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KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs - April 2015

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THE COLUMNISTS 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 has given her lots of food for thought. She now lives on a farm in Orange County with three dogs, two guineas and her daughter’s cat. Check out more at www.marymorony.com. 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 Suzanne Nash, raised in Lynchburg Virginia, graduated from Wake Forest University and immediately moved to Charlottesville, Virginia to pursue all sorts of things, including working in insurance, marketing and television. The mother of two teenagers is currently the manufacturer of a lingerie and swimsuit design company, the director of education at Grace Episcopal Church and enjoys freelance writing and theatre in her free time.

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CONTEMPORARY ON 6 ACRES IN THE HEART OF KESWICK

2205 Rocky Top Road • $479,000

4776 Woodbound Road • $321,000

Fully renovated by the current owner, custom builder/cabinet maker. Inset custom cherry cabinets in kitchen, southern maple hardwood floors, stone fireplace, vaulted great room with skylights. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 4,275 sf, fully finished terrace level including a 650 sf in-law apartment plus large family room. 900 sf workshop/garage/barn with electricity and water, a rare find. Extensive wrap around deck overlooks territorial views, organic garden and fruit orchard. Lindsay Milby (434) 962-9148. MLS# 530126

Main level features a living room with wood stove, separate family room, master bedroom and 2nd bedroom perfect for a den, nursery or bedroom, and a laundry room. Decks offer multiple views of the stunning property. 2 bedrooms upstairs and full bath. The walk-out basement is a great in-law suite with large open family room. There is also a large bedroom, full bath and full kitchen. Outside: cleared yard with great play set, fire pit, horseshoe pit, and large garden. Huge shed with electricity and wood barn. Lisa Lyons (434) 981-1767. MLS# 529540 401 Park Street Charlottesville, VA 22902

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Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs PO Box 32, Keswick, Virginia 22947 T: 434.242.8033 E: keswicklife@gmail.com The minds behind Keswick Life: EDITORIAL EDITOR/FOUNDER Winkie Motley CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Colin Dougherty THE COLUMNISTS Mary Morony, Suzanne Nash, Tony Vanderwarker, Elizabeth Blye Delaney CONTRIBUTORS Joseph J. Shields PROOFREADER Sierra Young

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It’s election time at the Keswick Hunt Club and Nancy Wiley was elected as a Joint-Masters-of-Foxhounds joining Andrew Lynn and Charlotte Tieken. Get to know Nancy by reading our exclusive arcticle to learn her history and future with foxhunting.

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Mary Morony’s column this month talks of brogues as thick as porridge, fondness for beer, equally as thick, and charming senses of humor mixed with being a world-class tease - she must be talking about an Irishmen! Charming? In spades! In the land of Guiness, banter is a national pastime. Get an idea how endemic it is in the society in this humorous recount of firsthand experiences.

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Liz Delaney sits down and talks with Jarad Adams, 35, the new head chef at Clifton Inn in Keswick. This visonary local chef has the culinary skills and a major grasp on a garden to table offering that already is a force to be reconkened with here in Keswick and the environs. Meet the chef and get to Clifton to experience the food revoultion that Jarad Adams brings to our local inn.

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The Virginia Horse Center Foundation ratified John Nicholson as the new CEO following his highly successful 17-year tenure as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park. Nicholson joined the team and plans to execute the same incredible transformation that he headed at the Kentucky Horse Park, and transform the Virginia Horse Center into a first-class venue capable of hosting major events.

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and meeting new friends with this funny tale that appeals to fisherman but to all readers alike. Once you start to read this article you will find that you can’t put it down as Joe’s clever writing style keeps the reader plugged in and wanting to join him on a trip for personal enjoyment and maybe even a little betterment of society in general.

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OVERHEARD Here and there... in Keswick by the Numbers 111 - years of the Keswick Horse Show

5 - days of competition in 2 rings up and down the hill,

479 - classes including a $20,000 jumper classic,

80 - members of the food committee,

35 - ringside parking spaces

On and Off The Market Arcourt on Barn Field Drive in Virginia Farms is a 22.5 acre estate with an 8,500 sf, 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath Peter Eades home with a 3 stall stable and guest quarters and is just on the market at $2,595,000. Deer Brook Farm at 5600 Hackingwood Lane is just available with 22 acres, a 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 4,500+ sf home and 4 stalls, 2 paddocks and miles of riding trails at $685,000. Fox Run at 7165 Gordonsville Rd is a 20 acre farm with a 5 bedroom, 5.5 bath home and is now at $1,700,000 from an original $2,400,000. 4030 Fairway Drive in Keswick Estate is on the market at $1,450,000. It is a lakefront 6,300 sf, 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath home on 2.7 acres crafted by Bruce Barkley in 2007. Lot 4 On Fairway Drive, a golf front 2+ acre lot priced at $425,000 went under contract in less than 5 days. Carapan at 4098 Wood Lane is now reduced from an original $2,900,000 to $1,825,000. It was a $125,000 reduction this time around on the 5 bedroom, 6 bath, 7,200+ sf home on 2.5 golf front acres. Out and about now and 373 Clarks Tract is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath rancher on 2 acres priced at $234,900. 3497 Keswick Rd is a new Doug Kingma 4 bedroom, 3 bath 2,548 sf home on 2 acres and is priced at $649,900 whilst 3405 Keswick Rd, another Kingma home, is priced at $450,000 with 4 bedrooms, 5.5 baths and 1.86 acres. 3304 Keswick Rd, a 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch on 2 acres was reduced from $309,000 to $265,000 and is now under contract. 1095 E. Keswick Drive is a 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom rancher on 1.7 acres priced at $379,000. 993 Holly Ridge Rd is now under contract and is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath rancher at $159,900. 2766 Bell Acres is now $200,000 down from $235,000 for a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home on 2 acres. 111 Distan Hills in Hidden Hills is on the market at $749,900 and is a 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 500+ sf home on 5+ acres. Blueberry Hill, a 1950’s cottage on 4+ acres on Clarks Tract, a fixer upper at $179,000, went under contract in 5 days. 595 Starry Sky Lane, a 25 acre parcel with a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home listed at $350,000 went under contract in 5 days.

Wedding Snookie Wawner and Dana Gentry were married on March 21, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN with their children in attendance. They will reside in Keswick, VA and Franklin, TN.

548 Huckstep Branch is under contract at $225,000 after a year on the market. It is a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath uncompleted home on 2 acres. 3359 Kirkwood Ct is a big reduction in Glenmore from $579,900 to $499,900 for a 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath brick home. 5 homes in Glenmore came on the market and there were 2 that went under contract and 2 closed sales.

