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Irma Ostroff’s artwork along with the work of Pamela Klein will be on display at The Galleries at Long Branch in Millwood for "Color & Process," an exhibit of contemporary art: September 8 - December 31. Details:


A late frost and dry weather followed by flash flooding dinged this year’s tomato crop in Virginia. The Mountain Pride, Celebrity and Beefsteak varieties performed beautifully. Tomatoes are ranked among Virginia’s top 20 farm commodities, with 2,514 acres harvested on 870 farms, according to the 2017 U.S. Census of Agriculture. Tomatoes that survived the summer’s mixed weather conditions should be available until first frost.

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“Doc5 Middleburg” will premiere five highly-anticipated documentaries at the Middleburg Community Center, Tuesday, September 22 through Saturday, September 26.

Doc5 is the traveling “little sister” to Chicago Media Project’s (CMP) flagship Doc10 Film Festival, which launched in Chicago in 2015 and has continued its reign as the taste-making festival in the Midwest. This Doc5 slate of film premieres has been curated for the film-lover community of Middleburg.

Doc5 opens on September 22 with OTTOLENGHI AND THE CAKES OF VERSAILLES, which follows famous chef Yotam Ottolenghi on his quest to bring the sumptuous art and decadence of Versailles to life in cake form at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Director Laura Gabbert’s film credits include feature length No Impact Man and the popular Netflix series Ugly Delicious. OTTOLENGHI AND THE CAKES OF VERSAILLES perfectly captures the heights of human achievement and the frailty of decadence, adding taste as one more sense with which to experience the Met.

The festival closes on September 26 with DEAR MR. BRODY, a story about how a 21-year-old hippie heir to a margarine fortune announced to the world that he would be giving away his $25 million inheritance to anyone in need. Set in 1970, Michael Brody, Jr. and his wife Renee were soon flung into a psychedelic spiral of events and overwhelmed by the crush of personal letters responding to their extraordinary offer.

Fifty years later, an enormous cache of these letters are discovered--unopened. In this riveting follow-up to his acclaimed
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Friday, August 21, the Land Trust of Virginia (LTV) received a Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award . Their Blue Ridge Conservation Initiative is an ongoing project to conserve as much land as possible along the Blue Ridge Mountains, from Harper’s Ferry to the north of Shenandoah National Park.

Only about 30,000 acres or 15% of the land, is under national or state parks, or conservation easements donated by landowners. LTV spent five years contacting landowners to place properties in conservation. This is due to support from generous grants from the Virginia Environmental Endowment.

The Governor’s program run by the Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Conservation and Recreation, recognizes successful and innovative efforts that improve Virginia's environment.


Carol Holden and Sam Huff Carol Holden, with NFL Hall of Famer Sam Huff, co-founded the West Virginia Breeders Classics in 1987 with more than $28 million in purses. Photo by Tim Jacobsen
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