Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine December 2022

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Being Santa is Not Easy

Warrenton

The Holiday Market: Put your money where your heart is

WARRENTON LIFESTYLE

Community Angels: Jamilla Gault’s Blessings in a Bag, The Conway Robinson Sanitation Crew

Day Trip: Climb aboard the Santa Express

Christmas author James Brown
DECEMBER 2022

From working as the head chef at his restaurant, to enjoying tennis, basketball, skiing and motocross, Andrea Ferrero’s life has kept him in motion. But it took a toll on his knees. After years of steroid shots, he opted for knee replacement surgery at Fauquier Health. “Being able to come back so quickly was amazing,” says Andrea. Joint and spine care at Fauquier Health. Today and every day

Today a new knee keeps Andrea moving. Enhanced cleaning, mask requirements and social distancing to help keep you safe. Take our free joint pain assessment at FauquierHealth.org/Joint To learn more about joint replacement surgery, call 540.316.2696
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FROM THE EDITOR

OK, as happens sometimes, one of my articles got a little out of control.

I had this great idea to do a feature about the Warrenton Farmers Market’s Holiday Market. I wholeheartedly support the Farmers Market because I think it is so well done and such an important part of our community.

I consulted with Natalie Ortiz, who handles the markets, who enthusiastically sent me…about 50 photos of wares from vendors who will be at the Holiday Market. That’s a lot of photos. But, given that I had all the photos and information, I didn’t want to cut it. I had originally planned on two pages, but I stretched it to three.

And I was glad I did when I saw the pages. Our art director, Kara Thorpe, did an amazing job (as always) with this layout, as well as the Christmas author James Brown’s pages. They are simply stunning.

As a matter of fact, I have to give a lot of credit to everyone who works on this magazine with me. I could not do it without the whole team. I get compliments all the time from readers about the content and presentation of the magazine. I also get compliments from the subjects of articles on our writers (too many to name but appreciated nonetheless) and our photographer, Luke Christopher, for their professionalism and talent.

Of course, advertising makes the world go around (in our magazine world at least), so thank you also to our sales team and our advertisers.

Quick reminder: Our 2023 Cutest Pet Contest is open for voting. The winner will get a professional photo shoot and a spot on the cover of our February 2023 Pet Issue. We’ve had almost 200 entries, all of them adorable and with some great stories. So please visit us and put in your vote!

Of course, I am a little biased. Since I work here, I can’t enter my dog, Winston, a hilarious but extremely loving 18-month-old Golden Retriever, a real handful. Just now he brought me a small pumpkin from a Thanksgiving decoration. But I’m sure he’s the cutest in Fauquier County!

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and positive vibes for the New Year.

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CONTENTS 08 Seasonal Fun for the Whole Family Local holiday events in and around Fauquier County 12 Community Angels The Angels in Reflective Vests Warrenton sanitation crews bring care and compassion to service
16 Community Angels Blessings in a Bag Bealeton resident Jamilla Gault’s community outreach
20 Cover Story Being Santa is Not Easy Warrenton author James Brown explores the who, what, and why of Christmas in his 2022 books BY
24 Shop Local The Holiday Market Put your money where your heart is BY PAM KAMPHUIS AND NATALIE
30 At Home Organizing the Holidays Tips for managing the chaos this year and next BY CAITLIN ADKINS, SPACES ORGANIZED AND STYLED 34 Day Trip All Aboard with Santa and Mrs. Claus Virginia Scenic Railway’s Santa Express in Staunton BY BILL KENT AND PAM KAMPHUIS 36 Health & Fitness Bump, Set, Spike! Northern Piedmont Sports Club launches first boys’ recreational volleyball program BY DR. AMIE BOWMAN 40 Local Business Looking for the Perfect Shot Warrenton photographer Jamie Hinkle BY DR. AMIE BOWMAN 44 Law Enforcement Profile Get to Know Officer Kayla Freeman BY ERIKA WILSON 46 Well Read When Old Man Winter Keeps us Indoors Check your library for inspiration BY JENNIFER SCHULTZ-ANGOLA, FAUQUIER COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY 48 Well Read Meet the Author Virtual Presentations Three best-selling authors will be chatting with viewers in December PRESENTED BY FAUQUIER COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY 50 Wine & Dine Gather Santa’s Helpers for a Trim the Tree Party Dazzle guests with this yummy buffet and perfectly paired wines BY KARLA JONES SEIDITA 54 News from Fauquier Now ON THE COVER Warrenton author James Brown’s Christmas-themed books Beyond the Beard and The Making of Santa were published in 2022.Photo by Luke Christopher 44 34 40 16
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Seasonal Fun for the Whole Family

Get out your calendar!

DECEMBER 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18

GUMDROP SQUARE

GumDrop Square is a long-time Warrenton holiday tradition. Bring the kids for photos with Santa and the chance to shop at Santa’s Secret Shop, where children can purchase $2 tickets to buy gifts for family and friends without parents looking over their shoulder.

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There’s so much holiday fun to be had this season, you’ll want to take note – and take the kids! – to the activities, performances, and singalongs listed below.

DECEMBER 2-18

IRVING BERLIN’S HOLIDAY INN

Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn tells the story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut… but life just isn’t the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim’s luck takes a spectacular turn when he meets Linda, a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together they turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling perfor mances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. But when Jim’s best friend Ted tries to lure Linda to Hollywood to be his new dance partner, will Jim be able to salvage his latest chance at love?

FAUQUIER COMMUNITY THEATRE | 4225 AIKEN DR., WARRENTON. | ADULTS $22; SENIORS (60 AND UP) $20; FULL-TIME STUDENTS $18. | TICKETS: HTTPS:// FCTSTAGE.ORG/SHOWS-TICKETS/

DECEMBER 8, 9, 10

CHRISTMAS IN MUSIC BY THE WARRENTON CHORALE WITH THE PB SMITH HONOR CHOIR

For over 70 years, the Warrenton Chorale’s Christmas performance has been a Fauquier County tradition to ring in the season with a mixture of sacred and secular pieces that bring back fond memories of yesteryear.

WARRENTON UNITED METHODIST, 341 CHURCH STREET, WARRENTON | DEC. 8 & 9, 7:30 P.M., DEC. 10, 3 P.M. | TICKETS: WARRENTONCHORALE.ORG

DECEMBER 9

IT’S CHRISTMAS IN VIENNA WITH THE VIENNA BOYS CHOIR

The holiday season isn’t complete without the return of the Vienna Boys Choir. Experience the cherubic ensemble of boy sopranos and altos from eight to 14. The group’s yuletide program has something for ev eryone: Baroque classics, contemporary popular hits, Christian hymns, Austrian folk tunes, polkas, waltzes, and more!

