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Summer Movie And Skate Nights At Bush Tabernacle

July 1, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Summer Movie And Skate Nights At Bush Tabernacle
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The 4th Annual summer of free Movie and Skate Nights will be held every Wednesday evening throughout the summer at the historic Bush Tabernacle Skating Rink.  These events are jointly sponsored by the Bush Tabernacle and the Town of Purcellville. All movies start at 7 p.m., and roller skating starts around 8:30 p.m. (immediately after the movie has ended) and ends at 10 p.m. 

All movies are full-featured, family-friendly (rated G or PG), and include titles such as Maleficient, Into the Woods, and Toy Story 3.  The full movie line-up is listed below and can be found at http://www.bushtabernacle.com/movies.  Admission is free and the concession stand will be open selling pizza, hot dogs, popcorn, and sodas at a nominal charge.  The schedule is below:

 July 8: Earth to Echo
July 15: The Boxtrolls
July 22: Paddington
July 29: Mulan
Aug 5: Toy Story 3
Aug 12: Monsters University
Aug 19: Into the Woods
Aug 26: Big Hero 6

Court Is Back In Session July 10 At Union Cemetery Chapel

July 1, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Court Is Back In Session July 10 At Union Cemetery Chapel

The Loudoun County Clerk of the Circuit Court is hosting a special program Friday, July 10 to mark the 150th anniversary of the opening session of the Loudoun County Court after the Civil War.

In May 1861, the court justices ordered George K. Fox Jr., clerk of court, to remove all court records, some of which dated back to the county’s founding in 1757. Fox removed the court records to Campbell County, Va., for safekeeping and they remained there until the summer of 1865. From February 1862 through June 1865, no court was held in Loudoun. To commemorate the July 10, 1865, court session, Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary M. Clemens and the Historic Records Division will offer an evening program July 10 to observing this historic event in Loudoun’s court history.

Starting at 6:30 p.m., at Union Cemetery, 323 North King Street in Leesburg, the clerk’s office historic records team and the Loudoun County Sesquicentennial Committee will sponsor a wreath laying and presentation on the life of George K. Fox to honor his legacy of saving the court records from destruction. Brenda S. Butler, chief deputy clerk for the clerk of the Circuit Court, will give a presentation on the life of George K. Fox Jr. Butler has conducted extensive research on the life and role Fox had in saving the court records. The court will also enter an order commemorating the July 10, 1865, court session and Fox.

The evening will conclude with a free 45 to-60-minute guided tour of Union Cemetery by Mary Fishback of the Thomas Balch Library. During the tour, Fishback will highlight the graves of many prominent Loudoun citizens and special monuments. The tour and wreath laying will be conducted by costume interpreters. Registration is required for the tour. Call 703-737-8775 to register.

Wine & Food Festival In Purcellville July 18

July 1, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Wine & Food Festival In Purcellville July 18

Purcellville’s fourth annual Wine & Food Festival will be Saturday, July 18 from 3 – 8 p.m. at Fireman’s Field, 250 S. Nursery Ave. This popular event was awarded the Visit Loudoun 2014 Tourism Event of the Year. To help offset some of the many fees associated with the event, Town Council set a $5 general admission fee. Children under 21 years of age and designated drivers (non-drinking) are free, and will be issued a designated wrist band at the entrance gates.

Families and friends can reserve a VIP café table with seating for ten for $250. Included is one bottle of wine, reserved seating for the entire event, early entrance at 2 p.m., and a keepsake wineglass. These tables offer exclusive seating for viewing the festival stage. Additionally, a limited group of four tables seating 6 each sells for $750 and includes covered, reserved seating by the gazebo and music stage, two bottles of wine and keepsake wineglasses. General admission and VIP tickets can be purchased through the website at ?www.purcellvillewineandfood.com or directly through Ticketfly at www.ticketfly.com/event/869025.

A new feature this year is the beer garden. Four Purcellville breweries have a collaboration brew debuting at the festival. The brew is called “4 Saisons” and is a farmhouse Saison – a French word meaning ‘season’ – and is a broadly defined pale ale, generally highly carbonated, fruity and spicy. Historically, Saison was traditionally brewed in the winter, to be consumed throughout the summer months. Not so long ago it was close to being an endangered style, but over recent years there has been a massive revival.
This event is open to the public and will showcase the amazing wines, foods and other fineries from purveyors located in and around the town. There will be live music from a variety of local musicians, wineries, craft breweries, gourmet foods and wine related art and accessories. Attendees may purchase food, wine by the glass or bottle and wine tastings.

Team Mathias 5K and Family Fun Run To Be Held June 13

June 12, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Team Mathias 5K and Family Fun Run To Be Held June 13

Team Mathias and Be The Match are excited to co-host this year’s 5K and Family Fun Run to raise awareness for childhood cancer on Saturday, June 13, at the Village at Leesburg. The race will start at 8:30am. It will be a family fun event with activities for all ages with music, lots of kid’s activities, food and fun. Smokehouse Live will host the after party. To register, visit www.bethematchfoundation.org/TeamMathias. … Continue Reading

Next Loudoun County Household Hazardous Waste Event Set for June 27

June 12, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Next Loudoun County Household Hazardous Waste Event Set for June 27
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Loudoun residents are invited to participate in the next Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection event from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, June 27, at Freedom High School, 25450 Riding Center Drive in South Riding.

