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The Piedmont Weekend Roundup: February 26 – 28

Pouring red wine from bottle into glass with wooden wine casks on background

Fauquier County Wine Tasting & Competition at Airlie (Saturday, Warrenton). Come out and sample the wines of sixteen local vineyards and vote for your favorites in the People’s Choice Wine Competition. Delicious food pairings, prepared by the Airlie Chef, and live music. Please note that, to accommodate more visitors, this year’s wine tastings will be offered during two time periods. All tickets must be pre-purchased.

Riverside Group Show postcard-3 copy-1Art in Its Natural Habitat: An Exhibit of Paintings in a Model Home (Friday, 5-7 p.m., Charlottesville). Interior designer Robin Ellis invites you to celebrate Stony Point Design/Build as well as Charlottesville artists Helen Hillard, Chris Tucker, and Nancy Wallace.

Lighting the Creative Spark lightingthecreativespark(Thursday, Live An Artful Life Gallery, The Plains). This workshop, led by Dr. Celia Im, utilizes the power of music to ignite attendees’ creative potential. By engaging this part of ourselves, we are driven to finish that creative project, sculpt the next stage of our lives, and live in the moment.

Winemaker for a Day: Blending Seminar at Narmada Winery (Saturday, Amissville). Have you always dreamed of being a winemaker? Challenge yourself and your friends at our interactive winemaking seminar. Join our winemaker Sudha Patil and guest speaker Duane Harris for this workshop and experience the excitement of combining both the art and the science that goes into making a distinctive wine! You’ll be sampling and blending cabernet franc, malbec, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and petit verdot. Once your perfect blend is bottled, teams compete, imbibe, and select the most spectacular wine of the day!

FB_Motown-768x284Motown & More: A Tribute to Motown and Soul Legends (Friday, State Theatre, Culpeper).  An ensemble of today’s most talented artists brings it all back! Vocalists Bryan Fox, Gene McBride, Jeffrey Walker and Shang (each phenomenal in their own right) come together with exquisite harmonies to recreate classics and develop new musical arrangements. Less than a year old, Motown & More has become a popular production in the Baltimore/Washington/Virginia region.

An Evening with Groucho (Sunday, Louisa Arts Center, Louisa). Award-winning actor Frank Ferrante reprises his New York and London hit in this fast-paced hilarious tour-de-force. You will swear legendary comedian Groucho Marx is alive and well and making you laugh. Accompanied by his pianist, the comedy, one-liners, and songs of Groucho Marx make for an all-ages treat!

Six Pack Songwriter Series: An Evening of Central Virginia Songwriting (Friday, The Paramount, Charlottesville). With the goal of allowing audiences to experience a mixture of our best local artists at once, each “Six Pack Songwriter Series” event features 6 artists for one evening of live and local music. This year’s  production welcomes an all-new lineup to The Paramount stage. This year’s roster includes Michael Clem, Ben Eppard, Paulo Franco, Julia Kwolyk, Anne O’Brien, and David Tewksbury, all backed by a live band.

National Theatre Live in HD Presents: “As You Like It” at the Paramount (Sunday, The Paramount, Charlottesville). Shakespeare’s glorious comedy of love and change comes to the National Theatre for the first time in over 30 years, with Rosalie Craig (London Road, Macbeth at MIF) as Rosalind.  With her father, the Duke, banished and in exile, Rosalind and her cousin Celia leave their lives in the court behind them and journey into the Forest of Arden. There, released from convention, Rosalind experiences the liberating rush of transformation. Disguising herself as a boy, she embraces a different way of living and falls spectacularly in love.

Smithsonian at Little Washington Concert Series: Haydn Piano Trios (Sunday, Theatre at Washington, Washington). Pianist Kenneth Slowik is an artistic director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society. Violinist Heather Green joined the National Symphony Orchestra in 2005, and became a member of the first violin section in 2007. Cellist James Lee made his debut with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra at the age of 15. These three come together for a marvelous performance.

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photo by Doug Lees

“Virginia Steeplechasing: The History and Future of the Sport in the Piedmont” (Sunday, National Sporting Library, Middleburg). This steeplechasing panel discussion is mediated by Robert Banner, President of Great Meadow Foundation. Panelists are Dr. William Allison (Ex-MFH and President and Race Chairman of the Virginia Gold Cup Races), Dr. Alfred Griffin (Ex-MFH and Director of Racing of the Virginia Gold Cup), Will O’Keefe (Race Director of the Virginia Fall Races), and Don Yovanovich (President of the Virginia Point-to-Point). Panelists discuss the history and future of this region’s beloved steeplechasing and equine sports. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions of the panelists. Also at NSLM currently are the exhibits “Side by Side with Gun and Dog” and “Line Dance: the Art of Fly Fishing.”

