Purcellville Town Council Forces Another Lawsuit

December 30, 2009 by Blue Ridge Leader Loudoun County, News, Our Towns Be the first to comment

For over a year the Board of Supervisors has attempted to get the Town of Purcellville to follow the annexation process that is put into place to protect an area from growing too fast. Growth in the Town of Purcellville is supposed to occur at a pace that the town can afford financially, and also the town must prove that they can provide utilities to in town zoning and recently annexed … Continue Reading

Celebrating the Holidays in Loudoun County

December 28, 2009 by Michael Carter Loudoun County, News Be the first to comment
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Meghan Wilmoth, Steven Voss, Allison Clark (l to r) decorate gingerbread houses that will be given to needy Loudoun residents this season. Photo courtesy of Michael Carter

Houses are wrapped in festive lights, stuffed with cookies and presents, and filled with cheerful music as people center their lives around the overwhelming holiday season. There is another characteristic of this time of year not to be overlooked; it seems to bring out the neighborliness in a community.

Like the Whos down in Whoville, Loudoun County seems to join hands and spread the joy of the holidays. Loudoun Valley High School is a perfect illustration of holiday cheer, with many of the school’s groups finding ways to celebrate the season in any way possible.

Loudoun Valley’s Student Council Association, an organization often involved in acting as a model for the rest of the school, did its part by baking over 800 holiday cookies for faculty and staff to show appreciation for all the hard work they put into the school. The Student Council also gave students an opportunity to buy a “candy-gram” message for any of their peers to wish them a happy holiday season.

Valley’s PEER class, which requires each of its students to pick one project for the year, partook of the holiday season in their own way: Senior J.B. Driscoll’s made gingerbread houses to be given to families in need. Food drives go on throughout the year, but it’s rare for a frosting-coated treat like a gingerbread house to find its way into the hands of those who can hardly afford to eat; thanks to Valley’s PEER class, this became possible. PEER also aided SCA by delivering any extra cookies leftover from the teachers to give to the community.

The school’s German class decided to celebrate the season and bring a little German culture to the students at Valley. In Germany on every December 6th St. Nicholas visits all of the houses where girls and boys neatly line up their shoes in hopes St. Nicholas will fill them with candy; but naughty children can only expect “Krampus” (switches), the antithesis of St. Nicholas’s generosity. Of course, the German students only imitated Nicholas’s gift-giving kindness and filled with candy all the shoes that lined the halls.

Some of the French classes joined in the festivities by making cards and singing songs. After the school’s winter break, on the twelfth day of Christmas, the French classes will acknowledge “King’s day” with cake and celebration.

Whether through parties, cookies, or candy-grams, the students and faculty of Valley all find different ways to acknowledge the holiday season. The giving spirit of the season accompanies all of the other festivities celebrated annually that help bring joy to the community. For Loudoun County, this is just as much a part of the season as any song, cookie, or tree.

BRIDGES Express Gratitude

December 27, 2009 by Letter to the Editor Dear Editor Be the first to comment

In light of the recent controversy over holiday displays, the undersigned members of Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES wish to express our gratitude to the members of Leesburg’s Christian community who reached out last year to include other faiths in this long tradition. While not all in our group agreed that the courthouse grounds are an appropriate venue for religious displays, several of our congregations responded to the gracious invitation. Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation and the Sikh community provided holiday displays to join the creche on the courthouse grounds, and speakers from the Muslim, Jewish, Christian, and Sikh faiths provided remarks for an invocation given in the spirit of holiday celebration and community. This simple celebration of faith and understanding across boundaries remained throughout the holiday season for passersby to enjoy; readers can find photos and more information at www.loudouninterfaithbridges.org.

Unfortunately, some of the public comments following the prohibition of displays indicate a lack of awareness of these events. Many seem to believe that the display prohibition was intended as a ban on expressions of the Christian faith; some who signed the petition demanding reversal of the decision even made hateful remarks directed at other faiths. This misdirected anger is as disheartening as it is destructive.

Now that the Board of Supervisors has reversed the display prohibition, our hope is that in coming years we can return to the example put into practice last year, and that those communities of faith who wish to share a public celebration of the holiday season will do so with mutual respect, reverence, and great joy.

Unity of Loudoun County
St. James United Church of Christ, Lovettsville
Unitarian Universalists of Sterling
Sheila Kryston, Debra Dalby, Goose Creek Friends Meeting
All Dulles Area Muslim Society, Main Center
All Dulles Area Muslim Society, Ashburn
Guru Angad Institute of Sikh Studies
Rev. Dr. David Milam
Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation, Ashburn

Snow

December 27, 2009 by Alice Mullen Columns Be the first to comment

“Okay. To begin with you need underwear and pants.

No. I’m sure. You want to have a lot of warm layers.

No.

You have to put the snow pants on before the boots.

Sit down and I can help you take the boots off.

I’m sorry. I didn’t know the melted snow was going to be there where you sat down.

Don’t cry. It’ll be okay, you just need a new pair of pants. Go get them and I’ll help you.

What do you mean you can’t find pants? Did you look in the laundry basket of clean folded laundry that I brought up to your room earlier this week for you to put away in your dresser?

Yeah, there might be some pants in there.

Okay, so we’re ready now? Let’s start with the snow pants.

Sit down on this towel I put on the floor and we’ll start at the feet.

I know the pants underneath get pushed up, I’ll help you pull them down once we’ve got these on. First this leg, then the other.

No. Different legs go in different holes.

All right, so you’re in, and then we just pull these up. Hold on, the straps are twisted. Okay all snapped up. Now we get the boots on.

They should be right here, we just had them. How can a pair of snow boots disappear in a hallway this cluttered?

Let’s just retrace our steps.

What? No. It was not the leprechaun.

Oh! Here they are! Behind you, underneath the towel I laid down. Okay. Put your hand on my shoulder while you -

Socks. You need socks. Go get some socks and come back.

They don’t need to match. Ready? Okay put your hand on my shoulder to balance and -

Other foot. I know but the shoe I’m holding open for you goes on the other foot. Okay let me just-

No, other, other. Other foot! Okay, just pick a foot and I’ll find the shoe to go on it.

Right then there’s just the other.

Can you handle the rest yourself? Great! Let me know if you need me I’ll be in the kitchen.

No Sweetheart, of course your hand is stuck. You have to put the coat on first, before the gloves. Well, because your glove will get stuck inside the sleeve, kind of like it has now.

Okay, coat on. Let me just zip you up. Hold up, zippers jammed.

Yikes! I’m sorry! Oh Honey, I’m so sorry! I didn’t know you’d be looking down like that and the zipper would catch you in the lip like that. No. It was stuck and then it was just going fast. The leprechaun did not push my hand to do that. Just a little bit of blood, see hardly anything. Let me put a little bit of chapstick on that so it doesn’t hurt if you start licking your lips while your outside.

What do you mean, what do I mean? You’re always licking your lips out there like some snowman lizard. No offense. Oh Honey, I didn’t think it would sting. Yes it’s mentholated.

