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September Begins Our Ninth Year Publishing – Thank You! We are pleased to have area Girls Scouts of America gracing this September’s cover. Service is a cornerstone of Warrenton & Fauquier and the Girl Scouts have an excellent approach to teaching young ladies how to make a difference. George Rowand brings his insight into the progress of building a business incubator program in Warrenton through the leadership of George Mason University and Fauquier’s Economic Development Department. Speaking of service, recent Highland School graduate Lauren Bryan contributes her perspective of

what it would be like if there were no volunteers in our community. John Toler delivers an unusual storyline about a gossip columnist involved in one of Warrenton’s most notorious incidents. Dr. Robby Iadeluca offers the parallels of humans and ants. It is one of his most unique and interesting stories to date – and that goes back a number of years. We have compiled a book of his writings and Dr. Robby is selling the books for $25. If you would like a copy of one, we have some here at Piedmont Press. All profits go to benefit substance abuse programs in the community. We’ve got more stories than ever

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Whatever happened to… Igor Cassini? Incident in Warrenton propelled gossip columnist to fame By John T. Toler

In 1977, Cassini wrote his autobiography, I’d Do It All Over Again, which contained his version of the incident in Warrenton.


Over the past 100 years or so, Warrenton has had its share of characters, cads and oddballs, and some have become legends. One of the most enduring stories passed down for generations concerned the tar-and-feathering of a Washington, D.C. gossip columnist at the hands of a few local boys, which took place on the night of June 25, 1939. The person at the center of the affair was the victim, young Igor Alexandrovich Loiewski-Cassini (1915-2002), who wrote a gossip column called “Petit Points” that began appearing in the Washington Times-Herald in 1938. An interesting, well-connected person by any measure, he was equal parts social climber, hustler and romantic. While much has been written about the incident in Warrenton that basically catapulted Cassini into fame, less is known about how he got here, or what happened to him afterwards. Before the Russian Revolution of 1917, the Cassini family was considered Czarist nobility. Indeed, his maternal grandfather, Arthur Paul Nicholas, Count of Cassini, had served as the Russian ambassador to the U.S. during the William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt administrations. Fleeing Russia as the Bolsheviks took over, the Cassinis lived in several European countries, living in poverty until settling in Italy. By age 19, Igor had managed to get a good education, and was a junior tennis professional when he decided to go to America. Igor’s older brother, Oleg Cassini, had left for America earlier, and with a talent for clothing design, would later become very rich and famous. Perhaps less talented but just as ambitious, Igor soon followed him. His parents provided Igor $60 a month while he tried to get a job in the U.S., and his mother, Countess Marguerite Cassini, gave him this advice: “As long as you own a tuxedo you cannot fail to make your way. Every door will be open.” After arriving in New York City, his first job was selling cold cream and hosiery door-to-door. Later, Emilio Pucci, a friend from Italy, convinced Cassini to join him at the University of Georgia, where he coached the tennis team for one season. cassini continued next page

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Once back in New York, Cassini worked briefly as a proofreader for an Italian-American newspaper, before starting his professional writing career as a minor gossip columnist for the Times-Herald. He got the job because his mother had known the publisher, Eleanor Medill “Cissy” Patterson, since the days she was living in Washington while her father was the Russian ambassador. In exchange for the promise of giving the Times-Herald exclusive rights to publish her memoirs, the Countess got her son Igor his first reporting job. Austine Byrne “Bootsie” McDonnell (1920-1991) of Warrenton also worked at the Times-Herald. Their friendship developed into romance, although Bootsie’s parents, Maj.. Austin McDonnell (1889-1965) and Mrs. Mary T. Belt McDonnell (1893-1973) thought she could do better. Bootsie helped Cassini with his spelling and grammar (he still had problems with the English language), but more importantly, began introducing him to the Warrenton-Middleburg Hunt Country set, where wealth and personalities offered new grist for his columns. But he did not understand the unspoken principles of privacy and respect that the people who befriended him expected in return. Long-time Warrenton resident Mrs. S. Prentiss (Hope) Porter, 88, was a teenager when Cassini began making his rounds in Warrenton. The Wallach family had deep roots in Washington, D.C., and Mrs. Porter’s father, Col. Robert Wallach, had known Cassini’s mother when she was living there. But early on, Col. Wallach became disgusted with Igor Cassini’s nasty editorial treatment of his fellow citizens, and held him in low regard, according to Mrs. Porter. Although she had no close contact with Cassini, Mrs. Porter’s three older brothers, Robert, Marshall and Henry Wallach knew him, and Bootsie, very well. She remembers Bootsie as a beautiful girl, but “Not really part of the equestrian set,” Mrs. Porter recalled. “She didn’t know the back end of a horse from the front. It was kind of a joke.” For that reason, Mrs. Porter believes that most of the gossip “tips” that Cassini developed into commentary about the equestrian crowd actually originated with Bootsie’s mother. Cassini continued his commentaries, but the proverbial “last straw” was about to fall. Mrs. Robert Montgomery (1870-1951), of Warrenton, had been born in England of a distinguished family, and was related to the former tutor of the Royal family. When King George VI and Queen Consort Elizabeth visited the U.S. in 1939, Mrs. Montgomery was invited to a garden party honoring the Royal visitors at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. Rather than celebrating the fact that a local woman was attending such an During his clean up at the old Fauquier County Hospital, a local photographer took this picture of Cassini. It appeared in several newspapers, including the Washington Times Herald.


exclusive event, Cassini turned it into a negative, writing that, “Society is aghast because a member of the little town has been invited to the famous garden party, but none of the smart set’s leaders has been requested. Now Mrs. Montgomery goes around town slapping under everyone’s nose the invitation, and looking down on the biggies of the town.” Cassini went on to criticize the process by which only Mrs. Montgomery was invited, perhaps in an effort to ingratiate himself to those in the “smart set” who hadn’t been invited. But he was wrong, and would soon learn how wrong.

The Incident Not long after his comments were published in the Times-Herald, Cassini and Bootsie attended a dance following the Warrenton Pony Show held at the old Warrenton Country Club on Alexandria Pike. Mrs. Porter, then 14, was president of the Pony Club, and after a successful show, wanted to be sure that everything went well at the dance. “Igor Cassini was not invited, but we knew that he would be coming with Bootsie,” she recalled. “So, my brothers made sure that our father didn’t come, because he couldn’t stand Igor.” Among the other guests at the dance were Mrs. Montgomery’s sons, Ian (1900-1984), of Warrenton, and Colin, a resident of Baltimore. They had planned to get even with Cassini for insulting their family, and had enlisted the help of Alec Calvert (1917-1952) and two or three other young men. “It was close to midnight, and I was out on the dance floor having a great time when my brother Henry cut in,” said Mrs. Porter. “He told me that I was leaving right then, and bundled me home.” She didn’t understand why she had to leave until early the next morning. In the meantime, Cassini was told that someone had run into his car out in the parking lot, and when he stepped outside to investigate, the Montgomery brothers jumped him. Knocked unconscious, Cassini came to lying on the floor of a moving automobile, “… with four large feet firmly pressed on top of me, and two hands in easy reach of my neck,” recalled Cassini in his autobiography, I’d Do It All Over Again (1977). His captors wanted to know the identity of his “informer,” but he would not reveal his sources. Cassini recognized the voices of Ian Montgomery and Alec Calvert – he remembered that he had also written something disparaging about Calvert’s sister – and realized why they had attacked him. Cassini’s efforts to explain, and apologize, did not win his release. Brought to a secluded place along the road near Auburn, where he was taken from the car, stripped and knocked to the ground. Two of the men approached, carrying buckets of an unknown liquid, which was either tar, but most likely used motor oil. “I was submerged in something thick and sticky, as if I had fallen into a swamp,” he recalled in his autobiography. “I lay still, in a crouched position, continuing to protect my head as well as I could.” Their work done, the men drove off. “My head throbbed, I ached all over, and I was nude, except for one dancing pump glued to my foot. I found cassini continued next page

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Not long after they eloped in 1940, Igor and Bootsie Cassini vacationed in Bermuda, where they were photographed by the Bermuda News Bureau. cassini continued from previous page

the remains of my pants. They were torn, and I tore them more in order to bear pulling them on,” he wrote. Cassini hobbled about a mile down the road before reaching the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Taylor, where he identified himself as a Times-Herald writer, and explained what had happened to him. At first unimpressed, the Taylors offered their help when Cassini mentioned that he was a guest of the McDonnells. They brought him to the old Fauquier County Hospital on Waterloo Street, where he was cleaned up by the nurses and treated for his injuries by Dr. John Sinclair. Soon afterward, he was visited by Fauquier County Sheriff’s deputies who took his statement. By morning, he called in his story to the Times-Herald, and his account of the incident ran on the front page, along with a photo of a tar-stained Cassini at the hospital. It also ran on the front page of the June 28, 1939 edition of the Democrat. Mrs. Porter recalls that later that morning, Cassini and two other men – likely Sheriff’s deputies – came by Hopefield, the Wallach home outside of Warrenton, and wanted to talk with her brothers, “…who were asleep upstairs, and didn’t come down.” “Apparently Cassini thought that my brothers were involved, but it was never proved, and they weren’t charged,” Mrs. Porter explained. “My brother Marshall had just graduated from West Point, and if he had been convicted (of a felony), his Army career would have been over.”

