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Middleburg Life June 2011


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June 2011 Middleburg Life

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National Sporting Library Expands Development Team BY MARGARET MORTON For Middleburg Life With the addition of veteran fundraiser Diana Kingsbury Smith to the staff as the National Sporting Library Development Coordinator, the NSL is building a strong development team in advance of the anticipated October opening of its new museum. Kingsbury Smith will report to Development Director Melinda Gable, who was hired in January. “I’ll be the link between programs and fundraising,” Kingsbury Smith said, noting a primary focus of her job will be to raise community awareness of the library and the coming museum and build a donor and membership base. The combination of the existing research library, which houses a remarkable collection dating back to the 16th century, and a museum featuring 400 years of sporting art, including paintings and sculptures, will require “a lot more work, a lot more volunteers and donations,” Kingsbury Smith said in a recent interview. The longtime Waterford resident recently relocated with her husband, Jim Keesee, to the Middleburg area. With an extensive background in development stretching over many years, Kingsbury Smith said she started looking around for a job when the couple arrived in Middleburg and was pleased to be joining the library and museum staff. The inaugural exhibit of the new stateof-the-art museum will be “Afield In America: Four Hundred Years of Animal and Sporting Art, 1585-1985,” and includes more than 100 works in numerous categories. The exhibit will feature works on loan from all over the country, including sculptures, such as by 19th century western bronze sculptor Frederic Remington, and artworks from the Buffalo Bill Historic Center in Cody, WY. For Kingsbury Smith, who has had a lifetime interest in the equestrian life, her new job could not be a better fit, blending as it does the worlds of horsemanship and development. Her career has included both national and international work, and she was educated in both Italy and France. Some 35 years ago, she started her career at the World Wildlife Fund at its headquarters in Switzerland, working for Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, then president of World Wildlife Fund International. Her job was to help him develop an endowment through “The 1001: A Nature Trust.” She also worked in Italy, for the Marchese Mario Incisa della Rochetta, president of the Italian Jockey Club, who owned a lot of top racehorses, including the famous Ribot,

known as the “super horse,” who won all 16 of his races in three years of racing. But his most spectacular achievement was as back-to-back winner of the Prix de L’arc de Triomphe in 1955 and 1956—the latter by six lengths, a notable feat against a field considered exceptionally strong. The marchese also was president of WWL Italy, “so I was split between two jobs,” Kingsbury Smith recalled of those years that will serve her well in her present job. In the late 1970s, she returned to development work with the World Wildlife Fund, this time in the U.S., where she directed a major donors program for the organization. After her marriage to Keesee, she had various jobs, including a stint in the mid-80s with the Piedmont Environmental Council, where she set up a membership and development base with then Chairman Charlie Whitehouse. She served as a board director and member of the executive committee for PEC. But her major development work in Loudoun came when she got a call from the late B. Powell Harrison, founder of the PEC. Although it seems strange now that she had “never heard of him,” at the time she and her husband were only in Loudoun at weekends or living abroad. “Someone at the National Trust [For Historic Preservation] told him I was a good fundraiser,”she said, so Harrison called up, saying he wanted to offer her a job raising funds for Dodona Manor. In typically ebullient and confident terms, he described the job as “very easy, a piece of cake—people were lining up to contribute,” she recalled with a laugh. To those who knew the late entrepreneur and ardent admirer of Gen. George C. Marshall, that blithe description of raising funds to purchase and restore the Leesburg home of the World War II leaders is likely to evoke a reminiscent smile. She took the bait and worked with Harrison tirelessly for a decade in a profitable partnership that benefited them both, starting at the beginning of 1989. She left in 1998 to take care of her ailing father. But Harrison would not let her leave entirely, and she became a board member. Of that time, struggling to beat the odds and surmount the lackluster local enthusiasm for the project—to purchase, restore and create an international conference center where ideas of international cooperation such as those espoused by Marshall could be promulgated— Kingsbury Smith recalled Harrison’s “huge disappointment that local people didn’t want Continued On Next Page

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to give.” The life-saver, she said, was money given by European countries, most notably by Germany. Harrison never faltered in his aim, to her admiration. Calling him an “incredible public servant,” Kingsbury Smith said wistfully, “if everybody had his terrific guts…” Even when ailing at the end of his life and facing surgery around the time of Valentine’s Day, in an action reminiscent of President Reagan’s courage and humor when he was shot, “He looked at the nurse and said ‘when you open up my heart, I’ll be saying Happy Valentine to you,’” Kingsbury Smith said. In the 13 years since she left professional development, she became a caregiver, first for her father, who died in 1999, then for her mother, who developed Alzheimer’s in 2004. That, too, passed and “unplugged from caregiving, I was sort of adrift for a while,” she said. She helped the PAWS for People organization as a volunteer, starting with taking dogs to nursing homes, then to schools for special education kids, then to children with serious disabilities. Eventually the program evolved to where PAWS for People went into prisons, training inmates to train the dogs for therapeutic purposes, in a program that has become very successful, she said. Kingsbury Smith’s return to the development field has her feeling excited and enthusiastic. “I want to create more awareness about the museum, which will be open to the public for their use.” And the collections are not just about horses and dogs, they include all field sports, such as birds, fishing, shooting and environmental pursuits. The museum is the natural outgrowth of the library itself, begun in 1954 by George H. Ohrstrom Sr. and Derek McKay-Smith at the 1804 brick house that stood on a rise overlooking Washington Street, known as Vine Hill. Ohrstrom was the president of the Orange County Hunt, while Mackay-Smith was MHF and editor of The Chronicle of the Horse. At first, all the book collections were stored in the house. The addition of John H. Daniels’ large collection spanning more than 500 years of sporting art and history, made the need only more pressing. Daniels wanted the books used, not stored in the basement, and his endowment allowed fellows from all over the world to come to the NSL to study. Because of that offer the board committed to build the current library building off The Plains Road, which opened in 1994 to receive the various collections as they grew with donations of more artifacts, art, documents and books. “When they started getting more art works, that was the germination of the museum,” Kingsbury Smith said. The new

museum will form an extension to Vine Hill, which housed the Chronicle and the fledgling library for so many years. The handsome brick building will be revitalized, fit to stand beside the new building with its innovations and high tech touches, all designed to preserve sporting art and books for future generations. And now the seed sown by the founders back in 1954 is on the verge of germination. When the 11-gallery museum opens in the

I want to create more awareness about the museum, which will be open to the public for their use. – Diana Kingsbury Smith

fall, the research and cultural complex will consist of the library, Vine Hill and the new museum, a treasure house for the local population as well as researchers and visitors from all over the country and indeed the world. The museum will almost double the size of the organization, which will mean being more creative in raising funds and building the base to support it. And that’s where Kingsbury Smith and NSLM Director of Development Gable come in. While Kingsbury Smith has a background in international and national development in wildlife conservation and preservation, Gable brings two decades of experience promoting and advancing causes related to hunting, fishing and conservation. While serving as president of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation in Washington, DC, she gained kudos for aggressively growing the organization by launching a branding, marketing and fundraising campaign that resulted in support from every major hunting and fishing retailer, manufacturer and organization in the country—a mammoth feat. She simultaneously developed the congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus into the largest and most influential Caucus in the U.S. Congress. Both Loudoun residents, and deeply entrenched in their love of the sports and culture embodied in the NSLM, the development team plans big things for the future.


