February 2013 


One-Day Events

Bluegrass Barn at Frying Pan Farm Park

Nov 4 - Apr 21, Frying Pan Park Visitor Center

Recurring every 2 weeks on Sunday
Address: 2739 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA
Times: Doors at 6 p.m. ; show time 7 p.m.
Contact: Lynn Roepe
Phone: (703) 437-9101
Admission: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $132 patron season pass
Calling All Great Music Fans to the Bluegrass Barn If you love bluegrass music, you will love the Bluegrass Barn performances at Frying Pan Farm Park held on the first and third Sunday of the month beginning this November and continuing through April 2013. These performances feature legendary performers worth the price of the $15 per person ticket. Doors open at 6 p.m. and show time is 7 p.m. The series, held indoors at the park’s Visitor Center is sponsored by the Friends of Frying Pan Park in cooperation with the Fairfax County Park Authority. This is a stellar assembly of the bluegrass world’s best and includes: David Peterson and 1946 on November 4, 2012. Appalachian Flyer on November 18. Patuxent Partners on December 2. Flint Hollow on December 16 Town Mountain on January 6, 2013 The Lisa Kay Band on January 20. The April Verch Band on February 17. Nu-Blu Bluegrass on March 3. Billie Emerson on March 17. Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa on April 7 Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice on April 21 Call 703-222-4664 or go to to purchase your tickets in advance. Cost $12 in advance, $132 patron season pass, $15 at the door. Support the Bluegrass Barn by becoming a season pass holder. Season pass includes admission to all shows, plus prime reserved seating. All sales final. Advance purchases: roster at door, please present ID. Frying Pan Farm Park is located at 2739 West Ox Road in Herndon, VA.

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National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Skating

Nov 28 - Mar 1, National Gallery of Art

Recurring daily
Address: 4th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Phone: (202) 216-9397
Admission: $7 - $8
The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink is open mid-November through mid-March, weather permitting. View magnificent works of sculpture while skating in the open air and enjoying music from the state-of-the-art sound system.

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Canal Park Ice Skating

Nov 30 - Mar 1, Canal Park Ice Rink

Recurring daily
Address: 2nd & M Streets, SE, Washington, DC
Times: M-F, 12pm - 9pm ; Sat, 10am-10pm ; Sun, 10am-7pm
Admission: $8 adults, $7 children, seniors, military; skate rental $3
Our winter ice skating rink meanders through the Park recalling frozen canals of northern Europe and perhaps the Washington Canal itself, as historical records suggest that ice-skating occurred on the Tiber Creek in winter during the 19th century. Visitors can rest in the Pavilion and sip hot chocolate while watching skaters pass by.

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Ice Skating at Rockville Town Square

Nov 30 - Mar 1, Rockville Town Square Ice Rink

Recurring daily
Address: 131 Gibbs St, Rockville, MD
Times: M-Th, 12p-10p ; Fri, 12p-11p ; Sat, 10a-11p ; Sun, 10a-10p
Admission: $8 adults, $7 children ; $3 skate rentals
The ice rink is the largest outdoor ice skating rink between Baltimore and Washington DC.  It is the largest in all of Montgomery County.  The rink is 7,200 square feet.

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Ice Skating at Washington Harbour

Nov 30 - Mar 1, Washington Harbour Ice Rink

Recurring daily
Address: 3000 K Street, NW, Washington, DC
Times: M-Thrs, 12p-9p ; Fri & Sat, 12p-10p ; Sun, 10a-7p
Admission: $9 adults, $7 children, seniors, military; skate rental $5
At 11,800 square feet, the new Washington Harbour Ice Rink is DC's largest outdoor ice skating venue, and is also larger than New York City's Rockefeller Center rink. The Washington Harbour Ice Rink officially opens for the public skating season in mid-November after a transformation from its interchangeable use as a picturesque fountain. The Washington Harbour Ice Rink will be open annually from November until March for recreational skating every day, including all holidays.

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Pentagon Row Ice Skating

Nov 30 - Mar 18, Pentagon Row

Recurring daily
Address: 1201 South Joyce St, Arlington, VA
Times: M-Th, 12p-10p ; Fri, 12p-11p ; Sat, 10a-11p ; Sun, 10a-10p
Phone: (703) 418-6666
Admission: $8 adults, $7 seniors and children ; skate rental $3
Open Everyday Including All Holidays,  Even In Warm Weather!

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Silver Spring Ice Skating

Nov 30 - Mar 25, Veterans Plaza

Recurring daily
Address: 8523 Fenton Street, Silver Spring, MD
Times: M-Th, 12p-10p ; Fri, 12p-11pm ; Sat, 10a-11p ; Sun, 10a-10p
Phone: (301) 588-1221
Admission: $8 adults, $7 seniors and children ; skate rental $3
Great recreation with family and friends, Silver Spring Ice Skating at Veterans Plaza.
Come on the hour and Ice Skate for 2 hours.  We have helpful Staff and great music for Ice Skating.

