— It’s time to submit your nominations for the Middleburg Business and Professional Association’s Board of Directors. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, Sept. 24th.

If you are interested in running for election to the MBPA Board of Directors, you will need to submit your name, affiliation and a short paragraph explaining why you would like to serve on the MBPA Board and what you can contribute to the advancement of our association. To serve on the MBPA board, you must be a current member (dues paid) in good standing for 2021 and to take and hold office you must be a current member in good standing for 2022.

Please submit your nominations to Gene LeCouteur at rector@emmanuelmiddleburg.org or mail to MBPA, P.O. Box 1384, Middleburg, VA 20118.

There are two seats up for election this year, as current board members Anne Marie Paquette and Sandy Long are vacating their seats and do not wish to seek re-election. Paquette intends to stay on the board as an ex-officio member.

The election reminder came as part of the Sept. 14th Biz Buzz at the Masters of Foxhounds Association of America of North America, the governing body of organized mounted hunting with hounds in the United States and Canada. MFHA, which recognizes 144 member hunts, will host its first-ever “Dog Days” event at Glenwood Park in May 2022.

The event served as a kickoff to a busy fall season in Middleburg, with more than 40 events planned for the rest of the month of September and several major events occurring in October, including the Middleburg Film Festival (Oct. 14th-17th) and Virginia Fall Races on Oct. 9th.

The Loudoun Laurels Foundation will also recognize MBPA President Punkin Lee for her tireless work on behalf of the Middleburg community at its annual gala, to be held Friday, Sept. 24th, at Lansdowne Resort. To receive an invitation to the gala, please contact jrobotti@loudounlaurels.org.

Town Manager Danny Davis noted Lee’s involvement in not only all of the Town of Middleburg’s committees, but also many organizations in Middleburg, including the National Sporting Library & Museum. “Seeing the energy and the time and the resources she puts into making sure that our community stays a wonderful place, it’ll serve us for generations to come,” he said.

Additional upcoming events include:

Also upcoming will be a ribbon-cutting at McEnearney Associates’ new location at 11 W. Washington St., the former home of the Sporting Gallery.

The ribbon-cutting is just one of several exciting prospects on the horizon for Middleburg, as more businesses are coming to town, including Petronella Flowers and Gifts at 10 E. Federal St. (the former home of the Middleburg Floral Gallery). Several other businesses — including Cuppa Giddy Up, The Christmas Sleigh, and Middleburg Smiles — are also celebrating their 20th anniversaries this year!

We look forward to seeing you all at our next Biz Buzz, which will be held Oct. 12th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Pink Box!