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KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs - April 2016

LIFE

In this issue

Showtime!

The 112th Annual Keswick Horse Show also: life happens, what’s cooking, only in keswick, overheard, keswick scene and much more


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JACKLYN HALL ~ 736 acre farm located in the Somerset area of Madison County with long frontage on the Rapidan River. The 1820’s clapboard house has extensive views of the Southwest and Blue Ridge Mountains. Property includes a working feedlot for cattle and the land is a mix of productive crop land, fertile pasture and some hardwoods. Other improvements include, the 1850 Mummau House, two tenant houses, cattle barn and a large equipment barn. $5,225,000 MLS#541546

CLOVER HILL FARM ~ 530 acres located in the Stevensburg area of Culpeper County, many great building sites with mountain views. Land is almost all open and is currently used as crop land. Property consists of 10 tax map parcels which are zoned either R1 or A1. Because of the number of tax map parcels this is a great candidate for a Conservation Easement. Also a candidate for Stream Mitigation with two year round streams. $3,445,000 MLS#543477

PUMPHOUSE ROAD ~ Small horse property located in the heart of Somerset and the Keswick Hunt. This mostly open & fenced 14.5 acre offering has a 3 bedrm & 3 bathrm house built in the 1940’s. Many recent improvements include a finished basement, 2 renovated bathrooms & remodeled kitchen. Situated at the end of county road w/great privacy. 4-stall stable w/tack rm, wash stall & 2 new sheds make this a great horse property. $595,000 MLS#521382

AERIE c. 1850 ~ Located in the Somerset area of Orange, just 2.5 miles from Gordonsville and 22 miles from Charlottesville. The 1850 manor home has had numerous improvements completed by the present owners, using only the finest materials including a new, paneled living room (20x34), country kitchen and laundry/mudroom. Also in the main house are four bedrooms, dining room, breakfast room, study, original living room, library and two galleries. The 170 acre estate is further enhanced by a four bedroom guesthouse, three bedroom tenant house, two new garage/workshops, smokehouse, swimming pool formal gardens, 3-stall stable and a fenced cutting/vegetable garden. $2,320,000 MLS#541456

RED BANK FARM ~ A hidden historic gem with absolute privacy encompassed by frontage on the Rivanna River (Virginia’s first designated scenic river). The Circa 1850 Greek Revival house has 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths and is two stories over an English basement. The main floor has plenty of room to spread out, 9 foot ceilings, large center hall, living room, study, dining room, country kitchen and a half bath. Additional land is available. $765,000 MLS#544311

HIGH GROUND COTTAGE ~ A rare offering in Keswick; charming 3 bedroom cottage situated well off the road on 15 mostly open acres. The very private cottage offers a ground floor master, 2 1/2 baths, cozy den with fireplace, sitting area/sunroom, kitchen, laundry/mud room and 2-car garage. This great property is ideal for horses and has a great second building site. A rare chance to purchase a 15 acre property surrounded by large estates in Keswick. $760,000 MLS#543522

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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 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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c. 1800 residence, remarkable guest home and complete equestrian improvements set in total privacy and tranquility on 90 gently rolling acres in Keswick, Va. Recently expanded and modernized so that floor plan, systems and finishes provide luxurious modern living within a character-rich, 18th c. shell. In addition to the 3-4 bedroom main house and 1-2 bedroom guest cottage, there is a storage barn, chicken coop, center aisle barn and multiple paddocks, pastures with run-in sheds. All improvements in excellent condition. Acreage in Albemarle and Louisa Counties with multiple divsion rights and neighboring farms in easement equals a conservation easement candidate. Available with 173 acres, all improvements for $2,750,000. MLS# 544566

This expansive, one-level brick home constructed by Rinehart offers a light-drenched, open floor plan with premium, tasteful finishes throughout. Slate roof, 3 fireplaces, 3-car garage, wonderful covered porch for outdoor entertaining, ultra-luxe master bath and walk-in closet, all 7 bathrooms are marble or subway and herringbone tile. The current owners added an elegant boxwood garden and hardscaping at the front of the home. 756 Club Drive defines understated elegance and is just a 3-minute walk to the pools, tennis courts, golf club house and hotel (with Fossett’s Restaurant and Full Cry Pub). 10 minutes to Downtown Charlottesville. MLS# 545670

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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 Tony Vanderwarker, Mary Morony, Suzanne Nash CONTRIBUTORS Sam Johnson PROOF READER Sierra Young

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10 KESWICK SCENE 12 WHAT'S COOKING The 82nd Annual Garden Club of Virginia Daffodil Sam Johnson is no stranger to keeping it cool under Show was on March 30th and March 31st held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center and hosted by the Huntington Garden Club - the results are in along with those from the Keswick Flower Show held at Grace Church, Keswick, Va.

pressure. He works hunt club events, caters with the best in Charlottesville and pours over the details of elaborate Palm Beach weddings all keeping his cool and with a big warm smile. I suspect the culinary interests were inspired by his Mother, Sam has always learned from the best – here is his go to Salmon dish!

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Old Manse Ca. 1868 46 acres in the Keswick Hunt and the Town of Orange Old Manse was built in 1868 by Reverend Dr. Isaac W. K. Handy in his role as Pastor at Orange Presbyterian Church. Of frame construction over a brick foundation capped with a standing seam metal roof, this is a lovely center hall colonial situated on 46 acres inside the town boundaries. The architecture is Greek Revival with Colonial Revival elements probably added after 1910 when the house was owned by George Landon Browning, Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia. Some of the interesting features include a front porch supported by Tuscan columns, transome and side-light windows around the double panel door and simple entablature. The curtilage is defined by boxwoods now at the century mark and mature perennial gardens and trees.

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The formal entry hall terminates with the ascending staircase. There are 10' ceilings on the entry level and the red oak and heart pine floors are complemented by warm, mellowed woodwork throughout.

18 BOOKWORM 21 FEATURED PROPERTY Mornings are still a bit cool so it is the perfect time to Old Manse was built in 1868 by Reverend Dr. Isaac W. curl up in bed on my days off with a cup of tea and a few good books to start the day – says Suzanne Nash our book reviewer. Don't miss her great reads and tips to keep your appetite high for great books!

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There are 9 rooms of period proportion including a grand dining room and four bedrooms with two and one-half baths. There are lovely porches, screened and open. The rear porch descends to Rev. Dr. Handy’s original porte cochère.

K. Handy in his role as Pastor at Orange Presbyterian Church. Of frame construction over a brick foundation capped with a standing seam metal roof, this is a lovely center hall colonial situated on 46 acres inside the town boundaries. Get all the details in our Featured Property section this month!

The 46 acres are predominantly pasture on fertile soils. There are two springs one of which feeds a large pond. Mountain views are available to the Southwest Mountains as well as to the Blue Ridge over the Town of Orange. Isaac W. K. Handy (1815-1878) grew up on Maryland’s Eastern Shore where the Handy family had been among the earliest English settlers. Their ancestral home, Pemberton Park, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Isaac held a Doctorate of Divinity from Princeton University and was Pastor of a Portsmouth Presbyterian Church in 1863.

Portsmouth was then an area under Union control and Handy received a pass from Federal authorities to visit family and friends in Delaware. While in Delaware a newspaper reported that Handy made disparaging remarks about the American flag. While his remarks were later discredited and shown to be taken out of context, in July of 1863 Handy was arrested as a political prisoner and sent to Fort Delaware Prison on marshy Pea Patch island. Because Lincoln had suspended the writ of habeas corpus, Handy was held in prison for 15 months without a hearing. Handy kept a detailed daily diary and smuggled it out of prison to be re-published as “United States Bonds; or Duress by Federal Authority: A Journal of Current Events During an Imprisonment of Fifteen Months, at Fort Delaware” and later republished as “Prisoner of Conscience”. It is an acclaimed historical record of Civil War prisons and soldier and civilian prisoners. Handy’s tenure in Orange was only five years when he left to become Pastor at a Presbyterian Church in Augusta County, VA. In 1910 Old Manse was sold to Evelyn Byrd Hill Browning (1869-1940) and George Landon Browning (1867-1947). Mr. Browning practiced law in Orange and was Senior Warden at St. Thomas Episcopal Church for 30 years. He served on Virginia Military Institute’s (VMI) Board of Visitors. Mr. Browning served two terms in the Virginia House of Delegates as a Democrat and was nominated to the Virginia Supreme Court in 1930 where he served until his death in 1947. Justice Browning wrote over 300 opinions “noted for their clarity, incisiveness and brevity”. Mr. & Mrs. Browning treasured Old Manse and it was a center of their very active social life for 3o years.

