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2 • LOUISA LIFE• June 24– July 21, 2016
A monthly publication
C. M. Santos
Louisa County Library
Mailing address: P.O. Box 59,
Palmyra, VA 22963.
Office location: 2987 Lake
Monticello Road, Palmyra, VA 22963
Phone: (434) 591-1000
Fax: (434) 589-1704
General: Louisa Life is published monthly by Valley
Publishing Corp. A total of 6,000 copies are circulated
throughout Louisa County. One copy is free, additional
copies are $1 each payable in advance to the publisher.
Chris Denkers photographs his first fruit at the new Coyote Hole Ciderworks orchard near Lake Anna.
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Cidery planned for Louisa
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three-monthold kid, enjoys
a moment of
Cover designed by Marilyn Ellinger
By Linda Salisbury
t will be about 10 months before Lake Anna’s
Coyote Hole Ciderworks opens for customers,
but the apple trees are bearing their first fruit
and the new beehive is ready for its pollinating
Chris Denkers, owner, walked around the 21-one acre
budding orchard on Oak Grove Drive, across from the
Food Lion. As he examined the wide variety of young
trees he spotted the first thumb-sized apples and smiled
with pleasure. He noticed the fruit on a yellow delicious
tree, then on the honeycrisps, and on the Albemarle
Pippin, one of his vintage varieties.
The Oak Grove Orchard also contains pear and peach
trees, a variety of berries, plus other fruit and vegetables
that may be used in flavoring the ciders
His crop will be augmented each year with Virginia
apples from other major growers to make sure that he can
produce the sparkling apple beverages year-round.
Although it is somewhat difficult to explain the hard
cider taste, Denkers said that it has carbonation like beer,
and a sweet taste, like apple juice. But with a variety of
apples to be used, specific drinks might have a note of
granny smith, or fugi or pear. He added that there are
ciders for every taste. “You will be able to enjoy sweet,
mild, spiced and dry-as-a-bone cider,” he said.
Denkers and his wife, Laura, a financial project analyst
for a bank in Charlottesville, live just down the road from
the ciderworks, and with both sets of parents owning contiguous property, the family’s land is about 74 acres.
As of mid-May, two sections of the orchard, surrounded by deer fencing, have been planted with trees, and
stakes delineate where construction will begin in July.
Plans call for a building where the cider (both hard and
soft) will be made while customers watch through a window, and there will also be a rustic tasting room for the
See Cidery Page 7
First fruit from the yellow delicious trees.
June 24– July 21, 2016 • LOUISA LIFE • 3
By Pat Wilson
In addition to hay and water access, the Angora herd has free run of two pastures. All photos by Pat Wilson.
Crowley is shown before and after shearing.
orpheous enjoyed drinking coffee and wine. He was so
enamored of the liquids that Mindy Hook, his owner,
purchased appropriate glasses so that her Angora goat
could enjoy sipping in his unique style.
“He learned how to bite the wine glass and tilt it back
to get it faster than merely lapping it up with his tongue, so I got him
plastic wine glasses for his safety.” she said.
Although Morpheous died years ago, Hook still claims he was “the
love of my life goat” because he was one of the first goats she owned
in the 11 years she has been rearing the animals. What started as a
hobby has developed into a business. But, Hook does not sell her goats.
Instead, she washes the sheared fleece and sometimes dyes it to sell,
along with yarns and knitting patterns, either online and at fiber festivals. The herd of 50 does, bucks, wethers and kids that graze on her
Bumpass-area farm provide the fibers for the company she calls Puff
the Magic Rabbit. The designation is tied to her past.
Growing up in a family in which “my mom barely tolerated one dog,”
Hook’s fantasy childhood life was to live on a farm. Her grandmother
taught Hook to knit as a child. But, the pet Jersey Wooly rabbit she
acquired 16 years ago was her inspiration, and later its name became
that for her business.
“I didn’t know at the time that he was part Angora,” she said. “One
day I was brushing him and started rolling the hair and realized it was
yarn. I then decided to learn to spin, although I don’t have much time
for it now.”
Once she acquired some land, first in Madison and now in Louisa,
keeping livestock became a possibility. She first considered alpacas.
But, while browsing at a fiber festival, her children drew her attention to the barn with goats from Kid Hollow Farm in Free Union. She
would purchase her first three goats from there. Thinking about spinning yarn, Hook also purchased two spinning wheels which are now
“collecting dust in a corner.”
Chores and Rewards
Mindy Hook “spoils” her Angora goats, including Crowley, who is termed a black because of his face
color and destined to be a replacement buck.
4 • LOUISA LIFE • June 24– July 21, 2016
The goats are grained each afternoon, although they have continuous access to hay, grass and water. Two orphan kids are bottle-fed.
Neighbors bring newly-fallen tree branches or discarded Christmas
trees for nibbling, a favorite activity of the herd. Several shed-like structures provide shelter. When Hook is at work at Tractor Supply in the
town of Louisa, a job where she has a “goat expert” reputation, her
sons, Eric and Owen, handle the feeding chores. Because goats are
susceptible to parasites, Hook deworms the herd periodically and gives
tetanus shots annually. She is vigilant to watch for lameness or lethargy
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Mindy Hook terms this skein Crowley’s Bonfire as it seemed to reflect the colors
glowing in a fire.
to prevent health problems. Prince Richard, a Maremma livestock guardian dog, has
the run of the fenced areas and keeps predators away.
Bucks will develop to about 200 pounds, while does are about half that weight.
Does birth usually one, or occasionally twin, kids after a five-month gestation period. She claims that they all have unique personalities, and Hook knows each by
name since she has “babied” them. Two goats were even rescue animals that Hook
A professional shearer comes to the farm twice a year. Angora goats grow Mohair
at about the rate of an inch a month, so she usually gets from four to six inches of
fleece from each animal.
