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few years back, my border collie encountered a groundhog, and the groundhog was slightly the worse for wear after their meeting. Luckily, I didn’t have to panic about an injured groundhog; I knew just who to call. My next door neighbor, Nikki Stamps, is a certified wildlife rescuer and rehabilitator. A quick call, and she scooted over to my house with a cat carrier and big, heavy gloves and scooped up the little animal, nursed him back to health, and set him free again. Truth be told, I am now a little disgruntled, because I have a feeling that that particular groundhog is the one destroying my petunias. And I also think he was responsible for a bite my border collie received since then (requiring a trip to the emergency vet), but, hey, what goes around comes around. You may wonder what all this has to do with anything. August is, after all, our biggest issue of the year, when the winners of our Best of Fauquier Contest are announced. But my point is that while all our local businesses contribute to our quality of life, it’s also our people who make up our community. In a way, I feel that every issue of Warrenton Lifestyle continues in the vein of August’s annual “best of” theme, as every article we do exhibits something different and special about our community. Nikki is just one of those great people who contribute to our community and help make our county one of the best places to live. Barry McMahon, as another excellent example, is simply one of the best guys around, I think everyone who knows him would agree. As a recovering alcoholic, his goal is to help as many people as he can who are struggling with addiction, and he thinks our close, small community here has a good shot at going a long way to battling the disease. As he says, “We don’t have that many people here, we can help everybody get on the straight and narrow.” One of his goals with his Irish Golf Academy is to work with kids to teach them both golf and life lessons, which will undoubtedly help set these kids on the road to success and health. I’d like to congratulate all the winners of our Best of Fauquier, and thank everyone in our community, businesses and people, who go a long way toward making Fauquier “the best.”

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Southern Fauquier Spotlight Preserving an Ancient Craft; The Piedmont Lace Guild of Virginia

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think all Fauquier residents will agree that we live in a pretty amazing place, and that is due in part to the efforts and customer service of our local businesses. A true community in every sense of the word, our businesses contribute to our quality of life by bringing us the convenience of shopping and obtaining excellent services locally, to residents and tourists alike. Congratulations to all the winners and many many thanks to all the businesses in the county, as well as all our readers and followers that took the time to vote.

Berkley Gallery With their extensive collection of fine traditional American art, Berkley Gallery is clearly the favorite in Fauquier County. Available in a wide price range, their selection of paintings include a variety of mediums including oil, watercolor, pastel, and graphite, and their collection of sculptures incorporates exceptional bronze pieces. Not sure what to pick? Take advantage of their art consultations as you determine which pieces will best suit your home. berkleygallery.com

BEST LOCAL ARTIST

Kevin Scott Jacobs Remington artist Kevin Scott Jacobs has been creating art since childhood, when he found inspiration in Star Wars and comic books. His art tends to favor topics that are important to him, which is why much of his work features themes of animal and wildlife conservation. His art is available in print, with some originals for sale. artofkevinscottjacobs.com

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Known for her sweet disposition and passion for what she does, Jessica Tapscott becomes emotionally involved in each photo session she shoots, which undoubtedly contributes to her popularity and success. Driven by her love of portraying the miracle of new life, she specializes in newborn and family photography. jessicatapscott.com

BEST AUTO DEALERSHIP

Country Chevrolet Country Chevrolet is the favorite in Fauquier this year, known for its wide variety of high quality new and used cars and trucks. With a stellar service center, Country Chevrolet offers a one-stop shop for all your vehicle needs. So whether you need a new vehicle, or repairs to your current one, this dealership is always ready to help with excellent service and an informed sales team. warrentonchevrolet.com

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RTO Tire and Auto With a focus on what is best for vehicles and their owners, RTO Tire and Auto won the Auto Repair category this year. Whether you’re looking for routine maintenance or seeking an estimate on a major repair, RTO Tire and Auto is ready to offer the fastest solutions for the lowest prices. Check out their shop in Remington the next time you need to make a pit stop. facebook.com/rtotireandauto

BEST MOTORSPORTS EQUIPMENT & ACCESSORIES

Blalock Cycle Co. Located in Fauquier County since 1984, Blalock Cycle Company is the place to go for extracurricular vehicles in this area. From Honda motorcycles to dirt bikes to go-karts to all terrain vehicles, they have everything you need for all of your on- and off-road adventures. Their service center on West Lee Highway is the foundation of their operation. From your first service to full overhauls, their team does it all. blalockcycle.com

BEST TRACTOR/LAWN MOWER SALES AND REPAIR

Cecil’s Tractors Family-owned Cecil's Tractors Inc. has served Warrenton and the surrounding area with a personal touch for over 30 years. An authorized dealer for many brands, they can provide you with the best in new and used mowers, tractors, UTVs and more, and repair service for your existing tools. They are happy to help you find either the perfect outdoor power equipment or the parts you've been looking for. cecilstractors.com

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Highland School Summer Programs

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It is no wonder that a program that encourages students to be their best has won best summer program this year. Highland School offers an exciting array of summer courses for students from Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade, focusing on creating a safe environment that promotes effective learning and cooperation. The programs are open to all who are interested and are not restricted to those enrolled at Highland. highlandschool.org

Claire’s bar and restaurant is the place to go when you want to spend an evening with friends and enjoy conversation. With both indoor and outdoor seating, their comfortable and welcoming atmosphere offers the perfect place for people to gather, whether to catch up with old friends or get to know new ones. clairesrestaurant.com

BEST DAY CARE CENTER/PRESCHOOL

BEST GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT

BEST LOCAL ENTERTAINER/BAND

St. Stephen’s Preschool

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For 20 years, St. Stephen’s preschool has sought to provide the early learners of the Fauquier community with a classroom experience focused on both academic growth and community involvement. Rooted in a Christian background, St. Stephen’s structures its curriculum around math, science, social studies, and language with courses that will prepare students for success as they move forward in their scholastic and extracurricular careers. ststephenpreschool.org

Sure to pump up any party, Cj-thaDj of Catlett has been voted best in Fauquier for local entertainment. He is available to liven up any event, from weddings to private events to parties and more. Also offered through his business are moon bounce rentals. If you’re looking to have your next celebration stand out above the rest, try out Cj-tha-Dj. bouncewithmenow.com

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cars far exceeds that of most people. He emphasizes that female customers often feel more comfortable discussing auto issues with her. With a car being most people’s second largest investment in their lives, the relationship with it is an important one. “We have always been a service station. We felt if we gave good service, we would have good customers,” says Dale. And the customers at Chick’s are smart and price conscious. They continue to rely on Chick’s because they know the business

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BEST AUTO PARTS SUPPLY

Chick’s Services “We are invested in Fauquier County and enjoy serving the public; We just so happen to do it with cars,” says Dale Edwards, co-owner of Chick’s Services Inc. in Warrenton. A family business for over 50 years, this auto repair/supply and convenience store has been the community’s ‘go-to’ for all things auto and tire sales. The family is no stranger to the industry. Dale’s father was a tanker driver for Exxon back in the 1960s. Back then, the business provided their drivers the opportunity to

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will give them good, cost-effective work on their cars, using modern technologies with old-fashioned values. Dale says some days he spends more time on the phone advising customers than doing actual hands-on mechanics. Gas is also an aspect to the business that Chick’s maintains the highest standards and savings, recently by signing on to a fuel contract with Marathon gas. The perks of this recent change will benefit the consumer, like the 5 cents off per gallon loyalty program accessible right at the pumps. When asked, Dale says the easiest way to explain Chick’s success is their role in the community. Many members of the family also work in the community, including Dale, who is a golf coach at Kettle Run High School. He credits their amazing manager Wes, as a Godsend who helps run the day-to-day business, allowing Dale and Hazel more opportunities to be involved in other ventures. Residing in Fauquier is living the best of both worlds, says Dale. It’s country enough to be country while feeling almost like living in a different world away from the hustle and bustle of most of Northern Virginia. Living and raising his family in Warrenton has been a wonderful experience, he says. And now his grandchildren are enjoying their childhood the same way.


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BEST SATURDAY NIGHT DATE SPOT

Claire’s at the Depot Winner of many categories in this year’s Best Of competition, Claire’s is the perfect spot for a night out, whether you’re on a first date or have been together for years. Claire’s has also been voted one of the top 100 romantic restaurants in the country at opentable.com, so it’s no mystery why it’s a favorite for Fauquier couples! clairesrestaurant.com

BEST ACCOUNTING FIRM

Scheulen, Patchett & Edwards, P.C. In 1983, Schuelen, Patchett & Edwards began as a small office and has been expanding ever since. Having served our community for over 36 years, this firm offers years of experience in providing accounting services to businesses and individuals. They offer estate planning, consulting, tax, and accounting services. Their office is located on Alexandria Pike next to the DMV. scheulenpatchett.com

BEST BANK

The Fauquier Bank This local bank accrued the most votes in this year’s competition. Committed to the needs of our small town, The Fauquier Bank focuses on personal service, a characteristic which has made it stand out since 1902 when this independent, locallyowned community bank was founded. TFB continues to grow, a testament to the quality of its service, with branches in Fauquier and Prince William Counties. The main branch is located off Main Street at 10 Courthouse Square. tfb.bank

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Fauquier Bank Wealth Management Committed to protecting the assets of our community, TFB Wealth Management offers a variety of services including financial, retirement, and college planning, investment management, trust administration, estate settlement, brokerage services, and insurance services. Located in the heart of Old Town Warrenton, their office provides accessibility and convenience. wealth.tfb.bank

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Law Office of Marie Washington Marie Washington’s commitment to her community, demonstrated through her legal services and volunteer work, make it clear why her firm was voted Best Of Fauquier once again. Marie is known for her excellent and professional legal services in family law, estate planning, civil litigation, criminal law, traffic violations, business law, and landlord-tenant issues. mariewashingtonlaw.com


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Fauquier homeowners have voted The Fauquier Bank as the favorite home lender in the county. Whether you are looking for a fixed-rate or adjustable-rate mortgage, refinancing, or advice on what kind of mortgage you should be looking for, the Fauquier Bank can help you smoothly navigate the daunting process of securing financing for your home. Their mortgage lenders combine local expertise with flexible terms and responsive care to help you with your mortgage needs. tfb. bank/mortgage-loans

A dance, tumbling, and cheer studio located in the Northrock shopping center, Dreams of Dance welcomes aspiring performers of all ages, from 18 months to adult. They offer a large variety of dance and cheer classes including hip-hop, pom, acro, ballet/pointe, jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical, gymnastics, and more. dreamsofdance5678.com

BEST FITNESS CENTER

Old Town Athletic Club Since 1996, Kim and Mike Forsten have focused on helping guests incorporate fitness as an enjoyable feature of their daily lives. State-of-the-art club facilities, a yoga and pilates studio, personal training, group training, Parisi Speed School, and Kids Club all contribute to the Forstens’ goal of improving the overall health of guests of any age. Members also enjoy massage therapy services, a juice bar, and a coffee bar as well as well-appointed locker rooms. Visit them at their Walker Drive facility. otacfitness.com

BEST COACH OR TRAINER BEST YOGA STUDIO

Crystal Willis, Crossfit Warrenton

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Despite being a busy mother of three, CrossFit Trainer Crystal Willis refuses to make excuses that would allow her to avoid regular exercise, and works on breaking through the limits of her strength and endurance. Offering six different classes for people of all ages, Crystal is eager to tailor the diverse workouts of CrossFit to your needs and schedule in order to help you build the body and lifestyle you desire. crossfitwarrenton.com

OTAC Breathe is a studio perfect for those looking to attain the benefits of Yoga and Pilates. The Club’s yoga classes include traditional forms such as Hatha, Lyengar, Yin, Foundations, and Mat Pilates. They also offer the more contemporary styles of hot Vinyasa, Slow Flow and Pitaiyo, as well as a fully equipped Pilates studio. With nearly 40 classes offered weekly, Breathe is an oasis of complete peace and wellness. otacfitness.com

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VOTED BEST REALTOR IN FAUQUIER COUNTY 2 YEARS IN A ROW

I was very excited when I found out that I won "Best Realtor" for the second year in a row! I would like to thank everyone for their votes and for supporting my business. My success is because of people like you. As a lifelong resident of Fauquier County with over 40 years of Real Estate experience, I can help you sell your home or find you a new one. Please feel free to call me with any and all of your Real Estate needs.

