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KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its environs - October 2019

LIFE

In this issue

A Joyful Noise

Grace Church Unveils It's New Bespoke Pipe Organ also overheard, happenings, going out, bookworm, properties on the market and much more


Justin H. Wiley

434.981.5528 • justin@wileyproperty.com 132A East Main Street, Orange, VA 22960

Peter A. Wiley

434.422.2090 • peter@wileyproperty.com

503 Faulconer Dr, Ste 6, Charlottesville, VA 22903

NEW OFFERING! MLS #596763 $2,495,000 HARE FOREST - Privately located in arguably one of the most

beautiful, and protected areas of Central Virginia, Hare Forest is the quintessential historic estate, that is purported to be the birth place of Zachary Taylor. Built in the latter part of the 18th century, the two story brick federal style manor home is ideally situated on 173 manicured acres in the Rapidan area of Orange County, and is protected by a conservation easement. The property is further improved by three cottages, ideal for guest, and or a tenant, swimming pool, smoke house, small garage, Stables, with 24 stalls, office, and tack room, eleven paddocks, all in board fencing. The land is a mix of open pasture, and hardwood forest. Justin H. Wiley – 434.981.5528

MLS #594930 $8,750,000 VIEWMONT FARM - An exceptional 875 acre Carter’s Bridge

estate 10 miles south of Charlottesville. One of Albemarle County’s most productive farms, Viewmont is a perfect mix of cropland, pasture and mature hardwood forest with 1.5 mile of frontage on the Hardware River. A DGP Architects designed and Gibson Magerfield built 6,000 sq ft custom residence, guest house/garage and pool are sited to take in the natural beauty of Viewmont and surrounding estates.

Peter A. Wiley – 434.422.2090

NEW OFFERING! MLS #595978 $3,500,000 AIRSLIE - Landmark county estate located in the beautiful Keswick

hunt area of Albemarle County. House was significantly renovated in the early 1990's using only the finest materials and craftsmen. The surrounding 62+/- acres are mostly open, and offers stunning views of the south west mountains. Property can also be purchased with additional land and improvements. Justin H. Wiley – 434.981.5528

MLS #596234 $3,695,000 INDIAN BOTTOM FARM - Indian Bottom is a spectacular 807

acre cattle & grass farm in the Middlebrook-Brownsburg Corridor. The farm is not under easement and is surrounded by protected properties. Hays Creek, a native trout stream, runs through the property for over a mile. Land: 450 acres of crop and grazing, 350 acres of hardwoods. Numerous building sites with views of both the Blue Ridge and Allegheny. Peter A. Wiley – 434.422.2090

NEW OFFERING! MLS #596165 $1,375,000 FOXCROFT FARM - Located in Keswick, adjacent to the Keswick

MLS #595383 $1,175,000 RIVER ROCK FARM - A beautiful farm with long frontage on the

Justin H. Wiley – 434.981.5528

Peter A. Wiley – 434.422.2090

Golf Club, Foxcroft is situated on 25 private acres, yet only 10 minutes from Town. The colonial style home has 5 bedroom, 3 full, and 2 half bath is situated approximately in the center of the mostly open parcel. The farm is currently used as a horse property, that includes a main stable with 6 stalls, heated tackroom, and a wash stall. A second barn has an additional 6 stalls, numerous 3 board paddocks.

Lynch River and great views of the Blue Ridge. The main residence was custom built in an environmentally friendly way with reclaimed materials, native fieldstone and on-site milled oak counters. Geothermal heating/cooling system, passive solar positioning and argon tinted windows. The patina-ed wood detail combined with all the modern amenities makes River Rock Farm the perfect mix of old and new.


Stones Throw

Custom-Built Stone & Stucco Residence

Keswick Farms, Albemarle County, Virginia

One Mile Keswick Country Club • 7 Miles into Charlottesville Main House Features over 11,000sf with 6 Bedrooms, 9 Bathrooms • 6 Fireplaces • Library with WetBar & Fireplace Large Master Suite w/terrace and Fireplace • Custom Kitchen w/Granite & Viking Appliances • Media Room Exercise Room • Infinity Pool, Gazebo & HotTub • Unique 7-Stall Stable, Paddocks, Riding Ring & Trails 2 Garages w/ 5 Bays • Large Game Room • Two Private 1-Bedroom Apartments • Potting Room & GreenHouse Large Pond • Expansive Mountain Views • Custom Water Fountain • Gated Entrance Offered for $2,750,000 mls 595734 Contact Duke & Sharon Merrick for more information:

Licensed in Virginia and North Carolina

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

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A Virgi nia C oun try L ife

IN THISOCTOBER 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

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A Joyous Noise

Grace Church Unveils It's New Bespoke Pipe Organ

Article by Michael G. Latsko, Director of Music & Organist

- photographs by BillRemington just in time for its 275th anniversary in 2020, Grace Church will have a refurbished, refreshed (and slightly taller) chancel, a new musician’s gallery framing an interior view of the beautiful tower stained glass window, and a brand new, bespoke pipe organ – the result of the unlikely combination of Mother Nature’s fury and what music director & organist Michael Latsko likes to call “blessed insurance,” a riff on the popular hymn “Blessed Assurance.”

Murdoch Matheson 434.981.7439 mmatheson@frankhardy.com

murdoch-matheson.com

10 KESWICK SCENE Montpelier celebrates 85 years of Steeplechasing – Perfect fall weather brings out over 15,000 people for the historic races. Read all about it, the winners and photos from some of the 15,000, on pages 10-11.

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13 HAPPENINGS Montpelier CEO Kat Imhoff leaves to join The Piedmont Environmental Council while Railey Cooley begins a new position at Richmond's Manchester Studios. Get the full story and read all about their new ventures on page 13.

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

18 WHAT'S COOKING Chicken Pot Pie Soup – this is one of Sam's favorites! He loves 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 are a couple of twists on the old classic in his recipe. We know it will be loved by all. Keswick, let's settle into the fall season with this classic Get the recipe on page 17.

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

18 BOOKWORM The weather is turning very cold and a fire is roaring in the grate – Suzanne Nash

thinks it’s time to offer up a few mysteries and thrillers to enjoy as you cozy up and stay warm and she has a group of them all centering around big old homes or ancients buildings that will keep you entertained. Enjoy the Thanksgiving Holidays and get ready for her upcoming book list for the Christmas Holidays. This month's reviews are on page 18

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 23 THE LAST WORD Election Results – pretty much a bloodbath across the County for moderate and Re-

publican candidates. The rest of the state, except Richmond and Tidewater is solid red. We are deeply divided. The Suburban Republican and the Rural Democrat are extinct. Read all about the results on the last page of the October issue, page 23.

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OVERHEARD

Here and there... in Keswick On and Off The Market

Wahoowa

Sold around the area is 5432 Stony Point Pass

Even the most optimistic University of Virginia

with 3 beds, 3 baths and 3020 sf on 1.6 acres starting at $1.295m selling for $1.1m in 70 days. 464 Clarks Tract “Mechunk Creek Farm” with 5 beds, 5+ baths and 6942 sf on 216 acres started at $3.3m selling at $2.5 m in 121 days. 1118 Club Drive in Keswick Estate with 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 4365 sf on 2.3 acres was $1.399m then 1.295m and sold for $1.2 m in 64 days. 58 Red Maple Lane with 4 beds, 2.5 baths and 2065 sf on 2 acres sold for $320k in 20 days. In Glenmore 3345 Darby Road with 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 3722 sf started at $679.5k, then $629.5k selling for $615k in 188 days. 3221 Avebury Lane with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3405 sf was $599k, then $499k and sold for $480k in $163 days. 3467 Devon Pines with 4 beds, 2.5 baths and 2805 sf started at $538k, then $525k selling for 506.7k in 89 days. 3220 Heathcote Lane with 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 5384 sf started at $678k selling for $615k in 84 days. 8 homes closed in Rivanna Ridge.

men’s basketball fan had some trepidation about how the 2019-2020 season might begin. The Hoos lost several key contributors from last season’s NCAA championship team. They were starting the season on the road. They were doing so against a perennial powerhouse. And how would a team coming off the very highest of highs get back on the proverbial horse? Through two games, it’s all gone pretty darn well. On Sunday night at John Paul Jones Arena, UVA defeated James Madison University in its home opener, 65-34. Hoos fans had a nice surprise as they walked through the JPJ front entrance – the actual floor from last year’s Final Four!

