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Kids Holiday Cookies from Around the World

Wednesday, December 12th from 5 PM to 7:30 PM at Sycamore House.  Join Willowsford Kitchen 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. There will be 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)


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November/December 2018 Resident Board Member Update


Hello Everyone, 
 
We hope you had a fun Halloween and are ready for the end of year holidays. Here's our latest update on what the Board has been up to.  
 
Control Status
As you may know, the Willowsford "Founder Control Period" ends once Willowsford is 85% sold (and settled). 2018 was another busy year for new homes and settlements. If that trend continues and the Developer does not add a significant number of new lots, we project the Founder Control Period will terminate sometime in early 2020. The HOA will then become largely a resident-run operation, with all five board members elected by the residents. The developer (the Founder) will retain some administrative and development rights during the “Development and Sale Period.” 
 
November 8th HOA Board Meeting
 
Next, the Board met Thursday, November 8th in the evening. Half of the bi-monthly meetings are now conducted in the evening to give interested residents a chance to attend without impacting their work schedules. Several residents attended and provided thoughtful input. We appreciate that participation but, make no mistake about it, greater resident attendance and participation is important to the HOA’s long term health. We intend to look for ways to encourage it. Meanwhile, remember that each Board meeting has an open forum early in the meeting for homeowners to raise and discuss issues in person. If you cannot attend in person, send an email to the HOA. Homeowners are welcome to remain for the entire meeting with the exception of a short executive session held at the beginning of the meeting.  
 
Regarding the 2019 Budget 
The HOA Budget is pretty complicated. It includes revenue from assessments, amenity rentals, lifestyle programs, guest passes, and other miscellaneous sources. These revenues are used to fund administration, landscape maintenance, utilities, operations of amenities, community lifestyle events, and other items. Note that all new construction, marketing, or other property development expenses are paid by the developer, not the HOA. The HOA pays only for maintenance of existing facilities and properties. To give you a sense of scale, the total budget for 2019 is just under $5M. The approved 2019 budget has been posted on the WillowsfordLife website and we encourage you to take a look. It includes a small decrease in HOA base assessments from $573 to $547 per quarter. 
 
Our philosophy regarding the budget starts with the assumption that Willowsford is a premium community with resort-level amenities. Residents expect a level of service from the HOA that is often more extensive than they may find in other communities, and the budget should provide funding to satisfy these expectations. At the same time, the budget has to be pragmatic in order to keep fees manageable.  Achieving the right balance between level of service and cost to residents is the never-ending challenge, of course.
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November 8th Board Meeting Summary

The Board met on 11/8 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.


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. 

Supervisor Tony Buffington’s Quarterly Report

For information regarding transportation improvements for Blue Ridge District residents click here!

ALERT: Firearms Hunt Reminder

Firearms Hunt, Tuesday-Friday, December 4-7, in The Greens and The Grant; Trails CLOSED. The Greens and The Grant trails will be CLOSED Tuesday-Friday, December 4-7, for the Deer Management Program muzzleloader and shotgun hunt.  Residents must observe all trail closure signs.  Trails will reopen on Saturday, December 8.     

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 - December 10th

  • Pre-review Meeting - December 11th

  • DRC Meeting - December 19th

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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.


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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.


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!  

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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!


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!

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

Our current session of fitness classes is full, but stay tuned!  Registration for the next session will open soon! Join the WillowsfordFit Facebook page



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


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