Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine July 2016

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As I grow older, July is treated like summer’s version of January — time for a fresh start or a restart across life’s spectrum. We’ll be updating vacation plans, embarking on new house upgrades, revising business objectives, and recommitting to that diet/workout. Oh yeah, and a lot of lazy afternoons watching baseball. We get the opportunity to make these choices in our lives because of this great nation we live in which derives its zest from the Declaration of Independence. This year we are celebrating our nation’s birthday more consecutive days than I can remember beginning with our Town Limits celebration on Friday, Great Meadow on Saturday, barbeques on Sunday and our true holiday on Monday. What a great country! “…I have never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence. I have often pondered over the dangers which were incurred by the men who assembled here, and framed and adopted that Declaration of Independence…which gave liberty, not alone to the people of this country, but, I hope, to the world, for all future time...” ~ Abraham Lincoln, Independence Hall, February 22, 1861 Happy 240th Birthday, America!

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ipping a Starbucks Cool Refresher while the door stands open to her teaching studio in Old Town just off 5th Street, Becky Parrish shows me her trusty painting smock. It can almost stand up on its own it’s so encrusted and stiff with old, dried paint. In fact, for a moment it seems that the smock might pull the petite artist completely over with the weight. But it doesn’t. Parrish is used to managing layers of unwieldy paint and making them into something beautiful. When I commented how lucky she was to have enjoyed one profession, art, for her entire quarter-of-a-century career, Parrish agreed, “I know. Sometimes it’s nerve-racking, though. Selling art is not the easiest thing to do in the world. People always talk themselves out of buying a piece of artwork, especially if they need a new refrigerator.” Since she officially became a self-employed artist in 1988, Parrish estimates that she produces an average of 50 pieces a year. Although she occasionally does some drawings, Parrish’s primary medium is oil on linen and oil on panel (made from masonite). She has become especially known for her florals and still life paintings even though she also does a considerable amount of portraiture. Parrish, who lives in Rappahannock County, is represented by the Berkley Gallery in Warrenton and has consistently had shows and exhibitions there since 2002. Parrish is also represented by galleries in Warm Springs, VA, Annapolis, MD, and Wilmington, DE. Parrish has also been teaching out of her Warrenton studio since 2010 and has more recently added classes in Unison,


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‘End of Summer Lilacs,’ oil on panel, 11”x14”

VA and Orange, VA. No stranger to teaching, Parrish taught at Lord Fairfax Community College as an Assistant Professor of Fine Art for five years until she left to pursue her own painting full time. When asked what has kept her going these many years, Parrish was quick dispel the notion that art is all blissful creativity running wild and free, “It’s work. I think there’s this misconception that ‘Oh, you must love your job.’ But sometimes it’s very frustrating and it’s hard work and you end up having to, after a day of painting, trash it because it didn’t come out the way you wanted it. But I think the reason [I’ve kept at it] is because it’s a continuing process. It’s always evolving and changing, there’s always something to learn.” Parrish describes her own style as having evolved over the years into something less detailed. More loose and free. Impressionistic. “Which to me I think is more complicated than painting really detailed, exact images,” Parrish confessed. “There’s more energy and more mystery to it.” Parrish gushed over some of her favorite painters such as Edgar Degas (“I know he’s overexposed, but I love him.”), Henri Fantin-Latour, George Bellows, and Mary Cassatt. Inspiration, for Parrish, doesn’t usually come from her subject matter. She described color, composition, and texture as being what usually get her juices flowing.

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“First of all, color. I’ll come up with a color theme like two different colors I think will work together and then I look for the subject matter to accommodate that idea. For example, now I have this idea to paint pink on pink, so I’ve been thinking of pink objects like watermelon, pink lemonade. I’m actually becoming more monochromatic, which means I’m limiting my palette to maybe six, seven colors. The color themes tend to have two complementary colors. And then a lot of muted grays. So I’m pushing that envelope.” Considering that Parrish is somewhat well-known for her florals and still lifes, it was somewhat surprising to hear her say how much she dislikes super formal florals. “The balance of color and composition is so complex. It’s almost like designing a room in terms of you don’t want your eye to get stuck in the middle of the canvas, you want it to move around the whole canvas. So that’s something I think about constantly. If I have a blue over here, do I need a blue over there to balance that? Keep your eye moving. I work really hard on that.” But what really get’s Parrish excited is edges. She wrote her thesis on it, in fact. “I don’t know if this will sound too esoteric, but edges. Edges and how they meet the space around them and whether they’re going to be hard or soft. And I do a lot of scraping through to create interesting edges. I’m constantly exploring.” Happy with how her style has evolved, Parrish explained, “People enjoy art


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for different reasons; some for the subject matter. But I really appreciate it when people comment on my style. That’s rewarding. When it hasn’t been lost on the viewer.” Although she is fairly well known for her florals and still lifes, Parrish reveals that portraits are her favorite. Copying people’s faces from out of magazines and newspapers as a young child are some of her earliest memories of being artistic. “When I teach portraiture, everyone is so nervous about it. We’ll come in here and do some simple still lifes and everyone’s fine, and then you introduce the human figure or a face and they’ll go, ‘Oh!’ But I guess it’s always been my favorite thing. That’s just my favorite subject matter. I love it all, but personally I’m drawn more to the human figure.” An artist is all Parrish has ever wanted to be. Nothing deterred her. “It was never forced on me, it was just something I liked to do.” Starting with a little oil paint set that her aunt gave her when she was just eight years old, to being awarded one of the most prestigious fellowships in the United States, the Morris Louis Fellowship, to going back to graduate school after she had her third child, Parrish has perhaps worked the hardest on creating her own self portrait. Considering the future, Parrish mused, “I’m thinking, this is gonna be my decade, I gotta get to it! I really want to work on larger and more complicated, complex compositions; deeper



space, more figures. And that’s hard stuff, the more elements you get involved, the more complicated it is to put together as opposed to painting a vase of flowers.”❖

Top: ‘Homage to Fantin-Latour,’ oil on panel, 24”x18” Bottom: ‘Mixed Compliments,’ oil on linen, 28”x24”

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WARRENTON CEMETERY It’s Histor y and the Memories of Dink Godfrey By George V. “Dink” Godfrey, Jr. and Rebekah Grier


he Warrenton Cemetery, located on Chestnut and Lee Streets in Warrenton, Virginia, contains many historical and personal memories for me. My parents moved to the corner of Warrenton Boulevard and Waterloo Street when I was six months old. Our house lot backed to the cemetery, separated by a stone wall of about three feet high. In the seven years we lived there, the Warrenton Cemetery was where my mother would take me for stroller rides and then walks as I grew older. The cemetery functioned as a beautiful park on what was then the edge of town. On beautiful days, young mothers could be seen pushing their children in strollers and baby carriages along the cemetery streets


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or playing with them among the tombstones and beneath the trees. For me, memories of my neighborhood friends and I playing among the tombstones are fond recollections. In the heat of summer’s hottest days, we

neighborhood children were often huddled under the shade of a cemetery tree, which in many cases was growing near a large tombstone. These tombstones provided us with the refreshing cool touch of granite or marble in our quest for relief from the heat of the summer sun. Placing a hand or cheek against the cool polished stone was soothing. The height of some of the tombstones also provided a makeshift ladder to a nearby tree that just waited for us to climb it. From what we thought was high up in a tree, we were able to take a good look down upon our tiny realm and enjoy the occasional breeze that passed through the branches. Too young to grasp the reality of death, we were fascinated by the




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funerals we watched from a distance. The solemn people gathered around a box, which was often covered in lovely flowers, was a mystery to us. Our young group had no idea that those boxes contained the remains of their loved ones. After the people slowly filed away, we would watch the workmen lower the casket into the ground. Only the day before or maybe that very morning, we had observed two or three men hand dig these rectangular holes in the ground with a pile of excavated dirt to the side.

from the sled we rode. The return walk back up the hill would give us time to banter back and forth about whom had the fastest run down the hill. Often these exchanges between pals led to friendly snowball fights. We explored every inch of the cemetery in our quest for fun. Many of us were learning to read in school and reading tombstones gave us a great opportunity to hone this new skill. Each friend would take turns reading a stone and when someone was stumped, another buddy usually could complete

“WHAT SHOULD NOT BE FORGOTTEN IS THAT MANY OF THOSE INTERRED IN THIS LOVELY CEMETERY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT WE ARE TODAY.” When the workman had left the grave before the services, we often found another game, “King of the Hill” to be appropriate for the inviting mound of earth. In the winter time, after a good snowfall, the neighborhood children would gather to sleigh ride down the steep hill lane near the northwestern part of the cemetery. Many a fun-filled hour was spent rapidly descending the hill accompanied with the shrill of laughter and the exhilaration of speed


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the reading. The many different types of tombstones were interesting as well. There were elaborate crosses, tiny white stones, and more. Inscribed metal plates adorned some of the larger stones and what always fascinated most were the stones that had military swords carved into them. Fantasizing about the surely important men buried here helped to feed my interest in the history of our county. As I grew older, I came to understand


about my family members who were buried in the Warrenton Cemetery. For the most part, they were just ordinary people who lived in Fauquier County and contributed to the place I have called home since birth. Just from my father’s side of the family, I have fortytwo family members resting here. My first experience with the face of death and a true significance of the cemetery came in 1959 when one of my first cousins, Dudley Godfrey, was fatally injured in an automobile accident while serving in the U.S. Army. He had always been a great older cousin, kind to us youngsters, and my father wanted me to try and understand what was happening with his passing. He was the first person I had seen in life, who was now quiet, still, and cold in death at the funeral home. Dudley was the first person I had seen grieved for by family and friends. His was the first funeral that I attended, not as a distant spectator from behind a tombstone or tree, but up close and personal. With his funeral, I was exposed to the fact that those tombstones represented a life of somebody’s loved one. These stones were messages to future generations that the person buried there had been significant to family, friends, and the community in which they lived.

