August 21 - September 27, Closing Reception 12:15pm September 17

Painting What She Fancies — Debra Keirce Solo Show

Colgan Hall Gallery at Northern Virginia Community College presents an encore art reception and gallery talk for American realist painter and miniature artist, Debra Keirce, at the Manassas Campus. In November 2016, the well-attended event included Provost Molly Lynch, faculty, staff, students, and members of the community. While viewing the masterful paintings, sometimes with the aid of magnifying glasses, the artist discussed the techniques used in a few of the selected paintings included in the 35 paintings on display. The show is located in the Colgan Hall Gallery on the first floor. Colgan Hall is the building located on the right as you enter the campus traffic circle.


Friday, August 31, 6 - 8pm

Open Late Concert Series

Bring your lawn chairs or a blanket and join us the last Friday of the month, May - August, 6 - 8pm on the NSLM lawn for live music. Concessions and cash bar available. Also enjoy free admission to our museum! The August 31 concert will feature the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, playing classical and show tunes favorites, and is in partnership with Middelburg Community Charter School, Sky Meadows State Park, George Mason Alumni Association, and the Foxcroft School. No rain date. No outside alcohol.

  • National Sporting Library & Museum, 102 The Plains Road, Middleburg, VA 20117
  • Email roconnor@nationalsporting.org or phone 540-687-6542 ext. 35 for more details
  • Free

Sunday, September 2, 2 - 4pm

Sunday Sketch

Join us for a free sketching session in the Museum! Artists of all ages are invited to sketch alongside local artist Ruth Anna Stolk. Materials are provided.


Thursday, September 6, 6:30 - 8:30pm

"Meet the Players" at Greenhill Winery & Vineyards

Join us in welcoming the 2018 Polo Classic players to Middleburg! This event features a Polo Fashion Preview in partnership with some of our local sponsors! Wine & hors d’oeuvres will be available (cash bar).

  • Greenhill Winery & Vineyards, 23595 Winery Lane, Middleburg, VA 20177
  • Call 540-687-6978 for more information or visit greenhillvineyards.com/reservations for reservations
  • Reservations required — please RSVP by September 4

Saturday, September 8, 3 - 5pm

Historic Sidesaddle Demonstration

Have you ever seen someone "riding sideways"? In celebration of NSLM's newest exhibition, Sidesaddle, NSLM will host reenactors demonstrating sidesaddle riding in colonial attire and antique tack. Meet the riders, and see examples of women athletes riding in 4 centuries of art! Free admission to the demonstration and the Museum galleries. Fun for all ages.

  • National Sporting Library & Museum, 102 The Plains Road, Middleburg, VA 20117
  • Contact apaquette@nationalsporting.org or phone 540-687-6542 x25 for more details
  • Free

September 8 & 9, Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 6:30pm

Tour Package — An Adventure Comedy

Two business partners pack their bags, grab their wives and head south to a tropical paradise. And what vacation would be complete without a bus tour through the jungle? With an untrained driver at the wheel, the day trip goes downhill quickly. The jungle has many surprises. Disaster lurks around every bend in the road. Will this fearful foursome make it back to the hotel? If they do, this will be one wild ride that they will never forget. Adventure comedy written and directed by Rich Fink. Coffee included, in a real mug. (Ages 16 and up.)

  • Franklin Park Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132
  • Contact us at tourpackagetheplay@gmail.com for more details
  • $10 at the door

Friday, September 14, 6 - 8pm

Sidesaddle: Women in Early Modern Art

Elegance, power, and grace come to life in the artwork on exhibition in Sidesaddle, 1690-1935. Women athletes and amateurs across time adapted to changing tack technology and social mores to join the hunt field and competitive races alike. On September 14th join cocurator Dr. Ulrike Weiss, Lecturer at the University of St. Andrews and 2016 John H. Daniels Fellow, to learn more about the fascinating history of women equestrians in early modern art. 6pm: Reception. Galleries will be open to view the exhibition. 7pm: Talk presented by Dr. Ulrike Weiss.

  • National Sporting Library & Museum, 102 The Plains Road, Middleburg, VA 20117
  • RSVP to Anne Marie Paquette, the Clarice & Robert H. Smith Educator, at 540 687 6542 x25, APaquette@NationalSporting.org
  • $10 Admission, Free to NSLM Members

Saturday, September 15, 10 - 11:30am

Coffee with the Curator

Can't wait to get a look at NSLM's newest exhibition, Sidesaddle, 1690-1935? Join cocurator Dr. Ulrike Weiss, Lecturer at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and 2016 John H. Daniels Fellow, for an informal tour of the show with special focus on social changes and the role of women in art and in the field. This program offered in partnership with Middleburg Common Grounds. 10:00 coffee reception; 10:30 tour with Dr. Ulrike Weiss.

  • National Sporting Library & Museum, 102 The Plains Road, Middleburg, VA 20117
  • Contact apaquette@nationalsporting.org or phone 540-687-6542 x25 for more details
  • $5 Admission, Free to NSLM Members

Sunday, September 16, 1 - 4pm

Art from the Heart

An afternoon of local wines, light fare from local restaurants, entertainment, and silent auctions, in support of Dandelion Meadow, a women's recovery home with a heart-centered community support system for empowering survivors of substance abuse to develop a life of purpose and balance.

