New York Jazz Musician Brings Music Joy to Western Loudoun

By Carol Morris Dukes

Jazz singer Caprice Fox has found respite from the noise and excitement she’s known in New York. And despite a successful music career touring the world, it’s Hamilton, Virginia that she likes to call home.

A relative newcomer to Loudoun County; Caprice, an original member of the five-vocal jazz ensemble New York Voices, decided to move closer to her parents– in Leesburg–and she’s brought her jazz success with her.

A hot ticket on the jazz scene, Caprice Fox has done pretty well for herself. As a toddler, she began practicing the C major scale on her Grandmother Erma Riffle’s piano. Her grandmother was a teacher, a church organist, and the family matriarch. She became Caprice’s piano mentor and guided her throughout most of her foundational years of music training. As she grew older, Caprice studied music at the University of Colorado and supported herself with her own professional music business. She had a group, and they toured throughout the western United States. Later, she moved to New York to study music at Ithaca College and while finishing her degree in Jazz Studies, she received a scholarship to travel to Germany and sing with a college group made up of four other singers who chose the simple name: New York Voices.

After being very well received in Europe, the Voices made the move to New York City and began playing popular venues in Manhattan to enthusiastic crowds. An agent and a record deal with GRP Records followed, and soon Caprice was singing and touring all over the US, Europe and Japan. Led by director Darmon Meader who arranged such notable jazz standards as “Round Midnight” by Monk and “Giant Steps” by Coltrane, the New York Voices played places like Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. From ’89 to ’94, they released four total CDs on the GRP Label: New York Voices, Hearts of Fire, What’s Inside, and The Collection. Today, the New York Voices are a well-known Grammy-award winning ensemble.

Fast forward.

Tired of touring and living a fast-paced life, Caprice left the New York Voices for a different way of life. Turning her interests toward children and education, she helped develop a non-profit organization geared toward early childhood intervention with programs that “honored the genious in every child.” She started teaching piano and mentoring young talent–just like her Grandmother Erma Riffle.

Today, one year after moving to Loudoun County, Caprice is still settling into her new business called Music Joy. She currently teaches Voice and Piano to 50 students and she even makes house calls! Traveling to the homes of her students, who range in age from three years to older adult, Caprice Fox flies under the radar, living and working in relative obscurity, where few people know of her high profile years with a famous jazz group. Despite her achievements, Caprice is is still reaching for the stars. Rather than rest on her laurels and allow her performance success to sustain her, Caprice has a new goal—one that has become the philosophy of Music Joy: to help others find and promote their creative spark and follow their dreams–no matter how old.

Living quietly in Hamilton suits Caprice. She’s doing what she loves with the people she loves. “Home is where the heart is and at this time my heart is here in Virginia,” Caprice explains: “Every family that I work with is a true joy and learning experience. I have families from all over the world; one family is from India so we are spending time learning ‘Jana Gana Mana,’ India’s national anthem.”

This New York Voice–Caprice Fox– speaks with adoration for the students she feels so lucky to work with. She’s been around the world, but this jazz artist is happy to be home.

Towns and Villages

LOVETTSVILLE by Susanne Kahler

Relief Effort for Alabama Tornado Disaster. St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville is working together with a major relief organization in Alabama, Toomer’s For Tuscaloosa, as well as NorthEast Alabama Tornado Disaster Relief, to help alleviate some of the suffering and loss from the recent tornados that left hundreds homeless and destroyed all their personal belongings. Donations of men, womens and childrens toiletries, bugspray, bottled water/gatorade, sleeping bags, tarps, cleaning supplies, dry pet food, etc. can be brought to the church on Sunday, June 5 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The church is located at 10 East Broadway in the heart of Lovettsville.

