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Upfront 15 VCU Head Men’s Basketball

waLking by faith Mennonites have lived in the Shenandoah Valley for more than 250 years, but there is a lot that many do not know about the “Plain People.” A look at the blend of tradition and modernity that comprises contemporary Mennonite life.

are yoU game? For wild game that is! The kitchen at 17th-century Shirley Plantation is the inspiration for a hearty but elegant midwinter feast of quail, venison, rabbit and duck.


eLegantLy whimsicaL A couple in Manakin Sabot transform two 18th-century barns into a spacious modern home that is as well-suited to elegant gatherings as it is to curling up in front of the fire with a four-legged friend.


winter wonderfUL Come with us as we visit The greenbrier, The Homestead and Wintergreen Resort for three high-altitude weekends of winter fun. By JoE TENNiS, DARyL gRoVE AND LiSA ANToNELLi BACoN

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Coach Shaka Smart, poison ivy, Virginia Beach Polar Plunge, a gunsmith with the right stuff, Resort 2012, new Lincoln biopic, River Rats, Bellwether and more!

cLick 33 Social functions around

the state, supporting art, institutions and charities.

weddings 37 Weddings done in grand

Virginia style from across the Commonwealth.

bride & groom 38 Navy SEAL Chris Domencic

and architect Rachel Jones’ romantic military wedding at Fort Belvoir was an affair to remember.

profiLe 48 Native son Walter Reed saved

the nation from the scourge of “yellow Jack,” earning him the title of Virginia’s “Top Doc.” By MARy MiLEy THEoBALD

town 50 The Plains remains among

the few quiet, classic country towns in Northern Virginia, but it is also a stronghold in the charge to safeguard the region’s precious open space.


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A New year’s resolution challenges one writer to bare all in a Guinness Book of World Records attempt. By BiLL gLoSE


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Wondering where to take your special someone for Valentine’s Day? We’ll point you in the right direction. recipes

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Ben Swenson visits the partially sunken ships that form a breakwater off Chesapeake Bay’s Kiptopeke Beach. sLideshows

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By Lisa Antonelli Bacon At 4 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon, two weeks before the start of VCU’s basketball season, the seats at both ends of the court in Richmond’s Siegel Center are awash in black and yellow. It’s a festival atmosphere: sponsor boards are lit up, team mascot Rodney the Ram is jumping around, the pep band is blasting tunes. It’s the only practice of the pre-season open to press and fans, and folks have come out to support the team and see how what is left of last year’s lineup looks. As the team rolls out from the locker room and make their way to the bench, they look surprisingly slow and dyspeptic. Are these the same VCU Rams who went to the Final Four of March Madness last year? But on the court a transformation begins. Shortly, the Rams are executing drills called by assistant coaches, running forward down the court, then backward. Next they’re skipping forward, and then backward, swinging their arms like five-year-olds. Finally, they are moving like they mean it and picking up steam—these are the Rams we came to see—when a small man in black warm-up pants unobtrusively walks to the sideline. He seems to not want to be noticed at all. But we do notice. He is Shaka Smart, the charismatic leader of the herd who drew the national spotlight to VCU last year. Was it the team or their coach who took them down that road to success? No answer for that; nonetheless, fans have had a love affair with the unassuming coach. Standing near his players, Smart, 34, looks tiny. He isn’t just on the short side at 5’10”; he’s petite. He’s gotten rid of the Afro and earrings he used to wear, opting instead for a boot camp buzz cut. As the team fires up, he walks to the center court line where an announcer is pumping up the crowd like a radio color commentator. The announcer is attempting to interview the coach, but amid bouncing balls and squeaking sneakers, the soft-spoken Smart sounds like the adults in a Peanuts cartoon. Mwah, Mwah, Mwah-wah-wah. Interview ended, Smart stays close to the center circle while his players literally run circles around him. Even though they tower over him, he doesn’t raise his chin or look up to talk to them. He doesn’t need to. When he speaks, they lean in and listen to every word. Game time is another story for the usually quiet, controlled Smart. He’s on his feet

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yelling, pointing and giving hand signals like any other coach. This time last year, in his second season with VCU after one season as assistant coach at the University of Florida, Smart had nothing to lose. After losing five of the last eight season games, it was a thrilling surprise to be one of 68 teams selected to go to the NCAA championships in March. Once there, his eleventh-seeded Rams made it to the Final Four of the tournament to a chorus of “VCWho?” They lost to Butler in a heartbreaker, but to say that the Rams far exceeded expectations is the understatement of the decade. This year, the stakes are different. Rams fans are counting on the team to get at least as far in the 2012 championship as it did last year, so Smart is in the hot seat. While some things have changed for Smart (“My phone calls are returned quicker,” he says matter-of-factly), others have not. Even though he became a millionaire overnight (up from a base salary of $325,000) after the championships, he still lives in the same house—still doesn’t know if, where or when he’ll have a vacation after the season. (“My wife makes those decisions.”) He drives the same black Escalade the school gave him. And he takes nothing for granted. “I’m very lucky as a coach to receive a school car,” he says, sitting in the new luxury suites at the Siegel Center in Richmond where VCU plays its home games. But don’t head coaches at other schools get cars? “Most do,” says Smart, sounding remarkably grounded after the glory heaped on him following last year’s NCAA upsets. “But they should be appreciative.” And then there are those things that have changed. People ask him for autographs. “I don’t take it personally,” he says. “It’s not like I define myself by it. Coaching basketball is what I do for a living. It’s not who I am.” Topping the “major change” list: the September 2011 birth of his daughter, Zora Sanae (for author Zora Neale Hurston). “There is nothing more important than the birth of a child,” he says. And yes, he does get up and feed her in the middle of the night at times. So what is Smart’s greatest worry? Having a losing season? Bombing out early in the championships? Losing his contract? His answer doesn’t have much to do with basketball. It’s about character. “I don’t want to let the people that I love down,” he says. “I don’t really fear that. I just don’t want it to happen.” i l l u s t r at i o n b y r o b e r t m e g a n c k

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Rethinking the Leaves of Three poison ivy should be admired—from a distance. Adam Dowling thinks we should give poison ivy a little more respect. Not the wary leaves-of-threeleave-them-be kind of respect— though if you want to avoid a few weeks of blistering, oozing, itching rash, you’d be wise not to abandon that one. But no, what Dowling argues is that poison ivy is an underappreciated plant whose beauty and beneficial qualities deserve, well, if not quite celebration, then certainly at least a little more recognition. Dowling, who is the forestry and natural resources extension agent for the Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Northern District, notes some of poison ivy’s better qualities: “It is a good native plant. Poison ivy doesn’t outcompete other plants. It is an important food source for wildlife, especially in winter, because the berries, which are a preferred food for deer and birds, will persist when other food is more limited.” Dowling also points out that it’s an attractive plant; its leaves turn bright red in autumn. Unconvinced? Well, undeniably, poison ivy has its less endearing qualities—one in particular. You

know what I speak of. You go for a tromp in the woods, cut back a tangle of vines in your yard or cuddle up with your dog after a romp outdoors, and a few hours to a few days later your reward is red bumps, watery blisters and a maddening itch you’ll be trying not to scratch for several weeks to come (though if it’s any consolation, scratching won’t, in fact, spread the rash). The offending ingredient here is urushiol, an oily resin that is present in every part of the poison ivy plant—leaves, stems, roots and berries. Dowling notes that urushiol is found not only in poison ivy but also in poison oak, poison sumac, and, interestingly, in some other plants you might not expect that share the same botanical family, including the cashew, the pistachio and the mango tree. Urushiol is also the essential ingredient used in traditional lacquermaking and is derived from an Asian plant known as the lacquer tree. According to Dowling, urushiol was also once used to make indelible ink. With poison ivy, merely brushing against a leaf can be enough to

get a dose of that gift that keeps on giving. Get the oil on your hands, your clothes or your garden tools, and the oil will linger there (and can persist, in fact, for years) until it’s washed off, spreading to whatever those things touch. Which is why it is highly advisable, if you’ve been working outdoors or bushwhacking through underbrush, to wash your hands thoroughly before responding to nature’s call. And those people who smugly insist they’re entirely immune to poison ivy, the ones who say they can roll in whole fields of the stuff without suffering so much as a stray itch? They might keep in mind that with each repeated exposure to poison ivy, the chance of suffering a reaction increases. Poison ivy is a common presence around Virginia. Dowling says that it prefers the intermediate shade of areas like forest edges and the sides of buildings, but it will grow as well in shade or sun. It can take the form of a small bush, ground cover or a clambering, climbing vine, and it can nestle well-disguised among plants it resembles such as English ivy or Virginia creeper (with which it is often confused). The Virginia Cooperative Extension’s publication on poison ivy also notes that the leaves can be “many different shades of green and appear glossy, dull, or in between,” with edges that might be smooth or toothed. And, by the way, those leaves of three are not actually leaves, but leaflets, the three together comprising one leaf. But if it’s true that poison ivy, like the Kardashians, is both ubiquitous and almost invariably irritating, it’s also true, Dowling points out, that it’s not that hard to avoid. Despite its varied appearance, the three leaves— er, leaflets—are a good tipoff to identification. Vines have a distinctive hairy look (and can be distinguished from the hairs of the Virginia creeper vine, which end in little suction cups that enable the creeper to cling to surfaces). If it’s growing on your property, it’s not going to run riot the way invasives like kudzu or wisteria will, “and if it’s not in any area where you are likely to brush up against it, it’s not going to hurt anyone or anything,” says Dowling. So let the birds have it, and let it be. “It’s a good native plant,” says Dowling. “If you can make a little paradigm shift, you can see the beauty in poison ivy.” —Caroline Kettlewell V i r g i n i a

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Painting the Town Red McLean Project for the arts ceLebrates 50 Years. By Christine stoddard Teeming with cornfields, mom and pop stores and other icons of vintage rural America, McLean was a peaceful country hamlet in 1962 when a group of eight female artists founded the McLean Project for the Arts. Their mission? To introduce their neighbors to museum-worthy contemporary art, right in their own backyard. Today, McLean is a bustling community, home to captains of industry and government, and MPA is now one of the oldest community arts organizations in Northern Virginia. This year it will celebrate its 50th anniversary with gusto. “MPA has always been fiscally conservative,” explains Public Relations and Marketing Director Dabney Cortina. “This has allowed it to expand its programs and reach, and for 50 years, be a part of the bedrock of McLean.” The non-profit specializes in exhibiting the works of both emerging and established contemporary Mid-Atlantic artists. Equally important to its mission is art education. Hence, the success of MPA ArtReach, a free program offered at select Fairfax County Public Schools. MPA also offers art classes for all ages. To honor its half-century’s worth of

accomplishments, MPA will host Pop Up! in February, a party featuring live entertainment and a hands-on art project. MPA has been hosting Pop Up! since the ’60s when one of the first parties (called a “Happening” back then) brought on an impromptu body painting session. For those who wish to keep their, er, clothes on, Cortina assures us that such a thing won’t happen at this year’s shindig. In April, MPA’s past exhibition directors will come together to present “MPA@50 Special Exhibition,” a nod to the organization’s evolving tastes and history. Then May beats the drums for the organization’s annual spring benefit at McLean’s historic Salona homestead. Other events this year include “Painting in the Park,” the 6th Annual MPAartfest, and at least 15 new exhibitions. Says Cortina: “All of these events allow the residents of the area to have fun and learn about art without ever having to leave McLean.” There’s no place like home.

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On February 4 in Virginia Beach, over 3,000 people will gather on the waterfront, wait for the countdown and then—Ready, Set, Go!—run and jump into the icy-cold Atlantic Ocean. It will be the 20th Annual Polar Plunge, a fundraiser for Special Olympics Virginia, the year-round program that has provided sports training and athletic competition for Virginians with intellectual disabilities since 1975. The event started in 1993 when 34 brave plungers raised $8,000 and delivered it to Special Olympics Virginia in a shoebox. Since then, the event has expanded to include a costume contest, 5K run, Cool School Challenge plunge for middle and high school students, Pee Wee Plunge for the 10 and under set, and Friday and Saturday night beach parties that bring a temporary halt to Virginia Beach’s off-season. In 2011, more than 3,200 people plunged into the wintry 40-something-degree water, while a crowd of over 10,000 watched (warmly bundled in their coats), raising a record $1 million—and change. “Our annual operating budget is about $3.5 million,” says Holly Claytor, public relations director for Special Olympics Virginia. “Polar Plunge makes up a huge piece of that.” Capt. Randy LeFebvre, 48, of the Chesapeake Police Department hasn’t missed a single Polar Plunge yet. He is warming up, so to speak, for his 20th. “It’s the best experience you’ll ever have!” he declares. “It’s somewhat painful when you hit the water...not for the faint of heart! However, the carnival atmosphere means you don’t feel the cold for all the warmth around you.” It’s also safe: A team of 50 trained divers forms a ring in the water and in 19 previous Polar Plunges there hasn’t been a single major injury. But how does Special Olympics Virginia keep persuading people to jump into the biting cold of the Atlantic in February? “We tell people it’s 80 degrees,” laughs Claytor. “Forty degrees outside and 40 degrees in the water!” The Polar Plunge Winter Festival takes place February 3 & 4 in Virginia Beach.

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Riverkeepers, experts employed by the JRA. Massey Whorley, a 27-year-old legislative analyst in the General Assembly, has been a River Rat since January 2011. Whorley patrols a downtown Richmond section of the James “probably 50 to 60 times a year” by going whitewater kayaking. “I go out for fun,” he says, “but because I’ve been trained as a River Rat, I’m keeping an eye out for things like runoff or oily films on the surface of the water.” Just one year after the program was founded, the River Rats are already 40 to 50 strong, and it’s a network that’s growing. “I have my own group of kayaking friends, and I’ve made them aware of issues,” says Whorley. “Knowledge is the first step to engaging, and if people know how important a resource the river is and know that it’s threatened, then they can begin to get involved.”

Matchlock Mojo pittsylvAniA gunsmith hAs the right stuff. By erin parkhurSt “Give me some iron ore and a tree and I’ll make you a gun,” laughs John Buck, 51, a pulaski County native who may be one of the most well known Virginians you’ve never heard of. Buck is one of just a couple of professional master gunsmiths in the U.S. who produce handcrafted reproduction firearms from the colonial era (and earlier), and the only Virginian: Buck is the go-to guy for everything from matchlocks to wheellocks to snaphaunces, as well as flintlocks and caplocks; firearms from as long ago as the 1400s. And you’ve probably seen Buck’s work though you didn’t realize it. Buck’s weapons have been featured in films including Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale (1994), The Patriot (2000) and The New World (2005), and on the Military Channel’s “Weapons Master Series.” Closer to home, he makes weapons for Historic Jamestowne and the Jamestown Settlement (he crafted 35 for the 400th anniversary alone) and estimates he has made well


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over 2,000 firearms in the more than 20 years since he made making guns a full-time job. His latest project is a commission from the state of Florida to build 16th century-era weapons for its upcoming 500th anniversary. The challenge in making period firearms, says Fred Scholpp, armorer and assistant site supervisor at Jamestown Settlement’s James Fort where visitors can see one of Buck’s matchlock muskets up-close, is that they not only have to be historically accurate, they have to be reliable and functional—that Buck’s are all of these, he says, separates him from amateur gunsmiths. “There is a certain artistry,” Scholpp adds, “to the amount of experimentation required in trying to rediscover old techniques.” So how has Buck, who is selftaught, learned to reproduce these firearms so successfully? “Well, I do a lot of gawking at museums,” says the plainspoken Buck, “and I have every book you can find.” But, he says, it is

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Hal and Jean Kolb are getting very rich by making the longest of long-term investments in the Virginia landscape: This bond matures in about 500 years. The Kolbs live on 176 acres of mountain forest that lies on the flanks of Boaz Mountain—a spur of the Blue Ridge located half an hour southwest of Charlottesville. In a way, their land has been deeded to an idea—that tracts of mature Virginia forest, protected so they can reach full biological development, will yield value that outranks any other possible use. The Kolbs are one of five sets of Virginia landowners who have arranged for land conservation easements that forbid timber harvesting on some 800 acres. Forever. The forests range from Albemarle County south to Blacksburg. In return, the owners qualify for state and federal tax deductions and state tax credits for the value of the timber that will never be cut. Those state tax credits alone can be worth somewhere north of $1,300 an acre. These agreements, and subsequent help with stewardship of the land, are orchestrated by the 500 Year Forest Foundation, a Richmond-based nonprofit organization that was founded in 1997. It is the only such private initiative in the U.S., and brainchild of Lynchburg retiree Ted Harris. “There was the need to recreate future Ancient Forests to replace, at least in a small way, our original heritage. These original forests were magnificent in so many ways.” Scientists say that allowing the forests to reclaim their age over the coming centuries will yield a treasure of research possibilities, sequester carbon against the prospect of CO2-induced global warming and provide refuge for insects, plants and animals that inhabit only such rare larger tracts of mature forest. Today, all but gone, the scattered remnants of remaining “old growth” forest may constitute as little as half of one percent of the Eastern forests. Some of the Kolbs’ stands of oak and hickory may already qualify as never-logged, or virgin “old growth” forest. One blown-down hickory has been determined to have sprouted during Jefferson’s second term, around 1804. The Kolbs have lived within the forest since building their home there in 1976. During that time, they have counted 33 different species of trees and an array of wildlife that includes bears, bobcats, coyotes, Allegheny woodrats and 80 kinds of birds. “We think the forest is important for its own sake,” Hal says, “not just for human needs.” kathryn kolb

The James River Association gave Virginia’s largest river a C- in its December 2011 “Health of the James River” report—a definite “could do better.” The private nonprofit was formed in 1976 and has overseen great strides in the river’s health these past 35 years, but the James is still in need of some serious attention. Says Executive Director Bill Street, “There is pollution from a number of different sources. There are wastewater discharges from factories and sewage treatment plants, sediment from erosion, plus the plant life is being overfed with too much nitrogen and phosphorous.” Street calls the James “America’s founding river,” and stresses its importance to the future of Virginia’s economy: “It’s part of what makes living here so great, and so attracts new people and business.” But only if organizations, including the James River Association, can ensure that the James stays healthy. To do that, the JRA needs more boots on the ground—or, in this case, more oars in the water. Which is why Street formed the River Rats in January 2011, a program that empowers a group of volunteer citizen river detectives to patrol the James and its tributaries looking for potential problems (like illicit discharges from pipes that may indicate unauthorized industrial or other pollutants), and to take water samples and report back to two

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Historic Port Royal may be most notable for the fact that President Lincoln’s assassin sought refuge there in April 1865 while on the run from Federal authorities. When the injured John Wilkes Booth was brought to Port Royal’s Brockenbrough-Peyton House—already more than 100 years old at the time—the lady of the house, Sarah Jane Peyton, wanted no part of Booth’s infamy, and sent him to Garrett Farm (then situated on what is now a median on Route 301) where he hid in a barn until his pursuers set it afire and shot him. But Booth’s attempt to find refuge in Port Royal is just one chapter of this town’s past: Historic Port Royal just might have more history per capita than any other Virginia town. In addition to the Brockenbrough-Peyton House, there is the Fox Tavern, built in 1750, where George Washington Above: The Brockenbrough-Peyton House in Historic Port Royal.

stayed three times, and the grand Riverview estate, former home of Sally Tompkins, the only female to hold military rank in the Civil War. (She ran a Confederate hospital in downtown Richmond that holds the record as having rehabilitated the most Confederate soldiers for return to the battlefield.) Though it has only 175 residents (making it the 13th smallest town in Virginia) and its 20 or more 18th and 19th-century buildings are crammed into an area that is only four-by-five blocks, it is the only Virginia town other than Waterford that is on both the State and National Register of Historic Places. Despite its provenance, Historic Port Royal is languishing, caught between centuries, waiting for the momentum needed to restore it. Restoration efforts in the 1930s and again in the 1970s never got enough traction to finish the job. Then, in the 1990s, residents Bill Henderson and Cleo Coleman incorporated Historic Port Royal, which was first surveyed in 1744. Today, all but two buildings are privately-owned: Those two are owned and have been partially restored by Historic Port Royal, Inc. Developing the rest of the structures depends on the homeowners. “Most of the properties are in some degree of restoration,” says Henderson, past president of HPR Inc. and current board member. Henderson says there is no target date for completion. There are no guided tours as yet, but a detailed, self-guided tour—by foot, car or boat—offered by Historic Port Royal Inc. takes you by the 20 structures built between 1740 and 1861, as well as the cemetery there and its harbor. Henderson hopes tours will bring attention to the restoration of Port Royal. But the slow progress doesn’t worry Henderson. Port Royal has already proved it isn’t going to disappear into history.

Drawing MLK elementaRy scHooleRs keeP tHe dReam alive. By DaryL Grove On January 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the winners of the 22nd Annual Alexandria Public Schools Martin Luther King Jr. Poster Contest will be announced in City Council Chambers at Alexandria City Hall. The contest is organized by the Alexandria Society for the Preservation of Black Heritage Inc. and the Alexandria Black History Museum, and supported by the Alexandria City Public School System. Museum Director Louis Hicks says the idea is to ensure that MLK Day “does not become just an-other abstract holiday, but something meaningful and personal to the students.” The posters will be judged on artistic merit and interpretation of the theme, which for the 2011-12 contest is “Keeping the Dream Alive.” Art teacher Laura Wollman, 62, has been involved since the very first poster contest. She says she recalls a student “who drew what looked like Superman. I said ‘Tell me what you’re drawing,’ and he said, ‘Let me finish!’ Then, where the ‘S’ goes on Superman’s chest, he put ‘MLK.’ He won that year!” The 2012 ceremony will feature remarks from the mayor of Alexandria, but also—for the first time—speeches from the kids themselves. “For many years in this program, adults have told children about MLK and ways to remember him,” says Audrey Davis, assistant director and curator of the Alexandria Black History Musem. “This time, the committee felt it was appropriate for children to tell us what Dr. King’s words mean for them and their families.” The star of the show will be 14-year old Justin Cox, who will deliver his rendition of MLK’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, which he’s been performing since the first grade. The public is invited to see the posters at Alexandria City Hall, where they will be on display through February for Black History Month.

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Who Says Girls Aren’t Good at Science? When Harvard President Lawrence Summers famously said in 2005 that women aren’t as smart as men when it comes to science, he hadn’t heard of Samantha Marie Marquez of Chesterfield County. In 2008, the then-13-year-old Marquez read a scientific paper about an artificial structure used to reproduce particles, and adapted the idea to produce living cells instead. The result is the biomedical breakthrough of Celloidosomes®, which has the potential to help repair living tissue like skin, bones and organs. Now a high school sophomore at Richmond’s Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, Marquez has seven patents and 10 trademarks to her name, and was inducted into the National Gallery for America’s Young Inventors in November. What do you say to that, Dr. Summers?

New Digs The Museum of the Confederacy will soon have a second home. And eventually a third and a fourth. On April 1, the Museum of the Confederacy Appomattox will open its doors just two miles from Appomattox Courthouse. The museum will spotlight Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender there, and display the sword and uniform he wore that day. The museum joins Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historic State Park, High Bridge, Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park and the McLean House in a bid to “keep visitors in the area for awhile,” says Sam Craghead, public relations specialist for the MoC. And museums three and four? The MoC is in preliminary talks for sites in the Fredericksburg area and Hampton Roads.

