Keswick Life Digital Edition January 2020

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Lifestyles in Keswick and its environs - December 2019


In this issue

Great Cause, New Name The newly created Virginia Thoroughbred Project also overheard, going out, what's cooking, properties on the market and much more


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Paddock Wood

32-Acre Country House & Equestrian Property Keswick, Virginia Albemarle County

Convenient Location • 10 Miles into Charlottesville 5000sf Country House with 5 BR, 4 1/2 BA • Large Master Suite w/private Study • Renovated Kitchen Living and Dining Room w/Vaulted Ceilings • Impressive Stacked Stone Fireplace • Wrap-around Screened Porch & Deck overlooks Large Stocked Pond • Finished Lower Level w/ Kitchen • 2-Car Garage 10-Stall Stable w/ Paddocks & Riding Ring • Quality Materials & Craftsmanship features: Cedar Siding, Ash Floors, African Rosewood Cabinets, reclaimed Tiffany Glass • Peaceful Country Setting Offered for $1,045,000 Licensed in Virginia and North Carolina

Contact Duke & Sharon Merrick for more information:

Office: 434-951-5160 or Mobile: 434-962-5658 Ednam Hall • 1100 Dryden Lane Charlottesville, VA 22903



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BRAMBLEWOOD, A 522 acre private sanctuary in the Southwest Mountains and the heart of Keswick. The 2008 manor home, with 6 bedrooms and over 14,000 sq. ft of living space, boasts Italian plaster finishes, limestone floors, his/her studies, and 6 fireplaces. The property showcases the best in materials, craftsmanship, impressive grounds, mature landscaping, ponds, 2 other homes, and a large barn that complete this stunning estate. MLS 595091 $6,700,000


Looking Back at 2019

As is the tradition, on the cover, was an excellent review of where we have been in 2019. As we begin 2020 we wanted readers to take a moment to look back, so we have pulled together the best from 2019 and put them all in one place. We wish everyone a new year that’s quite simply the best - get the full story on page 8!

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12 HAPPENINGS Some 40,971 applications were submitted to UVA this fall, eclipsing the previous record of 40,804, set last year. Of those new applications, 25,160 were entered for the early action cycle! Read all about it on page 12!



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14 COMMUNITY After hearing concerns from hunt clubs, an exemption was added for dogs participating in organized game hunts, as well as hunt club kennels. Excessive, continuous noises from animals are now prohibited everywhere in Albemarle County! Get the full story on page 14!

WINDERMERE, BuiltBrick in theGeorgian 1930’s with only home, two owners that11’ time, the 2.3 acres is sited FAIRVIEW, c. 1856 manor 9,000since s.f. with ceilings and heart pine floors. original most moldings andafter woodwork. 5 bedrooms guest cottage. Formal in one Fireplaces, of Charlottesville’s sought locations. The houseand built of native fieldstone, gardens and bounded rose garden, farm manager’s house, horseis facilities andunique equipment and property by towering hedges, the residence completely within barns. FarmIncredible views ofsize, the Blue Ridge Mountains, VA. MLS ington in privacy, sighting, and proximity in toSomerset, the Clubhouse. Not 585034 in MLS.$2,975,000

15 ENVIRONMENT In 2019, private landowners, working together with land trusts and public agencies, protected 12,430 acres of land in Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock counties. Get the full details on page 15!

MEADOW HILL, c. 1910 Manor House, uncompromisingly updated throughout, on 14 stunning acres in Greenwood VA. Perched above Stockton Creek with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Only 15 mins to downtown Charlottesville in coveted Western Albemarle. MLS 595248 $2,300,0000

18 BOOKWORM The next two months Suzanne is going to do a little something different.

She was inspired by an English book shop to take a look back at the last 20 years of what was popular in the bookstore world across different genres, including children’s books. Because it is a pretty long list of books, it is divided into the next two months issues. Some of these she has read and reviewed and some she has not, but it’s interesting to remember what we were reading and what we may have missed. Check out the lis ton page 18 and be sure to WRITE IN and tell us what you have read and how you liked it!

STONE’S THROW, Exceptional 42-acre country property with all the amenities. This 6-bedroom house completed in 2005 has every luxury you could hope for with an open floor plan and first floor master suite, exercise room and media, infinity pool and pavilion overlooking the gardens, lawn, and horse facilities (7-stall barn). Privacy and proximity to Charlottesville (12 min) with big views to the southwest and unforgettable sunsets. MLS 595734. $2,750,000

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19 WHAT'S COOKING This is a west African dish Sam has made into his own! It has such a depth of flavor

that builds over time. One of his favorite things to do is drizzle spicy garlic oil over the bowl when finished. Enjoy Keswick!





No Shadow The results are in: On Groundhog Day 2020, Punxsutawney Phil could not find his shadow. And as the legend goes, this means we're in for an early spring. The Pennsylvania groundhog isn't the only weather-predicting rodent in this quirky American tradition, but he is the most famous. And according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, his opinion is the only one that matters. This is only the 20th time out of 123 in his recorded history (there are 10 years where no record remains) that Phil hasn't been able to find his shadow. Even so, Phil is usually wrong, and meteorologists aren't too sure Phil's suspicions are right either.

Apply 2019 Fun Facts How about some 2019 fun facts? Albemarle County’s highest sale of 2019 is showing as Mount Air Farm in Crozet with 4 beds, 6+ baths and 10,797 sf on 641 acres. It started at $12.8m and closed in November for $8.8m after 1486 days.

. In the Keswick area there were 2 sales above $2 million in 2019. Mechunk Creek Farm on Clarks Tract Road with 5 beds, 5+ baths and 6942 sf on 216.5 acres was listed $3.2m and sold in October for $2.5m after 121 days. The second sale was on Club Drive, Keswick Estate, with a 5 bed, 4+ bath home with 7382 sf on 2.4 acres, listed at $2.75m and sold in July for $2.175m after 754 days. And finally, the most expensive available property in the Keswick area at the moment is 5600 Turkey Sag Road. “Bramblewood” has 6 beds, 7+ baths and 13686 sf on 522 acres and is now priced at $6.7m

By partnering with Habitat, you provided safe, decent, affordable housing--and the hope of a brighter future--to families right here in our community 8 families purchased homes they helped build in the new Lochlyn Hill mixed-income neighborhood 10 families are preparing to move into Habitat's latest mixed-income neighborhood, Harmony Ridge 4 families are helping to build their new Habitat homes on Nassau Street A single mother and her 6 children moved into a home renovated by Habitat Dozens of families at Southwood are planning the first village in their reimagined neighborhood 15 participants in the Pathways to Housing program are on the road to financial self-sufficiency and improved housing Thank you for your generosity!

Lynne Brubaker’s Jewels was the overall winner of

the UKI Masters Series 20 inch class (a very competitive class) at the Bratty Paws local trial in Punta Gorda. Overall means she ran clean and third place in the agility class on Saturday and won the jumpers class on Sunday. The overall winner qualifies for a buy into the Final to be held at the UKI US Open in Jacksonville FL November 2020. She is a brilliant partner!


Ready for cookies? There are several ways to satisfy your Girl Scout Cookie craving.Find a cookie booth. Locate a Girl Scout Cookie sale in your community by entering your zip code in the “Find Cookies!” tool. . Looking for cookies on the go? Download the Girl Scout Cookie Finder app for your iOS or Android mobile device.Order cookies online.

The Professional Development Prgram, a year-long course that runs from May 1 to May 1, seeks applicants to participate in this unique learning experience. The PDP seeks to eductate profressional hunt staff through hunt visits, educational materials, and exposure to a variety of hunting styles and kennel management techniques. The PDP is open to both professional and honorary hunt staff. Most of the PDF curriculum take place online, with kennel tours, an MFHA office visit, hunting with a variety of different packs and with the course instructor. Participants visit the Virginia Hound Show and share the ring with judges to learn what they look for. The Professional Development Program builds on the experience of participants and enhances the knowledge and professoinalismof participants. Some travel allowance is available for professional staff. To apply, visit

