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428 2nd St NE - Dream House Downtown, proximity to the Charlottesville pedestrian mall on one of the city’s best North downtown streets. The stucco Victorian house has great proportions, 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths with space for intimate gardens and privacy. Live the city life in Charlottesville. MLS 581322. $1,100,000. Murdoch Matheson 434.981.7439.

HIGHLAND ORCHARD - Nearly 1,000-acres in Albemarle. 20 min from Charlottesville and UVA. Situated among the headwaters of the Hardware River, rolling pasture and woodland, with a stylish contemporary residence. The Main residence, guest house, farm managers cottage, formal greens pool and host of complimentary farm buildings make this one of the most extraordinary farm offering in Virginia. MLS 580935. $9,500,000. Murdoch Matheson 434.981.7439.

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Valhalla - A late 18th century brick house originally owned by Abraham Beydler, and more recently by Katie Couric and her late husband Jay Monahan as a country retreat. The current owners have sought to maintain the original characteristics and extensive restoration of the home. Just under 10 acres. Picturesque setting of rolling pasture, river frontage, pool, and spectacular views. The home features one of the most elaborate mantles in the area. 4 bedrooms total with separate guest house and art studio. A continuously occupied, National Register of Historic Places plantation home. Centrally located to access both Edinburg and Woodstock, antique shops, and Bryce and Massanutten Resorts. MLS 581575. $895,000. Ann Hay Hardy 202-297-0228.

ARROWHEAD FARM - Built in in 1990, a small cabin renovation was the beginning of a private sanctuary at the base of Dudley Mountain only 5 miles from Charlottesville. Arrowhead farm consisted of 21-acres and a collection of buildings in a compound for contemporary living, bringing the beauty of nature indoors with numerous indoor/ outdoor living area, large glass windows and sliding doors with meandering paths through the forest and gardens. The property adjoins what is now known as the William S. D. Woods Natural Heritage Area a 410-acre county park protecting and home to rare and endangered species. This conservation area was conveyed in 2013 to Albemarle County. This is a pristine country retreat, totally unique and original, nothing like it. Murdoch Matheson 434.981.7439.

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Paddock Wood

32-Acre Equestrian Property & Country House Keswick, Virginia Albemarle County

Convenient Location • 10 Miles into Charlottesville 5000sf Country House with 6 Bedrooms, 4 1/2 Baths • Large Master Suite w/private Study Renovated Kitchen • Living and Dining Room w/Vaulted Ceilings • Impressive Stacked Stone Fireplace • Wrap-around Screened Porch & Deck overlooks Large Stocked Pond 2-Car Garage • 10-Stall Stable w/ Paddocks & Riding Ring • Peaceful Country Setting Offered for $1,226,500 Licensed in Virginia and North Carolina

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Tony Vanderwarker, raised in New England, spent a couple years at Yale and then served two years in the Peace Corps where he got bitten both by tsetse flies and the writing bug. He went to film school at NYU and made documentaries and a full length film which didn’t sell so he decided to try shorter films and went into advertising. Fifteen years later, he had his own ad agency in Chicago where he did “Be Like Mike” for Gatorade. When his partners bought him out, Tony finally had a chance to write full time. It only took him fifteen more years to finally get a book published. “Who cares?” Tony says, “some writers hit paydirt fast, others take longer. I’m just glad my time has come.” visit www.tonyvanderwarker. com Mary Morony author of the novel Apron Strings is a Charlottesville native and long time resident of Keswick. Raising four children to adulthood and her unique perspective on life has given her lots of food for thought. She now lives on a farm in Orange County with her husband Ralph Morony, three dogs, two guineas and no cat. Check out Mary’s blog at www.marymorony.com. or email to: keswicklife@gmail.com

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Walter J. Lee Patricia Lemon A.W. “Buster” Lewis Sandy Lilly Jessica Lohman Bettina Longaker Send a “Letter :ottodrthe aehEditor” revO ruof oyKeswick ro efiL kLife ciwsor eKyour fo ”rOverheard otidE eht otto: retteL“ a dneS Janine Malone Jeffry Sterba has spent 38 years in the energy and water fields, including 14 as CEO of two companies. Along with Keswick Life,7PO 492Box 2 AV32, ,kcKeswick, iwseK ,23VA xoB 22947 OP ,efiL kciwseK Dudley McFarlane his executive positions, on of American Water, PNM Resources, Optim Energy, or email to: Mr. keswicklife@gmail.com mocSterba .liamg@has efilkserved ciwsek :o t lithe ameboards ro Donna R. Martin The Keystone Center and Meridian Institute. Additionally, he has served on the boards of several nonprofit Looking Forward Anyone who lives in Keswick knows, or knows about, Grace Church. Lifestyles in Keswick and its environs Melanie L. Mathewes organizations. He was Chairman of Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the trade association for US electric utilities, Although its doors are open to everyone every Sunday, the most public and publicized G. Otismore Mead,recently, III and a Board member of theare Electric Power Research Institute(EPRI), the international arm freak accident occurred Another in October of 2015, when a days of Grace Church the Blessing of the Hounds and the Farm Tour. The technology Blessing and research Letters: Editor, PO Box 32,aKeswick, VA 22947 Rob Mish forofthethe electric industry. He has been board member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was chairman of a nearly biblical rain caused irreparable damage to the organ. This “act of God” has Hounds has been a community event since 1929. Held annually on Editor: 434-242-8033 or keswicklife@gmail.com Molly T. Moore become a God-given opportunity for the congregation and friends of Grace Church regional chapter. He has received numerous awards, including the Keystone Leadership in Energy Award. Jeff Thanksgiving morning, the service blesses not only the hounds, but also the riders Advertising: 434-249-8900 or ads@keswicklife.com to make their contribution to the future, as previous generations have done. In Robin Moore and hishorses wife Janet are long owners and exhibitors. daughter,Katy Sterba and her husband and – and alsotime theSaddlebred foxes – that participate in the Their Keswick Hunt Club’s response to this event, the Church carefully explored many options and is planning Andrew Motion Patrick, currently own operate Stables, American trainingFarm facility, which is located The and minds behindFamesgate Keswick foxhunting season. Complementing thisLife: colorfulanfall event isSaddlebred Grace Church’s renovations that will have two results. Winkie Motley Tour, “Beyond the Gates.” Held annually in June on a beautiful summer day (it has just eastEDITORIAL of Charlottesville in Troy, Virginia. Historic Hotel Plans Big Changes The first will be historical restoration to bring the sanctuary and chancel yet to rain on the Farm Tour!) the Farm Tour sponsors a country fair at the church Glenn Petty EDITOR/FOUNDER Winkie Motley into conformity with Gothic C Revival style intended Strickland. and opens many beautiful and historic Keswick estates to admiring visitors. This over photo by Giacomo Wilson. "Tivoli" wasAlthough a picCathette Plumerby William The Virginia Horse Center Foundation provides a world-class facility hosting regional, national, and international CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Colin J. the Dougherty the changes will not be major, they will be noticeable. One dramatic result be to year was the Farm Tour’s ninth, so, like Blessing of the Hounds, it too has become ture perfect setting for this year's Keswick Huntwill Club Celia Rafalko equestrian events. We envision a unique, bucolic landmark to honor and celebrate the timeless, special bond between illuminate the sanctuary by opening it up to the large tower window, which COLUMNISTS Tony Vanderwarker, Suzanne puppyJoseph show.T.While the puppies were exhibited in thehas a tradition. Samuels, Jr. mankind and the horse through safe, fair and spirited equestrian competition.For more information about the since the 1940s been obscured by the mechanisms of the existing Besides Nash, Mary Morony ring, spectators gathered the porchorgan. and lawn. Thethe Donald Stewart, Jr. onthis Virginia Horse Center call5404642950 or visit www.vahorsecenter.org These new directors are joining the following gain in light and airiness, will also allow for a small CONTRIBUTORS Sam Johnson (Cooking), Puppy Show was established by Anne Coles in honor Looking Back Harry H. Warner, Sr. nave, useful for musicians on returning board member to comprise the 2018/19 Board. gallery at the rear of the of her late husband, Eddie Coles. Anne’s efforts for 10 PROOF READER Staff Assistant George Williams special occasions. addition, moretospace years developed into aIn major fundraiser benefitwill the be Tradition counts heavily with Grace Church. Jim Wolf created at the front of the sanctuary and the chancel hounds .Kenny and Ceil Wheeler then hosted at their Lynn Ellen Rice lives in Purceville, Virginia, and owns and operates Lynfield Farm, a 150 acre boarding facility specializing in hunters. Ms. Rice has been competing at the VHC since its beginnings in the late 1980s. Ms. Rice has honed her riding and training skills under the leadership of Tony Workman. She also learned business management skills from herTell fatheritwho is.eafilarge to..keswick l kcireal w life... sestate ek otdeveloper ti lleT in Northern Virginia.

