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July 31, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on It’s Hot Out There! … But Cool Things Are a Happening!
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Franklin Park Arts Center Welcomes New Crop of Home Grown Musicians

By Andrea Gaines

The way music instructor Frank Keims effuses about the musicians known as “The Immortals” … you’d think he was doing an introduction for the latest inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Immortals are a rotating group of young musicians drawn from Keims’ Loudoun Music Instruction business in Lovettsville.

In 2006, Keim began calling the parents of his most gifted students to push the idea of offering these young musicians the opportunity to challenge themselves with college-level music instruction and the chance to join with a real live band. This group of young men and women would be pushed hard. They would need to maintain certain grade levels at school. They would be tested like undergrads and be given the opportunity to write music, and jam with and exchange ideas with others as talented as themselves. His most promising students loved it. And, not because it was some kind of teenage indulgence. … Continue Reading

“Big Piece of Paper” Art Exhibit Features Unusual Work

July 10, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on “Big Piece of Paper” Art Exhibit Features Unusual Work

Friends of Franklin Park Art Center announce the opening of “First You Start with a Big Piece of Paper”, the third annual creative challenge exhibit sponsored by Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center. The exhibition features works in a variety of media by local and regional artists, who were asked to incorporate a large piece of brown Kraft paper measuring at least 72 by 30 inches into their artwork.

The results of how the artists have interpreted and been inspired by this challenge are truly remarkable. Heads, toads, a dragon, a Hobbit and more! The results are a remarkable mix of torn, cut and manipulated paper; two-dimensional pieces using ink, paint and mixed media; kites and papier maché sculptural forms. The exhibit includes short statements from the artists about the inspiration for their works. Don’t miss this exhibit and the unusual – and amazing – results from creative artists faced with a unique challenge! … Continue Reading

Woodgrove Announces “Fore the Wolverines” Charity Golf Classic

July 8, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Woodgrove Announces “Fore the Wolverines” Charity Golf Classic

The Woodgrove Wolverine Athletic Booster Club (WWABC) has announced the date for their Fall 2012 Golf Tournament. The “Fore the Wolverines” Charity Golf Classic will be held at Stoneleigh Golf and Country Club on Monday, September 17, 2012. Proceeds from the tournament funds WWABC sponsored senior scholarships. This year, the inaugural golf tournament enabled the WWABC to award $1000 scholarships to nine well deserving Wolverine senior students. Woodgrove High School would like to congratulate 2012’s “Fore the Wolverine” scholarship recipients: Lydia Cromwell, Ellen Fuller, Brad Gilson, Lisa Hemphill, Dane Mullins, Meg Nelis, Matt Reed, Caroline Vangsnes, and Brendan Wells. Please come out and support the Wolverines at Stoneleigh on September 17. For more information, e-mail Jan Lokie at seminole84@aol.com.

Click here to download a sign-up sheet for the tournament.

Movie Night In Purcellville

June 15, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Movie Night In Purcellville
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The Town of Purcellville, in partnership with Moonflicks/Northern Virginia Party Rental and Purcellville Teen Center, Inc., is pleased to announce the new Purcellville Film Festival. This is a series of free family movie nights every Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. starting June 19 and continuing for five more weeks. The movies will be shown inside the Historic Bush Tabernacle and everyone can roller skate for free afterwards until 10:00 p.m.

The Purcellville Film Festival kicks off with Cars 2 on June 19 and continues with We Bought A Zoo (June 26), Casablanca (July 3), Just Go With It (July 10), Happy Feet 2 (July 17) and O’Brother Where Art Thou? (July 24).

Dedication of New Mural at Franklin Park Arts Center

June 10, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Dedication of New Mural at Franklin Park Arts Center
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Dedication of the new mural “Loudoun County Symbols” at the Franklin Park Arts Center was held on Sat. June 9 at 11am at the Center.

The mural is part of the new Backman Community Mural Project, an extension of a recent Girl Scout Gold project originally created by Purcellville resident, Hannah Backman, who created a mural depicting historic Purcellville in the summer of 2011. The Arts Center then committed to continue to feature murals created by Loudoun residents or students, rotating the designs approximately twice a year. … Continue Reading

Melissa Wright, the Burgoo and the Return to Roots Music

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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

Commemoration of Founding of Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers

June 5, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Commemoration of Founding of Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the formation of the Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers, the Waterford Foundation is co-sponsoring with the Lovettsville Historical Society and two Union Veterans’ groups a Reunion of Ranger descendants on June 23. The Waterford portion of this event is free and open to the public.
The Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers were the only organized cavalry command from present-day Virginia to fight with the United States Army during the Civil War. This event will honor their formation on June 20, 1862, when Waterford miller Samuel Means began mustering in his command on Waterford’s main street.

