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Written by Dulcy Hooper | Photos by Joanne Maisano Families, friends, and community organizations from all over Loudoun County came together on the Loudoun County Courthouse lawn in Leesburg for the annual march and celebration honoring the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. With a theme focused on “Community: A Vision for our Future,” the keynote speaker was Dr. Jason Nichols, lecturer in the African American Studies Department at the University of Maryland College Park. Dr. Nichols has been recognized by the University of Maryland community for his tireless effort to help students develop. The celebration included a symbolic march from the Old Loudoun Courthouse to the Douglass Community Center, formerly Douglass High School. Local school bands, individuals, families, and community groups participated in the march, one of the largest and oldest in the region. Noteworthy in Loudoun County history, Douglass High School was the last segregated high school in Loudoun County until it was closed in 1968 as a result of desegregation. Following the march, refreshments were served at the Douglass Community Center, with musical performances, presentations, and inspirational offerings further highlighting the occasion. ML

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The Wilsons Share Their Wisdom From Sixty-Three Years of Marriage Story by Kaitlin Hill | Photos by Jennifer Gray


olicited or not, marriage advice seems to be everywhere. Whether from parents and friends or etched into decorative boards available on Etsy, there doesn’t seem to be a shortage of marital success suggestions. “Don’t go to bed angry.” Or maybe, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” And who can forget the classic, “Happy wife, happy life.” After 63 years of marriage, Middleburg-based Jim and Barbara Wilson share their experiences and unique advice for a lifetime of love. Before decades of marriage, six children, and settling in Middleburg, Jim and Barbara Wilson were just Jim Wilson and,



coincidentally, Barbara Wilson, two young professionals working in Puerto Rico. Mrs. Wilson remembers, “We met in Puerto Rico. I was working for the FBI and was transferred there to work for the fellow who was in charge of that office. And the first day I was there, we went to the hotel where I would be staying…and there was Jim playing tennis on the beach with the fellow that I had come to work for.” Mr. Wilson adds, “We were playing tennis at the beach club and he says to me, ‘Have you met the new girl? Well you have to meet her because her name is Barbara Wilson.’” Not quite love at first sight, Mrs. Wilson jokes that it was love at second sight after more meaningful impressions made at a

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cocktail party later the same week in 1957. Mr. Wilson reminisces, “She was sitting over in the corner with the light on her face, and I walked over and introduced myself again. That was the love at first sight.” He continues, “I spoke to her for hours at that cocktail party. It was clear to me that this is a well-grounded woman even though she was under 20…I knew that my wife would have to be a pretty solid person to put up with all the aggravation of dealing with me. I’m not easy, I can tell you that.” Mrs. Wilson chuckles, “He had red hair and looked a lot like my cousin.” She continues, “No, but he was very sensible and Wisdom | Page 7

Wisdom | From page 6 knew what he wanted to do in business and we enjoyed each other’s company.” Part of enjoying each other’s company was enjoying the offerings of their community. As Mr. Wilson tells it, Puerto Rico was an idyllic backdrop for date night. “It’s an ideal place to meet. We had all of these major hotels, maybe four of them, had good dance bands and good entertainment like Frank Sinatra…There was always something going on.” Soon after meeting, Jim and Barbara became the Wilsons. She explains, “We met over President’s Day Weekend. We starting dating in March, we got engaged in May and married in July.” Today, five months may seem like a quick turnaround, but for Mr. Wilson, a key to spousal success is, “You cannot have reservations.” And, he adds, “You have to grow together,” which the Wilsons would certainly go on to do. They spent the next 18 years in Puerto Rico building a life together and expanding their family from two to eight, with the addition of six kids. When their oldest son Kevin finished eighth grade, the Wilsons set their sights on relocating. Mrs. Wilson says, “Jim kept his business down there, but we decided it would be a good idea to bring the kids back up to the states. [The kids] had horses in Puerto Rico, they rode down there…so we decided when we move back here, we need to find a place where the kids could have their horses.” In 1973, the Wilson clan landed at Dresden Farm, where they would stay for over 40 years and where they, again, would add love of community to love of family and each other. Mrs. Wilson remarks, “I made a lot of friends, Jim made a lot of friends, [the children] made a lot of friends. It just became our home.” In addition to friends, Mrs. Wilson found opportunities for involvement, a quality of hers that Mr. Wilson admired from the start. Mrs. Wilson says, “I love to play tennis and we have the Middleburg Tennis Club. I love the schools, the children all had wonderful schools.” Swelling with pride, Mr. Wilson adds, “They were good schools but small schools and she saw things needing tightening up or changing. So, she got elected to chairman of the board. The same thing happened at the tennis club. She became chairman, she

She was sitting over in the corner with the light on her face, and I walked over and introduced myself again. That was the love at first sight. built two more tennis courts, and instead of 100 members, there are 300 hundred members. So, that’s Barbara Wilson.” He continues with a smile, “As I said to you, she’s no shrinking violet.” Mrs. Wilson answers, “Well, that’s how you get the most out of a community.” Seated in the cozy living room of their Chinn Lane home, where they moved three years ago, the couple reflects on their many years together and shares morsels of wisdom for getting the most out of a marriage as well. True to form for Mrs. Wilson, having common interests and pursuing them is key. She says, “It’s important to have things that you enjoy doing together. We skied together, we played tennis together. We love to go out, we love to dance. We love to be with friends together, just do things together.” For Mr. Wilson, a strong marriage is as

much about the good times as it is about weathering the storms. He also believes it is vital to accommodate versus compromise. He says, “However many ups and downs your marriage goes through, you have to be able to adjust.” He adds, “You have to have the mental attitude. The mental attitude is that it is forever. Period. Not a matter of discussion. Not a matter of debate. Irrespective of the problems of which there are many day-to-day.” He concludes, “You can give and take all the time, but don’t go halfway in-between because that doesn’t satisfy anybody.” And he laughs, “It’s only taken me 60 years to learn it.” Sixty-three years, six kids, 16 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren later, it’s obvious that The Wilsons have a wealth of wisdom when it comes to love. And the best part? They are happy to share it. ML

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The Raving Reputation of Liz Washington, Groomer at Middleburg Humane Foundation By Heidi Baumstark


eputation. Everybody has one. Whether you want one or not. When it comes to Liz Washington, her reputation as a professional groomer surpasses all. That’s what her customers at Middleburg Humane Foundation (MHF) say. After all, she’s been grooming dogs and cats since 1978, and has earned a raving reputation like none other. Washington lives in Middleburg and grew up on Windy Hill Road when Windy Hill “wasn’t renovated as it is now,” she says. Back then, this neighborhood on the western edge of town was in rough shape until the early 1980s when English-born Rene Llewellyn came to the area as a young war bride and decided to take action, raising local funds for a HUD grant to renovate the mix of houses. “My mother loved Rene,” says Washington. Five generations of her family lived at their Windy Hill house. As a kid, Washington always had a heart for animals. “We always had dogs and cats, and any injured animal we could bring home, we did,” she says. “My mom loved animals. We also had a chicken coop in the yard, and I’d get the eggs.” All this love and care for animals would lead to her 42-year career as a professional groomer. Ironically, that career began with an unfortunate accident involving a BB gun. The year was 1978 and Washington was a young 23-year-old. Her neighbor’s dog was shot by another neighbor. “I picked up the dog and brought him to Middleburg Animal Hospital, at that time, it was Blue Ridge Animal Hospital.” (Today, it’s Family Veterinary Hospital.) Dr. John Holland was the veterinarian at the time and saw her genuine care for animals. “He said to me, ‘How would you like a part-time job? I heard lots about you from Mrs. Dimos. My animal attendant is leaving

for college and do you want the job?’ That was it. No interview, no application, nothing. My life started on a new path that day.” The job turned full time and she worked there for 35 years from 1978 until 2013, and was trained in several vet assistant skills including dispensing medications and drawing blood. “I was there forever. They referred to

