Get Out Loudoun for December 2021

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DEC. 2021

6 Brits Invade Loudoun



Meet the Voice

Old Farm Gets New Life

Loudoun Now Your guide to Loudoun’s Entertainment Scene






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The Tinsel! display is lighting up Sterling where visitors can get into the holiday spirit with lights, music, food truck—and maybe an up-close visit with Washington Capitals mascot Screech.

All Things Holidays BY VISIT LOUDOUN

decked out with twinkling lights and filled with tinsel— lots of tinsel!”

Spectacular holiday-themed light shows are the kind of thing we expect at Disney World or in the glitz and glamor of Hollywood or New York City.

Running Nov. 19-Jan. 22, hockey fans can visit #Allcaps Corner on the site for Caps-themed arts, crafts, photographs and swag; for each ticket purchased to the event, $1 goes to Inova Health Foundation.

But this winter season, Loudoun will be taking center stage. From the urban east to the rural west, Loudoun will light up with glittering hitech illuminations, starting with the immersive, interactive Tinsel! experience on aptly named Holiday Drive, location of the Holiday Inn Washington-Dulles Intl Airport. “It’s so much more than a light show,” said Stephanie Snapkoski of the B. F. Saul Company Hospitality Group, which is staging the show and featuring exclusive activations with the Washington Capitals hockey team. “Aside from all the ‘what’s around the next corner?’ excitement, visitors can enjoy scavenger hunts, a giant 18-foot Christmas tree, selfie stations for pictures with Santa and a 120-foot tunnel DECEMBER 2021

Moving further west, Leesburg’s Morven Park will host the Mid-Atlantic debut of Los Angeles, California’s spectacular Holiday Road, a walking trail of twinkling illuminations, giant themed installations and iconic holiday scenes. Running Nov. 26 until Jan. 2, guests are transported to a snow-carpeted fantasy land replete with North Pole, Elf Village, Gingerbread Lane, light tunnels, Christmas tree forests and more. It’s not Disneyland—but it’s close. Further west, on the slopes of the Blue Ridge, Nov. 26 also sees the launch of the third annual Lighting of the Vines at Bluemont Vineyard:






15,000 holiday lights strung through 10,000 grape vines on the property. While the glow can be seen from miles away, the best place to enjoy it is from the winery tasting room or the property’s Harvest Room & Kitchen restaurant up the hill. It’s not all “light” fun this holiday season of course. Throughout December, Middleburg will celebrate “A Dickens of a Christmas,” a Charles Dickens-inspired experience that transports you back to the era of “A Christmas Carol,” with activities that include a dog show, a fun run, carol singing, theatrical performances of A Christmas Carol and The Nutcracker and vintage carriage rides through the streets. Make sure not to miss the Christmas in Middleburg tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 3 and the iconic parade December 4. Simply magic. For a complete list of holiday celebrations in Loudoun, check out

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Beef and Mushroom Pie at Salt Pot Kitchen is a best-seller.


A Taste of Britain Arrives in Loudoun BY JAN MERCKER


s a British mom of American kids, Wendy Salt remembers sitting at chilly high school football games, dreaming of a hearty, warming soup instead of traditional concession stand fare. When the pandemic dealt a blow to her event planning business, Salt tapped into what she saw as a niche in the local market for cozy but nutritious comfort food. Salt and her son Charlie launched the Salt Pot Kitchen in January with a mission to bring high-quality authentic British food to Loudoun and Northern Virginia. “I felt there was this hole in the market for this homemade, good quality but pretty basic food,” Salt said. “We really wanted it to be Britishbased.” In the past year, the Salts have built a regional following for their savory meat pies, sausage rolls and hearty soups. The kitchen appeals to British expats from around the region craving a taste of home and local fans seeking to explore new flavors of comfort food.

