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Foxhunting Etiquette Traditions That Harken Back Hundreds of Years to the Very Beginning of Foxhunting also: horsin' around, overheard, keswick scene, the going out guide, travel and much more
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8 ON THE COVER Foxhunting Etiquette Traditions That Harken Back Hundreds of Years to the Very Beginning of Foxhunting
This year 2016/17 being the 120th season of the Keswick Hunt Club, we often need to refresh the traditions and etiquette of this age old sport. Foxhunting is meant to be a fun sport, after all most foxhunters have risen early, cleaned a horse, tack, clothes etc. shipped to the meet and then are expecting a fun morning in the sport. Our Editor takes us on a refresher of traditions that matter for hundreds of years, since the very beginning – with thanks to Norman Fine's "Foxhunting Life".
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19 BOOKWORM 20 TRAVEL Suzanne Nash really likes to read, and most impor- Charles Thacher, a first time contributor, enjoys fish-
tanly writes to us every month with her recommendations. This issue, she sits in retreat, writing her reviews on a porch in beautiful Orkney Springs, enjoying the smell of wood burning in the fireplace and the company of good friends. Her book choices this month are an eclectic assortment with a wide range of themes.
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to an event held in support of the Town of Gordonsville. Lauren Bauk, of PBM Capital Group in Charlottesville, filled us in on the goings-on in the Town, a possible new use for some vacant buildings and a new program at the Univeristy of Virginia.
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ing in two ponds on his property and on surrounding farms. Catching a large bass or catfish, or even a good brim, on a fly rod is exciting. But, the allure of traveling to far-flung locations to experience the joys of fly fishing while immersed in an entirely different culture continues to be addictive – get set for a tale in Bhutan as Charlie takes you on an incredible journey.
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On Board The Paramount Theater Board of Directors announces the 2016-17 Executive Committee. The Executive Com-
mittee includes Pam Edmonds, Chair; Jay Blanton, Treasurer; Suzanne J. Brooks, member-at-large; Shelia Davis, Vice-President for Development and Marketing; Chris Holden, Immediate Past Chair, Deb McMahon, VicePresident for Education and Community, Christopher (Chris) Noland, Vice-President for Programming and Operations, and Kenneth Shevlin, Secretary. In addition, The Paramount Theater Board of Directors announces the appointment of five new members including Lynn Brown, David T. Gies, Rob Jiranek, Elizabeth LeVaca and Kenneth Shevlin (also a member of the Executive Committee). "We are delighted to welcome these strong community leaders to our Board. All five of them bring energy, talent and expertise to the Theater. Together we will continue to shepherd the mission of our community's nonprofit Paramount Theater. We are thrilled to have them join our team!" said Chris Eure, Executive Director. The 2016-17 Paramount Theater Board of Directors includes: J. Alden English, General Counsel (pro bono) Janice Aron, Jerry Bias, Penny Bosworth, Jackie Bradley, Lynn Brown, Ty Cooper, Victor M. Dandridge, Alison S. Dickie, Charles H. Foster, Jr., Michael A. Gaffney, David T. Gies, Mark Giles, Leslie Gilliam, Jim Haden, Rob Jiranek, Lou Jordan, Elizabeth LeVaca, David Paulson, Barbara Sieg, Gary W. Taylor and Greyson Williams.
Expanding The Albemarle County Planning Commission is proposing a zoning ordinance change that would allow historic
inns and taverns to expand their properties. The recommendations come after Clifton Inn requested to expand its facility. It wants to expand outside the existing historic building. The amendment would only apply to three historic properties, Clifton, Keswick Inn, and Michie Tavern. The board of supervisors is scheduled to hear the proposal in December.
Bravo Phil and Susie Audibert’s video "300 Tires and an Old Sofa" won first place at the
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Local Deliveries Allowed In reply to the restriction in place for safety reasons for trucks over 65 ft to be using Route 231, the following
was received from VDOT.. Local deliveries under 65-ft are allowed. Trucks over 65 ft. are prohibited as some sections of the routes are dangerous for larger vehicles. The truck-length restriction on Route 231 was imposed in September 2000 based on a safety and engineering analysis at the request of local elected officials. A safety and engineering analysis involves looking at the nature of the road (curves, hills, etc.), traffic speeds, number of vehicles per day and various other conditions to formulate an engineering-based judgment about the speed limit, truck restrictions, etc. on a route. This particular restriction prohibits trucks over 65 feet. Per the Code of Virginia, special permits may be obtained for trucks over the length limit. It is VDOT’s mission to provide for the safe movement of people and goods; it is not VDOT’s goal to restrict commerce. You may want to contact the Albemarle County Police Department for interpretation and enforcement of the restriction in regard to the type of traffic you referenced in your email. If a change is desired, the process would begin with the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. The Board of Supervisors would need to issue a resolution to VDOT.
Marketing Two Virginia farmers’ markets topped the balloting in the annual American Farmland Trust Farmers Market
Celebration. The Williamsburg Farmers Market and Charlottesville City Market placed in the Top 5 in all five voting categories: People’s Choice, Focus on Farmers, Healthy Food for All, Pillar of the Community and Champion for the Environment. The Charlottesville market placed third in three categories and second in two. The Williamsburg market placed fourth in all five.“Virginia has some of the best farmers’ markets around, and this is a testament to how much consumers love them,” said Tony Banks, a commodity marketing specialist for Virginia Farm Bureau Federation. For more information on the awards, visit lovemyfarmersmarket.org.Virginia is home to 259 farmers’ markets. Just 10 years ago, there were only 88. Currently, shoppers can find locally grown pumpkins, apples, broccoli, beets, sweet potatoes, winter squash and more.
Signs, Signs Everywhere a Sign In Madison County a sign will recall the Blue Ridge Turnpike, completed in 1853. The 56-mile turnpike ran from near New Market in the Shenandoah Valley, crossing the Blue Ridge Mountains at Fishers Gap, and terminated at a railhead in Gordonsville. The road linked the Valley to markets in the east. After the road was damaged during the Civil War the Blue Ridge Turnpike Company abandoned it. Modern portions of two state routes, as well as roadways within Shenandoah National Park, follow alignments of the original road. A marker planned for Albemarle County will commemorate St. John School, constructed 1922-1923 for African American students. “The Rosenwald Fund contributed $700 for St. John School, while local residents donated $500 and Albemarle County provided $1,300,” according to the marker’s text. The Rosenwald Fund was established by Julius Rosenwald, president of Sears, Roebuck, and Co., who collaborated with Booker T. Washington in a school-building campaign for black communities throughout the South. The fund supported school construction and provided building plans to communities between 1917 and 1932.
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The myth of $$ per sq. ft. is solved here!. Often quoted on web sites is that a property sold for $X per sq. ft. That can be very misleading because it does not take into account the value of the total unfinished sq. ft, a garage, outbuildings or the size of the acreage. It is just the finished sq. ft .. derived at by an appraiser, the assessor, a Realtor, or even an automated computer program (so it can vary!) divided into the sales price – so don’t be mislead. Sold in Glenmore: 1651 Gateway Place with 4 beds, 4.5 baths, 3305 sf and priced at $665k sold for $629.5k in 53 days. 3572 Carroll Creek Road a new construction with 5 beds, 5.5 baths, 4052 sf sold for $991.5k. 3657 Worcester Lane with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 2725 sf listed at $539k sold for $492k in 173 days. 3660 Perthshire Court with 6 beds, 6.5 baths, 7810 sf listed at $865k sold for $750K in 170 days. 3268 Heathcote Lane with 6 beds, 4.5 baths and 5210 sf listed at $750k and sold for $726k in 8 days. 3350 Kirkwood Court with 2 beds, 2 baths and 1601 sf listed at $289k sold for $282.5k in 78 days. Around the area 554 Clarks Tract with 4 beds, 3.5 baths, 3614 sf and 3.2 acres listed at $519.9k sold for $440k in 383 days. 2347 Paddock Wood Road, “Stonebridge”, with 3 beds, 3 baths, 4192 sf and 127.8 acres listed at $1.795m sold for $995k in 472 days. 3803 Richmond Road with 3 beds, 2 baths, 2081 sf and 2.2 acres listed at $284.9k sold for $281k in 21 days. Under contract in Glenmore is 3365 Camden Court a 3 bed, 2 bath, 2948 sf home listed at $609k in 125 days. 1526 Kinross Lane a 4 bed, 3.5 bath, 3400 sf home listed at $699k in 1 day. 7 Ferndown Lane a 4 bed, 2.5 bath, 2703 sf new home listed at $561.5k in 0 days. 1412 Sunderland Lane a 4 bed, 4.5 bath, 3642 sf home listed at $695k in 5 days. Around the area 4915 Moriah Way a 4 bed, 4.5 bath, 4446 sf home on 2.4 acres listed at $519.900 in 214 days. Reduced in Glenmore is 3570 Turnberry Lane with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 4947 sf down from $780k to $760k in 80 days. 1592 Heathrow Lane with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 2997 sf down from $649k to $629k in 68 days. 3511 Wedgewood Court with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3650 sf down from $630k to $610k in 174 days. Its very busy on Darby Road with 3410 Darby Road with 6 beds, 7.5 baths and 5116 sf down from $699k to $649k in 307 days, 3092 Darby Road with 6 beds, 7.5 baths and 7823 sf down from $1.215m to $1.096m in 217 days and 3315 Darby Road with 4 beds, 5.5 baths and 4316 sf down from $764.9k to $749k in 63 days. Around the area 5724 Hackingwood Lane with 3 beds, 3 baths, 2599 sf and 32 acres down from $920k to $900k in 164 days and 6580 Louisa Road with 2 beds, 2 baths, 1800 sf and 4.5 acres down from $299.9k to $285k in 70 days Its never too late to sell so in Glenmore 3375 Marsden Point with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 4196 sf is on the market at $720k, 3452 Devon Pines with 5 beds, 3.5 baths and 3880 sf is available at $579.9k. 1985 Piper Way with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 4457 sf is available at $850k and 2402 Pendower Lane with 5 beds, 5.5 baths and 4235 sf is available at $748k. Around the area 4203 Louisa Road with 3 beds, 2.5 baths, 1903 sf and 2 acres is available at $559k and 3621 Keswick Road with 3 beds, 3.5 baths, 3018 sf and 3 acres is available at $499.9k
The GOING OUT Guide Mark your calendars! Save the date! Don’t be late!
