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Garden Party Photo by Vicky Moon

Lena Lundh, Ingrid Lindsay, Holli Thompson and Dana Westring are dressed in elegant Swedish costume to celebrate mid-summer at a garden party at Marly. The event was to benefit Dutch Kills Theater and the Highland School Summer Arts Program.


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cousins suggested that Fine join adult group lessons at a suburban stable. Among the other riders was a vibrantly attractive woman named Joan Latimer, whose involvement with horses had begun at an early age. They dated, then married (a second time for both), and together competed in horse shows and foxhunted with the Nashoba Valley Hunt northwest of Boston. On weekends they traveled to ride in the Middleburg area. But the prospect of the inevitable return flight to Massachusetts loomed large. Fine had parlayed his engineering skills into an electronics firm designing state-of-theart data display equipment. “We built equipment for NASA that created the video images of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon,” Fine notes. He also introduced infrared reconnaissance equipment for the Air Force and a color correction system for MGM, first used for Dr. Zhivago. The business proved successful and Fine conquered his goals before he turned 40. After a particularly great day of hunting in Virginia, he convinced Joan to move to Virginia. He concludes, “We never looked back.” And what do two transplanted Yankees do once they move to the Old Dominion? Joan opened a law practice in Winchester and spent leisure time training and competing Labradors in field trials. Fine studied the region’s close connections with foxhunting and wrote his first book, Blue Ridge Hunt: The First Hundred Years. He became a leading expert on the history of fox hunting. “When I can’t find the answer to a foxhunting question for a researcher, Norman is the one I go to for the answer,” says librarian Lisa Campbell of the National Sporting Library in Middleburg. In May 1994, Fine presented an idea to the Masters of Fox Hounds Association board of directors. His appreciation of the history, literature and art of the sport led to the awardwinning Covertside magazine, which Fine edited until two years ago. He has hunted with many packs in the United States and Canada and several foreign countries, and has befriended many of the sport’s most eminent enthusiasts. His horse,

Purely Conjecture, is fondly known as Slim Chance. Fine’s literary efforts have not been confined to Covertside. “In 1999 we decided to launch a new series of books on foxhunting,” Derrydale Press publisher Jed Lyons begins. “As a member of the Rolling Rock Hunt in western Pennsylvania, I was familiar with Norman Fine as the editor of the superb MFHA publication, Covertside. We met and Norm agreed to become the editor of the Derrydale Press Foxhunters’ Library. Under his leadership, the library has released two dozen books over the course of the last decade.” Several of Fine’s own books have appeared under the Derrydale imprint, including Foxhunting Adventures: Chasing the Story, a collection of wonderfully evocative profiles and essays. Following retirement from Covertside, Fine notes, “I became fascinated with the power of the Web and began thinking about doing an e-magazine. There were many things I could do on the Web that I couldn’t do in print on a quarterly basis, especially provide current and timely news and reports. Also, a website’s vast storage capability meant I could provide detailed resource information: guides to proper hunting attire and etiquette, audio for foxhunting songs, video for calls on the horn and travel directories for foxhunters on the road. It was time to reinvent myself, and let me do just that.” Author, editor, historian, sportsman and now Internet entrepreneur… Norman Fine’s Virginia-based career is a far cry from his earlier life. We can just imagine how amused that Dartmouth professor would be to hear how his “Writer? Thanks but no thanks” student turned out. Steven D. Price is the author or editor of 38 books, including the best-selling The Whole Horse Catalog and 1001 Best Things Ever Said About Horses. A frequent contributor to equestrian magazines and websites, he looks forward to his semiannual equestrian sprees in Virginia and never thinks about his native New York City. Leesburg Today and Ashburn Today want to feature the Loudoun County’s best cats, dogs and other pets in a special section to be published Aug. 17.

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illiam Elton Burdick passed away on July 4, 2012 at his home in Potomac Falls, Virginia. He was born on September 2, 1930, in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Bill entered the University of Chicago as a fifteen-yearold student. He subsequently earned an engineering degree from Lehigh University and a Master’s Degree in economics from Stanford University. He graduated in 1950, and went to work for Bethlehem Steel. He married childhood sweetheart Sally in 1954, the same year he joined the Navy. Early duty in Yokosuka, Japan, as a Civil Engineer was a highlight tour in the views of both Sally and Bill. Other tours included Vietnam, the Philippines, the Washington Navy Yard, and the Pentagon. After retiring in 1975, Bill worked as a general contractor, building two churches and a library. He also constructed the family’s home in Middleburg, Virginia, complete with a nine-hole golf course. In addition to golfing, Bill was an avid model ship and railroad builder. Bill is survived by his wife, Sally, their two children, Martha and Paul, and four grandsons: Jonathan, Daniel, William, and Robert.


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Marly Garden Party Benefits Dutch Kills Theater Holli Thompson and Dana Westring

Guests mingled on the lawn Blake Habermann and Alley Scott

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ena and Lennart Lundh hosted a garden party at their home, Marly, to benefit Dutch Kills Theater and the Highland School Summer Arts Program. Dutch Kills Theater is a not-forprofit company based in New York City. They strive to produce quality theater in all of facets: cabaret, puppetry, plays, musicals, adaptations, and much more. The camp at Highland offers training in voice, mime, dance, viewpoints, playwriting and lighting, all with an emphasis on a final presentation. They believe in the responsibility of theater professionals to assist young artists’ development. Professionals who have trained in New York, London, Paris and LA with degrees from The British American Drama Academy, Hofstra, University of California Berkeley, Jacques Lecoq School and University of California Santa Barbara have collaborated on the summer camp. Many of those involved, including co-founders Blake Habermann and Alley Scott, were in attendance. As part of the celebration some of the guests were dressed in Swedish national costumes to celebrate MidSummer which is a holiday in Sweden. The garden party was on Midsummer Evening. “My dress is a traditional costume in Southern Sweden from long ago,” hostess Lena Lundh explained. Lena Lundh, Ingrid Lindsay, Holli Thompson and Dana Westring

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Brush Strokes: Jean Clagett

Jean Clagett now lives and works in the area.

By Lauren R. Giannini For Middleburg Life There’s no forgetting the first time one sees a bronze three-dimensional work by artist/sculptor Jean Clagett. Her life-size rendition of world champion three-day event rider Bruce Davidson and Eagle Lion greets all who enter the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Clagett grew up in Washington and Oregon and says she wanted to be an artist since age 4. “I had Rheumatic fever and was in bed for a couple of years when I was 11, and my doctor purchased my first painting for $5, “she recalls. Two years later at the impressionable age of 13, Clagett made a trip to France with her parents. They spent time at the Louvre in Paris, and that’s when Clagett saw the iconic marble Winged Victory de Samothrace, circa 190 BC. “I knew then that I wanted to create sculptures that would be the best quality and permanent,” she relates. She later returned to France to study art while living with an aunt.

