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Music with a Cause Continues

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February 26, 4:00 p.m. A Taste of Spring! Beethoven’s “Spring Sonata” for violin and piano forms the heart of a recital by Venezuelan violinist Marjory Serrano and Taiwanese pianist Hsin-Yi Chen, featuring additional classics by Mozart, Coleridge-Taylor and Albeniz. The 7th concert in the Music with a Cause series at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Purcellville, will benefit Mobile Hope of Loudoun. Tickets are $15; ages 17 and under free. Go to, www.standrew-pres.org or call 540 338-4332. 

Q & A with Assistant Production Manager for The Age of Innocence

Middleburg Academy and the Middleburg Theater Department are presenting an exclusive showing of Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence, with a guest appearance by Patricia Hess, Assistant Production Manager. The event will take place on Saturday, February 4 at 7:00 p.m. A reception that kicks off the event will take place in the Mary House’s ballroom. There will be snacks and refreshments before the showing of the film, with a follow-up Q & A session at the end with Middleburg theater students and Mrs. Hess. … Continue Reading

Help Joseph … and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

January 4, 2017 Behind the Scenes 1 comment

Blue Ridge Middle School’s PTO is seeking help with its drama department, working diligently on the production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat.

The children in the show are enthusiastic and very talented. And, the school has a long history of first class productions with recent shows such as The Lion King, which won 11 National Youth Arts Awards under the direction of Dolly Stevens. … Continue Reading

Music With a Cause – Brian Ganz

January 4, 2017 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle, Uncategorized Comments Off on Music With a Cause – Brian Ganz

Brian Ganz and CHOPIN! Music with a Cause Sunday concerts at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Purcellville continues with a concert to benefit the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter. The concert will feature internationally renowned pianist and award-winning Chopin specialist Brian Ganz in a recital of works from the Romantic composer’s youth, including nocturnes, polonaises, mazurkas, etudes and a rarely heard set of variations on the charming German air, “Der Schweizerbub.” In a demonstration he likens to “musical gardening,” Mr. Ganz will play works containing “seeds of genius,” composed when Chopin was as young as 11 years old, and follow them with works in the same genres written shortly after the composer reached the bloom of artistic maturity. Tickets are $15 at the door; seniors $12; ages 17 and under admitted free. Tickets available on Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/hssrp4q.  For more information visit www.standrew-pres.org or call 540-338-4332 during business hours.

Christmas Concert Features Internationally Acclaimed Musicians and Antique Steinway Piano

December 15, 2016 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Christmas Concert Features Internationally Acclaimed Musicians and Antique Steinway Piano

The Middleburg Concert Series comes home for Christmas with a holiday concert of classical and traditional seasonal music at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 18. Featured performers will be MCS resident musicians Dr. Alan Saucedo, Cynthia Saucedo, Karen Chase; MCS Advisory Board members Dr. Dudley Oakes, Dr. Steven Cooksey; and internationally acclaimed guest vocalists Michael Forest and Dr. Aime Sposato. … Continue Reading

‘The Giver’ Comes To Franklin Park Arts Center

November 30, 2016 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on ‘The Giver’ Comes To Franklin Park Arts Center

Geronimo Production Company’s Premier Show

Geronimo Production Company is bringing another sort of Christmas play to Loudoun County. The Giver, based on Lois Lowry’s YA dystopian classic, will be premiering at Franklin Park Arts Center on December 8-11.

“This show is perfect for Christmastime,” director Keaghan Wier said. “It focuses on displaying the value of family, love, and joy…. These themes, along with Jonas’ discoveries of things like snow, sleds, and Christmas lights all make it a wonderful play for the holiday season.” … Continue Reading

Very Special Arts of Loudoun Performs Parade Train

November 30, 2016 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Very Special Arts of Loudoun Performs Parade Train

Franklin Park Arts Center featured performances of the Parade Train by VSA November 18-20. The performance celebrates the 100th Anniversary of this historic Purcellville tradition, with the Parade Train used to welcome the holiday with stops along the WO&D Railroad towns. Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser made a cameo appearance to the surprise of the cast and audience.

