KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and itsâ€™ environs - March 2016
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SP OT S WO OD Extraordinary brick Georgian home, completely renovated and updated with modern convenience in a private country setting of 72 acres only 8 miles from Charlottesville. The residence, in superb condition, combines a modern feel throughout with a thoughtfully designed floor plan, featuring a fabulous gourmet kitchen and spacious first floor master suite with 3 additional bedrooms on the second floor. A restored log and frame guest cabin, 3 stall center aisle barn board fenced paddocks, and mountain views complete this offering.
MARIAH Situated along a country lane, this property is simply spectacular. Panoramic mountain views, sweeping countryside, and a residence that embodies the best features and materials available. 7 bedrooms, gourmet kitchen, formal living and dining rooms, tap room, elevator, and beautiful in-ground pool. Covered morning and evening flagstone porches provide sunrise and sunset views. Guest House, equestrian barn, paddocks and trails.
M OR L A N D Early 20th century waterfront brick home of 7,000 sq. ft, completely updated and renovated with the finest of materials and with frontage on the Potomac River. Sand beach, pool, pool house, Boy’s Cottage, River House, Caretaker’s Cottage, wonderful gardens and fountains, brick terraces, and the oldest known Hemlock Hedge in the Commonwealth. Extremely private on 159.82 acres only 1 hour 20 min to DC or Richmond by boat or car.
FA I RWAY DR I V E Perfectly located private waterfront lot of 2.4 acres in gated community with views of the surrounding Pete Dye designed golf course, Broadmoor Lake, and Blue Ridge Mountains. Low maintenance country home with over 11,000 sq. ft with tumbled marble flooring, chef ’s kitchen, 5 bedrooms, state of the art security system and Lutron lighting system. The home is relaxing as well as perfect for entertaining with a beautiful billiard room, home theatre, wine cellar, and outdoor kitchen.
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THE COLUMNISTS Mary Morony author of the novel Apron Strings is a Charlottesville native and long time resident of Keswick. Raising four children to adulthood and her unique perspective on life has given her lots of food for thought. She now lives on a farm in Orange County with her husband Ralph Morony, three dogs, two guineas and no cat. Check out Mary’s blog at www.marymorony.com.
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This c. 1931 classic even comes with a serpentine wall out front, constructed by a previous owner, who was Dean of the UVA Law School. Just completed extensive improvements include a new kitchen, garage converted to a large home office or rec room, new HVAC (Buderus furnace), total overhaul of the slate roof, copper gutters and downspouts installed, extensive landscaping and hardscaping, including an aggregate driveway and off-street parking for 6+ cars. What a transformation to this still character-rich brick home with a Blue Ridge view too! MLS# 542484 401 Park Street Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs PO Box 32, Keswick, Virginia 22947 T: 434.242.8033 E: firstname.lastname@example.org The minds behind Keswick Life: EDITORIAL EDITOR/FOUNDER Winkie Motley CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Colin Dougherty THE COLUMNISTS Tony Vanderwarker, Mary Morony, Suzanne Nash CONTRIBUTORS Mary Jane Timmerman PROOF READER Sierra Young
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12 ONLY IN KESWICK 14 COMMUNITY Tony Vanderwarker takes us on a comical tale of life The University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson in Keswick "according to Tony" - Can Westminster Canterbury Be That Far Away? Growing old isn't for sissies!
Foundation at Monticello will present their highest honors, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals in Architecture, Law, Citizen Leadership, and Global Innovation during their joint Founder's Day activities. Read all about it in Keswick Life's Community section.
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On and Off The Market This month we split Keswick area activities and Glenmore into distinct sections.
4969 Barn Field Drive is back on the market at $2.295m. The 4 bed, 4.5 bath home is on 22.4 acres. 4868 Moriah Way is a 4 bed, 3.5 bath, 2423 sf home on 2.5 acres at $499.9k. 4915 Moriah Way is a 4 bed, 4.5 bath, 4978 sf home on 2.4 acres for $539.9k. “Highgrove Cottage” at 6295 Gordonsville Road is a 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 2227 sf home on 15 acres at $760k. 111 Distan Court is a 4 bed, 4.5 bath, 4728 sf home on 5.3 acres at $729.9k. 38 Tall Oaks Court is a 3 bed, 3 bath, 3451 sf home on 2.5 acres at $449.9k. 119 Distan Court with 5 beds, 5 baths, 5764 sf and 2 acres listed at $725k sold for $706k. 1450 Running Deer Drive with 3 beds, 2 baths and 4.25 acres listed at $259.9k sold for $250k. 1070 E. Keswick Drive with 3 beds, 1 bath and an acre listed at $194.9k sold for $168k. 116 Distan Court with 4 beds, 3.5 baths, 4062 sf on 2.2 acres listed at $499k and 101 Westview Lane with 4 beds, 3 baths, 2750 sf and 2 acres listed at $365k both went under contract. So the Glenmore shuffle! Sold were 3266 Darby Road, a 5 bed, 4.5 bath, 6067 sf home priced at $699k for $640k. 1446 Bremerton Lane, a 4 bed, 2.5 bath, 3100 sf home priced at $629k for $600k. 2131 Farringdon Road, a 4 bed, 4.5 bath, 4090 sf home listed at $899k for $860k. 1367 Thistle Down, a 5 bed, 5.5 bath, 5537 sf home listed at $998k for $925k. 3361 Carroll Creek Road, a 5 bed, 6.5 bath, 5172 sf home listed at %1.349m for $1.332m. Reduced were 2316 Grey Heron Road with 5 beds, 5.5 baths and 5700 sf from 1.295m to $1.185m. 3535 Devon Pines with 5 beds, 5.5 baths and 4500 sf from $639k to $610k. 1964 Piper Way with 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 3699 sf from $769k to $690k and 3452 Devon Pines with 5 beds, 3.5 baths and 3880 sf from $675k to $668k. Under contract is 1 Waterside Way with 6 beds, 6.5 baths and 7050 sf at $870.8k, 2461 Pendower Lane with 3 beds, 3 baths and 3,561 sf at $735.1k, 1414 Darley Row with 5 beds, 4.5 baths and 5764 sf for $799k, 1387 Tattersall Court with 5 beds, 6 baths and 5045 sf at $899.9k. Just available is 2291 Ferndown Lane with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 2216 sf at $549k. 1880 Graham Court with 5 beds, 5.5 baths and 5064 sf at $775k. 3650 Newbridge Road with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 3374 sf at $821k. 1566 Heathrow Lane with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 2500 sf at $559k. 3092 Darby Road with 6 beds, 7.5 baths and 7823 sf at $1.215m. 3660 Perthshire Court with 6 beds, 6.5 baths and 7810 sf at $865k. 3075 Hyde Park Place with 4 beds, 3.5 baths and 4224 sf at $895k. 2495 Wiltshire Close with 5 beds, 5.5 baths and 6045 sf at $699k. 1319 Kilchatten Lane with 3 beds, 3.5 baths and 3082 sf at $579k. 3308 Merrick Court with 4 beds, 2.5 baths and 2615 sf at $599k. 3076 Hyde Park Place with 7 beds, 7 baths and 8850 sf at $1.675m and 2048 Piper Way with 4 beds, 4 baths and 5810 sf at $880k.
Engagements - Manning/Henry cia Mehrmann of Roanoke, Virginia. Katie received a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Virginia, and a master's degree in Journalism from Georgetown University. She works as a freelance journalist for NPR and other national and international media outlets. Chris received a bachelor's degree in history and urban planning from the University of Virginia, and a master's degree in building science and construction management from Virginia Tech. He is a manager of real estate and construction projects for Stony Point Design/Build.
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of Charlottesville, Virginia, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kaitlyn Marie Manning to Christopher Alan Henry, son of Mr. Alan Henry and Mrs. Patri-
Katie and Chris met while they were students at the University of Virginia, and are planning a wedding in Charlottesville, VA for September 2016.
