‘We’re Looking at Being Back to Normal’: Western Loudoun’s Fall Festivals are Back

Every fall, western Loudoun’s towns and villages roll out the red carpet for visitors and locals alike with regionally (and nationally) famous fall festivals. The pandemic took a toll on those beloved events, with all three festivals in Loudoun’s autumnal triple crown canceled or moved online in 2020. Last year saw scaled-back events as organizers juggled uncertainty and COVID-related restrictions. But this year, The Bluemont Fair, Lovettsville Oktoberfest and Waterford Fair are back in their full glory, with fun-filled weekends for Loudouners and tourists over three upcoming weekends.

Meeting Loudoun’s ‘Denizens of the Night’: IWLA Bat Night Returns

Bats: they’re mysterious, marvelous and misunderstood. They’re also a valuable part of the ecosystem in Loudoun and around the world. Susanne Sterbing, a renowned bat expert and research professor from Johns Hopkins University’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, affectionately known as “the bat lady,” is on a mission to dispel myths and help Loudouners understand how bats help our environment.