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They and their lives had been honored with this stone memorial. What should not be forgotten is that many of those interred in this lovely cemetery are responsible for what we are today. It is important for those of us passing through life to keep the beauty and serenity of this glorious spot well taken care of in a manner well-suited to their memories. ❖


POSTSCRIPT Walking with Dink Godfrey through the Warrenton Cemetery is like riding a bullet train through the town history. Dozens of detailed personal histories come pouring out of him as if they are his own. Stories of people from as far back as the War for Independence up until the present, when a fresh grave gives pause and a time to reflect, “I didn’t know she had passed…” Godfrey seems to know them all, and all of them personally, as if dear friends. And in a way, Godfrey has grown up with these pillars of the past. Godfrey’s parents moved into a little red house just across the street from the cemetery when he was only six months old (it’s still there). Practically as soon as he was old enough to toddle around, the cemetery became his playground. “I learned how to ride a bicycle in here. It was safe then. Mom could come out on the porch and watch us come out in here.” While Godfrey has performed and documented extensive research on the Confederate soldiers buried in the Warrenton Cemetery for the Sons of Confederate Veterans, he has not yet written a history of the cemetery... although we feel confident he could. Here are some intriguing details from Godfrey’s Verbal History of the Warrenton Cemetery and the men and women who lay resting in peace there:


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“Mrs. Ethel Anderson lived in the Mosby House longer than anybody else ever lived in it. And when it was purchased by the town it was purchased from her daughter’s estate. But she lived there for 70 or 80 years. But when they talk about the Mosby House, it’s as much the Anderson House as it is anybody’s.” “Mr. Ford Anderson and his wife bought up and owned most of Main Street at one time. You know where the art gallery is next to Molly’s pub? They own everything on that side except for the jewelry store down on the end. And up on this corner of Culpeper Street where the dance studio is now, they still own that, and that was in their family during the War Between the States. They’re longtimers. And this is one of the tombstones where we’d come and sit up under this tree. Course this tree wasn’t as big as it is now, we used to climb it.”

Charles Lee, I believe he was the third Attorney General of the United States (Dec. 10, 1795 - Feb. 19, 1801). To me, this is probably historically the most significant as far as importance. It’s just amazing to me, he was Attorney General of the United States, and people don’t even know his tombstone is over here. The Town of Warrenton, the land, was give by his family. He’s certainly one of the oldest buried here.”


“And there’s Dr. Maybach. They had to open up Fauquier High School for his funeral. Nice guy. Very community centered. His wife, I was told by their daughter, said she wasn’t going to live long enough for them to get this thing up (a large marble bench). She wanted to be able to come sit on it. Just a good family. And their daughter, Dr. Anita Maybach is up on Stuyvesant Street. Just a great, great family. You know, that’s what Warrenton is all about right there. When they talk about protecting all these olding buildings, yeah to a degree that’s fine, but these people are the ones that made this town. They made this community and they tend to be forgotten.”

Painting by Palmer Smith

“That’s where the Confederate unknowns are buried. Until 1998 or 9, this was just a mound, and the ladies raised money after the fellow (Robert E. Smith of Carpentersville, Illinois) found the names of all these people - I say all, the majority of them - the UDC (United Daughters of the Confederacy) raised money and had the wall put around with all the names. But this has been here since 1877. The UDC erected that in 1877. That’s when I think they moved the graves in ‘75 from down there because it had overgrown once the war had ended. But a hurricane in the 50s toppled the statue off the top of it. And it’s been replaced.” Godfrey believes the woman on top signifies The South.

“I’ve done a study on confederate soldiers buried here. There are about 850 - 900. A large number of them are buried in the mass grave. But there’s all kinds of individual ones. Between here and the sheriff’s office after the battles of First and Second Manassas, that’s where they buried most of the soldiers. They Yankees came in here during the war, January of ‘63 I think it was, and they took the wooden tombstones up and used it for firewood. So all those people down there got to be unknown until some guy found it in the 80s.”

“The earthquake four or five years ago jolted the obelisk and the statue almost fell off and they had a crane come over here and reset it.”

“You remember in reading your history, there was a place in Burma in WWI called the Hump? One of these people right in here died, he was aboard an airplane working the supply conveyer. Stanley M. Haley. Private on the 12th Army Air Force Air Cargo Rescue Squadron. February 6, 1945.” “This man, he was a lawyer, he was mathematician, he taught at VMI. He was Captain of the Warrenton Riflemen, it was called then. Marr, but he was the very first Confederate soldier, officer or enlisted, to be killed in battle. Now others died before that between May and June 1st when he died, but he was the very first one to be killed it battle for the Confederacy. Now the second guy was an enlisted man and he was killed two weeks later at Big Bethel down there near Williamsburg. But again, we got the first man from Fauquier county killed in WWI, this is the first man from Fauquier County, or anywhere in the south, to be killed in battle. ‘Cause see there were no Confederate casualties at Fort Sumpter you know that’s what started it. He lost a brother at sea. They lived up on Culpeper Street.” { JULY 2016 |

“Now this fellow was an interesting guy. Again, they were Confederates and he was a Major General in Confederate army, he was a Commissioner at the Gettysburg National Battlefield Park from 1905 to 1913. Which said he had political power because here was a Confederate and the Gettysburg Park was federal. He was also President of what’s now Virginia Tech. It was called some sort of agriculture college then when he was there. And he graduated from military college in ‘56. At the end of the 19th century he worked for the federal government and he was a person that reviewed pensions for the Union soldiers. And the reason I know that is because he reviewed one for one of my family members, and I was surprised when I saw his name on there. Lindsey Lunsford Lomax.” WARRENTON LIFESTYLE



“The Benners, the baseball field over here at the old Warrenton junior high - that’s called Benner field because he (John Benner) donated the land for it. He lived to be almost 100 years old.”

“Chauncy Brown, he was a well-known musician. Georgia, his wife, when I worked at the Safeway in the 60s, they were customers. What a talented musician. He did a whole lot for the Black community and he was a soldier from WWI. He played up around Middleburg. He was a corporal in the U.S. army during WWI.”

“This is the southern side of the Warrenton Cemetery. When I was a kid, there was a fence that went right along here and this is the Black section. Now of course it’s intermixed, but the predominant area in here is still Black. You see they had their own flagpole.” “Laura Godfrey Metheny. Her son was Arthur Beauregard “Bud” Metheny. He was one of the last men to wear Babe Ruth’s #3 when he played for the Yankees. But he graduated from Calverton High School in ‘32. She was born here in Fauquier County. They moved to St. Louis and that’s where her son was born. Her husband left them and she came back here and lived with her mother until she died (the mother) and then she lived in a home place until she passed in ‘57. But her son was one of the last ones to wear the #3 Babe Ruth before it was retired permanently.”

“Mr. Lee Madison. Madisontown. You know where they just built the new apartments on Falmouth and Madison street on the corner? Well Madisontown was founded from his family. He was the barber where the tea room was right on Main Street, it’s the second building from the corner of Culpeper Street. But they had Madison’s Barbershop, he and his brother Charlie. Great family. I can remember Mr. Lee and Mr. Charlie as a kid cutting my hair and their children all became well to do professional people. Mr. Lee and Mr. Charlie were fine people. Fine people. Mr. Lee was a little short fella, real wiry. Mr. Charlie as like me, short and stocky.”

“Lycurgus Washington Caldwell. This man sat in Baltimore and telegraphed the first message of notoriety (with Samuel Morse). Morse was in the capitol building in Washington and he was in Baltimore and his statement was “what hath God wrought. And you know where Smith Street is, where the Napolean’s burned down? That pretty house that sits back there, it’s got a stone bottom and a white frame top and a porch? That’s their house. It was his wife’s family, he lived there of course after the war. And his family ran a newspaper and he got into it as well. It was the predecessor of the Democrat, The Wig maybe? There’s a book in the library, My Heart is so Rebellious, and it’s love letters between he and his wife. And it’s a really beautiful book to find the history of Warrenton.”


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“Richard Norris Brooke. He was the curator of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. He studied in France. There are two pictures that come to mind. One is called ‘The Pastoral Visit,’ you can get a copy of it at the Marshall John-Gott library. That was supposedly painted on Smith Street in a little carriage house next to Lycurgus Washington’s place. He did a lot of Black art at the end of the century, early 20th century, and the Pastoral Visit was just that, the Black pastor coming to the family and the kids running around. He also did, I think it was, ‘A Day at the Circus.’ He did the picture of the Confederates surrendering at Appomattox, ‘Furling the Flag,’ and that hangs at West Point. I have a copy of that at my house, like I say, because it is so significant. Furling the flag is the end of the Confederacy and he painted that. When Warrenton burned in 1909, he owned an art studio right where the Fauquier Bank is. He lost &25,000 worth of paintings. And in 1909 that was a LOT of money. And then he rebuilt on the corner of 5th Street and Lee Street.” “What’s interesting about this is supposedly he was never moved here. He was buried in that cemetery on Metze Road. So his body may very well rest in Culpeper now. But they moved the stone when they closed that cemetery. When the church left there and they moved up here, they quit taking care of the cemetery and churches are notorious for that. So they come in here and place the flat plate and built a brick rise on it, but there’s probably nobody here. ❖


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BEE Appreciation

Two hobbyist beekeepers share their experiences By Aimée O’Grady

In May 2015, Broad Run Lifestyle magazine featured an article about world-renowned beekeeper Ann Harman, an Eastern Apicultural Society Certified Master Beekeeper, and the value of the honey bee. This issue features two local hobbyist beekeepers who are familiar with Harman’s teachings, and decided to take up beekeeping themselves. They share some of their experiences below.


anessa Mabin, a Warrenton resident, has been a beekeeper and mentor with the Northern Piedmont Beekeepers Association for the past six years. Her interest in beekeeping came about purely by accident, after her husband's pastime landed in her lap. "Alex thought it would be great to start keeping bees, but then his schedule became too busy with travel, and I needed to step in" to take care of his apiary. Since then, Mabin has become the primary beekeeper in her family. She relies on her husband for some of the literal “heavy lifting” of beekeeping. Deep bee hive boxes, called supers, can weigh upwards of ninety pounds when filled with honey. Mabin uses medium boxes that reach about sixty pounds each. Her husband is not the only one to lend Mabin a hand. She also encourages other family members to


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Vanessa Mabin prepares to use her cherry picker to relocate a swarm that has settled in a nearby tree.