Saylor Hart, a sophomore at Foxcroft School, earned herself a trip to the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) National Championships last weekend with a terrific performance. The Keswick, VA resident was second out of 12 riders in the Varsity Intermediate Over Fences class at the IEA Zone 3 Finals in Lexington, VA. Hart is one of only 24 riders from across the country who will gather at the Lexington Horse Park in Lexington, KY, on April 20-24 to compete in this division. The IEA is the largest scholastic riding organization in the United States with more than 12,500 middle and high school riders participating in Hunt Seat and Western competitions across 42 states. "She adapted her riding style to suit her mount and had a very correct and thoughtful ride over her course," reported Director of Riding Kate Worsham, who trains the entire Foxcroft Riding Team. "The competition in the Intermediate division was very strong, but Saylor was able to draw on her strong technique and maintain her composure to carry her through." Three other riders competed at the Zone 3 finals and did themselves and Foxcroft proud. Freshman Kayla Lee (Austin, TX) just missed qualifying for Nationals with a fourth-place finish in the Varsity Intermediate Flat class. Riding in the Varsity Open division, senior Meghann Harmon (Middleburg, VA), put in a "solid ride," to place 7th out of 12 competitors on the Flat and freshman Clair Newton (Leesburg, VA), showed poise and potential in the Over Fences class.
mean swinging hammers and buzzing saws. For members in the near term, our partnership program is soon to expand to a couple of new and exciting offers, so keep an eye out for updates on that front in the coming weeks. We also want to share with you the launch of www. commonhouse.com. This “preopen” site is primarily geared to new prospective Common House members, but we will be adding features and functionality as we move toward open and beyond. In the meantime, we encourage you to share with friends and acquaintances who you think might have an interest in the club. Again, thank you so much for your continued support, and we look forward to keeping you abreast of construction progress and all things Common House.
Quilting Two enthusiastic quilters are starting a monthly quilting meeting at Grace Episcopal Church, Keswick on the second Monday of every month. The first meeting is April 11, from 9-1pm, in the Parish Hall. This group will provide an opportunity to work on your own projects as well as agreed upon community projects while we enjoy the fellowship of other quilters. All “levels” of quilters are welcome. The Parish Hall is set up so quilters can bring sewing machines, cutting boards, hand work, and all phases of your quilting project. We hope you can join us for these mornings of uninterrupted quilting, sharing of ideas, and working on our art. For more information call Lisa Ray at (434)973-0333 or Pennie Naylor at (410)725-1529
Success Recently City Council approved a Special Use Permit for Common House and, at the same time, expressed a genuine enthusiasm for the project that is already bringing people of the community together in ways they were not before. The fact that we already have more than 70 members committed to Common House was a powerful endorsement of what we are doing, and, together with your many emails of support, our case in the end was a convincing one. Thank you to you all. Now that this last administrative obstacle has been cleared, we’re on to the fun stuff—and by that we
GOING OUT Guide
Mark your calendars! Save the date! Don’t be late!
THE BIG SHOW Flower Show & Tea
local businesses and shops. If a member has or knows of a friend who has a business they would like to promote, please consider donating a prize! Those looking to sponsor the event may choose to sponsor the 5K ($1000), the Kid's Mile ($500) or the Kid's Scramble ($250). Sponsors will be recognized at the event, and on the event t-shirt and website for supporting this worthy cause! Those wishing to volunteer, donate, or sponsor should contact Melissa Zeller at Melissa_Zeller@yahoo.com.
Where: Grace Church, Cismont, Virginia When: April 13th, 2:00 - 5:00pm
The Keswick Garden Club Presents “Happy Birthday Mr. Jefferson”. A Flower Show & Tea Wednesday, April 13th 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church Parish Hall. Open to the public ~ Admission is Free ~ The 2016 new Keswick Garden Club Cookbook will be available to purchase.
MASTER & FOXHOUND SCHOOL Biennial Staff Seminar Where: Westfields Marriott Hotel - Chantilly, VA When: April 22 - 24, 2016
Please join us for the 2016 Biennial Staff Seminar in Chantilly, Virginia, at the
beautiful Westfields Marriott, only 15 minutes from Dulles Airport and less than 30 minutes from historic Middleburg, Virginia. Take a kennel tour, attend hunt races or visit some of the great tack stores in the area. Come early and stay late you'll have a ball! This year's seminar will feature dinner with special keynote speaker Jimmy Wofford, a 3-time Olympian, Olympic medalist & Eventing Hall of Fame member, and a cocktail party at Huntland, the lovely home of Betsee Parker, where the Ian Milne Award winner will be announced. Huntland was the finest foxhunting estate in that country in 1910s and 20s, when Joe Thomas, MFH (Middleburg, Piedmont, Mr. Thomas', Grasslands) owned it. Thomas, prolific hound breeder whose influence can be found in almost every pack in North America, as well as the founder of the American Foxhound Club, turned the renamed Huntland into a stunning kennels and stables that housed Piedmont, Middleburg and his own pack. Dr. Betsee Parker lovingly restored the 1830s Federal-style property to its 1911 glory after it fell into disrepair. Visit Huntland’s stunning kennels, home and property during the MFHA Biennial Staff Seminar. This is a rare opportunity for a behind-the-scenes look at a historic foxhunting estate. Educational highlights include "Hunting Across America," "The Hunt Horse," "A Year in the Life of a Foxhound" and a "Master's Focused Roundtable." For further information: firstname.lastname@example.org or (540) 955-5680
GARDEN WEEK BONUS Garden Week Garden Conversation with Andrea Wulf Where: Monticello When: Monday, April 25, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
The New York Times best-selling author will speak about her latest book, The Invention of Nature, which was named by the New York Times as one of The 10 Best Books of 2015. Invention reveals the extraordinary life of German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt (1769 - 1859), who corresponded with Jefferson for 21 years. Wulf also authored The Brother Gardeners, winner of the American Horticultural Society 2010 Book Award, and Founding Gardeners: How the Revolutionary Generation Created an American Eden. Informal tours of the gardens will be offered prior to the event.
SAVE THE DATE Eastminster Dog Show Where: Keswick Hunt Club Showgrounds When: Wednesday, May 18th - 6:00 pm Entry free - registration 5 PM. All dogs must be spayed or neutered.
THE PARTY Karats & Cocktails Where: Keswick Hunt Club When: Thursday, May 19th, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Children's Hospital is proud to return as the beneficiary of the 2016 Keswick Horse Show, which will run from May 18 - 22, 2016. Now in its 112th year, the Keswick Horse Show is one of the most prestigious horse shows in the country. This year's Karats & Cocktails event will again feature an exclusive trunk show of Temple St. Clair fine jewelry. Last year, thanks to host committee members and charitable proceeds from jewelry sales, the event raised more than $30,000 for pediatric research at UVA Children's Hospital. We are excited to this year offer corporate sponsorships to the event this year. If you are interested in the former, would like to be a host committee member, or if have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact Polly Hunter at phunter@virginia. edu or 434-924-5206 and 540-347-2612, www.vagoldcup.com
THE RACE Keswick Fox Trot 5K Trail Race Where: TBD When: May 28th
Save the Date for the 3rd Annual Keswick Fox Trot 5K Trail Race on the evening of May 28th. This is a fun spring fundraiser for both the Keswick Hunt Club and the Piedmont Environmental Council. It is also a great opportunity for all of our non-riding members and friends of the club to see some of the beautiful land our club gets to hunt across. Registration and event details are available at the Fox Trot 5k website. We are looking for volunteers for race day, contributions for the "Hunt Breakfast" after the race, donations of prizes, and sponsors. Prizes in past years have included gift cards and merchandise from
SUPPORT BY GOLFING Little Keswick Charity Golf Tournament Where: Keswick Club When: Monday, May 9th, 10:30 a.m.
This year the 22nd Annual Little Keswick
Day for Special Children Charity Golf Tournament returns to Keswick Club’s newly designed Pete Dye Course, following a 2-year hiatus during course renovations! The Golf Tournament is set for Monday, May 9th, 2016. Registration and Lunch begin at 10:30 a.m., with a Shotgun Start at 12:30 p.m. Participate in Contests around the Course for great prizes, and stay to attend a Dinner Buffet and Awards Ceremony at the completion of the tournament. Sign up as an individual player or as a foursome. Contact us to reserve your spot, as the field of golfers is expected to fill quickly! Sponsorship Opportunities and benefits are available at various levels, and we would love to have you join our efforts in making a difference in Special Education! Contact: By Email to info@LKFSE. org or at (434) 989-6866.
