— The days are getting longer and flowers are starting to pop up, so you know spring is on the way. And we’ve got lots of fun events for you and your loved ones going on in Middleburg this month, so check out our latest guide and prepare to mark your calendar!

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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 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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“Spring Bouquet 2021” at The Byrne Gallery: March 3-28

The Byrne Gallery is proud to present “Spring Bouquet 2021,” an exhibition by local artists of floral works at the gallery. Each artist uses a different medium in their floral paintings and expresses color in their own unique way.

Karen Coleman uses the mediums of watercolor and colored pencil on paper to render her sometimes delicate, sometimes bold floral and botanical compositions. Cathleen Lawless turns to oil on canvas to convey her delight in the new season while Robert Thoren uses oil
to capture local landscapes and florals with plein air paintings. Carolyn Marshall Wright chooses water-based media to convey the energy of spring.

The exhibition is open to the public and everyone is cordially invited to attend.

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Spanish Wine Dinner at Market Salamander: March 6 | 7-10 p.m.

Join the Market Salamander team for a taste of Spain. This special Spanish-inspired five-course menu curated by Chef Jason Deaver pairs harmoniously with the Spanish wines selected. Come be transported for an evening of fun and European flare at this unique pairing dinner.

$109 per person. Not inclusive of tax and gratuity.

Advanced reservations are required. To reserve, please call 540-687-9726 by Sunday, Feb. 28.

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“Reset, Refresh, Restart … A New Beginning!” at The Artists in Middleburg: Through March 7

Let’s begin anew in 2021! There is hope and there is light! Join The Artists in Middleburg for this new exhibit, juried by Susan Byrne of The Byrne Gallery.

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“Salamander Uncorked: Portugal” at Salamander Resort & Spa: March 11 | 5:30-7:30 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, you will have the opportunity to purchase their favorite bottles to take home at a 15% discount.

$75 per guest, excludes tax and service charge. Advanced reservations required. Please call 540-326-4070 to reserve.
Dine in Harrimans following your Uncorked tasting and receive 10% off your bill.

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“Go Native!” at the National Sporting Library & Museum: March 11 | 6-7 p.m.

Thinking about your spring and summer garden? Join NSLM on March 11 to be inspired about the importance of native plants in our Piedmont region. Learn more about how native plants are the building blocks for wildlife habitat and support a vast diversity of insects, birds, and other species, but also aid with clean water, soil health and provide us with a sense of place. You will learn what thrives in the Piedmont region, what resources are available, and how important it is to go native. Finally, you will have a chance to reflect on the critical importance of biodiversity.

Celia Vuocolo, co-chair of the Plant Northern Piedmont Natives Campaign and habitat specialist at The Piedmont Environmental Council, will be presenting.

Free for NSLM and PEC members and $10 for non-members. Plan your garden with NSLM!

Registration for NSLM and PEC members is available by clicking here, and registration for non-members is available here.

Courtesy of the PEC, three participants will be randomly selected to win a Native Virginia Plant Guide during the program!

Questions? Email info@nationalsporting.org.

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

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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Irish Whiskey Pairing Dinner at Salamander Resort & Spa: March 13 | 6-10 p.m.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a unique Irish Whiskey pairing. This special five-course dining experience features top-shelf Irish whiskeys paired with a curated menu of traditional Irish fare by Executive Chef Bill Welch and Executive Pastry Chef Jason Reaves.

$300 per guest. Not inclusive of tax and gratuity. Advanced reservations required. To reserve, please call 540-326-4070.

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“Birds! Birds! Birds!” at The Artists in Middleburg: March 13-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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Chateau Maris French Wine Dinner at Market Salamander: March 20 | 7-10 p.m.

Join Market Salamander for this special taste of French terroir. Chateau Maris is a French winery known for its sustainable production of fine wines. Experience a menu curated by Chef Jason Deaver with French dishes paired harmoniously with these one-of-a-kind French wines.

$109 per person. Not inclusive of tax and gratuity. Advanced reservations are required. To reserve, please call 540-687-9726 by Sunday, March 14.

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March Wellness Weekend at Salamander Resort & Spa: March 20-21

Kickstart your wellness with a weekend of exercise classes to energize and refocus your body and mind. The weekend consists of weight training, gentle yoga, cardio and meditation for a well-rounded wellness experience. Register for classes individually for $50, or register for all four wellness sessions and receive 20% off.

Advanced registration required. To register, please call 540-326-4060.

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“Panel Discussion: Thoughts on Steeplechase Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” at the National Sporting Library & Museum: March 25 | 6-7 p.m.

Steeplechase and other equestrian pursuits have long been a part of Middleburg culture. Over the years, the sport itself has been adapting to the evolving demographics and changing landscape. Most recently a new hurdle, in the form of a global pandemic, has had a significant impact on steeplechasing. Join Bill Gallo, National Steeplechase Association Director of Racing; Punkin Lee, Race Chairman for the Virginia Fall Races; Don Yovanovich, long-time industry professional and trainer; and Will O’Keefe, Race Meet Announcer, as they discuss their views on steeplechase’s past, present, and future at home in Virginia and nationally.

This is a free program presented on Zoom and Facebook Live.

Sign up for your free Zoom link by emailing vpeacock@nationalsporting.org.

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Easter Cake Class at Salamander Resort & Spa: March 27 | 1-3 p.m.

Hop on over and join Salamander Executive Pastry Chef Jason Reaves to learn how to bake and decorate your very own Easter-themed cake. The recipes covered in this class include lemon pound cake, whipped white chocolate cheesecake, and French macaron.

$79 per guest, excluding tax and service charge. Advanced reservations required. Please call 540-326-4070 to reserve.

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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

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

“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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