Posted by on November 8, 2019

11 Things to Do in Middleburg this Weekend

— Check out our round-up of weekend events for Nov. 8-10, including Emmanuel’s Christmas Shop at the Middleburg Community Center, Stacia Madden’s equitation clinic at Rutledge Farm, Girasole‘s annual white truffle dinner, an autumn tasting dinner at Mt. Defiance, and more.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church’s Christmas Shop at the Middleburg Community Center: Through Nov. 9

Join us at the community center for Emmanuel’s 71st annual Christmas Shop! Featuring more than 25 unique shops from Maine to New Mexico, a cafe, selfies with the Middleburg Fox, Emmanuel’s treasures, live music, raffles and more. Proceeds benefit the church and local charities. Suggested donation: $5.

Annual Birthday Party at Crème de la Crème: Through Nov. 9

Local European home goods store Crème de la Crème is celebrating 19 years of business this November. The company will be holding an annual store birthday party to celebrate the occasion and to say thank you to their loyal customers. The party will be held at each individual store location Nov. 7-9. Special in-store promotions will be offered and activities will be held with various vendors including Panier des Sens, 42Fdistribution, and Vietri. Light refreshments will also be served throughout the day.

Stacia Madden Equitation Clinic at Rutledge Farm: Nov. 9 & 10

Renowned Equitation expert Stacia Madden will host a two-day clinic at Rutledge Farm this weekend.

Owner and head-trainer of Beacon Hill Show Stables, Stacia is one of the most revered equitation trainers in North America. Don’t miss this opportunity to train with one of the absolute best in the industry.

This two-day clinic will feature 3 sections of up to 6 riders per section. This clinic will focus on the fundamentals of equitation, the fundamentals of good riding.

Auditors are welcome for $30 per day or $50 for the clinic duration. Pre-registration required. Click here to register.

Annual 6-Course White Truffle Dinner at Girasole: Nov. 10 | 6-9:30 p.m.

Girasole’s fix-priced, six-course truffle dinner with wine pairings by G.D. Vajra is an annual tradition for nearly two decades.  It’s just one way that Girasole celebrates the strong connection between the Patierno and Vaira families.  This year again, Girasole is pleased that Francesca Vaira of G.D. Vajra Winery will join them for this dinner where you’ll enjoy traditional dishes with shaved white truffles while hearing about and enjoying Vajra wine pairings.

“Every year we try to bring interesting dishes that really highlight the unique white truffle flavor,” says Chef Patierno, “but the truth is, the very best dishes are the traditional ones, such as risotto or fettuccine, because their simplicity allows one to really experience the truffles.” Chef Patierno and Francesca Vaira have created a six-course menu with white truffles from Alba and G.D. Vajra wine pairings that honor Italian tradition and highlights regional specialities.

The cost is $300 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Space is limited. Call 540-253-5501 to make your reservation. We hope you will join Girasole to celebrate the famed white truffle, family, and of course, great wine – all so important in Italy, but also right here in The Plains.

Autumn Tasting Dinner at Mt. Defiance Cider Barn: Nov. 10 | 7 p.m.

Join Mt. Defiance for a one-of-a-kind, multi-course dinner showcasing local and seasonal ingredients alongside Mt. Defiance cider and local wines. Please for more information, details or reservations.

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Michelin Star Chef Weekend at Salamander Resort & Spa: Nov. 15-17

With his larger-than-life personality and unique style, Giancarlo Morelli is one of Italy’s most recognizable chefs. Meet and enjoy the food of this Michelin Star chef at Salamander’s exciting Michelin Star Weekend, Nov. 15-17. Chef Morelli will host a meet-and-greet, cooking class, exclusive eight-course dinner, as well as a farewell brunch.

A man with dual focus, Michelin Star Chef Giancarlo Morelli keeps one foot in centuries-old culinary tradition and one in thoroughly modern approaches to food. Morelli embodies the best of modern Italian cuisine, pushing the boundaries of technique and presentation to splendid effect. Today, Giancarlo Morelli, boasts a prestigious Michelin star award, earned in 2009, and the addition of one of his restaurants in the “Associazione Le Soste” circuit. He is also officially a member of the Euro Toques (European Community of Cooks) and belongs to the “Golfers Caterers” Association.

Nov. 15 | 7:00 p.m. | $52 per person | Middleburg Ballroom
Join us in welcoming Chef Giancarlo Morelli at this intimate reception. In this once-in-a-lifetime experience, meet-and-greet this incredible chef while enjoying decadent hors d’oeuvres and sparkling wine. To finish the evening, enjoy an exclusive concert with Camille Zamora and Monica Yunus, two of the world’s most elite sopranos who have performed all over the world.

Nov. 16 | 6:30 p.m. | $310 per person | Harrimans
Indulge in a one-of-a-kind Michelin Star dining experience at Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill! Chef Giancarlo Morelli is preparing an exclusive eight-course dinner using some of his favorite ingredients from Italy as well as local favorites from Virginia. Experience and taste what has made Chef Morelli a Michelin Star chef.

For reservations, please call 540-326-4070. Prices do not include tax and gratuity.

“A Matter of Light, the Art of Andre Pater” Book Signing & Talk at the National Sporting Library & Museum: Nov. 15 | 6-8 p.m.

Join us as Pater recounts his journey into art and the creation of his new book of original work “A Matter of Light, the Art of Andre Pater.” After Pater’s discussion of his creation and a short Q&A with those who were part of the process, the artist is available for a book signing of his latest work.

$10 admission. Free for NSLM members.

Drum Circle at the Middleburg Library: Nov. 16 | 2-3 p.m.

Make spontaneous music together and learn about drumming around the world with Arthur Lopez of Drum Your Dream. For all ages.

“Nothing Beats Old-Time Radio!” at the Emmanuel Church Parish House: Nov. 17 | 3-5 p.m.

With original scripts and sound effects, actors will recreate favorite shows from “The Golden Age of Radio.” $10 suggested donation.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Middleburg Community Center: Nov. 21 | 6-8 p.m.

Join us for the Middleburg Community Center’s 2019 Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Gather around the table with friends and loved ones in our community on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 6-8 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP by Nov. 14 to 540-687-6373 or

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