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Take Two Comes to Town

January 2, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Take Two Comes to Town

Take Two? It’s a first! Two Loudoun leading ladies and local directors, Karlah Hamilton Louis and Dolly Stevens will showcase songs from their professional careers and double the fun by performing both January 11 and 12.

From “Another Op’nin’ to “So Long Dearie,” the show is packed with songs from Annie to Chicago to Mame and tied together with a humorous storyline about two dueling divas who show up to audition for the leading lady role. Each tries to convince the casting director that she is best for the part. … Continue Reading

“Christmas Carol” Likely to Become a Loudoun Institution

December 8, 2012 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on “Christmas Carol” Likely to Become a Loudoun Institution
The Ghost of Christmas Past (Molly Warndorf) points to memories that Scrooge (Phil Erickson) doesn't want to see. (Photo by Jim Poston.)

By Mark Dewey printed with permission from The Shenandoah Press

There’s a moment in Once Upon A Christmas Carol that appears to be a mismatch. Phil Erickson, who plays Scrooge, is trying to hide from apparitions and regrets, those sisters. He has laid himself back down in his bed and covered his head with the quilts. Molly Warndorf, who plays the Ghost of Christmas Past, has to make him get up. Erickson is an accomplished, prodigious actor whose charisma tends to dominate the stage, and Warndorf is an eighth-grade girl who played a munchkin at Harmony Middle School once. Asking her to bully him would not appear to be a good idea.

I expect the moment to ring false, and I cringe as it approaches because I’ve been liking the play so well and I want to keep liking it, but I doubt a one-time munchkin little girl can generate enough personal power to roust Phil Erickson, even if he cooperates. Why not give that task to somebody like Shawn Malone, who’s bigger than the bed Erickson’s hiding in, and whose experience with Not Just Shakespeare, Inc. is even more substantial than his person? And he’s right there in the middle of the cast — a couple of scenes earlier he picked up Drew Hare and wrapped him around his waist with one arm. I’d make that guy kick Erickson’s butt out of bed. … Continue Reading

The Polka Dots: Uppity Women

July 5, 2012 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on The Polka Dots: Uppity Women

By Carol Morris Dukes

“We are uppity women.”

Sisters Aislin and Nora Kavaldjian are also Polka Dots. If you’re not familiar with them, a brief bio on their website perhaps says it best: “Once upon a time, two girls were born. Soon they started singing. Their friends came over to play. The rest is history.”

Most girls their age are caught up in the traditional mysteries and challenges of adolescence. Aislin and Nora, on the other hand, are focused, driven and deeply committed to a craft. … Continue Reading

Local Songwriter Andrew McKnight & Beyond Borders Band Live CD

July 5, 2012 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Local Songwriter Andrew McKnight & Beyond Borders Band Live CD

Features Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Founding Member ­– Les Thompson

By Carol Morris Dukes

In the 15 years of music since leaving his corporate engineering career, singer/songwriter and guitarist Andrew McKnight has heard one question from fans more than any other; “when will you make a live record?”. And the answer always was “when I find the band that I am comfortable with to capture the energy of the songs in a different way than a solo performance,” he says.

That time has arrived with One Virginia Night (OVN), a limited edition live CD and bonus DVD set with his band Beyond Borders, which also features founding Nitty Gritty Dirt Band member Les Thompson. … Continue Reading

Bluemont To Return to Loudoun Courthouse for 31st Year In Leesburg

June 15, 2012 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Bluemont To Return to Loudoun Courthouse for 31st Year In Leesburg

The Bluemont Concert Series announces its return to the Old Loudoun Courthouse for its 31st year of summer concerts in Leesburg. The Martinsburg Jazz Orchestra will kick off Bluemonts summer concert series on Sunday, July 1 at 7:00 p.m. Bluemont is excited to return to the Old Loudoun Courthouse, located at 18 East Market St., the historic home of Bluemont concerts in Leesburg. … Continue Reading

Lyric Opera Announces Principal Auditions

June 13, 2012 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Lyric Opera Announces Principal Auditions

Loudoun Lyric Opera announces principal auditions for the November 2012 performances of Domenic Cimarosa’s Italian comedy, Il Matrimonio Segreto (“The Secret Marriage”) and principal and chorus auditions for our February 2013 performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic operetta, The Mikado.

