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KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its environs - November 2017

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Traditions Live On

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4410 FOXCROFT FARM - Located in the heart of Keswick hunt country. A custom renovated country cottage with discriminating details and materials. The nearly 5-acre property and 3 bedroom house offer the country life at it’s best with proximity to town. There is enough room for horses and animals located on the back side of Keswick Estate. This property is an exceptional Keswick home. Murdoch Matheson 434.981.7439

Keswick Estate Lot 1 - Private acreage on Club Drive at Keswick Estate. Open and level land, fronts the golf course. The country club at Keswick offers fine dining, the newly designed Pete Dye golf course, state-of-the-art fitness center, as well as swimming, tennis and spa facilities. Caroline Garrett 540.810.2711

1220 ZACK LANE - Possibly Albemarle’s most valuable building site. Ivy Creek is a distinctive community with a limited number of residences. 2.6 acre exclusive home-site in a picturesque Virginia setting. Amenities include a private gated entrance, walking trails throughout the total 363 acre nature sanctuary, pastoral views, shared ponds and a panorama of the Blue Riddge Mountains.Only 5 minutes to Charlottesville/UVA. MLS 568298. $1,895,000. Murdoch Matheson 434.981.7439

CABIN AT TURTLE CREEK - Gorgous Free Union home In impeccable condition with well thought out floorplan, numerous terraces, conservatory, and library. Exceptional materials are found throughout. There is also a 3 bay utility building w/ potting room, studio and extensive gardens with arbored stone walkway. The renovated and restored cabin, c. 1790, has 1 bedroom, full bath, kitchen. MLS 568150. $4,950,000. Frank Hardy 434.981.0798

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Listed as one of the world’s best ciders. We take an apple-centered approach to cider making. The aim of our technique is to bring out the best of each year’s harvest. Utilizing both tradition and the cutting edge, Castle Hill Cider strives to bring you the highest quality and most enjoyable ciders. From fermenting the Levity in buried kvevri, the world’s oldest known fermentation vessels, to arresting fermentation of the Serendipity with cross flow filtration; from working with growers of varieties truly suited to cider, to renovating an 80 year old orchard, we strive to bring you the best cider to share with meals, friends, and relaxing moments.

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

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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.

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63rd Virginia Field Hunter Championship

The Keswick Hunt was the host this year for the 2017 trials at the Coleman’s Tivoli Farm in Gordonsville, Virginia on Sunday, November 5th. Shortly after World War II, a group of Virginia Foxhunters decided to hold a hunter trial for horses that had regularly been hunted for the past season, representing each hunt in the Commonwealth. The Master from each hunt nominated two horses and riders to represent their Hunt in a class called The Virginia Field Hunter Championship. Read the full story and get the results on page 8.

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global competitive bridge circuit can now add movie maker to his growing list of achievements. Pictured above, discussion with producer John McAllister and former New York Times bridge columnist Phillip Alder after the screening of John's film in Charlottesville. Read the latest on John – the film, the story behind it and the world premiere at the Virginia Film Festival on page 25!

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OVERHEARD

Here and there... in Keswick Freshen Up

On and Off The Market 935 Club Drive in Keswick Estate, the water challenged home with 4 beds, 2.5 baths and 2+ golf acres listed at $695k sold for $500k. Lot 1, with 2.6 golf front acres, on the same street listed at $300k sold for $250k. 4410 Foxcroft Farm with 4 beds, 4.5 baths, 5300 sf and 5 equestrian acres listed at $1.1m sold for $1.0m. 6531 Louisa Road, “St Margaret’s Farm”, a 6 bed, 4.5 bath, 6500 sf home on 73 acres listed at $1.45m sold for $1.4m. 102 Richmond Road with 5 beds, 4 baths and 7000 sf on 43 acres listed at $895k and sold for $800k. 4 Cismont Cottages, a 5.5 acre parcel listed at $90k sold for $68k. 862 Campbell Road with 3 beds, 2 baths and 1805 sf on 5 acres listed at $312k and sold for $292.5k. In Glenmore 3703 Newbridge Road, a 5 bed, 5 bath, 5673 sf new home sold for $965.26k. 1562 Heathrow Lane with 4 beds, 3.5 baths, 2997 sf listed at $649k sold for $500k and 1355 Tattersall Court with 4 beds, 4.5 baths, 4517 sf listed at $778.5k sold for $755k. Under contract in Glenmore is 3368 Camden Court with 5 beds, 3.5 baths, 4921 sf listed at $629k and 3570 Turnbridge Lane with 5 beds, 3 baths, 4947 sf listed at $525k. Also 4622 Richmond Road with 4 beds, 43 baths and 4160 sf on 5.8 acres listed at $469k and 228 Fieldstone Drive with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 2036 sf on 2 acres listed at $274.9k Some notable price reductions around the area! 214 Autumn Ridge Drive with 4 beds, 3 baths and 2962 sf on 2.3 acres down from $409.9k to $379.9k. 6693 Louisa Road, “Cobham Cottage”, with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3400 sf down from $710k to $680k. 52 acres on Stony Point Pass reduced from $225k to $199.9k and 664 Club View Drive, Keswick Estate, with 5 beds, 3.5 baths and 3200 sf down from $749k to $675k. In Glenmore 3392 Darby Road with 4 beds, 4 baths and 3420 sf downfrom $659k to $599k. 3667 Newbridge Rd with 3 beds, 3.5 baths and 3472 sf down from $949k to $825k. 2206 Piper Way with 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 5808 sf down from $827.5k to $770k. 14488 Perth Court with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 4828 sf down from $639k to $569k and 3370 Cotswold Lane with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 2681 sf down from $535k to $519k. What’s new this time of the year? 6506 Louisa Road with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 1900 sf on 4.3 acres is $269k and 18 acres on Turkey Sag Road is just available at $265k. 341 Pelham Way with 5 beds, 3.5 baths and 4643 sf on 4.1 acres is $895k and in Glenmore 1831 Westerham Street with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 5066 sf is priced at $899k. 3382 Marsden Point with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3358 sf is $472k. 2008 Farringdon with 5 beds, 5.5 baths and 7353 sf on 1.4 acres is $995k. 3404 Carroll Creek with 5 beds, 5 baths and 5300 sf on 1.2 acres is $1.1m and finally 2242 Waterside Way with 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 4218 sf is priced at $895k.

Horsin' Around

Stellar Wind, bred by Peggy Augustus’ Keswick Stables the winner of nine graded stakes and 2015 cham-

Keswick Hall & Golf Club – the celebrated 600-acre luxury resort – will begin a major renovation of its Forbes Five-Star 48-room hotel owned by Robert and Molly Hardie (H7 Holdings LLC) in early January 2018. The project includes comprehensive reconstruction of the building’s interior and foundation as well as a floor-to-ceiling makeover of all hotel rooms and suites, public spaces, meeting facilities and food and beverage outlets. Once completed, the overall goal of the improvements is to preserve the integrity of the elegant structure and provide an even more luxurious setting for Keswick Hall’s guests to savor a true world-class experience. During the renovation, the resort’s acclaimed golf course, Full Cry at Keswick Golf Club, will remain open, as will the golf clubhouse with its Club Grill restaurant, spa, fitness center, driving range and members’ pool. Additionally, unaffected will be the property’s full-service pavilion pool and tennis facilities. The hotel is scheduled to reopen in Spring 2019. Global design firm Hart Howerton will oversee the project. Headquartered in New York and San Francisco, the firm’s practice is designing complete environments – exceptional buildings, communities and places – in special situations where a unique historic or natural environment requires an especially thoughtful and innovative solution.

Charlottesville Garden Club to Host Garden Week The Charlottesville Garden Club is honored to host the 2018 Historic Garden Week from April 21-23, as it celebrates 85 years of fundraising to preserve the beauty and natural habitats of the Commonwealth. The inspiration for Historic Garden week was born out of a fundraiser in 1927 to save trees planted by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello. This year’s tour takes us to the bucolic Keswick hunt country of Albemarle County. All properties are nestled in the heart of the Southwest Mountain’s Rural Historic District. Enjoy estate architecture and stunning gardens that have come to typify Mr. Jefferson’s Central Virginia. On Sunday’s House and Garden Tour visit properties, including a 1,250-acre estate on the Virginia Landmark Register; an 18th century home with formal gardens and an extensive arboretum-never before on tour; a contemporary, award-winning farmhouse; and historic Grace Episcopal Church.Visitors will travel historic roads amid scenic vistas through part of picturesque Keswick Hunt country, situated in the Southwest Mountains Rural Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992 in recognition of its historical significance to the early settlement of Albemarle County. The district contains a broad range of 18th and 19th century architecture as well as 20th century estates, all evocative of grand, classically inspired manor homes reflective of its earlier history. Visitors will have access to five of Albemarle County’s finest private, historic properties, dating back to the Jefferson era. Sunday| April 22 | 10:00 AM – 5:00PM ($50 Adult, $10 Children 6-12). Visit Castle Hill Cider: Tour Headquarters, Ben-Coolyn, Castle Hill, East Belmont, Chopping Bottom Farm, and Grace Episcopal Church.

Recognition

Keswickian Jeanne McCusker, of Home Instead Senior Care, has received Hospice of the Piedmont's 2017 Angel Award for her generous support of and partnership with HOP. Spokesperson for HOP said, "Jeanne's commitment to HOP as a board member, volunteer, and fundraiser is unparalleled. We're so grateful to know Jeanne and have her on our team! Thanks for all you do, Jeanne!"

pion 3-year-old filly, soared to the top at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale’s opening session November 7, selling to M.V. Magnier for $6 million. The multiple grade 1 winner and champion 3-year-old filly of 2015 by Curlin won 10 of 16 starts and banked $2,253,200. Magnier said Stellar Wind will be bred to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah . Peggy Augustus serving the “stirrup cup” to Keswick Foxhunters enjoying a recent meet at Old Keswick, a first in many years!