ORANGE GALA Enchanted Evening Where: Springfields, Gordonsville, Va When: Saturday, June 4th
Orange Gala is an annual fundraising dinner held every June at the estates of generous supporters of the Orange Unit of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia. For over a decade, the event has been one of the premier events in Orange County raising significant funds for the Club. Money raised at this event goes to support the operating budget for the Orange Unit, directly impacting the kids of Orange County. Each year the event sells-out and with new themes and new venues, keeps patrons returning year after year! Please contact Virginia Wawner at email@example.com.
COVER STORY ANNUAL GARDEN WEEK ISSUE BY KESWICK LIFE
Each spring visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia's most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during "America's Largest Open House." This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia's springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,000 flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members.
Tickets: $45 pp. Children 6-12: $10. Tickets available only at the designated parking area at the University of Virginia Foundation parking lot, located in the Boar’s Head Inn complex. Only cash or checks accepted. Tickets for Morven sold separately.
Tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of Virginia's historic gardens, and provide graduate level research fellowships for building comprehensive and ongoing records of historic gardens and landscapes in the Commonwealth, and support the mission of the Garden Club of Virginia.The beginning of Historic Garden Week dates to 1927, when a flower show organized by the Garden Club of Virginia raised an impressive $7,000 to save trees planted by Thomas Jefferson on the lawn at Monticello.
Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting
The Garden Club of Virginia operates as a non-profit organization comprised of 47 member clubs and 3,400 volunteers. Proceeds from Historic Garden Week fund the restoration and preservation of Virginia's historic gardens, and provide graduate level research fellowships for building comprehensive and ongoing records of historic gardens and landscapes in the Commonwealth.Since the first statewide tour, over $17 million has been contributed to these worthwhile causes.
This year offers three different days of touring in the Albemarle area. On Saturday, visit Morven c. 1820. Sunday’s tour highlights Flordon, a picturesque neighborhood in a lush, rolling, woodland setting a few miles west of Charlottesville, with access to five private properties. Flordon tour is the gem of the 3-day experience. It includes a stone Georgian estate with myriad garden paths leading to, among other highlights, a restored Gillette garden, the welcoming home of a young family, a stately hilltop home with extensive acreage and incredible views, a Dutch Colonial filled with American folk art, and a child-friendly garden. Conclude your trip on Monday with free tours of the Pavilion gardens at the University of Virginia, a restoration site of the Garden Club of Virginia using proceeds from past Historic Garden Week tours, and visit Carr’s Hill, the UVa. President’s home.
Morven Estate Gardens and House
the Flordon neighborhood and violators will be towed. There is no parking permitted at the houses. Parking for passenger cars and small vans (10 passengers or fewer) available at The University of Virginia Foundation parking lot, located within the grounds of Boar’s Head Inn, 200 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903. Transportation from the parking area to the homes by shuttle bus. The last shuttle will depart the parking area at 4:15 p.m.
Please note: In case of rain and/or wet conditions, the Morven tour may be canceled due to difficult parking conditions. Tickets are not refundable. To verify conditions on tour day only, call (434) 960-3561 after 7 a.m. for a recorded message. Morven House and Gardens, 791 Morven Drive. From I-64, take Exit 121 (Rt. 20 South/Scottsville) and follow the signs to Monticello, turning left on Rt. 53 East/ Thomas Jefferson Pkwy. Pass Monticello entrance, bear right onto Rt. 795/James Monroe Pkwy. and continue past Ash Lawn-Highland for 1.4 mi. Entrance to Morven is on the right. The three-story brick manor house at Morven was built c.1820 in the late-Georgian/Federal style by builder Martin Thacker for David Higginbotham, a local merchant. Its 19th-century ambience remains even after 20th-century additions and interior renovations. The land was part of the original 1730 Carter family land grant and was known to Thomas Jefferson as “Indian Camp,” which he purchased for his “adoptive son” Col. William Short in 1795, who in turn sold Morven to David Higginbotham in 1813. The last private owner, the late John Kluge, gave the farm to the University of Virginia Foundation in 2001. Extraordinary grounds feature the formal and cutting gardens renovated by Annette Hoyt Flanders in the 1930s, as well as gardens added by Mr. Kluge. Tulips, phlox, lilacs, viburnum and deutzia, among other shrubs and perennials, fill a series of distinct garden rooms. Notable trees include a pair of Osage orange trees, the state champion Chinese chestnut, and a dove tree. Morven was a charter property open for the first Historic Garden Week in Virginia in 1929. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and on the Virginia Landmarks Register. Please note: the house is handicapped accessible; however, the gardens are not.
Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking and Shuttles: This is a shuttle tour with offsite parking. Unfortunately, there is no roadside parking in
Built in 1938, this stone Georgian home with formal and informal gardens was designed by Marshall Wells, who also designed Westminster Church in Charlottesville. An azalea-lined drive circles in front of the arched front entrance, which is surrounded by hellebores, epimedium and mature chestnut and pin oaks. The interior of the home features beautiful woodwork, arched doorways and large French doors that open onto the terraces and gardens. Charles Gillette designed the original landscape, but much of it has been changed through the years. The azalea garden with vistas to a neighboring farm remains the most true to his design. Stone pathways lead to a boxwood garden, an azalea garden, and a water feature surrounded by white azaleas. A slate pathway scattered with bleeding heart and shade plantings leads to a secluded swimming pool surrounded by tall trees. Just outside the kitchen door is a chef’s garden filled with a variety of herbs and vegetables, including lettuce, kale, collards, spinach, and mixed greens. The path beyond the chef’s garden meanders past daffodils, lilies of the valley, rhododendrons and Japanese maples to a guesthouse. This home was open for Historic Garden Week in 1968.
The Brown Home and Garden
This stately residence is an example of gracious living with young children. The circular drive features views to the east and enhances a painted brick house with an entrance surrounded by tulip poplars, narcissi, pieris
University of Virginia The Pavilion Gardens
Monday, April 25, 2016 - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. No admission charge. Founded by Thomas Jefferson and established in 1819, the University of Virginia is the only American university designated as a World Heritage site. Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register, is also designated a National Historic Landmark. For full schedule of activities and points of interest as well as a map of Grounds, visit www.virginia. edu/gardenweek. japonica, and a shade garden of hellebores, hostas, and a variety of ferns. A Chippendale-style balustrade caps the front entry. Built in 1962, the home was significantly updated in 2006 and 2011. The interior features the owner’s sketches of her children, unusual light fixtures, and elegant mirrors. The large gourmet kitchen opens on to a window-lined family room with fireplace and a sitting area leading to a screened porch with slate floor and outdoor fireplace. Plantings around the back porch include Korean spice viburnum, boxwoods, deutzia, candytuft, fothergillas, Arnold Promise witch hazel, and hydrangeas. A grove of tulip poplars lines the spacious back lawn, offering plenty of room for children to run and play. Crepe myrtles, roses, tulips, and a variety of herbs and vegetables in planters surround the outdoor terrace. Various recreational areas for children include swings and a half-court basketball court.
The Moga Home and Garden
This classic Dutch Colonial has been extensively updated by the current owners. The sun-drenched, eclectic interior includes animal motifs intermingled with the owner’s collection of American folk art, 18th- and 19th-century painted furniture, and decorative arts. Relics and whimsical touches fill every corner, including a tall-case Whiting clock, a smokehouse cupboard, a collection of Hannah Davis bandboxes and other early wooden bride’s boxes. The dining room features an antique salvaged table, a New England highboy, a Portsmouth chest and a collection of American Windsor chairs. Significant 19th-century quilts grace the firstfloor rooms. A large family room with slate floor opens to a backyard filled with azaleas, rhododendrons, tree hydrangeas, Japanese maples and ferns. Steps from the patio lead up to a swimming pool surrounded by magnolias and a collection of vintage birdhouses, dovecotes and cupolas, all guarded by a large 1860s cast-iron garden sculpture of a retriever. Additional sculptures are tucked into the surrounding gardens. [new] Daisy and David Moga, owners.