The Fallout: Advantage Cassini The incident gained national attention, earning the ire of commentator Walter Winchell and Maury Paul, the lead gossip columnist at the New York Times. The management of the Times-Herald demanded 12

During the early 1950s, Cassini hosted “The Igor Cassini Show” on the old Dumont Television Network. Among his guests were then-U. S. Senator John F. Kennedy and Mrs. Kennedy. His relationship with the Kennedy family would later prove to be fateful.

a full investigation, and three of the men – the Montgomery brothers and Alec Calvert – were arrested and charged with assault. At the trial held in September, the defendants were found guilty, and received fines and suspended sentences. Local citizens were divided on the verdict: some thought the punishment was too severe, while others felt the men shouldn’t have received any punishment at all. All of the attention proved to be a boon for Cassini, who was promoted to lead gossip writer at the Times-Herald, and his salary increased from $30 to $100 a week. He continued to come to Warrenton to visit Bootsie, but confined his writing to safer subjects.

rear echelon jobs, writing for Stars and Stripes, the official military newspaper. He also cheated on Bootsie while he was away, and by the time he returned in 1945, their marriage was in trouble. Cassini got the job at the Journal American he had been promised by the Hearsts, taking over the gossip column and assuming the moniker “Cholly Knickerbocker” previously held by Maury Paul, who had died. He would remain at the Journal American as “Cholly” for the next 18 years.

On Feb. 11, 1940, Cassini and Bootsie eloped, again making front-page news. An aspiring actress, Bootsie had just signed an acting contract with Howard Hughes and went to California, but the marriage ended those plans. With the U.S. entry into World War II, Cassini adopted an anti-administration slant to his columns, and once again he went too far and found himself in trouble. After being critical of an opulent dinner put on by Bernard Baruch honoring Harry Hopkins, one of Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s assistants, Cassini’s classification was changed from 4-F (unable to serve) to 1-A (subject to call up), and he was drafted into the U.S. Army. Before he went off to Army Basic Training, Cassini became involved with the Hearst family, publishers of the New York Journal American, and had a brief affair with Lorelle Hearst, the wife of Publisher William Randolph Hearst Jr. (1908-1993). Cassini was offered a job at the newspaper as soon as he returned from the war. While in the Army, Cassini held several

Struggling actress Gianni Lou Muller, then 18, became the fourth Mrs. Igor Cassini in 1969. At her husband’s insistence, she changed her name to ‘Nadia.’ They divorced in 1972.

Bootsie was offered a job at the Journal American as Cassini’s assistant, but did not want to leave the Washington area. She stayed at the Times-Herald, writing her own gossip column called “These Charming People.” While they were living apart, Bootsie became involved with William Randolph Hearst Jr., and in 1947, the Cassinis divorced. Bootsie married Mr. Hearst in 1948, and cassini continued next page

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within a year of the divorce, Cassini also married, this time to 18-year-old Darrah Waters. They had a daughter in 1948, but the marriage was doomed from the start due to their unorthodox lifestyle. Cassini continued his unfaithful ways, and Darrah became involved with playboy Aly Khan and the “Golden Greeks.” They divorced in 1952. Soon after the divorce was final, Cassini married Charlene Wrightsman, the daughter of a Texas oilman. He had known Charlene when she was a teenager living at home, but by then she was divorced from actor Helmut Dantine, with whom she had a son, Dana Dantine.

Another opportunity in the form of early television programming came when he hosted “The Igor Cassini Show,” a talk show on the old DuMont Television Network. Prominent people appeared on the show, including John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Gypsy Rose Lee and Bob Hope. This earned him more access, including an invitation to the wedding of Sen. (and future President) Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier.

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It was Cassini’s friendship with the Kennedy family that brought him his next crisis. At the suggestion of patriarch Joseph P. Kennedy, Cassini’s public relations firm took on as a client Rafael Trujillo, the dictator then in power in the Dominican Republic. When Trujillo was assassinated in 1961 and the country thrown into turmoil, the U.S. Government became aware that Cassini had been actively working with the dictatorship, and went after him. Oddly enough, it was then-U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy who led the investigation that concluded that Cassini was guilty of operating as an unregistered agent for a foreign government. In an effort to avoid unfavorable publicity and a costly trial, in 1963 Cassini pleaded no contest, and was fined $10,000 and put on six months probation. But the costs would run much higher. Due to the adverse publicity, the Journal American dropped “Cholly Knickerbocker.” This was unavoidable, since by then Cassini’s reputation with his sources and the “in-crowd” olly Knickerbocker,” and his was ruined. Le Club closed as its After he wa s no longer ‘Ch ine ssini started a new magaz elite clientele abandoned it, and the businesses collapsed, Ca for just three years. called Status, which lasted disgraced public relations firm was soon gone, as well. In the early 1950s, the The loss of income and prestige hit careers of the Cassini brothers – Igor the Cassini’s family hard. By then, Igor and gossip columnist and Oleg the high-fashion Charlene had a son together, but the clothing designer – took off. They traveled pressure of what was happening was too in the same social circles, and enjoyed new much for Charlene to bear. She committed opportunities. suicide by drug overdose in 1963. Igor Cassini continued his popular “With her death, the chickens came columns, and started Marital Inc., a public home to roost,” wrote Cassini in his relations firm based in Manhattan that autobiography. “For years I had written earned him $1 million a year during the up jet set breakdowns and suicides, never 1950s and early 1960s. dreaming it could happen to me. All those He also opened Le Club in New York, tales seemed so abstract … I could not grasp which he claimed to be America’s first what was happening right under my nose.” discotheque. Describing the lifestyle of Although he was alone and broke, Cassini those he wrote about, he is credited with worked to reinvent himself, and using coining the word, “jet set.” money from several investors, started a 14

society magazine called Status in 1965. The enterprise never turned a profit, and was sold in 1968 at great loss. To make matters worse, the Internal Revenue Service charged him with tax evasion in connection with the Dominican Republic debacle, levying a $634,000 fine. Under these pressures, Cassini left the U.S. and took up residency in Italy. In 1968, he began an affair with Gianni Lou Muller, a struggling 18-year-old actress. They married the following year, despite the 36-year age difference. As part of the makeover of his young wife, Cassini had her change her name to “Nadia,” which he felt was more feminine and exotic. During her brief career, she landed roles in a series of sexy Italian movies and appeared on a few magazine covers. However, they divorced in 1972 after Nadia ran away with a younger man she had met who was trying to sell them a used Rolls Royce. Re-inventing himself once again, Cassini went to work for brother Oleg’s House of Cassini, where he stayed for the remainder of his working life. He married a fifth time in the mid-1970s, this time to Brenda Mitchell. They had two sons, Nicholas and Dimitri Cassini. In retirement, Cassini returned to writing. Earlier, he had produced a whimsical photo book entitled Igor Cassini’s Blue Book of Social Cats, and in 1983 published To Pay the Price, a trashy work of fiction based on people he had encountered in his career as a gossip writer. Igor Cassini died of natural causes in New York on Jan. 5, 2002, at the age of 86. In I’d Do It All Over Again, he called his life story the account of “…the rise, fall and rise of America’s favorite rogue ... that recreates a world recently lost.” People in Warrenton remembered him, but not for what he did the last 63 years of his life, but what happened to him on a dark road near Auburn on the night of June 25, 1939.

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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Radiologist Dr. David Reilly, M.D., explained that both new scanners are 80 slice scanners. “They replace our current Emergency Department and Medical Imaging Department CT scanners, which have been 16 and 32 slice, respectively. The new equipment will be faster, in terms of scan time as well as reconstruction time,” he said. “This will allow Fauquier Hospital staffers 16

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we had with the first two. What an amazing turn of events! Looking even deeper at propylene glycol, much of the research done on animals, where they actually drop propylene glycol into the creatures’ ears, shows irreversible damage to bones and tissue, causing deafness. How? By destroying cells, plain and simple. How are we supposed to fight wrinkles and aging if what we are using is hardening and destroying our skin, while inhibiting the growth of new, healthy cells? Answer: it doesn’t. In fact, it actually forces your skin into premature aging! Think of the money to be made as we continue to purchase the “next best thing?” If companies actually cured your skin problems with their product, how could they continually profit from you?

