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Can we all agree this year has been weird? Nothing went as planned and no one knows exactly what the next few months are going to bring. I am here to tell you that the holidays are going to be weird too, but there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate with the ones you love in special Covid-friendly ways.

I am going to celebrate a holiday meal with my “Covid Bubble” since these are the people who have kept me from going crazy these past few months. My bubble is small and lively, but I realize everyone’s bubbles are different and have their own rules. Make sure you adjust any of my holiday suggestions to meet the needs of your personal bubble. There is no harm in asking what people are comfortable with and tailoring some of these suggestions for each potential guest. Nana might not be able to visit your decorated home, but you can certainly email a few photos to her.  

Find/Use Your Voice. Research Current Issues. Take Responsibility. Make an Impact. These are the four core values of the Morven Park Center for Civic Impact. Voting is one way to practice all four civic values at once!

While national elections typically receive more attention, local elections can have a major impact on daily life. Individuals elected to serve as mayors, council members, county officials, or school board members will implement voters’ decisions on ballot issues concerning taxes, school construction, transportation, etc. Depending on your town or city of residence, be aware that you may have many decisions to make.

Back in April, we were one month into a global pandemic, all Loudoun County Public Schools’ (LCPS) buildings were closed for the rest of the school year, and teachers and administrators were trying to figure out how to successfully transition to 100 percent online learning. The Morven Park Center for Civic Impact (MPCCI) team quickly started revising some of our lessons to fit the needs of this new classroom environment so that we could provide assistance to teachers and parents. As a result, over 1,000 students participated in the virtual lessons we offered this spring.

Morven Park will host the Morven Park Fall Horse Trials, offering Novice through Advanced level competition! Registration via will open on August 18. Morven Park has proudly featured annual horse trials since 1974 and looks forward to welcoming equestrians to compete in dressage, show jumping, and cross-country.

The FEI levels originally scheduled have been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. This would have been the first time a CCI4*-L was offered at Morven Park. Park staff were anticipating a record number of competitors, volunteers, and officials to attend from around the United States and other countries.

I miss date night. I know that may sound petty in a world that has much bigger problems, but date night is a great way to reconnect with the ones we love the most, even when we have been stuck in the house with them since March. Date night can help romantic partners remember how to be romantic. Date night can add giggles to your family when you feel too tired or stressed to giggle.

The Morven Park International Equestrian Center is pleased to announce that Purcellville Southern States will be the Title Sponsor for the 2020 Summer Show Series. The Purcellville Southern States Summer Show Series at Morven Park is scheduled to host seven VHSA/BHSA/TIP-rated Hunter/Jumper shows from June through September.

This year, the Morven Park Center for Civic Impact planned to have 10,412 total student interactions, with 4,527 of those interactions taking place between March 12th and June 10th. As in many homes throughout the county, when schools closed on March 12th, we were confused and uncertain about what might happen next. We contacted the schools we had been scheduled to visit during the next four school days, focused on other projects, and thought we would return to the classroom soon.

Like so many venues, Morven Park International Equestrian Center in Leesburg, VA, had an eerily quiet spring. Its Spring Horse Trials, scheduled for March 28-29, was canceled — for the first time in 46 years.

We’re glad to hear that the horse trials’ rescheduling request has been approved. The formerly “Spring” but now “Winter” H.T. will take place Nov. 14-15, 2020, and feature Beginner Novice through Preliminary levels.