“I bag and label each raw fleece separately so I know which goat it came from. Customers like knowing the name of the goat, and I’m also able to send them pictures if
they’d like.” she said. “Fleece can vary from creamy white to reds to black and greys.
Their colors often fade as they get older.”
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June 24– July 21, 2016 • LOUISA LIFE • 5
Yarn from page 5
At fiber festivals, the Hook family sets up booths featuring yarn, fleece and knitting patterns.
Processed for Sale
Hook cleans each fleece in a washing machine in order to remove the natural
lanolin in the Mohair. Hot water and clarifying shampoo as well as the soak, rinse
and spin cycles remove the greases, although Hook commented that the fleece cannot be agitated in the machine or it will felt. Each fleece is then spread outside on
pallets to dry, and rebagged for sale. Occasionally, she will dye the Mohair. The products, termed locks, are usually sold by the ounce with an average price up to $4. A
Two orphan kids, Screech and Nessie, are bottle-fed.
6 • LOUISA LIFE • June 24– July 21, 2016
whole fleece is sold by the
pound and at a reduced rate.
“People purchase it to spin
or felt,” she said. “I also
design knitting patterns for
sweaters, scarves, mittens
and hats that I sell or give
away to customers who buy
yarn for the project. I also
test knit for other designers
and have had some of my
own designs published.”
Because spinning is timeconsuming, Hook purchases
merino yarn to dye. It comes
in a variety of weights including sock, worsted, sport and
lace, as well as brushed and
boucle kid mohair yarn. The
process involves soaking in
near-simmering water with
vinegar, then applying the
dye, rinsing and spinning.
At fiber festivals, Mindy Hook’s booth features
Hook uses a “hand-painting”
Mohair as either dyed locks or washed fleeces..
technique to variegate the
Even though the yarn is not spun from her Mohair, Hook still names all of her
dyed skeins after the goats. Inspiration can come from anywhere, such as this skein
called Crowley’s Bonfire. During a bonfire with her family, several colored cardboard
boxes were burned making colorful flames.
Several times a year, Hook and her sons pack their SUV with suitcases, tables,
chairs, display supports, plastic bags of washed fleece and a tub with her selection
of dyed yarns. The family sets up a booth at fiber festivals held either in Virginia or
surrounding states. Two are her favorites. On the first weekend in October, one is
held at Madison’s Montpelier in Orange County and during the last weekend in
September the Shenandoah Fiber Festival is held near Berryville. Hook is on the
board of the Eastern Angora, Goat and Mohair Association that sponsors that show
Her fleece and yarns can be viewed at the Facebook site, Puff the Magic Rabbit
Virtual Fiber Festival, or at puffthemagicrabbit.etsy.com.
Anyone wanting to learn about Angora goats or the products she sells can
contact her at puffthemagicrabbit.com or 540-222-5760.
Cidery from page 3
Chris Denkers enjoys the buffet at a Lake Anna Business Partnership meeting at
various types ciders that will be crafted by the cidery. A 10-foot covered-porch will
be in front of the main building, and there will also be an open area with picnic
tables and Adirondack chairs for seating, and firepits. The cidery will not sell food,
but Denkers expects to have food trucks available on site.
Kids will be able to enjoy a playground area with an obstacle course. Denkers,
with two young sons, said the cidery will be a family-friendly destination.
Denkers said he and his family has been making hard cider, beer and wine at
home for years. “I’ve always wanted to start our own business,” he said. The idea
took shape because they were constantly asked when they were going to make the
home brews available for purchase.
In 2015, the Denkers began planning for Coyote Hole Ciderworks. “Coyote Hole"
is a mining term, meaning a prospecting hole, which resembles a coyote hole.
The cider process involves either using a single variety of apple, or a mix. The
apples are washed, then crushed in a gigantic machine, much like a garbage disposal. The resulting pulp is than placed in a “bladder press” that removes the juice.
Yeast is added and the mixture is allowed to ferment from four weeks to a year.
Sometimes spices may be added during the process to create specialty beverages.
Denkers has been trying out various spices, such as a pumpkin pie, that would be
added to the fermentation process. Other seasonal flavors may include cranberry,
or the “signature Paw Paw,” he said. “Everything will be as organic as possible,” he
The hard cider will have an alcohol contact of 5-8 percent. Most of the cider will
be canned on site in 12 oz. cans and sold in six-packs, and some will be bottled like
wine. Kegs will also be available. Pulp will be sold for livestock food. Denkers has
distributors set up for the larger market, and so far there are only a few Virginia
cideries, while the craft breweries have had an industrial boom in the state in recent
The cidery is expected to open in early 2017, Denkers said eventually they will
employ 10 people, mostly part time. Hopefully, the bees will be doing their job as
pollinators by next spring. Denkers said he can’t count on enough wild bees to
move in to his warre-style hives, so he will purchase bees.
In addition to working on this start-up, Denkers a part owner in Sunset
Properties, a Vacation Rental and Property Management company and full-time
government contractor. Laura is a project analyst for PRA Health Sciences.
He started the nonprofit Travel Lake Anna, which has hosted several events
including the successful Brewfast to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
He and Laura are members of the Lake Anna Business Partnership and he has
been on the board of the Lake Anna Chamber of Commerce. He is also organizing
the 2016 Wine by the Lake festival set for Sept. 17 at the Lake Anna State Park
Based on their careful planning, experience brewing and industry connections
through the Brewfest, Denkers is looking forward to success.
“If we make good cider, people will buy it,” he said.
For more information: [email protected] or www.coyotehole.com or through Facebook or other social media accounts.