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DESIGN AND PRODUCTION Fronting along Gordonsville Rd., its Gothic tower stands will East be enlarged, to accommodate farm, Belmont, better followed by the Puppybaptisms, Show CREATIVE DIRECTOR Colin An J. Dougherty among even taller ancient oaks. Episcopal church weddings, concerts and plays. moving to the Keswick Hunt Club . Last year,Structural Winkie Published by a division of Keswick Life has stood here for more than 250 years. Founded in improvements important in Club an old and Sheila Motley (invisible hosted the but show at the Hunt Keswickian Submissions 1745,PHOTOGRAPHY it is the oldest institution in Keswick, and one of building) will be made, and some safety in honor of Hugh C. Motley. This year due to the issues onthe oldest – possibly the oldest – in Albemarle County. addressed. But of thethe beauty of the Church’s interior going renovation Clubhouse, Kennels, Barn andwill Ther In and Around th uthentic French Coming Main (Another historicCuisine Keswick institution, theto Hunt Club,Street in Gordonsville ADVERTISING be retainedcottage, and enhanced. Huntsman’s the Puppy Show was hosted by abou established in DEADLINE: 1896, is a the mere NEXT ISSUE 10th newcomer of the month by The second result of the will be Will Coleman, MFH at Tivoli. Seerenovation all the photos onthe Ever comparison!). The original church building has been Advertising: 434-249-8900 or ads@keswicklife.com installation of a beautiful new pipe organ. The organ page 12. The KHC Clubhouse and Kennel Renovationfurn replaced, ofLIFE! course, and the name of the church has is being built by Taylor & Boody, a world-class firm uniq GETisA Excitement building as Restaurant Rochambeau prepares to open its doors Continues on Schedule changed over the years: from Mountain Chapel to monthon weMain bring you lifestyles in Keswick and its’ Focused envilocated just over the Blue Ridge in Staunton. George life, a later thisEvery month, Street in Gordonsville. on authentic French rons,Church, from the scoop of a party and horsey happeningsChurch, to practiMiddle to Bellvoir Church, to Walker’s Taylor and John Boody and their associates have built is l cuisine, theadvice restaurant located ingarden, the previously occupied by the cal on1855, makingtois the most ofChurch your preserving land and finally, in Grace – a space name that is Construction crews will be completing concrete footings, foundations and slabs fine organs for manytheprominent churches, but they and updates from the surroundings! But don’t take our word for Restaurant Pomme forGrace over ais dozen years.a handful It features a formal dining room fasci at the club to be followed immediately by the framing and instillation of the ductwork surely permanent. one of only of it - subscribe and discover, Keswick Life! have a special affection forroofing historic Virginia churches pers associated with the new HVAC. Concurrently, crews will begin the removal withEpiscopal a working fireplace, outdoor dining on the terrace, a separate bar, and churches in Virginia that have been active The engineers instrument under construction of the old roof like whileGrace. the structural beginnow the steel superstructure neededand to GO FIRST CLASS space for private events. Rochambeau will also be providing catering services. since colonial times. for Grace is among the seventy-seventh organ they support the building. ThisChurch represents the more challenging aspects to the First-class mail subscriptions are available for $45 annually. Yes, stori The had renovation as all of the work and will take placeChurch on the exterior of the to preserve for just $45original a year you colonial can receive clapboard your monthlybuilding issue of Keswick have built, so the named thebuilding renovation become dilapidated a century’s use. postage Inand its sure place Life in a cellophane after envelope with(Jacqueline First Class to Gupton) in the startup the interior surfaces exactly as they are. More specifically, construction crews will Assisting the restaurant’s owners Bruce project “Opus 77.” Grace is also benefiting from the make its’ arrival in aRevival timely manner so thatwas you constructed your news install steel beams within the walls and exterior tubing under what will become So the the beautiful Gothic building is Chef Randy Cooper, who is well known togetmany in the area based upon his expertiseThese of Dana Kierkegaard, a structure renowned architect “hot-off-the-press”. new roof and insulation. will support the sagging and the new weight furn in 1845-1855. Itsasexistence owes heavily to the ten years’ experience owner/chef of Elmwood at Sparks, in Orange. Early in and who has of extensive knowledge associated with roofacoustic insulationspecialist, and possible buildup snow. blem aspirations and labors of Judith Page Rives of Castle Hill, his career, Randy was trained in the French method, not just in cooking but also and experience of organ installations and especially in imp granddaughter of Dr. Thomas Walker and wife of Along with new systems and structural support, work continues on the new ABOUT Gothic Revival churches like Grace. The new organ is in kitchen management. Rochambeau is currently busy assembling and training 11 KESWICK SCENE 10 HAPPENINGS KESWICK LIFE hund bathrooms, kitchen and covered porch area. These will give our membership additional Keswick Life Rives, is circulated businesses locations in and William Cabell U.S. to Senator andand also Minister to intended not only to enrich the worship services of a dream team ofcentral professionals for both full-time and part-time Front of House, space for our most popular functions and improved functionality for food preparation. around Virginia for readers pick up copy, creat France. Judith Rives believed the to house of their Godfree should capital campaign to After a Church, month rain, clouds finally parted in will add Grace but alsothe toand make Grace Church aspace musical Back of one House, and please, Catering/Events positions (readers to “throwis underway at Grace Church per person with subscriptions throughtout sever- areAinvited The conversion of what was theof old kitchen storeroom into usable glow be “the best and most costly edifice in the parish,” and, raise the balance of funds still needed for the new or-capacity time forapproximately the 5K40FoxTrot onestimate Saturday, September al into counties cenrtral Virginia and a few for those who have venue for KHC the Keswick community atthelarge, attracting seating for people. We completion of the club theiralthough hats theinring”)! there were some very nice houses in the moved away throughout the United States and Canada. the middle of the first quarter ofupper 2019. and gan. The kickoff for the active phase is a gardenrenovation party during 29th.The wet ground made the trails too slick talented organists to give concerts inviting other dign neighborhood, she made sure the Church measured up. at Castle Hill, to be held on the afternoon of Sunday, formusical even a foot race,both but choral this years Currell groups, andorganizers, instrumental, to offer your Where you cananpick up a herb copyand of Keswick Life! In addition to having on-site vegetable Rochambeau will She solicited the design from William Strickland,garden, a COMMUNITY October 21, from 4-7. Learn more about Opus 77 from and Carol Pattie, worked closely with Castalia’s farm performances. Incorporating the old with the new, an a pictured above: Pebblewith Hill Shop, The Store, alsostudent be partnering local/regional fishermen, shaping its of Benjamin Latrobe and Shadwell perhapsfarmers the mostand famous American architect of his builders, feel the architect, the organ and the Campaign manager, Brian Lamb, to lay out a lovely alternative oakBaptiste lumber salvaged severalSoon Grace Jean Donatienfrom de Vimeur, the Church trees uprooted in the 2013 derecho, Restaurant Rochambeau Opening Wiley Brothers Real Estate Office - Orange, seasonally-driven menu around the finest natural/organic ingredients. And day. Grace Church is Strickland’s only work in Virginia. Many episcopal churches Committee of the church. Read all about it on page 11! route. See Photos on page 10 of the winners! will be used for some flooring and for the organ casing. Some of the old organ pipes man Authentic French Coming to Main Street in Gordonsville Comte deCuisine Rochambeau Keswick Hall,but Loring Woodriff Real Estate, areon named “Grace,” in this case the name also carried personalnear meaning, based the Guptons’ experience in running their own vineyard Saintfor will become part of the new organ, to symbolize continuity. Recycle, repurpose and befo Keswick Club,ago, Clifton Inn, Montpelier, Judith Rives son, Cabell Rives, married Grace in 1849, Excitement Emilion a number of William years foodies canJr.,rest assured thatWinthrop the wineSears selection “Wh is buildingis as Restaurant Rochambeau way! prepares to open its doors reinvent the Keswick this month, on Main Street in Gordonsville. Focused on authentic French Somerset Store, Store, In VinoGrace’s Veritas,father, David Sears, was one of later the Church was Cismont under construction. st will while be outstanding! cuisine, the restaurant is located in therenovations space previously occupied the Proposed will byachieve in the 21 century what Judith Page Rives A go Pomme for over a dozen years. It features a formal dining room above photo credit Linda Jackson Boston’s wealthiest men, and he Holladay contributed to the Church a 1,575 pound bell, Restaurant Foods of All Nations, Laurie Interiors, her fellow in the 19th century: to make the house of storie with aand working fireplace, outdoor parishioners dining on the terrace, a accomplished separate bar, and space for private events. Rochambeau will also be providing catering services. inscribed “To Madam Rives of Castle Hill from David Sears of Boston, 1854.”That McLean Faulconer, Monticello, Frank Hardy, Inc., Trish Zorn wins fastestthewomen’s division God the nicest house in the neighborhood. Refurbishing Church and installing ptiste Donatien de Vimeur, the Comte the restaurant’s owners (Jacqueline and Bruce Gupton) in the startup bell, the four walls, and the towerTack of Grace Church were all that survived a catastrophic Assisting Feast, Middleburg Exchange, the organ means services held in the parish hall for several months, beginning is Chef Randy Cooper, who is well known to many inwill the areabe based upon his ouis XVI as leader of the 5,500-person experience as owner/chef of Elmwood at Sparks, in Orange. Early in fire inFaulconer 1895. But Hardware, what had been consumed wasAlbemarle quickly restored, thanks to an insurance ten years’ The Eternal Attic, shortly after Christmas this year. This brief inconvenience will be far outweighed by his career, Randy was trained in the French method, not just in cooking but also rican Continentals win independence management. Rochambeau is currently busy assembling and training policy privately purchased by another noted Keswickian, John Armstrong Chaloner, in kitchen The story of Country House Antiques and started with a dream Bakery, Palladio, Darden, Roy Wheeler Realty the long-lasting results to be enjoyed by the Grace congregation the Keswick a dream team of professionals for both full-time and part-time Front of House, both Ba ieges ina Europe, he provided of valuable great-great-grandson John Jacob Astor. The same bell has tolled the hour of Back ofCommunity. House, and Catering/Events positions (readers are invited to “throw passion for horses, hounds, hunting, the Virginia countryside their hats into the ring”)! Or also convenient, Battle ofworship Yorktown in August 1781. since, sounding along the slopes of the Southwest Mountains. houses. I remember going with my Mother to antique auctio nth of rain,every theSunday clouds finally parted in time for the KHC 5K FoxTrot In addition to having an on-site herb and vegetable garden, Rochambeau will request the online edition at pictured above: also be partnering with local/regional farmers and fishermen, shaping its child, holdingJeanonto her hand, and feeling absolutely fascina Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, the seasonally-driven menu around the finest natural/organic ingredients. And www.keswicklife.com u’s descendants, and have visited the Comte de Rochambeau y, September 29th. based on the Guptons’ experience in running their own vineyard near Saint sound of the auctioneer’s voice, the competition of people Campaign for Grace subscribe@keswicklife.com Emilion a number of years ago, foodies can rest assured that the wine selection years ago, the Town of Gordonsville will be outstanding! losing, the fantastic pieces that were being sold. I was hor 15 BOOKWORM 14 and COMMUNITY LEGALsign STUFF nd (as a tangible of the common Major improvements areantiques coming to the as well. Put simply, it is going tolove be The restaurant is named in honor of Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, the Comte equestrian andkennel art and shared my Mother’s capital LIFE campaign is underway at Grace Church to raise the balance of funds still needed. The kickoff for the active © 2018 A KESWICK All editorial is fully protected by copyde Rochambeau, who was appointed by Louis XVI as leader of the 5,500-person fantastic. Along with a more County attractive aroofline withElection functional venting, construction l go to Les Amis de Rochambeau, a group ound made the upper trails too slick for even a foot race, but this years Y ippee…It’s my favorite time of the year…despite it I n Albemarle General will be held French military force sent to help the American Continentals win independence rightof and may not bewill reproduced without written andevent of the autumn season, a garden party at Castle Hill, to furniture andinterior oriental rugs. phase that effort be perhaps the mostconsent elegant held onthe from British rule. A veteran of a number of sieges in Europe, he provided valuable crews havebe retrofitted to create and ahealthier spaces also being one ofvictory thein busiest. I absolutely on Tuesday, November 6, more 2018,usable to elect member of for our explicit permission of thememory editor and publisher. The editor asbeau’s chateau andor keeping his expertise that helped ensure the Battle of Yorktown in August 1781.love the fall email to: keswicklife@gmail.com the afternoon of Sunday, October 21, from 4-7. The beautiful setting, food and drink, and musical entertainment will be the hounds along with a new whelping area to the North. Under the wise guidance of Currell sumes andnoCarol Pattie, worked closely with Castalia’s farm manager, pictured above: The formal dining room and responsibility for the information herein and reserves and the are cooler with weather (and yes itandishave onvisited thetheway!) the States Senate andhounds a member ofI the The Guptons Rochambeau’s descendants, Keswick Life, PO Box 32, Keswick, VA 22947 Pauland Wilson and others, estimate that our can move intoUnited their antiques, new home a As aUnited student Mary Baldwin College, studied context fortolearning theand/or historic relations between Castle Hillfriends and Grace Church and learning more about Opus 77 we at the right refuse any about advertising editorial submission. family’s chateau in Thoré-la-Rochette. Five years ago, the Town of Gordonsville at left dining on the terrace most of all I love Halloween. It’soutdoor the perfect opportuStates and House ofon Representatives, and Riding to voteTeam, on two b, toSend lay out athelovely alternative route. during October. became a Sister City with his home town, and (as a tangible sign of the common design rode the Intercollegiate competing a “Letter Editor”the of Keswick or yourand Overheard to: from thetoarchitect, organ Life builders, the Campaign Committee of the church. bond) a to portion of the restaurant’s profits will go to Les Amis de Rochambeau, a groupghost stonity cuddle up under a blanket and read proposed Amendments to the Constitution of Virginin France that assists in maintaining Rochambeau’s chateau and keeping his memory Sweet Briar, Hollins, UVA and others. It was a glorious time pictured above: The formal diningclubhouse room and Tell it to keswick life... made good progress on the and kennel, work has not alive watch scary movies and bake yummy fall While ries, treats!we have ia. The names of thedining candidates at left outdoor on the terrace for the offices and the antiques and or arthuntsman’s and also cottage compete ride regularly. Tickets will be in strong demand as attendance will be limited to 100. Grace Church is very grateful to Annstudy and commenced on a Peter new horse barn dueand to lack ofon funds. Our A Check out the bookshounds” you need to read this fall on page proposed Constitutional amendments will appear e over Taylor sixtyforentries forhome theavailable race and dozenssupporting of “muffin who fundraising effort continues but quite simply we do notan have widespread participation employed by The Finishing Touch, interior design and antiq making their and generously the project. All of Keswick has reason to get behind 15! the ballotthe in project. all Albemarle voting th necessary to complete For thoseCounty of you who wish precincts. to participate but have “Opus 77” and to help assure that, as Grace Church approaches its 275 anniversary, it will have a future as distinguished as in Lynchburg and Wintergreen. e delicious buffet that was at the barn after the race. Keswick members not done so already, please act now. The longer we delay, the more expensive and its past. the project will become. epresented in the competition, with every member of the Wiley family disruptive Over the years, I worked SEPTEMBER with interior design and furniture bu 5 2018 For more information on “Opus 77”, go to http://www.gracekeswick.org/organ-project-information.html Please make a point of driving by the club to see the project. We are very excited and at Smith Mountain Lake. I continued to ride, but traded me with a medal, and Trish Zorn winning the stirrup cup for the best about our progress and believe the membership will delight the finished hunt field, and enjoyed foxhunting with ainnumber of project. hunts th We also offer thanks to those that have made this possible and to Uhler and Company APRIL 2015 men’s 30-39 division. 1994, I moved to Keswick and joined the Keswick Hunt Club. for their fine work in making our plans a reality.

