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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


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

The Lion King Comes to Loudoun

February 3, 2016 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on The Lion King Comes to Loudoun

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

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.

Lucketts Concert Series Plays On

December 7, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Lucketts Concert Series Plays On
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The Lucketts Bluegrass Concert Series continues its 42nd season of weekly concerts at the Lucketts Community Center on Saturday, December 12, at 7:00 p.m. featuring Wendy Miller and Country Grass. Tickets are $15 at the door, show time is 7:00 p.m. and doors open at 6:00 p.m. Lucketts’ famous hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches, other snacks and drinks will be available at the kitchen. … Continue Reading

Franklin Park Christmas and New Year’s Eve Events

December 2, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Franklin Park Christmas and New Year’s Eve Events

Holiday-related events dominate the December schedule at Franklin Part in Purcellville. A one-man performance of A Christmas Carol will be offered on Friday, December 18, a holiday sing-along is scheduled on the following day and a New Year’s Eve celebration is planned for Thursday, December 31. On Sunday, December 6, the park will be offering music from the Civil War, and a ?comedy improvisation event is slated for Saturday, December 26.

The Albuquer que Journal writes: “John Hardy’s one-man version of A Christmas Carol… a stunning work of theatrical virtuosity. Run to see this; take the whole family. You will be transfixed from the first moment…. This play brings the story to life…. I’ve seen this story many times but never like this… it will be as if you are seeing it for the first time.” The show begins at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20.
The Loudoun and Fairfax Chapters of the Barbershop Harmony Society, along with the Chorus of the Old Dominion, the Fairfax Jubilaires and chapter quartets will perform classic holiday favorites at the holiday sing-along on Saturday, December 19. Hot chocolate and Apple cider will be served at intermission. There are shows at 2:00 p.m. and at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for adults are $15; the cost for seniors, students and those in the military is $12; kids of age 10 and under are free. Please call 540-338-7973 to reserve tickets. … Continue Reading

Award-Winning Valley Players Bring “A Christmas Carol” To Purcellville

December 2, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Award-Winning Valley Players Bring “A Christmas Carol” To Purcellville

Nothing quite makes the Christmas season feel complete more than watching “A Christmas Carol.” And this year, the award-winning Loudon Valley High School Players will be performing this timeless holiday classic on December 4, 5 and 6.

“A Christmas Carol is one of my favorite stories,” said Valley’s drama director, Russ Staggs. “Its message is universal, its characters relatable, and it is relevant even today.”

Charles Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol” as a novella in 1843, and since then it’s been made into numerous movies, performed on countless stages, and has created iconic characters like Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim, as well as memorable lines like, “God bless us, every one!”

Like any classic, it’s always a joy to see it performed again, and actors continue to find new ways to portray the story’s memorable characters. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Valley High School Viking Players

December 2, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun Valley High School Viking Players

Come join the Loudoun Valley High School Theatre for the time-honored classic “A Christmas Carol.” Journey with Ebeneezer Scrooge as he rediscovers the true spirit of Christmas. Come ready to laugh, cry, and join in the fun on December 3, 4 and 5 at 7:00 p.m., and December 6 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 and will be sold at the door. Don’t be a hum-bug – come out to Valley Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol!”

Piano 2 Go: Lessons and Entertainment To Go

September 2, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Piano 2 Go: Lessons and Entertainment To Go

Sometimes, experimentation is necessary to refine one’s business vision. Exploring new avenues brings clarity to one’s purpose. That is exactly what Purcellville piano-teacher and composer Jennifer Warren-Baker did in 2014. She had been selected as the resident pianist for Salamander Resort & Spa’s opening year, and her wedding and party piano business seemed to be booming. She was playing three to four nights per week at venues such as Salamander, The Masonic Temple in Alexandria, The Organization of American States, and The National Press Club. She also played in private homes for parties. Weekend gigs offered her the opportunity to be home with her children on weekdays. Jennifer took her gigging success as a cue to take a break from teaching, but as time went on, there was a void. She didn’t want to admit that she missed teaching, but she did. … Continue Reading

Dinosaurs, Jurassic World, and Liberalism

August 7, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Dinosaurs, Jurassic World, and Liberalism

By Nicholas Reid

If there was anything that you might have thought was immune from the ever-increasing aggressiveness of the American left, you might think of the dinosaurs. Unfortunately this is not the case. Liberalism has stained dinosaurs just as it has stained so many other aspects of American life.