  • Historic Stony Point Farm, 36544 Stony Point Road, Purcellville, VA 20132
  • Please visit www.dandelionmeadow.org or contact Andrew Kozak at 240-457-3323 or AndrewKozak1@gmail.com for more details
  • $45/person or $70/couple through September 2 — $50/$75 at the door

Wednesday, September 19, 6 - 7:30pm

Meet the Author with Alastair Jackson

Join NSLM and author Alastair Jackson for a presentation on his newest publication, Lady of the Chase, The Life and Hunting Diaries of Daphne Moore. Longtime reporter in Horse and Hound, the elegantly turned-out Moore lived on a shoe-string budget, following the hounds and reporting on hunting characters from the 1930s to the 80s. In addition to her professional hunting reports she wrote and illustrated these personal hunt diaries. Alastair Jackson, the retired Director of the British Masters of Foxhounds Association, compiled the previously undiscovered hunting diaries of Daphne Moore, making them available to the public for the first time. Copies will be available for purchase at the event.

  • National Sporting Library & Museum, 102 The Plains Road, Middleburg, VA 20117
  • Contact apaquette@nationalsporting.org or phone 540-687-6542 x25 for more details
  • $10 Admission, Free to NSLM Members

Saturday, September 22, 10am - 5pm

Art in the Burg

More than 20 local and regional artists will offer their artwork for sale, along with music by the Blue Mountain Songbird, Bess Putnam. Event sponsored by the Town of Middleburg and the Middleburg Arts Council.

  • Madison Street, Middleburg, VA 20117
  • Email dlcadenas@aol.com for more information
  • Free

Saturday, September 22, 10am - 6pm

Arts in the Alley

Music and art festival in Downtown Leesburg. More than 50 art vendors, art demonstrations, two stages of live bands, puppet shows, and chlldren's art activities.


Sunday, September 23, 4 - 6pm

The Calidore Quartet in Concert

The Calidore quartet — violinists Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violist Jeremy Berry, and cellist Estelle Choi — is among the finest chamber ensembles performing today, and is described by the New York Timesas having “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct.” Formed in 2010, it has won numerous international prizes, including the 2016 M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition, and performed in the most prestigious venues in North America, Europe and Asia. An amalgamation of “California” and “doré” (French for “golden”), the quartet’s name represents the diversity of the culture and the strong support it received from its home of origin, California, the “golden state.” The passion and joy of string quartet chamber music shine through in all its performances.


Friday, September 28, 6 - 7:30pm

An Evening with George Morris

Hear legendary trainer and equestrian George Morris speak at NSLM! Morris will be reading from his personal collection of riding books, including his own annotations and anecdotes. This program is being offered in partnership with Beverly Equestrian.


October 5 - 7, 10am - 5pm

Play, Shop, Tour — The 74th Waterford Fair

Come spend a day or three with us! Shop five consignment venues and over 120 juried artisans, and tour historic homes in our quaint Quaker village. Old time entertainment abounds, as do children's activities, civil war re-enactments, and great local food and libations.

  • National Historic Landmark of Waterford, Virginia
  • Visit www.waterfordfairva.org for more information and tickets
  • Adults: $16 advance or $20 at the gate. Children, group & 3-day tickets available. Single day tickets good any of the three days. Tickets on sale starting in August. Parking is free.

Friday, October 26, 6 - 9pm

October Paint and Sip

Spend a fun evening laughing, listening to music and creating a one-of-a-kind masterpiece painting!


Sunday, November 11, 4 - 6pm

Pianist Inon Barnatan at the Waterford Old School

Pianist Inon Barnatan, “one of the most admired pianists of his generation” (New York Times) is known for his poetic sensibility, musical intelligence, and consummate artistry. In 2015 he received Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award for young artists of exceptional accomplishment, and recently completed his third season as the Artist-in-Association of the New York Philharmonic. A regular performer with the world’s most celebrated orchestras, he recently debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony orchestras, and the BBC Proms. His acclaimed discography ranges from Schubert to Messiaen, and he is recording a complete cycle of Beethoven piano concertos with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. This “poet of the keyboard” (London’s Evening Standard) culminates one of our most exciting seasons.


Friday, November 23, 12 - 3pm

November Paint and Sip

Spend a fun afternoon laughing, listening to music and creating a one-of–a-kind masterpiece painting! This 3 hour event includes all art supplies, an awesome staff, and a lot of fun. Don’t worry! Absolutely NO art experience is necessary! Our talented instructors will walk you through every step of your creative process! This event will also feature grab bags and giveaways plus a chance to win a free private party for up to 10 people! (Some conditions may apply.)


Sunday, December 9, 12 - 3pm

December Paint and Sip

Spend a fun afternoon laughing, listening to music and creating a one-of-a-kind masterpiece painting! This 3 hour event is just $35.00 and includes all art supplies, an awesome staff, and a lot of fun. Don’t worry! Absolutely NO art experience is necessary (templates will be available for this event)! Our talented instructors will walk you through every step of your creative process!