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KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs - November 2016

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In this issue

Virginia Field Hunter Championship Keswick's Rich History of Winners

also: overheard, keswick scene, weddings, what's cooking and much more


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IN THISNOVEMBER ISSUE 2016

Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs PO Box 32, Keswick, Virginia 22947 T: 434.242.8033 E: keswicklife@gmail.com The minds behind Keswick Life: EDITORIAL EDITOR/FOUNDER Winkie Motley CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Colin J. Dougherty THE COLUMNISTS Tony Vanderwarker, Mary Morony, Suzanne Nash CONTRIBUTORS Joseph J. Shields, Nancy Wiley, Lizze Rives PROOF READER Staff Assistant

8 ON THE COVER Virginia Field Hunter Championship Shortly after World War II, a group of Virginia Fox-

DESIGN AND PRODUCTION CREATIVE DIRECTOR Colin J. Dougherty Published by a division of Keswick Life PHOTOGRAPHY George Payne, Colin J. Dougherty And Eduardo Montes-Bradley

hunters wanted to hold a hunter trial for horses that had been hunted regularly for the past hunting season from each hunt within the State of Virginia. The masters from each hunt were to nominate two horses to represent their hunt in a class which they called the Virginia Field Hunter Championship. Get some of the history and the story of this year's winner, our very own Will Coleman, Sr.

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10 KESWICK SCENE 12 PHOTO JOURNAL The 82nd running of the Montpelier Hunt Races, an George Payne, our beloved and frequent photo jourannual celebration of steeplechase racing and Virginia Piedmont hospitality, was held on Saturday, November 5, at James Madison’s Montpelier. Keswick Life was covered it and the photo journal takes you right there!

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16 WEDDINGS 20 TRAVEL Keswickian Katie Manning tied the knot with Chris Joe Shields is back and takes us to Peanut Island! The Henry on September 17 in Keswick, Virginia, at Grace Episcopal Church. Get all the details of the celebration with Friends and family gathered in the property's restored 1903 cattle barn – don't miss this story full of surprises and special touches, congratulations!

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Island was created in 1918 with excavation debris from the construction of the Palm Beach Inlet. It was originally called Inlet Island, but the name changed after plans were made to use the island for a peanutshipping operation. The venture never happened but the name stuck. Get all the details of their family adventure here in Keswick Life!

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Here and there... in Keswick Bravo At the annual Blessing of the Hounds on Thanksgiving Day the announcement of Colors and the "Barrister" Award were made. First, two Junior Members were awarded their colors, Jordann Sipe and Kim Mitchell. Both have been active foxhunters, but have also volunteered generously with social events and the hounds. The other two members who were awarded their colors were Cissie Meehan and Chanda Boylen. Chuck Meehan was awarded the "Barrister" Award. Named for one of Keswick’s finest dog hounds who had a great nose and really deep cry and whose offspring bear his resemblance and qualities today. The Masters and Huntsman look for the individual who has excelled in working with the hounds during the off season, who has been a leader in representing Keswick and fox hunting, and has been the person who pitches in on a moment’s notice to lend whatever help is needed.

Brrrr! With colder weather on the way, the Charlottesville Fire Department is offering some safety tips for heating homes. Firefighters say more home fires occur during the winter months than any other time of the year. If you have a wood stove or fireplace, the department says to put a metal screen in front of it to prevent embers from jumping out. If you use a kerosene heater, make sure it has an automatic shut off in case it falls over. If you use a space heater, make sure it's surrounded by at least three feet of open space. “Keep any combustibles clothing, curtains, rugs, anything that’s flammable away from those objects. When you're not using them, go ahead and turn them off, don't leave them on. If you leave the room or you happen to leave your home and make sure that they're plugged into a wall socket, don't use an extension cord," Richard Jones of the Charlottesville. The Charlottesville Fire Department will also come to homes in the city and install a free smoke detector.

Thanks The Thanksgiving service of the Blessing of the Hounds service had a crowd of approximately 900 including more than 50 riders and 25 volunteers. The offering of $2,114.00 will go to the Wildlife Center of Virginia and to HOWS, Houses of Wood and Straw, a community service project that constructs dog houses and delivers them with bales of straw for dogs in need of appropriate outside shelter.

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Beware Increased enforcement is apparent along Rt. 22/231 for the truck use and speeding violations. If you see something, say something seemingly has finally gotten the attention of local law enforcement. Keep up the calls and reports and do your part to keep our road safe!

On and Off The Market On the market in the area is 6556 Gordonsville Road, “Misty Ridge”, a 3 bed, 2.5 bath farm house on 20 acres at $1.395m. Just up the road at 6478 Gordonsville Road, “Kesmont”, is a 4 bed, 6.5 bath home on 47 acres at $1.565m. Both of these are near Castle Hill Cider. 3515 Keswick Road is a Doug Kingma built 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 2840 sf home at $595k, and they also have 4 of their Royal Acres lots just listed at $135k to $187.5k. 4939/4941 Richmond Road are 2 homes on 5.5 acres with 4224 total sf at $415k. In Glenmore 3380 Darby Road is a 4 bed, 3.5 bath, 3578 sf home just listed at $639k, 3464 Darby Road is a 5 bed, 4.5 bath, 5020 sf home listed at $639.9k, 2463 Pendower Rd is available with 5 beds, 5 baths and 4582 sf at $749.9k and 3389 Cesford Grange is a 4 bed, 4.5 bath, 3698 sf home listed at $575k. Reduced is 3621 Keswick Road, a 3 bed, 3.5 bath, 3018 sf home on 2.6 acres down from $499.9k to $474.9k in 71 days. 59 Red Maple Lane , a 4 bed, 3.5 bath, 3240 sf home reduced from $418.9k to $405.9k after 201 days. 4543 Louisa Road with 3 beds, 2.5 baths, 5152 sf and 42 acres is reduced from $1.985m to $1.795m and 5724 Hackingwood Lane, a 3 bed, 3 bath, 2599 sf home on 32 acres is reduced from $920k to $850k. In Glenmore 3406 Piperfife Court, a 4 bed, 4 bath, 3129 sf home is now at $524.9k from $539k after 78 days. 3092 Darby Road with 6 beds, 7.5 baths and 7823 sf down from 1.215m to $1.049m in 257 days. 3076 Hyde Park Place with 7 beds, 6.5 baths and 8850 sf down to $1.399m from $1.675m in 266 days and 3410 Darby Road with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 5116 sf down from $699k to $625k after 347 days. What sold in 22947 zip?? In Glenmore 3167 Darby Rd with 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 5119 sf listed at $742k sold for $700kin 52 days and 3612 Osprey Drive with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3101 sf sold for $710,004 as a presale. 3201 Shannon Drive a 3 bed, 2 bath, 2376 sf home on 2 acres listed at $299k sold for $260k in 93 days. 481 Clarks Tract with 4 beds, 3 baths, 2527 sf on 11 acres listed at $499k sold for $475k in 102 days. 4915 Moriah Way with 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 5909 sf listed at $519.8k sold for $505k in 214 days. Just one under contract to be seen and that was 1526 Kinross Lane with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3400 sf listed at $699k in 43 days. I have been asked what the activity is like in the Charlottesville Realtor system on the reporting surrounding counties in this same 30 day period? This time there were 239 new listings, 226 price adjustments (mainly reduced), 287 sold properties and 259 properties went under contract. This includes residential and land.

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The GOING OUT Guide Mark your calendars! Save the date! Don’t be late! GREAT HOLIDAY FUN Memorial Christmas Tree Lighting

SANTA APPEARANCES Christmas Brunch

Where: Gordonsville, Virginia When: Sunday, December 4, 2015 at 5:45 pm.

Where: The Market at Grelen When: Saturday, December 10th and 17th , 11:30 a.m.

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Celebrate the season with a delicious farm fresh brunch

lighting of the Memorial Christmas tree on the lawn of Town Hall officially begins the Christmas holiday season in the Town of Gordonsville and will take place on Sunday, December 4th, 2016 beginning at 5:45 pm. The lights on the tree are in memory of loved ones who are no longer with us during the holiday season. If you are interested in sponsoring a memorial light on the tree or have any questions concerning this festive celebration, please contact the Town Clerk at 540-8322233. Lights can also be placed in tribute of loved ones. If you are interested in sponsoring a memorial light on the tree or have any questions concerning this festive celebration, please contact the Town Clerk at 540-832-2233.

Gingerbread Tea and Tour Where: Virginia House, Richmond When: December 13, 2 – 4 pm

Gingerbread

House. Celebrate the holidays and create a new family tradition! Design and build your own gingerbread house using gingerbread pieces, snowlike frosting, gumdrops, candy canes, and other colorful treats. Cider and cookies will be served as Virginia House staff talk about holiday traditions in the Tudor home. Separate days are scheduled for families, adults, and for families with children age five and under. Members $18 (Per Family); Nonmembers $24 (Per Family) (Join today). Reservations are required. Please call 804.353.4251 or email Kathryn Lewis to reserve your spot.

