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Flying provides the luxury of few distractions, no email or phones so it becomes an ideal time to write. The sun has just risen and I am somewhere over the eastern seaboard with 12 companions from Warrenton on our way to do mission work in Terrier Rouge, Haiti. The project was organized by the Warrenton Presbyterian Church, featured in this month’s issue. WPC has supported Terrier Rouge with programs all year including the Run for Light 5k which took place in and around Town. Over $20,000 was raised thanks to the generosity of Warrenton and Fauquier businesses and residents. The money will be used to help fund a generator and windmill for the clinic and school. I am excited about the work we are headed to do. My colleagues include my son, Mike, and Rotary president Stan Parkes. Our leaders are Pastor Carrie Evans and Joan Bundy of WPC; they are two of the members that were in Haiti last year during the devastating earthquake along with Carrie’s father, Dr. Bill. Traveling are neighbors and old friends, educators, a police officer, an engineer and several others. We are not all clear on what we are going to accomplish but will provide Terrier Rouge with everything our hearts, minds, backs and 1,500 pounds of luggage can provide. We are all clear that we are going with a servant’s heart. We will have all hopefully returned safe and sound by the time you read this. Our trip will be well documented and I intend to bring an overview of our journey to all of you in the March issue. Speaking of ‘a servant’s heart’, next time you see Tom Campbell, please congratulate him. As my last task as president of the Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce before handing the ‘gavel’ over to Mark Child, Tom was given the President’s award for unselfish service to Warrenton and Fauquier County. Every project I saw Tom involved in was done well, with enthusiasm and without him seeking recognition. His unselfish behavior deserves our accolades. Tony
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This is the sixth in a series of articles about local churches and houses of worship. The purpose is to introduce you to the distinct features of each congregation, their philosophy and atmosphere. We believe that churches, temples, synagogues, etc are some of our best community centers. As you read about them each month we hope you will find one that interests you and your family. This month, we take a look at Warrenton Presbyterian Church.
Gracefully nestled on Main Street and hugged by North Fifth Street and North Fourth Street, the Warrenton Presbyterian Church has given town residents a place to worship for almost 200 years although their roots go back even further. A romantic brick building with white trim, accented with colorful stained glass windows and a notable steeple that defines the town. It houses a congregation of over 600 whose strength comes from the scripture as well as their enthusiasm for outreach. “Our church shows stability because we’ve been here for a while,” said Associate Pastor Carrie Evans. “But I don’t want people to see another tall steeple church that only has a lot of history, we’ve made changes to become relevant with the times,” she explained. Warrenton Presbyterian Church is a community church that is continually
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The Warrenton Presbyterian Church is located at 91 Main Street. Their Sunday services begin at 8:45am with a traditional service with piano accompaniment and children’s time with the pastor. The second service is held at 11:00am also traditional with music plus organ accompaniment led by the sanctuary choir and children’s time with the pastor. If you have questions please call (540)347-2213 or visit their website at www.warrentonpresbyterian.org. Warrenton Lifestyle
focused on finding creative methods to reach out to its members in a way that is relatable. “We are trying to reach everyone’s needs,” Associate Pastor Evans stated. With the stable leadership of Pastor Carl Schmahl (23 years) and Associate Pastor Evans (7 ½ years) together they have made changes that have enhanced the delivery of the scripture. These changes have affected the church positively in steady membership, higher enrollment numbers for preschool, an increase in youth involvement and the generosity of community and international outreach. Their preschool and youth programs continue to evolve and grow. Sunday School is full every Sunday with children spilling into the hallways. They offer classes for even the tiniest Christians with an infant class where they participate by sing songs and patting the bible. Youth can participate in choirs, Children’s Worship which is an age appropriate service teaching the sacraments, vocabulary, and bible stories. Kid’s Club is a monthly get together providing a place and an activity for children to participate in like Pizza and Movie Night. Warrenton Presbyterian continued on page 9
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Relay for Life and FISH, a local food pantry with food, backpacks in August and financial assistance. Funds are raised locally to support the Heifer Project, which is an organization dedicated to ending world hunger and poverty by taking donations to provide livestock to a struggling family. Families that receive livestock agree to give one of it’s animals offspring to another family in need – basically a ‘pay it forward’ type system. Church World Service is a program where blankets, sewing machines, clean water tablets and other items are collected and saved to send out for disaster relief. FRED Camp is another program where teens work in under privileged areas. Souper Bowl Sunday food collection, cookie bakes, visits to homebound members, donating pet supplies to the SPCA are all ways in which the church reaches out. “We are blessed to have an extremely giving congregation,” Evans said.
Keeping Connected through the Electronic Ministry The Warrenton Presbyterian Church launched the ‘Electronic Ministry’ a little over a year ago, creating an interactive website with live broadcasts of Sunday Services, an updated calendar, newsletters, Pastor Blogs, Facebook Group information, and classes. By combining intuitive technology and the mission of the church, the Electronic Ministry is providing an alternative way to stay connected. Ideal for inclement weather, traveling, relocating, scheduling conflicts, and refreshers these messages are readily available. This feature gives followers the option to participate on their own time as well as the ability to share the message with family and friends alike. It is updated regularly, so go, and check out the Electronic Ministry at www.warrentonpresbyterian.org. 10
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‘Wyndham’ Once Stood at Warrenton’s Northern Gateway By John T. Toler
A photograph taken from the 1950 auction brochure shows the layout of Wyndham, with the main house in the background, and (from left) the servants’ quarters, guesthouse and bank barn.
By the time Warrenton was incorporated in 1810, the Alexandria Road was the “northern gateway” to the town. Earlier, the old Churchill’s Road, which from 1768 linked the town with a mill on Cedar Run, had served this purpose. That changed when John Love of Buckland started work on the Alexandria-to-Warrenton Turnpike in 1808. Completed in 1827, the new road was a great improvement over the poorly maintained public roads leading into town. Even after tolls were no longer collected, the road was still known as Alexandria Pike. It would remain unchallenged as Warrenton’s northern gateway for over a century, even when U.S. 29 – Lee Highway, or “the Old Bypass – was built on the west side of town in the 1930s. However, increased north-south traffic traveling on U.S. 2915-17 through and around Warrenton required a new network of roads at the “gateway.” In 1977, Blackwell Road from Alexandria Pike to the old Bypass – for many years a narrow gravel path – was widened and paved. Other improvements included additional through lanes, turn lanes and traffic lights. Commercial growth along Blackwell Road soon followed, and traffic on Alexandria Pike was reduced. 16
The biggest change affecting Warrenton’s northern gateway was the opening of the U.S. 29 Eastern Bypass in 1986. The project required a huge amount of earthmoving, the building of several bridges and overpasses, the dead-ending of Alexandria Pike and old Meetze Road, and overpasses for Academy Hill Road and the Warrenton Branch Line. Later, when Walker Drive was built across it, Alexandria Pike was severed and dead-ended again. Remembering Wyndham Old-timers fondly remember the days when Alexandria Pike was still open, a straight shot down U.S. 29 from the Cedar Run bridge, across White’s Mill Run (where people used to wash their cars), and up the pike to Courthouse Square. Along the way, one would pass the open fields of the Benner Farm. Also “Glendonell,” the handsome stone residence of the Gen. and Mrs. John Chilton McDonnell, and “Argyle,” the home of Maj. Robert A. McIntyre, both of which still exist. They would also pass the estate once known as “Wyndham.” It was not the oldest home on the pike, but it had an interesting history. A large parcel consisting of 75 acres of field and woods, Wyndham was bordered by the Alexandria Turnpike, Blackwell Road and the old Bypass. Originally a private home built in the Warrenton Lifestyle
Part of the way through the demolition, the main house at Wyndham still revealed its colonial lines.