Keswickians, Sloan, John and Julie Coles at opening meet of the Orange County Hunt in The Plains, Virginia. John is jt. MFH of Orange County.

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LIGHTS IN THE CITY Garden Fest of Lights

FAMILY FUN Old-Fashioned Holiday Village

'TIS THE SEASON Holiday Bazaar

Where: Lewis Ginter Garden, Richmond, Virginia When: Through January 8, 2018 - Nightly 5 – 10 p.m. (Closed December. 24 & 25)

Where: Downtown Orange When: Saturday, December 2nd

Where: Charlottesville Waldorf School When: Saturday December 2nd

A holiday tradition featuring more than half-a-million

town Orange becomes an old-fashioned village filled with holiday music, seasonal vendors and Santa! The event will bring together live holiday music, downtown merchant Open Houses, a Makers Craft Village, food, children’s activities and local church bazaars. Mountain View Barbeque will be selling delicious breakfast sandwiches. At the Train Station, parents may enjoy seeing their little ones eyes light up when they talk with Santa. There’ll be a photographer available if you wish, but don’t forget to bring the camera. Jonathan Slater, a trained classical guitarist, will be in the Train Station providing beautiful holiday music. Throughout the day children will be able to exercise their imagination during Storytime. And the Arts Center in Orange will be hosting a make-and-take craft center for children to create and take a holiday memento home.There’ll also be live holiday music throughout the event.Also scheduled for the day will be the Enchanted Extravaganza at the Market at Grelen, the Montpelier Open House, local church bazaars and Orange School of Performing Arts Nutcracker performances. For more information contact: Diane Pendleton at assistant@theoda

twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, firepit with s’mores and hot chocolate (for purchase); nightly family activities & more. The region’s ultimate holiday extravaganza! The 2017-2018 theme is Naturally Ever After: Stories in Lights. Everybody loves a good story. Now imagine myriad stories, plus legends and rhymes, embellished with amazing creativity through a half-million holiday lights! During this year’s Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights, Naturally Ever After presents Stories in Lights: from fairy tales and folklore to time-treasured classics. Indoor and outdoor displays, family activities and holiday events spotlight tales that span cultures and time … explore natural phenomena … teach life lessons … celebrate the seasons … and ultimately, connect people through plants.A “rain or shine” event; only closed for extreme weather. 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. Dogs can enjoy the holiday lights at GardenFest for Fidos! Leashed dogs are allowed on these select Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights nights: Thursday, November 30, 2017 and Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018.Regular Garden admission; $2 suggested “pet admission” benefiting theRichmond SPCA. All dogs must be leashed and current on a rabies vaccinations. Please Note: We welcome dogs in the Robins Visitor Center and Conservatory, but ask that they not enter the Kelly Education Center building.Leashed dogs allowed on GardenFest for Fidos nights only.

Holiday Open Studio Where: Annadale Farm, Gordonsville When: Saturday December 2nd & Sunday the 3rd

All sorts of local talent and One-Stop Holiday Shopping!

Original art, one of a kind pieces, including wreaths, flowers, paintings, prints, photographs, postcards, furniture, frames, food, baked goods, ceramics, jewelry, textiles and more. Meet and greet their brilliant artists and artisans of Virginia. Hosted by Merrill Strange, call 540-229-0289 or email merrillpstrange@gmail.com for more information.

On Saturday, December 2nd from 9:30am to 3pm down- On Saturday, December 2nd from 10:00am - 4:00pm,

Christmas in Middleburg Where: Middleburg, Virginia When: Saturday December 2nd

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year round, Middleburg’s beautiful 18th century village is unique - a hunt country capital, anchor of Virginia’s premier wine region, retail haven for antiques, fashion, center of fine dining, and lodging – all of which make it a memorable travel destination. On the first Saturday in December the community becomes a Christmas experience like no other - Christmas in Middleburg. Friday night, before the parade, the wonder begins with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Join us for this quiet, moving ceremony of lights and song to get your spirit in the mood for Christmas. Saturday is a full day of family festival activities, where the community comes together, celebrates a spiritually moving holy season, and individuates itself eccentrically and endearingly in doing so. The day begins with Breakfast with Santa and is followed by an iconic Middleburg Hunt review with riders on horseback and a pack of hounds coming down the main street. After lunch, the Christmas Parade begins, featuring foot beagle hunt clubs, polo clubs, animal affinity groups (corgi owners, Great Pyrenees owners, llama and alpaca owners, etc.), community groups (VFDs, schools, scouts, churches, clubs), enthusiasts groups (MG cars, old fire trucks, Mini Coopers, muscle cars), business floats, reenactment bands (Civil War, Revolutionary War, Scots highlands), high school bands, and Santa on his coach drawn by matched Ayrshires closing the parade. For further information :571-278-5658 e: Organizer@ChristmasinMiddleburg.org

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the Charlottesville Waldorf School will hold its 33rd Annual Holiday Bazaar. . Families can participate together in a wide range of wholesome and fun children’s activities The Early Childhood faculty and staff will offer traditional marionette puppet shows featuring handmade puppets, a beautiful set and a special story. The Secret Garden: a venue for our youngest shoppers. Children adore making their own purchases in a beautifully designed shop that is just for them. The stock includes many handmade treats and treasures from the natural world. Items are $2 each and may be purchased with Bazaar tickets. Middle school students and parent "gnomes" assist children as they shop.The CWS School Store: One of the highlights of the Fall Bazaar, this is the premier local destination for otherwise hard-to-find Waldorf-friendly books, toys, art supplies and home décor.Rudolf's Diner: Join us for a delicious lunch or snack at Rudolf's Diner. Harvest Moon Catering and their team of parent volunteers will provide a nourishing menu of soups and salads, sandwiches, and macaroni & cheese. Snack Shop: Snacks, cookies and bars, coffee, apple cider and other light fare are available for purchase.For more information please contact Josh Chapman at development@cwaldorf.org

Holiday Evening Tours Where: Monticello When: December 8-9, 15-18, 20-23, and 26-30 -5 pm, 5:30 pm & 6 pm

Join us for the rare opportunity to experience Monticel-

lo after dark historicall decorated for 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.

Kids Woodland Ornament Workshop Where: Carl and Hunter Smith Education Center at David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center When: December 9 and 16 - 11 am and 1 pm

Escape the hustle and bustle of the outside world, and

enjoy special time with your child during this one-hour workshop. Fuel your creativity with hot chocolate and cookies.For children ages five and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration requested.Join us for the rare opportunity to experience Monticello after dark historicall decorated for the season.Bring your child to craft unique ornaments from natural materials gathered from the woods of Monticello. Take your ornaments home or give as holiday gifts to your loved ones. Call : (434) 984-9800 or visit www. monticello.org

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COVERSTORY STORY COVER

Mo Baptiste of Piedmont Fox Hounds Wins the

Mo Baptiste of Piedmont Fox Hounds wins the 2017 Virginia Field Hunter Champion Title 2017 Virginia Field Hunter ChampionBY title Twenty-One entries participated this year representing twelve Hunt Clubs: WINKIE MOTLEY

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hortlyafter afterWorld WorldWar WarII,II,a agroup groupof hortly of Virginia Foxhunters wanted to a Virginia Foxhunters wanted to hold hold a hunter trial for horses that THE 63rd hunter trial for horses that had been had been hunted for theseason past hunted regularly forregularly the past hunting VIRGINIA FIELD HUNTER hunting season from each hunt within from each hunt within the State of Virginia. the State of Virginia. The hunt Masters fromto CHAMPIONSHIP The masters from each were each hunt were to nominate two horses nominate two horses to represent their hunt Hosted by represent a Virginia class which intoa class whichtheir theyhunt calledinthe Field THE KESWICK HUNT CLUB they called The Virginia Field Hunter Hunter Championship. This competition Championship. under hunting conditions was to begin a yearly event to select the best hunting horse competition, under condiinThis Virginia. The rider andhunting winning horse tions, was to begin a yearly event to sewould in the future be the field master for lectnext theyear. bestThe hunting horse inwould Virginia. the winning hunt then The rider and winning horse would be be expected to host the hunter trial. The first Sunday, November 5, 2017 . 1:00 pm the field master for the next year. The event was a huge success and immediately winninga hunt would then beannual expected to became fiercely competed affair . Tivoli Farm . host the hunter trial the following year. which had been held every year since 1950. The first event was a huge success and Gordonsville, Virginia The Keswick Hunt Club has been fortunate immediately became a fiercely competed enough to win the Hunter Championship 7 annual affair which has been held every times. It was won twice by Mrs. W.H. Perry year since 1950. riding One More Pennant, and twice by Alexander Rives riding Wedgewood and LaBarron. Sandy Rives won the championship in 1984 riding Ms. Teddi Ismond’s The Keswick Hunt Club has been fortunate enough to win the Hunter Championship Dark Ivory. Will Coleman won in 2003 and then again in 2016 riding Flying Aces. seven 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 By virtue of Will Coleman having won the Virginia Field Hunter Championship in championship in 1984 riding Ms. Teddi Ismond’s Dark Ivory. Will Coleman won in 2016 the Keswick Hunt was host this year for the 2017 trials at the Coleman’s Tivoli 2003 and then again in 2016 riding Flying Aces. Farm in Gordonsville, Virginia on Sunday November 5th.