don the bee suit and get in the apiary with her. "Both my son, son-in-law, nieces and nephews have helped me with the bees," says Mabin. Mabin and her husband joined the Northern Piedmont Beekeepers Association and attended the seven-week beekeeping course, taught by Master Beekeeper Ann Harman. The Mabins continue to work with a vast network of beekeepers in our region, including members of the NPBA, Jerry Headley at Virginia Bee Supply in Remington, and, of course, the internet. Some of Mabin's most memorable beekeeping experiences have come from swarms. A swarm occurs when a percentage of the hive population leaves the hive with their queen to start a new hive, “They form a consensus on when to leave the hive,” says Mabin. To enable her to fly the queen stops laying so her body becomes smaller. The bees initial landing spot is random, but from there they fly to a predetermined location. The remaining bees then select a brood cell to feed a special food called royal jelly. This process results in a super-sized worker bee that becomes the hive’s new queen. “Many beekeepers don’t want a hive to swarm, since it means that the original hive loses some of its manpower and the new hive will take time to get going. A swarm will slow down honey production,” explains Mabin. But for Mabin, catching

a swarm means she will likely start a new hive. "To me, a swarm is a sign of a healthy hive," Mabin states. "When the bees leave the hive, they are looking for a new home and are leaving behind a strong colony." Since Mabin works from her home tending to the farm, she is often around when a swarm happens. "I may notice activity above one hive that is a little off. When the bees fly higher above the hive than they regularly do, I know a swarm is about to happen." Shortly thereafter, Mabin may hear a loud buzzing and see a cluster of bees move off in a particular direction. "The bees in a swarm all know where they are going,” she says. This is because days prior to a swarm, scout bees search out a new location for their hive. Their pheromones tell the swarm where to go. Over the years, Mabin has found swarms all over her property. "They will be under farm equipment, on tomato cages, even on the side of another hive!" But most times, they are in nearby trees. To gather a swarm, Mabin first pulls on her bee suit and collects a box and perhaps a cherry picker to shake a high branch. "Collecting the bees is actually very easy. All I have to do is shake the branch and the cluster falls apart. I will put a sheet under the box to catch the ones that miss the box. Then I bring them to the bee yard and dump them into an unoccupied bee hive. The bees that fly off catch the scent of the pheromones and eventually find their way to the new hive." To keep the swarm in the new hive, Mabin feeds the bees a sugary syrup right away. It is in this way that Mabin has increased the number of hives in her apiary to thirteen this year. Her apiary yields a few hundred pounds of honey each year. Occasionally, Mabin cannot reach a swarm that has settled on a high branch and she leaves it. Neighbors have mentioned seeing the swarm and hearing its distinctive buzzing as it sets off for a permanent location. One of her earliest experiences with beekeeping was what she thought was bearding. Bearding occurs when the hive’s population reaches over 30,000 and the ambient temperature in the hive becomes too high. When this happens, the bees simply step outside for some fresh air. One day, Mabin went into her apiary only

to find all of the bees on the outside of the hive. Unsure what was happening, she called her mentor, Harman, and ultimately Northern Piedmont Beekeeper Association member Karen Hunt, who came by to take a look. “What happened was that the queen was released from her cage too soon and there was no comb for her to lay eggs in, so she just walked out the door and all the bees followed!” Hunt helped her move all the bees back into the hive. Although anxious about taking on beekeeping, a fragile activity, she has become mesmerized with the tiny insects. “I’m fascinated by how the bees make comb. It’s incredible that they do that,” she marvels. Mabin is drawn to patterns and repetitions, “A newly drawn frame is absolutely gorgeous, beautifully clean and creamy white. Full of possibilities. Mabin “marvels at the precision of the combs, the hexagon pattern that is so efficient... the evenness of the depth of the combs for brood. The fact that the bees have this ability to make the wax is in itself incredible.” The plight of the honey bee was just gaining momentum when Mabin became a beekeeper. Her initial interest in bees was simply because the bees fit in with her small homestead of chickens and a large garden. Her garden has been altered because of the bees. They attract more diverse birds, and the birds ultimately transfer seeds. The interconnectedness of her environment is echoed in her beekeeping adventures. This year, Mabin harvested honey from her hives shortly after the locust trees bloomed, which resulted in a very light-colored honey desired by retailers. She approached The Whole Ox in The Plains with her honey, and they agreed to sell it. Daniel Liberson, owner of Lindera Farms in Delaplane and a customer at The Whole Ox, saw the honey. As a producer of Locust Vinegar, he expressed an interest in using her honey to make mead at his farm. Although Mabin cannot always rely on the spring honey to be influenced by the locust blooms because of all the variables involved, she is still pleased with her contributions to the environment and community, “It is wonderful to be a part of something that has a larger impact than what you are doing,” she says. Across town, Warrenton CFC Garden

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Right: Mabin checks on a comb from one of her hives, photo by Aimée O’Grady. All other photos by Dylan Mabin.

nervous. Today, Brady depends on his own network of beekeepers, which he has formed over the years. Brady has witnessed an increase in the black bear population and other threats to the honey bees, such as the varroa mite and viruses, and he has taken steps to control both with electric fencing and an acid that attacks the mite without harming the bee. While Brady believes the honey bee will survive these threats, he isn’t as certain about the commercial pollination industry, which is reliant on the survival of the honey bee. Through the decades, Brady has become fascinated with how highly evolved the small insects are. “There are amazing social aspects in the hive,” he explains. “Some bees clean the hive, the morticians remove the dead bees, there are nursemaids and then the pheromones change alerting the hive of the need for a new queen. The bees come together to make a new one. How did Mother Nature come up with such a highly-evolved insect?” Since he does not regularly wear his suit, gloves, or even his veil while tending his bees, Brady has become an expert at reading bees over the years. “Once you get stung, the bee releases pheromones alerting the other bees to a threat and then they come to sting as well.” Brady has become accustomed to reading the mood of his bees before attempting any beekeeping activity. “Some days, the bees don’t seem to care very much about my movements when I’m near the hive. But

Store employee, Gene Brady has been a beekeeper for the past 33 years. He took up beekeeping the same year his daughter was born. Brady grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas near an uncle who was a beekeeper. “The family would all gather around my grandmother’s long table for waffles, and Uncle Tom’s honey would be on the table. I never developed a taste for maple syrup - it was always honey,” remembers Brady. Because of these early experiences, he always knew he would try beekeeping. Unlike Mabin, Brady didn’t have a vast network of resources. His education in beekeeping came primarily from a number of outdated books. “I knew someone in The Plains with one hive, and he offered to sell it to me,” Brady relates. Although hives are generally moved at night when the bees are inside the hive and dormant, Brady went over in the middle of the day to pick up the hive. He had no smoke and no suit. “It was all wrong,” he recalls. “This was my first experience with multiple stings.” Despite losing a lot of bees, the queen stayed and the colony survived. During those early years when he lived in Orlean and ordered his bees through the mail, the small post office would often call Brady and ask him to pick up the bees since the buzzing from the wooden box would make the other post office patrons


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there are days when the smallest amount of motion causes the bees to react quickly with abrupt motions collectively. This careful observation of bees has given Brady a strong sense of appreciation for the delicate insects, “I believe that most beekeepers that achieve any level of success have spent a lot of time just watching the beehive, which we do because we are fascinated with this unique insect.” Beekeepers move through the beekeeping activity with patience, carefully attuned to the needs of the small insects and observing the activity of the hive to predict their needs. In return, the bees flourish. Hives increase their population, swarms set off to create new hives, and pollinators work in fields and gardens in at least a 3-mile radius from each hive. Evidence of honey bees is everywhere. In the food at the farmers’ markets and the fields of seasonal blooms, all from a tiny insect with only a 4 to 6-week lifespan. ❖

Aimée O’Grady is a freelance writer who enjoys transforming stories told by Fauquier residents into articles for Lifestyle readers. She learns more and more about our rich county with every interview she conducts. She and her husband are happy with their decision to raise their three children in Warrenton.

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Toward the end of World War II, Warrenton native Andy Austin left high school to join the Navy. His subsequent experiences resulted in his participation in the Korean War as a sailor aboard an attack transport ship and as part of military ground support staff helping Korean civilians escape the onslaught of the attacking communist forces. Edited posthumously from his journals and from his own words – misspellings and all – Andy displays his delightful sense of humor, his youthful outlook, and his compassion for others as he shows us how it feels to be a young sailor.

I, Andrew Latimer Austin,

was born in Warrenton on January 27, 1928. Dad was automotive pioneer Joseph Manning Austin and Mom, Katherine Peyton Bartenstein Austin, had been a school superintendent. We lived in the Bartenstein subdivision, right around the corner from several Austin and Bartenstein aunts, uncles, cousins, and my older brothers by Dad’s first marriage, Alfred and Jimmy. When the Japs bombed Pearl Harbor and the US of A entered World War II, I came home from delivering newspapers and listened to Dad and others talk about the war and its probable significance. The following year, while out in the garden picking corn, my father died of a heart attack. I started badgering—begging—to go into the Navy as soon as it dawned on me I was of age! In the middle of my senior year, after pleading with Mom, and trying to convince big brother Jimmy, Mom gave in and let me quit high school and join the Navy. In boot camp I was put in school to be a medic since the need for medics was a major problem at the time. I protested, even failed to do my studies, until a chief told me that regardless of what I did or did not do, they were going to graduate me and send me to sea. Once aboard, if the crew realized I didn’t know my stuff, the only way to get a replacement would be if some dark stormy night I fell overboard, and had to be replaced! I got the message and “repented of the evil of my ways!” My first ship was the training destroyer USS Stribling at Key West, Florida, officially making me a ‘Tin Can Sailor’. President Truman used to pay us visits, and someone aboard ship would be his bartender as needed, using some of our “medicinal” supplies of alcohol. While I was aboard he visited


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Above: Austin aboard the USS Haynesworth. Left: Andy Austin as a baby with his mother Katherine Peyton Bartenstein Austin.