Since that first trip abroad, Clagett has traveled far and wide, and her work can be seen in private collections and museums around the world. Some are so real as to fool the best, such as the story she tells about carrying the clay cast of “ChaChi,” a Jack Russell terrier commissioned by Sophie duPont. From a distance, a vet thought it was alive. Other pieces include a casting of Dan Agnew’s Desert Wine, who ran an impressive second in the 1983 Kentucky Derby; the Horse of The Year sculpture for the Thoroughbred Racing Association and “Spring Races,” which features Bruce Smart’s Oobitwa, Jacqueline Ohrstrom’s Mauritania, Doug Fout-trained Hirapour and Maggie Bryant’s Ma Royale. “Maggie Bryant took me to my first steeplechase, and I stayed with her in Middleburg for a while. She was a great help for many years,” Clagett notes. Her work also can be seen at the Museum of Hounds and Hunting near Leesburg. A commission from art patron the Wildenstein family of Sagace, 1984 winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, took her


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The final image of Harmony’s Rousseau back to France and led to commissions for trophies for Auteuil and Longchamps racecourses. Closer to home, the Barbara “Tippy” Payne Memorial Trophy shows the late horsewoman jumping over a stone wall. It is awarded for sportsmanship at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show. “Her brother took my artist proof to Holland, where he lives, and it is much cherished,” Clagett says. Now living in Boyce, Clagett has recently done two “artist in residence” days at The Fun Shop in Middleburg. Her next appearance on the patio will be on Aug. 18, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., weather permitting. In September, Clagett will attend the Maryland Horse Council’s annual barbecue at Hassler Dressage in Chesapeake City where her life-sized sculpture of Harmony’s Rousseau, the flagship KWPN Dutch Warmblood stallion standing at Riveredge Farm, will be unveiled. “Jean prides herself in communicating

with her customers to learn of their special requests,” Lillian Griber of JML Antiques said. “Then she follows the piece through personally to assure each detail is accurate and personalized.” Clagett also sculpts smaller pieces, such as dogs and foxes, in clay. The models qualify as original works of art, but without the foundry expenses associated with bronze castings. She also maintains a list of dream projects and hopes to get the nod for a 3/4 lifesized casting of the late James Mills on a horse for The Polo Museum in Wellington, FL, where he was recently inducted into their Hall of Fame. “I’d love to do Jackie Kennedy and JohnJohn and Caroline on their horse and ponies at Gilbert’s Circle,” she says. Politically easy on everyone’s senses and what a great location to greet all who enter the Virginia hunting countryside and honor the good old days when the Kennedys put Middleburg on the global map.


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oan Gardiner has been a potter for forty years. “I was inspired to make tiles when my husband [author John Rolfe Gardiner] put an addition on our house in Unison with a new kitchen and a bathroom, “ she recalls. “Our daughter was four at the time and learning her


ABC’s. We adored Edward Lear and when I saw his wonderful alphabets, I instantly saw relief tiles.” After those first tiles, Gardiner began crafting custom-made tiles out of her studio, a former blacksmith shop. She launched into completing custom orders for private homes and several Loudoun libraries. “Rust Library in Leesburg is by far my biggest installation,” she says. The Hill School in Middleburg has alphabet tiles by Joan with rhymes by John Gardiner. There’s a Baptismal font in a Purcellville church and Loudoun Valley Community center has a wall. “Some public schools have collaborative tile projects I did with the students. I’ve been very fortunate here in Unison,” Gardiner adds. As if all this were not enough, 17 years ago Gardiner took on the task of the Teen Saturday outreach program at Hill School for sports, discussion, art and friendship. Gardiner’s next project began about six years ago. Her long time fascination in bee keeping provided a perfect pastime with her father who was living

around the corner. She went to the Bluemont Fair (coming up September 15 and 16) with the sole intention of signing up with the Loudoun County Beekeepers Association. “This is something anyone can do during the Bluemont Fair. The classes start in February and are held weekly at the 4H grounds until April when your bees come,” she says. “Shenandoah Beekeepers also have a course and they meet at Blandy Arboretum.” Gardiner notes that adventures in beekeeping include: being a mentor and meeting new beekeeper friends, finding three bears on your porch and having to put electric fencing around your bee yard and volunteering with Sustainable Honeybee Project. Gardiner will be selling her yummy honey October 27 at Unison Heritage Day. However, she concludes: “If you’re going into beekeeping just for the honey, you should take up maple trees and maple sugar. Trees won’t sting you.”

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Joan Gardiner recommends the following books: The Beekeepers Handbook The Hive and the Honeybee

Photos by Middleburg Photo

Letters From the Hive According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Bee Informed Partnership and the Apiary Inspectors of America, the previous reported loss of honeybee colonies has dropped. Unusually mild weather could be a possible contributing factor, although no direct scientific investigation of the weather connection has been conducted.


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ark Rhein was standing in the shadows of some tall trees not far from the main polo field at Great Meadow, ready to wow the hundreds of polo enthusiasts gathered for the Van Metre Cup charity matches on a recent Saturday afternoon. Little could anyone have expected that stowed in the back of his vehicle was a coop full of doves, ready to be released at halftime. The birds performed just as always, flying high in the sky and then making their way back to their coop on Rhein’s Cornucopia Farm in Fauquier County. Rhein and his wife Elizabeth have a rather unsual niche business, apparently the only one in the Northern Virginia area. If you have a wedding, a bar mitzvah, a funeral or any other special occasion—yes even a polo match-for a modest fee they will come over and release their doves on command. The Rheins got into the bird business a few years ago. Both natives of Southern California and both educators— he a fifth grade teacher, she a school principal—they moved to Virginia in 1994. “We wanted to move out into the country and do something a little different,” he said. “We started out with a

herd of dairy goats which we showed around the state. We showed them at the state fair in Richmond one year. Someone had these white birds—they might have been white racing pigeons—that they released at weddings because they had the ability to fly home. I liked the idea.” Rhein went on the Internet and learned that a number of people around the country have businesses involving the release of doves. He was intrigued enough by the prospect of doing it himself, but only if the birds could pay for themselves. He first built an 8’ by 16’ foot coop and has expanded way beyond that. He now has 110 birds, almost all of them raised from birth and trained by Rhein, and the numbers keep increasing to keep up with the demand for his unique services. “The ability to fly home is a recessive trait in these birds,” he said. “You’ve heard of carrier pigeons that flew messages back and forth during wars. This is the same principle. We work with what they naturally want to do, which is to go home. “The birds I raise on the farm have all the liberty they want. But they always come back to the loft where their friends are. I start with them at 40 days old. They start to get used to me. I open the box and then they go back to the loft. I’ll take them

