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Education Avoid the “summer slide” BY FRANCINE BARNES

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Sahtain!

HGBA Spotlight

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Marcy Hill, George Mason Mortgage

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The ABCs of the A1C Recognizing your diabetes risk by the numbers BY NOVANT HEALTH

Hiking Take your day hikes to the next level BY ANDREAS KELLER

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Pulling Out of a Slump Hacks to get your training back on track BY JARED NIETERS

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Glorious Summer Blooms BY JANENE CULLEN, PHD

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

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For Kerry Molina, creativity is crucial to a wellrounded life BY PAM KAMPHUIS

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History Recalling The Lawn at Greenwich

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each vacations, camping, swim meets, summer sports and camps … fun things to look forward to now that summer is here. However, each year we are reminded of the importance of keeping up with academics to avoid what’s known as the “summer slide.” According to Oxford Learning, up to two and a half months of math and two months of reading loss can occur over the summer. Additionally, it can take six weeks to get back on track in the fall if kids don’t practice some type of learning over the summer. When you add in time spent in front of gaming consoles, phones, and devices, the decline can happen more rapidly. The good news is that it only takes two to three hours per week to keep your child from sliding. You don’t have to sign your child up for classes at a tutoring center or an academic camp to keep them practicing their skills; there are countless ways to incorporate learning throughout the summer, and do it while still having fun.

Reading

If you ask a teacher for best practices to avoid the summer slide, you’ll get a resounding, “Read, read, and read some more!” We know that reading is one of the best habits to instill in a child, as it not only teaches them about a myriad of topics, but it also helps with vocabulary, grammar, punctuation, and writing skills. That’s why our schools provide grade-level summer reading lists. Most area schools offer A’s for reading a designated number of books from the list. A great incentive. Michael Kelchlin, principal at Gravely Elementary School says, “To avoid the summer slide it’s important to keep a healthy body and a healthy mind. Limit the amount of time on electronics and get outside to exercise and play with friends and family. Participate in camps, clubs and family trips. Research something

you’re passionate about, journal, visit the library, and read every day. Throughout the summer, our Gravely Seadogs are invited to join us for Family Literacy Celebrations both at the school and the Haymarket Gainesville Community Library. The Haymarket Gainesville Community Library is an excellent resource and offers sections designated for different ages, genres and reading levels. Using the online system, any book in the Prince William Library System is available and can be delivered to your

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It’s easy to align reading materials with school curriculum. Why not add a book about history to the summer list? You can find out what your child will be learning next year by contacting your school. For example, fourth graders learn about


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Virginia history and middle schoolers learn about the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. There are plenty of historical fiction books that take place in those time frames. Create a family field trip to one of our many historical sites that are within a short drive: the Manassas Battlefield, Mount Vernon, Monticello, Montpelier, Jamestown, and Colonial Williamsburg, to name a few. Matthew Phythian, principal of Bull Run Middle School, says, “Our area in Northern Virginia is rich with historical sites, museums, and other points of interest. I’ve always been a huge museum person and go as often as I can. I would encourage parents to take as many trips to museums as possible. If you haven’t been to the AfricanAmerican History Museum, this should be at the top of your list. The United States Botanical Gardens is another hidden jewel that students will enjoy. My own children love going to the National Museum of the American Indian and have asked to go back many times. I recommend that students have the opportunity to explore as many of these rich resources that you can during the summer. These museums all have great exhibits and provide a great learning experience for students.”

Hands-on science centers are a great way to engage younger kids in the subject. Additionally, there are a wealth of do-it-yourself science experiments online. Teacher recommended websites include Nasa Kids Club (nasa.gov/ kidsclub), Biology4kids.com, Astronomy for Kids (kidsastronomy.com), and Bill Nye the Science Guy (BillNye.com). A fun science trip is Luray Caverns. Not only is it a great place to keep cool on a hot day, it also offers a science lesson and fun features like a ropes course and outdoor maze.

Language Arts

Help your child build their vocabulary with a word of the day challenge. Websites such as Superkids.com and Merriam Webster’s Word Central (wordcentral.com) are good resources. Add an extra challenge by trying to create a sentence with the new word each day. To encourage writing, create a summer diary and encourage your child to write about the places you visit, or their summer experiences.

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If your kids are anything like mine, finding ways to keep them active over the summer isn’t hard – the challenge is trying to keep up. Bike riding, skateboarding, tennis, sports camps, dance camps, swimming, basketball, water balloon fights, etc. The bottom line is – just get outside and play!