On Board

Publishing

Keswick Hunt

Club recently held their annual meeting and elected to the Board of Governors: Sally Lamb, John Moore, Greta Siemen and Shelley Payne. Then the officers, President: Tom Estes, Vice President: Darlene Murphy, Secretary: Shelley Payne, Treasurer: R.T. Whitman , Joint-Masters-of-Foxhounds: Andrew Lynn, Charlotte Tieken and Nancy Wiley.

Mary Kalergis’ upcoming book exhibit of photographs from Considering Adoption will open Friday June 5 for First Friday and LOOK3 photo festival. A reading and book signing for Considering Adoption will be at New Dominion Bookshop at 5:30 on Fri June 19th.

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An American chestnut seedling that potentially is resistant to blight was recently planted at Montpelier. The ceremonial planting was behind the visitor center at President James Madison’s estate in Orange. The planting honored Tom Dierauf, retired director of research at the Virginia Department of Forestry. The Virginia chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation says Dierauf is a leading woodlands expert who spent much of his career working to develop a chestnut tree that’s resistant to disease. The foundation is leading an effort to restore the American chestnut to the nation’s eastern forests. A blight wiped out most of the trees in the early 20th century. Last year, a dozen potentially blight-resistant seedlings were planted at Montpelier.

On Stage Playground Injuries,” directed by Chris Patrick, stars Stan Marshall as Doug and Virginia Wawner as Kayleen. Live Arts has extended the run through May 8. Kayleen and Doug meet in a school nurse’s office when they are eight. For the next thirty years, their love unfolds in the most complex, painful, and hilarious way. It’s a different kind of love story that truly reveals that “love hurts.”

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Duke Merrick at Duke’s Beach House, West Maui, Hawaii.

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The CELEBRATE

GOING OUT Guide

Mark your calendars! Save the date! Don’t be late!

RUN KESWICK RUN Keswick Hunt Club Fox Trot 5K

Mother’s Day

Where: The Market at Grelen When: Sunday, May 10th

Where : Castalia Farm, Keswick When: May 30th – 5 PM

Grelen is a great place to celebrate with your Mother. Stroll the gardens, hike

the trail, plan your spring planting and enjoy a farm fresh brunch by Grelen’s chef, Matt Turner, on the patio. The menu features handmade biscuits with lavender and Grelen blackberry butters, maple grilled breakfast sausages from Springgate Farm and Edwards of Virginia, Grelen asparagus and goat cheese scrambled eggs, rosemary roasted potatoes, spring greens with beet, cucumber, orange, feta, basil then finish with fresh fruit with citrus infused Greek yogurt. For reservations, call ahead at 540-672-7268 or visit www.themarketatgrelen.com.

SHOPPING The 56th Shenandoah Antiques Expo Where: The Augusta Expo, 277 Expo Road, Fishersville, VA 22939 When: May 8 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) May 9 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

“The Best Shopping on the Atlantic Coast”: The 56th Fishersville/Shenandoah Antiques Expo. A two-day antiques paradise draws top dealers with first-rate pieces and prices. The Shenandoah Antiques Expo has a reputation for fine 18th- and 19th-century American and English period antiques. 300+ expert dealers from Florida to Maine who offer quality pieces at fair prices. This weekend getaway is a quick jaunt from Waynesboro, Staunton and even Charlottesville and Lynchburg. Admission: May 8, $10; May 9, $5 for day of informaiton call 540-337-2552.

ON STAGE It’s a one night stand... The Commission Where: Adventure Farm, Earlysville When: May 9, 2015

Begun three years ago as a way to showcase VCCA Fellows’ work and dem-

onstrate exactly what VCCA does, The Commission presents a major site-specific collaborative work by at least two artists from the three disciplines (literature, visual art, musical composition) VCCA fosters. The first Commission, Bright Shiny Me (2013), brought together visual artist Maja Spasova (London, Berlin) and composer Luis Hilario Arévalo (Mexico City). The 40 foot-square piece was made up of 1,600 mirrors secured to metal spikes. Loudspeakers produced a low frequency sound similar to a heartbeat, created by Arévalo, which caused the mirrors to move fracturing and reflecting light. Coming to Know What We’ve Always Known, The Commission 2014 took inspiration from the glorious natural surroundings of Central Virginia. Created by visual artist Georgia June Goldberg (Ross, CA) and poet Sally Dawidoff (Berkeley, CA), the piece combined 150 saplings painted bright green that were planted across the landscape like living trees. As the viewer walked through the installation, motion sensors at the base of each tree activated hidden speakers so that Dawidoff could be heard reading her poem. This year, visual artist Brice Brown (New York, NY) and composer, Alan Shockley (Lakewood, CA) won The Commission with their Glass and Bridle, Pomegranate and Pears: On the Viability and Transience of a Free and Perfect Union. It was chosen by a group of VCCA supporters from the three proposals Juror Ashley Kistler (Director, VCUarts’ Anderson Gallery) had selected from a larger field of applicants. Though the artists have been identified, their piece will remain secret until the big reveal on May 9. Part vernissage, part rollicking good time, VCCA’s The Commission is a major event on the art and social scenes of central Virginia and beyond. This year the event will be held at spectacular Adventure Farm in Earlysville, VA just outside Charlottesville. You can be part of this fun, enriching evening! For information and tickets to The Commission 2015: kstiffler@vcca.com; (434) 946-7236.

SUPPORT Karats and Cocktails Where: Keswick Hunt Club When: Thursday, May 14th - 5:30 p.m.

A cocktail party to benefit UVA Children’s

Hospital, featuring an exclusive trunk show of fine jewelry by Temple St. Clair. Hearty hors d’oeuvres and local libations! Tickets are $50.00 per person and available at http:// healthfoundation.virginia.edu/karats-cocktails Space is limited. Riding gear, equineinspired or festive casual attire encouraged! (A preview and advance sale of Temple St. Clair’s jewelry will begin at 3:00 pm at the Hunt Club).

HISTORY Secrets of Montpelier Where : Downtown Charlottesville When: Friday, May 1, 2015 from 5-8 PM

For the first time, Montpelier joins First Fri-

days in downtown Charlottesville with the opening reception of a unique photography exhibit featuring the “Secrets of Montpelier.” This exhibit displays the work of advanced digital photographers participating in a one-of-a-kind photography course designed by Montpelier in partnership with the University of Virginia School of Continuing and Professional Studies. After the reception, the exhibit will be moved to the Montpelier Visitor Center’s for display from May 8-22 in the Grand Salon. The reception will take place at Old Metropolitan Hall on Charlottesville’s historic Downtown Mall on Friday, May 1, 2015, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Refreshments will include a tasting menu from Exchange Cafe, samples of Montpelier’s Best Ambition Ale, and wine from Orange County. Special thanks to The Market at Grelen and Bryan Parson’s Photography for their additional sponsorship. This event is free and open to the public.

