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Middleburg Blog: The fall season begins

With the change of seasons, the western part of Loudoun, especially the Route 50 corridor, has new activities and events that bring visitors into the area. The farmer’s markets have fresh produce that includes the fall additions of pumpkins and apples. The retail stores have fall and winter fashions for sale now. Many restaurants are offering farm-to-table menus. A few new restaurants and cafes have opened. Preparations are being made for the fall farm tour and races. The hunts are getting ready for their opening meets. The foliage has begun to change colors in the higher elevations, and the views from the country drives in western Loudoun are spectacular.

The historic little village of Aldie is getting ready for its 53rd Aldie Harvest and Wine Festival on Oct. 21, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., with the day’s highlight, the famous duck race, at 4 p.m. Vendors featuring antiques, crafts, jewelry, and collectibles will be some of many attractions. There will be games and moon-bounce for kids, food trucks, milling at the Aldie Mill, wine and craft beers, and many activities for this family-fun, award-winning event. The ducks for the race are on sale now at the local stores in the village. Stop by; buy your chance at winning the duck race. The web site has information for vendors and those who will attend.

In Middleburg, Sept. 29, from 4-6 p.m., Common Grounds, a favorite gathering place on Washington Street, will have a closing party for the art exhibit by two local artists, paintings by Gail Guirreri and equine sculptures by Sue Lyman.

On Oct. 5, 6-7:30 p.m., the National Sporting Library in Middleburg will host an evening talk by Kat Imhoff, President and CEO of Montpelier, about the foundation’s work to recover Montpelier’s art. Admission is $5.00. RSVP to Anne Marie Barnes, 540-687-6542, ext. 25.

Oct. 6 through 8, the Mosby Heritage Area Association will host the 20th Annual Conference on the “Art of the Command in the Civil War” at the Middleburg Community Center on Washington Street. The conference focuses on leadership in both the Union and Confederate forces during the war. For more information visit the Mosby Heritage Area Association web site.

The vineyard/winery/distillery/cidery business is growing in western Loudoun and are welcoming visitors to the area. In and around the Aldie/Middleburg area, there are Quattro Goomba’s Winery at 22860 James Monroe Highway, Chrysalis Vineyard at 23876 Champe Ford Road, Cana Vineyards at 38600 John Mosby Highway, 50 West Vineyards at 39060 John Mosby Highway, Boxwood Estate Winery at 2042 Burland Lane, Greenhill Winery & Vineyards at 23595 Winery Lane, and Mt. Defiance Cidery and Distillery on Washington Street in Middleburg.

Mt. Defiance Cidery and Distillery will have its ribbon cutting on Oct. 7 at 11 a.m., at the new barn located on the east end of Washington Street in Middleburg - the first building on the left as you enter Middleburg driving west. Customers will be welcomed to visit the barn for cider and visit the original location at the west end of Washington Street for spirits. Peter Ahef, a retired NASA engineer, manages the distilling. Marc Chretian, founding partner, is the cider maker. The public is invited.

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