— Don’t let the winter blues get you down! We’ve got all sorts of activities in Middleburg this month from ways to experience the romance of Middleburg with your valentine to opportunities to celebrate Black History Month, and more. Check out our list of the events you won’t want to miss this month!

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

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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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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“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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“Sylvia Rideoutt Bishop Had A Way With Horses” with the Bank of Charles Town: Feb. 3 | 10 a.m.

BCT is hosting the release of Vicky Moon’s new book, “Sylvia Rideoutt Bishop Had a Way With Horses” on Facebook Live. Interested in hearing about the first African-American female horse trainer in the area? Well, tune in on Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. to find out more!

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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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Chocolate Truffles Class at Salamander Resort & Spa: Feb. 6 | 1-3 p.m.

Learn the secrets to creating these rich decadent chocolate candies just in time for the most romantic holiday of the year. In this sweets class, Executive Pastry Chef Jason Reaves will demonstrate how to prepare and infuse creamy ganache fillings, the techniques used for tempering chocolate for molds and how to coat hand-rolled truffles. Each guest will receive a glass of sparkling wine to enjoy with the chocolates presented in the class, along with a trio box of Salamander Resort truffles. $79 per guest, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Advanced reservations are required. To reserve, please call 540-326-4070.

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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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“Reset, Refresh, Restart … A New Beginning!” at The Artists in Middleburg: Feb. 6-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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Photo courtesy of Goodstone Inn.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Goodstone Inn & Restaurant: Feb. 9-14

Celebrate Valentine’s Day all week long at Goodstone, beginning on Feb. 9. Dine in the Conservatory and indulge in Goodstone’s special Valentine five-course dinner tasting menu with optional wine pairing. Menu includes oysters, Maine lobster, Belgian dark chocolate, and more. Reservations available via 540-687-3333.

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The Middleburg “Fox Sox” Donation Drive at Journeymen Saddlers: Feb. 10-27

Please consider participating in this sock donation drive during the month of February. Drop off new socks for women, men, older adults, teenagers, and babies. Teenagers love the Nike crew socks, older adults can always use warm socks for both men and women.

Drop off the socks using the box in the lobby of Journeyman Saddlers at 2 West Federal St. during business hours (Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). This event is sponsored by the Middleburg Business and Professional Association.

The socks will be donated to our friends and neighbors at Windy Hill communities in Loudoun and Fauquier. Thank you for helping to add a little warmth to families this winter!

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“Salamander Uncorked: Oregon” at Salamander Resort & Spa: Feb. 11 | 5:30 p.m.

Salamander Resort’s wine sommelier, Catherine Watkins, will walk you through the wines of Oregon in this casual and interactive wine tasting event. 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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“Brook Trout: Gems of the Piedmont” at the National Sporting Library & Museum: Feb. 11 | 6-7 p.m.

“Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains. You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow.” – Cormac McCarthy

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.

Claire Catlett and Celia Vuocolo from PEC will be sharing their adventures in trout conservation.

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.
Registration for NSLM & PEC members: bit.ly/2KAyhHi

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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Photo courtesy of Goodstone Inn & Restaurant.

“Meet the Artist” at Goodstone Inn & Restaurant: Feb. 11 | 6:30 p.m.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with your loved one. Join Goodstone for an evening of decadent vino and a painting demonstration by local artist Laura Hopkins. Laura is known for her expressive, atmospheric landscapes in oil. Her work captures the enduring beauty of hill, field, stream and marsh, and the reflection of expansive skies in water. A three-course tasting menu will be provided along with a wine tasting demonstrated by Goodstone Wine Director and Sommelier Stephan Elfhadfidi.

For reservations, contact information@goodstone.com or call 540-687-3333.

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Middleburg’s Winter Weekend Sale: Feb. 12-14

Please join us for Middleburg’s annual Winter Weekend Sale! Friday & Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday hours as posted by shops. Look for the winter white and blue balloons at participating businesses. Masks and social distancing required. Check our Facebook page for updates.

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Pre-Order Valentine’s Day Dinner and Desserts from Market Salamander: Feb. 12-14

Enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner at home prepared by the talented team at Market Salamander. The three-course meal features warm camembert with toasted French baguette, Chateaubriand and vanilla bean cheesecake for the perfect celebration. Plus, select from a variety of fine wines to pair with your romantic meal.

Make Valentine’s Day extra sweet with a dessert by Executive Pastry Chef Jason Reaves. The curated collection of signature sweets includes indulgent individual vanilla bean cheesecakes, chocolate-dipped strawberries, a chocolate heart mousse cake, and more for a romantic celebration or gift for a loved one.

Dinner orders must be placed by Feb. 7 and dessert orders must be placed by end of day on Feb. 10, for pickup scheduled for Feb. 12-14. Advance ordering required. To place an order, please call 540-687-9726 during business hours.

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Cupid’s Cave at Boxwood Estate Winery: Feb. 12-14 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cupid’s Cave is BACK! Enjoy a private tasting at a romantic table for two in Boxwood’s wine cave for $55 per couple. Boxwood’s delicious chocolate truffles are hand-crafted by local chocolatier Robert Kingsbury and expertly paired with four estate Bordeaux-style wines. A real treat for your Valentine!

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Photo courtesy of The Red Fox Inn & Tavern.

Valentine’s Weekend at The Red Fox Inn & Tavern: Feb. 12-14 | 5-8 p.m.