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Fauquier Parks and Recreation September Warrenton Community Center Family Fun Night September 13th Beach Volleyball Family friendly activities start at 5pm and end at 7pm. $1 for children and $2 for all others. Marshall Regional Health Fair Marshall Community Center Saturday, September 7th 9:00-2:00pm

The WARF is now registering for their non-competitive swim club for children ages 6-12 years old. The Fall session starts September 7th. Children must have completed level 4 swim lessons to join.

Annual Goldvein Jubilee Saturday, September, 7th 11am-5:00pm Moonbounce, live entertainment, gold panning, carriage rides and more! Admission is Free. Small fee for some events and activities.

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Fauquier Parks and Recreation has loads of additional family friendly events you don’t want to miss! Check out their programs at: www.fauquiercounty.gov

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We invite families in our community to get involved and join TEAM Families 4 Fauquier for the 2013 March of Dimes March For Babies Walk. It is a beautiful walk and lots of fun for the whole family! September 21, 2013 at 2pm. Here is how to join us: www.marchforbabies.org/team/ families4fauquier Lion of Judah Educational Center Fauquier Chamber of Commerce Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:30-6:00pm Monday- Friday 9am-4:00pm 819 James Madison Hwy, Suite 203 205-1 Keith Street Warrenton, Va 20186 Warrenton, Va 20186 (540) 439-8459 540-347-4414

Kingdom’s Kids at the Warrenton United Methodist Church is now enrolling children for their Mother’s Day Out for fall. At the W Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00-2:15, shorter time options available. Choose the days each month you want to enroll. Ages 3 months - preschool. Contact the Director at childcare.wumc@gmail.com. Rainbow Center, 4-H Therapeutic Riding will be hosting their 3rd Annual Benefit Concert featuring Peter Mayer, Scott Kirby, Brendan Mayer and Gary Green on September 21st at Tally Ho Theatre in Leesburg. Visit www. tallyholeesburg.com or email them at rainbow@rainbowriding.org to order your tickets to support therapeutic riding lessons for people in our local area. www. rainbowriding.org. No act of kindness, no matter how small it is, is ever wasted. ~Aesop Do you have a famous apple recipe to share?

As a way to support new families in our community and to provide a caring gesture of kindness we are collecting and providing NEW Beanie Babies and disposable cameras to the families of babies born in the newly developing NICU at the Fauquier Hospital. The Beanie Babies donated will be used in NICU and given to the families as part of the care packages parents will receive for support during their difficult journey. If you would like to donate to this cause or would be interested in being an additional drop off location please contact us at info@families4fauquier.com.

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hands, and the lack of volunteer EMTs and firefighters left emergency calls unanswered. And these are only a few examples of how quickly our community would fall apart without the presence of volunteers. Over the years, I have discovered that there are countless opportunities to help others regardless of your age, gender, degree, or title. To me, these imaginary stipulations are some of the most common misconceptions surrounding one’s ability to engage in community service. Community service is a vital part of our community, and it’s especially important for the youths present in our midst. The relationship between a youth and volunteer work is two fold. Primarily, the community or cause to which the young volunteer commits receives assistance that might have otherwise been unattainable. But also, the youth or emerging adult has the chance to discover a passion for a local cause that could translate into a global vision. This may seem a little far-fetched, but on a simpler level, getting involved in your community at a young age allows you to not only connect with a cause, unearthing your likes and dislikes, but also, allows you to see your impact overtime with sustained involvement. I really became steadily involved in community service in the 7th grade when my church’s youth program began projects 26

such as road-side clean up and undertook weeklong construction service projects. I loved seeing the effect a couple of middle school students could have on a 50 year old woman after we transformed her home, (with help of course). I continued to find other ways to volunteer but none of them ever seemed to seize my full attention. That is, until I began volunteering at Fauquier Hospital. I knew I wanted to pursue a medical career, and they needed volunteers, so it made perfect sense. Even now, as a rising freshman in college, I still have that red and white candy striper smock in my closet, reminding me how I found my passion for medicine. But I did not stop there. The funny thing about helping people is, often times, you just keep getting more and more involved. Upon arrival to high school, I was able to engage in a larger array of service opportunities through Key Club, a club dedicated to service in the community. One of the central mottos for Key Club International reads, “Children: Their Future; Our Focus.” This slogan may be short, but it is potent. Their future is our focus because one day, our future will be in their hands. Which is why it is so vital for the youth of our community to be engaged. It was through this club that I was introduced to programs such as the Fauquier Community Food Bank’s Thanksgiving Food Drive, Habitat for Humanity, and Special Olympics, among many others.

Special Olympics is an event that happens here in Fauquier County every year in the spring. Usually held at Fauquier High School, Special Olympics allows children and adults with special needs to compete in various track and field events. Volunteers are needed to assist each athlete throughout the course of the day, to keep times, award prizes, and help with other various tasks. Volunteers are encouraged to sign up in advance, especially if they wish to be paired with an athlete for the day. But don’t worry, you do not have to be athletic yourself to volunteer. To say volunteering at this event is heartwarming is a drastic understatement. The happiness and laughter in these athletes’ eyes and smiles communicate what words sometimes cannot. But there are more opportunities for volunteers in Fauquier County than the few I have mentioned briefly. For instance, Fauquier County Libraries offer volunteer opportunities for those over 13 years of age who are willing to commit their time to helping others. In addition to the library system, Literacy Volunteers of Fauquier County also provides openings for volunteers in the surrounding area. Literacy Volunteers of Fauquier County is a private, non-profit organization that offers literacy classes free of charge to adults 18 years of age or older in our community. FISH food bank is another local outlet for those who have a desire to serve. For Immediate Sympathetic Help, FISH is dedicated to helping those in desperate situations to get back on their feet by providing basic living essentials, especially food. Even in our small community of Warrenton, service opportunities of all caliber abound. These are only a few of the incredible options in Fauquier County for youths and adults alike to become involved. I would need the space of this entire magazine in order to fully cover the tremendous resources that this community provides to its inhabitants. In fact, the Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine has done just that by featuring many of the wonderful organizations that serve Warrenton and Fauquier.

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When most people think of Girl Scouts, the first thing they think of is selling Girl Scout cookies, but if you look closer at the troops in Warrenton, Fauquier County and around the world, you’ll see they do so much more. What can a Girl Scout can do, the answer is just about anything she wants. There are many traditional activities that take place regularly at troop meetings, such as crafts, playing games, singing Girl Scout songs, earning badges and other recognitions, while having fun and learning new skills. There are some activities that girls do every year like, our local Girl Scouts march in the Warrenton Christmas parade, sing Christmas carols on the steps of the Courthouse, march in the Heritage Day parade (even built a float one year), serve as the Color Guard at the annual 4th of July Children’s & Pets Parade, lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Hospital Hill and at the Memorial Day Ceremony in the Warrenton Cemetery. The girls are available and proud to perform this service whenever asked. Girl Scouting began in 1912. From the beginning, one of the girl’s favorite activities is camping. Fauquier County Troops enjoy using both Girl Scout owned campgrounds and non-Girl Scout campsites. Troop 6410, a group of middle and high school Girl Scouts around the Warrenton area, went to Camp Highroad for a weekend this spring. They went hiking, canoeing, on a hay ride, and learned new skills on a zip line. They took a night hike and did some “Squatchin’” while using night vision goggles. Another camping experience is Summer Day Camp. Planned and directed by local Girl Scout adults this camp targets non-Girl Scouts and introduces them to the fun things that Girl Scouts can do. Camping is not the only outdoor activity that our local girls enjoy. High adventure has become a favorite, especially with the teen girls. Troops love to go canoeing, rock climbing, caving, horseback riding, back backing, experience archery and more. Three of the Girl Scout owned camps have ropes courses, as well as, canoeing and other available challenges. For a more relaxing fun time, many teen troops look forward to the annual tubing trip. Last May, Girl Scout Adventure Day was held at Fauquier Fairgrounds. It was planned by local Girl Scout volunteers and was open to all Girl Scouts. The event offered over 70 different activities and vendors. Girls walked across a handmade rope bridge, climbed a climbing tower, had a giant bubble made around them, got up close and personal with different types of animals, as well as talked to high adventure and other vendors to find out about future troop opportunities. girl scouts continued next page


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Service is inherent in Girl Scouting and another long time tradition. For many years the Fauquier troops have participated in the National Capital Area Salvation Army Holiday Stocking program. Troops stuffed an over-sized stocking for a needy child. Last year the Fauquier leaders elected to give locally, so the stockings went to the Fauquier Shelter. On-going service project for many troops includes making valentines and delivering them to the local nursing homes, senior centers and to veteran’s hospitals. Several troops have spent hours at the local food bank each month helping sort and distribute the canned goods.