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The Dining Room at Claire’s at the Depot

BEST ALL AROUND RESTAURANT

Claire’s at the Depot A consistent winner in our Best Of competition, Claire’s has won a number of categories in this year’s survey, crowned by its victory as best all around restaurant. Their old town location, atmosphere, and amazing cuisine are undoubtedly what made it the favorite of Fauquier voters. clairesrestaurant.com

BEST PLACE FOR A COCKTAIL

Claire’s at the Depot Winning other categories this year, Claire’s has been voted the place to go for cocktails. With their large, elegant bar, talented mixologists, and an extensive and creative wine list, it’s the perfect place to go for a drink and unwind. clairesrestaurant.com

Claire’s at the Depot With their attentive staff and excellent service, it’s no surprise that Claire’s has won the best wait staff category this year. The popular servers, who know regulars by name as well as by drink and food preferences, are adept at making guests feel welcome, pampered, and a valued part of the Claire’s family. clairesrestaurant.com

BEST BARBEQUE

Shawn’s Smokehouse BBQ SHAWNSBBQ.COM

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With its pies and tasty treats having received acclaim from locals, visitors, and even Barack Obama, Red Truck Bakery once again achieves the winning slot as the best bakery in Warrenton. If you are looking to appease your sugar cravings, stop in and try some of their cookies, moonshine cake, chocolate croissants, or any one of their other melt-in-your-mouth delights. redtruckbakery.com

BEST WINERY

Barrel Oak Winery Boasting their hand-crafted Virginia wine, Brian and Sharon Roeder’s Barrel Oak Winery is the voter favorite for the tenth year in a row. Nestled in the Fauquier countryside, the winery offers a relaxing atmosphere, a kid- and pet-friendly environment, and gorgeous views. This venue holds appeal all year round, offering seating either inside their spacious winery or on their beautiful patios. For beer lovers, Barrel Oak now boasts a brewery as well. barreloak.com

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Warrenton certainly loves its BBQ, and with so many delicious options, it is certainly an achievement for Shawn’s Smokehouse BBQ to have come out on top. Patrons can select from barbequed pork, chicken, beef, ribs, and brisket. Choose Shawn’s to cater your next event, and keep an eye out for their food truck at festivals, breweries, and wineries in the area. shawnsbbq.com


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Frost Diner

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Since 1955, Frost Diner has been a mainstay in our town, offering amazing classic southern breakfast food 24 hours a day: pancakes, eggs, bacon, corned beef hash, biscuits and gravy, and grits. They also offer scrumptious lunches and dinners, as well as an amazing array of pies and other desserts. Enjoy the mid-century charm at this vintage diner with a hearty meal sure to leave you satisfied. 55 Broadview Avenue, Warrenton.

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Winning other categories in our competition this year, Claire’s has been voted the best place for a business lunch. Professional lunches can be crucial to networking and sealing deals, and with their amazing food, excellent service and spacious dining room, Claire’s is the ideal place to comfortably discuss business matters. Try them for a weekday lunch. clairesrestaurant.com

BEST COFFEE SHOP

BEST BREWERY

Deja Brew Cafe

Old Bust Head Brewing Company

A cozy and fun meeting place for friends to catch up, Deja Brew has won best coffee shop in Fauquier again this year. Day or evening, you can grab one of their carefully crafted hot or cold coffee concoctions. They offer iced or hot coffee, cappuccinos, and espressos. Don’t forget to try one of their freshly-made pastries, or stay for a breakfast sandwich or lunch while you are there. Keep an eye out for their evening entertainment, when they also serve cocktails. dejabrewcafe.us

Brewmaster Charles Kling brings a lifetime of experience distilling, fermenting, and brewing to Old Bust Head, where they tie the names of their beers to the local community. They're serious about the art of crafting exceptional beer, which is matched by their passion for the environment. Visit their brewery in Vint Hill on a hot summer day to try them out. oldbusthead.com

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Molly’s Irish Pub has been chosen as the best casual/family restaurant by our voters. Located in Old Town Warrenton, this traditional Irish pub serves dishes that masterfully blend old country style with modern flavor. With fresh ingredients, cold craft beers, and regular live musical performances, Molly’s is sure to serve up a sensational outing for you and your family. mollysirishpub.com

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Cafe Torino The votes are in, and Cafe Torino has won best caterer again this year. Customers enjoy Andrea and Amber Ferrero’s northern Italian cuisine all day, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant can make your event memorable by providing their creative and delicious appetizers, entrées and desserts for your parties and events, large or small, through their catering service. cafetorinoandbakery.com

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According to our voters, Carousel Frozen Treats is the best place to enjoy an ice cream. Open spring through fall, they are especially popular among students who visit Carousel after school. It’s also a great place to meet up with family and friends to enjoy a scoop or two of one of their frozen delights. Conveniently located in Waterloo Shopping Center, they also serve hot dogs, sliders, grilled cheese and chicken strips. carouselfrozentreats.com

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Buckland Farm Market Owned and operated by Bill and Sherry Coffey for over 27 years, the Buckland Farm Market won the category for best small grocery store, offering fresh produce and delicious homemade goodies for all four seasons. Located on a working cattle farm, the market prides itself on its family-friendly, country-style atmosphere, providing a relaxed and comfortable environment perfect for a memorable rural adventure. bucklandfarmmarket.com

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El Agave El Agave is the favorite among Fauquier restaurant-goers this year. This local establishment offers authentic, delicious Mexican food that features chicken, pork, beef, seafood, and vegetarian options. The Villasenor family is welcoming and provides prompt, reliable service with consistently greattasting food. Go visit for lunch or dinner. elagavefauquier.com

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Claire’s at the Depot A winner of quite a few categories this year, Claire’s has also been voted best outdoor seating at a restaurant in Fauquier County. A spacious patio and a carefully landscaped garden, bordered by a historic train car and an elegant fence make it a delightful spot to dine and enjoy the fine weather after work or on weekends. clairesrestaurant.com

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The top spot in the International Food category went to Faang Thai Restaurant this year. Readers adore their unique, exotic flavors–both mild and spicy–which can be found in their appetizers, main entrees, and even desserts. They also offer an extensive bar selection, as well as take-out and local delivery for you to enjoy at home. Dine inside or outside, where you will taste the many reasons they were voted number one. faangthai.com

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Rankin’s True Value Hardware According to our voters, Rankin’s True Value Hardware offers the highest quality tools and materials for your next home improvement for the most affordable prices. Rankin’s knows that you take pride in where you live, and that’s why they strive to prepare you to take on the projects that will turn your house into your dream home. Visit their store in Warrenton or check out their website for advice on how to make your residence the safe and beautiful sanctuary you deserve. truevalue.com/rankinsw

Dok Klaus Computer Care Since 2002, Dok Klaus Computer Care has consistently provided clients with quality computer system repair services and technical support in Fauquier County. Knowing that the information on your devices is of the utmost importance, Dok and his knowledgeable team are ready to help with personalized computer care, networking, virus removal, data recovery, and on-site solutions for homes and businesses. Their office is located on Waterloo Street across from Carousel Frozen Treats. dokklaus.com

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Genesis Home Improvement

The winner in the Contractor/Handyman category this year is Genesis Home Improvement, LLC, a family-owned company in Bealeton that provides personalized home improvement services to clients throughout northern Virginia. They offer a number of services including kitchen and bathroom renovations, roofing and siding, deck and patio installations, general interior and exterior home improvements, and even barn construction. ghiva.com

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Appleton Campbell Undoubtedly a favorite in home maintenance, Appleton Campbell offers what our voters consider to be the best HVAC services in Fauquier. A family-owned business since 1976, Appleton Campbell concentrates on treating your home the way they would treat their own, minimizing the mess during the job and meticulously cleaning up after the work is complete. appletoncampbell.com


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treats homes and commercial buildings, both interior and exterior, for all types of pests on both an emergency and a maintenance basis. “It can really be a health issue,” said Mike. “Not only are pests a pain in the neck, but they can carry all sorts of diseases, so it’s important that homes and businesses remain free of insects “When we walk into a home, we’re helping and rodents.” While using the most effective people live a better, healthier life. We’re treatments available today, the company is also assisting them with real life problems, sensitive to families’ concerns on the effect of and that feels good,” said Mike Rector, the pest treatments on their families and pets as Vice President of Eagle Pest Services in well as the environment. “We use a lot of green Warrenton. “We really are grateful that we products now, and there are more coming out can help people in the community.” every day. The industry has come a long way. Now Mike and his father Tom, President of Eagle they’re making a lot Pest Services, both of botanicals and Fauquier natives, “WE REALLY ARE GRATEFUL THAT WE CAN plant based products started their company that repel insects. HELP PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY.” in 1995 in Tom’s They work as well as Warrenton basement their chemical counterparts, and they’re getting with five employees. After five years of hard better and better. The more we use them the more work, the company really took off and now we realize that it’s better for everybody.” their staff of 42 operates 35 trucks in the field Mike credits his company’s success to two every day covering an area from Fauquier to things: their relationships with their customers, Northern Virginia, D.C., and Maryland. With a and their highly trained employees. Mike prides home base in Warrenton, Eagle Pest Services

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himself on his staff, and said, “They are what make us what we are. They’re like family.” They go through a rigorous training regimen before they are sent out into the field, with three months of education, and then another six months of working with supervision before they go out on their own. “This elevates our staff to a level above the competition,” Mike explained. “Our employees can answer any question a customer may have, and be very clear about what expectations they should have, and that’s important to our customer service.” This all seems to be working, since their customer retention rate is high, and a good portion of their new business comes from word of mouth. Mike said, “For both me and my dad, there’s a special place in our hearts for Fauquier County and its residents. We go out to dinner, see customers, and touch base with them. It’s really special to us. At the end of the day, when you walk into a home for the final follow up and you don’t see any pests, it’s almost like a feeling of gratitude, just being glad that we were able to help.” eaglepestservices.com


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Carmen Rivera, State Farm Ms. Rivera of State Farm Insurance has become popular in Fauquier thanks to her personal, friendly, and knowledgeable service. Focused on auto, home, renters, life, and business insurance, she helps clients in Warrenton and the surrounding areas manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams. statefarm.com

Permascapes Certified in permaculture design, Permascapes LLC is ready to plan, construct, and maintain the perfect yard to complement your home. With services including landscape design, tree trimming, and seasonal yard cleanup, Permascapes focuses on offering care to your garden that is both high quality and sustainable, so that you can be proud of your home’s appearance all year long. facebook.com/pg/permascapes

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Appleton Campbell A family-owned business serving Warrenton and the surrounding area since 1976, Appleton Campbell are committed to providing customers with top quality service, a mission our voters recognized by voting them best plumbing service in Fauquier this year. Focused on building excellent relationships with customers, their expert technicians provide professional, friendly, and efficient installation and repairs in plumbing, electric, and HVAC services. appletoncampbell.com Lifestyle

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Siggi’s Men’s Grooming Place Owner Siggi Jamison

I was very excited when I found out that I won "Best Realtor" for the second year in a row! I would like to thank everyone for their votes and for Specializing in men’s supporting my business. My scissor cuts and fades, Siggi’s Men’s Grooming Place certainly offers success is because of people like more than the traditional barbershop experience. you. As a lifelong resident of Owner Siggiwith Jamison and her highly trained team Fauquier County over 40 provide their customers years of Real Estate experience,with an experience that both grooms and pampers, I can help you sell your home or including services such as beard trims, facials, and massage find you a new one. Please feel therapy. siggismensgroomingplace.com free to call me with any and all