Math

There are many online resources for math that are fun for kids and will keep them practicing their skills while not realizing they’re working. Coolmathgames.com, Mathplayground. com, and Mathtv.com are a few. RazKids, IXL, and other sites available through each school’s website will work with your child’s school login over the summer. And what kid today doesn’t love YouTube? There are plenty of YouTube channels dedicated to teaching math. Kahn Academy is one recommended by many teachers. “Math needs practice and Khan Academy provides a lot of problems at various levels. There are lessons and explanations available which are valuable to the student’s learning,” said Kelly Ruotolo, fifth grade teacher at Mountain View Elementary School.

Music

If your child plays an instrument in school, summer is not the time to stop. Even if you postpone lessons until September, have them play a few times a week to keep it top of their minds. Contemporary Music Center (contemporarymusiccenter.com) in Haymarket offers Rock Camp, a great way to continue learning or even begin a new instrument. Plus, at the end of each session students put on a concert at @4410, the Center’s dedicated performance venue.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Frannie Barnes is a content writer and editor, and the owner of ForWord Communication. She lives in Gainesville with her husband, three active kids, cat, and dog. To contact Frannie, you can e-mail her at franniebarnes@forwordcommunication.com.

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Art

Don’t forget about art! Prince William County Schools offer wonderful art camps and programs. Even if you don’t want another camp, the summer is the perfect time to let the kids make an artful mess, especially outside! Stock up on art supplies, create a crafting area and let their imaginations run wild. When I asked teachers for advice on avoiding the slide, I received some creative suggestions you might not think involve academics. For example: Cook with your child. Have your child find a recipe and learn how to follow it. Following a recipe helps with reading, math (measurement), and science (the actual cooking process). Not to mention, what parent wouldn’t love the benefit of having more cooks in the kitchen? Plant a garden. Much like cooking, when you have your child research what fruits, veggies, and flowers will work with your soil and sun exposure, there is a hidden lesson. Teaching them how to take care of a garden and then eating what they’ve grown is a great activity and hobby. Finally, don’t be afraid to reach out to your school and your child’s teachers. They will be happy to provide suggestions of things for your child to work on and can give you ideas that incorporate fun. For additional suggestions, visit the Virginia Department of Education’s website for a wealth of information that includes websites and ways to continue summer learning. ❖

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR Jared Nieters is coowner of Haymarket Bicycles and founder of Mapleworks Endurance Coaching. He has won multiple national championships in cycling and now coaches endurance athletes in a multitude of disciplines. He can be reached at info@mapleworks coaching.com and found on most social media sites at @ mapleworkscoach.

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aintaining your fitness is hard work and requires persistence, dedication, and motivation. Often the desire to get out and exercise comes easily, and endurance sports are popular because they are fun. But fatigue may creep in. The stressors of “real life” may pile on; the weather won’t cooperate, and motivation can wane. This may result in a training slump that can be hard to shake. A few hacks can help you to get back on track.

HAVE A PLAN Create a training schedule to eliminate the stress of deciding what you're going to do for a workout each day. A little effort ahead of time can keep you from getting derailed. Treat your work out simply as an item on your checklist to be completed. If you don’t want to create your own training schedule or don’t feel equipped to determine the best workout, there are plenty of easy plan options online. For more more detail or personalization, private endurance coaches can help keep you on track.

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Involve other people in your training as it provides external motivation. Train with a buddy; it increases the fun and puts on a little pressure for you to follow through. Group training may be a lot more rewarding as well. Whether you are in a fitness class, attend a regular group run organized by a local club, or a weekly group bike ride, the training hours go by quickly; sometimes you even feel like you didn't suffer at all. Another way to increase accountability is to enlist the service of an endurance coach who will create a plan and evaluate your performance. AVOID ANTICIPATION Don’t overthink your training program. Keep your preparation time simple and just get out the door. Everyone has a constant dialogue in their head and it's easy for that dialogue to turn negative. The key is to tune it out. Zone out with music or recite a mantra. When Nike popularized the phrase “Just Do It,” they keyed in on a valuable motivational tool: less thought, more action.

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REST As training volume increases, so does fatigue. Consistent training stress can also elevate cortisol levels, which can weaken your immune system and make you grumpy. Be sure to incorporate adequate rest into any exercise plan so you can avoid the pitfalls of overtraining. And it's true what they say about absence making the heart grow fonder. A little time off can increase your drive to get back to your favorite activity. MAKE A PURCHASE A little bit of “retail therapy” can also go a long way when it comes to motivation. A new pair of shoes, a jersey, or a pair of shorts can be just the push you need to get out the door. It’s always fun to play with a new toy and it never hurts to feel good about how you look while you’re exercising. REDISCOVER YOUR “WHY”

Everyone who exercises was inspired by something, whether it was to lose weight, improve your fitness, or for the adventure. Something motivated you to take the first steps. Spend some time focusing on that inspiration and you may find the fire to exercise is rekindled. ❖


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ne of the most delightful aspects of living in Northern Virginia is the bounty of glorious flowers that thrive here in the summer. The combination of our hearty Virginia perennials complemented by colorful annuals is a visually delightful mix and, if you take care of these beauties, many will bloom right into the fall.

