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Big Monarch Release at Oatlands

August 12, 2013 Events, Lifestyle 1 comment
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Join us in Bringing Back the Monarch, Keeping the Magic Alive! as we get together at Oatlands for a Monarch Butterfly release of epic proportions!

A number of us have been raising Monarch Butterflies over the past few weeks and while at times we’ve been able to release as many as 10 at once, we have an incredible opportunity this coming week where 100-200 Monarchs…raised by people across Loudoun from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis will emerge together and be ready to be released on the same day!

How did this come to be?

Some of the caterpillars were found in our Monarch Waystation Gardens and other properties but the majority were given to us as eggs by Mona Miller, who bred Monarchs in a tent in her garden. … Continue Reading

Our Saviour Anglican Church at Oatlands Announces Spring Rummage Sale

May 4, 2013 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Our Saviour Anglican Church at Oatlands Announces Spring Rummage Sale

On Saturday May 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. historic Church of Our Saviour will have a spring rummage sale on church grounds. Church of Our Saviour is located at 39918 Oatlands Mill Road 5 miles south of Leesburg right off of Route 15.

A broad array of items will be available such as antiques, furniture, art, books, household goods, tools, games, clothes etc. Plants and baked goods will also be sold. … Continue Reading

Oatlands Hosts Gingerbread House Contest

December 4, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Oatlands Hosts Gingerbread House Contest

The Oatlands Gingerbread House Contest will be held on Saturday, December 15. There are judging categories for adult and children’s entries. Judging will take place at the Carriage House before the 1:00 p.m. tea. An awards ceremony will be held at 2:00 p.m. Contest entries will be displayed in the carriage house until December. 17.

Entry is free, but contestants must pre-register by 5:00 p.m. on December 10. Visit www.oatlands.org or call 703-777-3174 for rules and additional information.

Oatlands and Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership Kick Off Living Legacy Project to Commemorate American History

October 25, 2012 Business, News Comments Off on Oatlands and Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership Kick Off Living Legacy Project to Commemorate American History
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Oatlands Historic House and Gardens and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership have announced a joint initiative that will begin the JTHG Partnership’s Living Legacy Project. Oatlands will serve as the pilot site for this extensive commemorative tree planting program. Oatlands Board Chair Michael J. O’Connor also announced today that Leesburg, Va. landscaping firm Greenscapes by Design has been retained to source and plant the trees. As previously announced, Rhodeside & Harwell, a landscape architecture firm based in Alexandria, Va., has been commissioned to undertake the landscape design for the Living Legacy Project, including the pilot project at Oatlands. … Continue Reading

Oatlands Participates in the Loudoun County Fall Color Tour

October 11, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Oatlands Participates in the Loudoun County Fall Color Tour

One of Loudoun’s original farms appears on the Fall Color Tour for the first time this year! Explore the historic grounds of Oatlands on October 20 and 21, during the Loudoun County Fall Color Tour. Each day, visitors to Oatlands can walk the grounds, visit the historic Carriage House and learn about vintage carriages and farm equipment on display. Ayrshire Farm, a certified organic and humane farm located in Upperville, Va., will also exhibit their heritage breed farm animals under the centuries-old trees at Oatlands. A picnic area is available. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase in the gift shop. Additional paid activities, such as tours of the house and garden, are available for guests.

This event is free and open to the public.

Oatlands is a 360-acre self-supporting National Trust Historic Site. The site features a stunning landscape with magnificent gardens, 1804 mansion and 19th century brick dependencies, including the Oatlands greenhouse, the second oldest greenhouse in the nation.

For more information about Oatlands, call 703-777-3174 or visit www.oatlands.org.

Save the Dog!