The Granville Garden
Set among mature, tall trees, this informal garden combines plantings in a landscape designed for children to run and play. From the wooded, circular driveway, a pachysandra-lined path leads past daffodils and azaleas to the backyard. The back deck creates natural views toward a shaded woodland garden with wood poppies, bleeding hearts, azaleas, dogwoods, hellebores, ferns, jack-in-the-pulpits, oakleaf hydrangeas, and Japanese maples. The sun-drenched lower level features a formal boxwood garden with climbing roses on trellises placed above a deer’s reach of the blooms. Doublefile viburnums bloom at the end of the boxwood garden. A children’s playground is nestled in the back corner of the yard with landscaping offering an abundance of places to play hide and seek among the tall trees and lush shrubbery. [new] Mr. and Mrs. David Granville, owners.
The Burns Home and Garden
Built in 1961 and extensively updated by the current owners, this home sits atop a ridge offering spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The landscape includes numerous gardens, courtyards, pergolas, and terraces featuring a variety of plantings including laceleaf Japanese maples, lilacs, roses, salvia, daffodils, tulips, boxwoods, azaleas, dogwoods, and pieris japonica. A stone and crushed gravel parking courtyard provides a welcoming entrance. A recently updated chef’s kitchen connects to a family room with an enormous fireplace that was part of the original kitchen. An exposed brick sunroom opens on to a large terrace with outdoor fireplace and an outdoor kitchen, which overlooks a reflecting pool centered by a heron sculpture designed by Charlottesville native Caroline Hanson. Across the sprawling lawn is a stone pool house with a seating area and wet bar. Pool plantings feature succulents, boxwoods and large containers. The putting green offers mountain vistas. [new] Mary Anne and Stephen Burns, owners.
The Garden Club of Virginia restored the University’s Pavilion Gardens and their surrounding serpentine walls with proceeds from Historic Garden Week, beginning with the West Pavilion gardens in 1947. The serpentine walls were part of Jefferson’s Academical Village. The Garden Club of Virginia hired noted Colonial Williamsburg landscape architects Alden Hopkins and Donald Parker to design the Colonial Revival gardens. The West Pavilion Gardens were restored between 1947 and 1953 and the East Lawn between 1960 and 1965. Research on the history of the gardens is currently underway. Work in the gardens continues to be supported by the Garden Club of Virginia. Tours of the gardens conducted at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. start at the steps of the Rotunda facing the Lawn. For more information, visit www.virginia.edu/uvatours/gardens/gardensHistory. html
Pavilion Homes on the West Lawn, Student Room *The arrangements in Pavilion IX are by the Keswick Garden Club
Pavilion V: Pat Lampkin and Wayne Cozart Pavilion VII: Colonnade Club Pavilion IX: Dorrie and Barry Fontaine Floral arrangements in Pavilion VII are courtesy of the Dogwood Garden Club, established in Charlottesville in 1960. The arrangements in Pavilion IX are by the Keswick Garden Club and the ones in Pavilion V are by the Piedmont Garden Club. West Range Room 13, known as the Edgar Allan Poe Room, will also be open. Edgar Allan Poe (1809-49) was a student for one year at the University, a year after it opened in 1825. The University’s Raven Society maintains Poe’s room on the West Range in recognition of his time here.
Open from noon to 4 p.m. Located on the hill above the corner of Rugby Road and University Avenue, Carr’s Hill has been home to eight University presidents and their families and is currently occupied by University President Teresa Sullivan and her husband, Douglas Laycock. In 2009, the University celebrated the centennial of Carr’s Hill, designed as the president’s residence by the New York architecture firm McKim, Mead and White. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the house was part of the late 1890s-to-1900s building campaign that also included Cabell, Rouss, Cocke, and Garrett Halls and the North Portico and Rotunda interior. Please note: Carr’s Hill is a private home and only certain areas are open.
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931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway. Designed by and home to Thomas Jefferson, founder of the University of Virginia, author of the Declaration of Independance and third President of the United States. The winding walk flower border was restored by the Garden Club of Virginia in 1939-1941. For information on all of Monticello’s Historic Garden Week programming, visit www.monticello.org/gardenweek or call (434) 984-9880. April 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Conversation with Andrea Wulf. The New York Times best-selling author will discuss her latest book, The Invention of Nature, about German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, who corresponded with Jefferson for 21 years. $65 pp includes Virginia wines and hors d’oeuvres at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center. Informal tours of the gardens offered prior to the event. April 26 at 10 a.m.Thomas Jefferson’s Fruit and Vegetable Gardens at Monticello Join Gabriele Rausse, Director of Gardens and Grounds, for a lecture that includes present-day efforts to restore and preserve Jefferson’s horticultural legacy. A walking tour of the gardens follows. No charge, but registration required. At 2 p.m. at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center with a 3 p.m. tour of the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants. Focusing on the flower gardens, Curator of Plants Peggy Cornett, explores the flora that defines our horticultural heritage. Bring your HGW ticket and receive 10% off all purchases. No charge, but registration required. April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants Celebrate Historic Garden Week with a visit to Monticello’s nursery. Learn about pollinators from two featured speakers, Ira Wallace of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and Grace Chapman, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Director of Horticulture. No charge. For information on all of Monticello’s Historic Garden Week programming, www.monticello.org/gardenweek or (434) 984-9880.
2050 James Monroe Parkway, home of James Monroe, fifth President of the United States, who located his mountain estate near Monticello, at the urging of
his friend Thomas Jefferson. (434) 293-8000 or www. ashlawnhighland.org.
James Madison’s Montpelier
13384 Laundry Road, Montpelier Station Montpelier was the home of the fourth President of the United States, James Madison, and his wife, Dolley, the main house has undergone a nationally acclaimed restoration to its original 1820 design. Past Historic Garden Week proceeds have enabled the Garden Club of Virginia to assist in restoring the two-acre formal terraced Annie DuPont Garden. www.montpelier.org
19173 Salubria Ln, Stevensburg, VA Historic Salubria is an 18th century (ca. 1757) Georgian-style manor house and is one of the few surviving structures linked to the time of the settlement of Germanna. It stands as the oldest brick house in Culpeper County. Under the Garden Club of Virginia’s William D. Rieley Fellowship, landscape architect Sonia Brenner researched the gardens and landscape of Salubria, in particular the “falling garden”. Garden has not been restored. House open from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. germanna.org/salubria
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13 S. Commerce Street, Culpeper (train depot) Open Monday- Saturday 10:00 am–5:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. culpepermuseum.com Grafti House and Te Battle of Brandy Station 19484 Brandy Road, Culpeper 22714 Te Battle of Brandy Station was the largest cavalry battle of the Civil War and thefrst battle of the Gettysburg Campaign. Historic Grafti House is headquarters for battlefeld tours which will be ofered all day. brandystationfoundation.com Te 1862 Battle of Cedar Mountain Rte. 15 at General Winder Road (5.5 miles south of Culpeper), 22701 Te Battle of Cedar Mountain witnessed Maj. General “Stonewall” Jackson’s 22,000 Confederate troops opposing Maj. General John Pope’s 12,000 troops in a narrow confederate victory. Te Civil War Preservation Trust had created a self-guided trail with interpretive signage. www.civilwar.org/battlefelds/cedar-mountain.html
This year Historic Garden Week is coming to Culpeper on April 23, 2016.The tour, Culpeper: Classic to Contemporary, is sponsored by the Dolley Madison Garden Club and will feature four private estates: Deer Ridge, home of Mr. and Mrs. Greg Yates, Porches, home of Dr. and Mrs. Ben Alan, Turkey Ridge, home of Mr. and Mrs. Duke duFrane, and Greenville, home of Mr. and Mrs. William W. Foshay, Jr. These homeowners have been preparing their homes and gardens all year for this huge event. As the big day approaches, the flower designers and arrangers of the Dolley Madison Garden Club do their part to make sure the flower arrangements in each home will be remarkable. The head flower designers visit the tour homes beginning in late January. They walk through each house and decide where floral arrangements will have the most impact. The designers look at the flow and features of the house, the furnishings, and the artwork to start designing the unique floral arrangements that will highlight each room and show off the character of the home. Head designers for this year’s tour, Pat Filer and Frances Lea, jot down notes and stop to photograph significant points as they work their way through the homes. They bounce ideas off each other and consult with the homeowner as they go along. They look for the right container to hold the arrangements they are beginning to create in their notes. Classic urns, wood burls, and small vases are some of the containers that might be used. They prefer to use containers already in the home and often the homeowner has just the right thing. After visiting each home, the designers meet with a lead designer for each house and share their notes and photos. Lead designers are free to use their creative insights to make the flower arrangements “pop” in just the right way in each house. Sketches help in the creative process. Lead designers visit the particular house they’ve been assigned to and start to plan out the flowers and floral material they will need to share with their flower teams. Friday, the day before the tour, the teams assemble at each home, and work their magic to bring the designs to breath-catching reality. The flower arrangements in each house help make Historic Garden Week a major event in the state. And Historic Garden Week is a big deal. Historic Garden Week is a statewide event originating in Charlottesville many decades ago and sponsored by the Garden Club of Virginia. Over 30,000 tickets are sold annually at the largest volunteer project in the Commonwealth. The economic impact is estimated at $11 million each year. Visitors come from over 30 states and international visitors join too. Funds raised by Historic Garden Week are used to restore historically significant gardens in the state. The Dolley Madision Garden Club sponsored tour – Culpeper: Classic to Contemporary, April 23, 2016 , 10 am to 5pm, is a must-see tour. The flowers will be amazing.