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it as ‘my’ hospital because I knew everything about the building, the people, the customers,” she said. During a time of transition in ownership in 2013, Hilleary Bogley, founder of Middleburg Humane Foundation (MHF), stepped Neighbor | Page 10

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Neighbor | From page 8 in. “She said, ‘Well, you can come here and work with us.’” That was it. The following week, she started working at MHF, which at that time, was on Whiting Road in Marshall. Now in a brand-new, beautiful facility that opened in October 2019, MHF—a non-profit incorporated in 1994—is a 23-acre farm shelter on the west end of Marshall. The goal? MHF’s mission is to provide all animals— both large and small—safe and sanitary living conditions, protection from abuse and neglect, and the ability to live in an environment free from pain and fear. And part of their facility includes the grooming salon. Washington grooms between six to nine dogs a day of all sizes. “I like the transition of when animals come in and how they go home. I just love what I do, period. It’s not like going to work for me,” she says. One of her long-time customers is Nathalie Kaye who lives just outside of Middleburg. She has been bringing her poodles to Washington to groom over the last ten years. “I’ve known Liz for years; I also knew her mother. Liz is very good and nice to the dogs. No dog really likes baths, but she’s very good with them.” Another customer, Krasi Henkel of Purcellville, is an avid animal lover. She has seven horses, five cats, two dogs, and is a longtime supporter of MHF. For over eight years, she brought Connor, her Goldendoodle, to Washington. Sadly, Connor passed away in April 2019; now Henkel brings her two dogs, Giselle and Sophie to MHF. Henkel has recommended Washington to many people. “You want your dog to be safe and not have a traumatic experience; I’ve tried other places, and even tried to do it myself; but I’m no good at it. I had heard about Liz, so decided to try her. Though we were not that close living in Purcellville, we just kept coming back.” Henkel lives on a horse farm and the dogs play and pick up hay in their fur. “Liz understands that and doesn’t lecture you if the dog’s fur is unkempt,” Henkel said. “She’s patient and very calm. She loves them, respects them, and dogs pick up on that. I’d tell Connor, ‘We’re going to see Auntie Liz.’ He understood and he loved his Auntie Liz.” Referring to the dogs she grooms, Washington said, “If they can feel your love and have a calming environment, that makes a

“Things come along our path and we need to accept it,” Washington says. “That’s how we live, we trust God, and go with the flow. And pray.” big difference. They know me—and they also know where the cookie jar is! I have three jars of dog treats. And fresh water.” Thinking about how she got started, Washington says, “I just brought in a hurt dog and got a job. I think I’m right where I’m supposed to be. Years ago, I took business classes, but that wasn’t really for me. God is in control and I get up every day and walk the path that’s before me.” Life for Washington has had its own challenges. After bouts of cancer in 2002, and then again in 2006, Washington understands the need to take life as it comes, one day at a time. And her heart to care goes far beyond the animals she grooms, including to her husband, daughter, grandson, and extended family. Active in her church, Shiloh Baptist in Middleburg, she spreads her care and faith to her close church family and to everyone she meets. “Things come along our path and we need to accept it,” Washington says. “That’s how we live, we trust God, and go with the flow. And pray.” Henkel added, “Some people come into your life who are really special. Liz is a dear

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friend; I care about her and her family. She’s a magician with these dogs. I believe in going with the best, and that’s Liz. People say, ‘Oh it’s so far away.’ But I say, ‘Oh, she’s so good.’” So, whatever happened to that shot neighborhood dog? Thanks to Washington’s quick actions, he survived. “We had all our wishes come true when we found our Auntie Liz,” Henkel said. “When you go to someone and you like their work, you keep coming back. There’s no one better.” Now that’s a reputation that lasts. ML For grooming, call 540-364-GROOM (4766); grooming gift certificates are also available. MHF is located at 5000 Cunningham Farm Drive in Marshall, Va. For more information, call 540-364-3272 or visit middleburghumane.org. MHF also runs the Resale Boutique located at 8351 W. Main Street in Marshall, Va. Call 540-364-3272; proceeds go to MHF. An upcoming event benefitting MHF is their annual Spay-ghetti and No Balls Dinner on Feb. 15, 6-9 p.m. at Barrel Oak Winery in Delaplane, Va. Visit MHF’s website for more information.

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Loudoun Grown Expo CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY By Chelsea Rose Moore


n the dead of winter, when farmers’ markets are hibernating until spring, Loudoun celebrates its rural heritage with the 10th anniversary of the Loudoun Grown Expo. Held on February 29, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Purcellville’s historic Bush Tabernacle Skating Rink & Event Center, the event is reminiscent of a giant, indoor farmers’ market. The expo features Loudoun’s growers, farmers and artisans, with breweries and wineries in attendance, making it the perfect way to combat the winter doldrums and celebrate local food. The Loudoun Grown Expo is a collaboration with Bush Tabernacle, the Town of Purcellville, and the Loudoun County Economic Development. “These three groups are coming together to ensure that the 10th anniversary is a smashing success,” said Philip Message, President of Bush Tabernacle, whose involvement with the expo dates back to its inception. “We are excited to host and are looking forward to seeing what 2020 brings to this whole county.” For the ten-year anniversary, Message and his team are taking the event to the next level. New this year are sheep and llama



vendors and a kid’s passport, giving children the opportunity to receive a stamp from every vendor they visit. There will be many handson exhibits and educational content designed to highlight the local agricultural scene. The expo hosts between 40 and 50 vendors from all over the county and welcomes 2,000 visitors each year. Guests can participate in tastings at winery and brewery booths, purchase meats and produce, sign up for CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), and shop from local artisans. The event was started in 2010 by Bob Lazaro, Purcellville’s former mayor. “We saw it as a great opportunity to promote those agro-businesses in the community,” Lazaro said. “February has been traditionally a slow time, [and this is] a showcase for those folks who are earning a living in the rural economic space. [It’s a way to] let folks in Greater Loudoun know what’s available to them and enjoy some good hospitality.” And of course, spending money with a local business means your money stays in the county and helps boost the local economy. Melanie Scoggins, the business development and retention manager with the Town of Leesburg, helped the event get on its feet in

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its early years. At the time, she was working with the Town of Purcellville as the park and recs division manager and saw this event as a means to help “increase [the] visibility of the rural community” in Loudoun County. “Part of the culture of Purcellville and the county is that we have many unique producers and places that make this area special,” said Scoggins. “In order to keep it like that, we have to support our local businesses and educate our community on what they are actually getting for their dollar and help them understand that spending with these businesses helps boost the microeconomy in our communities. In this case, supporting the businesses that participate in this event helps reinforce their success and the sustainability of one of the many assets unique to the county.” The event, she said, has changed over the years to fit the needs of the community. And even though she is no longer involved with planning the event, it’s still on her calendar, and she can’t wait to attend. Admission to the event is $2 per person or $3 per family. Bush Tabernacle is located at 250 S. Nursery Ave, Purcellville. To learn more and see a list of participating vendors, visit loudoungrown.org. ML


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There’s something magical about weddings. No matter how many we attend or how many wedding photos we “ooh” and “aah” over, we still can’t get enough of them. And with the Middleburg area as a wedding backdrop, there is all the more reason to love them. For our 2020 Wedding issue, we wanted to showcase the dreamiest weddings around Hunt Country. We asked local photographers to submit photos from clients’ weddings over the past six months for a chance to be featured in this issue. With so many beautiful entries, it was difficult to choose, but we’ve compiled the best of the best from in and around Middleburg, Va. Here’s to happily-ever-after! ML