Holiday Evening Tour Where: Monticello Main House When: December 9-10, 16-23, and 26-30 5:15 pm, 5:30 pm, 5:45 pm and 6 pm

prepared by our wonderful Chef, Matt Turner. Santa will be making an appearance from 11 am to 2 pm. Pictures with Santa and his sleigh are free! Brunch will be offered on Saturdays Dec. 10th and 17th at 11:30 am. If this seating fills up, we will open another later seating. Walk-ins accepted but reservations strongly encouraged. Quantities limited. $20/adult (12+) and $10/kid (under 12); plus food tax.

SEE THE LIGHTS Dominion Garden Fest of Lights Where: Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens When: Friday, November 25, 2016 - Monday, January 9, 2017 , 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Dominion GardenFest of Lights is a holiday tradition

featuring more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday activities & more. To learn more details about Lewis Ginter lights, this year’s Living Color theme and tips for your visit, see our main Dominion GardenFest of Lights page. Ticket Pricing: $13 adults, $11 seniors (age 55+) ,$8 children (ages 3 – 12) Free for children under age 3. Tickets are not date-specific and may be purchased at the Garden (9 a.m. – 10 p.m.) or you may purchase tickets online. Please note tickets ordered online have a convenience fee.We will have a Pre-Purchased Ticket entry on select nights for people who have tickets on their phone or in hand for all in their party. This entry will be on nights with anticipated high visitation (Fridays, Saturdays and the week prior to Dec. 25). Our goal is to get you into the Garden as efficiently as possible so you can enjoy the show.

Join us for the rare opportunity to experience Monticel- JOIN NOW lo after dark, historically decorated and illuminated for Christmas Candlelight Tour the season. Guests meet their tour guide at The Shop at Monticello and are treated to seasonal refreshments. The tour offers an intimate look at how all people who lived on the Monticello mountaintop – enslaved and free – celebrated the holidays in Jefferson's time. Journey through public and private rooms including the Monticello’s iconic Dome Room, and enjoy live musical performances in the Parlor. Please arrive at Monticello at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time. This will enable you to park, receive your tickets, and ride the shuttle bus to the mountaintop. Reservations and tickets are valid only on the date specified. There will be no refunds unless the tour is canceled by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.

Where: Montpelier When: December 15th, 4:00. - 6:00 p.m.

The Montpelier Foundation cordially invites you to a

special, members-only open house. Please join us for a candlelight tour of the house, where Mr. and Mrs. Madison will be receiving guests. At the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, enjoy light refreshments and 20% off your purchases for the evening at the Museum Shop, which will be open until 7 p.m.. RSVP by December 1 to Karen Costello at kcostello@montpelier.org or 540.672.4370. It's Not Too Late to Become a Member! We look forward to welcoming you as a new Member of The Montpelier Fund For further information on becoming a member ! https://www.montpelier.org/support-us

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Oakland School's 27th Annual Horse Holiday Where: Oakland School When: Tuesday, December 13th @ 3pm

Oakland School offers an individualized & ungraded

curriculum for day and boarding students, ages 6-13. The specific & diverse program ensures that all students, including those with learning differences, will be academically and socially successful. A feature of the program is horseback riding which provides the students with exercise, fun, and also helps teach responsibility and improves self-confidence. Every December, the students show their appreciation for the horses’ hard work throughout the year at HORSE HOLIDAY. The advanced riders spend most of the day dressing the horses and themselves in festive attire. The students then lead the animals (plus donkeys, cats & dogs join in the fun) in a parade from the barn to the Holiday Tree adorned with carrots and apples. The animals enjoy a wonderful feast as Santa and Mrs. Claus pass out candy canes to the students and staff. Parents and friends are also encouraged to bring treats for the collection basket which will go to our furry friends at the Fluvanna SPCA where our students volunteer. Horse Holiday is a wonderful tradition of appreciation and giving that kicks off the holiday season at Oakland School! Contact: Jill Kavanagh development@oaklandschool.net c.434.960.7988 p.434.293.9059 128 Oakland Farm Way, Troy, VA 22974

HOLIDAY BALL Chamomile and Whiskey Live Where: Fry’s Spring Beach Club When: Saturday, December 17th at 8PM

Chamomile and Whiskey will be hosting a live video

shoot for an upcoming single from the new record and everyone's invited! The band is throwing a "Holiday Ball" and everyone is encouraged to dress for the theme of "School Dance from a Bygone Era”—from the Ragtime to the 80's and anything in between! And while dressing up is certainly not mandatory, you will increase your chances of making the final cut if you're looking sharp! Doors open at 7PM. Local legends Red and The Romantics will kick off the party at 8PM and will be followed by a full set from Chamomile and Whiskey. Advance tickets are $7.50. Tickets are $10 at the door. Contact: Maggie Williams 434.547.0454.

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Virginia Field Hunter Championship BY WINKIE MOTLEY

The History Shortly after World War II, a group of Virginia Foxhunters wanted to hold a hunter trial for horses that had been hunted regularly for the past hunting season from each hunt within the State of Virginia. The masters from each hunt were to nominate two horses to represent their hunt in a class which they called the Virginia Field Hunter Championship. It is generally believed that Truman Dodson, MFH, Farmington Hunt Club and James “Jimps” Blackwell were the first organizers of the event. This competition under hunting conditions was to begin a yearly event to select the best hunting horse in Virginia. The rider and winning horse would in the future be the field master for the next year. The winning hunt would then be expected to host the hunter trial. The first event was a huge success and immediately became a fiercely competed annual affair which had been held every year since 1950. The event attracted the best hunting horses in Virginia and those that regularly foxhunted. Billy Greenhalgh, Paul Mellon, Cappy Smith, Aleaxander Rives and Alexander MackaySmith rode in this event as often as they could from the 1950’s through the 1970’s. The present trophy is the Billy Greenhalgh trophy donated by his friends. The Keswick Hunt Club has been fortunate enough to win the Hunter Championship 6 times. It was won twice by Mrs. W.H. Perry riding One More Pennant, and twice by Alexander Rives riding Wedgewood and LaBarron. Sandy Rives won the championship in 1984 riding Ms.

W.Coleman, Sr. wins Virginia Field Hunter Championship 2016

Will Coleman, Sr, 2016 Virginia Field Hunter Champion with Mrs. Ellie Wood Baxter Teddi Ismond’s Dark Ivory. Will Coleman ‘s Sherman representing the Keswick Hunt Club won in 2003 and then again this year (2016) riding First Ace.

The Winner

November 6, 2016 the Farmington Hunt Club hosted the 2016 Virginia Field Hunter Championships at the hunt club kennels on Wesley Chapel Road, Free Union, VA on a perfect Sunday fall afternoon. A full crowd of friends and spectators watched Carolyn Chapman, 2015 champion as she led a field of 15 riders representing eight hunt clubs from around the state. Keswick had two riders: Jennifer Nesbit and William Coleman Sr. Bedford sent Sarah Baker and

Lorin Shellenberger, Loudon Fairfax was represented by Larry Campbell and Astrid Harber, Middleburg's Devon Zebrovious won the prize for "Best Turned Out" and Teresa Croce won Reserve Champion on Graylord Woods. Old Dominion was represented by Sarah Crocker, Piedmont's Mclelle Craig competed along with Rockbridge's Elizabeth Hall, Warrenton's Amy Robinson and Beth Woodson. This prestigious competition follows a unique format. The Masters of each Virginia hunt are invited to select two of their members to compete, and the winning rider's hunt hosts the competition the next year. Will Coleman, representing Keswick Hunt, won the champion-

ship on his handsome chestnut, Flying Ace. The organizers were particularly pleased that so many spectators also attended to support their riders. The judges' panel included Farmington members Pat Butterfield, MFH, Tom Bishop, ex-MFH, Mark Thompson Farmington Hunt Club president , and Robert Ashcom , a past champions. The three phases of the event were held in the honest hunt country of rolling cattle pastures and wooded creekbeds opposite the kennels near Free Union, Virginia. The afternoon began with the under saddle section, followed by presentation of Best Turned Out, won by Middleburg's Devon Zebrovious. The riders then followed 2015 champion, Carolyn Chapman, on a simulated hunt through fields, up and down trappy hillsides at the foot of the Blue Ridge, and over various obstacles including in-and-outs across gravel driveways. This section, observed by mounted and car-following judges, fairly simulated the unpredictable challenges of the hunt field and required alert riders and mannerly mounts.Finally, the judges asked all riders to perform an individual test over the outside course. This win means that Keswick will have the honor of hosting this event in 2017. Remembering back to November, 2004 when Will hosted the event at Tivoli, all can look forward to a fantastic Virginia Field Hunter Championship.

Lower photos from left to right: Alexander Rives and Mrs. George Greenough, Champion Hunter of Virginia "La Baron" 1967; next, Alexander Rives with Wedgewood, Champion Hunter of Virginia 1958 and lastly the cover of the program for the Virginia Field Hunter Championship 1967.

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The 82nd Running of the Montpelier Hunt Races PHOTOGRAPHY BY GEORGE PAYNE, COLIN J. DOUGHERTY AND EDUARDO MONTES-BRADLEY

Photos from the at the 82nd Running of the Montpelier Hunt Races' Spectator Tailgates. Top Row, left to right: Stokes and Compton Skelly with June Williams, next Anna, Joe and Viv Shields then... they're off, the races begin! Second row: Colin Dougherty and Annie Vanderwarker and John Carr with Jake Milton. Third row: Arnold Johnson, Griffin and Fletcher Shields, Sandy Rives. Last row: Beth Hyder and Shelley Payne, then the gang from Spaces Design Studio and Wells Fargo: (l to r) Christina Mellors, Mitch Lampman, Stacey Lampman, Tom Gibb, Foxy the fox, Rosalie Gibb, Greg Mellors (Wells Fargo), Lindsay Marr and Kelly Penick.


