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Upcoming Waterford Concerts Feature St. Lawrence String Quartet and Four Other Acts

January 18, 2017 Lifestyle, Music Comments Off on Upcoming Waterford Concerts Feature St. Lawrence String Quartet and Four Other Acts

Subscriptions and tickets are now on sale for five upcoming concerts, the Waterford Concert Series announced. All concerts begin at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons in the Waterford Old School auditorium, 40222 Fairfax Street in Waterford.

The concert series begins March 19 with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, known for exalted performances and joyful connection with audiences. First violinist Geoff Nuttall and colleagues examine a Haydn masterpiece, Op. 20. No. 5, (their Haydn Discovery program, perfect for an intimate space), then perform the work whole. The concert ends with Beethoven’s sublime Quartet in A minor, Op. 132. The quartet was founded in Canada, has an ongoing residency at the Spoleto Festival USA, is the ensemble-in-residence at Stanford, and wins praise from critics around the globe. … Continue Reading

Bluegrass Concert Lucketts Community Center

January 4, 2017 Lifestyle, Music Comments Off on Bluegrass Concert Lucketts Community Center

The 43rd season of weekly concerts at the Lucketts Community Center will feature the following performers during the month of January: Saturday, January 7, The Larry Stephenson Band; Saturday January 14, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper; Saturday, January 21,Remington Ryde and Saturday, January 28, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers. Tickets for all concerts are $15 at the door, show time is 7:00 p.m. and doors open at 6:00 p.m. Hot dogs, barbeque sandwiches plus other snacks and drinks will be available at the kitchen. The address is 42361 Lucketts Road, Leesburg, 703 771-5281, www.luckettsbluegrass.org.


Music, Music & More Music

July 7, 2016 Lifestyle, Music Comments Off on Music, Music & More Music

Whatever your choice in music, taking in some bluegrass, jazz, opera, traditional country and more is a pretty easy thing to do in our area. Many local bands hop from one place to another as July, August and September come around, and national and worldwide artists grace northern Virginia with their talents, too. Here are a few better known music venues in Loudoun and beyond, as well as details on how to get tickets to schedule a great evening or weekend for yourself.

Franklin Park Arts Center: Franklin Park has something for everyone – music, plays, art classes, coffee house art & music, arts shows … everything you could want for both children and adults. Perched high atop a hill with a beautiful view of Loudoun Valley, consult their Season 8 summer music schedule for more information. A sampling of upcoming performances includes a Band Jam Workshop, Ralph Curtis & The Nashville Importers – 50 years of country music, Main Street Productions’ “Anything Goes” – the music of Cole Porter, and The Immortals.


Watermelon Park: This place has it all. Located right on the Potomac River off Route 7 on the way to Berryville, this popular camping, music and water sports venue has been around since 1942. Famous artists playing Watermelon Park have included Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and Bill Monroe. The long running River and Roots Festival blasted out the bluegrass last month and the Watermelon Park Fest, featuring The David Grisman Sextet, The Sam Bush Band, The O’Connor Band, The Revelers and more comes to town in September.

The Barns of Rose Hill: This unique, absolutely beautiful country music and theater venue is so close and such a fun place to go. Located in Berryville, it’s composed of two, fully restored 20th Century barns. The Barns of Rose Hill offers art classes, music lessons, and all manner of great musical artists, including weekly, old-time bluegrass and Celtic jams. Coming up this summer: Locust Honey, Mile 12, guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto and more.

The Bristow Amphitheater: This large music venue with a super-cozy, personal feel is in Bristow, Virginia, about 35 miles or so from Purcellville. This summer features hot national and world wide artists including Gwen Stefani, Def Leppard, Counting Crows, Kool and the Gang and more. Worth the drive.

The Bright Box Theater: Located in the heart of Winchester on that city’s pedestrian mall, Bright Box has been rated one of the 50 best places in the country to see live music. Described as a smaller version of the old Birchmere (in Arlington/Vienna), upcoming concerts will feature Ragtime Annie, Bumper Jackson’s Plank Stompers, The Reflex Ultimate 80s Tribute Band and more. Bright Box is also a very popular comedy venue.

Harris Pavilion at the City of Manassas: This often overlooked music and events venue offers great acoustics, comfortable seating – even family night movies! Coming up this summer: Adult Night Dance with The Silvertones Swing Band, military concerts with The US Army 257th Band, the US Navy Seachanters and The US Army Blue Band, and more.

Go Out & About – and Enjoy!