Reduced in Glenmore is 1485 Kinross Lane with

7 beds, 6+ baths and 7508 sf on 1.1 acres down from $1.195m to $1.625m in622 days. 3389 Cesford Grange with 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 3698 sf from $549k to 519k in 190 days. 1425 Bremberton Lane with 3 beds, 2 baths and 2086 sf from $470k to $450k in 180 days. Around the area 4111 Keswick Glen Drive with 3 beds, 4.5 baths and 4140 sf on 1.7 acres is down from $499.8k to $449.8k in 127 days.

There were 11 new models brought to market in

Rivanna Ridge. 3363 Darby Road with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 2888 sf is available at $569k. 1308 Piper Way with 6 beds, 5.5 baths and 6233 sf is available at $1..75m. 3249 Sandown Park Road with 3 beds, 2 baths and 3041 sf is available at $599k. 3680 Newbridge Road with 5 beds, 4+ baths and 4719 sf is available at $679k. 2396 Pendower Lane with 5 beds, 6.5 baths and 5852 sf is available at $689k. 506 Drumin Road, a 5 bed, 4.5 bath decorated model home in Glenmore Highlands by Craig Builders is available at $849k. In Keswick Estate 1193 Club Drive, a 2.7 acre lot, is available at $300k and 373 Keswick Glen Drive with 4 beds, 2.5 baths and 2504 sf on 1.5 acres is available at $327.5k

Pending around the area is 1113 Pelham Drive

with 4 beds, 4 baths and 5110 sf on 5.6 acres, down from $625k to $575k in 209 days. 1023 Bridlewood Trail with 3 beds, 3.5 baths and 3168 sf on 12 acres for $575k in 74 days. 21.8 acres on Barn Field Drive at $449k in 51 days. 1020 East Keswick Drive, a 2.3 acres lot for $119k in 44 days. 4 under contract in Rivanna Ridge. In Glenmore 3398 Carroll Creek Road with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 4090 sf for $739k in 82 days and 3351 Marsden Point with 3 beds, 2 baths and 2202 sf at $439k in 51 days.

Engaged

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Lorenzoni of Charlottesville,Virginia are

pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Audrey Elaine to Mr. John Cunningham Stewart Sackson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Alan Sackson of Keswick, VA. Audrey is a graduate of Western Albemarle High School and the University of Virginia. She is currently a co-owner of the Ragged Mountain Running Shop in Charlottesville. Stewart is a graduate of the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ and the University of Virginia. He has a Masters of Education from the Curry School, UVA and is currently teaching at Monticello High School in Charlottesville. A December, 2020 wedding is planned.

Bravo

Janine and Paul Williams were the succesful bidders and took

home the painting at the Montpelier Races. The painting was done by Booth Malone and used for this year’s poster.

Old Dominion Veterinarian, Dr, Jeff Beshear’s brother Demo-

cratic Attorney General Andy Beshear was elected Kentucky Governor by a narrow lead over Republican Gov. Matt Bevin.

After a somewhat slow start, UVA – which got double-doubles from Mamadi Diakite and Braxton Key – began to percolate. UVA forward Mamadi Diakite had 19 points and 13 rebounds in Sunday night's game against JMU. (Photo by Matt Riley, UVA Athletics) UVA senior forward Braxton Key had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the win. (Photo by Matt Riley, UVA Athletics)The win over JMU came on the heels of an impressive performance against Syracuse at the Carrier Dome on Wednesday. UVA held Syracuse to just 24% shooting in the 48-34 triumph.The Orange’s 34 points were its fewest ever at the Carrier Dome.UVA was also efficient on the offensive end.Sophomore guard Kihei Clark had career- highs in rebounds (11) assists (seven) and minutes (37). Around the country, respect for the Cavaliers’ performance poured in.

Wahoowa Too!

The Cavaliers were the preseason pick to win the

wide-open Coastal Division, Virginia's schedule down the stretch is favorable with its next two of its games at home. The finale against rival Virginia Tech on November 29 could be huge.Virginia beat Georgia Tech, wins the Coastal and plays Clemson for the ACC championship.

Jennifer

Nesbitt was recently awarded the Sportsmanship award at the Virginia Hunter Championship held in Middleburg, Virginia.

Blessing

The ninety-first Blessing of the Hounds service will be held on Thanksgiving morning, November 28th, at 10:00 a.m..

This is a beautiful fall service of worship and thanksgiving and is well-attended by the friends of Grace and the general public (approximately nine hundred people including T.V. news networks). Therefore, we need volunteers to assist with all aspects of the service including directing traffic on the grounds and parking, handing out programs, greeting and assisting the many visitors that attend the service. If you would like to donate fall fruits such as pumpkins and gourds, fall vegetables, dry corn stalks, and hay bales for door decorations, we thank you, and please leave them at the church by Tuesday, November 26th. The Episcopal Church Women will be serving doughnuts, coffee, and hot chocolate in the Parish Hall before and after the Blessing of the Hounds’ service. Hope’s Legacy, www.hopeslegacy. com, will receive the offering from the Blessing of the Hounds’ service.

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OBITUARY The Going Out Guide Guide Mark your calendars! Save the date! Don’t be late! Guide

The Going Out TheGoing Going Out Out Guide The Jerry Bailey , formerly of Keswick, Va., died on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C. A memorial service was held Saturday, April 13,th at First Presbyterian Church in Waynesville.

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Where: Ashlawn Highland Lighting of the Lawn — The Colonnade Club https://www.colonnadeclubuva.com/events/ (Theresa) of Keswick; two brothers,featuring Rogers and Gene ForIn grandchildren, Ryan and Kimberly Thompson, and Enjoy this cherished UVA tradition, featuring perEnjoy this UVA tradition, perforfurther information (434) 293-8000 lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a https://www.colonnadeclubuva.com/events/ lightingofthelawn Are you looking for a special taste of Highland? Gibson;from one sister, Joice Payne; eight grandchildren, Alexandra and Kenneth Dillard; paternal niece and formances from student groups, a poem mances student groups, a tremendous poem contribution to the Focused Ultrasound Foundation in info@highland.org Are you looking for a special taste of Highland? For further information (434) 293-8000 or info@highland.org. lightingofthelawn Are you looking for a special taste of Highland? Enjoy this cherished UVA tradition, featuring perforfurther information (434) 293-8000 Chris Lamb, Amy, Monte, Kendall, and Kelsie Short, For nephew, Olivia Elizabeth Mitchell Branch that reflects the experiences of students from each Charlottesville, Va., 1230 Cedars Court, Charlottesville, that reflects the experiences of students from each Beginning the first weekend in December, visitors will find the entire house beautifully decorated forand the holiEnjoy this cherished UVAgroups, tradition, featuring perforfurther information (434) 293-8000 mances from and student a great-grandchildren, tremendous poem Forinfo@highland.org Tony, Jeddiah Tyler Sipe, nine Gordon L. Mitchell III; and a host of other relatives VA 22903,www.fusfoundation.com. The King family class, and an elaborate light show as well as recepclass, and an elaborate light show as well as recepdays. Discover the magic of James Monroe’s historical property during the holiday season. Guided tours are mances from student groups, aoftremendous poem that reflects the experiences students from each info@highland.org andwelcoming one great-great grandchild. Pastors Buster Payne and friends. to receive accurate tour times for the day will be hosting a casual celebration of David’s life on tions student and community groups to tions welcoming student and community groups to Beginning the first weekend in December, visitors will offered daily from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please call us at 434-293-8000 that reflects theelaborate experiences from class, and an lightofshow as well as each recepand Jane Cicione officiated. , students A graveside interment Friday, June 14, 2019, atmuseum their family farm in Crozet warm up, eat, and socialize. find the entire house decorated foronthe you plan to visit. Thebeautifully will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. warm up, eat, and socialize. class, an elaborate light show as well as recep-to tions welcoming student and community groups wasand held at Preddy Creek Baptist Church in Beginning the first weekend in December, visitors will As per the pre-arranged funeral plans made by holidays. Discover the magic of James Monroe’s tions welcoming student andApril community firsthouse weekend in December, visitorsfor will Barboursville, on Saturday, 13, 2019.groups to Beginning find the the entire beautifully decorated the warm up, eat, and socialize. Kenneth, care has been entrusted to D. D. Watson historical property during holiday season.Monroe’s Guided find the entire house beautifully decorated for the warm up, eat, and socialize. holidays. Discover the the magic of James Mortician Inc., 117 West St., Louisa. While limited tours are Discover offered daily a.m. toMonroe’s 5:00 p.m. holidays. the from magic of James historical property during the11:00 holiday season. Guided seating is anticipated at the church, the family invites Please us at 434-293-8000 to11:00 receive accurate historical property during the holiday season. guests to view Kenneth on May 9 from 5 p.m. until tours call are offered daily from a.m. to Guided 5:00tour p.m. times for theusday you plan visit. The museum will tours are offered daily fromto11:00 a.m. toaccurate 5:00 p.m. 7 p.m. at the funeral home. The Homegoing Please call at 434-293-8000 to receive tour be closed on Christmas Dayto and New Year’s Day. Please call 434-293-8000 to receive accurate tour Celebration will be held at Pleasant Plain Baptist times forus theat day you plan visit. The museum will times for theon day you planDay to visit. will Church, 2564 Lindsay Rd., Gordonsville, on May 10. be closed Christmas and The Newmuseum Year’s Day. A viewing will be held at noon and the service is at be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. 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