Girl Scouting builds the courage, confidence, and character of girls, who make the world a better place. In doing so, it helps to give girls leadership and other skills to be successful in life. This is accomplished over time as girls discover fun, friendship and the power of girls together away from school pressures, social cliques, and boys – where each girl can be herself and try new things.

Service projects often become part of the final phase of earning specific Girl Scout awards. In fact, the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards are the highest awards for Girl Scout Juniors (grades 4-5), Cadettes (grades 6-8), and Senior & Ambassadors (grades 9-12), respectively, and culminate in a Take Action Service Project. Junior troop 3331 started an organic veggie garden at their school for their Bronze Award project and Troop 2634 collected lunch makings for needy children to take home for weekend meals. The Gold Award, like the Boy Scout Eagle Award, requires a significant amount of time and effort. The girl begins by submitting a proposal for approval. Once the proposal is approved she completes the project, and does an evaluation. For her Gold Award project, Alexis Albrecht of Fauquier County addressed the issue of girls’ self-esteem by organizing and facilitating a day camp for young girls to promote active lifestyles and positive self-esteem. Some examples of other local Gold Award projects are organizing and cataloging the music library at the local high school, collecting games and books to be available at the firehouse for lost and burned out children and holding a handicap awareness workshop for local young people to understand the changes the deaf and blind encounter. Statistics have proved that girls who list Girl Scouting and earning the Gold Award on their college application enhance their chances of acceptance. Many colleges even have special scholarships for these special girls. The Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, under whose umbrella Fauquier County falls, offers a number of scholarships for graduating seniors, including many that are specific to


When asked what she liked about being in Girl Scouts, nine year old Brownie Melanie Brugno said, “I love Girl Scouts because everyone is friendly and we get to do so many different things”. Ninth grader Emma Winters said, “I have been in Girl Scouts ever since Daisies and as I get older and move up, all the activities and lessons get better. Out of all the Girl Scout activities, this year’s Adventure Day had to be my favorite, especially when my friend and I raced up the climbing wall.” She continued, “ I started Girl Scouts with several friends but over the years most of them have moved onto different things but the great thing about scouting is that I have made new friends and have encouraged some of my new friends to join with us. Girl Scouts continues to provide opportunities to try new adventurous things with my friends.” YES, we do sell cookies!! With their cookie profits, Junior troop 1463 travelled to Washington, D.C. to tour the White House at Christmas and see the Christmas decorations. They ate at a restaurant that has been visited by many Presidents, statesmen and military officials, toured Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum (where the girls earned a badge), and visited the Eclipse to see all the state Christmas trees. Girl Scouting is girl-focused and girl-led, and with that the girls can do anything. If you have a daughter who would like to be part of the fun, make new friends, and get a good start at growing in a positive way, troops are forming now. Contact Trish Eskilson at teskilson@gscnc. org or 703 840-2075 or Becky Crouch at crouchbj@yahoo.com or 540 347-1211.

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In the 1950’s, through Dr. Shropshire’s relationship with the Baltimore Civitan Club and specifically Dr. Tom McNulty, the focus of Civitan shifted to community service especially for citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dr. McNulty and his wife Mary were the parents of a son Tommy born in the mid40’s with Down Syndrome. The doctors at that time recommended that Mary and Tom put Tommy in an institution and forget about him. That was not okay with Tom and Mary. Through their personal efforts and with the help of Civitan, the McNulty’s made their life’s purpose to give Tommy and disabled children throughout the country the opportunity to live their lives with dignity and the support that they needed to fulfill their fullest potential. They were among the first advocates to pressure school systems into educating children with disabilities and training teachers who would specialize in the needs of disabled children. The McNulty’s left their estates valued at several million dollars to the Chesapeake District Foundation for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Inc. One of the biggest accomplishments of Civitan is the establishment of the Civitan International Research Center in conjunction with the University of Alabama at Birmingham, which is the only center of its

kind to research and treat developmental disabilities, syndromes of the brain, Autism-Spectrum Disorders, epilepsy, and Alzheimer’s disease. The center not only does research, but operates the Sparks clinic, delivering specific treatments to patients from across the country. Civitan Clubs throughout the country as well as the Chesapeake District Foundation continue to support this research center with donations and grants to support the ground-breaking work done at CIRC. The Warrenton Area Civitan Club has already participated in the April 20th Special Olympics Track and Field Event at Fauquier High School, set up participation in “Gifts from the Heart for Downs” old athletic shoe collection at multiple donation sites, First Friday events with the Partnership for Warrenton Foundation, and the May 19th Special Olympics Swim Meet. We have charter members from various Therapeutic Riding programs, Hospice, the ARC, the RappahannockRapidan Community Services Board programs, Fauquier County Social Services, the Salvation Army and many other programs to help the community and serve individuals with disabilities. Our goal is to make a positive impact on the lives of citizens of Warrenton and the surrounding Fauquier county area. If you would like more information about the Warrenton Area Civitan Club, please come to one of our meetings. First time attendees get their lunch free as a guest of the club. Please feel free to contact Dee Leonard, a member of the Club Support Team, at deeleonard@aol.com or phone (540)439-1502.

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Warrenton– Fauquier Heritage Days By Paula Johnson photo by Teri Carr

A battle reenactment at Buckland Farm will be part of the weekend events during the ninth annual Warrenton – Fauquier Heritage Days on September 27 – 29th. The events will commemorate the unique history of Warrenton and Fauquier County. The free town event is supported by Warrenton and Fauquier County and begins on Friday evening at 5:00 pm and continues on Saturday from 9:00 until 2:30 including a parade, Speaker’s Program, living history, tours, entertainment and displays; then moves on to Buckland Farm from 3:00 – 7:00. A complete schedule of events is listed at www.mosbysplayers.com. Buckland, one of the oldest and most significant historic sites in the area, is located on the Prince William/ Fauquier county line. It provides a portal back in time to witness 18th and 19th century America and significantly illustrates how the Old Dominion developed. Buckland was part of the Bristoe Campaign and the site of the Battle of Buckland Mills occurring on October 19, 1863. It was fought between Union cavalry forces led by Generals Kilpatrick and Custer and Confederate Generals Stuart and Fitzhugh Lee.

Custer, sensing a trap, had delayed orders to follow, allowing his brigade to cover as the fleeing Federals crossed the ford which saved many lives. The result was a five mile chase to Gainesville and Haymarket. The Union defeat incurred 250 casualties and 200 prisoners were marched off to the Warrenton Jail. The battle was subsequently labeled the “Buckland Races” and was the final offensive victory over cavalry for the Confederacy. Although there were 30 Confederate casualties, the battle gained Federal ambulances, wagons, medical stores, ammunitions, and the personal papers of General Custer which would be published in the Richmond newspaper. The Confederates merited the praise and honor of Gen. Robert E. Lee and General Stuart reported with glorious sentiment,

“I am justified in declaring the rout of the enemy at Buckland the most single and complete that any cavalry has suffered during the war.” The reenactment is organized for Heritage Day by the Black Horse Cavalry and will provide a “Then and Now” once in a lifetime experience to see and witness history as it happened and where it happened. The fundraiser will be at 3:00 pm on Saturday and 11:00 am on Sunday. Other activities will include living history, After the Battle of Buckland Races play with the Mosby Players, lectures, displays, and house tours. The cost is $10.00 per person and children under 6 are free. For information email pauladrdr@aol. com or call 540.341.7019. photo by Paula Johnson

The Federals held the heights east of Broad Run in the morning while Stuart’s divisions held the town below. A trap was created to lure the Federals down the turnpike. Stuart designedly gave up the bridge then anchored his three brigades in a treed area to wait for Fitzhugh Lee’s troops coming from Auburn. Lee was moving to maneuver around Kilpatrick to attack him from the rear. While heading down the turnpike, Stuart heard Lee’s cannon signal and turned to attack, throwing Kilpatrick’s surprised bluecoats into confusion. Consequently, they broke and ran. 36

