Thursday, January 10, 2008

Tally Ho Theatre to Reopen Under New Management

The historic Tally Ho Theatre in downtown Leesburg is scheduled to reopen tomorrow under new operators, said Don Devine, the building's owner.

Devine said the new tenants -- David Wright, David Sly and Steve Heaton -- are actors and comedians and plan on screening new movies and cult classics. Devine said they will also offer improvisational comedy.

The three are managing partners in Market Street Productions, the company that is leasing the building.

"I'm really excited because they are actors and they will bring the Tally Ho some stage presence," Devine said. "They're going to be staying open later and offering more broad-based entertainment. It will still be family-oriented, but they're looking to make it a later night venue as well," he added.

The theater was previously operated by Judy Wilson, who screened popular movies, documentaries and foreign films. Wilson, who operated the theater for five years, chose to terminate her lease last month because of increased competition from other theaters and the cost of capital improvements. Devine said the new tenants signed their lease last month.

The theater will screen "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" starting tomorrow. On Friday and Saturday, there will be a live magic show at 8 p.m. and an improv show at 9 p.m.

Rollover Crash Kills Driver Ejected From Vehicle

A Chantilly man died Friday night after crashing his Lincoln Navigator on Gum Spring Road, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said.

Police said Mark L. Fleshner, 47, was driving north of Ticonderoga Road about 9 p.m. when he lost control of his car. Fleshner left the right side of the road and overcorrected, police said, causing his vehicle to roll several times. He was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from his vehicle.

Fleshner died at the Lansdowne campus of Inova Loudoun Hospital.

Information Session On Housing Vouchers

The Loudoun County Department of Family Services is holding an information session for landlords and property managers on the Housing Choice Voucher Program from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling.

Housing counselors will speak about HUD regulations, tenant and landlord obligations and how tenants and landlords benefit from participating in the Housing Choice Voucher Program. A question-and-answer session will follow.

To register, call 703-777-0419 or e-mail by Monday.

Farmers Market Open Saturdays Through April

The winter farmers market run by the Loudoun Valley HomeGrown Markets Association is open 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through April.

The market is in the parking lot of the Virginia Village Shopping Center on Catoctin Circle in Leesburg and includes locally produced meats, poultry, eggs, wines, baked goods, salsas and jams.

For information, call 703-777-0426 or visit

MADD Seeks Submissions For Poster, Essay Contest

The Loudoun County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is seeking submissions for its annual poster and essay contest.

Public school, private school and home-schooled students in grades 1 through 12 are eligible to submit entries. The four categories are poster, essay, black-and-white photo and public service announcement. Students in grades 1 through 3 are eligible to enter only the poster contest.

Entries in each category must communicate the theme, "Drunks don't think, thinkers don't drink." The top three entries in each category will receive savings bonds of $50, $75 and $100.

Submissions should be mailed to MADD Loudoun County, P.O. Box 4252, Leesburg, Va. 20177 or dropped off in person at 45282 Persimmon Lane, Sterling. The deadline is Feb. 29.

For an entry form, visit For information, call 703-771-8127 or e-mail


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