— Spring is here, and there’s no better place to enjoy the season than Middleburg! You won’t want to miss the Easter celebrations, Foxes on the Fence, Cherry Blossom Trail Walk or other fun activities coming up, so check out our latest guide and prepare to mark your calendar!

Image courtesy of Foxes on the Fence.

Foxes on the Fence: April 1-May 15

Artwork in the form of foxes, hounds and hares will be on display around the town of Middleburg from April 1-May 15. Bid to purchase your favorite piece — auction ends May 9. Proceeds benefit beautification projects and promote the arts in Middleburg.

Click here to view this year’s foxes, hounds and hares.

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Cherry Blossom Trail Walk: April 3-24

Nothing is a surer sign of spring than the appearance of the delicate pink blossoms of Middleburg’s cherry trees, and this year the town is planning to highlight those beautiful blooms with a new walking tour.

The walk is expected to run April 3-24, will include cherry trees at The Hill School that are the same as those famously featured at the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. Other stops on the tour will include the Middleburg Community Center and Salamander Resort & Spa.

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Photo courtesy of The Byrne Gallery.

“April Allegro” at The Byrne Gallery: April 1-May 2

The Byrne Gallery is proud to present “April Allegro,” recent still life and landscape oil paintings by well-known Virginia plein-air painter, Robert Thoren. This new exhibition for the month of April features impressionistic landscapes that showcase the seasonal beauty of northern Virginia. Piedmont farms, vineyards, Potomac river are some of the subjects. Also included are works from recent painting trips to Paris, France, and San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. Still lifes, florals and several street scenes round out this very diverse exhibition. There will be a special reception for the artist on Saturday, April 10, from 4-7 p.m. and all are invited to attend. The exhibit will begin on April 1 and continue through Sunday, May 2. It is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.

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“At First Blush” by Mary Cornish. Photo courtesy of The Artists in Middleburg.

“Birds! Birds! Birds!” at The Artists in Middleburg: Through April 11

Whether a tiny, fluttering hummingbird or an impressive swooping eagle, birds of every feather fascinate and excite us! Join The Artists in Middleburg for their newest exhibit and see for yourself.

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Image courtesy of Loudoun County Public Library.

Online Events with the Loudoun County Public Library

The Loudoun County Public Library is hosting a variety of online sessions throughout this month. Check out the full library calendar at library.loudoun.gov. Links to specific programs will be added to the library website in the days prior to the event, and will be activated just prior to the program time listed. Programs include:

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    Equine/Animal Sculpture Workshops with The Artists in Middleburg: Thursdays | 1-5 p.m.

    Goksin Carey continues her monthly sculpting classes on Zoom! She meets with students who have taken at least her first workshop, in-person, every Thursday from 1-5 p.m. Cost: $200 per month.

    She will also provide private instruction for individuals in the gallery. The dates and times will be scheduled at a mutually convenient time for both parties. Cost: $600 plus supply costs.

    Register here or call 540-270-6165.

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    Music Trivia at Lost Barrel Brewing: Thursdays | 6-8 p.m.

    Join Lost Barrel Brewing for music trivia! Starting at 6 p.m. Thursdays. Name that tune, win prizes! Come with family or friends. This is a trivia game all ages can play. Food, drinks, fun!

    Reservations for tables are not required; however, they are encouraged. Please make reservations via opentable.com. Groups up to 10 people welcome.

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    Children’s Easter Baskets at Salamander Resort & Spa: April 2 & 3

    The Easter bunny is creating special Salamander Resort & Spa Easter baskets this year! These exclusive baskets are filled with a book, stuffed animal, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, Chef Reaves’ Easter cookies and so much more. Order by Thursday, April 1, while supplies last. Pick up orders on April 2 from 3-7 p.m. or April 3 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

    $65 per basket, not inclusive of tax and service charge. To order, please call 540-326-4060.

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    “Kids Cooking Class: Cookie & Pops Bouquet” at Salamander Resort & Spa: April 2 | 1 p.m.

