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Take Two Comes to Town

January 2, 2013 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

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 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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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 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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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 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

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 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

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

June 6, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle 3 comments
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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 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

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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 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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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 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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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 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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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 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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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 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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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

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Sustainable Planet

Pungent Curry

9 Apr 2014

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The latest version of the IPCC report is published and once again it will go unread by the great masses of climate science deniers and unreported by the media. So it might be useful to revisit the fundamental physical realities …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Understanding Teen Suicide

1 Apr 2014

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Northern Virginia has recently experienced several teen suicides. Last month, two Langley High School students took their own lives just a day apart from one another, and this month it appears two students at Woodson High …

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Virginia Gardening

Spring Is Coming

4 Mar 2014

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By Donna Williamson March is an in-between month – some cold and the return of glorious warmth now and then. One way to bring some delight inside is forcing spring-blooming branches. You can cut branches of forsythia, cherry, crabapple, kerria, …

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Sushi's Corner

An Easter Swim

1 Apr 2014

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I felt like a silly nim “cow” poop with these Easter bows in our hair. Okay Nelly, maybe you didn’t because you’re a girl. But me, a Mighty Cairn Terrier male? – PLEASE! Pleasing Mrs. B for Easter pictures was …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

What Baseball Can Teach You About Financial Planning

1 Apr 2014

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Spring training is a tradition that baseball teams and baseball fans look forward to every year. No matter how they did last year, teams in spring training are full of hope that a new season will bring a fresh start. …

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Go Take a Hike

Blandy Experimental Farm

6 Jun 2012

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By Molly Pinson Simoneau It’s no secret that I love a challenging hike. I’ve written here about hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah National Park. I’ve taken vacations with my family to Colorado where I’ve attempted to conquer a “fourteener” (a summit that is higher than 14,000 feet), …

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Real Estate Ticker

A Buying Opportunity?

6 Nov 2013

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By Carl Fischer As a direct result of the uncertainty that has arisen from national and regional politics, with its unsettling effect on the Northern Virginia area, for the past two months there has been a market slowdown which has …

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From the Farm

From the Farm

5 Jul 2012

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When the heat index reaches 110 degrees, as it has been doing recently, I try to keep in the shade, or stay indoors. But my lavender, about halfway from full bloom, seems to thrive in it. Hot and dry, I …

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Events

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: Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists -- Abstract painter Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and contemporary painter Sandra Iafrate

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Meet Evelyn and Sandra and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artists' exhibit "Living Color,” showcasing two accomplished painters Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and Sandra Iafrate, in a vivid and dynamic presentation of color, shape and our surroundings.

Evelyn Lopez de Guzman’s vibrant paintings awaken the viewer to connect with nature and the modern world through an interplay of shape, color, and textural materials.

Sandra Iafrate’s combination of realistic and surrealist interpretation of flowers, foliage and landscapes on spacious canvases convey a sense of movement and playfulness.

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Easter at "The Park"

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April 19, 2014

Celebrate Easter at historic Morven Park with crafts for kids, an egg hunt in the formal gardens plus a traditional egg roll on the Davis Mansion lawn. Have a family photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Children should bring a basket for the hunt and a large spoon for the egg roll. $10/participating child (ages 2-12), $3/adult. Register at www.MorvenPark.org.

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VAL's Pals Kids Club

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April 30, 2014

Join Inova Loudoun Hospital as the present their Beamer the Dog Program.

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SCOUTING FOR BRICKS

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May 4, 2014

Scouting for Bricks is an exhibit showing the Love for everything LEGO® . Come see amazing LEGO® creations by Fans of LEGO®, LEGO® trains, Mindstorms robots. We will also have live Star Wars Stormtroopers and an interactive play area with over 100,000 LEGO bricks. Scouting for Bricks is fun for the Whole Family! Visit us at www.ScoutingForBricks.com.

