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Santa Comes to Willowsford & Gingerbread Workshop


Santa Comes to Willowsford

Santa is coming to Willowsford! He'll be here on Saturday, December 8th from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at Sycamore House to hear holiday wishes and to take family photos.  Don’t forget to bring your cameras to capture the moments! Crafts and hot chocolate will also be available.  This event is "open house" style; so come when you can! There will be plenty of activities to entertain our residents while you wait to see Santa. This year, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to attend.   

This event is for Willowsford residents-onlySanta Comes to Willowsford is a hugely popular event; growing each year. Registration is limited to one family per household.

Gingerbread Workshop


Calling all Willowsford elves! Join us at The Lodge for a festive, fun-filled workshop. Build and decorate your own gingerbread house on Sunday, December 9th from 10:45 AM - 12 PM and 1 - 2:15 PM. The Gingerbread House Workshop is a favorite annual holiday tradition at Willowsford. Snack on grilled cheese and tomato soup while you decorate your house with sweet treats from our scrumptious candy bar.  Warm up with hot chocolate and cider and top it off with candy cane cupcakes. The gingerbread house is yours to take home.
This event is for children ages 4 and up. Children 7 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult. $55/adult + child pair OR $35/child.

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November 8th Board Meeting Summary

The Board met last week, and the following notable actions were taken:

The 2019 budget was adopted resulting in a reduced base assessment; more information will be included in the annual budget mailing which go out to all owners of record. The Board also approved contract renewals for landscape maintenance, culinary development and pool management along with proposals for fall tree replacements. Additionally, a request for a traffic calming study on Bloomfield Path is being sent to the County Board of Supervisors for Consideration, a new club “Retro-Fit” was established and hours for The Lodge and Sycamore House starting January 1st were revised to 9 AM-5 PM which will result in over $15,000 in savings for the community. Finally, recorded by The Founder, revisions to the Design Guidelines and application/review fees and process (more information included in the announcements). Policies, Minutes, 2019 Operating Budget summary and recorded Founder Action are available to view on WillowsfordLife.com.   

Founder Action – Design Guideline Amendments

The Founder has amended the Design Guidelines regarding the following matters:

  • Fee for activities started prior to receipt of approval*
  • Basketball Goals – Revised requirements, please review document for details
  • Irrigation – Must submit acknowledgement agreement, no application required
  • Signage – real estate, political, security


For details on each of these matters, you may view the full document here.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: A 60 day grace period will be provided for residents to submit an application for activities started without approval. Beginning January 14th, any activity started without an approval will be subject to an extra processing fee equal to the applicable application fee. 


Building Closures

The Lodge and Sycamore House will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Wednesday, November 21st and will remain closed Thursday ad Friday the 22nd and 23rd. They will reopen for normal operating hours on Saturday, November 24th. 


No Weekly Next Week

Due to Thanksgiving there will be no Willowsford Weekly on Wednesday, November 21st. We wish all of our residents a Happy Thanksgiving!


Board of Directors Meeting 

The Board of Directors meets every other month. The next board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 10th at 1:30 PM at Sycamore House. Open session and resident comment period expected to start at 2 PM. 

ALERT: Firearms Hunt Reminder

Firearms Hunt, Monday-Friday, November 12-16 in The Grant; Grant Trails CLOSED. The Grant trails will be CLOSED throughout the week, Monday-Friday, November 12-16, for the Deer Management Program muzzleloader hunt.  Residents must observe all trail closure signs.  Trails will reopen on Saturday, November 17. 

Archery hunting in The Greens will continue to take place through November 30, from dawn to 10 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to dusk.  Trails remain open during the archery hunt.  Residents must observe posted signs, stay on trails and keep dogs leashed.  There will be no archery hunting between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  

A complete schedule for the 2018 hunting season and maps showing the hunting zones are posted HERE.


Winter Weather Procedures 

It’s that time again! Please click HERE for Willowsford's Snow Removal Policy and other important winter weather information.


Yard Waste Information

With the seasons changing, leaves and grass clippings begin to pile up.  Remember to put out yard waste on scheduled yard waste collection days from March 1 through December 24th. Grass clippings, leaves, and twigs can be placed in biodegradable paper bags, plastic bags, or personal containers marked as ‘Yard Waste’. Republic Services does not collect dirt, bags of mulch, sod, rocks, open containers with poison ivy/oak/sumac, or uncontained brush with thorns.  For more information click here.


