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County Planning Commission meeting. I would encourage everyone who is opposed to this project to let our county leaders know. Citizen engagement matters.

Kevin Ramundo is a former corporate executive who lives in Upperville, serves on the board of Citizens for Fauquier County (CFFC), and is an advocate for preservation and conservation in the region.

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youngest son—and The Hound Show at The Riding Club, 1936, loaned by the artist’s granddaughter Rosina Rand and Groom Holding Christopher in the Horse Stable, c. 1913—of Rand’s oldest son—on loan from a Private Collection.

Other standouts are Charles Merrill Chapin, Esq, 1932—a portrait of a man in wingshooting attire—loaned by the sitter’s son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Chapin, III; Miss Emily Davie, ex-Whipper-in to the Aiken Junior Drag, 1933, loaned by Geoffrey N. Bradfield; and a portrait from The William Benton Museum of Art of Rand’s husband Blanchard who was Master of the Old Chatham Hunt.

Most of the artwork in the show hasnever been exhibited publicly or hasnot been shown in decades. Among the lenders are the Foxcroft School VA; Hubbard Museum of the American West, NM; Masters of Foxhounds Association Foundation, VA; Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, CT; and The William Benton Museum of Art, CT as well as 19 individual private collectors.

Three years in the making, Leading the Field and the accompanying catalog by George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Head Curator Claudia Pfeiffer,presentsnew research about this under-explored area of Rand’s career, marrying her sporting artworks with her private life through her diaries. Executive Director Elizabeth von Hassell said, “The concept for this ground-breaking show started in 2016 when Claudia attended a writer’s retreat at the University of Connecticut’s Thomas J. Dodd Research Center which holds an extensive archive on Rand.”

Alexis L. Boylan, Director of Academic Affairs of the UConn Humanities Institute and Associate Professor of the UConn Art and Art History Department and Africana Studies Institute, led the writer’s retreat. The project funded,by a Henry Luce Foundation grant,was the impetus for the soon-to-be-published book Boylan edited, “Ellen Emmet Rand: Gender, Art, and Business.”It includes an essay contributed by Pfeiffer, “Artist and Amazon: Ellen Emmet Rand,” and is being published by Bloomsbury Academic. Boylan went on to guest curate the 2018-19 retrospective exhibition, The Business of Bodies: Ellen Emmet Rand and the Persuasion of Portraiture, held at The William Benton Museum of Art.

The National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM), was founded in 1954. The renowned research library and fine art museum highlight the rich heritage and tradition of country pursuits. Angling, horsemanship, shooting, steeplechasing, foxhunting, flat racing, polo, coaching, and wildlife are among the subjects one can explore in the organization’s general stacks, rare book holdings, archives, and art collection.

The NSLM offers avariety of educational programs, exhibitions, and family activities throughout the year, and is open to researchers and the public. There is no admission fee to the Library. The museum charges $10 for adults, $8 for youths (age 13-18), and $8 for seniors. NSLM members and children age 12 and under are admitted free of charge. Library & Museum hours are Wednesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 5p.m.


Fairy Baby with pumpkins October is Virginia Pumpkin Month. We could tell you that pumpkins just entered Virginia’s list of Top 20 Agriculture Products with more than $10 million in sales last year. Or we could extol the health benefits of eating pumpkin in pies, purees, salads, soup or stuffed casseroles.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services cuts right to the chase, however, and reports that fresh pumpkins are arriving daily at pick-your-own farms, farmers’ markets, roadside stands, grocery stores, big box stores and even lumberyards.

You can find fresh, Virginia Grown pumpkins near you at Enter “pumpkins” as the Product Name/Description and then search “all” for ten pages of listings. Or narrow your search by entering a county or zip code in the “where” box


Governor Ralph Northam recently announced an award of $541,467 in grant funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for ten agriculture-related projects. The project awards resulted from a competitive grant process established by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) for the USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant funds.

“Agriculture is Virginia’s largest private industry, and to ensure this sector stays at the forefront of our economy, we must continue to support research and technological advancements that enhance the
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