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Middleburg Library Expansion Moving Forward BY MARGARET MORTON For Middleburg Life The campaign to double the size of the county’s smallest public library is moving ahead, according to Middleburg Library Advisory Board President Denis Cotter. If all goes according to plan and the necessary approvals and financing are obtained, the library would expand from its current 2,100 square feet to more than 4,000 square feet. Cotter and library supporters are somewhat like the ring master in a five-ring circus as there are quite a number of players involved in the project—the Board of Supervisors, Library Administration, Library Board of Trustees, the Town of Middleburg and the Middleburg Community Center, which owns the land on which the library sits. “The community center is very important, because they own the building and the land,” Cotter said, noting the library’s arrangement with the community center is a 99-year lease dating from 1987. At the end of the period, everything reverts to the community center. Alternatively, if the county decided to cease its use of the building it would revert immediately, he said. Building the case for the expansion with the stakeholders therefore has been a key goal. Cotter and project supporters have made presentations before each of them to gain resolutions of support for the project and willingness to enter a memorandum of understanding with the county, starting with the Town Council in March and following that, the Library Board of Trustees, which endorsed the project April 22. That board’s support was essential to give the authorization to Library Director Chang Liu to start the administrative process. Cotter, who also is the chairman of the building committee, was scheduled to go before the Loudoun Board of Supervisors June 7 to seek its blessing for the project. The group already has taken its case to the Finance, Government Services & Operations Committee May 11, which gave its encouragement while ensuring the advisory board works with the county on a MOU, as the Middleburg branch is part of the county system. And encouragement and authorization by the supervisors is what Cotter is after June 7, to give the order to county staff to get the regulatory process going. The advisory committee is not asking for money from the county—far from it. “We’ve not asked for one cent, and don’t intend to,” Cotter said. Supervisor Jim Burton (I-Blue Ridge), who chairs the finance committee, encouraged the group. “We said, ‘keep going.’” Acknowl-

edging the county’s somewhat lengthy MOU process, Burton said he has asked staff to move it along as fast as possible. Cotter said he had drafted a preliminary and simple MOU five or six months ago to form the basis for a final document. At the June 7 meeting, he hopes to gain the supervisors’ approval and their direction to staff to get the MOU process going and all necessary players involved. The MOU is necessary to know “what the understandings are between all the players,” Cotter said, citing the community center as owner; the Board of Supervisors for its financial support for the operating costs of the library and its staff as part of the county system; the library trustees who report to the supervisors and have responsibility for day-to-day policy direction; the town, which also provides financial support each year and which will be responsible for three approvals: the site plan, special exception permit and Historic District review; and the Middleburg Library advisory group. One complexity of the project, Cotter acknowledged, is that “because we’re raising all the money ourselves and refurbishing the older part as well as building the expansion, we want to do the RFP ourselves.” That would include hiring the builder and architect and have that process approved by the county. “The main thing is we want to build it ourselves, following all necessary county codes,” Cotter said, reflecting the building committee’s assessment it can do it cheaper and faster and provide more control and flexibility. The community center also has to approve the design and process, be shown proof that adequate financing is in hand and be comfortable that the exterior of the building matches the existing library in quality. “Then we can start to move along at a crisp pace,” Cotter said. Once the supervisors have voted its approval and directed staff to begin work on the MOU, which Cotter hopes to have signed by everyone within six to eight weeks, “we will then crank up the fundraising effort.” “We need to go to the donor community and say, ‘yes, everyone is on board.’” There has to be a legal opinion that the project can move forward in this way, Cotter said, noting that both Burton and Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) have expressed keen interest in the idea and that “we are not asking for public money.” There have been previous “well intentioned efforts on the part of the private sector to lessen the burden on the county and do a good thing,” he said, but


Middleburg Life June 2011 when there’s not a legal obligation for the county to come in and support the project when it falters—as with Franklin Park Arts Center—there’s still a moral obligation. With the Middleburg solution the board would not be so constrained. “We are not seeking to privatize the library, we want to stay in the county system,” Cotter said. The library is used 80 percent by Loudoun residents, with about 18 percent from Fauquier County and about 1 percent each from Clarke and Frederick counties. “One hundred percent of the money [to support the library] comes from Loudoun.” When the library was begun years ago in the basement of the Middleburg Police Department by a group of volunteers, it was in fact called the Middleburg Regional Library in recognition of its location serving multiple counties. When the fundraising endeavor begins, and Cotter already has identified someone to serve as the development chairman, “we will cast a wide net,” he said in seeking to raise between $600,000 and $700,000. The Lovettsville expansion is the model

for the Middleburg project, previously being the same size and internal design. The cost of that was $620,000—“over $300 a square foot”—Cotter said, noting that project ran into a lot of issues, including water problems, resulting in change orders and higher expenses. There are many hands involved in the effort to bring the library up to standard, and, for the first time, have its own meeting room. Cotter has the assistance of Jeff Baldwin, who helped write the strategic plan last year that Cotter said was the impetus for the project, Mike Morency and author Marc Leepson. The Library Trustees, headed by Scott Stewart, have been very supportive, Cotter said. Last fall, Burton appointed Joe Maio to be the Middleburg Library representative on the trustees’ board. And there is a small sub-committee set up by the trustees to work with the Middleburg group, including Maio, Dan Morrow and Larry Stepnik, while Library Director Liu also will be working closely with them as things begin moving over to her on the operational side, Cotter said.

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O’Keefe Receives Preservation Honor BY MARGARET MORTON For Middleburg Life One of Fauquier County’s own, horseman and farmer Will O’Keefe, was honored at a ceremony held May 19 at the Thomas Birkby House in Leesburg, during which the Loudoun Preservation Society and the Joint Architectural Review Board recognized a number of individuals and groups for their efforts in preserving the county’s historic structures. The preservation society honored O’Keefe, the former Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation executive director, with its coveted Preservationist of the Year award. O’Keefe served as the director of the 1,000-acre Morven Park estate for 17 years before retiring two years ago. O’Keefe was recognized for his leadership in initiating in 2005 an extensive stabilization and restoration project at the 1903 mansion, occasioned primarily by moisture problems caused by seeping water from the hill behind the house, structural problems and outdated mechanical and electrical systems. The exterior work included restoration, major work in channeling water away from the house and installing new drainage systems; stabilizing the foundation; and installing a geo-thermal heating and cooling system as well as state-of-the-art electrical and fire protection systems.

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Great Meadow Polo Match Fast Approaching Local polo fans or those just looking for an afternoon of fun and fast and furious competition can mark Saturday, June 18, on their calendars. That day, two wellknown celebrities will be demonstrating their polo-playing talents during the Polo Cup at Great Meadow. John Walsh, star and founder of the “America’s Most Wanted� program, and Salvatore Ferragamo, grandson of the famous Italian shoe designer, once more will lead their teams in an afternoon of fast competition with a serious purpose—to benefit those at the end of their lives through receiving compassionate hospice care. Funds raised will go toward the Capital Caring (formerly Capital Hospice) hospice provider for its planned inpatient center in Loudoun—the first in the county. Last year, the tournament raised $170,000, and co-chairs Beau and Dee Van Metre are aiming to top that figure for 2011. While individual tickets are not available, families or groups can purchase a tailgate spot for $300 and take their own picnic, or sponsor a table a various levels. A tasty catered meal provided by Outback will be available for table sponsors in a VIP tent. The Adler Center for Caring on the Van Metre Campus is located in Van Metre Homes’ Stone Ridge Development off Rt. 50 near South Riding. The new center will provide start-of-the-art equipment, treatment and care to those in the later stages of life or with serious illnesses. The 48,000-square-foot center also offers a walk-in clinic for pain and symptom relief. When constructed, the inpatient facility will provide relief to patients’ families in areas such as Loudoun, Clarke, Fauquier and Prince William counties who currently have to travel all the way into Arlington, to the Halquist Inpatient Memorial Center. Gates open at 11 a.m. June 18 and more than 800 people are expected to turn up at Great Meadow. For more information and to purchase tickets, call Patti DeBuck at 703-531-6227.