Okay then. Ready for those mittens?

Hold your hand out for me. Now spread your thumb out. Aim for the thumb hole sweetheart.

You have to make your hand kind of stiff so the glove – that’s it. Okay almost done. Here’s the hat, and let me just pull the hood over that. There all done.

No, I’m coming. Well of course I don’t want you to die of the heat in here, I just didn’t know you couldn’t turn the knob with the gloves on. There you-

Honey, you have to step back so I can open the door. There you go. Have fun. . . .

3 minutes later

Okay, okay, okay. Let’s get the coat off and then we can pull down the snowpants and you can go straight to the bathroom.

You don’t have to take the boots off if it’s an emergency. No, really we can just pull them down.

Okay all right. All set? Okay go go go. What do you mean where? You said you had to use the bathroom! Okay. Yes.

7 minutes later

Well of course your hands are hurting, you took off your gloves! Why did you take off your gloves?

Did you even play at all out there or did you just sit there and eat it while your hands froze?

Yes, I’ll make some cocoa.

Now? Are you serious? You want to go out now? You know you’re brother just came in. You sure you don’t want to play with him? No, the great outdoors, I’m a fan too. Okay can you find some socks for yourself?

What? Really? Leprechaun must have taken them. Oh well. Want some cocoa?”

Alice Mullen says a lot of things, and hardly anyone takes her seriously. You shouldn’t either. The Blue Ridge Leader is not responsible for what she says, only the punctuation and grammar with which she says it. If you are a raging lion of literary litigation, longing for lunch and feel particularly litigious there are tastier morsels elsewhere. Shoo bad kitty. Meow.

Snickers Gap Tree Farm

December 21, 2009 by Blue Ridge Leader Uncategorized Be the first to comment

Christmas for Others

December 21, 2009 by Lauren Pichon News, Our Towns Be the first to comment

In the spirit of the holiday season, many local churches are trying to find ways to give back to their community. While the ways in which different churches serve vary, they range from giving trees … Continue Reading

Good and Bad: A Review

December 16, 2009 by Alice Mullen Columns Be the first to comment

Have you asked any one small about requests for a certain fellow wearing red? No, not Satan worshipers of small stature. Sheesh, what kind of circles do you run in? Stay on topic will you? It’s December, of course I’m talking about kids and Santa Claus.

I’m concerned with the horrible state of confidence these kids have. When I was little there was fear and apprehension. There was a lot of talk about lists, and good and bad. Hope for that shiny whatever, lived in a tenuous balance, with the fear that someone had seen the things you thought no one had seen you do. Maybe this almost cocky bravado I see now is because these are the most watched children ever. Could it be that with constant supervision we’ve removed the chance for kids to be bad? Have we taught them that monitoring their behavior is our job, not theirs? How else can you explain the latest trend, the elf on the shelf.

Have you seen this? It’s a doll of an elf that comes in a box with a book. Parents read the book to indoctrinate kids in the latest twist on an old theme and then set the elf on a shelf (hence the name). Each night this elf comes to life and flies back to the North Pole, reporting directly to Santa about the child’s behavior. Apparently the elf has a great memory for detail, but can’t recall which shelf he was on when he returns in the morning so kids will see him shifting where he is throughout the house in the weeks before Christmas.

This is beyond creepy to me. The story is convoluted enough without adding things. Next time someone decides to spice things up, could we hold it up for a vote? Whatever happened to being good for goodness sake? It’s not going to take long for some enterprising youth to deduce that killing the messenger is an effective way to kill the message. That’s just a practical conclusion, a simple problem of reasoning -but parents will worry, and therapists will thrive in the elf doll killing boom that will follow.

And why does Santa suddenly need a henchman? I’m guessing this elf is just some nephew from the wife’s side of the family that he had to give a job. It won’t work out. Pretty soon he’ll be hitting the eggnog complaining about how the big guy doesn’t understand the dangers of working in the field. He’ll start hassling the tooth fairy asking her why she thinks she’s too good for him and he’ll go off on a bender with Jack Frost. Then we’ll be out running last minute errands and the road will be so bumpy it’ll make our CDs skip because, you know, Frost heaves. But all that’s besides the point. The point is that the system is breaking down!

We all know that this coal thing is starting to sound like an empty threat. Frankly if Santa can afford in this economy to take on more employees than we can afford to delegate a bit too. So as my public service for the season I submit for your approval the Self Evaluation Form for Santa:

Santa Evaluation Form

Print this out and you can sit down with the kid in question and hash out all the nonsense of the year. Give them an opportunity to reflect on their actions at the one time of year we have any chance of them listening. And that’s sort of what the season is about?

If this doesn’t work I’m going to rent a Santa. Always the bargain hunter I think they’ll be really cheap in the summer and I’m going to pay one to sit in the park and watch my kids bicker and fight with each other as he quietly takes notes in a journal.

Alice Mullen says a lot of things, and hardly anyone takes her seriously. You shouldn’t either. The Blue Ridge Leader is not responsible for what she says, only the punctuation and grammar with which she says it. If you are a raging lion of literary litigation, longing for lunch and feel particularly litigious there are tastier morsels elsewhere. Shoo bad kitty. Meow.

Agrees with Supervisors

December 15, 2009 by Letter to the Editor Dear Editor Be the first to comment

I am pleased the Board of Supervisors made the correct decision to allow holiday displays at the Leesburg Courthouse. Holiday displays can be found in towns and cities all over the country and the citizens of Loudon should have the ability to display holiday decorations and even Christian symbols during this time of the year. In 1984, the Supreme Court in Lynch vs. Donnelly ruled holiday displays on public grounds did not violate the constitution. The wonderful traditions of Christmas can hardly be offensive. For most, Christmas symbols and customs are welcomed by Christians and non-Christians alike.

The Board correctly recognized holiday displays were not extreme and viewed favorably by county residents. The only unfortunate dissent was Supervisor Jim Burton (I-Blue Ridge). Mr. Burton reasoned “I believe it is inappropriate and unwise to make a decision today without a full understanding of the risk,” adding “I am concern that this motion will turn the courthouse grounds into a public circus.” Mr. Burton believes allowing holiday displays may lead to other unwanted displays from controversial groups. It’s my opinion the decision on whether or not to allow displays was made nearly 50 years ago when the Rotary Club of Leesburg began providing a Christmas tree for the courthouse property. For at least several years a simple nativity has been displayed as well. I believe the circus Mr. Burton worries about might just be similar to the circus we have had in Leesburg for nearly 50 years a tree, a nativity scene and some holiday cheer. I am glad the Board of Supervisors decided to bring back the Leesburg Courthouse Christmas circus for another year.

Keith Melton, Purcellville

Editors Note: Click here for the full text of Supervisor Jim Burton’s statement.

Click here to see the rules of use for courthouse grounds.