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Mark your calendars! Save the date! Don’t be late! What: 2018 Theodora A. Randolph Field Hunter Championship Where: Middleburg, Va. When: October 8-13 The 2018 Theodora A. Randolph Field Hunter Championship, (formerly the North American Field Hunter Championship) will be held October 8-13. This event features four days of first field hunting privileges in beautiful Virginia hunt country with four outstanding packs: Blue Ridge Hunt, Bull Run Hunt, Orange County Hounds and Warrenton Hunt. In addition, we have planned a wonderful week of social events. We are proud that this event is held for the benefit of the INOVA Loudoun Hospital Foundation. Our Prize money has been increased! A Grand Champion prize of $2500 AND a Reserve Grand Champion prize of $1500 will be awarded to the Hunt of the winning rider. Mounted judges will ride with the competitors during the week and the Championship will be held at Glenwood Park in Middleburg, Virginia on Saturday, October 13th before the Virginia Fall Races. Entries are being accepted for the first 60 competitors for a registration fee of $300. Since opening entries in mid-May, we are over 25% full! As we expect to fill prior to the close date of September 21st, please encourage your members to submit their entries early. So far, we have competitors from hunts in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia! Do you have the next Champion Field Hunter in your hunt club? The Entry Form and more information can be found on our website www.vafallraces.com and our Facebook page Theodora A. Randolph Field Hunter Championship. If you have any questions, contact : karynwilson.fhc@gmail.com or 703-403-4884.

What: The 60th Annual Conservation Forum Where: Paramount Theater When: Thursday, Ocotber 25th at 8:30 AM Homeowners, business leaders and students can look forward to an informative and engaging program that will address the toxicity and lingering effects of popular pesticides sold in grocery stores and garden centers. Speakers will share the latest research on the crisis of declining pollinators, discuss alternative, sustainable methods of dealing with garden pests and weeds, and why we must protect ourselves and the environment. "New research is revealing the many toxic and persistent effects that pesticides have on human health and the environment," said GCV President Jean Gilpin. Ticket price includes continental breakfast.

The Forum is presented by the GCV's Conservation and Beautification Committee. Speakers include: Rick Felker; Mattawoman Creek Farms The importance of soil and growing conditions on health. Russ Britton, CEO, Mirimichi Green Innovative practices and latest advancements in sustainable green spaces including biostimulants and reduced watering needs. Pete Myers, Founder and Chief Scientist of Environmental Health Sciences The dangers of pesticides - even in low doses - to the health of wildlife and people. Endocrine disrupting pesticides and how the EPA may improve its risk assessment will also be covered. Rick Fell, Professor Emeritus of Entomology, Virginia Tech Importance of pollinators and the threats they are facing. A question and answer session will follow.

What: Riding Sideways

When: Through March 24th, 2019 Where: National Sporting Library, Middleburg,Virginia In art and sport, the poised equestrian riding aside embodies the essence of elegance, power, and grace. Hidden beneath the flowing skirts of the rider is the sidesaddle, the design of which has evolved dramatically in response to the physical demands of sporting women (and sometimes men) requiring a firm seat as they began to meet the challenges of jumping and galloping across the countryside. The exhibit will present a revealing perspective on the history and culture of women as equestrians, their depictions in sporting art, and the evolution of sidesaddle tack and attire represented in British, Continental, and American art from the 17th to the 20th centuries. The exhibition will showcase approximately fifty paintings, works on paper, and sculptures on loan from museums and private collections. Co-curators Dr. Ulrike Weiss, Lecturer at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and Claudia Pfeiffer, the George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Curator of Art at NSLM, are contributing essays to the accompanying catalog.

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Presentation of the Elizabeth Cabell Dugdale Award for Meritorious Achievement in Conservation and Conservation Educator Award The Piedmont Environmental Council will receive the GCV's 2018 Elizabeth Cabell Dugdale Award. The PEC, founded in 1972, has a mission to "promote and protect the Virginia Piedmont's rural economy, natural resources, history and beauty." It is one of the most effective community-based environmental groups in the country and has played a vital role in the promotion of land conservation, with more than 400,000 acres of land permanently protected in the nine-county area it serves. The 2018 Conservation Educator Award goes to Nancy Newman of Charlottesville. Newman was a curriculum coordinator at Venable Elementary School in Charlottesville for many years. Upon retirement in 1997, she created an outdoor science curriculum for elementary students at Venable, where outdoor classrooms are home to birds, invertebrates, snakes, mammals and plants, all thriving in an urban setting. These programs also benefit at-risk children, who monitor streams, hike, identify birds and plants. Under Newman's leadership, the gardens at Venable have been designated as a Monarch Waystation and a National Wildlife Habitat. Thank you to our sponsors: Grelen Nursery, Investment Management of Virginia, The Paramount Theater, Piedmont Environmental Council and Gardy Bloemers, Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch. ABOUT THE GARDEN CLUB OF VIRGINIA The Garden Club of Virginia is an active association of forty-seven garden clubs, whose members collectively form a group of more than 3,300 civic leaders from around the Commonwealth. The Garden Club of Virginia exists to celebrate the beauty of the land, to conserve the gifts of nature and to challenge future generations to build on this heritage. Our mission is to restore historic gardens and landscapes, conserve Virginia's natural resources, inspire a love of gardening and provide education for our members and the general public.

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What: Trick-or-Treating on the Lawn Where: UVA When: October 31 st from 4-6pm

U.Va.’s trick-or-treating tradition, initiated by students in the late 1980s, is open to the local community. Children are invited to wear costumes and take part in trick-ortreating at each of the 54 Lawn rooms. Candy is donated and distributed by more than 70 student groups and other organizations. The event is hosted by the Lawn residents and receives additional support from the Office of Housing and Residence Life and the Office of Emergency Preparedness. Staff members from RMC Events also will be on hand this year to help facilitate the smooth movement of trick-or-treaters and their parents around the Lawn. A lostchildren station will be located on the south steps of the Rotunda. Allergen-free treats will be available in Room 1 West for children and students with severe allergies, said fourth-year student Camrynn “Cammie” Genda, head Lawn resident. In addition to trick-or-treating, families will have the opportunity to enjoy other activities on the lower Lawn hosted by the University Programs Council and Student Council. A Trick-or-Treat Festival in the McIntire Amphitheater, also running from 4 to 6 p.m., will feature a mix of recreational activities and performances by U.Va. student groups. Free parking for families attending the event will be available beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the lots at Scott Stadium and University Hall and at 4 p.m. in the garage on Culbreth Road. Paid hourly parking will be available in the Central Grounds Parking Garage on Emmet Street. Genda said the Lawn community looks forward to hundreds of children participating in the festivities and encourages University students to attend, too. “All of us on the Lawn are excited to welcome everyone to the Lawn for an event that can bring together the University and the wider community,” she said.

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What: Fall Back When: Nov 4, 2018 - Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday, November 4, 2018, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned backward 1 hour to Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on Nov 4, 2018 than the day before. There will be more light in the morning.

. What: Tailgating Where: Montpelier When: November 3rd Gates Open 9 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 211, 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 ! More information can be found on our Race Day Information page and Facebook. 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 PLEASE NO GRILLS OR OPEN FIRES

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Here and thereininKeswick Keswick Here and there... By The Numbers (Returning to “overheard” after a long absence) 1 smashed gatepost finally repaired on rt. 231 4 log trucks speeding down Rt 231 , only a few months after a log truck turned over at Bridlespur 5 days only without rain in September. Not to mention May to September. 10 cars parked at the Keswick Post office during lunch break awaiting their 1:00 opening And 800 new words added to the Merriam Webster Dictionary!!

