 1020 East Keswick . Drive, 2.3 acres listed at $119k and sold for $116k in 44 days. In Glenmore 3325 Braemar Court with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 2923 sf listed at $548k sold for $540k in 22 days. 757 Bothwell Lane with 4 beds, 4 baths and 3627 sf sold at $805.1k as a presale. 555 Elgin Court with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 5406 sf listed at $799k sold for $732.5k in 46 days. Under contract is 4017 Fairway Drive with 4 beds, 5.5 baths and 4940 sf on 2.1 acres listed at $1.650m and under contract in 2 days. 373 Keswick Glen with 4 beds, 2.5 baths and 2504 sf on 1.5 acres at $327.5k in 26 days. Lot 22 Club Drive, Keswick Estate 2.5 acres was $264.5k then $165k in 779 days. In Glenmore 3101 Darby Road with 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 5105 sf at $1.195m in 38 days . 3396 Dunscroft Court with 3 beds, 3 baths and 2274 sf starting at $419k then $409k in 185 days. 2206 Piper Way with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 5807 sf starting at $749k then $650k in 544 days. 739 Bothwell Lane with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 2404 sf at $689.9k in 128 days and 1425 Bremberton Lane with 3 beds, 2 baths and 2086 sf starting at $470k then $450k in 154 days. There were 8 new models listed in Rivanna Village. There was 112 acres on Louisa Road listed at $525k. 265 Pelham Drive with 4 beds, 4 baths and 2596 sf was listed at $529k. 809 Club Drive in Keswick Estate

with 4 beds, 3 baths and 2350 sf on 2.2 acres was listed at $524,900. In Glenmore 1485 Kinross Lane with 7 beds, 6+ baths and 7508 sf on 1.1 acres was listed at $1.450m, from a previous $1.650m. 2396 Pendower Lane with 5 beds, 6.5 baths and 5852 sf was listed at 689k

Reduced were 2645 High Fields Road, “Water Harp Oasis”, with 2 beds, 1 bath and 1318 sf on 12.8 acres down from $389.8k to $379.9k in 88 days and in Glenmore 3239 Heathcote Lane with 4 beds, 4 baths

and 4804 sf is down from $659k to $629k in 395 days.

Very excited to have been included !

Thrillist

Brian Manning commented on his inclusion in the Forbes magazines recent issue “30 under 30” ARE YOU KIDDING ME! Just snuck in at the tender age of 29! Beyond humbled to be in such extraordinary company! None of this would be possible without the incredible team around me, my brother Bradford Manning, my fiance Court Jenner, and the entire Two Blind Brothers team! Everything old is new again with the 2019 edition of the Forbes 30 Under 30, theirannual list chronicling the brashest entrepreneurs across the United States and Canada. From creating milk without cows to trucks without drivers, these innovators are shaking up some of the world’s stodgiest industries. The list features 600 trailblazers in 20 industries. Choosing these honorees among thousands of nominees is long and daunting, a three-layer process that relies on the knowledge and authority of our wide-reaching community, skilled reporters and expert judges. The final product: a collection of bold risk-takers putting a new twist on the old tools of the trade.

Thrillist, a website featuring news and articles on dining and travel with over two million subscribers, recently named Vandy Vanderwarker ’s restaurant, Maison, one of the twelve best new restaurants in the country. The citation also credited Annie and Tony for the interior design of the restaurant. In addition, Eater, a popular dining website covering twenty-four cities, named Maison one of the top three restaurants in Charleston. The winner will be announced in December.

The future looks bright – take a peek. Bryan Manning and his brother Bradford, both UVA graduates, cofounded Two Blind Brothers, a clothing company focused on raising money and awareness for blindness research. Both Mannings were diagnosed at a young age with Stargardt disease, a degenerative eye disorder.Since its launch in 2016, Two Blind Brothers has taken off. Even Ellen DeGeneres got in on the fun, bringing the brothers on her show in 2017 and presenting them with a giant $30,000 check to help their cause. To date, the company has donated more than $500,000 to blindness research.

Titled

ETIQUETTE FOR RUNAWAYS is the official title of Liza Taylor’s debut historical novel. The publication date is August 18, 2020

Horsin around

Will Coleman enjoyed a wire-to-wire win at the recent Ocala Jockey Club’s International Three Day Eventwith Chin Tonic HS, a 7-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by Vicky Castegresn’s Hyperion Stud LLC. The pair added nothing to their dressage score to 24.2 and jumped a class show jumping round today. “He was great all weekend,” Will says. “It’s his first long format and we’ve taken a long time developing him, but I think he’s got a bright future and I really couldn’t be happier with him, he did everything we asked for.”Next stop for Chin Tonic HS: they’re aiming for a CCI3*-L in the spring. But first, a well-deserved holiday. “He’s earned it, he’s had a long year and I think we’ll give him a nice break. His shoes will come off and he’ll have a little downtime into December. We give ours a good break; every horse is a little bit different, some of them don’t really like it, but I think he’ll enjoy it ! ,

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The Going The Going

Out Out

Guide OBITUARY Guide

What: Wine Dinner Jerry Bailey, formerly of Keswick, Va., died on What: Wine W h e n : William George Dickie, age 89, of Greenwood, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Mission Hospital in Asheville, Virginia, died peacefully at home on Sunday, March 31, Dinner D e cApril e m 13,th ber N.C. A memorial service was held Saturday, at First Presbyterian Church in Waynesville. W 20thh

e n : D e c e m 1955. b eat r Where: Jerry was born in Binghamton, N.Y. on March 9,Inn Willow Grove 20th He graduated from Oglethorpe University, majoring in Political Science and was self-employed most of his Where: Inn at life as a computer software developer. He wasis Vintage Willow Grove especially proud to be part of the team that developed hosting a wine

“WordBuild”, a unique vocabulary program, based on dinner. We will Vintage is the principles of morphology, and used by thousands be pouring two-ounce tastings from our wine library of students across the US and in hosting several foreign a wine to complement a three-course meal created by our countries. He was an Interim Director of Hospice of dinner. We will culinary team. Seating is limited, beginning at 6:30 pm. the Piedmont in Charlottesville and served on several be pouring two-ounce tastings from our wine library $400 per including person. Contact sales@innatwillowgrove.com Hospice and Habitat for Humanity toboards, complement a three-course meal created by our to reserve your space!After the wine dinner, join as us of Greater Charlottesville, where he also served culinary team. Seating is limited, beginning at 6:30 pm. overnight at the Inn! All wine dinner guests who wish Chairman. He sang in the choir, served as treasurer, $400 per person. Contact sales@innatwillowgrove.com to stay will receive our friends andatfamily discount of and was a member of the Vestry Grace Episcopal to reserve your space!After the wine dinner, join us 25% off of roomVa. rate. a weekend it, and Church intheir Keswick, HeMake also sang in the of choir at overnight at the Inn! All wine dinner guests who wish we'll you to 25% on Saturday in the Inn and First treat Presbyterian andoff valued his friendships there. to stay will receive our friends and family discount of JerryHouse loved people Mill Spa. and never met a stranger. He loved 25% off of their room rate. Make a weekend of it, and his family, Atlanta Braves baseball, and being a father we'll treat you toHis 25% offfor onlife Saturday in the Inn and and grandfather. zest and passionate pursuit Mill House Spa. of the humor found in life’s simple moments endeared him to all.

