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Internationally Acclaimed J. Reilly Lewis Comes to the Piedmont

From our friends at The Community Music School of the Piedmont —

The Community Music School of the Piedmont presents ‘The Joy of Bach’, the 5th Annual Candlelight Concert featuring the internationally acclaimed J. Reilly Lewis and performers from The Washington Bach Consort. The fundraising event and silent auction will take place on Sunday, February 19th, 2012 at 4:00PM at Barton Oaks Ballroom in The Plains Virginia.

The event will feature the highly talented conductor and keyboard artist, J. Reilly Lewis. “Lewis’s performance journeyed well above the timberline into the heart and soul of Bach’s genius, said The Washington Post of his playing and conducting. “It was clear from his reading of it that Lewis loves this music deeply; it was a performance so tender you never wanted it to end.”

Highlights of this year’s program will include The Italian Concerto, The Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook, the French Suite in G Major, among others. All will be performed by stellar soloists and instrumentalists from the Washington Bach Consort conducted by Maestro Lewis.

As the sole, annual fundraising event for the school, the Candlelight Concert series was established to provide world-class music to the local community, and to raise critically needed scholarship and outreach funds for the Community Music School of the Piedmont. Tickets for this one-night event are $125 and can be purchased online at www.piedmontmusic.org. Through music instruction and ensemble opportunities, the Community Music School of the Piedmont enriches the lives of over 450 community children.

Since 1994, the Community Music School of the Piedmont has been dedicated to providing high quality music instruction and performance opportunities for all members of the community. Headquartered in Upperville, Virginia, the school is an independent, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization and a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education. For more information on the Candlelight Concert Series, please visit the Community Music School of the Piedmont’s website at www.piedmontmusic.org or call (540)-592-3040.

Conferences, Summer Camps & Gods and Generals

Our friends at The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership (JTHG) have some pretty amazing events and projects going on this year.  From Gettysburg to Monticello, the JTHG is full of local culture, wineries, old towns, breath taking views and the amazing rich history of this region.

The first event that is quickly approaching would be the JTHG Partnership Annual Conference on May 24-25 at George Mason University in Manassas, VA.  JTHG along with A&E Television Network invite you to this annual conference featuring History Channel Chief Historian and Senior Vice President, Libby H. O’Connell as the keynote speaker.  The conference is open to the public however you must register to attend ($30-$100 for registration).  There will be networking events, battlefield tours, and workshops covering genealogy and tourism; mobile technology and visitors; African American heritage and the Underground Railroad; engaging youth in our shared national heritage; and the latest news on the commemorations for the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War and Emancipation.  Seating is limited so please register soon!

JTHG also offers a wonderful Extreme Journey Summer Camp every Summer.  However this year, for the very first time, middle-school-aged students from around the globe can also experience Extreme Journey Summer Camp!  The JTHG Partnership is also teaming up with Woodberry Forest School this year to host a two-week overnight camp that builds on the enormous popularity of the normal Extreme Journey Day Camp.  Both of the day and overnight camps take 6th through 8th grade boys and girls on historic adventures through Presidential homes, internationally known heritage sites, and through some of our nation’s most significant national parks.  They will hike, bike, canoe and spend time with National Park Service Rangers, expert historians, archaeologists, and educators to unlock stories and lessons of leadership found in the region.  For more info and registration, click here.

HISTORY (channel) recently announced its financial support of $100,000 to the JTHG Partnership’s award-winning Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student service-learning program.  This donation will be used over the next three years to bring this groundbreaking, multimedia educational program to students and schools in order to interpret life and events during the American Civil War and from battlefields within the JTHG National Heritage Area.  The donation will allow JTHG to work closely with 12 National Park partners and nearby grade schools with in the JTHG National Heritage Area, and will teach young people about the impact of the Civil War.

The JTHG Partnership, Warner Brothers Entertainment, and Producer/Director Ron Maxwell invite you to see the new Extended Director’s Cut of Gods & Generals at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Va.  The actors will discuss the making of the film and the importance of our nation’s heritage.  Several of the actors/actresses will attend this event as well!  Come out and enjoy the premiere on Friday, July 22 at 3pm.  Tickets are $61 and benefit the education programs of the JTHG.  Group rates are available.  Click here for more information and to order tickets.