One recent example of this was the attacks on the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum for accepting money from David H. Koch in order to fund a much needed renovation of the Smithsonian’s dinosaur hall in turn for the new hall being named after him. Koch’s money (about $35 million) will transform the fossil wing of the museum from a poorly lighted space with mopey-looking dinosaurs dragging their tails around the floor to a much more vibrant, well-lit space. Despite this, a group of scientists developed a petition to the museum, urging them to retract their support from Koch, describing him and his brother as “those who profit from fossil fuels or fund lobby groups that misrepresent climate science.” … Continue Reading









2016 Energy Summit – George Washington University


On Friday evening, October 28, George Washington University, Virginia Campus in Ashburn will host the 10th annual Don Sandros Energy Summit in cooperation with local businesses and non-profits. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a reception with wine donated by …

Attributing Disaster


“Humans are likely to create a catastrophe, and possibly an associated disaster, that vastly exceeds our own ability to recover from it. In the face of all our efforts, it will persist.” – Richard Guthrie [1] “Here we show that …

Concerned Parent


By Michael Oberschenider Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We recently signed our four-year-old daughter up for gymnastics. It wasn’t cheap, but her friends from the neighborhood do it, and she has been begging us to go. It turned out to be a …

Invisible Illnesses

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By Mary Rose Lunde It is general knowledge that when people think about illnesses, they don’t think about illnesses that aren’t physically apparent. Sure, people know about conditions such as multiple sclerosis and other diseases with visible symptoms, but many …

Robinson Park

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Looking back, now – I’m glad it wasn’t what most people would’ve considered a nice day; I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my share of hot and sunny to last me for at least a generation (especially since …

Are Your Estate and Financial Plans Shock-Proof?


Don’t wait until “what if?” becomes “what is.” Where will you live as you age? Think about your housing options now, so you have choices and won’t have to make a hasty decision should an unexpected health event force you …

In Defense of ‘Adulting’


By Samuel Moore-Sobel Most friends transitioning from college to the workforce long for the days of college, wishing to be back in class and participating in campus life. To be honest, I may be in the minority, but I have …

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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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

October 1, 2016

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

October 2, 2016
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Virginia Outdoors Foundation 50 years of Conservation Celebration

October 9, 2016
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Barefoot Puppets: Dreamtime, Tales From Down Under

October 13, 2016 October 14, 2016 October 15, 2016

Loudoun Centre Theatre: The Scamps Of Scapin!

October 16, 2016

Harvest Celebration & Fall Farm Tour


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Anthony Semiao Live at North Gate Vineyard


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Come Paint with us at Breaux Vineyards

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October Fourth Friday

October 29, 2016

2 Pound Sterling Live at North Gate VIneyard

October 30, 2016

Music With A Cause - Music of Colonial America

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OysterFest at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary Club Sends Supplies and Funds to Haiti

24 Oct 2016


The Rotary Club of Leesburg-Daybreak shipped water purification supplies and emergency funds to Haiti following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. Partnering with an anonymous local corporation, the club shipped 3,000 water purification tablet packages via FedEx to Haiti. These packages, which were sent to an area battling a cholera outbreak, will clean 3,000 liters of unsafe water. Instructions translated …

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Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes

13 Oct 2016


On November 6, the Loudoun County Road Runners Club will again conduct the annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race in order to raise funds for veteran causes. Since it’s origin in 2011, the trail race has generated more than $90,000 with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to veteran’s charities, specifically Boulder Crest Retreat and Pets for Vets.

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FBRM Clean-Up Day at Blue Ridge Regional Park

6 Oct 2016


Join Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains for an Autumn clean-up to remove invasive vegetation from Blue Ridge Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Some tools and equipment will be provided, but please bring your clippers, pruning shears, or saws if you can. Directions: From Leesburg, drive west on Route 7 past the turnoff …

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Grief and Greed


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 …


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

New Proposed Uses for Western Loudoun

Loudoun County Seal Color

If you live in the middle or western part of Loudoun where you enjoy a parcel of open space near your property (which probably was put into an open space …

Bennett Knows How To Make Economy Work for All


In the election for the 10th District House seat, only one candidate has a more than three decades of success growing a local business. As the owner of a successful …

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

History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall


The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana


Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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Hunter’s First Professional Race

7 Sep 2016


Drew Hunter and Loudoun Valley classmates at his first professional race, Sir Walter Miler in Raleigh, NC in early August , l to r:  Marcos Pierce, Matt Slook, Drew Hunter, Max McNerney. Hunter finished with a time of 3:57.15. Hunter turned professional and signed with Adidas.

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Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016


American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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