September/October Newsletter 2019
Village Image by Antonia Walker
A Message from the Executive Director

Greetings from the Old School!
September is upon us and the 75th Waterford Fair is less than one month away! All of us here at the Old School are so excited to welcome fairgoers to our National Historic Landmark village to enjoy all the sights, sounds, scents, textures, and tastes that the Fair has to offer. For me, few things are better than walking through the village streets on a cool October morning with the scent of apple butter in the air.

This newsletter is packed with information about the 75th Waterford Fair. Read about the jurors who selected our demonstrating artisans, the entertainers who will fill the village with music, and the longstanding art and photography connections with the Waterford Fair. Learn about new events this year including Saturday's parade down Main and Second Streets and the Feast With Friends dinner on Saturday evening. Be sure to read through to the end for the schedule for preview night on October 3rd all the details about new ticket packages for this year.
Stephanie Thompson,
Executive Director

See you at the Fair!
Stephanie Thompson
Executive Director

p.s. For those who live in or stay in the village during the Fair, please make note of the parking and road closure information below to help us create that magical Fair environment for all our visitors. We appreciate your help!

Join us for Feast With Friends!
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Come celebrate 75 years of preservation and education with a special dinner the Saturday evening of the Waterford Fair! The farm-to-table dinner will be prepared by Jason Lage of Market Table Bistro with food donated by Loudoun farmers. A cocktail hour before the dinner will feature a special cocktail from Catoctin Creek Distillery and a grazing table from Market Table Bistro.

A limited number of tickets are currently available!
Don't delay, buy your tickets online or call 540-882-3018 ext. 3!

$175 Single Dinner Ticket
$25 VIP Cocktail Reception Ticket (in addition to a dinner ticket)
Individual tickets are available for purchase online at:
Demonstrating Artisans
Shop the hundreds of hand made arts and crafts. Demonstrating artisans will be around the village. We have over 80 juried crafters's items and baked goods at the Old Mill. And don't forget the Dried Flower Barn, the Photography Exhibit & Sale, Art Mart and the Fine Art!

Note: scroll down for preview night schedule.
The 2019 Demonstrating Artisan Jurors did an amazing job selecting this year's participants. If you see them during the Fair, thank them!

Christy Broy , a Virginia native, holds the position of Artist Liaison & Program Manager for the Shenandoah Arts Council . Broy earned her degree in Fine Art and Art History from The University of Virginia and studied film for several years while living in NYC. She has enjoyed developing and teaching children's art camps and writing critical essays on film and art for several online publications. Working primarily with paint and found objects, she can be found creating something almost daily in her home studio in Winchester, Virginia.

Corwyn Garman , is the Director of Exhibitions with the   Museum of the Shenandoah Valley . Since he began his career with the MSV in 2004, Garman has focused most of his efforts toward fostering the Museum’s role as regional center for arts and culture. Through the years, he has logged thousands of miles traveling the Valley and beyond to bring stories and treasures from the Valley’s artisans and people to the MSV galleries.
Elaine Valletta , retired Waterford Fair Demonstrating Artisan and woodcarver, studied art at Boston University and later graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in Education degree. She and husband Frank and enjoyed wood carving as a business for 30 years. Before retiring 2 years ago they exhibited their wooden animal toys the Waterford Fair for several years.

Sarah Cho is currently a Curatorial Assistant in American Paintings and Sculpture & Decorative Arts at the Baltimore Museum of Art . She has previously worked at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Princeton University Art Museum, and the New York Artists Equity Association. She is particularly interested in supporting historically underrepresented artists, as well as rising early to mid-career artists, and is excited by the work produced by the artists submitted for the 75 th  Waterford Fair.

We are proud to announce our 2018 Fair Artisan of the Year

Michael Combs

Michael Combs was first exposed to the craft of bowlmaking in 1996 when he saw Bill Day, an eighty-year-old bowlmaker from Indiana handhewing bowls in the pioneer area of the Indiana State Fair. After seeing the demonstration, Combs knew he wanted to do more than just try the craft, he wanted to be a bowlmaker!

Combs recently found a source for birdseye maple logs in New England. He believes the bowls from these logs are unique. In addition, he believes he is the only modern bowlmaker making handle-hole bowls, a design he adapted from Native American bowls. Combs is also licensed by the Mercer Museum of the Bucks County Historical Society in Doylestown, PA, and has reproduced bowls for their collection.