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of your Real Estate needs. Brenda Rich of Century 21 Real Estate in Warrenton knows that CENTURY 21 New Millennium investing in a home is a huge step, both emotionally and financially, and Call for is ready to help. A native Fauquier a Free Market Taking into account hair color, face shape, skin resident, Brenda has been selling Analysis tone, eye color, and personal style, the stylists real estate since 1978 and has vast at PR@Partners focus on crafting flattering knowledge of the area. She is very looks for each client. With modern salons and an active in the community as president Brenda Rich 540-270-1659 | brenda.rich@c21nm.com emphasis on beautiful hair transformations, they 85ofGarrett Street Warrenton, Virginia 20186 | Office: 540-349-1221 the Fauquier County Fair, Inc. and are all about simple and fresh looks that adapt as a member of the Greater Area to the client and their lifestyle. Conveniently Association of Realtors. A certified located in Warrenton Center, PR@Partners could buyer’s agent, she specializes be the place for you to find your next hairstyle. in first time home buyers. pratpartners.com c21nm.com/agents/brenda-rich/

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Envy Nails With services including manicures, pedicures, acrylic nails, gel nails, and silk wraps, Envy Nails offers a wide array of nail care. They also provide many other elegant spa services, from makeup tattoos to massages to facials, ensuring that their customers feel comfortable, beautiful, and relaxed. envynailswarrenton.com

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Salon Emage owner Melanee Montalvo

BEST MASSAGE

Salon Emage Located in Old Town Warrenton, Salon Emage’s historic, luxurious atmosphere is surely what led it to win in this category. Tailored to meet each customer’s individual needs, the selection of massages at the salon are ideal for those looking for full-body rejuvenation, relaxation after workouts, or relief from specific muscle aches. salonemage.com

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Salon Emage Clearly a favorite among our voters, Salon Emage also won this year for its lavish spa services. Whether customers are looking for a relaxing afternoon with a friend, a unique venue for a romantic date night, or an unforgettable group experience for a special occasion, the spa at Salon Emage is ready to pamper and reinvigorate its guests. salonemage.com

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Dr. Jeffrey A. Harris, D.D.S. Serving Warrenton for over 25 years and boasting its friendly, familial atmosphere, the dental practice of Dr. Jeffrey A. Harris, D.D.S. is our winner this year. Dr. Harris’s practice aims to provide high quality dental care for a reasonable price, utilizing the most current techniques and equipment, as well as ensuring patients are informed about the procedures they need. harrissmile.com

BEST DERMATOLOGIST

Warrenton Dermatology With a focus on establishing a doctorpatient relationship based on mutual respect and communication, Warrenton Dermatology has won best dermatologist this year. Whether you are interested in an initial consultation, an emergency procedure, or a long-term treatment plan, their knowledgeable staff is ready to give you the confidence of healthy skin. warrentondermatology.com

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Samuel L. Weir and Associates

It is important for the people of Fauquier County to know that there are resources in their community ready to help them navigate the loss they experience. Spiritual Care Support Ministries offers faith-based programs to help members of the community deal with grief, divorce, chronic illness, and other hardships. Through the facilitation of counseling, training, and support groups, SCSM is committed to supporting the people of Fauquier as they overcome and grow from the hardships in their lives. scsm.tv

Since 1979, Samuel L. Weir and Associates have been committed to supporting the vision of Fauquier County, providing comprehensive exams, Lasik and cataract evaluations, glasses frames and lenses, and contact lenses. The practice also works to ensure the health of patients’ eyes, offering removal of foreign bodies, treatment of infections and glaucoma, co-management of LASIK and cataract surgery, and monitoring of macular degeneration. warrentoneyes.com

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Lifestyle Physicians Drs. Sagar Verma, MD and Sheeba Asad, ND, co-founders of Lifestyle Physicians, share a philosophy of promoting patients’ health by addressing the root of conditions, rather than just acting defensively against symptoms. From chronic conditions to acute pain, the staff at Lifestyle Physicians utilizes non-invasive natural remedies to promote whole-patient wellness and facilitate the self-healing processes of the body. lifestylephysicians.com

When you decide to get braces for yourself or a loved one, you want to make sure you’re getting the best care and most advanced treatment available. According to the voters of Fauquier County, Griffin and Errera Orthodontics is the place to go. They value the establishment of open communication and a family-friendly environment, constructing comprehensive diagnoses with individualized treatment plans. griffinorthodontics.com

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Piedmont Pediatrics (Drs. Jakum, Chalmeta, Bovee, Rustom) Located at 20 Rock Pointe off Blackwell Road, Piedmont Pediatrics proudly provides doctors, nurse practitioners, a phlebotomist, a team of licensed nurses, and an attentive administrative support staff. Together, they are dedicated to meeting your child’s medical care needs, from newborn to young adulthood. Same-day sick appointments and Saturday appointments are available. piedmontpediatrics.com REMINGTONDRUG.COM

Fauquier Hospital Health’s Home Health Care, our winner this year, is ready to provide support when people need assistance at home after an injury or surgery. Under the supervision of the referring physician, they help patients and families to smoothly transition from hospital to home, set up a patient’s home for maximum safety, and arrange physical and occupational therapies. Home Health Care can also help coordinate home health aides and skilled nursing care when necessary. fauquierhealth.org

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Hospice Support of Fauquier County People who have gone through the terminal illness of a loved one know how much of a difference attentive, comfortable hospice care can make in such a difficult situation. This year, Hospice Support of Fauquier County has been voted the best provider in the county. A nonprofit organization dedicated to providing non-medical, supportive care to people with life threatening or terminal illness as well as their families, Hospice Support focuses on ensuring the highest quality of life for the patient. hospicesupport.org

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Co-Owners Travis Hale and Al Roberts

Remington Drug Company Founded in 1913, Remington Drug Company is the oldest pharmacy in Fauquier County, proudly balancing its knowledge of the most advanced pharmaceutical technology with its friendly and familiar service. A landmark in the region, the company provides a pharmacy experience like no other, bringing guests back to the early 20th century by providing a marble soda fountain at which one may enjoy a frozen treat. remingtondrug.com

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Passing by the historic building on Main Street in Marshall, you would never notice The Rooms Up There unless you were looking for it. Tucked privately in the back of the 200-yearold building at 8393 West Main, the upscale, three-room getaway is run in partnership by Dan Moore and Dianna Campagna. Its historic charm and luxury has been bringing in guests from all over to spend a weekend in the peaceful town since 2017. “I have always thought that, for whatever reason, I wanted an inn,” Moore said, and with experience in both interior design and hospitality, he is suited to — and successful in — the role. When Moore first visited the building, he knew that it was an ideal space for his vision. The original part of the building, a stone storehouse dating to 1805, was enlarged with the addition of a two-story log structure in the 1820s, and the building further expanded over time, ebbing and flowing between residential and commercial use in the interim years. He explained, “Everyone

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has their gifts — when I look at a space, I don’t really see what’s there, I see what could potentially be there. It was very easy for me to imagine all these things that are now happening in this building; to envision the banquet facility in the back, and other features we’ve implemented. The building presented itself to me as what it has become.” And what it has become is a luxurious and private getaway space. Due to its rural feel, exceptional privacy, customizable features, and quiet environment, the guest experience at The Rooms Up There is nothing like an experience at a major chain hotel. Guest comfort was a high priority for Moore in the creation of The Rooms Up There. A crowning feature of the rooms are the lush and comfortable beds which caused one guest to describe his stay as “a decadent night's sleep.” From

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the mattress to the sheets, everything was hand picked by Moore to provide an exceptional experience. Each room comes with a Sealy Posturepedic Hybrid Elite Kelburn king mattress, Matouk fine linens, blackout window treatments, individual in-room A/C temperature control, and newly renovated marble baths with a custom walk-in shower, both with hand-crafted Italian faucetry and luxuriously thick towels. The three rooms are connected by a comfortably furnished common space that Moore envisions will create connections between guests if they so choose. “We’re our own worst critics,” said Moore. “I’m okay with the imperfections of the building that dates back to the eighteen hundreds. I always say, ‘I don’t need it to look perfect, I just need it to look exactly how I want it.’” This attitude has left guests floored at the cleanliness and outstanding attention to detail put into the rooms by the housekeeping team. As one guest noted, “Every detail is thoughtfully perfect,” and another described the experience as “tasteful and very upscale.” theroomsupthere.com


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Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center, with locations in Gainesville and Warrenton, is northern Virginia’s premier orthopaedic care facility. They specialize in diagnosing and treating a wide variety of back pain and spinal disorders, from sports injuries to joint pain and beyond with personalized, innovative treatments by skilled, compassionate physicians. broava.com

BEST CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION

Spiritual Care Support Ministries It is never easy to think about or experience loss, but when the worst happens, there is a place in Fauquier County that can help. Spiritual Care Support Ministries helps the community with grief, divorce, illness, and other losses. Through the facilitation of support groups and retreats, SCSM is dedicated to helping the people of Fauquier County, and is a valued member of our community. scsm.tv

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Warrenton Center Dry Cleaners According to the voters of Fauquier County, there is no better place to go to for dry cleaning. Along with the many services they provide, including alterations, garment preservation, leather shoe repair, and more, Warrenton Center Dry Cleaners uses an organic cleaning process that’s better for the environment and your clothes. 251 West Lee Highway.

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Focusing on the restoration of full functionality, Blue Ridge Physical Therapy offers the full range of physical therapy treatments. With over a century of combined clinical experience, the staff at Blue Ridge are ready to help with the most innovative treatments in the field, including occupational and hand therapy, dry needling, aquatic physical therapy, medical nutrition therapy and massage therapy. broava.com/physical-therapy

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Airlie The village-style resort at Airlie, registered as a Historic Hotel of America, has been the scenic venue of choice for diplomats and leaders of industry since 1961. From formal gatherings in the historic main house to elegant parties in the carefully kept garden to cozy cookouts by the lake, hosting your next special occasion at the resort is definitely the best way to set it apart from the rest. airlie.com

BEST PLACE OF WORSHIP

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church With beautiful stones forming an arching entrance to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, visitors are filled with a sense of beauty and comfort before even stepping inside. With five Sunday services, three Saturday services, and two daily services each weekday, St. John’s is committed to ensuring accessibility for all. Whether you’re looking for a place to go for some quiet reflection, to worship with a Catholic mass, or to connect with your spirituality, visit St. John’s on Winchester Street in Warrenton. stjohntheevangelist.org

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Located in Delaplane, Thousand Hills Riding Stable, LLC specializes in teaching riding to children as young as two years old. Founded by Yvonne Toone, a Certified Horsemanship Association Instructor and Licensed Veterinary Technician, the facility provides boarding and riding lessons, offering a safe environment for children to learn all aspects of horsemanship, from ground to saddle. thousandhillsridingstable.net

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Georjean’s Grooming The only locally-owned shop in Warrenton with a self-service dog wash, Georjean’s Dog Grooming has been providing high quality dog grooming since 1999. With services including bathing, nail clipping, ear cleaning, and styling, Georjean’s is prepared to get your canine companion ready for the next dog show or walk in the park. georjeanspetgrooming.com


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Ella enjoying one of Paws Awhile’s spacious outdoor play areas.

“AS CHRISTIANS AND AS MONASTICS, ONE OF OUR GOALS IS TO SERVE OTHERS, WHETHER THEY ARE TWO-LEGGED OR FOUR-LEGGED. THEY ARE ALL GOD’S CREATURES.”

