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Are you confused yet? Well you might as well get used it! In this last decade there has been a resurgence of interest in organics, healthy diet choices, natural living, disease prevention and holistic treatments for physical ailments. All of this interest brings with it an infusion of sometimes contradicting research, rendering the information overload even more confusing. The focus on natural living is not going to go away and we will continue to be bombarded with the evolving science and a plethora of divergent opinions in these areas. You are not alone in your thinking. We are here to inspire calm and help you get back to basics and consider Big Picture thinking rather than dogma. The primary question we can begin by asking is: which diet is the right one? There are so many to choose from: vegetarian, vegan, fish, eggs, raw, carnivore, fruitarian orâ&#x20AC;Ś. ? There are studies for any one of these choices that claim each is the healthiest lifestyle. At this point in my 23 years of experience, I would not recommend one diet for all as we are each metabolically different. We have different blood types, body types, lifestyles and individual physical strengths and weaknesses. What fuels one, could weaken another. For example, a raw food or even a vegan diet could pull someone out of a deadly disease, but there exists the possibility that if you do it for the 8
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obtained the bulk of their protein from fish and grazing animals. As the agrarian society came into being, grains and beans became a source of protein, minerals and complex carbohydrates as well. Herded animals began to provide raw dairy. Some people prefer to stick with the original Paleo plan and eschew grains and dairy in their diet, but there are many wonderful ancient grains such as quinoa, kamut, spelt and non-hybridized wheat that can provide not only many nutritional benefits but variety to our daily meals. Food was eaten raw and early on began to be cooked also. So the original “plan” appears have diets that incorporate almost all of what we know as real whole food and all styles of eating… and guess what…?! It was all organic! Quality of food is of the utmost importance. If you eat with Mother Nature’s approval, which means organic, grass-fed, whole, fresh and raw, it is life-giving. Your body runs more efficiently depending upon the quality of fuel you provide. Food with pesticides, poisons, chemicals, additives, or with genetic modification wreaks havoc with the body Mother Nature designed. The general advice these days is to shop the perimeter of the store where you find your perishable food…meats, dairy and produce (that doesn’t include TV dinners!) You can foray into the middle of the store for whole grains and other simple ingredients, such as your organic condiments.
Here are a few rules of the road if you want to take it further: ~Choose to savor smaller portions of animal protein and starchy carbohydrates. In Japan, for example, there are lower rates of heart disease and more longevity. They do eat all forms of meat proteins, but in very small amounts, almost as a condiment. Starchy carbs are not prevalent. Tofu is another vegetarian protein typical in Asian diets, again in very small amounts and fermented, and therefore very digestible. In America, we do not ferment our tofu and it is not recommended here for a healthy diet. ~ The different oils can be confusing and there are some very definite guidelines for cooking and which oils are healthiest. Vegetable oils increase already out of balance levels of Omega-6. You should avoid an abundance of them in your diet, especially canola oil. The vegetable oils should never be heated as they have low smoking points and break down into a carcinogenic substance. Yes, even olive oil, which is an Omega 9 monounsaturated oil, should only be use cold…drizzling over your salad, vegetables or bread. We all love to saute and the only safe oils to heat are saturated fats, coconut oil and ghee (a clarified butter, with the milk solids removed, as regular butter will burn.) Of course, steaming is the ideal way to cook your vegetables, with that drizzle of olive oil or a small amount of organic butter, which provides good quality Vitamin A! ~ Stay away from anything artificial, be it a fat replacement or sugar substitute. There are many studies that show the harmful effects of those synthetically produced products. Healthy sweeteners are real maple syrup, brown rice syrup, coconut sugar, local honey and pure dried sugar cane which all provide some nutrition. With this
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For years, members of Warrenton’s Presbyterian and Episcopal congregations shared the “Brick Church” built in the early 1800s on a lot at what is now 170 Main Street. That arrangement ended in 1849, when the Episcopalians built their own church on Alexandria Pike, on the site of the present-day First Baptist Church. The Presbyterians sole use of the “Brick Church” was short-lived, as the building was destroyed by a rare cyclone or tornado in 1850. “Left without a place of worship, the Presbyterians proceeded to purchase the lot where the church now stands, settling for it with Mr. Inman Horner,” wrote former pastor Rev. J. Richard Winter in A History of the Warrenton Presbyterian Church, 1771-1996. “Even though the deed was not recorded until May 18, 1893, the building was built thereon, being completed in 1855 at a cost of $4,901.” It is likely that the last part of the project to be completed was the steeple, 12
as the cast iron bell in the tower, manufactured by the Meneely Foundry of Troy, New York, bears the date “1856.” Unfortunately, the Presbyterian congregation, which numbered 116 members in 1860, could not enjoy the
use of their church after the series of Union occupations of Warrenton began in 1862. “The Sanctuary was used for hospital purposes, the steeple for a lookout post,
and the basement for a stable,” wrote Rev. Winter. “The pulpit and benches were torn out and burned, and holes cut in the Sanctuary floor.” Rev. Carl R. Schmahl, pastor of the Warrenton Presbyterian Church, notes that it is remarkable that the church bell was not removed and melted down for ordinance purposes, which happened to many church bells in the South during the war. The church was unusable for months after the end of the war, and until repairs could be completed, the congregation – now reduced to 55 members – worshipped in other buildings in town. Bringing their building back to life cost $1,500, and like the other churches misused by Federal troops during the war, in 1906 a damage claim asking for $1,200 was filed with the U.S. Government. Settlement finally was made in 1915, but only for $741.68. By the middle of the 20th century, bell continued on page 14
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the membership and programs of the church had grown to the point that a major expansion was needed. The addition included seven classrooms, a pastor’s study, offices and restrooms, and was completed in 1953. The church building grew again in 1978, with a three-story addition to the rear of the 1953 structure. In 2000, the large new sanctuary, fellowship hall was dedicated, expanding the church presence across the block on Main Street between N. Fourth and N. Fifth streets. Through all the changes, the original church building, including its steeple and bell tower, have been preserved. But as with all historic structures, it hasn’t been easy or inexpensive. “About seven years ago, we were having the steeple repainted, and the contractor informed us that the steeple
was in poor condition,” noted Rev. Schmahl. Stabilizing and rebuilding the 150-year-old steeple was done at a cost of $75,000. Ringing the Church Bell Reaching the bell tower requires climbing the stairs to the balcony at the front of the church, and from there, going through a trapdoor in the ceiling to platform and ladder. At the next level is another, smaller platform and ladder and another trapdoor, opening into the bell tower. In the ceiling of the bell tower is one more trapdoor, leading to the inside of the steeple. On the way up is a small window overlooking Main Street, which offers a unique view of the landscape below. As with other old church bells, ringing can be done either by pulling a rope and swinging the bell, which has a
clapper hanging inside of it; or by pulling another rope, which is connected to a hammer that strikes the inside rim of the bell. The swinging bell is the familiar call to worship; the hammer strike is more controlled, and is used for special occasions, like the church’s recent Maundy Thursday services. Pastor Schmahl notes that the large wooden wheel that is used to swing the bell is not the original, having been replaced since he came to the church in 1988. The bell ropes – one black and one white – hang down into the choir loft, and bear the warning, “Do not pull both ropes at the same time.” The simultaneous action of a swinging bell and a rising hammer could result in a noisy catastrophe.
