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BRUSH STROKES: Alan Rubin

By Leonard Shapiro For Middleburg Life Back in elementary school at P.S. 180 in Brooklyn, NY, Alan Rubin likes to say he was considered “the best drawer in the class.” Fast forward many decades later and the Delaplane artist, now in the midst of what he likes to describe as “my third different career,” demonstrates daily that he clearly hasn’t lost that touch. His critically acclaimed work is now done with oil paint on canvas, and ever since he took up painting full time in the early 1990s, he has also developed a loyal following for his striking art. His work can be seen at the Haley Gallery in Sperryville and at the Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C. He also will have a one-man show featuring 60 of his paintings at The Highland School’s Rice Theater in Warrenton from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 22, with the show staying on display there for several months. A Washington Post critic once wrote that Alan’s paintings featured “bold illustrated scenes resembling nothing so much as frames from imaginary movies that look simultaneously familiar and foreign. “His paintings often have the look of sus-

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pended animation, like frames from a movie reel. His people are full of tension, caught between one highly charged moment and the next. The characters that inhabit his paintings seem to have secrets and hidden stories lurking just below the surface,” the critic wrote. The back story on Alan is this: he studied geology at Brooklyn College because “stickball was not an option.” He began his first career working for the U.S. Geological Survey out of the Natural History Museum in Washington, followed by stints in the Army Map Service and Defense Intelligence Agency. A trip to the West Coast in the late

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It’s Always Modern Times 1960s eventually led to his second career, as a co-owner of the now gone but definitely not forgotten artsy Biograph Theater in Washington. Walking one night in San Francisco with his friend, Paul Tauber, they came upon a long line trying to get into a midnight show at small art theater screening foreign films and other alternative programming. “I thought ‘wouldn’t it be fun to operate one of those things,’” Alan said. “I came back to Washington and found an old Nash (automobile) showroom in Georgetown and my partners and I converted it into a theater. One by one, we gave up our day jobs and went into show business. “We didn’t know what the hell we were doing and we made some mistakes, but we were packed right away. We would show the Marx Brothers, W.C. Fields. We had film festivals, all kinds of different programs. We opened it in 1967 and ran it through the summer of 1996. That’s when I had to decide what to do with the rest of my life.” Alan’s third career, as a full-time working


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Lemons and Friends artist, actually had its beginnings on another trip, this time with his wife Susan to the Brittany region of France. Bill Woodward, an old friend and art professor at George Washington University, taught a course there in the summer and one day convinced Alan to go out and paint with him. All those old self-taught drawing instincts seem to come out over the next week, Alan said, “and I thought ‘isn’t this fun.’ So I began painting again. In 1993, we had three years left on our lease with the theater. We had a space to show local artists’ work in the lobby

of The Biograph. I would change the show every couple of months. I thought ‘let me see if I can do twenty paintings myself and we’ll have the last show at the theater be my own work.’” Alan sold a number of his paintings out of that one-man show, and when the Biograph closed for good, Career No. 3 began in earnest. He now uses a cozy studio in a converted barn out behind the Victorian home he and Susan have shared since the mid-1970s. Alan is in the studio at least five days a week, usually working in the afternoon, and produces 20-25 paintings and the occasional pieces of sculpture a year, some of them on display all around the house. The studio is filled with old pictures and knick knacks from The Biograph, including one that reads “Soda 20 cents, Large 30 cents” and the oversized block wooden letters that once spelled out “The Biograph” in front of the old theater. He has re-arranged them on one wall to read “Big Art Hope.” “My motto,” he says, “is when the things you work at and play at are the same, it’s a blessing when what you do every day is what you love doing.”

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Gabrielle Whyard of Winchester and Angela York of Upperville pick up some grilling tips from Chef Josh Chandler. Photo By Lauren Giannini Cut fresh peaches in half, remove the pit, and place them cut side down on a lightly oiled grate. Cook for about four minutes, turn over and cook the round side about three minutes. Cut in wedges. Tasty served as singles (great finger food) or with goat cheese on a salad. Cooking methods: it helps to understand the difference between direct and indirect cooking methods. Direct is similar to broiling, best for foods that require less than 25 minutes to cook. Spread coals evenly across the grate and put the lid on. For gas grills: pre-heat with all the burners on high. Turn meat only once halfway through the grilling time. Coals or gas, do not leave the lid up too long in order to contain the heat. Indirect replicates roasting and adds grilled flavor, texture and appearance impossible to achieve in an oven. The circulating

heat works like a convection oven so you don’t have to turn food and is best with foods that require 25 or more minutes of cooking. Charcoal: arrange hot coals evenly on either side of the grate, in the center put a drip pan with water (less mess, good for gravy or sauce), replace cooking grate and arrange food over the drip pan. Cover. Indirect with a gas grill: same as direct— heat on high, then turn off burners under the food and adjust to either side of the food. Place roasts, poultry or large meat cuts on a roasting rack set inside a disposable heavy foil pan. For a longer cooking time, add water to the pan to keep drippings from burning. Interested in adding to your culinary knowledge? Ayrshire Farm will host its first Occasional Farm Feast, Sept. 15, from 3 p.m. to sunset.

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Q&A With Tom Sweitzer A production of Little Shop of Horrors will be presented at A Place to be Music Therapy at 15 W. Madison St. The space will be transformed Sept. 14, 15 and 16 to Mushnik’s Florist Shop. Little Shop of Horrors is the story of a sad, small florist worker and how one man-eating plant changes his life forever. This cult musical will be performed with a group of community members of varying ages. Local celebrity and everyone’s favorite caterer

Tutti Perricone will be “The Plant” who eats people so she can grow. Local designer Wendy Pepper along with student designers Shea O’brien and Dalton Cashin will help create a plant costume that you will not forget. Come see this toe tapping, one-of-a-kind, freaky little musical directed by Tom Sweitzer and Kim Tapper with student producer Kyle Boardman. Very limited seating. Tickets must be reserved by calling 540-687-6740. Curtain goes up on Friday, Sept. 14, at 7:30, Saturday, Sept. 15, at 5:30 and 7:30, and Sunday, Sept. 16, at 5:30 and 7:30. Who is Tom Sweitzer? I was born June 2, 1972, in Altoona, PA.

What did you do before landing in Middleburg? Out of Shenandoah University I started when I was 22 at Hill School. I ran the Drama and Music programs for 16 years. What brought you to Middleburg? Charlotte Munn, a student at Hill, was in an acting camp in Purcellville and she talked to the Headmaster, Tom Northrup. She told him about me and then I interviewed and started. I fell in love with Hill. Tell us about your current project ? We are a 501(c) (3)—A Place To Be Music Therapy. We see about 45 families per week with children with and without disabilities. We help people that need to find a place to be. We are currently putting together a community production of Little Shop of Horrors and ticket proceeds will go to A Place To Be. We also will celebrate Disability Month in October and have a tour of original musicals created by our students at A Place To Be. Who else is involved? In Little Shop, Tutti Perricone plays the Plant and Wendy Pepper is creating her final costume. Lurellyn Morrison is the drama/music teacher at Middleburg Academy. Our student producer is Kyle Boardman and we have several others involved in the production. What are your plans for the future? We want to grow A Place To Be and let people know we are for everybody. We also will create and tour awareness pieces that teach about empathy, acceptance, and diversity. What do you like best about Middleburg? The people. I feel I’ve been loved and supported.

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Wedgewood atFarmer’s Delight Photos by Middleburg Photo

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osiah Wedgwood, master potter from Staffordshire Great Britain, opened his first factory May 1, 1759 which later became one of the world’s greatest manufacturing pottery firms. Wedgwood Ceramics, now on its 253rd year of continuous manufacturing, have never faltered in their production of ceramic ware. Wedgwood Ceramics was originally started by Josiah Wedgwood as a local business; however, by the 18th century Wedgwood switched from local trade to the international market; where he found success as an entrepreneur and was a major contributor to Britain’s industrial revolution. Wedgwood also was personally responsible for one of the most important ceramic inventions which he called jasper, which is a dense stoneware used as an alternative to porcelain. To honor Wedgwood ceramics Adele Ierubino Barnett, founder of the Wedgwood Society of Washington, DC; was at Farmer’s Delight Plantation this summer to present an Introduction to Wedgwood Ceramics lecture. Farmer’s Delight, located near Middleburg, has worked for over two centuries as a running plantation, horse farm and home to several families; originally owned by Thomas, sixth Lord Fairfax. There are a number of Wedgwood pieces in the collection. Farmer’s Delight Plantation now is partially owned by The McGhee Foundation, founded by Ambassador George Crews McGhee and his wife Cecilia DeGolyer McGhee in 2002 as public organization whose mission is now to act as “steward of Farmer’s Delight Plantation, thus providing a community venue that supports ongoing educational and cultural programs in history, horticulture, and agriculture.”(www. farmersdelight.org/foundation) This aspect of Farmer’s Delight Plantation made it the perfect location to honor the 253 year old Wedgwood Company. Also of note….Thursday, Sept. 13, at 6 p.m. Anne Carter Zimmer, great-great granddaughter of Robert E. Lee, will present “The Lees at Home”. She is Lee’s youngest son’s granddaughter and has written a book, Robert E. Lee Family Cooking and Housekeeping, an insider’s history of the R.E. Lee family. Much of her information comes from her mother’s sister who remembered her father very well and other immediate members of the family. Anne will bring copies of her book to sell.


