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Middleburg Blog: August events in Middleburg

As the summer heat retreats, Route 50 West tourists are returning to the area. The vineyards are offering specials, and the restaurants -- especially those with decks and patios -- are full all along the drive west. The Middleburg businesses are still offering many of the bargains included in the Annual Sidewalk Sale that began on Aug. 4 of last week.

Vincent and Nelina Loiselle Bataoel hosted the Middleburg Business and Professional Association for the organization’s August meeting in their business facility, Above Green, a LEED consulting business, located on 8 North Jay Street in Middleburg. (Vincent Bataoel is a candidate in the town’s 2018 mayoral election.) Community businesses and members are always invited to attend and/or join MBPA’s monthly meetings. Visit their web site for the calendar of local events and meetings.

Good News: More businesses are opening soon along the way on Route 50 West. HammerDown BBQ is one of those expected to open. A food service that gained popularity at the Middleburg Farmers’ Market, HammerDown BBQ specializes in a variety of smoked meats. The business has taken the space of the British Pantry on Route 50. Its address is 41113 Mosby Highway in the newly-developing section of Aldie that is growing by the minute, near the intersection of Aldie Springs Road and Route 50. Presently, the HammerDown BBQ’s truck is at the Mt. Defiance Cidery and Distillery in Middleburg on weekends, and the Cidery is expanding too. The Cidery’s new barn at 495 East Washington Street, when it opens, will offer tastings, plus cider by the glass or bottle. The Oyster Bar, a very anticipated new restaurant on Washington Street, is still waiting on one major utility connection, but it is planning to open soon.

For those who come west for the fresh produce, the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development has issued a list of the farm-fresh vegetables and fruits available now. The apples, berries, cantaloupes, cucumbers, grapes, green beans, peppers, nectarines, peaches, squash, sweet corn, tomatoes, and watermelons are ripe and ready for the table. Two local restaurants that offer farm-fresh on the menus are Goodstone and Hunters Head, according to LCDED.

The Middleburg Community Center has a very important event scheduled this month: Aug. 19 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. has been designated a day and time to clean up Middleburg. The Streetscape and Go Green Committee are hosting “The Great Middleburg Clean Up and Scavenger Hunt” on this August Saturday at the center. There will be prizes for the scavenger hunt and the largest amount of recyclable trash collected. The center is serving refreshments. Join the fun and bring a friend.

Two businesses are celebrating anniversaries during August: Greenhill Winery and Vineyards will celebrate its fourth during the weekend of Aug. 25 to 28, including a $5 take home glass of wine and a birthday celebration for its chef.

Salamander Resort and Spa will celebrate its fourth anniversary in its living room on Aug. 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Call 540-326-4060 for details and reservations.

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