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Note: While the name Susan is fictitious, the incident and outcome were based on actual events. It was a Monday morning. The students were greeting each other and beginning the banter that occurs with middle school students who haven’t seen each other for 48 hours. Susan walked into homeroom smiling and looking happy to be at school that day. She participated in conversations about the weekend’s sport games, movies seen, and skating parties while whispering and laughing with her peers. From this onlooker and sometimes participant’s perspective, all seemed normal. However, when I saw Susan two hours later a different young lady entered my room. Quiet, preoccupied, and near tears, she requested to go to guidance. What happened in those two hours? Later that week, Susan confided to me that she and a group of her friends were “hanging out” over the weekend. Pictures were taken, captions added and then “they” posted them on their respective social media pages. Everything was fine until between classes on Monday when she met with friends to talk about the weekend and other things. This was when she found out about certain comments that were written about her. She said things got worse during the week. The comments continued. Some comments came from people she didn’t really know. She felt deceived, confused, alone and very unhappy. Susan was one of the unlucky students who find themselves the target of gossip, mean remarks, taunting, and exclusion. Many people have a memory of either being bullied (victim), watching others being bullied (bystanders), participating in the process (active bystanders), or actively participating in bullying behaviors. When I was growing up this form of activity was usually looked upon as a rite of passage to adulthood. Clichés’ and platitudes such as “boys will be boys”, “don’t get involved”, “ignore it and they 38

will go away” and “just avoid them” were the norm, and the lucky ones were able to adapt, ignore and/or walk away. Do you remember some who were not so lucky? Now with the explosion of social media and the ability to communicate 24/7 some of those suggested escape routes have become harder to use. With all the positives these new communication vehicles present, they also provide a broader freedom and immediate feedback for an age group that is all about being social and accepted by their peers. So what is being done? During the 2008-2009 school year, the number of reported “acts of bullying” in Fauquier County public schools increased, especially at the middle school level. It was this increase, according to Frank Finn, Assistant Administrator of Student Services and Special Education, that propelled the search for programs that would address this issue in a way to prompt a change in attitudes toward bullying and would create a healthier school atmosphere where bullying behaviors are not tolerated. The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program or OBPP, created by Dan Olweus, was chosen as the program to be used. Mr. Finn said, “The selection was based on four key components. It is a researched based program, critical to proving its effectiveness. It uses student survey data as a means to evaluate the program, it is designed to be a continuous part of the educational program, reaching all grade levels and finally OBPP encourages the involvement of parents and the community at large in establishing a partnership with the schools against bullying.” Taylor Middle School along with Warrenton Middle, piloted the program beginning with staff training in September 2011. The students at the respective schools were introduced to the OBPP program in the spring of 2012. Marshall Middle, Cedar Lee Middle, and Auburn Middle introduced OBPP in the fall of 2012. bullying continued on next page

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Although the OBPP is still relatively new to the middle schools in the county many positive observation have been noted in our first full year of implementation. Taylor Middle School Principal Ruth Nelson has observed the effects of OBPP at Taylor during its implementation. “In the office, we are seeing fewer disciplinary referrals because our students are instructed in ways to recognize and deal with behaviors which are part of the realm of bullying and are taught strategies to use in dealing with these issues. Also I feel a most critical tenant of the program is that students on the fringes (bystanders) are empowered to engage and support a student who is being bullied or excluded and this peer involvement makes a very strong impact on the other students.” Mrs. Nelson continued, “Any program is only successful when all of the stakeholders buy into it and work together to ensure its success. Thus it has been with Olweus. TMS staff, parents, and especially students have readily accepted and embraced the program and we have worked together to tailor it to our needs. This is what makes it successful.” While “working together” ensures the success of the program Taylor teacher and faculty advisor to the “You Are You” (Y.A.Y) club, Justin Czech emphasizes that, “the program would never have been able to get off the ground so quickly had the students been left out of the planning.” The students quickly decided they were going to be an integral part of the process. So in the past year, Taylor students designed an Anti-bullying T-shirt, created a new “Anti-bullying” logo, wrote and participated in an anti-bullying video and started the Y.A.Y., an anti-bullying club.” Mikaela Carson, a rising seventh grader created the new club as a way to share her own experiences with other students at Taylor. “I started the club because I have been

bullied in school too, and I thought it was time to make a difference. As President of the Y.A.Y Club, I have seen the students in the club have fun helping the school and they take pride in it.” Mikaela continues by saying, “I think that Olweus Program has made an impact on the students of Taylor Middle School.” “The OBPP makes them think about their actions and what they say.” A significant component to the early success of the OBPP was the addition of weekly class meetings. Students soon discovered these meetings were opportunities to share ideas, ask questions, and suggest strategies not only concerning “Bullying” related issues but on other topics as well. One teacher remarked, “As the year progressed more students began to take an active role in the class meetings. It seemed each time we met another student found their voice. Outside of the class meetings, I noticed more students making an effort to include everyone at lunch and in group activities”. Witnessed at the middle schools this past year, the OBPP program not only helped decrease bullying but it encouraged students to develop compassion for others. This understanding of each other will make the difference in school days for Susan and all students. Remember change happens in small increments and can have a positive impact on us all. It is those changes that will become the foundation for the building of the OBPP program this year. While no single program is a panacea for the complex issues our “connected” generation is facing today, OBPP, with the combined efforts of schools, students, parents, and community, can establish a process to change the cultural acceptance of bullying tactics as a means to interact with peers. Simply put, Bullying is not cool anymore!

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When I was a young fellow the nation’s population was 150 million. Now there are well over 300 million. The world’s population is approaching seven billion. Ever so gradually I feel all those humans closing in on me. When I pull up at a red light I leave a decent space between me and the car in front just as I had been taught upon receiving my driver’s license. Almost always, however, the car in back of me is practically touching my bumper. It is not at all unusual for me to park in an almost empty parking lot outside a supermarket and in just a few minutes leave the store to find that another car parked right next to mine. At times I ride along the very rural Route 211 with no cars visible in front of me and only one car in back of me, that car tailgating me. I have had occasion to ride on Route 66 on a usually quiet Sunday morning only to find I am in a heavy stream of traffic. Who are all these people? Where are they coming from? Where are they going? They are probably asking the same about me.

Just a short time ago (at least in my mind) Disney was attempting to buy land in rural Haymarket to create a recreational park. Now there are houses after houses accompanied by stores after stores.

Approximately thirty years ago I moved to Fauquier County because it reminded me of the rural area in which I grew up. As I approached Warrenton from Route 66, at that time a highway under construction, I rode through Gainesville which, as far as I could see, consisted of one gasoline station. Nowadays my activities almost never take me further east than Vint Hill and a ride through Gainesville a few months ago left me in a state of shock.

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organizing ourselves more like ant supercolonies. In fact, new research indicates that we have more in common now with ants than we do with our closest living animal kingdom relatives. Both humans and ants live in societies that may consist of up to a million plus members. Ants – unlike animals -- have villages, towns and cities independent of each other and complete within their selves – in other words sovereign states. One thing that is unique between humans and ants is the capacity for warfare. Only humans and ants have developed full blown warfare, taking increasing risks as societies get bigger. Ant wars almost always end in the eradication of the weak. Is that our future? Unlike chimpanzees, for example, but similar to humans, ants have to deal with public health, infrastructure, distribution of goods and services, market economies, mass transit problems, assembly lines, complex teamwork, agriculture and animal domestication, and warfare. A division of labor exists. Many ant colonies have cemeteries. Cemetery workers live at the edge of the city. Their job responsibility is to arrange the dead, parts of limbs, and rubbish and to bury it. They dispose of the dead both as a service and to protect the nest from any disease producing agent.

An ant colony insists on absolute sovereignty and demands constant population growth and ever rising productivity, traits which seem to be shared by humans. When cities get bigger, the information flow accelerates – witness the difference between New York City and smaller cities. Ants in larger colonies show the same pattern with ants flowing past each other all the time.

Socialization is minimal in insects although communication is complete. Are we moving in that direction? In just the last decade we have gone from a connected world to a hyperconnected world. Not necessarily knowing each other personally, we are ever more connected through Facebook, iPhone, the Cloud, Twitter, iPad, Skype and cell phone apps. Boundaries are vanishing.

As with humans, ants have a hierarchy. All ants start becoming scavengers doing maintenance, some do military service before further advancement, and other ants have a fast track to the top position being a forager. Each human, by the same token, knows and bears some particular relationship to every other human. Whether acknowledged publicly or not, status is extremely important.

Having been born in 1920 I am obviously a product of the Twentieth Century. My house was surrounded by woods on all four sides. Horse and wagons passed my house as often as cars. Apartment houses existed only in large cities. Highways in the sense that we know them now did not exist. My little town of 2,500 was typical but no longer exists as it once was.

Both human and ant societies allow for a nearly unlimited growth. These societies can grow as large as

environmental conditions will allow. People have unintentionally introduced ants to all continents. One single mega-colony of Argentine ants stretches for 560 miles along the coast of California. Dr. Wilson predicts that the earth’s human population will reach nine billion before the Year 2050, well in the lifetime of humans now existing. The sheer size of ant colonies and the short life of the members combine to make it inefficient, if not impossible, to establish individual bonds. Relationships between them are for the most part impersonal. They create a common intelligence capable of dealing with complicated problems. Growth is possible for a society where membership can be anonymous.

