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Aldie Traffic Calming Project Underway For Aldie residents concerned about the high volume and speed of Rt. 50 traffic passing through their village, help is on the way. Last month, Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA-10), Loudoun Supervisor Jim Burton (I-Blue Ridge) and representatives of the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Rt. 50 Task Force, headed by co-chairmen Jim Rich and Peter Schwartz, broke ground on the third phase of the Rt. 50 traffic-calming project.

The $7.2 million project is designed to transform Rt. 50 at that location from a rural two-lane highway to a “village street,” similar to measures installed in Upperville during the first phase of the work. As in Upperville, on approaching the village motorists will pass through a transition zone to the town’s 25 mile-per-hour speed limit, featuring landscaping, sidewalks and raised crosswalks and intersections. A series

of pavers will be spaced to get motorists’ attention. Within the village itself there will be raised intersections, a splitter island near the Aldie Mill, tree-planted medians, different paving materials to indicate parking, walking and driving areas, greenery strategically placed along the streets and safer pedestrian walkways. Drainage improvements will include a stormwater pipe enclosed in a deep ditch along the north side of the road. The project is estimated to take just over a year to complete. Burton said “lessons learned in Upperville” would be put to use in the Aldie project, mostly small improvements, such as using materials that won’t crack and would be less maintenance intensive. There also will be a VDOT engineer on site in addition to the construction crews, he said. The $7.2 million price covers $2.1 million for design, $300,000 for right-of-way acquisition and $4.8 million for construction. This will be the third phase of the overall project. The first Upperville phase was completed in the fall of 2008 for $7.8 million, while the $16.1 million Gilberts Corner roundabouts project was completed in 2009. Up next will be improvements to Rt. 50 through Middleburg.

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Regional Meeting Spotlights Garden Club’s Accomplishments By Lauren R. Giannini For Middleburg Life It happens only once every 17 years: the Fauquier and Loudoun Garden Club hosted the annual meeting and flower show for Zone VII of the Garden Club of America, bringing visitors from Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia to Middleburg, Oct. 17-20. That the local enthusiasts have met the high standards set by GCA, a leader in conservation, environmentally-friendly gardening and civic improvement since its founding in 1913, is an understatement. FLGC’s achievements are found and enjoyed quite often off the beaten track. One good example is the Goose Creek Bridge, accessible from the John Mosby Highway, just west of Middleburg. “Rab Thompson who chaired the event did a great job organizing,” said Marie Thomas, Zone VII chair. “The club offered tremendous hospitality, putting up almost all the attendees in private homes. Wednesday evening we attended a cocktail party at the new museum of the National Sporting Library and a banquet at the Community Center. The conservation speaker Tom Butler, author of Wilderness Philanthropy, talked about how

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through history Americans have been so generous about giving land for parks and how it can be huge or small, like the Goose Creek Bridge area. Local historian Childs Burden spoke about the history of the bridge. The estates and gardens we saw were just beautiful and very sustainable. Everyone was so generous with all these gardeners coming into their homes and lives.” “We have been taking care of the Goose Creek Bridge since 1976 and through the [federal] ISTEA grant have kept it going,” said Ann MacLeod, self-described “bridge troll,” aka guardian. “Many members, all volunteers, have worked on the bridge for a long time—it’s one of the few pristine Civil War battlefields left—and I’m thrilled that Missy Janes won the award for the conservation exhibit.” Janes, the current FLGC president, used the Goose Creek Bridge and its surrounding 12-acre natural area, which had been donated to the Fauquier and Loudoun Garden Club by John Warner, to illustrate “Environmental Changes in Zone VII Over Time.” The 212-foot long, 23-foot wide span is one of the last four arched stone bridges in Virginia. Built from 1801 to 1803 as part of the Ashby Gap Turnpike during Thomas Jefferson’s first term as president of the United States, it served as a choke point during the opening phase of the Battle of Upperville during the Civil War. After the war, a cooperative effort between Loudoun and Fauquier counties repaired the bridge, and it carried traffic until 1957 when Rt. 50 was re-routed. Today, Goose Creek Bridge is a popular attraction for visitors from all over the world. They can walk across the bridge, enjoy the view from the observation deck, and meander along the path through the meadow. There are educational signs for the Centennial Trees, which provide an arboreal greeting for visitors on the hillside, a substantial historical marker at the bridge itself, and visitors are invited to sign the guest book. The FLGC’s goal is to preserve the natural countryside. It took custodial responsibilities to heart for the bridge and its environs. The Centennial Tree Project to celebrate GCA’s big anniversary began in 2009 with the planting of trees native to the Piedmont region, including Virginia Fringe, Service Berry, Hornbeam, Tupelo or Black Gum with its brilliant fall colors, White Oak and American Holly. The saplings have been fenced to protect them from deer and watered diligently by members, notably Mary Anne Gibbons and Linda Newton. Janes re-thought the management of the bridge and its 12 acres, creating a walking trail to get people to explore the area that includes the meadow where native plants and pollina-

Three longtime gardeners—Polly Rowley of Middleburg, Marion Hill, president of the Garden Club of America, and Holly Bailey of Staunton, who served as the Zone VII Awards chairman—enjoy a candid moment with the surprise presentation of the William C. and Roberta T. Seipp Horticultural Arts Award. Photo Courtesy of Fauquier and Loudoun Garden Club

tors abound. The point of the conservation award is to encourage wild places to exist. At Goose Creek Bridge, it’s a win-win situation, and the meadow is a fair match to what it was like before the Civil War. “Songbirds return year after year, and that depends on the plants and the bugs that attract them,” Janes said. “If a field is allowed to grow naturally, hedgerows along a road, riparian [bank] along a stream or any portion of a meadow, the buffer outside a crop or a rock outcropping in a corner of the field, even a strip along your driveway, that all helps to preserve wild places. More people are starting to enjoy the sense of country. They have stopped manicuring their lawns and fields and are letting the flora succeed.” Seed to meadow to shrub land to hedgerow to woodland; these are the layers essential to create habitat and perpetuate the countryside’s fauna and flora. The Goose Creek Bridge has all of this. It’s free and open to the public all year round. The FLGC also honored several members with club awards. Daphne Cheatham received the Club Medal of Merit for her continuous service, dedication and leadership. The Club Historic Preservation Award of Merit paid tribute to Harriet Condon for her perseverance in working to preserve and restore Civil War battle sites, as well as her careful shepherding of the club’s rich history. Joe Coleman, one of the three founders of the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, received the GCA’s Zone VII Civic Improvement Commendation Award for his tireless efforts spanning 13 years to initiate and lead

conservation programs, projects, advocacy and education. Another award winner, proving that apples don’t fall far from the tree, made the Zone VII banquet a family affair for Janes. Her mother Polly Rowley was surprised to receive the big honor of the evening, the William C. and Roberta T. Seipp Horticultural Arts Award, which has been bestowed only twice before. It recognized Rowley’s labor of love, the arboretum that she envisioned and created between the Hill School and the town of Middleburg. It includes an apple orchard with antique varieties, Colonial Native American Garden, butterfly garden, maturing hedgerow of native species, the Cork Tree Garden and more. “Polly was an inspiration to all of us who worked on the Hill School building program,” Michael Morency said. “Her knowledge of plants and trees and sense of design were instrumental in establishing the landscape plan with HOH, our landscape architects. Polly was the overwhelming force that made sure the plans were implemented, both through her financial generosity and her daily work schedule on the job. She was tireless and nothing missed her attention. All of us owe Polly tremendous gratitude for this enormous contribution, which is enjoyed not only by the school community, but also by many others as well. It is a gift that just keeps getting better with time.” Fauquier and Loudoun Garden Club is a local, all volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, visit www.

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By Margaret Morton It was the scarcity of information availStaff Writer able on the Internet when Lammert’s daughter Not many people in Middleburg perhaps Sylvie was stricken with the disease that led realize that a world online authority on epi- the two men to consider establishing an acculepsy is located in their midst. But this past rate, comprehensive and reliable website. weekend’s snowy participation by a team of 31 Appalled by the lack of good data availrunners in Sunday’s Marine Corps Marathon able to anyone looking for information, the in support of the Epilepsy Therapy Project is duo decided to establish their own website to likely to change that anonymity. raise educational awareness and knowledge, “It was really cold, but perfect, sunny and to bring hope to thousands by sharing weather, and our runners looked as if they factual and accurate educational informawere good and comfortable,” ETP Executive tion on epilepsy from top practitioners and Director Kim Macher said of the Team Epi- researchers. lepsy’s efforts in the race. “We’re all so proud of them. They are a very special group of people,” Macher said in describing the runners, who included those suffering from epilepsy, fathers and mothers, family members, police officers, veterans or those who just felt touched by the stories of people afflicted with the terrible disease and wanted to show support. At worst, epilepsy wrecks the lives of sufferers, both physically Well buffered against the cold, Misty Phillips chats with a U.S. and societally, and at best Marine before the Oct. 30 race. Photo by Kim Macher makes life difficult and uncertain, with accompanying hardships on their families. But the gen- “He’s one of those ‘got to know and dig eral public knows little about it—what it is, around so he can figure it all out’ kind of its causes, whom it hits, how it affects people guys,” Macher said of Lammert. Now, eight and treatment outcomes—and that has been years later, the educational the drive behind ETP from its founding eight website has become the world’s leading online years ago by Wall Street hedge fund manager epilepsy research site, according to Macher. Warren Lammert and Dr. Orrin Devinsky, “That shows what a void there was before Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psy- 2003.” chiatry at the NYU Langone School of Medi- The need for accurate and reliable inforcine and director of the NYU Epilepsy Center. mation is great, Macher said, noting there Devinsky was also the physician for Lammert’s are an estimated 3 million who suffer from daughter who contracted the disease as an epilepsy in varying degrees in this country, infant. out of about 50 million to 60 million world For the past three years, after moving wide. Approximately 1 percent of the U.S. from Reston to Middleburg, Macher has qui- population has a form of epilepsy and almost etly been building a strong base for the website one-third of those individuals suffer from powerhouse in a small upstairs office above uncontrolled seizures. the Blue Hair salon at the corner of Marshall Sylvie was a normal infant until she had and Pendleton streets. a seizure at nine months old, according to Aided over the past year and a half by Macher. Despite great care and many theraKristel Jacobson, Macher has seen the www. pies, Sylvie, now 13, still suffers from the educational website increase ease. “But she’s a real trooper,” Macher said in from 200,000 visits two years ago to its cur- a recent interview. rent 470,000 visits each month, 350,000 of Today, the organization is “known as the which are not repeat. leader in epilepsy conferences and therapies,”