August 12, 2012 Farm and garden 2 comments
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Oatlands Embarks on Campaign to Save Treasured Dog Sculpture, Nominated as one of Top 10 Endangered Artifacts by Virginia Association of Museums
The dog sits regally overlooking the gardens at Oatlands, a National Trust Historic Site in Leesburg, Virginia. The employees at Oatlands fondly refer to him as “Rusty,” which partly describes the state he’s in and his current plight. While the exact historic details of this exemplary canine statue are unknown, the dog was brought to Oatlands sometime in the 1920s or 30s by William Corcoran Eustis and his wife, Edith Morton Eustis. The couple who owned Corcoran House in Washington, D.C. purchased Oatlands in 1903. They sold Corcoran House in 1919 and, sometime after that, brought the dog with them to Oatlands. The dog originally sat upon a wall at the Corcoran House mansion which was located near Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. (Now the site of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building.) … Continue Reading

Vintage Base Ball Day at Oatlands

July 29, 2012 Sports Comments Off on Vintage Base Ball Day at Oatlands

Courtesy of Jim Hanna Photography

Join Oatlands for a Vintage Base Ball game on Sunday, July 29. This family-friendly event will feature Mid Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League rivals, the Chesapeake Nine of Baltimore, Maryland and the Old Dominion Club of Virginia, who will play by the rules of the 1860s. The players’ bats and balls are authentic replicas of that time period. The game will be played without the use of gloves, helmets and catching gear, just as base ball was played (and spelled!) in the mid-19th century.

Gates open at 12:00 p.m. and the game begins at 1:00 p.m. This event will feature vendors and concessions. Lawn chairs or blankets are recommended for outdoor seating. No pets or alcohol please.

Admission is $20 for each car, van or motorcycle; $50 for each bus.

The Greenhouse at Oatlands Celebrates 201 Years

May 31, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on The Greenhouse at Oatlands Celebrates 201 Years
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Oatlands Executive Director Andrea McGimsey announced today that Oatlands will be celebrating the 201st birthday of the greenhouse on Wednesday, June 20 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The birthday party, complete with cake and balloons is free and open to the public. Oatlands staff will be on hand to provide information about the agricultural operations of 18th and 19th centuries. This event will feature vendors and concessions. Representatives from Willowcroft Farm Vineyards will also be providing tastings and selling wine by the glass. … Continue Reading

Stagecoach Theatre Presents “The Three Quests of Princess Camilla”

April 25, 2012 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Stagecoach Theatre Presents “The Three Quests of Princess Camilla”
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StageCoach Theatre Company, a new theatre company serving Loudoun County and surrounding areas, is proud to present its fourth production “The Three Quests of Princess Camilla”. This original show for children was written and directed by James Campanella (of Hamilton) and produced by Jerri Wiseman (of Herndon). The show includes original music written by Joe Campanella (of Leesburg) with arrangement by Abby Gray (of Ashburn). … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

Columns

Asterisk No More

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

Second Bull Run

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

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. “snOMG,” “snowmageddon,” “snowpocalypse,” and “kaisersnoze” are a few terms to describe what just happened in Northern Virginia. The storm was reported to be the second worst storm on record. And while many children and teens gladly …

What Is a Sport?

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

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn

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

El Nino Evolution

Figure 3. Sea-surface height as inferred by by NASA satellites during the current El Niño (December 27, 2015, at left, from Jason-2) and at a comparable point during the last “super” El Niño (December 28, 1997, at right, from TOPEX/Poseidon). Warmer temperatures in the upper ocean result in higher sea-surface heights, as the seawater expands. In 1997, the above-average sea surface height was generally more intense and peaked in November. In 2015, the area of high sea levels was less pronounced but considerably broader. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. (see [4])

Figure 1 shows the annual global temperature anomaly since 1980 up to November 2015 using the NASA GISS data set [1]. NASA has not yet published December’s data though BEST has [2] and yes 2015 was the hottest year on …

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 …

Op-ed

Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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

Dear Editor

Job Well Done!

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

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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

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

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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

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Mad Cap Puppets: UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT: Year Of The Monkey

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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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

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Lifestyle

Creation and Evolution in Native American Spirituality

9 Feb 2016

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

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

3 Feb 2016

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There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on …

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016

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

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Around Virginia

Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House

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

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse

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

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships

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

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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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

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