Lucketts Fair 2015 Artisans and Vendors

  Lucketts Virginia Summer Series 8th and Home

It is almost time to wrap up our Lucketts Summer Series! This next post is a doozy, filled with some of our FAVORITE vendors and artisans who will be showcasing their talent at this weekend's Lucketts Fair! Will you be there? Stop by and say hello! Some members of our team will be at the Lucketts Elementary PTA Booth selling some AMAZING hand churned ice cream!

 

I am sea glass jewelry Talula Bea

Talula Bea Designs, Laurien Dowdy (read our post about her amazing creations) is the creator of unique and one-of-a-kind jewelry, and also the artist behind the "i am" pendant. A true labor of love, this piece was created using 3D imaging in the true organic shape of sea glass. Encouraging its owners to wear the piece close to their hearts, the raised letters “i am” allow the wearer to focus on the strength already inside them on a regular basis. Not all jewelry is interactive, or becomes a part of one’s daily routine, but we believe this Talula Bea Sea Glass jewelry DOES have a message and a purpose.

 

Swirladelic, John Bailey is a Harper's Ferry WV resident that has QUITE the amazing business! Swirladelic Lucketts Fair They say: “We have a tray of liquid; it’s a bit thicker than water. You drop paint on that, and with a stick, you can make designs — hearts, flowers or swirl it for something surreal and abstract.” After the liquid is prepared, a silk scarf is place on top of the liquid. “It’s really just a kind of print making,” Bailey said. “It’s fast, though. It only takes about 5 to 10 minutes to make a scarf.”

 

Wikiwood Naturals - A small family owned business located in Springfield, Virginia, the Blevins were inspired by a surprise romantic camping trip in 2012.  Sitting around the camp fire, roasting marshmallows, and listening to the relaxing sound of the bonfire crackling, motivated them to bring that same relaxing feeling, aroma and atmosphere to our home and they have re-created that same atmosphere when we burn our candles.

Polish Potter Lucketts FairTwins Polish Pottery - a little known fact about Jenny Puckett and Holly Trevino, the twins behind this beautiful polish pottery, their husbands built a "twin plex" where both families reside, and the sisters did all of the design work! They operate their business in the rolling pastures and vineyards of eastern Frederick County.

 

 

With You In Mind, Joette Dorosheff creates stunning wreaths made of natural materials. This artistic display will be a focal point of your decor. The wreath is created on a wire frame from pinecones, nuts and pods. This unique design will be a year round cherished feature of your home or office.

 

Back to Basiks Lucketts FairBack to the Basiks - What began as a single spice blend given to friends as a Christmas gift, has grown into a blooming business. The company was started by Anne Shomberg and Heidi Basik in 2008 out of a love for cooking and sharing food with others. Over a short period of time, the two moms were successfully selling Basiks Spice Blends to stores and restaurants around the U.S. They traveled across the country introducing people to their all natural spice blends at trade shows, women’s events, and craft fairs. f

 

The Larkin Tea Company was founded in 2001 with an initial focus on educational programs. Over the years, their high-quality loose leaf teas has become an important part of business from a sales perspective! Both Bill and Judy are certified tea specialists. Their teas are sourced from all over the globe. She says “We buy in small quantities to ensure the tea you purchase is as fresh as possible and hasn’t been sitting on the shelf for months. It is for that same reason we don’t carry a huge selection of teas.”

 

Sequoia Springs was started by Lorraine McConnell, an Interior Designer and is a line of luxury-inspired, pillows and throws continue to be popular to those seeking distinctive, beautiful, and wonderfully functional accessories for their home. In 2002, Lorraine's husband, Jamie, joined the business and they have expanded to include accessories that integrate the beauty of nature, using as many natural materials as possible including feathers (to pay homage to Jamie's love of fly fishing!)

 

Falling Bark Farm LLC - Syrup produced in small batches from select hickory bark and still involves the tradition of foraging and WILDCRAFTING in the Virginia forests.  Bark from the shagbark hickory tree is shed naturally, so the tree is not harmed during the process.

 

Shenandoah Crafts - John and Karin Tipton offer sewing crafts, needlework and painted crafts and refinish furniture. Staunton, VA. 540-280-5519, Fabric and Woodwork

Nola Watkins Collection - produces high quality hand-painted ceramic christmas ornaments, herb and flower pots, and many other fine gifts.

