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Jazz & Co Dance Concert at Franklin Park

April 6, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Jazz & Co Dance Concert at Franklin Park
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The Loudoun School of Ballet’s pre-professional JAZZ & CO DANCE presents its spring concert as a benefit for the Teri & Shari Malone Foundation at the Franklin Park Arts Center.

Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 9 at 3:00 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 10 at 3:00 p.m. Admission $12 adults, $8 children/students/seniors at the door.

The dances cover the full range of contemporary dance from modern to Broadway jazz, including a professional work by choreographer Miya Hisaka.  Franklin Park Arts Center is located at 36441 Blueridge View Lane in Purcellville.

Loudoun Centre Theatre Brings Hairspray to Franklin Park Arts Center

February 3, 2016 Behind the Scenes, Uncategorized Comments Off on Loudoun Centre Theatre Brings Hairspray to Franklin Park Arts Center
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Join Tracy Turnblad as she turns her passion for dancing into a spot on the local TV dance program. Transformed into an overnight teen celebrity, Tracy teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration and fair play. Watch as a larger-than-life adolescent sings and dances her way to her true love – all without denting her do.

Actors from throughout Northern Virginia will perform this eight-time Tony Award winning Broadway musical. Weekend matinees and evening performances will be February 5 – 13 at Franklin Park Arts Center (36441 Blueridge View Ln. Purcellville, VA 20132). Tickets can be purchased online at www.thelct.org.

For more information, visit www.thelct.org or e-mail info@thelct.org.

Franklin Park Christmas and New Year’s Eve Events

December 2, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Franklin Park Christmas and New Year’s Eve Events
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Holiday-related events dominate the December schedule at Franklin Part in Purcellville. A one-man performance of A Christmas Carol will be offered on Friday, December 18, a holiday sing-along is scheduled on the following day and a New Year’s Eve celebration is planned for Thursday, December 31. On Sunday, December 6, the park will be offering music from the Civil War, and a ?comedy improvisation event is slated for Saturday, December 26.

The Albuquer que Journal writes: “John Hardy’s one-man version of A Christmas Carol… a stunning work of theatrical virtuosity. Run to see this; take the whole family. You will be transfixed from the first moment…. This play brings the story to life…. I’ve seen this story many times but never like this… it will be as if you are seeing it for the first time.” The show begins at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20.
The Loudoun and Fairfax Chapters of the Barbershop Harmony Society, along with the Chorus of the Old Dominion, the Fairfax Jubilaires and chapter quartets will perform classic holiday favorites at the holiday sing-along on Saturday, December 19. Hot chocolate and Apple cider will be served at intermission. There are shows at 2:00 p.m. and at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for adults are $15; the cost for seniors, students and those in the military is $12; kids of age 10 and under are free. Please call 540-338-7973 to reserve tickets. … Continue Reading

Franklin Park Fall Fest

September 30, 2015 Events Comments Off on Franklin Park Fall Fest
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Franklin Park and Franklin Park Arts Center are teaming up to present a Fall Fest of programs, classes and performances to celebrate the autumn season. In fact, you can take a hike on Sunday, October 4 at 9:00 a.m. along 1.5 miles of the trails to look for signs of autumn and art, as the Sticks and Stones outdoor sculpture exhibit extends through the end of the month. Later that evening, imagine the natural world through the eyes of local painter and sculptor, Carmen Barros Howell, who will be featured at the Meet the Artist Coffeehouse at 6:30 p.m. … Continue Reading

Call for Entries – Sticks and Stones

September 2, 2015 Arts, Lifestyle Comments Off on Call for Entries – Sticks and Stones
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Individuals, families, community groups, students, regional artists and craftspeople are invited to participate in Sticks and Stones, an outdoor art show sponsored by the Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center in conjunction with the Art in the Park event. All works must be made entirely of naturally occurring or biodegradable materials. The artwork may take any form: sculptural, figurative, structural, surface covering, weaving, a cairn, a mound, a suspended piece, a kinetic piece, etc.

