Fairfax County Park Authority, upcoming events for spring of 2015

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골프 토너먼트( 장애인 부부또는 둘 중의 한 사람이라도 장애인인 경우) 를 하고, 남북 전쟁을 통해 버지니아의 역사를 배우는 시간, 5월 첫째주에 열리는 파머스 장터,  페어펙스 카운티 축제, 버크 레이크에서 열리는 마라톤 대회 등, 다양한 즐길거리를 찾아 볼 수 있다.

 

 

Combo Classic Golf Tournament Seeks Players, Sponsors

 

Playing golf is a pastime enjoyed by countless individuals seeking the pleasures of the game as well as a pastoral setting in which to spend a morning or afternoon.  Players often take these opportunities for granted, unless they are tested by a disability and find that playing golf can be challenging. The 2015 Combo Classic is for paired golfers where one or both have a disability and sets a new standard for competition, amenities and fun. This tournament, started in 1990, is a Fairfax County Park Authority tradition.

 

The 2015 Combo Classic will be held on Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Twin Lakes Golf Course in Clifton, VA. Twin Lakes Golf Course offers golfers the opportunity of a full day of golf with two 18-hole courses. The Oaks’ par 71 and 6,715 yards challenge all golfers with multiple tees to ensure a fair test for all playing abilities. Every hole except one is tree-lined on both sides of the fairway, making accuracy the primary goal off the tee. The Lakes course features a par 72 and 6,695 yard experience that requires more distance off the tee, but is much more forgiving than the Oaks Course.

 

The tournament is sponsored by the Fairfax County Park Authority with the support of the Fairfax County Park Foundation and is generously sustained by Harrison Glasgow, Bruce & Jackie McLeod, Sandy Spring Bank, Roberta Longworth, Webclearly, LLC, John Osborn, Maggiano’s, Giant Food, and the American Board of Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc.  Partners include The Eastern Amputee Golf Association (EAGA), Visit Fairfax and Office for Private Public Partnerships. Proceeds from this tournament support the Fairfax County Park Authority Adapted Golf Instructional Program.

 

The tournament organizers are now accepting applications for paired golfers where one or both have a disability as well as volunteers.  For more information about this tournament please contact Al Karman at 703-631-9099, ext. 203 or via email at [email protected].

 

Civil War Lecture Series at Sully Commemorates Sesquicentennial

 

As the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War draws to a close, Sully Historic Site presents an evening lecture series this spring. This Civil War commemorative program is sponsored by the Sully Foundation, Ltd. in memory of Thom Fitzhugh Hanes, one of the original founders.  Each evening, historians present a look at different aspects of the final year of the war.

 

On Tuesday, April 14, 2015 Charles Teague will give insights into President Abraham Lincoln’s last days in April 1865.  In “The Final Fourteen Days of Father Abraham” he seeks to see what Lincoln saw, who he met with, how he felt, and what his demeanor was during those two tumultuous weeks. Hear some fascinating experiences, some of which are little known.  Teague is a ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park, author, speaker and long-time researcher on Lincoln and Gettysburg.

 

The talk will be held at 7 p.m. in the Eddie Wagstaff Room at the Sully Visitor Center.  Sully is the 1794 home of Richard Bland Lee, northern Virginia’s first congressman and uncle of Robert E. Lee.  Light refreshments will be served.  The talk is free, however donations are gratefully accepted.  Space is limited.  Call 703-437-1794 to reserve your seat or get more information.

 

This historic site is located at 3650 Historic Sully Way in Chantilly, VA.

 

First Week of May Brings Opening of Fairfax County Farmers Markets

 

Spring is here and the 11 Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Farmers Markets are gearing up for the 2015 season!  All markets open the first week of May, providing residents with fresh food options until late fall.  These markets are unique in that they are “producer-only” locally grown markets. All vendors come from within a 125-mile radius of Fairfax County and must grow or produce all products they sell at the market. Vendors from Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and Southern Pennsylvania are working hard to bring the freshest produce, meats, cheese, ice cream, breads, honey, sweets, cut flowers, and plants available to Fairfax County residents.

