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Great Country Farm Hosts Its Annual Cider Fest on September 17 & 18, 2011

Great Country Farm Hosts Its Annual Cider Fest on September 17 & 18, 2011

Bluemont, VA …Fall is in the air and the apple harvest is underway, signaling the first pressing of cider for the fall.  Great Country Farms in Bluemont, VA will host its annual Cider Fest on September 17 & 18 from 9am – 6pm. Visitors to the farm will enjoy cider pressing demonstrations, tastings of several varieties of cider, as well as the regular farm attractions and activities, and Fall harvest treats including Grandma Zurschmeide’s delicious apple dumplings.

To celebrate everything apple, the farm will have cider pressing demonstrations with the family’s antique cider press which was built in 1865 and used by the first Zurschmeides in Indiana. Demonstrations will take place at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Art Exhibition Features Talents of Loudoun County Government Employees

Art Exhibition Features Talents of Loudoun County Government Employees

A new art exhibition featuring a variety of artwork by Loudoun County Government employees is currently on display in “Gallery One” on the first floor of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison Street, S.E. in Leesburg.

Thirteen artists are participating in the exhibit which showcases nearly two dozen photographs, paintings, and mixed-media pieces dealing with a variety of subjects. The artists are: Rob Balinger, Phil Erickson, Diane B. Ferrall, Kathy Franck, Gail Garner, Larr Kelly, Mita Mathur, Julie Moon, Erik Onate, Barbara Sample, Katy Sandin, Susan Blanchard Sutton, and Christene Vogel.

Moved: Tonight's Acoustic on the Green with Robbie Limon!

Moved: Tonight's Acoustic on the Green with Robbie Limon!

Due to the excessive heat warning and expected high temperatures on Saturday, July 23, 2011, the Acoustic on the Green concert featuring Robbie Limon will be held in the lower level of the Leesburg Town Hall (25 West Market Street).

Board Seeks Representatives for Mason Enterprise Center Board of Advisors

Board Seeks Representatives for Mason Enterprise Center Board of Advisors

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is seeking interested county residents to participate in a newly formed advisory board.  Under terms of a Memorandum of Agreement with the Town of Leesburg for the Mason Enterprise Center (MEC), Loudoun County will appoint three representatives to the 15-member Board of Advisors of the MEC.  The Town of Leesburg, Loudoun Chamber of Commerce and George Mason University will also appoint representatives to the Board of Advisors.  Once constituted, the Board of Advisors will appoint three additional members.  The Board of Advisors will have the following responsibilities:                                            

Local Residents Bring Virginia Wine to Your Pocket

Local Residents Bring Virginia Wine to Your Pocket

Finding the best Virginia wineries this summer is now easier than ever, thanks to Rick Collier and Nancy Bauer. The duo created a mobile guide to the Virginia Wine Country called “Virginia Wine in my Pocket.” This application is now available for $3.99 on iTunes your iPad, iPhone, and iTouch.

Between July and December of last year Rick and Nancy, while still working full-time jobs, went on a tour they dubbed “150 Wineries in 150 Days Tour.” During this time they researched, wrote, and photographed for the application, which they published this past March.

 “I’ve now taken a sabbatical to focus on Virginia Wine in My Pocket, and our first app, called Rehoboth in My Pocket, which was published last year,” said Bauer.

Join the community in the Town of Leesburg’s 21st annual Independence Day Parade

Join the community in the Town of Leesburg’s  21st annual Independence Day Parade

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Introducing Loudoun County's First Distillery Since Prohibition

Introducing Loudoun County's First Distillery Since Prohibition

 

Starting July 1st you can pick up your bottles of whiskey and gin for this Fourth of July weekend at the family owned and operated Catoctin Creek Distillery. Scott and Becky Harris have run this mom and pop distillery since February 2009, but they have not been able to sell their bottles of alcohol at their distillery….until tomorrow.

“Starting tomorrow we can start to sell bottles here at the distillery. We had to change the law so that we could do that,” said Scott Harris.

Prior to Catoctin Creek, Becky was a chemical engineer, and Scott worked in government IT and computer science. Now the couple produces certified organic whiskey, gin, brandy and liqueurs from scratch by their own hands all the way from mashing to bottling.