Blue Ridge Hunt, Boyce, Virginia (Anne McIntosh, Ferrell jt.MFH) Twenty-One entries participated thisjt.MFH year- Brian representing Entries:#1. Donna Poe #2. Heather Allison Heider twelve Hunt Clubs: Bull Run Hunt, Culpeper, Virginia (Mike Long jt. MFH - Rosie Campbell, jt. MFH)

Blue Ridge Boyce, Virginia (Anne McIntosh, jt.MFH - Brian Ferrell jt.MFH) James H. Hunt, Moore,Jr., jt.MFH - Entries:#3.Jamie Temple #4. Amy Savell Entries:#1. Donna Poe #2. Heather Allison Heider Farmington Hunt, Charlottesville, Virginia(W Patrick Butterfield, jt.MFH - Joy Crompton jt. MFH, Elizabeth King, jt.MFH)Stephanie Guerlain, #6. Mark Bull Run Hunt, Culpeper, Virginia (Mike Long Entries: jt. MFH #5. - Rosie Campbell, jt. MFH) Thompson James H. Moore,Jr., jt.MFH - Entries:#3.Jamie Temple #4. Amy Savell Keswick Hunt , Keswick, Virginia (William S. Coleman Jr, jt.MFH - Mary Motley Farmington Hunt, Charlottesville, Virginia(W Butterfield, jt.MFH JoyChuck Kalergis, jt.MFH, Nancy M. Wiley, jt.MFH) -Patrick Entries: #7. Jennifer Nesbit- #8. Crompton jt. MFH, Elizabeth King, jt.MFH)Entries: #5. Stephanie Guerlain, #6. Meehan MarkThompson Loudoun Fairfax Hunt, Hamilton, Virginia (Dr. James Gable, jt.MFH - Donna Rogers.Hunt jt.MFH Linda Virginia Devan, jt.MFH - Michael Harper, jt.MFH) - Entries:#9.Amy Keswick , Keswick, (William S. Coleman Jr, jt.MFH - Mary Motley McNeely , #10. Larry Campbell Kalergis, jt.MFH, Nancy M. Wiley, jt.MFH) - Entries: #7. Jennifer Nesbit #8. Chuck Middleburg Hunt, Middleburg, Virginia (Jeffrey M. Blue,jt.MFH - Mrs. John Meehan Denegre,jt.MFH, Timothy Harmon, jt.MFH) - Entries: #11. Teresa Crose , #12. Amy Loudoun Fairfax Hunt, Hamilton, Virginia (Dr. James Gable, jt.MFH - Donna Brown Rogers. jt.MFH Linda Devan, jt.MFH - Michael Harper, jt.MFH) - Entries:#9.Amy Old Dominion Hounds, Orlean, Virginia (Gus Forbush,jt.MFH - Dr. R.Scott McNeely , #10. Larry Campbell Dove,jt.MFH Entries:#13. Sarah Crocker Middleburg Hunt, Hounds, Middleburg, (Jeffrey(John M. Blue,jt.MFH - Mrs. John Orange County The Virginia Plains,Virginia Coles, jt.MFH - Malcolm Denegre,jt.MFH, Timothy Harmon, jt.MFH) - Entries: #11. Teresa Crose , #12. ,#15. Amy Matheson III,jt.MFH, Neil R.Morris,jt.MFH - Entries: #14. Cherre Nichole Brown Emily Hannum Piedmont Fox Hounds, Upperville, Virginia (Shelby W. Bonnie,jt.MFH Old Dominion Hounds, Orlean, Virginia (Gus Forbush,jt.MFH - Dr. R.Scott-Tad Zimmerman,jt.MFH Colvin G. Ryan, jt.MFH)Entries:,#16. Robyn Harter,#17. Mo Dove,jt.MFH Entries:#13. Sarah Crocker Baptiste Orange County Plains,Virginia (John Coles, jt.MFH - Malcolm Thornton HillHounds, Hounds,The Woodville, Virginia(Erwin Optiz,jt.MFH - Beth A.Optiz Matheson III,jt.MFH, Neil R.Morris,jt.MFH Entries: #14. Cherre Nichole ,#15. jt.MFH- Entries: #18. Nicollet Merle-Smith Emily Hannum Warrenton Hunt, Warrenton Virginia(Kimbrough K.Nash,jt.MFH - Celeste Vella,jt.MFH James C.Upperville, Elkins,jt.MFH) - Entries:#19. Sophia Vella Piedmont Fox Hounds, Virginia (Shelby W. Bonnie,jt.MFH -Tad Deep Run Hunt, Manakin-Sabot, Bance,jt.MFH - Mrs. Coleman Zimmerman,jt.MFH Colvin G. Ryan, Virginia jt.MFH)- (Polly Entries:,#16. Robyn Harter,#17. Mo P. By virtue of tradition, Will Coleman having won the Virginia Field Hunter ChampiPerrin,jt.MFH - Entries: #20. Marilyn Ware,#21 . Emily Heyworth Two horses from each Virginia hunt which have been regularly hunted during the Baptiste onship in 2016, the Keswick Hunt was host this year for the 2017 trials at the Colepast season, to be ridden by their owners, or a bona fide member of your field were man’s Tivoli Farm in Gordonsville, Virginia on Sunday November 5th. Two horses Thornton Hill Hounds, Woodville, Virginia(Erwin Optiz,jt.MFH - Beth A.Optiz invited to compete for the Field Hunter Championship of Virginia. from each Virginia Hunt which have been regularly hunted during the past season, jt.MFH- Entries: #18. Nicollet Merle-Smith to be ridden by their owners, or a bona fide member of your field were invited to Warrenton Hunt, Warrenton Virginia(Kimbrough K.Nash,jt.MFH - Celeste compete for the Field Hunter Championship of Virginia. Vella,jt.MFH James C. Elkins,jt.MFH) - Entries:#19. Sophia Vella Deep Run Hunt, Manakin-Sabot, Virginia (Polly Bance,jt.MFH - Mrs. Coleman P. Perrin,jt.MFH - Entries: #20. Marilyn Ware,#21 . Emily Heyworth

Pictured above: (top left l-r) Judges: Anne McIntosh, jt MFH Blue Ridge Hunt, Jane Bishop, Jeffrey Blue, jt MFH Middleburg Hunt, Ginny Perrin, jt MFH Deep Run Hunt, Ellie Wood Baxter, David Twiggs, Executive Director MFHA (top right) Will Coleman jt.MFH Keswick Hunt and Virginia Field Hunter Champion 2016 welcomes all to the 2017 Championship at his farm, Tivoli. Pictured above: (bottom left) Sandy Rives,exMFH, (top left l-r)Judges: Anne McIntosh, Keswick jt MFH Blue Ridge Hunt, Jane gives instructions to Bishop, the Jeffrey Blue, jt MFH Middleburg Hunt, Ginny Perrin, jt MFH Deep Run participants Hunt, Ellie Wood Baxter, David Twiggs, Executive Director MFHA Mary Motley Kalergis Photos (top right) Will Coleman jt.MFH Keswick Hunt and Virginia Field Hunter Champion 2016 welcomes all to the 2017 Championship at his farm, Tivoli. 8

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(bottom left) Sandy Rives,exMFH, Keswick gives instructions to the participants APRIL 2015 NOVEMBER 2017


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Tivoli Host to Field Hunters for the Championship’s 63rd Year PHOTO CREDITS : CATHY AND ELENA SUMMERS

Marilyn Ware of Deep Run Hunt was reserve champion.

Mo Baptiste on “Fifty Grand” from Piedmont Fox Hounds received the 2017 Virginia Field Hunter Champion title and cooler from Keswick Hunt joint Masters (l-r) Nancy Wiley, Mary Kalergis and Will Coleman . Following tradition, Piedmont will host the championship next year.

Bull Run entries Jamie Temple and Amy Savell

Farmington entry:- Stephanie Guerlain

Thornton Hill entry - Nicolette Merle Smith

Keswick entry, Jennifer Nesbit

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Farmington entry:-Mark Thompson, jt.MFH

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KESWICK SCENE 2017 Montpelier Races

PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARY KALERGIS and COLIN DOUGHERTY

2017 Montpelier Races photos from the Paddock Top Row: Two saddle-chaffed souls, Grosvenor Merle Smith with KHC member, Keswick historian and outrider Barclay Rives; Mark Sackson, the creative duo – Annie & Tony Vanderwarker, Ann & Charlie Thacher (the popular Keswick Life contributor). Second Row: Katie Manning and daughter Alice; Sandy and Lizzie Rives (outriders) then Instant Shade's Ralph Morony, Grosvenor Merle Smith, and Red Star Merc's – Alex Stultz. Third Row: Damp tailgates throughout the day didn't take any of the fun away; Binky Wheeler, David and Brooke Birdsong and Robbie Mascotte; The Montpelier Foundation's President and CEO, Kat Imhoff with Virginia Outdoors Foundation's past chairperson, Charlie Seilheimer. Fourth Row: Charlie Thacher and Murdoch Matheson prepared with their stylish and appropriate headgear; then designer Theresa Reines, Heidi Gumble, interior designer/decorator Robin Ellis and Binky Wheeler.