next door. Then a quarter mile away, a half mile. They become familiar with the landscape. They can feel their way home. They can almost do it blindfolded, which I’ve never tried.” Rhein now limits himself to releasing his doves only around Northern Virginia, the better to assure they’ll have no trouble finding their way back to his farm. Great Meadow, for example, was 25 miles away as the doves fly, and each of the birds released made it back to their cozy coop. Rhein says he generally loses only about six birds a year, either because of severe weather or predatory hawks. He charges $275 to release 12 birds and $450 for 50. He estimates he does about 250 events a year, few of them more meaningful to him than the occasional funeral services for fallen military men at Arlington National Cemetery. “One dove represents the person who died,” he said. “The other 11 are the angels who will escort the single dove to heaven. It’s very powerful, and it gets the people away from the grave and the hole in the ground.” The Rheins have two sons in the military, and he considers his work at Arlington “a real honor. It always breaks my heart to do it for a fallen soldier. But I truly believe it’s helpful to the people who are grieving.”

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Find Serenity Close to Leesburg, Waterford Almost 8,000 Square Feet of Living Space Showcase Elegance, Style

Our quest for elegant real estate offerings this month takes us to Old Waterford Road, where an exceptional colonial featuring more than 8,000 square feet of living space and sitting on 37 acres so close to Leesburg and Waterford awaits our inspection. Elegant and exuberant formal rooms start with a dramatic foyer and continue with standout spaces to include the living and dining rooms and a grand kitchen designed for serious chefs and those who like to entertain in style. The property, featuring a sublime 4-acre pond, currently is on the market, listed at $2,000,000 by Jim Lemon of Middleburg Real Estate. The home also can be purchased with 18 acres in total for $1,745,000. Amenities can be found throughout the three levels, from the lovingly refinished oak flooring to the two-story centerpiece stone fireplace. Bonuses include two office spaces on the main level. The master suite on the upper level is a standout space, a perfect retreat that features a separate sitting area, copious closet areas and a showplace master bath. Each of the three additional bedrooms on this level is large and inviting. The lower level adds an entirely extra dimension, with a large recreation room, a

brick fireplace, game room and the home’s fifth bedroom, perfect for guests. The exterior also is a delight, with the free-form pool and a tennis court accommodating the athletic among us. The lot is filled with both woodlands and open spaces. Described appropriately as providing a stay-at-home vacation every day of the year, this home is just 40 minutes to Washington, yet is a peaceful retreat set in its own world of enchantment. 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: 16105 Old Waterford Road, Paeonian Springs. Listed at: $2,000,000 by Jim Lemon, Middleburg Real Estate (703) 203-9766.

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Sought after Springs Road location. Spectacular, verdant 182 acres with Rappahannock River frontage and pond. Beautifully protected views of the mountains, charming 3 bedroom, 1 bath cottage with living room, library/study, kitchen and breakfast room. Access road to be shared. $3,640,000


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 $6,500,000 a VOF Conservation Easement.

51+ acre farm with a beautiful 5 BR home with gourmet kitchen, wine cellar, great views, pool, flagstone terrace and carriage house - extensive horse facilities - 9 stall barn, covered arena, outdoor arena, 7 paddocks, 4 stall shed row barn, machine shed. $2,350,000


Historic circa 1845 home on 32 acres in Orange County Hunt s1st floor Master sDen sDramatic Grand Salon sEnglish Kitchen slarge Dining Rooms Billiard Room sSmall 2nd Kitchen/Bar leads to Patio, Pool & charming Guest Cottage s7 Stall barn adjoins 3 bedroom, 2 bath Managers house. $1,950,000

164 acres in an ideal location. Beautiful Open and wooded land near Bluemont in the heart of Piedmont Hunt Territory with spectacular mountain views and scenic vistas and great home sites. Open Space Easement and Fox Hunting Easement. Property is in 2 parcels and may or may not be combined. $2,459,850


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 5full 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


116 acres of beautiful rolling farm land overlooking Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia. Views of the Bull Run Mountains on the east. This offering includes a 3-bedroom house, tenant house, two cottages, 8-stall barn, 6-stall barn, 3 sheds, one with silo, and building site. Additional 54 acre parcel available. $1,225,000

Beautifully renovated Historic Unison Schoolhouse, circa 1870. s Pine flooring, high ceilings, mouldings and perennial gardens s The horse facilities include a recently built 4 stall barn w/excellent tack room & feed storage- open to 4 paddocks with automatic waterers. Great rideout in prime Piedmont Hunt $699,000






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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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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 Offers subject to errors, omissions, change of price or withdrawal without notice. Information contained herein is deemed reliable, but is not so warranted nor is it otherwise guaranteed.

Comprised of 4 farms this magnificent 2426 acre horse property consist of 3 Main homes, 11 tenant houses, 8 horse barns with 174 stalls including a 32 stall foaling barn, 72 gently rolling fields & paddocks with miles of white board fencing, interior private roads, 11 Run-in Sheds, beautiful lake and bold stream. The largest contiguous acreage on the market in Northern Virginia. $25,000,000

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Marshall Schoolhouse No. 18 Schoolhouse No. 18 near Marshall was built in 1887. The one room house of learning had white students only until 1907 and then became a school for African-American pupils. The white frame structure closed for reading, writing and arithmetic in 1964. The land, originally donated by Samuel Fisher Shakelford, once belonged to the estate of Civil War General Eppa Hunton. Typical of one-room schoolhouses, children of all ages shared lessons in the single space. Enrollment varied between 10-60 students per school year. In 1997, a group of concerned citizens begin the process of renovating and preserving the school and the surrounding 1.1 acres, now owned by the county. Local architect Jack Lamonica helped lead the way and later recalled the building wasn’t going to last much longer. Homeless people had moved in and the one bright point was they kept the roof in fairly good repair. There was very little water damage at the time and that was a big help. Fauquier County funded the project to stabilize the foundation. Over time the stone foundation had deteriorated and the structure was not aligned. The brick chimney was rebuilt, the tin-stamped shingle roof was reinstated and the white siding was refurbished. The grounds are lovingly maintained by a devoted group of




Fauquier County Master Gardeners. Former African-American students have recalled their teacher running though the early morning routine, which included prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. Eight levels of students, through seventh grade, took turns getting their lessons. “She’d have one group writing while she was teaching another group math,” one student recalled many years later. “And I always got straight A’s, and she had me doing something else, because she told me I could write so well.” During the snow in winter, one of the older boys would arrive early and build a fire in the potbelly stove. Everyone brought their lunch to school in a pail and many days a parent would offer soup for all. During breaks the playtime included games of stick polo.