Run for conservation at the Keswick Hunt Club Fox Trot 5K. Run or walk a 5K trail race in a beautiful estate setting in the heart of Keswick. Free Kids’ Mile and Kids’ Scramble. Enjoy Michelob Ultra beer and Barboursville Vineyards wine at the postrace “Hunt Breakfast.” Support our charity partner The Piedmont Environmental Council to win prizes from The Great Outdoors Provision Company. Tee shirts for early registrants and prizes for first through third finishers in several categories. Find us on Facebook. Registration at: https://notussports.webconnex.com/keswickhuntclubfoxtrot or Contact Melissa Zeller with questions: Melissa_zeller@yahoo.com.

WORKSHOP Plein Air Painting with Scheline Crutchfield Where: Castle Hill Farm, Keswick When: May 16-17th

If you’ve never painted outdoors from life, you are in for a real treat. The gardens at historic Castle Hill are some of the most stunning you will ever see and will be in full bloom for this exciting retreat. You will learn how to paint quickly to capture the light that makes plein air painting so fresh and beautiful. For full details, visit http:// scheline.com/www.scheline.com/Plein_ Air_Castle_Hill.htm<http://scheline.com/ www.scheline.com/Plein_Air_Castle_Hill. html>

SAVE THE DATE

The 6th Annual Grace Church Historic Farm Tour

Where: Grace Church, Keswick When: Saturday, June 13th, 10 AM – 4 PM

Grace Church will host its 5th Annual His-

toric Farm Tour – beyond the gates and Country Fair on June 13, 2015. Farm gates will open, the Church grounds will transform to an earlier era Country Fair featuring local artisans, food vendors, and foot tapping music, jugglers, children activities and 4H livestock presentations.

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Nancy Wiley: Her History and Future with Foxhunting If you are wondering where in the Keswick countryside the cover picture was taken, you are observant. It was not taken in Keswick but at Massie’s Corner in Rappahannock County where I grew up. My father, Wade Massie, loved to hunt foxes. My Uncle Jim tells how Pop used to get on the school bus in the morning and get off a few stops later where there would be a horse waiting for him. He would hunt all day with Ennis Jenkins, Larry Jenkins’ father, and get back on the bus in the afternoon. His parents were none the wiser. Later Jack Bruce helped Pop put together a pack of hounds which Clint Eastham, son of famous hound breeder C.C. Eastham, would hunt for him. (It is kind of fun to think about how I would hunt with hounds, and people, with a lot of the same bloodlines sixty years later). Pop also hunted with Rappahannock and was a whip there. Current Rappahannock master, Oliver Brown, likes to tell a story about how Pop could make any horse quiet. One day a visitor from New Jersey had come down to hunt and his horse was rank while Pop’s was going along well. Halfway through the day, Pop offered to switch horses and by the end of the day Pop’s horse was going along on the buckle and the visitor’s horse was jigging all around. Mac Hayes, a long time foxhunter, recently told me a story about when he first met Pop. He came to the farm and Pop had gotten a new horse, Little John. Pop told Mac he was a good jumper and with that he jumped Little John over the manure spreader. My mother, Sandra Forbush, also loves hunting. She looks beautiful on a horse and is always well turned out. She taught me a lot about hunting etiquette and she has taught me a lot about horse conformation. With an artist’s eye and with years of experience raising yearlings for the summer sales, she is a conformation cracker jack. In fact, do not go horse shopping with her for she will spot all the horse’s conformation flaws in the first three minutes before you even get a chance to ride him. My mom took me out hunting when I was five. Apparently, I was one of these kids who never got cold or wanted to go in. I wish that were the case now! By the time I was 14, my parents used to drop me off with Rappahannock with Jimmy Dodson, Billy’s brother, hunting the hounds and pick me up at the end of

the day. I hunted a white mare, Minnie, who had taught many people to hunt. My best friend, Molly Dunning, lived in Clarke County so on some weekends I would take Minnie to Blue Ridge to hunt with her when Bobby Pillion was huntsman. In high school my mom married Gus Forbush and we moved to her farm in Flint Hill and started hunting with Old Dominion and Jimmy Atkins. Gus later became master there and has served for 20 years. In college and when I lived in Washington and New York, I would hunt on holidays and some weekends. Eventually, I moved back to Virginia and taught at Wakefield and started hunting with Old Dominion regularly first with Charlie Brown and then with Gerald Keal. At this time Justin and I met and started dating. It turns out we had (still have) a lot in common. He had come from a horse background as well. His mother, Serena Wiley, still rides almost every day and hunted a lot in her native England when she was younger and his father, Hugh Wiley, was an Olympic show jumper. It wasn’t too long after we met that I asked Justin to come hunting with Old Dominion. To test him, we put him on Tennessee, a timber horse Gus had

gotten from Tommy Lee Jones. You could not, I repeat could not, touch Tennessee’s mouth. Justin passed the test with flying colors. He actually liked Tennessee and they got along great and so did we. Two years later, we were married and moved to Orange where we started having children in two year successions. We also began hunting with Keswick. I loved everything about the hunt – the hunting, the people, the country. I remember how much I liked (and still like) hunting with Mary Kalergis because she was always focused on the hounds and knew exactly what was going on. Soon after, we got our kids out hunting. Hugh was only three when he was bucked off the black pony Oreo at Mount Sharon, and Phil Audibert snapped that great shot which is in his book on foxhunting. I will never forget one day when Lily and Hugh were still young and we were hunting in Green Springs and we had to move on to catch up. It was one of Hugh’s first times off the lead and he was on this great pony Lassie. Looking back and seeing him kicking on will be a memory I will never forget. Lassie remains the most valuable animal we own having taught Lily, Hugh and Georgina to hunt.

More than one former huntsman has told me that the Keswick hounds are the best. I concur. They are athletes and have great speed and a tenacious drive. They have great noses and a great cry. They are independent yet work well as a pack. And, they are super-smart. They are much like the huntsman who guides and directs them. Tony strikes the perfect balance with our American hounds. He is very encouraging but firm. Hacking to a cover, Tony spends a lot of the time talking to the hounds and building them up so when he does have to reprimand one often it will only take calling a hound’s name in a stern voice. The fact is Tony Gammel is part hound and he is also part fox. How else does he know where the fox has gone when no one has seen the fox and the hounds aren’t even sure? How does he know when to let them figure it out and when to pick them up and keep them moving? Or when a particular hound is correct when they are all trying to work it out? This quality cannot be taught. It is God-given. Tony would do anything for the hounds even if it means nearly passing out from running a mile or so down a rail road track in boots and pink coat on a hot day. And, Tony is a perfectionist for the sake of the hounds. That is why he calls himself and his staff to such high standards. We don’t have a lot of foxes in some fixtures and if there is a mess-up, that might be it for the day for foxes. Tony knows that the hounds will lose interest and grow discouraged if they don’t find time after time. Yet, the smile on his face when the hounds do find and take off at high speed is priceless as it should be. He works hard and is tireless in his drive to provide great hunting for hound and human alike. He loves nothing more than seeing the field enjoy the hounds work.

