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Where do you live?
Lake Monticello
How long have you lived in Fluvanna? What brought you here?
I’ve lived in Fluvanna for 15 years. What brought me here was an ad in the New York Post titled “Retire in Virginia lake country.” The ad offered a free weekend, tickets to Monticello, and a dinner, in the hopes that people would purchase property at Lake Monticello. My husband still has the ad! He’s a history buff and wanted to go to Monticello. So we came, in 1986, and took a look. We weren’t buying anything – it was one of those freebie weekends.
A few years later we started thinking about retirement. Though we owned a house in New York City, our lifestyle cost more than we could afford in retirement. We started researching places and remembered Lake Monticello, and decided to take another look. We liked that the density was so much less than NYC, and we were drawn to the woods. We bought property in 1991 and moved down here in 1999.
Yeah, they really marketed to the tri-state area. It was a huge marketing effort. Of the people who bought property here after 1986, most of them probably responded to those ads.
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I like to visit topiary gardens in winter. Undistracted by parterres of roses or patterns of bedding plants, the fanciful forms of topiary glisten with dark evergreen distinction.
Topiary is a living sculpture where pruning is done to sharply define a shape with dense foliage. Geometric shapes are the standard, cones or hedges, balls on top of balls, spirals, etc. Some are very intricate, depicting horses galloping after hounds or swans sailing on the top of an ocean of hedge.

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Michie Tavern’s traditional Southern food Photo courtesy of Michie TavernBecause I write a column that reviews restaurants, everyone thinks that I eat out all the time. Nothing could be further from the truth. Both my husband and I are excellent cooks and we enjoy experimenting with new recipes and preparing favorite dishes. Unfortunately that means that I sometimes compare our own dishes to ones served at restaurants, and often, they just don’t measure up. So I am very choosy about the places that I eat at and those that I recommend.
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The pea coat is worth the investment because of the classic style, versatility,  and durability. Photo courtesy of Annette DalyBrad Pitt, Usher, and Robert Redford wear them. Style icons Nicole Ritchie and Gwyneth Paltrow have been spotted wearing them, too. If you want to look sophisticated, intelligent, and stylish, then it’s time to wear a pea coat.
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Kristin Fields. Photo by Christina Dimeo Guseman

Where do you live?
Lake Monticello
How long have you lived in Fluvanna?
I have lived in Fluvanna for 13 years, but I taught at Central Elementary School for five years prior to my move. Ultimately, I’ve been deeply connected to the county for 18 years and am thankful for the sense of community.

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