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RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE:Reflections Magazine given award
For the second year in a row, Reflections, a quarterly magazine published jointly by the Home Owners Association and the River Creek Club has won the APEX Award for Publication Excellence in the category of Custom Published Magazines, Journals and Tabloids.

Editor-in-chief Bea Snyder, who has been an active member of the River Creek community for years says, “Thanks to the editorial staff and all the contributors for this honor along with publisher, Mary Pat Imlah.”

The publication contains a collection of articles and photos contributed by members of the community that give weight to every facet of River Creek life. And as Snyder says, “We are in good company as some of the winners are national and international firms such as The Disney Company, Ford Motor Company, American Society of Civil Engineers ...”

APEX awards come from Communications Concepts, an organization that has been acknowledging superior quality publications for 25 years.

Life guards from Moldova

Every year I enjoy meeting the young men and women at the Harper Clubhouse in Lansdowne Town Center who mainly hail from Eastern Europe and spend the summer as life guards. Andre, Christian and Batu are from Moldova, a small country next door to Romania. They speak Russian, Romanian and thankfully English since my Russian and Romanian is a bit rusty. They said they learned English from video games and English websites. When asked about their experiences here, Andre said, “People are very kind.” Christian explained, “No one looks for profit.” They all agreed, “Everyone to help.”

While in the states for the first time, they want to visit Washington D.C. and Virginia Beach.

Texas vs. Loudoun

Recently when I was in Texas I felt the urge to compare driving characteristics there with those of Loudoun County. For one, I estimated that 78.3 percent of the vehicles on the highways in Texas are pick-ups while in Loudoun they represent maybe 23 percent.

Each pick-up in Texas is turbo charged. In Loudoun we have regular internal combustion engines. There’s scarcely any traffic on the major highways in Texas while in Loudoun we are often in gridlock. I once went 20 minutes on a major highway in Texas before I saw another vehicle Finally a white pick-up came flying by at near supersonic speed. I did get a glimpse of the driver wearing a cowboy hat.
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RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Penguins at River Creek
Blu Vino Rifugio will open Thursday, June 18 in Lansdowne Town Center. Times-Mirror/Joe Motheral
It hardly seems appropriate that cold weather penguins would be making an appearance at River Creek. Nevertheless, the club will be showing the movie “Penguins of Madagascar” at 8 p.m., Saturday, June 20 on the back lawn of the club house. Entry is free and no registration is required. Popcorn will be available for $3 and candy for two.

The movie was made last year and having seen it, I can recommend it for all ages. Interestingly, Ben Cumberbatch, the British actor who portrayed Alan Turing in the highly acclaimed movie “The Imitation Game,” is the voice of one of the penguins.

Blu Vino Rifugio

Blu Vino Rifugio (translation Italian kitchen and wine bar) will open tomorrow, Thursday, June 18, on the corner of Promenade and Belmont Ridge Road in Lansdowne Town Center. The chef, Christopher M. Harris, comes to his job with years of experience. The menu he says, will be modest in size with six entrees of beef, four of poultry, three of seafood and five pasta dishes plus specialties. One of these will be pork tenderloin bruschetta. “A typical meal should average around $24.” They will be serving ‘bison osso bucco’ a shank of bison. That will be priced at $32.

Harris says he likes to modify common forms of certain dishes. For example, the menu will have spaghetti with smoked chicken meatballs rather than beef. He described having large scallops stuffed with Parmesan cheese and wild boar bacon instead of smaller scallops wrapped in bacon. And as another form of innovation, he will have lasagna with layers of pastry in place of pasta.

Owner Jean Marotta explains that they want to be “family friendly.” She thinks they will appeal to all ages, including an interest on the part of the younger crowd.


The wine list, while extensive in terms of variety, is not exceptionally lengthy. Marotta says they will have ‘wine flights’ for tasting purposes with three different wines in small glasses.

I remember when the restaurant announced its planned opening. Its name included the term, ‘wine haven.’ Harris told me that a winery in Minnesota objected to the use of its trademark name so they had to change it to ‘wine bar.’

This will be the fourth restaurant to occupy this space. But the owner, the chef and the bar manager all express confidence and enthusiasm.
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RIVERCREEK/LANSDOWNE: Leesburg Volunteer Fire Co. to hold golf benefit
The River Creek Club on Monday, June 8 will host the eighth annual benefit golf outing to raise funds for the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Co. River Creek resident, Georgina Potter, has been spearheading this event. Potter remembers eight years ago when a fire broke out in their neighborhood. She witnessed firsthand how “hard the firefighters worked.” And it’s not uncommon to see on television the danger and the challenges these volunteer firemen face.

Slots are open for golfers to participate at a cost of $110, which includes greens fee, practice range, breakfast, beverages, afternoon meal and a raffle. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. There is also an opportunity for sponsors at various levels.

As Potter says, “The LVFC receives some funding from the Town of Leesburg and from Loudoun County. However, approximately 30 percent of their budget for operations and equipment costs, including fuel costs as well as vehicle maintenance, are financed by fundraising activities and by corporate and individual contributions from the community.” And none of the funds goes toward “any compensation for the volunteer firefighters.”

The LVFC was founded in 1803 and in last year alone responded to over 1,800 calls.

For questions, potential sponsors and interested golfers, call Georgina or Jim Potter at 703-669-9470 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Second annual Hoedown

River Creek residents Mackie Christenson and Paula Nigro have been organizing the second annual Hoedown that will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, at the Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont, a healing haven for wounded warriors and their families.

Christenson says: “On this Memorial Day weekend, we rightfully find ourselves reflecting on families who have served our country. A great way to honor them would be to support Boulder Crest Retreat for our wounded combatants. The BCR Hoedown is an effort of local volunteers who put their patriotism into action by planning and organizing this event and have great fun along the way.”

The evening will include “New Orleans style barbecue, entertainment and an assortment of activities including a live band, line dancing, yard games and a chili cook-off.”

Tickets are $100 each and sponsorships are available. For further information call Mackie Christenson at 703-350-0184 or Paula Nigro at 703-443-6867. You can purchase tickets online at http://www.bouldercrestretreat.org .


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