A Joyous Noise

Grace Church Unveils It's New Bespoke Pipe Organ Story by Michael G. Latsko, Director of Music & Organist Photographs by Bill Remington

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ust in time for its 275th anniversary in 2020, Grace Church will have a refurbished, refreshed (and slightly taller) chancel, a new musician’s gallery framing an interior view of the beautiful tower stained glass window, and a brand new, bespoke pipe organ – the result of the unlikely combination of Mother Nature’s fury and what music director & organist Michael Latsko likes to call “blessed insurance,” a riff on the popular hymn “Blessed Assurance.” It all started in October 2015 when, after several weeks of constant rain, a visiting organist turned on the church organ. The resulting din sounded like a broken circus calliope – about 50 or 60 notes were sounding at the same time! That was no “joyful noise.” The rains had overwhelmed water abatement systems at the top of Grace Church’s bell tower. Over the course of several days, a literal waterfall fell inside the tower where, several floors below, a major portion of the church’s pipe organ was housed. Leaking rain mixed with plaster dust to ruin tin, brass, wood, leather, metal and electrical components. The damaged organ had been purchased and installed in 1959 for $8,500 by Waynesboro organ builder Mark Wetzel. The church raised the funds for the organ from numerous parishioners, including principal donor Donald Gordon Stevens, Jr. His donation was made in memory of his wife Margaret Douglas Randolph who sang in the choir for many years. In 1995 the church commissioned moderate refurbishments at a cost of $85,000 which was raised through the combined efforts of many parishioners and church friends. The wife of Richards D. Maxwell, Jr. (1910-1990) generously offered a matching grant in memory of her husband. The rains of 2015 were what Michael calls the “second strike” by the Almighty. In spring 2012, the church’s basement boiler misfired (the “first strike”), sending an internal rainstorm of black, oily soot through the ducts and all over the church including the pipes and mechanism of the organ. In July 2012 Grace Church paid organ technicians Grooms & Payne approximately $8,000 to remove the pipes, clean and reinstall the organ. Water-damaged organs, however, are much more difficult to repair. “Given the organ’s age, repair would have been a stopgap at best, with no guarantee against further problems down the road,” said Michael, an opinion backed up by more than one consultant engaged to assess the damage. Moreover, the configuration of the organ, with the console at the front of the nave and the pipes at the back, could now be rethought. “It certainly was not ideal,” said Michael. In summer 2016, the church commissioned an “organ task force” to consider options and make a recommendation. In addition to studying and learning as much as they could about pipe organs, the group took field trips, both locally and to locations in Virginia, Washington D.C., and North Carolina, to see, hear, and play a variety of organs, to meet with organ builders, and to learn about and actually see what quality organ building craftsmanship looks and sounds like.

Back at home, some parishioners did not notice that anything was wrong! In fact, there were various notes missing among the “ranks” of pipes that would not, according to Michael, be obvious to the untrained ear. Significantly, only one of the two keyboards (called “manuals” on an organ) had working pipes, so Michael was limited in the literature he could play. Besides not being able to play music employing two manuals (common in organ literature), it was more difficult to avoid overpowering the choir with the sounds that were available (sounds are produced by organ “stops”. Some of the missing “sounds” included angelic and shimmering strings, the robust trumpet and quieter oboe, and other flutes and flues that create the “traditional” organ tone. Finally, all of the unaffected pipes were “out in the open” and not behind shutters (called the “Swell” division) so the organist could not control the volume of the sounds produced or create an effective crescendo. The pipe organ was dubbed the “King of Instruments” by Mozart, and, until the arrival of the atomic bomb, the organ was the most complicated instrument conceived by the mind of man. In the 18th century, during Mozart’s time, no other machine or instrument was as complex – or as grand – as the pipe organ. The art of organ building has changed very little from its origins in the third century BC, and high-quality pipe organs have lasted for centuries. In fact, the oldest playable pipe organ is in the Basilica of Valère in Sion, Switzerland and was built around 1435. New organs like the one at Grace Church rely on organ building techniques that have been around for centuries. Except for some modern materials (like epoxy and electricity), the pipe construction and key action in particular have stood the test of time. Even with modern materials (such as carbon filament for trackers), pipes are still made from wood and metal, keys with cow bone and wood, and bellows with modern simulations of animal skins. Electronics and technology comprise the most differences – powering bellows to provide the air to the pipes and proving the organist with playing aids and conveniences that enable rapid fire changes to the sounds (“registration”) generated. During its research, the Grace Church organ task force met with the founders of Taylor & Boody Organbuilders. Founded in 1977 by Virginia native (and graduate of both Woodberry Forest and Washington & Lee) George K. Taylor and Maine-born John H. Boody. In 1979 they moved their company to a renovated school building just outside Staunton, Virginia. Before they began working together George and John studied and apprenticed with some of the most respected organ builders in the world today [Rudolph von Beckerath in Hamburg, Germany, Fritz Noack in Georgetown, MA, and John Brombaugh of Middletown, OH]. Working together between 1970 and 1977, they built some twenty organs before launching their own business. Important to the members of Grace’s organ task force, all the parts of Taylor & Boody organs are made in the company’s Virginia workshop including the metal and wooden pipes and reed stops, keys (from cowbone and native woods), and the internal workings.

