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Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs - October 2015 LIFE Winners! In this issue also: only in keswick, life happens, what’s cooking, overheard, keswick scene and much more KESWICK
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Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs - October 2015 LIFE

Winners!In this issue

also: only in keswick, life happens, what’s cooking, overheard, keswick scene and much more


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Li v i n g i n vi r g i n i a’s Ho r s e Co u n t ry

Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated.

PUMPHOUSE ROAD ~ Small horse property located in the heart of Somerset and the Keswick Hunt. This mostly open & fenced 14.5 acre offering has a 3 bedrm & 3 bathrm house built in the 1940’s. Many recent improvements include a finished basement, 2 renovated bathrooms & remodeled kitchen. Situated at the end of county road w/great privacy. 4-stall stable w/tack rm, wash stall & 2 new sheds make this a great horse property.

AERIE c. 1850 ~ Located in the Somerset area of Orange, just 2.5 miles from Gordonsville and 22 miles from Charlottesville. The 1850 manor home has had numerous improvements completed by the present owners, using only the finest materials including a new, paneled living room (20x34), country kitchen and laundry/mudroom. Also in the main house are four bedrooms, dining room, breakfast room, study, original living room, library and two galleries. The 170 acre estate is further enhanced by a four bedroom guesthouse, three bedroom tenant house, two new garage/workshops, smokehouse, swimming pool formal gardens, 3-stall stable and a fenced cutting/vegetable garden.

Justin H. Wiley 434.981.5528





wileyproperty.com132A East Main Street, Orange, VA 22960 Tel: 540.672.3903 Fax: 540.672.3906

ANNANDALE ~ Circa 1805 Federal brick estatelocated in beautiful Orange County, just minutes from Gordonsville and 25 minutes to Charlottesville. The 3800 square foot manor house has twelve foot ceilings on the main floor and 10 foot on the second. The recent renovations spared no expense and include a new master suite, country kitchen, and all new mechanicals. The mostly open 63 acres includes two guest cottages, an original Sears barn (converted into a stable and entertainment center), swimming pool, extensive plantings and a newly constructed four acre lake. All of which make this property an ideal turnkey country estate.

WIRTLAND ~ Circa 1860 Considered to be the finest example of Gothic Revival Architecture in all of Virginia, this house is ideally situated on 112+ acres in Westmoreland County. The main floor has many unique features including marble and heart pine floors, 13ft ceilings, Gothic arches, and a walnut stair case. The 5200+ sf house is constructed of brick and covered with scored stucco and offers 5 BR and 3+ BA. The English park like setting and beautiful approach to the house only add to the grandeur of the estate. The land is a mixture of open setting and hardwoods. House and land are protected by the National Register of Historic Places and Virginia Landmarks Register.

RED BANK FARM ~ A hidden historic gem with absolute privacy encompassed by over 2.5 miles of the Rivanna River (Virginias first designated scenic river). The Circa 1850 Greek Revival house has 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths and is two stories over an English basement. The main floor has plenty of room to spread out, 9 foot ceilings, large center hall, living room, study, dining room, country kitchen and a half bath. The house has all its original wood work, including heart pine floors and seven working fireplaces. The almost 500 acres is primarily in mixed hardwoods with about 50 acres in pastured hayfields. The land has many trails for horses or walking with stunning views of the river. The current timber value is over $500.000.

QUARLES MOUNTAIN ~ Stunning mountain views! 22 acres located minutes from the town of Orange in the beautiful Rapidan road area. The land is a mix of green pasture and woods with a cleared elevated building site from which the view is incredible. Ideal as a small horse property or just a private estate to build a home with a million dollar view.


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Suzanne Nash, raised in Lynchburg Virginia, graduated from Wake Forest University and immediately moved to Charlottesville, Virginia to pursue all sorts of things, including working in insur-ance, marketing and television. The mother of two teenagers is cur-rently the manufacturer of a lingerie and swimsuit design company, the director of education at Grace Episcopal Church and enjoys free-lance writing and theatre in her free time.

Tony Vanderwarker, raised in New England, spent a couple years at Yale and then served two years in the Peace Corps where he got bitten both by tsetse flies and the writing bug. He went to film school at NYU and made documentaries and a full length film which didn’t sell so he decided to try shorter films and went into advertising. Fifteen years later, he had his own ad agency in Chicago where he did “Be Like Mike” for Gatorade. When his partners bought him out, Tony finally had a chance to write full time. It only took him fifteen more years to finally get a book published. “Who cares?” Tony says, “some writers hit paydirt fast, others take longer. I’m just glad my time has come.” visit www.tonyvanderwarker.com

Mary Morony author of the novel Apron Strings is a Charlottes-ville native and long time resident of Keswick. Raising four children to adulthood and her unique perspective on life has given her lots of food for thought. She now lives on a farm in Orange County with three dogs, two guineas and no cat. Check out more about Mary’s work, blog and life at www.marymorony.com.

Liz Delaney is a practicing licensed landscape architect and owns Elizabeth Blye Delaney, RLA, ASLA here in Keswick. She has a Masters Degree from the UVa School of Architecture.

Joe Shields has led integrated digital marketing and public relations programs for consumer, biopharmaceu-tical, and government organizations. He holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and a BA in English literature and communication studies from Roanoke College, where he re-ceived a senior scholar award for fiction in 1995. He lives with his family in Keswick.







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Rivanna (which defines rear property line). Wonderful views of lake behind the home, which screened porch overlooks. There is a pool and hot tub, hardwood floors, 3 fireplaces, 1st floor bedroom suite, GREAT floor plan with kitchen open to family room, 5 large bedrooms, potential in-law quarters. So much potential! Dennis Woodriff (434) 531-0140. MLS# 538175


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18 KESWICKIANSLiz Delaney takes on the adventure of the renova-tion of the historic Inn at Willow Grove by person-ally interviewing the owners and a guest who recently stayed at the inn.

8 POLITICSRead all about it! Supervisor race - who won? the big Albemarle County Supervisor seat race for the Rivan-na District! More importantly than who won might be will the person that won actually do what they say they would. Here are their words, politics is not a spectactor sport - get involved and keep the winner in check!

Send a “Letter to the Editor” of Keswick Life or your Overheard to:

Keswick Life, PO Box 32, Keswick, VA 22947 or email to: [email protected]

Tell it to keswick life... IN THIS ISSUEOctober 2015


Winners!It was a busy month in Keswick and the environs with winners from all walks of life - a dog, a couple of hors-es with their riders and a politician. Get all the details and more and be sure to tell it to Keswick Life!

13 WEDDINGSOn two separate beautiful days, two weddings oc-curred. Get all the details in our photo journal exclu-sive by Keswick Life.

Send a “Letter to the Editor” of Keswick Life or your Overheard to:

Keswick Life, PO Box 32, Keswick, VA 22947 or email to: [email protected]

Tell it to keswick life...

Send a “Letter to the Editor” of Keswick Life or your Overheard to:

Keswick Life, PO Box 32, Keswick, VA 22947 or email to: [email protected]

Tell it to keswick life...

Send a “Letter to the Editor” of Keswick Life or your Overheard to:

Keswick Life, PO Box 32, Keswick, VA 22947 or email to: [email protected]

Tell it to keswick life...KESWICK LIFE

Lifestyles in Keswick and its’ environs

PO Box 32, Keswick, Virginia 22947T: 434.242.8033 E: [email protected]

The minds behind Keswick Life:EDITORIALEDITOR/FOUNDER Winkie MotleyCONTRIBUTING EDITOR Colin DoughertyTHE COLUMNISTS Suzanne Nash, Tony Vander-warker, Mary MoronyCONTRIBUTORS Liz Delaney, Stephanie PetersPROOF READER Sierra Young

DESIGN AND PRODUCTIONCREATIVE DIRECTOR Colin DoughertyPublished by a division of Keswick LifePHOTOGRAPHY Al Cook, Andrea Shirley, Leigh Webber, Will Kerner, Greg Schmidt, Allegro


GET A LIFE!Every month we bring you lifestyles in Keswick and its’ envi-rons, from the scoop of a party and horsey happenings to practi-cal advice on making the most of your garden, preserving land and updates from the surroundings! But don’t take our word for it - subscribe and discover, Keswick Life!

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19 BUSINESS INSIDERJanie Ober is making pillows from recycled equestrian equipment. Read all about her craft, skill and materi-als in this article by Equestrian Quarterly’s Stephanie Peters.

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Photograph of the MonthPictured at the recently held “Keswick Hunt Club Puppy Show”, Sandy Rives auctioning one of the champion puppies being shown by Hugh Wiley. No, the high bidder does not “buy “ the puppy, his bid sponsors the puppy for the 2015 Hunt Season. The evening and auction raised over $15,000 in support of the Keswick Hounds.

Worth Repeating“Good job putting the piece on Stupot together!” Xxoo Ginny Semmes

“Stuart practically raised my husband, Gary Gibson, and Gary spent his summers at Pagebrook working with the horses and dogs. Stuart had tremendous influence on Gary’s teen years and I suspect made him the “gentleman” that I loved. Well deserved tribute to Stuart, thank you Winkie and Keswick Life.“ Wallace Gibson

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WeatherNovember 1-2: Sunny; November 3-8: Rainy periods; warm, then cool; November 9-11: Sunny, cold; November 12-19: Rain, then flurries, cold; November 20-27: A few showers, mild; November 28-30: Snow showers, cold.

