An Embarrassment of Riches or…..Just an Embarrassment?

To the Blue Ridge By Julie Reardon An Embarrassment of Riches or…..Just an Embarrassment? For the baby boomer generation, all those antiques and silver are not worth what you were led to believe. All of my life, I remember being told by my mother, aunts, and grandmothers how valuable this or that antique piece of […]

HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS?

By Julie Reardon HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS? While we Virginians fondly like to claim them as our own, what’s called the Blue Ridge is the extremely long mountain crest that runs from just north of the Potomac River on the Virginia-Maryland border south all the way to northern Georgia. The […]

Remembering Bill LaMar and Usher

Remembering Bill LaMar and Usher by Julie Reardon In any sport involving animals, there are certain people, and certain animals, that leave an indelible impression on us. Some of these because they’re so freakishly outstanding, they dominate competition and are remembered for years to come. Others are people who mentor, and encourage, and some are […]

THE WORST OF 2020: Let’s *YEET these words and phrases back to the last decade!

THE WORST OF 2020: Let’s *YEET these words and phrases back to the last decade! By Julie Reardon Now that 2020 has finally ended, let’s help it make a clean break and kill the use of a whole host of trite phrases and sayings it spawned and/or popularized. I took an informal poll of my […]

The Orlean Market – A Fauquier County Gem

By Julie Reardon The Orlean Market – A Fauquier County  Gem Located ten miles west of Warrenton on one of the county’s most scenic roads, the Orlean Market has long been a favorite of both locals and visitors alike. With gas, a deli and convenience store, a porch with Blue Ridge mountain views, picnic tables […]

It May Be Time to Consider a Rural Lifestyle

It May Be Time to Consider a Rural Lifestyle By Shannon Gilmore and Meg Mullery Dream about moving to a rural area and owning a “farmette” or hobby farm with vegetable and flower gardens, chickens and even horses?  We live that dream every day in beautiful Western Loudoun where we enjoy our horses, dogs, cats, […]

RACING THROUGH THE CORONA PANDEMIC

By Julie Reardon RACING THROUGH THE CORONA PANDEMIC Time to put away the seltzers and wine coolers and break out the brown liquor. No, it’s not winter yet but a proper mint julep needs a fine whiskey and Kentucky Derby Day is September 5th this year. Originally planned to allow spectators, this is no longer […]

Dog Days in the Blue Ridge…

By Julie Reardon w/Lani Gering Dog Days in the Blue Ridge… Between the ungodly hot weather, the continuing effects of dealing with the pandemic and life in general, Julie just couldn’t muster up any inspiration for her column this month. She has been dealing with some health issues on top of everything and asked if […]

Losing the Battle of the Beetles

Blue Ridge By Julie Reardon Losing the Battle of the Beetles Ash trees are losing the “battle of the beetles” and dying out in Virginia. We said good bye to some old friends this spring as we took down a dozen dead and dying trees lining our drive and shading our house and barns. Although […]

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers SMILE: It’s an all American Breed

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers SMILE: It’s an all American Breed by Julie Reardon If you’ve read my column often or only occasionally over the past 30 years, you’ve no doubt seen or read about my Chesapeake Bay Retrievers that appear frequently in photos and stories. I currently share my farm with six of them, and have […]