Matthew Schwartz Named to Oglethorpe University Fall Dean’s List

January 25, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader People Be the first to comment

Matthew Schwartz,of Paeonian Springs was among just over 200 students from Oglethorpe University who made the Fall 2010 Dean’s List. The Business major is a second year student at Oglethorpe, who earned this distinction by reaching at least a 3.5 grade-point average while maintaining a full-time class schedule for the semester.

Clyde Kessler Named to Dean’s List at Hampden-Sydney College

January 25, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader People Be the first to comment

Clyde Royal Kessler, a senior at Hampden-Sydney College, was named to the Dean’s List for the first semester of the 2010-2011 academic year. To earn this distinction, students must achieve at least a 3.3 semester grade point average out of a possible 4.0.

Clyde is a graduate of Loudoun Valley High School and is the son of Robert and Joanne Feickert of Round Hill.

A private college for men, Hampden-Sydney is ranked in the top tier of liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report. The College is known for its liberal arts curriculum, the Honor Code which stresses individual and collective responsibility, and a focus on the needs of young men.

Yard Sale – Part 2

January 25, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sustainable Planet Be the first to comment

“A guiding principle is that new ideas come from profound analysis of simple models – thinking deeply of simple things.” Ray Pierrehumbert, Principles of Planetary Climate, Cambridge University Press, 2010.

“Misery and poverty are frequently confused, because they are close – close, but located on either side of a limit. On one side, economic life is not assured; on the other side, it is assured. Beneath that limit, there’s misery, no certainty of a viable life, constant risk; above the limit, the risk stops, and poor or rich, there is assurance. Immediately above the limit is poverty, and above that are the successive zones of affluence. All below is misery; poverty is only a little above; thus the two are close in quantity, closer than much affluence is to poverty. Judging only by quantity, wealth is much further from poverty than poverty is from misery; but between poverty and misery is a distinction in quality, in nature.” Charles Péguy, 1902 essay “De Jean Coste.” [1]

Tony Noerpel

Following Pierrehumbert’s advice, Last week I discussed the need for simple economic models and listed some requirements of a good model. I suggested Pareto’s Yard Sale model [2] to describe the observed migration of wealth from middle class and poor to the wealthy which seems to have occurred in all human civilizations since humans discovered the principle of private property and commerce. Prior to about 10,000 year ago, humans lived as small (between 75 and 150 individuals) egalitarian groups based on hunting and gathering with little concept of private property. With private property came trade and with trade came inequality. Pareto’s yard sale model suggests that inequality is inherently a result of commerce even without considering individual characteristics such as intelligence, good looks, shrewdness or dishonesty. In a large population some individuals will win big and many will lose. There have always been kings and emperors, dictators and captains of industry while most of the population either just got by or were slaves or destitute. According to the yard sale economic model with near certain probability somebody will become as wealthy as Bill Gates. The probability that Gates’ himself would turn out to be that person were probably rather low but because of his personal characteristics and inherited wealth certainly much higher than most people.

Another simple model that can show that this propensity of commerce to make somebody rich and many people poor is the Gambler’s Ruin problem from probability theory [3]. If two gamblers start with an equal amount of money and make a series of small wagers on the outcome of the toss of a fair coin, it is easy to show in closed form that there is a 50 percent probability that the first player will become bankrupted and a 50 percent probability that the second player will become bankrupted and zero probability that the game will continue without bankruptcy. This result is exact.

Further, we can calculate the probability of ruin for the two players if they start with unequal amounts of money. As you would expect, the player starting with the most money is most likely to win. The problem can be made more interesting by varying the relative probabilities of each player’s chances of winning. In other words, if the first player cheats a little bit, he may increase his probability of winning each coin toss slightly but he will increase the probability of the second player going bankrupt substantially.

At this time, 129 million Americans have health care problems which qualify as pre-existing conditions. All of these people could be denied coverage by their private-for-profit health insurance companies if the GOP/FOX/corporate elite succeed in overturning Obama’s health care plan [4]. Since health problems are the principle reason families are forced into bankruptcy in the United States, more American families will become vulnerable if Republicans were to succeed.