On and Off The Market There were 14 new models brought on the market in Rivanna Ridge. 115 acres on Paddock Wood Road came on the market at $399.8k, 3360 Keswick Road, a 31.6 acre parcel, came on at $339.5k and 871 Club Drive Keswick Estate, a 3.25 acre lot is available at $325k. 4690 Further Lane with 7 beds, 7+ baths and 8235 sf on 3.8 acres is listed at $1.175m. 680 Beaverdam Road with 3 beds, 2 baths and 1720 sf on 2.4 acres is available at $199.9k. In Glenmore 1140 Cambridge Hill Lane with 7 beds, 8+ baths and 8268 sf on 1.8 acres is $1.495m and 3164 Darby Road with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 5750 sf is $899k. Reduced was 1093 St John Road with 3 beds 3.5 baths and 4088 sf on 26.2 acres down from $1.995m to $1.495m in 320 days. 4433 Richmond Road with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 4400 sf on 133 acres down from $1.999m to $1.7m in 287 days. In Glenmore 2503 Wiltshire Close with 6 beds, 5.5 baths and 5600 sf is down from $689k to $655k in 268 days and 1413 Sunderland Lane with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 4459 sf down from $699k to $649k in 195 days. There were 8 homes went under contract in Rivanna Ridge. 5525 Hackingwood Lane with 3 beds, 3.5 baths and 3313 sf on 74.3 acres is under contract in 94 days at $814.9k. 1032 Holly Ridge Road with 2 beds, 1 bath and 1283 sf on 2.95 acres was $240k then under contract when $236.9k in 346 days. 443 Campbell Road with 3 beds, 3 baths and 1669 sf on 4.4 acres at $350k in 2 days. 4990 Moriah Way with 4 beds, 3 baths and 2676 sf on 21 acres at $585k in 18 days. In Glenmore 1425 Bremberton Lane with 3 beds, 2 baths and 2086 sf was $470k then under contract when $440k in 257 days and 2316 Grey Heron Road with 5 beds, 5+ baths and 5700 sf on 5.1 acres under contract at $959k in 12 days. And finally, sold in the area was 4203 Louisa Road “Little Annex”, with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 1903 sf on 2 acres starting at $531k and selling for $430k in 416 days. Lot 22 Club Drive Keswick Estate, a 2.5 acre lot, started at $264.5k and sold for $150k in 779 days. 809 Club Drive in Keswick Estate with 3 beds, 3.5 baths and 2100 sf on 2.1 acres sold for $480k in 3 days. 3661 Keswick Road with 3 beds, 2 baths and 1712 sf on 2.7 acres at $349.9k in 3 days. In Glenmore 2206 Piper Way with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 5807 sf started at $749k and sold for $625k in 544 days. 3249 Sandown Park Road with 3 beds, 2 baths and 3041 sf started at $599k and sold for $575k in 55 days. 3101 Darby Road with 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 5105 sf started at $1.195m and sold for $1.11m in 38 days. 1564 Heathrow Lane with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 2968 sf sold in 10 days for $519k and 425 Fenton Court with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 2365 sf started at $759.9k and sold for $688.7k in 43 days. 3 Homes sold in Rivanna Ridge.




Going Out


What :Virginia Festival of the Book When : March 18-22nd Where: Throughout Charlottesville

Each year, more than 20,000 people attend the Virginia Festival of the Book to share in this love. A program of Virginia Humanities, the Festival brings together writers and readers to promote and celebrate books, reading, literacy, and literary culture over five days in Charlottesville and Albemarle County every March. The 26th annual Virginia Festival of the Book will take place March 18-22, 2020.

What :Worth

When : Through February 20th Where: 2660 North Farmington Heights.

After 28 years of dressing women in impeccably designed style, Worth is winding down it’s business. To our final show February 14 through the 20. it will be held at 2660 North Farmington Heights.The newcollection will be discounted 30% and 2018 and 19 between 80 and 90 % Hope you will make an appointment to take advantage of this our final sale.Call, message or text for further information 434-964 8174

What : Phyllis Mills Wyeth: A Celebration

When : February 8, 2020 - June 28, 2020 Where: National Sporting Library, Middleburg A memorial exhibition celebrating the life of Phyllis Mills Wyeth features a selection of portraits created by her husband, contemporary artist Jamie Wyeth. From the late 1960s, and throughout the decades of their marriage, Phyllis Wyeth was his muse. The exhibit features 31 paintings and drawings and reflects Phyllis’ vibrant spirit and love of nature, horses, and her ever-present dogs.The exhibition and accompanying catalogue were organized by the Brandywine River Museum of Art (Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania), the first venue. It then traveled to the Farnsworth Art Museum (Rockland, Maine) and the Greenville County Museum of Art (Greenville, South Carolina), after which the National Sporting Library & Museum (Middleburg, Virginia) was added as a venue. Wyeth’s local ties run deep. She was the younger sister of Middleburg resident Mimi Abel Smith, a Board member of NSLM and a lifelong sporting enthusiast who hunted with Orange County as well. They grew up outside of the village on Burnt Mill Farm next to Hickory Tree Farm, a renowned Thoroughbred breeding, training, and racing facility founded by their parents, Mr. and Mrs. James P. Mills, Sr. “My sister loved to ride and jump horses and compete in point-to-points,” notes Abel Smith, “And she was very good at it.” NSLM Executive Director Elizabeth von Hassell was a strong supporter of bringing Phyllis Mills Wyeth: A Celebration to the NSLM and notes, “The exhibition is an intimate tribute by one of the most recognized artists of our time to his wife, a loving testimony to their 50-year marriage, and the embodiment of Phyllis’s tenacious spirit. I can’t think of a more fitting location to celebrate Phyllis Wyeth’s sporting legacy.”

We select speakers through active recruitment as well as open submissions (June 1-October 1, annually). Since the very first Festival in 1995, we have presented a captivating list of speakers, from international bestsellers to topical specialists to debut authors. Highlighting hundreds of speakers and their books, each Festival typically includes approximately 200 programs—from panel discussions to children’s storytime— for all ages, reading levels, and interests. The majority of our programs are free to attend. Completely free. For most programs, you don’t need to buy a ticket or a book—you don’t even have to read a book to take part. All you need is your curiosity.We also coordinate in-school visits by Festival speakers to public and private preK-12 schools in the Charlottesville area, reaching thousands of local students

What : Woods Exploration Program

When : March 26, 2020 08:00 am - March 28, 2020 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 pm Where: James Madison's Montpelier, Explore historic sites within Montpelier’s woods and learn how archaeologists use terrain, metal detector surveys, and old growth trees to discover plantation and Civil War era sites across the 2,700 acre property. Participants will have a chance to explore three different sections of woods at Montpelier--the East Woods, Chicken Mountain, and the North Woods. This three-day program begins Thursday 3/26 at 8:00am and ends Saturday 3/28 at 4:00pm. There is an optional complementary Signature House Tour on Sunday 3/29 at 2:30pm. This optional tour is recommended for first time visitors to get an overview of the Madisons and Montpelier since the tours during the program will be more specialized. Those staying in on-site housing will have the option of staying over Saturday night and departing Sunday morning. Full program fee: $500 -Email: Call: (540) 672-2728 x161


Save the Dates Spring Steeplechasing Saturday, March 7-1:00 pm

Rappahannock Hunt Point to Point The Hill, Boston, Virginia (540) 229-7752

Saturday, March 14 -12:00 noon

Warrenton Hunt Point to Point Airlie Race Course, Warrenton, Virginia (540) 270-1730 Saturday, March 21 -1:00 pm

Piedmont Fox Hounds Point to Point Salem Course, Upperville, Virginia (540) 592-7100 Sunday, March 29 -1:00 pm

Orange County Hounds Point to Point Locust Hill Farm, Middleburg, Virginia (540) 687-6605 Saturday, April 4 - 12:00 noon

Old Dominion Hounds Point to Point Ben Venue Farm, Ben Venue, Virginia (571) 276-0702 Sunday, April 12 - 12:00 noon

Loudoun Hunt Point to Point Oatlands Plantation, Leesburg, Virginia (703) 431-8861 Saturday, April 18 - 1:30 pm

Middleburg Spring Races Glenwood Park, Middleburg, Virginia (540) 687-6545 Sunday, April 19- 1:00 pm

Blue Ridge Hunt Point to Point Woodley Farm, Berryville, Virginia (540) 636-0500 Saturday, April 25 -1:00 pm

Foxfield Spring Races Charlottesville, Virginia (434) 293-9501

Sunday, April 26 - 1:00 pm

Middleburg Hunt Point to Point Glenwood Park, Middleburg, Virginia (540) 338-4366 Saturday, May 2- 1:00 pm

Virginia Gold Cup Races Great Meadow, The Plains, Virginia (540) 347-2612



As is the tradition, on the cover, was an excellent review of where we have been in 2019. As we begin 2020 we wanted readers to take a moment to look back, so we have pulled together the best from 2019 and put them all in one place. We wish everyone a new year that’s quite simply the best.


Keswick Hunt Phase 1 Completed

At 6 PM on February 23, a hundred and forty pairs of eyes blinked and went wide as Hunt Club members walked through the front door of the renovated club. Peo-ple were agog at the sight of the gleaming floor, the new porch dining room cre-ated from the former storage room and kitchen, the new curtains festooned with hunting scenes, and the 137 photos hanging on the walls which had been cleaned, reframed, captioned and hung in orderly groups on the walls.


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Looking forard to 2019 - Molly and Robert Hardie, owners of Keswick Hall are pleased to annonce the multimillion dollar transformation and partnering with Chef Jean George Vongerichten who will oversee the property’s culianary operation. UVA plans new school of Data Science following the 120 million dollar gift (the largest in the University’s history.given by Jaffrey Woodfriff, trustee of Quantitative Foundation,

Keswick! Horse Showing as it was meant to be...

Historic Virginia Garden Week Keswickians Guide to Local Destinations This driving tour through the Keswick environs of Somerset and Orange celebrates the Centennial of the Dolley Madison Garden Club, a founding member of the Gar-den Club of Virginia, and host of the tour. Four gracious homes, with links to the earliest history of this beautiful place, highlight the area’s agricultural and eques-trian roots. .

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February Historic Clubhouse Saved .