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cheered the 33 horse and rider combinations that came to compete. Both classes had clear rounds, necessitating a jump-off against the clock over a shorter course. For the as-yet uninitiated, jumper classes are very exciting and the courses include painted rails, airy vertical fences and oxers composed of two and three elements, creating an obstacle with width. The cups that hold the rails tend to be shallow and favor the horse who tends to be careful about picking up its feet and folding its legs in a tight bascule as it flies in an arc over the jump. The evening benefited the High Performance Equestrian Foundation and the Great Meadow Foundation. HPEF is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization directed by Alden Denegre for the express purpose of cultivating and providing financial support to the capable, under-funded riders. Local HPEF riders include Sloane Coles and Gavin Moylan. More information and applications can be found on the website: equestrianfoundation. org There were tailgates, VIP boxes, wine bar and barbecue pit, and also dancing until late. General admission ($20/carload) picnicked on the grass between the boxes and the tailgate spaces. The entire evening, patterned after Twilight Polo, was a big neighborhood party with gorgeous horses jumping big fences. The next Twilight Jumpers will take place July 22, so round up your friends and start making plans to be there. On May 21 Twilight Polo kicked off its new season at Great Meadow. Cowtown, fea-



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Welcome Home, Smoke the Donkey! Debbie and Alan Nash (Los Tigres Polo) held a celebration May 15 for Smoke and his entourage, which included his adopter, ret-Col. John Folsom, head of Wounded Warriors Family Support. It’s a heartwarming tale of a Marine in charge of an Iraqi camp, how he and his men got attached to Smoke and what they did to bring Smoke back to the USA to be a therapy donkey for Wounded Warriors. You can follow Smoke’s story on Facebook. PHOTO BY LAUREN R GIANNINI turing the Work To Ride kids, came down from Philadelphia and went three exciting chukkers with Heart In Hand. WTR bested the local kids—Wyatt Harlow, Tyler and Austin Burdick—10-7, but the match was a real doozie. Half-time featured the traditional Children’s Tug of War and all the players from the first match joined the kids who poured into the arena. It was a pretty good tug of war, all things considered. Polo Bear’s appearance is always great fun. The action moved to the The Fashion Show up in the pavilion flanked by two tents with runways, the speakers vibrating with ‘strut your stuff’ eclectic rock for all ages. Designers included Union of Angels, The Worth Collection and Tysons Galleria. There were a few local faces in the roster of models and while it may seem a bit cheesy to say “a good time was had by all”—it was a totally fun fashion show with some great shoes and boots to complete the ensembles. The featured match pitted Warren Capital (Joe Warren, Sebastian Langenberg, Scott Gray) versus KIG (Bash Kazi, Doug Barnes, Martin Maldonado). Twilight Polo goes on just about every Saturday until Sept. 22. Tickets may be purchased at the gate or on the website at www. The North American Point-to-point Association ran its championship races May 22, the second day of the Spring Wine Festival, making the weekend an equine tripleheader at the Great Meadow. NAPPA helps young riders from small ponies on up to horses to learn about racing. The Junior Field Master Chases are a great gateway for young enthusiasts with qualified foxhunters to learn to ride a finish, one of the most important elements of racing. In the alumni race, 1.5 miles on the flat, sponsored by Zohar Ben-Dov, Sharon Sheppard, Sam Slater and George Strawbridge, 2002 NAPPA graduate Rosie Naprovnik, who finished fifth in this year’s Kentucky Derby in the irons of Pants On Fire, went under starter’s orders aboard Classic Storm. More recent grads

included Mary Motion on Mynameismedford (6th) and Tess Croce doing the honors on her Preacher’s Pulpit (3rd). Alumnus Sam Cockburn post-entered literally and caught everyone by surprise, piloting Maximize to a decisive victory in “The Beat Up Cup.” In earlier races, Cockburn also partnered with his Scotts Gold to win the Heavy Weight Owner Rider Steeplethon. Alex Bazdar and Orlik won the Foxhunter Timber Steeplethon, and that race all by itself makes a heckuva story. For the entire Great Meadow calendar and to purchase tickets, visit www.greatmeadow. org. TRF Gallops to the Aid of Ex-Racehorses The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation has taken huge strides by forming the National Equine Veterinary Alliance with professionals willing to provide pro bono veterinary care to Thoroughbred ex-racehorses from non-profit organizations registered with the TRF. Organization of the national program will be the primary concern of the TRF, which will also serve as liaison between the approved rescue/adoption groups and cooperating vets. Criteria for approval includes consideration of many factors: reputation, registered 501(c)(3) status, and the particular groups exclusive dedication to transitioning Thoroughbred racehorses. For more information visit www.trfinc. org. Win A Chance To Ride With The O’Connors Olympic three-day event riders, Karen and David O’Connor, of Middleburg, offer their 2011 O’Connor Equestrian Camp at the Virginia Horse Center June 26-July 1. Kentucky Equine Research decided to sponsor a contest for a ‘free ride’ and the winner will be announced June 15. If you’re interested, gallop to and subscribe to one or both of their award-winning free weekly newsletters, The Weekly Feed and Equine Health Review, read the rules and submit your entry. Continued On Next Page

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The grand prize winner gets to take her/his own horse to camp. Topics offered include the O’Connor safety system for cross-country and “horses-first” training methods, show-grooming, stable management skills, dressage secrets, fundamentals of show jumping and keys to success in cross-country. Trust us: this contest is so worth your while. If you want to ride at the O’Connor camp, giddy-up and get entered. Open to riders 12 and up (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult), Beginner Novice and up, and not limited to eventers. For information about the O’Connors visit www.oconnoreventteam. com. Centered Riding Clinic A Success Riders in the Centered Riding Clinic taught by Susan B. Harris at Morningside Training Farm May 13-15 deemed it a resounding success. Region 3 folks of the American Connemara Pony Society ( organized the clinic, and the price was utterly fair. We were up to our ears in deadlines but audited enough to know that if we have to travel to Harris to clinic with her, we will: that’s how good she is. Harris, one of the earliest protégées of the late Sally Swift, spent the two days of small group sessions, getting horses and riders in sync and in tune with each other. She worked wonders with an elegant warmblood and its rider, not to mention the cute Connies, pure- and half-bred. Harris’ command of the building blocks of horsemanship helps riders to communicate subtly but clearly. The improvements were dramatic. If ever you get a chance to ride with Harris, jump on it. We’re hoping to do a story with local participants about the major breakthroughs they experienced during that weekend. Stay tuned… For more information visit Canine Companions for Independence Head’s up (and stay tuned) for a story about local individuals and families who raise Labrador Retriever puppies for CCI. These people have a detailed checklist of “musts” for

the puppies’ early foundation training, and they must file reports, too. The CCI staff monitor each puppy’s progress in order to guarantee that each dog fulfills its rightful destiny as service, companion, hearing dogs, etc. Their human companions are also amazing: incredibly courageous about living with challenges such as MS, missing limbs, Cerebral Palsy—thanks to their dogs. The hard part is when foster parents have to give up their beloved charges. More on this later this summer, but check out this fact: it costs about $45,000 to raise one puppy and then CCI gives the dog to the right person. Lisa and Zohar Ben Dov, Susanne and Steve Lamb hosted the CCI seminar at the Middleburg Community Center May 19 with the idea of spreading the word and getting more people to raise puppies. It’s an amazingly worthy cause. For more information, visit VA Hound Show Morven Park was the scene over Memorial Day Weekend for the Virginia Hound Show when about 600 hounds from 37 packs from all over the USA gathered to exhibit in five rings under the trees. Local winners include: American Foxhound—Casanova Veil (champion bitch and reserve champion overall), Orange County Mayfly; Crossbred—Blue Ridge Langley (champion unentered doghound), Warrenton Cardinal, Colonel and Crandle. Live Oak Fable (FL) beat the boys for the Grand Championship. None of our locals got into the grand championship. Two brothers were honored with induction into the Huntsmen’s Room of the Museum of Hounds and Hunting North America in the north wing of the newly refurbished mansion. Albert and Melvin Poe were simply delightful and delighted. We arrived in time to hear Tommy Lee Jones, Casanova huntsman, finishing up his tribute to Melvin, long time huntsman for Orange County who at 90 continues as huntsman for the Bath County, the pack started by the late George Ohrstrom and Peter Winants. It was a great weekend for hound music. Stay tuned, more to come. Get out to Upperville, June 6-12: great horse show on both sides of Rt. 50 with superb shopping. Have fun horsing around! Nancy Lagasse (left), Amissville, and Caroline Elgin, Middleburg, with their Labs at the Canine Companions for Independence seminar at the Middleburg Community Center. “I have MS and life as I knew it was over, but two weeks in New York changed my life when CCI gave me Arkin,” says Nancy. “They are the most giving group of people. If it weren’t for the puppy raisers, no matter where they live... We are the lucky ones and we can’t be where we are without the puppy raisers.” PHOTO BY LAUREN R GIANNINI