Patrick Henry College Presents Macbeth

November 13, 2016 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Patrick Henry College Presents Macbeth

Patrick Henry College’s Eden Troupe will present its rendition of William Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth on November 17 through November 20. There will be four performances, Thursday through Sunday, at 7:30 p.m.

This production will be Eden Troupe’s 33rd play, and its eighth Shakespeare production. It also marks the directori-al debut of the husband and wife team of Christian and Lauren Fernandez. Christian previously co-directed Eden Troupe’s production of Henry V and played Antonio in Much Ado About Nothing. Lauren previously played Prin-cess Catherine of Valois in Henry V and Ruth Bailey in It’s A Wonderful Life. Eden Troupe is the premier theatre company on the campus of Patrick Henry College. … Continue Reading

Middleburg Film Festival Announces “La La Land” As Its 2016 Centerpiece Film

October 6, 2016 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Middleburg Film Festival Announces “La La Land” As Its 2016 Centerpiece Film
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The Middleburg Film Festival announced the highly anticipated film LA LA LAND as its 2016 Centerpiece selection. LA LA LAND, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, will screen on Saturday, October 22 with Oscar-nominated director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) in attendance. The Festival runs October 20 through October 23 in Middleburg. For more information, go to middleburgfilm.org. The Coca-Cola Company is the festival’s presenting sponsor.

Pandolfi Plays Gershwin at Franklin Park On October 29

October 5, 2016 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Pandolfi Plays Gershwin at Franklin Park On October 29

American pianist virtuoso Thomas Pandolfi will play the music of George Gershwin on Saturday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. at Franklin Park in Purcellville. Pandolfi has recently performed as a guest soloist with The National Philharmonic, The Ohio Valley Symphony, the North Charleston Pops and the Wilson Symphony. Tickets for the concert can be purchased online at www.franklinparkartscenter.org. The price is $25. The price for a ticket and for admission to a VIP post-concert reception is $55.

Middleburg Film Festival Announces “La La Land” As Its 2016 Centerpiece Film

September 20, 2016 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Middleburg Film Festival Announces “La La Land” As Its 2016 Centerpiece Film
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The Middleburg Film Festival announced the highly anticipated film La La Land as its 2016 Centerpiece selection. La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, will screen on Saturday, October 22 with Oscar-nominated director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) in attendance. The Festival runs October 20 through October 23. … Continue Reading

Will the Circle Be Unbroken Show To Perform at Franklin Park Arts Center

August 3, 2016 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Will the Circle Be Unbroken Show To Perform at Franklin Park Arts Center

By Amanda Clark

On September 7, at the Franklin Park Arts Center the show Will the Circle Be Unbroken will debut, just as it did three years ago at Franklin Park, after touring all over both the United States and Canada. Elizabeth Bracey, Franklin Park manager, says, “It is a multi-media, live music tour through history, and the roots of the music that is truly American.” The show chronicles the Carter and Cash families and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s recording sessions that led to their Grammy award winning album Will the Circle Be Unbroken. … Continue Reading

Franklin Park Offers Two Ways To Celebrate Chinese New Year

February 15, 2016 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Franklin Park Offers Two Ways To Celebrate Chinese New Year

The Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville will offer programs to celebrate the Chinese New Year on February 17 and February 20.

