Events schedueled for NVRPA



Sarah’s Stories

05/27/2015 11:00 AM to 05/27/2015 03:00 PM
Cost: $3 per child, free to Friends of Carlyle House members. Tour of museum not included.
Reservation Required: Yes
Carlyle House Historic Park invites you to “Sarah’s Stories” a monthly program featuring educator-led readings of 18th century history-themed books for children and their guardians. Guardians are expected to stay throughout the duration of the program. This program is geared towards children ages 3-6 but all are welcome. Reservations are recommended as space is limited.

Contact Details:
Carlyle House Historic Park, 703-549-2997, vherndon@nvrpa.org Directions to the Park: The Carlyle House Historic Park is located at 121 North Fairfax Street in Alexandria, Virginia. From Northern Virginia: Take 1-495 (Capital Beltway) East/95 North to Rte. 1 North. Turn right on King Street and left on N. Fairfax. From Washington, DC: Take George Washington Parkway South towards Alexandria. Turn left on Queen Street and right on N Fairfax. From Maryland: Take 1-495 across Woodrow Wilson Bridge to Rte. 1 North. Turn right on King St. and left on N. Fairfax. Carlyle House is also accessible by Metro and bus. The closest Metro station is King St. or Braddock Rd.(Yellow/Blue Lines).


Vintage Virginia Wine Festival

05/30/2015 11:00 PM to 05/30/2015 06:00 PM
Cost: $35 general admission tickets
Vintage Virginia, featuring the Commonwealth’s best wine, food and music each year during a fun-filled festival at Bull Run Park Special Events Center. This year’s Vintage promises to be the best in decades, with an emphasis on Virginian cuisine, showcased by daily cooking presentations by Top Chefs from across the country! Additionally, a line-up of nearly two dozen of the Washington, DC-area’s favorite Food Trucks will be on hand, making for a perfectly balanced weekend of wine, food, friends and music. Virginia is for Lovers… of Wine!

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Barn Dance

05/30/2015 06:00 PM to 05/30/2015 09:00 PM
Cost: $30 per person, $50 per couple
Reservation Required: Yes
Come out to Temple Hall Farm Regional Park and enjoy a night of dancing with Jake and the Burtones Bluegrass Band and dance callers Rock & Candy. Cost is $30 per person, or $50 per couple. Call 703-352-5900 or contact John Lewis: jlewis@nvrpa.org for registration. http://jakeandtheburtones.bandcamp.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPIiAMupwaQ

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Barn Dance

05/30/2015 06:00 AM to 05/30/2015 09:00 PM
Cost: $30 per person, $50 per couple
Come out to Temple Hall Farm Regional Park and enjoy a night of dancing with Jake and the Burtones Bluegrass Band (click the link to learn about the band), and dance callers Rock & Candy (click the link for a video of one of their performances). Cost is $30 per person, or $50 per couple. Call 703-352-5900 for registration.

Contact Details:
John Lewis, 703-779-9372, jlewis@nvrpa.org.


Succulent And Cactus Plant Sale

05/30/2015 10:00 AM to 05/30/2015 04:00 PM
Cost: Plant cost
Succulent and cactus plants are known for being low maintenance and deer resistant, a great combination! This sale, offering a great variety of interesting plants, will be hosted by the National Capital Cactus and Succulent Society. The sale will take place in front of the Visitor Center from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. or while plants last. Plant costs start at $1—cash and checks sales only.

Contact Details:
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens: 703-255-3631


Bull Run River Cleanup Day

05/30/2015 09:00 AM to 05/30/2015
Cost: Free
Adventure Links is hosting a Bull Run River cleanup day to keep the waterway free of trash and to keep Fairfax County's watershed healthy. Join us May 30th, at 9am at Hemlock Overlook.

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Savor the Flavor: The Food of the 18th- Century

05/30/2015 12:00 PM to 05/30/2015
Cost: Free Admission to event, Bake sale goods $1
Bring your appetite for learning as you travel back in time to the 18th-century for Carlyle House’s Annual Hands-on –History Tent! Children and their families are invited to explore the history of Colonial food through various crafts and hands-on activities. Activities include open hearth cooking demonstrations, ice cream making, butter making, and discovering an 18th-century kitchen. There will also be a bake sale with 18th-century treats available for purchase for $1. All proceeds from the bake sale will benefit the education programs at Carlyle House. This event is designed for children ages 3-12 but all are welcome! Admission to the event is free but donations are welcome (suggested donation $1).