Money Talks

December 15, 2009 by Sarah Okrey Committees at a Glance Be the first to comment

“This is one thousand dollars in cash.” Bill Druhan spread out a wad of greenbacks on the mahogany desktop in the Purcellville town hall. “I’ll give it to anybody who can find the word ‘school’ in this document!”

At the Purcellville Planning Commission Meeting last week, Druhan, the former mayor and a commissioner on the board, presented his case for traffic reform with gusto. According to Druhan, all of Purcellville’s traffic problems are a direct result of the new schools that have gone up in the Purcellville area in the years since the last 20-25 traffic study. The study, though accurate in 2002 when it was published, does not address the possibility of out-of-town commuters to and from schools such as Harmony from other parts of Loudoun County. Once a day during the school year, residential streets such a Maple Ave. and 9th street are flooded with unwelcome traffic that not only makes life difficult for Purcellville residents, but also harms the roads.

“This study is totally flawed,” Druhan said. “This is where our problem is at.” Druhan, who lives on Maple Ave. and has seen the crisis up close every day, wants to reevaluate Purcellville traffic patterns and take action to clear up the roads. Commissioner Tom Priscilla agreed, but suggested that nothing can be done for Purcellville without the availability of county funding.

“The county is obligated to help the town,” Priscilla said, “but whenever we approach them they throw up their hands and say ‘we’re broke’” Large scale solutions that involve county funding take more time than residents are willing to give. Druhan suggested the installation of speed bumps or other traffic control devices on Maple Ave. and 9th Street to discourage through traffic.

Chairman Beese concluded the discussion by stating that Purcellville needs an “in-between-time” plan to help maintain order until the town can obtain the funding it needs. Loudoun County, after turning down numerous petitions for funding on the basis of the 2002 traffic study, may need to reevaluate their sources.

Commissioner Priscilla scooped up the 1000 dollars after the meeting adjourned and handed them back to Druhan. “Keep it as my donation to improving Purcellville’s roads,” he said. “That’s how serious I am about this.”

Blue Ridge Leader News – December 13, 2009

December 15, 2009 by Tim Jon News, Tim Jon with BRLN Be the first to comment

Good Morning and Happy Holidays from Tim Jon for the Blue Ridge Leader! Here’s your News Stories for Sunday, December 13th…

Church and State (corner of)

Well, it just got too political, they say- and I don’t blame them. Seems the local Rotary got tired of all the tail-chasing over the past week or 10 days over the courthouse display regulations; they more or less picked up their toy trucks and went home (in other words, no Christmas Tree erected in the historic spot in downtown Leesburg from the local club in something like 50 years).

As overworked as I am this time of year, it makes me kind of sad.

I not only enjoy tradition, I really used to feel good as I’d walk past the annual Tannenbaum, there in front of the old Courthouse.

Sort of a yearly passage, which, by all reports, we’ve now lost.

Ho hum.

Given a bit of time to catch my breath and create, I’d probably compose a critical ballad on the theme of O little Town of Bethlehem- with woes of mixed messages from local government resulting in a change such as this- and probably some wishes for more respect between the rational & the sensitive when it comes to decision-making in the political arena.

Now, not even all the wise men and all the King’s horses can put Humpty together again, it seems, after a series of perhaps misguided but honest attempts at maintaining control over allowing decorating in the public space.

Oh well; we’re puttin’ in a Christmas wish for some common sense in government- local, state and national- howsoever contradictory that may seem.

Probably harder than world peace.

Maybe we’ll get that instead.

So- the Loudoun Supervisors reversed the Courts Advisory Committee, and then the County Board tweaked the regs some more, after getting second thoughts, due to not only the number of requests for displays in the courthouse square, but the potentially controversial character of some of the applications.

My, oh my.

Lemme warn ya, though; if we’re screamin’ about this like it’s the end of the world, then things really can’t be all that bad.

Trust me on that one.

Trailblazing

And if ya really want to make someone unhappy, put recreational trail through their neighborhood.

What?

Well, yeah- let me explain.

The old Southwest Connector’s rearing it’s head again- and for some, it’s a face only a mother could love.

Or, maybe that’s the wrong metaphor.

Anyway, lots of folks in southwest Leesburg have a problem with plans for an eventual link between their sort-of landlocked area and some of their surroundings.

And we understand the concerns: fears of increased crime, worries about the cost, basic invasion of privacy, etc.

It’s a seven million dollar baby and would eventually connect Chancellor to Clubhouse and those neighborhoods to the W and OD Trail near Loudoun County High School- by way of a recreational trail for bikers, runners and walkers.

We’ve been watching and listening to this one for over 10 years, and it’s always been a contentious issue: some want the pathway connector for greater access and others oppose it for various reasons.

We don’t expect this to change until a bigger problem makes the opponents forget this one for the time being- then, they’ll go back to their opposition.

With all due respects.

Better than Sledding

And, just in time for freezing temperatures pushing all the kids inside to play out the winter, we proudly announce the opening of a skate park in the Dulles South area. South Riding to be exact- imagine taking a spill on a concrete slab in weather like we enjoyed this past week!

Well, I’m sure the youngsters won’t notice the cold as they celebrate the 56 hundred foot facility at the Multi-purpose Center.

It’s got ramps, rails, stairs, ledges, quarter pipes and something called a pump bump.

I’ll stay as far away as possible, but you can expect this place to be filled with teens on their wheelie-board-things.

The South Riding Homeowners Association and the County Park ‘n Rec Department put the project together.

Hope it’s just as successful as the Catoctin Skate Park in Leesburg- another great partnership.

Just don’t hit any reindeer.

In the Counting House

Well, back to the more serious stuff; you know, after the holidays, the County Government’s gonna face some tough music on the financial end of things. The Loudoun Supervisors figure to get down to the nitty gritty on the budget- and our guess is: no one will be completely happy about the decisions.

One scenario- which would help pay for service levels roughly equal to what they are now- would hit us all in the pocketbook (per household, that is) to the tune of a little under eight hundred smackeroos- on average.

I’m glad my bill wouldn’t be affected that much- and I don’t think the Board will adopt that version of the final budget.

But I’d also be concerned if some of those really cool programs at the local libraries would disappear- or if Loudoun Public Schools would start in on a long, slow downslide (which I really don’t think is gonna happen).

Well, make sure you check out our interview scheduled for today with Leesburg Supervisor Kelly Burk; she told us the budget deliberations sort of loom before her like the Ghost of Marley and those three other apparitions for ol’ Ebeneezer.

Not that Kelly’s a miser or a bad boss; it’s just that this financial stuff has her concerned like the rest of us.

Should be an interesting chat.

We’ll talk about some other stuff, too (Kelly teaches Special Education for the public school system and she used to serve on the Leesburg Town Council).

Present Arms

A little closer to the “’Tis the Season” motif, you’ve still got a few days left drop off donations headed for overseas troops. One of our local sports organizations- Greater Loudoun Babe Ruth- coordinated a holiday collection drive- in cooperation with the Freedom Alliance of Dulles- to bring some much-needed cheer to soldiers in uniform- in the form of some simple entertainment items and really what amounts to basic necessities.

