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Music with a Cause June Concert: Bud’s Collective

The Music with a Cause Concert celebrates the culmination of its first year with a concert to be held at Otium Cellars at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 4. Bud’s Collective is a powerful trio of pickers from the hills of West Virginia. The evening will also feature an auction of a piece from David Norton Pottery. Norton is an avid fan of the Bluegrass music of Bud’s Collective and a renowned artist featured at The Torpedo Factory Arts Center. The June concert will raise money for scholarships for families needing tuition support at the Neighborhood Learning Center. Tickets are $15 per person with those under 18 free. Otium Cellars is at 18050 Tranquility Road in Purcellville.

Loudoun Library Card Design Contest Has Begun

Loudoun artists are invited to submit designs for Loudoun County Public Library’s Second Annual Library Card Design Contest, which began May 22.

A panel of judges from the Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee will choose three finalists based on creativity, originality, and message. Artwork or photography submitted should reflect the spirit of Loudoun and the work of Loudoun County Public Library. The three designs will be posted on library.loudoun.gov and in library branches July 11-16, when patrons will vote to determine the winner.  … Continue Reading

Loudoun Art Advisory Committee – Call for Artists

All Loudoun County artists are invited to submit original photographs for the 2017 Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee show “Loudoun’s Evolving Landscape: At-Risk Art Project.” The photographs, which may be in color or black and white, will be exhibited in Gallery One on the first floor of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison Street, S.E. in Leesburg, from September 6 through November 8.  … Continue Reading

Oldest Horse Show Celebrates 164 Years

The Upperville Colt & Horse Show June 5-11
 
The 164th Upperville Colt & Horse Show takes place on June 5-11, in Upperville.  The oldest horse show in the country was founded in 1853 to encourage better breeding of horses.  Since that time, thousands of equestrians, horse breeders and spectators have gathered in Upperville each year to admire some of the nation’s most talented horses and riders.   … Continue Reading

The Perfect Colonial To Start the Summer

By Hannah Hager
Who says a fresh start only comes around once per year? You and your family deserve a clean slate with this lovely Colonial that’s just been delivered by Purcellville-based builder Dennis Powers in the Loy Estates neighborhood of Leesburg.

Sunny are the summer days you’ll spend in this yellow home with wrap-around porch in the front and window-lined morning room in the rear. Indoors, you’ll feel just as bright thanks to the open floorplan and cathedral ceilings. … Continue Reading

Congratulations To the Newest Eagle Scouts


Troop 711 l to r: Joseph Baer, Zachary Light, Grange Newton, Evan Schell.
Troop 969 l to r: Lance Czarnecki, Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser and Luke Harris.

Art Tour and More

Franklin Park Arts Center will be hosting six local artists as Stop #23 on the 12th Annual Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour, June 3 & 4, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Other arts center highlights for this month include the Beale Street Puppets Teddy Bear Circus, Wednesday, June 7, The Last Ham Standing Comedy Improv, Friday June 16, the Pickwick Players’ You Can’t Take It With You and Main Street Theater’s The Jungle Book KIDS, Wednesday, June 28 through Friday, June 30.

For ticke­­­ts and details go to www.franklinparkartscenter.org.

LCSO Introduces Youth Fitness Camp – Hosted by NFL Legends  

This camp will feature a pro football style combine and will be held at the Washington Redskins Training Facility in Ashburn. The camp will give youth football players, ages six to 17, an opportunity to showcase their skills and abilities. The combine consists of physical test and drills intended to help determine a player’s speed, quickness, strength and agility as well as demonstrate their ability in one-on-one competition.

The free two-day camp will be held June 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and June 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and is open to 500 boys and girls between the ages of six to 17. To register go to http://yournflexperience.com/registration6-24.  Loudoun residents only.

Show Dad He’s One Cool Dude

By Andrea Gaines

“There’s nothing more American than motherhood and apple pie.” We agree with that sentiment. And, as Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday, June 11, we would like to propose this second universal truth: “Put a Dad in front of a barbeque … and you make him king.”
Dad is often the one standing watch over the grill.