A recent report published by the Levi Institute finds that the top 1 percent of American households by income hold 37.1 percent of all wealth. The next 4 percent hold 27.9 percent. The next 15 percent hold 22.2 percent. The next 20 percent holds 10 percent of all wealth. The middle quintile holds 3.1 percent of all wealth. The bottom 40 percent of American households hold -0.8 percent of all wealth. 24.1 percent of all American households have negative net worth [5]. We see that wealth distribution is highly skewed and most Americans are vulnerable to economic failure even without suffering a debilitating injury or illness. The author of this report, Edward Wolff, concludes:

We can see how the rising debt of the middle class made them vulnerable to income shocks and set the stage for the mortgage crises of 2008 and 2009 and the resulting financial meltdown. The rapid decline in house prices over these two years (on the order of 24 percent) left many middle-class families (I estimate 16.6 percent of homeowners) “underwater” (greater mortgage debt than the value of their homes) and, coupled with a sharp spike in unemployment, unable (or unwilling) to repay their mortgage loans.”

Since the exploitation of fossil fuels, humans have been able to create new wealth faster than the natural migration of wealth from middle class and poor to the wealthy. In the recent past, this has led to increasing prosperity for a greater number of people but it has not eliminated misery. The large middle class was a positive feedback further increasing total wealth. This led to the evolution of modern democracies and the sense of fairness in which we all believe. A prudent and honorable goal of our society might be that no American has to live in misery and indeed we were on our way to achieving this goal. Poverty as defined by Péguy is fine so long as all Americans have equal opportunity, access to education, freedom from hunger and adequate health care and nobody is forced into misery. While some unequal wealth distribution may be acceptable and even desirable, vast accumulation of wealth is quite unnecessary and is harmful to the democratic process. Chief Justice William Brandeis wrote [6]: “We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.” One of the mantras of the current economic crises is that failed banks were “too big to fail” and were subsequently bailed out. The lesson might have been that we should not let corporations become too big to fail or individuals to wealthy and powerful to corrupt, but we appear to have lost the opportunity to learn and apply this important lesson.

Naturally, extreme wealth is connected with extreme influence and power and of course that corrupts democracy. The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision allowing unlimited funding of political campaigns by wealthy individuals and corporations probably signaled America’s transition from an oligarchy to a keptocracy [7]. Since Justices Scalia and Thomas met with the Koch Brothers who directly benefitted from the decision several times while the Supreme Court was dealing with the issue, they should have recused themselves. This is of course text book corruption.

Since the natural flow of wealth seems to be from poor to already wealthy and the natural evolution is to fewer and fewer larger and wealthier entities and individuals, we need a progressive income tax in order to redistribute wealth back to society. This is not a new idea but it is one that has been both successful and then successfully attacked by corporate elite, since the Reagan administration. We need to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision and institute real campaign finance reform. We can learn from more successful democracies. We also need to decide, as a nation, whether or not we are going to tolerate misery, as we do today, or work to eliminate it. Since most of us are perhaps a single transaction away from misery, this might be the preferred choice of a majority of well informed citizenry.

I don’t suggest that excess wealth be taxed and then simply given to the poor. What I suggest is that it be taxed and then invested in the needs of society such as building schools, financing single payer federal health care, building mass transportation systems and of course funding research and development.

In part 3 of this series, I will describe Herman Daly’s ecological economic model of the economy and how it can show us how to invest in society in a sustainable way.

[1] http://www.energybulletin.net/stories/2011-01-17/decent-poverty-report-poverty-and-misery

[2] Brian Hayes, Follow the Money, American Scientist, Volume 90, Number 5
Page: 400, DOI: 10.1511/2002.5.400September-October, 2002 http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/pub/follow-the-money/2

[3] Ghahramani, Fundamentals of Probability, second edition, Prentice-Hall, 2000.