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TRAVEL

A Bavarian Trip When American anglers think of places

BY CHARLES THACHER published in 1553. Today the rules mandate that caught fish must be killed. This requirement results from a law that forbids the torture of animals, and it has been deemed “torture” to catch a fish merely for fun. But it’s all right to catch a fish and kill it - presumably a need for food trumps cruelty. An exception allows the release of small fish so, in effect, only babies can be tortured - a strange anomaly. An odd corollary of the law is that live fish cannot be used as bait – they must be killed first. My observation is that the “mandatory kill” law is observed by German fly fishers much in the same way that the 80 miles per hour speed limit is observed on their autobahns, where cars traveling over 125 miles per hour are common, and even speeds exceeding 150 miles per hour are not rare.

to fish that offer privacy because they are hard to access, Europe wouldn’t normally come to mind. But, perhaps it should, since the vast majority of its rivers are either closed to outsiders or accessible only with fishing permits or an owner’s permission, which can be difficult and expensive to obtain. Consequently, some of the best and least fished trout streams extant are in densely populated European countries. The fine rivers of Patagonia and New Zealand are probably better known to many American anglers than those of continental Europe. A pity. I love my grandchildren for many reasons but not usually because they help me get in more quality fishing. But here I was a few springs ago, nodding off, when Ann said “By the way, the kids are taking the twins to Germany for a christening in the fall and I think that we should go.” Bless those twins. For our family, Germany means Bavaria, so I was soon on the internet looking for fishing opportunities in that beautiful region. They’re not that easy to find without help. Fortunately, a few years earlier I had met some anglers from the Munich Split Cane Fishing Club, which controls water on over twenty rivers in Southern Germany. I contacted Gerhard Hoerl, a member, and he suggested a few rivers where he thought daily permits might be available and, better yet, said that over a weekend he could fish with me as his guest on Club waters. The day after the christening we traveled to Munich with a group of family members to attend Oktoberfest - a 17or 18-day event ending in early October that for over 200 years has brought gourmands and inebriates to the Bavarian capital to pig-out on beer, wine, fowl, wursts, pretzels and other regional dainties. It was the third day of the festival, and we were told that over the initial weekend a new record had been set as more than one million liters of beer were consumed. This was inspiring news and we all pledged to start quaffing early and do our part to set the new record for a Monday. Oktoberfest is held in a 250-acre public park in the center of the City. There are 14 large beer tents and 20 small ones – with total seating for over 100,000 rotund people - owned and operated by six different Bavarian breweries. There is also an amusement park with some of the tallest and scariest rides that I’ve seen. Some of the tents are the size of airplane hangars, with the largest seating nearly 10,000 people. In a cellar under each large tent is a complete brewery, which is how so much beer can be kept

The extended Thacher-Dengel family at Oktoberfest.

The day I spent on the Loisach was pleasant, with a few fish caught, but not memorable. The next morning, I drove east about two hours to the small German town of Siegsdorf, near Salzburg, Austria, to fish for three days on the Traun River, not to be confused with the Austrian Traun, a more famous river that is 70 miles farther east. Fishing permits on the German Traun cost about $70 a day, and are controlled by Rudi Heger, who operates a fly shop.

fresh for well over two weeks. Many of the local men wear traditional lederhosen and Tyrolean hats, and many of the women wear dirndls that score well on the cleavage meter. Traditionally, an observant man can learn much of interest about a woman by noting the placement of the bow on her dirndl. The beer and the music start early in the day and continue into the following morning. We arrived about 11 AM and left in the late afternoon exhausted from eating, drinking and singing. By that time, most of the people in the tents seemed at least giddy, if not besotted, standing on tables and singing traditional German songs, mixed in with American classics and pop. Oktoberfest is an exciting event to see and enjoy, though for us, one day sufficed. We must have done our part, because we later learned that over the total entire festival more than 7 million liters of beer were consumed – a new record.

Ann scowled at me, but I persisted. “Well, I prefer dry flies, perhaps with a nymph as a dropper.” Then, finding just a smidgen of grace, “But, hey, I’m a guest and I’ll be happy to fish any way that works. Just seeing new rivers is always exciting.”

That evening Ann and I, despite being a bit lethargic from our intemperate eating and drinking, met Gerhard for dinner to talk about fishing and the upcoming weekend. Gerhard said that he had reserved Club water on the Lech River, in the foothills of the Alps south of Munich. He said that the Lech, which originates in Austria near the town and popular ski resort of the same name, was a tailwater (i.e., emerging from under a dam) and a particular favorite of his, with a good population of large trout that could usually be caught on streamers – flies that are stripped through the water to resemble minnows. I reacted, a bit impudently, “Do other methods also work there?”

Before fishing, I went to the Rathaus (town hall) to acquire a license. In order for a German to get a fishing license, he or she must take an extensive and expensive course on fishing and ecology (including a session on the proper way to kill a fish) over several months, and then pass a test, but this requirement is waived for tourists. Gerhard told me that the clerk would probably require me to present a fishing license from the States as proof that I knew how to fish (of course, it’s not), but the clerk didn’t seem to care and sold me a 3-month license for all of Germany for $22, which is less than I would have paid in most of our states.

“Why? How do you like to fish?”

“I’ll see what I can do. Our options of water for guests are often limited.” The next morning, I dropped Ann off at the airport to return to the States, and headed about two hours south to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a lovely ski town nestled under the imposing Zugspitze which, at nearly 10,000 feet, is the highest mountain in Germany. Garmisch is familiar to many older Americans, because it was a major U.S. military base after WWII. I had reserved a day’s fishing on a section of the Loisach River that is controlled by a hotel.

Heger requires anglers who purchase a permit to sign a form acknowledging that they understand that an angler is allowed to kill one fish, but if he does so he must immediately stop fishing for the day. Presumably, no one who buys a permit will want to quit fishing unless it is at the end of the day. But German law does not allow the release of a fish. So, it seems that one is compelled to choose between breaking either Heger’s rule or the German law. When I asked him how to solve this conundrum, Heger responded “You must decide for yourself, but you should know that we patrol the River and will enforce our rules, but the Government does not”. Enough said.

Germany is noted for its profusion of rules and fishing is no exception. The earliest rules for fishing in Bavaria were

The first day, my beat was upstream from the town, where the river was small. I caught a half dozen smallish fish, mostly on nymph droppers off a dry fly. A pleasant day though, frankly, nothing special. But the email from Gerhard was, saying that he had gotten permission from the Club President to take me to the Club’s best dry fly river - the Ammer - where guests are almost never permitted to fish. I felt a bit selfish (for a nanosecond) that he had changed his plan on my account, but was glad that he had done it.

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The second day I fished a lovely arm of the Traun that meandered through the woods, with nice runs and pools. The

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only negative was that much of it flowed close to the busy autobahn between Munich and Salzburg, and the traffic noise was palpable. However, the stream was so enchanting that soon the dull roar faded into background noise and went unnoticed. I had an excellent day, catching about a dozen nice fish on dry flies, the largest being a brightly spotted 18” brown trout. The final morning, I was a bit disappointed when my assigned beat was in the village, near the fly shop. After an uninteresting hour or so, as I was walking along the path above a high sloping bank, I peered down and saw a good fish finning between two boulders, within a foot of the bank. I slowly backtracked, then slid on my butt the 15 feet or so down the bank and moved out into the water where I could cast upstream to the now unseen fish. On the third cast the fish rose, turned downstream and took the dry fly after it had passed over him. I forgot about patience, struck too quickly for a downstream take and, although I momentarily had the fish on, the hook pulled out. Damn! It was larger than I had realized. I climbed back up the high bank and resumed walking and looking for other fish among the boulders that lined the stream’s edge. Over the next several hours I spotted three more nice fish, and was able to get one to take, which I carelessly lost in the same manner. The other two fish were not enticed by my

offerings. About mid-afternoon I spotted a fish that looked to be a bit larger than the others, and repeated my routine. This time when it took the fly I waited to strike and the hook held. It ran fifty feet upstream and jumped three times, but I was able to land the lovely 22” rainbow. I was euphoric. I continued stalking the bank until dusk and saw two more good fish, but could not get them to take. So, I had fished almost the entire day in a short stretch of maybe 200 yards, cast to seven large fish that I could see, hooked three and landed one. Perhaps, to some, a dull day, but for me a day of intense and sweet delectation that I won’t forget. The next day, I drove, in a steady rain, west about two and a half hours to meet Gerhard for dinner in the small village of Steingaden, where we would be staying. It continued raining much of that night. We awoke the next morning to overcast skies and a light drizzle, and headed for the Ammer. I could see that it was a beautiful river - a series of pools and riffles, of a good size, and with a long section running through a deep canyon. We parked and walked through a field to a large pool that Gerhard said was full of fish. The water was high and dirty from the rain, and getting higher and dirtier by the minute. Gerhard quickly decided that the river would be impossible with dry flies, and that the only river that would be fishable was the Lech, because it’s a tailwater and we could fish with

streamers. Perhaps my just desserts for being so brazen. The Lech below the reservoir, is a big river, perhaps 60-75 yards across with a gentle current. Because the River emerged from under the dam, it was clear. The warm, overcast and drizzly weather conditions were perfect for fishing. As we started to walk down to the water’s edge, we spotted something that Gerhard said was unusual – a few dimples from rising fish well out into the current. I put on a small dry fly and began casting to one of them. The fish took and I soon landed an 18” brown trout. Gerhard immediately shifted his thinking from streamer to dry fly. A remarkable two days of fishing ensued. On a river that rarely produces good dry fly fishing, we fished exclusively with dry flies only to rising fish, and caught many fine browns, rainbows and grayling. A half-dozen exceeded 20” in length. The fly hatches were steady, and the variety of flies was impressive. It was as good as any dry fly fishing that I have experienced, and the fact that it was so unusual enhanced the enjoyment. After the two days, Gehard thanked me for coming, since otherwise he would never have been there to witness and experience great dry fly fishing on the Lech. The Lech and some other central European rivers that flow into the Danube hold huchen, a trout-like fish that is, surprisingly, also found in Mongolia, where it is called a taimen. Huchen are rarely seen, as they stay deep in the largest

pools. With rare exception, the anglers who catch huchen are those who are fishing specifically for them. Club guests are not permitted to fish for huchen, and a member who lands a huchen must report it, along with all of the details as to location, size, fly, etc., to the Club president within 24 hours. After we stopped fishing for trout at the end of each day, we walked to a spot that was 15-20 feet directly above the spillway of the dam where the water dumped out into a roaring maelstrom, and where Gerhard said huchen would sometimes lurk several feet below the surface, hoping to dine on a trout that is feeding carelessly. Casting from our perch, he ripped a six-inch long streamer through the turbulent water for ten minutes. His first cast coaxed up a giant rainbow trout that might have weighed ten pounds. Gerhard dismissed that impressive fish, saying “I want to catch the fish that will eat that fish.” But the leviathan did not appear that day, or the next. I couldn’t figure out how Gerhard could possibly land one from our position so far above the water, though he expressed total confidence. Bavaria is a lovely region of lush green valleys, rugged mountains and charming villages. If you are there, and inclined to fish, it is well worth making the effort to secure the required permits.