Chris Denkers shows how the new warre-style beehive, with sliding observation
Where can I pick up my Louisa Life?
Farmer Foods (outside)
Louisa County Library
Pure Gas Station Mineral
Big Johns Pizza in Mineral
Va Community Bank Mineral
Mineral Post Office
Mineral Express Lane
Dickinsons General Store
Christopher Run Campground
Lakeview Restaurant, Rt 719
Lake Anna Realty, Rt 208
Newbridge Market & Deli
Chelsea Joe’s Restaurant
ReMax Lake & Country
Long & Foster Real Estate
Lake Anna BP Gas
Valere Real Estate
Elk Creek Store
Johnny’s Quick Stop, Rt 522
Gum Springs Exxon
BP Dairy Queen Rt 522
Parrish Grocery, Rt 250 &
Hadensville Store BP, Rt 250
Valley Publishing Office
Real Estate III
Va Community Bank
Best Western Visitors
Spring Creek Guard
Holleys Store Boswell
Tavern Rt. 15
Mighty Mart Gordonsville,
Food Lion Gordonsville
Country Corner Market
Amerisist Nursing Home
Louisa Post Office
Solid Grounds Coffee
Bank of America
Pandit Book Store
Louisa Arts Center
Century 21 Real Estate
Bank of Louisa
Louisa Hardware, TV
Joe’s Place Pizza
Roma’s Italian Rest.
Los Tres Potrillo’s Mex
Va Community Bank
Farmer Foods (inside)
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We would like to thank everyone in
advance for supporting your local Fire
SUMMER FUN MOVIES
22nd annual Purple Martin
Field Day set for June 25
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Showtime - 6:30p.m. - Tickets at Door
Info at LouisaArts.org
Mineral Bluegrass Festival @
July 21 – July 23 all-day
Walton Park 301 E 6th St. Mineral
Join us for 33 years of great bluegrass July 21-23, 2016. This familyfriendly event will have raffles, prizes
and give-a-ways to add to the fun to be
had by all. Food available at the park,
rough camping also.
Check our website for cost, performers and schedule: www.mineralbluegrass.com
For tickets, camping and info call
George (540) 672-3549.
Louisa residence get $5.00 off with
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If you are interested in wild birds,
then you would probably enjoy attending a popular, annual event that will
take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June
25, 2016, in western Louisa County:
The Purple Martin Field Day. To learn
more about this free, open-to-the-public
event, including directions, contact persons, etc., you can visit the website:
July 4th –
When: July 1,
4400 Byrd Mill
It is a 3-nite minimum with no discounts, but if you stay a week or more
take 25% off.
Hayrides, horseshoe & corn hole
tournaments, games, pool parties, fishing. Live band Saturday night.
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74th Annual Louisa Firemen’s Fair
@ Louisa Fireman's Fairgrounds
July 6 @ 6:00 pm
As our 74th Annual Louisa Fireman’s
fair, Fireworks, and Parade are fast
approaching, we like to be the first to
invite you to join us!
This years fair will start Wednesday
July 6th and run through July 9th, 2016.
Gates will open at 6:00 pm with rides
starting at 7:00pm.
On Thursday we will host our Parade
starting at 7:00 pm (with line up starting at 6:00 pm). For parade entry
On Friday July 8th we will have our
Firework show starting at 9:30 pm. The
fireworks can be seen from anywhere
inside the fire grounds!
On Saturday July 9th, we will have
our Money Giveaway. Tickets can be
bought at the fairgrounds or prior from
local businesses! Tickets are $1.00 per
Celebrate Bastille Day
July 14, 2016
Celebrate Bastille Day at Pomme
Restaurant and give back to your community at the same time.
On Thursday, July 14th,
Bastille Day, Pomme is
hosting a special dinner
to benefit the Orange
County Free Clinic.
Dinner will be a classic
French three-course dining experience with live
entertainment from Lyle Sanford and
friends. A percentage of the dinner proceeds will be donated to the Orange
County Free Clinic. Limited seating please make your reservations in
advance by calling Pomme at (540)
832-0130. Tickets are $75/person. 115
S. Main Street, Gordonsville, VA
Family Fun Night at LCAF @ Louisa
County Aquatic Facility
July 13 @ 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
We are staying open late a few nights
this summer to allow families to enjoy a
fun evening at the pool! If your kids are
always asking if they can go to the pool
after you get home from work, here is
your chance to bring the family out to
spend an enjoyable evening together.
Swim laps, jump in the activity pool, or
float on a noodle in the deep end; our
facility is open extended hours just for
You can come when we open and
stay all day until we close at 9 p.m. We
will have the music going and some fun
games and contests for kids (and
adults) to take part in!
SEASON PASS HOLDERS
get in FREE!
For everyone else, come as early as
you like for the regular admission price.
If you can’t make it here until 5 p.m.,
remember, our evening special rate will
also apply for these Family Nights, so
it’s only $2 a person. Come on, just
load up the kids and spend a relaxing,
fun, family evening poolside!
Wednesday, July 13
Wednesday, July 20
Friday, July 29
Rhythm & Blues Festival
When: July 23, 2016 @ 10:00 am –
Where: Weston Farm Vineyard &
200 Harris Creek Road Louisa
Weston Farm Vineyard & Winery
Plan to come and spend the day!
Wonderful music, great wine and food
available for purchase! Multiple vendors
will be here so that you can shop as
well! Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. In
the case of rain, bring you small tent
covers or umbrellas!
To Advertise call: 434-207-0223 • Email: [email protected]
Friday Night Flights
When: July 15,
2016 @ 5:00 pm –
13372 Shannon Hill Road, Louisa
Contact: Cooper Vineyards
TIME: 5-9 p.m.