But, even if he’s the one flipp’in the burgers – and making sure the house doesn’t burn down in the process –everyone else can fill in the edges by planning a menu, arranging for a cool gift and, and last but not least, arranging for a fun surprise. … Continue Reading

Thousands Attend 4th Annual Purcellville Music and Arts Festival

About 2,000 people came to Fireman’s Field on May 20 for the 4th annual Purcellville Music and Arts Festival. From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., people were able to enjoy 23 performances on four different stages, view more than 40 works of art from local artists, shop and get information from more than 30 vendors, and wine and dine with local food and drink. Also throughout the day, there were free historic trolley rides and a variety of fun activities for kids.

The Purcellville Music and Arts Festival is a free event hosted by the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board with the art show and related activities hosted by the Purcellville Arts Council. This year, there were performances on four stages featuring Andrew McKnight, Celtic Rhythm School of Dance, Colin Thompson, Critters and Conservation, Dank Rice, Eli Lev, Emily Horton, Franklin Park Big Band, Golden Uke Players, Grant Frazer, Harry Jay Smith and the Bling, Hungry on Monday, Juliana MacDowell, KOABD, Loudoun Valley Jazz Band, Mink’s Miracle Medicine, Old Dominion Chorus, Paul Reed Smith Band, Purcellville Library, Teddy Chipouras, The Immortals, Virginia Southpaws, and Wandering Peacocks.

sed more than 40 works of art along with information about the programs, classes, events, and shows offered by various art organizations including the Round Hill Arts Center, the Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour, the Waterford Quilters Guild, the Tryst Gallery, the Loudoun Arts Council, the Franklin Park Arts Center, Macaroni Kids, and the new Loudoun County Artisan Trail. The local Girl Scouts also had a bake sale in the Art Hall. The Purcellville Arts Council also sponsored two community art projects. One was a contest for kids to design banners that will be displayed in downtown Purcellville. The second was in conjunction with the Loudoun County Artisan Trail awareness table where people of all ages could decorate butterflies that will be used to create a large mural.

Another feature during the festival was the premier of the benches and planters beautifully painted and decorated by artists as part of Discover Purcellville’s effort to showcase our local talent. They will be on display throughout the town all summer. In November, the benches and planters will be auctioned off with proceeds benefiting Discover Purcellville’s future community art projects.

Throughout the festival, the Purcellville Historical Society and the Purcellville Business Association hosted historic trolley tours, which ran every 30 minutes. There were four stops on the tour: 1.Music and Arts Festival (Fireman’s Field); 2. Purcellville Gateway (Cole Farm), 3. Main and Maple Streets (Grand Home “Exedra”); and 4 Downtown/21st Street (Depot St.).

The elements of art and music extended to the “Fun Zone,” with the community stage, face painting, henna painting, and even a chance for kids to paint a pony which was provided by one of the festival sponsors, Jason Sengpeihl of Allstate Insurance. The Purcellville Library offered several readings throughout the festival, and Critters and Conservation thrilled kids of all ages with snakes, lizards, birds, a lesser tenrec, and many other creatures.

The Purcellville Music and Arts Festival is generously brought to you by out title sponsor Loudoun Valley Floors, along with these sponsors: Shamrock Music Shoppe, Jason Sengpeihl/Allstate Insurance, Beckstrom Family Enterprises/Kettles and Grains, Purcellville Business Association, Businesses of Valley Industrial Park, Brookfield Residential, Middleburg Bank, DiRenzo Family Dentistry, Loudoun Valley Roofing, Mountaineer Pipe Corp., Saville’s Auto Service, M&D Motors, Purcellville Electric, StingRay Auto Body, Walsh’s VIP Auto Service, RoadRunner Towing, Browning Equipment, Discover Purcellville, Wicked Design, Bush Tabernacle and Teen Center, Carlyle and Anderson, Southern States, Accurate Auto and the world class sound system of OHM Productions.

To see more photos from the festival, visit facebook.com/PurcellvilleParksandRec.

Loudoun Library Card Design Contest Begins Monday, May 22

May 21, 2017 Arts, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun Library Card Design Contest Begins Monday, May 22

Loudoun artists are invited to submit designs for Loudoun County Public Library’s Second Annual Library Card Design Contest has begun, May 22.