ROUND HILL by Susanne Kahler

If you missed the first Woodgrove Has Talent! show you missed a great night! Twenty-one acts graced the stage during the night. The winner was the Blue Grass Band who picked and sang their way to be chosen the number one act. Congratulations to the Woodgrove HS Technology Student Association students who placed second in the state at the competition held last week. One of the teams will now be headed to the National competition to be held in June. Congratulations to the Woodgrove girls Lacrosse team for winning the Dulles District Regular Season Title. The girls went undefeated in the district and now own the first District Title of any team in Woodgrove history. Great job, team, and good luck on your journey to a state title!

Special Olympics of Loudoun County is sponsoring their very first Golf Tournament Fundraiser Event at River Creek Country Club for August 8. It’s a really exciting event, and one of the biggest the organization has ever taken on. The price is $150.00 per golfer and includes a continental breakfast, cart, and a buffet lunch afterwards (as well as a drink ticket). There are also prices for a group to sign up or as a sponsorship for your company.

Visit the website at for more information. The Loudoun County Chapter of the Special Olympics relies solely on fundraising and donations and each year they have more applicants for sports, and more sports they’d like to see offered as well – with that comes added expense. This fundraiser will be a fun way to raise money for the participants and get the community involved.

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LINCOLN by Ann Tiffany

Mark your calendars …. June 4, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. The Lincoln Community League will have a fund raising social-picnic hosted by Carole and Chuck (Chip) Maloney at their beautiful home, Lark Rise, 19026 Shelburne Glebe Road. LCL will furnish hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie-burgers and other picnic foods. The Maloney’s are graciously supplying some liquid refreshments.

This is a family affair to get the community together, as well as raise some money to purchase and install several signs entering the village(see attached scan). The cost will be $10.00 per person, or $25.00 for a family of three or more. (Additional donations are always welcome.)

The Lincoln Studios wants to thank the residents of Lincoln who both supported and attended the premiere showing of the film “Nichols:The Last Hardware Store.” It was a full house at the Bush Tabernacle (Skating Rink) in Purcellville on Saturday evening May 14. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who appears in the documentary, was in attendance as well as many of the Nichols family and staff. DVDs will be available soon. For more information, e-mail Several Lincoln folks came to my farm early on the morning of April 30. This was advertised as “Breakfast at Tiffanys” and the purpose was to take an instructive, though muddy, nature/bird walk with Phil Daley and Mary Ann Goode. This was followed by a delicious pot luck breakfast.The Lincoln Community League Board has chosen a design for three welcome signs to be placed on Sands, Foundry and Lincoln Roads. This is another attempt to calm the traffic as it enters our village. Geoff Holden, the son of Susan and Patrick Holden, is currently spending two weeks in France studying WWII history in Paris and Normandy as part of a class from Clemson University. When he returns he will be attending a bachelor party in Atlantic City for his brother, Paul; Paul Holden and Micaela Moreno will be married in mid-June at Whitehall in Bluemont. Paul is now an accountant living in Destin, Florida having completed a MS degree in accounting in 2010 at James Madison University.

Allyson and Michael Alto wrote a note from the Plains saying that they miss their dear Lincoln friends, and waving to people as they drove by. Their eldest son, Peyton, is off to William and Mary in the fall…which means only four more to go! Stirling Rasmussen wrote that he has retired from Dell Healthcare Services and is now volunteering as a docent at the national Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico.The Fourth of July parade and picnic will be in one month. John Raymond on Chappelle Hill appears in the parade each year as the candy-flinging cyclist.You may remember John on the royal blue adult tricyle or perhaps on his 1950’s balloon-tire Schwinn Black Phantom with its black, red and chrome paint-job and flag rack on the front. John likes to bribe the judges with candy as he cycles by, and he continues to take the “most unique” award.John recently attended the premier auction for bicycle collecting in Copake, NY. John is also a metal sculptor and has begun bicycle building in his barn studio in Lincoln. Next time you see the bearded wheelman, inquire about his collections of bicycle ephemera; or call him at 540-338-1373. He is glad to share his passion for bikes.


The Hills Are Alive. And so is the Village of Waterford.