Hometown Hurler It’s unanimous! It doesn’t happen often when it comes to selecting a winner for the annual Cy Young Award— baseball’s top pitching honor. (Nine times in 55 years, to be exact.) But this year’s American League winner, Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, a Goochland native, swept the ballots. His 100 mph fastball, sharp curve and super slider all were factors in the decision, according to reports. But Verlander’s victories last year didn’t end there. He was named the American League’s Most Valuable Player—a rare occurrence for a pitcher. The 28-year-old started his career playing at the Richmond Baseball Academy and Tuckahoe Little League; in 1995, his team won the Little League World Series. During his senior year at Goochland High School, he was throwing 90 mph pitches. After three years firing fastballs at Old Dominion University, the Tigers drafted him. Fans may have dubbed Verlander “Detroit’s Superman,” but we’re pretty proud of him too.

Correcting History Arlington’s Historic Preservation Office is updating its historical markers, so last August, one went up near the parking garage where Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein met clandestinely with their eponymous Deep Throat source, Mark Felt. But according to W. Joseph Campbell, author and communications professor at American University, the marker is inaccurate. “The interpretation is that Woodward and Bernstein brought down the President,” he says. “Their contributions were modest at best.” True enough. It wasn’t the Watergate break-in that broke Nixon; it was the tapes detailing the cover-up. And it was a Senate Select Committee—not “Woodstein”—that revealed the tapes. Still, Cynthia Liccese-Torres, spokesperson for the Preservation Office, defends the marker: “It’s a significant part of our historical culture.” Campbell doesn’t argue: “It’s cool to know where they met.” ArlingtonVa.US contributed photos

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Cold ‘n Quick in Christiansburg We’ve done it now. America revolutionized restaurant commerce in 1921 when the White Castle chain invented fast food and ushered in an era of burgers and fries served window-side within minutes. Now we have a healthy fast food choice, and we still don’t have to get out of the car! In December, Sakura Steakhouse and Sushi Restaurant in Christiansburg added a drive-thru ready to serve up a variety of sushi, like California Rolls, Vegetable Rolls and Sweet Potato Rolls. Owner Johnny Lin says the fastfood menu will be altered to include only items that can be made, well, fast. “Fast,” however, doesn’t mean cheap—Sakura’s sushi combos start at around $13. Though that’s about twice the cost per person of a meal at Burger King or Mickey D’s, it comes without heartburn and fat overload. 540-381-1188

Off-Road Enticements Facing a long drive on I-95? The husband and wife team of Stan Posner and Sandra Philips-Posner have a solution to the monotony. Now in its fifth edition, their book Drive I-95 offers exit-by-exit info, maps, history and trivia about 12,000 attractions along I-95. This is stuff that a GPS just doesn’t have, like “mom and pop shops, and restaurants that have been there for 50 years,” says Stan. The Posners troll for new attractions twice a year, all the way from Maine to Miami. Newly listed Virginia stops? The National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico and the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond. Make a few stops, and dread the drive no more.

A Paintbrush and a Puddytat Roll up your sleeves and get ready to dip a paintbrush into Emmy Lou Hoo. Or Lulabelle Green. Or how about Ting a Ling a Ding Dong? These are just a few of the 76 wall colors in Susan Jamieson’s signature paint collection, launched last November by her Richmond-based interior design company, Bridget Beari Designs. Jamieson’s line has been picked up by Fine Paints of Europe Inc. “The colors have a Southern influence, because I grew up with many historic references,” says Jamieson. Her love of furry, four-legged companions inspired the names. Every color is named after a favorite pet of her family, friends, co-workers or clients, including two horses. The paints can be shipped anywhere in the world, which begs the question: How do you translate Puddy Puddytat into French?

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What a Dump! Burglar’s Booty stashed in trash. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Lexington police officer James A. Walker surely felt so when he dug up, in a dump on the east side of years ago town, a “shot-bag well filled with money and jewels,” reported the Rockbridge County News. More precisely, the loot, $400 worth, included $202.50 in “gold coin,” $144 in “notes,” and the balance in “small silver coin, nickels and coppers.” Also in the bag were two large gold watches, two smaller ones, a large silver watch, two gold chains and other various pieces of jewelry. All but the small gold watches had been stolen about 10 days earlier from the Randolph Street home of one Charles Jones. But how did the police locate this loot? The suspect in the Jones crime, Hugh Morgan, had been arrested and was in jail, but the whereabouts of his swag were a mystery. Officer Walker had deduced that the spoils lay hidden near the dump, having tracked Morgan with bloodhounds from the direction of “the Institute” (Virginia Military, surely, also on Lexington’s east side) to the suspect’s home, which was located just 210 feet from the dump. The magic of the canine nose—combined



Oh, dear—no deer! As a remedy, the George Washington years ago National Forest looses 12 of the animals, making that 24 deer transplanted to its “game-lands” in two years, reports the Warren Sentinel. Three centuries of overhunting has decimated Virginia’s deer population, and the newbies are part of an attempt in the state to restore “deer hunting on a grand scale.” It’s verboten for now though, and poachers and marauding stray dogs, beware! What cannot be imagined is the deer’s plight 75 years hence, when some homeowners will see that many whitetails in their backyard.


Sen. Harry F. Byrd is pig-biting mad over a grant years ago from the National Institute of Mental Health to the University of Wisconsin, reports the Amherst New Era Progress. The project—a six-year, $1.2 million study of affection between mother and baby Rhesus monkeys—he says, is gilding the fleece. Plans are underway, Byrd says, to extend this monkey business into such realms as learning and curiosity among the young macaques. Also on Byrd’s hit list: studies of the natural control of snails by the shell-cracker sunfish and the diving reflex in seals. Absyrd?

with intel from the county jail, where Morgan’s pride in his hiding place was making him loose-lipped—led Walker to dig in a part of an abandoned quarry that had been filled with “old cans and similar rubbish.” He began “stirring in” among the garbage pit when suddenly his eye came to rest on a red brick, which “seemed possibly placed as a marker for the future guidance of some one.” Following his gut, Walker dug down about two feet, where he found the bag, “which he lost no time in taking into his possession.” As policeman Walker was toting up the money and jewels, burglary victim Jones arrived at the station. Turns out the not-so-innocent Jones had flown the coop the Monday of the previous week, right after he was sentenced for selling liquor “without license.” The bootlegger had split to look for his stolen money in Philadelphia, where Morgan—the burglar—had a sister whom Jones suspected of stashing the cash. Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Jones hired a detective to surveil the distaff Morgan, but upon learning that his money in fact hadn’t made the journey, Jones returned to Lexington. Once home, he immediately learned “on the street” of Officer Walker’s discovery and “made for the scene of the counting.” Jones’s private eye was, it turns out, good for something. The incarcerated Morgan was no debutant in the larceny game, having the previous autumn relieved another Lexingtoner of $342 in silver, and had indeed banked that haul in Philly. So now he was double-guilty. There was no mention of Jones’ sentence for the bootlegging, but he could very well have wound up cellmates with his own burglar.


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On warm summers in the mid-19th century, vacationers from as far away as New Orleans came in droves to Eggleston Springs, a resort nestled against sheer cliffs alongside the New River where it passed through Giles County. They came for the hotel’s luxurious accommodations and the healing waters of its white sulfur springs. Noted artists, such as Edward Beyer and Lewis Miller, came to capture the mountains and slow-flowing river on canvas. But now, the resort and all the businesses it spawned are gone. Kirsten Sparenborg knew nothing of the town’s history when she happened upon Eggleston in 1998. The Virginia Tech architecture student entered the lone commercial venture still open for business, a general store. The owner, Gladys Dowdy, who had run the store for 60 years, boasted, “Honey, Wal-Mart don’t have everything.” As Dowdy bragged about the town’s glory days, Sparenborg wondered how much more the town would continue to change and if anyone would remember it once the last buildings had turned to dust. Would anyone know its story once Gladys passed away? Photographing Eggleston to preserve its image for posterity was the seed of an idea that blossomed into a project showcasing 30 once-vital Virginia towns in Lost Communities of Virginia. “It is passive preservation,” says co-author Terri Fisher, outreach and programs coordinator at Virginia Tech’s Community Design Assistance Center (CDAC), “because we aren’t actively preserving them. We’re not actually going in and trying to restore the buildings, though certainly I would love to see places being restored. We really just documented what is there.” So what is there? Mostly rundown buildings where once beat the hearts of these towns. Blackand-white photographs of weathered structures form the book’s foundation. As Sparenborg explains in the preface, “The shells of vacant buildings… help explain the history of a place. They contain clues about the wealth, values, and skill of builders and owners…Our surroundings, if noticed, resemble a living history museum—a disjointed but sometimes readable visual narrative composed of the physical remains of settlements.” Lost Communities of Virginia makes a gorgeous coffee-table book, but the hundreds of stunning photos are not all that this book contains. Each chapter charts the rise and fall of a different community and ties its

history to what was happening in Virginia at the time. In Boydton, we witness the blossoming of a business hub in the 18th century as farmers grew fat off the riches of the New World. After the Revolutionary War, it added a racetrack and became a gathering place for the surrounding community. When horse racing fell out of fashion in the late 1820s and Boydton was no longer the region’s social hub, it founded RandolphMacon College (whose campus included three “society halls,” numerous out-buildings, gardens and

accommodations for 200 students) and became a college town. And after the Civil War, Boydton welcomed an influx of freed slaves, becoming a tobacco town with several factories, markets and prizeries (buildings where tobacco is pressed into hogshead barrels). Like Boydton, every town featured was prosperous at one point until each suffered a downfall. Some withered when a major business closed. Some failed when railways reconfigured their train stops, taking them off the map. And one—

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eschewing the conventional wisdom of growing old gracefully, roy rowan recommends filling your days with pleasurable and intellectual pursuits. rowan addresses a spectrum of topics, including the subjectivity of the label “old,” the importance of independence, and the three e’s (enthusiasm, exertion and energy) needed to pursue a new passion. Though aimed at retirees, Never Too Late brims with advice on getting the most out of life, a message that is applicable to everyone, especially at this time of new year’s resolutions.

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This fictional re-telling of the folk song “Tom dooley,” ooley,” made famous by the Kingston Trio, tells how Tom dula was hanged for the murder of his wife, Laura Foster. in a trial where he is represented pro bono by the former governor of north orth Carolina, the defense paints dula’s lover, anne melton, elton, as the true culprit. Though Tom says he didn’t do it, he refuses to accuse anne to free himself and pays for her crime with his life. a beautifully told mountain tragedy.

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William alexander tasted the perfect loaf of bread in a restaurant long ago and has been trying to reproduce it ever since. Without success. on the theory that practice makes perfect, he sets out to bake peasant bread every week until he gets it right. Because alexander is thorough, he bakes his bread from scratch: growing, harvesting, winnowing, threshing and milling his own wheat. 52 Loaves explores the nature of obsession, the meditative quality of ritual and the wonderful response we all have to the aroma of baking bread. a hilarious and mouth-watering memoir.

east hill Farm: seasons with allen ginsberg By gordon BaLL, CoUnTerpoinT press, $28.50

during the late 1960s, allen ginsberg founded what he hoped was “a haven for comrades in distress,” in rural upstate new york. east hill Farm became home to those who sought pastoral enlightenment in the presence of ginsberg’s brilliance and generosity. gordon Ball served as farm manager to this “ragtag group of urban castoffs,” and in honest and vivid prose, offers a rare intimate glimpse of the poetic pillar of the Beat generation as a striving and accessible human being.

Boydton, that chameleon of a town—was done in by something as mundane as a choice of building materials. From 1851 to 1853, Boydton Lost Communities spent $150,000 of Virginia to build a 73-mile By Terri Fisher and KirsTen road to the farmsparenBorg, UniVersiTy oF ers’ markets Virginia press, $49.95 in Petersburg. Unfortunately, they built it using 8-foot-long wooden planks, popular up north due to the smooth riding surface they provided. But, “The conditions that made plank roads popular in New York and Canada...did not prevail in hot and humid Southside Virginia. Climatic conditions combined with the clay soils and heavy rains caused the planks to rot prematurely, collapsing a major bridge, and ultimately condemning the Boydton and Petersburg Plank Road.” The two authors spent 10 years traveling to dying towns to interview long-time residents and learn each locale’s hidden history. Quotes like Caroline Vincel’s recollections of the phone system she grew up with in Newport add personality and warmth: “It was a party line… you could find out what everybody was a-doing by listening on the telephone… Couldn’t have any secrets.” But secrets are what this wonderful book is all about. Or at least the uncovering of them. “One of the things we really want to impart on everybody who reads the book is to have your own curiosity,” says Fisher, “curiosity about the places where you live and the places that you visit. When you pass those old buildings in the middle of nowhere, ask yourself, ‘Why was there ever a community built here? And why is it no longer here?’” But hurry. Rural landscapes change fast. Even in the intervening time between the start of this project and its completion, several towns changed dramatically. Many businesses shut down or changed hands. In Eggleston, the birthplace of this project, the general store was sold off and converted into a restaurant. When Gladys Dowdy passed away in 2000, there was no one left to brag about the town’s history. But, thanks to the seed she planted in a college student’s mind, her story, and the story of her beloved town, will live on forever. V i r g i n i a

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Renaissance Woman Carol BurCh-Brown’s oeuvre inCludes so many areas of art, musiC and teChnology that to inCorporate them all and exCel at eaCh is to Be a master juggler. attention to whether you are bored, Tall and lanky, with spiky gray often has the effect of making you hair and large, expressive eyes, Carol more engaged in what you’re doing. Burch-Brown greets me at the door The accumulated marks eventually of her Blacksburg house. Outside, it’s totally Ward and June Cleaver; inside, work themselves out—or not! I use this with students to help them conit’s a cabinet of curiosities, with artnect with their own physical freedom work and exotic trinkets covering in mark-making.” nearly every surface. Musical instruBurch-Brown gets most of her ments in cases are parked near the best ideas in Sunset Beach, North front door and, in back, is BurchBrown’s expansive, work-filled studio. Carolina, where she summers. During a 2007 visit there she took it into her Though Burch-Brown, 57, has been head to sing a passage from Darwin’s a professor of drawing and book arts On the Origin of Species to the tune at Virginia Tech since 1979, attemptof a Charles Mingus jazz canon. A ing to pigeonhole her is a mistake. natural history buff, she was drawn She has taught courses in the school to Darwin’s “phenomenally beautiof architecture and the department ful” writing, which “called out to of women’s studies and has served as be sung.” She found it so compelTech’s assistant provost. She is also a ling that as soon as she returned to serious musician; currently, she plays Blacksburg, she began to formulate the ukulele in the “contemporary ideas for her multi-media project, vaudeville” band Junk DNA, which she formed with her partner and col- “Singing Darwin.” From the beginning it was a collaborative effort, bringing laborator, Ann Kilkelly, a professor of together artists, scientists, musicians performance studies at Tech. And her and students. An exhibition, which videos include “It’s Reigning Queens ran through the month of November, in Appalachia” (2005), which profiles 2009 at Tech’s Armory Gallery, feaa working class gay bar in the heart tured photographs, video clips, a of West Virginia’s coal country (now soundscape and specimens (includin the collection of the Smithsonian), ing the skull of a 14 million-year old and the extraordinary “Pralines” whale collected from the Richmond (2005), which deals unblinkingly area). It also includes a kelp-like with her family’s involvement with installation inspired by Darwin’s the white supremacy movement, metaphor of the “entangled bank,” something Burch-Brown discovered formed using multiple copies of the after finding a journal of her great1859 edition of On the Origin of Species. grandfather’s at his abandoned farm Burch-Brown won two university house in Brookhaven, Mississippi. awards for the project: the Creative Though Burch-Brown has reAchievement Award in the College directed her focus in recent years to of Architecture and Urban Studies new media, drawing remains at the and the Sturm Award for Faculty heart of her creative process. “I’ve Excellence in the Creative Arts. made all kinds of drawings, but what Most recently, Burch-Brown has I like best is to draw in a way that engages me in a meditative zone and that also has a significant element of physicality—sheer endurance is an essential ingredient.” She advocates something she calls “Deep Doodling,” a unique approach that is both subversive and playful. “There are two ‘rules’ to Deep Doodling,” says Burch-Brown. “The first is to pick up a drawing tool and start making marks on a surface. The second is the instant you get bored, throw your tool across the room, pick up something else and keep right on marking. The very fact that you have to pay

Above, from top: “Tidepool Anemone, Tentacles” (2009); “Tidepool Anemone, Mouth” (2009). Below: The artist holding a tray of finches, which Darwin collected from the Galapagos Islands.

been working with Sunset Beach’s salt marsh, making paintings and interesting larvae-like rolled objects with mud, water and Japanese scroll paper. She’s also been filming and making underwater sound recordings using a hydrophone. Back in the studio, Burch-Brown relies on the Max/MSP/Jitter: high-tech, graphical programming software that transforms natural sounds into music. She shows me a “score” she’s working on, which fills the computer screen and looks like an impenetrable physics equation meets Rube Goldberg schematic. Says Burch-Brown: “Working with Max is hard in a good way—it’s incredibly exploratory. I love making things from scratch with disparate elements, and Max gives me a way to stitch together whatever I can conjure up.” In addition to transforming the natural sounds into music, Burch-Brown also uses the program to assign sound characteristics to visuals, a lengthy and complex process. Hooked up to the computer is a pencil. She urges me to try it and when I do, moving it back and forth quickly on a tablet, a staccato sound issues forth. I slash at the paper and a slashing

sound occurs. Like visual onomatopoeias, the sounds match the markings perfectly. But for Burch-Brown it’s much more than a neat parlor trick—her intention is to get at the physicality of sound and motion and pinpoint how the motivation to make a mark is related to its sound. Burch-Brown’s interactive piece on the salt marsh will be presented at Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center in New York in 2012. In looking at her work, it’s clear that over and over again, BurchBrown has taken Darwin’s example to heart. A keen observer of the world she inhabits, she brings to our attention wonders we would otherwise miss. As Celeste Miller, a dance artist and lecturer in theater and dance at Grinnell College, Iowa, puts it: “Carol Burch-Brown translates her deep observational and technical skills with insight and passion into works of art that thrill us with the mystery of nature and the inherent metaphor that resonates within it. She reminds us that we are part of an intricate and fabulous web of interconnectedness between all of the natural world— from human to slime mold. In Carol’s hands, we are in love with it all.” V i r g i n i a

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art THROUGH JANUARY 28 Salt & Truth, Candela books + Gallery, richmond, 804-402-9261,

Around the State

JANUARY 6-28 rachel Hellman and Scott Hazard, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, 434-9777284, JANUARY 20-FEBRUARY 25

View Find, Page bond Gallery, richmond, 804-359-3633, FEBRUARY 3-25 Laura

Remembrance FEBRUARY 1-29 Black History

Month at Mount Vernon Slave Life Tour, Mount Vernon, fairfax, 703780-2000,

tours JANUARY 8, 15, 22, 29 James

river Plantation Progressive Candlelight Winter Tour, Virginia route 5 Scenic byway, 804-8292480,

FEBRUARY 1-29 From africa

to Virginia: Living History Tour, Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg, 888-593-4682,

Ball, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, 434-977-7284,

theater JANUARY 17-21 “Children of a

Lesser god,” alumni Studio, e.C. Glass High School, Lynchburg, 434522-3712,

JANUARY 25 The american

Shakespeare Company “The Winter’s Tale,” roanoke College Olin Theater, Salem, 540-375-2333,

Sew, and be inspired! FEBRUARY 23-26 Mid-atlantic Quilt Festival XXiii, Hampton roads Convention Center,

FEBRUARY 2 “The importance of Being Earnest,” Martinsville High School auditorium, Martinsville, 276-632-3221,

Hampton. bringing together the region's best of this historic craft. 215-862-5828,

FEBRUARY 17-18 “ragtime,” Liberty Tower university, Lynchburg, 434-582-7078,


food & libations dance

JANUARY 27-29 Sugarloaf Crafts

JANUARY 15 Ladies Tea at

JANUARY 14 Stompin’ the night

FEBRUARY 11 Wintergreen Winery’s Wine and Chocolate Pairing, The Verandah at Wintergreen Winery, 434-3612519,

JANUARY 24 river north Dance Chicago, Washington and Lee university Lenfest Center, Lexington, 540-458-8000,

FEBRUARY 11, 12 Sweet Heart’s Weekend at Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery, Nellysford, 434-2637015,

FEBRUARY 10, 11 “Coppelia” by richmond Ballet, The Carpenter Theater at richmond CenterStage, richmond, 804-344-0906,

Festival, Dulles expo Center, Chantilly, 800-210-9900,

FEBRUARY 12-13 Virginia Wine Festival, Dulles expo Center, Chantilly, 800-210-9900,

All Shook Up THROUGH MARCH 18 Elvis at 21, VMfa, richmond. Spotlight on elvis’ fiery hot and tender years. 804-340-1400,

FEBRUARY 24-26 Virginia Wine Expo, Greater richmond Convention Center, richmond, 804-349-6909,

music InsIde TaxI, June 30, 1956 © alfred WerTheImer. all rIghTs reserved. CourTesy of vmfa

JANUARY 13 royal Philharmonic Orchestra, ferguson Center for the arts, Newport News, 757-594-7448,

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gadsby’s Tavern, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, alexandria, 703-7464242,

history JANUARY 13-16 Martin Luther

King Jr. Weekend, Wintergreen resort, Wintergreen, 800-2662444,

FEBRUARY 1 Chucho Valdes and the afro-Cuban Messengers, university of richmond’s Modlin Center for the arts, 804-289-8980, Modlin.

JANUARY 19 robert E. Lee’s

FEBRUARY 3 St. Olaf Choir, ferguson Center for the arts, Newport News, 757-594-7448,

JANUARY 24 annual ghost Watch at Centre Hill Museum, Petersburg, 804-733-2401,

FEBRUARY 8 The Tschaikowski

FEBRUARY 1 Black History

Birthday, Stratford Hall, Stratford, 804-493-8038,

St. Petersburg State Orchestra, Hylton Performing arts Center, Manassas, 703-993-8492,

Month Presentation, Old Hampton Community Center, Hampton, 757-727-1123,

FEBRUARY 10, 12 Virginia Opera:

FEBRUARY 20 george Washing-

Orphée, George Mason university Center for the arts, fairfax, 703-9932787,

away, rockfish Community Center, Nelson, 434-325-8292,

FEBRUARY 17 Complexions

Contemporary Ballet, George Mason university Center for the arts, fairfax, 703-993-2787,

FEBRUARY 28-29 Shen Wei

Dance arts, university of richmond’s Modlin Center for the arts, 804-289-8980, Modlin.

lecture FEBRUARY 29 “Scientist and Curator: a Conversation,” university of richmond Lora robins Gallery of Design and Nature, 804-2898276,

ton’s 280th Birthday Celebration, Mount Vernon, 703-780-2000, V i r g i n i a L i V i n g

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CliCk! Portsmouth Museums Foundation | portsmouth More than 200 guests attended Tux and Tennies, the Portsmouth Museums Foundation Gala held September 24 in the newly renovated Children’s Museum of Virginia. The event raised more than $23,000 to support Portsmouth’s public museums.

