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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

Runner's Galore!

Being that it is now Fall, it's time for many communities and organizations holding Runs. There are quite a few going on in the next few months around the area and here are some links to them.

Get out there, get involved, get healthy and run for some fantastic causes!

http://www.active.com/running/haymarket-va/iron-aiden-5k-2010-kx305

http://www.active.com/running/reston-va/the-perfect-10-10-miler-and-10k-2010

http://www.susco8k.com/

http://www.heritagehalfmarathon.com/

http://www.active.com/running/stone-ridge-va/stone-ridge-5k-run-for-education-and-kids-fun-run-2010

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.

Local Tennis Moms Will Compete at USTA National Championship

Some Northern Virginia tennis players will soon travel to California to compete in the United States Tennis Association League's 2.5 National Adult Championship. The event will take place Oct. 1-3 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage.

The members of the nine-woman team—which was self-dubbed, "One Hit Wonders"—are clearly anything but. They attended USTA Virginia's District Championship in mid-July and qualified for the Mid-Atlantic Sectional Championship by wild card. There, they went undefeated and picked up their invitation to USTA's National Championship. The team represents Ida Lee Tennis Center and the Town of Leesburg and comprises: captain Ellen Wyly, and players Cristina Sequino, Eve Weber, Jen Culko, Jen Kaine, Jennifer Pearson, Kathy Horne, Nicole Sicre, and Susan Gorman. Moses Gittens and Korey Suk coach the team of superstar-do-it-all-moms.

PR Running Store Holds All-Comer’s Group Run

The Potomac River Running Store holds group runs every Tuesday evening. This group run is lead by PR staff members and will begin at the PR store at 20630 Ashburn Road in Ashburn, VA. The all-comer’s group run is a social run lead by PR staff members.

It is free to participate and is a great way to add structure to your training schedule and meet some fellow runners! It is safe and social and open to all levels. Come out for this low-key run if you are a beginner and run a mile or too. If you are an experienced, competitive runner this is a great opportunity to do a fun, tempo run.

The run will be no longer than 50 minutes and will go from the store to the W&OD trail. The run will end back at the PR Running Store around 7:30 p.m. and occasionally some of the runners will go to a local eatery for some refueling! If you have any questions about the run you can call the PR Running Store in Ashburn at 703-729-0133.

Asburn to Host Chamber of Commerce Program

The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce has 1,100 members, making it one of the largest chambers in the area. This Wednesday, August 11, the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce is holding its “State of the Loudoun Economy” program at 8:00 a.m. at the Belmont Country Club in Ashburn, VA.

The program will be led by Tim Hemstreet, who is the country administrator, as well as Stephen S. Fuller, who is the director of the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University. The chamber will be offering its outlook for the county.