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by RestonNow.com — April 14, 2017 at 2:45 pm 1 Comment

It’s Easter weekend, and it’s time to celebrate all things spring.

Whether outdoor activities are your thing or you want to sit and enjoy a good show, there are plenty of options in Reston and the surrounding area this weekend.

Here’s just a sampling of how you can have a good time this holiday weekend:

  • Lake Anne Brew House (11424 Washington Plaza W.) will celebrate its one-year anniversary all day Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., with music, food, drink specials and more.
  • The Herndon Municipal Center (777 Lynn St.) will host an Easter egg hunt from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The event will also include a coloring mural, petting zoo, photo op with the Easter Bunny and more. Registration is $9 in advance, $10 at the event.
  • Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares will perform at Reston Community Center’s CenterStage (2310 Colts Neck Road) at 8 p.m. Saturday. The group’s goal is “to enrich the heritage of the Bulgarian solo folk song with harmonies and arrangements that highlighted its beautiful timbres and irregular rhythms.” Tickets are $25 for Reston residents and $35 for non-residents.
  • The art exhibit “A Respite from Chaos” will remain on display at Reston Community Center’s Jo Ann Rose Gallery (1609 Washington Plaza N.) through the month of April.
  • Frying Pan Farm Park will pay a visit to Reston Regional Library (11925 Bowman Towne Drive) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The children’s event will be an opportunity to meet with baby chickens, hear a story and make a craft to take home. (Note: The library will be closed Sunday in observance of Easter.)
  • Reston Confections, a custom bakery, will have a pop-up shop at Pottery Barn (11937 Market St.) on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.
  • Other events at Reston Town Center this weekend will include live entertainment at World of Beer (1888 Explorer St.) Friday and Saturday nights; a French cooking class at Mon Ami Gabi (11950 Democracy Drive); and exercise in the pavilion Sunday.
  • Tom Saputo and Friends will perform tonight from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at Café Montemarte (1625 Washington Plaza N.), and a ukelele and slack-key guitar performance by Michael Keale is slated for 6-9 p.m. Sunday.
  • Vinafera Wine Bar and Bistro (11750 Sunrise Valley Drive) has live music every Friday and Saturday night in April, from 7-10 p.m.
  • NextStop Theatre Company (269 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon) is performing “Boeing, Boeing,” and the show has been extended through May 7. Performances this weekend are tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m., along with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday. Tickets are $35-$55.
  • First Blooms” by artist Dorothy Donahey remains on exhibit at Reston Art Gallery and Studios (11400 Washington Plaza W.), which is open from noon to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
  • Kalypso’s (1617 Washington Plaza N.) will have live music tonight, 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., from The Vandelays. DJ Kram will play Top 40 hits Saturday night.

by Dave Emke — April 13, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Fine Arts Center Coming to Herndon? — A McLean-based investor group is proposing a $40 million afterschool fine arts facility at Centreville and West Ox roads, near Frying Pan Farm Park. The site could have up to 40,000 square feet of by-right commercial development in its future instead, the group’s land-use attorney said, which would not fit the “historic fabric of the property.” [Washington Business Journal]

Easter Event Schedule — Easter is this weekend, and no matter how you mark the holiday there are plenty of opportunities to do so around the area. [Connection Newspapers]

Registration for Reston Kids Triathlon Now Open — Signups for the event, scheduled for Aug. 6, began last night. Cost is $35.  [Reston Kids Triathlon]

County DOT Seeking Data Gatherers — Volunteers are sought to help count non-motorized road and trail users as part of a national data-gathering project, to be conducted in September. Among the locations where counts are to be done are Town Center Parkway, New Dominion Parkway, Fairfax County Parkway and the W&OD Trail in Reston. [Connection Newspapers]

Parkway Advisory Committee Needs Members — The objectives of the Town of Herndon’s committee are to identify current and future transportation impacts in the three jurisdictions; develop a proposed policy for council consideration for the use of the Herndon Parkway; and coordinate a list of concerns and proposed solutions for representatives of each jurisdiction to take to their respective government bodies. [Town of Herndon]

by RestonNow.com — March 29, 2017 at 4:00 pm 0

Milking cows. Feeding the livestock.

It’s all part of a day’s work for a farmer. Beginning in April at Frying Pan Farm Park (2709 W. Ox Road, Herndon), local families are invited to find out what it’s like.

The Junior Farmer Family Fun program will take place at the park every other Thursday beginning April 6. Open to ages 2 and up, the program will give participants the chance to get up close and personal with farm life by helping with a variety of the chores.