FOOD TRUCK WILL BE AVAILABLE
WINE BY THE GLASS/FLIGHT OR BOTTLE. NO TASTINGS.
FRIDAY NIGHT FLIGHTS
Music & Vendor Line UP
July 1st: Jason Burke
/ Monique’s Crepes
July 8th: Dennis Foster
/ Smokin’ Eddie’s BBQ
July 15th: The Karaoke Buzz
/ Billiken’s BBQ
July 22nd: Sauna Mtn. Valley Boys
/ Grapevine Food Truck
July 29th: Vintage Silk / Aloha Cafe
The Market at Grelen Performances
June 30 2016, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Please join us for another summer
concert Thursday, June 30; 5:30 - 8:30.
Tony Bruno &
will be our
and Chef Matt
will be preparing another
delicious dinner... MENU: Spring Greens, strawberry,
fennel, citronette. Grilled Flank Steak
roast baby potatoes, asparagus,
creamed mushrooms Water & Tea.
Please note: Local Virginia beer, cider &
wine are available for an additional fee.
There is no refund on dinner cancellations within 48 hours of the event. This
is served buffet style, but is not priced
to be an "all-you-can-eat" buffet. :) One
(540) 672-7268 website: www.themarketatgrelen.com.
Dinner & Concert
with Rusty Speidel
Thursday, July 7th
Back again is a
Market classic, Rusty
Speidel. These tickets
are sure to sell out
quick, so don't wait too
long! (540) 672-7268. Go to our website: www.themarketatgrelen.com.
Dinner & Concert with Tara Mills
Thursday, July 14th
She describes her
music as "original
and with a voice like no
other, Tara Mills is definitely a concert you
won't want to miss.
(540) 672-7268. Go to
our website: www.themarketatgrelen.com.
IN THE PARK
Great Music - Kids Playground - Refreshment Booths
Playing a Mix
of Great Music!
Louisa Park - 212 Fredericksburg Avenue, Louisa • RAIN SITE - Same day - Inside Center
Info at LouisaArts.org • 540.967.5200
Louisa County Historical Society
Finding Your Family Roots
Tuesday June 28 10-noon
If you would like to start your family
research or just need a fresh boost to
begin where you left off, join the
Historical Society’s Director, Elaine
Taylor, for this session. Online resources
will be highlighted in the presentation
and individualized suggestions for how
to get started. Free. At the Sargeant
Museum of Louisa County History.
Casual Cafe, Event Venue, Garden Shop, PYO Farm & Trails...
BENEFIT YARD SALE:
Saturday, July 30: The Thoroughbred
Retirement Foundation at Montpelier
hosting a Yard Sale at the Orange
Firemen's Carnival grounds on the corner of Routes 15 & 20. Household
items, clothing, garden stuff, barn, riding equipment, many more items for
sale. Funds to go to the care and support of the TRF at Montpelier horses. To
donate any items contact: Jeanne Moon
. Sale starts at 8 a.m.
Summer at Grelen means...
Berry Picking, Homemade Ice Cream,
Long Lunches on the Patio
Space is limited
Call 540-967-4847 or
for more information
We are looking forward to a great year!
(with a Cold Glass of Virginia Beer, Cider or Wine) &
Thursday Night Dinner Concerts!
S o m e r s e t . V i r g i n i a
Tuesday - Sunday; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
June 24– July 21, 2016 • LOUISA LIFE • 9
Jacquie Balaschak sells her delicious homemade treats at the Mineral Farmer’s
Jacquie Balaschak stands on front porch of old home.
Trading farms, from north to south
By Linda Salisbury
ew Englander Jacquie Balaschak had visited Winchester, Virginia, as a
large central island, the stove of her dreams (a Bertazzoni), and lots of cupboards.
small child with her father who enjoyed participating in Civil War reenA Northern girl, she’s learning to cook Southern-style. “Lard, butter, nothing
actments. He was dressed in Union blue and was a member of the the
gluten-free,” she said. She had also learned cooking skills from her immigrant
10th Massachusetts regiment. Though a Northerner, she liked it when
grandparents, one side of the family from Italy and the other from Poland.
they visited the Southern camps at the reenactments, which seemed so much more
When she was young, her family had owned a cottage on the Vineyard. So she
was familiar with that island
So, when she and her partner Neil
when, she was ready for a new
Flynn decided to sell his farm on
beginning in 1994. It was a wonMartha’s Vineyard, and move off
derful place to raise a child. A
island, they looked first at what
place where you didn’t need to
might be available in Virginia. They
lock your doors and everybody
Charlottesville, and found 25-acre
Twenty-two years ago, while
farm in Louisa County with a house
hunting for a place to stay she
built in 1870. It was perfect, with 20
met Flynn. Flynn had bees and
acres of hay and two acres of bluehis honey was incredible.
berry bushes. Flynn jumped on the
Balaschak said, “This is great
opportunity to buy it.
stuff. Island Gold,” and soon they
They moved to E. Jack Jouett Road
were in the honey business, sellin Louisa County in late fall 2015 with
ing 2,000 pounds a year, often at
two miniature cows, Reba and Echo
a farmers market. Balaschak, who
(and have since added Annabelle,
said she was not a country girl,
pregnant, to the small herd) and a
learned how to make beeswax
cat. The newest member of the famicandles to sell, in addition to
ly is Uncas, an Irish Jack Russell terricooking and baking for the comer. The couple plans to add chickens
panies on the island.
and perhaps a few beehives. They
What attracted them to the
began their herd of miniature cows in
island, including its beauty and
Martha’s Vineyard because miniature
charm, increasingly drew the
breeds are great for smaller acreages,
wealthy. With advances in techBalaschak said.
nology, more business people
Flynn, a builder, who has a degree
were staying year-round instead
in agriculture from the Stockbridge
of just commuting on summer
School of Agriculture (University of
weekends. Locals felt the pinch of
Massachusetts), was immediately put
to work designing a modern kitchen
became the playground of the
for Balaschak, who has had a career
rich and famous, and the middle
in catering. She worked for caterers
class was pushed out,” she said.
on Martha’s Vineyard that supplied
Plus, island living was expensive:
delicious meals for notables, includ$7 for a gallon of milk, and $100
ing the Clintons and the Obamas.
ferry rides to the mainland. So she
Jacquie Balaschak checks blueberry crop.