Perennials

Perennial flowers are plants that return year after year. All of our native Virginia flowers are perennial. They’re particularly cost efficient plants since you buy them once and they bloom season after season. When you design your flower bed, you should start with your perennials. They will be the workhorses of your garden. When you purchase a perennial make sure you read the tag and possibly even do some additional research online. Some plants grow completely vertical, some like to take up space horizontally, and others like to creep along the ground. So you can view all of your plants in their full glory, put your taller plants in the back of your garden bed, use the middle for plants that take up a lot of space, and put your

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smaller plants near the front edge so you can view and enjoy their delicate flowers. Another good reason to consult the plants tag is to determine how much sun each plant needs. Generally the larger and brighter the flower blooms, the more sun it needs. Some perennials will take some shade, and there are a few garden treasures that will bloom in the shade. Visit the Plant NOVA Natives website at www.plantnovanatives.org to download a free guide to help you chose native plants for your landscape and sunlight conditions. Two of my favorite native perennials are the butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) and the cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis).

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As the name would imply, butterfly weed is a butterfly magnet. It is unfortunate it has “weed” in its name since it’s not a weed at all. It’s a beautiful addition to a garden. The butterfly weed is a nectar source for the Monarch butterfly and it supports the Monarch larva. Once established, this plant is very low maintenance, will grow in dry soil, and will attract many native pollinators to visit your garden.

The cardinal flower was named for its vivid red color similar to a Catholic Cardinal’s robe. A favorite of hummingbirds, this trumpet shaped flower can get rather tall in a good environment, so be prepared to support the stalks as it grows. Finally, cardinal flowers need to be kept moist during the hot summer months, so place your plants near a sprinkler system or somewhere you can water every few days.


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Annuals only last for the summer, but they can provide a great “pop” of color anywhere in your yard. I weave annuals in among my perennials to create vivid summer planting beds. Annuals are also great for containers sitting on your patio or hanging from your front porch, and of course they’re perfect for cutting and enjoying in your house all summer long. Two of my favorite summer blooming annuals are Zinnia (Zinnia) and Geranium (Geranium).

Zinnias are easy to grow from seeds and come in a variety of bright colors.

Geraniums love hot weather and hold up well to dry conditions.

ZINNIAS are available in a range of

bold colors including red, purple, orange and yellow, and have bright, somewhat daisy-like flowers on each stem. They can also be grown easily from seed. Just wait until the daytime temperatures are consistently above 60 degrees, select a location where they can enjoy full sun, then plant the seeds directly into the soil. For best results, work in some compost. Zinnias will attract butterflies and a few other pollinators. Simply remove spent blooms to extend the flower production well into the summer.

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maintenance summer annual. They come in a wide range of colors, shapes, and bloom sizes, will grow in almost any type of soil, and are deer resistant and drought tolerant. Plus? Geraniums make the perfect container plant! I usually buy Geraniums as small plants and put them in fertile, well-drained soil in a spot that gets morning sun and filtered afternoon shade. Like Zinnias, you can extend the Geraniums’ bloom time by deadheading spent flowers.

The weather is great so get out in your yard and revel in your favorite perennial flowers that are returning after their winter rest. Augment those with the vivid summer annuals that thrive in our region’s summer heat, and enjoy. ❖ Got gardening questions? Call or contact the Prince William Master Gardeners at 703-7927747 or master_gardener@pwcgov.org. The VA Master Gardeners offer gardening classes and lectures that are usually free to the public. You can also sign up for classes at www. pwcgov.org/grow. And don’t forget, visit www. ext.vt.edu to receive free lawn, landscape and gardening information.

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– one of Sicily’s oldest and most coveted wine grapes – and organic ruby grapefruit concentrate. Slightly effervescent, Ramona rocks the freshness, with hints of lime zest, stone fruit, crisp apple and, of course, ruby grapefruit. It’s also approved by Italy’s most prestigious certification board, Suolo e Salute Organismo di Controllo e Certificazione, giving this little cooler all the ‘street cred’ any gluten-free, wine loving vegan can appreciate. Packaged in a tight 250 ml. BPA-free aluminum can, it almost fits in your pocket. It requires no glass and no bottle opener, just open it and drink up; and at a modest seven percent ABV, it can be enjoyed morning, noon and nighttime. Priced around $22 for a 4-pack case, it’s a solid deal on a portable, great summer drink.

