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Loudoun County Offers Workshop for Small Landowners

September 20, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun County Offers Workshop for Small Landowners
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The Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services is accepting registrations for a workshop designed to help landowners enhance the value of their property. Co-sponsored by the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development, the Small Landowner Workshop will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday, October 2, 2015, at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, 21085 The Woods Road, Leesburg.

“This is a great opportunity to learn about your land’s potential from a series of experts, whether you own four acres or forty,” said Ron Circé, manager at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve. The workshop is geared for owners of 50 acres of land or less. Interested landowners can register for activity #167590 at http://www.loudoun.gov/webtrac through September 25. … Continue Reading

Family Hiking Day on the Trail

September 17, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Family Hiking Day on the Trail

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), along with its Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Community™ partners and 31 Trail maintaining clubs, invite families to take a hike on the A.T. during the fifth annual Family Hiking Day on Saturday, Sept. 26. Held trail-wide on National Public Lands Day, Family Hiking Day is a program developed by the ATC to introduce and welcome families of all ages and abilities to the A.T.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is proud to host Family Hiking Day for the fifth year,” said Julie Judkins, the ATC’s director of Education and Outreach. “Family Hiking Day is a great way to promote physical activity, entice friends and families to go outdoors, and encourage exploration of the Appalachian Trail’s natural beauty.” … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Wildlife Center Will Hold Creatures of the Night Soiree

September 13, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Blue Ridge Wildlife Center Will Hold Creatures of the Night Soiree

The Blue Ridge Wildlife Center—the largest wildlife rescue veterinarian hospital in the Mid-Atlantic—will hold its annual fundraiser, Creatures of the Night Soiree on Saturday, September 26 at 6:00 p.m. at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Ferrari in White Post. The event will feature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, buffet supper and musical entertainment. In addition, the evening will include silent auction items and a few select, and fabulous live auction items. Some of BRWC’s wildlife education animals will also be in attendance. Tickets start at $150 per person and attendees must RSVP to Franny Crawford at 540-550-3057 or gaveap@verizon.net by September 14.

Over the past year, the BRWC has broken ground and is in the process of building a new state-of-the-art wildlife hospital and rehabilitation facility. Last year alone, BRWC rescued more than 1700 animals including several Bald Eagles (one was released on national television.) The new 8700 square foot facility, now under roof, is being built with private funds. Future plans include education classrooms for school groups and the creation of a veterinary internship program. The facility will open in spring 2016.

For more information on the event or BRWC, please visit to www.blueridgewildlife.org.

Purcellville Hosts 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

September 10, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville Hosts 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

Residents of the Town of Purcellville are invited to Fireman’s Field for the annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony. The Ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, September 11, at the First Responders Monument near the Historic Bush Tabernacle at Fireman’s Field located at 250 South Nursery Avenue in Purcellville.

Please join us in honoring our local first responders and the memory of all those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Loudoun County Offering Small Landowner Workshops

September 6, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun County Offering Small Landowner Workshops
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Loudoun County Parks, Recreation & Community Services is taking registrations for two workshops helping landowners of 50 acres or less enrich the value of their land.

Cosponsored by the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development, the two identical workshops are being held at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve. Registration at https://webtrac.loudoun.gov/ runs through September 10, and participants should select either September 18 (course #167580) or October 2 (course #167590). Both classes run from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The cost is $60 per person, or $100 per two registrants at the same address. The fee includes a continental breakfast and box lunch, a map of their property based on current GIS data, and a comprehensive reference notebook. The workshops are each limited to a maximum of 30 participants. … Continue Reading

Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament

September 3, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament

Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s is having their annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the prettiest golf course in Northern Virginia by Golf Magazine and recently awarded a 3.5 star rating by Golf Digest.

The format is a four-person scramble so men and women of all golf abilities are invited.

The Date is September 27 – registration is open and closes Wednesday, September 23.

To register call the Stoneleigh Golf Pro Shop at 540-338- 4653. Prizes, lunch and raffle follow the tournament. Guest fees of $75.00 include golf cart, lunch, green fee, and Rally for the cure ™ registration fee to be paid by check to Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association.

Irish Sessions at Corcoran Brewing

September 3, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Irish Sessions at Corcoran Brewing

Gina Faber and Tony Noerpel have started an “Irish Session” at Corcoran Brewing Company in Purcellville once a month on the second Sunday.

The next session will be from noon to 3:00 p.m. on September 13. It is an open session, and anyone can bring an instrument and play along.

Tony and his wife, Nancy, visited Ireland last year and were impressed by the Irish Sessions held in pubs, especially in Galway. They are informal gatherings of local musicians who enjoy the opportunity to play traditional Irish music together. Tony came home and discussed the possibility with Faber and they started the sessions.