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WEDDINGS

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Hardie, Barnes and Beltrone ADAPTED BY KESWICK LIFE

The

Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the private, nonprofit organization that owns and operates Monticello, announces the election of Melody C. Barnes and Molly G. Hardie to its Board of Trustees.

Mr. Beltrone himself has never been to Vietnam. He was hired by the Long Island newspaper Newsday after he graduated from C. W. Post College in 1963 and became a reporter. In 1965, he wrote about one of the first soldiers from Long Island killed in Vietnam. He still has the clipping — and the letter from the dead soldier’s parents, thanking him for writing the article.

“We are honored to welcome these distinguished individuals to our board,” said Leslie Greene Bowman, president and CEO of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. “Drawing on their deep experience — in national policy, nonprofits and the hospitality industry, Molly and Melody will advance our efforts to share Jefferson’s world, his ideas and the relevance of history with a national and global audience.”

Mr. Beltrone started The Vietnam Graffit Project 20 years ago after helping his neighbor, Jack Fisk, the production designer on the film “The Thin Red Line”

Molly G. Hardie, Melody C. Barnes and Art Beltrone

Melody C. Barnes is a Co-Founder and Principal of MB2 Solutions LLC, a domestic strategy firm, and a senior fellow in presidential studies at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center. She is chair of the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions and Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund and vice chair of the advisory board of the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU. From January 2009 until January 2012, Ms. Barnes served as Assistant to the President of the United States and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. Molly G. Hardie is Co-Chairman of H7 Holdings, LLC, a private family investment company that owns and manages Keswick Hall and Golf Club in Keswick, Virginia; and the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Ms. Hardie has served on numerous local boards, including the UVA Health Foundation Board and the Virginia Discovery Museum Board. She was an active member of the Young Families Committee for the Children’s Medical Center and the Children’s Medical Center/ Children’s Hospital Committee at the University of Virginia. For more information on Monticello and its board of trustees, visit Monticello.org.

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recent article appeared in the New York Times ( November 6, 2017, Page A17) with the headline: The Hunt for a Vietnam-Era ‘Johnny From New York’. A canvas panel from a bunk on a troop ship that went to Vietnam was signed “Johnny from New York.” Fifty years later, Art Beltrone is hunting for him. Art Beltrone of Beltrone & Company has more than 50 years of experience in the study, sale and evaluation of military artifacts; first as a collector, then as a dealer in militaria from all eras and nations; and

now as an appraiser of firearms, edgedweapons, uniforms, accoutrements, photographs, letters and documents. Art Beltrone and Lee Beltrone have coauthored two critically-acclaimed military artifact books—A Wartime Log and Vietnam Graffiti: Messages from a Forgotten Troopship. They founded the Vietnam Graffiti Project and created the national traveling exhibit, Marking Time: Voyage to Vietnam.Before moving to Keswick in the 1980’s Art and Lee Beltrone had lived in New York.

“There’s a scene with Sean Penn and the rest of the troops going to Guadalcanal,” Mr. Beltrone said. “Jack had to find a troop transport so he could create the interior accurately. He contacted the Maritime Administration, and they pointed him to a ship in what was called then the James River Reserve Fleet.” This led to a discovery of a time capsule in the ship The General Nelson M. Walker, last used as a transport ship for US soldiers going to Vietnam. Uncovered were not only incredible artifacts but more amazing stories of soldiers who were on that ship. The canvas panels were more restrained — they were not a soldier’s personal property, after all. Mr. Beltrone considers them graffiti and has made them the centerpieces of the Vietnam Graffiti Project. This discovery then morphed into a book , co-authored by Art and Lee followed by a traveling museum exhibit. The exhibit , recently opened last month as part of a larger Vietnam exhibit (“The Vietnam War: 1945-1975.} at the New York Historical Society on Central Park West in Manhattan a groundbreaking exhibition on one of the most controversial events of the 20th century: the Vietnam War. Populating a 3,000-square-foot gallery with interpretive displays, digital media, artwork, artifacts, photographs, and documents, the exhibit provides an enlightening account of the causes, progression, and impact of the war.

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“Dressing Downton: LIFE, MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Changing Fashion for Changing Times”

Can I Walk In Someone Else's Shoes? BY MARY MORONY

Yesterday, I was chatting with a friend

or brown body." wherein someone was asked her occupaity until recently. Now,hit the PBS primacy of Featuring costumes and accessories from the series about the upcoming release of the third tion. The answer was far from the truth, our wants, needs, and preferences are at the Virginia Historical Society and final installment in my Apron Her text elicited an avalanche of intro- from where I stood. Thinking better of a a hindrance. Our ability to connect sufStrings Trilogy - If It Ain’t One Thing... spective ruminations on my part. Right, I confrontation at that exact moment, I left fers as we cling to our own brand. None This friend, having been cautioned by am inexperienced in the world as a black off questioning my friend's integrity until of us knows what it is to truly view life Historical Society announce that Altria One Group a mutual acquaintance that the material or brown body since I possess neither. later. In he the Virginia time between then and lateris pleased through toanother’s perspective. of has might be too heavy for her, admitted to No particular shade of skin, however, it occurred to me didn't grasp for sure the perks of being a novelist is, having to agreed toI sponsor the VHS’s newest exhibit, “Dressing Downton: Changing not having read my previous books. I is required to have an adverse reaction that we Fashion shared the same reality. Think see life through your characters’ points for Changing Times.” didn't understand, I said, how the sub- to ignorant fear- based racist attitudes. about witnesses to an accident. There are of view. The process of writing my books ject matter would offend her but would The paramount question in her words as many versions of an event as there are forced me to climb out of myself, if only The nationally touring exhibit will run from October 2015 Januaryof2016 love to hear what her thoughts were if is “what do I know about being?” Am I pairs of eyes viewing it. The assumption temporarily, and through use memories my and shown in the newly created exhibition one ofof theothproject she ever did decide to read the Apron only cognizant of what life is like in my iswill thatbe we all reside onVHS’s the same page, but changing own experiences andspace, the stories Strings series. The next day, after pon- own white body? do we?ofIfits you think so share a memory experiences to think and act as angoals $38-million “Story of Virginiaers’ Campaign.” dering our earlier conversation, I texted with a family member and ask if they other person. Often, I find myself seeing that our Ashared friend probably knew Knowledge as to how it would be to be remember it the same, then share the re- the world through my character’s eyes, great community is full of inspiration. Innisfree takes special care to create The exhibition consists of 35 costumes and accessories from the popular PBS her better than I and perhaps the mate- the President entirely escapes me, but I sults with me. particularly those of my Apron Strings a therapeutic work environment for its coworkers that builds a strong sense of MASTERPIECE Classic program. Visitors Trilogy will be able to explore the lives of Downton’s rial might well be too difficult. I can only find myself sure on a pretty regular basis character, Ethel. community and enhances each person’s unique skills. When Innisfree needed aristocratic inhabitants and their servants during the World War I period. speak from my perspective. I like to read I might be better at it. 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ONLY IN KESWICK

Incommunicado In the Country In the country, there’s no such thing as a

smart phone, only dumb ones. You can pay a grand for the latest iPhone and still get no bars, no internet, no texts, no email—nada. I don’t know whether it’s the hills or the trees or the country air but you can turn on your fancy new iPhone and five’ll get your ten you’ll be incommunicado. Forget inside the house, you’ll never see a bar in there, so you have to resort to a search for a signal. A signal search involves aimless wandering through the fields staring at the face of your phone, kind of like panning for gold. If you get lucky, you’ll get a bar or two which means you may (or may not) make a call. If you get really, really lucky, your call will go through. Whether you maintain the connection or not is another story. And just forget about going online. When we have Airbnb guests, we tell them cell service on the farm is spotty. Pointing out that depending on your carrier, you might get service in the front field or you may have to walk up to my studio on the hill. Often we’ll see guests standing out in the middle of a pasture, sometimes two or three, the AT&T customer over there, the Verizon one way off to the left and the Sprint person trudging up the hill in search of a signal. That’s why in the country you often see cars parked in odd places. Say someone gets an important call. They know from experience that they can pull into the propane company lot and continue their call. Go two hundred yards more and the line will goes dead with the “no

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service” light going on. You see people parked at the post office chatting away on their phones. Or pulled off into a farm entrance, or on the side of the road. Sometimes “no service” comes in pretty handy. Say you’re on a call with someone who is droning on (your great uncle in Nebraska who can’t stop talking about the corn crop) or someone who asks you a question you’d prefer not to answer (like, “Can I bring a couple guys over to fish in your pond?”—all you do is say, “Look, I’m heading into a dead zone so I’ll have to call you back.” Now you’ve got cover to hang up. I don’t know how many pesky calls I’ve gotten rid of by invoking the “dead zone.” Once I was talking with the agent of a famous author. I told him that I was coming up on a dead zone so if I lost him, I’d call back when I got service. He said, “Oh, you actually have dead zones? I thought (famous author) was using it as an excuse to get rid of me.” A favorite topic of conversation in the country is what carrier gets the best signal where. People who have local businesses and have to communicate with nearby customers swear by US Cellular. But just try to get US Cellular when you’re traveling in Des Moines, for instance or God forbid, a Parisian suburb. We were ecstatic when AT&T, our carrier, put in a cell tower a couple miles away. But even when the tower went into service, we were still starved for bars. Having heard that Verizon had better coverage in the country, we bit the bul-

let and changed carriers. The salesman at Verizon assured us that we’d be good with them. Imagine our dismay when we returned home and checked our phones. While we could get one bar in the driveway, there was zip, zero in the house. Irate, we stormed back to the Verizon store. Now customers coming in complaining about service must be a frequent experience to them so he had a ready remedy. “We can sell you a booster that works off your internet connection.” Two hundred and fifty bucks later, we were back home setting it up, carefully keeping all the wrappers and bags in case it didn’t work. Problem was they had this gizmo that had to connect to GPS so the 911 service could locate you. It had to be near a window but our internet connection was in the bathroom (doesn’t everyone keep their router in the crapper?). Fortunately, the thing had a twenty-five foot cord so we were able to get the business end smack up to a window. We went through the activation sequence but alas, the blue light didn’t come on. We were ready to pack the damn thing up and return it, when I noticed the little plastic box by the window had an arrow on it. Now I said it was a little box so the arrow was even littler. “But damn,” I thought, “maybe the arrow means that the box has to be pointed that way.”

