July 1, 2018
Even though it isn’t July quite yet, the newsletter is going out today because we’re going to be closed on Sundays starting July 1st. There’s not enough business on Sundays to justify being open and it’s nice having Bob at home on the weekend. So, our hours will be 10 A.M. until 6 P.M., Monday through Saturday. However, we will be closed on the 4th for Independence Day.
If you’re looking for Independence Day celebrations in the area, there are several over a period of days. Hillsboro will celebrate at the Old Stone School on July 1st beginning at 3 p.m., with live music, local artisans and food, a beer and wine garden, free ice cream and fireworks. Lovettsville—or is it still Capitalsville in honor of the Washington Capitals?—celebrates on the 3rd, beginning with a parade at 5:30 p.m. and later followed by fireworks. Winchester has their Rockin’ Independence Eve on the 3rd; we went to that last year and it was amazing! Both Leesburg and Purcellville have parades on the 4th. Leesburg’s parade starts at 10 a.m., with a concert at Ida Lee Park beginning at 6:30 p.m., then fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Purcellville’s parade starts at 12:30 p.m., followed by festivities at Franklin Park from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. St. Peter’s Church in Purcellville will also begin their annual Independence Day celebration at 5 p.m., with free Monk’s BBQ (yum!), live bluegrass, a reading of the Declaration of Independence and prayer for our nation.
On July 2nd, the day the Continental Congress voted for American independence, there’s a free concert at 6 p.m. at the Anderson House at 2118 Massachusetts Ave, NW in Washington. Representatives of the Colonial Music Institute will perform music Alexander Hamilton and the founding fathers knew well, including ballads, marches, dance tunes and theater songs. If you haven’t been there before, the venue itself is worth the trip. It’s home to the Society of the Cincinnati, the nation’s oldest patriotic organization, which was founded in 1783 by officers of the Continental Army and their French counterparts who served together in the American Revolution. Anderson House, which was finished in 1905, has been described as a “Florentine villa in the midst of American independence.” Keep your eyes open for spectacular antiques there!
Finally, we want to introduce you to the newest member of Iron Gate Antiques. James, whose photo is below, lives just up the street from the store. He’s helping Bob and Cecil while learning the business.
Happy Independence Day!
Lynne & Bob McCann