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GREAT MARSH ESTATE AND HISTORIC LITTLE FORK EPISCOPAL CHURCH WEDDING Wedding Day: December 14, 2019 Photography: Michelle Lieb with Lieb Photographic Venue: Great Marsh Estate Planning and Design: Jessica Ashley Events Floral Design: Buttercups Floral Hair and Make Up: Yisell Santos Wedding Dress: Ava Laurenne Catering: Serendipity Cake: Cakes by Marium Invitation Suite: Minted Rentals/Decor: Jessica Ashley Events DJ: Dream Day DJs Veil: USA Bride Shoes: Badgely Mischka Bridesmaid Dresses: Brideside Engagement Ring: Mervis Diamond Ornament Favors: The Globe Virginia Beach Bride’s Wedding Band: Roberto Coin from The Globe Virginia Beach Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Capital Tailor Groom’s Wedding Band: Mervis Diamond Socks: No Cold Feet Drinks: Eight Oaks Craft Distillers

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Wedding Day: October 26, 2019 Photography: Victoria Heer Photography Planner: Beacon and Berkeley Events Venue: Riverside on the Potomac Caterer: Old Blue BBQ Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes Florals: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, LTD Band: Cazhmiere String Trio: Labrador Entertainment Transportation: BBC Express – Laura Ahrens Carriage: The Shenandoah Carriage Co. LLC – Linda Winder Hair & Make Up: Claudine Fay of CMF Artistry LLC Invitations: Dandelion Patch



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CHILLY BLEAK FARM | 153 acres Prime Horse & Hunt Country Location | $3,750,000 Chilly Bleak Lane, Marshall, VA*

MIAMI, FLORIDA | Listing Referral 1000 Biscayne Boulevard #3001 | $6,050,000 Jill Penman, One Sotheby’s International Realty

UPPERVILLE | 94 acres | No Restrictions Greengarden Road, Upperville, VA | $1,175,000

THE PLAINS | 100 acres John Marshall Highway, The Plains, VA | $798,000

MIDDLEBURG | Commercial & Residential Opportunities Almost an acre | $3,900,000 Parcels also offered separately

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BECCA & SKYLER’S MANOR AT AIRMONT WEDDING Wedding Day: August 17, 2019 Photography: Du Jour Event Planning: Tricia Christine Events Catering: Zesty Gourmet Flowers: Natallia Francis Venue: The Manor at Airmont



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Upperville ~ The Impressive & Historic 1511 acre Estate & Prize Winning Cattle Farm of Cleremont is an assemblage of 3 contiguous farms, which can be purchased separately. Through exceptional management, which is willing to stay, this is some of the most magnificent farmland with 33 verdant pastures, natural water resources and forest, which creates a haven of tranquility. $13,000,000





Rare, 760 Acre Working Farm, 5 minutes north of the Town of Leesburg, currently in crops, hay, cattle and sheep. Four residences include the historic main house and 3 tenant homes. Substantial Rt. 15 road frontage. This open land features streams and pond. Currently in 2 large tracts and 1 small parcel. Potential for Conservation Easement Tax Credits. $8,600,000


The Plains ~ 108 gorgeous Acres, This Stately and Historic Estate with its grand rooms is in prime Orange County Hunt Territory, minutes to Middleburg. It also features a pool and pool house, 5 bay garage with office, 2 tenant houses, newly remodeled 11 stall center aisle stable with apt. & office, riding arena and exceptional ride-out to wooded trails and open pastures. $7,250,000







The Plains ~ Magnificent horse property in the midst of the serene countryside. From the picturesque Young Road two driveways access the 107 acres of Hidden Trail Farm. The first leads to one of the finest indoor arenas surrounded by exquisite ride out. The second is the graceful, parklike drive, which parallels a creek and then gently curves $4,900,000 left to the elegant manor home.

Marshall ~ This 152 acre horse farm features beautiful open gently rolling pastures and fields in prime Orange County Hunt Territory. The historic fieldstone home dates to 1820 with later additions creating a 5 BR / 5 BA home with stone terrace and pool. Two Stables - 15 stalls and 6 stalls, Kraft Walker, 8 paddocks, 6 fields, 3 cottages. The home is perfectly sited for privacy with easy access to I-66 and Rt. 50. VOF Easement. Shared listing with $3,750,000 Sotheby’s.


The Plains ~ Finely built custom residence on 16 Acres minutes from Middleburg in Prime Orange County Hunt Territory. Designed for Grand Entertaining both inside and outside. The rooms graciously open into one another and lead out to the deep porches, which wrap the home and overlook $2,950,000 the pool, grounds, gardens and conservatory.








Delaplane ~ Spectacular Views! Approximately 250 Acres in 2 parcels. The primary parcel of 142 acres features the 3 BR/3 BA stone home accessed from Moreland Road, 2 tenant homes and numerous supporting structures including a large 4 bay machine shed. The second parcel of 107 acres is on the opposite side of Moreland Road, and currently offers a 2 BR tenant home with potential to build an additional primary dwelling. The 2 parcels may be purchased in total or separately, neither of which may be further divided. $2,426,000


Hume ~ Impeccably maintained, exquisite 118 Acre horse farm with indoor dressage ring. Ten fields and paddocks with 4 board fencing, gently rolling land & panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains with glimpses of Skyline Drive. In addition to the stucco and stone main residence, there are guest and tenant homes, numerous barns and run-ins to $1,950,000 house 25 horses comfortably.


Nestled on 158 Acres in pristine Rappahannock County, Stonehaven offers a picturesque and tranquil retreat. Sited at the end of the private drive is the historic Stone residence, c.1791 with additional stone cottage for guests or office and tucked into the woods, beyond the home, is a charming and beautifully restored 2 bedroom log cabin. Gardens, lawn, barns, paddocks and tremendous ride out potential provide an outdoor haven. $1,695,000

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(Adjacent to OATLAND VIEWS SECTION 1) ALDIE ~ 379.75 Acres on the north side of Oatlands Road between Rt. 15 and Snickersville Turnpike. Currently divided into 16 HOMESITES developed under the Low Density Development Option. Homesites range in size from 13.83 Acres – 38.12 Acres. Open Space Easement in place with potential for tax credits. $7,500,000


(Adjacent to CHUDLEIGH FARM SECTION 2) ALDIE ~ 271 Acres on the north side of Oatlands Road between Rt. 15 and Snickersville Turnpike. Divided into 11 HOMESITES ranging in size from 13-41 Acres with private road frontage on Clear Creek Lane. 10 of the 11 parcels have wells and Certification Letters for 4 bedroom septics. Land protected by Loudoun County Open $5,500,000 Space Easement.





Boyce ~ Exquisite Federal Style Mansion, c.1833, features 12’ ceilings, dramatic curved stairway and 5 en-suite bedrooms. Sited on 406 Acres in 3 parcels with Easement Potential. Built by Joseph Tuley, Jr., later purchased by Graham Blandy, who bequeathed over half of the original estate to the University of Virginia. Estate also includes 3 tenant houses, 12 stall stable with renovated 3 bd. apt. & numerous historic structures. $5,000,000





Marshall ~ Handsome custom built Residence with first floor Master Suite and perfect mix of open and traditional floor plan beautifully sited on 50 Acres. Special features include: Swimex Swim Pool, 2 Stocked Ponds, High Speed Internet, Whole House Generator and Geothermal Heating and Cooling. For the equestrian: located in the Orlean Community Trail System and adjacent to a Premier Equestrian Center with stables, riding arenas and trails. $2,900,000


VERY PRIVATE 137+ Acres within minutes of Historic Middleburg. The northern boundary of the property includes approx. 3,765’ of frontage on Little River, a tributary of Goose Creek. Open Space Easement, gently rolling fields with mature hardwood forest, Orange County Hunt Territory, great ride out, pastoral views in all directions. $2,534,500







Delaplane ~ 72 Acre Horse Property in Piedmont Hunt Territory. Features Handsome 7 stall stable perfectly sited for cross ventilation, built by P. J. Williams and features an upscale 1 bedroom + den apartment with screened porch. Generator. Perfect for training Cross County/Eventing. Uphill gallop with good elevation, 100’ x 200’ riding ring with all weather footing, 5 fenced paddocks and 2 run-in $1,050,000 sheds.


