40+ Things to Do in Middleburg in September
— Fall is in the air in Middleburg, and we are ready! We’re starting the month with Labor Day celebrations, including a luau at 50 West Vineyards and backyard BBQ at Salamander Resort & Spa. This month also features the National Sporting Library & Museum’s Polo Classic at Great Meadow and the opening of NSLM’s not-to-be-missed “The Horse in Ancient Greek Art” exhibition. Here’s our round-up of all the events you won’t want to miss this month:
Come kick off a great start to the fall season this Labor Day weekend at Three Fox Vineyards. Bring your picnic, your family or friends and have a ball. Play bocce or corn-hole. Check out their picnic meadow and hammocks or stroll their woodland trails or the banks of Crooked Run. On Saturday, Pamela Anderson will be there with her Stella & Dot jewelry, as well as Carly Prow, an independent consultant for Rodan & Fields skincare, and live music by Big Steve & Pete from 1:30-4:30 p.m.! On Sunday, The Exaggerations will be playing live music from 1:30-4:30 p.m.! On Monday, Big Steve & Pete will be back again playing live from 1:30-4:30 p.m.!
The typical dinner and a movie date night just got upgraded. Bring your blankets and chairs and sit under the stars for a one-of-a-kind outdoor movie date night. With Salamander’s delicious picnic baskets and wine available for purchase, it is guaranteed to be a night to remember. On Sept. 1, watch “You’ve Got Mail,” a movie that is as old as love but as new as the internet. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks star in a movie that will have you on the edge of your picnic blanket as you watch two people fall in love unknowingly, despite their qualms with one another. Movie starts at 8:45 p.m.
Like Twilight Polo? You’ll love Twilight Jumpers! On selected Friday nights, bring your family and friends to watch an exciting night of jumpers, enjoy wine tasting, kids’ giant tug o’war, and then dance the night away! This is an outdoor recreational activity that the entire family will enjoy!
There will be two competitions held on the evening. The first is for up-and-coming young riders and local talent and they jump heights up to 3’6” tall. The second class is for professionals at 4’2” and $5,000. Enjoy watching some of the finest jumpers in the world!
Bring the kids. Bring a blanket. Get a tailgate on the berm, or get a railside box. General admission tickets are just $40/carload. Twilight Jumpers is held for the benefit of the High Performance Equestrian Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation in the service of need in the show jumping community.
Enjoy a concert on the lawn at Greenhill Winery & Vineyards while sipping your favorite wines. Concerts run from 5-7 p.m.September’s lineup includes:
- Sept. 1: Alan Gant
- Sept. 8: Jason Masi
- Sept. 15: Terbush & Hannah
- Sept. 29: Daniel Heffington
Come out and enjoy Empower’s Tree Top Zip Lining and play corn hole while zipping 20-30 mph, 35-55 feet above the ground. Don’t forget to practice on Salamander Resort & Spa’s Grand Lawn before coming out. Reservations required. $164 per person.
For reservations, please call 540-326-4376.
Enjoy live music at Three Fox while sipping your favorite wines.
September’s lineup includes:
- Sept. 2 & 4: Big Steve & Pete
- Sept. 3 & 16: The Exaggerations
- Sept. 9 & 23: Movin’ On!
- Sept. 30: Richard Giersch
Enjoy live music at 50 West while sipping your favorite wines.
September’s lineup includes:
- Sept. 2: Far Away Songs
- Sept. 3: Steel Drum Band
- Sept. 4: Shane Gamble
- Sept. 10: Jason Masi
- Sept. 16: Ken Wenzel
- Sept. 17: Andrew O’Day
Bring your blankets and enjoy a one-of-a-kind outdoor family-friendly movie experience on Salamander Resort & Spa‘s Grand Lawn to watch “The Good Dinosaur” (PG) together. Movie starts at 8:45 p.m.
The Middleburg Farmers Market runs May 6-Oct. 28, every Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon in the gravel parking lot behind the Middleburg Community Center. Call 540-687-5152 for more info.
Do you find it difficult to take a deep breath? Do you have trouble relaxing? Do you want to improve your endurance? If so, this workshop is for you! In this workshop, explore several different types of yogic breathing techniques as you flow through an all levels, gentle class. You’ll leave feeling centered, energized and relaxed all at once; 75-minutes. Open to the public.
For reservations, please call 540-326-4060. $40 per person.