Middleburg Life November 2011 Macher said. “We are an online organization, we have few printed materials, and that was because they saw how the Internet was going, that a world-wide website was the machine for the future,” she said of the founders. The aim of the website is to educate the public as to available treatments and to raise awareness of the needs, which include sometimes having to deal with social stigma from those scared by the physical aspects of the disease. Epilepsy is complex. Some are affected more than others, and in different ways. No one knows for sure exactly why, Macher said, or how. For instance, a person with seizures “can’t drive, so they can’t work. They need help, an ambulance comes, but a bill comes too,” Macher said, describing that process as a “vicious cycle.” Similarly, a large number of epilepsy patients die without obvious cause in cases termed SUDEP—Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy. No one knows why and Lammert has called for better data, noting SUDEP is considered responsible for 18 percent of all deaths from epilepsy. And while increasingly sophisticated medications have improved the situation over the years, they come with side effects. “They reduce the uncontrolled seizures, but your weight can balloon by 100 pounds. You can get sluggish, have cognitive issues,” Macher said. Reducing those side effects is a key aim of ETP. “There’s a lot of new therapies coming on line that have potential,” Macher said. One innovation is like a pacemaker, but for the brain, not the heart. Another is a pump placed in the body that brings the medication directly to the site of the seizure activity. “But that’s still in the pipeline,” she said, noting if that improvement were approved and became operational it would greatly reduce the number of medications that have to be taken, and therefore the side effects. “In the U.S., we work with many doctors who provide content, as do pharmaceutical companies. Pharmacies provide a lot of web content. We hold Pipeline conferences for introducing new therapies,” Macher said. For those conferences EPT invites top research and health care people from around the world to showcase emerging therapies and also to match them with investors looking for companies in which to invest. Because the website contains information written by leading epilepsy professionals, the site is trusted, according to Macher. “Doctors love us. They say, ‘when I have someone come to see me, I give them my card and write on the back of it,’” she said. The site seeks to balance pharmaceutical information with disclosures on side effects. “We have information on all therapies that are available, including alternative treatments such as surgical or various devices listed on the website.” About a year ago, the nonprofit started to

get into more large-scale fundraising, resulting in ETP’s participation in last weekend’s Marine Corps Marathon. Many marathons provide partnership opportunities for charitable organizations to raise funds through the race. If accepted as a partner, they can recruit teams to run on behalf of an organization, Jacobson explained. She serves as the EPT team captain for the 31 runners and said it was not hard to find team members, who answered the call six months ago from all over the country. On their individual pages on the website the runners describe why they wanted to participate, several of them parents who poignantly recalled the sudden blight that hit their family when out of the blue a son or a daughter suffered a seizure and the endless visits to doctors and batteries of tests. For parents, the seizures are terrifying and the realization slowly dawns that life will never be the same again for their family. In a poignant twist on the parental angst, Jerry and Aidan Preston ran as a father-son duo. Sunday was a special day for Aidan. Not only was it his 18th birthday, and the race was his first marathon, but it was Aidan, who at age 12 found his father, a police officer from New Jersey, having a seizure. Aidan called 911 and the police department, saved his father’s life. One runner, Misty Phillips, after describing the ordeal her family went through after her son Lucas suffered seizures, the frustrations and endless waiting for answers that never came, said when “I read about TEAM ETP forming to run the Marine Corps Marathon I immediately knew I had to be there.” So did Jackie Clark, whose 19-year-old daughter Sage has ever-increasing seizures. Echoing Phillips’ feelings of frustration, Clarke said epilepsy makes you “cry until you can’t stop. It takes a piece of your heart every time you experience a grand mal seizure, and keeps you up at night wondering if it will ever go away.” As a woman with two passions—running and her family—the marathon was the perfect opportunity to serve those passions, she said. Some runners were from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, many of whose members have had brain injuries. “There’s a lot of traumatic brain injuries and potential for epilepsy,” Macher said. Gen. Colin Powell in a Memorial Day speech this year estimated that more than 400,000 soldiers will return from Iraq and Afghanistan with TBIs, making them almost 30 percent more likely to develop epilepsy. That terrible connection made the team’s participation in the Marine Corps Marathon particularly appropriate, Macher said. Each runner agreed to raise a minimum of $1,000 and to train for a couple of months. Continued On Next Page

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EPT served as a facilitator, helping runners with the administrative side of the process. The runners themselves enthusiastically thew themselves into the fundraising with several well over the minimum $1,000 pledge, so much so the target for the marathon was upped to $35,000. One person had achieved pledges of $5,000. “Some of them are blowing right through there,” Macher said just before the race. Monday morning, she said the total “will be around $37,000.” Jacobson is an athlete and runner herself. Working with the team has been “a great experience,” she said, noting the close relationships that have sprung up over the past few months. “She’s made them feel like family,” Macher agreed. Training for the 26.2-mile long race is hard, Jacobson said. It requires athletes to run up to 100 miles per week, powering on through blisters and fatigue in a struggle that has similarities to that of epilepsy patients themselves. For next year, Jacobson wants to expand the number of marathons in which EPT participates, including a major marathon run by Bank of America in Chicago, IL, the New York City Marathon and maybe one more. For Macher, working for ETP has opened her eyes. “There’s not a day goes by I’m not grateful to be helping people,” she said. One

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All Ages Turn Out To Raise $100K Plus For Breast Cancer More than 900 women, men and children turned out Oct. 9 in support of women in Loudoun and Fauquier counties who are struggling with breast cancer. The event was the annual Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation’s fundraising walks and runs held in three towns. In perfect weather, adults and children used strong muscles and high spirits to raise $106,700 for breast cancer treatment and education, many of them banding together in sizeable teams. Middleburg topped the list, with $46,266 in pledges to the foundation. An enthusiastic crowd of supporters received a warm welcome from Middleburg Mayor Betsy Davis and Sen. Jill Vogel (R-17). About 300 individuals participated, 90 of them from Foxcroft School. Students and staff members raised $1,875, an amount that was matched by a former parent, Marcy Harris. Middleburg Academy also sent a team. Leesburg’s venue was at Morven Park, where 410 participants got a great send off from Mayor Kristen Umstattd as she helped cut the pink ribbon and sent them on their way. The runners raised $33,766, cheered on their quest by a WINC-FM on-site broad-

cast. That area race also sported large teams, including 100-plus-runners from Dr. Behz Parva’s Leesburg practice and more than 70 Shari’s Soldiers, who came out to support breast cancer fighter Shari LeTour, whose daughter and the two daughters of the late Kelly Plunkett of Ashburn joined Umstattd in cutting the ribbon. In Fauquier, 190 participants and sponsors raised $26,600 for the event. Fauquier Hospital generated a large team on the Greenway Trail. Mayor George Fitch welcomed the group before running the race himself. Breast cancer “warriors” Lynne Markley and Foundation Vice-Chair Mary Jo Jackson did the honors in cutting the pink ribbon. Another generous sponsor, Panera Bread, contributed bagels for runners and committed to raise money for the entire month of October for the foundation. Sponsorships amounted to $85,500 of the $106,800 total, led by Grand Sponsor Middleburg Bank, and Applied Knowledge Group, the Weissberg Corporation, Creighton Farms and Times Community News. Twenty-one other companies, foundations and individuals raised amounts ranging from $1,000 to $2,500.

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Unison Celebrates Landmark Designation The freak October snowstorm didn’t freeze out the Unison’s annual community celebration Oct. 30, particularly as the occasion marked the success of a five-year effort to create the Unison Battlefield historic district, which has been placed on the state register and by year’s end should be recognized as a national historic district as well. With snow falling outside making for slick conditions outside, a small groups of area residents, preservation supporters and history buffs gathered at the Unison United Methodist Church to dedicate three new

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the Philomont Store, depicts the arrival of Gen. Pleasanton in the area Nov. 1, where he forced 22 male residents into the Roszell Chapel Methodist Church to take the Oath of Loyalty to the United States Government before clashing with Confederate troops coming up from Unison. The second, “Truly Frightful,” sign, placed at the church, depicts the violent confrontation that disturbed the Sunday morning congregation Nov. 2, while the “Foiling the Trap” sign near Upperville describes Stuart’s eventual escape Nov. 3

Paul Hoge discusses ongoing efforts to preserve the Unison area during the Oc. 30 dedication of three new Civil War Trails markers.

Civil War Trail signs just prior to the annual Unison Heritage Day events throughout the village. It was in that same church Nov. 2, 1862 where worshippers were startled from their devotions by the sound of cannon fire approaching the village. The resulting battle in the village was described by an aide to Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart as “truly frightful,” as he recalled furious flames, dense volumes of smoke and terror and confusion all around. The signs feature with maps and photographs of the battlefield and have been placed at key locations during in the threeday battle that saw Stuart execute a skillful series of stalls and retreats in a successful delaying tactic against a vastly superior Union force, led by Gen. Alfred Pleasanton, sent to cut off Gen. Robert E. Lee’s retreat to Richmond after the Battle of Antietam. “In the Wake of Antietam,” placed at

southward via Ashby Gap as he and his troops fled to safety and reinforcements after their line was breached by the Union forces. The signs were provided by the Civil War Trails Foundation, and paid for by Visit Loudoun, which bore half the cost of the signs, with the remainder split between the Childs Burden Foundation and the Lincoln Preservation Association. The dedication featured remarks by Burden, president of the Mosby Area Heritage Area Association; Patrick Kaler, CEO of Visit Loudoun; and Unison residents Paul Hodge and Mitch Diamond, who were instrumental in leading the push to gain battlefield designation for the previously little known battle. Today, the grounds are recognized as being among the nation’s best preserved battlegrounds.


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Gala & Four-In-Hand Coaching Celebrate Opening of National Sporting Library’s Museum By Lauren R. Giannini For Middleburg Life The festivities for the opening of the National Sporting Library’s Museum took place Oct. 7-9, a long weekend attended by glitterati and highlighted by elegance, glamour and timeless beauty. More than 20 coaches and park drags, many priceless antiques, from all over North America gathered at the Upperville Horse Show grounds with teams of four horses for the third in a series of coaching events organized to raise funds for the NSLM. They embarked on planned drives from Friday to Sunday, traversing the incomparable countryside via back roads, north and south of the John Mosby Highway. Long brass horns tootled distinctive medleys that announced a coach’s arrival in the tradition of the olden days when the primary mode of transportation was actual horsepower on the hoof. Saturday was the big day, all things considered. The four-in-hands paraded under the oaks in front of the grandstand at the Upperville show grounds. A crowd of spectators was entertained by the sight and the background and history of coaching and particulars about each participant, thanks to scripts composed by Douglas Kemmerer, a local enthusiast and whip (driver). The four-in-hands passed by the grandstand twice before heading down the road to the historical estate of Llangollen for an al fresco luncheon. Guests re-grouped later that afternoon to arrive at the NSLM campus where they toured the nluestrian clothing who were stationed in the various exhibit rooms. It was a triumphant moment, to say the least. Executive Director Rick Stoutamyer had monitored every step of the construction of the museum, which was designed by Virginia architect Hardee Johnson to incorporate the original Vine Hill mansion that dates to 1804. Vine Hill had housed both the Chronicle of the Horse and the early library founded in 1954 by the late George L. Ohrstrom Sr. and Alexander Mackay-Smith. Their mission to preserve, share and promote the literature, art and culture of equestrian and field sports had come to full brilliant fruition in this newest addition to the NSL campus. F. Turner Reuter Jr. curated the exhibit, Afield in America: 400 Years of Animal and Sporting Art, which consists of more than 150 painting and sculptures on loan from Continued On Page 12

Above: One of the four-inhands rounds the driveway in front of Llangollen for the festive luncheon. Left: Mrs. Jacqueline Ohrstrom of The Plains and her five-in-hand of Hackney ponies hitched to a Park Drag. Photo by Lauren R Giannini


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private collectors and museums. More than 400 guests of the NSLM Gala enjoyed their preview of the works of Bierstadt, Audubon, Remington, Homer and Troye, as well as those of less-known artists. The combined effect illustrated how American animal and sporting artists evolved a unique national style, which was addressed in the lavishly illustrated catalog, replete with scholarly essays, making it an ideal keepsake or stocking stuffer for sporting art enthusiasts.