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View From the Ridge

Rural Loudoun Is Different, and We Say Dark Skies Do Matter

4 Mar 2014

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In February of this year a sell out crowd gathered at the county public seat in Leesburg to provide feedback to the Loudoun County Planning Commission on the idea of adding additional sports lights to the upper athletic fields at Franklin Park. Franklin Park includes a really wonderful performing arts …

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Editorial

Steady and Nobull

4 Mar 2014

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Park and Ride Lots for Western Loudoun

4 Mar 2014

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In 2003, the county purchased 22 commuter buses to serve a growing demand for bus service to Washington D.C. The demand has grown exponentially ever since. The county now owns or leases 65 large commuter buses (with plush seats and on board restrooms) and more are being added every year. The buses are often filled to standing room only as …

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Lifestyle

Sadie’s Race 5K and Fun Run Scheduled for Sunday May 18

9 Apr 2014

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Sadie Smile Foundation is putting on the third annual Sadie’s Race/Walk and Kids Fun Run to Benefit Smile Train in Purcellville Sunday, May 18th this year. The race starts at 8:00 a.m. at the train station at 200 N 21st Street in Purcellville. Sign up at Active.com. When Sara Ablard lost her five year-old daughter, Sadie, two years ago, she …

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Dr. Joseph Rogers Dies at Family Farm

1 Apr 2014

Dr. Joseph Megeath Rogers, 90, died on Saturday March 8, 2014 at his Hillbrook Farm near Hamilton following a stroke. Physician, farmer, businessman, rural land conservationist, philanthropist and expert horseman, Dr. Rogers was a tireless advocate and practitioner of country living whose contributions in a broad range of interests were made quietly and with little fanfare. His public persona was …

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Zoldos Presented Citizen of the Year Award

1 Apr 2014

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At the biweekly March meeting of the Lovettsville Town Council, Mayor Bobby Zoldos was presented the 2013 Citizen of the Year from the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans. Presenting the award was Rick Adams, current president along with Board Member Peter Mullally and  Vice President Jeff Boogaard. Adams said, “On behalf of the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans, we would like to present the …

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Around Virginia

Wolf Won’t Seek Re-election

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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) today announced that he would not seek election to an 18th term in 2014. He released the following statement announcing his decision: “I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014. It has been an honor to serve the people of northern …

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Virginia Can and Should Work Harder to Combat Hunger

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By Congressman Frank Wolf Last year, the USDA reported a record number of Americans are struggling to put food on their tables. Across the nation, 49 million people – including 17 million children and six million seniors – are going hungry, a number that has grown substantially over the last …

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Kaine Statement on Navy Yard Shooting

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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on today’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard: “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by today’s tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. As we learn more about the horrific events that unfolded this morning, my deepest sympathies go out …

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Sports

Nominate Your Hometown Hero

9 Apr 2014

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Upper Loudoun Little League’s Hometown Heroes scholarship closes on April 21, 2014. The application is available online at ULLL.org. The scholarship is open to all graduating seniors who played baseball for ULLL at some point in their growing up years.

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Lady Vikings Give Back

10 Feb 2014

The Loudoun Valley Girls basketball team held an event on Friday, February 7 at LVHS. The Lady Vikings celebrated “Pink Night” by honoring those who are battling breast cancer or have been affected by breast cancer. The event was held in conjunction with an event held at Woodgrove earlier this …

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Letters

Medicaid Expansion Battle Heating Up

4 Mar 2014

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Did you know that there’s a very real possibility that a DC-style budget battle and government shutdown could come to Virginia? The Medicaid expansion battle …

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Endorsing for Profit Businesses?

4 Mar 2014

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I recently received an automated email message from the Town of Purcellville soliciting nominations for volunteer award recipients in cooperation with the Purcellville Business Association …

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Another Vote To Overrule Purcellville’s Board of Architectural Review

4 Mar 2014

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The Purcellville Town Council, foolishly, in the view of many and perhaps most, has overruled its Board of Architectural Review and approved Mark Nelis’s and …

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