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The new organ will have three keyboards (manuals) instead of the former organ’s two with the customary pedal board to be played with the feet. The addition of a third manual will allow for the performance of almost all organ literature and offer performers, as well as Michael, almost infinite flexibility during service playing. The organ will contain 30 stops controlling 37 ranks of pipes (a rank generally means one pipe per note on the keyboard or pedal board). There will be over 1,800 pipes (ranging in length from sixteen feet to smaller than a pencil); the former organ had 800 or so pipes. All the pipes are made of lead/tin alloys or seasoned wood and constructed at the Taylor & Boody shop. The playing action is mechanical, or tracker action, meaning there is a direct mechanical linkage between keys or pedals pressed by the organist and the valve that allows air to flow into pipe(s) of the corresponding note(s). The former organ had electric action given the distance from the console in the front and the pipes in the rear gallery. The organ will have some truly beautiful sounds. In addition to the bold chorus one usually associates with a pipe organ, there will be lush and shimmering strings, bold reeds including a sixteen foot long pedal trombone and a somewhat softer oboe, many gorgeous flutes made of wood and metal, and a unique sixteen foot violone (string bass) in the pedal. Some of the old will be incorporated into the new. Several pipes from the old organ were melted into the alloy used to make the new pipes. In this way, Michael said, “we honor the many years of music-making given forth by the old organ which resulted from the generosity of many parishioners and their families, many of whom still worship at Grace today.” In addition, the chimes (tubular bells struck by felt hammers) will be relocated high along the wall of the north chamber. These chimes were refurbished in 1994 by former Keswick resident Helena (“Nini”) Stevens Sliney and her sisters “to honor our father Donald Stevens [former owner of Charlottesville’s Gaslight Restaurant] and to continue honoring his first wife Catherine Loving Stevens.” For any organ to perform at its best, it must be adapted to its space, and its space adapted to it, or, as Michael says, “the room (and acoustic) in which the pipe organ will be played is as important as any of the stops.” Taylor and Boody recommended that Grace engage Dana Kirkegaard, an acoustic engineer as well as an architect based in Downers Grove, IL. Dana has served as consultant to over 250 churches and concert halls and is the recipient of numerous architectural design awards by the American Institute of Architects and architectural critics. Dana visited Grace Church three times and, on one occasion, led members of the organ task force through a series of acoustic tests in the church. He also pointed out some structural issues that should be addressed. After lengthy and thorough discussions of the problems and possibilities, it became apparent that some modifications to the sanctuary would be needed for optimal acoustic effect. These modifications included minimizing sound-absorbing surfaces and raising the ceiling over the chancel. Aesthetic issues also were discussed. In particular, locating the organ entirely at the front of the church would allow removal of the pipes and their mechanisms from the back of the church which would, in turn, permit opening up the sanctuary to the tower, allowing the light and color of the tower’s tall stained glass window to suffuse the nave. Such an alteration was, in fact, a restoration of the way the tower and nave were related prior to the installation of the 1959 organ and would be a stunningly beautiful change in the sense of interior space and light. “I keep saying the Spirit led us to where we are today,” says Michael, who had dreamed of re-opening the gallery arch which had been covered by organ pipes since 1959, envisioning sunlight once again flooding the nave and giving those inside a chance to see the tower window. The new pipe organ at Grace Church will be Taylor and Boody’s opus 77 and will be located in chambers built from existing niches on either side of the chancel. The chancel was added to the original building designed by William Strickland after the church burned in 1895. Its ceiling was lower than that in the nave, and a proscenium arch prevented sound from travelling out into the nave. Grace has enlarged the chancel’s floor space, added more flexible (and comfortable seating), and provided more room for the baptismal font to be surrounded with a wooden inlay decoration as well as additional space for wedding parties in the front. The chancel’s ceiling was raised sixteen inches, no easy task considering that after the 1895 fire three steel beams were added to support the roof over the new chancel. “I refer to it as the Holy Trinity of beams,” said Michael, “but that wasn’t enough, because the good people of Grace built a wall of rocks and stones atop these beams!” This strong structure explains why Grace suffered no damage in 2011 when a magnitude 5.8 earthquake rumbled from nearby Mineral. The new ceiling is constructed of quarter sawn oak and decorated with a beautiful design in wood marquetry thereby finishing out the chancel in the church’s original gothic revival style. The resulting acoustic will be a rich, warm sound that should enhance choir and congregational singing as well as the spoken word.

Ace Contracting has performed all the interior construction and associated HVAC, electrical and other upgrades, including removal of the existing chancel ceiling and raising of the metal beams that extend across the chancel ceiling. The church’s lighting and sound system have both been significantly improved, including the new ability to transmit sound and video to the parish hall and stream worship services on the internet. In the gallery, the old organ was removed as was a drop ceiling which opened the bell tower. Small side galleries were boxed in to provide a reflective surface, and a new musicians gallery has been added with a wrought iron railing executed by Stokes of England Blacksmiths. Grace established a formal capital campaign to raise the $1.8 million needed for the renovations, new chancel furnishings and the organ. Fortunately, seed money for the campaign came from the “blessed insurance” that covered the damage to the former organ. The Grace Church family has been generous, not only with the needed funds (including a generous group who offered to match gifts) but also with “sweat equity.” Over several weeks, parishioners and friends hauled buckets of dirt and rocks to create enough room under the chancel floor for new electrical infrastructure and vapor barriers as well as a channel through which the trackers to the south organ case could run. Inlay on the wooden music desk came from trees that fell on the property during past storms. Other wood (walnut and quarter sawn oak) used in the new chancel ceiling and floor and the handsome new organ cases was donated by parishioners. Other parishioners provided hospitality and housing for the organ builders as they installed, tuned, and voiced the many pipes. “We truly hope that the new organ and the overall improvements to the building will enhance the outreach and mission of Grace Church by converting it into the cultural center of the Keswick community, serving as a venue for concerts, recitals and performances,” said the Reverend G. Miles Smith, the church’s rector. The organ will receive its official debut to the public on Saturday, December 14 at 4pm when Grace will host a Community Christmas Carol Singing featuring favorite carols, solos, trumpeters, and a few solo organ works to show off the new instrument. Michael has also lined up an exciting array of performers throughout 2020 to inaugurate the new organ and suggests paying attention to the Grace Church website and Facebook page for details of these celebratory events.

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Montpelier celebrates 85 years of Steeplechasing ........ Montpelier celebrates 85 years of Steeplechasing ........

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Top row: (l-r) Nicolette Merle-Smith, Sandy Rives , Top row: (l-r) Will Allison Nicolette Merle-Smith, Sandy Rives , Will Allison Second Row: (l-r) Connie Laudenschlager Second Row: (l-r) Greg Fisher, Kimberley Skelly Connie Laudenschlager Greg Fisher, Kimberley Skelly Bottom row: (l-r) Jeanne McCusker, Bottom row: (l-r) Christina Markey and Greg Schmidt Jeanne McCusker, Christina Markey and Greg Schmidt

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Perfect Fall Weather Brings Out Over 15,000......... Perfect Fall Weather Brings Out Over 15,000.........

and the Winners..... and the Winners.....

1st Race 1st Race THE MONTPELIER FOUNDATION CUP. THE MONTPELIER 1 Mile on the Dirt. FOUNDATION CUP. 1TOLAGA Mile on theBAY Dirt. Jockey S.McKenna, Trainer Arch Kingsley, Jr. TOLAGA BAY Owner Mark W. Buyck, Jr. Jockey S.McKenna, Trainer Arch Kingsley, Jr. Owner Mark W. Buyck, Jr.

2nd Race - Purse 20,000. 2nd Race - PursePLATE. 20,000. THE MADISON Handicap Hurdle 2-3/8 Miles THE MADISON PLATE. AYDOUN Handicap Hurdle (IRE) 2-3/8 Miles Jockey A, Macauley, Trainer Arch Kingsley, Jr. AYDOUN (IRE) Jockey A, Owner Macauley, Trainer Arch Jr. Kingsley, Jr. Mark W. Buyck, Owner Mark W. Buyck, Jr.

3rd Race - Purse 15,000. THE BATTLESHIP 3rd Race - Purse HURDLE. 15,000. Maiden Claiming Hurdle. 2-3/8 Miles . THE BATTLESHIP HURDLE. Maiden Claiming Hurdle. 2-3/8 Miles . (First Division)

(First Division) ATTRACTING Jockey D, Nagle, Trainer, Jonathan Sheppard ATTRACTING SheppardSheppard Jockey D,Owner, Nagle,Jonathan Trainer, Jonathan Owner, Jonathan Sheppard

4th Race - Purse 15,000. THE 4th CONSTITUTION HURDLE. Race - Purse 15,000. Maiden Claiming Hurdle. 2-3/8 Miles THE CONSTITUTION HURDLE. . (SecondHurdle. Division) Maiden Claiming 2-3/8 Miles I AM NOT HERE (IRE) . (Second Division) Jockey J, Doyle, Wyatt I AM NOTTrainer, HERETodd (IRE) Owner ,Kristian J. Strangeway Jockey J, Doyle, Trainer, Todd Wyatt Owner ,Kristian J. Strangeway

5th Race -Purse $25,000. THE 5th MARION DUPONT SCOTT Race -Purse $25,000. MEMORIAL. THE MARION DUPONT SCOTT Filly & Mare Allowance Hurdle. 2-3/8 Miles . MEMORIAL. EVE'S CITY Filly & Mare Allowance Hurdle. 2-3/8 Miles . Jockey, R.Geraghty, Trainer, EVE'S CITY Doug Fout Jockey,Owner, R.Geraghty, Trainer, Doug Fout Magalen O. Bryant Owner, Magalen O. Bryant

6th Race - Purse $30,000. 6th Race - Purse $30,000. THE MONTPELIER CUP. Maiden Hurdle. 2-3/8 Miles THE MONTPELIER CUP. ANTICIPATING Maiden Hurdle. 2-3/8 Miles Jockey, D.Nagle, Trainer, Jonathan Sheppard ANTICIPATING

Pictured above Top row: (l-r) Tailgating, Walker, Claiborne and John Coleman; Pictured above