In a recent conversation with staff at the Waterford Foundation, Mr. Combs commented that becoming a Fair artisan years ago provided a big boost to his career. He said, "I really enjoy being there - it's the only show I do anymore!"
Enjoy Main in the Meadow
This year the Fair has three stages for entertainment! The Old School stage is back and we have added a stage at the Bond Street Meadows. Make time in your schedule to visit Main in the Meadow and enjoy some excellent food and libations while listening to these word-class performers.

Make time in your schedule to visit the Main Stage and enjoy some excellent food & libations while listening to these world-class performers:
  • Bryan Bowers Band (featuring Danny Knicely and Geoff Goodhue)
  • Jacob Jolliff Band (of Yonder Mountain String Band)
  • The Paper Wings
Play with our entertainers. They bring the Fair to life!
Enjoy the strolling troubadour, old world clowns, organ grinder and barbershop quartet. Stop by the Old School Stage and have the kids participate in the Sunnyland "one-man jug" Band. Sit a spell at Main in the Meadow and enjoy some truly exceptional Americana music. The full schedule of Fair entertainment can be found by clicking here: Entertainment.
Our greatest assets are members like you, who care deeply about the Landmark, history and preservation! Please help spread the word and help us make 2019 the most successful Fair ever — like us on Facebook ( @ waterfordfair), Instagram (waterford_fair) and share our posts with family and friends. 

A few updates and reminders…
Street Closures and Village Resident Parking
Streets will be closed in the village of Waterford from 10am - 5pm. If you live in or are visiting the village during the Fair, we greatly appreciate you moving your cars off the streets during Fair hours (10am – 5pm).

Parking is available behind the Second Street School if you will not need your vehicle during the day . If you need to go in and out, please park at Phillips Farm (yellow lot), Water Street Meadow (red lot) or Huntley Farm (blue lot).  Preferred parking areas for village residents and Waterford Foundation members will be located near the entrance of the Huntley Farm (blue) and Water Street Meadow (red) lots.
Resident Fair Tickets
Village residents, come by the Waterford Foundation office Tues-Fri between 9m-4pm to pick up your free tickets, or print online from the email you received. If you did not receive the email in your inbox, please check your junk/spam folder.
Tickets Now Available for the 75th Waterford Fair!
Fair tickets are now on sale at , at any Wegmans Food Market, or purchase at the Foundation office Tuesday through Friday, 9am - 4pm. We have several special tickets available this year.

Waterford Foundation Members  receive their free ticket(s) and, new this year,  preferred parking at the Blue (Huntley) and Red (Water St) lots
  • one 1-day ticket (individual membership )
  • three 1-day ticket (family membership)
  • All members receive free preferred parking
If you are a member of the Waterford Foundation, come by the Waterford Foundation office Tues-Fri between 9m-4pm to pick up your free tickets, or print online from the email you received. If you did not receive the email in your inbox, please check your junk/spam folder.

IN ADVANCE PURCHASE (through 10/3/19):

75 th  Anniversary Ticket  
(limited to 100) $75
  • 3-day hand-turned wooden acorn "ticket' (artisan: Deb Bahm)
  • private tour of the Hough House and champagne reception (Fri., 10/4/19, 5 - 6pm
  • preferred parking
75th Anniversary "Acorn" Ticket
Early Bird Ticket  
(Friday, 10/4/19, only; limited to 100) $40
  • pre-opening shopping (9 am – 10 am)
  • complementary wine tasting at Wine & Beer in the Meadow (after 11 am), keepsake glass included
  • preferred parking

Adult  single day $16
3-day General Admission  (adult) $30
Senior  (65+) single day $16
Groups  single day (min. 20 adults) $12
Students  (13-21) single day $12
Kids  (12 and under) Free