Middleburg ~ 145+ Acres of land in sought after location on Mountville Rd. near Foxcroft School. Several home sites with wonderful views and vistas yet extremely private, half wooded and half pasture with over 2,000’ of Goose Creek frontage. Minutes from Middleburg with easy access to Dulles International Airport & Washington DC. Middleburg Hunt Territory. $2,465,250


Marshall ~ 7.43 Acre Horse Farm in a coveted area of fine large estates and gorgeous views. The 4 bedroom, 4 bath home underwent extensive renovation in 2010, the home was enlarged again in 2014. Broadband Internet was recently installed, as was a new generator with new gas lines and upgraded electric. $899,000


Bluemont ~ Charming farm with tranquil pastoral setting features classic 1800’s farmhouse, guest house and tenant house. The bank barn offers 6 stalls on the lower level, 4 board fenced fields and paddocks with run-in. A year round creek runs through the property. Wonderful location with easy access to Route 7 bypass and the Dulles Greenway. Between Purcellville/Round Hill and Upperville. $750,000

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ydia Schrader, of Philadelphia, Pa., spent much of her childhood and formative years in Middleburg, always with a paintbrush in hand. She remembers walking around town, surrounded by history, and admiring the traditional and timeless spaces that are still relevant today. Last fall, to the delight of locals and far-reaching fans alike, Schrader released The Hunt Collection, a new and expanded line of hunt country inspired artwork. You might be familiar with her illustrations of famed Washington Street sights like the Christmas Hunt and Hounds Review, or The Red Fox Inn & Tavern, where an artist’s reception for the collection was appropriately held on Nov. 15.

It was only a few weeks prior when Schrader’s “Middleburg Scarf ” and pocket square debuted at Banniere’s brand launch for Highcliffe Clothiers. The response was overwhelming, as the scarves sold out the weekend of International Gold Cup, but have since been restocked. It began with a chance introduction to Banniere founder, Olivia Meyer, while Schrader was visiting Palm Beach, Florida last year. Banniere produces high-quality silk scarves designed by local artists in cities around the world, so a collaboration with Schrader was a natural fit. The pair worked together to bring the most iconic perspective of Middleburg to the beautifully printed and hand-rolled silk scarves. The main image includes the snowy hunt and hounds scene alongside prominent landmarks and other

Above: The Hunt Collection by Lydia Marie Elizabeth. Photo by Rebekah Murray.



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details, while the gentleman’s pocket square features a friendly fox against a hunter green background. Schrader admits to having a greater sense of appreciation for the Virginia landscape since leaving the area for college. She earned her degree in interior design, and just as she was honing in on her love for interiors, she began missing the paint brushes of her youth. She started working as an interior designer at an architectural firm in Greenwich, Conn., where she found time to illustrate the scenes that most inspired her during the day. In 2015, she decided to launch her own brand, Lydia Marie Elizabeth, as a full-time artist focusing on architecture and interior watercolor illustrations. Letter | Page 27

Letter | From page 26 The Hunt Collection, including traditional paintings, as well as black and white studies, explores the idea of our connection to land and nature. Schrader claims it pushed her artistic abilities and vision even further. “Virginia Hunt Country is a place that significantly shaped me. Its refinement is something I didn’t grasp until I moved away, but even the landscape rolls gracefully and is well-proportioned,” suggests Schrader. “By painting Middleburg, I’m able to relive it.” Schrader fondly recalls those pivotal high school years and times she spent running on the cross-country team through the area known as Five Mile Loop. “I ran through these fields – we went past cows and horses and big gracious fields. I knew every curve of the road and when to start gearing up for a big hill. It was a reflective time for me – thinking through the day and taking in the afternoon light,” recounts Schrader. “The Hunt Collection is a bit of a love letter to this place and all the people who have shared it with me.” It seems only fitting that Schrader would make this comparison, as she draws constant inspiration from some of our history’s greatest literature. Authors and poets like Ernest Hemingway, Emily Dickinson, C.S. Lewis and Francis Thompson, have all influenced her in unexpected ways both artistically and spiritually. Take Thompson’s “The Hound of Heaven,” for example. A poem symbolizing God’s pursuit of us as individuals and our continuous resistance throughout life, ends with the realization that one can no longer hide from a love with such deep intensity. Each stanza builds upon the next in a rhythm that beats with persistence, reminding Schrader of the steady galloping of horses, over and over. Much of Schrader’s work comes from commissioned pieces that are personal or unique to her clients. Her niche for home interior illustration recently landed a commission from New York City floral and event designer, Christy Doramus, to collaborate with actress Drew Barrymore’s brand, Flower Home. The line of wallpaper, bedding and other home furnishings is brought to life in watercolor scenes created by Schrader for the company’s social media marketing. The colorful and eclectic pieces of Flower Home, akin to the bold pattern play of interior designer, Carleton Varney à la Dorothy Draper style, are meant to spark joy and add personality to a room. Schrader points out that interiors, much like how we dress, reflect a very intimate portrait of a person’s inner self.

“The Hunt Collection is a bit of a love letter to this place and all the people who have shared it with me.”

Letter | Page 28 Top: Lydia M.E. Schrader in her beloved hills of Hunt Country. Photo by Rebekah Murray. Bottom: On the Hill from the Hunt Collection by Lydia Marie Elizabeth.

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Letter | From page 27 “Interiors and architecture are what we intentionally surround ourselves with – both for shelter and comfort,” says Schrader. Like The Hunt Collection, most of the images that fill her portfolio today are places inspired by either nostalgic or daydreamed moments. She sketches her own travels, depicting places like Palm Beach and Nantucket. Often painted in her off-site studio using photographs, Schrader finds the colors of a memory to be most evocative, such as the suggested warmth of dappled sunlight through a canopy of trees. A favorite passage of Schrader’s, which relates to this idea of remembering, can be found in “The Weight of Glory,” a sermon delivered by C.S. Lewis. He cautions that in yearning for a glimpse of beauty, perhaps romanticized from our past experiences, we can never truly capture it in complete fulfillment, as the beauty we desire is fleeting. It is only an image in this life, the scent of a flower we have not yet found. Looking ahead for 2020, Schrader has

embarked on developing an Americana Collection as a monthly series of paintings available for sale at the end of each month. This expands upon her 2019 Desk Calendar “The American Road Trip Series,” which captures the timeless American spirit and joy of American life that resonates so well with her clients. Taking a cue from Ernest Hemingway, who wrote about America while living in Paris, Schrader proves the notion that sometimes being outside of a place allows you to articulate it more accurately. “Perhaps we cannot repeat the past, nor may we want to, but we can revel in the beauty of it and allow it to shape our future for the better,” says Schrader. “The Hunt Collection is an ode to the beautiful town of Middleburg and it is a building block of my American dream.” ML Follow @lydiamarieelizabeth on Instagram and visit lydiamarieelizabeth.com to view the collections and shop prints, originals and the 2020 Sail Away Desk Calendar while supplies last.

Lydia Schrader with Banniere X LME Middleburg Scarf. Photo by Rebekah Murray.

