Top 5 Spring Events in WV’s Eastern Panhandle

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There’s no question that spring has sprung out at Springs—one of our beautiful new home communities, nestled at the heart of Martinsburg, West Virginia. Be sure to check out a few of these fun-filled events, on their way to the Martinsburg, WV area this spring:

Primitive to Prepper Festival (Hedgesville, WV)
April 2-3 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Get back to basics and become one with nature—with the North American Bushcraft School’s 2-day Primitive to Prepper Festival, where you’ll learn important life skills such as how to make a fire, identify edible plants, traditional archery and more! Visit the North American Bushcraft School’s website for additional information.

Uniquely West Virginia Wine and Food Festival (Berkeley Springs, WV)
April 16, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This one-day festival is sure to be a tastebud-pleaser—with a wide array of fine West Virginia wines and foods from seven signature West Virginia wineries. Stroll down the scenic streets of Berkeley Springs, perusing the local shops and enjoying the budding blossoms! Visit the Berkeley Springs website for additional information.

Chocolate Fest & Book Faire (Martinsburg, WV)
April 23
From truffles and chocolate shop tours to book signings and group discussions—Martinsburg’s Chocolate Fest & Book Faire has it all! Visit the Chocolate Fest & Book Faire’s website for additional information.

Circa Blue Fest (Martinsburg, WV)
May 6 – 8, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Martinsburg’s own three-day bluegrass festival, Circa Blue Fest, is sure to impress, with an amazing lineup of talented bands and performers—spread out over 40 beautiful acres. Be sure to visit the Circa Blue Fest website to buy your ticket today!

Wine and Arts Festival (Martinsburg, WV)
May 28 – 29, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Join your friends and neighbors at Martinsburg’s annual Wine and Arts Festival—held on the expansive grounds of the historic Boydville Mansion. This festival is sure to impress, with a wide variety of local vendors, live music and of course—the best West Virginia wines around!

Source: GoToWV.com

5 Spring Cleaning Tips

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Around this time everyone looks forward to putting away their snow shovels, pulling the covers off their grills, and opening the windows. That’s right, spring is here! However, with warmer temperatures comes the dreaded spring-cleaning. This year, Van Metre has some tips to make spring-cleaning a little easier for you!

Break It Down

No need to spend all day cleaning your entire house (unless you enjoy doing so). The thought of cleaning all day may wear you out before you even start, so there is no need to plan for an entire weekend cleaning marathon. Instead, pick one or two things you want to tackle in a day. Something as simple as dusting your dining room can only take a few minutes after you get home from work!

Closet Cleanout

One of the best things about spring is warmer weather! It’s time to put away those sweaters and find your t-shirts and sundresses. While you’re organizing your closet, pick out the clothes that you haven’t worn in a while or don’t need. Donating clothes is a great way to purge your closet while giving back to your community.

Get Outside

Maybe you spent this winter watching inches of snow cover your outdoor deck and patio furniture. Now that the snow is finally gone, it’s time to reclaim your outdoor space! Wash off all tables and chairs from their winter grime with cleaner or just soap and water. If you have a grill, make sure that everything is working properly and is cleaned out before you fire it up.

Fridge and Freezer

Pull on those gloves and get to it. Toss anything that is past its expiration date, and anything that might be hiding in the way back. Wipe down shelves from miscellaneous spills and crumbs, and your fridge will look like new! The same rules apply for the freezer, and if something looks like it has become one with the freezer, chip away at the ice and toss it.

Clear the Clutter

Do a general sweep of your home from room to room. Recycle or organize that stack of magazines, hang up jackets that are lying around, and put away any shoes by the door. Tidying up for just 10 minutes can have a drastic effect on the whole look and feel of your home!

Source: Women’s Day

Farmer’s Markets Of Loudoun County

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Farmer’s Markets of Loudoun County
It’s that time of year again! With spring well underway, it’s time for the seasonal farmer’s markets of Loudoun County to reopen for the 2016 season.

Farmers markets have been a long-time spring staple in Loudoun County for a number of reasons. Produce found at farmer’s markets are always the freshest around, and patrons are able to feel good about shopping at them, as they are able to support the local economy. Shopping at farmer’s markets helps the environment as well, due to reduced shipping and packaging compared to buying produce at a national grocery store chain. With so many reasons to love farmer’s markets, why wouldn’t you shop local?

Our Brambleton, Belmont Glen Village, EastView, Fox Knoll, Stone Ridge, Tanglewood and Willowsford communities are all conveniently located in Loudoun County; a region renowned for its abundance of farmer’s markets!

This spring, discover the very best produce Northern Virginia has to offer by checking out a few of these Loudoun County farmer’s markets:

Ashburn Farmer’s Market (20357 Exchange Street, Ashburn, VA)

Brambleton Farmer’s Market (22873 Brambleton Plaza, Brambleton, VA)

Cascades Farmer’s Market (21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, VA)

Farmer John’s Wayside Market (15520 James Monroe Highway, Leesburg, VA)

Leesburg Farmer’s Market (Catoctin Circle SE, Leesburg, VA)

Leesburg Summer Market (11 Fairfax Street, Leesburg, VA)

Middleburg Community Farmer’s Market (200 Stone Wall Ave, Middleburg, VA)

Purcellville Community Market (550 E Main Street, Purcellville, VA)

Stonybrook Farm Market (37091 Charles Town Pike, Hillsboro, VA)

Wellness Connection Farmer’s Market (24600 Millstream Drive, Stone Ridge, VA)

Sources: LoudounFarmersMarkets.org, NorthernVirginiaMag.com, VisitLoudoun.org