What: Windborne Singeres

Jerry is survived by his wife of 39 years, Kate; his sister, When:brothers, Saturday, 14th 8 pm Nancy; DaveDecember and Andy; son, Ed;-son, Charlie What: Windborne Singeres and his wife, son,Washington Ben and his wife, Whitney; Where: InnNikki; at Little and five Saturday, beautiful, beloved grandchildren. When: December 14th - 8 pm

Stunningly powerful floods the room Where: Inn atbeLittle Donations may sentvocal toWashington theharmony First Presbyterian Organ as the four Windborne singers present on the Fund, 305 N Main St, Waynesville, NCSong 28786, or Times, their project of working class movements for Crabtree Iron Duff Vol. Fire Dept., 99 Susie Noland Rd., Stunningly powerful vocal harmony floods the room peoples’ rights from the past 400 years, sung for toClyde, NC Windborne 28721. The care of Mr. Bailey hason been as the four singers present Song the day struggles. The group was catapulted to new entrusted Wells of Funeral Homes and an online Times, theirtoproject working class movements for heights when a clipisofavailable them singing in protest outmemorial register at “Obituaries” at peoples’ rights from the past 400 years, sung for toside Trump tower went viral, and their Indiegogo for www.wellsfuneralhome.com.

day struggles. The group was catapulted to new the project raised 1,600% of its goal from 2,600 people heights when a clip of them singing in protest outin every State and 22Sipe countries. Aside from died this new Evelyn Gibson , 87, of Keswick, side Trump tower went viral, and their Indiegogo on for project, Windborne has collected and studied polySunday, April 7, 2019, at her residence. the project raised 1,600% of its goal from 2,600 people phonic vocal music for over 15 years from traditional in every State and 22 countries. Aside from this new singing masters cultures around thewas world, Born on Windborne March 29, from 1932, Cismont, Va.,studied she the project, has in collected and polyWindborne is able to shift from radically different daughter of the late Lawrence and Virgie Gibson. She phonic vocal music for over 15 years from traditional genres like noofband you haveBaptist ever heard, as comfortwas a member Church. was singing mastersPreddy from Creek cultures around theShe world, able within andeath improvised couplet song, as an preceded by herCorsican husbands, Paul Short and Windborne is able to shift from radically different Everette Sipe;Lynn her son, MonteRowan, (Poncho) Short, and English Lee ballad. Mahoney Will Thomas genres like no band you have ever heard, as comfortten brothers and sisters.and SheJeremy is survived by one Rowan, Lauren Breunig, Carter-Gordon able with an improvised Corsican couplet song, as an daughter, Brendaenergy Short ofonstage Gordonsville; sons, Steveto share a vibrant – theirtwo connection English ballad. Lynn Mahoney Rowan,Rodney Will Thomas Short (Sherry) ofthe Stanardsville, each other and to music clearlyand evident. TheySipe eduRowan, Lauren Breunig, and Jeremy Carter-Gordon (Theresa) of Keswick; brothers, Rogers cate as they entertain,two telling stories aboutand the Gene music share a vibrant energy onstage – theirgrandchildren, connection to Gibson; one sister, Payne; eight and explaining theJoice characteristics and stylistic eleeach other and to the musicKendall, clearly evident. They eduChris Lamb, Amy, Monte, and Kelsie Short, ments of theentertain, traditions in which they sing .RESERVED cate as they stories about the music Tony, Jeddiah and Tyler telling Sipe, nine great-grandchildren, SEATING: $25the - Adults $10Pastors - Under 18 Call 540and explaining characteristics andBuster stylistic eleand one great-great grandchild. Payne 675-1253 and Jane Cicione officiated. , A graveside interment ments of the traditions in which they sing.RESERVED was held at Church in SEATING: $25Preddy - AdultsCreek $10 Baptist - Under 18 Call 540Barboursville, on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

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2019, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Broxburn, West Lothian, Scotland, on May 13, 1929,Bill was the child of William and Jean Bishop Alexander Dickie, who preceded in deathChristmas in addition toCharlie his olderBrown brother What:himMerry Ian Gordon.

When: Saturday, November 23- 10:00am –

What: Merry Christmas Charlie Brown Sunday January 12 age 5:00pm David Leslie King, 64, of Crozet, Virginia,

When: November 2310:00am – passed awaySaturday, after a hard-fought battle with cancer on & Where: Virginia Museum of History May 2, 2019, while surrounded by his family. He was Culture January 12 5:00pm Sunday born on October 14, 1954, in Houston, Texas, the son of Virginia Museum History theWhere: late Max Caleb King and Diane Estes of King.. He grew & For millions of Americans, it really from isn’t Abilene Christmas upCulture in Abilene, Texas and after graduating until they have watched A Charlie Brown High School he played Division 1 tennis for Christmas Trinity at least once! This exhibition examines the making University where he met his wife, Ellen Carrington, who of For millions of Americans, it really isn’t Christmas this animated classic and celebrates the anticipation, heuntil married in 1977 they have watched A Charlie Brown Christmas joy, and pitfalls of the holiday season through fifty at least once! This exhibition examines the making of

daily andhis Sunday comic strips the 1950s . InPeanuts 1981 he obtained law degree from thefrom University this animated classic and celebrates the anticipation, of Houston Houston, Texas. The city was through Law the School 1990s in and over fifty vintage Peanutsjoy, and pitfalls of the holiday season through fifty home to theseasonal King family until 1995 when theyornaments, moved themed novelties, including Peanuts daily and Sunday comic strips from the 1950s to Virginia established Roseland and then in puzzles,and and a 3-D version of Farm the iconic spindly through the 1990s and over fifty vintage Peanuts1998, established King Family Vineyards. Christmas tree. In addition, you can see an officially themed seasonal novelties, including ornaments, released reproduction of an animation cel from A and a 3-D version ofathe iconic Anpuzzles, avid polo player, David was skilled pilot,spindly and Charlie Brown Christmas ofalso the Peanuts kids dancing Christmas tree. In addition, you can see anCounty officially a proud Reserve Deputy with the Albemarle and a documentary video about the making of the released reproduction of an animation celwill from A Sheriff’s Office Search and Division. He Christmas special that Rescue provides a special lookbeinto Charlie Brown Christmas of thetoPeanuts dancing remembered for his contributions the winekids industry Schulz’s creative process. Get the whole family a documentary video making of the as and the Chair of the Virginia Wineabout Boardthe from 2007-2009 involved with activities like a Write a Letter to Santa Christmas that special look and 2013-2018.special As Chair, heprovides was often aheard to say thatinto station and a Make-Your-Own Comic Strip station. “a Schulz’s rising tidecreative lifts all boats,” expressing passion to process. Get thehis whole family Merry Brown! isDavid organized and improve theChristmas, industry forCharlie all. like Additionally, involved with activities a Write a Letterserved to Santa toured by the Charles M.Carrington Schulz Museum and Reas station a Trustee the Gray Memorial and afor Make-Your-Own Comic Strip station. search Center in Santa Rosa, California. Scholarship Foundation at the University of Virginia. Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown! is organized and Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown! is sponsored by toured by the Charles M. Schulz Museum and ReKatherine and Jack Nelson with their Hesearch is survived by his wife, Ellen; sons andgrandchildren daughtersCenter in Santa Rosa,his California. Emerson, Nora,and Timothy, and Reed. in-law, Carrington Corie, Stuart and Ali, and James by Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown! is sponsored Information andExhibition Kelly; as well as his eight grandchildren. He is also Katherine and Jack Nelson with their grandchildren From Sat Nov 23 2019, 10:00am – SunRobert Jan 12and 2020, survived by his mother, Diane; his brother, Emerson, Nora, Timothy, and Reed. his5:00pm wife, Vicki; hisDaily aunt from and uncle, Esme and pAllen Open 10:00 am to 5:00 m Exhibition Information Glenn; his uncle, Don Estes; his aunts, Wilma Ruth King From Sat Nov 23 Rosy 2019, and 10:00am Sun Jan 12and 2020, and Barbara King, Eric –Heinsohn, 5:00pm - nieces, Open Daily from 10:00 am to 5:00He pm numerous nephews, and cousins. was predeceased by his brother-in-law and best friend, What: Holiday Evening Tours Edward Carrington Jr.