In his welcome to the gala’s guests, Manuel H. Johnson, chairman of the board, observed: “It is quite an accomplishment to create an environment that preserves historic works of art and reflects the character it seeks to protect.” The gala itself was a work of art, mastercrafted Virginia Fout, who flew in from Los Angeles where she runs V Productions and shows amateur owner hunters. One of Fout’s special touches involved greeting guests with champagne after they previewed the new museum and followed the short walk west to the turreted tents housing the gala. Fout and the gala co-chairs, Jacqueline

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At The Gala Clockwise from top left: Mary and Manuel H. Johnson, chairman of the NSLM board; NSLM board member and hosts of the carriage luncheon at LLangollen, Donald P.Brennan and Pat Brennan; Danielle Kazmier and Ronald M. Bradley; Misia Broadhead; F. Turner Reuter, Jr., guest curator and NSLM board member, and Jacqueline B. Mars, vice chairman of the board and gala co-chairman. Photos courtesy of National Sporting Library and Museum. Photos by Nate Jensen at

B. Mars, vice chairman of the board, and Anjela Guarriello, exercised exquisite attention to detail: from the black, white and silver décor to brilliantly colored bouquets to the images and shadow boxes. The multi-course meal was orchestrated with delightful paired wines. Dinner was followed by a fund-raising auction conducted by C. Hugh Hildesley of Sotheby’s for an African Temptations Safari. The Gene Donati Orchestra provided music for dining and for dancing when the guests cut some fancy figures until the magical evening came to an end. The NSLM Gala weekend concluded

with another coaching drive that followed a special route through Rokeby, the estate of the late Paul Mellon, who would be thrilled with the expansions to the “campus” of the National Sporting Library and Museum. Hopes run high that it will make educational history, luring people to Middleburg to feast on its unique offerings of literature, art, sport and rural lifestyles. The inaugural museum exhibit will be open to the public until January 14, 2012. Admission is free. For information, to arrange for groups, to secure a docent-guided tour, please visit:

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Schools • Schools Awarded ENERGY STAR: Thirtyeight Loudoun County Public Schools buildings have been awarded the 2011 ENERGY STAR label by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the School Board announced at its meeting Tuesday. Among the honored facilities is Middleburg Elementary, which opened in 1911 and is one of the school system’s oldest schools. ENERGY STAR is a national symbol of energy efficiency. A building that earns an ENERGY STAR award uses less energy than 75 percent of similar buildings in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey. Since the beginning of the ENERGY STAR program in 1993, the school system has saved $42 million, which is equivalent to the cost of the county’s newest school J. Michael Lunsford Middle School, according to the school system’s Energy Education Specialist John Lord. The number of LCPS facilities honored by ENERGY STAR has grown consistently. In 2008, six schools and one support office were honored, which expanded to 23 schools and one support office in 2009 and 36 in 2010. • School Board Sets 2012-13 Calendar: Loudoun students will continue to get a break from the books on Columbus Day, but will still be required to be in school the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the newly approved calendar for the 2012-13 school year shows. Loudoun School Board unanimously voted to adopt the 194-day calendar at its regular meeting Tuesday. The board was expected to approve the calendar weeks ago, but School Board member Bob Ohneiser (Broad Run) proposed a second calendar option that would make Columbus Day, Oct. 8, 2012, a school day and extend the school year by one day to make June 7, 2013 a school day, which would allow for the entire week of Thanksgiving off. The board voted to table the decision for two weeks to get input from the community. Board members said they were pleasantly surprised at the overwhelming response, saying they received hundreds of emails and calls about the calendar options. School Board Chairman John Stevens (Potomac) said most preferred to keep the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving school days and keep Columbus Day a holiday. Several families said they were concerned about their children having nine days with no instruction. Before the final vote, Ohneiser offered another amendment that would change Nov. 5, which is a day set aside for parent-teacher conferences, to a school day and extend the end of the school year by one day to again allow for a full week off for Thanksgiving. The amendment did not receive a second. Ohneiser later said he appreciated the board taking a couple of extra weeks to

seek more feedback from students, parents and school staff, and his vote would follow what the community asked for. • Foxcroft School Opens Campus For Admissions Days: Foxcroft School invites the public to see what a typical day at the girls boarding and day school is like. The school will host four Admission Day Festivals—Friday, Nov. 11; Friday, Dec. 9; and Monday, Jan. 16—at the campus, 22407 Foxhound Lane near Middleburg. Prospective students will be paired with a student hostess to attend classes and meals. They will also have an opportunity to ask questions to a student panel, get a campus tour and set up admission interviews. Parents will have the opportunity to ask questions to a panel made up of Foxcroft students and administrators, and visit classes. To register for one of the admissions days, call 540-687-4340 or visit • 18 Foxcroft Students Named AP Scholars: Eighteen Foxcroft School students—nearly one-third of the 55 who took Advanced Placement Exams last May—earned AP Scholar designation from the College Board for exceptional achievement on the Advanced Placement Program Exams. This is the eighth consecutive year in which Foxcroft has seen the number of AP Scholars reach double digits. Worldwide, only 18 percent of the 1.9 million 2011 AP test-takers performed well enough to be recognizes. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. Eight members of last spring’s graduating class qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award status by achieving an average of at least 3.5 (out of 5) on all the AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of the tests. They are: Margaret Brown of Boyce, who attends the University of Virginia; Jordan Cline (Middleburg, St. John’s College in Annapolis); Amy Ho (Hong Kong, New York University); Sohee Kim (South Korea, University of California at Berkeley); Tess Mackey (Alexandria, The College of William & Mary); Lida Xu (China, Wake Forest University); Isabel Zhang (China, UCLA); and Erica Zhou (Katy, TX, Georgetown University). Three were named AP Scholars with Honor for achieving an average of 3.25 on all the AP exams they took and scores of 3 or higher on four or more tests. They were 2011 graduates Jae Yeon Ham (South Korea; University of Pennsylvania); Eva Moss (New Zealand, Sewanee: University of the South); and Arabella Myers (Winchester; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and University). • PCF Awards Education Grants: Two Warren-

ton-based early childhood educational programs focusing on under-served children have been the main beneficiaries of a pair of grants awarded by the Piedmont Community Foundation of Middleburg serving Loudoun and Fauquier counties. A grant totaling $900 from the PCF’s Frederick L. Spencer Jr. Memorial Fund was awarded to The American Children of SCORE, an organization that includes among its goals to provide affordable and age appropriate music and movement instruction to children regardless of their ability to pay. The grant funds were used to provide musical education training for one of the instructors for a Fauquier County Head Start program that includes more than 130 participants. With the funds, the teacher, Ruth Hernandez, also the Head Start diversity manager, was able to attend a Level One training program at George Mason University. The second grant of $750 was awarded to the Fauquier Community Action Committee’s Bright Stars Early Childhood program that currently serves 18 four-year-old children whose families’ incomes are below the federal poverty guidelines. The Bright Stars program was created by the Virginia General Assembly’s Preschool Initiative with a mission to “provide a quality early childhood education for economically disadvantaged four year olds in Fauquier County.” The program has served more than 90 families since its inception in 2006. • Russell Ranks In Race: Alexis Russell of Leesburg, a ninth-grade student at Wakefield School in The Plains and a member of its Varsity Girls’ Cross Country team, finished 29th out of 135 runners in the Octoberfest Race held at Great Meadow in The Plains Oct. 1. Wakefield’s five-member girls’ team was undefeated in the Delaney Athletic Conference. • Wakefield School Seniors Commended: Isabelle Byers of The Plains was among three Wakefield seniors were named Commended Students in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended Students represent the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2012 competition by taking the 2010 PSATs. Isabelle, a “lifer” at Wakefield, also is a nationally recognized soccer player who has represented Virginia in U.S competitions and the U.S. in international play. She has been recruited to play for Princeton University after her graduation from Wakefield. Other Wakefield School seniors receiving the Commended Student distinction for 2012 are Ciara Hutchison and Trevor Newman, both of Warrenton. Both Hutchison and Newman attended Virginia Governor’s School programs this past summer, Hutchison in the Humanities program held at Radford University, and Newman in the Mathematics, Science, and Technology program at Lynchburg College. • Middleburg Academy Launches New Website: The Middelburg Academy is inviting residents it learn more about Loudoun County’s only independent, coeducational, college pre-

paratory high school through its re-designed website: In addition to portraying a diverse student body, a highly dedicated and credentialed teaching staff, and the school’s beautiful 90-acre setting, the site describes—often through firsthand student, alumni, and faculty accounts—a close-knit learning community emphasizing individual attention, mutual respect and kindness, and outstanding academic challenge and achievement. Web viewers can also learn more about the school’s 100 percent college acceptance rate, its college-level AP and Dual Enrollment courses, a performing and visual arts program that includes architectural drawing, and nineteen interscholastic sports offerings that encourage broad participation (through a no-cut policy) and outstanding results. “Middleburg Academy,” says Dr. Ronald P. Sykes, Interim Head of School, “is dedicated not just to academic excellence, but to building the character and civic understanding necessary to a full and productive life in the 21st century. We believe that everything we do within the school should be intentional, according to this vision.”  Adds Director of Admissions, Charles Britton: “We believe our new site is as vibrant and welcoming as the school itself. We warmly encourage families throughout the region to discover all that Middleburg Academy has to offer, first, by visiting our new website, and then, by visiting us in person.” Middleburg Academy’s website was designed in consultation with F1 Computer Solutions of Warrenton. • Powhatan School Second Graders Mining for Gems: In conjunction with Powhatan School’s second graders’ study of rocks, the students will participate in a mining experience Nov. 4. Tim’s Gems Mobile Mine will be coming to Powhatan School from Frederick, MD. Each student will receive a bucket of mining rough enriched with gems and fossils from all over the world. They will pour some sand into a screen box and swish it in the water. As the water washes away the mine rough, the gemstones and fossils will reveal their colors and shapes. In addition to the gems they find, the students will also receive a gem chart to help them identify their treasures. • Wakefield School Plans Open House: Wakefield School in The Plains will hold an Admission Open House at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11. The program will provide prospective families with the opportunity to meet current students, parents, and faculty members, have a tour of the school, and hear a presentation from the headmaster. For questions, call the Admission Office at 540-253-7600. To RSVP, please email Visitors are encouraged to attend Wakefield Theatre’s Friday night performance of Dracula at 7 p.m. One free admission ticket will be given to every family attending the Open House.


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Set atop Blue Ridge Mountain, this month’s featured property – “Wildwood” – features views to the east that include the Bull Run Mountains and the vast open space and horse farms of the region. Set on 117 acres, Wildwood is a very special place for those seeking privacy and the room to enjoy the great outdoors. Set in western Loudoun County, close to Upperville and Paris, hunting, hiking, trail riding, birding, entertaining and relaxing are yours for the taking. There is no shortage of wildlife here; common sightings include whitetail deer, red and gray foxes, black bears, raccoons, possum, rabbits, squirrels and skunks. The Shenandoah River is less than 10 minutes away, providing the opportunity to enjoy fishing, canoeing, tubing or, when warmer weather returns, swimming. And the home is just a short distance from dozens of exciting wineries and vineyards, along with world-class equestrian facilities and several fine-dining establishments. The property currently is on the market, listed at $1,500,000 by Joyce Gates of Long & Foster Real Estate. Alternately, the house, barn and 22 acres are listed at $750,000, and 95 acres of land (only) can be purchased for $815,000. Easily accessed from Routes 7 and 50, the property has several hundred feet of paved frontage on a designated “Virginia

Scenic Road,” and is only an hour from Washington, D.C. The possibilities are endless for this private retreat. The stylish main house was constructed in 1966, marking an early example of contemporary styling in Hunt Country, and was fully updated in 2009. It is surrounded by lovely mature trees, including poplar, walnut, red oak and cherry. The home itself has a spacious entry and an open floor plan, and easily can be styled to an individual’s personal interior taste. The living room features beamed and vaulted ceilings and parquet flooring, and shares a wood-burning fireplace with the family room, which is a few steps down on the main level. The kitchen has granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, double ovens, an eating bar, wood flooring and sliding-glass doors that lead to the rear flagstone patio and detached deck. Another highlight of the main level is

the home office, which also works as a bedroom, providing maximum versatility. The master suite, located on the second level, is large and features a dual-entry bathroom with Jacuzzi tub and separate shower, two vanities, a large dressing area and walk-in closet. Two additional bedrooms, sharing a full bath, complete the second level. The partial basement rounds out the interior space. Additional features of the property include a large barn or workshop (with electric power); a huge, multi-level detached deck; flagstone patios; accent lighting; and a two-car garage. The home is equipped with a backup, wood-burning furnace and a generator, and there are three wells installed and three septic sites pending approval. The entire 117 acres have been placed in a conservation easement, with one subdivision allowed and a total of four dwell-

ings permitted. Elegance, grace and serenity abound in this exceptional property. 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: 20634 Blue Ridge Mountain Road, Paris (20130). Listed at: Entire property offered at $1,500,000 and listed by Joyce Gates, Long & Foster Real Estate (540) 7717544. The house, barn and 22 acres can be purchased for $750,000, or 95 acres (land only can be purchased for $815,000.)