    Learn how to create and decorate spring cookie and marshmallow pops to build your own flower pot edible bouquet.
    $79 per child. Exclusive of tax and service charge. Advanced reservations required. Please call 540-326-4070 to reserve.

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    Photo courtesy of The Red Fox Inn & Tavern.

    Easter Weekend at The Red Fox Inn & Tavern: April 2-4

    Celebrate Easter Weekend with The Red Fox Inn in Middleburg! They will be serving their four-course “Spring Tasting Experience” all weekend, including brie-baked oysters, carrot ginger bisque, seared duck breast, flourless chocolate torte, and more. View menu and make reservations online at redfox.com/easter.

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  • The Saturday Mix at Lost Barrel Brewing: Saturdays | 1-8 p.m.

    Lost Barrel Brewing welcomes Heather Femia & Omar spinning from their DJ booth! Enjoy the ambiance, drink great beer, eat amazing food, and have fun!

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    Easter Weekend Brunch at Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill: April 3 & 4 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Join Harrimans for a special Easter brunch Saturday and Sunday fit for the Easter Bunny. Brunch favorites served family-style include cinnamon dusted donuts, brioche French toast, scrambled cage free eggs, plus additions like cold water oysters, honey glazed ham, an omelet station, indulgent desserts and more.

    $125 per adult, $45 per child. Excludes tax and service charge. Advanced reservations required. To reserve, please call 540-326-4070.

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    Photo courtesy of Goodstone Inn & Restaurant.

    Easter Sunday Brunch at Goodstone Inn & Restaurant: April 4

    You’re invited to Easter brunch at Goodstone! Join Goodstone for Executive Chef Jan Van Haute’s curated three-course tasting with wine pairings. Menu items include hamashi crudo, white asparagus and morels, slow-roasted prime rib, and strawberry rhubarb. Reserve your seat at information@goodstone.com or 540-687-3333.

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    Easter Brunch at Market Salamander: April 4 | 11 a.m.

    Celebrate Easter with a lively Sunday brunch at Market Salamander. Served for sharing, dine on East Coast white shrimp, brioche French toast, honey-glazed Virginia ham, decadent desserts and more.

    $85 per adult, $45 per child. Exclusive of tax and service charge. Advanced reservations are required. To reserve, please call 540-687-9726.

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    Omar’s Brunch at Lost Barrel Brewing: Sundays | Noon-4 p.m.

    Lost Barrel Brewing welcomes Omar spinning from their DJ booth!

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    “Pre-Order: Easter Feast at Home” at Market Salamander: April 4 | 3-5:30 p.m.

    Let Market Salamander do the cooking for you this holiday. Market Salamander’s culinary team has prepared a family-style feast to enjoy in the comfort of your home with your loved ones for Easter.

    $85 per guest. Exclusive of tax and service charge. Please call 540-687-9726 during regular business hours to reserve your order. Orders must be received by Wednesday, March 31. Orders will be available for pick up April 4.

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    Easter Dinner at Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill: April 4 | 5 p.m.

    Join Harrimans for a special Easter dinner with springtime favorites. The choice-of prix fixe menu includes wagyu beef tartar, roasted foie gras, New Zealand lamb, handcrafted desserts and more. Dine with loved ones while taking in the sweeping views of the Virginia countryside.

    $125 per adult, $45 per child. Exclusive of tax and service charge. Advanced reservations required. To reserve, please call 540-326-4070.

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    “Salamander Uncorked: Rosés of the World” at Salamander Resort & Spa: April 8 | 5:30 p.m.

    Join Salamander Resort once a month as their wine sommelier, Catherine Watkins, walks you through the wines of the world. This casual and interactive wine tasting event will help you hone your wine knowledge and diversify your palate. Pairings will include five wines and five small bites, plus education on the wines and the region. At the end of the tasting experience, guests will have the opportunity to purchase their favorite bottles to take home at a 15% discount.

    $75 per person. Does not include tax and service charge. Advanced reservations required. To reserve, please call 540-326-4070. Dine in Harrimans following your Uncorked tasting and receive 10% off your bill.