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And now for something completely different…hard ciders! By definition, a hard cider is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented juice of apples and, in fairness, sometimes pears. And being that apples can play such a prominent role in the taste profile of summer white wines, I thought I’d pick a couple, ciders that is, to feature this month. While the UK has the highest per capita consumption rate of ciders in the world, there are plenty of great ones being made right here at home for everyone to enjoy. One of my favorites comes from Washington State, called SCHILLING. Handcrafted from 100 percent fresh-pressed apples, local ingredients, and natural yeast strains, Schilling offers a dizzying array of both year-round and seasonal ciders. Choices such as the London Dry English and Rhubarb Lumberjack offer more traditional styles, while the Ginger Ascender and Mischief Maker Pomegranate serve up a more edgy, racy approach. As expected, all of their ciders come in cans, mostly around 355 ml., making them easy to toss in your bag. And if you’re ever out in the Pacific Northwest, you have to stop by one of their two Schilling Cider House locations, in both Seattle and Portland. With the largest selection of draft ciders in the nation, as well as over 300 bottles of specialty craft cider available, there's a cider for everyone! Prices vary, depending on the cider, and usually fall around $3-5 per can. So yes, summer is the time keep it light, keep it fresh, and keep it cool. And if you’re on your way out the door, with nothing more than your tote can hold, do yourself a favor and grab yourself a cooler, spritzer or a cider…it’ll make your trip even better! ❖

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Sahtain is an Arabic expression most commonly used when a person is dining. It translates to a wish for double health - for you to enjoy your food before and after eating it. It’s kinda like saying Bon Appetit! One place you may hear this in our community is at Byblos in Gainesville. In the winter of 2016, Sonia Boustany opened Byblos Restaurant in Piedmont Center Plaza. Located just over the line

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where Haymarket meets Gainesville, the quaint but contemporary space adds to the list of family owned businesses in the heart of our community, but with a unique twist. Byblos, which is named after the first city in Lebanon, is essentially an extension of the former Nora A Taste of Lebanon - which was owned and operated by Sonia’s mother, Walid. Prior to opening Nora in Gainesville, Walid’s experience included 30 years in the restaurant industry, beginning in Burke with Aladdin’s Eatery in 2001, followed by two more locations in Shirlington and Ballston, and finally Stars Bistro in Washington DC and Laziza in Fredericksburg. When Walid was forced to close Nora A Taste of Lebanon, Sonia became inspired to continue the family tradition. Her


upbringing in a family of entrepreneurs had given her a passion for the restaurant business and the drive to pursue her education in the field. But of course Sonia was not new to the industry; she had been involved with her family’s businesses as well as other corporate and fine dining establishments for 15 years and was well versed in offering authentic Middle Eastern delicacies to people of all backgrounds. If the reviews of Nora are an indication of how needed this type of restaurant is in our community, you can imagine how positive the response was when Byblos opened. Sonia strives to offer the community a place for healthy, all natural, always fresh meals, and for visitors to feel at home and like a part of the family when they dine there. The restaurant is full service with an 80 seat capacity. Meals are cooked fresh, using authentic Lebanese recipes. Soups include lentil, vegetable, and chicken bean. The appetizer selections are quite extensive and range from tabbouleh, baba ghannouj, stuffed grape leaves, and spinach or cheese pies, along with many others. For lovers of the healthy green stuff, Byblos’ large salads will fit the bill, especially the house salad of mixed greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, and green peppers, topped with feta cheese and/or your choice of shish kebab, kafta, lamb, chicken kebab, shawarma, chicken shawarma, or salmon. Then we get to the main platters. The lamb shank is bone-in, braised lamb topped with tomato sauce and a grilled vegetable mix, served with white rice vermicelli, roasted mashed potatoes or fries. The kebab plates are available in shish Kebab, lamb, kafta (angus ground beef), or chicken, and are charbroiled and marinated to perfection. Following is the description of the hoummus Shawarma Platter: a large hoummos platter topped with grilled, marinated, sliced tender beef or chicken breast, garnished. How delicious does that sound? Diners can also choose Mihshi Koosa, which is stuffed zucchini with angus ground beef mixed with rice and simmered in a tomato sauce, as well as Ferrouj Mishwi, a juicy and tender half chicken marinated with garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil, and then charbroiled. For lighter options, Byblos has two more categories to choose from - pizza and sandwiches. Who doesn’t love pizza? Byblos

offers a vegetarian pizza called manakeesh, a mediterranean vegetarian pizza, a pizza topped with ground beef, and a lamb pizza. Sandwich options are pita rolls with lamb, beef, shawarma, chicken shawarma, or chicken salad as well as ground beef, chicken kebab, falafel, and grape leaves. Can’t get to Byblos? They’ll come to you. For parties of 15 or more, you can order soups, finger foods such as grape leaves or

