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A Hunting We Will Go!
On December 16, James Madison’s Montpelier welcomed the Keswick Hunt Club and hounds for a Stirrup Cup hosted on the mansion front lawn by Montpelier President and CEO Kat Imhoff. While James Madison was known to enjoy riding, particularly upon his favorite horse Liberty, it was the Du Pont family which brought foxhunting to Montpelier more than 100 years ago. In 1912, William Du Pont, Jr. established a pack of foxhounds at Montpelier. After he moved to Wilmington along with his renamed Foxcatcher Hounds in 1927, his sister Marion founded her own Montpelier Hunt. She served as Master of Foxhounds for the Montpelier Hunt until 1980, aided by the fall and jovial Orange County native Link Brooking who served as the Montpelier huntsman for nearly 50 years. The Keswick Hunt Club brought foxhunting back to Montpelier in October 2001.
Helpful Tips on Buying a New John
Are you refurbishing an entire bathroom? Replacing an old or broken toilet? Looking to update to a water-saving model? As you shop for a new toilet, there are a few things you’ll want to consider in addition to style. You’ll find that there’s a wide variety of toilet models to choose from, so you’re guaranteed to find the right one for your home. Here’s a handy checklist to refer to as you consider the many features available to you—and the technology that’s making them more efficient, eco friendly and comfortable than ever!
From the Image Archives of Ed Roseberry
Legendary Charlottesville photographer Ed Roseberry is now working with photo researcher Steve Trumbull of C’ville Images to find, digitize, and present some of the rare gems from Roseberry’s extensive photographic archive. Roseberry and Trumbull have worked together over the last couple of years, creating several exhibits and slideshows featuring much of Roseberry’s best-known work. Their latest collaboration focuses on some of the rarely seen photos from the collection, many of these from early in Roseberry’s career in the late 1940s and 50s.
Celebrating The Big Read
By Austen Weathersby
The Jefferson-Madison Regional Library has been selected by the National Endowment for the Arts as one of only 77 not-for-profits to receive a $5,000 grant to participate in THE BIG READ. The book selected by JMRL is “True Grit” by Charles Portis.
THE BIG READ brings communities together to read, discuss and celebrate selections from United States and world literature. The National Endowment for the Arts launched THE BIG READ after a survey in 2004 showed a decline in the reading of literature. Less than half of American adults read literature, according to the report. Since the 2006 pilot program with ten participating organizations, the NEA in partnership with Arts Midwest has given more than 800 grants to support local BIG READ projects.
By Louise B. Parsley
The back door slammed. I scrambled for the remote as The Bob struggled to hide behind the newspaper. We braced ourselves for the tongue lashing from our grown kids.
“Must be a rough life watching Downton Abbey, Dancing with the Stars and Antiques Roadshow all day. We spend eight hours at work, come home and you’re still on the sofa reading the obituaries,” they sneered.
“Don’t but me ol’lady. Look at me when I’m talking to you…and get that hair out of your face. Just because you don’t have a job doesn’t mean you can lounge around all day texting your friends, taking selfies and getting lost in the black hole of Pinterest. Where’s your future? If you’re not careful, you’ll have your own reality show: The Old and the Nest-less.”
Muting the TV, The Bob said under his breath, “Maybe if we ask them to feed the dogs, do their own laundry and turn off the lights, they’ll move out. It worked the first time.”
“I think it’s time we get our own place,” I whispered.
Still on a tear, our oldest continued firing, “Is it too much to ask that you cook, clean and pay the mortgage?”
“It…it…it’s just different now. You’ve all graduated from college and are all grown up. We just feel we should be able to let go a little.”
As featured in the December/January 2011-12 issue of albemarle Magazine
Special Section: Giving, Volunteering, and Nonprofit Service to Our Community
Our area nonprofit organizations touch our daily lives in countless ways: assistance and caring for our most vulnerable people; education and mentoring of youth and adults; artistic and cultural enrichment; protection and preservation of our natural and historic resources; spiritual and religious fulfillment; and many other vital services to our community.
albemarle magazine recognizes the many ways in which nonprofits build personal connections, enhance communities, and strengthen lives. All across the United States and especially in our local community, the lives of individuals have been touched—or will be touched—in some way by a non-profit organization.
The following section contains a sampling of the numerous worthy charities, services, and organizations in our surrounding communities. Nonprofits are essential to our quality of life. Find an organization from the list and choose to give, volunteer, or serve. Your contribution large or small, can really make a difference.
Images from The Holsinger Studio Collection Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, 434-924-3025, www2.lib.virginia.edu/small/