We were like blind people who could suddenly see, or like people who had said goodbye to their horse and buggy and hopped into their new Model T. We started making calls to tell people about our new-found freedom. Of course our friends in cities thought we’d gone daft, getting cell phone service at home was as routine to them as water coming out when you turned on the tap. But now our cell phones were really smart phones—they actually worked inside the house! We started thinking about cutting the cord, saying sayonara to our landline. Who wants that dumb old thing when we’ve got a phone that not only makes calls, but takes pictures, lets you read your email, stream video and send text messages—in the country? Because we did ads for the phone company, I had my first cell phone in 1985, before they were widespread. It was a shoe phone that weighed a good pound and a half and attracted attention every time I used it in public. No wonder, I must have looked weird walking around talking into a foot long gray box with a six-inch antenna. Now I felt the same way as I did back then. Liberated, free to take advantage of the latest technology—and in the country no less. So please excuse me, I have to go watch the World Series. At home, on my phone!

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WHAT'S COOKING

Savory Soup, Greens and Flatbreads - Oh My! BY SAM JOHNSON

Sam’s Lasagna Soup

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Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the noodles and cook as the label directs. Drain; drizzle with olive oil and toss.

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sage with a wooden spoon, until the sausage is browned, about 3 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, until darkened, about 2 minutes. Lastly add chopped pepperoni. Add the chicken broth, tomatoes and 1 cup water; cover and bring to a simmer. Uncover and cook until slightly reduced, about 10 minutes. Stir in the noodles, basil, parmesan and heavy cream; simmer 2 more minutes. Divide the soup among bowls. Top with ricotta and sliced basil.

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KESWICKIANS

Historical Grace Episcopal Church Unveils Highway Marker BY COLIN DOUGHERTY

"The vestry of Fredericksville Parish commissioned a

church for this site in 1745. First known as Middle Church, the wood-frame building was later called Walker's Church. Thomas Jefferson attended the nearby school of the Rev. James Maury, who was rector here and is buried in the churchyard. Jefferson served on the parish vestry from 1767 to 1770. Parishioner Judith Page Walker Rives enlisted William Strictland, one of the nation's foremost architects, to design a replacement for the old frame church. The Gothic Revival sanctuary, consecrated by Bishop William Meade as Grace Church in 1855, is Stickland's only known work

in Virginia."

Church members and bystanders stood alongside Rt.

231 in front of Grace Episcopal Church in Keswick on Sunday, November 5th, 2017 to unveil a new highway marker that highlights the church's history. The marker, authorized by Virginia Department of Historic Resources, has history tied to Thomas Jefferson who served as a vestry leader. The historical markers are self-funded and several months to complete the process. The church, built in 1745, is just one of six churches that are still active since Virginia was a colony. Designed by

architect William Strictland and widely considered to be one of his only works in the state of Virginia. Harry Gamble, a member of the Grace Chruch Vestry, addressed the congregation assembled after the regular Sunday service and spoke about Grace Episcopal's importance to the community for centuries. Jody Lahendro, a member of the State Review Board of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, addressed the group during the announcement ceremony. Barclay Rives, local Keswick historian and church trustee, said some words followed by the Rev. Miles Smith,

rector of Grace Episcopal Chruch, unveiling the marker. The Reverend said a few words before delivering a closing prayer to conclude the ceremony. "This is a church that catches people’s eye who drive up and down this road a lot - and it's beautiful - but it's not just beautiful, it's a part of our nation’s history,” says Rev. Smith. “And so we're proud to be able to acknowledge that with this sign and cooperation with the Commonwealth.”

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BOOKWORM

From a Mountain Retreat As I prepare for Thanksgiving Day in my household, I

am also planning for Christmas and starting to plan my Christmas list. With that in mind I have a great Christmas list of books you might want to give as presents this year….or perhaps buy one as a reward to yourself for getting your holiday shopping done quickly!

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson has been re-released

as a Penguin Classic and is a wonderful small book that centers around the family estate of Constance and Merricat Blackwood. They are isolated from the village and the reader is slowly let in on the history that left these two women living alone. It is a mystery that slowly unfolds as Merricat has to deal with a visit from cousin Charles. Their carefully ordered lives are thrown into an uproar and Merricat struggles to make her sister see the danger. This is a very quick read and perfect to curl up with after the holidays. You may have already gone to see Hidden Figures in the movie theatre but it is worth reading the book that the movie was based on. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race is written by UVA alumni Margot Lee Shetterly and tells the true story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson as well as Christine Darden, who later becomes part of the Senior Executive Service. These four women were remarkable in so many ways. As African American women working at NASA in the 1960s you can imagine the prejudice they encountered. They were incredibly talented mathematicians who didn’t let their obstacles keep them down and it is a very moving and inspiring story that everyone will love.

The next few novels have just come out in the last few months and should be easily found at our local bookstores. If you are in the mood for a historical crime novel try Wolf on a String which takes place in 16th century Prague and follows Christian Stern as he arrives in the city only to stumble onto the body of a young woman who has had her throat slashed. This is his introduction to the court and intrigue of the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II. Author Benjamin Black introduces us to the eccentric Emperor as Christian navigates his way through the complex and intricate politics of this foreign land and he tries to prove himself as a scholar and alchemist. He gains the

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trust of Rudolph but lands himself in the middle of a huge power struggle that could end his life. The writing is tight and the suspense is sustained throughout so it would make a wonderful gift for those who enjoy a good mystery in a different age.

Fiona Davis, author of The

Dollhouse has just released her newest novel, The Address. In 1884 Sara Smythe manages to stumble into a job which transforms her into the first female manager of the newly constructed apartment house The Dakota in New York City. In 1985 Bailey Camden is struggling to overcome her disastrous fall from grace due to alcoholism. Her cousin gives her the opportunity to oversee the renovation of her lavish Dakota apartment and suddenly Bailey starts to learn more about the legacy of Theodore Camden, the famed architect of The Dakota who was killed by a woman named Sara Smythe a hundred years before. The tale unfolds as both women tell their stories and secrets begin to be revealed which will change the course of history forever. First let me tell you that this is a novel and it isn’t based on the real architect of The Dakota, so while there are some accuracies regarding the history of the apartment complex, please take it all with a grain of salt. It is still a good read and it will take you back to the 1880s.

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

is another novel with female protagonists. Marianne von Lingenfels is a woman on a mission….she has been charged with finding and protecting other resistance widows. She is matter of fact and not to be deterred and she has a righteous indignation about the world the Nazis tried to create. She cannot understand those who did not stand up against his rhetoric but life is not always so black and white. As three widows of conspirators of the assassination attempt made on Hitler come to live together after the war, their experiences and backgrounds clash, even as they begin to grow together. These women were the everyday Germans who were dragged into a conflict before they had time to grasp the consequences of everything they did or said. What allowed Hitler’s talk to take hold in this society and how were everyday people able to ignore what was going on. What did those were appalled by what was occurring have to do to try to save their country. I really enjoyed this story and felt that Shattucks background as a half German led her to create a novel that begs people to understand how many good people can easily be swept up into a movement before they realize the horror in which they are participating. It offers a glimpse into the sadness and fear as well and shame and confusion brought on by Hitler’s rise.

of the American Mind by Robert Lustig. Not only is

it a fascinating look in to the neuroscience of our dietary choices it may also help you to stick to your New Year’s Resolution to eat healthier. It is actually a bit scary! Dr. Lustig is an American pediatric endocrinologist and Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco, where he specializes in neuroendocrinology and childhood obesity. He is certainly qualified to speak about some of the dietary issues we all face these days. His controversial belief that fructose contributes greatly to our obesity problem in the USA led him to write this book where he lays out how corporate America has kept us forever in a loop of desire and consumption for their own monetary gains. He explains with humor and clear writing how our body and minds work regarding our addiction to dopamine and how our constant cravings and desires can chemically destroy our ability to achieve happiness. Our temptations, whether they are for sugar, drugs, social media or porn are ramped up due to our stress levels and have led to an epidemic in this country of addiction, anxiety depression and disease. These desires are played upon with the coming of neuromarketing and these desires have left us trapped. He offers some suggestions of how to break out of this mess and get control back so that you are able to make better and more informed choices. My last offering for this holiday season is Waking Up

White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving. I honestly think every white American should read this book. It doesn’t really matter where you grew up, this book will cause you to look at your life and your culture and beliefs. I love the fact that after every chapter there are some questions for the reader so that you can truly examine where you stand on issues of race. Most white people I know do not believe they are prejudiced but they also may not feel comfortable around issues of race. In light of this past summer in Charlottesville, I believe we are called upon to start looking at our relationships anew and do more to be part of a solution rather than ignore things. This book is just one way to start examining what impact our lives as “white Americans” have on other races who strive alongside us to have a better life and live in harmony. I believe that this is a book that might be enlightening and profoundly useful as we move forward in the New Year. Happy Holidays everyone and I truly hope 2018 brings comfort, joy and peace to all of you!

