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KESWICK Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs - September 2015

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The Magnificent Man also: only in keswick, life happens, what’s cooking, overheard, keswick scene and much more


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QUAIL RIDGE Classic Virginia hunt country estate home on 98 bucolic acres with commanding views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and frontage on the Mechums River. State of the art equestrian facilities with a new 6 stall barn and indoor and outdoor arenas, numerous paddocks, and vast riding trails. Pool, pool house and tennis court enhance this idyllic country property.

EAGLE RIDGE This striking Georgian manor has panoramic views of surrounding farm land and mountains, on 54 acres. In the heart of Bundoran Farm the spacious brick manor (5BR and 5.5 baths) has been recently remodeled and renovated to include a modern gourmet kitchen, and spaces for formal and informal entertaining with terraces and gardens and a 2 car deached garage.

THREAVE HOUSE This 60+ acre estate enjoys a private, elevated setting with incredible views. The home, modern and spacious, is clapboard with a heavy shake roof and has been meticulously maintained. There is a historic log cabin, as well as a guest cottage. Mostly wooded with abundant wildlife in Bath County, within 5 miles of The Homestead.

CABIN AT TURTLE CREEK French Country home in private setting on 39 acres with Blue Ridge views. Well thought out floor plan, numerous terraces, gorgeous master suite, conservatory, library with exceptional materials throughout. 3 bay utility building w/ potting room, studio and extensive gardens with arbored stone walkway; historic restored cabin, c. 1790 is a charming guest house.

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THE COLUMNISTS Mary Morony author of the novel Apron Strings is a Charlottesville native and long time resident of Keswick. Raising four children to adulthood and her unique perspective on life has given her lots of food for thought. She now lives on a farm in Orange County with three dogs, two guineas and no cat. Check out more about Mary’s work, blog and life at www.marymorony.com.

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Tony Vanderwarker, raised in New England, spent a couple years at Yale and then served two years in the Peace Corps where he got bitten both by tsetse flies and the writing bug. He went to film school at NYU and made documentaries and a full length film which didn’t sell so he decided to try shorter films and went into advertising. Fifteen years later, he had his own ad agency in Chicago where he did “Be Like Mike” for Gatorade. When his partners bought him out, Tony finally had a chance to write full time. It only took him fifteen more years to finally get a book published. “Who cares?” Tony says, “some writers hit paydirt fast, others take longer. I’m just glad my time has come.” visit www.tonyvanderwarker.com

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October Farm offers a distinguished, classical brick residence set in the heart of 21 gently rolling, open acres with Blue Ridge views and dotted with mature hardwoods, a large pond, a stable with paddocks, and large, regulation size dressage ring. Interior highlights include high ceilings, 3 fireplaces, extensive trimwork, built-ins, & lovely views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The large eat-in kitchen is open to the den’s casual living space, a covered porch, and inviting courtyard patio surrounded by 3 sides of the house. Billie Magerfield (434) 962-8865. MLS# 533691

A pristine horse farm set privately in rolling hills of Somerset estate country with extensive SW Mountain views. Residence constructed of finest materials & further enhanced by dramatic 2 bedroom, 2 bath guest house, vaulted guest/nanny/in-law qrtrs (700 sf ) over garage, salt water pool with pool house, center-aisle barn, equipment shed, regulation dressage arena & multiple paddocks with run-in sheds. About 1/2 of the 144 acres is open, the other half massive hardwoods behind home that run up to the last, highest peak in SW Mountain range. MLS# 530765 401 Park Street Charlottesville, VA 22902

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IN THIS September ISSUE 2015

Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs

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The Magnificent Man

The minds behind Keswick Life: EDITORIAL EDITOR/FOUNDER Winkie Motley CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Colin Dougherty THE COLUMNISTS Joseph J. Shields, Suzanne Nash, Tony Vanderwarker, Mary Morony CONTRIBUTORS Ginny Craven, Sara Lee Barnes PROOF READER Sierra Young

Stuart Burford was a member of the “Greatest Generation“ – a generation that was Keswick’s “old guard,” whose gracious elegance has helped to define our community. As an integral part of the Keswick narrative; he embodied that special something that makes Keswick so different -- and always has – a rare and wonderful melding of grace and good humor, impeccable manners and sense of style, with a healthy dose of irreverent – even salacious – wit and charm. Read all about the magnificent Stuart Burford inside this issue of Keswick Life.

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On a very cold afternoon at a

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LIFE HAPPENS

late 18th century tavern turned home in Milton, Anne Vanderwarker and Sara Lee Barnes went to see a friend about his recipes. They were “filed” in a wicker hamper - so they sorted through recipe after recipe saying which ones they would like to use for a huntclub cookbook - get the details on this wonderful adventure told by the friends of the man who served the Queen.

Mary Morony shares the story of a gift, a long desired labyrinth created for her by her loving husband. She takes us down the path, a path with no dead ends, a place to focus the mind on the present moment as she meanders through the circle to the center and then all the way back! Read all about this virtual fountain for the spirit and you might just be looking for a local labyrinth cropper to come to your yard someday soon!

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OVERHEARD Here and there... in Keswick by the Numbers Monday - Day the last page was sent to the printer Wednesday Day several thousand editions of Keswick Life appeared in Keswick Thursday - Day to stuff and stamp the subscriber’s editions Friday - Day to load the Keswick Lifes for delivery to over 30 shops and businesses throughout the Keswick environs On and Off The Market Everyone loves to see what property sold for, especially the discerning folks in 22947. It has been an active month, and once again Glenmore demonstrates a fascinating overview of the market, with listing price compared to sales price over the marketing period. 880 Club Drive in Keswick Estate sold, in 54 days, and the 3,900 sf custom French Provincial home was at $1,425k and sold of $1,375k. Look at some of the great cash sales this month in Glenmore. 2400 Ferndown, a new 3 bedroom, 3 bath home, sold for $634.4k and that was above listing price. 2732 Lockerbie Lane, a new home with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths sold for $664.4k and above listing price. 3231 Wallingford Lane with 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths sold for $650k from an original $729k and 3240 Darby Road with 5 bedrooms and 5.5 baths sold for $675k from an original $895k. Cash speaks volumes and often, but not always, means no appraisals to fight with. 3359 Kirkwood Court with 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths sold for $480k from an original $579k. Outside of the Estates, 677 Starfield Drive with 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths on 3.3 acres sold for $458k from an original $469.9k. Heading towards closing are 3410 Carroll Creek Road with 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths and 7,210 sf after 303 days and listed at $1.1m. 3434 Darby Road with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths 3,311 sf after 57 days and listed at $565k. 3325 Breamar Court with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and 4,081 sf in155 days and listed at $549k. 3488 Devon Pines with 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths and 5,095 sf in 195 days and listed at $599k. 3309 Lockport Court with 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 5,871 sf in 236 days and listed at $649k and 3116 Lynfarne Lane with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 5,000 sf in 396 days and listed at $675.5k On 32 acres, 5724 Hackingwood Lane with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths and 5,091 sf went under contract after 49 days and was listed at $949k. There were some interesting price reductions around the area as resales come more in line to compete. 2347 Paddock Wood Road with 3 bedrooms, 3 baths and 5,076 sf on 128 has dropped from an original $1,795k to $1,295k. 3068 Darby Road with 6 bedrooms, 5.5 baths and 7,477 sf is down from $1,427.5k to $1,297.5 k. 1349 Queenscroft with 5 bedrooms,4.5 baths and 7,477 sf is down from $839k to $749.9k. 5600 Hackingwood Lane “Deer Brook Farm” with 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and 22.5 acres is down from $685k to $634k. 111 Distan Court with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 5.3 acres is now at $698.9k down from $749.9k. 3161 Shannon Drive with 5 bedrooms, 3 baths on 3.6 acres is now $296.5k from $359k and in Glenmore 3198 Wallingford Lane with 4 bedroms, 3.5 baths and 5,039 sf is down to $725.9k from $759.9k 3266 Darby Road with 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths and 7,425 sf came down to $750k from $829k And finally … What’s New?? Lots of movement out of Glenmore. There were 9 new listings ranging in price from $869.9k to $569k. You can also buy 21 acres on Carroll Creek for $675k. 556 Huckstep Branch Lane is a foreclosure opportunity with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and 3.626 sf priced at $385k and 600 Clarks Tract with 3 bedrooms, 1 bath on an acre is $184.9.

Bravo! “Away We Go” owned and bred

by Carolyn Nicewonder’s Nicewonder Stable and trained by Rodney Jenkins recently won the Jamestown Stakes at Laurel Race course!

Sloane Coles and Esprit 2nd by 1/10 sec in last Saturday’s Grand Prix at Devon!

Congratulations!

Ashton and Mary Stamps Beebe welcomed Hayden Alan Beebe on September 26th…Dad was our Keswick Life August Cover “cowboy”!

Photograph of the Month Boys of Keswick

Keswick Faces in Other Places! Wileys and Mathesons in Newport, RI

Spotted! The Fall/Winter issue of Southbound is out in October cover photo of Keswickian Sissy Spacek by Keswickian photographer Lynne Brubaker.

Sign of the Month Fresh Produce in Cismont

License Plates

HARKWAY on a black Mercedes station wagon

Worth Repeating

“Drive safely enjoy the view on rt.231 and 22“ as police were spotted with radar recently at 7:30 in Bridlespur driveway For a Keswick Life paper contact Susan Allen, Keswick Club concierge for your personal copy as they are unavailable at Keswick Hall WOW! :-) Yesterday saw the new edition of Keswick Life. Thank you for facilitating the publication of the piece showcasing the fundraiser-Keswick Vineyards. The article is excellent and we sincerely thank you for your encouragement.

