KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs - August 2015
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STAVE MILL FARM ~ Elegant 84 acre horse property in the Farmington Hunt. House was built in 2001 w/a copper roof & stucco in Albemarle Co., 20 min. from Charlottesville & UVA. Master Bedroom suite on 1st floor, 2 large bedrooms w/separate baths on 2nd floor, high ceilings, cast-iron lentils, hardwood floors 2 fireplaces, high-end kitchen, 50kw generator, guest cottage, 8-stall barn w/paddocks, run-in sheds, riding ring, tractor shed w/shop, potting shed/summerhouse & trap shooting shed.
SPRING BROOK c. 1850 ~ This renovated VA farm house is situated on 34 open acres w/ beautiful mtn. views in Orange Co. The 4-bedrm. 3.5 bath house is in excellent condition & w/4000+/- fin. sq. ft. is a perfect size. Property is further complimented with a bank barn used for entertaining or game room/studio. Also included is a large pole barn (stable conversion), guest cottage, garage/workshop, pool, fully fenced, spring-fed pond. Spring Brook is the ideal VA Farm, located 25 min. from Charlottesville and two hours from D.C.
ANNANDALE ~ Circa 1805 Federal brick estatelocated in beautiful Orange County, just minutes from Gordonsville and 25 minutes to Charlottesville. The 3800 square foot manor house has twelve foot ceilings on the main floor and 10 foot on the second. The recent renovations spared no expense and include a new master suite, country kitchen, and all new mechanicals. The mostly open 63 acres includes two guest cottages, an original Sears barn (converted into a stable and entertainment center), swimming pool, extensive plantings and a newly constructed four acre lake. All of which make this property an ideal turnkey country estate.
HISTORIC CAMERON LODGE ~ Nestled in the protected heart of Somerset estates; this 66 acre estate has spectacular views to the east and west. Situated on a gently sloped ridge atop the southwest mountains, with mature plantings and specimen trees, this parcel has numerous improvements, including the 1835 Lodge, three cottages; two mortise and tenon chestnut barns and numerous other farm buildings.
QUARLES MOUNTAIN ~ Stunning mountain views! 22 acres located minutes from the town of Orange in the beautiful Rapidan road area. The land is a mix of green pasture and woods with a cleared elevated building site from which the view is incredible. Ideal as a small horse property or just a private estate to build a home with a million dollar view.
MUMMAU FARM ~ The 1850’s clapboard house is situated on a commanding hill with extensive Blue Ridge Mountain views and frontage on the Rapidan River. Located in the Somerset area of Madison County, this 279 acre farm has very fertile soils and is ideal for crop, hay or livestock. This property has great potential as a horse property because of its prime location in the Keswick Hunt. Other improvements include a tenant house.
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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.
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Tucked away at the dead end of a quiet lane, this classic 1950’s Georgian on 4 acres adjacent to the golf course offers dramatic formal and informal living spaces throughout. A large, blue stone terrace accessed via French doors flanks the rear of the home and overlooks formal gardens, sweeping lawns, endless English boxwood and specimen trees. The multi-faceted parcel even offers views of a pond. 4-5 bedrooms suites with tastefully renovated bathrooms, 4 fireplaces and the most glamorous kitchen, butler’s pantry, breakfast and powder rooms in town! MLS# 533353
This outstanding farmhouse, built in 2004, features magnificent mountain views, a stocked pond for fishing and swimming, horse trails, and a 6 stall horse barn all in a very private setting. The striking residence was built using the highest quality construction materials, and boasts deep rear porches that showcase the breathtaking views. So much attention to detail inside, including wide plank heart pine flooring, soaring Tennessee stone fireplace, and custom woodwork. Property is in conservation with one division right. Sally Neill (434) 531-9941. MLS# 531904 401 Park Street Charlottesville, VA 22902
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IN THIS ISSUE AUGUST 2015
Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs PO Box 32, Keswick, Virginia 22947 T: 434.242.8033 E: email@example.com The minds behind Keswick Life: EDITORIAL EDITOR/FOUNDER Winkie Motley CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Colin Dougherty THE COLUMNISTS Joseph J. Shields, Suzanne Nash, Tony Vanderwarker, Mary Morony CONTRIBUTORS Liz Delaney PROOF READER Sierra Young
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Meet Ashton Beebe, Keswick’s entrepreneur and owner of Ashton Beebe’s Indian Summer Guide Service. Liz Delaney, Keswick Life’s frequent contributor, went for a test ride out in Afton. Get the details!
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OVERHEARD Here and there... in Keswick by the Numbers 1. New telephone pole replacing the sign post at the Sign of the Month On a Keswick front step “UPS-FedEx- Please leave packages Keswick Hunt Club HERE where the dogs can’t shred them. THANK YOU” 1. Red Mustang abandoned in editor’s drive way
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1. Truck Line Painting on rt. 231 with a line of cars Worth Repeating forever stretching behind “I can’t stop reading KESWICK LIFE, so I don’t have much 1. Whole day with no internet phone in the Keswick environs. Century Link outage! Too much road work in the Keswick Environs to even count ... our tax dollars at work On and Off The Market 4048 Fairway Drive in Keswick Estate is described as a Masterpiece quality lake front home on 2.4 acres, with over 13,400 total sq. ft it has a price tag of $4,495,000. 2019 Farringdon Rd in Glenmore is a magnificent custom 5 bedroom, 5 bath, 8,814 sq. ft, home on a cul de sac at $998k. Also in Glenmore is 1319 Kilchattan Lane, a 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 4134 sq. ft. Colonial at $590k, 1419 Sunderland Lane, a 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath, 6,192 sq. ft. Colonial home at $699k, and 1386 Tattersall Court, a 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 5,239 sq. ft. Georgian Colonial priced at $649k More affordable new area listings include 5068 Stony Point Pass, a 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 2,725 sq. ft. split foyer on 3.6 acres priced at $319k and 102 West Ridge Ct, a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,900 sq. ft. contemporary cottage home on 2 acres with breathtaking views priced at $314.9k. There is still a lot of resale competition in Glenmore with reductions on 3225 Prestwick Place, $719k to $695k, 3075 Hyde Park Place, $950k to $895k, 3309 Lockport Place, $729k to $649k and 3434 Darby Road, $598k to $565k. 3354 Cotswold Lane went UP in price, $579k to $589k. Price reductions around the area include 3437 Keswick Rd, a Doug Kingma resale, $525k to $499.9k, 3465 Richmond Rd, $219.9k to $207.9k and three in Shadwell Estate, namely 955 Shadwell Rd, $390k to $374.9k, 3161 Shadwell Drive, $359k to $299k and 1061 Milton Rd, $357k to $335.9k. SOLD homes include 1375 Tattersall Court, a 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath 2004 Colonial originally $1,085,000 for $940k. 3620 Victoria Lane, a 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath home originally $679k for $620k. 2313 Ferndown Lane, a 6 bedroom, 5.5 bath home originally at $639 for $625k. 528 Huckstep Branch Lane, a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home on 2.5 acres originally at $265 for $215k. 362 Clarks Tract, a 2 bed, 1.5 bath home on 4.5 acres $179k full price and 675 Black Cat Rd, a 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath 1890 farm house on 2.4 acres $625k full price and 993 Holly Ridge Rd, a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home on 1 acre at $159k full price. Glenmore was very active again this month with 6 resales going under contract between the price ranges of $399k and $699.5k. Numerous should show up next month as sold. Newly available land includes 14 acres on Paddock Road priced at $165.9k and 9 lots in Glenmore, all on Carroll Creek Rd priced from $245k to $275k.
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“Cutting Grass” - someone asked a group of mowers lunching at the Cismont Store what they have been doing this summer. Monday Morning at the Keswick Post Office window and a customer asked what was going on, another customer replied …a cluster ***###!!! “Will be out to the Keswick environs for dinner, I have an Uber.”
Weather Get Ready!!
Hurricane Season is approaching . However, the Atlantic hurricane season forecast update agrees with earlier forecasts of a season with fewer named storms than historical averages in 2015. NOAA, which released its final forecast update of the season recently calls for a 90 percent likelihood of: 6-10 named storms (including three tropical storms that formed earlier in the season: Ana, Bill, and Claudette), 1-4 of which would become hurricanes and 0-1 of which would become major hurricanes – those of at least Category 3 strength on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. This is below the 30-year average of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes. So Ana, Bill, Claudette, and Danny have already happened and hopefully Erika, Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Joaquin, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam, Teresa, Victor, Wanda will not come to Keswick.
Peachy! Peach season will be over in 2-3 weeks, but we still have tons
of peaches ripe for the picking! To end such a wonderful first season of PYO Peaches, The Grelen Market decided to give back to our community and they need your help! From now until the end of the season, when you pick peaches at The Market at Grelen, 1/3 of what you pick is FREE ,1/3 of what you pick is $1.50/ pound, 1/3 of what you pick is DONATED to Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. There is no limit on the amount of peaches you can pick for this promo. It will run until there are no peaches left. We will handle the donation so please leave those peaches with us!