Author John Toler is a writer and historian and has served Fauquier County for over 50 years, including 4 decades with the Fauquier-Times Democrat. He has written and lectured about many legendary characters in Fauquier County’s history. Toler is the co-author of 250 Years in Fauquier County: A Virginia Story, and author of Warrenton, Virginia: A History of 200 Years
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Just north of Warrenton off of Route 17 on Blantyre Road is a lovely community called Bethel Academy. The oldest building in that community is a beautiful stone church named Bethel. It was built in 1834 as a house of worship and its doors have not closed for over 178 years. Today the church is the home of Bethel United Methodist Church. Bethel Church has a rich history and a bright future with ministries and activities for all ages. In 1834, the Blackwell, Gaskins and Smith families came together to build a stone church on land donated by James Blackwell. No longer would they have to
travel dirt roads to worship in Warrenton or gather at someone’s home for services. Mr. Blackwell’s land donation came with one provision – that the church would be open to all. That provision continues to be honored today as Bethel is known for its warm, inviting hospitality. From 1867 to 1911 the area known today as Bethel Academy, was the home of Bethel Military Academy, a preparatory school. The church served as its chapel. In 1893 the church was deeded to the Methodist Church and Methodists continue to worship at Bethel today. Bethel Church does have a rich history
and while it is growing today, it was not always an easy process. During the “Great Depression” of the 1930”s the denomination wanted to close Bethel Church, but its members refused to let Bethel die!! The doors remained open and the spirit of the Lord surely remains in the place today. There have been a few changes in the life of the church building. The original church building was modified in 1888 with the addition of two towers and an adjoining balcony. In the 1960’s a building was added, providing classroom space, indoor bathrooms, and bethel united continued on page 18
This is the sixteenth 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 Bethel United Methodist Church.
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a meeting space. In 1997, a pavilion was constructed to provide shelter for outdoor gatherings. In 2005 a major construction project was undertaken to restore the old sanctuary and connect all three existing structures while providing handicapped access, a modern kitchen and a large meeting hall. Since 1988, Bethel has grown and thrived. New persons visit each week and outreach ministries continue to grow as we treasure the future God has prepared for us. Even though we have grown to a mid-size congregation, we strive to be known as the “small church with a big heart” as we live out our mission statement “Living our faith, sharing God’s love.” Bethel is not a place to try to be a wall flower -- our caring connection extends beyond members to all of our visitors. We encourage everyone to find a place to plug in -- a small group, a ministry area, a Bible study, any activity that provides a sense of place and belonging. We hope our big heart is evident in the ways we reach out to support community programs. Jesus said “go into Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and all the world,” to spread the gospel and help the needy and less fortunate. We try to live that out in Warrenton, Fauquier County, and beyond. We actively support Habitat for Humanity, Fauquier Family Shelter, FISH, the Warrenton Food Bank, and the Warrenton Food Coalition. We support Sparrows Rest, a ministry whose purpose is to facilitate better outcomes for foster children. Annually we spend a Saturday morning bagging meals for Stop Hunger Now and have fed almost 100,000 people through our efforts. We support a computer ministry that refurbishes old computers and provides them around the world to help in various education projects. Our current area of computer focus is Haiti where we are trying to outfit a number of schools to aid in education. Each summer we take a mission trip into Appalachia where we bethel united continued on page 20
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share our faith and help others in need. For the past four years we have hosted the Bethel Sizzlin’ Summer Charity Auction. This silent and live auction is held specifically to raise funds to be shared by community-based charities. Thanks to the generous donations of items and services from businesses and individuals, to date the auctions have enabled us to donate $55,000 back to the community. The 5th annual event is scheduled for Saturday, August 11 at 5 p.m. The auction committee is currently seeking donations to make this year’s event the best yet!! We also have “friend raisers” throughout the year. The third Saturday of each month, our United Methodist Women host a country breakfast to raise funds for missions and welcome people with our hospitality. On the second Saturday of most months, our United Methodist Men host a dinner which raises funds for ministries and gives folks an opportunity for a great meal and an inexpensive night out. On the fourth Thursday we host a seniors lunch and bingo afternoon (the lunch is a potluck event and the participants bring bingo prizes to share.) The first Saturday in June, we have a yard sale that offers great bargains amid fun and camaraderie. And our “Holiday Bazaar” in November offers handcrafted items, jams and jellies, a bake sale, and our famous “cookie walk” where literally thousands of home-baked cookies sell out in a couple of hours. If you are looking for a place to connect with other Christians, in addition to our active Men’s and Women’s groups, we have several small groups that have developed from those two larger groups. We have a dynamic youth group with nearly 40 middle and high school youth participating weekly. Boy Scout Troop 161 meets on Monday nights. A Girl Scout Troop meets on Tuesday nights. On Wednesday nights we have “Wonderful Wednesdays” which is an intergenerational night that begins with a meal together. Prior to the meal our prayer group meets. Following the meal there is a program for the younger children, our youth group meets, our adult choir practices, and we have adult Bible studies. The fun starts at 6:00 and ends at 8:00. Two special annual events, open to all children, regardless of denomination, are our popular summer Vacation Bible School and Crosswalk on Good Friday. In addition to these “in house” activities, we open our facilities for other community organizations. An AA group meets at Bethel twice weekly. The Warrenton Quilters meet the first and third Tuesday evenings. Hospice of the Rapidan meets monthly for their lunch and learn program. The Warrenton Ruritans meets every third Thursday evening for dinner and their monthly program and business meeting. But the heart of Bethel Church, and the thing that has made it really grow, is Bible study. Each year we have a 30+ week Bible study and many shorter studies throughout the year. We encourage Bible study because it is the means by which we grow in our relationship with God and in our faith. From our studies, most of our outreach activities and ministries have grown. 20
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We worship on Sunday mornings at 8:30 and 10:30, with Sunday school classes for all ages, from 9:35 to 10:25. A nursery is provided during all Sunday morning activities. Our current worship services are traditional, with music provided by a piano and special music provided by our adult choir and one of our two handbell groups. Our 8:30 service differs from our 10:30 service in that it has no children’s message and communion is only celebrated on the first Sunday of the month. Each week our 10:30 service is webcast and you can join us by logging on to our website: www.bethelumc.com. In addition to our regular services, quarterly we have Taize worship. Taize worship is a prayer service with contemplative singing, candlelight atmosphere, and no sermon. In the fall we hope to begin a weekly praise (contemporary) service. If you are looking for a place to grow in your faith, and draw closer to God and other Christians who are trying to become and make disciples of Jesus, please come and visit with us. We hope to see you one Sunday for worship, or for one of our other activities. Pastor Julian “Marty” Martin has served the congregation since 2000 and Andrew Hudgins joined as youth director in May 2012. Our website, www.bethelumc.com, offers up-todate information on all of our services, outreach missions and special events.
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I cleared out the small kitchenette of all furniture, placed newspaper on the tiled floor and put a screen against the door to prevent her escape. As she grew, the strength inherited from her Husky forebears presented itself. She knocked down the screen and a chair was placed against the screen. A few days later she pushed both the screen and chair aside, and temporarily romped around the house. A heavy table was placed against the screen. Another week or so and she pushed them both aside. A chair, and later two chairs, were set as weight on top of the table. More time passed and she laughed at me and shoved them aside with no evident problem.
