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Middleburg Blog: Prayers & Squares and a night with Monroe

Several members of Aldie United Methodist Church, participating in the prayer-quilt ministry, met May 6 to help quilt for Prayers & Squares. Prayers & Squares is an international, interfaith outreach ministry that combines the gift of prayer with the gift of handmade and hand-tied quilts. Unlike other organizations that quilt for charitable causes, Prayers & Squares groups promote prayer using quilts. Each hand-tied knot at the corners of the squares in the quilt represents a prayer as the knots are tied at the altar with a prayer from the members who kneel at the altar after the church services. At Aldie Methodist, the church dedicates the quilts to those they feel may need prayers and gives these people the quilts – those who are seriously ill, in most cases. This Aldie Methodist quilting group will meet again in the fall. For those throughout the community who would like to participate, contact the church’s minister at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

At 7 p.m. June 3, at the Aldie Mill Historic Park, NOVA Parks and Aldie Heritage Association will present a program, “James Monroe, 5th President of the United States,” with a look back to his life in Aldie, a place President Monroe knew well during his years in residence at nearby Oak Hill, a look back to his exemplary career, and a look back to his business interaction with Aldie Mill and his friend and mill owner, Charles Fenton Mercer. Col. Monroe, his preferred title in his post-presidential years, will be portrayed by James (Jay) Harrison, a veteran history interpreter and re-enactor.

All proceeds benefit Aldie Mill’s educational efforts in the community. For additional information, contact Aldie Mill Site Manager Tracy Gillespie at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by phone at 703-327-9777. Aldie Mill Historic Park is located at 39401 John Mosby Highway, Aldie.

The much-anticipated Aldie Country Store and Café is finally open. Look for an article next week as Aldie and the surrounding community welcome this new business.

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