General Interest Items – December 11, 2013

Posted on Dec 8 2013 in General by admin

2.1 Festive Sully: Sully Historic Site – Chantilly – Begin December 14
2.2 Virginia Stands for Life Day – Richmond – January 8


2.1 Festive Sully: Sully Historic Site – Chantilly – Begin December 14

Sully Historic Site
3650 Historic Sully Way
Chantilly, VA

Cost: $7/adult; $6/student; $5/senior and child.

Saturdays, December 14 and 21; Sunday, December 15, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The house tour lasts 45 minutes. Outside festivities are available until 8 p.m. Visit the website or see Parktakes for registration times and codes. Candlelight Tours start every 15 minutes from 4:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.; the last tour is at 7 p.m. Cost: $10. For prepaid reservations that will save your space, register online. Groups require reservations.

In the glow of natural candlelight, tour the 1794 home of northern Virginia’s first congressman, Richard Bland Lee. Hear seasonal music, make an ornament, and sample sugar cakes. Discover living history of a different period at each of the candlelight tours!

For more information about non-coded programs, call Sully Historic Site at 703-437-1794 or contact them at

Civil War by Candlelight
Saturday, December 14
Experience a Civil War Christmas as Confederate soldiers cook dinner in the field.  Hear mid-19th-century tunes performed by Evergreen Shade and make a holiday decoration reminiscent of a time when families had few resources but indomitable spirit.

Christmas in the Time of Jane Austen
Sunday, December 15
See how the traditional twelve days of Christmas were celebrated at the turn of the 19th century. Elegant dancing, rich foods, and travel made the season exciting.  Learn the latest dance steps, join in singing, and take home a recipe for a great cake.

Victorian Candlelight Tour
Saturday, December 21
Enjoy traditions of the Victorian era as you meet Sully’s Santa, hear a reading of A Visit from St. Nicholas, and see the Christmas tree decorated according to an 1885 letter. Make a tree decoration based on a Victorian original.

Holiday Concert with IONA
Friday, December 27, at 2 p.m. (code 381 486 9902)
Cost: $12/person for county residents; $14 person for non-residents.

IONA treats its audience to high-energy entertainment featuring Scottish fiddling, percussion, vocals, and dancing; house tour is included. Refreshments will be served in the 18th-century kitchen.

Register online at the second link. If you are not already registered with Fairfax County parks, you will need to create an account. Register for programs that have a 10-digit code on-line, by phone at 703-222-4664, or send your registration form and fee to:

PO Box 4606
Fairfax, VA 22038-4606

For questions, call 703-437-1794.

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2.2 Virginia Stands for Life Day – Richmond – January 8

Prayer Walk around Capitol starting at the Greater Richmond Convention Center
(parking information at the website).
403 N. Third Street
Richmond, VA

Virginia Stands for Life Rally
Capitol Bell Tower
101 N. Ninth Street
Richmond, VA

You are invited to join The Family Foundation and over a dozen state and national pro-life groups to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves at the Prayer Walk and Virginia Stands for Life Rally. The annual event takes place on the opening day of the 2014 General Assembly session. The website promises more information soon.

See the website if you are interested in the paid breakfast; otherwise, activities begin with a prayer walk at 9 a.m. followed by the rally at 10 a.m. They promise to end by 11:30 a.m. and encourage visitors to stay and visit the House or Senate gallery to watch the session and stop by your legislators’ office and let them know you were here for Virginia Stands for Life Day.

Read more about the day’s events at the first link; register for the Prayer Walk and/or the Virginia Stands for Life Rally, at the second link.

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