The main house at Wyndham, built around 1900, had four bedrooms and three bathrooms, and many fine touches. It was later used as the clubhouse of the Warrenton Country Club. February 2011
early 1900s, it became a working farm, a country club and a social center, and finally a neglected rental property before it was lost. One of the more unusual features was the huge cinderblock “poultry factory” built in the 1950s by Col. George T. Walker at the bottom of the hill (on the site of present-day Hampton Inn). Sadly, the main house was slowly dismantled during the 1970s, and the “poultry factory” demolished in 1979. By 2000, the land that was once Wyndham was on the way to being developed into a large neighborhood of single-family homes and townhouses linked by Walker Drive. The Country Club Years Originally called “Cassilis,” the property was owned at the turn of the 20th century by Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Dandridge 17
Kennedy. The estate consisted of the large main residence, a twostory servants’ quarters, a guest cottage, a five-stall “bank barn” and a storage shed. Following the deaths of Dr. Kennedy and his wife in 1919, the Warrenton Land and Improvement Company, a group of local investors who wanted to establish a country club on the site, bought the property. Mitchell Harrison, owner of Vint Hill Farms, helped underwrite the purchase of the property. The Warrenton Land and Improvement Company leased the property to the country club organizers, who set up a board of governors to manage the facility, which they called “The Warrenton Country Club.” They immediately set to work, converting the main residence into a clubhouse and building a nine-hole golf course on the hilly fields. A polo field and tennis courts were also built. By the early 1920s, the Warrenton Country Club had become well established as the social center of the town. Notable guests included Wallis Warfield Spencer, who lived at the Warren Green from 1925 to 1927 and was a frequent visitor, often accompanied by Hugh A, Spilman. Gen. John Pershing and several of his officers also stayed overnight at the club during the early years. A range of activities was offered, including public art shows, golf and tennis tournaments, and polo matches. On several occasions, the Warrenton Hunt met there for breakfast. A report issued in 1934 listed the officers of the club as William E. Doeller, president; E.E. Jenkins, first vice president; A.M.R. Charrington, second vice president; D. Turner Day secretary; and Frederick Haserick, treasurer. Directors were J. R. Buchanan, B. D. Spilman, Hugh N. Spilman, W. R. Rowland, F. A. Georger and C. W. Carter. The Great Depression took its toll on the club, and steadily decreasing membership and the growing inability to cover the operating overhead forced the club to be closed on Oct. 1, 1937. The country club operators turned the property over to the Warrenton Land and Improvement Company, which sought to recoup some of the loss by selling off the contents and furnishings of the club. To many, the closing of the club was like losing an old friend.
But the loss would not be felt for long. Within six months, an amazing turn-around took place. On May 1, 1938, Mr. and Mrs. J. Edward Farrar, formerly of the Farmington Country Club near Charlottesville, reopened the Warrenton Country Club. In order to build membership, they offered classes in dance and sculpture, held formal teas and dinners and other social activities, many of which were open to the public. More local organizations, including the hunt clubs and Virginia Gold Cup, were encouraged to use the facility, taking some of the financial burden off of the members. For a while, it seemed to be working. It was during this time that one of the more memorable incidents happened at the club. Washington, D.C. gossip columnist Igor Cassini, who often visited Warrenton and wrote about its social life in the Washington Times-Herald, was attending a dance there on June 25, 1939, with Austine “Bootsie” McDonnell (Gen. McDonnell’s daughter). He was lured outside and jumped by four or five men and dragged into a car. It became clear that he had insulted the parents of two of the boys, and their anger was palpable. Cassini was taken out in the country, threatened and intimidated before being covered with tar and feathers before being left alone beside the road. While he was humiliated, he was virtually uninjured. Brought back to town and cleaned up, he was back on the streets of Warrenton the next day. Charges were filed and the culprits arrested and later tried, found guilty, and fined. Cassini, whose story and photo had run the front page of the Times-Herald the day after the attack, became famous as a result of the event. He later married “Bootsie.” See Wyndham continued on page 20
In 1979, the ‘poultry factory’ was demolished and the original Hampton Inn built on the site.
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Transitions Despite the attention it received, the Warrenton Country Club closed again in late 1939, when the Farrars returned to Florida no one came forward to operate it. Rather than trying again, the Warrenton Land and Improvement Company put the property up for sale. It was purchased in April 1940 by Warrenton doctor George H. Davis, M.D., who resumed farming activities on the property. There was passing interest in reopening the tennis courts and resuming some of the country club activities in 1941, but plans to reopen the club faded with the onset of World War II. In October 1945, Dr. Davis sold the property to Mr. and Mrs. Bolling Lynn Robertson. The Robertsons, who had business interests in New Jersey, made many improvements to the estate while they lived there. They named the estate “Wyndham,” an old family name. After living there for about five years, the Robertsons decided to sell the property and return to New Jersey, so they could be closer to their business. Wyndham was sold at auction on May 27, 1950 by the New York auction firm Joseph P. Day Inc. The purchaser was Col. George T. Walker, of Chevy Chase, Md., who was in Warrenton checking on a horse when he stopped by the auction. According to family legend, he made the winning bid by accident, raising his hand to swat a fly at the climax of the auction. Although he had other business interests, Col. Walker expanded the farming operations at Wyndham, adding more sheep and pigs
Plat of the Wyndham property from the auction brochure shows the extensive holdings between Blackwell Road (Rt. 672) and Alexandria Pike (Rt. 211 Alternate). The Bypass is designated Rt. 29 and Rt. 211.
and a kennel of foxhounds. His most ambitious undertaking was the two-story, 330 ft. by 30 ft. “poultry factory” he built on the edge of the property in the 1950s. Due to a variety of factors, the project never made a profit, and operations ceased at Wyndham. The next owner was Victor Orsinger, the principal of Parkwood Inc., who purchased Wyndham in November 1962. A real estate investment company, Parkwood Inc. at various times also
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the main house and other structures on the property were rented out, and fell into disrepair. Vacant and deteriorating, the main house was slowly dismantled, its fine woodwork, timbers and accessories removed. By the late 1970s, the house was gone. The landmark “poultry factory,” derelict for years, was burned and demolished in 1979. With the opening of Blackwell Road as a main entrance to town, the property where the “poultry factory” stood was immediately more valuable as commercial property, and the original Hampton Inn built on the site. The balance of the property was laid out for residential development in the late 1990s, with 28 single-family homes in “The Highlands of Warrenton, Phase I.” On the steep hillside, “Phase II,” with 52 more homes, was eventually built. Commercial development followed as the Walker Business Park and Lineweaver Technology Center were built, as well as more homes backing up to Alexandria Pike. Even with all of these changes at Warrenton’s northern gateway, it is likely that more will follow. Intense office/
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You might be surprised by what sells well—and what doesn’t—on eBay. Vintage toys and kitchen tools, designer handbags, and wellknown collectibles are among the items that are still sought in this economy while everyday clothing, china, glassware, crystal, and furniture are far less likely to sell for a good price. It is still possible to find items of value (forgotten or discarded), auction them online, and recover a tidy sum. A local man discovered an abandoned box of junk that included a 14” ceramic figurine that was cracked in several places. Years later, he investigated the piece to see if it would sell on eBay. After much research, a written description and photos were posted, and the piece went to auction. What our consignor had found was a rare 1960 Playboy figurine that eventually sold to a memorabilia collector in Oregon for nearly $600.
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Fauquier County offers brides-to-be everything they could need for that special day. For this feature we’ve turned to some of the experts in our area to guide our brides towards the perfect wedding. Gowns, flowers, hair & makeup, catering, rehearsal dinner, venues for your big event, and of course to capture the moment forever, photography. Oh, and you must let them eat cake.
