Forde Convicted of First Degree Murder

A four day trial ended late Thursday afternoon with the Hon. Judge Jeanette A. Irby finding Kelvin Nathaniel Forde, 52, guilty of first degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in the 2014 murder of his wife, Ruby Forde.

On the morning of of March 11, 2014, Kelvin Forde and his wife left their home in Baltimore, Maryland and headed to Ruby’s sister’s home in Ashburn, Virginia. Mrs. Forde arranged to meet her sister in Ashburn and then together, Ruby and her sister would travel to a nearby airport to catch a flight bound for Jamaica to celebrate Ruby’s birthday and visit family. Instead of driving his wife to her sister’s home, Kelvin Forde drove her to a remote and secluded cul-de-sac in Loudoun County where he shot her at least twice with a handgun. After the killing, Forde called 9-1-1 and advised there had been a shooting and abruptly hung up. Through the use of cell phone records, the couple was located, and law enforcement and fire and rescue were summoned to the scene where they discovered Mrs. Forde’s body slumped over in the passenger seat of their vehicle. Mr. Forde sat quietly on the ground nearby.

Over the course of the trial, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Sean Morgan and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Meredith Burke, presented evidence that included the handgun used to kill Ms. Forde, photographs, a map of the area, a firearms expert, expert testimony regarding cell phone towers and signals, witness testimony from Ruby Forde’s co-workers and family, and Kelvin Forde’s recorded interview with law enforcement. “The defendant was going to make sure that Ruby did not go to Jamaica,” Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Meredith M. Burke said.

Judge Irby found that Kelvin Forde attempted to assert control over his wife by monitoring her phone calls, her emails, and making unannounced visits to her place of employment. When Mrs. Forde made plans to travel out of the country on her birthday, Mr. Forde’s final act of control was to prevent that trip by taking her life.

The Court found there was “no legal excuse the killing,” and noted that witness testimony showed that the defendant was calm leading up to the murder. During his interview with law enforcement, Forde repeatedly said he had no excuse for killing his wife.

The case will be back in Circuit Court again on June 6, 2016, when a final sentencing hearing will be scheduled.




Hamilton Day 2016 Is Just Around the Corner

The day will begin with the third running of a cross country race for the kids – the Hamilton Point to Point – a ½ mile run for K-third grades, a one mile race for fourth and fifth graders and a two mile race for middle school students. The race is sponsored by Craftsmark Homes and Thompson Best Heating and Air Conditioning, Lowry’s Crab Shack, the Blue Ridge Leader and The Natural Merchantile. Registration forms can be downloaded from the Town of Hamilton web site at: www.town.hamilton.va.us and dropped off at the Town office or walk up registration the day of the race.

The Hamilton Day Parade down W. Colonial Highway will commence at 11:00 a.m. from the Hamilton Safety Center through town ending at the corner of Reid Street and W. Colonial Highway (by Lowry’s Crab Shack and the LDS church). We are calling all decorated bicycles, walking costumed children, 4H, ball teams, dance troupes, local businesses, antique cars etc. to join in if they haven’t already planned on being a part of the fun!

The Celebrate the Town of Hamilton festivities will take place after the parade at Hamilton Park and include yummy food to purchase from the Hamilton Ruritans, snow cones by Snowie of VA, glitter tattoos by Dee Vinchey Entertainment – sponsored by Harmony Hair Works and The Purcellville Gazette, a 4H display area, a bounce house for the kids – donated by NOVA Party Rentals, corn hole and wiffle ball plus local businesses spotlighting their wares and spring finery.

General questions about the festivities can be answered by either Cheryl Campbell or Carri Michon. Interested participants for the parade can contact Cheryl Campbell at cbikowski@burkinc.com and race questions can be directed to Carri Michon at CLMichon@aol.com.

Plan to come join the fun and Celebrate Hamilton on June 4th! Hope you can be there!




Local Author’s Book Now Affordable for All Students, Teachers and Parents

Dr. Johanna LaFiandra’s book, “The Desk in the Sky” is now available as an e-book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other e-book suppliers for $2.99. After selling the printed version for $19.95, Dr. LaFiandra has reduced the price to make it widely available to the general public in the e-book format. The book can be read with the Kindle, Nook, smart phones, tablets and computers of all types. Dr. LaFiandra has B.A., M.S., and Ed.D degrees in the education field. She has taught in the elementary and secondary school levels for 30 years and graduate level for 18 years and is certified as a Special Educator and Administrator in N.Y. State.

