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One-Day Events

Mount Vernon Signature Walking Tour

Jan 16, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 3:30pm
Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement!

This tour is available daily at 3:30 pm through March 14 (except February 14 - 17).


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Tributes at the Tomb at Mount Vernon

Jan 16, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 10am and 3pm (April-October); 12pm (November-March)
A special ceremony and wreath laying occurs at Washington's Tomb daily at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., April - October, and 12 p.m., November - March. This tour is included with general admission. Consult Today at Mount Vernon upon arrival for programming details.

 


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Special Exhibit: Gardens & Groves

Feb 22 - Jan 10, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Admission: Included in regular Estate admission.

Come explore Washington's design for his estate, highlighting the first president's interests and talents as a landscape designer.


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National Treasure Tour at Mount Vernon

Mar 1, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: Check Mount Vernon Website for dates/times.
Admission: $5 per tour, in addition to regular Estate admission.

 

This one-hour walking tour goes behind-the-scenes to areas where "National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets" filming took place and explores how these locations were used during George Washington's time.

 


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Sightseeing Water Tour at Mount Vernon

Mar 1 - Nov 29, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: Check Mount Vernon Website for dates/times.
Admission: $10 per tour, in addition to regular Estate admission.

 

See George Washington’s Mount Vernon from a different perspective during this 45-minute narrated sightseeing excursion on the Potomac River.

 


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Through My Eyes Tour at Mount Vernon

Mar 1 - Dec 28, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 1:30pm
Admission: $5 per tour, in addition to regular Estate admission.

 

Step back in time for a 45-minute immersive experience. Join people from Washington's world, like his granddaughter, personal secretary, or farm manager, as they go about their daily activities, making several stops along the way.

 


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Yoga in the Park

Apr 10, Mosaic District - Strawberry Park

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday
Address: 2911 District Ave, Merrifield, VA
Times: Thursday, 7pm; Sunday, 9am
Admission: Free
Free community Vinyasa flow yoga outside in Strawberry Park taught by Spark Yoga.

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Sunday Night Jazz

Apr 27, Il Fornaio

Recurring monthly on the last Sunday
Address: Reston Town Center, Reston, VA
Times: 6pm - 9pm
Phone: (703) 437-5544
Enjoy live jazz the last two Sundays of every month.

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Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights

Nov 14 - Jan 4, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna, VA
Times: 5:00pm doors, 5:30pm show
Phone: (703) 255-3631
Admission: $13 adults, $8 children ages 3-12; Children under 3 are free.

Visit Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights from November 14th - January 4th to experience over 500,000 LED lights and displays that bring Meadowlark Botanical Gardens to life! Imagine the beauty of Meadowlark's renowned gardens transformed into a winter wonderland, including a flowing stream of softly glowing lights. Marvel at the two story animated fountain, stroll past the Gingerbread Village, and explore the beauty of nature like you've never seen it. This event is sure to be the highlight of your holiday season!


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Santa HQ at Tysons Corner Center

Nov 14 - Dec 24, Tysons Corner Center

Recurring daily
Address: 1961 Chain Bridge Road, Tysons Corner, VA
Visit Santa's Magical Workshop & Observatory, presented by HGTV - for photos and family activities, located in Fashion Court on level one between Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's - beginning November 14th.

Capture memorable photos with family & friends, scan yourself at the Naughty or Nice O'Meter, Snap and "Elfie" and star in your own video, experience Elf-Ray Vision in Santa's Observatory and much more!

Skip the line to see Santa...Reserve your space online.


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Bull Run Festival of Lights & Holiday Village

Nov 19 - Jan 4, Bull Run Regional Park

Recurring daily
Address: 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, VA
Times: Monday - Thursday: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Fridays - Sunday & holidays: 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Phone: (703) 631-0550
Admission: Mon-Thurs, $15 per car ; Fri-Sun & Holidays, $20 per car

For more than 12 years the Bull Run Festival of Lights at Bull Run Regional Park has drawn thousands of visitors from hundreds of miles away to Centreville, Virginia, just outside Washington, DC. This year's festival opens November 19th and runs through January 4th.  The Bull Run Festival of Lights is held each year to celebrate the winter holiday season. The event sees more than 30,000 cars each season, and over 130,000 people! Bull Run Festival of Lights is located just off of Interstate 66 in Centreville, on Rt. 29 (Lee Highway), just 3 miles from historic Manassas Battlefield Park.

