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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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

Ice house, Hot House and Mad House

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Recently, I was asked: “I know we are putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and scientists say that will warm the planet but there were also ice ages and warmer climates in the past before humans so what caused those …

Sugar Crash

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Sugar runs inside our body and fuels our very being. In biology they teach us that sugar is really glucose which is broken down in the body to produce ATP (adenine tri-phosphate). So why bring this up? Well, sugar is …

The Art of Memory

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel Still Alice. A movie that not only elicits tears, but naturally incurs reflection. This heartrending movie was the starting point of a personal wrestling with the implications of human memory. Remembering can bring us back to a …

Living in Debt

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Dr. Mike, My husband has issues with money that are hurting our relationship and family. He makes a lot of money, but he spends more than he makes and we are in debt. He can’t just have a luxury car, …

June in the Garden

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Conserve Water, Beat the Heat and Keep Things Blooming By Andrea Gaines It’s getting hot out there. And, there’s nothing more discouraging for a gardener that to come home after a weekend away – or miss a regular watering schedule …

Potoma Wayside

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My advice is: Don’t look straight down; the combination of rushing highway traffic a couple of feet away and, what’s – to me, anyway – a dizzying height, can produce some unsettling sensations. I came to this conclusion after walking …

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

Thank You Purcellville Voters

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I would like to thank you, the Purcellville voters, for your tremendous support of my campaign for Town Council.  I appreciate that so many of you put signs in your …

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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Calendar

June 2016
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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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

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

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

Free Gardening Lecture

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

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

Yard Sale

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

PAUL REISLER TRIO WITH LEA MORRIS AND MARSHALL KEYS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19th Annual Cajun Festival & Crawfish Boil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Goats at BRNP

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

Bring Dad to North Gate Vineyard

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

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

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

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

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

June Fourth Friday at Breaux Vineyards

Love, He Called It

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

Love, He Called It

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

Sip & Paint at Breaux Vineyards

Love, He Called It

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

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

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

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

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Troy and Paula Haag Perform at Old Stone School

9 Jun 2016

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Troy and Paula Haag, will appear on The Gap Stage at the Old Stone School on Saturday, June 18. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Dinner will be sold by Big Mike’s BBQ, drinks will be sold by the glass, and there will be desserts at intermission. Troy and Paula will be joined by Max Haag …

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Here’s To the Colorists, Manicurists and Blow Dry Mavens… Thanks for Listening!

1 Jun 2016

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Sunday, June 26 is Beauticians Day, celebrating the cosmetology and other experts who keep us looking and feeling our best – whether it’s with a haircut and style, a facial, a manicure, or just some quiet and light conversation.

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Wait. Something That’s Really Healthy Can Be Really Fun … Too?

1 Jun 2016

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Parents of small children, and property owners with pools, ponds and other water features know that swimming safety is a must. You need to have clear rules about how ponds, pools and other places are to be used, and when. Safety equipment needs to be up to date and accessible, and it is critical that there be a responsible adult …

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Around Virginia

HUD Awards $2 Million in Housing Counseling Grants To Virginia

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Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Catholic Charities USA, headquartered in Alexandria, will receive $951,150 in federal funding, and the Virginia Housing Development Authority, located in Richmond, will receive $1,040,918. This nearly $2 million grant by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) …

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Four Hop, Skip and a Jump Local Destinations

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Last month we encouraged our readers to consider visiting any one of five great destinations within just a stone’s throw of Loudoun’s history-lined borders – Berryville and Harper’s Ferry among them. This month we feature four destinations – two right here in our much-celebrated county, and two just over the …

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Out and About Loudoun and Beyond

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Five Stone’s Throw Spring and Summer Destinations By Andrea Gaines Bordered by the Potomac River to the north and beautiful mountains to the west – and with easy access to Rt. 95, the Dulles Toll Road and Route 66 – Loudouners have no short list of fun spring places to …

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Sports

The Lady Vikings Earned Back-to Back Conference Title

1 Jun 2016

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The Lady Vikings earned the back-to back conference title with a 4-1 win over Heritage in late May. The team earned a first round playoff bye finishing first in the conference and then went on to defeat Rock Ridge 12-0 in the conference semi-finals. The Lady Vikings ended their regular …

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Big Baseball Coming To Fireman’s Field

1 Jun 2016

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Got Your Father’s Day Gift Lined Up Yet? The Purcellville Cannons’ Brett Fuller couldn’t be happier. He’s the owner of one of the most popular teams in the Valley Baseball League. The team, up until recently was called the Charles Town Cannons but now calls Purcellville its home.

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