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{reservations required–always free} Summer is a busy time. But when you’re ready for a quiet moment, come to Doukénie to drink in some relaxation, and the wine! Guests with munchkins and leashed pups are welcome in the lovely, outdoor green spaces. The Tasting Room, Pavilion, Deck, Terrace, and Bistro Patio seating areas are all total attractants for 21 year olds and over. Visit our website for musical performances on our event calendar along with scheduled food vendors.

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Inside: GET OUT LOUDOUN Get Out Loudoun is a 10,000 circulation monthly distributed to entertainment, tourism and hospitality venues throughout Loudoun County. For the latest news on the music scene and other community events, go to getoutloudoun.com. CONTRIBUTORS Douglas Graham Renss Greene Kara C. Rodriguez Norman K. Styer ON THE COVER Photo by Renss Greene Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam march in the Independence Day Parade in Leesburg. Photo by Douglas Graham TO ADVERTISE Susan Styer at 703-770-9723 or sales@loudounnow.com

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The traditional Independence Day celebrations are back this year with plenty of flag waving and fireworks.

WINE

At Three Creeks Winery quiet time in nature is wellpaired with award-winning wines.

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The Liberry fills a void as the Leesburg’s local wine shop (and more).

Inspired by explorations during her pandemic lockdown, Ryan Wright is striking on the road of music.

Efforts to revive the western Loudoun Bluegrass jam tradition are back after a COVID hiatus.

Get Out Loudoun’s recommendations for July.

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Ice Cool Treats BY VISIT LOUDOUN

Summer is here, swimming pools are open and Loudoun’s waterparks, lakes and rivers have never looked more inviting. But sometimes, we also need those cool treats to help beat the heat. From frozen custard and ice cream to wine slushies, iced lattes, and a few more unusual treats in between, Loudoun has you covered. How about frozen hot chocolate, for example? “It sounds like an oxymoron, but it makes perfect sense,” said Santosh Tiptur, chef-owner of chocolate forward fine dining restaurant The Conche in The Village at Leesburg. “We use our house hot chocolate, blend it over ice and then add a S’more—toasted house marshmallow and gram crackers with our own milk chocolate—as garnish.” The drink has been around since The Conche opened, but in summer it flies off the shelf. Over in Ashburn, Meadows Original Frozen Custard at One Loudoun is a huge hit and open until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights in summer. You can cool down with classic products – frozen custard, Italian ice and yogurt – made fresh every day, but the shop recently added a range of sweet Arctic Swirl Slushies in a variety of flavors. The lines outside are testament to the quality. New to One Loudoun is The Yard Milkshake Bar featuring over-the-top specialty milkshakes that mix ice cream with toppings like cookie crisp, marshmallow cream and even New York Cheesecake. Of course, ice cream is the ultimate cool summer treat, and while Loudoun has multiple soft serve locations (hello Gruto’s!), farm fresh artisanal ice cream parlors are almost as ubiquitous as wineries.

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The Conche Chef Santosh Tiptur has concocted another perfect sweet treat for summer—frozen hot chocolate with a s’more.

be illegal. Mocatinas also has something rather intriguing for adults: Sorbetto e Vino, which is a mango, apricot or lemon sorbet infused with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc wine. All the rage at gelato houses in Italy, it’s now available in Loudoun. Talking adult drinks, many Loudoun wineries offer wine slushies in summer: cups of crushed ice mixed with wine, made by hand or machine. Bluemont Vineyard uses its signature Farm Table White for slushies, 868 Estate Vineyards does a delicate Peach Slushie and Dry Mill Vineyard & Winery has just reintroduced a range of slushies to the menu. After an afternoon of wine slushies though, we all need a pick-me up, which means cold coffee. You can’t go wrong with the iced latte at Common Grounds in Middleburg or the nitro cold brew on draft at Happy Creek, Purcellville. But what about a truly decadent cold caffeine fix? King Street Coffee in Leesburg is offering the ultimate Italian dessert: the Affogato. This delectable drink consists of a double scoop of vanilla ice cream with a hot shot of Lone Oak espresso poured over it. The taste of hot craft espresso melting hand-crafted vanilla ice cream is simply to die for. Stay cool, people!