GREAT FAMILY FUN Montpelier Steeplechase
FINE ART The Sporting Art Auction
ON STAGE Jay Hunter Morris
Where: Montpelier Racecourse When: Saturday, November 5th
Where: Keeneland Sales Pavilion, Lexington, Ky When: : November 21st
Where: Paramount Theater When: : Saturday, December 3, 8:00PM
In 1901, William duPont purchased the Montpelier estate, lo-
The fourth annual Sporting Art Auction - November 21, 2016 in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion. View the catalogue online now! Keeneland Association and Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington are again teaming to conduct the fourth annual Sporting Art Auction, to be held Monday, Nov. 21, at 4 p.m. ET in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion. The 2016 collection features 175 high-quality lots representing fine sporting art, American paintings, and sculpture from renowned masters as well as talented new artists. The artwork will be exhibited in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion through the November auction date. Sporting Art Auction representatives will be on hand in the Pavilion’s Limestone Café to provide catalogues and further information to interested parties. Contact: 859.233.3856 - email@example.com
cated four miles west of the Town of Orange, in Virginia’s Piedmont Region. It was the lifelong home of James Madison, the fourth President of the United States,and his wife Dolley. William and his wife Annie, made substantial changes to the house, enlarging it, renovating the formal garden, and adding many outbuildings and stables. Mr. duPont’s daughter, Marion duPont Scott, an accomplished horsewoman, inherited the property from her parents and resided at Montpelier until her death in 1983, at which time the duPont family transferred the property to the National Trust For Historic Preservation.Mrs. Scott with the help of her brother, William duPont, Jr., transformed Montpelier into a first class Thoroughbred breeding and racing facility, building a state of the art steeplechase course and a flat training track. In 1929, Marion inaugurated the Montpelier Races and opened them to the public. As an owner, Mrs. Scott bred a series of winners from excellent Thoroughbred bloodlines. In 1932, her horse Trouble Maker won the Maryland Hunt Cup, regarded as America’s most challenging timber race, and in 1938, her horse Battleship, a son of Man o’ War, became the first American bred and owned horse to win the British Grand National Steeplechase. Other winners campaigned under her French blue, old rose and silver colors were Mongo, Accra and Annapolis, another son of Man o’ War. Regarded by many as America’s First Lady of Racing, Marion duPont Scott generously supported the equine industry throughout her life. She donated funds to construct Virginia’s leading equine medical center in Leesburg, which is named in her honor. Her legacy continues with the running of the Montpelier Races, a premier event on the National Steeplechase Association’s circuit, which is always held on the first Saturday in November. Gates Open 9 AM, Terrier Races 10:30 AM, First Post time 12:30 PM, Last Post Time – approximately 4:30 PM Race Day Activities: :Jack Russell Terrier Races – near the flat track at 10:30 AM ;Stick Horse Races – pre enter at the Montpelier Tent prior to 11:15. For children 2-11, on the Racecourse in front of the Race Tower; Tailgate Contest – no entry fee, just let the office know prior to race day that you would like to be judged, we need your location 540-672-0014 or email info@ montpelierraces.org. Great prizes and lots of fun ! Hat Contest – Always a big hit and right after the second race on the racecourse in front of the Race Tower. Judged on elegance, or best race theme, even a group prize! Sponsored by Dubarry of Ireland. More information can be found on our Race Day Information page. We want your race day to be perfect.. You may also call the office at 540-672-0014 if you have planning question.
Wahoowa Schedule 11/11/16 at UNC Greensboro, N.C. 11/15/16 vs. St. Francis Brooklyn HOME 11/20/16 vs. Yale HOME 11/22/16 vs. Grambling State HOME 11/25/16 vs .Iowa at Iowa 11/26/16 vs. Memphis or Providence 11/30/16 vs. Ohio State HOME 12/03/16 vs. West Virginia HOME 12/06/16 vs. East Carolina HOME
DATE NIGHT Enjoy Dinner, a Show, and a Glass of Wine! Where: Around the Area When: November 1, 2016 – November 1, 2017
The 2016-2017 Hospice of Piedmont coupon book will go on sale November 1, 2016. Stretch your dining dollars even more! Great savings await you at many of the area’s best restaurants, theatres, and vineyards with Hospice of the Piedmont’s Dining Around the Area coupon book. Many outstanding area eateries have once again partnered with us to provide you with one free entree, or sizable entree allowance, when you purchase an entree of equal or greater value. Live theatres offer buy-one/getone free ticket opportunities to enjoy a show. Local wineries partner with us to offer wine tastings at half the regular price. An estimated value of more than $1,200 and is yours for only $50. And it’s valid through November 1, 2017. The best buy in town! Dining books make wonderful special occasion gifts for friends, family, and business associates – a great way to discover new restaurants, theatres, and wineries while enjoying your old favorites. Best of all, thanks to the generosity of the participating restaurants, theatre companies, and wineries, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the coupon books benefit Hospice of the Piedmont – the region’s oldest nonprofit, community-based hospice. 12/17/16 vs Robert Morris HOME 12/21/16 at California Berkeley, Calif. 12/28/16 at Louisville Louisville, Ky. 12/31/16 vs. Florida State HOME 01/04/17 at Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pa. 01/08/17 vs. Wake Forest HOME 01/14/17 at Clemson Clemson, S.C. 01/18/17 at Boston College Chestnut Hill 01/21/17 vs .Georgia Tech HOME 01/24/17 at Notre Dame 01/29/17 at Villanova Philadelphia, Pa.
opera company, Ash Lawn Opera, launches its 40th Season with a special benefit performance by world-renowned tenor Jay Hunter Morris on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 8:00PM. Morris will perform beloved opera arias, play guitar, and tell stories in his signature Texan drawl. Fresh off his signature portrayal as Captain Ahab in Moby-Dick with Dallas Opera and a residency with the Glimmerglass Festival, Jay Hunter Morris is one of the most sought-after tenors in the United States. Praised by The New York Times for his "impressive stamina and robust character [...] tenderness and subtlety" as the title character in San Francisco Opera's Siegfried, Morris is famed for his portrayals of Wagner's notoriously difficult heroic tenor roles. He has sung Siegfried in the Ring Cycle at the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and more. A champion of new works, Morris has performed in numerous world premieres including Doctor Atomic, Dead Man Walking, A Streetcar Named Desire,and the recent adaptation of Cold Mountain, which premiered at Santa Fe Opera to rave reviews. The son of a Southern Baptist music minister and a church organist, Morris is not the stereotypical opera singer. His autobiography, Diary of a Redneck Opera Zinger, is a hilarious chronicle of his 15-year career, and showcases his down-to-earth talent. Morris will perform a one-of-a-kind program of opera, jazz, guitar, and more, followed by an onstage Q&A. This performance is underwritten by the Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, Richard M. Ader and Joseph Erdman, Trustees. $12.00 Youth(12 and Under), $16.50 Student $29.00, $39.00, $44.00
Garth Brooks World Tour Where: Richmond Coliseum When: : Friday, November 11th 7:00 PM, Saturday, November 12th 7:00 PM andSunday, November 13th 7:30
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02/01/17 vs. Virginia Tech HOME 02/04/17 at Syracuse Syracuse, N.Y. 02/06/17 vs. Louisville HOME 02/12/17 at Virginia Tech Virginia Tech 02/15/17 vs. Duke Charlottesville, Va. 02/18/17 at North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC 02/20/17 vs. Miami HOME 02/25/17 at North Carolina State Raleigh 02/27/17 vs. North Carolina HOME 03/04/17 vs. Pittsburgh HOME
Foxhunting Etiquette with thanks to Norman Fine “Foxhunting Life” with additions from Keswick Life WATERCOLORS BY LARISA ZORINA
This year 2016/17 being the 120th season of the Keswick Hunt Club, we often need to refresh the traditions and etiquette of this age old sport. Foxhunting is meant to be a fun sport, after all most foxhunters have risen early, cleaned a horse, tack, clothes etc. shipped to the meet and then are expecting a fun morning in the sport. Foxhunting has been a countryside tradition for many years. Hunting on horseback began in the Middle Ages; however, during the 16th Century the British developed foxhunting into the aristocratic sport that it is today. All civilized societies adopt rules of etiquette and conventions that allow individuals to interact without conflict. By the same token, unique activities, and especially those involving a measure of risk (motor driving, sailing, foxhunting), develop of necessity their own unique rules and conventions to help assure a safe and pleasant outcome at the end of the day for all participants. Thus, 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 at the beginning of the meet, all from the master, hunt staff and field should greet each other with a pleasant “Good Morning” starting the day to the “Moving Off” sound of the huntsman’s horn, awaiting a fun day of sport.