Not Again - Keswick Hall! Chef Dwayne Edwards has chosen to leave Keswick Hall and move on to other “opportunities”. His last day will be September 15th. The Hall is grateful for his hard work while he was with them and they wish him every success in his future endeavors.
Familiar Face Gone
Kim Pingatore, of the Keswick Post Office, who kindly helped us with all our postal needs, passed away unexpectedly two weeks ago and will be missed by this community.
GOING OUT Guide
Mark your calendars! Save the date! Don’t be late!
SHOPPING The 57th Shenandoah Antiques Expo
FAMILY FUN Keswick Hunt Club Puppy Show
Where: The Augusta Expo, 277 Expo Road, Fishersville, VA When: Oct 9 (9 to 5), Oct 10 (8 to 5) and Oct 11 (11 to 4)
Where: Keswick Hunt Club, Keswick When: Saturday, September 26th - 5:00 pm
some new furnishings or unique pieces for decorating your home? What about doing some holiday shopping? It’s never too soon! And the perfect opportunity is the 57th Shenandoah Antiques Expo This weekend getaway is a quick jaunt from Waynesboro, Staunton and even Charlottesville and Lynchburg. And it’s definitely worth the trip from D.C. and other more distant locations! Heritage Promotions, located in Lynchburg Va., sponsors this expansive indoor/outdoor event. Whether you’re a serious buyer, novice collector or just a weekend travel buff, the Fishersville Show provides an amazing array of quality antiques, interesting and hard to find collectibles, and other vintage items. If you’ve never attended a Fishersville Antique Expo, mark your calendar – you won’t be disappointed. The Shenandoah Antiques Expo has a reputation for fine 18th- and 19th-century American and English period antiques from top-notch, reputable dealers from Florida to Maine. Visitors seek treasures of jewelry, silver, glassware, primitives, rugs, and better collectibles such as doorstops, decorated stoneware, art, decoys, toys and Civil War memorabilia. Tastemakers of another sort snap up country Americana, such as early 19th-century painted furniture, and mid-century modern that tuck into eclectic interiors. Admission: Oct 9, $10; Oct 10/11, $5
FOR THE EYES Sporting Art Exhibit Where: Freeman’s Gallery, Charlottesville, Virginia When: September 10th
Highlights from Freeman’s November Sporting Art auction will get the fall
season off to a strong start. Opening in Charlottesville on September 10 with an evening of refreshments and remarks, and running until September 13, the exhibition will move to the new Richmond office on September 15 and run until the 18th. Notable artists such as John Emms, Sir Alfred Munnings, and Rosa Bonheur will be represented in paintings and bronzes. In addition, there will be an interesting mix of silver, jewelry and decorative objects related to the hunt, along with some of the more exotic examples of sporting art. Please join us for an interesting evening with Sporting Art at its center. For a complimentary catalogue for this sale or any future sale, please contact our Charlottesville office at 434-296-4096 and mark your calendars for the new Freeman’s Open Appraisal Days - every 2nd Wednesday of the month starting September 9th from 10:00 to 1:00. Bring up to 3 items per person or photographs of larger items for free verbal, auction-value estimates. For information about consigning or buying at auction, please contact Erica Humes in Charlottesville at 434-466-0388 or email@example.com. Freeman’s is located in downtown Charlottesville at 126 Garrett Street, Suite E and in Richmond at 5401 Patterson Avenue.
HORSIN’ AROUND Benefit Polo Match and Brunch Where: Upperville, Virginia When: Sunday, September 13th – ALL DAY
Join us for a supermatch featuring the best women players in the world. The match will take place at the Virginia International Polo Club in Upperville, Virginia. Gates open at 11:00 am and the match begins at 12:30 to buy tickets by phone or email, please contact Alexandra McKay at 540-687-6542 ext. 24 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The two teams are the National Sporting Library & Museum – 24 Goals consisting of Sunny Hale (9), Maureen Brennan (6), Erica Gandomcar (6) and Jennifer Williams (3) and the Northern Trust Team– 25 Goals consisting of Kristy Outhier (8), Lia Salvo (8), Julia Steiner (5) and Julia Smith (4).
The Puppy Show & Pimms Cocktails hosted by The Keswick Hunt Club. Adopt-aHound Cocktail Hour, Silent & Live Auction & Cookout Supper to follow. For further information contact Shelley Payne.
THEY’RE OFF Virginia One-Day All-Turf Flat Racing Where: Great Meadow When: Sunday, September 20thh
The Virginia Racing Commission (VRC) recently awarded a one-day pari-mutuel license for a six-race card of all-turf flat races at Great Meadow on Sunday, September 20. Purses will total $150,000. The Gold Cup Association will host the races in conjunction with the non-profit Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA), which is working on both short- and long-range plans to fund purses for a series of Thoroughbred meets in the state that could be folded into a larger regional circuit. Virginia has been without a dedicated Thoroughbred venue since 2013, when Colonial Downs last operated an extended summer flat meet. The September 20 flat races will be run five weeks before the International Gold Cup on Oct. 24. The course is located in a northern Virginia town called The Plains, which is about 50 miles west of Washington, D.C.
BENEFIT Pickers Paradise Pre-Party Benefit Where: The Market at Grelen, Somerset When: Thursday, September 24th
SAVE THE DATE and get exclusive access to the Vendors at the Picker’s Paradise Barn Sale before the show officially opens! The will be having our first preview party 5-8 p.m. Thursday night, September 24th. Enjoy a low-key night of shopping, live music, light appetizers and local wine while helping a worthy cause! Ten percent of proceeds ($5/ticket) will go to the Orange County Educational Foundation. Ticket price includes music, appetizers, 2 glasses of wine & a 3-day parking pass for the event (a $15 value), so come back as much as you want. Tickets are $50/person plus tax.
BENEFIT Martha’s Market Where: John Paul Jones Arena When: October 9-11
The Women’s Committee and Presenting Sponsor Wells Fargo will host Martha’s Market on October 9th -11th, 2015 at John Paul Jones Arena. The Preview Party, the event’s premier kick-off event, will be held the evening of October 8th. Over 70 unique boutiques from across the country transform the arena into a beautiful marketplace with something for everyone. 15% of every dollar spent at Martha’s Market supports the exceptional women’s healthcare at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital. Join us on October 8, 2015 for the kick-off event for the Market. Be among the first to shop the collection of unique boutiques. Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and live music while shopping for a great cause. Admission Tickets $10 for the Entire Weekend! Free Admission to Children 13 and Younger. Contact the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation Office at (434) 654-8258.
STEAMY FUN Somerset Steam and Gas Party Where: Somerset’s Main Drag When: September 11, 12 & 13
The Somerset Steam & Gas Pasture Party is a non-profit show. Although there is a gate donation requested, the proceeds are split between local charitable organizations, Volunteer Fire Companies, Rescue Squads, Scholorships and charitable work within the surrounding communities. Local businesses contribute to support the Pasture Party from free transportation, to logs for sawmill and everything in between. Be sure to thank them and show your appreciation by supporting. Gate Donation: $7.00/day or $10.00 for 3-day pass, per person. Kids under 12 are FREE!
A Cowboy in Keswick BY ELIZABETH BLYE DELANEY
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PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARY BEEBE
This kind of outfitting has been done in the west forever but not in the east. Until now.
words “trail ride”? Does it conger up images of a line of horses nose to tail in a straight line going up and down a well worn mountain path? The rented horses are often pot luck, over worked, poorly trained guys and girls who know the ropes and just tell you with their droop. I always feel sorry for them and vow to never do a trail ride again unless I have my own horse! Not so with Ashton Beebe’s and his Indian Summer Guide Service! He’s an incredibly refreshing modern cowboy (or wrangler). His horses are well mannered and seem to love taking their riders to amazing views in Albemarle County. I took a private ride with Ashton last Saturday morning along with three other riders. They were visiting Charlottesville and were attracted to the idea of seeing one of our fabulous wineries on horseback. The vineyard was “Veritas” in Afton. The weather was warm with no humidity, and I don’t know why, but up on a horse it never seems as hot as on foot. When we arrived to an upper field, the view was as good as it gets of the vineyard below and the mountains beyond. As one picture shows, my horse stopped and seemed to enjoy the view too. I just wondered what he was taking in. I was riding “Painty” - a nimble mare paint; only one of Ashton’s twenty five horses. I thought to myself, I bet she loves her job! The other riders, one experienced, one first timer and one who hadn’t ridden in a while, all loved the ride. It was a “not your typical” trail ride. We were all on well matched horses and just rode together. Sometimes we followed on a narrow trail but mostly we just rode where Ashton and “D” took us through fields and between grapevine rows. There was nothing too steep in either direction and whoever wanted to trot could while others walked. I imagined that if I owned Veritas I would be out here everyday on horseback checking things out just like we did that morning. Ashton and the horses took care of us. He said, ”I want to provide a private experience for each person that rides. Depending on who they are, I tailor the ride for them.” Ashton grew up in Stony Point, just over the mountain from Keswick and like most “horse people” knew from a very early age he loved horses. I asked him when he first knew. He said, ”I had a
rocking horse with springs on it, and just couldn’t stay off it.” His parents supported this passion with lessons all through high school. He spent a lot of time at Oakland Heights Farm learning horses and ranch work from David Lamb. When most kids are thinking about what college to go to, Ashton said he knew that wasn’t for him; it had to be something with horses. So, off to a dude ranch in North Carolina he went, where he stayed for a season, which is spring to late fall. He returned to Keswick and said he was looking through “American Cowboy” magazine and saw an ad for a wrangler at a ranch in California. It was the Circle Bar B Ranch in Rufugio, California just outside Santa Barbara. He called and they were in need of wranglers. His best friend Ben drove out with him and his gear and then flew home. He learned how to be a working cowboy, wrangling cattle and horses. After the Circle Bar B, he worked for Los Padres Outfitter. He learned the outfitting business and how to do pack trips with mules. “I loved the connection to the outdoors and with animals.” We veered into a conversation about a spiritual matter, although that wasn’t the topic. Ashton started talking about how he was always a physical kid and loved being active. He said the horses always helped him get his mind and body together, to stay present, in the moment. Dogs and horses do that. They pull you into the moment. That’s why we love them so much.