Tipped Cow Creamery next to Monk’s BBQ in Purcellville is a must—try the Blackberry and Strawberry flavors—while the scoops at Parisian-style dessert house Mocatinas in downtown Leesburg are so large they should 4

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CELEBRATIONS

INDEPENDENCE DAY,

THE LOUDOUN WAY

In Loudoun, the celebration of the nation’s birthday always features festivals across the county, and after a year of COVID crowd limits the party is back on this year. LEESBURG

The biggest event is in the county seat, starting with a July 4 parade with a route that passes by the spot where the Declaration of Independence was read aloud to townspeople on the courthouse lawn in 1776. The festivities will begin at 9:45 a.m. with a performance by the American Originals Fife and Drum Corps at the intersection of King and Market streets. At 10 a.m., the Independence Day Parade will begin at Ida Lee Park, traveling down King Street, through the historic downtown, before concluding at Fairfax Street. The parade will feature the Annual Patriot’s Cup Competition, sponsored by Loudoun Now newspaper, for the best parade float. In the evening, the fun continues at Ida Lee Park, where gates open at 6 p.m. for a concert, food court, children’s activities, and one of 6

the region’s largest fireworks displays. Pets, alcohol, glass containers, and personal fireworks (including sparklers) are not permitted. FRANKLIN PARK

At Franklin Park near Purcellville, events kick off with a Red, White & Blue Parade featuring decorated bicycles and wheeled items on July 3, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded and free snow cones handed out at the end. Families can then picnic on the lawn for a movie under the stars. On July 4, festivities gear up again at 5 p.m. Pre-fireworks activities include games and large inflatables, a scavenger hunt, and glitter tattoos. Music provided will be provided by DJ Bifocals with patriotic tunes during the large fireworks display. PURCELLVILLE Purcellville holds its Hometown Independence Day Parade starting at noon. The parade will

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start at Blue Ridge Middle School on East A Street, turn left onto South Maple Avenue, turn left onto East Main Street, turn left onto South Nursery Avenue and conclude at Emerick Elementary. STERLING At Claude Moore Park in Sterling, the Ol’ Time 4th of July Celebration runs from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 4. The event features music, crafts, nature exhibits, historic tours, carnival games, and more. Food available for purchase. The cost is $5 for ages 5 older.

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Several days of fireworks displays are planned. On July 2, the sky will light up over South Riding, Belmont Country Club, Willowsford, and the Sterling Park Golf Club.

On July 4, the displays at Ida Lee Park in Leesburg and Franklin Park near Purcellville are among of the largest in the region.

On July 3, fireworks will be fired off at Lansdowne and Waterford.

Ashburn Village rounds out the celebration with the final fireworks show on July 5.

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John and P-J Lawrence pose on the tasting room deck of the Three Creeks Winery near Hamilton.

Three Creeks Winery: A Wine Country Oasis BY NORMAN K. STYER

John and P-J Lawrence were living in the Cascades neighborhood of Sterling when their passion for wine inspired them to take winemaking classes at Piedmont Virginia Community College. Then they planted an acre of vines on a rocky slope near Old Rag mountain and joined the make-your-own wine program at Vint Hill Craft Winery. Nine years later, they operate one of the newest destinations in Loudoun’s wine country. Last spring, just as the COVID-19 pandemic was closing down public gatherings, they opened Three Creeks Winery on 28-acres south of Hamilton. As those restrictions were lifted in late June, the winery marked its one-year anniversary, and the Lawrences were looking to welcome new

visitors who hadn’t yet discovered their quiet oasis in the heart of western Loudoun’s wine country. In the decades before the Lawrences purchased the farm in 2017, the property had been used mainly for equestrian activities. They converted the hay barn into a tasting room, with renovations using oak, silver maple and greenstone from the property and the nearby stables offer room to expand their event space. On an ideal south-facing slope, they have 12 acres under vine. But the focal point of the winery didn’t require any upgrades. The property, where the main house was built in 1898, is crossed by three creeks and is surrounded by thousands of acres of preserved open space—leaving views that have been unchanged for centuries. THREE CREEKS 10