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to transfer into the signal gang. On the signal bridge, our ability was tested most often by communication drills; by lights flashing Morse code, an individual using semaphore flags, or by flag hoists where a particular flag, preceded by another flag would mean something specific. Standing the night watches were a good time to look for a signalman on another ship and ‘shoot the bull’ with him for an hour or more, helping both his and my skill. More than once, as we pulled into another port, sometime during the night we’d get a visitor on the bridge asking if we could send a message to someone on another ship. We always responded, unless the crew on the other ship would be obviously unhappy, busy solving their own problems. A favorite event would be at 4:30 in the morning when the ship’s cook would appear, saying the fresh bread would be ready shortly, and he wondered if we would say hello to his friend on this or that nearby ship. That fresh bread, saturated with real butter, was something else to break apart early in the morning and enjoy with coffee. Cousin Tim Bartenstein’s mine sweeper and my destroyer both ended up in Gibraltar at the same time. Neither of us knew the other was going to be there, but our signal gangs remedied that, and we

at least twice. With his first visit I learned what to do with our alcohol, and I was quick to get it done afterwards. I did not encounter Pres. Truman; we [enlisted guys] remained comfortably out of sight when he came aboard. Much of the time our officers would go to his bungalow on the base to meet him. The end of the war in the Pacific found me still on the Stribling. After being discharged from the Navy, I went to VPI for a semester, then worked for the phone company, then went back to the Navy. Now aboard a real ship, the USS Haynsworth, we sailed to the Mediterranean. I began to hang around with the sailors of the operations department, and was invited

went sight-seeing around the port. After we returned to the US of A before the outbreak of the Korean War, I was transferred to the attack cargo ship USS Algol which was then deployed to the Pacific to support Allied operations. We arrived in time to join in the Inchon invasion; as a cargo ship, our mission was one of resupply and reinforcement using the landing craft which we carried. We anchored off Yellow Beach, Inchon, Korea—so this is war! There is some shore bombardment still in progress. Our ship was unloading marines and supplies continuously. Occasionally fighting on the beach and inland can be seen, but overall it is just another exercise. We had to go to General Quarters several times because of enemy planes getting too near. The burning of Seoul was visible at night. Began reloading marines today. First bunch came aboard at suppertime. Look a little bedraggled and confused, but mostly healthy. However, the casualty list for the first day of the marines that went ashore from our ship were three dead, 73 wounded. En-route to Inchon. We left port in a slight rush and thought our destination was Sasebo, Japan for a while, but now we know that we are going in to Inchon to

Top Left: Austin before leaving for the Navy. Bottom Left: Austin and a buddy aboard the USS Stribling. Below: Austin on the USS Algol beside a gun mount in the harbor of Sasebo, Japan.


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we saw Army squads putting explosives around them, so I guess there won’t be much left if the Communists get there. One South Korean soldier who was waiting to go aboard ship asked me for my binoculars and scanned all the people waiting to go on the junks, then he spotted something, looked awhile, gave my glasses back and said that he saw his father in the crowd. I certainly felt sorry for him, because he pointed to a crowd which obviously couldn’t be taken aboard the junks. There was no emotion on his face, tho. Another sight that hurt was that of seeing that the officer in charge of one of the ROK units was a woman of about 40 years. Her aide was a young Korean which I think was her son. She was dressed in dirty olivedrab clothes just like the men, with rubber “tennis” shoes as combat shoes, and a piece of close line as the sling of her rifle. She also spoke excellent English, even with a trace of Britain in it. I was standing beside her, cussing about the cold, and, altho she is so far above it all, I apologized very sincerely. Aboard ship we have had two deaths since getting underway. We are carrying 450 civilians, both sexes, and about 180 prisoners of war. The wounded are in the

evacuate troops or just sit around and look formidable, or carry supplies around to another place. We have been told that the picnic is over, and we can expect anything. We all got another typhus shot, and we’re getting ready for anything. Seems that the situation is getting a little out of control, what with the Chinese breaking thru. If the A-bomb is used [and it wasn’t], I imagine we’ll evacuate troops to leave a place for the enemy to congregate. Full of mystery right now. As for the December 1950 weather, it has been rough, wet, and cold. Orders changed and we went on up to Chinnapo, Korea, which is 90 air miles from Manchuria. We dropped anchor, offloaded the landing craft and began to bring Korean evacuees aboard. I was a beach guard for the night, and got to go to the beach to see the sights. We were supposed to take out 1,200 railroad workers and government employees but word slipped around and we soon had 1,700 loaded into the four transport ships in our fleet and 2,500 more to go. The townspeople had gotten the news and decided they would like to go also, because the Communists were reported about 10 miles away. So, things were held up awhile until the Army decided to send all we could carry, and then they all came a-running. We finished the next morning at about 9 o’clock and departed Chinnanpo at noon. The people left by us all crowded into fishing junks and left. It was quite a sight. But the most outstanding part of it all was the actual tension and its effects. The people were all crowded together in a continuous long line, five abreast. Then, as a boat pulled up, so many were pulled off and loaded. The interpreters told them to keep their families together, but either from fear or misunderstanding, they wouldn’t move until the boat load was ready to go, then a parent would start crying for his child or a little child would start yelling, and begging. So, altho strict orders were issued not to wait, the boat would wait until the family was reunited. The morning we left, most of the army units and ROK [Republic of Korea] army had already been loaded, and Chinnanpo looked deserted. On the dock were thousands of gas drums, some empty and some full, plus stores of all sorts. As we left


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troop compartment adjoining the mess hall, and the odor in both places is hardly bearable. I haven’t eaten a full meal yet, and I don’t intend to until we disembark them. The civilians are in No. 3 hold, on the bottom, and are quite happy about it all, if fear and doubt and leaving home can be called happiness just because it is covered with a smile. We have treated them all with courtesy and even understanding, and they don’t complain. They sleep all together on the concrete deck, stay there all day, eat well but not enough of soup and rice, and wonder. Their belongings are on the main deck out of the weather where they can get to them when they leave. We fear that if taken below, there would probably be some attempt to set up housekeeping, besides pilfering, etc. These bundles also have an odor all their own. The temperature has been at freezing and below the whole time. [Editor’s note: Part of the above account of the evacuation of Chinnanpo was sent in a letter to Andy’s mother, Kit, which she Top Left: Austin ready for beach guard duty. Bottom Left: The Signal Gang aboard the USS Algol. Austin is mid-row center. Right: Austin’s final Navy portrait.

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submitted to the local newspaper, The Fauquier Democrat.] [After evacuating Chinnapo and Incheon,] we went to Sasebo, Japan; sat around swinging on the anchor; then LIBERTY… We conducted additional operations in the war zone before returning to the US of A. I was promoted to Quartermaster First Class which extended my signalman duties in the Signal Gang to include steering the ship in the wheelhouse. I was at the steering wheel, and on the ‘annunciator’ I think it was called, which told the engineering department what speed we should be making and whether we go forward or backward. The officer of the deck or the Captain gave the order, and my job was to put it in action. On an all-important division inspection, we were aimed at a cliff at full speed and the senior inspecting officer told our officers on the bridge they had just been killed by enemy fire. I’m steering, watching that cliff get closer...Slowly it dawns on me I’m being tested! There is no officer to give me orders, and I have to decide! I go over in my mind what I think I heard as the officers discussed why they should choose this course, but I came up blank, looked at the cliff, realized I didn’t know where shallow or deep water was, and quickly turned the helm a quarter of a turn to the right, which caused the ship to lean way over as we turned in the water. Another duty of that position at the helm was to steer the ship when refueling at sea. Several times we would pull up alongside an aircraft carrier traveling at about 20 knots, a fuel line—a hose about a foot in diameter— is passed between the ships and we get refilled. My job as helmsman was to maintain as exactly as I could the distance from the carrier. Any variation could break the line, spewing oil. Any variation could cause the ships to collide. What interfered with our steering were the waves and the wind, both of which would require careful and quick handling. Often the carrier would turn a bit to the right as the wind or waves would turn me to the left, and it takes the carrier much longer to turn one degree than it takes a destroyer,

a thought always in my mind as I responded to her. After returning to the US of A and some leave in San Diego, my last tour with the Navy was a second but uneventful visit to Korea. Mom writes in her diary: “Andy called me in long distance tonight to say good bye-sailing on Thursday for Yokosuka, Japan for 10 months. Said he might be home for Xmas.” Returning from my final tour to the Korean War zone. En-route Long Beach. Since sunset today we’ve had wonderful reception of west coast stations on the broadcast band – 3,000 miles away – the distance across the states. Weather must have a great influence on it, too. The stateside music is wonderful – station KEX in Portland, Oregon, and a station in Sacramento. Advertisements too, as can be expected in the original US of A. It makes me a bit homesick – especially when I realize that I should be a civilian in less than two months. Ah, home. The Navy will be quite a memory. Sleeping on a table-top and thinking you have a racket – living only to raise and lower flags – blink lights and wave arms – ordering kids to empty trash cans – living constantly with 300 jerks… And everybody living in a space 500’ x 60’ x 60’…And the fine feeling when, at night after taps when somebody goes down and swipes a loaf of bread for the toaster…And the dozens of ‘beetles’ who invade the shack to eat it… At home now it is about 0500. Trying to transplant yourself to home – just to imagine the experiences you would be going thru there. The sea is still wonderful – I am thinking more and more of the memories I am going to have from it. Something always in the mind to be smiled over in the many years to come. On December 16, 1952 we moored at Long Beach, CA. I had completed 72,546 nautical miles on the USS Algol. Looking back over the years… Every time I look at photographs of the Haynsworth and the Algol, I see myself at the helm, both during refueling alongside carriers or tankers, and at battle-stations. I was always so pleased to be given that duty station. ❖



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Top: Austin with his new bride Jackie on their wedding day standing with Austin’s mother, Kit. Bottom: Austin and Jackie with extended family in 1999.

EDITOR’S POSTSCRIPT Shortly after arriving home in Warrenton, Andy met schoolteacher Jacquelyn Virginia Quillan. They were married and lived at UVA where he was enrolled and later graduated with a major in geology. They moved to Louisiana where he was successful in providing locations for producing oil wells. They later moved to Texas. Like his Austin and Bartenstein families in Warrenton, Andy was devoted to his family and the church. Andy passed away in the fall of 2015. He is survived by his widow Jackie, son Jon, and granddaughter Elizabeth.

Joe Austin is a freelance writer who grew up in Warrenton, WHS class of ’59. He writes about family history, travel, and is the author of Pixels in the Clouds, a collection of photos of teenage parties in the 1950s. He, his wife, and a few grandchildren reside in Massachusetts.