In 1994, Charlotte Gollobin, owner of the historic Rosemont Estate, had a terrific idea: Why not bring nationally known musical performers to the Village of Waterford. She gathered together a committee, met with members of the Waterford Foundation, received permission to use the Waterford Old School Auditorium, scoured her considerable contacts with the Washington music community, and, presto: The Waterford Concert Series was born and today makes up one of the many events sponsored by the Waterford Foundation.

Charlotte even overcame a slight problem: The Waterford Old School didn’t have enough chairs for the audience. So her husband Len rounded up 150 chairs owned by his company and donated them to the Waterford Foundation.

The Homeless Concert Series:Now, of course, not only does Waterford lack 150 chairs, but it lacks the Old School Auditorium to put them in. So, since 2007, when the Old School Auditorium was destroyed by fire, the Waterford Concert Series has been homeless. But our friends and other community groups have come to the rescue, enabling us to hold the concerts at the Lucketts Community Center, the Catoctin Presbyterian Church, the Waterford Elementary School, and the St. James’ Episcopal Church in Leesburg.

Just last month, we welcomed the highly acclaimed Bach Sinfonia, which delighted the packed-house audience with Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” along with companion texts, four sonnets possibly written by Vivaldi himself.

The Next Generation Concert: One of the Best:Each year, the Waterford Concert Series presents young performers from The Levine School of Music. Young competition winners from the Levine School will return to Waterford to show off their exuberant best. Musicians of elementary through high school age deliver one of the most popular concerts in our series. With two campuses in Washington, D.C., one in Maryland and one in Virginia, the Levine School is one of the nation’s leading community music schools; it is the preeminent center for music education in the Washington metropolitan area. Excellence and opportunity are core values inspiring Levine programs, faculty, and students.*

We invite everyone to come and enjoy this truly inspirational concert. Bring the whole family, especially students, to this one. Children 12 and under attend this (and all our concerts) free.

The concert takes place Sunday, June 5, at 4:00 p.m. at the Waterford Elementary School.

Opera Next Fall: Next November 6, the Concert Series will hold perhaps its most popular concert of the year: The Maryland Opera Studio brings its rising opera stars back to Loudoun County, building on their 2010 Virginia debut. These talented singers will present semistaged scenes from opera productions in the works as well as music from opera, musicals, and operetta—old, familiar, and cutting-edge contemporary. Led by a top-notch faculty, 8 to 12 students admitted to the graduate opera program at the University of Maryland School of Music work through all areas of vocal and theatrical training. The emphasis is on performance and informed risk-taking to bring their roles alive. A Master of Music degree in opera performance and a shot at a career in a major opera company are awarded at the end of the two-year program. Our Leesburg audience will be rewarded with delightful music and great entertainment.*

This marvelous concert takes place at St. James Episcopal Church in Leesburg, on Sunday, November 6, at 4:00 p.m.

Home Sweet Home: On July 2, Waterford breaks ground to rebuild the Old School Auditorium, and the Concert Series Committee hopes to resume concerts in the new facility sometime in 2012. The Waterford Foundation needs to raise another $300,000 to avoid the need to borrow for the construction and welcomes all contributions.

Tickets: You may order tickets for concerts at Or call the Waterford Foundation at 540-882-3018.
Ed Good President, Waterford Citizens’ Association
* © Waterford Foundation. Portions of this article appear on the Waterford Foundation website. Copyright permission granted.

HAMILTON by Terry Moon

Hamilton Day will be celebrated on Saturday, June 4. There will be a parade, barbecue and activities at the Hamilton Community Park. For more information call the Town Office at 540-338-2811. Carri Michon is the volunteer who is coordinating Hamilton Day. Thanks Carri!

The Town of Hamilton has resolved their well problems and improved the pumping capacity. The water tests great and there are no water violations. While the Town is no longer under water restrictions citizens are encouraged to conserve. Did you know that it takes one year for the rain we are experiencing to replenish our wells?

Audrey Reale, a town employee, has resigned and is moving to Missouri. Audrey is moving to be closer to family. Thank you for your service Audrey, we will miss you.

