Saturday, September 9th from 6 - 9 PM at Tenant House Amphitheater. Blazin' Keys is bringing their signature, comedy-based, dueling piano show to Willowsford! Join us for an evening featuring clap-a-longs, sing-a-longs, drinking songs, toasts, and hi-octane comedy under the stars. But most importantly, the show is all about the audience. Please bring your own picnic and beverages. Registration not required; 21+ only.
HOA Strategic Planning Survey
LAST CHANCE! The Strategic Plan Resident Survey through Survey Monkey is live (CLICK HERE). Thank you in advance for participating, supporting the Willowsford Strategic Planning Committee focused on the future of Willowsford. The results will be used to inform the Strategic Plan and determine what and how Amenities, Programs/Events, and Services will be a part of Willowsford. The 13-question survey includes multiple choice, ranking, and rating style questions, and will take about ten minutes of your time. As we optimistically look to the future of this outstanding community, it is your perspective that we need to frame the improvements and vision for Willowsford looking forward.
The survey will close on August 27th. Your feedback is extremely valuable! Thank you for your time and thoughtful responses.
NEW! The Lodge and Sycamore House will be closed Monday, September 4th and will close at 2 PM Friday, September 8th. The Fitness Center will remain accessible via key fob.
Board Meeting Info
The Board met August 17th. Couldn’t make the meeting, but want to know what we have been up to and what is going on in the community? Click here to review the Community Manager Report. The following notable actions were taken:
The Board adopted revisions to the Access to Books and Records Policy, revisions to the Amenity Use Guidelines, and an administrative resolution defining Estate Lots and Vineyard Lots. The Community Manager provided an update on the Association’s financials as of the most recent monthly reports. Discussion included Community Voice submissions, fitness center issues, and revisions to the Community Group (Clubs) Guidelines. Approved Minutes and other documents are available to view on WillowsfordLife.com in the Document Center except for the Amenity Use Guidelines which will be added in September when finalized to include the Conservancy’s section of amenities and information. The next Board meeting is scheduled for October 19th, 5:30 PM at Sycamore House and available on Zoom.
NEW! Thursday, August 31st from 10 - 11 AM. The Strategic Planning Committee will be meeting via Zoom.
To Join Zoom Meeting Click Here Meeting ID: 891 8878 6131 Passcode: 365034
Coffee & Conversation
DATE CHANGE! Friday, September 8th from 9 - 10 AM at The Lodge. It’s not always easy to attend Board Meetings, and even if you do, we can’t always work through the issue at length during the meeting. Join Rebecca, HOA Community Manager, to share your ideas or concerns about the HOA community over a cup of coffee. Coffee and Conversations will generally be hosted on the first Friday of every month.
Comment Now: Greenway Toll Increase
Virginia's State Corporation Commission (SCC) has opened it's public comment opportunity regarding the Dulles Greenway's requested toll rate increase. If approved by the SCC, the maximum toll for most drivers would increase to $8.10 during peak hours (up from the current $5.80) and $6.40 during off-peak hours (up from the current $5.25). Members of the public may submit online comments now through January 24. Click here to provide your online comment now.
That's a Wrap
Camp Willowsford has come to a close...Thank you to all the campers who joined us this past four weeks. Whether a newcomer or returning camper, we hope your child had a wonderful experience filled with memorable moments!
Solarize Piedmont 2023, a Piedmont Environmental Council campaign in partnership with the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) and participating municipalities, is running now through August 31st. Solarize Piedmont makes switching to solar cheaper and easier for homeowners and business owners because LEAP does the leg work for them and connects them with pre-vetted, high-quality installers offering discounted rates. For those thinking about going solar, LEAP provides a free satellite assessment to ensure the property is viable for solar.
In support of Virginia’s goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, Solarize Piedmont is part of the broader Solarize Virginia program and is available to those in Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange, and Rappahannock counties, and the City of Charlottesville. For more details, Solarize Virginia is offering a virtual information session August 17th at 3 PM. Participants can register here by August 31st.
