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Careful What You Wish For….

April 7, 2010 by Meredith Bean McMath Columns Comments Off
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I didn’t tell anyone what I did last fall. I just quietly filled out the application and took it by a mailbox. My stomach was queasy. I shut my eyes and took a deep breath. Put it in the mail slot.

Ka-thunk. It’s done.

Didn’t mention it to my husband or anyone else. Why? Because I am not stupid. If you’re an author and a playwright, 9 times out 10… make that 999 times out of a thousand, you are going to send your sweet little puppy off and never see it again.

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Challenges To Marketing the Arts

February 6, 2010 by Meredith Bean McMath Behind the Scenes, Columns, Uncategorized Comments Off
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It is an undeniable trend: arts attendees are aging and growing smaller. According to the NEA, around 78 million people — 35 percent — attended a museum or performance in 2009, but that’s down from 40 percent in 2002. In response to this trend, new approaches to marketing will be required in order to promote a vibrant American arts culture and that audience diversity and breadth will be required in order to survive, but the entrenchment of current market practices may make change difficult.Click here to read more.

Shear Madness

January 24, 2010 by Meredith Bean McMath Behind the Scenes Comments Off

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Who doesn’t enjoy seeing the mechanisms of a watch — those miniature wheels creasing through one other in the intricate dance of a perfect tick-tock-tick? Taking in a professional production of Shear Madness — like the one that’s been playing at the Kennedy Center’s Theater Lab for over 20 years — is to see inside a magnificent timepiece, one whose intricate dance of wheels and gears march together in perfect synchronicity. The timing: impeccable, the comedy: over-the-top ridiculous, the jokes: as pertinent as today’s headlines, and the acting: superb! Click here for more.

Since We’re All Here: Short, Painless Family Traditions

November 22, 2009 by Meredith Bean McMath Columns Comments Off
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November 21, 2009

Holidays tend to come and go in a whirlwind. As they fly by at 80 mph, we hear phrases such as “Don’t forget the meaning of the—,” “Make special family time for—,” “Holiday traditions can—.” And most of us contemplate these phrases and give serious time to consider their full meaning and import… right around the time we’re wrapping up leftovers.

But holidays are a rare window of opportunity: holiday feasts are the one time we can usually count on most of the family in one place and in a festive mood. This is our chance! I have some great traditions you might want to add to the table. I promise they don’t take much time and the benefits could last for years.

BEFORE THE MEAL: Go around the table and asking everyone what they’re thankful for. In a rough economy, it’s never a bad thing to remind ourselves of how much we’ve been blessed, and psychologists tell us the exercise is very, very good for us (check out this article from Psychology Today).

Prepare yourself: someone at the table will answer seriously, another will toss off a joke. Who cares? There are no right answers here.

AFTER THE MEAL: Play a parlor game. What… you don’t think your great-grandparents knew how to have fun?

Try one of these on – one size fits all ages!

a. The Neighbor’s Cat – Go around the table and have each person describe the cat with an adverb from each letter of the alphabet, i.e., Aunt Edna starts with “The minister’s cat is an ANGRY cat,” and Jimmy, Jr. says, “the Minister’s cat is a BALD cat.” Now, if the crowd doesn’t like Neighbor’s Cat, try Neighbor’s Dog or Horse, and if someone states a word that does not begin with the correct letter or claims they’re stumped, they have to pay a forfeit.

FORFEIT: This is the fun part. A forfeit is any completely foolish task — like having to sing Happy Birthday to yourself with your nose pinched shut, or having to ask three people a question to which you can only answer “yes” or “no,” but you have to give the answer before they ask the question. Sky’s the limit here.

b. “If You Love Me, Honey, Smile” — Someone at the table is designated “It.” They have to ask anyone at the table “If you love me Honey, smile.” The person must reply, “I love you honey, but I just can’t smile” – but the rule is they can’t smile as they answer. “It” goes around until someone at the table cracks a smile. When they crack, they have to pay a forfeit.

c. 21 Questions — “It” thinks of a famous person or character. The players have 21 questions in which to find out who they are. “Are you alive?” “Are you female?” etc. If no one guesses, “It” gets to choose a forfeit and make the whole table pay it or the victim of their choice.

d. Endless Story – A “Master Time-keeper” is designated to hold a bell. Someone begins a story — any story with any characters — and they tell the tale for one minute, after which the Master Time-keeper rings the bell. The next person in the circle must immediately continue the story, even if it stopped in the middle of a sentence. Game continues until they come full circle. The person who began the tale will now have exactly one minute to come up with a successful ending which includes all the pieces of the story that have been described by all the various players. If he/she cannot wrap things up in one minute (or if the Master Time-keeper decides the summary was inadequate), they pay a forfeit to be determined by The Master Time-keeper.

So, how easy are these, right?

They’re all simple to incorporate and always worth the trouble. For more parlor games and forfeits, visit “Inquire Within” a webpage I created to produce Victorian Balls for living history programs. Every game in there has been tried and loved, believe me.

So give these (and others) a try. At the very most, you’ll wind up with some great new traditions. At the very least, you’ll have some great memories to laugh over as you wrap up those leftovers.

A Scientist, a Whale and a Tourist Walk into a Bar…

October 9, 2009 by Meredith Bean McMath Columns Comments Off
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If you could place Australia’s Great Barrier Reef along the east coast of America, the thing would stretch from Maine to Florida. At twelve hundred miles long, the Great Barrier Reef (or GBR) is indeed great, the largest coral marine system on the planet and the only living entity able to be seen from space.

But you just can’t settle for satellite photos, because the mind-boggling, life-altering effect of the Reef can only be had up close, when you find yourself staring at a fish ten inches away with a shape and color combination so surreal you doubt your eyes. The fish who finds you equally intriguing will stare back at you in the quiet of the ocean, and then, in a flash, he’ll be gone – the flicker of a tail disappearing neatly into a hole in the coral.

