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March 5, 2013 by Tony Noerpel filed under Columns, Sustainable Planet 2 Comments
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“In so far as a theory can be said to have assumptions at all, in so far as their realism can be judged independently of the validity of predictions, the relation between the significance of a theory and the realism of its assumptions is almost the opposite of that suggested by the view under criticism. Truly important and significant hypotheses will be found to have assumptions that are wildly inaccurate descriptive representations of reality and, in general, the more significant the theory, the more unrealistic the assumptions.” Milton Friedman [1].

I first read this remarkable passage by Milton Friedman a few years ago in Steve Keen’s book Debunking Economics [2]. Keen is one of only twelve economists to have predicted the recent great recession [3] so he is entirely credible. Still I’m a skeptical person and with due respect to Friedman I had to read the original paper. Even assuming Keen’s quote is accurate and it is; it may have been taken out of context, and it is not. I found Friedman’s remark so outrageous that I had to comment on it, and apparently so did a whole lot of other people. I came across the original paper along with several critiques by other economists, including Paul Samuelson, and philosophers, including Ernest Nagel, in Bruce Caldwell’s book Appraisal and Criticism in Economics, A book of Readings [4]. Economic methodology is an esoteric subject even for economists but the selections in the book are interesting and expose us to yet another example of how not to think.

Unfortunately, the book contains no critiques of Friedman’s paper by scientists who seem to have ignored him. Scientists at the time were perhaps paying more attention to debunking that other but far less dangerous pseudo scientist Immanuel Velikovsky [5]. While Velikovsky garnered a small following of ordinary people then; he is now largely forgotten. Friedman, on the other hand, had outsized influence with many powerful political leaders including the Iron Lady, the Great Communicator and Pinocchio (for those of you much younger than me: Maggie Thatcher, Ronald Reagan and the ruthless dictator Augusto Pinochet). And though he died in 2006, his ideology still dominates American conservative economics.

While Friedman doesn’t use the term, the methodology he describes in his 1953 paper is called instrumentalism. The economist Lawrence Boland confirmed, from private communications with Freidman that it was still his methodology of choice in 1980 [6] at the height of his influence. To understand what instrumentalism is, it is useful to contrast it with science or the scientific method, which instrumentalism is not.

Science is the collection of data by very careful observation such as the position of the planets and other heavenly bodies and by experiments such as rolling balls down incline planes and carefully recording velocity and acceleration. These are the activities which Johannes Kepler, Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo Galilei and other scientists exhaustively performed. Scientists then propose hypotheses which explain the collected data. These hypotheses are used to analyze the data and make testable predictions. In the scientific realm hypotheses include their assumptions. This process is a loop where each experiment or observation or calculation produces a better hypothesis or redefines more realistic assumptions over which it applies.

Newton’s law of gravity, which Friedman calls the “law of falling”, predicts the acceleration and velocity of a mass being acted on by a gravitational field in a vacuum. It turns out to accurately explain the orbit of the moon, which is moving in a vacuum, and also quite accurately explain what happens to a hammer if we drop it off a roof which isn’t moving in a vacuum but close enough. And it also explains, despite Friedman’s protestations, the movement of a feather dropped off the same roof and why it will eventually hit the ground even in a gale force wind. It will not achieve escape velocity. Newtonian mechanics explains the motion of a feather provided we include all the forces acting on it as it falls. And as the astronomer David Scott, on Apollo 15, demonstrated, on the moon, in a vacuum, a hammer and a feather do fall at exactly the same rate and hit the moon’s surface at exactly the same time [7]. The point is one cannot separate the theory of gravity from its assumptions. The assumptions are part of the theory and inform us when the theory applies directly and when we must consider other forces or better theories.

Using the “law of falling” to show that unrealistic assumptions, a vacuum, lead to significant theories was an unfortunate choice for Friedman since a vacuum is hardly an unrealistic assumption. In reality the density of atoms in the universe is on the order of a single hydrogen atom for every four cubic meters of volume [8] and thus the assumption of a vacuum holds nearly everywhere in our universe and it is rather parochial to assume that everything takes place in the very thin veneer of the Earth’s atmosphere.

There are other assumptions of Newtonian mechanics which are more limiting such as an absolute space-time reference and that the objects of interest must be traveling much slower than the speed of light. Friedman might have made hay with those but again the reality of the assumptions are part of the theory and the assumptions of Newtonian Mechanics are good enough approximations to reality to put a man on the moon not because Newton’s assumptions are unrealistic but because they are.

Instrumentalism is an entirely different matter. While the goal of science is to understand the natural world; the goal if instrumentalism is to make predictions. According to Friedman, assumptions need not be realistic at all in order to derive a theory, the more unrealistic the better. And the theory can only be judged on the accuracy of its predictions and not the reality of the assumptions. Samuelson points out [9] that Friedman’s use of “unrealistic” is a euphemism for “empirically dead wrong.” Friedman’s argument, which goes on for forty pages, turns out, at least according to Samuelson, to be a rather elaborate justification for the perfectly competitive laissez faire model of the economy and the maximization of profit hypothesis [10]. Keen discusses [2] in great detail why the assumptions leading to Freidman’s economic model and hypothesis really are unrealistic and why exactly that undermines them. Defending rubbish rather than admitting one might be wrong is what Samuelson dubs the Freidman Twist. Paul Samuelson wrote [9]: “The whole force of my attack on the F-twist is that the doughnut of empirical correctness in a theory constitutes its worth, while its hole of untruth constitutes its weakness. I regard it as a monstrous perversion of science to claim that a theory is all the better for its shortcomings; and I notice that in the luckier exact sciences, no one dreams of making such a claim.”

