Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine July 2007

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July 2007

Living & Shopping In Wonderful Warrenton, VA

In this issue… Local Wineries and Wine Shops

The Passion of Music Remodeling Rollercoaster …and MORE!



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A Gift To You On Our Nation’s Birthday


u l y brings us the lazy days of summer with nothing better to do than relax, barbeque with the family, hang out with friends and take a vacation. Don’t worry, the grass can wait one more week. Our Nation’s birthday is celebrated this month with the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th. It is one of our favorite holidays and usually spent outdoors near water and a grill. Drafted by Thomas Jefferson between June 11 and June 28, 1776, the Declaration of Independence is the nation’s most cherished symbol of liberty and Jefferson’s most enduring monument. Here, in exalted and unforgettable phrases, Jefferson expressed the convictions in the minds and hearts of the American people. Jefferson’s writing of the first part of the Declaration of Independence was strongly influenced by the Virginia Declaration of Rights which was later used as the foundation for The Bill of Rights. The political philosophy of the Declaration was not new; its ideals of individual liberty had already been expressed by John Locke and the Continental philosophers. What Jefferson did was summarize this philosophy in “self-evident truths” and set forth a list of grievances against the King in order to justify before the world the breaking of ties between the colonies and the mother country. On Abraham Lincoln’s inaugural journey to Washington, he stopped in Philadelphia at the site where the Declaration of Independence had been signed. In his speech at Independence Hall, Lincoln discussed how the Declaration of Independence incorporated his egalitarian ideals: July 2007

“…I have never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence. I have often pondered over the dangers which were incurred by the men who assembled here, and framed and adopted that Declaration of Independence…which gave liberty, not alone to the people of this country, but, I hope, to the world, for all future time….” So strong were Lincoln’s feelings for the Declaration of Independence that he once called it the father of all moral principle in men. The Constitution of the United States may be our law, but the Declaration of Independence is truly our heart and soul. Thank God for July and its memorable holiday. I’m going to catch up on some reading and take an extra nap this weekend while visiting the in-laws. During the month I plan on enjoying a few baseball games, taking a

vacation, barbequing often with friends and spending valuable time with my children before the two older ones head off to college next month. Everything else can wait until August. In honor of our Nation’s birthday, Piedmont Press & Graphics and The Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine have reproduced limited edition prints of the Declaration of Independence printed on aged parchment-type paper. They are large 17” x 22” and are free to anyone that wants one. Come to our office at 404 Belle Air Lane in Warrenton during our regular business hours to get one and display it proudly. A special thanks to the National Archives for making the images and information available for everyone: www.archives.gov.



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Area Wineries Are Blossoming The Piedmont Region’s Wines Becoming


Gray Ghost Vineyards and Winery 14706 Lee Highway Amissville, VA 20106 540-937-4869 www.grayghostvineyards.com Named after the Union Army’s nickname for Colonel John S. Mosby, Gray Ghost Vineyards and Winery opened in 1994.  Through the years, owners Al and Cheryl Kellert have painstakingly developed a beautiful award winning vineyard.  They are rightfully proud of the fact that Cheryl personally prunes every vine and that Al handles every bottle in the winemaking and packaging process.  With such attention to detail, it is easy to understand how over the years they have won hundreds of awards, including “Best Dessert Wine in the United States” for Adieu, the most awarded wine in the country outside of California.  The Kellerts have also cultivated an impressive array of events Photo courtesy of Virginia Winery Association at the vineyard, including winemaker dinners, entertaining tours and the most Fifth only to California, popular volunteer harvest program in Washington, Oregon and New York, the state in September and October. Virginia boasts 119 wineries, including OPEN FOR TASTINGS & SALES two in Warrenton:  Marterella Winery Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays  and Vineyard and Mediterranean Cellars.  Monday Federal Holidays Pearmund Cellars is located just a few 11:00 am - 5:00 pm miles from town in Broad Run, while January & February - Open Saturday Gray Ghost Vineyards and Winery, and Sunday. located in Amissville, is just a quick Sales by appointment: Mondaydrive down Route 211.  Pearmund Thursday. and Gray Ghost currently hold first Tours by appointment. and third places, respectively, on the Groups of 8 or more, please call ahead. Virginia Wine Festival’s webpage online poll for favorite winery. Whether you’re a connoisseur or a novice, area wineries offer the perfect Marterella Winery and Vineyard 8278 Falcon Glen Road getaway for an afternoon picnic, a full 540-347-1119 day, or a long weekend.  Read about www.marterellawines.com a few in the area, then visit www. virginiastompinggrounds.com for a One of the newest additions to the comprehensive look at what Virginia local wine scene is Kate Marterella and has to offer the wine lover in you.  the Marterella Winery and Vineyard.  ine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.”  Sounds like something from a recent issue of Wine Spectator, doesn’t it?  Actually, this quote is attributed to Benjamin Franklin more than 250 years ago.  Area wine enthusiasts would certainly agree with Franklin’s declaration.  They would also agree that living in Warrenton just happens to be an area ripe with vineyards and merchants to quench their thirsts. “


