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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.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Habitable Planet

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“At the moments when we are able to separate ourselves from our daily concerns and ponder deeply, most of us have encountered fundamental questions of our existence as human beings. Where do we come from? What happened before humans appeared …

Choose Joy, Don’t Go Negative

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Sometimes life is pleasant and it is easy to smile, other times it is not. The real question is how do you react and live your life when you are going through trials? What do you do when you feel …

Character Outlives Us All

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“Brains are like muscles, you can rent them by the hour, but at the end of the day all you have left is your character.” This statement was uttered by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a phrase his father used …

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You know, I can still taste those sausages: The first early-spring bratwurst cooked over an open flame in a beautiful setting among good friends; nothing so surprising, really, in recalling a good meal in classic context. The thing is, though …

Planning for Life Disclosure and Other Family Issues in Estate Planning

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What do we tell the kids? Questions of how much and what type of information to give the children often arise during consultation. The answers depend on the circumstances of each family – the ages and maturity of the children …

A Look Into What Is Learned in High School English

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By Mary Rose Lunde English is the arguably the most important subject for a student in high school to learn. The most successful people in the world have one thing in common — being able to communicate effectively. This is …

Editorial

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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Isn’t Loudoun Better Than This?

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More than forty years I have watched a rising tide of development flowing from the east across Loudoun. Once it was thought the western mountains would be spared the flood. …

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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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Calendar

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Hamilton Town Hall

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CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Lobster Day with Chef Seb at North Gate Vineyard

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Spring Wine Glass Painting with Penny

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

TGIF @ North Gate Vineyard!

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

The Sprouted Spoon Food Truck at North Gate Vineyard

Nathaniel Davis Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Celebrate Mother's Day at North Gate Vineyard!

Mother's Day Brunch at Breaux

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Dog Day at Breaux Vineyards

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Senior Caregiver Training

Hillsboro Ruritan Club Dinner Meeting

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Strawberry Afternoon Tea

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Strawberry Afternoon Tea

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Land Trust of Virginia Annual Garden Party

BRASS EXTRAVAGANZA

Waterford Concert

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

A Taste of Paris and View of Normandy at Breaux Vineyards

Annie Stokes Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Paella by Carlos at North Gate Vineyard

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Free Gardening Lecture

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Yard Sale

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

PAUL REISLER TRIO WITH LEA MORRIS AND MARSHALL KEYS

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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Local Author’s Book Now Affordable for All Students, Teachers and Parents

30 May 2016

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Dr. Johanna LaFiandra’s book, “The Desk in the Sky” is now available as an e-book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other e-book suppliers for $2.99. After selling the printed version for $19.95, Dr. LaFiandra has reduced the price to make it widely available to the general public in the e-book format. The book can be read with the Kindle, …

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Movies in the Park Return to Ida Lee This Summer

25 May 2016

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“101 Dalmatians” kicks off the season on Thursday, May 26. Get the popcorn ready! The Town of Leesburg will once again be hosting Movies in the Park this summer. This free series will feature an evening movie on the third Thursday of each month throughout the summer, hosted at Ida Lee Park.

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New Concert Series Comes to Purcellville

20 May 2016

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On Sunday, June 5 at 4:00 p.m., internationally recognized pianist Brian Ganz will present an all-Chopin recital at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 711 W. Main Street in Purcellville. The recital will feature several of Frédéric Chopin’s studies for solo piano, including the renowned “Revolutionary” Etude, among other works by the Romantic master. Ganz, who recently moved to Purcellville from Annapolis, …

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Around Virginia

Out and About Loudoun and Beyond

The Plains’ charming restaurants, shops and sidewalks.

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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Update: Remains Located in Shenandoah National Park; Search Efforts Suspended

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Update: Body preliminarily identified as Nicole K. Mittendorff, 31, of Woodbridge. The physical and digital evidence collected during the course of this investigation includes a note recovered from the car leads investigators to believe there was no foul play involved in her death. ——————– Search efforts in the Shenandoah National …

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Virginia Trooper Shot and Killed at Richmond Bus Terminal

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A Virginia State Police trooper has died as a result of his injuries after being shot on March 31 at the Greyhound Bus station in the 2900 block of North Boulevard in Richmond. At approximately 2:40 p.m., Virginia State Police Trooper Chad P. Dermyer approached a male subject just inside …

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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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