 

Supporting your local farmers markets is not only delicious, but has a big impact on your health, the local economy and environment! Local produce is picked fresh, and therefore is more nutrient-rich than produce that has traveled an extended period of time. Varieties are chosen on taste and nutrient content, rather than durability. Buying from local farmers markets also helps to keep money circulating through the local economy. If each household in Virginia pledged to spend $10 a week on locally grown agricultural products it would bring in $1.65 billion into the Virginia economy each year! Aside from reducing your carbon footprint, buying directly from farmers also gives you the opportunity to choose to support farmers using sustainable growing practices. Sustainable farming practices help prevent soil fertility loss, while reducing pesticide and fertilizer run-off into the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  Most importantly the farmers markets offer shoppers the opportunity to ask questions and connect with their local farmers.

 

Join us in making the Buy Fresh Pledge commitment this year, by picking up a pledge card at one of our 11 market locations. Read more about the Buy Fresh Pledge Program, sponsored by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, at  http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/news/releases-a/051914frmsmkt.shtml

 

FCPA Farmers Markets are also proud to announce that select markets are now accepting SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps) at McCutcheon/Mount Vernon, Reston, Lorton, and Herndon (NEW in 2015). The SNAP at market program is making huge strides to increase access to fresh foods for low income citizens throughout the county, while offering additional support to local farmers. In 2014 alone, Reston provided over $4,500 in SNAP benefits to low-income citizens. As an extra incentive to buy additional produce, FCPA farmers markets have implemented a “double bucks program” which matches up to $10 a day to be used on additional produce.

 

For more information, including locations, directions and a list of vendors at each market go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/farmersmarkets  or you may contact the Community Horticulture Office at 703-642-0128.

 

 

Park Authority Offers Hands-on Fun at SpringFest 2015

 

Participate in free environmentally-focused, family-friendly activities at SpringFest 2015 on Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center located at 9518 Workhouse Way in Lorton, VA. This annual celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day will be bigger and better than ever. Presented by Clean Fairfax in partnership with Fairfax County, Fairfax County Park Authority, Workhouse Arts Center, and various community organizations, SpringFest features entertainment, games, activities and learning opportunities appropriate for all ages.

 

Fairfax County Park Authority will offer a sampling of the world-class environmental education and recreation programs offered year-round at local parks.  The Park Authority will offer free wagon rides with historical interpretation sponsored by the Fairfax County Park Foundation.  Come out for the magic show, live raptors and history corps reenactments.  New golfers can learn to putt, parents can find out about summer camp opportunities and children can add to our “gallery” as they express their love of parks through coloring and drawing activities.

 

The Park Authority will host an Under the Sea exhibit, and Fairfax Master Naturalists will feature take-home purple coneflower seed balls.  Sully Historic Site will lead old fashioned school house games and activities; Hidden Oaks Nature Center will focus on ladybugs; Hidden Pond Nature Center will bring native reptiles and amphibians and Ellanor C. Lawrence Park will explain the Helping Our Land Heal initiative.

 

Still looking for more to do?  Master Gardeners will talk about eco-savvy gardening, Farmers Market information will be available and Frying Pan Farm Park will have animals to visit, old-time corn grinding and laundry activities the old-fashioned way!

 

Many activities are free but with an all access pass for just $5 you can also experience face painting, a rock wall, pony rides, a bounce house and inflatable obstacle course.

 

You can also make a difference by participating in Lorton Community Action Center’s Breakfast Food Drive.

 

Clean Fairfax is a registered non-profit organization. The mission of Clean Fairfax is to encourage environmental stewardship and urban sustainability through education, programming, and community involvement.  Clean Fairfax seeks to reduce littering and to encourage recycling, reusing, and reducing consumption, promote community action by supporting clean-ups and adopt-a-spots and serve as a clearing house for environmental information in the community. For details visit www.springfestfairfax.org  or call the Clean Fairfax Council at 703-324-5471.

 

Restoration Complete at Colvin Run Mill

 

What goes around comes around. And Colvin Run Mill, going around for over 200 years, has come around to its glory days.

After several months of repairs and restoration, the historic mill will be grinding again this spring. The Restoration Celebration takes place on April 19, 2015. There will be an official grand re-opening ceremony open to the public at 1 p.m.

The restoration was required after a crack was found in the mill’s main shaft during a routine inspection last year. Over the winter, the shaft and other parts of the mill were replaced. The broken shaft was found during a period when the second grinding stone at the mill was being restored. The mill had been using only one of its two stones since its original restoration in the early 1970s, and the combined efforts over the winter mean the mill will be running at full capacity for the first time in decades.