Treat your sweetheart to a five-course game and seafood tasting experience at The Red Fox! Menu includes oysters Rockefeller, lobster bisque, surf and turf, flourless chocolate torte, and more. Adults only. $149 per person with optional Virginia wine pairing (+$42). Book your table now!

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Valentine Weekend Tasting Menu at Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill: Feb. 12-14 | 5-10 p.m.

Each night over Valentine’s Day weekend, Harrimans will feature a different five-course tasting menu. Savor the romance all weekend long with your loved one and join Harrimans each night for a completely new and unique dining experience by Executive Chef Bill Welch and Executive Pastry Chef Jason Reaves.

$175 per person. Optional wine pairing available. Not inclusive of tax and service charge. Advanced reservations required. To reserve, please call 540-326-4070.

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Partner Yoga Workshop at Salamander Resort & Spa: Feb. 13 | 2 p.m.

Bring your sweetheart or come with a friend for this fun partner yoga workshop. See how yoga can be much better when you are together! All levels welcome.

$50 per couple. Advanced reservations required. To reserve, please call 540-326-4060.

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Valentine Couples Dinner at Market Salamander: Feb. 13 | 7 p.m.

Join the Market Salamander culinary team for an intimate evening with your loved one indulging in a romantic four-course dining experience. The menu, curated by Chef Jason Deaver, features warm camembert, Maple Leaf duck breast, roast beef tenderloin and vanilla bean cheesecake, all paired perfectly with wines matched to enhance each dish for a special evening to remember.

$95 per person. Not inclusive of tax and gratuity. Advanced reservations are required. To reserve, please call 540-687-9726 by Sunday, Feb. 7.

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Valentine’s Day Library Dinner at Salamander Resort & Spa: Feb. 14 | 6-10 p.m.

The ambiance and warmth of the crackling fire in the Sundlun Library sets the tone for an intimate and romantic Valentine’s Day to remember. The six-course tasting menu, created by Executive Chef Bill Welch and Executive Pastry Chef Jason Reaves, features Maine lobster, farm egg ravioli, wagyu Rossini and more, plus a delicious pot de crème for a romantic dessert.

$300 per person, optional wine pairing available. Tax and service charge not included. Advance reservations required. Please call 540-326-4070 to reserve.

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“Yoga Workshop: Lovely Heart Openers” at Salamander Resort & Spa: Feb. 20 | 10 a.m.

Join Salamander Resort for a 90-min Hatha flow yoga class using mindful breathing techniques to help you connect with your body as you increase flexibility, stability, and strength. After class, enjoy a delicious winter beverage.

$40 per person. Advanced reservations required. To reserve, please call 540-326-4060.

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Photo courtesy of Foxcroft School.

10th Annual Virtual STEM Challenge with Foxcroft School: Feb. 20 | 1-3:45 p.m.

Foxcroft’s 10th annual STEM Challenge is coming! This year’s virtual event features two ways for individual girls to participate! Compete for prizes and learn about coding and cybersecurity through Foxcroft’s custom trivia game, which opens on Monday, Feb. 15, and closes on Friday, Feb. 19. Then join Foxcroft on Saturday, Feb. 20, for an interactive virtual session hosted by engineers from sponsoring firm Stryker, featuring challenges, prizes, and a career panel.
Fill out the registration form and you’ll be sent links to the trivia game and virtual event in February.

The Middle School Challenge will take place 1-2 p.m. The High School Challenge will take place 2:15-3:45 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact the STEM Department at stem@foxcroft.org.

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Baking Class at Goodstone Inn & Restaurant: Feb. 25

Join Goodstone for a baking demonstration from their artisanal bread maker, Jean Baptiste. Breathe in the sweet aroma and taste some of Virginia wine country’s best. Following your 90-minute baking experience, experience the art of plating with a homegrown infused three-course gourmet dining experience from Goodstone Executive Chef Jan Van Haute.

For reservations, contact information@goodstone.com or call 540-687-3333.

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“Crossing the Line: Author Talk with Kareem Rosser” with the National Sporting Library & Museum: Feb. 25 | 6-7 p.m.

Kareem Rosser, a decorated figure in intercollegiate polo, captain of the first all Black/African-American team to win the National Interscholastic Polo Championship, a Ralph Lauren model, and an advocate for the Work to Ride Foundation, discusses his inspiring memoir of defying the odds in “Crossing the Line: A Fearless Team of Brothers and the Sport that Changed Their Lives Forever.”

Sign up for a free Zoom link or join NSLM on Facebook Live on Feb. 25 at 6 p.m.

“Crossing the Line: A Fearless Team of Brothers and the Sport That Changed Their Lives Forever” is the story of bonds of brotherhood, family loyalty, the transformative connection between man and horse, and forging a better future that comes from overcoming impossible odds.

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Ancient Peaks Wine Dinner at Market Salamander: Feb. 27 | 7 p.m.

Join the Market Salamander team for an evening filled with delicious food and wine highlighting the unique complexity of Ancient Peaks Winery’s wines that are a direct reflection of Margarita Vineyard’s rare array of soils. The five-course menu by Chef Jason Deaver harmoniously pairs with the wines to enhance each course.

$99 per person, plus tax and service charge. Advanced reservations are required. To reserve, please call 540-687-9726 by Sunday, Feb. 21.

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Reminder: Sometimes things change. Please check with individual businesses to confirm event details, including pricing.