Shenandoah Coffeehouse Series Presents Mad Agnes

November 3, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes Comments Off on Shenandoah Coffeehouse Series Presents Mad Agnes

The Shenandoah Coffeehouse Series greets the season of Thanksgiving with the eclectic art-folk of Connecticut based trio Mad Agnes in concert at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 13 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun, located just a few minutes south of Leesburg.

Mad Agnes is Margo Hennebach, Adrienne Jones and Mark Saunders. Each member arrived at the trio from a staggering list of solo accomplishments, including songwriting competitions, recordings, and the ability to sleep on any surface. Multi-instrumentalists all, Hennebach is classically trained in piano, Jones is self-taught on guitar and bass, and Saunders adds color with a vintage mandolin and subtle electronic processing on his guitar. The sound can be full as a concert hall or delicate as three voices singing a cappella.

For nine years Mad Agnes has been delightfully impossible to pigeonhole. Folk, classical or Celtic? Soaring harmonies, incisive lyrics or giggly repartee? Choosing from among their bundle of instruments and adding “three-part harmonies as tight as jeans from the dryer” (Rob Weir, The Advocate), the resulting sound is captivating, uplifting and rare.

Released in October, their latest CD, hush, was conceived in response to frequent requests by fans for a collection of their ballads. “It’s a sweet album,” says Jones. “There are still energetic moments and signature sillies, but this was a really heartfelt project.” The cover of hush shows a white upper room in an old house, with peeling paint, fallen plaster and an air of quiet neglect. Soft, bright light filters in through sheer curtains – the tabula rasa, perhaps, on which we continually reinvent ourselves.

Mad Agnes are smart musicians, smart enough to leave audiences wanting more. In this, their final year of touring together, those audiences will be lucky to see them go around one more time before moving on to other projects – because moving on is as much a part of the human condition as anything else they sing about. Linda Morris (Dirty Linen) agrees: “Their music is at once intricate, mesmerizing, whimsical, eclectically intellectual… but, above all, utterly human.”

The Shenandoah Coffeehouse Series concert venue is unique as performances occur with no amplification in true house-concert style and in the tradition of sharing stories and songs on the porch or around the great room. The sound quality in the century-old church is pristine and a memorable listening experience. Artist recordings will be available for purchase at the concert. Admission is $15, first-come, first-served when the doors open at 7:30 p.m.

All concerts are smoke and alcohol free, and provide a comfortable listening setting for relaxed enjoyment of both lyrics and music. The Shenandoah Coffeehouse Series is an environmentally-friendly event; feel free to bring your favorite coffee mug. Coffee and other refreshments are graciously provided by the event hosts, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun.

The next concert will be held Saturday, January 8 featuring fast-rising Americana duo The Honey Dewdrops. For more information, visit http://www.shenandoahcoffeehouse.org.

Middleburg Trots Out Their Finest for Holiday Festivities

November 2, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Our Towns Comments Off on Middleburg Trots Out Their Finest for Holiday Festivities

Located in the heart of Virginia horse country, Middleburg has been extolled as being one of the quaintest destinations on the east coast. The traditional Christmas festivities with the backdrop of a classic Hunt Country Village have become an essential part of the spirit of Christmas for small children, world travelers and citizens far and wide.

Christmas in Middleburg is a wonderful community event. Festivities begin at 8:00 am, Saturday December 4 with breakfast with Santa and a silent auction at Middleburg Elementary School.

Starting at 11:00 a.m. the Middleburg Hunt takes to the streets creating a spectacular site as approximately 100 horses, riders in red coats and dozens of hounds come through the town. Immediately following the Hunt, the Middleburg Christmas Parade begins as spectator’s line the sidewalks along Washington Street (Route 50) to watch as a unique assortment of floats, troops and bands march by. In keeping with the animal friendliness of the town, the parade includes horses, llamas and dogs. Not to be missed are the antique fire trucks and of course, Santa brings up the rear riding on a beautiful horse drawn coach.

Through the day there are hayrides, choir performances, the Garden Club’s Christmas Flower and Greens Show and the Craft Show as well as shopping and dining in the town’s shops and restaurants. Live Christmas music at the Middleburg United Methodist Church, featuring several local musicians, begins at 2:00 p.m.