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WLM: Why this topic? MC: My thrill and passion is to see others set free and breaking through barriers that prevent them from living the abundant life that I believe we are all created to live. We tend to make it much more difficult than it really is. We often look to others to set us free, but the truth is we have everything we need within ourselves to do it. WLM: How do you feel that your book is different or unique from other books written about a similar topic? MC: Many self help books seem to promise a magic formula of one method or another. I point out that everything that you need is already within you and I teach the reader how to access those tools and put them to use immediately in any situation. WLM: What personal experience do you have with this topic? (provide some biographical information here as well) MC: I have been teaching these principles and helping people be set free for over 26 years. I have had the privilege to practice therapy in several locations around the U.S. and Japan. I have travelled to over 20 developing countries to teach healing from trauma and personal empowerment. I have seen many hurting people and I know how they can be set free, so I feel like it’s not only my privilege, but my obligation, to share what I know. As I get older, I realize that this is a great, freeing, and empowering message


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WLM: How did the book change from your initial vision to what it actually became? MC: I was originally going to take the tele-class and extend it into a more intense coaching experience so that I could work with more people with their specific needs. But the more I thought about it, I can reach more people with this message of hope and a sense of their personal power with this format. I still might offer the more intense coaching platform as well for those who have expressed interest in working within that format. WLM: Where can people buy the book? MC: It’s available at Amazon. com in paperback, kindle and audio. WLM: Did you self-publish? Why did you choose that option? MC: I did self publish. It was such a simple straightforward process with my last book, that I thought I’d do that again. Not that I wouldn’t like it to get picked up by a publisher, but getting the word out is pretty much up to the author anyway. There are also more delays with a bigger publisher and I wanted to get it into people’s hands as quickly as possible. WLM: What are you most proud of about this book? MC: The testimonials and stories of people for whom these steps really worked and changed their lives. That’s why I do it. WLM: Is this your first published book? MC: No. I wrote one about

Many self help books seem to promise a magic formula of one method or another. I point out that everything that you need is already within you.” 20 years ago or so, which was my first attempt. But 3 years ago, I wrote Peaceful Parenting: 10 Essential Principles based pretty much on the same principles. Knowing that “more is caught than taught” in parenting, I wanted to write a book that helped parents take responsibility for their own sense of well being, as that is what makes us better parents. At that time many people said that that book was great for all people, not just parents, so I thought I’d write a book for the more general population. WLM: Can we look forward to any more books by author Marianne Clyde? MC: I am currently working on one that should be available by the end of the summer for businesses. ❖


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mental health in OUR county Fauquier’s partnership in helping our children and young adults find health and healing. by Sallie Morgan


he need to improve mental health care in this region could not be more urgent. According to the Center for Disease Control, suicide rates have skyrocketed in this country, increasing by 24% in the past 15 years, with the greatest increase among young girls (age 10-14). Mental health conditions like depression and severe anxiety are often causal factors leading to suicide attempts, and the CDC notes that growing rates of substance use also increase the risk of suicide. At a local level, the recent PRIDE survey conducted by the Mental Health Association, Fauquier CADRE, and the Fauquier County Schools collected information from 4,450 middle and high school students that points to serious concerns about both mental health and substance use: • The age of first use of alcohol and drugs is significantly younger than in past years. • Approximately 400 students are at potential risk of addiction given their frequent use of substances. • 574 Fauquier students used illicit drugs in the past 30 days. • 12th graders in Fauquier rank above the national average in using illicit drugs. • Marijuana use in Fauquier is above the national average. • 4.5% of high school seniors use heroin. • 175 youth abused prescription drugs in the past 30 days (prescription drug use is closely linked to later use of heroin).


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• 31.6% of high school students and 22.5% of 7-8th graders report being depressed during the past year. • 779 students report experiencing significant anxiety. • 25% of students report having thoughts of suicide in the past year. • Youth who have mental health problems are self medicating with drugs and alcohol, which increases the risk of harm to themselves or others. To respond to this information, on April 29, the Mental Health Association, CADRE and Fauquier schools convened a Community Dialogue on Mental Health And Substance Use to begin building a community action plan. At the Dialogue, Caroline Folker shared the searing story of her teenage daughter’s experience with anxiety and substance use that in spite of her family’s tremendous support and her own will to fight the problem, ultimately resulted in her death from a heroin overdose. “There were so many points along the way when we just didn’t have the information and resources we needed to help her.” Ms. Folker has turned her experience into action by forming a support group called Families Overcoming Drug Addiction that meets twice a month at Fauquier Hospital, and has grown quickly to more than 40 members, clearly meeting a significant need in the community. The PRIDE data and stories from parents like Ms. Folker emphasize the critical importance of early identification and early intervention, and the need for adequate treatment

resources. Unfortunately, the average time between the onset of mental health symptoms and entry into treatment is 10 years, which means years of pain, lost opportunity to affect the whole course of a mental illness, and sometimes harm to oneself or others. That is why the Mental Health Association is collaborating with the local schools and with a broad group of local organizations to set priorities and create a community action plan. A key component of such an action plan is promotion of Mental Health First Aid, an evidence-based course that can help local residents recognize when a family member, colleague or friend is suffering and know how to offer them support. In 2014, The Mental Health Association helped Fauquier County Public Schools obtain a $100,000 federal grant to offer Youth Mental Health First Aid training for 1,000 school staff and youth-serving adults in the community. To date, 350 people have been trained, but many more could benefit from this course. At the April Community Dialogue, the PATH Foundation announced a unique collaboration to encourage local schools and organizations to sign up staff and volunteers for the training. The PATH foundation will offer a cash incentive of $500 to youth-serving organizations who sign up 5 staff or volunteers for the training, and an incentive of $1,000 to schools with 20 or more staff trained. With the incentives capped at $30,000, payments for qualifying organizations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. More information about the incentive program can be found at fauquier-mha.com. Not only is it crucial that young people in our community get support, but adults and families also face a lack of treatment resources when they need help. As in other communities, the majority of mental health treatment in this region is provided by primary care physicians, who also prescribe the majority of psychotropic medications. Those doctors often need the assistance of a psychiatrist to evaluate their patients’ needs and to consult on treatment, but there is a severe lack of psychiatrists in the community. To address that issue and to support both local physicians and their patients, the Mental Health Association is working with the Fauquier Free Clinic, primary care physicians, and others to bring tele-psychiatry to this community and to integrate mental health care with medical services in the region. There is no health without mental health, and it will take community-wide action to build a better system for promoting mental wellness. For more information on community action planning efforts and how you might become involved, contact the Mental Health Association at mhafc1@gmail.com or by calling 540-341-8732. ❖

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top by our vendor booth for crafts and lemonade during the Warrenton Town Limits July 1st celebration at the WARF and connecting sports fields. Music, swimming, fireworks, food, vendors & family fun. Event kicks off at 4pm with fireworks starting at dusk. Families are all welcome to view fireworks with us at our tent. Join the Warrenton Area Civitians and Families4Fauquier at 5th and Main Street on July 4th for the Children and Pet Parade in Old Town Warrenton. Decorate your dogs, bikes, trikes and wagons. Please nothing motorized. Parade line-up starts at 9:30 a.m. Parade starts promptly 10 a.m. following Uncle Sam to the Fauquier County Courthouse. The Fauquier Community Bank will be playing patriotic music on the courthouse steps. Flags, balloons, dog treats, decorations, water, and popsicles will be available. Come to the Town of Warrenton Movies in The Park on July 22nd at Eva Walker Park for the showing of The Good Dinosaur. Families4Fauquier will

be providing crafts and popsicles for the kiddos. We hope to see you there. Movie begins at dusk (between 8:45-9 p.m.). Crafts start at 7:30 p.m. Please join Families4Fauquier and the Fauquier County Sheriff’s office for our Summer Bicycle Rodeo at 11 a.m. at PB Smith Elementary School on July 23rd. Have fun learning about bike safety and ride the fun obstacle course. Drinks and snacks provided. Please RSVP with us at families4fauquier@gmail.com. Families4Fauquier will once again be sponsoring a number of Fauquier County students in need with school supplies and backpacks through the FISH School Supply Drive. If you are interested in helping us provide an excellent start to a new school year by donating, please email us for additional details. The 2016 Summer Reading Program is underway! Each Fauquier branch library offers free programs and activities for children, teens, and adults. Prize wheel runs

until Saturday, August 6th. Visit fauquierlibrary.org for a complete listing of events and activities. Families4Fauquier is a proud sponsor for the 2016 Summer Reading Program for the third year. Looking for a Summer Camp or VBS for your child? Be sure to check out our Summer Camps event Page at facebook. com/events/845867772191931/. We are actively recycling in our community. When you recycle with us, you are also helping us raise money to support our community events and projects. You can contribute by donating your old electronics - recycling items such as smartphones, cell phones, inkjet cartridges, and ipods. Recycling can be dropped off at Edward Jones in the office of Matthew Fusaro, 147 Alexandria Pike, Ste 100, Warrenton. Also, don’t miss a fun movie this summer! The Regal Summer Movie Express is only $1 and movies play on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Regal Virginia Gateway Stadium in Gainesville. ❖

Clockwise from top left: Painting Fathers Day tiles at Earth, Glaze and Fire. The Fauquier Fox with a young event guest. Rachel and Rosalyn meeting Ronald McDonald at the Red Nose Party. Painting piggie banks at Sona Bank.


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e found a home only a few months before our move to Warrenton in July 2015. The next step was getting connected to the community. Soon I was on the Internet researching two interests: churches and a newcomer’s club. I knew Warrenton would have churches and I was equally confident that there would be an association to orient people moving to the area. When I read about the Warrenton Newcomer’s Club, I was surprised at the breadth of activities and excited to get involved. As a child when our family moved to a different town, we would be greeted by a basket of goodies with information and coupons for businesses in the area. The Warrenton Newcomer’s Club is far more than the Welcome Wagon. It is an excellent place to learn about businesses and professionals. But most of all it fosters friendships. Since many in the club have moved to Warrenton and nearby towns in the last few years, there is instant camaraderie as people exchange their mutual experiences of finding their way into this new environment. The goal is always to support people at critical junctures in their lives. Members come from all over the United States. Some have moved within Virginia, but even more come from states such as California, Texas, Illinois, and New York. Lynn Rice-Takahashi has moved around. Her latest move, in 2014, was from China. She describes the club as welcoming and the members as fascinating. She says she has made a personal game of sitting next to someone she doesn’t know at every meeting, “Someday I will have been able to have a conversation with everyone in the club.” It didn’t take Lynn long to get involved. She has been the Sunshine officer, sending notes of encouragement and emotional support to members who are ill.


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If you can’t find someone from your home state, you will probably find someone who had or has a similar career: artist, teacher, contract administrator, medical profession, self-employed, state and federal employee, spiritual coach, pastor, retired Navy and Air Force. And that’s just a sampling. Gay Baughman is someone who has been in the area for more than five years, but was employed and commuting to Maryland in the printing industry. When she retired, she jumped right into the club, to which her sister already belonged, relishing the diversity of interest groups from which to choose. Monthly meetings, on the second Wednesday every month from February through December, typically include scrumptious food, updates on activity groups, a guest

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rom March to October, especially during the hot and humid summer months, President Hoover, our 31st president, and First Lady Lou Henry Hoover escaped the stress and heat of the nation’s capital for weekend getaways to Rapidan Camp in the Shenandoah National Park, which acted as a Summer White House not too far from Washington, D.C. Hoover was a mining engineer and had worked in many parts of the world. Investing in mines in China made him a millionaire at the age of 29. When Madison County offered him the land for his presidential summer retreat and Congress set aside the money for the acquisition of the land and construction of the camp, Hoover instead reached into his own pocket and used his personal funds to acquire not only the 164 acre parcel, but also all the building materials. President Hoover was very specific where he wanted to spend his weekend getaways. It had to be within 100 miles of the capital, above 2,500 feet elevation and along a stream so he could fish trout. Together with his wife, they designed the camp and the presidential cabin which is stunning in its simplicity and functionality. The President did business of state in his cabin and invited dignitaries from all over the world to help him shape and deal with the turbulent economic times of the early thirties in the tranquility of the wilderness. The Prime Minister of Great Britain had his own quarters dubbed The Prime Minister’s Cabin.