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I was extremely honored and humbled when Charlotte and Andy asked me to join them as a joint master and I truly appreciate how they are teaching me as we go. I have already learned from them that being a MFH is just one of the many jobs that make up the team of the Keswick Hunt. Charlotte put it well when she defined it as a volunteer job – a service to the community. I am astounded by the amount of work they do behind the scenes that no one ever knows about to make hunting seamless. They have done a spectacular job for Keswick and the club is riding a wonderful high wave. We have a fantastic huntsman, staff, and

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hounds. In addition, our members are hardworking, dedicated and knowledgeable about the sport and our board is active and engaged. Finally, our landowners, the bedrock of our sport, the one key ingredient without which we would not have a sport, are generous and supportive. Mrs. Tieken and Mr. Lynn have done well. I hope to maintain what they have created when they step down. I realize that I am a newcomer by Keswick standards. When Barclay Rives told me he was excited about the prospect of my becoming master, I was flattered. Here is a man who has been a whip with Keswick for most of his adult life, whose

parents had both been master and whose brother had been master and he was excited about me. I told him that he had been around a lot longer than I so I will need his help and the help of many. I am so grateful for the kind and encouraging words of so many people as I am thankful for the support of great friends and a loving family. Most of all I am thankful for Justin and my children who have encouraged me to serve a life-long love.

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Keswick Hunt Club Masters of Fox Hounds 1896-1901 Cary Ruffin Randolph 1901-1915 Julian Morris 1915-1916 Dr. Lee Thurman 1917-1918 No hunting during World War I 1919-1920 E.H. Joslin 1920-1925 No Master; Hunt reorganized in 1926 1926-1929 Julian Morris 1929-1932 John C. Stewart 1932-1935 Mrs. Cary Jackson 1936-1937 A.W. Talcott 1937-1938 Miss Jamie Terrill, Mrs. Cary Jackson and George Barkley 1938-1945 Miss Jamie Terrill and W. Haggin Perry 1945-1946 W. Haggin Perry 1947-1948 W. Haggin Perry and Alexander Rives 1948-1951 Alexander Rives

1951-1952 Alexander Rives and Mrs. John S. McIntyre 1953-1954 Alexander Rives and George Barkley 1954-1955 Donald P. Hostetter and Mrs. Alexander Rives 1955-1956 Robert Coles and Donald P. Hostetter 1957-1964 Robert Coles 1964-1966 Robert Coles and John J. Carle II 1966-1990 John J. Carle II 1990-1992 John J. Carle II and Sandy Rives 1992-1994 John J. Carle II and Franklin Wawner 1994-2000 John J. Carle II 2000-2002 Hugh C. Motley 2002-2005 Hugh C. Motley and Charlotte Tieken 2005â&#x20AC;&#x201C;2015 Charlotte Tieken and Andrew Lynn 2015-Present Charlotte Tieken, Andrew Lynn and Nancy M.Wileyďżź

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HISTORY

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BY MARY MORONY

Breezy Oaks

A Good Slagging

If his brogue, as thick as porridge, his fondness for beer, equally as thick, or his charming sense of humor weren’t the tip off, being a world-class tease would certainly make it obvious to just about anyone who met him that my husband is Irish. Charming? In spades! Kerrygold (that’s Irish butter for the uninitiated) wouldn’t melt in his mouth, unless he could use it to “have someone on”, “take the piss out of someone,” or “slag someone.” All of these terms are a description of teasing in Ireland. Banter is a national pastime. The fact that there are so many words for teasing in Guinessland ought to give you an idea how endemic it is in the society.

Keswick attracts Paddies like horses do flies, so Hubs isn’t the only Irishman in the neighborhood.

Thomas and Susan Farley have been long-time residents in the DC area; Susan for about 37 years and Tom for about 20 years. They first began visiting the Keswick area about five years ago. Summer get-away weekends at Keswick Hall, and sight- seeing drives through the local countryside, eventually persuaded Tom and Susan that the allure and tranquility of the locale suggested they take a more serious look around. When considering retirement options, they began looking for property in and around Keswick. They found property for sale along Louisa Road, and began researching Keswick a bit further. In March 2012, they purchased the 3.5 acre lot locally known as “Breezy Oaks,” and in 2014, purchased the adjacent 1 acre lot, at the corner of Louisa Road and Clarks Tract. The Farleys initially wanted to donate the cabin that sits on the property to a Historical Trust, as the cabin and some of the material in it, appears to have historical ties to Monticello. According to research conducted by K. Edward Lay, the man who built the cabin was a freed slave, whose family members had ties to Monticello. After the Civil war, the property was donated to Albert Johnson,

and around 1895, he built the cabin to raise his family. Mr. Johnson also planted the magnificent oak trees on the property, that continue to thrive today. It is not clear when the name “Breezy Oaks” was established for this piece of history. Ultimately, the Farleys decided it would be best to keep the cabin on the property, and eventually will turn it into a guest house for family and friends. “We have so much respect for the significance of ‘Breezy Oaks’ to the local community, that we decided whatever we build, should not intrude upon, but harmonize with the existing structure and overall feeling of the place.” Tom said. Smith and Robertson is scheduled to begin construction on the new home March 1, 2016, with completion in early 2017. The Farleys have hired Elizabeth Blye Delaney RLA, ASLA, to oversee the integration of the main house and its various dependencies, to ensure that what they add to “Breezy Oaks,” is in keeping with the history and character of the property. The Farleys have already joined the Keswick Country Club, and look forward to enjoying their retirement years at “Breezy Oaks.”