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While nestled in a cluster of the county’s best known wineries—including the Loudoun’s oldest at Willowcroft Vineyards, the popular Stone Tower Winery and the Barns at Hamilton Station—it sets itself apart in a number of ways. It is an over-21 venue, welcoming leashed dogs but not catering to children. Also, it’s not a destination for live music, a hallmark of many winery operations. Instead, the property’s most popular features—outside of the bottles—are the sounds of the bubbling brooks and the quiet, shady spots beneath a towering walnut tree to meet with friends and family. “People say, ‘do you have music?’ and I say, ‘no, I have aquatic music, I have avian music, and lately I have cicada music,’” P-J Lawrence said. “People actually like being out here where is it quiet and where they can talk with people.” The Lawrences teamed up veteran winemaker Ashton Lough, who they met early in their winemaking days at Vint Hill. Since 2012, Lough has put his knowledge of biochemistry and molecular biology to work in the fermentation process and today is the winemaker at The Winery at Bull Run. They share a passion for European-style wines. “I’ve always liked the European style; I’m not a West Coast, Napa person,” John Lawrence said, noting the growing season is similar to Virginia’s. “We’re trying to make European wines. We’re 10

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Three Creek wines created by Ashton Lough have been racking up awards, including six silver medals in this year’s Virginia Governor’s Cup competition.

serious about that. So far so good.” The partnership has paid off, with the winery bringing home six silver awards during the 2021 Governor’s Cup competition, for its 2019 SurLie Chardonnay, 2019 Vidal Blanc, 2019 Sur-Lie Viognier, 2019 Petit Verdot, 2018 Melange Rouge, and 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon. “You don’t take anything for granted, but the most common compliment we get here is ‘there wasn’t one wine we didn’t like,’” P-J Lawrence said. “Hopefully, it will stay that way.” Three Creeks Winery is located at 18548 Harmony Church Road south of Hamilton. It is open Thursday-Sunday 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays. Learn more at 3creekswinery.com.

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WINERIES 1 50 West Vineyards 39060 John Mosby Highway, Middleburg 50westvineyards.com 2 8 Chains North Winery 38593 Daymont Ln., Waterford, VA 8chainsnorth.com 3 868 Estate Vineyards 14001 Harpers Ferry Rd., Purcellville 868estatevineyards.com 4 The Barns at Hamilton Station 16804 Hamilton Station Rd., Hamilton thebarnsathamiltonstation.com 5 Bleu Frog Vineyards 16413 James Monroe Hwy, Leesburg bleufrogvineyards.com 6 Bluemont Vineyard 18755 Foggy Bottom Rd., Bluemont bluemontvineyard.com 7 Bogati Winery 35246 Harry Byrd Hwy., Round Hill bogatiwinery.com 8 Boxwood Estate Winery 2042 Burrland Rd., Middleburg boxwoodwinery.com 9 Breaux Vineyards 36888 Breaux Vineyards Ln., Hillsboro breauxvineyards.com

