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Number 58


Tree in Historic Oatlands Gardens
Photo © Dillion Keen Photography

The powers that be at Oatlands Historic House & Gardens near Leesburg recently welcomed five local tree care firms to the estate to help preserve the breathtaking tree canopy.

The five firms brought state-of-the-art equipment and a total of 25 crew members for two full days as part of an effort to preserve and protect the ancient, historic trees.

Led by ISA Certified Arborist Jim Donegan of Donegan’s Tree Service, the project commenced last fall when his business offered Oatlands a free comprehensive tree inventory to help the facility identify, track, and plan for tree care as part of the estate’s preventative maintenance planning.

After the inventory was complete, Donegan recommended several urgent actions to protect and stabilize some of the 313 trees on the property. To move forward with immediate remediation, Donegan offered to approach four other tree companies in the area to work together to provide the tree work at a discounted rate.

“Maintaining and operating this expansive property to preserve Virginia’s rich history is incredibly expensive. All of our funding comes from private donors, so we knew that the cost of this tree care would likely be out of reach for us in our 2020 budget,” said Oatlands Chief Executive Officer Caleb Schutz, “It’s truly amazing that Jim was able to not only provide us with information about our 300-plus trees, but also come back with a team to perform this important and very necessary tree work at a discount for us.”

Oatlands, part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a registered National Historic Site, is an independent non-profit organization which receives no government funding.

The project began with a two-month comprehensive tree inventory of Oatlands’ mature and serviceable trees, a step that was necessary to assess their health and develop a plan of action to bring them back to excellent condition.

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Fox Hunters on White's Ferry
White’s Ferry Photo by Crowell Hadden

The Tooth Fairy - White’s Ferry
Jeff Blue - Jet Blue
Cards Against Humanity - Trivial Pursuit
Bridge Littleton - London Bridge
Masks - Flasks
Peach Brandy - Peach tea (or both)
Charlie - Tiger
Moonshine - Frose
Chocolate Bombs - F Bombs (well maybe)
Zoom - Doom
Sunflowers - Impatiens
Orange Pie - Key Lime Pie
Officer A.J. - Officer Krumpke
Respectful - cringe worthy
Eating in the kitchen - dining room drama
Plain meaning - sophistry
Concentration - multitasking
Basics - extra
Duvet coats - leather leggings
Power pajamas - Sweat pants
5 o'clock somewhere - 5 o'clock shadow
Rye craft cocktails - Straight bourbon
Peacocks - Turkeys
Quiet Elegance - Glorious Mess
E.M.Forster - Julian Fellowes
Matthew Mcfadyen - Matthew McConaughey
Green Curry - Burger fries
Dark Trim - White Trim
Vizcaya - Mar-a-Lago
Locke Store - Trader Joe’s
Heronwood - Augusta National
Pollinators - Stink bugs
Fasting - Keto
Chess - Bingo
Mount Blanc - Sharpies
Dr. Fauci - Doc Martin
Slippers - Heels
Charcuterie - Chuck E Cheese
Duke and Duchess of Sussex - Lord and Taylor
Pantone’s Ultimate Gray - 50 Shades of Grey
Flasks - Miniatures
Slater Run - Moet & Chandon
Kim Keppick - Rusty
Jet Blue - Jeff Blue
Jeb Hannum - J.E.B. Stuart

Fox Hunters

And this P.S. from Style Maven Viviane Warren:

In: Foxhunters who know how to feed, groom, pick hooves, clean tack, ride, and take off their spurs when not on a horse.

Out: Foxhunters who want to just mount their steed at the meet and forgot to shine their boots, brush their coats, and observe hunting protocol.

With a wink and a nod to our elite secret group of savvy and sophisticated contributors.

Host for the virtual Wild & Scenic Film Festival; Friday, April 9 | 7pm

Wild & Scenic Film Fest

The Land Trust of Virginia and Goose Creek Association will be hosting the celebrated Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Friday, April 9th for a virtual event. They have a lineup of the best in nature-related, family-friendly short films with beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling.

New in 2021: the co-hosted live, virtual festival will be featured on Wild & Scenic's custom platform to be viewed from the comfort of home, canoe, campsite or office.


Gather the family, grab some popcorn and a beverage and join us for an evening of film watching.


Mystery Man

While at the track in Charles Town recently, I ran into this man and did not recognize him at first. Then he introduced himself and recalled days gone by. Does anyone in Middleburg remember this person? First one to reply to wins a cookie. Give us some details too.

Middleburg Suspends Farmer’s Market Operations for 2021

Town Looks to Permanent Location in Future Years

In light of challenges and a decrease in attendance due to COVID-19, the Middleburg Farmer’s Market will be suspended 2021. In 2020, the Market was moved to the National Sporting Library and Museum in order to comply with Governor Ralph Northam’s mandates related to COVID-19. This location change, paired with a decrease in visitor attendance, created ongoing challenges for the Market. At this time, the Town does not believe that the Market can be successfully organized and operated for the coming year.

The Town Council has indicated its desire to find a permanent home for the Market, in a location where additional activities and vendor options can be accommodated. The new Town Hall complex, expected to be completed in early 2023, may be an ideal location for the Farmer’s Market to successfully return and serve the community.

The Town has expressed its dedication to local farms, vendors, and producers, and encourages all residents and visitors of the Town to support local. Options to connect to local farms and CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) can be found at the Town’s dedicated market page: Any updates will be included on the same website.

Sylvia Rideoutt Bishop autographed book

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