The Hillsboro community has organized a vineyard dinner, a lecture by an internationally-acclaimed author and garden and B&B tours for a weekend of springtime festivities starting April 25.
Gardens in the Gap weekend will kick-off with a wine and beer pairing dinner Thursday night at Hillsborough Vineyards and Brewery. The dinner is being catered by Ashburn-based Parallel Wine & Whiskey Bar. A flight pour of wine or craft beer will accompany each plate along with an interactive discussion. Tickets are $90 per person and available online at hillsboroughwine.com.
“Hillsborough Vineyard is really active in town, and we are so grateful they decided to host a Thursday night dinner. They are also creating a house wine in red, white and rose for us to sell at town-sponsored events,” said Amy Marasco, vice mayor of Hillsboro.
On Friday and Saturday there will be an artisan fair at the Old Stone School beginning at noon. There are food, beverages and live music throughout the day.
Friday evening, British author Andrea Wulf will speak about her book “Founding Gardeners” at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available online at oldstoneschool.org.
Marasco said she heard Wulf speak at Mt. Vernon in Alexandria.
“She researches the founding fathers and how their activity as gardeners and farmers reflects in their governing styles,” Marasco said.
Also at the Old Stone School, there will be an art show, plant fair, silent auction and music throughout the day Saturday. Garden tours and tea services will also run throughout the day.
A southern-style garden tea is being offered at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m in the garden at Birch Hollow Farm. Reservations are required.
Garden and B&B tours are self-guided. Visitors can stop at the Old Stone School to purchase tickets and receive a tour map.
Sunday will feature a Loudoun B&B Guild tour of six B&Bs in western Loudoun, including AltaTerra, Airwell, Fieldstone Farm, Hidden View, HighHoldBorne Estate and Silverbrook Farm.
Looking ahead, Hillsboro is preparing for a 50th Anniversary of Woodstock weekend June 7 and 8 in coordination with Visit Loudoun. They are dubbing it the “Summer of Love” event with live music, the Eat, Drink and Be Literary group and a farm-to-table dinner on the green.
“It will be a great kick-off to summer,” said Hillsboro Mayor Roger Vance.