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Why Can’t You Do It? “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” – Michelangelo I hear the refrains of “I can’t” and “that will never happen” and “if only I could…” pour forth from people all too often. There seems to be a pervasive limiting belief that has crept into our collective consciousness keeping us playing small in our KIM own lives. As author TAPPER Wayne Dyer notes, Life Coaching “…our objectives and aims are diminished by our beliefs before they can be worked on and materialized.” How can we as adults change that pattern after it has been engrained in our psyche for so long? There are numerous reasons we have had our aims diminished over time. Sadly, in childhood many of us experienced a time where a teacher or parent or peer questioned our ability to succeed, perhaps squashing a notion in us that we were capable or worthy of success at all. As a culture we have placed an inordinate amount of value on standardized and IQ testing that measure only one kind of intelligence leaving all those who don’t test well or who exhibit alternative

intelligence to feel that they are subpar. And economically speaking, arts funding is still the first cut from our schools and community programming when times are tight. Thus, many adults are hard pressed to call themselves creative, intelligent, capable or talented. And the loss of personal esteem and potential contributions to our world is immeasurable. To begin to change this paradigm we must first notice the limiting beliefs we hold. Tune in to the running tape in your head, when and where are you an automatic “no” believing you cannot do, accomplish or try something? Then examine where you came up with that opinion. Why can’t you do it? Why shouldn’t you try it? Says who? To break a long-standing pattern of thought it helps to find a neutral place where you can attempt some new actions. For instance, think of something that might be fun for you to try that doesn’t carry a lot of weight and expectation for you. Think of this as muscle building. You are trying to work the muscles of creativity, imagination, and possibility. Try painting, walking a new route, creating a poem, learning a dance, attending a seminar on anything new to you, or anything else that gets you out of your “I can’t” box. Do that for one month and notice the impact

on your quality of life and perception of self. Then it is time to focus on a place in your life where you may have set the bar too low and perhaps have reached it and settled there. It’s time to take the risk and aim higher! Life is best experienced in the dynamic pursuit of our dreams rather in the lackluster stagnancy of our safe, easy routines. As Marianne Williamson famously

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Morven Park Huntsman’s Room Induction ceremony Saturday May 28 Melvin Poe, Honoree; Carol Hannum Davidson, Presenter for her mother Mrs. Nancy Penn Smith Hannum and Albert Poe, Honoree

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Historic ‘Locust Grove’ Comes on Market Exceptional 1817 Property Listed on National Register of Historic Places

Only five families in the past nearly 200 years have had the opportunity to call Locust Grove home. And now, the chance to be a part of its history presents itself again. The classic 1817 property, which has witnessed exceptional change from its verdant surroundings in Purcellville, has been saved for future generations by the current owner, and restored in such a manner that the home has been accepted into the National Register of Historic Places. Now, as the home’s third century approaches, there is an exceptional opportunity for the next owner to maintain a property that saw the Civil War’s effect on the region, and for years served as a dairy farm. The property currently is on the market, listed at $895,000 by Gloria Rose Ott of Armfield, Miller & Ripley Fine Properties. Arriving on a paved road through two stone pillars, you will feel the troubles of the day slip into the past, and find this classic home in perfect order – your retreat from the stresses of hectic, 21st-century living. Before even beginning our exploration

of the home’s interior, consider the glorious gardens and sumptuous surroundings. Mature trees, a fish pond, green lawns with charming birdhouses . . . secluded yet in a convenient location, its aura provides the perfect tonic for body and soul. The simplicity of the design comes from the Quaker background of the original owners. The updates have given the property an outstanding livability factor while retaining true to the original spirit and taste of the home. It was a gentle and reflective restoration, worthy of praise. Modern amenities abound, from the large and inviting Great Room to the updated chef’s kitchen to the convenient traffic flow. Period hardware and windows with wavy glass intermingle effectively with newgeneration amenities. There are five working fireplaces, and five porches – plus multiple outbuildings. All told, there are five spacious bathrooms, plus three full baths and two half baths. Among many standout properties in Hunt Country, Locust Grove is near the top for its historic provenance, delightful

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Address: 200 Locust Grove Drive, Purcellville (20132). Listed at: $895,000 by Gloria Rose Ott, Armfield, Miller & Ripley Fine Properties (540) 454-4394. interior and exterior spaces and the attention that has been paid in bringing a home that might well have been lost to history back for future generations to treasure. Articles are prepared by Middleburg Life’s real estate advertising department on behalf of clients.

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Lovely 1840’s Stucco, 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath home on 1.76 open acres Easy access to Route 66 Very private, room to expand, pine floors, exposed logs, stone fireplaces Attached 2 bay garage with shop, flagstone terrace, towering maples, nestled in the heart of Orange County Hunt Territory. $675,000

Quaint English style 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Stucco Cottage sited among towering trees on 10 beautiful acres Ideally located between Middleburg and The Plains Flagstone Terrace  Flowering window boxes  Very Private  Fantastic western views  Great location Mostly wooded Perfect for weekend retreat.. $660,000









Enchanting stone and brick c. 1750 VA Farmhouse on 42+ acres Piedmont Hunt 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, 3 Fireplaces, Hardwood Floors, antique barn beams and mantels, deep set windows, original woodwork Guest Cottage Dutch Bank Barn with Workshop Paddocks Riding Ring. $2,900,000

DUNGARVAN - Blue Ridge Hunt. 365 acres. Pond. Mostly open, rolling land. Great tax incentive with Open Space Easement potential. 4 parcels. 10 DURs. $2,700,000 Located on a quiet and picturesque lane in the Orange County Hunt territory, this lovely all stone one level home is situated amongst 52+ acres of soaring trees. 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bath  Two parcels  60x30 Equipment Building. $750,000

c. 1880, delightful stucco VA Farmhouse on 1+ acre in historic Rectortown 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, formal Dining Room, Living Room with Fireplace, Paneled Den with Fireplace, Large Kitchen, Front Porch and Terrace Sweeping lawns, stone walls, and small stream Ideal country living. $715,000

PEC LAND - Paris Mountain- 487 Acres adjacent to Historic Ovoka Farm and Sky Meadows State Park. Conservation land with potential to build two homes; however property cannot be divided. $5,500/acre sold in entirety. $2,673,000

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DELAPLANE LAND - 44.11 acres. Beautiful parcel with stunning mountain views, manageable 44 acres of open and wooded land. Great equestrian potential. $1,299,000 POTTS MILL - Middleburg. 316 acres with frontage on Little River Open Space Easement with further tax credit potential. Rolling fields with mature hardwood forest. Orange County Hunt. Great ride out. Within 5 miles of the village of Middleburg. Excellent views. $21,000/acre



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Rappahannock County Kaye Kohler • Rick Kohler

Greenfield: Brick Manor Home c: 1820.  A spectacular center hall colonial with 7 fireplaces, 10’ ceilings, spacious entertaining rooms, enclosed porches, bull’s eye trim and heart pine floors.  A guest house, tenant house and bank barn complete the offering on 83 gentle acres.  A rare find in Rappahannock County.  $1,395,000 Mountain views surround this wonderfully comfortable and private 4 bedroom “Getaway/ Hunt Box” on 36 acres.  Fireplaces in the Great room and master bedroom, french doors  cross the entire back, kitchen picture window overlooks the in-ground pool.  Set on the edge of your  private wood overlooking your field & streams to the Blue Ridge.   $895,000