Contact Details:
Carlyle House Historic Park, 703-549-2997, carlyle@nvrpa.org Directions to the Park: The Carlyle House Historic Park is located at 121 North Fairfax Street in Alexandria, Virginia. From Northern Virginia: Take 1-495 (Capital Beltway) East/95 North to Rte. 1 North. Turn right on King Street and left on N. Fairfax. From Washington, DC: Take George Washington Parkway South towards Alexandria. Turn left on Queen Street and right on N Fairfax. From Maryland: Take 1-495 across Woodrow Wilson Bridge to Rte. 1 North. Turn right on King St. and left on N. Fairfax. Carlyle House is also accessible by Metro and bus. The closest Metro station is King St. or Braddock Rd.(Yellow/Blue Lines).


Vintage Virginia Wine Festival

05/31/2015 11:00 AM to 05/30/2015 06:00 PM
Cost: $35 general admission tickets
Vintage Virginia, featuring the Commonwealth’s best wine, food and music each year during a fun-filled festival at Bull Run Park Special Events Center. This year’s Vintage promises to be the best in decades, with an emphasis on Virginian cuisine, showcased by daily cooking presentations by Top Chefs from across the country! Additionally, a line-up of nearly two dozen of the Washington, DC-area’s favorite Food Trucks will be on hand, making for a perfectly balanced weekend of wine, food, friends and music. Virginia is for Lovers… of Wine!

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Creepy Crawly Walk

05/31/2015 11:00 AM to 05/31/2015 12:00 PM
Cost: Free. Donations are kindly accepted and will help to fund the construction of Algonkian Nature Preserve accessible nature trail.
Come out to the Algonkian Nature Preserve to discover what creeps around in the woods. Be prepared to get dirty as we search the forest floor and kick over fallen logs to find some of the many fascinating reptile, amphibian, and invertebrate species of Northern Virginia. Boots and long pants recommended!

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Specimen Plants For Your Garden

05/31/2015 11:00 AM to 05/31/2015 12:30 PM
Cost: Free with paid garden admission ($2.50-$5.00).
What makes a great specimen plant---its appearance, origin, culture or culture life cycle? Join Meadowlark Manager Keith Tomlinson on a walk to learn about many of these plants that you can grow in your own garden. Participants should come prepared to walk a mile. There is no program fee, but regular Garden admission applies ($2.50-$5.00). Reservations are not required, but suggested.

Contact Details:
Questions? Please call 703-255-3631.


“A Jazzy June!”: African-American Music Appreciation Month at Carlyle House

06/04/2015 06:00 PM to 06/04/2015 08:00 PM
Cost: FREE
June is African-American Music Appreciation month, and Carlyle House and Alexandria’s Black History Museum will be co-hosting talented local artists to celebrate the roots of this music! Join us on the Magnolia Terrace for a glass of wine or a beer and enjoy two evenings of music in the gardens of Carlyle House during “A Jazzy June!” The concerts will take place on Thursday, June 4th and Thursday, June 18th from 6-8pm. On Thursday, June 4th, The Sandra Y. Johnson Sextet will perform with the following musicians: Sandra Y. Johnson, (vocalist), Pete Rassrand, (piano), Thomas View, (bass), Tony Harrod, (guitar), Chantina Crawford, (drums), Michael Horton, (saxophone/flute). Sandra Y. Johnson, a native Washingtonian, has been singing most of her life, whether professionally, in an organized choir, in the privacy of her home, or with friends. Sandra Y. Johnson performs straight-ahead Jazz, Blues, and R&B/Oldies music, including Motown around the DC Metro Area and at special events. DuPont Brass, a local group from Howard University, will perform on Thursday, June 18th. This energetic and youthful group is self-described as “a new, innovative brass band hailing from the DC Metropolitan Area.” DuPont Brass has grown to nine members and has gained popularity from playing at local Metro stations and performed throughout the city as a featured group with the acclaimed DC Jazz Festival. Overall, the mission of the band is to “uplift the spirits of people with their music…not just in the DMV area, but the entire world." The concert on the 18th takes place on the eve of “Juneteenth,” one of the oldest celebrations commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Each year, Juneteenth is celebrated across the country by communities who commemorate this historic moment of freedom through food, music, and dance. Carlyle House and the Alexandria Black History Museum are proud to continue this tradition through this event. Beer, wine and water will be offered for sale during the concerts. Please do not bring your own alcoholic beverages due to Virginia ABC alcohol regulations. This event is co-sponsored by Carlyle House (NOVA Parks) and Alexandria’s Black History Museum (Office of Historic Alexandria). Carlyle House is accessible by riding the FREE Trolley running every 15 minutes from the King Street Metro Station, and is centrally located near several parking garages. Located at 121 N. Fairfax Street in Old Town Alexandria, Carlyle House Historic Park is a property of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. Hours are Tuesday–Saturday, 10am– 4pm and Sunday, 12–4pm. For more information, call 703-549-2997 or visit www.novaparks.com.