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Back to School inFine Fashion T Photos by Middleburg Photo

he curriculum remains the same: reading, writing and arithmetic. The fashions have changed: leggings for girls and perhaps a pair of relaxed-fit pants for boys. The tools have changed too—word pads are in and even calculators are a thing of the past. But at the end of the day it’s all about learning. Designer Andrea Chapman of Watermelon Wishes, located in the rear courtyard at 7 W. Washington St., has created colorful binder covers for back to school. At The Fun Shop on the west end of the village, shoppers will find everything from backpacks to rain boots.

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Scouts In Action

Middleburg Boy Scout Troop 2950 has grown to 12 scouts and four leaders and already has had one Eagle Scout among its ranks—John Swaitek, the grandson of television host Willard Scott. The troop also has a second Eagle Scout project underway for 2012. The goal of the troop is to present young men with an opportunity to make themselves into good citizens and better people, by

instilling confidence and leadership qualities. The Middleburg troop has several service projects underway. They include Keep Loudoun Beautiful (trash pickup along U.S. Rt. 50 corridor); Scouting for Food (food drive to benefit 7 Loaves); building compost bins for Sky Meadows State Park; and interior painting and repair at the American Legion Post 295 in Middleburg on Monday evenings.

Summer Camp 2012, Scouts hiked Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine. Kneeling: Mike Basinger Asst. Scoutmaster. Front row: Carter Albers, Noah Mamula, Edward Calley. Back row: Aaron Mamula, Sawyer Long, Thomas Hess, Ryan Basinger.

Running white water rapids. From left: Ned Mamula, Asst. Scoutmaster, Ryan Basinger, Carter Albers

Route 50 clean up, April 2012. Scouts covLobster dinner, Blackwood’s Restaurant, ered 2.5 miles west of Middleburg, picked Acadia National Park, Maine. From left up two bags of recyclables and four bags of to right: Noah Mamula (behind the lobster) trash. Aaron Mamula, Thomas Hess, Sawyer Long, Carter Albers, Edward Calley, Ryan Basinger.


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On The Market

Spectacular ‘Spring Hill’ Is on the Market Nearly 2,500 Acres Highlighted by 74 Fields and Paddocks in Casanova

Located near the quiet village of Casanova, our featured monthly property – Spring Hill Farm – represents an exceptional and clearly unique opportunity to own an estate that combines gracious living with all the amenities of a full-scale equestrian operation. Established in 1969 as a racing and breeding farm, and comprised of four farms of stand-alone quality spread over 2,456 acres, the property offers gently-rolling pastures lined with miles of white-board fencing, interior private roads, a beautiful lake and a bold stream. The facilities have been owned and overseen by a visionary in the equestrian world, whose accolades include Virginia Breeder of the Year and National Breeder of the Year. And now, it is time for a new generation to be able to enjoy the quality amenities. Spring Hill Farm represents the largest contiguous acreage on the market in Northern Virginia, and is offered for sale for the first time. The property currently is on the market, listed at $25,000,000 by John Coles of Thomas and Talbot Real Estate. The superlatives would stretch for page after page, but the highlights will suffice to provide a taste of what the property offers. Located about 10 miles southeast of Warrenton, an ideal location that combines bucolic surroundings with easy access to surrounding communities, the property lies on both sides of Rogues Road. Three resi-

dences, 11 tenant offices, a main office with trophy and meeting rooms are all part of the package. The residential highlight is the main manor home, accessed from a picturesque bridge and highlighted by lavish perennial gardens that welcome visitors and family members alike. The room sizes are gracious and appealing, and natural beauty can be spied through large windows and French doors. Magnificent boxwoods form the backdrop to the beautiful perennial gardens, while you have easy access to the pool, poolhouse, tennis court and large lawn to entertain or

just sit back and enjoy life’s bounty. The beauty of the property is that it is a true working farm, which over the years has employed as many as 40 workers. All told, the estate includes eight horse barns featuring 174 stalls, including a 32stall foaling barn. There are 72 separate fields and paddocks, and various support structures that include a large machine barn and hay barn. Exceptional at every turn and designed for the individual with a passion for the equestrian world, it is a once-in-severalgenerations opportunity. Articles are prepared by Middleburg

Life’s real estate advertising department on behalf of clients. For information on the home, contact the listing agent. For information on having a house reviewed, contact the Middleburg Life real estate advertising department at (571) 333-6273.

Facts for buyers

Address: 8792 Rogues Road, Casanova (20139). Listed at: $25,000,000 by John Coles, Thomas and Talbot Real Estate (540) 270-0094.


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PUBLISHER’S NOTICE

We are pledged to the letter and spirit of Virginia’s policy for achieving equal housing opportunity throughout the Commonwealth. We encourage and support advertising and marketing programs in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status or handicap. All real estate advertised herein is subject to Virginia’s fair housing law which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status or handicap or intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination.” This newspaper will not knowingly accept advertising for real estate that violates the fair housing law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. For more information or to file a housing complaint call the Virginia Fair Housing Office at (804) 367-9753. Email: fairhousing@dpor.virginia.gov. Web site: www.fairhousing.vipnet.org

Water Worries: Drought Sends Warning By Marcia Woolman For Middleburg Life “Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink.” Well, the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge didn’t know about recycling and desalination of water when he wrote this memorable line in his 1797 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Yet, today these are just two methods of creating more water for our use. The drought this year has brought into sharp focus how fragile our water supply can be. More importantly, it has once again moved us to conserve water. Perhaps, if we think of the drought as a warning or as a distinct possibility for frequent reoccurrence, then putting the conservation rules into permanent practice makes good sense. When drought occurs, we either personally or by mandate begin to conserve our water. Do lawns really need to be watered, cars washed, dishwashers run after every meal, and so on? According to a recent article in The New York Times, the average American uses 99 gallons of water each day at home. Even simple things like turning off the water while we brush our teeth multiplied by mil-

lions of people makes for a significant water use reduction. Just as the oil crisis in the 1970s led us to design more efficient cars and alternate sources of fuel, maybe the drought of 2012 will have the same effect on creating water efficiency habits. Some ideas to ponder are rain harvesting from rooftops of buildings. This water could be used for many of the purposes we must now consider eliminating during drought. If you purchase your water, it might make an impression if the water bill was designed like the Dominion Power bill so that you could compare use from month to month and year to year. The idea is to create new habits. The common sense use of water during a drought should make us more aware of how we habitually waste water. The severe drought in the Midwest is affecting crops, especially corn. Corn is used in so many of our food staples, but now the demand for corn has created a conflict between food and ethanol. There should be no choice here. The ethanol issue, if viewed from a water standpoint, barely makes sense. To grow the corn for ethanol takes quantum amounts of water and then electricity to

manufacture it. The water we have needs to be used for its highest and best purpose. We should also think about air conditioning, which uses electricity and coolants that result in more planet warming. Planet warming results in more droughts, which fuel the use of more air conditioning. The cycle needs to be broken. But the question is, how? One other glaring misuse of water is the infrastructure for moving it, which needs to be looked at as well. Our aging water pipes leak a large percentage of our precious fresh water. If we need jobs, let’s create them for a task that will save Americans a commodity more precious than oil. If nothing else, this drought and heat should inspire us to make changes in the way we live and how we educate our children to be more cognizant of the world in which we live. [Marcia Woolman is a freelance writer from Middleburg who serves on the Goose Creek Board and also chairs the Beartooth Alliance in Montana in the summer. For both organizations water is a critical issue.]


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Meadowkirk Inn & Retreat

Trough Hill Farm

Reliance Road

Middleburg, Virginia • $16,000,000

Middleburg, Virginia • $3,900,000

Middletown, Virginia • $2,875,000

358 acres • 8 BR Manor house • 6 FP • Heart of pine floors • 10’ ceilings • Inn w/20 rooms all w/private baths • Conference room • Stone barn can accommodate 120 guests • 3 cottages • Log cabin • Pool & pool house • Observatory • Picnic pavilion • 2 miles of Goose Creek frontage Paul MacMahon (703) 609-1905

103 acres • 1800’s Virginia farmhouse • 9 fireplaces • 5 bedrooms • Guest house • Pool house/game room • Gorgeous stone walls, terraces and garden walls • Pond • Barns Ann MacMahon (540) 687-5588 Paul MacMahon (703) 609-1905

French Provencal • 158.84 acres • 5-6 Bedrooms • 5 1/2 Baths • 3 Fireplaces • Gourmet Kitchen • Exotic hardwood floors • Terraced gardens • Koi pond • Frontage on Crooked Run • Also available on 42.42 acres for $1,750,000 Paul MacMahon (703) 609-1905

Montview

Fox Valley Farm

1780 Quaker Barn

Marshall, Virginia • $2,600,000

Marshall, Virginia • $1,950,000

Philomont, Virginia • $1,495,000

Prime Fauquier County location in the heart of Piedmont Hunt • 39.94 acres • Brick home completely updated • 3 BR with master suite on main level • 2 full & 2 half BA • 2 FP • 2 car garage • Flagstone terrace • 8 stall center aisle barn • Board fencing • Mountain views Paul MacMahon (703) 609-1905