Keswick resident and accomplished floral and event designer, Gregory Britt opens an interesting new venture in the Keswick environs. He had driven by Blue Bomar’s old mechanic’s garage many times and one day in February he noticed that it was empty. ).The Keswick Hunt Club held their annual Hunt Ball marking the end of the hunt-ing season. The black tie affair was held in the freshly renovated clubhouse which is now available to the public for special event rentals.

Every spring in May when all the country is beautiful, the Club holds its annual Horse Show unique in point of originality and emblematic of the highest sport of sporting spirit there being no Club prizes and only laurels to the winners in the form of ribbons. Private Cups, the gifts of individuals, are often presented, but these are not Club prizes. It is a gathering of the gentry from far and near to enter into friendly competition, their best carriage teams and best hunters as well as their saddle horses and children’s ponies. ,Pippin Hard Cider has just released two new blends to market: Ginger and All Hopped Up. Riding the median between dry and sweet, Ginger combines freshpressed apples with ginger root and a kiss of oak to create an exhilarating and thirst-quenching hard ciderTwenty wineries from the Monticello Wine Trail (MWT) com-peted in the 2019 Monticello Cup Wine Competition, a friendly competition among wineries in the Monticello American Viticultural Area (AVA). This year ’s competition was coordinated by the Virginia Wine & Spirits Academy, and all entered wines contained a minimum of 85% fruit from the Monticello AVA and were produced by a member of the MWT-included in the winners was Keswick Vineyards.




August Monroe’s Highland in Charlottesville on June 1, 2019. Jacqueline Camille Langholtz and William Randolph Taylor met by chance at Commonhouse, in Charlottesville, just weeks after the social club opened in the summer of 2017. The attraction was instantaneous and mutual, and on June first they were married in the chapel of St.Paul’s Memorial Church in Charlottesville. Bianca Moreira Catta -Preta and Ross Michael Svetz were married on June 15th at the mountaintop cabin on East Belmont Farm.

July “Summer Exercise”

“Beyond the Gates!” Please join us June 8 as we celebrate 10 years of charitable giving and present our 10th Anniversary Historic Farm Tour and Country Fair, “beyond the gates”. Come along with us as we go “beyond the gates”, past those rock walls and stroll with us down the tree lined paths to six of Keswick’s celebrated historic farms, the Keswick Hunt Club and Grace Church. Our chosen route for this special day in the country was first traveled by Virginia’s earliest settlers Confederate and Union troops and the grounds are as beautiful ae they were then.

June “The Wedding Issue” Margaret Sutherland Carragher and David Gregory Kalergis, Jr. met at the wed-ding of their mutual friends, Annie and Drew Thomasson, in May 2016. There was an immediate spark of attraction and three years later, Maggie and David wed at James

“Cooling Down” Keswick can be extremely brutal in the summer. It’s hot, muggy, full of dusty rock roads, and pretty smelly stalls, too. Factor in that most of us who live and work here have to wear full-coverage clothing when it’s burning hot outside (not to mention that riders wear protective vests), and you’ve got a recipe for about four months of complete and utter overwhelm. As the weather heats up, we find ourselves desper-ately reaching for things that keep us cool — not just Kohr Bros and air condition-ing, but also portable fans, facial mists, cooling clothes, and a little dip like this fox found, perhaps, on a Keswick farm. Many people believe the phrase “dog days of summer” stems from the fact that dogs tend to be a bit on the lazy side during the hottest days of summer. Of course, who can blame them?Of course, who can blame them? However, the Keswick Foxhounds still must be exercised during the “dog days of summer” as they are enjoying their vacation from the busy foxhunting season of September through March. So beginning in the early summer they walk through the miles of fabulous grounds of the Keswick Estate, then later they are followed by the jt. MFH’s, huntsman and whippers-in on bicycles. August begins and the older hounds take the puppies along and begin hunting through the corn and bean fields of the Keswick environs.Final renovation have begun on the Keswick Hunt Club..To date, the members have their clubhouse, and the hounds have their kennel. What connects us all are the horses. Now, it’s their turn. The new barn will feaure a standing seam metal gambrel roof, seven horse stalls, a washroom, a tack room, storage and a bathroom. The structure will also include a spacious living space on the second floor with a new kitchen, two baths, three bedrooms and an open living area which connects to a roof deck overlooking the mountains. For the barn itself, we will reassemble the extraordinarily high quality stall components from the Merifield’s Barn that were generously donated by its owner.


Horsin around Will Coleman’s up-and-coming partner Chin Tonic HS made a smashing impression in his FEI debut at the 2019 MARS Great Meadow International, winning the CCI2-S class on his dressage score.Keswick Horses excelled at the World Champion Saddlebreds crowned in Kentucky and

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As is the tradition, on the cover, Keswick Life goes deep and has caught up with the candidates in the closely contested Albemarle Supervisor’s race in the Rivanna District which governs the beautiful Keswick area. Our forum style question and answer format sets the bar high for the candidates and let’s our readers get the indepth view they need to make an informed vote on November 5th. Our forum style question andanswer format sets the bar high for the candidates and let’s our readers get the indepth view they need to make an informed vote on November 5th. Read all about it starting on page 8 with Mike Johnson, and page 10 with Bea LaPisto Kirtley. The beautiful and historic Keswick Hall is set to reopen late Summer 2020, following the completion of an extensive and loving restoration that marries the resort’s classic style and sophistication with luxurious comfort and modern amenities.As part of the expansive and transformative restoration, Molly and Robert Hardie are creating five speculative homes at Keswick Estates, which will debut in 2021. Keswick Estates, the residential enclave that is part of the property, provides residents the opportunity of enjoying resort life all year round. The Keswick Hunt Club’s Puppy Show was established by Anne Coles in honor of her late husband, Eddie Coles to encourage club members and guests to be aware of the young hounds all while having a wonderful party! The foxhounds are a major resource for the KHC and their lineage can be traced back hundreds of years. Read all about this year’s puppy show held at Tivoli on page 16

Article by Michael G. Latsko, Director of Music & Organist - photographs by Bill-Remington just in time for its 275th anniversary in 2020, Grace Church will have a refurbished, refreshed (and slightly taller) chancel, a new musician’s gallery fram-ing an interior view of the beautiful tower stained glass window, and a brand new, bespoke pipe organ – the result of the unlikely combination of Mother Nature’s fury and what music director & organist Michael Latsko and what music director & organist Michael Latsko likes to call “blessed insurance,” a riff on the popular hymn “Blessed Assurance.” Montpelier CEO Kat Imhoff leaves to join The Piedmont Environmental Council while Railey Cooley begins a new position at Richmond’s Manchester Studios. Get the full story and read all about their new ventures on page 13. And The Last Word on the Election Results –pretty much a bloodbath across the County for moderate and Republican candidates. The rest of the state,except Richmond and Tidewater is solid red. We are deeply divided. The Suburban Republican and the Rural Democrat are extinct.

KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its environs - November 2019


This year’s Opening Meet was held at Cloverfields, the pack set off at 9 a.m. and returned at noon to a Hunt Breakfast. The field and spectators were thoroughly welcomed with ham biscuits and a hot toddy before the hounds moved off . If you happened upon this rare site, you might wonder what century you were in as the opening meet has been held at Cloverfields since 1896. The Blessing of the Hounds at Grace Church started in 1929, so it’s been happening a long time, and fox hunting has been a tradition and a sport in Albemarle County since the colonial days, Of all the places on the Little Keswick School campus where students work toward life-altering growth, the Depot is where the real magic happens. “LKS is a thriving, compassionate, dynamic community, and the Depot is its beating heart,” Gaillee says. “From our first day touring the campus, where we met many of our son’s future friends at lunch, to the many talent shows, Community Meetings and par-ent workshops—the Depot holds such a special place in our hearts.” This spring, as their son transitioned out of LKS, the Fitzpatricks thought about how much he loves the Depot and how they all would miss the feeling of coming to a second home there. To ensure this special place lasts far into the future, they decided to fund a much-needed renovation of the historic building.

KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its environs - December 2019


In this issue

Hunting Styles

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In this issue

Great Cause, New Name The newly created Virginia Thoroughbred Project

November Hunting Styles and Etiquette”

October “A Joyous Noise” Grace Church Unveils It’s New Bespoke Pipe Organ

On the cover, co-MFH of Keswick Hunt Club, Nancy Wiley, Will Coleman and Mary Kalergis. Fall is such a wonderful time of year when the field is mounted in full flight over hill and dale in pursuit of a good gallop in the countryside. The Hunt is an exhila-rating sport for those adventuresome types, as well as for meeker types who follow on foot. We often need to refresh the traditions and etiquette of this age old sport. Foxhunting is meant to be a fun sport, after all most foxhunters have risen early, cleaned a horse, tack, clothes etc. shipped to the meet and then are expecting a fun morning in the sport.. As each new season begins, it is never inappropriate to re-mind ourselves of the courtesies.Hunt clubs all across the country have begun their formal season with their Opening Meet and holding their traditional Blessing of the Hounds.