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Exquisite details throughout this incredible 12 bedroom Georgian Revival manor home built in 1936. Situated on over 370 acres. This lovely home boasts a Reception Hall and a white Carrara marble Flying Staircase accessing 3 levels. Over 1/2 mile of Rappahannock River frontage, spectacular views, springs, ponds and rolling pasture

Steeped in Piedmont Hunt History, the land and manor home of Clifton Farm is understated elegance. As one crests the knoll of the long winding drive the home sits nestled in its own protected environment of 415 acres of some of the most beautifully open and rolling land. Tremendous Easement Potential. $9,850,000

199 acres in the heart of the Orange County Hunt Territory s 5 Bedroom Georgian Manor sFormal living and dining rooms houses s Solarium s Pools c.1801 Patent house, 2 tenant Horse facilities include an indoor arena with 13 stalls, paddocks and fields with run-ins. & apartment and pond. In a VOF Conservation Easement. $6,500,000

Custom Built English style stone/stucco 3-story home s4 Bedrooms, Large Master, In-law suite with separate entrance sSlate Roof, Game Room, Theatre, Study, Custom Kitchen, 4 Stone Fireplaces sExtensive Horse Facilities s18 Stall Barn s2 Stall Barn s14 Paddocks sLarge Ring. $6,500,000





Awe-inspiring Federal manor home on 200+ acres outside of Paris s 4 Bedrooms s 4 ½ Baths s 12 ½‘ Ceilings s 25’ columns s Original Millwork and Authentic Hardware Throughout s 8 Original Fireplace Mantels s Professional Equestrian Facilities s Carriage House s Manager’s Cabin s Complete renovation in 2006 s Stunning views and more $4,250,000

Circa 1878 sExquisite brick Victorian on 52 open acres near Middleburg sElegant Dining Room sFormal Living Room s12' Ceilings s4 Levels sGreat Mountain Views sBeautiful Stable with 1 Bedroom Apartment sRun-In Sheds sOut Buildings and more. $3,950,000

c.1845 listed on National Register of Historic Places. Exquisite stone and stucco Greek Revival country estate surrounded by beautiful gardens on 98 acres sGrand entrance foyer opening into double drawing room s Pool with 2 Bedroom Pool Houses 2 Bedroom Guest Cottage s Magnificent views $3,950,000

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. $3,034,000





Middleburg/Upperville sUnique Italianate-Palladian inspired villa sBuilt by Architect/Owner s4,600+ sq ft stucco home s4 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths s2 Master Suites s20’ Ceilings s10’ French Doors sTerra Cotta Tile Floors sFireplace sFormal Gardens sCourtyard sPool sPergola sGuesthouse. $2,975,000

Outstanding equestrian training facility. 111 acres in 3 parcels includes regulation polo field, cross country courses, outdoor ring, indoor arena, 5/8 mile track, 3-acre lake for swimming, stabling for 50 horses in 3 barns, 20 paddocks, main house/office, tenant house, 2 apart$2,500,000 ments.

Exquisite Colonial on secluded 25 acres. 4 Bedroom, 4 Baths4 Fireplacess Pine floors, Living Room, Dining Room, Family Room, Study & Gourmet Kitchens Charming 2 Bedroom Guest Houses Free Form Pools 4 Stall Barn,5 Paddockss Blue Stone ArenasEquipment Shed. $2,195,000

Beautifully restored and enlarged, circa 1800 log and clapboard home in a tranquil setting on 29+ acres. 3 Bedrooms, 3 ½ baths, pool, 4 stall bank barn, 2 ponds, stone walls, stone terrace and perennial gardens reminiscent of Williamsburg. 3 parcels. $1,700,000

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CLIFTON LAND - 126.11 acres of mostly open, verdant land in great location, just north of Upperville with pastures and views of the Blue Ridge. Fully fenced, multiple home sites, tributary Pantherskin Creek. Ideal for easement potential and could benefit from excellent tax credits. Piedmont Hunt. $3,600,000 THE PLAINS 283+ ares of rolling land with incredible views is all directions sFrontage on Zulla Road or Rock Hill Mill s Great location with one home and several large barns and plenty of stalls sVery private setting sTax credit incentives. $28,000/acre 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 NEAR THE PLAINS - 142 acres. Great location South of The Plains. Mostly wooded with views. $1,400,000

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 POTTS MILL - Middleburg. 316 acres with frontage on Little River sOpen 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



Rappahannock County~Beautiful 3 Bedroom Brick Colonial home on 25 acres with tremendous views s Very private s 10'ceilings on 1st floor, 9'ceilings on 2nd s Great Kitchen with Island s Six-foot Windows s Elegant Floor Plan s Mud Room sBasement  s Two Bay Garage s Easy to maintain  sNice Elevations Very well built $995,000

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 storageopen to 4 paddocks with automatic waterers. Great rideout in prime Piedmont Hunt $955,000

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HALFWAY ROAD - Orange County Hunt. Beautiful 13.38 parcel of land on Halfway Road in The Plains, Virginia. Fenced field, pond and run-in shed. Approx. half of the property is in mature trees in land use with Fauquier County. $550,000

Warrenton Hunt Country s493 acres in Open Space Easement sRolling land with good air drainage sPerfect for grapes/vineyard s1830’s Manor Home s2 Tenant Houses s39 Acre Lake Site sDairy Barn sStables sMachine Shed sWoodland Trails sHuge Specimen Oaks. $5,950,000

Near Middleburg sBeautiful Brick Georgian style home built in the mid 19th century on 165 acres s7 Bedrooms, 8 Full Baths, 2 Half Baths s double Parlor/Living Room, Paneled Library, Dining Room sPool s4 Bedroom Tenant House s9 Stall StablesConservation EasementsPiedmont Hunt. $4,995,000


Exquisite Georgian Manor home built in 2005. Approx. 7300 sq. ft. of finished living space on upper two levels. Luxurious owner’s suite. Lower level with 9’ ceilings & windows ready to be finished. Elevator to all three levels. Beautiful formal gardens and guest house. 101 $2,950,000 Acre estate in the Warrenton Hunt.


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 $2,750,000

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A beautiful 1919 Virginia farmhouse. 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 2 Fireplaces, 1 Woodstove, Master on the first floor, Vibrant Gardens, Board Fencing, and Great Views sSituated on 105 acres s5 Stall Barn with Tack Room, and Machine Shop, 4 Bays for Equipment sOrange County Hunt Territory. $1,600,000

50 mostly open and elevated acres with fantastic views to the south and to the east toward Great Meadow with several home sites on a quiet country road just outside of the quaint village of The Plains. Orange County $1,160,000 Hunt Territory.



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. $770,000

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

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Thomas Hagenbuch

Thomas “Tommy” Hagenbuch, 79, died Oct. 8 at his home in Leesburg. He is survived by his wife of 59 years Marian “Dolly” Grimes Hagenbuch; daughters Kathy and her husband John Thorne of Chicago, IL, Pam and her husband Chris Bastin of Swansboo, NC; son, Ricky and his wife Kathy Hagenbuch of Aldie; grandchildren Beth Thorne and Billy Thorne of Chicago, IL, Stacey Bastin and Christie Bastin of Swansboro, NC, and Tyler Hagenbuch of Aldie; and sisters Anne Grimes of Colonia Heights and Doris “Dick” Grimes and husband Shirley Grimes of Leesburg. Services were held Oct. 13 at the Colonial Funeral Home in Leesburg. Burial with military honors was at Hillsboro Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Evercare Hospice, 12018 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 400, Reston, VA 20191.

Charles Thomas Hoovler

Charles “Chuck” Thomas Hoovler, 80, died Sept. 28. He was born June 22, 1931, in White Plains, NY, to Mary Alicia Sweeney and Carmen Livingston Hoovler. He also was predeceased by his brothers William Sweeney Hoovler, Carmen Livingston “Mike” Hoovler Jr. and Robert, who died in infancy. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Wilma Avery Hoovler; his two sisters-in-law Marian and Rose Hoovler; three daughters and their spouses: Cynthia Leigh Hair and William Harding Hair Jr., of Warrenton, Karen Anita Crane and Michael Riggs Crane, of Delray Beach, FL, and Shelley Lynn Payne and George Latham Payne Jr., of Keswick.; grandchildren: Avery Myers Shepherd and fiancé William Collins Hughes, Wesley Livingston Hall, Lauren Alicia Hair, Austin Thomas Payne and Marshall Latham Payne; and great-grandson William Collins Hughes Jr. Although born in New York, he moved to Virginia as a young boy and quickly adopted his new state and became a true “Virginia Gentleman.” Chuck served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation ordnanceman and a tail gunner in Attack Squadron 175 on the USS Roosevelt, USS Coral Sea, and USS Midway from 1948 to 1952. Following his service he

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attended the College of William & Mary, graduating in three years with a BA in Economics in 1956. Following graduation, he joined Communications, Inc. with his two brothers. He and his brother Bill continued the business and went on to create Ancom, Inc. and BCH, Inc., of Arlington. In 1985, after the sale of Communications, Inc., he embarked on his second career, bringing his business skills, humor and energy to numerous organizations and foundations. This included: the Virginia Gold Cup Association, executive board member, and director of traffic/security for both The Virginia Gold Cup and The International Gold Cup Races; The Meadows Outdoor Foundation (now Great Meadow Foundation) of The Plains, board member; The Fauquier Club of Warrenton, board member; the Kiwanis Club of Arlington, member; the Fauquier County Economic Development Commission, chairman; and Lord Fairfax Community College, board member, where he was instrumental in establishing full accreditation for community college courses allowing students to transfer into Virginia public universities. Hoovler For many years, one of his most beloved pastimes was serving as Ringmaster for the Warrenton Pony Show, the Warrenton Horse Show and the Upperville Colt and Horse Show. He especially enjoyed the breeding classes and Warrenton’s Hunt Night. As a landowner and longtime supporter of the Orange County Hunt, he volunteered at their annual events, including the Team Chase in the fall and the Point to Point in the spring. He also was a strong supporter of the Middleburg Orange County Pony Club and the MOC Beagles. His greatest passion was serving as a trustee of Glenwood Park in Middleburg. Under his guidance and management, he and his fellow trustee made multiple improvements to the race course, including new buildings, turf management and historic tree preservation, making Glenwood a favorite venue among steeplechasing’s jockeys, trainers, owners and spectators. The most significant of their land conservation achievements was placing the racecourse into perpetual conservation easement so it will be available for future generations. His perseverance with this significant achievement was recognized by multiple organizations, including, the Town of Middleburg, the Piedmont Environmental Council, and the County of Loudoun. Given this lifetime of service, he received numerous awards and commendations, including the 2002 Warrenton Horse Show Gilman Volunteer Award, the 2005 Piedmont Environmental Council Conservation Volunteer Award, a Meritorious Recognition Award from the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office for Outstanding Contributions to Public Safety, the 1985 Medallion of Recognition from Lord Fairfax Community College and the 1989 Great Meadow Volunteer of the Year. Services were held Oct. 6 at Glenwood Park in Middleburg. Memorial contributions may be made to Glenwood Park Trust, PO Box 467, Middleburg, VA 20118.

