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Chainsaw Art Unveiled at Hidden Oaks 50th Anniversary Celebration

Hidden Oaks Nature Center, the county’s first nature center, celebrated its 50th anniversary on Saturday, October 19, 2019, with the unveiling of a unique wood carving and a host of activities for visitors of all ages.

Chainsaw artist Andrew Mallon created the special work from the stump of a tulip poplar after it was struck by lightning. Located just outside the nature center, the chainsaw carving features woodland creatures that could call Hidden Oaks home.

Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman and Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross spoke at the presentation in honor of Hidden Oaks’ 50th anniversary, and Alex Robbins from the office of Congressman Gerald Connolly presented a copy of the anniversary's entry into the Congressional Record. The day was marked with musical performances by Belvedere Elementary School’s Fifth Grade Chorus, the Vienna School of Rock and the Fairfax Choral Children’s Choir. There also were tree plantings, monarch butterfly tagging and reptile presentations.

Chainsaw Art Unveiled at Hidden Oaks 50th Anniversary Celebration
Photo 1: Standing from left to right are: Chainsaw Artist Andrew Mallon; Alex Robbins, representing Congressman Gerald Connolly; Kevin Holland, President, Friends of Hidden Oaks Nature Center; Michael McDonnell, Manager, Hidden Oaks Nature Center; Penny Gross, Mason District Representative, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; and Kirk Kincannon, Director, Fairfax County Park Authority.


Chainsaw Art Unveiled at Hidden Oaks 50th Anniversary Celebration
Photo 2: Pictured below are many of the donors who selected a woodland creature to sponsor. Working through the Friends of Hidden Oaks Nature Center the Fairfax County Park Foundation helped raise more than $6,000 and later added a Mastenbrook Matching Grant to complete the tree sculpture and nearby bench. Donors sponsored woodland creatures on the tree. Pictures left to right are: Lisa Hylton for the adult owl, the Grapin Family for the young owl, Bob Dinse and Laura Anderko sponsored the fox, Josephina Doumbia the woodpecker, the Feinberg Family sponsored the snake, Naomi Berth the flying squirrel, Sherry Letnick the Eastern gray squirrel, Benjamin Holland the baby bunny, and the turtle was sponsored in memory of Vince Cardella, while the Raccoon was done by the family of Bob Campopiano in his memory. The Rotary Club of Bailey’s Crossroads sponsored the entire carved bench.

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