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The present owners acquired Old Manse in 1946 from Justice Browning and have lovingly called it home for nearly 70 years. The National Historic Register is available for Old Manse.

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OVERHEARD Here and there... in Keswick Get a Life! Keswick Life that is – every month we bring you the true Keswick Life, from the scoop of a party and horsey happenings to practical advice on making the most of your garden, preserving Keswick land and updates from the surrounding environs! On and Off The Market There were 18 new listings in Glenmore over the month and 7 of those are new construction proposed homes. Around the area 675 Black Cat Road with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3,389 sf is on the market at $749.9k and down the street 875 Black Cat Road with 4 beds, 4 baths, 2 acres and 4,654 sf is on the market at $685k. In Keswick Estate 844 Club Drive with 7 beds, 5.5 baths, 3 acres and 7,066 sf is on the market at $1.750m. 756 Club Drive with 5 beds, 6.5 baths, 2 acres and 5,632 sf is available at $1.395m and 4030 Fairway Drive with 5 beds, 4.5 baths, and 2 waterfront acres is available at $1.398m. “Stanford Hall” at 827 Campbell Road with 3 beds, 3 baths, 3,063 sf and 99 acres is available at $1.750m and 1719 Downing Court with 6 beds, 4.5 baths and 7,007 sf is available at $1.249m. “Homestead Farm” at 915 Campbell Road with 173 acres and a 5,904 sf home is available at $2.750m and 5068 Stony Point Pass with 4 beds, 3 baths, 2,500 sf and 3.6 acres is available at $296k.

On Board! Keswick Hunt Club recently elected their newest Board members at the Annual Meeting. Mark Sackson, Jeff Beshear, Susie Matheson, Joan Poskey and Melissa Zeller. Also elected was Chuck Meehan to serve another three year term joining current Board members Sally Lamb, John Moore, Glenn Ritchey, Tom Estes, Rocky Taylor, and Shelley Payne. Tom Estes and Shelley Payne will continue to serve as President and Secretary respectively while Chuck Meehan was elected to Treasurer and Rocky Taylor to Vice President. The Joint-MFHs, Andy Lynn, Charlotte Tieken and Nancy Wiley were also re-elected. Retiring this year from the Board were members, Sara Lee Barnes, Darlene Murphy and Greta Siemen. Sara Lee began her service on the Board over 20 years ago with the Centennial celebration planning. In addition, she is the organizer of the summer Hilltoppings. Darlene has worked tirelessly for the club, cooking numerous meals, planning dozens of parties, and organizing the horse show food booth and summer trail rides, along with representing Keswick on the Hunt Night team. Greta also has represented our club at Hunt Night and served many years as both Field Secretary and Club Secretary, keeping all of our club paperwork orderly and complete.

On Sale

The Virginia Historical Society (VHS) is looking for donations of gently used hardcover and softcover fiction and nonfiction books. All books collected will be sold at deeply discounted prices during our Book Sale, Friday, June 3rd—Sunday, June 5th. Books may be donated to the VHS Pusey Museum Shop during regular business hours. Donations are tax deductible. All money raised from the book sale will be used to support VHS educational initiatives.Thank you in advance for taking the time to go through your collection to find books to donate to our sale.

Virginia Hound Show

Christine Baird, Christina and John Markey - Harbor Island....

The Virginia Foxhound Show will remain at Morven Park, on Sunday, May 29th. The Virginia Foxhound Club has gone forward with repairs and improvements to the kennels and rings. Bob Ferrer, MFH and Show Chairman of the Virginia Foxhound Club (VFC) brings us up to date: “After some years of uncertainty about the future site of the Virginia Foxhound Show we are pleased to report we have reached an agreement with the new executive director of the Westmoreland Davis Foundation to keep the show at Morven Park.” “The Virginia Foxhound Club has undertaken much needed repairs and painting of the kennels, including repair of the doors at the shed rows, roof, fascia boards, and cupolas. The end result is a professional appearance and security in knowing that the facility will last for many years to come. Referring to this year’s show, Ferrer writes, “We are pleased that her Grace, the Duchess of Rutland will attend the show dinner and the show this year. This is good news for exhibitors and spectators alike. Morven Park is a magnificent venue, a tourist destination in its own right. A day catching up with foxhunting friends from all across North America in such a beautiful setting is something we all look forward to and long remember. American, Crossbred, English, and Penn-Marydel foxhounds show against others of their type in four separate rings and are judged by expert breeders from the best kennels in the world. Whether a Master or huntsman is seeking certain bloodlines, or an outcross to introduce hybrid vigor to the gene pool in his own kennels, he or she sees the best of any type at Virginia, along with the opportunity to socialize and chat about the merits and traits of the canine objects of his desire.

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“Fox Run Farm” at 7165 Gordonsville Road with 5 beds, 5.5 baths, 7,402 sf and 20 acres is under contract at $1.3m. In Glenmore 3351 Darby Road with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 2,881 sf is pending at $555k. 3535 Devon Pines with 5 beds,5.5 baths and 4,500 sf is pending at $610k. 1550 Bremberton Lane with 3 beds, 2 baths and 2,086 sf is pending at $529k. 1566 Heathrow Lane with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 2,500 sf is pending at $559k. 3159 Darby Road with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 5,040 s is pending at $799k and 3585 Turnbridge Lane with 6 beds, 5.5 baths and 5,700 sf is pending at $815k. Reduced around the area is 2347 Paddock Wood Road with 3 beds, 3 baths, 4.192 sf and 125 acres down from $1.795m to $995k over 407 days. 554 Clarks Tract with 4 beds, 3.5 baths, 3.614 sf and 3,2 acres reduced from $519.9k to $475k over 70 days. 3497 Keswick Road with 4 beds, 3 baths, 2,548 sf reduced from $635k to 619k over 295 days.

"Clover Hill Farm” has sold!

The 477 acre property with a 5,215 sf home was originally $10.9m. “Deer Brook Farm” at 5600 Hackingwood Lane with 22.5 acres and a 3 bed, 3.5 bath, 4,500 sf home was listed at $685k and sold for $615k. 116 Distan Court with 4 beds, 3.5 baths, 4,062 sf and 2 acres listed at $499k and sold for $487k. 3161 Shannon Hill Drive with 5 beds, 3 baths, 2,446 sf and 3.6 acres listed at $287.5k and sold for $283.5k. In Glenmore 3360 Marsden Point with 4 beds, 3.5 baths, 3,433 sf listed at $745k sold for $690k whilst 2481 Pendower Lane with 3 beds, 3 baths and 3,561 sf listed at $799.9k and sold for $690k.

Keswick Faces in Other Places

Elected After a rigorous recruitment and applicant screening process by the County, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors has appointed Peter Lynch as County Assessor effective April 6, 2016. Prior to this promotion, Mr. Lynch has served as Albemarle’s Assistant County Assessor since 2015 where he directly managed the reorganization of the Land Use Application process and oversaw improvements to the organization and accounting of building permits. During his time with the County, Peter also worked very closely with an International Association of Assessment Officers (IAAO) consultant and staff to develop a field guide for appraisers, and has been an integral part of the team working on the County’s new Computer Aided Mass Appraisal (CAMA) System. He approaches his work always with an eye towards continuing to ensure uniformity and equity in the County’s real estate assessment process.