I asked Ashton if he minded all the work caring for the horses, the tacking up of each horse and undoing them, trailering them, feeding them and looking after them. He said, ”Honestly, I love it all! If I’m up at 4 in the morning and can’t get back to sleep I head into the barn and start chores.” I said Joseph Campbell’s famous line “you’re following your bliss aren’t you?” He said, “I like that.” It’s so clear to me in my interviews to see the passion. He said he never really formulated in his mind where this would all lead but just followed his nose every day doing what he has loved. As he spent time out west, Ashton said he began to formulate a business plan. He wanted to offer an outfitting service back in Virginia. He returned to Keswick and by a chance meeting, met his wife, Mary, also an Albemarle County native. She had graduated from UVA and owned her own massage therapy practice. His plans are to own a lodge where guests can stay, ride and eat. For now, he’s expanding into a full outfitting service with a chuck wagon and pack mules to take clients into the wilderness from the Charlottesville area. Ashton has incredible vision for a business that is custom designed for private paying customers who want an authentic outdoor experience. He said he has taken artists on horseback to remote areas to paint and fly fishermen packing into remote trout streams for a day of fishing.
I noticed, aside from his easy friendly manner, a very perceptive person. He said he keeps a watchful eye on all and knows when to say nothing and when to help out and which horse to give to whom. When we began, he told us his buckskin horse, “D”, was going to act up but then would calm right down; almost as if to reassure us all, we sat on our mounts and watched as “D” did thirty seconds of twirling and acting out while Ashton just handled him beautifully and quieted him down for the rest of the trip. I was incredibly impressed with his horses. They all had life and spirit but were very attentive to their rider. They were quiet horses. He said he picks them for their puppy - dog personalities, willing to please. As we were coming back down my horse “Painty”, did a little two step as Ashton and I were gabbing along and never paid attention to it. When I got back to dismount I asked Ashton if he had my iPhone - he didn’t and I didn’t. I had put it in my back pocket of my jeans and it had worked it’s way out. We surmised that when “Painty” two stepped it was because of my phone falling on her feet. Ashton didn’t have to go back and help me look for it, but he did. We drove part way and got out on foot to redo the path we had taken and he spotted it in the grass! It’s a statement about our society: here I was away from it all on horseback yet had my cell phone with me. I could have taken photos and actually received text messages on horseback. I can’t say enough about the character of this young man - his parents did something right. We all felt at ease with him; our horses and everyone enjoyed the experience. Ashton said he brings his young horses out to the vineyard to train them. They tie all sorts of flying things to the vines so the horses get acclimated to sudden things that might spook them. He favors quarter horses - they are a “true salt of the earth” breed. Currently, he is training a mustang he obtained from the Bureau of Land Management named “Elko”, since he’s from Elko, Nevada. What can I say - he’s a cowboy! We are lucky to have him here. Ashton and Mary are expecting their first baby in early October; it’s a boy!
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RIVER VIEW – This exceptional 520-ac. farm is sited in a picturesque valley traversed by the upper Rapidan River (noteworthy trout ﬁshing) with a balance of open farm land and wooded mountain property. A superbly constructed 4BR brick manor with copper roof and over 5,000 s.f. enjoys stunning views of the Blue Ridge and working cattle farm. An additional 2BR brick home and numerous farm improvements compliment this property near the Shenandoah Nat. Forest-Proximity to Charlottesville or Washington DC. MLS #536326
RABBIT RUN – Exceptional property and pristine setting in the heart of Farmington. Designed and renovated by award winning architect and landscape architect with the finest materials throughout. Inviting perennial gardens adjoin and extend from the 4-BR residence on 3.6 private acres with a Garden Dining Pavilion, reflecting ponds, garden follies, and twin tree houses. MLS #520681
WHITE HORSE FARM - Classic Virginia home c. 1780, south of Charlottesville with updated main residence in excellent condition. 6 car garage, 8 stall stable, tenant house and sports barn (basketball court, hitting and pitching areas, guest suite, and locker room). 278.80 acres fenced and cross-fenced, ample water, numerous ponds. This natural locale suits every desire for country life. MLS #516697
SLATE HILL - This beautiful and elegant country home features 3 bedrooms and 3 and 1/2 baths, on 45 acres in Albemarle county. The traditional farm house style home was created by renowned architect, Bethany Poupolo. The home has been featured in Southern living magazine and was applauded for its attention to detail and beautiful design. The property also includes a 2 bedroom guest cottage, 2 fenced paddocks, run in shed, pool, sport court, and 3 quarries. The privacy and exposure to nature with easy access to Charlottesville are also noteworthy.
KESWICK ESTATES, LOT 5 – Private acreage inside the gates of Keswick Estate. Over 2.5 acres of open and level land fronts the newly designed Pete Dye golf course. Amenities at the impressive Keswick Hall include state-of-the-art fitness center, swimming, tennis, and spa facilities. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and convenient to all that the historic region has to offer. MLS #518257
MONTEVERDE - Classic brick Georgian located on 222-ac. in southern Albemarle county with dramatic Blue Ridge mountain views over pastoral and productive farm land. Numerous barn improvements and potential guest house.
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Keswick Faces in Summer Places
Keswick Faces in Summer Places Top row: Hatteras, Julia Lyman and grandchildren Malena and Ty; Newport, Bear and Murdoch Matheson; Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Christina Markey and granddaughter India. Middle row: South Beach, celebrating 35th anniversary, Judy, Arnold and Stephanie Johnson; Baconâ€™s Castle, David Royce; Hatteras, June Williams, James Gammell, Wallace Williams; Nantucket, Hugh Wiley. Bottom Row: Nantucket, Terry Lockhart and grandchildren Jack and Henry Simon; Cape Cod, Charlie Thacher and grandchildren Lucas and Willem Dengel; St. Johnâ€™s, Kimberly, Compton, Stokes and Don Skelly.
Keswick Faces in Summer Places Top row: N.Y. Mets game, Fletcher, Griffin, Anna, Viv and Joe Shields; Normandy, Liza and Ann Taylor; Saratoga, Robin Durkin “hotwalking” the Whitney Stakes winner “Honor Code”, Second Row: Isle Of Palms, S.C., Vanderwarkers celebrating Annie’s birthday; Montana, Liz Delaney; Montana, Terry Whittier and Kat Imhoff; Third Row: Blowing Rock, N.C., Catherine Wheeler, a champion; Bald Head Island, N.C., Justi Campi, Loring Woodriff and their daughters Octavia and Frances; Maine, the Perdues sailing; Keswick summering, Hugh Motley with grandson Collins Allen. Bottom Row: Bettona, Umbria, Jim and Laurie Holliday; Saratoga, Tony Corey and Peggy Augustus; Emerald Isle, N.C., Woody and Jane Baker’s grandchildren.
ARCOURT - Long after other homes have crumbled, the stone walls of ARCOURT will remain-a
testament to the quarried natural stone and superb quality construction used to create this one of a kind estate. Spacious (over 5,800 finished sq.ft.) French-inspired custom residence on 22 private acres in Keswick Hunt Country, completely fenced for horses, 3-stall stable, guest quarters, with shop/garage underneath. Interior of residence features an open floor plan, with large rooms, high ceilings, tall windows, and heated stone floors. There is a main-level master suite, second bedroom or study on the first floor, two more bedrooms and two baths on the second level. Beautiful mountain and pastoral views from home & covered veranda with stone fireplace. $2,595,000. Jim Faulconer (434) 981-0076. MLS#530692.
KESWICK ESTATES - Exquisite English Country
home on a premiere 2.5 acres in Keswick Estates. Lovely views golf course & mountains, yet very private. Architecturally designed 7000+ sq ft residence offers a beautiful light filled spacious LR; DR; gourmet kitchen; library w/ limestone FP surround; luxurious master complete w/ dressing rm & office; media rm & 4 additional BDRS. The highest quality materials & workmanship. $1,825,000. Charlotte Dammann (434) 981-1250. MLS#451592.