Enjoy tastings, tours and beautiful views of hunt country at Slater Run Vineyards. They will be open from noon-6 p.m. on the first Saturday and Sunday of the month in September and every weekend in October.
Celebrate the final days of summer with Salamander Resort & Spa! Enjoy activities for the entire family! Race down the giant Slip n’ Slide, climb to the top of a bounce castle water slide or start a friendly water balloon fight. Don’t forget to visit the Dunk Tank, sponsored by Canine Companions. Kick fall off with a bang and toast to the end of a lovely summer with Salamander.
Enjoy cooking classes at Salamander Resort & Spa’s Cooking Studio every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. $79 per person. For reservations, please call 540-326-4070.
September’s lineup includes:
- Sept. 2 | Infusion Class: Why not flavor your favorite alcohol, naturally? In this class, you will learn how to infuse vodka and bourbon to make your own custom flavors using natural, fresh ingredients, while sipping on Salamander’s own in-house infusions.
- Sept. 9 | Extreme Grilling & Smoking: Executive Chef Ryan Arensdorf takes you on a grilling adventure! Learn expert tips to grilling, how-to take your meal to the next level and, of course, indulge in some great food.
- Sept. 16 | Ultimate Kids Meal (For Adults): Feeling nostalgic for some of your favorite childhood foods and drinks? We understand but since your preferred flavor profiles may have matured (a little), Salamander’s chefs will show you how to create them with an adult twist.
- Sept. 23 | Build a Bento Box: Learn how-to roll your own sushi, make authentic Japanese cuisine and pack a cute lunch to make everyone in the cafeteria jealous at work.
- Sept. 30 | Fall Festive Truffles & Bubbles: Celebrate the arrival of fall and all of its beautiful colors with this special class with Salamander’s Executive Pastry Chef, Jason Reaves. Learn how to make delicious delicacies adorned with seasonal colors while pairing the experience with a glass of champagne.
Enjoy a free sketching session in the museum galleries! Supplies (pencils, paper, sketch boards, and clipboards) will be provided for attendees. This week’s featured artist is local artist and instructor Teresa Duke. Teresa takes inspiration from the local landscape to paint sporting, landscape, still life and portrait subjects.
The program is free and open to the public of all ages. Participants will receive free admission to the museum. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is encouraged.
Register to Anne Marie Barnes, Clarice & Robert H. Smith educator, at email@example.com or 540-687-6542 x25.
It’s Saturday night. Looking for affordable fun for everyone? Whether you’re a family of 4, on a hopeful date, looking to wine and dine clients, or just looking for THE place where everyone will be, Twilight Polo is for you.
First, arena polo is super fast and right under your nose. Secondly, everyone watches from an elevated berm that is tree-lined and covered with a lush carpet of grass. Bring a blanket and basket for a personal party, or reserve a railside box for 6. You’ll be arm and arm with friends like you, looking for a hot time on a cool night. Bring the kids! They love the massive tug ‘o war in the arena at half time. Cheer for Great Meadow’s mascot, Polo Bear, who leads the kids on a 2-lap race around the arena! Plan to stay late. After the feature match, everyone dances in the pavilion to the DJ.
And throughout each evening Greenhill Winery will be on-site with a selection of wines available for your purchase and enjoyment. What could be more perfect? Virginia wine in Virginia horse country while cheering your favorite polo team!
New customer appreciation pricing! $30 per car at the gate; $25 online in advance!
Enjoy live music at Greenhill Winery & Vineyards while sipping your favorite wine!
September’s lineup includes:
- Sept. 2 & 3 | 6-8 pm: Alan Gant
- Sept. 16 & 17 | 3-6 pm: Terbush & Hannah
The Virginia Scottish Games will feature a variety of competitions and entertainment, including stone tosses, bagpipes, a British car and bike show, children’s games, fiddling, Highland dancing and Scottish dog events. The entertainment stage will feature Canadian alt-celt group Glengarry Bhoys, Celtic musicians Jil Chambless and Scooter Muse, high-energy folk band Tinsmith, Celtic Machinations and comedy by the Sterling Swordplayers. Ticket prices range from $5-$30 and can be purchased online.
Summer may be coming to an end (hello, Fall!) but 50 West is having a Labor Day Luau for one last summer celebration! Mark your calendar for Sunday, Sept. 3, for a luau celebration at the vineyard. From steel drums to Caribbean foods, 50 West will be decked out in all things tropical.