If you are like me, you will then float there for a few seconds — blinking into your goggles, listening to the Darth Vader-like sound of your breath through a snorkel tube — and try to wrap your head around what you just saw… and what you felt when you saw it. Next up, you will have the brilliant realization you have only been in the water two minutes and that there is an entire world waiting for you in the waters up ahead. And you’ll kick up your flippers and go.

Hours later you will find yourself with cohorts, trying to describe fuzzy neon lips on gargantuan clam shells, the hypnotic power of a cuttlefish, the colors of impossibly-colored fish, and words will fail. Why? Because what you’re really trying to impart is this sense of extraordinary wonder, the intimate sanctity of the experience, the pleasure and the pride of it, and it can’t be done because everyone has to experience this for themselves: eye to eye with a fish… a turtle… a whale.

A day after my experience on the Great Barrier Reef (or “the GBR,” as Australians call it), I had the great good fortune to meet John Rumney of Eye to Eye Marine Encounters. When I heard the company name “Eye to Eye,” I laughed in recognition: this man understands. Scientists have determined the cradle of the origin of species lies within the triangle of Indonesia, the Philippines and the northeast corner of Australia (where the GBR begins) which explains the enormous bio-diversity of the reef. But meeting that bio-diversity face to face has to be experienced to be understood and fully appreciated, and John Rumney has built a business on that fact.

According to the material, Eye to Eye “creates the ultimate learning experience, where adventure and education combine to produce one of the best ecotourism operations in the world.” Meeting the founder in person, one is struck by John’s intelligence, enthusiasm, creativity and — perhaps most necessary in his line of work — utter pragmatism. This is a man who has had to spend 30 years watching the slow death of 70% of the fringing reef that lies directly off the Australian coastline, where there is agricultural run off (if the GBR stood just off shore and not an hour away by boat, there would already be nothing left to see and meet face to face). Yet he seems optimistic, cheerful in the face of a down economy, content with his work, despite the uphill struggle. Who wouldn’t be when you could visit the Reef any time you like?

Headquartered in Port Douglas in the northeast corner of Australia, particpants in John and Linda Rumney’s Eye to Eye experiences can explore the Great Barrier Reef, or at certain times of the year, get to know Minke whales. Billed as Eco-Tourism at its best, John’s business motto is “Always Exceed Expectation.” Eye to Eye practices conservationist-informed sustainability methods, and visitors are educated and trained on how to approach the reef and interact with its sea life and coral (see Eye to Eye’s Travel Ethics: http://www.marineencounters.com.au/practices.htm). And while it is Eco-tourism, John says a better name would be “Marine Research Tourism.”

The Research Tourism concept grew from John’s hope that Eye to Eye could be the source of scientific studies to inform the Australian government and thereby effect change. Since the early 1980′s, John’s dream was to combine “adventure diving with research” and in 1995 his dream became a reality with the financial support of Rino and Diana Grollo. In late 1995, the Grollos purchased the vessel, Undersea Explorer, allowing John to begin his new style of tourism. John wanted scientists involved in the program as soon as possible, because he knew their field information was out of date (too many hours grant writing and not enough time locking eyes with sea life, as he put it), and marine scientists would have to be at the table if there was any hope of changing the government’s environmental policies.

When the research vessel was finally secured, and John gave free space to both expand access and reduce the cost of research, the scientists began to join the Reef excursions and would literally find a new species every time they went out. Trained and educated by participating Scientists and staff, a portion of each visitor’s daily experience involves working through a check list of what they saw that day – how many of this variety of shark, how many of that fish, the temperature, the state of the coral; and, with the tourists’ cameras set to capture time and date, travel pics suddenly became part of a body of important research. As a result, Eye to Eye has now amassed fourteen years of detailed, irreplaceable information about changes in area sea life. Research gold.

The Production Possibilities Curve of basic economic theory tells you a company that plows a portion of profits back into research and development will eventually outpace its competitors, and the PPV is in effect right now for businesses which choose to Go Green. In Australia in particular, “Go Green” is not a marketing tool – rather, not just a marketing tool – but a lifestyle, particularly in those regions which rely heavily on tourism, and a profitable lifestyle at that. According to Maria Taylor, Education Officer for Water and Waste in Cairns, Australia, a conscious choice by consumers to support organizations that have gone green has created a boon for forward-thinking businesses. With consumers desperate to save money and the effects of climate change upon us, people are growing hungrier for information on how to lower costs and do some good for the world at the same time. Those that make some sacrifices to Go Green now are going to win in the long run, just as John has.

A few years ago, John gathered some of his research, called on some some well-chosen friends in the conservation movement, and went to the government of Australia to make a sustained effort to show tourism (and, by extrapolation, conservation of the environment upon which tourism relies) had a much higher positive impact on the economy than the commercial fishing industry (fishing had a devastating impact on the Reef population and the boats damaged the coral reefs and the water quality). Once the government saw the numbers, they created policies to limit fishing, as well as agricultural run off (the main killer of the reefs standing directly off shore). Australia now spends 180 million a year to protect the Great Barrier Reef — not because it’s the right thing to, but because of a bottom line return on investment. So, with Eye to Eye, John has proven two things: going Green is not only wise but profitable, and it is possible to form a business model that can change the world.

By now you might be thinking about flying to Australia yourself, and if you’re thinking Green, you’re going to ask how it’s possible to feel good about international travel given the carbon footprint. You have a good point, and your point is being argued around the world. Some argue getting on an international flight is better than a domestic flight, because the fuel use is that much less per person on a long trip. Airlines such as Quantas and Virgin Blue take your question seriously and offer carbon offset programs: www.quantas.com/au/info/flying/flycarbonneutral/index and www.virginblue.com.au/carbonoffset. As for Eye to Eye, they are world leaders in the “Swim with Whales” program and approved by conservationists (www.minkewhaleproject.com). Why? For one, Eye to Eye trains visitors in underwater etiquette. If a whale is seen, guides instruct the tourists to swim back to the boat and grab a rope alongside. Whales have curiosity as strong as humans, but they’re not stupid. If a diver aggressively swims toward them, they’ll retreat, so training tourists to stay on the rope no matter what causes the whales to learn that the odd looking fish on a string are safe to approach. And so the whales usually do – sometimes to within a foot.