Adult  single day $20
3-day General Admission  (adult) $35
Senior  (65+) single day $18
Students  (13-21) single day $15
Kids  (12 and under) Free
Participate in the 75th Waterford Fair Parade
Sat. October. 5th!
In celebration of our 75th anniversary we're having a PARADE and   are raffling a chance for a child (12 and under) to lead the parade as Jr. Grand Marshall! Val Hoke Pony Rides has donated her services (and pony) to lead our Jr. Grand Marshall. Raffle tickets are available at the office. The drawing will be held Friday at 4 pm. Want to join the fun but are to old for the pony? Dress in a 18th c. traditional American costume and walk with us. Meet at the pull off just beyond the Mill. Please no political signs, vehicles, animals, or floats, this is a celebration of Waterford!
Local Painting Silent Auction
This beautiful Waterford scene, painted by Waterford's very own local artist Antonia Walker will be presented for silent auction at the Schooley Mill Barn during the Fair. Thank you, Antonia, for lending your talents to the 75th Annual Waterford Fair!
Volunteer Spotlight
Sara Evans and her husband Joe worked many shifts during the 2018 Fair at the Mill. Sara did much of the set-up and staging of the three floors of merchandise, and kept the building looking good! Her cheerful "can-do" approach and consistent reliability contributed greatly to the success of the Mill Shop last year. As if all that weren't enough, Sara worked with her former employer to donate to the Waterford Foundation as a matching gift for her hours of community service. Thank you Sarah and Joe for all your hard work!
Save the Date!

The Varnishing Night Preview & Sale will be Thursday, October 3rd .

You are invited to shop early at the Old Mill, Dried Flowers at Bond Street Barn, the Red Barn Photography Exhibit and at the Fine Art and Art Mart at Schooley Mill Barn. This year the venues will have staggered openings so our volunteers also have the opportunity to shop and relax at the party.

Varnishing Night Schedule:

5 – 6 pm:
Old Mill Shop & Dried Flower Barn
5:30 – 7 pm:
Photography (awards at 6:30 pm)
6 – 8:30pm:
Fine Art & Art Mart (awards at 7 pm)

Parking is available at Schooley Mill Barn but be aware of where artisans and vendors are set up.

Remember to bring a flashlight if you are walking. The alley from Schooley Mill Barn back up to Second Street is not lit.
Want to help out?

 As the Fair is put on solely by volunteers, your contribution is greatly appreciated! As a thank you for working a min. of 4 hours you will receive an additional Fair ticket.

you can help with...

  1. Art at the Fair (Fine Art & Art Mart)
  2. Tickets sales
  3. Artisan set-up and/or breakdown
  4. Artisan runners (perfect for tweens and teens)
  5. Photography Exhibit
  6. Area Chairperson
  7. Corner Store / Mill (One day)

Please contact Tracy Kirkman at or 540-882-3018 x 4 for more information or to sign up.
Need a copy of the Fair map or schedule of events?
Order Your Commemorative 75th Annual Waterford Fair Ornament!
2019 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Waterford Fair!

The 75th porcelain keepsake ornament was designed and made by Fair artisan, Anne Piazza (size approx. 3.5″ by 3″).

Shipping not available for this product. Pick up at the Old School at 40222 Fairfax Street, Waterford VA 20197.
Thank You to Our New and Renewing Members
Memberships provide a vital portion of the Waterford Foundation's funds to pay for the upkeep and repair of thirteen properties protected by the Waterford Foundation, as well as programs like the  Second Street School  living history program, the  Waterford Craft School , the  Waterford Fair , and special programs throughout the year. We would like to thank the following new and renewing members who have joined or renewed in September 2019!
New & Renewing Members: September 2019
Mr. and Mrs. Armand and Tracy Balboni
Mr. and Mrs. David and Peggy Bednarik
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Brown
Mr. and Mrs. Joe and Charlotte Carriker
Mr. and Mrs. "Skip" and Mary Sue Couser
Mr. David Crowe
Mr. and Mr. Jonathan Daniel and Lee Spangler
Mr. and Mrs. Theodore & Louis Dodd
Mr. Roger Duncan and Ms. Barbara Toohill
Mr. and Mrs. James and Jaqueline Gosses
Mr. Charles Harenza, Esq.
Mr. William Hart and Ms. Constance Eaton
Mr. and Mrs. Will Hockersmith
Mr. and Mrs. Peter and Elizabeth Hohm
Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Judy Jackson
Ms. Melissa Jones
Rev. and Mrs. W. Brown and Margaret Morton
Mr. and Mrs. Carlo and Sharon Pacione
Ms. Cristen Parks
Ms. Barbara Ross-Cersley
Ms. Kathryn Steckelberg
Ms. Susan Sutter
Mr. and Mrs. Brian and Erin Vallario
Ms. Linda White-Weaver
Ms. Claudia Young
Our Sustaining Members are: Mr. and Mrs. Goode (Joe and Annie), Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Hale (Bob and Susanne), Ms. Joan Kowalski, Mr. Ed Lehman and Ms. Edith Crockett, Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. and Stephanie Thompson, and Ms. Wendy Roseberry. To become a sustaining member, click here .
Next month, we will acknowledge our new and renewing October 2019 members!
New Waterford Craft School Classes Added!
Holiday Classes Added!
2019 has been our most successful year yet at Waterford Craft School. We're continuing our "Make By Hand" classes into the holiday months.