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Take Your Day Hikes to the Next Level Prepare for overnight hikes with proper gear and knowledge BY ANDREAS A. KELLER

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s trail hiking becomes more popular, the Shenandoah National Park increasingly attracts more visitors. Pick any beautiful sunny weekend and Skyland Drive may look as crowded as I-66. To avoid the traffic on the trails many hikers seek a more rewarding outdoor experience – farther away from the metropolitan areas. With the additional time being invested in day hikes, it's natural to consider overnight backpacking which offers a richer appreciation of both connecting with nature and learning the art of living simply. The Boots ’n Beer hiking club began backpacking seven years ago when one of our hikers suggested we adventure out at least once a month to add variety to our activities. I joined him with lots of enthusiasm and quickly learned the hard way that preparation for backpacking in the wilderness is the first lesson to learn. It was a mild day in January when we set out for an overnighter in a remote part of the Shenandoah National Park. We found the perfect spot and set up our tents just below the mountain top at 3,500 feet elevation. Under the light of the full moon and the bright beams of our headlamps we prepared and ate our freeze dried dinners; chatting until physical tiredness took its toll. But later in the full moon night soon gave way to rapidly dropping temperatures. The inadequacy of my sleeping system became painfully evident

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enjoy the wilderness, you must carry on your back. If backpacking is your adventure interest, learn from experienced backpackers. A good place to start is to explore hiker blogs like Cam Honan’s website thehikinglife.com. When you are ready to give backpacking a try, find an experienced backpacker, or group, and ask to join them on a trip suitable for beginners. It’s like opening up a treasure trove, as hikers love to talk about their gear, will readily share knowledge, and love telling their own stories of their various experiences in the wilderness. Boots ’n Beer’s backpacking group has grown over the years to include a dozen regular backpackers and schedules overnight trips once per month. Some hikers have been backpacking for 30 years or more. That’s a lot of accumulated experience and know-how, common sense,

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prefer a little more comfort than a minimalist hiker, but remember as the gear increases so does the cost and weight of your backpack. From an unknown humorist comes the definition of “Backpacking: An extended form of hiking in which people carry double the amount of gear they need for half the distance they planned to go in twice the time it should take.” Remember, the joy of backpacking lies in the simplified life; immersed in nature, a sense of independent, and last but not least the enjoyment of The total equipment cost for an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker traveling over 2,000 miles is approximately

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the camaraderie with fellow hikers. After a day’s hike, nothing is more satisfying then having dinner together around the campfire and telling stories, or simply watching the dancing flames. For many a hiker a stogie with some firewater brings the grateful thought: “If there’s a heaven, it’s here.” ❖ About the AUTHOR Andreas A. Keller is a passionate hiker, avid backpacker and a Charter Member of Boots ’n Beer, a drinking club with a hiking problem. Contact available through www.bootsnbeer.com or via email at aakeller@mac.com.

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What I think is that we are all creative. We just need opportunities to express it. We forget it’s there, stuff it down, tell ourselves it’s not important. But I would say that it’s imperative to let it out. To find joy in exploring this part of ourselves.

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o you think you can draw? Do you think you are creative? When we’re children, we draw and create without inhibition. But as we approach adulthood, we become fearful, less confident. We don’t believe in ourselves any more. We don’t believe we can be creative. This is what Kerry Molina, a mixed media artist and art teacher in Gainesville, battles against. Molina holds classes in her home studio, Yellow Brick Road Studio and Enrichment Workshops, which are art classes that are more than art. She believes that not only is art for everybody, but creativity benefits you in ways that branch out and affect other parts of your life. Her client, Roxane Holmes, says,“Kerry endeavors to get us to realize that we are all creative…and all artists.” Molina herself says, “What I think is that we are all creative. We just need opportunities to express it. We forget it’s there, stuff it down, tell ourselves it’s not important. But I would say that it’s imperative to let it out. To find joy in exploring this part of ourselves.”

Molina welcomed me into her studio, which Holmes describes as “funky and creative.” It’s a cozy, warm, and welcoming space that's still plenty large enough to accommodate everyone and everything that’s needed. It’s colorful and bright, with mobiles hanging from the ceiling. Stocked chock-full of wellorganized really fun-looking art supplies, it makes you feel like you can sit down and play with all her materials without being self conscious, just like a kid. “The thing I love about art is that it’s for everybody. If I had a dollar for every time somebody said oh I can’t even draw a stick figure… people think they’re the only ones who can’t be creative. I say, yes you can. It is already inside of you.” And her clients agree. Megan Pomfret says, “Kerry helped me to see that being an artist is not a narrow definition — creativity and art can be accessible to all. It doesn't matter how ‘good’ my art is, what matters is that I create. She is easy to trust and creates an environment where a non-artist can be vulnerable enough to be creative.” Another