On and Off The Market New this last month is 5600 Turkey Sag Road, “Bramblewood”, a 6 bed, 7 bath,13686 sf estate on 522 acres listed at $8.8m. “Kincora” at 265 Campbell Road with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 5836 sf on 32 acres is $1.245m. 1025 Pelham Drive with 4 beds, 4.5 baths, 4340 sf and 4.2 acres listed at $589.9k In Glenmore 1493 Bremberton Lane with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 2631 sf is $454k. 424 Fenton Court with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 3538 sf is $798k. 3270 Melrose Lane with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3150 sf is $649k .. and finally the new Rivanna Village attached home details are released with, for example, 349 Winding Road with 3 beds, 3 baths and 2043 sf starting at $429k and 3028 Winding Road with 2 beds, 2 baths and 1565 sf starting at $389.9k Sold around the area is 115 Chopping Bottom Farm, “Upfront”, with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 2798 sf on 2 acres, started at $720k, then $595k and sold at $570k. 1071 Club Drive in Keswick Estate with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3758 sf on 2.1 acres listed at $865k and sold for $785k. In Glenmore 2085 Farringdon Road with 6 beds, 7.5 baths and 6096 sf on 1.5 acres started at $1.02m and sold for $1.0m whilst 1307 Kilchattan Lane with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3643 sf listed at $628k sold for $612k. Under contract in Glenmore is 2075 Piper Way with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3792 sf started at $538.9k and then down to $489k. 2273 Piper Way with 4 beds, 5.5 baths and 5986 sf started at $933.9k and then down to $875k. 1656 Piper Way with 4 beds, 3+ baths, 6827 sf and 1.1 acres at $1.495m. Around the area 4985 Moriah Way with 5 beds, 3.5 baths and 3719 sf on 2 acres under contract at $575k and 5899 Gordonsville Road, a 2 bed, 2 bath, 1898 sf home on 9.3 acres under contract at $679k. Reduced is 1485 Kinross Lane with 7 beds, 6+ baths and 7508 sf on 1.1 acres from $1.995m to $1.849m. 3515 Wedgewood Court with 4 beds, 3 baths and 4429 sf is down from $595k to $549.9k. . 3420 Cesford Grange with 5 beds, 5.5 baths and 7080 sf is down from $890k to $839k.. Around the area 827 Campbell Road, “Stanford Hall”, with 4 beds, 3 baths and 4163 sf on 99 acres is down from $2.160m to $1.75m. 5724 Hackingwood Lane with3 beds, 3 baths, 2703 sf on 32 acres down from $765k to $750k. 5525 Hackingwood Lane with 3 beds, 3.5 baths and 3313 sf on 75 acres down from $925k to $890k. 6554 Gordonsville Road, “Misty Ridge Farm”, with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 5993 sf on 20 acres down from $1.140m to $1.090m and 77 Keswick Glen Drive with 4 beds, 2.5 baths and 2000 sf is down from $349.9k to $329.9k.

A Keswickian On Screem ”THE OLD MAN & THE GUN is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck), who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman (Sissy Spacek), who loves him in spite of his chosen profession. In his review for The Los Angeles Times, Kenneth Turan wrote that the movie, “succeeds wonderfully well in part because of the effortless movie star charisma of its old school stars, Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek.” He added that Lowery had “made a film that unfolds serendipitously, ”never quite doing what you expect when you expect it. LCD video have shared the video for “oh baby,” off their latest album American Dream. The video was directed by Star Wars director Rian Johnson, and stars Sissy Spacek and David Strathairn.The video is a miniature sci-fi tragedy, focusing on Strathairn and Spacek’s invention of a teleportation device. It’s beautiful and artful, and Johnson’s steady directorial hand is clear. “My goal would be that it works as a video for the song and the song works as a good soundtrack of the film,” said James Murphy in a statement about the video. “Rather than a video that serves the song.” Johnson notes in a tweet about the video that it was shot in the same house that David Lynch shot in for the new season of Twin Peaks.

Hiking , floating, fishing Albemarle County is pleased to announce the acceptance of a donation of land for a new park, Brook Hill River Engagements Park. The land, donated by the Oglesby Family, is located Annie and Tony Vanderwarker are delighted on the southwest corner of Route 29 and Rio Mills Road to announce that their son, Vandy (aka Carlalong the South Fork of the Rivanna River and totals 20.4 ton Edward Vanderwarker III) is engaged to acres.”The ecology of this property is fascinating, and Madeleine (Maddy) Love. She is the daughter sharing it with the community has long been a goal of of Pam and Jim Love of Darien, CT. Vandy is mine,” shared Ann Mallek, Chair of the Board of a chef in Charleston having worked at FIG and Supervisors. “Creating recreational amenities in the heart most recently, The Ordinary. He is now opening of the County’s urban areas has been a strategic priority his own restaurant in Charleston, Maison, and of the Board, and this park is a wonderful step forward. hopes to be open sometime in the late fall. MadWe are grateful for the generosity shown by the Oglesby dy has worked in the restaurant business for Family in donating the land to the County.”Brook Hill many years as her parents own Jimmy’s SouthRiver Park, once developed, is envisioned to include a side Restaurant in Darien and she now works boat launch for kayaks and canoes, hiking trails, picnic at One Broad in Charleston . They are planning tables, benches, educational signage, and river access for their wedding for November 2019 in Charleston fishing, in addition to parking. “Brook Hill River Park and will continue residing there. will open up an additional 6 miles of blueway trail to the community, by creating formal river access for paddlers. This donation comes at a time when enjoying the Rivanna River has never been more popular,” said Bob Crickenberger, Director of Parks & Recreation

It’s Stinkbug Season. Invasive stinkbugs taking over Virginia, now VT is researching how to get rid of them You’ve probably seen them all over your home, but a group at Virginia Tech is researching how to get rid of them.Researchers said you can expect an average season for stinkbugs; the ones they are looking at aren’t native, thought, they’re a variety that came from Beijing to Pennsylvania and now they’re found everywhere.Some bugs are helpful, for example, spiders eat flies, bees make honey, but stinkbugs don’t bring anything to the table, in fact, in agricultural southwest Virginia, they can do a lot of damage.“They’ve been a tremendous pest to tree fruit, apples, peaches, some vegetable crops like peppers and tomatoes,” said Thomas Kuhar, an Entomology Specialist at Virginia Tech. “And as this bug is spreading across the US we’re finding that it is damaging a lot of other crops like tree nuts.”It’s stinkbug season! But good news, a @virginia_tech professor says this will be just an average season for stink . And not only that, they’ve also found some getting crushed into wine, contaminating it.So what makes these pests migrate to Virginia? And how to you ultimately get rid of them? Well, Virginia Tech is still working to answer those questions. But there’s one thing they are certain of, despite rumors, stinkbugs were not released to help fight the number of ladybugs in the area.Good news is that stinkbugs are not dangerous, they are just a nuisance. If you are looking for ways to get rid of those pesky stinkbugs try out these ideas from Bayer Advanced: • Rub screens with dryer sheets – the more pungent the better. Some homeowners have found this can reduce stink bugs entering a home by up to 80 percent. • Hang a damp towel over a lawn chair or deck railing overnight. In the morning, stink bugs will blanket the towel. Dispatch bugs in a bucket of soapy water. • Squish a few stink bugs outdoors. The odor warns other stink bugs to flee. When stink bugs appear indoors, your options vary based on how many bugs you’re facing. What can you do? • Don’t touch them directly or squish them. • Stink bugs move slowly enough that you can catch them and deposit them outdoors • Grab them gently with a plastic bag to avoid touching them directly. • Take an empty water bottle and use the lid to flick the bug into the bottle. Tighten the lid to contain the smell, and place the whole thing outdoors. In cold climates, the bug will freeze. Re-use the bottle for more bug-catching. • Prepare a soapy solution for killing stink bugs. • Vacuum bugs, and empty the bag afterward. Don’t suck stink bugs into a bagless vacuum you use in your home. After vacuuming stink bugs, the vacuum will stink.

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Castalia Host to the 2018 Keswick Foxtrot

Castalia Host to the 2018 Keswick Hunt Club Foxtrot BY KESWICK LIFE

Trish Zorn wins fastest women’s division

The Sponsors of the KHC 5K Fox Trot

Baruch Nutovic wins fastest men’s division

After a month of rain, the clouds finally parted in time for the KHC 5K FoxTrot on Saturday, September 29th. The wet ground made the upper trails too slick for even a foot race, but this years organizers, Currell and Carol Pattie, worked closely with Castalia’s farm manager, Brian Lamb, to lay out a lovely alternative route. There were over sixty entries for the race and dozens of “muffin hounds” who enjoyed the delicious buffet that was at the barn after the race. Keswick members were well represented in the competition, with every member of the Wiley family coming home with a medal, and Trish Zorn winning the stirrup cup for the best time in women’s 30-39 division. Paul and Diane Manning’s farm was a glorious green after the record rainfall and everyone who was there enjoyed both their company at the potluck dinner and their continuing generosity to the Keswick Hunt Club.

Lily Wiley receives her medal

Carol Pattie giving the Kid’s division their Tshirts

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This idyllic country estate offers 157 tranquil, protected acres adjacent to other estates, 20-25 mins west of Charlottesville. The welcoming residence was reconstructed on the current, stunning homesite in 1991 by Gibson Magerfield of reclaimed, c. 1800 materials. High ceilings, wide plank pine floors, antique mantels & stunning wainscoting abound. The core structure has only been enhanced with the addition of guest suites & modern systems. A remarkable barn and log guest cabin complete the offering, all located in absolute privacy yet with sweeping mountain views.

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GraceGrace Episopal Church Looks Back Forward Episcopal Church Looks Backand andLooks Looks Forward BY KESWICK LIFE

Anyone who lives in Keswick knows, or knows about, Grace Church. Although its doors are open to everyone every Sunday, the most public and publicized days of Grace Church are the Blessing of the Hounds and the Farm Tour. The Blessing of the Hounds has been a community event since 1929. Held annually on Thanksgiving morning, the service blesses not only the hounds, but also the riders and horses – and also the foxes – that participate in the Keswick Hunt Club’s foxhunting season. Complementing this colorful fall event is Grace Church’s Farm Tour, “Beyond the Gates.” Held annually in June on a beautiful summer day (it has yet to rain on the Farm Tour!) the Farm Tour sponsors a country fair at the church and opens many beautiful and historic Keswick estates to admiring visitors. This year was the Farm Tour’s ninth, so, like the Blessing of the Hounds, it too has become a tradition.

