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Gov. Northam rocks the red in Prince William County ahead of Capitals Stanley Cup finals game

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY — Virginia Governor Ralph Northam came to Prince William County on Thursday.

He spoke to a group of business leaders at a luncheon at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on George Mason University Science and Technology Campus.

While on campus, Northam paused for a photo with Virginia Senator Jeremy McPike (D-29, Prince William, Manassas) and George Mason University President Angel Cabrera.

Gov. Northam rocks the red in Prince William County ahead of Capitals Stanley Cup finals game

The two posed in front of a statue of the late Virginia State Senator Charles Colgan. There’s a Washington Capital’s jersey on that statue, placed there ahead of tonight’s matchup where the hockey team will play the fifth in a series of Stanley Cup Finals games against the first-year expansion team the Las Vegas Knights.

The Capitals lead the series three games to one. If they win Thursday night, it will be the team’s first Stanley Cup victory since the team formed in 1974.

Special Olympics Virginia torch carried through Quantico

QUANTICO — Runners and members of the Prince William police and sheriff’s office and Manassas police handed off the torch to military police. 

The torch made its way to Quantico about noon on Thursday. Runners made their way south along Route 1 from the Prince William County Police Eastern District Station to the Marine Corps Base. 

Police directed traffic so the runners could safely use Route 1 south to hold the torch high. 

Runners are on their way to Richmond to light the torch at the Special Olympics Virginia Summer games that will start Saturday. 

The torch will pass through Stafford County along Route 1 starting 6 a.m. Friday.

Heroes’ Voices National Poetry Contest Reading: An evening of live music and poetry

From an email: 

On June 13 at 7:30 p.m., the Hylton Performing Arts Center hosts the Heroes’ Voices National Poetry Contest Reading, an evening of live music and poetry that explores many perspectives on war, peace, and military service. The performance culminates the Heroes’ Voices National Veterans Poetry Contest, which is a cooperative venture between Heroes’ Voices in San Francisco, CA and George Mason University in Manassas, VA. This event is free and open to the public, and more information can be found at

This year, the winning poems of the Heroes’ Voices National Veterans Poetry Contest represent reflections on war, conflict, and service. These include: “Home Without a Home” by Tim Connelly of Richfield, Minnesota (4th Prize), “Spouse of a Hero” by James Kennard II of Shelby, Ohio (3rd Prize), and “Squadron Requiem” by Michael Mullane of Annapolis, Maryland (2nd Prize). The contest’s top honor goes to “I.E.D.” by Bill Glose of Yorktown, Virginia (1st Prize), a resident of Virginia since 1979. Now a regular columnist for Virginia Living magazine, Mr. Glose participated in poetry readings at the Hylton Center’s 2016 Veterans Day Celebration. The upcoming poetry readings will also feature musical selections provided by Dr. Darden Purcell, Director of Jazz Studies at George Mason University and a third generation Veteran.

The Heroes’ Voices partnership originated in the spring of 2016 after a meeting with Rick Harrell, founder of the San Francisco-based Heroes’ Voices and a prominent exponent of artistic activities and programs for Veterans in the Bay Area. Mr. Harrell gathered with Hylton Center leadership to speak about his work with Veterans, which includes choral, guitar, and poetry workshop series. He also described a poetry contest that Heroes’ Voices was planning to sponsor, which would conclude with a public presentation of the winning poems augmented by music. The idea excited all in attendance and a decision was reached to engage in a bi-coastal collaboration. The Hylton Center, George Mason University, and the Veterans and the Arts Initiative co-sponsor the contest, create a performance for the presentation of the poems, and publish a chapbook of the best works. Rick Davis, Dean of Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts and Executive Director of the Hylton Center, serves as a judge for the contest.

The Hylton Performing Arts Center’s Veterans and the Arts Initiative is made possible by: Amazon Web Services; Azalea Charities, Inc., Frank E. Lasch, Sr., Chairman and Founder; Dominion Energy; the City of Manassas; J Barrows Sales Training; Safeway Foundation; the Virginia Commission for the Arts; and the National Endowment for the Arts.

‘Hylton Center’s Summer Performances for Young Audiences’

From an email: 

I wanted to share with you the listing information…for the Hylton Center’s Summer Performances for Young Audiences. We’re thrilled to be presenting these engaging musicians, actors, and well-rounded performers on our Merchant Hall stage. They will provide high quality entertainment and education to local youth and their families. Information and tickets are available at

Brass 5: Why Music

Tuesday, June 19 at 11 a.m.

Merchant Hall

Music is everywhere – at the store, behind the TV ads, even in the elevator! Come learn how music came to be such an important part of our lives and how it affects us. Brass 5 believes in the Art of Fun!  Established in 1982, they have been entertaining audiences with their playful banter and vast repertoire of music for over 30 years, performing over 4,000 programs in the US and Europe. Tickets: $15 Adults/$5 Children


Single Carrot Theatre: Rumpled!

