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Bluemont Train Station to Hold Holiday Open House December 7

November 18, 2014 Lifestyle Comments Off on Bluemont Train Station to Hold Holiday Open House December 7
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The Bluemont Mill Train Station will be holding an Annual Holiday Open House on December 7, 2014 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

All are invited to explore the Train Station Museum, featuring an antique train set and Bluemont Village, enjoy an arrowhead exhibit courtesy of Ralph Cochran, meet Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, and browse participating holiday shopping vendors.

“Santa Cares” will also be accepting food donations during the event. Help feed our hungry for Christmas!

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Susan Greenbaum to Perform in Middleburg

July 17, 2014 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Susan Greenbaum to Perform in Middleburg
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The Bluemont Concert Series is proud to present Susan Greenbaum on Saturday, July 26 for the last of our four Saturday evening concerts in Middleburg. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The Middleburg concerts are now held at the Middleburg Community Center baseball field, located at 300 West Washington Street.

Admission is $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont Friends and seniors, $2 for kids under twelve; proceeds go to support Bluemont’s year-round Artist-in-Education program in area schools. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on, and a picnic to enjoy before the show. As at all Bluemont concerts, pets, alcohol or smoking are not allowed. In bad weather, concerts will be held indoors at the Sheila C. Johnson Performing Arts Center, located at The Hill School, 130 South Madison Street in Middleburg. … Continue Reading

Wounded Warrior Retreat Opens

October 2, 2013 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Wounded Warrior Retreat Opens
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Boulder Crest Retreat had its grand opening on September 6. The 37-acre retreat in Bluemont will provide private accommodations and recreational and healing activities and resources to 250-500 military families each year.

The project was initiated over the kitchen table between Ken Falke and his wife, Julia, in 2007. The Falkes have a guest house on their property that they used to invite a few wounded military personnel and their families to come and stay and relax.  The guest house proved to be incompatible with the needs of their guests, which prompted their idea to take 37.5 acres of their farm and build the retreat. The retreat will be for any and all wounded warriors and their families.  The hope is that families will come for short couple of days to a week and enjoy the realization of the seclusion and a break from daily stress and routines.

The retreat was built from scratch with volunteers performing the sweat and labor. Donations include everything from major appliances and building materials to quilts and handmade furniture.

For more information on this project, go to ?http://bouldercrestretreat.org/.

Historic Village Prepares for Bluemont Fair

September 8, 2013 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Historic Village Prepares for Bluemont Fair
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The sleepy Blue Ridge village of Bluemont in western-most Loudoun County is preparing for the 44th Annual Bluemont Fair, September 21 and 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days, rain or shine. Admission is only $5/adults, under 10 free, with free parking available. One-way traffic and crosswalks will be enforced in the village to ensure pedestrian safety. As always, the the beautifully renoated Schoolhouse, grounds, and the entire village, will be alive with music, crafts, activities, and food.

Bluemont’s distinctive logo reflecting this year’s theme: “Mountain Streams and Native Plants” was created by Bluemont’s own Anna Small Billman. Her winning design suggests Butcher’s Branch, the stream that runs through the village, surrounding examples of native plants found in Bluemont and environs. The logo can be found on the poster, T-shirt, and other fair memorabilia. … Continue Reading

Bluemont BBQ Bash Celebrates National BBQ Champs & Rising Backyard Stars

July 10, 2013 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Bluemont BBQ Bash Celebrates National BBQ Champs & Rising Backyard Stars
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The third annual Bluemont BBQ Bash and Blackberry Bonanza hosted by Great Country Farms on July 26-28 has quickly become a key step toward national prominence for BBQ enthusiasts and their fans. This official KCBS (Kansas City Barbecue Society) State Certified BBQ Competition is one of only a few Virginia events where competitors can qualify for the top national contests. Friends and fans can purchase tokens to preside at the People’s Choice Tasters Competition which donates the proceeds to the newly opened Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors. Up and coming Pit Masters can learn the ropes of competing KCBS Style on Sunday, July 28 at the Backyard BBQ Competition. New competitor Kenny Jenkins notes, “This event attracts some of the top contenders in the US but everyone is extremely welcoming to newcomers. The judges and contenders share their experience and the Farm provides a beautiful setting and fun for the kids.” … Continue Reading

