14 Things to Do in Middleburg this Weekend

— Check out our round-up of weekend events for Sept. 27-29, including the Tour de Conservation Easement bicycle ride, the Dixie Rhythm! band at Emmanuel’s Parish House, a Southern feast at Mt. Defiance Cider Barn, a wine dinner at Girasole, and more.

Land Trust of Virginia’s 3rd Annual Tour de Conservation Easement Bicycle Event at Buchanan Hall: Sept. 28

On Saturday, Sept. 28, join us for the Land Trust of Virginia’s 3rd Annual “Tour de Conservation Easement” Bicycle Event, a fundraiser for the Land Trust of Virginia. LTV is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and 100% of the event’s proceeds benefit the Land Trust of Virginia’s mission to preserve our small country gravel back roads and scenic open spaces for all to enjoy.

Choose either the 20-mile or 62-mile (32/100 km) gravel road routes through the beautiful Virginia countryside, much of which is protected by conservation easements. The routes take cyclists through Loudoun and Fauquier counties, providing beautiful views of scenic back roads and rolling farms leading riders through several private properties. The 62-mile ride consists of 29 miles of gravel roads and 33 miles paved.

Register at bikereg.com.

George C. Marshall and the European Recovery Program at the Middleburg Library: Sept. 28 | Noon-1:30 p.m.

Join noted historian Rachel Thompson of the George C. Marshall International Center as she presents on this pivotal accomplishment in world history. Thompson will also have copies of her book, “Marshall: A Statesman Shaped in the Crucible of War,” available for purchase and signing.

This program is free and open to the public. For more, visit tinyurl.com/y4yos7do.

Southern Influenced Tasting Event at Mt. Defiance Cider Barn: Sept. 28 | 7 p.m.

Drifting Table is hosting a fixed tasting menu dinner on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Mt. Defiance Cider Barn at 7 p.m. The dinner will showcase local ingredients with a playful Southern and Spanish twist. The tasting is priced at $80 per person with a Mt. Defiance and Pearmund Cellars cider/wine pairing for $30 (optional). Advanced ticket sales are required as seats are very limited. For more information or tickets please contact driftingtable@gmail.com.

Dixie Rhythm! at Emmanuel Episcopal Church Parish House: Sept. 29 | 3 p.m.

By popular demand, the red-hot Dixie Rhythm band is returning to Middleburg to serve up the best in toe-tapping Dixieland Jazz. Reserve your seat at 540-687-6297. $10 suggested donation.

Fattoria La Valentina Wine Dinner at Girasole: Sept. 29 | 6:30 p.m.

Join Andrea di Properzio of Fattoria La Valentina for this five-course dinner with wine pairings. Andrea was born and raised in Pescara (Abruzzo). He is a graduate in business administration from University of Bologna and the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. A former management consultant and investment banker, Andrea has worked within the family’s business since 2002. Andrea, along with his brothers Sabatino and Roberto, co-own Fattoria La Valentina. Italian and international critics alike have awarded Fattoria La Valentina as one of the best cellars in Abruzzo.

Chef Patierno will feature seasonal mixed appetizers, skate lightly fried with saffron, local beef skewered and grilled with herbs, roast lamb chops with a salsa verde and roasted potatoes and a housemade dessert.

The cost of the dinner is $125 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Featured wines will also be available for retail purchase. Case and mixed-case orders receive a 10% discount. Call 540-253-5501 to make your reservation.

Also this weekend

Upcoming events

“Blue Ridge Harmony” at The Byrne Gallery: Oct. 2-Nov. 10

The Byrne Gallery in Middleburg is proud to present “Blue Ridge Harmony,” a new exhibit for the month of October that celebrates Gerald Hennesy’s latest oil on canvas landscapes of verdant pastures, woodland views and the beauty of the Virginia countryside. This exciting one-man exhibition will showcase local scenes of both Loudoun and Fauquier counties and feature Goose Creek, the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Sky Meadow and the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. There will a special reception for the artist on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 4-7 p.m. and all are invited to attend.