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With this in mind, a smart bride will plan her wedding gown shopping well in advance. When you arrive to your first bridal gown shopping appointment, be openminded and don’t be afraid to try on different styles. If you feel overwhelmed by your choices, ask for help in selecting a variety of styles. This will help you to limit your choices (for example, you may discover that a ball gown makes you feel like a princess or a sheath dress makes you feel glamorous). Once you decide upon a dress style that fits your personality, it will be easier to select other dresses to try on. Here are some other great tips for communicating with your bridal consultant during your appointment! 1. Be specific when telling your sales consultant what you are looking for or how you want to look on your special day. Sales consultants are dedicated and trained to help you find the perfect look for your size, shape, personality, and style. 2. Open up to your sales consultant and let her know how you feel about each dress. Perhaps you love the fullness of a ballgown, but dislike that it is strapless. The consultant can help you find choices that meet your preferences and express your style. They can also suggest custom alterations (adding straps, creating a sweetheart neckline, etc.) to make a dress truly unique. 3. Be sure you tell your consultant about the details of your wedding plans. Discussing time of year, wedding location, and the type of style statement you want to 26
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Guess what, engaged fashionistas? A year before your wedding is the best time to start shopping for your gown. It takes about 6-9 months for a wedding gown to arrive once ordered, plus you need to allow ample time for alterations. Quality designer wedding gowns are not shipped from a warehouse, they are cut by the designer upon receiving the bride’s order.
make as a bride will help the consultant in selecting the appropriate fabrics and styles. 4. Sales consultants are very good at resolving fashion conflicts between the bride and other members of the family. Sales consultants are also good at limiting dress choices and helping the bride voice her opinions when many others may not agree with choices the bride makes. A sales consultant is a bride’s biggest advocate, so use the consultant to your advantage! 5. When you are ready to purchase the dress of your dreams, but still have concerns, tell the consultant. If there are questions about how a dress will look or fit, chances are the consultant knows from experience what can be done to alleviate any problems that may arise. Brides need to make sure they are making the right choice and consultants are there to help them! 6. Finally, when you find the right dress, stop looking! Often times if a bride keeps looking, in an effort to “top” her favorite
dress, she simply becomes frustrated and confused about what she wants. If the dress expresses your style and personality, relax, close your eyes and envision yourself walking down the aisle in the dress. You know you have selected the right dress if you can happily daydream about yourself wearing it!
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Weddings Continued from page 26 a child’s version, or simply obtain color swatches of the bridesmaids’ dress and shop with a designer who makes children’s dresses exclusively. The second possibility is to dress the flower girl as a mini-bride, in a white or ivory dress that coordinates more with the bridal gown than the bridesmaids’ dresses. This idea is gaining popularity because it can make shopping a bit simpler! With this fashion strategy, the bride should observe her own gown (is it white or ivory? lace or satin? does it have ruffles or pickups?). Focusing on these details, select a dress for the flower girl that will be harmonizing. Keep in mind, that children will continue to grow as a bride plans her wedding. It is usually best to order dresses 4-6 months before the wedding to ensure that there will be enough time for quality alterations. Some experts even suggest going up a size at the time of ordering (assuming a seamstress will alter the dress once it arrives!)
Your Best Girls Deserve to Look FABULOUS! by Lisa Beth Miller of A Formal Affair Your bridesmaids are your closest friends and family members, right? Then you need to be sure that being your bridesmaid is a happy experience! Every bride has a dream for her big day, here are ways to make your vision and your bridesmaids’ comfort level combine flawlessly! Step 1: The color should be the bride’s choice. The hue selected for the dresses will set the tone for flowers, groom accessories, invitations, table linens, and the cake. Step 2: Dress length should be based upon the formality of the event and the bride’s preferences. Step 3: Dress style is the area where the bride should work with her bridesmaids. If there are just a few, bring them all along on the shopping trip. It is perfectly acceptable for your girls to get different styles of dresses in the same color and fabric. Let the girls pick styles they feel pretty and comfortable wearing - trust us, your pictures will look fabulous (and your bridesmaids will be SMILING)! Step 4: Shop in boutiques that offer personalized service! Especially important to your bridesmaids are group discounts (who doesn’t LOVE bargains?), expert alterations, and fun accessories! Step 5: Don’t stress too much about matching shoes! Give your girls simple instructions such as “silver strappy sandals” or “black heels”. Girls know shoes, and they know what they can handle wearing for an entire day!
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After your engagement, the wonderful experience of wedding planning begins. There will be many choices to make your big day exactly as you have envisioned. Choosing the perfect flowers to reflect your personality is challenging but rewarding. An experienced wedding professional makes the process both pleasurable and affordable. Be sure to ask questions to insure the floral designer represents themselves as the person who will help you create your perfect floral displays! These questions are a great place to start.
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By Charla L. Malone of Salon Emage When planning your wedding budget, hair and makeup should be in your top 5 priorities. Why is this? Because after the wedding is over, after you’ve taken off your dress, and after your flowers have faded… your wedding photos are still alive and vibrant and will be on display forever. The wedding industry is vast and the beauty sector is no exception, so what process is used to help you plan your wedding party’s beauty regime? To find out I went to local expert, Lois Ristau Bridal Coordinator of Salon Emage Day Spa. She explains, “Do invest in hair and makeup because your look will be preserved in your pictures for years to come. For brides, I recommend organizing their beauty needs into three categories: services needed, time table required and appearance preferences.” 1) Services Needed: Find out who desires wedding day services and which services they want. Decide who needs services done for the rehearsal dinner and who wants to have a trial done before the wedding day. Good salons will have a worksheet, or a coordinator, to assist you. Lois says, “Look at the size of the salon. Keep it simple by having all your services done in one location.” She recommends the budget conscious look for salons offering bridal packages. 2) Time Table Required: Reserve your appointment times 8 to 12 months prior to your wedding. Before booking appointments, decide what time you need to be at your venue and the travel time required to get from the salon to your venue. The salon
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The date is set and the perfect wedding site is chosen, now comes the task of finding a menu that will complement your special day. You’ll spend more money on wedding food than any other aspect of your wedding reception, so you’ll want to work with a top-notch professional. If your reception venue is not all inclusive, ask if they recommend a caterer as this is the best way to find a qualified vendor. Have your preferences in mind before you begin your search including whether you prefer a buffet vs. plated dinner, traditional fare vs. ethnic menu, etc. Compare two or three different companies as there can be a wide range of pricing between caterers for the same type of food. When requesting a proposal, ask if caterer will provide tables, chairs, china, linens, silverware, or any other rental item that you need to complete your reception. Ask to see these items to make sure they’re acceptable. Caterers can often provide these items at or below the cost of hiring a separate rental company. Depending on your needs and budget, hiring a “full-service” caterer is the best option to ensure the most enjoyable dining experience for your guests. Events with a buffet dinner will require approximately one service staff for every twenty-five guests, one service staff per twenty guests for a plated dinner, and one bartender per seventy-five guests is usually recommended. Additional staffing includes an event supervisor and food prep staff. The average cost for catering staff can range from $25-$40 per staff per hour. Choosing a caterer is as easy as pie -- just make sure your taste buds have a say in the matter too. Inquire with your caterer as to whether they will provide a complimentary tasting of your favorite menu items. While you may not be able to sample everything that their chef has to offer, you should at least be confident in the overall quality of the food. Be sure to ask if the chef is open to different recipes if you have particular requests, such as a family favorite. If you are confident in your chosen caterer’s ability and talents, you can relax and enjoy your special day. Between the vows, pictures, first dance, and mingling with your guests, be sure to find time to indulge! Weddings Continued on page 32 30
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Hassle-Free Rehearsal Dinner By Emmet Gallagher, McMahon’s Irish Pub & Restaurant Keep these tips in mind for a seamless rehearsal dinner, so your energy can be focused on the wedding day.
Is it easier to take your guests’ food order ahead of time?
Surprisingly, no it’s not. From the restaurant’s perspective, we find many people forget what they have ordered three months prior or change their mind the day of the event, making things much more complicated that night. Allowing your guests to order from a select menu that night will save you money (added stationary) and effort in coordinating people’s orders ahead of time. This way the restaurant can handle any complicated meal requests and it is not something you need to worry about.
What should I look for in a beverage package? Try to find a location
that will only charge you per consumption. Many places only offer set beverage packages where you pay a certain fee per person no matter how much they drink. Consider your guest list and likely drinking habits and then determine if you want to do an open bar, maybe only beer and wine, or a set price limit on the bar tab.
Can we bring our own wine? As far as Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) laws are concerned, you may bring your own wine since a rehearsal dinner would be a private event. It will be the discretion of the individual restaurant whether to allow you to bring your own wine and if they charge a corkage fee (service fee per bottle opened and served). Bringing your own wine can sometimes save you some money, but keep in mind you will have to figure out how much to buy , your ratio of red versus white, and getting the wine to the restaurant. What should I ask about if children will be attending? The main
thing to look out for is if children can order from a children’s menu or if you will have to pay full price for any aged guest. Having a select children’s menu will not only save you money, but will most likely keep your wee guests much happier.
