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Purcellville First Friday Inaugural Pie Contest – April 5

April 3, 2013 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville First Friday Inaugural Pie Contest – April 5
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Do you have the skills it takes to be the best pie chef? Looking for those five minutes of fame? First Friday coordinator, Mary Beth Barbagallo is celebrating spring with a piebaking contest. “We were looking at creating a more interactive event, where the public is involved. Instead of just being a bystander, you can become a participant,” said Barbagallo. Entrants are asked to bring their pie to Butterfly Gourmet located at 148 N. 21st Street between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 5. Entries will be judged in three categories; Crust, flavor and presentation. Ribbons will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place, and the Grand Prize winner. Entry fee is $5 per pie and all the funds collected go to Loudoun Interfaith Relief. The pie-baking contest is open to amateur bakers.

Purcellville First Friday Coming Back with Men in Kilts – March 1

February 6, 2013 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville First Friday Coming Back with Men in Kilts – March 1
Men in kilts: Matt Barbagallo, Above Ground Winery; Rocky Westfall, Atoka Properties; Scott Harris, Catoctin Creek Distillery; and Shawn Malone, Magnolias at the Mill Restaurant. Photo: Sarah Huntington

Purcellville First Friday will kick off its second season with March’s theme – “Men in Kilts” – thanks to an idea from Realtor Janet Mulhern of Atoka Properties.

In late January, local business leaders donned Scottish kilts for a photo shoot with award-winning photographer Sarah Huntington (photo at right). The photo is on display at Above Ground Winery and other local businesses. Readers and locals are invited to guess whose legs belong to which business leader, and submit their guesses to win a $100 gift card to Magnolias at the Mill restaurant. The photo and “Guess Whose Legs” forms are available at buisnesses around town and can be dropped in a box at Above Ground Winery (Thursday – Sunday noon ‘til 5:00 p.m.). A drawing of entries will start at 9:00 p.m. March 1 at the winery (105 Main Street, Purcellville). … Continue Reading

Purcellville December First Friday To Bring Special Holiday Offers

December 5, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville December First Friday To Bring Special Holiday Offers
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Twinkling lights, trolley rides through town, and hardworking merchants promise to make December 7 another busy First Friday in Purcellville. “Merchants want to showcase their business by staying open late one night a month. Busy families need somewhere local and free to enjoy family time,” said Above Ground Winery owner, Mary Beth Barbagallo. “We’re hoping that these last few months have made residents aware of the gems this town has to offer. The real shine is in the hard-working Old Town merchants.”

Participating businesses will feature hors d’ouerves, wine, art or music, and some will offer more than one treat. The fun begins at 6:00 p.m and continues until 9:00 p.m. Merchant discounts and offers will be posted on the First Friday Facebook page.

First Friday – Shop Local

November 7, 2012 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on First Friday – Shop Local
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Since September the retail and service merchants have donated time and funding to making this sleepy town come alive. Horse-drawn carriage rides, face-painting, free munchies and beverages, live music, and wine tastings from wineries as far as Delaplane, Virginia, have all been a part of keeping it local. These businesses strive to keep the charm of the Town to what attracted residents to settle in Purcellville. This truly is a hometown feel where residents and visitors co-mingle one night of the month for a family-friendly free event.

Advertisement has been through press releases, tourism websites and social media outlets. With little success have I been able to have the Town of Purcellville acknowledge or endorse the event. Several attempts have been made to have the mayor include it in his bimonthly newsletters, and also in the Citizens Update that is mailed to town residents, again with no success. Similar private business events such as the Townwide Tag Sale and the Halloween Block Party have been advertised using your tax dollar. So what singles out First Friday? Ask the mayor next time you see him why he doesn’t include First Friday in any of his communications. … Continue Reading

First Friday Purcellville to Continue with Halloween Theme

October 3, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on First Friday Purcellville to Continue with Halloween Theme
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The overwhelming excitement and success of Purcellville’s inaugural First Friday event has driven the momentum for the second merchant event planned for Friday,
October 5.

Merchants experienced patron excitement and increased sales from the weather-perfect evening in September.

Each month, through December, merchants will continue to endorse and offer specials for visitors in the downtown area – from specially priced products and free items for the kids, to live music and wine tastings from all over Virginia.