Several drop-off points across the County accept donations until Thursday- and here’s what they’re looking for: travel-size toiletry items, snacks- sealed, individual units and some of the smaller, personalized recreational ‘n’ entertainment things (batteries, stationary, crosswords, little games, DVD’s- that sort of deal).

So- here’s where you can do your Santa routine with the stuff: two spots in Purcellville- the Loudoun Valley Community Center and the Purcellville Library, Gold’s Gym in Ashburn and a place called Grease Monkey in Sterling.

I can’t think of a better destination for a gift- or a bunch of ‘em- than to some of our soldiers in uniform in Iraq and/or Afghanistan.

Kudos to these groups for organizing this.

Save Our History!

And on behalf of a much-closer-to-home need- don’t say there’s ‘no room at the inn’ for some of the priceless artifacts of this County’s timeline. One of our favorite local resources- the Loudoun Museum- put out an urgent plea this past week for the use of some emergency space to house their collection.

No kidding- it’s really that serious; they found out that their current space- known at Odd Fellows Hall and the adjacent building at Loudoun and Wirt in Leesburg- just won’t make the code requirements- even after the current renovations finish up.

So- ”Anybody’s Dad got a vacant office?” as they used to ask in the old Garland and Rooney Musicals.

That’s the basic situation: the Museum needs roughly a 12 to 14 hundred square foot plot- in which to plunk down some 76 hundred historic items for safe-keeping.

That’s about 50 feet by 25- a pretty good sized chuck of interior real estate.

Needs to be climate-controlled, too.

Don’t know how long they’ll need it, but you can figure it’ll be pretty much a permanent deal.

At least that’s what they’re hoping- if it works out that way.

There Oughtta be more LAWS

And that reminds us- we wanted to give some more attention to another really worthwhile institution in our locality- and they need a new home, as well. We told you last week about the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter’s search for bigger accommodations.

Still no word on their scoring such a find.

Their current facility could probably serve a population of about one-quarter of Loudoun’s current number of residents.

The LAWS Board of Directors would appreciate even just a couple of acres of land- on which they could build a new facility from to-be-donated funds.

We’ll keep putting this one out there until they find a solution.

Reading Power!

In the “Good on Ya” column, we’re happy to announce that an anonymous donor pledged a $10,000 donation to a local teaching resource- if those funds can be matched by others. The Loudoun Literacy Council issued word on the offer; they’ve had similar support in the past- and this would certainly make their budget numbers line up a lot more easily- looking at the next Fiscal Year.

This group does phenomenal work in our locality and we put our official stamp of approval on their operations.

Incendiary Growth

Well, the Town of Purcellville concluded another chapter in their ongoing range war over land, water, population, roads, and just about anything else this poor little community can find to fight about. The local Council approved annexation this past week for one of their next-door neighbors- Patrick Henry College- and this action just about had a call for martial law before they were done.

Citizen outcry nearly drowned out Council comments at times at Town Hall, and Police stood by to intervene- until local officials restored order.

Protests came for the perceived motivations behind the action: accusations ranged the gamut from Council Members’ scheming for over-development, over-commercialism and over-use of the local water supply.

The Town’s previously acted to include other acreage on the eastern end of the community- and this may lead to eventual completion on what some call the Southern Collector Road.

Others have alternate names for the project.

Can’t print those here.

Funny thing is- the land for Patrick Henry College stayed in the same spot, despite the recent vote to annex.

It didn’t move an inch.

Should have known that was coming.

Hard Hat Zone

Speaking of “out of the frying pan, into the fire,” we should send out a welcome to the County’s new Administrator- Tim Helmstreet. He can celebrate the holidays, then try to come up with a means of plugging a $150,000,000 hole in the local budget.

Hope he’s got his seat belt fastened.

“Welcome to Oz.”

Tussle over the Dais in Leesburg

And, expect the political fire to flare up at least a bit more after the holidays- as it looks like we got ourselves a contest for Mayor in the County Seat. Leesburg Councilman Tom Dunn announced a campaign for the Seat; he faces multi-term Incumbent Kristen Umstattd.

Sounds like it could be a face-off over development: Tom in favor and Kristen opposed.

I’m sure it’ll get much more complicated than that, but it could be exciting; so many times in local elections the candidates can wind up pretty much sounding the same.

Dunn and Umstattd are both very well-spoken and willing to give advice ‘n opinion; they’re also both pretty good listeners- often a rare trait in politics.

Councilman Dunn runs a mortgage banking business and has lent support for more commercial activity.

He says he can attract more businesses to Leesburg.

Mayor Umstattd touts a record of penny-pinching at tax time, opposition to high-density development and a strong voice to protect the interests of in-town water ‘n sewer customers (much to the chagrin of those outside the boundary line).

Tom Dunn currently serves his first Council term.

Kristen Umstattd’s in her fourth term as Mayor; she served on Council for about 10 years prior to taking the helm.

Town elections come up in May.

The candidate with the most votes wins (local contests have been particularly feable in getting residents to the ballot box).

Medical Upgrade

Focus on local healthcare sees a perk in national attention: Inova Loudoun received accreditation from the American College of Surgeons’ Program for Breast Centers. This puts the local institution in an upper class which includes only about 70 other such accredited facilities in the country.

The Breast Care Institute at Inova Loudoun received a three-year stamp of approval from the national accreditors.

The review covers over two dozen standards of breast cancer treatment and other procedures.

The South Rises Again

Well, sounds like Loudoun gets a new playground for Christmas. The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority took in about a hundred 50 acres on the southern end of the County.

The land lies just east of Route 15 and north of Route 50- across the road from the historic Mount Zion Church.

The acreage represents a combination of land actually purchased by the Authority from the Church and another adjacent portion leased from the Piedmont Environmental Council; the PEC had bought that chunk earlier this year.

The NVRPA touts the site’s significance to the Civil War- linked to the Battle of Aldie dated June 17 1863.

Union Scout Alexander Davis formerly owned a farm at the location as well; he joined up after sustaining a Confederate attack (seems they didn’t take kindly to northerners at that time in Southern Loudoun County).

Management for the nearby Aldie Mill Historic Park- just down Route 50 to the west from this site- and also under the auspices of the NVRPA- plans to look after the new acreage for the Authority- as well as the Mount Zion Historic Church.

I guess you could say it’s an area with quite a past.

Let’s hope for a great future as well.

Expect further word on public access to these sites as the weather becomes a little more hospitable.

May those who fought here rest in peace…

Zuzu’s Petals, and other holiday movie trivia

Need a boost to ‘get into’ the Holidays this year? The Tally Ho Theatre in Downtown Leesburg starts a seasonal selection of movies on Friday- at a buck a pop.

If you’ve never seen “It’s a Wonderful Life,” you owe it to yourself.

“Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.”

Even you, Clarence.

The schedule runs through Christmas Eve, appropriately enough.

