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.

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.

 

Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour

logoLoudoun County always strives to bring culture and diversity to our local communities.  One such example is the Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour coming up on Saturday, June 22nd and Sunday, June 23rd 2013.  Enjoy the weekend visiting the studios of over 60 artists, all while enjoying the beauty of the Western Loudoun countryside and touring the historic villages.  This weekend event is presented by Franklin Park Arts Center, Round Hill Arts Center, ArtSquare and Friends of Franklin Parks Arts Center.  To see a complete list of all the sponsors, click here.

On your Studio Tour you will have the opportunity to shop for paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography, fiber, sculpture and so much more.  Get to know our local artists, see some demonstrations and exhibits and enter to win a door prize.  The tours are FREE, open to the public and run from 10:00am to 5:00pm both days.

Are you coming from out of town?  Several local B&B’s are sponsors for the weekend and would love to accommodate your overnight stay.  For additional options, see Visit Loudoun “Accommodations”.  Do you have an interest in volunteering during this special event?  Several opportunities are available and there is still time to sign up.  Visit the Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour website for more information.   So come on out and support our local artists and enjoy our wonderful County!  A full list of the artists can be found on the Studio Tour website.  We hope to see you there!

Nursing Scholarships Available….

Loudoun County is blessed to be the home of Inova Loudoun Hospital.  One of the many County organizations supporting our hospital is a wonderful group of women who make up The Ladies Board of the Loudoun Hospital Center.  Currently The Ladies Board has nursing scholarships available and applications are being accepted through Wednesday, April 10, 2013.  Applicants must live or work in Loudoun County and must be in or accepted into an accredited school of nursing to be considered.  All applications must be postmarked no later than April 10th!

The Ladies board is a Leesburg-based non-profit whose mission is to promote goodwill between the Hospital and the community and to raise funds for nursing scholarships, patient services and special projects.  The Board accomplishes this mission by managing and operating The Gift Shop and the Twice Is Nice retail shops.  Other projects include the Lights of Love remembrance project and the Annual Rummage Sale.

The nursing scholarship program was established in 1959 and since that time, The Ladies Board has awarded 850 scholarships, totaling $1,128,000.  In 2012, The Ladies Board celebrated 100 years of service to the community and support for the hospital.  Loudoun County and Inova Loudoun Hospital are very fortunate to have such an amazing group of dedicated women supporting our community!

Are you considering moving your home to Loudoun County?  This is just one of the many organizations that help make Loudoun a wonderful place to live!  Give us a call, we’d love to help you find your next home!

For more information about the scholarship program or to obtain an application, please visit www.ladiesboard.org.  Additional information about The Ladies Board and their planned events can be found on their website.

The Ladies Board Logo

 

Loudoun County = Great Education!

If you are in the market to buy a house and you have school aged children, look no further than Loudoun County!  Rest assured your children will get a great education from the Loudoun County School system!  Of all the local neighborhood amenities that tend to influence a buyer’s decision, close proximity to good quality schools is one of the most influential.  According to studies over the past few years, 25% of home buyers listed school quality and 19% listed proximity to schools as one of the major deciding factors in their home purchase.

Loudoun County features a high quality school system (public, private and home schooled) with more than 66,000 students in 80 schools.  We are not only the fastest growing county in Virginia but also rank as the fifth fastest growing county in the nation.  Northern Virginia is home to several colleges and universities, providing the cultural diversity and excellence in education needed for our children’s future.

@Home In Loudoun would like to congratulate Patrick Henry College for their recent win of the fifth consecutive National Championship at this year’s American Collegiate Moot Court Association championship tournament.  A moot court is an extracurricular activity at many law schools in which participants take part in simulated court proceedings.  Approximately 300 teams competed in nine national qualifying tournaments for the bids to the National Championship.  Other schools that qualified teams for the tournament included:  Duke, Texas A & M, The United States Air Force Academy, the University of Virginia and the College of Wooster.  Patrick Henry College has now won seven national tournaments and is the five-time defending national champion.  Loudoun County could not be prouder of their accomplishments.

