MBPA seeks board member nominations

— It’s election time again! The Middleburg Business and Professional Association is seeking nominations for 4 board members for the 2019-2020 term.

Nomination forms are due Sept. 24, 2018, 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, P.O. 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 seats include two vacancies created by the departure of former board members Tone Moore and Pat Horvath, as well as the end of the terms for board members Alex Fleming and Bob Ball. The board has already appointed Anne Marie Paquette of the National Sporting Library & Museum to serve the remainder of the term for the seat previously held by Melanie Mathewes, who is leaving NSLM to take on a new post with Shenandoah University.

The election announcement came as part of the September Biz Buzz, held Sept. 11 at Foxcroft School, which is celebrating its 104th anniversary this year. The event served as an opportunity to highlight the school’s gorgeous grounds and facilities, which are available for rental and use by businesses and community members.

“The school wants to partner with the community,” said Cathy McGehee, Foxcroft’s head of school. “We have the athletic center, we have a beautiful guest house that is a great place if you want to hold a retreat.”

McGehee also noted the valuable opportunities local businesses provide Foxcroft students by giving them internships to help students gain hands-on experience in different fields. “I thank you for your partnership with us and welcome any ideas that you have for helping our girls with real-world education,” she added.

Also discussed at the mixer was the business association’s growing membership, which now stands at 131 members, as well as several new businesses set to open soon, including Lenhill Silver Collection, Old Ox Brewery and Moda Lookbook.

Middleburg also has two finalists for the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Awards: A Place to Be for Nonprofit Organization of the Year and King Street Oyster Bar for Main Street Business of the Year. Voting for the People’s Choice Awards will end Friday, Sept. 14, at 4 p.m.

The next Biz Buzz will be held Oct. 9 at the Middleburg Community Center and will be co-hosted by the community center and UBS Financial Services.

Other upcoming events of note include:

  • Art in the Burg (Sept. 22): More than 20 local and regional artists will be offering their artwork for sale along Madison Street in the center of town. Plus, we’ll have live music by The Blue Mountain Songbird.
  • Land Trust of Virginia’s Tour de Conservation Easement (Sept. 29): 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.
  • 21st Annual Conference on the Art of Command in the Civil War (Oct. 5-7): This year’s Mosby Heritage Area Association conference at the Middleburg Community Center focuses on the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest single-day battle in American history. Click here to register.
  • Virginia Fall Races (Oct. 13): Experience the annual fall tradition in the lovely Middleburg hunt country at the Virginia Fall Races, where your only interruption to a relaxing day will be the cheer of 10,000 excited fans and the storming of thundering hooves!
  • Middleburg Film Festival (Oct. 18-21): Join us for a carefully curated selection of narrative and documentary films screen in intimate theatre venues, followed by fascinating Q and A’s with world-renowned filmmakers, actors and other special guests. Click here to purchase advance ticket packages.
  • Aldie Harvest Wine & Food Festival (Oct. 20): Don’t miss the Aldie Harvest Festival and duck race! Vendors featuring antiques, crafts, jewelry and collectibles. Historic and civic organizations will highlight notable events and people in local history!
  • Hot Dog! It’s Halloween (Oct. 31): Come in your best costume for the annual MCC “Hot Dog, It’s Halloween!” Hot dog dinner will be provided, as well as goodie bags for the kiddos. Entry is free, bring your friends and get ready to have a spooktacular time!