What’s planned for Purcellville

October 25, 2009 by Blue Ridge Leader Loudoun County, News, Our Towns Be the first to comment

October 25, 2009

The accompanying map (click to view as a scalable PDF) shows the planned commercial development along and adjacent to the proposed Southern Collector Road.

Planned commercial development associated with the proposed Southern Collector Road

Planned commercial development associated with the proposed Southern Collector Road

The overview map on the left shows the eastern gateway of Purcellville. The map to the right is a detail view of the Business Route 7/Route 287 Intersection, (Main Street and Berlin Turnpike). Existing structures are shown in green, planned or proposed structures are shown in red. Square footage and property acreage of each of the three planned/proposed shopping centers are shown on the overview map. Square footage and building height (if more than one floor) as well as planned usage for proposed commercial buildings are shown in the detail map.

Despite claims by the Town Council that the Southern Collector Road will alleviate traffic on Main Street (Business Route 7), the map shows that traffic will actually increase due to the substantial planned commercial development at the eastern gateway: 178,752 square feet of new commercial development. Included in the plans are two banks with drive through service, two drive through fast food restaurants, a major supermarket, a large pharmacy, multi-story office buildings, three other large restaurants, 20,000 square feet of other retail space, and a large gas station.

This map clearly shows the true reason the Town Council wants to complete the Southern Collector Road. The proposed route of the SCR is indicated by an orange corridor. It will split Crooked Run Orchard in half. No plan has been offered to the owners of the farm as to how the Town will mitigate disruption and guarantee access for both sections, or accommodate pedestrians. The Town wants this road as part of a large commercial development on the eastern gateway of Purcellville. Far more traffic will be generated on Main Street as a result of all this new commercial development once the SCR is completed. The SCR will make traffic in Purcellville far worse than it is now.

Crooked Run Orchard establishes legal defense fund

October 24, 2009 by Blue Ridge Leader Farm and garden, News, Our Towns Be the first to comment

October 24, 2009
Crooked Run Orchard owners Sam and Uta Brown have established a legal defense fund in anticipation of legal action against the town of Purcellville, according to a press release dated October 22.

The annexation of the Brown’s land, a step toward condemnation and construction of the “Southern Collector Road,” is expected on January 1, 2010.

In addition, the Browns assert that the Town of Purcellville plans to zone 16 recently annexed acres Mixed-Use Commercial, in violation of the Purcellville Urban Growth Management Plan (PUGAMP).

According to the Town’s own documents, nearly 180,00 square feet of commercial development is planned around the intersection of business 7 and the new collector road (the “Eastern Gateway”), which would bisect the Brown’s farm and cause the destruction of one of their mature orchards.

The Browns are appealing to customers of their farm for help. “We will be very grateful to all of you who have spent time here and have fond memories of those times by assuring that we can continue to keep the farm as green and undisturbed as possible. With your help we intend to stand up for what we believe to be right so that our farm can continue to serve the community. You can send your contributions to: FBO Crooked Run Orchard, P.O. Box 2250, Purcellville, Va. 20134.”

Crooked Run Orchard is a pick-your-own farm that has been in the Brown family for over 200 years. Read more about the effort to save the farm here.

The sidewalk to nowhere

October 23, 2009 by Uta Brown Columns, View From the Ridge Be the first to comment

October 23, 2009

One of the observations of American culture in recent decades is that we seem to have thrown common sense out the window.

The problem the Howells have encountered recently is a perfect example of the wrong people being in positions of power, since they seem incapable of understanding how rules and regulations should be set aside when a situation arises where these regulations make no sense.

To make a very long and tedious story short, Warren and Carmen Howell subdivided their property, leaving one-and a half acres with one house on it, and another parcel of seven and a half acres where they want to put in a “green” house: A small energy efficient abode surrounded by the organic blueberries, blackberries and raspberries that Warren has been growing for the past few years, and the sculptures Carmen has created that punctuate the garden. They ordered the modular home, sent in the appropriate applications to the county, and expected a speedy response.

