Town of Leesburg holds Memorial Day Observance at County Courthouse

May 31, 2021 – 10:00 AM

The Town of Leesburg will hold its annual Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 31, beginning at 10 a.m., on the Loudoun County Courthouse grounds.

The annual observance commemorates those who have lost their lives in battle, serving the United States, as well as recognize the brave military men and women who serve our country.

Colonel Phil Rusciolelli, who served 32 years in the U.S. Army, will be the guest speaker. Mayor Kelly Burk will also share her remarks before placing a wreath at the war memorials in honor of all soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen who served in the defense of our country.

Those who wish to watch the ceremony from home can do so on the Town’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/LeesburgVirginia. The event will be held rain or shine. For more information, contact Ida Lee at 703-777-1368 or visit www.idalee.org.

 

 

Leesburg Police Announce Dates for 2021 Summer Camps

The Leesburg Police Department is excited to announce our 2021 in-person summer camps. There is a strict limit of 15 campers per camp this year, and each camp will follow all Virginia and CDC guidelines. Residents of the Town of Leesburg are given first consideration.

Junior Police Camp: June 21 – 25, 2021 (Application due date: May 22, 2021)
• This camp (for students who have completed 6th grade but have not yet entered 9th grade) provides youth with law enforcement education for future outstanding citizen, focusing on team building, leadership, conflict resolution, character education and physical fitness.
• Printable application and additional information: https://www.leesburgva.gov/departments/police/about-the-lpd/junior-police-camp

Kidsmart Safety Camp: June 28 – July 2, 2021 (Application due date: June 10, 2021)
• This camp (for ages 6-10) focuses on a specific safety topic each day. These topics will include animal/wildlife safety, fire safety, firearm safety, personal safety, and bicycle safety.
• Printable application and additional information: https://www.leesburgva.gov/departments/police/about-the-lpd/kidsmart-safety-camp

Camp Independence: July 19 – 23, 2021 (Application due date: May 31, 2021)
• The purpose of Camp Independence is to include high school students (ages 14-17) who have disabilities in an adapted camp environment where they will be exposed to activities that teach them how to successfully live an independent life.
• Printable application and additional information: https://www.leesburgva.gov/departments/police/about-the-lpd/camp-independence

Virginia Rules Themed Camp: July 26 – 30, 2021 (Application due date: June 7, 2021)
• This camp is a law-themed summer day-camp experience for youth (ages 14-17) hosted by Virginia law enforcement agencies. LPD’s Virginia Rules themed camp will offer young people a fun, healthy way to spend a summer week, interactive instruction on Virginia law, and the opportunity to build positive relationships with law enforcement officers that serve their communities.
• Printable application and additional information: https://www.leesburgva.gov/departments/police/about-the-lpd/virginia-rules-camp

 All LPD summer camp applications must be submitted in person at the Leesburg Police Department, 65 Plaza Street NE, Leesburg, VA 20176. We look forward to a summer of safety and camaraderie! 

 

 

Spring 2021 Consignment Sales in Loudoun County, Virginia

Consignment sales are where some of the best deals can be found for children’s clothes, baby gear, toys, and more. You can fill an entire closet for a fraction of the price of purchasing new.

I realize that most my readers will be satisfied with sales in Loudoun County, but I’ve also posted a few that in neighboring counties that might be worth the drive for you. Before you jump in the car, please check out the sales’ websites for detail. Some have admission to the sale, others restrict children, and many have a half price selling period – all good to know.

Consignment sales are also a great way to make some extra money selling your gently used stuff. For example: that baby swing in the basement that none of your kids would sit in for more than a few minutes could bring you in big bucks. This list is also good to get you started if you’re thinking about becoming a consignor. Remember, busier longer sales might give your items more shoppers, but smaller sales give you less competition.

Loudoun Spring Bucket List 2021

9 Things to Do This Spring

1. Go on an egg hunt.

Most egg hunts this year have either been cancelled or have restrictions on their attendance. This means that if you haven’t already reserved a spot at one of the few in the area, you won’t be joining an organized egg hunt. However, back yard egg hunts are still fun. Consider hiring a neighborhood tween/teen come hide eggs for you to make it even more fun.

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2. Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival.

2021 is Leesburg’s 31st year putting on this wonderful festival. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you’ll enjoy all the beautiful displays. There’s something here for everyone in the family. This year’s festival, held Saturday and Sunday, April 17 & 18, 2021, will look different than years past. Tickets are required for this event. More info on this year’s festival.

Or, enjoy a nice drive west of Loudoun for the Blandy Farm Garden Fair in Berryville, Virginia, May 8 & 9, 2021 on Mother’s Day weekend. Usually held at Blandy Farm, this year’s Garden Fair will be held at the Clarke County Fair Grounds, in order to allow for more social distancing. Tickets are required for this event.

Both events are rain or shine.

3. Fly a kite.

There’s lots of great places to fly a kite in Loudoun County. My favorite is the fields behind Ida Lee Recreation Center in Leesburg. You may want to take a field trip into DC to celebrate kites. The Cherry Blossom Kite Festival is held on March 27-28, 2021. This year the kite festival will happen anywhere where kites can be flown. Register and join virtual workshops to get you in the spirit.

4.Slash in puddles.

This one is for the kids. But, hey!, if you want to do it too . . .

5. Explore a formal garden.

Here in Loudoun County, we have lots of formal gardens to explore and photograph. Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens, Oatlands Plantation, and Morven Park are all great choices in Leesburg. Consider making a donation to these groups in you enjoy their gardens.

Venturing West, and I feel worth the drive, are the Glen Burnie Gardens at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester. You will want to make sure you have your camera for this one.

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To the East of us, and also worth the drive, is Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna.

And, I always recommend that any trip into the district of Columbia should include time spent in any of the Smithsonian’s Gardens. My favorite in the spring is the Enid A. Haupt Garden located directly above the National Museum of African Art and Sackler Gallery. Of course, there’s always the National Arboretum, which has its own flowering cherry blossoms without the crowds. 

6. Get Biking.

If you’ve never been biking on the W&OD trail, this spring might be the best time to try it out. The final section of trail between Leesburg and Purcellville is arguably the most beautiful, but is also the steepest and will give you quite a workout if you’re a novice.

7.Go for a Hike.

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Exploring nature can be fun with kids, especially if you make a scavenger hunt out of it. 

8. Blow bubbles.

Here’s another one for the kids, but again, I’m not judging anyone. 🙂

9. Throw a frisbee.

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Since 2010, Franklin Park in Purcellville has been entertaining “disc” throwers with it’s 18-hole disc golf course. Much of the course will be challenging for first timers, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still have fun by giving yourself a major handicap.

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