Orange County Culpeper In the heart of the Virginia Piedmont, the town of Culpeper is home to this year’s tour. Tis driving tour, which takes place on its outskirts, honors both its past and its future. From a pre-Civil War manor house to a modern 21st Century one, from intimate secret gardens to grand landscapes incorporating trees and sweeping Blue Ridge views, the visitor will appreciate country living in the Piedmont. Culpeper itself, once situated at the crossroads of numerous Civil War battles, now offers a restored historic downtown with theater, restaurants, wineries and breweries. All properties are on the tour for the frst time.
13012 Deer Ridge Road, Culpeper, VA 22702 After turning in at the Grifnsburg store, which at one time anchored the Yates’ dairy farm, one passes the willowencircled pond and ascends Deer Ridge, marked by mature oak, pine, holly and cherry trees. A specimen weeping cherry announces the arrival at the entrance to the house. At every turn the past and the present intersect. Much of the land of this 500-acre farm has been in the same family for eight generations and is now protected by a conservation easement. Situated next to a rock outcropping, which was the owner’s favorite childhood play site, this contemporary house takes advantage of a commanding view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Te house was originally built in 1976, renovated over the years and extensively remodeled in 2015 to adapt to this active family’s lifestyle. Te transformed entry and living area feature not only the show stopping view but also modern furnishings commissioned from local artisans, Scott Carpenter and Roque Castro. Looking carefully, references to the past are found in stone from the farm used in the foyer wall and the media room chimney, a restored slot machine from the Griffinsburg store, and a miniature diorama replica of the store’s interior. The new kitchen, caterer’s kitchen, and tower room overlook terraces and a semicircular haha wall that steps down to the pool area. With its outdoor chimney and fireplace, hot tub and nearby tennis court, the outdoor living spaces beckon. Extensive new landscaping frames the views and newly fashioned residence. Liz and Greg Yates, owners.
13166 Deer Ridge Road, Culpeper, VA 22701 An allee of trees line the road to Porches and terminate at a circle dominated by impressive Japanese Maples. A curved walk leads to the discreet front door that belies what lies beyond. While travelling in Provence the owners were inspired to create a house on a hillside with inspiring views. Combining inspiration from their upbringings they designed a house that combined the indoor/ outdoor living spaces of California with the porches of a Southern one. Each porch offers a different view both sheltering from, but taking advantage of the sun throughout the day. Radiating from an art filled entry hall are the principal rooms of the house; an intimate living room, a soaring family room and traditional dining room. Te house is flled with original art collected the world over and regionally, and some by the owner, an artist and gallery owner. Details from the Cherry paneled and leather floored study, to a working artist’s studio further personalize this well loved, well lived-in family home. Te house is built of California redwood and stone reclaimed from a stone wall in Rappahanock Co.. There are distinct gardens flanking each porch and the pool area. Tey comprise plantings that have evolved over time, many of which are the divisions of plants
from friends and family; azaleas and roses from the owner’s mother’s home, jade plants and iris from California, and tulips from Amsterdam. Many trees have been interspersed with old ones over the years to create continuity of the landscape. Mary and Ben Allen, owners.
13501 Greenville Road, Culpeper, VA 22701 It is difficult to imagine now, but this house was “a sad wreck” when purchased by the present owners in 1982 for the farmland. After the house was renovated in 1998 the groundhogs living in the kitchen and owls in the upstairs drawing rooms were turned out, and corn no longer grew to the front door. Built in 1847 by Philip Pendleton Nalle and designed by Jeremiah Morton, it is situated in rolling hills near Raccoon Ford, the land bounded by the Rapidan River. It is listed with the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register. The Classical Revival, red brick, three-story house is dominated by the 30’ Tuscan columns and an unusual and inefficient M shaped roof. Te center hall is enhanced by a spiral stair leading to the top floor. Te restoration has kept the original doors, mantels, woodwork and most of the pine floors intact. The first floor houses the kitchen, formal dining room and a sitting room, while the principal reception rooms are above. Outbuildings include a pool pavilion, a conservatory for wintering citrus and tender plants, and a summer kitchen. Old Kentucky Coffee Trees grow on both sides of the house. Te views from the front porch to the farm beyond are bounded by geometric yew and holly hedges. Terraced gardens are marked by urns atop the brick walls and stairways. Trees include hornbeam, English oak, deodar cedar and fve kinds of magnolia. Adrianne and Bill Foshay
710 Zeuswyn Drive, Culpeper, VA 22701 Te house at Turkey Ridge was moved to its present location from the front of the 1,000 acre Zeuswyn Farm when the town of Culpeper arrived on its doorstep in 1973. The Clores, who owned it then, decided to move and remodel rather than build a new, in part to retain the extensive wood paneling and woodwork in the house. Mr. Clore’s father and grandfather had run a furniture company in Madison in the 1800’s and a good deal of cherry and walnut wood was saved and stored by them. While the current owners renovated in 2002, they have continued to honor the Clore legacy and Clore-made bookcases, corner cupboards and other walnut woodwork abound in the house. Te house has a mixture of English and American antiques as well as original artwork including some primitive paintings done by the owner’s grandmother. 18th Century millstones fank the entrance and two hearths, rescued after Culpeper’s after streets were widened. Curbstones that at one time lined Culpeper’s streets were reclaimed and line the driveway, as well as bricks from Alexandria’ s streets, which now are the porch floors. The house is tucked away from view and approached by a holly-lined driveway, and shaded by hickory and black tupelo trees. Plantings of perennials, azaleas, rhododendron and spring flowering trees surround the house. A vista of Lake Pelham and Old Rag Mountain provide the backdrop for a serene formal garden. Ann and Duke duFrane, owners.
Spring 2016 Landscaper Checklist As always, it is important to wear protective apparel while you work. Some specific items to remember include: - Helmet systems and eye protection to protect against flying debris. - Protective pants made with materials that are both cut retardant and water resistant, like STIHL Woodcutter Chaps. - Hearing protection, gloves, and any other protective apparel recommended in your product's instruction manual.
Bringing Equipment Out of Winter Storage Before you pull your tools out of storage and put them to work, make sure you’ve prepared them for your spring workload. Here are some basic maintenance tips to help get your equipment out of hibernation and ready to run. Check the condition of your spark plugs and replace if necessary. Check air filters for dirt and damage to determine if any need cleaning or replacement. Clean debris from blowers and trimmers as well. Inspect your equipment for broken parts, and replace any that are broken or damaged. Check screws and nuts, and retighten them if necessary. Now is a good time to sharpen or change saw chains, as well as replace trimmer line. Lubricate parts where friction will occur. Check power cords on electric tools for damage or wear. Use STIHL MotoMix® Premixed Fuel in your fuel tanks. STIHL MotoMix® is a highly stable blend that will help ensure great performance. Don’t put your power tool to work immediately—after a season of storage, let it warm up for a few minutes before use. Take extra care to keep your chainsaw’s risk-reducing features and control mechanisms clean.
