Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine December 2014

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2014 Contributing Writers: Jonathan Caron James Cornwell Lynne Richman Cox Robin Earl Robert Grouge Dr. Robert B. Iadeluca Kristin Heydt

Jim Hollingshead Michelle Kelley Krysta Norman Steve Oviatt Rachel Pierce Jay Pinsky Vineeta Ribeiro

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The Manor House at Poplar Springs


6 Seasonal Style 16 Happy & Healthy 32 Furry Friends 34 Community Spotlight 40 Worship Directory 46 Oh the Places We Van Gogh! 58 Lifting Spirits - James Cornwell

Hunt Country Holiday

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After decades of serving the community the annual Warrenton tradition of Grandma’s Homemade Favorites is celebrating its 20th Christmas season.

Rachel Pierce

Overwhelmed, Stressed....

George Rowand Leslie Shriner John Toler Bert Van Gils Charlotte Wagner

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14 Fauquier4Families 20 Fauquier Health 22 Discovered History 44 What’s Up Warrenton 52 Let’s Talk Business 56 Local Eats 60 A Taste of Warrenton

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The Holidays Family Traditions


was born into a large, workingclass Italian family where food and quality time were the centerpieces to all holiday celebrations, especially Christmas. The home of my two favorite aunts, Yolanda and Helen, is where we usually spent Christmas Eve. Italians know how to eat and those two ladies really could cook! Every year they prepared what southern Italians call the Feast of the Seven Fishes. The meal started in the early afternoon for our lot of 30+ that usually included a few extended family members. There were plenty of appetizers to keep us going until the main courses and my aunts made everything from scratch. Of course, the rest of the family cooked or brought something to share and showcase. It wouldn’t be an Italian meal without an overflowing table of food. Tradition dictates that the feast includes an odd number of seafood dishes, usually seven or thirteen. One year, I remember an even number of dishes were prepared and my aunts

combined two of the dishes at the last minute to get the count right. My dear Aunt Yolanda, now 90, is the last of that generation. While she’s no longer preparing the Christmas Eve dinners it doesn’t mean the tradition hasn’t continued. Thanks to my wife, Holly’s, cooking and enthusiasm for honoring our family and heritage, the feast tradition continues in our home. My family never forgot where their past had taken them. They couldn’t help think and reflect on the good times they were having and how they had weathered the depression, the war, and being poor. They were mostly the sons and daughters of immigrants that struggled to achieve the American dream. So, each Christmas, I do my best to remember these traditions and create new ones to share with my children. It is never the same as it was at my aunts’ house. Those are now treasured memories which will always be cherished and appreciated. What are your family traditions over the holidays and how will you ensure they carry on?

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us here at Lifestyle Magazines and Piedmont Press & Graphics!

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he holidays in Warrenton bring with them such a wide variety of venues and occasions that it can be difficult to know just what to wear and when to wear it. Whether you’re headed to a brunch or a hunt country bonfire, a casual cocktail party or a glamorous gala, James Cornwell, Warrenton’s own celebrity stylist, has assembled festive looks from fine clothiers right here in town. Warrenton’s iconic Airlie Center was our location and the perfect local venue for any holiday soirée.


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The holidays are a time to dress up, and while wearing footed pajamas to the table may work at home on Christmas morning, meeting up with friends for an elegant champagne brunch calls for a more sophisticated look. James recommends, “faux fur vests, long skirts, and ascots, Oh My!” Brunch and fashion are two peas in a pod, it’s a time to enjoy your friends and show off that holiday style. Pops of color, layers, and ascots for women or men are all great ways to put a fashion flair to your brunch apparel. Warrenton Lifestyle

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Show off your style during an evening in with friends and family. Guys tend to work a more casual look with tailored jeans and smart sweaters, while ladies can bring some holiday sparkle and pizzazz to their looks with daring shoes and vibrant color. This is a great time of year to bring out the statement jewelry and the spiked heels, as they are sure to create a conversation.


With so many social occasions this time of year it can be a challenge to carry off a new chic outfit for each gathering. James’ advice is to purchase a variety of quality new and vintage pieces that can be mixed and matched to existing wardrobe staples. Mixing vintage with the new is a great way to show off personality through clothing. “A new dress with vintage jewelry and a vintage handbag is a great way to look fashionable and create conversation, people will notice the unique style. For the fellas pair a vintage shirt or tie with a sharp suit, you are sure to catch an abundance of eyes.”

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Baby, it’s cold outside! Cuddling up by the fire is so romantic, it seems a shame to hide your figure under bulky winter wear! James’ suggestion is to layer quality cashmere and wool pieces to add warmth without sacrificing style. And when you are bundled up, use a belt to add a waist to your outerwear, this is a great way to show off your style and your shape. It’s easy to create comfort and style when you think outside the box.

Cassandra: Vintage Hat, Silver bracelet and cape, Dejavu; Sparkle sweater and Faux python pants, Christine Fox; Leather Handbag, Horse Country Saddlery Jordan: Riding pant, Hunt coat, Ascot, and Hat, Horse Country Saddlery Yun: Red stones and Gold fox head necklace,Wool Coat and Wool scarf, Horse Country Saddlery; Vintage purple hat, DejaVu.

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If you are lucky enough to be invited to any one of the winter black tie affairs coming up, pay attention! James says, “This is a perfect time to wear gowns and Bow ties! For the majority of us, our fancy clothing sits in the closet more than we would like to admit, so the Holiday Gala is a perfect time to get fancy! Vintage gowns are always a hit. Also bring out the sparkle, bring out the fur (or Faux) and see who can create the bow tie without watching a YouTube tutorial.�


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Families4Fauquier wishes you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! May all your wishes come true this year!

F4F will be participating in Warrenton Christmas Parade on Friday, December 5th at 6pm on Main Street. Be sure to look for us there! Santa will be at the Warrenton Branch Greenway Caboose on December 6th from 5-7pm. Christmas Carolers, hot cider and cookies will be served. Holiday Gingerbread House Making at Vint Hill Village Green Community

Center on Sunday, December 14th from 3:30-5:00pm. All ages are welcome. Small fee to participate. Must register at: www.recreation.fauquiercounty.gov MOPS will be holding their monthly meeting on Tuesday, December 16. There will be a Cookie exchange and Christmas craft. Contact: mopswarrenton@gmail.com to rsvp. First Night Warrenton 2014 is a

New Year’s community celebration for Fauquier families with a variety of over 50 live performances such as puppet shows, jugglers, storytelling, hayrides and so much more! This highly recommended family event takes place on Wednesday, December 31st. The event starts at 7pm and ends ringing in the New Year at the Courthouse. Small entrance fee. www.bluemont.org