“Christmas in Middleburg is a wonderful tradition,” said Parade Co-Chairman and Middleburg Eccentric Founder and Editor Dee Dee Hubbard. “This year’s event will be especially exciting because the parade will immediately follow the kick off of the day with the tradition of the horses and hounds parading down the main street, this will give families more time to enjoy the many activities taking place in Middleburg.”

For more information, call the Pink Box Visitor Center at 540-687-8888 or the Loudoun Convention and Visitors Association at 1-800-752-6118.

Let’s Talk Turkey

November 2, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Loudoun County Comments Off on Let’s Talk Turkey

Learn about the turkey and its lore during the Third Annual Let’s Talk Turkey event at the Heritage Farm Museum on Saturday, November 13 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Bring your family and enjoy crafts, hands-on children’s activities, games, and prizes. Join us for turkey-themed story-times, make apple turkeys, play the “Turkey Toss,” and discover the interactive exhibits for children and families.

Visit the gift shop and browse our selection of Virginia’s Finest products including locally made jams, jellies, and candy. Pick up information on how to buy fresh and shop local for your family with the Piedmont Environmental Council and the Department of Economic Development.

Event is free with paid Museum admission. Visit the website at www.heritagefarmmuseum.org for a schedule of events.

The Heritage Farm Museum is dedicated to preserving, promoting, and bringing to life the history of farming and the rich agricultural heritage of Loudoun County. At the Heritage Farm Museum, you can meet Milkie the Cow, travel back in time to the Waxpool General Store and be a farmer for a day. Your family will reap the rewards of time well spent.

The Museum specializes in hands-on classes and programs that meet the Standards of Learning for Virginia schools. The Gift Shop features Virginia’s Finest label products and creative gifts for home and family. The Museum is conveniently located off Route 28 and Route 7 in Claude Moore Park, Sterling.

Ballet Magnificat!

November 2, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes Comments Off on Ballet Magnificat!

America’s premier Christian ballet company performs Before His Throne … Boldly. Heaven touches earth in this dramatic visual display of adoration to the King of Kings. A life-giving event you won’t want to miss. Dance the way it was meant to be at Patrick Henry College on Thursday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www.showclix.com/event/14012.

A Spending Perspective

November 2, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, View From the Ridge Comments Off on A Spending Perspective

In this day of enormous budget headlines, we tend to lose a small town perspective on what we are spending.

We see headlines about trillion dollar Federal deficits, and therefore when we read about Town expenditures – a million dollars for this project or ten million for that project – we don’t even bat an eye.

But when you consider that Purcellville’s spending burdens just 2,400 homes, the numbers begin to feel a little different.

  • The total town debt is the equivalent of seven years general fund revenue. If the five year plan is implemented, it will go up to about 11 years of general fund revenue.
  • The cost of the old Baptist Church (for the new Town Hall) without any improvements was approximately the total real estate tax collections for Purcellville for one year or approximately the amount Purcellville collects in personal property taxes (car tax) in six years. When the total cost of the expected repairs and the parking lot (across the street at Fireman’s Field) is considered, it equates to entire real estate tax revenue for 5-½ years or the car tax revenue for 30 years.
  • The cost of the proposed Main and Maple intersection improvements equals the entire real estate revenue for five years.
  • The new maintenance facility equals 2-½ years of the entire real estate revenue or 15 years of the car tax.
  • The repairs to the skating rink equal approximately the entire real estate revenue for one year.
  • The proposed purchase of new town vehicles for this year alone equals approximately the entire car tax for the next three years.
  • The General Fund debt service is equal to approximately two thirds of the total real estate tax revenue. The five year capital expenditure plan for the General Fund is equivalent to six years of the total real estate tax revenue. This means that the debt is growing since the debt service equals principal and interest. At this rate, an unanswered question is how long it will take before the debt service equals the total current real estate tax revenue.

Yup.

When you consider that all of this burden falls on just 2,400 households, you begin to understand that Purcellville is in fact right in line with the Federal model: spend and borrow, spend and borrow.