Richmond Ballet | riChmond Following the final professional performance of Richmond Ballet Resident Artist Igor Antonov on September 18, 150 patrons, friends, dancers and staff toasted Antonov at Richmond’s CenterStage.

J.C. and Anne scribner, penny and ned Barham

Erin and Jeffrey phillips, George and susan Brown

Jerri kumery, malcolm Burn, stoner Winslett and igor Antonov

Cathy White, George Watkins and vicki moye

trey and Christine piersall, michelle Wren, Al and Fran taylor

Barbara and Jack kling with libby robertson

denise Goode, tom singer and micaela Weiss

Bill and Connie magann, mary and herb haneman

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katherine smothers, Annette and Brett Bonda, Cat studdard and sue mckinney

Teens with a Purpose | virGiniA BEACh Four hundred guests attended a benefit for Teens With a Purpose held at the Virginia Beach Westin on May 18. More than $15,000 was raised for the organization, which focuses on HIV prevention and education for youth. marge and Al midgett

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Cobb Island Station with 32 Waterfront Acres Virginia’s Eastern Shore

Shack Mountain National Historic Landmark 102 Acres Albemarle County

Neala 1840 Stone Greek Revival up to 209 Acres between Charlottesville & DC

Crawford House dating to 1800 6 Acres in Stoney Creek Wintergreen

Western View Farm 700 Acres Rapidan River Culpeper County

Sugar Hollow Point Timberpeg Home 7 Acres on Moormans River 20 Mins West of UVa

Cowherd Mtn. Farm 232 Acres Madison-Barbour Historic District Orange County

Rilleside 16 Acres On the Lynch River Albemarle County

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St. Christopher’s School | riCHMoNd St. Christopher’s School in Richmond kicked off its Centennial year with a Gala Dinner Dance on September 23 at the school’s A.J. Bolling Field House. Author Tom Wolfe (Class of 1947) was guest of honor at the event, which was attended by 1,300 guests.

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NewPorT News The Virginia Living Museum in Newport News presented its Golden Paw Award to Ferguson Enterprises Inc. on September 8 at a reception at the museum. More than 120 people attended the event, which honored Ferguson for its service to the museum for the second time since 2006.

Nancy and Bruce Gottwald with Tom wolfe

Jil Harris, Ann Parker Gottwald, Margy Brown and Melinda Hardy

lawrence Gray, sheila wolfe and Freddie Gray

Patti and Terry Hall

Mamye BaCote, Carol and Bill downey

Michael Grey, ethnie Jones, dick kemper, Pamela royal Jenkins, sue kemper and Mark Jones

Children’s Home Society | GooCHlANd More than 150 supporters of Children’s Home Society gathered at Rolling Run Farm in Goochland on November 5 for “Raise the Roof,” CHS’s seventh annual fundraiser, which featured bluegrass music and an oyster roast. The event raised $46,000 to help children in need of adoptive families.

Terry Hall, Frank roach, John Gillespie, Bill Brundage and Page Hayhurst Georgia Fisher Arnold and Copeland Casati Martha and Harvey woodruff

keith McMullin and Jack williams

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he wedding of Tricia Karina Stevely and David Faye Bovey Jr., both of Dumfries, took place on August 27, 2011, at The Mount Vernon Inn in Mount Vernon. The bride is the daughter of Margaret Stevely of Lake Tapps, Washington, and David Stevely of Palm Springs, California. The groom is the son of Ivy and David Bovey Sr., also of Dumfries.



hristie Lee and Peter Weiss of Wayne, Pennsylvania, were married August 27, 2011, at The Homestead resort in Hot Springs. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Lee of West Chester, Pennsylvania. The groom is the son of David Weiss and Bridget Weiss of Little Rock, Arkansas. The couple met while attending Washington and Lee University. PhotograPhy by Jeff greenough

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auren Nuffer and Andrew Cookingham, both of Dallas and graduates of the University of Virginia, were married September 17, 2011, at Veritas Vineyard and Winery in Afton. The bride is the daughter of Joseph and Shirlee Nuffer of Columbia, Maryland. The groom is the son of Jay and Caroline Cookingham of Houston. PhotograPhy by Jen fariello

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The bride’s sister and maid of honor, Sarah Jones, buttons the Justin Alexander wedding gown. From top: the Fort Belvoir Officers’ Club; the vanilla Bavarian cake by Hollin Hall Pastry Shop of Alexandria; the Bentley that brought Rachel to the chapel and then the couple to the reception.

“Welcome to the Navy, Ma’am” U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Chris Domencic and his wife, Rachel, look back on their romantic military wedding. By VaLeRie HUBBaRD P h oto g r a P h y By ro d n e y Ba i l e y

Rachel Jones knew what she was getting into as she stood in the doorway of her parents’ home that cold Christmas morning in 2005. When she said “yes” to the handsome Navy SEAL she had already experienced about three decades of the home-front side of military life—the first 25 years as the daughter of a retired Air Force officer and pilot, the last five a blur of short weekends spent in Virginia Beach, to which she would drive from her home in Arlington to spend time with her boyfriend, Chris Domencic, who was then a U.S. Navy lieutenant. 38 |

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Rachel, an architect and graduate of Virginia Tech, was working in Washington, D.C. when she met Chris in the summer of 2000. It was her parents’ annual Fourth of July barbecue at their home in Burke. Her college sorority sister, Beth Eberlein, was dating Brendan Eagan, another Navy man, who happened to be Domencic’s roommate in Virginia Beach. “Beth was bringing Brendan to the party, and they asked Chris to come along,” Rachel explains. When she and Chris met, adds Rachel, their chemistry was almost instantaneous. “There was a really strong physical attraction,” she recalls. The next weekend, Rachel joined Beth for a trip to Virginia Beach to see Chris. The courtship was

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Clockwise from left: flower girls Mia (left) and Ava Primmer; the wedding programs; ring bearers Aidan (left), Noah (top) and Justin (right) Domencic; a bouquet designed by Pamela Hutzell of Celebration Flowers and Cakes; Rachel and Chris walk down the aisle as husband and wife; champagne at the reception; a close-up of the Bentley hood ornament.

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underway. However, after only a few months of weekend commutes between Northern Virginia and Virginia Beach, Chris was sent to San Diego, California, for a year of SEAL training. “It was tough when I left,” says Chris. “Neither one of us knew what the future would hold.” The couple “stayed in touch” until April 2001 , when Chris returned to join his SEA L team in Virginia Beach. “That’s when I knew I wanted to marry Rachel,” he says. “She had a good understanding of what military life is like from her father, and had the support of her family to handle the absences. She is very supportive of me, and we get along like best friends.” Chris and Rachel dated for six years before that surprising Christmas morning in 2005, when he showed up on her parents’ doorstep. The son of Arlene and Lawrence Domencic, Chris had driven all night from his parents’ home in western Pennsylvania to be there when Rachel woke up. “He barely got in the door, he was so nervous,” says Rachel. “He pulled out a ring, got on one knee and said, ‘I have something to ask you,’ but that’s all I remember hearing, because I was so excited.” Champagne in the kitchen followed with Rachel’s parents, Dwight and Sharon Jones—who had been prepared for the morning’s big news—along with Rachel’s younger sister, Sarah, then a teacher in Loudoun County. Rachel and Chris gave themselves almost two years to plan their November 3, 2007 wedding. Rachel had known where she wanted to celebrate her marriage since she had been a child attending the wedding

receptions of her parents’ friends at the Fort Belvoir Officers’ Club. There was only the obstacle of religion when it came to deciding where to hold the ceremony. Rachel, then 33 and raised a Methodist, and Chris, then 34 and raised in the Catholic church, decided to get married at the

were wonderful.” The guests agreed. Some 220 guests attended the ceremony and reception. Chris wore his white formal Naval uniform. Rachel wore a strapless white Justin Alexander wedding gown. They were accompanied by seven bridesmaids and seven groomsmen—among them Beth

swordsmen who formed an arch for us to walk through. They would cross swords in front of us and say, ‘The price of passage is one kiss for the groom.’ After we passed through them all—Brendan was the last—he hit me on the backside with his sword and said, ‘Welcome to the Navy, Ma’am.’” Rachel says she enjoys being part of a military family—she describes the Navy SEALs as “very closeknit”—even if it entails long absences when her husband is deployed. “Just because someone is not physically there with you does not mean you stop loving them,” she says. “It does, however, make you wish the week goes by really quickly so you can be together again.” When Rachel accepted a position with the Norfolk architecture firm of Clark Nexsen and moved there, the couple’s long commutes were finally over. The demands of Rachel’s architecture career distracted her during Chris’s deployments. A specialist in hotel design, she spent months working on the renovation of the historic Hotel Washington in D.C. Nearly five years later the couple still live in Virginia Beach. Rachel is now a senior architect at Clark Nexsen, and Chris is still a Navy

What about a Navy officer getting married at an Army installation? “It wasn’t a problem,” says Chris. “We are all red, white and blue.” SEAL, having been promoted to Fort Belvoir Chapel. “It was the best and Brendan Eagan, the matchmaklieutenant commander. way to satisfy both backgrounds,” ers who themselves had married and Given the nature of her husband’s says Rachel. Both Chris and Rachel were the parents of a toddler. Chris’ duties, Rachel says neither of them have large, extended families and lots nephews, the sons of his brother, takes the time they share together of friends, so it was also important to David, served as ring bearers, and and with their family for granted. find a place that could accommodate his nieces, the daughters of his sister, “I fell in love with Chris when I saw a lot of wedding guests. Again, Fort Nicole Primmer, were flower girls. how he actually lives his life … with so Belvoir fit the bill. “It was a beautiful fall day,” says much integrity. His kindness, strong And what about a Navy officer getRachel, who most enjoyed greeting will, discipline and enthusiasm are ting married at an Army installation? friends and family outside after the what I value most about him.” And he “It wasn’t a problem,” says Chris. ceremony. “Everyone had bubbles can swim, too. • “We are all red, white and blue.” to blow, and there were the Navy As the chief wedding strategist, Rachel happily relied on the Fort Belvoir caterers and event planners to help with most of the details. But she took the reins when it came to selecting the band for the reception. “I had so much fun with that,” she says. “I worked with the Washington Talent Agency, who organized an audition. The group Encore was the first and last one I heard. They played a Above: Rachel and Chris approach the arch made by Navy swordsmen. Here: The groom’s great mix of music and parents, Arlene and Lawrence Domencic, and the happy couple dance to tunes from Encore. V i r g i n i a


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Ideally situated in historic Shockoe Slip, The Berkeley Hotel offers lavish European ambiance and a cobblestone view of Cary Street for your Richmond wedding. The refined setting of your event is certain to impress your guests. Small or complex, our experienced staff will take care of every detail on your special day. From entertainment to invitations, wedding cakes to floral arrangements, let The Berkeley Hotel professionals simplify your planning and ensure that you have the day of your dreams.

The Homestead stands as one of Virginia’s most breathtaking mountain wedding destinations. Premier locations include the classic Crystal Ballroom, elegant Grand Ballroom, and for an equally grand affair al fresco, The Casino Lawn with its own majestic staircase and historic Tower of the beautiful resort rising behind you. A well-tenured wedding team, creative chefs, championship golf, world class spa, an unbelievable array of recreation for all ages, and a memorable experience steeped in history and romance await you.

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Blue Ridge Catering

The Jefferson

Chef Shawn Hayes and the staff of Blue Ridge Café & Catering are known for their elegant, delicious food and excellent service. Whether your wedding or reception is indoors or outdoors, you and your guests are assured of enjoying the finest ingredients prepared with years of experience, care and expertise. Our Café in Ruckersville also hosts several banquet rooms and a dance floor.

Our elegant ballrooms can accommodate dinners and receptions of up to 350 guests. The hotel features 262 luxurious guest rooms and suites. Our guests enjoy a complete array of services onsite, including professional catering managers, award-winning chefs, superb service staff, florist and full-service salon. Brides and grooms hosting their wedding receptions with The Jefferson also receive a complimentary secured room for wedding gifts, as well as deluxe accommodations on the wedding night, complete with champagne.

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Boar’s Head Choose The Boar’s Head, set your date and let our wedding planners will do the rest. Weekday or weekend, local or destination, whether you want to be married on the lawn, beside the lake or in a grand ballroom, The Boar’s Head is your perfect venue. It’s an easy drive: just an hour from Richmond and Staunton, and two hours from D.C., Virginia Beach and Roanoke. The Boar’s Head, a 573-acre full service resort known for exquisite Southern hospitality and an array of amenities and personalized service, will provide you with a truly memorable experience for your perfect Virginia wedding. You’ll love our new room design, debuting early Spring 2012, which updates the resort’s classic style.

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Cooper’s landing Cooper’s Landing Inn & Traveler’s Tavern. Casual Fine Dining, Bed & Breakfast, Catering and Romantic Weddings. Come escape to Lake Country for a beautiful destination wedding. All inclusive budget-friendly wedding packages in our Garden Gazebo. Enjoy one of our Honeymoon or Anniversary Packages. On and Off Site Full Catering Services

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This is one moment and one place you’ll never forget. Surround yourself with the timeless beauty and romance of the Jefferson Hotel. It’s where you can personalize every detail, from your flowers to your menu, and then let us take care of the rest, including complimentary wedding night accommodations. Giving you the perfect ending to a truly unforgettable day.

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County of Orange Intimate…Romantic…Unforgettable. Orange County is the perfect destination for your perfect wedding. Our luxurious B&Bs, unique venues, exceptional catering, award-winning wineries, and stunning scenery will exceed your dreams and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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The Hermitage The Hermitage Museum & Gardens, located on the shore of the Lafayette River in Norfolk, is the ideal location for your outdoor wedding and reception. The elegance of the gardens and beauty of the waterfront views will ensure your special day will be a memorable one. From small “family only” receptions to large affairs, our dedicated staff will work with you through every step to ensure all your expectations are met.

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The Sanderling Resort and Spa

Vow Bridal Event

The Sanderling Resort and Spa in Duck, North Carolina will be hosting The Outer Banks Wedding Show presented by on Saturday, March 24, 2012 in a new climate controlled permanent structure with stunning views of the Currituck Sound. Brides- and grooms-to-be can taste food from potential catering vendors, sample cakes from local bakeries and meet with photographers, videographers, salons, spas, venues, florists and more! Everything you’ll need to plan your destination wedding to the Outer Banks will be here, under one roof, set against the beautiful backdrop of bright sun, sea breeze and the beauty of North Carolina.

Celebrate your engagement with the best bridal vendors in Hampton Roads. Attend the 2012 Vow Bridal Event on Sunday February 19, 2012 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center from 11am–4pm. Meet one-onone with bridal experts at the Pros in the Know Breakfast Workshop from 8:30–11am with limited seating. Top tier wedding vendors; couture bridal runway show; mini fashion shows; pop up shops.

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Escape to Lake Country for a Beautiful Destination Wedding All Inclusive Budget-Friendly Wedding Packages in our Garden Gazebo Enjoy one of our Honeymoon or Anniversary Packages Cooper’s Landing Inn 801 Virginia Ave. Clarksville, VA 23927

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Shenandoah Caverns It’s Your Wedding... Make it Unforgettable! For an enchanting and extraordinary venue, The Yellow Barn at Shenandoah Caverns is equipped with a state-of-theart catering kitchen and comfortably seats 325 people for dinner and dancing. Featuring a 24-foot rotating stage with excellent acoustics for live entertainment, this venue is one of the Shenandoah Valley’s largest. Unique props like the “Cinderella” carriage, a lovely gazebo and special lighting are just some of the features that help make your event stand out for the most memorable occasion.

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Smithfield & Isle of Wight Whether you’re an ingénue or encore bride, Smithfield & Isle of Wight offer distinctive wedding, reception and rehearsal dinner venues: Smithfield Center, Isle of Wight Wedding Chapel, Windsor Castle Park, Historic Saint Luke’s Church, Boykin’s Tavern, Courthouse of 1750, Smithfield Station and the Smithfield Inn. This enchanting “ham-let” also plays the perfect host for your overnight guests with the newly opened Hampton Inn and Suites, Smithfield Station, Smithfield Inn, and wonderful local bed & breakfasts!

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South Court Inn South Court Inn offers four value-packed intimate elopement wedding packages for those seeking memorable marriage ceremonies in elegant surroundings. All our packages include the services of the marriage officiant, bridal bouquet, cake, flutes, lots of photographs, and a digital video recording of the ceremony. Couples especially appreciate our hallmark custom embroidered Bride’s Memories Robe included in all our overnight packages and that our packages pricing offers an alternative for every budget!

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Stonewall Jackson Have your day, your way at the charming and historic Stonewall Jackson Hotel in downtown Staunton, Virginia. Here we set the standard for Shenandoah Valley wedding venues, and we’ll execute every detail to your specifications. From elegant plated dinners served under crystal chandeliers in our historic Colonnade Ballroom to buffet dining or heavy hors d’oeuvres and champagne for 400 celebrated in the Shenandoah Ballroom, we do it all with un-paralleled panache.

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Begin with history. We’ve been the choice of discerning brides since 1924. Newly renovated, we have the perfect settings and modern amenities. The elegant Colonnade Room for rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception. Luxurious guest rooms. Talented chef. Historic Downtown Staunton. And the thrill of your Wedding March played on our original Wurlitzer Pipe Organ.

Trump Winery An impeccable ceremony and reception venue on 2,000 acres of stunning natural beauty, Trump Winery hosts weddings both large and small. From food to décor to carefully selected wine pairings, our dedicated staff provides a full suite of services and amenities to ensure that your special day is magical, memorable and flawless. With a perfect eye for detail and a skilled events staff, a wedding at Trump Winery will be second to none. Please contact Capi Applestein for pricing and availability.

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Walter Reed Virginia’s All-Time “Top Doc.” By MAry Miley TheoBAlD photography Courtesy of historiCal ColleCtions & serviCes, Claude Moore health sCienCes library, university of virginia

When the United States declared war on Spain in 1898 and prepared to invade Cuba, the Army faced its worst nightmare. A war in the tropics promised massive epidemics of typhoid and yellow fever beyond anything Americans had ever experienced. These murderous diseases had ravaged the western hemisphere for centuries, killing more than 100,000 people in the U.S. alone. But the new science of bacteriology offered some hope for a breakthrough, so the surgeon general ordered Maj. Walter Reed, the Army’s leading bacteriologist and a native Virginian, to try to solve the mystery of how these scourges spread. Dr. Reed’s work ultimately rescued the world from two of its most vicious diseases. Though a humble man, he might reasonably have expected a promotion to colonel and perhaps to surgeon general. A Nobel Prize was likely. But two years later, the modest David who had faced down two Goliaths was felled by appendicitis. He died of complications in 1902 at the age of 51 and was buried at Arlington. Reed would be honored, though. In 1905, Congress authorized the building of a medical complex in the northern corner of Washington. The heart of the complex—named the Walter Reed Army Hospital—accepted its first 10 patients in 1909.

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Last year, that facility, which for more than a century had cared for the nation’s active and retired military and their families and educated generations of doctors in graduate medical programs, merged with the naval hospital seven miles away in Bethesda, Maryland, to become the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Reed was born in 1851 in a tworoom house in pastoral Gloucester County. Reed’s father was a Methodist minister who moved every couple of years, so the boy grew up in Farmville, Bedford County and Charlottesville, where he finished high school at the age of 16. Because two of his older

brothers were students at Mr. Jefferson’s university, he was allowed “by special dispensation” to attend classes there despite his youth. After a year of Latin, Greek, history and literature, he decided to become a doctor. “Medical schools were not standardized until 1910,” explains Joan E. Klein, curator for Historical Collections at the University of Virginia Health System. “A medical degree at UVA typically took nine months or until you passed the comprehensive exam. That was twice as long as most med schools of the time.” The bookish

boy plowed through anatomy, chemistry and pharmacy, often sleeping only three or four hours a night. “He graduated third in the class of 1869,” says Klein, “one of two students known to have earned a medical degree at 17.” Clinical experience came next. UVA had no hospital, so Reed had never seen a patient until he went to Bellevue Hospital Medical College in New York City, one of the country’s leading teaching hospitals. A year later, he earned a second M.D. Annoyed by his youth, Bellevue refused to award the degree until he had turned 21. Meanwhile, the teenager from rural Virginia practiced medicine in the teeming immigrant ghettos of Brooklyn. The genteel poverty of his youth in no way prepared him for the filth and destitution of the slums or the epidemics that ravaged its population. After a few years in grimy New York, Reed longed to leave. “These great cities have lost the fascination which formerly held me so fast,” he wrote in 1874. But what could a poor doctor with no connections do? He saw no chance of supporting himself back in Virginia with its crippled post-Civil War economy. The military beckoned. A career as an Army doctor offered financial security, something he needed before he could propose to his sweetheart,

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Emilie Lawrence. If he could pass the examinations, he wrote Emilie in the summer of 1874, and if he could “find some damsel who was foolish enough to trust me, I think I would get married, and settle down.” Six months later, he passed the five-day, 30-hour exam and became 1st Lt. Walter Reed of the U. S. Army Medical Corps. There was no more exciting time to be a doctor. Germ theory was on the march, and scientists like Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch were creating the field of microbiology, which at long last explained the origins and spread of disease. Microorganisms— not bad air or unbalanced humors— caused disease. Vaccines were being developed. Reputations were being earned. But Reed was missing all of it. For 15 years, he and Emilie were stationed at a series of primitive frontier forts where he practiced old-time army medicine. Usually the only doctor within hundreds of miles, Reed cared not only for the soldiers and their families, but for any civilians and Indians who asked for help. He treated wounds, performed surgery, delivered babies (including his own son and daughter), and fought cholera, malaria, typhoid, and dysentery as best he could. Yearning to join the front lines of the war on disease, Reed chafed at his isolation. Not until he was almost 40 was Reed finally posted to Baltimore, where he could study bacteriology at the new Johns Hopkins Hospital. Within three years, he had become one of the most respected pathologists in the Army. Surgeon General George Sternberg selected him to teach bacteriology at the Army’s new medical school, training civilian doctors to practice Army medicine and public health. Reed’s reputation for accuracy and originality soared. When Sternberg needed someone to tame typhoid fever, Reed was his choice. Typhoid fever had terrorized mankind for centuries. Europeans brought it to the New World where it killed thousands of Jamestown colonists and ravaged America’s cities and Army camps for the next 300 years. This time, it struck before the troops had even shipped out. Stateside training camps became cesspools of disease, killing more soldiers than the Spanish ever would. Those who survived the training camps arrived in Cuba to face a barrage of tropical diseases deadlier than bullets. If the Spanish had not surrendered after seven weeks, no one fit to fight would have remained on either side. Combat during “the splendid little war” killed 379 American soldiers. Disease, mostly typhoid, killed over 5,000. Sternberg asked Reed to determine how typhoid spread. They already knew its cause. A few years earlier, German scientists had discovered the

bacterium, but how it spread was still an enigma. Reed’s deliberate investigation found that the bacteria spread by fingers, feces, and flies—through direct human contact—and contaminated drinking water. Sanitation measures, when enforced, could prevent the spread of typhoid fever. But cleanliness did nothing to slow yellow fever, which was thought to be even worse than typhoid. So frightened were people of “Yellow Jack” that some doctors purposefully misdiagnosed it, and some newspapermen refused to print news of an outbreak for fear of public hysteria. Victims first developed a fever, aches and nausea, at which point, the lucky ones recovered and were forever immune. But over half died a gruesome death that included bleeding from the nose, mouth, and eyes, extreme pain, high fever, delirium, black vomit, convulsions, and yellowing skin—hence the name. Common treatments included mustard plasters, the fumes of burning tar and cannon fire to chase away the contamination. Nothing ended an epidemic; nothing, that is, except the first frost. Thrilled with Reed’s triumph over typhoid, Surgeon General Sternberg sent him to occupied Cuba in the summer of 1900 to tackle yellow fever. Everyone assumed the two diseases were similar. In fact, they could not have been more different. Yellow fever had always been mysterious and unpredictable. “Everyone knew” it was caused by a bacterium, but no scientist had been able to find one in the blood of infected people. “Everyone knew” it was spread by contaminated bedding or clothing. The problem was, yellow fever refused to cooperate with what everyone knew. Only Carlos Finlay, a Cuban doctor, persisted in thinking outside the box. He theorized that yellow fever was spread by mosquitoes. The medical world laughed off Finlay’s hypothesis. His fellow doctors dismissed him as a “crank” and a “crazy old man,” calling him “mosquito man”— and not always behind his back. Twenty years earlier, Reed, too, had dismissed Finlay’s theory. Now he wasn’t so sure. He had seen a lot

of epidemics in his Army career, and yellow fever just didn’t behave like the rest. Where Finlay’s experiments had been inconclusive or flawed, “Reed was very methodical in his approach,” says Dr. John R. Pierce, a retired pediatrician and former director of medical education at Walter Reed Medical Center who co-authored the 2005 book Yellow Jack. “He was a very bright guy, thoughtful and hard-working, but his real genius was in pulling together bits and pieces of others’ work.” Since no animals were known to be susceptible to yellow fever, human guinea pigs were necessary. A call for volunteers, who were paid $100— nearly $3,000 in today’s money— resulted in several willing men, most with little concept of the danger. So great was Reed’s reputation that some soldiers who knew the danger very

What made connecting the dots so fiendishly difficult was the timing. A mosquito flying directly from an infected person to a well person could not spread the disease. It was necessary for the virus to incubate for at least 12 days inside the mosquito’s digestive tract; only then would its subsequent bites cause yellow fever. Working from Reed’s discoveries, the Army began eliminating mosquito breeding areas and placing yellow fever victims in screened quarantine. Within weeks, the number of cases declined until Havana was free of the disease for the first time in centuries. Back home, Reed tried to convince health officials to adopt similar measures. But the Army couldn’t issue orders to the civilian world, and there was considerable resistance. Mosquitoes? The idea was just too absurd.

