The Town of Leesburg and the Loudoun Border Guards Fife & Drum Corps' Salute to Veterans Day is a two-hour ceremony that includes music, remembrances of POWs and MIAs, speeches and a continental breakfast. 11 a.m. Sunday, Ida Lee Park Recreation Center, 60 Ida Lee Dr., Leesburg. Free. 703-777-1368.


The Beastie Bazaar is an annual holiday shopping benefit for the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies. It began as a homespun party and animal fundraiser in 1996 and has grown into a tented crafts fair, an adoption center and educational event. Enjoy a wide selection of food, wine, gifts and animal art from more than 50 vendors, hay rides, a bake sale, a silent auction, a raffle, animals to meet and pet adoptions. Cat and dog food and supplies are accepted as admission to the event to be distributed to area animal welfare groups. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday, Ayshire Farm, 21846 Trappe Rd., Upperville. 540-592-7018 or


Organizers of the fifth annual Blue and Gray Ball, to benefit the John Singleton Mosby Museum Foundation, promise to transport guests back to the War Between the States in "Old Virginia" on Saturday. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and members of the 4th Virginia Cavalry, "The Black Horse Troop," will make a dramatic entrance on horseback carrying torches shortly after 6. There will be period decor, a silent auction and Victorian-era parlor games. Southern Horizon, a string quartet from Richmond, will play songs from the period, and the dance master will teach guests to do each dance. Wet-plate photographer Robert Gibson will take formal portraits made as they would have been during the war using authentic glass plates and ambrotype prints. Period costumers requested or modern black tie. Fauquier Springs Country Club, Warrenton. Ticket information, 540-351-1600 or Only 165 tickets are available because of the size of the ballroom dance floor.

The annual Blue and Gray Ball in Warrenton takes guests back in time. Two years ago, Leonard Birney used the occasion to propose to Debi Hackney.