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Elizabeth Mandros, owner of Mystique Jewelers in Middleburg and Alexandria, and Chris Holder share their engagement story. Story by Kaitlin Hill Photos by Jennifer Gray


hen asked how they met, Chris Holder and Elizabeth (Liz) Mandros are quick to answer. “Our mutual passion for polo,” Holder explains. The Middleburg-based couple, who got engaged over New Year’s, credits their newly cemented romance to a combination of aligned passions and a strong friendship. Holder says, “We had this great hobby and passion that we love to do, and we were spending a lot of time riding together. From there, it just progressed, and we had the opportunity to spend a lot of time together this



summer, both on the polo fields and outside the barns. And we found that our friendship was an awesome basis for our relationship.” Crucial to their developing romance was solidifying the friendship. Holder remembers, “We decided the most important thing, because of playing polo and our acquaintances, was our friendship. So we spent 20, maybe 25, dates focusing on our friendship, how much we had in common, and how we enjoyed being around each other.” Part of securing that friendship was protecting the hobby they both considered “me time.” Mandros explains, “We both work, we both raise kids and riding is our getaway. It’s our time. And we didn’t want to hurt each other’s time if we weren’t compatible.” She goes on, “So we looked at that and we found, in doing that, it gave us an even stronger relationship.” Around Independence Day of 2019, the couple decided to “go all-in” on their relation-

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ship. And by winter, they were ring shopping, a potentially daunting task for Holder, given Mandros is the owner of Mystique Jewelers in Middleburg and Alexandria. She remembers, “Leading up to it, he took me to Tiffany’s.” She adds, “I was in giggles. To feel like one of those women who would go into a jewelry store to look at rings, it was amazing.” He laughs, “She is usually on the other side of the counter. It was during the holidays, and it was a fun day. She tried on some rings, but, of course, our favorite jeweler is Mystique.” The initial pressure of having to pick a ring for his professional jeweler girlfriend passed as Holder worked with the Mystique team. He says, “I knew I had to get it right…And the level of care I got from her manager was pretty exceptional.” He adds, “Liz has a manager at her Old Town store who I was able to work with, find the right diamond, and she Ring | Page 31

Ring | From page 30 helped me put the ring together.” Holder and the Mystique team chose a symmetrical three-carat round brilliant diamond. Quality of the cut, color, and clarity were important factors in the rock selection process. The excellent cut diamond is an E color, in layman’s terms, one better than the official ranking system of the Gemological Institute of America even recognizes for colorlessness, and a VS2 classification of clarity. Mandros explains, “Having an excellent cut in all parameters gives the diamond its most brilliant light.” The diamond is set in a platinum band and surrounded by 12 emerald cut diamonds, six on each side. Mandros adds that they are, “set in classic prongs with a total weight of 2.77 carats, all well matched and the same quality of the center diamond.” Certainly, a work of art fit for a Graduate Gemologist. Ring in hand, Holder was ready to propose. “A few days after Christmas, we went down to Key Largo, Florida. Just at sunset, on New Year’s Eve we went out to the beach for dinner, we watched a beautiful sunset, we had a very special moment, and I got down on one knee and proposed to her.” He recounts with something like giddiness in his voice. “It was actually the most romantic proposal ever,” Mandros gushes. Absolutely ebullient, she adds, “I was shocked. I mean, we had talked about this, and we had given it a lot of thought, but I had no idea when it was going to be. It was a surprise. It was the most wonderful moment of our journey together, the start of many more to come.” Holder expands, “It was a great way to celebrate [the end of] 2019 and to start a new decade, and the setting couldn’t have been more beautiful.” “Oh my gosh, it was more than the setting. It was the way he did it.” Mandros playfully interrupts. “He was so romantic.” She concludes with a joyful giggle. As for her thoughts on the ring? “He totally nailed it. He nailed it over my expectation. It is so beautiful, but the most important thing for us is the symbol of the ring.” She adds, “[It’s] a custom creation that creates magic in my heart, just like our first kiss.” A month later, the couple is still enjoying the afterglow of their sunset proposal, and they aren’t in too much of a rush to make plans for their wedding. Other than a country backdrop, talk of a beautiful barn venue, and the tongue-in-cheek hope that Dave Matthews is in town to perform, the couple envisions the wedding as a celebration of their

The initial pressure of having to pick a ring for his professional jeweler girlfriend passed as Holder worked with the Mystique team. blended family. Holder says, “We both have teen children and as we think through what it takes to blend a family we want to make sure that we do it in a way everyone feels special, all the kids feel special…Family is very important to us.” From the tenderness in their voices and the frequent fits of laughter, within minutes

of talking to this couple, their love for one another is delightfully obvious, as is their love for their families and their hunt country community. It is a safe bet that these Middleburg lovebirds will have a fun and family-filled wedding followed by years of marital bliss and, yes, plenty of polo. ML

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re you looking for a unique activity to do on Valentine’s Day weekend with the family or a special someone? Follow Archie (Middleburg Life Staffer) on a photo tour of your own to check out some of our favorite local love signs. Be sure to save time to stop for nibbles and refreshments along the route using our recommendations near each sign.


Leesburg Love Sign Harrison St. | Washington and Old Dominion Trail Leesburg, Va. 20132 • Tuscarora Mill Restaurant • King Street Oyster Bar Warrenton Aquatic Center Love Sign 800 Waterloo St. Warrenton, Va. 20186 • Gateau Bakery Cafe & Tea Room • Black Bear Bistro & Brick Oven

Airlie Center Love Sign 6809 Airlie Rd. Warrenton, Va. 20187 • Harry’s at Airlie Center

Not pictured on Archie’s tour is the Love Sign in Old Town Warrenton’s Depot Park. If you have time for another stop, it’s a good one to see. ML

Purcellville Love Sign 200 N 21st St. Purcellville, Va. 20132 • Magnolia’s at the Mill • Happy Creek Coffee & Tea

Use our hashtags #lovesignswitharchie #huntcountry for a shout out on our social media channels!


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pring will be here before you know it and with it, spring wedding season. It’s no mystery why spring is a popular time to get married in Hunt Country. Warming weather, gorgeous blooms, and the promise of seasonally inspired food and drink are just a few reasons why spring is an idyllic season for nuptials. If you are looking to infuse a little springtime flavor into your cocktail hour, here are two drinks that would serve well as signature sips. My Blackberry Bouquet and Rose-Marry Me cocktails are inspired by the bright colors and fresh flavors of the season. The Blackberry Bouquet is a Cognac-based drink given slight sweetness from blackberry-scented simple syrup and a silky, frothy finish from whipped egg white. Top this tasty libation with edible flowers for an aperitif that screams spring. Rose-Marry Me is the perfect balance of savory and sweet. Rosemary simple syrup gives the drink an earthiness while grapefruit and lime juice add a punch of acid for a cocktail that is as drinkable as it is pretty. Blackberry Bouquet Serves 1 Ingredients: • 1 cup of sugar •

½ cup of water

½ pint of blackberries

2 ounces of your favorite Cognac

1 ounce of lemon juice

1 egg white

edible flowers for garnish (optional)

Directions: First, make the blackberry simple syrup. Place the sugar, water, and blackberries in a small saucepot set over medium-high heat. Bring the liquid to a boil and cook, while stirring, until all the sugar has dissolved. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the mixture for 10 – 15 minutes. Remove the liquid from the heat. Using a fork, crush the berries. This will



help release their juices into the syrup. Strain the simple syrup through a fine mesh sieve into a clean bowl and set aside to cool. This will make more simple syrup than you need for one drink. It can be stored in an airtight container or canning jar in the fridge for up to a month. Once the blackberry simple syrup has cooled, combine 1 ounce of it with the Cognac and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Add enough ice to fill the shaker. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain the cocktail into a chilled glass. One serving will fill a coupe glass. Add the egg white to the shaker and shake vigorously for 1 minute until the egg white is frothy. Pour the egg white over the drink and garnish with edible flowers. Serve immediately. Rose-Marry Me Serves 1 Ingredients: • 1 cup of sugar •

