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True empowerment for a woman comes from knowing how you feel and then being able to communicate your needs and feelings appropriately in your relationships. An empowered woman knows when to say ‘no’ and where to draw the line in her various relationships. She can recognize her own needs and ask for help when necessary.
Today’s empowered woman knows what she deserves -- and knows how to command -- respect in all relationships. She does not define herself only by her accomplishments in the world (Olympic gold medalist, Secretary of State, Company President or Chairwoman, etc.), no matter how amazing her accomplishments. Today’s empowered woman:
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● Understands that the choices she has made in the past have created her current situation and knows that she is able to create a different future for herself.
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Very little has been written on the topics of empowered women and healthy relationships outside the world of business and the workforce.
The 1940s version of an empowered woman focused on her physical accomplishments more than her emotional well-being and or the health of her personal relationships. The iconic Rosie the Riveter poster spoke to women’s changing role in the workplace, where they were rising to the challenges of performing traditional “men’s work.” In the 1960s, Betty Friedan spearheaded the feminist movement, prompting more and more women to question their traditional roles as homemaker and mother, and seek more fulfilling educational and career opportunities. In the 1990s, Hillary Clinton introduced the possibility that a woman could, indeed, be elected President of the United States. Today’s empowered woman wants to express herself more fully and authentically in all her relationships -- with her husband, children, parents, siblings, romantic partners, friends, and colleagues in the workplace. Many women I have counseled in my private practice have confided in me that they feel their situation or relationship is hopeless, or that their husband or another key person in their lives won’t listen. Many of my clients have chosen to silence their voice, out of a feeling of hopelessness or despair. The client may feel overpowered, threatened or invalidated in her key relationships. claiming your voice continued on page 10
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A woman who has not learned how to communicate her wants and needs effectively in her relationships is likely to feel stuck, hopeless and despairing. Communication is oxygen in a relationship. Without it, the relationship will die. Many girls and women struggle to break free of their “people pleaser” personality. Women who are “people pleasers” often choose not to voice their thoughts and opinions out of fear of not being liked or fear of confrontation. I recall my own silence as an adolescent female and the pain it caused me. When girls lose their connection to their voice, and the ability to express their wants and needs, their feeling of personal empowerment suffers. Perhaps you can remember an instance when your voice was not validated or heard. How did that make you feel? What effect did that have on your confidence?
When a girl’s or woman’s thoughts and opinions are not validated, she will eventually experience a disconnection between her inner voice and her inner truth, and the messages she communicates to others. She may begin to shut down emotionally. She may end up traveling down the road of selfmedication, drugs, abusive relationships and emotional problems. A girl or woman who has been silenced has suffered an assault on her spirit. How to Honor and Claim Your Voice: 1. Create a list of your strengths. Own them. Be proud of them. Don’t wait for others to validate your strengths. Validate yourself. 2. Do you have a voice in decision making? You have a right to be a part of this process. You have to give yourself permission first. 3. Revisit (reflect upon) a hurtful statement that was made to you. How would you use your voice now? What would you say differently? 4. Take care of yourself (emotionally as well as physically). Too often women put themselves last in this area. I can truly understand the phrase, “If I only knew then what I know now.” But there is no way that I could have known then what I know now. I had to live through my experiences and deal with the consequences. Only then was I able to move forward. Through education, guidance and support I help women to create positive change in themselves first and their relationships second. I have traveled the road
of personal disempowerment, and I know the obstacles women encounter along that road. Women need to be conscious about the choices they are making in friendships, romance and life. “We are not flowers in a field. We are supposed to be active participants in all areas of our lives.” It is necessary to start asking for change, for respect, to be heard and to be validated. I often share my experiences and lessons learned in hope that some may avoid the seemingly lengthy amount of time it can take to learn how to make good choices. A girl in one of my “Heathy Relationships” classes told me that she didn’t realize that she could play her part differently. In other words she didn’t have to put up with any type of mistreatment or bullying. I gave her permission and the tools she needed to stand up for herself. Women can and should do the same. I recently read a quote by Meg Ryan which stated, “If you empower women, you can change the world.” Women are often the ones who have been assigned the role of emotional caretaker in families. The self-help industry is largely geared towards women and so women may be leading the way and that is okay. It really doesn’t matter who leads as long as we are heading in the right direction. Culturally, we have given men the message that their work and career should come first in their lives. This is slowly changing. Many women are beginning to initiate positive change in their relationships. Ultimately the positive effects will reach men, families and society. Let the change begin 2012 is not the end of the world as we are in a time of great change in our personal relationships.
Michelle Kelley, LCSW, is a licensed counselor and the owner of Girls Stand Strong in Warrenton. Michelle helps pre-teen and teenage girls, as well as adult women, develop the self-confidence and self-esteem they need to achieve their goals and realize their dreams. Through her speaking engagements, classes and workshops, and counseling—Michelle provides girls and women with the essential tools to select and cultivate healthy friendships and relationships. Such positive relationships foster a strong emotional well-being and successful social lives. Please visit www.GirlsStandStrong.com or call 703.505.2413 for additional information.
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For a variety of reasons, including the Civil War Sesquicentennial, a major motion picture release, and revealing new research, there has been a renewed interest in President Abraham Lincoln. But as unlikely as it seems, Warrenton – with its deep Southern roots– can now boast as having one of the finest repositories of paintings, sculptures and other memorabilia related to President Lincoln to be found anywhere in the United States. The extensive museum collection of Mr. Bob Lang now resides in the 19th century storefront at 45 Main Street, which most recently was used as a Subway restaurant. Inside the totally remodeled building, one finds a fascinating array of Americana dating from a portrait of the vote on the landmark Compromise of 1850– when the seeds of secession were sown – and leads one through the war and the Lincoln presidency. Mr. Lang, who hails from Delafield, Wisconsin and also has a home in Washington, D.C., has been adding to his collection for 25 years. He is also the founder of the Lincoln-Washington Society, for which the museum in Warrenton is named. Years ago, he became acquainted with fellow collector and Fauquier County native Don Tharpe, who is also the founder of the Liberty Heritage Society and owner of the Liberty Heritage Society Museum at 26 Main Street. It was through this vital connection with a kindred spirit that brought Mr. Lang to Warrenton. In addition to its proximity to Washington, D.C., Mr. Lang “found Warrenton, with its architecture, history and charm to be the ideal location to house his museum
collection,” according to Mr. Tharpe. In addition to the floor space, the museum has over 240 linear feet of wall space, which has been filling up with fine art since work setting up the museum began a couple of months ago. Every piece of art in the museum is original, and every item tells a story. Although not yet open to the public, Mr. Lang hosted a meeting for the Board of Directors of the Brandy Station Battlefield Association there in November – an appropriate setting, since one of the collection’s larger paintings depicts the 1st Maine Cavalry in the epic battle that took place there. For many years, Mr. Lang has shared his collection with a number of institutions, and now from his base in Warrenton, he will continue to offer limited exhibitions around the country. Most recently, he and Mr. Tharpe attended the Lincoln Forum in Gettysburg, Pa., opening an exhibit and meeting with motion picture producer Steven Spielberg, just as Spielberg’s new movie, Lincoln, was being released nationwide. Another exhibit is planned for a location in Georgetown in February. Among Mr. Lang’s most prized items is the portrait of President Lincoln in his office when he signed the Proclamation for Emancipation on Sept. 1862. “It is proclaimed to be the finest portrait of Abraham Lincoln ever done,” according to Mr. Tharpe. Currently under restoration, it should available for exhibit in the museum by the end of the year. Another unique piece is a wooden table that was present in the McLean house in Appomattox, Va., on April 9, 1865, at the time of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s
On exhibit at the Lincoln-Washington Museum on Main Street, Warrenton, are many exquisite Lincoln portraits and statuary, including this painting by Franklin C. Courter (1845-1947), and bust by Louis Mayer (1869-1969). Other paintings depict epic Civil War battles and portraits of major Union and Confederate leaders.
surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia. It was originally purchased from the McLean family “as a souvenir” by Gen. George Armstrong Custer. “We will have other artifacts from Appomattox as well,” notes Mr. Tharpe. The museum opened to the public on Nov. 30, and will be open again on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular scheduled days and hours will be announced later. “The Lincoln-Washington Museum should become a major stop on the Journey Through Hallowed Ground,” noted Mr. Tharpe Over the next two years, exhibits will be focused on Pres. Lincoln, and will change as new items are added or taken out on loan. After that, a new exhibit will be set up, with the focus on President George Washington, another of Mr. Lang’s primary interests. For more information, call (262) 3703733.