They have attracted 11-17 musicians in the past.

For more information on Corcoran Brewing Company, go to http://www.corcoranbrewing.com/.

September Calendar

September 3, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on September Calendar

Ongoing events
Saturdays, September 12 to October 17, Interpreting Scripture Through Visual Arts, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Jonathan Holland, artist and youth pastor, will take you on a journey to create powerful and moving art rooted within the Bible. Cost is $105. Go to opusoaks.org.

On Saturday, September 12 at noon, Sunday, September 13 at 1:00 p.m., September 26 at noon and September 27 at 1:00 p.m., StageCoach Theatre Company presents “Puss in Boots” – Children’s Outdoor Theatre. Visit www.stagecoachtc.com.

September 8 to October 27, Tuesdays, Gentle Yoga at Middleburg Community Center, 300 W Washington St, Middleburg. For ages 55 and older. From noon to 1:00 p.m. Call 540-687-6375 to register.

September Events
September 3, Thursday, Blood Pressure Screenings from 11:00 a.m. – noon at the Lovettsville Community Center, E. Broad Way, Lovettsville. … Continue Reading

Annual Dog Swim September 12, Ida Lee Park

September 2, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Annual Dog Swim September 12, Ida Lee Park

Saturday, September 12, Ida Lee Park will hold its annual Dog Swim at the AV Symington Aquatic Center.  Come on down to the pool with your four-legged friends for them to enjoy a swim and play off-leash. 

The pool will be open for the dogs-only swim from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Dog handlers must be 16 years or older and are limited to two dogs.  All dogs must be at least six months old, legally licensed, vaccinated and wearing a visible dog license. 

Children nine years old and younger will need to remain in the snack area of the pool deck.  The fee is $5.00 per dog, payable at the front entrance.  Handlers are responsible for their dogs and no food is allowed.

For more information go to www.idalee.org or call 703-777-1368.

46th Annual Bluemont Fair

September 2, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

Have some old fashioned family fun at a “Green” Country Fair featuring traditional crafts (juried), local art and authors, craft and farming demonstrations, music: traditional, blues and country, 10k race, free children’s fair, farm animals, llamas and alpacas, quilt display, colonial blacksmith, homemade food, fresh and dried flowers, pie-baking/pickle-making contest, antiques & collectables, local wine-tasting, breweries and gourmet treats, historic slide show, bee-keepers and hives, model railroad display and antique caboose, pre-Civil War Country Store, farmer’s market, and more, set in historic village in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. September 19 and 20- 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. No Pets. For more information go to bluemontfair.org or call 540 554-2367.

Purcellville Mayor Stage Side Chat

September 2, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville Mayor Stage Side Chat

Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser will be hosting a stage side chat at Carver Center on Wednesday, September 23, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. The purpose of this discussion forum, to which all residents and neighboring residents are invited, is to hear from our citizens on all matters concerning Purcellville. It’s an opportunity to openly voice issues, concerns, ideas, and solutions. “Please plan to attend, and let me hear from you,” said Mayor Fraser.

Carver Center September Events

September 2, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Carver Center September Events

The Carver Center is at 200 Willie Palmer Way in Purcellville. ?Call 571-258-3400 to sign up for the following programs.

September 8, Tuesday, Hearing Aid Presentation
10:30 to 11:00 a.m., non-members pay a $2 facility drop-in fee
(Ages 18 and older) Joan Cassidy of Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC) will conduct a brief presentation on “Hearing Aids – What you should know before you buy!”

September 10, Thursday, Fall Supper Club
Wine Kitchen on the Creek, Frederick, Md.
4:00 to 8:00 p.m., registration closes at 4:00 p.m. September 3
(Ages 18 and older) Transportation available to and from restaurant from Carver Center for $6 fee. Each person pays for own dinner and tip. … Continue Reading

Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

August 25, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

The sleepy Blue Ridge village of Bluemont in western-most Loudoun County, Virginia, is bustling with activity as it prepares for the 46th ANNUAL BLUEMONT FAIR, September 19 & 20, 2015 from 10AM to 5PM both days, rain or shine. Admission is still only $5/adults, under 10 free, with free parking available. One-way traffic and crosswalks will be enforced in the village to ensure pedestrian safety. As always, the beautifully renovated Schoolhouse, grounds, and the entire village, will be alive with music, crafts, activities, and food.

Bluemont’s distinctive logo reflecting this year’s theme: “Farm Tools and Musical Instruments” was created by former Bluemonter, Jen Brady. Her winning design is created in a charming child-like style and graces the poster, T-shirt, and other fair memorabilia.