[4] http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/17/AR2011011702842.html

[5] http://www.levyinstitute.org/pubs/wp_589.pdf

[6] http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Louis_Brandeis

[7] http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/01/20-2

The Unloved

January 23, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment

By Mark Gunderman

Last year 62 children were provided an unconditional love in the GSA shelters. A total of 118 people lived in our shelters receiving 8,216 bed-nights and 20,540 meals in 2010. However 937 folks were turned away due to a lack of bed space. Over 1,400 near homeless families were assisted through GSA Outreach and Resources and Referrals programs. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – January 23, 2011

January 23, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Tim Jon with BRLN Be the first to comment
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Crime- and Punishment

Up to two years in prison and $5,000 in fines; how’s that for making racist remarks at a local department store and then beating up another customer who objects to your comments? The accused attacker from the January 2 incident at the Dulles Town Center Sears has been charged with a couple of misdemeanors, and may walk away with what many may feel is light sentencing.

Adam Clark Branson of Ashburn turned himself in to authorities and faces one count of assault and battery and another for disorderly conduct.

Perhaps they could force him to watch a screening of To Kill a Mockingbird, or The Defiant Ones, or even to read a copy of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, or maybe some of the more stirring speeches by the late Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.

But, poetic justice seldom reigns supreme in our country. … Continue Reading

Sushi’s Back

January 22, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sushi's Corner Be the first to comment

Hello out there, it’s me Sushi.

Wondering where I have been lately? Well let me tell you… I had a lot of work to do to run off my turkey belly after Thanksgiving. Then I had to sleep off my Pot Roast belly after Christmas. Now that that work is done I am keeping watch from the warm hay loft in the barn. I love it up here perched on top of my hay bales, watching out over the world of my little farm. I wish you would all come out and join me. Not a cozier feeling in the whole world than sitting on top a hay bale with the loft doors open and the sun warming your face in the midst of a cold winter blast!

We are bringing in the New Year with a bang at Fields of Athenry Farm. Popper one of Bernie and Lainos’ favorite ewes had the farms first set of twin ewe lambs this past week. (That’s “girl lambs” for those of you not too sure) Now Popper is special – it seems it was just yesterday when we were all sitting on hay bales down in the lambing stall when Popper was born on New Year’s Eve, in 2006.

Yep, you guessed it Popper and her twin brother Uncle Cracker – were born that New Year’s night, as the ball dropped in New York City!

As I watch out over my farm, as any mighty Cairn Terrier would do – I remember with fond memories, think of my future and my born and bred duties.

With clear resolution I promise to myself this will be my best year yet.

I think about when young lambs and baby geese are born how weary and tired they can get from a hard birth or the cold. I vow to protect and defend my barn yard. I commit to being cheerful by flashing my brilliant white tooth grin. When the sly ones sneak up from the forbidden woods and want to snack on Mrs. B’s favorite poultry, I will howl from the hay loft in warning. I will leap with ferocity onto the farm drive and stand my ground. I will defend all the small chicks unaware of the dangers that await them from the sneaky fox.

I promise to write each and every week that I can, to bring you my friends new “Tails” from the Barn Yard.

Speaking of new “Tails,” as the Farm Crier I have an announcement to make –

There are going to be some major changes in Mrs. B’s life……and her name is Stinging Nettle Nelly……………

Until next week,

Love, Sushi

Public invited to submit local redistricting plans

January 20, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Government, Loudoun County, Notices Be the first to comment

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is soliciting redistricting proposals (the redrawing of local election district lines) from citizens and interested groups. Instructions for submitting proposals are available at www.loudoun.gov/redistricting. Proposals submitted by 5:00 on Friday January 28, 2011 will be posted on the County’s website and made available to the Board for consideration. While early submissions are encouraged due to the limited time available to complete the redistricting, the public may submit proposals or comment at any time prior to a decision by the Board on a redistricting plan. Tentatively, the Board will decide on a plan in April 2011.

Join Woodgrove for a Wolverine Shoot Out

January 18, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Be the first to comment

First annual Woodgrove Wolverine Shoot-a-Thon will be held on Saturday, February 5, at 4:30 p.m. at Woodgrove High School. Coach Douglas will be holding a free clinic for all WLBL players who attend the Shoot-A-Thon. Also the WLBL players will have the opportunity to rebound for the Woodgrove players during the Shoot-A-Thon. The Shoot-A-Thon will be part of Woodgrove’s Youth Weekend where all WLBL players in their jerseys will get in free to the games on Friday, February 4 beginning at 6:00 p.m. against Tuscarora and on Saturday, February 5 against James Wood beginning at 1:00 p.m. The Shoot-A-Thon will follow. Also the WLBL travel teams are invited to scrimmage at half time of the games Friday night against Tuscarora. The sixth grade team will play during the halftime of the Freshman team, the seventh grade team will play during the halftime of the JV game, and the eighth grade team will play during the halftime of the Varsity game. Come on out and support the boys.