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Sunny Reynolds is out there. The former member of the Warrenton Town Council and perpetual community volunteer is well know for being vocal in her opinions. She knows that turns some people off. “Either people really like me or they don’t,” she said. “I’m pretty outspoken. I pretty much know [for myself] what’s right and wrong, but I have a huge respect for other people’s opinions.” But like her or not, nobody can say that she is looking out only for number one. It’s not the way that she was raised. “We were very poor growing up,” she stated. “We had zip, and there were five of us. We raised pretty much everything we ate, but my mother would take people off the street and feed them. We were always having strange people at our dinner table. And when I was in the Girl Scouts, we would deliver baskets of food to poor people. My mother was always helping other people, and you learn from that. Though we had nothing, we always had more than somebody else.” That attitude has carried over into her current business life. “I want to help somebody else, and I believe that it will come back to you if you help somebody else,” Sunny said as she described her reasoning for joining the Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce. The Entrepreneur Reynolds grew up about 20 miles north of Syracuse, New York and matriculated at Syracuse University, ending up with degrees A camel-driver in India 14
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in theater arts and English. She had married by then and had a daughter. “I was working full time in the finance world, going to school at night, married and with a child, and when my husband – who was a pilot – got transferred to Dulles, we came to Virginia, and I got a job in the financial field in Fairfax.” Over time, Reynolds discovered that while the pay was good, she yearned for something more creative. “I took a lot of electives in photography classes at Syracuse, and Syracuse had a program where they trained the photography department of the Navy,” Reynolds explained. “They had a full lab, and my husband was the one who put a Nikon in my hand. I was shooting like crazy, and he would take the film and develop it at the lab, and that’s how I got into photography.” At first, photography was just a reprieve from the world of finance, but over time, it became something bigger. “I was doing photography just for fun,” she
said, “and the company where I worked had an attorney, and he hired me to take pictures of his kids. Then he moved to a larger office, and he hired me to do photos for his office. He said, ‘My God, you are so good! You need to do this full time!’ I guess he was the one that pushed me into going into photography. He just loved my work, and that was very encouraging. And one day I quit my job and opened my photography business.” She said that she quickly discovered that the only way to make money in the photography business was to do one of two things: shoot weddings or do commercial photography. “I got really bored doing weddings, so I went into corporate advertising, and I learned right away that you don’t walk into IBM in Manassas and say, ‘I’m a photographer. Hire me!’ If you’re good and want to do the high end stuff, you have to go to their ad agencies, and they’re all in New York. I had a really good friend who ran a top-notch agency in New York, and he helped me put together a portfolio.” Reynolds said that she ran into the same question that anybody starting something
new faces: “What have you done before?” “These ad agencies want to see what you’ve already done, so when you haven’t done anything, it’s hard,” she stated. “It’s the most intimidating thing in the world to walk into a very upscale office with maybe two or three head marketing people from these ad agencies and show them your portfolio. I would say it’s like standing up in front of these people, taking your clothes off and saying, ‘What do you think?’ That’s how it makes you feel. I’ve always had a pretty good ego, and I had had people backing me up, but you’re not really good until you get your first really big job.” True to form, Reynolds got some big jobs. “I was very good at what they would call a ‘generalist’ photographer. Instead of being a fashion photographer or a food photographer, I could do everything, and that turned out to be a great advantage for me because they would send me on jobs outside the U.S. Back then they were doing these huge annual reports, and they always had to cover their foreign divisions, so they don’t want to send someone down there to do product shots and someone else to do people shots, and I could do the whole
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damn thing, so I got a lot of work that way.” Coincidence played a part in her next venture. “The one trip that was the most important was when I went to Costa Rica to photograph an IBM plant outside of Santa Fe, Costa Rica,” she explained. “I was from upstate New York. I never saw the ocean until I was 28 years old, and I loved Costa Rica.” Never shy about expressing herself, Reynolds said that over time, people would ask her about going to Costa Rica. Like any good business person, she saw an opportunity. “People started coming to me and saying, ‘I’ve always wanted to go to Costa Rica. Can you tell me where should I go? What should I see? Where should I stay?’ So I was thinking, ‘This is really interesting.’ I’m a relatively enterprising person, and I was thinking, ‘Why am I giving out all this free information?’” Her next company, Biotrek Adventure Travel, was born. The business grew December 2012
quickly, and then customers started asking for different itineraries. “I knew that I couldn’t send people to a country and promote that country unless I had seen it myself,” she stated. “I didn’t know anything about the hotels in Chile, so with a friend of mine who was an attorney here in Warrenton, we went to Chile, drove the whole country, looked at hotels went to national parks … we went everywhere, and as I went, I interviewed people, took names of hotels, names of the managers, met up with guides, plus I interviewed ground operators, which is the key to any success in a foreign country.” Reynolds said that she was doing three trips a year to Costa Rica and tours to Chile, when she was asked to go on a trip to the Galapagos Islands. When added to her list of countries to visit, it quickly became a top seller. “The Galapagos has been my most successful tour,” she said. “Last June was my 26th visit to the Galapagos. I’ve taken approximately 375 people there … a lot of local people, but a lot from California as well. The Los Angeles Times published a
little story that someone who went with me wrote. It couldn’t have been more than two paragraphs, and that story got picked up, and to this day, it has been my best out-ofthe-area advertising.” Biotrek regularly has tours to 11 countries in addition to Chile and the Galapagos. “Every country I do is kind of different,” Reynolds stated. “We do India and Bhutan. We started going to Bhutan because it was totally undiscovered, and it had just opened up. The Himalayas are as beautiful there as in Tibet, and there’s nobody there. It’s fabulous! We do northern India. We go to see the Bengal tiger in the wild. They’ve been hunted almost to extinction. We go in early morning in a jeep. The park is divided into areas and you get a number, and say, you get number 1, so you can only go into that area. So far, I have seen two Bengal tigers.” Reynolds said that she has changed the way she does her trips from the early days. “When I started out, I drove myself or I took somebody from here to drive, and I sunny continued on page 18 17
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rented my own Toyota 15-passenger van,” she said. One time, we had a flat tire in Costa Rica, so we all rode the coffee workers’ bus into town, and people loved it! And that’s the kind of people that go with me. You take a bad situation and you make it work for you.” She then ticked off some attributes from countries she has visited that she thought people might find interesting. “Nicaragua is undiscovered. Great people, and they have something that Costa Rica doesn’t … Grenada and Leon, two colonial cities which are drop dead gorgeous. We’ve done two or three trips to Nicaragua. I’m absolutely fascinated with Morocco … what a culture! They’re very pro-American, very friendly. I drove that whole country with another woman in a jeep, with every piece of camera equipment I own in that jeep and never was I threatened or nervous. We’re offering Cuba. I’ve been there. Obviously we won’t take people there unless we can do it legally. I’d love to add Turkey. I’ve been everywhere in Turkey, and I like Turkey very, very much. “What keeps me in this business is showing people these places because there’s a great
satisfaction for me when I show somebody a new destination, and if I have one unhappy person, it just kills me.” The Volunteer Currently a board member of the Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce, Reynolds has been involved with a long list of organizations in the area, many focusing on the local art scene that she thinks is under appreciated. “I used to be in a lot more things than I am now, but I’ve learned that I can’t do it all,” she said. “My biggest volunteer thing was working for the disaster team for the American Red Cross. I was a disaster volunteer for 6 weeks in Katrina in Mississippi, and that experience changed my life. It was amazingly difficult. I was a shelter manager for 150 people and one week I went out and delivered two meals a day to people. Now, I want to do some international disaster work, so I’m taking some of their media classes. Media people are the first people to go to disasters.” Most observers would look at the life that Sunny Reynolds has led and conclude that it’s been pretty well lived. Yet she admits to one regret.