A panel of judges from the Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee will choose three finalists based on creativity, originality, and message. Artwork or photography submitted should reflect the spirit of Loudoun and the work of Loudoun County Public Library. The three designs will be posted on library.loudoun.gov and in library branches July 11-16, when patrons will vote to determine the winner. … Continue Reading

Weber Joins BCT in Loudoun

May 21, 2017 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Weber Joins BCT in Loudoun

BCT, Bank of Charles Town, of Middleburg is pleased to announce the hiring of Ben Weber, founder and former publisher of the Purcellville Gazette, as their newest Mortgage Loan Originator. “We are pleased that Ben is now part of our growing family, his insight into the growing real estate market and marketing skills will be a great benefit to our Virginia customers,” said Kevin Haymaker, Senior Vice President of BCT. Weber will be based out of the Middleburg, office and will focus on residential lending and serving clients throughout the Shenandoah Valley and Northern, Virginia regions. To learn more about BCT, visit www.myBCT.com.

Animal Shelter Hosts Homeward Bound Adoption Event on May 20

May 19, 2017 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Animal Shelter Hosts Homeward Bound Adoption Event on May 20

Loudoun County Animal Services will host its second annual “Homeward Bound” free pet adoption event from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on Saturday, May 20 at the Animal Shelter, 39820 Charles Town Pike, Waterford. Adoption fees will be waived on all adoptable cats, kittens, dogs, puppies, small pets and reptiles. While supplies last, adopters will receive a goody bag for their new pet to include toys, treats and gifts. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

Columns

Public Input June 6, 2017

Public input June 6, 2017 “We must, incidentally, make it clear from the beginning that if a thing is not science, it is not necessarily bad. For example, love is not a science. So, if something is said not to …

Anatomy of a Sunflower

By Andrea Gaines Nothing is as simple and summery as that big yellow ray of light known as the sunflower. These not-so-bashful beauties enter the world from seeds we’ve sown intentionally, or from seeds tossed out as happy, uneaten castaways …

Parental Help Needed

Dr. Mike, My husband and I are planning to hold our son back to repeat eighth grade. He plays on a travel sports team, and the extra year would give him an advantage for high school. My sister did it …

Misconceptions about 529 Plans

Just like the kids you’re saving college funds for, 529 plans are often misunderstood. Read on to learn 529 plans are more flexible than you may think. They can be set up by anyone, for anyone, and used for a …

Transforming Scars – Engendering Hope

By Samuel Moore-Sobel The woman’s voice on the other end of the line is warm and inviting, speaking softly in crisp tones, with great excitement, and at a hurried pace. Her words are eloquent and profound. Furiously I type, trying …

Addicted

By Mary Rose Lunde When most people think of addictions, they choose the more well-known types, such as alcohol or drugs. But there are other addictions that people don’t always want to talk about. These can include: screen time, video …

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Cooksville Road

By Tim Jon You see – there’s this bell: A church bell, suspended inside a little white tower atop the old Mount Olive Baptist church building – that you can see for just a few split-seconds as you make your …

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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June 2017
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May 29, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 30, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 31, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
June 1, 2017 June 2, 2017

First Friday at the Winery

First Friday at the Winery

TGIF@North Gate Vineyard with Maddy Curtis Live

TGIF@North Gate Vineyard with Maddy Curtis Live
June 3, 2017

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Moon Music Live at North Gate Vineyard

Moon Music Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
June 4, 2017

OPEN HOUSE EXTRAVAGANZA

OPEN HOUSE EXTRAVAGANZA
June 5, 2017 June 6, 2017 June 7, 2017

Beale Street Puppets: Teddy Bear Circus

Beale Street Puppets: Teddy Bear Circus
June 8, 2017 June 9, 2017

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo
June 10, 2017

20th Annual Cajun Festival

20th Annual Cajun Festival

Dear Creek Live at North Gate Vineyard

Dear Creek Live at North Gate Vineyard

Healing Service

Healing Service
June 11, 2017

Come Paint with Us

Come Paint with Us
June 12, 2017 June 13, 2017 June 14, 2017 June 15, 2017 June 16, 2017 June 17, 2017

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Pete Lapp Live at north Gate Vineyard