Food Truck: Enjoy authentic Caribbean dishes from Red Bone Food Truck such as jerk chicken, fish tacos, empanadas, and more! They’ll be selling from noon-5 p.m.
Music: What’s more tropical than the sound of steel drums? 50 West will have a steel drum band playing from 2-5 p.m. for you to enjoy as you sip on great wine!
Feel the gentle breezes and imagine you’re miles away in a tropical paradise all while enjoying the “don’t worry, be happy” vibe of 50 West. They’ll also be passing out Leis for that added tropical luau touch, while supplies last!
Join us at Buchanan Hall for the American Roots Revue Concert Series! Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. This will be the last one! Featuring jazz swing music by the Bumper Jacksons. Click here to purchase tickets.
The dog days of summer are ending so celebrate your summer memories with one more BBQ. Join us in Salamander’s “backyard” and terrace as they grill out with traditional BBQ favorites, play lawn games and enjoy the last days of summer. $35 per person, drinks sold separately.
Enjoy free admission at the National Sporting Library & Museum every Wednesday and the last Sunday of every month.
Each week, NSLM’s Clarice & Robert H. Smith educator or museum curators will give attendees a personalized sneak peek at traveling exhibitions, permanent collections, and the fascinating stories behind the works in the museum’s art collections. No two tours are alike, so come back for more! Reservations are not required and admission is free. Bring your friends! Gallery talks are every Wednesday at 2 p.m.
In collaboration with the National Sporting Library & Museum, Greenhill Winery & Vineyards is showcasing the 7th Annual Polo Classic poster by Greg Montgomery (American, Contemporary). Enjoy additional works by Montgomery and the chance to take home one of his unique pieces! Open to the public.
24. “The Three Worlds of Margaret Mercer” at St. David’s Episcopal Church and School: Sept. 7 | 7-8 p.m.
The Mosby Heritage Area Association and NOVA Parks are bringing in noted historian Marie Tyler-McGraw for the next installment of the partnership series of programs, “Conversations in History.”
Tyler-McGraw, the author of An African Republic: Black and White Virginians in the Making of Liberia, will speak about local abolitionist and women’s rights activist Margaret Mercer. Mercer operated a woman’s school at Belmont Plantation east of Leesburg. Mercer also staunchly opposed slavery and helped raise funds to colonize and educate African American men and women to Liberia. She even taught her black workers to read and write.
Marie Tyler-McGraw is a public historian and writer in Washington, D.C., who has worked as a historian at the Valentine Museum (Richmond History Center), Richmond, Virginia; the National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, D.C.; and the Office of Chief Historian, National Park Service, Washington, D.C. She has served as consultant for dozens of public history projects in museums, at historic sites, and in educational institutions across the United States and has lectured widely in the United States, as well as in England, France, Italy, and Spain. A Ph.D. in American Studies from George Washington University, she is the author of three books of Virginia history. Her most recent publication, An African Republic, is joined with the website project sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and produced by the Virginia Center for Digital History.
The program is $10 for adults and $5 for students. It begins at 7 p.m. at St. David’s Episcopal Church and School, formerly the Belmont Chapel and School founded by Mercer.
Ten years ago, the feed store moved to 7408 John Marshall Hwy. and endeavored to bring the community an amazing shopping experience.
This fall, they strive to take that shopping experience to the next level with a more convenient store design.
Stop at the store Saturday, Sept. 9, to celebrate 10 years at their new location and to check out what’s new at Tri-County Feeds, Fashions, Finds. They’ll have door prizes, live music by Michele Glascock and Ross D’Urso, Hidden Julles “The Rambler” Food Truck, a wine tasting and more!
Riding is like a dance. You have to stay in tune with your horse at all times. Since great riders must learn to use every muscle of their body, this class will assist with your coordination.
For reservations, please call 540-326-4060. $45 per person.
27. “The Horse in Ancient Greek Art” at the National Sporting Library & Museum: Sept. 9-Jan. 14, 2018
From myth and legend, to warfare and transportation, to leisure, sport, and Olympic competition, the horse played an integral role in ancient Greek culture. As symbols of wealth, power, and status, horses appear on the finest examples of ancient art and pottery. Imagery of both mythical and real horses fill Greek mythology, legend, and history and appear throughout ancient art. Vase-paintings depicting chariot horses being harnessed, jockeys riding, and grooms tending to well-bred steeds celebrate ancient sport and competition. Scenes of the care, training, and competition of the ancient sport horse and ancient texts on the Greek art of horsemanship bear striking resemblances to the horsemanship of today.