GLENMORE - Immaculate, brick Georgian with
EVERYTHING! Beautifully decorated, this lovely residence offers a gracious open kitchen, family room w/ fireplace, formal dining room, study, spacious 1st floor master suite, 4 bedrooms upstairs, plus a lower level guest suite and recreation room, an attached 2-car garage and rear deck. Fenced for pets. In excellent condition and with perhaps the best floor plan we have seen. $775,000. Tim Michel (434) 960-1124. MLS#529936.
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Field Hunter Championship Finals ADAPTED BY KESWICK LIFE
The Virginia Field Hunter Championship Finals will be held on Saturday morning, October 10, 2015 at Glenwood Park. $5000 in purse money will be awarded – $2500 to the hunt represented by the winning horse ridden by its owner, and $2500 to the hunt represented by the winning horse ridden by someone other than its owner. Trophies are also awarded to the Reserve Champion, as well as Best Turned Out, Most Suitable Pair and for the highest level of Sportsmanship. Founded in 1989, this event brings together fox hunting enthusiasts from all across the U.S. and Canada to participate in the week long trial. Mounted judges ride alongside the numbered contestants as they hunt with four area Fox Hunts. At the end of each day’s hunting, the judges announce the horse and rider combinations selected to compete in the finals held Saturday at Glenwood Park. The finals are held prior to the start of the first race. The Saturday morning finals of the Field Hunter Championship give racing spectators an unique opportunity to watch high-level field hunter and rider combinations dressed in proper hunting attire in a performance test. Competitors participate in a mock hunt, and finalists are then asked individually to negotiate a handy hunter course in the center of the race course, for the championship title. They might be asked to dismount and
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remount from a log, unlatch a gate and close it from horseback, or trot over a fallen tree. The judges ask the riders to show each horse’s different hunting skills, and after these individual tasks are completed, the championship is decided. The Field Hunter Championship competition offers: 4 days of hunting privileges to the same horse and rider combination; eligibility for awards given out throughout the week; and General Admission tickets to the Virginia Fall Races and complimentary listing in the race program. Events each evening include private receptions, a screening of Goodnight Ladies: a Portrait of Nancy Penn Smith Hannum, with director Christianna Hannum at the National Sporting Library and Museum, and a Friday night Calcutta sponsored by INOVA Loudoun Hospital. The event is judged according to the manners, style and suitability of foxhunting mounts. Awards are also offered for Best Turned Out each day. Judges have been drawn from foxhunts in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.
William “Seth” Anderson, son of Marga-
ret and William J. Anderson of Keswick was married to Lindsay Morgan Anderson (Roup) daughter of Teri and Herman Roup of South Africa at their Home in Santa Barbara, California on June 20, 2015. The Bride and Groom met in New
York City where they worked for 7 years prior to moving to Santa Barbara, CA to start their own brewery “Brass Bear Brewing” opening at the end of the year.
Participation is open to foxhunters of all ages; however, entry is limited to the first 60 registrants. The entry fee is $250 per horse. Entries close September 26, 2015. Entry forms are available at www.VAFallRaces.com.
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Photography by Kim Citro: William “Seth” Anderson and Lindsay Morgan Anderson; group photo includes: William Joseph Anderson, Margaret Douglas Anderson, William Seth Anderson, Lindsay Morgan Anderson, Charlotte Randolph Anderson and Dan Kulesza.
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TRAVEL JOURNAL Red Light Bar
BY JOSEPH J. SHIELDS
You have to love sales meetings.
Twice a year, the firm spends a fortune flying hundreds of people from around the country to ever-changing locales in the spirit of PowerPoint decks, team building, cocktails, and banter. For me, highlights of the biannual habit involve Ron and Stu.
fell silent. “Is it back on Pine Island?” “Yes,” said the guide. Then: “Flat’s up ahead.” It took me a few seconds to make out the shallow water centered in the middle of the sound, equidistant from land masses to the east and west.
Ron, the sales organization’s Pacific Northwest rep, spends most of his time on a houseboat an hour outside the Bay Area. He claims his bloodshot eyes are a medical condition, his slurring a hereditary speech impediment. Warm-climate sales meetings are choice for Ron because short-pants showcase the San Francisco Giants tattoo on his right calf muscle. Incredibly, Stu inked his Major League Baseball tattoo at the same precise moment as Ron but in Minneapolis, where he manages Upper Midwestern sales. Both salesmen claim there was no coordination of tattooing. Wearing shorts, the former college baseball player dazzles with a Minnesota Twins logo on the right leg to complement “Alice Cooper Eyes” body art on the left. We never spoke of fishing until the 2014 Winter Sales Meeting, which transported us to a windowless, overly air-conditioned conference room at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott in Fort Myers. “Bring us somewhere beautiful and confine us to an ice box,” said Stu. “Good thing I had a few bourbons at lunch. I am freezing my tackle off.” Only a man from Minnesota would feel cold in Florida. We did have the evening to look forward to, which involved a sunset boat ride with a cooler full of beers aboard Captiva Cruises to a restaurant up and across Pine Island Sound called the Green Flash. Since the company gave each employee $100 towards an “afternoon activity” the following day, I booked a fly fishing guide named Ozzie for a half-day session. The rest of the sales meeting attendees booked spa appointments, go-cart rentals, and golf. “Speaking of light tackle, I’m skipping the links tomorrow,” I said. “I am going fly fishing.” Their puzzled expressions changed with the light patterns as the sun dipped into the water. The boat captain with the speakerphone announced a dolphin was swimming off the starboard side of the boat. I was distracted by a different beast off the port side buoying itself beside a small island of mangroves.
“Don’t worry, your eyes will adjust to the light and water.” “Isn’t that North Captiva?” “Yes,” the guide replied. “Let’s see you cast a few while I pole us closer.” I accepted the rod and asked about the fly tied to the tippet. He told me it was a Clouser Minnow. “Manatee,” I said. “My brother-in-law has lived in Florida for years and says they’re tremendous eating.” “Are you fishing for manatee?” asked the Californian. For Ron, fishing accompanies drinking and sunbathing with baited hook over the railing of his houseboat. If I had answered yes, he wouldn’t have asked any other questions. Stu’s angling experience centered on isolated drinking binges in ice shelters in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” with high school cronies named after Scandinavian ancestors. “No, I am going for redfish,” I replied. “From what I’ve been told, manatee taste like prime tenderloin; their meat is marbled consistently throughout. And their ribs are actual ivory. Certain indigenous tribes are grandfathered by the government and can still hunt them.” My colleagues looked away from the sunset and stared at me. “They’re basically sea cows,” I explained. “So they lactate like dolphin?” asked Russ. “Or is it porpoise?” Stu inquired. I didn’t know the difference. To this day, I still don’t know why I write about fishing. “So you’re not playing golf?” they asked in unison. The man called Ozzie was punctual and expertly maneuvered the Action Craft
skiff alongside the floating dock in front of the hotel. I knew better than to offer help with docking and jumped aboard when the captain gave me the signal.
“Okay, you’re throwing it forward way too early,” he said. Ozzie stopped polling the skiff to examine my casting.
“Thanks for picking me up,” I said. “I’d rather spend 25 minutes on the water than navigate the land route to Captiva from here.”
“It’ll take us closer to 40 minutes to get where we’re going,” he said.
“Better than a few minutes ago.”
The guide didn’t speak much, which is fine, and he patiently answered questions. Yes, that’s Pine Island. No, I’ve never eaten at the Green Flash. Didn’t realize they had a table set for two in the men’s restroom. It used to be called Timmy’s Nook. It was better in those days. The night before at team dinner, after the appetizer round, I had asked the waiter to put entrees for Russ and Steve on the table in the bathroom. When I told them where their meals were, the two disappeared. I checked on them a little later and found the two eating near the urinals. I kept this to myself and studied the water for an approaching flat. To the east, the boat continued to skirt Pine Island. Cormorant perched atop channel markers. I also recognized smaller white birds with long legs and similar perching habits from my annual fishing trips to Boca Grande. Like manatee, ibis were apparently fantastic eating.
He gave more instruction and watched me practice for several minutes.
As the vessel approached the flat, I stood at the ready with the fly in one hand, line pooled at my feet in a plastic bucket. “One o’clock,” Ozzie suddenly shouted. “Do you seem him? Trout at one.” I panicked, flinging the fly backwards, then forwards, presenting it at three o’clock. “If you don’t answer me I have no way of knowing whether or not you can see the fish.” “Sorry.” “Were you able to see it?” “No. I aimed at one o’clock but couldn’t see anything.” “Like I said, it takes time for your eyes to adjust. I’m going to move along with the tide and circle this section of the flat before it gets to low.”
“If you want to eat somewhere really good, Tarpon Lodge is the place.”
According to Ozzie, a snook swam by at eleven o’clock. I didn’t see that one, but caught the silver glimpse as a second one came into view.