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GOING OUT Guide

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

OPEN LATE National Sporting Library

THE RACES Keswick Hunt Club Fox Trot

Where: National Sporting Library, Middleburg, Virginia When: May- August

Where: Castalia When: May 28th

The National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) is pleased to an-

nounce the return of Open Late, the free summer concert series that takes place once a month from April through August. The event series features regional performers, craft beers, and local wineries, and guests can stroll through the art Museum from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. “Everyone is invited to relax on our campus lawn, enjoy a musical concert, try regional wines and Virginia craft beers, and picnic with friends. 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,” explains Melanie Mathewes, Executive Director of the National Sporting Library & Museum. The Open Late series was created in 2015 as a community event to provide area residents a unique opportunity to explore the art exhibitions and collections on view in the Museum. “Knowing everyone has busy schedules during the day, we thought staying open late would give people a chance to come and visit,” says Mathewes. Open Late is a free, public event. Picnics are welcome and a cash bar will be available - no outside alcohol is permitted on premises. The event is rain or shine. Open Late Calendar Friday, May 27 ( Partner: Land Trust of Virginia)Band: Danielle Westphal and Company Friday, June 17 (Partner: George Mason University) Band: Jazz Combo from Mason Music Productions Friday, July 29 (Partner: MARE Center and Virginia Tech) Band: Piedmont Symphony Orchestra Friday, August 26 (Partner: Mosby Heritage Area Association) Band: Tara Mills and Jimmy Stelling

SATURDAY LUNCH Eats & Beats Where: Keswick Vineyards When: Every Saturday, May-October 12-3pm

Wine is all about taste, smell and atmosphere, so what better way

to enjoy great Virginia wine than with some delightful Eats & Beats at Keswick Vineyards? We'll host local musicians and food trucks every Saturday in May-October from 12-3pm. Every Third Wednesday, May-October 5:30-8:30pm: Wine Down Wednesday Join us every third Wednesday of the month to "wine down" with some great music, food, and, of course, wine from 5:30 to 8:30pm! June 19, 12-3pm: Father's Day Cigar & Wine Pairing: What better place to highlight the synergy between tobacco and wine than Virginia, the birthplace of both in America. More event info here. Ticket price is $30 for wine club members & $35 for general public and includes two glasses of wine, two cigars and and an afternoon with other wine & cigar lovers. Click here for more information & RSVP details.

The Keswick Hunt Club invites you to participate

in the 3rd Annual Keswick Hunt Club Fox Trot on Saturday, May 28.

THE RACES Montpelier Wine Festival Where: Montpelier When: May 7th – 8th

Sat The best wineries in Central Virginia come to

one place for family fun and tastings. Held annually on the grounds of Montpelier, the Festival has arts and crafts booths, food vendors, and children's entertainment and rides all day. Co-hosted by the Orange County Chamber of Commerce. Visit the website for the full schedule of events at http://www.montpelierwinefestival.com.

HISTORY Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants Where: Tufton Farm When: Saturdays only, April 2-May 28, 10am2pm

The Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants is

open every Saturday this spring! Explore inspiring display gardens of historic and native plants in their full spring glory, then find your favorites and more for sale in the nursery. Knowledgeable nursery staff will be on hand to answer your gardening questions. GPS address: 1293 Tufton Farm, Charlottesville, VA

HISTORY Karats and Cocktails Where: Keswick Hunt Club When: May 19th

Friends of UVA Children’s Hospital and the Kes-

wick Horse Show cordially invite you to Karats and Cocktails. Featuring the timelessly elegant jewelry designs of TEMPLE ST. CLAIR. Pre-sale beginning at 3 p.m. to benefit UVA Children’s Hospital Thursday, May 19, 5:30-8:30 p.m. TICKETS can be purchased at the door or online: healthfoundation.virginia.edu/karats-cocktails-2016

Race-Day Details: Time: The kids’ races start at 5:00PM with the 5K trail race beginning at 6:00PM. Runners, hikers, and walkers are equally encouraged to participate! After the event, please stick around for the complimentary post-race “Hunt Breakfast” and a wine tasting by Barboursville vineyard! Courses: 5K Trail Race: a combination of cross-country and trail course with challenging hills. The Kids’ Mile: a cross-country course of about 1 mile. The Kids’ Scramble: a fun run around Castalia’s outdoor riding ring. Registration*: Online registration will close on May 21, 2016 at 11:55PM. American Express is not accepted. 5K Runners: $30 before May 21, $35 race day 5K Walkers: $25 before May 21, $30 race day Kids’ Mile & Kids’ Scramble: FREE before May 21, $10 race day (Enter “FREEKID” in the Promo Box) *All 5K participants registered before May 21st, and the first 25 participants registered for either kids race (Kids’ Mile or Kids’ Scramble), will be guaranteed a t-shirt. There should be no strollers and no dogs at this event. Please note: The post-race “Hunt Breakfast” is free for all registered children, runners, hikers, and walkers. The wine tasting by Barboursville Vineyard is for runners 21 years of age and older. Spectators accompanying registered participants can purchase add-on tickets for the “Hunt Breakfast” for $10 each at packet pick-up on race day. Race Day Registration & Packet Pick-up: May 28st at Castalia Farm, beginning at 4:00PM. Participant Awards: Prizes will be awarded to the top three male & female overall finishers in the 5K. Special prizes will be awarded to fastest male & female Keswick Hunt Club members! Those 12 & under in the Kids’ Mile and Kids’ Scramble will receive awards. Fundraisers: The top ten fundraisers will receive a $25 dollar gift certificate to Great Outdoor Provision Company.

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◆ REDCLIFFE ◆ Circa 1902, one of Virginia’s most beautiful estates. Gracious entertaining rooms, chef ’s kitchen with 15’ ceilings, art gallery, saltwater pool, guest cottage, on 45 rolling acres minutes from Downtown and UVA. MLS#541726 Andrew Middleditch 434.981.1250

◆ KESWICK GOLF COURSE ◆ This extraordinary 2.4-acre lot with the new Peter Dye Golf Course wrapped around two sides is priced well below the original purchase price, is by far the best lot available, and is the best value within the club. MLS#503871 $350,000 Tim Michel 434.960.1124

◆ GLENMORE ◆ Classic brick Georgian on a private, 1.18-acre lot with mountain views. Bright interior, first floor master suite with marble bath, chef ’s kitchen, 3-car garage, and wonderful rear deck. Great quality and construction! MLS#536719 $869,000 Steve McLean 434.981.1863

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Showtime!

Come out and enjoy the competition at the historic showgrounds in Keswick and remember the Keswick Horse Show Foodstand will be serving their fabulous food- breakfast, lunch and dinner! The 112th annual Keswick Horse Show will again be

held at the historic Keswick showgrounds from Tuesday, May 17th through Sunday, May 22nd.This year’s show is brought to you by the Keswick Hunter Jumper Foundation. Keswick has maintained its excellence as a AA rated World Champion Hunter Rider Event and in 2014 was honored by the USEF as a designated Heritage competition. The designation of a USEF Heritage competition is reserved for competitions that have been in existence for a quarter century or more, promoted and grown equestrian sport and made contributions to the community outside the gates of the horse show by achieving, maintaining and promoting the equestrian ideals of sportsmanship and competition. These shows have become a part of the fabric of the American showing scene. With their endurance, dedication to philanthropic efforts and impact on their communities, they are perfect examples of what they look for when designating Heritage Competition. Douglas Wheeler and Meredith McLaughlin are again co-chairman of the show assisted by numerous committees of Keswick volunteers. The Keswick Horse Show has always been known for its entertainment and this year again as always the committee has created a wonderful schedule of events. On Wednesday evening grab your dog , practice your tricks and get your best costumes ready for the 28th annual Eastminster Dog Show For over 25 years, COchairs Peggy Augustus and Ginny Semmes have continued to host this wonderful family event. The SPCA is so grateful for supporters like Ginny and Peggy not only because the show has evolved into a Charlottesville tradition but it is a fun time for everyone. Dogs and their families are invited to compete in funfilled classes of competition, including Best Costume, Best Trick, Best Family, Musical Chairs, Best Rescue, Beginner Obstacle Course and Best in Show. Registration for the family friendly event begins at 5:00 pm with the show starting at 6:00 pm. Of course spectators are welcome. Admission and entry is free but donations to the SPCA are encouraged. The weekend starts with the USHJA National Hunter Derby followed by dinner under the tent on Friday night. Saturday is always a special gathering for the entire community featuring the $20,000 UVA Children’s Hospital Jumper Classic. It is a beautiful evening that has become a tradition in Keswick. Sunday’s Down Home Fish Fry on the porch is a relaxing conclusion to a wonderful week. The horse show features classes for Hunters and Jumpers Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 8 am with classes on Friday and Saturday evenings.