He most definitely is not the only one who has a fondness for the national pastime. Those of you who hunt with Keswick are fully aware of at least one other such lad. This lad like most Irish, make it their duty to prevent people from taking themselves too seriously. If you know him you know, he fancies himself a first class provocateur, albeit, most of it is in good fun and he is just in it for the craic (fun). That’s the thing with these recently disembarked sons of Eire; it’s all fun and games until the tables are turned on them, then watch out, tables and fists just might fly. Like their mother’s congealed oatmeal, the F.B.I. (Foreign Born Irish) have a tendency to congregate in clumps; it was no surprise that we met shortly after he arrived. At that first meeting, I made the comment that Ireland was such a dreadful place, surely, he must be relieved to have extracted himself from the infernal isle. So obviously spurious, it didn’t occur to me that it might be taken seriously. Clearly, I had forgotten that I was speaking with a Paddy and that there are certain things you can’t joke about Eire primary among them. Prone to irony as I am, over many years and encounters, I made similar hyperbolic comments about the old sod’s lack of charm or beauty. I changed it up sometimes zeroing in on a specific asset. “I don’t understand how Ireland could possibly be noted for being green; when I was there it was a drab olive.” Other times, I took aim at the food, which takes a bit of a deft hand since historically Ireland has never been considered an epicurean mecca. I certainly didn’t want

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him to think I was being mean, just ironic. When Hubs made his transition from Hibernia to Keswick, he spent an inordinate amount of time complaining about the bread here, so I used that knowledge to poke a little more fun. “How are you are able to stomach that brown bread? It’s like putting butter on cardboard!” I teased. I was just having him on, as the saying goes. That this was just our usual banter was a given, as it turns out for me alone. I have made a note for the future, when teasing, be sure everyone is on board. It wasn’t until I was in charge of the Hunt Ball some years later did I discover that what I had thought was just good slagging (teasing) had been taken as anything but. As some of you may know, a Hunt Club key is kept in a certain spot so you don’t have to hunt someone down if you need to get in the clubhouse. The key wasn’t in its usual spot when I came by to bring flowers or whatever it was I was delivering. Certain I had put it back the day before, I searched around the area, looked in my car, checked my pocket, but couldn’t find the key. A number of people where scheduled to show up, all of whom needed access to the clubhouse. I didn’t want to send them away. The ball was the next day and we had things to do. I went looking for the huntsmen to ask if he knew where the key was or if he had an extra one I might borrow. He along with the key was nowhere to be found. All of the years of teasing him were coming back on me. I was about to pay for all of the aspersions I had cast his way. In order to get back at me, he had taken the key knowing full well that I needed it. He had hidden it, and watched giggling from his house like a nasty little leprechaun as I searched for it. He mentioned to Hubs later that he couldn’t understand why I hated Ireland so much. “How can you live with someone like that?” he asked incredulously. Hubs, after picking himself off the floor from laughing said, “You stupid gobshite (idiot), she’s taking the piss out of you.” Just imagine how delicious it is to find out you beat a Paddy at his own game and you weren’t even trying. He who laughs first laughs best, but both of us have laughed hardly at this for many years since. Word to the wise; Beware when teasing an Irishman they don’t all have a sense of humor.

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ONLY IN KESWICK Thirsting For a Beer BY TONY VANDERWARKER

So we have this friend who’s on her way to a church supper and as she told us, “I’ve put 170 miles on my car driving all over the damn county doing errands and I’m dying for a beer. But the only place on the way to church is this honky-tonk bar.” But her thirst gets the better of her so she pulls in anyway. “I walk in and its so dark I can barely make out two guys sitting at the bar.” She sits down next to the man on the left. “Bud Light, please,” she says to the bartender. And the guy next to her turns and offers, “I’d be glad to buy that beer for you, Ma’am.” “Oh, I couldn’t let you do that,” she says, not wanting to complicate matters. He’s a good thirty years younger, missing a bunch of teeth, long-haired and skinny, a Jim Beam and water in front of him. And it doesn’t look like it’s his first. She finishes her beer, pays the bartender and gets up to leave. The guy says, “I’d be glad to buy you another.” And she answers, “Oh, no, I’ve got to get to a church supper.” He comes back with, “Well, why don’t you stop in on your way back, I’ll still be here.” Politely declines and as she walks out, she’s thinking of the lyrics of the song, “All the girls get prettier at closing time.” Cracks us up.

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tions are to apply it, activate the asphalt by pouring on water, then drive over it to compact the material. I do it and for a week I can’t stop talking about how great the product is. My potholes are gone and my road is as smooth as a baby’s butt. I’m boasting to all my friends how I’ve banished potholes from Chopping Bottom Farm. Then it snows. I watch Bradley’s tractor plow the white stuff and worry that he’ll tear up my Aquaphalt. But the next day, I discover it’s stayed where I put it. Until freezing and thawing sets in and my road quickly goes all soft and gushy, so slippery I feel like I’m driving a Zamboni on an ice rink. Four-inch deep ruts form and the potholes reappear bigger than ever, ringing the patches of Aquaphalt which stand in the center like a cherry on top of ice cream. My only consolation is kind of a driveway schedenfreude--many of my friends’ roads look worse than mine. But pretty soon they’ll be dry and dusty again with the damn potholes still in place. I’ll scrape and grade again, maybe even buy some more pink stuff from the recycler at Zion’s Crossroads, again confronting the eternal Keswick question: “Where has all the gravel gone?”

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WHAT’S COOKING A True Farm to Table Chef - Jarad Adams The New Head Chef at Clifton Inn in Keswick BY ELIZABETH BLYE DELANEY

Jarad Adams, 35, is the new head chef at

and are as hunters and farmers. Native Americans offered prayer to the animal who gave it’s life, which spiritually connected them to the animal and honored it’s God-given purpose. Jarad also says cooking outdoors is primitive and spiritual as well. Who doesn’t love a pig roast over an open spit?

Clifton Inn in Keswick. He is a remarkable person aside from his culinary skills. We began our conversation with him telling me that he is studying to be a mechanical engineer, while he is working his 11AM to 12PM at Clifton. (Okay, that’s an ambitious man wanting a second career I am thinking, put aside for now). Jarad grew up in Harrisonburg, VA, attended a 2 yr college but mostly he cooked. It all started with his mother’s garden. When he was growing up it was second nature to him to and his family to eat right out of their garden. Pick it, whatever the season, and make a meal from it. He often cooked a dinner for his family once a week. Then when he left home, he said he had to eat out of containers, boxes, cans, packaging and realized he had a hard time doing it. His mother taught him well and a true farm to table chef was made! He began cooking for his buddies, who loved his potluck food. With that encouragement, he went to the nicest restaurant in Harrisonburg, The Joshua Wilton House, favorably reviewed in the New York Times and Southern Living Magazine, and asked for a job. He was hired as a dishwasher. That lasted a few months until he became the sous chef (under the chef). He was there for a couple of years and moved on to working with Ian Boden for three years at the Staunton Grocery Restaurant, Beverly Street, Staunton. He then went to work as a chef with Matt O’Varanese at The Standard in Standardsville, Va. Matt’s staff there was deaf. Jarad said the communication in the kitchen and with the wait staff became succinct, using signing and visual cues and according to the reviews it all worked well.

Jarad’s menus tell a story. He likens editing a menu to being a movie director. He wants a progression of plates from light to heavier. It evolves everyday based on availability. He says he tells a story everyday of season change in Piedmont Virginia. He procures local pork, beef, chicken, lamb and duck.

