— It’s election time again! The Middleburg Business and Professional Association  is seeking nominations for two board members for the 2020-2021 term.

Nomination forms are due Sept. 27, 2019, and may be given to Kim O’Donnell, CPA, Chair of the Nominating Committee via fax (540-687-8293), email (kim@odonnellcpas.com), or mail (MBPA, PO Box 1384, Middleburg, VA 20118). If you nominate via email, please be sure to include all of the information requested on the nomination form (i.e., name of the nominee, the nominee’s business affiliation, and your name and business affiliation) and send it from an email account with your name for verification purposes.

All members may nominate individuals to serve on the board, and any member in good standing may be nominated and elected to office.

The election is necessary due to the end of terms for the seats currently held by MBPA President Punkin Lee and Board Member Olivia Rogers.

The election announcement came as part of the September Biz Buzz, held Sept. 10 at Middleburg Baptist Church. The event featured beverages from Cana Vineyards and Winery of Middleburg and Old Ox Brewery, as well as food from Market Salamander and some good church cookin’, too! Plus, there was live music by Gary Smallwood and several local nonprofits represented, including Middleburg Humane Foundation, Seven Loaves Services, Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center (they even brought a pony!), and Windy Hill Foundation.

The event served to highlight recent successes of the Middleburg Business and Professional Association, including the completion of a new Visit Middleburg logo. The association’s branding effort will continue this year, with a roll-out of a new Visit Middleburg website expected by the end of the year.

Other news of note: Middleburg’s new fox sculpture is headed to the foundry for bronzing. Once that process is complete, the sculpture will find a home in front of the Middleburg Community Center.

The town is also considering laying the groundwork for a new town-wide fiber optic network. Town Administrator Danny 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 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. The GoFundMe has raised more than $66,000 so far.

The next Biz Buzz will be held Oct. 8 at Middleburg Millwork Inc. Lumber and Hardware.

Other upcoming events of note include:

  • 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. As the sole fundraising event for the National Sporting Library & Museum each year, the Polo Classic supports everything NSLM does.
  • Oktoberfest & Art in the Burg (Sept. 21): Art in the Burg returns this fall bigger than ever, as it coincides with the Town of Middleburg’s first-ever Oktoberfest! This year’s Art in the Burg will include jewelry, pottery, textiles, photographs and one-of-a-kind original canvases showcasing the history and beauty of Virginia’s hunt country. Plus, Oktoberfest includes a traditional German biergarten, live music, feats of strength, craft beverages and German-inspired food. Remember to bring a donation to Seven Loaves to Oktoberfest!
  • Land Trust of Virginia’s Tour de Conservation Easement (Sept. 28): 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. The routes take cyclists through Loudoun and Fauquier counties, providing beautiful views of scenic back roads and rolling farms. The 62-mile ride consists of 29 miles of gravel roads and 33 miles paved. Click here to register.
  • Hill School Open Golf Tournament (Oct. 2): Support need-based financial aid at Hill School, benefitting children from all walks of life throughout our community! Improve your game, have fun, win a 50/50 raffle and prizes, and more!
  • Annual Conference on the Art of Command in the Civil War (Oct. 4-6): This year’s Mosby Heritage Area Association conference at the Middleburg Community Center focuses on Jubal Early’s Maryland Campaign.
  • Virginia Fall Races (Oct. 12): The Virginia Fall Races, held at Glenwood Park, benefit Inova Loudoun Hospital Foundation in nearby Leesburg and Glenwood Park Trust. For information about race sponsorship, please visit the race website or call 540-687-5662.
  • Middleburg Film Festival (Oct. 17-20): Advance ticket packages are on sale now for this 4-day film festival. Middleburg’s Cultural and Community Events Committee is hoping to engage the local business community to a greater degree in this year’s festival. Those interested in helping this effort should contact Middleburg Business and Economic Development Director Jamie Gaucher at 540-687-5152 or jgaucher@middleburgva.gov.
  • 1000 Miglia Warm Up USA 2019 (Oct. 23-26): The USA championship race will cover over 500 miles and will start Thursday in Middleburg and end on Saturday in Washington, D.C. The routes for Thursday and Friday will start and end in Middleburg. The event is modeled after an Italian car rally and features vintage sports cars.