The book is about the 30 years of humorous and enlightening experiences of a classroom teacher who was a Kindergarten dropout. The title comically refers to where the school bureaucracy placed her desk during one school year because they didn’t consider her special educator responsibilities important enough to warrant a classroom. Her informative, funny and touching stories are sure to inspire a new generation of students, teachers and parents to love learning. For ease of reading, it is composed of 34 short chapters which detail her classroom life. Each chapter heading is illustrated by local artist Penny Hauffe and the front cover and back cover is by newspaper cartoonist Ben Lansing. In one chapter, “The Declaration of Independence” you see how one student gave Dr. LaFiandra an understanding of what she needed to do to transform bored junior high students into the curious learners they had once been. Another chapter, “The Work is in the Toilet” comically shows how students learn from one another. The book also has numerous hints on fund raising and is full of Dr. LaFiandra’s advice on teaching and learning.

The printed version of the book is still available at the Everyday Elegance store in Purcellville, or can be borrowed from the Loudoun County Library System or ordered on line at Deskinthesky@gmail.com




Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of May 19, 2016

05/19/2016 – 04:37 a.m. 600 Blk. Dominion Terrace Grand Larceny
The complainant reported that several pieces of jewelry had been missing from a dresser that he was moving to another location. The value of the items was over $800.

05/22/2016 – 6:57 p.m. 100 Blk. N. 21st St. DWI
Sarah Debose, a 33 year old female of Hamilton, was arrested for DWI. She was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and held.

05/22/2016 – 7:15 p.m. 400 Blk. K St. Domestic Assault
Jordan Lickey, a 28 year old male of Purcellville, was arrested for domestic assault. He was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and held.

05/21/2016 – 1:05p.m. 100 Blk. Orchard Dr. Protective Order Violation
Jorge Alvarado-Morejon, a 24 year old male of Sterling, was arrested for violating a protective order. He was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and held.

05/23/2016 – 3:17a.m. 400 Blk. Rockburn Ct. Domestic Dispute
Police responded for a domestic dispute between husband and wife. No assault(s) took place and both parties calmed down prior to police leaving the scene.

05/23/2016 – 10:05 p.m. 400 Blk. McDaniel Dr. Crisis Intervention Call
Police were called to the scene where an individual was having a mental health crisis and made suicidal thoughts. He was taken into custody by police and transported to a mental health facility for treatment.

05/24/2016 – 4:39 p.m. 100 Blk. Misty Pond Terrace Domestic Assault
Police responded for a report of a domestic assault. It was determined that siblings were involved in a physical fight. On police arrival, one of the parties had left the scene. No injuries were reported and the incident is under investigation.

05/26/2016 – 11:45 p.m. Rt#287 @ Hirst Rd. DWI
Geoffrey Greenwalt, a 38 year old male of Unionville, Va., was arrested for DWI. He was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and held.




Former PTA President Charged with Felony Embezzlement

The former president of the Creighton’s Corner Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) was charged last week after an investigation determined he embezzled $13,000 from the organization.

Russell Sharifi, 41, of Ashburn was indicted on May 15 by a Loudoun County Grand Jury for felony embezzlement. The information came to light in March 2016 after unauthorized charges were discovered in the association’s financial records.

The monies were embezzled between September 2015 and February 2016 during Sharifi’s tenure as the president of the PTA.




Movies in the Park Return to Ida Lee This Summer

“101 Dalmatians” kicks off the season on Thursday, May 26.

Get the popcorn ready! The Town of Leesburg will once again be hosting Movies in the Park this summer. This free series will feature an evening movie on the third Thursday of each month throughout the summer, hosted at Ida Lee Park.

Mark your calendars now! This summer’s movie dates are:

May 26 101 Dalmatians
June 23 Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
July 28 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
August 25 The Fox and the Hound

Show time will begin at dusk, between 8:15 and 8:45 p.m. Picnics and blankets are encouraged! Pets, glass containers, and alcohol are prohibited.




