From happy anniversaries to happy holidays, it’s party after party here in Loudoun! Be sure to snap tons of festive photos this weekend and tag us with #LoveLoudoun 💜 Take a peek at our event guide, and you’ll soon wonder, “What’s not to celebrate?”
Experience art from across the globe, right here in our little corner of the world at the Artist Reception for Yuri Gorbachev! Celebrate the iconic Byrne Gallery's 23rd anniversary at this exhibition of the internationallyacclaimed artist’s vivid oil and enamel paintings, featuring exclusive new works from his 2019 museum “world tour.” Inspired by the brilliant jeweled colors of Byzantine art, the works of Faberge and Russia’s Icon heritage, Gorbachev created colorful, richly textured canvases in oil and gold leaf. His personally joyful and meditative artistic world combines memories of his Russian boyhood and the deep tradition of Russian Orthodox Icon painting. His art blends a radiant kaleidoscope of folk celebrations, street fairs, circuses, fairy-tales, animals, snowy winter landscapes and images of the Romanov dynasty. At this Saturday’s reception, Gorbachev will be signing his book, telling stories of adventure and speaking about his new collection!
What enhances beautiful artwork better than hand-crafted wine? Gather at 868 Estate Vineyards for an afternoon of art with Elaine Florimonte, as part of the vineyard’s “Meet the Artist” series. Florimonte will be in the Tasting Room to introduce you to her paintings on display (and on sale!) in the 868 Gallery. In her current body of work, “Abstract Landscapes,” Florimonte was drawn to the simplicity and consistency of the horizon. Through her use of acrylic media and collage, the artist inventively plays with the proportions of sky, water and ground in an effort to find balance in an ever-shifting world ✨👩🎨
If you crave a little artistic expression yourself, sip on some “creative juice” and let the inspiration pour out of you at Willowcroft Farm Vineyards' Paint & Sip event! Enjoy three hours of hands-on art — aka, a paint brush in one hand and a wine glass in the other 🖌️😜 Enjoy all the art supplies you could wish for, an awesome staff and a lot of fun, of course! Willowcroft Farm will also have wine and sensational snacks available for purchase.
If you worked up an appetite painting your heart out at Willowcroft Farm Vineyards, stay for a bit of gastronomic exploration at a Wine and Cheese Pairing 🧀 Go on a mini gourmet getaway with five pairings of cheese and award-winning wine! Plus, enjoy a bonus pour to keep you really cheesin’ 😁
Already a big fan of Loudoun’s original winery? Take a deep dive deep into Willowcroft Farm Vineyards’ wine at Wine 201 with Woods, and celebrate the history of wine at this educational seated wine tasting. Learn all about wine from its ancient roots and Medieval heritage, to its challenged arrival in America, to its first and second Golden Ages 🤓🍷 Wine nerds, unite!
For something a little less educational but just as celebrational, head to Sunset Hills Vineyard, and cheers to 10 years at the winery’s 10th Anniversary shindig! Bring your party people to this authentic Virginia vineyard & winery for a full weekend of award-winning vino, live music, raffle prizes, events, cake and so much more. Taste the latest vintages of Sunset Hills’ flagship wines, Mosaic red blend and Viognier, and maybe take home a two-pack! Snag a limited-edition unfiltered Mosaic blend, exclusively hand-bottled and hand-numbered by the winemaker specially for the vineyard’s 10th anniversary. Now that’s a party favor you can really savor 🙌
Stay in the celebration state of mind — after all, ‘tis the season for just that 🎉 Get your first taste of the holidays at a Gourmet Italian Tasting: Pesto & Panettone. Breaux Vineyards has put together a unique opportunity to sample and purchase a variety of festive pestos: sage, red pepper, sundried tomato and traditional basil 🌿🤤 Don’t stop your sampling — taste two flavors of the classic Italian holiday dessert, panettone: chocolate with salted caramel and raisins soaked in prosecco 🍾
Let’s Hear It for Holiday Spirit
Kick off the holidays at the Village at Leesburg's Tree Lighting Festival 🎄 Get into the spirit with horse-drawn carriage rides, acapella performances, gingerbread house making with The Conche and more festive fun… including visits with “The Big Man” himself! 🎅 We just double checked, and you’re definitely on the nice list 😉
As soon as the tree is all lit up, you know what the next step is — stocking up on presents! Pro-tip: Sip and Shop Sundays at Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets are your greatest gift this season. Local fashionistas, this is your chance to “unWined” from any holiday stress while wrapping up your shopping in just a day 🎁 With transportation from the Outlets provided by Cork and Keg Tours, you’ll spend the afternoon in DC’s Wine Country and then return to hit your favorite stores. Tours include a Savings Passport to receive additional deals on top of everyday savings of up to 65 percent! It’s going to be a very happy holiday, we can already tell. 🛍️
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