Landowners 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. • In general, commit no act that might test the landowner’s goodwill. • Greet the landowner cheerfully and respectfully if you should see him/her.
• Arrive at the meet early enough to get tacked up and mounted before hounds move off. The Master does not want latecomers straggling over the landowner’s country, and the huntsman does not want latecomers heading the fox if it has circled back. If you are unavoidably late, stay to the roads after mounting up and wait for the best opportunity to join the field. • All gates should be left as you find them. Closing a gate that was open might deprive livestock of their access to water. Leaving a gate open that was closed may allow livestock to escape or mix improperly with other stock. When in doubt, close the gate and tell the Field Master what you have done. • If the field is passing through a gate, listen for the command as to what to do with the gate. If it is to be closed, you will hear, “Gate please.” If it is to remain open, you may hear no command at all, but you may hear, “Gate open.” In either case it is important that you acknowledge with a signal that you have heard the command. Likewise, if you are giving the command to those behind you, be certain your command is acknowledged. That is the only way to be certain the command was heard. • If a gate is to be closed, it is the responsibility of the last one through to close it. It is common courtesy for one or two riders near the back to remain behind to help if necessary and to keep the gate-closer’s horse company.
lambing season. Do not ride between livestock and their offspring. • Do not jump fences unnecessarily. You might break one and needlessly create a situation you have to resolve. • Keep up with the field. If you are having difficulty keeping up, ask to be excused and fall back to the second field or the hilltopping field. Neither Master nor huntsman wants to see riders or small groups strung out across the country. The Master is concerned about the landowner, and the huntsman is concerned that if the fox doubles back it might be headed and the hunt spoiled. • Unless you have specific personal permission, do not hack across private property on your own. Permission granted to the hunt does not bestow similar privileges on individual hunt members. • Do not litter. Carry used food wrappers back home in your pocket. • If you choose to leave the meet early, ask the Field Master if you may be excused and ask his advice regarding your route back to the meet. In general, you should hack back on the roads so as not to disturb any covert yet to be drawn. • Do not sweep manure from your trailer at the meet. The landowner does not need your mess, nor should he have to worry about your horse’s de-worming regimen.
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• Stay to the edge of all crop fields and seeded fields. If field members are crossing a pasture, it is best to spread out rather than erode a single track across the field.
It is a Master’s responsibility to set the example and enforce hunt standards to make a day of foxhunting enjoyable for the field. The ideal Master of Hounds possesses many exceptional qualities; a love for hounds, horses, nature, wild animals and conservation; a consuming passion for foxhunting’s lifestyle; a dedication to organizing the best hunt and best sport possible; a willingness to sacrifice much personal time for the good of the hunt, realizing that the reward will be the privilege of being a Master of Foxhounds; and a willingness to live by a time-honored code of ethics that identifies you as a gentleman or lady and establishes that your word is your bond.
• Slow down if livestock are running. Walk past dairy cattle. Walk past livestock during the calving, foaling, or
In the early days of foxhunting, most Masters were born into the sport. Most
• Never leave a gate for the second field or the hilltopping field to deal with unless they are close enough to acknowledge their understanding of what must be done. • If a fence is damaged and cannot be repaired on the spot, advise the Field Master immediately so he or she can make appropriate and timely arrangements for its repair.
hunts were private packs and the Masters had the means, owned the land and managed their own hounds and hunt. They invited friends and neighbors to hunt with them, and often the children of these Masters took over as age or circumstance dictated, keeping hunts within families. With few exceptions, those days are long gone. While now there are a few Masters who are wealthy and a few who make it on a shoestring, today the average Master is middle income. Most Masters are either elected or appointed to office, depending on whether the hunt is a subscription or membership pack. Private hunts are the rare exception. It is estimated the average Master’s term of service is eight (8) years, so Masters come and go fairly frequently, often with little direct experience to prepare them for mastership. Short masterships are detrimental to hunts in many ways. One needs time to learn and develop knowledge of and friendship with landowners, to make competent and well considered breeding decisions, to earn respect from hunt staff, members or subscribers and develop wisdom about all aspects involved in maintaining a first class pack of hounds. These necessary talents are hard to develop with short-term masterships. Masters who were brought up by a father or mother and lived in the hunting life, who hunted as children and were tutored by parents who were Masters are extremely rare. At least one Master should always be present on hunting days. Good organization is the key to good sport. It stems first and foremost from good relationships with your landowners whose land you may access. It is also vital to have the good will of lessees of the land you hunt. The Master organizing the day’s hunting should do the following: contact landowners and lessees whose land is likely to be used that day to seek permission for that particular day’s hunting. Ensure the Master and huntsman recognize farmers by name and show courtesy to landowners or farmers that you encounter on the day. Whenever possible get off your horse when meeting them and take off your hat. Instruct your field to smile,
wave and get out of the way of anyone they come across. The best time for the Master to visit all landowners is prior to Autumn hunting. The Huntsman controls the hounds, indicating to them by signals where he wishes them to draw for a fox, and he is responsible for a fox being well hunted when found. His technical decisions must be quickly made, and staff and Field must abide by them or utter chaos will ensue. As the Huntsman is quite often a professional he originally was described as a Hunt Servant and in the modern world of Foxhunting, the Huntsman should also realize he must be respectable, smart and clean in appearance, civil and well-mannered. The character of the hunt may be fairly judged by the manners and turn-out of the servants. The Whippers In assist the Huntsman in controlling hounds by turning them back to the Huntsman or by encouraging them forward to him as necessary. Also, they are used by the Huntsman as scouts to get notice of the movement of a fox. No one except the Huntsman gives orders to Whippers-In. No one except by request of the Huntsman or MFH should accompany them or attempt to assist them.
The Field • Greet the Master politely upon arriving at the meet. Thank him and thank the staff at the end of the day. When departing, it is correct to say, “Goodnight,” even if it’s still morning! • Don’t talk to the huntsman during the hunt. His attention is and should be
elsewhere. • Never come between the huntsman and his hounds. • Don’t crowd the huntsman or his hounds. • Don’t pass the Field Master. Follow, but don’t press. He is constantly revising his planned route based on how hounds are running, what the huntsman is doing, and how the terrain is unfolding. • Be quiet when the Field Master stops. He is listening for hounds. • The whippers-in and the huntsman have the right of way. Always defer to them and allow them room to pass. When standing, always point your horse’s head toward them as they pass. • Never talk to a whipper-in during the hunt. His huntsman demands that he keeps his full attention on the hounds and the quarry. Any distraction at the wrong moment that causes him to miss something he should have seen can irretrievably ruin a hunt.
Hounds and Quarry • Hounds always have the right of way. • The worst crime one can commit in the hunting field is to allow one’s horse to kick a hound. You must do everything in your power to train your horse against this vice or punish your horse immediately if he commits such a crime. • Never ride ahead of hounds or ahead of the quarry. Never get between hounds and the quarry. •
When hounds are drawing for a fox
or casting after a check, remain still and quiet so as not to distract them. • In general, never speak to a hound. That is the job of the huntsman and whippers-in. • If hounds come near to you, turn your horse’s head toward them. • If you view a fox, never startle it with a holloa. Its scent will change, and hounds will be confused. Wait quietly until it is some distance from you, then tell the Field Master what you have seen. Let the Field Master make the decision whether or not to holloa. If hounds are hunting well, the huntsman will not want to lift them and will not want them distracted. • Do not bring an unprepared horse into the hunting field. Of greater concern than the danger to yourself is the danger you pose to other innocents. • If your horse is fractious or out of control, remove him from the hunt field immediately. Don’t bring him back until you have solved his problems. • If your horse kicks out at other horses occasionally, braid a red ribbon into his tail and keep him in the back of the field. If he cannot be cured of the vice, find another job for him away from the hunting field. • If someone is riding too close behind, and you are afraid your horse may resent it, place one arm behind your back, forearm horizontal at the waist, palm out. This is a universal warning that your horse might kick. Likewise, if you see the rider in front give you such a signal, fall back.
• Do not allow your horse to nuzzle, nip, or rub the rump of the horse in front of you. Even a non-kicker can be provoked to kick. • Do not coffee-house and chatter while hounds are hunting, even if you are far removed from the pack. Other field members are trying to watch and listen. • When warning other riders of holes or other hazards (i.e., ’Ware hole, ’Ware wire, etc.), turn and speak loudly enough to be heard only by the riders immediately behind you. Do not shout the warning so as to distract hounds. Point to the hazard with your whip, crop, or finger. If the warning has been repeated several times before you arrive at the hazard, and you think the people behind you are already alerted, it may only be necessary for you to point at it. • When queued at a jump, be certain the rider in front of you is safely over before you jump. • If your horse refuses a jump, go to the back and allow the other field members to jump ahead of you and go on. Everyone wants to keep up with hounds, and it is rude to prevent them from doing so if your horse is being obstinate. • Before bringing a guest to your field, seek permission from your Master. If you bring a guest, introduce him to the Master as soon as possible. Your guest is your responsibility. Acquaint him with any local protocol and stay nearby to assist him.
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A Wedding, a Big 'Appaws' and a Grace Church Picnic
A Round of Appaws for Critter Ball 2016!