F4F Projects ADOPT-A-FAMILY Project 2014 F4F has sponsored several families for Christmas this year. If you have a little extra to give during the holiday season please contact us for additional information on ways you can help to make a families Christmas brighter this holiday season! Treats 4 Our Troops Holiday Project F4F will be collecting candy, cards and DVDs to send to Treats 4 Our Troops for Walter Reed’s Wounded Warriors. We will collect donations until December 15th. • Families4fauquier@gmail.com

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Overwhelmed, Stressed Women –

Everything to Everyone by Michelle Kelley, LCSW


Most of us know these scenarios all too well: Someone needs extra help at work on a big project and the deadline is coming up quick; the kids forgot to remind you about the school bake sale they signed up for, and it’s tomorrow; your husband doesn’t seem to mind the dust bunnies on the floor or the piled up laundry, until he needs a clean and ironed shirt in the morning; and the dog is waiting by the door – and whining – again. What is wrong here? I’m the first to admit it: I struggle with asking for help or just saying “no.” Many women do. I bet you’re one of them! But why is this? Is there something different in our DNA that compels us to accept more and more responsibility? Or are we a product of a generation gone by when women were expected to do everything – with a smile on their face? Recently I was at home on a call with my business coach. I was completely focused on our conversation when I just happened to notice that my dog’s shed hair had decided to congregate under my kitchen table. So, not wanting to waste time, I decided that I could clean the kitchen floor and have a thought-provoking conversation on the phone. Why do we think we have to multitask all of the time? There has never been a time such as this in history. Women make up almost 50% of our work

force and own 30% of small businesses. Yet we are still more likely to take on the majority of the childcare and home responsibilities. We’re moms, wives, businesswomen, business owners, entrepreneurs, managers, and students. We’re taking care of our children and our parents. We’re helping our community. We’re active in our church. We could drop dead from multi-tasking… but we’re making a difference! At least that’s what we believe. We’re everything to everyone. But what about us? Have we forgotten ourselves? Aren’t we important, too? Remember the old saying, “If momma ain’t happy, no one is?” What keeps us from asking for the help we desperately need? These are what some of my clients say: • What’s the use, nothing changes. • It’s easier for me to do it rather than listen to the excuses. • It’s my responsibility to make everything work. • Everyone is busy, so why am I special? Sound familiar? So what should you do? This is a complex situation that did not arise overnight and there’s not an easy solution. However, I am a big believer in developing self-awareness and then starting the conversation. Be sure, the conversation won’t end anytime soon, nor should it. Let me explain. Warrenton Lifestyle



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Some of us get so busy we don’t stop to ask ourselves why we are doing so much. To be honest, if we have too much on our plate, we may not even recognize it! If we don’t notice, why would anyone else notice? Become aware of why you overpack your schedule. Why do you think that you should always have the time? Why do you believe that it’s your fault if things don’t run smoothly? Is it because it’s what you saw your mother do? Is it because you can’t say “no”? Is it because you think it is expected of you? Are you trying to prove you can do it all? Why? Then ask yourself if your reasons – or excuses – are real or perceived. It is so important to start with yourself and assess whether your work and personal responsibilities, as well as your time and energy, are balanced enough. Chances are they’re not (which is why you’re reading this article). You matter! Validate your own needs and know that you have a right to ask for help. This is where the conversation comes in. Talk about how you feel with your family and coworkers, ask for their help and accept it when it’s offered. Start a support group for overwhelmed women… well, okay, I know everyone is too busy and stressed to attend. :) Here are some suggestions to help stressed, overwhelmed women have some peace of mind (isn’t that what we all want?): 1. Reevaluate your busy schedule. Prioritize it and let things go undone (yes, I know this is hard). Put the big rocks in the bowl first. What are you willing to give up? That’s also a great question to ask each person in your family. 2. Ask for help. Be specific if you have to. If others don’t know every little thing you do, they won’t know how they can help. 3. Communicate often - clearly and directly. Don’t wait until

resentment builds up and frustration becomes overwhelming. This is when you can become irritable and even rude to the ones you love. 4. Deal with problems in the moment. This is always best unless you feel that your emotional state will prevent you from being kind or clear. Of course, the holidays can be a very stressful time for women and we know why. We tend to take on too much responsibility for everyone else’s happiness. Expectations can be unrealistic. This holiday season consider doing things differently. • Ask another family member to host. • Ask others to bring dishes if you decide to host. • Have dinner at a restaurant. • Order a precooked meal. There should be no shame involved. The idea is to lighten your workload so that you can enjoy the holidays as well. What a novel idea! Which brings me to, do you have trouble saying “no” to people and their demands in your life without feeling guilty or selfish? If so, you are not alone. Women seem to struggle more than men when it comes to people-pleasing and setting firm boundaries. I realize that many of us were raised to be sugar, spice and everything nice. Unfortunately, when we try to live up to such an unrealistic standard, we often end up stressed, overwhelmed and exhausted. But we knew that already, didn’t we? Healthy boundaries are essential

for peace of mind. Here are some examples of holding boundaries: • No, I can’t help out this time – maybe next time. • No. Actually, I have already made plans for next weekend. • No, I’m not comfortable with having a bunch of people over to my house. Remember, “no” is a complete sentence especially when setting boundaries with difficult people. We do not owe anyone an explanation for why we say “no” to their request and we are not responsible for someone else’s emotional state. We are only responsible for our own. The media and society portray the ideal woman as someone who can rise with the sun, rush to the kitchen, whip up a gourmet breakfast, hand squeeze the orange juice, get the kids out the door, jump in the car and go to work looking glamorous, with a smile on her face. Absurd! So I ask you, when will real women start to openly challenge the distorted image of the ideal woman?

My vision of an ideal woman is a woman who knows how to be realistic, say no, ask for help, delegate or hire when possible… and definitely, get away from time to time. Never underestimate the power of ME time, however you define it. What is your new vision of an ideal woman and can you become her? Yes, you can.

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Fauquier Health Piedmont Internal Medicine Practice Joins Fauquier Health


auquier County’s largest primary care medical practice serving teens, adults and senior citizens – Piedmont Internal Medicine – has joined Fauquier Health Physician Services, a multispecialty physicians group. Piedmont includes six internal medicine physicians: Dr. Michelle Bell, Dr. Joseph David, Dr. Jae Lee, Dr. Demetrius Maoury, Dr. Kevin McCarthy and Dr. William Simpson. The group decided to partner with Fauquier Health after many months of exploration, deliberation and negotiation. Piedmont becomes the 11th medical practice in the network, and the third primary care practice. Fauquier Health Internal Medicine at Lake Manassas and Fauquier Health Family Practice at Bealeton are also members of the group. Specialists included in Fauquier Health Physician Services include: Fauquier Health Endocrinology, Fauquier Health General Surgery, Fauquier Health Hematology/Oncology, Fauquier Health Infectious Diseases, Fauquier Health Neurology, Fauquier Health OB/GYN, Fauquier Health Rheumatology and Fauquier Health Urology. Despite the change in practice ownership, the approximately 14,000 patients currently served by Piedmont Internal Medicine should notice little if any change in their care. The doctors and support staff will remain unchanged. Piedmont Internal Medicine will retain its name; the hours of operation, location and phone numbers will not change. The practice’s executive director, Dr. Simpson, who has managed Piedmont Internal Medicine for more than 20 years, said, “The primary changes resulting from this merger with the Fauquier Health system will be limited to ‘behind the scenes’ administrative matters in the areas of purchasing, accounting, human resource management, payor contracts and software.” Speaking on behalf of the partners, Dr. Simpson explained the reasons for the merger. “Practicing medicine requires a balance between caring for patients and 20