The Portal Wreath signifying the official start of the beautiful Bull Run Festival of Lights, this display has been part of the show since 2006. Each year a new ornament representing a display in the show will be added to this collection, and the portal wreath is the first in the series.

Santa's Enchanted Lights, with over 40,000 animated lights set to music! This great feature is merely a fraction of what you'll find at this season's Festival of Lights! 

 


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Season of Innovation: "Dido, Queen of Carthage"

Nov 20 - Nov 23, George Mason University's Center for the Arts - TheatreSpace

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Nov 20-22, 8pm; Nov 22-23, 2pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $15, adults; $10, students, faculty & staff, seniors and groups
Between the destruction of Troy and the founding of Rome, Queen Dido built the magnificent city of Carthage. One of Marlowe's most fascinating plays, inspired by Virgil's "Aeneid," this retelling of the tragic love of Dido for the Trojan hero Aeneas unfolds in verse written by one of the great playwrights of the Elizabethan Age.


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"One Man, Two Guvnors"

Nov 21 - Dec 28, 1st Stage Theater

Recurring daily
Address: 1524 Spring Hill Road, Tysons, VA
Times: See website for all performance times.
Contact: Eileen Mandell
Phone: (703) 854-1856
Admission: See website.
By Richard Bean
Directed by Matthew R. Wilson
Slapstick, satire, mayhem, songs and glittering one-liners combine in this glorious celebration of all that is comic in the world. Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe... but Roscoe is really Rachel, posing as her own dead brother... who's been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a job with one Stanley Stubbers. Now Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple. But maybe not. But Glorious fun nonetheless.
Some naughty, feisty language

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"One Man, Two Guvnors"

Nov 21 - Dec 28, 1st Stage

Recurring every 6 weeks on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Address: 1524 Springhill Road, Tysons, Virginia
Times: Fridays at 8PM; Saturdays at 2 & 8pm and Sundays at 2 & 7 pm
Contact: Eileen P Mandell
Phone: (703) 465-1607
Admission: $28-General / $23 - Seniors/ $15 -Students
November 21 – December 28, 2014 One Man, Two Guvnors By Richard Bean Directed by Matthew R. Wilson Slapstick, satire, mayhem, songs and glittering one-liners combine in this glorious celebration of all that is comic in the world. Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe… but Roscoe is really Rachel, posing as her own dead brother… who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a job with one Stanley Stubbers. Now Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple. But maybe not. Some naughty, feisty language

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The Nation's Gun Show

Nov 21 - Nov 23, Dulles Expo Center

Recurring daily
Address: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA
Times: Friday, 1pm-8pm; Saturday,9am-5pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm
Phone: (540) 951-1344
Admission: Adults, $13; Kids 12-17, $7; Free for kids under 12; 3-Day Pass, $20
C & E Gun Shows is dedicated to producing the most professional, safest and ethical gun shows in the country. We strive to provide our patrons with the best available selection of firearms, ammo, knives and related merchandise, and our dealers with the largest crowds of qualified buyers anywhere, while always doing all we can do to protect the constitution of the United States of America.

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23rd Annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show

Nov 22 - Nov 23, George Mason University Fairfax, at The HUB Ballroom

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 Universtiy Drive, Fairfax, Virginia
Times: Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 10am-4pm
Contact: Jim Kostka
Phone: (202) 207-5437
Admission: Adults $5, seniors $3, students (13-17) $3. FREE = Children (12 and under), Scouts in uniform and GMU Students with ID.
More than 20 dealers, minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry, meteorites, crystals, demonstrations, exhibits, door prizes, kids' mini-mines, learning activities, Cub Scout activities, silent auction on Sunday.

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Metropolitan School of the Arts Presents "Nutcracker"

Nov 22 - Nov 23, Richard J. Ernst Theatre, NVCC Annandale Campus

Recurring daily
Address: 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, Virginia
Times: Saturday, 1pm & 7pm; Sunday, 12pm & 5pm
Admission: $21 - $27

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. will present their annual Nutcracker performances on Sat., Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and on Sun., Nov. 24 at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m.at the Northern Virginia Community College, Ernst Cultural Center at the Annandale Campus in Annandale, Va. Ticket prices range from $21 to $27 and can be purchased online at www.metropolitanarts.org.

"The holidays can be a magical time, and our students bring that magic to life with the Nutcracker, creating an imaginary, musical adventure for all ages to enjoy," said Melissa Dobbs, founder and president of Metropolitan School of the Arts Alexandria and Lorton, Va.  