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NOW THROUGH JANUARY 8 BULL RUN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

DECEMBER 9-18

THE TRIAL

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The Trial of the Century! A year after his miraculous transformation, Ebenezer Scrooge is back to his old ways and sues Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future for breaking and entering, kidnapping, slander, pain and suffering, attempted murder and the intentional infliction of emotional distress. Will Ebenezer rediscover the true meaning of Christmas? This comedy demonstrates that we should have the spirit of giving in our hearts every day, not just once a year.

GREGORY FAMILY THEATER, HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, MANASSAS | ADULTS $20; SENIORS (55 AND OVER), STUDENTS (13 AND OLDER) ACTIVE AND RETIRED MILITARY $17; YOUTH (12 AND UNDER) $13 YOUTH | TICKETS: HTTPS://HYLTON.CALENDAR. GMU.EDU/THE-TRIAL-OFEBENEZER-SCROOGE

DECEMBER 11

PIEDMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA HOLIDAY CONCERT: MESSIAH SING-ALONG

Pile your family in the car for one of Northern Virginia’s favorite holiday activities. The route is 2.5 miles, illuminated by a wide array of holiday light displays. Be socially distant and drive the festival route from the comfort of your car; turn off your headlights and just follow the magical glow.

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DECEMBER 12 FAUQUIER COMMUNITY BAND ANNUAL HOLIDAY CONCERT

Put on your holiday best and join the band for a festive time at this free concert with audience singalongs. Enjoy classical and popular holiday favorites like “Sleigh Ride", "Winter Wonderland", and "Merry Christmas Darling" with the Fauquier Community Band led by Paul Hicks and Katie Bryant.

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Join the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra for their annual Holiday Concert, featuring selections from Handel's "Messiah" and more holiday favorites! With classics like Sleigh Ride, The Christmas Song, and Around the World at Christmastime, the PSO celebrates the sounds of the season. Lift your voices and sing along to the Hallelujah Chorus and other highlights from Handel's majestic ora torio and get into the holiday spirit with the PSO.

HIGHLAND SCHOOL CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 597 BROADVIEW AVENUE, WARRENTON | SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 3 P.M. | TICKETS: INSIDENOVATIX.COM

DECEMBER 16-23

MANASSAS BALLET THEATRE’S THE NUTCRACKER

Manassas Ballet Theatre, the resident professional ballet company of the Hylton Performing Arts Center, presents eight performances of everyone’s favorite holiday ballet, The Nutcracker. The magical story comes to life on the Hylton stage as Clara attends her family’s Christmas Eve party, where she receives the gift of a Nutcracker. Together they go on a dream adventure with the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Snow Queen, and other fantastical characters. Sure to delight all ages, gorgeous sets and costumes plus live music by the Manassas Ballet Theatre orchestra set the backdrop for a great family tradition.

HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, 10960 GEORGE MASON CIRCLE, MANASSAS | TICKETS: HTTPS://HYLTON.CALENDAR.GMU. EDU/MANASSAS-BALLET-THEATRE-THENUTCRACKER/ hg

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Warrenton Gift Guide

SHOP LOCAL THIS YEAR!

In the midst of the holiday shopping season, now is a perfect time to explore the amazing variety of special goods and services available right here in Warrenton. As well as the unique gifts you’ll find for everyone on your list, you’ll be shopping conveniently. With no delivery worries, you can shop on your own time, even for those last minute emergencies. Not only that, you’ll be supporting our local businesses and helping our community to thrive!

Claires at the Depot

One of the most popular restaurants in town, Claire’s at the Depot serves contemporary American Cuisine with a Southern flair and an emphasis on local, seasonal ingredients in a casual yet elegant atmosphere set in a historic train station. A consistent favorite on the menu is “Claire’s Famous She Crab Soup,” just bursting with crab meat and flavor, as well as a fabulous cuisine of fresh meats, seafood and vegetarian options. Claire’s, which has received many accolades for food, ambiance, and service, is a perfect place for a lunch, dinner, and cocktails, making a gift certificate the perfect holiday gift.

65 South 3rd. St. 540.351.1616 clairesrestaurant.com @clairesatthedepot

Third and Main Gourmet to Go

With a warm welcome and friendly customer service, Third and Main is known as one of the best places for a quick lunch of soups, salads, and sandwiches, pre-prepared or made to order. They also offer lunch catering for your office, dinners to go, and online ordering via their website. Treat yourself this month! Be sure to go on a Friday or Saturday when their famous She Crab Soup is on the menu, and do not forget one or two of their sweets to enjoy in the afternoon.

15 S. Third St., Warrenton 540.347.2935 thirdandmainva.com @thirdmaingourmettogo

Warrenton Wellness

Experience the future of relaxation! The 20 minute session uses selected music with healing frequencies and Narrowband Ultraviolet B light to relax and calm your mind. The atmosphere in the Blu Room is designed to insulate you from the outside world to allow you to experience deep relaxation and get a dose of Vitamin D at the same time! Warrenton Wellness has the only Blu Room on the east coast. Our holiday special is going on now…30% off all packages and 50% off your first session. Gift certificates are available online or in-store.

83 W Lee Highway, Warrenton 540.216.2524 warrentonwellness.com @Warrenton-Wellness

Latitudes Fair Trade

Explore a huge selection of unique, high-quality, handcrafted artisan products at this local family-run Fair Trade shop where the variety of merchandise ensures there is something for everyonet. You will find a large selection of jewelry as well as children’s clothing and toys, accessories, clothing, home and kitchen decor, and cards. But be sure to go during the holidays for their unique handcrafted Christmas decorations. Every item in the store is produced by fairlypaid artisans and farmers in developing nations around the world, promoting dignity and respect for all people.

78 Main St. 540-349-2333

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The Angels in Reflective Vests

Warrenton sanitation crews bring care and compassion to service

As the Warrenton “whos” lay asnooze in their beds, six city stewards rise in the predawn darkness. Their work boots lay bare the mileage of their days, their reflective vests attest to the potential danger their workday may bring. They gather — coffee in hand — under the streetlight for a quick chat before the teams set out separately in the early morning to beautify the town one stop at a time.

They go out in the heat. They go out in the snow. They go out in the rain and the wind. Holding onto the back of the sanitation truck they make their way through the town’s undulating streets collect ing refuse from the approximately 4,500 homes and businesses they service each week.

The work is physically demanding, dangerous, and unappealing to most but the men look to the positive aspects of the job.