Works will be displayed on the park grounds in designated spaces but must be considered temporary. A trail map of artwork locations will be provided for viewers during the exhibit period. … Continue Reading

Franklin Park: The Arts House Hidden upon the Hill

September 2, 2015 Arts, Lifestyle Comments Off on Franklin Park: The Arts House Hidden upon the Hill
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By Hannah Hager

It’s safe to say most Western Loudouners are well aware of Franklin Park. There’s a strong chance you’ve cooled off in the swimming pool and cheered on players on sports fields in summer, or took to its rolling hills as sledding slopes in winter. 

While much emphasis is placed on its grounds, however, not many residents or visitors who have stepped foot in the the 200-acre park have also walked through the doors to the Franklin Park Arts Center. 

“We are a hidden gem in Loudoun County,” said Elizabeth Bracey, manager at Franklin Arts Center. 

The arts are ready for their time to shine.  … Continue Reading

Art Exhibit Features “Gifts From The Sea”

August 7, 2015 Arts, Lifestyle Comments Off on Art Exhibit Features “Gifts From The Sea”
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Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center has announced the opening of “Gifts From The Sea,” an art show and sale featuring works in a variety of media. Local and regional artists submitted pieces matching the cool, watery theme … a remarkable mix of over 40 works in paint, color pencil, mixed media, photography, pottery, felted fiber, quilting and more … unusual and amazing things from very creative people.

The gallery reception on July 26 was well attended by artists and patrons alike. Lis Zadravec won the award for Best in Show for her colored pencil on paper work, “The Conversion.” The Friends Choice award went to Karen Colman for her colored pencil piece, “Caught! (Atlantic Blue Crab).” The “Most Sea-worthy” prize went to Philip Hodges for his mixed media creation, “Barnacle Phil” and Rick Conway for his ceramic tile, “Blue Octopus.”

“Gifts From The Sea” will be on display in the Gallery at Franklin Park Arts Center now through August 23. The annual Summer Show sponsored by the Friends of Franklin Park challenges the community with a new theme every year. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Franklin Park Arts Center is located at 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132. The Gallery is open Monday thru Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and during evening and weekend performances. For information call 540-338-7973, or go to www.franklinparkartscenter.org.

Seussical at Franklin Park Arts Center

August 7, 2015 Arts, Lifestyle Comments Off on Seussical at Franklin Park Arts Center
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Hannah Allison, left, and Jena McDonald, right, are two of the performers in Seussical, directed by Karlah Louis of Mail Street Theater Productions, Inc. in Purcellville. Hannah helped run crew for Karlah’s summer Camp Aristocrats, and Jena is Mrs. Mayor in Seussical.  The performance was July 29 – July 31 at Franklin Park Arts Center. Stay tuned for Main Street’s performance in October, The Wizard of Oz, also at the Franklin Park Arts Center

Once Upon a Mattress at Franklin Park

April 10, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Once Upon a Mattress at Franklin Park
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Spring arrives to Franklin Park Arts Center with Once Upon a Mattress, a musical comedy for all ages. By staging this retelling of The Princess and the Pea, Main Street Theater contrasts its fall production of Oliver! With its colorful set, funny plot twists, quirky characters and fantastic costuming, this production is the perfect exclamation point to end the season.

From the moment the show opens, theater goers find themselves in the middle of a fairy tale they won’t want to leave. Winifred’s ironically hilarious song “Shy” as sung by Abby McDonough will bring the house down in the first few minutes of the show. But not to be outdone is Prince Dauntless (Matt Curtis) spelling out his love for Winnifred, better known as F-R-E-D in the robust and hilarious drinking song. Perhaps what is most amusing is that Matt Curtis, who has just become a daddy in real life, plays a prince who has never really grown up. Dressed in a bib, footie pajamas and reigning in a regal high chair, what a difference from Fagin, the wily thief, in Oliver!

The second romance is between Lancelot-like Knight Harry (Justin Mohay) who has more than wooed Larkin. As Harry, Mohay is hilarious especially since this knight’s armor is anything but shining. As Lady Larkin, Alie Campbell displays her versatility in the female ingénue role. Mohay and Campbell’s duet of “In a Little While” and “Yesterday I Loved You” are beautifully melodic and show off their vocal skills.

