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INSIDE THIS ISSUE 2 Brickshire Golf Course Update 3 Summary of Golf Course Actions 4 Board of Directors Meetings 4 New Neighbors 4 Brickshire Blurbs 4 Website Group Being Organized 5 Sub-Committee Reports 7 How Do You Make Your Garden Grow? 7 New Kent County Update 7 Arts in these Parts 8 Activities/Recreation Events

Bank Offers Favorable Terms For Possible Golf Course Purchase

About Brickshire Brickshire, in the heart of historic Virginia, began development in 2001. It is now home to more than 600 families, who enjoy all the beauty and serenity of the country with the added benefit of being within thirty minutes of both Richmond and Williamsburg. Nine distinct neighborhoods make up the community along with a variety of amenities including over three miles of bike trails, a community pool and clubhouse, an activities center with a gym, card room, and meeting room, tennis/pickleball courts, a ball field, and a playground. The Golf Club at Brickshire is owned and operated privately though residents benefit from the views afforded by the course layout and optional membership. Brickshire Community Association, Inc. 11010 Kentland Trail, Providence Forge, VA 23140 Visit to find the latest information on Association happenings. If you don’t have a logon, call the Association Office: 804-966-1599



Jerry Assessor

Michelle Gowdy



Jeff Summers

Carl Filipowicz




Debbie Richards

COMMUNICATION TEAM With special thanks to Denise Miller. and our delivery elves!

Bob Beardsley

Denise Morris


George Knight

Marilyn Leyo

Ben Peck

Judy Schwartz


B r i c k s h i r e B u l l e t i n // January 2018

Proposed Agreement to Purchase, Fund and Operate the Brickshire Golf Course The Association has reached a provisional agreement to purchase the Brickshire golf course, contingent on receiving the votes necessary on the Amendment allowing the Community to borrow money. The Board believes the terms are very favorable for the Association.  The following is a summary of the high level details. There is an agreement with the C&F Bank that enables the Association to purchase the Brickshire Golf Course for $2 million. The Association will put up $600,000, mostly from the Capital Reserve Fund and the Operating Funds and borrow the $1.4 million from the bank. The bank will carry the loan at a 5% interest rate for the first five years, and then renegotiate the ongoing rate.

The cost to the Association members will NOT be the $3,000 assessment mentioned earlier. Instead, annual HOA dues will be raised by $300 per lot. This will yield approximately $330,000 to cover the annual mortgage amount of $110,000, plus $220,000 for golf course operating expenses that includes: professional management fees, capital improvement, and operational cost support. Wingfield Golf (owners of Viniterra Golf Course) will provide a proposal to conduct due diligence of the Brickshire course (e.g. course inspection, equipment, facilities), including a course management proposal and a pro forma budget based on their experience.  The Board feels that even without the golf course, the property itself is worth more than the purchase price to Brickshire. In addition to 227 acres of open green space, the property offers valuable amenities/features such as the large clubhouse with restaurant/grill, driving range, walking paths, parking lot and makes possible the expansion of more amenities. We believe that Royal New Kent will remain an operating golf course. The Association does not intend to buy RNK, and there will be more details to follow.

Timeline and Summary of Brickshire Golf Course Actions Editor’s Note: the following is a simplified summary of the activity surrounding the Brickshire Golf Course during 2017. At this writing, the voting has not been concluded. Check the website for updated details.

April 2017

September 2017

Traditions Golf, through its President Paul Mauk, the owner of three golf courses (Brickshire, Royal New Kent, and Stonehouse) put them up for sale. The Brickshire Golf Course lies entirely within the Brickshire community and many see it as a major amenity, even though it is not actually part of the Association.  

The Association was notified that all three golf courses were under contract. The owner/seller implied that the buyer was a land management company not interested in running a golf course. Many Association members contacted the Board expressing their concern. The Board was now faced with losing the golf amenity that, although it is not owned by the Brickshire Community Association, it had become closely identified with it. Research completed locally and on the Web indicated that many communities faced declining property values when the golf course within their community closed.