Dr. William Simpson, Dr. Joseph David, Dr. Michelle Bell, Dr. Jae Lee, Dr. Kevin McCarthy and Dr. Demetrius Maoury of Piedmont Internal Medicine in Warrenton. managing the many outside forces that can interfere with that care. Over the past ten years, that balance has unfortunately been tipping more and more away from patient care. Practices nationwide are being forced to devote more and more resources toward administrative burdens, coming mainly from government and insurance industry demands. This takes time away from patient care. To help restore balance, many doctors are turning to their local health care systems, where there is strength, leverage and economies of scale. For example, one highly trained clerk, dedicated to tackling one major outside intrusion, can effectively assist an entire team of physicians, rather than each of the doctors having to address the problem independently. By handing off most of this outside interference, we will be able to maintain -- and no doubt, enhance -- our primary focus on high-quality, comprehensive and compassionate patient care.” Fauquier Health and Piedmont Internal Medicine have a long and successful history of working together in many areas, including: physician

recruitment; strategic planning; facility expansion; electronic medical record development; medical staff and committee leadership; patient care at the Wound Healing Center; and clinical leadership of Employee Health, The Wellness Center, The Villa at Suffield Meadows and Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center. Greg Bengston, Chief Operating Officer at Fauquier Health, said, “Fauquier Health is very pleased to take this ongoing partnership with Piedmont Internal Medicine to the next level. We look forward to expanding our primary care offerings with an established local practice that has successfully cared for area residents for many years.” As part of Fauquier Health’s business strategy, it has acquired the Piedmont Professional Center, where Piedmont Internal Medicine is located. The building’s other occupants – including Fauquier Health Wellness Center and Northern Virginia Dermatology – will continue operations at their current locations as well. Warrenton Lifestyle




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The Fauquier Water and Sanitation Authority Part 2: The WSA comes of age by John T. Toler Established in 1964, the Fauquier County Water and Sanitation Authority’s first 30 years were spent defining its mission and acquiring an assortment of private water systems and wastewater treatment plants. The past 20 years have seen progress and stability, as new policies and regulations were adopted, and detailed business plans created and executed.


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The facility at Remington was the first wastewater treatment plant owned and operated by the WSA. After several expansions, the Remington plant has the largest capacity of the three, at 2 million gallons per day. Chief Operator of the Remington plant is Raymond Searls.

developed a Community Water Policy to deal with all future acquisitions. If a private system under consideration was deemed likely to become a liability for the WSA, the owner/developer was required to pay a Capital Deficiency Assessment to cover the cost of necessary repairs before the WSA took it over.

If the system were owned by a homeowner’s association, or the developer simply abandoned it, the WSA applied a slightly different policy, but with the same outcome. If the system required work, its customers would pay a surcharge in addition to the standard rates, to cover the costs of bringing it up to WSA standards. Warrenton Lifestyle

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The Marshall Wastewater Treatment Plant has been owned and operated by the WSA since 1969, and expanded to serve the Town of The Plains in 1976. It currently has a capacity of 640,000 gallons per day. Chief Operator of the Marshall plant is Jason Brown. The new policy was soon implemented. Canterbury, a development southwest of Warrenton, was developed by former WSA Secretary Harry Morris. By 1999, the community water system was contaminated with e-coli bacteria, a fact uncovered by a new resident who was suspicious of the water quality and had it tested by the health department. Residents of the community were understandably upset, and several approached the WSA to take over the system. By the time the WSA became involved, the health department had issued a boil water notice to residents. An examination of the wells and distribution lines determined that the system was not salvageable. Mr. Morris – who originally wanted to be paid for the system – reluctantly turned it over to the authority at no cost. The contaminated well at Canterbury was shut down, and most of the lines were abandoned. Before the WSA took on the rebuilding project, residents agreed to pay the regular WSA rates, plus a Capital Deficiency Assessment that 24

was added to their monthly bills. The Canterbury distribution system was rebuilt and connected to the existing WSA systems at nearby English Meadows and Edgehill developments. While the work was being done, the WSA trucked-in fresh water for the use of the residents. Once the new system was operational, Canterbury customers were relieved to know that providing good water and performing necessary maintenance and repairs were now the responsibility of the WSA. The water system in Marshall, owned by Charles “Chuck” Rice was very old and had serious problems. After hearing numerous complaints from his constituents, then-Marshall District Supervisor Harry Atherton contacted the WSA, asking the board to initiate action to take over the system. “It was a sticky situation,” Mr. Blackmer recalled. “I met with Rice several times, and eventually he sold the system to the WSA.” The final cost was $575,000 in cash, plus 55 future sewer availabilities worth $330,000. The work involved to

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WSA hydrants were color-coded in 2013-14 to indicate available water flow. An orange bonnet (shown) indicates 500 to 999 gallons per minute. the WSA bought it. However, by purchasing the plant, the WSA secured what it needed for rapid expansion: a valid discharge permit; a site with room to grow; and guaranteed customer demand. Funding for the first expansion of the Vint Hill plant from 250,000 gpd to 600,000 gpd was provided by the developers of the nearby Brookside subdivision; the second expansion, from 600,000 gpd to 950,000 gpd, was funded by Fauquier County as part of the plan to bring sewer service to New Baltimore. In addition, customers along U.S. 29 in New Baltimore paid advance availability fees and donated easements for the lines. In 2000, the WSA offices were moved from rented space on Meetze Originally a small plant serving the old VHFS army post, the Vint Hill Wastewater Treatment Plant has been extensively rebuilt and expanded since acquired by the WSA in 1999. The facility serves a growing number of customers east of Warrenton. Capacity is now 950,000 gallons per day. Chief Operator of the Vint Hill plant is Troy Willingham.