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The Flower Show Results PHOTOGRAPHY SUBMITTED TO KESWICK LIFE

The 82nd Annual Garden Club of Virginia Daffodil Show

The 82nd Annual Garden Club of Virginia Daffo-

dil Show was on March 30th and March 31st held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center and hosted by the Huntington Garden Club. Fifteen of the Dolley Madison Garden Club members were involved in a variety of ways, with nine members; Gail Babnew, Suzie Bresee, Bridget Bryant, Catherine Gillespie, Jane Hammond, Laurie Holladay, Pat Filer, Annie Vanderwarker and Bernice Walker present at the show. GCV Daffodil Committee members Suzie Bresee, Bridget Bryant and Catherine Gillespie worked the Horticulture Show. Bridget Bryant and Jane Hammond attended the GCV Daffodil Judging School 101 took the Judging test and are now Student Judges. Laurie Holladay was an Artistic Show judge and Annie Vanderwarker assisted with the clerks and runners. A big thank you to all the DMGC members who graciously gave test collection blooms for DMGC Inter Club Collection class: Gail Babnew, Suzie Bresee, Trish Falcon, Catherine Gillespie, Pam Gottschalk, Lucille Morton, DeLane Porter, Page Sullenberger and Annie Vanderwarker. Gail Babnew, Trish Falcon, Pam Gottschalk, Jane Hammond, Lucille Morton, Carla Passarello, DeLane Porter and Page Sullenberger also had blooms entered in the horticultural classes.

Keswick Garden Show ARTISTIC Pat Filer entered the Interclub Collection Naturalistic Landscape Design and won second place award. HORTICULTURE Bridget Bryant entered the Interclub Collection Class and was very happy to receive the White Ribbon out of a huge sixteen entries class. Thank you to Suzie Bresee and Catherine Gillespire for their continued support and help each year. SILVER WINNERS Suzie Bresee was presented with the Broyhill Trophy for her Best Vase of Three "New Penny". Catherine Gillespie was presented with the Edith Harrison Walker Award for ten varieties from GCV collections TROPHY COLLECTION AWARDS Bernice Walker - Red in "Five Varieties of American Bred Daffodils". Bridget Bryant - Red in "Five Varieties with Pink Coloring in Cup". White in GCV" Five Varieties of American Bred Daffodils". White in ADS "Five Varieties of American Bred Daffodils". Jane Hammond - second place in the Horticulture Class Section Class 12 Anne Duvall Miller Massie Perpetual Trophy Individual Horticulture - Listed below are the self reports from members at the show. Members will receive their ribbons in the mail.

Keswick Garden Show held their annual Flower Show and Tea

"Mr. Jefferson's Birthday" on April 13th a tthe Grace Church Parish Hall Class 1 “From Mr. Jefferson’s Garden” first place: Sylvia Gage A fruit and vegetable arrangement. Class 2 “Liaison Between the Continents” first place: Joan Goodenough A stretch arrangement. Class 3 “Picnic in the Vineyard” first place: Beth Hyder An arrangement incorporating a basket, flowers and fruit. Class 4 “Mr. Jefferson in Paris” first place: Norma Ballheim and BEST IN SHOW A period French mass arrangement. Class 5 “Mr. Jefferson Entertains the Madisons” first place: Betty Jo Svetz A formal place setting with centerpiece. Class 6 “Welcoming a Guest to Monticello” first place: Joan Sta ndish A small arrangement. Class 7 “Happy Birthday Mr. Jefferson” first place: Annie Vanderwarker A birthday cake made using flowers, fruits and/or vegetables. Class 8 “Mr. Jefferson Looks to the East” first place: Carole Tiemeyer An Ikebana arrangement.

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WHAT’S COOKING Sam's Salmon BY SAM JOHNSON

INSTRUCTIONS Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Arrange Salmon in pan. Pour a little white wine over salmon not enough to poach just enough to keep salmon moist. Season with lemon pepper, a pinch of salt and pepper. Bake at 350 for 15 min check salmon may need additional cook time depending upon thickness. Pull Salmon from oven allow to rest.

Serve to a kitchen full of friends by topping the salmon with a Spinach Goat Cheese Sundried Tomato Salad. Spinach Goat Cheese Sundried Tomato Salad

Sam

Johnson is no stranger to keeping it cool under pressure. He works hunt club events, caters with the best in Charlottesville and pours over the details of elaborate Palm Beach weddings all keeping it under control and always with a big warm smile. I suspect the culinary interests were inspired by his Mother, Sam has always learned from the best – here is his go to Salmon dish.

Place raw spinach in bowl with sundried tomatoes, make the dressing by combining: 1 Cup of Olive oil 1/3 Cup of Lemon Juice 4 Cloves of Garlic 1 TBS of Dijon Mustard 1/4 Cup of Apple Cider Vinegar 3 TBS Honey Salt & Pepper to Taste Dress salad with dressing then arrange down middle of the salmon. Sprinkle top of the salad with goat cheese and serve.

LIFE HAPPENS The Good Old Days

Recently prompted by so much rhetori-

cal comment on social media and those emails, you know the kind, I decided to take a stroll down memory lane to the good old days. When were they exactly? You know those halcyon days when the living was easy, and yer mamma was good lookin’? Oh, she wasn’t, pity, but yo’ daddy was rich, right? No, hmm, but the good old U.S. of A. was the best country in the world, free and right and …No? Come on. It had to be. What do you mean? J. Edgar Hoover was a cross-dressing tyrant that abused his power at the FBI so much so that if he attempted his stunts today he would be serving time? Or perhaps back in the day you leaned a little too much to the left and felt the need to share in film or what have you; you might be brought up before the House Un-American Activities Committee and have to explain it all to Mr. McCarthy. Oh, let’s not forget all that separate but equal equality for the blacks. Back in the good ole days, it was true that if you got caught driving drunk, the friendly policeman might just turn a blind eye. That was if you knew the right people, lived in the right neighborhood or didn’t kill a white person. I don’t suppose I need to go into the two sets of water fountains,

BY MARY MORONY

bathrooms, restaurants and entrances do I? Equal? Right? Good? We had fall shelters in the glory days. I remember a few cropping up in our neighborhood. A couple, with such disdain for one another that they drank themselves to oblivion every night, built one. The joke was; did they put an addition on the shelter for the booze? I remember spending the night with their hapless daughter and praying that night would not be the night that we would have to lock our selves away. I was clear, I would rather take my chances with nuclear fallout. The tyrant Nikita Khrushchev populated more than just my nightmares with his buffoonery by taking off his shoe and banging away on a desk at the U.N. What an iconic case of hey, pot I’m kettle and you are black. Who could forget the arms and space races? Why couldn’t winning those races make the world safe? I wondered since it was a forgone conclusion that WE would win until the Ruskies launched a Sputnik (not to be confused with Spudnuts) before we did. Yikes, maybe you couldn’t believe everything you heard in civics class. Do they still teach civics? Let’s not forget all the fun we all had sitting by the TV as the world held their collective breath as

Kennedy and Khrushchev went eyeball to eyeball in the Cuban Missile debacle. Seemingly overnight, in an attempt to make us feel like we were out of harms way, yellow and black ‘shelter’ symbols appeared brought to you by the Department of Civil Defense. The signs—a black circle on a yellow background inside the circle were three yellow triangles pointing down with a capacity amount. Beneath the sign was another designating a public fallout shelter with a directional arrow pointing the way to wait for it—stairwells? Rest assured there was 75¢ well spent, I know, I felt safer. What a wonderful world, back in the days when friends shook hands and said how do you do. By by the way, did you know that the world was so wonderful back then–spoiler alert–according to the creators of What a Wonderful World, producer Bob Thiele and songwriter George David Weiss, hoped that Louis Armstrong's grandfatherly image would help convey the song's political message? Released in 1968 amidst curfews, race riots and the a fear of a second civil war which included attacks on Jewish shops not to mention an unpopular war in Viet Nam and the riots that broke out on college campuses all across the nation.

same circus with different monkeys. In some ways this makes me feel a little better. This foolishness that is passing itself off as politics as usual is just that! The only difference is we get the news of it faster with less filters. Sure, there were lots of things good about those old days. Sipping lemonade on a hot day with nothing to do, because it was still okay back then to do nothing sometimes. Ice skating on frozen ponds in the winter, catching fireflies on a summer’s night, and riding your bicycle with cards clothes-pinned to spokes everyone a good old day kind of activity. All of these we can still do, but we don’t seem to make time for them like we used to. Back when we were kids. My suspicion is that the good old days is more about the joy and wonder of childhood. Those fond memories were based on the parts between the “important” stuff that makes up the headlines. Something to think about; the good old days are happening right now for our kids. These are their good old days. Help make them great, why don’t you?