In review, Friedman began with “assumptions that are wildly inaccurate descriptive representations of reality” and when caught instead of the expected mea culpa, he dug a deeper hole defending an untenable position with a weirder hypothesis. Why would such a smart person do this? In The Believing Brain [11], the psychologist Michael Shermer writes “smart people believe weird things because they are skilled at defending beliefs they arrived at for non-smart reasons.” This is the Friedman Twist.

In my last article I stated that falsifying the assumptions does not disprove any resultant conclusion or theory but after reading the variety of opinion in Caldwell’s book, I’ve changed my mind. If the assumptions are shown to be false or unrealistic or if the logic is unsound then the resultant theory is not likely correct and even if it was shown to be capable of making a prediction which turned out to be true, one cannot possibly know whether or not this was by pure chance, or what limitations might or might not apply if the assumptions were unrealistic. If the assumptions are unrealistic, one has no understanding. A theory derived from “assumptions that are wildly inaccurate descriptive representations of reality” gives no insight into the underlying physics. In other words, one knows nothing about such a theory and it is impossible to test. Ernest Nagel, in a half-hearted attempt to defend Friedman [12], writes: “Sound conclusions are sometimes supported by erroneous arguments, and the error is compounded when a sound conclusion is declared to be mistaken on the ground that the argument for it is mistaken.” I submit that we can reformulate this statement more accurately: “Conclusions supported by erroneous arguments are not sound and cannot be confirmed based on a few presumably successful predictions. The error is compounded if one assumes the predicted outcome was a confirming outcome rather than having happened by chance.”

Friedman’s Wikipedia page [13] says this about his paper. “Friedman’s essay “The Methodology of Positive Economics” (1953) provided the epistemological pattern for his own subsequent research and to a degree that of the Chicago School.” His paper wasn’t just a one off bit of obfuscating nonsense but describes the core methodology of the American conservative movement.

The page continues, “[A] useful economic theory should be judged not by its descriptive realism but by its simplicity and fruitfulness as an engine of prediction. That is, students should measure the accuracy of its predictions, rather than the ‘soundness of its assumptions.”

In his paper, Friedman writes that such theories “can be used to predict the consequences of changes in circumstances.” Let’s assume for the sake of the discussion that Friedman is indeed correct that theories based on unrealistic or erroneous assumptions can be true and that this can be proved if they make accurate predictions. Let’s indiscriminately put all of neo-classical economic theory to Friedman’s test. How many neo-classical economists and their theories predicted the 2006 housing bubble bursting, 2007 start of the great recession, and 2008 bank failures and credit crises. Indeed, the economist Dirk Bezemer of Groningen University argues [3]: “The credit crisis and ensuing recession may be viewed as a ‘natural experiment’ in the validity of economic models.” By this simple experiment, we prove that the entire body of neo-classical theory failed utterly [3]. During the ensuing bloodbath, economists assured us that “nobody” could have seen it coming, where “nobody” in this case is a euphemism for “no neo-classical economist”. Although much shorter than forty pages, that line is a classic Friedman Twist. Rather than admitting the obvious truth: “we were wrong and therefore something is seriously wrong with our theories and our assumptions about how the economy actually works and our strange methodology,” economists tried to tell us the events were impossible to predict. On December 9, 2008, Glenn Stevens, Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia asserted: “I do not know anyone who predicted this course of events. This should give us cause to reflect on how hard a job it is to make genuinely useful forecasts;” [3] not more “accurately” how hard a job it is to derive useful theories from assumptions that are wildly inaccurate descriptive representations of reality.

That these events were predictable and predicted I know with certainty since even I predicted them, despite having never taken an economics course in my life. I didn’t do this in a vacuum, of course. Twelve economists did make quite accurate predictions [3] and I was lucky enough to have discovered six of them quite early on: Dean Baker, Stephen Keen, Kurt Richebächer, Nouriel Roubini, Peter Schiff, and Robert Shiller. I’m only taking credit for having reasonably good judgment as to which experts to heed; I’m not claiming to be an expert on the economy. I’m not even taking credit for being a “nobody”.

Why is neo-classical economics then such a failure? This is precisely because, believe it or not, their assumptions are wildly inaccurate descriptive representations of reality. Keen documents an abundance of false assumptions on the part of neo-classical economists using economic theory itself. In Frustration, he concludes that his own discipline is not a science at all and needs rescue from real scientists. One gets the impression that Samuelson’s attack on Friedman was motivated by a desire to defend the discipline. Luckier exact sciences don’t have such knuckleheads. Economics is full of them. Personally, I feel bad for those economists like Samuelson who tried to represent the field with scientific dignity and honesty. The kicker is that even the credible Keen though misses several of the most egregious false assumptions in all neo-classical economic models: one, the assumption that infinite exponential economic growth is possible, two, the assumption that there are no limits to low entropy resources, three, the assumption that high entropy wastes can be ignored, and four, the assumption that greed is good and that unregulated perfectly competitive laissez faire economies can exist or if they did that this would actually be good for us.

The first three wildly inaccurate assumptions are related to the economic community’s denial of the second law of thermodynamics. This is unequivocally fatal as pointed out by the physicist Arthur Eddington [14]:

“The law that entropy always increases-the second law of thermodynamics-holds, I think, the supreme position among the laws of Nature. If someone points out to you that your pet theory of the universe is in disagreement with Maxwell’s equations-then so much the worse for Maxwell’s equations. If it is found to be contradicted by observation-well, these experimentalists do bungle things sometimes. But if your theory is found to be against the second law of thermodynamics I can give you no hope; there is nothing for it but to collapse in deepest humiliation.”

There are two schools of economics which do recognize the entropy law and these are ecological economics, founded by the economist Herman Daly [15], and the biophysical school of economics founded by the ecologist, Charles Hall [16]. In his book Debunking Economics, Steve Keen lists a few economic schools he suggests might be able to reform economics. He does not list ecological or biophysical economics. I asked him why and he replied that they were too small to show up on his radar.

