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New Autumn Issue Available

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Pick up a copy of the Fall 2014 issue, on newsstands now! Click the following link to find the closest location to you:

Our newest issue includes our annual fall art guide with artwork from around the Piedmont.

Featured stories include Virginia’s Moonshiners, Hot Air Ballooning in the Blue Ridge, lamb recipes, two local art clubs: The Loudoun Sketch Club and Firnew Farm’s Artists’ Circle, photo contest winners and more!

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Wild Ideas: The decline of the monarch

Photo by Patricia Temples. An adult monarch on butterfly weed, in the milkweed genus. While monarch caterpillers will eat only milkweed, the adults feed on nectar and fruit from a variety of plants.

Wild Ideas: The decline of the monarch 

Pam Owen explores the complex life of the iconic monarch butterfly and the reasons for its 15-year population decline.

Veteran wildlife writer Pam Owen has been explaining the natural world in the Piedmont — and beyond — for years. Now, Pam will be sharing her knowledge with Piedmont Virginian readers in a new monthly column for

In the first installment, Pam explores the decline of monarch butterflies. The reasons for the sudden collapse of monarch populations are complex, mirroring the insect’s complex life cycle, starting with habitat loss. The monarch’s habitat has been disappearing through conversion of land to development and crops here in the U.S. and illegal logging in Mexico. Unstable weather due to global warming, with abnormal temperatures or precipitation, is also cited as among the causes of monarch declines.

Read the full column here:

Pam Owen’s column will appear monthly on For more columns by Pam, go to, or follow her blog:


On newsstands now—the Summer 2014 issue! The Castleton Festival, history, hiking and more.

Pick up a copy of the Summer 2014 issue, on newsstands now!

Our newest issue highlights the sixth annual Castleton Festival with the full program published in the back of the magazine.

Featured stories include the Alvictus Spy House, the history of Hurricane Camille, five great hikes in the Piedmont, beautiful summer landscape paintings, poetry, photo contest semi-finalists and much more!

Take a peak at other featured articles on our homepage.

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E. Fletcher’s Locally Crafted Approach

We’re delighted to welcome our Little Washington neighbors E. Fletcher Construction to the Piedmont Virginian (see their ad on page 77 of the spring issue).

Led by Eddie Fletcher, a Piedmont native and one of the key people responsible for a certain Inn’s beautiful construction projects, the builder has a unique, locally crafted approach.

More about E. Fletcher’s philosophy following and at their web site:

Our Values: E. Fletcher Construction, located in Washington, VA in Rappahannock County, combines traditions of the past with today’s building innovations to create unique, regionally specific, elegant custom homes. We deliver classic structures that are beautiful, energy-efficient, and easy to maintain. Using time-tested materials and sustainable building methods, we construct homes with character that will last.

We strive to make sure our clients are truly happy in their new homes. We build homes that meet our client’s dreams while carrying out the architect’s vision; embrace and enhance the client’s lifestyle; meet their practical needs; and provide comfort.

Timelessly crafted: E. Fletcher Construction welcomes the opportunity to build one-of-a-kind custom homes and structures. The most talented craftspeople from Virginia’s Piedmont create historically authentic details in each home by using available local and regional materials.

Sustainably built: At E. Fletcher Construction, we practice aspects of the age-old art of home building, while also embracing and implementing cutting-edge advancements in sustainable building practices. These eco-friendly practices are key to the home’s long-term comfort, efficiency and maintenance

We believe it is our responsibility to advise our clients about the many options to implement sustainable building practices. Because the building industry is ever evolving, we constantly study and research the advancements in sustainability that can improve the home’s overall performance, save maintenance dollars and lower energy consumption.

16th Annual Evening under the Stars Benefits Local Abused, Neglected & Abandoned Children

On Saturday, September 14th from 7pm to 11pm at the Harris Pavilion in Old TownManassas, Virginia more than 30 of Prince William’s finest restaurants and caterers will provide savory samplings of their of faire to help child victims of abuse, neglect, and abandonment in Prince William, Fauquier, and Rappahannock counties. Doc Scantlin and the Imperial Palms Orchestra will feature big band sounds and dance music from the 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s. Live and silent auctions will be held. Black tie is optional.

Proceeds from this event benefit more than 600 children who are abused, neglected, or abandoned in our area each year. CASA—Court Appointed Special Advocates— a 501- C not-for-profit organization specially trains and maintains more than 150 community volunteers to advocate in court for these children who are in dire circumstances. CASA receives no fees or payments for its services. The cost to advocate for one child for a year is $1,500.

Visit to reserve your table for ten or purchase your tickets.

Sponsorships are available and donations of auction items are needed. Please contact CASA at 703.330.8145 for additional information. Enjoy a wonderful evening and help a child in crisis feel a little less alone and provide an opportunity for a safe and permanent home for them.


For additional information please contact:

Ms. Charlyn Hasson-Brown

CEO of CASA of Prince William, Fauquier, and Rappahannock Counties


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