Jingle Bells.

Tim Jon for the Blue Ridge Leader

A Christmas Conversation

December 14, 2009 by Dave Williams News Be the first to comment

“Have you seen the lights in Hamilton this year? And Round Hill? even Lincoln? I took the kids out driving the other night just to try to find the brightest. It seems that everyone is getting into the Christmas spirit.”

“Yeah, I’ve seen ‘em. How can I miss ‘em? Gaudy, vulgar displays of ostentatious one-upmanship. All they do is enrich VEPCO and pollute the night sky. Those mass-produced lighted deer everyone has prancing through their yards have about as much to do with Christmas as the muzak in the malls: ‘Angels we have heard on high/ Tell us to go out and buy!’”

“Hey, lighten up, already. I love the lights. Don’t be such a grinch.”

“Me? A Grinch? I didn’t steal Christmas. Wal-Mart did. Television did. GE did. I’m simply pointing it out. Why do you think people create all those expensive displays? At best, they represent a totally phony constructed kind of happiness that doesn’t do anything more to hide the darkness than the artificial cheer of alcohol does.”

“Ok, maybe the whole thing is forced, and maybe it’s even phony. But what makes you think that those of us who love the artificial lights don’t know the darkness that they keep at bay?”

“Because I hear nothing in the malls but ‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’ and ‘Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer.’ What’s the point of ‘Rudolph’ anyhow? All his colleagues hate the guy ’till the boss needs him, and then suddenly ‘all the other reindeer love him.’ It’s a celebration of office politics at its worst, as meaningful as a neon Frosty the Snowman on the roof. The only Christmas display I ever liked was one that said ‘BAH HUMBUG’ in blinking colored lights.”

“That, my friend, is because you are looking much too closely only at the fluff on the surface. Stand back a bit. Stand way back. The circle of light, even of the biggest displays, is not all that big. The loudest caroling cannot be heard two blocks away. We all feel the cold darkness of the season, the shortness of the days, the length of the nights, the death of the land. And we all have our personal wolves prowling out there. Even before Christianity put the “Christ” in Christmas, our ancestors had their festivals of light and artificial happiness at this time of year. Of course it’s artificial. What else have we humans got to keep away our prowling fears but our hopes and the artificial constructs that remind us of our hopes?”

“Then you admit that Jesus isn’t real? That the whole thing is one big, noisy, empty myth?”

“Whether Jesus is ‘real’ is not the point. Is hope real? We have three grim months of winter ahead of us. Will there be a Spring? I hope so. I even believe so. But hope is a pretty abstract concept. The birth of Jesus is a good symbol for the birth of hope. We need symbols; we can’t live in abstractions. To me, all those lights, artificial as they are, all those out-of-tune carolers, even the commercial vulgarity of the malls, is part of the need to construct out of whatever materials we have at hand symbols of our determination. The lights may be vulgar, but they are also brave, like a flickering candle in the wind. Some may see only the artificial light; you may see only the darkness; but to stand back and see them both, the flickering light framed by the blackness of darkness against the winter night, is a real symbol of real hope. So there, and Merry Christmas!”

David Williams’ latest book, Searching for God in the Sixties, is due out this Christmas

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Human Caused Climate Change is Settled Enough

23 Oct 2014

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“[T]his peak-committed warming is increasing at the same rate as cumulative CO2 emissions, about two percent per year, much faster than observed warming, independent of the climate response.” – Myles R. Allen and Thomas F. Stocker [1] “Mathematically, more uncertainty …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Is It Okay To Spank Your Child?

1 Oct 2014

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. When Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was recently arrested for beating his 4-year-old son with a tree branch, the response was passive and mixed. Initially, the Vikings benched Peterson for a single game but then …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Aldie Mill

1 Oct 2014

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I guess what I’m impressed by the most – in addition to just the scale of the entire facility – is the indications of the sheer abundance which this county must once have offered in the form of sustenance. See, …

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Bloomfield

3 Sep 2014

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Maybe it’s just my imagination (most people who know me stress that it’s one of my stronger – or maybe, stranger – traits), but I’d swear that there are places around this unique county of ours where the past not …

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Sushi's Corner

The Grumpy Old Troll Continued…

1 Oct 2014

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My dear friends if you have not read August and September’s “Tails from the Barn Yard” please go to the back issues and read the beginning of this grand “Tail”. It is there you will read of a little girl …

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Virginia Gardening

Time To Plant Bulbs

7 Oct 2014

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By Donna Williamson It’s time to plant bulbs again – seems like this year flew by. It’s easy to fall in love with bulbs. They are not costly, they bring joy in the spring, and many of them will build …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

The Flag – A Symbol of Hope

1 Oct 2014

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light…” Francis Scott Key begins, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” with this dramatic question. On the bicentennial celebration of our triumphant stand at Fort McHenry during the War of 1812, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

Amy & Dan Smith’s Planning for Life: The General Power of Attorney

1 Oct 2014

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By Amy and Dan Smith A power of attorney is a writing authorizing one person (the agent) to act for another person (the principal). The term “durable” is often used with power of attorney. This simply means that the power …

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Student News

Loudoun Student Awarded Environmental Scholarship

6 Jul 2014

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American Disposal Services is proud to announce Allison Arpajian, the Loudoun County recipient of their Annual American Disposal Services Inc. Scholarship. Applications were distributed to all public high schools in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties. One winner was chosen from each …

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Local Residents Graduate from the College of William & Mary

3 Jul 2014

The following residents recently graduated from the College of William & Mary: Alexander Graeme Thomson, from Hamilton (20158), with a BS degree. Gabrielle Alana Graves, from Middleburg (20117), with a BA degree. Kathleen Warren Hale, from Middleburg (20117), with a …

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Kevin Sherman Graduated from Ithaca College

3 Jul 2014

Kevin Sherman, a native of Middleburg, Va., graduated from Ithaca College’s School of Health Sciences and Human Performance with a degree in Sport Studies. The degree was awarded in May 2014.

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Worldly Inspirations

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September 29, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd.
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

In September, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Worldly Inspirations, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing intricately wrapped stone pendants and earrings by jewelry artist Dana Jansen, and evocative images captured by photographer Mary Louise Ravese, in a show that draws on inspiration, materials, and imagery from across the globe.

Dana Jansen’s use of intricate wire wrapping techniques encase and frame Brazilian agates, druzy quartz and an array of minerals and fossils found across the world.  Working mostly in sterling silver wire and occasionally copper, Dana’s labyrinthine designs supplement the stone’s natural beauty to create pieces that stand on their own as objects of fine art.

Mary Louise Ravese captures images that transport viewers to diverse destinations from around the block, to around the country, and around the globe. Inspired by a wide array of subject matter, Mary Louise's work resonates with striking color, texture and line. Her photographs of country landscapes, intriguing architectural details and unusual abstract compositions draw the eye and allow the mind to vicariously experience her view of the world.

