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Your Favorite Fall Festivals Are Back

HERE THEY COME:

YOUR FAVORITE FALL FESTIVALS ARE BACK

Written by Chelsea Moore

The return of fall ushers in a few of our favorite things: pumpkin spice lattes, apples, and fall festivals. Your favorite events are back this fall with some fun, new twists. We’ve compiled a list of a few you shouldn’t miss.

LOUDOUN ARTS FILM FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 10-19
50 West Vineyards in Middleburg, Va., and Artistic Fuel in Leesburg, Va.

In its second year, the Loudoun Arts Film Festival is shaping up to be a favorite fall event. The festival is hosted by the Loudoun Arts Council, 50 West Vineyards, and Artistic Fuel.

The 10-day, in-person event, offers four days of film screenings at Artistic Fuel in Leesburg and six days of drive-in showings at 50 West Vineyards, along with an art show, food trucks, wine, live music, and red carpet events.

“It’s a mixture of local and regional talent,” Kaeley Boyle, the festival director, said. “At the heart of it is the local business community coming together. It’s a collaboration between local businesses to get this off the ground, and it speaks to the community support in Loudoun County.”

Last year, the festival hosted anywhere from 70-100 guests per day. This year, they are prepping for significantly more attendees.

Boyle’s favorite part? “For me, it’s the community,” she said. “Last year, it was nice for us, with everything going on, to have something that was completely safe when we all needed something to look forward to. To see all the different films and build a sense of community around the arts is something I absolutely love.”

Want to find out more? Visit loudounartsfilmfest.com

ROUND HILL APPALACHIAN TRAIL FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER 11-12
B Chord Brewing, Round Hill, Va.

Back for its second year, the Round Hill Appalachian Trail Festival celebrates Round Hill’s designation as an Appalachian Trail Community by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

With over 1,000 people at the festival’s inaugural event in 2019, this year’s festival has expanded into two days, making it an entire weekend of fun and education.

“The idea is to get people to care about the outdoors and green spaces and be more aware of them,” said Jody Brady, the festival’s director, and a Virginia Master Naturalist. “We do a lot of things that promote and protect the Appalachian Trail.”

There are 40 Appalachian Trail communities along the trail, which runs from Georgia to Maine. Others include Harper’s Ferry, W.Va., Berryville, Va., and Front Royal, Va.

“I believe in sustainability and being environmental stewards,” Brady said.
“What I love about [the festival] is the sense of community and the crosssection of people it brings together, everyone from people who have never walked on a trail to hikers.”

The festival is filled with live bluegrass music, food and ice cream trucks, non-profit organizations and workshops with topics like tick safety, trail cooking, and hammock camping. Attendees can play games, such as trail bingo and Appalachian trail trivia, and participate in a scavenger hunt and raffles. Kids will enjoy a giant inflatable slide, nature-inspired crafts, pony rides, and coloring pages.

Learn more about the festival at roundhillat.org.

BLUEMONT FAIR SEPTEMBER 18-19 Bluemont, Va.

The Bluemont Fair, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is back for its 51st year. This family-friendly event will feature live music, Colonia reenactors, a. petting zoo, craft and farming demonstrations, local art and authors,
a wine and beer garden, a blacksmithing demonstration, antiques and collectibles, a pie-baking and pickle-making
contest, and so much more.

This year’s theme is “farmers’ markets,” which is designed to honor Western Loudoun’s rural heritage. The fair takes a “green” approach, encouraging recycling and reusable shopping bags. Recycling receptacles are placed throughout the fair, and recycled materials are used when possible.

A favorite event amongst locals, the Bluemont Fair serves as a welcome to fall. Step back in time and enjoy this day with both the young and old in your family.

Learn more at bluemontfair.org.

GOOSE CREEK ASSOCIATION’S FALL FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER 19
Aldie Mill Historic Park, Aldie, Va.

Celebrating over 50 years of the Goose Creek Association, this new family-friendly festival will

have a little something for everyone. With a variety of environmentally based exhibits, live music, food trucks, and children’s games, attendees should come ready to learn and play.

For kids, the festival will host a face painting station, pumpkins, and educational wildlife exhibits with birds and reptiles. For art lovers, there will be a local art show and sale. For the foodies, there will be two food trucks, Hammerdown Barbeque and Nomad Provisions, and an ice cream truck.

Don’t miss this fun and free event to celebrate the Goose Creek Association, which is dedicated to protecting and preserving the environment in the Goose Creek Watershed in Fauquier and Loudoun counties. The event will run from 12– 4 p.m.

For more information, visit goosecreek.org.

Aldie Mill at Goosecreek Fall Festival
Aldie Mill at Goosecreek Fall Festival

MIDDLEBURG FILM FESTIVAL OCTOBER 14 – 17
Middleburg, Va.

Middleburg’s own film festival is just around the corner. With four days of films and conversations with filmmakers and actors, this event is not to be missed. “This year’s festival will feature a carefully curated slate of films including ‘Oscar buzz’ films, international features, fascinating documentaries, and independent gems you might not otherwise get a chance to see,” Susan Koch, executive director of the festival, said. “As in the past, there will be an emphasis on film music with concerts featuring renowned film composers and a conversation with women composers and songwriters.”

