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Occoquan Spring Craft Show Returns

The sidewalks are swept clean in Occoquan. (File photo)

Occoquan, Va. –– One of the things to look for this weekend at the annual Occoquan Spring Craft Show are new vendors.

More than 270 vendors from points all across the U.S. are expected to descend on Occoquan this Saturday and Sunday, many of the newer ones will be artists and glass pottery makers.

Of course, you’ll still be able to find time-honored favorites at the show like can’t-get ‘em anywhere else handcrafted products and quilts, said the show’s director, Pat Thomas.

“It’s a unique show that features a lot of things you just can’t get commercially,” said Thomas.

This is the 42nd year the show has been staged in the town on the first weekend in June, and the spring show is usually a bit smaller than the fall show held each year during the last weekend in September.

“During the fall show, I think everyone is in the holiday mindset because we have a lot of Christmas-themed items on display,” said Thomas.

But there will be plenty to do this weekend, with crafters, food for almost every appetite, and live entertainment at the Coffee House of Occoquan.

To get the fair, it’s best to use one of the many shuttle buses that will serve nearby commuter lots every 15 to 20 minutes.

Fair goers can park in the Old Hechinger’s Commuter lot at Gordon Boulevard (Va. 123) and Old Bridge Road, the commuter lot just off Interstate 95 at mile post 160, the parking lot at the Vulcan quarry in Lorton, or at the Tacketts Mill Shopping Center in Lake Ridge.

The free show hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Georgetown Moves Race to Occoquan


Occoquan Reservoir

Lorton, Va. ––The waters of the Potomac River have been running more rapidly and brown the past few weeks.

That has prompted Georgetown University to move their scheduled boat race to Occoquan Reservoir.

See the university’s full statement about the relocation below:

The Georgetown University women’s rowing team has moved its originally scheduled Class of 1998 Cup race against George Washington and George Mason to Sunday morning on the Occoquan Reservoir in Lorton, Va.
The race been moved from its original site in Washington, D.C. due to the current instability of the Potomac River.

Georgetown and George Washington will compete for the Class of 1998 Cup, while the Hoyas, Colonials and Patriots will be competing for the George’s Trophy, which will be awarded to the best overall team.

Sunday’s Racing Schedule: 9:00am – Third varsity eight race (Georgetown third varsity vs. George Washington vs. Georgetown fourth varsity) 9:15am- B4 (George Washington vs. Georgetown lightweights) 9:30am- Varsity four (George Washington, George Mason, Georgetown) 9:45am- Junior varsity eight (George Washington,George Mason, Georgetown) 10:00am- Varsity eight (George Washington, George Mason, Georgetown)

We’re Going to be in Occoquan!

PL Box LogoWe’re doing it again! PotomacLocal.com will hold its second in a series of free neighborhood meet ups at 6 p.m. Wednesday May 4, at Madigans Waterfront at 201 Mill Street in Occoquan, Va.

What better place than in Occoquan, known as the “crown jewel of Prince William County,” to have a neighborhood get together and talk about community, have some fun and meet new friends?

In addition to all of you, Kayne Karnbach from the Prince William Clean Communities Council will join us to tell us all about what their organization does to keep the Occoquan and the rest of Prince William beautiful.

If you came to our meet up in March at the Potomac Town Center in Woodbridge you know how much fun it was.

This time we’ll be on the river, have a few laughs in the lounge and enjoy the music at the tiki bar.

We think it’s a great way to celebrate spring, and we hope you’ll join us!

By the way, those who come will get a free PotomacLocal.com ink pen, so come on out!

Restrictions eyed for Occoquan reservoir


Occoquan Reservoir

Fairfax County, Va. ––If you live along the Occoquan Reservoir, there may be some changes coming that will dictate what you can do with your property.

Fairfax Water will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday February 3 to discuss updates to their easement plans for those with homes along the body of water, which separates portions of Prince William and Fairfax counties.

Some of the new regulations awaiting approval prohibit residents from putting debris in the reservoir, requiring residents to plant vegetation along the shoreline to prevent erosion, and new regulations that permit stairs along the shoreline where grades are at 10 percent or greater.

Fairfax officials are accepting comments on the matter until Feb. 2. You can email them to ShorelinePolicy@fairfaxwater.org.

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