Coordinator of the event, winery owner Mary Beth Barbagallo said, “I decided to offer more choices in wine tasting, so bringing in Cobbler Mountain Cellars of Delaplane, Virginia, is just the beginning. With the cost of fuel going up, many folks are cutting back on their weekend travel. So we bring the wine to them. As we enter the fall season, we can find so many reasons to get outside, this is definitely a family-friendly event.” … Continue Reading









2016 Energy Summit – George Washington University


On Friday evening, October 28, George Washington University, Virginia Campus in Ashburn will host the 10th annual Don Sandros Energy Summit in cooperation with local businesses and non-profits. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a reception with wine donated by …

Attributing Disaster


“Humans are likely to create a catastrophe, and possibly an associated disaster, that vastly exceeds our own ability to recover from it. In the face of all our efforts, it will persist.” – Richard Guthrie [1] “Here we show that …

Concerned Parent


By Michael Oberschenider Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We recently signed our four-year-old daughter up for gymnastics. It wasn’t cheap, but her friends from the neighborhood do it, and she has been begging us to go. It turned out to be a …

Invisible Illnesses

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By Mary Rose Lunde It is general knowledge that when people think about illnesses, they don’t think about illnesses that aren’t physically apparent. Sure, people know about conditions such as multiple sclerosis and other diseases with visible symptoms, but many …

Robinson Park

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Looking back, now – I’m glad it wasn’t what most people would’ve considered a nice day; I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my share of hot and sunny to last me for at least a generation (especially since …

Are Your Estate and Financial Plans Shock-Proof?


Don’t wait until “what if?” becomes “what is.” Where will you live as you age? Think about your housing options now, so you have choices and won’t have to make a hasty decision should an unexpected health event force you …

In Defense of ‘Adulting’


By Samuel Moore-Sobel Most friends transitioning from college to the workforce long for the days of college, wishing to be back in class and participating in campus life. To be honest, I may be in the minority, but I have …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016


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


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


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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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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October 1, 2016

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Virginia Outdoors Foundation 50 years of Conservation Celebration

October 9, 2016
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Barefoot Puppets: Dreamtime, Tales From Down Under

October 13, 2016 October 14, 2016 October 15, 2016

Loudoun Centre Theatre: The Scamps Of Scapin!

October 16, 2016

Harvest Celebration & Fall Farm Tour


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Anthony Semiao Live at North Gate Vineyard


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Come Paint with us at Breaux Vineyards

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October Fourth Friday

October 29, 2016

2 Pound Sterling Live at North Gate VIneyard

October 30, 2016

Music With A Cause - Music of Colonial America

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OysterFest at North Gate Vineyard

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Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary Club Sends Supplies and Funds to Haiti

24 Oct 2016


The Rotary Club of Leesburg-Daybreak shipped water purification supplies and emergency funds to Haiti following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. Partnering with an anonymous local corporation, the club shipped 3,000 water purification tablet packages via FedEx to Haiti. These packages, which were sent to an area battling a cholera outbreak, will clean 3,000 liters of unsafe water. Instructions translated …

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Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes

13 Oct 2016


On November 6, the Loudoun County Road Runners Club will again conduct the annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race in order to raise funds for veteran causes. Since it’s origin in 2011, the trail race has generated more than $90,000 with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to veteran’s charities, specifically Boulder Crest Retreat and Pets for Vets.

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FBRM Clean-Up Day at Blue Ridge Regional Park

6 Oct 2016


Join Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains for an Autumn clean-up to remove invasive vegetation from Blue Ridge Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Some tools and equipment will be provided, but please bring your clippers, pruning shears, or saws if you can. Directions: From Leesburg, drive west on Route 7 past the turnoff …

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Grief and Greed


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 …


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


– 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


– 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

New Proposed Uses for Western Loudoun

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If you live in the middle or western part of Loudoun where you enjoy a parcel of open space near your property (which probably was put into an open space …

Bennett Knows How To Make Economy Work for All


In the election for the 10th District House seat, only one candidate has a more than three decades of success growing a local business. As the owner of a successful …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm


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 …

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History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall


The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana


Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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Hunter’s First Professional Race

7 Sep 2016


Drew Hunter and Loudoun Valley classmates at his first professional race, Sir Walter Miler in Raleigh, NC in early August , l to r:  Marcos Pierce, Matt Slook, Drew Hunter, Max McNerney. Hunter finished with a time of 3:57.15. Hunter turned professional and signed with Adidas.

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Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016


American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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