BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
On October 6, the Blessing of the Animals will take place at the National Sporting Library and Museum at 2 p.m. This ecumenical and interfaith blessing will celebrate humankind's relationships with working and companion animals of all shapes and sizes. Pets, livestock, working animals, wildlife... all creatures great and small, are welcome.
Clergy from faith communities across the area will offer universal readings that reflect the value of animal life, then move through the "congregation" to each animal, offering individual blessings for a long and happy life.
This event will incorporate the many segments of animal life here in Northern Virginia. For a focus on land and open space preservation, this is a key point: the "congregation" will include agricultural animals and wildlife, segments at high risk these days. Details at info@NationalSporting.org.
NEW PRINCIPAL AT MIDDLEBURG COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL
Middleburg Community Charter School (MCCS) has announced the appointment of Stephen Robinson as principal. For the past thirteen years, Mr. Robinson has served as an educator, academic leader, vice principal and interim principal. A Teacher of the Year in Washington D.C. in 2010, he holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a Master’s degree in administration and supervision.
"Creating a great school begins with building relationships with each other. The staff at MCCS is committed to providing rigorous instruction that is based on critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity,” Robinson said. “I’m confident that MCCS will provide each scholar with an education that is both challenging and unique. My desire is that every family in Loudoun has the aspiration to send their child to a school such as MCCS."
At MCCS every classroom teacher holds an advanced degree and a passion for individualized, student-focused education. The school emphasizes project-based learning and a progressive, whole-child approach. MCCS is a STEAM-based school (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) that offers blended classrooms (K/1, 2/3, 4/5) and a 16:1 student to teacher ratio with a maximum of 150 students.
Middleburg Mayor Bridge Littleton serves on the school's board of directors. “Since the 1880s this school has not only been educating our children, but has been an important partner with greater Middleburg, serving the broader needs of our community. We’re committed to MCCS’s continued success," Littleton said. Students take walking field
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THE SIDEWALKS OF MIDDLEBURG
Alex Woodson and her daughter Mary Kennon Woodson took a break during the recent 13th Annual Middleburg Sidewalk Sale at the WW Monogram Shop on South Madison Street. The successful and fashionable event was sponsored by Sonabank, the Town of Middleburg and the Middleburg Business and Professional Association.
TAKE A BOW
Photo © by Vicky Moon
Natasha Parnian, managing artistic director of the Dark Horse Theatre Company, is with Matt Thomas, production assistant. The group recently celebrated its tenth anniversary. This fall, they will open a main stage play "No Exit" by Jean-Paul Sartre to run September 6-14 at Grace Church in The Plains. Calamity Improv will be playing at Grace on September 28 and October 26, as well as Barrel Oak Winery on September 21 at 6 p.m. Details at www.darkhorseva.com.