The other day I was telling a friend, Ed Cutshall of Hillsboro’s Hunt Country Jewelers, about Eye to Eye and my wonderful snorkeling experience on the Great Barrier Reef. He laughed and recalled the story of a woman he knew who used to be a cruise ship cook. Sometimes as she was preparing meals, she had the odd sensation she was being watched. One day the feeling became overwhelming, and she turned about to find a huge black whale eye staring in through the portal window.

Eye to eye indeed.

MEREDITH BEAN McMATH welcomes comment and can be reached at Meredith@storyroot.com or via www.storyroot.com. Opinions expressed in STORYROOT are the sole responsibility of the author. Meredith Bean McMath is a published author, freelance writer, award-winning historian and prize-winning playwright. FormerArtistic Director of Aurora Studio Theatre, Inc. and former Program Director of Round Hill Arts Center, Meredith is the Marketing Director of Cranial Tap, Inc. (www.Cranialtap.com) and an MS candidate in Arts Administration at Shenandoah University. She and her family live in Birkett’s Tavern, Hillsboro, Virginia.

Fairs to Remember

October 1, 2009 by Meredith Bean McMath Columns Comments Off
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When I was a little girl growing up in suburban Arlington, I read about country fairs in books. They always sounded richly mysterious — wonderful playgrounds where amazing things could happen at any moment. At a fair, a girl might turn a corner to find a pony ride, an enormous pig, a pie-eating contest, crafts, crumpets, or a carousel ride. I was convinced anything could happen at a Fair, and I couldn’t wait to get to one!

Now, as a grown woman, I treasure a thousand memories from the many fairs I’ve attended in Loudoun and beyond. And I can honestly say my childhood expectations have never been disappointed.

A few snapshots from my Fair memories:

The Angel Rabbit

It was an ice-cream-melting sort of a day at the Loudoun County Fair. Getting away from the heat, I headed indoors to the 4-H Exhibition. I especially wanted to see the rabbits, as I have an inordinate love of Lop-eared bunnies. Rabbits are highly sensitive to heat, so the planners had taken caution to set up huge fans in the rabbit room. I walked in to the room to see the Lop Rabbits, but I stayed for the rabbit with angel wings. Apparently there is a type of rabbit called an Angora. As you might guess, they grow long, angora-like hair. But this, as I said, was an ice-cream-melting hot day, so the blessed owner of this one Angora rabbit had done the decent thing and shaved the rabbit all over… except for her ears. As the fans in the room blew mightily upon her, this beautiful white Angora rabbit sat proudly in her spacious cage, as the hair on her ears flowed out from behind her like angel wings. That was the most charming rabbit I have ever seen, and the image still makes me laugh and smile.

Fairs are a place of wonder.

The English Fair

While in England on a college study program many moons ago, I stumbled upon a country fair replete with sheep herding, jarred jam contests, and a log roll. The log roll looked so easy. A horizontal, six-foot long smooth log on a pole set between two braces, so it could freely roll. I thought folks were going to climb on it and try to stand erect ala Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, but, no, the object was to climb aboard and sit astride the log, then scoot yourself along until you reached the other side. Only no one ever, ever, ever reached the other side — which is why there was a nice deep mattress lying underneath the log.

Fairs are a place to act foolish.

The Romantic Fair

Ah, the Fredericksburg, Virginia Fair of 1979. Don’t ask me about the animals, the pie contest, the rides or the crafts. I can only remember the guy I was with: Chuck McMath. Oh, and I remember the photograph for which we sat: me in an oversize rattan chair and him beside me, looking ever so much like a couple on our honeymoon. And I have this look on my face? It’s the happy, goofy look of someone who realizes they’re falling in love.

Fairs are a place for romance.

The Cow of Many Colors

My husband, Chuck, has a cousin, Debbie Hardesty of Hardesty Farm in Berryville, and the Hardestys are always at the Clark County Fair. They are well known for a particular cow they bring with them every year: this Holstein is blessed with fewer black spots than his brothers which enables the Hardestys to spray this beloved bovine with non-toxic spray paint. Over the years, he has been presented as Ninja Cow, Chocolate Cow, Strawberry Cow, Rainbow Cow, and a host of others. Maybe it’s just me, but the Cow of Many Colors always seems irritated. But I imagine having hundreds of children yelling and screaming with delight at the sight of you every day for an entire fair week could become a tad annoying. I heard from a friend the cow was there again last year. He would be very, very old, so I hope by now that he is deaf.

Fairs may not be great for irritable cattle, but they are always a great place for children.

Holiday Fairs

Every year Hillsboro puts on an Independence Day celebration up at the Old Stone School (FYI: no matter where you are, the Old Stone School is always located “up”). I’m on the board of the Hillsboro Community Association, and I can tell you that the people who’ve been managing this business the last couple years – Amy and Mark Ware – are saints. Hundreds of hours of volunteer work is involved in this old-fashion celebration, and the results are fabulous: a neighbor built the children’s games, there’s home-made baked goods and door prizes, fabulous folk and celtic music provided by The Community, the Ruritans offer melt-in-your-mouth barbecued chicken, kind neighbors and local business donate free ice cream (that’s right – free!), and at dusk the fireworks begin. An increase in regulation has meant a decrease in fire power over the years, but the Hillsboro Community Association is committed to keeping the Celebration down home and wonderful. I have a hundred wonderful memories from twenty years of Hillsboro Fourth of July celebrations, but my favorite is a photograph as well: the moment our one-year old son took his very first steps.

Fairs are a place for Family.