The good old days sounds more like the

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ONLY IN KESWICK

Thank God No One Saw My Underwear It seemed to be a good idea at the time,

We’d had success renting our studio above the garage through Airbnb, so when we decided to post our front house on the site, we figured we’d also put it on VRBO. Airbnb seemed to cater to couples renting for the weekend (hence the bnb—bed and breakfast) and our personal experience with VRBO was with larger groups for longer stays. So why not have two sources of renters? We were delighted to see all the bookings, though we were surprised that most came through Airbnb. A few people worked through VRBO, but not many. That’s probably why Tony booked a lady from Wisconsin coming to Charlottesville for her daughter’s PhD celebration on Airbnb and the Annie signed up a group for a family get-together on VRBO. Only two months later when the dates were approaching did we realize we’d booked both for the same weekend. One group was nine and the other ten. No way we could put them in the same house. And if you canceled a reservation with either service, they would put a black mark on your listing. So what to do? The answer was obvious—we had to move out of our house and so one group could move in. But where were the two of us and our four dogs to go? Our studio was booked for that weekend and our cottage was rented. Four houses on the farm and we had booked ourselves out of every one. Fortunately, Sandy and Susan’s tenant

BY TONY VANDERWARKER had just left and they generously offered their cottage to us.

“They’re probably showing it around as we speak.”

Here’s what you do when you have to move out of your house for three days so strangers can move in--according to my wife.

“You don’t realize how nosey people are, they look everywhere,” she huffed. News to me, another part of human behavior I’d missed. But after checking with a bunch of female friends, I was surprised to find it’s common knowledge that people poke around everywhere and have a thing about underwear.

“C’mon, Hon, it has my life on it. You were in a mad panic secreting everything away, you have to have put it somewhere.”

We survived the weekend, actually had a nice time living out of suitcases in the Rives’ small but cozy cottage.

Four hours went by with the two of us tearing the house apart and still no computer.

When Sunday arrived, we packed up, thanked Susan and Sandy and headed home. Fortunately, the renters had departed well before checkout time and the house was still standing.

Finally, “Aha!” she said and reached down and pulled my laptop out of a bookcase. She had filed it away on its side amidst a bunch of tall books, thinking no one would ever think to look there. And she was almost right.

“We have to get padlocks to lock all our closets, construct an owner’s closet in the garage utility room to hold our silverware, drugs and valuables,” she insisted. The list was long but when she said we had to hide our underwear I objected. “That’s ridiculous,” I said. “No, it isn’t, the first thing people look at is your underwear.” Somehow I had overlooked this aspect of human behavior. “So if you won’t hide it, I will.” The undies disappeared. As did everything Annie could get her hands on. She ran around for two days squirreling this thing here and that there. Somehow, we managed to get our house completely guest-proofed, packed our bags, loaded up the dogs and moved out on the afternoon the guests we’re arriving. As we pulled into the Rives’s driveway, Annie said “&%$#!<! I think I left a bra hanging out in the laundry room!. I was going to put it away but I forgot. How mortifying!”

We moved our underwear back in, took the locks off the closets, stripped the beds and retrieved our valuables from the garage. The house was just the way we left it and our bank account was fatter due to the rental income. There was only one thing wrong—my computer was missing. “Okay, where did you hide my computer?” I asked her. “Did you look in my armoire?” “I’ve looked everywhere. The renters wouldn’t have stolen it, you have to have hidden it somewhere.”

“I honestly don’t remember doing that.”

“I swear I remember seeing it right where it always is. I can’t recall having moved it.”

“Thanks,” I said. “Next time, maybe you should write down where you hide stuff.” Silence and a stern stare from the wife-some things are better left unsaid. That afternoon, we tooled up to Walmart and bought this honking big calendar, entered all the upcoming bookings and swore neither one of us would accept another without checking the calendar to make sure the date was open. Now everything’s back to normal and my underwear is safe in its drawer—and still unseen.

OBITUARY

Sandy Gerald, Manager of the Keswick Horse Show

Sandy Gerald, manager of the Keswick

Horse Show died unexpectedly on April 23rd in Roanoke, Virginia.

States Equestrian Federation “R ” judge and course designer.

A Louisiana State University graduate, Gerald was a huge success in all aspects of the equestrian sport in this state and beyond. The reigning president of the Virginia Horse Show Association, Gerald was a two-time (1992, 2006) state Horseman of the Year, only the second ever to win the award twice. He was current president of IHSA Zone 4, Region 2 and a past president of the Southwest Virginia Hunter Jumper Association. He is in that organization’s hall of fame.

He was a man whose footwear, no matter the style he was wearing at the time, could never quite shed the dust of the show ring. Coach of the Hollins University equestrian team, a seven-time Old Dominion Athletic Conference coach of the year, and class manager at the old Roanoke Valley Horse Show, Gerald was decorating a jump at the Hollins ring Friday when he lost his footing, fell and broke a hip. In surgery later, he suffered a heart attack and died seven days past age 66.

In addition to all that he was a United

“I received word this morning from Lyn-

da McGarry this sad and devasting news of the totally unexpected passing of our beloved Sandy Gerald,” wrote Donnis Honeywell of the Roanoke Valley Horsemen’s Association in a Saturday email. Gerald had just coached yet another saddle-borne collegiate triumph April 9 at the Zone 4 Regional Championship show in Fredericksburg. Sophomore Randi Byrd of Roanoke won the Intermediate Equitation of the Flat division. She will ride at the IHSA National Championship May 6-8 at Louisville, Kentucky.“The man was an icon at Hollins,” said university riding program director Nancy Peterson. “The minute he walked in the door he was so respected and revered.

He was a very unusual gentleman and a great teacher. He understood young people, he understood horses. He was an adviser to us all. “He was an excellent horseman,” said Sue Tallon, who served for years with Gerald in the Roanoke Valley Horse Show office before that event left Salem last year. “He’s done such a great job at Hollins and is one of the kindest people in the business, just great. ” As per his wishes, there will be no formal funeral arrangements. “He would never even let us name an award after him.”

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ON STAGE

Catch La Traviata BY KESWICK LIFE

The Paramount Theater is thrilled to wel-

come Ash Lawn Opera and The Oratorio Society of Virginia for the May performances of La traviata. Tickets for the performances are on sale now and can be purchased in The Paramount Theater's Box Office, by phone (434-979-1333) and online atwww.theparamount.net. La traviata, with performances on May 13 and 15, is the tale of Violetta, a doomed courtesan who falls in love with the devoted young Alfredo. An enthralling and heartbreaking masterpiece combining stunning music with wrenching drama, Giuseppe Verdi's work has become one of the cornerstones of the operatic canon. Ash Lawn Opera presents this semistaged production in collaboration with The Oratorio Society of Virginia, their second partnership after the success of their 2014 co-production of Candide. Cecilia Violetta Lopez (Metropolitan Opera, Virginia Opera), recently hailed by Opera News as one of the "25 Rising Stars" of opera, sings Violetta, a role for which the Washington Post praised her as "compelling" and "convincingly radiant." She is joined by Rolando Sanz

(Metropolitan Opera, Virginia Opera) as the love-struck Alfredo. Audience favorite Hyung Yun (Metropolitan Opera, LA Opera) returns to Ash Lawn Opera, where he appeared as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly (2014), as Alfredo's concerned father, Germont. Emerging artists from the prestigious Maryland Opera Studio will round out the cast in supporting roles, and the members of the Oratorio Society of Virginia, which has presented outstanding choral works in Charlottesville since 1968, will make up its ensemble. La traviata will be directed by Mary Birnbaum (Santa Fe Opera, Juilliard School) and conducted by Michael Slon, Music Director of the Oratorio Society and Director of Choral Music at the University of Virginia. Ticket holders are invited to join Michelle Krisel, Ash Lawn Opera's Artistic Director, 45 minutes before eachLa traviata performance for an enlightening and engaging lecture. She will be joined in conversation by Stage Director Mary Birnbaum and The Oratorio Society's Music Director Michael Slon.

ON SCREEN

Outdoor Screening Series BY KESWICK LIFE

Six-Film Series To Be Offered at IX Art

Park and Carter Mountain Orchard and Presented by Bold Rock Hard Cider Series Opens with Screening of Beetlejuice May 13 at IX Art Park; Other Films To Include The Lego Movie; Beach Blanket Bingo; The Peanuts Movie; American Graffiti and Hook This summer the Virginia Film Festival is inviting movie lovers to take to the great outdoors with a new “Moonlight Movies” series that will feature six special screenings that will alternate between the IX Art Park and Carter Mountain Orchard. All screenings are free and open to the public. The Virginia Film Festival is presented by the University of Virginia and the Office of the Provost and Vice Provost for the Arts.