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December “Great Cause, New Name” The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Montpelier Farm located at James Madison’s Montpelier Estate, the plantation home of the Madison family located in Orange County, Virginia, will now be operated under the auspices of the Virginia Thoroughbred Project (VTP) in cooperation with The Montpelier Foundation, the TRF announced Monday.The VTP is a newly formed organization lead by President, Sue Hart, along with several members of the former Montpelier Advisory Board. Under this new arrangement, 41 Thoroughbreds formerly cared for by the TRF have been adopted by the VTP and will remain on the pastoral estate and managed by the current Farm Manager, Crystal Weve



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◆ LA FOURCHE ◆ Historic circa 1788 gem in the heart of Keswick, restored and updated. Main house with attached tavern and party barn on 4 acres. Views of Southwest Mountains. Minutes to Charlottesville and UVA. MLS#587033 $2,250,000 C. Dammann, 434.981.1250

◆ RED FOX LANE ◆ Enjoy mountain views of the historic Southwest Mountains from this livable four-bedroom residence on six private acres. Convenient and quick to Pantops, Historic Downtown Mall, and UVA. MLS#594327 $895,000 Charlottte Dammann, 434.981.1250

◆ LAFAYETTE ◆ Tucked in a quiet and peaceful setting down a delightfully tree-lined lane is this attractive, three-story clapboard house. First-floor master suite, five additional bedrooms on 91 gently rolling acres, great views, stream. MLS#574119 $1,950,000 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863

◆ IVY ◆ Exciting four-bedroom, four-and-half-bath residence privately situated on 5.43 acres. Two master suites and spacious flexible main rooms for comfortable living. Quick drive to UVA and town. MLS#595565 $745,000 Charlotte Dammann, 434.981.1250

◆ MILTON VILLAGE ◆ 21-acre lot minutes east of Charlottesville. Level building site with well and soils tested for drain field. 4-board fence along road frontage. Creek, small pond, and automatic waterers. MLS#586469 $455,000 Mark Mascotte, 434.825.8610

◆ SUMMIT RIDGE TRAIL ◆ Expansive Blue Ridge Mountain views from this custom-built residence on a protected 1.4 acres. Easy floor plan and high end finishes. Convenient to I-64, Pantops, Downtown, and UVA. MLS#597258 $1,195,000 Charlotte Dammann, 434.981.1250 11




Welcome Class of 2024 ! The e University of Virginia has offered admission to more than 5,000 students in its early action cycle, in a year when the school received a record number of applications. Some 40,971 applications were submitted to UVA this fall, eclipsing the previous record of 40,804, set last year. Of those new applications, 25,160 were entered for the early action cycle, a non-binding admission process in which students meet an earlier application deadline of Nov. 1 and received notification early Friday evening. UVA extended offers of admission to 5,219 people. historic 40,971students applied for admission this year in all application cycles The latest admission offers include 586 made to first-generation students. Women received 56% of the offers. The total offer rate for this year’s early action cycle is 21%. In December, UVA offered admission to 748 people in its binding, early decision cycle – a process by which early applying students receive even earlier notification in exchange for their pledge to accept admissions offers, if extended. Of the students accepted under that plan, 56 are first-generation scholars. Still to come is the regular admissions cycle. Applications were due January 6, with decisions set to be released by April 1.Students admitted during the early action and regular admissions cycles have until May 1 to accept their admissions offers. Last year, UVA made 6,541 admission offers through early action. This year, the University is making a combined 5,967 offers through both early decision and early action.Students admitted during the early action and regular admissions cycles have until May 1 to accept their admissions offers. Last year, UVA made 6,541 admission offers through early action. This year, the University is making a combined 5,967 offers through both early decision and early action.

Sentara Martha Jefferson Receives 5-Star Rating from CMS Hospital Compare In a recent update of its quality of care website Hospital Compare, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has assigned 5 stars to Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital in its Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings. A Five-Star rating is the highest quality score that CMS awards to a healthcare facility. The Overall Hospital rating is based on the most up-to-date quality information available, and includes 64 quality measures that cover the type of routine care that patients receive for problems like heart attack and pneumonia, as well as quality measures that focus on infection control, the value of care and unplanned hospital visits. “We focus on improving our quality and patient safety every day at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital,” said Paul Tesoriere, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs for Sentara Martha Jefferson. “Each morning leadership from around the hospital participates in a safety huddle to identify problems, focus on safety issues of the day, and get updates on our performance with quality metrics and patient satisfaction. Our efforts align well with the items that CMS is measuring, and this rating is a reflection of this effort.” Hospital Compare is a website maintained by CMS to help patients and their families learn about the quality of hospitals in their area, compare healthcare facilities and ask questions about the care provided so they can find the care that is right for them. “We’re very grateful for this recognition by CMS, but we realize it takes constant attention not only to sustain success but also to achieve our real goal, which is to improve our patient care and safety every day.”-



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With its centerpiece a stately, c. 1940 brick residence with slate roof and cobblestone edged parking court shaded by massive hardwoods and sited magnificently to enjoy the Blue Ridge views, Round Hill is truly a rare Charlottesville opportunity: A pristine 120 acre country property with extensive frontage on the Rivanna Reservoir only 5 minutes to all conveniences and under 10 minutes to UVA and Downtown. Ideal balance of formal rooms and casual spaces open to the kitchen. Pool overlooking the views and gardens. MLS# 572196

This idyllic country estate offers a tranquil, protected setting with excellent views adjacent to other estates, 20-25 mins west of Charlottesville. The welcoming residence was reconstructed on the current, stunning homesite in 1991 by Gibson Magerfield of reclaimed, c. 1800 materials. High ceilings, wide plank pine floors, antique mantels & stunning wainscoting abound. The core structure has only been enhanced with the addition of guest suites & modern systems. A remarkable barn & log guest cabin complete the offering, all located in absolute privacy with sweeping mountain views.


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HORSIN AROUND Legislative Call to Action!

Preserve the heritage that once gave us Secretariat.

Please support legislation that is beneficial to Virginia’s horse and agribusiness industries. The following is an explanation from the VEA’s President, Debbie Easter.

A little more than six years ago, Virginia’s long and storied racing heritage looked to be over. Colonial Downs — the longtime home for horse racing in the commonwealth — held its last race in 2013 and closed its doors the following year. Somehow, the state that Secretariat once called home was looking at the end of its historic racing culture.

Two years ago, Virginia lawmakers passed into law a bill that brought back horse racing to the Commonwealth of Virginia. As a result, Virginia’s equine and agricultural industries have seen new life, but today our industry is at risk.

That is, until two years ago when Gov. Ralph Northam signed into law a bill opening the state to Class II gaming by allowing historical horse racing (HHR) machines in Virginia. Thanks to House Bill 1609, Colonial Downs was able to reopen its doors in 2019 and host 15 days of premier racing for the first time in six years. Since then, Virginia’s equine and agricultural industries have seen new life. The Virginia Equine Alliance has seen a 700% increase in the number of horses coming into the state and, for the first time in years, the commonwealth’s horse racing is now competitive with its neighbors in West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Jobs are being created. Barns are full. Green space throughout Virginia is being preserved due to the boon in agribusiness. Not only is Virginia competitive in the mid-Atlantic region, we have a model that is unique. Virginia farms now benefit from horses coming to the state to register in our residency program, and we now offer a highly attractive racing program for flat and harness horses. People are taking note of the Virginia model — all due to the gains from HB 1609. Simply put, horse racing in Virginia is booming and HHR machines are the driving force behind it. The revenues from HHR machines are expected to contribute an estimated $20 million to the racing industry each year, split between the residency program and purses for live races held in Virginia. That’s in addition to the hundreds of jobs created since 2018 and the substantial tax revenues these machines generate for the commonwealth and its localities. However, despite all the progress we’ve made, the horse racing community in Virginia remains at risk. This legislative session, the General Assembly is considering a number of bills that would result in changes to current regulations to further expand gaming.The proposed legislation would lead to the opening of five “resort-style” casinos that would offer Class III or “casino style” gaming. If this legislation passes and considerations are not taken in regard to the impact it would have on the state’s equine and agribusiness industries, all of Virginia’s recent progress could be for naught. A recent study conducted by the nonpartisan, state-funded Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission found that while resort-style casinos would have a “positive, but modest economic impact on local economies,” it would have a potentially catastrophic effect on the state’s racing industry. According to the study, revenue from HHRs would decrease by 45%. This would result in a nearly $10 million annual decrease in funds to support racing. These decreases would, at best, halt the astounding progress the Virginia equine industry has experienced over the past three years and place it behind neighboring states, just as it was prior to 2013. At worst, it could put the industry on the path to a long, slow death, taking hundreds of jobs and innumerable green space along with it. Regardless of the stance the legislature takes when it comes to the potential opening of resort-style casinos, it must keep in mind the recent progress we’ve made in restoring Virginia’s historic racing heritage and the impact it’s had revitalizing agribusiness and preserving green space throughout Virginia. We’ve worked so hard to come this far, and we simply cannot let that progress disappear overnight.If Class III gaming is approved, the legislature must consider practices that help support the horse racing community and Colonial Downs, similar to what other states have implemented. Otherwise, the outcome could be ruinous, leading to the closure of the track and the end of racing once again. When considering these proposed changes in legislation, we must consider all outcomes if we want to preserve the heritage that once gave us Secretariat.


