Weekend Guide for Middleburg, Virginia: Sept. 29-Oct. 1
— It’s finally starting to feel like fall around here, and we’ve got some great events lined up this weekend that will give you a chance to relax, learn something new and have fun with your family and friends. First up: 50 West‘s 2nd anniversary weekend celebration, which includes the release of their newest red wine, half-price tastings all weekend long, a movie night, live music and more. Also not to be missed this weekend: an “Evening with the Horse and the Camera” at the National Sporting Library & Museum, the Boxwood Estate Winery Dinner at Salamander Resort & Spa, a Civil War raiders bus tour with the Mosby Heritage Area Association, and Ayrshire Farm‘s Fall Family Harvest Tour. Find out more about these and other events in our latest guide:
Enjoy a full weekend of events, music, food, great wine, and so much more, including the release of 50 West’s newest red wine – Ashby Gap Red – during the anniversary celebration! Plus, they’re offering half price tastings Friday through Sunday. Taste all 6 wines, including their newest release, Ashby’s Gap Red, at half the price.
The fun starts on Friday with a movie night! Cozy up on the lawn next to a fire pit and watch a special showing of “Bottle Shock” at 7:30 p.m. Middleburg’s Popcorn Monkey gourmet popcorns will be sold in the tasting room to enjoy during the movie and Middleburg’s Finest Chocolates will be on-site to sell s’more treats and other truffles.
On Saturday, Justin Trawick and the Common Good will be taking the stage from 3:30-6 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and your dancing shoes – it’s going to be a rockin’ good time! And bring an appetite because Parallel Food Truck will be serving up decadent dishes for purchase from noon-6 p.m. 50 West will also be raffling off goodies like wine & cheese baskets, a cork purse, and 50 West Wine Maker for a Day tickets. No purchase necessary but you must be present to win!
On Sunday, you can enjoy a club member for a day pass and check out their members-only exclusive club house. If you absolutely love the club house (and we know you will!), then you can sign up for the 50 West Wine Club and receive your member discounts the same day!If you’re already a member, bring your friends and you’ll receive 50% off a bottle of wine when they sign up for the club. Plus, you can listen to live music by Gary Smallwood will be in the tasting room from 1:30–4:30 p.m. and purchase delicious Mediterranean dishes from Artemi Kitchen from noon-5 p.m.
An Evening with the Horse and the Camera at the National Sporting Library & Museum: Sept. 29 | 6:30-8 p.m.
Join photography expert Jo Tartt Jr. and the NSLM’s George L. Ohrstrom Jr. Curator of Art Claudia Pfeiffer in an exploration of how advancements in cameras, black & white film, and stop-motion photography captured human imagination and the horse at rest and in motion, not just as a common physical presence as a beast of burden and means of transportation, but also as a reflection of status, a vehicle for sport and leisure, and a subject of artistic inspiration. RSVP to Anne Marie Barnes at 540-687-6542 x 25 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boxwood, a National Historic Landmark, is one of the earliest horse farms in Middleburg, Virginia, a region of American colonial and Civil War history. Each of their vines and grapes are treated with tenderness and respect, producing elegant wines with depth, complexity and finesse. Experience these blends in the Bordeaux tradition, with a four-course dinner paired perfectly to match each glass by Salamander Resort & Spa Executive Chef Ryan Arensdorf.
For all reservations, please call 540-326-4070. $150 per person. Prices do not include tax and gratuity.
Civil War Raiders of Northern Virginia Bus Tour at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre: Sept. 30 | 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
One of the most famous figures to emerge from the Civil War was John S. Mosby. Operating behind Federal lines in Northern Virginia, Mosby created a legacy that still resounds today. However, Mosby was not the only band of guerillas in the area; other bands of soldiers from Virginia and South Carolina also worked in the area. Join historians from Prince William County Historic Preservation Division and the Mosby Heritage Area Association for a special bus tour that will not only visit Mosby sites, but also other guerilla sites in Northern Virginia. Bus departs from Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre. For reservations, please call 703-365-7895.
$80 per person (lunch included); reservations are required.
Come experience Ayrshire’s unique 1,000-acre farm in Upperville, Virginia. Take a first hand guided tour into the fields of Ayrshire, see the animals, and learn what defines the farm as a leader in sustainable farming practices.
Ayrshire Farm is the first farm in Virginia to be designated both organic and certified humane. Located in Upperville, the farm specializes in heritage breed livestock including: Scottish Highland Cattle, Ancient White Park Cattle, Gloucestershire Old Spot Hogs, and several breeds of chickens and turkeys.