Weather Get Ready! Welcome to fall. Warm days and cool nights. That’s the flavor of Keswick these days.

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GOING OUT Guide

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

VIP CAMPING

Head of School, Carol Williams, giving an overview of our program followed by student and staff guided tours of the grounds and classrooms. Please call or email Jennifer Ferguson, Admissions Associate, with any questions. Ph: 434-293-9059 Email: adm.outreach@oaklandschool.net Website www.oaklandschool.net We hope to see you on the 12th!

Glamping

A Combination of the Words Glamour and Camping Where: The Market at Grelen When: November 6-8th

The Market at Grelen and Solid Ground Shelters have partnered to bring you a very special VIP Glamping Experience. Enjoy a two night stay sleeping in an expansive European inspired canvas shelter furnished with a genuine mattress, duvet and superior quality linens, table with lamp and chairs. The tents will be set up on one of the most beautiful locations on the Grelen property overlooking the Nursery with mountain views in the distance. Electricity, a restroom trailer and a shower trailer are also included in your stay, as well as food, wine, and a private tailgate at the 2015 Montpelier Races. It is sure to be one amazing weekend, and we are looking forward to sharing it with you! For further information 540-672-7268.

THE RACES Montpelier Paddock Party Where: The Paddock on the Racecourse When: November 5th

Dining, an oyster bar, Hors d’oeuvres and dinner, with dancing the night before the Montpelier Races. Country casual attire. For further information . (540-672-0014).

DINING

Swine and Dine

Where: Clifton Inn When: October 4th

BBQ made by one of Clifton’s best chefs.– Live music by an awesome local band- Wide Selection of local craft beers. So what are you waiting for? Grab a ticket, bring a blanket, and come enjoy some of the best that Charlottesville has to offer! $20 gets you all the food you can eat (kids under 12 are $10, and beer tickets will be sold separately on site). Festivities run from 2:00pm – 7:00pm on our front lawn. See you there! Tickets $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Call if you have questions. 1-434-971-1800 or email reception@Cliftoninn.com.

FAMILY AT THE RACES Plein Air Art Where: Adventure Farm Winery When: October 11

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at Montpelier is hosting the Plein Air ‘Art at the Races ‘event at the Montpelier Hunt Races on November 7, again this year. We have noted artists Kelly Coffin, Nancy Wallace, Helen Hilliard, Carol Igleasias, D. Haskell Chuuy, James Erickson,Lilla Ohrstrom, Debbie Kozura,Richard Luschek and Elaine Hurst painting outside before the races and at the races .Our’ Art at the Races’ art gallery will be set up at the races in Vendor’s Row so the paintings may be sold. As a kick off for the ‘Art at the Races’ event we will host a Plein Air Paint out at Adventure Farm Winery in Earlysville on Sunday, October 11 with live models and horses. Our artists will be painting there while Adventure Farm Winery hosts a live Jazz ensemble and a wine tasting. The event starts at 2:00pm and all are welcome to come, taste wine, listen to jazz and enjoy the artists painting live- creating beautiful colors and forms on their canvases.

FAMILY FUN Pick Your Own Where: Carters Mountain Orchard When: September, October, November

TO YOUR HEALTH Women’s Health Awareness Celebration Where: Mount Zion Baptist Church When: Tuesday, October 20th

The University of Virginia (UVA) Health System is sponsoring the second annual women’s health awareness celebration, “Thank Goodness for Women. Stay Healthy, Be Happy, Be Active,” to be held on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., at the Mount Zion First African Baptist Church, 105 Lankford Avenue, Charlottesville. This year’s event is held in honor of Betsy Houston, a longtime community advocate who was instrumental in planning the first event. The program features women’s health professionals from UVA Health System who will present current information on heart health, memory and aging, fibroids, and menopause. University of Virginia Health System Chief Executive Officer, Pamela Sutton-Wallace will kick off the event. The program also features entertainment and free health screenings. Entertainment will be provided by the gospel group “Soulsters from the Hill,” and health screenings will be conducted by the UVA School of Nursing and the Charlottesville Free Clinic. Refreshments will be served and exciting door prizes and goodie bags given away. There is even something for the men this year. Men are invited to attend health sessions planned just for them. For more information on this free event, call 434-243-4734.

SCHOOL IS IN Oakland School Open House

Carter Mountain Orchard, located near Michie Tavern and mere minutes from Monticello, salutes our hometown heroes. Pick your own apples, enjoy hayrides, wine tastings, and live music. Help celebrate those who help in our community—our active and retired military, police, fire, and rescue personnel. See military and rescue equipment, ask questions, and register for special prizes. Military and Hero (police, rescue, fire) families with ID, will receive a wristband for 10% off all purchases for the day. For more information call 434-977-1833 or visit www.cartermountainorchard.com.

STEAMY FUN Virginia Hunt Week Where: Virginia Hunt Country When: October 16th –October 31st

Friday, 10/16

Commonwealth Foxhounds, Saturday, 10/17 Deep Run Hunt Sunday, 10/18 Stonewall Hounds Monday, 10/19 Bedford County Tuesday, 10/20 Casanova Hunt Wednesday, 10/21 Shopping! Thursday, 10/22 Bull Run Hunt Friday, 10/23 Old Dominion Saturday, 10/24 Rappahannock Sunday, 10/25 Caroline Hunt Monday, 10/26 Keswick Hunt Tuesday, 10/27 Farmington Hunt Wednesday, 10/28 Oak Ridge Fox Thursday, 10/29 Middlebrook Friday, 10/30 Glenmore Hunt Saturday, 10/31 Rockbridge Hunt For further information: http://www.vahuntweek.org/

Where: Oakland School, Keswick, Virginia When: October 12th at 10:00 am

Oakland

School, a specialized school for all children including those with learning differences, near Keswick, VA, is having an Open House on Monday, October 12th at 10:00 a.m. The event will begin with our

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COVER STORY

The Magnificent Man Let’s Drink to Stuart!

of dignitaries and celebrities – always with the hallmark of the quintessential host and the quintessential gentleman. Peggy Augustus sums it up, “Stuart always thought he was giving every party he catered.”

BY GINNY CRAVEN WITH TONY VANDERWARKER

Stuart Burford was a member of the “Greatest Generation“ – a generation that was Keswick’s “old guard,” whose gracious elegance has helped to define our community. And, this old guard paid well-deserved homage to an even older guard – Miss Charlotte and Anne Stanwood and Helen Ely – who remembered with due deference Amélie Rives and John Armstrong Chaloner and so on, since inception. Stuart Burford is an integral part of the Keswick narrative; he embodied that special something that makes Keswick so different – and always has – a rare and wonderful melding of grace and good humor, impeccable manners and sense of style, with a healthy dose of irreverent – even salacious – wit and charm. No matter how wild the parties that spilled from the Hunt Club (and those are Keswick legend), how raucous the revelry from Cloverfields to Merrie Mill, Stuart, like his cohorts, was ever the gentleman, conducting himself with consummate good taste. Born and raised in Amherst, Stuart had a slightly abbreviated career at Hampden-Sydney College. He was summarily dismissed for the egregious crime of setting off a fire extinguisher in the library during exam week. Apparently, school administrators couldn’t find the humor in Stuart’s mischief, so he enlisted in the army and joined the Army Air Force in Europe. He was serving as a bombardier when his plane was shot down on the Holland/Belgium border in 1944. He marched across Germany – 30 miles a day – on a broken leg and was held in a German prison camp until the war ended. His exceptional valor earned him two Purple Hearts. Just two years ago, “The funniest night was when he was using a walker, but Stuart, being the gentleman that he was, would pick the walker up and walk with it up in the air instead of using it as intended! It was so ‘Stuart’ and hysterical! He was the absolute dearest and kindest person I have ever known, an angel living amongst us. I miss his wit, always delivered in that dry good ol’ Virginia drawl that you don’t hear much anymore. I miss him every day. We should all aspire to his elegance and kind ways.” - Larry Tharpe “I first met Stuart when we still owned Mount Sharon in the 40’s and I was very young. He and Donald would come over and have cocktails on the lawn with my parents and then play a game called “Pick Up Stick.” He always re-