Historic property on 32 acres in Orange County Hunt • 1st floor master, den, grand salon, English kitchen with large DR & billiard room • 2nd kitchen/ bar leads to patio, pool & guest cottage • 7 stall barn adjoins 3 BR, 2 BA farm manager's house Ann MacMahon (540) 687-5588 Walter Woodson (703) 499-4961

Completely restored & updated • 4/5 BR, 3 1/2 BA, 3 FP • Vaulted ceilings expose 40’ hand hewn beams & original barn timbers • Lower level reveals chestnut log beams, fieldstone walls, flagstone floors • Pool, terrace, outdoor FP • Also for rent $4,000/month Paul MacMahon (703) 609-1905

Maresfield

Fox Hollow

Wright Farms

Marshall, Virginia • $1,300,000

Delaplane, Virginia • $875,000

Purcellville, Virginia • $749,000

Excellent location • Brick home completely updated • 5 BR with master suite on first floor • 3 1/2 BA • 2 FP • Mountain views • Pool • 10 useable acres • 150 x 220 riding arena • 3 barns totaling 8-9 stalls • Run-in shed • Stone walls Helen MacMahon (540) 454-1930

Prime Fauquier County location • Main house circa 1790, addition in 1985 • 5 BR, 3 1/2 BA, 4 FP • Spring fed pond • Guest/tenant house • Workshop • Property suitable for horses • Miles of trails • 12.97 acres Paul MacMahon (703) 609-1905

4 BR home • 5 1/2 BA • Elegant master suite w/fireplace • Beautiful kitchen w/granite countertops • Wood floors in 2 story foyer w/curved double staircase • 4 car garage • Full basement • Mountain views Alix Coolidge (703) 625-1724 Margaret Carroll (540) 454-0650

Piedmont Drive

Delaplane Post Office

Chestnut Street

Middleburg, Virginia • $495,000

Delaplane, Virginia • $450,000

Middleburg, Virginia • $430,000

All brick townhome • Very bright end-unit • Back and side garden space • Hardwood floors on main level • Sunken living room with wood burning FP • Built in bookshelves • Separate dining room • 3 BR, 3 1/2 BA • Large closets • Lower level has large rec room, full bath, additional finished room Helen MacMahon (540) 454-1930

Unusual opportunity • Commercial Zoning • 3,800 sf • 2 separate apartments • Each with 2 bedrooms • Large additional outbuilding • Great possibilities Ann MacMahon (540) 687-5588

4 BR home in village of Middleburg • New first floor master suite w/extensive built in bookshelves and closets • Major renovations include new siding • New roof • New kitchen and new furnace • Great millwork, trim and finishes w/natural light throughout • Large 1/4 acre lot w/mature plantings Helen MacMahon (540) 454-1930

110 East Washington Street • P.O. Box 1380 Middleburg, Virginia 20118 (540) 687-5588

www.sheridanmacmahon.com info@sheridanmacmahon.com


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Avenel:

In The Shadow Of The Enemy Avenel, the overnight stop of General Robert E. Lee on his way to the Second Battle of Manassas, is not far from Thoroughfare Gap east of The Plains. The home of Col. Robert Beverley and his wife Eliza Carter Beverley, Avenel was visited many times by Lee to see his cousin Eliza. Avenel is now the home of Robert Beverley’s great-great granddaughter Georgia Herbert. The story of the Beverley and Dulany family’s eyewitness to history has been told through the diary of Ida Powell Dulany, In the Shadow of the Enemy and is available on Amazon. The book details Dulany’s experiences on the home front of this dangerous locale. As the head of a slave-holding estate, she took over control of the extensive family lands once her husband left to fight for the Con-

federacy. More than just a version of her own day-to-day experiences, Dulany’s journal also explains how her community dealt with intense state of affairs. It opens a window into the Southern culture of the time, demonstrating the magnitude of the locals’ unwavering faith in God and their belief in the Confederate cause, and their universal demonizing of Union soldiers. A courageous woman is revealed. And, in spite of her vulnerability and isolation, she declined to be demoralized. The editors have provided relevant military history, including an examination of the role of the “Gray Ghost,” John S. Mosby, in this area. A timeline highlights the key events that occurred over the course of the larger conflict.

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McEnearney Associates, Inc. Realtors® Middleburg Office

540.687.5490 • www.McEnearneyMiddleburg.com

7 W. Washington Street • PO Box 1171 • Middleburg, VA 20118 $3,800,000

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138 acre farm nestled in the heart of the Piedmont. Formerly a duPont property, the house (built in 1816) is an exceptional example of 19th C Quaker architecture and has been updated. 5-stall barn, large shop, and 2 tenant houses. The working farm has many opportunities. mlS id# lO7738304

bob vantrease 540.514.9295

investment Opportunity

Great investment opportunity in the village of Middleburg. 4-unit apartment building. Units include: one 1-bedroom, two 2-bedroom, and one 3-bedroom. Close to shopping and restaurants. Fully leased. mlS id# lO7902898

reduced $50,000 to $945,000!!!

“Longue Vue” is in move-in condition for all who enjoy the wonder of nature. Private, scenic drive through the woods to brick custom home with views. Main-level master and 1-bedroom apartment. It would cost far more to build this home on this amazing 11.8 acre lot. mlS id# lO7784994

linden ryan 703.408.4696

Cecelia mahan

703.675.8008 www.ceceliamahan.com

www.lindenandbob.com

waterFOrd

$849,000

Historic gem

Welcoming front porch overlooks private pond and mature trees. Circa 1790 stone home carefully restored and expanded to 5,500 sq.ft. Gourmet open kitchen. Main level master. 7 working fireplaces. 44 horse ready acres, more acres available. Guest cottage! www.SilcottSprings.com • mlS id# lO7678904

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Corby Hall

2 parcels totaling 31.44 acres with rolling hills & Catoctin Creek frontage. Perfect setting for B&B, vineyard, etc, or restore to a showcase home. Liveable, but needs restoration. 11-foot ceilings main level. New well/5BR septic 10 yrs ago. Brick & stone bank barn. www.Corby-Hall.com

Horse ready!

Enjoy mountain views from this four-bedroom, three-and-a-halfbath, 2005 Colonial nestled on 5 acres with woods and stream! 2/3 stall center-aisle barn, board fenced pasture. www.SeewindymeadowFarm.com mlS id# lO7886874

Jackie Hagenston • 540.454.1452 • www.virginiaFineliving.com

Our Team at McEnearney Associates...Only the Best! For our sellers...we offer the most comprehensive knowledge of our local area and the marketing expertise to meet your goals. For our buyers...we offer the latest advancements in search technologies and the personal service you expect every step of the way. For our agents...we offer the best tools and support in the industry! Join our team. Front row: Gilda Montel, Catherine Neeves, Jo-Ann Hoovler, Candice Bower (Managing Broker), Rachael Remuzzi, Linden Ryan, Bob Vantrease. Middle row: Barbi Marshall, Cecelia Mahan, Mary Roberge, Jackie Hagenston, Bradley Clarke. Back row: June Crisan, Ani McDougall, Mary Owen Chatfield Taylor, Barbara Bennison. Not pictured: Marsha Steidle, Joseph Remuzzi, Tom Marshall, Paula Clagett, Ken Blaine, and Christy Hertel. Preferred Lender

The Right Tools, Right Now, Right at Your Fingertips. Let us show you how we can support your growing business in the digital age. Contact Candice Bower at 703.623.6605 for a confidential interview.

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Exquisite details throughout this incredible 12 bedroom Georgian Revival manor home built in 1936. Situated on over 191 acres. This lovely home boasts a Reception Hall and a white Carrara marble Flying Staircase accessing 3 levels. Over 1/2 mile of Rappahannock River frontage, spectacular views, springs, ponds and rolling pasture

Steeped in Piedmont Hunt History, the land and manor home of Clifton Farm is understated elegance. As one crests the knoll of the long winding drive the home sits nestled in its own protected environment of 297 acres of some of the most beautifully open and rolling land. Tremendous Easement Potential. $6,999,000

199 acres in the heart of the Orange County Hunt Territory s 5 Bedroom Georgian Manor sFormal living and dining rooms houses s Solarium s Pools c.1801 Patent house, 2 tenant Horse facilities include an indoor arena with 13 stalls, paddocks and fields with run-ins. & apartment and pond. In a VOF Conservation Easement. $5,500,000

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Upperville/Middleburg-Unique Italianate-Palladian inspired villa sNestled on a ridge above Goose Creek s4,600+ sq ft stucco home s4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 2 master suites, terra cotta tile floors, fireplace, and gourmet kitchen sExtensive landscaping sFormal gardens s Courtyard sPool with pergola sGuest housesBuilt by architect/owner. $2,750,000

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An English country estate. Main house, c1790 with later additions, is stucco over log and frame, has heart of pine floors, beamed ceilings, guest bedroom on the first floor, 5 fpls, 6 brs 5 full ba, and 2 half bas. Old boxwood and perennial gardens. Cozy stone guest cottage, c 1770, is 3 floors with 1 br, 1fba overlooks pond. Pool House has flagstone floors, pickled walls, great for entertaining,2 fpls. 2-car garage, barns, sheds on 12.5 acres. $1, 595,000

This stately brick colonial with spacious rooms for entertaining was renovated to satisfy today’s less formal lifestyle with kitchen/family room addition opening to lovely gardens and pool. Its 20 acres are two separate 10 acre parcels, one of which is in land use. This offers seclusion but with easy access to I-66. $995,000