160 Loudoun Deputies Trained to Provide ‘Rescue Drug’ Naloxone

Over 160 Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputies are now trained to administer the potentially life-saving drug naloxone to help counteract the effects of an opioid in an overdose. Additional patrol deputies recently were trained to administer the drug as part of a pilot project through Purdue Pharma and the National Sheriffs’ Association. The project provides the drug to the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office through a $350,000 grant.

Nationally, deaths from opioid overdoses have risen significantly since 2012, and Loudoun County is no exception. As of May 16, the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office has responded to 46 suspected opioid overdoses this year with 13 of those overdoses being fatal, the majority of which were believed to be heroin (pending toxicology).

According to Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Detectives, four out of five users of heroin say they began their addiction with prescription opioids. “This addiction often starts from a medicine cabinet and not from a street corner,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. “Unfortunately, it often ends up on the street corner,” added Sheriff Chapman.

Distributors of heroin in most cases are the users themselves, traveling to Baltimore, MD, Washington, DC and West Virginia, to acquire the heroin, and then returning to Loudoun to provide the drug to a small group. “As the heroin is coming from outside of Loudoun, we continue to work with the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration and other federal partners to target regional sources. We also continue collaborative efforts with our state and local counterparts through street level enforcement. In addition, we are working with legislators, educators and treatment specialists to help save lives,” added Sheriff Chapman.

Efforts to combat drugs and the opioid epidemic have included:

  • Expanded the D.A.R.E. program to 8th graders in Loudoun County Public Schools during 2012-2013 school year. The program was previously only taught to 5th graders.
  • LCSO Rapid Response Unit and Tactical Enforcement Unit conducted interdiction enforcement and investigations to combat heroin and opioid epidemic. Since January 2015, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office has conducted close to 100 heroin investigations, made 65 heroin related arrests, and an additional 71 prescription fraud arrests.
  • Developed a drug awareness program with the DEA as part of the Technology Safety Program taught to parents at Loudoun County Public School clusters. (Courses taught in 2013-2014, and in 2015-2016).
  • Coordinated with Loudoun County Public Schools Peer Group and the DEA to bring nationally recognized Chris Herren Project, as part of the Project Purple Initiative, to Loudoun County in February 2016. Over 700 students and parents attended.
  • Brought the DEA traveling exhibit (Drugs: Costs and Consequences) to Loudoun County in 2016 for a limited engagement (Remains open until September 11, 2016). Students from Loudoun County Public Schools currently touring museum as part of their curriculum.
  • Continuation of Nationwide Prescription Take-Back program in Loudoun County in coordination with the Purcellville Police Department, the Middleburg Police Department and the DEA. Since the inception of the DEA take-back program in 2010, nearly 8,000 pounds of unwanted and unused prescription medications have been taken off the streets of Loudoun County.
  • In May 2015, announced participation in Safer Communities with CVS to have drug collection boxes located at three Loudoun Sheriff’s Office locations. Residents can now dispose of unwanted prescription medication all year long.



Board of Supervisors Chair To Deliver State of the County Address May 25

Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis J. Randall will deliver a first-of-its-kind State of the County address to the public on Wednesday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room, which is located in the Loudoun County Government Center (1 Harrison Street, SE, Leesburg).

Following her first 100 days in office, which included the adoption of the county’s $2.46 billion fiscal year 2017 budget, Chair Randall will update Loudoun County residents about broad range of county business.

“I want the people of Loudoun to know that this Board of Supervisors is committed to transparency,” said Chair Randall. “I also want residents to be empowered and have a voice in local government.”

The topics that Chair Randall plans to discuss include Loudoun County’s planning and development process, finances, human services, public safety and economic development. In addition to Loudoun County residents, regional and state government dignitaries are invited to attend.




16 Graduate LCFR Officer Development School

The Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management is proud to announce the graduation of 16 of our career personnel from the third Officer Development School. These 16 men and women attended the comprehensive two-week academy from May 5 thru May 18, at the Oliver Robert Dubé Fire-Rescue Training Academy in Leesburg.