Of course, Stuart gave parties too – often pulling together dinners for 50 in an afternoon. One was always assured of great food and great company. Some people just seem to be born with that talent. He lived then at Milton in a wonderful old house on the Rivanna River that had been a tavern in the 1800s. The roadhouse had a jail in the basement in case patrons got too rowdy. The cell served its purpose during Stuart’s tenure as well; when friends misbehaved, the threat of doing downstairs “time” always loomed. The horse is “Bumble Bee” and he did double duty as a Cloverfields plow horse and Stuart’s foxhunting steed. The photographer is unidentified. shrapnel was removed from Stuart’s leg, bathtub – a 6-ft. tower of meat! Even his a 70-year testament to his courage and work details were entertaining, however. True to form, Stuart served cocktails to stamina. his helpers. This seemed to adequately After the war, Stuart returned to Vir- fuel the team; and, the assembly-line of ginia, attending UVa’s School of Archi- patty-makers was in full swing when the tecture. He then moved to Keswick. He health inspector paid an unannounced lived at Pagebrook with Donald Hostet- visit. Stuart charmed the inspector. (One ter, M.F.H. at Keswick Hunt Club. Both can hear his classic Tidewater drawl were great dog and horse lovers and, to- offering a “Cocola”). Meanwhile, the gether, they raised and showed champi- friends locked the evidence in the bathon Whippets. It was following Donald’s room, knowing that the inspector might untimely death in 1964 that Stuart found find fault with their food prep. Even his true calling as a Master Chef – the ca- though he seemed suspect of the “jolly” reer that distinguished him in Virginia crew, the inspector left without incident and beyond. He bought a catering busi- and production was completed in due ness from Mrs. Helen Bull and the rest is course. history. “But, make no mistake,” notes Ginny Dolly Buswell remembers being called Semmes, “Stuart took his business very with a group of friends to make ham- seriously. He insisted that his food taste burgers for a George Jones concert. Lack- perfect and look perfect too.” And, he ing a true commercial kitchen in his es- delivered every time, serving most of the tablishment in a Victorian on High Street, Presidents in office during his lifetime, Stuart had 300 lbs. of hamburger in the Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, and a host ferred to me as the brat because I had a tendency to stir up the sticks and ruin the game. I grew up and later they spent many late nights at Old Keswick from which Stuart’s favorite mode of transportation home was in the luggage rack of the station wagon.” - Peggy Augustus One time Stupot and I were doing a series of dinner parties at the Hunt Club to raise money – always very elaborate menus. We managed to drop one gallon of hollandaise sauce in the kitchen so we had to send Prewitt in town to buy new supplies. Dinner was very late and the guests had PLENTY to drink; end of parties. Cooking with Stupot on High St. was always very eventful due to the massive numbers with which we dealt – 50 or more chickens at a time plus veggies out of your ears, desserts, etc. HE

WAS A TASKMASTER and ruled us workers with an iron hand; perfection was the name of his game. Cool room was sometimes off limit. Mainly Health Dept. Riding to market when the passenger side door fell off before seat belts but I stayed in! No better friend could be found than Stuart Burford – the ultimate Virginia gentleman.” - Ginny Semmes “My parents said Donald Hostetter and Stuart’s parties at Pagebrook were the very best. Best food, best company, best time. That’s all I can think of that other people may not have mentioned.” - Barclay Rives (pg. 91 , KHC book) “When Mother moved to Charlottesville in the mid 70’s, she quickly concluded that the only food worth serving came from Stuart. She was

Never losing his sense of adventure, and always up for a drink or two, the tales of Stuart’s wild antics live on. A group of friends sprang him from UVa Hospital when he was in for a minor medical procedure. Still outfitted in his hospital gown, they put him on a gurney and wheeled him across the street to the Virginian for a few cocktails. Ah yes, those were the days! For the last years of his life, Stuart fought a valiant battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He never complained and he showed the same courage, dignity and grace with which he met every day. Right to the end, he had a way of making everyone feel like an esteemed guest – even his caregivers, doctors and nurses. He never failed to show his gratitude and respect – a gentleman from start to finish. Here’s to you, Stuart! We love you and we are confident that, wherever you are, there’s one great party!

right and I remember the soothing effects of his crab casserole at our wedding lunch to this day. Thank you Stuart.” - Peter Taylor “Stuart was one of the first Keswick friends to make me welcome as a new bride in 1984. He gave me his unconditional love and support from the start. He made sure that I knew that he was there if I needed him. You don’t get to have many friends like that in life. He was a fine and wise man. I miss him. Hilltoppings will never be the same without him.” - Anne Coles “I think of Stuart’s bright smile, the world (or party) always looked brighter from behind his great smile!” - Colin Dougherty

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Writing About People I Love BY MARY MORONY

Stuart, in my mind, was the first celebrity chef and as the ultimate gentleman, he could have taught the present day chefs more than a thing or two on that score. As a chef there were few to compare, particularly back in the day. The Queen was lucky enough to be served a curried chicken dish at Monticello prepared by him. He catered a gathering after my mother died. Weeks went by and I didn’t get a bill, so I decided he must have done it as gift. I tried to call to thank him and missed him, before answering machines et al, after several attempts I gave up, then just forgot. We didn’t cross paths for over a year. When next I saw him I said, “That was so sweet of you to do Mom’s funeral food for free.” He laughed, “I didn’t, just didn’t have your address. Figured we’d bump into each other and I’d get it.” Gone are those days! “I don’t live in Keswick,” he often said in his soft Southside Virginia drawl, “I live on tuh othuh side of thu rivuh,” always with a blue-eyed sparkle. His extraordinarily urbane soirées on “tuh

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BY SARA LEE BARNES

almost four decades, those of us who grew up going to the Keswick Hunt Club were treated to Stuart Burford’s delicious food. Indeed, the many distinguished visitors who were feted at Monticello, including Queen Elizabeth, many Heads of State, and all but one President in thirty-nine years, were privileged to eat Stuart’s food. In the early 1990’s, Stuart sold his catering business. For a while we assumed that his wonderful recipes would go with the business and that the new owners would put their culinary touch on Stuart’s recipes. In fact, the new owners were interested in offering completely different fare.

Reading and writing about extraordinary characters, misunderstandings, and dialects are just a few of my favorite things. In my opinion it’s the stuff of great Southern fiction, or in Keswick just another day. This past week a daughter of mine and I had a conversation. She heard what she said. I heard what I heard, which was not quite the same, but typical of our interactions. A minor ruffle of feathers occurred. We worked out the problem my mishearing caused later, even had a few laughs over it. Thinking about it this morning, sparked a story about Stuart Burford. Many of you were privileged to know Stuart. Others, I’m sure have heard of him. I was blessed to know him almost my whole life. Even at eight-years old, I could see he was drop dead gorgeous! Apparently an eye for good-looking men is in the DNA. He squired my mother to parties for a time and I remember wishing they would marry just so I could look at him. That he was a war hero just added to his mystic and to my crush on him. Lottie, my family’s maid, (the character Ethel is based on in my novel Apron Strings and soon to be Done Growed Up) used to say whenever she saw him, “Mista Burford, he mighty f-i-n-e lookin,’” with a shake of her head for emphasis, “he could be in de pitchur shows.”

How ‘Clever as a Fox’ Came To Be

othuh side of tuh rivuh” were down right fun. The man knew how to entertain, and laugh, my God he was a funny funny man. One Thanksgiving morning twenty-five years or so ago, Stuart and I were fixing the feast at the Hunt Club. His regular helper Ooze and I think her name was Sally were there helping. Ooze was wrestling the stuffing into the bird. I was preparing vegetables, while Stuart kneaded dough for the dinner rolls. We were chatting away and laughing about some event that had recently taken place when the phone rang. Ooze lumbered over to phone, picked it up, turned to Stuart and said, “it fo’ yo’ Mista Burford.” Stuart crossed the room to the phone.

In 1995, when the Keswick Hunt Club began thinking about its centennial celebrations, the idea of using Stuart’s recipes and Monticello dinner menus in a Hunt Club cookbook began to take shape. Anne Vanderwarker agreed to be the editor and the committee included Norma Ballheim, Stuart Burford, Jane deButts, Grinell Delany, Jon Edowes, Sandy Motley, Amy Nunnally, Mardi Page, John Parrish, Jinx Springer, and myself. We have Tony Vanderwarker to thank for the perfect title - Clever as a Fox: Secrets of Hunt Country Cooking. In February of 1996, on a very cold afternoon, at Stuart’s wonderful, but chilly, late 18th century tavern turned home in Milton, Anne Vanderwarker and I went

to see him about his recipes. They were “filed” in a wicker hamper, so Anne and I went through recipe after recipe saying which ones we would like to use. Some recipes were not completely written out as the finishing ingredients were often left to his culinary expertise. Many came with his comment “oh, that recipe I served to...”; he would then regale us with a fun, and sometimes hair raising story about the event or the person. This might be an exaggeration, but, it seemed at the time, that every fourth or fifth recipe, was a “pudding” recipe of one sort or another and we would respectfully say we did not think that would be of interest. At the end of a very chilly five hours, the hamper was empty. Stuart stood up and walked over to his bookshelf and pulled out Marie Kimball’s Thomas Jefferson’s Cookbook. He turned to the index and very quietly said “puddings were Mr. Jefferson’s favorite food and they are my favorite things to serve but no one ever thinks they are elegant enough.” We let Stuart pick a pudding recipe for Clever as a Fox. For the life of me, I cannot remember which one we published, but thankfully, we all have lots of Stuart’s best recipes and many wonderful memories of Stuart and his extraordinary culinary talent.

The HAM - Stuart Burford Kite cured country ham at 18/20 pounds (go to Wolftown and pick one out). Soak in cold water, well covered, 18 hours overnight, then scrub it. Pitch the water on an old plant near the fence. Place the ham in a ham cooker (stove top type) cover in cold water so ham is submerged, then add three pints of dark molasses 24 fl oz; plus one pound of dark brown sugar (the Grandma’s gold standard molasses was used in the most recent times).

After a few minutes went by, still in conversation, he turned noticing that the dough he had been kneading was starting to move, like it does, and spill over the edge of the counter. He shouted, “the dough, get the dough.”

Place on stovetop over one or two heat eyes and bring to slow boil, reduce to simmer, cover and cook all day at low simmer (not boiling). Key is slow and low. Have a couple of drinks in the late afternoon to make the ham cook better.

