Aaaahhhh… Smell the pumpkin spice in the air?! It’s practically fall! And while we may enjoy a few more days of warm weather before the leaves really begin to turn, you can definitely sense the changing of the seasonal guard as the days get shorter and the evenings become cooler. If you were to ask a certain writer *cough—me—cough* she might say this is the perfect time of year to Get Out (!) and enjoy one of the tempting activities to follow!

Rock with Friends of Loudoun Mental Health

Purcellville’s Bush Tabernacle will be bumpin’ Saturday night as several of the area’s best-loved musicians come together to play a show in support of Friends of Loudoun Mental Health. From 7-10:30 p.m., concert-goers will enjoy food, drink and a roster of performances to include Paul Pfau, Todd Wright, Gary Smallwood and others. The legendary radio personality Cerphe Colwell, of today’s Music Planet Radio, will be on hand to play emcee. The price of admission includes dinner courtesy of Monk’s Barbecue, access to silent and live auctions, and a cash bar. All proceeds will benefit Friends of Loudoun Mental Health’s efforts to “provide material assistance to Loudoun residents experiencing disabling mental illnesses; speak out as activists to help end discrimination; and sponsor educational programs to make the community aware of mental health issues,” according to the organization’s website. A range of ticketing options are available—for more information, click here.

Fall Native Plant Sale

While it may seem counterintuitive to secret bulbs and plants into the ground just as the cold approaches, a fall planting of natives can actually outperform plants sowed in the spring! Planting native is doubly good, as these plants benefit the birds, butterflies and other essential pollinators that thrive in our area. The folks at Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and their nature-minded friends certainly know this and much more—all knowledge they’re willing to share during Saturday’s Fall Native Plant Sale at Morven Park. Three vendors are featured:  Julie Borneman of Watermark Woods Nursery of Hamilton; Hill House Farm and Nursery of Castleton; and Nature by Design of Alexandria. The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.—details are available here.

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