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Paws Awhile Pet Motel How do two nuns start a successful business? With small business loans, hard work, a lot of faith, and unexpected blessings. Mother Eirene and Mother Raphaela purchased Paws Awhile Pet Motel in Warrenton almost 21 years ago. With Mother Evdokia who joined them 9 years ago and an awesome team, they have built Paws Awhile into what our readers consider the best pet boarding facility in Fauquier County. “We’re Orthodox Christians nuns and traditionally we work to support ourselves

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with the work of our own hands,” they explained. Mother Eirene and Mother Raphaela initially explored various ideas for making a living including raising alpacas and llamas, hand bookbinding, and hand dipped candle making. When they realized that none of these seemed likely to actually reap enough to earn a living, several people suggested a dog boarding facility to them. They developed what The Fauquier Bank considered an exceptional business plan and, after convincing the skeptical SBA that nuns were indeed capable of running a legitimate business successfully, obtained loans to move forward with their dream. Part of the necessary collateral was loaned to the sisters and they were on their way. As they had known all along, if God wanted them to do this, it would all work out.

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The nuns, who grew up taking care of and training their own and other neighborhood families dogs and cats, now consider caring for their four legged guests their calling. Mother Eirene explained, “As Christians and as Monastics, one of our goals is to serve others, whether they are two-legged or four-legged. They are all God’s creatures.” And, in doing so, they have formed a family with all their two-legged clients and four-legged guests. The pets are cared for with an unsurpassed attention to detail, which the nuns consider to be a factor in their success. The staff is carefully trained to be in tune with each pet as an individual. That way, if an animal is behaving in a manner that is unusual for them, the staff can tend to their needs immediately. The nuns and the staff take their jobs very seriously and realize it is a huge responsibility and privilege to be caring for families’ “fur babies.” This exceptional care earns Paws Awhile 95 percent repeat clients — some clients are bringing their third or fourth generation of dogs to them. The facility has grown and has a dedicated staff of 27, and each staff member is carefully selected for their caring personality, love of animals, and attention to detail. The nuns feel strongly that the employees are indeed part of the Paws Awhile family. “We do offer benefits of paid vacation time, health insurance, and other perks to each team member. After all, if you don’t take care of your team, you won’t have a team,” said Mother Eirene. Sound advice for any business. All the nuns continually say, “The community’s trust in us is humbling and gratifying. We look forward to many more years of service to the community.” pawsawhilepetmotel.com


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Hungry Like the WOOF Training Services Whether you have a mature dog with an attitude problem or a young puppy who needs to pick up some basic commands, the trainers at Hungry Like the Woof are eager to help. With a focus on a holistic approach, the staff create plans for your pup that will result in the maintenance of its optimal health. Between workshops, private instruction, and classes through Mountain View Dog Training, Hungry Like the Woof has it all. hungrylikethewoof.com

Piedmont Pets Founded in 2003, Piedmont Pets Veterinary Care is a full-service veterinary practice committed to providing exceptional and compassionate care to cats and dogs. Determined to develop the best treatment plan for the overall well-being of your pet, the practice offers a wide range of services, including regular health checkups, vaccinations, flea and tick control, dentistry, digital x-rays, and laser therapy. piedmontpetsvet.com

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Located in the heart of Old Town Warrenton, Designs by Teresa has been providing professional floral design for over 28 years, and has been voted this year’s winner for best florist in Fauquier County. Shoppers may select from a wide variety of flowers, plants, and garden items, as well as an extensive collection of home accessories such as silk flower arrangements and statues. designsbyteresa.com

As the name suggests, Galloping Grape is different from other wine stores in that it does more than offer wine… they also sell equine equipment! Open Monday-Saturday, this shop offers free wine tastings, a wide selection of beer and wine, saddles and other tack, and cigars. Stop in for advice on selecting a bottle of wine for a special occasion or simply for an everyday treat. gallopinggrape.com

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In 2010, local residents Lee and Terry Owsley opened Latitudes Fair Trade Store on Main Street in Warrenton. Since then, members of the community have been shopping and spreading the word about their fascinating merchandise. The Owsley’s store is a component of the Fair Trade Federation and offers goods from around the world, including handcrafted bags, baskets, jewelry, clothing, and other gift items. Open seven days a week, it is the perfect place to find a gift for someone else...or to spoil yourself. latitudesfairtrade.com

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Voters this year have chosen Hartman Jewelers as the best jewelry store in Fauquier. From diamonds to gemstones, from silver to gold to platinum, you are sure to find a piece to fit your taste and style in the impressive collection offered by Hartman Jewelers. Stop in at their location on Main Street in Old Town Warrenton to shop or utilize their jewelry cleaning and repair services. hartmanjewelers.com

Nestled in the heart of Old Town Warrenton, Do You...Deja Vu consignment store has won the category for best of women’s clothes. With affordable prices, timeless styles, and a staff knowledgeable in the latest fashion trends, the store is a wonderful place to find a cute outfit for yourself or a special gift for a loved one. facebook.com/doyoudejavu ❖


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Create Window Boxes like the Brits BY STELLA VERADUCCIA

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he English are known for their love of gardening and can be said to have invented the “cottage style” in design and landscaping long before the rest of the world even knew that was a thing. The charming look of abundant, colorful window boxes with a riot of flowers and cascading greens is easy to achieve if you follow a few simple guidelines.

1. First, consider the container. If it’s not already attached to the house, make sure that the one you select is compatible with the architecture and that it’s installed securely enough to support the final weight when filled and watered. The top edge should be level with the bottom of the window and it should be roughly the same width. If the box is already mounted, especially under a second story window, you can do your planting in a plastic liner designed to fit inside the box, and then just drop it in. Whether you’re planting in a liner or directly in the box, there are three critical things to remember, and they are: (a) drainage (b) drainage (c) drainage. Did I mention drainage? Your window box is a large oblong flower pot and, like any other flower pot, it needs holes at the bottom for drainage – if yours doesn’t have them, fire up the drill. In addition to drainage holes, you should also place a very thin layer of packing peanuts or crushed Styrofoam cups across the bottom – this is a light-weight alternative to the traditional gravel base. Then fill the box up to about three-quarters full with fresh potting mix, not heavy garden dirt or topsoil, making sure to reserve

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enough to fill in the spaces after you get the plants in. Now comes the fun part.

2. Thriller, filler, spiller. This is a popular formula for arranging plants in a window box (or any container), and it all but guarantees success. Put in girly terms, the thriller is the diva in the arrangement: a showy, high-impact specimen which serves as a dramatic focal point; it’s usually a taller, upright plant which commands attention, and it goes smack in the middle. The fillers are the diva’s BFFs: they surround the thriller, making up the main body of the planting and forming a happy, dense-looking mass of color; these babies help create the look of abundance that’s typical of cottage style. Finally, the spillers are the hangers-on: low, trailing plants placed at the front and sides of the box which flow over the edges and hang down; these can be green or flowering vines or any plant with a trailing habit, in colors that complement the fillers. Once you get the plants in the box all nice and cozy, fill any gaps with the remaining

others are thirsty lushes one drink away from a major intervention; if you combine them, you risk damaging both. Different plants also have different feeding requirements; read the care instructions or ask the staff at the

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3. As with girlfriends, an important issue in plant selection is compatibility. Depending on the exposure of the window box, the plants you select must have the same requirements for sun or shade. Similarly, some plants are delicate teetotalers that like to dry out between waterings while

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garden center to be sure you’re combining selections that not only look good together but also thrive in the same environment. Done right, your mini cottage garden provides charming views from two distinct vantage points: when standing outside and looking at the house, and when sitting inside and looking out the open window (added bonus: gentle floral fragrance wafting into the room.) If you can’t get away to England this year, you can certainly bring a bit of the Cotswolds right to your windowsill. ❖


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A Credit Union’s Commitment to Serving the Community

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VA Community Credit Union has spent the last 65 years helping generations of members make their financial dreams come true. Its commitment to its members, and the financial health of the communities it serves is the cornerstone of its operation. As the name indicates, UVA Community Credit Union is a community-based organization, which is dedicated to helping its members realize their financial goals and strengthening the communities in which they live, work, and attend schools. Throughout the years the credit union has remained committed to helping members—whether it was owning a home, sending their children to college, or enjoying a secure retirement. Another way the credit union has made an impact in the communities it serves, is through hiring industry experts who are also longstanding members of the community. You may already be familiar with many of these people because they’ve lived in our community for years and are a part of the credit union’s family. They are dedicated to helping you discover the credit union difference and how membership in UVA Community Credit Union can help you be YOU!

William T. Butler III (Tripp) | Sr. Commercial Loan Officer Tripp has over 20 years experience in the financial services industry and is passionate about building business relationships in Culpeper, Fauquier, Orange, Madison, and Rappahannock counties. The credit union’s commercial loan portfolio includes real estate, construction, equipment, and vehicle loans as well as lines of credit. Tripp is instrumental in engaging local businesses and providing financial education awareness to local businesses and its employees. Be on the lookout for Tripp tapping his foot and singing along at the credit union sponsored Orange Downtown Alliance Summer Main Street Music Series this summer. Amelia J. Stansell | Sr. Commercial Loan Officer Amelia, the most recent addition to the credit union family, is here to help provide solid commercial banking solutions for members with business locations in Culpeper, Fauquier, Orange, and Rappahannock counties. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Amelia believes in serving her community to make it a better place to live, work, and do business through volunteering. In 2018, Amelia was nominated for “Business Person of the Year” by the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of Leadership Fauquier, an active Rotarian, Chairman of Experience Old Town Warrenton, and is a Be the Change Foundation board member. Trevor Rollison | Mortgage Loan Officer Looking for a home in Culpeper or Warrenton? Trevor has over 18 years of financial services experience and can provide you with options to make the home of your dreams a reality. Based out of the credit union’s Culpeper and Warrenton branches, Trevor is an expert at assisting home buyers with the mortgage application process as well as refinancing existing residential mortgages, and regularly receives 5 star reviews on Zillow. As a member of the Greater Piedmont Realtors, he works seamlessly with real estate agents to ensure your home buying experience is smooth and meets timeframes that are important to you. He shares his experience and advice about the local real estate market during seminars hosted by the credit union. Fiona Waln | Branch Manager, Blackwell Road Fiona is a very familiar face in the community having spent the last 23 years in the financial industry serving Fauquier County. She manages the day-to-day operations at the credit union’s branch on Blackwell Road in Warrenton by helping members navigate the process of saving for college, starting a business, and planning for retirement. Fiona is active with the credit union’s CU @ Work program that provides affordable financial services to employees of local businesses.


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Jackie Bowles | Branch Manager, Culpeper A familiar face, and lifelong resident of Culpeper, the credit union was thrilled to have Jackie join the team when it expanded to the Culpeper market. Jackie’s smiling face and can do attitude can be found at 633 Meadowbrook Shopping Center. She has 30 years of experience in the financial industry and is deeply rooted in the Culpeper community. She represents the credit union during the 3rd Thursday Concert Series, Culpeper Business Industry and Education Day, and is very active with the Chamber of Commerce. Samantha Black | Community Relations Specialist Samantha has worked in financial services for the last eight years, and was recently the branch manager at the credit union’s branch in Warrenton, where she helped many members achieve their financial goals one-on-one. Now, as a community relations specialist, she coordinates larger education opportunities for the entire community including: financial education programs for local schools, seminars at the credit union, and for local employers through the credit union’s CU @ Work program. She also manages local sponsorships and donations. She is on the credit union’s scholarship review committee that annually awards $1,500 to 18 high school students in its field of membership. Jomo Hylton* | Financial Advisor/Financial Planner Jomo assist families, individuals, and small business owners in achieving a higher level of financial independence and security through holistic, comprehensive solutions. In addition to his expertise, he has partnerships with various other resources which help uncover needs and provide solutions. Look for Jomo out in the community swinging a hammer or perhaps painting. He is an avid supporter of Habitat for Humanity and participates annually with home construction.