The sun-lit filled, eat-in kitchen has a
and Flynn decided to look for a
10 • LOUISA LIFE • June 24– July 21, 2016
The cows Reba, Echo and Annabelle.
Jacquie Balaschak and Neil Flynn in spacious kitchen he designed and built for her.
new venue, and remembering her days of the North-South Skirmish Association,
Virginia became their first choice.
During this rainy spring, Balaschak has used indoor time making curtains for the
large original windows in two-story frame house. She has baked blueberry scones,
giant biscuits, and apple pie granola for sale at the Mineral Farmers Market under
her Jezebelle’s Homemade Treats label. The market has led to more networking.
Becky Vigon, who manages the market, has been wonderful, said Balashack, even
giving her ideas on vegetables, such as specialty squashes and gourmet vegetables
to raise and sell. Of course, there will be blueberries while they last.
Flynn and Balaschak have added more blueberry plants to the acreage. They
have planted tomatoes, beans, raspberries, and other vegetables plus two 100-foot
rows of zinnias. One of the Flynn’s projects will be to construct a farm stand on the
corner of the property at Poindexter Road where their fruit and vegetables will be
sold. “My dream has been to have a farm stand,” said Balaschak.
And Flynn will need to build a new barn because the existing old barn that can’t
As they explore their new area, Balaschak is finding new roots in St. James
Church in Louisa where she is helping out with the youth group. In addition to meeting people at the Mineral Farmers Market, she’s networking with others through
Kristin Hick’s For the Love of the Local store, which sells many locally produced
Despite the unseasonably heavy rains, the couple is looking forward to their new
Balaschak said, “I finally feel like home.”
Jezebelle’s Homemade Treats are readied for the Farmer’s market.
1 One who takes
15 Indian coin
19 Civil War side,
20 Clear out
24 University VIP
25 Bygone political
28 "___ you
33 Flat grassland
34 Multi-user OS
35 Kind of drive
38 Kind of shot
39 Insiders' talk
40 Country dance
41 Catherine the
43 Not qualified
49 Balloon filler
50 Lab worker, at
52 Slangy denial
by Margie E. Burke
Copyright 2016 by The Puzzle Syndicate
57 Part of FDA:
59 Battery contents
61 Sharp end
62 Heroin (slang)
64 Beat around the
1 Hasselblad, for
3 Bring to a boil?
4 Neutral position
5 Neighbor of
6 Litter member
7 Orbital point
8 "Didn't I tell
10 Kind of palm
11 One being
12 Handel work
21 Deprive of
23 Battering device
25 Asylum seeker
27 Sermon basis
30 Certain light
32 "One of ___"
33 Game you can't
35 Baby holder
36 Alter alcohol
37 Have another
cup of coffee
44 "Gee whiz!"
45 Building material
46 Type of photo
51 Hiding place
53 Big-ticket ___
55 Engine knock
56 Edit out
Crossword Answers page 15
June 24– July 21, 2016 • LOUISA LIFE • 11
When properly completed, the under-seat of a rush chair has extra shaft ends tucked
in for padding. All photos by Pat Wilson.
A Career from
By Pat Wilson
Adult: $16 Senior Citizen/Student: $15 Children
(12 & Under): $14 All Friday performance are
half-price (half-off a regular adult-price ticket)
Tickets go on sale June 28th, 2016
his summer, journey with us to the French
Antilles, as a group of village storytellers recall the tale
of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who falls in love with the
wealthy Daniel, whom she saves from death. Aided by
the gods of earth, water, and love in her quest to be
with Daniel, Ti Moune must face the ultimate sacrifice
in this love-conquers-all folk tale. Inspired by Romeo &
Juliet and The Little Mermaid, Once on
This Island features a beautiful,
colorful characters, and a
timeless story—the perfect
summer musical for the whole
Like us on
Box Office: 540.832.5355 • www.fourcp.org
Thanks to our sponsors:
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12 • LOUISA LIFE • June 24– July 21, 2016
ntiques dealer John L.
Long sometimes purchased 18th and 19th
chairs for resell. Too often the rush or
split oak seats were in need of
replacements. So, Long taught himself the art of reweaving, preferring
rush as it was a more commonly
used material of the time periods. To
supply the material, Long sought out
cattails from local ponds.
“I’ve been known to stop along the
highway when I see them and ask the
pond owners if they will sell me
some,” he said. “They usually say just
take what you want.”
His learning process was not without mishaps. Long read instructions
that said the cattails had to be moist
and soaking them in a bathtub was
the solution. But, Long found removing wet cattails from the house was a
dripping disaster, so he merely left
the stalks spread outside overnight
before use and let the morning dew
dampen them. Wrapped in plastic,
the cattails preserved the moisture as
he wove a seat.