The Department’s senior staff members worked alongside seasoned company officers to design a program to teach important aspects of both leadership and management. This intensive, two-week training platform focuses on developing all aspects of a company officer’s role through a combination of lectures and practical exercises. They will develop their skills not only as tacticians, but also as mentors, cultivating, and growing department personnel. The program utilized departmental instructors, as well as presenters from outside LCFREM and the fire service as a whole.

The graduation ceremony was emceed by James Williams, Deputy Chief, who played a key role in the development and administration of the program. The Chief of the System, W. Keith Brower, Jr. and Mr. Tim Hemstreet, County Administrator, each delivered remarks to the graduates and also presented the graduation certificates to each officer with Assistant Chief Matthew Tobia.

Front row (from left): Deputy Chief Michael Nally, Captain Paul Musser, Deputy Chief James Williams, Assistant Chief Matthew Tobia, System Chief W. Keith Brower, Jr., County Administrator Tim Hemstreet Back row (from left): Lieutenant Steve Rusenko, Firefighter Robert Andrew, Lieutenant Michael Quinn, Firefighter Aaron Sigler, Lieutenant Eugene Sager, Lieutenant Jacob Sherer, Lieutenant Gregory Southwick, Lieutenant Nicholas Krukowski, Lieutenant Christopher Jenkins, Technician Jason Dice, Lieutenant Brian Sullivan, Lieutenant Brent Emerson, Technician Jason Burns, Lieutenant Christopher Turner, Lieutenant Robert Cressler, Lieutenant Kelly Yelton

Front row (from left): Deputy Chief Michael Nally, Captain Paul Musser, Deputy Chief James Williams, Assistant Chief Matthew Tobia, System Chief W. Keith Brower, Jr., County Administrator Tim Hemstreet
Back row (from left): Lieutenant Steve Rusenko, Firefighter Robert Andrew, Lieutenant Michael Quinn, Firefighter Aaron Sigler, Lieutenant Eugene Sager, Lieutenant Jacob Sherer, Lieutenant Gregory Southwick, Lieutenant Nicholas Krukowski, Lieutenant Christopher Jenkins, Technician Jason Dice, Lieutenant Brian Sullivan, Lieutenant Brent Emerson, Technician Jason Burns, Lieutenant Christopher Turner, Lieutenant Robert Cressler, Lieutenant Kelly Yelton




Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of May 12, 2016

05/12/2016 – 09:53 a.m. 100 Blk. Positano Ct. Fraud
The victim reported that he had been notified by mail that he had won a sweepstakes and had won several thousands of dollars and had to pay taxes on his winnings. He sent several thousands of dollars before he realized he had been scammed. The incident is under investigation.

05/13/2016 – 03:28 p.m. 100 Blk. N. 16th St. Domestic Dispute
Husband and wife involved in a verbal argument. No assault(s) took place and both parties had calmed down prior to police leaving the scene.

05/13/2016 – 6:42 p.m. 100 Blk. S. Maple Ave. Hit and Run Crash
Police called to the scene of a hit and run crash involving damage to property. The incident is under investigation.

05/14/2016 – 8:04 p.m. 36000 Blk. Allder School Rd. Trespassing
Police were called to the scene at Woodgrove High School in reference to a patron who had been removed from a sporting event for disorderly behavior. Derrick Chew, a 32 year old male of Ashburn, was arrested for Drunk in Public, Trespassing, Possession of Marijuana, and Disorderly Conduct. He was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and held.

05/16/2016 – 6:29 p.m. 200 Blk. McDaniel Dr. Destruction of Property
A town employee reported that a town owned building had been damaged. The damage was reported to be $500.

05/16/2016 – 7:00 p.m. 100 Blk. E. Cornwell Ln Burglary
An employee of a business reported that their building had been burglarized sometime over the weekend. $1200 of office equipment had been taken from the business. The incident is being investigated by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.




New Concert Series Comes to Purcellville

On Sunday, June 5 at 4:00 p.m., internationally recognized pianist Brian Ganz will present an all-Chopin recital at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 711 W. Main Street in Purcellville. The recital will feature several of Frédéric Chopin’s studies for solo piano, including the renowned “Revolutionary” Etude, among other works by the Romantic master. Ganz, who recently moved to Purcellville from Annapolis, is considered one of the finest pianists of his generation. The June 5 recital will kick off a new monthly musical series in Purcellville, Sunday Concerts at St. Andrew: Music With A Cause. In addition to providing an excellent, eclectic variety of music, these concerts, with Ganz as their artistic director, will benefit local charitable organizations. Tickets are $15 at the door. For more information, visit www.standrew-pres.org or call 540-338-4332.