The United Methodist Churches are collecting Cleaning Buckets to aid those experiencing floods, hurricanes and tornados in the southern United States. The buckets should be 5 gallon with resalable lid, please no buckets which have been used for paint or pool cleaner. Include the following: liquid laundry detergent – two 25 oz. or one 50 oz., dish soap – 16-18 oz. bottle, any brand, 1 can air freshener, 1 6-14 oz. aerosol spray pump with protective cover, 1 scrub brush, 18 cleaning wipes –handi wipes or reusable wipes, 7 sponges – remove from wrapper, 5 scouring pads – remove from wrapper, 50 clothespins – remove from packaging, clothesline – two 50 ft. or one 100 ft., 24 roll heavy duty trash bags – remove from box, 5 dust masks, 2 pair disposable kitchen gloves – remove from packaging, 1 pair work gloves. Place all items in the buckets starting with the liquids and close lids. The cleaning buckets may be dropped off at Hamilton United Methodist Church, Bethany United Methodist Church and Round Hill United Methodist Church.

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Real Estate Snapshot

By Heather Elias

The spring selling season is upon us, and I’m sure you are seeing more homes for sale, no matter where you are in western Loudoun. The three overview charts for single family homes in Loudoun County show us that median price is up seven percent since the first of the year, from $530,000 to around $572,000.

Meanwhile, average days on market is down from 110 days in January to 90 now. Inventory has been on the rise since the beginning of the year, about a 14 percent gain. (Statistics courtesy of Altos Research LLC)

The most expensive home sold in Loudoun County for the month of April was a 175 acre retreat on Old Waterford Road in Paeonian Springs, co-listed by Jim Lemon Jr. of Middleburg Real Estate and Nancy Yahner of Keller Williams. Sold for just over $2.6 million, the property included pastures, woodlands, pond, and grapes in place for a vineyard/winery. The purchaser was represented by Charles Blanks of Carter Braxton Preferred Properties.

The least expensive home sold in Loudoun County in April was a one bedroom, one bath condo in the Country Club Green community in Leesburg. The top floor unit sold for $69,000 and was listed by Carolyn Young of RE/MAX Premier. The buyer was represented by Dan Ritchey of Keller Williams Realty.

University of Mary Washington Graduates Class of 2011

The following area students were among 1,295 students graduating from the University of Mary Washington. U.S. Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.) delivered the commencement address for master’s candidates on Friday, May 6 and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) gave the undergraduate commencement address on Saturday, May 7.

John F. Rowley, a resident of Purcellville, Va., graduated with a B.A. degree in history.

Jonathan F. Houchens, a resident of Round Hill, Va., graduated with a B.S degree in computer science.

Erin N. Manning, a resident of Round Hill, Va., graduated with a B.S degree in geology and religion.

Christy M. Tyrrell, a resident of Lovettsville, Va., graduated with a B.S degree in psychology.

Sahng G. Shim, a resident of Bluemont, Va., graduated with distinction with a BLS degree in English.

The university awarded 77 master of business administration degrees, 134 master of education degrees, 12 master of science in management information systems degrees, 29 master of science in elementary education degrees, 450 bachelor of arts degrees, 42 bachelor of liberal studies degrees, 92 bachelor of professional studies degrees and 459 bachelor of science degrees. three graduates received both the MBA and the MSMIS in a dual-degree program.

Loudoun Triple Threat Gold Va AAU Division II State Champs

The Loudoun Triple Threat Gold 10th Grade boys registered an impressive 5-0 record in Richmond, Virginia to win the 2011 Virginia AAU Division II State Title. It was an impressive showing by the eleven man roster representing nine area high schools. In their third consecutive trip to the State finals, the team posted an average margin of victory of 20 points per game with victories over BWSL Wolverines, Virginia Storm, Richmond Surge, Virginia Warriors and the Winchester Eagles. The Championship will result in a high seeding for LTT Gold’s return trip to AAU Division II Nationals at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida this July where they hope to improve upon their 12th place finish in 2010.