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For years, homeowners in areas not served by the WSA have installed traditional septic systems with drainfields and septic tanks, which must be pumped out on a regular basis. Where soils do not “perc” sufficiently for a traditional system, one solution for individual homeowners is to install an alternative or “engineered” system, using sand mounds or peat filters. But serving an entire community with an alternative sewage system is much more complicated. Several years ago, the Virginia Legislature, under pressure from developers, passed legislation forcing municipalities that had forbidden such systems to permit them. The Board of Supervisors and the WSA worked together to draw up new standards for the construction, operation and maintenance of such systems. They originally required double redundancy, but this was changed to single redundancy when the policy was adopted in 2004. Local controls were further weakened by the state legislature. If the system discharged into the soil, it was to be regulated by the Virginia Department of Health; if it discharged into a receiving stream, the U.S. Department of Environmental Quality would regulate the system. How did the WSA respond to the possibility that Alternative Onsite Sewage Systems (AOSS) would be coming to Fauquier County? On May 14, 2014, WSA Operations Director Cheryl St. Amant presented a recommendation to the WSA board, urging them to adopt an “integrated approach” to wastewater management, which would include the WSA’s three centralized treatment facilities, and any new alternative sewage systems that might be built. Developers would “…design and construct decentralized facilities in accordance with regulations at their own cost, and then transfer


The WSA Board of Directors (from left) Michael J. Focazio (Marshall District), Maureen Riordan (Scott District), L. Paul Blackmer Jr. (Lee District), Steve Cosby (Center District), and Ray Graham (Cedar Run District.) Also shown are John C. McGranahan Jr. of Hunton and Williams, WSA General Manager Philip ‘Butch’ Farley, and WSA attorney Henry C. Day. ownership to the utility for operational management,” according to Ms. St. Amant. Because operating costs for alternative systems is much higher than for centralized systems, separate rate structures would have to be developed. Ms. St. Amant stated that having the WSA manage the alternative systems, rather than developers or homeowners’ associations, they would be “…less likely to have negative effects on shared local ground and surface water resources.” WSA personnel are licensed and trained to operate both centralized and alternative wastewater treatment plants. If the WSA were tasked to operate and maintain an AOSS, they would be prepared to do so.

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In 1988, the Virginia General Assembly passed the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act, which was “designed to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and other waters of the State by requiring the use of effective land management and land use planning.” Regulations were established in 1989, and amended in 1991, 2001 and 2012. While addressing a wide range of water pollution issues, the act placed

a series of regulatory caps on the size of wastewater treatment plants that discharged within the Occoquan watershed. Changes were also made in the way plant performance is calculated, and the technology to be used to treat wastewater. The new regulations drove the costs of wastewater treatment to much higher levels, and also limited the build-out size of plants, including the three owned by the WSA, to the capacities that existed by 2010. Through extreme effort, the WSA completed the engineering and planning to expand its plants, and had them “shovel ready” before the 2010 deadline. Funding was supposed to come from a federal economic stimulus program earmarked for infrastructure improvements, but the money didn’t come through. According to WSA Chief Financial Officer William Skinker, future upgrades to the plants in Remington and Marshall to meet Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act’s unfunded regulatory mandates will cost between $25 and $30 million – and will not yield any additional treatment capacity.

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On Aug. 23, 2011, a rare earthquake shook the region, and while damage to local structures was relatively minor, the effect of the

movement underground was much more serious. The earthquake caused the aquifer to shift, permanently changing water levels. WSA wells in Bealeton and New Baltimore were damaged, as well as the Marshall Wastewater Treatment Plant. WSA CFO Skinker estimates that this catastrophic incident has caused the authority to expend about $3 million to repair the damage. Remarkably, the WSA had earthquake insurance and filed a claim, on which $448,000 was paid. It wasn’t easy to convince the insurance company of the extent of the damage – most of which was underground – but because the WSA had detailed hydrological records showing the before-and-after, they proved that the wells had been damaged. “The people sent by the insurance company were amazed at the amount of information we had,” recalled General Manager Butch Farley. During the time the wells were off-line for repairs, WSA performed additional work to improve the water quality. Fauquier County hosted a Water Summit on Sept. 23, 2014, which was attended by representatives of several state, county and local agencies. The WSA’s presentation was made by Ms. St. Amant, who gave an update on the authority’s projects and initiatives, outlining future growth expectations and the challenge represented by groundwater sources. Also presented was a detailed Capital Improvements Plan, which included the new wells, storage tanks and other WSA assets that will be needed to meet the future growth indicated by the County Comprehensive Plan. Some serious issues the WSA faces are continuing: the relatively small customer base, most of which are residential accounts; securing the finances to find and develop new wells; and the great distances WSA personnel must travel when

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One of Warrenton’s busier residents, Teylor Reid volunteers at the Warrenton library several times a week. According to Reid’s mother, Linda, her involvement in the community is very important. “ Teylor is most interested in helping her community and being a productive member of society,” offers Linda. “She also loves making bracelets and necklaces.” As a young craftswoman, a portion of the profit from Reid’s business, Teylor Made Jewelry, are donated to the Arc of NCV. Like any mother, Linda wants to see her daughter live a purposeful life. In addition to volunteering her time at the library and making and selling jewelry, Teylor, a Fauquier High School graduate, has been a Country Cookin’ employee for the past two years. Reid enjoys her job because she “likes to keep busy and Country Cookin’ always has lots of silverware to wash, sort and roll. I like the people there.” Reid says with a huge smile, “In October, I set a new record by rolling 158 silverware packs.” Heather Means, Manager at Country Cookin’, feels that Reid is a great addition to her team. “She’s fun to be around and does a lot of work behind the scenes,” says Means. She was able to carve out a role for Reid that would work well with her skill set and earns wages competitive with the restaurant’s other positions. Country Cookin’ has been employing I/DD individuals for the past six years after a representative from Fauquier High School approached the restaurant and encouraged them to hire I/DD students for a sheltered work environment.

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The Arc NCV will receive $15 per registered Down Syndrome Awareness Virginia License plate annually for grant and advocacy programs once they reach their goal of 1,000 plate registrants. Funds from this effort will establish a recreational scholarship fund that will award recreational activities, such as horseback riding and swim lessons, to applicants.

Acceptance and purpose

Individuals like Teylor, with intellectual or developmental disabilities, or I/DD, tend to struggle with acceptance in society throughout their lives. Although programs exist to help integrate people with I/DD during their school years, people with I/DD tend to fall off the grid around age 21. During their adult years, they often remain unemployed, must rely on government assistance, and live quiet lives in which they are cared for by family members or state-run facilities. This lifestyle does not foster a fulfilling or purposeful life. The Arc NCV is making strides to improve the quality of life for people with I/DD by increasing awareness and accessibility of programs to all community members. As an advocate for individuals with I/DD, Marilyn McCombe, President of the Arc of North Central VA, explains that the Arc’s “philosophy is to partner with other community organizations to come together to build on existing programs to further integrate people with I/ DD.” One such recent program offered recreational opportunities for children with I/DD by giving 20 students 8 weeks’ worth of swim lessons at the Warrenton Aquatic and Recreational Facility.

