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s I ponder the New Year, I often think of new beginnings, as well. Maybe that is how we all approach the New Year, what was then, is now past tense; bring on the “new.” Throughout the year we have ideas, ways we do things in our everyday life.  How do I remember to do these things, is to write them down. We use notepads that may hang on the refrigerator, a calendar to etch in our appointments and sticky notes for office reminders.  We now have electronic devices, with the tip of a finger, to a pad and a reminder, within the device.   The style of writing has come a long way, hence the “quill.” I chose the “quill” as the cover to illustrate the purpose of our thoughts, to compose, with the ability to return to the words we wrote, to read and reread…for years to come. The “quill” firstly appeared in Spain, as St. Isadore of Seville mentioned them in his writings in the 7th century.  However, it is not truly known the exact age when the “quill” appeared. It is known that the graceful writing tool contributed to some parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls, in 2nd century BC. As an artistic tool, the “quill” was used with its fine brushes of the feathers for illustrations of figures, decorations and images. The best were made from goose, swan and turkey feathers. From the 15th century on, writing began to flourish to the western world. The American Declaration of Independence was written and signed with “quills.” And today, as a tribute and perhaps a reminder, to a writing instrument that declared us independent from the crown;   20 goose-quill pens are placed at the tables each day the U.S. Supreme Court is in session. So, as we begin a New Year, think about your history and how you would write it…as the ink transcribes your thoughts for generations to read…putting a feather in your cap. Happy New Year! Sincerely,




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Around Town


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Travel Destination


Culinary Creations


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Parting Thoughts

16 Ray Kass - Local Artist

Artist Local to the Area

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The Children’s Trust Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) understands and respects every child’s right to live and thrive in a safe and healthy environment, where their needs are met. CASA of the Roanoke Valley is a team of volunteers of The Children’s Trust to be a voice for a child and advocate for abused and neglected children whose permanent home is being decided. Each CASA volunteer stands up for the rights of these children in our community, which accounts for only 30% of those in foster care. CASA continues to reach out for volunteers to be a voice for

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Artist’s Palette Ray Kass with one of his large works.



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ay Kass came to Virginia Tech in 1976 as a visiting artist for one-quarter. That part-time position was renewed for the spring, and in 1977 he was offered a one-year position as a painting professor in the Division of Humanities. He retired in 2003. For many talented college art professors, that might have been the beginning and end of the story. For Kass, his time at Virginia Tech has been one of creating and collaborating. The Long Island, NY native comes by art naturally: he is the son of the American Folk Artist Jacob Kass, who died in 2000. He worked with New York art dealer Allan Stone and taught at Humboldt State University in Northern California before coming to Virginia Tech. While at Humboldt, he got to know Morris Graves, a modern artist from the Pacific Northwest known for his mysticism and his use of the muted tones of the region. Morris was an influence on Kass, who, in 1983, wrote a book about him to accompany an exhibit at the Phillips Gallery in Washington, DC.

Watercolor painted at The Cascades in 1977

Still Life, 2014.

At Virginia Tech, Kass said he planned how to “make it work here.” He decided he was going to bring in people who interested him. He drew on an idea that was used at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was the last undergraduate editor of the Carolina Quarterly. “I convened things,” he says. “I used a literary format for the visual arts.” He organized panels, brought in other artists and founded the Mountain Lake Workshop at the nearby Mountain Lake resort. In fact, he’s currently writing a book about the Workshops. The Mountain Lake Workshop resulted in collaborations between guest artists, such as John Cage, and the academic and the artistic community in the region. Works produced at the Mountain Lake Workshop are in the permanent collections of museums in New York, Washington, DC and Richmond, and at The Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke. At Virginia Tech, he collaborated with other departments and disciplines, mixing art with science, engineering and physics. He used different media. “Big names and little names all came to Tech,” he says. “It exceeded beyond my expectations.” Kass’ work is based in nature. He has always painted outside. While some of his works are almost completely abstract, his time in California had him wanting to learn more about painting direct from nature. From 1971 to 1974, he says he taught himself “representational landscaping.” When he moved to Montgomery County in 1977, he says he had no studio, so he painted all around the area. “I had a van and paints.” He did two types of work during that time: large horizontal works and rectangular pieces that are semi-abstract, and depict a more intimate view of streams and rocks and movement. Kass lives on 58 acres in Montgomery County, land which is on both sides of the Roanoke River and will be going into a land trust. One can stand in his large, bright studio and look out at the scenery that has inspired and influenced him for years. Though he retired from teaching in 2003, he is a Professor Emeritus of Art and stays connected through his student interns. He is working on a series of new works that combine nature and abstraction. His studio provides a visitor with a fascinating retrospective of the different phases of his work, which, when coupled with the view outside the window, all comes back to nature. His work is represented by Garvey/Simon: ART ACCESS in New York City and the Reynolds Gallery in Richmond.