Target Practice

My son was around six-years old when we attended a Loudoun County Fair at the old 4-H Fairgrounds. We stepped up to a target shooting game, and he gave it a go. His aim was none too good, and he was getting disappointed when a thought occurred to me: “Hey, Palmer? Try with your left hand.” The kid hit the Bull’s eye four shots out of five times. So that was the day we found out our son was left-handed, just like his father.

Fairs are a place for discoveries.

The Scottish Fair

Our cousins, the Blairs, participate in the Scottish Games at Richmond, Virginia every year. They bring the Blair tent, in fact, so our family tends to enjoy that fair a little more than others as it enables us front row seats for the music of the pipes and drums. I have fond memories of my husband and son in the axe-throwing contest, but my favorite thing to watch is the Caber Toss, wherein grown men stagger around with an upright telephone pole in their cupped hands, find the right moment, and toss the thing end over end. These are the truly brave – those who can laugh at hernia belts and litigation.

Fairs are a place to show off.

Historical Fair

Did you know The Waterford Fair is Virginia’s oldest juried crafts fair? This year’s Waterford Fair, to be held October 2-4, marks the 66th year! I have a lot of lovely memories from Waterford Fairs, and a lot of treasures purchased from excellent craftspeople over the years. But I especially enjoy the Colonial and Civil War living history camps. Actually, my favorite memory from the Waterford Fair isn’t truly mine: about ten years ago, I lent historical costuming to a friend who was to portray a Waterford Quaker during the Civil War: frock coat, brogan boots, Quaker hat – the works. My friend was so accurate in this portrayal, the Waterford Foundation received a complaint about a Quaker on the street proselytizing his religion (guess the bit about the evils of slavery and the Confederate Cause went a little over the visitor’s head).

But Fairs are a place for history.

Looking back at my Fair memories, it’s no wonder I love them. Street fairs, County Fairs, crafts, music and art fairs – there’s always something for everyone at a fair. A little mystery, a little wonder, and a few life-changing moments, as well. Who doesn’t love a good Fair?

Go to VisitLoudoun.org to find out about upcoming fairs (like this weekend’s Oktoberfest in Lovettsville!), and if you have a favorite Fair memory, I’d love to hear it.

MEREDITH BEAN McMATH welcomes comment and can be reached at Meredith@storyroot.com or via www.storyroot.com. Opinions expressed in STORYROOT are the sole responsibility of the author. Meredith Bean McMath is a published author, freelance writer, award-winning historian and prize-winning playwright. FormerArtistic Director of Aurora Studio Theatre, Inc. and former Program Director of Round Hill Arts Center, Meredith is the Marketing Director of Cranial Tap, Inc. (www.Cranialtap.com) and an MS candidate in Arts Administration at Shenandoah University. She and her family live in Birkett’s Tavern, Hillsboro, Virginia.

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Arts in the Village Gallery
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In March, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Cutting Edge, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing Susan Breen’s digital art, one of the newer artistic mediums striving for acceptance into the fine arts community, along with the Arts and Crafts-style furniture by George Thomas, whose work by nature is -- on the "Cutting Edge.”

Is it a photograph?  Is it a painting?  Actually, it’s the best of both.  Artist Susan Breen creates striking digital paintings by supplementing her original photographs with meticulously placed brush strokes using non-traditional artistic tools -- a computer, tablet, stylus and software.  Ranging in style from painterly to impressionistic, Susan captures a variety of inspired local and international subjects.

Inspired by the goal of creating something functional as well as beautiful keeps fine wood-worker George Thomas at the top of his game.  Using a variety of domestic and exotic woods, George designs and builds tables, cabinets, bookshelves, and beds usually in the Arts and Crafts or Mission style.  He is particularly fond of cherry and mahogany, with ebony accents to create contrast and interest.

Meet Susan, George and other gallery artists, enjoy wine and light fare at the Gallery Reception on Saturday, March 21st from 5-8 pm.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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March 31, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

Cutting Edge: an exhibit of digital art by Susan Breen and fine wood-working by George Thomas

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March 31, 2015

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd.
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA

In March, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Cutting Edge, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing Susan Breen’s digital art, one of the newer artistic mediums striving for acceptance into the fine arts community, along with the Arts and Crafts-style furniture by George Thomas, whose work by nature is -- on the "Cutting Edge.”

Is it a photograph?  Is it a painting?  Actually, it’s the best of both.  Artist Susan Breen creates striking digital paintings by supplementing her original photographs with meticulously placed brush strokes using non-traditional artistic tools -- a computer, tablet, stylus and software.  Ranging in style from painterly to impressionistic, Susan captures a variety of inspired local and international subjects.

Inspired by the goal of creating something functional as well as beautiful keeps fine wood-worker George Thomas at the top of his game.  Using a variety of domestic and exotic woods, George designs and builds tables, cabinets, bookshelves, and beds usually in the Arts and Crafts or Mission style.  He is particularly fond of cherry and mahogany, with ebony accents to create contrast and interest.

Meet Susan, George and other gallery artists, enjoy wine and light fare at the Gallery Reception on Saturday, March 21st from 5-8 pm.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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April 2, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

Convicted: The Modern Day Trial of Jesus Christ

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April 2, 2015

A moving drama in a unique, contemporary setting.
Thursday, April 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary at Harmony Church

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North Gate Vineyard Wine Dinner at Salamander Resort & Spa

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April 3, 2015

Salamander Resort & Spa
500 N. Pendleton Street
Middleburg, 20117

Reservations required. Contact Salamander Resort at:540-326-4070

North Gate Wine Dinner at Salamander Resort & Spa

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April 3, 2015

Salamander Resort & Spa
500 N. Pendleton Street
Middleburg, 20117
540-326-4070

Reservations required. Contact Salamander Resort at:540-326-4070

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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April 4, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

Annual Easter Extravaganza

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April 4, 2015

Between the Hills Community Center
11762 Harpers Ferry Rd
Purcellville,

Join us and Floppy the bunny April 4 from 10 am-2 pm for family fun with egg hunts, games, crafts, and live music. All activities free. Lunch available for purchase. Questions? eumcprogram@gmail.com or 703-346-4439 .