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Drink This! The Workhouse International Ceramic Cup Show

Jan 9 - Feb 10, Workhouse Arts Center, Building W-8

Recurring daily
Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: Mon-Tuesday, 11am-5pm Wed-Sat, 11am-7pm Sun 12-5pm
Contact: Workhouse Arts Center
Phone: (703) 584-2982
Admission: Free
From the elegant, formal tumbler to the rough, wood fired yunomi, an exhibition of 70 works offers a delightful taste of the many ways contemporary artists interpret the cup in Drink This! The Workhouse International Ceramic Cup Show. Juried by internationally recognized ceramic artist and professor Linda Arbuckle, the show presents lively and unusual approaches to the ceramic drinking vessel. The 70 works from 67 artists represented here were selected from a pool of over 400 entries from five countries. “The works were diverse, energetic, and personally felt,” Arbuckle said. “I admire all artists who take on the challenges of the cup, and appreciate the ways they create moments of reflection at the ends of our fingers.” Drink This! is on exhibit January 9 through February 10, 2013 in Building 8 at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, Virginia. Hours are 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. For more information, call (703)584-2982 or

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“Draw(n) Out” Art Exhibit

Jan 22 - Feb 15, Fine Art Gallery (Art and Design Building at GMU)

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 9am - 5pm
Admission: $25, $42, $50
According to Kariann Fuqua and Nancy Hubbard, "‘Draw(n) Out' examines the work of artists who utilize drawing to explore physical manifestations and psychological perceptions of time. Notions of time-temporality, permanence, progression, flux-only add to the complexity of its definition, providing a rich framework from which artists can investigate new meaning. The exhibition will focus on pushing the boundaries of the institutional definition of drawing, whether through the integration of mark-making with sometimes unusual materials or through a different conceptual approach to the medium, while simultaneously exploring themes of process, evolution, decay and change." Opening Reception will be held January 24 from 6-8pm.


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Collectors Showcase 2013

Jan 25 - Feb 23, Workhouse Arts Center, W-16 - McGuireWoods Gallery

Recurring daily
Address: 9601 Ox Rd, Lorton, VA
Contact: Marketing Department
Phone: (703) 584-2900
Artist/Public Reception: Friday, January 25, 5-7pm Collectors Showcase Event: Saturday, February 23, 6-11pm The Workhouse presents its 5th Annual Collectors Showcase Exhibition. A once a year opportunity to support the arts, while winning artwork from Workhouse artists to add to (or start) your collection. Over 100 pieces will be on exhibit and available in a lottery system. No Ticket Required.

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2013 Xing Wen Art Studio Exhibit

Feb 1 - Feb 28, Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods

Recurring daily
Address: 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA
Times: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Contact: Gloria Morrow
Phone: (703) 476-4500
Admission: Free
This exhibition displays Xing Wen's paintings of the Yi and Tibetan ethnic groups in China. Indigenous to China's Southwest mountain ranges, the cheerful and hardworking Yi are known for their beautiful cultural dances in which they don gorgeous headdresses adorned with gold, silver, and colorful stones. These specific paintings are made with Chinese ink and pigments on traditional Chinese rice paper. Also featured in this exhibit are the works of Mrs. Xing's students who participated in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest and State Fish Stamp Contest in 2012. The young artists range in age from five to eighteen years old. Featured are White Swan by Crystal Pan, age 13 and The Sea Duck by Kevin Yu, age 14. Acrylic and pencil were used to create both works. Xing Wen graduated in 1982 from the Academy of Fine Arts of the South West University of China and has been teaching in Fairfax for more than fifteen years.

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Black History Month: How African Americans Lived at Sully

Feb 1 - Mar 1, Sully Historic Site

Recurring daily
Address: 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA
Times: 11am - 4pm (closed Tuesdays)
Phone: (703) 437-1794
Admission: Regular admission, $7 adults, $6 students (16+), $5 seniors and youth

An exhibit of 18th century artifacts found in the 1980's, from the south road slave quarter area at Sully. Discover what domestic work was going on in the big house during winter and early spring, over 200 years ago. Who were the slaves that did the work for the gentry family? Exhibit runs Feb.1 - March 31.

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next to normal

Feb 1 - Feb 16, The Alden

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Address: 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, VA
Times: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.
Admission: Tickets are $18 to $20 with group rates available.
next to normal — Winner of three Tony Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. McLean Community Players’ performances at the McLean Community Center’s Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, VA 22101, February 1–16, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets, at or 866-811-4111, are $18 to $20 with group rates available. Complete information at

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Washington Golf Show

Feb 1 - Feb 3, Dulles Expo Center

Recurring daily
Address: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA
Times: Friday, 12p - 7p ; Saturday, 9a-6p ; Sunday, 10a-4p
Phone: (800) 939-0040
Admission: $10/Adults ; Free/kids under 12
Shopping under one roof for the golf products and services you seek has never been easier. Save on a huge inventory of discounted golf merchandise including isle after isle of clubs, bags, accessories and novelties.Find the latest in golf fashion for both men and women. Plan your next big golf getaway at incredible savings at some of the finest golf resorts.