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ON SCREEN

Virginia Film Festival Wrap Up ADAPTED BY KESWICK LIFE

30th Annual Virginia Film Festival Delivers Highly-Acclaimed Program While Tackling The Issues Of Our Time And Including Special Guests Spike Lee, William H. Macy, Ezra Edelman, Trudie Styler, And Margot Lee Shetterly Festival Featured 44 Sold Out Screenings And Over 150 Films Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying Earns Audience Award For Best Narrative Feature; Roll With Me Wins As Top Documentary Feature The 30th Annual Virginia Film Festival

unforgettable moments,” Harris said, “and the opportunity for our community to come together around this film and share in the extraordinarily difficult realities of those days, captured by our own friends and neighbors, was an extremely powerful one.”

was a resounding success that brought together leading industry figures with up-and-coming voices and engaged audiences in a dynamic and expansive program that inspired long-resonating conversations around some of the most important issues of our time. The Virginia Film Festival is a program of the University of Virginia and the Office of the Provost and Vice Provost for the Arts. The 2017 Festival featured more than 150 films in all and was highlighted by a guest roster featuring top actors, filmmakers, writers, and cultural experts who served to amplify and expand upon the themes of the films presented while bringing the audiences directly into the discussions. The Festival officials report that a cumulative 30,197 total tickets were issued, including both free and paid events, with 44 sold-out screenings and ticket sales revenue coming in at $187,178. “Each year we set out to create a Festival program that is as deep as it is wide,” said Jody Kielbasa, Director of the Virginia Film Festival and Vice Provost for the Arts at the University of Virginia, “and that engages our remarkably committed audiences while inspiring meaningful and lasting conversations around issues that are vitally important to us all. This year, given all that we have been through as a city, a University, and a nation surrounding the events of August 11 and 12, we also chose to redouble our efforts by creating a program that was intentionally inclusive in a variety of ways.“ One of those ways, Kielbasa said, was through the Festival’s “Race in America” series, presented in conjunction with James Madison’s Montpelier. The centerpiece of the series came on Saturday afternoon when Academy Award-winning filmmaker Spike Lee took the stage for a dynamic and wide-ranging speech and a moderated conversation with UVA’s Maurice Wallace prior to screenings of his films I Can’t Breathe and 4 Little Girls. “We were enormously proud to bring Spike Lee to The Paramount The-

VFF audiences also played a key role in the Festival this year by casting ballots for their favorite films. Officials announced today that the winners of this year’s VFF Audience Awards are: Narrative Feature: Last Flag Flying Narrative Short: An Act of Terror Documentary Feature: Roll With Me Documentary Short: The Ruination of Lovell Coleman ater and to see so many people who were experiencing the Festival for the first time. We were additionally just as proud to share stories like Roll With Me, a triumphant tale of a paraplegic who sets out to be the first person to push an ordinary wheelchair from California to New York – which won our Audience Award as Best Documentary. Surviving Skokie and 1945 delivered impactful messages that resonate across history. Hostiles presented a powerful look at the bonds that can be forged, and the divides that can be crossed, even through years of enmity and hatred. We were also pleased to offer a fascinating series of LGBTQIA+ films, which included Trudie Styler’s directorial debut Freak Show, a poignant and timely commentary on the epidemic of teen bullying that continues to infect our country, and the highly-anticipated feature Call Me by Your Name, which played to a sold-out audience at The Paramount Theater as our Closing Night Film on Sunday evening.” Virginia Film Festival Programmer Wesley Harris was particularly impressed with the way audiences turned out across the wide spectrum of films and experiences offered. “The degree to which we saw audiences respond to very disparate and diverse areas of the program with such a high level of enthusiasm was really impressive. From international films to films based around social issues to

Also announced were the winners of the 2017 Programmer’s Awards: Narrative Feature: November Narrative Short: The Real Thing Documentary Feature: Serenade for Haiti Documentary Short: Edith+Eddie Once again this year, the VFF had a significant impact on the community through a variety of programs including its annual Family Day on Saturday, November 11. This year’s free events recorded more than 2,800 attendances from local kids and families on the Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds at free film screenings, arts workshops, an interactive arts fair, and more. Also, as part of the VFF’s Young Filmmakers Academy, over 500 local students from eleven participating schools screened their original films in Campbell Hall during Family Day. The VFF offered additional free programming throughout the Festival weekend, including a Virtual Reality Lab featuring the latest 3D film technology, a free sensory-friendly screening of The Aristocats in collaboration with the UVA student group Autism Theatre Project, a Composer Symposium, a Science of Pixar workshop, a screening of Light House Studio shorts, and feature film screenings of Harold and Maude and O.J.: Made In America Parts 1 - 4.

locally-themed fare and beyond, I think the program inspired a strong and enthusiastic turnout, and that is something I attribute directly to the appetite and intellect of our audiences.” Once again this year the VFF shared a roster of some of the industry’s top talents with its audiences, including William H. Macy, who presented his latest directorial effort Krystal. “Bill Macy is one of the most talented actors in the business today,” Kielbasa said, “and a gifted filmmaker as well. He could not have been more entertaining and gracious with our audiences and we were thrilled to have him.” Other highlight guests included Styler, actor Noel Fisher presenting a world premiere episode of the National Geographic television series The Long Road Home; noted director John Lee Hancock, co-director of The Vietnam War Lynn Novick, and Hidden Figures author Margot Lee Shetterly.” One of the most memorable moments of the Festival weekend, Harris said, came with the Sunday afternoon screening of Charlottesville: Our Streets at The Paramount Theater. The documentary from local filmmaker Brian Wimer and writer Jackson Landers captures the tragic events of August in Charlottesville from the perspective of filmmakers and citizen journalists who were on the ground that day. “Festivals are made up of so many

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Keswickian Premieres 'Double Dummy' Film at the Virginia Film Festival BY COLIN DOUGHERTY When players of the card game bridge play as if they know how the entire hand has been dealt, it is referred to as a double dummy. This American pastime comes to life in this documentary as it combines the game’s cherished history with its hopeful present and future. For a long time, bridge has been perceived as a game exclusively for an older generation, but in recent years there has been a spike of young bridge players, featured especially in the 2012 World Youth Team Championships. This competition unfolds excitingly as highly talented players compete and make lasting relationships through the esteemed card game.

Double Dummy, the first film by Kes-

wickian, John McAllister (producer), a long-time bridge enthusiast, offers an extraordinary look at the competitive world of youth bridge and the relationships forged by the game around the world. The film premiered at the 30th Annual Virginia Film Festival on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at 2 pm, in the theater at St. Anne's Belfield. A discussion followed the screening with producer John McAllister and former New York Times bridge columnist Phillip Alder. The film is narrated by McAllister and features Warren Buffet and the two 2012, USA1 and USA2, American World Youth Bridge Teams among many others. The film is directed by Lucas Krost and edited by Aashish Edakadampil. The Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts supported the production of the film. We last interviewed John for the December 2014 Issue of Keswick Life after his love for the game of bridge leads him to the 'Bridge World Series' in China. The 14th Red Bull World Series held in Sanya, Hainan, China that October where John was a participant on the world stage for the very first time. We caught up with John shortly after the screening of Double Dummy at The Commonhouse in Charlottesville. KL: Why Bridge? JM: Bridge brings people from different backgrounds, countries, generations, and orientations together in an incredibly stimulating and rich playing environment. KL: I overheard a guest at your VaFF premiere party say [on seeing the film], "I have to say that was way better than I thought possible!" JM: [big genuine laugh]. KL: So, where have you played bridge? JM: Well, not in any particular order [we later referenced a list], Charlottesville, Chicago, Delhi, Sanya, Montecatini Terme, Tromsø, Lyon, London, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Phoenix, Kansas City, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Stara Zagora, Varna, Dallas, Orlando, Naperville, Toronto, Virginia Beach, Atlanta, New Orleans, Memphis, Cambridge, Washington, Denver, Providence, St. Louis, Palm Beach Gardens, Richmond, Monterey, Santa Clara, Chattanooga,

Palmetto, Waynesboro, Taicang, Naples, Bethesda, Williamsburg, Wilkes-Barre, Buena Vista, Hunt Valley, Baltimore, Hartes Club, Lexington, Harrisonburg, Alexandria, Biarritz and Copenhagen. KL: Wow, your frequent flyer miles balance must be off the charts! JM: Yes, they are something, I am thinking of going a bit nomadic, pack my stuff up and put it all in storage and travel around. KL: Sounds like you have already been all around, where to? JM: Thinking Costa Rica for a little r&r. Then back to work on the game. KL: So, what did Warren Buffet have to say? JM: He was open to the idea of being interviewed for the movie. He said, "Bridge is such a sensational game that I wouldn’t mind being in jail if I had three cellmates who were decent players.” KL: Did you encounter any naysayers? JM: Yes! I was not even deterred by a phone call following the dinner with my new friend, professional bridge player, Gavin Wolpert. I had called Gavin to ask him if there had ever been a documentary movie on bridge before. He was incredulous. “You’re serious,” Gavin said, “You must be joking,” he continued. We went back and forth like this for a good five minutes before he shared with me that a documentary film team had followed him and his fellow rising star partner Vince Demuy around for two years(!) before eventually broadcasting 'In the Cards' on Canadian television. KL: We are sitting here in Commonhouse, a club co-founded by one of your partners in the film. Tell me about you and Derek Sieg. JM: In 1980 our family moved to a farm in Louisa County, Virginia. That fall I started pre-school at St. Anne’s Belfield. My older sister and I rode a bus that the Kavanaugh family from Louisa hired to take students to school and home each day. It was St. Anne's that I met one of my closest childhood friends, Derek Sieg. While Derek and I never managed to be in the same class, we very much enjoyed each other’s friendship. KL: There must be lots of stories, any childhood favorites? JM: One day I went over to Derek’s house on Twenty One Curves. He told me that he had bad news. “John, I am

moving to Florida.” It turns out he had misheard his parents. In fact, they were moving to Flordon the suburb where his mother still lives today. Derek’s father, Terry took me to my first Virginia basketball games. In my childhood, he was the ultimate dad. I can remember throwing the football with him and Derek in their front yard on fall days just like today. The Sieg’s took me in as part of their family. Terry was our soccer coach, and I sometimes got to spend the night over at their house on school nights as a member of the Killer Bees soccer team. Spending the night on school nights was quite the treat. KL: What lead you guys to Double Dummy? JM: The genesis for Double Dummy happened organically in a dinner with Derek and his writing partner Jeremy Goldstein many years later. I had just returned from my first full North American Bridge Championships, and D&J took me to dinner as a thank you for contributing to their Kickstarter campaign for their movie 'Hot Air.' Jeremy started the conversation by saying, “We think you are the only person we know that plays bridge.” KL: [laughing] JM: I then proceeded to tell them about a brainstorming session I attended; where I found out that the average member of the American Contract Bridge League was 67 years old and going up by two years every year. No sooner had I said that did Jeremy remark, perhaps now infamously, “that sounds like an idea for a documentary movie.” And the three of us were off to the races! KL: What an incredible story! JM: It has come full circle with Derek, and now a week after premiering my first feature film [at St. Anne's-Befield]. The school where I learned to read, play piano and made a lifelong friend. KL: How do I get a copy of the movie? JM: We are planning to make it available online for rent or purchase on March 1st, 2018. That is one week before the start date for the Spring 2018 North American Bridge Championships. There is a multicity North American tour to come before that for which we are currently fleshing out the details. JM: Are you interested in helping to host a screening in Keswick?