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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April 4, 2015

Notaviva Vineyards
13274 Sagle Rd
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6756

Notaviva Vineyards presents their monthly Bluegrass Jam a FREE event held the first Saturday of every month!

An event for all ages featuring Ashby Run. Open to players of every skill level

3pm-6pm Saturday 7/5

Wine available by the glass and by the bottle, lite snacks available. Must be 21 to drink alcohol.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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April 6, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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April 8, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Monarch Butterflies: The Great Migration Underway. North Gate Vineyard

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April 9, 2015

North Gate Vineyard
16031 Hillsboro Road
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6248

Monarch butterflies make an epic migration each year—a journey that passes right through Loudoun County. With the Monarch population reaching unprecedented lows, this migration is in peril. Monarchs leave the mountains of Mexico in March and head north in a relay of life, sending future generations onward to repopulate the United States and Canada. While they journey north, join us to hear tales from the Monarch sanctuaries, updates on the status of the Monarch population, and predictions on when they’ll reach Virginia. Learn how to plant a Monarch waystation and help Keep the Magic Alive! Handouts will be available as will staff from North Gate if you would like to purchase a glass of wine to enjoy during the talk. Registration required: Sign Up Online (http://www.loudounwildlife.org/SignUp.htm). Questions: Contact info@loudounwildlife.org.

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 10, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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April 10, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 11, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 12, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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April 12, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 13, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 14, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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April 14, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 15, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 16, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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April 16, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 17, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

The Ballet Theater of Ashburn

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April 17, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The Ballet Theater of Ashburn will be sponsoring a benefit dance concert for the Teri and Shari Malone Foundation.

Tickets: Call 703-723-8089 to reserve and for pricing.

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Sterling Garden Clinic: Loudoun Co. Master Gardeners

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April 18, 2015

Lowe's Home Improvement Center
45430 Dulles Crossing Plaza 20166
Sterling, 20166
703-771-5150

Every Saturday throughout the summer, visit our Garden Clinics to ask questions about plants, identify weeds and pests.  Learn more about Loudoun County Master Gardener’s services in the county and more information on becoming a master gardener.  Free.

Leesburg Garden Clinic: Loudoun Co. Master Gardeners

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April 18, 2015

Leesburg Farmers Market
Virginia Village Shopping Center, Catoctin Cir SE
Leesburg, 20176
703-771-5150

Every Saturday throughout the summer, visit our Garden Clinics to ask questions about plants, identify weeds and pests.  Learn more about Loudoun County Master Gardener’s services in the county and more information about becoming a master gardener.  Free.

Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 18, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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April 18, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

Miniature Masterworks - Small Works of Art

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April 18, 2015

Live An Artful Life Gallery
6474 Main Street
The Plains, 20198
USA
540-253-9797

 Live An Artful Life® Gallery will host a celebration of small works of art with their Miniature Masterworks show.  An opening reception is planned for the evening of April 18th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.    The show will feature a group of talented artists creating 2 dimensional artwork and residing in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. working in all media.  Free and open to the public.

Fast Friends Greyhound Rescue - Meet & Greet at North Gate Vineyard

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April 18, 2015

North Gate Vineyard
16031 Hillsboro Road
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6248

Visit North Gate Vineyard and meet the Fast Friends Greyhound Rescue. This is a local organization committed to the rescue and adoption of former racing greyhounds. Some of their special guests will be in attendance!

Earth Day Extravaganza

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April 18, 2015

Loudoun Valley Community Center (LVCC)
320 W School St
Purcellville, VA 20132
USA

Girl Scout Troop 5028 is hosting an Earth Day Extravaganza. The date is April 18th, with a backup date of April 25th. The time is 12 to 3 p.m., at Loudon Valley Community Center outdoor pavilion in Purcellville.

Lobster Maine-ia! Fresh Lobster Menu at North Gate Vineyard!

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April 18, 2015

North Gate Vineyard
16031 Hillsboro Road
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6248

Welcome to Lobster Maine-ia - the area's freshest source of Maine Lobster this side of the Potomac!

They will be set up outside by our patio, serving the freshest lobster dishes just for you from noon until 5.30pm.

'From the boat to your table'

www.lobstermaine-ia.com

Loudoun Lyric Opera Presents 'The Impresario' North Gate VIneyard

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April 18, 2015

North Gate Vineyard
16031 Hillsboro Road
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6248

For ticket information please go to www.loudounlyricopera.com

Troy & Paula Haag

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April 18, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

An evening of original acoustic music by singer/songwriters Troy and Paula Haag. They will be joined by local singer/songwriter Clark Hansbarger.

Tickets: $15 All Seats. Call to Reserve 540-338-7973

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 19, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Miniature Masterworks - Small Works of Art

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April 19, 2015

Live An Artful Life Gallery
6474 Main Street
The Plains, 20198
USA
540-253-9797

 Live An Artful Life® Gallery will host a celebration of small works of art with their Miniature Masterworks show.  An opening reception is planned for the evening of April 18th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.    The show will feature a group of talented artists creating 2 dimensional artwork and residing in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. working in all media.  Free and open to the public.

”Of the Earth” Gallery Open House

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April 19, 2015

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd.
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA

Arts in the Village Gallery will open it’s doors to welcome Spring and celebrate Earth Day in a special Gallery Open House event -- “Of the Earth.” Many of the Gallery artists draw inspiration from the beauty of the earth and the natural world.  Nature, and a concern for our planet, is part of their creations, from the use of recycled materials and found objects, to the use of natural materials such as wood and clay, to paintings and photography celebrating nature. 

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 20, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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April 20, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 21, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 22, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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April 22, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

Miniature Masterworks - Small Works of Art

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April 22, 2015

Live An Artful Life Gallery
6474 Main Street
The Plains, 20198
USA
540-253-9797

 Live An Artful Life® Gallery will host a celebration of small works of art with their Miniature Masterworks show.  An opening reception is planned for the evening of April 18th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.    The show will feature a group of talented artists creating 2 dimensional artwork and residing in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. working in all media.  Free and open to the public.