OVERHEARDHere and there... in Keswick by the Numbers

100 years plus “Opening Meet” again held at Cloverfields

130 ham biscuits and fortified coffee served

11 ½ couples of Hounds await the sound of huntsman’s horn


Riders mounted on horses and ponies, hilltoppers, and

the followers on foot

On and Off The Market“Merrie Mill Farm” with 407 acres, that once was listed at $6.750m has now worked its way down to $3.950m over 911 days. The circa 1860 manor home has 4 beds and 6 baths. 1118 Club Drive in Keswick Estate, a new 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath French manor home, is reduced from $1,488m to $1,379m after 120 days on the market. There are 3 price reductions on Clarks Tract, #554 a 3,614 sf home with 4 beds and 3.5 baths on 3 acres is down from $625k to $525k. #388 with 1,308 sf, 2 beds and 2 baths on 2.8 acres is down from $249k to $245.9k and #600 with 960 sf with 3 bedrooms and 1 bath is down from $194.9k to $184.9k. There were 7 resale price reductions in Glenmore, and 119 Distan Court in Hidden Hills with 5,764 sf, 5 beds and 5 baths is down from $750k to $725k.

We love to compare the price on sold homes. There were 5 in Glenmore. 3512 Glasgow Lane with 2,715 sf, 4 bed and 3.5 baths sold full price cash at $558k. 3434 Darby Rd with 2,715 sf, 4 beds and 3.5 baths was $598k and sold for $550k cash. 1520 Bremberton Lane with 2,078 sf, 3 beds and 2 baths listed at $519k sold for $510k cash. 3345 Darby Road with 3,776 sf, 4 beds and 4.5 baths listed at $659k and sold for $645 and 3488 Devon Pines with 4,001 sf, 4 beds and 4.5 baths listed at $638 and sold for $560k. Ridgeway Farm in Fluvanna and a 22947 Zip had 2 sales. 102 West Ridge Court with 1,810 sf, 3 beds, 2 baths on 2 acres listed at $314.9k and sold for $307.9k. 100 West Ridge Road with 2,063 sf, 4 beds and 3 baths on 2 acres listed at $319.9k and sold for $315k.

Just available is “Homestead Farm”, 915 Campbell Road, with 75 acres and a circa 1800, 5,600 sf, 4 bed, 3 bath farmhouse and it is NOT under a conservation easement. New resale listings in Glenmore, sure there are, 6 in fact from a 2 bed, 2 bath 1,550 sf home on 3400 Deanscroft Court at $399k up to $1.1m on Lot 7 Carroll Creek with 5,043 sf, 5 beds and 4 baths.

Glenmore also dominates the under contract list with 3361 Carroll Creek with 5,71 sf, 5 beds and 6.5 baths priced at $1.349m. 3104 Lynfarne Lane with 6,077 sf, 6 beds and 6.5 baths priced at $1.225m. 3068 Darby Road with 6,928 sf, 6 beds and 5.5 baths priced at $1.2975m. 3232 Heathcote Lane with 4,000 sf, 4 beds and 3.5 baths priced at $650k. And finally, 3437 Keswick Road with 2,192 sf, 4 beds and 2.5

baths was priced at $499.9k.

Bravo!Lynne Brubaker’s Zeiss.... earned his starters Agil-ity Dog title which allows him to now compete in the Advance level of agility. Once he gets his AAD advance level title he will be in the Masters level.

HistoryCloverfields is the Keswick Hunt Club’s ‘Garden of Eden’ from which it has never been banished. The club was created at Cloverfields. The “Big House” there served as the first clubhouse. Opening Meet is always (and always will be) held at Cloverfields with a gathering on the lawn for ham biscuits and forti-fied coffee.

SeenThe Fall issue of Equestrian Quarterly is “out and about”. Features include “The Hounds of Keswick,” EQ visited one of America’s oldest and most famous hunts, for an introduction to the elegant sport of fox-hunting. A six page spread with photos of the Hunt Club interiors, Tony Gammell, huntsman since 2000, Nancy Wiley, new elected MFH, Sally Lamb, Nancy Nagro, Barclay Rives and Janet and Sumter Pendergrast. Also featured, an article on Montpelier, and in addition “Pillow Talk” describing designer Janie Scrader Ober’s of Gordonsville new busi-ness…equestrian inspired pillows….a reprint of this article can be found on page 21 in this issue of Kes-wick Life.

New BrunchAs we all know, Charlottesville has been missing a good brunch spot but Tempo is trying to change that. Ashley Williams just helped design the Sun-day Brunch Menu, eat in peace while the kids en-joy the chaperoned “disco room”.

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HOLIDAY CHEERHoliday Open House

Where: MonticelloWhen: Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 9:00am to 4:30pm Celebrate the beginning of the holiday sea-son at Monticello’s FREE Third Annual Holiday Open House. Be among the first to see Monticello decorated for the holidays as you stroll through the first floor at your own pace. Discover unique holiday gifts at the Shop at Monticello, which will be offering tastings and treats. Sponsored by Sun Trust Foundation.

HANG IT UPEnchanted Extravaganza

Wreath WorkshopsWhere: The Market at GrelenWhen: December 5th

Come enjoy a full day of fun at Grelen’s New Enchanted Extravaganza. In addition to the local vendors and the festive fare, they are hosting two wreath workshops during the day: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.. Gather your friends and come celebrate the season.

Grelen Nursery has been making wreaths for years and in this workshop we will show you the “tricks of the trade” and help par-ticipants to create lovely full wreaths for themselves or as a gift. This is designed for all skill levels, but those with wreath-mak-ing experience are sure to have fun, too. Dan Gregg will start off the workshop with a 15 minute talk about the various greens being used in the wreaths and then there will be an instruction period for approximately 2 hours. All greens will be freshly cut from the fields here at Grelen Nursery.

Coffee, all of the greens, a standard wreath frame and a whole roll of burlap ribbon are included in the fee. Extra decorations will be sold a la carte at 15% off that day. $52.65 Lunch and local wine, beer & cider are also available for an extra fee. Save $10 off/per-son if you take this workshop on the day of Enchanted Extravaganza--EE Special: $50 plus tax/person (usually $60). Please bring your own pair of clippers if you have them. Questions about the event, please call 540-672-7268.

‘TIS THE SEASONChristmas in Middleburg

Where: Middleburg, VirginiaWhen: December 4th, 5th, and 6th

On the first Saturday in December, Middle-burg becomes a Christmas experience like no other. Middleburg is the perfect setting for evoking the Christmas spirit - tree light-ing, a Christmas parade, shopping, caroling, and so much more. Give peace to the body, mind, and soul. Stay at one of the pictur-esque inns or the incomparable Salamander Resort and Spa. Relax in the countryside without missing a moment of the Christ-mas magic. Join one of the most fun filled family festivals of the year in Middleburg with activities, special events, great eats, the famous Middleburg Hunt Review, a mile-long Christmas parade, and a Wine Crawl at the end of the day.

LIGHT IT UPGrand Illumination

Community CelebrationWhere: The Paramount TheaterWhen: December 15th

Join The Paramount Theater as they close out the 10th Anniversary celebration and il-luminate the restored historical 33-foot ver-tical blade sign, a beacon for years to come.Simply purchase a “Bring Back the Blade” button at the Theater or other area locations from September 1 to December 15, 2015. Your button will be your “ticket” to the live-ly festivities! The event will include the illu-mination celebration outside of the Theater and will be followed by a holiday movie on the big screen after.

The Paramount Theater hopes you will join this community-wide celebration! The blade sign will restore this lost piece of Charlot-tesville history, enliven the downtown streetscape, and fully complete The Para-mount Theater’s restoration!

Mark your calendars! Save the date! Don’t be late!TRADITION

Blessing of the Hounds Where: Grace Church, Cismont When: Thursday, November 26, 10:00 am.

First held on November 28, 1929, Grace Episcopal Church was one of the first churches in the country to have a “Blessing of the Hounds” service–a tradi-tion that has continued each Thanksgiving Day since. By the late 1700’s in England, foxhunting had taken on the forms that remain today. It has been a popular sport in Virginia since colonial times, and it continues customs and traditions that are mostly English in origin. The blessing of hunting hounds is an ancient practice that today features traditions and rituals developed over the centuries. After the foxhunters, their horses and hounds, and even the foxes have been blessed, the hunt begins. All who attend “The Blessing of the Hounds” are welcome to follow across the road for a glimpse of this fascinat-ing tradition.

DECK THE WALLSSporting Art Auction

Where: Keeneland Sales Pavillion , Lexington, KentuckyWhen: Wednesday, November 18th at 4 p.m.

Keeneland Association and Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington are once again partnering to conduct the third annual Sporting Art Auction in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion.

Catalogs for the 2015 auction, which features 175 high-quality lots repre-senting fine sporting art, American paintings and sculpture from renowned masters as well as talented new artists, are currently available online at The Sporting Art Auction.com. The artwork will be exhibited for public viewing in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion. Sporting Art Auction representatives will be on hand in the Pavilion’s Limestone Café to provide catalogs and further information to interested parties. Inquiries are welcome via the website, by email to info @ The Sporting Art Auction.com or by calling Cross Gate Gallery at (859) 233-3856. The auction represents an inspired collaboration between the world’s largest Thoroughbred auction house and the country’s premier gallery of fine sporting art and contemporary British figurative painting.