It’s Bear Season

Of course, not bear hunting season, but bear visiting season. Once the foliage is full in the woods, and the berries and tender shoots of undergrowth are up, that is the perfect invitation for the bears to come from the mountains to the Piedmont. The number of bears in Virginia has been increasing at an almost alarming rate. The more bears, the more they spread out to find their own territory. A couple of years ago we had a sow and three cubs that seemed to have spent the entire summer just MARCIA south of MiddleWOOLMAN burg. So far this year Outdoors no sign of them, but bears are known to revisit successful foraging areas, so they might be back. The best way to have them not pick your house is to remove all bird feeders, outside pet bowls (or keep them empty), and store garbage inside of outbuildings. Bears are omnivores. They will eat just about anything from carrion, to grass and fruit. They will eat road kill or bear kill. This is one of the reasons that their habitat range is so wide as there is something for them to eat almost anywhere. However, just like us they have favorites. Berries are one of them. Within the month of June many of our wild raspberries and cherries will be ripening. Just remain observant. The bottom line is bears are as afraid of you as you are of them, just don’t frighten them or chase them from their food source. This will activate a defense mechanism with which you may not want to deal.

If you know there are bears in your area, be particularly careful that you do not come between a mom and her cubs. This is a recipe for disaster. In the final analysis they are just like us, only bigger, and more opinionated. Bears are more likely to come to our area in a dry year when water is scarce. Of course we have had such a wet spring that there is no water shortage anywhere. This lessens the likelihood of seeing them, but it is well worth it to be on the watch. Damage from deer this summer is likely to be less as with all the rain the woodlands and fencerows are lush with vegetation. But like the bears, they remember where they found a good meal and for that reason may return to your favorite perennials. There is a good spray on product for protecting your plants and trees from the deer. It is called Liquid Fence and can be found at www. It is an all-natural product, and it works. It seems like a full time job to just stay ahead of the wildlife when you live in the country or suburbs. We wouldn’t want it any other way. Enjoy the fact that most of the world has to go to the zoo to see some of the wonderful wildlife experiences we have right outside our door. They are here because we provide the habitat. Woodlands bordered by open fields are their favorite. Remember that when you are mowing or clearing this year. Clean up too much and they will be gone; and so will your wildlife experiences that we learn to treasure.


won’t overpower the size of your face (even though very large frames are still in vogue this year). In addition, you may want to consider buying two pairs of sunglasses, a casual pair to go with your more laid back looks and a dressier pair to go with more upscale outfits (and if you loose or misplace one pair you will always have a go-to pair on hand). When you follow these simple rules and pick sunglasses that look the best on you, be assured someone will be saying, “Wow, who is that behind those Foster Grants?”

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Woodside: A secluded brick home with beautifully proportioned entertaining rooms and two fireplaces, one in the pine great room.  Spectacular azaleas, rhododendrons, dogwoods, magnificent specimen trees & a pond on 14 acres.  Includes an EXTRA  investment lot  for your pleasure.  On the  morning  side of the Blue Ridge near Sperryville.   $750,000


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don’t extend past the widest area of your face. If you have a heart-shaped face, you will want to accentuate and draw attention to your eye area to balance your wide forehead and pointed chin. Pick rimless or cat-eye frames for this face shape.  Finally, if you have an oval-shaped face, you are in luck, as any pair of shades you pick will look great on you. When it comes to choosing the color of the frame, black is most popular, as it is neutral and goes with everything. Another color frame to consider is brown or tortoise shell, as they are neutral and will also work well with any outfit. Frames come in all colors and sizes, just make sure to pick a color that will complement your skin tone. Also, choose a frame size that

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Middleburg - $100K Price Reduction! Custom home, 24+ ac w/pastoral and scenic mtn views. 1st fl MBR suite w/5 more large BRs. Gourmet kitchen equipped with top level appliances and granite. 5 FPs, front & back staircases, extensive mouldings & trim add to this elegant home. $1,350,000 Emily Henry 540.341.3528

Upperville - Graceful French Provincial on 8 scenic ac in heart of hunt country. Surrounded by expansive gardens & lawns, stunning entry welcomes visitors to explore bright & tastefullydecorated interior rooms. 3 finished lvls, updated gourmet kit, patio & pool for entertaining. $1,300,000 Kimberly Hurst 703.932.9651

Upperville - Great Value! Beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 5BR/4BA on 7+ ac. Made for entertaining. Pool, dining pavilion, gardens & trellis, 4/5 stall barn, great tack room, 5 paddocks, spring fed pond w/dock & island. 3-car garage & workshop. Piedmont Hunt territory. $1,199,000 Belinda Hyde 703.431.4620

Round Hill - NEW PRICE! Enjoy privacy and gorgeous views. 27 acre horse property surrounded by 300+ acres in easement. 4BR, HW floors, mature landscaping, pool, pond, barn, large paddocks w/new run-in sheds, 120' x 200' riding ring. Easy access to Rt 7, Purcellville & M’burg. $949,999 Marci Welsh 703.906.5802

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Middleburg - Beautiful new 6000 sf home on 2+ acres. Soaring ceilings & windows. 4BR/3.5BA incl 2MBRs & Jack & Jill BAs. Living rm w/FP, HW floors, Den, Basement, Laundry rm. Kit w/ gas 5-burner cooktop, island, breakfast bar and granite. Enjoy pvt veranda. Developed lots avail. $725,000 Karen Kidwell 703.216.7437

For a confidential conversation, please contact: Purcellville - NEW PRICE - $50,000 reduction!! 10.24 acre horse property. 5 bedrooms include a main level Master BR and a Bonus BR over the garage, 3 Full BA plus 2 Half BA. Gourmet kitchen, HW floors, screened porch. 7 stall custom show barn, professional riding ring, 6 paddocks. $724,900 Joy Thompson 540.729.3428

Deleplane - Perched atop a hill with fantastic mtn. views! Spacious 4BR Colonial on 11+ acres, horse ready w/updated 4 stall barn, board fencing and 2 paddocks. Gourmet kitchen, 2 fireplaces, library, large rooms and rear deck. Close to Upperville. Call to see this beauty! $699,000 Joyce Gates 540.771.7544

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Middleburg - Best Value for the money in town! Bill Tyler Built 2005. All new privacy landscaping, new interior hunt colors! 4BR, spacious MBR suite, gourmet kitchen adjoins family room w/FP. Full bsmt & expandable attic. Minutes to town. Motivated seller - call to see. $524,900 J Gates 540.771.7544 B Roth 410.336.7678

Purcellville - The perfect country home! This bright 4BR/2.5BA home in Philomont sits on 3 fenced acre, surrounded by horse farms. Enjoy evenings barbecuing on the stone patio near the fountain, and soak in the beautiful scenery. Tucked away outside is a full house generator. $524,000 Kristin Johnson 703.673.6920

Purcellville - Spacious & private on nearly 7 acres of meadow & hardwoods in sought-after Philomont area. 4BRs incl main-level MBR suite & sunny au-pair suite/office. Remodeled kitchen w/open flow- perfect for entertaining. Wraparound porch & multiple decks to enjoy views. $699,000 Kimberly Hurst 703.932.9651

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Last Month For Sporting Library Exhibit

This June is your last chance to see “The Horse at Work and Play,” a wonderful exhibit that is at The National Sporting Library & Museum through June 30. On April 21, NSLM hosted a lovely reception to celebrate the exhibit which is a blending of books and art from the permanent collection as well as fabulous toys from the renowned Athelstan and Kathleen Spilhaus collection that focus on horse racing, coaching, polo and other equine sports and pursuits.