Community Standards Inspections
Our Community Standards Team is currently conducting comprehensive inspections in The Grant. During a comprehensive inspection, our Covenants Team reviews the entire exterior of each Lot. These inspections are conducted on each lot every 18 months. Comprehensive inspections ensure properties are well maintained keeping your property values high. If you have any questions about the inspection process, please reach out to our Covenants Manager, Marlith, at DRC@willowsford.com. As a reminder, curb appeal inspections occur weekly throughout all four villages.
The Design Review Committee meets monthly at Sycamore House with resident forum opening at 9 AM. For more information about the Design Review process, click here.
Application Deadline - September 6th Pre-Review Meeting - September 13th DRC Meeting - September 20th
Need additional assistance with your application? The Technical Assistance Advisors (members of the Design Review Committee) can help guide you through the application process. Please reach out to DRC@willowsfordlife.com to be put in touch with one of our resident volunteers.
Ice Cream Social
Sunday, August 27th from 2 - 3 PM at Willow Grove Splash Park. "I scream; you scream; we all scream for ICE CREAM!" Choose your favorite toppings and create a delicious sundae to celebrate the last days of summer. Free for residents; registration not required.
Popsicles at the Playground
TOMORROW! Thursday, August 24th from 3 – 4:30 PM at The Lodge Playground. Celebrate the first day of school with us at Willowsford’s newest playground in The Greens! King of Pops will be handing out popsicles, while supplies last. Free for residents; registration not required.
Makers Market & Concert
Sunday, September 24th from 8 AM - 12 PM at The Lodge. Get a jump start on holiday gift giving! This event will be held outdoors in The Lodge parking lot. Residents can register to sell their handcrafted goods and wares, or simply come and support your neighborhood crafters while enjoying live music by Chasing Autumn. Our Makers Market will be advertised and open to the public. Please view the Registration Catalog for details, information, and FAQs regarding sales. $15/Adult Makers Market Space; $7/Child Makers Market Space (advanced registration required for sellers).
Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Class/AED Class
This blended learning course equips you to recognize and care for a variety of first aid breathing and cardiac emergencies involving adults, children and infants. This class is taught in a blended learning format; an online portion (accessed via mobile desktop or tablet) must be completed prior to attending the instructor-led skills session. Upon successful completion, this course includes a two (2) year certification in Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, and American Red Cross Reference Guides. Cost is $90/person, 18+ only. Session 2 - The Lodge Thursday, September 14th 5:30 - 7:45 PM Register Here
First Friday Happy Hour
Friday, September 1st from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at Sycamore House. Kick off the weekend with complimentary drinks on tap and food samples featuring Willowsford Farm produce! First-come, first-served until it's gone. Valid ID required to consume alcohol and will be checked prior to serving. Feel free to bring a blanket and picnic to enjoy.
On Tap: TBD Featured Farm Produce: Fennel/Herbs Samples: Fennel Saffron Mussels & Savory Herb Shortbread
Shop Willowsford Mercantile, our exclusive online boutique. Featured products include stemware, lunch bags, pool towels, and other Willowsford-branded merchandise. Supplies are limited, so you won't want to wait!
The HOA has partnered with STROLL Willowsford (N2 Publishing) to provide content to residents. Click here to view the publication, monthly e-newsletters, companion social media pages, and learn more about upcoming STROLL events.
Q3 Programming Guide (July - September)
Willowsford Life is a full range of lifestyle events, classes, and activities meant to engage and connect residents, not only to each other but to the Willowsford vision of life. From complimentary events to culinary workshops to group fitness classes and everything in between - we offer something for everyone.
Take a look at the Q3 Programming Guide for details and information about our upcoming events, classes, and activities taking place July - September. Registration takes place online through the CivicRec module; click hereto view the Registration Catalog.