Inspiration for Ray Kass is right outside the door.

Two new works.

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Renovate and Refine



emodeling your home can be a big, and

the space and produces an identifiable color

With more homeowners tuned into online

oftentimes, overwhelming project, but it

scheme. A similar approach can be taken for

and televised DIY resources, manufacturers

doesn’t always have to be. Sometimes all you

kitchens with islands. Make your island the

are challenged like never before to deliver

really need is a fresh coat of paint or smaller

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high-end products that blend flawlessly into

upgrades. If you’re not looking to do a whole

base or countertop.

the background of a living space. One example

home renovation, and just want to give your

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to make a dramatic statement. Daring patterns and color combos are gain-

In addition to the aesthetic benefits, these units give homeowners the ability to choose


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Whether your style is big and bold

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or clean and minimalistic, creating a

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kitchen. Give your kitchen a fresh, new look

cohesive look for a space is important.

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by taking a multi-toned cabinetry approach.

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home design. A simple home appliance

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upgrade can easily change the overall

to a stain, helps develop a broader palette for

style of a room for the better.


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Also take into consideration textures and materials – tile and stone are the norm, but


unexpected pairings such as brick and butcher block can lend a whole new level of style.

the amount of energy, being used in rooms


While the aesthetic fit of a new appliance

when they are not occupied.

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your home is by placing small, decorative objects

many of today’s appliances, which are

level of comfort once it has been established.

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designed to offer quiet operation. Some

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organic objects, like shells, stones or twigs, can be

even function at a sound level lower than

ous developments in technology, various

used to inject an outdoor feel in different rooms.

a human whisper.

home appliances now have the capability

your intended design. For example, the beauty of





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seeking out different textures. Overdoing it

that offer features to help manage your

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can detract from your attempts to liven up

energy consumption. One solution is a

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your home, making it instead feel cluttered

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Travel Destination

C Lazy U Ranch



estled among the pines in the mountains of Colorado, a luxurious place awaits. The roar of the gravel road under your tires and the smell of horses fill the crisp air as you pull into C Lazy U Ranch. Now a ranch might not scream luxury to some people but let me reassure you; you’ll be in for a “royal” treat. The rustic, log cabin feel of the room is both warm and cozy. The crackling of the real wood fire is inviting and the king sized bed is beyond comfortable. Waking up in this rustic charm will have you well rested and excited for the day ahead. There are an endless amount of activities at C Lazy U Ranch and you’ll want to try them all! But before the fun begins, breakfast will be the way you want to start your day! At the all-inclusive C Lazy U Ranch, all the food is 5-star quality. Starting with breakfast in the main lodge, you’ll experience an open made-to-order menu as well as a full buffet. The wait staff is incredible and will accommodate you any way they can. If you have any food allergies, no problem, the chef will create something just for you. After your morning activities, you’ll experience an extensive buffet for lunch served poolside. It’s made to order daily with food for every appetite. Later into the evening, a more formal, family style dinner is shared amongst all the guests at the ranch. A four-course meal is served and it’s the perfect opportunity for