Long admits that he probably has
a lifetime supply as he does not work
on the seats as faithfully since retiring. In fact, he has not even finished
the one he used for demonstration at
Louisa County Historical Society’s
John Long stands next to his
Heritage Day in late April.
arm chair with a rush seat
Maintaining his house and landthat
mid-1700s and is typical
scaped gardens including a goldfish
and Mary or early
pond, tending to nesting peahens
and a peacock, singing in Byrd
Presbyterian Church choir and training his newly-adopted puppy, Morgan, fill his
A Self-Made Man
Born and reared in the small village of Severn, North Carolina, Long worked his
way through college, first at Chowan Junior College and then after transferring to
Comprehensive Orthodontic Services
AS OF JANUARY 1st 2016
A formerly built-in pie safe from a Tennessee house is now in John Long’s family
room and is one of the largest the antiques dealer has ever seen.
Wake Forest College [now University]. He graduated in 1954 with a bachelor’s
degree earning a major in English and minors in Latin and religion. Long next
attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, located on the campus, and
pursued a master’s degree. The “various and sundry jobs” that financed his education included surveying, library archivist, boarding house waiter and youth director
at a local church where his concentration was religious education.
Later deciding to leave the ministry, Long enrolled at Richmond Professional
Institute [now VCU] and earned a degree in interior design in 1965, even being
awarded that year’s outstanding student although he was years old than his fellow
graduates. He next accepted a contract to teach English, French and American
Period Design at RPI. Hours working in a woodworking shop and an antique store
to finance RPI studies provided valuable experiences for his later profession.
“I worked hard to finance my education, but also had great experiences including meeting President Harry Truman at a reception in the North Carolina governor’s
mansion,” he said.
See John Long Page 14
Will Become an independent
electronics retailer under the name of
Indoor & Rooftop Antennas
Audio & Video Cables
2 Way Radio Sets, Scanners & CB's
Home Stereo Equipment & Wired or Blue-tooth Speakers
Corded or Cordless Land-line Phones & Prepay Cell Phones
WiFi Routers & USB WiFi Receivers
Batteries – Alkaline, Lithium & Rechargeable
(Including Cordless Phone Battery Packs)
Services Provided Include:
Western Union, Money Orders, Faxes, Copies
& Audio/Video Electronics Repairs
An antique bird cage, dating from 1892, was discovered by John Long while in
501 E. Main St., (Food Lion Shopping Center)
Louisa, Va. 23093
Phone (540) 967-1626 • Fax# (540) 967-1663
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Louisa County Library
881 Davis Highway | Mineral, Virginia 23117 | 540.894.5853 | [email protected] • All evetns are Free and open to public
Quinn’s Auction Presents: What’s in Your Attic?
June 27, 2016 at 12:00 pm June 27, July 25, August 22
Everyone has too much stuff and no one knows what to do
with it. Your kids don't want it and Craigslist is too much work.
Let the staff at Quinn's Auction Galleries offer tips and tricks to
help you with the difficult process of downsizing. To keep or
not to keep? To paint or to refinish? To sell or to donate? To buy
or not to buy? Quinn's will help you answer these questions
and more. Feel free to bring a treasured item that you would like to learn more about
for the auction staff to review. What's in your attic?
Tuesday Evening Discussion Group
THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE
by Neil Gaiman
June 28, 2016, 7:00 pm
Presents a modern fantasy about fear, love, magic, and sacrifice in
the story of a family at the mercy of dark forces, whose only defense
is the three women who live on a farm at the end of the lane. Check
the Catalog arrow
Friday Family Movies
Movie:Max (2015, PG)
July 01, 2016 • 1:00 pm
A dog that helped US Marines in Afghanistan returns to the U.S.
and is adopted by his handler's family after suffering a traumatic
July 06, 2016 •12:45 pm
There are many misconceptions about what hospice care is as well as when it is
the right time to consider hospice care for a loved one. Hospice 101 will address
myths, facts, how hospice works and much more. Guest Speaker from Hospice of
Picnic Lunch with Shakespeare
July 09, 2016 •2:00 pm
Enjoy an indoor picnic style lunch while watching the
renowned Quill Theatre perform selected scenes and monologues from Shakespeare.
July 11, 2016 • 2:00 pm
Do you love drumming? Join William “Whit” Whitten of
Drum Call for an exciting, interactive workshop that explores
the sounds of African drumming. Drums will be provided.
Grades 5+. Limit: 20.
Required registration begins on June 27.
Friday Family Movies
Movie The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar (2015, TV)
July 15, 2016 • 1:00 pm
Set in the African Savanna, the film follows Kion as he
assembles the members of the 'Lion Guard'. Throughout the
film, the diverse team of young animals will learn how to utilize
each of their unique abilities to solve problems and accomplish
tasks to maintain balance within the Circle of Life, while also
introducing viewers to the vast array of animals that populate
the prodigious African landscape.
John Long from page 13
Summer jobs led to his profession as an
Long sold to the small collector as well as
antiques dealer. Long, whose Bridgers family
the rich and famous. Among his clients were
ancestors date from colonial times, inherited a
Barbra Streisand, Rosemary Clooney, Connie
few pieces, which sparked his interest. But, his
and Maury Povich, Kate Smith, Bruce Willis
several years as live-in companion to a widow
and Dustin Hoffman. He has delivered to
provided a fantastic opportunity.
their homes and, on most occasions, made
“Her house was full of antiques and, of
good friends and repeat customers. One incicourse, I was exposed to them so my interest
dent with Andy Griffith remains in his memand my knowledge broadened,” he said. “In
1972, I decided to leave education when I was
“They wanted to be plain, simple people
informed that I would have to return to the classwithout fans coming up to them,” he said. “I
room for a master’s degree in art. Instead, I
was doing a show at Manteo [NC]. Andy
decided to use my background in design and my
Griffith and I were talking in my booth when
knowledge of antiques to enter the business.”
someone ran up to him and handed him a
That same year, Long and his partner, the late
pen and paper. He just walked away.”