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Gunston Hall's Seeds of Independence Program

Feb 3, Gunston Hall

Address: 10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck, VA
Times: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Phone: (703) 550-9220
Admission: Suggested contribution

The Past and the Present Meet on Mason Neck: Pathways for African-American Genealogy 

We will consider this process from two approaches. The first of these, a short film, will trace Mason Neck resident Gladys Cook Bushrod to George, a slave once owned by William Mason of Mattawoman, Charles County, MD. Contrastingly, Historian Terry Dunn will follow family lines of slaves owned by George Mason of Gunston Hall forward in time.

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Westfield High School Marching Band Superbowl Bake Sale

Feb 3, Fairlakes Walmart, Chantilly Walmart, Giant on Stone road

Address: 5615 Stone Road, Centreville, Virginia
Times: 9 am - 4 pm
Contact: Becky Anderson
Phone: (703) 201-1783
Admission: Donations
The WHS Marching Band will be selling baked goods to raise funds for their upcoming 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade trip. Come check out all the yummy treats and stock up for your Superbowl Party! Locations include the Fair Lakes WalMart, the Chantilly WalMart and the Giant located on Stone Rd.

Winter Lecture: Antique Garden Tools

Feb 3, Green Spring Gardens

Address: 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA
Times: 1:30pm-3pm
Contact: Green Spring Gardens
Phone: (703) 642-5173
Admission: $10
Guy Schum presents his array of early English, French and American garden tools and related objects. This fascinating collection is eclectic, often quirky and comes with lots of stories and history. Don’t miss it. Register on-line at or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.

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On-Going Events

Hoecakes & Hospitality: Cooking with Martha Washington

Jun 12 - Aug 11, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 9am - 4pm
Admission: Included in regular Estate admission: adults, $15.00; children ages 6-11, $7.00; and children under 5 are admitted free.
George and Martha Washington welcomed thousands of guests to Mount Vernon in the more than forty years they lived here. How did Martha manage to feed so many in a world without refrigerators, microwaves or running water?

Experience a behind-the-scenes look at the Washingtons' kitchen through the new exhibition, Hoecakes & Hospitality: Cooking with Martha Washington. On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum, this temporary exhibition explores how foods were prepared and presented at 18th-century Mount Vernon. Before appearing in dining rooms, crispy hoecakes, smokes hams, frozen ice creams, and other foods required the work of gardeners, housekeepers, enslaves cooks, butlers and waiters - all under Martha Washington's careful supervision.

Following food from the Estate's field to kitchen to table, visitors will see recipes and cookbooks that Martha treasured, pots that simmered in her kitchen, and fine tablewares that made Mount Vernon's dining room fit for a president. For the first time ever, visitors to the Museum will experience scents as they explore the exhibition - smelling cinnamon, coffee, and warm bread. Open through August 11, 2013.

Entrance to the Donald W. Reynolds Museum is included in regular Estate admission.

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Experience Civil War Photography: From the Home Front to the Battlefront

Aug 1 - Jul 1, Smithsonian Castle

Recurring daily
Address: 1000 Jefferson Drive, SW, Washington, DC
Times: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Daily
Phone: (202) 633-1000
Admission: FREE

Learn how Americans personally experienced the Civil War through photographs of the era. Stereo-view photographs, viewing devices, and 3-D images created from the photos (glasses provided) are on view to explore this new and innovative technology of 150 years ago. A camera, glass-slide negatives, and a video reveal how the photographs were created.

The photographs are divided into the following three sections:

  • Smithsonian Castle; Washington, DC; and the National Mall
  • Beginnings of American photojournalism and battlefield photography
  • Homefront experience through photography

No photography permitted.

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Tribute at the Tomb at Mount Vernon

Jan 1 - Oct 31, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 10am - 3pm
Phone: (703) 780-2000
Admission: Included in regular admission ($17 adults, $8 children 6-11, free for children under 5)

Jan-Mar, Daily, 12pm
April-Oct, Daily, 10am & 3pm.

Recite "Washington's Prayer for His Country" and the Pledge of Allegiance as part of this tribute, offered daily at the tomb of George and Martha Washington.

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Black History Month at Mount Vernon

Feb 1 - Feb 28, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 9am-4pm
Phone: (703) 780-2000
Admission: Regular admission: adults, $17; children 6-11, $8; children 5 and under free

In observance of Black History Month, February 1 through 28, Mount Vernon highlights the lives and contributions of the slaves who built and operated the plantation home of George and Martha Washington. Throughout the month, a daily Slave Life at Mount Vernon tour explores the lives and contributions of the slaves who lived at Mount Vernon. A wreathlaying and presentation occurs daily at the slave memorial site throughout the month of February.

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