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 23, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Miniature Masterworks - Small Works of Art

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April 23, 2015

Live An Artful Life Gallery
6474 Main Street
The Plains, 20198
USA
540-253-9797

 Live An Artful Life® Gallery will host a celebration of small works of art with their Miniature Masterworks show.  An opening reception is planned for the evening of April 18th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.    The show will feature a group of talented artists creating 2 dimensional artwork and residing in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. working in all media.  Free and open to the public.

How Content Marketing Works: Demystifying Integrated Web Marketing Strategy

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April 23, 2015

Do you have a proven method for bringing potential customers to your business? To turn visitors to your website into paying clients? Does all the talk about content marketing, social media, and social selling leave you confused and stressed? In this seminar, learn:

•    How to create an effective means for bringing people in your target audience to your website
•    What to do with them when they get there so you can inform and/or persuade, as well as engage them in participatory content creation, and…
•    Bring them closer to the “buy now” end of your sales funnel

Presenter:  Digital Business Strategist Ray Sidney-Smith is President of W3 Consulting, a digital strategy training company. He is also the author of "SoLoMo Success: Social Media, Local and Mobile Small Business Marketing Explained."

REGISTER at LoudounSBDC.eventbrite.com.

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 24, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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April 24, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

Miniature Masterworks - Small Works of Art

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April 24, 2015

Live An Artful Life Gallery
6474 Main Street
The Plains, 20198
USA
540-253-9797

 Live An Artful Life® Gallery will host a celebration of small works of art with their Miniature Masterworks show.  An opening reception is planned for the evening of April 18th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.    The show will feature a group of talented artists creating 2 dimensional artwork and residing in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. working in all media.  Free and open to the public.

The Drowsy Chaperone

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April 24, 2015

Carver Center
200 Willie Palmer Way
Purcellville, VA 20132

The Pickwick Players present The Drowsy Chaperone. The Drowsy Chaperone is a musical parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. The story concerns a middle-aged, asocial musical theatre fan. As he plays the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life onstage as he wryly comments on the music, story and actors. The Drowsy Chaperone opened on Broadway on 1 May 2006; it was nominated for multiple Broadway (2006) and London (2008) theatre awards, winning five Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards. For more information visit www.thepickwickplayers.com or e-mail pickwickdrowsy@gmail.com.

Main Street Theater Presents: Once Upon a Mattress

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April 24, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

Come and experience this rollicking spin on the familiar classic. Chances are you’ll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again after this production!

Dates: April 24, 25, May 1 and 2 @ 8:00 PM and April 26 and May 3 @ 2:00 PM

Tickets: $23 Adult, $20 Senior/Student Email KarlahLouis@aol.com or call 540-751-9588

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Run Me Home 10k/5k and Kids Fun Run

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April 25, 2015

The Run Me Home Race will feature three distances to choose from:  10k, 5k and Fun Run for the little ones. The race is on Saturday, April 25, 2015 and will begin at 7:30am.  Proceeds benefit Loudoun County Foster Care & Adoption and Mobile Hope The course features a fast and scenic course in Historic Leesburg, VA running along the W&OD trail.  Start and Finish line will be on Catoctin Circle at Catoctin Elementary School - 311 Catoctin Circle SE, Leesburg VA 20175.

For additional information and online registration please visit: www.RunMeHome.com

Sterling Garden Clinic: Loudoun Co. Master Gardeners

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April 25, 2015

Lowe's Home Improvement Center
45430 Dulles Crossing Plaza 20166
Sterling, 20166
703-771-5150

Every Saturday throughout the summer, visit our Garden Clinics to ask questions about plants, identify weeds and pests.  Learn more about Loudoun County Master Gardener’s services in the county and more information on becoming a master gardener.  Free.

Leesburg Garden Clinic: Loudoun Co. Master Gardeners

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April 25, 2015

Leesburg Farmers Market
Virginia Village Shopping Center, Catoctin Cir SE
Leesburg, 20176
703-771-5150

Every Saturday throughout the summer, visit our Garden Clinics to ask questions about plants, identify weeds and pests.  Learn more about Loudoun County Master Gardener’s services in the county and more information about becoming a master gardener.  Free.

Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 25, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Pig Roast & Turkey Dinner

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April 25, 2015

Unison United Methodist Church
21148 Unison Road
Middleburg, VA 20117

Eat In or Take Out

The Drowsy Chaperone

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April 25, 2015

Carver Center
200 Willie Palmer Way
Purcellville, VA 20132

The Pickwick Players present The Drowsy Chaperone. The Drowsy Chaperone is a musical parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. The story concerns a middle-aged, asocial musical theatre fan. As he plays the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life onstage as he wryly comments on the music, story and actors. The Drowsy Chaperone opened on Broadway on 1 May 2006; it was nominated for multiple Broadway (2006) and London (2008) theatre awards, winning five Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards. For more information visit www.thepickwickplayers.com or e-mail pickwickdrowsy@gmail.com.

Main Street Theater Presents: Once Upon a Mattress

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April 25, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

Come and experience this rollicking spin on the familiar classic. Chances are you’ll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again after this production!

Dates: April 24, 25, May 1 and 2 @ 8:00 PM and April 26 and May 3 @ 2:00 PM

Tickets: $23 Adult, $20 Senior/Student Email KarlahLouis@aol.com or call 540-751-9588

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 26, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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April 26, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

Main Street Theater Presents: Once Upon a Mattress

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April 26, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

Come and experience this rollicking spin on the familiar classic. Chances are you’ll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again after this production!