I enjoy the company of both dogs and cats, but especially dogs. We fall in love with them but because their life spans are shorter than ours, the day of separation inevitably arrives. I think of my last companion. It happened so fast. There she was – such a short time ago – a little seven pound black, white, and tan package being held under a water hose by the nape of the neck while a SPCA volunteer washed her off before presenting her to me. She did not complain and that was the story of her life. She never complained. She came home lying on the seat of the car wrapped in a large bath towel. No whimpers. No sound. Just looking around her with great big curious brown eyes. I had seen her German shepherd mother and named her Greta to reflect her proud heritage. Based on her appearance and the comments of canine experts who I knew, I came to the conclusion that she was also part Husky. She had the beautiful facial markings of a Husky, each one of the same size and shape. Each ear jet black. Each paw had a white bootie of the same size and the tip of her black tail was white. She was beautiful but it soon developed that she also had a strong personality. She had arrived during the winter and so rather than expose her to the bitter cold at her young age, 24
Obviously the time for training had arrived and I enrolled her (enrolled myself?) in a class to be held for a few times in the local school gymnasium. She was part of the puppy class where each of us were to call our puppies by name and then gently with a leash pull them toward us. Greta didn’t understand the rules. She pulled at her end and the instructor suggested that I let Greta roam free for a bit to get it out of her system. This she did and visited each and every other pupil happily disrupting the entire class. I took Greta home, giving her the good news that we would not be returning again. I took Greta’s training upon myself and lo and behold (should I have been surprised?) she almost immediately learned the commands of “come,” “sit,” and “down,” obeyed them when told, and followed them for the rest of her days. In the right class with the right instructor, whom she obviously loved, she showed her capabilities. And then – it happened so fast – a change occurred. She was no longer a puppy but a young dog. She was old enough to spend her days zipping back and forth on a run set up between two trees and later to have her own dog house inside an electrified fence enclosing a quarter acre of lawn. greta continued on page 26
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Greta was in her glory. There were rabbits outside her fence which she learned she could not chase but could sit and observe with her inquisitive wiggly nose while the rabbit wiggled its own nose back. There were birds she could bark at. The sound of a dog in the distance would cause her to cock her head. Every move she made was as graceful as if orchestrated by some hidden musician, the smooth grace of the Shepherd coming through. Yes, I was prejudiced but others had also told me how lovely she was. Left permanently in her area was a plastic chair which I called the “petting chair.” In
repeating the Serenity Prayer to myself – “accept the things I cannot change.” In each of those three cases I later opened the front door for one reason or another and there she was, quietly lying there on the front porch, showing no sign of shame whatsoever. Dog experts have told me that Huskies don’t “run away.” – they just like to run. She did what she had to do. Shame didn’t enter into it. She loved all the seasons – rolling in the winter snow, listening to the Spring sounds, “sunbathing” in the summer weather and sniffing the autumn fragrances. Eight marvelous years. They passed so fast.
Some where down the line I built the habit of calling her my “Greta Girl” nice weather I would sit there in the shade of a tree and read while Greta, after having received the necessary amount of stroking or “roughing up,” would lie down right next to me. At times my hand would reach down to give her a pet. At times her nose would reach up for a needed stroke. Life was great. For the both of us. She had a special spot where she could sit or lie down and look up at the window where I worked at my computer. Now and then I would speak to her and she would wag her tail in return. This was usually in the morning. If I had already fed her, she was content but if I had not, there would be the requisite amount of time allowed for courteous silence and then she would bark for her breakfast. Single barks – given occasionally. She knew that I knew and finally guilt would take hold of me and I would go out to satisfy the “inner dog.” When I left in the morning for work, she would see me off. I would explain to her that the property was now in her hands and I would be back later. She apparently knew the sound of the car and as I entered the driveway in the evening, she would be up front giving me single “hello” barks, furiously wagging her tail, and I would say to her “there’s my Greta girl.” Somewhere down the line I built the habit of calling her my “Greta girl,” rather than just Greta. Three times in her life she went right through the electrified fence and disappeared into the distance. I worried about her being hit by a car. This was one of the reasons for the fence – a method for giving her space to run yet simultaneously protecting her. I would ride up and down the country roads but would never see her. Finally, I would return inside 26
Then there was that evening that she was not at the front welcoming me. I called her but she did not come. I looked in her house and there she was but not coming out. I attributed that to many possible reasons. It had been raining every single day for months and she was “not in the mood.” There had been a thunderstorm – the one thing that frightened her -- and she was not going to come out for anybody. But the next morning there she was, barking at a bird and wagging her tail so, of course, everything had to be all right. Until the next time when she didn’t come out to greet me or when there was no response from the dog who always came when I called. Again, I reassured myself when I later saw her running or barking. Only now there was a new element. She was eating less and less. With great concern I made an appointment with my veterinarian for the next day. His scale told me the horrible news. This usually healthy dog had lost twelve pounds – the equivalent of my losing 30-35 pounds! After her having been tested and examined for almost an hour I heard the news that she might be having kidney problems. The next day we were referred to an animal emergency hospital. Greta was immediately put on IV fluids plus the necessary medications. Twice a day I spoke with the caring competent doctors who, on the one hand, were giving her every possible assistance but, on the other hand, were gradually letting me know that her kidneys might not make it. Greta’s health was greta continued on page 28
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me gave “above and beyond” care and love to Greta. But, the “bottom line” was that I owed just under $400 to my veterinarian and almost $3000 to the hospital.
Greta went to the veterinarian for what was to be a general check-up. Less than a week later, she went out of my life. It happened so fast. “Should” is such a powerful word. It implies guilt. I should have taken her to the veterinarian earlier. I should have petted her more often. I should have checked her more often for ticks. I should have taken her for car rides (which she loved) more often. She would have been great pulling a sled. I should have found a neighbor child who would have received a thrilling ride. I should have spent more time with her. The rational side of me tells me that I was as good a friend to her as she was to me but the guilt feeling protruded.
I submit that the ease or lack thereof with which we pay bills of that sort has nothing whatsoever to do with one’s private financial assets. It has to do with the strength of the dog-human relationship. What is the monetary value of a wagging tail? Whenever I called Greta, she would come bounding over to me, thinking she was still a puppy, sometimes so fast that she would almost knock me over, often getting up on her hind legs with her head almost as high as mine and giving me a kiss. How much is a puppy kiss worth?
Another feeling is anger. I am told by the veterinarian that it was probably Lyme Disease from the bite of a Deer Tick that ultimately led to the failure of the kidneys. A damn rotten stinking bug far smaller than the nail on my pinky took my best friend from me. As is often said in this life – “it just ain’t fair.” And this despicable bug did it very, very, quickly while I was looking in the other direction, thinking that Greta and I had another decade to share together.
Everybody keeps telling me that “time heals” and intellectually I know they are correct. I will, of course, file this event with the thousands of other memories stored in my brain. I knew that some year her time would come.
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This summer, researchers will test new theories and technologies in an attempt to find out what happened to noted aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, who disappeared over the central Pacific in 1937 while attempting to be the first woman to fly around the world. Earhart was already famous, having been the first woman to fly across the Atlantic as a passenger in June 1928. Four years later, she flew solo from the U.S. to Europe, retracing Charles “Lucky Lindy” Lindbergh’s historic 1927 trans-Atlantic flight piloting the “Spirit of St. Louis.” While Earhart’s accomplishments are well known, the tragic loss of a woman who once lived in Warrenton and was a serious contender to be the first “Lady Lindy” in late 1927 has been largely overlooked. Frances Wilson Grayson (18901927) was the wife of Warrenton businessman John Brady Grayson (1871-1942), who also served several terms as Warrenton’s postmaster. The couple married in September 1914, and lived in Warrenton until they divorced in 1923. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Wilson, Frances was born in Cherokee Village, Ark. The family later moved to Muncie, Ind., where her father owned and operated a grocery store. After graduating from Muncie High School, Frances attended the Chicago Musical College. Her goal at that time was to accompany her brother, a professional singer, but after his untimely death, she ended her music study. She then enrolled at Strathmore College, where she studied recitation and dramatic arts. Although the circumstances of their meeting are unclear, it was while she was at Strathmore that she met John B. Grayson, who was almost 20 years her senior.
