While bustling around town early one recent Saturday morning, one could find Susan McCorkindale signing copies of her humor filled Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl at Books and Crannies. Susan abandoned her New York City career when the couple bought a farm in Hunt Country several years ago. She has since discovered the challenges of country life. This updated version of Green Acres (chasing chickens in stilettos and attempting to rollerblade across a cattle guard) has been referred to as “the ultimate city slicker story.”
Meanwhile, dozens of family and friends gathered for the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Fund walk around the Hill School in honor of the late Nannette White. Participants who brought their dogs included Lynn Wiley with her Jack Russell/Springer Spaniel brood of Gertrude, Groucho and Chico. (Some attended a special event later at Trinity Church in Upperville, which we will get to later). The generous nature of Middleburg citizens for causes of all kinds never ceases to amaze. The entire village was decorated with pink ribbons and the parking meters were covered in pink —indicating free parking for one glorious Saturday.
A quick trip home for a shower and a change of clothing and we were off to the 54th running of the Virginia Fall Races at Glenwood Park, a two day meet, which benefits Loudoun Heathcare.
Robin and Gordie Keys had a successful tailgate party at the Middleburg Fall Races with friends from the big city: Cannon Spotswood, Jamie and Lisa Sterling, Jamie Hamlin and Chris Cushing. Klaus Peters and his wife, Christa, ventured out with Camille Sentry and Catherine Hewitt to join the group. Klaus, who once managed the Watergate as well as the Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada in the Florida Keys, is now renovating Washington’s Westin Embassy Row Hotel (soon to be re-dubbed The Fairfax Hotel, boyhood home of Al Gore) and bringing back the Jockey Club, that old guard society haunt.
The highlight at the Keys’ tailgate was when Gordie’s big brown horse, I’m A Hokie, won the James P. Mills Memorial race on the flat.With the stock market heading south, perhaps one should consider an equine investment.Gordie purchased his horse four years ago at the Virginia Tech research center in Middleburg for $1,000. Since then, I’m A Hokie (who is named in honor of the university mascot) has won more than $55,000.
“He was the last horse in the auction that day and nobody would bid on him,” Gordie recalls. “He had a large gash in his chest and he was an orphan.” After months of rehab and fine care at the center, he recovered quite nicely, thank you very much.
By the Book
As a fitting conclusion to a near perfect autumn schedule, folks gathered in the Bishop’s Garden at Trinity Church for the Oct. 4 feast of St. Francis of Assisi, which includes a blessing of the animals.
And, in true hunt country fashion … four legged friends of all shapes and sizes turned out.
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