“The Horse in Ancient Greek Art” features Greek vases, sculpture, and coins from the 8th through the 4th centuries BCE drawn from private collections, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Tampa Museum of Art, and other museum collections. The exhibition and accompanying publication explore the significance of the horse in ancient Greek culture, and imagery of the horse in ancient myth, war, sport, and competition. From some of the earliest examples of the horse in Greek art, to stunning examples of black and red-figure vases, the objects on view illustrate ancient equestrian life.
The exhibition begins with early images of horses on objects from the Geometric Period (c. 900–700 BCE), named for the geometric patterns and intricate designs found on artwork from the era. From there, objects from the Archaic through the Classical Period (which ended in 323 BCE) are organized by key subjects. Myth and legend are illustrated with mythological horses and horse-hybrids, such as the famous winged-horse, Pegasos, and centaurs. The horse in war is depicted with scenes of ancient cavalry and chariots, followed by hunting, which was considered good training for both war and for competitive events. Horsemanship is explored with images of grooms tending their charges and examples of ancient tack. Finally, vases and coins showing equestrian sport reveal the significance of competition in the ancient Greek world and highlight the skills and accomplishments of ancient equestrians.
You will not want to miss the NSLM’s 7th Annual Polo Classic on Sunday, Sept. 10! This classy and memorable event has got it all … world-class polo play, exquisite dining and libations, and plenty of festivities. The Polo Classic will be held on the Sheila C. Johnson polo field amidst the beautiful open space at Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia. Nacho Figueras, John Gobin, Mark Cann, David Greenhill, Bill Ballhaus and Ashley Van Metre Busch will come back to play in support of the event.
Tickets are now available! Click here to purchase your tickets or for more information, call 540-687-6542 ext. 26.
Two matches will be played starting at 11 a.m. The Classic is a rain or shine event.
All proceeds from the event benefit the National Sporting Library & Museum, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, by supporting the NSLM’s mission of preserving, promoting, and sharing the literature, art and culture of equestrian, angling and field sports. Funds raised in 2016 enabled the NSLM to offer over 70 public programs, host eight art exhibitions, and service more than 10,000 visitors.
Join Amy Rizzotto, owner and founder at Move Well DC and Yoga Heights, at Greenhill Winery for an hour of yoga, plus breakfast and mimosas.Held by the pond at the Club House. Rain backup in the lounge. $25 per person. Make a reservation online.
Kate Powell, of Wild Sacred Journey, will be conducting a yoga workshop at Three Fox from 10:45-11:45 a.m. Start your day off with a grounding and relaxing all-levels yoga class in the meadow, on the edge of a bubbling stream. Bring a picnic for after and enjoy all the vineyard has to offer. Special offer of $5 glasses of wine and/or 15% off bottle purchases for participants. For more information about registration, click here. $20 per person.
Hear legendary trainer and equestrian George Morris speak at NSLM! Morris will be reading from his personal collection of riding books, including his own annotations and anecdotes. This program is being offered in partnership with Beverly Equestrian. All proceeds go to support NSLM’s Library Fund.
$20 admission, $10 for NSLM members. Prior registration required.
Join us for an evening filled with fun! Featuring local musicians The Bottle Shop, treats by Ashbank Farm, drinks by Middleburg Lions and good company of course!
See you on the front steps!
Celebrate the Patron Saint of Naples, a huge tradition in New York’s Little Italy. They’ll have “sausage & peppers” hoagies, as well as artists, crafts and jewelry. Pamela Anderson will be there with her Stella & Dot jewelry; Debbie Cadenas, a local artist, will be there; Jordan Sullivan, an independent consultant for LuLaRoe will be there; and Carly Prow, an independent consultant for Rodan & Fields skincare will be there as well! Father Mark Moretti of Precious Blood Catholic Church in Culpeper will be performing the Blessing of the Harvest at noon. Enjoy live music by The Exaggerations from 1:30-4:30 p.m.!
This is your opportunity to supportSprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center’s life-changing mission. The 2017 Gallop Gala features dinner, dancing, and silent and live auctions.
This barn black-tie event begins with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by a seated dinner with delicious entrees and sides, a live auction and dancing to a six-piece dance band!