We are crowding closer and closer to each other much like the ants that we see now that Summer is here. However, members of both human and ant societies are no longer required to distinguish each other as individuals for a group to remain unified. Like ants, humans are creating a common intelligence capable of dealing with complicated problems. Ants have been found in amber 80 million years old. They have developed complex civilizations. Humans have a civilization of only 20,000 years or so. What can they teach us assuming we are willing to learn?

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playing in college as they should be because they don’t start until they’re freshman.” Low scores and college scholarships aren’t the only reasons golf is attractive for youngsters. The game demands personal accountability and steadfast focus. The lone county course is Fauquier Springs Country Club outside Warrenton. Andy Hersey, the 40-year-old head golf pro is proud of the course’s efforts to introduce youth to the game. However, he understands a private course can only do so much for public need. “We don’t have a lot for non-members,” he admitted. “But, for members we have a junior program that encompasses everything kids would want to do. We have classes, several tournaments, twilight rates on Saturday for parent-child group and ‘beat the pro’ competitions.” He believes most of his club’s participating children are between 11 and 13 years old. Most of the course’s junior program takes place from May to September with offseason help still offered. “Country clubs are trending to be on the younger side and we’re really pro-family here. Good junior programs are important to keeping members active and happy; we try to do that,” Mr. Hersey said. 48

Fauquier Springs is the “home course” for the county’s three public high schools. The gesture doesn’t go unappreciated. “We’re allowed to practice, play and hold our tournaments there,” Mr. Edwards said. “It’s a great deal for the kids.” The elephant remains in the room. How can local families join a club without the means? Can young golfers find a place to affordably play? In today’s economic climate, is golf a worthy investment? “Is golf expensive?” Mr. Edwards asked. “Absolutely; is it more expensive than other sports by the time you invest in joining teams, traveling, buying equipment and whatever else you need to pay for? I’m not sure. I’ve been involved in other sports and they’re expensive too.” Mr. Cramer thinks his option of lowcost lessons with emphasis on competition counteracts some of the cost worries. He offers half-price private lessons for juniors for $25 per 30 minutes. Groups of 2-4 juniors for an hour are $50. “What we’ve developed is instructing on how to be competitive,” Mr. Cramer said. “The key is to set goals and learn how to achieve them and set further goals. “If someone’s going to decide to play on the high school team, then that’s a type of

goal. We want to make it competitive just like football, baseball and other sports.” To help spur competition, Mr. Cramer gives point values to each clinic station. He hopes to inspire motivation through incentives. So far, so good. “I play rounds of golf but I need more practice in skills,” 17-year-old Ross Grammick said during one of Mr. Cramer’s clinics. “This is my third year here. Chris is personable and he understands where we’re coming from because he’s kind of close to our age. He understands golf a lot and he’s a great guy.” For more information on Mr. Cramer’s junior golf programs, email him at ccramer@ golftourtrailer.com. Visit Fauquier Springs Country Club at www.fauquiersprings.com. Mark Trible is the sports editor of FauquierNow.com and a freelance writer. Born and raised in Fauquier County, he graduated from Virginia Tech in 2010 with a degree in philosophy. Find his work at facebook.com/marktriblewords.

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September 14 | Saturday 24th Annual Evening Under the Stars Gala Old Town Warrenton welcomes the 24th Annual Evening Under the Stars fundraiser for the Partnership for Warrenton Foundation. The fundraiser helps support the annual activities we all enjoy such as the nationally recognized GumDrop Square and Christmas in Old Town as well as the lamppost restoration project, Main Street’s American Flags and the economic and aesthetic revitalization of Old Town and much more. The 24th Annual Evening Under the Stars boasts tastings from an estimated two dozen of the area’s top restaurants and caterers, dancing in the street to live music performed by the Daryl Davis Band, a cash bar, a live and a silent auction. The event promises something for everyone. This is the social event of the fall, a true not-tomiss event! Tickets will be on sale starting in July on the web site under the Tickets Tab, at participating shops in Old Town and in Partnership office (26 S. Third Street). New this year: VIP Packages!! To purchase your tickets, reserve a table or a VIP Package please click on the Tickets tab of this web site. You may also purchase tickets by credit card by calling the office at 540-349-8606 or by mailing a check to P.O. Box 3528, Warrenton, VA 20188 If you have items you would like to donate to the silent or live auction, please contactJennifer@PartnershipforWarrenton.org or call 540.349.8606.

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Although the word library is derived from the Latin word for book, today’s libraries have gone well beyond those simple beginnings. Yes, libraries still hold an amazing and seemingly endless collection of books, but they have grown and evolved into much, much more. A visit to the Fauquier County Public Library website (library.fauquiercounty.gov) will illustrate what today’s library has to offer. With a simple click of the mouse, library users can search for books, DVD’s, audio books, articles, and e-books. Patrons have access to business, health and legal resources, as well as local history records. In addition, online databases from arts and leisure to health and wellness are available. Digital magazines provide access to over 300 popular magazine titles and a wide range of software and technical training resources are available. According to Fauquier County Public Library Director Maria Del Rosso, use of the library’s digital resources has grown dramatically. “Since 2009, use of our electronic collection has grown 378%,” said Del Rosso. “Our digital collection has become increasingly diverse to include reference materials, downloadable books, and even digital versions of magazines. It clearly reflects the way that individuals are using information in an information rich world.” Beyond the extensive access to online and print resources provided by today’s libraries, the library is increasingly evolving into a community hub, where adults, teens and children can come to explore and collaborate. On any given day, teens, young children and adults meet for traditional programming like story time and book clubs, as well as newer groups like adult and teen writing groups, a teen advisory group and joint programs with local business groups. Almost 14,000 patrons attended library programs in fiscal year 2013 according to Public Services Manager Dawn Sowers. “Patrons are often surprised to learn how many programs we have and the

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By George Rowand Entrepreneurs of all stripes, whether nascent or long-term successes, are almost certain to benefit from a new facility and institution that could be coming to Warrenton. The Mason Enterprise Center – a George Mason University economic development enterprise – is in the process of taking a hard look at what the Warrenton area has to offer, and, in turn, local leaders are evaluating what the center might bring to the area. While issues remain, it seems a match will be made. “I think the chances of them coming here are quite good,” said Miles Friedman, director of the Department of Economic Development for Fauquier County. “There are a number of issues, but George Mason is very committed and very excited about it. They seem to feel that we’ve got a well-prepared community and a great opportunity to succeed.”

What it is? Keith Segerson, executive director of the Mason Enterprise Center, explained what the center is all about. “The Mason Enterprise Center is an umbrella organization, and under that are a number of complementary programs that create a support structure for businesses from cradle to grave,” he said. “We have our regional offices, and we are discussing one here in Fauquier and Warrenton.

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Schwartz said that – should the center locate in Warrenton – he hoped that there could be some presence in Marshall and Bealeton, the other two centers of business activity in the county. “I think they want to start out in Warrenton. You have to crawl before you can walk, but that would be a goal.”

Start me up While the center would cater to helping all businesses, part of the appeal would be to help new businesses get started in an incubator, where one could lease space in the center itself and have ready access to the experts who will be located there. Where does one have to be in the process of starting a business to benefit from the center? How about with an idea? “Anybody can come in with a blank slate and say, ‘I am an expert at making spaghetti sauce, I want to start a company. I don’t know anything,’” Segerson explained.

Above: The Mason Enterprise Center in Leesburg. Right: An MEC business holding a client meeting in their Leesburg MEC office.

County Board of Supervisors, said that the board recently took a trip to see the one in Leesburg. “All five of us were really impressed with it, and the way it is organized and run,” he stated. “I think all supervisors think that this would be a really good thing for Fauquier County. Finding and securing the space to run it is going to be a fairly significant expenditure in a budget that is still very, very tight, but, that being said, I really do think that you can look at this one very much as an investment in future revenue for the county.” If the project goes ahead, in all likelihood, the center would be located in Old Town Warrenton. “The Old Town city center appears to be perfect for such a facility,” Segerson said. “From our experience, new businesses like to be in the same area as other businesses.” 54

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“We will have experts that start them on the most basic things … setting up a company, even setting up a bank account ... and then work with them on an appointment basis. As they succeed, we might encourage them to get an office in the incubator.”

The incubators have been extremely successful “Typically, we have an 80-85 percent success rate of companies coming into our program, taking office space with us in an incubator setting,” Segerson stated. “They apply to come into the program. When they are accepted, we create goals and objectives with them. Then we evaluate quarterly how they’re doing, and our research shows that 84 percent of the companies meet or exceed their objectives within two years. Businesses that are startup and in the early stages are what we look for in the incubator. The whole model is not to keep them in that space. The model is to grow them and get them out into commercial space.