Situated on five acres, the winery had a soft opening in 2006 after growing grapes for seven years.  Since that time, sales of their product and awareness of the vineyard continue to grow.  Plans for the release of new products this summer are forging ahead with promise for the future.  Part of running a winery is acquiring all of the equipment necessary to complete the winemaking process on-site.  This fall, Marterella Winery is anticipating the arrival of fermentation tanks and storage barrels for their first on-site crush.    Marterella offers several wines for purchase, and has a tasting room that overlooks the vineyard.  Visitors to Marterella can enjoy their tasting, then go conveniently next door for a visit with Mediterranean Cellars. Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m. See Wine on page 10

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Wine continued from page 8 Mediterranean Cellars Winery 8295 Falcon Glen Road Warrenton, VA  20186 540-428-1984 www.mediterraneancellars.com With a rich history in winemaking, third generation goldsmith Louis Papadopoulos remembers his first experience making wine in 1961 outside Athens, Greece.  During that time, he cultivated a vineyard in Corinth as well as apricot, lemon and orange groves.  More than 20 years ago, the Papadopoulos family relocated to Northern Virginia, making homemade wine and managing the family’s goldsmith business.  With several whites and reds to sample, they have included an American version of the popular Greek wine, retsina.  Mediterranean Cellars Winery received nice accolades when Southern Living magazine featured the vineyard in the October 2006 issue.  Hours: Thursday - Sunday 11am - 5pm

Pearmund Cellars 6190 Georgetown Road Broad Run, VA www.pearmundcellars.com 540-347-3475 Since 2003, Pearmund Cellars has consistently increased its wine production and presence in the area.  Bought by Chris Pearmund in 1991, for years the property sold its Premium Chardonnay grapes to top Virginia

wineries.  But after opening for business on their own, Pearmund has become a popular site for tastings (on-site and off-site), tours and picnics.  Visitors are encouraged to bring the children to the 25 acre vineyard to enjoy the day, enjoy the outdoors, and even play with Redmund the Wine Dog.  Pearmund is also proud of their many awards for grape growing, wine making, and package design.  Mark your calendar now for a tour on grape crushing and pressing in September! Open Daily 10am – 6pm

Tours may be private or group, beginner or advanced.  Tours are wheelchair accessible and child-friendly. The experts in Warrenton’s local wine shops make their recommendations below for great Virginia wines.  Whether you take their suggestions or discover your own local favorites, these shops offer their customers a nice selection to complement dinner, toast a celebration, or simply to enjoy a summer sunset. The Galloping Grape

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Three Fox Vineyards Calabrese Pinot Grigio  (Delaplane) Stone Mountain Vineyards Chardonnay (Dyke)  Breaux Vineyards Chardonnay (Purcellville) The Grapevine (See ad page 11) Barboursville Vineyards Barbera (Barboursville) Rappahannock Cellars Viognier (Huntly) Gray Ghost Adieu (Amissville) Jimmie’s Market Pearmund Cellars Ameritage (Broad Run) Rockbridge Vineyard Heritage (Raphine) Rogers Ford Farm Winery Jacob’s Christopher (Sumerduck) The Town Duck (See ad page 10) Pearmund Cellars Ameritage (Broad Run) Gray Ghost Adieu (Amissville) Linden Vineyards Seyval (Linden) The Iron Bridge Wine Co. (Grand Opening) (See ad page 30) Three Fox Vineyards Calabrese Pinot Grigio (Delaplane) Horton Vineyards Viognier and Sparkling Viognier (Orange) Pearmund Cellars (Broad Run) Have a suggestion for a future column on Warrenton? Email your ideas to amytpetty@ adelphia.net. Amy Petty has lived in the Warrenton area for the past seven years. She is the Marketing Director for the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites.