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This Virginia Country Estate with historic manor home on over 80 acres with more land available. Parts of the home date back to 1725. 7 Bedrooms offer great charm & character. Guest cottage, farm manager’s residence, stable and paddocks with run-in sheds for over 20 horses, 3 miles west of the Town of Warrenton. $3,400,000

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BLUEMONT LAND - 5 parcels in Piedmont Hunt Territory ~ Mostly open, rolling and fully fenced land and accessed from 3 roads. 2 homes, one of stone and one of clapboard enhance this beautiful property. Options for purchase include: 20+ acres for $440,000 50+ acres for $588,000, 61+ acres with a stone 2 BR home for $778,000, 71+ acres with a clapboard 3 BR home (2 parcels) $995,000 MIDDLEBURG - 26.12 acres convenient to Middleburg, additional parcels available. $410,000

Charming 1740 brick and stone home sited on .5 ac. adjacent and including the 3 acre parcel containing the original Mill on Pantherskin Creek. Pool within the ruins of the Mill. Beautiful, year round pavilion is connected to the summer kitchen by a bougainvillea covered pergola. $595,000

Step into this beautifully designed village home with its open feel. From the foyer enter the double living room with wood burning fpl.; a wall of windows & doors lead to the stone terrace and gardens. 1st floor master bedroom w/2 baths and spacious sitting room. 2 brs on second level w/excellent storage. 2 car garage. Recent improvements include new appliances, heating and cooling equipment. $750,000

NEAR THE PLAINS - 142 acres. Great location South of The Plains. Mostly wooded with views. $1,400,000 MERSEY/DOVER ROADS - 5 parcels, 3+ acres each, just on the outskirts of Middleburg ranging in price. $257,250 - $350,000 48+ acres

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McEnearney Associates, Inc. Realtors® Middleburg Office

540.687.5490 • www.McEnearneyMiddleburg.com

7 W. Washington Street • PO Box 1171 • Middleburg, VA 20118 $3,800,000

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Historic beaver dam Farm

138 acre farm nestled in the heart of the Piedmont. Formerly a duPont property, the house (built in 1816) is an exceptional example of 19th C Quaker architecture and has been updated. 5-stall barn, large shop, and 2 tenant houses. The working farm has many opportunities. mlS id# lO7738304

bob vantrease 540.514.9295

investment Opportunity

Great investment opportunity in the village of Middleburg. 4-unit apartment building. Units include: one 1-bedroom, two 2-bedroom, and one 3-bedroom. Close to shopping and restaurants. Fully leased. mlS id# lO7902898

reduced $50,000 to $945,000!!!

“Longue Vue” is in move-in condition for all who enjoy the wonder of nature. Private, scenic drive through the woods to brick custom home with views. Main-level master and 1-bedroom apartment. It would cost far more to build this home on this amazing 11.8 acre lot. mlS id# lO7784994

linden ryan 703.408.4696

Cecelia mahan

703.675.8008 www.ceceliamahan.com

www.lindenandbob.com

waterFOrd

$849,000

Historic gem

Welcoming front porch overlooks private pond and mature trees. Circa 1790 stone home carefully restored and expanded to 5,500 sq.ft. Gourmet open kitchen. Main level master. 7 working fireplaces. 44 horse ready acres, more acres available. Guest cottage! www.SilcottSprings.com • mlS id# lO7678904

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Corby Hall

2 parcels totaling 31.44 acres with rolling hills & Catoctin Creek frontage. Perfect setting for B&B, vineyard, etc, or restore to a showcase home. Liveable, but needs restoration. 11-foot ceilings main level. New well/5BR septic 10 yrs ago. Brick & stone bank barn. www.Corby-Hall.com

Horse ready!

Enjoy mountain views from this four-bedroom, three-and-a-halfbath, 2005 Colonial nestled on 5 acres with woods and stream! 2/3 stall center-aisle barn, board fenced pasture. www.SeewindymeadowFarm.com mlS id# lO7886874

Jackie Hagenston • 540.454.1452 • www.virginiaFineliving.com

Our Team at McEnearney Associates...Only the Best! For our sellers...we offer the most comprehensive knowledge of our local area and the marketing expertise to meet your goals. For our buyers...we offer the latest advancements in search technologies and the personal service you expect every step of the way. For our agents...we offer the best tools and support in the industry! Join our team. Front row: Gilda Montel, Catherine Neeves, Jo-Ann Hoovler, Candice Bower (Managing Broker), Rachael Remuzzi, Linden Ryan, Bob Vantrease. Middle row: Barbi Marshall, Cecelia Mahan, Mary Roberge, Jackie Hagenston, Bradley Clarke. Back row: June Crisan, Ani McDougall, Mary Owen Chatfield Taylor, Barbara Bennison. Not pictured: Marsha Steidle, Joseph Remuzzi, Tom Marshall, Paula Clagett, Ken Blaine, and Christy Hertel. Preferred Lender

The Right Tools, Right Now, Right at Your Fingertips. Let us show you how we can support your growing business in the digital age. Contact Candice Bower at 703.623.6605 for a confidential interview.

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Middleburg Historical Buildings

At The CrossroadsPart One By Pam Mickley Albers, AIA Director of the Middleburg Office of Anderson Cooper Group Architects

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iddleburg Life is pleased to introduce a series on the main intersection of town—the crossroads of our charming and lively village. And this is where architect and now writer Pam Mickley Albers will begin her historic architectural journey around Middleburg and the surrounding area.

to share my knowledge of this history from an architect’s point of view in a series of articles about the historical buildings in our town,” she says. Originally laid out and developed in 1787 by Leven Powell, who purchased it from Joseph Chinn in 1763, Middleburg was planned utilizing the two main roads, Washington Street (Rt. 50) running east-west and Madison

“As an architect and having grown up in the Middleburg area, I’ve come to understand and appreciate the history of Middleburg and the historical significance of its architecture. I hope

Street running north-south. Known as Chinn’s Crossing, Middleburg was then named for its location midway between Alexandria and Blue Ridge. Middleburg’s growth was originally attributed to the wheat, milling and flour trade that flourished in the area. Along with the formation of the Aldie-Ashby’s Gap Turnpike Company in 1810, Middleburg

became a well-traveled wagon and coach stop. The town grew up around this crossroads with a favorite stopping place on the northeast corner known as Chinn’s Ordinary, a fieldstone tavern built by Joseph Chinn in 1728. It was enlarged in 1812, keeping the same fieldstone facade, by Nobel Beveridge, an original trustee of the Powell Estate. He renamed it the Beveridge House (currently the Red Fox Inn). Beveridge built his own home of brick, the more common material in the early 1800s, on the northwest corner of Washington and Madison Streets in 1824 in a complementary design to the Federal style inn across the street. Another original trustee, Edwin C. Brown, established a successful general store at the southeast corner until 1865. In the map by Yardley Taylor of 1853, located at the northeast corner is the Beveridge Hotel (Red Fox Inn). At the northwest corner is the Beveridge House (Nobel House building). Situated at the southwest corner is the two-story brick F. G. Smith Store (since razed and currently the Thomas & Talbot building). And at the southeast corner is the E.C. Brown Store (rebuilt as


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the Middleburg National Bank and currently the Home Farm Store building). The town’s population was noted as “about 600” inhabitants. During the Civil War, Middleburg was used as a military route to the Blue Ridge, with many residents and churches taking in Confederate

soldiers as they were fighting to keep the Union army east of the Blue Ridge. The Beveridge House (Red Fox Inn) was where General J.E.B. Stuart met with Col, John Mosby and headquartered to plan their raids. It also served as a hospital. The pine service bar in the back Tap Room was said

to have been a field operating table used by a surgeon in Gen. Stuart’s cavalry. Both the stores on the southwest and southeast corners were closed for the most part during the Civil War. Middleburg was incorporated as a town in 1872. The crossroads were still being used by the Reamer’s stagecoach company between the towns of Leesburg and The

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Plains. The Beveridge House (Red Fox Inn) was renovated with the porch addition and renamed the Middleburg Inn in 1887. However, Middleburg’s population began to decline and the town’s growth stopped, which continued into the 20th century with only 296 residents recorded in the 1900 census.

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am Mickley Albers, AIA, is a local architect who is director of the Middleburg office of Anderson Cooper Group Architects specializing in

residential and commercial architecture. She grew up in Middleburg, hunted with the Orange County hunt in the late 1960s with Charles Turner, Sr. MFH and graduated from Notre Dame Academy in the third graduating class of 1971. She is a member of the Historic District Review Committee in Middleburg and the Envisioning Committee for the Comprehensive Plan of Middleburg and would like to acknowledge and thank Ed Wright, Phil Thomas and Trowbridge Littleton. Information from written articles and photographs include: The Pink Box, the National Register of Historic Places, the Red Fox Inn, The Story of Middleburg, Virginia 1787-1958, and A Walking Tour Into the Past, Middleburg, Virginia.