Son of Confederate veteran George Washington Grayson (1835-1919) and Mary Elizabeth Brady Grayson (18451923), John B. Grayson established Grayson’s Department Store in Warrenton in the late 1890s. Prominent in the community, in addition to his business activities he was a deacon and treasurer of the Warrenton Baptist Church and chairman of the 8th District Republican Committee. He was also a member of the Mt. Carmel Lodge, A.F. & A.M., and served several years as town treasurer. Both he and Frances were involved in several real estate investments in town, sometimes partnering with Mr. and Mrs. Ford Anderson. In 1922, John B. Grayson purchased the store building on Main Street that he had rented for several years from the estate of late Joseph A. Jeffries. After their divorce, Frances Grayson left Warrenton for good, moving to New York City where she worked as a writer for a newspaper before starting a career in real estate. She became interested in aviation, and after Lindbergh’s trans-Atlantic flight, she was determined to become the first woman to cross the Atlantic by airplane. Her interest became an obsession.
Race to the Starting Line Knowing that other women were interested in becoming the “Lady Lindy,” Mrs. Grayson quickly set about finding backers for her transAtlantic flight. She received financial support from Mrs. Aage Ancker, the wealthy daughter of Pittsburgh steel manufacturer Charles H. Sang. Looking for quick aircraft delivery, she put a deposit on a new Sikorsky S-36 twin-engine amphibious aircraft, one of six aircraft then under construction at the Sikorsky Manufacturing Company in Roosevelt, N.Y. Equipped with two
200-horsepower Wright Whirlwind engines and the ability to take off on land and on water, the S-36 seemed to be the ideal choice for a trans-Atlantic flight. Mrs. Grayson christened the new airplane, registration NX 1282, “The Dawn.” In the weeks after Lindbergh’s flight, it became obvious to Mrs. Grayson that other women were in the race to become the “Lady Lindy.” The most serious contender was Ruth Elder (1904-1977), a 23-year-old aviatrix from Florida, who along with her flight instructor, Capt. George Haldeman, was planning a transAtlantic flight to take place in the fall of 1927. Miss Elder had acquired a singleengine Stinson Detroiter that she called the “American Girl,” and after a flurry of media coverage, she and Haldeman took off from Roosevelt Field, N.Y. for Europe on the evening of Oct. 11, 1927. That same day, Mrs. Grayson and her crew attempted to take off from Old Orchard Beach, Maine in “The Dawn,” in a race to beat the “American Girl” to Europe. But they had to turn back because of deteriorating weather and mechanical problems. Soon afterward, reports started coming in from Europe that the “American Girl” was long overdue and likely lost at sea, offering Mrs. Grayson another shot at the title. But she would encounter difficulties of her own before she could even start the journey. Another attempt was made on Oct. 17, 1927. With pilot Wilmer Stultz at the controls, “The Dawn” left Orchard Beach again, this time making it out about 500 miles before thickening weather forced them to return. A third attempt also was also aborted shortly after take-off, further upsetting Mrs. Grayson.
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In the meantime it was learned that Elder and Haldeman were alive, and had actually flown the “American Girl” over 2,600 miles before suffering a loss in engine oil pressure and crash landing in the Atlantic, just 300 miles short of their goal. Fortunately, as the plane was going down they passed over and circled a Dutch oil tanker, and after ditching the “American Girl” near the ship, they were rescued. As the sailors attempted to hoist the stricken aircraft on board the ship, it caught fire and exploded. Although they did not complete their trans-Atlantic flight and lost their plane, Elder and Haldeman were welcomed as heroes when they arrived in Paris a few days later.
Fatal First-Leg Flight Given this competitive reprieve, Mrs. Grayson prepared for another attempt, this time with a new crew consisting of Lt. Oskar Omdal, a Norwegian pilot who participated in explorer Roald Amundsen’s unsuccessful attempt to fly over the North Pole in 1923; navigator Brice Goldsborough; and Frank Koehler, an expert on Wright engines who was to stay on board until “The Dawn” reached the jumping-off point at Harbor Grace, Newfoundland. It was already late December, and in addition to having the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, the crew of “The Dawn” would be the first to make the flight in the winter.
Upper Left: In this 1948 drawing appearing in Joseph Jeffries’ Fauquier County 1840-1910, one sees the block on Main Street from Grayson’s Department Store down to Jeffries Drug Store, Sowers Drug Store, Peoples National Bank and the Hillary Building, where Cornblatt’s Department Store was located. Lower Left: Postmaster John B. Grayson, as he appeared in 1908. Right: When John B. Grayson served as Warrenton’s postmaster in the early 1900s, the post office was located on the corner of Main Street and Alexandria Pike, in the building now occupied by Flowers by Theresa.
Benefactor Mrs. Aage Ancker was already in Copenhagen, Denmark, to meet “The Dawn” and her crew after landing first in London. Late in the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 23, 1927, a crowd had gathered at Roosevelt Field, N.Y., to witness the historic take-off. “All my life Christmas has been the same. The same friends, the same gifts that didn’t mean anything. Telling people things you didn’t mean. But this will be different,” Mrs. Grayson told the assembled reporters. “I am going to be the first woman across the Atlantic, and mine the only ship since Lindbergh’s to reach its destination. I will prove that women can compete with men in his own undertakings.”
“The Dawn” lifted off at 5:07 p.m. on the first leg of the trip, en route to Harbour Grace, where the aircraft would be re-fueled. The last confirmed sighting of “The Dawn” was at 7:10 p.m. off Cape Cod, Mass. Later that evening, the crew of a schooner fighting a strong gale in the dark about 20 miles off Nauset Beach claimed to have heard the roar of aircraft engines nearby, followed by a splash. After about five minutes, the noise stopped. Not equipped with a radio, the crew of the schooner could not report the incident. When “The Dawn” did not arrive at Harbour Grace by the next morning, it was clear something had
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Still, no trace of “The Dawn” or her crew was found, and the search was called off. In later years, speculation arose that the aircraft went down much further out in the Atlantic than originally believed. This theory was supported when a bottle with a message inside it washed up on the shore of Salem Harbor, Mass. In January 1929. The note read, “1928. We are freezing. Gas leaked and we are drifting off Grand Banks. Grayson.” Was it real, or a hoax? It is unlikely that anyone will ever know. Another voice from the grave was more certain. Before leaving on her first attempt to cross the Atlantic in October 1927, Mrs. Grayson left a package with Miss Mimi Mumford, a friend and reporter in New York, “…to be opened if anything happened.” The crew of ‘The Dawn’ consisted of (from left) navigator Brice Goldsborough, Mrs. Grayson, and pilot Lt. Oskar Omdal. A fourth person, mechanic Frank Koehler, was to be onboard for the flight to Newfoundland, and was also lost. Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.