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Meadowkirk Inn & Retreat

Trough Hill Farm

Wood Hill

Middleburg, Virginia • $16,000,000

Middleburg, Virginia • $3,900,000

Middleburg, Virginia • $3,300,000

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

Located in the heart of fox hunting country • 3 miles from Middleburg • 49 acres • Elegant 1940's brick colonial home • Stable • Cottage • Apartment • Pool • Tennis court • Mature trees and sweeping lawn to Goose Creek which surrounds most of the property Helen MacMahon (540) 454-1930

Fox Valley Farm

1780 Quaker Barn

Hidden Brook Farm

Marshall, Virginia • $1,950,000

Philomont, Virginia • $1,495,000

Unison, Virginia • $1,490,000

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

REDUCED • 25 acres • Bright open floor plan • 1st floor bedroom • Pool • Income producing horse farm • 16 stall stable with apartment • Lighted stone dust arena • Great ride out Helen MacMahon (540) 454-1930

Keepsake Farm

Snickersville Turnpike Aldie, Virginia • $975,000

Delaplane, Virginia • $875,000

8 acres in Orange County Hunt • Surrounded by pristine protected land • 3 bedrooms • Spacious Master bedroom • Exposed beams and interior stone walls • 2 stall barn Helen MacMahon (540) 454-1930 Alix Coolidge (703) 625-1724

10 acre horse farm • Brick home w/ 3 bedrooms on main level • In-law suite • Pool • Jacuzzi • 6 stall barn • 4 paddocks • 95 x 75 sand & stone arena • Lovely pond & plantings • Great commuter location Ann MacMahon (540) 687-5588 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

The Plains, Virginia • $1,195,000

Sherburne Farm Lane

Conde Road

Fox Hollow

Little River Lane

Marshall, Virginia • $790,000

Marshall, Virginia • $697,000

The Plains, Virginia • $550,000

Exceptionally well built house • 10 open acres • Geothermal heat system with 5 zones & radiant floor heat • Open floor plan offers excellent views • Master suite on main floor • 2-3 bedrooms on lower level • Exercise room with access to patio Ann MacMahon (540) 687-5588 Helen MacMahon (540) 454-1930

8 acres near Warrenton • First floor master • Stately pool • 2 additional private guest suites • 4 fireplaces • 3 car garage • Located in Warrenton Hunt Territory Walter Woodson (703) 499-4961

10 acres • Excellent Fauquier County location • Brick garage with apt. (needs to be finished) • Septic & well installed • All utilities to building • Winding driveway by 2 ponds leads to house site • Private yet easy access to Middleburg & The Plains Paul MacMahon (703) 609-1905

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


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Trophies of the

Warrenton Horse Show Helen Calvert Wiley in the silver punch bowl as a grown woman

The John Barton Payne Trophy


good Southerners have several treasured pieces of old family silver: sporting trophies from regattas at the yacht club, the racquet club mixed doubles championship or the member guest golf title from the country club. Formed into the shape of a tiny urn, loving cup, or even a butter plate, these classic trophies adorn many mantles. Each Labor Day weekend since 1899, the Warrenton Horse Show takes place and this year will be held August 29-September 2. The show sits on an eight-acre corner of land carved from the circa 1843 Monterosa-Neptune Lodge, the estate of state senator and delegate, Confederate major general , as well as two-term governor William “Extra Billy” Smith (1797-1887). This remains as the site of one of the oldest hunter shows in the United States and the oldest social corporation still in existence in Virginia. The collection of the Warrenton Horse Show trophies is among the most spectacular in the sport. The circa 1936 John Barton Payne Memorial Trophy is a 24-inch diameter sterling silver punch bowl and weighs 40 pounds with a 30-pound under tray of 40 inches. (The set also includes a heavy sterling silver

Inset: Helen Calvert in the silver punch bowl as a little girl

ladle, not shown). Payne (1855-1935), a prosperous lawyer and judge, served as Secretary of the Interior under Woodrow Wilson and was chairman of the Red Cross under five presidents. Several generations of the Calvert family have served on the horse show board and have been photographed sitting inside this astonishing punch bowl trophy. This includes the show’s current president, Helen Calvert Wiley, who was first photographed in the bowl around the tender age of five and then five decades later as a grown woman. Some of the other hand-engraved trophies include: Alex Calvert trophy—Large oval (30 x 18) two-handled sterling silver tray, with pie crust edge with engraved illustration c.1952; Marshall Hawkins trophy—17 1/2 x 9 1/4 sterling silver tray circa 1931 from the estate of Liz Whitney Tippett; intricate sterling silver tray made by Tiffany with snaffle bits and stirrups circa 1923; Peyton Brittle trophy—18inch tall tapered square vase circa 1931; and the Castalia trophy—12-inch round Sterling silver circa 1932. Highlights of the show will include the $5,000 Warrenton Toyota and Miller Toyota Hunter Classic

at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 1. The very popular Hunt Night competition begins at 11 a.m. Sunday, September 2, and will go well past dark. This includes fox hunters, pairs, ladies side saddle, horn blowing and hunt teams. “We have been preparing the grounds and the ring for many weeks,” Wiley notes. “It really is a fabulous weekend of horse showing.” Concession stands include a beer tent, food stand and clothing, gift and tack shops. “And the William G. Miller tailgate competition will begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday evening as part of Hunt Night,” Wiley reminds. There is no entry fee for the event sponsored by Farm Credit Country Mortgages. Other show sponsors this year are Plastic Surgery Associates, PC, Dr. Csaba Magassy and the Middleburg Bank, which will operate the concierge booth. The gates are open from 8 a.m. to closing each day and admission is $5 per person, with children under 12 free. Proceeds will benefit Bright Stars, Fauquier County Fire and Emergency Services, Warrenton Volunteer Fire Company, Inc., Fauquier SPCA, Partnership for Warrenton, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Virginia Horsemen’s Foundation.

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MiddleBurG estate Magnificent Estate on 100 acres in a spectacular setting. The stone house boasts 22 elegant rooms, 9 fireplaces, high ceilings, all superbly detailed and beautifully appointed. Brilliant gardents surround the heated pool. Fabulous 11 stall stone stable with 2 staff apartments. Riding ring, green house all in pristine condition. Additional acreage is available. $10,000,000


Elegant 12 room manor presides over manicured lawns, flagstone terraces and brilliant perennial gardens. Encompassing over 104 acres of verdant, board fenced pastures, lush woodlands and a picturesque spring fed pond. Magnificent estate offers privacy. Historic stone walls. 2 center aisle stables, a state of the art riding ring, two stunning apartments and a charming three bedroom Guest House. $5,995,000

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Fabulous country estate on 37+ acres. Towering trees & magnificent gardens in idyllic setting. Gorgeous woodworking, heart pine floors, 5 fireplaces, gourmet country kitchen, custom cabintry throughout. Brick terrace overlooks pond & riding ring. Separate office or apt., 4 stall center aisle stable,tack & storage rm. plus huge workshop. Pristine condition.