When: December 13, 14, 18-23, 26-30

What: Holidays at Highland When: Beginning December 1

What: ending Holidays at Highland January 1

When: December 1 Where:Beginning Ashlawn Highland ending January 1 Are you for Highland a special taste of Highland? Where: looking Ashlawn

For further information (434) 293-8000 Kenneth Brown Mitchell. In the comfort

info@highland.org of the he built for in Keswick, Arehome you looking a special Va., tastesurrounded of Highland? by his devoted wife of 64 years and his loving For further information (434) 293-8000 children and grandchildren, Kenneth Brown info@highland.org Beginning the first weekend December, will Mitchell, 89, the youngest of fourinchildren bornvisitors to the late L. Sr.house and Cora L. Quarlesdecorated Mitchell, for the findGordon the entire beautifully peacefully went to join his holidays. Discover theHeavenly magic ofFather, Jameshis Monroe’s Beginning the first weekendon in December, visitors will parents and property three siblings May 1,season. 2019. Guided historical during the holiday findborn the entire decorated for the He was Feb. house 25,daily 1930beautifully in his parent’s home tours areonoffered from 11:00 a.m. to in 5:00 p.m. holidays. Discover the magic of James Monroe’s Keswick, remains on to his residential Pleasewhich call usstill at 434-293-8000 receive accurate tour historical property during holidaydaughter season. Guided property, occupied histhe youngest timesand for is the day youbyplan to visit. The museum will are offered daily from 11:00 a.m.family to 5:00 p.m. andtours herclosed family. His eldest daughter and her be on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. call same us at 434-293-8000 to receive tour livePlease on the property, and all ofaccurate the times for the day you plan to visit. Thetomuseum will grandchildren have been able to run the path their be closed on Christmas Day andtoddlers. New Year’s grandparents’ house since they were LoveDay. of God and family were, and always was, the central emphasis of Kenneth Mitchell’s life, and he instilled What: Champagne Tasting Dinner this in his family. When: Monday, December - 6pm After attending Keswick Elementary16th School, he What: Champagne Tasting Dinner graduated from Albemarle Training School in 1948. Where: The Clifton Raised with a strong Christian foundation, he was When: Monday, December 16th - 6pm baptized in 1939 at Pleasant Plain Baptist Church in CelebrateThe the holiday season with a champagne tastWhere: Clifton Gordonsville, where he remained a faithful member ing dinner at The Clifton. The perfect to ring in until his death. He joined the trustee board inway 1954, the holidays, and stock up on bubbles! helped to build currentseason edificewith and awas highly Celebrate thethe holiday champagne tast$115/pp regarded for making his signature punch for ing dinner at The Clifton. The perfect waythe to ring in RSVP reception@the-clifton.com or 434-971-1800 annual revival. Inand 1955, Kenneth the holidays, stock up onmarried bubbles!his high Renew yourself this holiday season withTwo a midweek school sweetheart, Bernice Elizabeth Chapman. $115/pp stay at The Clifton. Explore our 100-acre estate, cozy daughters, Colette and Carolyn, were born from this RSVP reception@the-clifton.com or 434-971-1800 up by the fireplace, and enjoy a meal in our Library. blessed union. At the age of 20, he was drafted into Renew yourself this holiday season with a midweek the The United StatesisArmy. After basic package available for completing stays Sunday - Thursday stay at The Clifton. Explore our 100-acre estate, cozy training Camp Breckinridge, Ky., he rate, was deployed and at offers 25% off best available and a $25 dining up by the fireplace,with and the enjoy a meal in our Library. to Korea 430th credit and to beserved used in our Copper BarEngineers or our signature The package is available for stays Sunday - Thursday Battalion where he attained the rank of corporal. restaurant, 1799 . and offers 25% off best available rate, and a $25 dining Upon completion of his military service, he returned credit to be used in our Copper Bar or our signature to Keswick and was employed for 10 years with Settle Tire Co. In 1963, he began his cab driving restaurant, 1799. career with Courtesy Cab and later was employed with Yellow Cab Company as the first selfemployed, independent African American driver in Charlottesville. In addition to being a faithful member of Pleasant Plain, Kenneth was a charter member of East Rivanna Voluntary Fire Company, and a member of numerous religious, civic and social organizations. He was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan, traveled extensively and still found time to design and build baskets and birdhouses.

The family would like to thank Dr.Tours Frank Fossella of What: Holiday Evening Various times beginning at 5:15pm MD Anderson hospital in Houston, Texas and Dr. When: December 13, 14, 18-23, 26-30Center at the Where: Monticello He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Bernice; Richard Hall of the Emily Couric Cancer Join usof for the rare opportunity to attention. experience two daughters and sons-in-law, Colette and Cecil University Virginia for their care and Various times beginning atexpert 5:15pm Monticello after dark, historically decorated for the Thompson, Carolyn and Michael Dillard; four Where: Monticello Inseason. lieu of flowers, family youatconsider a at grandchildren, Ryan and Kimberly Thompson, and Guests the meet theirasks tourthat guide The Shop Join us for the rare opportunity to experience Alexandra and Kenneth Dillard; paternal niece and contribution to the Focused Ultrasound Foundation in Monticello and are treated to seasonal refreshments. Monticello after dark,Cedars historically decorated for the nephew, Olivia Elizabeth Mitchell Branch and Charlottesville, Va.,an1230 Court, Charlottesville, The tour offers intimate look at how all people who season. Guests meet their tour guide at Thefamily Shop at Gordon L. Mitchell III; and a host of other relatives VAlived 22903,www.fusfoundation.com. The King on the Monticello mountaintop – enslaved and Monticello and are treated to seasonal refreshments. willfree be –hosting a casual celebration of David’stime. life on celebrated the holidays in Jefferson's Jour- and friends. The tour an intimate look atfarm howin allCrozet people who Friday, Juneoffers 14, 2019, at and theirprivate family ney through public rooms including the lived on the Monticello mountaintop – enslaved and As per the pre-arranged funeral plans made by Monticello’s iconic Dome Room, and enjoy live musifree – celebrated the holidays in Jefferson's time. Jour- Kenneth, care has been entrusted to D. D. Watson cal performances in the Parlor.(434) 984-9800 ney through public and private rooms including the Mortician Inc., 117 West St., Louisa. While limited Monticello’s iconic Dome Room, and enjoy live musi- seating is anticipated at the church, the family invites guests to view Kenneth on May 9 from 5 p.m. until cal performances in the Parlor.(434) 984-9800 7 p.m. at the funeral home. The Homegoing Celebration will be held at Pleasant Plain Baptist Church, 2564 Lindsay Rd., Gordonsville, on May 10. A viewing will be held at noon and the service is at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of his memory may be sent to Pleasant Plain Baptist Church, P.O. Box 484, Gordonsville, VA 22942. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.ddwatsonmortician.com.

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COVER STORY Hunting Styles and Etiquette BY KESWICK LIFE, PHOTO BY WARNER GRANADE

Fall is such a wonderful time of year when the field is mounted in full flight over hill and dale in pursuit of a good gallop in the countryside. The Hunt is an exhilarating sport for those adventuresome types, as well as for meeker types who follow on foot. There are opportunities to get dirty Etiquette along the way. If you have long hair, The Master is the final authority in the field –

you must wear a hair net – male or female. Rated safety helmets are strongly recommended, and all helmet chin straps should be securely fastened.

We often need to refresh the traditions and etiquette of this age-old sport. Foxhunting is meant to be a fun sport; after all, most foxhunters have risen early, cleaned a horse, tack, clothes, etc. shipped to the meet, and they are expecting a fun morning in the sport. The courtesies and conventions of the hunting field, developed over the centuries, aim to produce an environment in which an exuberant sport may flourish pleasurably and safely. As each new season begins, it is never inappropriate to remind ourselves of the courtesies There are proper conventions and etiquette that participants are expected to follow. Any unsafe, rude, or unsportsmanlike conduct will be addressed by the Master up to and including removal of a rider from the field. The Master is the final authority in the field. Any requests by the Master must be followed immediately and without discussion. At the beginning of the meet, all should greet the Master and Hunt Staff with a pleasant “Good Morning” starting the day to the “Moving Off” sound of the huntsman’s horn, awaiting a fun day of sport. If you bring a guest, introduce him/her to the Masters and Field Master, make sure they have signed a release before tacking up, and paid the capping fee before hunting commences. It is your responsibility to inform them of proper etiquette and ride with them at the back of the field. At the end of the day, thank the Master, Huntsman, and Staff; they worked hard, bringing you a day’s sport. If there is one single overarching concept to understand about foxhunting, it is that we are guests on someone’s land and enjoy our sport solely through his/her goodwill. Without the Landowner’s hospitality, there is no hunting. The question is: How do we maintain that goodwill? We answer that question every hunting day in the way we treat our landowners’ land, crops, and livestock. Landowners are our lifeblood. Never miss an opportunity to speak to them and thank them. Please look for them at the meet to greet them. Please greet everyone you see working on the farm. Leave gates open that you find open and close securely those you find closed. If you break a fence while hunting, it is your respon-