½ cup of water

2 sprigs of rosemary, more for garnish

2 ounces of vodka

1 ounce of freshly-squeezed lime juice

4 ounces of freshly-squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice

Directions: First, make the rosemary simple syrup. Place the sugar, water, and rosemary sprigs in a small saucepot set over medium-high heat. Bring the liquid to a boil and cook, while stirring, until all the sugar has dissolved. Remove the liquid from the heat and let the rosemary sprigs steep for 30 minutes. Strain the simple syrup through a fine mesh sieve into a clean bowl and set aside to cool. This will make more simple syrup than you need for one drink. It can be stored in an airtight container or canning jar in the fridge for up to a month. In a tall glass filled with ice, combine half an ounce of the simple syrup with the vodka,

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lime juice, and grapefruit juice. Stir to combine. Add a sprig of rosemary for garnish. Serve immediately. ML

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ndrew Osborne, a veteran of the hospitality business for more than three decades, took a few minutes from his busy events management business to describe his vision for the perfect occasion and some of his favorite aspects of the wining, dining and entertainment industry.

What is Osborne Events? We’re a boutique Destination Management Event Company (DMC) located in historic downtown Leesburg. We manage everything for corporate groups, from airport meet-and-greet services, gala dinners at wineries and museums, in-hotel décor and theme events, entertainment, polo events, winery, brewery, distillery and cidery tours, historic tours, to full meeting production. Tell us about your favorite Middleburg event moments. We produce so many events at gorgeous settings, from Loudoun wineries to the Salamander Resort & Spa, it’s hard to choose just one! If I had to pick one that really stands out, it would have to be The National Sporting Library & Museum Polo Classic, held annually at Great Meadows in The Plains. It draws 1,500-plus attendees for the day to enjoy polo and socialize for a great cause. This event is logistically challenging with a 200’ x 40’ tent plus 11 other tents located around the beautiful grass polo field. With so many moving elements, including over 20 vendor partners, this event challenges our team year after year! We have the privilege of working with an amazing committee from the NSLM, and that helps make it a favorite event for me. Tell us a little about your vision and your schedule. My goal is to build a niche of wonderful programs and events in Florida during the winter/early spring season, and then continue with the fabulous events we’re doing in and around Middleburg and Loudoun. I’m blessed to have Wendy Salt join my Middleburg team, as Wendy comes with such a wide breadth of

experience in the events world. With the combination of Wendy being on board and the amazing flexibility through my partnership with Karen McKenna of Events and Logistics, it allows me to expand the South Florida events, and Osborne Events will be able to continue to offer five-star service to every client. Events & Logistics manages programs and events from the Palm Beaches to the South Beach Shores. Karen’s creative edge is showing me personally a completely different look and vibe than the Middleburg area. It’s very exciting! Your secret weapon the day of? As catty as it sounds: me! I do everything in my power to be at every event. If I’m not able to be at the event in person, you can guarantee my hands are involved behind the scenes. As I’m not trying to become a conglomerate DMC factory as I call it, I believe this personal touch stands out. The othe recipe to our success is embracing our most valued vendor partners who enable us to create an amazing experience for our clients. What’s your favorite “wow” factor? When we’ve created an event or experience, and I’m standing in the room or venue or field and the CEO and their partners, or the board and meeting planner walk-in and I hear, “Oh my goodness, this is just unbelievably amazing!!!” That is the No. 1 reason we do this. A second one would be pulling together an event that nobody thought was possible like our first annual in 2019 “Dinner on the Rooftop,” a dinner for 263 guests on the rooftop of a parking garage under a clear top tent. What’s your favorite tablescape? I love to create layers when it comes to dinner table settings. To me a tablescape isn’t just a linen tablecloth and a centerpiece. The last thing I want is to have a table that looks just cookie-cutter. Using textures, adding different heights, and incorporating fresh florals not only creates a beautiful tablescape, it adds an ambiance and energy to the entire room.

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How can people book you? For event inquires, please contact Andrew at andrew@osborne-events.com or call 202-256-9519. Don’t forget to visit our websites at www.osborne-events.com and www.eventsnlogistics.com and follow us on social media. ML

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In editorial, creatives come together and experiment with new things, fine tuning their skills and expanding their portfolio.


o create this styled shoot, we focused on the fashions forecasted for 2020 and seen on the bridal runways earlier this year. Many don’t realize the work that goes on behind the scenes to organize a styled shoot. It takes a big team of like-minded creatives eager to share their talents and think outside the box to create an “editorial” look. In the wedding industry, vendors cater to the client’s wishes. In editorial, creatives come together and experiment with new things, fine tuning their skills and expanding their portfolio. The purpose of the editorial styled shoot is to inspire readers to try something they may not have seen before. Imaginably this photoshoot will inspire you to try new colors, such as a berry lip with soft shimmery eyes, a deep blue suit, or a head-piece instead of a veil. Or maybe it will encourage you to flutter about in angelic sleeves on your big day. ML Creative Team: Photos by Jennifer Gray Dress and vintage head-piece from Middleburg Bride, Middleburg, Va. Dress designed by Dany Tabet, Paris, France Tux and accessories from Highcliffe Clothiers, Middleburg, Va. Flowers by Lark Floral, Kari Schriever, Leesburg, Va. Hair by Victoria Haley, Ash Salon, Haymarket, Va. Make-up by Stevie Haight, Beachy Mama Beauty, Warrenton, Va. Models: Simone Ghobadi and Will Jaramillo Venue: Blue Valley Vineyard, Delaplane, Va.

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The Finer Points: The Finer Points is a boutique event planning and design company with over 20 years of experience. The Finer Points uses their intimate knowledge of the industry and unrivaled attention to detail to ensure their client’s vision becomes a reality. From the initial consultation to the final toast at the end of the event, we pride ourselves on listening to the needs of our clients and what is most important to them! 703-431-9494 cell lynn@thefinerpointsllc.com

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Bella Villa: Bella Villa styles rustic and elegant vignettes for inspired entertaining and elevated special events with their curated collection of vintage and antique lounges, bars, chandeliers and more. Vintage pieces now also offered for sale at Bella Villa’s new venture, Marshall Curated, a home decor boutique located on Main Street in Marshall. bellavillavintagerentals.com (571) 921-0356 @bellavillashop Instagram: @bellavillashop Squirrel@BellaVillaVintageRentals.com

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A Sensation from the Start The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show By Richard Hooper


he prestigious Westminster Kennel Club dog show will be held on Feb. 11 and 12 at fabled Madison Square Garden. The club took its name after the Westminster Hotel, a favorite watering hole for a group of well-heeled sportsmen who organized it. The first show was held in May of 1877 at a venue known both as Gilmore’s Gardens (after the owner) and P. T. Barnum’s Great Roman Hippodrome (or, for brevity, merely the Hippodrome). Beginning in 1874, it was the site for Barnum’s Circus when it was in New York City. The structure had originally been used as a railroad terminal and occupied land along Fourth Avenue between 26th and 27th Streets, known as Madison Square. William

Vanderbilt purchased the property in 1879 as a venue for the National Horse Show and renamed it Madison Square Garden. The current location above Penn Station at Seventh Avenue and 32nd Street is the fourth structure to be known as Madison Square Garden. Founded as a shooting club, it was only natural that the emphasis of the show be on sporting dogs. Taking precedence were setters and pointers. To improve the quality of their dogs, the club imported a lemon and white pointer for breeding purposes from England. Originally named “Don,” he had had an impressive series of wins in British shows in 1875 and 1876. Upon importing him to America, the club changed his name to “Sensation,” a name which immediately grabs one’s attention with great expectations - certainly more so than “Don.” His first prize in

Above: A view of the Westminster Dog Show at Gilmore’s Gardens from Harper’s Weekly.