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Radio operators at a Canadian government radio station on Sable Island reported that they had heard a broken radio transmission using “The Dawn’s” code prefix, asking for navigational bearings before stating, “Something wrong here,” followed by “…plane down.” Authorities were optimistic that the crew had successfully landed on open water, and had made it to one of the many coves and inlets along the route. Search planes covered the route from New York to Harbour Grace, but found nothing. The U.S. Coast Guard sent two ships to search the waters, and U.S. Navy joined in with five destroyers and the dirigible (blimp) Los Angeles. 40
All possible sightings were investigated, and the search expanded all the way to the coastal waters around Newfoundland. But no trace of the missing plane or its crew was ever found. After several days without a break, the search was suspended. “There is nothing to be gained by further search, unless we get new clues to follow,” said LCDR Charles E. Rosendahl, commander of the airship Los Angeles, as reported in the Dec. 27 edition of The Afternoon Day, a newspaper published in New London, Conn. No longer able to bear the uncertainty, Mrs. Grayson’s father, Andrew J. Wilson, traveled from his home in Muncie, Ind., to New York, to see what he could do to help with the search. “Mr. Wilson admitted that he did not know what he could do after he arrived in New York, but felt he should be nearer to those who are conducting the search,” according to The Afternoon Day.
In 1928, the Surveyor General of Ontario renamed three lakes in the northwest part of the province in honor of “The Dawn’s” aviators lost in their attempt to fly across the Atlantic. Grayson Lake, Goldsborough Lake and Omdahl (sic) Lake are found in what is today the rugged Wabakimi Provincial Park.
Life went on in Warrenton Mrs. Douglas Saunders of Warrenton was the daughter of T. Keller Grayson, and niece of John B. Grayson. Born at the Grayson homeplace in New
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Baltimore in 1922, she never knew Frances Wilson Grayson, but has fond memories of John B. Grayson, who she knew as “Uncle Johnny.” Mrs. Saunders remembers hearing about the disappearance of Uncle Johnny’s former wife, and notes that while he was “…always quite popular with the ladies,” he never remarried. “He had no children of his own, so my sister Delia and I were very special to him,” recalled Mrs. Saunders. “He was like our second father.” John B. Grayson was also a dyed-in-the-wool Republican. “I remember seeing sheet music on his piano with a song about Alf Landon (the 1936 Republican Party presidential candidate),” recalled Mrs. Saunders. “And he had all the campaign buttons for the Republican candidates he supported.” In his later years, John B. Grayson turned over management of the Grayson Department Store to his nephew, George Grayson (1910-1967). When his health failed, he lived with T. Keller Grayson at his home in New Baltimore until his death in 1942. Southern Department Stores of Richmond acquired Grayson’s Department Store in 1945, and in 1958, the Grayson building on Main Street sold to Lerner Bros., and leased back. When the lease expired in 1965, Grayson’s moved out to the Northern Virginia Shopping Center. It later became Southern Department Store, and finally Peebles Department Store.
JOHN BRADY GRAYSON 1871-1942 Courtesy of Mrs. Doug Saunders
Frances Grayson posed on ‘The Dawn,’ a Sikorsky S-36 amphibian, before attempting her unsuccessful trans-Atlantic flight. Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.
Aviatrix Ruth Elder attempted to fly across the Atlantic in October 1927, but crashed in the Atlantic 300 miles short of reaching Europe. She later had a career as an actress, starring in the silent films Moran of the Marines and The Winged Horseman. A later movie, Glorifying the American Girl, was based on her failed trans-Atlantic attempt.
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“When I came to Wakefield two years ago, I had no idea what to expect,” she said. “I had never been outside of Europe; I had never even been on a plane before. I had flown 4000 miles to stay with a family I had not previously met and go to a school I knew hardly anything about. I wish I could say I was too excited to be nervous but honestly, I was terrified.” Well, who wouldn’t be? And yet the match worked. Dominika completed her junior year as Wakefield’s 2007 Polish Scholar and, at the eleventh hour, chose also to remain at Wakefield to graduate. At commencement she was not only co-valedictorian, but also received the “Outstanding Senior Thesis”
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for the single Polish Scholar opening at Wakefield that year, and involved letters of intent in English from the candidates, transcripts, recommendations, a trip to Warsaw to complete an interview and write more essays, and then selection from among three to five finalists by a committee made up of representatives from the Washington Opportunities Group, Wakefield School, and the host family. The candidate thus selected was then awarded a full scholarship by Wakefield School. Throughout the process, Dominika says, being chosen as the winner seemed like a remote possibility. “When I found out I had been chosen, my grandparents told me, ‘You don’t have to do this just because you won!’ ” Dominika says. Family members had a variety of hesitations, including her older sister, who was studying law Senior Garden at Wakefield School
in Poland at the time. “She was happy for me, but she told me I would come home as a brunette version of ‘Legally Blond,’ with a little pink hat and a little dog!” Dominika laughs. “She said I would get fat from eating fast food all the time!” Thankfully for everyone, though, Dominika’s more desirable U.S. experiences held sway, and did not adversely affect either wardrobe or healthy eating.
Over her two years in Fauquier County, she says, “I think I got a much more nuanced view of the United States (or at least the slice of it that I was exposed to). I had an opportunity to compare New York with Snowshoe, West Virginia, Cherry Blossoms in D.C. with Gold Cup in The Plains, and Chicago with Nashville. I was amazed by the geographic, social, and cultural diversity of the country (and at that point I hadn’t even been that far west or south!).”
“Warrenton was really different from what I was used to at home, charming, but very rural,” Dominika says. “Wakefield’s campus struck me as really beautiful; I could not believe it was a school! That astonishment never quite left me, even after spending days in the senior garden looking over the mountains. The people were incredibly welcoming and friendly and did everything to help me transition into the new environment.”
Following her valedictory performance at Wakefield, Dominika received one of Washington and Lee’s prestigious Johnson Scholarships, awarded to students “with exceptional academic and personal promise,” and this fall will begin her work at Harvard University towards a doctorate in Government, with a Comparative Politics specialization and focus on democratization processes in Eastern Europe and Latin America. poland continued on page 50
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“I had never thought I would major in political science when I came to W&L,” says Dominika. “Thanks to the liberal arts experience, however, I could sample classes from different disciplines, and a Global Politics course ignited my interest in international affairs. A variety of classes in the major from European politics through Latin American politics to International Political Economy reinforced my wish to pursue graduate studies in the field.”
in the U.S. for longer.” Looking back, aspects of the path on which Dominika is now embarking seem in some way to have already been forming in her mind, even at Wakefield. In a 2008 interview shortly before her Wakefield graduation, Dominika was asked about her decision to attend W&L.
According to Dominika, this opening up of a new educational vista is one of the things for which she is the most grateful to her university. “W&L has proven to be incredibly helpful and supportive of all of my interests and endeavors,” she says. “The professors here have shaped my academic interests and have helped me grow both as a student and as a person…I could have never asked for a better college experience.” There are other thank-yous on her list as well, several from her days as a Fauquier County resident. “The Lindners were of course the reason I had the opportunity to come to Wakefield in the first place,
and they were, and continue to be, incredibly supportive of me. My host families, the Sparks and the Tipples, provided a home away from home, one that I still happily come back to whenever I have the chance. The teachers at Wakefield prepared me extraordinarily well for a liberal arts education and I will never forget many lively and challenging discussions in the classroom that sparked my interest in a variety of topics. I have been extremely fortunate to meet people at Wakefield and W&L that have constituted an integral part of my life and have influenced my choice to stay
“European studies are very Europecentric,” she said then. “The U.S. perspective is more global—the education is more open-minded, and you have more international opportunities open to you with a degree from an American university.” And, she said, she hoped she could help to correct misconceptions about her country by being here as an ambassador of Poland. “My presence here makes a difference,” she said with smile. Wakefield School and the Lindner family certainly agreed. Washington and Lee agreed. And now Harvard University does, too.