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Chamber Music Concert at the Alden

Nov 23, The Alden

Address: 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, VA
Times: 3:00 pm
Phone: (703) 790-0123
Admission: Free
Free chamber music concerts cosponsored by the Music Friends of the Fairfax County Public Library and The Alden. All concerts are open to the public and begin at 3 pm. Tickets are not required.

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Land of Sweets Tea

Nov 23, Richard J. Ernst Theatre, NVCC Annandale Campus

Address: 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, Virginia
Times: 2pm
Admission: $25

 

A post- performance celebration with ballet dancers and Land of Sweets' fare; includes live music, photos with the characters and autographs from our Virginia stars. This is a seated event, with eight per table, pre-assigned according to time of reservation and party size.

 


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Sunday Soiree: "Autumn Splendor"

Nov 23, McLean Community Center

Address: 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, VA
Times: 3-5pm
Phone: (703) 790-0123
Admission: $15/couple, $8/single
Sunday Soiree Series Dance.

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Thanksgiving Farm Market

Nov 23, Mosaic District

Address: 2911 District Ave, Merrifield, VA
Times: 9am - 2pm
Admission: Free
Stock up on organic produce, breads, cornbreads, meats and other holiday favorites at our Thanksgiving Farm Market, brought to you by Mosaic Central Farm Market.

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Thanksgiving Potluck

Nov 23, Franconia United Methodist Church

Address: 6037 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA
Times: 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Phone: (703) 971-5151
Admission: Free
Has your family gotten too small for you to make some cherished holiday dishes? Or perhaps you're the only one in your family who has a fondness for your grandma's sweet potato casserole with marshmallows, pecans, and extra brown sugar...THIS IS YOUR CHANCE! Join us at Franconia United Methodist Church on Nov 23, 5-7 PM, for free dinner. We'll provide the turkey and gravy. Come and if you can, bring your favorite dish to share. And if you can't bring a dish, please come anyhow! We are located at 6037 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA at the corner of Beulah and Franconia, next to the Franconia Elementary School, convenient to the Fairfax Connector routes 231, 232, and 310. Contact us at admin@franconiaumc.org or 703 971-5151. See our website at http://www.franconiaumc.org.

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Tysons Corner Center Night of Charitable Giving

Nov 23, Tysons Corner Center

Address: 1961 Chain Bridge Road, Tysons Corner, VA
Times: 7:30pm - 10pm

Food, Fun and Fashion for a worthy cause. Enjoy fashion shows, exclusive performances, giveaways, and celebrity meet and greets. Sample light fare from our retailers plus get exclusive one-night only offers. For more information and to purchase ticekts, visit facebook.com/TysonsCornerCenter or stop by the Concierge Desk outside Macy's on level one.

In efforts to honor our community and the various non-profits that weave the fabric of our region Tysons Corner Center is hosting an exclusive after-hours ticketed event that will bring the community together while assisting non-profits to raise funds during the most charitable time of the year.

Tysons Corner Center will come alive for this exclusive ticketed event as we program the entire center with 1-night only in-store retailer sales and events, in-mall activations, celebrity meet and greets,photo opps with the First Ladies of Washington, Redskins Cheerleaders, musical and entertainment performances, fashion shows, food tastings, entertainment as well as a CBS Radio personality takeover featuring personalities from 94.7 FRESH FM, 95.5, 106.7 The Fan and more!

Beat the lines this holiday season and visit Santa Claus in his new home in our HGTV Santa HQ set, come see The Washington Ballet perform and take photos with our and view various costumes from The Nutcracker through its long history of performances.

Lastly, the charitable organization with the most tickets REDEEMED by attending guests that evening will be given a check to their charity for $10,000!!!*

To learn what organizations are participating and how to buy tickets, click here or visit our Concierge Desk, located on level one outside of Macy's.

 


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On-Going Events

Live Music at Paradise Springs Winery

Dec 20 - Dec 28, Paradise Springs Winery

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Address: 13219 Yates Ford Road, Clifton, Virginia
Times: Fridays until 9pm, Saturdays 2pm-6pm, Sundays (most afternoons)
Phone: (703) 830-9463
Admission: N/A
Enjoy your Friday evening or Saturday and Sunday afternoons with live music at Paradise Springs Winery, the closest winery to Washington DC and the first in Fairfax County. After a hard week at work, relax with a picnic, good friends, and a great bottle of wine. Featuring live music every Friday evening until 9pm, and every Saturday from 2-6pm. Additionally, music is featured on most Sunday afternoons. Artists include acoustic acts, pianists, jazz bands, banjos, or other various forms. Check the website for the schedule of performing artists.


