Valley EarthFest & Hoot 'n' the Hall 2012

Posted by  | April 26, 2012  at 5:28 PM  

Holy Ghost Tent Revival

This year's Earth Day may have been slightly soggy, but there was nothing gloomy or grey about Valley EarthFest 2012. Held inside the Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, VA, this all-day affair, was filled with eco-extracurriculars, a farm-to-fork food court, and some seriously top-notch tunes.

I began my EarthFest exploration on the ground floor, chatting with a few vendors. I took in a spinning demo at Spindles and More as well as picking up a few knitting tips. I also discovered that Hunter's Head Tavern in Upperville (one of my all-time favorite restaurants) is actually owned by Ayrshire Farm, so the food is not only tasty, but local too! After perusing some plants at The Holly Brook Farm table (and realizing I need to get busy on my garden), I headed upstairs for some brews and some tunes.

Starr Hill Brewery out of Charlottesville, was offering a sampling of their wares, of which I sipped several. To say I LOVED  The Love hefeweizen is an understatement--it has just a hint of banana and a touch of clove, so it's a tad different but totally tasty.
The Woodshedders
Then there were the tunes. I didn't catch all of the bands, so thank goodness I snagged the Valley EarthFest Compilation CD! Sunday evening was the first I had heard Hard Swimmin' Fish and they were crazy fun. The band had the crowd up and dancing before the official Barn Dance even began. The Woodshedders and Holy Ghost Tent Revival headlined the Hoot 'n' the Hall (aka the Barn Dance), and let's just say there was nothing square about this barn dance.

Earthfest was one of those evenings you don't want to end, and I can't wait to see what's in store for next year's festivities. In the meantime, I look forward to seeing these bands again throughout the summer and attending many more shows at Barns of Rose Hill. 

Hard Swimmin' Fish

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Mother's Day Special at Lotus of Shepherdstown

Posted by  | April 24, 2012  at 2:02 PM  

Over the years, you've given your mother many things--gifts, flowers, wrinkles. Yes, wrinkles, and probably a few grey hairs too. This Mother's Day, make it up to Mom by treating her to over two hours of pampering and relaxation at Lotus in Shepherdstown, WV.
Lotus will be offering a Mother's Day Package that consists of a customized Organic Rejuvenating Facial (my treatment of choice) and a One Hour Swedish Massage for the special price of $110 (or the equivalent of that overdue parking ticket in college Mom so generously paid for you). Lotus will be booking appointments throughout Mother's Day weekend and gift certificates purchased for this package are good for up to 6 months.

Both appointments and gift certificates can be reserved online or you can drop by Lotus and perhaps test out a treatment or two, you know, just to make sure Mom will approve ;)

For more information and event details click here:!/events/315824768488843/

For online reservations click here:

121West German Street
Shepherdstown, WV

Prep Your Pumps--It's Time for The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival's® 4th Annual Pumps & Pearls Party!

Posted by  | April 17, 2012  at 4:03 PM  

One glance around the Kimberly's Pumps and Pearls Ladies Party and you'll quickly notice these shoes are made for much more than just walkin'. From flashing lights to fringe, this event showcases some seriously stylish footwear--look out 5th Avenue, you may have some competition blooming.

As always, Pumps & Pearls will be held on Monday evening of Apple Blossom week, April 30, at the historic George Washington Hotel in Winchester, VA. The event will feature tasty treats, speciality cocktails, door prizes to-die-for, and of course, there are the shoes.

Those entering the shoe contest will walk the Pink Carpet for a chance to win prizes for both unique custom creations as well as the best store-bought, Bloom-ready, footwear. Judges Carrie Luebcke and Hilary Shockey from Scarpa Alta will be tasked with the challenge of selecting the prize-winning shoes from the ever-stylish sea of pinks and greens.First prize for each category will win a $100 gift certicate to Scarpa Alta, second will take home a certificate for $50, and the overall grand prize winner will be the proud new owner of a fabulous strand of pearls from Cooper's Jewelers!

In celebration of the year The Bloom began, 1924, the theme for the 85th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival®  is "Rhapsody in Bloom" since George Gershwin composed "Rhapsody in Blue" that very same year. As pearls were quite popular during this time period, perhaps as you plan your ensemble for the evening, you can give it a bit of a jazz age flair with some extra long swingin' pearls. Oooooh and layers, lots and lots of layers--you can never wear too many pearls, right?

Tickets for this event are $100, worth every penny, and available HERE. Still not sure what to expect? Take a peek at these pics from P&P 2011, 2010, and 2009. I promise on my Prada peeptoes, you will not be disappointed.

4th Annual Pumps & Pearls

Monday, April 30, 2012
7:30PM to 10:30PM

George Washington Hotel
103 East Piccadilly Street
Winchester, VA  22601


Spring Fever

Posted by  | April 12, 2012  at 3:29 PM  

It's that time of year--when it's hot one second, cold the next, yet no matter the temp it's impossible to concentrate on any form of inside "work." All you want is fresh air: is that too much to ask?

I know posting has been a bit sparse lately; however, I have A LOT to write about in the upcoming weeks. I'll make it up to you, I pinky promise.

In the meantime, I'll be out playing in the dirt.


P.S. Here's a peek at just a few of the topics I'll be covering in upcoming posts....


A Grass Roots Green, Getting Back to Basics Festival--Valley EarthFest 2012

Posted by  | April 5, 2012  at 3:47 PM  

Holy Ghost Tent Revival (a few of them)
Sunday, April 22, Barns of Rose Hill will be home to the 2012 Valley EarthFest. This day-long Earth Day celebration will kick-off with late morning yoga and wind down with a Hoot 'n' The Hall barn dance featuring The Woodshedders and Holy Ghost Tent Revival!

So what's happening between the sun salutations and the swing your partner?

The day will be filled with workshops and other green-themed activities ranging from coffee tastings to tips to solar power your home. There will also be an ECO-mall featuring many future friendly wares, a Green Film Fest, Green Sprouts activities for children, boutique beer and wine garden, farm sourced food court, and great musical offerings from the Valley EarthFest Green Music Stage including a "Blues Goes Green Happy Hour" with Hard Swimmin' Fish. The full schedule can be found here.

Day time activities are free, but you must have tickets for the Hoot 'n' The Hall are $10 in advance and $17 at the door--that is, if there are any left! Tickets are going fast so don't delay or you'll find yourself ticketless and green with envy. CLICK HERE for TICKETS

Valley EarthFest 2012

April 22, 2012
11:30AM to 8:00PM

Barns of Rose Hill
95 Chalmers Court
Berryville, VA

$10-$17 for the Barn Dance