On Friday night, October 14th, hundreds of animal lovers came togeth-
er for a night of dancing, bidding and delicious cuisine to celebrate the 10-year milestone as a No Kill community at Castle Hill Cider in Keswick. The 2016 Critter Ball was another huge success for the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA, raising more than $230,000 in net proceeds to benefit the animals at the shelter! Terrific live and silent auctions featured exciting packages and key initiatives, including our art camp and spay/neuter appeals. Attendees also supported our Compassionate Care-A-Van, a mobile unit we are in the process of purchasing that will help underserved populations in need of pet care in our community. To top off the night, guests grooved to Motown performers Kustom Made, and a $3,500 gift card to Keller & George Jewelers was raffled to a lucky winner!
Peyton Coles and Katherine Belk were married October 22 in Chester, South Carolina at the
family farm of Katherine's parents, Tim and Sarah Belk. They met a few years ago at their high school reunion--his 10th and her 5th. Katherine, known to her friends and family as Peanut, had promised a family friend to find Peyton at the reunion and to introduce herself as his future wife. Peyton took her seriously and within a few months convinced Peanut of the same. Peyton is the son of Julie and John Coles of The Plains, VA and grandson of the late Roberts and Doris Coles of Cloverfields and godson of the late Hugh Motley. The wedding party consisted of siblings of the couple and the groom's friends from high school and college. Peyton's father, John Coles, was honored to be the Best Man. The couple currently lives in Cambridge Massachusetts.
Grace Church Picnic Photo Journal
A picnic gathering on grounds of Grace Church, Keswick was held after an 11:00am Sunday service in lieu of annual off-site outdoor church service at a farm normally held in September. A feast of fried chicken from Cismont Market along with potluck brought by parishioners, followed by ice cream at the end was enjoyed by all. You might say in vernacular, was an "eat and greet." The church, as do most groups, moves on its stomach! Top Row, left to right: Stevia Anda and Deede Cady and next, Micki Adams and Elearnor Adams. Their signs were promoting sign-up for congregational group dinners of eight whereby people get to know one another at their homes or other venues. Second Row: the Rector of Grace Episcopal Church, The Rev Miles Smith, then Jim Hobbs who heads up household assistance, like carpentry and small repair, for elderly and disabled in the parish. Third Row: Ellie Dupuis, a youthful parishioner who is into horses, then Susan Randolph, psychological counselor and wife of Scottsville District Board of Supervisor Rick Randolph; and Birgit Winther, retired medical faculty from UVa. 11
Tryon International Equestrian Center to Launch New Fall Tradition with Festival of the Hunt Week
In an effort to preserve the longstanding
fox hunting tradition steeped within the Carolinas' Foothills equestrian community, Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) will introduce a new addition to the fall event calendar this season with the Festival of the Hunt (November 7-13), featuring a week of fox hunting competition and fun, culminating with the TIEC Field Hunter Championships presented by Adequan® on Saturday, November 12. The Festival of the Hunt will begin on Monday, November 7, and continue through Sunday, November 13, offering four days of fox hunting opportunities for any member of the Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) who have obtained a valid NC/SC Fox Hunting license. The week will feature three separate days of fox hunting led by three local hunts including the Tryon Hounds, Shakerag Hounds, and Green Creek Hounds. Click here to download the 2016 Festival of the Hunt Entry Blank. A highlight of the week will be the first an-
nual TIEC Field Hunter Championships presented by Adequan® hosted on the new Grass Complex at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 12. The event will feature 25-30 hunt combinations selected throughout the week by four mounted judges. Combinations invited to compete in the TIEC Field Hunter Championships presented by Adequan® will be asked to participate in a drag round across the field followed by a "Handy Hunter" round, judged based on style, presentation, and skill. Spectators can enjoy watching the formal traditions of fox hunting at TIEC on the new Grass Complex. The TIEC Field Hunter Championships presented by Adequan® will offer free kids activities, live music, and ticketed lunch buffet on Saturday, November 12th! The week will also host several special events for attendees and participants, including the Drew Doggett Art Exhibition presented by UnTACKED in the Legends Club Lobby on Friday, November 11, from
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Drew Doggett is a world renowned photographer who has taken a keen interest in equestrian photography. His most recent gallery, which is currently on display in the Legends Club Lobby, exemplifies the beauty of the horse throughout the collection titled "Band of Rebels: White Horses of Camargue." A short film detailing the behind the scenes of the shoot will also be played during the event. The Festival of the Hunt Gala, the week's signature event, will follow the conclusion of the TIEC Field Hunter Championships presented by Adequan® on Saturday, November 12, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in Legends Club. For inquiries about the Festival of the Hunt, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and to learn more about Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) please visit www.tryon.com.
Keswick Horses Win Jennifer Nesbit, the only rep-
resentative of the Keswick Hunt at the recent Theodora Randolf Field Hunter Championship in Middleburg, earned the Reserve Championship honors on her Virginia Grace. Recent Winners at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, Sandy Rives was 2nd in the Gentlemens Hack in the Field Hunter Division. The Wheeler Family’s, Patriot was reserve champion in the Green Conformation division.
Keswick Bred 'Stellar Wind' Heads to the Breeders Cup
Stellar Wind is a chestnut filly with a white blaze bred in Virginia by Keswick Stables & Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings. She is from the third crop of foals sired by Curlin winner of the 2007 Preakness Stakes and Breeders' Cup Classic. Stellar Wind was the first foal of her dam Evening Star, who won two minor races as a four-year-old in 2010, and was descended from the mare Omayya, who was the ancestor of many important winners including Tepin, Americain and the Irish Oaks winner Melodist.
In August 2013, the filly was consigned by Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services to the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Yearling Sale and was sold for $40,000 to Vernan Lee Stables. Less than two months later, the filly returned to the FasigTipton auction ring and was bought for $88,000 by Barbara J. Houck. The filly was initially sent into training with Donald Barr. For the 2015 season, Stellar Wind entered the ownership of Kostas Hronis' Hronis Racing and was sent into training with John Sadler. Stellar Wind began her second season with a step up in class as she contested the Grade III) Santa Ysabel Stakes over eight and a half furlongs at Santa Anita Park on February 25. Ridden for the first time by Victor Espinoza, she started at odds of 7/1 in a seven-horse field headed by Light The City, who had finished second in the Grade I Las
Virgenes Stakes in her previous start. The filly drew away in the final stages to win by two and three quarter lengths from Light The City. On April 5, Stellar Wind moved up to Grade I level for the first time in the Santa Anita Oaks, which was run over the same track and distance as the Santa Ysabel Stakes. Starting as the 6/5 favorite, Stellar Wind was restrained by Espinoza while at the rear of the seven-horse field, moved up on the outside approaching the final turn, took the lead a furlong and a half out, and won by five and a quarter lengths from Luminance, with Wild At Heart three lengths back in third. On 1 May Stellar Wind started as the favorite in a fourteen-runner field for the Kentucky
Oaks over nine furlongs at Churchill Downs. After racing towards the rear, she made progress on the wide outside on the final turn but never looked likely to win and finished fourth behind Lovely Maria, Shook Up and I'm A Chatterbox. In the Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita Stellar Wind started odds on favorite despite conceding five pounds to her opponents. She took the lead a quarter of a mile from the finish but was hard-pressed to maintain her advantage in the closing stages before prevailing by a nose from Tara's Tango. Stellar Wind's next appearance came in the Grade III Torrey Pines Stakes at Del Mar Racetrack on August 30. Starting odds-on favorite against five oppo-
nents, she took the lead three furlongs out and pulled clear in the straight to win by four and a quarter lengths from Big Book. For her final race of the year, Stellar Wind was matched against older fillies and mares for the first time in the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Keeneland on October 30 where she finished second by a neck . At the Eclipse Awards in January 2016 Stellar Wind was named American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly after taking 108 of the 261 votes. On her first appearance as a four-yearold, Stellar Wind was matched against the outstanding racemare Beholder in the Vanity Mile at Santa Anita on 4 June and finished second, a length and a half behind her older rival.. On 30 July Stellar Wind faced Beholder again, this time in the G1 Clement L. Hirsch at Del Mar, and turned the tables on the Champion mare to prevail in a thrilling stretch run. On October 1st Stellar Wind won one of the most anticipated races of her career - the $300,000 Grade 1 Zenyatta Stakes at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Hronis Racing's 2-1 second choice Stellar Wind once again got the better of her nemesis, threetime champion Beholder for the second straight race - this time in a typically terrific duel down the stretch. Stellar Wind will be racing in the Breeders Cup on November 5th At Santa Anita.
A Vi rg in ia C ou n t ry L ife
Proximity to several international airports and mid-atlantic cities The Gardner Farm is an expansive retreat of 1,563 acres that offers the highest degree of privacy and bucolic tranquility rural Virginia can offer. Over 3.8 miles of the South Anna River traverses the property with approximately 20 miles in trails extending through forests of poplar and oak and several unique river crossings link this private parkland with numerous potential home sites and 4 scenic ponds and a 30 acre lake. Expansive pastoral views of hay fields and fenced paddocks a comfortable colonial country home and equipment shop also included with this incredibly unique offering.