 

Gypsy Hill offers amazing rubs and spices! Margaret O'Neill says “We have always had some herbs and then about 10 years ago we took what had been our flower beds and my husband, when would find an unusual plant or herb, would start planting,” and because there are only a few herbs they can sell fresh, the O'Neill's dehydrate them with their dehydrating machine to sell later.

 

Designs by Grace, Grace Rochford is a stay at home mom of three, with a love for Early American History, which led her being making colonial american floorcloths.

Wood Eye Wood Products, Keith Schoonover operates this Frederick County based full service sawmill providing quality lumber and wood products from local, sustainably harvested or salvaged timber. The Sawmill also facilitates custom processing of logs into usable furniture products. Each of Keith’s pieces is a one of a kind by its very nature; no two custom wood-workings can be the same.

Rennaissance Lavender - Marianne Weitzel wanted a new challenge and began growing lavender on her farm in Virginia. The intoxicating scents and healing properties of lavender along with other botanicals have generated many popular products that will be at the Lucketts Fair.

 

The Lucketts Fair

42361 Lucketts Road, Leesburg VA

August 15-16, 2015 | 9 am-5 pm

Rain or Shine | $5. Children under 6 years old are free

Parking provided by the Lucketts Ruritan Club

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Bridle Paths Northern Virginia Equine Therapy

Lucketts Virginia Summer Series 8th and Home We are excited to feature local events, business, artisans and products in the Northern Virginia area over the coming months! This post continues the series highlighting Lucketts, Virginia! We look forward to sharing more about the communities, neighborhoods and offerings in each corner of Northern Virginia.

Introducing Katie Fallon and Bridle Paths!

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What is the story behind Bridle Paths and how did it come to be?

The Bridle Paths program is a nonprofit organization that offers strength, support, and healing to individuals and families through safe, effective, and high-quality equine-assisted activities and therapies. We offer a unique combination of mounted and unmounted programs, including both therapeutic horseback riding and equine-assisted psychotherapy. The program provides a safe and supportive environment in which clients can be honest and authentic, think clearly about their challenges, and achieve growth, learning, and healing.

 

The Bridle Paths staff works with both individuals and families, and has particular expertise in working with those coping with experiences of anxiety, depression, and trauma. Although she had worked with horses for many years, Bridle Paths President Katie Fallon did not become involved formally in equine-assisted activities until her daughter was diagnosed in infancy with hydrocephalus and a Chiari I malformation and began participating in therapeutic riding activities. She swelled with powerful emotion as she watched her daughter achieve physical and cognitive milestones that initially seemed out of reach for her, and was struck by the incredible motivation and connection that the horses offered to her.

 

For that reason, Katie achieved certifications in both therapeutic horseback riding and equine assisted psychotherapy, and founded the Bridle Paths program to integrate the physical, psychological, and emotional benefits of working with horses. Katie notes that working with horses requires her to be her best and most authentic self, and she believes strongly in the efficacy of this work in helping others to discover those strengths for themselves as well.

 

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If the sky was the limit with your business, what do you envision happening?

The Bridle Paths program seeks to provide a setting in which clients are defined not by their disabilities, experiences, or diagnoses, but rather by their abilities and possibilities, in partnership with horses. In an ideal world, we would be able to offer equine-assisted activities and therapies at little to no cost to those in need in our community. In many cases, those who stand to benefit the most from these services are those who are least able to pay for them; making these services available at a greatly reduced cost would be a huge benefit for many families. For example, we would love to serve adoptive and foster families and children who have experienced abuse and neglect through the Loudoun County Department of Family Services. We also seek to partner with local governmental, community, and nonprofit organizations to serve youth and adult survivors of sex trafficking. Additionally, we would like to expand our riding, psychotherapy, and camp services to serve the large and growing population of military families in the Northern Virginia area.

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Are there any goals that are intimidating for you?

Financing these goals is a daunting challenge. Keeping horses is an expensive proposition under the best of circumstances, and many of our program horses have come to Bridle Paths from other careers and require specialized care to remain healthy and sound in service to our clients. We recognize that our clients frequently juggle multiple therapies and treatments, and for that reason we strive to keep our program fees as low as possible. At present, program fees cover less than 50 percent of the total costs of program operations. Community support is vital to help cover the costs of maintaining our herd and offering innovative and effective programs to our clients.