Mosby Heritage Area Association’s 22nd Annual Conference on the Art of Command in the Civil War at the Middleburg Community Center: Oct. 4-6

Join the Mosby Heritage Area Association for their 22nd annual conference on the Art of Command in the Civil War. This year’s conference covers Confederate General Jubal Early’s 1864 campaign into Maryland, including the battles of Monocacy, Fort Stevens and Cool Spring.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 540-687-6681.

“Leading the Field: Ellen Emmet Rand” at the National Sporting Library & Museum: Oct. 4, 2019-March 22, 2020

In 1936, on the heels of painting an official presidential portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Ellen Emmet Rand held a solo exhibition. Though she had been a professional portrait artist for over three decades, this show was a departure from the paintings of captains of industry, socialites, artists and children for which she had become known. The exhibit “Sporting Portraits” was held at The Sporting Gallery & Bookshop in New York City, and subjects included well-known sporting figures such as Fletcher Harper, Master of the Orange County Hunt; Dr. Howard Collins, Master of Millbrook Hunt; and Charlotte Noland, founder of the prestigious Foxcroft School and Joint-Master of Middleburg Hunt.

The exhibition “Leading the Field: Ellen Emmet Rand” and accompanying catalog gather together many of the same paintings from Rand’s 1936 show, as well as others, to bring to life the stories, personalities, and relationships behind these works. Rand lived a remarkable life as one of the first successful, professional female artists in the United States. She was a lifelong equestrian, active in American foxhunting circles, and proved to be significant within the context of sporting history and culture during the first half of the 20th century.

Fall Harvest Days at Ayrshire Farm: Oct. 5 & 6 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Join Ayrshire Farm for family-friendly fun on the farm! They will be showcasing heritage breed animals including turkeys, cattle, pigs, rabbits, chickens, and rare breed horses, and your family can enjoy tractor tours, carriage rides, country crafts, kids’ activities, and more!

Bring a non-perishable food donation and get entered to win a free heritage breed turkey for Thanksgiving!

The Gentle Harvest Food Truck will be onsite with a selection of organic burgers, hot dogs, sausages and more! Walsh Family Wine, Dirt Farm Brewing and Winchester Ciderworks will be providing beverages for the 21+ crowd.

5K Trail Run and Family Fun Run with Middleburg Montessori School at Camp Highroad: Oct. 6

The second annual 5k Trail Run and Family Fun Run at Camp Highroad, hosted by Middleburg Montessori School, features a beautiful 5k wooded trail course at Camp Highroad in rural Middleburg or a shorter one-mile course in their Family Fun Run.

The course and event are dog friendly and they will have face painting, games and crafts for children, so bring the whole family! All checkouts with 4+ registrations will be discounted by 15%.

There’s fun for adults, too: delicious coffee, a food truck serving complimentary waffle breakfast to all registered runners, and vouchers for free tastings at local Slater Run Vineyard to enjoy after the race.

Register at potomac.enmotive.com.

A Place to Be Community Show at The Hill School: Oct. 6 | 2-4 p.m.

Join A Place to Be at the premiere of their new Same Sky productions that will tour Loudoun County elementary and middle schools this fall and winter. You’ll enjoy their newly revised “Music & Emotion,” an interactive program for elementary students, and then join Amy Stone, their Youth Ambassador and the creator of the Same Sky project for her new show, “Reach Out.” Don’t miss these two great performances! Tickets: $10.

Mosby’s Rangers Cemetery Tour at the Middleburg Museum: Oct. 6 | 4-6 p.m.

Join us for an exciting discussion on Mosby’s Rangers! You will visit the graves of the Rangers who fought and died in Middleburg, Virginia.

The daring actions of Mosby’s Rangers made them famous during the Civil War. Their dashing escapades continue to capture and excite the imagination of people today. Middleburg was situated in the center of “Mosby’s Confederacy” and has its own unique history associated with the Rangers. As part of his presentation, historian Eric Buckland will share some of those stories, and more, about the highly effective, and dangerous, group of men formally called the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry, but who prided themselves on being known as “Mosby’s Rangers.” After his presentation, Eric will lead a walking tour through Sharon Cemetery to visit the graves of some noteworthy Rangers. This event is a fundraiser for the Middleburg Museum. Any further donations are welcome and will enhance the efforts to preserve the amazing history in our area.

Get your tickets via eventbrite.com.

Also upcoming

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