Do I need to provide printed stationary? Depending on your table
arrangements, you may be able to skip any stationary for this dinner. If you make a seating chart, you will need to provide place cards for everyone. In regards to menus, most restaurants should be able to print
personalized menus for your guests, taking that worry off your plate. Lastly, relax and enjoy this special night with your closest friends and family before the big day.
Choosing the Perfect Setting for your Special Day By Angela Smith, Fauquier Springs Country Club Your wedding day is the pinnacle of your life – showing your style, your class and your love. Determining where you want to share this special occasion with your loved ones is the first of many steps involved in creating the perfect setting. To start narrowing your choices, think about you and your fiancé. Are you from the same town or opposite sides of the country? Where did you meet? Are there any places that hold significant meaning to your relationship? Where will the majority
of your special guests be traveling from? Is a destination wedding the right choice for you? Once you have selected the city, the second step is determining the type of venue at which you want to share the celebration of your vows. The selection of a ceremony site will be influenced by the formality of the wedding, the season, number of guests expected, and your religious affiliation. Hosting the ceremony at the same location as your wedding reception will most often save you money on a second rental fee. There are reception venues for every personality, budget, and style. An important factor to consider is the size. Is it an intimate affair or the party of the year? Choose a space that accommodates the number of guests but that won’t overwhelm. An intimate affair might call for a smaller space with
appropriate acoustics. A large guest list will call for open spaces. But if you are going for effect, there are exceptions to every rule. Things to consider when comparing the costs of different locations, consider the rental fee, food, beverages, parking, gratuity, set up charges, and the cost of rental equipment such as tables, chairs, canopies, and so forth. Unless your heart is set on a particular meaningful date, I highly recommend first choosing your venue before setting the date. This will leave room for options. When you approach the venues, you can still have a season in mind, or a couple preferred dates. Either select the ceremony site first or the reception site, depending on what is most important to you. Then check availability at both locations and set the date. By following these guidelines in choosing your perfect setting, I am confident that you will be pleased with the outcome. The most important aspect is that you are surrounded by those you love as you start your new life together as husband and wife. Weddings Continued on page 34
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Wedding Photography. It’s all about STYLE. By Amy Regeti, Regeti’s Photography Photography is among the arts where style plays a big role in the coverage that will ultimately be provided when you hire a professional to tell your story as you would like to have it told. Within wedding photography there are three broadly categorized types of photographers that you will come across in the industry - The Traditionalist, The Photojournalist and The Blended. A Traditionalist will document all the significant moments during your event to include family formals. A Photojournalist will cover the event as it unfolds, reporting it through the lens of his/her camera as it naturally happened without orchestrating moments. A Blended photographers typically focuses on both photojournalistic aspects of the day along with moments that take place that are hardly seen by the Bride and Groom. Choosing the right photographer is a very personal choice. No matter how talented your photographer is, if you don’t have the right chemistry it can become difficult to allow them into a very private time in your lives.
Budget - It is recommended that 10% of your wedding budget be allocated for photography as an average, but it is relative when placing a price on your most precious memories. Ultimately, it will be up to you to decide what you are most comfortable with in terms of budget before you begin your search. When budget becomes a concern, consider hiring an Associate Team instead which may be more comfortable for meeting your budget concerns. Be upfront with those photographers that you will be interviewing and let them know your budget and expectations in order to ensure they are met. Finding a Photographer - Once you have determined a budget, finding a photographer will be much simpler. Begin by asking your friends who may have recently
married or who are getting married for recommendations. Other great sources could be venues, Chambers or other event professionals you may be meeting with. Websites are also a great screening tool, but be sure to ask to see samples of the final products as most photographers present their best images on their websites in order to entice the client to make the initial contact. After completing your research, begin calling the photographers you have selected to determine if they are competent and compatible. You will need to need to see if they can cover you needs like; How many photographers will you need? Package inclusions? Will your files be high resolution? Will my images be watermarked with a logo? Will I have copyright privileges for my images that will allow me to make my own reprints? Are there time limits for coverage and additional hourly fees that may apply? Are they insured (some venues require this for liability reasons)? When will my images be ready for viewing? Who will actually be covering the event, will it be the person that you are meeting with or someone on their staff that will be assigned to your event. At that point when these questions have been answered you can determine whether to schedule a consultation. Usually its recommended to meet with 2-3 professionals in each category.
Contract - When you are ready to make your decision and lock in your photographer be sure to read through your contract. Most photographers are willing to place your date of interest on a courtesy hold until you have the opportunity to read it over and ask questions that you may have. This would give you the “first right of refusal” to the date before releasing it to the next inquiring client. Feel free to ask the photographer to work with you if budget is a concern, they may be able to break your payments up in order to make it more comfortable during your planning process.
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Shots - Leading up to your wedding day it will be important to provide your photographer with a timeline and shot list for your event. A “Shot List” is a list that contains mention of the family formal photographs you may want along with any images you may want him/her to give special attention to such as a handkerchief that has been passed down, a pin that may be pinned in your dress or any shot that you simply can’t live without from your wedding day. Your “Timeline” will be a layout of your entire day to include your event professionals contact information along with information that may be important to your event professionals. Communication is key to ensuring your day turns out just as you have always dreamed it would. In the end it is important to feel inspired and excited knowing that the photographer(s) you have hired are professional in not only appearance, but also in the delivery of your final product.
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Let them Eat Cake! - Wedding Cakes by Andreas Ferrero, Café Torino Your wedding cake is an important feature of your wedding so choosing a baker that is willing to work with your ideas, fluctuating number of guests, design, and last minute changes is important. Before you even begin to search for the proper baker, make sure to flip through bridal magazines to get ideas for what your ideal wedding cake should look like including colors, flowers, stacked, tiers, columns etc. Once you have recognized your wants and needs, the search begins six to seven months before the big day. We suggest finding a baker who is willing to work with fondant or butter cream. As well as to create a cake outside of the ordinary yellow or devil’s food cake and use a filling like a mousse rather than a jelly or a paste that comes from a jar. Ask to see their cake portfolio to browse their previous cakes as well as references. Pictures are great way to see the visual technique of the baker but a reference from a previous client is the best indicator of their work. If you are pleased with their work, references and style – it’s time to request a tasting. Taste is everything, make sure you are delighted with what the baker promised. As with any artist, remember to approach them with your ideas but be open to suggestions. Ultimately, he or she will be creating the cake and will be better able to assess their own skills. If you get the feeling they hesitant in their skills find another baker. But also be aware of the other extreme, bakers that are overly confident and assure you that they have made that cake before, run away! No two brides are alike in their wants, each bride’s cake wishes should be treated with delicacy. Cake’s are priced anywhere from $1 to $7 a slice. Look for something in the $3-4 range, this way you will end up with a tasty cake that fills your needs that isn’t too pricey. If you find a baker that you like and the prices are a little higher than expected an option is to get a smaller version of the wedding cake and get a sheet cake on the side. Now that you’ve found your baker, a contract is created to outline your agreement. The contract is tentative and should be adjusted according to the final headcount. The price should reflect the number of people whether it be more or less than originally suggested. Delivery charges should be discussed at this point as well. TIP: If you plan on having real flowers on your cake, make sure the baker and the florist are in contact with one another. That way the two professionals can discuss the particulars of their jobs to ensure that the cake is perfectly constructed. Finally, there is no such thing as a stupid question. The baker might have made 1,000 wedding cakes before but this is your first – you should be able to ask any question with confidence to get all of the answers you need to make an informed decision. There are plenty of options, keep looking until you feel satisfied and confident in your selection. Traditionally the top tier of the wedding cake is saved and frozen until the one year anniversary. Save a couple of bites of the original cake, but we suggest handing a photo of your wedding cake to your husband and have him order a petite version of your original cake. You both will enjoy the fresh cake and be able to participate in the tradition at the same time.