Mark Eadon Smith

Mark Eadon Smith died Oct. 14 at his residence in Paris. He lived in Clarke and Loudoun counties for 27 years where he and his wife published the regional magazine Novascope and developed the publishing house and design advertising agency Lost Mountain Graphics. Lost Mountain Graphics continues to be a part of the Loudoun County business community and its main offices have been located in Middleburg since 1987. He was born July 24,1957, in Hollywood, CA, and spent most of his childhood in that state. He attended the University of the South and then Florida Atlantic University, where he met his future wife. He married and moved to Virginia in 1984. His artistic talent, creativity, humor, and gentle spirit will be missed by all who knew him. His artistic gifts were the central talent that he brought to the many clients and projects that Lost Mountain produced through the years. He was one of the most outstanding designers in the region in publishing and graphics. His creativity also extended to painting in oils and watercolors, writing, editing books and other publications, and noteworthy golf shots on the local courses. Mark and his wife Joy have loved their many years in Virginia and are deeply grateful for the friendships and many activities they have enjoyed in the local and regional communities over the years. He is survived by his wife and business partner Joy Hursey Schwab Smith; mother Dale Eadon Smith; sisters Melissa Smith Dittrich and Michelle Smith Santarelli; and stepchildren Mindy Schwab Olowin, Debbie Schwab Simpson, and Perry Jon Schwab. He was preceded in death by his father Frank Arnold Smith. A memorial service was held on Oct. 17 at Lost Mountain Graphics in Middleburg. The Mark Eadon Smith Memorial Fund is being established; for more information please call Lost Mountain Graphics at 540-687-3314.


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21182 FOXCROFT RD, MIDDLEBURG, VA 20117 $4,700,000 Historic Valley View Farm (c. 1762) is located at Swedenburg Vineyard. 128 private, rolling acres. Complete vineyard to include a Wine Tasting Room & Vinifere grapevines. Beautiful Stone Manor, built prior to the Revolutionary War, with a large pond & caretaker home built in 2007 w/2BR & 2 BA. Working farm for over 240 yrs raising crops & live stock

$5,200,000 Est. 1755. This historic estate of Waverly in the mists of hunt county is one of the oldest plantations around Middleburg. Piedmont Vineyards w/barns, tasting room w/fireplace, large dairy barn and 3 tenant home on the property. Great location and income producing farm. The manor home has been upgraded with new kitchen additions and boasts pool w/stone pool houses & multiple ponds.


23595 WINERY LN, MIDDLEBURG, VA 20117 $549,900 Beautiful home on more than 1.5 private, treed acres. HWD floors throughout. ML has a large 1st floor MBR. Bright, sunny FR off of the kit with a gas fireplace. On the UL you will find 2 more large BR & a FB. Upstairs deck off BR. LL has its own kitchen, large bedroom and full bath and an additional room for an office/ den. Lower level walks out to its own private patio.

$2,899,922 Gorgeous country estate on 40 ac. of rolling hills. Outdoor living at its best; inground pool w/slate decking and summer kitchen. 6 stall barn, tack room, drive-in tractor barn & riding ring. Additional 2 BR 2 BA tenant house located on the property. Original home updated and added to. Features include, gourmet kit. w/granite, cherry cabinets, large 1st flr MBR. 4th floor hideaway w/gas fpl & wet bar.

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2011 has been a remarkable year for internationally known artist Yuri Gorbachev, filled with many great honors, awards and invitations to explore his unique talent in expansive creative ways. There is a new museum that has collected his work, a ballet company that has commissioned his designs, and a vodka company using Yuri’s painting as a label whose promotion is circling the globe in duty free airport boutiques. The folkloric charm of his classically Russian inspired art resonates worldwide with an appreciation of his paintings and magical imagery. The jewel like palette, the high gloss of his deeply enameled surfaces and joyful expression of fairytale subjects makes his work both instantly lovable and recognizable. The Byrne Gallery applauds his lifetime achievements and looks forward to celebrating these wonderful events from 2011 with a celebratory exhibit showcasing his recent museum paintings. In addition, this event coincides with The Byrne Gallery’s 16th anniversary year. The gallery began exhibiting Gorbachev ‘s vivid oil and enamel paintings in 2004 and now welcomes him back for his eighth one-person show. New paintings from his 2011 museum exhibits in New York and On the Arts both St. Petersburg will be featured and a special reception to honor him and this landmark anniversary will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. The exhibition is open to the public with an rsvp to the Gallery at (540) 687-6986 since a large crowd is anticipated. Gorbachev was delighted to learn that his painting Czar Nikolai Alexandrovich With His Family, 50 x 66 inches, 1996, was selected for the permanent collection of the State Museumof Russian Art in St Petersburg. Often called The Russian Museum, it is the largest and mostimportant collection of Russian art in the world. A spotlight on his body of work occurred at the end of 2010, when he was given a prestigious one man show and retrospective at the State Museum of City Sculpture in St. Petersburg. During the exhibition this painting was displayed and received wide acclaim. More than 30,000 people viewed his artwork. Now, as a result of this exhibit, his masterpiece Czar Nikolai Alexandrovich With His Family will be placed in the Russian Museum’s Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Russian art section among such great artists as Wassily Kandinsky, Pyotr Konchalovsky, Pyotr Kuznetsov, Kazimir Malevich, Vladimir Tatlin, Robert Falk, Pavel Filonov and Marc Chagall. The inclusion of this painting in The Russian Museum is a major step in Gorbachev’s artistic career. This achievement places him among the pantheon of contemporary Russian artists. The Russian Museum often has traveling exhibitions of its collections in Paris, London, New York and major museums worldwide providing people from various


nations accessibility to Yuri’s unique style of painting. In his exhibition at the Byrne Gallery, he will include some paintings from the Romanov Dynasty series in this exhibition, which are similar in subject matter and quality to the one selected by the Russian Museum. He began this collection of paintings in 1991 and continues today. This is the first time that these paintings will be exhibited in a private gallery since they have been shown only in museums until this time. This year has been an exciting and productive year for Gorbachev. He was commissioned by Stolichnaya to create a new elite bottle and label called Four Elements by Yuri Gorbachev. His painting Four Elements provided the inspiration for the new bottle and label and has been advertised and promoted worldwide. It has become popular and has been featured at airport events moving from Beirut to London to various European airports and coming to the United States shortly. He will have the new Stolichnaya bottles on display at the Byrne Gallery exhibition on display. In the tradition of Absolut Vodka’s creative advertising campaigns using cultural icons like Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Gorbachev himself for their famous campaigns to promote their brand, Stolichnaya Vodka did a series of Christmas campaigns with his paintings as advertisements in the 1990s and have again chosen Gorbachev to represent their brand by designing their new label for Stolichnaya Red Vodka, Four Elements by Yuri Gorbachev. Michel Roux, the former CEO of Carillon Importers, distributors of Absolut and then Stolichnaya Vodka in the United States, described Yuri Gorbachev as “…the Angel from Russia. He brings out whatever is good from there. The spirit, the subject matter, and the colors of his work-profound in their simplicityexemplify what Russia is all about.” The Odessa National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet and the Kiev Opera and Ballet Theatre, both famous worldwide for their splendid operas and ballets, and for the beauty of the theatres themselves, have asked Gorbachev to be the main artist/designer of costumes, sets, and all decorations for the ballets Firebird, which is so quintessentially Russian in its themes and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring which of course was made legendary by the great Russian dancer Vaslav Nijinsky in the early 1900s. Each ballet will be one act and the ballet company will travel around the world to be seen in places like New York, London, Paris, Madrid, China, Singapore etc. The ballets will take place in 2013. The Byrne Gallery show begins Nov. 9 and continues through the holidays until Dec. 31. The gallery is located at 7 W. Washington St. in Middleburg. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays are by appointment. 540-687-6986 or email


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Longview Lane

Wood Hill

Middleburg, Virginia • $7,500,000

Delaplane, Virginia • $4,950,000

Middleburg, Virginia • $3,300,000

164 acres in Orange County Hunt • Main house of stone construction • 4 bedrooms plus an in-law suite • Pool • Tennis court • 20 stall center aisle stable • Farm office • 1/16 mile indoor track • Guest house • Also available on 264 acres for $10,500,000 Paul MacMahon (703) 609-1905

Circa 1889 manor home • Completely redesigned and reconstructed • Exposed beams, solid mahogany doors and windows • Antique fireplaces • Reclaimed choice hardwoods and limestone foyer • Incomparable views • 15 manicured acres Ann MacMahon (540) 687-5588

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

The Moorings

1780 Quaker Barn

Lions Lane

Millwood, Virginia • $1,500,000

Philomont, Virginia • $1,495,000

Boyce, Virginia • $1,390,000

Excellent location and setting • Very private • 78+/- acres • Beautiful views of the Blue Ridge • Graceful Arts and Crafts home, ca. 1915, high on a gentle hill • 4 BR, 4 BA, sleeping porches, wrap around porch • Pool • HarTru tennis court • Three stalls • Strong creek Tom Cammack (540) 247-5408

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

109 mountain top acres • Unbelievable western views • Hunters’ paradise • 3 bedrooms • 2 fireplaces • Gourmet kitchen • 3 car garage • Energy efficient Paul MacMahon (703) 609-1905

Keepsake Farm


Lime Kiln Road

The Plains, Virginia • $1,195,000

Leesburg, Virginia • $735,000

Leesburg, Virginia • $575,000

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

Circa 1760's stone farm house • 6.45 beautifully fenced acres • Wood floors, wood burning fireplaces • Country kitchen with granite countertops • Fenced paddocks • Two stables • Machine shed Margaret Carroll (540) 454-0650

Wonderfully maintained; open floor plan; first-floor master suite • 4BRs, 3.5BAs, fireplace, well-appointed kitchen • Perfect full-time or weekend home across from historic Goose Greek • Minutes from Leesburg, Middleburg, major DC routes Walter Woodson (703) 499-4961

Withers Larue Road

Delaplane Post Office

Mrs. Beaver’s Cottage

Berryville, Virginia • $567,900

Delaplane, Virginia • $450,000

Middleburg, Virginia • $395,000

Custom built log home • 3 BR, 3 BA • Stone fireplace • Exposed log walls • Vaulted ceilings • Great views • Room to expand • 25 acres • Could work for horses Paul MacMahon (703) 609-1905

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

Excellent location • 2 bedrooms • Fireplace • Hardwood floors • Fabulous views • 7.12 mostly wooded acres • Great rehab potential Paul MacMahon (703) 609-1905

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


Leesburg - NEW PRICE. On a bluff w/views of Potomac River and the 18th fairway, at awardwinning River Creek golf course; spectacular Renaissance end-unit TH, 4 beautifully-finished levels. Balcony, spacious yard, clubhouse, dining, pool, tennis, in prestigious gated community. $1,049,000 Kim Hurst 703.932.9651

Hardy Co., WV - “Willow Wall�, a meticulously restored c1804 mansion on 12 acres w/incredible views. 8300 square feet of grand formal rooms. 7BR/6.5BA, 2 Kitchens, 16 FPs w/orig mantles, 3 steam showers, heart pine floors, Geo-Thermal 15-zone heat/cool and wiring for 50 phone lines. $890,000 Bobby Kirk 703.728.8602

Upperville - Beautiful 4BR c1900 historic home. Recent renovations incl stunning kitchen w/lrg maple topped island, 6-burner Wolf Range and cherry custom cabinets. Bright porch gallery w/ wet bar leads to terrace and large fenced yard. Old carriage house offers studio/office potential. $825,000 Shellie Womelsdorf 703.862.1799 Su OP nd E ay N H 11 O /6 US 12 E -3 pm

Paeonian Springs - 17+ acres, three distinguished residences! Main house with state-of-the-art kitchen, 3000 bottle wine cellar, great room leading to patio & infinity pool, wrap-around screened porch, loggia, 3 car garage. Four level tower guest suite/pool cabana. 2BR/2BA cottage. $1,299,000 Lilian Jorgenson 703.407.0766

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Middleburg - Totally renovated Cape Cod on 3 ac w/3 car garage. Gourmet kit w/breakfast area, ss appliances, granite. DR w/built-ins, marble FP, bay win. Huge LR w/FP. Patio & pool. MBR w/FP, walk-ins, Jacuzzi. LL w/kitchenette, guest room, FBA, rec room. New HVAC and home warranty. $799,999 Kathleen Chovnick 703.340.5716