Nestled in the Old Dominion Hunt, enjoy the riding trails, 6 paddocks, 4 stall center aisle barn w/tack room, wash stall, hay storage and full bath. Automatic all season watering system, eqiupment shed, chicken coop and don’t forget the brick and siding 4 bedroom colonial w/rec room, formal LR & DR, eat in kitchen, 4 tiered rear deck and oversized 2 car garage.

Lisa Campbell, librarian, and Mickey Gustafson, director of Communications and Education, who jointly curated this exhibit, gave introductory remarks and a short presentaSUSAN tion on highlights of BYRNE the collection. It was On the Arts also a lovely way to honor Kathleen Spillhaus (whose husband Athelstan started the toy collection after World War II) who was on hand to demon-


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strate some of the toys. There are more than 3,000 toys in the collection that Kathy now curates in three museum rooms in her home in Aspen Hill in Middleburg where she has lived since 1978. Her house was built in 1763 by Sarah Chilton, daughter of Levan Powell a Middleburg founder. The exhibit is displayed throughout the library beginning in the lobby vitrines and continuing downstairs in the Forrest E. Mars, Sr., Exhibit Hall. The concept for this show combines both art and literature in a setting that is a curio cabinet tableau of magical mechanical toys from years gone by, wonderful illustrated storybooks and manuscripts, paintings, drawings and sculpture that make history come alive. The ability to inspire by tapping into the natural joy and wonder of reading a storybook to a little boy or girl is such a gift. It is a gift not only to the child but to our entire community and culture since the arts are for all of us. The arts enrich our lives and our own personal story as well. And, there is a sense of reward in creating a very special place like the National Sporting Library and Museum. It is an environment where you’ll learn just by looking and enjoying your surroundings. This is easy to understand at any age. It can spark the fire to learn more and fuel future ambitions as a writer, collector, artist or appreciator of what is beautiful in life and needs to be valued and preserved. There is a toy in the exhibit, which is in a glass vitrine in the lobby, that has cutouts of Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders on horseback. It made me think of a wonderful story about young Teddy Roosevelt and his father that is actually quite apropos to this exhibit since greatness is often sparked by a special moment. Teddy Roosevelt was a child who adored natural history. He collected butterflies and other insects placing them in their proper categories and genus. He was a quiet child and not initially the robust person and president he was to become. His father visited him one night after dinner in his room while Teddy was working on perfecting his collection. Teddy told his father he wanted to be a natural scientist when he grew up. His father commended him greatly on his dedication and detail orientation and told him that he would have the joy of this field of study for his entire life. Teddy’s father also encouraged in him the need to share his collection with others and go out in nature to truly explore and enjoy his passion. This meeting changed his life and sent him on a path for others. So the Library and Museum has this opportunity to encourage young people to share their experience to the arts and

cultivate their own personal collections and what they find compelling. Each experience can be like a beautiful prism where the child has a chance to take and receive what he or she finds unique and meaningful. I hope this show prompts hundreds of text messages asking friends to come to the NSL to see what is new and fun to learn. Don’t miss it if you haven’t seen it yet. It is a perfect chance to share a moment that will both entertain and inspire. Horses at Work and Play is suitable for adults and children. This exhibit is free and open to the public. Special tours have been designed for children and a group visit may be arranged by contacting Mickey Gustafson, 540-687-6542 ext. 23, June Exhibition at The Byrne Galley It is through the medium of paper—hundreds of kinds of paper—that Ronni Jolles creates the textured and sculptural pieces that will be exhibited at the Byrne Gallery during June. Jolles has introduced a new art form, and paper is the essence of her work. The technique could be called, “collage” or “mixed media,” but in fact, it is something quite different. The title of this show, “Rough Around the Edges,” is a fitting name since each piece of artwork has papers reaching beyond the edges of the canvas. The many kinds of papers have been gathered from all over the world, including Thailand, Nepal, Tibet, Egypt, Japan, Mexico, Italy, and India. Jolles is a hands-on artist, and this art form is most reliant on the hands. Although scissors are used for the fine cutting of branches or details of a house, the way the paper is ripped, and then glued down is the most amazing aspect of her work. “I was looking for an art form that was truly different. I have several artists in my family and wanted to find my own form of expression. I have always been very tactile, and this art form is based on how my hands manipulate the papers as I glue them down on the canvas.” Jolles then paints on the paper, adding variation of color when needed, and making sure there is a strong acrylic seal on each piece. Jolles finishes with a matte varnish, making sure there are several layers of acrylic sealants that protect against UV light and dust. The show opened June 1 and the artwork will be on display in June and through the July 4 weekend. The Byrne Gallery is located at 7 W. Washington St. in Middleburg. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and by appointment on Monday and Tuesday. Contact the Byrne Gallery for more information at 540687-6986.


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Sycamore Spring

Lions Lane

Middleburg, Virginia

Upperville, Virginia

Upperville, Virginia

Boyce, Virginia

Estate consisting of 264 acres in Orange County Hunt with mountain views in every direction. Manicured farm with mostly open and gently rolling acreage. Main house was built in 1984 of stone construction with four bedrooms, four full baths, two half baths, an in-law suite and four fireplaces. Improvements include pool, tennis court, 20 stall center aisle stable, office, tack, 2 wash stalls with 1/16 mile indoor track, and 2 bedroom guest house. $10,500,000.

French country home on 28 acres. Well-designed for gracious entertaining and first floor living. Large formal living room opens to a covered porch, terrace and gardens overlooking the spring fed pond. Kitchen includes a wood burning fireplace and den leading to the indoor heated pool. First floor master suite includes in-home office while 3 additional bedrooms are offered on the second floor. The tree lined driveway, mature gardens and stunning views to the southwest create a lovely setting. $2,390,000.

35 acres of open pasture in Piedmont Hunt territory with 3 small ponds and incomparable views of the Blue Ridge and Cobbler Mountains. The entire perimeter is surrounded by original dry stacked stone walls. The immaculate cottage has been expanded, renovated and shows very well. Stunning site permits additional dwelling and farm buildings. Unlimited options. $1,775,000.

Custom built log home on 109+ acres, top of the mountain with unbelievable western views. Private but easy access to Route 50, hunters' paradise, house has 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, 2 fireplaces, vaulted ceilings, gourmet kitchen, 3-car garage, top of the line finishing throughout. Very energy efficient. $1,490,000.

Paul MacMahon

(703) 609-1905

Helen MacMahon

Helen MacMahon

Paul MacMahon

(703) 609-1905

(540) 454-1930

(540) 454-1930

Old Yowell Farm

Conde Road

Hickory Hill

Boyce, Virginia

Marshall, Virginia

Millwood, Virginia

Philomont, Virginia

The Old Yowell Farm c. 1900 classic Virginia farmhouse on 18 acres. Recent addition includes bright open kitchen with family room, master suite and mud room. Great old house charm and original pine floors, front porch, big windows and lots of light. Recorded in 2 parcels with 1 additional DUR. Land is open and fenced for horses, 2 stall barn with feed/tack room, run-in shed, storage building and charming workout room. $800,000.

Stunning home on 8+ acres near Warrenton. Perfect first floor master overlooking stately pool and plantings. Gourmet kitchen, separate dining room, library, family room. Two private bedroom suites with baths on lower level with large entertainment center, wet bar and sitting room. 4 fireplaces, 3-car garage. Warrenton Hunt. $797,000.

“Hickory Hill,” prime Clarke County location, brick/stucco main house restored in 2003, excellent condition, 2-3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, 2 fireplaces, beautiful floors, well proportioned rooms, gourmet kitchen. Charming guest house also restored, 2 outbuildings. 16.12 acres, 2 recorded parcels, hilltop setting with mountain views. $695,000.

Walter Woodson

Paul MacMahon

This spacious historic residence has charm and warmth. Equipped with old wood floors, crown molding and pressed tin roof in the parlor. Separate 2 bedroom, 1 bath carriage house for tenant or overflow guests. 2.5 bay garage. New energy efficient windows, furnace and fridge recently added. Convenient location in quaint Philomont on 1.58 acres. Lovely gardens. $685,000.