The economy is an irreversible process and therefore subject to the second law of thermodynamics, the entropy law. One cannot unscramble an egg, reconstruct it and shove it back into the chicken and redistribute all the money that changed hands along the way from the consumer, to the grocer, to the distributor, to the farmer and so on. The economic process is not reversible. We can increase the level of difficulty by trying to reconstruct the scrambled egg after we’ve eaten and digested it. Though the odds of this happening are much less than once in the entire existence of our universe, having managed that, it would be interesting to see if any grocer would take it back, knowing what the egg had been through. There is no hope for neo-classical economics.

The fourth false assumption economists make, that is perhaps more relevant to the events that began in 2006, is that consumers and producers are rational. In fact, Kevin Phillips’ law [17] holds that “Bad capitalism drives out good capitalism.” We all know this. In fact in Sunday’s Washington Post there is a wonderful three page story about a local professional cyclist, Joe Dombrowski. Dombrowski says “No matter what it is, whether it’s sports, business, whatever, people are always going to cheat.” And when regulation is slack or non-existent and one bank inevitably cheats then the rest have to cheat to compete. This is one reason Friedman’s perfectly competitive laissez faire model of the economy is unrealistic. Economists assume greed is good and consumers and producers are rational and that may be the most irrational, unrealistic assumption in Friedman’s quiver.

What does the failure of neo-classical economics and in particular Friedman’s conservative economic ideology mean for us? How can we apply this knowledge? The National Association of Manufacturers represents a self-contradiction in Friedman’s belief system. Friedman opposed organized labor because it disrupted the efficient operation of the free market but a natural outcome of his ideology is the organization of capital which because of the concentrated wealth and power has a far more disruptive influence on the market. The National Association of Manufacturers [18] released an economic study recently which predicts that a carbon tax will cripple the economy. The underlying assumption of this report, that we can ignore the Entropy Law, is “empirically dead wrong” and we can advisedly reject the findings out of hand. What we do know from this physical law is that if we do not introduce a rather large carbon tax and very soon, there will be no economy. As energy economist Vaclav Smil [19] laments: “Everything has to get worse. We are behaving so badly.” We are behaving like Friedman.

For an excellent description of Friedman’s ideology in action, please read Naomi Klein’s well researched book, The Shock Doctrine, The Rise of Disaster Economics [20].

Human-Caused Global Warming update: Australia has just experienced their hottest summer ever. See Figure 1 below. Perhaps another disaster for the Friedmanites to take advantage of.

Figure 1. Devastating wildfires swept through many areas of Australia during January 2013, the nation’s hottest month on record. In this photo provided by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, a wildfire near Deans Gap, Australia, crosses the Princes Highway Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/NSW Rural Fire Service, James Morris http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2359 )

[1] Milton Friedman, The Methodology of Positive Economics, in Essays in Positive Economics, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1953, pp. 3-43.

[2] Steve Keen, Debunking Economics,

[3] Bezemer, Dirk J, “No One Saw This Coming”: Understanding Financial Crisis Through Accounting Models, Groningen University, 16. June 2009, Online at http://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/15892/

[4] Bruce Caldwell, ed., Appraisal and Criticism in Economics, A Book Of Readings, Allen and Unwin, 1984. Friedman’s, Samuelson’s, Boland’s and Caldwell’s essays can all be found in this book and much more.

[5] Michael Gordin, The Pseudo-Science Wars, Immanuel Velikovsky and the Birth of the Modern Fringe, University of Chicago Press, 2012,

[6] Lawrence Boland, A Critique of Friedman’s Critics, Journal of Economic Literature, vol. 17, June 1979, pp. 503-522.

[7] A link to the video of David Scott on Apollo 15. : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mTsrRZEMwA

[8] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universe

[9] Paul Samuelson, Theory and Realism: A Reply, American Economic Review, vol. 54, September 1964, pp736-9.

[10] Paul Samuelson, Problems of Methodology – Discussion, American Economic Review, vol. 53, May 1963, pp. 231-6.

[11] Michael Shermer, The Believing Brain, 2011

[12] Ernest Nagel, Assumptions in Economic Theory, American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, vol. 53, May 1963, pp. 211-219.

[13] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milton_Friedman

[14] http://brleader.com/?p=2025Eddington, A.S., “The Nature of the Physical World,” [1928], The Gifford Lectures 1927, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge UK, 1933, reprint, pp.74-75.

[15] Herman Daly and Joshua Farley, Ecological Economics, Principles and Applications, Island Press, 2004.

[16] Charles Hall and Kent Kitgaarrd, Energy and the Wealth of Nations, Understanding the Biophysical Economy, Springer, 2012.

[17] Kevin Phillips, Bad Money, Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism, Viking, 2008.

[18] http://www.nam.org/~/media/ECF11DF347094E0DA8AF7BD9A696ABDB.ashx

[19] http://www.resilience.org/stories/2013-02-27/can-we-live-again-in-1964-s-energy-world

[20] Naomi Klein, The Shock doctrine, The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, Metropolitan Books, 2007.

2 comments

  1. james Van Sant says:

    A brilliant article debunking the sacred conservative views of Friedman’s economic theory. Classical physics and economics sort of give some correct answers part of the time in a chaotic world . A broken clock is right once a day. Corporations demand Infinite growth yielding infinite profits on a finite planet which is impossible.
    Ecologists ask what is the carrying capacity of the planet? We have 7 billion humans now all wanting to live the American lifestyle. If they all demand an automobile, a cellphone and an HDTV to watch while eating three MacBurgers a day can the finite resources of the planet sustain that demand? What if the population doubles again? The size and composition of the sphere we call Earth
    is unlikely to double to meet corporate growth and profit demands. Time for a better economic theory?

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April 4, 2015

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.