“One regret? That I never got into photojournalism. Of course, I’d probably be dead because I’d be over in Syria. I’d be in Egypt. I’d be wherever people were stirring things up,” she admitted with her characteristically boisterous laugh. Yet she clearly is happy with how her life has turned out. “I love what I do. People say, ‘Twenty-six times to the Galapagos, isn’t it boring?’ You know, it really isn’t. I think if it gets boring, I’m quitting.” Hylton Performing Arts Center will host Sunny Reynolds work beginning December 2, 2012 through January 26, 2013 at the Buchanan Partners Arts Gallery Gallery Talk with Sunny Reynolds on December 14, 2012 at 6:00pm at the Buchanan Partners Arts Gallery.
George Rowand is a freelance writer living in Orlean.
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Worship Directory Warrenton Lifestyle has put together a 2012 Worship Directory for the holiday season. We’ve listed the contact information for local houses of worship and placed them here in hopes that you and yours would find a friendly place to visit this December. Take a look below, research a few places and reach out to their communities. You just might find what you’ve been looking for. Happy Holidays! Battlefield Baptist Church 4361 Lee Highway Warrenton, VA (540)347-5855 www.battlefieldbaptist.org
Calvary Chapel Warrenton 9552 James Madison Highway Warrenton, Virginia (540) 270-1598 calvarywarrenton.com
Bethel United Methodist Church 6903 Blantyre Road Warrenton, Virginia (540)347-4874 www.bethelumc.com
Christ Church of Warrenton 95 Green Street Warrenton, Virginia (540)347-7634
The Bridge Community Church (540)341-7409 www.bridge4life.com
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 585 Fauquier Road Warrenton, Virginia (540)347-3044 www.lds.org
Community Christian Fellowship 6317 Vint Hil Road Warrenton, Virginia (540) 428-2924 www.ccf-va.org Cornerstone Baptist Church 40 Rock Pointe Lane #202 Warrenton, Virginia (540) 349-0880 www.cornerstoneva.org Covenant Reformed Baptist Church 7336 County Road 676 Warrenton, VA (540)349-0125 www.covenantrbc.org Faith Christian Church 6472 Duhollow Road Warrenton, Virginia (540)349-0179 hopecf.net Fauquier Jewish Congregation www.fauquierjewishcongregation.org First Baptist Church 39 Alexandria Pike Warrenton, Virginia (540)347-2775 www.firstbaptistwarrenton.org
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First Church of Christ, Scientist 311 Jackson Street Warrenton, Virginia (540) 349-1424 www.christiansciencewarrenton.org/ index.html
St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catholic Church 271 Winchester Street Warrenton, VA (540) 347-2922 www.stjohntheevangelist.org
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Warrenton Baptist Church 123 Main Street Warrenton, Virginia (540) 347-3509 www.warrentonbaptistchurch.org
Trinity Baptist Church 8803 James Madison Highway Warrenton, Virginia (540)347-7640 tbcwarrenton.org
Warrenton Bible Fellowship 46 Winchester Street Warrenton, Virginia (540)349-1338 wbfva.org
Mt. Zion Baptist Church 33 South Third Street Warrenton, Virginia (540) 347-3735
Trinity Lutheran Church 5439 Old Alexandria Turnpike Warrenton, Virginia (703)568-3346 trinitylutheranva.org
Warrenton Church of Christ 6398 Lee Highway Access Road Warrenton, Virginia (540)347-7448 www.mywcoc.org
Our Savior Lutheran Church 6194 Dumfries Road Warrenton, Virginia (540)347-3224 www.oslc-warrenton.org
Triumph Baptist Church 4295 Aiken Drive Warrenton, Virginia (703) 424-8080 www.triumphbaptist.org
Warrenton Presbyterian Church 91 Main Street Warrenton, Virginia (540)347-2213 www.wpcva.org
St. James Episcopal Church 73 Culpeper Street Warrenton, Virginia (540)347-4342 saintjameswarrenton.org
Walnut Grove Baptist Church 8809 Meetze Road Warrenton, Virginia (540)347-0974 www.walnutgrovebaptistchurch.org
Warrenton Seventh-Day Adventist Church 5485 Lee Highway Warrenton, Virginia (540)347-0886 warrenton22. adventistchurchconnect.org
Heritage Presbyterian Church 7850 Millfield Drive Warrenton, Virginia (540)347-4627 www.heritage-pca.org Hope Christian Fellowship 4173 Bladau Drive Warrenton, Virginia (540)349-8380 www.HopeCF.net
Warrenton United Methodist Church 341 Church Street Warrenton, Virginia (540)347-1367 www.warrentonumc.org Young Life (540) 341-7795 http://sites.younglife.org/sites/ FauquierCounty St. James Episcopal Church Choir at Christmas 38
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The Nature of Mineral Oil
Mineral Oil can be found on any baby care or skin care shelf in most large chain drug or grocery stores. It was a staple product for my family as we had one child after the other, until I got to my third little one and we could not get his skin to be healthy. We struggled with eczema on this little one for two long years until I finally started to research what could be causing so much harm and frustration. What we found was alarming, but hope came in finding that by avoiding this skin allergy was as simple as avoiding exactly what was causing the damage - mineral oil.
The use of petroleum products in our skin care is nothing more than a cheap way to get a product on the shelf that will last longer than something that is plant based. Think about it. When is the last time your plastic toys “went bad?” Petroleum products range from anything made out of plastic to liquid petrolatum, or mineral oil. To give you an idea of what petroleum products actually are, we have to go back and give a little scientific background. Petroleum products come from petroleum production. When crude oil is taken out of the ground, it is a thick, black, sticky substance that really isn’t usable for too much. This black liquid is actually a mixture of hydrocarbons. As prehistoric plants and animals
break down, they form these hydrocarbons in several different length chains and structures that can be used for different things. So, it needs to be processed. It’s trucked to oil refineries where it is heated to over 1,000 degrees. This process is called fractional distillation, where they can all be untangled and broken down into more useable forms of hydrocarbons. Since they all have different boiling points, this begins to separate the crude oil into useable vapors (gases) and oils (petroleum products). What we use as gasoline to power our cars is separated from the top. Then it goes to kerosene, then diesel and at the bottom there is all of the junk left.
This “stuff” left in the distillation tank that isn’t really useable, but cannot be put back into the ground because it’s toxic to the environment. So, they have figured out a way to use everything that was left in the tanks. This includes mineral oil, petroleum jelly, and paraffin wax which actually clings to the inside of the stills. Some of it is made into plastics, but the leftovers were engineered to be used in skin care products. So now you have a product that not only can be useable, but you can sell it and make a profit off your very own garbage. This is not the end for mineral oils, however. They now have to
be refined into usable, or relatively safe oils. They go through several different solvents to then become useful in health and beauty products.