The full schedule will include:

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• Beginner’s Agility • Family Class • Best Rescue

• Best Costume • Musical Chairs • Best In Show

CONCESSIONS AVAILBLE! WATCH ALL THE FUN RINGSIDE!

Beetlejuice, May 13, IX Art Park The Lego Movie, June 3, Carter Mountain Orchard Beach Blanket Bingo, June 24, IX Art Park The Peanuts Movie, July 8, Carter Mountain Orchard American Graffiti, July 29, IX Art Park Hook, August 12, Carter Mountain Orchard All screenings will begin at sundown (approximately 8:30 PM), and the public is invited to come early to enjoy food and beverages from local vendors, live entertainment courtesy of WTJU-FM. For complete event information, visit www. virginiafilmfestival.org.The VFF’s Moonlight Movies series is also supported by the AV Company, C-Ville and WTJU-FM.

The series, presented by Bold Rock Hard Cider, will kick off on May 13 with the Tim Burton classic Beetlejuice at IX Art Park.

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THE CHARLOTTESVILLE AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION 2016 YOUTH SERVICE AWARD

The

Charlottesville Area Community Foundation 2016 Youth Service Award Committee presented a $10,000 award yesterday to International Neighbors. Each year The Community Foundation presents the Youth Service Award to one student from the senior classes of ten area public and private high schools who have demonstrated active participation in community service, leadership and academic excellence. Students from the Youth Service Award Committee select and present a $10,000 grant to an organization serving the children in our community. Dr. Rosa S. Atkins, the Charlottesville City Schools Superintendent, gave an address in recognition of the students and Dr Joe Gieck and Antonio Rice – presented the Youth Service Award in recognition of the following students: Emily Anness Renaissance School Deborah Ayres-Brown Western Albemarle High School Lucy Birchfield Albemarle High School Emily Burleson St. Anne’s Belfield School Haley Chan Covenant School Thea Louis Miller School of Albemarle Pearl Outlaw Tandem Friends School Bradley Shard Murray High School Jenna Warren Charlottesville High School Makayla Whitehurst Monticello High School International Neighbors is a local Charlottesville organization whose mission is to serve the Charlottesville area refugee and special immigrant community by offering a network of support services, people and opportunities that will foster a path to self-sufficiency and productive citizenship. International Neighbors works in coordination with the International Rescue Committee. Youth Service Committee members and a representative from International Neighbors; Emily Anness, Jenna Warren, and Haley Chan Front Row: Emily Burleson, Makayla Whitehurst, Lucy Birchfield, Deborah Ayres-Brown, and Kari Miller

ORANGE DOWNTOWN ALLIANCE TO HOST 2nd ANNUAL SPRING KIDS FESTIVAL

On

Saturday, May 21, downtown Orange will come alive with smiles and laughter at the 2nd annual Spring Kids Festival. Presented by the Orange Down-

town Alliance, the event is free and open to the public and will take place from 11a until 3p featuring an array of events and activities designed to promote wellness, safety, education, cultural treats and good old-fashioned fun! Kids of all ages are welcome to choose from offerings throughout the day including interactive arts & crafts activities, bounce inflatables, a barrel train, face painting and much more. Learning will be on the day’s menu as well thanks to Rappahannock Electric Coop for their dress like a line-man picture booth, a Fire Safety booth featuring Orange firefighters and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) booth presented by The Girl Scout Council. The day will also feature a variety of live performances, including For His Kidz, LLC juggling act by Jesse Joyner. He will amaze the crowd with his fun and magical juggling act. And speaking of magic, there will be plenty in the air thanks to a special performance by Taylor Pelican Lewis. Local favorites the Orange Cloggers will also be on hand to share their remarkable talents. And this year we feature Steve Colvin, The Critter Man, who will be sharing his expertise on wildlife and the outdoors. “We are so excited to share this day with the children of our community and our neighboring communities,” said Orange Downtown Alliance Executive Director Jeff Curtis. “We could not be more excited about the response we have received from our local businesses, and those who are coming out to share their talents along with important health, safety and education expertise that is so important to share with our children and families. It’s truly a day that offers something for everyone, and we hope it marks the start of a springtime tradition here in Orange.” Additional sponsors for the Spring Kids Festival include the Tri21 Media, LLC., American Woodmark, INTotal Health, and Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. For more information on the Spring Kids Festival on May 21, contact the Orange Downtown Alliance at 540.672.2540.

MONTPELIER-GRELEN TRAIL RECEIVES “VIRGINIA TREASURES” AWARD

Part

of a nine-mile trail system with old-growth forests and meadows, the Montpelier Grelen Trail links the historic James Madison’s Montpelier with Grelen Nursery, a 25-year-old working tree nursery in Orange County.

On April 19, the Trail was officially designated as a “Virginia Treasure” by the Office of the Governor for being an outstanding recreational asset open to the public in the Commonwealth. Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and Department of Natural Resources Secretary Molly Ward presented the award to Kat Imhoff, President and CEO of James Madison’s Montpelier, Dan and Leslie Gregg, Co-owners of Grelen Nursery, and Chris Miller, President of The Piedmont Environmental Council. “Montpelier, the historic home of James and Dolley Madison, is such an important site in the story of our Commonwealth and our Nation. The MontpelierGrelen Connector Trail allows visitors to walk in the footsteps of those who lived, worked on, and visited this site over the last several hundred years,” said First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe. Developed in partnership with James Madison’s Montpelier, Grelen Nursery, and PEC, the Trail connects residents and tourists to the area’s rich natural and cultural origins. Sections of the trail have signs with QR codes that provide hikers with the opportunity to learn about the various trees and plants along the way. The trail network and the grounds of Montpelier offer some of the only public access to the largely conserved Madison-Barbour Rural Historic District. Additional trails at Montpelier go through the 200-acre James Madison Landmark Forest with trees that have been virtually undisturbed by man since the 1790s, and include massive oak, beech and poplar trees. “James Madison’s Montpelier is open to the public seven days a week,” said Montpelier President Kat Imhoff. “We are delighted the Governor is recognizing this joint effort to bring more Virginians to our property to enjoy its history and natural beauty.” With trailheads located below David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center at Montpelier and at The Market at Grelen, the trail is free and open to the public during business hours. The Market at Grelen is a casual café, event venue, garden shop and Pick-Your-Own farm. For hikers working up an appetite, lunch can be pre-ordered and enjoyed at a picnic table on the trail. "We absolutely love having the trail open for our clients to enjoy! They get to experience the beauty of the nursery and land like never before and it's gorgeous no matter what the season," said Leslie Gregg, co-owner of Grelen Nursery

Mountain that is protected under a conservation easement co-held by Virginia Outdoors Foundation and The Piedmont Environmental Council. “We appreciate the recognition of the Trail as a Virginia Treasure. The designation draws attention to the sustained conservation effort at James Madison's Montpelier and within the Madison Barbour Rural Historic District,” said PEC President Chris Miller. “The Governor and the General Assembly have provided increased funding for conservation in the 2017-2018 budget, and PEC looks forward to working on additional conservation projects in the area.”