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    Wild & Scenic Film Festival with Land Trust of Virginia: April 9 | 6:30-9 p.m.

    Join the Land Trust of Virginia and Goose Creek Association at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, to be held virtually in 2021! Enjoy an evening of entertainment and connect with others as you screen films that feature the people, places, wildlife, and initiatives making a splash in nature and conservation today. They have curated a lineup of the best in environmental short films that relate to their missions but take place against a global backdrop. With beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling, you will be informed and inspired. Watch and learn about the triumphs and joys of nature on land and water. The great outdoors, adventure, conservation, and much more are all there to see!

    Grab some popcorn, or your favorite treats, and gather the family for an evening of film watching. We can’t wait to see you there!

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    Tucker Smith (American, b. 1940), “Moose Falls Y.N.P.” (detail), 2014, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, Purchased from the estate of Tony Greene with funds generously provided by Susan and John Jackson, Joffa, Kavar and Bill Kerr, Frank Sands, Maggie and Dick Scarlett, Rosella Thorne, and Georgene Tozzi, National Museum of Wildlife Art.

    “Tucker Smith: A Celebration of Nature” at the National Sporting Library & Museum: April 9-Aug. 22

    “Tucker Smith: A Celebration of Nature” and the accompanying catalogue present a retrospective of the work of American artist Tucker Smith. Featuring more than 75 original oils, this exhibition is a true survey of the painter’s life’s work, with pieces ranging from his early years as a professional artist to his most recent paintings. This exhibit will present the breadth of subject matter he has tackled, including western wildlife, camp and cowboy scenes, as well as stunning landscapes.

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    Tucker Smith (American, b. 1940), “The Season,” 2005, oil on canvas, 30 x 30 in, Collection of Roe and Beverly Hatlen. Photo courtesy of the National Sporting Library & Museum.

    “Evening with the Artist: Tucker Smith” with the National Sporting Library & Museum: April 9 | 6 p.m.

    Explore NSLM’s newest exhibition, “Tucker Smith: A Celebration of Nature,” with contemporary wildlife artist Tucker Smith, George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Curator Claudia Pfeiffer, and guest curator B. Bryon Price, director of the Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West from the University of Oklahoma.

    This program is best enjoyed with a glass of your favorite evening beverage! Master Sommelier Jarad Slipp, owner of Knead Wine, Middleburg, Virginia, has specially paired a selection of recommended wines for this exhibition: Chakana Estate Malbec 2018 and Evesham Wood Blanc du Puits Sec. They are available from any local wine retailer or from Knead Wine directly.

    Whether it is bourbon, wine, hot tea, or a soda, unwind with Tucker Smith and join him for a personal discussion of his work and artistic process alongside the curators Claudia Pfeiffer and B. Bryon Price.

    NSLM Members sign up here, and non-members sign up here. Contact vpeacock@nationalsporting.org for questions.

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    Photo courtesy of The Virginia Piedmont Heritage Association.

    Historic Trail Ride at Old Denton with The Virginia Piedmont Heritage Association: April 10 | 9 a.m.

    Old Denton occupies a legendary place in the story of John Mosby and his Rangers, serving as a safehouse and rendezvous site. Learn about the Civil War’s most famous guerilla conflict and how it played out in the very heart of the heritage area.

    Please arrive early as the ride will begin at 9 a.m. and last approximately 2 1/2 hours.

    Participants are responsible for providing their own horse and riding equipment. They must be able to control their horse and remain with the group behind the leader. Protective ASTM/SEI approved hard helmets are required by our insurance. Riders should also be comfortable walking, trotting, crossing small creeks, and riding on hills. If you need to hire a horse, please let us know and we can make local recommendations.

    Water and snacks will be provided. You are encouraged to bring your own tailgate lunch. All riders must provide Coggins papers upon arrival.

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    History Hike at Old Denton with The Virginia Piedmont Heritage Association: April 10 | 2 p.m.

    The hike will be guided by professional interpreters, with stops to highlight different stories. The total distance is approximately 4 miles of rolling terrain. Please wear comfortable hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring plenty of water.