Photos from the at the 82nd Running of the Montpelier Hunt Races' Hunt Breakfast. Top Row, left to right: Thatcher Stone, David Kirstein, and Elizabeth Von Hassell, next Robert and Molly Hardie and George Payne with Elizabeth Von Hassell. Second row: Annie and Tony Vanderwarker then Bob Merrill, Charlotte Tieken, Ginger Donelson, Charles Stich, Kat Imhoff, and Jim Collins. Third row: Members of The National Society of the Madison Family Descendants Frederick Madison Smith (far left), Gail Babnew (second from left), and John F. Macon, II (far right) stand with Thomas Howard (center), nephew of Madison Family Cup recipient Prof. A.E. Dick Howard and Montpelier President and CEO Kat Imhoff (second from right), next photo, Connie and Rohn Laudenschlager and the lastly Diane Manning with Montpelier's Kat Imhoff.

The 82nd Running of the Montpelier Hunt Races BY CHRISTY MORIARTY

The 82nd running of the Montpelier Hunt Races, an

pelier” address.

The day began with the Hunt Breakfast, attended by approximately 300 Montpelier donors, Board members, and executive staff. Nancy Campbell, chairman of Montpelier’s Board of Directors, and Kat Imhoff, President and CEO of Montpelier, each addressed the crowd. The Breakfast provided an opportunity for The Montpelier Foundation to thank donors and staff and for Imhoff to give an annual “state of Mont-

At the Breakfast, the Madison Family Cup was presented to Professor A. E. Dick Howard, the White Burkett Miller Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. The Cup is awarded annually by The National Society of the Madison Family Descendants in recognition of an individual or organization making a significant contribution to the support of Montpelier and its educational, historical, restoration, and conservation programs. Gail Babnew, a Society member, presented the Cup. Dr. Howard was unable to attend the Breakfast; his nephew, Thomas

annual celebration of steeplechase racing and Virginia Piedmont hospitality, was held on Saturday, November 5, at James Madison’s Montpelier.

Howard, accepted the Cup and delivered remarks on behalf of Dr. Howard. Following the Breakfast, guests were invited to enjoy the Hunt Races at the President’s Tent. The Montpelier Hunt Races has long been considered the unofficial start to the Orange County holiday season, and approximately 18,000 visitors attended the event which featured, in addition to seven races, terrier and stick horse races, a hat competition, and a tailgating competition.

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HORSIN' AROUND

Keswick Hunt Club's Thanksgiving Day Blessing of the Hounds PHOTO JOURNAL BY GEORGE PAYNE

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GIFTING GUIDE

A Few of Our Favorite Causes BY WINKIE MOTLEY WITH CONTRIBUTOR LIZZIE RIVES

Giving Tuesday kicked off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday

and end-of-year giving. Between the holiday party frenzy and the nonstop shopping, it feels good to give back during the holiday season. You don't have to donate money in order to help; there are organizations that are willing to take new items, homemade ones, and just about every one of your no-longer-used objects lying around the house. With locations around the country, these charities work hard to help those in need not only at Christmas, but all year round. Please consider kicking off your holiday giving season with a gift to a one of the local charities listed below or a special charity of your choice. Considering a donation to The Piedmont Environmental Council. Your contribution will help sustain the organization and help keep the Piedmont a wonderful place to live and work. With a donation of $35 or more you will also become a PEC member or renew your existing membership. Please contact Karen Hunsberger Adam at khunsberger@pecva.org or 540-347-2334 x7001 with any questions related to your donation or if you would like to target your gift towards a particular program. Caring and generosity make it possible for the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA to continue its life-saving work. Thanks to friends like you, since 2005, they have maintained one of the few No Kill communities in the entire nation. But their job is far from over. There are still pets in need. Some are simply lost, others can no longer be kept by their owners, many have been abandoned, and a few need life-saving medical attention. No gift is too small or too big. Some choices for donating money include a one-time gift, a monthly recurring gift, a gift in memory/honor of a pet or person, a legacy gift, sponsor-a-pet, adopt-a-kennel or purchasing a memorial brick. For further information contact www.caspca.org. There are many ways to give to Habitat for Humanity of Charlottesville, and one of those is to provide financial support. Your gifts in support of their local mission are a critical part of enabling them to address the local affordable housing crisis and support hard-working local families. The money you invest in assisting a Partner Family today keeps giving year after year. That is because Habitat has a unique funding model, the Fund for Humanity, which combines a wide variety of sources of support to pursue their core mission of building homes and community. Their successful Partner Families become homeowners who make monthly payments, generating funds that go directly toward building additional homes. For further information: info@cvillehabitat.org or call 434-293-9066.

College Mentors for Kids By Lizzie Rives

Keswickians as we come upon the giv-

ing season I want to tell you a little bit about my current involvement in a nonprofit as a third year at the University of Virginia. When I’m not studying biology in the stacks of Alderman Library, I am a mentor for the University of Virginia Chapter of College Mentors for Kids. This is the first year I have been involved with College Mentors and I am so happy I joined. College Mentors for Kids is an innovative nonprofit that matches the talents and resources of college students with children in the community. Twenty times throughout the school year, over 2,000 children are brought to 38 college campuses across the country to participate in one-on-one mentoring activities led by 2,300 college student mentors and volunteers. Through the mentoring program, we accomplish our mission to connect college students with the most to give to kids who need it

most. Most children in the program are below the poverty level or would be the first within their families to attend college. Mentors are paired with the same child (little buddy) each week to foster a strong relationship throughout the school year. The child I mentor is in fifth grade. She likes to play games with her friends and she wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up. Her favorite part of College Mentors for Kids is writing in her journal at the end of the day and participating in the activities with her friends. Here at the UVA chapter of College Mentors for Kids, we serve 120 kids within Clark and Johnson Elementary and Walker Upper Elementary School. To connect with our little buddy, we conduct activities on grounds, which provide opportunities for the kids to learn about higher education and careers, community service, and culture and diversity. Our vision is to help all kids look forward sooner and be able to give back later. At College Mentors for Kids, we motivate kids and college

Your gift to the Monticello Annual Fund will significantly aid in the enhancement and stewardship of Jefferson's Monticello—the only home in America recognized by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site—one of the world's greatest cultural treasures. By giving to the Monticello Annual Fund, you will help them share Jefferson's ideas and ideals with people around the world and support the continued preservation of one of the world's most recognizable and admired buildings. For further information: https://www.monticello.org/. Charitable gifts from generous donors allow Montpelier to open the doors every day to visitors, students, scholars, and international leaders from emerging democracies. As a partner in their mission, support from donors like you helps Montpelier bring to life the character of one of our most indispensable founders. Your gift honors James and Dolley Madison and shares their legacy with the nation and the world. Like most of our suggestions, the Montpelier Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and your charitable gift is fully eligible for tax deductions. If you have a question about making a gift to Montpelier, please contact support@montpelier.org or call (540) 661-0253.

The Little Keswick Foundation for Special Education has several meth-

ods of making contributions to the Foundation that will enable the donor to enjoy personal financial benefits while supporting the Little Keswick Foundation’s mission to support children who experience learning disabilities and/or emotional behavior issues. Gifts may be in the form of cash, appreciated securities, life insurance, real estate, or deferred. For further information contact the Little Keswick Foundation for Special Education — www.lkfse.org. Like all Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation facilities, Montpelier Farm receives absolutely no public funding. Every bale of hay, quart of grain, halter, horseshoe, and vaccination is made possible by generous donors. Your tax-deductible contribution of any size will go toward helping retired all TRF horses, including those living at Montpelier Farm. They happily accept donations of supplies and services. Sponsoring a permanent resident at Montpelier makes a wonderful gift for someone special. Please call the TRF Montpelier Development office with any questions.

students to reach their full potential to positively impact the community. Mentoring relationships are not only beneficial for the children, but the college students, as well. Mentors learn about the resources their campus offers, leadership skills that they may have never thought they had, and the need for positive role models in their communities.

being able to help my little buddy and other kids in this program, and I would really appreciate your donation. If you are interested in donating to College Mentors for Kids you can either donate by check or online. If you prefer to write a check please write: College Mentors for Kids: University of Virginia in the subject line and Lizzie Rives in the memo line.

Last year, our UVa Chapter was awarded “Chapter of the Year 2015-2016” from College Mentors for Kids Nationals. Our Chapter is quickly growing as we have over 140 members in our organization, doubling our membership from last year. This year we have added a third elementary school to our mentorship program.

All checks should be addressed to: College Mentors for Kids: University of Virginia,212 West 10th Street, Suite B260 ,Indianapolis, IN 46202

Working with my little buddy and the rest of the chapter has been a great experience, one that that would not be possible without support from individuals like you. This year our Chapter needs to raise $20,000 to keep this nonprofit running. The best part of my week is

Thank you for your support! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

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To donate online proceed to the overall UVa College Mentors for Kids page, and on the right side there is a red button that says "Give”.