10 Bozzo Family Vineyards 35226 Charles Town Pike, Hillsboro bozwines.com 11 Cana Vineyards of Middleburg 38600 John Mosby Hwy., Middleburg canavineyards.com 12 Casanel Vineyards 17952 Canby Rd., Leesburg casanelvineyards.com 13 Chrysalis Vineyards 39025 John Mosby Hwy., Aldie chrysaliswine.com 14 Corcoran Vineyards & Cider 14635 Corkys Farm Ln., Waterford corcoranvineyards.com 15 Creek’s Edge Winery 41255 Annas Ln., Lovettsville creeksedgewinery.com 16 Crushed Cellars 37938 Charles Town Pike, Purcellville crushedcellars.com 17 Doukenie Winery 14727 Mountain Rd., Hillsboro doukeniewinery.com 18 Dry Mill Vineyards & Winery 18195 Dry Mill Rd., Leesburg drymillwine.com

19 Eagletree Farm & Vineyards 15100 Harrison Hill Lane, Leesburg eagletreevineyards.com 20 Fabbioli Cellars 15669 Limestone School Rd., Leesburg fabbioliwines.com 21 Firefly Cellars 40325 Charles Town Pike, Hamilton fireflycellars.com 22 Fleetwood Farm Winery 23075 Evergreen Mills Rd., Leesburg fleetwoodfarmwinery.com 23 Forever Farm & Vineyards 15779 Woodgrove Road, Purcellville foreverfarmandvineyard.com 24 Greenhill Winery & Vineyards 23595 Winery Ln., Middleburg greenhillvineyards.com 25 Hidden Brook Winery 43301 Spinks Ferry Rd., Leesburg hiddenbrookwinery.com 26 Hiddencroft Vineyards 12202 Axline Rd., Lovettsville hiddencroftvineyards.com 27 Lost Creek Winery 43285 Spinks Ferry Rd., Leesburg lostcreekwinery.com


28 Maggie Malick Wine Caves 12138 Harpers Ferry Rd., Hillsboro maggiemalickwinecaves.com 29 Otium Cellars 18050 Tranquility Rd., Purcellville otiumcellars.com 30 Stone Tower Winery 19925 Hogback Mountain Rd., L’burg stonetowerwinery.com 31 Stonehouse Meadery 36580 Shoemaker School Rd., Purcellville stonehousemeadery.com 32 Sunset Hills Vineyard 38295 Fremont Overlook Ln, Purcellville sunsethillsvineyard.com 33 Tarara Winery 13648 Tarara Ln, Leesburg tarara.com

34 Terra Nebulo 39892 Old Wheatland Rd., Waterford terranebulo.com 35 Three Creeks Winery 18548 Harmony Church Road, Hamilton 3creekswinery.com 36 Two Twisted Posts Winery 12944 Harpers Ferry Rd., Hillsboro twotwistedposts.com 37 Village Winery 40405 Browns Lane, Waterford villagewineryandvineyards.com 38 Willowcroft Farm Vineyards 38906 Mount Gilead Rd., Leesburg willowcroftwine.com 39 The Wine Reserve at Waterford 38516 Charles Town Pike, Waterford waterfordwinereserve.com

40 Walsh Family Wine 16031 Hillsboro Rd., Purcellville northgatevineyard.com 41 Williams Gap Vineyards 35785 Sexton Farm Lane, Round Hill williamsgavineyard.com 42 Winery 32 15066 Limestone School Rd., Leesburg winery32.com 43 Zephaniah Farm Vineyard 19381 Dunlop Mill Rd., Leesburg zephwine.com

BREWERIES 1 Adroit Theory Brewing 404 Browning Ct., Purcellville adroit-theory.com 2 B Chord Brewing Company 34266 Williams Gap Rd., Round Hill bchordbrewing.com 3 Barnhouse Brewery 43271 Spinks Ferry Rd., Leesburg barnhousebrewery.com 4 Bear Chase Brewing 33665 Bear Chase Ln., Bluemont bearchasebrew.com 5 Belly Love Brewing Company 725 E. Main St., Purcellville bellylovebrewing.com 6 Beltway Brewing Company 22620 Davis Dr. Ste 110, Sterling beltwaybrewco.com 7 Black Hoof Brewing Company 11 South King St., Leesburg blackhoofbrewing.com 8 Black Walnut Brewery 210 S. King St., Leesburg blackwalnutbrewery.com 9 Crooked Run Brewing Central 22455 Davis Dr., Sterling crookedrunbrewing.com 10 Crooked Run Brewing Market Station, Leesburg crookedrunbrewing.com

