Did you order the turkey? The pies? What about calling Aunt Sheila—did anyone take care of that yet?! I don’t know about you, dear readers, but I’m beginning to sweat the holidays just a bit. Fortunately for us all, there’s plenty of fun stuff going on this weekend to distract from all the other things we should be doing, like trying to locate that pesky recipe for grandma’s cranberry salad. Let’s get to it!

Story Time!

This one snuck up on me—Saturday night marks the start of the second Songs, Stories and Gas Money season, pioneered just last winter by Don Chapman and Stilson Greene, and featuring

HUSH, y’all! For real!

incredibly talented performers in a cozy, listening-room-type setting. I wrote about this phenomenon last year, and most all of that still stands, including Wright’s position as series opener. During the intimate set at The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards, guests will be treated to the stories behind the songs, as well as get a better sense of the performers telling and singing them. The show begins at 8 p.m. sharp, and Greene will bring his now-famous “hush stick” (pictured) to deal with unruly guests, so, folks, you’ve been warned! Eat, drink, be merry, but also put on your listening hats and direct your undivided attention to the stage—you won’t be disappointed. Advance tickets are $15 per person or $20 at the door—to save your seat or for directions, click here.


Julia Kasdorf Album Release Party!

No need to belabor the point here, as I already highlighted Julia Kasdorf’s chill vibe and remarkable talent in an earlier piece this week. But, suffice to say, attending her show Saturday, celebrating the release of her fourth full-length album, “Motel,” would be a solid move on your part. The also-excellent Jason Masi and his band will open for Kasdorf and her Ready Boys, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Barns of Rose Hill—additional venue details are available here.



Ooh, La La!

If you’re not quite ready for the holidays, but could fancy a trip to the French Riviera, try the next best thing Saturday and Sunday at Vanish Brewery’s Beaujolais Nouveau Festival, on from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. both days. It is a lot to wrap one’s head around—a brewery… in Loudoun… featuring wine… from France?! Friends, let the confusion go. It doesn’t have to make

You, enjoying the Beaujolais festival, having transformed appropriately into a grizzled French man after donning your sweet black beret.

sense. Shhhh… close your eyes, take a deep inhale and conjure the salty sea air as you celebrate the freshness of Beaujolais Nouveau wine, French food, special cocktails and, yes, Vanish’s standard-but-excellent brews. Sacré bleu! But zere is more?! Yes, Sam’s absurd caricature of a French person, there is! Vanish will also host a bevy of talented artisan craftsmen, in case the urge

to shop takes hold, and a live jazz band to add spice to the vibe. Advance tickets, priced at $25 per person, include a wine glass, two drink tickets and a freakin’ black beret to really get you in ze mood. Vanish is a farmhouse brewery and there will be heaters in the tents, but organizers urge smart footwear, as things can get muddy, dusty and otherwise inhospitable to shoddy chaussures. Details and tickets are at vanishbeer.com.

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