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KL: Sure, screening, why not! I am sure we can a group together, are you willing to come and do a discussion? JM: I am up for anything that puts the spotlight on the game of bridge and gets more young people interested in learning bridge. This question was posed at a brainstorming session at the Spring 2012 North American Bridge Championships in Memphis, TN. The tradition and game needs to be passed down from the older generations to the younger; the young blood will ensure the game survives. That is part of what the movie is about at the end of the day. KL: Tell me more about next steps for the film and sharing it with the world. JM: We are seeking anyone who would like to see Double Dummy in their town. We ask them, do you think we can get a crowd? They may have an excellent idea of a place we can partner with or perhaps they represent an organization or venue and would like to host a Double Dummy screening. Possible screening venues don't necessarily need A/V equipment; it's not a deal-breaker. In some cases, we can bring in all the required gear. We try and ask prospects to tell us a little bit about their town, organization and the screening idea. To say that you played a hand 'double dummy' is the highest compliment that you can pay a bridge player. It means to play the hand as if you know where all the cards are. This film is a 'double dummy,' they nailed it, and it is thorough enough to learn a few things about the game along the way. It made me laugh out loud, agonize over making the opening bid on the big stage and understand the motivation for the game through the multi-generational stories featured. This film is a celebration of the card game. The filmmakers show that bridge is not just a game for my Grandmother, it is a vibrant game played and loved by people of all ages and a global pastime. Anyone who has any desire to gain some knowledge about bridge should watch this. The stories of each of the characters are deep and emotional. If you enjoy competitive play of any kind, you will enjoy this film. Be sure to follow John's travels at http:// doubledummymovie.com and shuffle the deck for a good game of Bridge with a group of friends!

NOVEMBER 2017


OBITUARY Benjamin Hurt Hardaway III, 98, died peacefully

at his home on October 19, 2017. Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 24th officiated by Rev. Dr. P. Shane Green. A private interment followed at Linwood Cemetery. A memorial service was held at St. Paul United Methodist Church with a reception at Hardaway Hall, Midland, Georgia immediately afterwards. Mr. Hardaway was born September 28, 1919 in Columbus, Ga., the son of Benjamin Hurt Hardaway, Jr. and Louise Buttolph Hardaway. Mr. Hardaway grew up in Hardaway, FL and Columbus, GA. He attended the 16th Street School and Columbus High School and graduated from the Virginia Military Institute with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1940. Mr. Hardaway served during World War II in the Armored Cavalry as aide to General Manton S. Eddy, achieving the rank of Major. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Silver Star. Mr. Hardaway was active in business, sports and civic life of Columbus. He was Chairman of the Board of the Hardaway Company, which built bridges, dams and roads. He was a member of the St. Paul United Methodist Church and served on the Columbus, Georgia School Board. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Saint Francis Hospital. Mr. Hardaway was a long-time supporter of Brookstone School and donated a new track to Hardaway High School. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Royal Crown Cola. In 2010 he was inducted into the Chattahoochee Valley Sports Hall of Fame. Mr. Hardaway had a passion for breeding hounds and for all kinds of hunting, especially foxhunting. He established the Midland Fox Hounds in 1950 and enjoyed sharing the sport, welcoming anyone who showed an interest in hunting to Midland. His hounds can be found in hunts all over the United States, as well as in England, Ireland and Australia. He was the Joint Master of the Midland Fox Hounds, Past President of the Masters of Foxhounds Association of America, Director of the American Foxhound Club, Vice President of the Georgia Wildlife Federation; Race Committee Member, Atlanta Hunt Meeting & Steeplechase, Inc., Member of the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance; Past President of the Georgia-Florida Field Trial Club. Mr. Hardaway was made an Honorary Member of the Masters of Foxhounds Association of England for his expertise in the breeding of fox hounds, and received the Julian Marshall Award from Mrs. Marshall and Terry Griffin, in June 2003 from the Bryn Mawr Hound Show AssociationHis family and friends will remember him as a fun-loving man with a sharp sense of humor and a vivid, hilarious way of telling a story. He took his responsibilities to his family, business and community very seriously while being a generous host and the life of many a party. He never lost his boundless enthusiasm for living.

Survivors include his daughters Page Hardaway Flournoy, Mary Lu Hardaway Lampton, Susannah Meade Hardaway, and Ann Hardaway Taylor; his sister Sarah Hardaway Hughston, seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. The family is very grateful to Beverly Miller, Curt Elver, Adell Hicks, Mark Reisinger, Marie Kogut, Curtis Johnson, Thressa Slaughter, Margie Coleman, Kay Gantt, Sandra Tuggle, Raymond Leonard and Rhonda Robinson for the excellent care they gave Mr. Hardaway. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the U.S. Sportsman’s Alliance or St. Paul United Methodist Church.

Lisa Pickhardt Mann, 61, passed away peacefully at

home early in the morning of October 28, 2017, surrounded by her family after a long battle with cancer. She was the daughter of the late Bernice Simmons of Gulfport, MS, and Robert Pickhardt of Los Gatos, CA, and was predeceased by her sister Kelly Simmons, also of Gulfport. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Daniel Mann; her beloved sons, Alex and Nicholas; and her sweet dog, Shepherd. Lisa graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans and subsequently met her husband, Daniel while working in the hospitality industry. Their careers evolved taking them to many different cities where they gathered close and lifelong friends.In Charlottesville, Lisa worked as the longtime Associate Head of School for Development at St. Anne’s-Belfield School, and most recently served as Director of Development at James Madison’s Montpelier. She was deeply dedicated to Montpelier and her valued colleagues there. A devoted mother, Lisa’s years in Charlottesville were filled with activities surrounding her boys’ lives. She held virtually every volunteer position at St. Anne’sBelfield from auction worker to field trip chaperone to room mother. Outside the boys’ school, she served on the Women’s Committee and Martha’s Market at Martha Jefferson Hospital, and as a volunteer for CASA. Lisa was also an avid tennis player, a gardener, and a beachlover. Above all, Lisa will be remembered for being a loving and devoted wife, mother, and friend to so many. She was unfailingly positive, selfless, and kind. She focused her energy on others and made the most of each day.

Christ Episcopal Church, Charlottesville, Va. on November 6th.

Emily Sue Nelson Cummings

passed away on Saturday, October 28, 2017. She was born on February 8, 1941, daughter of the late William Sutherland Nelson and Sue Sewell Nelson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Gerald Cummings. She is survived by her three children, W.S. Nelson Cummings, his wife, Christina and their daughters, Schuyler and Abigail of Derby, Conn., Sue Elizabeth S. Seminaris, her wife, Roe of Virginia Beach, Va. and children, Mark Cummings and Madie Weakley, Webb M. M. Wilson, her husband, Jack and daughter, Kylee of Ruckersville, Va; her sisters in-law, Sandra Falls of N.C., Margie Trombley of Va. Beach, Va., Dale Watson of Norfolk, Va., and Gerri Jackman of Mass., as well as their husbands, children and grandchildren. In addition, she had a multitude of students, friends and coworkers that she held close for many years. “Em” spent her youth in Littleton, N.C. and Norfolk, Va. She attended Maury High School in Norfolk, followed by St. Mary’s Junior College in Raleigh, N.C. and received her B.S. from Old Dominion College where she was a member of Gamma Gamma social sorority, now Chi Omega. She taught classes at York High School in Yorktown Va., was a resident member of the Wedgewood Theatre in Williamsburg, Va. and an organist at Hickory Neck Episcopal Church in Toano, Va.. She was a member of the Junior League of Charlottesville, a long term substitute teacher for Albemarle High School and volunteered countless hours at Recording for the Blind. She later became involved in the local dental industry as a dental office manager which she continued until she was 75 years old. She was a longstanding member ofGrace Episcopal Church Cismont in Keswick, Va., where she was a member of the choir, the ECW, taught Sunday school and was on numerous Church Committees. Her most recent passion was cooking meals for the Salvation Army with fellow church members. The family would like to extend their gratitude to the UVA Coronary ICU and its phenomenal team of doctors, nurses and aides. In addition, we would like to thank the Pulmonary Specialists and others who helped to aid in her care, as well as her favorite health professional, Dr. Daniel Becker. Services will were held on November 11th. at Grace Episcopal Church.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff of the University of Virginia Medical Center for the loving care Lisa received there. Special thanks to Dr. Charles Landon, Dr. Tim Showalter, and Jana Briedis-Ruiz, who gave Lisa and her family so much love and support. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Lisa’s name to The Montpelier Foundation, 11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, Virginia 22957. Services were held at

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