For over a hundred years, we have been told that petrolatum products are safe on the skin. However, now we are seeing the detrimental effects of using these products on our bodies. By understanding the basics behind it, you can see why it’s not great for skin. Mineral oil is actually liquid paraffin. When you use mineral oil, you actually put a layer of plastic wrap on your skin. Your skin can no longer do what it was designed to do, and that is to freely push toxins out of your body and pull moisture and nutrition into your body. Yes, it will hold moisture in, but only by blocking your skins ability to work properly. Mineral oil has been linked to a list of health issues like acute bronchitis, cancer, eczema, psoriasis, acne, rashes, patchy dry skin, scaly patches, clogged pores, enlarged pores, thickened skin and now they have discovered huge links between the use of mineral oil and rheumatoid arthritis. All of those disorders are on the surface of your skin, so what about underneath it? According to recent breast cancer research, petroleum derived products, including mineral oil,
are considered petrochemical pollutants. They are known as xenohormones (foreign hormones) and have numerous negative hormonal effects on your body by blocking the actions of your very own oestrogen. The end results are loss of ovarian follicles in women and decreased progesterone production. Decreased progesterone production is oestrogen dominance, PMS, endometriosis, miscarriages and many other types of ovarian dysfunction. Studies have also shown that petrochemical pollutants like mineral oil and petroleum jelly have cause widespread damage to our immune systems, especially to women and children who have been chronically exposed to these xenohormones. There is more research being done about the use of petroleum products on our bodies all the time. Avoiding them, for our family, has brought beautiful, healthy skin, to my little one for over 7 years now, and he is able to live a normal life and never give a second thought to his rough beginnings. By using all natural plant based oils, we have found a happy solution with no side effects. Who knew that you could simply trade out one ingredient for something that you can find in your kitchen cabinet and be happy and healthy and glowing?
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Coconut Fuel from the tropics by Debra Meszaros CSN
Nothing is more relaxing than a white sandy beach in the tropics, blue water, and the sweet aroma of coconut oil; but did you know that coconut oil is more than just a delight for the senses? It’s a powerful source of energy and nutrition too! The nutrients called “fatty acids” may not sound too appealing but the medium-chain triglycerides (MCT’s) in coconut oil actually help the body fuel itself for endurance, aid the immune system, are antiviral and antibacterial among many other benefits. So how can we incorporate this tropical wonder into our diet in a simple, effective way? A good quality organic extra virgin, cold-pressed or expeller pressed, coconut oil will taste great right off your spoon, but not everyone appreciates the oily texture. If texture doesn’t bother you, off the spoon might be easiest for you. Blending coconut oil and butter together actually add great flavor to anything you might toast in the morning. Coconut oil is also an excellent choice for cooking especially sautéing or grilling. Making a fruit smoothie? Adding 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to your fruit smoothie or protein shake will regulate the release of sugar in a more controlled manner and reduce its glycemic (sugar) level. This provides a sustained energy release rather than a “spike” of energy. A general dietary guideline for coconut oil would be 1 tablespoon per 50 pounds of body weight. Looking to raise metabolism? Coconut oil has a high percentage (almost 50%) of lauric acid (MCT) that helps the body produce energy and unlike carbohydrate energy it is not stored, accumulated, or turned into fat like carbohydrates. Since it is very easily absorbed by your cells, metabolism increases. It can aid in maintaining or losing weight. Sick and tired of being tired? Utilizing coconut oil in your diet just might be the answer. I believe one of the most difficult things for one to do is to undo the fact that many have retrained their bodies to run on sugars rather than quality fats. The human body was not made to run on sugar, not to say you can’t get away with it for awhile, but it will cost you big time in the end, years later, when disease and dysfunction set in. Incorporating coconut oil into the diet will help convert the body back to its original design, to run on quality fats. Additionally, coconut oil has shown the ability to kill bacteria and viruses keeping your immune system in tip top shape, reducing the chances of getting ill. The active ingredient in coconut oil also helps the body overcome the bacteria responsible for food poisoning and urinary tract infections. So get yourself over to a health food store for some coconut oil and fuel up from the tropics! ©2012 Debra Meszaros MXSportsNutrition.com. All rights reserved; no duplication without permission. DISCLAIMER: When you read through the diet and lifestyle information, you must know that everything within it is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. I am making no attempt to prescribe any medical treatment. You should not use the information here for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment. The products and the claims made about specific products have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. You should consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem. Confirm the safety of any supplements with your M.D., N.D. or pharmacist (healthcare professional). Some information given is solely an opinion, thought and or conclusion based on experiences, trials, tests, assessments or other available sources of information. I do not make any guarantees or promises with regard to results. I may discuss substances that have not been subject to double blind clinical studies or FDA approval or regulation. You assume the responsibility for the decision to take any natural remedy. You and only you are responsible if you choose to do anything with the information you have read. You do so at your own risk. Use your intelligence to make the decisions that are right for you. Consulting a naturopathic doctor is strongly advised especially if you have any existing disease or condition.
The Long Journey to Brazil New owner learns about a classic car sold in Warrenton in 1957 by John Toler
The T-Bird was featured on the cover and in a story in the Nov.-Dec. 1989 issue of Early Birds magazine. At the time, Philip and Donalda Edwards, of Wichita, Kansas, owned the car. 46
The Internet can be used to bring people together and provide answers to difficult, even obscure questions. This capability was demonstrated earlier this year when Dave Jenkins, president of Tom Frost Firestone Inc., of Warrenton, received an e-mail from a gentleman in Brazil, which initiated an interesting investigation into the history and origins of a 1957 Ford Thunderbird originally sold in Warrenton. The owner of the 55-year-old car is Thiago Canato, 37, of Sao Paulo. A designer by trade, he is now involved in his passion – classic vehicle restoration. “I have always been a fan of Elvis Presley, where it all began,” said Mr. Canato. “Through his music, I became curious about the 1950s and 1960s, and knew about classic American cars.” In the past, he has owned American classics, including a 1969 Mustang Sports Roof and a 1955 Thunderbird, which he restored and later sold. Two years ago, he found the car of his dreams for sale on the Internet auction site, eBay. The seller was Ray Dumond, of Loudoun, New Hampshire, who had acquired the 1957 Thunderbird several years ago. “After a few e-mails with Mr. Dumond, who sent me some more detailed pictures, I decided that it was the car I was looking for,” recalled Mr. Canato. The automobile in question was a gray T-Bird with a red interior – and only about 60,000 miles on the odometer. Originally finished in Gunmetal Gray (color code N), at some point the car had been repainted the lighter Woodsmoke Gray. Otherwise original, it had matching numbers as indicated on the manufacturing plate, and appeared to have been restored. “I called my customs broker in Miami. He also believed it was a good deal, and made the purchase for me as a ‘Buy It Now (the term used on eBay to meet the seller’s price and end the auction),’” said Mr. Canato. “I sent the money, and he arranged transportation to Miami. He kept the car with him until import and export documentation could be done.” At the time the deal was made, buying a car in the U.S. and importing it to Brazil was attractive because the value of the dollar had fallen. “Once the documents were approved, the car was placed in a container in Miami and transported by ship to Brazil,” he added. When the car arrived in Brazil, another customs broker had to legalize the documents, and Mr. Canato had to pay the required import taxes before taking possession. “Then, the car was ready to go to its new home,” he said. “It started on the first try and ran smoothly. My dream had come true!”
Two years ago, Thiago Canato, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, purchased the classic Thunderbird on the Internet auction site eBay from a gentleman in New Hampshire.
