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Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014
Middleburg has a sidewalk sale
By Billie Van Pay

Middleburg’s New Town Planner: William M. Moore has begun his work in Middleburg as town planner and zoning administrator after working in Winchester for 13 years. He felt that he had learned a good deal in Winchester but wanted a job as primary planner. Middleburg was his opportunity for that. He liked the small town where he will be able to expand his work and be given the responsibilities of managing integrated systems. He says, “There are some upcoming projects where I will be able to assist Martha Semmes, the town manager, improving sidewalks, intersections, and traffic calming projects on Washington Street, for example. This is a beautiful town, and there will be a challenge in shaping the changes in order to maintain the character of the town. I am honored to be offered this opportunity to help preserve the integrity of the town and to ensure that any changes meet the standards of the community. Most of the changes that will be made have already been approved. The town’s comprehensive plan does not show any major changes.”

Moore holds an undergraduate degree from James Madison University and was a musician in the U.S. Army for 7 years before beginning his work in Winchester. He recently completed a graduate certificate at Shenandoah University and a Masters in management from the School of Business at Liberty University. He can be reached by email (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) or by calling (540) 687-5152. Obviously he is happy to be in Middleburg, and he is looking forward to meeting and getting to know the business and community members here in town.

Young Professional Group Forming: Some of the young professionals in Middleburg and the surrounding communities are gathering to form a group where young professionals, forty and under, can meet each other, take advantage of the resources in the town and further their careers. The first meeting is Wednesday, July 30, 7 p.m., at the Night Fox Bar at the Red Fox Inn, 2 East Washington Street, Middleburg.

For more information, call Sarah Watkins at (540) 687-5119 or Christina Naramore at (540) 687-3500.

Summer Sidewalk Sale: Marcia Massenberg of Bendure Communications, Inc., at 210 East Washington Street, Middleburg, has issued a news release regarding the 8th Annual Sidewalk Sale, Friday through Sunday, August 1-3. The sale, sponsored by Union Bank, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and on Sunday as posted by shops.

“We have found this to be a very successful time of the year to encourage people to shop and find bargains throughout the town of Middleburg,” said Middleburg Business and Professional Association President Punkin Lee. Many of the unique shops in the village will have discounts on everything from shoes to children’s clothes to pottery, as well as lots of specials in the local restaurants. Arrive early to get the best bargains—or better yet, stay over at one of the inns in town (Middleburg Country Inn, (540) 687-6082, http://www.middleburgcountryinn.com Red F,ox Inn, (540) 687-6301, http://www.redfox.com Goods,tone Inn, (540) 687-3333, http://www.goodstone.com or Salamander Resort & Spa, (540) 687-3600, http://www.salamanderresort.com) and make a weekend of it.

Look for the colorful balloons outside participating stores. Shops with fantastic bargains include Duchessa (clothing and accessories), Lou Lou (clothing and accessories), Lou Lou Too (handbags and accessories), Olio (flavored oils and vinegars and specialty foods), Crème de la Crème (pottery, ceramics, linens, etc.), Tully Rector (shoes, clothing, accessories and beauty products), The Christmas Sleigh (gifts and collectibles), Highcliffe Clothiers (menswear), Three Crowns (clothing and unique gifts), Second Chapter books, Richard Allen Clothing (clothing and accessories), Country Classics (men’s and women’s clothing), Les Jardins De Bagatelle (French gift shop), Middleburg Event Studio, Wylie Wagg (pet supplies) —and many more one-of-a-kind stores you’ll never find in a mall. Home Farm will feature its organic meat and produce and the shop has an upstairs ice cream parlor.
Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014
Birthday celebration at Barrel Oak Winery
By Billie Van Pay

Friends of George and Rita Rowand will be happy to hear the couple is back in the country from their travels abroad, and on Friday, July 18, they gathered with their friends at Barrel Oak Winery for Rita Rowand’s birthday party. The couple is well known throughout the neighboring communities as they have been great neighbors and community members for many years. Not only are they well known among those in the horse and horse racing business, but among those who write for and read the local newspapers. Rita Rowand is the global relations specialist in the office of Global Strategies at George Mason University. In her community, she is particularly appreciated for the many years she volunteered her time as president of Middleburg Players while helping make the organization one of the most outstanding in the Route 50 Corridor and the surrounding area.

The gathering was a joint birthday celebration and an art show featuring equine artist Jennet Inglis, held together at the very popular and scenic Barrel Oak Winery at 3623 Grove Lane, Delaplane. The winery has been voted “Number 1 in Family Friendly Wineries” by Wine Enthusiasts. The list of events coming up soon at the winery is on the website. Families love to bring the family dog along for the occasion, select from an excellent variety of fine wines, sit on the patio, enjoy the live music and view the fabulous scenery. No wonder the winery is a family favorite.