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The Passion of Music Pervades Warrenton


By Jennifer Heyns

usic can bring the hills to life. It can “free my soul”. Music can make the world go round. Music is a common thread that weaves its way through the lives of every human being in one form or another. The benefits of having music in your life are numerous including increased concentration, social skills, coordination, math and science comprehension and much more. But where do you start? How does it all begin? For nearly everyone, music is an ingrained interest. It evokes emotion and provokes movement – just watch any two-year old child when music is being played, they immediately start to move around, jump, dance, smile and laugh. Unfortunately as time wears on many of us spend less and less time focusing on music. Several organizations in Warrenton have begun programs to change this trend and are hoping to bring music back into the lives of as many local residents as possible. Brand new to Warrenton is the Allegro Community Music School. Executive Director Cynthia Romero started the school in 2004 under a different name and has been improving the school ever since. They are currently working on becoming a nonprofit organization which Cynthia says will allow them to offer more outreach programs and musical scholarships. “I wanted to start the community music school because we did not find anything else like it here,” she said. In addition to teaching music lessons, Allegro students receive a total musical educational experience including field trips, music theory classes, laboratory work, master classes and listening projects.

Allegro’s enhanced music programs. For a fuller appreciation of music, Cynthia’s students take at least one field trip a year to a professional musical performance. Additionally, Allegro students are exposed to “Master Classes”: in-depth workshops designed to enhance each child’s understanding of a particular musical topic. Countless studies have been employed to find the effects of music on the development of children. It is now widely accepted among educators and other professionals that a child who is involved in musical programs is more likely to succeed in various areas of their lives including academics and social skills. One such study, completed by the Rockefeller Foundation, concluded “music majors have the highest rate of admittance to medical schools, followed by biochemistry and the humanities.” They also stated that music students, on average, scored 38 points higher on the verbal portion of SAT tests and 21 points higher on the math portion. Additionally, children who involve themselves in music are less likely to get involved in negative temptations that plague so many of their counterparts, such as drugs, alcohol and gangs. “Music adds richness to your life,” stated John Krumich, Artistic Director and founder of The American Children of SCORE (String, Choral, Orff and Recorder Ensemble) in Warrenton. “A lot of confidence and leadership skills come from children who experience music.” John believes that the younger a child is exposed to a musical education, the greater the benefits will be and so he has developed a program designed for very young musicians. He began his program in 1994, following the teachings of Carl Orff, a German composer and educator.

“It is so important for the children to listen to all different types of music and gain an appreciation for what they are asked to play and especially important for them to really learn to listen,” Cynthia said. It is important that students not only learn how to appreciate the music and play it well, they also need to be able to add emotion, tone and dynamics to their music to make it sound more pleasing. Cynthia believes that her students learn these things only to a certain degree through their musical instruction lessons, but that they are more thoroughly ingrained through some of


“I teach children to make music through song, recorders and percussion instruments,” John explained of his program which is geared mainly toward children ages eight to twelve who don’t have a lot of musical

“I also like to combine the Orff instruments with strings,” he continued, noting that the string section of his program is most successful with more experienced children who take private string lessons since they require a great deal more instruction to play successfully. See Music on page 16

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The staff of Drum And Strum offer lessons and rent and sell instruments. The American Children of SCORE has grown to include children from seven different counties. In addition to the Orff and string ensemble, SCORE offers early childhood music classes, taught by the program’s co-director, Betsy Porter. These classes are designed to introduce music to children under eight. “It’s a great feeder program for SCORE and instructs very young children in singing, rhythmic games and other activities to help them see how much fun music can be.” John says that he has noticed that his program is becoming increasingly popular among home-schooled students. He notes that it is a great way for students of any kind to have positive social interaction and to meet others their own age with similar interests as well as affording them the opportunity to build confidence in performing in front of an audience – something that often unnerves adults. Gloria Dingus, co-owner of Drum & Strum in Old Town Warrenton, could not agree more. “Being able to play a musical instrument is a great activity that you can do alone, but it’s also a talent that can allow you to walk into any room and instantly connect to other people,” she said, noting that many musically-talented people enjoy walking into groups of people and starting a performance that encourages others to join in. “It is a great way to entertain in any setting, it builds confidence and has a way of making people around you happy,” she said. In 1990, Gloria opened the doors of Drum & Strum with aspirations of giving the community the same musical opportunities she had given her own children. Oddly, Gloria says she has no musical talents of her own. “I have a hard enough time just getting a radio channel in tune,” she jokes. Toting two young children to and from music lessons, Gloria felt she had spent so many hours at music stores that she See Music on page 18 Warrenton Lifestyle