Above, left: 1940 postage stamp; right: Maj. Gen. Paul H. Streit, Walter Reed, Joseph. F. Siler, Brig. Gen. Bernard L. Robinson, and John Russell Young.

well nonetheless volunteered, refusing compensation. Carefully isolating mosquitoes and humans from any other source of infection, Reed conducted two experiments at once. He quarantined seven volunteers in a hut, where they lived and slept with sheets contaminated with vomit, feces and blood of yellow fever victims. None developed yellow fever, thus proving that yellow fever was not contagious. In another hut, he experimented with active cases, uninfected volunteers, and mosquitoes “loaded” with blood of yellow fever victims. Fourteen volunteers developed yellow fever. Miraculously, they all recovered. The mosquito experiments proved that a female of one particular species was the agent that spread the disease.

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A Day in the Country Keeping it simple is no small task in the modest town of The Plains. By Daisy Ridgway Khalifa p h oto g r a p h y by a da m e w i n g

There is a point, as I drive west on Route 66, away from the metropolitan counties of Arlington and Fairfax, where the last signs of urban development—the “big box” stores, strip malls and clusters of housing—disappear. As I cross Route 15 and leave Prince William County, quite suddenly, a mountain pass appears, sheathed in deep orange and brilliant yellow on this late Fall day, and the land goes from grey to green. There is nothing but the undisturbed foliage of distant mountains topped by a swath of blue sky, which triggers an unexpected sense of relief and pleasure, and I smile; at last, I am out of the big city. 50 |

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In truth, the experience is, at best, a transitory one, for in every direction—north towards Leesburg, south to Warrenton and west to Front Royal—the parking lots, outlet malls and the grey expanse of concrete inevitably resume; a harbinger of what may well happen to this pristine land. But for the time being, this is the heart of Fauquier County where, at Exit 31, a visitor finds herself in an exquisite enclave of pure country in the small and unpretentious town center of The Plains, where no more than a dozen businesses—three delightful restaurants, a tea room, and a handful of one-of-a-kind shops and art galleries—welcome outsiders. The Plains easily lives up to its name, not for its designation as a large area of flat land with few trees, which is breathtakingly true, but for its simplicity and charm in being so entirely unadorned. And it is a community that cares deeply about staying as it is, which has made it the poster child for a debate over land conservation. The Plains is a focal point of a crusade to protect Fauquier County’s remaining open spaces in the face of a surging population and

the belief by many that land development is inevitable. Unlike the more storied Northern Virginia towns, The Plains’ history is rather unremarkable; its way of life, understated. Population 400, the town comprises no more than a fivemile radius from the intersection of Main Street and Old Tavern Road. “The Plains started out as nothing but a crossroads. Nobody said, ‘Let’s make a village,’” says Marci Markey, a resident of 38 years, and the author of War Without a Battle: The Plains, Virginia 1861-1965. “It was just going to be a farm outpost because the railroad stopped here,” adds Markey whose house in the center of town was once a blacksmith shop. The whole area functioned as farmland as far back as the beginning of the 19th century. In 1831, there was just one house, and one store with a post office. The town was incorporated in 1910, yet remained sleepy well into the 1970s, aside from the regular rumbling of freight trains that still pass through the village several times a day and into the wee hours. It was occupied largely by laborers and farmhands, along with businesses

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that sold to the trade. It blossomed only relatively recently, in the past 25 years, into the friendly village it is today with tasteful shops and sumptuous, though few, eateries, as well as a glorious Farmers Market that visitors pass on the way into town off of Route 66. But the unspoiled, open countryside also lent itself to fox hunting, thus drawing scores of riders and a generally wealthier set to the region. Prominent families, whose fortunes derived from banking, finance and the industrial boom at the turn of the 20th century, bought up large parcels of land within Fauquier County largely around The Plains and toward Upperville and Middleburg, nine miles north. Likewise, a contingent of wealthy New Yorkers would travel to Virginia’s hunting grounds by train on a regular basis. (The Orange County Hunt relocated to Fauquier from Orange County, New York, in the 1930s.) These families kept hunt boxes on their property then, which were small houses they would use for several days’ worth of foxhunting at a time. The state of Virginia has the fifth largest horse population in the world, and Fauquier County, home to hundreds of the nation’s finest horse farms, has long been the heart of Virginia’s rich equestrian tradition, while serving as a premier training ground and destination for students and professional riders. The first fox hunts in America were hosted on the pastures of Fauquier County by Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord of Cameron, in 1747, and equestrian life has endured since then. Of the foxhunters whose family called Fauquier County and The Plains home was the late Arthur W. “Nick” Arundel. His father, Russell, was a Pepsi Cola executive and an avid foxhunter. His mother, Marjorie Sale Arundel, who died in 2006 at the age of 104, was a conservationist renowned for her work with the World Wildlife Fund and as an environmentalist active in issues including the protection of forests, pesticide abuse and the nation’s energy policy. The senior Arundels lived on Wildcat Mountain, which borders Warrenton and The Plains. Their son would add to the family’s considerable land holdings, eventually acquiring thousands of acres around the neighboring mountain to the north on Route 17 where he would bring up his own family of five children at Merry Oak Farm. Today, his widow, Margaret McElroy “Peggy” Arundel, lives at the farm she shared with her late husband for more than five decades. (Arundel passed away

in February 2011 at the age of 83.) In the late 1970s, Nick Arundel, then a retired U.S. Marine infantry paratroop officer in Korea and Vietnam, who had augmented the family fortune by building a media corporation, was concerned about the condition of the town, according to Mrs. Arundel. “He said, ‘I can’t have my hometown be like this. I want to be proud of my hometown,’” she explains. The couple was inspired by the restoration going on in Charleston, South Carolina, at the time, and its business model in particular, which encouraged nonprofit corporations to acquire old buildings, fix them up and allow businesses to occupy the space rent-free for a time. “We fixed up the sidewalks, we fixed up the roads,” says Mrs. Arundel. The plan ultimately worked, though it took some time for businesses to get on their feet, she says. Today, the Arundel family does not own anything in The Plains, having sold the restored property at cost back to the people who had started businesses. Arundel’s commitment to the rebirth of The Plains is something of a small-scale legend in the town, having resurrected what was described in the late 1960s as “a ghost town, slowly blowing away in the winds of time and decay,” according to D’Anne Evans and John K. Gott’s account of the town’s restoration in Trains Whistles and Hunting Horns: The History of The Plains, Virginia. At one point in the mid-1970s, Arundel purchased—in the name of his nonprofit, Village Trust—almost the entire center of The Plains, which then comprised mostly old abandoned buildings and vacant land. In the center of town, there is a small grass commons—a “minipark” that was once a weed-covered parking lot. Today, it is known as Arundel Family Park, where a busy town bulletin board features village news. A painted sign that stands high in the park is among Nick Arundel’s signature touches. It is a tall wood totem of sorts with stacked arrows in every direction bearing the names of the world’s great cities and their distances from

The Plains—among them, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Newmarket, England and Chantilly, France. “That sign denotes our town’s progress,” says Markey, adding that it stands as a reminder that even though it is now a prosperous village, the town will always humbly serve as it once did, as a crossroads for travelers. From the porch at Forlano’s Market & Restaurant right next door to the park, diners can study the engaging sign. Today, the mood is upbeat at Forlano’s, as the few bar stools on the narrow front porch fill up with 20- and 30-somethings, seemingly delighted visitors looking for a late afternoon respite in the country. Forlano’s serves much of its fare in plastic baskets lined with parchment (not too different than hot dog day at school, save for what is inside). My group, which included two children, shared everything from these heavenly baskets, including an Angus Steak Wrap and a B.L.T. with caramelized onions. The Kennett Square Mushroom Soup lingers in my memory and is easily worth a regular pilgrimage. Just off of Main Street and near the railroad tracks sits upscale restaurant, Girasole. Owners Lydia

and Louis Patierno were so taken by the simple elegance of The Plains that they have been making a rather lengthy commute from Mount Vernon since opening Girasole—the Italian word for sunflower—in 2004. The airy, elegant stone building is a renovated Victorian farmhouse which once served as a grocery store. “We feel The Plains is very similar to Piedmont in Italy,” says Lydia Patierno. The restaurant is open only for dinner, except on Sundays when brunch is also offered. Visitors are enamored of Chef Louis Patierno’s agnolotti, a housemade spinach and ricotta ravioli with a delicate cream sauce. Out-of-the-ordinary dinner specials include lamb ravioli in curry sauce with golden raisins, while brunch combines Italian fare, such as salmon paglia et fieno in tomato cream sauce, with the standards a Virginia Hunt crowd might expect, such as classic eggs Benedict and Belgian waffles with fresh berries. Another of The Plains’ popular food outposts is The Rail Stop restaurant, which Nick Arundel is credited with starting 30 years ago. Today, the Rail Stop is owned by accomplished chef Tom Kee. A relatively roomy, casual restaurant

Clockwise from top: Expansive view of low-lying fields; statuary at The Bittersweet Garden; Peyton’s Place, an antique and home furnishing shop on Main Street.

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and bar, it takes its menu seriously by stepping up typical familystyle meals with dishes like pecan waffles, chorizo hash, “housemade” potato chips, and homemade bread and pasta. The restaurant is also well known for having briefly been owned and operated by actor Robert Duvall, a native New Yorker, who for decades has made The Plains his home on a farm on the outskirts of town with his wife, Luciana. “I think what you get a lot here are people coming out from the city on Saturday and Sunday because we are a mile off of 66,” says Linda Neel who, with husband Tom, a prominent painter in the area, owns Live an Artful Life, a gallery in the town’s center. The Plains lies geographically in between a lot of growing cities like Marshall, Middleburg, Warrenton, Haymarket and Gainesville, “but it’s not big enough to be hustle-bustle, and we get basically a lot of people passing through,” says Neel. Passers-through will find that the shops in The Plains are as much a pleasant surprise as its restaurants

and worth the journey for finding unusual, one-of-a-kind housewares, furniture, garden statuary and artwork. On a late afternoon, the sun pours across the front patio of The Bittersweet Garden, where an array of garden statuary overflows onto Main Street. A two-foot statue of a seated Pan is turned outward toward shoppers, and a display of rather esoteric whale and walrus Christmas ornaments glitters in the shop window. Down the road just a few hundred feet is the equally-inviting home furnishing shop Peyton’s Place, where on a warm Sunday afternoon, co-owners Peyton Slade and Kenny Sherman host tarot card readings by Pavlina Gogueva, a certified hypnostist and life coach who holds a masters in theology. Slade and Sherman own three buildings adjacent to their shop, which is a large converted mercantile building. Catering to clientele far beyond The Plains and Virginia, Sherman and Slade carry an array of antiques, consigned goods, art, sculpture, housewares and designer furnishings and offer

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a tasteful selection of 800 fabric swatches. Their interior collaborations are noteworthy enough to have been featured in House Beautiful and Country Living, yet the store is relaxed and unpretentious with its live birds housed in grand antique cages. Slade lives around the corner from Peyton’s Place. Many residents, she explains, are not so local, and have other homes or travel extensively and do not face the day-today concerns of its citizens—issues such as encroaching development or land use. “We want to control the growth,” she says. Linda and Tom Neel, who live just minutes from The Plains in Rectortown, agree that “everybody is trying to learn a balancing act” when it comes to development in and around The Plains, and they allude, in part, to the burgeoning wine industry in Fauquier County. In just the past 10 years, the county has “exploded” with wineries, says Tom Neel. There are nearly 25, including one in The Plains. The long-time locals fear they could be an intrusion on their privacy by adding a different voice to the complex debate over the preservation of open space and on how the land, specifically the property where wineries are located and zoned for agricultural use, is being used.

“If we had to look at grapevines, or houses, we would choose the vines, which is what the wineries say,” says Tom Neel. “But we’d like to see some open land, too.” An active volunteer in The Plains community, Linda Neel observes: “There is a strong contingency committed to land conservation…and it does center pretty much right around The Plains. This commitment is probably stronger than it ever has been.” Though no one could predict it at the time, Arundel set in motion the imperative in this Fauquier County enclave for preserving open space when he established what is perhaps The Plains’ best-known destination today, Great Meadow. He did so in order to save the legendary, 87-year-old Virginia Gold Cup steeplechase race which, because of encroaching commercial development, was losing its long-time home at Broadview Farm in Warrenton. This was the early 1980s, and Broadview Farm, confined at this point by congestion and traffic, was furthermore slated to be sold and developed into housing. Arundel purchased a 540-acre site on Old Tavern Road in 1983 and transformed it into Great Meadow— the Virginia Gold Cup’s new racecourse—painstakingly researching

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course design in order to optimize the field events he envisioned, while still preserving a stunning parcel of open space. Today, steeplechase racing, three-day eventing and horse shows are some of the most popular equestrian-oriented activities in Fauquier County. In addition to creating a home for some of the most prominent outdoor events in the state today, Arundel waded through a fair amount of red tape in order to guarantee the appropriate zoning for Great Meadow as a field events center to meet the requirements of Fauquier County’s intricate zoning ordinance. “Fauquier County is very, very conservation oriented,” says Merle Fallon, a land use attorney in Warrenton. About 93 percent of the county is in agricultural or conservation zoning, leaving it essentially as open space, according to Fallon. Fallon often argues publicly that Fauquier County’s zoning ordinances—a volume of articles and appendices that he says are twice the size of those in Arlington and Fairfax counties—are very difficult to navigate. He has made a cottage industry out of assisting private citizens and businesses in interpreting Fauquier County’s ordinances. Fallon says he is

approached regularly by landowners who wish to put their land into conservation easements. Almost one-quarter of Fauquier County’s privately-owned land—nearly 100,000 acres, much of which borders The Plains—has been put into conservation easements by landowners. Easements are meant to protect and conserve land from development, and are held by a number of conservancy groups, among them the Fauquier Countybased Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) and the state-run Virginia Outdoors Foundation. But Fallon sees a possible downside to this. To his way of thinking, while easement-imposed land suggests landowners are leaving a legacy of open space, he argues owners have also agreed, in exchange for various tax breaks, to a variety of restrictions, including not developing it or subdividing it into smaller parcels. For Fallon, the troubling fallout of easements is that they are imposed “in perpetuity.” “Perpetuity is a long time,” says Fallon, “longer than the earth has existed. So, people are making land use decisions based upon what is good for them today, and it may not be good for our society and our country in the future.” He likes to point out

that Fauquier County’s population of 25,000 was stable for nearly 100 years—but in the past 30 years, has more than doubled to 65,000. Heather Richards, vice president for conservation and rural programs at the PEC, says that while the state could “extinguish” an easement (though it would be an arduous, litigious process), land easements can control the type of growth that the area likely faces. “We see easements as a way to help direct us in how to develop land appropriately,” says Richards. “We can choose how we want to develop the land and how we want to grow. Development may be inevitable, but sprawl is not.” “I never thought the easements would last forever,” says Mrs. Arundel, who speaks with the practical wisdom of someone who has worked most of her life in land ventures, a defacto job for which, she says laughingly, “I’ve never been paid!” A particular talent she shares with her late husband is the role of scrupulous steward of thousands of acres in The Plains. The family is presently selling Morningside Training Farm, a 120acre equestrian training center that was formerly a piece of derelict land at the foot of Merry Oak Farm. Nick Arundel acquired the land several

years prior to his death, and the couple painstakingly transformed it, at considerable expense, into a fullyequipped facility for horse training, polo, steeplechase, show jumping, hunters and flat track. But Morningside Training Farm “wasn’t supposed to be a commercial venture,” explains Mrs. Arundel. Ideally, Morningside Training Farm would transfer to owners interested in safeguarding the intended purpose of the center, not only as land designed for equestrian instruction, but land that remains open along Route 17, just a few miles from Great Meadow. “Nick would always want to keep an open space,” she says. Mrs. Arundel feels the time is right for transferring many of the properties the family has acquired and cultivated over the years into the hands of new stewards, while remaining realistic about the big picture. “It is like a religion. The land doesn’t really belong to us at all,” she says. “We are just here to keep it alive. You keep it there for the next generation because it really does so much for the environment, the water and air quality.” Adds Mrs. Arundel: “You don’t just build on it, and let it go away forever, you know. You’ll never get it back.” • V i r g i n i a

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Wild game dishes that will whet your winter appetite! You can’t buy wild game just anywhere. But, if you’re good with a gun and willing to deal with hide, heart and entrails, you can bypass the butcher and bring it home yourself. Virginia is a state blessed with an abundance of wild birds, bucks and other tasty targets, each with its own distinctive flavor. Properly prepared, their earthiness can be tamed with a tenderizing marinade for the less hardy gourmand, or enhanced with the tastes of the forest. How does warm duck salad with escarole, currants and walnuts sound? Or medallions of peppered venison with creamed mushrooms and autumn leaf potatoes? Want to keep your quail juicy? Wrap it in pancetta and cook it with olives, celery and fennel. The kitchen at Shirley Plantation, Virginia’s first plantation, founded in 1613, has roasted many a bird and buck. As the oldest family-owned business in North America, it is the perfect backdrop for the kind of meal that might have been cooked there 400 years ago, along with some modern, gourmet touches, of course. If you’re not a hunter (or not a good enough hunter to bag your own) then you could always purchase your wild game from someone who is. But some say food tastes better if you’ve looked it in the eye. Are you game? p h o t o g r a p h y


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VENISON OSSO BUCCO WITH COUSCOUS AND CITRUS GREMOLATA 8 venison shanks Marinade: 2 cups dry red wine 1 cup red wine vinegar 1 cup water 2 shallots, sliced 3 cloves garlic, crushed 1 sprig rosemary 3 sprigs thyme 2 bay leaves zest of 1 small orange 1 tablespoon coriander seeds, crushed 1 tablespoon whole black pepper, crushed 1 teaspoon mustard seeds, crushed 1 teaspoon juniper berries, crushed Mix all ingredients together and marinate overnight. To cook venison: 2 large carrots, coarsely chopped 3 celery stalks, coarsely chopped 1 large onion, coarsely chopped 4 garlic cloves, crushed 1 small sprig rosemary 3 branches thyme 8 juniper berries 2 tablespoons tomato paste 2 cups red wine 4 cups chicken stock 3 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil salt and pepper to taste Drain marinade. Pat shanks dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Dredge in all-purpose flour and brown well in oil. remove shanks from pan. add more oil if necessary. Sauté carrots, onions and celery for 5 to 6 minutes. add garlic and cook for 1 minute. add tomato paste and mix well. Deglaze with wine and reduce to 1 cup. add all herbs, stock, salt and pepper, and simmer. add shanks. Cover and braise in 325-degree oven for 3 hours or until fork tender. remove shanks from pan and reduce juices to desired thickness. Citrus Gremolata: zest of 1 orange zest of 1 lemon zest of 1 lime 1/3 cup finely chopped curly parsley 2 garlic cloves, minced salt and pepper to taste

BREAST OF DUCK WITH WILD RICE SALAD AND CANDIED GINGER-LIME SAUCE 8 breasts Pekin duck Salt and pepper to taste in a cold skillet, place duck fat-side down in pan and cook over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes. Turn breasts and cook 5 to 6 minutes more for medium-rare meat. Wild Rice Salad: 2 cups wild rice cooked in six cups salted water (approximately 40 minutes) and drained 1 red bell pepper and 1 yellow bell pepper, diced 4 green onions, diced 1 1/2 cups pecans, toasted then chopped 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup dried blueberries 1/2 cup chopped parsley Season to taste with salt, pepper, olive oil and Pomegranate Champagne Vinegar (available at Fresh Market) Cook over medium heat for 6 to 8 minutes. Cool and purée.

2 breasts and legs from 8 quails 2 cups tempura flour 1 1/4 cup chilled club soda juice of 1 lime 1 egg 1 cup ice cubes 4 cups peanut oil Sift flour and whisk in club soda, lime juice and egg. add ice. (Must use batter immediately.) Heat oil to 350 degrees. Dip quail pieces in batter and fry 4 to 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

Candied Ginger-Lime Sauce: 1 cup chicken stock 1 teaspoon minced shallot 1/4 cup chopped candied ginger 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 3 tablespoons lime juice Cook over medium heat for 6 to 8 minutes. Cool and purée. Slice duck breasts and serve over rice salad. Top with candied ginger-lime sauce.