SECLUSION MANOR - Circa 1844 historic country home with access to Lake Anna in Louisa County. Clapboard siding and standing seam roof, 6 Bedrooms, 4 Â˝ baths, fenced pasture with fresh water for livestock. Expansive porches, beautiful gardens, guest house and detached garage. Full finished basement offers private entrance and could be used as a separate apartment. Guest house has been used as separate rental in past, it has 2 bedrooms and 1 full bath. There are 9 working fireplaces, all with lined chimneys and rebuilt fireboxes.MLS#537469
LITTLE GREEN - Nearly 10-acres in the heart of Greenwood, with a panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountain views. The 3,100 S.F. contemporary farm house designed by Formworks Arch. and built by Greer and Assoc. has 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms with potential for large 1st floor master suite. Clean lines and light filled spaces in every direction inspire with modern living inside and bringing the outside natural beauty in through wester facing glass doors. Potential for horses and livestock, incredible location with easy access to Charlottesville. MLS #548820
DEER RIDGE - Deer Ridge Farm, 218 ac.set at the foothills of the South West Mountain Range 15 minutes drive south of Charlottesville, VA. Three substantial ponds, two of which are larger than 3.5 -acres in size. The elegant country road to the farm passes the former homes of two Presidents, Monticello (Jefferson) and Ashlawn (Monroe). The property is adjacent to several large farms and across the road from the largest vineyard on the eastern seaboard. The property is ideal for recreational retreat or agricultural and forestall use. Conservation easements apply. Privacy and scenic country beauty in every direction with miles of walking trails. MLS 547863
NAGS HEAD FARM - North West Albemarle Co. horse farm priced competitively in excellent condition. The 24-ac. lends itself to the rolling fields and pastoral setting with a renovated home and stables. The house is has excellent light and view over three fenced horse paddocks and many upgrades on the main level and walk out basement. New Deck built in 2016. There is a separate drive for the stable area, also in excellent condition and very serviceable for horses. A rare offering at this price, ideal for equestrian enthusiast. MLS # 546338
Great Things Continue to Happen to Gordonsville Our editor reached out to follow up on
an invitation to an event held in support of the Town of Gordonsville. Lauren Bauk, of PBM Capital Group in Charlottesville, filled us in on the goings-on in the Town, a possible new use for some vacant buildings and a new program at the Univeristy of Virginia. PBM owns twelve commercial properties on Main Street in Gordonsville, VA. PBM Products was formerly based there; Perrigo remained there with its employees when they purchased PBM Products in 2010. In March of 2015, Perrigo relocated all Gordonsville employees to Charlottesville, leaving all of the office space (and about half of downtown Gordonsville) vacant. Each day for nearly twenty years, there were upwards of 100 employees in town visiting restaurants, local retails stores and shops, gas stations, etc. Now that all of these employees are gone, the Town has become quite a different place. PBM Capital reached out to the UVa School of Architecture late last summer to see if any of their faculty members might be interested in using their Gordonsville campus (the twelve or so buildings that Perrigo vacated last spring) as a possible project site for a graduate or undergraduate seminar. By that point in the year, curriculum for the 2015-2016 school year had for the most part already been planned so the timing didn’t end up working out. This fall 2016 semester, however, they did have a professor interested in using the campus and the Town of Gordonsville as a project site for a graduate seminar. Andrew Johnston, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Departments of Architectural History and Architecture at the University of Virginia, has chosen Gordonsville as the site for one of his graduate seminars this fall. Andrew’s research interests focus on industrial and infrastructure heritage, cultural landscapes, critical heritage studies, and heritage and preservation, and so, these will be some of the major areas that will guide the course of study for the next couple of months. The course will be made up of a combination of students whose focus areas include architecture, landscape architecture, planning, and architectural history. They will be researching the
BY COLIN J. DOUGHERTY history of the Town, talking to longtime residents and business owners, looking at plans from the past and for the future, and trying to understand issues and/ or roadblocks that the Town faces. The hope is to present the people of Gordonsville with a useful proposal at the end of the semester for how their findings and research might be put into real-life effect in the future. Lauren explained that Paul Manning (PBM Capital's Founder) got the project rolling in that he reached out to UVa with this “empty canvas”, a group of buildings that were at one time PBM occupied and later held by Perrigo. She was careful to explain, "the course will really involve the whole Town of Gordonsville and many key people in it will be responsible to get the ball rolling." The 'project' has grown to encompass much more than just PBM’s buildings, and the bright focus of the endeavor shines to UVA and Gordonsville itself. I was interested since I have gotten involved with other Gordonsville related groups in the past, namely the Greater Gordonsville, Inc. (GGI). GGI is a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting the economic, cultural, and historic development of the area, and to representing the interests of all stakeholders including businesses, local citizens, and government. I attended a meeting in June of 2015 where the GGI Board provided an overview of the primary activities completed to date. They solicited the audience with an opportunity to volunteer for various committees, a significant amount of time was opened up for suggestions from all stakeholders, and a calendar was set for the remainder of 2015 goals and meetings. The organization was created by Bruce and Jacqueline Gupton, and they have done a great job so far of finding support and really getting some good momentum going. This was the first official meeting, and they had a meaningful turnout. The Gupton's hosted a kick-off reception for the UVa course at their home, Rocklands, in Gordonsville on Saturday, September 10th where many got the chance to meet Andrew and the students. People who live and work in Town will be a
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wonderful resource for the students, and their input will be very much appreciated as they start their work. The welcome evening began with opening remarks by Andrew Johnston, Bruce and Jacqueline Gupton, and Bob Coiner, Mayor of the Town Gordonsville. A few willing Town members and business owners followed the opening remarks to extend a quick welcome as well. The workshop weekend (charrette as they call it in the architecture world) was held the weekend of October 14 – 16th. Students stayed at UVa to work that Friday the 14th, and then spent the majority of the day Saturday and part of the day Sunday out in Gordonsville. The workshop Saturday and Sunday was held at Christ Episcopal Church in Gordonsville. There was an open house for students and Gordonsville Town members to mingle and exchange ideas on Saturday. The BBQ Exchange catered lunch in the church's large banquet hall with plenty of tables and chairs, and a beautiful garden and patio. Sunday the students worked on their own. Friends and neighbors in the town were invited and eagerly participated throughout the day. The students were interested in finding out what is at the heart of Gordonsville, and creating project goals that result in plans that could realistically be put into place. The history of the Town and the concerns and goals that community members have for moving forward were essential points the students worked to extract from the interaction. The students went on a walking tour of the town led by Chris Stevens and Angel May from the Exchange Hotel. Andrew was overjoyed with the warm welcome and encouraging words he has received from everyone he has spoken with in Gordonsville, and comments, "I truly believe that this is going to be a great experience for everyone involved!"
"This year we will partner with the mayor, town council, and a variety of stakeholder groups of the Town of Gordonsville, VA to explore ongoing challenges in their community, and propose possible futures from the varied perspectives of each of our disciplines. Part studio course and part seminar, the Community History Workshop is both an in-depth historical analysis of the architecture, urban form, and planning of a selected community, and a forum for speculative futures and plan making for the community, informed by a methodologically-driven indepth analysis of the community in partnership with stakeholders. This heritagefocused course explores the real significance of the built landscape as an element in, and an expression of, the social and cultural life of the community and as key for plan-making and design for the future." Lauren explained that PBM Capital is excited to have the chance to provide such a unique resource for the School of Architecture, and hopes that other members of the Gordonsville community will continue to get involved when the need arises and the time comes. Lauren commented that "Gordonsville itself has a great spirit and a great number of dedicated Townspeople, and we feel that this combination could create a truly incredible opportunity not only for the students but also for the Town. These students might prove to be a breath of fresh air, and could become a great resource as we work together to take Gordonsville into the future." The UVa course is a great project, and that it would be great to get the word out about it. Professor Johnston and the students are happy to talk with anyone who has input. Contact the Professor by email at email@example.com (Campus Office: Peyton House 108).
The syllabus that summarizes the goal of the course, titled: Community History, Planning, and Design Workshop: Gordonsville Transformations, explains:
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"You want me to fill the tub up with water?” Is what I thought she said.
“No, I said I want a rum and tonic,” she corrects me. That’s a typical conversation between an aging Venusian and an older Martian. Though both of us have had our hearing checked, our communication keeps going off the road on a regular basis. Doesn’t help that our house eats sound, few rugs, concrete floor, high ceilings, she can call out my name from the other side of the house and all I hear is something that sounds like a thick magazine hitting the floor. “Did you say something?’ I yell back. Nothing. Then I think I hear Virginia Living landing on the floor again. So I have to go search her out. She’s in the laundry room which is around three corners, she could just have well been talking to me from inside a submarine. “Did you call me?” I ask. “Yes, three times and you didn’t answer.” “I can’t hear you from the other side of the house.” “You really should get your hearing checked again.” We must say to each other, “You must get your hearing checked,” three times a week, almost as much as, “Did you lose your iPhone again?” Neither of us goes, of course so we keep playing the game of dropping the ball. “Looks like rain…” “What?”
BY TONY VANDERWARKER “I said, ‘It looks like rain.’” “Sorry, but I missed that.” “IT LOOKS LIKE RAIN,” she screams at me and the dogs all go run and hide. “Yeah, sure does,” I answer.
Finally she looks up, “Did you say something?”
And god forbid she’s reading something, a book or checking her email. I’ve learned to fire a warning shot first, as in, “Can I have your attention for a second.” Otherwise it’s like talking to a wall.
And what you get back is, “Please, you’re standing two feet away. Do you think I’m deaf?”