Nicolette and Joel Merle-Smith in proper attire at the recent Keswick Hunt Club's Blessing of the Hounds Meet

Although the Hunt may not be everyone’s cup of tea, there can be no doubt that the efforts of a Hunt Club and their dedicated members throughout the world have successfully preserved vast tracts of land, in its original state — wild, unspoiled, and a safe haven to the teeming wildlife, ecosystems, and habitat that coexist on the land. sibility to fix it then and there, if that is impossible, prop it up as best you can and immediately report it to your field master. Go around any crop fields or fields that you suspect have been recently seeded. Go slowly around livestock so as not to agitate them or make them run. Do not go on any lawns or mowed areas. If on the road, where possible, get to the side to allow cars to come through. Never take rides on Hunt or non-hunt days through hunting territory unless you have permission from the Landowner (s) and have called to make sure the area you wish to ride in is open. If you choose to carry your cell phone while hunting, be sure to silence it before the meet starts, further, be mindful if taking photos to be discrete, respect the

privacy of our landowners, and never allow it to distract from hunting. Should you need to make an emergency phone call, ask your Field Master where the best place is to do that where you will be out of the way.

Attire

“You and your horse should be properly turned out.” While the guidelines for hunting attire vary in details from club to club, each follows similar rules of attire. You should be clean and neat, make sure your horse is fit and ready to hunt and is clean and properly turned out.

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For ladies and men — tan breeches, black boots, black jackets, yellow or tattersall waistcoat, white shirt and stock tie, knotted and secured with a stock pin. Each article has a field-ready purpose; the wool Melton jackets are tightly woven to repel the inevitable precipitation, vests, or waistcoats are insulating as well as protective, kneehigh boots save legs from scratches and scrapes. Historically, the stock tie and pin looking so impeccably turned out performed double duty as a tourniquet or sling. Tack should be of black or brown leather, with a white saddle pad, preferably contoured, not square. No colored pads, boots, wraps, fleece, etc., are allowed, especially on formal days – this is clearly not a sport for the faint of heart. When a rider has reached a certain level of dedication and expertise, he or she is awarded their “colors” by the Hunt’s Masters. This is a great honor and is designated with a change in dress. For women in the field, jacket collars are trimmed with the club colors, while men earn the right to wear “pinks” with white breeches... pinks... scarlet... red — it can all be quite confusing. “The proper term is always ‘scarlet’ when referring to ‘pinks,’ named after the tailor Mr. Pink who made the jackets in his London shop. Traditionally ‘red’ is never used as a descriptive term.” Also, interesting to note, “When the British soldiers came home from the war, they hunted in their uniform (redcoats).” Members of other hunts should always ask permission of a Master to wear their colors when hunting with a different hunt Keswick colors were awarded to Suzanne Hanagan, Vanessa Massaro, Susan Travellin, DeeDee Slewka, Sophie LaPorte, Carol Pattie, Tracy Kilpatrick, Robin Schuler, Will Coleman III, Yvonne Wilson, Joel and Nicolette Merle-Smith, and Jerrie and Meri Wade. The Barrister Award was given to Warner Granade, for his many contributions to KHC above and beyond any reasonable expectation.

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KESWICK SCENE Blessing of the Hounds

PHOTO EDITING BY COLIN DOUGHERTY

Keswick Hunt Club – 2019 Blessing of the Hounds Hunt clubs all across the country have begun their formal season with their Opening Meets and holding their traditional Blessing of the Hounds. Here are some of our favorite moments. During this year's Opening Meet, held at Cloverfields, the pack set off at 9 a.m. and returned at noon to a Hunt Breakfast. The field and spectators were thoroughly welcomed with ham biscuits and a hot toddy before the hounds moved off. If you happened upon this rare site, you might wonder what century you were in as the opening meet has been held at Cloverfields since 1896. The Blessing of the Hounds at Grace Church started in 1929, so it's been happening a long time, and fox hunting has been a tradition and a sport in Albemarle County since the colonial days.

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KESWICK SCENE Blessing of the Hounds

PHOTOGRAPHERS GEORGE PAYNE, PATTI KNIGHT AND WARNER GRANADE

Keswick Life's 2019 Blessing of the Hounds Photo Journal Opposite Page, Top Row: David Perdue, then Sandy and Lizzie Rives leaving the church yard. Middle row, Rev. Miles Smith and rector give the Blessing on the steps of Grace Church then Melissa Zeller with Sallie Mason Wheeler and Annabelle Aron. Third row: Whipper-in Barclay Rives with co-MFH Will Coleman; KHC President Kenny Wheeler with daughter Sallie Mason Wheeler. This Page, Top Row: Mark Sackson with daughter Elinor; Joan Harvey Poskey then Shelley Hoovler Payne. Middle: Annabelle Aron, then KHC Huntsman Paul Wilson sounding the horn to move off, Third Row: Robin Schuler.

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HAPPENINGS Little Keswick School - The Depot Gets a Makeover BY KESWICK LIFE

Of all the places on the Little Keswick School campus where students work toward life-altering growth, the Depot is where the real magic happens, say parents Neil and Gaillee Fitzpatrick. “LKS is a thriving, compassionate, dynamic community, and the Depot is its beating heart,” Gaillee says. “From our first day touring the campus, where we met many of our son’s future friends at lunch, to the many talent shows, Community Meetings and parent workshops—the Depot holds such a special place in our hearts.” This spring, as their son transitioned out of LKS, the Fitzpatricks thought about how much he loves the Depot and how they all would miss the feeling of coming to a second home there. To ensure this special place lasts far into the future, they decided to fund a much-needed renovation of the historic building, which hasn’t seen a major revamp since 1909. “Despite all the care and maintenance of the building over the years, the structure is in need of serious renovation,” says Headmaster Marc Columbus. “The Fitzpatricks’ generosity will save the Depot, and we will be honored to name it the Fitzpatrick Depot in recognition of their support.” The Fitzpatricks’ extraordinary philanthropy will allow LKS to replace the aging slate roof and update the commercial kitchen and all the electrical, heating/AC, and septic infrastructure. New Depot furniture and land-

add to that the substantial financial commitment this journey requires, many families understandably walk away.” The fund will be established in honor of Gaillee’s deceased mother, JoAnn McKellar, who spent her career serving as a school psychologist and educational evaluator in a relatively disadvantaged school district with many underserved students, Gaillee explains. “She worked tirelessly to obtain services for children who could not afford them privately.”

scaping enhancements are also planned. “The LKS administration works very hard to keep the budget tight, which keeps tuition as low as possible. However, this leaves little to no room for improvements, repairs, and necessary updating of the amazing facilities,” Neil explains. “The only thing that can close that significant gap is private donations. LKS has given our son and our whole family so much, and we felt it was our duty to give back in some way.” The Fitzpatricks are leaving an additional legacy at LKS beyond the Depot: They have made a pledge that establishes a multi-year scholarship fund to help students whose families otherwise lack the means to pay LKS tuition. “When as parents you realize your child is struggling and needs a certain kind of help, it is a very scary and overwhelming situation,” Gaillee says. “When you

The Fitzpatricks are very pleased that their son is enrolled in a traditional col- lege-preparatory boarding school in New England this fall. They hope their gifts will combine to help LKS continue its incredible mission of helping boys. “The impact LKS has had on our family is immeasurable, and we are eternally grateful to the entire community,” Neil says. “We hope our gifts inspire others with the means to help LKS continue the amazing work they are doing each day.” “Many worthy causes deserve our charitable dollars,” Neil adds, “but rarely can you easily and directly observe the impact your gift is having. LKS is making a real difference in so many lives, and that is a mission that we are proud to support!”

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WEDDINGS Vandy Vanderwarker Marries Maddy Love BY TONY VANDERWARKER

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and even with all the stress and decisions, their relationship blossomed. Due to the fact that Maddy’s family have their own restaurant in Connecticut, Maddy was familiar with the ins and outs and ups and downs of opening and running a restaurant so the year-long process didn’t phase her. Maddy’s folks, Jim and Pam Love, who had moved to Charleston recently, were also instrumental in helping get the restaurant up and running as Pam had run the financials at their restaurant and Jim was its general manager. Annie and I also pitched in to help with the design and décor of Maison.