Annual Easter Extravaganza

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April 4, 2015

Between the Hills Community Center
11762 Harpers Ferry Rd
Purcellville,

Join us and Floppy the bunny April 4 from 10 am-2 pm for family fun with egg hunts, games, crafts, and live music. All activities free. Lunch available for purchase. Questions? eumcprogram@gmail.com or 703-346-4439 .

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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April 4, 2015

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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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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April 6, 2015

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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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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April 8, 2015

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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Monarch Butterflies: The Great Migration Underway. North Gate Vineyard

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April 9, 2015

North Gate Vineyard
16031 Hillsboro Road
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6248

Monarch butterflies make an epic migration each year—a journey that passes right through Loudoun County. With the Monarch population reaching unprecedented lows, this migration is in peril. Monarchs leave the mountains of Mexico in March and head north in a relay of life, sending future generations onward to repopulate the United States and Canada. While they journey north, join us to hear tales from the Monarch sanctuaries, updates on the status of the Monarch population, and predictions on when they’ll reach Virginia. Learn how to plant a Monarch waystation and help Keep the Magic Alive! Handouts will be available as will staff from North Gate if you would like to purchase a glass of wine to enjoy during the talk. Registration required: Sign Up Online (http://www.loudounwildlife.org/SignUp.htm). Questions: Contact info@loudounwildlife.org.

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 10, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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April 10, 2015

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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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 11, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 12, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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April 12, 2015

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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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 13, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 14, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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April 14, 2015

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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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 15, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 16, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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April 16, 2015

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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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 17, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

The Ballet Theater of Ashburn

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April 17, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The Ballet Theater of Ashburn will be sponsoring a benefit dance concert for the Teri and Shari Malone Foundation.

Tickets: Call 703-723-8089 to reserve and for pricing.

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Sterling Garden Clinic: Loudoun Co. Master Gardeners

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April 18, 2015

Lowe's Home Improvement Center
45430 Dulles Crossing Plaza 20166
Sterling, 20166
703-771-5150

Every Saturday throughout the summer, visit our Garden Clinics to ask questions about plants, identify weeds and pests.  Learn more about Loudoun County Master Gardener’s services in the county and more information on becoming a master gardener.  Free.

Leesburg Garden Clinic: Loudoun Co. Master Gardeners

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April 18, 2015

Leesburg Farmers Market
Virginia Village Shopping Center, Catoctin Cir SE
Leesburg, 20176
703-771-5150

Every Saturday throughout the summer, visit our Garden Clinics to ask questions about plants, identify weeds and pests.  Learn more about Loudoun County Master Gardener’s services in the county and more information about becoming a master gardener.  Free.

Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 18, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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April 18, 2015

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.

Miniature Masterworks - Small Works of Art

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April 18, 2015

Live An Artful Life Gallery
6474 Main Street
The Plains, 20198
USA
540-253-9797

 Live An Artful Life® Gallery will host a celebration of small works of art with their Miniature Masterworks show.  An opening reception is planned for the evening of April 18th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.    The show will feature a group of talented artists creating 2 dimensional artwork and residing in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. working in all media.  Free and open to the public.

Fast Friends Greyhound Rescue - Meet & Greet at North Gate Vineyard

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April 18, 2015

North Gate Vineyard
16031 Hillsboro Road
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6248

Visit North Gate Vineyard and meet the Fast Friends Greyhound Rescue. This is a local organization committed to the rescue and adoption of former racing greyhounds. Some of their special guests will be in attendance!

Earth Day Extravaganza

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April 18, 2015

Loudoun Valley Community Center (LVCC)
320 W School St
Purcellville, VA 20132
USA

Girl Scout Troop 5028 is hosting an Earth Day Extravaganza. The date is April 18th, with a backup date of April 25th. The time is 12 to 3 p.m., at Loudon Valley Community Center outdoor pavilion in Purcellville.

Lobster Maine-ia! Fresh Lobster Menu at North Gate Vineyard!

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April 18, 2015

North Gate Vineyard
16031 Hillsboro Road
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6248

Welcome to Lobster Maine-ia - the area's freshest source of Maine Lobster this side of the Potomac!

They will be set up outside by our patio, serving the freshest lobster dishes just for you from noon until 5.30pm.

'From the boat to your table'

www.lobstermaine-ia.com

Loudoun Lyric Opera Presents 'The Impresario' North Gate VIneyard

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April 18, 2015

North Gate Vineyard
16031 Hillsboro Road
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6248

For ticket information please go to www.loudounlyricopera.com

Troy & Paula Haag

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April 18, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

An evening of original acoustic music by singer/songwriters Troy and Paula Haag. They will be joined by local singer/songwriter Clark Hansbarger.

Tickets: $15 All Seats. Call to Reserve 540-338-7973

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 19, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Miniature Masterworks - Small Works of Art

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April 19, 2015

Live An Artful Life Gallery
6474 Main Street
The Plains, 20198
USA
540-253-9797

 Live An Artful Life® Gallery will host a celebration of small works of art with their Miniature Masterworks show.  An opening reception is planned for the evening of April 18th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.    The show will feature a group of talented artists creating 2 dimensional artwork and residing in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. working in all media.  Free and open to the public.

”Of the Earth” Gallery Open House

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April 19, 2015

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd.
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA

Arts in the Village Gallery will open it’s doors to welcome Spring and celebrate Earth Day in a special Gallery Open House event -- “Of the Earth.” Many of the Gallery artists draw inspiration from the beauty of the earth and the natural world.  Nature, and a concern for our planet, is part of their creations, from the use of recycled materials and found objects, to the use of natural materials such as wood and clay, to paintings and photography celebrating nature. 

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 20, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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April 20, 2015

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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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 21, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 22, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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April 22, 2015

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.

