Sunday, November 17
Ride the Turkey Train at Lake Fairfax Park
Take a ride on Engine #62 of the Resources Railroad to learn about early American Thanksgiving celebrations. Rides are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Make a craft to take home and learn American Indian hunting skills. The cost is $5 per person. The park is collecting nonperishable foods to be donated to a local food bank. For more information, call 703-471-5415.
Scenes from Victorian Life Tea Program
Paintings of the time reveal both romanticized ideals and harsh realities of daily Victorian life. We’ll explore a variety of scenes on canvas that provide insight into the Victorian experience, including manners and morals, childhood and old age, courtship, class, and the plight of women. This program runs from 1 to 3 p.m. at Historic Green Spring and the cost is $29. Register online. For information, call 703-941-7987.
Drop off your children, ages four to nine. A costumed interpreter explores the lives of 19th century children at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 3 p.m. Activities include games, penmanship, washing clothes, and making a food item such as butter, ice cream, cheese or applesauce. The cost is $10 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.
Holding Onto Home: A Civil War Story
Imagine opening the door to find JEB Stuart’s cavalry camped in the yard and having to cook breakfast for the officers. Excerpts from wartime letters are woven through a specialized tour from 1 to 2 p.m. connecting you with Sully Historic Site’s Civil War era owners. The cost is $8. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.
Flying Squirrels: Gliding in Tonight
Join the naturalist calling in these amazing gliders of the night and look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. This one-hour program is offered at 5:45 p.m. on 11/17 and 6 p.m. on 11/29. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.