— With the chill in the air, it’s clear that winter is here. So, as we’re trying to warm up with some hot cocoa by the fireplace, we’re offering up our list of the events you won’t want to miss this January. Whether you’re planning a winter getaway or just looking for something to do close-by, Middleburg has lots to offer.

New Year’s Day Brunch at Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill: Jan. 1 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

It’s the first meal of the new year, so do it right with delectable brunch offerings including cinnamon dusted donuts, omelet station, breakfast favorites and extravagant desserts. Keep the party going with bottomless mimosas or unlimited Bloody Marys.

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Yuri Gorbachev at The Byrne Gallery: Through Jan. 3, 2021

The Byrne Gallery is delighted to announce a historic landmark in its art career. Susan Byrne and Bill Byrne are celebrating their gallery’s 25th anniversary this year in Middleburg with a celebration and exhibition of the vivid oil and enamel paintings of internationally acclaimed artist Yuri Gorbachev. The Byrne Gallery welcomes Yuri Gorbachev back to the gallery for his 17th annual exhibition. The gallery will feature rare works from his private collection, many of which have only been seen in museum shows. In addition, there will be some of his classic paintings along with new paintings from his 2020 museum world tour.

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“GASP: Great Art Small Price” at The Artists in Middleburg: Through Jan 31, 2021

Find the perfect gift for someone you love (or yourself!) at The Artists in Middleburg’s annual “Great Art Small Price” exhibition. Please note: only four individuals are allowed in the gallery at one time. Visitors are required to wear a mask, use the provided hand sanitizer, and provide their name and contact information for contact tracing. Call 540-687-6600 or email sandy@theartistsinmiddleburg.org for more info.

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Online Events with the Loudoun County Public Library

The Loudoun County Public Library is hosting a variety of online sessions throughout the month of October. 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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Exploring Grief Through Equine Assisted Learning with Blue Ridge Hospice: Jan. 6 | 4:30-6 p.m.

This group meets at Sunny Lane Farm near Airmont, Virgnia. Please wear a mask and maintain social distance. Please call 540-313-9214 for registration or with questions.

Horses pick up on our emotions and provide a feedback system to our deepest feelings. When we are grieving, a horse can help us become more self-aware. We can find new ways to cope with and to understand our loss.

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Virtual Open House at Wakefield School: Jan. 7 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Learn about Wakefield’s robust programs in the humanities, sciences, mathematics, and athletics and its special focus on clear and effective communication. Hear from Ashley Harper, head of school, about Wakefield’s unique mission, its approach to academic excellence, and its direction into the future. Director of Admissions Gray Carr Bridgers will walk you through the admissions process and talk about affording Wakefield through their indexed tuition (tailored tuition) program.

There is nothing like seeing Wakefield’s campus and the incomparable view from their 65-acre hilltop. They will take you on a live tour of the school while you hear about each division, lower, middle, and upper schools, from their divisional heads.

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Restart Your Health in 5 Weeks at the Middleburg Community Center: Jan. 11, 18, 25 & Feb. 1, 8 | 2:30 or 4 p.m.

The Restart Program is a simple, powerful way to give your body a vacation form sugar and processed foods. With a 3-week sugar detox built in, the program focuses on how to use real food to boost your energy and cut sugar and carb carvings.

In 5 weeks, you will learn how to prepare for your real food sugar detox, your digestive check-in, what sugar really does in your body, the truth about fats, and how to move forward and celebrate your success!

Space is limited! Cost: $250.00

Questions? Call or text Maureen St. Germain at 540-642-0808.

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Virtual Admission Open House at Foxcroft School: Jan. 15 | 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 Jan. 15.

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. 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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“Recent Acquisitions: Benson and Pleissner” at the National Sporting Library & Museum: Through Feb. 28, 2021

In the spring of 2020, the National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) received five important works of art by two well-known 20th-century sporting artists: Frank Weston Benson (American, 1862–1951) and Ogden Minton Pleissner (American, 1905–1983). The addition of these paintings increases the ever-growing footprint of angling and gunning subjects within the NSLM’s art collection.

The museum is currently open on Fridays and Saturdays at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. For tickets, more information, and visitor requirements, please click here.

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“Phyllis Mills Wyeth: A Celebration” at the National Sporting Library & Museum: Through March 13, 2021

A memorial exhibition celebrating the life of Phyllis Mills Wyeth (Nov. 13, 1940–Jan. 14, 2019) features a selection of portraits created by her husband, contemporary artist Jamie Wyeth. From the late 1960s, and throughout the decades of their marriage, Phyllis Wyeth was his muse. He created intimate works that capture moments from her life. “Phyllis Mills Wyeth: A Celebration” features 31 paintings and drawings and reflects Phyllis’ vibrant spirit and love of nature, horses, and her ever-present dogs.

The museum is currently open on Fridays and Saturdays at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. For tickets, more information, and visitor requirements, please click here.

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(after) James Pollard (British, 1775–1852), The Aylesbury Grand Steeplechase: The Light Weight Stake, plate II; one of a set of four, 1836, aquatint on paper, 15 1/4 × 20 1/2 inches, National Sporting Library & Museum, Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Norman R. Bobins, 2012. Photo courtesy of the National Sporting Library & Museum.

“Thrill of the ‘Chace: Steeplechase in Art” at the National Sporting Library & Museum: through March 28, 2021

First run from church steeple to church steeple in Ireland in the 1750s, steeplechasing, its early alternate spelling “steeplechacing,” has developed a rich history around the globe. Jumping fences, leaping ditches, and streaking across the countryside in brightly colored silks, skilled jockeys and their mounts have won the hearts and minds of spectators and artists across centuries. Now run on courses ranging from Aintree, England, to Middleburg, Virginia, the excitement and passion of this sport has been immortalized in countless pieces of art. “Thrill of the ’Chace” showcases paintings, sculptures, and works on paper from the National Sporting Library & Museum’s permanent collection and venues from across the country.

The museum is currently open on Fridays and Saturdays at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. For tickets, more information, and visitor requirements, please click here.

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“A Horse of Course: The Equine Image in Art” at the National Sporting Library & Museum: Through March 28, 2021

“A Horse of Course: The Equine Image in Art” is a traveling educational exhibition organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts as part of the Virginia Statewide Partnership Program. It features 12 photographic reproductions of iconic works in the VMFA’s permanent collections. Also on view are a selection of books from the National Sporting Library & Museum’s collection inspired by the imagery.

The museum is currently open on Fridays and Saturdays at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. For tickets, more information, and visitor requirements, please click here.

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