Saturday, December 3, 2017
it or not, the Christmas holidays and the Club's annual participation in
the Middleburg Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 3rd are just over
the horizon. This is always a lot of fun, especially if parade
participants enjoy all that the day has to offer.
Just like last year, we have a special incentive for
those who drive their MGs in the Parade: we will draw from a hat a gift
certificate for a Middleburg attraction (e.g., restaurant, hotel stay or
event) that you'll be sure to enjoy!
Parade day in Middleburg is special. The Horses and
Hounds Parade, which is emblematic of Middleburg's Hunt Country culture,
begins at 11:00 am and features riders in full hunt regalia astride
beautifully groomed horses, along with dogs of several breeds perfect
for the hunt. If you've not seen this before, it is well worth it!
(Please be aware that most access roads to Middleburg are shut down at
10:30 am until Horses and Hounds is over, usually around 11:20 am--so
getting into town can be problematic for the later Christmas Parade.
See NOTE below regarding traffic.)
is great shopping and eating in MIddleburg. All the unique specialty
shops will be open to visitors during the festivities, so there is
something for everyone on Parade Day. Our Club tradition is to
enjoy a luncheon at the Side Saddle Cafe, (7 West Washington St.) right
in the heart of town. We will gather there at 11:30 am, just as the
Horses and Hounds Parade ends.
The Christmas Parade, which includes bands, floats,
animals, fire engines and, of course, collector cars, begins promptly at
2 p.m. We will need to assemble our MGs at the American Legion
parking lot (111 The Plains Road, Middleburg, VA 20118) not later than 1
pm and will draw the name of the lucky winner of the Middleburg gift
certificate just before we enter the Parade.
for MG Club participants the good news is that you can park at the
American Legion lot all day. This is a decided advantage over
parking out of town and shuttling in, because you will be within walking
distance of all the activities, including our lunch at the Side Saddle
Cafe. NOTE: traffic in and out of Middleburg is quite heavy on
Parade Day. We encourage you to arrive as early as possible to avoid
road closures. If you plan on joining us for lunch and the Parade you
should consider arriving before 10 am...
Finally, please email Joe Dowley (firstname.lastname@example.org) by
Nov. 30th if you will be attending lunch and driving your car in the
Parade. That way we can reserve enough tables at the Side Saddle
Cafe. See you there!