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Photo: Keith Vanderwarker, Krissy Vanderwarker, Vandy, Maddy, Annie, Bryan Vanderwarker and yours truly.

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ON STAGE

Country Bumpkins Get Some Bigtime Culture Seven of them, loaded down with drinks and victuals,

BY TONY VANDERWARKER

piled into a chauffered van like a group of frat kids heading for a big game, and rode to Richmond to see the rap musical Hamilton. As you can see in the photo outside the theatre before the show, the group included Ann Taylor, Sandy and Susan Rives, Liza and Rocky Taylor and Annie and Tony Vanderwarker. Sitting in the nosebleed section in seating that rivaled the space on a cheesy airline, they were able to appreciate the amazing set, astounding choreography, and dazzling costumes.

Peter Taylor chose to stay behind as he’d already seen the show in New York and maybe because he didn’t want to go through two hours and fifty minutes listening to lyrics he could barely understand.

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multi-platinum, Grammy Awardwinning, Zac Brown Band recently announced they are extending their highly successful summer 2019 “The Owl Tour” to include spring 2020 dates, including an April 23rd, 2020 date at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA. Tickets went on sale on Friday, November 22 at noon and will be available at the arena box office and ticketmaster.com “The Owl Tour” celebrates and features music from the band’s newest album, The Owl, as well as hits from the band’s entire discography and a diverse range of cover songs that have become a signature part of any Zac Brown Band show. Featuring the dynamic melodies they have long been known for and new,

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TRAVEL

A Bulgarian Redux In September, at the end of a two-week

BY CHARLES THACHER

trip, Ann flew home from Paris to spend a weekend with the grandkids, while I traveled on to Bulgaria to meet up with our Charlottesville friends, Nancy and Victor Schiller, who have been living and working in Sofia for three years. I spent only four days there, but came away impressed with the Country and its people, and the role that American individuals and organizations have played in its success. The history of the Bulgarian people has largely been one of subjugation by foreigners. First the Romans, followed by the Byzantines, then from the late 14th Century the Turkish Ottomans were in control for over 500 years until Bulgaria gained its independence in 1908. In 1915, the country joined the Central Powers (Germany & Austria) in WWI in return for a pledge that it would dominate the Balkans after the War. That was a bad choice, and Bulgaria was punished post-war with the loss of territory and a bill for reparations. The combination of reparations and the economic deprivations caused by the Great Depression, made life miserable for most Bulgarians during the period between the world wars. From the start of WWII, Bulgaria remained neutral until March, 1941, when Germany demanded that it join the Axis powers, backed by a threat to invade. That demand, combined with the promise of annexing Greek territory, resulted in Bulgaria joining Germany, until the Soviets invaded in September 1944 and established a puppet Communist government, which lasted until 1989. A hapless history indeed. For the past three decades, the country has been digging out from the disastrous economic effects of 45 years of Communism, while wrestling with the corruption, ethnic struggles, and tensions between the young and old, that have plagued most of the former Soviet bloc countries. Bulgaria joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007, though the latter move has not been all positive, as the freedom of movement it allows has created a significant brain-drain of talented young people. It was my second trip to Bulgaria. The first was in 1969 when Ann and I were there because she had accepted my offer of “You plan the wedding and I’ll plan the honeymoon.” I can still hear her mother’s plaintive call as, after the reception, we were in the limo leaving to take a flight to Vienna, where we would begin the twoweek drive east to the Black Sea and back, “Are you sure that you wouldn’t rather go to Acapulco?” Once we left Vienna - driving through Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia - it was an “interesting” educational experience, but registered near zero on the luxury and relaxation scales, which some hopeless romantics think is important for a honeymoon. I suppose it was a good test, since on the entire trip we encountered almost no one to whom we could speak but one another. Bulgaria was the poorest of the countries that we visited, and the most repressive. There was only an occasional Russian car on the road, and donkey carts were the most common form of transportation. Buildings in the cities and towns were mostly drab and covered with soot. There were a few hotels designated exclusively

for Westerners, not because they were luxurious – that concept didn’t exist – but because people who lived in the Soviet bloc countries were prohibited from mingling with the enemy, lest they learn forbidden things. The lovely Black Sea beaches were patrolled by soldiers carrying AK-47s, not to stop crime which was rare in all of the Communist countries, but to intimidate Eastern Europeans who otherwise might attempt to speak to the occasional Westerner. There are numerous pithy aphorisms that capture the essence of the Communist system’s disrespect for the worth of the individual, and particularly his time. For example, a factory worker saying “We pretend to work and they pretend to pay us.” Or a factory manager explaining “I pay my men enough to buy one loaf of bread and one bottle of vodka a day. If I pay them more, they will buy two bottles of vodka and cannot come to work the next day.” Many little incidents that we encountered in 1969 displayed the Communist approach. To recall a few: • When we entered the Country, we purchased the amount of Bulgarian Levs that we thought we would need for our stay (credit cards were non-existent). Each day, our room had to be newly procured and paid for at the government tourist office, and on the first day when we proffered the correct amount for that night’s lodging, the office clerk scoffed at it, saying “We don’t accept Bulgarian money. Only dollars, marks or pounds.” We had foolishly assumed that every country’s government accepted its own money. • At a large and busy restaurant overlooking a beach, we waited a long time for the only menu to be passed to us from another table. The manager gave us the reason: since a menu must be changed regularly, it is wasteful to have more than one. • A line for an ice cream cone seemed to take forever. When we got to the window, we saw why. Each cone was put on a scale, and the scoops were gradually shaved or augmented, until the item met the exact government-mandated weight in grams. • In a small department store, we went to the floor for women’s dresses. It contained many racks of dresses, all in the same style and color, but in a full range of sizes.

A basic tenet of the Soviet-style Communist governing philosophy is that envy is especially dangerous to the State. People will accept being poor and deprived of even basic necessities, so long as other people in their spheres suffer under the same conditions. But, if they are deprived, and they live or work among people who are not, civil unrest is more likely. Even today, nearly three decades after the end of Communism in Europe, this principal divides the older and younger generations. Westerners are often surprised that people in their 70s and older will speak longingly of life under Communism. It should not be so surprising, given that for the oldsters, during all or most of their working years, compensation was determined by the State, but prices were also, and that provided economic security. The years following the fall of Communism have produced economic winners and losers – not always fairly - and currency devaluations have frequently occurred in countries with less productive economies, punishing those who have no opportunity to increase their incomes, and who tend to be older workers and pensioners. At the time of the fall of Communism, Bulgaria was the poorest of the European Soviet bloc countries that already existed. It remains so today. When I arrived in Sophia, I did not expect to be impressed. But during my short stay, the Schillers showed me many of the Country’s accomplishments and work in progress that changed my view, and the American government, and American foundations and investors have in the past, and continue to be, important contributors to the success. In late 1989, in the U.S., the Support for Eastern European Democracy (SEED) Act was passed into law. Under it, separate enterprise funds were created in ten formerly Communist countries for development of private businesses, to be funded with U.S. tax dollars, but managed by voluntary boards comprised of American business executives and entrepreneurs. One was the Bulgarian-American Enterprise Fund (BAEF), established in 1991 with seed capital of $55 million. During the first three years alone, over 500 private investments were made throughout Bulgaria. In 2007 when Bulgaria entered the EU, the BAEF had served its purpose, and began selling off its assets, which had grown dramatically to $550 million. It was the most successful of any of the ten funds. Of the total, $400 million was generously given as a grant in 2009 to establish the America For Bulgaria Foundation (ABF), the mission of which is to continue to fund social and economic improvements in the Country. ABF has taken on major projects, such as building new facilities for the American University in Bulgaria, creating an interactive children’s science discovery center, assisting in the development of modern walking and shopping malls in cities, the restoration of two important 6th Century basilicas, and countless other important projects. ABF commits $20 million a year to its projects, and ten years after its founding, still has $400 million in assets. At a time when some of our political leaders proclaim that engaging in public international economic and social development is a waste of time and resources, the