Follow the link to view classes being offered in November & December 2019!

Remembering Evelyn Godfrey
The staff and volunteers at the Waterford Foundation were saddened to learn of the passing of Evelyn Godfrey on July 6, 2019.

Evelyn and her late husband David moved to Waterford in 1997. For many years, Evelyn was a member of the Waterford Foundation, served on the board and as chair of the Properties Committee. She was a volunteer for many special projects, and even portrayed "Miss Nickens" at the Second Street School program.
Jill Beach and Susanne Page: 
Celebrate Over 30 years of the Waterford Fair Photography Exhibit
From left to right: Susanne Page, Jill Beach
Recollections from 30 Years of the Waterford Fair's Photography Exhibit by Sky Richardson...
Way back in 1988, before smartphones and self-driving cars, long time Waterford resident Jill Beach and Photojournalist Susanne Page decided that the “Fair” needed a Photo Exhibit as part of the festivities. In the beginning, before there was a prospectus, there were a few bumps and unforeseen challenges. Jill has told me how she would sit at the desk and worry if anyone would actually show up.

One year, the show Judge Lee Battaglia, famous National Geographic photographer and editor, chose as the winning photo, a naked man walking his horse. This photo was taken from behind and entitled "Two Bare Bottoms.” The sponsoring publication, refused to print the photo causing quite a stir. My how times have changed.

Then there was the time a photographer brought in his 30 plus favorite butterfly images all framed and ready to hang.  

One year we were in the John Wesley Church. Most of the photos were displayed on stands in the presbytary which was great until the gospel choirs came in and blocked the view of all the photos.  

Or the year, right after the show had been hung and was looking pretty beautiful, a huge storm rolled through Loudoun County and we had to evacuate all the photos from the building.

We have been in our current home, The Red Barn, for over three years now.
Jim Hanna, our longtime co-chair, took it upon himself to install museum grade lighting for the show. We are the envy of all. And, of course the ambiance and location cannot be beat.

I have been Jill and Jim’s co-chair for many years. In addition, my spouse, Tom, steps in with the coffee and donuts, hammer and nails and whatever else needs fixing or doing. We hope to see our old friends and meet some new photography friends this year. We will all be there at The Red Barn right next to the Waterford Market and the sheep. You can’t miss it.
Photography, Fine Art, Art Mart, Baked Goods and the Dried Flower Barn are still accepting registrations. Please visit  for more information or to apply.
Stories from Waterford
Schooley Mill Barn in the 1920s
"Art Barn" at the Waterford Fair

The Loudoun Sketch Club Connection

At the very first Waterford Fair in the autumn of 1944, three female artists were offering their artwork for sale, much like artists at the Fair today.While at the Fair, these ladies got to talking and came up with the idea of forming a group for visual artists in Loudoun County. After the Fair, this group was indeed formed. Initially, they called themselves the "Hot Sketchers," but today you may know them as the Loudoun Sketch Club! Along with the Waterford Foundation, the Loudoun Sketch Club is celebrating their 75th Anniversary, in observance of the three ladies who first visualized the group way back at the first annual Waterford Fair.

As in the past, the Waterford Fair still has a special place for visual artists, many of whom are based right here in Loudoun County. Artists and art lovers can browse - and buy - artwork of all at the Schooley Mill Barn all three days of the Waterford Fair.

As we celebrate the 75th Annual Waterford Fair this fall, we would also like to extend our congratulations to the Waterford Sketch Club, as they also celebrate 75 years of creating and promoting visual arts in Loudoun County! If you are an artist, we encourage you to apply to show and sell your artwork at the Waterford Fair . If you are simply an art lover, be sure to visit the art barn at Schooley Mill (near the beer and wine garden!) to appreciate and support some of the incredible talent showcased at the Fair!

See you at the Fair!
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