National Sporting Library and Museum - Middleburg, VAAccolades pile high for Middleburg (and its businesses)

Anyone who’s ever been to Middleburg knows it’s a special place. Of that, there can be no doubt. Still, it’s nice to have other people recognize your exquisiteness. And, fortunately for us, the word has gotten out that Middleburg is a place like no other.

Here are just a few of the recent accolades and accomplishments earned by our town and its businesses:

  • The films shown at last year’s Middleburg Film Festival earned 20 nominations at the Oscars. Among them were Best Film winner Spotlight and Best Foreign Film Son of Saul. As Susan Koch, the festival’s executive director, told the Loudoun Times-Mirror, “People can start to say the road to the Oscars goes through Middleburg.”
  • Speaking of the Oscars, Greenhill Winery & Vineyards’ Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine, composed of 100% Virginia chardonnay, was included in the “Everyone Wins” gift bag given to this year’s leading nominees at the Academy Awards. The vineyard also came away from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Awards with a double-gold medal for its 2014 chardonnay, one of just 4 wines in its category to do so.
  • Washingtonian magazine named the Ashby Inn & Restaurant one of the “100 Very Best Restaurants” for 2016
  • Northern Virginia magazine billed the Winter Sidewalk Sale as the region’s 3rd biggest retail event
  • Southern Living magazine named Middleburg one of the South’s “Best Small Towns
  • The Virginia Tourism Board named Middleburg the 3rd most romantic place to visit and placed Salamander Resort & Spa on its list of fun resorts to visit
  • Goodstone Inn & Restaurant was named the most romantic bed and breakfast in Loudoun County
  • Humane Farm Animal Care, an international non-profit organization dedicated to certifying and improving the lives of farm animals in food production, named Wylie Wagg the most committed pet food retailer in the country and gave Safeway an award for “best performance in a supporting role” for requiring all of its eggs to be Certified Humane cage-free

“We’re only in early March, but the town and our businesses have received great awards and great press so far,” said Punkin Lee, president of the Middleburg Business and Professional Association, at the group’s monthly Biz Buzz networking event, held March 8 at the National Sporting Library & Museum.

The event, which featured delicious hors d’oeuvres and wine courtesy of Salamander Resort, also served as an opportunity to highlight some recent progress the association has made, including an update of its Visit Middleburg website and an increased presence on social media that led to a record 35,000 people reached on Facebook alone last month.

MBPA Secretary Christina Naramore requested members contribute to our social media efforts by submitting “off to the races” themed photos using the hashtag #MiddleburgMoment or by sending photos to socialmedia@visitmiddleburgva.com. Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram (if you’re not already) to keep up with all the latest happenings in Middleburg.

Also of note: the association already has 86 members this year, including 15 new members: Cépage NoVA, KM Lawn and Garden, Land Trust of Virginia, Middleburg Exxon, Middleburg’s Finest Chocolates, Middleburg Montessori School, Middleburg Physical Therapy, My Virtual Paige, Nature Composed, Properly Posh Pets, Spark Performance, Stitch, The Local Taste, The Tack Box and Wiseman & Associates.

The evening also featured a special tribute to Vince Perricone, who recently retired after 30 years at Middleburg Printers. “We all appreciate the time, effort, great service and help that Vince Perricone gave us [which was] always given with a smile,” Lee said. “Thank you, Vince, for keeping us in good order and in good print over the years,” she added.

Lee also highlighted other businesses that have recently changed ownership, but thankfully remained in town, including Stitch and Middleburg’s Finest Chocolates.

On a business note, MBPA Vice President Ken Reid announced several proposals to update the association’s by-laws, including a provision that would change the election procedure so two directors are elected each year. You can read a summary of the proposals here and the complete proposal here.

Also, be sure to mark your calendars for the next Biz Buzz, which will be held April 12 at Foxcroft School.