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stories to be shared. I promise, your dining experience will be memorable. Horseback riding is the main attraction at C Lazy U Ranch. It truly is every horse lover’s dream to ride in this beautiful scenery with such stellar horses. With a herd of 180 horses, there is a horse for every kind of rider. From those that have never sat on a horse, to those who have ridden their whole lives, every rider will enjoy their experience. Based on skills, size, and overall experience, each person will be paired with a horse and will work with that same horse during their entire stay. This creates an opportunity for horse and rider to bond and learn together. The ranch has 8,500 acres of land and the riding possibilities are endless; from cattle drives, mountain trail rides, arena riding and more. Rides go out two different times a day each taking several hours. There are different riding programs for both adults and kids. Guest of all ages will enjoy quality time with the amazing horses at C Lazy U Ranch.  Some of the Summer activities include trap shooting, archery, Orvis fly-fishing, swimming, zip lining, ropes course, mountain biking, hiking, outdoor games and paddle boating. Winter activities include skiing, luge, snow tubing, cross-country skiing, ice skating and hockey, dog sledding, snowmobiling, sleigh rides and more. There is something here for everyone. And after full days of all of these splendid activities, there’s only one thing left to do… relax. And C Lazy U’s top of the line Spa has just what you’ll need to unwind and relax your muscles.  The Spa at the Ranch is a full-service spa. Located along the banks of Willow Creek and fully outdoors, the spa provides a unique opportunity to enjoy both the services and the tranquility of the nature around you. Two of the massage tents have glass flooring, allowing you to look into the river during your treatment.  You can get traditional services like full body massages, facials, pedicures and manicures. They even offer other unique spa services like their “Cowboy Soak”. You’ll relax in copper tubs while looking out at the beautiful mountains as the sun sets. The champagne and strawberries are the perfect touch to this romantic setting.  There are activities at C Lazy U Ranch for everyone. Young and old will enjoy all the ranch has to offer. It is rustic enough to enjoy a unique mountain get away yet luxurious enough to make you want to stay. Even royal families and celebrities of all sorts have visited the ranch and do so on a regular basis. It’s truly a place where memories will be made that will last a lifetime.  For more information on C Lazy U Ranch and to book your stay, please visit or call 970.364.0411. 

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Daughters of the American Revolution


ducation. Preservation. Genealogy. Patriotism. Those are some of the objectives and characteristics of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Celebrating 125 years in 2015, the organization was founded on October 11, 1890, according to its website, “during a time that was marked by a revival in patriotism and intense interest in the beginnings of the United States of America.” Then, as now, the objectives include Historical, perpetuating the memory of the men and women who achieved American Independence; Educational, increasing the public’s knowledge, and Patriotic, cherishing and maintaining the institutions of American freedom. “It is a patriotic organization,” says Jeanne Dooley, a former regent (basically, president) of the Col. William Preston Chapter in Roanoke and currently the Membership PMD (Prospective Member Database) Vice Chair for District VII at the state level. “No politics are involved. We support the United States, veterans and members of the armed forces and their families.” The Col. William Preston Chapter is one of 123 in Virginia and one of seven in the immediate Roanoke area. Dooley’s state position is a perfect one for her. She says she is “enthralled by the genealogy” part of the DAR. “I’m eager to find more patriots in my family.” Patriots are the men and women who

helped the effort during the Revolutionary War. They were not necessarily soldiers. One of Dooley’s ancestors was a widow who supplied the troops with 400 pounds of beef. Those types of patriots are harder to find, she says, adding that prospective members almost need to rely on family lore to start the journey. Her fascination with genealogy began almost by accident. She was at a Fall Forum several years ago and attended a workshop on the subject. “I went home and joined” She says the advent of websites like Ancestry makes the search for family patriots easier. Before that, prospective members needed to rely on family bibles, courthouses, churches, cemeteries and, even, the NSDAR’s own library. The process can take years. She notes that even with Ancestry, the prospective member needs to have a document linking her with her patriot. Dooley, who also serves as the District VII Chaplain, calls the DAR “a feel good organization. You go into a room, and everyone has a common goal. There is a kinship – you feel like you belong.” But, she worries about attracting younger members and keeping the organization relevant to them. Chapters in larger cities have “ junior members,” who are between the ages of 18 and 40, Dooley says, and they are starting to step into leadership roles. She said there also is a need to accommodate members and to meet when they can attend. Nancy Canova, also a past regent with Col. William Preston, noted that

DAR meeting in Roanoke in 1960. (Courtesy of Col. William Preston Chapter)

ARTICLE ANNE PIEDMONT Memorial Continental Hall, circa 1910. (Photo courtesy of NSDAR archives) 24