“I like being around people, socializing, and helping the community,” said Conway Robinson, sanitation crew leader for Warrenton Public Works. He has worked for the city for more than 30 years in various capacities.

Shane Ball, who has been with the sanitation department for 15 years, said the physicality of the job has helped him remain healthy after undergoing open heart surgery six months ago.

“I’m feeling good,” said the father of three. “They (the trash cans) can be heavy, but the lifting and walking is good for me.”

The newest member of Robinson’s crew, Kevin Chambers, said he joined the sanitation department six months ago after a relative told him about a job opening.

“I like the hours and it’s a workout,” he said. “The cardio has been great for basketball.”

Sanitation crews: 2 Employees: 6 Conway Robinson, Shane Ball and Kevin Chambers on one crew and Trey Baker III, Doug Collins, and Daniel Pinn on the other.

Number of homes and business serviced: approximately 4,500

Refuse tonnage to date: 3,662 Recycling tonnage to date: 462

*Information provided by Warrenton Public Works and Utilities

Chambers recently obtained his commercial driver’s license learners permit and plans to take on a bigger role within the department after completing the requirements for a full CDL.

The crew’s positive outlook can be seen in their interactions with customers along their route.

“We get a lot of compliments on our crews,” said John Ward, assistant director of the town’s public works department. “It’s not just

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Sanitation department employees from left to right above: Daniel Pinn, Shane Ball, Doug Collins, Kevin Chambers, Trey Baker, and Conway Robinson. The department is part of Warrenton Public Works. Photo by Karen Henderson, Warrenton Public Works
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Warrenton sanitation department employees Kevin Chambers, left, and Shane Ball, right, holding onto the sanitation truck during refuse collection.
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Cookies, candy, and Gatorade are just a few of the ways customers have shown appreciation for their work over the years, but it’s developing relationships with those on his route that is important to Conway Robinson. “The gifts people give us are nice but the mutual respect that they show, that means a lot,” he said. One story in particular stands out to him. Warrenton resident Patty Winkelvoss left the crew cookies during the holidays one year. Robinson said his wife loved the cookies and asked him to get the recipe so she could make a batch for an upcoming family event. Winkelvoss obliged with the request but when Robinson’s batch didn’t turn out as expected, Winkelvoss stepped in to make another batch.

several times Robinson’s crew has helped him unload groceries from the car after noticing he was struggling to carry the bags while using crutches. Once, Mr. Robinson himself came up to Dan’s house, rang the doorbell, and told him in the future not to bring his trash cans to the curb; his staff would get them from the house for him. Dan’s witnessed several other times the crew has helped other residents.

from our longtime residents but people who just moved here and have never experienced this level of service.”

Warrenton residents Patty and Kenneth Winkelvoss said Robin son’s crew made an immediate impression on them.

“They are so friendly and helpful. They really go out of their way to help you,” said Patty Winkelvoss, a retired pharmacist who previously worked at Fauquier Health. “They are real salt of the earth people.”

Since her husband suffered a serious health setback four years ago, Winkelvoss said the crew routinely inquires about him and his health. Disabled veteran Dan (who did not want his last name used) said that

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“They are the friendliest group,” Dan continued. “They always go above and beyond, and they are underappreciated by many.” And Dan is impressed by their attention to detail: their truck, as he says, is “whistling clean”.

“We honor police, fire, (and) nurses but I don’t think people think about what these people do for us,” he said. “We couldn’t get along without them.”

Dan said witnessing the crew’s teamwork reminded him of his time in the service. “I wish I’d had them with me in Vietnam. If these three men had been in my tank crew, we would have beaten the heck out of the enemy because they’re a team,” he said. “These are the types of Americans we fought for.” w

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Blessings in a Bag

Special Education Teacher and Reverend Jamilla Gault’s goal is to help as many people as possible in need in the community

“I’ve always wanted to help people,” said Jamilla Gault of Bealeton. “I took on a few leadership roles at my church when I was young and my mother, seeing my drive and motivation to do so much for people, said, ‘You can’t save the world.’” But I love helping people. I’m extroverted, and I love serving in any capacity. I may not be able to save the world, but I can do the best I can.”

Jamilla is a preacher, special education teacher, and founder of the nonprofit Blessing Bags and Beyond, an organization that supplies hygiene items to churches and organizations that distribute them to those who are homeless or struggling financially. After starting Blessing Bags and Beyond in December of 2020 and then branch ing out a bit by setting up her first food supply box in Bealeton, she spoke with Warrenton Lifestyle about her journey and the things she hopes to accomplish.

Where are your efforts concentrated?

Three areas. Loudoun County, because my husband is a pastor there, Prince William County because I’m an educator there and it’s where my husband grew up, and Fauquier County because it’s where we live. My goal is to reach as many people as possible. Currently, I’m donating hygiene bags through several local organizations including LAWS (Loudoun Abused Wom en’s Shelter), Mobile Hope, Fauquier Fish, the Family Worship Center, The Loudoun Transitional House, The Ampersand Project, and the Abuse Shelter. I’ve also started putting together pantry boxes, which are supply boxes that provide non-perishable foods. The first one is in the Bealeton Village Shopping Center.

Is Blessing Bags and Beyond officially a nonprofit?

Not quite yet but I’m working on it. I’ve already established a board, which is a part of becoming a nonprofit, and I’ll be meeting with them to talk about next steps – like what I want to continue doing and start doing. Becoming a nonprofit

Jamilla’s 13-yearold twins Taylor and Taytum and 9-year-old daughter Trinity help pack and organize the Blessings Bags.

opens the door to more resources because right now, Blessing Bags and Beyond is funded by people who donate supplies or money. I’m very thankful because I’ve got ten tremendous support and that’s helped speed up the process.

What made you want to start Blessing Bags and Beyond?

Two things, really. A few years ago, I saw a hashtag on so cial media about Blessing Bags. People were keeping bags filled with hygiene products in their cars and if they saw someone in need, someone homeless for example, they’d give them one. It inspired me to start doing the same and, as I was driving around with these bags in my car, I kept thinking how great it would be if this effort could be

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bigger. And then suddenly I had all this support behind me, and I knew it was the right thing to do, and the right time to do it. The other reason I wanted to start Blessing Bags and Beyond was to branch out. I do a lot of the work for the community with my sorority, but I wanted to do something on my own.

You have so much on your plate!

Is it hard to find time to do it all?

It is hard because my husband and I are pastors at the Providence Baptist Church, we’re both full-time educa tors, and we are both heavily involved in other commu nity service organizations. We also have three daughters who are in dance. I work on Blessing Bags and Beyond for about two hours a day, five days a week but try to give myself a break on Saturdays and Sundays. We just try to find a balance between doing the things we really love and doing the things we have to do.