Pete Lapp Live at north Gate Vineyard
June 18, 2017
June 19, 2017 June 20, 2017 June 21, 2017 June 22, 2017 June 23, 2017

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo
June 24, 2017

THE PICKWICK PLAYERS: You Can’t Take It With You

THE PICKWICK PLAYERS: You Can’t Take It With You

Acoustic Soul Live at north Gate Vineyard

Acoustic Soul Live at north Gate Vineyard

THE PICKWICK PLAYERS: You Can’t Take It With You

THE PICKWICK PLAYERS: You Can’t Take It With You
June 25, 2017
June 26, 2017 June 27, 2017 June 28, 2017

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids
June 29, 2017

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids
June 30, 2017

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids
July 1, 2017

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Willie White Live at North Gate Vineyard

Willie White Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
July 2, 2017

Quentin Walston Live at North Gate Vineyard

Quentin Walston Live at North Gate Vineyard
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Lifestyle

Music with a Cause June Concert: Bud’s Collective

31 May 2017

The Music with a Cause Concert celebrates the culmination of its first year with a concert to be held at Otium Cellars at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 4. Bud’s Collective is a powerful trio of pickers from the hills of West Virginia. The evening will also feature an auction of a piece from David Norton Pottery. Norton is an …

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Loudoun Library Card Design Contest Has Begun

31 May 2017

Loudoun artists are invited to submit designs for Loudoun County Public Library’s Second Annual Library Card Design Contest, which began May 22. A panel of judges from the Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee will choose three finalists based on creativity, originality, and message. Artwork or photography submitted should reflect the spirit of Loudoun and the work of Loudoun County Public …

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Loudoun Art Advisory Committee – Call for Artists

31 May 2017

All Loudoun County artists are invited to submit original photographs for the 2017 Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee show “Loudoun’s Evolving Landscape: At-Risk Art Project.” The photographs, which may be in color or black and white, will be exhibited in Gallery One on the first floor of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison Street, S.E. in Leesburg, from September …

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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!

– 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

A Winner of a Budget

On May 23, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and the Purcellville Town Council voted to finalize the FY18 budget on behalf of our taxpayers. As an elected government, this is the greatest responsibility that we have. We also have the unlimited ability …

Supports Walbridge

I am proud to endorse and express my full support for Tia Walbridge to represent the 33rd District in Richmond.  As a current Town Council member in Purcellville, I understand the concerns of Purcellville and western Loudoun citizens and I …

View From the Ridge

Envision Loudoun – Bold Action Versus Business-As-Usual

Everyone is talking about it. “Envision Loudoun,” our local government’s effort to reach out to the public for advice on how to rewrite and update the County’s Comprehensive Plan. Officials …

Around Virginia

Tuesday, June 13 – Primary Elections Voting Information

A Primary Election for both parties is scheduled on June 13. Voters will choose a candidate for the Republican Party for the offices of Governor and Lieutenant Governor. For the Democratic Party voters will choose a candidate for the offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor and House of Delegates for the 33 …

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Cultivate Innovation-Driven Solutions

By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33) Schools are letting out for summer break and many families are celebrating graduations and making plans for college. Few would disagree with the importance of quality affordable education. While it may not be prominent in the conversations, our state and local governments play key roles …

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Transportation: Problem Solving and Promises Kept

– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33) Four years ago I came before the voters of the 33rd District, challenging the status quo transportation funding policies that sent our taxes to other parts of the state while leaving us sitting in traffic. I called out projects like the Dulles Rail Project, …

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Sports

Purcellville Cannons: Talent, Talent and More Talent

31 May 2017

By Andrea Gaines Cannons home opener vs. the Winchester Royals at Fireman’s Field, Friday, June 3. At their 2017 home opener, the Los Angeles Dodgers absolutely trounced the San Diego Padres. Said one sports commentator: “Their opening-day bats were so special … it was easy to forget the Dodgers also …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Volleyball Wins WLVBC Invitational

3 May 2017

The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys team won the inaugural WLVBC Invitational Tournament held Saturday, April 15 at Foxcroft School.  The team went 4-0 on the day, winning first place against WLVBC U15 boys team in a three-set match 25-19, 22-25 and 15-11. The team reached the Gold Bracket …

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