Kaci Keeps Going Molina’s first book has just been published and is available on Amazon and on her website, KerryMolina.com. She says, “It’s about something that happened to me, back when I was dancing. It’s about perseverance. The whole story takes place in about two minutes. It’s about a dancer who performs a solo. When she gets on stage she has a moment of fear and freezes. But then she refers back to all these memories about how hard she worked, and how her teacher told her she’d be fine. So she gets ahold of herself and finishes strong.” Throughout the story Molina follows Kaci’s five senses, what she’s seeing, feeling, smelling, tasting and hearing. The captivating and adorable illustrations in the book are by Katie Keleman, and all the mixed media backgrounds that complement the drawings are Molina’s.

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client, Patty Lapihuska, says, “Her instructions are clear and concise, but also leave room for creativity to flow from each person. Not cookie cutter, paint-how-I-am-showing-you art, but freedom to express one’s own vision.” Molina thinks it’s important to work with children too, encouraging their creativity and helping them understand how important it is that they maintain that mindset as they grow up. “I want to teach them that [creativity] is something they need to cultivate their whole lives, because I don’t want them to grow up to think they can’t do art.”

on (apply with a roller), then you put paper down, rub it, lift it up and you have these cool prints. The painted/textured paper can be used with other media in a project. It’s another no-fail technique that I love to teach." Molina explains her love of mixed media by saying “It’s layers, it’s a love of layers. Technically mixed media would be two kinds of media together, the minimum. But if you can make two layers, then why can’t you make two hundred layers? It’s a constant challenge because you’re deciding what to keep, what to cover up, and what stays where. And it’s fun for me to decide what I like as it evolves.”

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Mixed media denotes that a piece uses more than one type of art material. It could be a combination of paint, paper, stencils, collage, ink, rubber stamping, texture pastes, and more. “There are a lot of interesting supplies on the market now,” says Molina. “You can get really cool stuff even at Michaels. Anything can be a mark making tool… anything can make shapes. For instance bottle caps can make circles. Gelli printing is so much fun. Gelli plates are rubbery plates that feel like Jello. You simply brayer paint

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In addition to mixed media, Molina also teaches a variety of writing classes including creative writing, essay writing, and poetry. She also teaches art journaling, which is creative text coupled with, and complemented by, art. When you think of creative writing, you think, well, writing, like with a pen and paper or maybe a computer. Not here. Molina calls it “art journaling” and it’s a combination of art and text in a notebook. Classes are offered for all ages, from children to adult. “It’s a combination


Molina’s studio displays a plethora of colorful artwork, art supplies, books, and plenty of Wizard of Oz themed collectibles.

of dear diary and some artistic elements so that every page is kind of your own piece of art. It doesn't have to be shared, it’s just for yourself. It’s not just writing and its not just art, it’s words and art together. I plan a page around a theme, and students get prompts from me. For example, around back to school time I’ll ask adults to think back to their own school days, and they work off that concept. For kids, sometimes I’ll do a painted heart map, where I prompt them to express the things that are important to them, such as favorite foods, parents, friends, favorite things to do. I’ve got a million ideas for art journaling, I have way less time than ideas.” Molina says, “I really like working with adults. I enjoy encouraging them to be creative, and I like the community of it. I like it when women are sitting around this table during art journaling. They discuss things, they bond and become friends. I love that part of it.” Holmes says, “We get so involved we lose track of time. We’ve also made good new friends with the others who take the classes.” Last summer Molina held a full-day weeklong day camp for adult women. “We did art, writing, poetry, and had guest speakers one of whom was a poet. We did hikes, we went to a restaurant, it was so fabulous. I’m definitely going to do it again this year.” Holmes remembers: “What fun! I was exhausted also from all the concentration and creative work!” This camp will be annual and is already filling up for this summer. Of course, summer day camps for kids abound at Yellow Brick Road. The variety is mind boggling. A visit to her website will challenge you to make a choice for your child. The name of her studio, Yellow Brick Road, encompasses her mission. Molina says on her website, “The yellow brick road in the story of The Wizard of Oz, to me, symbolizes a path to personal discovery. The story characters all believed that they lacked the traits they needed to be their best selves. But it was not true. All along, they had the wisdom, compassion and courage that they thought they lacked. It was through their journey that they made this realization about their personal potential. All of us have very special gifts inside of us. We just need to be reminded and encouraged to let them out.” ❖

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Recalling The Lawn at Greenwich BY JOHN T. TOLER

