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June/July 2016

From Sea to Shining Sea
Celebrating our National Symbols

Photographer Robert Llewellyn

The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) was chosen as the emblem of the United States on June 20, 1782.

Virginia: The Birthplace of Presidents


June and July are filled with pool parties and cookouts with fireworks and cakes decorated with fruit to illustrate the American flag. The Fourth of July holiday gives us time to commemorate our country’s independence. From newly naturalized citizens at Monticello to those who can trace their ancestry all the way back to the Early Republic, we unite as fifty states to welcome our rich history. Whether it’s Wilson’s vision of America in the expanding world, Washington’s leadership skills, or Jefferson composing of the Declaration of Independence, Virginia has provided our nation with eight skilled leaders that have all influenced the country in critical ways. Take a trip this summer and learn about Virginia’s rich presidential history.

















How Well Do You Know the Flag?
by T'Keyah Andrews, Gracie Chandler, and Kirsten Smith

History of the flag


While the origin of the first flag is unknown, historians believe that it was designed by Francis Hopkinson and sewn by Betsy Ross.

Between 1777 and 1960, several acts were passed that changed the shape, design and arrangement of the flag that allowed for additional stars and stripes to be added in order to reflect the admission of a new state into the union.

A 17-year-old student from Lancaster High School designed the flag as it is today in anticipation of Hawaii and Alaska becoming states for his history project before submitting it to Congress for consideration in 1959.



The Charlottesville Design House 2016
Designers Room by Room
To Benefit Shelter for Help in Emergency

Photography by Robert Radifera


The Design House began in 2009 in celebration of the Shelter for Help in Emergency’s thirtieth anniversary and as a fundraiser to help support the newly opened emergency residential shelter. It is an opportunity for local businesses and community members to come together in recognition of the issue of domestic violence and to support all the work of the Shelter for Help in Emergency.

Each year, a Charlottesville-area homeowner generously extends the use of his or her home for the Design House event. Designers and their vendors, assigned to individual rooms and spaces inside and out, showcase their talents and the latest in design styles and techniques. These designers volunteer their own time, materials, and creativity for the event. The result is a unique tour for visitors in which each room or garden reflects a designer’s creative vision and provides endless inspiring ideas for the home. www.shelterforhelpinemergency.org.

Featuring Talented Designers Room By Room:


Heidi Brooks - Heidi Brooks Interior Design, www.heidibrooksinteriordesign.com Penny Crandall - Steele, Sterling & Crandall Interiors, LLC, pscdesigner@comcast.net

Kori Messinger, ASID and Nicole Fagerli, ASID - Stedman House, www.stedmanhouse.com; Foxchase Design www.foxchasedesignllc.com

Master Bedroom First Floor
Moyanne Harding - Interiors by Moyanne, www.moyanne.com

Living Room
Andrea Gibson, ASID - Gibson Design Group, Inc., www.gibsondesigngroup.net

Breakfast Room and Kitchen
Victoria Pouncey and Beth Ann Kallen - Folly, www.follycville.com

Powder Room and Laundry Room
Nina Crawford - MSS Designs, www.mssdesigns.net

Peggy Woodall- Closet Factory, www.livebeautifullyorganized.com

Dining Room
Sheilah Michaels - Sheilah Michaels | Design Studio, www.sheilahmichaels.com

Master Bedroom, Second Floor
Michelle Willis Adams - Michelle Willis Adams, LLC, www.michellewillisadams.com

Child’s Bedroom Second Floor
Jennifer Greenhalgh - Jackson + Park Design, www.jacksonandparkdesign.com

Guest Bedroom Second Floor
Tatiana Yavorska-Antrobius - Fine Art & Design, www.fineartanddesignty.wix.com

Lower Level Vestibule
Cheryl Jarvis Southworth - Designs by Cheryl, www.designsbycherylinteriors.com

Lower Level Office
Connie Norwood - Ethan Allen Interiors, cnorwood@richmond.ethanallen.com

Screened Porch and Patio
Leslie Carter Gregg - The Market at Grelen, www.themarketatgrelen.com

Front Landscaping
Heather Williams - Williams, wllmsphill@aol.com

Back Landscaping
Dan Gregg - Grelen Nursery, www.grelennursery.com

Design House 2016 Photographer
Robert Radifera, www.radifera.com

albemarle Magazine is proud to support the Shelter for Help in Emergency and we present to you the program for The Design House 2016.

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By Gracie Chandler
Photography by Robert Llewellyn


Whether it’s a green tree frog stuck to your kitchen window on a warm, rainy summer night or the novelty of catching a big bullfrog while camping, frogs and toads are symbolic of summer in Virginia, as well as our ecosystem. It is important to acknowledge Virginia’s 27 species of frogs (and toads) and the concern over their decline. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has been working in partnership with the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (NAAMP), Virginia Living Museum, and citizen biologists to monitor trends in frog populations across the Commonwealth.



Slices of Life
Horse Play
By Mary Morony


Life in the early 60’s in Charlottesville for the Mackey family, along with their maid Ethel and her husband Early, was a struggle. Challenged by social pressure, segregation, puberty, alcoholism, and divorce, they struggled to come to grips with the changing world around them. Ethel and Early’s down-home common sense offered the Mackeys wisdom and comfort with love.

Mary Morony’s ‘Slices of Life’ series will take you through thought-provoking experiences and life lessons within this family using humor and whimsy. Her stories will leave you inspired, nostalgic for the “good ole days,” and entertained! www.MaryMorony.com.

On a soft June morning in 1963, ten-year-old Helen lay in bed listening to the birds. She couldn’t remember if their maid Ethel had said pretty-pretty-pretty was a cardinal or a wren’s call. Then she remembered that a Carolina Wren sounded like Ethel’s husband Early’s truck trying to start. Without looking, Helen could identify sweetie-sweetie as a chickadee, jay-jay-jay as a blue jay, and the sad mourning coo coo of the dove. Bobwhites and whip-poor-wills were like jays, easy to remember since they basically told you their names.



The Red, Ripe, Tomato
You Say “Toe-May-Toe,” I Say “Toe-Mah-Toe.”


Americans love tomatoes, and eagerly await picking the first tomato of the summer season.

Thomas Jefferson grew tomatoes at Monticello, and his daughters and granddaughters used them in numerous recipes. It has been stated that the Jefferson women also pickled them and promoted their use in cooking.

Popular Heirloom Tomato Varieties
An heirloom tomato is generally considered to be a variety that has been passed down, through several generations of a family or from friends and neighbors, because of it’s valued characteristics. It can found in a wide variety of colors, shapes, flavors and sizes. One commonality of the “heirloom” is their great taste.



Last Laugh
Sweating the Small Stuff

By Louise B. Parsley


So, maybe I’ve been known to color slightly outside the lines, buck the system, try out things before my time. Hairstyles. Investments. Marriage. Sometimes a trendsetter. Sometimes a loser.

But, a few years ago when I was screaming down the Interstate, I zoomed past a row of life-sized dollhouses dotting the horizon…and I saw my future. I had to have one. Just the thought of having a hideout from the family made me giddy. Concocting a solid rationalization for such a, um, ridiculous purchase, I convinced myself I’d write the Great American Novel from its balcony, high in the trees, listening to the rushing water below our river house. No one to bother me, away from the main house mania.









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