I was startled by the recommendation as the guide slowed the boat and the motor
I presented the fly as instructed, but spooked the fish. I pulled the line in until it was coiled at my feet, fly in-hand and ready to go. “That was better,” said Ozzie. “You scared him, but that’s what we’re dealing with as the water continues to leave the flat. You got it in front of him, close enough to make him want to go for it.” “There’s some life on this flat.” “We’re just getting started,” Ozzie explained. “There are schools of redfish in the distance. They’ll spook easy so we’re going to have to shadow them and hope they come towards us.” I had a few shots at redfish during a 35-minute stretch. Ozzie swore one of the fish swallowed the fly and spit it out while I stripped the line as instructed. “I couldn’t believe that one,” said Ozzie. “You did everything right, pissed him off and everything. It makes no sense. I’ll switch to a bigger fly with some bigger eyeballs on it.”
“No sir,” said Ozzie, standing next to him. “Not a redfish. They fight plenty. That’s why reds are a true, game fish. Keep pulling him in every chance you get but not while he’s running.” My bicep began to ache, a sweet pain I would cherish for the next two days. Ten minutes later, I pulled him alongside the boat.
“It only took me three hours.” “And it will take 10 seconds to snap a picture.” I handed the man a small, waterproof Nikon.
“What do they call this place?” I asked. “Don’t worry about telling me if it’s a secret.”
“One,” I replied.
“Strip, strip! Keep stripping!” The lead fish slightly altered his direction, angrily tailing towards the elusive fly as I stripped more and more line. This time, the redfish outpaced the movement of my fly and sucked in the Clouser. I pulled the rod up to the sky. “Christ don’t do that, that’s not how you set the hook in saltwater you’ll lose him.” The redfish did the work for me, changing his course and lodging the hook into the side of his mouth. The fish fought hard, displaying quick, jerky movements. I gave him room to play, reeling feverishly every time the fish let up on the pull. “I didn’t expect this,” I shouted. “I thought the fish would be dead weight.”
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“You can be certain I wouldn’t let you miss a well-deserved photo op. You just caught a 24-inch, ten-pound red fish on a fly rod in Pine Island Sound. That’s an accomplishment.”
“How many fish did you catch?” was the first question my colleagues asked at the hotel’s dockside bar.
Three hours in, four reds detached themselves from a large school and swam across my line of fire. Even I didn’t need the guide’s direction; the water was low enough for me to recognize the four separate forms and place the fly directly in front of one of their snouts.
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“I was terrifed the line would snap or he would spit the hook out before we netted him,” I said.
I watched as the guide expertly tied the new fly. It was constructed with white feathers and big orange eyes.
“Nothing official, but the guides around these waters call it the Red Light Bar because it’s technically a sandbar right off the coast of a place where there used to be a real bar with the same name.”
“So you spent four bills, four hours, and all you caught is one fish?” “Correct, Stu. Not counting tip. Want to see the evidence?” Stu smiled as he looked at the digital camera’s display screen. “Holy crap, that’s a beautiful fish.” “That’s what a $500 fish looks like.” Ron got his turn, and in that fashion the camera was shared with some other salespeople. I rested easy only when the camera was back in my pocket. I can be anal retentive and wanted to return to my room and download the shots so nothing would happen to my pictorial bounty. The sun faded from sight. Several different red strobe lights suddenly illuminated the bar. I felt sunburned and satisfied. We laughed, photographed Stu’s Alice Cooper tattoo with my camera, and shared one more round.
From nationally recognized authorities on Southern cooking to the executive chef of one of the nation’s favorite restaurants, this year’s Heritage Harvest Festival Chef Demo lineup is better than ever - don’t miss it, September 12th! DAMON LEE FOWLER is the author of eight cookbooks including Classical Southern Cooking: A Celebration of the Cuisine of the Old South, nominated for two Julia Child cookbook awards and a James Beard Foundation award. He has written commentary and notes for facsimile reprints of three historical cookbooks and was recipe developer and editor for Dining at Monticello: In Good Taste and Abundance. TYLER BROWN is the Executive Chef of the Hermitage Hotel’s Capitol Grille in Nashville where he also runs a 65acre garden just a few miles away and the 250-acre “Double H Farms,” which raises cattle to provide beef for Capitol Grille and other local restaurants. PAULA MARCOUX, a food historian from Plymouth, Massachusetts, is the author of Cooking with Fire and her work was featured in 2014 on The Cooking
Channel’s “Man Fire Food.” LARA LYN CARTER is the creator and host of two television shows, “Savor the Good Life” and “Thyme for Sharing,” and the author of Southern Thymes Shared. ELLEN ECKER OGDEN is the author of five books on food and garden design, including The Complete Kitchen Garden featuring theme gardens and recipes for cooks who love to garden, and the co-founder of The Cook’s Garden seed catalog. KEVIN WEST is author of Saving the Season: A Cook’s Guide to Home Canning, Pickling, and Preserving and creative director of Grand Central Market, a revitalized historic food hall in downtown Los Angeles. West’s preserving work is inspired by southern Appalachian food culture, historic American cookbooks, and progressive agricultural ideals. Check out the growing list of HHF 2015 guests online.
Chef Demonstrations - September 12th Saving the Season: Preserving Food in the Historic Monticello Kitchen Chef Demonstration with Kevin West • Saturday, 10:30–12 p.m. • In the Monticello Kitchen Cooking with Fire Chef Demonstration with Paula Marcoux • Saturday, 10:30–12:30 p.m. • Mulberry Row
“We’re thinking about heading to a bar downtown,” said Ron. “Want to join us?”
Meal Planning: Jeffersonian-Style Dish with Samples for Attendees Chef Demonstration with Rachel Patterson of Relay Foods • Saturday, 10:30–11:30 a.m. • Chef Demo Tent, Mountaintop; Farmers Market Basket: Preparing 3 Small Bites from a Saturday Market Trip; Chef Demonstrationwith Craig Hartman of BBQ Exchange • Saturday, 12–1 p.m. • Chef Demo Tent, Mountaintop
I tried to respond, but was suddenly distracted by a flashing red light and the idea of a different bar.
Mary Randolph’s Pear Marmalade Chef Demonstrationwith Kevin West • Saturday, 3–4 p.m. • Chef Demo Tent, Mountaintop Herbs, Greens and Aromatics Chef Demonstration with Ellen Ogden • Saturday, 4:30–5:30 p.m. • Chef Demo Tent, Mountaintop
ONLY IN KESWICK Who’da Thunk?
A little Post-It note by a door to Annie’s studio could have caused such a fuss? Living in the country, you forget how paranoid city people get about ax murderers, serial killers and rapists. They assume there’s one around every corner, so they lock things up left and right. And I relearned that the hard way. So I’m an early-adopter kind of guy, love to try out new things, iPad, iPhone, Lumo Lift. Now Airbnb has been around for a while but it is new to me and I’m determined to try it out. We had a campaign staffer working for McAuliffe living there for three months a couple years ago and we hardly noticed him. I talk Annie into cleaning up her studio, we buy some used furniture at Circa and a bed and box spring from a guy on Craigslist, set up the stuff, take some pictures and put it up on Airbnb. That was Thursday and Friday. We get our first booking for Saturday and Sunday. First couple is Korean, came over from Seoul three months ago so their two young boys don’t speak much English yet. Pleasant types who live in D.C. and want an escape from the city. Our farm gives it to them. Then we have an attractive lady also from
BY TONY VANDERWARKER D.C. who locks herself out of the studio. We get a key we’ve hidden in a nearby closet and open it up for her, putting a sticky on the wall by the door reading, “If you lock are locked out, inside this closet to the left there is a key.” A couple nights later, Katie and Julie show up. It’s late as Katie had a wedding she’d planned and had to hang around for. I take them up to the studio and show them around. The next night, we invite them over for a glass of wine. One turns into two and two into three and pretty soon we’re yukking it up and regaling each other with stories. Katie cracks us up with a story she tells about putting a dresser set together she’d bought at Ikea. “It’s a complicated mess and heavy as hell but I want to put it together and surprise Julie. Besides, I’m an event planner and I can put anything together. So I’m sweating to beat the band from lugging the thing up three flights of stairs and I’ve got it half together when I drop it and the particle board shatters. My dresser’s now in pieces. So what do I do? I burst into tears and Julie comes back and finds me
sitting on the floor with pieces of the broken dresser scattered around me and I’m sobbing like a baby. Not one of my better moments.” So Julie’s up to bat, “Now I know I’m neurotic, okay? So when Tony brought us up to the studio last night when we arrived, I read the sticky on the wall next to the door explaining that there’s a key to the studio door inside the closet. That’s when my imagination started running wild.” So I ask Katie, “What if Tony turns out to be a crazoid?” Katie’s been there before with her spouse’s neuroticism, “He seemed like a nice guy to me,” she says. “But what if he comes up in the middle of the night and unlocks the door?” Katie responds, “Don’t worry, we’ll hear him opening the closet and fiddling with the key and that will give me enough time to get a folding chair and bop him over the head when he comes in.” That calmed Julie down enough so she could fall asleep. The key story doesn’t stop there.