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f one believes that the village of Greenwich in western Prince William County has a soul, it would be the Greenwich Presbyterian Church; and if it had a heart, it would be The Lawn, a historic property located nearby, just east of Vint Hill at the intersection of Vint Hill Road (Rt. 215) and Greenwich Road (Rt. 603). Going back to the 19th century, the history of the two entities were closely entwined. The church was founded in 1802 by Mrs. Aminta Elizabeth Douglass Moxley (1777-1858), and met for several years in a frame building near the site of the present church. Mrs. Moxley and her husband Gilbert Irland Moxley (17781811) lived at The Grove, east of the village. Englishman Charles Green (1807-1881), a

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prosperous cotton exporter from Savannah, was a frequent visitor to Greenwich, as his sister lived there. The family spent each summer in Greenwich and became part of the community. Green’s first wife, Catherine Burroughs, died in 1844, and in 1850, he married Lucinda “Lucy” Irland Hunton (1828-1867), granddaughter of Mrs. Moxley. The Greens continued to live primarily in Savannah, but Lucy returned to Greenwich for the births of their children. In 1854, Charles purchased three acres in the center of the village, which he donated to the Presbyterians, and largely financed the construction of a new brick church on the site. The following year, he bought 22 acres of land from Mrs. Moxley, and built a Carpenter Gothic

If one believes that the village of Greenwich in western Prince William County has a soul, it would be the Greenwich Presbyterian Church; and if it had a heart, it would be The Lawn”

Above: The original mansion at The Lawn, built by Charles Green, was finished in 1861. A large, Carpenter Gothic home, it was lost in a fire in May 1922.


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Left: Built on the site of The Lawn, the second house was Tudor Revival-style, completed in 1926. It was also designed by A. B. Mullett Co. Below: So called because the shape of the roof resembled a beehive, the bee house was a gazebo that once stood in front of the main house. It was later moved to a relative’s home in Bluemont.

mansion on the property designed by the A.B. Mullett Co. of Washington, D.C., which he called The Lawn. The house was completed in 1861, and would serve as the Greens’ summer home. Charles Green’s involvement with the church continued over the years. When major structural problems were later revealed, he paid to have the repairs made. It is notable that Andrew Morton Low (1839-1934), one of his partners in the export business, married Elizabeth “Bessie” Moxley (1838-1904), daughter of Aminta Elizabeth Moxley of Greenwich in 1859, and purchased nearby Vint Hill in 1860. With the onset of Civil War and the naval blockade of the port of Savannah, the cotton export business soon failed. The war would present many challenges to the Green family, both in Savannah and Greenwich. As fighting took place near Greenwich, Charles protected The Lawn by flying the Union Jack over the house, and by virtue of his English citizenship, declared the property’s neutrality. This protection was expanded to include the church.

In 1909, daughters Mary and Anne agreed to swap ownership of the two homes, with the Veeders acquiring the Boxwood house and 64 acres, and the Mackalls assuming ownership of The Lawn and 164 acres. The Lawn later passed to Charles Green Mackall Sr. and his wife Rebecca. Their children, Anne Green Mackall (b. 1931) and Charles Green Mackall Jr. (b. 1935) spent their early years at The Lawn. Today, Charles Jr. and his wife Mimi live at Selby. The Lawn left the family in 1964, when it was sold to Edward Saunders. The property was then purchased in 1965 by Henry “Bud” Ross and his wife Lois, who raised their five children there. Mr. Ross is remembered as an engineer and inventor, and the founder of Ross Industries in Midland. Upon the passing of Mr. Ross in October 2017, daughter Gail Ross Gilbert was appointed executrix of the estate. She recalls that The Lawn was at the center of their family life and the scene of many gatherings and weddings, including her own.

Recollections

With the passing of Charles’ third wife, Aminta Fisher Green (1835-1908), the estate was left to his daughters Mary Green (b. 1863), wife of Ten Eck De Wit Veeder (b.

1854), who was living with her family at The Lawn; and Anne Hunton Green (1858-1928) who was married to William Whann Mackall (1859-1939), and lived across Vint Hill Road at Boxwood. William W. Mackall’s mother Aminta Sorrel (1823-1904) was married to Gen. William W. Mackall (1817-1891), and William Mackall’s oldest son Charles Sr. (1882-1945) was married to Rebecca Dulany Beverley (1891-1948). Rebecca was the daughter of John Hill Carter Beverley, who was born at Avenel in Fauquier County, and Rebecca Anne Dulany of Oakley, also in Fauquier County. John and Rebecca Beverley built Selby east of The Plains in 1908, and lived there the rest of their lives.