Despite all the progress they have made, the General Assembly is considering Casino gaming bills that could hurt our industry and the individuals who work within it. It is likely the bills will pass and we need your help to ensure the language that protects the horse industry is not removed. Please determine your State Delegate and State Senator and find their contact information. We then ask that you either call or email them and share the message below, making the case for protecting the progress that has been made for Virginia’s equine industry. (If emailing your legislator simply copy and paste the letter below) Dear Delegate/Senator, I am writing today to ask you to support Virginia’s equine industry and vote Yes on HB 4 and SB 36. Debbie Easter, President of the Virginia Equine Alliance, had it right in a recent op-ed that ran in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, when she said: "When it comes to the potential opening of resort-style casinos, the General Assembly must keep in mind the recent progress we’ve made in restoring Virginia's historic racing heritage and the impact it’s had revitalizing agribusiness and preserving green space throughout Virginia." The equine industry has seen a major revitalization in the last two years. Since the passage of HB 1609 in 2017, new jobs have been created. Barns are full. Green space throughout Virginia is being preserved due to the boon in agribusiness. A recent study conducted by the nonpartisan, statefunded Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) found that while resort-style casinos would have a “positive, but modest economic impact on local economies,” it would have a potentially catastrophic effect on the state’s racing industry and everything tied to it. Revenue from Historic Horse Racing would decrease by 45%. This would result in a nearly $10 million annual decrease in funds to support racing. Please make sure that HB 4 and SB 36 protect the Virginia equine industry by maintaining the current clause that permits the addition of new historical horse racing machines upon the passage of a casino referendum. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Easter at







No Barking

After hearing concerns from hunt clubs, an exemption was added for dogs participating in organized game hunts, as well as hunt club kennels. Excessive, continuous noises from animals are now prohibited everywhere in Albemarle County.

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Recently , the county Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to change current regulations and extend noise restrictions to animals on properties zoned rural area that are five acres or greater. Scottsville District Supervisor Donna Price cast the dissenting vote. Animals on properties zoned rural area that are five acres or greater used to be exempt from the ordinance, but the board was receiving complaints from ruralarea residents about excessive dog barking.Supervisor Ann H. Mallek said rural residents should not have to endure excessive barking. “The residents in these neighborhoods, many older rural neighborhoods with smaller lots who happen to be adjacent to a larger parcel, where the animals are kept right up at the property line or far away from the owners, puts them in a situation where they have no access for help,” she said.Price said she was concerned about actions taken by the board that could affect the culture of the rural areas.“Beyond just the hunting and the cultural aspect, however, I was very moved by several of the emails that I received as they related to the sense of security that individuals in the rural area have with regard to the protection that they feel from their dogs,” she said.Mallek argued that the ordinance change is more about dogs left confined and alone that bark for hours. “There is no protection element here. It’s just neglect,” Mallek said. “And it has consequences for the neighbors who live nearby.

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”During public comment, county resident Sherry Buttrick, who has hunting dogs, said it was “unjust for the Board of Supervisors to intrude into traditional country life because there are a few neighborhood disputes, no matter how legitimate they may be.”“This exemption was originally designed to take into consideration the difference between the country and the suburbs, and it should not be lifted,” she said. “And this board really needs to better differentiate between what is appropriate in the growth areas and what is appropriate in the rural areas.” Albemarle police Lt. Terry Walls said there have not been a significant number of dog-barking charges in the county. “I believe there was only one charge for a barking dog in a one-year period,” Walls said.He said that when officers are called to a barking dog complaint, they also look for any underlying reasons a dog could be barking, such as a welfare or shelter issue.

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After hearing concerns from hunt clubs, an exemption was added for dogs participating in organized game hunts, as well as hunt club kennels.“What does not change is the requirement that the sound be excessive or continuous and … that sound has to continue for at least 30 consecutive minutes with no more than a five-continuous-minute lapse during that 30-minute period,” said County Attorney Greg Kamptner. The restrictions do not apply to livestock or poultry.Complaints about excessive barking won’t immediately penalize dogs or their owners. Kamptner said the ordinance requires that either the police officer or the animal protection officer has to hear the violation or the complainant needs to make the case in front of the magistrate.

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Environment ENVIRONMENT Local Land Conservation Surpasses 12,000 acres in 2019

◆ MEADOW HILL FARM ◆ Greenwood, Virginia

In 2019, private landowners, working together with land trusts and public agencies, protected 12,430 acres of land in Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock counties. The 2019 conservation easements bring the total protected land in The Piedmont Environmental Council’s (PEC) nine-county region to 421,370 acres, accounting now for nearly 20 percent of the entire land area in the nine counties. “It was a big year for conservation in the PEC region,” said Piedmont Environmental Council President Chris Miller. “The 12,430 acres conserved in 2019 represents the most land conserved in a year since 2009. We commend these landowners for their vision and courage in conserving not just the land, but also all that its preservation offers the people, communities, local economies, wildlife and wellbeing of the northern Piedmont.” “When we protect public and private lands from urban and suburban sprawl, we prevent impervious surfaces that are one of the main sources of pollution in our drinking water supplies, streams, rivers and bays. When we preserve undeveloped land, we preserve its natural flood control capacity and allow groundwater to recharge. When we protect working farmland, we invest in our food supply. When we maintain open spaces in forest and pasture that absorb carbon from our atmosphere, we play our part in addressing climate change issues. And for those millions of visitors to the Shenandoah National Park, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Monticello, Montpelier, and other historic landscapes in the northern Piedmont, land conservation preserves the spectacular views, the character, and quality of life of this region,” Miller said.

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In partnership with The Piedmont Environmental Council, the National Trust for Historic Preservation this year permanently protected 1,024 acres of historicallysignificant land at James Madison’s Montpelier, adding to its previously conserved 915 acres in Orange County. The permanent conservation easement provides additional protections to Montpelier’s beautiful landscapes, as well as agricultural and forest areas, scenic open space and wildlife habitat on the property, which all serve as a living classroom for the visiting public. “The amount of conservation in the northern Piedmont demonstrates the tremendous appreciation landowners hold for the character and quality of this region. In many ways, their commitment to long-term land protection makes this a very special place for every one of us,” said Mike Kane, Piedmont Environmental Council’s director of land conservation. In Albemarle County, the James C. Justice family donated to the Albemarle Conservation Easement Authority an easement protecting 4,500 acres near Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. It is the largest conservation easement in Albemarle County history. By limiting development on the entire property and preserving its current forestal and agricultural activities, the easement donation limits future threats to public drinking water supplies and preserves the spectacular scenic views enjoyed by visitors to Monticello and residents of the region. A catalyst for land protection in 2019 has been a $500,000 grant from The Volgenau Foundation to accelerate the pace of farmland conservation in Upper Rappahannock River watershed. Through enhanced outreach and education by The Piedmont Environmental Council to landowners in the watershed, dozens of landowners have expressed interest in ensuring the long-term protection of their land through permanent conservation. The Volgenau Foundation grant set the stage for the protection of 2,079 acres in the PEC region in 2019. A conservation easement is a voluntary agreement between a landowner and a public agency or a nonprofit conservation group, such as The Piedmont Environmental Council. By limiting development on the land, easements provide various financial benefits to landowners while also protecting the natural, scenic and cultural resources of the land for the benefit of the public. The 421,370 acres conserved in the northern Piedmont area is more than twice the size of Shenandoah National Park. “In our region and throughout the Commonwealth, we are fortunate to have a history of state and local leaders who understand the critical value of open space and have implemented incentives and programs that assist landowners with the cost of donating conservation easements. The Piedmont Environmental Council is here and happy to educate and guide landowners through the process,” Kane said.



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Mechunk Creek MECHUNK CREEK FARM- C. 1910 traditional 5-BR home, approx. 7,000 fin. sq/ft., completely modernized, with beautiful lawn shaded by majestic oak trees in middle of 216 private Keswick Hunt Country acres, only 10 miles from Charlottesville. Land is mostly lush pasture, 2 lakes, 23-stall stable with 2 apartments, large shop/equipment building with guest suite. Jim Faulconer, 434.981.00

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The open, gently rolling fields of this magnificent estate parcel are not only embraced on 2 sides by staggering Blue Ridge views; they are also bordered by privacy-enhancing, manicured woodlands and traversed by a yearround stream. Access from quiet, paved Wesley Chapel Road to various potential building sites is via a driveway over a lovely 3 acre pond where mountain vistas are backdrop to the water views. Truly, this land offering seems art directed by Mother Nature to insure that all visitors are stopped in their tracks by its beauty. While this tract is NOT under easement, the adjacent, multi-million dollar properties ARE under conservation easement thus this setting won't change. 15 mins to Charlottesville by paved roads only.

Brilliantly sited on 147 acres and surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains lies one of Virginias most beautiful Greek Revival brick manor homes, also known as Bellevue c.1769. The estate is on the National Register of Historic Places and Virginia Landmarks Registry. Eight bedrooms and six full bathrooms in the manor home alone. Heart pine floors, 10' ceilings, 12 fireplaces, and a gourmet kitchen are just the beginning in this classically elegant estate home. There are extensive equestrian facilities including an 18-stall barn, indoor arena, and show ring. With 2 guest/ tenant cottages, formal gardens, and an easy drive to Charlottesville!