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"The Paradise Springs Winery Experience" Production Tour & Tasting

Jan 4 - Dec 28, Paradise Springs Winery

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
Address: 13219 Yates Ford Rd., Clifton, Virginia
Times: Sat - 11am, 1pm Sun - 11am, 12pm
Phone: (703) 830-9463
Admission: $25 per person
Join us on our signature experience tour and tasting with a first hand look at how wine is made at Paradise Springs. The tour will take you through the historic log cabin, inside the vineyard, through production, and ultimately end with a full tasting of our entire flight of wines including our sparkling Viognier, Aprés. No reservations needed but can be taken over the phone (prepayment required). First come, first serve. Please check in at the main tasting counter. *We apologize but children are not allowed on the tour due to visitation of production areas. Groups of 8 or more will need to reserve a private time. Available group times include:


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Live Acoustic Music Weekends

Mar 8 - Dec 28, The Winery at Bull Run

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
Address: 15950 Lee Highway, Centreville, VA
Live acoustic music throughout the day every weekend! Check calendar for artist line-up.

 


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Slave Life at Mount Vernon

Apr 1, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 2pm - 3pm
Admission: Included in regular Estate admission.

 

This 45-minute guided walking tour highlights the lives and contributions of the enslaved community who built and operated Mount Vernon, the plantation home of George and Martha Washington.

 

 


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Tour George Washington's Library

Jul 2, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens - Fred W. Smith National Library

Recurring daily
Address: 3600 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 1:30pm - Check website for specific available dates.
Admission: Included in regular Estate admission.

This one-hour guided tour takes visitors through the main floor of the Fred W. Smith National Library. View rare books and manuscripts, special collections and art, research resources, and one-of-a-kind design details such as custom-created busts of the Founding Fathers.


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Afternoon Tea at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner

Jul 4, The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Address: 1700 Tysons Blvd, McLean, VA
Times: 12pm - 4pm (check website for specific dates/times)

Enjoy the timeless ritual of Afternoon Tea served at Entyse Lounge. Treat someone special to this enduring tradition honored in a luxurious setting while being pampered with The Ritz-Carlton hotel's service excellence. 

To start, enjoy a lavish selection of tea sandwiches including egg salad, grilled vegetable tart, classic English cucumber, and smoked salmon rosette. An assortment of fresh fruits, flavorful scones, and a sumptuous display of sweets are a delicious complement. 

Our tea selection includes traditional Earl Gray, as well as chamomile, green tea and English Breakfast as well as other varieties. Add a glass of Champagne for a royal treat. 

*Musical entertainment available 

(reservations required 24 hours in advance) 


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Historical Site & Wine Tasting Tour

Aug 7, The Winery at Bull Run

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Address: 15950 Lee Highway, Centreville, VA
Times: M-F, 11:30am & 1pm; Sat & Sun, 11am, 12pm, & 2pm
Phone: (703) 815-2233
Admission: $25 for 40-minute tour & 9-wine tasting
The Winery at Bull Run is now offering a historical site tour and tasting 7-days a week. TWABR's roots are woven throughout monumental times in the Civil War and other parts of American history. Enjoy a full 9-wine tasting while exploring the remarkable Hillwood Ruins & our vivacious vineyard along with the stunning surrounding battlegrounds & vistas seen from the property. Get hands on with some of the recovered battleground relics and enjoy a true taste of our history... & of course our award winning wines!

 


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West Coast Swing Instruction and Social Ballroom Dancing

Sep 14 - Dec 14, Herndon Senior Center

Recurring every 2 weeks on Sunday
Address: 873 Grace Street, Herndon, VA-Virginia
Times: 5 PM until 8 PM
Contact: Herndon Social Dancers
Admission: Suggested Donation

Herndon Social Dancers meets at the Herndon Senior Center's beautiful ballrooms with our fabulous instructor Tim Bowker and his partner Laura Martin, concentrating on West Coast Swing classes (basic knowledge recommended) from 5 until 6:00 PM and WCS, Hustle, Latin, and Ballroom dancing following from 6:00 until 8:00 PM. Singles & Couples over 18 are welcome! No Partner Needed.