The owner contacted the Board president and asked if the Association would be interested in buying the golf course. As representatives of the Brickshire community, the Board signed a non-disclosure agreement and received access to a limited amount of financial information. The financials the Board received were a conglomeration of revenue/expenses for the three courses combined and did not give the detail needed to figure out if Brickshire is profitable. Further complicating any possible Association involvement, the seller said that he preferred to sell the three golf courses as a package.

May 2017 The Board formed a subcommittee to evaluate the proposal and authorized a contract with an outside legal firm to understand and evaluate the Association’s options regarding the golf course, and the risks associated. The committee also evaluated opportunities for a partnership and is open to exploring all options available. The Golf subcommittee worked to be as transparent as possible but remains bound by the non-disclosure agreement to share financials with the community.

June–July 2017 The Association received information that an unknown buyer made an offer for all three courses. However, Traditions Golf withheld the identity of the buyer so it was not known if this was from a golf course operator or not. Outside counsel reported that the original Association documents severely hampered the rights of the Association in regards to the golf course ownership.

October 2017 As it was becoming clearer that the buyer would close the golf course, the Board felt the time had come to explore the temperament of the community regarding a possible purchase, should the opportunity arise. Therefore, the Board authorized a non-binding straw poll mailing to all the property owners that included various options for purchase and raising the possibility of a one-time $3,000 estimated assessment per property. Of 440 votes received, 61% voted ‘yes’ and 39% voted ‘no’. The Board considered this enough interest to keep options open.

The week before Thanksgiving, the bank, the prospective buyer, and the seller informed the Board of Directors that the current deal for all three courses was in jeopardy. During the due diligence period, use restrictions were uncovered on the Royal New Kent and Stonehouse courses. At the same time, a possible partner contacted the Board expressing interest in Royal New Kent. In the Board’s opinion, this potential partnership would be very beneficial to Brickshire in a number of ways. The possible partner has asked to remain unidentified for now.

December 2017 Voting for the amendment change began. The Board urges the community to vote yes for the amendment that allows the Association to borrow money only for the golf course. It is not a vote to purchase the golf course. After collecting all the data possible and presenting information to the community in open meetings and collecting feedback, the Board will decide whether to buy the golf course or not. The Board understands the responsibility they bear and, as homeowners themselves here, must perform in the best interest of the community. In late December, the Board announced a tentative agreement to purchase, finance and operate the Brickshire Golf Course.

November 2017 At one of a series of three open meetings in the month, the outside attorney concluded the primary issue was that the Association could not borrow money to buy property. She proposed an amendment to the Governing Documents that would enable the Association to borrow. However, 67% of all property owners (1 vote per owned property) must agree to pass the amendment. Because of member feedback at the meeting, the amendment language was changed to limit the board’s power to borrow for only the Brickshire Golf Course and golf property in the vicinity.

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BRICKSHIRE BLURBS Major Details Announced on Tentative Golf Course Purchase On December 20th at the Board Meeting, details were announced regarding the possible purchase of the Brickshire Golf Course. Among other encouraging specifics, the one time assessment of $3,000 was eliminated and replaced with more favorable terms. See story on pages 2 – 3.

Board of Directors Meetings Your Opportunity to Speak Out and Get the Latest HOA Info The Brickshire Board of Directors holds the regularly scheduled meeting beginning at 6:00 pm. usually on the fourth Wednesday each month in the Owners Clubhouse at 11000 Kentland Trail. The next meetings are in January, February and March. All members (owners and tenants) are welcome to attend. At the beginning of each meeting, members are encouraged to voice questions, concerns, and comments to the Board of Directors.