“Sunrise, Sunset” (Byrne Gallery, Middleburg). This weekend is the last chance to see this juried show featuring artworks inspired by sunrises and sunsets, bringing joy and warmth to the cold month of February.

“Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” at Riverside Dinner Theater (Through Mar. 13, Fredericksburg). Starring Todd Meredith as Holly, with the Buddy Holly tribute band, The Rave-Ons, this musical is the true story of the last few years of Buddy Holly’s life, spotlighting his meteoric rise to fame from the moment in 1957 when “That’ll be the Day” hit the airwaves until his tragic death on “The Day the Music Died.” Featuring many of his timeless hits, “Buddy” is a celebration of the life and times of “the young man with the glasses” that captures the unique mixture of innocence, determination, humor, and charm that was Buddy Holly and wraps it all up into a package that has become “The World’s Most Successful Rock-n-Roll Musical.”

Edible Fest in Orange this weekend…and more!


By Meghan Scalea

The Orange Downtown Alliance presents its fourth annual Edible Fest on August 8th in a celebration of food and those who produce it. The day-long event features cooking demonstrations, local food vendors, kids’ activities, and artisans producing kitchen- and meal-friendly products.

Back by popular demand, but with an expanded roster, the festival features cooking demonstrations by ten guest chefs from favorite kitchens across Virginia. Audiences get close-ups of knife skills and preparation techniques with the help of overhead cameras and large flat-screen TVs projecting each chef’s handiwork. Guest chefs include those from the acclaimed Ivy Inn, Clifton Inn, the Inn at Willow Grove, and more.

New for this year is a do-it-yourself tent where attendees can talk one-on-one with experts on topics like beekeeping, growing food and preparing it, raising chickens, and other culinary topics.

The festival was designed to be more than just a place to buy cool food, according to Jeff Curtis, Executive Director of Orange Downtown Alliance. “We’re taking it to the next level with the food message. You’re talking to the people who are raising the beef or growing the vegetables. Then you’ve got the chefs telling you how to prepare the product. We complement that with the food court where you can get some food and listen to music. Then you can look at nice accessories to buy for your kitchen or dining table. So we’ve covered all aspects of finding the source, how to prepare and present it.”

Curtis notes that more attendees are traveling from Richmond and northern Virginia to learn about where their food comes from. “We’re seeing a greater appreciation from those areas of the state,” he says. “Now folks are finding their farmers’ markets — they’re buying their food and learning how to prepare it from these farmers and vendors. That’s what the spirit of the festival is all about.”

Edible Fest is August 8 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., rain or shine. Admission for adults is $7. Children 12 and under are free. Learn more at

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Our spring issue is out-and it’s a good one!

Subscribers should have theirs already, and I am in the process of delivering to newsstands.

pea soup for webThis issue features a section of beautiful Piedmont home profiles, an article with about veterans who return from service and take up farming by Marian Burros, and a photo essay by Doug Graham, photographer from Capitol Hill who found joy in photography again in photographing the local area around his home in Bluemont.

Also featured are the Poetry of Perry Epes about restoring a historical house in Loudoun County by our new writer, Morgan Hensley. Adopting ducklings and homesteading, native flowers, and helpful gardening gadgets by Carla Hogue are also explored. For wildlife, we have an article by Glenda Booth about the Snakehead fish which is spreading through Piedmont rivers, and our food section covers local spring foods, with recipes from Brian Lichorowic and Laurie Beth Gills. Our vineyard this issue is Glen Manor Vineyards by Kit Johnston. And for art, we have delicate handmade lace by the Piedmont Lace Guild.

And two articles from Walter Nicklin, founder of the Piedmont Virginian, round out the issue: “Where Have All the Hitchhikers Gone?” previously published online, and his regular Letter from Amissville, a reflection on our love for the Piedmont, especially in the springtime!

Oh….and our photo contest is coming up again…details coming soon on

We are now hard at work on the summer issue, which I am very excited about. We will have a large section on Farm to Table in the Piedmont, a photo essay on rivers in the Piedmont (perfect for summer!), some history about Suffragists and a memorial going up in Prince William to honor them, a profile of Larry Keel, Piedmont bluegrass musician, by Eric Wallace, and, of course, all our regular writers featuring poetry, art, the environment, recipes….covering everything that is special in our Piedmont.

You can pick up a copy at one of our local newsstands (see or subscribe online for either our print or digital editions at

Of course, as always, we thank all our advertisers, readers, subscribers, newsstands, writers and everyone else who supports our magazine!

