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The Access/Middleburg Bank was actually open this past Saturday, March 30, but not for banking business. Instead, a television production crew took over the premises for the day to shoot a new commercial that will help launch the re-branding of the bank to its future name: Atlantic Union Bank.

A number of current bank employees as well as several executives from its parent company, Richmond-based Union Bankshares Corp., took part in the commercial shoot, which lasted the entire day and used the main lobby as the set.

The official launch of the new name is scheduled for May 20, and the commercial taped Saturday in Middleburg is expected to run on local cable television outlets for several months.

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Christine Allison chats with Diane JonesPhoto © by Vicky Moon


Christine Allison chats with Diane Jones, executive director of the Virginia Gold Cup, and Virginia Gold Cup Association President Will Allison at the 41st Annual Virginia Thoroughbred Championship Awards.


Jockey Jack DoylePhoto by Karen Monroe of Middleburg Photo.

Jockey Jack Doyle is being interviewed after winning the $100,000 Virginia Gold Cup Timber Stakes in The Plains on Ballybristol Farm's Andi'Amu trained by Leslie Young.

Jack Smith Photo by Vicky Moon.

Jack Smith is known as the Jack of Diamonds and entertained friends at his Gold Cup box. His business,, offers gold and diamonds.

Virginia Delegate David A. Reid Virginia Delegate David A. Reid (32nd District) and his wife, Barbara Elizabeth Delpire, had an afternoon out at the Gold Cup races as guests in the Chairman’s Enclosure.


Melanie and Matt Blunt Photo © by Vicky Moon

Melanie and Matt Blunt were among the guests at a luncheon in Richmond given by jewelry designer Elizabeth Locke to celebrate the opening exhibit of her private collection of micromosaic jewels. “A Return To The Grand Tour” will be on view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts through September 5th.


Ironworks sculptor Nol PutnamIronworks sculptor Nol Putnam

The Youngblood Gallery’s 2019 exhibitions and artists conversations include: The renown ironworks sculptor of three gates at The National Cathedral, Nol Putnam, along with upcoming local artist Silas Plum, well-known Washington D.C. pop artist Joan Danziger and French abstract painter Marylou Jung. The workspace and artworks of Creative Director Lilla Matheson Ohrstrom are always at YAS (

This year Lilla re-launched her art business, which now includes art therapy and salon style art exhibits, where viewers can witness conversation between Lilla and the guest artists. The concept was suggested by Nol Putnam, who’s White Oak Forge preceded YAS for 20 years in the building, now known as Youngblood Art Studio. In January, Nol and Lilla had an illuminating conversation witnessed by a room full of fascinated attendees.
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