Topics and activities will vary throughout the six weeks of the program, which will go from 4 to 5 p.m. each day. Cost to participate is $7 per person, per week. All children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Frying Pan Farm Park preserves and interprets a farm of the 1920s-1950s, including the agricultural process, rural community life and landscape. Its goal is to provide for the educational, cultural and recreational enrichment of citizens and visitors of Fairfax County.

For more information about Frying Pan Farm Park, the program or other activities that are available, call 703-437-9101 or visit its website.

Photo via Fairfax County Park Authority

by Dave Emke — March 28, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Some Work on Phase 1 of Silver Line Project Ongoing — The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority says some work connected to the first phase of the Silver Line still needs to be completed. All significant work is done, according to MWAA, but continuing projects include realignment of Old Meadow Road in McLean. [WTOP]

SLHS Softballer Heading to Europe — Alyssa Smith, a freshman at South Lakes High School, is raising money to travel to Europe to play softball for the Student-Athlete USA Team. Alyssa is the center fielder for HRYS Glory 16U and has hopes of playing Division I college softball after she graduates. [GoFundMe]

Bluegrass Series Wrapping Up at Frying Pan Park — The Bluegrass Barn series at Frying Pan Farm Park (2739 West Ox Road, Herndon) will come to an end April 9 with a performance by The Boxcars. Tickets are now on sale. [Fairfax County Park Authority]

Gillespie Wins County GOP Straw Poll — A Fairfax County Republican Party straw poll over the weekend has Ed Gillespie, former Republican National Committee chairman, firmly in the lead in the GOP race for Governor of Virginia. Gillespie is facing Corey Stewart and Frank Wagner in the primary, which takes place June 13. [WTOP]

by RestonNow.com — March 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm 0

Reston Parkway underpass on W&OD TrailIt’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend and a lot of people will be out celebrating. Safety officials are reminding residents to party responsibly and to be sure to have a safe ride home.

As part of the effort to keep everyone safe, the Washington Regional Alcohol Program is offering revelers free rides (up to a $20 value) through its SoberRide campaign. The program is open to everyone throughout the Washington region through 4 a.m. Saturday.

To get the free ride, use the Lyft app and enter the promo code SOBERRIDE.

Partying or not, though, there will be plenty of things to do in the Reston area this weekend. Here are just some of the options available.

  • The Reston Community Center (2310 Colts Neck Road) will host its annual spring flea market Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The free event is available to residents of all ages. For more information, call 703-476-4500.
  • The fourth annual Maker Faire NoVa is Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at South Lakes High School and Langston Hughes Middle School. Tickets at the door will be $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and $5 for children. Family packs of five tickets will be $40.
  • Teen job fairs and resume-building workshops will be offered Saturday by Fairfax County at Chantilly High School (4201 Stringfellow Road) from 10 a.m. to noon, and at Oakton High School (2900 Sutton Road, Vienna) from 1-3 p.m.
  • Reston Town Center is hosting “Family Fun Saturdays” throughout March to benefit Opportunity Neighborhood: Reston. This week’s schedule features horse-drawn carriage rides, free funnel cakes and a performance by the McGrath Academy of Irish Dance. The event will go from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.
  • The opening reception of Greater Reston Arts Center’s “Emerging Visions” exhibit is set for 6-8 p.m. Saturday. The show features curated works of art created by Fairfax County students from South Lakes, Herndon and Oakton high schools, and it will be on display through April 1.
  • The Social Justice & Peace Conference will be Saturday from 12:30-6 p.m. at United Christian Parish (11508 North Shore Drive). The free event will include workshops on how people from different religious backgrounds can support immigrants, the trans community, environmental justice and more.
  • A bird walk at Sunrise Valley Wetlands and Polo Fields will be offered from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday. Check out Reston Association’s WebTrac for more information.
  • Reston Community Players’ will put on “Rock of Ages” tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m., as well as Sunday at 2 p.m. at CenterStage (2310 Colts Neck Road). Use the password “St. Paddy’s” when purchasing tickets for tonight’s show by phone or in person to get them for $10. Regular tickets for each performance of the show, which will run through April 1, are $25.
  • A Kennedy Center Production of “From the Mouths of Monsters” will be performed at Herndon High School (700 Bennett St.) tonight at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students and children.
  • Reston Regional Library (11925 Bowman Towne Drive) will be visited by Frying Pan Farm Park on Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon, featuring animal education, stories and crafts. For adults, the lecture series on World War I will continue at 2 p.m. Sunday.
  • Kalypso’s (1617 Washington Plaza N.) will have live music tonight for St. Patrick’s Day, with Mark Scott from 4-8 p.m. followed by Sam Gunderson from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
  • ArtSpace Herndon (750 Center St.) will have the opening reception for its exhibit “There’s No Place Like Home,” by members of the Great Falls Studios, from 3-5 p.m. Sunday. The show will be on display through April 8.
  • The Reston Town Center Singles Meetup group has an event scheduled for tonight at Ned Devine’s Irish Bar & Restaurant (2465 Centreville Road, Herndon). Shake 3X will perform at the restaurant from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

