— 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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:
- “23rd Annual Conference on the Art of Command in the Civil War: Prelude to Second Manassas” at Middleburg Community Center (Oct. 1-3): VPHA has assembled a panel of nationally renowned Civil War scholars to explore the momentous events that took place during the summer of 1862. Register online at piedmontheritage.org.
- The Blessing of the Animals at the National Sporting Library & Museum (Oct. 3 | 2-3 p.m.): Middleburg’s interfaith tradition of The Blessing of the Animals, in honor of St. Francis, will be conducted by ministers, priests and a rabbi from many area congregations and welcomes animals of any kind, great or small, feathered, furry and hooved.
- Foxcroft School’s Family Weekend (Oct. 22-24): This annual event gives Foxcroft families the chance to explore the school and the town of Middleburg.
- International Gold Cup at Great Meadow (Oct. 23): Race day activities include terrier races, shopping, hat contests, tailgate contests, and some of the best steeplechase racing you’ll find anywhere. Get your tickets now at vagoldcup.com.
- Dixie Rhythm at Emmanuel Episcopal Church Parish House (Oct. 24 | 3 p.m.): “At The Parish House” presents the Dixie Rhythm jazz band, performing on the porch of the Parish House. For over 20 years, the Dixie Rhythm band has delighted area audiences with their exciting Dixieland Jazz performances. To reserve a seat, or in the case of questionable weather, call 540-687-6297. There’s a $10 suggested donation, but no one is turned away; refreshments served. Laissez le bon temps rouler!
- “Hot Dog, It’s Halloween!” at the Middleburg Community Center (Oct. 31): Middleburg’s traditional Halloween festivities return this year with a new perk: a raffle for a special item from Playroom! The Middleburg Business and Professional Association will lead a children’s parade through town prior to the MCC opening. Raffle drawn after the parade.
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!