Loudoun residents are welcome to bring Household Hazardous Waste from their homes to these events. Typical HHW includes: fluorescent bulbs, household batteries, oil-based paints/stains/varnishes, paint thinners, metal polishes, rust removers, wood preservatives, furniture polish, waxes, pesticides/insecticides/herbicides, pool chemicals, and expired fuel. … Continue Reading

Mosby Ranger Reunion on June 6

June 3, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Mosby Ranger Reunion on June 6

The Mosby Ranger Descendant Reunion will be on June 6 at 10:00 a.m. This gathering brings together not only descendants of soldiers who rode with Col. Mosby and his Rangers, but also people interested in the Civil War, local history, and heritage.

The program at the Middleburg Community Center, 300 W. Washington St. in Middleburg, will feature Mosby historians and authors offering first-person interpretations, including David Goetz, Eric W. Buckland, Don Hakenson and Gary Carroll as Col. Mosby. A roll call will be read, allowing descendants a chance to stand and count on behalf of their ancestor’s Company within the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry. Lunch is included. … Continue Reading

Carver Center June Events

June 3, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Carver Center June Events

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

Fathers’ Day Celebration
June 19, Friday, from noon to 3:00 p.m. Bus tickets are $2. For ages 55 and older. Take the Carver bus for a tour of the Mad Horse Brewery in Lovettesville to celebrate Fathers’ Day. After the tour you are invited to taste the beers for $5.

Introduction to Watercolor Painting
June 3 to July 15 Wednesdays, 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. Class cost is $20. For ages 55 and older. Participants will learn the basics of watercolor painting in a fun and supportive environment. All supplies will be provided.

Watercolor Phase Two
June 8 to July 13 Mondays. 10:00 a.m. to noon. Class cost is $30. For ages 55 and older. A class for students who have a basic understanding of working with watercolors.

Senior Outreach Services
Appointments may be made for first or third Mondays between 12:30 and 5:00 p.m. For ages 55 and older. Get confidential assistance linking you to services and support in the community. Call 703-737-8741 to make your appointment or sign up at Carver.

New Exhibit of Photography by Loudoun County High School Students

May 31, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on New Exhibit of Photography by Loudoun County High School Students
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The Leesburg Commission on Public Art is pleased to announce a new art exhibit on the second floor in the Leesburg Town Hall at 25 West Market Street. The Town of Leesburg 2nd Floor Exhibit Hall features rotating displays by Loudoun County Public School students.
The new exhibit features analogue (film) and digital photography by 10th, 11th and 12th grade students at Loudoun County High School. The student work showcases the best in traditional darkroom photography as well as the best of their digital photography spanning the entire 2014-2015 school year. Subject matters explored ranged from creative interpretation of a theme to specific topics. Many of these students are pursuing art careers in their post-secondary education.

An opening reception is planned for Friday, June 5, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., as part of the monthly First Friday celebration of the arts.

Honor Fallen Servicemen in Purcellville

May 20, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Honor Fallen Servicemen in Purcellville
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The Town of Purcellville encourages all citizens to honor our fallen veterans on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, at a Memorial Day Ceremony to begin at 11:45 a.m. at Town Hall, 221 S. Nursery Ave. in Purcellville. A detailed program of the ceremony can be found on the Town’s website calendar. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Board Recognizes National Emergency Medical Services Week

May 16, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun County Board Recognizes National Emergency Medical Services Week

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has officially proclaimed May 17-23, as Emergency Medical Services Week in Loudoun County. By formally recognizing these emergency medical professionals, Loudoun County hopes to bring awareness to the public regarding the critical roles our emergency medical providers play in our citizens’ day to day lives.

EMS Week joins together local communities and medical personnel to emphasize the safety of our citizens and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s “front line.” This year’s National EMS Week theme, “EMS: Strong” recognizes the important contributions and dedication of EMS practitioners in safeguarding the health, safety and well-being of their communities. … Continue Reading

Second Annual Music And Arts Festival

May 12, 2015 Arts, Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Second Annual Music And Arts Festival

Purcellville’s Second Annual Music & Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, May 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Fireman’s Field, 250 S. Nursery Ave. Last year’s inaugural event drew approximately 2,000 attendees. This free, family oriented day will feature live music, a juried art show, local food, beer, wine, workshops, arts and crafts, and children’s activities. The event is sponsored by Carl Fisher of United Real Estate, Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Loudoun Valley Arts, and the Purcellville Arts Council. “For me, personally, it is a bit like a “homecoming” after my four-year run with “Arts in the Alley”, only this is more fun because there are a lot of dedicated volunteers working very hard to make this an enjoyable family event that will give others a chance to experience a bit of the unique culture of this very special area. As the primary event sponsor, I couldn’t be happier, having now gone “full circle” supporting an undertaking I have real passion for,” said Fisher.