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“Many small companies don’t effectively plan for having an effective business,” he continued. “They don’t look at their strengths and weaknesses and new opportunities. They don’t consider all expenses, they don’t consider fluctuations in the market. Planning and implementation are their two weaknesses. So they will jump in before they’re prepared. Many times new entrepreneurs will think that they need funding more than anything, and sometimes that’s true, but many times it’s not. Most of the time they need fundamental, basic support before they need financing, but we can also help with that financing. We can help people prepare and submit bank loans, SBA small business loans, and also prepare them for vendor and angel funding.” Other companies that are farther along the path to success can benefit as well. “It could be a business that has been successful but has been hitting their heads on the next level,” Segerson said. “Many times companies are formed by entrepreneurs that know their product or service and just through grit and determination start a business and make a profit, but then they get to a point where they don’t know how to manage an organization, they don’t know how to grow an organization, they don’t know how to get next level financing, they don’t know how to do product development … a lot of things they can’t do, and we can help them take that next step.” Expert help is offered free of charge. The only times that fees are charged is for some seminars or workshops and for renting space in the incubator or the center. Segerson said that if the center comes to Fauquier, it likely wouldn’t have every service offered immediately. “Not everything is offered everywhere,” he explained. “We might have a traveling expert that we could schedule every Tuesday from 8 to 5, and they could book appointments for that.” The center staff would keep their eyes open for opportunities for local businesses.

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“When I started, we had four locations and one company in an incubator, and the program was in debt. Now we have 32 locations, we have about 230 companies in four incubators, and we’re not in any fiscal straits. “We provide a service, and economic development certainly includes job creation, capital formation, tax base … all of these things. When you create companies and grow companies, you create jobs, grow jobs, retain jobs,” Segerson continued. Job creation is always a factor in the business equation. Surveys show that many of the Fauquier residents currently commuting to places of work in Northern Virginia would ditch the driving gladly if they could find reasonable alternatives closer to home. “I don’t want to focus only on startups because there are a lot of companies that are sort of swimming,” Segerson stated. “They’re doing okay, but they could do more with some assistance. With those comes greater potential for job creation, job retention and more opportunities for increased tax base. When you look to attract larger companies to Fauquier County, having this type of service that acts as a catalyst for job creation and a catalyst for small business development helps the pipeline for workforce development and for partner companies. These big companies look to partner with smaller companies. They look to an environment of expanded workforce, and that’s what we can provide with this.”

Local companies could take advantage of international opportunities if the center is established. “George Mason has a very strong international presence,” Segerson said. “Some counties have international interest, some don’t. As opportunities come because of our global visibility, we will make them aware in Warrenton and Fauquier, and should there be of interest, then the doors are open.” Segerson quickly dismissed that idea that some might have that because the center is run by a university, the programs would be dull and dry with little connection to the real world of business. “Our program is not an academic program,” he stated. “Mason Enterprise Center and all of its targeted programs are run by practitioners, people who came from industry, people who started companies, sold companies, people from retail, people who worked with GSA, and who have transferred that knowledge into helping others. It’s not a professor that teaches a class. It’s real business people. Or they come from government and can help a business get on the right GSA schedule. We can review their proposals. We won’t write it for them, but we will review it, and they have been on the receiving end of proposals, and that’s a great support. “We create and design our programs according to what the local community wants and needs,” he added. “We don’t have an agenda other that to support the local community. We have big ears and we listen carefully, and then, with our partners, create a plan for supporting businesses.”

Schwartz said that he likes the idea behind the concept of starting and nurturing small businesses in Fauquier. “The incubator is really geared toward hitting singles, which is really perfect for our business environment,” he stated. Friedman said that he had worked with the Mason Enterprise Center in the past. “In other places, we’ve seen that they spur growth around the incubator as well, and the excitement of George Mason having a footprint out in Fauquier County means a lot, too.” He said that if the center is approved for the county, the positive results could begin to appear quickly. “It brings a shot in the arm immediately for people who want to grow their businesses,” Friedman said. “Secondly, it brings a lot of other businesses in to meet with those businesses, to complete businesses deals with them. You also put things in the incubator such as training programs and conferences, so you create traffic and a lot of energy around the building. George Mason would have a staff person there full time, they would have counselors there, anybody who would really help businesses would have a good chance to be there.” Segerson said that the aim of the center is simple: “We’re trying to create an ecosystem of economic development that draws innovators, draws entrepreneurs, draws young people and seasoned business people alike. Once that happens, anything’s possible, and that’s the key.” George Rowand is a freelance writer living in Orlean.

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When you cross the threshold that separates the Cellar of the Black Bear Bisto into The Brick, you get the feeling that you’ve entered a place where everyone knows your name. The aromatic eatery, with its patrons engaged in local conversation, is reminiscent of neighborhood Italian eateries in New York’s boroughs or the side streets of Naples. Start by sharing a couple of mouth-watering appetizers. The Citaola is a customer favorite with smoked gouda fondue in a wood-fired bread bowl. The house meatballs with San Marzano tomato sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese are juicy and flavorful. Split an order of Arrachini, lightly breaded mozzarella stuffed Rissoto balls carefully accented with tomato sauce. 58

The salads are plentiful and delicious. The La Bandiera includes layers of radicchio, arugula, endive, pistachios, gorgonzola and peppadews served with either a pesto vinaigrette, red wine vinaigrette or a buttermilk ranch. Piled high with a bright spring mix adorned with tomatoes, red onions, carrots, parmesan and dressed with a red wine vinaigrette is the Casa. Craving a sandwich? Give a piada a try. It’s Italian street food made with an unleavened flat bread wrap stuffed with tasty meats, cheeses and vegetables. The Caprese will be familiar with salami, capicola, tomato, basil and house mozzarella. The Mediterranean is stuffed with complementary vegetables like spinach, arugula, tomatoes, peppadews, onions,

basil, and artichokes drizzled with a lemon vinaigrette. Or get creative and make your own by ordering the Piada Da Vinci. The Brick offers over ten specialty pizzas crafted with the perfect combination of toppings in the wood-fire brick oven in true Neapolitan fashion. Each pie is twelve inches in diameter and baked in a wood-fire brick oven at eight hundred degrees creating a crispy yet fluffy crust with the center that is thin and tasty. Go with the classic Margarite that has San Marzano tomato sauce, olive oil, house mozzarella and basil or the Four Maggio with tomato sauce, smoked gouda, fontina and house mozzarella. The Tricolore is a veggie lovers favorite with tomato sauce, wild mushrooms, artichokes, house mozzarella and arugula tossed in lemon vinaigrette. The Warrenton Lifestyle

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BBQ Chicken is savory with smoked chicken, bbq sauce, shredded mozzarella and red onion. The Pizza Da Vinci allows guests to create their own masterpiece by adding their favorite toppings. Or, for the adventurous, ask chefs Bob, Jeff or Corey to surprise you with one of their creations. Mine had arugula, fontina cheese, Pepe Zito sausage, and bell peppers with a little bacon for extra flavor. Three seats down, a young man added jalapeno peppers to his pizza. The Dessert Pizze is the sweetest way to end your meal with their signature dough dusted in brown sugar and cinnamon topped with marscapone cheese and fresh seasonal fruit. Our inside tips: Go early and get a seat at the counter. It’s entertaining to watch the dough tossed and then made into a culinary creation. Also, ask for a small serving of one of their house oils for dipping. We’ve tried the garlic oil, black truffle oil and rosemary oil and all were light and savory. Finally, the micro beers upstairs at Black Bear are some of the best around.

The Brick is located at 34 Main Street inside and downstairs at the Black Bear Bistro. They are open Monday through Thursday from 3:00pm to 9:00pm, Friday from 3:00pm to 10:00pm, Saturday 11:00am to 10:00pm and Sunday 11:00am to 9:00pm. They accept pick up orders and reservations. Reservations aren’t necessary but are strongly recommended. For more information on their menu please visit their Facebook page or give them a call at (540) 216-3940.

The restaurants that appear in this section are chosen by Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine (WLM) food fanatics. We visit the establishments and pay for our own meals and drinks. Listings are chosen at the discretion of the editors. WLM does not accept compensation for listing events or venues. September 2013


A Taste of Warrenton The Warrenton Lifestyle dining guide provides information on Warrenton area restaurants and nightspots. The brief comments are not intended as reviews but merely as characterizations. We made every effort to get accurate information but recommend that you call ahead to verify hours and reservation needs. Listings include Best of Warrenton award winners as well as advertisers and non-advertisers. Please contact us if you believe any information provided is inaccurate. Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar

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Claire’s at the Depot

Full-service friendly, affordable restaurant chain. Offers salad bar, lunch combos, and CarsideTo-Go service. Comfortable atmosphere for all ages. Open for lunch and dinner. Full bar. Casual dress.