TASTE2015 Sneak Peek Barrel Tastings

Where: Keswick VineyardsWhen: Saturday, November 21st, Sunday, November 22nd, Saturday, No-vember 28th, and Sunday, November 29th

Spend some time getting up close and personal with Keswick Vineyards 2015 vintage with Winemaker Stephen Barnard as you get to experience a barrel tasting of this very promising vintage! Come taste these exceptional wines, such as our Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Chardonnay and Viognier as they develop and mature in the barrel. There will be 8 sessions, Saturday, November 21st, Sunday, November 22nd, Saturday, November 28th, and Sunday, November 29th from 10-1pm and from 2-5pm each day. You will also have the opportunity to purchase “futures” of these wines at a discount during the barrel tastings! Space is limited at each session to ensure you have plenty of time to talk with Stephen, so please RSVP by phone at (434) 244-3341 x 105 or email to [email protected] to re-serve your spot today! The cost is $30 per person ($20 for Wine Club Mem-bers) and must be paid at the time of reservation. Cancellations must be made 48 hours before the event in order to receive a refund.

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The last day to register for voting was Oc-tober 13th, so assuming your card was in hand and you cast your ballot your civic duty in complete. Keswick Life posed the following questions to these Rivanna District candidates since the winner’s decisions most impact the Keswick area. The question is will the winner follow through with what he has promised?

We started out by letting the candidate give their boiler plate, but all three were asked the following questions: What are your campaign promises and how do they relate to “Keswickians”?

Did you grow up in this area? What are some things you have noticed over his years here that stands out or surprises you?

What do you think your best point is that would make a reader vote for you rather than someone else?

Road safety along route 231 is a big issue in Keswick. How will you assure resi-dents, if elected, that this can be resolved

and that you understand the issue?

Fun fact you would like Keswickians to know about you?

Before you read on, here is what a board of supervisor does for the people. In our county, the Supervisor sets the tax rate, determines the budget, makes decisions on zoning and land use regulations and adopts the comprehensive plan.

Lawrence Gaughan (Independent)As a third generation resident of our bucolic, pastoral, and richly historical county, I have had the honor of fostering lifelong friendships with many district residents (such as the Stevens family of Cismont), and I have the kind of unpar-alleled appreciation and deep connection to our land and our people that my par-tisan opponents are sorely lacking. There is nobody running for Rivanna District (or any other district) who has a greater desire to protect and preserve our way of life for generations to come. Our farming

heritage, historical significance, and the rural integrity of Keswick will be best served by someone who was born and raised here in our community.

“One of the most sur-prising things I have noticed over my lifetime in Albemarle County is the fact that growth does not pay for itself.”

We have seen taxes increase dramati-cally while developers continue to put up more cookie cutter condos and unat-tractive apartments to accommodate the alarming rise in population size and den-sity. Our county held an average of 30-40 thousand residents during most of my grandfather’s lifetime, but during my 48 years here, that has increased by nearly 100 thousand. Population increase leads to a viscious cycle of higher taxes and the need for more business growth. This kind of growth has not payed for itself.

The best point I could make as to why someone would be wise to vote for me in 2015 is the fact that I am an Independent in the truest sense of the word. As an In-dependent, I will be beholden to the will of the people rather than just be another politician who answers to one of these small partisan committees made up of people who are mostly not from our dis-trict. Having seen the before, during, and after of over 40 years of poor planning and out-of-control growth in various parts of the county such as Pantops and

continued on page 10 >>>

Who won the 2015 Albemarle Board of Supervisors Rivanna District?

Party with Marty - Best in Show at the 2015 SPCA Critter Ball!Meet Martin Sackson, the most lovable senior rescue from CASPCA!!! Marty came to the Sackson family in March of 2013 after a couple of stays at CASPCA. While his exact age is unknown, he has the attitude of a young pup and is up for just about anything!!!

His favorite spot is the back of the fam-ily room sofa and while he loves sleep-ing under an electric blanket, he is quick to chase rabbits in the yard or the fam-ily cats (despite being “cat approved” by CASPCA). Martin has a wonderful doghouse that was purchased at the 2013 Critter Ball and has been named “Marty Manor”. Marty enjoys surveying and pa-trolling the yard from its porch.

How old are you?Not sure. I have a touch of gray in my beard and am missing a lot of teeth, but I count the day that I came to the Sacksons as my birthday, so I am going to say I am two.

How do you spend your days?When I’m not enjoying my 2 delicious

bowls of kibble, I enjoy relaxing on the family sofa or playing with my brother Schnitzel. I like sunning myself outside and enjoy chasing whatever comes along, particularly UPS and FedEx trucks. Those guys live in fear of me. Little do they know it’s all an act.

What do you like most about your life?I am living on a farm now with 4 other dogs, 5 cats, a rabbit, guinea pigs, 2 po-nies and chickens, a lot of whom are CASPCA rescues like me. I love being able to go outside whenever I like and I

love being part of a big family. It is a real party and that is why my motto is Party with Marty!!! I would tell everyone to support the CASPCA because their do-nations help find animals like me a good home and a good life!!!

Liza and Mark Sackson have lived in Charlottesville with their 4 children for the past 12 years. On their Keswick farm, they have 5 dogs, 3 house cats, 5 guinea pigs, 1 rabbit, 3 birds and a few hermit crabs!! They also have 2 ponies, chick-ens and countless SPCA barn cats!!! Best in Show contestant, Marty, was a 2013 adoptee from CASPCA and has melded easily into the Sackson menagerie. Liza and Mark are life-long animal lovers and advocates of the SPCA in general. The best pet is an adopted pet!

We would like to thank all of our friends and supporters in Keswick. Their sup-port made all the difference in Marty’s victory.



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Hunt Clubs Shine Under The Lights At The Pennsylvania National Horse Show The Hunt Night Championship at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, team members Jordan Sipe, Sandy Rives, Sommers Olinger, Jill Wilson, Jennifer Nesbit and Whitney Gammell did an outstanding job and brought home the Championship there as well! Sandy and

Sommers continued their dominance in the Gentlemen’s Hack placing first and second respectively and Whitney, Som-mers and Jill placed third in the Hunt Teams. Many thanks to Sally Lamb for all her contributions towards making our teams such a success. Photo by Al Cook Photography.

Theodora A. Randolph Field Hunter Championship founded in 1989, this event brings together fox hunting en-thusiasts from all across the U.S. and Canada to participate in the week long trial. Mounted judges ride alongside the numbered contestants as they hunt with four area Fox Hunts. At the end of each day’s hunting, the judges announce the horse and rider combinations selected to compete in the finals held Saturday at Glenwood Park. The finals are held prior to the start of the first race.

The Saturday morning finals of the Field Hunter Championship give racing spec-tators an unique opportunity to watch high-level field hunter and rider com-binations dressed in proper hunting at-tire in a performance test. Competitors participate in a mock hunt, and finalists are then asked individually to negotiate a handy hunter course in the center of the race course, for the championship title. They might be asked to dismount and re-mount from a log, unlatch a gate and close it from horseback, or trot over a fallen tree. The judges ask the riders to show each horse’s different hunting skills, and after these individual tasks are completed, the championship is de-cided.

The Field Hunter Championship com-petition offers: 4 days of hunting privi-leges to the same horse and rider combi-nation; eligibility for awards given out throughout the week; and General Ad-mission tickets to the Virginia Fall Races and complimentary listing in the race program. The event is judged accord-ing to the manners, style and suitability of foxhunting mounts. Awards are also offered for Best Turned Out each day. Judges have been drawn from foxhunts in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

Mr. Coleman and his TB gelding “Fly-ing Aces” showed impressive form ne-gotiating the handy hunter type course and were ultimately named the 2015 North American Field Hunter Champi-ons. Held the morning of the Virginia Races in Middleburg, Will and Ace won the Theodora A. Randolph Field Hunter Trophy and this will be the second time his name is engraved on that trophy!

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Will Coleman and the Conair Syndi-cate’s Tight Lines won the CCI2* at The Dutta Corporation Fair Hill Interna-tional. Will laid down a flawless round under immense pressure — he had not one rail to spare to clinch the win— to take home the spoils in the Dutta Corp Fair Hill International. The 8-year-old gelding owned by the Conair Syndicate laid down the gauntlet in the dressage, earning a 42.5 to take the lead and never let it go. It was an exciting conclusion to the CCI2* as less than a rail separated the top three combinations. Heading into the arena as the overnight leader, Coleman and Tight Lines finished clear and inside the time allowed to secure victory. The pair had started off their weekend with a best-ever performance

in the dressage phase, scoring 42.5. The 2007 French Thoroughbred geld-ing, owned by The Conair Syndicate, built confidence all the way around the cross-country track on Saturday, going double-clear in impressive fashion.

“It probably wasn’t the smoothest round I’ve ever had on him, but he left all [the rails] up and tried really hard,” said Coleman of his show jumping per-formance. “Anytime you win a three-day event it’s a big deal, especially at the two-star level and above, and this particular one has eluded me for a num-ber of years; personally it’s an accom-plishment.”

Another “Coleman” Wins

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29 North, I will fight against the undue influence of big businesses, big develop-ers, and the take-over of industrial, cor-porate farming.

The number one priority of a member of the county board is to make sure our county is running efficiently and bal-ancing the budget. Currently, there is no sense of fiscal responsibility on the board.

The county coffers go to pay exorbitant salaries to unqualified county admin-istrators such as Tom Foley, while we continually face shortfalls to our annual school budget and also fail to come up with sufficient funding for cleaning up our most precious and vital natural re-source, the Rivanna Watershed.

In addition to protecting our environ-ment, we need better planning for infra-structure. Gordonsville Rd, for example, is a beautiful rural road, but it has it’s dangers. My mother had an accident right where the road splits off from Rt. 22, and there are many close calls every day for folks pulling into traffic. While I am not in favor of more regulations or a decrease in the speed limit, I would pro-pose that the county send out regular mailings to residents along the stretch from 22 to 15 reminding them to be more vigilant about driving in a conscientious manner in that area.