Contact Details:
Carlyle House Historic Park, 703-549-2997, carlyle@nvrpa.org Directions to the Park: The Carlyle House Historic Park is located at 121 North Fairfax Street in Alexandria, Virginia. From Northern Virginia: Take 1-495 (Capital Beltway) East/95 North to Rte. 1 North. Turn right on King Street and left on N. Fairfax. From Washington, DC: Take George Washington Parkway South towards Alexandria. Turn left on Queen Street and right on N Fairfax. From Maryland: Take 1-495 across Woodrow Wilson Bridge to Rte. 1 North. Turn right on King St. and left on N. Fairfax. Carlyle House is also accessible by Metro and bus. The closest Metro station is King St. or Braddock Rd.(Yellow/Blue Lines).


Volunteer Work Party

06/06/2015 10:00 AM to 06/06/2015 12:00 PM
Cost: Free
Spend a morning with park staff and volunteers helping with indoor and outdoor projects in your favorite park! Reservations NOT required — meet at the Nature Center at 10 AM. Please call 703-528-5406 for more details. Potomac Overlook Regional Park 2845 N Marcey Road Arlington, VA 22207 703-528-5406 potomac@nvrpa.org

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Civil War Field Hospital

06/06/2015 09:00 AM to 06/07/2015 04:00 PM
Cost: Free, donations accepted
Civil War re-enactors portray a Union medical team in the church-turned-field hospital. The sounds of gunfire were barely fading when wounded Union and Confederate soldiers were taken to Mt. Zion Church following the bloody fighting just west of the church site 152 years ago, following the Cavalry battles in nearby Aldie, Middleburg and Upperville in June 1863. The church was used as a field hospital both for soldiers wounded in battle, and for those felled by heatstroke, typhoid fever, or other illnesses. Civil War living history portrayers will recreate life in camp as well as medical practices of the Civil War time period. The public is invited to visit their camp, step inside the church-turned-hospital, and stroll through the adjacent cemetery where Civil War veterans are buried.

Contact Details:
Tracy J. Gillespie, Site Manager, Mt. Zion Historic Park, 703-327-9777, tgillespie@nvrpa.org All activities will take place at 40309 John Mosby Highway, Aldie VA 20105