For the mother and son team, it’s all about keeping it simple with authentic and comforting flavors and high-quality ingredients. “We know it’s what we like. It’s what I fed my kids and what I kind of grew up on—we were hoping that other people would like it as well,” Salt said. The Salts rent kitchen space at the Chefscape food incubator in Leesburg and have also started hosting pop-up markets at Chefscape. Fans can find the Salt Pot Kitchen at the Gilberts Corner Farmers Market on Saturdays and Sundays and at the EatLoco Farmers Market at One Loudoun on Saturdays. The Salts also do pop-ups at area wineries and breweries. Salt hails from Surrey in southern England but traveled the world as the daughter of a British diplomat. She’s a Cordon Bleu-trained chef who worked in kitchens in Europe before moving to the DC area with her husband in the ’90s and raising their three children in Fairfax and Loudoun counties. In DC, Salt shifted gears and moved into international event planning, working for top TASTE OF BRITAIN





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50 West Vineyards 39060 John Mosby Highway, Middleburg 8 Chains North Winery 38593 Daymont Ln., Waterford, VA 868 Estate Vineyards 14001 Harpers Ferry Rd., Purcellville The Barns at Hamilton Station 16804 Hamilton Station Rd., Hamilton Bleu Frog Vineyards 16413 James Monroe Hwy, Leesburg Bluemont Vineyard 18755 Foggy Bottom Rd., Bluemont Bogati Winery 35246 Harry Byrd Hwy., Round Hill Boxwood Estate Winery 2042 Burrland Rd., Middleburg Breaux Vineyards 36888 Breaux Vineyards Ln., Hillsboro

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Bozzo Family Vineyards 35226 Charles Town Pike, Hillsboro Cana Vineyards of Middleburg 38600 John Mosby Hwy., Middleburg Carriage House Wineworks 40817 Brown Lane, Waterford Casanel Vineyards 17952 Canby Rd., Leesburg Chrysalis Vineyards 39025 John Mosby Hwy., Aldie Corcoran Vineyards & Cider 14635 Corkys Farm Ln., Waterford Creek’s Edge Winery 41255 Annas Ln., Lovettsville Crushed Cellars 37938 Charles Town Pike, Purcellville Doukenie Winery 14727 Mountain Rd., Hillsboro

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18195 Dry Mill Rd., Leesburg Eagletree Farm & Vineyards 15100 Harrison Hill Lane, Leesburg Endhardt Vineyards 19600 Lincoln Road, Purcellville Fabbioli Cellars 15669 Limestone School Rd., Leesburg Firefly Cellars 40325 Charles Town Pike, Hamilton Fleetwood Farm Winery 23075 Evergreen Mills Rd., Leesburg Forever Farm & Vineyards 15779 Woodgrove Road, Purcellville Greenhill Winery & Vineyards 23595 Winery Ln., Middleburg Hidden Brook Winery 43301 Spinks Ferry Rd., Leesburg

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12202 Axline Rd., Lovettsville Lost Creek Winery 43285 Spinks Ferry Rd., Leesburg Maggie Malick Wine Caves 12138 Harpers Ferry Rd., Hillsboro Old Farm Winery 23583 Fleetwood Road, Aldie Otium Cellars 18050 Tranquility Rd., Purcellville Stone Tower Winery 19925 Hogback Mountain Rd., L’burg

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36580 Shoemaker School Rd., Purcellville Sunset Hills Vineyard 38295 Fremont Overlook Ln, Purcellville Tarara Winery 13648 Tarara Ln, Leesburg Terra Nebulo 39892 Old Wheatland Rd., Waterford Three Creeks Winery 18548 Harmony Church Road, Hamilton Two Twisted Posts Winery 12944 Harpers Ferry Rd., Hillsboro

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40405 Browns Lane, Waterford Willowcroft Farm Vineyards 38906 Mount Gilead Rd., Leesburg The Wine Reserve at Waterford 38516 Charles Town Pike, Waterford Walsh Family Wine 16031 Hillsboro Rd., Purcellville Williams Gap Vineyards 35785 Sexton Farm Lane, Round Hill Zephaniah Farm Vineyard 19381 Dunlop Mill Rd., Leesburg

