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Purcellville Blog: Sunset Hills to Celebrate 9th Anniversary this weekend

Purcellville's Sunset Hills Vineyard will be celebrating their 9th anniversary this weekend with a special focus on “great wine and the greater good.”

Owners Mike and Diane Canney recently raised $18,000 through sales of their rose wines at Sunset Hills and 50 West vineyards, which they will donate to Johns Hopkins for breast cancer research. With this check, they will have donated $68,000 to Johns Hopkins and nearly $250,000 to other local charities they have supported over the years, such as Loudoun Hunger Relief, Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, Sweet Julie Grace Foundation, as well as national and international organizations focusing on hurricane relief efforts, animal conservation, women's causes, the homeless and veterans groups.

“Our theme is the greater good and we are grateful to the local community for their loyal support,” said Diane Canney. “Our goal is to hopefully inspire others and we hope our customers feel good about drinking our wine knowing we hope our efforts improve the lives of others as well,” she said.

This weekend will feature live music with Todd Brooks on Sat. and Jason Masi on Sun., food from Roots 657, wine tastings, raffles and they will be serving cake at 3 p.m. on Sat. and Sun. Also on Sat., there is a Cheese-ology and Wine Pairing Class at 1 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. for $20 per person. For more information, visit sunsethillsvineyards.com.

Purcellville auction raises $35K for local art projects

Discover Purcellville's auction on Nov. 11 raised $35,000 with the sale of painted benches and planters. The funds raised will be used for future community art projects.

Winning bids ranged from $200 to $5,100 for the bench painted by Tricia Carr and sponsored by Blue Ridge Veterinary. The planter painted by artist Janet Rivera and sponsored by Loudoun Floors sold for $550 with 100 percent going to the Woodgrove High School chapter of Alex’s Lemonade to fight cancer, and $550 was matched by another attendee for a total of $1100 to Alex’s Lemonade.

Event organizer Michael Oaks of Discover Purcellville said, “I can’t thank the artists and sponsors enough for making this year’s project a over whelming success! If anyone has ideas for future art projects for the town please let us know.”

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Emerick Elementary students to sing at White House Holiday Tree

The fifth grade chorus at Emerick Elementary School will be heading to the White House Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. to perform at a holiday tree event. This will be their second time in four years performing there, and they were selected through an application process.

Principal Dawn Haddock said she is very proud of the students and this will be a great experience for them.

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