Proceeds from this first concert will benefit Heart Marks Art Therapy. In 2014, Heart Marks gathered a group of artists and therapists in Western Loudoun to offer assistance through artistic expression to those experiencing grief and trauma. The Reverend David Milam of St. Andrew said, “Heart Marks has quietly made a difference in the lives of numbers of people in our community. They have brought emotional healing to children who have suffered loss, friendship to alienated teens in our community, and a safe and non-judgmental place for grieving adults to process their painful struggles. Through artistic expression from the simple to the profound Heart Marks has built community and helped those whose stories needed voicing… or drawing.” For more information about Heart Marks, go to www.heartmarksarttherapy.org.

Washington Post critic Joan Reinthaler has written of Ganz: “One comes away from a recital by pianist Brian Ganz not only exhilarated by the power of the performance but also moved by his search for artistic truth.” Mr. Ganz has appeared as soloist with the St. Louis Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the National Symphony, the National Philharmonic and the City of London Sinfonia, among others. In 1989 he was co-winner of the 1989 Marguerite Long Jacques Thibaud International Piano Competition in Paris. In 1991 he was a silver medalist with third prize in the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Piano Competition. After his performance in the Brussels competition, the critic for La Libre Belgique wrote: “We don’t have the words to speak of this fabulous musician who lives music with a generous urgency and brings his public into a state of intense joy.”

This noted “generous urgency” and “intense joy” come to their fullest expression when Mr. Ganz plays Chopin. Brian is engaged in a current project to play all of Chopin’s music at the Strathmore Music Center in North Bethesda. After six recitals there, several of them sellouts, he is well on his way. “Chopin was taking piano music in new directions,” Mr. Ganz said recently. “So he knew he had to take piano technique in new directions as well. His “etudes” now stand as the finest studies ever composed for the piano, fantastic pieces for building piano technique but, above all, works of astounding beauty, brilliance and originality. They’ll be the centerpiece of the program on June 5.” Through his powerful performances and soft-spoken but compelling tutorials about Chopin’s works, Ganz leads his audiences into a deeper understanding and appreciation of the works of Chopin, who has been such an inspiration to the artist.

For additional information “like” the “Music with a Cause” Facebook page or visit the St. Andrew webpage at www.standrew-pres.org. A Sunday Six-Pack of tickets for use at future concerts in the series ($12 per concert) can be obtained at the door for $72, a savings of $18. Two works of art will be auctioned off at the concert, and the proceeds of that auction will go entirely to Heart Marks.

The next concert of the new series will take place Sunday, August 28.

Photo Courtesy of: Jay Mallin. Classical pianist Brian Ganz will perform an all-Chopin recital at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on June 5.




Eucharistic Procession To Pass Through Leesburg May 29

– By Mark Gunderman

Each year, Catholics around the world celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for Body of Christ), symbolizing their belief in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. In the United States, the celebration of Corpus Christi is held on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday. This is a time when Catholics can demonstrate their love for Christ in the Real Presence by honoring Him in a very public way. It is also a wonderful approach in which they can also display a love for their neighbors by bringing Our Lord and Savior closer to the community.

In honor of this occasion, Saint John the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Leesburg will hold their second annual Eucharistic Procession on Sunday, May 29 at 3:30 p.m.

The tradition of bringing the Eucharistic Procession out into the Leesburg streets began in 2015, motivated by a parishioner of St. John the Apostle. She was inspired the year before by a procession in Eisenstadt, Austria, which reminded her of when she would celebrate Corpus Christi in her youth in her hometown of Dallas, Texas. She found the Eucharistic procession to be glorious. Witnessing this celebration in Austria gave her the desire to bring this beautiful tradition to her new hometown of Leesburg.