Founded in January 2010, the Arc NCV is a chapter of the larger the Arc of VA. It is “committed to enhancing the lives of those with I/DD to ensure that they are valued members of our community and that they reach their full potential.” For McCombe, like many members of the Arc board, a loved one, in her case, her daughter who has Down Syndrome, is the inspiration to strive to change lives of people with disabilities. As her daughter’s advocate, McCombe is dedicated to ensuring she has access to the same recreational, educational and employment opportunities as any other resident within our community. With this common goal in mind, the founding board members recognized that their collective voice of advocacy was powerful. Thus, the Arc of North Central Virginia was formed.

Local Impact

The Arc NCV works with transition services to help school-aged I/DD students receive work experience

before leaving school, often in a volunteer capacity. After graduation, many I/DD individuals succeed in job carving opportunities. Job carving is a process by which duties from one or more existing positions combine to create a new opportunity suited to the skills of the individual. Facilitated by programs of the Arc of NCV, a number of Warrenton businesses have filled positions with I/ DD candidates. Yet, considerations for hiring an individual with an I/ DD are the same risks that exist with any employee, explains Means. “It’s important to make sure Teylor doesn’t get frustrated, since it is sometimes difficult for her to express herself. We want to make sure there are no accidents.” To help ensure safety, there is a coach to help Reid. Employees with I/DD are often described as dependable, engaged, motivated and highly productive. Kelsey Gallagher, Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program (NVTRP), has witnessed firsthand the value of recreational activities for individuals with I/DD. One of NVTRP’s volunteers, Heather, has been involved with the organization for over a decade. At age 5, she began riding at the facility as therapy for

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her disability. When she turned 14, she transitioned from a rider to a volunteer. Heather currently assists with the care of the horses. She has recently taken on a mentoring role to help other riders move from rider to volunteer within the organization. According to Gallagher, “hiring an individual with an I/DD makes sense as part of our mission.” Over the years, rider families have expressed that finding meaningful activities for their family members has been a challenge. “Many of our riders form a strong bond with their horses and discover a lasting love for them. Employing them into our organization is a perfect fit,” explains Gallagher. According to Carmen Fox of Verdun Adventure Bound, misunderstandings with the public in regards to I/DD are due to a lack of exposure and education. A former Fauquier County Special Education Teacher who now works with Verdun in a special program for students with autism, Fox explains that the needs, desires and goals of individuals with a disability are the same as anyone else. “If the public doesn’t understand that, they are missing out on a great resource.” With better outreach to the community, these concerns are put to rest. Social integration is a basic human need. While inclusion in a strong group or network today is no longer necessary for survival as it was for our hunter-gatherer ancestors, it remains a crucial need for humans. People who are part of a group lead healthier, more satisfying lives. McCombe describes the vision of the Arc NCV, which follows several similar national initiatives, as driven by the “feeling fundamentally that our children need to be meaningfully integrated into the community.” With organizations like the Arc NCV, Verdun Adventure Bound, Country Cookin’ and NVTRP advocating for the integration of individuals with disabilities, communities become more robust and thrive. When gainfully employed, I/DD community members reap

Camille Goodall during job training at McDonalds.

Global Initiatives

Best Buddies International, a worldwide organization, is dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with I/DD. Their recent campaign, I’m in to Hire, has the potential for far-reaching impact. The Institute for Corporate Productivity estimates that between 70% and 85% of people with I/DD are unemployed. The I’m in to Hire campaign strives to see this statistic decrease dramatically.

employment benefits. They secure rewarding jobs, live independently, become inspirational leaders for others, and, most importantly, they gain self-confidence as members of society and have the opportunity to live life to its fullest. To learn more about The Arc of North Central VA or to purchase a Down Syndrome license plate visit www.arcofnorthcentralva.org.

Aimée O’Grady is a freelance writer who lives in Warrenton, VA with her husband and three children.

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Battlefield Baptist Church 4361 Lee Highway Warrenton, Virginia (540)347-5855 www.battlefieldbaptist.org Bethel United Methodist Church 6903 Blantyre Road Warrenton, Virginia (540)347-4874 www.bethelumc.com

The Bridge Community Church 8776 James Madison Highway Warrenton, Virginia (540)341-7409 www.bridge4life.com Calvary Chapel Warrenton 9552 James Madison Highway Warrenton, Virginia (540) 270-1598 www.calvarywarrenton.org

Christ Church of Warrenton 95 Green Street Warrenton, Virginia (540)347-7634 www.christchurchofwarrenton.org Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 585 Fauquier Road Warrenton, Virginia (540)347-3044 www.lds.org Community Christian Fellowship 6317 Vint Hill 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 Riley Road Warrenton, Virginia (540)349-0125 www.covenantrbc.org

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St. James Episcopal Church 73 Culpeper Street Warrenton, Virginia (540)347-4342 www.saintjameswarrenton.org

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First Baptist Church 39 Alexandria Pike Warrenton, Virginia (540)347-2775 www.fbcsundayschool.org

St. John’s Catholic Church 271 Winchester Street Warrenton, Virginia (540) 347-2922 www.stjohntheevangelist.org

Warrenton Baptist Church 123 Main Street Warrenton, Virginia (540) 347-3509 www.warrentonbaptistchurch.org

First Church of Christ, Scientist 311 Jackson Street Warrenton, Virginia (540) 349-1424 christiansciencewarrenton.com

Saint Patrick’s Orthodox Church 365 West Shirley Avenue Warrenton, Virginia www.stpatrickorthodox.org.

Warrenton Bible Fellowship 46 Winchester Street Warrenton, Virginia (540)349-1338 wbfva.org

Trinity Baptist Church 8803 James Madison Highway Warrenton, Virginia (540)347-7640 tbcwarrenton.org

Warrenton Church of Christ 6398 Lee Highway Access Road Warrenton, Virginia (540)347-7448 www.mywcoc.org

Trinity Lutheran Church 5439 Old Alexandria Turnpike Warrenton, Virginia (703)568-3346 trinitylutheranva.org

Warrenton Presbyterian Church 91 Main Street Warrenton, Virginia (540)347-2213 www.wpcva.org

Heritage Presbyterian Church 7850 Millfield Drive Warrenton, Virginia (540)347-4627 www.heritage-pca.org Hope Christian Fellowship 4173 Bludau Drive Warrenton, Virginia (540)349-8380 www.HopeCF.net Mt. Zion Baptist Church 33 South Third Street Warrenton, Virginia (540) 347-3735

Triumph Baptist Church 4295 Aiken Drive Warrenton, Virginia (703) 424-8080 www.triumphbaptist.org

Our Savior Lutheran Church 6194 Dumfries Road Warrenton, Virginia (540)347-3224 www.oslc-warrenton.org

Walnut Grove Baptist Church 8909 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 Warrenton United Methodist Church 341 Church Street Warrenton, Virginia (540)347-1367 www.warrentonumc.org

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December 11 & 12, 2014 Warrenton Community Center | 430 East Shirley Avenue, Warrenton Choose from an incredible assortment of handmade holiday cookies, candies, fudge, fruitcakes and snacks - - even undecorated cut-out cookies to decorate at your home -- the stressfree way to “bake” your holiday favorites! Unique holiday gifts for home and parties will also be available.And don’t forget your four-legged friends! Our homemade animal treats are very popular and sell out quickly. All proceeds from this sale benefit the Warrenton Adult Day Healthcare Center.