I looked up to see Ooze heading for the back door. Stuart was pointing frantically in the opposite direction of Ooze’s trajectory with a very confused look on his face as the dough teetered on the brink of oozing off the counter. I caught the dough just before gravity had its way while Ooze flung open the back door and stood there looking perplexed. “Ain’t no body here,” he said with a furrowed brow. It took a second until light dawned on all of us and we laughed like fools.

Score in diagonals the ham fat every 1 inch in a criss-cross scoring pattern; when complete, coat the fat with bread crumbs which are finely crumbed and pat in place. The top of the ham is nicely coated and a bit dampened by drizzling 3 shots of good bourbon whiskey atop the crumbs. This takes a few minutes so resist the opportunityto sip it. Cloves whole are punched in the crumb coat in random according to the criss-cross cuts (or thereabout). Stupot did not use cherries or pineapple although one could decorate the ham so.

Having simmered the ham 8 hours remove the ham to cool; pitch the molasses water on that same old plant by the fence. Salt curing is benefited by the molasses boil. The cooled ham is then stripped of the skin covering (preserve the skin) leave a covering of about 1/2 inch of ham fat on the ham so the next step will work.

Almost finished. Put the oven on 375 degrees setting for baking, preheat the oven, the ham is on a flat roasting sheet or pan and obtains the final cooking to brown the crumbs real good and so the ham cooking flavor really comes out. About 45 minutes to an hour, remove and let sit to approximate room temperature; the ham is cooked ahead of time and holds flavor for a good while but should be refrigerated thereafter. Slice thin and smaller bite size, serve on a nice silver platter with knife and serving fork, keeping several linen napkins at the side; garnish as to the season (put away couple more drinks for the cooks).

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HORSIN’ AROUND

Warrenton Hunt Night & The Keswick Hunt Club Juniors’ Fun Show

Warrenton Hunt Night & KHC Juniors Fun Show Top row: Mark Sackson is leading, or being led, by his daughter and her pony, Lizzie Rives with Elvis, the judges ponder the performances by the KHC Juniors at the Fun Show. Second Row: Warrenton Hunt Night, Whitney Gammell looking outstanding, Melissa Zeller with Tristan along with Loring Woodriff and her daughter Octavia at the KHC Junior Fun Show. Bottom Row: Greta Siemen and again with Sommers Olinger win the 2015 Pair Class at the Warrenton Hunt Night - Congratulations!

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SLATE HILL - This beautiful and elegant country home features 3 bedrooms and 3 and 1/2 baths, on 45 acres in Albemarle county. The traditional farm house style home was created by renowned architect, Bethany Poupolo. The home has been featured in Southern living magazine and was applauded for its attention to detail and beautiful design. The property also includes a 2 bedroom guest cottage, 2 fenced paddocks, run in shed, pool, sport court, and 3 quarries. The privacy and exposure to nature with easy access to Charlottesville are also noteworthy.

KESWICK ESTATES, LOT 5 – Private acreage inside the gates of Keswick Estate. Over 2.5 acres of open and level land fronts the newly designed Pete Dye golf course. Amenities at the impressive Keswick Hall include state-of-the-art fitness center, swimming, tennis, and spa facilities. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and convenient to all that the historic region has to offer. MLS #518257 $350,000

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LIFE HAPPENS Walking in Circles

According to enthusiasts the ancient form known as a labyrinth is imbued with special power. The words maze and labyrinth are often used interchangeably although their forms are quite different. The unicursal format of a labyrinth has but one path leading to the center and back out again while the multicursal maze allows for choices as to route from the center to the exit. Mazes are like puzzles. They enlist the aid of your logical brain taking you outside of yourself while a labyrinth leads you inward toward the intuition of your heart and self-discovery. Ancient and diverse cultures have used the potent symbol of a labyrinth to represent life, and birth, as well as it having a long association with spirituality and ritual.

BY MARY MORONY in wildflowers. He was not moved to create a single one for me. Daily walks in a labyrinth weren’t necessary for me to realize that until he’s ready nothing happens. As the saying goes, you can’t push a rope not that I don’t give it my best efforts. What he ultimately came up with could not be more simple or elegant and as permanent as I want it to be. He went out into a field adjoining the yard, put in a few stakes, drew some lines and mowed a seven-circuit labyrinth pattern. Once a week I take a small lawn mower and follow the path, easy peasy. My labyrinth is over a third of a mile in and out. When I add in the mediation circle I’ve walked more than a half-mile—good multitasking wouldn’t you say?

The three basic designs of labyrinth are a seven-circuit, an eleven-circuit, and a twelve-circuit; the seven-circuit is the most common design these days. Labyrinth’s popularity have ebbed and flowed over time and are presently enjoying a resurgence, cropping up on church grounds, municipal parks and lawns, and as portable mats.

awareness changes from right-brain to left-brain, presumably giving you the option to see the problem differently. Researchers have documented that many people have found more clarity walking a labyrinth than just walking around the block or in the woods.

Walking a labyrinth is both kinesthetic and introspective and as such is an obvious metaphor for life. Does the symbol have power? I suspect that like most things in life bestowed with power, the power it comes from conferrer. I don’t know if labyrinths are mystical, but when I walk it looking for inspiration or answers I often get them and I always come away with a quieter mind. What I have read suggests that, as you follow the path of a labyrinth you turn 180 degrees each time you enter a different circuit. As you change your direction your

I happened on labyrinths because I love the idea of meditation. What I have never been too down on is sitting for any length of time crossed-legged or with my feet on the floor in a chair. In a matter of seconds my back aches and my legs fall asleep. Squirming like a kindergartener in need of a potty break makes an inward journey nearly impossible. Teachers of meditation have assured me that if I stick with the practice these things will pass. Decades have come and gone and still I squirm. My physical discomforts remain the dragon at my meditative gate.

If my mind refused to quiet down while sitting and lying down put me in an immediate coma, moving had to be the answer. Meditation for me looks like walking and as a practice, turned out to be quite conducive to quieting my mind. The Zen meditation circle that featured prominently in the garden of our present house made the decision to move in a no-brainer. For years I had longed for a labyrinth. As beautiful as the circle is, it is not the same as a labyrinth and my longing ultimately became more of a clamor despite running the risk of the garden looking like the Disney World of meditative tools.

My favorite time to walk is dawn when the new sun baths the world in a pink glow. The dogs sometimes come lie down in the tall grass and watch, no doubt thinking I’ve gone completely mad. While the day dawns, the crows caw, the birds chirrup, and the cows low I become aware, again, of my oneness with all that is. That can’t help, but be good for the world and me no matter what the dogs think and some kind of power.

Over the years, I subtly showed Hubs pictures of labyrinths made from all manner of materials, formal boxwood lined paths, stones and bricks, to pebble or limed lines and even a hinge covered

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Martha’s Market - Benefits Women’s Health Care ADAPTED BY KESWICK LIFE

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do alpaca clothing, antique lithographs, and homemade toffee handdipped in Swiss chocolate have in common? They are all for sale at Martha’s Market at John Paul Jones Arena from October 9 through 11. More than 75 unique boutiques from across the country will transform the arena into a beautiful marketplace with something for everyone. This year, jewelry, soup, pottery, children’s clothing, and handcrafted gifts for the garden will be available for sale. Martha’s Market, which benefits women’s health care in central Virginia, is

sponsored by The Women’s Committee of Martha Jefferson Hospital, along with Wells Fargo. For 22 years, through the tremendous success of Martha’s Market, the In The Pink Tennis Tournament, and the Squash Cancer Squash Tournament, the Women’s Committee has raised more than $4 million in support of breast health, MRI technology, women’s mid-life health, palliative care, and outreach to underserved populations. In addition, the Women’s Committee funds biannual Free Breast Health Screening Days as well as Marianne’s Room and the Cancer Resource Center at Martha Jefferson

Hospital. Marianne’s Room provides free wigs, scarves, “chemo caps,” and soft postoperative prostheses for women undergoing cancer treatment. A local patient who was diagnosed with lymphoma last year says, “One day, I walked into Martha Jefferson Hospital feeling sad and scared, and walked out feeling sassy and hopeful. That is because of Marianne’s Room and a wonderful lady there who helped me when I was feeling so defeated. She gave me what I called my ‘Raquel Welch’ wig.’”

complimentary coat and package check are available at the market. John Paul Jones Arena is located at 295 Massie Rd., Charlottesville. The $10 price of admission allows unlimited entry throughout the weekend. Market times are: Friday, 9 a.m. –7 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-- 6 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m.—4 p.m. Visit the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation, facebook and the John Paul Jones Arena websites or call 434-654-5578 for all the details.

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TRAVEL JOURNAL The Catch

BY JOSEPH J. SHIELDS

I read the Swiss set their watches accord-

check while the rest of us walked back to the boat. I realized I had forgotten my baseball hat at the table and passed Ouderkirk on my way back to the bar. He had a smile on his face and didn’t ask where I was going.

ing to domestic train schedules, and not the other way around. We don’t follow this practice in the United States. That’s why I found myself in Amtrak’s waiting area in New York Penn Station, waiting for my delayed transport back to Charlottesville. It was June, stifling hot in the bowels of the train station, when the headline of an article in the New York Daily News garnered my attention:

A waitress had given my hat to the bartender. When I went to claim it, he graciously thanked me. “Your pal did a real nice thing,” he said, “taking care of everyone’s bill like that. He told me to keep it a secret, but I just can’t help myself. Guy spent nearly $300 bucks, settled all the open tabs.”