So the question, “Did you say something?’ is asked on a regular basis around our house. And if you get, “No, why?” in response, you begin to worry. “I just thought you said something.” Then you get The Look. The look that says, “Are you losing your mind?” which doesn’t help because that has already occurred to you. So when I think she’s talking to me but can’t make out what she’s saying, I often resort to cupping my hand behind my ear. That way, if she doesn’t respond, I can just pretend I was scratching the side of my head and I don’t get The Look. If she does answer, all’s right with the world. Now trying to start a conversation from across the room is like trying to start a fire with wet wood. That’s when you have to resort to the “run up to the net” technique, like in tennis. So you take a few steps toward her and ask, “How about going to lunch at Bodo’s?” No response. She’s not even looking up. Now you’re halfway across to where she’s sitting and you try again, “How about going to lunch at Bodo’s?”
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Now you’re right up at the net and you hit the ball back and just to make sure, you raise your voice a bit, “YOU WANT TO GO TO LUNCH AT BODO’S?”
Then, if she’s staying true to form, she’ll ask, “Now what did you want to ask me?” So that’s the way it goes when two planets try to talk to each other. Once I got so frustrated, I came up with the semaphore trick. “So when I want to talk with you, how about if I wave my arms like this?” “That’s pretty silly.” “Let’s just try it.” “Okay, if you insist.” I let a half hour go by and walk back into the room, stand in front of her and begin waving my arms. “What in the world are you doing that for?” she asks. “Standing in the middle of the room waving your arms like a crazy person.” I don’t even try. Shrug, turn and walk out of the room, thinking, “Maybe I’ll write what I want to ask her on a Post-It note, paste it to my forehead, and put my head in front of her face. Might be worth a try.
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naventure Cemetery, Hubs and I found our selves lost. A helpful tour bus driver invited us onto his air-conditioned ride thus rescuing us from what was beginning to look like our last hurrah. That is one beautiful but big cemetery! Hubs coming down with a fever and a rash cut our trip to Savannah short. When we got home, the doctor to prove my diagnosis correct. As it turned out, he did have Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Moral of that story; listen to your wife.
venture out into the wide world. While my muse Hagar does not accompany me, I still learn a thing or two after all I have Hubs as a travel companion. After a wildly successful book signing at Barnes and Noble in Charlottesville Who wasn’t there is the question? I left for Oak Ridge, Tennessee. My goal was to research my fourth book Shooting in the Dark at Scarce Birds. The title is a quote from A. Einstein. His response, when asked about the likelihood of taming the atom. I see this novel as secrets on top of secrets in a secret city. Speaking of fourth books, C’villain, James (Jimbo) Bell’s fourth novel Crisis in the Congo is a compelling read. I started yesterday morning thinking I would read a chapter or two. Dinner was delayed by an hour when I turned the last page. In Oak Ridge in the American Museum of Science and Energy, we saw a 3-D printed car! I can’t for the life of me figure out how that happens, but it is only one of an enormous amount of amazing things created in Oak Ridge. The museum teams with helpful folk, proud of their history. I had the good fortune to have a guided tour of the town offered up by a lifelong resident. Though a little young, for the era my novel is set in, 1943, he was a fount of information. In a real stroke of good luck, Oak Ridge historian D. Ray Smith volunteered to be my fact checker. It truly is the Volunteer state.
Oak Ridge has a fascinating history. The town was created in 1942 as part of the Manhattan Project on sixty thousand acres of sparsely populated farmland in East Tennessee just west of Knoxville. In the three years it took to build the atomic bomb, the city’s population swelled to seventy thousand people and was virtually unknown. As I toured the city, I heard more than once you couldn't keep a secret like that today. I couldn’t help but think of our own Peter’s Mountain. If the government wants something to stay secret, it tends to, even today. From Knoxville, Hubs and I took the road through Pigeon Forge and the Great Smokey Mountains on our way to Savannah, Georgia for another book signing at E. Shaver’s Booksellers. While the drive through the Smokies was magnificent, Pigeon Forge is a place you can’t un-see. What a blight, hillbillies meet Disney Yikes!
Savannah didn’t need the contrast, a more enchanting place; I can’t imagine, the town and the bookstore. Twentyone squares with statues, fountains, live oaks, and Spanish moss adorn the historic district, each charming and distinct in its own right. On the way, we listened to Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil a true story of some of Savannah’s more colorful residents. Charming as some of the character are, I have to say Savannah ain’t got nothin’ on Keswick. We can go toe-to-toe when comes to characters even if we don’t have fancy squares and live oaks resplendent with Spanish moss. Hubs and I got a chance to see some sites, though I was given my money back and asked to leave a ghost tour. It seems there is only room for one character per ghost tour, and I wasn’t it. We stopped to pay our respects at Flannery O’Connor’s house. I sucked in the air hoping a little of her juju would rub off. At the Bo-
With Hubs health restored, we set off for points north along with Woody and Jane Baker. Our destination: a former K’wickian’s wedding—and what an affair it was! New York was hotter than having Cool and the Gang on hand to Celebrate the nuptials. K’wickians, B & C’villians, and FU’ers (Fork Union) were just about everywhere. Smack in the middle of the New York Yacht Club, I ran into a lovely man, the Commodore. He said that his family was from near Charlottesville. “Had I ever heard of Castle Hill?” Just goes to prove you can’t swing a cat without hitting one of our own somewhere in a fancy place. Like his Virginia cousins, he is a passionate sportsman though sailing is his game. Clearly, the point of going away is to come home with a fresh new perspective but none the less convinced that there is no place like home. That is particularly the case if you count home as anywhere in or around Keswick.
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Cozy Up with a Spooky Tale I’m writing my reviews sitting on a porch
in beautiful Orkney Springs, enjoying the smell of wood burning in the fireplace and the company of good friends. Taking a retreat and finding a place away from the distractions of everyday life gives you plenty of opportunity to read and write. This month’s book choices are an eclectic assortment with a wide range of themes. From a biography, to humor and historical fiction, there is something to appeal to everyone. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared, is written by Swedish writer, Jonas Jonasson, was a huge hit in Sweden and has even been made into a film. There were many times when I laughed out loud as I read the exploits of a remarkable runaway. Allan Karlsson is fed up with being in the old folk’s home. They are getting ready to celebrate his 100th birthday and he’s decided he’ll be a no show. In his get-away Allan ends up absconding with a suitcase from the bus station. A comedy of errors ensues, with the owner of the money-filled suitcase chasing Allan across the countryside. As Allan is
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pursued and becomes involved with criminals and kind strangers alike, the reader slowly learns this centenarian’s history. And what a history…from being acquainted with Stalin, Truman and many others, to helping to make the atom bomb and preventing the assassination of Winston Churchill, it soon becomes clear Allan was a participant in many of the key events of the 20th century. I loved the whole story! Another humorous tale is a memoir by Josh Kilmer-Purcell, I am not Myself These Days. Being a drag queen isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Filled with memorable, quirky characters it is witty, funny and poignant. There is grace and insight in his prose. This is the unbelievable true tragicomic story of man’s journey through a drag career and beyond. Aqua, Josh’s drag alter ego, will keep you entertained as he takes you on a roller coaster ride through New York City’s alternative lifestyle.
by Meryl Gordon. Brook Astor was a famous philanthropist who lived in New York City and helped build up the New York Library, along with many other worthy causes. In this biography Gordon explores Astor’s later years and the scandal which rocked the country. Even before her death rumors were circulating about her son, Anthony Marshall, and how he was neglecting his mother’s care and how he seemed to be pilfering artwork and other items from her home. When Anthony’s son sues his father, accusing him of abusing Brook, and stealing her fortune, the media has a field day. Mrs. Astor’s final years were anything but peaceful. This is an American epic which explores the final y ears of her life and is a poignant look at a woman who rose to the heights of the mega rich and social elite and yet was still taken advantage of by those around her. Meryl Gordon does a marvelous job of putting all of the pieces together in a very readable account.
On the other end of the spectrum, there is the book Mrs. Astor Regrets: The Hidden Betrayal of a Family Beyond Reproach
An historical thriller, The School of Night will appeal to Dan Brown fans. Louis Bayard tackles the mysteries of history
and in this novel he focuses on the late 16th century scholars who formed a club called The School of Night to discuss forbidden topics. Allegedly it included Sir Walter Raleigh, Christopher Marlow, George Chapman and was led by Thomas Harriot. Harriot, an obscure real life scientist was an English astronomer, mathematician, ethnographer and translator. Jumping from modern England to the 1600s, Bayard writes about a treasure that captures the imagination of modern day collectors and leads to murder. I love a story that makes me want to research history and after reading The School of Night I was immediately curious enough to read more about the accomplishments of Thomas Harriot. I hope I have given you multiple different options for a pleasurable afternoon of reading in this wonderful crisp autumn air. If you can take a retreat and get away from the cares of the world, then take a trip to the mountains and enjoy the beautiful foliage this fall.
from in and around Keswick... Andrew Jasperson Lockhart Andrew Jasperson Lockhart, of Richmond, Virginia, London, England, and Greenwich, Connecticut, died on Friday, September 30, 2016. Andrew passed peacefully surrounded by his family at his home in Richmond, Virginia, after a hard-fought battle with a virulent cancer called Cholangiocarcinoma. Andrew was born on July 13, 1977, in Boston, Massachusetts, to H. Eugene and Terry J. Lockhart, currently of Keswick, Virginia, and spent his formative years in Boston, Massachusetts, London, England, and Greenwich, Connecticut. Andrew attended Greenwich Country Day School and graduated from Eton College in Windsor, England and Choate-Rosemary Hall School in Wallingford, Connecticut. Andrew graduated from the University of Virginia (B.S. in Economics in 2004) and from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2010. Andrew is survived by his beloved wife, Ashley Parke Lockhart; and his two daughters, Maclaren Page Lockhart and Cecily Boyd Lockhart. He is also survived by his parents, H. Eugene and Terry J. Lockhart of Keswick, Virginia, Nantucket, Massachusetts, and Palm Beach, Flordia; and by three sisters, Julia Lockhart Simon (David) of Denver, Colorado, Victoria
Lockhart Katz (Jerome) of Birmingham, Alabama, and Charlotte Lockhart Margulies (Jeffrey) of Denver, Colorado. Andrew and Ashley were married in September 2010. They soon moved to New York where Andrew became an Associate with Clifford Chance LLP, specializing in international transportation and development projects. Andrew finished his all too short law career as an Associate with Hunton & Williams LLP in their Richmond and London offices, permanently moving to London in 2015, where he specialized in international energy, infrastructure, and project development law. Andrew's keen intellect, warm and engaging demeanor, and compassionate outlook were bright lights to the people who knew him. Andrew deeply loved his wife and daughters. He spent time relaxing by reading, participating in all forms of country pursuits, and was particularly interested in studying the mysteries of the earth and horizons beyond. Music was an important part of Andrew's life as he was a member of the Eton College Chapel Choir and the University of Virginia Glee Club. He was an avid fan of all University of Virginia sports teams, cheering through all their triumphs and losses.
