Shenandoah Coffeehouse Series Presents Mad Agnes

November 3, 2010 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 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 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 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 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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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

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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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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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

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

Free Gardening Lecture

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

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

Yard Sale

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PAUL REISLER TRIO WITH LEA MORRIS AND MARSHALL KEYS

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

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

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

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

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

19th Annual Cajun Festival & Crawfish Boil

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Goats at BRNP

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Bring Dad to North Gate Vineyard

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Troy and Paula Haag Perform at Old Stone School

9 Jun 2016

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

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

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Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Catholic Charities USA, headquartered in Alexandria, will receive $951,150 in federal funding, and the Virginia Housing Development Authority, located in Richmond, will receive $1,040,918. This nearly $2 million grant by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) …

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The Lady Vikings earned the back-to back conference title with a 4-1 win over Heritage in late May. The team earned a first round playoff bye finishing first in the conference and then went on to defeat Rock Ridge 12-0 in the conference semi-finals. The Lady Vikings ended their regular …

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