As you can see, there are so many fantastic things going on with The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership and we’re so excited to be a part of it.  We hope that you and your family will take the time to enjoy one or all of these amazing events or programs coming up.  Please visit the JTHG website for many more event listings such as The Heart & Soul of the Journey Annual Gala on June 18th; Kids to Parks Days; the Dinner at Palladio Restuarant with Gods and Generals director Ron Maxwell, or read about the six JTHG Certified Tourism Ambassadors that have reached the finals for the annual Star Award!  Visit http://www.hallowedground.org to stay up to date with all of the amazing events happening for this organization.

Time to Test Your Palate

OK, I’m talking about more than a simple palate-pleasing wine experience. Maybe it’s best to think of this as an opportunity to match your business acumen with your entrepreneurial spirit. All of you who have been looking for the perfect holiday present or those of you who wonder how you can change your life in the upcoming year, then have I got a deal for you!

Here’s an opportunity to purchase a successful operating business: The whole 20-acre property with the winery, vineyard, spring house, and inventory. The staff eagerly awaits your arrival and is ready to turn your dream into reality. After all, they know this business. The winemaker, Chris Pearmund, would be happy to continue as the winemaker. Everything goes as a package in its entirety or in partnership with the current owners.

Now that I’ve solved your wanderlust, middle-age anxiety, or youthful exuberance (or some combination thereof). Here are some important details:

The winery in question is The Winery at La Grange in Haymarket. You’ll be pleased to know that many of their wines have won a handsome list of awards including gold medals at some of the better known, impressive wine competitions. Whet your whistle yet? OK, just a little more: The wines have made it on to a number of restaurant wine lists which in itself is a testament to superior taste. We are too familiar with restaurateurs skipping over the so-called local approach. 

That’s all the homework I have prepared for you. Now it’s your turn to get the specifics. Either contact winemaker and managing partner Chris Pearmund or Carrie Carter at Sotheby’s.

Keep me posted so I can let everyone know about your life-changing, career-building decision!

Hylton Center Season Opens May 21st

 The Hylton Performing Arts Center is nearly nine stories of a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, and is proof positive that the arts are alive on George Mason University's Prince William Campus.
 The doors will open on Friday, May 21, and the 85,000-square foot center will provide a first-class setting to fulfill the social, artistic, economic and cultural needs of the surrounding communities. The new facility will be home to more than 10 local and regional arts groups including the Manassas Ballet, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Little Theatre of Prince William and the Youth Orchestra of Prince William. Performers from around the world will also be welcomed to the center's stage in the 1,140-seat Merchant Hall. In its first year, more than 100 performances will take place in the new venue. The new facility will also allow Mason-sponsored groups such as the Potomac Arts Academy and Theater of the First Amendment to expand their programs into the Prince William community. Even individuals in the local community are donating their time to help make the center a success. More than 1,000 volunteers will be waiting in the wings to help with performances and the many private, civic, corporate and social events that will be held in the center's rentable space. The 2010 Hylton Season is all lined up and provides a great mix of entertainment for the whole family and for every type of musical tastes.

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Richest County in Country–Whew!

The word is out and Loudoun County grabs the ring: What a Distinction! What does it mean to be the richest county in the country? It could be good for attracting high-end businesses and finding builders who want to match the demographic information from the Forbes list of the top 25 richest counties.

The report found that the median annual income is over $110,000. Maybe proximity to Washington, DC helps. (Proximity to DC and the government job opportunities also has another Piedmont county on the list: Prince William County).

Loudoun offers the rolling hills with towns and villages and a quieter lifestyle than the big city not that far away. There are plenty of fine dining opportunities, great relaxation spots, and your choice of over 20 wineries to help you settle in. On the famous city list, there’s Middleburg, long considered the horse crowd’s heaven, but one not to be overlooked for its small city charm right in the middle of a bustling county.

Don’t forget another city drawing a lot of attention: Leesburg which has married the older sections with a new-found energy of commerce.

If you live in Loudoun, you probably want the attention to focus elsewhere. Some may even scoff at something like this accolade, but if you want to see what it’s all about, then this is a great county to explore!

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