Lovettsville - Bolington Farm, beautiful manor beside Milltown Creek on 10 acres, w/all systems updated, 19 rooms, 4400sf, 8 FPs. Dependencies incl a large 10 stall bank barn, creamery, Pre Civil War brick toll house and apt. Income potential, paved road frontage. 10 minutes to MARC train. $780,000 Jackie Hagenston 540.454.1452

Millwood - Charm & character throughout! This est business in renovated barn has 3000 sq ft of climate controlled showroom space. Multi-users have pvt entrances. Can be sold w/out inventory. Plenty of parking! Exc location in historic village. Near major Routes. 60 miles from D.C. Low taxes. $750,000 Bobby Kirk 703.728.8602

Middleburg - Family Compound or Investment opportunity. 12 ac w/3 dwellings off of Foxcroft Rd, only one mile from town. 3BR stone cottage, 2BR stucco cottage w/studio, and 2BR shingle cottage w/garage. Possible to build another home. Short sale. 3rd party approval req. As-Is. $700,000 Michele Stevens 703.568.0721

Purcellville - Custom stone & stucco home with incredible views of the Potomac River and Blue Ridge Mtns. Property backs to Harpers Ferry Historic Park. Great room w/stone FP, beautiful wood floors. 3 finished lvls, family rm w/vaulted ceilings and built in bookcases. Private setting. $529,000 Amy Adams 703.851.2051

Purcellville - The perfect country home! This bright 4BR/2.5BA home in Philomont sits on 3 fenced acres, 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. 479,999 Kristin Dillon-Johnson 703.673.6920

Middleburg - Foxcroft Road, wooded 7.67 acre property, 2 lots. 3BR/1.5BA cedar contemporary home with cathedral ceiling and skylights plus old log cabin. Heart of Piedmont Hunt. Priced below recent appraisal. Great private location. $399,999 Kathleen Chovnick 703.340.5716

Build the new old house of your dreams! Custom -built using traditional materials and design, but with today's desired updates. The best of old and new. Unsurpassed quality. (Example pictured). For more information, contact Kimberly Hurst or 703.928.0545 703.932.9651


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Trees, Trees, Trees In the autumn it is hard to do anything without encountering trees and their lovely foliage. But trees are so much more in our lives than a spectacular few weeks of brilliant color. They provide shade in the heat of summer, paper products for our modern life styles, some provide syrup for our pancakes, and others have much bigger jobs. The really big job assigned to trees is creating a process whereby carbon dioxide is removed from our air to make it more pure. We all know about the wonderful things trees do, but too many of us do not realize another important job for trees, especially here in the Piedmont. The jewels of the Piedmont are our streams, which pour forth from the ground all over the state of Virginia. Limestone spring seeps and creeks abound in the Shenandoah MARCIA Valley, clear WOOLMAN clean freestone streams begin in Outdoors the mountains and flow down to help create the magnificent Shenandoah River, and its tributaries. What role do trees play in all of this? Trees are the safeguards along the banks that prevent erosion. Where no trees exist, the banks, when pounded by water from heavy rains, erode and become silt in the bottom of the stream where stream insects called macroinvertebrates are smothered. These little critters determine the health of the stream as they are the base of the food chain. If the rocks they cling to and the cracks where they seek shelter and food are silted in, then the health of the stream deteriorates. The long-range effect of soil erosion has many faces. Streams widen and become unable to flush themselves clean during rainy seasons, and in low summer flows there is no shelter for any of the streams creatures. Water heats up when there is no shade and warm water is the host of algae and low oxygen needed by fish. The stream begins a slow death as wider slower sections appear and riffles and runs are clogged with sediment deposited there. It begins here where we live, but ends by effecting the Chesapeake Bay where a huge dead zone exists brought on from many sources but the bottom line is lack of oxygen due to weed growth enhanced by nitrogen from fertilizers, and given a place to root in the sediment we have sent downstream due to our lack of trees stabilizing the banks of our Piedmont streams. There is a solution and the solution is up to us. Plant more trees. Over the past 10 years I have walked or hunted over almost

all of Goose Creek in Fauquier County and many sections in Loudoun County. Where you see giant old sycamores and oaks growing on the banks and maybe even some roots actually in the water, you are seeing a savior. These old trees are remnants of by gone day when all the streams were lined with trees, but now landowners, be they homeowners with lawns, or crop farmers plowing every available inch or cattle farms whose cows eat the streamside growth and trample the banks while they are eating, are allowing for degeneration. Then comes the rainstorm and all that lose dirt is swept away. The erosion slows at the next big tree that frantically holds its earth in place with its roots. What we need is a commitment from everyone who reads this column to spread the word. The future of our Jewel of the Piedmont, Goose Creek, and all if its tributaries depends on us replanting the stream banks with sycamores and Oaks, or indeed any bush or tree that would not be washed away before it has a chance to grow big and strong. Our bizzare weather does not help because the proverbial hundred-year flood seems to come almost annually now. The water rips away small trees before they have a chance to become saviors of our stream. Sycamores grow very rapidly. This makes them a good choice. They are native trees that love to be near water. They grow wild. Find some and transplant them to any part of Goose Creek where you can gain access. If you live on the stream do it. If you do not seek out some stream frontage and ask for permission to help them save their stream. Tell them this story. Spread the word. Time is running out. The old sycamores are aging fast and need to be replaced. Just think of this: What if we could plant a tree for everyone we have used in our lifetime. Why we could reforest the entire Goose Creek watershed and then some. Just so you know the Goose Creek watershed includes all of the streams between Markham and the Potomac River below Leesburg. It encompasses 350 square miles. If you are in the Goose Creek watershed, be a part of the solution. Plant a tree, or many trees, and have your children and grandchildren help you, and tell them the importance of trees to clean and healthy streams. (Marcia Woolman is a freelance writer from The Plains and founding member of the Goose Creek Association Water Quality Monitoring Team. She also served on the Goose Creek Association board for several years.)

Making Choices To Support Your Dreams In this column I frequently write about choices. We are essentially “at choice” in most aspects of our life, even in places where we feel helplessly choice-less. And one of our most powerful choices, made countless times a day, is the choice to believe in our limitations or in our possibilities. Though you may not consciously sense doing this, years of repetitive engrained thoughts have yielded a subconscious filter in your mind. Every action you take is the result of these thoughts. Every thought is sifted through the beliefs you hold that them context. Life Coaching give If your mind sifts information through a filter filled with limiting beliefs about yourself, your choices will reflect those limitations as well. Then you will have created the perfect self-fulfilling prophecy: all that you were certain was unavailable to you or that you were certain you were incapable of doing becomes true as you do not take any actions the contrary. Plus it doesn’t stop there for once you’ve created this limiting, sabotaging way of thinking about and for yourself, it becomes a habit! William Wordsworth said, “habits rule the unreflecting herd.” Now’s your chance to break free of the herd. Oftentimes we lament dreams never realized yet more often our dreams were not in alignment with our daily habits and we had about as much chance of achieving them as the chance of 80 degree weather occurring in January. People say they desire health but


attract illness, desire peace but attract chaos, desire wealth but attract shortages of it instead and why? What’s happening here? People are out of balance, misaligned in their habits and dreams, illumines international speaker and author Wayne Dyer. Take someone who wants to live a healthy life, for example. Their habits are getting too little sleep, eating on the run, filling their life with stress, and then overeating to dull out the ache. Yet each day they continue to dream of health without changing anything about their current habits. So the dream never happens and they look for blame or easy fixes that divert their focus from the real source of the problem. Their choices do not line up in any meaningful way to support their dream. Sound familiar? Where has that been you? Perhaps you are stuck around the pursuit of money, or a great relationship, living a more meaningful life or getting a job. If you do not redirect and align your habits to support your dream, you can rest assured that the dream will remain a figment of your imagination. What do you choose to believe about yourself now that others once said you could not do? Where do you choose to go along with others beliefs at the sacrifice of your personal creativity? Where are you choosing to be less than honest with your desires due to fear of how you will be perceived? Where are you choosing limits over possibilities? Be willing to step courageously into the unknown, into the place where anything you put your mind to creating is possible. Let your thoughts be the seeds of greatness to come out of you. Choose possibility.

Stress Can Sabotage Your Weight Loss Efforts

Today’s economy has most of us in a state of flux. The price of everything is going up and less coming in is sure to make even the happiest people a little uneasy. Ongoing stress can wreck the best laid plans when it comes to losing and maintaining weight loss. Our bodies produce cortisol, which is a hormone that basically likes to hold onto fat, especially around the middle. With no windfall in the near future how can we get healthy, lose weight and deal with the current economy? First, realize what you can control and what is basically out of your control. If expenses are high and funds are low, maybe forgoing the latte and the lunch out each day will help to get you back on track. While this might not solve all your financial woes, being able to take control of one little piece will help to put you back in the driver’s seat. Once you feel like you can regain some control, then stress becomes less. Exercises such as yoga and pilates help you breathe and calm down. Learning how to use your breath in stressful times will not only help you deal

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with stress, but aslo will help to keep your blood pressure from boiling over. Remember stress is not a bad thing. In fact, it is good at times to get the adrenaline up and meet a task head on. But ongoing chronic stress of worry will inflame the body and compromise the immune system. Instead of allowing your body to break down, instead build it up with healthy nutrition. Studies have shown eating the proper nutrients, which come from fruits and vegetables and lean protein, will help our bodies deal with the stressors of life. Sometimes we reach for comfort foods when we are stressed and it only adds to our inflamed condition. Instead, be conscious of what you eat and drink. Staying hydrated as well as eating a balanced diet will not only make you feel better, but will also calm the body. Stress is a part of all of our lives. It can eat away at us if we allow it to. Count to 10 as you breathe in and fill your lungs and count to 10 as you exhale. Do this five times when stress is getting to you. Consistency of breathing during chronic stressful times has been proven to lower cortisol levels. You don’t need to pay for a class to breathe, it’s free! Breathe with me and lower your stress today. [For more information, contact Kay Colgan, at K’s Pilates, 14 S. Madison St., Middleburg, or call 540-687-6995.]