Festivities will begin with registration at the Waterford Old School between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. Attendees will be able to mingle with mounted Loudoun Ranger re-enactors who will perform cavalry demonstrations. Local historians Taylor Chamberlin and John and Bronwen Souders will be available to sign their books about the Civil War in Waterford and its surroundings. There will be a guided tour of Civil War sites in the village to include the Sam Means House and the Union cemeteries. … Continue Reading

Join the LCPL Summer Reading Program

May 31, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Join the LCPL Summer Reading Program

The Loudoun County Public Library summer reading program begins June 11 at all seven branches and runs through August 6. Register at your branch and pick up a challenge card filled with fun, interactive challenges for every age to complete during the program. All ages – from birth to senior citizens – are encouraged to join the invasion and participate in the fun. … Continue Reading

Rock the Field in Purcellville

May 30, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Rock the Field in Purcellville

The Town of Purcellville and the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is once again offering their free rock music event, “Rock The Field” on June 9 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Town’s Fireman’s Field, 250 S. Nursery Ave, Purcellville, in the gazebo area behind the baseball stadium outfield fence.
Headlining this year’s event will be The Nighthawks, Legends of Blues and Rock. The Nighthawks have played locally and nationally for nearly 40 years with some of the biggest names in the business and have recently released a new CD. … Continue Reading

Leadership in the Law Summer Camp

May 24, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Leadership in the Law Summer Camp

Leadership in the Law Summer Camp will take place June 17 through June 22. Leadership in the Law Summer Camp is an opportunity for rising seniors from Loudoun and Fauquier Counties to learn firsthand about the legal system.

The program is designed to allow students to work with local judges, lawyers, law clerks and other professionals to learn about the law. It introduces students to the practice of criminal and civil law, courtroom procedures, crime scene investigation and the handling and presentation of evidence, based on a scenario right from the headlines. This year the civil and criminal controversy concerns Cyber-bullying! … Continue Reading

Ida Lee Park Recreation Center Offers “Bring A Friend” Day

May 24, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Ida Lee Park Recreation Center Offers “Bring A Friend” Day

On Saturday, June 2, 2012, all annual and six-month pass holders at Leesburg’s Ida Lee Park Recreation Center can bring a friend to the center for free, all day.

“This event allows our pass holders to share their Ida Lee experience with a friend,” explained Katey Jackson, Ida Lee’s Building Service Manager. “We want more people to discover the great opportunities that the Recreation Center offers.” … Continue Reading

17th Mississippi Regiment Visits Aldie Mill

May 22, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 17th Mississippi Regiment Visits Aldie Mill

Aldie Mill Historic Park, a property of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, welcomes the 17th Mississippi Regiment in a return visit to the mill on Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3. A living history unit, members of the 17th will portray Confederate soldiers who camped near the village of Aldie during part of the Civil War. “We’re thrilled to have members of the 17th Mississippi return to the Aldie Mill, to help us continue our commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War,” says Tracy Gillespie, Historic Site Supervisor. “Soldiers of the 17th Mississippi were hospitalized here in the village early in the war, and some of the troops even had supper at the Aldie Hotel that existed at the time.” The living history group will demonstrate military drills, fire their weapons, and explain life of a soldier in camp. To accompany these living history demonstrations, Aldie Mill historical interpreters will share information about the village during the four years of fighting, as well as the experiences of Unionist miller John Moore in an overwhelmingly Confederate area. … Continue Reading

Third Annual Taste of the Vine

May 15, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Third Annual Taste of the Vine

In celebration of the Round Hill Hometown Festival, the third annual A Taste of the Vine will be held on Saturday, May 26 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at The Old Furniture Factory to benefit Genesis International and the Afghan Women’s Fund. … 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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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


October 17, 2016 October 18, 2016 October 19, 2016 October 20, 2016 October 21, 2016

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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Glenfiddich Farm Pottery Annual Fall/Holiday Sale

OysterFest at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Spaghetti Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

November 6, 2016

Glenfiddich Farm Pottery Annual Fall/Holiday Sale

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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 …

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New Proposed Uses for Western Loudoun

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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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