Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, Mar. 1: Go Native and Add Beauty 

Basic Gardening: Incorporate native plants and create a garden that adapts to Washington’s hot summers and cold winters. Come see the many types that form a lush flowering garden from spring to fall. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

 Saturday, Mar. 2: Green Eggs and Grinches

Dr. Seuss Day: Have a Seuss-ational Saturday! Come for a celebration of everything Seuss including stories, games and more. Ages 6-8. From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Patrick Henry Library. Free. Register online. For information call 703-938-0405.

Also on Saturday:

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!: Enjoy stories and activities to celebrate "Read Across America" Day. From 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at Martha Washington Library Meeting Room 104A/B. All ages. Free. Register online. For information call 703-768-6700.

Hats Off to Dr. Seuss: Come for a Seuss Celebration. Crafts, treats and fun for all. Sign the "Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss" card. Don't forget to ask for your surprise at the circulation desk. Stop by between noon and 4 p.m. at Kingstowne Library. Free. No registration required. For information call 703-339-4610.

Indoor and Outdoor Plants: Plants that you grow indoors to brighten your gloomy winter days may also add spectacular interest in the summer garden. Carol Miranda leads you on a journey to discover the plants that work best and gives you design ideas to use in your garden. From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Participants must be at least age 18. $15/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Ephemeral: Interpretations of the Cherry Blossom: This exhibition explores fleeting moments captured in art and celebrates both the cherry blossom and Asian-American relations. Includes glass artists Michael Janis and Robert Kincheloe, photographer David Douglas, painters Sumita Kim and Jun Chul Kim and sculptors Akemi Maegawa, Dalya Luttwak and David Loren Gerlach. From March 2 to April 7 (Wednesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.) at W-16, McGuireWoods Gallery, Workhouse Arts Center. Free. No registration needed. For information call 703-584-2900.

Fireside Chat at Sully: After a tour, sit by the fire in the outdoor kitchen to enjoy refreshments and historical tidbits in an informal atmosphere. Tours are noon to 3 p.m. at Sully Historic Site $8/adult, $7/student and $6/seniors and children. For information and to register, call 703-437-1794.

Tea and Cheese Pairings: Wine isn’t the only beverage that complements cheese! Experience the many tea and cheese flavor profiles from around the globe. Take home tea samples to create your own pairings. Presented by certified tea specialist and chef Laurie Bell of Great Falls Tea Garden from 1 to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Participants must be at least age 16. $25/person. For information and to register, call 703-759-2771.

Salamander Excursion: Witness the first signs of spring by observing Jefferson salamanders, spotted salamanders and red spotted newts breeding in vernal pools. Visit a real fossil wall and climb Woodstock tower. Bring flashlights and dinner to cook on a grill. Dress for the weather. From 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Elizabeth Furnace, Front Royal, Va. Ages 8 and up. $20/person or $45/family. Register online. For information call Ellanor C. Lawrence Park at 703-631-0013.

Sounds of Broadway and Hollywood: Enjoy show-stoppers from Broadway musicals and Hollywood hits including “Star Wars,” “Wicked,” “Hairspray,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “The Lion King” and “Harry Potter,” as well as legendary themes such as “The Lone Ranger” performed by the McLean Symphony from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center. $25/adult, $20/senior, $15/student with ID. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-790-0123.

Cabaret Series: Heroines: "A Songbook Written in the Key of She!" In honor of Women’s History month and as a nod to the Workhouse as an historical site in the suffrage movement, this cabaret features music from the heroines of Broadway. Powerful and humorous, the cast performs songs and arias of some of the greatest female roles written for the stage. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the W3 Theatre, Workhouse Arts Center. $25/person includes planche campagnarde (cheese plate). Cash bar available. Advance ticket reservations highly recommended (previous shows have sold out). Buy tickets online. For information call 703-584-2900. Note: Second show March 3 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

 Sunday, Mar. 3: Music and More

Bluegrass Barn Concert Series: Nu-Blu: Nu-Blu delivers a mix of their original songs with traditional material, as well as incorporates songs from other genres. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park’s visitor center. $15/person at the door, $12 in advance. Doors open at 6 p.m. Call 703-437-9101 or go to Frying Pan Farm Park to purchase tickets in advance.

Also on Sunday:

Winter Lecture: Aging Gracefully: Having earned every wrinkle and resolutely proud of them, Elissa Steeves muses aloud on more than 40 years of personal gardening experience and how her garden reflects her unique personality. With poise and humor, she discusses some really great plants and how age brings changes in our tastes and ideas about gardening. This program takes place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

The Left Bank Quartet: Enjoy the incomparable music of this string quartet – four musicians with diverse and colorful backgrounds. Violinists David Salness and Sally McLain, violist Katherine Murdock and cellist Evelyn Elsing take their name from their first regular venue, the Kennedy Center, which is situated on the left bank of the Potomac. Their national and international tours, recital and concerto performances and success in international competitions give this quartet a rich and varied tapestry. From 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Reston Community Center. $30/person. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-476-4500.

  • Information was correct at time of publication.  Please contact individual event sites to confirm programs are being held as scheduled. 
  • The Fairfax County Weekender highlights a selection of county events taking place each weekend. Many more events and activities can be found at the Parks and Library pages, and elsewhere on the Fairfax County website. Additionally, the towns of Herndon and Vienna as well as the city of Falls Church offer many arts, entertainment and recreational opportunities.  
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