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southwoods-MiddleBurG Spectacular 17 room custom brick Colonial boasting over 9500 Sq Ft. of living space on a private lane. 25 gorgeous acres. Palladian windows. Gleaming wood floors.Grandly scaled rooms with high ceilings. Extraordinary quality throughout. Fabulous pool surrounded by flagstone terraces. Brilliant gardens.Board fenced paddocks. Ideal for horses. Minutes to Middleburg. $2,699,000

Elegant English Manor House beautifully sited on approximately 50 acres of magnificent woodlands sSpectacular views and total privacy sBuilt with superior quality and craftsmanship, superbly detailed moldings s5 FireplacessGleamingWood paneled FloorssMahogany Library and French doors opening to the flagstone verandah sWine Cellar s14’ ceilings sDetached 3 Bay Carriage House. $3,000,000

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Stunning 5 Bedroom Cape on 10 gorgeous acres. Wonderful floorplan, sun filled rooms, high ceilings & hardwood floors. Living & dining rooms open to fabulous gardens, pool & terrace. Master suite with sitting room, gourmet country kitchen opens to breakfast & family rooms. 2nd level has 3 bedrooms and 2 Baths; Seperate Office/Guest Suite over 3 car garage. $2,495,000


Fabulous 3 level custom Cape Code residence on 50 beautiful acres in the Piedmont Hunt Territory. High ceilings, gorgeous woodwork, elegant details and superior quality create a warm and inviting atmosphere. English style courtyard stable and guest house, riding ring, lush paddocks and wonderful free form pool. All in an idyllic setting. $1,995,000

Listen to Goose Creek from this fabulous 4 Bedroom, 4.5 bath home in a private and secluded setting. Completely re-modeled and expanded with extraordinary quality & design. New Kitchen, Baths, wood floors, siding, windows & roof. Constructed with the finest materials. 3 level home with stone fireplaces. Gorgeous landscaping. Idyllic setting and close to the town of Middleburg. $2,100,000

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"Westwood" graces 10 beautifully landscaped private acres in prestigious "Atoka Chase". Completely re-modeled and expanded, it features, a new kitchen & baths, new siding, new roof, all new utilities, new decks & porches, terraces & brilliant perennial gardens. A gated entrance & board fenced paddock, plus run-in shed for the equestrian,with trails for ride-out. $1,795,000

Buck sprinG Beautiful custom Colonial, built with handsome Flemish bond style brick, encompasses over 11.5 acres just 10 minutes from historic Miiddleburg. Ideally located in the Piedmont Hunt Territory, this home boasts over 4500 sq.ft. of spectacular living space with hardwood floors,4 fireplaces, 10" ceilings, library with custom bookshelves. Attached 3 bay garage.Land is perfect for horses or pool. $1,495,000

A historic 10 acre farm circa 1787, beautifully sited in the foothills of the Blue Ridge MountainsGracious Manor House, recently updated 3 levels, 5 Bedrooms sGuest House sLog Cabin s3 Bay Garage and Storage Building sAdditional acreage available sStocked Pond and Magnificent Views $1,500,000

Encompassing approximately 93+ acres of gently rolling country side, this magnificent land parcel is ideally suited for an extraordinary estate. Bordered by Panther Skin Creek, the land offers pastoral views, excellent ride out, lush pastures and excellent water access for horses and livestock or a potential pond. The property is in VOF conservation easement and is certified organic. $1,700,000

Berry hill

Extraordinary equestrian estate approximately 186 acres. Park like setting, fabulous mountain views. Contemporary residence and extensive dependencies. Minutes to the town Middleburg. Gorgeous stone and frame 12 Stall Stable. 3 Tenant Houses. 2 Stone Guest Cottages. Stable Apartment. Indoor Schooling Ring. Riding Ring. Polo Field. Huge Equipment building and Workshop $4,750,000

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Charming historic residence, built in 1815, beautifully expanded in 1988 and updated in 2004, is in a private country setting in the heart of horse country. It has a pond surrounded by horse pastures, a tree-lined driveway, and mature gardens. The house, tastefully decorated in neutral tones, blends the warmth and charm of an antique home with modern comfort. $1,395,000

A charming 2 Bedroom cottage on almost 1 acre with mature trees and complete privacy in the heart of Orange County Hunt sBeautifully renovated with new Kitchen and Bath featuring new cabinetry, granite counter tops and wood floors. Spacious Living Room, Dining Room with picture window and lovely stone terrace., sSurrounded by large estates. Ideal “hunt box” and located just minutes from Middleburg. $399,000


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to be one of the country’s great resorts and a huge asset to Virginia,” Gov. McDonnell said. “Sheila Johnson is a true entrepreneur, and her vision is one of excellence.” From the Hill School we have word that 13-year-old Philomont resident Lindsay Woods has earned first place in one of several nationwide contests sponsored by the Ancient Coins for Education (ACE)

Here in the village, folks can finally get their chance to dunk police Chief A. J. Middleburg Academy announces the new executive board for the 2012-13 Parents Association: Panebianco. As part of the National Night Out on Tamara Fennell, president; Pan Benefield, vice president and volunteer coordinator, Brenda Photo by Kurt Fennell. Tuesday, Aug. 7, meant to encourage the Singh, treasurer; and Claire Gallagher, secretary. community and police working together to be a hayride, moon bounce and police dog tive Board, which includes Tamara Fennell as prevent crime and promote safety, a number demonstrations. And, for anyone who wants president along with Pan Benefield, Brenda of amusements will take place. There will to accept the challenge to dunk the chief, Singh and Claire Gallagher. head to the dunking booth. According to Fennell, “efforts by the Nine-year-old Skylar Sutton of Upper- Parents Association foster the spirit of volunville and Jigsaw Puzell (at left in this adorable teerism that pervades the school community, photo by Stormy Stokes) enjoy riding cross- helping to enrich the school’s vibrant educacountry and jumping over logs. She is the tional environment. Our principal goal is to daughter of Sara Sutton and granddaughter be the conduit for communication between of Ellen Waterman. parents, students, faculty, staff and trustees.” Long-time Middleburg resident Barbara Throughout the school year, the ParScott was recently elected to the board of ents Association supports and continues directors of the Bank of Charles Town and such treasured “Dragon Spirit” traditions its one bank holding company, Potomac as the very clever and colorful CouchBancshares Inc. fest and Homecoming, Teacher and Staff Scott is president of Summit Point Race- Appreciation, Saint Nicholas Day, The Chili way Associates Inc. and Bill Scott Racing, the Cook Off and Dragon Day, among other operating entities for the 785-acre Summit activities. Point Motorsports Park in Summit Point, Middleburg Life is also pleased to report WV. The complex features four European- that John Lathrop, former head of Powhatan style road-racing circuits and hosts a variety School, has joined the Middleburg Academy of both professional and amateur racing Board of Trustees. And in other news from events throughout the year. The complex the school, Jane Banse is the new librarian also offers specialty and anti-terrorist train- and media specialist, Chris Rehm is the new ing for government agencies. associate head of school and Janice Healy Middleburg Academy has announced will serve as director of college counseling. Skylar Sutton and Jigsaw Puzzle Photo by Stormy Stokes the 2012-2013 Parents Association Execu- “Salamander Resort and Spa promises


