Foxcroft School's annual poetry festival starts tomorrow and features readings and workshops. Rub elbows with Grace Cavalieri and Geraldine Connolly. Cavalieri has written 12 books of poetry and is a playwright with plays produced in every state, a member of the poetry faculty at St. Mary's College of Maryland and resident poet leading the writing workshop at Word Works' annual Tuscany Arts Retreat. Connolly is executive director of the quarterly "Poet Lore," teaches in the Johns Hopkins University Graduate Writing Program and is author of two books of poetry and numerous contributions to magazines and journals. Reservations are required. Connolly reads at 8 p.m. Friday and Cavalieri at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Free. At the school, 22407 Foxhound Lane, Middleburg. 540-687-5555.


Nancy Prestipino, a composer, pianist and singer from Purcellville, draws on personal experiences for inspiration. She recently released a CD, "Words on the Wind," and performed in the Hill Playhouse musical production of "Working." She will be accompanied by guitarist Gary Smallwood, bassist Wayne Estes and drummer Mattias Rucht. Prestipino will play a new Boston grand piano recently dedicated to St. Matthews Episcopal Church in honor of her appointment as music director. 8 p.m. Saturday. At the church, 201 E. Frederick Dr., Sterling. $10; children, $5. 703-975-3315, 703-430-2121, www.nancyprestipino.com or www.stmatthewssterling.org.


The Loudoun County Government Center has welcomed a painting exhibit by Harold and Edith Symes, county residents for the past few years. The 16 paintings on view are oils and watercolors painted since the couple moved here. They are graduates of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and have taught art at public school and university levels. They work out of their studio in Cascades and paint landscapes with other members of Loudoun Sketch Club each summer. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays through February. Meet the artists 2-4 p.m. Jan. 31 and Feb. 14. 1 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg. Free. 703-777-0251.

Paintings by local artists Harold and Edith Symes are on display at the County Government Center through February. Above, a landscape by Harold Symes.