Middleburg’s Weekend Guide: Sept. 16-18, 2016

—It’s that time again! The weekend is almost here. Have you figured out your plans yet? If you need some ideas, we’ve got your complete guide to what’s happening in Middleburg. Check out these great activities and remember to share your memories with us by using #MiddleburgMoment

Music on the Steps at Middleburg Community Center: Sept. 16 | 5:30-7:30 pm

Join us for a night of fun on the front steps of the Middleburg Community Center for a concert! The event will feature music by Bryan Fox, light bites by Market Salamander, drinks by the Middleburg Lions Club and tablescapes by Nature Composed. This event is free and open to the public.

10th Annual Lucy Stomp at Three Fox Vineyards: Sept. 17 | 12-5 p.m.

Three Fox Vineyards Middleburg VALet out your inner Lucy or Ricky! This is the original Northern Virginia Wine Country “stomp like Lucy” event. There will also be a Lucy/Ricky/Fred/Ethel costume contest! The festivities begin at noon and the competitive stomp begins at 2 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Relax and enjoy live music by the Exaggerations and great food by Smokes BBQ! SigAshop clothing will be here from 1-4 p.m. Pam will be selling beautiful Stella & Dot jewelry and the Popcorn Monkey will have kettle corn and wine slushies from 1-5 p.m. For more information and to pre-register, click here.

Gallop Gala: Sept. 17

This premier “barn black tie” event features a live auction, dinner and dancing on Sprout Therapeutic Riding & Education Center‘s bucolic farm starting at 5:30 p.m. Please visit Sprout’s website for tickets and more information about the event, including sponsorship opportunities.

Twilight Polo: Sept. 17

Great Meadow Middleburg VAJoin us for the last night of Twilight Polo at Great Meadow on Saturday! There will be three polo matches, wine tasting with Greenhill Winery & Vineyards, and a special sonic treat with DJ Snowhite playing music for dancing after the matches! Don’t forget to bring your Tug O’Warriors either! Polo Bear is preparing to lead them in an epic Tug O’War.

Bonus: In partnership with the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office, they’ll be doing a “Cover the Cruiser” charity drive for the Special Olympics! There will be a Sheriff’s Office cruiser at the Twilight Polo match on Sept. 17 and Great Meadow will take freewill donations for people to place their name on an icon to be taped to the cruiser. All donations go to Special Olympics Virginia, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m., the first match starts at 6 p.m., and dancing in the pavillion follows the final feature match. General admission is $35 through online presale or $40 per car full of friends at the gate.

As always, be sure to check our event calendar for more upcoming events in Middleburg.

Upcoming next week

Smart Approaches to Diet & Exercise with Josh Henkin, Ph.D. at Salamander Resort & Spa’s Fitness Center (Sept. 18 | 12-3 p.m.)

This workshop will consist of an informational and audience-engaging lecture and discussion, hands-on practical exercise demonstrations, and a customized exercise program development session that will teach you how to get a comprehensive, full-body workout in any location. For reservations, please call 540-326-4060. Cost: $149 per person.

Yappy Hour at Salamander Resort & Spa’s Grand Lawn (Sept. 20 | 5-7 p.m.)

Give your dog a bone—literally. This Yappy Hour invites you to “hang out” with your best friend. Visit, enjoy drinks, snacks and of course dog treats! Drink specials and Gold Cup Wine Bar menu items specifically for Yappy Hour participants. 10% of the profits made during the Yappy Hour event will be donated to the Middleburg Humane Foundation. Yappy Hour will take place every Tuesday until Oct. 25 (weather dependent).

Food for Better Thought (Sept. 21 | 5:30-7 p.m.)

Inova Loudoun Hospital Foundation and the Middleburg Community Center are partnering to bring the community an interactive discussion with Inova experts on how the food you eat can impact your family’s physical and mental health. Guest speakers will include Wendy Johnson, registered dietitian and exercise physiologist; Pamela DuRousseau, clinical nutrition manager; and Dr. Grace Keenan. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Participation is free but advanced reservations are requested. Please RSVP to Emily Seeger at 703-289-2078 or emily.seeger@inova.org.

Mark your calendar

Grand Opening at Popcorn Monkey (Oct. 1 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m.)

Popcorn Monkey will open the doors to its new shop at 101 W. Federal St. with a clown, free face painting, free balloon twisting, and the following specials: $2 raffle for a popcorn punch card worth $60, $3 snack Monkey Mix (Cheddar & Caramel), $2 small Italian Ice, $1.50 small butter popcorn. Plus, the first 25 customers will receive a free monkey bag! The caramel is being made fresh, so kids can watch and purchase right on the spot.

Hunt Country Antiques Fair at the Hill School (Oct. 1-2 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Discover a treasure at the Hill School among thousands of antiques offered by antique dealers from around the country. Contact dordy@dfshows.com for more information.

Virginia Fall Races (Oct. 8)

Racing highlights include the running of the feature race of the day, the $40,000 National Sporting Library & Museum timber classic. There will be a Family Fun Fair with a petting zoo, pony rides and big slide provided by INOVA Loudoun Hospital Foundation. Along with a full card of racing, spectators are encouraged to come early as they will get a taste of fox hunting with the finals of the Theodora A. Randolph Field Hunter Championships being held right on the race course at 9:30 a.m.

The Hill School Open Golf Tournament at the Bull Run Golf Club: Oct. 12

All levels of golfers are welcome! Registration starts at 11 a.m. Shotgun start at 12 noon, with a box lunch provided. There will be a buffet dinner with awards and raffles immediately following play. Mulligans may be purchased at registration. There will be awards for net and gross scores, as well as prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin, and more. The entry deadline is Oct. 4, and space is limited, so please register early. Proceeds from the golf tournament help support the Hill School Alumni Association’s commitment to community outreach and Hill’s need-based financial aid program. For more information, please contact Lisa Patterson at 540-687-5897 or lpatterson@thehillschool.org. Cost: $150 per player (non-refundable).

Aldie Heritage Festival (Oct. 15)

Don’t miss the Aldie Heritage Festival and Duck Race! The event will include vendors featuring antiques, crafts, jewelry and collectibles, as well as kids’ games, a moon bounce, historic and civic organizations, and music by Andy Hawk and the Train Wreck Endings. And the Aldie Mill will be open for milling! Please visit the Aldie Heritage Association’s website for more details on the event, including sponsorship opportunities, and to purchase tickets to “adopt a duck.”

Middleburg Film Festival (Oct. 20-23)

Bringing the best in independent films right to town, the Middleburg Film Festival offers four days of fantastic films in a spectacular setting. Join us and see what the fuss is all about! Advance tickets are now available for purchase.