A Car With a History To his surprise, Mr. Dumond had included a folder with the car’s original invoice, maintenance records and a copy of the November-/December 1989 issue of Early Birds magazine, published by the Classic Thunderbird Club. Featured on the cover of the magazine was the 1957 Thunderbird he had just acquired. The article was written by club members Philip and Donalda Edwards (Member #190606), of Wichita, Kansas, who had purchased the car in 1981. They were on a trip from Wichita to Vail, Colo., and while spending the night in Denver, Mr. Edwards picked up a copy of a local newspaper and saw an advertisement for a “1957 Thunderbird with porthole top, rebuilt 312 V-8 engine and automatic transmission, in good condition.” “When I talked to the owner, I liked what I heard,” wrote Mr. Edwards. “The following weekend, we came back through Denver, and made an appointment to see the car.” Arriving at a farm outside of Denver, the owner took the couple to a barn, where the car was stored. “It was not one of the fanciest T-Birds, having no soft-top, dress-up kit,
or radio, much less power options or other optional goodies,” recalled Mr. Edwards. “However, the somewhat rare gunmetal gray color, with black porthole hardtop and bright red interior instantly took our fancy. The information on the manufacturer’s data plate showed that the car was just like it had come from the factory.” A unique feature was the louvered fender skirts, a trademark option that the Ford dealer in Denver put on the 1957 Thunderbirds sold there. The seller had purchased the car five years earlier from “…one family in Virginia that had owned it most of its life,” according to what he told Mr. Edwards. This made the Edwards’ the third owners in 24 years. While they owned the Thunderbird, they installed an air conditioning unit and several dress-up items, and showed the car several times. Who else might have owned the T-Bird between the Edwards and Mr. Dumont is not known, nor when the car was repainted the lighter gray color, or when the black porthole hardtop was replaced with a folding soft top. journey continued on page 48
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The original factory invoice listed the delivered price of Mrs. Ceballos’ 1957 Thunderbird ($3065.10), including options and ten gallons of gasoline (at 37.8 cents a gallon.)
Original owner of the Thunderbird was Evalyn D. Ceballos, photographed in Rome in 1963. Courtesy of William G. Prime.
The Thunderbird in Brazil Soon after acquiring the Thunderbird, Mr. Canato continued the restoration work, replacing the white soft top with a black one, as well as the windshield, which was scratched. He also replaced the door window glass, and converted them from manual to power windows. To keep the car “pure,” he used original Ford Motor Co. tinted glass and window motors. Other work included installing a car stereo in place of the original “delete panel,” and adding the characteristic T-Bird rear deck antenna. He plans to repaint the car in the original Gunmetal Gray, noting that there are fewer than twenty 1957 Thunderbirds in Brazil, and his would be the only Gunmetal Gray one. According to production figures, of the 21,380 Thunderbirds produced in 1957, only 850 were painted that color. “To buy and bring a car to Brazil is not cheap.” Explained Mr. Canato. “I live in the country [with] the world’s most expensive taxes. When I bought the car, it cost me 100 percent of its value in taxes and freight. On the other hand, it was a good deal.” He notes that there was a 1957 Thunderbird on the market valued at $120.000 US. “I have another car for daily use, but sometimes, when there is no traffic in Sao Paulo, I drive my Thunderbird,” said Mr. Canato. “And sometimes, I show it.” Recently, his Thunderbird appeared on Garagem do Bellote, a Brazilian 48
television program that features classic and special interest automobiles, including a test drive. It was later put on YouTube (http://youtube.com/ watch?v=ul3VocpMw).
Returning to the Past After completing the mechanical work, Mr. Canato sought to find out who was “the family in Virginia” that had originally owned the car. “I wanted to find the original owner or some relative close to the family, and let them know that the car is still running in perfect condition, and bringing joy wherever it goes.” Mr. Canato started by researching the information on the original invoice included with records, which indicated that the car had been delivered to “Tom Frost, Warrenton, Virginia.” “I Googled some ‘Tom Frosts’ in the USA, and found a famous mountain climber,” he explained. “But he was in California, and I could tell from his age that it wasn’t him.”
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Mr. Canato refined his search by adding “Warrenton, Virginia,” and found “Tom Frost Firestone.” He made contact, and to his surprise began e-mail communication with Dave Jenkins, president of Tom Frost Firestone Inc. “Dave was very knowledgeable and attentive to me, and also enthused with the story,” said Mr. Canato. “He told me that ‘Tom Frost’ was the local Ford dealership at the time, and that someone had bought the car there.” In his initial reply, Mr. Jenkins informed Mr. Canato that Tom Frost Firestone was opened in its current location in 1965 by Tom Frost Sr. Previously, the tire business was in the Ford dealership, opened by Mr. Frost in 1946 at 15 Broadview Avenue (now Warrenton Tire). Mr. Jenkins offered to e-mail Mr. Frost’s son, Thomas N. Frost Jr., a retired executive now living in South Carolina, and find out what he might know about a Thunderbird sold at his father’s dealership 55 years ago. It was a long shot, but it soon paid off. Mr. Frost was eager to help, and recalled that Henry Baxley Jr. of Marshall owned a 1957 Thunderbird that originally was sold by Tom Frost Ford. He contacted Mr. Baxley, who brought his receipt for the purchase of the car (he was actually the second owner) to Mr. Jenkins’ office for him to see.
The paperwork wasn’t for Mr. Canato’s car – the vehicle information numbers (VINs) didn’t match; but more importantly, this car is still at Mr. Baxley’s home in Marshall! But a key contact had been made. Over the next week, Mr. Baxley contacted several long-time friends in the area who might have some idea who owned the T-Bird now in Brazil. While at a funeral in Marshall, Mr. and Mrs. Baxley sat near Nelson Slack, 79, of The Plains, who had worked for Tom Frost Ford dealership and its successive dealerships for many years. The conversation moved to ‘57 Thunderbirds. Mr. Slack remembered both Mr. Baxley’s car and an almost identical Gunmetal Gray T-Bird also sold to Mrs. Juan Ceballos (nee Evalyn Douglas, 1904-1983) of Warrenton. “I probably serviced Mrs. Ceballos’ car when it was new, and later went out to her house (Blythewood, on Lee’s Ridge Road) to pick it up to be worked on,” said Mr. Slack. He also remembered that Mr. Baxley’s car and Mrs. Ceballos’ car were delivered to Tom Frost Ford on the same day, on the same truck. It is likely that both cars were pre-sold, rather than ordered for stock, which would explain why the invoice was made out simply to “Tom Frost.” A call was made to Mrs. Ceballos’ son, William Prime, who lives at Blythewood and remembers the car. “My mother drove the Thunderbird for several years,” he said. “When she got a new car, she loaned it to Ellen Craig, who worked for our family for over 50 years, to drive back-and-
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forth to her home near Opal.” However, he did not remember when the vehicle left the family, or who bought it. From the information available, it appears that Mrs. Ceballos’ car was sold about 1976 to the man in Denver, and then to the couple in Wichita. Whether there were other owners between them and Mr. Dumond is not known, and surprisingly, the car’s VIN is not listed with the Vintage Thunderbird Registry. What is certain is that the old T-Bird was well cared-for and well loved over the years, and that even though it is very far from home, it will be remembered by all who shared a connection with it.
Tale of two T-Birds While the two 1957 Thunderbirds were built on the same production line and delivered to Tom Frost Ford in Warrenton the same day, there were some subtle differences. Thiago Canato’s car has a 312 cubic inch V-8, while Henry Baxley’s car has a 292 V-8; the Baxley car originally came equipped with power windows and a radio, options Mr. Canato added to his car later. Both came with black porthole hardtops; Mr. Canato’s car lost its hardtop somewhere along the way, while the Baxley car still has one.
Ursula and Henry Baxley of Marshall, and the 1957 Thunderbird they have owned for more than 50 years. It is the “sister” of the Ceballos car, now in Brazil.
