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Robert Mabe plays an ethereal banjo instrumental at Lost Rhino Brewing Co. in Ashburn.
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Robert Mabe of Drymill Road records first solo venture

After years of writing and planning, Robert Mabe, banjo player and vocalist for local favorite bluegrass band Drymill Road, is coming out with his first solo album. Mabe has spent the past nine years touring the country with Drymill Road and playing alternative bluegrass with a classic rock twist. He decided now was the right time to put together “Somewhere in the Middle,” set to release in March.

Wine Wednesday: Four places to get your wine on along Route 50

My Saturday trek began at the Local Taste, a cozy Upperville tasting room owned by Chris and Kiernan Patusky.

Loudoun County Events

Friday, Feb. 12 - Casino Night Fundraiser for the award-winning Thomas D. Horne Leadership in the Law Camp for high school students. 6:30 ?8: 30 p.m. Ida Lee, 60 Ida Lee Drive, Leesburg. Tickets $75 individual or $140 per couple for dinner, open bar, gaming and prizes. Sponsored by the Loudoun County Bar Association. Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) @sshw.comto purchase tickets.
Friday, Feb. 12 - Shocktober Paxton Manor My Bloody Valentine event. Friday Sunday. Paxton Campus, Catoctin Circle, Leesburg.
Saturday, Feb. 13 - Waterford Foundation: Valentine's Sweetheart Ball. 7 p.m. Belmont Country Club, Ashburn. http://www.Waterfordfoundation.org
Friday, Feb. 19 - Chocolates Galore & More. 7 p.m. 29th annual spectacular event featuring the Katz Band and Mistress of Ceremonies Lisa Herndon Broyhill. Lansdowne Resort, 44050 Woodbridge Pkwy, Leesburg.
Monday, Feb. 22 - Rotary Club of Purcellville Speech Contest. 7 p.m. Bethany Methodist Church, 100 W. Main St., Purcellville.
Saturday, Feb. 27 - 2nd Annual Children's Wellness Day. 2-5 p.m. Event includes a 30-foot obstacle course, inflatable basketball game, kids yoga and zumba classes plus LAJ foods. The event is free to the community. Donations of non-perishable food items for its Backpack Buddies program are welcome. St. Matthew's Episcopal Church,201 E. Frederick Drive, Sterling.
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