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Releasing the Beast

October 21, 2009 by Alice Mullen Columns Be the first to comment

Oh crud, it’s Fall.  “How do I know?” you ask.  Is it the suicidal squirrels scattering themselves all over the roads?  The number of times I curse myself for forgetting the camera as I drive past gorgeous trees lit up with colors all but sure to blow away before I pass by again?  No, it’s the fact that today is Wednesday and I’m rushing around in a mad dash to find a costume for one of my kids.
It always goes like this.  And it’s not like I have any excuses.  Usually my children are painfully creative, hence the difficult Christmases as I explain that the things they want haven’t been invented yet, Santa doesn’t have the time to pursue a patent, and they will have to settle for what ever comes down the chimney.

“No Dear, Santa will not be bringing you a robotic remote controlled horse.”

“No sweet child, you will not be receiving a crane large enough to lift your father.”

“There is no such thing as a walking duck that can go upstairs and name objects as it sees them, Sweetheart.  Wouldn’t that be neat though.”

So my kids have come to grips with lowering their expectations.  They’ve also come to understand that Santa as well meaning as he is, is really an incompetent dolt.

Halloween has become the holiday where all their creativity seems to shrivel up and blow away.  I think they’ve all been the same thing for three years or so now.  I can understand this, though.  The focus, after all is the candy, and if the costume last year worked, why rock the boat?  Oldest, is a character from Harry Potter.  Middle child, a boy, is a skeleton, though there was a brief respite from that for a quick foray into being a robot -read here spray painted cardboard boxes.  My youngest, a little girl, is, and seemingly always will be, a bear.  I’m thankful for the predictability of it, really I am.  But of course the old predictable costumes aren’t as roomy as they once were and it’s thrown me into scramble mode.

There was one Halloween where the boy wanted to be a lady bug.  He’d learned that ladybugs bite and he was quite impressed since he’s the sensitive one and of course it had been incredibly painful in a way that I could never truly understand.  So that year he had wanted to provide a kind of educational service by dressing up as a ladybug, and in order to symbolically represent the painful bite, carry a gun.  Looking back on it, it probably would have been great, but since we were borrowing a friend’s neighborhood, I put the nix on it since I didn’t want to explain the costume at every door.  Unwittingly, I’ve probably taught them that simple is best and reruns are fine.  How boring.  But I hadn’t planned on them growing, and apparently plain fabric skeletons without blood aren’t in fashion at the moment so I have no choice.  I’m either going to have to get all crafty on this thing with puffy glow in the dark paint or release the hitherto pent up beast of their creativity.  So if some very strange and elaborately complicated, or seemingly nonsensical creature lands on your doorstep Saturday do me a favor and don’t ask.  We have a lot of houses to cover, a lot of candy to get, and I’m sure it will be a long story.

Making the Grade

October 19, 2009 by Lauren Pichon Columns, News, Schools Be the first to comment

New year, new start. From what I gather, this seems to be the overall attitude of Loudoun Valley High School students. This year, however, students not only have a new set of seven or eight classes but a ten point grading scale to go with them.

Talk of a new grading scale began toward the end of the last school year, but the majority did not count on this ten point grading scale getting approval from Loudoun County; the County came through and surprised us all. With the adoption of a ten-point grading scale, Loudoun County is now on par with Fairfax and other surrounding counties. Now, an “A” is anywhere in the 90-100 range, whereas before an “A” started at a 93. Last year, a “B” started at 85 while this year it starts at 80. The three point increase may not sound that beneficial, but it makes a big difference when calculating Grade Point Averages (GPAs), and getting additional credit for Advanced Placement classes.

AP exams are graded on a scale of 1-5, with a 5 being the equivalent of an “A,” a “4” being the equivalent of a “B,” and so on. If one obtains a certain score on an AP exam of, generally, a 4 or 5, a student may earn college credit at nearly any university they choose to attend. In the ’07-’08 school year, a student taking an AP class, or classes, was only rewarded “0.7” that was added to their class grade point average upon completion of the May exam. While this “0.7” is certainly a nice addition to a student’s GPA, it is not enough of an award for all the extra work and time that a college-level class entails. In the middle of last school year, however, Loudoun County approved the idea of awarding a full “1.0” in each AP class, with the only requirement successful completion of the class and the exam.