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Managing Credit and Debt Seminar Thursday, September 19 | 6-7:30 pm Blackwell Road Branch 484 Blackwell Road, Suite 100, Warrenton Home Sellers Seminar Thursday, October 3 | 6-7 pm Montague Miller & Co Realtors 332 James Madison Hwy, Culpeper For more information on upcoming seminars and to register, please visit uvacreditunion.org/seminars

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butterfly eggs and young caterpillars. Provide native food spring, summer and fall. The key to attracting butterflies is nectar - and lots of it! Butterflies that overwinter as adults need nectar sources early in the season, and fall migrants, like monarchs, need plenty of nectar to fuel their long journeys south. It's easy to provide nectar in the summer, when most flowers are in bloom, but does your backyard offer nectar sources in March, or October? Plant your native flowers so that you have a succession of flowering nectar plants in bloom from spring through fall. You can find bloom times for Virginia native plants listed in the Virginia Native Plant Society web site vnps.org. Go for color. Butterflies love bright colors like yellow, red, purple, and blue. You should plant large masses or groupings of the same color so the butterflies can see the flowers from a distance. This

will entice them to fly closer to see if food is available. Butterflies are rather nearsighted. They can only see well within 10-12 feet of a flower. They can however, distinguish colors from a distance. Plant a wide variety of colorful flowers with simple open blooms, so butterflies can sit as they feast. Old-fashioned varieties of flowers often provide more of the nectar butterflies seek than modern, more colorful hybrids. Flowers with large tops like yarrow, zinnias and peonies are very attractive to butterflies. Colorful nectar plants and the butterflies that prefer them: • Baptisia Australis / Wild Indigo Dusky wing • Bee Balm / Swallowtails • Black Eyed Susan / Orange Sulphur • Butterfly Weed / Most types • Coneflower / Eastern Tailed Blue • Daisies / American Painted Lady • Milkweed /Monarchs

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rock or leaf in a sunny spot, with its wings extended, warming up its flight muscles. When planning your butterfly habitat, think about providing good basking spots in the sunniest areas of your yard. Provide a spot to get a drink. Besides offering sun, you need to offer butterflies something to drink. A complete butterfly habitat will include one or more puddling sites. Butterflies can’t drink from bird baths or fountains. Instead, they get water and important minerals by taking up moisture from mud puddles. Sink a dish tub or bucket in the ground, fill it with sand, and make sure to wet the sand down each day. If you use drip irrigation to water your garden beds, this can also provide puddling sites for butterflies. Protect your butterfly habitat from the wind. The calmer the environment, the more attractive it is to butterflies. Try to place your nectar and host plants where your house, a fence, a group of shrubs, or a line of trees will buffer the wind from your butterfly garden Keep some distance between bird feeders and your butterfly habitat. While creating a backyard wildlife habitat for both birds and butterflies is a great thing to do, you need to think of the predator-prey relationship. If you place a birdbath right in the middle of your butterfly garden, you're providing one stop shopping for hungry birds. Consider placing any bird feeders or birdbaths in a separate area of your yard – away from your butterfly habitat. Don't use pesticides! This one should be obvious, right? If you're trying to support insect life in your backyard, you don't want to use chemicals or other substances that kill them. One of the reasons that we see fewer bees and butterflies now is the prevalent use of pesticides. Pesticides don’t discriminate between insects. They kill the few unwanted pests, along with all the good insects like earthworms, fireflies, and butterflies. The weed killer “Roundup” in particular, targets milkweed, the sole food source of the monarch butterfly. Find alternatives to pesticides such as crop rotation, companion planting and other organic gardening methods. Provide a native pollinator habitat. This is a bit different than gardening for aesthetics. Caterpillars need foliage to feed on, so you'll have to be tolerant of a few leaves with holes, or even plants that

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have been defoliated. Some caterpillars will even feed on the plants you intend to eat yourself, like dill or fennel (which are the host plants for black swallowtail larvae). Learn to share. Plant some extra so there's enough for you, your family, and the caterpillars. Provide cover for overwintering butterflies and caterpillars. We tend to think of butterflies as summer insects. Ever wonder where they go in the winter months? Yes, monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico, but most of our butterflies survive the winter by simply hiding out until warm weather returns. Butterflies may overwinter in any of their four life stages. Swallowtails usually wait out the winter weather in the pupal stage, tucked away inside a chrysalis in a protected location. Many tiger moths, most notably the Isabella tiger moth which goes by the nickname woolly bear as a caterpillar, overwinter in the larval stage. A number of butterflies survive the cold in the adult stage, by simply tucking themselves under loose bark or hiding inside a tree cavity. So how can you provide winter shelter for butterflies and moths in different life stages? Hint: don't rake all your leaves. Leave the fall leaf litter in at least part of your yard for hibernating caterpillars. Brush piles and stored firewood also make excellent shelter for overwintering butterflies. Research has shown that butterfly houses are generally not effective. Butterflies rarely use them, but wasps do. Butterflies are more attracted to a natural environment like hollow logs, cracks in stone, loose bark, or a stack of firewood. A word about the Butterfly Bush: Butterfly Bush is usually the first plant many homeowners think of for butterflies. While butterfly bush does bloom for a long time and attract a lot of butterflies, keep in mind that it's an exotic, invasive plant that should probably be avoided. Several varieties of butterflies (like the Monarch) will not lay their eggs on a Butterfly Bush – so you have a food source for the adults, but nothing for the next generation. ❖ ABOUT THE AUTHOR Janene Cullen has lived in Haymarket for 16 years. She works full time for the Aerospace Corporation as a Satellite Engineer. She has been a Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer since 2006 and volunteers with the Master Gardeners of Prince William serving Prince William County, Manassas City and Manassas Park residents.


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A Look Back: Woodstock 50 Years Later Fauquier Library can help you remember and appreciate the meaning of the iconic music festival BY VICKY GINTHER, FCPL REFERENCE LIBRARIAN

I came upon a child of God, he was walking along the road And, I asked him, “Tell me where are you going,” this he told me. “He said I’m going down to Yasgur’s farm, going to join in a rock and roll band, Got to get back to the land, and set my soul free.” — JONI MITCHELL, “WOODSTOCK” AS RECORDED BY CROSBY, STILLS, NASH, AND YOUNG

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Woodstock was in no way a hippie utopia. Rain, transportation problems, and poor planning made the three day event uncomfortable and sometimes downright dangerous. But what drove the festival was the power of music as a communication medium and a foundation for a dialogue about who we were as a society and what we might become. From acts as diverse as Ravi Shankar, the legendary Indian sitarist who tutored the Beatles’ George Harrison, to the politically vocal Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, and mainstream folkies like Joan Baez, appeared at the festival. All believed in the ability of music to influence the lives of people and the directions of societies. But of all the things that were dreamed for Woodstock, what remains most vivid are the images the festival generated. Joni Mitchell’s song “Woodstock,” quoted above, is based on the tales told to her by David Crosby, Steven Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young (Mitchell was prevented from attending by her manager). The song, recorded by Crosby, Stills, and Nash, cemented the images and ideals that emerged from the festival in the minds of a generation — even when those images did not always match reality. Such is the power of music. The belief that something unique and magical happened at Woodstock has not easily been shaken and its memory continues to fuel the dreams and imaginations of young people, musicians, and promoters. Two successor festivals have followed. One featuring many of the original Woodstock artists occurred in 2009. This month, a Woodstock 50 festival will be held on the exact dates of the original festival at Watkins Glen, New York. Along with contemporary musicians, several of the original acts also plan to appear at Woodstock 50, including Santana, John Sebastian, and David Crosby. Not all of what came out of the original festival was hype. For all the hardships imposed by rain, bad planning, poor technology and lack of food and medical supplies, films like Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace

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ears ago, I read an article about the return of the popularity of the “Needle Arts” after September 11, 2001. I cannot find it or credit it, but the main points stuck with me. The terrorist attacks shook women to the core. It awakened needs in them that had been buried in womankind for decades, maybe even close to centuries. The need to connect with other women, of past, present, and future as well as the need to produce something tangible and handmade, even to the point of feeling that you are leaving something of yourself on this earth, something to be treasured by future generations.

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Lace Guild and the International Organization of Lace, Inc. In this very active group, some are teachers at national tatting workshops, and some create their own original patterns. Members attend national lace making workshops each year, and two members have become area business owners and have the lace as part of their business. The group is a close one, and is treasured by its members. People who stick with a passion for a very long time like this and establish a high level of proficiency are rare. But there’s no snobbery in this group. “Nobody’s bossy here, we are all team players. We empower each other and look to each other for advice and suggestions,” said Birgitte Tessier, vice president of the guild. With members with decades of experience in lacemaking, the group is very positive and informative, a great environment to learn the art. I met Anita Barry, treasurer of the Piedmont Lace Guild, briefly for coffee when I picked up the examples of lace she had brought to be photographed, and while we sat and talked, she tatted, which is making lace by knotting thread with a shuttle. I watched her tat, knotting and shuttling back and

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Both Italy and Flanders (northern Belgium) claim to have invented lace in the 15th century, and it quickly spread to other parts of Europe. Because of the immense amount of time and expertise involved in making fine needle and bobbin lace, it was extremely valuable and only worn by royalty and the very wealthy. Some examples of the craft were almost priceless and subject to smuggling and economic sanctions during warfare. Fine pieces were handed down through generations of families, often being described in detail in wills to establish authenticity. The craft maintained its exclusivity until the first machine-made lace was made in England in the mid-nineteenth century when the Leavers machine produced complete lace with net, patter, and outline. This development left the handmade lace to the domain of those dedicated to keeping the craft alive for artistic and historical reasons.

forth, the thread working through her fingers steadily and evenly. She showed me the basic knots she was using, and the importance of keeping the correct tension on certain areas of the thread. As I watched her, I was drawn, almost hypnotically, into the smooth and repetitive process, which seemed almost meditative.


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“We all have a creative spirit within us. Most of us make lace for the pleasure of giving, to commemorate an event. Perhaps a cross bookmark as a memorial or to celebrate the birth of a baby.” said Anita. “There’s something about being able to make something as a gift for another person. A sense of warmness, a sense of accomplishment for creating something from nothing. Lace is very dainty, but it’s strong, it lasts, it becomes a keepsake, an heirloom. Today, as well as in the past, handmade lace is a luxury. Considering the hundreds of hours put into a piece and the skill necessary for such intricate work, it is impossible to put a price on handmade lace items. It is truly a labor of love. ❖ All laces pictured were hand-made by members of the Piedmont Lace Guild

PLGV meets the first Saturday of the month (except July and August) at the Remington United Methodist Church, 150 West Bowen Street in Remington, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A weekday lacing session called the “Lace Cottage” is also held on the third Thursday of the month at a member’s house. New members are welcomed warmly at any time. Lessons are held periodically by PLGV. Members’ laces will be on display at the Museum of Culpeper History through December 2019. piedmontlace.org Facebook: Piedmont Lace Guild of Virginia

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Orlean resident and renowned swing dancer, eWa Burak; working to save the Lindy Hop

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“It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing,” Duke Ellington famously sang. Those words hit the airwaves in 1931, four years after the Lindy Hop, a swing dance revolution that began in the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem and was named after Charles Lindbergh’s historic solo transatlantic flight in 1927, was born. The Lindy Hop continued to be fantastically popular through the World War II era,

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and then faded almost from sight as ballroom dances grew in popularity. Then, in the 1980s, the dance that never really went to sleep in New York City underwent a revival throughout Europe. In a basement in her native Stockholm, eWa Burak and the group she danced with, The Rhythm Hot Shots, were part of that resurgence. Now a resident of Orlean and an internationally-known swing

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It’s simply impossible to feel blue as you move to a good swingin’ song.”