December 5 - Friday 6pm Main Street, Old Town Warrenton You don’t want to miss the kickoff of Christmas on Warrenton’s historic Main Street. St Nicholas himself will ride into town on a sleigh pulled by majestic horses. The Courthouse Christmas Tree lighting ceremony displays our quintessential small town warmth & hospitality that is the pride of Warrenton. This event was voted Best of Warrenton by Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine readers for a reason! Visit warrentonchristmasparade.com.

December 11th through 14th Thursday and Friday, at 7:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday, at 4:00 pm & 7:00 pm Warrenton United Methodist Church 341 Church Street, Warrenton, VA Celebrate the Christmas season and enjoy holiday music sung by this Living Christmas Tree. Tickets required. For tickets or more information, call (540) 347-1367, or visit warrentonumc.org.


December 5 - 21 (Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays Only) Fridays, 6pm - 9pm Saturdays, 10am - 2pm Sundays, 1pm - 3pm John Barton Payne Building, Old Town Warrenton. 2 Courthouse Square, Warrenton GumDrop Square and Santa’s Secret Shop where Santa will be on hand for those lists, complimentary photos (one per family) and where all gifts are $2 and will be gift wrapped. Stroll down Main Street on Friday night December 12th and 19th enjoying carolers, orchestras, choirs, merchant open houses, a live nativity, food trolleys with hot cocoa and fresh roasted chestnuts and horse drawn hayrides. Come and experience Christmas in true Old Town fashion. For more information call (540) 349-8606, or visit partnershipforwarrenton.org.



December 31 - Wednesday Main Street in Old Town Warrenton. 7pm - Midnight First Night Performances: 7pm - 11:45pm Grand Illumination at Old Courthouse: 11:45pm - Midnight Families, friends and neighbors from all over Fauquier County and beyond welcome in the New Year with a community celebration of the arts for people of all ages. Hosting over 50 wonderful performances at more than 10 indoor locations in downtown Warrenton. First Night concludes at midnight with a traditional Grand Illumination gathering on the Old Courthouse steps. First Night Warrenton is a family oriented, alcohol-free celebration with entertainment coordinated by the Bluemont Concert Series. Admission: New Family Rate of $25 includes parents and children; or $8 per person; $6 Seniors; $3 Children 3-12; under 3 free For more information call Bluemont at (540) 341-0988 or visit www.bluemont.org.

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Oh, The Places We Van Gogh! The C.M. Bradley 5th grade Gateways reading class recently completed reproductions of paintings by Vincent Van Gogh. The class began the year reading The Van Gogh Cafe by Cynthia Rylant. This led to a study of the artist’s life, and to reading a book titled Vincent Van Gogh by Jen Green. After studying Van Gogh and the lives of artists in his day, the class learned that most artists of his time studied art by reproducing paintings by the masters in order to learn their techniques. As a culminating activity the class then began painting reproductions of their own. Each student choose a work by Van Gogh and recreated it using acrylic paints on canvas boards. The students began by sketching, and then by carefully painting the details beginning in the background and working toward the foreground. The students had to learn how to choose brushes of the proper size and when to stop for the day and allow the paint to dry so they could proceed with next feature. Most of the students have said that the work was more difficult than they expected, but they are very proud of what they accomplished. As their teacher, I could not be more proud of them.

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Grandma’s Homemade Favorites The 20th Annual

Grandma’s Homemade Favorites Holiday Cookie and Gift Sale will be held Thursday, December 11, 4pm – 8pm and Friday, December 12, 8am – 1pm at the Warrenton Community Center, 430 East Shirley Avenue, Warrenton, VA. All proceeds from this sale benefit the Warrenton Adult Day Health Care Center. Choose from an incredible assortment of handmade holiday cookies, candies, fudge, fruitcakes and snacks - - even undecorated cut-out cookies to decorate at your home -- the stress-free way to “bake” your holiday favorites! Unique holiday gifts for home and parties will also be available. Shop at the festively-decorated Warrenton Community Center as Christmas music fills the background. And don’t forget your fourlegged friends! Our homemade animal treats are very popular and sell out quickly.

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Five Years, and Counting… GWCC Celebrates a Milestone by Looking Ahead


by Scott Harlan

lot can happen in five years. In their first five years, a human child goes from being an incredibly fragile little miracle to being a rambunctious medley of energy, attitude, intelligence, and talents. At least, my six-year-old daughter did. While the Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce may not have started in so innocent a place, its evolution has still been quite remarkable. I have only been actively involved in the organization for the last eighteen months, and I have only served on the Board of Directors for the last year, but I find myself both observing and participating in endeavors that would make any parent, business owner, and citizen proud. I happen to be each of those things, and I believe that their synergy is important for all of us to recognize. The one thing that nearly all Fauquier County (and Town of Warrenton) residents and businesses have in common is this: ask them what they love about Fauquier County, and they in some way will say, “The small town feel.” Now, if you think about what makes a small town so great, it comes down to a couple of simple things. In a small town, everybody knows everybody, and there’s a reason why they know each other (like skills, personality, family connections). When you have real personal connections between families, businesses, and government officials, those things each promote the positive growth of the others. This is exactly what I’ve seen within the Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce, and I believe that it is directly responsible for both the growth that this organization has experienced in

its first five years, and the impact that it is able to have. So how exactly is the GWCC spreading that great small town feel throughout Fauquier County? We organize events like our annual Father’s Day Car Show, which brings families and local vendors together. We initiate programs like our Business Assistance Team, whose volunteers help local member businesses succeed by offering advice and a plethora of resources. We join or form alliances with other business organizations in the area (including the Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce, the Haymarket / Gainesville Business Association, the Southern Fauquier Business Owners Association, and more) to bring the best possible experiences and opportunities to both our residents and local business owners. This year, we also saw one of our board members be elected to the Town Council, strengthening the community

voice in local government. All of these things bring people together in that special “small town” way. Citizens are proud when their community is a reflection of their own beliefs and values. Business owners want to earn an honest living doing something meaningful that they love. Parents want to give their children the best experiences and opportunities possible to ensure a happy and purposeful life. As a citizen, business owner, and parent in Fauquier County, my involvement with the GWCC in 2014 enables me to check off all three of those boxes. As I look ahead to our 2015 agenda, I’m inspired by its ambition and potential. I look forward to making even more connections with our membership, and as we head into the GWCC’s sixth year, I’ll be honored to continue to serve with the rambunctious medley of energy, attitude, intelligence, and talents that is our Board of Directors.