Doug Christie, also purchased a house and 10
Long was disappointed and figured he
acres in the Shelfar-Holly Grove community of
had lost a sale, but Griffith returned the next
Louisa County. Christie questioned the location
day and proceeded directly to his booth.
since it meant he had to drive to his position as
After chatting for a while, the actor pura home services coordinator for Thalhimer’s in
chased the piece of furniture he had been
Richmond. But, one look at the abandoned
house and the pair decided it was a project they
The antiques dealer was always discrete
wanted. The original section of the house and its
in allowing his customers the opportunity to
English basement dated from the late 18th or
browse without sales pressure. Jacqueline
early 19th century. Other rooms had been
Kennedy was one of those people.
added in a second stage. In addition to a myriad
“I recognized her, of course, but just
of repairs and upgrades, the couple completed a
stepped aside and let her walk through,” he
The unique china breakfront in the formal dining room features a center said. “She thanked me but did not buy anylarge spacious family room and expansive
slide and numerous small drawers.
kitchen about two decades ago. Seven fullything.”
functional fireplaces provide ambiance throughout the home.
A Satisfying Retirement
“The walls had cracked, and plaster had fallen from the ceilings. We did extensive
work and restoration,” said Long. “Doug finally retired to care for an aunt with early
Because of health concerns, Long retired in 1999. Over the years, he and Christie
stages of Alzheimer’s.”
had accumulated a house filled with antique pieces for their personal enjoyment.
Meanwhile, Long was on the road. Preferring not to have a permanent shop, the Various ones required Long’s skills at restoration. A unique pie safe, a century-old
antiques dealer traveled to upper-end shows across the country. Driving either a box bird cage, a collection of early lighting devices, rugs, candlesticks, tables from varitruck or pulling a trailer packed with a wide range of furniture and other antique ous time periods, porcelain dishware and, of course, straight back and other chairs
pieces for resale, he recalled shows from Maine to Florida as well as in Virginia, Texas are tastefully placed in rooms.
Although retirement does require his vigilance at maintaining the home, the octo“For a weekend show, I’d have to get there on Wednesday or Thursday to set up,” genarian now works at a more leisurely pace while reflecting on the lifetime of hard
he said. “Sometimes I’d be gone for weeks at a time.”
work that allowed him to attain his goals. Still, Long relishes the devotion of the late
Days at home meant hours involved in restoration of pieces purchased for resale. Christie and the satisfaction of supportive friendships in his community, particularly
Along with replacing chair seats, Long used his skills to strip undesired paint then of State Trooper Aaron Wyatt and his wife, who keep an eye on him because of his
sanded and refinished the items. The craftsman would do only what was necessary health.
in order to retain as much authenticity as possible.
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Craft Program Necklace:
Beach Glass Pendant Workshop
July 23, 2016 • 2:00 pm
Create gorgeous pendants with beach glass and wire wrapping. Use on a necklace for a summer look, or create a set of
wine charms; it’s up to you. All materials will be provided. Ages
14+.Required registration begins July 1.
Tuesday Evening Discussion Group
book cover: THE BEEKEEPER'S APPRENTICE
by Laurie King
July 26, 2016 • 7:00 pm
In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees in Sussex when a young woman literally stumbles onto him on the Sussex
Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary
Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes. Under his reluctant
tutelage, this very modern, twentieth-century woman proves a deft protégée and a
fitting partner for the Victorian detective.
Friday Family Movies
Movie: ZOOTOPIA (2016)
July 29, 2016 • 1:00 am
In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a
cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.
Wednesdays @ 2pm
BYOC – Bring Your Own Craft
MONTICELLO FIRE & RESCUE BINGO: $1,000
Jackpot every Thursday. Doors Open at
5:30pm, Early Bird 6:45pm. 10 Slice Road,
Palmyra (Off Rt. 600, near CVS) Questions? Call
CAMPER/TRAILER: 2001 Coleman Tacoma
Pop-Up Trailer. Ready to GO! $3,397.00. Call
HAY: Three acres of standing hay in the Kent’s
Store area. FREE! Call (434) 286-3977.
REAL ESTATE SALE
BUILDING LOT FOR SALE: Water Views!
Lovely .46 acre building lot (66 Forest Drive)
with lake views on quiet cul de sac in gated
Lake Monticello Golf & Lake Community. All
underground utilities, plus sewer/water.
Ready to build. $49,995. Contact Alfie @ (203)
CUSTOM HOME: Brand New! 2576 sq. ft.
house @ 6692 Rolling Road South, Scottsville,
VA., for sale by owner. 4BR, 2.5BA and many
upgrades. Picturesque 2 ½ acres of views.
$315,000. Open house on Thursday – Sunday
from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appt. (804) 6789508 or (804) 895-4188.
RESERVE THISTLE GATE VINEYARD for
organization or private events, 5199 W. River
Rd, Scottsville, VA. We are a family-owned and
tended vineyard located in Fluvanna County
near historic Scottsville. Contact Leslie at
www.thistlegatevineyard.com for up-coming
CENTURY 21 RENTALS AND MONTICELLO
$850.00/month, #1948 Evergreen Road, in
Louisa. Home w/2 bedrooms, 1 bath, living
room, kitchen, unfinished basement, large
yard. $1,060.00/month, #182 Villa Circle – in
Fluvanna. Townhouse w/3 bedrooms, 2.5
baths, living room open to kitchen, master
w/walk-in closet, close to 2 shopping centers.
Phone Rachel (434) 981-5173 or
[email protected] EHO
LICO SOUND & SERVICE TECHNOLOGIES:
We can come to you, to provide assistance
with your home tech needs,& training.