Did you have an experience that helped you under stand the need for the items you distribute?

I think being a special education teacher has helped me the most because I’ve had so much connection with parents and families who have these kinds of needs. It’s made me understand how I would feel about not having hygiene items. Not having shelter security is part of it also. Can you imagine not being able to have your per sonal items because your family keeps moving? I think sometimes there is just a lot of shame in it, and I want to help take some of that shame away.

Do you have support in this mission?

I do. My family and my top donor who happens to be the mother of one of my friends. She has been a tremendous supporter ever since I started this organization. She has been my biggest cheerleader besides my husband and my kids. In fact, my husband and father-in-law built the pantry box in Bealeton. They keep me encouraged and always want to help.

How long have you lived in Fauquier County?

We moved to Fauquier County from Manassas about 10 years ago. I’ve been a special education teacher in Prince William County for almost 15 years. Our 13-year-old twins

Above, Top: Jamilla inspects expiration dates on cans in the food supply box in Bealeton.

Above, Bottom: Jamilla considers her family her biggest cheerleaders: L-R Taylor, 13, husband Cory, Trinity, 9, Jamilla, and Taytum, 13.

attend Taylor Middle School, and our 9-year-old goes to MM Pierce. I like living here. I grew up in Detroit so it’s very different, but I think this is where I’m meant to be for now. I’m always busy so being in a calming area helps.

How did you become a special education teacher and a reverend?

In 2007 I decided to go into education because I’m passionate about helping young people, and I’ve worked with a variety of children at the elementary level with emotional and learning disabilities, autism, and health impairments like ADHD and ADD. In 2008, I started working on my studies to become a preacher. My hus band and I actually got licensed to preach together. We’re now at Providence Baptist Church in Loudoun County.

What support does Blessing Bags and Beyond need from the community?

There are so many ways that people can support us. Right now, I’m looking for donations for the Blessings Bags and the pantry box in Bealeton, and for help putting the boxes together. Many people have reached out and I appreciate the support. w

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Warrenton author James Brown explores the who, what, and why of Christmas in his 2022 books Beyond the Beard and The Making of Santa

Being a professional Santa is a lot more than just putting on a red suit and happily chortling “Ho, Ho, Ho.” After all, sitting on Santa’s lap and telling him about their Christmas wishes is something most kids look forward to all year long. Since the

real Santa can’t be everywhere at once, he needs caring and enthusiastic helpers who can fill in for him at times.

One of those helpers is James Brown of Warrenton.

Brown’s passion for Christmas started when he was on active duty in the Navy (he was enlisted for 20 years.) “I spent many years away from my family at Christmas time, and somebody was always there to be Santa for my kids,” says Brown.

BEYOND THE BEARD

“I've been a professional Christmas

performer since 2013, and one of my goals over the last couple of years, especially with COVID, was to become a better performer for my clients,” he said. He believed that the more he learned about the holiday, the bet ter he could emulate the persona of Santa.

In order to educate himself he started researching the history of Christmas and Santa Claus. He learned a lot. Eventually,

SantaBeing is not easy! D y h g Ch t A h S h b C ? D d b S y k d h C h Wh d p g ? D d k h C d b g ? A d h y b d Ch C B y h B p k d d d h k y y y y y b d h k d d h d d h Y b d h S h S d h k b h h h y Wh d y h f gh h k h S N c o a d a a C a s e w e a e g c a d a a d o d y p c S h h d A d O g y g h h h Ch N h d B d h B d b d d k d h Ab h A h ame B w a h h b nd a d N vy v e n w o ov Ch ma 2 1 ame e m n o e h Ch S d b Th y g g p g d k h Ch B d B d D h p p p y y p h d B d h B d Th M k Beyond the BeardExploring the Collective History of Santa James Brown F O R E W O R D A N D C O N T R B U T O N S B Y P H L B E Y O N D T H E B E A R D J A M E S K B R O W N E X P L O R N G T H E C O L L E C T I V E H I S T O R Y O F S A N T A
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The books can be found at Open Book in Warrenton, Barnes & Noble, on Amazon, and on Brown’s website, tinselthymepress.com.

he put all of his findings into his book, Beyond the Beard, which was just released in October. It delves into the history and origin of Santa Claus, the myths and legends surrounding him, the impact on American culture and economy, and the evolution of traditions over the last 300 years.

Brown said he didn’t start out to write a book. “It was just a personal journey for me. About two years ago, I got in touch with Phil Wenz who wrote the Santa Claus Oath, a code of ethics, that’s currently used in the Santa Claus community.” Wenz provided him with a lot of information, in cluding the basic background of Charles W. Howard, who, explained Brown, pioneered one of the first Santa Claus Schools.

“It took about three years to write,” he said. “My editor, Katherine Eppley, helped me go through all the information that I collected. This book is basically the who, what, how, and why of Santa Claus and Christmas. Amy Zwirko of Creative Crafts produced the charming hand-drawn illus trations throughout the book.”

When not playing Santa Claus or run ning his agricultural business with his wife Nichole, a school teacher who is considering writing about agriculture for children, Brown works as a government employee. They live just outside Warrenton with son Zechariah

what makes a good Santa?

Brown’s tips for Santa performers

Along with the red suit and white gloves, pay extra attention to the beard, belt and boots. Kids care more about those than the suit. Wear a high quality beard, a real leather belt, and sturdy black boots.

Make sure you know the reindeers’ names and when Rudolph was born (1939) and have a story about when you and Mrs. Claus met (they married in 1849).

Always focus on the child. Be a good storyteller. The children are there to be with Santa and it’s a bonding moment for that child.

Santa should never be a disciplinary figure. Everyone has opportunities to be on the “Nice List.”

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Did you know?

Mrs. Claus actually came about as part of the women’s suffrage movement in the late 1800s. During World War II, due to the shortage of men, women played Santa Claus and were paid $25 a week.

Lewis Prang, the father of the American Christmas card, started using Santa depicted in a red suit. A lot of people believe Coca-Cola was responsible for that.

Jolly Old St. Nicholas, created in 1865, was one of the first non-religious Christmas songs.

The oldest church in the United States is St. Nicholas Church in New York City and it still stands today.

and three daughters, Ashley, Amber, and Alesha.

REINDEER CARDS

“The depiction of the reindeer photos in the book were actually created by Zechariah. He created reindeer character cards using the photos and pairing them with facts and information about each individual reindeer. They have been sold to Santa Clauses worldwide.”