 

Meet the artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, September 20th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

Arts in the Village Gallery, 1601 Village Market Blvd, Suite 116, Leesburg, VA 20175. Tel: 571-442-8661 Email: info@artsinthevillage.com Website: http://www.artsinthevillage.com/

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Worldly Inspirations

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September 30, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd.
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

In September, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Worldly Inspirations, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing intricately wrapped stone pendants and earrings by jewelry artist Dana Jansen, and evocative images captured by photographer Mary Louise Ravese, in a show that draws on inspiration, materials, and imagery from across the globe.

Dana Jansen’s use of intricate wire wrapping techniques encase and frame Brazilian agates, druzy quartz and an array of minerals and fossils found across the world.  Working mostly in sterling silver wire and occasionally copper, Dana’s labyrinthine designs supplement the stone’s natural beauty to create pieces that stand on their own as objects of fine art.

Mary Louise Ravese captures images that transport viewers to diverse destinations from around the block, to around the country, and around the globe. Inspired by a wide array of subject matter, Mary Louise's work resonates with striking color, texture and line. Her photographs of country landscapes, intriguing architectural details and unusual abstract compositions draw the eye and allow the mind to vicariously experience her view of the world.

 

Meet the artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, September 20th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

Arts in the Village Gallery, 1601 Village Market Blvd, Suite 116, Leesburg, VA 20175. Tel: 571-442-8661 Email: info@artsinthevillage.com Website: http://www.artsinthevillage.com/

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 1, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 2, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 3, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 4, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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October 4, 2014

Notaviva Vineyards
13274 Sagle Rd
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6756

Notaviva Vineyards presents their monthly Bluegrass Jam a FREE event held the first Saturday of every month!

An event for all ages featuring Ashby Run. Open to players of every skill level

3pm-6pm Saturday 7/5

Wine available by the glass and by the bottle, lite snacks available. Must be 21 to drink alcohol.

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 5, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 6, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 7, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 8, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 9, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

Start Your Business (Loudoun)

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October 9, 2014

Is owning a small business a good fit for me? What are the steps for starting a business? Will I need funding? What are potential sources of funding? Ruth Cope, Assistant Director of the Loudoun SBDC, and Kelly Keyser Thompson, a Principal of Keyser Thompson Insurance Agency, will answer these and other questions essential for successfully starting a small business. Highlights will include:

•    Entrepreneurial traits
•    Taxes and licensing
•    Business plan development
•    Sources of financing
•    Marketing
•    Insurance

REGISTER at LoudounSBDC.eventbrite.com.

Fee:  $10 for registration online; $15 at the door
Those who pay at the door are not guaranteed seating or handouts.

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 10, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 11, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

Purcellville Tag Sale Space Available

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October 11, 2014

Loudoun Valley Community Center
320 West School Street
Purcellville, 20132
540-338-4122

Loudoun Valley Community Center is offering table space to take advantage of this community affair on October 11 and 12 from 7am to 4pm. Table rental is $25 for 2 days. Call 540-338-4122 or email lynda.vill@loudoun.gov to reserve.

Purcellville Library Fall Book Sale

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October 11, 2014

Purcellville Library
220 East Main Street
Purcellville, 20132
USA
540-338-3013

The Purcellville Library Advisory Board's Fall Used Book Sale will offer hardback and paperback books, CDs and DVDs for sale. Used books for all ages, both fiction and non-fiction will be included in the sale. All proceeds go to benefit the Purcellville Library. Cash or check only, no credit cards. Hardcover books $2, paperback $1.

Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artist -- oil painter and ceramicist Carol Clay-Ward

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October 11, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd SE
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Meet Carol and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artist exhibit "Sinuous Synthesis,” a solo exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.

See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 12, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

Purcellville Tag Sale Space Available

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October 12, 2014

Loudoun Valley Community Center
320 West School Street
Purcellville, 20132
540-338-4122

Loudoun Valley Community Center is offering table space to take advantage of this community affair on October 11 and 12 from 7am to 4pm. Table rental is $25 for 2 days. Call 540-338-4122 or email lynda.vill@loudoun.gov to reserve.

The Painted Pot by Kristen Swanson

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October 12, 2014

Live An Artful Life Gallery
6474 Main Street
The Plains, 20198
USA

New pottery artist Kristen Swanson will demonstrate how she paints pottery and talk about the process. Kristen creates wheel thrown and hand built ceramic art out of beautiful porcelain clay.  She draws inspiration from Japanese art, traditional botanical motifs and contemporary textiles.  Her work includes Woodpeckers, Chickadees and Cherry Blossoms playfully wrapped around mugs, bowls, vases, teapots, dinnerware and service platters.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 13, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 14, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 15, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

Event: Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists -- jewelry artist Dana Jansen and photographer Mary Louise Ravese

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October 15, 2014

44045 Riverside Parkway
Leesburg, 20176

Meet Dana and Mary Louise and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artists' exhibit "Worldly Inspirations,” presenting the wire wrapped jewelry of Dana Jansen and the evocative photography of Mary Louise Ravese as they reveal inspiration and imagery from across the globe.

 

Working primarily in sterling silver, Dana Jansen’s intricate wire pieces frame Brazilian agates, druzy quartz and an array of minerals and fossils found across the world.

Mary Louise Ravese’s country landscapes, architectural details and unusual abstracts draw the eye and allow the mind to vicariously experience her view of the world.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 16, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

Creating an Effective Advisory Board

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October 16, 2014

An effective, motivated advisory board is invaluable for growing a business. It offers a community of support and influence. It helps you weather storms and exceed goals.

Marissa Levin is CEO of Successful Culture and author of Built to SCALE: How Top Companies Create Breakthrough Growth through Exceptional Advisory Boards. Join Ms. Levin as she discusses tools and templates for following her SCALE™ Model.

She’ll guide you on how to:

•    Select who you need to get your business from where it is now to where you want it to be, while developing exceptional leadership skills
•    Compensate your advisors (monetary, non-monetary, and types of equity-based compensation)
•    Associate them into your organization with a successful change management strategy
•    Leverage your advisors for business and process development, networking, and more
•    Evaluate constantly and Evolve the board as your organization grows
•    Exit advisors when they no longer fit

FREE but please REGISTER at LoudounSBDC.eventbrite.com

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 17, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 18, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

FREE Live Music - Adam Bruno

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October 18, 2014

Notaviva Vineyards
13274 Sagle Rd
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6756

Singer/songwriter Adam Bruno is a Tampa native, now living in Loudoun County. Adam has a powerful, soulful sound, blending all the best of pop, rock and acoustic music. His melody-driven songs and thoughtful lyrics make you an immediate fan!

