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MARJORIE MORGENSTIERNE DAHLGREN

Marjorie Morgenstierne Dahlgren

Marjorie Morgenstierne Dahlgren, age 88, passed away on September 7th. She was born on July 26, 1931 in New York City. Her father was Wilhelm Munthe De Morgenstierne, a prominent diplomat for
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CHEERS

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Virginia is home to 70 licensed distilleries. A recent economic analysis by the Virginia Distillers Association showed that Virginia distilleries supported 1,477 full-time equivalent jobs and contributed nearly $17.5 million in state and local taxes in 2017

Four Virginia craft beverage companies recently exhibited at Bar Convent Berlin in Germany. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Office of International Marketing and its European trade representative supported the companies in their participation in this international event. The following four companies served up samples of their products in the “Virginia is for Spirits Lovers” themed booth.

*Belmont Farm Distillery uses Culpeper-grown grains and a 1930s copper pot still to make award winning moonshine, whiskey, spiced rum and bourbon.

*Catoctin Creek Distilling Company opened its doors in Purcellville in 2009. Its flagship product, Roundstone Rye, has won gold medals across the globe and is a fantastic rye whisky replicating traditional production methods

*Element Shrub creates hand crafted, award winning, non-alcoholic apple cider vinegar shrub mixers and shrub “sodas”. Element Shurb’s award winning products are made with simple ingredients, and are great for craft cocktails, spirit free drinks and cooking.

*Reservoir Distillery crafts its award-winning whiskies in Richmond using only the finest Virginia grains. Its wheat, rye, and bourbon whiskies are 100 percent single-grain and bottled at 100 proof.

To which we say…bottoms up.

NATHANIEL HOLMES MORISON III,  
By Winston Wood


Nathaniel Holmes Morison

They've lowered the lights at Galatoire's, a hush has fallen over the bar at Peter's Tavern near Gramercy Park. On Wall Street, the smart money is shorting shares of A. Smith Bowman Distillery, knowing that its sales of Virginia Gentlemen will drop sharply. And in a lonely office in the bowels of Citi Field, Mr. Met sits slumped in a chair, a tear trickling down one cheek of his bulbous baseball head.

Nat Morison has departed all that he loved in life—jazz, dogs, baseball, ice hockey, the University of Virginia, bourbon, his pipe, good books, Welbourne, his many friends and extensive family -- and has gone to the big DKE house in the sky. A stroke claimed him last Thursday night at age 83.

To say he was one of a kind begs understatement. If you look up the word "cantankerous" in Merriam-Webster's Illustrated English Dictionary, you'll see his picture there. Cantankerous, though, in a good way, based on firm (yes, one might say stubborn) personal standards rather than sour attitudes. He insisted for example that there are no "freshmen" at the U., only First-Year
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The 1000 Miglia has been called “the most beautiful auto race in the world,” and a warm-up for the race will be held October 24-26 in and around Middleburg. The public can see the cars (free) on Friday night Oct. 25 on North Madison Street from 5 to 7 p.m.



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ELLEN EMMET RAND EXHIBITION "LEADS THE FIELD"

Ellen Emmet Rand

Ellen Emmet Rand (American, 1875-1941), Miss Emily Davie, ex-Whipper-in to the Aiken Junior Drag, 1932, oil on canvas, 48 1/2 x 31 inches, Collection of Geoffrey N. Bradfield

I wish I could just stay here, + work + ride + not have to go away,” wrote Ellen EmmetRand in a nearly illegible cramped hand in her diary about her beloved 450-acre farm, Hamlet Hill in Salisbury, CT, in 1928. Beginning with her early experiences as the first female student of American painter and sculptor Frederick MacMonnies in Paris, for decades Rand had been a successful portrait painter,commuting to her studio in New York City and across the country for commissions to support her family’s town and country lifestyle.

Little did she know she was about to embark on a journey that would lead her to fulfill her dream of becoming a foxhunter while crossing paths with some of the most influential sporting figures of the 1920s and ‘30s including Masters of several prestigious hunts such as Fletcher Harper of The Plains and a Master of Foxhounds for what is now known as Orange County Hounds.

“Leading the Field: Ellen Emmet Rand,” is now on view at the National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) at the west end of the village of Middleburg until March 22, 2020. The show brings together several extraordinarysporting commissions as well as paintings, studies, and sketches of the artist’s family and friends. The exhibition creates a personal picture of Rand as a fiercely talented painter, loving mother, countrywoman, and horsewoman.

Born in 1875, Rand was among the first generation of women to gain recognition as professional artists. Her subjects included captains of industry, judges, lawyers, socialites, children, and politicians, notably, the first presidential portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

She was featured in over 70 exhibits throughout her career, and her last solo exhibition in 1936 was Sporting Portraits by Ellen Emmet Rand, N.A. at The Sporting Gallery & Bookshop in New York City. It highlighted 18 portraits of recognized sportsmen and -women.

The NSLM’s exhibition gathers together 15 of these original paintings and brings to life the sitters who are portrayed. Highlights of the exhibition are Jake in Hunting Clothes, c. 1935—of Rand’s youngest son—and The Hound Show at The Riding Club, 1936, loaned by the artist’s granddaughter Rosina Rand and Groom Holding
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