Miniature Masterworks - Small Works of Art

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April 22, 2015

Live An Artful Life Gallery
6474 Main Street
The Plains, 20198
USA
540-253-9797

 Live An Artful Life® Gallery will host a celebration of small works of art with their Miniature Masterworks show.  An opening reception is planned for the evening of April 18th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.    The show will feature a group of talented artists creating 2 dimensional artwork and residing in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. working in all media.  Free and open to the public.

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 23, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Miniature Masterworks - Small Works of Art

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April 23, 2015

Live An Artful Life Gallery
6474 Main Street
The Plains, 20198
USA
540-253-9797

 Live An Artful Life® Gallery will host a celebration of small works of art with their Miniature Masterworks show.  An opening reception is planned for the evening of April 18th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.    The show will feature a group of talented artists creating 2 dimensional artwork and residing in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. working in all media.  Free and open to the public.

How Content Marketing Works: Demystifying Integrated Web Marketing Strategy

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April 23, 2015

Do you have a proven method for bringing potential customers to your business? To turn visitors to your website into paying clients? Does all the talk about content marketing, social media, and social selling leave you confused and stressed? In this seminar, learn:

•    How to create an effective means for bringing people in your target audience to your website
•    What to do with them when they get there so you can inform and/or persuade, as well as engage them in participatory content creation, and…
•    Bring them closer to the “buy now” end of your sales funnel

Presenter:  Digital Business Strategist Ray Sidney-Smith is President of W3 Consulting, a digital strategy training company. He is also the author of "SoLoMo Success: Social Media, Local and Mobile Small Business Marketing Explained."

REGISTER at LoudounSBDC.eventbrite.com.

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 24, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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April 24, 2015

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.

Miniature Masterworks - Small Works of Art

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April 24, 2015

Live An Artful Life Gallery
6474 Main Street
The Plains, 20198
USA
540-253-9797

 Live An Artful Life® Gallery will host a celebration of small works of art with their Miniature Masterworks show.  An opening reception is planned for the evening of April 18th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.    The show will feature a group of talented artists creating 2 dimensional artwork and residing in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. working in all media.  Free and open to the public.

The Drowsy Chaperone

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April 24, 2015

Carver Center
200 Willie Palmer Way
Purcellville, VA 20132

The Pickwick Players present The Drowsy Chaperone. The Drowsy Chaperone is a musical parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. The story concerns a middle-aged, asocial musical theatre fan. As he plays the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life onstage as he wryly comments on the music, story and actors. The Drowsy Chaperone opened on Broadway on 1 May 2006; it was nominated for multiple Broadway (2006) and London (2008) theatre awards, winning five Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards. For more information visit www.thepickwickplayers.com or e-mail pickwickdrowsy@gmail.com.

Main Street Theater Presents: Once Upon a Mattress

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April 24, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

Come and experience this rollicking spin on the familiar classic. Chances are you’ll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again after this production!

Dates: April 24, 25, May 1 and 2 @ 8:00 PM and April 26 and May 3 @ 2:00 PM

Tickets: $23 Adult, $20 Senior/Student Email KarlahLouis@aol.com or call 540-751-9588

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Run Me Home 10k/5k and Kids Fun Run

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April 25, 2015

The Run Me Home Race will feature three distances to choose from:  10k, 5k and Fun Run for the little ones. The race is on Saturday, April 25, 2015 and will begin at 7:30am.  Proceeds benefit Loudoun County Foster Care & Adoption and Mobile Hope The course features a fast and scenic course in Historic Leesburg, VA running along the W&OD trail.  Start and Finish line will be on Catoctin Circle at Catoctin Elementary School - 311 Catoctin Circle SE, Leesburg VA 20175.

For additional information and online registration please visit: www.RunMeHome.com

Sterling Garden Clinic: Loudoun Co. Master Gardeners

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April 25, 2015

Lowe's Home Improvement Center
45430 Dulles Crossing Plaza 20166
Sterling, 20166
703-771-5150

Every Saturday throughout the summer, visit our Garden Clinics to ask questions about plants, identify weeds and pests.  Learn more about Loudoun County Master Gardener’s services in the county and more information on becoming a master gardener.  Free.

Leesburg Garden Clinic: Loudoun Co. Master Gardeners

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April 25, 2015

Leesburg Farmers Market
Virginia Village Shopping Center, Catoctin Cir SE
Leesburg, 20176
703-771-5150

Every Saturday throughout the summer, visit our Garden Clinics to ask questions about plants, identify weeds and pests.  Learn more about Loudoun County Master Gardener’s services in the county and more information about becoming a master gardener.  Free.

Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 25, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Pig Roast & Turkey Dinner

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April 25, 2015

Unison United Methodist Church
21148 Unison Road
Middleburg, VA 20117

Eat In or Take Out

The Drowsy Chaperone

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April 25, 2015

Carver Center
200 Willie Palmer Way
Purcellville, VA 20132

The Pickwick Players present The Drowsy Chaperone. The Drowsy Chaperone is a musical parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. The story concerns a middle-aged, asocial musical theatre fan. As he plays the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life onstage as he wryly comments on the music, story and actors. The Drowsy Chaperone opened on Broadway on 1 May 2006; it was nominated for multiple Broadway (2006) and London (2008) theatre awards, winning five Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards. For more information visit www.thepickwickplayers.com or e-mail pickwickdrowsy@gmail.com.

Main Street Theater Presents: Once Upon a Mattress

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April 25, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

Come and experience this rollicking spin on the familiar classic. Chances are you’ll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again after this production!

Dates: April 24, 25, May 1 and 2 @ 8:00 PM and April 26 and May 3 @ 2:00 PM

Tickets: $23 Adult, $20 Senior/Student Email KarlahLouis@aol.com or call 540-751-9588

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 26, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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April 26, 2015

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.