The Canato car has had at least five owners, while the Baxley car has had only two. Originally sold to the van Roijen family, the Baxley’s car was damaged in 1961 when it was driven through a fence. The owners decided to trade it in for a Corvette at the old Hickman Chevrolet dealership, rather than repairing it. “After 1957, the Thunderbird became a four-seater, and the van Roijens didn’t want one of those,” said Mr. Baxley. After the car was repaired, Hickman salesman Billy Wines, who was in the Warrenton Jaycees with Mr. Baxley, offered to sell him the car. Sale price was $1,995, less $350 if he traded-in his 1957 Renault. A private pilot, Mr. Baxley had just sold his Cessna aircraft for $2,000, so he took advantage of the offer. “I liked the car, but thought I would just be keeping it for a little while,” said Mr. Baxley. In the 50-plus years since acquiring the car, the Baxleys have enjoyed driving it, and for many years were members of area vintage T-Bird clubs. It has been driven in many parades, carrying such notables as Sen. John Warner, Gov. George Allen, and Gov. Tim Kaine. Not an idle show car, it has been driven more than 245,000 miles. While their children were at Fauquier High School, Mr. Baxley was asked every year to drive the car in the Homecoming parade in the afternoon, and then in the evening during the half-time show at the football game. Not all memories are happy. While the T-Bird was at a local shop to be repainted in July 1987, joy-riding teenagers stole it. Days later it was found along a back road where the thieves left it when it ran out of gas. Not content to simply abandon the car, they trashed it, smashing the windshield with a rock and throwing the hardtop into the woods. The perpetrators were caught, and after much debate with the parties involved, the car was repaired and returned to them “…with a beautiful paint job,” said Mrs. Baxley. Although the two classic cars arrived in Warrenton on the same day and both were driven around on county roads for many years, no connection was ever made once the cars left the dealership. “I remember seeing the other ’57 Thunderbird around town, but I didn’t know who owned it,” said Mr. Baxley. “Now I do.”
Author John Toler is a writer and historian and has served Fauquier County for over 50 years, including 4 decades with the Fauquier-Times Democrat. He has written and lectured about many legendary characters in Fauquier County’s history. Toler is the co-author of 250 Years in Fauquier County: A Virginia Story, and author of Warrenton, Virginia: A History of 200 Years.
Life & Living It
PERSONALIT Y It was my first night as a member of the U.S. Army during World War II and as I lay in my bunk, one of a long row of bunks in a barrack at Ft. Dix, I could hear crying in the darkness. It brought forth a childhood memory of my first day at school. My mother had prepared me for a wonderful experience and I was eager to start. Around me, however, were crying children. My mother explained that they were afraid of leaving their parents; a trait which I have since learned is called separation anxiety. I was surrounded by adults this time, some of whom may very well have been exhibiting the same personality traits of shyness, fear, and anxiety they had held since childhood. Personality exhibits itself shortly after birth. We “ooh and aah” as we look at the smile of the infant. Later in life we recoil from a stranger’s rough voice. Personality defines our essence in every stage of development in our lives. In the course of growing up we build a huge number of traits. 52
In describing people we may refer to their physical appearance, more commonly we use such words as warm, outgoing, gruff, hostile, friendly, or shy. In other words, their personality. Very simply, to us the personality is the person. When we use the pronoun “I,” we are summing up everything about ourselves – our likes and dislikes, our fears and virtues, our strengths and weaknesses. The word “I” separates us from all others. The brain is “plastic,” i.e. it adapts to experiences. The work we go through as children constructs our consciousness. What we call “I” is changeable from minute to minute. Starting with our infantile personality we develop it into the combination of traits we carry most of our lives. Skillful parents can encourage their children to have a positive attitude, keep an optimistic mind, be fun loving, and be of a caring nature. Equally important is for the parent as a role model to have a positive self-concept as well as love toward the child. Firm
but loving. Authoritative, not authoritarian. Personality, however, has its darker side. Parents can create in their children, by abusing or neglecting them, a dysfunctional defense mechanism, which protects them temporarily, but unfortunately may last for life. Constancy is a positive factor; inflexibility is another. Under the influence of stress, traits can be fixated during early childhood development. What are called personality disorders are recognized by some of the following signs – pervasiveness across most situations, a marked deviation from expectations in our culture and an enduring pattern of distress or impairment. Certain personality disorders, in addition to containing the above symptoms, have their own traits. Someone with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, for example, may show some of the following: a need for admiration, a lack of empathy starting in adolescence, an exaggeration personality continued on page 54 Warrenton Lifestyle
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childhood. Intensive research by the Mayo Clinic and other reputable laboratories indicate that abuse can contribute to the development of personality disorders. Even verbal abuse can have an impact, such actions as parents screaming at their children. Children of such parents are three times as likely as other children to have personality disorders in adulthood. As life hands us traumatic events, we turn to whatever coping mechanisms we have built. Adults use their years of experience to handle the situation. A child’s traumatic experiences can have a devastating effect. A child’s ability to be productive and healthy depends on his or her experience in childhood. If these experiences are chaotic and traumatic, the child’s potentiality is diminished.
In 1954 the movie “The Three Faces of Eve” disclosed to the general public the existence of multiple personalities. This is where two or more integrated selves coexist simultaneously in a single body. Once again, the roots of this disorder are in severe child abuse. It is common for a child, who is being sexually molested, to say she/he was hiding in the closet watching her/his body on the bed being abused. The child is isolating the associated feelings and memories from conscious awareness. This is the defense. She/he is dissociating -- in effect, creating another “I.” While not everyone who is abused becomes a multiple personality, the two are connected and virtually everyone who is diagnosed as multiple has been severely physically and/or sexually
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of his or her achievements, an expectation to be recognized as superior, or a preoccupation with success, power, beauty or brilliance. Those with Histrionic Personality Disorder may exhibit some of the following – excessive emotionality, being uncomfortable when not the center of attention, being inappropriately sexually seductive, or showing excessive attention seeking often using physical appearance to accomplish this. A third type is Borderline Personality Disorder where a person might exhibit an instability of interpersonal relationships; has an unstable self-image; perhaps has recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures or threats; may have brief periods of intensive episodes of irritability
or anxiety; or may show impulsivity regarding spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, or binge eating. There are other personality disorders but caution is suggested at this point. Please note above the use of the words “may” and “might.” Immediate diagnoses by a layman or even a licensed therapist can be false. Any one of us can have one or more of the above traits. The difference between having a disorder or not is the inflexibility – the fact that the person’s behavior is different from what would be expected in our culture, appears to be unchanging, takes place across almost all situations and often leads to distress in some form. The onset of this pattern can often be traced back to adolescence or early
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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. Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar
(540) 341-2044 • 105 W Lee Hwy M-Thu: 11am-11pm, F-Sat: 11pm12am Sun: 11am-10pm Full-service friendly, affordable restaurant chain. Offers salad bar, lunch combos, and Carside-To-Go service. Comfortable atmosphere for all ages. Open for lunch and dinner. Full bar. Casual dress. www.applebees.com
Black Bear Bistro
(540) 428-1005 • 32/34 Main St. Sun - Thu: 11 am - 9 pm; Fri - Sat 11 am - 10 pm Restaurant offering local beers and wines, soups and salads, appetizers, and entrees. A wide variety of American food with a twist. Try the muffaletta sandwich! Also features Sweeney’s Cellar, located one floor below. www.blackbearbistro.com
(540) 878-5383 272 Broadview Ave. M - Thu 8:30am - 10pm; Fri - Sat 8:30am - 2am; Sun 11am - 10pm The grill at the local bowling alley provides a great grill at great prices for any meal including breakfast. Sandwiches, subs, burgers and hotdogs along with side dishes from onion rings to chicken tenders. Children’s menu. Beer and wine available.