Helen MacMahon

(703) 499-4961

J. Patrick House

(703) 609-1905

Alix Coolidge

(540) 454-1930

(703) 625-1724

Moreland Road

Little River Lane

New Mountain Road

Delaplane, Virginia

The Plains, Virginia

Aldie, Virginia

Paris, Virginia

Custom built log home, built in 2005, 3 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, 1 fireplace, vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, exposed logs and beam interior, attached 2 car garage with office above. Elevated lot with mountain views. 8.24 acres, room for horses, private but easy access to Rt. 66. $663,000.

10 acres in excellent Fauquier County location. Property improved by brick garage with apartment (needs to be finished), septic and well installed, all utilities to building. Winding driveway by two ponds leads to house site. Private yet easy access to Middleburg and The Plains. $599,000.

Almost 2 acres in a peaceful setting on New Mountain Road in Aldie. Well cared for 2 bedroom home with extensive landscaping and patio area overlooking private pond with waterfall & outdoor entertaining space with grill and fire pit. Half of the lot is open and completely fenced for dogs. $425,000.

Paul MacMahon

Paul MacMahon

Helen MacMahon

Circa 1890, previously the Paris country store, post office and boarding house. Exceptional craftsmanship and care has transformed it into a 4,400 sf home with unobstructed views of the protected Paris Valley. The main section of the home includes 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. There is an additional 2 bedroom in-law suite with a full bath, second kitchen and separate entrance offering many uses. The detached garage (26’ x 21’) with sewer, water and electricity has unlimited possibilities. $545,000.

(703) 609-1905

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The Old Lindsey Store

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• Battle of Ball’s Bluff Lecture: There will be a Battle of Ball’s Bluff lecture and book signing by James Morgan, author and historian, in the Founder’s Room of the National Sporting Library and Museum Friday, June 17. He is the author of A Little Short on Boats: the Fights at Ball’s Bluff and Edwards Ferry, October 21-22, 1861. This event is presented in cooperation with the Mosby Heritage Area Association. To reserve a place for the lecture and for more information about a Saturday tour organized by the Mosby Heritage Area Association, call 540-687-6681. The reception and lecture are free. Seating is limited. • Wayside Theatre’s 50th Anniversary Season opener is “Reunion: A Musical Epic in Miniature,” part of the national 150th Anniversary of the Civil War commemoration. Artistic Director Warner Crocker said the play tells the story of the tumultuous period in our American History, the American Civil War; and tells it in a unique way that mirrors our artistic life at Wayside Theatre. “Imagine a troupe of players struggling to make their magic on the stage, fighting financial challenges and at the same time still continuing to tell stories about the Civil War. Now imagine weaving the words

and songs of the American Civil War into a musical epic in miniature that sings about our fight to save the union. This musical epic in miniature mirrors our artistic life at Wayside Theatre.” The musical is written by Jack Kyrieleison, Ron Holgate and Michael O’Flaherty. Performances begin June 5 and close July 2. Ticket prices are $25 to $30 dollars for adults. Ticket price for children 17 years and under is $10 for any show. For more information call 540-869-1776 or go online to • Ticket sales have begun for the July 9-24 Run Rabbit Run Theatre production of All For The Union in Confederate Virginia. Written and directed by prize-winning playwright and award-winning historian Meredith Bean McMath, the play is taken straight from the pages of Loudoun County Civil War history. All for the Union tells the tale of three young women of Waterford—Lida and Lizzie Dutton and Sarah Steer—who dealt with foraging troops, skirmishes and wounded soldiers, and, in the midst of all, wrote an underground newspaper for Union soldiers. For further play information or to purchase tickets, visit




• The Historic Caleb Rector House is open for summer, with tours offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, June 4-Oct. 29. The house is located in Atoka four miles west of Middleburg off Rt. 50 on Rt. 713 at 1461 Atoka Road. Visitors who enter this 1801 house will hear about its significance in our American story. This story includes the connection the house has to Col. John S. Mosby and Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, as well as the village of Rector’s Crossroads (Atoka today). Visitors can pick up Mosby Heritage Area Association driving tours to enhance their visit to the Rector House. Students can pick up our Mosby Heritage Area Scavenger Hunts to explore the area and receive a “Got Mosby” T-shirt. Admission by donation. • Mosby, Scout Along the Turnpike: The Mosby Heritage Area Association and the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority offer a June 25 program about the events along the Ashby’s Gap and Little River Turnpikes (today’s Rt. 50) between the Historic Rector House in Atoka, Aldie Mill and Mount Zion Church in Aldie. Witness life here during the Civil War from members of MHAA’s Gray Ghost Interpretive Group, who take on the persona of residents and soldiers of the area in the 1860s. The program will run from noon to 5 p.m. Admission by donation. For more information, go online to • Hill High complex celebrates

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anniversary. The legendary Hill High Country Store has been at the Round Hill location for 65 years. One year ago in June, the building that was long ago used to package 850 acres of apple, peach and strawberry orchards was converted into retail space. The Country Store was joined by the Gateway Gallery artists’ cooperative, Bogati Bodega & Vineyard and the new home of The Round Hill Arts Center. An anniversary celebration will take place from 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 17, with an Ikebana Japanese flower arranging demonstration, painting demonstration, art, wine, food and music. For more information on the anniversary celebration, go to www. or email • The Land Trust of Virginia’s Garden Party will be held June 19 at historic Rosemont near Waterford. The nationally accredited non-profit land trust that protects open space and natural and historic resources in Virginia, will host its 13th annual “Garden Party to Save Virginia’s Countryside” from 4 to 7 p.m. “Rosemont has been beautifully preserved and restored to its former glory,” said LTV Chairman Turner T. Smith Jr. “From its modest beginnings as the offices of Sanford Ramey, who purchased the property in 1803 from an heir of William Fairfax, through more than 100 years of ownership by the Fadeley family, Rosemont has retained its timeless character Continued On Page 24

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Above: Through the Splash Water in the Steeplethon race at the Virginia Gold Cup races. Left to right: Battle Op (Chris Read, up) who finished 3rd; Swimming River (Jeff Murphy, up) who finished 1st; Mecklenburg (Gus Dahl, up) who finished 2nd; G’Day G’Day (Carl Rafter, up); Wazee Moto (Paddy Young, up) finishing 4th; Brands Hatch (Liam Mcvicar, up); Freeboard (Willie Dowling, up); Hey Doctor (Matt McCarron, up). Top Right: Blair Waterman Wyatt after winning the Virginia Gold Cup on Bon Caddo. She joins her father Randy Waterman as one of two father/daughter teams to win the Gold Cup. Rand won in 1983 at the Broadview race course on Dr. Joseph Rogers’ Private Gary. In 1991 Sanna Neilson won the Gold Cup on Joe’s O.K. and her father, Paddy Neilson, won the race at the Broadview course on Rokeby’s Chapel Street. At Right: The Gold Cup presentation left to right: Eddie Frederick, President and co-founder of Living Social; Blair Waterman Wyatt and James Wyatt, Barbara Voss of Merriefield Farm (owner of Bon Caddo); and Bruce Fenwick.

Gold Cup the 2011

Above, left to right: Betsy Manierre, Jeanne Morency, Photographer; Above right, Buddha, Champion Terrier at the Virginia Gold Cup Races, owned by Anne Beckley; right, Terrier presentation left to right: Carole Stadfield and Angel, Dr. William H. Alison, ex-MFH and Chairman of the Virginia Gold Cup Races, Mrs. Magalen O. Bryand who presented the Terrier Trophies, Julianne Larese of the Awards Committee.

Blair Waterman Wyat and Bon Caddo win the Virginia Gold Cup over Radio Flyer (Robbie Walsh, up) at the finish.