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

2 Notaviva Brewery and Winery 13274 Sagle Rd., Hillsboro notavivavineyards.com

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


LIBATIONS

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Rob Dalkin brought his decades of experience in the hospitality industry and beer and wine sales to The Liberry, his new shop in the Crescent Place neighborhood in Leesburg.

Get Lost in Leesburg’s New ‘Liberry’ BY KARA C. RODRIGUEZ

A new venue has popped up in the beverage scene, one that invites customers to get lost in the endless selections available to them. It’s not unlike walking through the stacks of books in a library, Rob Dalkin said. Instead, The Liberry is a menagerie of assorted beer, wine, coffee and olive oil, to suit a broad swath of tastes. Dalkin decided to open The Liberry with his wife, Ji, following a long career in the hospitality industry, and beer and wine sales. A Leesburg resident, Dalkin said he felt there was a void in the community after Mike Carroll retired and closed up his longtime Leesburg Vintner shop on the corner of King and Loudoun streets. 14

“I can’t think of any small town in Virginia or big or small town [anywhere] that doesn’t have sometimes two or three local wine shops. I felt like it was something that the community probably wanted and needed,” he said. “We are going for what Mike’s business was about, but just a little more.” The “little more” means not choosing to sell either beer or wine. “I always thought that was unusual,” Dalkin said of shops that choose to just offer one or the other. “You’re leaving 50% of your clientele on the table.” The Liberry then takes it a step further by also selling a selection of international coffee and

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Ryan Wright’s Quarantine Takes Her on a New Path BY NORMAN K. STYER

For recent Woodgrove High School graduate Ryan Wright the pandemic year attending classes online from her father’s couch proved to be very productive. Last month, when her classmates walked across the stage to receive their diplomas, she was releasing her latest single, thanks to a new recording deal with Handwritten Records. It helps that she grew up in a musical family and that her father is singer/songwriter Todd Wright, who has a recording studio out back. But the yearlong COVID quarantine has provided an opportunity to experiment with her musical interests, get weird, and chart a course for her future. “We’ve been writing all summer because of quarantine, and I couldn’t go anywhere else except my dad’s house and my mom’s house and my one friend who I know has been safe,” Wright said. “We’ve just been creating so much stuff, writing new songs and adapting my style of music, and really getting experimental, which is super, super exciting.” She has taken a deep dive into old Pink Floyd records (“music doesn’t sound like that anymore,” she said) and cites Lorde and English pop rock band The 1975 as strong influences for their ability to build concept albums in which 16

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the songs tie together. And she’s a fan of writer and producer Jack Antonoff, who collaborates with Lorde and Taylor Swift. “I learned a lot from Taylor Swift growing up,” Wright said. “She has such great hooks and great lyrics and really cool production. I’ve used that to come up with different concepts. She has really inspired a lot of young artists.” Lorde’s “Melodrama” inspired Wright to “make my songs more emotional, make my songs more personal, but also be more creative, try to create imagery and try to get weirder with my stuff.” The result has been an indie pop sound that continues to evolve. “It’s not super pop, it is just weirder,” she said. “My music tends to be very dreamy and weird. We experiment a lot in the studio with different