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Individuals and families seek assistance from the Fauquier Community Food Bank throughout the month to help reduce the stresses of hunger. photos by Merrill Worthington
Within the months of September, October and November of 2011, a monthly average of 649 families, 932 children and 170 seniors were provided with food services. Donations made by individuals, local food stores and community-sponsored food drives help keep items on the shelves. Venison is plentiful during the winter months due to the generosity of Hunters for the Hungry, and it allows the food bank to be gracious with their portions. They partner with local gardeners and the Fauquier County Community Farm to ‘Plant a Row’ for the hungry. Annually they are able to obtain 25,000 pounds of fresh produce to share. “Our program is really exceptional,” volunteer Jean Lowe stated. “A family of four with two children, a Momma and a Papa fit a certain standard. They’ll receive a box of food for their particular profile; it depends on two things: what was donated and what we think the average family wants.” FCFB has a slightly different approach; they offer the food bank continued on page 54
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option to swap out items that wouldn’t necessarily be used for items that would. The amount of food is still the same, but it allows the recipient the choice to customize a little bit. “If you just don’t like canned corn, you can’t have it, if your diabetic, they still get the same amount of food,” Lowe explained. “Or if it turns out your children just plain don’t like macaroni and cheese – then they don’t get macaroni and cheese!” This feature within the program makes the experience, as a whole, much more pleasant for those seeking assistance. It’s more personable; they have the option to work with volunteers to bring home food they will use which will decrease the amount of food that could be potentially wasted. Approximately 572 hours are recorded monthly from almost 50 volunteers who donate their time and skills to keep the operation functioning properly. Duties for volunteers include assisting families in food selection, stocking shelves, helping fill out paperwork and much more. Their commitment to the organization has proven to be effective along with guidance of the Director, Roland Serrano.
While serving at FCFB two volunteers were particularly touched by the people they were helping and their stories. Lowe and Edward Jones saw an opportunity to break the stereotypes associated with food banks and animate the stories of some of the people seeking assistance. As the two selected potential participants, held interviews and began recording the stories it became apparent that this was much more than a simple grassroots project, it would be a collection of life journeys - it would be a book. “You have a volunteer that goes with you and asks ‘what kind of canned goods would you like?’ and in that process you get to know people,” Jones described his inception of the book while volunteering at the food bank. “I was constantly have an experience that these people aren’t fitting the stereotype – the one I expected myself.” Jones and Lowe conducted interviews with the participants at the McDonald’s in town. It provided a comfortable and affordable location that everyone was familiar with. The interviews were held a handful of times for each person and weren’t more than a casual conversation. Each session was recorded and worked to be written; some requested to food bank continued on page 56
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“Our purpose of doing the book is the message we want to get out,” Jones explained. “Somebody who contributes to the food bank is supporting a different or a broader group of people than perhaps they would have thought.” The book is now available for purchase on Amazon. The FCFB will receive $1.04 from each book purchased which will help offset costs of running this organization. While all donations are certainly appreciated the FCFB is in need of contributions that will help with rent, maintenance associated with the building and automobiles, insurance and other costs associated with running an organization are needed particularly. What’s in a name? The strength and positivity of the individuals in These Are Our People and the service, generosity and compassion of The Fauquier Community Food Bank and Thrift Store, Inc. These names are helping to bring awareness to hunger in our area, the people affected and the organization that is making a difference.
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Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar
(540) 341-2044 • 105 W Lee Hwy M-Thu: 11am-11pm, F-Sat: 11pm12am Sun: 11am-10pm Full-service friendly, affordable restaurant chain. Offers salad bar, lunch combos, and Carside-To-Go service. Comfortable atmosphere for all ages. Open for lunch and dinner. Full bar. Casual dress. www.applebees.com
Black Bear Bistro
(540) 428-1005 • 32/34 Main St. Sun - Thu: 11 am - 9 pm; Fri - Sat 11 am - 10 pm Restaurant offering local beers and wines, soups and salads, appetizers, and entrees. A wide variety of American food with a twist. Try the muffaletta sandwich! Also features Sweeney’s Cellar, located one floor below. www.blackbearbistro.com
(540) 878-5383 272 Broadview Ave. M - Thu 8:30am - 10pm; Fri - Sat 8:30am - 2am; Sun 11am - 10pm The grill at the local bowling alley provides a great grill at great prices for any meal including breakfast. Sandwiches, subs, burgers and hotdogs along with side dishes from onion rings to chicken tenders. Children’s menu. Beer and wine available.
(540) 347-3199 34 Broadview Ave. Locally owned and operated Burger King. Home of the Whopper. Have campaign to promote a more healthy lifestyle of eating to kids. Kid’s play area available. Casual dress. www.bk.com
(540) 347-2713 388 Waterloo St M 7am-4pm; Tue-W 7am-5pm; Thu-Fri 7am-9pm; Sat 9am - 9pm Restaurant offering authentic Italian pasta, seafood, appetizers, and desserts. Breakfast served in the morning. Lunch offers sandwiches, pasta, and more. Dinner usually requires reservation and is only available Thursday thru Saturday. Dine-in or takeout. Casual dress. http://cafetorinoandbakery.com
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(540) 349-1382 • 275 W. Lee Hwy M - Thu 11:30am - 10pm; Fri 11:30am - 11pm; Sat Noon 11pm; Sun Noon - 10pm Authentic Chinese, Thai, Fusion, and Seafood cuisine. Offer lunch buffet everyday. Feature China Jade specialties and Kid’s menu (includes chicken wings and grilled cheese). Casual dress.
(540) 351-0580 589 Frost Ave. M - Thu 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat 11am - 11pm; Sun 12-10pm Authentic Chinese cuisine. All you can eat buffet Saturday 11am to 3pm, Sunday noon to 3pm. Dine in, carry out, or free delivery available ($15 minimum and within 5 mile radius). www.chinarestaurantva.com
Claire’s at the Depot
(540) 351-1616 • 65 S. Third St Lunch: Tue-Fri 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tue-Thu 5pm - 9pm, Fri-Sat 5pm - 10pm; Brunch: Sun 10:30am - 2pm Casual yet elegant restaurant offering locally inspired seasonal American cuisine. The service is as first rate as the food. Open for lunch and dinner and brunch on Sundays. Broad wine list and craft beers available. www.clairesrestaurant.com
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(540) 349-0300 183 W. Lee Hwy. Sun - Thu Noon - 9:30pm; Fri - Sat Noon - 10pm Offers unique, custom ice cream creations, smoothies, cakes and shakes. Ice cream is prepared on frozen granite stone. Fun, family environment. Cakes and ice cream by the pint or gallon can be purchased to bring home. www.coldstonecreamery.com
(540) 349-9120 • 623 Frost Ave Sun - Thu - 7am - 9pm; Fri - Sat - 7am - 10pm Hearty portions, made-to-order entrees, variety of sides and desserts. Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All-you-can-eat salad, vegetable, bread, soup, and dessert bar available for $5.59. www.countrycookin.com
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(540) 347-0001 • 81 W Lee Hwy. Sun-Thu 11am-12am Fri-Sat 11am1am Pizza delivery or pick up. Online ordering available. Now offering pasta bread bowls and hot sandwiches. www.dominos.com
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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
(540) 341-0126 86 Broadview Ave Mon-Sun 11am -10pm Authentic Mexican restaurant offering a variety of dishes for lunch and dinner. Menu has lunch specials and traditional entrees like chimichangas, burritos, and quesadillas. Children’s menu available. Full bar. Casual dress. Dine-in or take-out.