BREWERIES 1 Adroit Theory Brewing 404 Browning Ct., Purcellville

2 B Chord Brewing Company 34266 Williams Gap Rd., Round Hill

3 Barnhouse Brewery 43271 Spinks Ferry Rd., Leesburg

4 Bear Chase Brewing 33665 Bear Chase Ln., Bluemont

5 Belly Love Brewing Company 725 E. Main St., Purcellville

6 Beltway Brewing Company 22620 Davis Dr. Ste 110, Sterling

7 Black Hoof Brewing Company 11 South King St., Leesburg

8 Black Walnut Brewery 210 S. King St., Leesburg

9 Crooked Run Brewing Central 22455 Davis Dr., Sterling

10 Crooked Run Brewing Market Station, Leesburg

11 Dirt Farm Brewing 18701 Foggy Bottom Rd., Bluemont

12 Dynasty Brewing Company 21140 Ashburn Crossing Drive, Ashburn 101 Loudoun St, SE, Leesburg

13 Flying Ace Farm 40950 Flying Ace Ln, Lovettsville

14 Harper’s Ferry Brewing 37412 Adventure Ctr. Lane, Hillsboro 15 Harvest Gap Brewery 15485 Purcellville Road, Hillsboro

16 House 6 Brewing 4427 Atwater Dr., Ashburn

17 Lost Barrel Brewing 36138 John Mosby Highway, Middleburg

18 Lost Rhino Brewing Company 21730 Red Rum Rd. #142, Ashburn

19 Loudoun Brewing Company 310 E. Market St., Leesburg

20 Ocelot Brewing Company 23600 Overland Dr., #180, Dulles

21 Old 690 Brewing Company 15670 Ashbury Church Rd., Hillsboro

22 Old Ox Brewery 44652 Guilford Dr., Ste 114, Ashburn

23 Old Ox Brewery Middleburg 14 S Madison St, Middleburg, VA

24 Phase 2 Brewing 19382 Diamond Lake Dr, Lansdowne

25 Rocket Frog Brewing Company 22560 Glenn Dr. #103, Sterling

26 Solace Brewing Company 42615 Trade West Dr., Sterling

27 Sweetwater Tavern 45980 Waterview Plaza, Sterling

28 The Craft of Brewing 21140 Ashburn Crossing Dr., Ashburn

29 Twinpanzee Brewing Co. 101 Executive Dr., Sterling

30 Vanish Farmwoods Brewery 42245 Black Hops Ln., Lucketts

31 Wheatland Springs Farm 38454 John Wolford Rd., Waterford

BREWERIES & WINERIES 1 Hillsborough Brewery & Vineyards 36716 Charles Town Pike, Hillsboro

2 Notaviva Brewery and Winery 13274 Sagle Rd., Hillsboro

3 Quattro Goomba’s Brewery & Winery 22860 James Monroe Hwy., Aldie

Jessica Paulin has renewed her musical journey in Loudoun’s wine country.

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From Driveway Concerts to The Winery Circuit

Jessica Paulin Finds Her Voice BY JAN MERCKER

During the darkest days of the pandemic, Jessica Paulin sang in her driveway. The Lovettsville mom of four had spent the previous year working hard to get back to her first love—music—and wasn’t about to let it go. 10

“I couldn’t give it up, so I put a sign in my yard that said, ‘Live Music Today,’” Paulin recalled. Neighbors strolled by and set up chairs and listened while Paulin pulled favorites from her eclectic repertoire. In the year and a half since then, Paulin, who performs under the name Jes Jams, has stormed onto the local winery and brewery scene and built a regional following. For Paulin, her efforts to get back into her singing after setting it aside for more than a decade was accompanied by a hard-core weight loss journey. And both have required hard work and determination. “My journey started Aug. 18 of 2018. I






wanted to lose weight and get back into music,” she said. “I had goals and they came together.” Since that pivotal summer, Paulin has lost nearly 200 pounds, which she said has improved her posture and vocal range, and plays local venues and private gigs virtually every weekend. Paulin said the gradual lifting of COVID-19 gathering restrictions last spring provided opportunities for newer artists like her. She was willing to take on gigs that weren’t as appealing to some of the region’s more seasoned performers, including split gigs with a cleaning break in the middle as many wineries reopened with strict reservation policies. It helped her build a relationship with one her favorite venues—50 West Vineyards near Middleburg— where she plays regularly. “The pandemic was good for me, even though I did lose my income for a few months, I actually took a bunch of cancellation jobs and got into places that I couldn’t get into before because they were booked,” she said. “I was able to build relationships with managers.” Paulin grew up in Chamberlain, SD, and like so many big musical names, got her start in church choirs at a young age. “Apparently, I was always the loudest singer, even back then,” she said with a laugh. She started getting requests to sing at weddings and funerals and then began booking gigs at parties as a teen. And while her family was supportive, she said, they also didn’t encourage music as a career. Paulin dreamed of becoming a singer/songwriter but was encouraged to take a more practical approach. She went to college to study special education and worked with children and adults with intellectual disabilities for more than a decade. But the music was still a part of her life. “I had my clients singing all the time,” she said. She met her husband Brian in the mid-2000s and moved to Loudoun. She pushed singing aside while raising four children and running a home daycare business. But when her family moved from Lovettsville to Leesburg in 2015, she spotted a post from another local musician on a community Facebook page that opened her eyes to the booming Loudoun music scene. “I had no idea about the winery and brewery live music world at all,” Paulin said. Paulin started forging connections with fellow DECEMBER 2021