Spicy Dipping Sauce: 1/3 cup light soy sauce 3 tablespoons sweet soy sauce 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 1/2 tablespoons deseeded finely chopped green chilies 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper Mix all ingredients well. Serve quail with dipping sauce.

BRAISED RABBIT WITH CARROT JAM AND GRILLED COUNTRY BREAD 2 whole rabbits, each cut into six pieces 4 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2 carrots, chopped 1 parsnip, chopped 1 small sprig rosemary 1 small sprig sage 4 or 5 branches thyme 2 teaspoons coriander seeds 1 cup white wine 2 cups chicken stock salt and pepper Season rabbit with salt and pepper and dredge in flour. Brown in olive oil. remove rabbit from pan and add more oil if needed to sauté vegetables. add herbs and spices and mix well. Deglaze with white wine. add stock and simmer. add rabbit and cover to braise in a 300-degree oven for 11/2 hours. remove rabbit. Strain stock, purée vegetables and combine for a sauce. Correct seasoning with salt and pepper if necessary.

Mix all ingredients well. Serve venison with couscous prepared according to box directions and top with citrus gremolata.


Carrot Jam: 5 medium carrots, julienned 1 pear, julienned 1 1/2 cups honey 2 tablespoons sugar zest of 1 lemon 3 tablespoons lemon juice Mix pear and lemon juice to prevent discoloration. Mix all ingredients together well. Consistency will be thin. Cover and cook in 250-degree oven for 2 hours. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Planning for the Manakin-Sabot home of Carol Lynn and Armstrong Forman began with a conundrum. The couple, then living in an early 19th-century Federalstyle house in Gates Mill, Ohio, and planning a move to Virginia, wanted to design and build a modern home with plenty of open space and light, but one with historic design roots. They quickly discovered that was easier said than done. “We worked with several architects,” explains Carol Lynn, an internationally recognized interior designer whose work has been featured in publications including Brunschwig & Fils Up Close, “but they did not get the vision of what I had in mind.” Then Carol Lynn had an idea. Instead of designing a modern house to look and feel old, why not transform a historic building? Carol Lynn had read about The Barn People, a Vermont-based company owned by Ken Epworth that specializes in dismantling, restoring and reassembling vintage New England timber frame barns for commercial and residential reuse, and the idea of reclaiming a barn appealed to her. But since she owns French and English antique furniture, Carol Lynn didn’t want anything too informal. So she and her husband studied Eng-

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Facing page: Rumford fireplace with custom-made limestone surround. This page, from left: Carol Lynn Forman and Nellie welcome guests at the front door; antique American dining table and Hepplewhite chairs.

lish reclaimed barns and French bastides—13th and 14th-century towns—and visited both countries to learn how they successfully blended sophisticated antiques in rustic surroundings. In 2000, their research complete, the Formans were ready to move forward. That winter they took an exploratory trip to Florence, Vermont, where they found a dilapidated, hand-hewn, English-style hay barn that was built around 1780. “There I was,” remembers Arm, “standing on a manure spreader, looking through a hole in the barn’s floor. It looked like a wreck, but I trusted Carol Lynn’s judgment. I told her, ‘If you think it will work, we’ll buy it.’” Needing more space than the 30 x 40-foot barn could provide, they found a second structure in nearby Ketchum: a taper-sided granary built in the 1770s. Measuring 16 x 30 feet, it would make a perfect-sized master bedroom. The Formans made the purchases and arranged for The Barn People to dismantle the two buildings piece by piece and ship them 600 miles to rural Virginia. The Formans had originally purchased a wooded lot as their building site, but, says Carol Lynn, “No one ever builds a barn in the middle of the woods.” They were thrilled when a different parcel of land became available—17 acres of rolling meadows fringed with mature oak trees adjacent to the historic Sabot Hill estate in Goochland County. (In the early 1700s, Huguenot families fleeing France settled near Manakin Town and named the area “Sabot” because the nearby island in the James River was shaped similarly to their wooden shoes.) The open meadow setting drew the Formans to the land, but soon after they purchased it, they discovered an unexpected and exciting family link. Before leaving Ohio, Arm came across a box of old family documents. Among the papers was a letter from Confederate Secretary of War James Seddon—one of the former owners of the land, whose wife, Sallie, is credited with saving the Sabot Hill plantation mansion from burning by Union troops. Seddon’s letter commissioned Arm’s great-grandfather to be the chaplain at the Civil War hospital in Charlottesville. “Arm was very moved when he read that, and we both felt an excited chill,” says Carol

Lynn. “We could imagine Seddon writing that letter on this very land. Sabot Hill is connected to Arm’s history, and I had spent a lot of time as a child in Virginia. We both felt we were coming home.” While the barns were being prepared for delivery, Carol Lynn had to work out how the structures would be spaced, as well as design the exterior so that it would blend with the surrounding countryside. “We wanted to change the original form of the barns as little as possible,” explains Carol Lynn. “If beams were crossing or intersecting the placement of windows, so be it.” Though she has extensive experience in space planning and design, she turned to Charles Bultman, an architect based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, who had experience with barn projects, to finesse the final plans. “There we were,” laughs Carol Lynn, “with our project in Virginia, the architect in Michigan and the barns in Vermont. I had my hands full coordinating the initial project to get everyone on the same page.” In 2003, the construction work finally began. The foundation was laid, and the barns arrived. Looking like a load of old timbers, the carefully numbered pieces were spread out in the field. Within two weeks, the barn frames were up. To celebrate, the Formans hosted a barn-raising barbeque for 125 guests. Next, drywall was applied to the exterior of the barns so that the old beams and structure could remain exposed. (In most buildings, the drywall is applied to the framing inside.) Framing was then added on top of the outside drywall to house the insulation and wiring. Finally, the outer shell and siding were applied to the exterior walls. In essence, the house was built from the inside out. With several previous barn projects under his belt, Bultman spent many hours with the various craftsmen explaining the sequence of steps and how to execute them to make the project a success. (Both of the barns were originally held together entirely with pegs. To this day, there is not one nail in the original structures.) Then the slow work of installing floors, heat, air conditioning, wiring, plumbing, doors, windows and other essentials began. During this time, Carol Lynn was busy finding manufacturers who could make historic-looking windows with modern thermal panel construction and sources for traditional door hardware and appropriate light fixtures, as well as craftsmen to build the custom doors. Two years later, in September 2005, the project was finished and the Formans moved in. “Shortly after we had got the bedroom V i r g i n i a

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Whimsey Meadow’s exterior reflects the vernacular of traditional American barn architecture.

set up,” Carol Lynn recalls, “I was lying on the bed looking up at the beams, and I thought, ‘This really worked. It has all come together just as I hoped it would.’” The couple decided to name their home Whimsey Meadow, in part because, as Carol Lynn says, “My designs always have some whimsey to them. I like to add something unexpected, like the crow sitting on the beam in the living room or the bronze mice figurines running along the kitchen beam. Doing a barn house is a whimsical thing to do.” The house is a masterpiece. The hay barn houses the kitchen, living room and dining area that fill each of the three barn bays; the space is open, but the support beams provide visual separation. Upstairs, over the kitchen, is a loft where Carol Lynn has her office, and beyond the office under the eaves is a long, narrow room furnished with two trundle beds for the couple’s two young grandsons. Downstairs, in an added lean-to, is the guest suite with two bedrooms, a bathroom and a sitting room. Carol Lynn created the lower-level guest bedroom wing by using the lay of the land, literally. “The steep slope of the land at that end of the hay barn

right corner of the painting was visible. Arm noticed it and was intrigued. The colors were exactly right for the house. When he lifted it out he gasped: The river scene was almost identical to the river that runs through the Whimsey Meadow property. The large-scale painting now hangs over the mantel creating a focal point in the room. It looks as though it was painted for this exact setting. A 25 x 11-foot hallway and entrance foyer floored with French Barr stone connects the large hay barn with the granary. Here, the double front door is modeled after the front door of the St. George Tucker house in Williamsburg. Opposite are four 8-foot high knotty alder French doors, which were made in Sun Valley, Idaho. They open onto a large porch measuring 12 x 25 feet that has a quarter-mile long meadow view. “We use the porch like another room when the weather is nice,” says Carol Lynn. “I’ve furnished it comfortably with a dining room table, chairs, and a coffee table so we can live and eat outside.” What was once a granary barn is now the Forman’s master bedroom. The builders wanted to even out the tapered walls, but the Formans insisted on keeping the slope. Along with the hand-hewn, mellow beams, the angled walls add to the historicity and interest of the space, says Carol Lynn. A wall of windows that overlook the meadow and a cupola open to the sky bathe the room with light. On the windowsill sits a pair of Chelsea porcelain candelabras depicting two lovers. These were a wedding present to Arm’s grandparents more than 100 years ago. Center stage is the French Loire Valley bed draped in a pale blue and cream Brunschwig & Fils Carsten Check. The house has a wonderful sense of harmony. The rustic barn beams, which make beautiful patterns overhead, complement the Forman’s collection of antique furniture, china and silver. “I wanted the rooms to be elegantly relaxed,” explains Carol Lynn. This is a space that lends itself to elegant gatherings as well as intimate evenings curled up in front of the fire with the couple’s English springer spaniel, Nellie, nearby. Cozy in the winter, light and airy in the summer, Whimsey Meadow is a home for all seasons. It is a place where the Formans’ overnight guests are settled comfortably in the well-appointed lower level suite of bedrooms and sitting room. It is also a place where family and friends gather for holiday feasts and formal dinner parties around the antique American dining table surrounded by Hepplewhite chairs. Guests can enjoy casual meals in the kitchen at the long French farm table or outside on the terrace overlooking the meadow. The prosperous plantation owners who once peopled this land would be proud. •

“We could imagine Seddon writing that letter on this very land.” made it natural to make the addition look like a bank barn, which is a barn built into the slope or bank of a hill,” says Carol Lynn. These historic barns were first seen in Cumbria, England, in the 1660s, and examples now are found in England and the U.S., as well as in other countries. To add to the illusion of stepping down into the stone foundation of a bank barn, Carol Lynn covered the staircase walls with a trompe l’oeil wallpaper that resembles stone blocks. Upstairs, in the hay barn, the focal point of the living room space is a Rumford fireplace, a large, shallow fireplace design excellent for throwing out heat that is typically found in large, early 18th-century country homes. To finish off the firebox, Carol Lynn commissioned a Gothic style limestone surround that was quarried in Bath, England, and finished in London. “With the high ceilings and massive beams, a regular mantel and firebox would be too small,” says Carol Lynn. “It would look out of proportion.” Hanging over the tall mantel is a large landscape painting by William Peregrine Feeney, a 19th century English artist whose work was exhibited at the Royal Academy. Arm discovered the painting in a Naples, Florida, gallery. Though all but hidden in a rack at the rear of the gallery, about a foot of the

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Clockwise from top left: Chaise lounge in guest room; daylight fills the eat-in kitchen; Arm Forman with his 1941 Chevrolet; model ship on an ancient beam; master bedroom; Carol Lynn Forman on the terrace with Nellie; guest bathroom; cubby holes in mudroom; decorative boots in entryway.

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Robert W. Battle

Charles M. Friel

Charlottesville | 434-924-9591

Charlottesville | 434-243-9970


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W. Bruce Stewart

Charlottesville | 434-243-1000

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Bankole Johnson Charlottesville | 434-243-7381


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William R. Timmerman

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Charlottesville | 434-924-2227

Charlottesville | 434-924-2031

Lisa Brath

Lawrence B. Schwartz

Gan H. Dunnington

Richmond | 804-828-2161

Richmond | 804-628-4432

Richmond | 804-282-2685

Charles G. Durbin, Jr.

Kenneth A. Ellenbogen

Charlottesville | 434-924-2283

Richmond | 804-828-7565

R. Paul Fairman

Evelyne Goudreau

Richmond | 804-828-2161

Richmond | 804-828-9205

Alpha A. Fowler III

Michael L. Hess

Richmond | 804-828-2161

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Daryl R. Gress

Robert L. Jesse

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Thomas W. Nygaard

Charlottesville | 434-924-9423

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Victor Baum Charlottesville | 434-982-3889

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Bruce D. Spiess Richmond | 804-828-9160

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George W. Vetrovec Richmond | 804-828-8885

Allen Stuart Burris Robert M. Carey

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DERMATOLOGY Thomas G. Cropley

Robert W. Downs

David F. Gardner

Michael O. Thorner

Charlottesville | 434-973-9744

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M. Norman Oliver Charlottesville | 434-924-5348

Mark Goldberg Louisa | 540-967-2011

Mark G. Petrizzi Mechanicsville | 804-730-0990

Peter S. Ham North Garden | 434-243-4660

Susan Pollart Charlottesville | 434-924-5348

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Crista N. Warniment Nellysford | 434-361-2555

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William R. Moors Charlottesville | 434-296-6565

John Day Gazewood

Charlottesville | 434-982-3591

Mary Lee Vance

Susan A. Miller Richmond | 804-828-5883

Kurtis S. Elward

Richmond | 804-828-2161

Charlottesville | 434-924-5115

Margaret H. Terhune

Lynchburg | 434-200-5200

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John Edwin Nestler

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Charles E. Driscoll

Charlottesville | 434-924-1825

Glen Allen | 804-977-8938

Mark A. Russell

Richmond | 804-560-6500

Richmond | 804-828-2161

John C. Marshall

Daniel F. McCarter Nellysford | 434-361-2555

Douglas N. Cutter

Charlottesville | 434-924-1825

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Julia K. Padgett

Midlothian | 804-739-0910

Richmond | 804-828-2161

William S. Evans

Karen Maughan Charlottesville | 434-924-5348

Robert Cross

Charlottesville | 434-924-1825

Charlottesville | 434-924-5115

Kenneth E. Greer

Charlottesville | 434-973-4040

Richmond | 804-828-2161

Alan Dalkin

Raymond Paul Marotta Charlottesville | 434-973-9744

David Wayne Brown

Charlottesville | 434-924-1825

John Newton Clore

D. Andrew Macfarlan Charlottesville | 434-978-2126

M. Lee Blackburn

Midlothian | 804-272-2702

Susan E. Kirk

Lynchburg | 434-200-5252

Michael Ragosta

Charlottesville | 434-973-4040

Charlottesville | 434-924-1825

Diane M. Biskobing

Andrew Lockman North Garden | 434-243-4660

Annika M. Abrahamson

Richmond | 804-828-2161

Thomas A. E. Platts-Mills


Eugene J. Barrett


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Richmond | 804-282-8510

Charles V. Terry, M.D., F.A.A.P. RICHMOND

Drs. Overton, Wiley, Kirchmier, Terry & Rowe, PC Dr. Terry is a graduate of Washington

the American Board of Pediatrics; a

and Lee University (cum laude, Bach-

Fellow of the American Academy of

elor of Science in Biology, Omicron

Pediatrics (F.A.A.P.); and an Assistant

Delta Kappa). He completed his

Clinical Professor at the Medical

medical degree at Eastern Virginia

College of Virginia. He has served as

Medical School. He received his

Chairman of the Department of Pedi-

pediatric post-graduate training at

atrics at both St. Mary’s Hospital and

North Carolina Baptist Hospital/

Henrico Hospital; and as president of

10410 Ridgefield Pkwy

Bowman Gray School of Medicine

the Medical Staff at Henrico Doctors

Richmond, VA 23233

under the tutelage of Dr. Jimmy

Hospital. Dr. Terry and his wife, Susan

Simon. He joined the practice in 1987

(Pitt), have two children, Walker and

and currently serves as president

Caroline. Dr. Terry enjoys spending

of the practice. He is a Diplomate of

time with his family and hunting.


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J. devon Lowdon

Mechanicsville | 804-730-0990

Charlottesville | 434-977-7950

GeriatriC MediCine

edward Bertram Charlottesville | 434-924-5401

Charlottesville | 434-924-2103

ted M. Burns

Christine r. isaacs

Charlottesville | 434-982-6551

Richmond | 804-560-8950

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amir Jazaeri

Charlottesville | 434-243-5420

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nathan Benjamin Fountain

Charles M. Jones

Charlottesville | 434-924-5401

Richmond | 804-288-8900

Myla d. Goldman

Karen Knapp

Charlottesville | 434-924-8668

Richmond | 804-285-8806

MediCaL onCoLoGy and HeMatoLoGy

elliott C. Haley, Jr.

elizabeth H. Mandell

Charlottesville | 434-924-8041

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Christiana M. Brenin

Madaline Harrison

adrienne Louise Maraist

Charlottesville | 434-924-8552

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Richmond | 804-285-8806

John densmore

Karen C. Johnston

Susan C. Modesitt

Charlottesville | 434-924-5226

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Paula M. Fracasso

John M. o’Bannon iii

Michael d. Moxley

Charlottesville | 434-243-6143

Richmond | 804-288-2742

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William W. Grosh

diane G. Snustad

Charlottesville | 434-973-1831

Charlottesville | 434-924-1212

diane G. Snustad

andrew M. d. Wolf

Charlottesville | 434-924-1212

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Mark e. Williams

William Grady Wilson

Charlottesville | 434-964-1333

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abhinav (Bobby) Chhabra Charlottesville | 434-982-4263

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Wyndell H. Merritt Henrico | 804-282-2112

HePatoLoGy Stephen H. Caldwell Charlottesville | 434-924-2626

infectious disease

Lawrence H. Phillips ii

Wade a. neiman

Charlottesville | 434-924-1904

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Lynchburg | 434-239-7890

Barbara Gail Macik

Mark S. Quigg

nan G. o’Connell

Charlottesville | 434-982-6400

Charlottesville | 434-924-5312

Richmond | 804-560-8950

Gordon Morris

david Schiff

thomas C. C. Peng

Charlottesville | 434-654-8390

Charlottesville | 434-982-4415

Richmond | 804-828-4409

Benjamin W. Purow

G. Frederick Wooten, Jr.

John G. Pierce, Jr.

Charlottesville | 434-924-5545

Charlottesville | 434-924-8369

Richmond | 804-828-4409

Joann Pinkerton

Hanna K. Sanoff Charlottesville | 434-982-4195

robert o. Brennan Lynchburg | 434-947-3944

Geoffrey roger Weiss Charlottesville | 434-243-0066

Gerald r. donowitz Charlottesville | 434-924-1918

Michael e. Williams Charlottesville | 434-924-9637

Leigh B. Grossman

nuCLear MediCine timothy S. Burke Richmond | 804-675-5000

Melvin J. Fratkin Richmond | 804-828-8266

Charlottesville | 434-924-9141


Sara G. Monroe Richmond | 804-828-6163

richard d. Pearson Charlottesville | 434-982-1700

William Petri William Michael Scheld Charlottesville | 434-982-3515

Costi d. Sifri

Paul r. Jolles Richmond | 804-828-6828

W. Kline Bolton

Jayashree Parekh

Charlottesville | 434-924-1984

Charlottesville | 434-924-9391

Mitchell H. rosner Charlottesville | 434-924-1984

domenic a. Sica Richmond | 804-827-1740

Charlottesville | 434-982-1700

oBStetriCS and GyneCoLoGy

Charlottesville | 434-654-8520

neuroLoGiCaL SurGery

Richmond | 804-828-2161

Richmond | 804-287-7650

Richmond | 804-828-4409

Richmond | 804-828-4409

Richmond | 804-288-4084

Charlottesville | 434-982-4470

William Jeffrey elias

ellen L. Brock

Charlottesville | 434-924-0451

Richmond | 804-828-4409

Charlottesville | 434-924-2500

George a. Hurt

david Peter Chelmow

Lynchburg | 434-947-3920

Richmond | 804-828-4409

Kiyoko asao-ragosta

John a. Jane, Sr.

Charlottesville | 434-973-1831

Christian a. Chisholm

Charlottesville | 434-924-2203

Charlottesville | 434-924-1955

Kenneth a. Ballew

neal F. Kassell

Charlottesville | 434-924-3627

James t. Christmas

Charlottesville | 434-924-2735

Richmond | 804-289-4972

daniel M. Becker

edward H. oldfield

Charlottesville | 434-924-1931

Stephen a. Cohen

Charlottesville | 434-982-3591

Richmond | 804-828-4409

Peter a. Boling

Christopher i. Shaffrey

Richmond | 804-828-9357

Linda r. duska

Charlottesville | 434-243-7026

Charlottesville | 434-924-1570

Kurtis S. elward

Mark e. Shaffrey

Charlottesville | 434-973-9744

John Colman Feore

Charlottesville | 434-924-2203

Richmond | 804-320-2483

Joyce B. Geilker

Jason Sheehan

Charlottesville | 434-243-4500

James e. (Jef) Ferguson ii

Charlottesville | 434-924-8129

Charlottesville | 434-924-9937

Charlottesville | 434-243-4570

John Seeds

John W. Barnard Lynchburg | 434-485-8500

William r. Beach

PediatriC CardioLoGy

Richmond | 804-285-2300

Gerald thomas albrecht

abhinav (Bobby) Chhabra

Richmond | 804-285-1611

Charlottesville | 434-982-4263

arthur Garson, Jr.

Gregory Gerard degnan

Charlottesville | 434-924-9119

Charlottesville | 434-220-3727

d. Scott Lim

david r. diduch

Charlottesville | 434-924-9119

Charlottesville | 434-243-7778

G. Paul Matherne

Harry C. eschenroeder

Charlottesville | 434-924-9119

Lynchburg | 434-485-8500

Karen S. rheuban

david M. Kahler

Charlottesville | 434-924-9119

Charlottesville | 434-243-0236

thomas P. Loughran Richmond | 804-828-0713

John F. Meyers

PediatriC CardioVaSCuLar aneStHeSia

Richmond | 804-285-2300

Victor Baum

Mark d. Miller

Charlottesville | 434-982-3889

Charlottesville | 434-243-7778

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PediatriC CritiCaL Care

richard Whitehill

Jeannean Carver

Charlottesville | 434-243-3633

Charlottesville | 434-982-1707

richard Worland

douglas F. Willson

Richmond | 804-270-1305

Charlottesville | 434-982-1707


PediatriC derMatoLoGy

Laurence dinardo Stephen V. early George t. Hashisaki Bradley William Kesser Paul a. Levine

Vandana nanda Charlottesville | 434-977-0027

Laurie Lee Shinn Richmond | 804-282-0831

Hazel J. Vernon Richmond | 804-282-0831

William L. Clarke

Charlottesville | 434-924-5700

Charlottesville | 434-924-5897

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Lisa r. troyer randal J. West Christopher d. Williams

John B. Cousar Charlottesville | 434-924-9752

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James W. Patterson Charlottesville | 434-924-9169


Celeste n. Powers Richmond | 804-628-0142

James L. Combs Richmond | 804-285-5300

Mark H. Stoler Charlottesville | 434-982-0284

Brian P. Conway Charlottesville | 434-924-5653

Charlottesville | 434-243-6147

Peter a. netland

Charlottesville | 434-924-5978

Garth Stevens, Jr.

