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Dance like the whole world's watching


Studio Bleu Dance Center from Ashburn was honored as the lone dance studio in the country invited to perform at the 2015 Fred and Adele Astaire Awards Gala June 1 at the Skirball Center for Performing Arts in New York City.

More than 30 Studio Bleu dancers closed the star-studded show with their finale, “Motown,” choreographed by Gloria Hampton, Justin Lewis and Mark Orsborn, according to an announcement about the evening, which noted “Motown” received a standing ovation.

“What an amazing honor to be asked to perform at the Astaire Awards,” said Kimberly Rishi, owner of Studio Bleu Dance Center, “Then for the best in the Broadway and film community to give them a standing ovation, it is a moment I will never forget.”


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A glass of history


Spotted in ‎Loudoun wine country June 7: Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin savoring a glass of local red at Hiddencroft Vineyards. Here the statesmen chat with youngster Nathan Kling and his mother, Stacie, of Round Hill, and Hiddencroft wine consultant Krista Hawk.

Portraying Jefferson was Tom Pitz and Benjamin Frankly was honored by Barry Stevens with “The League of Most Interesting Gentlemen.”

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And the RAMMY goes to …


Sunday night was one to remember for several of the top food and beverage artisans in Loudoun.

Catoctin Creek Distillery of Purcellville and The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm in Lovettsville each won their categories at the 2015 RAMMYS, presented by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington.

In its 33rd year, The RAMMY Awards – known as “restaurant prom” -- honor the “exceptional ability and accomplishments of the hard-working individuals and organizations of the region’s restaurants and food service community,” according to RAMW's website.

Catoctin Creek won Regional Food and Beverage Producer of the Year, while Patowmack Farm won Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year.

Catoctin Creek beat out finalists DC Brau Brewing, Dolci Gelati, Early Mountain Vineyards and New Columbia Distillers.

Patowmack edged some of the most well-known restaurants in the District and region, including Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier, minibar by José Andrés, Rasika and Trummer's on Main in Clifton.


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Exhausted just thinking about it …


Having a dozen and one kids no doubt limits the options for the family vehicle. Seen here at the Leesburg Wegmans is the sick ride of 33rd District state Senate candidate and father-of-13 Stephen Hollingshead.

More importantly, in the way of politics, Hollingshead remembers the golden rule: ABC – always be campaigning.


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