Round Hill Celebrates Memorial Day

Round Hill’s 9th Annual Hometown Festival took place Saturday May 28, with an 8:00 a.m. 5k race. Other activities for the day included a parade, a Memorial Day observence, a pie eating contest, downhill derby, pig roase entertainment throughout the day, a community feast and a starlight concert.

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, May 29, 2011

Remembering the Day

Selflessness, dedication, and bravery; I’m waging that those and similar words will be used- quite effectively, in most instances- not only across Loudoun County on Monday May 30, but from coast to coast in our United States. Having attended numerous Memorial Day Observances in both Sterling and Leesburg over the past 15 years or so, I can highly recommend these events to anyone interested in boosting their patriotism, or gaining reassurance during times of a loved one’s deployment, or taking the opportunity to mix with local citizens of like values.

You know, over the past year, we’ve heard lots of politicians and many of their constituents talk about tearing this country apart over some relatively trivial matters- like babies fighting over a prize rattle; well, from seeing the importance placed in the unity of this nation, at observances just like the ones scheduled for tomorrow in Leesburg, Sterling, Purcellville, Lovettsville and elsewhere, I can assure you that our country possesses great force and great spirit with which to maintain itself.

I am constantly impressed, on Memorial Day, of the attention to detail, the precision of timing, and all the rest of what I guess you could call the pomp and circumstance of the occasion.

The impeccable dress of men and women in uniform, the often-familiar tunes of local bands, and the stirring words of chosen speakers (individuals who’ve experienced command, deployment, and-or combat on a first-hand basis), all these elements combine for- at least in me- a very strong feeling of reassurance in the might of these United States.

We’ve faced untold forces of various forms over the past two hundred-odd years, and we’re still here; Americans yet retain the annual opportunity to acknowledge and thank those who’ve done a great deal to provide us these very rights and privileges.

So, for all the above reasons, I strongly urge attendance at one of the many Memorial Day Observances; judging from my experience, you’ll probably be thanked for being there.

And, if the living members of our US Military are grateful for your presence, imagine how the ones who made the ultimate sacrifice would feel about your humble expressions of support.

No Whiteboard Jungle

Well, if the educational system in Loudoun County is any kind of yardstick of the use of 21st Century learning equipment in classrooms, you might do well to invest in some companies that manufacture a powerful new teaching tool. The local School Board endorsed the used of over $4 million the other night for the purchase of 838 high-tech screens known as ‘interactive white boards.’

Now, these gizmos are basically a Jetsons-age blackboard; they’re large enough (two by three feet or so) for kids to see them from the back of the classroom, and pretty much act as a giant screen for a teacher’s computer.

Anyway, the School Board’s authorization essentially puts a plan in place to install these things in the classrooms at all grade levels, in all public schools across Loudoun.

I’ll keep my powder dry on the subject for now, not having seen the devices in action; I’m sure they’re wonderful teaching tools.

Melting Pot

The US Census tells us that we’re in for an influx of diverse culture in these here parts; the latest data from the Bureau shows a dramatic increase in the Asian population in this region. The Washington DC area experienced a 60% rise in this sector of of residents over the first decade of the millennium.
In Loudoun County, people of Indian origin now approach the 20,000 figure.

This trend is matched- regionally- by the numbers of Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino and other Asian populations.

Why is this occurring?

Well, Dulles International Airport is awfully handy, as is the world community of Washington, DC; we also possess criteria such as educational opportunities- from public schools to institutions of higher learning- as well as numerous sources of a high-income employment.

I guess my question would be: “Why wouldn’t someone want to move here, given the chance?”

Current residents gain the benefit of learning about other people, and I’m all for as many different restaurants and food shops as possible.