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Bannaker School’s Trashion Show

Olivia Badura The Bannaker School held a “trashion show,” a culminating activity for the fifth grade students after the completion of their curriculum and SOL testing. It was produced by Sarah Brissing, a Middleburg resident and the school’s fifth grade teacher. “Throughout all of our units of study we discussed the positive and negative impact of

humans on the earth,” Mrs. Brissing explained. “The fifth graders came to a very clear realization that our actions as humans have a far reaching impact on our planet. Each student worked to create an ‘artfit’—our crafty word for outfit—and three accessories using a variety of recycled materials. Through this long-term project students were able to become more aware of the concepts of conservation and recycling. I hope that others are inspired by the fifth grades creations.” Mrs. Brissing also wanted to note that “I did not think of this activity on my own. I was inspired by the teachers from Round Hill Elementary and through the popularity of Trashion Shows that I found on the Internet at the university level.” Students were asked to write a description of their creations. Here are a few of them. Project Runway watch out, here they come! Ten-year-old Olivia Badura’s sundress was made out of a pig food bag turned inside out. The spots on Olivia’s dress were fashioned from Dove chocolate wrappers. Olivia’s necklace was bottlecaps and Dove chocolate wrappers and her shoes were designed from milk jugs and Duck tape. Olivia’s belt was made out of grocery bags. Logan Stup, a lacrosse and basketball player appeared all decked out Capri Sun

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Upperville - Historic estate renovated and enhanced to include top shelf facilities, maintaining its 1850’s architecture & original handcrafted details. Georgian manor house, stone cottages, barns, paddocks, pool. 60 acres in easement. Views and endless ride-out in Piedmont Hunt territory, near horse show grounds and polo fields. More land is available. $5,300,000 Andy Stevens 703.568.0727

Warrenton - High on a hill, overlooking Warrenton Hunt, sits Standedge, w/148+ beautifully manicured acres. Spectacular views! A sprawling stucco home, designed & renovated by renowned Architect, Albert Hinckley. Long paved treed drive w/sophisticated lighting. Lrg rms, high ceilings, elevator. Plus, farm mngr/rental home & stable. huntcountryhomes.com $3,500,000 Charlie Ebbets 540.341.3547

Middleburg - "Locochee Farm" is a gorgeous 95 acre equestrian property. Exquisite manor is meticulously updated to include a 1st floor MBR suite, sunroom, and state-of-the-art kitchen. Property also features a beautifully constructed 18-stall center-aisle barn, 100’ x 200’ indoor arena, 150’ x 180’ outdoor arena, lrg paddocks, riding trails, ponds, cottage, and more. $3,400,000 Marci Welsh 703.906.5802

Middleburg - Magnificent quality constructed farmhouse, Eastrn Mburg. Gracious living space offering gourmet kit opening to FR, casual dining w/French doors to backyard, pool and porch. Formal DR and LR, large butler’s pantry, wet-bar, walk-out lowr lvl with gym, library, rec room and full BA. MBR suite on 1st lvl plus 4BR/4BA upstairs. 2BR/2BA carriage house. $2,750,000 Shellie Womelsdorf 703.862.1799

Focus On: Loudoun County Housing Market, July 2012 Sales are up - Inventory is down! Contact us to list your home…

New Listings 624 Down 5%

Current Contracts 513 Up 30%

Sold vs List Price 98.6% Up 0.8%

Months of Supply 2.8 Down 31%

Fauquier County Housing Market Statistics (vs year ago/July 2011

Paeonian Springs - On a beautiful site, two historic homes plus a huge barn dismantled, piece-by-piece, then re-constructed and joined to create a one-of-akind residence. Colonial in every way w/towering ceilings, double-hung windows, and hand-crafted details. And modern in every way w/new technology, gourmet kitchen, ultra BAs, and even a media room. $1,099,000 Lilian Jorgenson 703.407.0766

Leesburg - Meticulously maintained energy-efficient 2x6 framed home on 18 private tranquil acres. Serene mountain living only minutes from Leesburg or MARC train. Just painted inside and out. Private paved driveway. Basement features potential rental apartment. Woodstove and dual-fuel heat for lower heating bills. This property is a must see... $618,000 Danny Clarke 703.200.3708

Units Sold 84 Up 31%

Active Inventory 404 Down 26%

Median Sale Price $309,950 Up 11%

Days On Market 63 Up 19%

New Listings 114 Down 1%

Current Contracts 91 Up 40%

Sold vs List Price 96.9% Up 2%

Months of Supply 4.8 Down 44%

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Bluemont - One of a kind opportunity! 50 years, family owned business. Includes 98% of machinery, tools and supplies, 2 firing ranges (above & under ground), 2400sf steel building, 5 acres, pond, 3BR residence w/1744sf (main lvl), retail shop w/2100sf (lower lvl). Located minutes from Mount Weather Government Installation. A rare find indeed! $600,000 Bobby Kirk 703.728.8602

Boyce - Potential hunt-box, bring your barn and fencing. Conveniently located, completely renovated! 3BR/4BA, spacious floor plan, bamboo flooring, 2-car garage. Separate 2BR studio/in-law/nanny suite has kitchen and it’s own septic. 6 acres, beautiful mature landscaping. Geothermal heat/AC throughout. Close to schools, Berryville & Millville. Additional DUR. $495,000 Bobby Kirk 703.728.8602

Leesburg - River Creek’s Flagship House on the Lake, designed by one of DC’s best architects, constructed by award winning builder. Overlooks fountain spray on the 5th-hole-lake w/views sweeping across golf course. Every dream amenity built right in; every Country Club privilege right outside. Awaiting your membership. Just minutes to Leesburg’s new town. $1,265,000 Lilian Jorgenson 703.407.0766

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Leesburg’s River Creek - Unparalleled luxury overlooking the Potomac River on the Signature 15th Fairway! 2-story family room w/incredible views. Chef’s kitchen opens to casual dining. Library/guest suite w/full BA. Lower lvl w/theater, fitness & rec rm. MBR suite fills an entire wing w/river views off pvt deck. Wonderfully manicured gardens. Flr plans avail. $1,325,000 Lilian Jorgenson 703.407.0766

Loudoun County Housing Market Statistics (vs year ago/July 2011) Active Inventory Units Sold Median Sale Price Days On Market 1,472 522 42 $412,479 Down 24% Up 10% Down 5% Up 6%

Leesburg - Hideout on 11 acres with Goose Creek frontage! Rustic and Contemporary 3+ bedrooms, 4 bathrooms. First floor master BR suite with patio access. Private setting to enjoy nature with wraparound deck, patios and screened porches. Only 15 minutes to Leesburg or Middleburg, and 30 minutes to Tysons Corner. Additional land available. $699,900 Joyce Gates 540.771.7544

Round Hill - Wow! Affordable farmette on historic Snickersville Tpk. Grass riding ring, paddocks and runin. Brand new barn w/H2O and office. Remodeled home just needs your touches. New kitchen, laundry, new bamboo floors. Open floor plan w/layout to maximize space and fuel efficiency. Lrg backyard boasts tall trees, hen house, veg garden and privacy. $399,000 Kimberly Hurst 703.932.9651


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college/university system. And here’s a real estate listing of note… tell your city friends that Middleburg-based Long and Foster Realtor Shellie Cole Womelsdorf has Brookside at 23502 Light Horse Court on the east side of Middleburg. This magnificent Virginia farmhouse has gracious living space, a gourmet kitchen which opens to family room, casual dining with French doors to the backyard, pool and porch. The home includes formal dining and living rooms, large butler’s pantry, wet bar and a walkout lower level with a gym, library, recreation room and full bath. There is a bedroom suite on the main floor with four additional bedrooms and baths on the upper Good news about Jerry, the orphan floor. A separate two-bedroom, two-bath registered Black Angus calf featured in the carriage house is also part of the property July issue of Middleburg Life. Born and bred listed at $2,750,000. at Gordie Keys’ Beaver Dam Farm, he was Whenever one makes the trek to the Kaj Dentler, assistant town manager; Kelly Burk, Leesburg town council; Julie O’Brien, hand-raised by Robin Keys. When neighbor Expo co-founder; Shye Gilad, CEO of ProJet Aviation; recipient Scott Bell, Dennis Boykin, cathedral of horse racing in Saratoga Springs, Betsee Parker of Huntland read the article, Leesburg Airport Commission chairman; Sarah Thompson, Expo co-founder; Mayor KrisNY, you will no doubt run into your neighshe contacted the Keys and arranged to ten Umstattd; and Clay Hoxton of The Hoxton Agency. Photo by Joey Darley. bors. Witness the three good ol’ boys spotted purchase the calf and give him a good home. Now known as Gerry, we offer kudos to all. Scott, 18, a recent graduate of Briar places, both physically and mentally,” Scott in the box seats…the unofficial mayor of Aldie, Tucker Withers, the lord of Beaver Middleburg Life has learned that the first Woods High School and incoming fresh- wrote. scholarship from the Aviation Education and man at Kansas State University at Salina, was And speaking of college, Cayla Schne- Dam Farm, Gordie Keys, and sports jourCareer Expo has been presented to Scott Bell awarded the scholarship based on an essay bele had 32 college credits from her courses nalist Len Shapiro. of Loudoun County. The scholarship, in the on why he wanted to pursue an aviation at Middleburg Academy and she’s entering Then there’s the story of Foxcroft senior amount of $2,000, was co-funded by ProJet career. “I like aviation because it provides the engineering school at Virginia Tech as Mary Motion of Middleburg. Now 17, a different perspective of the world that a sophomore. Middleburg Academy has a Mary’s dream of spending the summer in Aviation and The Hoxton Agency. no other career can offer—it will take me dual enrollment program with the Virginia Saratoga came true this August while working as an exercise rider for steeplechase trainer Doug Fout of The Plains and galloping horses for her very successful uncle, Graham Motion. It’s not surprising that Mary’s involved with horses; many family members are involved including her late mother, Patty, who died of breast cancer when Mary was eight years old. “I’ve been on horses all my life,” she said. Mary, also a leader at Foxcroft, has helped organize the students to participate in the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation fundraiser. This year’s Cherry Blossom event will be Nannette’s Walk, Fun Run and Pooch Prance for Breast Cancer Sunday, Sept. 30. The “pick up the pace for the cure” will start at the Middleburg Bank. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the pooches and their walkers step off at 1 p.m. There’s a fascinating new shop opening on the weekend of Sept. 15-16 on South Madison Street. The Outpost is the most recent creative endeavor of Keith Foster, a highly regarded golf architect, who now lives in Middleburg. Inspired by the vintage British Campaign and British colonial style, the space features a clubby atmosphere with leather chairs, one of a kind gifts and African tribal rugs. Paul Eden, president of the Middleburg Betsee Parker and Robin Keys with Jerry/Gerry. Photo by Janet Hitchen