Sold by Loring Woodriff Loring Woodriff Real Estate Associates

Sold by Frank Hardy Frank Hardy/Sotheby’s International




The Cottage

762 Acres Along The Rapidan River An extraordinarily beautiful farm along the Rapidan River near Somerset and James Madison’s Montpelier. Over one hundred acres of fertile bottomland along the 1 ½ miles of river frontage, with deep pasture on the uplands and broad views of the Southwest and Blue Ridge Mountains. Forested boundaries ensure complete and lasting privacy. Two houses, barns, and exceptional water resources in springs, streams and a spring-fed pond.

Charming 1930's cottage has been recently doubled in size by current owner creating a stunning 3000+ square foot residence in the heart of Keswick. The new living room with beamed vaulted ceiling, random width wood floors and fireplace is great connection between the existing chef's kitchen and dining room and new spacious first floor master bedroom w/ bathroom. There is another first floor bedroom or family room, full bath and a second floor bedroom with bath. At the rear of the new addition is a porch with stone fireplace and views of the patio, gardens, fire pit and the historic South West Mountains. Sold by Charlotte Dammann McLean/Faulconer Inc.Realtors

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Falkland Farms is a 12 square mile peninsula of managed pine and hardwood timber bounded by the Kerr Reservoir, the Dan, Banister, and Hyco Rivers. The land consists of 5,000+ acres of well managed pine plantation and mature hardwoods along with over 1,500+ acres of flooded lowlands, 300 acres of openland, duck impoundments and internal roads. Decades of land stewardship and the abundance of water and mature forests has led to the farm’s reputation as one ofthe best hunting preserves in the region (deer, turkey and ducks as well as quail hunts, fishing and sporting clays). Numerous improvements including the Sydnor House lodge, a guest house and farm buildings. Long road frontage and frontage on Staunton River State Park. Co-listed by Loring Woodriff Real Estate Associates and Wiley Real Estate. Sold by Wiley Real Estate.




in Extraordinary Ivy, Virginia Farm of nearly 50 acres in the heart of rural life but only minutes from town. Built in 1860, the manor home includes 6 bedrooms and an expansive garden and living area, accompanied by a pool and vineyard, private offices, barns, and a guest cottage. Rosemont is magnificent.

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Falkland Farms



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Blandford Residential and Equestrian Property in sought after Keswick Location on over 20 acres . Spacious Living and Dining Rooms with Fireplaces andWood Floors Family Room with Fireplace and WetBar A Large First Floor Master Suite and Year-Round SunRoom overlooks Terrace and Swimming Pool. Kitchen with Breakfast Nook and Large Laundry Room . Finished Basement. Upper Level Home Office and Study. Guest Cottage with fireplace . 8-Stall Stable 3-Board Fenced Paddocks 5 miles into Gordonsville, 12 miles into Charlottesville Sold by Duke and Sharon Merrick Keswick Properties





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Here is an amazing opportunity to redesign an attractive and sturdy brick home on 2.2 acres surround by million dollar properties! Our 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom split level home is set back privately off Club Drive and is perched midway above the first fairway of Pete Dye’s Full Cry course. We have 2,350 sf of total living space and a 576 sf attached garage. There are oak floors, a screen porch, a recent new roof, a lower level apartment opportunity and large windows looking out towards the rear gardens and the course.

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Founded in 1896, now available for your special event.

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By the time the Hall is completed in late 2020 you could be living in a thoughtfully renovated home, just 2 minutes by golf cart to the Hall, pools, restaurant, Club and KeswickLife 2019_Layout 1 7/26/19 4:10 PM Page 1 new sports center. Come and see what we have to offer and begin to dream.

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Looking Back - Popular Books Over the Last Decades BY SUZANNE NASH The next two months I am going to do a little something different. I was inspired by an English book shop to take a look back at the last 20 years of what was popular in the bookstore world across different genres, including children’s books. Because it is a pretty long list of books, I thought I would divide it into the next two months. Some of these I have read and reviewed and some I have not, but it’s interesting to remember what we were reading and what we may have missed. My list from 2000-2009 follows:


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling His Dark Materials: The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman Storm Breaker by Anthony Horowitz The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell White Teeth by Zadie Smith Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris Persepolis 1& 2 by Marjane Satrapi The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood London by Peter Ackroyd The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon Experience by Martin Amis The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh Bad Blood by Lorna Sage A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers When I Lived in Modern Times by Linda Grant English Passengers by Matthew Kneale Arthur: The Seeing Stone by Kevin Crossley Holland


Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer American Gods by Neil Gaiman The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket Atonement by Ian McEwan The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd The Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan Life of Pi by Yann Martel Austerlitz by W. G. Sebald My Name is Red by Orphan Pamuk True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey According to Queeney by Beryl Bainbridge Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand The Wind Singer by Willliam Nicholson Empire Falls by Richard Russo The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen


Coraline by Neil Gaiman Any Human Heart by William Boyd Fingersmith by Sarah Waters Eragon by Christopher Paolini The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold Bel Canto by Ann Patchett If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber Spies by Michael Frayn White Mughals by William Dalrymple The Impressionist by Hari Kunzru


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson Dissolution by C. J. Sansom The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell Stasiland by Anna Funder We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger Empire by Niall Ferguson Eat, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss Brick Lane by Monica Ali Giving Up the Ghost by Hilary Mantel Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi Vernon Good Little by DBC Pierre A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly Thursbitch by Alan Garner Property by Valerie Martin

The Road by Cormac McCarthy The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins Once by Morris Gleitzmann Eat, Pray, Love by Eizabeth Gilbert The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright The Arrival by Shaun Tan The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein Fun Hoe by Alison Bechdel The inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai The Audacity of Hope by President Barrack Obama Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky The Lay of the Land by Richard Ford Be Near Me by Andrew O’Hagan



Case Histories by Kate Atkinson Watching the English by Kate Fox Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce Gillead by Marilynne Robison Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell The Various Haunts of Men by Susan Hill Chronicles Volume 1 by Bob Dylan Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke Attention All Shipping by Charlie Connelly The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinhurst Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney Travels with Herodotus by Ryszard Kapuscinski Old Filth by Jane Gardam Fleamarket Close by Ian Rankin 2666 by Roberto Bolano How I live Now by Meg Rosoff


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowlings The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell The Gathering by Anne Enright Born to Run by Michael Morpurgo The Shack by William P. Young Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz The Discovery of France by Graham Robb Darkmans by Nicola Barker Peeling the Onion by Gunter Grass The We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris


Never let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan Harry Potter and the HalfBlood Prince by J. K. Rowlings Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts Kafka on the Shore by Murakami Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner The Island by Victoria Hislop Looking for Alaska by John Green The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion On Beauty by Zadie Smith The Sea by John Banville Rapture by Carol Ann Duffy Magyk by Angie Sage Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel Postwar by Tony Judt Hitler’s Canary by Sandi Toksvig Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson March by Geraldine Brooks Arthur and George by Julian Barnes Stuart by Alexander Masters A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian by Marine Lewycka 1599 by James Shapiro Marley and Me by John Grogan Untold Stories by Alan Bennett Like a Fiery Elephant by Jonathon Coe


The Secret- 10th Anniversary Edition by Rhonda Byrne The Book Thief by Markus Zusak The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

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Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stroud The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows Bad Science by Ben Goldacre The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyers Leviathan by Philip Hoare The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale Homicide by David Simon A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz The Road Home by Rose Tremain The Rest is Noise by Alex Ross Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer


Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel One Day by David Nichols A Death in the Family by Karl Ove Knausgaard The City and The City by China Mieville Brooklyn by Colm Toibin The Help by Kathryn Stockett The Spirit Level by Kate Pickett & Richard Wilkinson The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver Open by Andre Agassi Home by Marilynne Robinson The Junior Officers’ Reading Club by Patrick Hennessey The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer Let the Great World Spin by Colum Mccann A Gambling Man by Jenny Uglow The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham by Selina Hastings

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This is a west African dish I have made into my own I absolutely love this soup it's so hearty and good. Great for cold evening beside the fireplace or goes over well with a group of friends. It will be a hit. It has such a depth of flavor that builds over time. One of my favorites things to do is drizzle spicy garlic oil over the bowl when finished. Enjoy Keswick!!


• 1 tablespoon Olive Oil • 1 Pound Diced Cooked Chicken add in and let come to the temperature of the soup • 1 Medium onion • 2 tablespoons Garlic • 2 inches chunk Ginger • 2 teaspoons Cumin • ½ teaspoon Red chili flakes • ¾ teaspoon Salt • 1 pound Sweet potatoes/ cut into 1/2 inch cubes • ½ cup Tomato paste • 5 cups Chicken stock • 3 cups Collard greens (ribs removed and chopped into bite-sized pieces) • 1 Cup Fresh cilantro

Directions: • In a large cooking pot warm the oil on medium heat. Once warm, add the chopped onion, ginger and garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes. • Stir in the cumin, chili flakes, and salt and cook 1 minute. Add the sweet potatoes, tomato paste and peanut butter. Finally, add in the vegetable stock. Mix until the stock dissolves the tomato paste and peanut mixture. • Turn the heat up, cover the pot and bring to a boil. Once boiled remove the lid and reduce the heat to a simmer. Let simmer about 15 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are soft and tender. Use the back of the wooden spoon to mash up about half the potatoes to thicken the soup. • Add the collard greens, turn up the heat and boil uncovered for 5 minutes. Taste and season with more salt if needed. Diced Cooked Chicken add in ant end let come to the temperature of the soup. • Serve with a side of rice, top with fresh cilantro and chopped peanuts if desired and enjoy!