This is just one example of the dedication to the quality of excellence that Loudoun County strives to bring to the schools and their students each year.  Are you in the market to buy your next home?  Give me a call, I’d love to show you all that Loudoun County and Northern Virginia have to offer, (703) 999-6535.

Super Bowl Sunday!

What does Super Bowl Sunday mean to you?  Are you an avid football fan, do you watch for the sake of the commercials and half-time show or do you just use the day to get together with friends and have a good time?  Millions of people watch each year and millions of dollars are spent in advertising on a day that has become an American holiday.  This year the Super Bowl will be played in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  What an exciting year for the city of New Orleans!!  Coming on the tail end of Mardi Gras, this is the first year the Super Bowl will be held in this great city since before the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.   The superdome seats between 70,000 and 76,000 people and is home to the New Orleans Saints.  This year the opposing teams are the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers.

Each year the Super Bowl is held on the last Sunday of January or the first Sunday in February after post-season ends.  The game is televised in the early evening but fans begin the celebration early in the day.  Those who travel to see the game live, typically start the celebration process a few days early.  This year brings some interesting stories to play out.  For the first time in Super Bowl history, the opposing head coaches are brothers…one thing is for certain, a Harbaugh will lead one of the teams to victory.  This is also the last game in the career of Ravens middle linebacker, Ray Lewis.  What a way for Lewis to end his career!  Which team are you cheering for?

If the Super Bowl is not your thing, tune into Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl at 3:00pm with the annual kitty halftime show!

Below is a sneak preview to this year’s Budweiser commercial….enjoy!

2013 Budweiser Super Bowl Commercial

Leesburg First Friday

Looking for something to do tonight that’s fun, inexpensive and family friendly?  Join the Town of Leesburg for the monthly First Friday celebration event.  What is Leesburg First Friday?  It is the one night of the month when all the shop and restaurant owners throughout historic Leesburg open their doors with live music, wine tastings, great food, and other special events.  Leesburg First Friday is a family event with many fun activities for the kids too! 

Did you know that Leesburg was established in 1758 and is the seat of government for Loudoun County?  Loudoun was granted county status in 1757 during the French and Indian War and was named for the Commander-in-Chief of British and colonial forces facing the French in North America, John Campbell, the fourth Earl of Loudoun in Ayrshire, Scotland.  One year later, Leesburg was founded and became the county seat.  Our first courthouse was built in the center of town in 1761.

Three centuries rich in history, Leesburg is lucky to be the home of the Loudoun Museum.  Tonight the Museum celebrates the launch of their new website, providing one place for all Museum collections to be viewed through their new gallery of pictures.  Artifacts on-site must be rotated periodically to preserve their integrity.  Until now, much of the collection has never been displayed.  Visit www.loudounmuseum.org to learn more about our County’s history.

To view all the events happening in Downtown Leesburg tonight, visit www.leesburgfirstfriday.com.

 

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.

Keep Loudoun Beautiful

“Loudoun’s Beauty is Everyone’s Duty”  is the mantra of Keep Loudoun Beautiful, an all-volunteer organization who’s mission is to maintain the natural beauty and visual quality of Loudoun County.   KLB also encourages and educates citizens to keep Loudoun beautiful, promotes public awareness of environmental challenges, and aims to improve county trash disposal and to eliminate illegal dumping.

With business and individual sponsors from the local community, KLB hosts clean-up events throughout Loudoun including watershed clean-up of waterways.  Spring is the busiest season as individual communities, with the help of KLB, organize clean-up events.  Upcoming events, and information on becoming a KLB member or joining in a clean-up event can be found on the KLB website.   Going strong since 1972, 2012 marks the 40th year of Keeping Loudoun Beautiful!


RE/MAX CEO Talks About Spring Market

RE/MAX CEO, Margaret Kelly, talked to CNBC on March 14 about rising home prices and indications that spring and summer 2012 will feature an active and busy housing market. According to Kelly, many RE/MAX agents around the country have said January and February 2012 have been the busiest they’ve seen in years and many economic indicators offer hope that the housing market will continue to improve.