Notaviva Vineyards will have wine for purchase by bottle or glass to any customers 21 years of age or older. Lite snacks are also available for purchase, or feel free to bring your own lunch and enjoy a picnic while listening to the tunes of Adam Bruno

Eddie and Martha Adcock with Tom Gray

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October 18, 2014

Lucketts Community Center
42361 Lucketts Road
Leesburg, 20176

Three of the best know musicians in bluegrass circles have joined forces for a select series of special performances, one of which will be at the Lucketts Community Center on October 18, 2014. Eddie Adcock and Tom Gray were members of an early 1960s version of the Country Gentlemen, now widely recognized as the “Classic” version of that famous band. Adcock eventually formed a duet with his wife Martha, and Gray joined the Seldom Scene as well as numerous other top bands. Recently, Eddie Adcock was awarded the Steve Martin Prize for excellence in banjo and Bluegrass, and Tom Gray was inducted into the IBMA Hall of Fame. The group will be performing several songs from their recent album for Patuxent Records, “Many a Mile,” which features early Country Gentlemen material and also includes help from Missy Raines, Gene Johnson Wes Easter and Pete Kykendall.

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 19, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 20, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 21, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 22, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

OCT Loudoun Federal Contractors Group Networking Event

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October 22, 2014

Fran Craig, CEO & Founder of Unanet, will present briefly on “Tips for Growing Your Federal Contracting Business.” You just decided that you could be a government contractor or you’ve been contracting a while and need to grow. What are your plans for doing so? Ms. Craig suggests building a business development engine and a reputation for quality and service. Learn how!

Let’s continue forging federal contracting relationships in Loudoun. Whether you’re a contracting neophyte or veteran, this event can help you move forward on your contracting goals.

 

FREE but REGISTER at LoudounSBDC.eventbrite.com.

SPONSOR:  TD Bank

Group Founder:  Loudoun SBDC

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 23, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 24, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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October 24, 2014

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

October Fourth Friday at Breaux

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October 24, 2014

Breaux Vineyards
36888 Breaux Vineyards Lane
Purcellville, 20132
United States
540-668-6299 ext. 204

Come enjoy the magic of fall evenings overlooking 105 acres of beautiful, lush vines at Fourth Fridays. We will have live music on the patio, food for purchase, and endless enchanting views as the sun sets over the vineyard.  Enjoy $4 mini tastings and a great selection of wines by the glass as you enjoy a fun evening with friends and your Breaux Vineyards family.

Don't miss any of these fun evenings!  The fourth Friday of each month from 5-9pm is reserved for this great event, so plan ahead!

Village at Leesburg and Loudoun Habitat present Adventures in Halloweenville

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October 24, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd. SE,
Leesburg, 20175
314-602-1325

Don’t miss this first ever wild, wacky and spooky haunt with age appropriate thrills around every turn!  It’s a one-of-a kind interactive Halloween experience designed for 3 to 11 year olds and their parents. Entrance fee: $5 per person. All proceeds go directly to Loudoun Habitat. Open weekends starting October 19. Times vary. Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for details.

 

Halloweenville Adventure Dates
October 24 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
October 25 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
October 26 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
October 31  5 p.m.  - 7 p.m.
November 1  11 a.m.  – 7 p.m.

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 25, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

Village at Leesburg and Loudoun Habitat present Adventures in Halloweenville

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October 25, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd. SE,
Leesburg, 20175
314-602-1325

Don’t miss this first ever wild, wacky and spooky haunt with age appropriate thrills around every turn!  It’s a one-of-a kind interactive Halloween experience designed for 3 to 11 year olds and their parents. Entrance fee: $5 per person. All proceeds go directly to Loudoun Habitat. Open weekends starting October 19. Times vary. Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for details.

Halloweenville Adventure Dates
October 25 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
October 26 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
October 31  5 p.m.  - 7 p.m.
November 1  11 a.m.  – 7 p.m.

Chapman DeMary Trail Birthday Bash

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October 25, 2014

Chapman DeMary Trail
355 North Hatcher Avenue
(behind the building at 205 East Hirst Road)
Purcellville, 20132

Fall Birthday Bash on the Chapman DeMary Trail

Trail Turns Five - All are invited to Help Celebrate

To celebrate its 5th birthday, The Nature Generation and trail partners invite the community to the Chapman DeMary Trail Birthday Bash! The event is free and all ages are welcome.  Activities include:  exploration nature hikes, pinecone birdfeeder activity for kids, face painting, live music, food, drink, local beer, rain barrel workshop and more! Adding to the celebration, the annual Painting Purcellville Green will be held at the trail on the same day, offering opportunities to meet the many “green” organizations and businesses in our community. For more information, visit www.NatGen.org.

 

Village at Leesburg Monster Mash

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October 25, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd. SE,
Leesburg, 20175
314-602-1325

Join us for a FREE frightfully fun time at our 5th Annual Monster Mash! Hayrides, pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating, live music from Rocknoceros and MUDLARK, and more fun. Don’t miss the parade and costume contest for children and pets! Plus check out Adventures in Halloweenville – an interactive experience for kids from 3 to 11 years old benefitting Loudoun Habitat for Humanity. Visit VillageAtLeesburg.com for details

Fall Dance

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October 25, 2014

Loudoun Valley Community Center (LVCC)
320 W School St
Purcellville, VA 20132
USA

A night of dance for all ages and an electrifying performance from the Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers (http://brtc.us). Halloween costumes welcome! Accepting donations for the following local charities: Sweats for Vets, canned goods for the Tree of Life, and blue denim for the Joshua’s Hands’ Valiant Warrior Quilting Program. $5 per person, and $10 for families, Cash Only Event. Inquiries can be directed to Sandy Nave at 540-338-4122 or sandy.nave@loudoun.gov. Loudoun Valley Community Center, 320 W School St, Purcellville, VA 20132.

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 26, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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October 26, 2014

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

Village at Leesburg and Loudoun Habitat present Adventures in Halloweenville

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October 26, 2014

Don’t miss this first ever wild, wacky and spooky haunt with age appropriate thrills around every turn!  It’s a one-of-a kind interactive Halloween experience designed for 3 to 11 year olds and their parents. Entrance fee: $5 per person. All proceeds go directly to Loudoun Habitat. Open weekends starting October 19. Times vary. Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for details.

Halloweenville Adventure Dates
October 26 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
October 31  5 p.m.  - 7 p.m.
November 1  11 a.m.  – 7 p.m.

Brambleton Town Center Hosts Trick or Treating

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October 26, 2014

Merchants will hand out candy and other goodies
The merchants of Brambleton Town Center are hosting their annual Halloween Trick-or-Treating event on Sunday, October 26 from noon to 2 p.m., rain or shine.
Children dressed in costumes will walk store-to-store collecting candy and goodies from participating merchants.
Merchants will also host special sales the day of the event. Bella Ballerina will have bubbles, notebooks and pencils to give out, Blue Ridge Grill will have free dessert cards for adults and Scottos Rigatoni Grill will have a $9 special of any sub with fries and a drink, and also a $9 special on regular pasta, side salad, garlic bread and a drink!

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 27, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 28, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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October 28, 2014

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 29, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 30, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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October 30, 2014

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

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October 31, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent.  See some of Carol’s never before exhibited oil paintings, as well as new work in oil and clay, in this fascinating show exploring the artist’s two and three dimensional interpretations of natural elements.  From rich earthy color palettes to the flowing lines of rock striations, join us for Sinuous Synthesis, in the Gallery in October.