Always mindful of the natural beauty of the area and the need to provide good stewardship, Bluemont continues a “Green” approach to the Fair. Whenever possible recycled materials are used and easily identifiable receptacles encourage recycling of bottles and cans. Re-usable shopping bags with an abbreviated rendering of 2011’s popular Birds of Bluemont logo will be available for sale at a nominal price at various sites throughout the fair to encourage fairgoers to reduce use of plastic bags.

Fair weekend begins with the 37th Bluemont Road Race, beginning at 8AM. Terrain on the course is rolling at times, with a total ascent of 222 feet over mostly gravel and paved roads, beginning and ending at Great County Farms. Registration is $25 until Midnight, 8/30/15, $30 until midnight 9/13/15 and $35 on race day (exact change or check, please!) The awards ceremony will immediately follow and each participant will receive a Bluemont Race t-shirt with this year’s distinctive logo. More information and application can be found at www.bluemontfair.org

The 24rd Annual Pickle-Making/Pie-Baking Contest will take place on Saturday, September 19 at the E.E. Lake Store. Entries, labeled with the creator’s name and “contestant’s” title out of sight, should be delivered to the E.E. Lake Store by 11AM. Judging will take place at noon with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards for two categories of pie (fruit/other) and pickles (cucumber/other). First place winners in each category will receive a commemorative pickle or pie plate. All winners will receive ribbons and bragging rights. Afterwards slices of the pie “contestants” will be available for purchase at a nominal fee. More information can be found at www.bluemontfair.org Step next door into E.E. Lake Store for some delicious fresh baked goods and canned delights.

The Wine Tasting Venue and the Beer Garden, combined last year, was such a success we’re doing it again!! Enjoy your favorite libation in a relaxed setting with music, gourmet treats, and stunning views of the Blue Ridge. Entrance to the Wine and Beer Garden is free with admission to the fair, however you must be 21 to purchase alcoholic beverages. Souvenir beer and wine glasses will be sold for $5, with $1 for tastings and $5 for filled glasses. This is a great venue in which to relax mid-day or before heading home—by means of a designated driver, of course! You will also be able to purchase sealed products for home consumption.

The Snickersville Academy, a log cabin built in 1825 which was the first schoolhouse and house of worship in the village, will once again be open for free tours both days. The Hatcher family generously gave it to Friends of Bluemont in 2010 and the group has completely restored it.

Both days of the fair feature food, crafts, music and lots of activities for all ages throughout the historic village. On the Old Schoolhouse grounds will be scores of juried crafters displaying their wares. Many crafters offer demonstrations, including paper-maker, Joe Cunningham, as well as wood carvers, basket weavers, potters, word turners, quilters, and broom makers. Additionally, Ron Light of Lighthouse Woodworking has a new line featuring a re-creation of the first poster Bluemont Fair design depicting our beloved village up to the gap. The design will be available on trivets, hanging wall plaques and benches. The wide array of crafts and original art available for purchase include photography, hand-made brooms, baskets, spinning and weaving, birdhouses, wood carving, ceramics and pottery, jewelry, dolls, fiber arts, soaps and lotions, and much more. Artisans present include 2014-1st Place Juried Crafts winner, Pappy’s Wooden Dreams: “Handcrafted Toys for Big Imaginations”.

Plentiful food vendors will offer a variety of foods and treats, from down-home to international. This year the Bluemont Fair is pleased to host three new local food vendors including Cajun cooking from the Jambalaya Brothers, The Sprouted Spoon offering paleo-friendly options, and Tailgater Toby serving gourmet hot dogs and BBQ, along with our returning vendors that serve everything from apple dumplings to tzatziki. Antiques and other collectible treasures will be displayed by a variety of vendors at the Antique Flea Market. Be sure to stop by and see the alpacas, llamas, and sheep and consider purchasing articles made from their prized wool. Members of the local weavers guild will also be present to demonstrate their craft and provide hands-on opportunities. Ever-popular Organ Grinder,

Terry Bender and his mechanical friends, will perform musical selections on his large German street organ. Local bee-keepers will once again bring their working honey-bee colony – a fair favorite – with many varieties of honey and bee-related items for sale.

Bluemont’s railroad history is celebrated with an extensive model railroad display in the Shed behind the Community Center. The models come complete with replicas of Bluemont’s historic buildings. A special hands-on set will also be available for “engineers” of all ages to operate. Be sure to stop by and tour the genuine red Caboose ensconced on actual tracks behind the old schoolhouse. Once again the renovated Mill at the end of Railroad St., near the site of the long-gone Bluemont Train Station, will be open and offer an exhibit of railroad memorabilia. Also in attendance will be Rosemary, of Hair Cuts by Rosemary, to provide new coiffures to fairgoers.