Photos by Douglas Lees


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under a large tent. Tickets for the event will be $60 for Mosby Heritage Area Association members and $70 for non-members. Make your reservations at www.mosbyheritagearea. org or call MHAA at 540-687-6681. • The Mt. Zion Historical Park is open for monthly programs. The 1851 Mt. Zion Baptist Church, sitting alongside Rt. 50 east of Gilbert’s Corner, is open from noon to 5 p.m. for guided tours and living history programs on the fourth Sunday of each month Oct. 23. Site supervisor Tracy J. Gillespie, staff member of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, believes the church’s intriguing history as a hospital and temporary prison during the Civil War will be of interest to all. “Many cars pass by Mt. Zion every day,” says Gillespie, “and most of the drivers glance at the old brick church and wonder about its history. Now is their chance to find out just what went on here.” Used as a place of worship by members of the Old School, or Primitive, Baptists from 1851 until 1980, Mt. Zion Church and its adjoining cemetery not only witnessed fighting during the Civil War, but also served in the aftermath of battle as a hospital for the wounded and a final resting place for some who fought in the war. It’s also known as the first, and frequent, meeting site of Confederate guerilla fighter John Singleton Mosby and his Rangers. Local legend refers to a lit candle in a church window that would signal Mosby’s men when it was time for a rendezvous. Rumor has it that a lit candle can occasionally be glimpsed in a window even today. “It’s especially fitting to focus on the Civil War heritage of the site during the commemoration of the Sesquicentennial” of the war, stated Gillespie. “More than ever, we need to bring alive the stories of the men who fought in the war, the women whose lives were impacted by it, and the enslaved African Americans whose futures were forever changed. This one site contributes greatly to all of those stories.” Visitors to Mt. Zion during Sunday openings will hear of local resident Eliza Davis, who tended to wounded soldiers in her front yard nearby, and of African Americans buried in the cemetery. Not to be ignored, however, is the rest of Mt. Zion’s interesting history, including its example as an Old School Baptist Church, whose attendees followed doctrines and practices of the original Baptists, claimed to be the New Testament church. Primitive also conveys the idea of simplicity, which describes well the church services consisting of nothing more than preaching, praying, and singing. For more information, contact Tracy J. Gillespie at or call her at Aldie Mill Historical Park, 703-327-9777. Mt. Zion Historical Park and Aldie Mill Historical Park are owned and operated by Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. For more information about NVRPA, visit •  Once a year, Sky Meadows State Park opens the Historic Mount Bleak backyard Continued On Page 27


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Dauntless: The Class “Class 261” shouted the ring steward—“The Master’s of Foxhounds Association Trophy for the Champion Foxhound of Breed, either sex.“ THE MASTER’S VOICE Musings on the Meynellian Science “Huntsmen, please call off your entry number as you enter.” Dauntless stood poised to enter the ring, an outward calm belying his keen anticipation. A cool breeze rustled through the leaves of the ancient oaks above his head, softening the late afternoon sun. “Enter the ring with some pizzazz!” had been the admonition muttered to him by old Tom, the huntsman, prior to his first hound class four years ago. “First looks are lastin’ looks with show judges.” Dauntless, reflecting his innate intelligence, stepped boldly as he passed through the ring gate. He fairly floated alongside old Tom, his head up and forward, his eyes and ears pricked with interest, his stern waving gaily. The leather leash tethering

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A wonderful custom built Wetherburne home in Huntsman’s Ridge just minutes from historic Warrenton on an acre lot. Lovely light filled home, large front and rear covered porches, 4/5 BR, 4.5 BA, in-law suite on lower level with kitchen. Fabulous sunroom with 11' high coffered ceiling, 2 FP, hardwood floors, window transoms and wainscoting. Great commuter location. A must see. $625,000. Anita Sisney 540-687-2214 Carol Fochtman 540-687-2219


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146 acres near the village of Rectortown with excellent road frontage along both Rectortown & Crenshaw Roads. Ideally situated in heart of Piedmont Fox Hounds hunt country  Lush open fieldsStone walls Pond Sweeping views of both the Blue Ridge & Cobbler Mountains  One house may be built on a pre-selected site near pond, 5 Bedroom conventional perc  Land in VOF Conservation easement. $2,928,000

181 acres of beautiful rolling farm land overlooking Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia. Views of the Bull Run Mountains on the east and scenic vistas of Great Meadow race course to the west. 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. The farm can be bought as one piece or sold in two parcels of 127 & 54 acres at $1,350,000 each. $2,700,000

Middleburg - Stunning home on 7+ park-like acres overlooking Little River in enclave of custom built homes. Gourmet Kitchen  Paneled Library  15’ coffered ceiling in Family Room  2-story Living Room 1st Floor Master Suite with Separate Sitting Room and Luxury Master Bath  Dining Room  3-car Garage with Apartment  Full unfinished basement  Heated pool. $2,575,000



Cary Embury (540) 533-0106

Sheryl Heckler (540) 272-4300



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Cricket Bedford (540) 229-3201

Elegant 4 Bedroom, 4 Full and 2 Half Baths Stone and Stucco home on 12+ acres Old Pine Floors Antique Chandeliers Master Bedroom on Main Level Granite Countertops 4 Marble and Stone Fireplaces Covered Stone Terrace Screened-In Porch Stunning Pool Detached Garage Storage Shed Stone Walls Board Fencing Orange County Hunt Fabulous Views. $2,250,000

Waterford - c. 1815 stucco, brick and frame with 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths all carefully restored  Original Fireplaces and Windows  Hardwood floors and hand hewn beams  Established gardens  Mature trees Enclosed brick courtyard Parterre  Covered porch  Stone terrace  Separate garden studio/office  Permanent protected views of the Blue Ridge. $595,000

Cricket Bedford (540) 229-3201

Cricket Bedford (540) 229-3201 LAND

Beautiful, light filled end townhome within easy walking distance to the restaurants and shops of Middleburg. Chef/owner designed kitchen was extended two feet and is equipped with Miele gas cooktop & dishwasher, Kraft Maid cabinetry and granite counters. Four fully finished levels, 3 bedrooms, 3 ½ baths, hardwood floors, security system and CAT 5 wiring throughout. Excellent move in condition. $434,900

Rebecca Poston (540) 771-7520



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 available. $3,750,000 FOXCROFT ROAD - Located in the village of Unison, Just minutes from Middleburg.Beautiful 97 acre parcel with brick Tenant House and Historic Tenant House 2 Barns Value is in the land Rolling pastures, bordered by strong stream and gorgeous woodlands Perfect site for a country estate with fabulous views Great potential for Easement or Tax Credits. $2,850,000 CATOCTIN SPRINGS - 31 wooded acres. Very private setting. In Conservation Easement, 10 minutes to Leesburg, MARC Train, White’s Ferry for commuters, and Ida Lee Park for recreation. Priced to sell. $399,000 CREST HILL - Beautiful rolling 7 acres, has green pastures, trees and small stream, pond a possibility. 4 Bedroom perc, ready to build. Only 3 minutes to I-66 and just west of Marshall. Great opportunity. Priced to sell. $199,900




Bee Lefferts (540) 454-5555

Purcellville-c. 1807, Fully renovated 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath Federal-style stone home on 23+ acres nestled along the North Fork of Goose Creek. Hardwood floors, 4 fireplaces, 10’ foot ceilings, and plaster crown moldings. Original stone springhouse, smokehouse, 5-stal bank barn with finished guest apartment/office, 3 bedroom Tenant house and spring-fed pond. Ideal small horse farm. Minutes to Purcellville and Rte 7. $1,950,000

RAPPAHANNOCK OFFICE - Historic Virginia retreat

c.1730 on 186 acres midway between Warrenton and Charlottesville. Amenities include a Guest House Pool Creek  Stabling Show ring & tractor barn  Gated Security  This home is surrounded by large hayfields and a protective ring of mature trees. Hayfields are leased to a local farmer.Bull Run Hunt  Additional Land available. $1,295,000

Alex Sharp (540) 219-4425

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