Main Street Theater Presents: Once Upon a Mattress

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April 26, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

Come and experience this rollicking spin on the familiar classic. Chances are you’ll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again after this production!

Dates: April 24, 25, April 1 and 2 @ 8:00 PM and April 26 and May 3 @ 2:00 PM

Tickets: $23 Adult, $20 Senior/Student Email KarlahLouis@aol.com or call 540-751-9588

Raise the Roof with Furnace Mountain Band

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April 26, 2015

St. James United Church of Christ
10 East Broad Way
Lovettsville, 20180
571 271 8611

Local favorite Bluegrass/Americana ensemble Furnace Mountain kicks off the campaign to replace the roof of the historic St. James United Church of Christ in the center of Lovettsville.

Concert: 15.00
Concert and home cooked meal (vegetarian and non-vegetarian options): 25.00
Tickets at www.stjamesucc-love.org

Named for the Taylorstown mountain near where all the members grew up, Furnace Mountain consists of some of the most innovative and gifted young musicians in Virginia. With Aimee Curl on bass and vocals, Danny Knicely on mandolin and fiddle, Dave Van Deventer on fiddle, and Morgan Morrison on guitar, bouzouki, and vocals, the band creates music that is at times lively and raucous, with spirited fiddle melodies weaving in and around the powerful rhythms of the bass and bouzouki, and other times poignant and poetic, with sublime vocal harmonies beautifully interpreting some of the oldest songs ever written.

Purchase tickets at www.stjamesucc-love.org
Contact Tena Brass at 571.271.8611

Praise Concert

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April 26, 2015

Join us for a Praise Concert on April 26, 2015 6:00PM at Hillsboro United Methodist Church, 37216 Charles Town Pike in Hillsboro – lots of local talent and refreshments! FREE! For info,
contact: 540-668-6347

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 27, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 28, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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April 28, 2015

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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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 29, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Miniature Masterworks - Small Works of Art

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April 29, 2015

Live An Artful Life Gallery
6474 Main Street
The Plains, 20198
USA

Live An Artful Life® Gallery in The Plains, VA will host a celebration of small works of art with their Miniature Masterworks show from April 18th  through May 3rd.  The public is invited to the opening reception on the evening of April 18th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.    The show will feature a group of talented artists residing in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. who have submitted small paintings for exhibit and sale.

The gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11 – 6 PM and Sunday 11 – 4 PM.

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 30, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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April 30, 2015

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.

Miniature Masterworks - Small Works of Art

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April 30, 2015

Live An Artful Life Gallery
6474 Main Street
The Plains, 20198
USA

Live An Artful Life® Gallery in The Plains, VA will host a celebration of small works of art with their Miniature Masterworks show from April 18th  through May 3rd.  The public is invited to the opening reception on the evening of April 18th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.    The show will feature a group of talented artists residing in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. who have submitted small paintings for exhibit and sale.

The gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11 – 6 PM and Sunday 11 – 4 PM.

Rose Time

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April 30, 2015

Springtime is Rose time and the Solare Wine Room will be holding a Rose Tasting Class next Thursday, April 30 at 7pm. We will have some really fun wines and tasty snacks to pair with them. It's just $15/person and great discounts on wine purchased during the event!

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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May 1, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Sticks and Stones: an exhibit by jewelry artist Dana Jansen and abstract painter Kay Layne

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May 1, 2015

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd, Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA

In May, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sticks and Stones, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing the wire-wrapped jewelry designs of Dana Jansen, along with the architectural and liner abstract works of painter Kay Layne.

A wide selection semi-precious stones, minerals and fossils are intricately framed and secured by Dana Jansen’s elaborate wire wrapping techniques.  Curvilinear and and geometric designs in sterling silver, brass or copper wire supplement the natural beauty of druzy quartz, ammonite fossils, and a wide array of other richly colored and textured natural elements.

Kay Layne uses contrasting and harmonious colors with geometric shapes in her dramatic acrylic paintings.  Strong colors in either earth tones or sharp arresting colors in opposition to each other are imposed over flat or textured surfaces that reflect the hard environment of the Southwest.  Kay’s planar paintings speak, but leave the interpretation to the viewer.

Meet Dana, Kay and other gallery artists and enjoy wine and light fare at the free and open to the public reception at the Gallery on Saturday, May 9th, from 5-8 pm.

Miniature Masterworks - Small Works of Art

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May 1, 2015

Live An Artful Life Gallery
6474 Main Street
The Plains, 20198
USA

Live An Artful Life® Gallery in The Plains, VA will host a celebration of small works of art with their Miniature Masterworks show from April 18th  through May 3rd.  The public is invited to the opening reception on the evening of April 18th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.    The show will feature a group of talented artists residing in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. who have submitted small paintings for exhibit and sale.

The gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11 – 6 PM and Sunday 11 – 4 PM.

The Drowsy Chaperone

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May 1, 2015

Carver Center
200 Willie Palmer Way
Purcellville, VA 20132

The Pickwick Players present The Drowsy Chaperone. The Drowsy Chaperone is a musical parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. The story concerns a middle-aged, asocial musical theatre fan. As he plays the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life onstage as he wryly comments on the music, story and actors. The Drowsy Chaperone opened on Broadway on 1 May 2006; it was nominated for multiple Broadway (2006) and London (2008) theatre awards, winning five Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards. For more information visit www.thepickwickplayers.com or e-mail pickwickdrowsy@gmail.com.

Main Street Theater Presents: Once Upon a Mattress

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May 1, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

Come and experience this rollicking spin on the familiar classic. Chances are you’ll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again after this production!

Dates: April 24, 25, April 1 and 2 @ 8:00 PM and April 26 and May 3 @ 2:00 PM

Tickets: $23 Adult, $20 Senior/Student Email KarlahLouis@aol.com or call 540-751-9588

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at North Gate Vineyard!