Additionally, Brown uses these reindeer cards as part of his Santa routine. “I also have reindeer shoes and talk with the children about the shoes. I tell stories about how Dancer likes to dance the salsa with Mrs. Claus and how Cupid likes to take care of the animals at the veterinarian's office. It’s important to be a good storyteller.”

THE MAKING OF SANTA

Young entrepreneur: Zechariah’s belief that children would want to know more about the residents of the North Pole led him to create the reindeer character cards.

Brown’s other book, The Making of Santa, which he wrote alongside Beyond The Beard, was released in July of this year. Aimed at educating both aspiring and professional Santas out there, the book combines the basics of a Santa school with a business manual and emphasizes the uniqueness of the Santa tradecraft. Because, Brown said, “Being Santa is much more than putting on the suit. It means something deeper – you are spreading the magic and joy of the Christmas season.”

“We've sold approximately 1,000 copies already, mostly to the Santa Claus community,” he said. “There are an estimat ed 10,000 professional Santa Clauses nationwide. A profes sional Santa is someone who has a license, has undergone a background check, and carries insurance.”

WHAT’S NEXT?

Keep an eye out for more Christmas and Santa Claus related books coming in the near future. “We've already come up with the titles for the next couple of books, and we’re going to start working on book number three around February,” he said. “It won't take long to turn it around because we already have all the material we need.” w

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Decorating for the holiday season is a treasured family tradition for many, but opening the boxes of decorations that were hastily put away last year can be daunting. After the holidays we are exhausted and we all get caught up in the “stuff it all in a box and sort it out next year” syndrome. By preparing and organizing this year, next year can be a breeze when the bins come out! Lifestyle magazine asked professional organizer Caitlin Adkins of Spaces Organized and Styled in Marshall for some tips.

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As you are pulling things out of storage this year and decorating, take a look at what you are leaving behind in the bins/ boxes. Do you have grandma’s handmade ornaments that don’t fit your theme? Or maybe your less efficient energy incandes cent strand of lights have been upgraded to LED and are always at the bottom of the box. Start setting these items aside now. Throw away old lights, and plan to donate or pass along any sentimental items to family members. Also notice which items look “tired” or are missing parts/chipped/broken. Use this as a time to repair things or update a few pieces.

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Be careful storing your holiday decor in the attic: candles will melt over the summer. Go for a minimalist look for the holidays. Don’t just add your holiday decor to your already crowded surfaces. Put away some of the yearround trinkets to make room.

When putting away the ornaments, store the non-fragile kids ornaments separately. Next year when it’s time to decorate the tree, you can just hand them the bag without being afraid your greatgrandmother’s hand-blown treasures will be at risk.

to be a lot longer than these bins so it’s a less than ideal solution. Instead, I recommend using a horizontal flexible wrapping paper storage organizer.

They allow you to easily store your pa per, scissors, tape, ribbon and tags. They also stack really nicely on a shelf or under a bed, or can stand between the shelf and wall when stored away

Plastic bins

Decorations should last years and mul tiple uses. But storing items in cardboard boxes is a big no. Cardboard boxes attract roaches, sly silverfish and a whole lot more pests you do not want in your home. They are also extremely susceptible to moisture damage, especially when they are usually kept in basements, garages and barns. The end of the year many stores have plastic/rubber storage bins on sale, so take this time to upgrade. Buy them in red and green to identify them easily next year. If you are planning to store sentimental items in an area you know is prone to flooding, make sure the bin is weathertight.

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One of the number one things I see my clients doing wrong when organizing/ storing holiday decorations is not using a

good wreath storage option. They gener ally just get tossed on a hook in the garage which leads them to get bugs during the spring/summer months. A wreath can be an investment and should last for many years. Stay away from the flexible, collaps ible versions; opt for a hard plastic wreath container that will protect the wreath’s shape.

Christmas Tree Bags

If you are going to be storing your tree in a bag, make sure you get one with wheels, trust me! Also consider putting the Christmas tree box in first. These bags are great but lose their shape and offer no protection to your tree getting smashed.

Ornament organizers

We all have had a memory of unwrapping a glass ornament that was buried in a stor age box and as we unwrap it, the ornament falls. Maybe we are still using those boxes with the clear plastic over the front which never hold the ornaments in and the plastic tears away after a year or two. Invest in a sturdy ornament storage organizer with in dividual sections for each ornament. Many come with customizable inserts which allow storage of larger ornaments. One with a clear front panel is ideal, so you can see the contents at a glance. w

Storing lights is always a challenge! There are a lot of gizmos out there that don’t really work. Keeping the original box to store them might work in some instances. Do you have an answer? If you’ve found something that works for lights, let us know at editor@ warrentonlifestyle.com

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The Santa Express is hosted by Virginia Scenic Railway, a subsidiary of Buckingham Branch Railroad, which started its tourist rail excursions in August of 2022 out of the Staunton Amtrak station. Quickly becoming popular, the excursions offer a unique experience combining the breathtaking scenery of the Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains, an upscale dining experience, and the ambiance of a restored 1940s passenger car with cherry and maple wood trim.

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When she heard about the launch of the Santa Express for this year, she immediately thought of her two-year-old grand son who is obsessed with trains and bought tickets right away. “It’s really a no-brainer to take him. Just getting on the train will amaze him, but adding Santa and all the holiday features might well blow his mind. He is going to be so excited.”

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Bump, Set, Spike

Northern Piedmont Sports Club launches first boys’ recreational volleyball program west of Manassas

Bump… Set… Spike! How many of us remember that drill from high school gym class? While girls recre ational volleyball programs have thrived for years in Fauquier County, there has been no offering in the area for all-boys volleyball—until this year. In 2022, Northern Piedmont Sports Club (NPSC) began stepping up its offerings for boys, who previously had to play on the girls’ teams. “We wanted to give everyone a chance to play,” said Lisa Garner, Director of Operations at NPSC.

Starting with a co-ed team

The spring 2022 season brought two boys to NPSC’s middle school rec volleyball league’s only co-ed team, coached by Mark Bowman of War renton. This was Bowman’s first foray into NPSC coaching, and he brought a decade of youth coaching experience and his own experiences as an adult volleyball player to his new role. “I wanted the kids to learn the fundamentals of volleyball and to have fun,” Bowman said.

Despite a 1–7 record, Bowman’s team proved popular enough that he was asked to stay on and coach another co-ed team, this time at the high school level, during the Summer 22 season.

Coaching at the upper level was significantly different from coaching in the middle school division, according to Bowman, and there was definitely an improvement in skill level between the middle and high school age players. The boys on Bowman’s team agreed, stating that “the high school level team was a definite step up from the middle school level team. We got to really play vol leyball.” And they did: the summer team dominated the division, going 8–0 for the season and winning the high school tournament.