Although I am nationally recognized for my work in voter engagement, one thing many Keswick residents (and oth-er county residents) do not know about me is that I am the founder and execu-tive director of GOV360 (a non-partisan, non-profit voter engagement founda-tion). As long as voter participation re-mains low in these important local races, we will continue to elect board members who play the kind of partisan political games where cronyism takes precedent over education and the protection of the environment. If people like the way the county is run, with bloated budgets, out-of-control growth, graft, corruption, and painfully poor planning, they can vote for a Democrat or Republican. But if they are tired of business as usual, I offer the good people of my district the inde-pendent, common sense voice that they want and deserve. Please visit my web-site: www.gaughan-for-supervisor.com, and engage in local elections by spread-ing the word, contributing, and most im-portantly, by voting at your local polling place on November 3rd.

Norman Dill (Democrat)What are your campaign promises and how

do they relate to “Keswickians”? Did you grow up in this area? What are some things you have noticed over your years here that stands out or surprises you? I’ve been in Charlottesville for over 30 years; about 20 in the Ivy area, and the last 10 in Pan-tops. One thing that has surprised me is how the Barracks Road area has lost the horse and pastoral views over the years whereas the Keswick area has preserved its rural character.

What do you think your best point is that would make a reader vote for you rather than someone else? I have been involved in the community for the last 30 years with founding, and still running, Re-becca’s Natural Food. As half-owner of Harlowe-Powell Auctions until recently, I enjoyed serving many families in Kes-wick who were settling estates or down-sizing. I appreciate how special Keswick is, and want to protect it.

Road safety along route 231 is a big issue in Keswick. How will you assure residents, if elected, that this can be resolved and that you understand the issue? Norman responds,

“I agree that Route 231 is terribly dangerous. We need to address this issue with VDOT, the state police, local police, and the Board of Super-visors to create a long-term plan.”

First, we should reduce the speed limit, and enable police officers to enforce it. We could build places where trucks can be pulled over, or use some kind of tracking to make sure that these trucks and other dangerous vehicles are kept off Rt. 231. The shoulders of the road should be uniform and wider if possible so that dangerous drop-offs don’t lead to acci-dents.

I also think there should be strong voices for making the Southwest Mountains a part of the Rural Historic District, not just as a designation. And include more protection and certainly more involve-ment from the residents about what we want Keswick to look like in the future.

Fun fact you would like Keswickians to know about you? I’ve learned, while campaign-ing in Keswick, not to kiss babies. It is better to speak intelligently to all chil-dren including babies. And to kiss the dogs.

Richard Lloyd (Republican)Hello, I am Richard Lloyd, candidate for Board of Supervisors in the Rivanna Dis-trict. I was born in Greenwood, at the other end of Albemarle County. I moved with my mother to Hopewell, Virginia shortly thereafter, where I lived with and was raised by my grandparents in a very warm, loving environment. My career as a businessman in Fortune 500 companies and as a small business owner, took me and my wife Christy and our two chil-dren to towns throughout the country. After retiring, we chose to return home to Albemarle county. Feeling that I had not been engaged in the communities that we had lived in, due to the demands

of my work, I decided that once we were settled, I would make it a priority to do so. Thus, having been involved in the community, and coming to understand the strengths of Albemarle and the com-plexity of the issues facing the county, I felt with my skills and expertise I was prepared to run for the Board.

I am committed to properly managing the financial resources of the county, assuring our children receive a quality education in our schools, ensuring that those who take care of our community can afford to live here, and preserving the natural beauty of our community while protecting the rights of our prop-erty owners.

I wish to fairly represent the people of Keswick and their way of life. It has been faithfully preserved and maintained by generations of Keswickians.

“We want to quietly maintain the heritage that has been entrusted to us, while balancing the concerns of the Kes-wick community.” Understanding the very serious concerns of all in the area regarding the safety of those travelling Rte. 231/22, and as a civil engineer, I would work with VDOT and the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to look for solutions for safer pas-sage along this route, while respecting the beauty of this area that makes it so special.

As I said I wish to contribute to my com-munity. And I also wish to help each of you have a voice in your community. The Board of Supervisors presently votes now on almost all issues 5-1. If I am not elected, most likely the vote will always be 6-0. Many of you will not have a voice. Many of you will never be heard, other than your two minutes before the board and then forgotten. We need a dis-cussion in order for all sides of an issue to be heard to get to the best answers. If I am elected, you will be heard! If I am elected, I plan on having office hours, where you will have the time to be heard and your ideas and concerns discussed. I respectfully ask for your vote on Novem-ber 3rd.

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RIVER VIEW – This exceptional 520-ac. farm is sited in a picturesque valley traversed by the upper Rapidan River (noteworthy trout fishing) with a balance of open farm land and wooded mountain property. A superbly constructed 4BR brick manor with copper roof and over 5,000 s.f. enjoys stunning views of the Blue Ridge and working cattle farm. An additional 2BR brick home and numerous farm improvements compliment this property near the Shenandoah Nat. Forest-Proximity to Charlottesville or Washington DC. MLS #536326 $3,375,000

SECLUSION MANOR - Circa 1844 historic country home with access to Lake Anna in Louisa County. Clapboard siding and standing seam roof, 6 Bedrooms, 4 ½ baths, fenced pasture with fresh water for livestock. Expansive porches, beautiful gardens, guest house and detached garage. $725,000

KESWICK ESTATES, LOT 5 – Private acreage inside the gates of Keswick Estate. Over 2.5 acres of open and level land fronts the newly designed Pete Dye golf course. Amenities at the impressive Keswick Hall include state-of-the-art fitness center, swimming, tennis, and spa facilities. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and convenient to all that the historic region has to offer. MLS #518257 $350,000

WHITE HORSE - Country, Equestrian and Sporting Estate. Prime Southern Albemarle County location, main house circa 1780 in excellent condition, completely updated 4 BR, 3 1/2 BA, 10 FP, hardwood floors throughout, high ceilings. Improvements include 6 car garage, 8 stall stable, tenant house and sports barn (basketball court, hitting and pitching areas for baseball, bedroom area, full bath and locker room). 278.80 acres fenced and cross fenced, ample water, numerous ponds. MLS# 516697 $2,500,000

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ARCOURT - Long after other homes have crumbled, the stone walls of ARCOURT will remain-a testament to the quarried natural stone and superb quality construction used to create this one of a kind estate. Spacious (over 5,800 finished sq.ft.) French-inspired custom residence on 22 private acres in Kes-wick Hunt Country, completely fenced for horses, 3-stall stable, guest quarters, with shop/garage under-neath. Interior of residence features an open floor plan, with large rooms, high ceilings, tall windows, and heated stone floors. There is a main-level master suite, second bedroom or study on the first floor, two more bedrooms and two baths on the second level. Beautiful mountain and pastoral views from home & covered veranda with stone fireplace. $2,595,000. Jim Faulconer (434) 981-0076. MLS#530692.

KESWICK ESTATES - Exquisite English Country home on a premiere 2.5 acres in Keswick Estates. Lovely views golf course & mountains, yet very private. Archi-tecturally designed 7000+ sq ft residence offers a beautiful light filled spacious LR; DR; gourmet kitchen; library w/ limestone FP surround; luxurious master complete w/ dressing rm & office; media rm & 4 additional BDRS. The highest quality materials & workmanship. $1,825,000. Charlotte Dammann (434) 981-1250. MLS#451592.

GLENMORE - Immaculate, brick Georgian with EVERYTHING! Beautifully decorated, this lovely resi-dence offers a gracious open kitchen, family room w/ fire-place, formal dining room, study, spacious 1st floor mas-ter suite, 4 bedrooms upstairs, plus a lower level guest suite and recreation room, an attached 2-car garage and rear deck. Fenced for pets. In excellent condition and with perhaps the best floor plan we have seen. $775,000. Tim Michel (434) 960-1124. MLS#529936.


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WEDDINGSfrom Sea Island, Georgia and Cardinal Point Winery


Coleman/BumgartnerRobert Walker Coleman, son of Will and Deedi and Cristina Adriana Bumgartner, daughter of John and Adriana Bumgart-ner ( Saint Simons, GA.), celebrated their

nuptials in a garden wedding at The Cloister, Sea Island, Georgia, on Satur-day, August 29th. The Reverend Doctor Wright Culpepper of Saint Simons Island performed the ceremony. The groom’s brothers, William and John, stood as his best men, and the bride’s sister, Elena,

acted as her maid of honor. A reception under the light of a full moon followed the ceremony at the Sea Island Beach Club. Robert and Cristina, along with

their Golden Retriever, Cooper, reside in Charleston, South Carolina. Photos by Leigh Webber.

Dcroz/LatskoAfter a dozen loving years together, Ce-sar Dcroz and Michael Latsko were unit-ed in holy matrimony on September 19, 2015 before a festive assembly of family and friends. The Rev. G. Miles Smith, rector of Grace Church, Walker’s Par-ish, Cismont, officiated. Each member of the couple was escorted by his family: Ms. Libia Doris Ciaramellano of Silver Spring, Maryland, and Mr. & Mrs. George Latsko of Middletown, Delaware. The couple was attended by flower girl Eva Campbell and ring-bearer Matthew Phil-lips, niece and nephew, respectively, of Mr. Dcroz. Sarah Gorman of Charlottes-ville and Stephen Harrison of Cleveland, OH, friends of the couple, and Vanessa

Campbell, Mr. Dcroz’s sister, delivered the readings during the service held at The Farmhouse at Cardinal Point Win-ery in Afton. Against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, guests feasted on Southern favorites rendered expertly by L’etoile Catering followed by a four-tier, two-flavored cake baked and decorated by Rachel Willis of Cakes by Rachel. On the night before, Mr. Harrison hosted a rehearsal dinner at Tavola Restaurant in downtown Belmont. Michael is director of music and organist at Grace Church and is also employed by UVA. Cesar is employed by the UVA Health System. The couple make their home in Charlot-tesville. Photos by Will Kerner.