dancer, eWa continues to teach and dance both locally and internationally. Born during both the Depression and segregation, the Lindy Hop, according to eWa, is “a happy dance,” which evolved from the need for happiness in those difficult times. She said, “It’s simply impossible to feel blue as you move to a good swingin’ song… swinging out with a partner is such a great way to connect and have fun beyond words.” Usually performed to music from a live band, the energetic dance has African-American roots and rhythms, combining elements of both swing and jazz. There are some acrobatic and athletic moves such as the ‘air step’ (modernly known as the ‘aerial’). It is important to note that while there are technically steps and counts to


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the dance, the Lindy Hop, as eWa pointed out, is a dance you feel, a way to connect with the music and your partner and see where it takes you. What makes the Lindy Hop truly special is that its Harlem roots and heavy reliance on improvisation quickly spread as a social dance, eventually reaching Hollywood and even appearing in movies such as the Marx Brothers’ A Day at the Races and Hellzapoppin’. In 1986, eWa joined The Rhythm Hot Shots, a professional working dance performance company in Sweden that had recently discovered the Lindy Hop and was working with jazz legend Al Minns to learn the dance. eWa’s background as a competitive gymnast served her well in this energetic dance with its acrobatic elements. The group practiced in the basement of a bank and performed locally, eventually growing in popularity and travelling to perform and teach internationally. Then, in 1987, Frankie Manning came to Sweden to work with The

Rhythm Hot Shots and helped to change dance history. A Lindy Hop legend, Frankie was part of a group called Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, well-known in the 1930s and ’40s for inspiring and developing the dance. They had started at the Savoy Ballroom and went on to perform on screen and in theatres. Among other things, Frankie was responsible for adding the air step and acrobatic movements to the dance. He had long retired from dancing and was working as a U.S. Postal Worker when he noticed that there was a resurgence of interest in the dance occurring not only in Sweden, but also in London and Los Angeles, and he was excited by it. Looking back to those early years of the Lindy Hop revival with The

Rhythm Hot Shots, eWa said, Frankie must have been amused by their attempts to learn the dance. She imagines him thinking, “How in the world can these pale Swedish cats find inspiration for the Lindy Hop trying to learn from old dance clips in a Stockholm basement far away from the big bands of Harlem?” He stepped in, and, eWa continued, “Frankie gave us everything that we never could have possibly learned by just watching the movies clips.” Dancing with Frankie helped the group understand the AfricanAmerican culture and spirit of the dance. He taught them that at its heart, the Lindy Hop was about connecting to the music in a way they couldn’t glean from just watching old movies and learning the technical dance steps. In 1989, eWa and The Rhythm Hot Shots formed The Herrang Dance Camp in Sweden, the biggest swing dance festival in the world, where they taught, and continue to teach today, swing dances, including Lindy Hop, of course. Frankie was invited to the camp as

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eWa Burak and her dance partner Lennart Westerlund

heartedly in the way he did in the 1980s. I love how Frankie still is part of what's going on. I pack his framed picture when I travel, maybe silly, but he still inspires me, and I believe all Lindy dancers out there should know about him and the history of the dance.” While she’s danced with several partners over the years, eWa continues to dance and perform with her longtime partner, historian Lennart Westerlund, an original member of The Rhythm Hot Shots. They meet about six times a year to teach and perform together. He resides in Sweden and she here in Orlean with her husband and two children. Thanks to enthusiasts like eWa, the Lindy Hop continues to grow in popularity, and there are even competitions for it now, which eWa is invited to judge. When asked how she can judge a dance that is based on connection and feeling, she simply said, “I judge from the heart.” As an instructor, eWa focuses

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a special guest, teacher, and the most important link to the past. He kept coming back between the years of 1989-2007. During this time, eWa had the privilege of partnering with him. She recalled, “I remember him saying, ‘Bow to the Queen,’ and rocking back on his left foot to give me space. And boy, did I feel like a queen as I did my swivels! Frankie always reminded us to fully enjoy those short three minutes we share in the dance.” He gave her the nickname “W” by which she is still known to many in the dance world. Frankie continued dancing until he passed away at the age of 95. “Frankie genuinely shared his passion for the dance with us and the world. He was more than just a great dancer, he was a beautiful human being and connected with people.” said eWa. “And I can’t help but wonder what would have happened with the revival if Frankie was not willing to step back in to the scene so full

on imparting the wisdom she learned from Frankie Manning – to bring her students to the music and not be stuck with patterns. “It’s a freeform dance with basic steps; it’s more about connecting to the music and your partner,” she said. “I feel passionate about passing the Lindy Hop on to our youngsters. As we get older, it seems like it is getting harder to muster the courage it takes to try new things. If you have a chance, step in and learn when you are young, and the dance will be yours to enjoy for the rest of your life.” eWa offers advice to anyone who is interested in learning the Lindy Hop, or any dance: “You have no idea where it will take you. Dive in, try something new, say yes and take a chance.” ❖

Today, eWa continues to teach Lindy Hop both internationally and locally. Especially passionate about passing on the dance to our youth, she has a program she takes to local schools, and recently taught the Charleston at Wakefield Country Day School and The Highland School for their Roaring ’20s/Great Gatsby parties. She also enjoys working with homeschool groups and offers private instruction. In addition to her youth programs, eWa is in the process of developing a public speaking historical talk about the dance and will be presenting at the Bealeton Library in September. She has worked in collaboration with local yoga instructor Pietra Mercier and local swing band The Silver Tones who play locally and travel around DC. She is excited to share that now classes are available through Gotta Swing, a Northern Virginia based dance club that has a space in Warrenton. If you are interested in swing dancing, you are more than welcome to contact eWa through her website, ewaburak.com, or through her Facebook page at facebook.com/wburak

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Barry McMahon, former bartender at McMahon’s Irish Pub, and current owner of Warrenton’s Irish Golf Academy. The school recently opened a new facility at Chestnut Forks.

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here’s an old Gaelic proverb that says, “He that travels has a story to tell.” Sometimes the story spans continents and seas and sometimes it lies wholly within one’s heart and mind. For Barry McMahon it is both. His journey has brought him from County Clare, Ireland to Warrenton; from a young man to a business owner; and from the guy who put the fun in dysfunctional to the man who has learned to overcome his burdens and give to those around him. This is his story. I first met Barry McMahon eight years ago. He was bartending at the time and, like most Irish bartenders, was quick witted, good natured, friendly, and genuine. He was the affable bartender with the ready drink and a good story. An excellent golfer who could talk sports, gambling, and world travels, he liked telling ribald jokes and recounting adventures he’d had with his friends. Like all good Irishmen, he liked to share stories, including how he hit a hole in one the first time he played golf and has been seeking his second ever since. Barry’s story starts with golf. “It’s kind of bred into you,” Barry explained. At age 13, he started hanging around the golf courses in County Clare. “As kids in Ireland, the only form of income we could get was to go to the golf course and find a ton of golf balls and sell them back to the golfers for $5 a dozen. So since we were hanging around there, we just started to play golf. It was £39 (about $44) for my dad to get me an annual membership to the golf course, and I had to beg him for two summers to do it; that’s how tight money was. Then I played a lot and got

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LEFT: Barry’s father on the golf course. BELOW: Barry as a young boy, and with his father.

very good, and the pro ended up giving me lessons for free every Thursday just because he could see how dedicated I was to it.” Unfortunately, Barry lost his dad at a young age when he suffered a heart attack on the golf course the day after he bought his son a beer for the first time. The sudden and tragic loss of his father, the regret of lost moments, and the burden of life ahead without his “number one fan” would prove difficult to navigate for the 17-year-old. In an attempt to shield his hurt from the outside world and to douse his pain, Barry turned to alcohol and anything else that would help him forget. He even abandoned golf for awhile. At 20 years old, looking for a fresh start following the death of his father and wanting to travel the world, Barry began traveling in Europe and then the United States, making his way to New York City where he had some connections. It wasn’t long before the young man with some cash in “the city that doesn’t sleep” found ways to spend his money and entertain himself that almost always involved alcohol and drugs. His demons had followed him in his carryon baggage. When he drank,

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he forgot. When he drank, he became the life of the party. His crazy antics made him popular and all the lads wanted to hang out with him. Lonely nights were replaced with all-nighters of forgetfulness. “Alcohol was my best friend,” Barry admitted. Finally, a ray of light appeared in the form of his uncle. His dad’s brother showed up on his doorstep, and by the next morning had bought him a set of golf clubs and arranged a tee time. Time for Barry to get back to what he knew and loved. “When it comes to passion for something, you can’t hide it away, even from yourself,” Barry said. His uncle helped him realize that instead of associating golf with the pain of losing his father, he could use the sport, and by extension, those memories, to remember and honor him. He returned to Ireland briefly but soon fell in with the same people and the same habits. So Barry returned to the U.S., this time to the environs of Washington D.C., and this time with his clubs. He worked in a number of Irish bars, finally arriving at what seemed like the edge of civilization, Warrenton. He began working at a local bar, McMahon’s Irish Pub, for new proprietor and

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friend Francis Fusco. It was during this time that he began wondering how he could turn his love of the game of golf into a profession, perhaps as an instructor. However, he would have to clear a bigger hurdle first. Living in a room above the bar and a world away from most of the people he knew, it wasn’t long before the solitude took its toll. He was still able to maintain a mask of normalcy, but those close to him could see the cracks in it. Barry needed help. Ultimately, Francis took the first step in intervention and with a firm fatherly hand gave him an ultimatum: “I’m your friend, but I can’t help you anymore. I’ll take you to rehab, or here’s a ticket to go see your mom. I have her here on the phone.” Barry chose the latter, and the next morning he was met in Ireland by his mother. Her stern demeanor said it all. She told Barry in no uncertain terms that they were going home, that he was to get a good night’s sleep, and that in the morning he was going to see Michael O’Doherty, a local therapist and bioenergist. Barry related, “My mom said, ‘You’re coming home to quit drinking and this guy is going to help you get in the right mindset to take care of this.’ With Michael, it was just like, ‘hey, get off your ass, change your diet, walk your dog, and stop isolating yourself like a depressed freak.’ He just kicked me in the ass and told me it was time to get my life together. But he did it in a therapeutic, enjoyable way. I went to my first ever AA meeting the next day.” After Michael, Barry worked with another County Clare local bioenergist and therapist, Jeff McInerney. The belief of the bioenergists is that a healthy being comes from understanding our unconscious mind. Since our reality is created by our thoughts, in order to be at our healthiest we must have our healthiest thoughts. In other words, Barry would exorcise his own demons by driving out the negative thoughts, guilt, and other burdens he had buried deep and was drowning with alcohol. Then, after recognizing the bad, it would be time to focus on the good. After four days of talking with Jeff, Barry came to realize the “sky was blue,” which was something he had forgotten. There was still a lot of good in the world. It was then he found the will to get better. Jeff helped him to help himself. Treatment for addiction requires more than a positive outlook on life, but having a focus on the future, goals, and a purpose is a big step in the right direction. It was time to look up instead of down and focus on what was ahead instead of what he needed to leave behind.


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After a long road to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, Barry now spends his days sharing his story and love of golf with others.