Stephen M. Borowitz Charlottesville | 434-924-5321

Martin Graham Richmond | 804-628-7337

James L. Sutphen Charlottesville | 434-924-5321

PediatriC HeMatoLoGyonCoLoGy Kimberly P. dunsmore Kamar Godder Richmond | 804-828-9300

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Mark r. Wick

Sara a. Kaltreider Charlottesville | 434-244-8610

PediatriC endoCrinoLoGy

Stephen S. Park

Peyton t. taylor, Jr.

Richmond | 804-330-9303

Matthew J. Goodman

Charlottesville | 434-982-3889

Charlottesville | 434-924-5593

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internaL MediCine

Victor Baum

Richmond | 804-828-9296

Charlottesville | 434-924-5700

devereux n. Saller, Jr.

Richmond | 804-323-5040

Brian Wispelwey

robert S. adelaar

Charlottesville | 434-924-5700

richard F. rinehardt

Richmond | 804-288-4084

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PediatriC aneStHeSioLoGy

Charlottesville | 434-924-5700

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Charlottesville | 434-924-9933

erika Blanton

ortHoPaediC SurGery

Richmond | 804-628-4368

ronald M. ramus

Richmond | 804-828-4409

Bruce G. Bateman

Richmond | 804-673-8791

richard P. Wenzel

Charlottesville | 434-243-4720

John W. Schmitt

Mark d. okusa Charlottesville | 434-924-5125

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Richmond | 804-560-8950

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Charlottesville | 434-243-4500

david Lawrence Chesler

Richmond | 804-828-9296

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Richmond | 804-828-2161

robert S. adelaar


Richmond | 804-662-9185

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Hand SurGery

Richmond | 804-523-3712

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Charlottesville | 434-924-1931

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Charlottesville | 434-243-6339

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Peter a. Boling

andrew M. d. Wolf

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Peter W. Heymann

Gita Vasers Massey Richmond | 804-828-9605

Benjamin W. Purow Charlottesville | 434-924-5545

Charlottesville | 434-924-5321

anne-Marie irani Richmond | 804-628-7337

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Pediatric nePhroLoGy

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Charlottesville | 434-924-2096

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W. Gerald teague, Jr.

Richmond | 804-628-7337

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Victoria f. norwood

Pearl Lee yu

Charlottesville | 434-924-2096

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Pediatric radioLoGy Bennett a. alford

John Jane, Jr.

Pediatric sPeciaList/chiLd and adoLescent Psychiatry

Pediatric sPeciaList/ neuroLoGy, GeneraL

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Philip Kum nji

Charlottesville | 434-924-5643

Richmond | 804-828-9338

claudio oiticica

Mark Mendelsohn

Richmond | 804-828-3500

Charlottesville | 434-924-5321

neil a. sonenklar

Lawrence d. Morton

Bradley Moreland rodgers

robert Michel

Richmond | 804-828-3137

Richmond | 804-828-0442

Charlottesville | 434-924-2673

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aradhana a. (Bella) sood

John M. Pellock

Richmond | 804-828-3129

Richmond | 804-828-0442

Benjamin M. Gaston

John Barcia

Pediatric neuroLoGicaL surGery


Charlottesville | 434-924-9377

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Richmond | 804-828-0442

Pediatric rheuMatoLoGy

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Richmond | 804-560-8920

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robert shayne

Richmond | 804-272-2411

Chester | 804-748-9090

J. Mark shreve


Glen Allen | 804-282-4210

Charlottesville | 434-924-5428

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Richmond | 804-285-2300

Richmond | 804-358-4904

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Charlottesville | 434-924-5401

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Charlottesville | 434-924-1906

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Jean e. teasley

Charlottesville | 434-982-4215

chester sharps

Pediatric sPeciaList/ neuroLoGy, neuroMuscuLar disease

Richmond | 804-754-3776

Charlottesville | 434-924-5428

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Pediatric sPeciaList/ adoLescent and younG aduLt Medicine

Richmond | 804-288-9898

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Richmond | 804-272-2411

Richmond | 804-320-7139

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Charlottesville | 434-982-4214

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William Grady Wilson Charlottesville | 434-924-2595

Pediatric surGery

Midlothian | 804-794-2821

frank raymond cerniglia, Jr.

Bobby arnold archuleta

Mark f. abel Mark J. romness

Charlottesville | 434-984-3854

John Kattwinkel

Charlottesville | 434-924-2203

Lydia Kernitsky

robert s. rust, Jr.

Patricia d. Mulreany

Pediatric uroLoGy

sandra L. Boisseau Richmond | 804-222-7744

Kevin campbell Chester | 804-748-9090

charles Bagwell

tracey deal

Richmond | 804-828-3500

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Michael d. dickens

Richmond | 804-828-3500

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Gordon n. Kellett ii

Richmond | 804-828-3500

Richmond | 804-320-7161

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charles Vaden terry Richmond | 804-754-3776

Gary tipton Mechanicsville | 804-559-0447

edward James Wiley iii Glen Allen | 804-282-4210

Paul Pence Wisman, Jr. Charlottesville | 434-296-9161

PhysicaL Medicine and rehaBiLitation Peter J. Bower Charlottesville | 434-964-0159

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david X. cifu Richmond | 804-828-4231

G. Thomas Rowe, M.D., F.A.A.P. RICHMOND

Drs. Overton, Wiley, Kirchmier, Terry & Rowe, PC Dr. Rowe is a graduate of Randolph

Trauma Life Support. He joined the

Macon College with a Bachelor of

practice in 1991. He has worked as a

Science Degree in Biology and Master

Pediatric Emergency Physician at the

of Science degree from the Medical

Chippenham campus of CJW Medical

College of Virginia in Physiology. His

Center. He is a Diplomate of the Amer-

Master’s thesis concerning oxygen

ican Board of Pediatrics; is a Fellow of

free radical damage to the cardiac

the American Academy of Pediatrics

muscle was published in Circulation

(F.A.A.P.); and an Assistant Clinical

10410 Ridgefield Pkwy

Research Journal. He obtained his

Professor at the Medical College of

Richmond, VA 23233

Medical Degree and received his

Virginia. He has two sons, Mac and

post-graduate training at the Medical

Jake, and enjoys many outdoor activi-

College of Virginia. He is certified

ties with his boys and his wife, Stacey.

in Pediatric Basic and Advanced

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Dr. Gita Massey Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology

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Dr. Sara Monroe Infectious Disease

Dr. Lawrence Morton Pediatric Neurology

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Dr. Nan O’Connell Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Claudio Oiticica Pediatric Surgery

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Dr. John Pierce, Jr. Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Dr. Fidelma Rigby Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Dr. Bruce Rubin Pediatric Pulmonology

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Dr. Neil Sonenklar Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

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Dr. Jean Teasley Pediatric Neurology, Neuromuscular Disease

Dr. Mary Ann Turner Radiology

Dr. John Urbach Psychiatry

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Wiliam Brant

Richmond | 804-828-2161

Charlottesville | 434-982-6030

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Richmond | 804-828-2161

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Avery Jennings evans

Lance L. Goetz

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Richmond | 804-828-2161

Charlottesville | 434-924-9719

Richmond | 804-675-5128

Charlottesville | 434-924-2241

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Gary Goldberg

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Charlottesville | 434-243-7381

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Richmond | 804-828-2161

Charlottesville | 434-924-2781

William McKinley

susan Kornstein

Richmond | 804-828-4097

Richmond | 804-560-8950

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James L. Levenson

Midlothian | 804-270-1305

Richmond | 804-828-2000

RADiAtioN oNcoLoGy

Robert Halvorsen

tHoRAcic suRGeRy

Lenore Buckley

David R. Jones

Richmond | 804-560-8920

Charlottesville | 434-243-6443

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John Allen Kern

Charlottesville | 434-243-0223

Charlottesville | 804-982-4301

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Richmond | 804-828-9341

Charlottesville | 434-924-2158

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Richmond | 804-828-9341

Charlottesville | 434-924-2673

christopher M. Wise Richmond | 804-828-9341


Richmond | 804-828-3246

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Robert Phillips Wilder

Bobby W. Nelson

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Charlottesville | 434-924-5194

Charlottesville | 434-243-5600

Richmond | 804-323-3262

Richmond | 804-828-7232

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Nathan David Zasler

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Richmond | 804-828-6831

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Charlottesville | 434-924-2839

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Charlottesville | 434-924-0376

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William D. steers

Charlottesville | 434-924-2104

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Richmond | 804-675-5105

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Charlottesville | 434-982-0211

Charlottesville | 434-924-5068

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Charlottesville | 434-654-8125

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Richmond | 804-628-3580

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Charlottesville | 434-243-7052

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Harry D. Bear

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Charlottesville | 434-924-9358

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ellen shaw de Paredes

George Augustine Parker

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Richmond | 804-828-3151

Charlottesville | 434-924-1730

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Frederick W. Parker iii

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Alexandria | 703-922-0203

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Philip R. Peacock

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Marc G. Plescia

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Mercedes G. QuintosGomez

Wyndell H. Merritt

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Albert Baker Lynchburg | 434-947-3963


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Mark W. Anderson Charlottesville | 434-924-9377

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Charlottesville | 434-924-9401


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susan Bienert Alexandria | 703-922-5577

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cARDioVAscuLAR DiseAse

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McLean | 703-790-5850

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Robert Kitchen Springfield | 703-359-7878

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Alexander H. Krist Fairfax | 703-391-2020

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Jason A. cooper Herndon | 703-481-1505

David D. Leonard Fairfax | 703-352-7100

stephen L. cornwell Alexandria | 703-647-4964

Kathleen Margaret curtis Fairfax | 703-352-0500

Lora e. Mackie

Arlington | 703-528-6616

Frank R. crantz suzanne Rogacz Fairfax | 703-849-8440

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Donald B. colvin

Richard Boxley Bowles, Jr.

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Janice e. Ragland

FAMiLy MeDiciNe/ HosPice AND PALLiAtiVe MeDiciNe Henry s. Willner Falls Church | 703-396-6197

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ian M. shenk Springfield | 703-922-1313

Alton G. tucker Burke | 703-440-0107

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Kevin M. Weaver Herndon | 703-481-1505


Fairfax | 703-385-6789

Alexandria | 703-931-4746

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Franco Musio

Gordon A. Byrnes

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Fairfax | 703-698-8880

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Richard A. Garfinkel

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INFECTIOUS DISEASE Allan J. Morrison, Jr. Annandale | 703-560-7900


Michael Goldberg Woodbridge | 703-670-4700

Kenneth M. Karlin

Donald C. Wright

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Arlington | 703-248-0111

Robert P. Murphy Fairfax | 703-698-9335

Donald Poretz


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Ruben Cintron

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Heidi Crayton

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Robert Kurtzke

Fairfax | 703-758-2664

Fairfax | 703-876-0800

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Barbara J. Scherokman

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Linda S. Sigmund

INTERNAL MEDICINE Vincent Chen Springfield | 703-359-7878

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James P. Simsarian Fairfax | 703-876-0800

Fairfax | 703-758-8200


Reston | 703-435-2227

Annette Bicher Paulette Browne Fairfax | 703-246-0500

Gary R. Fender Fairfax | 703-573-9800

Sandra Caskie Arlington | 703-816-4152

Les H. Gavora Fairfax | 703-207-8600

Michael Di Mattina Arlington | 703-920-3890

Bruce E. Lessin McLean | 703-821-1677

John C. Elkas Annandale | 703-698-7100

Gwilym Parry Reston | 703-435-2227

Nicolette S. Horbach Annandale | 703-698-7100

Dennis W. Sager Reston | 703-471-5340

Lewis Suskiewicz Springfield | 703-642-5990

Cecilia Young Fairfax | 703-229-4455

MEDICAL ONCOLOGY AND HEMATOLOGY Thomas P. Butler Arlington | 703-528-7303

Peter S. Francis Alexandria | 703-823-5322

Arthur N. Kales Fairfax | 703-280-5390

Nicholas J. Robert Fairfax | 703-280-5390

Alexander Spira Fairfax | 703-280-5390

Hans B. Krebs

Springfield | 703-451-6111

William L. Rich III Michael B. Rivers Fairfax | 703-698-9335

Kevin Scott Fairfax | 703-620-4300

Fairfax | 703-961-0488

Falls Church | 703-776-6652

McLean | 703-356-5484

Manfred A. von Fricken


Charles Lefton

Falls Church | 703-776-6053

Arlington | 703-525-6100

Stephen R. Keller Falls Church | 703-776-6053

Falls Church | 703-776-6053

PEDIATRIC DERMATOLOGY Robert A. Silverman Fairfax | 703-641-0083

Gordon L. Avery Arlington | 703-525-6100

Eric J. Guidi Frank A. Pettrone Arlington | 703-525-6100

David W. Romness Arlington | 703-810-5215

Felasfa Wodajo Arlington | 703-717-4670

Laura Byrnes

Fairfax | 703-573-7600

Fairfax | 703-391-0900

James S. Batti

Catherine S. Casey

Fairfax | 703-573-7600

Arlington | 703-522-7300

McLean | 703-356-4444

Sandy Chung


Fairfax | 703-970-2600

Purcellville | 703-226-2290

Fairfax | 703-391-0900

Thomas R. Crock Falls Church | 703-534-1000

Saleena Dakin

Fairfax | 703-289-1410

Fairfax | 703-391-0900

Anthony Di Paola Reston | 703-435-3636



Diane E. Dubinsky

Lynn Frances Duffy

Glenna B. Winnie

John D. Farrell, Jr.


Purcellville | 703-226-2290

Fairfax | 703-391-0900

South Riding | 703-327-0075

William D. Goldman


PEDIATRIC HEMATOLOGYONCOLOGY Jennifer Dean Falls Church | 703-531-3627

Christopher J. Lawlor Falls Church | 703-531-3627


Arlington | 703-522-7300

William Licamele

Springfield | 703-642-8306

McLean | 703-734-6927

Martha W. Hogan

Stephen Gary Harrison Reston | 703-435-3636

Jacqueline K. Hoang

Springfield | 703-569-8400


Falls Church | 703-531-3627

Fairfax | 703-391-3560


Suheil J. Muasher Fairfax | 703-876-6311

PATHOLOGY Zachary Goodman Falls Church | 703-776-3441

PEDIATRIC INFECTIOUS DISEASE David Peter Ascher Falls Church | 703-776-6041

Daniel E. Keim Fairfax | 703-226-2280


Michael J. Hopper Alexandria | 703-924-2100

Evan B. Karp Reston | 703-435-0808

Alan Edward Silk


Falls Church | 703-536-2729


Eva B. Perdahl-Wallace

Kathleen A. Kelly Fairfax | 703-359-7878

Russell C. Libby


Fairfax | 703-573-2432

Bernadette M. Murphy Fairfax | 703-391-0900

Peter J. Nachajski

Phillip L. Pearl

Alexandria | 703-924-2100

Fairfax | 571-226-8380

William D. Ohriner Fairfax | 703-391-0900


Kathleen O. Parente Alexandria | 703-924-2100

Richard H. Schwartz Vienna | 703-938-5555

Bennett Lavenstein Fairfax | 571-226-8368

Manassas | 703-368-1969


Amin Barakat Falls Church | 703-532-4446

Robert D. Fildes

Sarah Poggi

Sally H. Bailey

Alexandria | 703-504-7868

Arlington | 703-558-6040

Gustavo A. Rossi

PEDIATRIC ANESTHESIOLOGY Ramesh I. Patel Fairfax | 571-766-3100

Annandale | 703-698-7100

Fairfax | 703-970-2600

Laurence Seidman Springfield | 703-451-3333

Phillip L. Pearl Fairfax | 571-226-8380

Thomas Joseph Sullivan Lorton | 703-436-1215

Terry Watkin Reston | 703-478-0440

Nancy L. Tang

Lynne P. Yao

Leesburg | 703-777-5222

Fairfax | 703-970-2600



Allyson Ann Askew

Melissa Kern Arlington | 703-524-5777

Fairfax | 703-391-0900

Samuel Weinstein Fairfax | 703-573-2432

Alexander Soutter Annandale | 703-560-2236


Edward S. Parelhoff

Daniel M. Berinstein

Irving Shen

David J. Seidman

Vincent Ascrizzi

Fairfax | 703-698-9335

Falls Church | 703-280-5858

Falls Church | 703-534-3900

Reston | 703-435-3636

Springfield | 703-451-6111

John Tsai

Annandale | 703-560-2236


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Robert S. Bahadori

Glenna B. Winnie

Marshall Allen Schorin

Edward D. Marion

Alexandria | 703-370-0400

Gary J. Bergman

Arlington | 703-525-2200

Fairfax | 703-359-2466

Arlington | 703-717-4600

Fairfax | 703-573-2432

John Bitar

Kathleen M. Link


Fairfax | 703-573-7600

Arlington | 703-717-4093

James R. Baugh

Alexandria | 703-914-8989

Sunil A. Kapoor


Rodney McLaren

Jane E. Piness

Fairfax | 703-391-0900



Arlington | 703-810-5215

Patty Lee

Edmund S. Petrilli

Serene Barmada-Mazid

Michael G. Vish

Chris Annunziata

Fairfax | 703-560-1611

Fairfax | 703-698-5350


Craig A. Futterman

Ian H. Leibowitz

Herndon | 703-707-0000

Barbara Nies

northern Virginia

Michael C. Tigani

Fairfax | 703-970-2600

Robert C. Mackow

Kathleen M. Donnelly

Fairfax | 703-620-2701

Darya Maanavi

Fairfax | 703-961-0488

Robert D. Fildes

Edward S. Parelhoff

Karen L. Hermansen

Jeffrey A. Welgoss Ali R. Assefi

Sterling | 703-421-0931

Annandale | 703-698-7100

Barry S. Rothman


Arlington | 703-717-4070

Michael H. Osman

Damian P. Alagia III

Annandale | 703-698-7100

Lynne L. Fagan

Thomas Joel Hougen

Fairfax | 703-698-9335

McLean | 703-748-9880

Marc A. Eisenbaum



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PSYCHIATRY Catherine Crone Falls Church | 703-776-3380

Robert William Johnson Falls Church | 703-883-9033

William Licamele

Susan E. Boylan

Neil Stahl

Alan M. Speir

Woodbridge | 703-670-3349

Burke | 703-425-4435

Falls Church | 703-280-5858

Jane Grayson

M. Jack Wilkenfeld

Barry S. Dicicco

Alexandria | 703-504-7900

Fairfax | 703-573-9220

Fairfax | 703-391-8804

Anu Gupta

James P. Lamberti

Fairfax | 703-934-4450


Annandale | 703-641-8616

Stella Hetelekidis

John J. Moynihan

Michael E. Beall

Eric A. Libre

Falls Church | 703-776-3731

Fairfax | 703-359-8640

Fairfax | 703-208-4200

Annandale | 703-641-8616

Samir Kanani

William J. Purkert

Michael R. Hardy

Thomas McCabe

Falls Church | 703-776-3731

Fairfax | 703-573-6985

Annandale | 703-698-1856

Annandale | 703-641-8616

Glenn L. Tonnesen

Michael N. Tsun

Falls Church | 703-776-3731



Donald B. Colvin

Sunil V. Patel

Fairfax | 703-280-2841

Fairfax | 703-876-0288

Falls Church | 703-446-0042

Ellen Clarke Vaughey

McLean | 703-734-6927

Annandale | 703-641-8616

Jack E. Rosenblatt

Roger Wigton

Leesburg | 301-873-7904

Alexandria | 703-931-4746

Thomas N. Wise Falls Church | 703-776-3626

Matthew Williams

Robert Alan Ball Fairfax | 703-208-4200

A. Daniel Laurent Reston | 703-689-3311

David Spinosa

Gordon Hafner

Fairfax | 703-698-4475

Fairfax | 703-359-8640

Arina van Breda

John J. Moynihan

Paul D. Kiernan

Alexandria | 703-504-7950

Fairfax | 703-359-8640

Falls Church | 703-280-5858



Claude A. Abujrab-Saba

Sandeep Khandhar

Dipankar Mukherjee

Reston | 703-689-2050

Falls Church | 703-280-5858

Fairfax | 703-207-7007

Phong Quang Nguyen

Paul D. Kiernan

Alan M. Speir

Reston | 703-689-2050

Falls Church | 703-280-5858

Falls Church | 703-280-5858

Dorothy Nicholson

Paul S. Massimiano

Alexandria | 703-751-8804

Falls Church | 703-280-5858


Annandale | 703-641-8616

Steven M. Zimmet



Paul S. Massimiano Falls Church | 703-280-5858

Arlington | 703-521-6662


Robert L. Bloom Annandale | 703-641-8616

M. Anthony Casolaro

Gopal Bajaj

Arlington | 703-521-6662

Falls Church | 703-776-3731

John B. Cleary Fairfax | 703-391-8804

SOUTHERN & SOUTHWESTERN Cardiovascular Disease

Family Medicine

Neurological Surgery

Robert L. Lazo David C. Sane

Galax | 276-236-5181

Roanoke | 540-982-8204

W. Jefferson McCarter

Gary Simonds Roanoke | 540-224-5170

Galax | 276-236-8181

Colon and Rectal Surgery Christopher C. Baker

Neurology Family Medicine Robert W. Stockburger

Roanoke | 540-224-5170

Blacksburg | 540-951-8380

Critical Care Medicine

E. Mark Watts

Christopher C. Baker

Internal Medicine

Robert F. Saul

R. Allen Blackwood, Jr.

Endocrinology and Metabolism

Roanoke | 540-224-5170

Donald L. Steinweg Roanoke | 540-224-5170

Carl H. Bivens, Jr.

Pediatric Pulmonology James M. Sherman, Jr.

Eduardo Lara-Torre

Roanoke | 540-985-9835

Roanoke | 540-985-9910

Pediatrics/General Pediatric Cardiology

R. Allen Blackwood, Jr. Roanoke | 540-224-5170

Joelle D. Miller Roanoke | 540-224-4545


Pediatric Developmental and Behavioral Problems

David B. Trinkle

Miriam E. Halpern

Christopher C. Baker

Danville | 434-836-8500

Roanoke | 540-224-5170

Pediatric Gastroenterology

Vascular Surgery

Roanoke | 540-224-5170

James W. Schmidley Roanoke | 540-224-5170

Vinton | 540-983-6700

Roanoke | 540-224-5170

Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Roanoke | 540-981-7653

Orthopaedic Surgery

Jesse Thornhill Davidson III Michael H. Hart

Roanoke | 540-345-1561

Roanoke | 540-985-9832

Roanoke | 540-344-3276

The Best Doctors in America database is compiled and maintained by Best Doctors, Inc. For more information, visit, or contact Best Doctors by telephone at 800-675-1199 or by e-mail at research@ Please note that lists of doctors are not available on the Best Doctors web site. Disclaimer: Best Doctors, Inc., has used its best efforts in assembling material for this list, but does not warrant that the information contained herein is complete or accurate, and does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein, whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause. Copyright 2012, Best Doctors, Inc. Used under license, all rights reserved. This list, or any parts thereof, must not be reproduced in any form without written permission from Best Doctors, Inc. No commercial use of the information in this list may be made without the permission of Best Doctors, Inc. No fees may be charged, directly or indirectly, for the use of the information in this list without permission.