The Mad Cap Puppets will perform Under the Bonsai Tree on Wednesday, February 17 at 10:00 a.m. When it’s time for Ko, a little beetle, to say goodbye to the safety and comfort under the bonsai, he must confront his fears of leaving the only home he has ever known. Tickets are $5 per person and may be purchased at the door. … Continue Reading








2016 in the Books


(Presented to the Board of Supervisors February, 2017) “The last three years have demonstrated abundantly clearly that there is no change in the long-term trends since 1998. A prediction from 1997 merely continuing the linear trends would significantly under-predict the …

A Rainy Romance


By Samuel Moore-Sobel “If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all” – a simple phrase uttered in an acclaimed musical that helped birth a star. The movie’s Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds) catches his attention so completely that Don Lockwood (Gene …

Concerned Parents


By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, Our 15-year-old son is out of control and we don’t know what to do anymore. He smokes pot and drinks, disobeys us left and right, is truant from school often, comes home whenever he …

It’s Time To Review Your Estate Planning Basics


Beginners and billionaires alike should refresh their knowledge of these basic estate planning terms and concepts. The word “estate” tends to conjure up images of billionaires and aristocrats, but estate planning is not just for the wealthy. It’s widely believed …

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: George Marshall Center

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I used to wonder why – after an assignment to visit the interior of this place, I’d return feeling exhausted – both mentally and physically worn out – as if I’d been carrying an extra couple hundred pounds or so …

Meeting the “Other America”


By Nicholas Reid Ever since the presidential election last November, there has been a lot of talk about the “two Americas”: coastal and continental America. The many differences between these two sections of the United States are numerous and oftentimes …

The Trump Effect


“Corals are marine magicians. As colonies of the tiny ocean organisms grow, they transform the calcium that circulates in seawater into enormous limestone reefs. These reefs—which can extend for more than 1,000 miles and provide homes for crabs, eels, sea …

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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Hillsboro Plans Mardi Gras Celebration on February 25

20 Feb 2017

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Mardi Gras celebration will be held in Hillsboro on Saturday, February 25 as a benefit for the Old Stone Schoolhouse. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Hurricanes and New Orleans drinks, as well as Old 690 beer and local wines will be served in the Garden District Bar. The Cajun Cafe will feature New Orleans cuisine, including King Cakes. …

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Four Young Historians Discuss Civil War Turning Points

2 Feb 2017


The Mosby Heritage Area Association will hold a talk featuring a panel of four young historians who will discuss turning points in the Civil War. The talk will be held at Unison Methodist Church, 21148 Unison Road, Middleburg, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 12. Tickets will be sold at the door or online at www.mosbyheritagearea.org/events for $15 …

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Love In All of Its Forms … Ain’t It Grand

2 Feb 2017


Americans exchange hundreds of millions of cards on Valentine’s Day, February 14. The National Retail Federation estimates that we will spend some $20 billion to mark the day and demonstrate to friends and family how much we love them – on what marketers call “Love’s Holiday.” Love. It’s a big deal.

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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 …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West


– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved


Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception


We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm


By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

Around Virginia

Walbridge To Run for State Delegate in the 33rd District

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Tia Walbridge announces her run for the District 33 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Walbridge is a wife and mother of two daughters and an active member of the Round Hill community. “Like many people in our district, my family has found its prosperity in a Virginia-based small …

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Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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Rep. Comstock’s Key Top Priority Legislation Initiatives


Signed into Law in Her First Term Rep. Barbara Comstock, who serves the 10th congressional district in Virginia, recently reviewed the achievements of her first term in office, identifying 17 legislative initiatives that she supported that were adopted. She said: “My staff and I have met with stakeholders, local elected …

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Woodgrove Gymnasts Advance To States

15 Feb 2017

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Two Woodgrove High School gymnasts have qualified to advance to the Virginia State Championships Saturday, February 18, at Patriot High School in Nokesville. Sophomore River Stone placed fourth in the all-around competition at the 1A-5A North Regional Gymnastics Championships at Park View High School on Wednesday, February 8, which earns …

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Woodgrove Gymnastics Team Places First

1 Feb 2017


The Woodgrove High School Gymnastics team for placed first at their home meet. The team competed against squads from Loudoun Valley, Park View and Riverside high schools. Seniors Kaycee Delitta and Sarah Snare were honored at the event for their contributions to the team. The Wolverines excelled in individual competition …

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