Middleburg eyes town-wide fiber optic network

— The Town of Middleburg is considering laying the groundwork for a new town-wide fiber optic network, as Loudoun County Public Schools prepares to install fiber cable at the Middleburg Community Charter School.

“The Loudoun County school system has contracted with a company to run fiber to every single public school building in Loudoun County,” said Town Administrator Danny Davis. “We have met with them about running splice points throughout the town of Middleburg that’ll make it easier to have fiber to your business, to your home, to wherever you might need it, so you have dedicated, fast, reliable internet.”

Davis encouraged local businesses that are interested in the new fiber network to contact him at the Town Office at 540-687-5152 or ddavis@middleburgva.gov.

The announcement came as part of the Middleburg Business and Professional Association’s monthly Biz Buzz networking event, held Aug. 13 at Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn.

The gathering was also an opportunity to recognize Middleburg’s long-standing FedEx courier, Sam Coleman, who is undergoing treatments for cancer. If you would like to support Sam and his family, Helen MacMahon has set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds. Additionally, the Middleburg business community is considering setting up a special shopping event with proceeds donated to the Coleman family.

The meeting also served to highlight recent successes, including the town’s annual Sidewalk Sale. “From all indications, the event brought a good crowd to town,” said Punkin Lee, president of the Middleburg Business and Professional Association. “They shopped a lot, ate a lot, so those days were really great.”

The Middleburg Business and Professional Association helped to publicize the sale this year through advertisements on 92.5 WINC FM and social media. For example, MBPA’s social media marketing for the sale reached more than 11,000 people this year, with more than 700 engagements.

Additionally, the business association continues to experience growth in the use of its website, which had more than 7,000 users and 8,000 sessions in July — a 20% increase from June. MBPA’s monthly Visit Middleburg email also now has more than 1,200 subscribers.

In local business news, Middleburg Bride is celebrating its grand opening this weekend with discounts on accessories and a raffle for a grand prize valued at $2,500, including a wedding gown. Also, Le Boudoir has relocated to a storefront on Madison Street and the liquidation of Wisdom Gallery continues.

Also of note: MBPA Board Member Olivia Rogers, who serves as director of operations at the Middleburg Community Center, was recently recognized on the Loudoun Times-Mirror’s “40 Under 40” list of Loudoun’s rising business and community leaders. Congratulations, Olivia!

We hope to see you at the next Biz Buzz, which will be held Sept. 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Middleburg Baptist Church. The Biz Buzz is shaping up as one not to be missed, with libations from Cana Vineyards & Winery and Old Ox Brewery, as well as food from Salamander Resort & Spa and some good, old-fashioned church cookin’! The meeting is also set to highlight several local nonprofits, including Middleburg Humane Foundation, Seven Loaves and Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center (they’re even bringing a pony!).

Other upcoming events of note include:

  • Closet Sale at the Middleburg Community Center (Through Aug. 16 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.): The Middleburg Community Center has been going through their closets and tidying up! Make a donation and bring home a piece of Middleburg Community Center history. They have Hemco plates, cups and saucers, a variety of stemware and glasses, Taylor Maid china, linens and more!
  • Mars Great Meadow International (Aug. 22-25): Established in 2015, the Great Meadow International is a three-day eventing competition held annually at the Great Meadow Foundation in The Plains. In addition to the international equestrian competition, the event features VIP hospitality, a trade fair, beer garden and entertainment for the whole family. This year’s event will feature three of the four U.S. team members who won gold in eventing at the PanAm Games and qualified the US. team to compete in Tokyo Olympics, including Middleburg’s own Lynn Symansky.
  • Open Late Friday (Aug. 30): In coordination with the National Library & Sporting Museum‘s Open Late concert, more than 16 retail stores, in addition to restaurants and craft beverage locations, throughout town will be staying open late, so you can spend the evening in Middleburg shopping, eating and enjoying the concert!
  • “Beatrix Farrand’s American Landscapes” at The Hill School (Sept. 6 | 5-8 p.m.): Beatrix Farrand was America’s first female landscape architect and was responsible for some of the most celebrated gardens in the United States. This film follows award-winning public garden designer Lynden B. Miller as she sets off to explore Farrand’s remarkable life and career. Joined by the film’s director, Stephen Ives, this event will include a wine and cheese reception from 5-6 p.m.; the screening begins at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
  • “Open Heart, Open Spaces” Nonprofit’s Night Out Twilight Polo at Great Meadow (Sept. 7 | 5:30 p.m.): Twilight Polo is highlighting local nonprofits and community partners who share Great Meadow’s dedication to preserving open spaces. Guests are encouraged to wear green or represent their favorite nonprofit organization. If you are a nonprofit organization and would like to reserve an entertaining space, please contact Great Meadow at 540-253-5000 or info@greatmeadow.org.
  • “An Evening with Gershwin” at Elysian Fields (Sept. 7 | 6-9 p.m.): Thomas Pandolfi, a spell-binding classical pianist, will perform “An Evening with Gershwin.” Trained at Juillard and famous for his interpretation of Gershwin, Hamlisch and Bernstein, Pandolfi intersperses classical pieces with works of contemporary composers. This performance will be a gala benefit for the Middleburg Concert Foundation, will be held in the ballroom of Elysian Fields, a private estate located on Rock Hill Mill Road, and will include cocktails and dinner.Click here to purchase tickets.
  • Bike MS: Nation’s Capital (Sept. 8): Bike MS is the nation’s largest cycling fundraiser series, and Bike MS: Nation’s Capital is a brand-new event for 2019.  Nearly 500 cyclists will ride up to 100 miles in a single day and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for people living with MS in northern Virginia. Middleburg will be the location of one of their rest stops, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is seeking volunteers from 8 a.m.-noon. Click here to volunteer.
  • Polo Classic at Great Meadow (Sept. 15): This event is fun for the whole family with pipes and drums, the parade of hounds, and more. Food and drink will also be for sale at the event. As the sole fundraising event for the National Sporting Library & Museum each year, the Polo Classic supports everything NSLM does. Tickets are available at nationalsporting.org or by calling 540-687-6542 ext.35.
  • 3rd Annual Tour de Conservation Easement at Buchanan Hall (Sept. 28): Join us for the Land Trust of Virginia’s 3rd Annual “Tour de Conservation Easement” bicycle event. Choose either the 20-mile or 62-mile (32/100 Km) gravel road routes through the beautiful Virginia countryside, much of which is protected by conservation easements. LTV is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and 100% of the event’s proceeds benefit the Land Trust of Virginia’s mission to preserve our small country gravel back roads and open spaces for all to enjoy. Click here to register.
  • Oktoberfest & Art in the Burg (Sept. 21 | 10 a.m.-8 p.m.): Art in the Burg returns this fall bigger than ever as it coincides with Middleburg’s Oktoberfest! 
  • Will Simpson Show Jumping Clinic at Rutledge Farm (Oct. 12): Olympic Champion Will Simpson comes to Rutledge Farm to teach a high-performance one-day clinic. Will is renowned as one of the kindest riders in modern show jumping. As he is based in California, an East Coast clinic opportunity is extremely exclusive. Be sure to secure your space today before the clinic fills! Click here to register.

Also upcoming: a classic car event modeled after Italy’s Mille Miglia, planned for three days in the last week of October. Stay tuned for details!