**Please check website for full schedule! Meetings occur random Sunday nights through December.** 

Please like us on https://www.facebook.com/herndonsocialdancers or contact us directly at HerndonSocialDancers@gmail.com Song Requests Welcome! UPDATED CALENDAR : SAVE THESE SUNDAY DANCE DATES! 14 Sept,  5 Oct, 19 Oct, 9 Nov,  23 Nov, 7 Dec, 14 Dec - *holiday party


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4th Annual La Sandia "Mole" Festival

Oct 15 - Nov 30, La Sandia Mexican Kitchen

Recurring daily
Address: 7852L Tysons Corner Center, McLean, VA
Join us as we celebrate everything Mole. Offering bold sauces with rich, complex flavor profiles, this festival will soon be your new favorite. 

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Dressing for the Occasion: An Exhibition of Costumes and Textiles Representing Fairfax...

Nov 3 - Feb 8, Fairfax Museum

Recurring daily
Address: 10209 Main St, Fairfax, VA
Times: 9am - 5pm
Phone: (703) 385-8414
Admission: Free
An exhibition of costumes and textiles representing Fairfax personalities and events. Open daily.

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Thanksgiving To Go at Bazin's on Church

Nov 3 - Nov 25, Bazin's on Church

Recurring daily
Address: 111 Church St, NW, Vienna, VA
Phone: (703) 255-7212

Thanksgiving Dinners To-Go!
Bring Bazin's home and avoid the busy restaurant crowds with our reheat-and-ready meal. All orders must be placed by Tuesday November 25th and will be ready to pick up on Thanksgiving Day at a specified time. $32.00 per Person


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LineWorks: Drawing Redefined

Nov 13 - Jan 3, Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE)

Recurring daily
Address: 12001 Market Street, Suite 103, Reston, VA
Times: 11am - 5pm (Tues-Sat); Reception is Nov. 15 from 6-8pm
Phone: (703) 471-9242
Admission: Free

All are invited to attend the exhibition's opening reception on Saturday, November 15 from 6-8pm with an artist talk at 5:30pm. 

Greater Reston Arts Center is pleased to present LineWorks: Drawing Redefined, a group exhibition featuring five artists who utilize line as an essential element in their work. Line-based glyphs and pictograms were among the earliest forms of communication. Wedges pressed into clay slabs, drawings on the walls of caves, and script writing all link our earliest ancestors to the creative process of conveying thoughts and information through linear images. Line-based drawings remains a critical component in the work of contemporary artists, who are expanding the definition of drawing itself, through the adoption of innovative processes. 


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Exhibit of Colorful Nutcrackers

Nov 22 - Jan 31, Sully Historic Site

Recurring daily
Address: 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA
Times: 11am - 4pm; closed Tuesdays
Phone: (703) 437-1794
Admission: $7/adult, $6/student, $5/senior or child
See an amazing array of nutcrackers, both old and new, in a colorful case exhibit at Sully Historic Site from November 22, 2014 through January 31, 2015. This special holiday exhibit is included in a guided tour of the 1794 house.

Did you ever wonder where the craze for collecting nutcracker dolls came from? Nutcrackers have a fascinating history. The first nutcrackers were produced to crack nuts more effectively and the oldest known metal example, on exhibit in Tarent, Italy, is from the third or fourth century B.C. The Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum in Leavenworth, Washington, shows a bronze Roman nutcracker dated between 200 B.C and 200 A.D. German nutcrackers, made as decorative pieces, were developed around 1500. Early nutcrackers were in the shapes of animals, birds and people. Later, they were made in the likeness of kings, soldiers, church leaders and ruling class figures. Fine wood carved nutcrackers were created across Europe, especially in France and England by the 15th and 16th centuries.

Nutcracker collectibles can be found in many parts of the world today with a huge variety of themes and images, mostly exhibited around Christmas time. The German nutcracker became widely popular in the U.S. in the 1950s. This was due partially to American soldiers stationed in Germany, who brought nutcrackers back as gifts. Russian composer Tchaikovsky wrote the music for the Nutcracker ballet in 1892. The ballet features the immensely lovable nutcracker prince as the champion of young Clara in this iconic story.
Sully, the home of Richard Bland Lee, northern Virginia's first congressman, will be decorated for the holiday season from December 3 through December 28, including the Christmas tree trimmed according to the memories of an 1885 visitor.

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