Tim Jon for the Blue Ridge Leader

Visiting the “Wooded Land” Holland

By Susan Thompson

With the end of the school year fast approaching, many of us are beginning to think about summer vacation. If you’re hankering for something a little different than one more trip to the beach, consider visiting Holland this summer. Yes, that’s right, Holland! A popular tourist destination, Holland is home to some of the best cities Europe has to offer. Rich in history, boasting beautiful waterways, lush agricultural lands, friendly people and a temperate climate, Holland is a jewel beckoning to be examined.

Visitors to Holland may hear a variety of dialects, but the main language spoken is standard Dutch. English is widely spoken in Holland and taught in the schools. The Dutch are a no-nonsense, businesslike people. They will shake your hand upon meeting you, explain who they are and thereafter call you by your first name. The formality of titles and last names is absent in Dutch culture.

To the Dutch, food is the fuel that drives the day. They like to eat. The Dutch diet is traditionally a ‘meat and potatoes’ fare with spices rarely making an appearance. The Dutch have a sweet tooth and like their chocolate, sprinkled and spread on bread and biscuits. While in Holland, be sure to include in a bit of the national addiction to ‘Drop’, which is sweetish liquorice eaten in large quantities by young and old. And don’t miss the small snack bars that dot Holland. For a coin or two you can put your hand through a little window and choose from a variety of popular Dutch snacks such as raw herring and stroopwafel, a small cookie made of two waffles with a dreamy caramel syrup filling.

The cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Haarlem and Dordrecht make up the five-star attraction list for any visit to Holland. A great place to begin is in the city of Amsterdam, the capital of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Make sure to visit the Dutch National Museum, with artwork dating to the time of King Napoleon, and an exhaustive list of collections encompassing oriental art, sculpture and handicrafts, Dutch history artwork and artifacts, and prints including Rembrandt’s etchings.

The Municipal Museum is a must see with its modern collection of 19th and 20th century Dutch and French paintings, followed by the Van Gogh Museum which houses the largest collection of Van Gogh artwork in the world along with work by his contemporaries.

The Royal Palace on the Dam, home to the Netherlands’ Queen when she is in the city, is an impressive landmark whose classic architecture houses apartments lavishly and magnificently decorated and furnished in beautiful period pieces to delight visitors. A short distance away, visitors will find the gorgeous 70 acre park Keukenhof, once part of an estate and now a welcoming combination of shops, restaurants, exhibits and the popular yearly open-air flower show considered the largest in the world, with over 700 different varieties of tulips to delight the eye.

Next stop on your itinerary should be The Hague, the seat of Dutch government and the third largest city in the Netherlands. Situated near numerous popular seaside resorts and host to a bevy of annual festivals and events, particularly during the summer months, The Hague also boasts mansions and castles, Gothic churches, museums, and palaces.

Rotterdam, now considered the largest port city in the world, is a popular destination on the southern arm of the Rhine. Rich in historic sites, this city also offers the modern Euromast, a 607 foot tower with two restaurants and observation decks at the site of the Maas Tunnel, a mile long pedestrian tunnel under the Maas River which links city with suburbs.

For those wanting to experience a typical Dutch town, Haarlem is the perfect stop. On the coast between Amsterdam and the North Sea, Haarlem was home to many artists in the 17th century, and a school of architecture, which yielded its many charming, gabled old homes. Today Haarlem is considered a cultural center and home to research, education, and engineering institutes. It’s also an industrial center for shipbuilding and coach-building, railroad workshops, printers and the food industry.

Rounding out the list of ‘must see’ places is the town of Dordrecht, just a short trip southeast of Rotterdam. Its picturesque location along two branches of the Rhine makes it a favorite for vacationers and tourists. The Church of Our Lady and with its carillon of 49 bells and impressive vaulted stone works offers panoramic views from its tower.

Lace up your walking shoes, be prepared to enjoy lots of good food, and settle in to enjoy Holland, its fun-loving people, cities, country sides, rich history and agreeable climate. You’re sure to return home with pictures of tulips and windmills, and a hankering for a handful of stroopwafels.

