Tea at Oatlands, Leesburg

Are you looking for a girls day out with a little class?  Spend an afternoon enjoying tea at Oatlands Historic House & Gardens!  The traditional English afternoon teas are hosted every season of the year, with special teas during the winter holidays, Valentines Day, and Mother’s Day.   Tea is served at 1:00pm along with tea sandwiches, sweets and scones.   Check the complete 2012 tea schedule then call to make your reservations and purchase tickets ($26.95+ tax).  The teas are reserved for ages 3 and up.   Proceeds support the Oatlands Historic House & Gardens which is located on Rt. 15, south of Leesburg.

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!

Ladies Board Rummage Sale, 2011

Ladies Board Rummage SaleCome the middle of October, the Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital hosts their Annual Rummage Sale at the Morven Park Equestrian and Event Center in Leesburg.   The sale is an event regarded by many as “the biggest treasure hunt and bargain shopping extravaganza in Loudoun County”.   You’ll see why as you browse 40,000 square feet of trinkets, treasures and everything including the kitchen sink, all indoors!   2011 is the the 73nd Annual Rummage Sale, Friday, October 14 & Saturday, October 15.   Co-chairs Lisa Cromwell & Sue Clewis, along with an army of dedicated volunteers, are gearing up for another successful sale!

There is an Early Bird Hour from 8am to 9am on Friday only.  Tickets are $5.00 and benefit the Polly Clemens Nursery Fund.  Early Bird Tickets are on sale at the Black Shutter Antique Shop, the Twice is Nice thrift shop (both in Leesburg) and the Gift Shop at Inova Loudoun Hospital in Lansdowne.  Admission is free during the general sale hours of 9 am to 3 pm on Friday and Saturday.  The Sale’s Silent Auction, a one-day event, closes on Friday at 2pm.  Artwork, gift certificates and unique items are offered at the Auction.  Check out the Ladies Board Facebook page for photos of current auction items.

The Ladies Board hosted the first rummage sale in 1938 at the St. James Church in Leesburg. Net sales were approximately $150, and everyone worried that no rummage was left in the County!  For many years the sale was held at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Leesburg until in 2003 when it moved to Morven Park.  All proceeds benefit the Ladies Board which supports nursing scholarships and special projects at Inova Loudoun Hospital.

The sale requires months of planning and hundreds of volunteers. To volunteer or donate items, year-round please call 703-771-2985.

Run for Independence 8K, Leesburg

Kick off the 2011 July 4 holiday weekend with the 8K Run for Independence in Leesburg!  This 1st annual event will take place Saturday, July 2, at 7:15am and run through the streets of historic Leesburg on a USA T&F certified measured course.  The Run benefits the ARC of Loudoun’s Paxton* Campus in Leesburg “which works with and advocates for children and adults with disabilities.” The event will include post-race activities for the whole family – music, food and more.   Don’t delay – online registration closes at 9am on July 1; $30 per race participant.  Day-of-race registration is also available at an additional fee.  To register and for complete information visit the Run for Independence website.

*For more information about the historic Paxton mansion in NE Leesburg, visit  http://preserveloudoun.org/Programs/paxton.html.


#75 Chocolates Galore & More, Loudoun YMCA

February is here and many thoughts turn to the universally admired sweet treat:  Chocolate!    If you are a chocolate lover, you are in luck as the YMCA of Loudoun is hosting its 23rd annual fundraiser, Chocolates Galore & More! on Friday, February 18 at the National Conference Center in Leesburg/ Lansdowne, 7:00pm-11:00pm.    Grab some friends and enjoy a night out at one of Loudoun County’s most popular events, which regularly draws crowds in excess of 700 people.   Not only will you enjoy a dessert & hors d’oeuvre competition but also silent & live auctions as well as music, dancing and champagne.   Tickets will be available for purchase online until February 17.   Reserved seating tickets are $70, general admission tickets are $60.   General admission tickets will also be available at the door for $70.  For all the sweet details and to purchase tickets or a table online, go to the Chocolates Galore & More! website.

#71 Taste of Greece in Ashburn

Need a  remedy for cabin fever?  The party’s on this weekend at the 3rd Annual Taste of Greece in Ashburn!   Sponsored by the Greek Orthodox Parish of Loudoun,  here’s an opportunity to enjoy authentic Greek cuisine right here in Loudoun County.    Some of the items served will include Gyros, Souvlaki, Pastitisio, Spanakopita, Moussaka, Greek salad, Baklava, and Greek coffee.  Kids meal are available too.  Click here for a complete menu.  Come for dinner, lunch or take-out  Friday, January 29 4-9pm, Saturday Jan. 29, 11-9pm and Sunday, Jan. 30 11-7pm.  No snow is stopping this event!  Food will be served, snow or shine!   Free admission and free parking on-site at Ashburn Volunteer Fire Department, Founder’s Hall, 20688 Ashburn Road, Ashburn, VA 20147   Cash, check, VISA, MasterCard and Discover accepted.

#62 Route 9 Barrel Tasting

Got plans for the MLK holiday weekend?  The Route 9 Barrel Tasting takes place Saturday, January 15, and Sunday, January 16, from 11am to 5pm.  Take a leisurely cruise down Loudoun’s Route 9 from Waterford through Hillsboro while enjoying a unique wine tasting opportunity.  Four of Loudoun’s wineries will be  participating in this event which gives visitors a unique opportunity to talk with the winemakers and get a sneak preview of the 2010 wines.  Fun times to be had while helping local charity — Inova Loudoun Hospital Foundation will receive 20% of the proceeds from ticket sales.  Participating vineyards and wineries include:  Doukenie Winery, which is coordinating the event, Hillsborough Vineyards, Sunset Hills Vineyard, and Loudoun Valley Vineyards.  Tickets are $40 each and  include tastings from two barrels at each winery and a souvenir wine glass.

Contact Maria@doukeniewinery.com or 540-668-6464 x202 for tickets and information.

#52 Sunset Hills Vineyard & Limousine Wine Tours

Whether you are looking for a unique gift for your significant other, or some local flavor to share with visiting guests for the holidays, Sunset Hills Vineyard is the place to be for a “Rockin’ Holiday” time!  Every weekend in December, Sunset Hills features live music, handmade gift shopping, and fine wine in their heated barn, merrily decorated for the holiday season.  Musicians performing these last two weekends of 2010 include Jason Masi, Sunday, December 19th, 2:00-5:00pm; and Jim Counter, Sunday, December 26th, 1:30-4:30pm; the winery is open from 12noon to 6pm.  The gift shop selection ranges from tree ornaments to original watercolor paintings by resident artist, Alex Carr.  The winery is also participating in Operation USO Care Package, donating 100% of their “Cookies for a Cause” proceeds this December to the program.

The “feel good” spirit will continue into the new year at Sunset Hills, with “Beat the Winter Blues” every weekend in January from 12noon to 6pm, Saturdays and Sundays.  Click here for a schedule of the winery’s January events, including live music, catered food events, and even a watercolor workshop with artist Alex Carr.  Sunset Hills Vineyard is located at 38295 Fremont Overlook Lane, Purcellville, VA  20132.  For more information, go to sunsethillsvineyard.com or call 540-882-4560.

Want to enjoy the wine and not worry about the driving?  Several limousine services include Sunset Hills in their destinations and wine tours.  Contact the following companies for more information:

Chariots for Hire 703-790-LIMO

Point to Point Limosines 800-882-8208

Reston Limo 800-LIMO-141

Virginia Wine Adventures 877-VA-Grape