Auditions will take place on Thursday, June 28 and Friday, June 29 from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Leesburg United Methodist Church, 107 West Market Street, Leesburg, VA. Singers are asked to bring one song in English if auditioning for The Mikado. Professional singers are asked to bring an additional aria in Italian from the late 1700’s if they are also auditioning for Il Matrimonio Segreto. An accompanist will be provided. There is a $10 accompanist fee for principal role auditions, but no charge for students and choristers. Please bring sheet music. … Continue Reading

Melissa Wright, the Burgoo and the Return to Roots Music

Alison Krauss (l) with Melissa

By Carol Morris Dukes

Bluegrass music is intrinsic to our area. Virginia natives have a long and storied relationship with that special sound that found its roots in our Celtic ancestors who originally populated the Appalachian regions of our country. In spite of that history and connection, mountain music, our regional “Roots” music, is not a genre with a mass following; least of all from the under 30’s crowd. But wait a minute, folks. We in Northern Virginia can run—but we can’t hide from our hillbilly legacy. … Continue Reading

Dark Tide (2012)

June 5, 2012 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Dark Tide (2012)

Halle Berry, Jeff Martinez, Ralph Brown,

Very Disappointing

Shark Whisperer Kate (Halle Berry) needs to go back into the water to pay bills. She lost a crewman years ago and blames herself. She takes on Brady (Ralph Brown) a millionaire who wants to swim with the great whites, but outside the cage. This can’t be good. … Continue Reading

LONESTAR to Headline Clarke County Fair Bluegrass Highlight: Dailey & Vincent

June 5, 2012 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on LONESTAR to Headline Clarke County Fair Bluegrass Highlight: Dailey & Vincent

Multi-platinum country music group, LONESTAR, will be the feature entertainment at the 58th Annual Clarke County Fair on August 18 in Berryville. The Texas-bred band is on a 20th anniversary tour and is known both for their strong country roots as well as their multi-genre crossover appeal that has led to success on the pop/rock charts. Lonestar has had an impressive list of hit singles on the country charts, including ten #1 hits such as “Amazed”, “No News”, “What About Now”, “Mr. Mom” ,“Tell Her” and “I’m Already There.”

Lonestar will perform the closing evening of the Clarke County Fair on Saturday, August 18 at 8:30 p.m. Track seats cost $30 and grandstand seats cost $25. Tickets go on sale June 2 at the Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds and will be available at the Fair Ticket Office every Saturday and Sunday from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Tickets can also be ordered via mail. For tickets and information call 540-955-2530 or 540-955-3755 or visit www.clarkecountyfair.org for an order form. Ticket prices do not include the gate admission of $7. … Continue Reading

Couple Partners With Franklin Park to Host Concerts

June 5, 2012 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Couple Partners With Franklin Park to Host Concerts
Bill and Cheryl Buncephoto June

By Carol Morris Dukes

Cheryl and Bill Bunce were avid music lovers before they met, but their shared enthusiasm and similar musical tastes brought them together both as a couple, and as partners in their new production venture, Buncearoo.

With a superb entertainment venue located at Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center, the Bunce’s decided to bring headlining musicians to Purcellville, blending well-known national talents with local burgeoning musicians, under the auspices of their own production company.

Their idea not only brings star attractions to our area, but promotes the rising talents of local musicians by allowing them to open for these acts—-a boon for the rising swell of outstanding area artists. … Continue Reading

Bag It—Is Your Life Too Plastic?

May 24, 2012 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Bag It—Is Your Life Too Plastic?

Award Winning Film at Franklin Park Arts Center

The Purcellville Committee on the Environment in conjunction with the American Conservation Film Festical will be showing the award-winning film, “Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?” on Friday, June 15 at the Franklin Park Arts Center. Show starts at 7:00 p.m. – tickets $5 at the door. We guarantee you’ll be surprised just how plastic your life really is. Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at 540-338-7973. … Continue Reading

Polka Dots To Perform At Franklin Park Arts Center

May 24, 2012 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Polka Dots To Perform At Franklin Park Arts Center
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Local favorites, The Polka Dots, will provide a performance at Franklin Park Arts Center on Saturday, August 16 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults $8 for students and seniors. Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at 540-338-7973.

The Polka Dots are a lively acoustic group from Lovettsville, Virginia. Sisters Aislin and Nora Kavaldjian and local favorite Kris Consaul deliver a fun-filled, fast-paced, unique set featuring numbers from yesteryear to next year. Selections include old time, vaudeville, gypsy swing, and early jazz tunes, with original compositions as well. Their eclectic mix of tunes, combined with a penchant for quick instrument switches and smooth three-part harmonies endear the Dots to audiences of all ages. This is a show you won’t want to miss! … Continue Reading

Loudoun Symphony Orchestra Announces Loudoun’s Got Talent Finalist Concert

May 17, 2012 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun Symphony Orchestra Announces Loudoun’s Got Talent Finalist Concert