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Salem | 540-772-3530




Frederick H. Kozlowski Winchester | 540-662-6135



Charles Cole

James E. Gardiner

Afton | 540-456-6710

Winchester | 540-667-1244

Gina G. Davis Engel Waynesboro | 540-942-1200

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Leonard W. Aamodt


George Sproul

Gerald J. Bechamps

Staunton | 540-885-8143

Winchester | 540-536-0130

Harrisonburg | 540-438-1314


Robert B. Thompson


Fishersville | 540-932-5577

Anne M. Bacon Nicholas W. Gemma Winchester | 540-662-1108


James Helsley

James S. Tiedeman

Winchester | 540-536-2232

Fishersville | 540-213-7484

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Winchester | 540-667-6232

best dOCtOrs CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE Scott A. Robertson Norfolk | 757-889-5351



Robert B. Laibstain Mitchell B. Miller

Norfolk | 757-446-8930

Norfolk | 757-889-6677

Newport News | 757-534-6101

Marissa C. Galicia-Castillo William N. Hovland Norfolk | 757-889-2006

DERMATOLOGY David H. McDaniel Virginia Beach | 757-437-8900

Julie Damman



Mark C. Flemmer

Hampton | 757-722-9961

Virginia Beach | 757-473-8400


William N. Hovland

Alfred Z. Abuhamad

Norfolk | 757-889-2006

Norfolk | 757-446-7900

Glenn C. Jones

Jon Lee Crockford

Norfolk | 757-252-9282

Norfolk | 757-965-9363

Thomas J. Manser

Bonnie J. Dattel

Norfolk | 757-446-8920

Norfolk | 757-446-7900

Sherry A. Scheib

Margarita De Veciana

Norfolk | 757-252-9030

Norfolk | 757-446-7900

Martha T. Fernandez Norfolk | 757-466-6350

Larry O. Sharpe

Mark Weisman

William P. Irvin, Jr.

Norfolk | 757-489-2273

Norfolk | 757-252-9340

Newport News | 757-594-4198

Marissa C. Galicia-Castillo

ENDOCRINOLOGY AND METABOLISM Jerry L. Nadler Norfolk | 757-446-5908

Lawrence B. Colen Norfolk | 757-466-1000


Aaron I. Vinik

Mitchell L. Shiffman

Norfolk | 757-446-5067

Newport News | 757-947-3190



Norfolk | 757-668-8922

Joseph K. Han


Michael Edward McCollum Norfolk | 757-466-8683

Holly Puritz

David Blais

Norfolk | 757-466-6350

Norfolk | 757-261-5283

Steven L. Warsof Virginia Beach | 757-395-8900


Marcia Carney

Norfolk | 757-622-5325

Virginia Beach | 757-227-6340

George C. Coleman, Sr.

John C. Schaefer

Waverly | 804-834-8871

Norfolk | 757-455-9036

Thomas John Joly

Louis J. Croteau

John Conrad Schwab

Norfolk | 757-622-2200

Virginia Beach | 757-321-4030

Norfolk | 757-455-9036


Daniel Karakla

Nancy U. Yokois

Norfolk | 757-388-6200

Norfolk | 757-668-7007

Stephanie A. Moody Antonio Norfolk | 757-388-6200

Norfolk | 757-388-6200


Barry Strasnick

Eric Werner

Norfolk | 757-388-6200

Norfolk | 757-668-7243

John Sinacori

Denton D. Weiss Virginia Beach | 757-490-7545

PATHOLOGY Antoinette F. Hood

PEDIATRIC OPHTHALMOLOGY Kenneth Lall-Trail Norfolk | 757-461-1444

Norfolk | 757-446-5629



Elliot M. Tucker

Norfolk | 757-668-9327

Norfolk | 757-668-7213

Craig S. Derkay


Ran Vijai P. Singh


Norfolk | 757-388-6200

Norfolk | 757-446-7040


Judith V. Williams

Norfolk | 757-622-2200

Norfolk | 757-252-9050

Newport News | 757-873-0161

John Sheppard

Norfolk | 757-446-8920

S. Keith Sutton

Douglas L. Nelson


Stephen V. Scoper Norfolk | 757-622-2200

Norfolk | 757-252-9312

Craig B. Froede Kyle R. Allen

Norfolk | 757-446-7040

Carlos Silva

Norfolk | 757-252-9250

Virginia Beach | 757-420-9251

William Cooper Alexander B. Levitov

Gregg R. Clifford

Virginia Beach | 757-563-2800

GERIATRIC MEDICINE Virginia Beach | 757-481-2515

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Chesapeake | 757-420-8297

Cynthia C. Romero



Norfolk | 757-668-9327

PEDIATRIC CRITICAL CARE Christopher Foley Norfolk | 757-668-7331

PEDIATRIC RADIOLOGY David Kushner Virginia Beach | 757-466-0089

Congratulations to the EVMS faculty physicians honored as Best Doctors. Thank you for all you do for EVMS and for the people of Hampton Roads. Alfred Z. Abuhamad, MD, Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology Joel S. Brenner, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics Gregg R. Clifford, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine David H. Darrow, DDS, MD, Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Bonnie J. Dattel, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Craig S. Derkay, MD, Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Margarita de Veciana, MD, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fredric Fink, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics Robert A. Fink, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics Mark C. Flemmer, MD, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine Christopher K. Foley, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics L. Matthew Frank, MD, Professor of Pediatrics Marissa C. Galicia-Castillo, MD, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine Peter G. Gonzalez, MD, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Joseph K. Han, MD, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Antoinette F. Hood, MD, Professor and Chair of Dermatology William P. Irvin, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Glenn C. Jones, MD, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine Thomas J. Joly, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology Daniel W. Karakla, MD, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery David C. Kushner, MD, Professor of Radiology Donald W. Lewis, MD, Professor and Chair of Pediatrics

Thomas J. Manser, MD, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine Mitchell B. Miller, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Family and Community Medicine Stephanie A. Moody Antonio, MD, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Jerry L. Nadler, MD, Professor and Chair of Internal Medicine Robert J. Obermeyer, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery Cynthia C. Romero, MD, Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine Stephen V. Scoper, MD, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology Sherry A. Scheib, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine John D. Sheppard Jr., MD, Professor of Ophthalmology John T. Sinacori, MD, Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Suzanne P. Starling, MD, Professor of Pediatrics Barry Strasnick, MD, Professor and Chair of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Patricia M. Strauss, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics Stuart Keith Sutton, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine Theodore W. Uroskie Jr., MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery Aaron I. Vinik, MD, PhD, Professor of Internal Medicine Denton D. Weiss, MD, Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Eric J. Werner, MD, Professor of Pediatrics Judith V. Williams, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Physicians listed in bold practice with EVMS Health Services

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Fredric N. Fink

Theodore W. Uroskie, Jr.

Norfolk | 757-461-6342

Norfolk | 757-466-1000


Robert A. Fink

Suzanne Starling


Norfolk | 757-461-6342

Norfolk | Not available for publication

Dr. Marcia D. Carney

Barbara Lyons Kahler


Kilmarnock | 804-435-1152

Carlos Silva

Glenda S. Karp

Norfolk | 757-889-6677

L. Matthew Frank

Chesapeake | 757-668-2500


Norfolk | 757-668-9920

Patricia M. Strauss

Tyvin Andrew Rich

Donald W. Lewis

Norfolk | 757-461-6342

Hampton | 757-251-6800



PEDIATRIC SURGERY Robert John Obermeyer

Peter G. Gonzalez

Norfolk | 757-668-7703

Norfolk | 757-446-5915



Michelle Brenner

Lawrence B. Colen

Norfolk | 757-668-7400

Norfolk | 757-466-1000

Norfolk | 757-668-6500

Drusilla Powell

Norfolk | 757-668-9920

A. Russell Dunnington Virginia Beach | 757-491-7359

Gary R. Siegel Virginia Beach | 757-491-7359

UROLOGY Gerald H. Jordan Norfolk | 757-457-5110

Carney Retina 4433 Corporation Lane Suite 195 Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-227-6340

A native Virginian, Dr. Carney is a graduate of Wellesley College and Cornell University Medical College. She completed residencies in Internal Medicine (Boston University) and Ophthalmology (VCU). She joined the academic Ophthalmology faculty of VCU, in 1987 and was director of the retina division of the Ophthalmology department from 1988 to 2001. Dr. Carney worked with the American Board of Ophthalmology from 1991-2009. Memberships include the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the AMA, the Virginia Society of Eye Physicians, the Medical Society of Virginia, and serves as needed for the FDA Drug and New Device Panel. Dr. Carney has returned to Norfolk to care for family. In her new practice, she looks forward to welcoming patients and caring for sight threatening diseases.

The Group for Women’s Top Docs For over 100 years The Group for Women has provided a medical home to the women of Hampton Roads. Managing partners Dr. Jon L. Crockford, Dr. Holly S. Puritz and Dr. Martha T. Fernandez are humbled by being voted 3 of Virginia’s Top Doctors by their peers. We take great pride in offering our patients the very best obstetrical and gynecological care in the region; our team of 10 physicians, 2 nurse practitioners and a certified midwife provide each patient with the very best in individualized care. Our group is dedicated to practicing innovative care, including laprasocopic hysterctomies and myomectomies and in-office endometrial ablations and tubal ligations. The Group for Women is very pleased to welcome Dr. Mehdi Parva to our practice as we look forward to providing another 100 years of quality healthcare to the women of Hampton Roads.


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Congratulations to those honored as

Best Doctors!


Endocrinology & Metabolism:

Endocrinology & Metabolism:

Geriatric Medicine:

Internal Medicine:

Antoinette F. Hood, MD

Jerry L. Nadler, MD

Aaron I. Vinik, MD, PhD

Marissa C. Galicia-Castillo, MD

Mark C. Flemmer, MD

Internal Medicine:

Maternal-Fetal Medicine:

Maternal-Fetal Medicine:

Maternal-Fetal Medicine:


Thomas J. Manser, MD

Alfred Z. Abuhamad, MD

Bonnie J. Dattel, MD

Margarita de Veciana, MD

Joseph K. Han, MD





Pediatric Otolaryngology:

Daniel Karakla, MD

Stephanie A. Moody Antonio, MD

John T. Sinacori, MD

Barry Strasnick, MD

David H. Darrow, DDS, MD

Pediatric Otolaryngology:

Sports Medicine:

Craig S. Derkay, MD

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The Plain People Photography by Robb Scharetg

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Old Order Mennonite family making their way to Sunday service; Fern, Sharlene, Tim and Glenn Heatwole; maple syrup.

Say Amish or Mennonite and most people think immediately of quaint, hard-working, old-fashioned, farm people who live in Pennsylvania, wear stark clothing, shun cars for horses and buggies, have no phones or electricity and don’t like to be bothered by the outside world.

Few know much more than that, and even fewer understand the differences between the two groups that—it must be acknowledged—appear similar to most “outsiders.” But the Mennonite church, which was founded by a former Catholic priest named Menno Simon in Friesen, Germany, in the 1530s, predates the Amish faith by more than 100 years. The Amish faith took shape in 1693 when a group, led by Mennonite Elder Jakob Ammann of Switzerland, split from the Mennonite church due to what they believed was an increasing liberalization in church discipline and a gradual slackening of strict separation from the world. Where the Mennonites value education, employ technology, and all but a few, like the Old Order Mennonites, drive cars, the Amish shun all technology, and do not educate their children beyond the eighth grade, preferring to remain separated from the larger world. The Amish have remained surprisingly much the same in lifestyle and practice since their arrival in America. However, most Mennonites have seen that it is possible to interact with the world without becoming worldly: They are then, in the modern world, but not of it. The Mennonites were some of the first European settlers in the New World, arriving in Pennsylvania in the 1680s from Germany where they suf-

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fered persecution for their Anabaptist beliefs. Today, though, there are other parts of the country, including Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Kansas where Mennonite churches can be found in great numbers. There is one place in particular (apart from the earliest settlements in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania) where they have lived the longest in thriving numbers: That place is Virginia. The diaspora and migration of these groups began when they filtered down through Pennsylvania and into the Shenandoah Valley in search of expansive and rich farmland, beginning in the middle of the 18th century. But even then they were not in lockstep, nor all of the same ilk. There are a great many stripes of Mennonites in the Valley, from the most austere to the more progressive like those at Eastern Mennonite University, in Harrisonburg. But they share religious devotion and remain the same family-oriented and industrious people they were when they first settled in Virginia 250 years ago; inventive and astute in agrarian and food-related business, the building trades, folk-crafts, raising livestock and, above all, farming. But they are also full of surprises. Mennonites today are involved in business ventures—some modern, some passed down through generations—and community and relief efforts, which not only cause them to brush up against the world and modern technology, but to find ways to employ it. This has made them remarkably open to outsiders, and brought the world to their doors in growing numbers. In Virginia, from the length of the Valley, east to Fauquier County, the area around Charlottesville and other parts of the Commonwealth you will find them—some of the most ingenious, practical, lively and downright funny people you will meet anywhere, though you may not always recognize them. While many can still be found wearing distinctively Mennonite garb, especially to church, many do not. Men’s plain frock coats

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cold, labor-intensive and often very dangerous task of trudging up and down wooded slopes, frequently in knee-deep sells homemade jams and snow, checking, repairing and installing 40-50 miles of plaspreserves. below: Lewis tic tubing through which the raw maple sugar will eventually Martin’s array of leatherflow. “We’re out there with our power drills in hand, boring working tools. holes into each tree in exactly the right places around the circumference, securing the taps in place, attaching the tubing and repeating the process until every tree is done, for as many hours and days as it may take,” says Glenn. “It’s very laborintensive. It takes stamina, teamwork, patience and, most of all, a lot of prayer and God’s grace to get us through it.” Glenn explains that unlike dairy farming, where 40 gallons of milk makes 40 gallons of milk, in maple syrup farming, 40 gallons of maple sugar makes just one gallon of maple syrup. Once harvested, the maple sugar is brought to the Sugar Tree’s plant at the rear of the store. The plant looks more like a laboratory than a factory with its array of sparkling, stainless steel vats, troughs, pipes, tubing and humming motors sending raw maple sugar through the filtration process. Changing raw, tasteless, clear-as-water drippings from a sugar maple tree into one of several different grades of pure maple syrup is like alchemy, a formula only Glenn seems to know. With the skill and sensitivity of a gourmet chef or fine vintner, he employs his senses to determine when each batch is just right, then he grades and labels them. Glenn says the result is Virginia-made maple syrup that is “as good or better than any in New England.” and hats have given way to store-bought shirts, jackets and slacks, still sans Many people agree. Each year during two weekends in March, the sugar the fashion of the necktie. Mennonite women are more recognizable, largely and syrup is flowing at the popular Highland County Maple Sugar Festival. because they continue the practice of wearing their heads covered, with either Last year, more than 40,000 people attended the festival. a white, bonnet-like buckram cap, a scarf known as a “hanging veil,” or in Today, the Heatwole’s son, Tim, is the only one of their children still working some churches, a small lace doily. In a wider culture of jeans and short skirts, full time in the business. “Most Mennonites don’t retire. We just sort of slow Mennonite women wear modest dresses. down,” says Glenn. Tim Heatwole will most likely take over the operation when Glenn and Fern Heatwole of McDowell, Lewis Martin of Dayton, Everette that happens. They’ve made the Sugar Tree a destination for a lot of people who and Eva Burkholder also of Dayton and Duane and Ruth Weaver of Stuarts visit the area. Fern says, “We’re Mennonites, but we’re just regular folks. Our Draft—all Mennonites of differing sects—opened their homes and their busifaith may be different, but we enjoy meeting and chatting with everyone who nesses to me recently, where I, as a fellow believer among the Beachy Amish comes through our door. We always learn something new, and whenever people Mennonites, experienced the coexistence of faith, tradition and modernity want to know about our faith in Christ we can share that too.” that is contemporary Mennonite life. These are their stories. here: The Sugar Tree also

Glenn and Fern Heatwole, Maple Syrup Makers Among some of the first German Mennonites to arrive in the Valley from Pennsylvania in 1796 were David Heatwole and his family. Today, his descendant, Glenn Heatwole, and his wife Fern, both 53, who live in McDowell, are the proprietors of the Sugar Tree Country Store and maple sugar manufactory. They produce some of the very best maple syrup and maple sugar products to be found anywhere in America. Says Glenn, “God blessed this part of Virginia with a rare combination of the right species of maple trees, the right geography and right elevation above sea level. The climate and temperature, freezing and thawing, and everything else it takes to make the best maple sugar is all right here. We work hard to share these blessings and bounty with our customers.” The Heatwoles and their five adult children are all members of the Southeastern Conference of Mennonites, a conservative, Bible-based conference that was established in 1972. The terms “conference” and “district” are both used to designate a group of Mennonite churches or congregations. Mennonite churches have autonomy in decision-making relative to local church matters, but they still participate in, and are subject to, decisions made when a group of churches in a district or conference come together, often yearly. When the Southeastern Conference planted a new Mennonite church in McDowell in 2006, the Heatwoles sold their family dairy farm east of Harrisonburg and moved there. “We had been seeking God’s guidance in making a shift to another occupation, and knew this could be more easily accomplished while we were both still relatively young,” explains Glenn. “Growing another Southeastern Conference church seemed to be an open door from God.” Additionally, it had become clear that as the Heatwole children grew into their teens they did not relish the prospect of taking over the farm from their parents someday. “You have to have a passion for milking cows twice a day for the rest of your life,” Fern says with a chuckle. The family bought the Sugar Tree Country Store five years ago. Though he is part scientist, arborist, naturalist, chemist, machinist and confectioner, perhaps Heatwole’s most important hat is a warm one. Winter is a crucial season for the Sugar Tree. The entire family can be found, bundled up for the hard,

Lewis Martin, Harness Maker The overpowering smell of leather—a lot of leather—is the first thing I experience when I enter Lewis Martin’s harness shop in Dayton. Hundreds of linear feet of long belting for harnesses and tack hang like stalactites from the rafters and beams. Around the walls, suspended from hooks and pegs, are various grades, widths, colors and thicknesses of leather used to make tack for everything from one-horse buggies to teams of draft horses. The 79-year-old Martin, a native of Dayton, is as spry and energetic as a man in his twenties. As he shows me a very rare and beautiful elk hide the color of deep, rich russet chocolate, Lewis impresses me as an expert salesman who knows his merchandise well. Draped over workbenches, stacked on shelves, and stretched over his cutting table are larger pieces. These hides, many blanket-sized, range from elegant, soft, two-sided kid, which falls across the hand like silk damask, to tough, black, half-inch thick hides for heavy utilitarian projects. The shop is cluttered with layers and accretions of leather clip-

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character. Only years can give a saddle and leather this kind of character.” I can’t help but think that he is alluding as much to people as to saddles. Martin plies his trade to fellow Mennonites who travel with horse and buggy up and down the Valley as well as to non-Mennonite customers who come to his shop. As we talk, a man enters the shop looking for a new belt and buckle. Taking the man’s old belt with him for reference, Martin fashions a new belt and buckle while the customer waits. It is obvious that he takes pleasure in chatting with customers, Mennonite or not. And though he is a man of few words, when I ask what gives his life and work meaning, he answers, “It’s having a personal relationship with God and knowing His Son, Jesus Christ.”

above and right: Lewis Martin’s work benches are equipped with leatherworking tools, punches, knives and leather strips. below, left: Shop floor of Burkholder’s Buggy Works; right: The Weavers (from left); Anthony, Ruth with baby Susanna, Duane, Anne, Heather, and seated, Daniel, Stephen and Timothy.

pings on the floor. “God gave me an ability to do leather work, which I came to see as a gift and a calling from Him,” says Martin, who opened his shop in this single-story, clapboard building in 1967. Martin, a modest man, is an Old Order Mennonite. The Old Order Mennonites are some of the few Mennonites who still travel with horse and buggy, and have a large presence in the Valley around Dayton. “I’ve shared my gift with more people than I could count and gotten the chance to share the Gospel with them, too,” he says. He is a friendly, soft-spoken man, who, like most Mennonites, does not proselytize. However, just like the Heatwoles, if someone asks about his beliefs, he obliges. Like many Old Order Mennonites, Martin does not want his photograph taken, though he did agree that his hands might be used to show his craft in context. In looking at them, they appear almost like leather themselves, with furrows and wrinkles from years of work. He shows me an artfully tooled vintage saddle he is refurbishing that is at least 100 years old. The saddle had belonged to the customer’s grandmother. Martin knew just what to do—and perhaps as importantly, just what not to do—to preserve the saddle and bring it back to life. “This saddle is really an old and fine quality example. It’s got

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Everette Burkholder, Buggy Maker Two buggies—the first, an enclosed buggy with windows, and the second, an open spring wagon, the horse-drawn equivalent of a pickup truck—are waiting in Everette Burkholder’s shop in Dayton the day I visit. Burkholder, a bear-like, big-boned man of 64, opened his buggy shop in 1967, and since then says he has built hundreds of buggies, nearly all of them painted a glossy black. They are the traditional conveyance of the Old Order Mennonites. Burkholder and his wife, Eva, 66, who is slight and sparrow-like, are Old Order Mennonites. They live in a neat country house; the shop is located just behind it. Their son, Daniel, 35—one of four adult children—helps carry on the business in this two story, cinderblock garage-like structure. On the second floor of the expansive building is a veritable library of lumber with shelves full of various varieties of hardwoods organized neatly by type. Dozens of new buggy wheels are parked in rows along the walls and a great mechanical hoist hangs from the ceiling. The latter is for lowering each body through a hole in the floor, down to the room below for painting. A lot of hand finishing goes into making buggies, but on the second floor there are modern industrial saws and other equipment used for every stage of construction. Burkholder explains that the basic buggy takes about 175 hours to build, from stem to stern, and starts at about $8,000 (without custom add-ons). He builds on average between six and eight a year. “There aren’t many people, except ‘plain people,’ who use horse and buggy to get around every day,” says Burkholder. “It’s our faith that is most important to us. Loving and following Christ gives us life. Building buggies gives us a living.” On a Sunday morning in November, in the hilly farmland west of Dayton, I find myself sitting on the side of a country road as scores of Old Order Mennonite families, in well-washed black buggies that were most likely made by Burkholder, make their way to church. Old Order Mennonites do not drive cars, but both boys and girls learn to hitch up horses and drive buggies as soon as they are able, and take to the road when they are of legal age to do so. As the parade reaches the top of a rise, they signal with their flashing red, batteryoperated turn signals and turn left into the church house road to park their vehicles in a narrow field. The autumn leaves are nearly gone, but those that remain are still a pleasing contrast against the plain, white, clapboard building

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with its large sash windows and green shutters. The horses stand almost motionless, secured in their harnesses to their buggies, with reins wrapped around long communal hitching posts. On Sunday, work stops and worship begins. Duane and Ruth Weaver, Plantsmen When I join the Weaver family at Pilgrim Christian Fellowship Church in Stuarts Draft, I am greeted with voices singing hymns without instrumentation and by an unadorned, but pleasant, interior—typical of most Mennonite church buildings. The service usually begins with a few hymns, a devotional message, lessons for the children and perhaps some prayer requests followed by a message preached by one of the ministers. The Weavers are Beachy Amish Mennonites, an offshoot of the Old Order Amish, which was founded in 1927. There are well over 100 members present at Pilgrim Christian Fellowship today, a number of whom are going after the service to visit with inmates at a nearby prison. The Beachys believe that Christian outreach to those in jail, and to the sick and the poor, is the mark of being a disciple and follower of Christ. This applies also to their extensive work in the field of foreign missions and relief work. The Weavers, Duane, 35, and Ruth, 36, are natives to the area, and run Milmont Garden Center & Greenhouses in Waynesboro, along with members of Ruth’s family; her parents opened the business in 1972. Duane and Ruth see their work as a sort of mission: “I can’t number how many times I am impressed with and instructed by God through working with plants,” explains Duane. “Certain scriptures come to mind, and the similarity and analogy to the spiritual life is ever present. I really believe that God shows himself to us through the beauty of his creation.” The Weavers embrace modern technology: Each of over two dozen greenhouses is filled with scores of species of plants both outdoor and indoor, and perennial and annual flowers. Each is temperature and climate controlled and irrigated by aid of a state-of-the-art computerized system. The business also has a first-rate website that contains a page dedicated to the history of the Mennonite faith. I ride back with the Weavers to their home after church. They and their six children—Heather, Anne, Anthony, David, Timothy and Stephen, ages 6 months to 12 years—live in a neat brick rambler next to the nursery in an idyllic setting looking eastward to the mountains in the distance. The children attend the Pilgrim Christian Fellowship Church school, which spans kindergarten through high school. You will not find many Beachy Amish attending college or university. Many young men and women attend Beachy and Mennonite Bible schools after high school, and often follow that with overseas mission work. Young people from the majority of the other Mennonite groups do this as well, but those from the Old Order churches tend to prefer staying closer to family and farmwork.

clockwise from top left: The Hershberger family, from left: Alison with Elijah, Salina, Darrell and Ben at Pilgrim Christian Fellowship Church; church members Ellen and Simon Schrock; sisters sit on the left, brothers on the right in many Mennonite churches. bottom left: The Weaver family chasing the cottontail.