Carol Clay-Ward’s paintings range from formal still-lifes and flowing landscapes, to modern abstracts and whimsical small pieces.  Working in oil on canvas, Carol’s paintings are diverse, demonstrating a variety of styles and subject matter.

 

An avid passion for paleontology, anthropology and animals is evident in Carol’s artisinal clay pieces.  Her unique horse-hair raku Cave Pots depict scenes reminiscent of cave drawings.   Colorful and metallic raku vases and bowls are interspersed with functional bowls, mugs and plates to round out a truly inspiring potpourri of ceramic art.

 

Meet Carol and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 11th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

 

Village at Leesburg and Loudoun Habitat present Adventures in Halloweenville

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October 31, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd. SE,
Leesburg, 20175
314-602-1325

Don’t miss this first ever wild, wacky and spooky haunt with age appropriate thrills around every turn!  It’s a one-of-a kind interactive Halloween experience designed for 3 to 11 year olds and their parents. Entrance fee: $5 per person. All proceeds go directly to Loudoun Habitat. Open weekends starting October 19. Times vary. Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for details.

Halloweenville Adventure Dates
October 31  5 p.m.  - 7 p.m.
November 1  11 a.m.  – 7 p.m.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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November 1, 2014

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

Into the Light -- an exhibit by glass jewelry artist Claire Nykolyszyn and contemporary oil painter Dana Thompson

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November 1, 2014

205 N. Maple Ave
Purcellville, 20132

In November, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Into the Light, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing lampworked beads in jewelry designs by Claire Nykolyszyn, and painter Dana Thompson’s contemporary still lifes and landscapes, as both artists demonstrate how light  inspires their work in this one-of-a-kind show.

A spectrum of colors is reflected in Claire Nykolyszyn’s torch melted glass work.  Beads range in size and take many forms including round, square, bicone, tabular and lentil.  Interesting surface work, including the addition of cubic zirconias, adds to the appeal of these creations, which are offered in bracelets, pendants, earrings and focal beads.  The depth of color and textures within the beads produces a stunning light show.

Eclectic collections of vintage items commingle with vegetables or flowers, household goods, even Hostess cupcakes, to form pleasing, and sometimes unlikely relationships.  Dana Thompson’s use of clear vibrant color and interesting arrangements demonstrate her talent for capturing and using light to render stunning compositions in both still lifes and dramatic landscapes.

Join the artists for a glass of wine, light fare and live music by Sometimes Sisters, during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, November 22, from 5 – 8 p.m.

Village at Leesburg and Loudoun Habitat present Adventures in Halloweenville

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November 1, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd. SE,
Leesburg, 20175
314-602-1325

Don’t miss this first ever wild, wacky and spooky haunt with age appropriate thrills around every turn!  It’s a one-of-a kind interactive Halloween experience designed for 3 to 11 year olds and their parents. Entrance fee: $5 per person. All proceeds go directly to Loudoun Habitat. Open weekends starting October 19. Times vary. Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for details.

The Western Loudoun Art and Wine Celebration at North Gate Vineyard

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November 1, 2014

North Gate Vineyard
16031 Hillsboro Road
Purcellville, 201312
USA
540-668-6248

Have fun holiday shopping while enjoying some award winning wine. Local Art, Local wine = FUN!

 

 

 

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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November 1, 2014

Notaviva Vineyards
13274 Sagle Rd
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6756

Notaviva Vineyards presents their monthly Bluegrass Jam a FREE event held the first Saturday of every month!

An event for all ages featuring Ashby Run. Open to players of every skill level

3pm-6pm Saturday 7/5

Wine available by the glass and by the bottle, lite snacks available. Must be 21 to drink alcohol.

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Into the Light -- an exhibit by glass jewelry artist Claire Nykolyszyn and contemporary oil painter Dana Thompson

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November 2, 2014

205 N. Maple Ave
Purcellville, 20132

In November, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Into the Light, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing lampworked beads in jewelry designs by Claire Nykolyszyn, and painter Dana Thompson’s contemporary still lifes and landscapes, as both artists demonstrate how light  inspires their work in this one-of-a-kind show.

A spectrum of colors is reflected in Claire Nykolyszyn’s torch melted glass work.  Beads range in size and take many forms including round, square, bicone, tabular and lentil.  Interesting surface work, including the addition of cubic zirconias, adds to the appeal of these creations, which are offered in bracelets, pendants, earrings and focal beads.  The depth of color and textures within the beads produces a stunning light show.

Eclectic collections of vintage items commingle with vegetables or flowers, household goods, even Hostess cupcakes, to form pleasing, and sometimes unlikely relationships.  Dana Thompson’s use of clear vibrant color and interesting arrangements demonstrate her talent for capturing and using light to render stunning compositions in both still lifes and dramatic landscapes.

Join the artists for a glass of wine, light fare and live music by Sometimes Sisters, during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, November 22, from 5 – 8 p.m.

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I Wanna Uh-Uh-Uh-Uh-Uh-Undo It

6 Aug 2014

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3 Sep 2014

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BBQ to Benefit Fire House

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On Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26, Old 690 Brewing Company and Big Frank’s BBQ will be sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit the Purcellville Volunteer Fire Company. The event will run from noon to 6:00 p.m. each day at 15670 Ashbury Church Road in Purcellville. Come join us for food, music and fun.

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Remembering Julia Taylor Cannon

22 Oct 2014

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Julia Taylor Cannon, 65, of Lincoln, died Thursday, October 16, 2014. Julia was born July 5, 1949, to her adored parents, the late Thomas E. and Mary S. Taylor, and lived the majority of her life in her hometown of Lincoln. Her family and home were a source of great joy to her. She was a proud alumna of both …

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10th Annual Turkey Trot 5k and Fun Run

19 Oct 2014

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The 10th Annual Turkey Trot 5K and Fun Run will be held on Sunday, November 9 at 8:00 a.m. This is a fundraising event for the Loudoun Valley Community Center. The 10th Anniversary of the Turkey Trot 5K and Fun Run will start at the Loudoun Valley Community Center, go up Orchard Drive, turn right onto Main Street, turn right …

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Beavers – Biodiversity with a Paddle

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It is a bit of a touchy subject to write about beavers. Recent news reports document, for example, how a beaver, later found out to be rabid, threatened children fishing in a pond in Fairfax County and went after an elderly woman swimming in a lake in Reston. As a now life-long conservationist and someone who has related to wildlife …

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VDOE Names Chief Academic Officer

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Sports

Register Now for Rugby

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Western Loudoun Youth Rugby Club is looking for players for the U15 Boys team, U19 Girls team, and the U19 Boys team. The club is having a pre-season meeting on October 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the Purcellville Baptist church. During this meeting, any new players interested in learning more …

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Little League Season Update

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Save Western Loudoun Schools

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