(540) 347-3199 34 Broadview Ave. Locally owned and operated Burger King. Home of the Whopper. Have campaign to promote a more healthy lifestyle of eating to kids. Kid’s play area available. Casual dress. www.bk.com
(540) 347-2713 388 Waterloo St M 7am-4pm; Tue-W 7am-5pm; Thu-Fri 7am-9pm; Sat 9am - 9pm 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. http://cafetorinoandbakery.com
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(540) 351-0004 346 Waterloo St. Hours vary. Open early spring to late fall. Soft-serve, milkshakes, and more www.carouselfrozentreats.com
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(540) 349-1382 • 275 W. Lee Hwy M - Thu 11:30am - 10pm; Fri 11:30am - 11pm; Sat Noon 11pm; Sun Noon - 10pm 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) 351-0580 589 Frost Ave. M - Thu 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat 11am - 11pm; Sun 12-10pm 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). www.chinarestaurantva.com
Claire’s at the Depot
(540) 351-1616 • 65 S. Third St Lunch: Tue-Fri 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tue-Thu 5pm - 9pm, Fri-Sat 5pm - 10pm; Brunch: Sun 10:30am - 2pm 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. www.clairesrestaurant.com
Cold Stone Creamery
(540) 349-0300 183 W. Lee Hwy. Sun - Thu Noon - 9:30pm; Fri - Sat Noon - 10pm Offers unique, custom ice cream creations, smoothies, cakes and shakes. Ice cream is prepared on frozen granite stone. Fun, family environment. Cakes and ice cream by the pint or gallon can be purchased to bring home. www.coldstonecreamery.com
(540) 349-9120 • 623 Frost Ave Sun - Thu - 7am - 9pm; Fri - Sat - 7am - 10pm Hearty portions, made-to-order entrees, variety of sides and desserts. Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All-you-can-eat salad, vegetable, bread, soup, and dessert bar available for $5.59. www.countrycookin.com
(540) 347-0401 7323 Comfort Inn Dr. • 24 hrs Serving breakfast 24 hours a day. Burgers, sandwiches and soup also available. Free Wi-Fi. www.dennys.com/en
(540) 347-0001 • 81 W Lee Hwy. Sun-Thu 11am-12am Fri-Sat 11am1am Pizza delivery or pick up. Online ordering available. Now offering pasta bread bowls and hot sandwiches. www.dominos.com
(540) 351-0011 • 251 W. Lee Hwy 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. www.el-agave.com
(540) 341-0126 86 Broadview Ave Mon-Sun 11am -10pm 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.
Faang Thai Restaurant & Bar
(540) 341-8800 251 W. Lee Hwy, #177 Sun - Thu 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat 11:30am - 11pm 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.
Fauquier Springs Country Club Grille Room
(540) 347-4205 9236 Tournament Dr. Tues - Wed 11am - 8pm; Thu - Fri 11am - 9pm; Sat 7am - 9pm; Sun 7am - 8pm 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. www.fauquiersprings.com
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Five Guy’s Restaurant
(540) 878-2066 • 6441 Lee Hwy M - Sun 11am - 10pm Burgers, hot dogs, and French fries. Uses fresh, never frozen, ground beef. www.fiveguys.com
(540) 349-5776 • 20 Broadview Ave Sun - Thu 11am - 9pm; Fri - Sat 11am - 10pm Burgers, French fries, hot dogs, grilled chicken sandwiches, milkshakes, wings, and salads. Daily specials. Patio seating available. www.fostersgrille.com
(540) 428-1999 •73 Main Street M - Fri 8am - 3pm; Sat 8am - 2pm Small, one-man operation offering gourmet coffee, breakfast, and a variety of deli sandwiches, salads, subs, and pitas for take out. Daily specials. Recommended to call orders in.
(540) 347-3047 • 55 Broadview Ave 24-hour old fashioned diner serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts. Casual dress.
Great Harvest Bread Co.
(540) 878-5200 • 108 Main Street Loaves of bread handcrafted using wholegrain wheat grown on family farms and ground daily in the bakery. www.warrentonbread.com
Jerry’s Subs and Pizza
(540) 349-4900 • 177 W. Lee Hwy Sat-Thu 10:30am-9:30pm; Fri-Sat 10:20am-10pm; Sun 11am-9pm Specialty cheese steaks, overstuffed subs, and pizza. Catering available. Offering combos, salads and ice cream. Lunch special’s menu good all day. Delivery service available. www.jerrysusa.com
Jimmies Market Cafe/Kidwell Caterers/Madison Tea Room
(540) 347-1942 • 22 Main Street Sun - Sat 9am - 5pm Fri Open til 8pm for supper Restaurant offering sandwiches, subs, and other daily specials. Also sell wine. Catering available. The Madison Tea Room is also available for time away from a hectic day. Casual dress.
Joe & Vinnie’s
(540) 347-0022 • 385 Shirley Hwy M-Thu 11am - 10pm; Fri-Sat 11am - 11pm; Sun Noon-10pm Family owned pizzeria, open for 21 years. Offers pizza, subs, pastas, and seafood. Daily lunch specials. Pizza available by the slice. www.joeandvinniespizza.net
KFC/Long John Silver
(540) 428-0044 • 251 W Lee Hwy Deli offering sandwiches, soups, and more. Customers will enjoy a variety of sandwiches and soups.
(540) 347-3900 • 200 Broadview Ave. M - Thu 10am - 11pm; Fri - Sun 10am - 12am KFC specializes in Original Recipe and Extra Crispy fried chicken and homestyle sides. Long John Silver’s is a quick service seafood restaurant. Located in the same building to provide diners with a wider variety of choices. www.kfc.com
Honeybaked Ham Company
(540) 428-1820 • 6445 Lee Hwy M–Sun 6am - 10pm Specializes in breakfast. Sandwiches, salads, burgers, chicken also avail. for lunch and dinner. www.ihop.com
Iron Bridge Wine Co.
(540) 349-9339 • 29 Main Street Lunch: M - Sat 11am-2pm; Dinner: M-Sat 5pm-9pm; Sun 12pm-5pm Cozy wine restaurant featuring a wide variety of world and local Virginia wines. Open for lunch, brunch, dinner, happy hour, and late night. Offers seasonal, healthy, small plate entrees and nightly specials to accompany wine selection. Seating available in the main dining area, historic stone cellar, balcony level or outdoor patio (weather permitting) Catering and private parties available. Casual dress. www.ironbridgewines.com
505 Fletcher Dr • (540) 341-0392 Sun – Thurs 11am to 10pm; Fri – Sat 11am to 11pm LongHorn Steakhouse prides itself on its exotic Western style entrees and appetizers (like their LongHorn Shrimp & Lobster Dip). The restaurant is proud to serve hand-cut, handseasoned steaks, thick burgers, fresh salads, and an appealing cast of seafood. Casual dress. www.longhornsteakhouse.com
Mandarin Buffet & Sushi
(540) 341-1962 • 514 Fletcher Dr Authentic Chinese restaurant offering a large buffet selection of sushi, soups, and meats.
Main St. Grill & Mexican Food
(540) 351-0550 • 79 Main Street • M 11am - 9pm; Tue - Thu 11am - 9:30pm; •Fri-Sat 11am-10:30pm; Sun 11am9pm Attached to Rhodes Drug Store. Offers appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, larger entrees as well as traditional Mexican favorites. Specials change daily. Full bar. Casual dress.
McMahon’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
(540) 347-7888 351 Broadview Ave. 24 HR Fast food chain known for Big Mac and McNuggets. Dollar menu. Now serving McCafé beverages. Kids play area available. www.mcdonalds.com
(540) 347-7200 • 380 Broadview Ave. M-Fri 11am - 2am; Fri-Sat 11am - 2am; Sun 11am-2am 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. Valet Parking Friday and Saturday Evenings. Outdoor Patio. Live entertainment. Casual dress. www.mcmahonsirishpub.com
Mojitos & Tapas
(540) 349-8833 251 W. Lee Hwy #157 M-Thu: 11am-9pm, F-Sat: 11am-10pm, Sun: 12pm-9pm 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. www.mojitosandtapas.com
Molly’s Irish Pub
(540) 349-5300 • 36 Main Street M-Sat 11am - 2am; Sun 11am-2pm 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. www.mollysirishpub.com
The Natural Marketplace
(540)349-4111 • 5 Diagonal Street M–F 9am to 5 pm; Sat 9am-4pm Organic Deli offering traditional sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts. Choices also include vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free selections. All organic fruit and fresh vegetable juices. Take-out and catering available.