Before we share a meal, Anne, the youngest daughter, introduces me to Lady, the family dog—one of many animals on the place, including an enormous white rabbit. When Anne and the other children retrieve the old cottontail for me, a hurly burly chase ensues as the rabbit gets loose and darts in all directions over the lawn, through bushes and into the woods, finally retreating to a safe location. A more compliant laying hen is brought out for me to meet instead. Chuckling about the rabbit chase, and still out of breath, Duane says, “I’m not sure our family has ever laughed so hard!” Soon thereafter, the rabbit comes out of hiding and sits down a few feet away from us in the fading November light. “Looks like the rabbit has forgiven us,” says Ruth. Though their business has broadened over the years into a full-fledged garden facility, Duane says, “One thing that hasn’t changed is our desire to maintain a core principle. We believe this business is as much about people as it is about plants, and we don’t want to lose sight of that. We just enjoy people of all kinds, especially people who appreciate the beauty and challenge of growing plants of all sorts.” • >> For more, go to

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Winter Wonderful

Skiing and snowboarding aren’t the only things to do in the mountains this winter. Besides being spectacular spots to slide downhill, the region’s resorts have a lot to offer, so we dispatched writers Joe Tennis, Daryl Grove and Lisa Bacon to three of the most iconic to create three very different itineraries perfect for your midwinter minibreak. If you’re planning an alternative weekend of fun at altitude, then let us be your guide.

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1 the greenbrier

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Joe Tennis goes off the map for a masculine James Bond-style weekend of off-road driving, gambling and touring the secret underground bunker at The Greenbrier.

This page: The clamshell fountain at The greenbrier’s Casino Club. FaCing page: Winter at The greenbrier.

As I drove up Kate’s Mountain, rolling over roots and rocks, ripping across mud puddles and lassoing lanes so narrow they appeared to be little more than hiking trails, I scooted atop tiny pine trees and mowed the wild brush with my Jeep’s thick tires. All the while, I never left the grounds of The Greenbrier— White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia’s sprawling 6,500-acre resort, just west of the Virginia-West Virginia border. During my hour-long lesson in the resort’s Off-Road Driving Adventures school—the first stop on my weekend’s itinerary— I learned to put one foot on the brake and one on the gas. And, with a couple of encouraging fist-bumps from my teacher, the 50-year-old Michael “Pepper” Coy, I practically mastered all that it takes in The Greenbrier’s popular off-road driving school, once Coy taught me to slow down and let the Jeep take the lead. Such sentiment should be said as well of The Greenbrier, a resort catering to almost any whim or fancy, from slinging mud like I did with my Jeep’s all-terrain tires to a detoxifying mud wrap in the spa. It’s a sanctuary where I forget about being in a hurry, and pay attention only to the pampering. This is, indeed, the good life, with its afternoon tea and piano concert, its golf courses, its restaurants and its tony traditions. As a getaway, The Greenbrier dates to the Colonial era, when visitors came to this site to “take the waters.” People believed, as early as 1778, that drinking or bathing in certain kinds of mineral waters would be akin to a fountain of youth. A striking gazebo on the main lawn now marks the resort’s famous spring. That gazebo, in turn, has become the trademark of this resort—a place that resembles a college campus or even its own small town, with 1,800 employees and 710 guest rooms. It would be impossible, Coy tells me, for all of the employees to know each other. But all do know that guests expect impeccable service, says bellman Dana Jones, 42. “And most of us were raised around this area,” Jones says. “So we have that Southern charm anyways.” President Dwight D. Eisenhower discovered the glories of The Greenbrier in the 1940s, when the resort became a wartime hospital. The president also recognized the potential of the place to be a good bomb shelter. And so a secret bunker was built—with beds, kitchens, pharmacy, lounges and meeting rooms—as the classified “U.S. Government Relocation Facility” in the late 1950s, just below the West Virginia wing of the hotel. On my visit, I joined an afternoon walking tour of the bunker, and it was easy to see how, until it was declassified in 1992, this bunker must have fooled people who did not realize this space (the size of two football fields) was designed to accommodate both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives in the event of a national emergency. “It was never meant to be anything more than a fallout shelter,” says The Greenbrier’s Lana Martindale. “But, for more than 30 years, The Greenbrier was poised and ready to become the capital of the United States.” Later, after getting dressed for dinner, I found my way to the hotel’s Casino Club—a room swathed in pink, red and purple and bursting with gaming tables and 320 slot machines. “It’s like a gathering place, this casino,” says Marietta Rogers, floor manager. Guests can play craps or blackjack, or just have a drink and have a good time, especially at 10 p.m., when handsome men and lovely ladies waltz into the room, beside the clamshell fountain, and toast the evening with champagne during the nightly celebration of “The Greenbrier Waltz.”

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CloCkwise from top: Valerie ott, head of the falconry school at the Greenbrier; falcon; Angus mcintosh, omelette station chef; profile view of the resort; underground bunker; Jamie whanger, blackjack dealer at the Casino; off-road driving; Casino Club.

Overlooking the casino, the newly-relocated Draper’s Café—so named for the doyenne of interior design, Dorothy Draper, who decorated the resort in the 1940s—serves a mouthwatering sautéed jumbo lump crab cake sandwich, plus my choice for dinner: a must-have Cast Iron Atlantic Salmon with sautéed spinach, smoked paprika, fried potatoes and fried country ham. Beyond Draper’s, The Greenbrier features another dozen restaurants, cafes and lounges, including The Forum, with its brick-oven pizzas; the Main Dining Room, serving a grand buffet for breakfast; the hearty steaks of Prime 44 West; the Asian-themed meals of In-Fusion; and the golf décor of Slammin’ Sammy’s at the Golf Club. Besides all the food or sleigh rides, the geocaching or the enclosed tennis courts, the indoor swimming pool or the ice skating rink (all on my list to do on my next visit), there may be really nothing at The Greenbrier like having a bird in the hand, literally. And that’s what I found at the Falconry—my last stop this weekend—where Cody Morgan teaches visitors the art and science of taking wild birds and using them to hunt wild game. During my lesson, Morgan shows me how he uses a reward system to have the birds—hawks, falcons, an owl and an eagle among them—follow his intentions. “They work with us not because they’re friends or buddies,” says Morgan. “It’s only about what’s in it for them.” As he says this, he holds up a piece of chicken in the air behind

me and – WHOOSH! – a hawk sails over my head. A moment later my lesson wraps up, and the hawk leaps from a tree and sails towards my face. But I am in the Greenbrier groove, and I relax, holding up a piece of chicken in my glove. I can only grin as that magnificent hawk lands on my hand. It was a triumphant moment – much like climbing Kate’s Mountain, discovering the secrets of the underground, and, of course, simply luxuriating in the genteel grace of The Greenbrier.

The Greenbrier 300 West Main Street White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia 800-453-4858 or 304-536-1110 Rooms from $249 to $295 per night. Winter specials also available in January and February with rooms starting at $139 some weekdays. Bunker Tour: $30 adults; $15 children Falconry: starts at $99 adults; $85 children Off-Road Driving Adventures, 1-hour Session: $225

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Above: The Homestead’s iconic tower. below: Mountain biking at The Homestead.

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1 the homestead Daryl Grove and his oh-so-patient wife find some high-altitude Allegheny adventure at The Homestead. My legs felt like lead and my wife’s left eyebrow was arched—never a good sign—as we made our way up a practically vertical hill on The Homestead’s yellow (as in gentle) mountain biking trail. Our outdoorsy weekend at the 3,000-acre resort in Hot Springs, in western Virginia, had taken a wrong turn. “Are you sure you have that map the right way up?” my better half inquired. Of course I was. Except…shouldn’t Shady Lane and the iconic Homestead tower be on the other side? Uh-oh. We gave both the bikes and my map a 180-degree turn (though that left eyebrow maintained its position) and the reward was a pleasant ride past the peaceful four-legged inhabitants of The Homestead’s Equestrian Center. We stopped to say hello to the three horses outside in the show ring and were welcomed inside for a quick look around the 48-stable center, just in time to see a cheerful family depart on a leisurely scenic carriage ride through wooded trails. I can say with 100 percent certainty that my wife would have abandoned me without looking back had there been a spare seat in the carriage. We then continued pedaling alongside crystal clear springs and streams, and took a quick glance at the South Trail, the promisinglooking hiking route we would not get around to tackling on this visit, but which looks like great fun if you enjoy a winter walking challenge. Instead, we parked the bikes back at the hotel (mercifully located at the bottom of a hill) and rode the resort shuttle the five miles to The Jefferson Pools, where we hoped to soothe our

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accidentally over-exerted muscles and warm our cold cheeks in the famed mineral spring baths. Upon arrival, two things hit us immediately: the strong smell of sulfur, and the news that it was not “family time” (when both pools are open to both genders), and so we would have to bathe in separate pools. In my opinion, my wife seemed much happier about this news than my mapreading mishap deserved. The Gentlemen’s Pool House was opened in 1761, the Ladies Pool House in 1836, and both are much the same now as they were then: wooden structures with shingled roofs. Inside the men’s structure, I found a 6-foot 8-inch deep pool of spring water as clear as glass. No matter the time of year, the men’s pool naturally maintains a temperature of 98 degrees; just warm enough for a thin layer of steam to rest on the surface while your torso floats gently beneath. Even better, the pool attendant bade me go down the wooden stairs into the “overflow area,” where he raised the wooden overflow board to unleash the full force of the water across my shoulders, resulting in a massage deep enough to erase any tension that floating in the mineral-rich waters somehow missed. Post-pool, I was reunited with my similarly stress-free wife, the mountain bike incident forgotten, dissolved in the waters. We were more than ready for the cozy, casual steak dinner we enjoyed at Sam Snead’s Tavern that evening. While dining there, surrounded by memorabilia of the golfer with the most wins in PGA Tour history, it dawned on me that The Homestead is not the stuffy, too-traditional place we had imagined it to be. The resort offers five casual dining options in total; in addition to Sam Snead’s they are the Casino Club Restaurant, Rubino’s at the Cascades, the Mountain Lodge Restaurant and the four small

tables of Martha’s Market, serving Starbucks coffee and a charming, boxed chicken salad sandwich lunch. “We’ve definitely lightened up some in the past five or six years,” Lisa Armstrong, special events coordinator, confirms over breakfast. Not that The Homestead, which was established as a vacation destination back in 1766 and is today a National Historic Landmark, has lost sight of its

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character or tradition; the orchestra still plays music after dinner in the formal Main Dining Room and afternoon tea is still served daily at 3 p.m. in the Great Hall. Resident historian Keene Byrd somehow packs the resort’s nearly quarter-millennium worth of anecdotes and tales of famous visitors (including 20-plus presidents) into his lively two-hour Homestead History tour. He told my wife and me about how Thomas Edison himself installed the resort’s electricity, and how a contingent of British royalty once attempted to leave without paying their bill. I highly recommend it (the tour, not the leaving without paying). The next morning we enjoyed an archery lesson with Kevin Baker, a local hunter who has worked at the resort, he says, off and on for about 20 years. Baker put us at ease with a bow and arrow, showed us the basics, then slowly but surely improved our technique enough for us to hit a couple of bullseyes each before the lesson was over. Though it wasn’t on our agenda this weekend, those in search of the frisson of snow sports will find that The Homestead’s wintry activities include private skiing and snowboarding lessons, guided snowmobiling tours, plus an ice skating rink located right outside the hotel. For visitors looking for a fully packaged weekend, then Winterfest 2012 (January 27-29) looks like a good bet. The resort is expecting 800 or more guests for three days of skiing, snowboarding and other snow related activities, with fireworks, karaoke and s’mores in the evenings. If all that sounds like too much activity for your winter weekend, then fear not. Between the biking, arrows and other activities, we found plenty of time to simply sit back, breathe in the mountain air and look out at the magnificent view of the Allegheny Mountains around us; more than enough to relax even the most arched of eyebrows.

The Homestead 7696 Sam Snead Highway Hot Springs, Virginia 540-839-1766

top: Ladies pool House at the Jefferson pools. middLe: Archery at the Homestead. Bottom: Bunny school ski slope.

Rooms from $235 to $690 per night, plus resort fee. Mountain biking: $22 per day for bike and equipment Carriage ride: $170 per hour (private, seats 1 to 5) Jefferson Pools (open Friday to Sunday during winter): $17 per soak Archery lesson: $45 per hour, per person (weather permitting)

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1 wintergreen resort Lisa Antonelli Bacon is interested in just one activity this weekend at Wintergreen Resort: relaxing. By the time I got to Wintergreen Resort’s 11,000-acre mountaintop resort, I was ready to relax. Skiing? Not with my knees. Hiking? I only walk to destinations; no free-form meandering. Golf? A year-round sport at Wintergreen, but nothing works up a blood boil like missing the same putt over and over. Snowboarding? Maybe 25 years ago. No, I had come for something I couldn’t find at home: peace and relaxation. Back in the day, resorts were places to unwind, relax, and be removed from everyday surroundings. People dressed for dinner, but the rest of the time was spent just decompressing. Seeking only the peace and tranquility of the resorts of yesteryear, I got my wish at Wintergreen. With every turn up the mountain, I had shaved my itinerary a little. Time was limited, and I had to prioritize. When my friend and I finally reached our two-bedroom condo (accommodations at Wintergreen come in many sizes, from studio condos to nine-bedroom houses and the main hotel), I’d pared it down to pampering and eating; my two favorite pursuits. I hung up the car keys for the duration of the stay. With the punch of a few phone buttons, an onsite shuttle was at the door within minutes, ready to ferry us wherever we wanted to go. The resort opened in 1969 and has since grown to include restaurants, a variety of snowsport options and a conference center, but the spa got my undivided attention this weekend. The Spa at Wintergreen Resort—an unassuming building on a winding curve between the check-in desk and the mountain’s peak—was my first destination. Once inside, I was relieved to realize that serenity doesn’t require a lot of space. When I checked in at the desk (library voice, please), I was given a locker key and then directed to a sparse but adequate changing area. Robed up, I eased into a large room with glori-

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left: the Spa at Wintergreen reception. Here: relaxing on a chaise lounge

while waiting for a spa treatment. rIGHt: locker room at the Spa.

relax, get the kinks out and enjoy scenery that dations equal those of destination spas.” looks like fine art from any angle. After a grueling Wintergreen has three restaurants and one bar week, I came with doubts that a short trip could and grill. The Edge is casual and kid-friendly; do the trick. But it did. Do everything, or do next Devil’s Knob Grill and Lounge offers fine dinto nothing as we did. Wintergreen refreshes. ing; and Stoney Creek Bar & Grill serves pub grub and Sunday brunch (open only spring, summer and fall). The Copper Mine Bistro, though, Wintergreen Resort was just right for us this weekend. In its casual Route 664 setting (dine up, dress down), my friend and I Wintergreen, Virginia feasted on tapas (pulled beef short rib over crispy 800-266-2444 polenta triangles and tomato ragout), and Bistro Bruschetta of red onion, fig jam and bleu cheese, followed by a Bistro Tender (medallions of tenAccommodations range from $165 per night for a midderloin with potatoes and broccolini). There week studio to $1,449 for a nine-bedroom house. is something about being surrounded by vast, Wintergreen Signature Custom Massage: mountain views that adds another dimension to 50 minutes, $100 midweek; the gourmet experience. $110 weekends and holidays Though my agenda included as little physical exertion as possible, Wintergreen—for the more The Plunge: athletically-inclined guest—is a sportsmen’s win$20 for two hours (midweek, non-holiday); $28 ter paradise. With 26 ski slopes spread over 129 for two hours (weekends and holidays) acres, 30 miles of marked hiking trails threading through the property and an ice skating rink within steps of two of the resort’s restaurants, Wintergreen has enough to do to satisfy even the most zealous winter sportsman. And with Virginia’s largest snow tubing area, those who don’t ski (fly down a mountain in an upright position? No, thanks) have a comfier, less threatening opportunity to enjoy the snowy mountains on The Plunge, a left: Wintergreen resort boasts no 900-foot, 10-lane snowtubing fewer than four venues for fare from hill where tubers can reach 40 miles per hour on a 100casual to haute. Here: the Plunge. foot vertical drop. If spectating is your sport (as it was mine this weekend), warm up at the fireplace in The Lookout where they serve burgers, fries and hot chocolate. If your sportsman is a skier, park yourself at The Edge to watch. Even though I wished our weekend could have lasted longer, it was enough to courtesy of wintergreen resort

ous mountain views to wait to be called. Sinking into a plumped chaise longue, the only sound was the crunch of whole fresh almonds, dried banana chips and ginger snaps put out for guests. I decided to try the Wintergreen Signature Custom Massage (chosen from a well-rounded list of massages), which incorporates Swedish, deep tissue, reflexology and stone massages. I left feeling like stress had been pulled, rubbed and soothed out of every inch of my body. My next treatment, the Wintergreen Signature Custom Facial—50 minutes of detox and hydration for the face, eyes, lips and décolleté—left me feeling not only rested but also deeply indulged. On my next visit, I’ve promised myself I’ll get either the Blue Ridge Mud Wrap (for exfoliation; also includes therapeutic mud, hot stones and foot massage), or the Lavender Body Glow and Wrap (full body scrub, warm wrap and hot stone treatment). “The Wintergreen Spa is one of the best around because it’s up in the mountains in a beautiful setting,” says Dana Quillen, Wintergreen’s vicepresident of sales and marketing. “The accommo-

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his is the time of year for selfappraisal and life-changing resolutions. Two years ago I made such a resolution when I decided to walk across Virginia to explore the land, meet interesting people and, most importantly, to get out of a rut I’d dug for myself. As a writer, I spend hours in front of a computer, hunched over a keyboard. If I get an assignment to interview someone who scaled Mount Everest, I don’t climb a mountainside to talk with him. Or even a hilltop. I speak with him over the phone from the comfort of an office chair. Or a recliner. I can conjugate the hell out of a verb, but don’t expect me to meet you on the second floor if the elevator is out of order. So there I was, lethargic and plump as a chicken roaster, lolling in the conveniences of easy living. For years I’d considered visiting historic sites, museums, festivals and so on, but whenever I actually drove past one of the events that intrigued me, I just kept going. It is easy to break promises to yourself when you drive through life at 65 miles per hour; it is harder when you approach them at a crawl. During this walk, I vowed that whenever I encountered something that I wanted to do, I would do it. Which is how I came to be nude in a parking lot in the tiny town of Ivor with a chance to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records—a dream of mine since I was a kid. I just never imagined I’d have to get naked to do it. I’d always wanted to be a world record-holder. I didn’t care what it was. As a gawky pre-teen, I built card houses that stood taller than me, hoping to break the world record at that time of 27 stories. But then Bryan Berg started building card skyscrapers and pushed the record up to 75 stories. I couldn’t compete with that. But here, in the parking lot at White Tail Nudist Resort, I would have my chance. Judging by the large number of cars, a sizeable contingent had come for today’s record-setting attempt, but they were in the clubhouse or wandering the grounds, not lingering in the parking lot trying to psych themselves up. Glancing around one last time, I thought, “No more stalling. Time to strip.” I wadded my clothes into a big ball, tossed them onto the front seat and strode toward the clubhouse. It felt strange to be walking in open air with the wind whistling between my legs. Stranger still as a couple in their 50s

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headed my way. He reminded me of Wilford Brimley, that takeno-guff grandpa, and she a prim librarian. I feigned serenity, nodding and smiling as they approached, steeling myself for their response. But they continued without a hitch, as if passing a naked man was nothing out of the ordinary. But here, at White Tail, that was indeed an everyday occurrence. Entering the pool area, I was glad I’d already logged over 1,000 miles walking across the state. My beach ball of a gut had deflated to a volleyball. I felt conspicuous, though I needn’t have worried. I was just one more slab of flesh in a sea of beef. Whoever said the human body is beautiful never visited a nudist colony. He probably made the comment on a college campus in springtime or flipping through the glossy pages of a pop culture magazine. But even those hard bodies get airbrushed before anyone sees them. At most nudist colonies, however, the median age hovers above the mid-life marker and, no matter how hard you pray, there’s no airbrushing to be found. Every fold, wrinkle and bulge is on display. Gulp! Today we would make a coordinated effort to break the world record of 13,678 skinny dippers. All across North America, people would shed their clothes at 3 p.m. EST and wade into the waters at a skinny-dipping spot officially sanctioned by the folks at Guinness. A DJ played music and a group of women line-danced near the pool’s edge while we waited. As the hour approached, everyone waded into the pool and a photographer set up on a roof to take a panoramic photo. The DJ counted down and everyone hooted, hollered and raised hands. We were confident, ecstatic and jiggling like Jell-O. Afterwards, we formed a line and all exited the shallow end of the pool at the same spot. An official from the American Association of Nude Recreation clicked a hand-held counter as each of us passed him by: 258 naked bodies sloshed past him that day. It would be several weeks before the results from across the continent were tallied. When the final count was in, it was 14,110. We had smashed the world record! And I had been part of it. I even have photographic proof. Though that isn’t something I’ll ever hang on my wall. •

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