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GWCC Networking Opportunities Business networking groups are as interesting, dynamic and unique as the people who start them and join them. There are many varieties such as groups which have one representative from one type of business; members from one field of endeavor such as finance, real estate or technology; young professionals groups; professional women’s groups and so forth. Networking functions provide the opportunity to expand our business particularly when we create and nurture quality relationships with like minded people. Clients or customers who come from “word of mouth” marketing are often the most valuable and enduring. Leading Ladies (Women’s Networking Group) The Women’s Networking Group a.k.a. “The Leading Ladies,” meet on the FIRST and THIRD Mondays monthly from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. This is a great opportunity for local business women to network and connect! If you are interested in speaking at this networking group, please e-mail the President, Karen David karen@ livelifewellconsulting.com. There is currently no fee to join the Leading Ladies. Tuesday Morning Tipsters Learning to work by referral requires commitment to your business and fellow group members to share innovative ideas on how to define, refine and grow your database. We look for ways to market ourselves strategically to increase our market share within the community and surrounding areas. We meet the FIRST and THIRD Tuesday in the morning at 8:30 a.m. For more information, please contact Scott Harlan, 540-316-0719 or scott@talk19media.com Thursday Networking Group This is a traditional type of networking group with only one business type represented. The group meets every Thursday morning from 8-9 a.m at Union First Market Bank . To join or for more information about this group, please contact John Cheatwood jcheatwood@tepeyactitle.com .

TechTeam The GWCC TechTeam is currently an open group that will be meeting once a month to discuss the benefits and usage of social media, smart phone apps, and other tech tools to help member’s businesses! Contact Dennis Taylor, DTaylor@goldenrulebuilders.com. Friday Networking Group This is a traditional type of networking group with only one business type represented. The group meets every Friday morning from 8-9 a.m. at the Bistro on the Hill, Fauquier Hospital. This group is actively seeking new members. For more information about this group, contact Cheryl Kinsey, 703-909-9013, cheryl@drapedwindow.com.

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alking into the ‘new’ Manor House Restaurant at Poplar Springs, I immediately felt two things: that I had arrived somewhere special and was comfortable in my surroundings. Maybe it was the friendly way we were greeted by the staff or just the familiar faces including long-time Warrenton bartender Taylor Edgar. The crackling fireplace adorned with an antique tapestry, the elegant dining area, the cozy lounge and magnificent fieldstone mansion combine to set the stage for the dinner performance. We were only seven miles from downtown Warrenton yet felt a million miles from our daily grind on this 170-acre resort. Less than a year ago, local businessmen and hospitality professionals Michael Eisele and Richard Thompson bought the property, investing $1 million in its renovation to-date. Under the direction of General Manager Charles Holt and Chef Kenneth Hughes, the restaurant, spa and inn opened to rave reviews early this summer. Chef Hughes is noticeably animated when it comes to discussing the cuisine. His philosophy of providing farm to table meals with an emphasis on locally sourced foods is suggestive of his training at the California Culinary Academy and storied career at places such as l’Auberge de Soliel in Napa Valley, the Lodge at Breckenridge, and Open Kitchen in Falls Church. The menu has quite a range of choices but is not unwieldy in size. Each dish is thoughtfully prepared to deliver traditional American dishes with a unique European flair. We found the staff to be extremely knowledgeable and prompt. The variety of table bread and butter was a great way to begin our perusing of the menu while enjoying a glass of wine. We started with an appetizer of Lobster Risotto in a complex cilantro/sweet pea puree´. Obviously a house favorite, the risotto does not disappoint. We also enjoyed a Fresh Caprese Salad with a variety of locally


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Poplar Springs offers local ‘ Getaway Culinary Experience’ grown tomatoes and hand-rolled mozzarella drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette. For dinner we dined on co-owner Thompson’s favorite dish, the locally-sourced (Whiffletree Farm), Boneless Half Chicken. The Yukon potato mash and fresh asparagus are a nice compliment to the wellseasoned chicken. We also ordered the Pan-Seared Northeastern Atlantic Halibut with blistered Heirloom tomatoes, corn & bacon relish and lemon vinaigrette. It was a generous serving and, yes, as mouth-watering as the description. I hope they bring it back again. Pastry Chef Maggie Suge, formerly of The Inn at Little Washington, will delight you with an assortment of desserts that will evoke a few ‘ooohs’ and ‘aaahs’. The Warm Local Granny Smith Apple Tart Crème Anglaise with Buttermilk Ice Cream is worth a trip by itself. If all this isn’t enough to entice you, know that Bob Grouge, formerly of The Bridge, joined the team in November. “Bob Grouge brings years of experience in helping restaurants deliver high-class service and make lasting connections with customers and members of the community,” General Manager Charles Holt said. “We are fortunate to call him part of the Poplar Springs family and look forward to his contributions.” The Manor House Restaurant is open Wednesday and Thursday, from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for brunch. Besides the fine restaurant and lounge, Poplar Springs Inn & Spa has 21 rooms and offers a fully equipped spa. They are located down Meetze Road on the Warrenton/Casanova fringe with the main entrance off of Rogues Road, just 11 minutes from Warrenton’s Main Street. For more information visit poplarspringsinn.com or call 540-788-4600. -TT

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Morais wines with their medals of honor and distinction. ( Photo: Gatling Photography)

MAGICAL MORAIS VINEYARDS A fantastic break from the everyday


small kingdom that appears to have been lifted out of a storybook lies tucked away just east of US-17 south of Warrenton. Morais Vineyards is a taste of Portuguese hospitality that is a break from the everyday. Meandering down the drive of the private estate, visitors find stoic Virginian sheep (who have mysteriously befriended a peacock) grazing among elegant European carriages. José Morais brings rich traditions in architecture, romance, and winemaking from his native Portugal to this quaint corner of Fauquier County. Morais Vineyards and winery opened to the public in September of 2011. Still a rather young winery, the establishment has grown rapidly each year. In November of 2013, a brand new tasting room opened in an entirely separate building from the main venue. This new building houses a magnificent circular bar that makes guests feel as


though they are approaching King Arthur’s table. Despite the newness of construction, the overwhelming attention to detail and old world influence transports guests to the days of the Round Table, as they taste wines arguably far more palatable than those imbibed by the fabled knights of old. The crown jewel of Morais’ kingdom is rightfully centered on the property. Harkening back to the setting of a vintage European film, the grand, cream stucco-wrapped villa imparts a feeling of sun swept romance. Inside, visitors will find the original tasting room, now used for private events, and the incomparably elegant ballroom with a gleaming hardwood dance floor. Adding to the fairytale-like allure of weddings held on the property, José Morais designed a special feature - a bridal suite literally above the fray complete with a balcony straight out of Romeo and Juliet. Like his counterparts in Europe,