NOVEMBER 2016


POLITICS

A Proposed Montpelier District In July, the Orange County Supervisors

ADAPTED BY KESWICK LIFE sented the supervisors with a proposed draft of the MD during a work session. The text was the collaborative effort of Frederick, the county administrator, the county attorney, the director of economic development and Montpelier leadership. Frederick said the property’s historical significance makes this a unique process that been a collaborative effort between the county and Montpelier to ensure the language aligns with Montpelier’s mission and long-term goals.

authorized staff to draft a comprehensive zoning classification for Montpelier at the request of Montpelier leadership, including the Montpelier Foundation’s CEO/President Kat Imhoff and COO Sean O’Brien. On Thursday evening (Dec. 1), the Orange County Planning Commission held the first formal public hearing on the proposed Montpelier District—a site-specific zoning classification that would allow the National Trust for Historic Preservation property to pursue agri-tourism economic development opportunities.

Orange County Administrator Bryan David said the proposed zoning classification would be specific to Montpelier and not available to any other properties in the county.“The National Trust for Historic Preservation, which is actually the owner of the land, has looked at it [the proposed MD] and felt very comfortable with it,” David said. “In fact, they held it out as they wish they could have this for some of its other properties across the nation.”

According to the Orange County Department of Planning and Zoning, the purpose of the district is two-fold: to reasonably permit Montpelier to conduct operations which align with its mission— especially in light of its importance in generating tourism income and exposure for the county—and to allow Montpelier to capitalize on the findings and recommendations of a grant-funded study assessing economic development opportunities at the county’s premier property. The proposed district would apply to more than 2,000 acres the Montpelier Foundation operates and would permit Montpelier to diversify operations that align with its mission of “transforming James Madison’s historic estate into a dynamic cultural institution engaging the public with the enduring legacy of Madison’s most powerful idea: government by the people.” The proposed Montpelier District also would bring several of Montpelier’s current operations—such as the visitors’ center, Exchange Café and Center for the Constitution classrooms— into county zoning compliance. The December 1 hearing is the first of two required public hearings, but represents the latest in an ongoing dialogue between Montpelier officials, county staff, planning commission members and citizens.The district also could position Montpelier to supplement its own revenue stream while supporting county tourism-related economic development. This is a new idea in Orange County and citizens have expressed concerns about Montpelier essentially authoring its own zoning district, the impact new development could have on Rt. 20 traffic and the possible permitted uses within such a large and historic site. They’ve wondered how much revenue any potential new agri-tourism businesses actually would generate for the property and what specific projects Montpelier might

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello went through a similar process in Albemarle County when Imhoff was COO there.In a letter to the supervisors, Imhoff said the report completed by Virginia Tech had provided good and sound guidance for opportunities that may best fit Montpelier’s mission while maintaining its rural character. Montpelier’s current agricultural zoning classification isn’t well-positioned to meet its future needs, she added. O’Brien said the MD language has gone through several revisions at Montpelier’s request.

pursue with its own zoning district? They’ve consistently questioned the proposal’s urgency. A site-specific zoning district is a complex and fascinating prospect for both Montpelier and the county, understandably there are concerns and questions. But surely a healthy Montpelier benefits all—particularly as a prestigious, agritourism and intellectual industry with a diverse local, national and international audience.In an effort to expand agritourism opportunities at its 2,600-acre property while still maintaining its historical and environmental character, Montpelier is working with the county to establish a unique zoning classification for the county’s most popular attraction. Currently, the property which houses James

Madison’s mansion, a visitor’s center, trails, gardens and the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution, is zoned agricultural which limits future uses for the property.

“We went back to them and said ‘here are some things we think are actually too open and we’d like to restrict it a little bit.’ We want to protect Orange County’s character and we want to protect Montpelier’s character for the future, so we don’t want to have things be as open as they were in the initial draft,” he said. “That’s where things like the language associated with design standards got added or got changed. We’re talking about this widely with supporters, donors, board members and everybody in the area on how this will help Montpelier meet its educational goals and financial goals and then contribute more to the Orange community.”

Revisiting the property’s zoning would assure Montpelier is in compliance with county zoning, but also ensure Montpelier can pursue opportunities to benefit not only Montpelier but the county, O’Brien added. Those findings were presented to the supervisors earlier this year and included recommendations such as a boutique hotel with event space, a farm brewery and continual assessment of agricultural opportunities.

Montpelier has also discussed the proposed zoning language with the Piedmont Environmental Council, he added.

In September, Orange County Planning and Zoning Director Josh Frederick pre-

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DEER RIDGE - Deer Ridge Farm, 218 ac.set at the foothills of the South West Mountain Range 15 minutes drive south of Charlottesville, VA. Three substantial ponds, two of which are larger than 3.5 -acres in size. The elegant country road to the farm passes the former homes of two Presidents, Monticello (Jefferson) and Ashlawn (Monroe). The property is adjacent to several large farms and across the road from the largest vineyard on the eastern seaboard. The property is ideal for recreational retreat or agricultural and forestall use. Conservation easements apply. Privacy and scenic country beauty in every direction with miles of walking trails. MLS 547863

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WEDDINGS

WHAT'S COOKING

Manning – Henry

Papas Aplastadas – Crushed Potatoes

PHOTOS BY LYNNE BRUBAKER PHOTOGRAPHY

BY THREE GUYS FROM MIAMI

The recent KHC Oyster Roast featured

an alternative meal for those non-oyster eaters - a Cuban themed meal prepared with love by a great group of friends for their fellow club members. What stood out was a potato side dish, called Papas Aplastadas – Crushed Potatoes. The backgound is simple, Cubans are known for eating many types of root vegetables: yuca, malanga, boniato. But they do also enjoy potatoes, the number one root vegetable of Americans! This recipe uses new potatoes, the small red potato you see in the supermarket. The skin of the new potato is very thin, so leave it on! It gives this dish a great flavor and nice color!

tender. Add the minced garlic and sauté an additional minute or so only.

Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 30 minutes Yield: 4 servings

Lightly grease a jelly roll pan, pizza pan, or baking sheet; you need a flat pan with a raised edge that can go under the broiler. Arrange the cooked potatoes on the pan. Spray the bottom of a coffee cup with some vegetable spray, and use the cup to smash the potatoes until they are crushed and flattened in a thin layer that more or less covers the bottom of the pan. Crush -- don't mash -- the potatoes! They should look like you dropped them on the floor, NOT like you ran over them with your SUV!

Chris

Henry and Katie Manning were married September 17 in Keswick, Virginia, at Grace Episcopal Church. After the ceremony the couple rode in a horse drawn carriage to Castalia Farm, owned by the bride's parents Diane and Paul Manning. Friends and family gathered in the property's restored 1903 cattle barn for the reception. Katie's 25-year-old former junior jumper Guinness, aka Clown, welcomed guests on the patio during the cocktail hour.

Katie reports as a freelance journalist for local and national media outlets. Chris is the general manager/COO of Stony Point Design/Build, a Charlottesville-based construction development company.

Chris parent's Patricia Mehrmann and Alan Henry from Roanoke, Virginia, hosted the rehearsal dinner at Maya restaurant. Chris and Katie became friends in the fall of 2007 at the University of Virginia where they both studied history. They started dating three years later while Katie studied journalism in graduate school at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. After a few years working abroad - the groom in Africa and the bride in Chile – the couple moved back to Charlottesville to be together. The newlyweds now live downtown with their two loving labradoodles Billie Jean and Elvis.

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We came, we saw, we smashed to make a delicious potato side dish.

Drizzle the potatoes liberally with olive oil and sprinkle to taste with salt, pepper, and cumin. The amounts listed in the ingredients are approximate. The best way is to start conservatively, taste a bite of the potatoes, and add more spices are needed! Top the potatoes with the green pepper, green onion and bacon bits.

INGREDIENTS: 4 strips bacon, chopped 12 to 16 new potatoes, unpeeled (golfball size) 1 cup chopped green pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced salt to taste 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (to taste) 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin (to taste) 3/4 cup chopped green onion 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese 1/2 cup grated Monterrey Jack cheese Cover potatoes with lightly salted water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender. Remove from heat and drain. While the potatoes are cooking, sauté chopped bacon in a large frying pan until crispy. Remove bacon bits but do not drain the oil. Add the green pepper and a little olive oil to the pan and sauté until

Evenly spread the grated cheese over the top of the potatoes. Place in the oven under the broiler at the LOW setting. You want to bring the dish back up to serving temperature and melt the cheese. Your goal? A pan of potatoes that looks gooey and bubbling with the cheese lightly browned on top. Make sure you keep the pan low enough (NOT the top rack!) so that the cheese isn't immediately scorched. This dish needs only a few minutes for the cheese to melt and brown slightly, so watch it carefully! Once hot and bubbly, remove from broiler and serve immediately.

