Fairfax County Weekender


ShamrockSaturday, March 17: Erin Go Bragh!

Give a “tip o’ the hat” to the Irish for being one of the top consumers of tea per capita in the world with a special St. Patrick's Day Tea. Taste and discuss the teas used in Irish breakfast blends along with some special green teas in honor of the Emerald Isle! Participants 13 and above are welcome. 1 to 3 p.m. Forestville Schoolhouse. $15/person. Advance registration and prepayment required.  For information and to register call 703-759-2771. 

Also on Saturday:

Workhouse Film: Tom Teasley & Metropolis: Percussionist Tom Teasley performs original live music accompaniment to scenes from Fritz Lang's classic "Metropolis." Teasley maintains a unique career as a solo percussionist, composer and collaborator. "Metropolis," a 1927 German expressionist science fiction film is set in a futuristic urban dystopia and follows the attempts of Freder, the son of a wealthy intellectual, and Maria, a worker’s daughter, to overcome the vast gulf separating their two classes. Advance ticket reservations recommended. 7:30 p.m. (doors open for seating 30 minutes prior.) Workhouse Arts Center. $20/person ($15/students, seniors, military.) For information call 703-495-0001.

Watershed Cleanup Day: Be part of the Potomac Watershed Cleanup. Individuals, students, families, scouts and other community groups can help clear the earth’s arteries by collecting tires, bedsprings, bottles, cans and other debris at local parks. Give the waterways in your community a clean bill of health and earn the gratitude of your furred, feathered and scaled neighbors. Wear boots and old clothes and bring gloves. Trash bags and appreciation are provided. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.  More information is available online.

Ballroom Social Dance: Dancing, food and fun! Led by an instructor (with a pre-dance mini-lesson available, $5/person). Complimentary refreshments and cash bar available. All skill levels welcome. Dress is casual. Doors open at 7 p.m., mini-lesson from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and open dance from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. $10/person. Tickets available online. For information call 703-495-0001.

Growing Fruit Trees in the Mid-Atlantic: Learn from Kathy Jentz, Washington Gardener magazine’s editor/publisher, which fruit trees grow best in our area, and get tips on how to enjoy your bounty once you grow it! 10 to 11:30 a.m. Green Spring Gardens. $18/person. Register online. For more information call 703-642-5173. 

Sunday, March 18: Everything's Coming Up Roses

Jane Austen set her novels in the natural beauty of the English countryside when England was becoming a nation of gardeners. Explore the Regency-era gardens and landscapes depicted in Austen’s novels and learn about her own passion for gardening during Jane Austen's English Country Garden. 1 to 3 p.m. Historic Green Spring. $27/person. For reservations or more information call 703-941-7987.

Also on Sunday:

Spring Ephemerals: Take a tour of the Potomac Valley Native Plant Collection at Meadowlark and see the first, delicate plants of spring. 2 p.m. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Free. For information or reservations (requested) call 703-255-3631.

The Revenge of the Space Pandas (or Binky Rudich and the Two-Speed Clock): In this comedy for young people by David Mamet, Binky Rudich's latest invention, the two-speed clock, sends him, his friend Viv and their sheep Bob hurling into space. They land on a planet ruled by pandas deep within the Goolagong system. Making their way through a maze of interesting characters, these three friends try to find their way home. 3 p.m. (Also March 17, 24 and 25.) McLean Community Center's Alden Theatre.  $10/person. ($8/McLean Community Center district residents.) For information call 703-790-0123.

Mill Run Dulcimer Band: Welcome the band back for the first toe-tappin’ concert of the season. 2 to 4 p.m. Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Free. For information call 703-759-2771.

  • 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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