Our New Neighbors Eric & Michele Blackwell 11367 Winding River Road Steven & Heather Collins 11311 Royal Lane Janet M. Elmes 5697 Villa Green Drive Kyle Ford 10484 Pine Warbler Drive Donald Mott 5880 Brickshire Drive Brian & Mary Sharp 11241 Brickshire Terrace


B r i c k s h i r e B u l l e t i n // January 2018

If you have not voted ‘yes’ for the Amendment enabling the Community to apply for a loan, please do so. The Board believes this arrangement is in the best interest all Association Members and urges all to vote ‘yes’ in support of the amendment. The forms are at the association office or you can contact them at 804-966-1599 and they will email it to you.

Be on the Alert! The New Kent County ALERT system sends you emergency alerts severe weather updates, unexpected road closures, missing persons, evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods and important news releases. To subscribe to this service, you have to visit: to enter basic information about yourself, indicate what alerts you want and how you want to receive them. For those who subscribed to the previous CodeRED system, you will have to re-register.

Attention Motorcycle Riders Ken Nagle is a new Brickshire resident and a lifelong motorcycle rider who has ridden in all 50 states (including Hawaii). He and his wife are avid motorcyclists and they attend at least one rally a year. If there is enough interest, Ken will extend an invitation to other Brickshire motorcyclists for a meeting to discuss possible joint adventures. Spring is just around the corner and it is now time to make plans. Contact Ken at kenmar@ or call 804-557-3151. You can leave a message if no one answers.

Brickshire Association Board Elections were held in November. Congratulations to Carl Filipowitz, Michelle Gowdy and Jeff Summers as they were re-elected to serve two more years.

Dog Lovers Dog Lovers are reminded to clean up after little Spot does his thing. The Buildings and Grounds committee installed five Doggy Waste Stations on the Kentland Trail walking path. Please use them!

WEBSITE FOCUS GROUP BEING ORGANIZED Now that the holidays are behind us, the Brickshire Communications Committee is moving ahead with its 3-year evaluation of the website.

The committee has begun assembling of a focus group of heavy users to gather their critiques and suggestions for improvement and is looking for a few more members in order to get a good mix of opinions. Heavy users of the site visit primarily the events calendar and the bulletin board, but many use the directory as well. It is the directory and the calendar that has drawn the most comments and the committee will be looking to make changes in those areas first. However, it also wants to address all significant concerns that residents have. We are scheduling a meeting of this group with representatives of the website development company for the middle of January and are seeking a few more to round out the group. If you have comments, complaints or suggestions about the website or would like to join the focus group, please email George Knight at

Sub-Committee Reports Volunteers comprise these committees and work to make our community the best it can be. Consider contributing your time to a worthy cause — your community. There are usually vacancies — check with the Association Office for more information.

Architectural Review Board Chair: Marty Lukes One new home application has been submitted. This was approved. The stakeout for the build was also approved. Two design changes were submitted and approved. One addressed the extension of a garage due to an added stairway to the area above the garage. The second addressed a change from an enclosed porch to an open porch. Two final inspections were performed and both were approved. We now have eight homes under construction. The builder of the home on Ashborough has indicated that he plans to use a dump truck instead of a dumpster during construction. This has generated a number of calls to the office due to a “parked vehicle” at the construction site. There are no restrictions against this usage.

Buildings and Grounds Committee Chair: Ben Peck The Building and Grounds Committee is proud of our recent accomplishments, but there is still work to do this coming 2018. Recently, the pool has been replastered and should look beautiful next swim season. The monuments at each sub-division have been power washed and new decals have been placed. Repainting of all the lettering will be done soon to really brighten up the entrances. A new basketball goal has been placed at the playground area. The clock at the Brickshire Drive circle has been repaired thanks to a couple of volunteers. Finally, we have determined the solution to clearing up the muddy clubhouse pond. Our contractor gave us his bid to remediate the problem,

but it was so high that we are asking him to breakdown the costs so we can phase in the project. Stay tuned as we continue to work on this project.

Because of 2018 projected expenses, the Finance Committee is recommending a small increase to the annual HOA fee. Check the website for details.

Covenants Committee Chair: Bob Schwartz

Long Range Planning Committee Chair: Nick Totten

The Covenants Committee would like to thank the Brickshire community for maintaining our neighborhood in such a fine manner. It is very satisfying to do our inspections and not find many violations of our community standards.

