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This Weekend: Loudoun Ballet Company Presents Deep in the Forest

Deep in the Forest, an original story ballet created by Artistic Director Maureen Miller, premiered in the spring of 2005 with rave reviews. Deep in the Forest tells the story of a fairy princess, her unicorn, a pesky dragon, and a host of woodland characters that are bound to charm audiences of all ages with its happy ending and moral lesson.The inspiration for Deep in the Forest came from Miller's fairy collection, which numbers about 100 pieces. And not surprisingly, many of those fairies were gifts from ballet students over the years.Join LBC and its talented dancers this weekend only Potomac Falls High School. Showtimes are Saturday, October 9, at 1 PM and 4PM. And Sunday, October 10, at 4PM. Tickets will be sold at the door and are general admission. Prices are $15.00 for Adults, and $10.00 for Children (12 & under) & Seniors (60 & above).

MastiFest 2010

On Saturday October 16, 2010 from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. the annual Dandiya and Bollywood Dance extravaganza, MastiFest2010, is taking place in Ashburn, VA. The event will be held at Stone Bridge High School located at 43100 Hay Road.

MastiFest is a not-for-profit event that will include the following:

* Delicious Indian Dinner included in Admission Price.
* Live Orchestra.
* Exciting prizes for Best Dressed / Best Dancer & more.
* Sway to the beats of Bollywood & fusion dandiya/garbha.
* Dance Non-stop with the area's most popular rhythm masters.
* Magic Show, Balloon Sculpting and other exciting activities for children.

Come out and enjoy the rocking Dandiya/Bollywood Dance extravaganza!

Family Fun Today at 4 p.m.: Loudoun Symphony Presents "Movie Magic"

The Loudoun Symphony invites you and your family to join them today as they celebrate the opening of their 2010-11 Season.

This year, the Loudoun Symphony and the Loudoun String Workshop will be presenting its concerts in Virginia Academy's state-of-the-art 800-seat auditorium. The Virginia Academy is Loudoun County’s largest private school, offering classes from preschool to 8th grade. The school enrolls over 700 students and is located in the familiar, steepled Community Church, which is located on Route 7 in Ashburn.

Sewing and Quilt Expo

The Sewing and Quilt Expo will be held this weekend at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly. It opens Thursday and will continue until Saturday, 10:00-6:00. There will be more than 150 booths on all things craft related as well as trunk shows, how-to's, classes, and workshops. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. For more info go to www.sewingexpo.com.

Featured Vineyard - La Grange

October is Wine Month in Virginia. This week, I will be featuring a different Loudoun Vineyard each day (some may be good, some not so good...in my humble opinion). Living in Loudoun County, you will find some phenomenal vineyards! Being an avid wine drinker (but not a wine connoisseur by any means), I have found a few to be my favorite escapes with the total package of great wine, great views, great company and great hospitality. But with all of them, they all have a distinct taste of wine and personality that might suit one and not the other.

Today's feature is going to be one of my favorite vineyards, La Grange

Bluemont Hosts Its 41st Annual Country Fair This Weekend

This Saturday and Sunday, September 18-19, the Bluemont Cititzens Association invites "neighbors" from surrounding communities to join them for a country fair. The fair, a tradition of 41 years, is held in the center of Bluemont, a quaint and delightful village in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.

The fair offers more than thirty types of attractions and is sure to please everyone in your family. You'll find juried crafters and live demonstrations of historic crafts. Ladies from towns all around will bring home-baked goods to please your palate, and there are even pie and pickle—yes, I said pickle—making contests. There is an abundance of live music, and your children will also be entertained with games and fun especially for them.

Loudoun Summer Music Fest About to Wrap Up

The Loudoun Summer Music Fest is a northern Virginia summer concert series held at the Belmont Country Club in Ashburn, VA. The concert series includes a mix of national recording artists and is a fun, family friendly atmosphere. Concerts have been running every Sunday evening since early May. There are only two concerts left this summer! On Saturday, August 21st the Original Wailers will be performing and on Sunday, August 22nd The Dukes of September featuring Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs are performing.

The concert proceeds go towards three local charities: Special Love, The Loudoun Foundation, and Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers. Ticket prices are relatively inexpensive because of support from Coors Light, AOL, and Toll Brother’s. For more information about the concert series and to purchase tickets you can visit http://www.loudounsummermusicfest.com/.