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Can Westminster Canterbury Be That Far Away? BY TONY VANDERWARKER I know it was out of care and concern and I should have no business making fun of visiting the University of Virginia Memory Clinic for a brain checkup. A what? Yup, you got it right. Could Tony’s cranium really be on the fritz? Annie claimed it was since I was forgetting things like the appointment with the dentist, the lunch with Bruce, the bibb lettuce and bacon at the Giant, the promise to grade the driveway, not being able to remember where I put my iPhone, my belt with the gold buckle, the pair of black-framed glasses, the red fleece jacket, my wallet or how to get to the shop where we buy the special dog food, or the place where I went to have my stenosis checked out, the turnoff to Ada and Ed’s, her birthday or the years our children were born. “I’m really concerned and I want to have you checked out,” she said. “But I write entire books, stand up in front of audiences and talk for an hour off the top of my head.” “I don’t care, I want you to do this.” Okay, you know who’s winning this one. So I get an appointment. On the chosen day, Annie thoughtfully offers to go with me. I’m wondering if she’s thinking the diagnosis might mean I can’t get behind the wheel any more and she needs to drive me home. I accept her offer, partially because I don’t want to fan the fire by admitting I have no idea how to get to the Fontaine Research Park. I heat up the issue anyway when I check in at the front desk and discover my appointment is for tomorrow, not today. I apologize for dragging her on a wild goose chase. She says, “At least you’ll know how to get there tomorrow.” So the next day I start off. But I realize I
know exactly where Fontaine is, but exactly how to get there? So I consult Siri and she tells me. Okay, good to go. I show up and the receptionist says, “Good to see you again, glad you’ve got the right day.” She’s joking of course, but I’m wondering if there isn’t something more behind it. Working the front desk at the Memory Clinic, she must see all kinds of, shall we say, forgetful behavior. “Have a seat, someone will be with you shortly.”
or single at Westminster. “”I really don’t understand what you mean.”
“You mean I missed normal by four points?”
“See the way these three are connected? Connect the others the same way.”
“That’s one way to put it.”
“Okay, we’ll move on to the next one.” Strike one for Tony, I’m thinking, two more and I won’t be out, I’ll be in.
Doc shows up, introduces himself and sits down at the desk. He’s an impishlooking guy in his mid-thirties wearing a green-checked shirt and purple bow tie. Looks like he should be a bartender at a pub that caters to the gay crowd. He interviews me for a half-hour or so and then tells me he’s going to have me take a test.
Whew! Piece of cake, I’m thinking and I quickly knock it off. I’m perspiring so heavily I’m wishing I had a handkerchief.
“Okay,” he says, taking a piece of paper and turning it to face me. “See how these three circles are connected by dotted lines?” I see ten small circles with either letters or numbers inside. 1, A and 2 are linked with the lines. “So connect the other letters and numbers the same way.” “I beg your pardon,” I say, feeling the first twinges of panic. “There’s a relationship between the three, replicate it with the others.” I’m drawing a complete blank and starting to wonder whether I’ll get a double
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“So that’s not bad, huh?” I offer. “No, not at all. You have a few minor cognitive issues but otherwise you’re okay.” I’m not much into kissing guys but I wanted to reach across the desk and give his pink little face a big smack.
“I’m sorry, but I just don’t get it.”
Shortly turns into an hour. Finally a nurse appears and escorts me through a warren of corridors and ushers me into a small room with two chairs, a desk and some kind of bed contraption covered in Naugahyde.
I’m tempted to ask him whether it’s pass/ fail and if I flunk do I go directly to Westminster Canterbury, the local geezer asylum? But I keep my mouth shut.
I quickly do the math. I’m 86% normal, maybe that’s enough to keep me out of a stiff suit coat.
Now I’m sweating bullets, I’m flunking the first part of the test. Maybe they won’t put me in Assisted Living right away and I can opt for one of those cottages like Annie’s mom had?
I call Annie from the car. “I passed,” I tell her. I don’t mention that I barely passed. “Oh, that’s good, I’m so glad.” I have to admit she sounds a bit surprised.
He points to a rectangle. “Copy this below,” he says.
“So I’m okay.”
“Good, let’s go on to the next one. Draw a clock with numbers that indicates it is ten past four.” Easy layup, I’m thinking, I might be able to stay home for a couple more years.
“I’m very happy. Say, on your way home would you stop at the Giant and pick up some mushrooms, tomato juice, dishwasher capsules and a loaf or artisan bread—sliced?”
The next are line drawings of three animals. He points at one, “Giraffe,” I say and without waiting for him to move his finger, I quickly say, “Bear and hippopotamus.”
“Sure will,” I say, frantically scribbling the items down. “Don’t forget to get the bread sliced. Can you remember all that? Or do you need me to repeat it?” “Phhh, no problema,” I say, finishing up the list. “I’ve just tested out and I’ve got a mind like a steel trap.” Reading off the list, I say, “Mushrooms, tomato juice, dishwasher thingys and artisan bread— sliced.”
“Great, very good,” he says. And I’m thinking, Can you believe a hippopotamus is keeping me out of Westminster Canterbury? I ace the rest of the test, really hitting it out of the park. “So let me give you the results,” he says, folding the piece of paper. “You got a score of 26 out of 30 and 26 is the cutoff point so you passed. But you didn’t get any points on the first one and if you had, you would have come closer.”
“Wow, I’m impressed you remembered all that.” And me, I’m thinking, thank God for hippopotamuses.
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Home Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals The University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello will present their highest honors, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals in Architecture, Law, Citizen Leadership, and Global Innovation during their joint Founder's Day activities. The awards are presented jointly by UVA, which he founded in Charlottesville in 1819, and by the Foundation, the independent, nonprofit organization that owns and operates his home, Monticello. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals are the highest external honors bestowed by the University, which grants no honorary degrees. They recognize achievements of those who embrace endeavors in which Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and third U.S. president, excelled and held in high regard. The 2016 recipients are: Cecil Balmond OBE, the world’s leading thinker on form. A Sri Lankan-born architect, artist, writer and engineer, Balmond has earned international acclaim for his revolutionary approach. Former Deputy Chairman of the international, multidisciplinary engineering firm ARUP and head of both the European Building Division and the AGO (Advance Geometry Unit), Balmond now runs his own practice, Balmond Studio. He received an Or-
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ticello.org/marian-edelman-live. She will also speak at the University of Virginia at 3:00 p.m. in Nau Hall 101 the same day. The School of Law will host a public talk by Judge Gleeson on April 13 at 10 a.m. in the Caplin Pavilion, followed by a reception and book signing. Marian Wright Edelman will be the featured speaker at Monticello's commemoration of Jefferson's 273rd birthday, on April 13 at 10 a.m. on the West Lawn of Monticello.
The School of Architecture will host a public talk by Balmond at 3:00 pm on April 13 in the Ruth Caplin Theater in Arts Grounds, followed by a reception and book signing.
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and more so than ever this election year. I write this in an attempt to sort out my feelings on the political season while delving into spring’s metaphors. I always look forward to spring—likely the season I anticipate most. It’s a symbol of rebirth, renewal, and brings hope for better things to come. It’s the time of year in which the cycle of life is most evident when new things come into being. Little birds move back from the sunny south, while flowers and shrubs burst forth in bloom. It calls forth a sense of optimism and anticipation of change—feelings presidential elections evoke as well. As I remember, winter weather didn't descend on us in earnest until well after Christmas and by mid-February, it was already on the wane. Not a harsh or remarkably terrible winter. In fact, the media hype around our “Snowmageddon” piled up higher than did the forecasted flakes, at least here in Virginia. What did fall didn't stick around like it is prone to do in mid-winter. Perhaps, I had hoped this would be true of our candidates as well—lots of hype that melted away to something better. Unlike the weather,
BY MARY MORONY
You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming. ~Pablo Neruda winter was long and bleak politically speaking. Full of mudslinging, finger pointing, and issue-dodging, spring's arrival couldn’t be more lip-lickingly longed simply for some relief. I see the late winter woods littered with fallen branches, rutted by runoff, and mired in mud from El Niño storms as a metaphor for the pre-election detritus to which we have all been subjected. I am sure that I am not the only one who is already exhausted by it all. This year, however, I find myself less than hopeful. With spring comes much more than just birds and flowers; in also come the ticks, bugs, and poison ivy. I forget these lessdesirables when looking forward and only remember when confronted with the pestilence. When I look forward to the election, the pestilence is all I can think of. I am overwhelmed by the prospect of a summer of political conventions with such unconscionable choices in candidates and find
it difficult to look with expectation for renewal when the frontrunners in both parties are not worthy to be even called political hacks. As the world teeters on the brink of God only knows what, our presidential contenders compare hand sizes referencing the hackneyed joke or wonder out loud if she ever told a lie to the American people, please!
societies around the globe. The dearth of honor in our society and its leads has created an electoral process that is rapidly becoming a horrible international joke. It is my hope, though, that this debacle the primaries have so painfully illustrated is just the birthing pains of something fantastic to come, ever the optimist I!