Really attractive African-American couple shows up. Turns out they are law school students going into their third year. They go out for a run and when they return, I hear a knock on the door. “I’ve done a stupid thing,” Lauren says. “We locked the door and I left the key in my purse and that’s up there too. So we’re locked out.” Turns out they were freaked by the note next to the door, so freaked they took the key out of the closet and she stuck it in her purse. Then locked the key that unlocks the door in her purse and locked the door. Only a third-year law student could pull off a trick like that. So I’m out sixty-five bucks for a locksmith. Turns out the lock has a unlocking mechanism. If you only push the button in, it locks the door and when you open the door, it unlocks itself. Now there’s a big sign on the inside of the door saying, “Only push the button in to lock the door, if you turn it to the right, you’ll end up locking yourself in.” Let’s see if it works. Just in case it doesn’t, we’ve had a couple keys made.
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Great Meadow Flat Racing ADAPTED BY KESWICK LIFE
The Virginia Equine Alliance plans to run a day of flat racing Sept. 20 at Great Meadow, while the owners of Colonial Downs continue to float proposals to offer racing through an alternative horsemen’s group. For now, the more concrete plans are the six turf races at Great Meadow that will include pari-mutuel wagering set for the third Sunday in September. The turf races will be from 1 1/8 miles to 1 1/2 miles and will rely on steeplechase riders. The Sept. 20 races, Virginia Downs at Great Meadow, are part of the Virginia Equine Alliance’s late summer and fall racing schedule that includes racing at Laurel Park beginning with the Sept. 12 $150,000 All Along Stakes (gr. IIIT), followed by the $250,000 Commonwealth Turf Cup (gr. IIT) and $400,000 Commonwealth Derby (gr. IIT) Sept. 19. On Sept. 26, Virginia Equine Alliance will offer five stakes for Virginia-breds, each worth $60,000, and the $150,000 Commonwealth Oaks (gr. IIIT) at Laurel. Virginia Equine Alliance also will offer flat races as part of the International Gold Cup card Oct. 24 at Great Meadow. Next year Virginia Equine Alliance hopes to offer additional race days at Morven Park near Leesburg, Va. Virginia Thoroughbred Association ex-
ecutive director Debbie Easter said plans call for those races to be offered on a “Kentucky Downs-style” course. The races would feature pari-mutuel wagering and would use riders who regularly compete in flat racing, as opposed to steeplechase riders. Meanwhile, in what seems like more of a longshot, Colonial Downs has announced plans to conduct one day of racing Nov. 30, although the track acknowledges the Virginia Racing Commission would have to approve the race day. Colonial currently does not have a racing license or an agreement with the Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, which is the horsemen’s group recognized by the VRC. Colonial proposes to run the Nov. 30 race day through an agreement with the Old Dominion Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, a group that is currently not recognized by the VRC. Colonial said if its race date is approved, it would accept entries Nov. 23. Colonial said any owner or trainer who enters a horse for the Nov. 30 races will become members of the Old Dominion Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. The track said it would offer eight races worth a total of $232,000 plus up to $73,800 in starter bonuses.
“All licensed owners and trainers starting or entering a horse in any of these races shall become a member of the Old Dominion Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association,” notes a form the track is requiring to be signed to enter a horse. The track notes that any owner or trainer who has signed and returned this “expression of interest” form will receive $2,000 if Colonial does not conduct the race day. A website for the ODTHA lists Tim Valente as president and Mark Deane as vice president. The website says that Valente is managing partner of Seminole Racing Stable. According to Equibase statistics, Seminole has had two starts since 2009. Colonial said it would like to offer 20 days of racing next year. The Virginia HBPA and Colonial Downs failed to reach an agreement on a racing schedule last year, with horsemen wanting more dates and Colonial favoring fewer dates. With the dispute unsettled, no racing has been offered at Colonial since July 13, 2013. Meanwhile, bettors in the state have been wagering through advance-deposit wagering companies. The VTA reports that nearly $6 million was wagered on horse races through ADW companies TVG, TwinSpires, and XpressBet.
Since Colonial’s ADW, EZ Horseplay, went out of business in April, the remaining ADW’s have seen an upswing in business. TVG is up almost 26% with a $19,796,612 total, $4 million ahead of 2014. TwinSpires is up nearly 19% at $15,815,304 while XpressBet is up 2% at $7,089,986. “When you consider the challenges the Virginia horse racing industry has encountered this year, the ADW figures are very respectable,” said Virginia HBPA executive director Frank Petremalo. “We hope this recent momentum continues into August since the Saratoga and Del Mar meets are in full swing. We may also see two appearances by American Pharoah in the same month if his owner decides to race him in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) on August 29.” In Virginia, ADW revenues from a 9% tax are split between horsemen (the Virginia HBPA) and the racing license holder, which had been Colonial but now is the Virginia Equine Alliance. The VEA includes the Virginia Thoroughbred Association, the Virginia HBPA, the Virginia Harness Horse Association, and the Virginia Gold Cup. It was formed in November 2014 following the decision by Colonial to surrender its racing license.
Richard Lloyd - Supervisor Candidate ADAPTED BY KESWICK LIFE
A lovely event for Richard Lloyd, candidate for Board of Supervisors in the Rivanna District, was hosted at Keswick Vineyards by owners Al and Cindy Schornberg on the 13th of August. It was a perfectly beautiful evening with good food, good wine and an enthusiastic crowd in support of Lloyd, who is looking to fill the spot being vacated by retiring Supervisor Ken Boyd. Attendees included Senator Bryce Reeves, Delegate
Rob Bell, Robert Tracci who is running for Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney, Ken Boyd and radio hosts Joe Thomas and Rob Schilling to name a few. Over 80 people were in attendance. The candidate, a retired businessman with international experience, has returned home to Albemarle County where he was born, and desires to use his time and expertise to protect the way of life
that the residents of Albemarle County have come to know and enjoy. He has been married to his wife Christy for 37 years and they have two adult children. He has dual degrees in civil and and mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech. Because of his work in a Fortune 500 company, as a small business owner and as a thoughtful environmentalist, he feels prepared to deal with the
challenges that our community faces. Richard Lloyd says he has enjoyed having the opportunities that his candidacy for Board of Supervisors has given him to meet the citizens of Keswick and also those in the remainder of his district, which includes Baker-Butler, Free Bridge, Hollymead and Stony Point Precincts.
LIFE HAPPENS A Lesson from Camp BY MARY MORONY
Two little girls huddled together in the shade of the big oak giggled and laughed as they shared their excitement for the new adventure that lay ahead. Another little girl skipped up alongside her parents eager to get on with registration so that the fun of camp could begin. As she glanced around she saw the two girls, “Mom those girls over there were in my cabin last year,” she said and without the slightest hesitation skipped over toward them. Since the girls appeared to be still deep in conversation she held back at a respectful distance and waited for their conversation to come to an end. In turn both girls stole a furtive glance at the waiting child, but neither acknowledged her presence. When it became clear that no acknowledgement was forth coming from the two, she turned around and trotted back to her parents. A clipboard-bedecked counselor dripping with nametags on lanyards had just then turned her attention toward the clots of parents and children loosely huddled around the tadpole sign. As the counselor struggled to keep her forms in check the two girls moved over with their parents to stand in line just in front
a lifetime. Think about that one person that is at every party, you know the one. You inwardly groan when you see them. A voice rears up in your head and says, “Oh God, not so and so. I can’t stand that person.” There is a part of me that hopes I am the only one guilty of this sort of behavior, that those of you that read this are scratching your heads with furrowed brows trying to glean my meaning asking, “What is she talking about?” Human nature, however, tends toward consistency; if I’ve acted this way there is a good chance others have also. of the girl and hers. The two were overheard recounting who was in their cabin last year. When the girl heard her last name mentioned, even with an incorrect first name attached to it, she whispered to her mother, “I think they are talking about me.” Finally registration completed, they all moved off in search of cabins. In her cabin the girl looked for her bunk, she noticed one of the two other girls was a cabin mate. She went right over to her and said hello. Both children smiled, ran to their parents to say their goodbyes and then turned back laughing like old friends as they helped each other unpack. Could we learn something from this
story? I don’t know about you, but I could. My immediate thought when first hearing this tale was: how many times, at how many parties, have I taken another’s action, told myself a story about it and then proceed to act as if my story was in fact the truth of the matter? How many people have I eliminated from my friend pool, because of a belief I made up based on a perceived lack of respect by an unsuspecting other? It is a daunting number. Fueled by a disproportionate amount of insecurity, the slightest slight can start a grudge that might very well last
Having challenged myself, I’m going to challenge you to conjure up the aforementioned bane of your existence and ask yourself, why are they thus? Could you have perceived a slight from them once? Could you have miss-interrupted an action? Or maybe, you were just too quick to get your knickers in a twist about something you overheard? The ensuing answers are for you alone. You don’t need to share, but I shall—guilty on all counts. I tremble at the thought of how different my life would be if I had operated in the world like the one little girl. It’s never too late.