Community Standards Inspection Reminder

Drive through inspections are completed in each Village weekly and a comprehensive lot inspection is performed every 18-24 months. The following sections in The Grove can expect to see Fatima and Kirk over the next few months: Grove 8B, 9A, 9B, 9C, 10A, 10B, 11A1, 11A2, 11B. Click here to determine what section your street is in. Kirk and Fatima will be dressed in Willowsford Gear and/or wearing an ID lanyard. You can expect to see them taking pictures and walking along the property.


Design Review

For DRC applications, Design Guidelines and more information, click here

  • Application Deadline - November 16th

  • Pre-review Meeting - November 20th

  • DRC Meeting - November 28th

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Kids Holiday Cookie Swap from Around the World

Wednesday, December 12th from 5 PM to 7:30 PM at Sycamore House.  Join Chefs Bonnie and Sue for a holiday cookie-making workshop that will take you on a deliciously sweet trip around the globe!  The chefs will have several of the doughs ready to go so the class can assemble, fill, decorate and enjoy more cookies!  Each child will bring home a box of cookies.  All the cookies freeze well and make great gifts. In addition, the chefs will have a holiday supper of Chicken Pot Pie and Vegetable Pot Pie on hand for hungry cookie decorators.

For kids and kids at heart ages 5 and up.

  • Register HERE: Children 5 to 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Adult/child pairs $85 (includes supper)
  • Register HERE: Children 9 and up $60 (includes supper)

The Supper Menu

Vegetable Pot Pie
Chicken Pot Pie


The Cookie Menu

Argentinian Dulce de Leche Cookies (Alfajores)
Austrian Stained Glass Linzer Cookies
Caribbean Chocolate Coconut Macaroons (Besitos de Coco)
Italian Lemon Glazed Cookies
Mexican Butter Cookie Wreaths (Gallegos)
Russian Tea Cookies
Scottish Shortbread Holiday Cut-Out Cookies
Swiss Bratseli (Lemon Ginger Cookies)


Holiday Cheer 

Thursday, December 13th from 6 to 8 PM at Sycamore House. This time of year is about family and traditions. Willowsford is more than a neighborhood, it's a community. Join us this holiday season for an evening of Holiday Cheer.  Mix and mingle and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and our private label Willowsford wine. 

*ADULTS-ONLY: This event is for Willowsford residents 21 and over. Register here!  


Date Night by the Fire

Saturday, January 12th at The Lodge from 6:30 to 9 PM.  Cozy up by the fire with your partner and learn to create a variety of fondues and dipping sauces.  For dessert, we'll show you how to create a delicious chocolate fondue, perfect for dipping fruit and other sweet treats!  Fondues and dipping sauces will be served with Tenderloin of Beef, Chicken, Shrimp, and Vegetables.  $65/person. Register here!

On the Menu

Fondues
Classic Cheese Fondue
Tomato and Cheese Fondue
Vegetable Broth Fondue


Dipping Sauces
House-made Curry
Horseradish Cream
Soy-Ginger 


Dessert
Chocolate Fondue


Kickstart YOU in 2019: A Mind & Body Retreat

Saturday, January 5th at The Lodge from 9 AM until 4:30 PM. If you've been meaning to get away and recharge but keep saying “this isn’t the right time,”  our full-day, mind and body wellness retreat is just for you! Start 2019 by re-awakening the wild-audacious dreams inside you! Forget making New Year's resolutions that don’t last. This full-day retreat offers a mind/body reset by creating space for YOU in your life. Space is limited.  $125/person*. 

*Includes yin yoga, guided visualization, group life coaching by Elena Sonnino, a vision board workshop, lunch, snacks, and a take-home journal for each participant. Register here!

**ALL net proceeds go to the Loudoun County Abused Women's Shelter (LAWS).


The Day's Menu Includes

Morning Refreshments
Herbal Tea and Fruit Water
Fruit & Nut Platter
Yogurt


Lunch
Roasted Salmon with Pesto & Sundried Tomatoes
Quinoa Pilaf with Roasted Butternut Squash & Cranberries with Citrus Dressing
Cloud Bread with Garlic & Herb Butter


Afternoon Refreshments
Herbal Tea and Fruit Water
Coconut, Date, and Chia Seed Pudding

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Willowsford Mercantile

Now open! Shop Willowsford Mercantile, our exclusive online boutique. Featured products include wine glasses, backpacks, picnic blankets, and other Willowsford-branded merchandise. Please note, supplies are limited. Additional quantities and items will become available based on community response. SHOP WITH US!

Save-the-Date!