Yard Sale – Part 1

January 18, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sustainable Planet Be the first to comment

“We make models in science but we also make them in everyday life. Model-dependent realism applies not only to scientific models but also to the conscious and subconscious mental models we all create in order to interpret and understand the everyday world.” Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow, The Grand Design, 2010 [1].

by Tony Noerpel

In my last article [2], I discussed the difference between thinking dogmatically and thinking critically. In either case we construct models to help us understand reality. Using Paul O’Neill’s terminology, recall that an ideologue’s model is arbitrary and rigidly maintained without regard to facts. A philosopher’s model is based on facts and is continuously adjusted to accommodate new information. One might say that a philosopher (or physicist) is willing to accept the possibility that she might be wrong. The physicists Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow write in The Grand Design [1] that a good model:

  1. Is elegant
  2. Contains few arbitrary or adjustable elements
  3. Agrees with and explains all existing observations
  4. Makes detailed predictions about future observations that can disprove or falsify the model if they are not borne out.


We can ignore the first two points for now as these are subjective. The third point requires hard work, anathema to ideologues according to O’Neill, and the fourth point requires courage, as the models must be tested with the possibility that they may be incorrect or inadequate. Though economics is a soft science, a good economic model should have these properties also. A good economic model should explain observation and would have anticipated the recent housing bubble, the recession, the run up in gold and oil prices and the credit crises. The economist Gregory Mankiw in his popular text book, Principles of Economics [3] writes:

“In his 1776 book An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, economist Adam Smith made the most famous observation in all of economics: Households and firms interacting in markets act as if they are guided by an ‘invisible hand’ that leads them to desirable market outcomes. One of our goals in this book is to understand how this invisible hand works its magic.”

An astute observer might note that James Watts invented the steam engine in the same year, 1776, which allowed the British to exploit the low entropy of their coal and that British coal production peaked in the early 1900’s coincident with the decline of their empire. In other words, a robust economy may have more to do with thermodynamics than magic.

Mankiw’s free market, small government model works reasonably well, though not perfectly, when the resources it ignores are not limited and when pollution does not overwhelm the economic system, but eventually it fails utterly. Given that the U. S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) have both acknowledged that peak production of conventional crude oil has already occurred in 2005 and 2006 respectively, our economy is clearly resource constrained. Given the size of ocean dead zones, mountaintop removal mining, soil deterioration and global warming, our economy is further constrained by our pollution. Since our current and on-going economic crisis is thermodynamic in nature, a model which ignores entropy is not likely to do well. Recall that the physicist Arthur Eddington wrote that if your model contradicts the second law of thermodynamics there is no hope for it. We need better economic models. In this series of articles I propose three.

Vilfredo Pareto, an Italian engineer/economist who died in 1923, collected vast amounts of data on wealth and income distribution from many different countries and from several time periods, which included a variety of economic and government types. He found that wealth was always distributed inequitably, following a power law distribution sometimes called the 80-20 rule or the Pareto principle, i.e., 80 percent of the people owned 20 percent of the wealth and 20 percent of the people owned 80 percent of the wealth [4]. One might observe that the invisible hand inevitably makes the rich richer and the poor poorer.

Pareto developed the “yard sale” economic model, which was nicely described in an article in American Scientist by the mathematician Brian Hayes [5]. This is the first of our three simple models. This model holds wealth constant and the initial distribution of wealth is uniform across the population. If the participants engage in transactions which are of exactly fair value (market efficiency holds) then the economy is stable and robust and continues forever with the same equitable distribution of wealth. However, if we assume instead that transactions are of unequal value even if only by a very small amount relative to the total value of the transactions, eventually one person accrues all of the wealth and the economy dies. To justify the latter assumption note that everybody who purchased a home after 2003 paid too much. Cleary the market is not efficient and there is no invisible hand guiding the economy. And this result is independent of skill, hard work, avarice, or intelligence as well as the details of the way the economy operates. An unregulated free market leads to inequality at least until it becomes so unstable that the economy breaks.