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successes of the BAEF and the ABF demonstrate just how valuable our efforts can be. Unfortunately, few Americans know this. Nancy Schiller has been on the Board of ABF since its founding, and has been its CEO for the past three years. Prior to that, she and Victor were actively involved with the Community Investment Collaborative (CIC) in Charlottesville, both as volunteer instructors, and Victor as a Board member. CIC trains under-resourced entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses, and also provides mentoring services and micro-loans. In 2016, the Schillers oversaw the replication of the CIC program in Bulgaria, and ABF provided funding for the necessary staff and translation of the extensive 17week curriculum into Bulgarian. The program has flourished, and there are now five sites in operation in the Country, that have produced well over 100 aspiring entrepreneurs. The types of businesses that are served are very similar to CIC, such as restaurants, packaged foods, movers, hairdressers, cleaning services, wedding planners, etc. I have been actively involved in CIC almost since its inception, and a primary reason that I went to Bulgaria was to see how the program is doing. It is thriving. In communist countries, the concept of volunteerism was virtually non-existent. The government provided for and managed everything. Programs like CIC can only exist with a substantial commitment from successful local entrepreneurs and executives to help others coming along behind them. Fortunately, it has never been difficult to recruit volunteers here (or in New York where I was previously involved for 38 years in a similar program), and it was very gratifying to see that volunteers were actively involved in the Bulgarian program. It is clear that the program will continue to expand there, and perhaps even to other countries in the region. During my stay, Victor took me on several road trips to visit important and interesting sites. We saw the challenging restoration work on the major 6th Century basilica in Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s “second city”, that ABF was funding, and the attention to historical detail was similar to that paid by restorers at Monticello and Montpelier. We visited the Rila Monastery in a remote mountain setting, established in 927AD, which is among the most stunning and best-preserved medieval religious sites that I have visited. And then there was the “graffiti village” of Staro Zhelezare, which is in a class of its own. The outer walls of dozens of the buildings in this obscure small village are covered with murals of pop art – mostly caricatures of historical and political figures, TV and movie actors, often portrayed in a scene with local village residents. The pictures are humorous, profane, outrageous, or all three at the same time. This fascinating village was well off the beaten track, and we saw no other visitors while we were there.

functioned throughout the period of Communist rule. It covers 75 acres, has ten sound stages and reproductions of a Roman coliseum, a cathedral, and numerous other elaborate sets, all of which are easily convertible for different uses. It has state-of-the-art sound and postproduction capabilities. The list of hundreds of popular American action movies and TV shows that have been filmed there is impressive. Our group on the tour was only eight people, and all of us got to see everything up close and ask lots of questions. A couple of the people in the group had attended studio tours in the U.S., and said that this tour was more enjoyable because of the small group and informality. During the tour, I mentioned to the guide that when we were in Sofia in 1969, many of the streets near our hotel were blocked off for several hours while a crew filmed a chase scene. At the time we thought this was unusual, but he was not surprised, saying that Sofia was a popular site then because there was almost no traffic to halt. Most Bulgarians are poor relative to those in other EU countries, corruption at the highest levels of government and business is a continuing problem, and the recent racist incident at a football game with the U.K. in Sofia, as well as the ongoing alienation of the Romani people (Gypsies), all illustrate that more economic and social progress is still needed. Without that progress, the emigration of well-educated and ambitious young people to the West will not abate. But it was great to see the substantial amount of progress that has been achieved since capitalism first took hold, and how much of that progress is a result of the altruism of individual Americans and our government.

Photos, opposite page: First is Roman Arena in Sofia Old City This page: Wall graffiti, then the Rila Monastery and a Ni Boyana studio lot

The restaurants in Sofia were attractive and the food was superb. They also had lively crowds, mostly of young people. The Bulgarian red wines were surprisingly good, and are worth trying if you find them in the U.S. Modern cafes are abundant, and my small, boutique hotel which was in the City Center on a busy walking street, was excellent, with a great breakfast, and a larger room than I am accustomed to in Europe. Internet and telephone services are prevalent, and the roads are good and easy to navigate. I didn’t get to the beaches, but I was told that they are still beautiful, though without the soldiers and assault rifles. On my last afternoon in Sofia, we toured the Nu Boyana film studio in Sofia. This important facility, owned by a Hollywood company, was founded in 1962 and

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Holiday Gift Shopping List By Suzanne Nash

BY SUZANNE NASH

The holidays are upon us and so it is time for my Christmas Gift list of books to get your Christmas shopping started…or so you can start your wish list of what you’d like to find under the tree this year! I have been working hard to compile a list with an assortment of books that might fit any tastes. I am often asked if I actually read everything I recommend, and I can assure you that I have read each and every book I suggest….so it has been a very busy month for me! Let’s start with some compelling fiction choices… Promise by Minrose Gwin takes place in Tupelo, Mississippi and is based on the real event of a devastating tornado that ripped through the town on Palm Sunday in 1936. It left more than 200 people dead in its aftermath, but the official casualties did not include the black citizens of Tupelo which made up one third of the town’s population. This novel looks at the aftermath of the flood and the racial divisions, the destruction as well as the relationships amongst the townspeople. Dovely, a local laundress, is tossed into a lake by the violent winds and crawls out, injured, searching for her family. She makes her way to the home of the McNabb family, who she works for but despises. No one in the McNabb house has survived except the teenage daughter Jo. Jo however has a head wound and, in her confusion, she finds a baby that she decides is her baby brother Tommy. She is determined to protect this baby. Jo and Dovely must navigate this complicated and devastated landscape carefully. The background between the two families unfolds as well as the resentments and secrets that have shaped their worlds. It is beautifully written and will make you want to explore this forgotten part of history.

The Only Story by Julian Barnes is the winner of the Mann Booker Prize in 2018 and tells the story of Paul Casey who has an affair with Susan MacLeod, a married woman, in the ‘60s. When they run away together to set up house in London, they leave behind Susan’s two grown daughters and Susan’s husband who they call Elephant Pants. Barnes explores how first loves can change your life and asks the question: What is love and devotion?

The Last Romantics is a novel about a poet looking back at her life and is written by Tara Conklin. Poet Fiona Skinner is giving a talk at a poetry reading late in her life and is asked about the inspiration for her most famous poem, The Love Poem. Up until now she has never revealed the tale behind this poem but finally, she is ready to open up about her past. When her father died when she was a child her mother went into what the rest of the family referred to as “the Pause” and the children are left to fend for themselves for close to three years. The siblings, Renee, Caroline, Joe and Fiona become very close, dependent and loyal to each other. They face difficult choices and the story focusses on the fallout of their choices. It is a wonderful and interesting story told from multiple viewpoints that often spill over into each other and closely looks at the repercussions of having to grow up too fast.

I have a particular fondness for historical fiction and there are several really good choices this year if you have someone on your list who is also a fan. The Huntress by Kate Quinn is spectacular on all fronts. Quinn is the author of best seller, The Alice Network, and has succeeded in yet another winner in my book! In this latest offering there are three story lines, three narrators and alternating timelines but she manages to pull it all off splendidly. In the midst of WWII, in the darkest regions of Siberia, Nina Markova struggles to overcome her past and becomes one of the famous Russian bomber pilots known as the Night Witches. When her father is denounced as a traitor to Russia she must flee and comes into contact with Lorelie Vogt, the Huntress of the German Reich, in Poland where Lorelie commits atrocities which put her on the list of war criminals. After the war in 1950’s Boston, Jordan MacBride is interested in becoming a news photographer. Her father is a widowed antiques dealer who would prefer that she stay home to run his shop. When her father decides to marry a German woman named Anneliese who also brings a young daughter to the newly formed family, Jordan is taken aback and suspicious. Anneliese’s daughter Ruth seems traumatized and barely speaks but wins Jordan’s heart and once her father passes away, Jordan becomes closer to her stepmother and accepts her as a friend and confidant. All three of these women’s lives intersect as the Huntress becomes the hunter in the tightly packed novel. I was excited to learn more about the real Night Witches and it is worth taking a look at the real story behind this historical fiction. The Poison Bed is by Elizabeth Freemantle ad takes place in the Jacobean Court of 1615 in London. I did not know a great deal about this time period in English history and so was fascinated to learn about Robert and Francis Carr who were actually imprisoned on suspicion of murder during that time period. In this historical fiction Robert is the lover of King James I and Francis was the wife of an abusive man, Sir Thomas Overbury. There are period details throughout that make this story come alive and paints a picture of the court environment. Frances is unfortunately a pawn in this world of men and yet she has more political knowledge than most of the men surrounding her. I thoroughly enjoyed this fast-paced thriller. A Double Life by Flynn Berry is another historical fiction/thriller based on a true crime: The Lord Lucan Case set in London in 1974. Berry is the writer of the best selling The Girl on the Train Novel and this new piece of fiction is just as fast paced and riveting. Claire is a doctor in London who harbors a secret. She is actually the daughter of a notorious killer who has escaped justice. When the police inform Claire that they have found her father, she is forced to go back over what happened in her childhood and figure out whether her father is wrongly accused or guilty of the violent attack on her mother that left another woman dead. Most American don’t know about the Lord Lucan Case that this story is based on but again, it is worth the time to look up the real story that is stranger than any fiction.