The festival will look the same as previous years, with a few differences.

“One holdover from last year’s hybrid festival will be the pop-up drive-in in the lower parking lot of Salamander Resort,” Koch said. “Films will also be shown at various venues throughout the town of Middleburg. Conversations and special events will take place at Greenhill Winery & Vineyards, Boxwood Winery, and Lost Barrel Brewery.”

Proof of vaccination will be required for all attendees, and additional safety measures may be required (such as masks, reduced capacity at screenings, and proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours) to strictly comply with the CDC and State of Virginia health and safety protocols.

The schedule and film slate won’t be released until the end of September when individual tickets will be available. Advance ticket packages and passes became available in late August.

To learn more about the festival, visit middleburg film.orgML

This article first appeared in the September 2021 Issue.

Three Eye-catching Summer Looks

Three Eye-catching Summer Looks

Plus The Scoop on Shopping The Sidewalk Sales in Middleburg 

Story and photos by Jennifer Gray 

One of my favorite places to shop in Hunt Country is Chloe’s of Middleburg. They have the best trends and appeal to an extensive age range of women. It’s the kind of place I like visiting with another girlfriend. We rummage through the store, stockpiling eclectic styles, saying over and over, “Look how cute this is!” and rush off to the fitting rooms. Once there, we find ourselves crossing our fingers that we don’t like everything we’ve collected because that will probably mean we’re breaking the budget this month!

I stopped by recently to see what Chloe’s had in stock that may be suitable for three different occasions coming up on my calendar. Check out my looks (modeled by Chloe herself) on the streets of Middleburg.

BEACH OR POOL DAY

• Kaftan in a light blue and white e-kat print with dramatic fringe details
Sandals are handmade with neon colors and tiny charm dangles
Middleburg bag and blanket exclusively made by Chloe’s
The necklace is a gold locket with bee detail by Susan Shaw
Micro-bracelets by Caryn Lawn

DAYTIME PLAY

  • Short sleeve dress by La Plage in a neon e-kat print
  • Beach Birkin bag by Anca Barbu
  • Tulip flats in the camelia color are designed by Ilse Jacobsen and come in a stretchy slip-on recycled material
  • Gold coin necklace by Susan Shaw

NIGHT-OWL DINING OUT

  • Spaghetti strap maxi dress in olive green cheetah print is by Brand Bizarre
  • Custom design denim jacket made from a scarf featuring a tiger with butterflies and unique cuff and print details
  • Camera bag with hand-beaded details and removable crossbody straps by Mary Frances
  • Heels in nude by Sam Edelman
  • Necklace with skull head in gun-metal

Don’t miss Middleburg’s annual Summer Sidewalk Sale on August 6-8. The sale will be held Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday as posted by shops.

Shops with good sales include Crème de la Crème (pottery, ceramics, linens), Chloe’s of Middleburg (women’s clothing boutique) Tully Rector (shoes, clothing, accessories, and beauty products), Zest (clothing and accessories), Lou Lou Too (accessories), C.D. Rigden & Son Country Classics (men’s and women’s clothing), Moda Lookbook (women’s clothing), The Christmas Sleigh (gifts and collectibles) and many more. Emmanuel Episcopal Church will be hosting a sale featuring new and used items from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, and on Sunday from noon – 4 p.m.

At the west end, check out The Fun Shop (children’s clothing, party goods, decorative gifts), J.McLaughlin (clothing and accessories), PLAYroom (toy store), Highcliffe Clothiers (men’s and women’s clothing), and Stitch (needlepoint shop) also located on the west end of town. Le Boudoir (lingerie) and the Community Shop (consignment) are located on Madison Street. The Tack Box will be offering discounts on equestrian-related products such as riding gear and gifts.

The National Sporting Library & Museum on The Plains Road and Middleburg’s fine restaurants scattered along Washington Street and

Federal Street offers a lovely respite from bargain hunting. There are several outdoor dining and curbside pick-up options available. Restaurants in town include The Red Fox Inn (contemporary American food), Cuppa Giddy Up (coffee and tea), Scruffy’s Ice Cream Parlor, Red Horse Tavern, The Bistro at Goodstone Inn, Middleburg Common Grounds (coffee, tea, and sandwiches), Market Salamander (gourmet market and café), Middleburg Deli (sandwiches), Mt. Defiance Cidery & Distillery, Old Ox Brewery, Gold Cup Wine Bar, Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill, Side Saddle Café (farm market and café), Teddy’s Pizza (pizza and subs), Wild Hare Cider Pub, Upper Crust Bakery, Best Thai Kitchen, Thaiverse 2, Red Bar Sushi, and King Street Oyster Bar. ML

Visit visitmiddleburgva.com or facebook.com/MiddleburgBusiness for event updates on the sidewalk sale.

This article first appeared in the August 2021 Issue.

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