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Ashton Moynihan

Wendi Smith, mother, friend, fierce lover of life, passed away suddenly on January 16, 2020.

Ashton Moynihan, funding director for the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, died January24 after a long battle with cancer.

Born November 28, 1967 at Kaiser in Bellflower, California to Vicki Coverdale and Robert P. McClung, Wendi lived in southern California growing up.In 1992 Wendi embarked on a journey leaving southern California and the Left Coast. She moved from Southern California to Westchester, New York to be a nanny where she met and established friendships with a core group of women, WHAM, that became her east coast family. After her nanny adventure, Wendi moved into New York City to attend The New York School of Design in 1995. After receiving her degree in interior design, Wendi worked at Herman Miller before going out on her own.

A beloved mother to Emory and Madison Moynihan, and beloved sister to Jennifer Nesbit, Moynihan was born and raised in Charlottesville, Va., where she grew up as a Cavalier through and through due to her father Harisson "Chief" Nesbit's legendary years as a University of Virginia football player and then coach. Ashton was predeceased by her loving mother Clare Starcher Sherman.

In 1997 Wendi met Clark Smith, the father of her two sons: Jarrett Cutrer Smith and Alexander “Xander” West Smith. In 2000 Clark and Wendi and young Jarrett left NYC and moved to Charlottesville, Virginia. In Charlottesville, Wendi continued her interior design practice for institutions and private clients. Wendi also volunteered tirelessly. She served as a board member and trustee of The Blue Ridge School for multiple terms. Always the chair of events for activities that served her sons, their classmates and interests.In 2009 she began her successful local business “Leftover Luxuries”. First curated consignment sales were “pop up” style .A permanent location in Charlottesville created a community center where friends and family, clients and shoppers, met and shopped. Her boys was her biggest love. Wendi’s love and support knew no bounds. Whether out in front, such as being on the sidelines for EVERY football game or behind the scenes raising money for their activities, she was Jarrett and Xander’s biggest champion. Wendi defined herself as a Mother first. That was her best job each and every day. Wendi is predeceased by her birth mother, Vicki Coverdale. She is survived by her two sons, Jarrett Cutrer Smith and Alexander “ Xander” West Smith of Charlottesville; her father, Robert McClung and his wife Lilli of Pocatello, Idaho; her mother, Joy Beck and husband Bill of Palm Springs, California; siblings, Robert McClung of LA, California and Suzanne Grimes of Virginia Beach; her aunt, Margie Coverdale Freud of Salt Lake City, Utah, and nieces and nephews: Katelyn McClung, Hope Plummer, Christine & Shane Stouch and Hailey Silver. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Friends who want to remember and celebrate the love and life of Wendi Smith are invited to make a contribution to a fund being set up to support Jarrett and Xander’s education. Smith Family Educational Trust: C/O McGuire Woods LLP ATTN: James F Neale, Esq. 652 Peter Jefferson Parkway Suite 350 Charlottesville, VA 22911

After graduating from Sweet Briar College, Moynihan moved to New York to pursue a career in the Thoroughbred industry. It didn't take long for her to be pulled to Lexington, where she began her lifetime involvement at Fasig-Tipton, selling stallion interests and scheduling yearling inspections. "She was a wonderful person, a great human being, and someone that everyone that met her enjoyed being around and was enriched by having known her," said Boyd Browning, Fasig-Tipton's president and chief executive officer. "She was one of those rare people you never heard anyone say anything bad about, she was so genuine, so sincere. She was a dedicated and tireless worker who did a great job and then decided to concentrate her efforts on raising two lovely daughters, who are a testament to her legacy. "It was really neat to see her get reengaged with the Thoroughbred industry with the TAA. She was huge proponent of Thoroughbred aftercare and did a great job with TAA." "Some of Madi and I's fondest childhood memories consist of running around the Fasig office with her colleagues who came to be her best friends and family, and they will remain that way always to us," Emory and Madison Moynihan said in a statement released Saturday afternoon. "She raised Madi and I alongside her best friends Bill and Kelley Farish. She loved their kids, all eight of them as her own."Mom's dedication and love can been seen through her work with the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance where she was director of funding."She was loved by so many—especially Bill Graves, whom we know she is now reunited with, which brings us both great happiness. We know this world won't be the same without her smile, but we now all have the most special angel looking out for us."Moynihan was thrilled at the opportunity to join the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance after taking several years off to raise her daughters."Ashton's loss is deeply felt by her friends and co-workers," said John Phillips, president of TAA. "Not only was she was a consummate professional in every way, but she was one of the kindest people I've ever met. She was a real star, and we will miss her very much." Visitation was held January 27 at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, 463 East Main Street, Lexington. A service was held at 3 p.m. January 28 at Good Shepherd on East Main in Lexington. In lieu of flowers, Moynihan's family requests that donations be made to the TAA. Her friends have organized a Go Fund Me page for that purpose in her honor:

Pete Dye

Famed golf course designer Pete Dye dies at 94, “Pete Dye was the most innovative course designer of his time and we are so honored to have worked closely with him as he plied his considerable genius when designing and building Full Cry, says Robert and Molly Hardie, owners of Keswick Hall. “Our goal was to create one of the premier golf experiences in the U.S. and Mr. Dye provided our members and guests with a truly special place to play the game he loved.”“There is no question this part of Virginia has the perfect terrain for an exceptional golf course and that’s exactly what we have with Full Cry,” Mr. Dye said in an interview at the grand opening of the course. “The layout is as good as any I’ve ever done.” One of Mr. Dye’s goals was to create a layout playable for all. He continued, “I think the 85 – 95 shooters will have a great time on Full Cry. Plus most of the greens are open in front so the high-handicapper can roll the ball over the ground and still get on the putting surface.”He also felt the last four holes on Full Cry provides an exceptional crescendo to the 18, proclaiming “The last four holes at Keswick Hall may well be the finest finish to a round of golf in Virginia.” Upon opening in late 2014 to rave reviews, Full Cry was immediately named one of Golf Digest’s “Best New Courses” in the U.S. It currently sits at No. 3 in Golfweek’s “Best Courses You Can Play” in Virginia and is ranked No. 40 in the publication’s “Top 100 Resort Courses in the U.S.” Full Cry hosted the prestigious Virginia State Golf Association’s 106th Amateur Championship last June. We are profoundly saddened by the passing of Pete Dye. We offer our heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones. His extraordinary legacy will live on here at Keswick Hall with the incredible course he built for us. Pete Dye was not only the greatest course architect of his generation, but also a man of immense humor and warmth. The world of golf has lost a true giant of the game. May he rest in peace.




OBITUARY James Lawrence "Doc" Yates Jr. Surrounded by his loving family James Lawrence "Doc" Yates Jr. of Palmyra, Va., peacefully passed away at the University of Virginia Medical Center on Thursday, January 2, 2020. Born to James L. Sr. and Elizabeth Garland Yates of Keswick, Va., on June 24, 1949, he grew up in the Cismont area and attended the local segregated elementary schools until 1963 when he and others of the now historically recognized "Albemarle 26" desegregated the Albemarle County school system. After graduating from Albemarle High School, Doc began a career with UVA Medical, becoming a Nurse and retired in 2012 after 44 years of loyal service. Within that period, he also served in the United States Army Reserves, acheiving the rank of Sergeant First Class and retired after 25 years of honorable service. A lifelong member of the Zion Hill Baptist, Doc sang in the teen group called the "Inspirations" and in adulthood served as Church Treasurer and a faithful Trustee for over 25 years. He leaves cherished memories to his partner of 23 years, Linda Austin; two sons, James L. Yates (Muhammad) III (Stephanie) of Raleigh, N.C., and Jeremy C. Yates (Elizabeth) of Madison, Wisc.; daughter, Samara L. Johnson of Virginia Beach, Va.; two sisters, Jane and Gertrude Yates of Keswick, Va.; two brothers, Daniel Yates (Kim Bowles) of Louisa, Va., and Edward Early II of Charlottesville, Va.; six grandchildren; a great-granddaughter, godson, aunts, uncles and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitations were held at Zion Hill Baptist Church, 802 Zion Hill Road, (P.O. Box 213) Keswick, Va., on Friday, January 10, f and on Saturday, January 11, 2020, and the Homegoing Service at Noon. Arrangements are entrusted with D.D. Watson Mortician, Inc., Fork Union, VA. Condolences may be offered to the family at

Eugene Redmon Carr Eugene Redmon Carr, 81 of Keswick, Virginia, departed this life January 9, 2020, at the North Ridge Medical Center, Ivy Virginia. He was born on January 14, 1938 to the late Eugene and Virginia Carr. He was preceded in death by a son, Kent Carr and a daughter, Denise Morton, sisters, Eloise Bates and Virginia Gatewood, brothers, Wilbur, Charles and John. Eugene was a former employee of Cloverfield Farm, Allied Concrete Dart Drug, Southern Materials and Manager of Lauder mat. His highest accomplishment was his self-employment and creation of Carr’s Hauling. He provided services to Sissy Spacek, Anheuser-Bush, Luck Stone and many other farms in Keswick and Charlottesville, supplying dust, gravel, shavings, sand, mulch, boulders and wood.

