An estimated 1,500 participated in last weekend’s Woodstock in the Gap event in Hillsboro as the town and Visit Loudoun joined forces to mark the 50th anniversary of the fabled Woodstock music festival and the commonwealth’s tourism slogan Virginia is for Lovers.
But the summer fun doesn’t end there.
The event also served as the kick-off of Hillsboro’s free Music in The Gap concert series and Visit Loudoun’s Summer of Love tourism event campaign that will include events across Loudoun.
“This was a terrific collaboration between Hillsboro and Visit Loudoun and sets the stage for a great summer to come,” said Hillsboro Mayor Roger Vance. “With people coming from across Loudoun and the region, this was a great showcase for the local bounty of food and craft beverages, scenic beauty, fun and hospitality that we offer in western Loudoun.”
“We thought kicking off the Summer of Love tour with a Woodstock event was perfect,” Visit Loudoun President and CEO Beth Erickson said. “The enthusiasm and the energy of the community made for a great weekend.”
Hillsboro’s sold-out Farm to Table dinner on Friday night was the first of the town’s planned Fruits of The Gap dinners that will feature foods and craft beverages grown or produced in the area. “This event far exceeded our expectations and was a real hit among our nearly 100 guests,” said Vice Mayor Amy Marasco. “Our dinner coordinator Alison Badger performed magic in the presentation of the delectable foods, wines and beers provided by our farms, wineries and breweries.”
The Music in The Gap–A Summer Concert Series Under the Stars series continues with 11 concerts throughout the summer, including the Sunday, June 30, Independence Day the Hillsboro Way with a two-band lineup, a special three-band Bluegrass in The Gap night on July 26, a Saturday night performance by Cargo & The Heavy Lifters on August 3, a Beatles in The Gap tribute Aug. 16, and a season-ending Mardi Gras in The Gap featuring the U.S. Army Blues Swamp Romp band on Aug.23.
On Friday night, the Brandy Stills Band takes the stage behind the Old Stone School, starting at 7 p.m.
Here’s the rest of the season’s line up:
June 21 – The I,IV,V’s
June 30 – Independence Day the Hillsboro Way: The Darby Brothers, Mark Cullinane July 5 – Todd Brooks
July 12 – Rick Reaves and Band
July 19 – Juliana MacDowell
July 26 – Bluegrass in The Gap: Ernie Bradley & The Grassy Ridge Band, Short Hill Mountain Boys, Furnace Mountain Band
August 3 – Cargo & the Heavy Lifters
August 9 – Jon Spear Band
August 16 – Beatles in The Gap tribute with Cal Everett, Todd Wright and Tom Lofgren August 23 – Mardi Gras in The Gap: The U.S. Army Blues Swamp Romp
For details, go to OldStoneSchool.org.