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Organization. Her score was the highest in the country (Junior Division: 13 and under) for one of three ACE Image Competitions. Image Contests require students to answer a challenging series of questions about the history of the ancient world based on pictures of coins, buildings and artifacts. We always love to have visitors and were delighted to greet Kathy Holland and Carla Jenkins, daughters of the late Jim Jenkins, a member of the postal staff at our favorite post office at 20118. Aldie-based artist Donna Clark, noted for her masterful use of color and an inherent ability to create light-infused images, recently shared her abstract landscapes at City Meat Gallery over in Winchester. And speaking of artists…The Farm to Fair Art Show celebrating the agricultural heritage of the area, is set to take place at the Barns of Rose Hill Summer Art Show Aug. 12 through Sept. 22 over in Berryville.

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August 2012 to Fauquier. “We saw that other states were requiring the screening, and when we looked at the research, it was overwhelming. With support from our administration, clinical staff and pediatricians, we decided to go ahead and make it part of our standard of care,” she said. Finally, as diffiBradley and Conner Spreadborough. Photo by Helen Wiley cult as this is, we’d be remiss not to mention At the National Sporting Library and the passing of Robyn Dobson Yovanovich, Museum on Sept. 22 and 23, they will be the head of the Fine Arts department at Foxhosting two events related to polo. First croft School. In true thespian spirit, her very a symposium on the Evolution of Polo in talented daughter Clancey went on with the America and the following day, a Polo Cup show for the Middleburg Player’s production fundraiser at the Virginia International Polo of “The Sound of Music” in the angelic part Club in Upperville. of Sister Margaretta. Kudos. And while we are speaking of Upperville, Middleburg Life has learned that Frederick Block, Brick & Stone has opened a store along Rt. 50 also known as the John S. Mosby Highway. “We’re very excited about this venture. This expansion allows us to meet the needs of Western Loudoun and Fauquier County. It also gives our customers another outlet for receiving the quality products and services they have grown accustomed to receiving from our Winchester location,” Steve Slaughter, president of the company, said. For those who have not yet met twins Bradley and Conner Spreadborough, we’d like to introduce them. Now 11 months old, they’re the sons of Fiona and Reg Spreadborough of The Plains. He is the huntsman for Orange County Hunt. And speaking of babies…Fauquier Hospital over in Warrenton has introduced a newborn screening. Amy Powers, RN in Fauquier Hospital’s Family Birthing Center, has been involved in the project, which began last November, reviewing the research and Clancey Yovanovich went on with the show in working with experts at Children’s Hospital The Sound of Music. in Washington, DC, to bring the screenings Photo by Middleburg Photo

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Tommy Lee Jones –The Horseman, Not The Actor By Lauren R. Giannini For Middleburg Life Tommy Lee Jones, horse show manager, racehorse trainer, race official and huntsman—not the Academy Award-winning actor and polo player—is one cool Virginian. Having the same name as the co-star of “Lonesome Dove” and “Men in Black” leads to another hat Jones wears: he’s an outstanding raconteur and writer. One favorite anecdote involves a horserelated trip to England. Upon check-in at the Grosvenor House in London, he announced: “My name is Tommy Jones and I have a reservation starting tomorrow; do you have a room for tonight?” The clerk never looked up and replied ‘Of course, we have a room for you, Mr. Jones.’ “Then,” Jones continues, “the clerk looked at me for about three seconds and went burgundy from ears to collar and said, ‘You aren’t the superstar.’ I said, ‘Yes, I am a superstar where I come from and that’s a pretty rude thing for you to say!’ I started laughing. Then he started laughing.” Jones figured the clerk had told everyone that the actor was staying and was mortified at his mistake. “He said I had to wait for the assistant manager,” adds Jones. He ended up in the King George V suite with champagne, chocolates and overlooking Hyde Park. Jones, the Virginian, grew up in the area with horses, thanks to his parents, Doris and the late Thomas E. “Papa Tommy,” who spent his days with horses and nights working as an electrician at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington.

“We sold horses—whatever the season was, that’s what we had in the barn,” recalls Jones. “My dad went to sales and he’d buy a truckload of horses. The ones that jumped best stayed. If it was summer, they were show horses. Fall, they were hunters. Winter, they ran in point-to-points. If they were still around in the summer, they showed again. That was back in the days when a horse was a horse, not like today when they’re all specialists.” Jones rode ponies until he was nine and then his father bought a little gray mare named Freckles. They jumped with ease—the bigger, the better. “I jumped six feet at my first show with Freckles,” Jones said. “I was lucky to get a very nice horse. Freckles would move over to stay underneath me. She saved my life more than once. I had her for three years.” Freckles was eventually sold to a Venezuelan rider trying out for the Olympics. When the Jones family moved to the Warrenton area in 1965, Tommy Lee found a new passion—fox hunting with the Casanova Hunt. He became their huntsman in 1970 and remains in that position. “When dad was alive, he sort of ‘found’ horses to sell—one season I hunted hounds off 16 different horses— that was a very good year,” Jones recalled. His love for horse shows continued, though he stopped showing in the early ‘70s. When asked if it was hard as a young rider to see good horses like Freckles get sold, Jones replied: “That’s what we did. We sold horses.” He’s an avowed jumper person and always will be. In fact, shows are in his blood. Jones

Tommy Lee Jones, the Virginian

Photo by Lauren Giannini

took over as manager of the Warrenton Horse Show in 1977. He grew up with the old-fashioned one-ring show on Shirley Avenue, just a few miles from his family’s farm. In 1982, Jones became manager of the Upperville Colt & Horse Show. He helped out in the early ‘70s at the Warrenton Pony Show, and has managed it so long no one remembers when he started. The 113th Warrenton Horse Show starts Aug. 29 and concludes with its signature