• The Land Trust of Virginia will hold its Annual Meeting from 10-11 a.m. Nov. 12 at Buchanan Hall (8549 John Mosby Highway/ Route 50) in Upperville. Russell Shay, director of Public Policy for the Land Trust Alliance, will address the current status and future of private land conservation in America. The Alliance is a national organization representing 1,700 not-for-profit organizations working on land conservation, including the Land Trust of Virginia. Refreshments featuring locally grown products will be served after the meeting when guests will have an opportunity to meet Shay. Working for the Alliance, Shay has led policy initiatives that created major increases in federal funding for the purchase of forest conservation easements and farmland conservation easements, and six tax code changes increasing landowner incentives for conservation donations. He previously worked for The Nature Conservancy, the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, among others, and spent five years working on natural resource issues for the U.S. Senate and two years for the U.S. House of Representatives. Based in Middleburg, LTV is a private, non-profit land conservation organization that exists solely to assist private citizens in Virginia conserve open-space lands and significant natural and historic resources through conservation easements. LTV was accredited by the Land Trust Alliance’s Accreditation Commission in 2009. LTV holds and stewards 109 easements on more than 11,000 acres of private land in Loudoun, Fauquier, and surrounding counties.  LTV specializes in working directly with

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landowners to design easements that protect open space, forests, water quality, biodiversity, and historic values, while ensuring that farming, forestry, and other compatible uses can continue.  For more information, call (540) 6878441 or go online to:  • “Virginia Antiques as Art” at The Arts Center In Orange: A coffee, exhibition and lecture will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 at The Arts Center In Orange located at 129 E. Main St. Guest lecturer Gordon Lohr of Richmond will speak on the topic of “Virginia Antiquities” complete with slides and early tools. Local experts Jim Gerock, Lloyd Parcell and Craig Jacobs will offer exhibitions on 18th and 19th century furniture reproduction and architectural antiquities. Tickets for the lecture are $20 per person, available at The Arts Center or by calling (540) 672-7311. Proceeds of the lecture will be used to support The Arts Center’s gallery exhibits, classes, workshops and outreach. • Cavaliers, Courage and Coffee Program: The Mosby Heritage Area Association will present the program, “The Turnpike of Terror,” featuring Civil War stories from Aldie and the turnpikes that convene there. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Mount Zion Church. In addition to the MHAA’s signature lantern-light period vignettes from the 1860s, there will be a twist. Some of stories will be ones witnessed at Aldie by modern citizens and Civil War re-enactors, stories that can’t be explained. The turnpike has been a place of terror, not only during the fratricide of the Civil War, but also for some

Family Affair at the Fauquier and Loudoun Garden Club Awards Banquet, Oct. 19, at the Middleburg Community Center: George White, Missy Janes, Polly Rowley, Maxine Janes, Bill Janes, and Pack Janes gathered to celebrate Missy’s Conservation Award and Polly’s William C. and Roberta T. Seipp Horticultural Arts Award. Missy said it was wonderful to have everyone there, especially daughter Maxine, who lives in NYC and works for Bloomberg TV, and son Pack, a 1st Lieut. Logistics Officer in the 1st Recon Battalion (Marine Corps), who was about to ship out to Afghanistan. Photo Courtesy of the Fauquier and Loudoun Garden Club

Middleburg Tennis Club Team Wins Nationals The Middleburg Tennis Club team was among the top 17 teams in the country entered into the United States Tennis Association 4.0 Level Women’s Senior National Championships. The tournament was held Oct. 14-16 at the Indian Wells Tennis and Garden Center in Indian Wells, CA. Each team represented one of the 17 USTA sections in the country. The teams were divided into four groups of play with the top team from each group advancing to the final four. Each team match consisted of three doubles matches for a total of nine doubles matches played during group play. The Middleburg team, representing the Mid– Atlantic Section (VA, MD, DC & WV), was grouped with the Sectional Champions from Middle States, Southern and Hawaii. MTC battled through tough group play the first two days of the tournament. Going into the final round of group play all four teams were tied at 1-1. Middleburg, in third place by the tie-breaking system defeated #1 Middle States 3-0 including two third set tie break wins. Number 4 Hawaii saved three match points in the third set tie breaker to win the #3 doubles position and hold #2 Southern to a 2-1 win. The result, Middleburg (6-3 record), advanced to the semi-finals by one individual match over Southern (5-4 record). In the semi-finals, Middleburg rolled over the Missouri Valley team from Tulsa, OK, (9-0 in group play), 3-0. New England defeated Florida in the other semi-finals to meet Middleburg for the National Championship. With just an hour’s break between the semi-finals and the championship match, the Middleburg team came out strong to defeat a tough New England from Boston, 2-1, to claim the 2011 National Championship. [Pictured from left: Kelsey Leachman, Captain Joan Eliot, Kristin Byers, Maria Eldredge, Patty Jarvis, Elaine Burden, Kim Smithers, Angie Prow, KC Graham, CoCaptain Stewbert Herbert, Co-Captain Paige Dimos. Head Coach Matthew Day, Travel Coach Vaughn Gatling.

who dared to stop along it in the dark of night. Participants will be both inside and outside the church, including the graveyard. They are urged to wear good walking shoes, to bring a flashlight for safety, and to dress in good, warm late-fall clothing. The cost is $5 for adults and $2 for students. Reservations are not necessary. On Sunday, Nov. 13, the MHAA will explore the topic of The Confederates Gather Steam:The Great Train Raid of 1861 starting at 3 p.m. at the Mount Zion Church near Aldie. Art Candenquist as Confederate Captain Thomas Sharp will relate the little-known tale of moving engines from the Alexandria & Loudoun Railroad at Leesburg using teams of oxen to the Manassas Gap Railroad at Piedmont Station, Delaplane today. On Nov. 20, the MHAA will conclude its 2011 Conversations in History Series Nov. 20 when Jefferson County historian

Bob O’Connor will present a talk on Ward Hill Lamon, President Lincoln’s bodyguard, and how he saw the famed president. For more information on these and other MHAA programs, call (540) 687-6681 or go online to: • Middleburg Readies For Christmas Festivities: Organizers are gearing up for the townwide holiday kick-off in Middleburg. Festivities begin at 8:30 a.m., Saturday Dec. 3 with breakfast with Santa and a silent auction at Middleburg Elementary School. Starting at 11 a.m. the Middleburg Hunt Review takes to the streets creating a spectacular site as approximately 100 horses, riders in red coats and dozens of hounds come through the town. Through the day there are hayrides, choir performances, the Garden Club’s Christmas Flower & Greens Show and the Craft Show


Middleburg Life November 2011 as well as shopping and dining in the town’s shops and restaurants. A addition to this year’s festivities is a wine crawl. The progressive wine tasting will feature Virginia wines at  Middleburg Country Inn, Boxwood Tasting Room, Barrel Oak Tasting Room and Gallery, the French Hound, Julien’s, Red Fox Inn, Philip Carter Winery, and Market Salamander. The Middleburg Christmas Parade begins at 2 p.m. as spectators line the sidewalks along Washington Street to watch as a unique assortment of floats, troops and bands march by. New this year, the Redskins Alumni, the Redskinettes Alumni and the Hogettes will join the parade. The parade includes horses, llamas, alpacas and dogs.  Not to be missed are the antique fire trucks and of course, Santa brings up the rear riding on a beautiful horse drawn coach. For more information call the Pink Box Visitor Center at 540-687-8888 or email Visit to view an event schedule, list of activities, shop specials, and more. • Christmas Greens Show: Since 1948, the Middleburg Garden Club’s Christmas Greens and Flower Show has been part of the annual

December celebration of Christmas in Middleburg. In its 63rd year, it again showcases the floral artistry of area garden club members and other nonprofessional designers. This year’s show theme, “Christmas Spirit” is expected to produce enchanting floral interpretations. The category of Combination Plantings has been added. More space will be allotted for Horticultural displays. Interested persons are encouraged to enter. A Christmas Shop will offer holiday designs, gourmet gifts, specialty wreaths, kissing balls and garlands for purchase. Proceeds from the sales will benefit local beautification projects. The show is open, with free admission to the public, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church Parish Hall at 105 E. Washington St. Hours are 2-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and 10-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. For information, call (540) 364-4170. • “Faces and Places”: Through Nov. 12, the Berkley Gallery in Old Town Warrenton offers an exhibit of favorite landscapes, interiors, paths, European vistas and portraits. Artists participating include: Anthony Watkins, Sara Linda Poly, Ed Hatch, Ken Spencer, Henry Wingate, Maggie Siner, Robert Thoren, Mariella Bisson and Ou, Chujian. For more infor-

The Whiffenpoofs of Yale University, the oldest and most famous college a cappella group in the world, will present a concert Monday, Nov. 7 at Foxcroft School. The performance, which will be held in Engelhard Gymnasium at 7 p.m., is free but space is limited. Call (540) 687.4510 for reservations. The “Whiffs” have a long and storied history but they are best known today for their successful appearance on “The Sing-Off” television show in 2010. The group dates back to 1909, when it was a senior quartet that met weekly at Mory’s Temple Bar in New Haven,. CT. These days, 14 senior men are selected each year to be members and the group is known far and wide for its beautiful harmonies as well as its signature piece, “The Whiffenpoof Song,” which has been recorded by such classic performers as Bing Crosby, Count Basie, and Elvis Pressley. The Whiffenpoofs have performed for scores of U.S. presidents and tour the United States as well as overseas. The singers will hold a Master Class for the Foxcroft community on Monday afternoon and perform for al that evening.

mation, call (540) 341-7367 or go online to: • With the unanimous approval to establish a ground-breaking business incentive program to assist existing, as well as new business investment the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors have taken a significant step to expand economic growth in the county. The program has been in the development stages by the Department of Economic Development for over a year and has received several reviews by the Board of Supervisors and business organizations prior to approval. The program does more than provide incentives to businesses based upon levels of investment and job creation. The program also formalizes the county’s Targeted Review Process creating a plan for the Economic Development Department to be the single point of contact

for businesses desiring to locate or expand in the county. The Review Process includes a listing of suggested businesses that will be “targeted” for attraction to Fauquier County. The suggested list includes a wide range of business types from associations and non-profits, defense contractors, medical & bio-technology firms to tourism related businesses. The list, according to Reeves, is a broad-brush that will need work to bring it to a more specific list. But it is a beginning that, like the incentive program, will be a foundation on which to grow the program. Eligibility for incentives will be determined by the submission of a Business Application to the Department of Economic Development. For more information, contact the Fauquier County Department of Economic Development at or (540) 422-8270.


Middleburg residents Kathy Milam, Michael O’Donnell, Barbara Riggs, Sally Riggs and Kim O’Donnell in the Masai Mara enjoyed a three-week safari in Africa that took them to the Laikipia Plateau, Samburu, Masai Mara and Mombasa in Kenya, and to Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge and the Serengeti in Tanzania. While in the Masai Mara they witnessed the “great migration” of wildebeestsand zebras and saw the “big five” of lion, leopard, water buffalo, black rhino and elephant in one game drive.

Gunner was rescued in a group of 11 starving dogs. He is a medium sized Spaniel mix who is very affectionate, energetic, and gets along well with other dogs but prefers a home without kitties please! Gunner would love to have a farm of his very own where he can run around. MHF also has many wonderful cats, kittens, & horses looking for forever homes. We would love to work with you to find the perfect family HUMANE FOUNDATION friend. Visit our website for available animals. (540) 364-3272



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Casanova Opening Meet (from left): Alice Fendley, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Whipper-in; Tommy Lee Jones, huntsman; William Fendley, MFH and Honorary Whipper-in.

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Photos By Douglas Lees Reverend James Cirillo of Grace Episcopal Church in Casanova blesses the Casanova Foxhounds

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International Gold Cup Oct. 15, Great Meadow

Photos By Douglas Lees In the Steeplethon race (from left) Brands Hatch (Willie McCarthy, up)--2nd; Sur La Tete(Chris Read, up)--3rd; Sgt. Bart(Joey Elliot, up); Humdinger(Jacob Roberts, up)--1st; Elusive Prince(Roddy MacKenzie, up).

International Gold Cup Races Terrier winners (from left) Carole Stadfield and Angel--1st; Moira Kelly and Ghost--2nd; Samantha Swann and Hudini--3rd.

Mark Beecher rode Incomplete to an upset over victory Aero (Jeff Murphy, up) and Expel (Liam McVicar, up), taking the $50,000 timber stakes by 2 3/4 lengths.

Optional Allowance Claiming Hurdle: Lake Placid (Carl Rafter, up) takes 1st.