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Today, many a visitor to Hoover’s cabin falls in love with it and says that they could live there. I was no exception and asked an architect hiking buddy what it would cost to replicate this cabin. He gave me a rough estimate of $175,000 but left me struggling with land and maintenance cost. I let go of such thoughts fairly quickly and concluded the best way to enjoy a cabin in the woods is by simply going for a hike to The Brown House as it is called today, relax on the large deck with a couple of hikers from Boots ’n Beer and listen to the rushing waters of the Mill and Laurel Prong streams before heading back to civilization and going belly-up for a cool draft beer and a burger. In 1932, the Hoovers donated Rapidan Camp to the state of Virginia for use as a summer retreat for subsequent presidents, and in December 1935, it officially became part of the Shenandoah National Park. Although President Hoover hoped that the retreat would serve future presidents to escape to nature, the next president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was bound to his wheelchair, did not care for the rustic

HIKING TO CAMP HOOVER There are two hikes to choose from to reach Camp Hoover, both of which are great family hikes. Pick the hike that best fits your family.

THE ROUND TRIP HIKE Reaching the trailhead to start this hike is easy. Drive along the scenic Skyline Drive and park at the Milam Gap parking space which is situated between Milestone 53 and 52 where the Appalachian Trail crosses Skyline Drive. From here you begin your moderate four miles round trip hike via the Mill Prong Trail which at places is a little steep and offers three easy stream crossings. You will also pass Big Rock Falls, which on hot days is a welcome invitation to cool off

before arriving at The Brown House. Park Rangers may be on site, and with a friendly word you may just be lucky enough to get a private showing of The Brown House and listen to fascinating tidbits and history of the Hoover presidency before you go exploring the Prime Minister’s Cabin and the Creel House. Retracing your steps will bring you back to the trailhead, and stopping at the Byrd Visitor Center at Milepost 51 is worthwhile for the many books about President Hoover’s summer retreat. Google, download, and print the Rapidan Camp Area Road and Trail Map.

THE CIRCUIT HIKE On this hike you take the same trail as described on the Round Trip Hike to reach Camp Hoover but instead of retracing your steps back to the trailhead, you will continue along Laurel Prong Trail and turn right on the Appalachian Trail to bring you back to your car at Milam Gap parking. This trail is 7.6 miles with 1,320 feet elevation gain and can comfortably be done in 4.5 hours. More details are available on hikingupward.com. ❖

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average lifespan 2-3 years Hamsters are nocturnal, so consider placement of the cage, especially at night! Given their schedule, you may not always be able to watch or interact during the day. Hamsters make good starter pets for children 8 years and older as long as they are regularly handled and socialized, otherwise they are prone to bite. They eat commercial pellet food and can be housed in a wire cages with plastic tubes and accessories or an aquarium with a metal cover.


Mice are fast, super small, and agile little critters! Curiosity easily overcomes them as they enjoy exploring. This, coupled with difficult handling due to size, makes them inappropriate for little kids. As with other small pets, mice are social and prefer to be housed with others of the same species. Pick one gender and check the gender of all potential pets—they breed quickly, often, or may have large litters. Mice are often kept in aquariums with metal tops, but may also be placed in a hamster cage (just ensure the bars are not wide enough for them to escape).


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ferrets average lifespan 5-8 years Ferrets are highly social, playful, and energetic pets that enjoy being an active part of the family. They benefit from training, regular social interaction, and lots of time with humans outside of the cage. Like cats, ferrets can be trained to litter boxes - and like growing puppies, need to be supervised around the household so they don’t nibble on cables or get into anything hazardous. Their curious and friendly nature makes them a great pet for kids 6 years and older. Ferrets are known to exhibit a musky odor from their anal glands which can be off-putting for some prospective owners. Some people have the glands removed when spaying or neutering a ferret to minimize the odor. Ferrets require a large enclosure that is safe and secure as these mischievous little critters will try to weasel their way out. Unlike other small companions, ferrets are truly carnivorous and require a special high meat and protein diet.



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Rabbits come in a vast variety of colors, breeds, and sizes. They can be housed indoors in a special rabbit cage, or outdoors in a weather and predator-proof hutch. Rabbits can be easily stressed, so are better matched with older kids 8 years and older. They can be toilet trained, walked on a leash, and an excellent cuddle buddy. Special needs regarding grooming, tooth care, nutrition, and health should be taken into consideration when picking a breed. Rabbits require regular access to hay and sunlight for optimal health alongside some commercial pellet feed. They can be housed in a wire and plastic cage indoors, or be kept in an outdoor rabbit hutch (remember to consider climate and weather proofing).

caring for your pet When cleaning your pet’s enclose ensure to use non-abrasive formulas. Some products are made specifically to prevent upper respiratory agitation in your pet. If using regular household products, use water and rinse surfaces thoroughly. Upper respiratory issues are the most common cause for illness in small pets. Signs often include: trouble breathing, nasal discharge, and sneezing. Treatment options should be sought out through a local vet who offers diagnostic services specifically for small pets. Some species, like rabbits and ferrets, require vaccinations. Speak with your local exotic vet specialist on recommendations for health and wellness given your pet’s specific risk factors. Even pocket and small pets can come from reputable breeders who spend the time to raise,

Chinchillas are a large rodent with a lush velvety coat of various colors. They are great to hold and pet. They require an enclosed cage with a solid base that contains a dust bath. Chinchillas are sensitive animals, so best suited for children 10 years and older. Rough handling can cause serious distress. Fun fact— chinchillas have no body odor—making it the perfect pet for owners who are sensitive to smell. With regular cage cleaning, pet odor is not an issue! Due to their longevity, it is important to ensure you are willing to make the long term commitment. Will you be able to care for, house, and keep a chinchilla in 5, 10, 20 years time?

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When asked how her husband feels about Families4Fauquier creating such a busy family life, Pierce answered, “He likes it, but I think he gets a little overwhelmed with it at times. Just because it’s always like, it’s our life. But I’m pretty intense about it. But he’s really helpful. He’s really the backbone to a lot of things I do. He builds things for me. He makes things for the kids to make crafts. My parade float. He sets up my canopy. He does a lot that people don’t see behind the scenes.” Pierce’s youngest daughter is also often on-hand and looks to be taking after her mother. “She’s very much like me. She likes to volunteer and everything with me that I do. Rosalyn really enjoys going with me and helping.” While in some ways Pierce is surprised that not many people seem to know about Families4Fauquier, she was completely overwhelmed this last year when their drive to fill boxes for the Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed National Medical Center jumped from 28 containers in 2013 to 916 containers in 2015. “We could have done more. But we got to the point we didn’t have storage. We were having a problem being able to transport them. We were running out of containers. We were running out of cards. We made handmade ornaments for all of them. I had no idea. I planned on making 300, so when we came up with 916, that was pretty amazing.” When asked what she hopes people feel or take away after being helped by Families4Fauquier, Pierce said, “I’m just hoping that they think, ‘Oh, someone does care about us. Someone took the time to come out here and do this. Even if it’s a little thing. They took the time to care about us to come out here and do this.’” Although Families4Fauquier is specifically named, it doesn’t keep Pierce from helping anywhere she can. “I’m all over helping anywhere, wherever. If someone said to me, ‘Hey, So-and-so in Culpeper needs something,’ we would probably go and help. There’s no limit


a side project, it’s grown to take over most of Pierce’s time...and house. Although Pierce doesn’t pay herself a single dollar from any of the donations to Families4Fauquier, the planning, scheduling, and coordinating demands almost full-time hours. Especially during the holidays when Families4Fauquier hosts some of their most popular drives, the Pierce home literally runs out of space. “At Christmastime you cannot walk in my living room or my dining room because we collect gifts for the families in the community. They’re floor to ceiling. I didn’t realize it would be as popular and as many people would get involved, so that’s kind of changed a little bit. Initially I thought it would be myself and family doing the projects, but people in the community really like it and want to get involved and help.” Pierce is looking forward to raising enough ongoing supporting funds so that Families4Fauquier can rent their own space instead of relying on churches, parks, and other locations to host events. “That would be really, really great. I think that would open a lot more doors for what we can do, because I’m limited on space. I am getting some donations of crafts and things like that, but I’m working out of my dining room, so I’ve kind of run out of room. It’s my home, but it’s also that (Families4Fauquier), too.” But for Pierce, Families4Fauquier is definitely more than just fun events, even more than just community service. It’s a teaching tool for her children. “I’m trying to teach them that no matter what you have going on in your life, someone’s always got it worse. And sometimes if you stop thinking about your problem or your sadness, and help someone else, it makes you feel better. I know it helps me a lot. If you can make someone else smile, lighten up their day for even a minute, then it’s worth it.” Children and families are close to Pierce’s heart - a priority clearly evident in her own family. Pierce’s husband, even though he works in D.C., is very involved with their son’s Boy Scout troop while Pierce can often be found taking their daughter to dance lessons. “Between scouts and dance and Families4Fauquier and if there’s a school activity, we stay pretty busy. It’s a challenge some days. We just do the best we can. Most of the time it’s fun.”

really. Primarily we focus on events and activities in Fauquier, but if there was something in Culpeper or Haymarket or Gainesville, we would definitely promote that if it came through and we knew about it.” Pierce said that having children run up and give her hugs at events is one of the most rewarding aspects of Families4Fauquier. “That makes me feel really good, that they know I’m in the community and I’m a community helper.” Even after her own children are grown, Pierce said as long as people are engaging with it, she plans to keep Families4Fauquier up and running. Because nursing familial community involvement is exactly what she was meant to do. “Making people smile is a big plus to me. They’res just a lot of sadness in the world. If you can just make someone smile and happy for a minute. Like I always say, we can all help in little ways that can add up big.”❖

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searching for relief Rovella, who is 44, said that surgery was mentioned by her doctor, but it was a scary concept for her. “I kept trying to put it off, but nothing else worked, so I finally agreed.” Now, her only regret is that she waited so long. Although Rovella lives in Stephens City, her doctor recommended orthopedic surgeon Charles Seal, M.D., in Warrenton. Dr. Seal performed lumbar decompression and fusion surgery on November 18, 2015. “I walked into the surgery, hunched over and leaning on a walker,” she remembers. “It hurt so much to walk. After the surgery, I woke up in less pain than before going into surgery.” Dr. Seal explains, “Rovella’s diagnosis was L5-S1 disk degeneration with radiculopathy, which means that she had a severely collapsed disk that was pinching the nerves to her legs. This required both decompression of the nerves at L5-S1 and reconstruction of that collapsed disk space with a titanium cage and four screws.”