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A picturesque setting with an assortment of venues ranging in size, location, and style, Fauquier has a venue sure to please any soon to be Mrs.’s. Alwyngton Manor - The exquisite Alwyngton Manor is located right in the heart of Warrenton. A beautiful “Taraesque” Southern Mansion featuring large rooms with fine details and furnishings as well as rolling lawns, a rose garden and an adorable gazebo. They have great package offers for a bride looking for a true traditional southern style wedding. For more information, please contact Alwyngton Manor at (571)379-2475 or by visiting their website at www.alwyngtonmanor.com. Black Horse Inn - A charming plantationstyle home with grand white columns, this huntcountry estate provides simplistic elegance. Lush manicured lawns boast a tranquil setting including a pond with a white-picket bridge, gentle waterfall, flagstone terrace, and a gazebo delicately placed in the boxwood garden with century-old trees. The grand ballroom, “The Guilded Fox” has panoramic pastoral views and a rustic stone fireplace with seating up to 200. They have reasonable packages for a bride seeking a classic wedding. Traditionally at Black Horse Inn, horses ‘bless’ each bride and groom on their wedding day. For more information, please contact Black Horse Inn at (540)349-4020 or by visiting their website at www.blackhorseinn. com. The Inn at Vint Hill - This notable Colonial Revival-Style Country house is rich in heritage and history and has magnificent views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Set in a perfectly private location, The Inn has many sizable rooms with ornate details sure to compliment any wedding style. The Inn will only host one wedding per day allowing you and your guests to enjoy the moment and make precious memories. For more information, please contact The Inn at Vint Hill at (540)349-5700 or by visiting their website at www.innatvinthill.com.
Fauquier Springs Country Club Settled on the banks of the Rappahannock River, the Fauquier Springs Country Club’s mountain top views, hilltop gazebo and superb Grand Ballroom set the tone for either an intimate celebration or a grand affair. Surrounded by a lush golf course and views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Fauquier Springs provides an idyllic setting. Their wedding packages can be personalized to meet your standards. For more information, please contact the Fauquier Springs Country Club at (540)3474205 or by visiting their website at www. fauquiersprings.com. Airlie Center - Breathtaking views and colorful, intricately designed gardens frame the Airlie Center, making it a memorable location for such a special day. With a number of unique venue options, the Airlie Center will have a location that will be able to fulfill your wedding day wishes. Certain services and amenities are provided within their packages. For more information, please contact the Airlie Center at (800)288-9573 or by visiting their website at www.airlie.com.
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Fauquier Community Theatre Fauquier Community Theatre was organized in 1978 by a group of committed volunteers who wanted to provide live theater productions that enhance the cultural life of the local community. It has been performing ever since! Each year FCT mounts an ambitious schedule of plays and musicals, always striving for material that appeals to the broad tastes of the community, including children. The theater strives to offer a range of challenging creative opportunities that inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to participate in theatre. At least one show each year is specifically chosen to give youngsters the chance to become active in live performing arts. Each summer a show is produced, casted and crewed completely by high school and college students in the community. One of FCT’s missions is to educate through experience, bringing a rich culture to our youth. FCT’s first home was a tiny stage in the attic of an historic building in Old Town Warrenton. “The Loft,” as it was called, was the theatre’s home for many years. Today FCT stages its productions in the Vint Hill Theatre, on the grounds of the old Vint Hill Army Base between Warrenton and Gainesville. When the Army vacated the base many years ago, FCT took over its old movie theatre. Seats were removed to make room for a custom built stage, and the technical facilities were upgraded for use as a theater for the g in Th A Funny performing arts. The Vint Hill Theatre seats y a W on the approximately 200 people, has an orchesHappened 8 0 m - 20 tra pit, and has recently been painted with to the Foru
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This is the second in a series of articles about relationship communication – how it works, why it doesn’t, and how to make it work. Thank you for your feedback on my last article. Keep those e-mails and comments coming! I hope this article addresses some of the concerns that many of us have including Tom.
Dear Tom, Thanks for your e-mail. Not that it’ll make you feel any better, but your concern is shared by many. This is not a gender thing; men and women agree – none of us like being told what to do, or how we should feel, think, or behave. This concept includes, second guessing “shoulda’s” as in “You shoulda done it this way…,” offers of constructive criticism “coulda’s,” as in “You coulda done it this way…,” explanations of your own approach to similar circumstances “I woulda’s” as in, “If it were me, I woulda done it this way…” 40
Anytime we criticize one another, we are telling our spouse he or she did not do it right. No one I know got married so he or she could be under the constant evaluation of his or her spouse. No one. Who wants to live that life? So why do we do it? Because we love our spouses. We do it for their benefit. I doubt any of us offer our comments and suggestions except from a place of good intentions – at least from our own perspective. We want to save our spouses from repeating our own bad experiences
or from embarrassing themselves; we want to improve our spouses future interactions with our children so things don’t happen the way they did last time; we want to protect our spouses from their faulty thinking or inappropriate emotional responses (all for their own good, of course). One of the ways this treatment is described by the recipients is, “It feels like I’m walking around on eggshells. I know that no matter what, my spouse will have See Relationships continued on page 42 Warrenton Lifestyle
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some comment to make on how I could have done it better.” “She’s a control freak.” “It’s his way or the highway.” “Nothing I do is ever good enough.” “He shows me no respect.” “This isn’t a marriage, it’s a dictatorship; whatever he wants to do, he does, whatever I want to do is subject to his approval.” Those feelings drive us away from those who treat us that way – from our spouses and, as children, from our parents. It can become one of the biggest obstacles in our relationships and is often a factor in marriages that end up in my office for mediation of a divorce. And it seems to get worse with age. I don’t know if you’ve experienced this, but it seems like the longer we’re married, the more responsible we think we are for each other and the more entitled we become in telling the other what to do. We’d never consider treating a date with the type of constructive criticism we offer our spouses on a daily basis. We both begin to supervise, second guess, and direct our spouses more and more and in finer
and finer detail until it reaches the point where you both may want to stand up and yell, “Enough already! I can’t stand it and I’m not going to take it anymore!” I’ve heard many long-married couples suggest that a refined and well-practiced use of the words “yes dear” is one way to manage this behavior by one’s spouse. You know what I mean, a wife tells her husband what to do and her husband says “yes dear” and then either does it (without a care) or does whatever he pleases. Most “yes dear” advice that I’ve received comes with a knowing wink that suggests the latter option is chosen more often than not. Personally (though perhaps this is a sign of my maturity level), I don’t particularly care for the “yes dear” option (though my wife thinks it’s a wonderful option). But I also can’t imagine subjecting myself to a life of the seemingly relentless and ever expanding notion that my wife needs to tell me what to do. There must be another way. And I believe there is.
We can stop telling each other what to do. Simple. Done. Next topic. (Or at least, my wife can stop telling me what to do. I’m sure she’ll still need my help from time to time. Come to think of it, we probably all have a spouse whom we believe needs our help from time to time.)
we find unacceptable in our relationships.