County Celebrates Opening of New Park and Renovated Community Center

October 11, 2012 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on County Celebrates Opening of New Park and Renovated Community Center

The Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services and the Department of Construction and Waste Management will hold two ribbon cutting ceremonies on Saturday, November 3. The opening of the newly renovated Bluemont Community Center will take place at 10:00 a.m. A ribbon cutting at Hampshire Park in Ashburn, VA is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend both events. … Continue Reading

And in the Process, We Can Save the Bluemont Post Office

October 9, 2012 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on And in the Process, We Can Save the Bluemont Post Office

As outrageous as it is, in the scheme of the challenges we face, the decimation of the United States Postal Service is a small matter. But, like the unwelcome prospect of the closing of the Bluemont Post Office, it ain’t necessary. At all.

What is accelerating is the corporatizing of government. Corporate-run prisons, “charter’’ schools, “private’’ military contractors, corporate-run “traffic’’ cameras and police departments. And on.

In the case of the Post Office, the drive for corporate takeover had its first victory in 1970, prompting then-Sen. Ralph Yarborough of Texas to note, “This postal corporation bill is the `Tonkin Gulf Resolution’ of domestic legislation. I know of no precedent for this bill. The Constitution provides that Congress shall establish the Post Office and Post Roads. We abdicate this constitutional responsibility when we turn the function over to a corporation.’’ And we’ve been abdicating ever since.

Want to reverse this? Then we can’t plead to just have {our} ox not gored. … Continue Reading

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Fog-shrouded hillsides, historic landmarks, roads built upon ski-slope grades, and a peaceful calm seldom found in most of our 21st Century Loudoun County: all this- – just a few seconds away from the high-velocity traffic of Route Seven. I imagine that if there’s a perfect spot in which to read a spooky novel (my choice would be Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) in these parts- you could do far worse than a little crows-nest bedroom in one of the houses perched on the ladder-like geography of Bluemont. … Continue Reading

43rd Annual Bluemont Fair Seeks Poster Design

March 24, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 43rd Annual Bluemont Fair Seeks Poster Design
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Organizers of the 43rd Annual Bluemont Fair, to be held September 15 and 16 2012 invite artists of all ages and abilities to submit designs for consideration as the logo for this year’s poster and brochure. The theme this year is “Old Time Country Fair”, incorporating scenes of Bluemont’s historic buildings, such as the old stone church.

Submitted designs should be rendered simply with minimal color that can be easily replicated on the Bluemont Fair’s distinctive poster, t-shirt, mug, etc. The artist’s name will be printed on the poster and his/her work acknowledged in Bluemont Fair publicity. All artwork should be submitted by May 1 to: Bluemont Fair Poster Art Competition, P.O. Box 217, Bluemont, Virginia, 20135. For further information or to arrange for in-person delivery of your entry: 540-554-2367 (voice mail) or www.bluemontfair.com .

Bluemont Dance to Feature The Fugitive Hedgehogs

January 14, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Bluemont Dance to Feature The Fugitive Hedgehogs

Bluemont will hold its second of six old-time country dances on Saturday, January 21st at the Hillsboro Old Stone School. The dance will begin at 8:00 p.m., with a workshop for new and inexperienced dancers starting at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10.00 per person, $7.00 for Bluemont Friends, students, and seniors. Bring something special for the potluck refreshments (homemade cakes, brownies or other goodies) to share at intermission. The Old Stone School is located at 37098 Charles Town Pike in Hillsboro, near the intersection of Charles Town Pike and Route 690. For detailed instructions go to the Bluemont website, www.bluemont.org. … Continue Reading

42nd Annual Bluemont Fair

September 24, 2011 News, Our Towns Comments Off on 42nd Annual Bluemont Fair


42nd Annual Bluemont Fair – September 17 and 18 in the village of Bluemont

Celebrate Winter at Bluemont

December 9, 2010 Lifestyle, Our Towns, Vineyards Comments Off on Celebrate Winter at Bluemont

Come on out to share a glass of wine with Celtic music and friends on Saturday, December 18 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Bluemont Vineyards. Bottles of local wine and a gift shop will be available for last minute shopping if your Santa chores are not completely done by that point.