Windy Hill Farm 27 Acres in the Keswick Hunt Rapidan, VA
Windy Hill Farm enjoys an ideal setting amid the large working farms and estates of Rapidan, in the Keswick Hunt and convenient to Bull Run Hunt territory. The 1920 farm house is completely private in its elevated setting. With nine-foot ceilings, large rooms, two working fireplaces, and floors of oak and pine, it is a strong candidate for renovation. About ten of the 27 acres yield high quality hay, and the rest is in wildlife habitat and hardwood forest. Bold streams follow the north and west boundaries. Division rights. Minutes from Orange and Culpeper, and about 90 minutes from Washington. $395,000
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Annandale Circa 1805 Federal brick estate located in beautiful Orange County, just minutes from Gordonsville and 25 minutes to Circa 1805 Federal brick estate located Charlottesville. The 3800 square foot in beautiful Orange County, just minutes manor house has twelve foot ceilings on from Gordonsville and 25 minutes to the main floor and 10 foot on the second. Charlottesville. The 3800 square foot The recent renovations spared no manor house has twelve foot ceilings on expense and include a new master suite, the main floor and 10 foot on the second. country kitchen, and all new The recent renovations spared no mechanicals. The mostly open 63 acres expense and include a new master suite, includes two guest cottages, an original country kitchen, and all new Sears barn (converted into a stable and mechanicals. The mostly open 63 acres entertainment center), swimming pool, includes two guest cottages, an original extensive plantings and a newly Sears barn (converted into a stable and constructed four acre lake. All of which entertainment center), swimming pool, make this property an ideal turnkey extensive plantings and a newly country estate. constructed four acre lake. All of which make this property an ideal turnkey For further information contact : country estate. Justin Wiley 434.981.5528
A True Virginia Country House. C.1800 722 acres in the Keswick Hunt. Divided Long after other homes have crumbled, Kenwalt Farm Homestead Renovation & Expansion 1999, 2010. Over between rolling pasture and cultivation Barnfield the stone walls of Drive ARCOURT will remain173 acres. Main Residence Features: A True Virginia Country House. C.1800 Expansive Master Suite, Gourmet Kitchen Renovation & Expansion 1999, 2010. Over with Fireplace, Elegant Living Spaces; 173 acres. Main Residence Features: Den, Dining, Home Office, Porches, Expansive Master Suite, Gourmet Kitchen Veranda , Breakfast Room and Sun Porch with Fireplace, Elegant Living Spaces; overlook Large Pond . Copper Roof & Den, Dining, Home Office, Porches, Gutters . Restored and Expanded Cabin Veranda , Breakfast Room and Sun Porch for Office or Guest house. 8-Stall Stable overlook Large Pond . Copper Roof & with Wash Rack and Tack Room, BoardGutters . Restored and Expanded Cabin Fenced Paddocks withWater and Sheds for Office or Guest house. 8-Stall Stable Extensive Landscaping and Pear Orchard with Wash Rack and Tack Room, Board. Private and Gated Entrance. Fenced Paddocks withWater and Sheds Extensive Landscaping and Pear Orchard . Private and Gated Entrance. For further information contact Sharon and Duke Merrick 540.406.7373 For further information contact
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Kenwalt Farm that includes 150 acres of fertile bottom 722 acres in the Keswick Hunt. Divided land along the Rapidan river, and between rolling pasture and cultivation hardwood forest. Spectacular views of that includes 150 acres of fertile bottom two mountain ranges and water. 1900’s land along the Rapidan river, and farmhouse, tenant house, various barns hardwood forest. Spectacular views of and agricultural buildings. An two mountain ranges and water. 1900’s outstanding candidate for a conservation farmhouse, tenant house, various barns easement. and agricultural buildings. An outstanding candidate for a conservation For further information contact : easement. Julia Lyman -540.748.1497 For further information contact : Julia Lyman -540.748.1497
a testament to the quarried natural stone Long after other homes have crumbled, and superb quality construction used to the stone walls of ARCOURT will remaincreate this one of a kind estate. Spacious a testament to the quarried natural stone French-inspired custom residence on 22 and superb quality construction used to private acres in Keswick Hunt Country, create this one of a kind estate. Spacious completely fenced for horses, 3-stall French-inspired custom residence on 22 stable, guest quarters, with shop/garage private acres in Keswick Hunt Country, underneath. Interior of residence features completely fenced for horses, 3-stall an open floor plan, with large rooms, high stable, guest quarters, with shop/garage ceilings, tall windows, and heated stone underneath. Interior of residence features floors. There is a main-level master suite, an open floor plan, with large rooms, high second bedroom or study on the first ceilings, tall windows, and heated stone floor, two more bedrooms and two baths floors. There is a main-level master suite, on the second level. Beautiful mountain second bedroom or study on the first and pastoral views from home & covered floor, two more bedrooms and two baths veranda with stone fireplace. on the second level. Beautiful mountain andfurther pastoral views fromcontact home & covered For information veranda with -stone fireplace. Jim Faulconer 434.295.1131 For further information contact Jim Faulconer - 434.295.1131
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“Magnifique” was created by craftsman Nestled among the trees along the private Linden On 70 acres inRidge a prime Keswick location. A pristine horse farm set privately in Deer Brook Club Drive Lovers Lane road is a 22+ acre horse farm known as Incredibly charming main residence with Ralph Dammann from designs by rolling hills of Somerset estate country, adajcnt to the Keswick Hunt, extensive A pristine horse farm set privately in SW mtn views. Appealing residence rolling hills of Somerset estate country, constructed '06 of finest materials and adajcnt to the Keswick Hunt, extensive further enhanced by dramatic 2 bed, 2 SW mtn views. Appealing residence bath guest house(1,900 sf, originally a constructed '06 of finest materials and bank barn, converted to stunning effect further enhanced by dramatic 2 bed, 2 in '12), vaulted guest/nanny/in-law bath guest house(1,900 sf, originally a quarters (700sf) over garage, salt water bank barn, converted to stunning effect pool , pool house, center-aisle barn, equip. in '12), vaulted guest/nanny/in-law shed, regulation dressage arena & quarters (700sf) over garage, salt water multiple paddocks, run-in sheds. Every pool , pool house, center-aisle barn, equip. inch immaculate and turn-key! The 144 shed, regulation dressage arena & acres include. a division right. About 1/2 multiple paddocks, run-in sheds. Every of property open, other half massive inch immaculate and turn-key! The 144 hardwoods behind home that run up to acres include. a division right. About 1/2 the last, highest peak in SW Mountain of property open, other half massive range as they march eastward to the sea. hardwoods behind home that run up to the highest peak incontact SW Mountain For last, further information range as they march eastward Loring Woodriff 434.977.4005to the sea. For further information contact Loring Woodriff 434.977.4005
Deer Brook. The manageable property has Nestled among the trees along the private been lovingly maintained and includes a road is a 22+ acre horse farm known as spacious home boasting a chef’s kitchen Deer Brook. The manageable property has equipped with professional grade been lovingly maintained and includes a Thermador & Viking appliances, 3 large spacious home boasting a chef’s kitchen en-suite bedrooms, living room with equipped with professional grade fireplace, numerous built-ins, mudroom, Thermador & Viking appliances, 3 large screened porch off the library, attached 2en-suite bedrooms, living room with car garage, as well as a full unfinished fireplace, numerous built-ins, mudroom, basement ready for expansion and housing screened porch off the library, attached 2generator controls.Outside you will find car garage, as well as a full unfinished beautiful, professionally landscaped basement ready for expansion and housing grounds, the Brazilian wood deck generator controls.Outside you will find expanded by the slate patio overlooking beautiful, professionally landscaped the fencedgardens. On the way to the grounds, the Brazilian wood deck ample, fenced pastures there are 4 stalls, a expanded by the slate patio overlooking wash stall, shed, and vegetable garden,. the fencedgardens. On the way to the ample, fenced pastures there are 4 stalls, a For further information contactgarden,. : wash stall, shed, and vegetable William Johnson 434.296.6104 For further information contact : William Johnson 434.296.6104
wide verandas and a copper roof; totally On 70 acres in a prime Keswick location. updated and improved with a stunning Incredibly charming main residence with kitchen and first floor master suite wide verandas and a copper roof; totally refinished floors, and coffered and vaulted updated and improved with a stunning ceilings. Irrigated English gardens, guest kitchen and first floor master suite cottage, garage, party barn/workshop, refinished floors, and coffered and vaulted Belmont-style barn, gated entry, and fourceilings. Irrigated English gardens, guest board fencing and water at all paddocks, cottage, garage, party barn/workshop, and invisible dog fencing around the Belmont-style barn, gated entry, and fourhouse. This is a turn-key, no-worries gem board fencing and water at all paddocks, of a country property. and invisible dog fencing around the house. This is a turn-key, no-worries gem Fora further of countryinformation property. contact : Julia Lyman -540.748.1497 For further information contact : Julia Lyman -540.748.1497
renowned architect Jack Arnold.This “Magnifique” was created by craftsman magnificent manor home is nestled on 3 Ralph Dammann from designs by private wooded acres in Keswick Estate renowned architect Jack Arnold.This and is reminiscent of traditional French magnificent manor home is nestled on 3 country homes with its beautifully private wooded acres in Keswick Estate weathered Virginia fieldstone and shake and is reminiscent of traditional French shingle roof line.Every area exudes country homes with its beautifully Southern charm and gracious living and weathered Virginia fieldstone and shake encourages you to linger a while.The shingle roof line.Every area exudes private master suite opens out to the Southern charm and gracious living and expansive rear blue stone patio that encourages you to linger a while.The would be a delight for entertaining.The private master suite opens out to the guest bedrooms are cleverly situated off expansive rear blue stone patio that the kitchen/family room side of the would be a delight for entertaining.The home,and there is a secluded guest suite guest bedrooms are cleverly situated off above the garage to complete our 4 the kitchen/family room side of the bedrooms,3.5 baths and 3,927 sf of living home,and there is a secluded guest suite space above the garage to complete our 4 bedrooms,3.5 baths and 3,927 sf of For further information contact : living space Bev Nash -434.981.5560 For further information contact : Bev Nash -434.981.5560 KESWICK LIFE