In the PBM tent , Janice Aron andClaiborne Paul Manning Top row: (l-r) Tailgating, Walker, and John Coleman; Second Row:tent At ,the Montpelier Gala, Phillips, Hal and Nan Young , Fred Phillips In In the PBM Janice Aron and PaulKellner Manning the “Meanwhile Back at the Farm” shop on raceday, Allie Heather Harris Second Row: At the Montpelier Gala, Kellner Phillips, HalVaughn and Nanand Young , Fred Phillips In Third Row: Co chairman of the Montpelier Gala, Phyllis Johnson and Nan Young, the “Meanwhile Back at the Farm” shop on raceday, Allie Vaughn and Heather Harris Trackside, Jenner, Brian Diane Manning Third Row:Court Co chairman of theand Montpelier Gala, Phyllis Johnson and Nan Young, Trackside, Court Jenner, Brian and Diane Manning

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Owner. Trainer, Sherry L.Jonathan FenwickSheppard Jockey, D.Nagle, Owner. Sherry L. Fenwick

7th Race - Purse $40,000. 7th Race - Purse $40,000. THE NOEL LAING. THE Handicap. NOEL LAING. Hurdle 2-1/2 Miles Hurdle Handicap. (GB) 2-1/2 Miles AMSCHEL

Jockey, G.Watters, Trainer,(GB) Cyril Murphy AMSCHEL Owner, Irvin Naylor Jockey, G.Watters, Trainer, Cyril Murphy Owner, Irvin Naylor

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he Michael Meller “Style of Riding Award” was awarded to Sloan Coles at the recent 2019 National Horse Show in Lexington Kentucky! Sloane also won the Best Costume award dressed as a Makers Mark Bourbon Bottle when she competed in the Thursday evening Jumper Class which is always “crowd pleasing” class.

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opping the recent Fasig Tipton Horse sale at $5 million Blue Prize, winner of the Nov. 2 Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) and one of the most de sired offerings in the sale was sold to Larry Best of OXO Equine. Consigned by Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services ( Peter Bance and John Stuart) on behalf of John Moores and Charles Noell's Merriebelle Stable, she was a group 1 winner in her native country of Argentina before she was brought to North America, . Agents John Stuart and Peter Bance brokered a deal to sell Blue Prize from breeder Bioart S.A. to Merriebelle Stable and in 2017 she was imported to the U.S. Correas, who is a fourthgeneration horseman, opened a public stable in the U.S. in 2015 with one horse, after working under Alec Head and Billy Badgett. Blue Prize gave Correas a breakthrough first Grade 1 in last year's G1 Spinster at Keeneland. Merriebelle is also a relatively new operation, having gotten into the business in 2013 when owners John Moores and Charles Noell purchased 30 horses from Ireland's Kilfrush Stud. The stable now has bases in Ireland and Kentucky and is involved in flat and steeplechase racing in Europe, Australia, and the U.S.

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HAPPENINGS New Posts for Two Keswickians

Kat Kat Imhoff Imhoff

BY KESWICK LIFE HAPPENINGS HAPPENINGS

Montpelier to Montpelier CEO CEO to join join The The Piedmont Piedmont Environmental Environmental Council Council Pieedmont Pieedmont Environmental Environmental Council Council President President Chris Miller is pleased to announce Chris Miller is pleased to announcethe theappointappointment ment of of Kat Kat Imhoff Imhoff to to the the organization’s organization’s conconservation servation staff staff on on Dec. Dec. 2. 2. Imhoff Imhoff joins joins the the ororganization ganizationfollowing followingseven sevenyears yearsas aspresident presidentand and CEO CEOof ofJames JamesMadison’s Madison’sMontpelier, Montpelier,where whereshe she recently partnered with The Piedmont recently partnered with The PiedmontEnvironEnvironmental mental Council Council to to put put 1,024 1,024 acres acres at at Montpelier Montpelier under permanent conservation easement, under permanent conservation easement,essenessentially tially setting setting aside aside more more than than two-thirds two-thirds of of the the 2,700-acre estate for all to enjoy. As senior 2,700-acre estate for all to enjoy. As senior conconservation servationfellow, fellow,she shewill willbe beapplying applyingher herenergy energy and experiences toward identifying new and experiences toward identifying newconserconservation vation innovations innovations for for the the Piedmont. Piedmont. “Kat “Katcomes comesto tous uswith withtremendous tremendousaccomplishaccomplishments and a wealth of ments and a wealth of experience experience in in the the conserconservation and preservation arenas. She vation and preservation arenas. She is is wellwellknown known for for her her longstanding longstanding dedication dedication to to land land preservation, preservation, smart smart growth growth and and environmental environmental protections, protections, and and has has always always been been aa leader leader and early adopter of innovative ideas,” Miller said. “That she is already well-versed and early adopter of innovative ideas,” Miller said. “That she is already well-versed in in the the issues important to us and is personally familiar with PEC means she will be able to hit issues important to us and is personally familiar with PEC means she will be able to hit the the ground groundrunning runningand andmove moveforward forwardexploring exploringinnovative innovativeconcepts conceptsand andbest bestpractices practicesin inland land conservation. We are delighted to have Kat on board very soon.” conservation. We are delighted to have Kat on board very soon.” This This will will not not be be Imhoff’s Imhoff’s first first time time working working with with The The Piedmont Piedmont Environmental Environmental Council. Council. She has previously served as its vice president for conservation and She has previously served as its vice president for conservation and development, development, and and in in the 1980s led the labor-intensive process of getting the Southwest Mountains Rural the 1980s led the labor-intensive process of getting the Southwest Mountains Rural HisHistoric toric District District named named on on the the National National Register Register of of Historic Historic Places Places under under the the National National HisHistoric Preservation Act. The designation, which must undergo significant local, toric Preservation Act. The designation, which must undergo significant local, state state and and federal federal review, review, recognizes recognizes the the historic historic value value of of the the landscape landscape and and offers offers some some additional additional protections protections to to the the land land by by providing providing aa clear clear public public purpose purpose for for conservation conservation easements easements within these districts. within these districts. “The “The process process that that Kat Kat led led at at that that time time created created aa strong strong sense sense of of cultural cultural and and geographical geographical identity within the community, and has enabled PEC to establish more than identity within the community, and has enabled PEC to establish more than aa dozen dozen more more rural historic districts throughout the northern Piedmont,” Miller said.“With great rural historic districts throughout the northern Piedmont,” Miller said.“With greatenthusienthusiasm, asm, II am am re-joining re-joining the the PEC PEC team, team, which which has has been been setting setting aa high high bar bar for for conservation conservation not not only in Virginia but nationally. There is still much good work that remains only in Virginia but nationally. There is still much good work that remainsto tobe bedone donein inthe the Piedmont Piedmont and and in in our our Commonwealth, Commonwealth, and and II look look forward forward to to contributing contributing my my share share to to that that effort,” effort,” Imhoff Imhoff said. said. Imhoff Imhoff has has been been recognized recognized for for her her conservation conservation achievements achievements by by the theAmerican American Society Society of Landscape Architects, the Virginia Wildlife Federation, and The Piedmont of Landscape Architects, the Virginia Wildlife Federation, and The PiedmontEnvironmenEnvironmental tal Council. Council. She She has has served served as as chair chair of of the the Virginia Virginia Outdoors Outdoors Foundation, Foundation, on on the the board board of of the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation and on the national Land Trust Accreditation the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation and on the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Commission.And And she she was was executive executive director director of of the the Preservation PreservationAlliance Alliance of of Virginia Virginia and and the Commission on Population Growth and Development. the Commission on Population Growth and Development. While While at at Montpelier, Montpelier, Imhoff Imhoff has has overseen overseen all all aspects aspects of of the the national national historic historic site, site, including including restoration and refurnishing of Madison’s home, reconstruction of enslaved restoration and refurnishing of Madison’s home, reconstruction of enslaved community community sites, sites, and and establishment establishment of of aa permanent permanent exhibition, exhibition, The The Mere Mere Distinction Distinction of of Colour, Colour, which which has garnered national awards since it’s opening in 2017. Prior to her role there, has garnered national awards since it’s opening in 2017. Prior to her role there,she sheserved servedas as state statedirector directorfor forThe TheNature NatureConservancy Conservancyin inMontana, Montana,leading leadingthat thatorganization’s organization’spurchase purchase of of more more than than 490,000 490,000 acres acres of of land land in in the the Northern Northern Rockies, Rockies, and and as as executive executive vice vice presipresident for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which owns and operates Monticello. dent for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which owns and operates Monticello.

