St. Patrick’s Day in Loudoun County

Where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Loudoun County 

It began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland, but it has become a worldwide celebration of Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and lots and lots of green! If you’re Irish – or Irish-at-heart, here’s where you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day right here in Loudoun, on Thursday, March 17th.

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Quattro Goombas Brewery
Breakfast & Brews – starting at 10AM
22860 James Monroe Hwy
Aldie, VA
Visit their Faceboook page for more info!

Bar Louie (One Loudoun)
Shamrock ‘n Roll – March 17th & 18th
Enjoy live music (Friday) & drink specials until 9PM both days!
20586 Easthampton Plaza

The Ashburn Pub
Doors open at 8AM – full menu, two DJ’s, green beer, Jameson specials, giveaways and more!
44110 Ashburn Village Blvd.
Ashburn, VA

Finnegan’s Irish Pub
The party starts at 9AM with a special Irish Breakfast and runs non-stop until 2AM!
44050 Ashburn Village Blvd., #199
Ashburn, VA

Spanky’s Shenanigans Pub
Live music all day, starting at 11AM – $10 cover charge
538 E. Market St.

Leesburg, VA

O’Faolain’s Irish Pub
Kegs & Eggs Breakfast from 8-10AM, Taste of Ireland Lunch from 11AM-2PM, Irish Dinner Buffet from 3-11PM. Live music all day!
20921 Davenport Drive
Sterling, VA

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Monkey Joe’s Dulles
Come Hang out with “Lucky” Joe – Find the lucky coin and win a FREE party!
$5 admission all day.

23521 Overland Dr #120
Sterling, VA

Wherever you go and whatever you do, may the luck of the Irish be there with you. Sláinte!

Leap Day Around the World

Fun facts about Leap Day from around the globe

First, let’s talk about why we even have an extra day. The whole point of the Leap Year is to help adjust our Gregorian calendar (the 365-day calendar we all use today) to the solar calendar (which lasts 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds). Those extra hours, minutes, and seconds add up and can throw us a little off schedule. So we add the extra day in every 4 years to make sure things like spring and autumn are celebrated with some regularity each year. Although sometimes, that extra day just isn’t enough. Last year scientists called for a “Leap Second” which was added on June 30th at 11:59:60PM. This has happened 26 times since 1972.

Since this day affects just about everyone around the globe, let’s take a look at some fun facts, traditions, and celebrations from around the world.

Grab a Newspaper
jsrealty4u leap year paper franceSince 1980 a satirical newspaper called “La Bougie du Sapeur” (The Soldier’s Candle) has been published in France on February 29th. The paper started out as a joke among friends, but its circulation now tops 200,000 copies! Its name was inspired by a comic book character drawn by the artist Christophe, who was born on the 29th of February. The paper uses content from real news stories and puts a comic twist on them. They have also started publishing a Sunday Edition, which appears about every 28 years!

The editorial team of La Bougie du Sapeur is composed entirely of volunteers. There is no advertising, so the paper counts entirely on its circulation. Often times, the proceeds from the sale of the paper are donated to a charity.

Time to Get Married!JSrealty4u leap proposalIn the past, in many European countries, Leap Day was considered the only acceptable day for a woman to propose marriage to a man. If said man refused, he must then purchase 12 pairs of gloves for the woman (to hide the fact that she isn’t engaged). In Finland, however, the refusing man must purchase the lady fabric for new skirts.

Unlucky Love
In Greece, however, marriage during a Leap Year is considered unlucky! In fact, a recent survey showed that 1 in 5 couples purposely avoided getting married in a Leap Year.

Happy Birthday! 
An estimated 187,000 Americans were born on Leap Day and another 4 million worldwide. The odds of being born on February 29th are 1  in 1,461 – which makes it pretty rare for one Leapling (as they are called) to meet another.

Leap Year Capital of the World
jsrealty4u leap year day celebrateIn February of 1988, the city of Anthony, Texas declared itself the “Leap Year Capital of the World” and started an international Leapling Birthday Club.

The Texas-New Mexico border town now celebrates the February 29th birthdays annually with events lasting 3-4 days, that include festivals and a parade!


Toast the Day
Created by bartender Harry Craddock at the London Savoy Hotel in 1928, the Leap Day cocktail is a the colorful cousin of the martini. We snagged the original recipe, so you can make your own cocktail to celebrate the extra day this year!jsrealty4u leap drink cheers

1 dash of lemon juice
2/3 Gin
1/6 Grand Marnier
1/6 Sweet Vermouth
Shake, pour, and garnish with a lemon peel!

Cheers to a fun Leap Year!

Celebrate with Your Valentine

8 ways to celebrate with your Valentine in (or near) Brambleton

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner on Sunday, February 14th. If you’re looking to take your sweetheart out, there’s no need to travel far. There is plenty to do here in our own Brambleton community, or just a few minutes away!

The Tried & True Dinner and a Movie
Start your night at the Blue Ridge Grill and dine on some fresh made crab cakes or a delicious steak. Then, take your Valentine next door to Brambleton’s Regal Fox Stadium to see the latest movie of your choice – fantastic stadium seating and movies in IMAX!Movie Fox Regal Brambleton Valentine

The New Dinner and a Movie – at the same time!
Regal Fox Stadium
now offers a full menu with burgers and fries, spicy chicken sandwiches, and more!

Play a Round of Golf
Stay warm and out of the snow while you enjoy some golfing at Top Golf! Order a delicious dish from their extensive food and drink menu while playing one of the fun and addictive golf games. The best part is – no golf experience is required, and it’s fun for any age!JSRealty4U valentines

Brambleton’s Wine 101
Learn about (and sample!) 6 different types of wine with our resident Sommelier, Sonya Farrell. Class will take place Saturday, February 13th from 7-9PM at the Brambleton Community Center and costs $15 per person. Additional details can be found here.Valentines jsrealty4u

Feeling Exotic?
Try a refreshingly unique cocktail at My Thai Place and a delicious dinner, sure to satisfy your taste buds.JS Realty My Thai Place

Sweets for your Sweet
Head over to the Town Center and grab a sweet treat from Sweet Frog or Cold Stone Creamery.

Check out the Local Brews
Lost Rhino Retreat is the perfect place to grab a seat, sample locally brewed beer and enjoy a menu of vibrant, exciting food. And on Friday, February 12th from 7-9PM, you and your Valentine can enjoy some live music by “Crazy After Midnight”.
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Walk in the Park
Spend a little time together, strolling along the paths of Brambleton’s many relaxing park areas. The snow covered fields provide a great backdrop for a #Selfie!

selfie jsrealty4u valentine'sSpeaking of which… Brambleton is running a photo contest! Think you’ve got what it takes to be Brambleton’s cutest couple? Snap a selfie of you & your sweetie(s), then upload it to social media using the hashtag #BRAMBLETINE. Post your pics between February 1st and 14th. The winner will be announced via Brambleton’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter on Feb 15th! First place prize is an AppleTV 4, and runners-up will receive a box of chocolate dipped fruit from Edible Arrangements.

Brambleton offers so many unique and entertaining options for the perfect Valentine’s date – and it’s all right here in your backyard!