    Water and snacks will be available.

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    Wonderment Wine Dinner at Market Salamander: April 10 | 7 p.m.

    Join Chef Jason Deaver and the Market Salamander team for this intimate five-course tasting menu paired with wines from Wonderment Winery, a California winery known for their representation of value and balance choosing vineyards that illustrate each varietals distinctive style and expression.

    $110 per guest, exclusive of tax and service charge. Advanced reservations required. Limited availability. To reserve, please call 540-687-9726 during regular business hours or email jnargil@marketsalamander.com for inquiries; email doesn’t secure reservation.

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    Four Hands Dinner at Goodstone Inn & Restaurant: April 14

    Join Goodstone as four hands come together to create a fine-dining experience unlike any other, as Goodstone welcomes Michelin Star Chef Matt Baker, executive chef of Gravitas in Washington, D.C. Chef Baker will be cooking alongside Goodstone’s executive chef for an evening you don’t want to miss. Menu items include yellowfin tuna sashimi, Maine lobster, poached halibut, roasted duck breast, and rhubarb.

    $200 per person. Optional wine pairings available for $85 per person. For reservations: information@goodstone.com or 540-687-3333.

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    “Bounty of The Hive” with Goodstone Inn & Restaurant: April 15

    Goodstone’s monthly bee tour experience with their resident Bee Ambassador Armando welcomes guests for a personal learning experience with nature’s gentlest pollinators. Guests then enjoy a narrated three-course dining experience that explores creative ways to infuse our homegrown honey into a gourmet meal. Each course is paired with a honey-infused garden to glass cocktail by our mixologist.

    Menu items include beet salad frisée, lamb loin, and milk and honey.

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    Photo courtesy of Boxwood Estate Winery.

    Trellis Vertical Tasting at Boxwood Estate Winery: April 16-18 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Back by popular demand, the third annual installment of this event will provide a unique tasting experience guided by wine educators. Customers will get to taste four vintages of Boxwood’s popular Trellis wine (2014, 2015, 2016, 2018) accompanied by select cheeses and baguettes. Two bottles of your choice included in table price.

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    “Back to Broadway” Virtual Auction with Wakefield School: April 16 | 7-8 p.m.

    Wakefield’s auction is going virtual again this year with a fun-filled night of fundraising and entertainment perfect for the whole family.

    The annual auction is Wakefield’s biggest fundraiser of the year with several ways to participate. Throughout the week of April 12, follow the bidding on Giving Tree items (funding faculty/staff needs) as well as a list of fantastic silent auction items donated by generous members of Wakefield’s community.

    The exciting conclusion will occur on Friday, April 16, from 7-8 p.m. Join Head of School Ashley Harper for an evening of fun and special performances by talented Wakefield students. Auctioneer Brian Damewood will offer some priceless experiences for bidding as well as the ever-popular Fund-a-Scholar. You won’t want to miss this evening!

    The auction box office is now open! Register at wakefieldschool.ejoinme.org.

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    All Levels Outdoor Yoga at Lost Barrel Brewing: April 18 | 11 a.m.-noon

    Looking to get outside? You don’t want to miss this class with Natalie at Lost Barrel Brewing!

    Join for an hour, all levels, yoga flow in the fresh air. Each class is a unique sequence. After class feel free to continue your day by eating, drinking and hanging out at Lost Barrel Brewing!

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    “A Stitch In Time” with The Virginia Piedmont Heritage Association: April 22 | 7 p.m.

    A panel of local experts will explore the fascinating history and traditions of sporting clothing through the ages, as well as its contemporary manufacture and wear. Panel includes Mark Metzger of Highcliffe Clothiers, Christopher Wilson of Hunt Country Clothiers, and Devon Zebrovious of the Side Saddle Chase Foundation.

    This program will be presented live on the VPHA Facebook page and will also be available on their YouTube channel after broadcast.

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    Virtual Admission Open House with Foxcroft School: April 23 | 9 a.m.-noon

    Families looking for an outstanding secondary school experience for their daughters are invited to register for Foxcroft’s virtual open house on April 23.