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.

Casual yet elegant restaurant offering locally inspired seasonal American cuisine. The service is as first rate as the food. Open for lunch and dinner and brunch on Sundays. Broad wine list and craft beers available.

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Cold Stone Creamery

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

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.

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

Black Bear Bistro

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

Restaurant offering local beers and wines, soups and salads, appetizers, and entrees. A wide variety of American food with a twist. Try the muffaletta sandwich! Also features Sweeney’s Cellar, located one floor below.

The Brick at Black Bear Bistro (540) 216-3940 34 Main Street

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

Broadview Lanes (540) 878-5383 272 Broadview Avenue

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.

Burger King

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

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.

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

All Chicken products are prepared by hand, as are all the salads and fruit cups. Where else can you get chicken for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

China Jade

(540) 349-1382 275 W. Lee Highway

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(540) 349-0300 183 W Lee Highway www.coldstonecreamery.com

Country Cookin’

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

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.

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.

Covert Cafe

China Restaurant

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

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).


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

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

(540) 347-0401 7323 Comfort Inn Drive www.dennys.com

Serving breakfast 24 hours a day. Burgers, sandwiches and soup also available. Free Wi-Fi.

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A Taste of Warrenton Domino’s Pizza (540) 347-0001 81 W Lee Highway www.dominos.com

Pizza delivery or pick up. Online ordering available. Now offering pasta bread bowls and hot sandwiches.

El Agave

(540) 351-0011 251 W Lee Highway www.el-agave.com

Authentic Mexican restaurant offering a variety of delicacies for lunch, dinner, and dessert. Menu has specials for lunch and dinner combinations including fajitas, enchiladas, and burritos. Children’s menu available. Full bar. Casual dress. Dine-in or take-out.

El Toro

(540) 341-0126 86 Broadview Avenue

Foster’s Grille

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

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


(540) 428-1999 73 Main Street

Frost Diner

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.

(540) 347-3047 55 Broadview Avenue

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

Great Harvest Bread Co.

(540) 878-5200 108 Main Street www. warrentonbread.com

Faang Thai Restaurant & Bar

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

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.

Honeybaked Ham Company

Fauquier Springs Country Club Grille Room

IHOP Restaurant

Fauquier Springs Country Club’s Grille Room is an exclusive restaurant for its members and their guests. The Grille Room is open Tuesday thru Sunday and offers a variety of dishes to suit everyone’s taste. Lunch & dinner weekdays with breakfast available on weekends.

Five Guy’s Restaurant

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

Burgers, hot dogs, and French fries. Uses fresh, never frozen, ground beef.

Hidden Julles Café

(540) 316-3121 70 Main Street #22

(540) 428-0044 251 W Lee Highway

Deli offering sandwiches, soups, and more. Customers will enjoy a variety of sandwiches and soups.

(540) 428-1820 6445 Lee Highway www. ihop.com

Specializes in breakfast. Sandwiches, salads, burgers, chicken also avail. For lunch and dinner.

Iron Bridge Wine Co.

(540) 349-9339 29 Main Street www. ironbridgewines.com

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. Join the conversation!

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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.

Jimmies Market Cafe/Kidwell Caterers/Madison Tea Room

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

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

(540) 349-4900 177 W Lee Highway www.jerrysusa.com

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.

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.

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Joe & Vinnie’s

(540) 347-0022 385 Shirley Highway www.joeandvinniespizza.net

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

KFC/Long John Silver (540) 347-3900 200 Broadview Avenue www.kfc.com

KFC specializes in Original Recipe and Extra Crispy fried chicken and home-style 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.

LongHorn Steakhouse

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

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, hand-seasoned steaks, thick burgers, fresh salads, and an appealing cast of seafood. Casual dress.

Mandarin Buffet & Sushi (540) 341-1962 514 Fletcher Drive

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

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Mojitos & Tapas

Fast food chain known for Big Mac and McNuggets. Dollar menu. Now serving McCafé beverages. Kids play area available.

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.

(540) 347-7888 351 Broadview Avenue www.mcdonalds.com

McMahon’s Irish Pub & Restaurant (540) 347-7200 380 Broadview Avenue www.mcmahonsirishpub.com

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

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

Molly’s Irish Pub

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

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.

The Natural Marketplace (540)349-4111 5 Diagonal Street

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.

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(540)347-3704 5037 Lee Highway

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

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

Japanese steakhouse serving Hibachi style chicken, steak, shrimp, fish and sushi. Sushi available for take out. Fun, family environment.


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Renee’s Gourmet To Go

Australian steakhouse. Also offers a variety of chicken, ribs, seafood, and pasta dishes. Carry out available.

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

(540) 349-0457 6419 Lee Highway www.outback.com

Panera Bread

(540) 341-4362 251 W Lee Highway www.panerabread.com

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Ruby Tuesday

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

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.

American chain restaurant serving your favorite hamburgers, pastas, steaks, ribs and more. Also have salad bar and RubyTueGo available. Casual dress.

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Sibby’s Restaurant & Lounge

(540) 349-7172 322 W Lee Highway www.papajohns.com

Pizza delivery or pick up. Online ordering available. Wings, breadsticks, and dessert also available. Daily specials and features.

Pizza Hut

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

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

Catering - Banquet Room. Home of Boss Hawg BBQ


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

Pizza delivery, dine-in or pick up. Online ordering available. Choose from pizza, tuscani pasta, wings, rolls, p’zone pizzas, and more.

Restaurant offering subs and pizza. Home of the $5 foot-long. Food is prepared after you order, and everything is prepared fresh daily. Available for dine-in or takeout.


Sweet Frog

(540) 349-7171 251 W Lee Highway www.pizzarama.com

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.

Red Truck Bakery

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

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

Red, Hot & Blue

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

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.


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

A self serve frozen yogurt shop, serving all natural frozen yogurt with a toppings bar that is full of sweet treats to customize your creation.

Taco Bell

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

Open late for fourthmeal cravings. Now offering frutista freeze drinks and fiesta taco salads. Also offer fresco menu (low fat).

Tippy’s Taco House

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

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

Top’s China Restaurant (540) 349-2828 185 W Lee Highway

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

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

Café offering bistro sandwiches, wraps, gourmet salads, soups, and smoothies. Meals served with either chips or fruit. Also offer pick-two combination. Catering and kid’s menu available. Casual dress.


(540) 347-9669/9666 5063 Lee Highway Authentic hand-tossed New York style pizza. Dough made fresh daily on premise. Family owned and operated since 1974 - three generations. Voted Best Pizza in 2012.

Vocelli Pizza

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

Classic Italian Pizza. Also offer antipasti, panini, stromboli, and salads. Check for lunch and combo specials.

Waterloo Café (540) 349-8118 352 Waterloo Street

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


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

Fast food chain offering hamburgers, salads, and chicken nuggets. Also offer baked potatoes and chili as sides. Frosty’s available as desert. Casual dress.

Yen Cheng

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

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

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Oh the Taste of a Local Wine!

And now we head over to Markham, Virginia for another great local wine tasting!

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The winery, Chateau O’Brien at Northpoint, is located about an hour outside of Washington D.C. via Route 66 in Markham and is just off of State Road 55 at Rail Stop Road.

Now to the wines, and oh what terrific wines they are! My favorite when you can get it is the Limited Reserve Tannat. This is not found often in Virginia and when it is it underachieves, this Tannat is the opposite of that, delicious, full bodied and full of aroma and black fruit - a true treasure!

Chateau O’Brien is family owned and operated by Howard and Debbie O’Brien and their wines show and taste of their passion. These are very wellmade balanced wines where hard work and commitment can be found in each delicious bottle. Started in 2005, Chateau O’Brien sits on approximately 15 acres and is expected to grow over the next few years. Howard and Debbie have over

If the Tannat cannot be had, try the Cabernet Franc, my new wine of the week. Absolutely delightful next to a seared sirloin steak, smothered in onions and garlic, which is what I did last Wednesday as I cooked for the family. The Cabernet Franc will age well in the cellar if you are not ready to enjoy now, you get to pick!

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I have mentioned just a couple of the wines that Howard and Debbie make, I have tried many more at tastings at the winery and at the restaurant, all are delicious and all show the love and hard work put into them. Chateau O’Brien makes the following wines; Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Late Harvest Tannat, two Red Blends, Petit Manseng, Chardonnay, Rose, Northpoint White and Apple Wine, plus the two I wrote about earlier. You are sure to find something you like. Treat yourself and add Chateau O’Brien to your list of amazing wineries located in and around Fauquier County. You will not be disappointed.


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