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May 2, 2015N/A

North Gate Vineyard
16031 Hillsboro Road
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6248

Take home our White Ginger Sangria and your North Gate Growler is free!

Our Sangria is delicious with sliced limes, peaches and strawberries and our Growler is equivalent to a bottle with a bonus extra glass!

Enjoy the start of our Live Music Season at North Gate Vineyard with Steve Potter!

Steve will perform from 2 – 5pm. Playing acoustic guitar and harmonica in the genre of Americana music Steve’s sound incorporates elements of the American roots music he loves so well. The styles include bluegrass, blues, country and folk.

For our music schedule and list of all our events, go to www.northgatevineyard.com/events

Sterling Garden Clinic: Loudoun Co. Master Gardeners

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May 2, 2015

Lowe's Home Improvement Center
45430 Dulles Crossing Plaza 20166
Sterling, 20166
703-771-5150

Every Saturday throughout the summer, visit our Garden Clinics to ask questions about plants, identify weeds and pests.  Learn more about Loudoun County Master Gardener’s services in the county and more information on becoming a master gardener.  Free.

Leesburg Garden Clinic: Loudoun Co. Master Gardeners

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May 2, 2015

Leesburg Farmers Market
Virginia Village Shopping Center, Catoctin Cir SE
Leesburg, 20176
703-771-5150

Every Saturday throughout the summer, visit our Garden Clinics to ask questions about plants, identify weeds and pests.  Learn more about Loudoun County Master Gardener’s services in the county and more information about becoming a master gardener.  Free.

Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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May 2, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

4-H FUNDRAISING CAR WASH & CONCESSION STAND

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May 2, 2015

Loudoun Extension Office
30 Catoctin Circle, SE Suite B
Wells Fargo Bank Building
Leesburg, VA 20175
USA

The Loudoun County 4-H Goat Club will be holding a fundraising Car Wash & Concession Stand on Sat May 2nd from 10:00am – 4:00pm at the Loudoun County Cooperative Extension Office in Leesburg. (Rain date: Sun May 3rd, 1:00 – 5:00pm) Come and get your car/truck/van washed and enjoy concessions and home-made baked goods while you wait! Free will donations accepted and all proceeds benefit Club activities and community service. Please contact Kathy Brown for more details. 540-882-4575 or dkbrown@rstarmail.com

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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May 2, 2015

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.

Sticks and Stones: an exhibit by jewelry artist Dana Jansen and abstract painter Kay Layne

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May 2, 2015

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd, Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA

In May, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sticks and Stones, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing the wire-wrapped jewelry designs of Dana Jansen, along with the architectural and liner abstract works of painter Kay Layne.

A wide selection semi-precious stones, minerals and fossils are intricately framed and secured by Dana Jansen’s elaborate wire wrapping techniques.  Curvilinear and and geometric designs in sterling silver, brass or copper wire supplement the natural beauty of druzy quartz, ammonite fossils, and a wide array of other richly colored and textured natural elements.

Kay Layne uses contrasting and harmonious colors with geometric shapes in her dramatic acrylic paintings.  Strong colors in either earth tones or sharp arresting colors in opposition to each other are imposed over flat or textured surfaces that reflect the hard environment of the Southwest.  Kay’s planar paintings speak, but leave the interpretation to the viewer.

Meet Dana, Kay and other gallery artists and enjoy wine and light fare at the free and open to the public reception at the Gallery on Saturday, May 9th, from 5-8 pm.

Transitioning from Spring to Summer Vegetable Garden

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May 2, 2015

Demonstration Garden at Ida Lee Park
Ida Lee Drive Northwest
Leesburg, 20176
703-771-5150

Learn to skillfully manage the changes between seasons from experienced Master Gardeners. Know when and how to get your summer veggies off to a good start as you optimally harvest your produce. Bring a folding chair to this outdoor event.  Free.

Miniature Masterworks - Small Works of Art

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May 2, 2015

Live An Artful Life Gallery
6474 Main Street
The Plains, 20198
USA

Live An Artful Life® Gallery in The Plains, VA will host a celebration of small works of art with their Miniature Masterworks show from April 18th  through May 3rd.  The public is invited to the opening reception on the evening of April 18th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.    The show will feature a group of talented artists residing in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. who have submitted small paintings for exhibit and sale.

The gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11 – 6 PM and Sunday 11 – 4 PM.

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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May 2, 2015

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.

The Drowsy Chaperone

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May 2, 2015

Carver Center
200 Willie Palmer Way
Purcellville, VA 20132

The Pickwick Players present The Drowsy Chaperone. The Drowsy Chaperone is a musical parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. The story concerns a middle-aged, asocial musical theatre fan. As he plays the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life onstage as he wryly comments on the music, story and actors. The Drowsy Chaperone opened on Broadway on 1 May 2006; it was nominated for multiple Broadway (2006) and London (2008) theatre awards, winning five Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards. For more information visit www.thepickwickplayers.com or e-mail pickwickdrowsy@gmail.com.

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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May 3, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Sticks and Stones: an exhibit by jewelry artist Dana Jansen and abstract painter Kay Layne

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May 3, 2015

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd, Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA

In May, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sticks and Stones, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing the wire-wrapped jewelry designs of Dana Jansen, along with the architectural and liner abstract works of painter Kay Layne.

A wide selection semi-precious stones, minerals and fossils are intricately framed and secured by Dana Jansen’s elaborate wire wrapping techniques.  Curvilinear and and geometric designs in sterling silver, brass or copper wire supplement the natural beauty of druzy quartz, ammonite fossils, and a wide array of other richly colored and textured natural elements.

Kay Layne uses contrasting and harmonious colors with geometric shapes in her dramatic acrylic paintings.  Strong colors in either earth tones or sharp arresting colors in opposition to each other are imposed over flat or textured surfaces that reflect the hard environment of the Southwest.  Kay’s planar paintings speak, but leave the interpretation to the viewer.