Joking aside, what makes this such a challenge for all of us is that telling each other what to do is subtle, often unconscious, and generally comes from a well-meaning mindset so it’s easy to convince ourselves that we are truly helping our spouse when we tell our spouse what to do. If we become aware that even our best intentioned, loving efforts to save our spouses from themselves by telling them what to do is creating a severe wedge in our relationships, then maybe it would allow for a change. Telling each other what to do is a root cause of much that
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of the responses is consistently clear and without hesitation. Do you like being told what to do? NO. I don’t either. As for the second question, ultimately all responses are in the affirmative, but often with a bit of hesitation and reluctance. Understandably so, an answer in the affirmative acknowledges that you are treating your spouse the very way you just said (in answer to the first question) that you don’t like being treated. That’s hard for some to admit. It may take a bit of contemplation and reflection. It generally helps when I describe what it means to tell someone what to do. Those who apply a literal test to the question, may feel somewhat pleased with themselves at first, but when I suggest that the words See Relationships continued on page 44 Warrenton Lifestyle
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“Do this” are rarely used and that the concept includes criticism of any kind (criticism is telling someone they should do something differently), “suggestions” or “ideas” about what the other should do, think, eat, believe, feel (how many times have you told someone, “You shouldn’t feel that way?”), “opinions” about the other’s choices (“It’s just my opinion, but …”); and all of the above even if offered with polite niceties (“Please don’t take this the wrong way, but you might want to consider doing it this way.” Or “Whatever you want to do is fine with me, but if I were you…”). After I describe some of the less obvious ways we “tell each other what to do,” every spouse has affirmed his or her recent participation in the very act to which they are each clearly opposed. Me too, sad to say, every time. So here we are, recognizing that we do to each other something that we don’t like being done to us. And we do this to each other much more often than we realize.
what to do we hear the message, “You are not acceptable to me the way you are.” That rocks us in our core. I believe we each want to be loved and accepted, unconditionally, by our spouse. Not loved and accepted if we become that person we are capable of becoming (if only we do this, that, and the other), but loved as we are. I’ve never heard a spouse say that the reason he or she married was to be “fixed” by his or her spouse. Never. And I ask that question a lot. We marry with the underlying premise of being accepted as we are, unconditionally, forever. I often hear, “I married my spouse because for the first time in my life, I felt that I could be myself.” When we assume the role of telling our spouse what to do, we send the message “You are not acceptable to me the way you are” with every “opinion,” “suggestion,” “criticism (constructive or not),” “you should…,” “you shouldn’t….” No matter how well-intentioned and insightful the overlaying message is, the underlying message continually erodes the fundamental fabric of our marriage. Bit by bit, it poisons our relationship. So what possesses us? What motivates us to take on the role of telling each other what to do?
So why don’t we like being told what to do? Why is this such a problem between spouses? Heck, you married the person; wouldn’t you think he or she would have some valuable insights on the way you live We think we’re helping. We think your life that would be beneficial for you we are expressing our love for our to know? Sounds reasonable, but such is not the case. Even if we think our spouse is the smartest person who ever lived, we still don’t want to be told what to do. Even if we Don’t you think know that our spouse has our best interests at heart, is well- the blue tie works intentioned, and loves us dearly, better, dear? we still don’t want to be told what to do.
spouses by helping them live their lives better. That’s the issue. Here’s my advice: Become aware of how often you tell your wife what to do and stop doing it. (You may be surprised at how often you tell her what to do.) Share with your wife your new awareness of this interaction between the two of you. Offer her this article to read if she chooses. Let her know what you are consciously choosing to do and why; don’t expect her to guess. (“I’m going to stop telling you what to do, how to feel, and what to think because I don’t like being treated that way and I imagine you don’t like it either.”) You might even follow up with an apology for your past efforts. (“I am so sorry. Throughout our marriage I have been telling you what to do and how to feel. I realize that doing that to you is unloving and causes us to disconnect. I love you and respect who you are. I am going to act out my love and respect for you by accepting you as you are and stop telling you what to do.) If she chooses to do the same, great, if not, the next time she tells you what to do, tell her, quietly, calmly, and patiently, how it makes you feel. (“When you tell me XXX, it really makes me feel like you don’t trust my choices and that you don’t respect my ability to do YYY. It makes me feel like I’m not good enough for you.”) However, what you won’t do is tell her to stop telling you what to do (isn’t that just you telling her what to do?). Let that be her choice. But certainly share with her the impact that her actions have on you.
Now I’m not a psychologist and what I’m about to say isn’t based on scientific research, but I think the reason none of us likes being told what to do, especially by our spouse, is that when we are told
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Fauquier Habitat For Humanity: By Sean Broderick Two decades ago, finding a Fauquier County family living in a house with no running water, no electricity, or dirt floors – or, worse yet, without a home at all – was maddeningly easy. In fact, there were more than 300 of them. As 2011 arrives, finding substandard living conditions in the community is still possible. Thanks in large part to the tireless efforts of Fauquier Habitat For Humanity, however, the problem has been significantly reduced. Fauquier Habitat marks its 20th anniversary in 2011, and the organization has much to celebrate. The raw statistics are impressive enough: 40 houses built and sold to qualified families, and 38 of them still in the original family’s possession. (The other two were transferred due to an owner’s death and a career change necessitating a relocation, meaning that Fauquier Habitat entered 2011 with a perfect record of picking families who could both afford and care for their new homes.) Fauquier Habitat also rehabilitated a number of homes for other community families in need—something it does on occasion, but only when certain conditions are met. Numbers alone don’t convey the extent of Habitat’s success, however. In each of the 40 instances where it has given a family a hand up, Fauquier Habitat also has strengthened its community by solving a family’s housing challenge, and helping the new homeowners become positive contributors to their local neighborhoods and their region. “Each project we take on has one defining goal: create something that is good for everyone—our homeowners and the homeowners around them,” said Fauquier Habitat Executive Director Brenda 46
Drerenberger. “We work hard to ensure our projects are positive contributions for the families, our community, and Habitat.” Nor does Habitat give away housing. A common misconception is that it’s a charity organization that provides handouts to the underprivileged. While Habitat is a notfor-profit organization (a tax exempt 501(c) (3) one, to be precise), its purpose is not to provide a hand out, but rather a hand up to those in need. Habitat For Humanity describes itself as an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to the mission of providing simple, decent, affordable housing for all of God’s people in need. Despite its Christian roots, the organization doesn’t factor religion into its family selection process—it provides homes for those with all faiths, and even no faith. Habitat also is wedded to the conviction that recipients of its homes must both qualify for them and earn them. Qualification is based on financial factors such as income (families must earn enough to make the required mortgage, insurance and utility payments, for instance) credit ratings (those burdened by heavy debt or spotty repayment histories aren’t likely to be approved) and a demonstrated need to escape substandard and/or overcrowded housing conditions. Each family is interviewed by two Habitat For Humanity representatives, as part of the qualification process. If all goes well, the family is accepted into the program—and then the real work begins. Each adult family member must take classes related to homeownership, such as financial management and home maintenance. Each family also must perform 400 hours of volunteer work. “Every homeowner must put in a certain amount of hours of sweat equity,” said Priscilla Chamlee, a long-time volunteer and
supporter as well as a former President of the Fauquier Habitat Board of Directors. “It’s time they have to spend on Habitat efforts, on both their own home and other people’s houses.” Once all the qualifications are met and requirements fulfilled, a Habitat family acquires its home—and then, just like for every other new homeowner, mortgage payments start. “It’s truly a program. It’s not just ‘you’re going to get the house,’” said Melba Hendrix, a former Fauquier Habitat board member and Partnership Committee chairperson. Added Drerenberger: “We are not the landlords. You are going to own your own house. Nobody else is going to have a set a keys—it’s yours.” Candidates for Fauquier Habitat homes vary widely. Many live in substandard housing, without basics like indoor plumbing. Others, like Faye Walker, were homeless. Walker was born in Manassas and came to Fauquier in 1995. In 2003, her young son became ill. The resulting financial and emotional strain forced her to seek temporary shelter for her son, her daughter, and herself. It was during her time at Fauquier’s Victory Transitional Housing program that she first became aware of Fauquier Habitat. Walker applied, and Fauquier Habitat accepted her family into the program in 2004. And while her home would not be ready for several years—it is part of Fauquier Habitat’s Sterling Court project and is slated to be dedicated in March 2011—she immediately began to fulfill her commitments as a future Habitat homeowner. “I took lots of workshops and classes,” Walker explained. “I learned how to hammer nails. I took financial management classes, landscaping classes, home maintenance and even a tax information class.” Warrenton Lifestyle
20 Years Of Hands-up She also put in many hours on other Fauquier Habitat homes. Soon, it was time to put her newly learned construction skills to work on her own home. “I went down one day and there was a Bobcat sitting there” getting ready to clear the spot for her home, Walker recalled. “I went down another day, and the foundation was poured. It is something that you can not even imagine.” Once accepted into the program, Habitat families receive ongoing support from the Partnership Committee, which Hendrix called “the heart and soul of Habitat for Humanity.” The committee provides real-
world partners that help families with any challenges they face. “If they’ve got problems, if they’ve got questions, if they’ve got needs, they’ll go to their family partner,” said Hendrix. “That covers everything from home care to living with neighbors.” Officially, Habitat families keep partners for one year after move-in, but Hendrix said the reality is a bit different here. “In Fauquier, we keep them forever,” she said. Walker, the soon-to-be Sterling Court homeowner, praised the partnership program for its ability to unite seemingly different
worlds. “You start this walk with this person that you would probably not cross paths with in any other way,” Walker said. “This person is not only your partner, but they become your friend and your extended family.” Walker’s partners are long-time Fauquier Habitat volunteers Jerri and Gary Schoenfeld. While Walker’s dedication is just around the corner, she expects to share her journey with the Schoenfelds for a long time to come. “Once your house gets built, your partner does not step back,” Walker said, drawing See Habitat continued on page 48
Women Build Effort Strengthens Fauquier Habitat For Humanity Fauquier Habitat For Humanity’s success is due in large part to help it receives from many local organizations, like churches and civic groups. One of its biggest and most enthusiastic sources of support comes from within its own volunteer ranks.