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four of the local chapters meet at the same time – 11 am on the Judith Hess Jones of Blacksburg, the District VII Director. The volunfirst Friday of the month. Both women say that some chapters teer activities must be those done beyond the DAR, she said, adding have been varying the meeting times a couple of times a year and that nationally, members logged more than 12 million hours last year. are seeing success. But, says Dooley, the long-standing meeting While each chapter has its own projects, Jones said the district time has become a tradition for older members and a complete funds several. (District includes 16 chapters from Botetourt County to change would be hard. “We’re like their family.” Martinsville, and Bedford County to Blacksburg.) The projects include Dooley sees the need for change and accommodation in her mem- Smithfield Plantation in Blacksburg (once the home of Col. William bership duties. “We have to help women prove their lineage if we Preston), the Good Citizens Award for High School Students, holiday want new members.” She added that it is easier to join these days. wreaths for the 700 graves at the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery “You don’t have to prove you are DAR-worthy, you just have to have in Dublin, and involvement in local naturalization ceremonies. a patriot.” Part of her job includes matching prospective members Jones says that, with the location and meeting times of the chapters that suit them. to her, the DAR is Lest one thinks the DAR is just women meeting for lunch, the embodied in the organization has welcomed more than 950,000 members since its three objectives: edufounding in 1890. It also has a very large presence in Washington, cational, historical DC. The headquarters take up an entire city block and is one of the and patriotic. “That’s world’s largest buildings of its kind owned and maintained exclu- why I joined.” sively by women. The DAR’s Constitution Hall is the largest concert hall in Washington, D.C., seats up to 3,702 people and has been the site of concerts, award shows and other events. Good Citizenship Winners at Crystal Spring Elementary School in 1983. William Z. Lunsford But the DAR is more than buildings. There is a and Ruth M. Smith with Regent Eleanor Alvis. (Courtesy of Col. William Preston Chapter) nation initiative called “Service to America,” where DAR members are encouraged to serve their communities and record their volunteer hours, says Dr.

District Regents meeting in 1995. (Courtesy of Col. William Preston Chapter) President General Scott and her pages in 1910. (Photo courtesy of NSDAR archives)

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Shaping Evergreen for



Mtn View Vinton


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ll of the men who taught me how to run Evergreen are now buried at Evergreen. They had taught me well, and I would use their lessons to position Evergreen as a regional leader. As we approached our 100th year in business, the company would extend its reach, meet the changing needs of families and offer a unique burial option for the region. The first half of our tenth decade, the past ten years in business, began as the country was heading into what would become known as the Great Recession. The economic decline started in the United States and led to a global economic meltdown. Roanoke did not experience the great housing boom the United States experienced earlier in the decade, and it did not experience a great decline during the recession. According to the Roanoke Regional Partnership, the region’s Gross Metropolitan Product (GMP) declined 0.3 percent between 2008 and 2009 compared to the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which fell by 2.6 percent over the same period. Roanoke was in pretty good shape. Our first expansion was the Memorial Park in Boones Mill, Virginia. We saw an increase in burials in both parks in 2008 but many of those were cremations. The trend to cremation increased over the decade and shaped our thinking for the decade to come. The Great Recession was coming to an end, and we were reaching out into another new community. Evergreen purchased Green Hill Mausoleum, located in the middle of the Buena Vista, Virginia Municipal Green Hill Cemetery. We started the planning for “green burial” in 2009, with a wooded section of Mountain View Memorial Park. Work also continued to be done on the Green Hill Mausoleum to bring it up to Evergreen standards through 2010.  The development of Forest Rest, the only Natural Burial Park in SW Virginia, literally between Harrisonburg, VA and Durham, NC, would last until the spring of 2012.   Natural Burials are made without embalming, and burial vaults are priced comparable to cremations. Shrouds or favorite blankets can be used instead of a casket, or a simple biodegradable pine box or wicker basket can be used. By the end of 2012 year, we had sold one lot but had no burials. Evergreen broadened its reach even further near the close of 2012—this time in the Town of Vinton with the stock acquisition of Mountain View Cemetery Company, Inc.  With five properties now under our umbrella: Evergreen Burial Park, Mountain View Memorial Park, Green Hill Mausoleum, Mountain View Cemetery, and Forest Rest, my wife Lisa joined me as a director of the company. We wanted to let the communities where our properties operate know that all were held to the Evergreen standards, so in 2013 we started a new branding campaign highlighting our new name, Evergreen Memorial Trust. As a part of the branding process, each property got its own website and Facebook page as well as common logo and look. January 2017 | Roanoke Lifestyle