Faang Thai Restaurant & Bar
(540) 341-8800 251 W. Lee Hwy, #177 Sun - Thu 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat 11:30am - 11pm Authentic Thai cuisine. Open for lunch and dinner. Full bar with an emphasis on California wines. Happy hour with $2 drafts and selected appetizers M–F 5-7pm. Sunday 50% off wine by the bottle. Delivery available. Casual dress.
Fauquier Springs Country Club Grille Room
(540) 347-4205 9236 Tournament Dr. Tues - Wed 11am - 8pm; Thu - Fri 11am - 9pm; Sat 7am - 9pm; Sun 7am - 8pm Fauquier Springs Country Club’s Grille Room is an exclusive restaurant for its members and their guests. The Grille Room is open Tuesday thru Sunday and offers a variety of dishes to suit everyone’s taste. Lunch & dinner weekdays with breakfast available on weekends. www.fauquiersprings.com
Five Guy’s Restaurant
(540) 878-2066 • 6441 Lee Hwy M - Sun 11am - 10pm Burgers, hot dogs, and French fries. Uses fresh, never frozen, ground beef. www.fiveguys.com
(540) 349-5776 • 20 Broadview Ave Sun - Thu 11am - 9pm; Fri - Sat 11am - 10pm Burgers, French fries, hot dogs, grilled chicken sandwiches, milkshakes, wings, and salads. Daily specials. Patio seating available. www.fostersgrille.com
(540) 428-1999 •73 Main Street M - Fri 8am - 3pm; Sat 8am - 2pm Small, one-man operation offering gourmet coffee, breakfast, and a variety of deli sandwiches, salads, subs, and pitas for take out. Daily specials. Recommended to call orders in.
(540) 347-3047 • 55 Broadview Ave 24-hour old fashioned diner serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts. Casual dress.
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(540) 878-5200 • 108 Main Street Loaves of bread handcrafted using wholegrain wheat grown on family farms and ground daily in the bakery. www.warrentonbread.com
Jerry’s Subs and Pizza
(540) 349-4900 • 177 W. Lee Hwy Sat-Thu 10:30am-9:30pm; Fri-Sat 10:20am-10pm; Sun 11am-9pm Specialty cheese steaks, overstuffed subs, and pizza. Catering available. Offering combos, salads and ice cream. Lunch special’s menu good all day. Delivery service available. www.jerrysusa.com
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(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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(540) 347-0022 • 385 Shirley Hwy M-Thu 11am - 10pm; Fri-Sat 11am - 11pm; Sun Noon-10pm Family owned pizzeria, open for 21 years. Offers pizza, subs, pastas, and seafood. Daily lunch specials. Pizza available by the slice. www.joeandvinniespizza.net
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(540) 428-0044 • 251 W Lee Hwy Deli offering sandwiches, soups, and more. Customers will enjoy a variety of sandwiches and soups.
(540) 347-3900 • 200 Broadview Ave. M - Thu 10am - 11pm; Fri - Sun 10am - 12am KFC specializes in Original Recipe and Extra Crispy fried chicken and homestyle sides. Long John Silver’s is a quick service seafood restaurant. Located in the same building to provide diners with a wider variety of choices. www.kfc.com
Honeybaked Ham Company
(540) 428-1820 • 6445 Lee Hwy M–Sun 6am - 10pm Specializes in breakfast. Sandwiches, salads, burgers, chicken also avail. for lunch and dinner. www.ihop.com
Iron Bridge Wine Co.
(540) 349-9339 • 29 Main Street Lunch: M - Sat 11am-2pm; Dinner: M-Sat 5pm-9pm; Sun 12pm-5pm Cozy wine restaurant featuring a wide variety of world and local Virginia wines. Open for lunch, brunch, dinner, happy hour, and late night. Offers seasonal, healthy, small plate entrees and nightly specials to accompany wine selection. Seating available in the main dining area, historic stone cellar, balcony level or outdoor patio (weather permitting) Catering and private parties available. Casual dress. www.ironbridgewines.com
Iron City Hot Dog Shop
251 W. Lee Hwy Hot dog joint with Pittsburgh Steeler décor offering customers a friendly and competitive atmosphere.
505 Fletcher Dr • (540) 341-0392 Sun – Thurs 11am to 10pm; Fri – Sat 11am to 11pm LongHorn Steakhouse prides itself on its exotic Western style entrees and appetizers (like their LongHorn Shrimp & Lobster Dip). The restaurant is proud to serve hand-cut, handseasoned steaks, thick burgers, fresh salads, and an appealing cast of seafood. Casual dress. www.longhornsteakhouse.com
Mandarin Buffet & Sushi
(540) 341-1962 • 514 Fletcher Dr Authentic Chinese restaurant offering a large buffet selection of sushi, soups, and meats.
Main St. Grill & Mexican Food
(540) 351-0550 • 79 Main Street • M 11am - 9pm; Tue - Thu 11am - 9:30pm; •Fri-Sat 11am-10:30pm; Sun 11am9pm Attached to Rhodes Drug Store. Offers appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, larger entrees as well as traditional Mexican favorites. Specials change daily. Full bar. Casual dress.
McMahon’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
(540) 347-7888 351 Broadview Ave. 24 HR Fast food chain known for Big Mac and McNuggets. Dollar menu. Now serving McCafé beverages. Kids play area available. www.mcdonalds.com
(540) 347-7200 • 380 Broadview Ave. M-Fri 11am - 2am; Fri-Sat 11am - 2am; Sun 11am-2am Family owned, traditional Irish pub. Relaxed environment offering traditional Irish favorites. Open for Lunch and Dinner 7 Days a week. Irish Music Seisuin and Dinner Special on Sundays. Free Wi-Fi. Private dining room available. Full bar area with happy hour specials and appetizer menu. Valet Parking Friday and Saturday Evenings. Outdoor Patio. Live entertainment. Casual dress. www.mcmahonsirishpub.com
Mojitos & Tapas
(540) 349-8833 251 W. Lee Hwy #157 M-Thu: 11am-9pm, F-Sat: 11am-10pm, Sun: 12pm-9pm The only true Cuban/Spanish restaurant in the state of Virginia. Authentic Cuban staples, Spanish tapas and a wide variety of mojitos. Family owned, smoke-free. Open for lunch and dinner. Known for their signature Cuban sandwich and seafood Paella. Happy Hour, Ladies Nights and Special Events. Full bar. Casual dress. www.mojitosandtapas.com
Molly’s Irish Pub
(540) 349-5300 • 36 Main Street M-Sat 11am - 2am; Sun 11am-2pm Family owned, traditional Irish pub. Open for lunch and dinner. Laid back, fun environment. Traditional Irish fare and lots of sandwiches available. Sunday brunch from 11am – 2pm. Full bar. Live entertainment four nights a week. www.mollysirishpub.com
The Natural Marketplace
(540)349-4111 • 5 Diagonal Street M–F 9am to 5 pm; Sat 9am-4pm Organic Deli offering traditional sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts. Choices also include vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free selections. All organic fruit and fresh vegetable juices. Take-out and catering available.
Osaka Japanese Steakhouse
(540) 349-5050 • 139 W. Lee Hwy M-Sat 11:30am - 10pm; Sun 11:30am - 9pm Japanese steakhouse serving Hibachi style chicken, steak, shrimp, fish and sushi. Sushi available for take out. Fun, family environment.