Launching Boys’ Rec Teams: The Fall 2022 Season

Word of an emerging recreational boys volleyball pro gram began to spread, bringing boys from as far as Front Royal. Enough boys registered to play volleyball, 11 in total, for the Fall 22 season that NPSC decided to form an all-boys team at both the middle and high school levels. Bowman remained as the high school coach, and the middle school aged team was coached by Kristin Daniels, who brought a significant amount of both playing and

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“The middle school boys are fun,” said Daniels, of the five boys on her team. “I like that they are enthusiastic and excited to try the new sport.” While her focus is on devel oping the boys’ form to ensure they have a solid foundation for their volleyball skills, she really appreciates her team’s character. “They have really great attitudes and cheer each other on. They also cheer the girls on,” she said.

There were not enough boys, yet, to build a whole boys division, so NPSC had the boys play against the girls teams, which was not ideal. Middle school aged girls had potentially played competitive volleyball for several years and were more experienced, and the boys were learning the game from scratch. On the other hand, the boys had greater size and strength.

So while no changes were made to the team size and rules at the middle school level, to make the play more balanced, the NPSC had the boys play “man down” (five players instead of the girls’ six), at the high school level.

“By having an all-boys team, the boys are able to run plays and learn a more sophisticated style of play. They can combine their height and strength with their desire to learn to play a very physical game.”

“I’ve been really pleased at how competitive the games have been,” said Garner.

The boys liked it too. “Playing on the co-ed team was fun, but I like playing on the boys team a lot better. I don’t have to worry about hurting anyone, so I can actually play volleyball,” said one of the high school boys players.

Planning for the Future

The Fall 22 season ended in early November, and the success of the boys teams has prompted NPSC to continue expanding their offerings for boys. The next step is to have enough boys signed up so that the teams can play against each other. This would allow the boys to train together and play against each other in different combinations.

Ultimately, NPSC hopes to have not only enough boys playing to create a recreational division but also a boys’ trav el club. If they are able to field a boys’ travel volleyball team, it would be the only team of its kind west of Manassas.

Boys divisions and travel teams are in the future though. For now, the focus is growing the recreational program by letting boys know there is an option for them to play volleyball. To that end, NPSC anticipates having boys’ teams playing for Spring, Summer, and Fall volley ball seasons.

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Looking for the Perfect Shot

Local photographer uses her talent and her free-spirited nature to create art for Fauquier

families

Jamie Hinkle of Warrenton has had a camera in her hand as long as she can remember. “I’ve had dozens of cameras over the years, but I got my first professional camera in 2011” said Hinkle. She started her business, Jamie Hinkle Photography, in 2013 as a way to hang on to something that was hers after the birth of her first child. Photography was a way for Hinkle to feed her creative, free-spirited nature while having a career with a schedule that worked for her family.

While Hinkle shoots newborn sessions, senior portraits, and non-studio based headshots, family and lifestyle photography sessions are her favorites. “I love seeing families together…and getting to know my clients. I want them to know that I saw them in this short period of time [we had together],” explains Hinkle. Seeing clients rebook year after year is particularly rewarding, especially since there are so many good photographers in the local area. “When clients rebook it means they trust me, and the experience I provided them is something that they want to have again.”

Styles and Locations

All photographers have different styles and locations they love. For Hinkle, these are open fields and urban areas. “Fall in Virginia is an especially gorgeous backdrop for photo sessions, and there are so many locations to shoot in this area,” she said, naming historic sites, gar dens, and lakes as particular favorites.

Fall is also Hinkle’s busiest time of year. Hinkle shoots most weeknights and weekends during the late fall and offers two session types: a 25 minute limited session and a 45–90 minute full session. However, she does not schedule sessions months in advance. “I try to keep things as flexible as possible [for herself and her clients]. Sometimes, especially with kids, things don’t always work the first time, so we adapt.” After each session, Hinkle hand-edits each image she presents to her clients.

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Giving Back to the Community

One of the many things Hinkle loves about being a photographer is the opportunity it affords her to give back.

“It’s a way I can provide a service and raise some money for organizations I believe in,” she explained. Over the years, she has donated sessions to multiple local schools and nonprofits including Auburn Middle School, Healing Hearts Respite Foundation, and Love for Lucas. One of her favorite charity experiences was in 2017, when the founder of Healing Hearts reached out about a trip to the beach that the foundation was providing to a terminally ill man and his wife. During this

Left: Family photos are Hinkle’s favorites. “I love seeing families together. The moments between the shots are so special.”

Right: Senior sessions allow Hinkle to document a special transition in a young person’s life.

trip, the couple renewed their vows for their 33rd wedding anniversary. Hinkle traveled to the beach, photographed the event, and sent the couple images from their ceremony. A few years later, after the husband passed away, his wife called Hin kle and thanked her again for the photographs. “People only have a certain number of days, and if they choose to spend one in front of my camera, then I want to do everything I can to provide the best experience for [them] to look back on.” w

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Officer Kayla Freeman

Officer Kayla Freeman joined the Warrenton Po lice Department in April of 2021 with a dream to continue her passion for helping others.

While she may look young, she has an extensive back ground in community support. This experience includes a veterinary emergency hospital, dispatch, and fire and rescue support from neighboring counties. She came to Warrenton with a heart to work, support the community, and continue to grow.

“I’ve always wanted to work with the public to give back,” she says. “I come from a smaller community, like Warrenton, and I’m familiar with that. We are more respected as officers and have more to give in community policing. The department feels like family, and we get to know people in the community.”

Officer Freeman describes a great officer as a good listener and communicator. She said, “You have to un derstand that everyone makes mistakes, and even though some make more than others, it doesn’t mean you can’t turn your life around.”

When asked who has been a hero to her, Officer Free man said, “My adoptive mom is my hero. I’ve never seen her overreact or get angry. She was always good at dealing with any situations that came her way. Learning that calm demeanor from her has really helped me in my job. As a dispatcher and a police officer, I have dealt with people in crisis on what may be the worst day of their life, and I have been able to help them through their situation by calming them down. It’s a good skill to have.”