Susan Thompson, a writer and photographer and a native of Virginia , lives in Purcellville with her husband Tim and a Schipperke named Rocket.

Round Hill Readies for Hometown Festival

Volunteers in the Town of Round Hill are putting the finishing touches on plans for the Ninth Annual Hometown Festival, to be held this year on Saturday, May 28.

From the 5K and parade in the morning to the community feast and evening concert in the park, the fun-filled family-friendly event features something for everyone.

Registration is open now for the 5K race, which begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Round Hill Elementary School on Evening Star Drive and winds through the streets of town before finishing back at the school. Prizes will be awarded to the first overall male and female finishers and the top two male and female finishers in eight age group classes.

Race fees are $25 for all runners and T-shirt availability cannot be guaranteed. Registration is available at the Round Hill Town Office or online at through May 26 and beginning at 7:00 a.m. on the day of the race.

Directly after the 5K, children are invited to test their running skills in the ½-mile Kids Fun Run around the RHES track. There is no fee to enter and all participants will receive ribbons. The run usually begins at approximately 8:45.

At 9:30 a.m. Scout troops, church groups, and other civic organizations or individuals are invited to gather at Woodgrove Park on Evening Star Drive to join in the lineup for a parade down Main Street to the Town Park on Loudoun Street. The parade will begin at 10:00 a.m.

At the end of the parade, spectators will fill the Town Park for the annual Memorial Ceremony, which will feature a salute to local veterans and a wreath-laying led by Del. Joe May. The Loudoun Valley High School Jazz band will provide music for the ceremony, which begins at 10:45 a.m.

Entertainment, old-fashioned games, face painting and amusement rides fill the early to mid-afternoon in the Town Park. The Round Hill Arts Center is coordinating entertainment that features local talent on both the main stage in the Town Park as well as a second stage behind the Patterson Building, next to the Post Office.

Just down the street, the Round Hill Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual Pig Roast and Open house from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Be sure to arrive early for the pulled pork sandwiches; they sell out quickly. Other food options nearby include sandwiches and other lunch items from Savoir Fare and Tammy’s Diner. The Round Hill Mini-Mart and Round Hill Grocery will also be open, selling ice cream, cold drinks and other treats.

At 1:00 on the Main Stage in the park, music gives way to mush during the pie-eating contest, a perennial favorite. Rounds for youth, adults and local “celebrities” provide great photo opportunities for the spectators.

Another crowd favorite, the Downhill Derby, is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. on North Locust Street. Homemade soapbox derby-type cars and scooters run in heats down the street in a race that’s often “down to the wire,” and always a lot of fun.

For those who appreciate fine wine, the Old Furniture Factory will host the second annual “Taste of the Vine” in the back yard of its building on West Loudoun Street from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Bluemont Vineyards, Catoctin Creek Winery, Crushed Cellars Winery and Notaviva Vineyards will be on hand to share samples. Water and soda will also be available for sale, and there will be cheese for tasting. The $10 admission price includes a commemorative glass.

As the dinner hour approaches, Festival-goers are encouraged to all return to the Town Park for the evening’s delights – a community gourmet feast catered by Savoir Fare at 5:30 p.m. followed by a first-rate concert performance on the Town Park stage starting at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the feast are available for purchase through the Town Office or the Festival website. Prices are $17 for adults and $7 for children and quantities will be limited.

Parking at the Festival is highly limited. Whenever possible, visitors to the Festival are asked to either walk or bike from their homes. Parking will be available at the Round Hill Center on High Street and at Woodgrove Park and the Round Hill Elementary School on Evening Star Drive

For more information on the Festival, including registration forms, pre-order of Festival t-shirts and the full schedule of entertainment, see the Festival website,

Libraries To Host Lyme Disease Information Sessions

Loudoun County Public Library will show the award-winning documentary film, Under Our Skin, at all branches June 2 through August 3, 2011.