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handicapper or scratch golfer. These qualities have helped the Academy outgrow its original venue and it has now moved to a larger home at Chestnut Forks. In addition to the larger physical facilities, Barry has formed mutually beneficial partnerships with local entities like Fauquier Country Club, created summer camps for young golfers, and started a travel business leading golfing ventures back to his native Ireland. These golf outings aren’t your typical tours; he literally invites his travel companions into his home. The goal is for his guests to see “his” Ireland, while shedding their worries for a time. He gets his greatest joy working with young people, where he feels he can make a difference. He also knows that while he is giving by helping them improve their swing and imparting the life lessons that golf can provide, he is also receiving strength. “It’s those kids that keep me strong. I might be feeling down and then I’ll get a text asking me a question, thanking me for a tip, or inviting me to their graduation and I know I’m where I’m supposed to be,” Barry explained. The Irish are known for their belief in the strength of the family and community, a belief that makes the Irish Golf Academy much more than a business… it’s Barry’s investment in Warrenton. Part of Barry’s purpose in life is to help others with addiction problems. He encourages people to reach out to him. “If my phone rings a hundred times a day with addicts calling me, that’s what I want my life to be. The more addicts I can help, the better,”

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“Do what you love, and love what you do,” Jeff advised. Barry loved golf and Jeff helped him to realize it could be his future. With the unconditional love from his family, positive support from his friends, and a new focus, Barry saw his future. At the start, he attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings seven days a week. “My first six years of sobriety, I pretty much lived at AA,” Barry explains. “Without AA I wouldn’t be sober today.” Alcoholism is a disease and can only be treated by steadfast determination and the willingness by the afflicted to want to get better. What is just as important is to have the support around you to prop you up when needed. Barry’s mom, Francis, Jeff, other true friends, and now his girlfriend Katie are all vitally important. Of course, Barry also still attends AA meetings and it’s this village of support that over the last seven years has saved a young man from the road to nowhere to being the entrepreneurial success he is today. Barry is thankful for those who have helped him on his journey and is dedicated to giving back. Barry returned from Ireland and was soon certified as a golf instructor. He opened his successful golf instruction school, Irish Golf Academy, in Warrenton in 2013 and now uses his natural gifts, his love of golf, and his ability to communicate effectively to achieve his goals. The legacy of golf passed down from his father has become the means to transform his life. Since opening, he has instructed over 2000 golfers in the finer nuances of the game. His patience, affability, and demeanor make him a great instructor whether you’re a high

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he said. “Working with another person who is struggling is more valuable than any AA meeting I could go to.” He feels Warrenton is the type of close-knit community that can successfully support recovering addicts. “We really need to get back to the community, and that’s what Warrenton has. We drive down the street and blow the horn and wave at people, and we all take care of each other. We don’t have that many people here, we can all help each other get on the straight and narrow in this community.” The road to recovery is ongoing, but if you’re on the right road the traveling is made easier. There’s another Irish proverb that says, “the longest road out is the shortest road home.” In other words, time and effort pay off in the end. “There are a lot of takers and they eat well,” he said, “but the givers always sleep well. I want to be a giver.” David Feherty, a fellow Irishman, professional golfer, author, noted wit, and a man who is also dealing with addiction wrote a book laughing at himself called Somewhere in Ireland a Village is Missing an Idiot. Well I’m not sure about Mr. Feherty, but I know for a fact that somewhere in County Clare there is a village missing one heckuva guy and that’s Warrenton’s gain. ❖


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Do you want to see a baby vulture? He’s our latest education hopeful!” This is a rather surprising proposition, especially if asked while one is being ushered into the dining room of someone’s house. But on the bright summer’s day when this question was proposed to me, I wasn't just at any residence; I had the pleasure of being a guest in the home of Nikki Stamps, a Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator and Master Falconer, in Warrenton. Jovial and animated, Nikki is dedicated not only to providing medical attention to injured birds of prey, but also to educating the people of Fauquier and surrounding counties on the importance of such animals in the ecosystem of northern Virginia through her new nonprofit organization, Bird in the Hand. Her

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“THISTLE,” THE RED PHASED EASTERN SCREECH OWL. THISTLE WAS HIT BY A CAR, AND AS A RESULT HAS A DETACHED RETINA AND ANOTHER PARIALLY DETATCHED, THAT WOULD MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR HER TO SURVIVE IN THE WILD.

is get him over his fear of humans,” Nikki elaborated. “He’s really terrified. He’s going to be on the counter in his crate for the next couple of days. The last time I worked with a non-releasable vulture it was very successful, so I’m hoping he will come around.” Despite the impressive collection of natural wonders that decorate the walls of her cozy home, Nikki has not always worked in animal rehabilitation. “You get redefined over and over again through life,” she asserted. This belief is evident in a reflection upon her career path, which has seen Nikki’s energetic migration from one enterprise to the next. From becoming a licensed S.C.U.B.A. instructor to exploring as a boat captain and skydiver to working as an RN and operating room nurse for over 30 years, she has focused

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not only on filling her time with action, but also on facilitating the journeys of others. “Once you do something exciting and adventuresome, there really is that adrenaline rush,” she smiled. In regards to the breadth of her different occupations, Nikki simply explained that “I would see something that was really awesome and I’d just pursue it.” That adrenaline rush has led Nikki to her present adventure: wildlife rehabilitation. With her background as an Operating Room RN, she is not the squeamish sort, and so is uniquely suited for the profession. “I don’t mind if the animals come in and they’re wounded. All of that is comfortable for me,” she said. “I am also very fortunate to be able to work with Wildlife Veterinarian Care, who help me diagnose and treat injured wildlife.” Her interest in rehab began in her youth, when her uncle found a kestrel falcon tangled in barbed wire and brought it home to her and her mother. Eager to help, the two went to the local library to find books on how to care for the injured animal. Inspired by their positive experience with the bird, Nikki and her mother proceeded to practice the sport of falconry for the next four years, learning how to trap birds of prey in the fall, train and hunt with them in the winter, and release them back into the wild in the spring. “Trapping and keeping a falcon during the winter months gives it a leg up in its hunting skills,” Nikki said. “If the hunt isn’t successful, the bird still eats and lives to try another day. Releasing the bird in the spring allows him to move on and live a natural life as a raptor. That is what we are always aiming for…a successful return to the wild.” There are many misconceptions surrounding raptors and the sport of falconry. Dating back almost 4,000 years, falconry, or hunting with birds of prey, fosters a symbiotic relationship between man and bird, the actions of each mutually benefiting the other. “Falconry is really about more than having a bird,” Nikki remarked. Instead, she asserted, the sport is about “being an engaged observer and going along with [the bird] while he’s doing what he was created to do — hunt,” noting that it requires both a state and federal permit to possess and hunt with birds of prey. It is important to understand that, although falconry focuses on hunting, raptors are not vicious animals. “Raptors are perceived as killers. The truth is that none of these animals hunt unless they’re hungry,” Nikki explained. In fact, despite the perceived dangers of birds of prey to humans and livestock, humans pose


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more of a threat to the birds than the other way around; wild raptors have between a 70-90 percent mortality rate in their first year. “Even when you’re one of the top predators, you have a lot to be afraid of,” Nikki noted. “Pesticides, rodenticides, cars, cats, people, other birds of prey…there are a lot of things out there that can get a raptor.” When she left home, she put a hold on her practice of falconry. It was not until years later that Nikki, living in Fauquier and now certified in wildlife rehabilitation, returned to her work with birds of prey, serving with an organization known as the Native Wildlife Rescue group. “Nobody was helping raptors,” she related, explaining that “everyone had their own niche, which meant that hawks and owls were left out.” Nikki, however, was undaunted by the powerful creatures and became the raptor specialist in the group. When asked what makes her rehabilitation work worth the effort, Nikki smiled her response. “Getting to see something go free…my rehabilitation sponsor told me, ‘One day in the wild is worth 1,000 in a cage,’ and I believe that’s 100 percent true.” Concerned about all the misconceptions about raptors, Nikki began Bird in the Hand, an organization dedicated to educating the community about raptors and their purpose in the local environment.

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ABOVE: “JULIA” (A.K.A. “JEWELS”), A REDTAILED HAWK WHO CAME INTO WILDLIFE REHABILITATION WITH SEVERAL INJURIES. AFTER THEIR FIRST YEAR MOLT, RED-TAILED HAWKS GAIN THE RUST RED TAIL THEY ARE FAMOUS FOR.

“Each one of these animals has a beautiful niche in the ecosystem that absolutely has to be maintained or everything crumbles. You might not see it or understand it, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t important,” Nikki insisted. With a two-fold mission of helping audiences understand the importance of raptors and inspiring the community to maintain and preserve the environment, her organization runs demonstrations for schools, libraries, small groups, picnics, corporate seminars, and community events. She said, “I realized halfway through my wildlife rehabilitation career that I could rehabilitate small mammals and birds for the rest of my life without actually affecting anyone but the individual animals. I really wanted a chance to affect people and cause them to love wildlife as much as I do. Bird

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Come for the views, stay for the wine AT STONE TOWER WINERY STORY BY MARK LUNA PHOTOS BY DOUGLAS GRAHAM, WILD LIGHT PHOTOS

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ery recently, I had the wonderful fortune to visit one of the most beautiful wineries I’ve ever seen, Stone Tower Winery, in Leesburg. Stone Tower Winery is a stunning 300-acre property, located on Hogback Mountain. The locals named the mountain Hogback after its silhouetted resemblance to the spiny ridge of a wild boar. The winery itself derives its name from two turrets situated on an ancient fortress in Belgium, where the father of co-owner Mike Huber (with wife Kristi) worked at a furniture factory as a young man. To this day, the Huber family is still in the furniture business, as they own the renowned Belfort Furniture. As for the Stone Tower land, Mike and Kristi purchased the 300 acres in the early 2000’s, from an original 1100 acres owned by Mike’s parents. To get things started, they brought in legendary Virginia ampelographer Lucy Morton who, after an extended period

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of property and soil analysis, declared the land suitable for growing wine grapes. In 2009, the Huber’s planted 22 acres of vines, and Stone Tower Winery was born. Over the next few years, viognier and chardonnay would be planted, followed by the Bordeaux red varietals of cabernet sauvignon and franc, merlot and petit verdot. Their first release was in 2013, under the label Wild Boar. That label still exists today, but the true signature of the Stone

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Tower wine line-up is its Estate collection, wines that are solely grown, produced and bottled on the property. The winemaking team is headed by Benoit Pineau, whose impressive resume includes head winemaker stints at Pollack Vineyards, in Greenwood, and First Colony Winery, in Madison. Other team members include enologist Preston

Thomas and vineyard manager Daniel Mumbauer. At its heart and soul, Stone Tower is a familyowned and operated winery, and its purpose is two-fold: to provide impeccable hospitality and world class Virginia wines. I believe that both ambitions are well met. Stone Tower’s wine emulation, at least with the red wine grapes, is Bordeaux; but, Bordeaux

is also equally revered for its white wine grape, sauvignon blanc. And with the pursuit of that tradition in the forefront, the Stone Tower Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2017 is a work of art. An electrifying wine, the Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2017 is light gold in color, and aromatic of citrus fruit, flowers and wet stone. Unlike many sauvignon blancs, this wine is fermented and aged for seven months in both new and neutral French oak barrels, as well as concrete vats. And as noted before, as with all their estate wines, this sauvignon blanc is grown, produced and bottled on the property. Next up is the Estate Chardonnay Library 2016. This is an excellent wine, produced in the spirit of the great central Burgundy (blanc) region, Cote Chalonnaise. Grown on a tiny 3.3-acre block, it’s also barrel fermented and French oak aged. There’s no malolactic fermentation used, meaning the acidity remains well intact, as with all great chardonnays, but there is definitely a roundness and textural integrity to the wine that gives it a beautiful mouthfeel of melon and honey tones. In short, the Estate Chardonnay Library 2016 is elegant and expressive.