 

What is your FAVORITE way to spend a weekend morning?

Every weekend morning, you’ll find Katie at the Bridle Paths facility, teaching lessons, running psychotherapy sessions, training volunteers, and caring for the horses. It’s her favorite place to be, and she wouldn’t have it any other way!

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What is your go to place in the Leesburg / Lucketts area to visit, tell others about?

Katie’s go-to place in the Lucketts area is, of course, the Bridle Paths facility, located at Pat and Bob Meurer’s glorious Stone-Horse Farm. There’s little that compares to the promise of a sunrise over verdant fields, or to the peaceful sound of horses munching evening hay in their stalls. When she’s not at the farm, Katie and her family love sampling the ice cream at Brossman’s and enjoying the bounty of produce at local farmers’ markets. We look forward to the opening of the Little Rock Tea House at the corner of Spinks Ferry Road and Route 15 in the near future!

 

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What are your favorite ways to give back to others - whether in your community or on a larger scale?

At Bridle Paths, we seek to give back to the families in our community each day. We strive to provide a safe and supportive setting where clients and families can do their best thinking about challenges, enjoy honest and nonjudgmental experiences, learn new skills, and reconnect and relate in new and improved ways. Without question, however, we get much more than we give; the families are endless sources of inspiration and hope for us, and we hope to provide these services for many years to come.

 

Bridle Paths Lucketts Virginia

 

Contact 571.216.9089 bridlepaths@gmail.com

Facility Address Stone Horse Farm 43247 Spinks Ferry Road Leesburg, VA 20176

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Lucketts Elementary Meet the Principal

Meet the Principal Carolyn Clement Lucketts Elementary

If you are moving to a new home, one of the biggest concerns may very well be the schools your children will attend! We will be interviewing area principals in Loudoun County and allowing you to get to know them a bit! First up is Mrs. Carolyn Clement, the principal at Lucketts Elementary School.  We had some questions for her and here are her answers!

What is your background in the public schools?

I started my career in Loudoun as a speech/language pathologist.  I became a special education supervisor early on and then went back to work in the schools after about 5 years.  I became a school administrator about 10 years ago and have enjoyed every job that I've taken on.  I truly enjoy the collaboration among teachers, students and parents.  I just celebrated my 30th year as an educator in Loudoun.

Tell us a little bit about your own family?

My parents still live in Springfield, Va in the house in which I grew up.  My siblings are both educators: my brother is a Government and Economics teacher in Fairfax; my sister is a professor of math education at SDSU in San Diego. All of my kids are grown.  I have two step kids - daughter in San Francisco and son is local.  My daughter is in Blackburg and my son is in Boston.  They are all products of LCPS and I'm so proud of who they are.

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What is your LEAST favorite food and why?

I guess it would be clams, oysters and scallops - I'm deathly allergic to them.

What is your favorite color?

I like purple!  It's so warm and vibrant.

If you were given $100 as a "just because" gift, how would you spend it?

I try to give "surprise" money to JDRF.  I have a nephew who lives with Type 1 Diabetes and it's truly a difficult way to live.  Several years ago I started giving to that organization when I found "unexpected money", so I would probably do that.

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Beach, Mountains, Lake or Big City?

That's a toughie.  I love to relax at the beach, but I also like the big city for all the things to do.  I guess it depends on who I'm with!

What did you want to be, as a little girl, when you grew up?

I wanted to be a teacher, always.  I played school and worked on my teaching skills early in life - with younger siblings as my guinea pig students.

What is one thing that very few people know about you?

Being Italian, I make home-made pasta (usually ravioli) at Thanksgiving time.

What is one thing that new parents to Lucketts Elementary can do to best prepare their children for their new school community?

Not just for parents at Lucketts Elementary but for all parents: Early on - from the time children are babies, Talk to them!  Talk with them about your day, talk with them about things they see and hear, talk with them about their day, during dinner, while you're driving, etc. As they get older, model reading for pleasure, reading to learn, and talk with them about what you read.  Show them how excited you are about what you read.

What is your MOST favorite school subject?

MATH!  I love math and always have!  I love seeing students make the connections and apply their math skills to daily life.