“Federal agents find $12 million worth of cocaine inside shrimp at Red Hook Terminal.” In this case, one could argue the federal agent was a drug detection dog that sniffed out 268 kilos of cocaine stuffed inside frozen shrimp imported from Guyana. A man sat down in the seat beside me and admired my waterproof bag.

“Creative smugglers,” I laughed. “Take care.”

“Do you fish?” he asked, recognizing the brand and its purpose.

“What did you catch down there?” he asked.

“I try to,” I replied. “Not often, and not well.”

He posed an interesting question, but as I wheeled my waterproof travel bag towards the exit, I could only shrug and smile.

“Have you been anywhere lately?” I explained I had just returned from a fishing trip to Boca Grande, Florida. I told the guy my friends and I fished the saltwater backcountry for two days, for snook and trout, and then spent a day with guides hunting tarpon in the madness of the Pass and the Gulf. “Fly rods?” I sensed he was among us, the few saltwater anglers who prefer deceiving fish with imitation flies. It is a passion that results in occasional glory but limited catches. “Yes,” I said. “For the most part.” “You know, fly-fishing for tarpon is the cocaine of the sport. It’s extremely difficult to hook one, to get jumped by a poon [affectionate nickname for a tarpon], but man it is the best thing in the world.” I can only imagine, I thought, wishing I could admit to sampling the elusive narcotic, the beautiful violence of a tarpon bite at the end of my line. Instead, I handed him the paper as my boarding call and track information was announced over the loudspeaker. “Speaking of cocaine,” he said, shaking his head while rereading the headline.

Boca Grande is highly regarded as the tarpon capital of the world. The small community is situated on Gasparilla Island off Florida’s Gulf Coast. Its waters are home to the largest tarpon population beginning in April and ending in August. According to scientists, tarpon have been in existence for more than 100 million years. These prehistoric fish thrive in salt-water and fresh-water habitats, using their specialized, lung-like bladders to survive in waters with varying pH and oxygen levels. I look forward to the day when I can tell my tarpon story. I was there in May, caught my share of snook, trout, and Spanish mackerel in the small mangrove islands in Bull Bay. But I did not catch a tarpon on a fly rod. I tried with all my might, bent my legs to adjust to the rocking waves with a large, white-feathered fly resembling a Puglisi Threadfin (the guide tied it himself) in one hand and a 12-weight rod in the other. I had a few looks, but without proficient doublehaul casting in wind conditions, the poon spooked every time they came close to the boat. This story does not center on the catch:

it ends with a hunt for tobacco products. On the last day of our trip, broke from paying fishing guides and sunburned beyond belief, we loaded my friend’s boat with appropriate beverages and drove south from Boca Grande along the western shoreline of Cayo Costa State Park to North Captiva Island. Barnacle Phil’s is the island’s legendary waterfront bar, but we learned upon arrival that it did not sell cigarettes or chewing tobacco. We received poor directions to nearby Hidden Cove, which, as it turns out, is pretty well hidden, via a narrow passage surrounded by trees on both sides. Hidden Cove is home to the North Captiva Island Club Resort, Mango Island Café, the Pool Bar, and a small store that sells tobacco products. None of us smoke or dip on a regular basis, but there’s something about boats that makes people embrace extracurricular activities. By my estimation, we wasted a few hundred dollars on fuel for a tobacco run, which proved to be more fruitful than the tarpon run. Having spent more than an hour in the boat, we decided to relax at the Pool Bar for refreshments and appetizers.

When I returned to the boat, Ouderkirk backed us out of the slip and asked me to take the wheel. He and the other guys peed over the side towards the trees, their backs to the bar, as I motored us through the passage. I noticed the grinning patrons, now standing, their glasses and bottles raised, silently waving. The children ran down the hill towards the waters edge. I heard them shout a collective “thank you” as Hidden Cove disappeared from sight. Ouderkirk never lets me drive his boat; he thinks I am an idiot. That afternoon, however, he let me navigate our return (once we cleared the channel markers). He joked that he was pleased with the day’s catch. For once, he wanted to turn off his brain and enjoy the ride. I assure you the views were remarkable in all directions. The sun began to set and the bottoms of the clouds appeared flat as if they had been cut with a giant razorblade. We stopped at an island famous for live sand dollars and jumped into the shallow water. We marveled at the creatures and delicately held sand dollars before releasing them to the soft bottom of the bay. There were thousands of them. I offered to drive the rest of the way home. I aimed for the sun, west, in the opposite direction of where we were supposed to go, and no one said a word.

I don’t recall seeing a pool, but we sat in silence and watched small children play near the water’s edge. Their tattooed parents and grandparents, and a handful of other salty characters, were seated at the bar in the shade. My friends and I roasted in the sun at small tables and stayed for a little while. Our buddy who owned the boat, I’ll call him Ouderkirk for the purposes of this narrative, offered to pick up the

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WHAT’S COOKING A Few of Stupot’s Classics RECIPES BY STUART BURFORD Chicken Pompadour - Serves 200 100 Chickens (meat of)

Place in saucepan with 400 small pork sausages, 150 chopped shallots, add 150 sliced truffles (or omit). Cover with 50 cups of champagne and 25 cups of chicken broth, salt and pepper. Simmer until tender, remove chicken and sausages and thicken sauce with yokes of 150 eggs and 25 cups cream. Add 50 pats butter while thickening. Pour over chicken and finish with 50 dashes of lemon juice.

Crabmeat Lelia

1lb Jumbo Lump Crabmeat 1 med Onion, grated 1/2 lb Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Grated

Tabasco 1 Cup Mayonnaise Worstershire Sauce

Mix all ingredients and bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Serve with Melba Toast points made from Pepperidge Farm Very Thin Bread, cut in triangles and let dry overnight on a cookie sheet. Lightly brown in a slow oven.

Mayonnaise

1 Egg Yoke 1 tsp Salt 2 Tbsp Vinegar or 1/2 Vinegar + 1/2 lemon juice 1/8 tsp Red Pepper 1/4 tsp fresh grated Black Pepper 1/4 tsp Paprika 1/2 lb Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Grated 1 Cup Wesson oil, +2 Tbsp or use 1/2 olive or canola oil Combine in blender first six things plus 2 Tbsp oil. Start at high speed starting slowly and adding the oil steadily.

Beef Stroganoff

1lb Round Steak, cut 3/4” pieces 1/2 Cup chopped Onion 2 Tbsp Olive Oil or fat 1 Clove Garlic Fresh Mushrooms 1 Cup Sour Cream 1 10.5oz can of Tomato Soup 1 Tbsp Worstershire Sauce 6 drops Tabasco 1/2 tsp Salt Noodles, thin 1/8 tsp Pepper Dip meat in flour and brown in hot fat. Add onions, garlic, sautéed mushrooms. Combine other ingredients, pour over meat, simmer one hour serve noodles with cheese.

Tomatoes with Curried Stuffing

1 lg. Onion 6-8 lg. tomatoes, cored and hollowed Curry Powder to taste 2 Cups Pepperidge Farm Stuffing Sauté onion in 1 stick butter; add curry and stuffing. Season each tomato with one teaspoon brown sugar, salt and pepper. Fill with stuffing mixture. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.

Cold Grand Marnier Soufflé

1 pkg Gelatin 1/4 Cup Water 3/4 Cup Sugar 2/3 Cup Grand Marnier

1 Cup OJ 6 Egg Yokes Orange Rind 2 Cups Whipped Cream

Dissolve gelatin in water. Beat egg yokes and sugar over hot water until thickened. Add gelatin. Mix OJ, rind, Grand Marnier and add to egg mixture. Mix well and cool. Fold in whipped cream and pour into mold period. Chill until set. Serves 6 - 8.

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ONLY IN KESWICK How We Got Here

After we sold our farm in Ivy, we quickly scoured Keswick and came up with two promising candidates. One was a sixtyacre former vineyard in Milton, a hilltop with some of the vines still standing. I pictured myself as Antonio the vintner, lovingly caring for my grapes and bottling impressive wines. Anne had her eye on a farm on Route 231 in the heart of Keswick with a view of the Southwest Mountains. Problem was, the house was, in Charlotte’s words, “a teardown.” I didn’t even bother to get out of the car to look at it. After fifteen minutes, Anne came running out grinning. “This place is great, you’ve got to see it, we can work miracles here. Just have to overlook a few things,” she said, escorting me inside. A few things was an understatement; the place was a dump. Shag carpeting throughout that had been peeed on by two fat bulldogs for so many years the owners had put scented candles in each room to cover up the stink. You went from vanilla to strawberry to banana and still the place had a stench that stuck with you for too long. There was junk everywhere with stacks of papers on every counter. One bathroom had piles of files six feet high crammed side by side so you couldn’t even get in! A rusted pellet stove was in the master, a new kitchen built off the old one and to top it off, the owner walked around in a baby-blue terry cloth robe over his PJs that he held closed with one hand because he was using the robe’s belt as a dog leash. I got out as fast as I could, leaving Anne inside to gush about the house. I sat in the car hoping she’d come to her senses. The house is a disaster, I thought. I couldn’t imagine myself living there.