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Celebrating a 60th Birthday at a Historic FarmTop row: Entreprenuer Paul Manning, the birthday boy, is greeted by Robert Hardie, the entreprenuer who’s steering the ship after their recent acquistition of Keswick Hall then Paul Manning with all three of his children Brian, Katie and Brad and lastly, Brad Manning and Gordon Merrick flank Paul. Second Row: Paul’s wife, Diane Manning with daughter Katie Manning, Jane and Woody Baker share a moment with the birthday boy, then Peggy Augustus with Anne Hoof. Bottom row: Ray and Stewart Humiston greet Paul Manning; the venue was a restored barn on Castalia Farm and finishing up with Barclay and Aggie Rives on the dance floor.

KESWICK SCENEHappy 60th Birthday Paul Manning


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1+ mile Rapidan River frontageIn the Keswick Hunt - $5,700,000

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ONLY IN KESWICKRattling Republicans

BY TONY VANDERWARKERMarriage, I am here to tell you, is a diffi-cult business, after the fun and games of hot steamy sex has become a dim distant memory. Living together in the bonds of wedlock is so much of a challenge that most of us have children to keep ourselves so busy that we don’t notice how hard it is. Dirty diapers give way to Saturdays filled with soccer matches, lawn maintenance, birthday parties and driver ‘s ed. When budget-busting col-lege tuitions are finally in the rearview mirror, two people get a chance, possi-bly for the very first time, to know each other; assuming that somehow they have beaten the odds and are still to-gether. Finally, it is time to take a deep breath and relax into the twilight years.

For the most part, there is a very little twinkle in that twilight. Exhausted and just a little beaten down by life, most of us fall back into dull habits that are de-signed not to rock any boats. Mealtimes become set, as well as bedtimes. Rou-tine becomes king. Our lives take on the color of our graying heads. It’s easier to stay at home than go out unless we always have then it’s just easier to do what we always do. Change, particular-ly to the routine, increasingly is viewed as a threat. I speak of this as an expert. Color me gray, dull and boring. Thank God for Hubs.

We didn’t see the eclipse the other night, but not for the lack of trying. At ten thirty-ish Hubs, having consulted the weather channel deduced that the cloud cover ended around Gordonsville. “Don’t you want to see the eclipse?” He asked, excited at the prospect of an ad-venture.

In bed, attired in my picnic-patterned pj’s the only color left in my drab life, I responded in my usual crabby, “No, I am already in bed.”

“There won’t be another for 30 years,” he pointed out.“I’ll make it a point to live that long.”“Come on,” he insisted.

Who can resist Hubs when he is so fired up about something, certainly, not I? I crawled snarling out of bed, plunking myself begrudgingly down in the pas-senger’s seat to drive to G-ville. The rain was steady at home, albeit light. My driver positively buzzed with enthusi-asm.

Gordonsville, a mere ten miles down

the road, was also socked-in. Even though some of his excitement was rub-bing off, I felt duty bound to keep it to myself. “It’s raining,” I pointed out the obvious in my best Debbie Downer im-personation.

“Oh,” he said unperturbed, “it’s the oth-er side of Gordonsville.” He completely refused to give into my glum-chumness, besides he couldn’t see my eyes roll in the dark. The other things we couldn’t see were stars or the eclipse.

On the other side of Gordonsville, all the way down Route 33 passed Louisa the cloud cover held even though the rain had stopped. Periodically we stopped and got out of the car; well, he did – I was still in my jammies – to do a star check. The car’s interior lights refused to turn off. No stars, no moon, no eclipse even at Lake Anna. By now, I had given up any pretense into being put out by my husband’s eccentricity. It was funny. He was funny. When we made our way into Orange, rain won out over clear skies. There was no eclipse on deck for us that night.

Despite being tired, and up way beyond my bedtime, I was happy and grateful to have Hubs in my life. Oh well, if it doesn’t kill you it’ll make a good story, I thought as we made our way home.

Rolling into the driveway, he said, “I’m sorry I couldn’t give you the moon.”

“So much better, so so much.”

You can count the Democrats living in Keswick on the fingers of one hand. Sur-rounded by hordes of rabid Republicans, we are singled out as poor, misguided folks who somehow wandered down the wrong path. Of course, being in the South, everyone keeps it genteel, but ev-ery once in a while we can needle each other into getting the good stuff out.

During the Bush/Kerry presidential cam-paign, one of Peter Taylor’s boys asked, “Mr. Vanderwarker seems like such a nice guy, why does he have a Kerry bumper sticker on his car?” When Peter jokingly related the comment to me, I tried to one-up him by saying, “I played lacrosse with Kerry at Yale, he’s a hell of a nice guy.”

To no avail, of course. After all, what’s someone to think about a guy who has a pink driveway and wears orange pants to parties? Flaming liberal, that’s what.Baiting Republicans is fun and games for me. After all, this is America and the mi-nority gets a voice too.

It’s so easy to get Republican faces screw-ing up in disgust when you say, “How about our president getting Obamacare through?’ Or, “Did you see those job

numbers and the unemployment rate falling to a new low? Obama’s really do-ing a helluva job with the economy.”

A comment like that heats up my Re-publican buddies something awful. I love to see their faces turn red and veins start to pop. And there’s oodles of posi-tive things happening during the Obama presidency to taunt them with--stock market soaring, a Latino female on the Supreme Court, the accord on Iran, get-ting out of two wars.

And when they have a few drinks, you can get them to come clean on president. They take on an expression like someone close by just passed gas and scornfully mutter, “I can’t stand the SOB, he’s a two-faced, conceited, duplicitous politi-cian of the worst sort.”Then what I love to do is ratchet up the discussion by saying, “So what do you think of Hillary?’

Unprintables always follow and I top it off by saying, “You guys could easily get Trumped in the next election.” That’s steam out of ears time and I retreat to my dependable default, changing the subject so I don’t cause a coronary event, “So can you believe how those Hoos are do-ing?” Or, “Can you believe the incredible weather we’re having.”Of course they get their pound of flesh out of me also. Every time the president stumbles or gets negative press, they love to rub it in. ”Did you see the Mau-reen Dowd piece on your boy Obama?” Or, “You’re an environmentalist, Tony, you must have really liked Obama okay-ing drilling in the Arctic.”

When my Republican buddies are stand-ing in a circle and I come into the room, more than once I’ve heard, “Shhh, here comes Vanderwarker.” As if I didn’t know they were piling on our president.

Most of it is in good fun for we know that none of us are going to change our minds and we have too much respect for one another to let it interfere with our friendships.

But when Republicans provide such a plethora of great stuff, how can you re-sist? The Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage is a treasure trove. The Donald a gold mine and immigration a bonanza. Just have to bide my time, find the per-fect opportunity to pop a zinger.Not that us Dems aren’t vulnerable with Hillary stinking up the scene with her email fiasco. So maybe I’ll give rattling Republicans a breather until that cloud passes over. On the other hand…

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WHAT’S COOKING‘Jacked’ Pork Sliders with Slaw


The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at Montpelier is hosting the Plein Air ‘Art at the Races ‘event at the Montpelier Hunt Races on November 7, again this year.

We have noted artists Kelly Coffin, Nancy Wallace, Helen Hilliard, Carol Igleasias, D. Haskell Chuuy, James Erickson,Lilla Ohr-strom, Debbie Kozura,Richard Luschek and Elaine Hurst painting outside before the rac-es and at the races .Our’ Art at the Races’ art gallery will be set up at the races in Vendor’s Row so the paintings may be sold.

As a kick off for the ‘Art at the Races’ event we will host a Plein Air Paint out at Adven-ture Farm Winery in Earlysville on Sunday, October 11 with live models and horses. Our artists will be painting there while Adventure Farm Winery hosts a live Jazz ensemble and a wine tasting. The event starts at 2:00pm and all are welcome to come, taste wine, listen to jazz and enjoy the artists painting live- creat-ing beautiful colors and forms on their can-vases.

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HAPPENINGSPlein Air ‘Art at the Races

2 tablespoons grill seasoning blend (McCormick Montreal Poultry Blend) 1/4 cup Tamari dark soy 1 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoons hot red pepper flakes 1/4 cup Cilantro4 large cloves garlic, chopped (more garlic = better)2 teaspoons toasted (dark) sesame oil, 2 scallions, finely chopped Vegetable oil, for drizzling on the grill 2 pounds pork tenderloin

Marinade for about an hour, if you go longer or lose the pork flavor - grill to perfection, nice and redish on high heat. Let cool and slice razor thin with your kitchen knife. Grab your favorite small slider roll and top with the pork and a heaping amount of a great asain slaw.

Here is my go to asian slaw: 1 bunch (6 large) scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced; 2 each of shredded head of green and shredded red cabbage; 1 small red onion, thinly sliced, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger (from about a 1-inch piece), 2 table-spoons white vinegar, 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar, 2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil, 2 teaspoons sesame seeds, optional, 1 tea-

spoon salt, 20 grinds black pepper

Rough up the scallion slices a little with your fingers so all the little layers of the scallion whites separate. Toss the coleslaw mix or both kinds of cabbage, the red onion and scallions together in a large bowl until every-thing is thoroughly mixed. You can make the slaw up to this point up to a day in advance as long as you keep it refrigerated. Before serving, simply bring the slaw back to room temperature, make the dressing and toss.