Looking Back Tradition counts heavily with Grace Church. Fronting along Gordonsville Rd., its Gothic tower stands among even taller ancient oaks. An Episcopal church has stood here for more than 250 years. Founded in 1745, it is the oldest institution in Keswick, and one of the oldest – possibly the oldest – in Albemarle County. (Another historic Keswick institution, the Hunt Club, established in 1896, is a mere newcomer by comparison!). The original church building has been replaced, of course, and the name of the church has changed over the years: from Mountain Chapel to Middle Church, to Bellvoir Church, to Walker’s Church, and finally, in 1855, to Grace Church – a name that is surely permanent. Grace is one of only a handful of Episcopal churches in Virginia that have been active since colonial times. The original colonial clapboard building had become dilapidated after a century’s use. In its place the beautiful Gothic Revival building was constructed in 1845-1855. Its existence owes heavily to the aspirations and labors of Judith Page Rives of Castle Hill, granddaughter of Dr. Thomas Walker and wife of William Cabell Rives, U.S. Senator and also Minister to France. Judith Rives believed the house of God should be “the best and most costly edifice in the parish,” and, although there were some very nice houses in the neighborhood, she made sure the Church measured up. She solicited the design from William Strickland, a student of Benjamin Latrobe and perhaps the most famous American architect of his day. Grace Church is Strickland’s only work in Virginia. Many episcopal churches are named “Grace,” but in this case the name also carried personal meaning, for Judith Rives son, William Cabell Rives, Jr., married Grace Winthrop Sears in 1849, while the Church was under construction. Grace’s father, David Sears, was one of Boston’s wealthiest men, and he contributed to the Church a 1,575 pound bell, inscribed “To Madam Rives of Castle Hill from David Sears of Boston, 1854.”That bell, the four walls, and the tower of Grace Church were all that survived a catastrophic fire in 1895. But what had been consumed was quickly restored, thanks to an insurance policy privately purchased by another noted Keswickian, John Armstrong Chaloner, a great-great-grandson of John Jacob Astor. The same bell has tolled the hour of worship every Sunday since, sounding along the slopes of the Southwest Mountains.

Looking Forward Another freak accident occurred more recently, in October of 2015, when a nearly biblical rain caused irreparable damage to the organ. This “act of God” has become a God-given opportunity for the congregation and friends of Grace Church to make their contribution to the future, as previous generations have done. In response to this event, the Church carefully explored many options and is planning renovations that will have two results. The first will be historical restoration to bring the sanctuary and chancel into conformity with Gothic Revival style intended by William Strickland. Although the changes will not be major, they will be noticeable. One dramatic result will be to illuminate the sanctuary by opening it up to the large tower window, which has been obscured since the 1940s by the mechanisms of the existing organ. Besides the gain in light and airiness, this will also allow for a small gallery at the rear of the nave, useful for musicians on special occasions. In addition, more space will be created at the front of the sanctuary and the chancel will be enlarged, better to accommodate baptisms, weddings, concerts and plays. Structural improvements (invisible but important in an old building) will be made, and some safety issues addressed. But the beauty of the Church’s interior will be retained and enhanced. The second result of the renovation will be the installation of a beautiful new pipe organ. The organ is being built by Taylor & Boody, a world-class firm located just over the Blue Ridge in Staunton. George Taylor and John Boody and their associates have built fine organs for many prominent churches, but they have a special affection for historic Virginia churches like Grace. The instrument now under construction for Grace Church is the seventy-seventh organ they have built, and so the Church named the renovation project “Opus 77.” Grace is also benefiting from the expertise of Dana Kierkegaard, a renowned architect and acoustic specialist, who has extensive knowledge and experience of organ installations and especially in Gothic Revival churches like Grace. The new organ is intended not only to enrich the worship services of Grace Church, but also to make Grace Church a musical venue for the Keswick community at large, attracting talented organists to give concerts and inviting other musical groups, both choral and instrumental, to offer performances. Incorporating the old with the new, oak lumber salvaged from several Grace Church trees uprooted in the 2013 derecho, will be used for some flooring and for the organ casing. Some of the old organ pipes will become part of the new organ, to symbolize continuity. Recycle, repurpose and reinvent is the Keswick way! Proposed renovations will achieve in the 21st century what Judith Page Rives and her fellow parishioners accomplished in the 19th century: to make the house of God the nicest house in the neighborhood. Refurbishing the Church and installing the organ means services will be held in the parish hall for several months, beginning shortly after Christmas this year. This brief inconvenience will be far outweighed by the long-lasting results to be enjoyed by both the Grace congregation and the Keswick Community.

Campaign for Grace A capital campaign is underway at Grace Church to raise the balance of funds still needed. The kickoff for the active phase of that effort will be perhaps the most elegant event of the autumn season, a garden party at Castle Hill, to be held on the afternoon of Sunday, October 21, from 4-7. The beautiful setting, food and drink, and musical entertainment will be the context for learning about the historic relations between Castle Hill and Grace Church and learning more about Opus 77 from the architect, the organ builders, and the Campaign Committee of the church. 5

Tickets will be in strong demand as attendance will be limited to 100. Grace Church is very grateful to Ann and Peter Taylor for making their home available and generously supporting the project. All of Keswick has reason to get behind “Opus 77” and to help assure that, as Grace Church approaches its 275th anniversary, it will have a future as distinguished as its past. For more information on “Opus 77”, go to http://www.gracekeswick.org/organ-project-information.html 5

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Keswick Hall Project Proposal Narative with Albemarle County ADAPTED BY KESWICK LIFE

INTRODUCTION

SP 2008-42 amended SP 2000-33 with updated conditions and an additional Conceptual Plan prepared by Train and Partners (the “2008 Conceptual Plan”) that is referenced within the conditions of approval. The 2008 Conceptual Plan is attached hereto as Exhibit D, and the approved conditions for SP 2008-42 are attached hereto as Exhibit E. The 2008 conditions of approval mimic those of SP 2000-33, although they also reference the 2008 Conceptual Plan, which generally shows the proposed Phase 1 improvements to the Property. The 2008 Conceptual Plan and conditions do not list any uses or breakdown of phasing, only buildings are shown.

The owners of the resort commonly known as Keswick Hall and Golf Club, located at 701 Club Drive, in Albemarle County, Virginia (the “Property), requested several amendments to SP2008-00042, which would allow for improvements to the Property, as more particularly described below. The Property is further identified on Albemarle County Tax Maps as Parcels 08000-00-00-008Z0, 08000-00-00-00900 and 08000-00-00-060A0 with a combined acreage of approximately 174 acres. The Property is part of the Rural Areas zoning district (“RA”). Within the RA zoning district, Clubs and Lodges; Swim Golf and Tennis Clubs; and Restaurants, Taverns and Inns are allowed pursuant to a Special Use Permit.

In SP 2008-42, which allowed for modifications to uses allowed within Phase 1, VDOT determined that by reducing the hotel room count of Phase 1 from 28 to 23, the traffic impact of the 13-room spa was mitigated, and the left turn lane on Route 22 was not needed for these Phase 1 improvements.

Their application to the Board of Supervisors is an amendment to the uses approved for the Property, pursuant to SP 2000-33 and SP 2008-42, with the primary purpose of this request being a relocation and reduction in proposed uses and impacts.

BACKGROUND

Use of the Property as an Inn originated from the approval of a Special Use Permit in 1978, identified as SP-1978-76, which allowed an Inn, as well as several accessory uses, such as swimming pools and tennis courts, both of which may be open to the public without regard to whether users are patrons of the dining facilities or guests at the Inn itself. Since that time, the County has processed numerous applications related to the Inn, the residential subdivision surrounding the Inn, the Golf Club and Golf Course, and the private water and sewer system infrastructure associated with these various improvements. Albemarle County staff has provided a summary of the timeline of applicable applications, attached hereto as The existing use of the Property is a 48room Inn and Golf Course with supporting amenities, including: • Club House and Golf Course • Dining Options • Tennis Courts • Pools • Spa • Fitness Facility The two most recent legislative approvals for Keswick Hall and Golf Club include Special Use Permits SP 2000-33 and SP 2008-42, both of which permit the expansion of the 48-room Inn and Golf Club use, 75 additional guest rooms and

related amenities, as well as restaurants and spas that are open to the public. Immediately prior to the submittal of SP 2000-33, representatives of Keswick submitted ZTA 1999-07, which was approved by the Board of Supervisors. ZTA 1999-07 added Section 10.2.2.27(b) to the Zoning Ordinance, which permits Restaurants and Inns in the RA district by Special Use Permit under certain circumstances: Restaurants and inns that are: (b) Nonconforming uses, pro- vided the restaurant or inn is served by existing water and sewerage systems having ad- equate capacity for both the ex- isting and proposed uses and facilities without expansion of either system. This provision was written specifically so that it would only apply to the Keswick Hall and Golf Club Property, because the Property did not qualify under subsection (a) of Section 10.2.2.27 as it was written at the time. It is through this provision (Section 10.2.2.27(b)), as well as the allowance of Swim, Golf and Tennis Clubs via Special Use Permit in the Rural

Areas, that both SP 2000-33 and SP 200842 were approved. No other property in the Rural Areas operates a Restaurant or Inn pursuant to Section 10.2.2.27(b), thus creating a unique scenario for the Keswick Hall and Golf Club Property. SP 2000-33 includes Conditions of Approval as well as a Conceptual Plan, dated 12-18-2000, prepared by Roudabush, Gale & Associates (the “2000 Conceptual Plan”). The 2000 Conceptual Plan is attached as Exhibit C. Although phasing is mentioned in the staff report, no phasing is 3 shown on the 2000 Conceptual Plan or specifically delineated within the approved conditions. The 2000 Conceptual Plan shows an addition to the Inn, freestanding Cottages, a Banquet Hall, a Pool and Pool House, a Spa and several Administrative and Maintenance Buildings. The SP 200033 submittal package included a Traffic Study as well as information regarding the establishment and details of the Keswick Utility Company. This Special Use Permit allowed for the construction of 75 additional guest rooms in addition to the existing 48 rooms in the Inn, for a total of 123 permitted rooms.

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The existing condition of approval regarding the approved restaurant and spa facilities states as follows: Except for any restaurant and spa on the property open to the general public, Keswick Hall and its associated facilities shall be used only by the guests of the inn and their invitees, and members of the Keswick Country Club and their invitees. It is important to note that neither the SP 2008-42 conditions of approval, nor the 2008 Conceptual Plan limits the size, number or location of any restaurant or spa on the Property.