BY TONY VANDERWARKER in Chicago. Saggy was a generous sort with a heart of gold. She raised ponies and competed at events up and down the east coast. Also taught many of the kids in the neighborhood to ride. Baggy, on the other hand, was thought of as a bit of a freeloader. Sometime in the Fifties, they sold their big farm, Merrie Mill, and built Little Merrie Mill, putting in one of the first pools in the neighborhood where many Keswick kids learned to swim. Anne finally came out, announcing that we were going to walk the acreage around back. If the house was bad, the property was worse. Old washing machines and sinks lying around, broken pieces of pipe, sagging fences, almost every square inch overgrown, it was obvious no one had been back there in years, except to dump stuff. Just walking through it was a chore. But one area was clear with a great view of the mountains. “Can’t you see the possibilities? Annie asked, as we stood in the open field. “Just look at this house site. It could be fabulous.” “I don’t see why you’d pick this trash heap over the vineyard.” “Because the vineyard isn’t in Keswick, that’s why.” I could see push coming to shove so I quickly came up with a proposal. “Okay, here’s the deal. We’ll make a lowball offer on this and if they don’t take it, we’ll buy the vineyard. Okay?” “What do you mean by lowball?” Anne asked. “30% under their listing price.” Up to this point, Charlotte had been quiet.

“Talk about lowball, no way they’ll take that,” she said. I quickly countered, “The property is a landfill and you said yourself the house is a teardown.” “Okay,” Charlotte relented, “I’ll give it a try.” At that point, I was certain they’d refuse our offer. 30% under was ridiculous. I felt sure I was going to get my vineyard. Boy, was I wrong. Flabbergasted when they accepted, I realized I’d been hoisted on my own petard. The owners hadn’t had an offer since it had been on the market, so even though it was rock bottom they jumped at it. “Nice try, Tony,” Anne needled me. “You put up a good fight.” In the tack room of the big barn, we found over a hundred photographs of the previous owners’ championship sulky ponies competing at Madison Square Garden and other venues. And we quickly learned some wonderful stories about the Sagmullers, or as they were known around the neighborhood, Saggy and Baggy. As you can guess from their nicknames, the two were oversized. Saggy was the moneybag of the family, her stash coming from Canfields, her first husband’s soda pop company

Their Fourth of July party at their farm was the event of the summer. A blowout around the pool with everyone in the neighborhood invited, it featured a host of lavish dishes and oodles of alcohol. Only problem was that when Saggy and Baggy got up in years, their food preparation procedures got sloppy and the macaroni salad and deviled eggs got past their prime and sickened some of the guests. Word quickly went around, “Stay away from the food.” So people did and ended up drinking their lips off, getting drunk and jumping into the pool. Saggy and Baggy did weird stuff, like when they wanted a new kitchen, they just added it on to the old one so they ended up with two kitchens in a row. One of their daughters inherited Little Merrie Mill when her parents died and we ended up buying the farm from her and her bathrobe husband – two kitchens, swimming pool, horse show photos and all. So we have to posthumously thank Saggy and Baggy for bringing us to Keswick. Without their entrée, chances are we would have missed out on the best place we’ve ever lived.

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VDOT’s Tree Trimming Policy Causes Uproar BY KESWICK LIFE WITH CONTRIBUTORS

The Virginia Department of Transportation and Albemarle County partnered to host a town hall meeting on treetrimming work needed along the Route 22/Route 231 corridor from Shadwell to Gordonsville. The meeting was held at Grace Church in Keswick, on July 9th, 2015 to share insight on their tree and brush trimming policy and it’s execution coming soon to the environs. The basics of the policy, summarized, as written in the handouts at the meeting are here along with summaries of interested parties reactions:

weather conditions. Branches should be cut close to the tree trunk or parent limb without cutting into the branch collar or leaving a stub; clean cuts shall be made at all times. Mechanical trimming will not be used on Virginia byways, scenic highways or on roads with major tourist attractions, nor will it be used if opposed by the public or property owners. It will only be used on roads with low to moderate traffic counts relative to system averages and the District Roadside Manager will be responsible for determining those routes.

“The purpose for the policy is to preserve the natural beauty of our roadsides while effectively addressing maintenance and safety issues.”, from the VDOT policy, effective December 18, 2001.

Vegetation on Private Property:

Tree and Brush Removal on the Right of Way:

Trees in one or more of the following conditions may be removed with appropriate authorization for safety, slope reclamation or maintenance purposes: trees that are dead, dying or damaged; affected by pests and are threatening healthy trees in the surrounding area; located in an unsafe area, causing a safety hazard or risk to the public – obscuring signs, blocking sight distance, leaning over roads with the potential to fall; and invasive species which could cause environmental or human harm. Trees that do not fit in one of the categories previously mentioned shall not be removed unless approved by the District Roadside Manager (DRM): dogwood trees and vegetation within a riparian buffer; and trees designated by local, state, or federal government to be of “Historical, environmental, or social importance.” When removing trees or brush, it will be cut flush with the ground where possible and stump treatment should be applied. Pruning on the Right of Way:

When pruning trees or brush, the policy upholds a list of general provisions: no boom-axes used to prune trees or shrubs, natural form of the tree should be maintained when possible, and no more than 25% of a tree’s foliage shall be removed during any one growing season. Branches are not to overhang the roadway below 20 feet and no live branches are to be cut above 20 feet unless it’s necessary to provide adequate sight distance, roadway clearance, and/or minimize know “cold spots” – area within travel way which receives limited sunlight due to vegetation, terrain, etc. and requires application of additional materials during inclement

Trees and shrubs located on private property adjacent to the right of way that pose an unacceptable safety risk to the traveling public may be pruned or removed with the property owner’s written permission. Reaction - Resident P. Taylor:

The community in attendance and in general feel that VDOT appears sincere in their desire to trim the trees in accordance with good horticultural practices and clearly has the knowledge and training to do so. Bill Watson, the Culpeper roadside manager who will lead the project, has formal training as an arborist and strikes me as a well meaning person. Mr. Watson’s request, if properly executed by the contract workers, to exceed the VDOT right away when necessary to perform a proper cut seems reasonable. I also have praise for Joel DeNunzio, the resident engineer in Charlottesville, who has been very responsive and helpful on issues like trash cleanup and mowing on Rt.22/231. Without question, some trees such as the partially dead Elanthus on the road need trimming or removal but there is no hard evidence that removing the ‘visual barrier ‘ of foliage along side of the road will make the road safer and has the risk of dramatically changing the appearance and ‘feel’ of what we know is one of the most beautiful roads in Va. At the end of the day, these roads evolved from country lanes and were never designed for the volume of traffic, speed and large trucks that now use them daily. No amount of tree trimming is going to change this and VDOT should address this head on by reducing the speed limit and enforcing the truck ban that currently exists and leave all but the high risk trees alone.

Reaction - Resident B. Stevens

After attending the Town Hall meeting

at Grace Church recently, I was struck by the lack of a police presence. It was sobering to hear about statistics and not about the inside of the stats.

As a resident of the crossroads at Rt. 22 and Rt. 600, I have personally witnessed a 16 yr old boy immolated in his car after a high speed chase by LPD. I identified the kid to ACPD. In addition, I have been t-boned when entering my driveway. That driver attempted to leave the scene but her wheel fell off. My youngest son was also t-boned when entering my driveway. The offending driver was impatient and thought to pass. On those occasions both our vehicles were totaled. Speed and driver inattention were the cause in each of those 2 mishaps. There were no injuries. Another accident occurred when a speeding driver forced a young driver off the road. She ended up in my strawberry patch. There were no injuries. During the wee hours of the morning in the 80’s a young man went to sleep at the wheel and died on my corner. He did not negotiate the long gentle grade with a curve. He ended up against a tree that is over 6 feet off the edge of the road. On two more occasions, I have pulled critically injured drivers out of their vehicles. Another crash happened right on the SE corner of 600 and 22. At night when a lady crashed her van up on the embankment against a large metal stob that is still sticking out of the ground. All of the aforementioned crashes occurred between the intersection of 22 and the 2nd house from the crossroads of 22 and 600. Yet another crash that I responded to occurred when a lady ran off 231 between Shadwell and the Hunt Club. Her vehicle was teetering over the embankment. The dash was in her lap. I dragged her far away because I was worried that her vehicle would catch fire. Each one of the accidents were single car crashes. They were caused by speed and driver inattention. Recently there has been another terrible accident in which two children have died. two other people from that accident are in critical condition at UVA. My thoughts and prayers are with them. Why was the SUV in their lane? In all of these accidents no trees were at fault. Again, drivers’ poor attention, sense of entitlement, time management skills are the reason that these injuries and fatalities have occurred. With respect to Mr. Watson’s comments; my own experience is that he doesn’t really care about what property owners think or argue for their entryways.

his…”That tree is MY tree”. That statement applies to any vegetation within HIS right of way. We pay taxes to the center of the road. His answer to trimming past the right of way is..”the trimmers were over zealous”. It is my hope that our community will pull together with a phone tree to monitor the actions of the road crews when they come to “trim”. In closing, I have shared these concerns with ACP. They request places to set up to catch poor drivers and ask that we as a community report speeders and tailgaters.

Reaction - Norman Dill, candidate for Supervisor:

Prior to the meeting, I spent some time driving up and down Rte. 22/231 to review the situation. At the VDOT meeting at Grace Church, part of my remarks dealt with the ivy and/or other invasive species that were killing the beautiful trees. They also bend limbs over the road and weaken older trees by using up the groundwater. VDOT responded by claiming they did not have the funding to take this on over the entire state. Well, we were only talking about the job at hand being Rt. 22/231. The invasive species grow in what is known as “edge effect” areas. Trimming the trees only opens up this area and accentuates the problem if nothing is done to address this situation. The people and the equipment will be in place, why not finish the job?