Dates: April 24, 25, April 1 and 2 @ 8:00 PM and April 26 and May 3 @ 2:00 PM

Tickets: $23 Adult, $20 Senior/Student Email KarlahLouis@aol.com or call 540-751-9588

Raise the Roof with Furnace Mountain Band

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April 26, 2015

St. James United Church of Christ
10 East Broad Way
Lovettsville, 20180
571 271 8611

Local favorite Bluegrass/Americana ensemble Furnace Mountain kicks off the campaign to replace the roof of the historic St. James United Church of Christ in the center of Lovettsville.

Concert: 15.00
Concert and home cooked meal (vegetarian and non-vegetarian options): 25.00
Tickets at www.stjamesucc-love.org

Named for the Taylorstown mountain near where all the members grew up, Furnace Mountain consists of some of the most innovative and gifted young musicians in Virginia. With Aimee Curl on bass and vocals, Danny Knicely on mandolin and fiddle, Dave Van Deventer on fiddle, and Morgan Morrison on guitar, bouzouki, and vocals, the band creates music that is at times lively and raucous, with spirited fiddle melodies weaving in and around the powerful rhythms of the bass and bouzouki, and other times poignant and poetic, with sublime vocal harmonies beautifully interpreting some of the oldest songs ever written.

Purchase tickets at www.stjamesucc-love.org
Contact Tena Brass at 571.271.8611

Praise Concert

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April 26, 2015

Join us for a Praise Concert on April 26, 2015 6:00PM at Hillsboro United Methodist Church, 37216 Charles Town Pike in Hillsboro – lots of local talent and refreshments! FREE! For info,
contact: 540-668-6347

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 27, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 28, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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April 28, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 29, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Miniature Masterworks - Small Works of Art

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April 29, 2015

Live An Artful Life Gallery
6474 Main Street
The Plains, 20198
USA

Live An Artful Life® Gallery in The Plains, VA will host a celebration of small works of art with their Miniature Masterworks show from April 18th  through May 3rd.  The public is invited to the opening reception on the evening of April 18th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.    The show will feature a group of talented artists residing in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. who have submitted small paintings for exhibit and sale.

The gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11 – 6 PM and Sunday 11 – 4 PM.

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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April 30, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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April 30, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

Miniature Masterworks - Small Works of Art

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April 30, 2015

Live An Artful Life Gallery
6474 Main Street
The Plains, 20198
USA

Live An Artful Life® Gallery in The Plains, VA will host a celebration of small works of art with their Miniature Masterworks show from April 18th  through May 3rd.  The public is invited to the opening reception on the evening of April 18th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.    The show will feature a group of talented artists residing in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. who have submitted small paintings for exhibit and sale.

The gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11 – 6 PM and Sunday 11 – 4 PM.

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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May 1, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Miniature Masterworks - Small Works of Art

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May 1, 2015

Live An Artful Life Gallery
6474 Main Street
The Plains, 20198
USA

Live An Artful Life® Gallery in The Plains, VA will host a celebration of small works of art with their Miniature Masterworks show from April 18th  through May 3rd.  The public is invited to the opening reception on the evening of April 18th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.    The show will feature a group of talented artists residing in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. who have submitted small paintings for exhibit and sale.

The gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11 – 6 PM and Sunday 11 – 4 PM.

The Drowsy Chaperone

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May 1, 2015

Carver Center
200 Willie Palmer Way
Purcellville, VA 20132

The Pickwick Players present The Drowsy Chaperone. The Drowsy Chaperone is a musical parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. The story concerns a middle-aged, asocial musical theatre fan. As he plays the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life onstage as he wryly comments on the music, story and actors. The Drowsy Chaperone opened on Broadway on 1 May 2006; it was nominated for multiple Broadway (2006) and London (2008) theatre awards, winning five Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards. For more information visit www.thepickwickplayers.com or e-mail pickwickdrowsy@gmail.com.

Main Street Theater Presents: Once Upon a Mattress

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May 1, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

Come and experience this rollicking spin on the familiar classic. Chances are you’ll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again after this production!

Dates: April 24, 25, April 1 and 2 @ 8:00 PM and April 26 and May 3 @ 2:00 PM

Tickets: $23 Adult, $20 Senior/Student Email KarlahLouis@aol.com or call 540-751-9588

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Sterling Garden Clinic: Loudoun Co. Master Gardeners

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May 2, 2015

Lowe's Home Improvement Center
45430 Dulles Crossing Plaza 20166
Sterling, 20166
703-771-5150

Every Saturday throughout the summer, visit our Garden Clinics to ask questions about plants, identify weeds and pests.  Learn more about Loudoun County Master Gardener’s services in the county and more information on becoming a master gardener.  Free.

Leesburg Garden Clinic: Loudoun Co. Master Gardeners

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May 2, 2015

Leesburg Farmers Market
Virginia Village Shopping Center, Catoctin Cir SE
Leesburg, 20176
703-771-5150

Every Saturday throughout the summer, visit our Garden Clinics to ask questions about plants, identify weeds and pests.  Learn more about Loudoun County Master Gardener’s services in the county and more information about becoming a master gardener.  Free.

Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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May 2, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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May 2, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

Transitioning from Spring to Summer Vegetable Garden

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May 2, 2015

Demonstration Garden at Ida Lee Park
Ida Lee Drive Northwest
Leesburg, 20176
703-771-5150

Learn to skillfully manage the changes between seasons from experienced Master Gardeners. Know when and how to get your summer veggies off to a good start as you optimally harvest your produce. Bring a folding chair to this outdoor event.  Free.

Miniature Masterworks - Small Works of Art

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May 2, 2015

Live An Artful Life Gallery
6474 Main Street
The Plains, 20198
USA

Live An Artful Life® Gallery in The Plains, VA will host a celebration of small works of art with their Miniature Masterworks show from April 18th  through May 3rd.  The public is invited to the opening reception on the evening of April 18th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.    The show will feature a group of talented artists residing in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. who have submitted small paintings for exhibit and sale.

The gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11 – 6 PM and Sunday 11 – 4 PM.