Culinary Creations


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Soup is


for the



his is definitely the easiest and best way to make rich-tasting

butternut squash soup, without having to peel and dice a large,

awkwardly shaped vegetable. You start by cutting the squash in half lengthwise and roasting it in a hot oven. Scrape the roasted flesh from the skin, and simmer it with sautéed yellow onion, fresh sage, and a tart Granny Smith apple. When everything’s soft and the flavors have melded, purée it all in the blender. Finally, enrich the soup with a bit of heavy cream.


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Culinary Creations


1. Heat the oven to 425°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the squash pieces cut-side up on the baking sheet. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter and brush all of it over the tops and insides of the squash halves (alternatively, you can rub it on evenly with your fingers). Season generously with salt and pepper. Roast until knife tender, 50 minutes to 1 hour. 2. Meanwhile, peel, core, and cut the apple into medium dice. Cut the onion into medium dice. Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the apple, onion, and sage, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened,

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup • 4 pounds whole butternut squash (about 2 medium),

3. When the squash is ready, set the baking sheet on a wire rack until the squash is cool enough to handle. Using a large spoon, scoop the flesh into the saucepan with the sautéed apples and onions; discard the skins. 4. Add the broth, water, and measured salt and pepper, stir to combine, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

halved lengthwise and seeds removed

Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, stirring occa-

• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/4 stick)

sionally and breaking up any large pieces of squash, until

• 1 medium Granny Smith apple (about 8 ounces)

the flavors meld, about 15 minutes. Remove the pan from

• 1/2 medium yellow onion

the heat and stir in the cream.

• 8 fresh sage leaves


about 7 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.

5. Using a blender, purée the soup in batches until

• 2 1/2 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth

smooth, removing the small cap (the pour lid) from the

• 2 1/2 cups water

blender lid and covering the space with a kitchen towel

• 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more as needed

(this allows steam to escape and prevents the blender lid

• 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed

from popping off ). Alternatively, use an immersion blender.

• 1/3 cup heavy cream

Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Serve

• 1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds, for garnish (optional)

garnished with the pumpkin seeds, if using.

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New Skin Care Line W


Michele Meinhart, Develper of Vitagen and CEO of Starkey Medical Esthetics

Vitagen Acne Skin Care products contain jojoba, which is lighter on the skin.

The Vitagen Skin Care, Nutrition for the Skin

hen Michele Meinhart saw a problem, she created a solution. And in the process, created a new skin care line. Meinhart, a nurse practitioner and owner of Starkey Medical Esthetics, noticed that her patients did not have a reasonably priced product to use after a skin procedure. Some, she said, were going home and just using regular soap. So, drawing on her training in esthetics, she did research on making soaps and lotions. She learned about base ingredients, such as flax oil, which has a high quantity of phytoestrogens, plant-based estrogens which help plump the skin. The Vitagen products are vitamin-based, she said, containing A, C, D and E. She produced the first products in 2005 and tested them on patients, family, friends and co-workers. Since then, she’s tweaked them and made adjustments. For instance, Vitamin E is oily, so she wanted to make sure that the products containing it were not too heavy. Her acne product is jojoba based, which is lighter. Meinhart says her patients have told her they have seen results. The products reduce wrinkles, soothe the skin and help with conditions like rosacea. The Vitagen products are available at the three Starkey Medical locations in Roanoke County, Salem and Blacksburg or online at In creating the skin care line, Meinhart drew on her education and professional background. She is a nurse practitioner, board certified in family medicine with a subspecialty in dermatology. The Lynchburg-area native earned her degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, now part of Rutgers University. She’s also board certified by the Board of Barbers and Cosmetology as a Master Esthetician Instructor. “I’ve always been interested in the process of skin aging – both naturally and prematurely,” she says. She opened her Roanoke office (on Starkey Road) in 2003 and the Salem location (on West Main Street) in 2014. They offer laser treatments, chemical peels and cancer checks. Because she is a nurse practitioner, Meinhart also can perform biopsies on suspected skin cancer and do minor surgery. She says the laser hair removal is the most popular service offered. Starkey Medical has a “large majority of that market in Southwest Virginia. We’re considered area experts in it. We did it before the others, and we’re very good at what we do.” She added that her staff members are experienced and understand cultural and genetic differences in the patients.   Going forward, Meinhart says, she would like to hire a dermatologist for the Salem location, and another nurse practitioner “doing what I do. We provide a unique combination of services.” She says that because they provide medical dermatology, they can help fill a gap that exists in the area. She summed it up by saying: “I love what I do.” January 2017 | Roanoke Lifestyle