Tuesday, July 17 at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Merchant Hall

This delightful play is based on the story of Rumpelstiltskin in an original adaption by Single Carrot Theatre. Rumpled! uses humor, voice, movement, and love as access points for exploring dishonesty and its consequences. Students have an opportunity to share their thoughts and ask questions during a post-show discussion with the actors. Single Carrot Theatre’s work grows from the conviction that participatory cultural experiences facilitate learning, and that artistic expression is civic engagement. Tickets: $15 Adults/$5 Children


Flow Circus: Science of Awesome

Tuesday, July 31 at 11 a.m.

Merchant Hall

The audience will explore the world of science and skill building toys where things fall, balance, and spin. The audience is left with an urge to pick up and play with the world around them and discover the mysterious forces of the invisible, physical world. Paul Miller captivates audiences with his unique blend of contagious energy, quirky characters, spectacular juggling, and comedy magic. With plenty of audience participation, his performances engage all ages the moment he steps on stage. Tickets: $15 Adults/$5 Children

Super Crossword ticket yields $100,000 for Dale City woman

From the Virginia Lottery: 

When Kimberly Wright received a Super Crossword ticket from a friend for her birthday, she didn’t realize she’d just received a $100,000 present.

Instead of scratching the ticket, she tucked it away and didn’t think about it. It wasn’t until later that the Dale City woman found the ticket, scratched it, and discovered it was a top prize winner.

The winning ticket was bought at the 7-Eleven [at the intersection of Minnieville Road and Cardinal Drive] in Dale City.

Super Crossword features prizes ranging from $5 to $100,000. This is the third top prize claimed in this game, which means one more remains unclaimed. The chances of winning the top prize in Super Crossword are 1 in 1,040,400. The chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.15.

Ms. Wright said she has no immediate plans for her winnings.

Blue Star Families get free admission to Weems-Botts Museum

From a press release: 

Today, Historic Dumfries Virginia, the non-profit organization that operates the Weems-Botts Museum, announced its participation in the ninth annual Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. A list of participating museums nationwide is available at

“Our museum is located very close to Marine Corps Base Quantico,” said HDV Executive Manager Karleen Kovalcik. “Because of that our organization is very connected to our nation’s military through the active duty personnel, veterans, and military family members who are volunteers, staff, and visitors at our museum. We hope to include even more military members and families in that group by participating in Blue Star Museums.”

“Visiting a museum is a great way to get to know a community—whether it’s in your hometown or a stop on a road trip,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “We appreciate the enthusiasm of museums all across the country who open their doors for military and their families to spend time together and have new arts experiences.”

This year’s participating Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, zoos, nature centers, and children’s museums. 

Prince William’s next Poet Laureate will serve for two years. Who will it be?

From a press release: 

The Prince William County Poet Laureate is a literary honor of historic import and will serve from 2018-2020.  Resident poets of the Greater Prince William area, which includes Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park, are eligible who have contributed to the local poetry scene, written poetry of merit, and who advocate arts, sciences, and community collaborative efforts. 
The candidate must be 21 years of age, or older, should be comfortable giving public presentations and engaging in public interactions, and will undertake a project or series of projects which makes poetry more available and accessible to people in their everyday lives.  Self-nominations as well as nominations from others are accepted. 
Nominations will undergo review by a panel of judges.  The candidate must have lived in the area for at least two previous years and must maintain residence in the Prince William County area during the full two-year term. 
The Prince William County Poet Laureate will receive an honorarium of $500.00 per year. 
Visit for nomination form and more details. Nomination packets may be mailed or submitted online. 

Old canoes used to make Prince William Landfill bee, insect friendly

Multiple volunteers worked to plant a pollinator garden at the Prince William County Landfill. 

From a press release: 

Repurposed canoes, pallets, and tires were used to create raised garden beds, a native bee hotel, and a walking path through a pollinator-friendly meadow. These upcycled goods will support the health of native bees, honeybees, insects, and other wildlife for years to come.

The project was a joint effort that brought several community organizations together. Keep Prince William Beautiful secured $20,000 from a Keep America Beautiful/Lowe’s Community Impact grant to fund the project. The Prince William County Solid Waste Division, Bees in Schools, LLC, the Prince William Conservation Alliance, and George Mason University’s Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center all worked together to make the undertaking possible. Volunteer planting days open to the community were held on April 14 and April 21 in celebration of Earth Day. 

“Our whole goal is attracting pollinators to a spot where we know there are very few right now,” said Dr. Cynthia Smith, Associate Professor at George Mason University, as she thanked the crowd of 101 volunteers on the first work day, “In three hours we took a field with some mulch and now we’ve got a pollinator garden with seeds installed, before the rain tomorrow. We could not have done this without your help.” 

Janelle Bryant, a member of the Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, shared her motivation for volunteering for the project, “It’s gratifying to see that the county is planting these gardens to attract native bees – if we don’t create these gardens now we could lose many of our important pollinators.”

Bee population numbers are declining rapidly due to factors such as colony collapse disorder, pesticides and herbicides from modern agriculture, and habitat loss. The bee hotels will serve as nesting habitat for native bees, who will utilize plants in the raised beds and the flower meadow as food sources. Louise Edsall, a beekeeper and founder of Bees in Schools, will also install bee hives to produce local honey at the landfill and each hive can be home to about 60,000 bees. Edsall is expecting about 180 species of native pollinators to make the site home.