Jarad says that his cooking is a craft mostly in how it is prepared, and understanding the connection of where food comes from. He manages a staff of 7 cooks and keeps track of the numbers of what to order and costs associated with that. He also manages the Cliftons garden with 10 beds and knows purveyors of meats both local and elsewhere. In the kitchen organization is paramount and preparing our “mise en place” keeps everything in it’s place. There is a rote, rhythm and dance he develops with his staff and that’s the art part along with the creativity of mixing flavors and textures. It’s a Rubic’s Cube and he is a master. The bottom line for Jarad is having pleased customers. We discussed how much effort and talent goes into each of the 30+ meals he prepares each night only to see the tangible get eaten and go away. I think, how frustrating to see your

efforts disappear. Not for Jarad. He loves the process and knowing patrons have enjoyed a great meal. He mentioned the Mandalas created by Tibetan monks out of grains of sand only to be thrown away at the end. His cooking is a meditation he practices everyday. There is a wellknown statement about cooking being an act of love. Clearly, he practices his gift from God. He waxes very eloquently about food. Jarad thinks there is a disconnect most of us have in understanding where food comes from and the reverence that accompanies butchering. He had a brief job “processing” free range chickens. He would put the live chicken into a plastic parking cone, when the head popped out of the small end, it was cut off. The hand slaughter taught him respect. He says there is something very primitive about taking the life of an animal. It is part of who we were as hunter-gatherers

Clifton serves 30 meals a night and in the summer that rises to 50. Jarad describes the menu as traditional with modern elements. He loves to use herbs and vegetables in creative concert with each other. He also sees himself as a coach and mentor to his staff. I asked Jarad how he would cook a traditional Thanksgiving Day turkey and he answered “sousvide” which is French for “under vacuum”. Sous-vide was a process started by French engineers for the industrial food preparation of the 1960’s. It involves putting the meat and it’s flavorings, etc. in a vacuum sealed contained and them immersing it into a vat of water. The metric system is used to measure ratios of salt, etc. in the meat to determine when it is absolutely, perfectly cooked. Sounds like an engineer to me! He likens it to caramelizing. He says this is an efficient way to cook and a very accurate to temperature method as well. He wants to become a mechanical engineer to be able to design more efficient cooking equipment. Then he tells me how induction cooking is going to be the future.

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HORSIN’ AROUND National Sporting Library & Museum is Open Late

The National Sporting Library & Museum is pleased to announce Open Late, a free summer concert series that will take place every fourth Friday from April through September. The event series features regional performers, craft beers, and local wineries; guests are invited to stroll through the Art Museum to enjoy changing exhibitions and permanent collections or to spread out picnic blankets and lawn chairs for the open-air concert. During the Open Late events, the Museum will be open until 8:00 p.m. Melanie Mathewes, Executive Director of the National Sporting Library & Museum explained, “We’re very excited to announce that this year, on the first Friday of April, May, June, July, August and September, our facilities and our campus will be open late to allow the public to visit and enjoy our treasures. All are invited to picnic and relax on our campus lawn, enjoy music concerts,

and try regional wines and craft beers. We’ve planned these events with young families in mind and with the hope that those passing through Middleburg heading east or west after work will join us. “Knowing how difficult it is to take time out of busy schedules during the day, we thought staying open late would give people more opportunities to explore the exhibitions and collections on view in the art Museum,” continued Mathewes. “When I discussed it with our board and staff and members of the Middleburg community, I was delighted that everyone was excited to make the idea a reality. We decided to encourage the community to spend a couple of hours here each month this summer.” Open Late is free and open to the public; picnics are welcome and a cash bar will be available. The event will be held rain or shine, and no outside alcohol will be permitted on premises.

Open Late Calendar

May 22 Featuring Tara Mills Band 3 Brothers Brewing | Naked Mountain Winery June 26 Virginia Tech Alumni Night Featuring Piedmont Symphony Orchestra Forge Brew Works | Cana Winery July 24 George Mason Alumni Night Featuring George Mason Univ.Jazz Ensemble Hardywood Park Craft Brewery | Otium Winery August 28 Featuring Reckless Island Mad Fox Brewing Company | Boxwood Winery September 25 Friends and Family Night Foxcroft School, The Hill School, Middleburg Academy, Middleburg Community Charter School, and Wakefield School Featuring Lisa Lim Band Legend Brewing | Market Salamander

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The Virginia Horse Center Foundation Board of Directors has ratified John Nicholson as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Virginia Horse Center. Following his highly successful 17-year tenure as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park, Nicholson joined the Virginia Horse Center management team in May 2014, first as a consultant and most recently as the interim CEO, before officially assuming the CEO office. For the past 10 months, Nicholson has been an active force in executing the Virginia Horse Center’s short-term and

“It was clearly identified about a year ago that if the direction at the Horse Center was not changed, the ship would sink,” said Oare. “We now have a team of unbelievable people, including Leigh Anne Claywell as the Chief Operating Officer and John Nicholson as the Chief Executive Officer, to help steer the ship in the correct direction and into a bright future. Nicholson brings to the table incredible experience and expertise in this capacity that is completely unmatched.” Nicholson added, “I’m honored to have been asked to increase my involvement and leadership of the Horse Center as the full-time CEO. Over the past year, the management team has made significant strides in reversing the challenges faced by the Horse Center, and this is just the beginning. I’m confident in a bright future.”

Prior to making the shift from Lexing- In addition to expanding the park, Nichton, Kentucky to Lexington, Virginia, olson concentrated on improving its Nicholson led the Kentucky Horse Park public perception and increasing private during its rise to prominence on the sector support. global equestrian stage, which included hosting the 2010 Alltech World Eques- In 2008, under Nicholson’s leadership, trian Games and procuring the presti- the park received the Eclipse Award, gious National Horse Show. Hosting the the highest honor in the Thoroughbred World Equestrian Games was the cul- industry. In 2010, he received the presmination of a decade-long effort to plan tigious Equine Industry Vision Award and recruit the international event that from the American Horse Publications, had previously never been held outside an award that recognizes outstanding of Europe. Ultimately, the events were leadership, creativity and meritorious televised internationally to 500 million contributions in the equine industry, and viewers and created an economic impact he accepted the United State Equestrian A great community is full of inspiration. Innisfree takes special care to create Foundation’s Sallie B. Wheeler Trophy of $202.5 million. a therapeutic work environment for its coworkers that strong Park sense of on behalf ofbuilds the aHorse for distincommunity and enhances each person’s unique skills. When Innisfree needed sport. Under Nicholson’s leadership, the Horse guished service in equestrian moretransformed space for additional the weaving studio. one of In helped 2011, expand Nicholson was named Park steadily into weavers, one ofCACF Now, coworkers, like Mark, who have skills can transform spools of yarnmagazine’s into the that Chronicle of the Horse the finest equestrian competition facilibeautifulNicholson placemats, can enjoy working with friendsHorsemen and can share carefully of their the Year.” ties in the world. oversaw its “Overall expansion that included approximately crafted products with our community. Our passion is to support the community. $80 million in capital improvement proj- “Similar to the incredible transformation ects, including the 5,500-seat Alltech that John headed at the Kentucky Horse Park, Arena, the 7,300-seat Rolex Stadium, we strive to transform the Virginia Horse end to we can venue do together. Centernointo a what first-class capable of new stabling barns, a new $10 million, There’s hosting events the likes of the World Eques8,500-square-foot museum wing; and nu- www.cacfonline.org merous new buildings within the park’s trian Games,” Oare said. “John knows, perNational Horse Center that are home to haps better than anyone, what it takes to get an impressive collection of national, re- that done, and we are thrilled to have him as gional and state equine organizations. part of our team.”