The Jester (Zoe Lucas) brings a quirkly intelligence to the role as she interprets for the muted and spell-bound King (Will Stewart). Queen Aggravain (Beth Jacobsohn) as the overbearing mother mows down Dauntless as well as the entire audience, until Winnifred arrives. Jacobsohn shows anything but “Sensitivity” as she belts all the way to the ball fields of Franklin Park.

With a kingdom cast in Crayola colors, songs equally as bright and cheerful, fifteen princesses from all over the world accompanied by knights in shining armor, Director Karlah Louis offers up a family-friendly feast fit for a king. And if (borrowing the title of Fred’s song), you don’t find yourself “Happily Ever After,” it’s your own fault!

Show Dates: April 24-26 and May 1-3, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm. Sundays at 2pm.
Ticket Prices: Student/Senior 65 and older $20. Adults: $23.
Website: mainstreettheaterproductions.org with direct online ticket link at ShowTix4U.com (Search Main Street Theater – Mattress)

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Dream of a Good Death

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By Eric Werling

I’m drawn to a Thursday evening performance of a folk operetta and Civil War history lesson, “Dream of a Good Death” by Clark Hansbarger and the Bitter Liberals, which I read about in the Loudoun News. I leave work early, commute home from D.C. in time to kiss my wife goodnight and hop back in the truck for the 8:00 p.m. show at Franklin Park. I sit in the theater a few minutes before the show, alone in the small crowd, a little self-conscious because I don’t normally go to shows alone. But soon those thoughts are replaced with wonder. We live in a small Virginia town – with a name like Purcellville, it is guaranteed to remain a small town forever. But I have just discovered that Purcellville has a theater worthy of a small city! They completed this place seven years ago. Why haven’t I been here before? … Continue Reading

Franklin Park October 2014 Calendar

October 1, 2014 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Franklin Park October 2014 Calendar
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DinoRock Puppet Show, Wednesday, October 8, 10:00 a.m. Rock premiered at The Smithsonian Institution’s Discovery Theatre in 1984, and has been performed at The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The 92nd Street Y in Manhattan, The Luther Burbank Theatre in Santa Rosa, CA, and in theatres and museums in 39 states in between. Interactive and energetic show for children and grown-ups alike! Show theme to be announced soon. Tickets: $5 per person. Call to reserve: 540-338-7973. … Continue Reading

Legally Blonde Coming to Franklin Park August 21-23

August 18, 2014 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Legally Blonde Coming to Franklin Park August 21-23
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By Sarah Smith

What do Harvard law students, UCLA sorority girls, and a group of high school thespians from Loudoun County have in common? They all are in Piedmont Arts Foundation’s summer production of Legally Blonde the Musical. The show takes the stage on August 21 at 7:30, August 22 at 7:30, and August 23 at 2:30 and 7:30.

Every year the Piedmont Arts Foundation welcomes a different show to its summer stage, located at Franklin Park in Purcellville. This year, Belmont Ridge Middle School’s director Jason Augustowski is directing this bubbly, pink-filled musical. … Continue Reading

Local Author Produces New Documentary

May 5, 2014 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Local Author Produces New Documentary
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THE MARS CODEX
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THE MARS CODEX: Manuscript of an Ancient Text is an “explosive” new documentary produced and directed by founding members of The Cydonia Institute – George J. Haas of Waterford, Virginia and William R. Saunders of Calgary, Canada. The documentary premieres at the Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville, on Saturday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. The program explores over 20 years of research and analysis of NASA and ESA photographs of Mars by Haas and Saunders that highlight many of the pictographic formations that have discovered “hidden in plain sight” across the surface of the planet. The material is presented in a precise and engaging manner that will have the viewer re-thinking the origins of human history and perhaps acquiring a better understanding of our place in the cosmos. Admission is free and there will be a Q&A session with Mr. Haas after the screening.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