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Charles G. Mackall Jr. recently shared some recollections about life at The Lawn in the mid-20th century: On the loss of the first house “When the (1861) house burned in May 1922, my aunt Aminta Sorrel Karow had come up from Savannah before the family to open the house for the summer,” recalled Mr. Mackall. “She was awakened by a servant in the middle of the night who had smelled smoke. Her reply was, ‘How on earth can you smell smoke, since you have asthma so bad?’” Fortunately, they got out safely, but the fire raged through the house. It burned to the ground, and nothing was saved. “When the fire was first discovered it was too far underway to get under control, or even to save some of the furniture. The illumination made by the fire could be noted in Manassas,” according to the May 24, 1922 edition of the Manassas Messenger. “Several years ago, a large sum was spent on it in modern improvements. The loss is said to be


in the neighborhood of $60,000.” “Aunt Aminta lost her engagement ring in the fire,” recalled Mr. Mackall. “She had the ashes sifted from the burned 36-room house, and while the metal in the ring had melted, they found the (diamond) stone.” The consensus was that the fire was started from the spontaneous combustion of oily rags left by recent painting. On The Lawn as a second home “My father worked in Washington as an appraiser with Equitable Life Assurance Society. We rented an apartment in the city, and I went to school there, but we got out to The Lawn every weekend and holiday, and all summer. “We had a major turkey operation at The Lawn, and my father sold turkeys all over Washington. Customers included the Mayflower Hotel and the Peoples Drug chain, which served turkey sandwiches at their lunch counters. “In those days, we did most of the farm work with horses. I remember our first tractor and combine. They were tiny machines, but we thought they were huge.” After Charles Sr. died in the spring of 1945, the family spent one more the summer at The Lawn, but they were miserable there. Soon afterward, they moved to Selby, where they cared for Mrs. Rebecca Beverley until her death in 1948. Over the next several years, The Lawn was rented out to long-time tenants Kenneth R. and Mary Brown Pennie.

Christmas celebrations

Top: Photographed at The Lawn in the early 1940s were Charles G. Mackall Jr. (right) and his good friend, Bob Raynsford. Center: The large cattle barn at The Lawn, known as the ‘white barn,’ was burned and not rebuilt. Left: The 18th century tavern built by Dr. Thomas Thornton on the Old Carolina Road was once stood on The Lawn property. Used as the farm manager’s house, it was demolished in 1972.

Like many families of the day, the Mackalls had a Christmas Day tradition at The Lawn. The Christmas tree and presents were in the living room off the main hallway, but before the children could see what was in their stockings on the fireplace or open presents, “We had to have breakfast, which was always a grand affair, and we always had quail – which were shot on the property – and bread sauce,” recalled Mr. Mackall. “And the grown-ups always took their time!” Mr. Mackall’s sixth Christmas was especially memorable. Following tradition, his gifts were stacked in front of the doors leading to a side porch. “I went over to my pile and there the head of a pony was sticking through the door,” he said. “It had a tag on it that said, ‘Merry Christmas. My name is Ginger.’” Although “a bit mean,” she was a gift the family enjoyed for years.

Growing up at The Lawn

“We had a wonderful 500-foot deep well that supplied the house, all of the farm buildings and the farm manager’s cottage.”

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Above: Charles G. Mackall Jr. (right) recently visited Bob and Gail Ross Gilbert at The Lawn, and enjoyed reminiscing about the old days, and what had changed over the years. Photo by John T. Toler.

Like many older homes, The Lawn was served by an elevated water tank which was filled with a hand pump from the well. An electric pump was installed later. “You would turn on the pump and let it run until the tank overflowed, and then you would go and shut it off,” said Mr. Mackall, noting that the tank provided the water pressure. Later, a pressurized tank was installed. “Once the piping leaked, and created a small lake in the lower lawn.” Refrigeration was provided by an ice house. “I remember a big truck coming in with slabs of ice… I think they cut them off of Broad Run. The slabs were put down a chute, then straw then more ice, then more straw,” he recalled. “When we needed ice, we would climb down a ladder with a burlap sack, and pull up a piece of ice from under the straw. Then we would break it up, put it in the sack. After washing the ice, it would be taken into the house, and placed in the ice box to keep our perishables cool and provide ice for drinks” There was also a meat house where meat from hogs slaughtered on the farm was cured, and a small stone ash house where ashes from wood burned to heat the house were stored until they were spread on the gardens. Also at The Lawn was the “old Thornton tavern,” which was used for years as the home of The Lawn’s farm manager. The property was later donated to the Greenwich Presbyterian Church, which had the decrepit building razed and the land cleared for use by the church. Mr. Mackall notes that the connection between the Greenwich Presbyterian Church and the Moxley, Green, Low, Veeder, and Mackall families will always remain, as members of these families are buried in the church cemetery.❖ About the AUTHOR Broad Run resident John Toler is the co-author of the recent Fauquier County and Town of Warrenton history books, and has contributed numerous newspaper and magazine articles focused on the history of Fauquier, Prince William and Loudoun counties.


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