(540) 349-0457 • 6419 Lee Hwy M - Fri 4pm - 10pm; Sat 2pm - 11pm; Sun 2pm - 9pm Australian steakhouse. Also offers a variety of chicken, ribs, seafood, and pasta dishes. Carry out available. www.outback.com (540) 341-4362 • 251 W. Lee Hwy M-Sat 6:30am - 9pm; Sun 7:30am - 8pm Offers breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and bagels. Lunch/dinner items include soups, salads, and sandwiches. Great bread selection. Gourmet coffee and tea also available. Dine in or carry out. Free Wi-Fi. Catering available. ww.panerabread.com
Papa John’s Pizza
(540) 349-7172 • 322 W. Lee Hwy Pizza delivery or pick up. Online ordering available. Wings, breadsticks, and dessert also available. Daily specials and features. www.papajohns.com
(540) 347-5444 • 95 Broadview Ave Pizza delivery, dine-in or pick up. Online ordering available. Choose from pizza, tuscani pasta, wings, rolls, p’zone pizzas, and more. www.pizzahut.com
(540) 349-7171 • 251 W. Lee Hwy Pizza, sub, sandwich, and Italian entrée restaurant. Available for pickup and delivery. Offer both hot and toasted and cold subs. Gourmet pizzas and calzones also available. www.pizzarama.com
Red Truck Bakery
(540) 347-2224 • 22 Waterloo St Bakery located in Old Town Warrenton next to the Old Jail Museum. Serving fresh pies, quiches, breads, cakes, and coffees daily. Online ordering available. www.redtruckbakery.com
Red, Hot & Blue
(540) 349-7100 • 360 Broadview Ave Sun-Thu 11am - 9pm; Fri-Sat 11am - 10pm Southern Grill and Barbeque restaurant. Offers dine-in, take out, and catering. Large menu with options for ribs, sandwiches, salads, platters, and southern entrées. Casual dress. www.redhotandblue.com
Renee’s Gourmet To Go
(540) 347-2935 • 15 S. Third St. M - Fri 10am - 3pm Gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads and sweets. Open for lunch only. Limited patio seating or grab-andgo options available. Soups are the specialty at Renee’s – each day there are two news soups. She-crab soup available every Friday. Catering and business lunches available.
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(540) 341-4912 74 Blackwell Park Lane American chain restaurant serving your favorite hamburgers, pastas, steaks, ribs and more. Also have salad bar and RubyTueGo available. Casual dress. www.rubytuesday.com
(540) 349-0950 • 41 W. Lee Highway #53, 102 Broadview Ave, 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 Ave Sun. - Thu., Sat. 11 am - 9pm; Fri. 11am - 10pm Mexican restaurant offering different quality specials everyday. Menu offers tacos, burritos, quesadillas, desserts and more. Dine-in or take-out. Casual dress. www.tippystacohouse.com
Top’s China Restaurant
504 Fletcher Drive • Warrenton, VA (540) 341-8580 www.ledopizza.com
(540) 349-2828 185 W. Lee Hwy Asian restaurant serving authentic Chinese food. Daily specials and combos available. Dine-in or take-out.
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Tropical Smoothie Café
(540) 428-1818 251 W. Lee Hwy #679 Café offering bistro sandwiches, wraps, gourmet salads, soups, and smoothies. Meals served with either chips or fruit. Also offer pick-two combination. Catering and kid’s menu available. Casual dress. www.tropicalsmoothiecafe.com
Twisted Sister Seafood
(540) 347-3663 6806 James Madison Hwy Offering classic seafood dishes like fried oysters, crab cake sandwiches, salads, shrimp, scallops and fish with plenty of homemade recipes.
(540) 349-5031 484 Blackwell Rd Sun. - Thu. 11am - 10pm; Fri. - Sat. 11 am - 11pm. Classic Italian Pizza. Also offer antipasti, panini, stromboli, and salads. Check for lunch and combo specials. www.vocellipizza.com
(540) 349-8118 352 Waterloo St Asian food available for dinein, take-out, or delivery. Wide range of dishes available to order. Dishes served with a side of white rice. Casual dress.
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(540) 347-5528 281 Broadview Ave Fast food chain offering hamburgers, salads, and chicken nuggets. Also offer baked potatoes and chili as sides. Frosty’s available as desert. Casual dress. www.wendys.com
(540) 347-4355 • 294 W. Lee Hwy M - Sat 11am - 10pm; Sun 12 noon - 10pm First Chinese Restaurant in Warrenton. Wide range of appetizers, soups, and meats. Offer chef specialties and daily combos. Also offer a healthy food section and thai food options. www.yencheng.com
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routinely drive by thousands of steaks, Around here,wehamburgers and roasts.
Black Angus cattle, about 40,000 of them, dot lush pastures all over Fauquier County. Yet, when we drop packaged beef on the conveyor belt at a chain supermarket checkout station, that meat most likely has completed a journey that could stretch thousands of miles. Some of those steaks may have started here as calves, gotten sold at auction to “finishing” operations in other states and returned to us through the massive agribusiness supply chain. Fruits and vegetables often travel even farther — from California or South America. Food supply in the U.S. has become the model of efficiency and has produced choices unimaginable just a few decades ago. Many question, however, what we’ve gained versus what we’ve lost. Sure, we can buy strawberries in December and prime meat at relative bargain prices. But, how can those tasty, perfectly-shaped, red “grape” tomatoes last two weeks without refrigeration? What sort of genetic manipulation or treatment makes that possible? The “local food” movement promotes a return to a simpler system, where consumers and producers live in the same community. It has taken root in Fauquier, with dozens of organic farms selling directly to consumers and local restaurants. Iron Bridge Wine Co. General Manager Bob Grouge, for example, buys all the local produce and meat he can. Even if a producer has only a few quarts of berries, Mr. Grouge will feature it on the menu as long as the fruit lasts. The Piedmont Environmental Council last month published its annual Buy Fresh, Buy Local guide. Fauquier has 44 farms, five communitysupported agricultural operations, four farmers markets, seven retailers, eight restaurants, five orchards and 15 wineries listed in the publication. Most of those operations remain small and generate modest returns for their owners. Still, in the aggregate, local food could grow into something significant for Fauquier’s economy. Hundreds of busy local farms would increase demand for equipment, supplies and services, helping other local businesses grow.
Rather than going to Cargill, Monsanto or Perdue, customers’ money recirculates here. But, it will remain difficult — perhaps impossible — for Fauquier to feed itself. Merely processing all the beef we eat presents a daunting challenge. A local group has begun investigating the concept of a mobile processing plant that would travel from farm to farm. But, it would cost several million dollars and might not handle volume sufficient to justify that investment. Numerous other challenges confront those who want to grow, sell, buy and eat local food. But, the momentum continues to build. And, when you consider our community’s resources and proximity to the Washington metropolitan market, the potential seems great. That should continue to attract innovators and investors who make things grow! To news items: • Universal Stones has purchased the former Free State Industries property on Route 29 north for $2.95 million and will move its countertop fabrication business from Stafford County. • George and Sylvia Jolley have announced plans for Sibby’s, a new restaurant at 11 Second St. in Warrenton, in the building where Smokie Joe’s, Fergie’s and the Hilltop Café have operated over the years. The new restaurant’s décor will feature old Warrenton and Fauquier photos and memorabilia. The Jolleys, who already operate Boss Hawg Barbecue, plan to open Sibby’s in November. • Michele Flores recently joined the Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce as its member services director, working from the organization’s new offices at 251 W. Lee Highway, in the building with Summit Community Bank near Rankin’s Hardware.
Thank you, for helping us grow like crazy.
“Lou” Emerson edits FauquierNow.com. You may send business news to him at: LKE@FauquierNow.com or call him at 540-270-1845.
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