Despite the soaring temperatures, hundreds of people still came to Hillsboro’s Old Stone School for the Independence Day Celebration on July 7. This annual event is hosted by the Hillsboro Community Association, the non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and renovating the historic building.
To give folks who came to the celebration a respite from the heat, the Hillsboro Community Association set up a misting station outside and had water balloon races where losers were cooled off when their water balloons exploded and winners got prizes. There were also activities in the air conditioned Old Stone School including a Valiant Warrior Quilting event where people made squares to be included in quilts given to service men and women wounded while serving our country and a display of historic and antique weapons. Free, cold ice cream, donated by Dot Shetterly and the Hill Tom Market, was served in the auditorium while the Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers performed then invited people from the audience to join in.
Outside, people enjoyed live music from the Hewn from the Mountain; hot dog dinners from the Ruritans; a rope bridge managed by Boy Scout Troop 961; and treats and cold drinks at the Hillsboro Community Association’s bake sale. Glow sticks were the prize of choice for those who won at the carnival games made by Steve Morgart of Morgart’s Carpentry, and several kids had their faces painted by Fancy the Clown and Friends. Young artists used sidewalk chalk to draw amazing pictures to demonstrate their patriotic spirit.
This wonderful small town celebration kicked off with Boy Scout Troop 961 presenting the American flag and leading the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. At the end of the festivities, Hewn from the Mountain concluded their performance by playing the Star Spangled Banner. At dark, there was a brilliant fireworks show!
The Hillsboro Community Association would like to extend their deep appreciation to all of the volunteers who helped the day of the celebration, along with the many local businesses and organizations that supported our event, including: Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers, Boy Scout Troop 961, Breaux Vineyards, Fancy the Clown and Friends, Grandale Farm Restaurant, Hewn from the Mountain band, Hillsboro Farmers Market, Hill Tom Market, Loudoun Do Something Now clubs, Morgart’s Carpentry, Newton Marasco Foundation, Run Rabbit Run Theatre, Ruritans, Stoneybrook Farm Market, and the Valiant Warrior Quilting Project.
Donations for the celebration were encouraged throughout the evening, and are still being accepted. You may make a donation by visiting the Hillsboro Community Association website at www.HillsboroVa.org. Remember to like the Hillsboro Community Association on Facebook too!