ALBEMARLE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS (ACPS) IS IN THE RUNNING TO RECEIVE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN GRANT THROUGH THE XQ SUPER SCHOOL PROJECT

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Civil War South. Struggling with poverty, depression and defeat, the South had many young girls who, like Molly, were orphaned and sent to live with distant relatives. Those relatives were often in shock after their defeat and found life after the war difficult. Once prosperous and confident families were left in tatters and that is fully realized in Molly’s relationship with the “ghosts” residing on Agate Hill. These families are constantly haunted by the life and people that are now lost to them. Molly feels so connected to these ghosts and doesn’t want to abandon them when she is sent away from Agate Hill. Molly could have lost every opportunity for a better life if she hadn’t had the patronage of Simon Black, a brooding and mysterious presence that rescues Molly and gives her the much needed opportunity for an education and eventually leads her to a teaching position in the mountains of North Carolina. The setting for the novel feels very familiar, traveling though both North Carolina and Virginia you will recognize the towns and historical places. It has a wonderful juxtaposition of letters, diary entries and testimonies and even throws in a murder mystery to tantalize the reader. It is a stirring look at the reconstructed South and Smith does a marvelous job conveying the air of defeat, decay and impending crum-

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groundbreaking work of history that explicates Thomas Jefferson’s vision of himself, the American Revolution, Christianity, slavery, and race. Thomas Jefferson is often portrayed as a hopelessly enigmatic figure—a riddle—a man so riven with contradictions that he is almost impossible to know. Lauded as the most articulate voice of American freedom and equality, even as he held people—including his own family—in bondage, Jefferson is variably described as a hypocrite, an atheist, or a simple-minded proponent of limited government who expected all Americans to be farmers forever. Now, Annette Gordon-Reed teams up with America's leading Jefferson scholar, Peter S. Onuf, to present an absorbing and revealing character study that dispels the many clichés that have accrued over the years about our third president. Challenging the widely prevalent belief that Jefferson remains so opaque as to be unknowable, the authors—through their careful analysis, painstaking research, and vivid prose—create a portrait of Jefferson, as he might have painted himself, one "comprised of equal parts sun and shadow" (Jane Kamensky). Tracing Jefferson's philosophical development from youth to old age, the authors explore what they call the "empire" of Jefferson's imagination—an expansive state of mind born of his origins in a slave society, his intellectual influences, and the vaulting ambition that propelled him into public life as a modern avatar of the Enlightenment who, at the same time, likened himself

bling ruin that overtook many of the old Southern plantations and families. I have always enjoyed Lee Smith’s writing and this is just one more example of why she continues to draw me into her stories. If you are in the mood for yet another World War II novel, you can’t go wrong with the latest best-seller, The Nightingale by Kirsten Hannah. I have been listening to this as a book on tape at every available opportunity…while cooking, cleaning and driving. All of us deal with stress and danger in different ways and this novel tells the story of two sisters who must discover their own paths to overcome adversity and survive. Set against the backdrop of a France which is reeling from the Nazi’s occupation, this family has to find a way to persevere. Viann is the dependable older sister who adores her husband, Antoine, and daughter, Sophia. When Antoine is captured and imprisoned, Viann faces loneliness and despair coupled with the frustration of having her home requisitioned as quarters for an enemy soldier. Meanwhile her sister, Isabelle, is eighteen and full of anger and rebellion. Isabelle’s passion and determination lead her down a different path from her sister and places her in a dangerous position within the French resistance. This is the story of two women’s war against

occupation and dominance. Beautifully written, it captures the resilience of the human spirit. All of the full details indicate a remarkable amount of research but beyond the details there is brilliant storytelling at work here. Next time we will explore the beach reads and get ready for a summer full of hot days and poolside adventures!

to a figure of old—"the most blessed of the patriarchs." Indeed, Jefferson saw himself as a "patriarch," not just to his country and mountain-like home at Monticello but also to his family, the white half that he loved so publicly, as well as to the black side that he claimed to love, a contradiction of extraordinary historical magnitude. Divided into three sections, "Most Blessed of the Patriarchs" reveals a striking personal dimension to his life. Part I, "Patriarch," explores Jeffersons's origins in Virgina; Part II, " 'Traveller,' " covers his five-year sojourn to Paris; and Part III, "Enthusiast," delves insightfully into the Virginian's views on Christianity, slavery, and race. We see not just his ideas and vision of America but come to know him in an almost familial way, such as through the importance of music in his life. "Most Blessed of the Patriarchs" fundamentally challenges much of what we’ve come to accept about Jefferson, neither hypocrite nor saint, atheist nor fundamentalist. Gordon-Reed and Onuf, through a close reading of Jefferson’s own words, reintroduce us all to our most influential founding father: a man more gifted than most, but complicated in just the ways we all are.

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Located in the Somerset area of Orange, This wonderfully restored home, c. 1782 Set privately in Keswick Estate, this 4-5 This exceptional 520 ac. farm is sited in a Drive Milltraversed Road Aerie just 2.5 miles from Gordonsville and 22 Clifton is surrounded by mature trees and Club bedroom, Randy Rinehart-built brick Graves picturesque valley by the upper miles from Charlottesville. The 1850 manor inhome has had Located the Somerset area numerous of Orange, improvementscompleted by the present just 2.5 miles from Gordonsville and 22 owners, using only the finestThe materials miles from Charlottesville. 1850 including a new,has paneled room manor home had living numerous (20x34), country kitchenby and improvementscompleted thelaundry/ present mudroom. Also in the main are owners, using only the finest house materials four bedrooms, dining room, breakfast including a new, paneled living room room, study, original livingand room, library (20x34), country kitchen laundry/ and two galleries. The 170 acre estate is mudroom. Also in the main house are further enhanced by a four bedroom four bedrooms, dining room, breakfast guesthouse, three bedroom tenanthouse, room, study, original living room, library two new garage/workshops, smokehouse, and two galleries. The 170 acre estate is swimming pool formal gardens, 3-stall further enhanced by a four bedroom stable guesthouse, three bedroom tenanthouse,

landscaping. Clifton has been meticulously updated to facilitate modern convenience This wonderfully restored home, c. 1782 while holding true to the home's history is surrounded by mature trees and and charm. Equestrian enthusiasts will landscaping. Clifton has been meticulously love this country property with a wellupdated to facilitate modern convenience appointed 15 true stall to stable, International while holding the home's history style riding ring, 145 acres in pasture, and charm. Equestrian enthusiasts will several paddocks, and with additional love this country property a welloutbuildings for hay and equipment appointed 15 stall stable, International storage. style riding ring, 145 acres in pasture, several paddocks, and additional outbuildings for hay and equipment storage.

home boasts an excellent floor plan incl’ 1st privately & 2nd floor open4-5 to Set in masters, Keswick kitchen Estate, this family room w/ fireplace, finished bedroom, Randy Rinehart-built brick basement w/ an abundant natural 3 car home boasts excellent floor light, plan incl’ garage, blue stone terraces & 1st & 2nd floor masters, kitchen open an to expansive, level lawn. Immaculate family room w/rear fireplace, finished conditionw/ & abundant endless fine detailing basement natural light, 3incl’ car extensive trimwork & built-ins, garage, blue stone terraces striking & an marble & tile selections, high ceilings & expansive, level rear lawn. Immaculate excellent light. Reduced $400K, this condition & endless fine detailing incl’ classic residence is now an excellent extensive trimwork & built-ins, striking value. & tile selections, high ceilings & marble

Rapidan River (noteworthy trout fishing) withexceptional a balance of farm land in and This 520open ac. farm is sited a wooded mountain property. A superbly picturesque valley traversed by the upper constructed manor trout with fishing) copper Rapidan RiverBrick (noteworthy roof and 4 bedrooms and over 5,000 s.f. with a balance of open farm land and enjoys stunning views of the Blue Ridge wooded mountain property. A superbly and workingBrick cattle farm. additional constructed manorAnwith copper2 bedroom brick home and numerous roof and 4 bedrooms and over 5,000farm s.f. improvements property enjoys stunningcompliment views of thethis Blue Ridge nearworking the Shenandoah Nat. Forestand cattle farm. An additional 2 Proximity to Charlottesville or bedroom brick home and numerous farm Washington DC. improvements compliment this property

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Family Land Trust first time available to Windy Hill Farm enjoys an ideal setting An absolutely stunning rural setting from Kingma Developers craftsmanship at its Windy Hill Paddock Wood 7724 Road Keswick Road MarketGordonsville in over 60yrs. Perk Test, Soil amid the large working farms and estates 127 private acres in Keswick on the best. Combining a high level of quality and finishes with efficient design and an elegant layout. Well-proportioned Kingma Developers craftsmanshiprooms at its create main level living two best. Combining a high level with of quality additional bedrooms upstairs. A highand finishes with efficient design and an ceilinged, walkout basement allows for elegant layout. Well-proportioned rooms additional space. House is close to net create main level living with two zero (low tobedrooms no power upstairs. bills) due A to highstateadditional of the art solar panels, LED lighting ceilinged, walkout basement allows and for insulation. space. Hardwood floors throughout. additional House is close to net 1 mile to Keswick Hall.bills) due to statezero (low to no power of the art solar panels, LED lighting and insulation. Hardwood floors throughout. 1 mile to Keswick Hall. For further information contact : Peter Wiley 434.220.6017 further information contact : $For635,000 Peter Wiley 434.220.6017

of Rapidan, in the Keswick Hunt and convenient Bull enjoys Run Hunt territory. The Windy Hill to Farm an ideal setting 1920 farm house is completely private in amid the large working farms and estates its elevated setting. With nine-foot of Rapidan, in the Keswick Hunt and ceilings, large two working convenient to Bull rooms, Run Hunt territory. The fireplaces, and floors of oak and pine, itin is 1920 farm house is completely private a strong candidate for renovation. About its elevated setting. With nine-foot ten of the 27 acresrooms, yield high hay, ceilings, large twoquality working and the rest in wildlife habitat fireplaces, andisfloors of oak and pine, and it is forest. Bold streams follow the ahardwood strong candidate for renovation. About north and west boundaries. Minutes from ten of the 27 acres yield high quality hay, Orange and isCulpeper, and aboutand 90 and the rest in wildlife habitat minutes from Washington. hardwood forest. Bold streams follow the north and west boundaries. Minutes from For further : Orange andinformation Culpeper,contact and about 90 Julia Lyman minutes from 540.748.1497 Washington.