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DANWELL FARM - 110 acre turnkey western Albemarle farm with magnificent, layered Blue Ridge Mountain views. An artfully designed, exceptionally maintained James Tuley, AIA, contemporary farmhouse with expansive windows that bring views and light into every room. Additional acreage available. In the heart of Farmington Hunt Country. 20 minutes to Charlottesville and 10 minutes to the airport. $2,500,000
BUNDORAN EQUESTRIAN LOT - A coveted 25 acre equestrian lot at Bundoran Farm. This gently rolling lot backs up to 400 acres of land in conservation easement with views across protected, 2,300 acre Bundoran Farm. The equestrian designation allows owners to keep horses on the property and take advantage of the farm’s 15 miles of bridle and hiking trails. High speed internet and electricity to the lot. MLS# 535406 $650,000
2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOME at Bundoran Farm, 15 minutes south of Charlottesville. This stunning 4,800 square foot custom home exhibits an extraordinary attention to detail and materials with luxurious finishes throughout. This unparalleled offering is nestled in the heart of Bundoran’s 2,300 protected acres with sweeping pastoral and mountain views. A truly rare offering. MLS#527515 $2,395,000
IVY ESTATE PARCEL - 44 acre estate parcel inthe heart of Ivy with bold mountain views. The majority of the property, gently rolling pastures, bisected by Morgantown Road, is well suited for animals or vineyards. Close to Charlottesville, UVA and the hospitals. Small cabin on property. Easement allows for a main house a guesthouse. MLS#528204 $699,000
CHRISTOPHER SHEPPARD HOUSE - c 1793 elegantly restored farmhouse an easy commute to Charlottesville or Richmond on I-64. 22 acres of mature landscaped grounds and pasture. Gunite, salt water pool and formal gardens Wonderful primary residence, small farm or second home. MLS# 528283 $799,000
BUCK MOUNTAIN TRACT - In the heart of Farmington Hunt Country, beautiful Blue Ridge views, a healthy pond and stream and rolling open land with numerous building sites. Perfect as a small horse farm, retreat or primary residence. Adjacent to protected land. 5 division rights. $950,000
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Hold Still - Photograhper Sally Mann Sally Mann is one of the America’s most renowned photographers and she lives not too far from Keswick in Lexington, Virginia. She is best known for her black and white images of her children. Many of you may remember the uproar when some of these photos showed her children nude. Sally faced public scrutiny as her private life and her judgement as a mother was questioned. While this propelled her into the spotlight, it in no way represents the entirety of Sally Mann’s work, contributions or even defines her as an artist. In her latest book, Hold Still, Mann reveals how her work developed and was inspired by the world around her, from her father’s constant overriding desire to live a life filled with art, to the glorious family farm she relishes to this day. This wonderful book opens up this talented artist’s frame of reference and it will make you appreciate her vision even more.
BY SUZANNE NASH This book showed me that not only is Mann’s artistic eye phenomenal but also she has an uncanny way with words as well. Her descriptions and ability to describe how she sees the world offer the reader the chance to understand her drive to constantly capture that perfect image - fleeting and as skittish as mist between fingers. You can walk with her as she struggles to compose a portrait she sees in her head, an image she feels she must document; however private and personal, and then once captured how she must spend hours refining and developing it to be able to reveal exactly what she wishes her art to illustrate. Yet this is not just a book about the artistic
process, it is a personal look back at Lexington and those she loved and lived with in an area whose landscape continually speaks to her. She rummages through the collage of images collecting dust in the attic; following the ancestry of her family through the letters and photographs boxed and tied with string. She has a curious notion that photographs sometimes steal your memories because they only capture a small specific time frame and we lose all of the other images in our memory when we have those photos to look at because our mind seems to latch on to that photograph as the truer memory. The death of her father brings that feeling even closer to her. It is an
interesting idea for a photographer to hold, especially since she seems so keen to capture moments and hold them close; from the birth of Virginia to the death of her father. Hold Still reveals Mann as a story teller in every way, through photos and through words she captures the essence of things, the beauty, the uniqueness and the transitory nature of life. I think it is rare to have such an opportunity to see the world so clearly through the eyes of such talent and I hope you will enjoy her story as much as I have. Fall is quickly approaching and there are precious memories and vistas to capture, whether through the images or words of another or through your own efforts. See the world through the eyes of another and enjoy reading as a way to expand your horizons this fall.
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The exhibition and the two major exhibitions that follow it are part of the $38-million “Story of Virginia Campaign,” of which more than $31 million has been raised. “The Story of Virginia Campaign” is designed to help the VHS better utilize portions of its existing facility. This will allow for the display of even more of the Society’s collections as well as hosting more and larger events and exhibitions. Future changing exhibitions will include “The Art of Seating: 200 years of American Design,” which will feature works by John Henry Belter, George Hunzinger, Herter Brothers, Stickley Brothers, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles & Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, and Frank Gehry and many more. “Pro Football Hall of Fame: Gridiron Glory,” another upcoming VHS changing exhibition, will highlight such storied objects as the Super Bowl trophy, a 1917 game ball used by Jim Thorpe and the Canton Bulldogs, Tom Dempsey’s famous kicking shoe created for his half foot, Mean Joe Greene’s jersey, and more than 200 other items from the sport’s rich history, normally housed at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Admission to each of these special exhibitions is free for Virginia Historical Society We will gladly special order members.
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The Altria Group sponsorship of “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times” is part of a $250,000 total commitment that also includes support for the installation of a new Drink Better Wine and Beer “Story of Virginia” exhibition, which is slated to open in late summer 2015. Altria Group has been a major supporter of the VHS and the “Story of Virginia” exhibition sincesince1994 its first iteration in 1992, as well as leading the charge for its transformation to an online exhibition in the early 2000s. Altria Group’s most recent commitment will help the Virginia Historical Society make Virginia’s history relevant, exciting, and accessible to present and future generations.
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“Sporting Scenes and Calamitous Crashes - Illustrator Paul Brown” To This fall the National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) will present an exhibition of works by American illustrator Paul Desmond Brown (18931958). Paul Brown from the Permanent Collection, opening August 29th, will feature highlights of Brown’s original equestrian artwork from the NSLM collections and focus on steeplechasing images from the 1930s. The exhibition will be on view in the Museum until January 17, 2016. Paul Brown, a highly prolific and popular illustrator of the early 20th century, published works in hundreds of books and periodicals, including Time Magazine, Collier’s, Country Life, and Polo. He gained recognition as a commercial artist with many of his illustrations used on Brooks Brothers of New York’s advertising materials. Brown was considered an expert sporting artist for his depictions of horse racing, foxhunting, and polo scenes. The NSLM collection includes over 100 books illustrated or written by Brown, over 200 examples of his original drawings, sketches, and watercolors, and multiple pieces of
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the Llangollen race. The oneof-a-kind, large format folio of drawings was donated to NSLM by Helen K. Groves in 2008.
ephemera and archival materials.
and handwritten commentary.
Original pencil drawings from Brown’s most popular books Spills and Thrills (1933), Ups and Downs (1936), and Good Luck and Bad (1940) will be on display for the first time. As the book titles imply, these drawings are full of spectacular scenes and terrifying crashes from equestrian events. While some are finished pencil and ink illustrations, many are quick, light sketches showing his unique talent for capturing motion in a single frame. Most of the works are inscribed with the artist’s personal notes
The exhibition will highlight Brown’s steeplechasing images which are a fitting compliment to NSLM’s September release of the Llangollen Race Meeting Sketchbook. In this previously unpublished sketchbook, Brown documents the 1931 Piedmont Fox Hounds steeplechase event at Llangollen Farm in Upperville, Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. John Hay (Jock) Whitney, owners of Llangollen Farm at the time, were presented with the commemorative sketchbook which consists of fifteen images illustrating scenes of
This special printing of the Llangollen Race Meeting Sketchbook includes an essay by Dorothy Ours, John H. Daniels Fellow and author of the award-winning book Battleship: A Daring Heiress, a Teenage Jockey, and America’s Horse (2013). Ours’ essay interprets Brown’s importance as a sporting artist of the 20th century, the excitement of American steeplechase racing in the 1930s, and the Whitneys’ development of a revolutionary style of race course. The Llangollen Race Meeting Sketchbook will be available for purchase from NSLM at www.NationalSporting.org starting September 12th. Museum admission: Adults $10, Seniors (65 and older) $8, Youth (13–18) $8, Youth (12 & under) Free. Library admission is free to the public. Free on Wednesdays and the last Sunday of each month.
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