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If you need a good mystery to keep you company over the holidays, try one of these… The Dry by Jane Harper is a stand-alone mystery debut from 2016 and takes place in Australia. Aaron Flak reluctantly returns home to a small rural Australian town suffering under severe draught. He has come home to pay his respects at a funeral for a childhood friend, who has died under suspicious circumstances. Luke Hadler apparently came home one day and shot his wife and young son and then took his own life, leaving his baby girl alone in her crib. His parents don’t believe that their son could have acted in this way and ask Aaron to look into it. Aaron is now a financial investigator with the police and decides to stay for a bit to see if this could be linked somehow to the death of his friend Ellie several years before. Small town rumors and bigotry abound, and the rough scrabble life of the Australian farming community takes the forefront in this well written mystery. Jump from Australia to Spain and delve into the Galician countryside in All This I Will Give to You by Delores Redondo and translated by Michael Meigs. Manuel Ortigosa is an author in Madrid who has been happily married for 15 years to Alvaro. When he suddenly is informed that his husband has died in a car accident far away from where he is supposed to be, secret begin to be revealed. Alvaro is apparently very wealthy and the owner of a vast estate in Galicia. Manuel must travel to meet Alvaro’s family and deal with the estate affairs and comes face to face with prejudice and deceit and suddenly begins to think that perhaps his husband’s death was no accident. This is a page turner that kept me guessing to the end. I have been watching more movies and series and reading more books from Spain recently and I am hooked on the style of writing and storytelling. If you are an audible listener, I want to offer up a nice little mystery you can listen too over the holidays. It is an audible original and that is the only format for this novella by Dervla McTiernan. The Sisters is a mystery set in Ireland which is a prequal to her book The Ruin. Handsome Robert Collins has been accused of the murder of his girlfriend and his case has been assigned to new lawyer, Aifric. Aifric becomes suspicious in the way the case was handled by the police, so she happens to leave the brief open for her roommate and sister, Carrie, to find. Both women face an uphill struggle in careers that are dominated by men. The sexism is rampant in this book and when Carrie decides that there really is something wrong with this case, she becomes determine to ferret out the corruption. This case could make or break her, and she struggles to prove herself as she and her sister run simultaneous investigations. Carrie will be featured in more upcoming books by McTiernan.

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. The Near Witch is another fantasy recently published and it is by V.E. Schwab. In the town of Near children are disappearing and everyone is pointing the finger at “the stranger”. They don’t like strangers in Near. Young Lexi is a tracker like her father before her and she is determined to find the missing children before any more are lost. She doesn’t however believe that the stranger, who she learns is named Cole, is the person responsible for what is happening. Fighting against the men in charge and the prejudice of the town, Lexi races to prove that her new friend is not evil. She believes that the disappearances are related to the old stories and legends about the Near Witch who supposedly disappeared years ago. The songs she and the children sing hold clues as to the frightening tale: “If the wind calls at night You must not listen The wind is lonely And always looking for company” Lexi must hurry because her sister may very well be the next victim! If you are more interested in something inspiring I suggest Lightly: How to live a Simple, Serene and Stress-free Life in which author Francine Jay encourages you to go beyond de-cluttering and really look at the idea of simplifying your entire life and get rid of thoughts, ideas and life styles that weigh you down. It is more about a change in philosophy. If you want to start fresh in the new year this might be just the book for you. Another attitude adjuster is a book I really love called Love Your Enemies by Arthur C. Brooks. In this age of contempt this book is a call to rethink how you approach and communicate with those you disagree with. Disagreeing is actually a gift which allows you to explore and exchange ideas and concepts and this exchange is a great opportunity to understand others and grow. What a great way to start the new year by making it a goal to be respectful and loving toward each other despite our differences….could this be part of what Christmas is about? Just a thought! My last suggestion for a Christmas gift is a British literature classic, though you may have heard of it. The Christmas Hirelings, by Mary Elizabeth Braddon was written in 1894 and tells the story of a wealthy widower who is convinced by his friend, Tom Danby, to hire some poor children to keep him company during the Christmas Season (Christmas Eve to Twelfth Night). Sir John believes Christmas is for children and otherwise not to be bothered with, so is enamored of the idea of youthful excitement about his lonely estate during the holidays. But when Moppet, Laddie and Lassie arrive on Christmas Eve, Sir John is nonplussed by their smallness and grumpy about the whole endeavor. Things seem to be headed in the wrong direction until he is charmed by the 4-year-old Moppet. These children slowly win the heart of this crotchety old man and the reader learns the back story of how Sir John lost his daughters. You can still find the book, but I have really enjoyed listening to it and suggest you play it as you travel about during holidays. It will put you in the Christmas mood!

I haven’t recommended much fantasy lately so here are a few choices for the fantasy lovers out there. Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessi is twisted sinister tale of young girl whose boyfriend was found dead in a quarry lake a year ago. She reluctantly gathers with old friends from high school for a party and upon their drive home there is an accident and they all end up dead. The story doesn’t end there, however. They are forced to relive the day again and again until they vote and can agree on who among them will be allowed to live. Each character has I hope you enjoy the Holidays and festivities over the next few weeks and make sure something that causes the reader to doubt their honesty. It you give the gift of books because books broaden our minds and open our hearts! is part psychological thriller, part fantasy, part sci-fi and part mystery which makes it fascinating, as far as I am NOVEMBER 2019 concerned.


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For further information contact Sharon & Duke Merrick 540.406.7373 For further information contact Sharon & Duke Merrick 540.406.7373

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heart of Keswick with a lovingly restored & updated main property house with La Fourche - Significant in attached tavern, two dependencies & heart of Keswick with a lovingly party barn. The gracious home features restored & updated main house with an attractive floorplan highlighted by & a attached tavern, two dependencies spacious center leading to features the first party barn. The hall gracious home floor living, dining, kitchen & library/ an attractive floorplan highlighted by a media room. Thehall second & third spacious center leading to thefloors first have a lovelydining, masterkitchen suite along with floor living, & library/ five additional spacious five media room. The secondbedrooms, & third floors & half baths & home office. Just to the have a lovely master suite along with side of the house is a large patio with five additional spacious bedrooms, five views the historic Southwest Mtns for & halfofbaths & home office. Just to the numerous outdoor activities & side of the house is a large patio with enjoyment. large on the four acres views of theLive historic Southwest Mtns for and yet only minutes numerous outdoorto Charlottesville activities & & University of Virginia. enjoyment. Live large on the four acres and yet only minutes to Charlottesville & University of Virginia.contact For further information Charlotte Dammann 434.981,1250 For further information contact Charlotte Dammann 434.981,1250