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Albemarle/Louisa County line. This beautiful country property idealfrom for a An absolutely stunning rural is setting weekend retreat, recreation or horse 127 private acres in Keswick on the farm. The land is a mix of open, Albemarle/Louisa County line.rolling This fields and mature forests with a large beautiful country property is ideal for a lake. Equestrian facilities include 7-stall weekend retreat, recreation ora horse stable, huge garage complex with office farm. The land is a mix of open, rolling and apartment, fenced paddocks with fields and mature forests with a large automatic water and run-in sheds, and lake. Equestrian facilities include a 7-stalla foalinghuge barn.garage Complete with awith charming, stable, complex office quality-built 3 bedroom, 3 bath and apartment, fenced paddocks stone with residence,water this property hassheds, it all! and a automatic and run-in foaling barn. Complete with a charming, quality-built 3 bedroom, 3 bath stone residence, property has it all!: For furtherthis information contact Steve McLean 434.295-1131

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Reports are Complete and Dominion Power brought to front of Parcel. Along Family Land Trust first time available to Scenic Byway with expansive views of Market in over 60yrs. Perk Test, Soil Southwest Mt Range. Mountain Stream Reports are Complete and Dominion traverses Property and feeds into Happy Power brought to front of Parcel. Along Creek. 60% open, rolling fields, Scenic Byway with expansive views40% of mature woods. Elevations Southwest Mt Range. Mountainprovide Stream excellentProperty Homesites. one traverses and Property feeds intohas Happy development right and size not greater Creek. 60% open, rolling fields, 40% than 6.2acs; main parcel 46.72 acs. Land mature woods. Elevations provide maintained,seeded & fertilized; consists of excellent Homesites. Property has one highly desirable Davidsonsoil. VDOT development right and size not greater entrance approved & installed. than 6.2acs; main parcel 46.72 acs.Survey Land 2008. Scenic 14mi drive to C'ville, 3 mi into maintained,seeded & fertilized; consists of Gordonsville. Aerial and Ground Photos. highly desirable Davidsonsoil. VDOT . entrance approved & installed. Survey For further information contact3: mi into 2008. Scenic 14mi drive to C'ville, Duke and Sharon Merrick 434-951-5160 Gordonsville. Aerial and Ground Photos. . For further information contact : KESWICK LIFE Duke and Sharon Merrick 434-951-5160

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Old Manse Ca. 1868 46 acres in the Keswick Hunt and the Town of Orange Old Manse was built in 1868 by Reverend Dr. Isaac W. K. Handy in his role as Pastor at Orange Presbyterian Church. Of frame construction over a brick foundation capped with a standing seam metal roof, this is a lovely center hall colonial situated on 46 acres inside the town boundaries. The architecture is Greek Revival with Colonial Revival elements probably added after 1910 when the house was owned by George Landon Browning, Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia. Some of the interesting features include a front porch supported by Tuscan columns, transome and side-light windows around the double panel door and simple entablature. The curtilage is defined by boxwoods now at the century mark and mature perennial gardens and trees.

The formal entry hall terminates with the ascending staircase. There are 10' ceilings on the entry level and the red oak and heart pine floors are complemented by warm, mellowed woodwork throughout. There are 9 rooms of period proportion including a grand dining room and four bedrooms with two and one-half baths. There are lovely porches, screened and open. The rear porch descends to Rev. Dr. Handy’s original porte cochère. The 46 acres are predominantly pasture on fertile soils. There are two springs one of which feeds a large pond. Mountain views are available to the Southwest Mountains as well as to the Blue Ridge over the Town of Orange. Isaac W. K. Handy (1815-1878) grew up on Maryland’s Eastern Shore where the Handy family had been among the earliest English settlers. Their ancestral home, Pemberton Park, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Isaac held a Doctorate of Divinity from Princeton University and was Pastor of a Portsmouth Presbyterian Church in 1863. Portsmouth was then an area under Union control and Handy received a pass from Federal authorities to visit family and friends in Delaware. While in Delaware a newspaper reported that Handy made disparaging remarks about the American flag. While his remarks were later discredited and shown to be taken out of context, in July of 1863 Handy was arrested as a political prisoner and sent to Fort Delaware Prison on marshy Pea Patch island. Because Lincoln had suspended the writ of habeas corpus, Handy was held in prison for 15 months without a hearing. Handy kept a detailed daily diary and smuggled it out of prison to be re-published as “United States Bonds; or Duress by Federal Authority: A Journal of Current Events During an Imprisonment of Fifteen Months, at Fort Delaware” and later republished as “Prisoner of Conscience”. It is an acclaimed historical record of Civil War prisons and soldier and civilian prisoners. Handy’s tenure in Orange was only five years when he left to become Pastor at a Presbyterian Church in Augusta County, VA. In 1910 Old Manse was sold to Evelyn Byrd Hill Browning (1869-1940) and George Landon Browning (1867-1947). Mr. Browning practiced law in Orange and was Senior Warden at St. Thomas Episcopal Church for 30 years. He served on Virginia Military Institute’s (VMI) Board of Visitors. Mr. Browning served two terms in the Virginia House of Delegates as a Democrat and was nominated to the Virginia Supreme Court in 1930 where he served until his death in 1947. Justice Browning wrote over 300 opinions “noted for their clarity, incisiveness and brevity”. Mr. & Mrs. Browning treasured Old Manse and it was a center of their very active social life for 3o years. The present owners acquired Old Manse in 1946 from Justice Browning and have lovingly called it home for nearly 70 years. The National Historic Register is available for Old Manse.

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SP OT S WO OD Extraordinary brick Georgian home, completely renovated and updated with modern convenience in a private country setting of 72 acres only 8 miles from Charlottesville. The residence, in superb condition, combines a modern feel throughout with a thoughtfully designed floor plan, featuring a fabulous gourmet kitchen and spacious first floor master suite with 3 additional bedrooms on the second floor. A restored log and frame guest cabin, 3 stall center aisle barn board fenced paddocks, and mountain views complete this offering.

MARIAH Situated along a country lane, this property is simply spectacular. Panoramic mountain views, sweeping countryside, and a residence that embodies the best features and materials available. 7 bedrooms, gourmet kitchen, formal living and dining rooms, tap room, elevator, and beautiful in-ground pool. Covered morning and evening flagstone porches provide sunrise and sunset views. Guest House, equestrian barn, paddocks and trails.

M OR L A N D Early 20th century waterfront brick home of 7,000 sq. ft, completely updated and renovated with the finest of materials and with frontage on the Potomac River. Sand beach, pool, pool house, Boy’s Cottage, River House, Caretaker’s Cottage, wonderful gardens and fountains, brick terraces, and the oldest known Hemlock Hedge in the Commonwealth. Extremely private on 159.82 acres only 1 hour 20 min to DC or Richmond by boat or car.

FA I RWAY DR I V E Perfectly located private waterfront lot of 2.4 acres in gated community with views of the surrounding Pete Dye designed golf course, Broadmoor Lake, and Blue Ridge Mountains. Low maintenance country home with over 11,000 sq. ft with tumbled marble flooring, chef ’s kitchen, 5 bedrooms, state of the art security system and Lutron lighting system. The home is relaxing as well as perfect for entertaining with a beautiful billiard room, home theatre, wine cellar, and outdoor kitchen.

Frank Hardy 434 296 0134 fhardy@frankhardy.com

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Keswick Life Digital Edition April 2016  

Keswick Life Digital Edition April 2016

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