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Local Residents Bring Virginia Wine to Your Pocket

Local Residents Bring Virginia Wine to Your Pocket

Finding the best Virginia wineries this summer is now easier than ever, thanks to Rick Collier and Nancy Bauer. The duo created a mobile guide to the Virginia Wine Country called “Virginia Wine in my Pocket.” This application is now available for $3.99 on iTunes your iPad, iPhone, and iTouch.

Between July and December of last year Rick and Nancy, while still working full-time jobs, went on a tour they dubbed “150 Wineries in 150 Days Tour.” During this time they researched, wrote, and photographed for the application, which they published this past March.

 “I’ve now taken a sabbatical to focus on Virginia Wine in My Pocket, and our first app, called Rehoboth in My Pocket, which was published last year,” said Bauer.

Join the community in the Town of Leesburg’s 21st annual Independence Day Parade

Join the community in the Town of Leesburg’s  21st annual Independence Day Parade

From Susan Wright:

Introducing Loudoun County's First Distillery Since Prohibition

Introducing Loudoun County's First Distillery Since Prohibition

 

Starting July 1st you can pick up your bottles of whiskey and gin for this Fourth of July weekend at the family owned and operated Catoctin Creek Distillery. Scott and Becky Harris have run this mom and pop distillery since February 2009, but they have not been able to sell their bottles of alcohol at their distillery….until tomorrow.

“Starting tomorrow we can start to sell bottles here at the distillery. We had to change the law so that we could do that,” said Scott Harris.

Prior to Catoctin Creek, Becky was a chemical engineer, and Scott worked in government IT and computer science. Now the couple produces certified organic whiskey, gin, brandy and liqueurs from scratch by their own hands all the way from mashing to bottling.

Hit the Trail

Hit the Trail

What would you expect a four-and-three-quarter-year-old to say at the end of a four-and-a-half-mile hike that she just finished using her own two feet? “What a wonderful day,” Sofi announced when we walked past the old Tavern (that I was wishing was still a tavern) at Great Falls National Park.

Loudoun Design Cabinet To Unveil 9 Winners For 2011 Signatures Of Loudoun Design Excellence Program

Loudoun Design Cabinet To Unveil 9 Winners For 2011 Signatures Of Loudoun Design Excellence Program

The Loudoun County Design Cabinet, together with the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and selected Loudoun County high school students, will unveil the 2011 winners in the Signatures of Loudoun Design Excellence program Monday, June 13. The awards presentation will be at 5 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Room in the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison Street, S.E. in Leesburg. The public is encouraged to attend.

2nd Annual Drowning Prevention Event in Leesburg Hopes to Set World Record

2nd Annual Drowning Prevention Event in Leesburg Hopes to Set World Record

Leesburg’s A.V. Symington Aquatic Center Will Be An Official Host Location for the “World’s Largest Swimming Lesson” on Tuesday, June 14, 2011

On Tuesday, June 14th, 2011, thousands of kids and adults at aquatics facilities around the globe will unite to set a new global record for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL).  The A.V. Symington Aquatic Center in Leesburg’s Ida Lee Park will be an official host location for the event, taking place at 11:00 a.m.

In 2010, the inaugural WLSL event established the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson ever conducted when almost 4,000 participants across 34 states, five countries and three continents participated to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to prevent drowning.

Nat'l Park Svc Photographer Frank Ruggles Speaking at in Leesburg on Sunday, June 12

Nat'l Park Svc Photographer Frank Ruggles Speaking at in Leesburg on Sunday, June 12

From the Town of Leesburg, VA – At 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2011, Frank Ruggles, formerly  an official photographer with the National Park Service, will be speaking at the Thomas Balch Library.  The lecture is free and open to the public.  The Thomas Balch Library is located at 208 West Market Street in downtown Leesburg.

Frank Ruggles served as an official photographer of the National Park Service from 2007 to 2010.  During his tenure, he visited and photographed over 150 National Parks, Monuments and Forests across the nation.  Frank described his work as a National Park Service photographer as his “dream job,” a position once held by his photographic hero, Ansel Adams.