Finally, all my nights studying the Ottoman Turks and Genghis Khan in AP World History will pay off!

But what about the nights I stayed up late making cheese for my Independent Science Research Project in Honors Biology? Or the nights I sat staring into space trying to analyze the character of Fitzwilliam Darcy for Honors English? This school year, for the first time, students are being awarded an additional “0.5” to their GPA in each honors class upon its completion. Not only is the change active this year, but it will be retroactive for students who have completed an honors course in the past.

From what I can infer, students are embracing the new grading scale and the additional points they will be rewarded. My prediction: not only will the majority of student GPAs rise, but so will participation in extracurricular activities such as sports, clubs, and even working a job. This is primarily due to the fact that students will be working hard and reap the benefits of the more fair ten point grading scale. Needless to say, it certainly will not hurt students to have better grades or to become more involved in school-sponsored activities!

Lauren Pichon is a junior at Loudoun Valley High School where she enjoys participating in the drama and history clubs and writing for the school paper. She would like to study journalism in college and aspires to be a print journalist.

A Scientist, a Whale and a Tourist Walk into a Bar…

October 9, 2009 by Meredith Bean McMath Columns Be the first to comment
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If you could place Australia’s Great Barrier Reef along the east coast of America, the thing would stretch from Maine to Florida. At twelve hundred miles long, the Great Barrier Reef (or GBR) is indeed great, the largest coral marine system on the planet and the only living entity able to be seen from space.

But you just can’t settle for satellite photos, because the mind-boggling, life-altering effect of the Reef can only be had up close, when you find yourself staring at a fish ten inches away with a shape and color combination so surreal you doubt your eyes. The fish who finds you equally intriguing will stare back at you in the quiet of the ocean, and then, in a flash, he’ll be gone – the flicker of a tail disappearing neatly into a hole in the coral.

If you are like me, you will then float there for a few seconds — blinking into your goggles, listening to the Darth Vader-like sound of your breath through a snorkel tube — and try to wrap your head around what you just saw… and what you felt when you saw it. Next up, you will have the brilliant realization you have only been in the water two minutes and that there is an entire world waiting for you in the waters up ahead. And you’ll kick up your flippers and go.

Hours later you will find yourself with cohorts, trying to describe fuzzy neon lips on gargantuan clam shells, the hypnotic power of a cuttlefish, the colors of impossibly-colored fish, and words will fail. Why? Because what you’re really trying to impart is this sense of extraordinary wonder, the intimate sanctity of the experience, the pleasure and the pride of it, and it can’t be done because everyone has to experience this for themselves: eye to eye with a fish… a turtle… a whale.

A day after my experience on the Great Barrier Reef (or “the GBR,” as Australians call it), I had the great good fortune to meet John Rumney of Eye to Eye Marine Encounters. When I heard the company name “Eye to Eye,” I laughed in recognition: this man understands. Scientists have determined the cradle of the origin of species lies within the triangle of Indonesia, the Philippines and the northeast corner of Australia (where the GBR begins) which explains the enormous bio-diversity of the reef. But meeting that bio-diversity face to face has to be experienced to be understood and fully appreciated, and John Rumney has built a business on that fact.

According to the material, Eye to Eye “creates the ultimate learning experience, where adventure and education combine to produce one of the best ecotourism operations in the world.” Meeting the founder in person, one is struck by John’s intelligence, enthusiasm, creativity and — perhaps most necessary in his line of work — utter pragmatism. This is a man who has had to spend 30 years watching the slow death of 70% of the fringing reef that lies directly off the Australian coastline, where there is agricultural run off (if the GBR stood just off shore and not an hour away by boat, there would already be nothing left to see and meet face to face). Yet he seems optimistic, cheerful in the face of a down economy, content with his work, despite the uphill struggle. Who wouldn’t be when you could visit the Reef any time you like?