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ONLY IN KESWICK About Detritus

BY TONY VANDERWARKER

Detritus

is what my favorite Venusian calls “misplaced stuff ”. Using a word with a Latin derivation, she characterizes out-of-place objects as an offense against nature, like bestiality or sadomasochism. To me, it’s a coffee cup sitting on the counter. To her, it might as well be a dead mouse. “There’s detritus all over this place,” she says with a sweeping gesture. The definition of detritus is “loose material that results directly from disintegration.” And she picks right up on it, pointing around the bedroom and saying, “It looks like a bomb went off in here. There’s detritus all over the place, look, two pairs of shoes, all kinds of clothes scattered around, a beer can from two nights ago, damn Stickies pasted all over the place, magazines, books—c’mon! Maybe you’re comfortable being a slob, but I can’t live like this.” So I have to sheepishly trundle around harvesting detritus. But that’s not the end of it. Because to properly convert a piece of detritus back into an object, it has to go in a special place. Otherwise you get, “That’s not

where the spatulas go, that’s for forks. Spatulas go here!” This is where she slams the spatula down in its proper place and the dogs go run and hide.

that our friends would think less of us for having a dusty car. But that makes no difference because I always end up washing it.

That’s part of my frustration. How am I supposed to know where everything goes? There must be over a thousand objects chez nous and while my memory is still chugging along, I couldn’t begin to tell you which drawer the meat thermometer goes in or what racks in the wine cooler are for white and which for red.

See if you don’t agree with me that sometimes Venusians plant detritus just to nail us. I swear I didn’t leave my sweatband sitting out on the dining room table. But sure enough, she finds it, snatches it off the glass and holds it up accusingly.

My buddy Bob gets badly hung up on the dishwasher. He can never remember the proper area for wine glasses and the right one for drinking glasses. Shrugging, Bob says, “Sometimes I load it so badly, Claire comes up and elbows me out of the way, huffing, ‘I’ll just have to unload it myself and start over.” Detritus can also be found outside, on the car for instance. “I can’t stand the car being so dusty—just look at it!” We have a gravel drive so our cars are dirty all the time. Me, I buy into it, but the Venusian I live with can’t deal with it. “We can’t go to this party with the car looking like that!” Never in my life did it occur to me

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Just like my drill instructor did at Quantico. After we’d spent three hours scrubbing every square inch of the head, he came in for an inspection. Now we had used toothbrushes to clean around commodes, buckets of water and tons of rags. I mean we had that place completely spic and span. We’re standing at attention as the D.I. goes in one stall, checks it and goes into another. He disappears into the third and suddenly we hear this loud CRASH as he kicks the door open with his foot and slowly exits, dramatically dangling a banana peel in our faces. Twenty-eight of us had cleaned that place, no way we would have missed a honking big banana peel. He proceeds to scream at us that we’re a bunch of lousy, no-good incompetents

who will never make good marines and orders us to clean the latrine again. The other thought you have to keep in mind is Venusians don’t have detritus. Nope, instead, they have another classification--what they call things. It doesn’t sound fair but if they are things, they can be anyplace and get a free pass. As in, “Those things I left out on the table—they are to go to Ada’s” Or, “All the things on the bed in the guest room are for my trip to D.C.” But one Martian’s sweatband is a Venusian’s detritus. And with so much stuff in the house, there’s no way to win—unless you spend every waking hour searching out your misplaced possessions. So just get used to losing the detritus wars. For Martians it’s a lost cause.

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LIFE, MAKE IT HAPPEN! Election Fallout BY MARY MORONY

Yesterday

was the day, the first Tuesday in November. Eager for the onerous task to be done, I got myself to the polls early. The outcome never meant so much to me, nor did I care about it with such angst. Elections, in my lifetime, tended toward Tweddle Dee/Tweddle Dum options for the Oval office. The only seeming difference between the candidates was their party's twist on graft, corruption, gerrymandering and the court, or whatever agenda du jour happened to make the ballot. In the days before we became so fractured, our elected officials were hard to tell apart because the electorate was more homogenous. Not so much these days. Americans lost our innocence when those planes flew into the twin towers. Fear took over, driven by ego and greed. I envied the verve women all around me felt for breaking the ceiling, but, oh, why her? Even the passion the basket of deplorables mustered for their candidate, I wished for some of it. For the last six months my abiding question: why can't I get past the despicable personalities and focus on the issues? All I can see are two loathsome talking heads spewing invectives, pointing fingers and doing their utmost to separate our country into reds or blues. Name calling, and judgments ran like a leaky toilet for the past year. After I voting my conscience, I took the canine friends off to the woods to clear my head hoping of find something positive to write. For most of the walk, I told myself the deplorable choice we all faced today was, in fact, our shadow staring at us. Like in comic strip Pogo, "We have met the enemy, and he is us." A noxious

to change." We went on our ways. Still mulling what to put on paper, I half heard what the man said. Still grousing about the horrible the choice we were forced to make, focusing on the divided nation listening to my ego. With every step, my sadness increased until by the time I was back home I was near tears, still deaf to the hunter's words. I had an appointment with a wise woman I admire. We talked, as I struggled to maintain my composure.

voice in my head retorts I was spouting new age hokum. There is a favorite passage from A Course in Miracles I like to recite to remind myself of my purpose when I fall off track or to quite the noise in my head when it reaches a crescendo. I am here only to be truly helpful. I am here to represent Him Who sent me. I do not have to worry about what to say or what to do, because He Who sent me will direct me. I am content to be wherever He wishes, knowing He goes there with me. I will be healed as I let Him teach me to heal. Those words echoed on my tongue as I happened upon a bearded man, decked head to toe in camo, carrying a rifle. After exchanging greetings and pleasant-

ries, we discussed his black powder gun and the size of my dogs. Did my hounds scare away his game? He assured me that it was no problem. Then confident of my candidate's win, I left him with a gratuitous show of largesse, despite my certainty of his political leanings; I said, "don't forget to vote." He responded, "Yes, ma'am I sure would if I could figure out which one I disliked least. You would think we could come up with better choices, wouldn't you?" I couldn't stop it, I opened my mouth and out came my thoughts on how I believe we are responsible for this. If we want better representatives, there is work to do. No lecturing, just saying out loud what I had been thinking.

Off topic, I began to tell her the story of meeting the hunter and what he shared with me. He had repeated my thoughts back to me almost verbatim had without my knowledge. No words exchanged, I had made my mind up, dismissing him and his wisdom while going through the motions of conviviality. My friend said, "You saw an angel today." I wept in gratitude for the truth of what she said. Also, in humiliation for my judgment, which caused me to missed his essence. This morning, I am challenged to love the parts of me I shove aside, dismiss as not worthy or despise. I can no longer afford to straddle the fence and condemn. The time is here to reject my ego's siren's song. The time is right to heal to learn to love every part of me for all our sake.

He said, "it's in us. We are going to make the changes in our hearts if we want better leaders. Our hearts are going to have

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TRAVEL

Peanut Island

There is a place called Peanut Island.

BY JOSEPH J. SHIELDS

It is in Florida and I have been there. You would think it is shaped like a peanut, but it’s not.

I threw her the bag and instructed my children not to go near either one of them as the couple attempted to swim towards the artificial reef near the shoreline. Lighthouse performed an Olympicpaced, disturbing version of the Australian crawl, leaving The Girlfriend behind to flail in his troubled wake. The sun shirts they wore on their backs appeared to pull them under.

Peanut Island was created in 1918 with excavation debris from the construction of the Palm Beach Inlet. It was originally called Inlet Island, but the name changed after plans were made to use the island for a peanut-shipping operation. The venture never happened but the name stuck.

“You can’t make this stuff up, can you?” I asked the captain.

Aerial photographs reveal the tiny landmass is perfectly circular, as you would expect from an artificial undertaking by humans. The inlet connects Lake Worth lagoon to the Atlantic Ocean and maintains a depth of 35 feet. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, Navy Seabees built a nuclear fallout shelter on Peanut Island for President John F. Kennedy. The bunker was situated 5 minutes by helicopter and 15 minutes by boat from the Kennedy estate in Palm Beach. The bunker would have literally been JFK’s last resort. People often visit Peanut Island Park to tour the bunker and the U.S. Coast Guard Station that used to be situated there. My kids, however, weren’t interested in a maritime museum or remnants from the Cold War. Instead of spending part of the day underground, we spent the afternoon underwater swimming with fish.

The children asked the captain if they could jump in after he dropped anchor. Captain Ron (yes, like in the movie) was worried about the current and tossed a line out so they could grab it and pull themselves back to the yacht. “I can’t get much closer,” he said. “If you guys are good simmers and want to swim to the island you can.” My brother-in-law arranged the afternoon excursion for a break from lateDecember holiday festivities. His friend owns the boat—we’ll call it “Cliché” (Newport, Rhode Island)—and keeps it in Palm Beach during the winter season. “They grow up so fast!” my brother-inlaw exclaimed, watching his niece and nephews jump overboard. All three were quickly taken away by the flow of water. They expertly swam against the current and grabbed the rope. “You should avoid using annoying clichés,” I said. “That one has had its day.”

Concerned, he said, “Can she swim? And what is he doing?” “No,” I replied. “And he is damaging the water.” “There won’t be any fish left if he keeps that up.” “At least the bag of sunscreen floats,” I said, before hopping in with my apparatus.

“But cliché’s are always true, which is why people started saying them.” For once in his life he had a point. I took my shirt off and jumped in before he could say: “Enjoy it while it lasts.”