Stir the remaining ingredients together in a small bowl until blended, then pour over the vegetables. Serve within 1 hour of dressing or the cabbage will get wilty and sad.

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KESWICKIANSHistory Meets Modern Day Elegance

Interview with Matt and Charlene Scibal at Inn at Willow GroveThe Inn at Willow Grove is located just north of Orange, Virginia on Route 15. Built in the late 18th century for Joseph Clark, the original frame residence was substantially enlarged in 1848 by the addition of a brick wing and a unifying Tuscan portico. It is believed some of the woodwork in this Federal portion was executed by the same artisans who craft-ed Montpelier. President James Madi-son’s lifelong Orange County home, The remodeling was done for Clark’s son, William, who inherited Willow Grove in 1839. The resulting building stands as an example of the influence of Thomas Jefferson’s Classical Revival style on the country homes of Piedmont Virginia. The portico is accented by the distinctly Jeffersonian touch of Chinese lattice rail-ings. The mansion has withstood the ravages of two wars. Generals Wayn and Muhlenberg camped here during the Revolutionary War, and the mansion was under siege during the Civil War. Trenches and breastworks are visible near the manor house and a cannonball was recently removed from the eaves. The house is enhanced by its pastoral set-ting and collection of outbuildings. Later the homestead of the Shackelford family, the house and outbuildings are now used as a country inn. This is the description of Willow Grove by the National Park Service website titled “Journey Through Hallowed Ground”.

In the 1980’s a couple from New Jersey bought Willow Grove and kept it as a bed and breakfast. Charlene and David Scibal would occasionally have a meal there and Charlene described it as a cozy pub. It gradually declined and sat empty for many years until Charlene and David decided to buy it and fix it up in 2008. They lived on nearby “Windholme” in Orange County.

Charlene is the driving creative force be-hind Willow Grove. Her husband David and son Matt are there every day along side her running their Inn. Matt is the General Manager and could rival the best graduate of the Cornell Hotel School, he

is a true people person and well versed in his trade. Charlene grew up in New Orleans and went to art school after high school. After time working in the insur-ance industry, where she met her hus-band David, she owned and ran an art gallery so all things art come naturally to her.

When they bought the Inn it was in shambles and the various outbuildings were in disrepair. The main floor of the mansion had to be adjusted by 10’ to level it, a major restoration project alone! The original barn was falling down and they had to tear down the wood. They left the stone foundation and use that now for event space. The various outbuildings have been restored and are used as guest space. The schoolhouse, I was told, is the oldest schoolhouse in Orange County. It is two levels with an outside door at the second level, where the teacher slept, accessible only by a ladder. This place abounds with history and stories.

The Inn has been written up by Forbes Travel, the Washington Post and many other travel sites and magazines all to rave reviews. Charlene and Matt say their intention is to “exceed the destina-

tion anticipation” of their guests. They want a superior experience for their guests from the first phone call to make reservations.

One such guest I interviewed was Dr. Brian Clark, a dentist in Reston, Virginia. His wife Nancy works in his office. He said it’s their favorite destination in the fall and winter for a getaway. They read about the Inn in the American Express magazine and decided to give the din-ing room a try. They were seated in the Chef’s Room. While dining they met the owners, Charlene and David, who insist-ed they spend the night. Brian jokingly said they didn’t bring their toothbrushes. Unbeknownst to them Charlene and Da-vid went to a local pharmacy and pur-chased light-up toothbrushes for them while they dined. They spent the night!

Brian said he takes his wine group there and word has spread among their friends about this wonderful Inn only two easy hours from Northern Virginia.

“Everything about this Inn is a luxurious experience”, Brian said. The setting is el-egant but comfortable. Among the seri-ously comfortable furniture are pieces of

art added by Charlene, in the form of a cow painting or a chair made of books. It is NOT stuffy; just well appointed in decor. Brian raved about the special mir-rors in the bathrooms. He said ”I’ve nev-er seen any like them before; everyone wants one.”

Apparently, that goes for all the decor items. So it seemed a natural to Charlene to open a shop in downtown Orange called “Objects on Main”. It opened on October 23. She said people were ask-ing her where they could purchase items from the lavender soap to art to furni-ture. I’m sure it will be an art gallery of delightful items for sale.

Charlene said she wanted the dining ex-perience to be along French lines with many courses and impeccable service. Having eaten at the Inn myself I can only rave about the exquisite food. I took three friends there for a birthday dinner and we were served personalized birth-day cakes. Very elegant and understated, no waiters singing Happy Birthday and clapping!

To quote the article in the Washington Post in 2011, “This is luxury living. In the morning, the butler arrives with our breakfast tray, coffee and beignets. (After all, Charlene is from New Orleans!)” That luxury service is the same today. I think we have a special place in our midst here in the Piedmont of Orange County.

Wednesdays they are offering for $5.00 per plate a Tapas experience. The small plates are items from the main menu in smaller tastings. As Matt says, “For $25.00 you can taste the items from the main menu.” On Thursday it’s Three on Thursday night where for $29.95, you get three entrees. Their Inn is the perfect place for a couple getaway or a corporate event. The Inn at Willow Grove seems to have all the entertaining bases covered with an elegant venue, great food and impeccable service.


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Merging the tactile qualities of leather and metal with an assortment of fabrics has always appealed to designer Janie Shrader.

“It is the combinations that I love and have always been drawn to the most,“ she said, while scanning her collection of original hand-sewn pillows – some orna-mented with braided leather and others with weathered-spur accents – offers vi-sual evidence of her claim.

Janie is married to Tim Ober, one of the equine industry’s most renowned vet-erinarians specializing in lameness. His practice is based in Gordonsville, Virgin-ia; however as the U.S. Equestrian Team vet, he travels extensively to major com-petitions with the show jumping team. Janie manages the rehabilitation side of the business with a skillful team of peo-ple who, in a calm and relaxing manner, carry out the necessary steps to encour-age a horse’s full recovery.

Janie is also the owner and principle de-signer of Shrader Leather, also based in Gordonsville. She is a charismatic, ener-getic woman who exudes a sense of outer calm and inner wisdom, and can discuss exciting advances in equine-therapeutic laser treatments as fluently as she can de-scribe the art of making intricate leather tassels that add finishing touches to her in-demand pillows.

Her spacious studio is situated a few

steps beyond the cluster of barns on the couple’s property. The interior is an or-ganized shrine to discarded leather and distressed horse tack – once functional but now await reimaging as horse dé-cor accents. Also nearby are belts, buck-les, bits and weathered reins, along with remnants of wool coolers, kid’s garters, brow bands and spurs. It is a cornuco-pia of creative inspiration, and the only thing required is Janie’s creative ability to transform these orphaned treasures into desirable objects.

“My sewing machine was the big leap,” said Janie. “I used to paint, I was a graph-ic designer, and I designed museum ex-hibits. I knew I had the love of leather and metal, and I thought, why not learn how to do that. So I traveled to Oregon and took a leather-making class. I loved it so much I went back for another class. It was awesome.”

Janie tries to spend a lot of her time in the studio. “It’s perfect,” she said. I can open up the doors and see who’s in the paddocks or in the ring, and of course the dogs love to come and hang out.”

“My business has been a long time in the making. It’s nice to see it come to full frui-tion,” she smiled.

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Deer BrookNestled among the trees along the privateroad is a 22+ acre horse farm known asDeer Brook. The manageable property hasbeen lovingly maintained and includes aspacious home boasting a chef’s kitchenequipped with professional gradeThermador & Viking appliances, 3 largeen-suite bedrooms, living room withfireplace, numerous built-ins, mudroom,screened porch off the library, attached 2-car garage, as well as a full unfinishedbasement ready for expansion and housinggenerator controls.Outside you will findbeautiful, professionally landscapedgrounds, the Brazilian wood deckexpanded by the slate patio overlookingthe fencedgardens. On the way to theample, fenced pastures there are 4 stalls, awash stall, shed, and vegetable garden,.

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Annandale Circa 1805 Federal brick estate locatedin beautiful Orange County, just minutesfrom Gordonsville and 25 minutes toCharlottesville. The 3800 square footmanor house has twelve foot ceilings onthe main floor and 10 foot on the second.The recent renovations spared noexpense and include a new master suite,country kitchen, and all newmechanicals. The mostly open 63 acresincludes two guest cottages, an originalSears barn (converted into a stable andentertainment center), swimming pool,extensive plantings and a newlyconstructed four acre lake. All of whichmake this property an ideal turnkeycountry estate.

A True Virginia Country House. C.1800Renovation & Expansion 1999, 2010. Over173 acres. Main Residence Features:Expansive Master Suite, Gourmet Kitchenwith Fireplace, Elegant Living Spaces;Den, Dining, Home Office, Porches,Veranda , Breakfast Room and Sun Porchoverlook Large Pond . Copper Roof &Gutters . Restored and Expanded Cabinfor Office or Guest house. 8-Stall Stablewith Wash Rack and Tack Room, Board-Fenced Paddocks withWater and ShedsExtensive Landscaping and Pear Orchard. Private and Gated Entrance.