Headquartered in Port Douglas in the northeast corner of Australia, particpants in John and Linda Rumney’s Eye to Eye experiences can explore the Great Barrier Reef, or at certain times of the year, get to know Minke whales. Billed as Eco-Tourism at its best, John’s business motto is “Always Exceed Expectation.” Eye to Eye practices conservationist-informed sustainability methods, and visitors are educated and trained on how to approach the reef and interact with its sea life and coral (see Eye to Eye’s Travel Ethics: http://www.marineencounters.com.au/practices.htm). And while it is Eco-tourism, John says a better name would be “Marine Research Tourism.”

The Research Tourism concept grew from John’s hope that Eye to Eye could be the source of scientific studies to inform the Australian government and thereby effect change. Since the early 1980′s, John’s dream was to combine “adventure diving with research” and in 1995 his dream became a reality with the financial support of Rino and Diana Grollo. In late 1995, the Grollos purchased the vessel, Undersea Explorer, allowing John to begin his new style of tourism. John wanted scientists involved in the program as soon as possible, because he knew their field information was out of date (too many hours grant writing and not enough time locking eyes with sea life, as he put it), and marine scientists would have to be at the table if there was any hope of changing the government’s environmental policies.

When the research vessel was finally secured, and John gave free space to both expand access and reduce the cost of research, the scientists began to join the Reef excursions and would literally find a new species every time they went out. Trained and educated by participating Scientists and staff, a portion of each visitor’s daily experience involves working through a check list of what they saw that day – how many of this variety of shark, how many of that fish, the temperature, the state of the coral; and, with the tourists’ cameras set to capture time and date, travel pics suddenly became part of a body of important research. As a result, Eye to Eye has now amassed fourteen years of detailed, irreplaceable information about changes in area sea life. Research gold.

The Production Possibilities Curve of basic economic theory tells you a company that plows a portion of profits back into research and development will eventually outpace its competitors, and the PPV is in effect right now for businesses which choose to Go Green. In Australia in particular, “Go Green” is not a marketing tool – rather, not just a marketing tool – but a lifestyle, particularly in those regions which rely heavily on tourism, and a profitable lifestyle at that. According to Maria Taylor, Education Officer for Water and Waste in Cairns, Australia, a conscious choice by consumers to support organizations that have gone green has created a boon for forward-thinking businesses. With consumers desperate to save money and the effects of climate change upon us, people are growing hungrier for information on how to lower costs and do some good for the world at the same time. Those that make some sacrifices to Go Green now are going to win in the long run, just as John has.

A few years ago, John gathered some of his research, called on some some well-chosen friends in the conservation movement, and went to the government of Australia to make a sustained effort to show tourism (and, by extrapolation, conservation of the environment upon which tourism relies) had a much higher positive impact on the economy than the commercial fishing industry (fishing had a devastating impact on the Reef population and the boats damaged the coral reefs and the water quality). Once the government saw the numbers, they created policies to limit fishing, as well as agricultural run off (the main killer of the reefs standing directly off shore). Australia now spends 180 million a year to protect the Great Barrier Reef — not because it’s the right thing to, but because of a bottom line return on investment. So, with Eye to Eye, John has proven two things: going Green is not only wise but profitable, and it is possible to form a business model that can change the world.

By now you might be thinking about flying to Australia yourself, and if you’re thinking Green, you’re going to ask how it’s possible to feel good about international travel given the carbon footprint. You have a good point, and your point is being argued around the world. Some argue getting on an international flight is better than a domestic flight, because the fuel use is that much less per person on a long trip. Airlines such as Quantas and Virgin Blue take your question seriously and offer carbon offset programs: www.quantas.com/au/info/flying/flycarbonneutral/index and www.virginblue.com.au/carbonoffset. As for Eye to Eye, they are world leaders in the “Swim with Whales” program and approved by conservationists (www.minkewhaleproject.com). Why? For one, Eye to Eye trains visitors in underwater etiquette. If a whale is seen, guides instruct the tourists to swim back to the boat and grab a rope alongside. Whales have curiosity as strong as humans, but they’re not stupid. If a diver aggressively swims toward them, they’ll retreat, so training tourists to stay on the rope no matter what causes the whales to learn that the odd looking fish on a string are safe to approach. And so the whales usually do – sometimes to within a foot.