winemaker Vitor Guimarais’ production yield is intentionally small. Both he and Mr. Morais value quality over quantity. While the dominant influence in the winemaking is clearly Portuguese, the wines are not carbon copies of Portuguese tradition. Vitor’s philosophy regarding oak is that it is best used to soften a wine, not lend enough flavor to mask the fruit already present. For this reason the white wines (and the rosé) are fermented and aged in stainless steel, and the reds are only gently oaked. Further, their red wines are all produced using the traditional method called pigeage à pied –or- crushing by foot. With this technique, grapes are gently crushed in granite vats over the course of a few weeks, thereby avoiding breaking stems and seeds that could cause bitterness. Morais boasts a varied repertoire. The Battlefield Green is a Virginian version of the Portuguese style “Vinho Verde,” made with Vidal Warrenton Lifestyle

left: Mr & Mrs Claus will be at Morais Vineyards on December 21st from 12 – 4pm. Free milk & cookies and photos with Santa. (Photo: Ciao Bella)

below: Guests enjoy wellrounded tastings at the modern yet old world inspired tasting room at Morais. (Photo: Kristi Odom Photography)

above: Beautiful every time of year, the property at Morais is even more magical at Christmas. (Photo: Wolfcrest Photography)

Blanc and Albariño- a variety not readily found in Virginia. For those seeking the truly hard to find, the floral spice of Rkatsiteli pairs well with a wide range of foods. The grape varietal originated in Georgia (the one by Russia, not Alabama). Chief among Morais red wine offerings is their Touriga Naçional, the most well-known of all Portuguese grapes, as it is the basis for Oporto or true port wine. Morais’ Touriga has a floral aroma, silky palate and a woodsy spice playing in the background.

Playing further with the Portuguese winemaking influence, Morais features dessert wines inspired by a long tradition of port-style aperitifs. Jeropiga, a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, is fortified with brandy and aged in oak for 18 months. The result is a sweet wine redolent of tart cherries whose silky palate pairs well with dark chocolate and smooth cheeses. Overall, one cannot leave Morais Vineyards without the feeling that if they stayed in the fairy tale a little longer they might find knights and fair

Jim Hollingshead is a self-educated oenophile who grew up in Texas, Wisconsin and the rolling hills of Virginia. An entrepreneur with far too many interests for his own good, he spends his spare time pretending that he can write. December 2014

maidens walking through the halls and tucked away in corners throughout the venue. The attention to detail and thoughtfulness of this winery and its wines are nothing short of magical.


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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. Airlie Garden Bistro

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

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

El Agave

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

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

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar

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

Black Bear Bistro

(540) 428-1005 • 2/34 Main Street www.blackbearbistro.com

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.

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


(540) 347-9791 • 256 W Lee Hwy www.chick-fil-a.com/warrenton

China Jade

(540) 349-1382 • 275 W. Lee Hwy

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.

China Restaurant

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

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).

Claire’s at the Depot

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

Offering wood-fired brick oven pizzas, Italian inspired appetizers and desserts.

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.

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(540) 216-3940 • 34 Main Street

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

Café Torino

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

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.


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

Covert Cafe

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

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


(540) 347-0401 • 323 Comfort Inn Dr www.dennys.com

(540) 347-0001 • 81 W Lee Hwy www.dominos.com (540) 351-0011 • 251 W Lee Hwy www.el-agave.com

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.

El Toro

(540) 341-0126 • 86 Broadview Ave

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

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.

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


(540) 428-1999 • 73 Main Street

Offering gourmet coffee, breakfast, and a vaiet of deli sandwiches, salads, subs and pitas for take out. Daily specials. Recommended to call orders in.

Frost Diner

(540) 347-3047 • 55 Broadview Avenue

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

Great Harvest Bread Co. (540) 878-5200 • 108 Main Street www.warrentonbread.com

Loaves of bread handcrafted using whole grain wheat grown on family farms and ground daily in the bakery.

Hidden Julles Café

(540) 316-3121 •70 Main Street #22

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

Fauquier Springs Country Club Grille Room

IHOP Restaurant

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.

Joe & Vinnie’s

(540) 347-4205 • 9236 Tournament Drive • www.fauquiersprings.com

Five Guy’s Restaurant

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

(540) 428-1820 • 6445 Lee Highway www.ihop.com (540) 347-0022 • 385 Shirley Highway www.joeandvinniespizza.net

Family owned pizzeria, open for 21 years. Offers pizza, subs, pastas, and seafood. Daily lunch specials. Pizza available by the slice.

KFC/Long John Silver

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

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Ledo Pizza

Molly’s Irish Pub

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

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.

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

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

Mandarin Buffet & Sushi

(540) 341-1962 •514 Fletcher Drive

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

Manor House Restaurant at Poplar Springs 800-490-7747 •5025 Casanova Rd

Chef Kenneth Hughes returns to Poplar Springs to lead the Manor House Restaurant’s culinary team. Classically trained, Chef Hughes blends “old world table” cuisine together with an emphasis on fresh food from raw and artisanal local sources. Enjoy the new à la carte selections for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. And they do so in an ambience that is elegant, yet unpretentious: a fieldstone manor house with stained glass windows, a soaring fireplace, a richly appointed bar, and a terrace overlooking a quiet rural countryside.


(540) 347-7888 •351 Broadview Ave

McMahon’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

(540) 347-7200 • 380 Broadview Avenue www.mcmahonsirishpub.com

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

Mojitos & Tapas

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

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.

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

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(540)349-4111 • 5 Diagonal Street

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

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(540)347-3704 •5037 Lee Highway

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

Osaka Japanese Steakhouse (540) 349-5050 • 139 W Lee Highway


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

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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.

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Red Truck Bakery

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

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

Red, Hot & Blue

(540) 349-7100 8 360 Broadview Avenue www.redhotandblue.com

Renee’s Gourmet To Go

(540) 347-2935 • 15 S Third Street

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

Ruby Tuesday

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

Sunny Hills American Grill 79 Main Street • (540) 351-0550

Restaurant conveniently located on Main Street. Offer breakfast until 10:30 am, and burgers, wings, entrees and more for lunch and dinner. Check out their soup du jour as well.


(540) 347-9669/9666 • 5063 Lee Highway

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

Sweet Frog

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

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.

Taco Bell

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

Sibby’s Restaurant & Lounge

Tippy’s Taco House

Catering - Banquet Room. Home of Boss Hawg BBQ

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

(540) 347-3764 •11 S. 2nd Street www.sibbysbbq.com


(540) 349-0950 • 41 W Lee Hwy #53 102 Broadview Avenue • www.subway.com

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

Tropical Smoothie Café

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

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.

Vocelli Pizza

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

Waterloo Café

(540) 349-8118 • 352 Waterloo Street

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


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

Yen Cheng

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

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

Top’s China Restaurant

(540) 349-2828 • 185 W Lee Highway

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

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