Polo in the Park returns this Saturday at Morven Park

Polo in the Park returns this Saturday at Morven Park!

LEESBURG, VA – Saturday nights in Loudoun are about to get a lot more interesting! The #BestPartyInLoudoun returns this Saturday, July 17, with the season opener of Polo in the Park at Morven Park. 

The popular, family-friendly arena polo matches will be held every Saturday night through August 21. Car passes are available at PoloInThePark.orgfor $40 and must be purchased in advance online (no cash or credit sales at the gate).

Each night of the season will feature two arena polo matches, with the first starting at 7:00 p.m. Polo guests are encouraged to bring in their favorite food and beverages and may also purchase a refreshing dessert from one of the on-site vendors. This weekend’s sweet treats will be provided by 1,000 Shakes. Polo fans are invited to follow Morven Park on Facebook for updates and announcements of weekly vendors. 

Polo is thrilling to watch for long-time fans and new spectators alike, with nonstop action in the arena. This season of Polo in the Park will be bigger and better than ever thanks to returning sponsors AMJ FinancialClimatic Heating & CoolingLauten Design & Construction, and Salesforce.com. Each night of the season will showcase the skills of polo players from around the world, including internationally renowned players Juan Salinas-Bentley and Doug Barnes of Destination Polo

For full Polo in the Park season details, and to purchase car, tailgate, or season passes, visit PoloInThePark.org.    

About Morven Park Morven Park is Loudoun County’s 1,000-acre backyard. Located in Leesburg, Virginia, the nonprofit Park welcomes 250,000 visitors each year who come to enjoy exquisite scenery, formal boxwood gardens, the Morven Park International Equestrian Center, the iconic Greek Revival mansion, museums, and hiking trails. For more information, or to support the Park, visit MorvenPark.org.    

Contact: Kristi Stilen-Lare
 (703) 777-2414 ext.6618

Featured photo: Michael Stylianos

Adding Zest to Leesburg

Hoping to hit the trifecta, clothing retailer Zest will soon open its third location – the newest one in Leesburg later this fall.

The Leesburg Zest will open at 32 South King Street (formerly occupied by the Leesburg Antiques Emporium) in late November. Zest is a sister concept to long-time Leesburg retailer lou lou, which also has a Middleburg presence.

West Federal Retail announced earlier this year that it planned to rebrand the Middleburg loulou ladies clothing location to Zest clothing & co. making it the second location after the Richmond flag ship store. “We wanted to continue to build upon the lou lou foundation, yet give our clothing stores their own separate brand and personality,” said Ben Wegdam, owner of the company when he announced the rebranding. Zest’s Middleburg location is at 9 East Washington St. The new name Zest and its concept was first unveiled in Richmond, Virginia in October 2017.

Zest features the latest trends in women’s clothing by offering recognizable brands such as Free People and Tribal, as well as value brands and private label. “We try to offer fashion for ages 20 to 65 since we want the daughter to be able to shop with the mother,” says Tara Wegdam, co-owner of Zest. The Wegdams own West Federal Retail, a company that operates 34 boutique locations across the East Coast and is headquartered in Middleburg. Company holdings include Zest Clothing and Co., lou lou boutiques, and Crème de la Crème.

When looking at expanding, the company found Leesburg to be a great fit. “The increased foot traffic resulting from new restaurant concepts got us excited to come to Leesburg,” he said. “We have been successful with our ladies accessory concept lou lou for over twelve years at 9 Loudoun Street SW in Leesburg and hope to bring additional shopping opportunities for customers visiting downtown by opening this new concept.”

Zest’s Public Relations Director Michelle McNaughton is confident that a combination of local and tourist visitors will be a winning combination. “Having been a part of this community for over 12 years we have a great base of loyal and local customers,” said McNaughton. “A lot of our customers come to visit week after week to see what’s new or simply to tell us how their last purchase wowed at their recent event.”

“We also have a lot of Salamander guests and tourists, so we see people from all over,” added McNaughton. “Our goal is to make sure whether you are from around the corner or across the country you feel like friends, and everyone enjoys shopping more when you’re with friends.”


Story and photos by Wendy C. Kedziersk

This article first appeared in the September 2018 Issue.