by Andrew Ramonas — December 20, 2016 at 4:30 pm 1 Comment

Chris Henry and the Hardcore Grass (Photo via Fairfax County)

A Nashville band led by what the International Bluegrass Music Association called the “premiere Monroe-style mandolinist of his generation” is set to take the stage at a Fairfax County Park next month.

Chris Henry and the Hardcore Grass are scheduled to perform at Herndon’s Frying Pan Farm Park (2739 West Ox Road) on Sunday, Jan. 15. The concert venue opens at 6 p.m., with the show starting at 7 p.m.

“These musicians will be drawing from the best years of traditional bluegrass as they deliver intense and compelling tune,” according to a description of the event on the county’s website.

Tickets are $18 online and $20 at the park the day of the concert.

Photo via Fairfax County

by Tim Regan — December 7, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

Bob Brown and puppets, photo courtesy of Fairfax CountyPuppeteers are scheduled to turn Frying Pan Park into a “Nutcracker Fantasy” land later this month.

Performer Bob Brown’s “lively marionettes” will help “put their own twist” on the timeless Christmas story of the Nutcracker during a performance on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 11:30 a.m.

Though the show was originally slated for two performances, one of them is already sold out.

The cost is $5 per county resident. Online reservations are required.

Frying Pan Farm Park is located at 2709 West Ox Rd, Herndon, VA. For more information, call 703-437-9101 or visit Frying Pan Farm Park.

by RestonNow.com — October 10, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Frying Pan Park BOO-stravaganza/Credit FCPAGather the kids and their costumes and head to Herndon’s Frying Pan Park Thursday for some Halloween fun.

The non-spooky event for children ages 3 to 8 will be chance to show off your Halloween costume and get a jump on treats in “trick or treat.”

The party is from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 13 in the indoor barn area. There will be games. wagon rides, and a small pumpkin to take home.

The cost is $10 per child. Reservations are required. Sign up online.

Frying Pan Farm Park is located at 2709 West Ox Rd, Herndon, VA. For more information, call 703-437-9101 or visit Frying Pan Farm Park.

Photos courtesy Fairfax County Park Authority

by Karen Goff — August 5, 2016 at 2:00 pm 4 Comments

Riding competition at 4H Fair/Courtesy Fairfax CountyThe annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival brings old fashioned farm fun to Frying Pan Park this weekned.

The fair runs Friday through Sunday and will feature carnival games, rides, fair exhibits and entertainment. There will be 4-H exhibitors showing farm animals, and visitors can try their hand at milking cows and goats.

Here are some of the highlights to plan your visit:

Friday — The farmyard opens at 9 a.m., and carnival rides run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. then again from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday is also Big Truck Night, a free, hands-on activity featuring a variety of large, commercial trucks.

Parking and admission are free on Friday (you must purchase tickets for food and rides).

Saturday and Sunday — The fair begins at 9 a.m. The Fair Entrance will be on Monroe Street for those days. The carnival rides run from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday. Entry to the park grounds is free, however there is an $8 parking fee per car, per day on the weekend. Cash or check only. (more…)

by Karen Goff — July 27, 2016 at 1:00 pm 0

4-h fairRemember Fairfax County’s agricultural heritage — and have some family friendly fun — at the Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival, which returns to Herndon’s Frying Pan Farm Park next week.

The fair runs Aug. 4 through 7 and will feature carnival games, rides, fair exhibits and entertainment. There will be 4-H exhibitors showing farm animals, and visitors can try their hand at milking cows and goats.

Here are some of the highlights to plan your visit:

Thursday — The farmyard opens at 9 a.m. Carnival rides begin at 10 a.m. Rides end at 3 p.m., but the farmyard stays open with a free evening concert by the Will Overman Band at 7:30 p.m.

Friday — The farmyard opens at 9 a.m., and carnival rides run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. then again from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday is also Big Truck Night, a free, hands-on activity featuring a variety of large, commercial trucks.

Parking and admission are free on Thursday and Friday (you must purchase tickets for food and rides).

