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Thank you to our Chili Cook-Off participants!

We had eight teams that shared their homemade chili with 120+ of our Tavistock neighbors. Congrats to team "2HardtsfromTexas" by Richard and Gayle Reinhardt for winning first place in the cook-off, and "The Chili Dogs" by Carl Schnur coming in a close second place! Based on the overwhelming positive response to this event, we are already planning on a Spring 2022 event. Start working on your recipes!
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Decoration Contest

Get your carving tools out and your spooky decorations ready - it is time for Tavistock Farms' Pumpkin and House Decorating Contest! How to enter:
  1. Carve your best pumpkin(s) and submit via email
  2. Decorate your house, yard, or driveway - and submit via email
You can chose to submit for either contest and prizes will be awarded for both categories!

Deadline is October 29!
Purple Orange and Green Illustrated Pumpkins Halloween Flyer
Orange and Beige Wicked Cute Halloween Flyer

Fall Festival - Oct 30

Come out and enjoy our Fall Festival on October 30 from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Parade
Trunk or Treating
Pumpkin Decorating
Costume Contest
Food Trucks
Prizes & Candy

Please RSVP via email or on the Tavistock Facebook event page if you plan on attending so we can get a head count for supplies.

If you would like to host a Trunk or Treat car, please let us know ASAP by email.
Save the Date: December 4 from 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Santa will be at the Tavistock Farmhouse for visits and pictures. More details to come!
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This month we had the pleasure of speaking with Tavistock Farms neighbor, Donna Poliquin.

What brought you to Leesburg? We moved to Leesburg in 2014 from Chesapeake, VA, after my husband retired from a 24 year career as a pilot in the Navy. He asked me where I wanted to move next because we had one last Navy move and I answered "I want to move back to Northern Virginia." We had lived in Ashburn prior to Chesapeake while my husband was stationed at the National Reconnaissance office but were drawn to Leesburg's small town charm. So, with the help of our amazing realtor, we found ourselves in Tavistock Farms.

Describe the neighborhood in 3 words. The three words I would use to describe our neighborhood are friendly/welcoming, comforting, and beautiful.

How has Tavistock Farms changed over the years? We have lived in Tavistock Farms for over 7 years. I have watched neighbors move in and out and, with it, brought different aspects of change. Our street did not have many young children when we first moved here and now we are full of young children of various ages. It is wonderful to hear the sounds of the children playing outside on a nice day. I have also seen the social committee grow into a larger more active group with great ideas for everyone. I have enjoyed the outdoor concerts, the holiday events, and the food trucks.

What’s your favorite thing about the community? My favorite thing about the community is the feeling of comfort I have in letting my daughter play outside, walking the dogs on the various trails, having an elementary school in the neighborhood, and watching the neighbors work together on the committees, food drives, yard sales, or just when they recognize a need.

What is your favorite memory from living in Tavistock? My favorite memory from living in Tavistock is one of the reasons why I love our street and neighbors. My husband was traveling a lot for work and I was home alone with a 9-month old baby during one of our big snowstorms in 2014. I bundled her up and headed outside to shovel the driveway and sidewalk when I noticed two of our neighbors and their kids busy snow blowing and shoveling it for me. I almost cried. To this day, if you are not as quick to go outside to shovel your driveway or sideway, you can find one of your neighbors outside already doing it for you. It's a wonderful comforting feeling of knowing that the people in your neighborhood "have your back".

What’s your favorite restaurant in Leesburg? Our favorite restaurant in Leesburg is The Conche. The food is amazing, the drinks are so creative and my daughter loves the chocolate mustache you get with the non-alcoholic version of Moussetache. If you haven't tried it you should do so as it will surprise you. My favorite dish is the short ribs but my husband is a big fan of the scallops. The mixologist will make you a creative surprise or you can go with my husband's standby the soot and rye which has a beautiful and aromatic presentation if you like rye whiskey.

What's your favorite winery or brewery in the area? I love the fact that we have so many family friendly breweries and wineries to enjoy in our immediate area. Our favorite winery is Stone Tower Winery for their views, their wines, and the family friendly atmosphere of the barn. Our favorite brewery in the area is Bear Chase - it's open, has options for everyone and you can even enjoy a hike prior to stopping in for a wine slushy, beer, and a giant pretzel. But honestly, there are so many to choose from and each with their own unique charms that I think it is hard to pick just one.

What's Leesburg's best kept secret? SimplyBe Coffee is Leesburg's best kept secret. It is located next to Sherwin-Williams paint store and has outdoor and indoor seating. You can enjoy locally made and donated treats as well as seasonal coffees and teas. They employ special needs teens and adults and are always sure to welcome you with a smile.

What do you imagine Leesburg to look like in 10 years? From an optimist perspective, I hope that Leesburg doesn't continue to grow in size but does grow in opportunities for more arts, parks, and diversity. I would love to see less data centers and more open land; but from a realist perspective, I know that as long as there are people looking to move here, the builders will keep chipping away at the open areas of land to build houses. I would also love to see more affordable housing throughout Leesburg and a more transparent awareness of food insecurity, homelessness, and poverty in our area. I recognize that Loudoun County is often touted as one of the wealthiest counties in our country but there is still so much need just in our own backyard.
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