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Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015

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NASA and other agencies now forecast the incipient El Nino conditions to continue at least into the winter and the early part of 2016. Figure 1 compares Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly for the El Nino of 1997- 1998 with …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Childhood and Adolescent Depression: Tips for Parents and Caregivers

2 Sep 2015

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depression affects one in every 10 Americans.  And while the CDC’s data on depression currently shows that folks residing in the Commonwealth of Virginia fall slightly …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Suzanne Kane Nature Preserve

2 Sep 2015

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This innocuous little area lay smoldering in my semi-consciousness for several years – and after thousands of passings-by – I finally woke up one morning and just had to find out what was to be found out there. See – …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015

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I think what strikes me most about this place – as over the top as it is in many ways – is how understated it really is; I know that’ll take some explaining. I’ve been to Morven Park hundreds of …

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March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015

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By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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A Man of Character

3 Sep 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “I thought it would be appropriate to reiterate my thoughts on power and quote something from Frederick Douglass that I believe is quite true,” Manfred Kory wrote to me after reading Lonnae O’Neill’s June 29 column in …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

When To Take Social Security: Timing Is Everything

3 Sep 2015

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As you approach retirement, there are several decisions that can impact the level of income you will receive when you stop working. One such decision will be about claiming your Social Security retirement benefit. More than half of eligible Americans …

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Student News

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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

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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015

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Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this …

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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Three Virginia laws address openness in government: the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), The Virginia Public Records Act (VPRA) and The Virginia State & Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (VCOIA). VFOIA guides how public bodies conduct their meetings and regulates access to government records. VPRA establishes basic rules about what constitutes a public record and what the government’s …

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Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament

3 Sep 2015

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

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Irish Sessions at Corcoran Brewing

3 Sep 2015

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Gina Faber and Tony Noerpel have started an “Irish Session” at Corcoran Brewing Company in Purcellville once a month on the second Sunday. The next session will be from noon to 3:00 p.m. on September 13. It is an open session, and anyone can bring an instrument and play along. Tony and his wife, Nancy, visited Ireland last year and were impressed by …

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September Calendar

3 Sep 2015

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Ongoing events Saturdays, September 12 to October 17, Interpreting Scripture Through Visual Arts, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Jonathan Holland, artist and youth pastor, will take you on a journey to create powerful and moving art rooted within the Bible. Cost is $105. Go to opusoaks.org. On Saturday, September 12 at noon, Sunday, September 13 at 1:00 p.m., September 26 at noon and September 27 …

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Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015

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Shadow Darner. Unicorn Clubtail. Black Shouldered Spinyleg. Blue Dasher. Ebony Jewelwing. Calico Pennant. Sanddragon. Their names conger up some magical place inhabited by devils and demons, elegant queens, daring lovers – creatures you would need to see with your own eyes to believe really existed. But, each of these, including the Calico Pennant, is actually one of the most common …

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Good Government Reinforces the Family

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By Delegate Dave LaRock Working as the elected Delegate for the 33rd House District has renewed my understanding of the value of a strong family. After decades of raising my family of mom, dad, and seven children and building my family’s business, which provided countless opportunities for mom, dad and …

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Governor McAuliffe Launches Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship

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Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed Executive Order 47 establishing the Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship, which shall be responsible for coordinating and implementing youth entrepreneurship initiatives and fostering the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem for young people in Virginia. “The foundation of the new Virginia economy rests on the strength …

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Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers

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By Delegate Dave LaRock It’s no secret that population growth and business development have left Loudoun County, especially busy areas to the east, with some pretty challenging traffic. The process of expanding the local network of roads and transit always seems to be playing catch-up, usually tied to availability of …

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Sports

Las Vegas Tournament Good for Loudoun Teams

2 Sep 2015

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D1 Sports & Athletics 15U Spartan Elite Boys basketball team won the Gold Elite Championship out of 158 teams from across the country at the Bigfoot Hoops Las Vegas Classic on July 26. D1SA Spartan Elite defeated Drive Bounce Elite from British Columbia, Canada, in the championship game with the …

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Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015

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Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter placed second in the United States Track and Field 1500-meter run Junior National Championship. That earned him a spot on the United States Junior Team going to the Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada in late July. Drew lost to college freshman Blake Haney of the …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

Perfection and Expectation in High School

3 Sep 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde If you think about high school, what do you think about? Do you think about the sports and how important they are to some students whose only dream of getting into college is a scholarship? Do you think about the high school student struggling for an …

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Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015

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– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Letters

Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

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I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to …

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Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015

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With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to …

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Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights

15 Jun 2015

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I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories …

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