Weekend Guide for Middleburg, Virginia: Oct. 13-15

— The races are here, the races are here! Well, almost. The Virginia Fall Races will be held on Saturday at historic Glenwood Park, the oldest continuous race course in the state of Virginia. Experience this annual tradition in lovely Middleburg hunt country, where your only interruption to a relaxing day will be the cheer of 10,000 excited fans and the storming of thundering hooves! Find out more about the Virginia Fall Races in our weekly roundup of the events you won’t want to miss this weekend:

Virginia Fall Races Middleburg VAVirginia Fall Races at Glenwood Park: Oct. 14

This year’s 63rd running promises to be one of the leading meets on the 2017 Fall Steeplechase Circuit. The day starts at 9 a.m. with the finals of the Theodora A. Randolph Field Hunter Championship. The flag drops for the first race of the afternoon at 1 p.m., signaling the start of an afternoon of first-class timber and hurdle racing.

Highlighting this year’s meet is the Randolph D. Rouse $50,000 Hurdle Stakes Race, run in memory of our local and beloved horseman, master of hounds and race horse owner, trainer and rider, and the National Sporting Library and Museum Cup with its purse of $40,000, which brings the best seasoned timber horses to run over the famous Glenwood course against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

With a children’s fair of pony rides and a petting zoo, the “concours elegant” automobiles, plus the “vendor village” with many tents stocked with enticing attractions, the afternoon has something for all ages and interests!

The Virginia Fall Races benefit INOVA Loudoun Hospital Foundation in nearby Leesburg and is a highly regarded community event. Since its inception in 1955, this race meeting has consistently contributed more money to the Foundation than any other sporting event.

Harvest Festival at Three Fox Vineyards: Oct. 14

Come to Three Fox and enjoy a hayride and lots of fall fun! Roast hot dogs and marshmallows. Pamela Anderson will have Stella & Dot jewelry, Jordan Sullivan, an independent consultant for LuLaRoe, will be there, and Carly Prow will be representing Rodan & Fields skincare!

Salamander Resort Middleburg VARaid the Cellar at Salamander Resort & Spa: Oct. 14 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Stop by Salamander Resort & Spa’s pop-up wine shop and stock up your wine cellar! Just in time for the holidays, you will be able to purchase exclusive selections of their rare and hard-to-find wines as well as sample a wide selection of domestic and international wines. For more information, please call 540-326-4070.

Heritage Breed Wine Dinner at Ayrshire Farm: Oct. 14 | 6-10 p.m.

Enjoy a night of fine food and wine at Ayrshire Farm, starting with a cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres and a heritage breed butcher demonstration. Then, enjoy a 4-course plated dinner featuring Ayrshire Farm heritage breed meats prepared by Ayrshire Executive Chef Lawrence Kocurek paired with wine selections from Sarah Walsh of Country Vintner. $125 per person (includes tax & gratuity). Seating is limited, so reserve your spot today!

Sprout 5K 1K5th Annual Sprout 5K/1K: Oct. 15 | 8-11 a.m.

The Sprout 5K/1K raises funds for Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center, a Loudoun-based non-profit organization that provides therapeutic equine activities for individuals with special needs. The race is timed by Potomac River Running and starts and ends at Clyde’s Willow Creek Restaurant in the Broadlands community of Ashburn.

Pints for Paws at Goodstone Inn & Restaurant: Oct. 15 | Noon-3 p.m.

All animal lovers and their 4-legged friends are invited to celebrate Pints for Paws, a fundraiser and adoption event for the Middleburg Humane Foundation. All proceeds will go directly to the Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing a safe haven for abused, neglected, and “at risk” animals and finding them forever homes.

With your $30 ticket purchase, you receive one free pint, lunch and entrance into the event! There will be lunch provided (vegetarian options available), a brewery to purchase additional pints (cash bar only), and several local organizations set up. There will also be a “Wag n Walk” around part of Goodstone’s 3 miles of trails and a costume contest for the animals in attendance! And, of course, MHF will have some of their lovable animals for you to get to know!

Pets are welcome, but they need to be leashed and cleaned up after. If you’re interested in adopting another furry member into your family, they will have applications available at registration.

Questions? Please direct to Olivia Hilton at Goodstone Inn at 540-687-3094 or McCauley Alexiou at the Middleburg Humane Foundation at 540-364-3272.

Also this weekend

Upcoming events

“A Will to Survive” at Loudoun County High School: Oct. 16

A Place to Be’s Same Sky Project presents “A Will to Survive,” a rock opera about suicide prevention, mental health and finding hope while being a teenager today. One show only! Free admission. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, visit aplacetobeva.org or call 540-687-6740.

Middleburg Film Festival: Oct. 19-22

The Middleburg Film Festival will feature a screening of the riveting wartime drama “Darkest Hour,” starring Academy Award-nominated actor Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, as its opening film on Thursday, Oct. 19, followed by a discussion with actor Ben Mendelsohn, screenwriter Anthony McCarten and producer Lisa Bruce.

The festival, now in its fifth year, will run from Oct. 19-22 and feature “Lady Bird,” the impressive directorial debut of actress Greta Gerwig, as the Saturday evening centerpiece film, with Gerwig, who also penned the screenplay of this uproarious comedy, expected to attend.

Other featured films at this year’s festival include:

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: Starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes and Peter Dinklage, this darkly comedic drama tells the story of a bereaved mother who demands accountability from the local sheriff.
  • Call Me By Your Name: Starring Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer, this sun-soaked romance is set in northern Italy.
  • Mudbound: Set in the Jim Crow South and starring Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund and Mary J. Blige, this film tells the epic story of two men divided by race yet bound by war.
  • I, Tonya: This selection features Margot Robbie as the infamous skater Tonya Harding in the scandal that rocked the 1994 Winter Olympics and ended her skating career.

For showtimes, tickets and festival information, please visit middleburgfilm.org.

Also upcoming

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