Andrew's family would like to thank the hospital staff of Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond for their creative, comforting, kind, and faith-based care over the last weeks of his life. Their extraordinary efforts made Andrew's last wish a reality: to participate in the birth of his newborn daughter, Cecily, and to baptize her. In lieu of flowers, Andrew's family has established the Andrew J. Lockhart Research Fellowship at the Focused Ultrasound Foundation in Charlottesville, Virginia, in the hopes that research can contribute to a cure for solid form cancers. Donations can be mailed to The Focused Ultrasound Foundation, 1230 Cedars Court, Suite 206, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903.The ceremony celebrating Andrew's rich life was held at Grace Episcopal Church in Keswick, Virginia, on Friday, October 21, 2016.
John Jaske John Jaske was born on August 29, 1944, to the late Bernard A. and Frances B. Jaske of Waukesha, Wisconsin. In the 72 years that followed, he married a wife who loves him; he ran marathons; he practiced law; he took his dogs walk-
ing up on the mountain; he misplaced several boxes worth of tools; though duct tape was his tool of choice; he drank wine and watched the sun set over the mountains; he raised two daughters who miss him terribly; he read about the Civil War; he worked hard to preserve the Virginia countryside as Chairman of the Virginia League of Conservation Voters and as a long-time board member of the Piedmont Environmental Council; and he always tried to come home, no matter how far he'd been, in time for dinner. He died at his home, Springhill Farm in Rapidan, Virginia early in the morning of October 15, 2016. We know that he would not have gone, had he been able to stay. John and his wife Pam were hunting members of the Keswick Hunt Club up through the 1990's. Springhill is in the Rapidan country that was traded to Bull Run Hunt for the areas in Madison County including Glenwood and Kenwalt. He is survived by his wife Pamela of Rapidan, Virginia; by his daughter Kimberly Jaske of McLean Virginia; by his daughter and son-in-law Kelly and Jeff Diephuis of Portland, Oregon; by his brother and sister-in-law Bernard and Pauline Jaske of New Berlin, Wisconsin, and their extended family. Services private.
Fly Fishing in Shangri-la Since moving to Keswick eight years ago, I have learned to enjoy fishing in our two ponds and some of those on our neighbors’ farms. Catching a large bass or catfish, or even a good brim, on a fly rod is exciting. But, the allure of traveling to far-flung locations to experience the joys of fly fishing while immersed in an entirely different culture continues to be addictive. On a clear day, the flight from Katmandu, Nepal to Paro, Bhutan provides a spectacular view as you soar only a few thousand feet above eight of the ten highest peaks in the world, including Mt. Everest. It is a perfect introduction to a beautiful and captivating country. On the way from the airport to the hotel, Ann and I were dropped off in a small village for a few minutes while our guide, Tshering, a former monk, and our driver, Gyaling, ran an errand. As we were about to enter a shop, a friendly looking young man dressed in the traditional gho (i.e., robe) approached us, offering me his hand. I shook it. He greeted me politely. “Hello sir. How are you?” “I’m fine. And how are you?” “I’m fine sir. How do you like Bhutan?” “We have just arrived, but I think that we will like it very much” “How long will you be here, sir?” “Ten days.” I now opted to add a little substance. “I’m going to fish in some of your rivers.” “Sir, this is a Buddhist country. Fishing is against our laws. It is sinful to harm any living creature.” Ann smiled wryly, thinking perhaps that given my angling skills there was little chance that any religious tenets would be violated. But I was worried, since fishing was the main reason that I had come to Bhutan. At that moment, our car pulled up, and I was rescued from further embarrassment. Looked to our guide for reassurance. “Tshering, that young man said that fishing is not permitted in Bhutan. Is that true?” Tshering didn’t hesitate. “Yes. We are Buddhists and cannot fish. But you have special permission from the Royal Family, so it will be okay for you.” After traveling such a long distance, what a relief. And it all worked out. I fished on four different rivers, catching trout on all of them. The rivers were as beautiful as any that I have fished elsewhere. And no other anglers crossed our path. But, there is much more to Bhutan than fishing.
BY CHARLES THACHER
Bhutan is a small country, about onethird the size of Virginia. Though largely agrarian, it is quite prosperous, and the traveler sees none of the abject poverty that is common throughout India and China. It is also geographically diverse. In the north are the high Himalayas, with peaks of nearly 25,000 feet, and in the south, only 80 miles away, the elevation drops to 500 feet. Northern fauna includes mountain sheep, snow leopards, wolves and the national animal, a supersized goat called the takin. In the subtropical forests of the south are elephants, tigers, water buffalo and cobras. We saw huge macaques near the road in the mountain passes at over 10,000 feet. The human population is under 750,000, about half of whom live at least a day’s walk from any road, including many more than several days. Thimpu, the modern capital, is by far the largest city with a population of about 80,000. From 1907 until 2008, Bhutan was ruled solely by the Wangchuck dynasty, but in 2008 the 53-year old King voluntary abdicated his throne, changed the political system to a constitutional monarchy, with a bicameral legislature, and named his son as the new King with greatly reduced powers. Perhaps no country ever had a more seamless transition to democracy. Every Bhutanese with whom we spoke expressed love and admiration for the current king and his father. All flights to Bhutan land in Paro, in the western end of the country. Tshering told us that it was the only location in the country where a straight, level runway long enough to handle large planes could be built. We never saw another spot that would meet that test. A single road heads east from Paro, eventually ending before the Indian border, and three roads turn off the east-west road going south into India. There are a couple of dirt roads that go north for a short distance, but none pass through to China or even reach the high peaks. Although the primary roads are mostly paved, they are all steep and narrow with frequent huge potholes and constant switchbacks. Average driving speed is about 15-20 miles per hour, but driving never was tedious because of the beautiful and beguiling scenery. Many surmise that Bhutan was the model for the mystical paradise, “Shangrila”, in James Hilton’s popular 1933 novel Lost Horizons, perhaps because it was a completely closed country until the early 1970s. No foreigner could enter Bhutan unless invited by the Royal Family. So the rest of the world had virtually no information about the country, inspiring leaps of imagination. In the 1970s, the King noted the demise of all of the other small Himalayan kingdoms (e.g.,
Tibet, Sikkim, Mustang, Ladakh) that were sandwiched between the two aggressive powers – India and China – and decided that if Bhutan were to remain independent, Western visitors had to be invited in to see the idyllic countryside and meet its charming inhabitants. He also changed the educational system to require teaching in English (the Country has eight languages), so locals could communicate with the new visitors. Tourism is still in its infancy, with just over 100,000 total tourists estimated for all of 2015, about 10% of which were Americans. All visitors must use a Bhutanese tourist agency (they have U.S. affiliates) and travel by bus, or by private car with a driver and guide. No independent travel is permitted. Your first day on the roads will convince you that you don’t want your guide to also be driving. Buddhism is the state religion of Bhutan, and evidence of the depth of the peoples’ commitment is palpable. All government administrative buildings (called “Dzongs”) contain a temple, and religious buildings and religious monuments dot the landscape. Plots of prayer flags are ubiquitous, and monasteries are visible on many mountain tops, including the famed “Tiger’s Nest”, one of the world’s great sights. Bhutan has many of the highest unclimbed peaks in the world, as they are considered sacred and climbing them is prohibited. Both polygamy and polyandry are permitted, though rarely practiced by ordinary citizens. But the former king has four wives – all sisters from a family of six girls. In Bhutanese villages, many houses have paintings on the outside walls, with perhaps the most common theme being a giant phallus. Sex education is not a controversial topic. Fishing in Bhutan is for brown trout, except in the far south, where the giant and elusive mahseer can be found in warmer rivers. The trout were brought from Kashmir, where they were originally introduced by the English in the 19th Century, as were the trout now residing in many Asian and African countries. The first two rivers that I fished were the Paro Chhu (the local word for “River”) and the Mo Chhu. These were both classic trout streams, broad and clear, with long riffles and deep runs, but with no visible insect activity or rising trout. The banks were lined with rice fields and virgin forest. In the Paro I caught a half dozen fish up to about 12 inches, but in the Mo only a single small fish. I couldn’t get any fish to come to a dry fly, but caught them on standard nymphs. I would love to give the Mo another go, as Tshering said that it was unique in having large