Meet Dana, Kay and other gallery artists and enjoy wine and light fare at the free and open to the public reception at the Gallery on Saturday, May 9th, from 5-8 pm.

Parker Quartet

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May 3, 2015

Waterford Old School
40222 Fairfax Street
Waterford,
USA

Waterford Concert Series: May 3 concert will feature the Parker Quartet, a string quartet that got rave reviews when it toured Europe and won the 2011 Grammy award for Chamber Music Performance.

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View From the Ridge

Correct Course and Review the Comprehensive Plan

6 Jan 2015

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Like a ship lost at sea, many residents of Purcellville see the development patterns in and around town as having drifted dangerously off course. The Autumn Hill/Mayfair development – which resulted in the annexation of previously open land, is one example of this drift. The Vineyard Square development project, which, …

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Editorial

Who Is In Charge Here?

4 Mar 2015

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Five Questions The Public Should Ask Purcellville About Town Zoning And Development In different periods of American history state, local and the Federal governments have considered it easier to proceed with the business of governing without the involvement of the governed. All levels of government have in place rules about how government officials, commissions, legislatures, agencies and the like are …

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Liberty in the 21st Century

6 Jan 2015

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By Malcolm F. Baldwin Our elected leaders frequently express thanks for the “blessings of liberty,” reminding us of the importance of adhering to our founding fathers’ “original intent” as expressed in the Constitution. But what, exactly, is “liberty,” and what guidance would the founders offer us in facing today’s complex issues? Within only a few years of independence from Britain …

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Lifestyle

Raise the Roof! with Furnace Mountain Band, April 26

23 Apr 2015

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Local favorite Bluegrass/Americana ensemble Furnace Mountain kicks off the campaign to replace the roof of the historic St. James United Church of Christ in the center of Lovettsville. Enjoy a delicious home-cooked lasagna dinner following the show – a feast of music, food and fellowship. St. James United Church of Christ 10 East Broad Way Lovettsville, VA 20180 April 26, …

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Health and Safety Day

20 Apr 2015

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The Purcellville Police will begin celebrating National Police Week and overall public safety by hosting the annual Health and Safety Day along with our fire and rescue teams. Our joint celebration will be held Saturday, May 16, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Fire and Rescue Building, 500 N. Maple Avenue. Throughout the day there will be free …

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Celebrate Earth Day at Purcellville Library

16 Apr 2015

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The Purcellville Library will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with programs and events for all ages. At 10:00 a.m., meet at the library to walk the Chapman-DeMary Trail with a certified naturalist and discover signs of spring during a guided hike. At 11:00 a.m., children can create an animal friend using a …

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Agreeable Tiger Moth – Luminous, White-Caped Wonder

2 Apr 2015

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On a cool April night you see a small winged insect – bright white and perhaps 1 inch in length – perched on a thin horizontal stem like a teeny tiny owl. With the black night all around, the creature has a soft and cozy look to it – content and warm in textured body and wings, a feathery cap …

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LaRock Appointed to Northern Virginia Transportation Commission

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House of Delegates Speaker Bill Howell this week appointed Delegate Dave LaRock as a member of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC). LaRock will be one of 20 members guiding the NVTC, taking the seat vacated by Congresswoman Barbara Comstock. “This is a significant opportunity for me,” LaRock said of …

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Is Sound The Future Of Fire Fighting?

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– By Hannah Hager What if you could extinguish fire with sound instead of carbon dioxide? That’s what two undergraduates at George Mason University have set out to do. Engineering seniors Seth Robertson and Viet Tran have submitted a patent application that could potentially revolutionize the red fire extinguisher we’re …

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Prince William Mother, Daughter Killed In Germanwings Crash

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– By Hannah Hager When a tragedy happens close to home it can be hard to find any semblance of comfort. Such may be the feeling of the family members and friends of the two Americans killed aboard the Germanwings flight that crash landed into the French Alps this week. …

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Sports

WLVBC U14 Crush Takes 2nd place

8 Apr 2015

Western Loudoun Volleyball Club U14 Team Crush garnered second place at the recently held MVSA Invitational which was played Sunday, March 29 at the Discovery Center in Germantown, MD. The team was second on its net, moved to the gold division, and ended up losing in the final match against …

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Middleburg Academy Basketball Champions

1 Apr 2015

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The Middleburg Academy boys varsity basketball team (ranked #1) won the VISAA D-III state championship against Christ Chapel (ranked #3) with a score of 66-62. Christ Chapel enjoyed leading much of the game with a determined defense and a fast-paced attack that found Middleburg Academy playing as much as 10 …

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Run In Remembrance

1 Apr 2015

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– By Mary Rose Lunde When people think about Virginia Tech, most people would associate the college as the engineering school. Many people, although they are hesitant to admit it, automatically associate the college as the school that has a bad reputation with safety. It’s likely that if you say …

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Sarah's Closet

Hats – The Perfect Topping

2 Apr 2015

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– By Sarah Nearis Most women think hats take a little nerve to wear. But, worn right a hat has a way of freeing you, making you feel more put together. Three things to keep in mind. Number one, keep your hat neutral, like your choice of shoes. Pick up …

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Letters

No Tax Increases

1 Apr 2015

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock I’ve heard it said that elections should be held on April 16 so that people would cast their vote while …

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Let’s Let All Enjoy The Purcellville Watershed – Responsibly

1 Apr 2015

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Dear Editor: Just wanted to drop a note and weigh in on the amazing opportunity to maximize the value of a community resource. As you …

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Cozy Relationship

4 Mar 2015

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During the February Purcellville Town Council meeting, members had a discussion about the Volunteer Award program. The debate was about separating the town from a …

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