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America came at Baltimore in 1876. “Sensation” became such a sensation that either his head or full body has been used on almost all of the Westminster show catalogs since their second show in 1878. Today an image of his full body is the emblem of the club. In addition to the publicity generated by the desire to see a dog named “Sensation,” the caché of English dogs (who carried a number of prizes back with them) in the show added even more luster. The club paid the round-trip steamer fare for the English dogs, including two deerhounds, Oscar and Dagmar, bred by Queen Victoria. The English press used the opportunity to chide Americans, as in an account of the show in The Pictorial World, which stated that, “Much as the Americans repudiate the thought of borKennel | Page 45

Kennel | From page 44 rowing ideas from the mother country, yet we find that institutions which have been for many years peculiarly English are gradually gaining ground and becoming appreciated by the American mind. Among the number of these innovations, a dog show…” The American publication, Forest and Stream, had already staked a claim to American supremacy in its description of the show by stating that, “such a collection of dogs was ever gotten together before in any country we very much doubt, for, although they may have beaten us in point of numbers (referring to the number of entries) at one time in London, yet in quality our show was far ahead…” The same article also lauded the show by claiming that. “To say that the dog show held in this city last week was a success would but poorly convey what the result really was. It was a magnificent triumph for the dogs and for the projectors of the show. We question if on any other previous occasion has there ever

assembled in this city such a number of people at one time, and representing so much of the culture, wealth and fashion of the town.” Although the emphasis of the show was sporting dogs, the coverage of the show by Harper’s Weekly, which billed itself as “the journal of civilization,” gave a short, but delightful, account of the toy dogs for which the show had: … devoted several stands in the centre of the arena, and this was one of the most attractive spots in the show. The little things were rigged up with ribbons, mats, cushions, bells, and lace collars, in the most dainty style. Two large pugs with lace collars were very amusing. Others were the occupants of a number of mahoganyframed glass cases. One of these, a tiny mite of a thing, with long silken hair, bore the ferocious name of “Danger.” There were also three beautiful Italian greyhounds, five delicate Japanese puppies and six little balls nestling under their Blenheim

spaniel mother. Regardless of one’s predilection toward a particular type of dog, it appears, then, that the show was a huge sensation. ML

Above: A hand-colored engraving of Sensation by J. Wellstood, 1879. Bottom: Judging dogs at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper.

Finding Poetry in Animals: Poetry Reading & Workshop Thursday, March 12 | 6 - 8pm

$5 Nonmembers | Free for NSLM Members Poetry is a special kind of language and can often render meanings behind the everyday surfaces of our encounters. Dr. Jane Desmond, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, hosts a workshop exploring how poetry about animals can serve a way of knowing based on encounters across species. A reading and discussion of selected poems is complemented by a hands-on workshop where participants “find” their own poems in existing texts. Simple instructions, some magic markers, and copies of sample texts from the archives will guarantee success in finding the poetic in the everyday.

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Food & Drinks WINE 101: A TASTING & CLASS WITH THE WINEMAKER AT 50 WEST FEB. 9 | 1 – 2:30 P.M. 50westvineyards.com 50 West winemaker, Corry Craighill, will be leading the first class & tasting of a four-part series, Wine 101. You’ll explore different styles of wine through sight, smell, and taste, while also gaining the basic skills to describe wines accurately. This class will be held in the Main Level of the Club House. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time. VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER AT SALAMANDER RESORT & SPA FEB. 13-15 | 5-10 P.M. salamanderresort.com Make this romantic holiday unforgettable and treat your Valentine to an elegant dinner at Harrimans. Gaze upon sweeping views of the Virginia countryside while indulging in an enchanting five-course dinner created by Executive Chef Ryan Arensdorf. After dinner indulge in a custom confection created by Executive Pastry Chef Jason Reaves. Reservations required, please call 540-326-4070. VALENTINE’S WINE DINNER AT GREENHILL WINERY & VINEYARDS FEB. 14 | 6:30-9 P.M. experiencegreenhill.com Join us Feb. 14 in the stunning Barrel Room for a four-course dinner featuring Chef ML with Canapés Catering. VALENTINE’S DAY AT THE ASHBY INN & RESTAURANT FEB. 14-16 | TIMES VARY ashbyinn.com Chef John has prepared a special menu for you and your special someone. Come enjoy our four-course Valentine’s Day Prix fixe menu and treat your loved one to a memorable dining experience in Paris. Call us to reserve a table at 540-592-3900. CHOCOLATE, BOURBON & BACON ROMANCE AT SALAMANDER RESORT & SPA FEB. 15 | 2 P.M.

salamanderresort.com Join our Executive Pastry Chef Jason Reaves, Executive Chef Ryan Arensdorf, and Food & Beverage Director Jacob Musyt as you make and enjoy different chocolate, bourbon and bacon creations. Reservations required, please call 540-326-4070. $89 per person. SPECIAL 4 HANDS DINNER AT GOODSTONE INN & RESTAURANT FEB. 19 | 6 – 9 P.M. goodstone.com Join us for a special 4 Hands Dinner at Goodstone featuring Johnny Spero from Reverie and Goodstone’s Executive Chef, Jan Van Haute. Tickets available by calling 540-687-3333.

Arts SIEGFRIED SASSOON: HUNTING THROUGH THE TRENCHES, WITH DR. CHARLES CARAMELLO AT THE NATIONAL SPORTING LIBRARY & MUSEUM FEB. 20 | 6-8 P.M. nationalsporting.org Join Dr. Charles Caramello in his analysis of Siegfried Sassoon’s semi-autobiographical trilogy Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, Memoirs of an Infantry Officer, and Sherston’s Progress. $10 for non-members, $8 seniors, free for NSLM members and college students. To register, please contact info@nationalsporting.org or 540-687-6542, ext. 4. DOREEN MONTIS OPEN HOUSE, PAINTINGS WITH “A TOUCH OF CHARM” FEB. 22 | 10 A.M. – 4 P.M. doreenmontisfineart.com Mortgage Hall Estate and Sabrina Sutton present “A Touch of Charm,” a collection of oil paintings by artist Doreen Montis. Join us for the Meet the Artist Reception on Feb. 21, from 6-8 p.m., or visit the open house on Feb. 22. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the beautiful Mortgage Hall Estate and the work of a local, up-and-coming artist. Mortgage Hall Estate is located at 35487 Snake Hill Road, Middleburg. PORTRAITURE WORKSHOP WITH CAROL BUSWELL AT THE NATIONAL SPORTING LIBRARY & MUSEUM FEB. 27 | 9 A.M. – 3 P.M. nationalsporting.org Inspired by the exhibition, Leading the Field: Ellen Emmet Rand, Gamblin-dedicated workshop instructor, Carol Buswell, instructs on the use of oil paints with a limited palette to create portraits of a live model dressed in traditional hunt attire. All materials and a light lunch are provided. $85 for nonmembers. $75 for NSLM members. Reservations requested to info@nationalsporting.org or 540-687-6542.



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of 2020 — Loudoun On Tap! Join us at the beautiful Salamander Resort & Spa where you will have the opportunity to socialize and share about your business with an extensive network of people. Tickets for this event sell quickly! $35 member; $50 future member. THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM SHOWING AT THE HILL SCHOOL FEB. 21 | 5:30 – 7:30 P.M. landtrustva.org/event/the-biggest-little-farm The Land Trust of Virginia and the Goose Creek Association bring you the acclaimed film The Biggest Little Farm. Plus, the public premier of a short documentary on the Goose Creek. Held at The Hill School’s Sheila C. Johnson Auditorium, admission is free and light refreshments will be served. Register online. “ART OF THE PIEDMONT” ART AUCTION AND RECEPTION AT MIDDLEBURG COMMUNITY CENTER FEB. 21 | 6 P.M. middleburgcommunitycenter.com Best place to get the best local art for your home, all while supporting Middleburg Montessori School’s great work in our community!