Osaka Japanese Steakhouse
(540) 349-5050 • 139 W. Lee Hwy M-Sat 11:30am - 10pm; Sun 11:30am - 9pm Japanese steakhouse serving Hibachi style chicken, steak, shrimp, fish and sushi. Sushi available for take out. Fun, family environment.
(540) 349-0457 • 6419 Lee Hwy M - Fri 4pm - 10pm; Sat 2pm - 11pm; Sun 2pm - 9pm Australian steakhouse. Also offers a variety of chicken, ribs, seafood, and pasta dishes. Carry out available. www.outback.com (540) 341-4362 • 251 W. Lee Hwy M-Sat 6:30am - 9pm; Sun 7:30am - 8pm Offers breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and bagels. Lunch/dinner items include soups, salads, and sandwiches. Great bread selection. Gourmet coffee and tea also available. Dine in or carry out. Free Wi-Fi. Catering available. ww.panerabread.com
Papa John’s Pizza
(540) 349-7172 • 322 W. Lee Hwy Pizza delivery or pick up. Online ordering available. Wings, breadsticks, and dessert also available. Daily specials and features. www.papajohns.com
(540) 347-5444 • 95 Broadview Ave Pizza delivery, dine-in or pick up. Online ordering available. Choose from pizza, tuscani pasta, wings, rolls, p’zone pizzas, and more. www.pizzahut.com
(540) 349-7171 • 251 W. Lee Hwy 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. www.pizzarama.com
Red Truck Bakery
(540) 347-2224 • 22 Waterloo St Bakery located in Old Town Warrenton next to the Old Jail Museum. Serving fresh pies, quiches, breads, cakes, and coffees daily. Online ordering available. www.redtruckbakery.com
Red, Hot & Blue
(540) 349-7100 • 360 Broadview Ave Sun-Thu 11am - 9pm; Fri-Sat 11am - 10pm Southern Grill and Barbeque restaurant. Offers dine-in, take out, and catering. Large menu with options for ribs, sandwiches, salads, platters, and southern entrées. Casual dress. www.redhotandblue.com
Renee’s Gourmet To Go
(540) 347-2935 • 15 S. Third St. M - Fri 10am - 3pm Gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads and sweets. Open for lunch only. Limited patio seating or grab-andgo 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.
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(540) 341-4912 74 Blackwell Park Lane American chain restaurant serving your favorite hamburgers, pastas, steaks, ribs and more. Also have salad bar and RubyTueGo available. Casual dress. www.rubytuesday.com
(540) 349-0950 41 W. Lee Highway #53 102 Broadview Ave Restaurant offering subs and pizza. Home of the $5 footlong. Food is prepared after you order, and everything is prepared fresh daily. Available for dine-in or takeout. www.subway.com
Sweet Frog (540)359-6401 488 Fletcher Dr Sun-Th 11:30am-9:30pm; Fri&Sat 11:30am-10:30pm 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. www.sweetfrogyogurt.com
(540) 341-4206 316 W. Lee Hwy Open late for fourthmeal cravings. Now offering frutista freeze drinks and fiesta taco salads. Also offer fresco menu (low fat). www.tacobell.com
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Tippy’s Taco House
(540) 349-2330 147 W. Shirley Ave Sun. - Thu., Sat. 11 am - 9pm; Fri. 11am - 10pm Mexican restaurant offering different quality specials
everyday. Menu offers tacos, burritos, quesadillas, desserts and more. Dine-in or take-out. Casual dress. www.tippystacohouse.com
Top’s China Restaurant
(540) 349-2828 185 W. Lee Hwy Asian restaurant serving authentic Chinese food. Daily specials and combos available. Dine-in or take-out.
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Tropical Smoothie Café
(540) 428-1818 251 W. Lee Hwy #679 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. Casual dress. www.tropicalsmoothiecafe.com
Twisted Sister Seafood
(540) 347-3663 6806 James Madison Hwy Offering classic seafood dishes like fried oysters, crab cake sandwiches, salads, shrimp, scallops and fish with plenty of homemade recipes.
(540) 349-5031 484 Blackwell Rd Sun. - Thu. 11am - 10pm; Fri. - Sat. 11 am - 11pm. Classic Italian Pizza. Also offer antipasti, panini, stromboli, and salads. Check for lunch and combo specials. www.vocellipizza.com
(540) 349-8118 352 Waterloo St Asian food available for dinein, 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 Ave Fast food chain offering hamburgers, salads, and chicken nuggets. Also offer baked potatoes and chili as sides. Frosty’s available as desert. Casual dress. www.wendys.com
(540) 347-4355 • 294 W. Lee Hwy M - Sat 11am - 10pm; Sun 12 noon - 10pm 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. www.yencheng.com
Fauquier & the arts
O. Henry Stories Put a Sentimental Spin on Season By Dixie Walters Looking for entertainment that’s slightly out of the ordinary this holiday season? Fauquier Community Theatre will subtly illuminate the spirit of the season with its presentation of “An O. Henry Christmas,” a musical by Peter Ekstrom that is based on the works of renowned short story writer O. Henry. Ekstrom wrote the music and lyrics and adapted for the stage two classic O. Henry stories, the well-known “Gift of the Magi” and “The Last Leaf.” The musical selections underscore sad, yet joyous, themes of sacrifice and love in a two-act production. “The stories imbue the best of what Christmas should be about, as far as it being better to give than receive,” says director Leland Shook. “It’s the Christmas spirit without the ‘stuff.’ ”
The cast of an O, Henry Christmas takes a break for a picture on top of the Theater. Photo by Leeland Shook Photograpy
Don Richardson, the play’s producer, has a similar take: “This musical is for those who remember what the Christmas season used to be about before modern commercialism took it over and turned it into a celebration of material things.”
The Unexpected Twist
That’s not to say they’re neatly wrapped up with a bow on top. “This isn’t Jingle Bells or Rudolph,” Shook notes wryly.
“I think this is a great date play,” says Shook. “It’s about making a sacrifice for love, about giving everything you can to someone else regardless of what it might cost you.”
Both stories are set in turn-of-thecentury New York City. Beyond that commonality, they’re mostly tied together by events that take a surprising turn, an O. Henry trademark. “The stories are very sweet,” says Shook. “They’re about unconditional love and about sacrifice in the name of that love.”
“The Last Leaf,” the first of the two plays, tells the story of two aspiring female artists and roommates in Greenwich Village, one of whom spends most of the play battling pneumonia. As the young woman falls deeper into sickness, she fixates on a leafy vine outside her apartment window. She becomes convinced she’ll die when the last leaf falls from the vine. An elderly immigrant neighbor, who befriends the young women and shares their artistic yearnings, ultimately gives the gift of life to the sickly young woman in an unexpected, extremely touching manner. The better-known story, “The Gift of the Magi,” is about a young couple who are poor but deeply in love. Despite their financial situation, they desperately want to give the other the perfect gift at Christmas time. Each finds a surprising way to do so with an unforeseen and ironic result. 62
Although the production’s content is not suggestive in any way, Shook notes that “An O. Henry Christmas” may be best appreciated by theatergoers ranging in age from the teen years and up, simply because overly youthful audiences may not understand the mature themes.
The two one-act plays are staged by a small cast that includes Gene Bates, Joe Bersack, Danielle Curtis, Betsy Hansen, Emily Hibl and Stephen Kutzleb. On the heels of “An O. Henry Christmas,” FCT will stage the delightful all-ages “Elmer the Elf” musical from Dec. 21-23, an original production written by Fauquier County resident Charles Jennings. “An O. Henry Christmas” will be presented Nov. 30-through Dec. 2, Dec. 7-9 and Dec. 14-16. Curtain time is 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets range from $13 for seniors and students to $15 for an adult ticket and are available online at fctstage.org. A combined ticket to see the show and enjoy dinner at the Inn at Vint Hill is available for the Dec. 9 performance. Warrenton Lifestyle
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