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6 to 10 p.m. and the party will feature Mud Hound Brewing, Oktoberfest Beer and Lothar’s gourmet sausages. Cost is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. For details please visit www.middleburgoktoberfest.com or call 540-522-9684. Audley Farm over in Berryville will be selling a number of noteworTucker Withers, Gordie Keys and Len Shapiro at Saratoga thy Thoroughbreds Lions Club, wants to remind Middleburg at the September sales in Keeneland, KY. Life readers of the Oct. 20 Oktoberfest at Among the lovely offerings will be Hip no. the American Legion hall. It will run from 45 a year bay filly, who is a half sister to

Dr. Jens Frhr. von Lepel of Audley Farm and Hip no.45

Bodemeister (also bred by Audley) winner of this year’s Arkansas Derby and second in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. From the fox hunting fields…Middleburg Life has learned that the Fairfax Hunt and Loudoun Hunt West have merged, so this season they’ll go out four times each week. We always love to hear from our neigh-

interim huntsman. She’s to assume responsibilities for kennel operations and has begun training the puppies and preparing the pack for cub hunting. In show jumping news…the Rolex One to Watch for August is none other than Middleburg’s own Katie Monahan Prudent. Katie divides her time between Rosières aux Salines in France and Plain Bay Farm here in the village. During the month of July, she jumped from 361st to 244th—a move up the rankings of 117 places. Katie and husband French equestrian Henri Prudent run an international training business. Congrats to Gloria and Howard Armfield who just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to The Pink Beach Resort in Tucker’s Town, Bermuda. And more congrats to equestrienne Alexa Lowe and husband Tom Wiseman, financial planner on the birth of their first, a baby boy William O’Neill Wiseman. Where else but Middleburg could you see a team of Canadian cross horses-Dolly and Hannah (who have their own Facebook page) owned by Patti Thomas and driven by Georgiana Watt and announced on the horn by Bobby Dreyer pull up in a wagonette in front of the Southern States on their opening day under new management?

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Keith Foster at his new shop, The Outpost

bors. So when Kaye Nazarian sent a note and photo we were thrilled. Cali, a registered Golden Retriever, and Kaye are a pet therapy team at Fauquier Hospital in Warrenton. “Cali enjoys the patients and staff on her weekly visits and always receives smiles,” Kaye concludes. Masters Gregg Ryan and Eva Smithwick have announced the Snickersville Hounds’ 20th anniversary season of hunting. They have also bid good luck to former huntsman Todd Kern for his many seasons of hunting the hounds. Elizabeth Addis Opitz (daughter of long time hunt friend Doc Addis of Pennsylvania) has accepted the position of

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A Music School For All Ages Now starting its 19th consecutive year, Community Music School of the Piedmont is headquartered in Upperville with satellite locations in Aldie, Ashburn, Leesburg, Middleburg, Purcellville and The Plains. The school, an independent, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education. Students range from the very young through seniors, and include everyone in between. The youngest is an energetic three year old; the oldest is a dapper septuagenarian. T h e group program targeted to the very young—and their parents or caregivers—is Music Together, serving newborns through four years old. Classes have an artistically conceived flow of songs, movement, nursery rhymes, instrumental jam sessions and finger plays. These activities help children develop rhythm and tonal skills. For older children, teenagers and adults, CMSP offers an array of private lessons, group classes, special programs, ensembles and performance opportunities. Sixty-two percent of the faculty holds advanced degrees. They teach not only the perennially popular instruments such as the piano, violin and guitar, but also the “endangered instruments,” those wonderful music-making tools that are at risk of disappearing: the harp, the viola, the bassoon, the oboe. There is even a discount

on the endangered instruments lessons, to encourage participation. There are also, in the faculty, two dedicated and talented music therapists. These skilled, certified professionals provide individual sessions that use the power of music to help younger folk deal with the challenges of autism and older folk with the challenges of depression or memory loss. For almost two decades, the Community Music School of the Piedmont has been a treasure in this rural community. Each semester, there are group recitals that provide students with the opportunity for public performance. There are outreach programs after school at public schools, and programs during the day at a local child care center. There are public concerts by professional musicians, and ensemble groups for musicians in the community wishing to play with a group. CMSP has provided music instruction and performance opportunities for a crosssection of the community. Over the last eight years, it has funded over $55,000 in needs-based tuition assistance and scholarships, making music education affordable for those who might not obtain it otherwise. The Community Music School of the Piedmont, P.O. Box 442, 9110 John Mosby Hwy, Upperville, VA 20185, (540) 592-3040 or piedmontmusic@aol.com.

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Isabella Wolf: A Passion For Polo By Lauren R. Giannini For Middleburg Life Isabella Wolf has a passion for polo. The lovely and oh-so feminine University of Virginia senior is out to hit the ball long, ride off her rival and play to win. Woe betide players on the field who don’t take her seriously. The young rider plays the game like a man—and that’s a compliment. It also comes in handy to achieve her lifelong dream: to become a professional polo player. It all started when her parents put their 18-month old daughter on a horse. The budding equestrian, now 21, grew up in the saddle. She started playing polo when she was just nine. Before long, Isabella was hooked on the ancient game and clever athletic “ponies” that are actually smaller horses. She was 13 the first time she traveled to Buenos Aires, the polo capital of the world, and took lessons from of the best in the business. She learned how to swing naturally and hit the ball correctly. She eventually turned to José Villamil who became her coach and mentor. “José has been teaching me since I was 13— that’s when I started playing in tournaments,” Isabella said. At the time she had a minus one rating and she is now rated as an impressive one rating. “It’s hard to move up, and you don’t want to move up faster than you should,” Isabella admitted. Her collegiate highlights so far include competing for UVA and winning the National Championship in indoor arena polo last year at Cornell along with fellow players Julia Steiner

and Kylie Sheehan. “Indoor women’s polo is fierce and there are some good women players in college.” Isabella says college is all about “my passion for polo” and while her studies are important, they can’t compete with playing chukkers on well-trained ponies. “José taught me Spanish,” she adds. “He also taught me to keep everything in my personal life outside of the polo field. Sometimes that’s hard for me, but polo is an escape and when I get out there and let it go, nothing compares. José also taught me a lot of technical things about polo. He’s always saying, ‘keep your seat out of the tack’ and ‘keep your body above the tack’ because you can’t hit the ball sitting down. When you get out of the tack, you can reach more, you can use your body better, and hit longer and harder.” “It’s so funny to see men look at Issy ride out on the field—she’s a lovely rider but they figure she’s a girl, she can’t play with the men,” her mother Francesca Spano of Reno, NV, also an equestrian, observed. For the moment Isabella’s childhood dream is on the line. “After college I’d like to play and see where it takes me,” she said. Her father Bill Wolf, an avid fox hunter of Middleburg, has agreed to her plan. “I’d rather try than not try and wonder if I could’ve made it.”

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FAITH, CHRISTIANITY, HEALTH: a lecture on CHRISTIAN SCIENCE by international speaker Kari Mashos Many people are asking: Why believe in God? How can you believe in the power of prayer to heal? Practitioner and teacher of Christian Science healing, Kari Mashos, says, “I am always genuinely interested in how and why people believe in God. God does exist and His healing love is present today.” Mashos’ talk will explore a step by step illustration that explains:

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Mosby Hwy (Rt. 50), Upperville, VA, 20185. Buchanan Hall is 8 miles west of Middleburg on Rt 50, past the Fair Grounds, and on the left. It is also just east of Upperville. Call (703) 895-6294 for information.


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ou might call it the dog days of summer as we slowly slip into autumn. The wonderful team of Middleburg Photo photographers Karen Monroe and Doug Gehlsen paid a visit to the Middleburg Humane Foundation recently. The private, nonprofit shelter is currently located on Whiting Road near Marshall. They take in abused, neglected and at-risk large and small animals for rescue and rehabilitation. Over the past 17 years the Middleburg Humane Foundation (MHF) has been committed to the rescue and rehabilitation of abused, neglected and at riskthe animals. Joan Gardiner recommends following Hilleary Bogley, the president books: and founder of the shelter, recently The Beekeepers Handbook issued the following very exciting news: Hive“As I am proud The andthe theFounder, Honeybee that MHF hasthe grown into a very Letters From Hive proactive and successful animal shelter with many outreach programs serving According the U.S. Department thousands to of deserving animals and people. The demand forInformed assistance is of Agriculture, the Bee constantly growing and we’ve outgrown Partnership and the Apiary Inspectors of our existing small farm shelter facility. America, reported Thanks tothe theprevious generosity of Zoharloss andof Lisa Ben–Dov, Middleburg Humane will honeybee colonies has dropped. be moving to a brand new 30-acre Unusually mild weather could be afacility in the near future! We’re currently in possible contributing factor, although the process of moving forward with the no direct that scientific investigation of the planning will secure a permanent future for needy animals and our shelter weather connection has been conducted. for many years to come. Thank you for your continued support of MHF and I hope you will all be a part of this next exciting chapter. Please stay tuned!”