The 2016 procession with the Blessed Sacrament will travel a similar route through downtown Leesburg. The procession is comprised of four altar stations with the first at the altar inside the church. At each altar station, a gospel reading from one of the four gospel writers is read. Prayers of petitions are prayed. Benediction is given at the end of each stop as the church proceeds to the next station. The congregation prays the rosary as they walk from station to station.
After exiting the church, the congregation will progress along the processional route to the second alter station placed on the cemetery grounds. The procession continues down Church Street, towards East Market Street, exiting on courthouse grounds. The third altar is placed at the bottom of the courthouse steps. The church has been granted permission to place an altar on the grounds of our Leesburg County Courthouse, a real blessing. The procession returns to St. John’s via North King Street. The 4th and last station along the processional walk concludes at an altar placed outside the church on the top of the steps.

Father Mosimann, Pastor St. John the Apostle said, “I know that historically, such processions have had a public element to it. With all of the recent discussions over public displays, we thought it appropriate to offer a peaceful and prayerful expression of faith and blessing to the town.”

“It is a grace for us to be able to again celebrate this profound and peaceful statement of faith and blessing in the town of Leesburg. Last year we were graciously assisted by the residents, police officers, town and county staff, and we are deeply appreciative of this welcome.

One of the great privileges of liberty in this country is our ability to publicly practice our faith. We are delighted to honor Our Lord in this way, and to bring his love and blessing out into the streets.”

The new St. John the Apostle Catholic Church breaks tradition to make a statement to Leesburg residents, said the Rev. John Mosimann. The church at the intersection of North King Street and Oakcrest Manor Drive, points north-to-south, instead of the customary east-to-west facing of Catholic churches, Mosimann said. The church’s front doors face the Town of Leesburg.

“We wanted to open our doors to Leesburg,” Mosimann said.

Saint John the Apostle Roman Catholic Church is located at 101 Oakcrest Manor Drive NE, just north of downtown Leesburg. The procession will take approximately 90 minutes to complete.

It would truly be a blessing if pray warriors, intercessors and members of the body of Christ come out to the county courthouse steps and pray for/with St. John the Apostle congregation.

Note: The Loudoun historian Eugene Scheel informed me that to the best of his knowledge, no church has ever brought the Holy Eucharist to the county courthouse steps (since 1757). This was truly an historic event in Leesburg and one that should be documented and disseminated to the entire church community.

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Purcellville’s Music and Art Festival Continues Rain or Shine

The Town of Purcellville’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board announces that the Third Annual Purcellville Music & Arts Festival will be held rain or shine on Saturday, May 21, from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Fireman’s Field. Despite the weeks of wet weather and the anticipation of rain overnight Friday, this exciting event will continue as scheduled and we look forward to a great day of music, art, and supporting local vendors.

Due to concerns about possibly damaging the grounds of the historic Dillon’s Woods after all of the rain we have received, the layout of music stages, vendors, and certain exhibits has been modified. Most significantly, the entire parking lot at Fireman’s Field/Bush Tabernacle will be closed to vehicles during the event and will be used as music, vendor, and pedestrian space. The Main Stage and Gazebo Stage will now be located along the sidewalk in front of the main entrance to Fireman’s Field. This provides ample space for patrons to sit and stand in the parking lot, mingle among vendors, and enjoy great music on a dry surface.

Food, drink vendors, and artisan vendors will also set up in the parking lot, providing easy access for all patrons.
In addition to the juried art show, the Bush Tabernacle will be used by select vendors who have materials that may be sensitive to wet weather. This will allow patrons to easily flow from the parking lot to the inside of the Bush Tabernacle for all aspects of the Festival.

For parking, the Town has designated the following areas for easy public parking. A shuttle will be provided to/from each of these locations throughout the length of the festival:

  • Loudoun Valley Community Center, 320 W. School Street
  • Emerick Elementary School, 400 S. Nursery Ave
  • Public Parking Lots on: Main Street (next to Catoctin Creek Distillery), 21st Street (downtown), and Hatcher at Main
  • Loudoun Valley High School, 340 N. Maple Ave

Finally, the “Painting with Wine and Coffee” event will now be held at the Train Station, located in downtown. Pre-registration is available, at: www.868estatevineyards.com/events

The remaining details of the event are unchanged.