The line-up and schedule has been confirmed and is as follows:

The Shamrockers (Rock) – 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
The I, IV, V’s (Blues) – 12 – 1 p.m.
The Immortals (Rock) – 2 – 3 p.m.
The Darby Brothers (80’s Rock) – 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Robbie Limon Band (70’s Rock) – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Nikki Lynn (Pop) – 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Mateo Monk (Jazz/Fusion) – 1 – 2 p.m.
Victor Torres (Rock/Country) – 3 – 3:30 p.m.
Minks Miracle Medicine (Folk Rock) – 4:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Franklin Park Big Band – 10:30- 11:30 a.m.
Chorus of Old Dominion – 12 – 12:30 p.m.
Loudoun Musical Theatre – 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Valley Jazz Band – 4 – 5 p.m.

Moon Music
Hamilton Trio
Alie Campbell & Stephen Coakley
Stuart Hill – Native American Flute

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Free Spay & Neuter Clinic for Loudoun Community Cats Scheduled for May 17

May 10, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Free Spay & Neuter Clinic for Loudoun Community Cats Scheduled for May 17

The newly formed Loudoun Community Cat Coalition will hold a free spay and neuter clinic focused solely on community cats Sunday, May 17, 2015, at Leesburg Veterinary Hospital, 19463 James Monroe Highway in Leesburg. Each cat served at the free clinic will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, provided medical care as needed, and ear tipped. Ear-tipping of the left ear of community cats indicates that the cat has been sterilized and vaccinated. Details about the clinic and a link to register are online at www.loudouncommunitycats.org. Non-Loudoun residents are welcome to participate in the clinic; however a fee of $50 will be assessed for each cat receiving surgical services. … Continue Reading

Celebrate Town of Hamilton May 30

May 6, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Celebrate Town of Hamilton May 30

The annual town of Hamilton parade and festivities will be Saturday, May 30.

The day will begin with the second running of a cross country race for the kids – the Hamilton Point to Point – beginning at 8 a.m. on the grounds of Hamilton Elementary School. All children in kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to register for the races – a ½ mile run for kindergarten through third grade and the second race for fourth and fifth graders. The final run will be a 2-mile race for middle school students. Registration forms can be downloaded at www.town.hamilton.va.us.

The Hamilton Day Parade down W. Colonial Highway is at 11:00 a.m. starting at the Hamilton Safety Center, going through town and ending at the corner of Reid Street (by Lowry’s Crab Shack and the LDS church). All decorated bicycles, walking costumed children, 4H, ball teams, dance troupes, local businesses, antique cars etc. are called to join the parade. … Continue Reading






Asterisk No More


By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Moods come and go, but greatness endures.” These prescient words were uttered by President George H.W. Bush, a man who knows firsthand the truth of his own saying. In 1992, President Bush garnered only 37 percent of …

Second Bull Run

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It may not have been a battle, but – seeing as how it was my second attempt at getting a good look at Bull Run Creek – coupled with the fact that I’m a native Northerner – I felt a …

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents


By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. “snOMG,” “snowmageddon,” “snowpocalypse,” and “kaisersnoze” are a few terms to describe what just happened in Northern Virginia. The storm was reported to be the second worst storm on record. And while many children and teens gladly …

What Is a Sport?

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By Mary Rose Lunde On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What …

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn


It’s natural to be nervous when the markets head for negative territory. Keep a positive perspective with these six investing reminders. It can be very unsettling for investors when their portfolios and the markets start heading for the red and …

El Nino Evolution

Figure 3. Sea-surface height as inferred by by NASA satellites during the current El Niño (December 27, 2015, at left, from Jason-2) and at a comparable point during the last “super” El Niño (December 28, 1997, at right, from TOPEX/Poseidon). Warmer temperatures in the upper ocean result in higher sea-surface heights, as the seawater expands. In 1997, the above-average sea surface height was generally more intense and peaked in November. In 2015, the area of high sea levels was less pronounced but considerably broader. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. (see [4])

Figure 1 shows the annual global temperature anomaly since 1980 up to November 2015 using the NASA GISS data set [1]. NASA has not yet published December’s data though BEST has [2] and yes 2015 was the hottest year on …


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 …


Oh No, It’s the Christians!


By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

Dear Editor

Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville


Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input …

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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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner


Music Together Classes - Winter Session


Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY


Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session


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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert


Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY


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Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016


There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on …

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016


By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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6th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo February 27

3 Feb 2016


It’s that exciting time of year again for the Sixth Annual Loudoun Grown Expo. The yearly event will take place at the Bush Tabernacle 250 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, on February 27 with new expanded hours starting at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be wine and beer exhibitors, farm exhibitors, artisans and makers, restaurants and other rural economy …

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Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House


The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse


On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships


Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016


The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015


The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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