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Veterans Day 2017 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center

From an email:

A celebration for Veterans, Servicemembers, their families, and military caregivers, featuring interactive activities, arts experiences, and a pops concert

(MANASSAS)— The Hylton Performing Arts Center presents Celebrating Veterans and the Arts, an afternoon of free arts activities and experiences for Veterans, Servicemembers, their families, military caregivers, and the community at large on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The annual celebration culminates with a concert of pop, jazz, and patriotic music by the American Festival Pops All-Stars, which is free to the Veteran and military community. Members of the general public may purchase tickets to this family-friendly performance at

The free-of-charge portion of this celebration begins at 1 p.m. with Veterans Service Organizations, community groups, and arts organizations displaying their support and offerings for Veterans, Servicemembers, their families, and military caregivers in the Didlake Grand Foyer. The Didlake Grand Foyer will be a hub for socializing with community members and networking with representatives of local organizations for the entire afternoon. (more…)

NOVA Woodbridge to host An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe

From Northern Virginia Community College:

The NOVA Players of Northern Virginia Community College’s Woodbridge Campus will host the theatrical production of “An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe,” at the NOVA-Woodbridge Black Box Theatre, 2645 College Drive. Show dates are Oct. 26-28 and Nov. 2-5 at 7 p.m., with matinees Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. and Nov. 5 at 3 p.m.

“An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe” by Robert Mason & “Poe Connectives” is based on the works of Edgar Allen Poe with additional material included by David Tyson, assistant professor of communication studies and theatre arts at NOVA-Woodbridge.

“Edgar Allen Poe is the master of the macabre, but he’s also the father of the detective story genre, and an accomplished poet,” said Tyson. “Poe’s genius lies in his ability to capture the pain, despair, loneliness and transform it into a thrilling journey of self-discovery. This production looks at a number of his short stories and poems and dramatizes them for the stage, as we seek to discover the author and our darker selves.” (more…)

Manassas Symphony Orchestra celebrates silver

From a press release:

In 1991, Dr. Gail Kettlewell, Provost of Northern Virginia Community College, had a vision for a new orchestra in Manassas and Prince William County. This orchestra, originally called the NOVA-Manassas Community Orchestra, began performing at Grace United Methodist Church in 1992. Over the years the orchestra has grown in both size and stature. In 2010, the ensemble moved into its new home in the Hylton Performing Arts Center, and was renamed the Manassas Symphony Orchestra in 2011.

In 2015, the MSO, under the direction of Music Director James Villani, was recognized as the winner of The American Prize for Orchestra Performance, Community Orchestra Division, and is now recognized as among the best volunteer orchestras in the country. To celebrate its 25 years of service to the community, the 2017-2018 Subscription Concert Season will feature some of the favorite pieces and soloists from past concerts, as well as pieces that they have not played before.

The MSO kicks off its Silver Anniversary Season on Saturday, October 28, 2017, 7:30PM with Silver Celebration featuring the return of fellow American Prize-winning piano soloist Anthony Michael Cornet performing American composer Edward MacDowell’s distinctive Piano Concerto No. 2. Mr. Cornet last performed with the MSO in 2015. The concert concludes with Ludwig van Beethoven’s blissful Symphony No. 7 which was previously performed by the MSO way back in 2003. (more…)

Occoquan Arts and Crafts Show returns September 23 & 24

From a press release:

The Fall Occoquan Arts and Crafts Show will be held rain or shine on Saturday, September 23, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, September 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Historic Occoquan. A 48-year tradition, this award-winning outdoor street festival features more than 300 artisans and crafters, fun interactive activities for the kids, live entertainment and great food! Be sure to stop by Mamie Davis Park to listen to live music.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

All Day: DJ John Coulter Mamie Davis Park
10 a.m.-11 a.m.: Manassas Ballet Theatre Mamie Davis Park
12 p.m.-1 p.m.: The Amazing Kevin (Kids’ Magic Show) Mamie Davis Park
2 p.m.-4 p.m.: Most Savage Gentlemen (Rock/Pop) Mamie Davis Park
All Day: Fairy Jennabelle Face Painting Mill House Museum
All Day: Law Enforcement United Dunk Tank Mill House Museum
All Day: Touch-a-Truck Mill House Museum (more…)

Local photographer on exhibit at The Hall in Manassas

From Prince William County:

City of Manassas, VA  Today through Aug. 31, Christine Grubbs, a local photographer, is displaying her art in The Hall at City Hall. The exhibit is open to the public Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free.

“History is the driving force behind much of my work,” said Grubbs. “It is important for me to know the background of a scene or object in order to tell the story of the image I am creating and make it come alive.”

Christine Grubbs’ photos range from city scenes, to mountain ranges and beautiful still life displayed in frames and on canvas.

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Exhibits in The Hall at City Hall rotate on a monthly basis and include different forms of visual art. For more information about art in the City of Manassas, visit

Italian water circus comes to Potomac Mills mall

From a public relations firm hired to represent Potomac Mills mall: 

The first-ever Italian Water Circus in the US is coming to Virginia this week when Potomac Mills hosts “Cirque Italia” from July 28 to the 31.

