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Photo of Sierra HullFriday, Dec. 2: Am I Blue(grass)?

One of the most respected artists in the new school of bluegrass, Sierra Hull has received five International Bluegrass Music Association nominations and is the first bluegrass musician to receive Berklee School of Music’s prestigious Presidential Scholarship. On "Daybreak," her sophomore effort (her debut "Secrets" was recorded at age 15) the Associated Press describes her sound as combining "the angelic voice of Alison Krauss with the fiery mandolin picking of Rhonda Vincent.” Don't miss this up-and-coming bluegrass sensation. 8 p.m. Reston Community Center's CentreStage.  $30 ($15/residents).  For information call 703-476-4500.

Also on Friday:

McLean Holiday Crafts Show: Come enjoy the sights, sounds and aromas of the season! This year's craft show will feature 80 fine American artisans from across the country as well as live holiday music to help you get into the holiday spirit. Do all your Christmas, Hannukah and New Year's gift shopping under one roof! New offerings include train clocks, exotic eggshells, functional hardwood salad bowls and utensils, baby clothes, dog collars much more. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. McLean Community Center (Saturday and Sunday hours as well.)  For information call 703-790-0123.


Image of a haywagonSaturday, Dec. 3: Fifty Years of Farm Livin'

Celebrate Frying Pan Farm Park’s 50th Anniversary with holiday festivities at one of the most diverse parks in the county. Stroll the 1930s working farm and enjoy live music, watch equestrian demonstrations, visit the farm house and visit Santa for a photo. Bring the family to children’s holiday shopping at the Country Store. (12:30 to 3:30 p.m.) Wagon rides, warming fires, carolers and holiday photo stations add to the festive holiday atmosphere. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Frying Pan Farm Park. Free (some activities have fees). For more information call 703-437-9101.

Also on Saturday:

Library Open Houses & Puppet Shows: Looking for holiday events for the whole family? Look no further than Fairfax County's libraries. Puppet shows galore, holiday open houses and book sales are just some of the fun you'll find at local library branches throughout the day and the season. More information on the open houses and puppet shows

Family Fun - Evergreens Evermore: Spruce, pine, and cedar - find these evergreen trees and more, while discovering facts and folklore. Make an evergreen decoration for your winter home. Participants must be at least 5 and accompanied by a registered adult. 2 to 3 p.m. Green Spring Gardens. $6/person. Register online. For more information call 703-642-5173.
 


Image of PointsettiasSunday, December 4: Garden Gifts and Goodies

Treat yourself to a day of holiday fun at the Gardeners Holiday Open House. There’s a little something for everyone: botanical decorations, a toy train display, doll and nutcracker collections and a children’s puppet show by Blue Sky Puppets. Enjoy refreshments and find unique gifts in the gift shop. This festive day is suited for gardeners of all ages, individuals and families. To buy puppet show tickets, call 703-642-5173.

Also on Sunday:

Holiday Crafts Workshop: A perennial favorite! Come make your own wreath or centerpiece from local greens, pine cones and other natural materials. Reservations required.  1 to 4 p.m. Potomac Overlook Regional Park.  For information and reservations (required) call 703-528-5406.


  • 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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