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TRAVEL JOURNAL Sucker Spawn BY JOSEPH J. SHIELDS

Although his God-given name was Mat-

rainbow trout each year to accommodate the fish that are taken from the river, the rainbows are very reproductive and many of them are now considered wild.

thew, we called our guide “Scooter.” The decision was an easy one: the unreasonably large man told us to, and he was armed. Like all good fly fishing guides, Scooter had eccentricities. In my experience, crazy guides put you on fish, which is why my buddy Chris Young and I crossed the border into Tennessee: to hunt trout. You learn a lot about your companions when you spend two days in a small boat. At the fly shop where we met our guide, we learned that Scooter also liked to hunt; he preferred using guns. We loaded our fly rods and gear into the float boat, watched Scooter smoke a cigarette as he hitched the trailer to an old pick-up truck. The vehicle resembled the trucks driven by members of ISIS and Al Qaeda you see in news footage. The truck was well suited for the streets of Kabul and for pulling a boat along the country roads of Tennessee. My friend, who infamously called “shot gun” in advance of being a passenger, preemptively claimed the front seat of the small truck, as was his fashion college. I climbed into the back seat, hit my head on a gun rack, and tucked my legs into my chest so I could fit in the space afforded by dry bags, waders, boots, and ammunition. With boat in tow before 8:00 am, Scooter put his arm out the window, aiming his middle finger at the car behind us. “Mother’s taking their kids to elementary school in the morning, riding my ass, really tick me off,” said the guide. He then explained he was raised Christian, an admission by strangers that typically adds a nice edge to the conversation. In keeping with his faith, Scooter said he kept a .45 automatic pistol in a holster attached to the driver-side door of his truck, so he could grab it if he needed to while at the wheel. “I could shoot that woman for driving like that. The same goes for mom’s picking up their kids from elementary school. I’d like to shoot them too if they ride my ass.” Chris turned his head with a look of concern. “How many guns do you have in your truck?” he asked. “One in the door here, two in the way back, and one in the boat.”

When we arrived at the boat ramp, Scooter expertly backed the boat into the river. I banged my head on the gun rack as I got out, slipped on wet rocks, and fell to the ground, slamming my beloved Submariner against a slab of concrete. “Something tells me we shouldn’t have left Virginia,” I said. “We might want to make a list of people, animals, and other things this guy expresses interest in shooting on this trip,” said Chris, holding the boat at the river’s edge while Scooter parked the car. “Watch your step.” “On the rocks or with the guide?” “Both.” I stood, inspected my wristwatch and discovered it was intact. I shouldn’t wear it to fish but am afraid to take it off. I prefer scratches to loss or theft; battle scars give a timepiece more character. “I bet we will generate one hell of a list,” I replied, as we watched the man return from the parking lot.

The South Holston River is a unique fishery. The river was created in the 1950’s when the Tennessee Valley Authority completed the South Holston Dam. The river originates as a tailwater stemming from the South Holston Reservoir and spans 14 miles to Boone Reservoir. A single-turbine generator operated by the TVA controls the flow of the river. The water is bottom-fed from the deep, cold waters of the reservoir, which makes the river that flows from it cold and good for trout fishing 365 days a year. A labyrinth of weirs heavily oxygenates the river, which supports a healthy environment for fish. The width of the South Holston River ranges from 60 feet to 100 yards. People can wade across the river when the generator is not running. Conditions can change quickly when the generator is

started, however, with water levels rising four vertical feet in less than 15 minutes. We timed our trip to coincide with the generation schedule. We wanted big water so we could drift and fish, targeting two species: rainbow and brown trout. Typically the fishery hosts one of the largest populations of trout in the United States, with numbers reaching 6,000 fish per mile. In early December 2014, days before Chris and I left Keswick, Virginia, for Bristol, Tennessee, surveys reported 12,000 trout per mile. By comparison, the Madison River in Montana, one of the best trout streams in the world, only reported 3,000 fish per mile. For this reason, my friend explained, the South Holston River is considered the best trout stream on the East Coast. I would learn why.

We set in beneath the Emmet Bridge access point along the South Fork, and immediately tossed dropper rigs with sucker spawn. This made sense to me; Scooter had said two sections of the river were closed for spawning. Trout tend to position themselves downstream of reproductive activity in search of tasty eggs. Because I was the lesser fisherman, Scooter positioned me at the bow; Chris, the accomplished fly fisher, would cast from the stern. Scooter instructed me to roll-cast with a flick of the wrist to compensate for the weighted rig. I noticed a man using a spinning rod fish from the bridge. “Unfortunately, Tennessee does not mandate catch-and-release fishing on this stream,” said the guide. “So any unskilled nimrod can catch one of these beautiful wild browns and take them from the fishery forever.” He explained the fishery had not been stocked with a brown trout since 2003. Although they still stock thousands of

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As we floated downstream, Chris and I caught a couple of each species, with sizes ranging from 12 to 20 inches. After lunchtime, when fishing normally picks up, our guide switched the drop rigs to accommodate flashy midge patterns. When the rains hit, the fishing and banter really got interesting. “I’d shoot the clouds if I could,” Scooter exclaimed. “And don’t get me started on otters. If I see an otter, I am going to blast it from the water. I don’t care what either of you say.” He worked the boat to the far riverbank just as Chris set the hook in a monster brown trout. Scooter grabbed the fish with the net; I photographed his prize with my waterproof camera. “You see what your buddy did?” said the guide. We’re using strike indicators. So when you see the indicator dip, pull up on the rod as if you’re trying to hang someone. You’re missing too many fish because your missing the hook set.” With Scooter at the helm, I caught more than 50 fish in two days, a feat for any bewildered novice. But I also wrapped line around too many branches and trees for Scooter to handle. Not to mention tangling my line with Chris’s line, which necessitated the painful retying of two rigs. I was quickly added to the list. “You’re a client, but I’m telling you, if your hook set doesn’t improve, or if you make me tie on another rig because of your fumbled casts, I am going to shoot you.”