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Cannonball Invitational Pro/Am founder and director, Rick Bechtold, has announced a new charitable partnership with the Piedmont Community Foundation in Middleburg for a third annual golf event to be held Sept. 15-16 at Creighton Farms in Aldie. Kari Mashos of Cape Nedick, Maine, a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship, will be giving a lecture titled Faith, Christianity, Health: on Christian Science Sunday, September 16, at Buchanan Hall in Upperville. “In this lecture I am going to share with you one proof, one example of a woman cured of a condition medically diagnosed that would cause her permanent disability,” she says. At the Byrne Gallery in Middleburg, the ever-effervescent Susan Byrne has sent word that “Art Goes Here,” an exhibition of paintings, mixed media and sculpture by Stephen Saff, architect, artist and furniture designer, will be on display through Sept. 30. Mark your sporting and social calendars for the 58TH running of the Virginia Fall Race weekend at Glenwood Park in Middleburg for Saturday, Oct. 6 and Sunday, Oct. 7. Known for the “best view in steeplechasing” where you can sit amongst the shade of ancient oak trees the steeple watching is almost as good as the people watching. Highlights include the Chronicle Cup timber classic and the Daniel C. Sands hurdle race as well as the Field Hunter Championships of America. On Friday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m., the Goose Creek Association (GCA), the Land Trust of Virginia (LTV), the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust (NVCT), and the Hill School Alumni Association will host a free screening of a new film called Green Fire, on the legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold. Charles Town, West Virginia will be popping with social and sporting action in mid-October for the West Virginia Breeders Cup Classic. It all begins on Thursday Oct. 18 with Gala Dinner/Dance at the Clarion in Sheperdstown,WV, and the on Friday Oct. 19 Golf Tournament at Locust Hill in CT and on Saturday Oct.20 Breakfast of Champions at track 9:30 a.m. with the grand finale when the racing begins at 7:15 post time. See you at the races.

Civil War Conference Returns To Middleburg The Mosby Heritage Area Association will host its 15th Annual Conference on the Art of Command in the Civil War Oct. 5-7 at the Middleburg Community Center. The theme of the upcoming conference is “The Chancellorsville Campaign,” which ran from April 30- May 6, 1863. The Battle of Chancellorsville is best noted for Stonewall Jackson’s fatal wound and for arguably the greatest victory for General Robert E. Lee. The Battle of Chancellorsville has been called “Lee’s perfect battle.” The conference will include a bus tour of Chancellorsville Battle-

field Sunday, Oct. 7. This year’s speakers include noted authors and historians, including Gary Ecelbarger, Kim Holien, Robert E. L. Krick, Robert K. Krick, Frank O’Reilly, Scott Patchan, Jeffry D. Wert, and Eric J. Wittenberg. Topics will include “Lee and Jackson at Chancellorsville,” “Stonewall Jackson’s Flank Attack,” and “Old Joe Hooker Comes Out of the Wilderness.” This annual conference was named by Visit Loudoun as the 2010 Event of the Year (for 3,000 and under participants). It has attracted participants from 15 different states,

including California and Oregon and has had an enormous economic impact in the local community from overnight accommodations to shopping and dining. The mission of the nonprofit Mosby Heritage Area Association, formed in 1995, is to help preserve the Northern Virginia Piedmont and increase public knowledge about the historic area. For more information, go to: www.mosbyheritagearea.org.

3rd Annual F luted Hoot Music Festival Saturday, October 13th 6-11pm Middleburg Community Center Middleburg, Virginia

An Intimate Evening of Live Music, Spirits, Food & Friends

Paul & Fred of Little Feat The Acoustic Duo

Pete Durand Local rock musician

Craig Fuller of Pure Prairie League & his son Patrick Fuller

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Windy Hill – The Plains, A Community Effort By Lauren R. Giannini For Middleburg Life The Windy Hill Foundation owes its existence to the late founder René Llewellyn, a “war bride” from England who galvanized the local community into action because of a depressed neighborhood on the west end of Middleburg. She rallied support by fiercely maintaining, “This is not acceptable. Not anywhere, but especially not in my adopted country.” Llewellyn raised $1 million locally to purchase the nine properties on the then-dirt Windy Hill Road. Helped by Sandy Shope and the Loudoun County Housing Office, she obtained a HUD grant to renovate the ramshackle abodes where 12 families lived, served by six outhouses and two outdoor water spigots. The Windy Hill mission is to provide safe, decent and affordable housing to lowand lower-income families and the elderly in Loudoun, Clarke and Fauquier Counties and to encourage self-improvement and self-sufficiency among tenant residents. The organization has come a long way since 1981, expanding to 67 units on both sides of John Mosby Highway. This standard-setting concept of affordable and attractive “workforce housing” recently expanded with the completion of Piedmont Lane in The Plains. This was made possible by additional local support and tax credit financing. The five buildings, include seven two-bedroom and nine three-bedroom units, two of them handicapped-accessible, were dedicated last May. “We’re very excited about Windy Hill in The Plains,” said Kim Hart, executive director of the Windy Hill Foundation. “Our workforce housing is intended for young entrylevel workers and folks at the lower end of the wage scale—retail, office, health care workers, teachers and retired folks.” Priority is given to people living or working in Fauquier County within 10 miles of The Plains. The goal is to bring back younger members of the work force who moved away because they couldn’t find affordable housing. Over the past 20 years, The Plains lost about 30 housing units. Old buildings were torn down and several were converted for commercial use. “Windy Hill is a community effort,” Hart said. “The Middleburg community has a long history of giving and, with Piedmont Lane, The Plains community has shown itself to be very generous as well. Our supporters see that we take care of local people and that their funds are used wisely. Some of our board members and donors have been active for 20-30 years. Now we’re working to bring in

the next generation to continue with our long term plans for work-force housing.” The idea for Windy Hill—The Plains grew out of the need expressed by locals for safe, attractive, affordable housing right in the village. Bob Guertler, mayor of The Plains, issued a key vote to get the proposal approved a couple of years ago. Georgia Herbert, current general counsel for the Piedmont Environmental Council and former chair of Fauquier County Board of Supervisors, is an attorney whose active history in the county spans about 30 years. Investment specialist Mark Ohrstrom lives in The Plains and remains active on several boards, including the Piedmont Environmental Council and Earth University Foundation. He also is a trustee and committee member at Shenandoah University, his alma mater. Jacqueline Mars was an early supporter and donor. The ribbon cutting ceremony also included Andrea Currier, Joe Boling, Earl Douple and Supervisor Peter Schwartz. The project has been certified green by

EarthCraft Virginia and was built using more than 100 energy-conserving strategies, including geothermal heating and cooling. The twoand three-bedroom units in The Plains cost a little more to rent than the original Middleburg effort, but the differences are offset by monthly electric bills estimated at about $50 per unit for heating/air conditioning, lights, large and small appliances and general plug loads. What makes Windy Hill—The Plains an even more integral part of the community is the dedication, to date, of two of the five buildings by major donors. The Turner & Lambert House honors two families who are long-time families of The Plains. The Julian W. Scheer House pays homage to the memory of the late community leader, PEC board member, cattle farmer and writer in Fauquier County, who received the Distinguished Service Cross for his work as NASA administrator and the creation of the information program in the 60s that whetted the public’s appetite for the space program. “Julian would’ve been thrilled and I know that my husband certainly would’ve supported this effort for affordable housing,” said his wife Suzanne Scheer. “The whole family has been thrilled by this honor.” Hilary S. Gerhardt added, “This was such a wonderful tribute to my father and he loved this community and he’d have loved Piedmont Lane. My father taught and encouraged me to be involved in the community. To be there at the ribbon cutting and dedication with my

children, Richard, Julian and Suzannah, and my mother Sue was very special for all of us. Most of all, my children had the opportunity to learn about how important it is to get involved and to pay it back in some way.”

11th Annual Windy Hill Fashion Show Takes Place Oct. 4 One of Middleburg’s most popular fundraising events, The Windy Hill Fashion Show will take place at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 4, at the beautiful Beverly Equestrian in The Plains. The show will feature fashions from Middleburg shops: Betsey, Duchessa, Highcliffe Clothiers, Lou Lou, Lou Lou Too, Timmie Jane and Tully Rector, and food provided by popular area restaurants including The French Hound and Home Farm Store. In addition to extraordinary fashion and food, the event will feature a silent auction with unique items including jewelry, artwork, unique housewares and trips. Tickets for the benefit fashion show are $100, $75 of which is tax deductible. To purchase tickets, please go to www. windyhillfoundation.org and click on the fashion show tab or call 540-687-3997.