$2,250,000 $2,250,000

classic c. 1850 Brick Georgian situated in the heart of breathtaking 25 Minutes Fair View isSomerset a classicVA. c. 1850 Brick drive to Charlottesville grand Georgian situated in VA. the The heart of house includes 11 ft ceilings, glorious breathtaking Somerset VA. 25a Minutes centertohall, renovated luxury kitchen, drive Charlottesville VA. The grand expansive master with house includes 11 ftbedroom ceilings, suite a glorious privatehall, office and 2 full baths, 2nd center renovated luxury kitchen, bedroom suite on that level -3 more expansive master bedroom suite with bedroomsoffice (3rd floor 3private and 2and fullbasement). baths, 2nd course Flemish Bond with a slate roof. bedroom suite on that level -3 more Nearby Guest Wonderful horse bedrooms (3rdcottage, floor and basement). 3stables and extensive with course Flemish Bond barn withfacilities a slate roof. outdoorGuest ridingcottage, ring. There is a tenant Nearby Wonderful horse house and in "as-is" condition but with this stables extensive barn facilities building riding could ring. proveThere useful farm outdoor is for a tenant manager. is thecondition complete package. house inThis "as-is" but this building could prove useful for farm manager. This is the complete package. For further information contact : Murdoch Matheson 434,981,7439 For further information contact : Murdoch Matheson 434,981,7439

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Clarks Tract Little Annex Open Gate Road Annandale Clarks Tract Little Annex Open Gate Road Annandale Circa 1805 Federal brick estate located in Tucked back on a quiet country lane in Charming cottage centrally located in the heart Tucked in a quiet and peaceful setting down a

beautiful Orange County, just minutes from andestate 25 minutes Circa Gordonsville 1805 Federal brick located to in Charlottesville. 3800 just square foot beautiful OrangeThe County, minutes manor house has twelve ceilings on from Gordonsville and foot 25 minutes to the main floor andThe 10 foot the second. Charlottesville. 3800onsquare foot The recent renovations spared expense manor house has twelve foot no ceilings on and include a new master suite, the main floor and 10 foot on the country second. kitchen, all new mechanicals. The The recentand renovations spared no expense mostly open 63 acres includes two guest and include a new master suite, country cottages, original Sears barn (converted kitchen, an and all new mechanicals. The into a stable and entertainment center), mostly open 63 acres includes two guest swimming extensive plantings and cottages, anpool, original Sears barn (converted anewly constructed four acre lake.center), All of into a stable and entertainment which makepool, this property anplantings ideal turnkey swimming extensive and country estate. anewly constructed four acre lake. All of which make this property an ideal turnkey country estate. For further information contact : Loring Woodriff , 434 ,466.2992 For further information contact : Loring Woodriff , 434 ,466.2992

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This is one of my favorites. I love it as these winter days get colder and colder. It's so much fun to warm up with a bowl of soup and why not Chicken pot pie soup. There is a couple of twist on old classics in my recipe. But I know it will be loved by all. Keswick let's settle into the fall season with this classic. BY SAM JOHNSON - DEPUTY DIRECTOR - CULINARY 1776

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November 15th, Cville City Council voted 4-0 (Signer left before vote taken) in favor of removing the Lewis,Clark and Sacagawea statue from W.Main Street… to parts unknown. While I agree the Statue should be moved, I disagree the sculpted Sacagawea is demeaning to Native Americans and women. (Trivia tidbit: my maternal great-grandmother was Cherokee.)

There are two sides to every story... World-renowned sculptor, Charles Keck, was commissioned by Paul McIntire in 1917 to design a Lewis and Clark monument for $20,000 (today’s equivalent over $433,000). Both Lewis and Jeerson were from Albemarle County and reason to honor the Expedition. Keck, a member of the National Sculpture Society, was known for his unmatched artistic ability. After much historical research, Keck thought the statue should include Sacagawea. McIntire was both surprised and delighted and thought the “statue is greatly improved” with the addition of Sacagawea. The Statue was dedicated on November 21,1919. Keck entitled the work; Their First View of the Pacific and he described Sacagawea as “Bending forward, intent on the vast expanse of the ocean.” Not only was this the first statue commemorating Lewis and Clark, it was the first Lewis & Clark memorial that included Sacagawea. Ironically, exactly 100 years later, City Council hosted an all-expense paid trip for Rose Ann Abrahamson (a greatgreat-great-great niece of Sacagawea) and her family to visit Cville and critique the Statue. The Daily Progress quoted her saying “the Statue is the worst we have ever seen as it depicts (Sacagawea) as cowering and recoiling.”

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The worst one? How can her opinon be so contrary to artists, experts, historians and benefactors both then and now? In my research, I found a 2008 article by Rachana Dixit quoting UVA history professor, Christian McMillen; “misunderstanding often occurs when examining historical events with a modern eye.”

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Maybe there are more clues to Charles Keck’s sinister motives found in the Statue! The National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) describes the pink granite base of the Statue as carved scenes: a bualo hunt (West face), Council of Indians meeting the exploring party (North face), Indian Dance see by the expedition (South face), Homecoming of Sacagawea (East face). Maybe after Keck’s extensive research, he realized the importance of Native Americans, wanted to display on the base and insist that Sacagawea be a main figure of the bronze sculpture. Keck placed Sacagawea SITTING on a rock, leaning forward and holding back her braids as she views the Pacific for th e first time.The “worst one?” Compared to what? Frances Hunter (a writing team of two sisters; Mary and Liz Clare) writes an American Heroes Blog which tracked Lewis and Clark in Sculpture in 3 Parts: 1)Virginia to Missouri, 2)Great Plains 3)Rocky Mts. to the Sea. Most of the Stafound along the Expedition trail and were commissioned near the Bicentennial in 2006. This Study includes 15 outdoor statues of Lewis and Clark.

Sacagawea. The next was 1976, Fort Benton, Montana unveiled a Lewis & Clark statue including Sacagawea entitled “Decision Point.” Sculptor, Bob Shriver, placed Sacagawea sitting on a rock with legs crossed at ankle. Lewis & Clark stand over her surveying the Missouri River. In 2000, Kansas City, Missouri unveiled a Lewis & Clark statue including Sacagawea and York. Sculptor, Eugene Daub, placed Sacagawea kneeling on a rock, at the feet of Lewis and Clark. Of the 15 Statues, 8 include the dog, named Seaman. Think about that….only 3 of 15 include the image of Sacagawea and 8 included the dog. Maybe Charles Keck should have sculpted the Lewis and Clark monument as originally requested… just Lewis and Clark... or maybe add the dog instead of trying to honor the role of Sacagawea. Did you know that 2 of the 15 Lewis and Clark statues were sculpted by, Doug Hyde, of Native American descent and Oreland C. Joe, a Native American of Navajo and Ute descent? Neither of these Native American sculptors included Sacagawea in their Lewis and Clark memorials located in Idaho and Nebraska, respectively. Brian W. Dippier of the Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum, wrote an interesting article: The Imagery of Sacagawea. Research showed the first Sacagawea (only) monument was dedicated in Portland, Oregon in 1905. Sculptor, Alice Cooper, depicts Sacagawea standing with extended arm and finger pointing west. Soon after, “the pointing Sacagawea had become something of a cliche.” “Unconstrained by fact, artists are free to interpret her as they will.” Historical fiction and stereotypes depicting Sacagawea as beautiful princess or native Madonna will often override historical realism. The very distant relatives of Sacagawea expressed Keck’s seated Indian guide shows cowering and white supremacy and want the total and immediate removal of the Statue. Their opinion, based solely on emotions and void of any historical realism, believe any statue that does not portray Sacagawea as front and center, shoulder-toshoulder with Lewis and Clark is demeaning. I agree the Statue should be moved. City sprawl has devoured Midway Park and left the Statue in the fork of W.Main St. and cannot be safely viewed. Ms. Abrahamson, a great-great- great-great niece of Sacagawea, has proclaimed the Statue be banished from the City and replaced with a new statue to honor Native Americans. Mayor Walker doesn’t want Lewis & Clark in any statuary due to the “historical mistreatment of African Americans.” I suggest the Statue be safely moved to the Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center in Darden Towe Park, Albemarle County. Total expenses paid by the City of Charlottesville. Ms. Abrahamson further warns that if the Statue is to be viewed in another location, (she also suggested that maybe a truck and chains might be available insinuating destruction was a solution) it should have context to oset the shame. Here’s some context for you: Without the courage and leadership of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, there would not be a nationally recognized Indian Scout named Sacagawea.

Of these, ONLY two statues of Lewis, Clark and Sacagawea. Charles Keck was the first (1919) to include

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