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Middleburg Blog: The Blue Ridge Has Color

The change has begun, and there is nothing better for family fun than drives toward the Blue Ridge to see the fall colors. The towns and villages along the routes anticipate an increase in visitors and are ready to accommodate their shopping and offer entertainment.

Anyone who would like to participate in a barn dance can purchase a ticket at the NOVA Parks website. Friends of Balls Bluff is hosting the dance at the Aldie Historic Mill on Route 50 in the village, on Oct. 7 from 6-9 p.m. Appalachian and bluegrass music provided by Jake and the Burtones from Round Hill with dance instruction and calling by Rock Candy from Emmittsburg, Md. For more information contact Dale Hook, 703-352-5900 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

One of the main attractions every fall is the award-winning Aldie festival now in its 53rd year. The 2017 Aldie Harvest Food and Wine Festival will be held on Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., with the duck race at 4 p.m. It is a family-oriented event with arts, crafts, food, antiques, children’s activities, tours of the historic mill, and music. Visit the web site for more information.

In Middleburg, on Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., there is a free educational seminar for expectant parents and parents of young children. The event, The Baby Buzz, will be held at the Hill School, 130 Madison Street, Middleburg, Va.

In Middleburg, the Virginia Fall Races will be held Oct. 14 at Glenwood Park. Gates open 8:30 a.m. Post time 1 p.m. The races' proceeds will benefit INOVA Loudoun Hospital Foundation. Call 540-687-9797 for more information.

During Middleburg’s Farmers Market (behind the community center) on Oct. 14, from 8 a.m. - noon, in the fenced area, the Emmanuel Episcopal Church will hold a “Blessing of the Animals.” The public is invited.

Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains sets the Autumn Stewardship Volunteer Day at the Blue Ridge Regional Park, on Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Friends, in conjunction with the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, will continue the work of clearing invasive species and maintaining the forest. Those who have organized the work session suggest that the volunteers wear long pants, shirt sleeves, and gloves. The Blue Ridge Mountain Park is located off Route 601 (Blue Ridge Mountain Road,) one of the most scenic drives in Virginia.

Loudoun County’s neighbor to the west, Clarke County, has fall activities going on too. On Oct. 21 at 6 p.m., The Tea Cart located at 16 West Main Street in Berryville, will present “Murder by the Book” which is dinner and a show. Participation and dressing in 1920’s attire are encouraged but not required. Reservations and prepayment are required. The dinner and show are $65 per person (includes tax and gratuity) with an appropriate menu of appetizer, desperation soup, revenge salad, beef wellington, and an assortment of decadent sweets. Beer and wine are available. Call for more information 540-955-0832.

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