Mrs. Clement also would love for parents to know that as an administrator, she truly cares about what is happening for the students of Lucketts Elementary.  She says:

“I’m going to listen to them; that I listen and care about what they think. I care about what is happening for their student. My focus is going to be on the child. Sometimes, teachers or parents think they know what is best and it will be my job to make sure we are focusing on the child and not just worrying about our own feelings and our own beliefs. We’re really looking at what’s best for the child.  If parents know I’m listening to them and that I care about their child first, that’s the main thing.”

From her experiences at raising her own two children in Loudoun County Public Schools, she knows what it's like to be on the other side of the conversation with an administrator:

“I have had the situation where I’ve had to meet with the teacher and with the administrator about my children; I have that perspective. I know that when people work together, we can make sure the student is doing what they need to do and learn what they need to learn.”

Lucketts Elementary School Virginia

From the Great Schools website, some parent reviews of Lucketts Elementary:

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The Wandering Chef

Lucketts Virginia Summer Series 8th and Home We are excited to feature local events, business, artisans and products in the Northern Virginia area over the coming months! This post continues the series highlighting Lucketts, Virginia! We look forward to sharing more about the communities, neighborhoods and offerings in each corner of Northern Virginia.

 

Next up in the series is The Wandering Chef. Maria Aros and Wesley Rosati make up the dynamic duo behind The Wandering Chef and we'd love to introduce you to their story!

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Maria Aros began her cooking career over twenty years ago. She graduated from Baltimore International Culinary College in 1993. In the time since graduation she has worked as a line cook, Sous Chef and Chef. She has worked in small restaurants, run large corporate dining facilities, hotels, and private clubs as well as on catering trucks for major motion pictures.

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Born and raised in Brooklyn to Italian Immigrants, Maria is very connected to the flavors of Italian America. Now living in Lucketts, Virginia, her career has taken her to Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Washington DC and New York City. Most recently in the Northern Virginia area, Maria has graced the spaces of Belmont CC, The Hyatt Reston, Lansdowne Resort and The Ashby Inn.

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Wesley Rosati has over 20 years of experience in the culinary industry. That experience spans privately owned restaurants, corporate chain restaurants, private golf clubs, corporate dining and a 4 Diamond Resort. The most recent experience before starting The Wandering Chef was as Executive Chef of Lansdowne Resort overseeing the hotels extensive culinary program and scratch cooking kitchens spanning several restaurants and vast banquet and special event business.

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Wes' formal culinary training came from an American Culinary Federation Apprenticeship through Northern Virginia Community College. He also received a degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002. Wes was born and raised in Fauquier County and has a love of the Virginia countryside and all of its culinary offerings.

 

The Wandering Chef Ashburn Virginia

Maria and Wes came together in 2013 to start The Wandering Chef. Both chefs wanted to strike a balance between a culinary outlet they controlled and their families. The company began with some cooking classes at a local farm and moved into pairing dinners with local wineries and distilleries picking up catering along the way.

 

 

Since both chefs are parents, the idea of a carry-out driven restaurant -- created to help parents feed their families good food  -- became an impassioned venture.

The pair stumbled onto an old cooking school that presented "good bones" to become a catering kitchen and storefront for prepared meals and quick service menu. Located in Ashburn and surrounded by family activity centers, these chefs think the "grab n go" case is a huge asset for parents looking to feed their families well, yet not break the bank. The Chefs hope to get the support needed to grow their line of products and to use local and organic ingredients as well.

Visit them today at their store-front location, or if you live in the Lucketts, Virginia area, contact them for special delivery options once per week!

44710 Cape Ct. #138, Ashburn VA 20147 571.291.9168 Connect with them via email or Facebook

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Burke's Workshop

  Lucketts Virginia Summer Series 8th and Home

We are excited to feature local events, business, artisans and products in the Northern Virginia area over the coming months! This post continues the series highlighting Lucketts, Virginia! We look forward to sharing more about the communities, neighborhoods and offerings in each corner of Northern Virginia.

Meet Matthew Burke, the owner and founder of Burke's Workshop. Handmade in Lucketts, Virginia, Matthew creates each unique piece by first choosing different types of wood that complement each other and then pieces them together, one at a time. When creating the spoons (which are the personal favorite of the 8th & Home team) after the wood has been joined, the spoon shape is drawn on the larger block of wood and then hand carved.