The other day I was telling a friend, Ed Cutshall of Hillsboro’s Hunt Country Jewelers, about Eye to Eye and my wonderful snorkeling experience on the Great Barrier Reef. He laughed and recalled the story of a woman he knew who used to be a cruise ship cook. Sometimes as she was preparing meals, she had the odd sensation she was being watched. One day the feeling became overwhelming, and she turned about to find a huge black whale eye staring in through the portal window.

Eye to eye indeed.

MEREDITH BEAN McMATH welcomes comment and can be reached at Meredith@storyroot.com or via www.storyroot.com. Opinions expressed in STORYROOT are the sole responsibility of the author. Meredith Bean McMath is a published author, freelance writer, award-winning historian and prize-winning playwright. FormerArtistic Director of Aurora Studio Theatre, Inc. and former Program Director of Round Hill Arts Center, Meredith is the Marketing Director of Cranial Tap, Inc. (www.Cranialtap.com) and an MS candidate in Arts Administration at Shenandoah University. She and her family live in Birkett’s Tavern, Hillsboro, Virginia.

Welcome back

October 9, 2009 by Blue Ridge Leader News Be the first to comment

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Fairs to Remember

October 1, 2009 by Meredith Bean McMath Columns Be the first to comment
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When I was a little girl growing up in suburban Arlington, I read about country fairs in books. They always sounded richly mysterious — wonderful playgrounds where amazing things could happen at any moment. At a fair, a girl might turn a corner to find a pony ride, an enormous pig, a pie-eating contest, crafts, crumpets, or a carousel ride. I was convinced anything could happen at a Fair, and I couldn’t wait to get to one!

Now, as a grown woman, I treasure a thousand memories from the many fairs I’ve attended in Loudoun and beyond. And I can honestly say my childhood expectations have never been disappointed.

A few snapshots from my Fair memories:

The Angel Rabbit

It was an ice-cream-melting sort of a day at the Loudoun County Fair. Getting away from the heat, I headed indoors to the 4-H Exhibition. I especially wanted to see the rabbits, as I have an inordinate love of Lop-eared bunnies. Rabbits are highly sensitive to heat, so the planners had taken caution to set up huge fans in the rabbit room. I walked in to the room to see the Lop Rabbits, but I stayed for the rabbit with angel wings. Apparently there is a type of rabbit called an Angora. As you might guess, they grow long, angora-like hair. But this, as I said, was an ice-cream-melting hot day, so the blessed owner of this one Angora rabbit had done the decent thing and shaved the rabbit all over… except for her ears. As the fans in the room blew mightily upon her, this beautiful white Angora rabbit sat proudly in her spacious cage, as the hair on her ears flowed out from behind her like angel wings. That was the most charming rabbit I have ever seen, and the image still makes me laugh and smile.

Fairs are a place of wonder.

The English Fair

While in England on a college study program many moons ago, I stumbled upon a country fair replete with sheep herding, jarred jam contests, and a log roll. The log roll looked so easy. A horizontal, six-foot long smooth log on a pole set between two braces, so it could freely roll. I thought folks were going to climb on it and try to stand erect ala Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, but, no, the object was to climb aboard and sit astride the log, then scoot yourself along until you reached the other side. Only no one ever, ever, ever reached the other side — which is why there was a nice deep mattress lying underneath the log.

Fairs are a place to act foolish.

The Romantic Fair

Ah, the Fredericksburg, Virginia Fair of 1979. Don’t ask me about the animals, the pie contest, the rides or the crafts. I can only remember the guy I was with: Chuck McMath. Oh, and I remember the photograph for which we sat: me in an oversize rattan chair and him beside me, looking ever so much like a couple on our honeymoon. And I have this look on my face? It’s the happy, goofy look of someone who realizes they’re falling in love.

Fairs are a place for romance.