“A Jazzy June!”: African-American Music Appreciation Month at Carlyle House

06/18/2015 06:00 PM to 06/18/2015 08:00 PM
Cost: Free
June is African-American Music Appreciation month, and Carlyle House and Alexandria’s Black History Museum will be co-hosting talented local artists to celebrate the roots of this music! Join us on the Magnolia Terrace for a glass of wine or a beer and enjoy two evenings of music in the gardens of Carlyle House during “A Jazzy June!” The concerts will take place on Thursday, June 4th and Thursday, June 18th from 6-8pm. On Thursday, June 4th, The Sandra Y. Johnson Sextet will perform with the following musicians: Sandra Y. Johnson, (vocalist), Pete Rassrand, (piano), Thomas View, (bass), Tony Harrod, (guitar), Chantina Crawford, (drums), Michael Horton, (saxophone/flute). Sandra Y. Johnson, a native Washingtonian, has been singing most of her life, whether professionally, in an organized choir, in the privacy of her home, or with friends. Sandra Y. Johnson performs straight-ahead Jazz, Blues, and R&B/Oldies music, including Motown around the DC Metro Area and at special events. DuPont Brass, a local group from Howard University, will perform on Thursday, June 18th. This energetic and youthful group is self-described as “a new, innovative brass band hailing from the DC Metropolitan Area.” DuPont Brass has grown to nine members and has gained popularity from playing at local Metro stations and performed throughout the city as a featured group with the acclaimed DC Jazz Festival. Overall, the mission of the band is to “uplift the spirits of people with their music…not just in the DMV area, but the entire world." The concert on the 18th takes place on the eve of “Juneteenth,” one of the oldest celebrations commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Each year, Juneteenth is celebrated across the country by communities who commemorate this historic moment of freedom through food, music, and dance. Carlyle House and the Alexandria Black History Museum are proud to continue this tradition through this event. Beer, wine and water will be offered for sale during the concerts. Please do not bring your own alcoholic beverages due to Virginia ABC alcohol regulations. This event is co-sponsored by Carlyle House (NOVA Parks) and Alexandria’s Black History Museum (Office of Historic Alexandria). Carlyle House is accessible by riding the FREE Trolley running every 15 minutes from the King Street Metro Station, and is centrally located near several parking garages. Located at 121 N. Fairfax Street in Old Town Alexandria, Carlyle House Historic Park is a property of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. Hours are Tuesday–Saturday, 10am– 4pm and Sunday, 12–4pm. For more information, call 703-549-2997 or visit www.novaparks.com.

Contact Details:
Carlyle House Historic Park, 703-549-2997, carlyle@nvrpa.org Directions to the Park: The Carlyle House Historic Park is located at 121 North Fairfax Street in Alexandria, Virginia. From Northern Virginia: Take 1-495 (Capital Beltway) East/95 North to Rte. 1 North. Turn right on King Street and left on N. Fairfax. From Washington, DC: Take George Washington Parkway South towards Alexandria. Turn left on Queen Street and right on N Fairfax. From Maryland: Take 1-495 across Woodrow Wilson Bridge to Rte. 1 North. Turn right on King St. and left on N. Fairfax. Carlyle House is also accessible by Metro and bus. The closest Metro station is King St. or Braddock Rd.(Yellow/Blue Lines).


Northern Virginia Summer Brewfest

06/20/2015 11:00 AM to 06/20/2015 07:00 PM
$35 at the gate,$25 advance online,$15 designated driver, $10 designated driver advance online Ages 0-15 are free and must be accompanied by an adult age 21 or older Ages 16-20 must purchase a designated driver ticket and must be accompanied by an adult age 21 or over Craft beer sampling festival featuring 50+ breweries. This family friendly event attracts a wide range of people from twenty-somethings to baby boomers. A variety of food is available to complement the brews, outstanding local/regional bands provide entertainment, local/regional businesses market and sell their products or services, and there is an area with activities for families with young children.

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Good Ol’ Days Car Show

06/21/2015 09:00 AM to 06/21/2015 03:00 PM
Cost: $3.00 a person
Over 200 cars will be on display with 50 awards, dash plaques to the first 125 registrants. Door prizes, games, raffle, t-shirts, live music, food and more! Vendors welcome! For more information please visit www.princewilliamcruisers.com or contact Steve Shifflet, 703-971-8455.

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Northern Virginia Summer Brewfest

06/21/2015 11:00 AM to 06/21/2015 07:00 PM
$35 at the gate,$25 advance online,$15 designated driver, $10 designated driver advance online Ages 0-15 are free and must be accompanied by an adult age 21 or older Ages 16-20 must purchase a designated driver ticket and must be accompanied by an adult age 21 or over Craft beer sampling festival featuring 50+ breweries. This family friendly event attracts a wide range of people from twenty-somethings to baby boomers. A variety of food is available to complement the brews, outstanding local/regional bands provide entertainment, local/regional businesses market and sell their products or services, and there is an area with activities for families with young children.