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Music continued from page 16 might as well start her own. For Gloria, starting her own music store was a great way to spend more time with her nearly grown children (Tim was 17 when the store opened and Cheryl was 22) and to offer lessons to other youngsters. What she found, however, was that her music center was so much more to the community. People of all ages began to enter Drum & Strum looking for musical direction. “The youngest student we’ve ever had was a four-year old violinist and the oldest was a 90-year old mandolin player,” she said. “You are never too old to start learning music.” Not only is it never too late to pick up an instrument, it is actually something that can improve the quality of life of adults in unique ways. “Adults can benefit from learning to play an instrument too because it helps the mind to be alert and active eventually helping to sharpen the memory,” stated Espie Estrella in her 5 Reasons to Play a Musical Instrument report on About.com. The Mind-Body Wellness Center in Meadville, Pennsylvania conducted a study on the effects of music on adults and found that “playing a musical instrument can reverse multiple components of the human stress response on the genomic level”.

J. MCutcheon and the children of SCORE. Simply put, music reduces stress levels in adults. In fact, the doctors who initiated this study believe that having music in your life may, in the near future, be a component of a medically recommended daily activity for a healthy lifestyle, like diet and exercise are now.

currently offers lessons for the guitar, drums, piano, voice, flute and more in addition to their music store, repair shop and rental programs. Gloria promises that they work tirelessly to fit into their schedule anyone who passionately desires to learn to play an instrument.

Gloria has come to realize that Fauquier County is laden with musically talented people and enjoys seeing entire families enter her music store to take music lessons together. Drum & Strum

“You would be hard-pressed to find anyone in the world who doesn’t love music,” said co-owner and store manager Tim Dingus, “and anyone can learn to play music on some level.”

MUSICAL ANNOUNCEMENTS AND ACTIVITIES AND CONTACT INFORMATION Drum & Strum: On August 18, join in on a Santa Cruz guitar workshop with Richard Hoover, 49E Lee Street, Warrenton, 540-347-7484, www. drumnstrum.com The American Children of SCORE: If the June auditions do not fill the coming school year’s ensemble, a second audition will be held in the fall for children 8 – 12 years of age. The audition consists of a 10-minute session where a child will be asked to sing and can opt to play an instrument as well. SCORE will perform for the public on December 8 with Mike Seeger – tickets will go on sale closer to the performance date. SCORE meets at the Highland Center for the Arts at Highland School, 597 Broadview Avenue, Warrenton, 540-428-2313, www.scoremusicensemble.org. Allegro Community Music School: Registration for summer camps and for the fall is currently open. Summer camps include Little Money and Play, Kindermusik Sign and Sing, Kindermusik Adventures! “On the Road” Camp, American Ideal, “Stomp!” Style Percussion and Guitar/Strumming. 4151 Weeks Drive, Warrenton, 540-349-5088, www.allegromusicschool.org. Piedmont Regional Orchestra: The Piedmont Regional Orchestra has IMMEDIATE openings for upper strings players. If you are interested in joining us or would like more information, please send an email to Glenn Quader, PRO Music Director at music@prorchestra.org.

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Riding The Remodeling Rollercoaster


By Tim Burch, Jr. CR, Burch Builders Group

remember as a young boy standing in line at the amusement park to ride the roller coaster. My heart would pound as I watched the people before me screaming with excitement as they roared down the first hill and the coaster went out of sight. Minutes later the coaster would screech to a halt back at the start of the ride amongst cheers and laughter from most of the riders, but not all. Some looked sick and some would even be crying. Remodeling projects can produce a similar experience. There are many emotions throughout a remodeling project including anticipation, excitement, trepidation, fear, helplessness, anger, relief, and, if successful, rewarding gratification. Remodeling projects in trouble leave clients in an emotional state similar to those few shattered riders at the end of the coaster ride. In the industry we often refer to a remodeling project in terms of its life cycle. The layman might not understand this as many think a construction project involves only “sticks and bricks”. A life cycle, what’s that? Just as in a roller coaster ride, the life cycle of a remodeling project has many hills and valleys, ups and downs. The management of this life cycle by the contractor and client is the key to a successful remodeling project. Let me briefly take you through a typical remodeling life cycle with a few helpful hints along the way:

1) Design Stage: A design/build project always starts with the design stage. The most import phase of the project, this is when the contractor/designer and client review the project’s design and scope. At this stage, product selections are usually made and the contractor should help the client through the selection process as this can be a frustrating stage for the homeowner without guidance. Expectations of both the contractor and client should be discussed and understood. The client is usually excited to see the project on paper and is anxious for the building to begin. 2) Plans and Permit Stage: This stage is when the

contractor really starts to earn his or her fee. Developing the permit plan set (the set of building plans containing multiple prints pertaining to the construction of the project) takes careful calculations by the designer and structural engineers or architect. Running a plan set through a local municipality’s permit process is an art in itself and a knowledgeable contractor knows this and develops the plan set accordingly. The client often feels left out because this is usually a time-consuming process with some jurisdictions taking up to eight weeks or more to review a plan set. Their emotions start to dip. 3) Breaking Ground/Foundation Stage: This is an exciting time for everyone. Work is actually starting. If foundation work is required, this phase can last awhile. Concrete work is contingent on many factors such as weather, availability of concrete from the plant, county inspection backlog, etc. Regardless, both sides are excited about the project beginning. 4) Framing Stage: Aaah, at last! This is when the client will see the most dramatic changes. Their project starts to take three dimensional shape and usually gets the pace of the project moving quickly. In a matter of weeks an addition can be totally framed and the outside “tied in”, which means the project exterior is roofed, and trim and siding are installed. From the outside, the project looks almost complete but internally there are still many tasks to be accomplished. The client’s emotions are usually at an all-time high during this stage. 5) Subcontractor Stage: A large project may require as many as six or more subcontractors to complete their portion of the project before the general contractor can get the project to the “close in” inspection milestone. This process can take up to a month or more. Often the client does not see all the interfacing between subcontractors and the builder during the subcontractor stage See Remodeling on page 24

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Remodeling from page 20 and client satisfaction suffers. The contractor must serve as a referee as the different subcontractors seek access to the site to complete their tasks. It is the general contractor’s responsibility to educate the client on the importance of managing carefully during this process. 6) Drywall Stage: This is potentially the most frustrating part of the project for the homeowner. The finishing stage of drywall creates large amounts of dust which can add to a client’s unhappiness. If the contractor does not protect the unaffected part of the house (usually the area where the client is living during the build), the dust from the drywall sanding will encompass the entire house. There is no “safe zone” from the construction for the client. I can tell you from personal experience; this is not a good situation for anyone! Careful attention and action to protect the client from the construction debris must be given by the contractor during this stage. 7) Trim Stage: An addition can be trimmed out quickly by a skilled trim carpenter. The interior now takes shape as cabinets and vanities are set. The tile and flooring contractors are installing the wall and floor finishes. The counter manufacturers install counter tops. The trade subcontractors (plumbers, electricians and HVAC technicians) are doing their final installations. The client’s satisfaction is growing as they see the light at the end of the tunnel.

8) Painting/ Punch List Stage: This is the final stage but often is the “make or break” point for the project. I often tell my clients that the painter can be the most important contractor in the process. A bad painter can ruin months of hard work, a great painter can make the project complete. The client and contractor should research the painter’s references to ensure this step is a success. The punch list stage can sometime seem to go on forever. The contractor and client need to complete a walk through together to determine the punch list tasks. This almost always leads to a project finishing with flying colors. The importance of communication in a remodeling project cannot be overstressed. Inevitably there is a delay caused by something in each of our remodeling projects. My project managers have learned over the years that the first call placed is to the client. I cannot think back on one project where the client has been upset about a delay when we have communicated the situation with them. They may not be happy, but they are not upset and that is the important difference. These days we are seeing clients coming to us more and more educated about construction practices, product specifications and product selections. The internet has been a great tool for both clients and contractors alike in this area. However, there are not many resources that focus on the emotional toll that homeowners and their families will go through during a project. It is the contractor’s job to educate the client on the emotional side of a remodeling project. Knowledge is key, and homeowners who have clear and realistic expectations are often the ones who are smiling when they get off the Remodeling Rollercoaster. Tim is a third generation builder/remodeler. He grew up working on construction sites with his father and grandfather. He graduated from James Madison University with a design degree in 1990, as well as graduate certificates in Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Business Management and the Project Management Institute. He is the current 1st Vice President of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, Metro Washington Chapter, an instructor for the Association’s Certified Remodeler Course and a member of the Board of Directors. Tim serves on the Editorial Advisory Board and is a monthly columnist for Metro Washington Home Improvement Magazine. He has been featured in The Washington Post, Spaces Magazine, Virginia Architect Magazine and is an industry expert on the FOX national television show, America’s Most Wanted with John Walsh. “There is nothing more rewarding than taking a client through a build experience. From the initial design stage through to handing over the front door keys”, says Tim. Tim is the president/owner of Burch Builders Group, LLC, a design/build firm in Warrenton, VA. He lives in a hundred year old remodeled farm house with his wife and three children.


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