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sounds and production ideas to try to see how weird we can get without making people not want to listen to it,” she said. For example, the scraping of a shovel sounds harsh in the studio, but can really work within a song after a little Pro Tools magic. “I didn’t have the belief in myself that I could put out music and get signed to a record deal and work with a manager and really try to do the music thing. I had this fear in me that it wasn’t possible. If I failed, how would I support myself?” Wright said. “It wasn’t until this year— until quarantine—when we started just having fun and working with my dad and dear family friends that it started picking up and getting noticed.” Wright has found a comfortable home with Handwritten Records, which she said provides its artists more freedom than many of the

major labels. “You can kind of be yourself rather than have a bunch of people tell you what to be, which is what I like, because I have a lot of concept ideas that might not float by major labels.” As a result of her productive quarantine, she has 16 songs nearly ready to go. There will be two or three singles released and then a six or seven song EP. Two of her most streamed songs will be in that mix: “Screw You” will be a single and “Burn in Hell” is slated for the EP. Her latest release, a happy birthday song with a similar biting theme, dropped June 17. Find her music at handwritten-records.com or on the major streaming sites.

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olive oil. The choice to include a wide variety of products from across the globe is a nod to the idiosyncrasies of each region where one is produced. “All these products are about origin. It greatly affects how it’s produced. Where it comes from is so important,” he said. “Secondary is the winemaker, roaster or blender that can put their fingerprint on it. It all parallels the way we describe wine and beer and everything. It just all made sense.” The Liberry has a bit of a different layout than one may come to expect in a beer and wine shop. Wines, for example, are not assorted by region, but instead by lighter or higher acidity to fuller bodied. A walk by the chardonnay section may help a customer discover that white burgundies have a similar taste, Dalkin said. “We don’t want to be intimidating. We thought a lot about the feel of the store,” he said. “We don’t want to have the products being offered in the chain stores. We don’t really offer anything under $10; that’s just not who we are. We want you to explore. To me it keeps coming JULY 2021

back to the analogy of a library—you kind of get sucked into it, you start to get comfortable and enjoy yourself.” Dalkin intends to be more of an event-driven business, bringing in experts in the respective beverage industries for talks, and also doing regular weekend tastings. The Liberry also offers memberships, where for $150 a customer may receive 15% off everything in the store for the calendar year. This year, $22.50 of each membership will go to Loudoun Cares, with the selected nonprofit partner changing each year. The Liberry is located at 458 Madison Trade Plaza in the Crescent Place neighborhood in Leesburg. Hours for the shop are noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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The inaugural Bluegrass jam at Notaviva Brewery and Winery last year drew musicians from around the region, but the COVID-19 pandemic quickly closed down the event.

Bluegrass Jams Resume at Notaviva BY NORMAN K. STYER

After a pandemic-driven time out, a Loudoun tradition has relaunched. For nearly two decades, pickers from around the region have gathered in western Loudoun to swap stories, hone their skills and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow musicians during the Bluegrass jam sessions held on the last Friday of the month. For most of that time, the gatherings were held at the Old Furniture Factory building in Round Hill. When that location was converted for Joan Wolford’s expanding Savoir Fare catering business, Stephen and Shannon Mackey offered their space at Notaviva Brewery and Winery on the side of the Blue Ridge west of Hillsboro. They hosted their first gathering of musicians on the fourth Friday in February 2020 and attracted participants from three states. By the time the fourth Friday in March came around, 18

the commonwealth was hard into the COVID lockdown. Fifteen months later, Notaviva held its second jam session in June, with the pickers and strummers gathering outside, making music with the accompaniment of Brood X cicadas. “Our goal is to inspire younger artists and leverage emerging technologies to help bring their music to a wider audience, all while preserving revered traditions such as the Bluegrass Jam. Tourists today have so many destinations from which to choose, we believe that by creating the most authentic sense of place we can deliver the most unforgettable experiences,” Stephen Mackey said when the program relaunched last year. The free, informal, all-age sessions will be held on the fourth Friday of each month from 5 to 9 p.m. at Notaviva Brewery and Winery located at 13274 Sagle Road west of Hillsboro.

