Annual Gardening Symposium

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We’ve had a coldwinter in Loudoun County and everyone is ready for Spring! There’s no better way to get yourself excited for the gardening season than by attending the Loudoun County Master Gardeners Annual Gardening Symposium.  This two day event will provide a world of information to help you create and maintain your home garden, landscaped areas and yard.  Join others to hear from noted speakers and knowledgeable practitioners on subjects such as, properly pruning your trees and bushes, landscape projects, what products are environmentally safe for your yard and garden and much much more!

When: Saturday March 29th – Sunday March 30th 2014

Where: Ida Lee Recreation Center
60 Ida Lee Drive NW
Social Hall (Downstairs)
Leesburg, VA 20176

The registration fee is $75 for both days or $45 for a single day.  Lunch is included.  Register online or visit their website to download the form to mail in  your registration.  

Loudoun Museum Hauntings

hauntingsLoudoun County is full of history dating back to the Civil War times.  Many believe that our historic buildings and homes are still occupied by the ghosts of those who lived and worked here.  Join your friends and neighbors for the annual Loudoun Museum Hauntings tours with times still available for  October 25th & 26th.  These walking tours will begin at the Leesburg Town Hall and run every 15 minutes, with each lasting approximately 90 minutes.  Each night the first tour leaves at 6:00 pm and the last leaves at 9:30 pm.

Costumed guides will escort you to each location and where story tellers will fascinate you with tales of long ago.   You may even be lucky enough to have a “past” resident visit you during the tour.  Make sure to dress appropriately for the weather with warm clothes and comfortable shoes.  Bring an umbrella if rain is in the forecast.

Visit the website to learn more about the Hauntings and the Loudoun Museum.  To speed the check-in process, it is recommend that tickets be purchased in advance through their website.   Some tours times are already sold out so be sure to check online to see the availability.

Come on out and enjoy an evening of good old fashioned ghost stories and support the our wonderful museum at the same time.

75th Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale

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This year marks the 75th Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale. Join the Ladies Board and others in your community for this always popular event, Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20, 2013. The sale will takeplace at the Morven Park International Equestrian Center from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm both days. Admission is free to all; however, those who want a head start have the option of purchasing $10 early bird tickets. Visit the website for more details. All proceeds benefit the Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital.

As stated on the Ladies Board website… “This re-sale shopping event is considered the biggest treasure hunt and bargain shopping event in Loudoun County, and possibly all of Virginia! You’ll understand when you see 40,000 square feet of trinkets and treasures – all under cover. You can buy furniture, antiques, clothing for the entire family, designer labels at the French Room, household items, décor and holiday pieces, small appliances, tools, sporting and exercise equipment, collectibles, gift and boutique items.”

Alongside the re-sale shopping is the Silent Auction. Visit the Ladies Board website to see a sneak peak of these fabulous items up for bid on Saturday, October 19. Bidding closes at 2:00 pm so plan to be there the first day if you see an item you really want. All items must be paid for and picked up by the end of the sale on October 19th.

An event such as this would not be successful with its volunteers. Last year more than 500 people gave of the time and talents to help pull this off. Congratulations to the Ladies Board for raising $184,000 during their 74th Annual Sale. Here’s to another successful year!

Happy Shopping everyone!

Lovettsville Oktoberfest

Lovettsville OktoberfestHave you ever been to the Lovettsville Oktoberfest?  Come out and help the Town celebrate their German heritage during 2013 annual Lovettsville Oktoberfest, September 27th – 29th.  During this weekend long event, Lovettsville will come alive with traditional Bavarian food, crafts, beer and lots of entertainment the whole family can enjoy.  Festivities begin on September 27th.  Most events and activities take place on Saturday, September 28th.  The event continues into Sunday with food and entertainment for all to enjoy.  This year marks the 2nd annual Oktoberfest Royalty Competition, taking place during the Oktoberfest Dinner at the Lovettsville Community Center.  Saturday plan to see the Dachshunds dash down the course in the annual Wiener Dog Races.  If your pup is joining in, make sure to visit the Lovettsville Oktoberfest site for registration and other instructions.  The festival is FREE to the public and FREE parking is provided.  Food, Beer and Crafts are available for purchase.  Lovettsville, a thriving small community settled by German immigrants in 1730, is located in Northern Loudoun, just 2 miles from the Potomac River.  Visit the Lovettsville Oktoberfest website for the schedule of events and entertainment, as well as vendor information.  Follow them on Facebook for daily information and updates on events, vendors and sponsors.

44th Annual Bluemont Fair

44th Annual Bluemont Fair

September is a great month in Loudoun with so many events each and every weekend.  The 44th Annual Bluemont Fair, sponsored by the Bluemont Citizen Organization, is scheduled to take place  September 21st and 22nd.  This year’s event has been dedicated to our nation’s veterans.  Bluemont is now home to a 37 acre retreat, Boulder Crest Retreat, with a mission “To provide a free, first-class rural retreat for America’s seriously wounded warriors and their families to reconnect, recreate, recover and reintegrate”.  The retreat opened on September 6th, with the expectation of providing services for 250-500 families each year.  Tours of the retreat will be available during the fair.  To get involved or make a tax-deductible donation, visit www.bouldercrestretreat.org.

This year’s fair is a fun time for the whole family with live music, pickle and pie contests, art show and sale, separate children’s fair and art show and 10K race to start the weekend off.  Let’s not forget the always enjoyable wine tasting available with a separate admission and cost of $5 per person.  Vendors will range from arts and crafts to food and several non-profits will be there.  Come prepared to spend the day with lots of family activities providing fun for the everyone.