Officer Freeman’s significant other is also in law en forcement. He serves as a Sergeant in Fairfax County. She also has a daughter who shows the same empathy for oth

ers that is so important to her mother. This young family recently purchased land and built a house here in Fauqui er County. She said they chose the area because, “We love the beauty in the area, the land, it’s quiet, and the people are friendly.” The short commute to work is also a plus for her, and she and her family enjoy Warrenton’s Old Town and Main Street, attending community events and dining at Denim and Pearls. w

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When Old Man Winter Keeps IndoorsUs

Check your library for inspiration

The leaves are gone, the temperatures are dropping (discounting the unseasonable 70-degree November days just past) and many of us are spending more time indoors as winter approaches. How will you fill these extra hours? Just because the weather keeps you indoors doesn’t mean you have to be bored. Turn to your local library for inspiration for many subjects.

Cookbooks

Cold days call for warm dinners and baked treats. Check out these cookbooks for nourishing and filling recipes that will wow your family and friends.

The Best Casserole Cook book Ever by Beatrice Ojakangas

Baking: The Ultimate Cookbook by Robert Gonzalez and Dan Crean

The Complete Autumn & Winter Cookbook: 550+ Recipes for Warming Dinners, Holiday Roasts, Seasonal Desserts, Breads, Food Gifts, and More by America's Test Kitchen

The Complete Soup Cook book: Over 200 Satisfying Recipes for Every Appetite by Cider Mill Press

Winter: Warm Recipes for Cold Nights by Louise Franc

Crafts & Gardening

Need some inspiration for knitting, quilting, drawing or gardening? You'll find plenty of ideas for your next project in the pages of these great titles.

Drawing is for Everyone: Simple Lessons to Make Your Creative Practice a Daily Habit by Kateri Ewing

Head-to-Toe Winter Knits: 100 Quick and Easy Accessories to Knit by Monica Russel

How to Garden Indoors and Grow Your Own Food Year Round: Ultimate Guide to Verti cal, Container, and Hydroponic Gardening by Kim Roman

My Houseplant Changed My Life: Green Well-Being for the Great Indoors by David Domoney

Quilting Through the Year: 16 Delightful Designs for Every Sea son by Sherilyn Mortensen

Indoor Fun & Games

Stave off winter boredom with fun games and activities for all ages. After you've played a game or two, pop some popcorn and relax on the sofa with a great movie or TV show (check out the library's DVD and streaming video collection as well).

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die edited by Steven Jay Schneider (2021 publication)

Big Book of Brain Games: 1000 Playthinks of Art, Mathematics & Science by Ivan Moscovich Hoyle's Rules of Games edited by Albert H. Morehead and Geoffrey Mott-Smith

The Everything Tabletop Games Book by Bebo

What to Watch When: 1,000 TV Shows for Every Mood and Moment by Christian Blauvelt

Travel Planning & Dreaming

Spend some time this winter planning your next adventure. If you're yearning to explore new places, these gorgeous travel guidebooks will have you booking your next vacation in no time.

100 Countries, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do by National Geographic

The Catch Me if You Can: One Woman's Journey to Every Country in the World by Jessica Nabongo

Go Here Instead: The Alternative Travel List by DK Eyewitness

Secret Cities of Europe: 70 Charming Plac es Away From the Crowds by Henning Aubel

Ultimate United States Travel List by Lonely Planet

Warm Weather Escapes

If winter chills and snowflakes have you dreaming of warm weather getaways, grab some fabulous fiction set in sundrenched locales.

Beach Read by Emily Henry Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa Friedland

One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle Summer on the Bluffs by Sunny Hostin w

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Invite the elves to deck the halls and hang the tinsel. And when the elves get hungry, serve them this tempting buffet of season’s eatings and drinkings.

The shining stars of the menu are three easy to make, easy to serve, easy to eat casseroles. Everything is bite size so Santa’s tree trimming helpers won’t need to juggle plates, knives and ornaments. The casseroles keep warm in slow cookers making them easy to nibble while stringing all the twinkling lights.

Each recipe serves about 6 in buffet size portions. Double or triple the recipes as needed. There is a vegan option for the cheesy pasta, too, should any of your elves prefer plant-based.

Everyone will be rockin’ around your Christmas tree. Christmas - it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

(about 2 cups)

2 stalks celery – chopped (about 1 cup)

1 Tablespoon chopped garlic

2 teaspoons salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1-1/2 cups burgundy or other dry red wine

2 cups beef broth

16 oz. fresh mushrooms (any type – washed & sliced)

GARNISH INGREDIENTS

1 (12 to 16 oz.) package noodles

2 Tablespoons vegetable oil

3 Tablespoons chopped fresh, curly parsley (no stems)

2. Trim and discard any fat from meat. Cut meat into 1/2 inch cubes. Toss with remaining stew ingredients. Pour into prepared casserole. Cover.

3. Roast 1 1/2 hours. Stir. Continue roasting (covered) until meat and vegetables are very ten der – about 1 hour more. Add additional broth, if necessary, for a consistency you like.

4. Meanwhile, cook noodles according to package di rections. Drain. Toss with oil to prevent sticking. Put into preheated slow cooker. Top with hot stew. Sprinkle with parsley. Cover. Lower to “keep warm” for serving.

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Menu HORS D’OEUVRES Dips, Dunks & Nibbles | Egg Nog TRIO OF HELP YOURSELF CASSEROLES  Oven Roasted Beef Burgundy | Sweet and Sour Asian Chicken | EasyCheesy Pasta SIDES Green Bean and Pimento Salad  | Pumpkin Bread | Mini Corn Muffins DESSERT Christmas Cookies | Spirited Coffee/Candy Cane Tea | Oven Roasted Beef Burgundy
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Sweet and Sour Asian Chicken

This casserole is so easy you may never get takeout again! For vegan, sub plant-based, vegan, breaded faux chicken strips. Yule luv it!!

INGREDIENTS

1 (20 oz.) can pineapple chunks in juice

Additional pineapple juice (about 2 cupsunsweetened)

¼ cup sugar

2 Tablespoons corn starch

¼ cup soy sauce

¼ cup vinegar

4 carrots (about ½ pound)

1 large green pepper

1 (20 to 24 oz.) package breaded chicken (or faux chicken) strips (cooked according to package directions)

GARNISH INGREDIENTS

4 cups hot, cooked rice

3 Tablespoons chopped fresh, curly parsley (no stems)

DIRECTIONS

1. Peel carrots. Diagonally cut ¼ inch thick. Microwave to soften-about 3 minutes.

2. Cut green pepper into bite size squares. (Leave raw.)

3. Cut each cooked chicken (or faux chicken) strip into 1-1/2 inch pieces.

4. Set everything aside while making the sauce.

5. Drain pineapple reserving the juice. Measure the juice. Add additional pineapple juice to make a total of 3 cups juice. Put into a medium pot. Whisk in sugar, corn starch, soy sauce and vinegar. Bring to a boil on medium heat, whisking until thickened – about 3 minutes. Fold in carrots, raw green pepper and chicken (or faux chicken). Cook till hot – about 5 minutes.

