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Middleburg Blog: Fall events in the west

There is usually something for everyone to enjoy along the Route 50 West Corridor and in the villages nearby. This September is no exception, and the events and activities calendar is full.

There are two events for music lovers scheduled for September: The Middleburg Community Center continues its Concert on the Steps Series, Sept.15, 5:30-7:30 p.m., with live music by the Bottle Shop, drinks by the Middleburg Lions, and food by Ashbank Farm. Middleburg Bank sponsors this free concert series.

Those attending are asked to bring a canned food item to benefit Seven Loaves. For more information visit the web site for the Middleburg Community Center.

The Middleburg United Methodist Church in cooperation with the Embassy of Mexico will present another of its very popular concert series on Sept.17 at 4 p.m. The Una Noche En Mexico Concert will feature traditional Mexican music by the famous vocalist Dolores Martinez Rangel and the accordionist/pianist Jose Alfonso Valdez accompanied by the Middleburg Concert Series Artistic Director, Dr. Alan Saucedo's cello and Cynthia Saucedo's violin.

The concert is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Ann MacMahon of Sheridan MacMahon Realtors, as well as grants from the Town of Middleburg, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

A reception sponsored by Briones Auto Repair of Winchester and La Familia Saucedo will serve tamales and sweets. Artists Elsa Borja and Alberto Fierro from the Embassy of Mexico will be hosts. Admission to the concert and reception is free; donations are appreciated. For more information call 540-303-7127.

When fall begins each year, local farms welcome visitors with special activities. Great Country Farms at 18780 Foggy Bottom Road in

Bluemont, has an event planned for September 1, 11:00-1:00. The farm will have its "Virginia is for Lovers Corn Maze" ribbon cutting and grand opening. Secretary of Agriculture, Basil Gooden, will attend. On the agenda are the Welcome to Agritourism at Great Country Farms, remarks by the Secretary of Agriculture, the ribbon cutting, drive to Dirt Farm Brewing, and lunch. Registration is required.

Owners of the farm, The Zurschmeide Family, sends this message, "We hope you will join us and look forward to seeing you. Peace and Pick Your Own." For more information visit the Great Country Farm's web site.

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