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Rounding out the triumvirate of estate white wines is the Estate Viognier 2017. For my tastes, I’ve always enjoyed viognier that lends itself to the Rhone inspirations of stone fruit aromas, honeysuckle and gingerbread. These wines are round, rich and flavorful, with good acidity and freshness to boot. Unfortunately, warm weather viognier can be tricky, and susceptible to the lateripening shortcomings of being oily, flabby and basically uninteresting. All that said, I think Stone Tower Estate Viognier 2017 gets it right. It’s barrel fermented, sees no malolactic fermentation and is aged in French oak barrels for 10 months. Aromas of jasmine and white flowers are explosive, and the mouthfeel is equally memorable. This is an excellent wine and a great complement to its white wine siblings. And now to the big boy

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red wines we go, where Stone Tower really makes it presence known. Across their stunning 300-acre estate, Stone Tower is very fortunate to have all the key elements necessary to produce exceptional Bordeaux varietal red wines; elevation, sun and wind exposure, and high clay content. Paying respects to the Bordeaux’s right bank is the Estate Wind Swept Hill 2016 Red. A resplendent wine, this cabernet franc driven bottling is full of ripe red fruits, cedar and dried blueberry aromatics, as well as hints of red currant, lilac and forest floor. It has a wonderful herbaceous quality to it, and the supporting merlot rounds it out with a lovely mid-palate softness. There is structure as well, thanks to small, yet worthy amounts of cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot. The wine is aged for 20 months in French oak barrels, 50%

of them new, making for silky tannins and a well sustained finish. Not to be outdone is the fabulous Hogback Mountain 2016, Stone Tower’s signature wine. An absolute showcase for the property’s cabernet sauvignon, this left-bank inspired wine is powerful, majestic and refined. It’s complemented with merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot, giving it silk, grace and depth. Hogback Mountain’s inaugural vintage was the 2013 bottling and it earned a rightful place in the Governor’s case for that year’s Governor’s Cup. Like the Wind Swept Hill bottle, Hogback Mountain 2016 is aged 20 months in barrel and can be rested for a solid decade, if you choose to wait that long to enjoy it. The wines and views at Stone Tower Winery offer a memorable encounter that every wine lover and scenery enthusiast will want to enjoy time and again. Until next time, Happy Vino’ing! ❖


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THE PATIENT IS IN And the doctor is at the door BY HANNAH SAMLALL

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n a situation that frustrates many physicians, Dr. William Simpson saw an opportunity. Dr. Simpson, a boardcertified internal medicine physician who grew up in Fairfax County, has been providing primary care services in Fauquier County since 1993. Over the years, he has watched the healthcare industry experience many changes, the most recent being those having to do with insurance. “Providers simply cannot dedicate adequate time to their patients under the current system,” Dr. Simpson said. “Insurance payments encourage short, concise visits.” He frequently had to address only the patient’s immediate needs and send them out the door with other questions unanswered. “I came to the conclusion that that’s not the ideal way to deliver medicine,” Dr. Simpson said. “It’s not fair to the patient, staff, provider, or family of the patient.” After years of experiencing these pain points in his profession, Dr. Simpson decided it was time to go old school, to leave his practice of 25 years in order to spend more quality time and offer better care to his patients. In the fall of 2018, Doc At Your Door was born. Doc At Your Door is a completely mobile physician service. There is no office. Dr. Simpson travels to see his patients in their homes, or wherever is convenient for them,

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such as office, dorm room, hotel, assisted living facility — in other words, pretty much anywhere. He is able to provide a multitude of services including wellness, illness, and injury care, physicals, lab tests, vaccines, and much more. He is extremely passionate about making this a better solution to primary care for people throughout Fauquier and the surrounding counties. In the beginning, there were challenges, of course. Dr. Simpson has had to get used to carrying his equipment and supplies with him everywhere he goes, rather than having an office stocked with the necessities. Dr. Simpson's wife, Patty, operates her own geriatrics care management company in the region and has offered him invaluable insight into home-based medical care, from both a

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nursing and a care management perspective. He has come to realize that there are so many added benefits to seeing people in their homes, where he is able to see people in the environment that they live in every single day. He can confirm the medications the patient is taking by actually looking at the bottles directly. If the patient is someone who was recently injured and has limitations, he is able to address things like accessibility of the home. “This is how healthcare was delivered back in the day,” Dr. Simpson said. And the growth of technology is making home physician visits a more viable form of care. “So much of what we do is portable,” Dr. Simpson said. “For instance, I can do EKGs through an app on my phone.” He is also able to offer Telehealth services, via video call, which is often very efficient. Dr. Simpson treats patients of all ages, backgrounds, and needs. “‘I’m not homebound so I guess I don’t qualify,’ is the biggest myth that I try to overcome,” Dr. Simpson said. “Most of my patients are not homebound, they just appreciate the convenience and privacy of home service.” Patient convenience is a major benefit of Doc At Your Door. Dr. Simpson has met with patients at their workplace, at the gym, and even at hotels for people who are away from access to their primary care physician. He said, “I’m available 24/7, so if people need to meet with me in the evenings, they don’t have to take time off of work.” Dr. Simpson prides himself on being able to offer this high-quality service to his patients. “It’s a great option for people who want convenience, privacy, and to avoid the chaos and the rush environment that can be typical of regular physicians offices.” It can be healthier, too, he explained. A physician’s office waiting room puts patients in contact with others with contagious conditions. “When I treated patients out of an office, I used to have people come in for a well visit and a few days later they were back because they had gotten sick.” While there are ups and downs to building any business, Dr. Simpson sees hardly any downsides to Doc At Your Door. “I used to be very limited in the time I could spend with patients, and now I don’t have to cut people off before we have addressed all their issues. It’s wonderful, “ Dr. Simpson said. “I really do hope the system will change over time, but right now I love having the time to dedicate to people and their needs.” You can learn more about Doc At Your Door and Dr. Simpson at docatyourdoor.care. ❖


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RIGHT: Jane Hall at Poplar Springs the summer after her graduation from high school in New York. BELOW: Daysie Hall with her children Dickie and Jane at Salome, Arizona, about 1920.

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he village of Casanova has long been noted for its uniqueness. Among its historic treasures are Melrose Castle, built for Dr. James Murray in 1857; Weston, the eighteenth-century home of Giles Fitzhugh, now the property of the Warrenton Antiquarian Society; Grace Episcopal Church, founded in 1865; and nineteenth-century Rockhill Academy. In addition to the old families who lived in the area for generations before the Civil War, what became Casanova grew with the arrival of the families of railroad workers in the 1850s, and others attracted to the fertile land and rolling hills.

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Like the village, some of those who lived there were also unique. One person intimately associated with Casanova in the twentieth century was Jane Hall Cutler (1915-1987), who along with her brother Dick Wick “Dickie” Hall Jr. spent much of their adolescence at Poplar Springs, ancestral home of their uncle, R. Randolph (d. 1951), an attorney, and aunt Rose Sutton Hicks (d. 1958).

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Although she has been gone for 30 years now, Jane Cutler is fondly remembered as the mistress of Poplar Springs for her love of animals that resulted in the donation of 11.6 acres of her farm to the Fauquier SPCA for their fine shelter facility after her passing, and for the glamorous stories of her younger life in Hollywood and beyond, which she shared with friends, neighbors, and sometimes acquaintances. And by the way, those stories were true – as revealed in Such Mad Fun, subtitled Ambition and Glamour in Hollywood’s Golden Age, the biography written by her daughter, Robin R. Cutler, in 2016.

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Jane and Dickie Hall hailed from Salome, a mining town in Arizona. Their parents were DeForest “Dick Wick” Hall (1877-1926) and Daysie Mae Sutton Hall (1882-1930). From the town he co-founded in the desert, Dick Wick Hall published the Salome Sun, a newsletter containing tall tales, anecdotes, and humorous stories. His work was soon noticed, and starting in 1922, he was a regular contributor to the Saturday Evening Post – earning him widespread recognition and the title, “Arizona’s Favorite Humorist.” Later, his writings were syndicated, and just before


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ABOVE, LEFT: Rose and Randolph Hicks had a residence in New York City, where Randolph practiced law, as well as Poplar Springs at Casanova. ABOVE, RIGHT: Front page of humorist Dick Wick Hall’s Salome Sun newsletter, published in the 1920s.

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his untimely death in 1926, he was hired as a screenwriter for Universal Studios in California. The next four years were tough. In 1927, Daysie and the children moved from Salome to Manhattan Beach, California, so her children could attend Redondo Union High School, one of the best public schools available. Before she was 15 years old, Jane had written poetry that

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was published in the Los Angeles Times, as well as other articles and editorials, and was called “a literary prodigy who had inherited her father’s genius” in the press. Following Daysie’s death in May 1930 after a two-year struggle with breast cancer, her devastated children came east to live with Daysie’s sister Rose and Randy Hicks. Jane and Dickie travelled by ship from Los Angeles to New York, passing through the Panama Canal. The Hickses divided their time between an apartment in New York City, where Randolph worked, and his ancestral farm at Poplar Springs. The Hickses had built the 10,000-square-foot fieldstone manor house at Poplar Springs in 1928, “…just before the Depression decimated their savings,” according to Robin Cutler. “This new home,

modeled after those Rose had seen in England, was her modest version of Haddon Hall.” America was slipping deeper into the Great Depression, and although the Hickses were in better shape than most, it was a big strain to move to a larger apartment near the NightingaleBamford School for girls, where Jane would finish high school. Dickie matriculated at the University of Virginia, where he was a brilliant student and would ultimately earn a PhD in mathematics. Jane excelled at NightingaleBamford, serving as the assistant editor of the school literary magazine and editor of the yearbook. After graduating in 1932, Jane was admitted to the Women’s Art School of Cooper Union in New York. There she met different classes of people (which fascinated her), and studied freehand drawing,


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modeling in clay, elementary design, composition, and lettering. From June to October, Jane returned to Poplar Springs, where she made friends (which she called “the gang”) and enjoyed country life. “On evenings and weekends through these hot, humid summers, the gang swam at Daniel’s Mill and private pools; shared picnics and hayrides; drove to fairs, horse shows and steeplechase races; canoed on the Rappahannock River; and saw every film that was shown in Warrenton,” according to the account in Such Mad Fun. CHANGES COME

The year 1933 marked a “coming of age” for Jane Hall. As the Hickses were part of

New York society as well as prominent in Fauquier, Jane would have a formal debut in late December, along with Miss Margaret “Muggy” Gregory, one of her classmates at Nightingale. Worried about their depleted savings, by joining forces with the Gregorys, the Hickses could provide two tea dances – one at Poplar Springs preceded by a mock foxhunt, and the primary tea dance in New York – rather than one expensive dinner dance. In addition to being “presented to society,” her debut changed Jane’s focus for a while, as well as providing her with insights into the “glamour girls” that she encountered. This would serve her well as she commenced her professional career.

The debutante events at Poplar Springs were successful and memorable. The tea dance was held late Saturday afternoon in the great room at Poplar Springs, with mellow jazz provided by Warrenton’s own Chauncy Brown. Although Prohibition was still in effect, drinking lasted until the wee hours of the morning. Sunday was spent relaxing at Poplar Springs, and after supper, members of the debutante party headed to Calverton, where they boarded the overnight train to New York. The formal tea dance was held on Dec. 23, 1933, at The Pierre, attended by “385 elegantly dressed men and women,” according to Such Mad Fun. The Hickses returned to

Virginia later that evening, leaving the debutantes to party in the city with others their ages. The fun lasted until 6 a.m.; after the holidays, it was back to school – and reality. Young Jane Cutler’s talent as an artist flourished at Cooper Union, and returning to Poplar Springs in May 1934, she fell into “... a routine of writing, painting, and going out with her Virginia pals as much as possible.” In early July, Jane completed a fictional story entitled “Out a Year,” based on her experiences as a debutante, which she later submitted to a New York literary agency run by Elsie McKeogh. She also painted a large mural depicting the Casanova Hunt in front of the Poplar Springs manor house. ❖

Part 2 will describe Jane Hall’s growth as an artist, her rise in the literary and film industries, and the many famous people she met and worked with, and, years later, her return to Poplar Springs. Contact John Toler at jtoler4@gmail.com. | For more about Such Mad Fun, visit robincutler.com

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