For tickets and more information, click here or call 571-367-4555.
Sermons from the Vines with Pastor Kim. Join Carol from PaintNite! in the vines and paint “Vintage Red.” Click here to register.
Starting at 4 p.m., the Middleburg Concert Series, in cooperation with the Embassy of Mexico, presents “Una Noche en Mexico,” featuring famous Mexican vocalist Dolores Martinez Rengel and accordionist Jose Alfonso Valdez with MCS Artistic Director Alan Saucedo (cello) and Cynthia Saucedo (violin). A tamales and dulces reception sponsored by Briones Auto of Winchester and hosted by Mexican Embassy officials and the artists will follow.
Goodstone Inn welcomes dancers of all skill levels for an evening beneath the stars! Stardust Ballroom Dance Studio, located in Berryville, Virginia, will be offering light instruction and beautiful music. Bring your friends, your dancing partner, or come solo to enjoy Goodstone’s lighted courtyard with cocktail tables and their indoor wooden dance floor in the upper level of the Carriage House.
As this is open to the public, they will be offering several packages for our guests to enjoy:
- Moonlight Harvest Dance with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary glass of Sparkling Wine (cash bar available): $40 per person or $75 per couple
- Dining and Dancing Package: Enjoy a 3-course prix fixe dinner in Goodstone’s award-winning restaurant followed by the Moonlight Harvest Dance. $225 per couple. Taxes, gratuity, and alcohol not included, only the complimentary glass of sparkling.
- Deluxe Experience Package: Enjoy a 3-course prix fixe dinner in Goodstone’s award-winning restaurant followed by the Moonlight Harvest Dance, as well as room accommodations in Goodstone’s French Farm Cottage, Spring House or Dutch Cottage. Check-in is at 3 p.m. $550 per couple. Taxes, gratuity, and alcohol not included, only the complimentary glass of sparkling.
Click here to purchase tickets.
Join us for Coffee with the Curator, sponsored by Middleburg Common Grounds! NSLM invites members of the public to celebrate its latest exhibition featuring a stunning collection of ancient greek vases. The program features an informal coffee reception followed by a tour of the new exhibition, The Horse in Ancient Greek Art. Learn more about the exhibition here. $5 admission, free to NSLM members. RSVP to Anne Marie Barnes, Clarice & Robert H. Smith educator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 540-687-6542 x25.
The competition is over, but they still have grapes. Come out and stomp for fun! They will have separate areas for adults and children.
Hosted by Foxcroft’s STEM and Admission departments, “Jump Into Game Design” is an opportunity for middle school girls in the area to get a hands-on lesson in computer programming. With knowledgable STEM faculty leading the workshop and Foxcroft’s own students offering help along the way, girls will program their own version of a classic computer game from start to finish. Learning a new skill on the computer has never been more fun!
This FREE event is open to middle school girls. Space is limited so register today!
Boxwood, a National Historic Landmark, is one of the earliest horse farms in Middleburg, Virginia, a region of American colonial and Civil War history. Each of their vines and grapes are treated with tenderness and respect, producing elegant wines with depth, complexity and finesse. Experience these blends in the Bordeaux tradition, with a four-course dinner paired perfectly to match each glass by Salamander Resort & Spa Executive Chef Ryan Arensdorf. For all reservations, please call 540-326-4070. $150 per person. Prices do not include tax and gratuity.
One of the most famous figures to emerge from the Civil War was John S. Mosby. Operating behind Federal lines in Northern Virginia, Mosby created a legacy that still resounds today. However, Mosby was not the only band of guerillas in the area; other bands of soldiers from Virginia and South Carolina also worked in the area. Join historians from Prince William County Historic Preservation Division and the Mosby Heritage Area Association for a special bus tour that will not only visit Mosby sites, but also other guerilla sites in Northern Virginia. Bus departs from Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre. For reservations, please call 703-365-7895.
$80 per person (lunch included); reservations are required.
Come experience Ayrshire’s unique 1,000-acre farm in Upperville, Virginia. Take a first hand guided tour into the fields of Ayrshire, see the animals, and learn what defines the farm as a leader in sustainable farming practices. Ayrshire Farm is the first farm in Virginia to be designated both organic and certified humane. Located in Upperville, the farm specializes in heritage breed livestock including: Scottish Highland Cattle, Ancient White Park Cattle, Gloucestershire Old Spot Hogs, and several breeds of chickens and turkeys.