Our next report will be after the New Year.

Having said that, there are a few continuing issues that we would like to bring to your attention: ɁɁ Trash cans are to be stored in your garage or screened so as to not be visible from the street. ɁɁ Please keep your front yard free of debris, equipment or other unsightly items. ɁɁ Please pick up after your dogs! ɁɁ Many of the lawns need work. Please plan to weed seed and fertilize this spring. ɁɁ While we are not enforcing the street parking, we ask that everyone try to park your cars in your garage or driveway. This is a safety issue with all the kids in the neighborhood as well as an issue for first responders. ɁɁ And finally, please remove your Christmas decorations by mid-January. The Covenants committee is looking for new members. The time commitment is not great and you will be providing a service to the community. Please contact the HOA office if you are interested. Finally, we wish everyone a happy New Year!

Finance Committee Chair: Rick Fowler We continue to review the HOA income and expenses on behalf of the Board and look forward to assisting in any financial reviews of potential new assets.

Social Committee Chair: Linda Assessor The Brickshire Social Committee and the Children’s Committee were very busy in 2017, offering a variety of fun activities throughout the year. We finished December with the Children’s Committee sponsoring Santa’s arrival in Brickshire with the annual Santa Run. The Social Committee ended the year with the second annual New Years’ Eve party held at the Owner’s Clubhouse. Residents rang in the new year with food, fun, and lots of entertainment! Both committees strive to come up with new ways for our community to interact with its residents in a social atmosphere. More to look forward to in 2018. The Children’s Committee will be working on their annual Spring Fling, as well as sponsoring a Community Yard Sale at the tot lot. The Social Committee will offer pool parties and Friday Night Socials, as we have done in the past. We plan to come up with some interesting ideas for this New Year. As always, check the Brickshire website calendar for all Children’s and Social Committee activities. Our volunteers work diligently to bring these social events to fruition. Anyone wishing to volunteer to serve on either committee should contact Julie or MK in the office and they will pass your name along to those who chair each committee. If you have any ideas for either committee that you think would make great events, please pass those ideas along to Julie, care of the Children’s and Social Committees. Hope to see YOU at the next Children’s and Social Committee event!

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Tried & True •

Winter Recipes

• Highly-Rated




Hot Spiced Cranberry Cider

Butternut Squash Risotto

Bread Pudding I

by Michael O’Sullivan

by Andrea Longo Policella

by “Buchko”

( Recipe serves 25 )

( Recipe serves 4 )

( Recipe serves 16 )


INGREDIENTS : 2 cups cubed butternut squash 2 tbsps butter 1/2 onion, minced 1 cup Arborio rice


2 quarts apple cider 6 cups cranberry juice 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 4 cinnamon sticks

1 1/2 teaspoons whole cloves 1 lemon, thinly sliced DIRECTIONS : In a large pot, combine apple cider, cranberry juice, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, cloves and lemon slices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove cinnamon, cloves, and lemon slices. Serve hot.

1/3 cup dry white wine 5 c. hot chicken stock 1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese salt / ground black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS : Place squash cubes into a steamer basket in a saucepan. Add water, cover, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Allow to steam until the squash is tender (10 to 15 minutes), then drain, and mash in a bowl with a fork. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir for 2 minutes until the onion begins to soften, then stir in the rice. Continue cooking and stirring until the rice is glossy from the butter, and the onion begins to brown on the edges, about 5 minutes more. Pour in the white wine; cook, stirring constantly, until it has evaporated. Stir in the mashed squash and 1/3 of the hot chicken stock; reduce heat to medium. Cook and stir until the chicken stock has been absorbed by the rice, 5 to 7 minutes. Add half of the remaining chicken stock, and continue stirring until it has been absorbed. Finally, pour in the remaining stock, and continue stirring until the risotto is creamy. Finish by stirring in the Parmesan cheese, and seasoning to taste with salt and pepper.