HomesteadLong after other homes have crumbled,the stone walls of ARCOURT will remain-a testament to the quarried natural stoneand superb quality construction used tocreate this one of a kind estate. SpaciousFrench-inspired custom residence on 22private acres in Keswick Hunt Country,completely fenced for horses, 3-stallstable, guest quarters, with shop/garageunderneath. Interior of residence featuresan open floor plan, with large rooms, highceilings, tall windows, and heated stonefloors. There is a main-level master suite,second bedroom or study on the firstfloor, two more bedrooms and two bathson the second level. Beautiful mountainand pastoral views from home & coveredveranda with stone fireplace.

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A pristine horse farm set privately inrolling hills of Somerset estate country,adajcnt to the Keswick Hunt, extensiveSW mtn views. Appealing residenceconstructed '06 of finest materials andfurther enhanced by dramatic 2 bed, 2bath guest house(1,900 sf, originally abank barn, converted to stunning effectin '12), vaulted guest/nanny/in-lawquarters (700sf) over garage, salt waterpool , pool house, center-aisle barn, equip.shed, regulation dressage arena &multiple paddocks, run-in sheds. Everyinch immaculate and turn-key! The 144acres include. a division right. About 1/2of property open, other half massivehardwoods behind home that run up tothe last, highest peak in SW Mountainrange as they march eastward to the sea.

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“Magnifique” was created by craftsmanRalph Dammann from designs byrenowned architect Jack Arnold.Thismagnificent manor home is nestled on 3private wooded acres in Keswick Estateand is reminiscent of traditional Frenchcountry homes with its beautifullyweathered Virginia fieldstone and shakeshingle roof line.Every area exudesSouthern charm and gracious living andencourages you to linger a while.Theprivate master suite opens out to theexpansive rear blue stone patio thatwould be a delight for entertaining.Theguest bedrooms are cleverly situated offthe kitchen/family room side of thehome,and there is a secluded guest suiteabove the garage to complete our 4bedrooms,3.5 baths and 3,927 sf of livingspace

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Club DriveLinden RidgeOn 70 acres in a prime Keswick location.Incredibly charming main residence withwide verandas and a copper roof; totallyupdated and improved with a stunningkitchen and first floor master suiterefinished floors, and coffered and vaultedceilings. Irrigated English gardens, guestcottage, garage, party barn/workshop,Belmont-style barn, gated entry, and four-board fencing and water at all paddocks,and invisible dog fencing around thehouse. This is a turn-key, no-worries gemof a country property.

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Windy Hill Farm enjoys an ideal settingamid the large working farms and estatesof Rapidan, in the Keswick Hunt andconvenient to Bull Run Hunt territory.The 1920 farm house is completelyprivate in its elevated setting. With nine-foot ceilings, large rooms, two workingfireplaces, and floors of oak and pine, itis a strong candidate for renovation.About ten of the 27 acres yield highquality hay, and the rest is in wildlifehabitat and hardwood forest. Boldstreams follow the north and westboundaries. Minutes from Orange andCulpeper, and about 90 minutes fromWashington.

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The Virginia Film Festival, presented by the University of Virginia, returns to Charlottesville, November 5-8, with more than 100 films and a stellar lineup of special guests including Meg Ryan, Oliver Stone, Larry Kram-er, Leonard Maltin, Cherry Jones, Scott Haze, James Moll, Maddie Hasson, Norbert Leo Butz, Tara Summers and Hannah James.

“This year’s Virginia Film Festival will offer audiences an incredibly strong program of films that once again run the gamut of cinematic experiences. We are thrilled to welcome back Oliver Stone for a conversation about his extraordinary Academy Award-winning film Born on the Fourth of July. We are honored to be hosting Meg Ryan in celebration of her directorial debut and are looking forward to showcasing another Virginia production, the new PBS Civil War dramatic series Mer-cy Street. And we are honored to welcome the Tony® and Emmy® -winning writer and LGBT activist Larry Kramer, who has for decades stopped at nothing to help gay men and women literally fight for their lives.”

Here is a preview to a wide-ranging program, check www.virginiafilmfestival.org for complete listings:

Opening Night Film: I Saw the LightOpening the 2015 Festival, on Thursday, November 5 at 7:00 PM, will be I Saw the Light, the Hank Williams film from director Marc Abraham that chronicles the country music legend’s meteoric rise to fame and its tragic consequences on a life cut short at the age of only 29. The film stars Tom Hiddleston in the lead role and Elizabeth Olsen as Williams’ wife Audrey Mae, and is directed by Marc Abraham, a University of Virginia alumnus and VFF Advisory Board member. Marc will be on hand to present the film along with cast members including theater legend and Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor Cherry Jones, and rising Hollywood star Maddie Hasson, who plays Williams’ second wife and widow. “We are delighted to share this film with our audiences,” Kielbasa said “and to celebrate a Univer-sity of Virginia alumnus and his film, which shines a light on the incredible legacy and troubled life of one of America’s most renowned musical figures.”

Centerpiece Film: The Lady in the VanThe legendary Maggie Smith stars in this funny, poi-gnant, and life-affirming true story about an elderly woman of uncertain origins who “temporarily” parked in the London driveway of acclaimed writer Alan Ben-nett (History Boys) …and proceeded to stay for 15 years. The film is directed by longtime Bennett collabo-rator Nicholas Hytner (The Madness of King George), and also stars Alex Jennings and Jim Broadbent.

Closing Night Film: Son of SaulHungarian director László Nemes’ astonishing direc-torial debut created an international sensation when it captured the Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film offers a raw and rarely-seen first-person perspective on the unspeakable horrors of the Holocaust through the story of a Jewish prisoner and Sonderkommando worker forced to work in a Nazi cre-matorium. When the man comes across the body of a boy he takes to be his son, he embarks on the impossible task of saving the body from the flames, finding a rabbi to recite the mourner’s Kaddish, and offering the boy a proper burial.

Spotlight Screenings:Carol – Set in 1952 New York, this new film from award-winning director Todd Haynes tells the story of an aspiring young photographer (Rooney Mara) whose chance department store encounter with an older, mar-ried woman (Cate Blanchett) sparks a relationship that changes both of their lives forever.

Entertainment – Richmond, Virginia native Rick Alver-son presents this nightmarish account of an entertain-er on the brink as an aging comedian tours a series of fourth-rate venues in the California desert while trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter. Director Al-verson will be on hand for a post-film discussion.

In Transit – The final project of the late legendary doc-umentarian Albert Maysles takes viewers on a jour-ney into the hearts and minds of everyday passengers aboard Amtrak’s Empire Builder, America’s busiest long-distance train route, capturing a beautiful portrait of America told in gorgeous landscapes and fascinating interconnected vignettes.

Lamb – A man’s journey to self-discovery, fueled by the disintegration of his marriage and death of his father, takes an unexpected detour when he meets an awkward and unpopular eleven-year-old girl who he takes on a mountain road trip that affects them both in surprising ways. The film’s writer, director and star Ross Partridge will be on hand for a discussion of the film.

Last Days in the Desert – Ewan McGregor plays Jesus and The Devil in an imagined chapter from his 40 days in the desert that finds the two tangling over the fate of a family in crisis in this latest film from director Rodrigo Garcia and produced by U.Va. alumna Julie Lynn and her producing partner Bonnie Curtis at Mockingbird Pictures. Lynn will be on hand for a discussion of the film.

A Light Beneath Their Feet – A high school senior must choose between going to college and taking care of her bipolar mother (played by Taryn Manning) in this film starring Maddie Hasson, who will be on hand to partici-pate in a discussion of the film.

Louder Than Bombs – Writer/director Joachim Trier’s drama follows a father (Gabriel Byrne) and his two sons, played by Jesse Eisenberg and Devin Druid, as they confront their very different memories of their wife and mother, a famed war photographer. Druid will be on hand to discuss the film along with its producer, VFF Advisory Board member Ron Yerxa.

Mully – Actor Scott Haze, a graduate of The Miller School in Albemarle County, makes his directorial debut with this inspiring story of Charles Mully, a one-time Kenyan orphan who rose to great wealth and power then risked it all to launch a foundation dedicated to creating a bet-ter life for orphans in the country today. Haze will be on hand for a discussion of the film along with the film’s ex-ecutive producer, Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Moll.

Project Greenlight Film – Enjoy a sneak peek at the re-sult of HBO’s acclaimed documentary series about film-making from executive producers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. The series focuses on the challenges facing a first-time director as cameras roll from pre-production

to casting through principal photography and post pro-duction. Director Jason Mann will take part in a conver-sation about the film.

Spotlight on Virginia Filmmaking:“This year’s crop of films that were either made in Vir-ginia or have Virginia roots are particularly impressive,” said VFF Programmer Wesley Harris, “which really speaks to the growing base of talent and creativity in the Commonwealth. It’s an honor to be able to showcase their work each year.”

Coming Through the Rye – Jamie Schwartz, obsessed with Holden Caulfield, runs away from boarding school in the year 1969 to find reclusive author JD Salinger. In-spired by actual events, Jamie’s search for Salinger be-comes a journey into sexual awakening, love, and loss in this film directed by James Steven Sadwith.

H8RZ – With the intrigue of a crime thriller, this story of a mysterious high school “incident” tells a many-layered story that unravels throughout the course of the school’s investigation, and cleverly deals with issues of bullying, school corruption, and the darker side of teen interactions. The screening will feature a discussion with writer/director Derrick Borte (from Norfolk, Vir-ginia) and the film’s star, Israel Broussard.

Monroe Hill – This historical documentary-essay film from Charlottesville-based documentarian Eduardo Montes-Bradley traces the roots and historical context of James Monroe’s first home in Albemarle County. The property known as Monroe Hill serves today as the ad-ministrative offices of Brown Residential College and is located on the Grounds of the University of Virginia.

