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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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November/December 2018 Resident Board Member Update


Hello Everyone, 
 
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. 
 Click here to continue reading 

Building Closures

  • The Lodge and Sycamore House will be closed Thursday, December 6th from 12 to 5 PM.  Gym access will be available. 
  • The Lodge will be closed all day Saturday, December 8th.  Gym access will be available.  

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. 

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: 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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Willowsford Mercantile

New items! 
Shop Willowsford Mercantile, our exclusive online boutique. Featured products include the 2018 holiday ornament, wine glasses, backpacks, and other Willowsford-branded merchandise. Orders will be available for pick-up at Sycamore House; please allow one full week from date of purchase for your order to be processed. Please note, supplies are limited.
 SHOP WITH US!


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! 

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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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


Wine Club North

The 5th Annual Ugly Sweater Party is this Friday, December 7th. This is an open event to ALL of the Wine Club Members. The more the merrier! (Please help spread the word). It’s $15 per person. This is a BYOB event for the Wine Club, so bring your favorite beverage, dress in your ugliest holiday attire. There will be trophies!

We’re requesting those with the last name ending in A-M, please bring an appetizer to share. If your last name starts with N-Z, please bring a dessert. 

If you would like to help with the playlist for the DJ, just add comments to the Facebook announcement on the Willowsford Wine Club page. Feel free to add as many as you would like! Thanks in advance! Register here.

For Community Club events and information, click here!

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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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