Under Our Skin is an Oscar-nominated film that exposes the hidden story of Lyme Disease, one of the most controversial and fastest growing epidemics of our time. Each year, thousands go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, often told that their symptoms are “all in your head.” Following the stories of patients and physicians fighting for their lives and livelihoods, this film brings into focus a chilling picture of the controversy in our health care system and the medical establishment. The film is recommended for adults.

Film Schedule:

June 2, 7:00 p.m., Lovettsville Library, 12 North Light St, Lovettsville

June 7, 7:00 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn

June 11, 2:00 p.m., Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Road, Leesburg

July 7, 7:30 p.m., Middleburg Library, 101 Reed St., Middleburg

July 17, 2:00 p.m., Purcellville Library, 220 East Main St., Purcellville

July 26, 7:00 p.m., Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling

August 3, 7:00 p.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls

Feed Loudoun Plant a Row Receives Grant from 100 Women Strong

Feed Loudoun Plant a Row was recently awarded a $4,900 grant from 100 Women Strong, an organization formed to leverage significant philanthropic resources for charitable needs in Loudoun County.

This grant will help pay for the filing of the 501(c)(3) application as well as enable them to fund their mission to promote the growing and donation of local fresh produce through individual gardeners, farmers and agri-businesses. One hundred percent of the collected produce is given to Loudoun Interfaith Relief food pantry and then distributed to those in need.

Other recipients of grants include Blue Ridge Speech & Hearing, Loudoun Community Health Center, INOVA Foundation, Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice, Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter, The Good Shepherd Alliance, and Loudoun Cares.

According to 100 Women Strong Secretary Barbara Schaufeld, the groups were chosen because they will help these organizations fill some of the greatest current need across the county.

To learn more about donating or volunteering with Feed Loudoun Plant a Row please visit Find them on Facebook at Feed Loudoun—Plant a Row or contact committee chair, Julia Brizendine, at

Ida Lee Hosting Daddy Daughter Luau on Friday, June 3

It’s hula time. Everybody loves a luau and the magic of the Hawaiian Islands. So put on your grass skirt, a Hawaiian shirt and some sandals because the tropical party will be at Ida Lee Park Recreation Center. The social hall will be transformed into a tropical paradise on Friday, June 3, 2011, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for the annual Daddy Daughter Dance. Come join us for food, fun, music, crafts, and limbo.

This luau is for little girls five years and older (and their daddies, of course). Cost is $22 per couple and $10 for a second child.

For more information regarding this event or to sign up, call the Town of Leesburg’s Parks and Recreation Department at 703-777-1368 or visit

Sheriff Office Offers Safety Tips After Recent Cyclist Inappropriately Touched on W & OD Trail

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is offering several safety tips for path and trail users after a female cyclist was inappropriately touched while riding on the Washington and Old Dominion trail in the area of the Loudoun County/Fairfax County line.

On Sunday, May 22, 2011 around 12:41 p.m., a 61-year-old Leesburg woman was riding with a friend on the W & OD trail when they stopped in the area of mile marker 22. During this time an unknown male walked up to the woman and grabbed her from behind. After the woman screamed, the suspect fled on foot.

The suspect, who was described as being Hispanic, was further described as having black hair and was wearing a brown shirt and black pants with white
stripes down the side. The victim followed the suspect for a short time before losing sight of him as he ran towards Old Ox Road from Earl Wallace Drive. The area was searched but no suspect matching this description was located.

In light of this incident the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office reminds residents to take the following steps to protect themselves when using paths and trails:

  • Always stay alert and be aware of your surroundings (Don’t wear earphones).
  • Walk, run or bike with a partner or group.
  • Let someone know when you are on the trail, your route and when you expect to return.
  • Walk, run or bike when the path or trail is likely to have a higher volume of foot traffic.
  • Avoid using paths or trails when it is dark outside (Please note the W & OD trail is closed after dark for safety. Anyone on the trail after dark is considered to be trespassing).
  • Carry a cell phone.

The Loudoun Sheriff’s Office encourages residents to contact the agency immediately if you see something or someone suspicious by calling 703-777-1021.