Reaction - Resident H. Taylor:

Ken Boyd and the VDOT representatives need to understand that a VDOT subcontractor will be hired to perform this work and it is likely that the subcontractor will have little concern for aesthetics. VDOT maintains that thick tree growth causes drivers to hug the center line, thus causing safety issues. It is likely that this applies mainly to large trucks that use the roads illegally. Ken Boyd should understand that we are unhappy with the enforcement of the oversized truck prohibition.

Conclusion:

We need to work with our representatives, VDOT and the Albemarle Police Department to take any measures to keep our beautiful roads, first and foremost safe, and from looking like Rt. 29 South. We must stay vigilant and stand united in opposition of the proposed initiative and get our facts together for a better solution

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Jr., The Montpelier Foundation will begin the restoration of the iconic Temple, the only Madison¬-era architectural structure still in existence today at Montpelier except for the mansion itself. A monument to James Madison’s philosophical and political legacy, Madison had the Temple constructed during his presidential years (1809-¬1817) as an architectural allusion to the “sacred fire of liberty” that burned in the Roman Forum’s Temple of Vesta. The Temple also served a practical purpose for Madison’s household as it is situated on top of an icehouse, which was used to store perishable goods and to stockpile ice cut from the nearby pond.

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“The Temple is significant historically and symbolically,” said the Foundation’s president Kat Imhoff. “This restoration project will allow us to offer the public a more complete picture of Madison’s vision of Montpelier and ensure the survival of an important monument to American democracy.”

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Mr. Mars is making a gift of $500,000 to underwrite the first phase of the Temple’s restoration, which comes on the heels of a recent structural assessment that confirmed damage to the foundation as a result of a 2011 earthquake, the epicenter of which was located 20 miles northeast of the site. “James Madison’s name is synonymous with America’s greatest ideas, the guarantee of liberty and justice for all,” said Mr. Mars. “Restoring the Temple is a way of preserving these ideas, and I’m very pleased to help Montpelier move this important restoration project forward.”

Construction began in 1810. Builders first dug a 24-¬foot well for the icehouse and mounded soil around the base of the structure to give it the appearance of being on a small rise. Local bricks were used to line the icehouse well, and the Temple was built on top. The brick columns were covered with stucco so they would resemble the marble columns of ancient Rome. During this first phase of restoration, elements such as the brick lining of the interior walls of the icehouse, which are original to the Madison-¬era, will be restored. Other Madison¬-era elements for the Temple include the lath and nails of the ceiling of the dome, all of the roof framing, and the brickwork within the columns. Long protected under layers of 20th¬ century plaster, these features will be returned to their original state. Conservators will use paint microscopy analysis to determine if Madison affixed decorative composition elements on the frieze of the dome and to determine the material of the original roofing. Restoration of the Temple has been a priority project for The Montpelier Foundation since its establishment in 2000. With the restoration of the mansion and the South Yard enslaved community site nearing completion, thanks in part to a recent $10 million gift from patriotic philanthropist David Rubenstein, the landscape at Montpelier is rapidly returning to its appearance during Madison’s lifetime.

The original sketch of Madison’s Temple was made in 1802 by Anna Maria Brodeau Thornton, wife of William Thornton, architect of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

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PROPERTIES ON THE MARKET

PROPERTIES ON THE MARKET

Annandale Circa 1805 Federal brick estate located 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.

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Windy Hill

A True Virginia Country House. C.1800 Renovation & Expansion 1999, 2010. Over 173 acres. Main Residence Features: Expansive Master Suite, Gourmet Kitchen with Fireplace, Elegant Living Spaces; Den, Dining, Home Office, Porches, Veranda , Breakfast Room and Sun Porch overlook Large Pond . Copper Roof & Gutters . Restored and Expanded Cabin for Office or Guest house. 8-Stall Stable with Wash Rack and Tack Room, BoardFenced Paddocks withWater and Sheds Extensive Landscaping and Pear Orchard . Private and Gated Entrance.

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

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A pristine horse farm set privately in rolling hills of Somerset estate country, adajcnt to the Keswick Hunt, extensive SW mtn views. Appealing residence constructed '06 of finest materials and further enhanced by dramatic 2 bed, 2 bath guest house(1,900 sf, originally a bank barn, converted to stunning effect in '12), vaulted guest/nanny/in-law quarters (700sf) over garage, salt water pool , pool house, center-aisle barn, equip. shed, regulation dressage arena & multiple paddocks, run-in sheds. Every inch immaculate and turn-key! The 144 acres include. a division right. About 1/2 of property open, other half massive hardwoods behind home that run up to the last, highest peak in SW Mountain range as they march eastward to the sea.

Nestled among the trees along the private road is a 22+ acre horse farm known as Deer Brook. The manageable property has been lovingly maintained and includes a spacious home boasting a chef’s kitchen equipped with professional grade Thermador & Viking appliances, 3 large en-suite bedrooms, living room with fireplace, numerous built-ins, mudroom, screened porch off the library, attached 2car garage, as well as a full unfinished basement ready for expansion and housing generator controls.Outside you will find beautiful, professionally landscaped grounds, the Brazilian wood deck expanded by the slate patio overlooking the fencedgardens. On the way to the ample, fenced pastures there are 4 stalls, a wash stall, shed, and vegetable garden,.

On 70 acres in a prime Keswick location. Incredibly charming main residence with wide verandas and a copper roof; totally updated and improved with a stunning kitchen and first floor master suite refinished floors, and coffered and vaulted ceilings. Irrigated English gardens, guest cottage, garage, party barn/workshop, Belmont-style barn, gated entry, and fourboard fencing and water at all paddocks, and invisible dog fencing around the house. This is a turn-key, no-worries gem of a country property.

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THE BOOKWORM

Creepy, Spooky and Eerie Tales BY SUZANNE NASH

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in time for Halloween I have a selection of creepy, spooky and eerie tales that will put you in that spirited mood.

Patrick McGrath can write some seriously eerie books. His prose is el-

egant and beautiful even while his subject matter is psychologically disturbing. He has written a lot of other novels that would be great spooky reads such as Dr. Haggard’s Disease, Spider and Grotesque but I am focusing on his novel, Asylum in this review. A London born writer, McGrath is a master of gothic fiction which is often told in first person by a narrator that the reader is never quite sure is reliable. In Asylum he once again delivers the chills with a psychological thriller about mental illness. Stella is a beautiful woman whose husband is a deputy superintendent for in a maximum security psychiatric hospital. Their marriage begins to fall apart, however, when a charismatic patient, Edgar Stark, begins to pursue Stella and lures her into a secret affair. Committed to the asylum for the murder of his wife, Edgar’s artistic nature and his passion contrasts dramatically with Stella’s husband. Beneath the passion lurks a dangerous and dark

psychosis and the reader has to decide who has the most serious mental problems, Edgar, Stella or the doctors themselves. If you like psychological thrillers, this is the book for you.

Elizabeth Hall’s novel, Miramont’s Ghost, really took me by surprise.

Once I starting reading this book, I completely forgot its title. I didn’t think about ghosts, instead I became totally engrossed in the story as I got to know a young girl named Adrienne Beauvier who had to hide her ability to see things…..to see what had happened beyond the physical limits of her eyes. This is her story. Adrienne travels from France to Colorado through the machinations of her aunt. What is even more striking is that the story has a basis in reality. There is a real Miramont Castle in Manitou Springs, Colorado and it was built by a French priest who figures in this story. There is a lot of mystery surrounding this castle and a lot of stories attached to it and Hall took these legends and facts and created a gripping novel that will keep you reading and make you want to do a bit of research when you fin-

ish. I love books that make me want to explore subjects even further! Speaking of a book that will make you do a bit more research, The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier made me look a bit more into Huguenot history in France and the Languedoc. The first book by the author of The Girl with the Pearl Earring, The Virgin Blue introduces the reader to Ella Turner who moves with her husband to a small village in France. Initially Ella is unhappy being in France and dealing with the gossipy village life but then something takes hold of her…and the mystery begins. Beautifully written and full of lovely touches that really place you into the scenes, Chevalier manages to teach you a bit of history while keeping you enthralled with the mysterious connection between a modern day narrator and Isabelle du Moulin, a woman who lived centuries earlier. This is not a typical ghost story but it is ghostly in its atmosphere and vision. My last Halloween read is a fairy tale with a twist. In The Woodcutter by Kate Danly, the peace is kept between men

and faeries by a woodcutter and when the body of a young woman is found dead in the wood it is up to him to find out who is out to destroy this peace. Although a lot of the characters aren’t fully developed, that didn’t really bother me as much as you might think. This book is rife with characters from the fairy tales you grew up with. They flow in and out quickly as the woodcutter must piece together what part they play in the conspiracy to destroy the world of man. I actually enjoyed trying to figure out who each character really was and where they might fit in the puzzle. I didn’t need to get to know them in depth as it was the woodcutter who was the glue and hero that held everyone in place. This was a fast paced fun read that had a dark twist perfect for Halloween but it isn’t a read for children so this is a treat for the young adult and adult audience. If you like fantasy and fairy tales then this a sweet trick or treat for you! So get ready for a spooky October and start it off with some thrillers, chillers and ghost stories to haunt your dreams. Happy Halloween!