    Foxcroft’s open houses are a great way for you to get to know Foxcroft better and to meet the students, faculty, and staff who help to make this such an incredible place.

    Information sessions will include:

    • A student-guided campus tour
    • Live sessions from Student Life and Academics
    • Sentiments from Foxcroft students
    • Insights from Foxcroft parents
    • Live Q&A with Admissions
    • And so much more!

    Come see why families are choosing Foxcroft!

    To register for an open house, visit foxcroft.org/admission/visit. Prospective families are also welcome to schedule visits at other times, by contacting the Admission Office at 540-687-4340 or admission@foxcroft.org.

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    Photo courtesy of the Middleburg Community Center.

    Arbor Day Celebration at the Middleburg Community Center: April 24 | 9 a.m.

    Each Arbor Day since 2002, the town of Middleburg has celebrated its recognition as a Tree City USA — a designation awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation recognizing a community’s commitment to maintaining a healthy forest. This year’s celebration will honor Sally Bolton and Sam Coleman.

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    Photo courtesy of Cana Vineyards & Winery.

    Budbreak Festival at Cana Vineyards & Winery: April 24 & 25

    Cana’s fifth annual Budbreak Festival is a celebration of spring in the vineyard! Flowers are blooming, the vines are waking up, and their 2020 rosés are making their debut! Join Cana as they release their newest vintages of their Rosé of Merlot and Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon in a fun-filled weekend with tasting flights, live music, hot food from Two Smooth Dudes food truck, a local craft market, and plenty of good cheer!

    Want to learn about rosé while you drink it? Winemaker Melanie Natoli is curating a special comparative “Rosé Around the World” tasting, where you can learn how the best rosé is made while sampling a special selection of international styles.

    Cana is family-friendly and pet-friendly on the first floor.

    Groups up to 14, including children, welcome without reservations. Groups 15+ require advance reservations. Please call 703-348-2458 or email groups@canavineyards.com.

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    Delaplane Cellars Wine Dinner at Market Salamander: April 24 | 7 p.m.

    The Market Salamander team and Chef Jason Deaver are partnering with Delaplane Cellars to curate an evening of fine Virginia wines paired harmoniously with dishes sure to excite your palate. The carefully crafted wines made from 100% vinifera varietals grown in Virginia will be pared with locally sourced ingredients for a magnificent representation of Virginia’s bountiful Piedmont region.

    $125 per person, exclusive of tax and service charge. Advanced reservations required. Limited availability. To reserve, please call 540-687-9726 during regular business hours or email jnargil@marketsalamander.com for inquiries; email doesn’t secure reservation.

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    Photo courtesy of the National Sporting Library & Museum. Sketch by Tucker Smith for “Box R Pack String,” 1989.

    Sunday Sketch with Mary Jennings and the National Sporting Library & Museum: April 25 | 2 p.m.

    Make your own book plate inspired by wide open landscapes and wildlife from “Tucker Smith: A Celebration of Nature.” Follow along with artist Mary Jennings and create a bookplate for the current exhibition as if it is a book newly opened, discovered and enjoyed. Don’t forget the coffee (for painting with of course)!

    Watch on Facebook Live or sign up for a Zoom link by emailing vpeacock@nationalsporting.org.

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    Photo courtesy of the National Sporting Library & Museum.

    “Brook Trout: Gems of the Piedmont” with the National Sporting Library & Museum: April 29 | 6-7 p.m.

    Historically abundant throughout the East, the beloved eastern brook trout has been declining over the past century. Join NSLM for a talk about the state of Virginia’s brook trout and hear from the Piedmont Environmental Council about their work with partner organizations, local landowners and state and federal agencies to insure the survival of this iconic species.

    Free for NSLM and PEC members and $10 for non-members. Sign up for this program and share your passion for the preservation of Virginia’s gems. NSLM and PEC members, sign up here.

    One participant will be randomly selected to win a sample of dry flies perfect for the Piedmont area!

    Questions? Email info@nationalsporting.org.

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