A month or so ago, back in the dark winter when the coming election still held a promise of better things to come, I suggested in this column that personal honor might go a long way to allay the problems the world is facing. I still believe that to be true, but the volatility of the primaries and this country’s uncanny likeness to a burning Rome certainly bodes a tumultuous future.
Counter-intuitively, suicides peak in the spring. I suspect that is because when there is so much promise at hand: the discouragement is ever the greater for those who can't see their way clear to partake of that pledge. I am beginning to understand the feeling. Not that I want to off myself, but my fear of what is to come holds me captive. I can't seem to see beyond the coming horrors despite the fact that my heart tells me this is our moment for real change if we have the courage to take it. My logic's only encouragement is the promise most implied by the season that nothing is permanent. Embracing impermanence seems like the coward's way out to me, so I am going to go with my heart to do my best to see through this morass to our own American Spring.
The founding fathers––presumably honorable men–– touted as demigods of political freedom and liberty created a democratic process of free and open elections that has been the paragon of thriving
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The Dave Matthews Band Turns 25 On May 11, 1991, the Dave Matthews Band played its first official gig at a warehouse on South Street in downtown Charlottesville. On May 7, the band, which has sold more than 30 million records worldwide in the quarter-century since that first show, will celebrate its silver anniversary in a much larger venue just a few miles away, with a special benefit concert at the John Paul Jones Arena at the University of Virginia. All net proceeds, expected to total more than $1 million, will be donated to Charlottesville-area charities through the band’s Bama Works Fund, established in 1999 in partnership with the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. Since then, the band has donated a portion of every ticket sold at every concert, providing more than 1,300 grants and $40 million to area organizations. All of the band’s founding members trace their roots back to Charlottesville, whether they grew up in the area or played at local music venues. When asked on Facebook when they first saw the band play, many UVA alumni recalled seeing performances around Grounds or
encountering singer-songwriter Dave Matthews at local hotspots like Miller’s on the Downtown Mall, where Matthews worked as a bartender before starting the band. It was at Miller’s that John D’earth, the director of UVA’s jazz performance program and a longtime fixture on the Charlottesville music scene, first met Matthews, who tended bar during many of D’earth’s performances. The two became friends and, after dinner one evening, D’earth and his wife, fellow musician Dawn Thompson, finally heard Matthews sing.“I got goosebumps, frankly,” D’earth said. “I thought it was great.” That night, D’earth told Matthews that he should start a band. In the months that followed, that’s exactly what Matthews did. Founding members of Dave Matthews Band include violinist Boyd Tinsley, who studied American history at UVA; drummer and vocalist Carter Beauford; bassist Stefan Lessard; and the late saxonphonist LeRoi Moore. D’earth knew these musicians from their performances around Charlottesville.
Matthews and Beauford had collaborated with D’earth and his wife on songs for the couple’s band, Cosmology. Lessard was 16 and a student in D’earth’s music class at the Tandem Friends School when he joined the band. The band gained fame around Charlottesville in the early 1990s, giving concerts for various student organizations at UVA and during regular nights at local music venues like Trax, a now-defunct nightclub on West Main Street. Their popularity grew exponentially, among UVA students, Charlottesville locals and, increasingly, fans around the U.S.
is a huge achievement.” Even while traveling the world, Dave Matthews Band has maintained its presence in Charlottesville. The band regularly returns to the area for concerts, and individual members are often active in local projects. Current members also include saxophonist Jeff Coffin, trumpeter Rashawn Ross and guitarist Tim Reynolds.
That popularity has translated into eight studio albums that have garnered numerous award nominations and a 1997 Grammy win, as well as more than 2,500 live shows around the country and around the world.
Tinsley returned to UVA to speak at Valedictory Exercises in 2007, more than 20 years after his own graduation in 1986. He was also honored with a Founding Cville award during last year’s Tom Tom Festival, a festival held in partnership with UVA to celebrate music, arts and innovation in Charlottesville. Tinsley will return to participate in a concert at this year’s festival, taking place April 11 through 17.
Today, D’earth remains as impressed with the band’s music as he was when he first heard Matthews sing 25 years ago. “Dave Matthews Band is really a phenomenon, in that it has had such a long life and avoided musical boredom,” D’earth said. “That longevity, with spirit,
May’s benefit concert will kick off the band’s summer tour, which will take them to 36 cities across the U.S.. General admission tickets for the concert are on sale now in person at the John Paul Jones Arena box office, by phone at 1-888-JPJTIXS and online at www.ticketmaster.
Virginia Film Festival And Violet Crown Cinema Announce Year-Round Film Series
Charlottesville, VA – March 9, 2016 – The series,” said VFF Programmer Wesley tion World Network, as a way to bring the Downtown Mall in advance of its naVirginia Film Festival announced today a new VFF at Violet Crown Series, a collaboration with Violet Crown Cinema to present a co-curated selection of films year-round, which kicked off on Tuesday, March 22 with The 17th Annual Animation Show of Shows. The Virginia Film Festival is presented by the University of Virginia and the Office of the Provost and Vice Provost for the Arts. The March 22 screening of The 17th Annual Animation Show of Shows will be followed in the series by Holy Hell on Tuesday, April 26, and In the Shadow of Women on Tuesday, May 24. Programming is currently underway for additional screenings on June 21 and July 19, which will be shared at virginiafilmfestival.org as films are confirmed. All screenings in the VFF at Violet Crown series will start at 7:30 PM, and tickets will be available one month prior to the screening date at VioletCrown.com. “We are very excited to work with our partners at Violet Crown to launch this
Harris. “We have long been looking for a way to share a year-round connection and conversation with our audience. Violet Crown provides us with not only a first-class venue, but with partners who share our passion for the art form in a way that allows us to create a dynamic series that reflects what we as a Festival are all about.” “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Virginia Film Festival by embarking on this year-round series,” said Violet Crown Cinema Marketing Director David Gil. “We look forward to working with Jody Kielbasa, Wesley Harris, and the entire VFF team to bring VFF and Violet Crown audiences a dynamic series of memorable movie going experiences.”
Hailed by Indiewire as “one of the most profound cinematic experiences of the year,” The 17th Annual Animation Show of Shows features 11 animated shorts plus four documentary treatments highlighting some of the filmmakers. The show is curated by Ron Diamond, Executive Producer of Acme Filmworks, Inc. and co-founder and President of Anima-
the best of the best animated shorts of the festival season to the attention of major studio executives who might not otherwise get to see them. The show made its theatrical debut in 2015 and has been delighting audiences around the country with five-to-ten minute films that highlight the ultimate in technical achievement with the level of poignancy, humor, and emotional impact found in feature films. The 17th Annual Animation Show of Shows will screen at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, March 22 at Violet Crown Cinema on the Downtown Mall.
Holy Hell was one of the most talkedabout documentaries at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and features a powerful insider’s look at life within a Los Angeles-based religious cult. Just out of college, young idealist filmmaker Will Allen joined a secretive spiritualist community and documented life there for 20 years, ultimately exposing how devotion turned to paranoia, and laying bare the lifelong repercussions inflicted upon members by their mysterious leader Michel. This sneak preview screening of Holy Hell will screen at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, April 26 at Violet Crown Cinema on
Renowned French filmmaker Philippe Garrel’s In the Shadow of Women is a close look at the complex nature of infidelity and specifically the unique ways it is experienced, understood, and processed by men and women. Pierre and Manon are a married couple working together as documentary filmmakers. When Pierre feels entitled to take a lover, Manon seeks common ground with her husband, while his disdain for both women seems to grow in what becomes an unflinching look at the ripple effects of the male ego. In the Shadow of Women will screen at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, May 24 at Violet Crown Cinema on the Downtown Mall. The 29th Annual Virginia Film Festival will be held November 3-6 and will announce its complete 2016 program on Tuesday, September 27, with tickets going on sale on Friday, September 30. For more information on the Virginia Film Festival, visit virginiafilmfestival.org.
