Middleburg’s Weekend Guide: Aug. 25-27, 2017

— We’re still enjoying the last days of summer in Middleburg. Keep that summer vibe flowing this weekend with great events like National Whiskey Sour Day at Salamander Resort & Spa, dinner and a dive-in movie at the Middleburg Community Center, an Open Late concert with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra at the National Sporting Library & Museum, Greenhill Winery & Vineyards‘ birthday bash, and more. Check out our latest roundup of the events you won’t want to miss:

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!”

Anniversary Weekend at Greenhill Winery & Vineyards: Aug. 25-28

Enjoy live music Friday and Saturday, plus special birthday festivities all weekend long! Daniel Heffington will be playing a Concert on the Lawn on Friday from 5-7 p.m., and Jason Masi will be playing live music on Saturday from 3-6 p.m.

Plus, Wine Club members can enjoy a special 4e Anniversaire Birthday Bash in the barrel room on Friday from 6-8 p.m., celebrating the winery’s 4th anniversary, plus winemaker Sébastien Marquet’s birthday and his 10th year of winemaking in Virginia! Dress in your sparkly best bring a guest! RSVP required. Member + 1 guest (2 persons) total. Free admission with a 2-bottle purchase, or $20 per person.

Dog Days of August at Three Fox Vineyards: Aug. 26

Bring your favorite dog companion to Three Fox! Prizes for the Best Dressed, Owner/Dog Look-alike and Best Vino Dog. Contest begins at 2:30 p.m. Compete for prizes and discounts on wine and merchandise!

You can also join Pinot’s Palette for an afternoon of wine tasting and painting. They will have canvases available for self-guided painting that you can take home!

This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a Tuscan “Fer Agosto.” Shut down the stress and celebrate the end of summer! Come celebrate the final weekend of summer with Three Fox, loafing Tuscan-style! Bring your picnic, your family or friends and have a ball. Play bocce or corn-hole. Check out their picnic meadow and hammocks or stroll their woodland trails or the banks of Crooked Run.

Mason Jar Desserts at Salamander Resort & Spa: August 26 | 2-4 p.m.

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. $79 per person. For reservations, please call 540-326-4070.

“The Rebels is running over our Parents”: Recruiting Virginia Unionists into the Potomac Home Brigade at Mt. Zion Historic Park: Aug. 27 | 3-4:30 p.m.

In the spring of 1861, Francis Thomas, former governor of Maryland, put out a call for the creation of a “Home Brigade” to defend western Maryland from rebel incursions. Three regiments of infantry and one of cavalry were raised, and these men spent much of the war guarding the vital transportation networks that ran through Maryland and West Virginia. Their war was primarily a guerilla war, though occasionally the Home Brigade would be called into more active service when Confederates crossed the Potomac. From the beginning, the Home Brigade was also a refuge for numerous Virginia Unionists driven from their homes.

Mosby Heritage Area Association Public Programs Coordinator Travis Shaw will examine these Virginians in Union service by exploring the recruiting of these refugees, their motivations and their combat experiences.

This program is part of the joint MHAA-NOVA Parks “Conversations in History” series. Admission fees are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

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Salamander Resort Middleburg VAFourth Anniversary Champagne Toast at Salamander Resort & Spa: Aug. 29 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Exactly four years after Salamander opened their doors, they will be hosting an anniversary celebration in their living room. Enjoy complimentary sparkling wine, birthday sweets and live entertainment as they toast to the future. For reservations and more information, please contact 540-326-4070.

Date Night Outdoor Cinema at Salamander Resort & Spa: Sept. 1 | 8:45 p.m.

The typical dinner and a movie date night just got upgraded. Bring your blankets and chairs and sit under the stars for a one-of-a-kind outdoor movie date night. With Salamander’s delicious picnic baskets and wine available for purchase, it is guaranteed to be a night to remember. On Sept. 1, watch “You’ve Got Mail,” a movie that is as old as love but as new as the internet. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks star in a movie that will have you on the edge of your picnic blanket as you watch two people fall in love unknowingly, despite their qualms with one another.

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Slater Run Vineyards Open to Public: Sept. 2 & 3 | Noon-6 p.m.

Enjoy tastings, tours and beautiful views of hunt country. They will be open from noon-6 p.m. on the first Saturday and Sunday of the month from May through October.
Come see where they make the wine and grow the grapes!

$12 per tasting. Glass and bottle sales available. Charcuterie and cheese plates available.

Labor Day Luau at 50 West Vineyards: Sept. 3 | 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Summer may be coming to an end (hello, Fall!) but 50 West is having a Labor Day Luau for one last summer celebration! Mark your calendar for Sunday, Sept. 3, for a luau celebration at the vineyard. From steel drums to Caribbean foods, 50 West will be decked out in all things tropical.

Food Truck: Enjoy authentic Caribbean dishes from Red Bone Food Truck such as jerk chicken, fish tacos, empanadas and more! They’ll be selling from noon-5 p.m.

Music: What’s more tropical than the sound of steel drums? 50 West will have a steel drum band playing from 2-5 p.m. for you to enjoy as you sip on great wine!

Feel the gentle breezes and imagine you’re miles away in a tropical paradise all while enjoying the “don’t worry, be happy” vibe of 50 West. They’ll also be passing out Leis for that added tropical luau touch, while supplies last!

American Roots Revue Buchanan HallAmerican Roots Revue Concert at Buchanan Hall: Sept. 3 | 5-7 p.m.

Join us at Buchanan Hall for the Bumper Jacksons, part of the American Roots Revue Concert Series! Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Click here to purchase tickets.

End of Summer Backyard BBQ at Salamander Resort & Spa: Sept. 4 | Noon-4 p.m.

The dog days of summer are ending so celebrate your summer memories with one more BBQ. Visit Salamander’s “backyard” and terrace as they grill out with traditional BBQ favorites, play lawn games and enjoy the last days of summer. $35 per person, drinks sold separately.

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.