10 Extremely Talented Finalists to Compete for Scholarships Awards on May 27

The Loudoun Symphony Orchestra will hold the Loudoun’s Got Talent! Finalist Competition Concert at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 27 at Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville, Virginia. Loudoun’s Got Talent! gives Loudoun County high school-aged student musicians, both vocal and instrumental, the chance to compete for $1,750 in scholarship awards. In the initial round of auditions held on May 5, 2012, a panel of judges selected ten finalists to compete in a Finalist Showcase concert from the 35 entrants. … Continue Reading









2016 Energy Summit – George Washington University


On Friday evening, October 28, George Washington University, Virginia Campus in Ashburn will host the 10th annual Don Sandros Energy Summit in cooperation with local businesses and non-profits. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a reception with wine donated by …

Attributing Disaster


“Humans are likely to create a catastrophe, and possibly an associated disaster, that vastly exceeds our own ability to recover from it. In the face of all our efforts, it will persist.” – Richard Guthrie [1] “Here we show that …

Concerned Parent


By Michael Oberschenider Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We recently signed our four-year-old daughter up for gymnastics. It wasn’t cheap, but her friends from the neighborhood do it, and she has been begging us to go. It turned out to be a …

Invisible Illnesses

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By Mary Rose Lunde It is general knowledge that when people think about illnesses, they don’t think about illnesses that aren’t physically apparent. Sure, people know about conditions such as multiple sclerosis and other diseases with visible symptoms, but many …

Robinson Park

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Looking back, now – I’m glad it wasn’t what most people would’ve considered a nice day; I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my share of hot and sunny to last me for at least a generation (especially since …

Are Your Estate and Financial Plans Shock-Proof?


Don’t wait until “what if?” becomes “what is.” Where will you live as you age? Think about your housing options now, so you have choices and won’t have to make a hasty decision should an unexpected health event force you …

In Defense of ‘Adulting’


By Samuel Moore-Sobel Most friends transitioning from college to the workforce long for the days of college, wishing to be back in class and participating in campus life. To be honest, I may be in the minority, but I have …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016


Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016


Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016


Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

October 1, 2016

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

October 2, 2016
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Virginia Outdoors Foundation 50 years of Conservation Celebration

October 9, 2016
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Barefoot Puppets: Dreamtime, Tales From Down Under

October 13, 2016 October 14, 2016 October 15, 2016

Loudoun Centre Theatre: The Scamps Of Scapin!

October 16, 2016

Harvest Celebration & Fall Farm Tour


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Anthony Semiao Live at North Gate Vineyard


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Come Paint with us at Breaux Vineyards

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October Fourth Friday

October 29, 2016

2 Pound Sterling Live at North Gate VIneyard

October 30, 2016

Music With A Cause - Music of Colonial America

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OysterFest at North Gate Vineyard

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Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary Club Sends Supplies and Funds to Haiti

24 Oct 2016


The Rotary Club of Leesburg-Daybreak shipped water purification supplies and emergency funds to Haiti following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. Partnering with an anonymous local corporation, the club shipped 3,000 water purification tablet packages via FedEx to Haiti. These packages, which were sent to an area battling a cholera outbreak, will clean 3,000 liters of unsafe water. Instructions translated …

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Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes

13 Oct 2016


On November 6, the Loudoun County Road Runners Club will again conduct the annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race in order to raise funds for veteran causes. Since it’s origin in 2011, the trail race has generated more than $90,000 with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to veteran’s charities, specifically Boulder Crest Retreat and Pets for Vets.

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FBRM Clean-Up Day at Blue Ridge Regional Park

6 Oct 2016


Join Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains for an Autumn clean-up to remove invasive vegetation from Blue Ridge Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Some tools and equipment will be provided, but please bring your clippers, pruning shears, or saws if you can. Directions: From Leesburg, drive west on Route 7 past the turnoff …

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Grief and Greed


By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …


Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!


– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West


– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

New Proposed Uses for Western Loudoun

Loudoun County Seal Color

If you live in the middle or western part of Loudoun where you enjoy a parcel of open space near your property (which probably was put into an open space …

Bennett Knows How To Make Economy Work for All


In the election for the 10th District House seat, only one candidate has a more than three decades of success growing a local business. As the owner of a successful …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm


By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

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History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall


The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana


Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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Hunter’s First Professional Race

7 Sep 2016


Drew Hunter and Loudoun Valley classmates at his first professional race, Sir Walter Miler in Raleigh, NC in early August , l to r:  Marcos Pierce, Matt Slook, Drew Hunter, Max McNerney. Hunter finished with a time of 3:57.15. Hunter turned professional and signed with Adidas.

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Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016


American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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