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Help Joseph … and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

January 4, 2017 Behind the Scenes 1 comment
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

The Lion King Comes to Loudoun

February 3, 2016 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on The Lion King Comes to Loudoun
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The Lion King roars into Purcellville on February 26. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to see Simba become king of the jungle on the stage at Blue Ridge Middle School. The Blue Ridge drama department, under the direction of Dolly Stevens, has once again created an incredible, fantasy-filled production full of characters, songs and all of the Disney magic that accompanies this timeless tale.

Blue Ridge is the first middle school in Loudoun County to perform The Lion King, Jr. Dolly Stevens, professional actor/director, has run the after-school drama program at BRMS for the past eight years. She teaches acting and musical theatre classes and directs the annual school musical. Stevens also maintains an active performing life as well as a private instruction studio in voice and acting – The Spotlight Studio for Musical Theatre. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Centre Theatre Brings Hairspray to Franklin Park Arts Center

February 3, 2016 Behind the Scenes, Uncategorized Comments Off on Loudoun Centre Theatre Brings Hairspray to Franklin Park Arts Center
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Join Tracy Turnblad as she turns her passion for dancing into a spot on the local TV dance program. Transformed into an overnight teen celebrity, Tracy teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration and fair play. Watch as a larger-than-life adolescent sings and dances her way to her true love – all without denting her do.

Actors from throughout Northern Virginia will perform this eight-time Tony Award winning Broadway musical. Weekend matinees and evening performances will be February 5 – 13 at Franklin Park Arts Center (36441 Blueridge View Ln. Purcellville, VA 20132). Tickets can be purchased online at www.thelct.org.

For more information, visit www.thelct.org or e-mail info@thelct.org.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

The Trump Effect

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“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 …

Six Tips To a New Year and a New You in 2017

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By Michael Oberschenider, Psy.D. Research has shown that as many as 45 percent of us make New Year’s resolutions, but only about eight percent are actually successful in achieving them. And it seems that age is a factor: about 39 …

Investing in the Family Stock

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Family relationships are usually not considered under the rubric of “investments”. Yet, the personal gain and loss from family relationships is much more significant than economic return from stocks and bonds. Taking time out to relate to a person without …

Choosing a Different Lens

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We have all heard, “A picture’s worth a thousand words,” maybe even said it aloud while perusing old photo albums or scrolling through Facebook timelines. Sometimes words fall short of adequately describing an emotion encapsulating a distinct moment. Pictures fill …

Freedom Park

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A great name for a great place, this public space shows us – in my opinion – what’s best about Leesburg, Loudoun County and our country. Freedom Park – just off the Dulles Greenway on the South side of Town …

The Grim Reaper and the Great Barrier

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(to be presented to the Board of Supervisors in January) “The recent frequency and intensity of mass coral bleaching are of major concern, and are directly attributable to rising atmospheric greenhouse gases.” [1]

Pearl Harbor

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By Nicholas Reid Seventy-five years ago this December 7, to quote President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” It will have been 75 …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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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

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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

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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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Calendar

January 2017
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December 26, 2016 December 27, 2016 December 28, 2016 December 29, 2016 December 30, 2016 December 31, 2016

Family New Year’s Eve Celebration

January 1, 2017

New Year's Day Musikabend

Restore & Renew

January 2, 2017 January 3, 2017 January 4, 2017 January 5, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 6, 2017 January 7, 2017

Core Purpose, Core Practice Yoga

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

January 8, 2017
January 9, 2017

AUDITIONS - SEUSSICAL

January 10, 2017 January 11, 2017

Beale Street Puppets: Dig Those Dinosaurs

January 12, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 13, 2017 January 14, 2017

THE IMMORTALS

January 15, 2017

Come Paint with Us at Breaux Vineyards

January 16, 2017 January 17, 2017 January 18, 2017

Virginia Opera: Deep River- The Marion Anderson Story

January 19, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 20, 2017

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

January 21, 2017

DANNY KNICELY CONCERT

January 22, 2017
January 23, 2017 January 24, 2017 January 25, 2017 January 26, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 27, 2017 January 28, 2017 January 29, 2017
January 30, 2017 January 31, 2017 February 1, 2017 February 2, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

February 3, 2017 February 4, 2017

CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

February 5, 2017
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Upcoming Waterford Concerts Feature St. Lawrence String Quartet and Four Other Acts

18 Jan 2017

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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 …

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Historian Rich Gillespie Speaks on Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape

12 Jan 2017

The Mosby Heritage Area Association announced an event in conjunction with the Purcellville Library on January 29, at 2:00 p.m,. which will feature Rich Gillespie, Historian Emeritus of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, speaking on the “Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape.” The stories are all from the personal experiences of long-time local historian and teacher Rich Gillespie, or from close …

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Help Joseph … and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

4 Jan 2017

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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 …

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Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

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

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– 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

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– 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

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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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 …

It’s Our Right

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On December 6, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on a “Minor Special Exception” proposal we submitted earlier this year concerning our Catesby Farm property. Unfortunately, our limited …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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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

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

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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

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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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Man Killed Walking To Gas Station on I-95

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Virginia State Police Trooper M.J. Kryznefski is investigating a fatal pedestrian crash in Prince William County. The crash occurred at approximately 4:10 a.m., on Monday, December 26, on Interstate 95 near Exit 158B. Three males were traveling south on Interstate 95 when their Honda CRV ran out of gas. They …

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Sports

Ida Lee Spring NFL Flag Football Registration Filling Fast

18 Jan 2017

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Deadline for the House League registration is February 13. Registration for the Spring 2017 NFL Flag Football League at Ida Lee is currently open and filling fast. We are excited to offer again two great leagues: Ida Lee NFL Flag Football House League and the Ida Lee NFL Flag Football …

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Woodgrove Grabs First at Glory Days

10 Jan 2017

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The Woodgrove Varsity Gymnastics took first place in the red division of the Glory Days Invitational at Park View High School on Saturday, January 7. Woodgrove competed against Rock Ridge, Potomac Falls, Loudoun Valley and Heritage high schools. Host team Park View came in first in the lower blue division. …

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