B r i c k s h i r e B u l l e t i n // January 2018

10 slices white bread, cut into cubes 1/4 cup margarine, melted 1/2 cup raisins

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 6 eggs 3/4 cup white sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 cups hot milk

1 pinch ground nutmeg DIRECTIONS : Heat oven to 375 degrees F(190 degrees C) In a large bowl, combine bread cubes, melted margarine, raisins, and cinnamon; mix well, and transfer to a 2 quart baking dish. Use the same bowl to beat the eggs. Stir in sugar, vanilla, and salt until sugar is dissolved. Slowly whisk in the hot milk. Pour egg mixture over bread cubes, sprinkle with nutmeg, and set aside to soak for 5 minutes. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

How Do You Make Your Garden Grow? By Judy Schwartz

January is the time of year that I concentrate on houseplants. I make sure to check them all over to be sure none of the holiday plants I bought brought in any diseases or pests, washing leaves, spraying, throwing out and trimming where ever needed. I try hard to quarantine new plants for a couple of weeks before putting them near older plants, and check them thoroughly before bringing them into the sunroom, where most of my plants are. If you need a fix of color, try an Amaryllis bulb. Just add sunlight and water and watch it grow and bloom, usually around 6 weeks. There are some gorgeous bulbs out there, red, white, pink, singles, doubles, exotics and ruffled. The best selection I have seen is White Flower Farm, on line. And be prepared to add support. The large blooms are heavy and need support. And be sure and turn your plant regularly, as it will lean towards the light. Sometimes I will pick up a flowering plant at the supermarket, but am very cautious about checking them over. I can never resist an orchid or two in the winter, as they bloom for so long. Many Phalaenopsis orchids will bloom for up to six months. Just remember not to overwater! I water my plants every two weeks and orchids need very little. I check an hour after watering and pour out anything in the exterior pot or tray. Sitting in water will kill them. My favorite winter activity is pouring over plant catalogs and planning changes and additions to the perennial bed. Most catalogues arrive in January, so winter is the perfect time to dream of loads of color. And last, but not least, I try to find a reasonably warm day and spray more deer repellant on my camellias and other susceptible shrubs, so that when spring comes, I have plants that still have buds and bloom. Editors Note: Judy runs a Garden Gab monthly meeting on the 4th Thursday at 1 pm. It will be at her home in January. Contact Judy at

New Kent County Update from Ron Stiers, New Kent County Supervisor VCU has recently purchased land and submitted a COPN (certificate of public need) to the State Commissioner of Health to build a free-standing medical hospital. The Commission will make their decision on December 21, 2017 and we are optimistic they will have a favorable recommendation. The facility will be constructed in Bottoms Bridge, across from Patriot’s Landing. The County has received site plans for a new Food Lion Store to be built at the intersection of Hwy 249 and Tunstall Road (at the roundabout). The County has contracted with SCS Broadband, an affiliate of Acela, and we are in the final design-phase to implement broadband throughout the County. If you are interested in this service, go to to view pricing and sign up. I am happy to be working with the offices of Delegate Chris Peace and Senator Norment toward economic development advancements as it relates to Colonial Downs. Stay tuned. Ron Stiers/ facebook/ 804.432.9696 or 804.385.0779

There’s ARTS in these Parts: Starring the VMFA Special Exhibit By Denise Morris

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts–Richmond: Are you eager to learn more about the “stars” of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond? DYK — there are tours offered (free of charge, but subject to docent availability) where you can find out about some of the greatest resident treasures as well as revolving exhibits of VMFA. The program is called “Get To Know VMFA’s Highlights.” Tours are offered Mon 1:00; Thurs 6:00; Sat 11:00 & Sun 2:00. Sign up at While you are there, make sure to visit the Museum Shop and take the time to grab a beverage and/or bite to eat at Best Café overlooking the sculpture gardens. NOW Starring at the VFMA:

The Terracotta Army:

Legacy of the First Emperor of China

Thru March 11 First discovered in 1974 by farmers in China, an underground army of nearly 8,000 life-size terracotta figures is known as one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century. Discovered one mile east of the known burial site of the First Emperor of China (r. 221–210 BC), or Qin Shihuang, the terracotta army was created to accompany the emperor to the afterlife. This exhibition features ten majestic terracotta figures, including a cavalry horse, among 130 works that tell the story of China’s birth and one man’s lasting imprint on a nation. $20 adults, $16 seniors 65+, $10 students with ID and youth (7-17), VMFA Members and children 6 & under FREE. (Editor’s note: this is NOT an endorsement of any particular event or venue. Our object is to highlight the various activities in our general area for your information only).

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Leisure Activities & Recreation JANUARY – MARCH 2018

Open to all Brickshire residents. It is a good idea to contact the organizer prior to attending.

P! U O R G NEW GARDEN GAB Monthly on the 4th Thursday at 1 pm First meeting January 25 at the home of Judy Schwartz New group for those who love to garden and want to share. Contact: Judy Schwartz at 757-846-6774 or grammythegardner@




4th Wednesday Each Month at the Owners' Clubhouse

See Special Events

1st Wed of the month • 1 – 4 pm Hostess and location TBA

Contact: Denise Morris for details at

ART GROUP 1st and 3rd Monday of each month (Will not meet on January 1, 2018) from 9:30 am -12:30 pm in the Conference Room, Activities Building Contact: Sally McClintock ( or 804-966-9035)



DUPLICATE BRIDGE 3rd Monday of each Month at 10:30 am at the Owners' Clubhouse Contact Marilyn Leyo

GIRL SCOUT TROOP 1337 2nd Wed of each month at the Owners' Clubhouse

Contact Rich Johns 804-966-9277 for details

KNITTING AND NEEDLEWORK January 17 from 7-9 pm Hostess: Ginny Taylor

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday Tee times vary.

April 18 from 7-9 pm Hostess: Linda Assessor


Hostess: Debbie Polston Contact:

POKER Sunday evenings in the Association Meeting Room

GOLF MEN'S DUFFERS (non-competitive)

Contact Bill McClintock at

January 10 • 7:30 pm Murder on the Serpentine by Anne Perry

Contact: Kathy Peck kpeck.

Mon, February 5, Barret's Restaurant at Merchants Walk, Williamsburg, VA Contact Terry Vozel at

LADIES DAYTIME BUNCO 2nd Monday of each month

Contact Nancy Keswick at or 804-966-5139

Contact Ginny Taylor at

LADIES EVENING BUNCO Jan 23 | 7 pm Home of Sandra Archer Feb 27 | 7 pm Joan Crawford hosts in the Owner's Clubhouse Mar 27 | 9 pm Home of Nancy Keswick. Contact Joan Miller 804-966-9315


MAH JONG February 14 • 7:30 pm The Child by Fiona Barton Hostess: Shelia Murphy

4th Monday of each month at 1-4 pm at the Owners' Clubhouse

Contact Laura Rumans at 804-966-2426


March 14 • 7:30 pm The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Hostess: Danielle Dallaire at

COUPLES BRIDGE 1st Sat each month at 7:30 pm at the Owners' Clubhouse Contact Sue Leary at 804-966-8893

Tuesday (check club for tee times) Denise Miller is making tee times for January, February and March. Elections and league information will be made available later. Suzan Park at

LADIES SOCIAL LEAGUE GOLF Times will be made in April Contact Carol Hislop at

Place TBD; Hostesses Suzan Park and Donna Palmire February 21

Place TBD; Hostesses Joan Miller and Joy Tanner March 21

La Yaca in Williamsburg. Hostesses Myrna Young and Linda Assessor

Check for details

WOMENS’ BIBLE STUDY Wednesdays at 8 – 10 am at the Owners' Clubhouse

HORSESHOES Begins in April Tuesdays at 6 pm

Contact: Rich Johns for details at 804-966-9277

Brickshire Bulletin, January 2018  
Brickshire Bulletin, January 2018