OVERVIEW OF PROPOSAL

For a variety of reasons, including the economic recession that began in 2008, the previously designed and approved expansions of the Inn were not constructed. The Conceptual Plans approved with previous submissions were also overly specific, not allowing for the approved uses to shift in location within the site. The Applicant has engaged the architectural firm Hart Howerton and the engineering firm of Timmons Group to create a plan for the addition of a new wing of guest rooms, an expansion of the existing fitness facility to include a relocated restaurant, and a comprehensive renovation of the existing rooms and Inn. The proposed new wing and expansions have been designed to be sensitive to the scale and siting of the existing building. The wing is sited in the same location as

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the expansion approved with SP 2000-33 and as shown on the 2000 Conceptual Plan. However, because the proposed improvements are not in the exact same location or format as the SP 2008-42 approvals (including the 2008 Conceptual Plan), a new Special Use Permit amendment is required. We request approval of 38 additional guest rooms in Phase 1 for a total room count of 86 in Phase 1. As described earlier, the previously approved Special Use Permits for the expansion of the Inn allowed for a maximum of 123 rooms (48 existing plus 75 new rooms). Of these 123 permitted rooms, the 2008 SUP permitted Phase 1 to have 23 rooms, and for Phase 2 to have 52 rooms. This Application proposes that the maximum number of additional rooms permitted in Phase 1 be increased to 38 rooms, which would bring the total key count to 86 rooms. This request is a decrease of 37 rooms from SP 2008-42. This application includes the expansion of the Energy Plant building to meet capacity requirements for the new Guest Wing. This facility will increase in size by approximately 50% to incorporate the necessary additional mechanical equipment. It is anticipated that the footprint will expand on the west side, toward the driving range, in similar scale and appearance to the existing structure. The new Maintenance and Laundry Building sited near the Tennis Courts will relocate those same functions which are currently carried out in the existing Inn, and a separate maintenance structure, and are being displaced by the renovations and the new Guest Wing. Maintenance includes a workshop for repairs to the Inn, and the Laundry will handle guest linens currently processed in the basement of Keswick Hall. The facility will be an unobtrusive one-story building set in the landscape. The new restaurant, located in an expansion of the Club House, will match the existing capacity at Fossett’s Restaurant, with a maximum of 165 seats. Although Keswick Hall is not listed as an individual resource on the State Historic Register, the Property is listed as a contributing resource to the Southwest Mountains Rural Historic District at the time the district was created in 1991. In SP 2000-33, staff discussed whether the renovations to the Property had impacted its contributing status. The Property was listed as contributing because of the Mediterranean style of the architecture and the fact that a portion of the building known as “Villa Crawford” was designed by Eugene Bradbury. No interior elements were considered. While Villa Crawford is part of the Southwest Mountains Rural Historic District, the Villa is not protected or specifically historic as it exists today. Of the 58,000 square feet in Keswick Hall, only

11,000 square feet (19%) are in the “original” Villa Crawford building, which is the wing adjacent to the horizon pool. During either the original addition, circa 1993, or prior to that, most of the original finishes had been replaced, and at least some the interior was modified to accommodate that addition. Additionally, the location of the new wing is proposed for the opposite side and newer portion of the structure, and is designed to be subordinate to the existing Inn as it steps down the hill. The proposed renovation and expansion seeks in every possible way to complement Keswick Hall, to honor the traditions of Virginia hospitality, and to celebrate the unique heritage of this hotel. The architecture and character of the renovation is meant to highlight that history, while recognizing that the story of Keswick is defined by many incremental improvements and additions over time, adapting the Property to each generation of guests and members. This Application proposes to write the next chapter in that long legacy. The proposed renovation and addition will involve subtle modifications to the building envelope, exactingly executed in the spirit of Eugene Bradbury’s Mediterranean-influenced style, to allow for more a comfortable guest experiences. This will help to ensure the financial success of the hotel, which is critical to preserving and maintaining Keswick for future generations. The Applicants are committed to being respectful, long-term stewards of the Property, and will endeavor to ensure the integrity of this significant Albemarle County property. The Applicant proposes numerous improvements to the Property, as described below and as shown on Exhibit A, attached. Allowed pursuant to SP 2008-42: • Comprehensive Renovation of the existing Inn • Installation of a Pool Pavilion • Expansion of Energy Plant Requested Amendments to SP 2008-42: • Construction of a new wing with a net increase of 38 guest rooms, for a total of 86 rooms • Freestanding Spa with 8 Treatment Rooms (this is a reduction from the 13 treatment rooms previously approved per SP 2008-42). This is a net increase of 4 Treatment Rooms, as 4 exist in the current Fitness Facility. • Clubhouse Expansion • Restaurant (Replacement of Fossett’s): 165 total seats, including bar and outdoor seating – approximately 2,800 SF of dining area • Relocation of existing Fitness and service spaces to lower level of Clubhouse, under the relocated Restaurant • Realignment of entry road, parking and drop-off areas, site landscape improvements, pool, and necessary infrastructure repairs and upgrades

• Laundry and Maintenance Facility

CONSISTENCY WITH COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

The Property is designated Rural Areas in the Comprehensive Plan, and is surrounded by the Golf Course, the Keswick Hunt Club and residential lots. Keswick Hall is a unique architectural and cultural asset within Albemarle County’s Rural Areas. The Property is recognized as a longstanding existing facility. The Property supports the regional economy through the employment of over 200 full and part-time employees. The Applicants estimate that the proposed expansion and renovation will result in an additional 148 employees, for a total of approximately 348 employees. Keswick Hall and Golf Course also provides significant contributions to the County tax base with over $600,000 paid in property, lodging and meals taxes annually. The total projected annual tax revenues for the project with the proposed expansion are over $1.5 million. Keswick Hall also contributes approximately $20,000 in donations to the Thomas Jefferson Foundation annually in the form of a donation for each rented room. This number would double to approximately $40,000 per year with the additional rooms in the new Guest Wing. The Property attracts tourists from all over the world and raised Albemarle County’s profile within the tourism community. The Keswick Hall venue allows tourists, visitors and club members an immersive experience in the rural landscape of Albemarle County, thus fostering the protection and enjoyment of such areas consistent with the Comprehensive Plan.

IMPACTS ON PUBLIC FACILITIES & PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE

An updated Traffic Study by Timmons Group is included with this Application. The updated study is supported by the Traffic Studies and data that were provided in 2000 and 2008. The study concludes that the proposed expansion of the Inn will not result in any significant impact to the area roadways and intersections. Traffic data was collected in November, 2017 to analyze the existing volumes and capacity of nearby intersections. The study also analyzed whether the proposed expansion of the Inn would create any impacts to the roadway network. With the proposed 38 additional hotel rooms and a new spa (net increase of 4 treatment rooms), the updated traffic study confirms that all surrounding intersections would continue to operate at a Level of Service (LOS) C or better. In fact, the intersection of Club Drive and Black Cat Road continues to operate at a LOS A, even with the expansion. The north/south movement of Louisa Road is maintained at a LOS A and the Westbound approach from Hunt Club Drive

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continues to operate at a LOS C with minimal queuing. The traffic study confirms that no new turn lanes or tapers are warranted for the uses proposed with this Special Use Permit request. Timmons Group also studied the existing Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities to confirm that the proposed expansion of the Inn would not exceed the capacity of the existing systems. With 86 total rooms, Keswick Inn remains under the threshold of the existing facility, with a maximum capacity of 76,000 gallons per day. The Timmons Group analysis is attached as Exhibit G.

IMPACTS ON ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES

Because the proposed location of the new wing of guest rooms and new restaurant are within the immediate vicinity of the existing Inn and Clubhouse, impacts to environmental features are minimized. All new buildings, such as the Spa and Laundry/Maintenance Facilities are kept out of sensitive areas of the site including the stream buffer. The Special Use Permit Plan, showing the general location of proposed uses, includes a delineation of the stream buffer area. An Illustrative Plan and Conceptual Grading has also been included to provide supportive, nonbinding, documentation. By containing the proposed additions within a limited area of the site, the remainder of the land can be left as golf course area and open space to be enjoyed by the community.

Editors Notes: We reached out for a reply from the general manger of Keswick Hall, John Trevenen, but we had nothing by our printing time. If we hear back, we will be sure to update you on this important story.

SEPTEMBER 2018


Community COMMUNITY On November 6, 2018, Millions of Us will be Voting Nov 6th Millions Voting BY WINKIE MOTLEY

In Albemarle County a General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, to elect a member of the United States Senate and a member of the United States House of Representatives, and to vote on two proposed Amendments to the Constitution of Virginia. The names of the candidates for the offices and the proposed Constitutional amendments will appear on the ballot in all Albemarle County voting precincts. The Deadline to register to vote in this election is Monday, October 15, 2018. Voters are strongly encouraged to inquire before the registration deadline to check their voter registration status and their correct voting location. You may check your registration status and your voting location online at the Virginia Department of Elections website, or you may call the Voter Registration office at 434-972-4173. Absentee voting for the November 6th general election beganFriday, September 21, 2018. Please note that absentee ballot applications are NOT received at DMV–Pantops, and absentee voting is NOT conducted at DMV-Pantops.

Special Alerts To Voters: 1. Since the last general election, Albemarle County has added three new voting precincts and moved the voting location for two other precincts. Please check your voting location before election day! You may check your voting location online at the Virginia Department of Elections website, or you may call the Voter Registration office at 434-972-4173. 2. Please note that, under Virginia law, voters who do not present acceptable P Acceptable forms of photo ID include valid Virginia driver’s licenses; Virginia DMVissued photo identification cards; U.S. Passports; employer-issued photo ID cards; student ID cards issued by an institution of higher education in Virginia; photo ID cards issued by Virginia, one of its political subdivisions (this includes a photo ID issued by a public high school located in Virginia), or the United States; photo ID cards issued by any private school located in Virginia; and voter photo ID cards issued by the Virginia Department of Elections. If you are a registered Virginia voter but do not have an acceptable photo ID, free voter photo IDs are processed at all of Virginia’s 133 local general registrars’ offices. For more information, visit: elections.virginia.gov

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BOOKWORM

BOOK REVIEWS October Pages BY SUZANNE NASH

Yippee…It’s my favorite time of the year…despite it also being one of the busiest. I absolutely love the fall and the cooler weather (and yes it is on the way!) and most of all I love Halloween. It’s the perfect opportunity to cuddle up under a blanket and read ghost stories, watch scary movies and bake yummy fall treats! by Suzanne Nash So I think we should start with a few haunted house stories to get the ball rolling. In A Haunting: The Horror on Rue Lane, author L.I. Albemont introduces us to Sarah Faust who wants nothing more than to start over after a very public betrayal by her husband. She decides to move back to Charleston, South Carolina, her mother ’s home town. After purchasing a lovely 300 year old townhouse called Five Rue Lane, Sarah becomes aware that the house has a history that still seems to be very present. As the author jumps from past to present you learn about the early mystical history of colonial Charleston. There is romance, ghosts, witchcraft and a dizzying array of mythology combined to make this a great little haunted house story to suit the season. The Carrow Haunt by Australian author, Darcy Coates, is a bit more gruesome and I can easily see it playing as a movie in my mind as I read it. Remy Allier is the main character and is a very popular ghost tour guide of a notoriously haunted house. After one of her regular tours, Remy is approached by a wealthy businessman and asked to host a two week event there with seven guests. After careful consideration she agrees and so begins a very ill-fated gathering. If you like ghost stories like Rose Red by Stephen King…this story is a good bet. There are séances, storms, doors opening on their own, ghosts everywhere, a serial killer…what more could you want? Coates knows how to prey on all of your fears and the writing is very good with great character development. It seems to be a classic gothic ghost story but the ending is not what you expect. If you love a haunted house this is a dead fit…pun intended!