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very golfing year has a main headline by which it is remembered – for 2016, some would always recall Dustin Johnson’s travails, while others would point to golf returning to the Olympics as their #1 memory. But the past 12 months were probably marked most indelibly by a great sadness, the death of Arnold Palmer. The longevity of The King’s influence on the game both on and off the course was unprecedented. When news broke of his passing in late September, it was the day before the start of Ryder Cup week, perhaps golf ’s most anticipated tournament of the year and yet Arnie still took center stage. Players at Hazeltine on both sides had strong personal relationships with the man they called “Mr. Palmer” and tributes were both constant and appropriate that week, not least when The King’s original 1975 Ryder Cup golf bag was placed on the first tee like a monument to his greatness. Players took the time to either touch the bag in Palmer’s memory or even have their photograph taken next to it. The 87-year-old from Pennsylvanian had been very loved during his golf career – after all, not even Tiger Woods has had a drink (iced tea with lemonade) named after him. Although a winner of only seven majors (great rival Jack Nicklaus won more than twice


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that number), it was the cavalier style of Palmer, the uncomplicated power of his game and the smiling humility of his good nature that caused his fans to create Arnie’s Army. His 90 worldwide tournament wins were also his great legacy, particularly because he took his game around the globe, reinvigorated interest in the Open Championship in the early 1960s. Off the course, his influence was just as remarkable. Palmer linked up with another sporting legend, Mark McCormack, the sports agent and entrepreneur, to all but invent the idea of athletes as brands. His TV appearances, his sponsorships, his appearance money were all contributing factors to an enormous wealth and a sporting business model copied by every top sportsman and woman in the last 50 years. And that wealth was poured back into various charities, hospital-building projects and other good causes. Insightful golf fans had predicted Palmer’s passing when they saw him gaunt and rather feeble at the Masters in April. Palmer was too ill to hit a ceremonial opening day tee shot at Augusta; it was a warning that sad news was imminent. Elsewhere this year, there were other unusual significant moments. Most notable was an unfortunate focus on the rules of


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golf, concerning slow play and, more vividly, regarding the wildly complex nature of what constitutes a moving ball penalty. In terms of slow play, the year had begun with the European Tour proudly announcing a new Pace Of Play policy to speed things up and Jordan Spieth (regarded as one of pro golf ’s most notable “snails”) was fined in a tournament in Abu Dhabi in January. Spieth might have been the first to suffer, but he would not be the last and the phrase “this group’s now on the clock” became very familiar to television golf fans. But the slow play rule debate was nothing compared to the one that happened on the final afternoon of this year’s US Open. The eventual winner, Dustin Johnson, acknowledged that his ball moved as he was about to putt on the 5th green at Oakmont, Pennsylvania, in a tournament plagued with ultra high winds and very slick greens. But Johnson had not touched the ball nor grounded his club, so the referee on site and his playing partner agreed ‘no penalty’ should ensue. However, the USPGA organizers could not leave the matter alone. They subsequently studied TV super slo-mo replays and, over an hour later, informed Johnson that he might be penalized. “Farcical,” cried all the TV commentators, as none of the contenders then knew what score they needed to win. Somehow the tall man from South Carolina composed himself to finish strongly and even an eventual one-shot penalty imposed while he sat in the scorer’s tent could not deny him the title. Johnson’s major win, two others – including a WGC event – and finishing with the best scoring average on the PGA Tour made him player of the year in America. His only disappointment was a loss to Rory McIlroy in the FedEx Cup final.