Gina, Ray, Mike and Stuart will be playing Celtic tunes for your enjoyment, and of course, there will be a few songs to celebrate the Winter Solstice and Christmas. For more information, call Gina Faber at 540-338-2574.

Bluemont’s First Schoolhouse Gets New Start

October 11, 2010 Our Towns Comments Off on Bluemont’s First Schoolhouse Gets New Start

Old Bluemont village has a “new” historic site: the 185-year-old Snickersville Academy, originally built to serve the young village as a schoolhouse, church, and a community meeting hall.

In September, Tom and Betty Hatcher, along with Walter and Joyce Hatcher, gave the structure to Friends of Bluemont, a local citizens association focused on the community’s history. The Hatchers live in Florida, but have deep roots in Western Loudoun County.

“The historic Snickersville Academy has survived more than 185 years,” declared Friends of Bluemont president Susan Freis Falknor. “Now, with a lot of help from the community, it can continue for centuries more.”

“We hope to make the Snickersville Academy a site for visitors to learn about the village’s earliest history and experience the charm of a bygone time,” she added.

The Hatcher family who live in Florida, but have deep roots in Western Loudoun, made the gift in memory of Tom and Walter’s mother, Catalina Hatcher, a strong-minded and beloved figure in the village, who summered in the log structure through the 1990s.

Tom Hatcher remembers his mother’s love of the cabin, of the woods around it, and the feeling of “serenity” there. He recalls a story that one evening, when his mother was resting on the porch, a Bluemonter watched a bear ramble past the cabin and on into the village.

Says Hatcher: “The bear didn’t bother her, and she didn’t bother the bear.”

Friends of Bluemont, a preservation organization founded in 2003, has long hoped to save the Snickersville Academy. Friends of Bluemont founder and Loudoun schoolteacher Evelyn Johnson started off the formal effort with a fundraiser picnic in 1999.

“Snickersville,” the original name of the village, was replaced by the more dignified name of “Bluemont” in 1900, with the arrival of the railroad and upscale vacationers escaping the summer heat of the Capital Area.

To follow the progress of the preservation of the Snickersville Academy, see www.BluemontVA.org or www.friends-of-bluemont.org.


 

 

 

 

Columns

Pie in the Face (with remarks from Ron Paul)

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“In any field, the establishment is seldom in pursuit of the truth because it is composed of those who sincerely believe that they are already in possession of it.” E. T. Jaynes. Everybody prefaces Bernie Sanders name with “pie in …

Asterisk No More

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Moods come and go, but greatness endures.” These prescient words were uttered by President George H.W. Bush, a man who knows firsthand the truth of his own saying. In 1992, President Bush garnered only 37 percent of …

Second Bull Run

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It may not have been a battle, but – seeing as how it was my second attempt at getting a good look at Bull Run Creek – coupled with the fact that I’m a native Northerner – I felt a …

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents

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What Is a Sport?

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By Mary Rose Lunde On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What …

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn

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It’s natural to be nervous when the markets head for negative territory. Keep a positive perspective with these six investing reminders. It can be very unsettling for investors when their portfolios and the markets start heading for the red and …

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Grief and Greed

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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 …

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Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

Dear Editor

Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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February 2016
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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Chocolate & Cabernet

Sweetheart's Soirée at Breaux Vineyards

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Celebrate Valentine's Day at North Gate Vineyard

Gallery Coffeehouse: READERS THEATRE "LOVE LETTERS" BY A. R. GURNEY

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Mad Cap Puppets: UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT: Year Of The Monkey

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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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Breaux Vineyards February Fourth Friday

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

Our Love is Here to Stay

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Merlot Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

North Gate Vineyard Wine Dinner with Chef Sebastian Oveysi

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, 100 Lunches" by Jack Sharkey & Leo Sears

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Creation and Evolution in Native American Spirituality

9 Feb 2016

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In celebration of Evolution Weekend, an annual event led by clergy to encourage serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science, St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville has invited Roger and Deborah “Turtle” Swartz to guide a discussion of traditional Native American Spirituality and its wisdom in celebrating human relationship to the earth. In a …

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Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016

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By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House

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The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse

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On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships

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Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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