Captain Ron served lunch: shrimp cocktail, fruit platter, and cheese and crackers. My kids devoured the food like dogs and quickly returned to the water to escape my brother-in-law and his girlfriend. My brother-in-law—let’s call him “Lighthouse,” a nickname he earned in college because of his height, pale white skin, and fear of the sun—was badly sunburned in the Galapagos Islands as a child and spends his free time covering his body with globs of SPF 70 sunscreen in all climates. The practice becomes more extreme the closer he gets to the equator. And the madness is contagious; his perfectly “normal” girlfriend—let’s call her “The Girlfriend” because she has taken a leave of absence—inherited his illogical fear of sunlight. Both wore large-brimmed hats designed for African safaris and clothing intended for fishing guides. The 30-minute voyage to Peanut Island was fantastic. When I wasn’t enjoying the scenery—to the east, waterfront estates hidden behind walls of greenery and privacy hedges, and to the west, high-rise condos and industrial Riviera Beach—I witnessed the happy couple

force sunscreen onto the bodies of my offspring. Annoyed, the three looked at me for help, but I considered the benefits: a return to shore without sunburns. The après-lunch activity took the prize. Lighthouse and The Girlfriend reapplied sunscreen to the children and then all five dove into the water. Rings of the sunscreen’s potentially harmful synthetic ingredients—oxybenzone and octinoxate—appeared on the surface of the water. The swimmers emerged from the plunge and bubbles fizzled away the messy slick. Captain Ron and I tossed them snorkeling equipment. Each swimmer struggled putting on his or her mask; excessive sunscreen application did not help matters. Fortunately, Cliché did not have enough flippers onboard, which limited the struggle to masks and snorkels. After Lighthouse had his mask and snorkel ready, he asked me to throw him the plastic bag full of sunscreen. “You should consider living in Norway,” I said. “Come on, just throw me the bag.” “But we have a couple-hundred yard swim? And it only takes ten minutes to circumnavigate the island?” “I told him I would carry it,” said The Girlfriend.

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Underwater, the six of us were overcome by the hues of transformative, striped reef fish. I recognized a few: the sergeant major, with its yellow sheen, silvery gray, and oftentimes darker shades of blue; the flat, disk-like angelfish with colorations that boggle minds; and the Atlantic porkfish, with its solid yellow forehead and two black vertical bars. I read the shallow, rocky Peanut Island coastline has some of the best snorkeling in South Florida. The water, as advertised, was waist-deep, and we played among the lime-rock boulders near the southern edge of the island. We mainly encountered smaller, schooling reef fish, but I had read and was certain that barracuda, sharks, tarpon, and green moray eels often made an appearance in these waters. I intermittently studied the fish and watched the kids marvel at the welcome assault on their senses. When I wasn’t absorbing the marine life, I studied my children’s scuba masks, which were half-full of water. We practiced clearing the masks, both underwater and above water, but the basics of snorkeling were too difficult to teach that afternoon. My kids did not understand the dynamics of the shaped tube; typically it should remain above sea level. Nevertheless, they breathed through their contraptions, partially drowning, always wanting to get closer to fish. After an hour or so, we swam to the

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house and The Girlfriend reapplied sunscreen. I ventured into the water first and raced to the channel, testing the current, looking for careless boaters, and searching for sharks beneath the sea. In the absence of sunlight, the visibility we previously enjoyed had deteriorated. Halfway to the boat, at an uncertain depth in 20 feet of water, I turned and watched as three dark forms swam towards me. Rays of sunshine suddenly broke through the clouds, penetrating the water. The light illuminated the creatures with stripes and brilliant colors my eyes could no longer recognize.

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extraordinary Blue Ridge panorama. The Three northeastby ofBill theAtwood, City, Foothill manormiles was designed AIA, Farm enjoys a tranquil setting an and built in 1980 of cedar sidingwith capped extraordinary Blue Ridge panorama. The with a standing seam roof. Mr. Atwood manor was designed by Billthe Atwood, successfully captured broadAIA, and and built in 1980 of cedar siding capped beautiful Blue Ridge views from every with a standing seam roof. Mr. include Atwooda principal room. The fine details successfully captured the broad first floor master suite, tall ceilings,and oak beautiful Ridgescale. views from every floors andBlue generous A loft with full principal room. The details include bath is available for fine guests and/or staff. aA first masternear suite, ceilings, oak poolfloor is situated thetall manor as well as floors and generous scale. A loft with full a two car detached garage. A farm bath is available for guests A manager's residence (alsoand/or a greatstaff. rental) pool is situated near the manor as well as completes the improvements. The farm is a215 two carofdetached garage. farm acres pasture and forest A rising to manager's residence (also a great rental) the crest of the Southwest Mountains. completes the improvements. The farm is 215 acres of pasture and forest rising to the crest of the Southwest Mountains. For further information contact : Joe Samuels 434.981-3322

miles from Charlottesville. The 1850 Located the Somerset area of Orange, manor inhome has had numerous just 2.5 miles from Gordonsville 22 improvementscompleted by the and present miles from Charlottesville. The 1850 owners, using only the finest materials manor home had living numerous including a new,has paneled room improvementscompleted by the present (20x34), country kitchen and laundry/ owners, using only materials mudroom. Also in the the finest main house are including a new, paneled living room four bedrooms, dining room, breakfast (20x34), country kitchen laundry/ room, study, original livingand room, library mudroom. Also in the main house areis and two galleries. The 170 acre estate four bedrooms, dining room, breakfast further enhanced by a four bedroom room, study, original living room, library guesthouse, three bedroom tenanthouse, and two galleries. The 170 acre estate is two new garage/workshops, smokehouse, further enhanced by a four bedroom swimming pool formal gardens, 3-stall guesthouse, three bedroom tenanthouse, stable two new garage/workshops, smokehouse, swimming pool formal gardens, 3-stall stable For further information contact : Justin Wiley 434.981.5528

market place. Furnishings include the Perfectly located, this fully furnished, furniture, paintings, mirrors and turn-key home truly is unique tapestries. The home is on in a today's private market place. the waterfront lotFurnishings overlookinginclude Broadmoor furniture, mirrors Lake and thepaintings, new Pete Dye designedand golf tapestries. The home is on a private course ("Full Cry"). Enjoy breathtaking waterfront lot surrounding overlooking Broadmoor views of the golf course, Lake and the new PeteRidge Dye designed golf woodlands and Blue Mountains in course ("Full Cry"). Enjoy breathtaking the distance. This low maintenance views of the surrounding country home is relaxinggolf as course, well as woodlands and Blue Ridge Mountains in perfect for entertaining with a beautiful the distance. This low maintenance billiard room, home theatre and outdoor country homeofisthe relaxing as well as kitchen. State art security system, perfect for entertaining with a beautiful whole house audio and Lutron lighting billiard room,Five home theatreand andair outdoor throughout. heating zones. kitchen. State of the art security system, Exceptionally well crafted with the finest whole house audio and Lutron lighting of materials. throughout. Five heating and air zones. Exceptionally well crafted with the finest of materials. For further information contact : Frank Hardy 434.296-0134

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Family Land Trust first time available to stone walls of ARCOURT Barnfield Drive will remain-a Gordonsville Road home built in Hills 1882 by Governor James L. Stony exquisitelyPoint restored to facilitate modern Market in over 60yrs.Road Perk Test, Soil Walnut testament to the quarried natural stone Long after other homes have crumbled, and superb quality construction usedthe to stone walls of ARCOURT will remain-a create this one of a kind estate. Spacious testament to the custom quarriedresidence natural stone French-inspired on 22 and superb quality construction used to private acres in Keswick Hunt Country, create this one of afor kind estate. Spacious completely fenced horses, 3-stall stable, French-inspired custom residence on 22 guest quarters, with shop/garage private acres Interior in Keswick Hunt Country, underneath. of residence features completely fenced for horses, stable, an open floor plan, with large3-stall rooms, high guest quarters, with shop/garage ceilings, tall windows, and heated stone underneath. of residence features floors. ThereInterior is a main-level master suite, an open bedroom floor plan,orwith large rooms, second study on the first high floor, ceilings, tall windows, and stone two more bedrooms and twoheated baths on the floors. There is aBeautiful main-level master suite, second level. mountain and second bedroom studyhome on the&first floor, pastoral views or from covered two more bedrooms and two baths on the veranda with stone fireplace. second level. Beautiful mountain and For further information contact pastoral views 434.295.1131 from home & covered Jim Faulconer veranda with stone fireplace. For further information contact Jim Faulconer 434.295.1131 20.