6. Put hot cooked rice into preheat slow cooker. Spoon chicken mixture over rice. Sprinkle with parsley. Cov er. Lower to keep warm for serving.

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FOR VEGAN Use vegan pasta sauce, egg-free pasta and sub plant-based cheese sauce for dairy cheese.

Easy-Cheesy Pasta

Purists will not approve of white Velveeta in this recipe but mozzarella just wouldn’t hold up well. As delicious as it is, mozzarella can get rubbery when held on a buffet for extended periods of time.

White Velveeta, on the other hand, does just fine and even purists, if you don’t tell them, will come back for seconds.

Penne rigate (ridged) pasta is suggested because the ridges hold the sauce and it can be eaten without cutting or twirling but any similar, bite size pasta works well.

CASSEROLE INGREDIENTS

1 (16 oz.) package penne rigata pasta 2 Tablespoons olive oil 6 cups your favorite pasta sauce 24 oz. white Velveeta (Queso Blanco - cut into random ½ inch chunks)

How to Preheat a Slow Cooker

It’s important to preheat the slow cooker so it doesn’t crack when hot food is added. Here’s how: oil the slow cooker or coat with cooking spray. Cover (empty) and set on low to preheat (about 10 minutes). Add the hot entrée after preheating. Lower heat to “keep warm” setting for serving.

PAIRS WELL WITH MERLOT: If your favorite pasta sauce is tomato-based, you can’t go wrong with Merlot. With its soft tannins and fruiti ness, it’s perfect with food or on its own. Lo cal Vintage: Barrel Oak 2019 Merlot. Garnet color with aroma of red fruit and a palate of bright flavor of cranberry and pomegranate, the 2019 Merlot offers a warm spice on the finish. $39. barreloak.com

PAIRS WELL WITH PINOT NOIR: If your favorite pasta sauce is creamy, you’d be wise to go with Pinot Noir. It’s the most popular, light-bodied red wine anywhere and is loved for its red fruit and spice aromas. Local Vintage: The Winery at LaGrange’s 2020 Pinot Noir. With aromas of apple, cooked fruits, and oak, and a palate of red fruits and soft tannins, the 2020 Pinot noir offers a short finish with low acidity and notes of cherry. $50. wineryatlagrange.com

GARNISH INGREDIENTS

¼ cup finely chopped, fresh parsley leaves (curly type – no stems)

DIRECTIONS

1. Cook penne according to package directions. Drain. 2. Toss with olive oil to prevent pasta from stick ing together. Set aside. Heat the pasta sauce to boiling. 3. To assemble casserole, spread 1 cup heated sauce on bottom of a preheated slow cooker. Top evenly with ½ the cooked penne, 2 cups heated sauce then ½ the cheese. Repeat with remaining penne, remaining sauce and ending with remaining cheese. Cover slow cooker. Cook on low till cheese melts – about 20 min utes. Sprinkle with parsley. Lower temperature to “keep warm” for serving. hg

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Laser dentistry has come to Fauquier County thanks to Dr. Noelle Dunn’s recently-opened Laser Dental Arts. The practice is the only one in the county to offer laser dentistry using the Fotana Lightwalker Laser which offers treatment with less complications, more options, and faster recovery times. Dr. Dunn, who received her degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine will be offering restorative dentistry, periodontal therapy including Twinlight Periodontics™, root canal therapy with Fotona Sweeps™ la ser-assisted root canals, oral surgery, cos metic dentistry, and orthodontics at their 10 Rock Point Lane location in Warrenton.

Fauquier Habitat for Humanity CEO Darryl Neher will resign from the organization to pursue a position as CEO with the national nonprofit’s Lexing ton chapter in Kentucky.

Neher joined Fauquier Habitat in October 2018. During his tenure as Fau quier Habitat’s CEO, Neher led the acquisition of over $2 million in properties for new construction and renovation, launched a 12-month education program for future homeowners, initiated a critical home repair program and was a founding member and chair of the Virginia Statewide Com munity Land Trust.

Fauquier Habitat, established in 1991, has built 59 new homes in Rappahannock and Fau quier counties since its founding and currently has two homes under construction. It plans to build three homes in 2023.

Warrenton Town Council greenlights mixed-use development next to O'Brien's Pub

The Warrenton Town Council voted unanimously to approve the construction of a mixed-use development — including 47 townhomes, six apartments, one retail building and a small park — on the 4.81-acre site on the corner of Lee Highway and Broadview Avenue which has been dubbed Waterloo Junction. Currently located on the property is O’Brien’s Irish Pub.

For the project to move forward, the council had to approve a zoning map amendment, spe cial-use permit and Comprehensive Plan amendment.

The townhomes will be priced somewhere between $400,000 and $500,000, and 10% of the proposed units will be designated as affordable housing.

The renovation of O’Brien’s and the apartments above the restaurant – currently vacant – is esti mated to take four months. The townhome construction could be completed within 18 months.

Walker Jones PC honored by U.S. News and Northern Virginia Magazine

Walker Jones, PC, with offices in Warrenton and Washington, has been recognized as a Best Law Firm 2023 by U.S. News & World Report. The publication also recognized partner Amy Totten, who focuses on family law, as a Best Lawyer 2023.

Northern Virginia Magazine also recognized three of Walker Jones’ partners with regional accolades. Susan Pierce, focusing in personal injury, Michael Brown, with a general civil practice in real estate, estate planning, and zoning and land use, and Totten were chosen as Top Lawyers 2022 by their Northern Virginia and Washington peers.

Walker Jones has been serving clients throughout Northern Virginia and the Washington area for 44 years and provides a comprehensive scope of legal services.

Local Realtors donate more than 1,400 winter items across three counties

Greater Piedmont Realtors, a non profit organization representing nearly 700 Realtors across Fau quier, Culpeper, Rappahannock and Madison counties, recently donated over 1,400 winter accessories to local homeless shelters. Adults and children received gloves, hats, and scarves for the upcoming cold weather.

Two of the locations served were the Emergency Shelter in Warrenton and the Transitional Housing in Vint Hill. Other locations included SAFE and Culpeper Housing & Shelter Services in Culpeper, MESA in Madison, and Community Touch in Bealeton.

“The heart of our association are our Realtor members who love serving our community,” said Terrie Owens, Greater Piedmont Realtors president. “We wanted to 'share the warmth' with our community members who need an added layer of warmth this winter and to let them know we care about our neighbors.”

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