General Interest Items – January 29, 2014

Posted on Jan 26 2014 in General by admin

2.1 Sully Historic Site February Events – Chantilly – First Deadline February 1
2.2 Red, White and Blue and Gray Valentine’s Ball – Harrisonburg – February 15
2.3 Franklin Park Big Band – Centreville – February 16


2.1 Sully Historic Site February Events – Chantilly – First Deadline February 1

Sully Historic Site
3650 Historic Sully Way
Chantilly, VA

Cost: $7/adult; $6/student; $5/senior and child unless otherwise stated. Children under two are always free (if the event is open to that age group). See the second link for more complex hours and cost options.

To get more information about non-coded programs, call Sully Historic Site at 703-437-1794.

In observance of February’s African American history month, see an exhibit of Sully’s south road artifacts. Objects are from excavations around the Sully slave cabins, which were built in the late 18th century.

Had On and Took with Her: African American Dress, 1790-1840
Tuesday, February 4, 2014, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Light refreshments provided. Call for reservations by February 1.

Using autobiographies, published travelers’ accounts, and newspaper advertisements seeking the return of slaves who ran away, this lecture highlights the variety of clothing worn by African-American men and women two hundred years ago. Special guest speaker, Dr. Ann Buermann Wass, Ph.D., history/museum specialist at the Riversdale House Museum in Riverdale Park, Maryland, holds a doctorate in costume and textile history from the University of Maryland. She has written a book on Federal period clothing in the United States and she designs and makes clothing of that era.

Valentine’s Day Special
Friday, February 14, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

After your guided tour, enjoy a special candy treat to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Find out about the long-ago relationships of Richard Bland Lee and Elizabeth; Jacob and Amy Haight; and other couples in history.

Preamble Scramble and Political Trivia
Saturday and Sunday, February 15 and 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Included with tour admission price; canceled in inclement weather.

Celebrate President’s Day weekend by rediscovering the Declaration of Independence and early American presidential and political trivia. Play fun games such as Preamble Scramble.

18th-Century Women Had Deep Pockets
Sunday, February 23, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $10/person (minimum age eight through adult). Code 381 183 2501.

Sew an 18th-century pocket just as Mrs. Lee might have done. Discuss what gentry ladies and enslaved women might have carried in their pockets. One common item was a pincushion. Make one for yourself to hold pins for your future sewing projects.

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 or e-mail

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2.2 Red, White and Blue and Gray Valentine’s Ball – Harrisonburg – February 15

First Presbyterian Church
17 Court Square
Harrisonburg, VA

Saturday, February 15, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (silent auction), and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (dance). Cost: $10/person; includes light refreshments. 1800′s period dress or modern semi-formal attire is requested.

The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers are sponsoring the second annual benefit dance to raise funds for the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation. The Shenandoah Valley Minstrels will provide period music for the Valentine’s Ball.

For more information about the dance group or Mr. Mack, the dance master, see the websites or contact Tom Mack at

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2.3 Franklin Park Big Band – Centreville – February 16

Centreville Baptist Church
15100 Lee Highway
Centreville, VA

Sunday, February 16, 2014, at 7 p.m. Suggested donation is $10/person or $30/family maximum cost. Tickets at the door; cash only.

The 19-piece Franklin Park Big Band will bring jazz classics from the Swing Era to entertain the whole family. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Men of Valor (MOV), which is directed by homeschool dad, Brad Smith. MOV states their vision as,

“Transformed families and communities worldwide as churches reach and engage men to be God’s men of valor.”

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