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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May 2, 2015

Notaviva Vineyards
13274 Sagle Rd
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6756

Notaviva Vineyards presents their monthly Bluegrass Jam a FREE event held the first Saturday of every month!

An event for all ages featuring Ashby Run. Open to players of every skill level

3pm-6pm Saturday 7/5

Wine available by the glass and by the bottle, lite snacks available. Must be 21 to drink alcohol.

The Drowsy Chaperone

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May 2, 2015

Carver Center
200 Willie Palmer Way
Purcellville, VA 20132

The Pickwick Players present The Drowsy Chaperone. The Drowsy Chaperone is a musical parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. The story concerns a middle-aged, asocial musical theatre fan. As he plays the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life onstage as he wryly comments on the music, story and actors. The Drowsy Chaperone opened on Broadway on 1 May 2006; it was nominated for multiple Broadway (2006) and London (2008) theatre awards, winning five Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards. For more information visit www.thepickwickplayers.com or e-mail pickwickdrowsy@gmail.com.

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Second Annual Fabric Fantasies II

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May 3, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, 20132

The second Annual Quilt show at Franklin Park will feature quilted works of any size and any technique.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, April 12 from 2:00-4:00

 

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View From the Ridge

Correct Course and Review the Comprehensive Plan

6 Jan 2015

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Like a ship lost at sea, many residents of Purcellville see the development patterns in and around town as having drifted dangerously off course. The Autumn Hill/Mayfair development – which resulted in the annexation of previously open land, is one example of this drift. The Vineyard Square development project, which, …

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Editorial

Who Is In Charge Here?

4 Mar 2015

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Five Questions The Public Should Ask Purcellville About Town Zoning And Development In different periods of American history state, local and the Federal governments have considered it easier to proceed with the business of governing without the involvement of the governed. All levels of government have in place rules about how government officials, commissions, legislatures, agencies and the like are …

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Liberty in the 21st Century

6 Jan 2015

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By Malcolm F. Baldwin Our elected leaders frequently express thanks for the “blessings of liberty,” reminding us of the importance of adhering to our founding fathers’ “original intent” as expressed in the Constitution. But what, exactly, is “liberty,” and what guidance would the founders offer us in facing today’s complex issues? Within only a few years of independence from Britain …

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Lifestyle

Health and Safety Day

20 Apr 2015

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The Purcellville Police will begin celebrating National Police Week and overall public safety by hosting the annual Health and Safety Day along with our fire and rescue teams. Our joint celebration will be held Saturday, May 16, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Fire and Rescue Building, 500 N. Maple Avenue. Throughout the day there will be free …

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Celebrate Earth Day at Purcellville Library

16 Apr 2015

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The Purcellville Library will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with programs and events for all ages. At 10:00 a.m., meet at the library to walk the Chapman-DeMary Trail with a certified naturalist and discover signs of spring during a guided hike. At 11:00 a.m., children can create an animal friend using a …

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Once Upon a Mattress at Franklin Park

10 Apr 2015

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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. …

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Wild Loudoun

Agreeable Tiger Moth – Luminous, White-Caped Wonder

2 Apr 2015

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On a cool April night you see a small winged insect – bright white and perhaps 1 inch in length – perched on a thin horizontal stem like a teeny tiny owl. With the black night all around, the creature has a soft and cozy look to it – content and warm in textured body and wings, a feathery cap …

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Around Virginia

LaRock Appointed to Northern Virginia Transportation Commission

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House of Delegates Speaker Bill Howell this week appointed Delegate Dave LaRock as a member of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC). LaRock will be one of 20 members guiding the NVTC, taking the seat vacated by Congresswoman Barbara Comstock.

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Is Sound The Future Of Fire Fighting?

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– By Hannah Hager What if you could extinguish fire with sound instead of carbon dioxide? That’s what two undergraduates at George Mason University have set out to do. Engineering seniors Seth Robertson and Viet Tran have submitted a patent application that could potentially revolutionize the red fire extinguisher we’re …

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Prince William Mother, Daughter Killed In Germanwings Crash

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– By Hannah Hager When a tragedy happens close to home it can be hard to find any semblance of comfort. Such may be the feeling of the family members and friends of the two Americans killed aboard the Germanwings flight that crash landed into the French Alps this week. …

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Sports

WLVBC U14 Crush Takes 2nd place

8 Apr 2015

Western Loudoun Volleyball Club U14 Team Crush garnered second place at the recently held MVSA Invitational which was played Sunday, March 29 at the Discovery Center in Germantown, MD. The team was second on its net, moved to the gold division, and ended up losing in the final match against …

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Middleburg Academy Basketball Champions

1 Apr 2015

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The Middleburg Academy boys varsity basketball team (ranked #1) won the VISAA D-III state championship against Christ Chapel (ranked #3) with a score of 66-62. Christ Chapel enjoyed leading much of the game with a determined defense and a fast-paced attack that found Middleburg Academy playing as much as 10 …

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Run In Remembrance

1 Apr 2015

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– By Mary Rose Lunde When people think about Virginia Tech, most people would associate the college as the engineering school. Many people, although they are hesitant to admit it, automatically associate the college as the school that has a bad reputation with safety. It’s likely that if you say …

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Sarah's Closet

Hats – The Perfect Topping

2 Apr 2015

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– By Sarah Nearis Most women think hats take a little nerve to wear. But, worn right a hat has a way of freeing you, making you feel more put together. Three things to keep in mind. Number one, keep your hat neutral, like your choice of shoes. Pick up …

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Letters

No Tax Increases

1 Apr 2015

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock I’ve heard it said that elections should be held on April 16 so that people would cast their vote while …

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Let’s Let All Enjoy The Purcellville Watershed – Responsibly

1 Apr 2015

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Dear Editor: Just wanted to drop a note and weigh in on the amazing opportunity to maximize the value of a community resource. As you …

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Cozy Relationship

4 Mar 2015

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During the February Purcellville Town Council meeting, members had a discussion about the Volunteer Award program. The debate was about separating the town from a …

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