Also this weekend
- Friday Night Flights at 50 West Vineyards: Sept. 29 | 1-8 p.m.
- Concert on the Lawn with Daniel Heffington at Greenhill Winery & Vineyards: Sept. 29 | 5-7 p.m.
- Middleburg Farmers Market: Sept. 30 | 8 a.m.-noon
- Live Music by Richard Giersch at Three Fox Vineyards:
Sept. 30 | 1:30-4:30 p.m.
- Fall Festive Truffles & Bubbles Cooking Class at Salamander Resort & Spa: Sept. 30 | 2-4 p.m.
- Saturday Songwriter Concert at Middleburg Common Grounds: Sept. 30 | 4-7 p.m.
- Fall Breakfast at Buchanan Hall: Oct. 1 | 8-11 a.m.
- PaintNite! at Three Fox Vineyards: Oct. 1 | 2 p.m.
- Live Music by Emily Rose at Greenhill Winery & Vineyards: Oct. 1 | 2-5 p.m.
“The Environmental and Equestrian Tradition at Montpelier” at the National Sporting Library & Museum: Oct. 5 | 6-7:30 p.m.
Join us for a special evening event with Kat Imhoff, president of The Montpelier Foundation. Imhoff will discuss how James Madison’s environmental stewardship and Marion duPont Scott’s equestrian passion shape Montpelier’s landscape and mission today. $5 admission, free to NSLM members. RSVP to Anne Marie Barnes at email@example.com or 540-687-6542 ext. 25.
Since 1998, the Mosby Heritage Area Association has offered an annual three-day conference examining the Civil War in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania through the lens of leadership as well as historic preservation. MHAA brings vetted experts with links to both the leaders of the Civil War and the battlefields and landscapes on which their actions played out.
Meeting at the classically handsome Middleburg Community Center, right, where President John F. Kennedy once attended church, conference attendees are provided with eight provocative talks on the annual topic beginning the Friday night of the conference and ending with a panel discussion of these historians on Saturday, followed by an evening banquet. Sunday, the final day of the conference, several of the historians will take us by luxury bus into the field to walk the ground and note the preservation efforts involved as we go.
Download the 2017 conference brochure here. The topic for this year is “The 1862 Maryland Campaign: South Mountain and Harpers Ferry.” For more information or reservations, call the Mosby Heritage Area Association at 540-687-6681.
Celebrate with Three Fox! Play bocce on their vine-side courts. Get a great discount on wine and merchandise purchases for wearing the Italian colors or showing a Knights of Columbus, Sons of Italy, or similar card!
On Saturday, Three Fox will have alpacas from Middleburg’s Flowing Fleece Farm visit for the day. You can pet the alpacas and enjoy your lunch! Plus, Movin’ On will be playing classic rock from 1:30-4:30 p.m.
On Sunday, you can race through the vineyard and rolling hills of Three Fox in their 5k “Race through Tuscany.” The race begins at 9 a.m. and complimentary tastings and discounts await you at the finish line. Sign up here. Also, Casey Cline will be playing from 1:30-4:30 p.m.
A Place to Be presents “One Second of Grace,” a new musical composed by Tom Sweitzer and Kyle Boardman.
The story revolves around a high school assignment asking each student to take a picture of the most meaningful second of their lives. Through painful personal struggles and normal everyday confusion, each teenager searches for that second. They begin to realize no matter how tough getting through life can be, every second holds the possibility for beauty.
Tickets will be handed out at the door. Please arrive 15-30 minutes prior to the show to secure a spot. Trillium Farm has a seating capacity of 140 — therefore, seats are limited! Shows at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
For more information, visit aplacetobeva.org or call 540-687-6740.
- Gallery Talk at the National Sporting Library & Museum: Oct. 4 | 2-2:30 p.m.
- Indochic Trunk Show at the Middleburg Community Center: Oct. 4 | 5-6 p.m.
- John Nilsen in Concert at Middleburg United Methodist Church: Oct. 4 | 6 p.m.
- Middleburg Farmers Market: Oct. 7 | 8 a.m.-noon
- Slater Run Vineyards Open to Public: Oct. 7 & 8 | Noon-6 p.m.
- Sunday Sketch at the National Sporting Library & Museum: Oct. 8 | 2-4 p.m.
- Admission Open House at Foxcroft School: Oct. 9 | 8:30 a.m.-noon
- 5th Annual Sprout 5K/1K: Oct. 15 | 8-11 a.m.