The 10K race will take place at Great Country Farms and begins at 8am.  The course takes place throughout scenic Western Loudoun beginning and ending at Great Country Farms.

Don’t miss out on 44th Annual Bluemont Fair, one of Loudoun  County’s best attended events.  Visit the Bluemontfair.org for additional information including a map of the fair set-up.  Also take a quick peak at last year’s pickle and pie contest winners.

The Bluemont Citizen Organization has asked that no dogs be brought into the fair.

 

Dulles Plane Pull 2013

977862_10151483109590896_253544281_oThere are lots of events taking place in Loudoun County during the month of September.  One long standing and always entertaining event is the Dulles Plane Pull 2013 – September 14th.  This all day event benefits the Special Olympics Virginia organization, helping to provide year-round training and athletic competition to more than 11,000 athletes of all ages.

The plan pull is a competition where teams of 25 people go up against one another to see who can pull a 164,000+ pound Airbus 12 feet the fastest.  So that the kids are not forgotten, don’t forget to watch the Kids Truck Pull, where teams of children compete against one another to pull a big red 123Junk Truck.

The history of the Plane Pull is quite interesting.  Twenty years ago, retired Deputy Chief Joe Hurtuk came up with the idea of pitting man against machine in an effort to raise money for the Special Olympics.   In 1993 the first-ever Plane Pull was held at the Dulles International Airport with only 11 teams participating, raising almost $15,000.  From the tradition was born and over the years the festival and Plane Pull has raised more than $1,600,000 benefiting athletes with intellectual disabilities throughout Virginia.   Similar events now take place Colorado, Maryland, Hawaii, Tennessee and Texas.

There really is something for everyone at this event; live music, car show, military and civilian aircraft displays, business exhibits and games and entertainment for the kids.  Gates open Saturday the 14th at 10:30 am and the festivities start at 11 am and end 4 pm.  Admission and parking is free with shuttle buses available to pick up event goers and transport them to the festival.   This is a rain or shine event.  To get up-to-date schedule changes, as well as other information, visit http://planepull.com/.

Please note —  No backpacks, coolers or pets are allowed inside the festival!!  

Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival

Spring is in the air!   2012 marks the 22nd annual Flower & Garden Festival in Leesburg’s Historic District.   Coinciding with Historic Garden Week in Virginia, the Flower and Garden Festival is the Leesburg event to see.   With two full days of festivities centered around the intersection of Market and King Streets in Leesburg’s Historic District, there’s something for everyone.  The streets are blocked allowing pedestrian traffic only and are lined with vendors selling plants, flowers, home & garden decor, gifts, food and drink, and many other fun items. Local landscape companies attend the festival, setting landscaping projects right in the heart of the Festival that showcase the their artistic and technical skills. Live music from the stage on the Courthouse lawn entertains the crowds. Cornwall Street, with its historic homes, gardens and mature landscapes will also be included in the Festival this year. Also included in the Festival is the Wine Garden on the Town Green showcasing Loudoun’s wineries and breweries. Saturday, April 21, 10-6pm and Sunday, April 22, 10-5pm.  Rain or shine.

New Years Eve Loudoun: Ringing In Hope

For family-friendly fun on New Years Eve in Loudoun, check out the Ringing in Hope 10K and 5K race or 1K walk along a certified, level, scenic course in Loudoun’s Brambleton!   Ringing in Hope has become an annual New Year’s Eve tradition in Loudoun.   Along with the race and walk, loads of family fun activities are planned including pony rides, moon bounces, train rides and more!

Check the Ringing in Hope site for full details and race registration.   Showers and changing facilities are available for race participants so why not stay to enjoy the shopping, dining and take in a movie at Brambleton’s Town Center too?    Brambleton Town Center is located at 42395 Ryan Road, Brambleton (Ashburn), VA 20148

Drive-Thru Living Nativity Leesburg, 2011

An annual Christmas tradition in Leesburg, VA:   “Return to Bethlehem”, a  Living Nativity sponsored by Leesburg Church of the Nazarene,  is this weekend December 10 and 11.    Come see the area’s one-of-a-kind Living Nativity from the comfort of your car from 5:00 to 8:30pm both nights.     Bring hot chocolate and a little patience as the line of cars coming off Route 7 can get a little backed up as people come from all around to see this unique annual display.    The lines get longer later in the evening.   Admission is  Free but monetary donations are welcome.   Located off Route 7, just west of Leesburg at 17667 Roxbury Hall Road, Leesburg, VA 20175

Leesburg’s 9th Annual “Freeze Your Gizzard” 5K

Come out this Saturday for the 9th Annual Freeze Your Gizzard 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run in Leesburg, VA.   Hosted by the Loudoun County Department of Parks and Recreation and benefiting Loudoun Interfaith Relief, the race provides a fun and challenging tour through the country side of Ida Lee Park, located just north of Leesburg’s Historic District on Rt. 15. Participants are asked to bring 2 cans of food the day of the race.  Last year over 2,000 lbs. of food gathered at the race was donated to Loudoun Interfaith Relief. Pre-registration is open until Wednesday, November 16, $20 for the 5K run and $10 for the 1 mile fun run at PR Events.  Registration the day of the race is $25 for the 5K and $15 for the fun run.  Thanksgiving-themed prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place male and female finishers of the 5K for each age category.  The race will begin at the Gazebo at Ida Lee park at 9:00a.m. Follows signs for parking the morning of the race. Sorry, no strollers, wagons, or dogs allowed on the course. But you might win a Thanksgiving turkey!