Friday, July 15: A Mooo-ving
Discover the whey of the Dairy! Churn butter, crank ice
cream and play historic games to get a taste of 18th
century life at
Dairy Days. Ice cream and butter made at 1, 2,
and 3 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Reservations suggested. 1 to 4 p.m. Sully Historic Site.
$5/person. (Wagon rides available for
additional $2/person.) For information call
Also on Friday:
the Author: Local author Jyoti Sondhi will
discuss her spiritual awakening and how it transformed her
life, in her new book "Lighting the Lamp Within."
Books will be available for sale and signing. 11 a.m.
Pohick Regional Library. Free. For information
Nature by Moonlight - Bats, Bugs &
Owls: Hike the grounds at Cub
Run to watch for bats, look for bugs and call for
owls. Come early if you want to bring a picnic or hot dogs to
toast. Bring toasting sticks, blanket and flashlight.
Participants ages 3 and above welcome. Children must be
accompanied by a registered adult. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cub Run
RECenter. $5/person. Register
online. For information call 703-817-9407.
Saturday, July 16: Art
by the Yard
Horticulturist Tammy Burke will demonstrate how to create
art pieces for your yard during the Art in the
program. Copper tubing will become a trellis
to support vines; leaf-imprinted stepping stones will add
beauty and provide a path in your garden; a sphere covered
with glass gems will create a colorful accent. 10 a.m.
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. $5/person. Reservations
accepted. For information or to reserve a spot call
Also on Saturday:
Sunset Cruises: Soak up the sunset and
relax as you cruise the beautiful shoreline of Lake Accotink. You may
spot a heron settling in for the night or a deer coming to
the water’s edge for a late drink. Sit back and listen while
your tour boat guide shares interesting facts about the
park’s history, the lake and the surrounding area. Beverages
are served onboard. 7 p.m. Lake Accotink Park. $6/person. For
reservations and information call 703-222-4664 or
Art Out Loud 2011: A blend of visual and
musical works that celebrate the passion and value of the art
in our lives. Featuring the imagery of Workhouse
studio artist Mary Gallagher Stout and an eclectic
alternative rock lineup including: Big Green Cherry,
Starryville, Euphonic Film and Philadelphia's Woodland String
Band. Each band will play original music inspired by
Gallagher's artwork. Her latest series will be on
exhibit and the audience will get a sneak peek of images to
be published in her upcoming book. Pay-as-you-go lite fare
and a cash bar. 6 to 9 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. Free.
For information call 703-495-0001.
Stream Stomp: Investigate Bugg Creek for
salamanders, crayfish and more during this catch-and-release
adventure. Learn about erosion and other environmental issues
affecting aquatic wildlife. Suited for 6 to
10-year-olds. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Hidden
Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register online or call
703-222-4664. For information call 703-941-1065.
July 17: Soldier Songs
The 97th Regimental String Band celebrates the
Music of the Civil War, re-creating an actual
string band of the era singing a wide variety of traditional
American songs in authentic, "living history" style
in this commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil
War. Hear songs about army life and camp food, ballads sung
on the home front and popular music of the 19th century
enjoyed by soldiers and civilians of the North and South.
This fun group is not content to have an audience sit and
listen, so join in the singing, clapping, laughing and
general merriment. 7 p.m. Frying Pan Farm Park. $10/person.
For information call 703-437-1794.
Also on Sunday:
Riverside Wildlife: Discover
some of the native wildlife found along the Occoquan River.
See live fish, turtles, snakes, frogs and more! Look for the
display near the Occoquan Park boat launch. No reservations
required. 1:30 to 4 p.m. Occoquan Regional Park. Free. For
information call 703-690-2121.
Reptile Survey: Assist a naturalist with and learn
the habits and habitats of the aggressive but misunderstood
water snake as we search for them and document their size,
gender and location. Wear shoes that can get wet.
Participants must be age 8 or above. 9 to 11 a.m. Ellanor C.
Lawrence Park. $10/person. Register
online. For information call 703-631-0013.
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
pages, and elsewhere on the Fairfax County website.
A complete list of county calendars is also available online.
To request this information in an alternate format, call
703-324-3187, TTY 711.
TTY is 711 unless otherwise indicated.