— Nothing is a surer sign of spring than the appearance of the delicate pink blossoms of Middleburg’s cherry trees, and this year the town is planning to highlight those beautiful blooms with a new walking tour.

The Middleburg Cherry Blossom Trail Walk was announced at the Middleburg Business and Professional Association’s virtual Biz Buzz, held March 9 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. (You can watch a video recording of the meeting here.)

MBPA President Punkin Lee noted that the tour, which is expected to run April 3-24, will include cherry trees at The Hill School that are the same as those famously featured at the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. Other stops on the tour will include the Middleburg Community Center and Salamander Resort & Spa.

“We are asking all the businesses to participate in a very simple way,” Lee said, noting that stores could feature pink items, cherry desserts, cherry cocktails, or other elements connected to the pink cherry blossom theme.

The tour will also coincide with Foxes on the Fence, a walking art exhibit with painted foxes, hounds, and hares that will run from April 1 to May 18 this year.

Other new initiatives announced at the meeting include the Middleburg Business and Professional Association’s cookbook, which will feature seasonal recipes highlighting the region’s flavors, events and local businesses. Each MBPA member will have a page in the cookbook with room for a recipe, photo and information about the business. Details on the cookbook were sent to MBPA members via email; those who did not receive an email should contact info@visitmiddleburgva.com.

Additionally, MBPA will be sponsoring a food drive for Seven Loaves March 15-29. Participants should drop off food donations at collection boxes throughout Middleburg: Country Classics, Journeymen Saddlers, Middleburg Library, Middleburg Museum, National Sporting Library & Museum, and Zest. A list of needed items can be found at sevenloavesmiddleburg.org.

The food donation event follows on MBPA’s successful “Fox Sox” donation drive for the Windy Hill Foundation, which garnered 532 pairs of socks for Windy Hill residents. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Other news of note from the meeting included a new “Work in Loudoun” initiative by the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development, which seeks to connect the D.C. region’s workforce with open positions at businesses in Loudoun County. The initiative includes a searchable dashboard is designed to show every available job in Loudoun County.

Additionally, the Town of Middleburg will hold a public outreach session on the new Town Hall project on Monday, March 15, at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the outreach session will be held virtually, with a limited number of in-person seats available. The Town Hall is expected not only to provide a new home for the Town of Midldeburg’s government offices, but also to provide public amenities such as a new home for the Middleburg Farmer’s Market, which was discontinued this year. Get more details about the outreach session and login info at middleburgva.gov.

Other upcoming events of note include:

  • Middleburg Spring Races (May 1): The Middleburg Spring Races returns on May 1 this year. Tickets to this event are sold out, but you can still watch the races on a live-stream.
  • Middleburg Hunt Point-to-Point (May 9): Join the Middleburg Hunt for a day in the country to enjoy the exciting sport of steeplechase racing at one of the most beautiful race courses in the nation.
  • Art in the Burg (May 15): Join the Middleburg Arts Council during their biannual celebration, featuring artwork from more than 20 local and regional artists. Art lovers will get the opportunity to purchase original works without gallery fees.

Also stay tuned for Middleburg Business and Professional Association’s next Biz Buzz, which will be held April 13.