Gov. McDonnell and First Lady Maureen McDonnell were in Middleburg this month to support the Northern Virginia wine industry at a reception hosted by campaign supporter and Middleburg entrepreneur Sheila Johnson. About 200 had been invited to attend the reception at Johnson’s Salamander Resort & Spa as part of the first lady’s two-day tour to promote the Northern Virginia wine region. The reception capped off a day of visits by the first lady to Delaplane Cellars and Ashby Inn, and featured wines by Loudoun and other Northern Virginia wineries. On the tour’s second day, the first lady and guests sampled wines at Sunset Hills Vine-

finale, Hunt Night, Sunday, Sept. 2. Tommy Lee Jones, the horseman, will be there lifting jumps, driving the tractor, fixing water spigots and telling tales. “I’ve been very lucky,” Jones said. “I don’t think there’s anything I’ve wanted to do that I haven’t done. My parents always gave me opportunities. My dad said, ‘if you want to do it, do it. You’re not going to learn no younger.’ I’ve been lucky to be able to do what I love doing.”

yard, Corocoran Vineyards and 8 Chains North Winery. The first lady undertook the tour as part of her FLITE, or First Lady’s Initiatives Team Effort initiative. The program recognizes achievements in the areas of economic development, preventative health and wellness, military families and women. 

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Summer Fishing: Just Say Ponds By Marcia Woolman For Middleburg Life In the good ol’ summertime, there’s nothing quite like dunking a worm or skipping a popper bug across the surface of a pond and having a bass or sunfish lunge from the depths to gobble it up. The mystery of what lies under the water has enticed our imaginations for centuries, and is especially strong and compelling on a lovely summer day. Pond fishing, unlike stream fishing, requires little or no wading and can even be done sitting down while relaxing. Our area has abundant lakes and ponds. And entry by permission could probably be obtained by just knocking on the door with your son or daughter holding your hand and looking hopeful. Even better, there’s a chance that finding a friend or neighbor with a pond is really pretty easy, if you ask around. Because we are in the upper reaches, or headwaters, of several local streams, we have the perfect location for small ponds and they are here in abundance. So what tackle is best for pond fishing? You can use a fly rod and either toss out an ant or a beetle and just wait for a fish to discover it. Or you can get a small popper bug with a concave face that makes a bloop, bloop sound as it is jerked and rested alternately across the top of the water. This often elicits a huge splashy rise that makes your heart skip a beat. A little more consistent action might be produced by putting on a nymph—the underwater form of many water born insects—and swimming it toward the shore by stripping in line slowly. Don’t forget that many

ponds have an abundance of dragonflies and the really big fish key in on this large nymph. If you prefer a spinning rod or bait casting rod, poppers and worms or even canned corn can do a perfectly fine job. These methods are especially good if you are introducing a youngster to the sport. Kids need instant gratification and excitement so the bait method is about the best for instant success. If you wish to make the whole thing even more intriguing, wait until after the next rain. Go out on the lawn at night and catch some worms or night crawlers using a flashlight and a quick thumb. Kids will delight in this challenge. Of course, if you wait for a good rain, you may never get to go fishing, so you could help things along with a sprinkler or hose. Adding this dimension of excitement can really trigger the “hunter/ gatherer” instincts. The other thing about pond fishing that makes it a great place for kids, as well as novice adults, is that most ponds have few trees and this makes casting and positioning yourself so much easier. Look for fish in the shade, if there is any, and also in areas where limbs have fallen into the water to provide cover. Enjoy the summer weather, soak up a little sunshine and return to the simple pleasures. You may be surprised how enjoyable it will be. (Marcia Woolman is a freelance writer from The Plains, and serves on the Goose Creek Board and is chair of the Beartooth Alliance a conservation group near Yellowstone Park.)


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ertie Edwards has a shop on Main Street in Marshall called “Your Hat Lady.” She says, “It makes me very happy when someone finds just the right hat and right away they embrace their ‘hattitude.’” “When someone says that hats look terrible on them, it just means that they haven’t found the proper shape for their face,” says Lorraine McConnell of Sequoia Springs Inc., an online hat business you can also find at horse-related events around the Middleburg area. “Those with oval and triangular faces can wear most any hat style. Those with round or square faces can wear wider and taller crowns,” she adds. “But it looks best if they put their brims at an angle. Those with oblong faces look great in wide brims that are pulled down a bit on their foreheads.” Other tips, according to McConnell, include: “When wearing a hat you don’t want to be able to see the underside of the brim above your face. The brim should be low enough to frame your face and show those beautiful eyes. A hat should be a color that matches what you are wearing. Hats are like any other garment; it should compliment your skin tone. “It works great to put a little angle in your hat,” McConnell notes. To which Your Hat Lady Edwards adds: “Shoulders go back, chest rises and walk taller…that makes my day.”

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Remembering Second Manassas

Learn. Lead. Serve.

The lessons of Middleburg Academy do not end when the last bell rings. We take seriously our motto “Cognoscere, Ducere, Servire.”

Join us in welcoming the newest members of our leadership team. John Hennessy, noted historian and author with the National Park Service, recently spoke on the Battle of Second Manassas and his book, Return to Bull Run, considered one of the best overviews of the battle. The event was held at the National Sporting Library and was followed the next day by a tour of Manassas National Battlefield. Photos by Douglas Lees Head of School Dr. Ron Sykes (right) welcomes new Associate Head Chris Rehm, who specializes in student leadership development, academic administration, business, operations & information technology. Together they bring 55 years’ experience in independent school administration to Middleburg Academy.

John Hennessy.

Tracy Gillespie and Rich Gillespie, MHAA Director of Education. Jim Elkins and Childs Burden.


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Days pool

While Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte battled it out in the swimming competition at Olympic Park during the Olympic Games in London, our local swimmers had a ball jumping and splashing at the Middleburg Community Center.

Lifegaurd Zach Brak

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Photos by Middleburg Photos.

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302 acres of paradise, close to town. Perfect mix of flat open land, woodland and Beaverdam Creek frontage as well. West views of the Blue Ridge. Incredible dairy barn ready for stalls, 3 tenant houses, multiple building sites for your dream home. This property is not in Conservation easement. $4,900,000. Kevin Keane 540-687-2221

Historic Oakham on 100 acres. Located east of Middleburg in the Middleburg Hunt, this property has been in the same family since 1830. The 15 room manor house has original floors, doors, hardware and mantels, and is in need of restoration. Included are a 4BR tenant house, an 1830’s 2 room schoolhouse, and a large stucco barn. Land is gently rolling with a pond and stream. Conservation Easement. $3,500,000.