If we are going to read about haunted houses and ghosts then you might want to learn a bit more about the history of ghosts and I‘ve got a great book for you. Have you ever wondered about where the idea for the movie, Ghostbusters, came from? Dan Aykroyd wrote and starred in the hit movie and what he wrote is based on growing up in a family with a history of spiritualism. His father, Peter H. Aykroyd, has just published a book called A History of Ghosts: The True Story. Aykroyd explores the history of ghosts and mediumship, as well as discussing his family’s interest in this topic over the years. He carefully gives a detailed account of those people who led the spiritualism movement and how it spread. It is a very entertaining and educational book that I really enjoyed. I think you will be surprised at those who followed this movement. So if you aren’t really into ghosts but still want a bit of a thrill this month I have a couple more options for you. The Likeness by Tana French follows Detective Cassie Maddox as she is dragged back into Dublin’s murder squad after transferring out due to a previous disturbing case that left her reeling. Suddenly Cassie is thrust back into her old position when a body is found, and the dead woman looks just like her. Not only does the young woman bear an uncanny likeness to Cassie but she is using the Cassie’s old undercover name “Alexandra Madison.” Cassie is convinced to pretend to be the young woman, claiming to have survived the attack. What follows is a very complex undercover operation where Cassie, posing as Lexie, is suddenly living with Lexie’s friends in an old estate and there is a pretty good chance that one of them is a murderer.

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If you like psychological thrillers try Christopher Yate’s debut novel, Black Chalk. This is a very twisted story that will leave you guessing. You hear the narrator telling you about how he was one of a group of six playing a game as freshmen enrolled at Pitt College at Oxford. You aren’t quite sure who the narrator is at first. It could be Chad, the American exchange student, or possibly Jolyon who is the golden boy. Chad and Joylon are drawn to each other and they are the ones who create “the game”. As readers we are never fully informed about the rules or technical aspects of the game but you know enough to see that it isn’t going to end well. It is a high stakes game that quickly turns into something no one intended. The story is divided between Pitt in the 1990s and the present day. The narrator is open early in the first few pages and explains that he is not mentally sound so you are unsure what is real and what is unreal. That inability to trust the narrator leaves the reader on edge from the beginning and creates a tension that lasts throughout the entire book. This story will grip you and the author is masterful in his ability to fool you at every turn. I look forward to reading more from Christopher Yates. If you are just too busy to turn a page this month I want to share another way to get your story fix. My friend, Jennifer, has introduced me to podcasts and I have been enjoying a few lately to get me in the mood for a haunted Halloween: Haunted Places, Macabre London and Pleasing Terrors are all sure to give you the shivers. Just don’t listen when you are home alone in the evenings!

Have a frightfully wonderful October!

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WHAT'S COOKING

Cajun Burger Topped with Pimento Cheese BY SAM JOHNSON, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF CULLINARY | 1776 Cajun Burger:

• 1 pound ground beef • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion • 1 teaspoon salt • 1 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning Blend • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme • 1 tablespoon of worcestershire sauce • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil • 1 garlic clove, minced

Step 1

In a bowl, combine burger ingredients; shape into four patties. Cook in a skillet or grill over medium-hot heat for 4-5 minutes per side or until burgers reach desired doneness.

Step 2

Serve on buns; top with Pimento Cheese.

Now this is truly one of my favorites: The cajun burger with the pimento cheese will create a moment that your tastebuds won’t forget. My Recommendation is that you serve this on a Brioche bun. The slight sweetness of the bread with sharp cheese and saltiness makes the flavors come together wonderfully. This makes for a great fall BBQ menu idea. If by chance you have leftover pimento cheese, you can make yourself a delicous grilled cheese the next day.!

Pimento Ingredients:

• 2 (8-ounce) sharp cheddar cheese shredded • 1 Cup of White New York sharp cheddar cheese shredded • ¼ cup of minced white onion • ½ cup diced pimentos • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper • 1 cup of Dukes Mayo • 1 Teaspoon of Lemon Juice

Step 1

Mix together all ingredients in a bowl until fully combined. Let sit in refrigerator for 1-2 hours.

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But the ultimate enemy when it comes to packages are the white plastic pails that chlorine tablets come in. They have an inviolable locking mechanism with a red lever on the side and instructions stamped in raised lettering around the edge of the pail. Problem is the lettering is white and the box is white so you have to have a reading knowledge of Braille to understand the directions. Getting into the Pharaoh’s tomb would have been easier than opening the chlorine can. I once spent twenty minutes trying to figure it out, finally giving up and heading into town to the pool supply business where I’d bought the stuff. Of course they had the code to opening it and quickly popped the red doohicky in the right direction and unscrewed the top. Needless to say, I carefully laid the top back on the pail when I’d finished, not wanting screw it down and find myself going back into town again. Recently, we bought a Dyson battery operated vacuum. I dreaded opening the package and spending a half hour unloading all the parts. But the thing almost jumped out and assembled itself. Nothing fought back, the stuff was easy to get out, and with a series of drawings, showed you not only how to put it together but also how to operate it, making up in a small way for all the packaging battles with blister packs, resealable pouches, milk cartons and chlorine pails that I’d fought and lost.

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Until I Stood in Front of Twenty Girls Eager to Learn to Knit BY MARY MORONY from UGANDA

Until I stood in front of twenty girls jo-

nesing to learn to knit, three writhing, squalling babies, and three three-yearolds with more hands than the Hindu Goddess Kali, everything in my life appeared to have run with ease by comparison. Sure marriages failed, even a husband or two died, I experienced more than my fair share of issues raising children but in comparison with this first knitting class, all that came before seemed a breeze.

me to teach anyone how to knit uh... sweater in a ...uh ... uh... mon... month." Blithering, while good at it, is not my favorite pastime especially in front of an audience. In an attempt to maintain some dignity, I pointed out the dangers associated with babies and young children playing with all aspects of knitting from needles to the plastic project bags. Since Moreen had assigned punishments for certain transgressions, I applied a few of my own toothless ones to her list.

Holy moly, the cacophony of baby shrieks, coupled with the incessant demand of, "Aunt!" threatened to push my frail mind already perched on the edge of a precipice into the abyss. Add to the aforesaid chaos, children teetering about carrying needles point up. The fear the sight engendered comes as a product of the fifties with instructions emblazed on my psyche that sharp things were off limits to anyone unable to carry them point down.

Looking out of my bedroom door twenty minutes before the appointed time for class to start I saw girls were lined up at the door. True to form, the location of the key after finding it yesterday remained a mystery. Rather than allow myself to freak out about the eagerness of my new students, Did, I know how to teach people to knit? I looked for the key. Skidding up to the appointed classroom with the key in hand my hands shook as I attempted to unlock the door.

The day before Moreen gathered the girls together before summoning me to discuss the new class I was to teach. Before my eyes, these worldly mothers turned into middle school students. Some acted out while others waited attention fixed for aunty to speak. It was clear to me, this diminutive firebrand next to me knew how to teach. The moment she opened her mouth she held the classes rapt attention.

The enthusiasm; heady, the swarm of infants and small children; dreadful but most of all, the task ahead; daunted me. How, in Gods' name, can I make order out this mayhem? I wondered. The only thing to do was to start and so I did.

As I sat next to Aunt Moreen and listened to her instruct the girls my high hopes for the burgeoning knitting class began to sag. “Attendance,” she stated, “was mandatory. Aunt Mary will keep attendance." Oh dear, I thought, me the record keeper. No one ever said that Mary Morony is one recorder keeper extraordinary, not never! Never noted for my organizational skills the key for the knitting room recently bestowed upon me, defied my ability to locate. As far as keeping keys, my husband and I rekey houses after we sell them since whereabouts of the keys eluded us. As useful as stretching can be

Three weeks later I realize I was wrong, if I had had the courage of Moreen's convictions, I'm pretty sure several sweaters would be well on their way to completion.

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

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On the Rivanna River Near Stony Point Above the North Fork of the Rivanna River 4 miles from Downtown Charlottesville, this beautiful Timberframe home resides in the ultimate privacy. The much respected builder Glenn Robinson captured the essence of Craftsman style in a plan that rises from a square to a tee on the second floor and finishes with 13 distinct roof planes. Execution of Mr. Robinson’s plan was by Timbersmith Construction. The Hardie Plank exterior is capped with architectural style shingles. The interior is marked by a main floor Great Room in the center of the plan rising to 25'. Consistent with the Timberframe concept of open plan, the main floor Great Room, kitchen and Dining are separated only by a grid of posts and beams. The effect is a stunning combination of exposed wood including Hickory floors. Among the features that make this a home for a broad audience, the interior features a first floor master bedroom and adjoining bath with impressive light. The laundry is situated on the first floor in the mud-room. There are two bedrooms and a second Great room on the upper level. The Garden Level, too, is finished with yet another Great Room and two further bedrooms. A Craftsman plan features deep, wide and high porches and this home perfects that concept for enjoyment of Virginia’s four moderate seasons. The setting is improved with mature landscaping, a swimming pool and a separate patio with fire pit for cool evenings. An oversize 2-car garage has room for storage on the entry level as well as equipment storage in a bank-barn type shed row. The 30+ acres is in lawn and hay production with 1607' on the North Fork of the Rivanna River where there is productive bottomland for now used for hay.

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Mount Sharon Mount Sharon Brilliantly sited on the brow of the second highest point inon Orange County one Brilliantly sited the brow of thelies second of Virginias most magnificent historic highest point in Orange County lies one estates, Mount Farm.historic With of Virginias mostSharon magnificent panoramic viewsSharon of the Farm. Blue Ridge estates, Mount With Mountains Coastal the property panoramicand views of Plain the Blue Ridge showcases an extraordinary, circa 1937 Mountains and Coastal Plain the property Georgian Revival-style residence showcases an extraordinary, circa 1937 surrounded by 10+ acres of worldGeorgian Revival-style residence renowned gardens created by the surrounded by 10+ acres of current worldowners highly renownedalongside gardens created by respected the current landscape architect highly Charlesrespected J. Stick. owners alongside Comprised of 560+ gently rolling acres, landscape architect Charles J. Stick. Mount Sharon Farm offers fertile Comprised of 560+ gently rolling acres, cropland, lushFarm pastures, farm Mount Sharon offers fertile improvements, a wonderful cropland, lush andpastures, farm assortment of dependencies, all in improvements, and a wonderful excellent condition. On Virginiaalland assortment of dependencies, in National Historic Registers. excellent condition. On Virginia and National Historic Registers. For further information contact : Steve McLean 434.981.0076 For further information contact : Steve McLean 434.981.0076