Saturday and Sunday — The fair begins at 9 a.m. The Fair Entrance will be on Monroe Street for those days. The carnival rides run from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday. Entry to the park grounds is free, however there is an $8 parking fee per car, per day on the weekend. Cash or check only.

Friday and Saturday will both include wagon rides, free blacksmithing demonstrations, live entertainment, an expanded Market Lane with craft vendors, as well as a food court.

Special features for Saturday, Aug. 6 include horse shows and the tractor pull.

The highlights for Sunday, Aug. 7 are the Livestock Competition and the Parade of Champions.

Want to enter a one of 18 competitions? Bring in your short film, artwork, flowers, photographs, writing, woodworking, vegetables, interior design project, baked goods or other hobby on Thursday or Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. to enter.

For more info, a schedule of entertainment and to purchase ride tickets, visit the carnival website.

by Karen Goff — December 9, 2015 at 4:30 pm 1 Comment

Michael and Jesse/Courtesy Fairfax County Park AuthorityThere are a couple of empty horse stalls at Herndon’s Frying Pan Farm Park.

Formerly home to two draft horses, Jesse the horse died in late October at age 35. His horse “brother” Michael, died in September 2013.

The duo of Jesse and Michael were a popular park attraction, often found pulling wagon rides and other antique farm equipment for demonstration purposes or just letting young visitors pat their noses.

“The farm will look a bit vacant for right now without Jesse,” Todd Brown, a Fairfax County Park Authority operations manager, said upon Jesse’s death.

The nonprofit Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park is dedicating its year-end fundraising campaign to bring new horses to the park.

“Those two wonderful Percheron draft horses joined the farm family in 1999 working the fields and pulling wagon rides,” Jack Pitzer, president of Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park, said on the group’s website.

“Their senior years were spent greeting visitors from their stalls and enjoying the park’s lush pastures. It’s a good thing big horses have big hearts, because they had so much love to give and so many who loved them.”

Pitzer said donations will help us bring “gentle giants” back to Frying Pan Farm Park so that future visitors can also have this special bond with horses.

“Funds from this year’s Annual Appeal will go toward research and acquisition of a new team, training, care and other farm operations,” he wrote. “Your donations are not only a gift to the park, but also to the entire community the park has served over many generations.”

Donations can be made online. Any amount is welcome, but Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park also has suggestions for specific help, such as $6,000 for the purchase of a new draft team, $125 for a month of hay to feed the horses, or $400 for an annual vet checkup.

Photo: Jesse and Michael/Courtesy Frying Pan Farm Park

by Karen Goff — October 30, 2015 at 1:30 pm 3 Comments

Michael and Jesse/Courtesy Fairfax County Park Authority

Employees and regular visitors of Herndon’s Frying Pan Park are mourning the loss of Percheron draft horse Jesse, a popular park attraction who died this week at age 35.

For years, Jesse was a part of the duo known by park visitors as Jesse and Michael. Jesse’s horse friend and work buddy Michael died in September 2013 at age 34.

At Frying Pan, Jesse and Michael could usually be found pulling wagon rides and other antique farm equipment for demonstration purposes. When not working, they would be grazing in pastures with the other farm animals, or standing in their stalls waiting for the next child to be helped up by their parent to pet the strong horses’s soft noses.

“The farm will look a bit vacant for right now without Jesse,” said Todd Brown, a Fairfax County Park Authority operations manager. “Jesse was a wonderful part of Kidwell Farm and will be missed.”

Brown was formerly the site manager for Frying Pan Farm Park. He helped find Jesse and Michael years ago when new draft horses were needed. The park was once home to eight Belgian draft horses, all of whom were related (two aging parents and their offspring).

The park authority says some horses were sold, and the others were not up to the task of working. Eventually, they found new homes too.

So Brown went searching and found Michael and Jesse. Brown got a call from the Virginia Horse Association, which told him of two horses in Manassas. In a 2013 Park Authority article, he recalled meeting the two identical horses, who were named after Jesse Jackson and Michael Jackson.

Brown said he was skeptical the pair was ready for the rigors of life at Frying Pan Park — until the rep hitched them to a wagon and they drove down busy Route 234.

“Cars were crossing the horses’ faces at about 60 miles per hour,” Brown recalled. “The horses just stood there. Then a slap of lines on their backs, and the team pulled out onto 234 in a gap between cars. Our mouths looked ready to catch bugs. The horses started trotting and remained under great control. Cars flew by, cars turned, cars passed us. Jesse and Michael could not have cared less. I was sold.”