Photo: Purple Podded Heirloom Pea Soup by Laurie Beth Gills


Oatlands Spring Gala

Spring Gala to Celebrate the Extraordinary 1965 Gift of Oatlands to the Nation

50th Anniversary Spring Gala on April 25th to Honor the Eustis Family for its Donation of Oatlands to the National Trust for Historic Preservation

 Oatlands Historic House & Gardens announced that its Spring Gala on April 25 will honor the Eustis Family for the extraordinary gift of Oatlands to the National Trust for Historic Preservation 50 years ago.  In 1965, Margaret Eustis Finley and Anne Eustis Emmet donated Oatlands including its magnificent 1804 mansion, 19th century greenhouse, terraced gardens and more than 414 acres of beautiful fields to the National Trust for future generations to explore, experience and appreciate.

Margaret Finley and Anne Emmet in the garden “It is with a special sense of deep gratitude that we honor the Eustis Family at our Spring Gala on April 25,” commented Andrea McGimsey, executive director of Oatlands.  McGimsey continued, “Because of the Eustis Family’s extraordinary gift to the nation, we in Northern Virginia have been able to enjoy a truly beautiful and remarkable place unlike any other historic property.  Fifty years later, we remain forever grateful for the generosity of the Eustis family.”

On April 25, 2015 beginning at 7pm, residents from across the National Capital Region will gather for an evening of elegance and celebration to support Oatlands Historic House & Gardens and its mission of historic preservation, land conservation research, education and community outreach. Gala Committee Co-Chairs Jill Beach and Sally Travis are leading the 50th Anniversary Spring Gala preparation efforts for the evening which will include dinner, dancing, a live and silent auction and much more.

Special corporate sponsorships are being sought to celebrate this special occasion and table and individual reservations are also available. Ticket and reservation information is available online at contact Development Director Matt Kraycinovich at 703-777-3174 or via email at

Photo: Margaret Eustis Finley and Anne Eustis Emmet in the Gardens at Oatlands, c. 1965

 About Oatlands Historic House & Gardens: Oatlands is a 414-acre self-supporting National Trust Historic Site and National Historic Landmark.  The mission of Oatlands focuses on historic preservation, land conservation, research, education, and community outreach.  The site features a stunning landscape with magnificent gardens, an 1804 mansion and 19th century brick dependencies, including the Oatlands greenhouse, the second oldest greenhouse in the nation.  For more information, visit or call 703-777-3174.  Oatlands is located six miles south of the Town of Leesburg on US Route 15.

National Sporting Library & Museum Announces Summer Concert Series ‘Open Late’

MuseumThe National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) in Middleburg is pleased to announce Open Late, a free summer concert series that will take place every fourth Friday from April through September. The event series features regional performers, craft beers, and local wineries; guests are invited to stroll through the Art Museum to enjoy changing exhibitions and permanent collections or to spread out picnic blankets and lawn chairs for the open-air concert. During the Open Late events, the Museum will be open until 8:00 p.m.
Melanie Mathewes, Executive Director of the National Sporting Library & Museum explained, “We’re very excited to announce that this year, on the first Friday of April, May, June, July, August and September, our facilities and our campus will be open late to allow the public to visit and enjoy our treasures. All are invited to picnic and relax on our campus lawn, enjoy music concerts, and try regional wines and Virginia craft beers. We’ve planned these events with young families in mind and with the hope that those passing through Middleburg heading east or west after work will join us.
“Knowing how difficult it is to take time out of busy schedules during the day, we thought staying open late would give people more opportunities to explore the exhibitions and collections on view in the art Museum,” continued Mathewes. “When I discussed it with our board and staff and members of the Middleburg community, I was delighted that everyone was excited to make the idea a reality. We decided to encourage the community to spend a couple of hours here each month this summer.”
Open Late is free and open to the public; picnics are welcome and a cash bar will be available. The event will be held rain or shine, and no outside alcohol will be permitted on premises.

Open Late Calendar

April 24 : Middleburg Hunt Point-to-Point Night featuring Difficult Run Jazz Band, South Street Brewing and Three Fox Vineyards
May 22: featuring Tara Mills Band, 3 Brothers Brewing and Naked Mountain Winery
June 26: Virginia Tech Alumni Night featuring Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, Forge Brew Works and Cana Winery
July 24: George Mason Alumni Night featuring George Mason University Jazz Ensemble, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and Otium Winery
August 28: featuring Reckless Island, Mad Fox Brewing Company and Boxwood Winery
September 25: Friends and Family Night Foxcroft School, The Hill School, Middleburg Academy, Middleburg Community Charter School, and Wakefield School, featuring Lisa Lim Band Legend Brewing and Market Salamander

The National Sporting Library & Museum is dedicated to preserving, promoting and sharing the literature, art and culture of equestrian, angling and field sports. Founded in 1954, NSLM holds thousands of books on sporting topics including hunting, angling, equestrianism and horseracing, among others. The Library collection dates from the 16th-21st centuries. The Museum houses exhibits of American and European animal and sporting fine art. Information is shared through exhibitions, lectures, seminars, publications and special events. The NSLM is open to researchers and the general public. Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m

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