The Cow of Many Colors

My husband, Chuck, has a cousin, Debbie Hardesty of Hardesty Farm in Berryville, and the Hardestys are always at the Clark County Fair. They are well known for a particular cow they bring with them every year: this Holstein is blessed with fewer black spots than his brothers which enables the Hardestys to spray this beloved bovine with non-toxic spray paint. Over the years, he has been presented as Ninja Cow, Chocolate Cow, Strawberry Cow, Rainbow Cow, and a host of others. Maybe it’s just me, but the Cow of Many Colors always seems irritated. But I imagine having hundreds of children yelling and screaming with delight at the sight of you every day for an entire fair week could become a tad annoying. I heard from a friend the cow was there again last year. He would be very, very old, so I hope by now that he is deaf.

Fairs may not be great for irritable cattle, but they are always a great place for children.

Holiday Fairs

Every year Hillsboro puts on an Independence Day celebration up at the Old Stone School (FYI: no matter where you are, the Old Stone School is always located “up”). I’m on the board of the Hillsboro Community Association, and I can tell you that the people who’ve been managing this business the last couple years – Amy and Mark Ware – are saints. Hundreds of hours of volunteer work is involved in this old-fashion celebration, and the results are fabulous: a neighbor built the children’s games, there’s home-made baked goods and door prizes, fabulous folk and celtic music provided by The Community, the Ruritans offer melt-in-your-mouth barbecued chicken, kind neighbors and local business donate free ice cream (that’s right – free!), and at dusk the fireworks begin. An increase in regulation has meant a decrease in fire power over the years, but the Hillsboro Community Association is committed to keeping the Celebration down home and wonderful. I have a hundred wonderful memories from twenty years of Hillsboro Fourth of July celebrations, but my favorite is a photograph as well: the moment our one-year old son took his very first steps.

Fairs are a place for Family.

Target Practice

My son was around six-years old when we attended a Loudoun County Fair at the old 4-H Fairgrounds. We stepped up to a target shooting game, and he gave it a go. His aim was none too good, and he was getting disappointed when a thought occurred to me: “Hey, Palmer? Try with your left hand.” The kid hit the Bull’s eye four shots out of five times. So that was the day we found out our son was left-handed, just like his father.

Fairs are a place for discoveries.

The Scottish Fair

Our cousins, the Blairs, participate in the Scottish Games at Richmond, Virginia every year. They bring the Blair tent, in fact, so our family tends to enjoy that fair a little more than others as it enables us front row seats for the music of the pipes and drums. I have fond memories of my husband and son in the axe-throwing contest, but my favorite thing to watch is the Caber Toss, wherein grown men stagger around with an upright telephone pole in their cupped hands, find the right moment, and toss the thing end over end. These are the truly brave – those who can laugh at hernia belts and litigation.

Fairs are a place to show off.

Historical Fair

Did you know The Waterford Fair is Virginia’s oldest juried crafts fair? This year’s Waterford Fair, to be held October 2-4, marks the 66th year! I have a lot of lovely memories from Waterford Fairs, and a lot of treasures purchased from excellent craftspeople over the years. But I especially enjoy the Colonial and Civil War living history camps. Actually, my favorite memory from the Waterford Fair isn’t truly mine: about ten years ago, I lent historical costuming to a friend who was to portray a Waterford Quaker during the Civil War: frock coat, brogan boots, Quaker hat – the works. My friend was so accurate in this portrayal, the Waterford Foundation received a complaint about a Quaker on the street proselytizing his religion (guess the bit about the evils of slavery and the Confederate Cause went a little over the visitor’s head).

But Fairs are a place for history.

Looking back at my Fair memories, it’s no wonder I love them. Street fairs, County Fairs, crafts, music and art fairs – there’s always something for everyone at a fair. A little mystery, a little wonder, and a few life-changing moments, as well. Who doesn’t love a good Fair?

Go to VisitLoudoun.org to find out about upcoming fairs (like this weekend’s Oktoberfest in Lovettsville!), and if you have a favorite Fair memory, I’d love to hear it.