The restoration of “the newest old mill in Fairfax County” has been “exciting, frustrating and challenging,” said Colvin Run Mill Historic Site Manager Mike Henry. Staff has been testing the restored mill this spring and tweaking mill mechanisms, such as adjusting belts and refining the connections of teeth and gears. The mill also is getting a thorough cleaning so that the grain that is ground is ready for human consumption. The historic mill’s grain is sold at the site.

Following the Restoration Celebration, the mill will return to its regular schedule of grinding from noon to 3 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month from April through October.

 

Colvin Run Mill is at 10017 Colvin Run Road in Great Falls, VA.  More information about the mill is on the Fairfax County Park Authority website at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/colvinrunmill/. For more information please contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.

 

 

Healthy Strides 5K/10K Race is Coming to Burke Lake Park

 

The Fairfax County Park Authority’s Take 12 Steps for Health program is hosting the fourth annual Healthy Strides Community 5K/10K Race at Burke Lake Park on Saturday, April 25, 2015.  This event sold out last year so register soon!

 

The registration fee for the 5K and 10K is $35 now through April 8.  That fee increases to $40 on April 9 through the end of registration on April 22 or until the event sells out.  The registration fee includes a Technical T-shirt, a virtual race bag, and your participation in this great community event!  The 10K will start at 7:30 a.m., followed by the 5K at 7:35 a.m. An awards ceremony will follow the races.

 

A portion of the proceeds from the Healthy Strides Community 5K/10K will help fund summer camp opportunities for children living in homeless shelters and transitional housing in Fairfax County.  Bring your old running shoes; we participate in the Nike Reuse-a-Shoe program! 

 

The race features certified 5K and 10K courses and a timing sensor will be attached to your biodegradable bib.  New this year is our “Selfie Station.”  You can take your own picture or our staff and volunteers will be happy to take a picture for you.  Then post your picture on Facebook to share with all your friends!

 

For more information about the race, volunteering, and to view course maps, visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/rec/take12/healthy-strides.htm. Also check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1551763288388575/.  For questions, call the Race Director, Julie Frederickson at 703-817-9407, or send an email to [email protected].

 

Burke Lake Park is located at 7315 Ox Road in Fairfax Station, VA. Due to limited parking, carpooling is encouraged.  Burke Lake Park will open to race participants only at 6:15 a.m. on April 25.  The park opens to the general public at 9 a.m.

 

The Healthy Strides Race is sponsored by the Fairfax County Park Foundation and generous support from area businesses.

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities Abound at Sully Historic Site

 

It’s not often that you can go to one place and be offered so many paths to show off your talents.  Whether you enjoy gardening, working with children, learning new recipes and cooking methods, or just like to be around interesting people, Sully Historic Site in Chantilly has a volunteer opportunity for you on both weekdays and weekends.

 

Sully is a historic house museum owned and operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority. The main house and outbuildings were built beginning in 1794 for northern Virginia’s first congressman, Richard Bland Lee.  Our interpretation highlights the Lee family, enslaved African Americans, and other families who lived and worked at Sully from the mid-18th century through the mid-20th century.

 

Each day Sully opens its doors to travelers from around the world and around the corner.  Some are descendants of families who lived here before 1959.  Others want to learn about 18th and 19th century architecture and fine furnishings.  Some visitors are particularly interested in the lives and work of slaves who cooked, did laundry, worked in the fields and provided all the other labor associated with a large farm.

 

During the year hundreds of school children come to Sully to get a better understanding of life in Federal period America, including economics, politics and industry.  Scouts learn new skills and earn badges toward advancement in their troops.

 

During the summer months, Sully hosts reenactors who set up weekend camps and help the public learn about exciting periods in American history.  Our World War II and Civil War weekends provide a better understanding of how soldiers lived, the equipment they used, as well as the long-ranging effects of these turbulent times.  Civilian interpreters recreate life at home and demonstrate skills that were needed to survive when the men went off to war.

 

Would you like to work with us in planning and presenting programs like these?  As a volunteer at Sully, you can choose an aspect of historic interpretation, event support, or another area where you can make a contribution towards a quality experience for our visitors. For more information on Sully and volunteering visit us online at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/sully-historic-site/volunteer.htm or contact Paige Gibbons, volunteer coordinator at [email protected]. You may also call 703-437-1794.

 

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