  • Jr. Chef Academy – January 15th (Half Pints) & January 17th (Foodies)
  • Willowsford 101 – January 24th
  • Winter Acoustic Fireside – January 25th
  • Valentine’s Dinner – February 9th
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Willowsford Brew Club

Come join the Willowsford Brew Club on Friday November 30 @ 6:30 to 10 pm as we host a holiday gathering at the Lodge. Bring your favorite brew, be it your home brew, growler, crowler and/or bottles as well as a dish to share. Let's start the holiday season off! We welcome everyone!  RSVP to Andybrew2@gmail.com.  Follow us on Facebook!


DEADLINE FRIDAY MORNING!

Willowsford Cares 

Our Big Give event on 11/17 is at capacity, but if you were not able to sign up, you can still contribute!  Here are a few options: 

  • Drop off gently-used (or new!) winter coats, gloves, scarves, boots, hats and winter socks in all sizes (infant to adult) to the Lodge and Sycamore house during operating hours between now and the morning of November 16th. These will be donated to ShareHouse during the Big Give.
  • Purchase a $25 gift from one of the following categories and drop off or ship to Willowsford Cares - 41821 Marigold Mill Pl, Ashburn, VA 20148. These will be used for a gift shop to ensure kids and teens in poverty will receive holiday gifts at no cost to their families.  
    • Games (all ages), Hot Wheels, dolls (all ethnicities), Legos, remote control toys, craft kits
    • For teen/adult male: Sports equipment, sports clothing, headphones/earbuds, sunglasses, watch, wallet, belt, cologne
    • For teen/adult female: Jewelry, perfume, spa items/lotion, manicure set, scarf, handbag/clutch, sports team clothing, headphones/earbuds, sunglasses, watch, belt
    • $25 gift card to Target, Fandango, Walmart, Old Navy, Children's Place, Hollister, American Eagle, Best Buy, or other store.
  • 3. Take the easy route and send a donation to willowsfordcares@gmail.com on PayPal (using the friends and family option). Any funds received between now and the 15th will be used to purchase items from #2 above. Willowsford Cares is a 501c3 non-profit organization.  

Willowsford Social Club

The Willowsford Social Club is hosting a Thanksgiving Event at The Lodge on Saturday, November 17th from 6pm until 9pm.  Please bring your favorite dish to share and a beverage to cheer!  RSVP to Viktorija Piano at ceo@thepianohomegroup.com if you would like to attend and include the dish you will be bringing.  This is a family event, kids are welcome and we will have a fun activity for them as well!

Bunco Babes 

Thursday, December 6th from 7 to 10 PM at Sycamore House. Ornament Exchange! In December we meet for Bunco, but don’t actually play Bunco.  We have an Ornament Exchange instead. It’s a great opportunity to get together and share some holiday cheer! Please bring the following for a great evening:

  • A wrapped ornament to Play ‘Thieving Santa’ – (valued at approximately $10)  
  • An appetizer or dessert to share
  • Beverage of your choice
  • Three $5 bills to play Left - Center - Right.  (Big Money – lots of fun)

For more information, visit our Facebook page

For Community Club events and information, click here!

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fitness

Join us for the next round of WillowsfordFIT beginning November 26th.  Just in time for the Holidays!  Join the WillowsfordFIT Facebook page for the latest updates and motivation!  

Early Express Bootcamp HIIT and LIFT (4-week session) 

Worried about the competitive eating weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day?  Join us for a killer bootcamp class to help you stay on track.

  • Instructor: Laurie Hudicek
  • Location:  Sycamore House
  • Time: 5:30 to 6:20 AM 
  • Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • Cost:  $100 for 12 classes (4 weeks)
  • November 26th – December 21st 
  • Register here!  

NEW CLASS Early Express Kickboxing Strength  

Join us for some butt-kicking fitness.  Using Mixed Martial Arts as well as strength training, you will punch and kick away all of those extra holiday calories.  This type of workout focuses on the core, and strengthening our powerhouse.

Working with specific MMA routines, we will learn two specific routines. Each routine will spend 4 classes mastering fun combinations to burn more calories and work toward a rock solid core.  Strength portions will use bodyweight, bands, dumb bells and kettle bells and will change for each class. Fight for it!

  • Instructor: Laurie Hudicek
  • Location:  Sycamore House
  • Time: 5:30 to 6:20 AM 
  • Days: Tuesday and Thursday
  • Cost:  $75 for 8 classes (4 weeks)
  • November 27th – December 20th 
  • Register here!  

Bootcamp (4-week session)

  • Instructor: Erica Hall
  • Location:  The Lodge
  • Time:  9:30 to 10:30 AM 
  • Days: Tuesday, Thursday
  • Cost: $75 for 8 classes; $40 for 4 classes
  • November 27th – December 20th  
  • Register here! 


**Registration for all classes closes Friday, November 23rd at 5pm


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