More Music Venues/Contact Information:

Acoustic on the Green

Barns of Rose Hill
540 955-2004

Bright Box Theater
540 665-2878

Bristow Amphitheater
703 754-6400

Franklin Park
540 338-7973

Harris Pavilion at the City of
703 361-9800

Horseshoe Curve Restaurant
Phone Number: 540 554-8291

Monk’s BBQ
Website: monksq.com
Phone Number: 540 751-9425

Opera House Live
304 876-3704

Pike’s Seafood
571 206-5788

Steakhouse Live
571 447-5483

Tally Ho Theatre
703 777-1665

Watermelon Park
www. watermelonpark.com
540 955-4803

Woodgrove’s Teddy Chipouras Taking His Music Career To The Top

June 1, 2016 Music Comments Off on Woodgrove’s Teddy Chipouras Taking His Music Career To The Top

By Amanda Clark

Teddy Chipouras, senior at Woodgrove High School, is an aspiring musician best known for his growing music career. Chipouras says, “I’ve always loved music and I give the credit to my parents because they always had great music playing around the house.” He was given his first guitar when he was in 4th grade and immediately was interested in it, bringing it to school and playing with his teachers. His sophomore year of high school he quit sports to fully pursue his music entirely through writing, singing, and getting gigs. “It is such a crazy feeling to have someone listen to your music and genuinely feel happy. Something that you poured your soul into is making somebody feel something, which is such a humbling feeling,” he says. … Continue Reading

New Concert Series Comes to Purcellville

May 20, 2016 Lifestyle, Music Comments Off on New Concert Series Comes to Purcellville

On Sunday, June 5 at 4:00 p.m., internationally recognized pianist Brian Ganz will present an all-Chopin recital at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 711 W. Main Street in Purcellville. The recital will feature several of Frédéric Chopin’s studies for solo piano, including the renowned “Revolutionary” Etude, among other works by the Romantic master. Ganz, who recently moved to Purcellville from Annapolis, is considered one of the finest pianists of his generation. The June 5 recital will kick off a new monthly musical series in Purcellville, Sunday Concerts at St. Andrew: Music With A Cause. In addition to providing an excellent, eclectic variety of music, these concerts, with Ganz as their artistic director, will benefit local charitable organizations. Tickets are $15 at the door. For more information, visit www.standrew-pres.org or call 540-338-4332. … Continue Reading

Local Band To Help Less Fortunate Kids in Cleveland

March 2, 2016 Lifestyle, Music Comments Off on Local Band To Help Less Fortunate Kids in Cleveland
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By Amanda Clark

Loudoun Music Instruction began when Frank Keim realized that instead of having his children take music lessons from somebody else, he could teach them himself. As he and his children worked hard, many people began to ask, “Who teaches those children?” Once word was spread around that it was he who was teaching them, there were several requests for him to teach other children as well. It was then that Loudoun Music Instruction became a business. … Continue Reading

Lovettsville Lions Club Winners

March 2, 2016 Lifestyle, Music Comments Off on Lovettsville Lions Club Winners

On Sunday February 14, the Lovettsville and Purcellville Lions Clubs held their annual James Bland Youth Music Competition. Nine musicians performed and were judged by professional music educators. The winners, vocalist Broderick Brown of Leesburg and pianist Claire Dantzlerward of Purcellville, will now enter a regional competition in Reston.

Front row, l to r: Allan Fogelson, Cecilia Fetterolf, Raelyn Hoang, Kirsten Engel, Paul Ok. Back row: Claire Dantzlerward, Michael Fitzgerald, Joshua Stevenson, Broderick Brown.

Front row, l to r: Allan Fogelson, Cecilia Fetterolf, Raelyn Hoang, Kirsten Engel, Paul Ok. Back row: Claire Dantzlerward, Michael Fitzgerald, Joshua Stevenson, Broderick Brown.

Johnny Cash Tribute Band Salutes 50 Years of Country Music

July 6, 2014 Events, Lifestyle, Music Comments Off on Johnny Cash Tribute Band Salutes 50 Years of Country Music

Direct from Nashville, A Johnny Cash Tribute Band will perform on Saturday, July 12th at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $20 for all seats and can be purchased online at www.franklinparkartscenter.org

This show will take you back to the time when country music was really “country.” This tribute band will perform classic hits as recorded by Hank Williams, Bobby Bare, Merle Haggard, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Randy Travis, George Strait & more in this full 2 hour concert culminating with a salute to America. Come & experience a nostalgic event you will never forget.

For more information visit www.franklinparkartscenter.org

Acoustic On The Green Presents Loudoun’s Own Guitarist Gary Smallwood – July 12

July 3, 2014 Events, Lifestyle, Music Comments Off on Acoustic On The Green Presents Loudoun’s Own Guitarist Gary Smallwood – July 12

Performing professionally since he was 16 and one of the series most requested artist, Gary Smallwood brings his acoustic blues and classic rock show to Acoustic on the Green for the eleventh year, Saturday July 12, 7-9 p.m. He has shared the stage with or supported acts such as Robin Thrower, Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush, the late great Jeff Healey, Elliott Easton (the Cars), Marshall Tucker Band, Molly Hatchet, Bret Michaels, Guster, Catfish Hodge, Michael Fath and many more. For more information on Gary Smallwood, visit www.garysmallwood.com or www.acousticonthegreen.com – Leesburg Town Green, 25 West Market Street, Leesburg.

Photo: Sesha Evans

Woodgrove Jazz Band Perform at National Lead Conference

February 6, 2013 Lifestyle, Music Comments Off on Woodgrove Jazz Band Perform at National Lead Conference
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The Woodgrove High School Jazz Band, (‘The WJB’) received standing ovations February 1 when they performed for the delegates of the 2013 National LEAD Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Crystal City.