MCC CABIN FEVER BINGO! FEB. 7 | 6:30 – 9:30 P.M. middleburgcommunitycenter.com Come to the Middleburg Community Center for an annual favorite, BINGO night! Tickets are $40 and include bingo cards, dinner, raffle ticket, and drink ticket. This event sells out every year, RSVP by Feb. 5 to info@middleburgcommunitycenter.com or call 540-687-6373.

POP-UP PASSPORT SERVICE AT THE MIDDLEBURG LIBRARY FEB. 24 | 10 A.M. – 5 P.M. library.loudoun.gov/Middleburg Apply for a new passport. Photos may be taken onsite. Please come prepared to pay with checks or money orders. For more information please see: library.loudoun.gov/SERVICES/Passport-Services.


AFRICAN DRUMS: VISIT KOFI’S VILLAGE AT THE MIDDLEBURG LIBRARY FEB. 8 | 10:30 – 11:30 A.M. library.loudoun.gov/Middleburg Kofi Dennis brings the vibrant rhythms of a West African village to life through music, storytelling, drumming and dance. For all ages. Held in the library’s Meeting Room. COFFEE WITH THE CURATOR AT THE NATIONAL SPORTING LIBRARY & MUSEUM FEB. 15 | 10 – 11:30 A.M. nationalsporting.org Join George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Head Curator, Claudia Pfeiffer, as she takes you through the personal story of the portrait painter, Ellen Emmet Rand, and the many surprises and challenges Pfeiffer encountered during the three-year journey in the making of the Leading the Field: Ellen Emmet Rand exhibition. Admission $5 nonmembers; free to NSLM members. RSVP to info@nationalsporting.org. LECTURE: “THE WOMEN WHO MARRIED MOSBY’S RANGERS,” AT MT. DEFIANCE CIDERY FEB. 15 | 5 – 6:30 P.M. themiddleburgmuseum.org Local author and historian Eric Buckland will present a romantic-themed lecture on “the women who loved Mosby’s Rangers.” Hosted by the Middleburg Museum, held at Mt. Defiance Cidery. Tickets are $10. Questions? Call 540-326-8932. LOUDOUN ON TAP AT SALAMANDER RESORT & SPA FEB. 19 | 5:30 – 7 P.M. loudounchamber.org/events Mark your calendars for the “must-attend” quarterly networking event

DINNER & JAZZ WITH MARCUS JOHNSON AT SALAMANDER RESORT & SPA FEB. 8 | 6 P.M. salamanderresort.com Enjoy a romantic, cabaret-style dinner and live performance with the legendary jazz performer Marcus Johnson, for an unforgettable night. Our ballroom will transform for the truly enchanting evening of live music and a multi-course culinary experience. $98 per person. For dining reservations, please call 540-326-4070. “IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE” AT EMMANUEL EPISCOPAL CHURCH’S PARISH HOUSE FEB. 16 | 3 – 4:15 P.M. emmanuelmiddleburg.org Join us at the Parish House for Grammy award-winning bass James Shaffran and soprano Mary Shaffran as they sing timeless duets and Valentine’s Day favorites. Call 540-687-6297 to reserve a seat. $10 suggested donation. Refreshments served.

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Jump into Spring at the 100th Running of the


Glenwood Park Racecourse, Middleburg, VA Post Time 1pm

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Delaplane ~ Spectacular Views! Approximately 250 Acres in 2 parcels. The primary parcel of 142 acres features the 3 BR/3 BA stone home accessed from Moreland Road, 2 tenant homes and numerous supporting structures including a large 4 bay machine shed. The secondary parcel of 107 acres is on the opposite side of Moreland Road, and currently offers a 2 BR tenant home with potential to build an additional primary dwelling. The 2 parcels may be purchased in total or separately, neither of which may be further divided. $2,426,000

Rebecca Poston 540-771-7520



Purcellville ~ Stone residence on 14+ acres on a scenic country lane. Approximately 12,000 sq.ft. boasting soaring ceilings, 5 fireplaces, 6 BR / 7 BA and a gourmet country kitchen. Luxurious Master Suite, elegant dĂŠcor, superior quality. Separate In-Law suite with kitchen, bath, deck and private entrance. $1,445,000

Mary Ann McGowan 540-270-1124

Purcellville ~ Stunning 3 level colonial with sun-filled rooms, 2 story foyer, fabulous gourmet country kitchen, open to fireplaced family room & spacious breakfast room. Huge master suite & luxurious bath, three additional bedrooms & baths on 2nd level. Walkout level ready for completion. Fantastic center aisle 6 stall stable, board fenced paddocks, riding ring (120X200), run in shed ideal for equestrians! $1,199,000

Brian McGowan 703-927-4070







Mary Ann McGowan 540-270-1124


Markham ~ Just Reduced... One of a kind opportunity!!! Weekend Retreat From The City!! Cabin nestled in a dell with modern well & septic. Underground elec. & telephone. Entrance field has great southwest mt. vistas & is an extra approved bldg. site. Audubon Trail runs along left side of parcel, passes cabin and opens into a large parcel in back whose owner normally uses other access/egress. Creek & grass around cabin. $525,000

Susie Ashcom 540-729-1478




Marshall ~ A traditional country home on the outside with a sophisticated, contemporary design within. 3-4 BRs, 2.5 BAs with open Kitchen, Dining Room with original stone fireplace, Living Room with built-ins, bay window and fireplace. Separate Office/Den or 1st Floor Bedroom. New roof, new windows & 4 sets of French doors. Flooring includes blue slate, Carrera marble & hardwoods. Large open flagstone terrace. Extensive landscaping. $960,000

Cricket Bedford 540-229-3201


Marshall ~ Renovated home on 5+ wooded acres surrounded by protected land. Contemporary design with an open floor plan. 4 BR/3 BA, new Kitchen, formal Dining w/fireplace, Living Room w/fireplace, exposed beams and brick. Master Suite has lux Bath, private terrace & unique glassed-in storage room. New roof, bathrooms, hardwood & ceramic tile floors, extensive landscaping. Open deck along entire back of the house. Easy commuter location minutes to Marshall and I-66. $799,000

Cricket Bedford 540-229-3201









Delaplane ~ Estate on 27 acres of rolling countryside with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The all brick 3 level residence features 5 BR / 5 BA, spacious rooms and huge floor to ceiling windows. The grounds include a pool with stone terraces, a center aisle stable, a huge indoor riding arena and a tenant/guest house. Ideally located with easy access to the nation’s Capital. $1,150,000




Purcellville ~ Hard to find 15+ acre parcel ideally located between Routes 50 & 7 in Western Loudoun County. Open pasture land is surrounded by black board fencing and stacked stonewalls with wonderful mountain views. Multiple wells and a 4/5 BR drainfield has been located. Property is sited on the corner of Snickersville Turnpike and Black Oak Roads. Perfect for horses or other animals. $425,000

Cricket Bedford 540-229-3201


Upperville ~ Located in the heart of the village of Upperville is this iconic fieldstone building that has been operating over the last 5 years as a wine tasting room for a local vineyard. Property has been fully renovated with professional landscaping, new flagstone walkways & terraces, covered rear patio, walled parking area with an electric charging station, new septic system & storage shed. Come see the many possibilities. Ready for your next venture! $325,000

Cricket Bedford 540-229-3201

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