Specializing in computer-based music/multimedia technologies. Over 30 yrs. Exp. in IT.
Glenn D. Reuther, Microsoft Certified
Professional - (434) 466-5812
MONTICELLO PAINTING: Interior & Exterior:
Residential, Commercial, Industrial. 28 years
experience. Licensed and insured. Call
Charles Langton (540) 254-0652 or (434) 3211630. monticellopainting.com
DRIVEWAY STONE: SLATE: 9-Ton Crush Run,
Do you knit, bead, make rugs, hand stitch or do any kind of handcraft? Come to
share ideas, show off your work and get another crafter's eye and perception. Chat
and meet your neighbors while you work on your craft. Bring any project you're
working on, or come just to be inspired. All ages and levels of experience welcome.
Call or visit the library for details.
Thursdays at 10:30am
Preschool Read & Rhyme Time
A fun program highlighting early literacy skills. Enjoy short books, rhymes, fingerplays flannel stories and songs using shakers, and rhythm instruments. For ages
2-5 with an adult or caregiver. Siblings are welcome.
Summer Cinema Series: Pan
Join LCPRT as we partner once again with the Louisa Arts
Center to offer families something fun to do on Tuesday
evenings this summer. Louisa Arts Center’s theater will make
this Summer Cinema Series great entertainment for the whole
family. So join us as we make these family movie nights an
event, not just an evening parked in front of your TV. Doors open
at 6:00 p.m. and the fee for each movie is only $3 for adults and
$2 for children ages 3 through 17. No need to preregister; just
show up and pay at the door.
Featuring June 28: Pan
Peter is a baby who is left by his mother Mary on the steps of
an orphanage in London, an establishment under the care of
Mother Barnabas. Several years later, during World War II, upon learning that she is
hoarding food for herself, Peter and his best friend Nibs try to steal it to distribute
amongst themselves and the other orphans, but they are caught. In the process,
Peter finds a letter written by his mother, declaring her love and assuring Peter they
will meet again “in this world or another.”
$150; 9-Ton #57, $220; 14-Tons #57, $300.; 14Ton Crush, $200. GRANITE: 9-Ton Crush, $220;
9-Ton #57, $255; 14-Ton Crush, $300; & 14-Ton
#57, $350. Includes delivery and Tailgate
Spread. Call (434) 420-2002
LOHR’S PIANO SALES & SERVICE: Reliable
repair and tuning with 40 years experience.
Also offering good used and new pianos
prices reasonable. Phone (540) 672-5388,
evenings, for all your piano needs.
DAVID ROWE’S TREE, YARD & HANDYMAN
SERVICE: Carpentry, painting, power washing, gutter work, fencing, tree work, re-seeding, fertilizing, mulching & more. Fully insured.
Call for estimate 540-937-2144 or 540-5221662.
VETERANS AND DEPENDENTS: Do your know
We do! Virginia Department of Veterans
Services: www.Viginiaforveterans.com. Need
Help? Visit us at Louisa County Government
Building, 1 Woolfolk Avenue. On 1st. and 3rd.
Wednesdays of the month – from 1 p.m. to 3:30p.m. For an appointment, call Pam Zirkle, VSR, at
(434) 295-2782 or email: [email protected] or [email protected]
(540) 895-9093, or www.lindasalisburyauthor.com
CEMETERY SITES: Holly Memorial Gardens
and Monticello Memory Gardens. Significant
savings. Call 434-295-1750.
OLD COINS: I BUY OLD COINS. 434-466-7
FARMER: I have the land, need a farmer
to raise and graze their own livestock on
a 5-acre, grass pasture near Barboursville.
Creek access and gated! Was used for cattle previously but farmer retired. Flexible
arrangements. Call owner, Greg @ (202)
Answers to the Crossword
Puzzle from page 11
BOOKS: make great gifts. Give Linda
Salisbury’s “Bailey Fish Adventure” series for
kids, and humor for grown-ups. Can be found
at many local gift outlets, online (plus Kindle
and Nook), or from [email protected],
June 24– July 21, 2016 • LOUISA LIFE • 15
Learn more about this region’s most popular
Fork Union Military Academy’s Summer School provides a
non-military program of academic study, athletic activities, and
planned enrichment trips. The session is designed to help boys
in grades 7-12 earn academic credit for new course work, correct
deficiencies through repeat work, and improve study habits.
In addition to our core academic courses, our Summer Session
offers interesting elective courses. Take one of these courses with
one other elective course, or a repeat academic course.
Interactive Virginia History
This program is designed to equip
young men with the skills for successful
leadership. This is accomplished through
both academic and hands-on settings. We
focus on developing the character within
so that students are not just practicing
leadership skills, but provided actual
opportunities to lead.
Interactive Virginia History provides an
introduction to the historical events that
helped shape our country. Content covers
early settlement in Colonial Virginia, the
Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the impact
of the World Wars and current events.
Many lessons will take place in the actual
location of the historical events. Field trips
will include Appomattox, Monticello and
other historic Virginia locations.
Study Skills is a course designed to educate
young men in study fundamentals and test
taking strategies. Students enrolled in the
study skills course will improve their critical
thinking, active listening, organizational
habits and time management. In addition,
they also will be instructed in the effective
use of technology.
The SAT/ACT Prep course is designed to
develop math and verbal test taking skills
for the SATs and ACTs.
This is an introductory class on creative
writing that will explore both conventional
and creative writing, poetry, and short
stories. The goal is to develop a better
understanding of the writing process while
exploring persona, dialogue, description
and personal writing style. You do not need
to have extensive writing experience; all are
welcome to take this class.
and many more...
Check our website for more details!
July 3 - July 30, 2016
Boys, Grades 7-12
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