At the E.E. Lake Store home-made jams, jellies and baked goods are available for purchase, along with Bluemont memorabilia. Be sure to also visit the Art Show and Sale and Children’s Art Exhibit in the Community Center. All young artists are invited to submit works for display at the Children’s Art Exhibit: more information at www.bluemontfair.org

Music and entertainment this year include new events: a square dance, Chorus of the Old Dominion serenading folks walking through the fair, and youth performers. We’ve got country, folk, blues, jazz, bluegrass, gospel, singer-songwriters, and rock n’ roll, plus two dance troupes on three stages (see schedule at end of release). Archeologist Dave Clark will also be on hand to share his display of found-objects and bones which evoke the area’s rich past.

The Bluemont General Store at the northern end of the village is a 150+ year old country store that was established prior to the Civil War and has operated almost continually thereafter, will offer the modern convenience of an ATM machine, in addition to food (including hormone-free milk in glass bottles, fresh eggs from the store-owned farm, local grass-fed organic beef, ice-cream, and sandwiches), souvenirs, and more music.

One of the most charming aspects of the weekend is the extraordinary Children’s Fair, Bluemont’s gift to its youngest visitors. Face painting, clowns, farm animals and lots of hands-on activities are offered for kids of all ages, most free of charge. Pony rides are available nearby for a small additional fee, as is the popular Rock-Climbing Wall, and pedal cars for very young drivers.

The 150+ year old Old Stone Church across from the Old Schoolhouse will house two very popular events. In the Sanctuary, an extensive Quilt exhibit, provided by the Waterford Quilters Guild, features antique quilts made in the 1880’s to new quilts made this year. Come see the contrast and harmony between the two in the beautiful church setting of wooden pews and stained glass windows. Meanwhile downstairs in the church basement the traditional slide shows of Bluemont’s past: “When the Trains Came to Bluemont” and “Bluemont: 1864” will be presented at 12:30, 1 and 1:30pm both days. The first show describes Bluemont’s heyday during the early 1900s when it was the last stop on the W&OD Railroad, now known mostly as the name of the bike trail which sits on its track bed. The second show describes an actual Civil War skirmish that occurred right in the center of the village!

The Bluemont Fair is sponsored by the Bluemont Citizens Association. Proceeds go toward paying for the village’s street lights, providing scholarships for local students, improvements to the village’s historic buildings such as the E.E. Lake Store and the Snickersville Academy, and community beautification. In addition, the BCA donates to local service organizations and provides display opportunities at the fair for local non-profit organizations, including The Friends of Bluemont, Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors, and the Snickersville Turnpike Association.

Absolutely No Pets (except service animals) admitted.

Bluemont is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge on Snickersville Turnpike (Rt. 734) about one hour west of the District of Columbia, 17 miles west of Leesburg and east of Winchester via Route 7. For more information, call: 540-554-2376 (voice mail), write: Bluemont Fair, P.O.Box 217, Bluemont, VA 20135, or visit www.bluemontfair.org



11 am– SpaceCanoe
12 noon– Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers
1 pm– Justin Trawick and the Common Good
2 pm– Esther Haynes
3 pm– Celtic School of Dance

11 am– Spiritual Harmonizers
12 noon –- the plate scrapers
1 PM–– Jake and the Burtones
2 PM–– Atoka Chase
3 PM–- I-IV-Vs


11 AM–– Julia Kasdorf
12 noon–– Beako
1 pm– Sometimes Sisters
2 pm–Square dance workshop
Featuring the Plank Stompers
3 pm–Square dance workshop
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11 am– Mink’s Miracle Medicine
12 noon– Celtic Union
1 pm– Caitlin Schneiderman
2 pm– Annie Stokes
3 pm– Billy and Bob

10 am– The Immortals
12 noon– TBA
2 pm– Bach to Rock Lansdowne

10 am– students of Julia Kasdorf
12 noon– Oaktones Youth Band
2 pm– Shamrock Music Showcase









Human Fingerprints on Climate Change


Presented to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors – June 23, 2016 Recently I was asked whether humanity’s fossil fuel use was the cause of the current global warming. This is a good question and I’m not surprised that there …

Ice house, Hot House and Mad House


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Sugar Crash

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The Art of Memory


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June in the Garden

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It is with great anticipation that I look forward to Monday, June 27, 2016. On that day new Purcellville Town Council members will be sworn into office, at Town Hall. …

View From the Ridge

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Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016


Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015


Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015


Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison


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27 Jun 2016


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Troy and Paula Haag Perform at Old Stone School

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Troy and Paula Haag, will appear on The Gap Stage at the Old Stone School on Saturday, June 18. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Dinner will be sold by Big Mike’s BBQ, drinks will be sold by the glass, and there will be desserts at intermission. Troy and Paula will be joined by Max Haag …

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Here’s To the Colorists, Manicurists and Blow Dry Mavens… Thanks for Listening!

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Big Baseball Coming To Fireman’s Field

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