western Loudoun musicians and going to gigs, watching and learning how performers managed gigs, equipment and logistics. Vowing in August 2018 to make music her life’s work, she gave up her childcare business and slowly started booking gigs, initially making cold calls. “I take an hour and a half radius around my house and I just start reaching out,” she said. And audiences have responded to her sultry voice and musical selections. When Paulin started building her setlist, she started with online searches for popular tunes at wineries and brewery venues. “The funny thing was, it was the same stuff I grew up listening to and the same stuff I sing in the shower,” she said. “It was all my normal stuff, so I didn’t have to learn much. It was already in my head.” Her repertoire ranges from country favorites to more soulful tunes—from Janis Joplin to Prince to Carole King. She loves requests and old favorites, but also likes introducing audience members to her own favorites like Brandi Carlile. With her performance career growing, Paulin is doing some songwriting, working to build her repertoire of originals and gently adding them into winery setlists. She’s also planning to dip her toes into recording demos and videos. As a parent, a former teacher and someone who wasn’t encouraged to pursue her musical dreams as a kid, Paulin also wants to focus on helping Loudoun’s young musicians find their footing. She recently invited teen musician Lillian Hackett to share a gig at 50 West and wants to help organize future events for young musicians. On the flip side, she says she also tries to encourage older audience members to pursue their musical passions—just as she’s succeeding in getting her musical groove back in her early forties. And Paulin said she owes a big part of her success to Brian and their kids, who range from kindergarten to high school. “I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them. My youngest one wants to be a singer when she grows up—just like her mommy.” For more information and upcoming shows, go to or jesjamsmusic. com. To check out a few of Paulin’s favorite performances, search for Jessica Paulin on YouTube.



with sharing a vision for the use of the large farm lot as the adjacent Hartland neighborhood moved to construction. “I believed that we could save this portion of the land, preserve the old farmhouse, and VINES showcase this preservation effort alongside the entranceway and road frontage to this new community, serving as a wonderful amenity to both Hartland and the surrounding areas,” Hickox said. Hickox envisions preserving the property as a family-run farm that is open to the public for hundreds of thousands of visitors to enjoy every year, sampling award-winning wine, learning about the farm’s history, and taking the distinctive natural beauty of the county’s farm landscape. Photo by Norman K. Styer

Owner John Hickox at Old Farm Winery at Hartland.

Aldie Farm Gets New Life as Latest Loudoun Winery BY NORMAN K. STYER

Loudoun’s newest winery, located amid subdivisions in the fast-growing Aldie area, still provides a glimpse of the county’s agricultural traditions. While Old Farm Winery at Hartland is destined to become a popular neighborhood hangout for many of Loudoun’s newest residents, for owner Jon Hickox the connection to Loudoun’s farming legacy is important. The 35-acre property was once part of the 1,100-acre Lenah Farm that now is home to new suburban neighborhoods. As a youth, Hickox worked on C.D. Smith’s cattle farm, one of many lining the Rt. 50 corridor before development started moving west from South Riding. He started his construction/ remodeling company while a student at George Mason University. A decade ago, he combined those interests with the opening of the Winery at Bull Run in Fairfax County. He credits Willowsford developer Mark Trostle 12

“The concept of a farm winery in a community is very new, which surprises me because I would have thought it would have caught on many years ago. It’s almost like the old golf course community model, but you replace the golf course with a farm winery,” he said. Twelve acres of the farm have been newly planted with grapes—Vidal blanc, petit manseng and Albarino. In all, Hickox has 90 acres in vines, producing 300 tons of grapes each year, with winemaker Ashton Lough producing 20,000 cases of wine that pour into 1.2 million glasses. While welcoming the visitors who come for the wine, music, and views, Hickox’s continues to focus on the property’s late 19th century farmhouse and even older bank barn. By next spring, they’ll be venues for weddings and events—but only after a restoration that he hopes will help tell the story of Loudoun’s agricultural roots. “I’m just as proud of those old structures as I am of the wine business as a whole,” he said. “It’s just so cool for people to see what this place used to look like in an area that is so full of transients. … They don’t know the Loudoun that I remember. It will be so neat for them to see these old structures in this setting.” Old Farm Winery at Hartand is located at 23583 Fleetwood Road in Aldie. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Children are welcome. Pets and outside food and drinks are not permitted. Learn more at




