Middleburg’s Weekend Guide: Aug. 18-20, 2017

— It’s finally Friday! We have another fun-filled weekend ahead of us, with a Crabfest at Slater Run Vineyards, Summer Sangria & Punch Class at Salamander Resort & Spa and a “Legends by Lanternlight” tour of Historic Clermont Farm by the Mosby Heritage Area Association. Plus, you can help keep Middleburg beautiful by participating in the Great Middleburg Cleanup and Scavenger Hunt on Saturday at 8 a.m. Find out more about these and other events in our latest guide:

Great Middleburg Cleanup and Scavenger Hunt: Aug. 19 | 8-10 a.m.

Middleburg is a unique town and a distinctive setting. It’s a town that’s appeal draws from its history, its people, its sense of community and its natural and architectural beauty. You may have noticed a piece of litter or stray weed on your walks through town. So have we. Being more than two centuries old, the burg needs a little extra help to stay as charming as ever. To keep residents and visitors alike smiling as they walk our streets, the Streetscape and Go Green committees are hosting “The Great Middleburg Clean Up and Scavenger Hunt” on Saturday, Aug. 19, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Middleburg Community Center.

Finishing back at the Community Center at 10 a.m., there will be prizes for the winning team of the scavenger hunt and for the team with the most amount of recyclable trash collected, followed by refreshments, food and fun. Bring your family, encourage your friends and get in some community service time for Middleburg.

Crabfest 2017 at Slater Run Vineyards: Aug. 19 | Noon-4 p.m.

Enjoy all-you-can-eat crabs at the winery! A portion of sales will benefit Upperville Outreach, whose primary mission is to provide holiday food baskets to families in our community who need help.

Tickets are $45 per person ($15 for kids 12 and under) and include the following menu items:

  • Adults: all-you-can-eat crabs, corn on the cob, coleslaw, watermelon, brownies
  • Kids: hot dogs, corn on the cob, coleslaw, watermelon, brownies

RSVP required to Adale Henderson at adale@slaterrun.com or 540-592-3042.

Slater Run Vineyards wines will be available for glass and bottle sales as well.

Summer Sangria & Punch Class at Salamander Resort & Spa: August 19 | 2-4 p.m.

Launch your taste buds into summer with tips and tricks to making your own sangria and adult-friendly punch this summer. Cheers! $79 per person. For reservations, please call 540-326-4070.

Can’t make it this weekend? Head to Salamander next week for Mason Jar Desserts. Delicious meets adorable in this new culinary trend: dessert in jars. You’ve seen it on Pinterest and the Gold Cup menu, but now see it on your dinner table as Salamander’s pastry team walks you through the steps of layering, how to safely bake in mason jars and much more.

Legends by Lanternlight at Clermont Farm: Aug. 19 | 7:30-9 p.m.

The Mosby Heritage Area Association is bringing its Mosby Heritage Area Interpretive Group to Clarke County on Saturday, Aug. 19, for another of its popular Legends by Lanternlight programs. Historic Clermont Farm, an 18th century structure, will serve as the program’s backdrop.

Saturday evening’s program will focus on the Civil War in Clarke County, particularly stories relevant to Clermont’s experience in the years immediately before, during and after the war. Costumed interpreters of the Mosby Heritage Area Interpretive Group will share the horrors and triumphs of Clarke County’s Civil War, from Mosby’s Rangers to interactions between Union soldiers and Berryville’s citizens, and more.

Admission is $15 for adults and $8 for students. Please bring walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. The Clermont Foundation will host the event and will provide refreshments served from the 1777 kitchen.

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Slater Run Vineyards Upperville VAEclipse Event at Slater Run Vineyards: Aug. 21 | Noon-4 p.m.

Slater Run is opening the winery on Aug. 21 so you can experience on the winery patio and lawn the once in a lifetime solar eclipse with wine and cheese. Protective glasses will be provided. No admission charge.

Total Solar Eclipse Celebration at Salamander Resort & Spa: Aug. 21 | 1 p.m.

Enjoy an event that only happens every 99 years and receive cocktail specials, glasses to watch the eclipse, live streaming of NASA’s footage in the Living Room, glow in the dark bocce ball, zombie archery at 2 p.m. and much more!

Your first cocktail at Gold Cup is only one penny and they have complimentary Moon Pies from 1-4 p.m.

It’s a Total Eclipse! at Three Fox Vineyards: Aug. 21

Take advantage of Three Fox’s vast views and rolling hills to watch the eclipse! All participants will receive 10% off bottle sales and a souvenir Three Fox glass! The eclipse will begin in Delaplane at 1:15 p.m., with maximum view at 2:40 p.m. and will end at 4 p.m. Eclipse glasses not provided. Don’t miss it!

National Whiskey Sour Day at Salamander Resort & Spa: Aug. 25

Stop by for this delicious holiday and taste a selection on Whiskey Sour cocktails so special they only come around once a year. From classic to modern, Gold Cup has a whiskey sour for you to celebrate this holiday.

Open Late at the National Sporting Library & Museum: Aug. 25 | 6-8 p.m.

Please bring your chairs and join us for great music by the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, family fun, and food from Hammerdown BBQ on the National Sporting Library & Museum lawn. Concerts and museum admission are free and open to the public 6-8 p.m. Picnics are welcome but no glass containers or outside alcohol is permitted. Cash bar featuring wine from Greenhill Winery & Vineyards and beer.

Doc Saffer Summer Series at the Middleburg Community Center: Aug. 25 | 6-10 p.m.

Join us to close out the Summer Saffer Series with MCC’s Dinner & Dive In Movie! Enjoy Chick-Fil-A Dinner at 6 p.m., dessert to follow from Carousel Ice Cream Truck, play on the 68-foot inflatable obstacle course, and finish the night off splashing in the pool while watching “Finding Dory!”

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Sprout’s Gallop Gala: Sept. 16 | 5:30-11 p.m.

Support Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center’s life-changing mission at the 2017 Gallop Gala! 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! Tickets and tables can be purchased online.