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FORDS FISH SHACK Consistently voted Loudoun residents’ favorite place for seafood, Ford’s offers fresh seafood in a family-dining atmosphere at three locations, as well as a catering arm and a food truck operation. Ashburn-44260 Ice Rink Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20147 (571) 918-4092 • fordsfishshack.com Lansdowne-19308 Promenade Dr., Leesburg, VA 20176 (571) 333-1301 • fordsfishshack.com South Riding 25031 Riding Plaza, Chantilly, VA 20152 (703) 542-7520 • fordsfishshack.com

SPANKY’S SHENANIGANS Known as one of the Loudoun’s favorite bars, Spanky’s Shenanigans is a popular destination from its morning breakfast menu to its ample roster of live music performers. 538 E Market St, Leesburg, VA 20176 (703) 777-2454 • spankyspub.com

LIGHTFOOT RESTAURANT Inside an historic bank building in downtown Leesburg, the Zagat-rated Lightfoot provides both a fine-dining experience and a gathering place for locals. Executive Chef Ingrid Gustavson serves up American cuisine with southern and ethnic accents. 11 North King Street Leesburg, VA 20176 703-771-2233 • lightfootrestaurant.com

TUSCARORA MILL Known by locals as Tuskies, the restaurant is located inside a restored 19th century grain mill in Leesburg’s historic district. Offering everything from locally sourced fine dining to a casual bar experience, it’s been a dining destination for more than three decades. 203 Harrison St SE, Leesburg, VA 20175 (703) 771-9300 • tuskies.com

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tour shut down by the pandemic, the rock quintet returns to its hometown stage.

7.24.21 Still Surfin’ with Dave White Saturday, July 24, 6-9:30 p.m. Tarara Summer Concert Series tararaconcerts.com Dance to the harmonies of the Beach Boys along with other great ‘60s surf bands like Jan and Dean, The Ventures, Dick Dale, and The Safaris.

7.31.21 Reverend Horton Heat Saturday, July 31, 7 p.m. (doors) Tally Ho Theater tallyhotheater.com The Texas singer, songwriter and guitarist is known as the godfather of modern rockabilly and psychobilly. 22

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LOUDOUN HERITAGE FARM MUSEUM Travel through time to meet the 10 generations of Loudoun County residents who built this county and left their mark on the land. Exhibits include a schoolhouse, general store, Native American artifact display and the American Workhorse Museum Collection. 21668 Heritage Farm Lane, Sterling, VA 20164 (571) 258-3800 • heritagefarmmuseum.org

LOUDOUN MUSEUM With a collection of more than 8,000 artifacts, the museum tells Loudoun’s story over its 260-year history, with an ever-changing selection of special exhibits on Native American settlements, World War II memorabilia, the county’s role in the Civil Wars, along with displays of antique clothing and furniture. 16 Loudoun Street SW Leesburg, Virginia 20175 (703) 777-7427 • loudounmuseum.org

MORVEN PARK Morven Park is a 1,000-acre historic estate on the edge of Leesburg that was home to Virginia governor and agricultural pioneer Westmoreland Davis. Tours of the Greek Revival mansion include 16th century Belgian tapestries, Spanish cassones, hundreds of silver pieces, Hudson River Valley paintings, and Asian treasures. The estate also features the Winmill Carriage Museum, the Museum of Hounds and Hunting of North America, formal boxwood gardens, miles of hiking and riding trails, and athletic fields. 17195 Southern Planter Lane Leesburg, VA 20176 703-777-2414 • morvenpark.org

OATLANDS HISTORIC HOUSE & GARDENS The 415-acre Oatlands estate, owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, offers tours of the historic mansion, extensive gardens and outbuildings that include the oldest standing greenhouse in the South. Exhibits focus on the lives of the Carter and Eustis families who building the estate, as well as the lives of enslaved people who lived and worked there. 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg, VA 20175 703.777.3174 • oatlands.org

* During the COVID-19 pandemic, many venues have limited hours of operations and special requirements such as advance reservations. It is best to call ahead before making your visit.


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