Rita Rowand was instrumental in bringing Jennet Inglis’ art to Barrel Oak Winery, having seen the art at the artist’s solo retrospective at Mason Hall. According to Mari Selby, Publicity and Marketing Specialist, Rowand was impressed by the “… vividness of color and form in the exhibit which included a diverse range of work – from floral still life paintings to the rivers of Virginia, from scientific explorations to study of the human life form. Through Rita’s assistance and proprietor Brian Roeder’s appreciation for her art, Jennet’s monumental equine oil paintings are currently on exhibit at Barrel Oak.”

Inglis’ award winning equine art work has been shown in galleries, museums and now Saratoga Springs Race Track in New York. Her works can be viewed via her Facebook ‘Jennet Inglis at Inglis Art’ page. On Friday and Saturday, August 1 and August 2, she will be at BOW’s annual “Dawg Daze of Summer Celebration” for dogs and dog lovers, and she will be available to do pet portraits for customers.

Aldie Methodist Church: On Saturday, July 19, at Aldie United Methodist Church, neighbors met for a church social as a benefit for one of their community members. This was a cookout instead of the usual quarterly Aldie Spaghetti Dinner, a tradition put on by the women of the church. The dinners are free, but the donations are used for charity work the women of the church promote. The proceeds from the cookout will go to the Payne Erickson family who lost a great deal in their recent house fire. Mrs. Payne is the long-time Aldie Elementary School nurse. Those who wish to contribute to the fund may send their donations to Aldie United Methodist Church Women. For more information go to http://www.villageofaldie.com/umc
Wednesday, Jul. 16, 2014
Middleburg’s Summer Activities
By Billie Van Pay

Middleburg Farmers Market, open every Saturday morning and located behind the community center in the parking lot, is managed by Cindy Pearson, as part of the economic development program she has done so well all these years. The market has grown to include 26 vendors now and has become a very popular gathering place for those who love fresh produce and a wide variety of special food products.

One of the vendors is a family owned and operated farm, C. Hess Orchard and Produce of Martinsburg, W.Va. (304-676-9445), and there is always a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in season at its spot. The local Over-the-Grass Farm is known for its fresh produce and farm products (540-253-5228). Liberty Hill Farm from Berryville has pasture-raised poultry, freshly milled whole grain bread, free range eggs and fresh raw milk (540-955-6220), as well as among many other food items. Yolanda Leveque sells elegant, delicious cakes that look as if they belong on the cover of a magazine – special orders welcome (574-422-6467). Hammerdown Catering is responsible for the wonderful aroma with his smoked meats (703-582-2262). Great Harvest Bread Co., from Warrenton, has everything anyone needs in baked goods. Shenandoah Valley Produce, from Stephenson, Va., has fresh and many special produce items (540-450-6818). Popcorn Monkey has anything anyone wants in flavored popcorn (640-687-6539). Reikis has beautiful flowers and sells arrangements or by the stem. There are many other vendors, all with something special, which makes the farmers market special too. One visit and most customers want to come back again to this summertime advantage -- a variety of products in the center of town.

Linda Roberts, Blue Ridge Hospice Community Liaison, has announced a Donation Day for the hospice at Middleburg Bank, Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the parking lot behind the bank. The large Blue Ridge Hospice thrift shop truck will be available for the public to drop off gently used clothing household items, books and furniture. Appointments can be made for pickup of large quantities or furniture. The hospice cannot accept donations of large appliances, tvs, exercise equipment, computer-related equipment or mattresses.

The donations will be used to stock the shelves at Blue Ridge Hospice’s seven area thrift shops. Proceeds from the thrift shop operations go toward the not-for-profit organization’s hospice services and to support care provided individuals who don’t have insurance or the financial means to pay for care.

Blue Ridge Hospice has been in operation for 33 years and serves the counties of Loudoun, Fauquier, Clarke, Shenandoah, Page, Rappahannock, Warren and the City of Winchester. Last year the hospice cared for 1,133 patients and assisted more than 2,000 family members through its grief and loss services. $367,900 was provided in charity care to the communities it serves. For more information, visit blueridgehospice.org or call (540) 536-5210.

On Tuesday, August 5, from 6 to 8 p.m., police communities across the country will participate in the 31st Annual National Night Out. Karin Kilday, Assistant to the Chief, Middleburg Police Department, has announced that this will be held in the same place as last year’s event, in the Middleburg Community Center Park, and is designed to heighten crime awareness and prevention as well as strengthen police/community partnerships. It is outdoors and a country fair style of event -- meaning there will be rides, music, food, demonstrations, all geared toward families. It is a social event and very casual though well-attended by the mayor, town council and area law enforcement, firefighters and K9 units. Last year, there was a very popular “dunk tank” in which participants got to dunk the police chief and other officers in a tank of water.

This year, at 6:30 p.m., Chief Panebianco will make an announcement and proceed to give a short presentation honoring Henry Milton Seaton and his sacrifice for our community.
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