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Snow Days, Already? The weather is a guaranteed topic of conversation in the country. When it’s too dry, we talk about how we need rain. When it’s too wet, we talk about the mud up to our hocks. In the last weekend of October we talked about snow, because this storm moved in and canceled a lot of stuff. Some opening meets were postponed, the Orange County Team Chase was put off until Nov. 20, and the Chinn Lane Sidewalk Sale, featuring that dummy Mabel, got canceled completely. Sigh. Keep your eyes and your hearts open for this special event: in November, Tom Sweitzer and A Place To Be in Middleburg will honor Forrest Allen, who was in a tragic skiing accident last January and is undergoing treatment at the National Rehab Center in Washington, DC. A Place To Be will be selling Team Forrest Hats f o r $20. They a r e also available at the front office of the Hill School. The proceeds will support A Place To Be Music Therapy for Forrest. Let’s all wish him home and better: buy a cap thereby supporting him and his music therapy. A student of Hill School, Mercersburg and Highland school, Forrest’s progress can be followed on the blog maintained by his family, Dr. Kent Allen and Dr. Rae Stone: http://forreststoneallen. For information, go online to: A new training center has opened on Zulla Road in The Plains and it’s a knockout combination of elegance and green, eco-friendly design. Beverly Equestrian will offer the ultimate in full-care boarding and training, and sales of young performance horses. An open


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house Oct. 26 featured demonstration rides by Karen O’Connor, Sara Kozumplik, Allison Springer, Alexa Lowe, James Houston and Jim Koford. A four-in-hand of miniatures capped the evening’s festivities. Brian Murphy served as emcee, the crowd enjoyed refreshments and edibles, and a bunch of horse people were on hand to celebrate. Stay tuned for more about this premier facility. Competition Highlights Essentially, in October we rode, we hunted a couple of times, and we tended our Connemara’s abscess. Wet ground does not behoove a foot issue: he’s making progress, albeit slow. We went to International Gold Cup—glorious day—and you can catch the action in this issue with Douglas Lees’ photos. We wrote a story for this issue about the Theodora A. Randolph Field Hunter Championship of America: It took place Oct. 2, but the press run was that Sunday, so coverage had to wait. We thought about going to the Washington International Horse Show at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC, but never did receive notice that our press credentials had been approved. By then, we had re-directed our energy and then the weekend weather predicted wintry mix and several inches of snow. It’s hard enough to drive in the nation’s capital during fair weather, never mind severe driving conditions. So, we stayed put. The good news: if you visited their site and had high speed, you could take advantage of free live streaming to watch the action. For results and news, check out News Bits Kris Galli reported that Sophie Galli qualified with Jordy in Children’s Jumpers at Capital Challenge and then at WIHS she finished 13th in a big class—but for that one rail... We asked for more details, but didn’t hear another peep. Maybe next month. What’s Happening

Alexa Lowe (Upperville), jumper rider, and Avec Coeur, a potential grand prix horse owned by Carolyn and Dan Darby, leaped all the Belle Gray fences set up in the Beverly Equestrian indoor as part of their open house. Because of the event riders, there was a corner fence - very narrow and pointed on one side and very wide over at the other, totally solid. Lowe didn’t wanna do it, but we suspect someone said, “Wanna bet!” and her horse proved the value of a name, jumping “with heart” his first ever crosscountry corner in fine form to the delight of his rider. Photo By Lauren R. Giannini

If you’re planning to snowbird to Florida for the winter, make plans to be in Wellington on Jan. 27 to attend the USET Foundation’s Olympic Games Benefit. “An English Country Evening” features honorary chairs NBC Today Show host Matt Lauer and his wife Annette, an avid equestrian, who pledged to help raise funds for the USET Foundation to support the United States Equestrian Team riders as they prepare to compete at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. The celebratory evening will include the USET Foundation’s awarding of its most coveted awards, the prestigious Lionel Guer-

rand-Hermes Trophy and the Whitney Stone Cup. The evening will also recognize Gold Medal Club members who have supported the USET Foundation for 10 to 30 years. Guests will enjoy cocktails, dinner and a live auction that will include a few very special items. Invitations go out at the beginning of November. For further information, contact Nancy Little of the USET Foundation at (908) 234-1251 or The Junior North American Field Hunter Championship will be hosted by Warrenton Hunt on Sunday, Nov. 6, at Clovercroft/Millpoint Farm. For more details and directions: The Virginia Field Hunter Championship is set for Sunday, Nov. 13, starting at 11 a.m. on the Piedmont Foxhounds point-topoint course, opposite the Upperville Horse Show grounds on Rt. 50. Spectators are welcome. Thanks to Mother Nature, you can still plan to enjoy the action on Nov. 20 at Old Whitewood for the Orange County Team Chase. You don’t have to be involved with horses to enjoy this fun cross-country competition for horses and ponies that have been fairly hunted. Divisions include Hilltoppers, Limit Hunters, and Genuine Hunters, plus the Junior Hunter Championship. The late Eve Fout began it in 1987 with Margaret White, and its popularity seems to grow each year. The first competitors start at 9 a.m. Best of all, there will be plenty of people willing to steer you in the right direction should you or your spouse or your offspring express an interest in doing it next year. We’ve been requesting that you send your news bits, because we don’t like leaving out anybody and can’t always gather this information quickly and easily. If you’ve pinned at WIHS or Capital Challenge or at any horse show or event or if you’re leading in a series for a year-end award, don’t be shy, just drop us a head’s up: We know you’re out there horsing around!

Thornton Hill Fort Valley Hounds got very lucky: the snow stopped and their opening meet got off under briliant blue skies and crisp temperatures as Huntsman Billy Dodson gets ready to move off with the hounds at Meadow Grove. Photo By Lauren R. Giannini


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The Sky’s The Limit For Skyland Farm

That was about three years ago. Last winter in Wellington, FL, Paris North and Parlagreco earned bragging rights by garnering the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival reserve circuit championship in the 3’3” Adult Amateur division. In the past couple of months Paris and Parlagreco harvested top honors at the Middleburg Classic Horse Show in the adult amateur, 18-35 division; in the $10,000 Hunter Derby they finished eighth overall. The duo qualified for the World Championship Hunter Rider Adult Amateur Challenge at the Capital Challenge Horse Show. On Oct. 7, they went to Upper Marlboro and bested a competitive field of 27 entries to earn the reserve championship in the World Championship Hunter Rider Adult Amateur Challenge. Owner, rider and trainer have worked together as a team to prepare Paris for competition. “Mike comes and rides Paris on the flat in preparation for his select shows. He tries to come the day before the show,” Perry explained. “Mike’s strong Chiara Parlagreco guided Mike Smith’s Paris North ability on the flat helps Chiara with the to the Reserve Championship honors in the World horse’s straightness.” Championship Hunter Rider Adult Amateur Hunter Skyland’s successes included Perry’s Challenge at the Capital Challenge Horse Show, Oct. 11-year-old niece Danielle DeRisio who 7, in Upper Marlboro, MD. From left: Mike Smith competed on the pony circuit at the Moriah Farm horse show series in Warrenand Keeley Gogul of the WCHR. Parlagreco and ton. DeRisio and Mr. McGregor won the Paris North earned scores of 85.16 in both rounds inaugural year-end small/medium pony for a final score of 170.32. Parlagreco also topped hunter championship. Perry enjoyed her the United States Hunter Jumper Association/WCHR own moments of glory in the show ring. Mid-Atlantic Adult Amateur standings and finished She piloted Roy Perry’s Placido to first fourth nationally. place in the $5,000 Miller Toyota Hunter Photo by Tricia Booker/Cameron Green Media Classic at the Warrenton Horse Show. On By Lauren R. Giannini For Middleburg Life Denice DeRisio Perry has been around horses all her life, and her professional background includes riding and training champions at the National Horse Show, Pennsylvania National, Washington International and Devon. As an “R” judge, the Upperville-based horsewoman knows what it takes to win from both sides of the scorecard, and it shows in the successes enjoyed this fall by Skyland Farm’s horses and riders.

Paris North, ridden by Chiara Parlagreco of Warrenton and owned by Mike Smith who recently took up residence at Poplar Grange near Middleburg, earned championships and reserves at every show this fall. “Paris North is special because he was a last opportunity for me to show,” Smith said. “I had back injuries. I used to ride with Katie Prudent and then my daughter started showing and Denice started looking for a horse for us. Scott Stewart had Paris North at Upperville. I tried him over a month and the longer we had him, the more Denice thought he was a great fit. We had a great two years, winning in Florida and Virginia.” In Kentucky, Smith planned to move up, but jumping higher threw out his back. He was in intense pain, his daughter was with him, and he had to make some choices. “I put the horse up for sale and by good chance nobody wanted him,” Smith said. “I decided to keep him, and Chiara and he became a great pair.”

Saturday night of Labor Day Weekend, they bested the field of 17 with scores of 86 and 89 in the two-round competition. Perry, who had partnered with Placido to take second place the year before, emphasized that consistency in the second round was her goal, because in the classics it’s consistency that wins. Perry described the 15-year-old warmblood gelding with affection: “Placido’s just so pretty going around because he wears his ears up all the time. He loves his job. We bought him for my husband Roy from Mike Smith one and a half years ago. Roy showed him limitedly with his work schedule, but very successfully. This summer, because of my husband’s time commitments, Ashley Burke [of Salisbury, MD], who is the granddaughter of Elizabeth Busch Burke [of Upperville], had the opportunity to show him in equitation, including a Maclay win at Upperville. Then I showed him in the Warrenton Hunter Classic, which he won. Placido is a great horse. He’s seasoned. Next year, it’s Roy’s turn.”

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Stunning contemporary. country house on 22.99 acres tucked10 mins. west of Warrenton. 2004 Renovation & Upgrades of all HVAC, appliances, roof & external factory painted siding. Attic converted to 3rd floor Master Bedroom & sitting room with private balconies. 2011 renovation of three baths from floor to ceiling & whole interior painted. Board fenced pastures w/barn, run-in shed, dressage arena, pond & creek. $775,000

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Cathy Bernache (540)424-7066

Susie Ashcom (540) 729-1478 1540 ASPEN HILL LANE

Charming brick home filled with character and ideally situated at the edge of the village of Middleburg backing up to Hill School walking trail with views of the surrounding countryside. 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths. Features include newer addition with Main floor Master Bedroom and Family Room with Fpl., Galley Kitchen, Separate Dining Room, Living Room with fpl, office, wood floors, new furnace and workshop. Well maintained inside and out. $485,000

Cathy Bernache (540)424-7066


Cricket Bedford (540)229-3201

Barrington Hall (540)454-6601

LAND 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. Orange County Hunt. $3,750,000 EDGECLIFF-146 acres with excellent road frontage along both Rectortown & Crenshaw Roads. Ideally situated in heart of Piedmont Fox Hounds hunt country.Lush open fields, stone 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 $2,400,000 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. $495,000 CANNON RIDGE-Excellent opportunity to build your dream home on 14+ acres with a Middleburg address. Conveniently located off Route 50 just east of Middleburg. Mostly wooded land with mature trees. $450,000



Just 2 ½ miles west of the village of Middleburg, and on a quiet lane in the Aspen Hill neighborhood s Lovely 3 Bedroom 2 Full Bath, 2 ½ Bath home on just over 2 acres s Master Bedroom on main level s Hardwood, tile and carpeted floors s Brick Fireplace s Crown Molding s Vaulted ceilings s Tray ceiling s Extensive Landscaping s Storage Shed s Private Deck s Attached 2 Car Garage s Full Basement      $550,000  


Cricket Bedford (540)229-3201

Charming stone & frame cottage circa 1880s with 3 Bedrooms, 1 bath on 4.57 open acres just East of Middleburg on a quiet gravel road. Cottage was originally part of neighboring estate "Exning". Redesigned by local architect. Lovely hardwood floors, 2 stone fireplaces, screened & flagstone porches. Updated kitchen. Old stone walls. Fruit trees. Small field with run-in shed for 1-2 horses. Separate storage shed. $575,000


and peaceful acres. Home features hardwood floors, formal Living Room with fireplace, large eat-in Kitchen with glass doors to back terrace. 1st Floor Master Bedroom and two guest bedrooms on 2nd level. Walkout basement with 1/2 bath, and laundry. Space for bedroom or Recreation Room. Sweeping lawns, fruit trees and grapevines from original $650,000 garden.


Middleburg - Charming country cottage on 12+ private











Cricket Bedford (540) 229-3201

Gently rolling triangle shaped parcel of mostly open land; 22.9 acres bounded by US Routes 17, 845 and 245 across from Great Meadow. Property has multiple divisional rightsand is now in land use. Prime potential for easement with tax credits. Seller reserves right to deed restrict the property to 4 houses. $495,000

Sheryl Heckler (540)272-4300

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Middlebug Life November 2011  
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The November 2011 issue of Middlesburg Life