Johnson was one of four first-time major winners in 2016 – something that had not happened since 2003. Danny Willett of England at the Masters, Henrik Stenson of Sweden at the Open Championship at Troon, Scotland, and Oklahoma’s Jimmy Walker at the PGA Championship in Baltusrol, New Jersey, were all worthy champions. Willett’s victory was a result of some typical back-nine-on-Sunday drama at Augusta. Jordan Spieth was looking good to retain the famous green jacket with a five-shot lead as he came to the 10th tee, but he then plopped two balls into the water in front of the short 12th green, took a quadruple bogey and was suddenly in fourth place. The Englishman’s unexpected victory, however, was underlined by his nerveless last few holes in a title-winning final round of 65. Stenson performed even more heroically for his major. The Swede and America’s darling Phil Mickelson swapped so many birdies on that Sunday that it reminded fans of the Tom Watson-Jack Nicklaus ‘Duel in the Sun’ at nearby Turnberry almost four decades earlier. Leftie shot a 65 in the final round, yet somehow finished as runner-up in a major for the 11th time as Stenson countered with a record-tying 63. Meanwhile, the PGA Championship was hit by horrid weather and players faced 36 holes on the final day with 37-yearold Walker (who had led from day one) emerging at the top despite a late charge by defending champion Jason Day of Australia. The newly-crowned PGA champion was then a member of a strong American team that would win the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008. Led by likable captain Davis Love III, the US never looked like losing after winning all four of the opening morning’s foursomes. Their eventual 17-11 victory was

inspired by a remarkably passionate performance by Patrick Reed whose singles win against Rory McIlroy on the final day had the crowd in Minnesota screaming like it was a boxing match. Emotions ran high all week and this was golfing theater like never before. Reed won that match on the last hole and Love’s team was always too experienced for a European team with six rookies. However, the significance of a US Ryder Cup victory was overshadowed by the return of golf to the Olympics in August. It had taken 112 years and had been mired in controversy (many of the world’s top men players chose not to travel to Brazil because of the rare Zika virus), yet both the men’s and women’s events were eventually judged as huge successes. The men’s gold medal went to England’s Justin Rose who edged Henrik Stenson with America’s Matt Kuchar in third place. Rose and Stenson fought out a thrilling final 18 holes with a birdie from the Englishman securing victory. Although the women’s tournament had a very clear champion in Inbee Park of South Korea, there was a tremendous battle for the silver and bronze medals. Eventually, Lydia Ko of New Zealand finished second and China’s Shanshan Feng was third. Golf’s Olympic triumph happened just weeks before Arnold Palmer’s death. Few could argue that even though The King had long retired from tournament play, the sport’s inclusion at the Games in Brazil was yet another example of his influence. And how wonderful that he lived long enough to see it.

Ross Biddiscombe’s two acclaimed golf books - Ryder Cup Revealed: Tales of the Unex-

pected and Cruel School – are available in hardback, paperback or eBook formats on

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January JANUARY 12 RON BOEHMER: VIEWS OF TINKER MOUNTAIN ELEANOR D WILSON MUSEUM AT HOLLINS UNIVERSITY In conjunction with the 175th-anniversary celebration of the founding of Hollins University, this exhibition presents eleven studies for the oil painting by Ron Boehmer, Tinker Mountain.  Displayed for the first time, each beautiful work of art depicts the artist's method and include graphite and ink sketches, ink wash and oil pastel studies. Tuesday-Sunday, 12pm-5pm


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Through January 22, 2017, the artists represented highlight the very

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best of our community from 1800's to present. Featured artists in-

FANTASY, is an exotic, inspired by nature's unpredictable creations

clude Page Hazlegrove, Peter Wreden, Allen Ingles Palmer, Peyton

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Klein, Jim Yeatts, Harriett Stokes, William de Jarnnette Rutherfoord

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A theatrical musical, exploding the sound of jazz with award-win-

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ning actress, singer and dancer, Jasmine Guy and the acclaimed

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Avery Sharpe Trio. Take a step back to Harlem jazz and lyrical of

sukushi-ga-Hara Open Air Museum in Tokyo and the Virginia Muse-

the early 20's, inspired by the classic 1923 Jean Toomer novel,

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