Cinema continues with Martin
Scorsese's Academy Award-winning
"Hugo." Set in 1930s Paris, it's the
story of an orphan who lives in the walls of a
train station and becomes caught up in a
mystery when he discovers a key left by his
father. Hugo embarks on a quest that will
transform those around him and lead to a safe and
loving place to call home. The evening will begin
with an outdoor pre-movie program of music, food
and children's activities. Bring a picnic,
blanket and chairs and enjoy a movie under the
stars. 6 p.m. Trinity
Centre. Free. For information call
Also on Saturday:
Mantis Mayhem!: Late summer and early
fall are the best times to find mantises after their
summer feast of insects. Study the role of mantises in
the ecosystem and uncover more about insects. 10 to 11
Cub Run RECenter. $5/person. Register
online. For information call 703-817-9407.
Cruises: Soak up the sunset as you
cruise the beautiful shoreline of Lake Accotink. You
may spot a heron settling in for the night or a deer
coming down to water's edge for a late drink. Sit back
and listen while your tour guide shares interesting
facts about local wildlife and some of the fascinating
history of the park. Keep an eye out for the park's
resident eagles. Beverages served on board. Passengers
age 18 and above are welcome. 7 to 8 p.m. Lake Accotink
Park. $6/person. For reservations and more
information call 703-569-0285.
Paddle Tour: Mayor Earnie Porta of the
town of Occoquan will lead a one-hour historical paddle
between Occoquan Regional Park and the town of
Occoquan. Kayak rental available. Call to confirm. 11
a.m. to noon. Occoquan
Regional Park. $10. For information call
Sunday, Aug. 19: The
Blue and the Gray
Union and Confederate troops recreate Civil War daily
life as reenactors demonstrate the varied work of the
army during Civil War
Encampment Weekend. Skirmishes each day include
infantry, artillery and cavalry. Visit the weekend
encampment and discover a soldier’s lifestyle during
this turbulent time in America’s history. Enjoy live
music and a fashion show. House tour includes artifacts
rarely on exhibit belonging to the Haight family,
mid-19th century residents at Sully. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday) Sully
Historic Site. $9/adults, $7/seniors and children.
For information and to purchase tickets call
Also on Sunday:
Cruise: Get your pup ready for a
one-of-a-kind trip aboard Lake Accotink’s
pooch-friendly pontoon boat. Enjoy the long rays
of the sun while canine passengers take note of ducks,
geese and other lake dwellers. Dogs must be leashed and
well-socialized. Cruise cancelled and refunds
issued in case of rain or gusty winds. 7 to 8 p.m. Lake Accotink Park.
$6/person (ages 8 and above); no charge for dogs (one
dog per person). For reservations and advance
payment (required) call 703-569-0285.
Lessons: Skilled wood carvers lend
their tools and expertise to help uncover your hidden
artistic talent as you create a creature from a block
of wood. Participants ages 8 and above are
welcome. Noon to 4 p.m. Colvin Run Mill.
Free. (A nominal fee is charged for wood blanks.)
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
A complete list of county calendars is also available
To request this information in an alternate format,
TTY is 711 unless otherwise indicated.