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Reports are Complete and Dominion Family Trust available to Power Land brought to first fronttime of Parcel. Along Market in over 60yrs. Perk Test, Soil Scenic Byway with expansive views of Reports areMt Complete and Dominion Southwest Range. Mountain Stream Power brought to front of Parcel. Along traverses Property and feeds into Happy Scenic Byway with expansive views of Creek. 60% open, rolling fields, 40% Southwest Mt Range. Mountain Stream mature woods. Elevations provide traverses and Property feeds into has Happy excellentProperty Homesites. one Creek. 60% open, rolling fields, 40% development right and size not greater mature woods. provide than 6.2acs; main Elevations parcel 46.72 acs. Land excellent Homesites. Property has one maintained,seeded & fertilized; consists of development right Davidsonsoil. and size not greater highly desirable VDOT than 6.2acs; main parcel 46.72 acs.Survey Land entrance approved & installed. maintained,seeded & fertilized; consists of 2008. Scenic 14mi drive to C'ville, 3 mi into highly desirable Davidsonsoil. Gordonsville. Aerial and Ground VDOT Photos. entrance approved & installed. Survey . 2008. Scenic 14mi drive tocontact C'ville, :3 mi into For further information Gordonsville. Aerial and Ground Photos. Duke and Sharon Merrick 434-951-5160 . For further information contact : Duke and Sharon Merrick 434-951-5160

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Kemper in Orange County. The farm has Walnut is an idealmostly Georgian manor a total Hills of 373 acres, open with home built in 1882 by Governor James excellent soil types and three miles L. of Kemper in on Orange farm and has frontage the County. RapidanThe River, aincredible total of 373 acres, mostly openviews. with Blue Ridge Mountain excellent soil types and three miles of The 6000 sq. ft. brick home is constructed frontage on the Rapidan River, and extremely well and exudes a grand style incredible Ridge Mountain views. that only aBlue period house can.Iimpressive The 6000 sq. ft. brick home is constructed details include a fully paneled library, extremely wellformal and exudes grand seven style living room, dininga room, that only a period house can.Iimpressive bedrooms, 5.5 baths and nine fireplaces. details includeona the fully paneled library, Also included property is an earlier living room, formal dining room, seven circa 1855 brick home, which is ideally bedrooms, baths and nine fireplaces. suited as a 5.5 guest house. Also included on the property is an earlier circa 1855 brick home, which is ideally suited as a guest house. contact : For further information Peter Wiley 434.422.2090

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convenience with a perfect blend of Circa 1732 Colonial farmhouse history and charm. Enjoy private country exquisitely restored to facilitate modern living on over 30 acres with rolling treeconvenience a perfect blend of shaded lawns with and well-watered pastures history and charm. Enjoy private country minutes to historic downtown. Formal living overdining, 30 acresgourmet with rolling treelivingonand kitchen, shaded lawns and well-watered pastures family room, 5 fireplaces, beautiful crown minutes downtown. Formal moldingto historic and hardwood floors living and dining, gourmet kitchen, throughout. Library with fireplace adjoins family room, 5suite fireplaces, beautiful crown the Master with 10' ceiling, two molding and hardwood floors bathrooms and separate dressing room. throughout. Library with fireplace adjoins Upstairs, three bedrooms with two full the Master suite with 10' ceiling, two baths. Dependencies include oval pool, bathrooms and separate dressing screened dining pavilion with room. stone Upstairs, three bedrooms with two barn full fireplace, 3 bedroom guest cottage, baths. Dependencies include oval pool, and shed. screened dining pavilion with stone For further information contact : barn fireplace, 3 bedroom guest cottage, Hunter Palmer 434.422.2090 and shed.

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he Virginia Historical Society is pleased to announce that Altria Group has agreed to sponsor the VHS’s newest exhibit, “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times.”

The nationally touring exhibit will run from October 2015 through January 2016 and will be shown in the VHS’s newly created changing exhibition space, one of the project goals of its $38-million “Story of Virginia Campaign.” The exhibition consists of 35 costumes and accessories from the popular PBS MASTERPIECE Classic program. Visitors will be able to explore the lives of Downton’s aristocratic inhabitants and their servants during the World War I period. “Altria has a long history of support for the arts,” said Jack Nelson, Executive Vice Wiley Real Estate, LLC founded by Jus- Equestrian Team in 1956 and 1960. Many President and Chief Technology Officer, Altria Group, and Board Vice Chairman, tin Wiley and Peter Wiley will open the still remember the Disney movie, The Virginia Historical Society. “And we are pleased to support the Virginia Historical doors of its Charlottesville and Orange Horse with the Flying Tail, made about Society as it brings traveling exhibitions like ‘Dressing Downton’ to our hometown. offices on December 1, 2016. A full-ser- him and his horse, Nautical. After the This beand a great for residents and visitors alike.” viceexhibition residential,will farm landdraw brokerage Olympics Hugh ran a successful horse

firm, Wiley Real Estate is uniquely posi- operation on their farm in Fluvanna. All “We aretoexcited to have Altria sponsor this nationally exhibition of tioned represent buyers and Group sellers of the Wileys grew uptouring riding and working Downton Abbeyand costumes,” Paul Levengood, andand CEO of the Virginia homes, farms, land in said the Charloton the President farm. Justin Peter graduated Historical Society. “There are many real-life connections to Downton tesville area and throughout Central Vir- American from St. Anne's Belfield School inAbbey, Charginia and beyond.complements the VHS mission lottesville before offlife. to college. and this exhibition to bring ourheading history to During Before joining Royer and McGavick in the late 19th century, and right up to the outbreak of World War I, hundreds of American An up-to-date knowledge of the market, 1991, Justin managed farms and estates women visited England and Europe hoping to marry aristocrats. The series character, solidCora, working relationships with other the American Charlottesville area. Peter graduLady the Countess of Grantham is oneinsuch woman.” agents, and a genuine desire to serve its ated in 2000 with an international MBA clients' needs are the distinctive features from The University of South Carolina The exhibition and the two major exhibitions that follow it are part of the $38-million of the firm. “With over 30 years of com- and joined Justin at Frank Hardy Realty “Story of Virginia Campaign,” of which more than $31 million has been raised. bined experience, we have built a deep in 2005. There he and Justin developed client base by providing our buyers and solid reputations and gained a wealth of “The Story Virginia Campaign” is designed to help the VHS better utilize portions sellers withofextensive market knowledge knowledge and experience. Justin and ofand its existing facility. This willand allow for the ofthree evenchildren more oflive theon Society’s professional negotiation comhisdisplay wife and a farm collections asskills,” well assays hosting morebroker, and larger and exhibitions. munication principal in events Orange, Virginia with their horses and Justin Wiley. Making sure that clients four Jack Russells. Peter and his wife, are satisfied in the long-termwill is of para- “The Melissa, with200their children Future changing exhibitions include Art of live Seating: yearstwo of American mount importance to the firm and its and two dogs in Charlottesville. Wiley Design,” which will feature works by John Henry Belter, George Hunzinger, Herter agents. Stickley The Wileys have brought agents Real Estate&looks forward to using its Brothers, Brothers, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, to the firm who have a demonstrated depth of knowledge to serve its clients and Frank Gehry and many more. commitment to excellence in their work in a thoughtful and professional manner. and a desire to put the client first. Please look them up on www.wileyprop“Pro Football Hall of Fame: Gridiron Glory,” another upcoming VHS changing erty.com exhibition, will highlight such storied objects as the Super Bowl trophy, a 1917 game Justin and Peter grew up on a horse farm ball used by Jim Thorpe and theTheir Canton in Fluvanna County, Virginia. fa- Bulldogs, Tom Dempsey’s famous kicking shoe his half Mean Joe Greene’s jersey, and more than 200 other items ther,created Hugh for Wiley, was foot, an amateur rider from the sport’s rich history, normally who represented The United States on itshoused at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Admission to each of these special exhibitions is free for Virginia Historical Society members.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas

OBITUARY

Claudia King Smith Lynn Claudia King Smith Lynn was born in

vegetables, even invented and patented a tool to make gardening easier. She enjoyed her membership in the Keswick Garden Club, and like her mother and sisters, was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, John Alexander Chapter and the Seventeenth Century Dames, Jamestown Chapter.

Richmond, Virginia, the daughter of Corrine King and James Turner Smith. After her father's death the family moved to Davis Island, Florida, where she attended St, Andrew School and the Ringley Museum School of Art in Sarasota, Florida. While living in Alexandria, she attended the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. Her medium was oil, and she became known for her horse and animal portraits.

To celebrate its 44th holiday season in

Barboursville, Four County Players, Central Virginia’s Longest Running Community Theater, is proud to present “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” by Charles M. Schulz, opening Nov. 18 on the Mainstage. Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson, adapted for the stage by Eric Schaeffer, with special arrangement by Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson, this holiday classic makes its regional premiere in Barboursville. The beloved animated TV special comes to beautiful life in this faithful stage adaptation. Only recently made available to regional theaters, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” has been delighting viewers since it first aired in 1965. Come celebrate the holidays in Barboursville with Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the whole gang of your favorite Peanuts characters, as they come to learn the true meaning of Christmas. This production is directed by Jane Gargett, with musical direction by Jim Niederberger and choreography by Michelle Cooper. The talented cast includes Robert Eversberg in the title role, Katie Hutchins as Lucy, Dalton Dickerson as Linus, Meagan Tomlin as Snoopy, Catherine Morales as Sally, Hannah Vidaver as Pig Pen, Cheryl Mares as Frieda, Sheridan Parkinson as Schroeder, Lisa Medders as Patty, Chrissy Troup as Violet

and Austin Hutchins as Shermy. The design team for “A Charlie Brown Christmas” includes Edward Warwick White as scenic designer, Malinda Smith as master carpenter, Tricia Emlet as costume, hair and makeup designer, Amanda Watson as lighting designer and Carl R. Schwaner as sound designer, with properties by Wendy Novicoff. Rounding out the production staff are Geri Carlson Sauls as producer, Miranda Hogan as production stage manager, Amy David as assistant stage manager and Jacob Corbin as assistant to the director. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” opens Friday, Nov. 18 and runs weekends on the Mainstage through Dec. 11. Friday and Saturday night performances are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m. Please note: there are no performances of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Sunday, Nov. 20 and Friday, Nov. 25. Tickets are $16 for adults; $15 for seniors and students and $14 for children 12-under. All Friday tickets are half-price ($8, half of a regular adult ticket).

