Autumn Sunshine and Ponies Welcome MBPA to Salamander Middleburg

Salamander Equestrian Center

MBPA members were wholeheartedly welcomed to the Salamander Middleburg Equestrian Center for the Biz Buzz on a delightful October evening showcasing Middleburg’s five-star resort and spa. Cupcake, Salamander’s renowned miniature horse, was front and center, looking for her own snacks and lots of attention!

Salamander Middleburg is celebrating its tenth anniversary, and Director of Sales and Marketing Doug Camp joyfully received everyone in attendance.

“I want to say thank you to everybody in this room,” he said. “This community is so important, so supportive in the ten years that we’ve been here and we’re looking so forward to the next ten incredible years; this is what community is all about.”

“As we move forward in the progress of the Salamander brand and the collection, there’s another really important part,” he continued. “I want to say thank you to all of you for welcoming our new residents into the community. I also want to thank our team, who really make us look great every time we do an event. Thank you for your open arms, and here’s to many more of these events!”

MBPA Updates

There were multiple grand opening ribbon cuttings on Madison Street for Federal & Black, Posh Pixies, The Accidental Peacock and Middleburg Books,” said Punkin Lee, MBPA President. “Three of the shops have been open for a bit, and Middleburg Books is now open, with lots of good reads for adults and children.”

She continued, “We also have Etten’s Eden, a brand-new nursery, located on Hulberts Lane. They are ready to welcome you for fantastic shopping!”

The new and improved Visit Middleburg website will be ready to launch before the end of this month. The new site will be easier to access and full of all the facts and information to help Middleburg businesses. One of the highlights of the new design is an Events Submission Form that should make submitting your events straightforward and simple.

Teddy Roosevelt’s Sporting Universe has opened at the National Sporting Library & Museum and runs through March 3, 2024. This is an extraordinary exhibit that truly shows off the amazing books that are in the library’s rare book collection.

The 2023 season of The Middleburg Farmers Market wraps up at the end of October, so be sure to get over to the Middleburg Community Charter School for the remaining dates: Saturday, October 21 and Saturday, October 28!

Grab the family (and the dog, too!) and have a tail-wagging good time at The Masters of Foxhounds Association’s Second Annual Dog Daze at Glenwood Park on Sunday, October 29. “Unleash Your Family’s Fun” at this incredible event celebrating working canines. There will be food trucks, shopping and canine-focused activities for all ages, including a kids’ zone for little ones!

It’s spooky season, and there are numerous options to celebrate Halloween in Middleburg. Hit the Salamander Haunted Trail this October- appropriate for ages four and up. The Haunted Trail is offered from 6:30- 9 pm on various dates in October.

The MBPA Halloween Parade is on Tuesday, October 31, 2023. Lineup is at the Community Center at 5 pm. Police Chief Shaun Jones will lead the Trick or Treat parade through Town. The parade will be followed by MCC’s Hot Dog! It’s Halloween event, a hot dog dinner with spooktacular sides will be served at 5:30pm, as well as goodie bags for the kids in the grand ballroom.

Nominations are in for the MBPA Board Election! Three spots are open. All voting will be done online, and an email with the link to vote is forthcoming. The designated contact for each MBPA Member Business will vote for three candidates. Voting is open November 1-30 and winners will be announced at the December Biz Buzz.

The 2023 Nominees are:

  • Robin Klombers, Posh Pixies
  • Punkin Lee, Journeymen Saddlers
  • Gene LeCouteur, Emmanuel Middleburg
  • Sam Salmon, Northwest Federal Credit Union

The rest of October is jam-packed with fun and interesting activities in our teeny, tiny town. Please check the Visit Middleburg online calendar for the latest. As always, if we’ve missed something, let Katy know at

Town Updates

“On October 24th our friends from Visit Loudoun will be hosting another Certified Tourism Ambassador class at Greenhill Winery,” Ali continued. “This class is exclusively for Middleburg residents and businesses. We encourage you and or your employees to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about Loudoun County and create the best experience for Middleburg visitors!” To learn more about the CTA class, please contact Ali at

On Saturday, October 28, the Middleburg Sustainability Committee will be hosting their annual fall cleanup. This year they will have two meeting locations at 8 am: Middleburg Community Center and Levis Hill. Coffee and pastries will be provided by Salamander and Common Grounds. If you have questions, please contact Vice-Mayor Peter Leonard-Morgan at

Last but not least, the Mille Miglia is coming back the first week of November! The green flag sendoff will be on November 2 at 9 am in front of the Woolley Fox on North Madison Street, while the Middleburg Cup timed trial will commence the evening of November 3.

“We’d like to give a shout out to our volunteers,” said Ali. “There are so many of you who help us with the Mille Miglia, and, of course, thank you to Salamander Middleburg for serving as the host location for the drivers, participants and the Mille Miglia team.”

Congratulations to our door prize winners, and thank you to Premier Promotional Products, Bank of Charles Town and Certified Humane for donating these wonderful gifts:

  • Margaret VonGersdorff
  • Peter Leonard-Morgan
  • Robin Cunningham
  • Adrienne Rowles

The next MBPA Biz Buzz is Tuesday, November 14 at Atlantic Union Bank, located at 111 West Washington Street, from 5:30-7:30 pm. See you there!