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November 2, 2016 Columns, Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth Comments Off on Oatlands Plantation
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It was one of those warm evenings in mid to late July – when the air feels almost as thick as honey, but you don’t even mind, because you’re in a beautiful place, enjoying a unique cultural event in about the coolest setting in the world. My first visit to Oatlands – in the summer of 1997 – I checked out a performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream by one of the local theatre troupes; they used the front of the Greek Revival mansion for the opening sequence- appropriately set at the Athenian Capitol, and some of the later forest scenes utilized the surrounding greenery. If there were a better way to charm a famous local landmark into one’s heart, I’m unaware of it; Oatlands Plantation became – and has since remained, for me – synonymous with grace, character – and maybe even a little magic and fantasy thrown in for good measure. … Continue Reading

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


 

 

 

 

 

 

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2016 in the Books

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(Presented to the Board of Supervisors February, 2017) “The last three years have demonstrated abundantly clearly that there is no change in the long-term trends since 1998. A prediction from 1997 merely continuing the linear trends would significantly under-predict the …

A Rainy Romance

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all” – a simple phrase uttered in an acclaimed musical that helped birth a star. The movie’s Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds) catches his attention so completely that Don Lockwood (Gene …

Concerned Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, Our 15-year-old son is out of control and we don’t know what to do anymore. He smokes pot and drinks, disobeys us left and right, is truant from school often, comes home whenever he …

It’s Time To Review Your Estate Planning Basics

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Beginners and billionaires alike should refresh their knowledge of these basic estate planning terms and concepts. The word “estate” tends to conjure up images of billionaires and aristocrats, but estate planning is not just for the wealthy. It’s widely believed …

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: George Marshall Center

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I used to wonder why – after an assignment to visit the interior of this place, I’d return feeling exhausted – both mentally and physically worn out – as if I’d been carrying an extra couple hundred pounds or so …

Meeting the “Other America”

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By Nicholas Reid Ever since the presidential election last November, there has been a lot of talk about the “two Americas”: coastal and continental America. The many differences between these two sections of the United States are numerous and oftentimes …

The Trump Effect

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“Corals are marine magicians. As colonies of the tiny ocean organisms grow, they transform the calcium that circulates in seawater into enormous limestone reefs. These reefs—which can extend for more than 1,000 miles and provide homes for crabs, eels, sea …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

February 3, 2017 February 4, 2017

CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

February 5, 2017
February 6, 2017 February 7, 2017 February 8, 2017 February 9, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

February 10, 2017 February 11, 2017

Valentine's Pizza & Champagne

Sweetheart’s Soirée- A Night of Dinner & Dancing

February 12, 2017

Candlelight Concert Fundraiser

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Writers’ Night Out

February 13, 2017 February 14, 2017 February 15, 2017

Bob Brown Puppets: Dragon Feathers

February 16, 2017 February 17, 2017

ARTSPOWER: RAINBOW FISH

February 18, 2017

Wine & Chili Weekend

BALLET THEATRE OF ASHBURN AND EDGE PERFORMANCE COMPANY: MALONE BENEFIT CONCERT

Comedy Night feat. Tyrone Davis

February 19, 2017
February 20, 2017 February 21, 2017 February 22, 2017 February 23, 2017 February 24, 2017

February Fourth Friday

February 25, 2017

Samedi Gras Celebration

February 26, 2017
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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

March 5, 2017
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Hillsboro Plans Mardi Gras Celebration on February 25

20 Feb 2017

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Mardi Gras celebration will be held in Hillsboro on Saturday, February 25 as a benefit for the Old Stone Schoolhouse. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Hurricanes and New Orleans drinks, as well as Old 690 beer and local wines will be served in the Garden District Bar. The Cajun Cafe will feature New Orleans cuisine, including King Cakes. …

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Four Young Historians Discuss Civil War Turning Points

2 Feb 2017

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The Mosby Heritage Area Association will hold a talk featuring a panel of four young historians who will discuss turning points in the Civil War. The talk will be held at Unison Methodist Church, 21148 Unison Road, Middleburg, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 12. Tickets will be sold at the door or online at www.mosbyheritagearea.org/events for $15 …

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Love In All of Its Forms … Ain’t It Grand

2 Feb 2017

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Americans exchange hundreds of millions of cards on Valentine’s Day, February 14. The National Retail Federation estimates that we will spend some $20 billion to mark the day and demonstrate to friends and family how much we love them – on what marketers call “Love’s Holiday.” Love. It’s a big deal.

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …

Op-ed

Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

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Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

Around Virginia

Walbridge To Run for State Delegate in the 33rd District

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Tia Walbridge announces her run for the District 33 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Walbridge is a wife and mother of two daughters and an active member of the Round Hill community. “Like many people in our district, my family has found its prosperity in a Virginia-based small …

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Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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Rep. Comstock’s Key Top Priority Legislation Initiatives

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Signed into Law in Her First Term Rep. Barbara Comstock, who serves the 10th congressional district in Virginia, recently reviewed the achievements of her first term in office, identifying 17 legislative initiatives that she supported that were adopted. She said: “My staff and I have met with stakeholders, local elected …

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Sports

Woodgrove Gymnasts Advance To States

15 Feb 2017

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Two Woodgrove High School gymnasts have qualified to advance to the Virginia State Championships Saturday, February 18, at Patriot High School in Nokesville. Sophomore River Stone placed fourth in the all-around competition at the 1A-5A North Regional Gymnastics Championships at Park View High School on Wednesday, February 8, which earns …

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Woodgrove Gymnastics Team Places First

1 Feb 2017

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The Woodgrove High School Gymnastics team for placed first at their home meet. The team competed against squads from Loudoun Valley, Park View and Riverside high schools. Seniors Kaycee Delitta and Sarah Snare were honored at the event for their contributions to the team. The Wolverines excelled in individual competition …

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