As a young girl in Florida, she became an accomplished equestrian, and later fox hunter, keeping her horse at the stables near Gunston Hall and riding with the Pohick and Bull Run Hunts. Fishing was another pastime, and she enjoyed both salt and fresh water fishing, tying her own flies. That is how she met and married her husband Andrew Carl Lynn of Occoquan , Virginia who owned and operated a fishing and hunting store there. They were a match made in heaven, enjoying so many things in common. Not only fishing and hunting, but skiing, motorcycles, golfing and fox hunting with the Keswick Hunt, after moving to Devon Lake in Keswick.

She is survived by her husband, Andrew; sisters, Caroline Smith Stringer and her husband, Lawrence Hartzler, Nan Hollinsworth of Lynchburg, and Calhoun Anderson, husband of her late sister, Sue Anderson of Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and several nieces and nephews. Services were held on Tuesday, November 22, 2016,at Grace Episcopal Church, Keswick, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, Claudia would like contributions be made to Focus Ultrasound Foundation, 1230 Cedars Ct, #206, Charlottesville, VA 22903, or to CASPCA, 3355 Berkmar Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22901.

Claudia loved gardening flowers and

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Give the Gift of a Great Book BY SUZANNE NASH

Thanksgiving

has come and gone and Christmas shopping is in full swing. If you have book lovers on your shopping list I have a few suggestions… For your youngest readers, I often return to three favorites…Waiting for Winter by Sebastian Mechenmaser, Christmas in the Country by Rylant/Gabe and How Six Found Christmas by Tina Schart Hyman. For grownups who enjoy thrillers, a good fit might be The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I know the movie has just recently come out in theaters and many have seen it but the book is a marvelous ride and I admit I didn’t see the end coming. It builds and builds and with the unreliable narrative you are never sure if you are getting reality or some skewed drunken perspective from the protagonist, Rachel, as she tries

to discover what happened to a girl she used to see every day in passing from her commuter train window. For a story with a completely different feel, take a look at Poison by Sara Poole. Renaissance Rome is the setting for this historical mystery and it follows the story of Francesca Giordano who is trying to figure out a way to avenge her father’s death. When she takes her father’s place as the poisoner for Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia, she is thrust into the middle of political and religious intrigue that rocks Rome from the Jewish ghetto to the Vatican. This is an interesting foray into the world of the renaissance poisoner and the house of Borgia was a keen user of their talents. Poison was a favored type of political assassination since, if the poisoners were skillful, the poison could mimic so many natural diseases.

If you think your reader might enjoy fact rather than fiction The Hotel on Place Vendome by Tilar J. Mazzeo is a wonderful choice. Paris during the occupation was a crazy time and The Ritz Hotel was in the center of it all, quite literally.. While Paris was in the throes of war, those who occupied the Ritz lived a very different life. Actresses and spies rubbed shoulders with top Nazi leaders. Secrets were traded, murders committed and loyalties were tested. From Coco Chanel and Goring to Hemingway and Dietrich, they all passed through the doors of The Ritz and left a story…and it is all here in this masterful piece of work by the author of The Widow Cliquot. My latest favorite find is the beautifully written creation by journalist, Sandy Tolen , called The Lemon Tree. While you might not think another look at the Israeli Palestinian Conflict is something any-

one wants to read during the holidays…I found it inspiring and compelling and once I started I couldn’t put it down. When a Palestinian family has to leave their family home and find they can’t return is upturns their world. Years later a family member returns to his hometown to meet the current Jewish owners. It is heart wrenching and will make you look at how two opposing sides can speak with kindness and love in the face of their countries conflict. I applaud the authors attempt to present both sides of the argument with equanimity and gentleness. May you all experience the love and joy of this season and hopefully I will see you in the bookstore!!

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UVa’s Madison House Brightens the Holiday Season for Local Families It’s all about the kids,” fourth-year Uni-

versity of Virginia student Morgan Gronbeck as she surveyed a room full of boxes packed with all kinds of gifts and household items, from stuffed animals and soccer balls to cereal and canned vegetables. A Madison House program director, she and other student volunteers work for the Holiday Sharing program year after year, she said, because of seeing those children’s faces light up as they see their gifts of bicycles, toys and more. Coordinated by Madison House, UVA’s student volunteer center, and in partnership with the Salvation Army of Charlottesville, the Holiday Sharing program invites the UVA and Charlottesville communities to collect food and gifts for local families in need. The program has been

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an annual tradition for almost 30 years. Bikes, bikes and more bikes! As the Holiday Sharing program head program director, fourth-year student Emily Brown oversees about 50 Madison House volunteers and helps inventory donations. Bikes, bikes and more bikes! As the Holiday Sharing program head program director, fourth-year student Emily Brown oversees about 50 Madison House volunteers and helps inventory donations. This year, with the support of donors from UVA offices and departments, Greek organizations and alumni from across the country, as well as area nonprofit groups, the program collected more than $40,000 in donations of food, gifts and money that will be distributed

Saturday to 150 local families referred by the Salvation Army.

Sharing, celebrating the holidays in their household just wouldn’t be possible.”

The families are invited to pick up their packages during a festive party at Madison House, where they can decorate cookies and enjoy snacks while holiday music plays.

Aidan Kilrain, a third-year biology major, leads one of five teams who work all semester on soliciting donations, running a food drive at local grocery stores, keeping an inventory of all the packages and planning the celebration for the families. It’s a great experience to help people in Charlottesville, he said, and offers students a chance to meet others beyond the on-Grounds bubble.

As busy as Santa’s elves, UVA students gathered at the center this week to pack food and gifts for local families to help them enjoy the holiday season.“Seeing the reactions of the families, how grateful they are, makes it all worthwhile,” said fourth-year student Emily Brown, the Holiday Sharing head program director who oversees about 50 Madison House volunteers. “Many recipients have expressed that without Holiday

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All Saints Chapel Adds Parish Hall BY KESWICK LIFE

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Sunday, November 20, All Saints Chapel at Stony Point hosted a ceremony dedicating its new addition: a parish hall including a large meeting area, storage and vesting rooms, and kitchen and rest room facilities. Officiated by the reverend Miles Smith, rector of All Saints and of Grace Episcopal Church, the occasion drew well over fifty members of the two churches, donors, and construction contractors. All Saints Chapel is a mission of Grace Church, founded in the 1920’s by Grace Church rector F. Leslie Robinson and now the sole survivor of three chapels built on the west side of the Southwest Mountains as outreach to those living in those outlying areas. The original structure, completed and dedicated in 1929, was designed by architect Stanislaw J. Makielski, then a professor in the University of Virginia School of Architecture and designer of many historical structures. Highly symbolic in its design, it has remained in active use since its opening. Completed in 1929, All Saints Chapel is the only survivor of several Grace Church missions .Its exterior of rough boards painted the white of purity, its fence shaped as open arms, and its broken roof line to show the cross on the turret-shaped chimney as its highest point are features of the

highly symbolic effect conceived by the architect, Stanislaw Makielski (19141968), whose papers are archived at the University of Virginia Department of Special Collections. Recently Thomas J. Crenshaw, a lifelong member of the All Saints congregation, died, having expressed his wish that his estate could help the chapel. Many of his legal heirs donated funds for the addition. These were expanded by other donations and by a grant from the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. After necessary permits by Albemarle County had been

new features will enable more diverse activities and attract additional community and other attendees.

secured, a member of Grace Church, Ralph Dammann, acting as general contractor, engaged the services of Robertson Renovations as builder. The plans, designed by architect Adams Sutphin, follow faithfully the style of the original chapel. He and septic installer Wayne Gentry contributed their expertise as donations.

Services are held twice monthly at 9:00 am, consisting of Holy Communion on the second Sunday, celebrated by Grace’s Rector, the Reverend G. Miles Smith, and Morning Prayer on each fourth Sunday, celebrated by a lay reader. All services utilize Rite One. The usual congregation numbers about 15 to 18 persons, in addition to occasional outside visitors. Increasingly we have been joined by regular attendees of Grace Church who wish to enjoy worship in the quaint chapel building or who take this opportunity for an early service within the parish. The lay officiants for the Morning Prayer services are Alden Bigelow, Susan Hoyt, and Corky Shackelford. The three of them follow each other in rotation on fourth Sundays. We enthusiastically invite all those who are interested to come for a simple, traditional service in a beautiful setting. All Saints Chapel is located at 3929 Stony Point Road on Route 20 North, about 8 miles from Free Bridge and the Charlottesville city limits. From Cismont, one can take Route 600 (Stony Point Pass) to its end, then left about 200 yards on Route 20.

The congregation is small, averaging fifteen to twenty people for semi-monthly services, which follow the rather traditional Rite One of the Episcopal liturgy. It is hoped that the addition with its

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