Pareto observed that the wealthy accumulated power as well. This destroys democracy and feeds corruption further aggregating both wealth and power in a positive feedback loop.

According to Mankiw a free market economy will encourage entrepreneurial ambitions and economic growth. This can appear to work if at the same time society is discovering and exploiting new sources of energy. With the discovery of fossil fuels wealth was created faster than the wealthy could co-opt it from the majority. Thus prospects for the majority improved and a large middle class was created in many societies including the United States. This in itself was a positive feedback which encouraged yet more growth. In the end though, the momentum of the unregulated free market is to aggregate wealth in a highly skewed power law distribution. As resources are depleted, wealth aggregation overwhelms wealth creation. The middle class becomes poor and the poor fall out of the economy altogether. This is happening in the United States today. Mankiw’s model does not predict this. In fact Mankiw reprints a gushing article by the articulate and insouciant free-market cheerleader David Brooks from November 27, 2004, just before the economic collapse, titled “Good News about Poverty” [6], describing how remarkably well the world economy was doing.

Pareto’s yard sale model while elegantly simple has obvious deficiencies. It ignores avarice and greed, intelligence and hard work, ambition, and other personality characteristics which might favor some individual’s fate over others. But we can show that these differences exacerbate inherent inequitable wealth accumulation. The yard sale model also starts from an equitable initial condition. In reality some of us are born into poverty and others into wealth. How we start out in life is a substantial disadvantage or advantage. Mankiw writes: “A person’s earnings depend on the supply and demand for that person’s labor, which in turn depend on natural ability, human capital, compensating differentials, discrimination, and so on.” While all that is true, Mankiw ignores initial conditions and pure luck or happenstance in the eventual distribution of income. We can appreciate how these differences might exacerbate inequitable distribution by considering a second model, the Gambler’s Ruin problem from probability theory [7]. We will do this in part two.

Finally, neither Pareto nor Mankiw consider thermodynamic limits. When we discover how to exploit new sources of low entropy, more surplus wealth is created. On the other hand, all wealth is far from thermodynamic equilibrium so that cars rust and bananas rot. Our clothes become threadbare and our infrastructure deteriorates. Wealth is continually destroyed and needs replacing. Pollution and misallocation of resources extract wealth from the economy. The eventual cost of addressing global warming will far exceed, by several orders of magnitude, the relatively meager immediate gains (capital formation) made by the wealthy as a consequence of ignoring the problem. The nuclear arms race had cost the United States over five trillion dollars by 1998 [9]. All of our federal debt can be attributed to misallocating the nation’s capital and low entropy towards military spending and as a consequence our country is being bankrupted by the same forces that bankrupted the Soviet Union. All of these factors, including the incipient housing market collapse were evident by the time Brooks wrote his ill-considered column.

Consider that Mankiw published the fourth edition in 2007, after the housing bubble burst and well into the credit crises and several years after peak oil, yet his book does not contain any information about bubbles, resources, crashes or derivatives. One would think that it would not be so difficult to make predictions after they’ve already happened.

Thermodynamic impacts can be appreciated by considering our third model, Herman Daly’s ecosystem model of the economy. We will address this aspect in part three.

These three models (perhaps not elegant but simple) together can suggest in broad terms what we need to do in the United States in order to preserve our economy and society and ensure its sustainability. They are too crude to supply the detail. However, given the direction in which we are headed, and which most of us inherently understand is not good, comprehending those broad terms would be an enormous benefit.

The conclusion of Pareto’s yard sale model is that happenstance alone naturally exacerbates inequality. As we will see human frailty, such as greed, inevitably makes this condition worse.

[1] Hawking and Mlodinow, The Grand Design, Bantam Books, 2010.

[2] http://brleader.com/?p=2550

[3] Mankiw, Principles of Economics, Fourth Edition, South-Western Cengage Learning, 2007.

[4] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vilfredo_Pareto

[5] Brian Hayes, Follow the Money, American Scientist, Volume 90, Number 5
Page: 400, DOI: 10.1511/2002.5.400September-October, 2002 http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/pub/follow-the-money/2

[6] David Brooks, Good News about Poverty, The New York Times, November 27, 2004, reprinted page 435 in Mankiw, 2007.