MEREDITH BEAN McMATH welcomes comment and can be reached at Meredith@storyroot.com or via www.storyroot.com. Opinions expressed in STORYROOT are the sole responsibility of the author. Meredith Bean McMath is a published author, freelance writer, award-winning historian and prize-winning playwright. FormerArtistic Director of Aurora Studio Theatre, Inc. and former Program Director of Round Hill Arts Center, Meredith is the Marketing Director of Cranial Tap, Inc. (www.Cranialtap.com) and an MS candidate in Arts Administration at Shenandoah University. She and her family live in Birkett’s Tavern, Hillsboro, Virginia.

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October 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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View From the Ridge

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

6 Aug 2014

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There’s a popular country western song that tells the story of a young woman who gets swept up in a night of partying and wakes up to find she has a ring on her finger, a new last name and a new husband. Knowing she had been duped but determined …

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Editorial

Sweeping Zoning Changes Continue To Be Proposed

3 Sep 2014

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Visions Of Purcellville Looking Like Reston At the August 21 Purcellville Planning Commission Work Session town community development staff continued to forge ahead with sweeping zoning changes to the town. Latest in the discussion was the PDH zoning district. Vice Chair Dennis Beese mentioned that he thought the goal was to make Purcellville look like Reston. This PDH district is …

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Purcellville Crossroads Tilley Entertainment Proposal

3 Sep 2014

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The new Tilley-Kline Entertainment complex proposal is in its initial stages of design. The proposal – not yet formal – is on a 50-acre parcel (50.46) that is not within the town of Purcellville, but north of Rt. 7 on the corner of Rt. 287 and Saint Francis Court (Rt. 722). The developers are considering a boundary line adjustment, and …

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Lifestyle

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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Enjoy an Evening of Dinner, Art, and Music

17 Oct 2014

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The third in a series of classical music concerts at the Old Stone School in the historic Town of Hillsboro will be held Sunday, November 2 starting at 7:00 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. for dinner, art show, and a silent auction. Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for students, and children …

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Disability Awareness Month Events Scheduled in Loudoun in October

9 Oct 2014

Loudoun County is observing Disability Awareness Month with several events that highlight the contributions and talents of people with disabilities in our community. October 15 – Fray Masias Peruvian Dancers, 8:00 p.m., Franklin Park Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville: All dancers in this troupe are from the Fray Masias School in Peru; all dancers have Down syndrome. October …

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Wild Loudoun

Beavers – Biodiversity with a Paddle

1 Oct 2014

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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Around Virginia

Wolf Urges Holder to Investigate Oklahoma Beheading as Terrorist Attack

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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that funds the Department of Justice, today sent the following letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to investigate the recent beheading in Oklahoma as a terrorist attack and to not just quickly dismiss it at workplace violence …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Measures to Expand Healthcare Services to Over 200,000 Virginians

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Launches 10-step plan that will reach Virginia’s most vulnerable citizens Governor McAuliffe launched A Healthy Virginia, a 10-step plan to expand healthcare services to over 200,000 Virginians. This plan is an unprecedented action by any governor in Virginia history and includes authorizations of four emergency regulations, one executive order, and …

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VDOE Names Chief Academic Officer

Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples today announced that John William “Billy” Haun of Charlottesville will become the Virginia Department of Education’s chief academic officer, taking the position of assistant superintendent of instruction on September 1. “I am delighted that Billy is bringing his knowledge, leadership and innovative ideas …

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Sports

Register Now for Rugby

19 Oct 2014

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

8 Aug 2014

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By Carri Michon This spring 2014 Upper Loudoun Little League season found drenching rains making fields unplayable on a regular basis. Over 100 games were rescheduled due to wet, soggy fields, said league president, Norris Beavers. “The most I have ever remembered in my 28 years of volunteering with Upper …

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Letters

Save Western Loudoun Schools

17 Oct 2014

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This November’s school bond referendum is a threat to every school in Western Loudoun. On November 4, voters will be asked to approve a $162,900,000 …

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Congress Needs To Get Down To Work

12 Oct 2014

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I recently read about a Wall Street Journal poll that said that only 14 percent of people approve of the job that Congress is doing. …

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Where Is the Money?

3 Sep 2014

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I’ve been reading a lot lately that Social Security is a drag on the deficit that must be reformed. But aren’t payroll taxes the sole …

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