Railey Railey Cooley Cooley begins beginsnew newposition position at at Manchester Manchester Studios Studios in in Richmond Richmond

Railey Railey Cooley Cooley was was raised raised in in Charlottesville, Charlottesville, Virginia, Virginia, where where her her love love for for art, art, animals, animals, and and nature began at a very young age. Railey started her substantive art career in animal nature began at a very young age. Railey started her substantive art career in animalportraiportraiture ture in in 2007, 2007, while while attending attending the the Foxcroft Foxcroft School School in in Middleburg, Middleburg, Virginia. Virginia. Eventually, Eventually, her her work caught the eye of her alma mater and they commissioned her to paint a work caught the eye of her alma mater and they commissioned her to paint a portrait portrait of of one one of of the the school’s school’s celebrated celebrated horses horses for for its its Permanent PermanentArt Art Gallery, Gallery, where where it it is is still still on on display display today. today. After After her her graduation graduation from from Foxcroft, Foxcroft, Railey Railey continued continued developing developing her her artistic artistic skills skills while while attending the College of Charleston in South Carolina, where she received her attending the College of Charleston in South Carolina, where she received her Bachelor Bachelor of of Arts Arts in inArt Art History History and and in in Studio Studio Arts. Arts. While While undertaking undertaking her her studies, studies, Railey Railey grew grew her her animal animal portraiture portraiture skills, skills, where where she she routinely routinely had had her her finished finished pieces pieces featured featured in in the the Halsey Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston. Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston. Upon Uponcompletion completionof ofher herundergraduate undergraduatecoursework coursework in 2012, Railey returned to in 2012, Railey returned toCharlottesville, Charlottesville,where whereshe she accepted a position as the curatorial assistant accepted a position as the curatorial assistantfor forSecSecond ond Street Street Gallery. Gallery. While While in in Charlottesville, Charlottesville, Railey Railey hosted three successful solo art hosted three successful solo art exhibitions exhibitions that that feafeatured turedher heranimal animalwork. work.During Duringthis thisperiod, period,Railey Raileyalso also applied appliedto tothe thehighly highlycompetitive competitiveFlorence FlorenceAcademy Academy of Art in Italy, where she was accepted of Art in Italy, where she was accepted and and matricumatriculated lated in in 2013. 2013. While While in in Florence, Florence, Railey Railey undertook undertook the theAcademy’s Academy’s intensive three-year drawing and painting intensive three-year drawing and paintingprogram, program, studying studying under under the the instruction instruction of of Daniela Daniela Astone, Astone, Ramiro RamiroSanchez, Sanchez,Richard RichardGreathouse, Greathouse,Vitaly VitalyShanko, Shanko, Daniel Daniel Graves, Graves, Simone Simone Moritz, Moritz, Tanvi Tanvi Pathare, Pathare, and and Tom Tom Richards. Richards. Commensurate Commensurate with with the the rigors rigors of of the theAcademy’s Academy’s program, program, and and in in an an effort effort to to further further understand understand her her subject subject matter, matter, Railey Railey also also took took exextensive courses in anatomy and completed the tensive courses in anatomy and completed thesculpsculptural turalEcorché Ecorchéprogram programunder underthe thesupervision supervisionof ofJanne JanneJaaskelainen. Jaaskelainen. In Inaddition, addition,Railey Raileyalso also participated in an evening portrait club with several of her Academy classmates. participated in an evening portrait club with several of her Academy classmates. In Inher herfinal final semesters semestersin inFlorence, Florence,Railey Raileylived livedwith withthe theCorsini CorsiniFerragamo Ferragamofamily, family,where whereshe shespent spentwhat what little free time she had riding horses in and around the hillsides of Florence and Umbria. little free time she had riding horses in and around the hillsides of Florence and Umbria. In In 2016, 2016,Railey Raileyreturned returnedto tothe theUnited UnitedStates Statesto tospend spendher herlast lastsemester semesterat atthe thenewly newlyestablished established Florence FlorenceAcademy Academy of ofArt Art in in New New York York City City under under the the direction direction of of Jordan Jordan Sokol Sokol and andAmaya Amaya Guirpede. In addition to her work at the Academy in New York City, Railey also participated Guirpede. In addition to her work at the Academy in New York City, Railey also participated in inthe theMetropolitan MetropolitanMuseum Museumof ofArt’s Art’sCopyist CopyistProgram, Program,where whereher hercopy copyof ofBenjamin BenjaminFranklin Franklin was used in the MET’s publication for 2016-2017. was used in the MET’s publication for 2016-2017. After After completing completing the the rigors rigors of of the theAcademy’s Academy’s coursework, coursework, from from 2017-2019, 2017-2019, Railey Railey lived lived in in the historic city of Boston, Massachusetts, where she worked out of the SoWa Artist Studios the historic city of Boston, Massachusetts, where she worked out of the SoWa Artist Studios in in the the South South End. End. While While working working out out of of her her studio, studio, she she grew grew her her business business as as aa commiscommissioned artist, building from her experience in animal portraiture and depicting sioned artist, building from her experience in animal portraiture and depicting several several subsubjects jectsacross acrossdifferent differentartistic artisticmediums. mediums. Railey Raileyalso alsotraveled traveledback backand andforth forthto toVirginia Virginiaseveral several times timesto toattend attendVirginia VirginiaGovernors GovernorsSchool Schoolportrait portraitworkshops workshopswith withSteve SteveBowman, Bowman,Charles Charles Weed, and Carlos Russo. Weed, and Carlos Russo. Now, Now, Railey Railey intends intends to to return return to to Virginia Virginia in in the the fall fall of of 2019—this 2019—this time, time, she she will will be be in in RichRichmond, where she is looking forward to reconnecting with her roots and sharing what mond, where she is looking forward to reconnecting with her roots and sharing whatshe shehas has learned learned with with other other enthusiastic enthusiastic artists. artists. Ultimately, Ultimately, Railey Railey hopes hopes that that she she can can lend lend to to the the continued continued enrichment enrichment of of Richmond’s Richmond’s growing growing and and colorful colorful artistic artistic community community alongside alongside some some of of her her greatest greatest influences influences and and instructors instructors from from the the Florence FlorenceAcademy Academy in in conjunction conjunction with Richmond’s Manchester Studio and its faculty.. with Richmond’s Manchester Studio and its faculty

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The Dog Who Writes Books So I’m on the board of Writerhouse, a Charlottesville

BY TONY VANDERWARKER

dining room table with a chair in front of it. Lynne said she’d trained Zeiss to jump up and sit in front of the computer but wasn’t sure how she was going to get him to move his paws over the keyboard as if he was typing.

not-for-profit that helps writers with classes, provides them space to write and supports writing in local schools. At a recent board meeting, we were discussing how to increase awareness and knowledge of our organization.

Being a former ad guy, I thought to myself: Maybe take advantage of all the interest in stupid pet videos on YouTube by having a dog try to write a book? I pitched the idea to the board, saying: “I don’t know if this will work but what if we had a dog get in front of a computer and start to write a book? Maybe the dog will start to type a sentence to engage people and then lapse into gibberish? Could get picked up and create some interest in us. At least get people going on the internet and checking out our website.” I was remembering a comedy routine of Bob Newhart’s where he said if someone put an infinite number of monkeys to work at an infinite number of typewriters, sooner or later they would write all the great books. After getting everything set up, Newhart explained that a monitor had to walk down the endless line of monkeys typing away checking to see if they were coming up with anything. Day after day, they came up with nothing but gibberish and he was about to give up when something caught his eye. Leaning over a monkey, he pulled the paper out of the typewriter and took a look. His eyes lit up when he read, “To be or not to be, that is the…” and then a look of dismay came across his face

when he read, “…gazorninplat…” I don’t know if the board believed I could pull it off, but they gave me the go-ahead, particularly when I told them I’d pay for it. I have a friend with whom I’ve made a lot of videos and another friend who’s an agility dog trainer with three trained Border Collies. I figured I’d see if I could get them to make the idea work. Both thought it was a funny concept and were willing to help. We scheduled the shoot and one morning we got together, Zach, the cameraman/filmmaker, my friend Lynne and her dog, Zeiss. We set my laptop up on our