[7] Ghahramani, Fundamentals of Probability, second edition, Prentice-Hall, 2000.

[8] Herman Daly, Beyond Growth, Beacon Press, 1996.

[9] Stephen I. Schwartz, Atomic Audit The Costs and Consequences of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Since 1940, Brookings Institution Press 1998.

Blue Ridge Leader News – January 16, 2011

January 17, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Tim Jon with BRLN Be the first to comment
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Exchanging Fire

A young man from Manassas has some explaining to do- that is, if he recovers from the gunshot wound sustained in a shoot-out that killed a Leesburg man. Thursday’s incident took the life of 29 year old William Henry Welch III, of Bride Crest Square. … Continue Reading

A Letter of Thanks

January 14, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment

The final tally is now in and ten local nonprofits are the beneficiaries of the $15,000 raised through the Loudoun Alternative Gift Fair during the 2010 Holiday season. The Fair was coordinated by Loudoun Interfaith Bridges and Loudoun Cares with two goals in mind: provide our community with truly meaningful gift giving opportunities while raising much needed resources for local nonprofits.

Both of our goals were accomplished thanks to generous sponsors, corporations, individuals and faith communities. Three entities, Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation, Inova Loudoun Hospital and the Loudoun County CEO Cabinet stepped up at levels that insured the success of the Fair. Other key sponsors and supporters included: Blue Ridge Title and Escrow, Inc., Bob Miller of Southern Trust Mortgage, Burnett and Williams Personal Injury Attorneys, Dr. Gordon Culp, Optometrist, Mel Pine’s Allstate Insurance Agency, Sperry Van Ness/Vaaler Real Estate and local artist, Elaine Nunnally.

The beauty of the Loudoun Alternative Gift Fair is that it meets the needs of the growing number of gift givers looking for alternatives to the holiday shopping frenzy while supporting local nonprofits that strengthen our community through health care, literacy, homeless services, youth volunteerism, mental health advocacy and much much more.

Thanks again to all who made the 2010 Loudoun Alternative Gift Fair a community giving success. Look for us again in 2011. We expect to be back with new ideas and even more giving opportunities.

Sincerely,
Steve Wolfson, The Arc of Loudoun
Kristi Stilen-Lare, Blue Ridge Speech and Hearing Center
Laura Dove, Friends of Homeless Animals
Stephanie Foran, Friends of Loudoun Mental Health
Yvette Castro-Green, La Voz of Loudoun
Andy Johnston, Loudoun Cares
Debra Dever, Loudoun Community Health Center
Candace Kroehl, Loudoun Literacy Council
Tracey Parent, Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers
Helen Richardson, Volunteers of America – Chesapeake

Update: Crooked Run Condemnation Hearing Scheduled for Jan. 11

January 12, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader News Be the first to comment

*UPDATE: At last night’s Purcellville Town Council Meeting January 11, 2011, a public hearing was held regarding Condemnation-Quick Take of the Crooked Run Orchard property. Over 50 Town and County residents attended, and more than 20 people spoke at the hearing. Only two speakers were in favor of the agenda item. In a 7-0 vote, the Purcellville Town Council voted to Condemn via quick take condemnation powers over seven acres of Crooked Run Orchard for the Southern Collector Road. (the parcel is 16 acres)

Town Council members kept repeating that this was the “original” alignment. It is not, it is an entirely new alignment. The road has been moved entirely onto the Brown property, locating the road less than 75 feet from their home and making the annexation of the O’Toole property unnecessary. In preparation to seek State and Federal funding the Town has submitted documents for 4 lanes and 40 mph. The original alignment only required 3.08 acres, the new alignment will take almost half the 16 acres and destroy the main barn and farm road to the back 40 acres.

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Local Residents Graduate from the College of William & Mary

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Kevin Sherman Graduated from Ithaca College

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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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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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BBQ to Benefit Fire House

22 Oct 2014

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

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Remembering Julia Taylor Cannon

22 Oct 2014

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

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10th Annual Turkey Trot 5k and Fun Run

19 Oct 2014

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

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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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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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