Paradise – Produced over the course of eight years be-ginning in 2007, Paradise is a feature-length non-fiction video by U.Va. professor Lydia Moyer that focuses on seven American stories of abandoned sites, including Wounded Knee, South Dakota; the mining town of Centralia, Pennsylvania; and the site of the Jonestown massacre in Guyana. Moyer’s work will also be featured in this year’s Digital Media Gallery, located in Second Street Gallery.

Polyfaces – Four years in the making, this documen-tary celebrates the unique connection between food and community found at the third-generation family farm of internationally-acclaimed author and activist Joel Salatin (called the “world’s most innovative farmer” by Time Magazine). The screening will feature a conversa-tion with Joel Salatin alongside filmmakers Lisa Heenan and Darren Doherty.

Night of the Living Deb – Endearingly awkward Deb wakes up in the apartment of the most attractive guy in Portland, Maine. One problem…she doesn’t remember how she ended up there. A second problem…said guy ushers her out the door…and straight into a full-scale zombie apocalypse! Virginia native director Kyle Baker, star Maria Thayer, and cinematographer Tom Acker-man will be present to discuss the film.

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ON SCREENVirginia Film Festival - Stellar Lineup of Films, Events and Special Guests


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THE BOOKWORMTake a Journey - Transport Yourself to Another Time

BY SUZANNE NASHI have always loved Ann Patchett’s writ-ing and The Patron Saint of Liars is just one more masterpiece in her repertoire. It’s the 1960’s and St. Elizabeth’s stands in a field welcoming a stream of unwed mothers through its doors. Unhappy with her life and expecting a baby that she does not really want, Rose lands on the doorstep of St. Elizabeth’s and in-stead of giving away her child she finds a home and a life. The unwed girls and the nuns who care for them are all wonder-ful opportunities for character develop-ment and Patchett will not let you down. While the story is built around Rose and her choices, the way that the author con-structs the tale gives the reader a greater insight into the feelings and emotions of everyone involved. The story is broken up into three sections. The first section is written from the perspective of Rose as she struggles to find her path and the second section is narrated by Son, the man who looks after St. Elizabeth’s. The final section is Cecelia’s perspective and through her eyes the reader comes full circle.

Heart of Deception by M.L. Malcolm was written in 2008 but this sequel to Heart of Lies continues to be a wonderful novel that will carry you through World War II and into the 1960s. War forces families apart and requires decisions to be made that often remain hidden until much later. Leo Hoffman is a complicated man with a complicated life. He really has no home and struggles to find a way to stay connected to his daughter once he sends her away from him for protec-

tion. In order to find a way back to his daughter, Leo must become a spy once more. Meanwhile his daughter, Maddy, believes she has been abandoned by her father. She is told half-truths and lies that change her life and direction.

All the Light We Cannot See by Antho-ny Doerr is another tale that takes place during World War II. The protagonist is a blind young girl named Marie Laure who grew up exploring the Museum of

Natural History in Paris where her fa-ther worked as the keeper of the keys. In another country a young orphaned boy named Werner struggles to survive with his sister in a poor mining town. Werner has a brilliant mind and once he finds an abandoned radio he begins to learn how it works, taking it apart and rebuilding it. This skill soon becomes useful as Hitler takes control and Werner is recruited to locate resistance fighters. Eventually Ma-rie Laure and Werner cross paths and the fact that they are on the opposite sides of the war cannot diminish their connec-tion.

All of these books are about journeys of one type or another. They will take you back in time and transport you to other lands but they all also explore the parent child relationship and what a parent will do to protect their child. I hope you enjoy them and remember to be thankful as we get ready for November and Thanksgiv-ing!


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The Virginia Historical Society is pleased to announce that Altria Group hasagreed to sponsor the VHS’s newest exhibit, “Dressing Downton: ChangingFashion for Changing Times.”

The nationally touring exhibit will run from October 2015 through January 2016 andwill be shown in the VHS’s newly created changing exhibition space, one of the projectgoals of its $38-million “Story of Virginia Campaign.”

The exhibition consists of 35 costumes and accessories from the popular PBSMASTERPIECE Classic program. Visitors will be able to explore the lives of Downton’saristocratic inhabitants and their servants during the World War I period.

“Altria has a long history of support for the arts,” said Jack Nelson, Executive VicePresident and Chief Technology Officer, Altria Group, and Board Vice Chairman,Virginia Historical Society. “And we are pleased to support the Virginia HistoricalSociety as it brings traveling exhibitions like ‘Dressing Downton’ to our hometown.This exhibition will be a great draw for residents and visitors alike.”

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“The Story of Virginia Campaign” is designed to help the VHS better utilize portionsof its existing facility. This will allow for the display of even more of the Society’scollections as well as hosting more and larger events and exhibitions.

Future changing exhibitions will include “The Art of Seating: 200 years of AmericanDesign,” which will feature works by John Henry Belter, George Hunzinger, HerterBrothers, Stickley Brothers, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles & Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi,and Frank Gehry and many more.

“Pro Football Hall of Fame: Gridiron Glory,” another upcoming VHS changingexhibition, will highlight such storied objects as the Super Bowl trophy, a 1917 gameball used by Jim Thorpe and the Canton Bulldogs, Tom Dempsey’s famous kickingshoe created for his half foot, Mean Joe Greene’s jersey, and more than 200 other itemsfrom the sport’s rich history, normally housed at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.Admission to each of these special exhibitions is free for Virginia Historical Societymembers.

The Altria Group sponsorship of “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times”is part of a $250,000 total commitment that also includes support for the installation of a new“Story of Virginia” exhibition, which is slated to open in late summer 2015. Altria Group hasbeen a major supporter of the VHS and the “Story of Virginia” exhibition since its first iterationin 1992, as well as leading the charge for its transformation to an online exhibition in the early2000s. Altria Group’s most recent commitment will help the Virginia Historical Society makeVirginia’s history relevant, exciting, and accessible to present and future generations.


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Paul Marlyn Grinde, 92Paul Marlyn Grinde, 92, of Charlottesville, Virginia, died on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge.

Born on March 7, 1923, in Lakota, North Dakota, he was the son of Irene Thomas Grinde and Simon Grinde. His wife, Edith Louise Grinde; his brothers, Allan Thomas Grinde and Stewart Irvin Grinde; and his sister, Marguerite Anne Sitar, also pre-ceded him in death. Paul is survived by his children, Barbara G. McMurry of Charlot-tesville, Joan Louise Grinde of Palmyra, Thomas Ross Grinde and his wife, Tonya, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Paige Grinde Lauster and her husband, Steffen, of Hunting Valley, Ohio; and by his broth-er, J. Warren Grinde and his wife, Kathryn. Other survivors include his grandchil-dren, John Morland McMurry, Matthew Kent Rumfelt, Paige Elizabeth Rumfelt, Emily Virginia Lauster, Paul Ross Grinde, Hannah Natalie Lauster, Vista Alexandra Grinde, and Maximilian Johannes Lauster; and in addition, three great grandchildren. The family wants to thank his loving and devoted caregivers at Westminster Canter-

bury of the Blue Ridge.

Paul received his high school diploma from Lakota High School after which he com-pleted his education at Rutgers University earning a BS in Animal Science and Agri-cultural Education. He proudly served 4 years in the Army Air Corp during World War II, during which time he was a me-chanic for the 459th Fighter Squadron sta-tioned in India.

A man of few words, Paul penned his mar-riage proposal in a letter from India to Edee, whom he had met at a USO dance on Long Island. Immediately following graduation, Paul worked as an extension specialist in animal husbandry for the State of New Jersey and taught short courses in the Agricultural School at Rutgers. It was at Rutgers that Paul first became interested in Angus cattle, and he dedicated his profes-sional life to the advancement of the breed. Paul managed herds at Hoot Owl Farm, Medford, N.J., Gallagher’s Farm, Gaines-ville, Va., as well as the Aberan Herd of Edgehill at Shadwell, Va. In 1969, Paul and Edee joined with Bill and Ellen Ruddock to

form White Hall Farms where Paul served as Managing Partner and Vice President for nearly 20 years until Ellen’s death and the subsequent dispersion of the herd. Paul and Edee also owned and operated Eldon Farm and Edgebrook Farm, both in Virginia. Over the course of his career, Paul judged many cattle shows including the International Livestock Show and, as a special honor, the 50th anniversary All-American Futurity.

He developed two of the best sires of our time: Elevate of Eastfield who was the Perth Supreme Champion and probably the greatest breeding bull ever imported to America and Marshall Pride W528, also known as “515”, who was the All-American Futurity Supreme Champion in 1970. Paul showed cattle all over the United States and Canada, including the International Livestock Show, the All American Angus Breeders’ Futurity, the National Western and the Canadian Royal. He served as Pres-ident of the Virginia Angus Association and was a member of its Board of Directors for many years. Even after his retirement in 1988, Paul’s love of Angus cattle carried

on, and he continued to devote time as a mentor in the Angus business, consulting for a number of Virginia herds and show-ing cattle.

Paul loved to be outside, and he spent a good deal of his retirement perfecting the landscape of the new home he and Edee built together. The pair enjoyed golfing and travelling together, including an an-nual winter escape to Florida as well as adventures in Norway, Greece, Hawaii, Germany, Great Britain and New Zealand. A wonderful host, nothing delighted Paul more than to welcome family and friends into his home.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at Grace Episcopal Church, Cismont, Virginia. Please consider making a gift to the Charlottesville-Albemarle Res-cue Squad, P.O. Box 160, Charlottesville, VA 22901.

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