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town Alliance, ODA,Historical then you must be several large local organizations includat the Virginia Society new to town. Having been around for 23 ing tourism videos for Madison County, years the ODA is a community driven, ef- Culpeper (Be a Local), and Louisa County. fective nonprofit established Ryantoand Melissa that haveAltria recently purchased he Virginiaassociation Historical Society is pleased announce Group has to enhance the economic environment of a video drone and will be moving into aeriagreed to sponsor the VHS’s newest exhibit, “Dressing Downton: Changing the town of Orange while maintaining the al imaging in the near future. for town’s Changing Times.” characterFashion of a small central business district. The organization strives to sus- Pat Davis is well known in the community tain downtown as anexhibit attractive to having all ofJanuary her life.2016 Sheand is reThethe nationally touring willplace run from Octoberlived 2015here through live, and in visit. Leadership ODA ischanging tired from a twentywith the willwork, be shown the VHS’s newlyofcreated exhibition space,year one career of the project provided by a volunteer Board of Directors state in various capacities including serving goals of its $38-million “Story of Virginia Campaign.” and an active committee system. The ODA on the Orange County School Board and the is a member of the Virginia Main Street Pro- Orange Police and Sherriff’s Dept.’s. She Theand exhibition consists 35 costumes accessories the popular PBS gram the National MainofStreet Center. and currently worksfrom part-time for Dogwood MASTERPIECE Classic program. Visitors willVillage be ableSenior to explore the lives of Downton’s Living. Pat is interested in “Our biggestinhabitants challengesand are their always those during assisting the economic development of our aristocratic servants the World War I period. of funding and volunteer support,” said community and being a part of the growth executive director, Jeff Curtis. “Like many we will be experiencing these next years. “Altria has a long history of support for the arts,” said Jack Nelson, Executive Vice systems we experience ebb and flow. The President Chief Technology Group, and Board Chairman, recent loss and of several very strongOfficer, Board Altria Jennifer Flannery is theVice nurse at Orange Virginia Historical Society. “And we are pleased to support the Virginia members left us with an opportunity to re- Elementary, works part timeHistorical at Orange cruit new andtraveling energized directors.likeFamily Physicians and is well connected Society as talent it brings exhibitions ‘Dressing Downton’ to our hometown. That be rather with and youth sport alike.” organizations such as the This can exhibition willdaunting be a greatafter drawseveral for residents visitors years of such engaged directors helping Orange Soccer Association. She has great and providing so much success. And cou- experience with running events. She also “We are excited to have Altria Group sponsor this nationally touring exhibition of ple that with trying to replace that talent serves as the Race Coordinator with Orange Downton Abbey costumes,” said Paul Levengood, andand CEOisofdeveloping the Virginiathe from a community where volunteers are SoccerPresident Association Historical Society. “There are many real-life American connections to Downton Abbey, in high demand, it’s rather intimidating.” first Turkey Trot in Orange as a fundraiser But appears that Curtis, and fellow for thetosoccer anditthis exhibition complements theBoard VHS mission bringassociation. our history to life. During members, have doneand their job the late 19th century, right upwell to thewith outbreak of World War I, hundreds of American the enlistment of 4 very strong and capable John A. Peregoy, Jr. In 2014, John and partwomen visited England and Europe hoping to marry aristocrats. The series character, new recruits. ner Bradley Toombs realized the need for Lady Cora, the Countess of Grantham is oneasuch American location to sellwoman.” unsold items from previ-

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Recently elected Board President Stephanie ous estate sales that they manage. They The stated exhibition the two that follow it areFinders part ofKeepers the $38-million Barb that,and “We’ve got major a goodexhibitions Board opened the new storefront of“Story Directors comingCampaign,” on. There’sofmuch atthan 108 $31 W. Main Street in February of Virginia whichwe more million has been raised. of this have in mind that includes revising our year. John and Bradley provide estate sale website and extending our reach through service, consignments, appraisals, light“The Story of Virginia Campaign” is designed to help the VHS better utilize portions social media.” Barb went on to say that ing repair and restoration, custom lightof itsisexisting This willamong allow the for the display of even more of the service, Society’sand there a sensefacility. of partnership ing, brass and silver polishing collections as well as hosting more and larger events and exhibitions. directors that will help in getting things much more. Finders Keepers is rapidly done. growing and proving a success. John and Bradley have200 an outlook the future Future changing exhibitions will include “The Art ofboth Seating: years offor American Those new directors include: Ryan White, growth of the business as well as a desire to Design,” which will feature works by John Henry Belter, George Hunzinger, Herter whose wife Melissa has been on the Board be an integral part of the revitalization of Brothers, Stickley Brothers, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles & Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, for several months, is expanding his career the Town of Orange. Frank Gehry more.that ininand television. Ryanand hasmany a history cludes positions with a 24-hour cable news station in Tampa,Hall FL and in Charlotte, NCGlory,” another upcoming VHS changing “Pro Football of Fame: Gridiron atexhibition, an NBC affiliate and then NBC29objects of will highlight suchatstoried as the Super Bowl trophy, a 1917 game Charlottesville. In 2009 Ryan and Melissa ball used by Jim Thorpe and the Canton Bulldogs, Tom Dempsey’s famous kicking started Tri21 Media, a video production and shoe created for his half foot, Mean Joe Greene’s jersey, and more than 200 other items from the sport’s rich history, normally housed at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Admission to each of these special exhibitions is free for Virginia Historical Society members.

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The Altria Group sponsorship of “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times” is part of a $250,000 total commitment that also includes support for the installation of a new Drink Better Wine and Beer “Story of Virginia” exhibition, which is slated to open in late summer 2015. Altria Group has since1994 been a major supporter of the VHS and the “Story of Virginia” exhibition since its first iteration in 1992, as well as leading the charge for its transformation to an online exhibition in the early 2000s. Altria Group’s most recent commitment will help the Virginia Historical Society make Virginia’s history relevant, exciting, and accessible to present and future generations.

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Francis “Jeff” Price Jr. On Friday September 11, 2015, Jacob Francis “Jeff” Price Jr. passed away unexpectedly at his home, Marsh Run Farm, Somerset, Va. He was 68 years old and lived in Somerset and Palm Beach, Fla.Jeff was born on February 21, 1947, in Richmond Va. to Marie Wells Price and Lt. Commander Jacob Francis Price, USN. As a child he lived in Charlottesville and Newport News, Va. and in Rome, Italy where he attended the Overseas International School. Jeff graduated from Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va. and the University of Virginia. He received his graduate degree from American University. Following college he proudly served in the Peace Corps where he taught English in Liberia and Cameroon. After the Peace Corp he taught in Saudi Arabia. For the remainder of his academic career he was a faculty member at Georgetown University’s School of Language and Linguistics. He retired to his beloved Marsh Run Farm where he raised horses and dogs. He enthusiastically supported rural land conservation by putting one square mile of open farm land into perpetual scenic easement.Jeff is survived by his loving partner of 35 years, Dennis Kernahan. He is also survived by his sister, Nancy Petersen of Arlington, Va., and

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five cherished nieces and nephews who he ceaselessly guided, cajoled and supported. He leaves legions of friends who formed his worldwide family. His enthusiasm for life, quick wit, love for animals, loyalty to friends, quiet generosity and genuine concern and care for others is irreplaceable.As a young man Jeff said he wanted to teach English, travel the world and become a farmer in the Virginia countryside. He suceeded on all counts. He will be remembered as a kind, effusive, occasionally devious, and always brilliant and observant man. A celebration of his life took place at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Orange, Va. A reception followed at the Montpelier Visitor Center. A private Interment will be held at a later date.In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Food and Friends, 219 Riggs Road NE, Washington, DC 20011 to support people with life threatening illnesses such as cancer and HIV/ AIDS through delivery of specialized meals, groceries and nutrition and counseling. Preddy Funeral Home of Orange is assisting the family.

“George” Stuart Sandidge Burford

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Stuart Sandidge Burford died in Charlottesville on Saturday, June 20, 2015, after a protracted illness. Born in 1924, and raised in Amherst County, Mr. Burford is survived by two nieces and two nephews, his dedicated caregivers from “Above and Beyond” and by a host of devoted friends.

as a beloved member of the Charlottesville community.

Stuart Burford enlisted in the U.S. Army at 18 years old and was serving as a bombardier when his plane was shot down on the Holland/Belgium border in 1944. He marched across Germany on a broken leg and was held in a prison camp until the war ended. Mr. Burford’s extraordinary valor and service to country were rewarded with two Purple Hearts.

A small graveside service was held on Thursday, June 25, 2015, at Elon Presbyterian Church, 2290 Cedar Gate Road, Madison Heights, VA 24572 with Pastor Barry Tucker presiding. Stuart Burford will be laid to rest beside his beloved mother, Edith Waters Burford. A Celebration of Stuart Burford’s Magnificent Life was held at the Keswick Hunt Club this fall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Focused Ultra Sound Foundation, 1230 Cedars Court, Suite F, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Stuart Burford attended the University of Virginia School of Architecture, but found his true calling as a Master Chef – the career that distinguished him in Virginia and beyond; he produced celebrated events and state dinners for prestigious guests from Her Majesty, the Queen of England to numerous Presidents. Many of his recipes from the culinary foundation of Albemarle County; few will ever forget his famous onion sandwiches. Stuart Burford will long be remembered

As a lifetime member of the Keswick Hunt Club, his legacy as a great dog and horse lover, as a gifted chef and a true Virginia gentleman will live on for generations to come.

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