The National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society and National Association of Student Councils hosted the Leadership Experience and Development (‘LEAD’) Conference for high school, middle school students and activity advisors.

Wanda Carroll, LEAD Conference Organizer, saw a photo and article about The WJB in a recent edition of the Purcellville Gazette and contacted Mr. Bill Strickler, Woodgrove’s Band Director to extend the invitation. … Continue Reading

International Flautist Jonathan Snowden Builds Flute Studio at Shenandoah Conservatory

January 25, 2013 Lifestyle, Music Comments Off on International Flautist Jonathan Snowden Builds Flute Studio at Shenandoah Conservatory

Shenandoah University welcomed premiere flutist Jonathan Snowden to the faculty of Shenandoah Conservatory this fall. Snowden brings tremendous expertise, including a rich and multifaceted background in orchestral playing. This English native has graced the principal chairs of top orchestras and soloed under the direction of gifted conductors. He has performed for royalty and pop stars, and performed as a featured soloist on blockbuster movie soundtracks. His boundless enthusiasm for music and the flute have afforded Snowden a colorful music career that has taken him across the globe as a soloist, collaborator and teacher, landing him right here in Winchester. … Continue Reading

Furnace Mountain to Perform in Winchester Friday, August 17

August 16, 2012 Lifestyle, Music, Uncategorized Comments Off on Furnace Mountain to Perform in Winchester Friday, August 17
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The Bluemont Concert Series is proud to present Furnace Mountain on Friday, August 17 at 7:30 p.m. for the ninth of ten Friday evening concerts held at the Old Frederick County Courthouse (Old Courthouse Civil War Museum) on the downtown mall in historic Winchester.

Furnace Mountain plays what they describe as ethno-Appalachian roots music. The band has graced stages near and far, from the Yangtzee River in China to the banks of the Shenandoah River, where they host the famous Watermelon Park Fest each year. The music of Furnace Mountain is at times lively and raucous, with spirited fiddle melodies weaving in and around the powerful rhythms of the bass and bouzouki. It is at other times poignant and poetic, with sublime vocal harmonies beautifully interpreting some of the oldest songs ever written. The band consists of Dave Van Deventer on fiddle and vocals, Morgan Morrison on bouzouki and vocals, Aimee Curl on bass and vocals, Danny Knicely on mandolin. … Continue Reading

Live Music Performed by Furnace Mountain Band

August 12, 2012 Lifestyle, Music Comments Off on Live Music Performed by Furnace Mountain Band
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Furnace Mountain Band will perform their signature sublime vocal harmonies and spirited fiddle melodies combined with powerful rhythms of bass and bouzouki at 2:00 p.m., August 19 at Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Road in Leesburg. The performance is free and for all ages.

Furnace Mountain Band plays music from the American Appalachian traditions, as well as original compositions, and songs penned by their favorite song writing friends. Members of the band have been playing together since 1995, and grew up in the same area of Virginia on or near the mountain bearing the name of their band. Aimee Curl performs on bass and vocals, Danny Knicely plays mandolin and fiddle, Dave Van Deventer on fiddle, and Morgan Morrison on bouzouki, guitar and vocals. The band released their most recent CD in May 2012. … Continue Reading







The Holocene Climate


(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017) Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New …

Choosing To Forgive


By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

Five Key Retirement Questions


Beyond asking yourself where you see yourself and even what your lifelong goal are, effective retirement and longevity planning begs some very big questions. Review the points below and consider how housing, transportation and health considerations all play a role …

Work Woes


By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

Joy or Suffering

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By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

Wage Radio


I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the …

Speaking Truth to Power


“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016


Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016


Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016


Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Wine & Chili Weekend

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Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
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March Fourth Friday

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Spring Brunch

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”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

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Sterling Library Moving To New Location

25 Mar 2017


Sterling Library’s current location, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling, will close beginning Saturday, March 25, to prepare for the opening of the new Sterling Library on Saturday, April 15. Patrons can return library materials using the drop box at the new location, 22330 S. Sterling Boulevard.

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Middleburg Gallery Presents Country Pursuits Exhibit

25 Mar 2017

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The Gallery on Madison in Middleburg is presenting an exhibit of Brian Whelan’s (a London Irish painter now settled in Waterford) ) transcriptions of a gallery of paintings by Thomas Gainsborough, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Andrews’ through April 2. The exhibit includes 23 paintings, two masks, two graphics, and nine preparatory drawings.

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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …


Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!


– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

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Virginia Schools Kick Off Statewide Campaign To Encourage Safe Teen Driving


More teen drivers in Virginia will be involved in traffic crashes between the months of May and August than any other time of the year, statistics show. To help save lives and prevent such crashes during the high-risk warm weather months, Virginia schools are kicking off a statewide teen safety …

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By Dave LaRock (R-33) As elected officials and members of the legislature, our most fundamental responsibility is to protect God-given constitutionally protected rights. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government, including governmental public colleges and universities, from infringing on free speech and the free exercise of …



Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017


The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017


The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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