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manda Mainhart and Charlie Grayand’s wedding was filled with love and family. The wedding of her dreams was located on her grandmother’s family property on Mercer Farm Lane. Her choice of bridesmaid dresses made the pasture scene pop with color for the ceremony, ladders and mason

jars full of flowers from the garden for the alter, straw bales for the seating of guests and a water trough full of iced water bottles as it was the hottest day of the summer in Virginia with temp reaching up around 100. Photographers Karen Monroe and Doug Gehlsen were able to capture the wonderful portrait of this couple as they made their way through the pasture to the reception on Charlie’s favorite John Deere tractor.


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Kathryn (Kats) James Clark Kathryn (Kats) James Clark of Middleburg, VA died peacefully on Saturday, August 4th on her 85th birthday. Born in Dayton, Ohio to Lina and Lee James, she was their only child. The family moved to Long Island, New York where Kats attended the Greenvale School and then the Oldfields School in Glencoe, MD. She was an avid horsewoman and recognized for her many achievements in the show ring by being elected to the Virginia Horse Show Hall of Fame, the Upperville Wall of Fame, and also serving on the Board of the Washington International Horse Show. Kats began riding at an early age and was a frequent exhibitor at the local shows on Long Island. Soon her talent was evident and she moved on to the circuit.

Cheers for Catoctin Creek Distillery By Lauren R. Giannini For Middleburg Life Catoctin Creek Distillery, owned and operated in Purcellville by Scott and Becky Harris since 2009, brings the romance and magic of modern legal moonshine to a new art and social form every couple of weeks with

their “Bottling Day Workshop.” Scott launched a recent workshop with an explanation of how the distillery’s organic libations are created and described the steps that comprise the bottling. The workshops serve a dual purpose by raising funds for various charities. This

While married to Jack Leib, their Fox Lake Farm boasted such champions as Automation, Mid-Flight and Valiant Hawk. She had an eye for horses that would do well in the conformation division and has retired many trophies in such. After marrying Stephen C. Clark Jr. in 1989, Kats had an unfortunate riding accident that left her partially disabled. Nothing could stop her spirit or love of horses and she still attended shows nonstop while watching Kenny Wheeler train her champions Call You Raise You and Celebrity. A second accident left her a quadriplegic, but she still was a familiar sight at the shows in her wheelchair cheering on Joe Fargis who showed her open jumpers. Her will to live and love of the horse show world were unparalleled. Kats was predeceased by her husband Stephen C. Clark Jr. She is survived by her son James Leib of Boston, MA, her step-daughter Melissa (Missy) Veghte of Wilmington, DE. She was the beloved grandmother of Robert (Rox) Veghte of Wilmington, DE and her two great-grandsons, Jonathan and Andrew Veghte. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held on Thursday, September 6th at 11 a.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Upperville, VA. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be made to the Middleburg Humane Foundation, PO Box 1238, Middleburg, VA 20118, or The National Sporting Library and Museum, 102 The Plains Road, Middleburg, VA 20117.

COL Robert Newton

COL Robert Winthrop Newton (USA Ret.), 81, died August 21 in Warrenton. Born in 1931 in Minneapolis, MN, to Kenneth Hudson and Edna Taylor Newton of Minneapolis and Montauk, Minn., he followed his father into the Army at posts in Washington, DC, California and Arkansas. Colonel Newton graduated in 1955 from West Point, earned a Bachelors and Masters in Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech in 1963, and spent 25 years in the service. In 1968, while serving with the United States Army Board for Aircraft Accident Research, he was awarded the Legion of Merit for his investigation of helicopter crashes and developed retro-fit kits for fuel cells eliminating death by fire. During his career, he served in Iran with MAAG assisting the Iranian Army in Kurdistan; in Viet Nam as battery commander of a helicopter unit during the Tet offensive and as acting commander of the 1st Cavalry Helicopter Battalion going in to Khe Sanh; and in Korea where he is remembered for the live fire demonstrations he orchestrated as the 2nd Infantry Division, Aviation Battalion Commander. He also received the Defense Superior Service Medal for his work at the Pentagon, Distinguished Flying Cross for rescuing a downed helicopter crew prior to capture, Bronze Star, seven Air Medals w/V for Valor, and earned a Master Aviator Badge. In 1980, after retiring from the service, Colonel Newton moved with his wife, Linda, to a horse farm in Marshall where he collected tractors, trucks and horses. Colonel Newton built and managed his own mobile home community in Stafford, VA. Despite the availability of today’s technology, his paper and pencil ledger system, he insisted, remained the most efficient bookkeeping system for all his ventures. He played football and wrestled in high school and at West Point he wrestled; he learned to ski and taught his family to love the sport. An enthusiastic golfer, he parked his clubs in 1992 to pursue his love of horseback riding, joining the Orange County Hunt of The Plains, in which he served as steward and treasurer. Colonel Newton rarely missed a hunt and loved the all-out charge across the fields and over the coups on his Belgian Hunter. The many hunt breakfasts, point-to-points, and steeplechase races, were exceeded in enjoyment only by his tales of the foxes outwitting the hounds. Health issues and falls required him to hang up his skis, helmets and boots. Undaunted, he continued walking a mile every day and doing his morning calisthenics. He joined his wife in cheering on thoroughbred racehorses, which she began to breed in 1999, and winning the Maryland Million. Dedicated to his alma mater, he attended innumerable Army-Navy games, Class of ’55 reunions, trips and gatherings. An avid preservationist and land conservationist, Colonel Newton worked with his wife to acquire an historic property, The Rector House, at Atoka Road and Route 50, and oversee its restoration and the formation with his neighbors of the Atoka Preservation Society. He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church of Upperville, VA and managed Trinity’s popular Annual Stable tour in 1994 and 1995. He is predeceased by his parents and brother, Kenneth H. Newton. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Linda Woodruff Draper; his children, Robert W. Jr., Tracey L., David D. and Maryanne W.; and six grandchildren: Robert W. III (Trey), Rebecca and Zachary Brak, Draper and Avery Newton and Nell Nicastro.

Services, followed by interment, will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Upperville, VA, on Saturday, September 29 at 11:00 a.m.

Scott and Becky Harris one benefited FriendsofBianca.org, under the auspices of a Scottish group that raises funds internationally to help animals in poor countries, which have no government-sponsored shelters or rescue programs. Kathy Carbone, a volunteer from of Lovettsville, spoke at the end of the workshop and raffled off a gift certificate. Enthusiastic guests queued up to operate the “whiskey cow”—a four “teat” automatic bottle filler. Everyone took turns with the tasks: cork and look for floaters, capping, heat-sealing the cap, moving sealed bottles to the label group seated at two large round tables, then taking bottles to Becky who performed a final “floater” check, boxed the finished product, and sealed the six-bottle crates. It ran like clockwork. Some were content to label, perhaps because a part of Catoctin Creek’s charm is that many labels are customized with little messages and signatures. Former Californian Ryan Simms, an Air Force pilot and staff officer at the Pentagon, wrote “Enjoy! Ryan” on every label he lined up with the bottle’s landmarks. Labeling was one of the workshop’s hardest jobs, as Becky pointed out to her husband.


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The workshop bottled Roundstone Rye, the fine whiskey that results when you age Mosby’s Spirit, Catoctin Creek’s legal and safe version of White Lightning, in oak casks. It hits the taste buds with a burst of sweetness before it rocks your palate. Recommended for mixed drinks, on the rocks or neat.

Being certified organic and kosher adds to the appeal of Catoctin Creek distillery. Catoctin Creek prefers to work with local farmers, but so far they have gone outside of Virginia to obtain organic rye and wheat. They also recycle. Once the alcohol is removed, the mash that remains feeds cattle

in the surrounding area. It takes 100 gallons of mash to produce 10 gallons of “spirits” that is as clear as the purest water straight out of the still. Aging the clear spirits or liquor in oak barrels adds flavor and color; gin is produced by the addition of herbs, followed by filtering. Catoctin Creek Distillery utilizes a hybrid pot-column still, which was custom-made of smooth copper in Germany. The award-winning design includes a distillation column and bubble caps that encourage the spirits to develop aroma and flavor. Catoctin Creek’s other labels include Watershed Gin. After the grape harvest, sometime in October, Scott and Becky will announce bottling workshops for their small-batch, hand-crafted brandies. Scott and Becky are not native Virginians, and (as far as they know) their family trees don’t harbor any Old Dominion moon-

shining ancestors. Becky, born and raised in Wisconsin, worked as a chemical engineer. Scott, an Army brat born and raised in Germany, spent 20 years in government as a contractor specializing in IT solutions and software. Together, they make a terrific team of process specialist and business manager, and they enjoy their work, too. “I’ll tell my friends about this,” said Ryan, preparing to buy one of the Roundstone Rye bottles he labeled(the front room of Catoctin Creek Distillery is a licensed ABC outlet for their products). The tall off-duty Air Force pilot tucked his parcel under his arm and performed a smooth about-face to return to the big room where the spirits are created, adding with a grin, “I think I’ll join this tour. I missed it earlier.”

Recipe:

Ghost of Vesper Lynd Catoctin Creek’s version of the martini invented in Casino Royale by James Bond. 3 oz Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin 1 oz Catoctin Creek Mosby’s Spirit 0.5 oz Lillet Blanc garnish with lemon peel or olive Combine all ingredients: shaken, not stirred.

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