Date Night in the Kitchen
Saturday, September 16th from 5:30 - 8:30 PM at Sycamore House. Join Chef Emily in Willowsford Kitchen for a unique date experience. Chef Emily will guide you and your partner through making a romantic seasonal meal. Experienced cooks and newbies alike will have fun making and devouring their meal in this hands-on experience. Sip delightful cocktails while easily preparing this fancy feast and then sit down as a couple with the rest of the class to enjoy all that you’ve prepared! View Menu & Register Here
Willowsford Kitchen offers culinary classes, wine tastings, pairing dinners, workshops for kids, meals to-go, catering services, and much more! Menus highlight Willowsford Farm's harvest and the Kitchen's network of local, artisan producers.
Group Fitness Classes
The next round of fitness classes have begun. Classes vary by location, duration, and frequency to better suit your busy life. Cost varies by offering, 18+ only. Register Here
Barre: Back-to-School Session LAST CHANCE! Thursdays (August 31st - September 28th) 8 - 9 AM at Sycamore House $100/person for 5 classes
Our state-of-the-art Fitness Center is located inside The Lodge in The Greens. The Facility offers Matrix cardio machines, circuit training weight machines, and free weights. Cardio machines include iPhone/iPod connectors and personal TV stations. Key fob access is available to residents in good standing.
Hours of Operation Daily: 4 AM - 9 PM
Lemonade for Lewy Body Update
NEW! The Morgenthalers and Willowsford Cares would like to thank the community for their tremendous support on Saturday. The “Lemonade for Lewy Body” stand was a great success because of kind and generous neighbors like you. The fundraiser has now raised over $2k for the cause—Lewy Body Dementia research, education, and caregiving support. Made known by Robin Williams’ postmortem diagnosis, LBD is a terminal disease that manifests in dementia, Parkinson’s symptoms, and mental health issues. It’s the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s. Sufferers and their families are desperate for a cure or disease-modifying treatments, so your donations are paramount.
Some of you have asked if it’s too late to participate? It’s not! Willowsford Cares is collecting tax-deductible donations through the end of the week (PayPal: WillowsfordCares@gmail.com or Venmo: @Willowsfordcares). Every bit of the proceeds will be donated to the Lewy Body Dementia Association. Last year the lemonade stand raised over $2,600 in the span of a week; this year the goal is $3k. Our heartfelt thanks for helping turn lemons into lemonade!
Join a Club
Joining a Community Club is a great way to meet your neighbors, become familiar with your community, and make real world connections. Willowsford-sponsored Community Clubs encourage connections among residents who share common interests in a hobby, social, cultural, or recreational activity. Click here to learn more!
Monthly Conservancy Open House
Join us for a monthly open house where you can come and meet staff from our team and learn about our work in land stewardship, our work at the farm, as well as our programs and events. We will cover a different topic each month, invite different staff, and try to rotate venues as well. Each month, there will be time for Q&A and mingling as well so you can get to know other residents. There will be light refreshments. The first Open House will be on Friday, August 25th from 9 - 10 AM at the Boat House. Join our Executive Director - Sophie, and our new Program & Engagement Coordinator - Sarah. We will review existing programs and volunteer opportunities and seek your input on what else we can offer and how we can improve our volunteer engagement. RSVP Here
Labor Day Grilling Bundle
Enjoy an Ayrshire Farm All-Beef Box with friends and family, including a selection of steaks, roasts, ground beef, 2 Harvest Symphony Pies (Key Lime and Blackberry-Peach), and grilling vegetables. A deal for only $200 and available for purchase! The deadline to order is August 27 at noon, and pick-up dates are August 31 and September 2 at the Farm Stand. Order Here
Composting Starting at Willowsford
We are pleased to announce that the Willowsford Farm Stand is the newest drop-off site for Worm Works' food waste composting services. This addition is a significant step towards making sustainable waste management more accessible in our community. Worm Works subscribers can start using this location for their compostable waste. This initiative provides another practical avenue for local residents to contribute positively to the environment and the health of our soils. If you're interested in joining this endeavor, signing up is a straightforward process. Visit Worm Works' website HERE to learn more about the program.