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Middleburg Blog: There is music

The vineyards in western Loudoun have music as well as fine wine and views. Every Friday in September, from 5-7 p.m. Greenhill Winery and Vineyards has a concert on the lawn. Every Saturday in September, Three Fox Vineyards has live music from 1:30-4:30 p.m., and on Sundays in September, 50 West has live music 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Many of the restaurants in and around Route 50 West, especially in Middleburg, have added music for their customers to enjoy with their dining. New on the café scene is Jack Wood who will perform at Side Saddle on Sept. 10 from 1:30-3 p.m.

There is a barn dance on Oct. 7 from 6-9 p.m. Aldie Mill Historic Park is hosting the benefit for Friends of Ball’s Bluff Battlefield. The music is by Jake and the Burtones, dance instruction and calling are by Rock Candy, and food is from Great Blue Heron Catering, including pulled pork, roasted chicken, polish sausage, garden salad, potato salad, slaw, baked beans, rolls and cookies. There is a cash bar for beer and wine. Admission is $35 a person for members and $45 a person for non-members. Attire is barn dance casual, period dress, or Civil War uniform. For reservations call Dale Hook, 703-352-5900 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

West of Loudoun, the fourteenth annual Watermelon Park Fest will take place Sept. 21-24 at Watermelon Park in Berryville. The weekend will include performances by the Del McCoury Band, Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, Keller Williams, The Seldom Scene, The Deep South, the Quebe Sisters, The Bumper Jacksons, local favorites Furnace Mountain, the Woodshedders, and many more. A full listing of bands can be found on the web at watermelonparkfest.com.

Located on the banks of the Shenandoah River, Watermelon Park has been the home of Shepherd’s Ford Productions for 12 years, with the inaugural Watermelon Park Fest in 2004. In addition to the performances, the festival also offers a variety of workshops, as well as activities for children. Festival goers may also enter one of three contests: the Eastman Mandolin Pickin’ Contest, the Fairbuilt Guitar Pickin’ Contest, or the $1000 Band Contest.

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