Leesburg's Historic District Made for TV

The little screen is coming to Leesburg.

A Missouri-based film company plans to take over a four-block stretch of the historic district Oct. 27 to shoot a made-for-television movie.

With about 60 actors, cameramen and makeup artists on hand, and more than a dozen cars, vans and trailers expected, the crew has asked the town to prohibit vehicular traffic on Market Street between Wirt and Church streets and on part of King Street between Cornwall and Loudoun streets from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day. The sidewalks would remain open to pedestrians.

Town Manager Robert S. Noe has asked the Town Council to consider the request. In the event of rain, filming would push back two days, to Oct. 29.

The movie, "Cupid and Cate," is being shot by McGee Street Productions, of Arlington, a subsidiary of Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions Inc. The script is based on a novel about an Italian family--"Cupid and Diana," by Christina Bartolomeo--and the movie stars Peter Gallagher, who also has a featured role in the film "American Beauty."

During filming, Stockman Title Co. on the corner of Market and King will be turned into a small cafe, and a wedding scene will be shot across the street at the county courthouse.

"Cupid and Cate" is scheduled to air next year on CBS.

Leesburg will get a mention in the script, according to town spokeswoman Susan Farmer. It's not the first time the town has gone Hollywood, so to speak: in 1990, a commercial for Progresso soup was shot in the Leesburg Restaurant.

-- Dana Hedgpeth

To Bee or Not to Bee, Recyclers?

Please rinse out your bottles and cans.

That's the word to Loudoun County recyclers from the Office of Solid Waste Management.

Unrinsed soda and juice bottles and other sweet discards are like honey to a bee, and the county is trying to prevent its recycling bins from being swarmed. Rinsing also helps keep the odors manageable.

For more information on recycling do's and dont's, call 703-771-5318.

Good-Doers Need Your Assistance

Volunteers for Loudoun Interfaith Relief Inc., the county's largest emergency food distribution group, will be collecting food outside area grocery stores Saturday, which is World Food Day.

Last year, volunteers collected more than 10,000 pounds of food, and they hope to exceed that this year.

Teams will be in place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Ashburn at the Food Lion, Giant and Super Fresh stores; in Leesburg and Sterling at the Food Lion, Giant and Safeway stores; and in Purcellville at the Food Lion and Food Plus.

For more information, call 703-777-5911.

Also, 30-plus hair salon professionals will wield their scissors and blow dryers in the name of charity next Sunday at the second annual Loudoun Cut-A-Thon, sponsored by Hair Port Salon & Day Spa.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Countryside Shopping Center in Sterling and will include raffles for adults and children, a silent auction and an array of beautifying services. Last year's Cut-A-Thon raised more than $4,500.

Donations this year will go to the City of Hope National Medical Center in California for breast cancer research. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month [Letters to the Editor, Page 2].