Women Build is Habitat for Humanity’s volunteer program for women who want to learn construction skills and make a difference in their communities. Fauquier Habitat for Humanity completed its first February 2011
Women Build home in 2005, explained Krista Coyner, co-chair of Fauquier’s Women Build organization. “It was such a fantastic experience for all those that participated that when the opportunity to build again was presented to the group in 2008, we accepted the challenge.” The Women Build volunteers do more than swing hammers and raise walls. They immerse themselves in the entire Habitat project process from start to finish, Coyner noted. “We began planning fundraisers and, with the support of the community, local civic groups and churches, we were able to raise the funds needed to build a second Women Build home,” she said. “Women Build provides a chance for women to develop construction skills in a non-intimidating atmosphere, which is what attracted me in the beginning,” added Kim Cybulski, who also co-chairs Fauquier Women Build. “They can gain more confidence in this area while giving a family a helping hand, literally!” Coyner noted that while men may not do
the building, they do lend helping hands. “While we say ‘Women Build,’ it would not be possible without the guidance of our male volunteers who agree to check their tool belts at the door and teach us the tasks necessary for the job of building,” she said. Coyner said that more than 40 women worked on the two Women Build houses, and the group is making plans for a third build. Women interested in joining the effort are welcome to come to the group’s monthly meetings, on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30pm at Fauquier Habitat For Humanity’s offices at 34 Beckham Street in Warrenton. Information also is available by contacting womenbuild@fauquierhabitat. org or by calling (540)341-4952. “The bonds formed while working towards our goals, including fundraising, events, and the actual building phases, result in lasting friendships with great people,” Cybulski said. “We’re always looking to share this experience with more women. It’s great to be around very caring people who share a common goal.” 47
Habitat continued from page 47 upon her observations made during her nearly seven years as a Fauquier Habitat volunteer and homeowner-to-be. “They become a lifetime friend.” Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller. The Fullers helped create a concept termed “partnership housing” at a small Christian community near Americus, Georgia that they frequented. Inspired by its success, the Fullers created the formula that drives Habitat today: houses are built at no profit and interest is not charged on the loans. Building costs are financed by a revolving fund, which is funded through the new homeowners’ house payments, no-interest loans provided by supporters and fundraising The idea for Fauquier Habitat for Humanity came from community members Dick Wingo and Dennis Osborn, who often dedicated their time to work on Habitat homes being built elsewhere. Rather than leaving the area to do their good work, they reasoned, why not bring Habitat For Humanity to their local community? They took their idea to fellow church members at Warrenton Presbyterian. “The idea spread through the rest of us and we got it started,” recalled Bill Richardson, who was part the core group that got Fauquier Habitat off the ground. The start-up process wasn’t easy, Richardson recalled. “There was a lot of detailed information you had to give them,” he said. “You had to demonstrate that you were serious about starting a chapter.” As part of proving the community’s dedication to the Habitat cause, the organizers had to raise $3,000 in small donations (nothing more than $100) to show that Fauquier County would support a local affiliate.
The group, which often gathered in meeting space provided by Waterloo Motors owner Dan Lowery, also had to create a detailed operating plan, including how the committees would work and who would lead them. The application process took many months, Richardson recalled, but “we finally got it approved.” Lowery, another key member of the team that got the affiliate started, served as Fauquier Habitat’s first President. Richardson was the first Treasurer, and his wife Eva took on the role of Fundraising Chairwoman. The group’s first project, which took place before Fauquier Habitat For Humanity was formed, was building a homeless shelter in Warrenton. The group bid on the project and won. That project, completed in 1988, created the original Fauquier Family Shelter. It also provided funds that allowed Fauquier Habitat, officially formed in 1991, to launch its first full home build project—a house on Warrenton’s Haiti Street for Annabelle and Charlie Gibson. It was dedicated in 1992. One of the early tasks for Fauquier Habitat volunteers was learning how to build a house. Local builders stepped in to help. They would dedicate weekends to helping the volunteers, and some even held free seminars, recalled Bill Beals, who has chaired Fauquier Habitat’s Building Committee for a decade and was one of the builders who lent a hand. Beals said that the early Fauquier Habitat houses were built using “building blitzes,” involving volunteers and experienced contractors. A blitz would take a house from foundation to under-roof in a day and a half, teaching volunteers a great deal in the
process. “A lot of the education occurred in those,” Beals said. “You had so many people there at once and so much going on.” Beals, who now owns WG Beals Consulting, has collaborated with many of his fellow contractor competitors on Habitat efforts. “It’s amazing how the competition goes away at that point,” he said. “If we meet on any other terms, it gets pretty competitive. Once we had this reason for building, the competition goes away.” Since the Gibson house put Warrenton on the Habitat For Humanity map, Fauquier Habitat has reached out to all corners of the county—and beyond. Fauquier Habitat has completed houses in Catlett, Goldvein, Marshall, Midland, and Sowego, to name a few spots. There’s also been one Fauquier Habitat house in Rappahannock County. In each of those houses live people whose lives have forever been changed. One family sent a son off to Bridgewater College on a scholarship. Another homeowner now runs a business in Old Town Warrenton. Faye Walker’s daughter has gone on to college, while Walker works full-time and cares for her son, who was diagnosed with lupus several years ago. She said their new home on Sterling Court would mean more comfort for him than he’s ever experienced. “Habitat had a vision, and that vision came to light,” said Walker. “The dream became a reality for so many people. “They help us, but we have to help ourselves first,” added Walker. “You have to work hard for something that you want.”
