October 2017


October 1, 2017

Welcome to the newsletter to those we met at the Bluemont Fair!  It you are looking for another wonderful event in Western Loudoun, we recommend the Waterford Fair, where you can tour historic homes, enjoy demonstrations by craftsmen and artisans, and learn about the town’s history.  Did you know that Loudoun County was the only place in Virginia to have an organized cavalry unit fighting for the Union during the Civil War?  The Loudoun Rangers was formed by a Samuel Means who lived in Waterford, one of the town’s Quakers.  In any case, we highly recommend the Waterford Fair held the 6th-8th and suggest you check out their website (https://waterfordfairva.org) for discounted tickets.

We will be closed on October 7th as Bob will be demonstrating caning at another local event that day.  This one is free; even the lunch is free!  It’s the Joshua’s Hands Fall Festival near the intersection of Routes 9 and 287.  See www.joshuashands.org for details.  There will be carnival-style games, live entertainment, hay rides, crafts, demonstrations, a petting farm, obstacle course and much more.  (Since last year was rainy and not too many people were around, I got up the nerve to try lassoing a “steer” made from a sawhorse and it was fund even though I learned I’d best keep my day job!)

As for news from the store, we’re highlighting the chairs shown below this month

Oak Ladderback Chair with colored rush

You may remember seeing one of the split cane, dual colored chairs at the Fair or on our Facebook page.  Additional photos are on the Recent Acquisitions tab of our website at http://irongateantiques.com/recent-acquisitions/.  Bringing color into the mix opens up so many options!  Bob also uses colored rush as shown in the second photo.  That one was done for our son in honor of his Auburn education.  Besides school or team colors, think of the possibility of matching rush seats to upholstery used in a room . . .

If you need an excuse to come to Bluemont, consider picking your own pumpkins at Great Country Farms, where there are plenty of fun things for children such as pig races and a corn maze.  For those who want a more relaxed day out, you can often find live music at Dirt Farm Brewing and the Bluemont Vineyard, where you can enjoy adult beverages and munchies.

Have a great month!

Lynne & Bob McCann