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that I had the proper support technician on the line. I told him that I had done all of the diagnostic on my side, and that it had to be a problem with my provider. With a heavy foreign accent, the person on the phone told me that he had checked things out and noticed that our network’s security had been compromised. This sounded a bit fishy to me. To know that, he would have to have current access to our system. This was impossible, because our internet was down. I stalled, saying that we know how to fix this type of problem ourselves. He insisted that for a small

of these are paid advertisements that may lead you to phishers. Check the name of the website carefully. What you want is the company’s main website, such as msn.com, comcast.net, apple. com or microsoft.com. You don’t want something with a complex name such as “microsoft-support.247techies. com,” “askmehelp.com/softwares,” or “microsoft.myphonesupport.com” followed by a phone number. It’s easy to buy a legit sounding domain name, and they’re at the top of the stack because they paid big bucks to Google. Most international companies such as

Once you let them into your computer, they take control of the mouse, screen, etc. What they really want is your information, passwords, birthdates, credit card information, address. Because you called them, they already have your phone number. fee of $150, he could fix the problem. I asked him if he is really from our support desk. He said, “We’re associated with our provider, blah blah blah.” At this point it hit me like a hammer that this was a scammer, and I hung up. Whew. No harm done. By the way, our internet came back by itself a few minutes later. It had just been a hiccup in the connection. How do you find a legitimate support desk? If you paid for support service when you bought the product, your provider’s phone contact will be on your paperwork and/or packaging. Look for that number first. When searching on the web, make sure you spell the name of your company correctly. Even a misplaced comma can send you to bogus sites. And when you check through your Google hits, don’t just go for what’s on top of the stack. Many


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Microsoft, Comcast, AOL, etc. really don’t want to talk with you on the phone. It’s too expensive. They prefer to send you to a Facts and Questions page (FAQs), and if that doesn’t help, offer free email contact or an online chat. They deliberately make it very hard to find a phone contact. If you do find one in small print at the bottom of the page, it will be an 800 number, and might just be a number for their answering machine. If you get through, be prepared to wait on hold for a long time. On the other hand, your phisher advertised with a big bold phone number, 24/7 availability, etc. They want to talk to you right away! How can you recognize a phisher on the line? First of all, they will try to avoid direct identification with the company for which you’re looking. Caller ID may show something funky.


If, at the beginning of your talk, you ask if it’s free, they’ll answer something like, “Of course!” They will often bypass the real problem with a spiel about some minor problem that will blow up to crisis proportions, or a security issue that needs to be addressed right away. They promise a quick fix and are persistent. Once you let them into your computer, they take control of the mouse, screen, etc. What they really want is your information, passwords, birthdates, credit card information, address. Because you called them, they already have your phone number. If they called you out of the blue, then it’s almost certainly a scam. Again, the big companies don’t make cold calls. They don’t have time for that. So what should you do? If you’re looking for technical support, search carefully. Be suspicious about anything sounding too free or easy, and, if they give you a long scary spiel and then start asking for access to your computer or payment, hang up. Don’t click anything. If you were persuaded into giving them credit card information, you should block your card and get a new one. If you gave them passwords, change them. If you gave them access to your computer, it’s going to need a professional check-up and/or clean-up from a trusted, local vendor. ❖ If you have any questions, or suspect that you may have been phished, just call Dok Klaus at 540-429-2376.

Klaus Fuechsel, better known as “Dok” Klaus, the owner of Dok Klaus Computer Care, recently awarded The Best of Warrenton for Computer Service for the 8th time. If you have questions, you can ask the Dok at klaus@dokklaus.com, dokklaus.com, or by calling 540-428-2376.


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When and why did you decide to start your own company? I wanted to see my ideas more fully realized without the hindrance of the corporate structure. I started my interior design business in 1992. It seemed like a very natural thing to do for a creative and independent soul like myself. How does your business serve the Warrenton community? I love to help people express themselves through their home and business environments. It allows an extension of the inner self. Please share one of the greatest moments you’ve experienced in your business. I designed the interiors of a residence in McLean, VA for an executive who was relocating from the West Coast. It was a blank slate which was started from scratch. I will never forget the expression


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on his face when he walked in to see the finished product. He was running from room to room, literally jumping for joy! What are the top three business tips and tricks can you offer other professionals? 1. Be a good listener. 2. Consider your client’s wishes before you present your opinions. 3. Make the work experience FUN! How have you been involved with GWCC? I have taken advantage and attended some of the meetings (both technical and relative to my field of work) offered by the GWCC. For you, what is the primary benefit of being an GWCC member? A wonderful venue to network with other professionals and the public. Also, a chance to



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Renaissance and Adam style periods.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

If you could be famous for something, what would you want to be known for?

The foothills of Mount Everest in Nepal. If you could have a superpower, what would it be, and why?

I would want to be known for philanthropy and helping others; both humans and those in the animal kingdom.

I would like to be able to go back in a time capsule to visit historic interiors in the American Colonial, Italian

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(540) 351-0004 • 346 Waterloo Street carouselfrozentreats.com

Soft-serve ice cream, milkshakes, fried-oreo’s, smoothies, hot dogs, sliders, grilled cheese and boardwalk fries.


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Authentic Chinese cuisine. All you can eat buffet Saturday 11am to 3pm, Sunday noon to 3pm. Dine in, carry out, or free delivery available ($15 minimum and within 5 mile radius).


(540) 351-1616 • 65 S Third Street clairesrestaurant.com

Casual yet elegant restaurant offering locally inspired seasonal American cuisine. The service is as first rate as the food. Open for lunch and dinner and brunch on Sundays. Broad wine list and craft beers available.


(540) 349-8077 • 147 Alexandria Pike #101 coldstonecreamery.com

Cold Stone is back at its new location. They offer unique ice cream cones, shakes, smoothies and cakes. Ice Cream is prepared on frozen granite stone. Fun, family environment. Open year round.


(540) 349-9120 • 623 Frost Avenue countrycookin.com


(540) 351-6155 • 7168 Lineweaver Road covertcafe.com

Serving up home-style, hot and cold sandwiches, soups, sweets like gobs and muffins, and side items like potato and macaroni salad.



(540) 341-2044 •105 W Lee Highway applebees.com

BLACK BEAR BISTRO & BRICK OVEN (540) 428-1005 • 32 Main Street blackbearbistro.com


(540) 347-2713 • 388 Waterloo Street cafetorinoandbakery.com

(540) 341-0126 • 86 Broadview Avenue

Authentic Mexican restaurant offering a variety of dishes for lunch and dinner. Menu has lunch specials and traditional entrees like chimichangas, burritos, and quesadillas. Children’s menu available. Full bar. Casual dress. Dine-in or take-out.

Restaurant offering authentic Italian pasta, seafood, appetizers, and desserts. Breakfast served in the morning. Lunch offers sandwiches, pasta, and more. Dinner usually requires reservation and is only available Thursday thru Saturday. Dine-in or takeout. Casual dress.



Fauquier Springs Country Club’s Grille Room is an exclusive restaurant for its members and their guests. The Grille Room is open Tuesday thru Sunday and offers a variety of dishes to suit everyone’s taste. Lunch & dinner weekdays with breakfast available on weekends.


(540) 341-7500 • 6441 Lee Highway www.firehousesubs.com


(540) 878-2066 • 6441 Lee Highway fiveguys.com


(540) 349-5776 • 20 Broadview Avenue fostersgrille.com

Burgers, French fries, hot dogs, grilled chicken sandwiches, milkshakes, wings, and salads. Daily specials. Patio seating available.


(540) 347-3047 • 55 Broadview Avenue

24-hour old fashioned diner serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts. Casual dress.


(540) 878-5200 • 108 Main Street warrentonbread.com

Loaves of bread handcrafted using whole grain wheat grown on family farms and ground daily in the bakery. Sandwiches, muffins and a coffee bar.

A cafe serving a wide selection of fresh and organic foods like stacked sandwiches, fruit smoothies, salads and more. Open for breakfast and lunch.

Authentic Mexican restaurant offering a variety of delicacies for lunch, dinner, and dessert. Menu has specials for lunch and dinner combinations including fajitas, enchiladas, and burritos. Children’s menu available. Full bar. Casual dress. Dine-in or take-out.


(540) 341-7500• 251 W. Lee Hwy. #634 fauquiersprings.com


(540) 351-0011 • 251 W Lee Highway el-agave.com

(540) 347-3199 • 34 Broadview Avenue • bk.com





(703)385-5717 • 251 West Lee Highway

(540) 347-0401 • 323 Comfort Inn Drive dennys.com (540) 347-0001 • 81 W Lee Highway dominos.com

Restaurant offering local beers and wines, soups and salads, appetizers, and entrees. A wide variety of American food with a twist, wood-fired brick oven pizzas, Italian inspired appetizers and desserts. Try the muffaletta sandwich! Also features Sweeney’s Cellar, located one floor below.

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New Orleans-themed bar and restaurant serving fresh seafood, beer, wine and Cajun-style food. Over a dozen large televisions for watching sports and an extensive lineup of musical talent each week make this a great hang out.

(540) 351-0580 • 589 Frost Avenue chinarestaurantva.com

Enjoy modern Virginian cuisine centered on locally sourced and sustainable ingredients in an upscale setting. Menus include sophisticated dishes that honor the labor of love and sustainable practices of local farmers. Seasonal cocktails, local wine, and Virginia craft beers complement the menu at The Garden Bistro and allow for a true taste of The Old Dominion State. Open for Sunday brunch from 10:30 to 2:30 and dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday.




(877) 988-7541 • 6809 Airlie Road airlie.com

Authentic Thai cuisine. Open for lunch and dinner. Full bar with an emphasis on California wines. Happy hour with $2 drafts and selected appetizers M–F 5-7pm. Sunday 50% off wine by the bottle. Delivery available. Casual dress.