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in A family compound set privately in the rolling of Somerset, adjacent to A familyhills compound set privately in the Keswick Hunt territory, adjacent w/ mtn to & rolling hills of Somerset, pastoral house constructed Keswickviews. HuntMain territory, w/ mtn & '06 of finest new, reclaimed materials, pastoral views. Main house constructed enhanced by a 2 bed/2 bath guest hse '06 of finest new, reclaimed materials, (1,900sf bank barn converted to guest enhanced by a 2 bed/2 bath guest hse house w/ stunning results), vaulted (1,900sf bank barn converted to guest/ guest in-law quarters (700sf) over garage, salt house w/ stunning results), vaulted guest/ h2o pool w/pool(700sf) hse (1/2 bath, dressing in-law quarters over garage, salt rm), center-aisle barn, equip. shed, h2o pool w/pool hse (1/2 bath, dressing regulation dressage arena, multiple rm), center-aisle barn, equip. shed, paddocks w/run-in sheds. Every inch regulation dressage arena, multiple turn-key. The 144 acres incl. division right paddocks w/run-in sheds. Every inch & dramatic 2nd site. Aboutright 1/2 turn-key. The 144building acres incl. division of Adaven is2nd in open, rolling & dramatic building site.paddocks, About 1/2 hay fields, 1/2 in massive hardwoods that of Adaven is in open, rolling paddocks, run up to the last peak in the SW range. hay fields, 1/2 in massive hardwoods that 0.3 to Albemarle w/ range. lower run miles up to the last peak incnty the SW taxes 0.3 miles to Albemarle cnty w/ lower taxes For further information contact: Loring Woodriff 434..466.2992 For further information contact: Loring Woodriff 434..466.2992

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Linden Ridge Linden Ridge

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

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Enjoy expansive views of the nearby lake and theexpansive Southwestviews Mountains in the heart Enjoy of the nearby lake of on 21Mountains acres. Theinattractive andKeswick the Southwest the heart floor plan of 4,743 has easy of Keswick on 21finished acres. sq. Theft.,attractive main level living. The entrance area opens floor plan of 4,743 finished sq. ft., has easy into an impressive great room with main level living. The entrance area opens fireplace, adjoining kitchen/breakfast into an impressive great room with area, diningadjoining room, library with fireplace, fireplace, kitchen/breakfast master suite & threelibrary additional area, dining room, withbedrooms. fireplace, Stunning stone fireplace in the level master suite & three additionallower bedrooms. game/rec room along with tremendous Stunning stone fireplace in the lower level flexible fifthwith bedroom, home game/recspace roomfor along tremendous offices, storage which flexible gym, spacefull forbath fifth &bedroom, home flows outgym, to spacious patio. Light & which bright offices, full bath & storage throughout with quality details & flows out to spacious patio. Light & bright geothermal HVAC. Ten minutes to throughout with quality details & shopping & allHVAC. Charlottesville has to offer. geothermal Ten minutes to shopping & all Charlottesville has to offer. For further information contact : Charlotte Dammann 434.981.1250 For further information contact : Charlotte Dammann 434.981.1250

Private setting with panoramic Blue Ridge views, minutes to downtown Private setting with panoramic Blue Ridge Charlottesville. c. 1902, beautifully views, minutes to downtown renovated 6,500 sqc.ft1902, fieldstone manor Charlottesville. beautifully with gracious including a renovated 6,500additions sq ft fieldstone manor professionally with graciousdesigned, additionskitchen/family including a room with 15 ftdesigned, ceilings, custom English professionally kitchen/family oak cabinetry, limestone floors, with a room with 15 ft ceilings, custom English large stone fireplace. A wide gallery oak cabinetry, limestone floors, withoffa the kitchen theAdownstairs living large stoneconnects fireplace. wide gallery off spaces, creating perfect flow for a living large the kitchen connects the downstairs family entertaining. Upstairs is a private spaces,orcreating perfect flow for a large master suite and bath, 4 additional family or entertaining. Upstairs is a private bedrooms and 2and baths. Amenities include master suite bath, 4 additional abedrooms large soccer/athletic field, guest house, and 2 baths. Amenities include salt water pool and pool house, 4-car a large soccer/athletic field, guest house, garage andpool beautiful, mature grounds. salt water and pool house, 4-car Huge views. mature grounds. garagemountain and beautiful, Huge mountain views. For further information contact : Peter Wiley information 434.293.3900contact : For further Peter Wiley 434.293.3900

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One of the loveliest farms in Albemarle county, Hill Farm is in perched on a One of Round the loveliest farms Albemarle hilltop on 21 acres in the heart county, Round Hill Farm is perched onofa Keswick,featuring 4 bedrooms and 3 of ½ hilltop on 21 acres in the heart baths. Fireplaces throughout,, there is a Keswick,featuring 4 bedrooms and 3 ½ magnificent great room withthere 22-foot baths. Fireplaces throughout,, is a cathedral ceilings framed natural ash magnificent great roomby with 22-foot beams and an antique wine barrel cathedral ceilings framed by natural ash chandelier. boasts a gourmet beams andThe anhome antique wine barrel kitchen withThe a Wolf stove, farm tile chandelier. home boasts a sink, gourmet backsplash and skylight. There are 17 kitchen with a Wolf stove, farm sink, tile acres of horse-fenced pastures, a four-stall backsplash and skylight. There are 17 barn, bathroom and kitchen. Nestled acres with of horse-fenced pastures, a four-stall in thiswith highly desirable and Nestled only 20 barn, bathroom andarea, kitchen. minutes to downtown Charlottesville. in this highly desirable area, and only 20 minutes toinformation downtown Charlottesville. For further contact Frank Hardy 434.296.0134 For further information contact tFrank Hardy 434.296.0134 t

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$1,100,000 $1,100,000

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Obituary OBITUARY Arthur "Art" William Ordel Jr On Monday, September 17, 2018, another

member of "The Greatest Generation," Arthur "Art" William Ordel Jr., 97, of Keswick, passed away at home. Born on May 22, 1921, in Milton, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Arthur and Jessie Ordel. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Grace; daughter, Angela; and his brother, Robert. Art was a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and Duke University. He spent his entire professional career as a forester. He was a member of South Plains Presbyterian Church and was active at the Senior Center and the Thomas Jefferson Civitan club. Art and Grace played a vital role in promoting the needs of mentally disabled citizens in the community, helping to found the Association of Retarded Citizens. Art was particularly proud of obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout and attending the first Boy Scout National Jamboree held in Washington D.C, on June 30, 1937. He volunteered for Military Service at the beginning of World War II, becoming a bombardier of a B-17 and completed 35 missions in the European Theatre. Later in life, he and Grace enjoyed attending Army Air Corp reunions and in 2014 he was recognized for his heroism at the White House hosted by President Obama and Vice-President Biden, where he received the French Legion of Honor medal presented by the President of France. Art is survived by two sons, Bill Ordel and his wife, Susan, and David Ordel and Sarah Partington, all of Keswick; five grandchildren, Avan Batten of Charlottesville, Matt Ordel of Charlottesville, Alexandra Ordel of Arlington, Jenna Ordel, and Mary Grace Ordel, both of Keswick; two brothers, Ralph and his wife, Fay, of Madison Heights, and Ronald and his wife, Bennie, of Walterboro S.C.; a sister, Jessie Anne and her husband, James, of Lexington, Va.; an extended family consists of many cousins, nieces and nephews; and by his lifelong friend, crewmate, and pilot, Chuck Baker of California. The family offers a special thanks to his long-term caregivers, Julia Vickers, Lisa Davis, Vickie Shifflett, and Dr. Karen Starr of Martha Jefferson Internal Medicine, as well as the many other caregivers over the last several years.A service was held on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at South Plains Presbyterian Church, 410 Blackcat Rd., Keswick VA 22947. Reception immediately after. In lieu of flowers, donations in Art's honor may be made to Worksource Enterprises, 1311 Carlton Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22902, www.worksourceva.org, or to the Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911, www.hopva.org. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hillandwood.com.

Parthenia Gibson Shields of Charlottesville, Virginia, died peacefully on

Thursday, September 13, 2018, at home surrounded by her family. The daughter of the late Langhorne and Parthenia Gibson, Parthie was born on January 7, 1938, and is survived by her children, George Goodyear Stevens, Parthenia (Bebe) Bradley and her husband, Tom, and Ross Langhorne Stevens and his wife, Amy; as well as her beloved grandchildren who were so dear to her heart, William Langhorne Stevens, Matthew Severn Stevens, Parthenia Jordon Bradley, Spencer Hellon Stevens and George Ryley Stevens. She is also survived by her brother, Mark Gibson and wife, Robbie; and sister, Diana Garner and her husband, Bill. She was predeceased by her siblings, Irene Darrell and Langhorne Gibson Jr. Parthie was raised in Greenwood, Virginia, at Ramsay Farm and lived at Ramsay Cottage where she brought up her own children. She attended St. Anne's School in Charlottesville and graduated from Foxcroft School in Middleburg. In 1958, she graduated from Mount Vernon Junior College. She spent the remainder of her life in Charlottesville on Bollingwood Road. She was a member of the Boar's Head Sports Club where she was a daily fixture at the workout center. She vacationed during the summer at Martha's Vineyard and at Nags Head, North Carolina for the yearly family holiday. She loved life and lived it to the fullest. Her favorite times were with her cherished grandchildren who affectionately called her Baba. She was most of all a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister and caring friend. The family is so thankful and appreciative of the care provided by Dr. Matthew J. Reilley at the UVA Cancer Center for all his wonderful personal care and support. The memorial service was held at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Greenwood, Wednesday, September 19, 2018, with a reception to follow at nearby Chiswell Farm. In lieu of flowers, Parthie would want donations made to St. Jude Children's Hospital. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hillandwood.com.

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$2,100,000 WILDAIR FARM – A 126 acre farm with charming farm house, nestled in the heart of one of Western Albemarle’s most beautiful pastoral enclaves. The rolling mix of productive pasture, towering, mature hardwoods, a bold stream and two large ponds offers a diversity rarely found on a farm of this size. 11 miles from Charlottesville. A rare offering.

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MLS# 577670 • $375,000 ROSE HILL CHURCH LANE – 40 acres (3 tax map parcels) of rolling land with hardwood forest and a bold creek, Henderson Creek. This secluded property adjoins lands owned by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and is only 6 miles from Charlottesville.

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MLS# 566743 • $950,000 ELIJAH CRAIG – Beautiful 113 +/- acres of mostly open meadows with stunning Blue Ridge Mountain views located in the heart of the Somerset area of Orange County. Surrounded by large estates, and protected by a conservation easement ensures that this parcel will keep its current view shed. Ideal for horses or livestock. Property also has a cottage suitable for tenant or guest.

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MERRYMOUNT – Located in the most desirable area of Somerset, is nestled amongst large estates, with incredible views of both the Blue Ridge, and the Southwest mountains. The 1850’s house is perfectly situated on 5 acres, and could be bought with additional land, if needed. The 3 bedroom house is in need of renovations, but is structurally sound, and could easily be added onto. Much of the surrounding land is in conservation easement, and the view from this property will not change.

ALLEN FARM – A 121 acre parcel with a good mix of hardwoods and native grasses, teaming with wildlife, in the Catterton area of Free Union. This well-priced land offers unsurpassed privacy and good views of Buck Mountain with some Blue Ridge vistas. Multiple building sites and a good farm road already in place. Adjoins hundreds of acres of protected land. Parcel is not under conservation easement.

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