Gene Corrigan Gene Corrigan, 91, died on January 25, 2020, surrounded by his seven children and wife, Lena (his girlfriend of 72 years). Preceded in death by his buddy Aaron Zentgraf and brothers Jimmy, George, and Dick Corrigan; he is also survived by sisters Mary D'Ambrogi and Margaret Stegman; children-Louise (Wawner) and Scott, their children Fred (Dina), Virginia, Clay (Maggie); Kathy (Zentgraf) and Tony, their children Lena, Maggie; David (Jean), their children Conor (Ciara), Patrick, Jack; Kevin (Lis) their children, Will, Sidney, Natale; Brian (Kathy); Tim (Jacqueline), their children Tierney (Andy), Jake, Tucker, Quinlan; Boo (Kristen), children Finley, Tre, Brian; greatgrandchildren, Bear, Ali, Fischer, Rosie, Ennis Wawner round out a family devoted to Papa Gene, Birdie, and each other. Born in Baltimore in 1928, he was the second of six children on Clearspring Road where you were expected to make good decisions as early as age six, do well enough in school, say your prayers, and atone for your sins. He took these lessons seriously. He was a man for others. Honest and intuitive, he could take the edge off a difficult truth. He was not perfect but his catechism was sound. With good humor and an insightful wit, he was generous at work and home-a charming genuine leader who invited fun. And he was adored for it. Gene Corrigan's work life was long and extensive. He has the respect of an industry and many of his ideas are at the foundation of sports in the United States today. But the heart of the man is his deep love for God and his wife, Lena, and the family they created with great intention and follow through. A wake was held on Friday, February 7, 2020, from 5-7 pm, at Charlottesville Catholic School. A funeral mass was held on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at 2:30 pm, at Incarnation Catholic Church,1465 Incarnation Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22901. An amazing year in many ways, it would have been inconceivably difficult without the help of PG's daily nurse, Dee Proffitt, and nightly aid Christine Perkins. In lieu of flowers or gifts consider a contribution to Charlottesville Catholic School, St. Thomas Aquinas Church, or the Corrigan Family Foundation, established to provide financial assistance to help individuals obtain education at any level.

Donald Rhodes Eddins Donald "Nootsie" Rhodes Eddins passed away on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at the Gordon House in Gordonsville, Virginia. He was born on July 25, 1925, to the late Floyd Eddins and Virginia Davis Eddins of Orange County, Virginia. He attended Orange County schools and served in the United States Navy. He also graduated from the University of Virginia and thus became a Cavalier fan for life.

He was educated in the Charlottesville and Keswick school system. Eugene served faithfully as a lifetime member of the church and Men’s Fellowship at Zion Hill Baptist Church. Known for his favorite one-liner, “let me tell you something”. This was sure to be the beginning of words of wisdom, a short story, that sometimes was true or sometimes not. His greatest joy was having his family together for a meal.

Nootsie was the owner/operator of Eddins Ford, Inc. of Madison, Virginia, until he retired and handed over the reins to his nephew, Gregory L. Fisher. Once he retired, he became an avid gardener of vegetable and roses and shared freely with those who stopped by to visit. He also became quite the fisherman and had the privilege of fishing the many lakes and rivers of Madison County and surrounding counties.

He leaves to cherish his memories his wife of 60 years, Cleo. One daughter, Dorothy Grimes, Stafford, VA (Dana), Three sons, David, Eugene J., Theodore (Dolores) all of Charlottesville, VA. One brother, Dale (Jane), Charlottesville, VA. Three sisters, Blanche Gatewood, Gloria Byrd and Ida Poindexter (William), Keswick, VA. Four sisters-in-laws, Ester Mae Wells, Pittsburg, PA, Deloris Coleman, Keswick, Mary Coleman, Ruckersville, VA, Joyce Carter, Charlottesville. Three Brother-in-law, William Coleman, Keswick, VA. William Poindexter, George Coleman, Charlottesville, VA. Host of devoted nieces, nephews,ren, great-grand-children and other relatives and friend A Funeral Service andgrave side service were held on Saturday, January 18, 2020

He was predeceased by his parents; his brothers, Lewis, Floyd, Thomas, and Keith; as well as his sisters, Elizabeth Eddins Fisher and Patricia Eddins Cockrell. He is survived by his brother, Edward; sisters, Barbara Snow and Paige Silver; as well as by many nieces and nephews. According to his wishes there will be no services. The family would like to thank the staff at the Gordon House for their extraordinary care and devotion to Nootsie, and also thank you to the staff of the Hospice of the Piedmont. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911, To plant a tree in memory of Donald Eddins as a living tribute, please visit Tribute Store



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Back To the Salt Mines

I’m having so much fun writing articles for Keswick Life that I gave up the idea of writing more books and novels. It was gratifying having people come up to you at the post office or at a party and say, “I really liked your article in Keswick Life.” No more waiting for a year and a half for the book to come out, no more getting form-letter emails from literary agents telling you your novel didn’t fit into their current plans or some such polite but firm rejection. No more circuitous and vague rejections from publishers, instead I got emails from Colin or Winkie thanking me for my latest article and saying how much they liked it. So I was surprised and a bit shocked when I found myself mulling over the idea of writing another novel. Not just any novel but a book on a subject I knew little about. One of the cardinal rules of writing books is to pick a subject that you’re familiar with. I knew as much about artificial intelligence as I knew about playing the piccolo. But it wasn’t simply the concept of artificial intelligence that intrigued me, it was a specific aspect. If someone developed AI, would it somehow get so smart that it would turn on us? Find some reason to go after humans? But how would I write about programming and arcane stuff like algorithms when I was barely to set the margins on Word on my laptop? To even begin writing a book you need to be absolutely fearless. Fearless because there are so many chances of failing. Just think of all the lousy books you’ve read, novels you’ve started then set aside because they are boring, insulting, badly written or just plain bad. Every one of those authors started out fearless but ended up falling flat on his or her face. And even if you write a decent book, who’s going to read it? Do you really want to spend a year and a half crafting a novel with no guarantee that no one is going to publish it and even if it is published, will anyone buy and read it? So even with all these ugly possibilities, I started fiddling with the artificial intelligence idea. I spent six months to a year playing with all the possibilities, jotting down fragments of a novel and doing a lot of reading on the AI subject. I picked up some fascinating bits of information. First, there is an agency of the Pentagon, DARPA, a national security think tank that developed the precursor of the Internet and the technology that resulted in GPS and self-driving cars. One of the subjects DARPA researching is artificial intelligence and in investigating further, I found an article in The New York Times that read: “American officials are only just beginning to contend with the implications of weapons that could someday operate independently, beyond the control of their developers. Inside the Pentagon, the quandary is known as the Terminator conundrum.”

Terminator Conundrum. I did a Google search to see if anyone had used the title and found only one. An episode of NCIS had used it as a title. No problem, I decided, as no book had used the title and a title can’t be trademarked to I was good to go. I also learned that the major drawbacks in trying to perfect artificial intelligence machines is the difficulty of correctly defining the objective. An interesting example brought the problem to light: remember the parable about King Midas? He wished that everything he touched would turn to gold and when his wish was fulfilled, he discovered that the things he touched and turned to gold included his food and relatives. So he ended up with no friends or family and starving to death. As an AI expert explained, the challenge is: “… increasingly intelligent machines that do what we ask but not what we really intend.” Another example I found involved setting AI to work on reducing carbon emissions. An incorrectly defined objective might enable AI to come after the major source of emissions—human beings. EUREKA! John Grisham had counseled me of the necessity of coming up with an “elevator pitch”, a concise description of novel’s plot that can be delivered in the time it takes to go up in an elevator. I had it: The artificial intelligence machine developed to reduce carbon emissions got away from the programmers and targeted the planet’s largest source of pollution: human beings. There it was--a simple and perfect premise on which I could craft a novel. DARPA scientists write a program to reduce carbon emissions but it gets away from them and goes after humans. So I stuffed my novel-writing anxiety in a box and went to work. Knowing how technical and complex the whole AI subject was, I was wondering where I could find some computer guru to check my work. I was delighted to meet a UVa staffer at a holiday party who worked in programming at the university. I asked him if he would take a look at what I’d written to see if it made sense. After writing for a month, I sent him sixty pages and asked him if he’d give me a reaction. Lucky for me, he said he’d look at it right away and the next morning I got an email from him. He called my writing “great stuff” and said I had the AI thing down cold. In all the sixty pages, he had only one revision; he suggested changing “tipover algorithm” to “failover subroutine” which was great as it sounded even geekier. So I was off and running. Off on another novel writing adventure. Another six months of climbing the bookwriting mountain with the inevitable rejections and turnarounds to come. Am I crazy? I’ll let you know when I find out.

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