Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Are you ready to ‘Celebrate Fairfax’?

 Each year Fairfax County puts on several great events, a popular one is “Celebrate Fairfax”. Fun for all ages, Celebrate Fairfax has the typical “carnival” attractions, such as rides and food, but it also offers several performances and special presentations. And a whole lot more. It runs for 3 days, Friday to Sunday.

The 34th annual Celebrate Fairfax event starts on June 5 and concludes on June 7. As I noted last year, it’s been a few years since I’ve been able to go (June is such a busy month isn’t it?), but am aiming to go one of these years. In earlier years there has been dog shows, bands, arts and crafts, dancing, light shows, tech and lots of hands-on fun for the kids.

Every year the festival draws in some big names for performances. This year’s headliners scheduled to be on the Bud Light Main Stage are: 

  • KONGOS (Fri. 8 p.m.)
  • 3 Doors Down  (Sat. 8 p.m.)
  • The Amish Outlaws (Sun. 4:30 p.m.)

There are also several other stages. Check out the official web page to see the various stages and schedules. There will be fireworks on Friday night at 9:30 p.m.

Tickets are currently on sale. The "earliest" bird specials have passed, however, there is still an early bird special running through May 30. Fees vary depending on how and where you buy the tickets, so check the pricing page of the festival for more details.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Photos on Friday: A piece of Plymouth Rock (Smithsonian)

About two weeks ago we took a trip downtown to see the cherry blossoms. While in DC we decided to pop into the National Museum of American History since we hadn't been there for about a year.

There is a lot of renovation going on at the moment, so things were set up differently. For instance, the pop culture exhibit has been undergoing extensive renovation for a while now and many of the artifacts are housed in various parts of the museum. So while on a hunt to find Oscar the Grouch, we were guided to a section dedicated to American history 17th century to 1940s.

In this exhibit was a piece of Plymouth Rock. This was one link to the past I've never seen in the museum. Oscar was not currently on display, however this was very cool to see!! We were not disappointed.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Celebrate ‘green living’ at SpringFest in Fairfax County

If you have kids, this is a fun event. Held every April, Fairfax County’s SpringFest highlights green living, celebrating Earth Day, Arbor Day, and a cleaner environment. Kids and adults alike can learn more about recycling, sustainability, wild-life, farming and community-based planting, to name a few.

With entertainment, games, educational stations and hands-on learning activities, it’s a great day out. The last time I went (2013), there was an inflatable obstacle course with a slide, a rock climbing wall, pony rides, petting zoo, games, mascots, a reptile show and music, along with other performances. It drew a pretty big crowd that year. According to the event's website, last year drew 5,000 area residents and the event gets bigger every year.

In 2013, SpringFest featured a reptile show which was a big hit with the kids

This exhibit included a game where participants could guess to see how many cans are in this block

At this exhibit, kids listened to an explanation of what bees do for the environment. In the background wooden display were lots of live bees.

Making birdhouses out of recycled bottles.

Many hands-on activities for the kids. Kids can learn about planting and how to plant. 

SpringFest is held in Lorton at the Workhouse Arts Center. The address is 9518 Workhouse Way. This year’s event takes place on Sat., April 25, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is free to the public (although some of the attractions like pony rides, the bounce house and rock climbing require a $5 all-access wrist band). There are food vendors and a farmer’s market as well.

The Lorton Community Action Center will also be running a breakfast food drive. For more information about SpringFest 2015 you can visit the official website.