DC-based firms before launching her own company, Salt Events. But when the pandemic rocked the event planning world, she decided it was time to act on a dream she’d been toying with for years. When Charlie Salt graduated from Loudoun Valley High School, he decided to follow in his mother’s footsteps and pursue a career as a professional chef, working at an area winery and at Salamander Resort but had also been itching to pursue his own business. “We just suddenly said, ‘Hey why don’t we do this?’ We decided to join forces,” Salt said. Mother and son share the cooking load. Charlie’s specialties include the kitchen’s popular beef and mushroom pies, cottage pies with beef and mashed potatoes and fan favorite sausage rolls, minced pork in a flaky pastry crust. “As basic as it is, it’s always so popular,” Salt said. The kitchen also serves up Wiltshire Plaits, made of pork, apple and cheddar in a savory pastry crust; Cornish-style pasties, hand-held meat and potato pies; chicken and leek pies and a revolving menu of soups like roasted cauliflower,

beef stew and creamy potato with cheddar and bacon. For Salt, it’s all about keeping it simple with authentic and comforting flavors and highquality ingredients. “We know it’s what we like. It’s what I fed my kids and what I kind of grew up on—we were hoping that other people would like it as well,” Salt said. Salt lives near Lovettsville and sources the kitchen’s meats from area farms, including pork from Long Stone Farm and beef from Milcreek Farm, and has worked with Lothar’s to create authentic British bangers. Like many expats, Salt has been unable to return to the UK since the start of the pandemic and loves the idea of bringing those familiar flavors home. “We want to focus on those things that are really British,” she said. “And bring the smells and the memories and the tastes of childhood” For more information on the Salt Pot Kitchen, including a menu and pop-up locations, go to

Twas the Night Before Murder InterACTive Murder Mystery Dinner Dec 4, 11, 12, 18 & 19 at Oatlands in Leesburg

Babes in Toyland

Twas the Night Before


Family Musical Dec 11, 12, 18, 19, 20-23 at StageCoach Theatre in Ashburn

StageCoach Bandits Improv Dec 17 at StageCoach Theatre in Ashburn

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12.17.21 CHRISTIAN LOPEZ BAND Friday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m. Tally Ho Theater The multi-instrumentalist from Martinsburg, WV, returns to the Tally Ho stage for a full-band show.


12.18.21 THEM COULEE BOYS Fireside Collective Saturday, Dec. 18, 8 p.m. B Chord Brewing Them Coulee Boys are a folk rock band from Eau Claire, WI, who mix energy and sincerity to create music made for moving and community.

12.31.21 THE REAGAN YEARS NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY Friday, Dec. 31, 7 p.m. (doors) Tally Ho Theater Welcome in 2022 with a party led by the East Coast’s original ’80s tribute band. 14



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Catoctin Creek Distillery

Bluemont Vineyard

Old Lucketts Store


Celebrate the Holidays in Loudoun!

Holiday cheer is in no short supply this year in Loudoun! From new light festivals and artisan markets to twinkling vineyard vines and festive parades in historic towns, the magic of the season has arrived in Loudoun. Scan the QR code to view all the holiday happenings.





Friday, December 3rd • 6:00pm • Town Green

Join friends and neighbors to welcome the season with live music and holiday characters.

LEESBURG FIRST FRIDAY Friday, December 3rd • 6:00-9:00pm

Over 20 live music performances, art shows, wine tastings, special activities, and more. It’s fun and free!

HOLIDAY FINE ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW Ida Lee Park Recreation Center Saturday, December 4th • 9:00am-4:00pm Sunday, December 5th • 10:00am-4:00pm

This show features local and regional artisans selling a variety of hand-made items from home décor to jewelry. Free parking and admission. Mask required.


Saturday, December 4th • 12:00-3:00pm

Holiday open houses, downtown bingo, carolers, strolling characters.


Saturday, December 11th • 12:00-3:00pm

Photos with Santa, cookie decorating, carolers, strolling holiday characters.

CHRISTMAS AND HOLIDAY PARADE Saturday, December 11th • 6:00pm

The parade will usher Santa and his friends through historic downtown Leesburg.


Thursday, December 16th • 4:00-7:00pm

Fun holiday night out with shopping and dining specials.

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