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The Ice Cream Race

06/27/2015 08:00 AM to 06/27/2015 02:00 PM
Cost: $25-49 entry fee
The Ice Cream Race is an all-ages event that encourages participants to fight their way through our unique course by climbing over Walls of Fun, zooming down the Chocolate Syrup Water Slide, and trudging through our Cherry Juice Pit! You will be chased by all of your favorite toppings throughout the course. Once you cross the finish line, you’ll be rewarded with a custom made T-shirt and—you guessed it—ice cream! You will have access to music, food trucks, ice cream eating competitions, and wild costume competitions.

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Community Garage Sale

07/11/2015 09:00 AM to 07/11/2015 05:00 PM
Cost: $25 per space
Reservation Required: Yes
Each individual will receive a ten by ten foot space to display their sale items. Please register at www.NOVAParks.com For more information on this event please contact park manager, John Houser, at 703-690-2121.

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Volunteer Work Party

08/01/2015 10:00 AM to 08/01/2015 12:00 PM
Cost: Free
Spend a morning with park staff and volunteers helping with indoor and outdoor projects in your favorite park! Reservations NOT required — meet at the Nature Center at 10 AM. Please call 703-528-5406 for more details. 2845 N Marcey Road Arlington, VA 22207 703-528-5406 potomac@nvrpa.org

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Community Yard Sale at Occoquan Regional Park

08/08/2015 09:00 AM to 08/08/2015 05:00 PM
Cost: $25 per space
Each individual will receive a ten by ten foot space to display their sale items. Register at www.NOVAParks.com For more information about this event please contact park manager, John Houser, 703-690-2121

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Free SUP Lesson

08/15/2015 11:30 AM to 08/15/2015 01:30 PM
Cost: FREE Instruction, Boat Rental Required
Come out to learn the basics of Stand Up Paddle Boarding. Free instruction from our park naturalist to get you comfortable on the water and prepared to go out on your own. For more information please call the park at 703.339.6104. Guests will check-in at the boat rental facility where they will meet the paddle instructor. Life jackets will be fitted and participants will be equipped with their boat and paddle.

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Pakistan Festival USA

08/30/2015 02:00 PM to 08/30/2015 10:00 PM
Cost: $5 per person
General showcase of Pakistani culture, food and music.

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Wounded Warriors Benefit Car Show

09/13/2015 09:00 AM to 09/13/2015 03:00 PM
Cost: $3.00 a person
Over 200 cars will be on display with 50 awards, dash plaques to the first 125 registrants. Door prizes, games, raffle, t-shirts, live music, food and more! Vendors welcome! Proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Program. For more information please visit www.princewilliamcruisers.com or contact Steve Shifflet, 703-971-8455.

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Fall Color Tour

10/17/2015 02:00 PM to 10/17/2015 04:30 PM
Cost: $30.00 with boat rental and equipment
Reservation Required: Yes
Join us for a tour on the marsh of Pohick Bay while we experience nature as the seasons are changing. No experience necessary! Guided tours range from 2.5-3 hours discussing the wonderful nature, aquatic vegetation, native animals and beautiful scenery found on the Bay. For more information please call the park at 703.339.6104. Registered guests will meet at the boat rental facility 10 minutes prior to the scheduled tour time. Life jackets will be fitted and participants will be equipped with their boat and paddle prior to the tour.

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Blood and Guts Run

10/24/2015 09:00 AM to 10/24/2015 02:00 PM
Cost: $25-49 entry fee
The Blood and Guts Run is an all ages 5k fun run. There are 15+ obstacles and hundreds of blood squirting zombies that will be attempting to infect you with blood filled water guns.

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Fall Color Tour

10/24/2015 02:00 PM to 10/24/2015 04:30 PM
Cost: $30.00 with boat rental and equipment
Reservation Required: Yes
Join us for a tour on the marsh of Pohick Bay while we experience nature as the seasons are changing. No experience necessary! Guided tours range from 2.5-3 hours discussing the wonderful nature, aquatic vegetation, native animals and beautiful scenery found on the Bay. For more information please call the park at 703.339.6104. Registered guests will meet at the boat rental facility 10 minutes prior to the scheduled tour time. Life jackets will be fitted and participants will be equipped with their boat and paddle prior to the tour.

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