Other upcoming events of note include:

  • March 17: Market Salamander will be hosting a 4-course dinner pairing with local Old Hill Hard Cider starting at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $65+ per person. Call 571.465.6505 or email amonteleone@market-slamander.com to reserve your seat today!
  • March 19: In celebration of its feature exhibition “Line Dance: The Art of Fly Fishing by Peter Corbin,” the National Sporting Library & Museum is hosting a public reception on Saturday, March 19th. Join artist Peter Corbin for a coffee reception from 10-10:30 a.m. and then follow him on a custom tour of the exhibition.
  • April 1-3: Head to Middleburg for the annual Shakespeare in the ‘Burg festival with performances of Henry V and The Importance of Being Earnest by the American Shakespeare Center actors. The festival will also feature a gourmet champagne brunch, catered by Ayrshire Farm, followed by the premiere of Billings, the winning one-act play from the festival’s playwriting competition.
  • April 1-3: Join Michael F. Shea for Mind Over Mood” at Salamander Resort to learn the technique of cognitive re-framing that addresses how we can approach our internal reality thoughtfully, mindfully adding renewal and resilience to our awareness, relationships and career. This empowering workshop will provide proven tools that teach how to re-network your neurotransmitter pathways, achieve optimum mood regulation, and strengthen coping strategies to manage stress. Michael combines his studies of mental health, mysticism, mind-body medicine and bio-energetic research for a holistic approach to emotional and physical integration. Learn to equip yourself and approach life’s challenges positively, experiencing your best self with a greater sense of fulfillment.
  • April 11: Join Foxcroft at 7 p.m. for a screening of the film Rara Avis: John James Audubon and the Birds of America as part of the Helen Cudahy Niblack ’42 Arts Lecture series. Producer Cina Alexander ’73 and writer/director Al Reinhert will introduce the film and stay for a post-screening discussion. Admission is free but seating is limited. Please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 540.687.4510 or advancement@foxcroft.org to make a reservation.
  • April 15: Middleburg Community Center will be kicking off its “Concerts on the Steps” music series with live music by Andre Fox, food by Market Salamander and beverages provided by the Middleburg Lions Club. This free concert, sponsored by Middleburg Bank, will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • April 17-20: Explore how to reclaim and maintain a life of greater connection and balance during Salamander Resort’s “Soul Series.” Living in an age of hyper-connectivity, many of us are left feeling depleted and disconnected. Join two-time bestselling Hay House author Jonathan Ellerby, along with international yoga therapist Uxia Ellerby to expose the roots of imbalance and how we can master the most important relationships of our lives. The series will examine the many layers of disconnection and reconnection available to each of us, including a better connection to our bodies, minds, emotions, sense of purpose, family, friends, work, nature and the greater questions of life. You will leave refreshed, inspired and filled with insight and tools for better living.
  • April 23:The Middleburg Spring Races are right around the corner! This race event is a great way to entertain your corporate guests and build your brand footprint. If you are interested in participating as a sponsor, please contact the organizers at 540.687.6545 or msra@verizon.net.
  • May 1: The Middleburg Hunt hopes that you will join them 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. Glenwood Park is known for offering spectators a spectacular view of the racing action. This year’s race card once again includes racing over the timber course, the hurdle course and on the flat. To purchase tickets or for more information on advertising in the program, becoming a sponsor or vendor, or racing in the event, please visit the Point-to-Point website.
  • May 20:Join the Middleburg Community Center for a night of fun on the front steps as part of the “Concert on the Steps” series! They will have live music, light bites & drinks, and a good time for all to enjoy! This free event will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • May 21: Middleburg’s town-wide art celebration “Art in the ‘Burg” will be held throughout the town from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. While you’re in town, stop at the National Sporting Library & Museum for Carriage Day, a free community and family event featuring carriages of all shapes, sizes, and eras! Carriage Day will feature 20 horse-drawn vehicles from the Piedmont Driving Club displayed across the grounds of the NSLM from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Area carriage experts will give walking tours on the lawn, and the afternoon will feature a “drive-by” in the front circle of the museum. At 3 p.m., Paul Bennett, director of Coach and Livestock at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, will give a keynote lecture.