Jesse and Michael embarked on years of pulling Santa’s sleigh, letting little hands pet their manes, and enjoying the farm demonstrations. They went into semi retirement about five years ago.

“In my 22-year park career, including days at Frying Pan and now at agency headquarters, I have had hundreds of great days,” said Brown. “But the best days are by far the ones spent behind the butts of those gentle giants. … So I thank Michael and Jesse for that and for so much on behalf of thousands who forged their own experiences because of the team.”

“I am proud to say that I was the first person to drive those horses at Frying Pan Farm Park and the last one to have them in harness there. Drive on guys, you will be missed.”

Michael and Jesse/Courtesy Fairfax County Park Authority

by Karen Goff — July 22, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0

Riding competition at 4H Fair/Courtesy Fairfax CountyGet a taste of Fairfax County’s former agricultural spirit when the 67th Annual Fairfax County 4H Fair and Carnival opens at Herndon’s Frying Pan Park July 30.

The fair celebrates traditional farm skills and tradition with events like a cow milking contest, a tractor pull, and competitions on everything from rabbit raising to vegetable growing.

Here is what you need to know:

Admission is free. Carnival rides require tickets.

Thursday, July 30

Carnival and fair open at 10 a.m. Gonzo’s Nose plays a concert at 7:30 p.m. Free parking.

Friday, July 31

Carnival and fair open at 10 a.m. Highlight: Big Truck Night at 6:30 p.m. Free parking.

Saturday, Aug. 1

4H Exhibits open at 9 a.m. Carnival begins at 11 a.m. Highlights: Robotics Showcase; Dog Shows; Tractor Pull at 4 p.m. Parking is $7.

Sunday, Aug. 2

4H Exhibits open at 9 a.m. Carnival begins at 11 a.m. Highlights: Sheep, Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, and Dairy Goat Shows; Stage Entertainment; Robotics Showcase; Dog Demonstrations. Parking is $7.

To see full lineup of activities or to enter a competition, visit the Fairfax County website.

Photo: Riding competition at 4H Fair/Courtesy Fairfax County

by Karen Goff — September 2, 2014 at 4:30 pm 1 Comment

Wind turbine/Credit: Three Birds FoundationKids and their families can learn about sustainability while having fun on the farm at the annual Northern Virginia Sustainability Fair on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Frying Pan Park in Herndon.

The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The fair is sponsored by the The Three Birds Foundation, a nonprofit that “develops renewable energy initiatives that engage and inspire students, thus creating a culture of curiosity and environmental stewardship.” The fair is part of the Green Apple Day of Service, a worldwide initiative that  is dedicated to growing the green schools movement, says the Three Birds Foundation.

Bring a picnic lunch or purchase food from Gordon’s Grill. There will be free wagon and carousel rides all day.

by Karen Goff — July 30, 2014 at 4:30 pm 0

Fairfax County 4H Fiar/Credit: Fairfax CountyWestern Fairfax County returns to it agricultural heritage this weekend when the 66th Annual 4-H Fair and Carnival comes to Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Rd. in Herndon.

The fair runs Thursday through Sunday and will feature 18 competitions ranging from woodworking to vegetables to sewing to baking to livestock, among others.

There will also be carnival rides, carousel rides and wagon rides. Unlimited ride tickets can be purchased for $25 or individually for $1 each (most rides are three or four tickets).

Visit the Frying Pan Park website for a ride ticket discount coupon.

Schedule Highlights

Thursday

  • Carnival rides 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Cow milking demonstration in the Kidwell Barn:  4 p.m; Free
  • Free Concert: Afro Bop Alliance (Afro-Cuban/Jazz)  7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Free parking

 Friday

  • Carnival Rides: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Cow milking demonstration in the Kidwell Barn 4 p.m.; Free
  • Big Truck Night in the Farm Yard: 6 to 8:30 p.m.; Free
  • 4-H Competition in the 4-H Building: Entry drop off and walk in registration 3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Stationary departments judged:  7 p.m. (Closed to the public)
  • Free parking

 Saturday

  • 4-H Exhibits, Animal Shows and Entertainment: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Carnival Rides: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Carousel and wagon Rides: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Tractor Pull: 4 p.m.
  • $7 parking (cash or check; Debit and Credit cards not accepted)

 Sunday

  • 4-H Exhibits, Animal Shows and Entertainment: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Carnival Rides: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Carousel and wagon Rides: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • $7 parking (cash or check;  Debit and Credit cards not accepted)

Photo of Fairfax County 4-H Fair courtesy of Fairfax County

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