How Can You Help? In addition to volunteer help, Fauquier Habitat For Humanity depends on financial donations from local individuals and organizations and material donations from subcontractors and suppliers to get projects done. “Donations are down significantly because of the economy,” said Fauquier Habitat Executive Director Brenda Drerenberger. “But that hasn’t stopped us. It has slowed us down, but it hasn’t stopped us.” Besides helping local families, Fauquier Habitat projects also give back to the community by employing local builders using, in most cases, local employees. Financial donations can be made online at www.fauquierhabitat.org or via mail to Fauquier Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 3189, Warrenton, VA 20188. For information on making material donations or on how to become a volunteer, call (540)341-4952 or e-mail email@example.com. 48
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Indulge Yourself With A Much Deserved Treat Specializing in Cantonese, Szechuan and Hunan Cuisine, Alan Cheung, Owner of Waterloo Café, has been serving Warrenton prompt Chinese food for takeout or dining-in for 18 years. Waterloo Cafe is a family place with a sizable menu providing a variety of options to satisfy the hungriest customer. Personal decorations (Cheung sisters artwork), simplistic seating, enticing smells and the welcoming voice of coworker Eddie Tsoi fill this take-out joint with the added option of dining-in. Waterloo Cafe emphasizes quality affordable food with swift and pleasant service. “We aren’t a fancy restaurant,” Cheung explained. “Our focus is serving our guests right now.” Portions are plentiful and served in
take-out containers. Guests that prefer to stay and dine can take a seat comfortably with plates and silverware to enjoy their conveniently packaged meal. With large servings guests can pack up the surplus and enjoy it later. There are well over 100 tasty selections varying from chicken, seafood, pork, beef and vegetable. Waterloo’s recipes have been refined by Cheung’s desire to learn from others. He is self-taught learning from his family, friends and other business owners alike. He is enthusiastic about cooking and the evolving trends in the industry. Egg Rolls, Fried Wontons, Crab Rangoon or Hot and Sour Soup are excellent starters. General Tso’s Chicken has the right amount of spice and
Chicken with Cashew Nuts has a thick golden sauce with bamboo shoots and mushrooms. Two suggested favorites are their Café Chicken and the bold Crispy Beef. There are many seafood options like Shrimp with Lobster Sauce or Hunan Scallops. They have Lo Mein, Pad Thai and vegetable options like Sautéed Mixed Vegetables. The most popular item is the Fried Rice. It is the perfect combination of steamed rice dressed with vegetables, egg, soy sauce and choice of meat. Most meals come in two portions sizes: lunch or regular. Hot and spicy items are also available and are marked on the menu with an asterisk. Daily lunch specials are listed on the white board behind the counter and are around $7. Along with the classic fortune cookie
Waterloo Cafe Waterloo also has Chinese Donuts – small sugar coated dough balls of goodness. Serving the community from the same location for almost 20 years has developed strong relationships with their customers. “We see people order from us in high school, continue to order when they are married, bring their children in and order, and then their children are in high school and order,” Cheung said. Waterloo Cafe is located at 352 Waterloo Station, Waterloo Street near Rankins Furniture and Café Torino. They are open six days a week MondayFriday 10:30am to 9:00pm and Saturday 12:00pm to 9:00pm for take-out, delivery, and dine in. Treat your taste buds by calling (540)349-8118 or (540)349-8119 and placing your order today!
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(540) 341-2044•105 W Lee Hwy M-Thu: 11am-11pm, F-Sat: 11pm-12am 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
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(540) 347-4100 6806 James Madison Hwy M -Thu 11am - 9pm; Fri - Sat 11am - 10pm; Sun 11am - 8pm Steakhouse providing specializing in filet mignon, prime rib, and chops. Full bar with extensive wine list, variety of beers, and cocktails. Banquet facilities for up to 70 people available. Catering available.
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(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 Avenue 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.
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Carousel Frozen Treats
(540) 351-0004 346 Waterloo St Hours vary. Open early spring to late fall. Soft-serve, milkshakes, and more www.carouselfrozentreats.com
(540) 351-1616 65 S. Third Street Lunch: Tues - Fri 11:30am 2:30pm; Dinner: Tues - Thu 5:30pm - 9pm, Fri - Sat 5:30pm - 10pm; Brunch: Sun 10:30am - 2pm Casual yet elegant restaurant offering many dishes including Mediterranean, Southwestern and Southern Caribbean. The service is as first rate as the food. Open for lunch and dinner and brunch on Sundays. Extensive wine list available. www.clairesrestaurant.com
Cold Stone Creamery
(540) 347-9791 • 256 W Lee Hwy All Chicken products are prepared by hand, as are all the salads and fruit cups. Where else can you get chicken for breakfast, lunch and dinner? http://www.chick-fil-a.com/warrenton
(540) 349-0300 183 W. Lee Highway 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) 349-1382 • 275 W. Lee Highway 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 Avenue M - Thu 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat 11am - 11pm; Sun Noon - 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
(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 $4.99. www.countrycookin.com
(540) 347-0401 7323 Comfort Inn Dr. 24 hours a day 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 11am-1am Pizza delivery or pick up. Online ordering available. Now offering pasta bread bowls and hot sandwiches. www.dominos.com
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(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
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
Five Guy’s Restaurant
(540) 878-2066 6441 Lee Highway M - Sun 11am - 10pm Burgers, hot dogs, and French fries. Uses fresh, never frozen, ground beef. www.fiveguys.com
(540) 349-5776 20 Broadview Avenue 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) 347-1999 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 Avenue 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
Honeybaked Ham Company
(540) 428-0044 • 251 W Lee Highway Deli offering sandwiches, soups, and more. Customers will enjoy a variety of sandwiches and soups.
(540) 428-1820 6445 Lee Highway M–Sun 6am - 10pm Specializes in breakfast. Sandwiches, salads, burgers, chicken also avail. for lunch and dinner. www.ihop.com
Iron City Hot Dog Shop
251 W. Lee Highway Hot dog joint with Pittsburgh Steeler décor offering customers a friendly and competitive atmosphere.
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
Jerry’s Subs and Pizza
(540) 349-4900 177 W. Lee Highway 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
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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.
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Joe & Vinnie’s
(540) 347-0022 385 Shirley Highway 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) 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
(540) 341-8580 504 Fletcher Drive Authentic Italian pizza and cuisine offering appetizers, combos, salads, subs, pizzas and more. Catering available. Lunch special from 11 am to 4 pm Monday thru Friday. www.ledopizza.com
(540) 341-0392 505 Fletcher Drive 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
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 11am-9pm 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.
Mandarin Buffet & Sushi
(540) 341-1962 514 Fletcher Drive Authentic Chinese restaurant offering a large buffet selection of sushi, soups, and meats.
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(540) 347-7888 351 Broadview Ave. 24 Hour - Fast food chain known for Big Mac and McNuggets. Dollar menu. Now serving McCafé beverages. Kids play area available. www.mcdonalds.com
McMahon’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
(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
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(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
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The Natural Marketplace
(540)349-4111 • 5 Diagonal St. M–F 9am to 5pm; Sat 9am to 4pm 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.
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. www.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
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(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.
(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 45 Main St. Suite A 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
(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
Tippy’s Taco House
(540) 349-2330 147 W. Shirley Avenue 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.tippystaco.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.
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
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(540) 349-5031 484 Blackwell Road 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 Street Asian food available for dine-in, takeout, 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 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
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The Wing Fanatic
540-878-5458 7373 Comfort Inn Drive Mon-Wed: 3pm-12am; Thu-Fri: 3pm-2am; Sat & Sun: 11am-2am Restaurant & Bar sporting over 40 TVs for your ultimate sports and entertainment experience. The Wing Fanatic features take out and some catering and includes outdoor seating. Wings feature 34 sauces to choose from. Menu also features burgers, wraps, kid’s menu and more. Locally owned and operated. Casual attire.
(540) 347-4355 294 W. Lee Highway 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
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The weather is cold outside and that does not make it any easier to go out shopping or to local restaurants. Not to mention the overindulgence most of us practiced during the holidays that make it even harder to get back to our workout routines. But, we must get back into the swing of things and dream of spring. It has also been cold for several local businesses that have had to close their doors. Unfortunately, I will lead this month with the businesses that have closed. Two businesses have closed that are located near the bowling alley, American Auto Sales and Discount Lube. Along with the 7-Eleven and costume store that closed a few months back, there are many empty spaces now in that shopping center. Granpa Grooveys appears to have closed and the space is now up for lease again. This is not good news for some of us who enjoyed an occasional shrimp splurge there. Dr. Andrea Wallace OD recently passed away and she will be missed greatly. The ease she had with her patients and the exceptional thoroughness, with which she practiced, were great assets and this is a great loss to our community and my family. The current plan is to sell the practice to another doctor, but we will have to wait and see if and when that happens. The accounting firm of Updegrove, Combs, Mc Daniel & Wilson has changed its name to Updegrove, Combs & Mc Daniel, but the great service has not changed and they are ready to help you with all your tax needs as tax time approaches. We have one new business on the way; Emergicares will be opening near the Giant where INOVA Urgent Care used to be. They will be providing many of the same services and they have been providing urgent care service in Harrisonburg for over twenty years. I don’t yet have an opening date, I will let you know. Well, if we all “think spring” real hard, maybe we can get rid of these abnormally cold temperatures and at least get back to our average in the forties. So “THINK SPRING”. Amy Griffin is the owner of inFauquier.com, a comprehensive online directory of consumer businesses located in Fauquier County. Maps to all the businesses can be found at inFauquier.com and check out the What’s New page for more business happenings in the entire county. You can reach her at (540)347-4922 or amy@ inFauquier.com with your questions or any tidbits you hear about local business.
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