Fairfax County Weekender — August 9-11, 2018

August 10: A Little Ragbird Told Me

Braddock Nights – Lake Accotink: Led by dynamic, energetic front woman and multi-instrumentalist Erin Zindle, The Ragbirds utilize an arsenal of instruments from around the world for their fusion of folk rock and pop hooks over danceable world rhythms stirred with a Celtic fiddler’s bow. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).

Also on Friday:

Summerbration – Scott Kurt and Memphis 59: Drop by for some modern country rock with country dancers and instruction. From 7 to 9 p.m. on the open-air plaza adjacent to Wiehle-Reston East Metro. Free; parking is also free from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for the concert. For more information, call 703-476-4500.

Spotlight by Starlight: Swing with Daryl Davis, a vocalist, guitarist, composer and keyboardist extraordinaire. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mason District Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).

Mount Vernon Nights: Hailing from Tucson, acoustic-duo Ryanhood’s airtight vocal harmonies, along with Ryan’s rapidly precise guitar riffs and Cameron’s soulfully rich lead vocals, create the pleasantly distinguishable “Ryanhood” acoustic rock sound. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Grist Mill Park. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).

Braddock Nights – Royal Lake: Enjoy the renowned R&B of Frankie Addison, who honed his creative talents as a musician and classical and jazz saxophonist.at the Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Royal Lake. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).


August 11: Cue the Color

Floral Design – Color Confidence: Join floral designer Betty Ann Galway and discover different combinations that demonstrate the monochromatic, analogous, complementary and triadic color combinations in cut flowers, along with the whens and whys of choosing these combinations. Come away with the tools you need to have color confidence in your own designs. From 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Adults. $43/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Also on Saturday:

Beech Tree Puppets: “The Giant Turnip” is a Ukrainian folk tale celebrating community and caring for the earth. The story is told with hand-crafted rod-puppets and much singing. From 10 to 11 a.m. at Burke Lake Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).

123 Andrés: One of the most exciting voices on the children’s music scene, 123 Andrés makes everyone sing, dance and learn – in Spanish and English. From 10 to 11 a.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).

Mr. Gabe & the Circle Time All Stars: The danceable mix of traditional sing-alongs, family-friendly pop songs and original children’s songs are a treat. From 10 to 11 a.m. at Mason District Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).

Old Firehouse’s 28th Anniversary Block Party: Come out and celebrate the Old Firehouse’s 28 years of serving the Greater McLean community. Activities include live music, moon bounce, airbrush tattoos, rock climbing wall, history exhibit, concessions and various amusements. Back this year – donate bikes to Wheels to Africa. From 1 to 4 p.m. at the Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean. Free admission. For more information, call 703-790-0123.

Starlight Cinema: “Early Man” (PG). is this week’s featured outdoor movie. Gates open at 6 p.m. with free games/activities/live entertainment from 6 to 8 p.m.; movie (89 minutes) begins at dark at 5860 Trinity Center Parkway. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469.

Mount Vernon Nights: From Duane Allman-esque slide guitar rockers to sweet gospel-inspired falsetto singing, Kevin Maines doesn’t just play the Southern soul traditions, he gives them back bursting with his own unique twist. From 7 to 8 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).

Bat Fest: Separate fiction from fact and celebrate bats. Join a naturalist with a bat sonar detector for an evening hike and enjoy trail and exhibit activities and crafts. Learn how a bat skeleton provides clues to the adaptations of this flying mammal. No live bats are exhibited indoors during the program. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 4 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $6/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Vietnam Cultural Heritage Night: Prelude Chamber Ensemble is a nonprofit group of passionate musicians dedicated to promoting classical music and cultural exchange, as well as encouraging the development of young musicians. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Ossian Hall Park. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).

Music at Arrowbrook: Ellis Dyson & the Shambles are a six-piece, swingin’ jazz band from Chapel Hill known for their whiskey-soaked, foot-stompin’ sound and wildly explosive live shows. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Arrowbrook Centre Park. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).


August 12: Family-Friendly Fun

Morgan Taylor’s Music of Gustafer Yellowgold: Two-time Grammy nominee Morgan Taylor and his band will play perennial favorites and dig deep into the wild and hip back catalogue for this rare, non-video version of his nationally heralded Gustafer Yellowgold show. From 5 to 6 p.m. at the McLean Central Park Gazebo, 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd. Free. Free parking is available at Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave. For more information, call 703-790-0123.

Also on Sunday:

Sunday Afternoon Dance: Dancers of all skill levels are welcome to foxtrot, swing, cha-cha and waltz. Music selection ranges from golden oldies to today’s more modern dance selections. Three mini-lessons, door prizes and light refreshments add to the fun; partners not required. From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Reston Community Center – Hunters Woods. Ages 18 and up. $10/person. Pay at door. For more information, call 703-390-6157.

Sunday Country Western Dance: Line dance, two-step, shuffle and swing the night away to popular country-western tunes played by the Reston Community Center’s DJ. Dances are held monthly in the community room, which offers a spacious wooden dance floor and a smoke-free environment. Refreshments provided. No square or contra dancing, please. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Reston Community Center – Hunters Woods. Ages 18 and up. $10/person. Pay at door. For more information, call 703-390-6157.

Spotlight by Starlight: Audiences are captivated by Mystic Warriors’ haunting melodies that transcend time and space. Their Andean mixture of flutes, string and percussion instruments has to be heard to be believed. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mason District Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).

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