Authentic Chinese, Thai, Fusion, and Seafood cuisine. Offer lunch buffet everyday. Feature China Jade specialties and Kid’s menu (includes chicken wings and grilled cheese). Casual dress.


(540) 341-8800 • 251 W Lee Highway #177

(540) 347-9791 • 256 W Lee Highway chick-fil-a.com/warrenton (540) 349-1382 • 275 W. Lee Highway

The Warrenton Lifestyle dining guide provides information on Warrenton area restaurants and nightspots. The brief comments are not intended as reviews but merely as characterizations. We made every effort to get accurate information but recommend that you call ahead to verify hours and reservation needs. Listings include Best of Warrenton award winners as well as advertisers and non-advertisers. Please contact us if you believe any information provided is inaccurate.


(540) 316-3121 • 70 Main Street #22


(540)-680-2302 • 41 W. Lee Hwy. #57

An authentic asian cafe offering a wide selection of soups, rice, and noodle dishes.


(540) 428-1820 • 6445 Lee Highway ihop.com


(540) 347-0022 • 385 Shirley Highway joeandvinniespizza.net

Family owned pizzeria for over 20 years. Offers pizza, subs, pastas, and seafood. Daily lunch specials. Pizza available by the slice.

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(540) 347-3900 • 200 Broadview Ave. • kfc.com


(540) 341-8580 • 8504 Fletcher Drive ledopizza.com

Never cutting corners this pizza, sub and pasta shop serves many Italian favorites. Known for their large square pizzas, Ledos also carries fresh salads, calzones, shareable appetizers and sandwich combos. Casual attire.


251 West Lee Hwy 668 • littlecaesars.com


(540) 341-0392 • 505 Fletcher Drive longhornsteakhouse.com

THE NEW BRIDGE WINE BAR & RESTAURANT (540) 349-9339 * 29 Main Street

Elegant-casual American dining with international influences. Wine bottles to go, local craft beer, and menu peppered with locally-sourced ingredients. Celebrations and business meetings from small intimate gatherings to restaurant-exclusive events can be accommodated

SIBBY’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE (540) 347-3764 • 11 S. 2nd Street sibbysbbq.com

Sibby’s was voted one of the top BBQ places in Northern Virginia . Catering - Banquet Room. Home of Boss Hawg BBQ



Comfort food at its best. Featuring Greek/American specialties this restaurant is family owned and operated. Banquet room available.


(540)347-3704 • 5037 Lee Highway

OSAKA JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE (540) 349-5050 • 139 W Lee Highway

Japanese steakhouse serving Hibachi style chicken, steak, shrimp, fish and sushi. Sushi available for take out. Fun, family environment.


(540) 349-0950 • 41 W Lee Hwy #53 102 Broadview Avenue • subway.com 79 Main Street • (540) 351-0550

Restaurant conveniently located on Main Street. Offering breakfast, and burgers, wings, entrees and more for lunch and dinner. Check out their soup du jour as well.


(540) 347-9669/9666 • 5063 Lee Hwy

Authentic hand-tossed New York style pizza. Dough made fresh daily on premise. Family owned and operated since 1974 - three generations. Voted Best Pizza in 2012.


(540) 349-0457 • 6419 Lee Highway outback.com

Authentic Chinese restaurant offering a large buffet selection of sushi, soups, and meats.




A self serve frozen yogurt shop, serving all natural frozen yogurt with a toppings bar that is full of sweet treats to customize your creation.

(540) 341-1962 • 514 Fletcher Drive


(540) 680-2412 • 177 W Lee Highway

The place to go for a bit of Italy and Greece. You’ll find pizza, calzones, souvlaki, gyros, pasta, salads, and hot and cold subs here. Free delivery.


The Manor House Restaurant blends “old world table” cuisine together with an emphasis on fresh food from raw and artisanal local sources. Enjoy the new à la carte selections for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. The ambience that is elegant, yet unpretentious: a fieldstone manor house with stained glass windows, a soaring fireplace, a richly appointed bar, and a terrace overlooking a quiet rural countryside.


(540) 347-7888 • 351 Broadview Avenue

MCMAHON’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT (540) 347-7200 • 380 Broadview Avenue mcmahonsirishpub.com

Family owned, traditional Irish pub. Relaxed environment offering traditional Irish favorites. Open for Lunch and Dinner 7 Days a week. Irish Music Seisuin and Dinner Special on Sundays. Free Wi-Fi. Private dining room available. Full bar area with happy hour specials and appetizer menu. Outdoor Patio. Live entertainment. Casual dress.


(540) 349-8833 • 251 W Lee Highway #157 mojitosandtapas.com

(540) 341-4362 • 251 W Lee Highway panerabread.com (540) 349-7172 • 322 W Lee Hwy papajohns.com


(540) 347-5444 • 95 Broadview Avenue pizzahut.com


(540) 349-7171 • 251 W Lee Highway pizzarama.com

Pizza, sub, sandwich, and Italian entrée restaurant. Available for pickup and delivery. Offer both hot and toasted and cold subs. Gourmet pizzas and calzones also available.


(540) 347-2224 • 22 Waterloo Street redtruckbakery.com

Organic Deli offering traditional sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts. Choices also include vegetarian, vegan, glutenfree, soy-free and dairy-free selections. All organic fruit and fresh vegetable juices. Take-out and catering available.

(540) 349-2330 • 147 W Shirley Avenue tippystacohouse.com

Mexican restaurant offering different quality specials everyday. Menu offers tacos, burritos, quesadillas, desserts and more. Dine-in or take-out. Open for Breakfast at 7am. Casual dress.


(540) 349-2828 • 185 W Lee Highway

Asian restaurant serving authentic Chinese food. Daily specials and combos available. Dine-in or take-out.

Café offering bistro sandwiches, wraps, gourmet salads, soups, and smoothies. Meals served with either chips or fruit. Also offer pick-two combination. Catering and kid’s menu available.

(540) 349-7100 • 360 Broadview Avenue redhotandblue.com


(540) 347-2935 • 15 S Third Street

Gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads and sweets. Open for lunch only. Limited patio seating or grab-and-go options available. Soups are the specialty at Renee’s – each day there are two news soups. She-crab soup available every Friday. Catering and business lunches available.

Redzone is a great place to dine while watching your favorite sports teams on their large screen televisions that surround the dining room and bar. Or, enjoy a meal on their patio. Redzone is known for their burgers, wraps and extensive appetizer list. Try the Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots and Chicken Fried Rice. Check their schedule for periodic live entertainment.

(540)349-4111 • 5 Diagonal Street



(540) 349-5300 • 36 Main Street mollysirishpub.com


(540) 341-4206 • 316 W Lee Hwy tacobell.com



Family owned, traditional Irish pub. Open for lunch and dinner. Laid back, fun environment. Traditional Irish fare and lots of sandwiches available. Sunday brunch from 11am – 2pm. Full bar. Live entertainment four nights a week.


Bakery located in Old Town Warrenton next to the Old Jail Museum. Serving fresh pies, quiches, breads, cakes, and coffees daily. Online ordering available.

The only true Cuban/Spanish restaurant in the state of Virginia. Authentic Cuban staples, Spanish tapas and a wide variety of mojitos. Family owned, smoke-free. Open for lunch and dinner. Known for their signature Cuban sandwich and seafood Paella. Happy Hour, Ladies Nights and Special Events. Full bar. Casual dress.


(540)359-6401 • 488 Fletcher Drive sweetfrogyogurt.com

(540) 341-4912 • 74 Blackwell Park Ln rubytuesday.com


(540) 359-6215 • 251 Lee Hwy. #167 redzonewarrenton.com

(540) 428-1818 • 251 W Lee Hwy #679 tropicalsmoothiecafe.com


(540) 349-5031 • 484 Blackwell Road vocellipizza.com


(540) 349-8118 • 352 Waterloo Street

Asian food available for dine-in, take-out, or delivery. Wide range of dishes available to order. Dishes served with a side of white rice. Casual dress.


(540) 347-5528 • 281 Broadview Avenue wendys.com


(540) 347-4355 • 294 W Lee Highway yencheng.com

First Chinese Restaurant in Warrenton. Wide range of appetizers, soups, and meats. Offer chef specialties and daily combos. Also offer a healthy food section and thai food options.


(540) 428-5409 * 251 W. Lee Hwy, #189 www.shawnsbbq.com/warrenton

Shawn has worked to perfect the flavors with his homemade sauces and use on on-site smokers.

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f you visited the new 50 West Vineyards in Aldie last summer, you were probably pleasantly surprised at the changes and improvements that have been made. Purchased last year by Diane and Mike Canney (owners of Sunset Hills Vineyard in Purcellville) from the owners of the now-defunct Leaves of Grass Vineyard, 50 West has been transformed into a delightful location to visit and taste some delicious wines. Upon taking ownership, the Canneys began extensive renovations, building a new road and parking lot, transforming the old stable into a tasting room with spectacular views, as well as ripping out the dead vines from the old vineyard and replacing them with Cabernet Sauvignon. Since then, several more acres have been planted with new vines and the Frank Lloyd Wrightstyle, postmodern home and pool have been transformed into a new facility for members of the winery’s club. The result is a restful oasis with a spectacular view of Bull Run Mountain in this addition to the new Route 50 wine trail.

By Steve Oviatt

The wines also live up to the view, especially the Rose of Sangiovese, a surprisingly light, fruity wine that makes a wonderful summertime sipper. The Sauvignon Blanc will remind many of the French Sancerre wines with its fruity and floral notes. Of the white wines, the Viognier, with a hint of Petit Menseng, pairs wonderfully with pork and ham and the Vidal Blanc is a great go-to wine with barbeques, cheese and crackers. The reds include the Sunset Red, a complex wine made from five different varietals. This wine, while drinkable now, is one that will be a great addition for your cellar, if put away for a few years. The surprisingly big Cabernet Franc pairs well with red meats as does the Aldie Heights Cuvee red blend, with its big, complex tastes. Picnics are allowed outside, as are kids, dogs and Frisbees. Special events, like weddings, corporate events and other celebrations are also encouraged. Those interested are invited to tour the new club facility, which opens the weekend after the 4th of July. ❖

Steve Oviatt is Past President of the Haymarket Gainesville Business Association who runs his own consulting business in addition to working with a number of local and international wineries. Steve acknowledges his daughter taught him everything he knows about wine. He lives in Catharpin with his wife, Nancy.


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