“Maybe if I lean over him and take his elbows and see if I can create the impression that he’s typing, that would work.” After filming Zeiss running across the room and jumping up in front of the computer, Zach set his camera up over the laptop so he was shooting down at the keyboard. Lynne crouched down behind Zeiss and when Zack said, “Action!” began to move his paws over the keyboard. We were delighted when Zack stopped shooting, smiled and said, “That looks great.” He showed us the footage on his camera viewfinder and we agreed. By cutting back and forth between the paws on the keyboard and words being written out on the screen, we could create the impression the dog was typing. After a couple hours of shooting, we wrapped and went back to our normal routines. All of us saying how much we looked forward to seeing the first edit. When Zach sent it to us, we were delighted, the video was a real hoot. After a couple of fine tunes to the edit, I sent it around to the board--everyone loved it You probably will too, go on the web and watch Zeiss write a book at this address: https://vimeo. com/366580439

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Alix Rickloff captures the imagination and Alix Rickloff captures and introduces a bit of mysterythe in aimagination lovely historical Alix Rickloff captures theinimagination and introduces a bit of mystery a lovely historical fiction, Secrets of Nanreath Hall. The introduces a bitcaptures of of mystery in imagination aimagination lovely historical Alix Rickloff Rickloff captures the and fiction, Secrets Nanreath The Alix the and setting is Cornwall, England in the 1940sHall. and Anna fiction, Secrets of Nanreath Hall. The introduces bit ofEngland mystery lovely historical introduces aa abit of mystery ininthe aahas lovely historical setting is Cornwall, in 1940s and Anna Trenowyth is WWII nurse who just survived setting Cornwall, England inwho thethe 1940s and Anna Trenowyth isisa now WWII nurse has just survived fiction,isSecrets Secrets of Nanreath Hall. The Dunkirk and assigned to nursing staff fiction, of Nanreath Hall. The Trenowyth is a WWII nurse who has just survived Dunkirk andHall. is now assigned to the nursing staff at setting Nanreath Cornwall, Nanreath England Hall thealso 1940s happens andAnna Anna to setting isisCornwall, England inin the 1940s and Dunkirk and now assigned to has the nursing staff at Nanreath Nanreath Hall also happens to the Trenowyth childhood WWII home nurse of who who her mother, has just survived Lady Trenowyth isisHall. aisaWWII nurse just survived atthe Nanreath Hall. Nanreath Hall also happens to childhood home of her mother, Lady Katherine, Dunkirk and who ran now away assigned from toher the family nursing when staff Dunkirk and isisnow assigned to the nursing staff the childhood home of her mother, Lady Katherine, who away family when she atNanreath Nanreath was young Hall. to ran pursue Nanreath herfrom dreams Hallher alsoof happens painting. to at Hall. Nanreath Hall also happens to Katherine, who ran away from her family when she young tohome pursue herher dreams of painting. Anna knows very little about her mother, mother orLady her the was childhood home of her mother, Lady the childhood of she wasand young toran pursue her dreams of out painting. Anna knows very little her mother or her family so begins theabout quest to find what Katherine, who ran away from her family when Katherine, who away from her family when Anna knows very little about her mother orwhat her family and so to begins quest to find out really happened topursue her the mother. The story jumps shewas was young to pursue her dreams of painting. painting. she young her dreams of family and sovery begins the questto to find outslowly what really happened tolittle her mother. The story jumps back Annaand knows forth very from little the 1940s about her 1913 mother and or her Anna knows about her mother or her really happened to her mother. The story jumps back and forth from the the family story and unfolds. so begins begins the1940s questtoto to1913 findand outslowly what family and so the quest find out what back and forth from themother. 1940s toThe 1913story and jumps slowly the story unfolds. really happened toher her mother. The story jumps really happened to the story unfolds. backand andforth forthfrom fromthe the1940s 1940sto to1913 1913and andslowly slowly back thestory storyunfolds. unfolds. the

The Snakes has most of its plot unfolding in a Thehotel Snakes has most of itsSadie plot Jones unfolding in a small in France. Author creates Snakes has most ofrevolves its Sadie plot around unfolding in a small hotel in France. Author Jones family creates aThe psychological thriller that small hotel in values, France. Jones creates aThe psychological thriller that around family Snakes hasmost most ofrevolves itsSadie plotunfolding unfolding dynamics and orAuthor lack thereof! Bea and her The Snakes has of its plot ininaa a psychological thriller that revolves around family dynamics and values, lack need thereof! Bea and her smallhotel hotel France. Author SadieaJones Jones creates husband, Dan, decideor they break from small ininFrance. Author Sadie creates and values, lack thereof! 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BOOKWORM REVIEWS Blind Bombing AUTHOR NORMAN FINE

“I wanted to let you know about a new book of mine that will be released on December 1st. Fair warning: there isn’t a horse or a hound in the book! “ – Norman Fine My book tells a relatively unknown story about WWII. One might believe it would be hard to find an important story yet unknown about that period, but historians have ignored it and I can’t understand why. See attachment below for a description of the book, Blind Bombing: How Microwave Radar Brought the Allies to D-Day and Victory in World War II. Also, here is a link to a blog on my publisher’s website that tells how I came to write the book: https://unpblog.com/2019/05/30/from-the-desk-of-norman-finethe-most-influential-invention-of-world-war-ii/

BLIND BOMBING How Microwave Radar Brought the Allies to D-Day and Victory in World War II “Reading like a detective story, Norman Fine’s spellbinding narrative reveals the littleknown story of how British and American scientists developed a new radar system critically important to victory over Germany in World War II.”—Nick Kotz, Pulitzer Prizewinning reporter and author of Wild Blue Yonder: Money, Politics, and the B-1 Bomber.

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“This is an extremely accurate and detailed account of the development and use of microwave radar from its inception to its role in ending World War II in favor of the Allies. The book has both a technical and a personal spin that held my interest throughout.”— Col. Dick Rounseville, U.S. Army (Ret.), commander, 334 Attack Helicopter Company (Cobra) “Norman Fine’s well-crafted account of the development and implementation of microwave radar is a valuable addition to the backstory of the Allied victory in World War II. Fine also has a personal stake in the story: his uncle Stanley was one of the quiet heroes who risked everything to bring the new radar to the skies over Europe. A deeply satisfying read on multiple levels.”—Howard Means, author of 67 Shots: Kent State and the End of American Innocence Late in 1939 Nazi Germany was poised to overrun Europe and extend Adolf Hitler’s fascist control. At the same time, however, two British physicists invented the resonant cavity magnetron. About the size of a hockey puck, it unlocked the enormous potential of radar exclusively for the Allies. Since the discovery of radar early in the twentieth century, development across most of the world had progressed only incrementally. Germany and Japan had radar as well, but in just three years, the Allies’ new radar, incorporating the top-secret cavity magnetron, turned the tide of war from doubtful to a known conclusion before the enemy even figured out how. The tactical difference between the enemy’s primitive radar and the Allies’ new radar was similar to that between a musket and a rifle. The cavity magnetron proved to be the single most influential new invention contributing to winning the war in Europe. Norman Fine tells the relatively unknown story of radar’s transformation from a technical curiosity to a previously unimaginable offensive weapon. We meet scientists and warriors critical to the story of radar and its pressure-filled development and implementation. Blind Bombing brings to light two characters who played an integral role in the story as it unfolded: one, a brilliant and opinionated scientist, the other, an easygoing twenty-one-year-old caught up in the peacetime draft. This unlikely pair and a handful of their cohorts pioneered a revolution in warfare. They formulated new offensive tactics by trying, failing, and persevering, ultimately overcoming the naysayers and obstructionists on their own side and finally the enemy. Norman Fine is a retired electronics engineer, founder of a high-tech company, and the editor and publisher of an annual engineering design guide series in the 1990s.