Human Fingerprints on Climate Change

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Presented to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors – June 23, 2016 Recently I was asked whether humanity’s fossil fuel use was the cause of the current global warming. This is a good question and I’m not surprised that there …

Ice house, Hot House and Mad House

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Recently, I was asked: “I know we are putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and scientists say that will warm the planet but there were also ice ages and warmer climates in the past before humans so what caused those …

Sugar Crash

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Sugar runs inside our body and fuels our very being. In biology they teach us that sugar is really glucose which is broken down in the body to produce ATP (adenine tri-phosphate). So why bring this up? Well, sugar is …

The Art of Memory

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel Still Alice. A movie that not only elicits tears, but naturally incurs reflection. This heartrending movie was the starting point of a personal wrestling with the implications of human memory. Remembering can bring us back to a …

Living in Debt

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Dr. Mike, My husband has issues with money that are hurting our relationship and family. He makes a lot of money, but he spends more than he makes and we are in debt. He can’t just have a luxury car, …

June in the Garden

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Conserve Water, Beat the Heat and Keep Things Blooming By Andrea Gaines It’s getting hot out there. And, there’s nothing more discouraging for a gardener that to come home after a weekend away – or miss a regular watering schedule …

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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 …

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It is with great anticipation that I look forward to Monday, June 27, 2016. On that day new Purcellville Town Council members will be sworn into office, at Town Hall. …

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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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Rummage Sale Trailers Open July 9

27 Jun 2016

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78th Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale Ready For Donations The Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital is officially accepting donations for the annual Rummage Sale. The first Donation Day of the summer will be on Saturday, July 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Inova Loudoun Hospital, 44045 Riverside Parkway, Leesburg, and at Inova Loudoun Medical Campus – Leesburg, …

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Troy and Paula Haag Perform at Old Stone School

9 Jun 2016

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Troy and Paula Haag, will appear on The Gap Stage at the Old Stone School on Saturday, June 18. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Dinner will be sold by Big Mike’s BBQ, drinks will be sold by the glass, and there will be desserts at intermission. Troy and Paula will be joined by Max Haag …

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Here’s To the Colorists, Manicurists and Blow Dry Mavens… Thanks for Listening!

1 Jun 2016

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Sunday, June 26 is Beauticians Day, celebrating the cosmetology and other experts who keep us looking and feeling our best – whether it’s with a haircut and style, a facial, a manicure, or just some quiet and light conversation.

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HUD Awards $2 Million in Housing Counseling Grants To Virginia

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Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Catholic Charities USA, headquartered in Alexandria, will receive $951,150 in federal funding, and the Virginia Housing Development Authority, located in Richmond, will receive $1,040,918. This nearly $2 million grant by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) …

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Four Hop, Skip and a Jump Local Destinations

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Last month we encouraged our readers to consider visiting any one of five great destinations within just a stone’s throw of Loudoun’s history-lined borders – Berryville and Harper’s Ferry among them. This month we feature four destinations – two right here in our much-celebrated county, and two just over the …

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Out and About Loudoun and Beyond

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Five Stone’s Throw Spring and Summer Destinations By Andrea Gaines Bordered by the Potomac River to the north and beautiful mountains to the west – and with easy access to Rt. 95, the Dulles Toll Road and Route 66 – Loudouners have no short list of fun spring places to …

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The Lady Vikings Earned Back-to Back Conference Title

1 Jun 2016

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The Lady Vikings earned the back-to back conference title with a 4-1 win over Heritage in late May. The team earned a first round playoff bye finishing first in the conference and then went on to defeat Rock Ridge 12-0 in the conference semi-finals. The Lady Vikings ended their regular …

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Big Baseball Coming To Fireman’s Field

1 Jun 2016

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Got Your Father’s Day Gift Lined Up Yet? The Purcellville Cannons’ Brett Fuller couldn’t be happier. He’s the owner of one of the most popular teams in the Valley Baseball League. The team, up until recently was called the Charles Town Cannons but now calls Purcellville its home.

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