Beautiful Weather - Sit in the Sun With These Great Books BY SUZANNE NASH
beautiful weather we have had lately has made it possible to sit in the sun with a cup of tea and read; and it is such a pleasure after the cold. I picked a new book and one published a few years ago to keep me company this month and I hope they tempt you to relax as the weather warms. Both books are mysteries but that is where the similarities end. I really enjoy author Louis Bayard. He is a master at creating fictional dramas
around historical characters in a way that makes you want to delve into the real lives of those featured in his books. The Black Tower is just another example of his talent and once I finished it I immediately started investigating the life of Eugene Francois Vidocq. He is believed to be the very first private detective and his life was the inspiration for stories by Hugo, Poe and Balzac and now Bayard. When a young French medical student is implicated in the death of a man in Paris’s French Quarter, Vidocq starts to investigate. The student, Hector Carpentier, insists he didn’t even know the murdered man but slowly he finds himself pulled into a political intrigue that may lead to his own death. He and Vidocq must combine forces to find out the truth about the young dauphin who may or may not have been killed during the revolution. The ten-year-old son of Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI had been kept in the infamous “Temple” and was reported as dying. But what would happen if he had survived? And how could he have escaped? There has always been speculation about the “lost dauphin” and this book revolves around that mystery and the reputation of France’s most famous detective. It will make you want to
learn more about both of these mysterious characters! Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase is newly published and a wonderful rather gothic mystery which features a large spooky English house in Yorkshire. I am a sucker for big English Estates where the house seems to be a feature of the story – think Rebecca and Jane Eyre. Black Rabbit Hall harkens back to these stories with a protagonist, Lorna, who feels drawn to the
dilapidated Hall despite her fiancé’s hesitation. Throughout the story the reader glimpses the past that underlies the entire tale. A young mother dies after a fall from a horse, leaving her children to fend for themselves as their father turns to another woman to guide him through his grief. The history is twisted and convoluted and holds both the characters from the past and those dealing with the present in its thrall. As the story unravels, the sinister past refuses to stay buried and Lorna has to face her connection to this Hall. Her hard won self-knowledge could either save her or send her to her death. Eve Chase has created a clever plot that keeps the reader guessing to the end. I wish I could have found out a bit more about several of the characters but perhaps she will develop those in another novel. Have a wonderful start to your Spring and start making a list of all the books you want to read over the summer – it will be here before you know it!
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Jane Lily Serena Wiley Jane Lily Serena Wiley (Lumley) died peacefully on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Va. She was 80 years old. Serena was born on October 5, 1935 at Lumley Castle in Chester-le-Street, England to Lawrence Roger Lumley, 11th Earl of Scarbrough, and Katherine McEwen. On the brink of World War II in 1937 Serena's father was appointed Governor of Bombay and at two years old, Serena and her family moved to India. She and her siblings had wondrous adventures there. Near the end of her father's service in 1942, the family embarked on a return voyage to England. For fear of attack, her father agonized over whether to split up his family onto different ships in the convoy or to keep them all together. In the end, he decided to keep his family together and as it turns out the ship directly in front of his was torpedoed by a German U-boat. Serena would share stories with her family about life during the War in England. These times had a profound effect on her as she found most other challenges secondary to the hardships she saw inflicted on those around her during this period. Post War, she developed a deep love of the country and animals, especially horses, while growing up at Sandbeck Park in Yorkshire. She became an avid rider and foxhunter, interests which eventually brought her together with her husband, Hugh Wiley, while he was competing on the United States Equestrian Team in Europe. They married in November of 1963 and moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina for a short but particularly happy time in their lives.
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Loyce Petrey Johnson Loyce Petrey Johnson (nee Annie Loyce Petrey) of Charlottesville, Va., died after a brief illness on Saturday, March 5, 2015, while being cared for at Hospice House in Charlottesville with her granddaughter, Jennifer, at her side. She lived 93 full, rewarding, incredible years until a few months ago, and the family is forever grateful for her full life, her unstoppable energy, her optimistic spirit, and the love of so many friends and family. Loyce was born December 11, 1922 to Walter Loyce Petrey Jr. and Annie Buford Chesser Petrey in Petrey, Alabama, a town named for her greatgrandfather, Luke Petrey. She attended Crenshaw County High School and Alabama College at Montevallo before becoming an Eastern Airlines flight attendant. On a flight between Jacksonville and Washington, D.C. she met the love of her life, Walter Franklin Johnson, a Navy ensign, having just graduated from the Naval Academy. Married in 1947, they celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary last Thanksgiving, touring the Naval Academy and Bancroft Hall with their daughter, Carolyn, granddaughter, Jennifer and three great-grandchildren, and dining at a restaurant overlooking the Severn River. They lived a storybook life, traveling the world while raising two daughters, both born in Long Beach, Calif., where they resided before moving to Carmel, Calif., and Honolulu, Hawaii. Upon leaving the Navy they moved to Akron, Ohio, and in 1975 moved to Pagebrook Farm in Gordonsville, Va.,
beginning a four decade love affair with Virginia. Eventually they moved across town to Ivy then back to Keswick where she stayed actively involved in the Keswick Garden Club and at Keswick Club with activities that included aquacise and bridge with some of her closest friends. Loyce is survived by her husband, Walter F. Johnson; her daughter, Carolyn Griffin of Alexandria, Va.; and six grandchildren, Jennifer Griffin (Greg Myre) of Washington, D.C., John Griffin of West Hartford, Conn., Caitlin Griffin of Los Angeles, Calif., Cassie Griffin Gordon Grant (Conrad) of Molteno, South Africa, Amanda Weld Stubbs (Jeff) of Nashua, N.H., and Mathew Weld (Tania) of Cumberland, R.I. Her eight great-grandchildren include Annalise, Amelia and Luke Myre, Dakota, Julia and Ella Stubbs, and Dylan and Landon Weld. All adored their MeMommy, and she will be part of their lives forever. Loyce is also survived by three brothers, John Walter (Betty), Curtis (Nancy) and Joe (Cheryl) Petrey all of Alabama. She was predeceased by her brother, Lawrence Petrey and his wife, Margaret; and her daughter, Catherine Weld of Sedona, Ariz. Memorial donations can be made to Desert Star School in Cornville, Ariz., a school founded by her daughter Catherine, who was committed to educating the whole child through the Waldorf approach. Catherine died on February 9 and a gift to the school in memory of Catherine Weld and her mother Loyce Johnson would be most appreciated. www.desertstarschool.org/donate-online.html
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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. MLS#541908 $2,950,000.
PUMPHOUSE ROAD ~ Small horse property located in the heart of Somerset and the Keswick Hunt. This mostly open & fenced 14.5 acre offering has a 3 bedrm & 3 bathrm house built in the 1940’s. Many recent improvements include a finished basement, 2 renovated bathrooms & remodeled kitchen. Situated at the end of county road w/great privacy. 4-stall stable w/tack rm, wash stall & 2 new sheds make this a great horse property. $595,000 MLS#521382
MAYHURST ~ Impressive Victorian Italianate manor house built by President James Madison’s great nephew in 1859. The 9,000 square foot home has been beautifully restored and offers gracious rooms with high ceilings, hardwood floors, and original woodwork. The house boasts 8 spacious bedrooms, and 8 ½ bathrooms all accessed by an impressive spiral staircase that rises from the English basement to the third floor. The house is privately situated on 36 acres just outside the town of Orange. The current owners have operated a very successful bed and breakfast, which a new owner could continue or is ideal as a private estate. MLS#530239. $1,950,000.
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HIGH GROUND COTTAGE ~ A rare offering in Keswick; charming 3 bedroom cottage situated well off the road on 15 mostly open acres. The very private cottage offers a ground floor master, 2 1/2 baths, cozy den with fireplace, sitting area/sunroom, kitchen, laundry/mud room and 2-car garage. This great property is ideal for horses and has a great second building site. A rare chance to purchase a 15 acre property surrounded by large estates in Keswick. $760,000. MLS#543522
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