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OBITUARY OBITUARY Priscilla Ferguson Bosworth Priscilla Ferguson Bosworth

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riscilla Ferguson Bosworth, known as Penny, died unexpectedly on September 26, 2019, of complications from a stroke that occurred three months earlier. Priscilla Ferguson Bosworth was born on February 4, 1941, in Denver, Colorado, to Mae Arlene (Maydee) Schoede Bosworth and Arthur Ferguson Bosworth, an investment banker. Penny is survived by her brothers, Arthur Harding Bosworth II (Barbara) of Denver, Colorado, and William Edward Bosworth (Susan) of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; her nieces and nephew, Tracy Bosworth Bosche, Ladd Arthur Bosche, Ladd Arthur Bosworth, Malia Bosworth Aycock (Steve) and Elizabeth Bosworth Flanagan (Patrick); great nieces and nephews, Tia Marie Flanagan, Parker Henry Bosche, Ann Louise Freund Bosche, Loula Ferguson Aycock and Eloise Bosworth Aycock; and sister-in-law Elizabeth Anne Foss (Bobbie). Penny was pre-deceased by her parents and her nieces, Lisa Lorenz Bosworth and Amy Suzanne Bosworth. Penny was raised in Denver until, at a young age, she enrolled in The Ethel Walker School located in Simsbury, Connecticut, graduating in 1958. While there, the experience laid the foundation for Penny to become a life-long learner. Further formal education took place in the Boston area. Over time, however, Penny became the steward of her own learning, embracing the concepts of integrity, respect, confidence, courage and conviction as the pillars of her life. In 1962, she married Edward Granville Foss, known as Ned. They moved to New Haven, Connecticut, where Ned earned a graduate degree at Yale. His position as Art Director for the University of Virginia Press brought them to Charlottesville in 1967. Their marriage ended amicably in divorce. Commitment to service and benevolence was central to Penny’s life. In the presence of need, she sought solutions and offered help, often anonymously. She led a creative, involved life and was passionate about all she did. She cared deeply for the environment, social justice, saving the animals on the verge of extinction, and the arts. As a child, Penny was introduced to the theater by a beloved grandmother, Oudie. She experienced first hand the transformative power of the arts. Penny’s involvement in The Paramount Theater is legendary. She was part of a group of visionaries who united to resurrect The Paramount from long-standing disrepair and restore the historic building to serve the community. Soon after the opening of the renovated theater, Penny embraced the call to create the theater’s Education Committee and to develop an exemplary theater education program for area students and their teachers. Penny’s greatest concern was for children in the community who need financial support to benefit from the opportunities the Arts Education Program provides. To ensure their full participation, she invited community members and organizations to become arts education partners and provide funds to make full access available to these children. She was honored by the Education education partners and provide funds to make full access available to these children. She was honored by the Education Committee in 2018, at the time of her retirement as chairperson, for her vision and her work as a catalyst in the evolution of the Arts Education Program. Penny served on The Paramount Board of Directors from it’s inception until her retirement in 2018 and was an honoree at the 2015 Grand Marquee Award Gala.

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Signet Galley was a retail gem on Fifth Street NW. Penny designed and then opened the gallery in 1979; it became a destination for beautiful jewelry and gifts. Her keen eye and exquisite taste resulted in a collection that included the work of America’s foremost artists and designers. Her connections to the artists were broad and personal, often nurturing friendships at national shows as well as remote festivals and studios. For a time, Penny’s favorite mode of transportation was a handsome motor home that she decorated and stocked with all the comforts of home. For a month each summer, she and a friend roamed the hills and valleys of the United States, making their way to the annual Indian Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico. There she developed an expertise in American Indian art and culture. Signet Gallery was a place for people to gather for conversation and fun. It provided an opportunity for visitors to see and enjoy extraordinary, mostly handmade, jewelry and crafts. To receive a beautifully wrapped grey gift box from Signet Gallery was a signal that something to be treasured was within. Throughout the years, friends and guests were greeted warmly by Penny’s beloved Bassett Hounds, first Dudley, then Jackson and finally Cody, with his companion Shadow, a Shih Tzu. Penny retired and closed the Gallery in 2010 after thirty-one years of service to the community. Over the years, Penny travelled, with family and friends, to study and appreciate other cultures and their contributions to the world. The ancient ruins of Mexico and Egypt were treasures to her. She developed a passion for Africa, especially the Maasai people and the wild animals that inhabit the landher support, she was declared an honorary Maasai Warrior, a rare occurrence for an American and for a woman. Penny held Kenya in the highest esteem for it’s courage in banning big game hunting. Penny’s interest and skill in architecture and construction were put to use in the design and construction of a contemporary home in Earlysville during her early years in Virginia. Later, she enhanced her downtown home, an original Sears Roebuck and Company catalogue house, by designing and helping to construct the addition of a lovely, sunny sitting room. Her recent project was the design and construction of another extraordinary sun filled room that she envisioned as a peaceful respite positioned in the center of her gardens. Retirement changed the focus of Penny’s use of time but not the pace. Cody and Bodie (a young shih tzu) loved their mom’s attention and basked in the joy of being official greeters at home. Penny was devoted to the downtown area and her delightful home was a social hub for her friends. She tended her beautiful gardens and ponds, always a work in progress. She loved and cared for the critters in her yard - koi fish, birds, frogs, turtles, and butterflies. She enjoyed frequent yoga with a friend, admitting that the socialization was what delighted her most. She joined her mah jongg companions weekly, lamenting her lack of ‘jokers’ but, nevertheless, winning her share of games. It was the fun, conversation and snacks that drew her. Penny loved introducing her friends to one another and when new bonds formed, she was delighted. Penny’s curiosity, extraordinary personality, caring and generous nature, disarming down-to-earth manner, and spontaneous sense of humor made her irresistible and a delight to know. A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again. - Maya Angelou Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Penny to the historic nonprofit Paramount Theater, 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, or Lion Guardians United States, P.O. Box 9641, Washington DC, 20016, www.lionguardians.org; or a charity of choice. A celebration of Penny’s life was held on Sunday, November 10, 2019, at The Paramount Theater on the downtown mall.

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decide who controls the next redistricting process. A tea party-fueled wave in state legislatures — including Virginia's — a decade ago helped Republicans fortify their control of the U.S. House for years.The federal courts recently redid Virginia's maps, saying Republicans illegally packed too many black voters into certain districts to make surrounding districts friendlier to Republicans. The new map is friendly to Democrats and has put two top Republicans — Speaker Kirk Cox and House Appropriations Chairman Del. Chris Jones — at greater risk of losing their seats. In Virginia, meanwhile, Democrats flipped control of the state Senate on Tuesday night, but control of the House wasn't yet clear. Republicans had been seeking to defend their narrow majorities in the legislature. Virginia is where national Democrats are putting much of their attention.Virginia Democrats gained control of the state Senate on Tuesday, but control of the House was still unknown as officials continued to count votes in key races. The Old Dominion's legislative elections served as the marquee warmup for the 2020 election cycle as well as a referendum on the state's gun laws and abortion rights. Outside groups and political parties test-drove expensive campaigns to win over and motivate voters in a state that was until recently considered a presidential battleground. Of the four states holding legislative elections this year, Virginia is the only one with control of the statehouse up for grabs. Before the election, Republicans had a slim majority in both the state House and Senate, but Virginia has been trending blue for years thanks to growth in more diverse, liberal suburbs and cities, and population declines in more rural, conservative areas. If Democrats take over the statehouse, they likely will be able to pass an agenda that Republicans have blocked for years, including stricter gun laws and a higher minimum wage. They're also hoping to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, making Virginia the final state needed for possible passage of the gender equality measure.y now, you know that Bea Lapisto Kirtley defeated Mike Johnson for the Rivanna Board of Supervisors seat. It was pretty much a bloodbath across the county for moderate and Republican candidates: Donna Price defeated Hallahan in the Scottsville district by 10 points; incumbent Ann Mallek won White Hall by 10 points; Jim Hingley defeated Robert Tracci by at least 10 points and the Republican Sheriff was walloped by his opponent. And then there are the state elections. Without question, the demographics of our region have changed. No news flash here! Nevertheless, it's remarkable to me the extent this has taken place. Ten years ago, no one would have imagined that a registered Socialist would gain a seat on the Charlottesville City Council. Yesterday, it took place. According to the Daily Progress,LaPisto Kirtley said she is looking forward to working with all the residents of Albemarle and the current board members.She went on to say“I think the people of Albemarle have shown that you can’t buy and (Sic) election,” she said, referring to Johnson out-raising her in campaign contributions. We did raise significant sums for Mike Johnson, in part because we had a short fuse prior to the election and the need to promulgate his message as a write-in candidate. This wasn't a question of buying the outcome but rather vigorously supporting a different point of view. If nothing else, we ran a good and complete campaign. In hindsight, we have no misgivings that we should have charted a different path or message save having Mike's name on the ballot. Bea Lapisto won the election and now it's up to us to work with her to insure our priorities are represented. In closing, let me thank all of you for supporting this effort and Mike and Diane for working tirelessly during the campaign. None of us know what the next 4 years hold but should take comfort in knowing that people in Keswick care deeply about the community and are willing to step up when necessary to protect it.

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