Featuring a stage holding 35,000 gallons that can make water fall like rain, guests will see highwire feats, flying aerial dances, jetski stunts, twin juggling maniacs, acrobatic balancing acts, explosions, elegant chiffons, and even a large [artificial] dinosaur invading the show.

Taking place under a twisting Italian white and blue big top tent near Marshalls at Potomac Mills, this show features performers from around the world and is completely animal-free. Performances begin this week with shows Thursday and Friday at 7:30pm and over the weekend at 2:30pm, 5:30pm and 8:30pm.

Tickets [range between $10 and $50 and] can be purchased on the Cirque Italian website ( or by phone and text: (941) 704-8572.

‘Into the Woods’ re-imagines multiple Brothers Grimm fairy tales

From an email to Potomac Local: 
I’m Chris Zavadowski, the marketing director for Upper Room Theatre in Manassas, VA.
Thank you for reaching out to us on Facebook and for your willingness to help get the word out about our 15th anniversary production!
I’ve attached a PDF version of our poster.  Also, I’ve included some copy below which we’ve been using to explain the show.
The Tony and Grammy award-winning Into the Woods caps off Upper Room Theatre’s 15th Anniversary Season! A fresh spin on multiple Brothers Grimm fairy tales, this story intertwines and re-imagines many beloved characters as they take an epic journey beyond “happily ever after.”
Before it was adapted into a hit movie, Into the Woods began as a stage musical that took Broadway by storm. This beautiful and humorous show by Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine not only has characters and stories that children love but is overflowing with heartfelt themes and questions adults will appreciate.
Featuring gorgeous songs and backed by a full, live orchestra in an intimate setting, this family-friendly production is full of magic, laughs, and adventure. Young and old alike will have an enchanting theatrical experience!
Join us this July 19-24, 2016! Get full details and purchase tickets at  

Test your trivia knowledge at Prince William County Historic Preservation History Happy Hour

Looking for a fun and inexpensive way to spend the evening?

Join us at the Old Manassas Courthouse on August 5 at our final summer History Happy Hour for a Trivia Night! 

Test you skills in history and popular culture centered on Virginia. Compete individually or in teams against friends, family, and other players in multiple rounds to increase points. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and last place. Trivia competition will take place from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Not interested in competing? Cheer squads and happy hour enthusiasts are welcome to come enjoy one of Prince William County’s historic social venues, watch the trivia competition, and learn about the history of Prince William County and its unique historic sites.

Admission for History Happy Hour is $15 per person, ages 21 and up only. Cost includes two drink tickets and light food and refreshments. Additional drinks are available for purchase. Reservations are suggested, but are not required. For more information or to make reservations, please call 703-367- 7872.

Old Manassas Courthouse is located at 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas, VA 20110. Free parking is available Lee Avenue and in the lot located at Lee Avenue and Peabody Street.

We hope you’ll join us!

For more information, please call 703-367- 7872 or email

Dumfries artist launches ‘The Gravestone Project’ to raise awareness of Prince William County homicides

Submitted by Dumfries Artist Alexis Gomez: 

Hello Potomac Local, I am an artist based out of Dumfries with a new project discussing the recent homicides in Prince William County. The Gravestone Project addresses the outbreak of homicides that have been occuring in Prince William County this year (2016).

For each of the eleven homicides that have occurred, a gravestone has been placed throughout the city. While each stone references a real event, the graves are unidentified, and only suggest a possible fatality if the pattern continues.

The name and birthdates on the stones are left blank, leaving space for the viewer to apply their own narrative and fully understand the gravity of the recent losses that our community has endured. The idea of the project is to raise awareness, make people re-think the situations they get themselves into, and stop the violence.

For more information, including photos and a video, follow the link below.

There have been 11 murders this year in Prince William County. We detail them in this post.

Gainesville Ballet Company changes name

From an email: 

Name Change: Gainesville Ballet School has been under the leadership of Elysabeth Muscat Hegab and Rafik Hegab since March of 2013. 

The nonprofit professional company, Gainesville Ballet Company, debuted in 2014 with Carmina Burana.  The professional company is changing its name to “Virginia State Ballet.”  Gainesville Ballet School will keep its name for the time being. 

Why the name change? 

People frequently confuse Gainesville Ballet with two other Gainesville Ballets, one in Georgia and one in Florida. 

Additionally, while the company is proudly located in Gainesville, Virginia, the reach of the company is much further than the immediate geographical area, and the Artistic Director and Company Dancers are an international group, coming from the Middle East, Central America, South America, and the Far East, in addition to the American Managing Director and American dancers. 

The new name will eliminate any possible false association with the other Gainesville Ballets, and reflect the larger scope of the company.  New websites and email addresses will be made available during the season. 

For the time being, the same website will be used: .