trout of up to 10-12 pounds. Although Tshering was not a fishing guide, he had accompanied a few other anglers in the past, and it quickly became apparent that he had developed an interest in angling that was beyond “passive”. He set up a rod and tied on a fly, ostensibly for me in case I managed to break or lose mine, but several times when I looked toward him I noticed that his line had inadvertently fallen on the water, and was floating downstream in a manner that could easily, though of course accidentally, hook a fish. Supposing that I should not bear witness to such un-zenlike activity, I kept my counsel. On our drive back to the small hotel in Punakha after fishing the Mo, Tshering said that the hotel restaurant had some “special hot chiles”. Although there is variety in Bhutanese food, the staple is rice and chiles. Both Tshering and Gyaling ate rice and chiles for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Large numbers of chile peppers were drying on rooftops or hanging by windows on many homes. We had sampled the “regular chiles” and found that even a small bite was incendiary and would require a bottle of beer for relief. The thought of special hot chiles terrified us. Later, at dinner, the waiter placed a small bowl of round orange chiles in front of Tshering. He offered one to us. We respectfully declined. He popped one into his mouth. Immediately, his eyes bulged and teared, and he began choking. He tried to speak, but nothing came out but short gasps of air. He then began sweating profusely, and his shaved head and the shirt under his gho were soon completely drenched. He stood up, turned to leave the table, but couldn’t speak to tell us what was wrong or where he was going. He disappeared through a swinging door which led to both the bathroom and the kitchen. Ann looked at me and said “I feel bad for him, but I don’t know what we should do”. I responded with my usual empathy. “I think this has happened to him before”. About ten minutes later he returned, still looking stressed. His words were a bit slurred, but we believe that he said “These are really good chiles”, as he popped another into his mouth. It was our longest dinner in Bhutan. The farthest east that we traveled was in the Bumthang Valley, about 100 miles from Paro. From there, one morning, we drove for two hours on a rough dirt road through a beautiful valley, to fish the Tang Chhu. I entered the lovely, crystal clear stream near a large plot of Buddhist prayer flags, and upstream from a nar-
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Charlie and Ann Thacher stand for a photograph at the famous Tiger's Nest, then roadside. Bottom: Mt Everest. row suspension footbridge. I had just begun casting, when Ann signaled me to turn around. On the bridge about a dozen children had gathered to observe my strange behavior. After ten minutes or so, I hooked and landed a small fish. They applauded, and immediately I felt a great weight lifted from my shoulders. Fortunately, Tshering relieved the pressure by taking me upstream to a deep pool sequestered in the shadow of a high cliff. The new pool proved to be full of fish. I hooked one on almost every other cast by drifting a small nymph downstream, and slowly stripping it back. The brown trout in the Tang had unusual coloring, the sides being gray, with many brilliant red spots. The largest I caught was just over a foot long, but they were feisty, and are etched in my memory. After an hour or so in the pool, some clouds drifted overhead, blocking the sun, which triggered a hatch of small mayflies with gray wings. Fish rose regularly in the foam to take the flies. I tried all of my small dry flies that looked like the naturals without success so, as is often the case, I still have no idea what was going on. We left the Bumthang Valley, returning west, then turned south on a road extending about 15 miles into the Probjikha Valley. This valley is the winter home of the black-necked crane, a sacred (and endangered) bird that migrates annually from Tibet to this and only one other valley in Asia. The people living there have chosen not to have electricity, because they are afraid that overhead wires will upset the cranes, causing them to opt to winter elsewhere. Sacrifices are the daily bread of these devout
Buddhists. We saw several of the impressive cranes that had only recently arrived. The Probjikha Valley also is home to a pristine creek emanating from a mountain spring. While Ann visited a local elementary school which, because of deference to the cranes, had no lights or heat, Tshering took me to the creek. Like many spring creeks, it meandered for many miles through a flat valley. It was perfect dry fly water, but I did not see an insect or a fish rise. In one long, deep pool I caught many small fish on a dry fly but in the other mile or so of the stream that I walked, none rose to a dry fly, even under the cut banks. I was able to catch some fish on nymphs, but I left this lovely stretch of water with a slight sense of disappointment. At one point, Tshering wandered off with my spare rod and was caught fishing by a local, who chastised him very aggressively for his sinful behavior. On the drive through Bhutan, we passed four or five other beautiful rivers, and Tshering said that all of them have trout. The few reports on Bhutan fishing that I have read by other anglers have extolled the beauty of the rivers, but noted the dearth of larger fish. Some have surmised that the factors causing this could be high elevation (although many of our Western rivers are at similar elevations of 5,000-8,000 feet) or a paucity of insect life. Frankly, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a clue. But I do know that if you like standing in beautiful rivers, gazing at snow-capped peaks, meeting and talking with enchanting children along the river bank, while also experiencing a unique and fascinating culture, it would be hard to beat Bhutan.
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hundred fifty years ago, the largest collection of Thomas Jefferson's private papers was given to the Massachusetts Historical Society by his great-grandson. The exhibition of The Private Jefferson is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view this collection in Mr. Jefferson's beloved Virginia. See three copies of the Declaration of Independence, 35 architectural drawings of Virginia landmarks, and much more. Tickets are on sale now, and the exhibition opens on Saturday, October 15. As author of the Declaration of Independence, architect of the Virginia State Capitol, founder of the University of Vir-
ginia, and third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson is one of history’s best-known figures. Surprisingly, the largest collection of Jefferson’s private papers (more than 8,000 pieces) cannot be found in the Commonwealth, but is instead in the collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society. For the first time since the late 1800s, the most significant pieces from the Coolidge Collection of Thomas Jefferson Manuscripts are returning to Virginia and will be on display at the Virginia Historical Society in the exhibition The Private Jefferson: From the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Among the five dozen items on display are: • Jefferson’s handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence as originally drafted • John Adams’s handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence as it was presented to Congress • One of only 26 known copies of the first printed version of the Declaration of Independence • Thirty-five architectural drawings of Virginia landmarks designed by Jefferson, including Monticello, the Virginia Capitol, and the University of Virginia • Jefferson’s manuscript for his book Notes on the State of Virginia
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LOOKING BACK Arnold Palmer, who died recently at age 87, was hired in the early 1990s by Lord Bernard Ashley when he bought Keswick Club to reconstruct the club’s golf course Fred Findlay, a Scottish immigrant and renowned designer of several courses in central Virginia, built Keswick Club’s original golf course in 1939. The course, which opened with Findlay's first nine, expanded to 18 holes in the mid-1950s. The refurbished Keswick Hall follows the same routing as the original 1948 Fred Findlay design, later renovated by Arnold Palmer . The course was redesigned in 1990 by Arnold Palmer (The Arnold Palmer Golf Course Design Company), elevating Keswick to the status of an Arnold Palmer Signature Course. Palmer said the course had “good bones” and was therefore able to keep the majority of the original design. Palmer’s touches included additional bunkers, contouring changes to the land, greens built to United States Golf Association standards, and a new tee-to-green irrigation system. This combination has produced a perfect blend of classical and modern golf course architecture. The lush grounds, old growth trees, shrubs, and sheer beauty will allow one to step back in time while playing a modern and very challenging course. Arnold Palmer has used the wonderful setting of the estate to fashion a course of exceptional natural beauty, featuring tall ancient oaks, grassy wetlands and spectacular mountain views as well as a variety of lakes and streams. A little history lesson: The resort was originally a private home called "Villa Crawford," with fireplaces, ornate ceiling molding and a grand staircase. It was built in 1912 as a private residence
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After several subsequent owners led to a state of "senile ruin" with "touches of elegance" remaining, Villa Crawford was purchased in 1990 by Bernard Ashley, the widower of Laura Ashley, the famous textile designer who died in 1985. The new owner saw the potential for a world-class hotel after purchasing the home and 600-acre property for $5.5 million. He had the goal of turning it into a "country house" hotel, and felt strongly that Villa Crawford would be the heart of a truly outstanding property.
When it came to building a worldwide design empire on the basis of his fame, Arnold Palmer succeeded like nobody else. Palmer, who died recently at age 87, was a smart-enough businessman to know that his clients would be thrilled even if he were to show up only at the occasional ceremonial event to bless work that was well underway. He cared enough to monitor progress on the 306 design projects that came his way during the last half-century of his life. He
In the early 1990s when Keswick Club was bought by Lord Bernard Ashley , Ashley hired Arnold Palmer to reconstruct the club’s golf course that had been dormant for years. Palmer rebuilt the course and was there for the grand opening, playing the course before a crowd of about 400 who wanted to get a glimpse of the legendary golfer. Charlottesville architect Hank Browne, who was overseeing the construction of the hall and club told a great story recalled by Patricia Castelli in her book “The History of Keswick Hall”. Arnold Palmer and Hank Browne were standing behind the Hall admiring the newly seeded and hayed 18th green when they heard the whirr-whirr-whirr of a helicopter in the distance. As it came closer, they realized it was BA (who loved helicopters) and he was coming closer and closer. They watched in disbelief, and AP turned to Hank and said, "He wouldn't... he wouldn't..." And then he DID land right on the 18th -- seeds and hay scattering everywhere. Arnold Palmer softly said to Hank, "I wonder if he has any idea what that just cost."
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