Burke's Workshop Matthew Burke Lucketts Virginia

 

Burke's Workshop Matthew Burke Lucketts Virginia

 

What is the story behind Burke’s Workshop and how did it come to be?

I’ve always enjoyed doing woodworking—I used to make small wood boxes when I was 13 years old. When I turned 18 I became a carpenter for a small company for which I worked for 15 years. In 2013 we moved out to Lucketts and into our home in Village Green, there was enough space in the basement to build myself a workshop. I have been using the tools I have collected over the years and have slowly been working on selling pieces and building up my tool inventory.

If the sky was the limit with your business, what do you envision happening?

Having my products in shops. I of course wouldn’t quit my day job, but would love to see products in shops in the area and maybe even around the country.

Burke's Workshop Lucketts Virginia

Is there any technique that is intimidating to you?

The process of selling. I never know if what I made will be appreciated by others and I’m quite critical of my work, so I find it a bit nerve wracking to actually sell.

What is your FAVORITE way to spend a weekend morning?

Spending time with my wife in the morning then I usually head down to the workshop to prep projects for the day.

Burke's Workshop Lucketts Virginia

What is your go to place in the Leesburg / Lucketts area to visit, take visitors?

Mom’s Apple Pie is one of our favorite places to bring visitors and just stop in for weekend goodies.

What are your favorite ways to give back to others - whether in your community or on a larger scale?

When we can, we donate to charities and always try to help kids in the neighborhood with fund raisers for school and even the ones just for fun. Lucketts has been such a great place to live, so it’s easy to want to give back to the community.

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Learn more about the beautiful items Matthew creates by visiting the Burke's Workshop Etsy page or visit (and LIKE!) his Facebook Page! These are one-of-a-kind pieces and the items listed on the Etsy site are first come, first served!

 

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The Soap Chef

Lucketts Virginia Summer Series 8th and Home We are excited to feature local events, business, artisans and products in the Northern Virginia area over the coming months! This post continues the series highlighting Lucketts, Virginia! We look forward to sharing more about the communities, neighborhoods and offerings in each corner of Northern Virginia.

 

The Soap Chef Lucketts Virginia

Meet Bruno & JoAnn Grande, the owners of The Soap Chef and residents of Lucketts, Virginia in Loudoun County! We happen to LOVE The Chef's Special (tied a close second to the Meadow Flowers with Cocoa and Shea)!  We took some time out to ask some questions of JoAnn and are excited to share her answers with you:

  1. What is the story behind The Soap Chef and how did it come to be?

The Soap Chef originated from Bruno’s passion for cooking and creating. He has always loved to cook and bake a variety of different foods. The first time he experimented with soap making was 30 years ago. That was just the spark that started The Soap Chef. We have two (adult) daughters who have allergies to certain ingredients in big brand soap, so creating something custom and natural was important to us.

  1. If the sky was the limit with your business, what do you envision happening?

We would love to eventually expand and distribute soap around the world. That’s definitely not in the near future, as we are just starting out. Right now, we have just made natural/vegan soaps available to the public, but we already have creams, sugar and salt scrubs, lip balm, and more, in the works.

The Soap Chef Lucketts Virginia

  1. Is there any recipe / technique that is intimidating for either of you?

There is a liquid soap made with two different types of lye. It’s a longer process with more complex calculations. It’s intimidating, but we are still working towards making it.

  1. What is your FAVORITE way to spend a weekend morning?

We live next door to one of our two daughters, and son-in-law. We usually take our four dogs to their house on Saturday morning for coffee. We also like to visit local farmer’s markets and antique stores.

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  1. What is your go to place in the Leesburg / Lucketts area to visit, take visitors?

The Luckett’s Store; we love to bring visitors and explore what the outdoor and indoor vendors have in stock.

  1. What are your favorite ways to give back to others - whether in your community or on a larger scale?

For many years we have donated money to various charities and causes, such as: St. Jude’s, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department, animal shelters and local music and arts groups. It’s the very least we can do, and once I am retired, Bruno and I will volunteer our time somewhere local as well.

 

Whether for a gift or for your own home, The Soap Chef is a delightful choice and is currently available at Loudounberry Farm. Open daily from 10am-7pm and located at 42343 Spinks Ferry Road in Lucketts, Virginia. You can also find them on Facebook: The Soap Chef, give them a "like" !

 

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