Stately, elegant home, formal gardens, views of 3 states from private hilltop. Just outside of Leesburg. Convenient to Dulles Greenway & Dulles Airport. 50 acres, tenant house, pool, pool house. $2,700,000.

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Amazing views of Old Rag Mountain, Shenandoah National Park and the F.T. Valley from this charming 4 BR log cabin on 242 acres in Madison County. Trout pond plus larger pond, workshops, equipment barn with stall, run-in. A hunter's paradise with Bear, Deer and Turkey. A rare find in an area rich in natural beauty. $1,950,000. Anita Sisney 703-973-1987

Classic stone farm house dating from the early 1800’s located on the Virginia Scenic byway, Snickersville Turnpike, N.E. of Middleburg. Restored main residence with 3 finished levels, small guest cottage, 2BR house, pool, pond, barns, stable, fields & woods on 48ac (in 2 parcels). Surrounded by farms in scenic easement. Middleburg Hunt! $1,875,000. Rick Lowe 703-509-3962

A lovely 110 acre horse farm in the Old Dominion Hunt. Original residence burned, but there is a 2 bedroom tenant house on the property in addition to an excellent 12 stall Belmont Barn with tack & feed rooms, wash stall & hay storage, and a sand riding ring. The land is open & rolling with a number of streams. $1,495,000. Carole Miller 540-729-7896




Spectacular views from every window of this well maintained, custombuilt home featuring 6,800 sq. ft. on 39 acres in the Blue Ridge across from the Thompson Wildlife Area. Huge living room with a stunning stone fireplace, open kitchen overlooks breakfast room, family room and sun room. Expansive main level master, huge finished daylight lower level and guest cottage. $1,149,000. Carol Fochtman 540-687-2219 Rick Lowe 540-687-2227

Enchanting home/weekend retreat, 3 BR, 3 full BA & 1 half BA. Architecturally designed, quality constructed, traditional stucco residence filled w/natural light throughout. Windows galore w/views of the park like setting. Extensively renovated by current owners, vaulted ceilings, oversized moldings, decorative finishes, high end designer fixtures, hardwood floors, decks, light filled LL. Wooded & open acreage, 11.85 acres. Easy access to DC., $1,125,000. Jud & Page Glascock 540-687-2226

Historic Berryville Mill, built in 1902. Unique iconic building in the middle of town, own a piece of history. Incredible architectural features, ready to be put to work. This really is a must see, one of a kind views from the upper floors. $589,000. Kevin Keane 540-687-2221 Carole Miller 540-729-7896


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Elegant, recently built custom stone and stucco home on 12+ acres close to Zulla Road. Grand rooms with exquisite details, reclaimed heart pine floors, antique chandeliers, high ceilings, beautiful moulding, four marble and stone fireplaces.Large screened porch opening to covered stone terrace. Four bedrooms, four full and 2 half baths with master bedroom on main level. The grounds are lovely with perennial gardens, pool, pond, stone walls, board fencing and 2 car garage. $2,250,000

TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITy - Commercial C2 Zoning in Middleburg, VA. Tremendous pharmacy, restaurant, retail and personal services potential in the central bus. district. Since 1934 this has been the Middleburg Pharmacy, previously w/soda fountain. Over 8,000 gross sq. ft., currently fully leased month to month. Detached 3 level stone building w/3 one bedroom Apts on second level. Parking behind building. $1,700,000

Beautifully sited on a slope above Pantherskin Creek, with Mountain views to the west, this charming 3 bedroom, 3 bath home provides peace and 44+ acres of privacy on the outskirts of the village of Upperville. Light-filled rooms, high quality craftmanship. Main level Master Bedroom & Bath. Lower level Sitting Room. Lovely pool and mature landscaping. Excellent potential as a horse property. $1,525,000



One of a kind location in Northern Fauquier County. Incredible setting for this charming c.1909 stucco farm house privately located on 37+ acres surrounded by Goose Creek s 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 baths with full basement and walk-up attic. Includes 1800’s stone & frame grist mill s 5 Stall Barn sFenced paddocks s Two large spring fed ponds s Over 500+ acres of protected neighboring farm land. Priced well below appraised value. $1,395,000

Custom Southern Living Home with grand front porch. Built of fieldstone in 2001, beautifully sited on a knoll with western views sFirst floor master bedroom with spacious walk-in closet and double master bath sCountry kitchen opens into the informal dining, family room and sun room s 3,000 sq. ft. unfinished, walkout basement s Extensive landscaping s4 car garage s7 acres s1 mile west of Middleburg. $1,375,000

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Turn-key horse farm.Dressage, show jumping & cross country can be taught here on 18 acres. Currently leasing additional 15 acres for grazing for $1/year. Dressage arena,220x100, Riding arena, 100x250 and indoor 50x76. Brick Colonial (completely updated & modernized) sits majestically on a knoll in a curve of the Shenandoah River. Only minutes from the I-81 & I-66 merge. $875,000

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Cary Embury (540) 533-0106 CEDAR MTN FARM

110 Acres in VOF Easement s9 foot ceilings, crown mouldings and carved archways, 3 working fireplaces s 2010 Renovation of Kitchen, Bath and Paints Center aisle stable created out of dairy barn with wash stall, tackroom, lounge and loft. 2nd dairy barn is being used for storage & huge loft with outside balcony overlooking the pasturess Large run-in $1,295,000 shed with electricity.

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PARADISE FARM - 120 acres of beautiful farmland in the midst of Virginia hunt country. The mostly open property boasts spectacular mountain and valley views, rolling hay fields and Goose Creek frontage. A classic two story farmhouse and two barns await renovation. Numerous desirable building sites are available. Conservation tax opportunities $3,450,000 available. Orange County Hunt. MyERS MILL-45 acres along the Rappahannock River just west of Warrenton. Lovely views to the Blue Ridge and rolling hay fields. Trails down thru 10 acres of hardwoods to the swimming hole. $450,000 PARIS MOUNTAIN- 45 acres of mature trees with a refreshing natural spring create a serene setting. Old Mountain Road, no longer in use, provides one boundary offering a wonderful hiking trail and potential drive for a homesite. This is raw land, currently in “Managed Forestry Land Use”, seller is not responsible for roll back taxes should purchaser choose not to continue with Land Use. $350,000

Excellent opportunity to build your dream home on a rare 3.69 acre parcel! Just off Foxcroft Road, down a quiet dead-end lane, this property is only minutes to town & surrounded by large farms. County approved 5-bedroom septic field. House site located on top of a hill. Parcel also contains existing 1970’s farm house which is tenant occupied. Property is offered “as is” $250,000

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