At the Quaker State & Lube bar somewhere in the twin cities of nearby Bristol, Virginia, and Bristol, Tennessee, we put pen to paper and tallied a comprehensive list of other things Scooter had expressed interest in shooting: • • • • • • • • • • •

Ducks Beavers Rising trout Turkeys A tree house Horses A bald eagle Tailgaters Blue heron A statue of a trout Cormorants

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Deer People in general Other fishing guides

I wasn’t sure which state we were in. A landmark sign straddles both states over State Street with Bristol’s slogan: “A GOOD PLACE TO LIVE,” with “VA” on one side and “TENN” on the other side of the sign. The bartender explained we were in Virginia. She also explained the Triple Atomic Challenger, in which a challenger had to eat an order of Triple Atomic Wings Guts, Glory, Pain 500,000 SHU. (The Scoville Scale and Scoville Heat Units are used to measure the pungency and hotness of a chili pepper). The Triple Atomic Challenger requires idiots to sign a medical waiver, which I did, for the promise of a T-shirt and my name listed among other victors on the December 2014 plaque. She informed me the plaque would be hung on the wall the following month. “Are you sure you know what you’re doing?” Chris asked.

Reader, I “won” the Triple Atomic Chal-

lenger. I remember the brief moment of victory, the surprised look on Chris’ face when I finished the last wing after 45 minutes of uncertainty and pain. I remember walking across State Street, back into Tennessee, with my friend, crossing the Christmas parade and holding up my new T-shirt. I remember sweating, getting an emergency glass of ice water in a bar called The Stateline, the burning in my eyes. Most of all, I remember Scooter and the fishing. I am glad nothing was shot during the manufacture of this story. Months later, Chris returned to fish the waters of the South Holston without me and stopped in Bristol to see if my name was on the wall of the wing place. It is. I encourage you to go to Bristol and see it for yourself. You don’t have to leave Virginia, although sometimes it’s nice visiting other states, even if it simply means crossing the street.

“All she had to say was ‘name on the wall.’ It’s the little things in life. I want to live forever somewhere.” “You are sucker spawn,” said Chris. “She saw you coming a mile away, hook, line, and sinker. I hope you know what you’re doing. You might not survive it.”

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Popular and Widely-Respected Photographer Janet Hitchen Died at 71 BY LEONARD SHAPIRO, for Middleburg Life (reprinted with permission)

Popular and widely-respected photogra-

pher Janet Hitchen (neé Goldberg) died at her home near Millwood, Virginia on Tuesday evening, March 24, 2015. She was seventy-one. The phone call could come at any time. “Lenny, I’ve got a story for you,” Janet Hitchen would gush with great gusto. And she never disappointed. Janet always pointed me toward wonderful tales: a Berryville couple who raised camels, the modest German-born manager of one of Virginia’s finest Thoroughbred operations, located on the same historic property where George Washington’s adopted daughter once lived, or Janet’s long-time employee who cared for the animals on her small property and also played a half-dozen musical instruments and sang like a baritone angel. Cameras jangling around her neck, Janet often accompanied me when I went to do the interviews. When I was done, she began taking photos, so many of which have graced the pages and countless cov-

ers of Middleburg Life since it started in 1982. Some of those phenomenal photographs will most likely continue to be published, if only because they were such timeless works of art. But the “I’ve-got-a-story” phone calls won’t be coming any more. Sadly, our dear friend Janet passed away on March 24. She was 71, a remarkable force of nature so passionate about her craft, her friends and all those animals she rescued and cared for at her Millwood home. Janet grew up in the Spring Valley section of Washington, D.C. and moved with her family to Potomac in junior high school. She went from Walter Johnson High to the University of Maryland, before initially focusing on horses—competing on the show circuit, dabbling in dressage and becoming a member of the Potomac Hunt. She also trained hunters and taught riding to many, including Maria Shriver and Jackie Kennedy’s sister, Nina Auchincloss. She was married three times, to Jim Holloway, Ray Carter and the late Peter Hitchen, and she had countless fiercely loyal pals.

Eventually she became smitten with photography, first taking courses at the Corcoran School of Art and then starting her own business. Over the last four decades, she was an omni-present figure at horse shows, point-to-points, steeplechases and fox hunting fixtures, producing memorable images eagerly sought after by many of her subjects, not to mention countless local and national publications. She was a whiz at weddings, parties and other functions, and it didn’t take all that long for her to develop a reputation as one of the area’s finest photographers. Displays of her breath-taking work in local art and photography shows often led to commissions from admirers who simply had to have her make exquisite portraits of their children, their grandchildren, their dogs, their horses, and even of themselves. She also loved to wander through pastures and woods in search of a shy fox, an elusive eagle, a dashing deer. Countless fox-hunters have her framed photos on home and office walls, showing them in full flight, galloping across open fields, leaping over coops or sloshing through

streams. She also was a master at catching high-flying steeplechase jockeys soaring over timber and brush, before she bolted toward the finish line to snap the winner by a nose or a neck. Janet’s cluttered home office was not particularly well-organized, and her beloved dogs dominated. Her barns and fields were a haven for countless creatures—horses, ponies, cats, cows, chickens, pigs, donkeys, even an emu or two. Once she went off to photograph a llama and went back the next day to buy two of her own. There were no camels, though the day she went out to photograph them in Berryville, she was tempted to add one to her menagerie. I arrived a few days later to the camel farm for the interview and Janet told me to make certain to see the new baby. That memorable afternoon marked the first time I’d ever been kissed by a camel. Thank you Janet. As always, you found me a story.

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LAST WORD The Dynamic Role of Lady Masters: A Foxhunting Roundtable

The National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) will feature a round table discussion titled The Dynamic Role of Lady Masters: A Foxhunting Roundtable. The event will be held at the library on May 23, the Saturday before the Virginia Foxhound Club Show and will feature a candid roundtable discussion with Lady Masters of Foxhounds. The discussion will focus on experiences from the field told by women with years of hunting leadership. Moderated by Dr. John W. D. McDonald, Master of the London Hunt and past president of the MFHA, the program asks provocative questions that address the challenges of women in a traditionally male role. The program also explores the history

of three legends, Miss Charlotte Haxall Noland, Mrs. Theodora Ayer Randolph and Mrs. Nancy Penn Smith Hannum, all women who pioneered the role of Lady Master. The program begins with refreshments and mingling with panelists, and includes a moderated discussion with time for questions from the audience. The reception will begin at 12:30 p.m. and the round table discussion is from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.. Admission is $10.00 and free for NSLM members.

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