The volunteers completed their work last month.

From wasabi pickles to worm fertilizer, North Stafford’s farmer’s market has it all

Editor’s note: Please enjoy this original story free today in honor of Memorial Day, and thank you to the men and women in uniform who have served our great nation. 

NORTH STAFFORD — It’s awfully hard to ignore a van when the markings on the site state that the vehicle is full of a four-letter word that starts with “S.”

That van, however, is what Bill Clark, of Gloucester, drives every day. On Sunday, he pulled into the North Stafford Farmers Market, also known as the Long Family Sunday Market at the Staffordboro Commuter Lot.

Inside, he pulled out what he sells by the bag full — worm droppings, also known as vermicomposting. Clark says it’s great fertilizer for plants because as worms eat their way through the organic material, the critters leave behind them pelleted bacteria that’s ripe for plants.

Clark sells the stuff for between $8.75 for a small batch up to $35 for a five-pound bag. It’s one of the more unusual attractions at the North Stafford market, but he’s attracting business here, nonetheless.

He’s one of 53 vendors at the market this year, which recently located to the commuter lot from Stafford Hospital. In addition to worm droppings, there are multiple farmers from Virginia’s Northern Neck Peninsula selling fresh vegetables, and there is fresh fish, sausage, salsa, hand-made soap, and good old summertime lemonade.

Patrick Cathcart, of Sykesville, Md. sells more than 15 varieties of pickles. He scoops them, already cut into the slices, from five-gallon buckets and fills pint containers for $5 each, quarts for $9.

There’s your traditional dill-flavored standbys, but also sriracha, sweet onion flavors, and wasabi flavors, too.

“They’re not selling wasabi-flavored pickles at Giant,” said Cathcart.

And the big chain grocers like Giant probably aren’t selling much else of what’s found at this market. Robin Long says the rules for vendors are simple — in order to sell here you must make it or grow it yourself.


She and her husband, Lester, took over the North Stafford market three years ago when it had just 15 vendors. The prior organizer was ready to shut down the market when Stafford County officials banned customers from bringing dogs to the market.

Dogs are still barred from coming into the market today, but the Longs saw an opportunity here. The hope the market’s new location will help it to grow in size, too.

The Longs charge $25 per space, per vendor, per week. The market is open Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. from late May to the end of October.

The Longs this year also expanded, launching a Wednesday market in south Stafford behind the University of Mary Washington’s Stafford Campus at 121 University Boulevard.

The market also runs from the end of May to the end of October every Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m.

Tiny House Festival coming to Prince William County Fairgrounds

From an email: 

The organizers of the World’s three largest tiny house events on record are bringing tiny houses to the DMV!

DC/Virginia Tiny House Festival, Father’s Day, Weekend, June 15-17, 2018, Prince William County Fairgrounds, Manassas, Virginia

Tiny houses, vintage campers, tear drops, school bus conversions, gypsy wagons, and other styles of tiny structures will available to view and tour. Also, returning will be television celebrities, national and world recognized leaders from the tiny house community, FREE Friday night concert & fire performers, movie showings, workshops & presentations, FREE Family Session (Friday, 9AM-2PM), a FREE for EVERYONE Session (Friday, 5PM-8PM), and multiple bands & day-time entertainment (Saturday-Sunday), workshops, and MORE!

The DC/Virginia Tiny House Festival is another of the Untied Tiny House Association’s for-charity events, which will raise MANY THOUSANDS of dollars for over 20 charities and great causes… plus, retired, active and discharged military, law enforcement, and fire fighters have FREE admission all weekend.

Flickr photo: Bill Dickenson

County ready to cut ribbon on new Waterworks splash pad

From a press release: 

Waterworks Waterpark will celebrate the grand opening of its completely redesigned children’s play area with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 26 at 11:30am.

Designed for youth ages 12 and under, the new children’s area covers 6,600 square feet and includes thirteen unique spray features, two slides, and a giant dumping bucket sure to deliver hours of fun in the sun for Waterworks’ young patrons.

“With more than 400 gallons of water rushing through our new spray-ground and play structure every minute, kids will literally have a blast this summer,” said the waterpark’s manager Mike Young. 

With an eye toward conservation, the water used to create the fountains, bubblers, and soakers is filtered and recirculated.

In addition to the children’s area, Waterworks received other enhancements during the winter including a new spray feature in the main pool, refurbishments to the main slide tower, and new landscaping throughout the park. The restrooms also feature a new layout for ADA accessibility. Accessible parking was upgraded as well.

The improvements to Waterworks over the winter were made possible in part by contributions of $71,577 from Supervisor Jenkins’ Office and $15,633 from Chairman Stewart’s Office. The total cost of park improvements is $2.5 million.

Waterworks Waterpark will open at 11:00am on May 26, and operate weekends only through June 11. From June 11 through August 26 the park will operate seven days a week. The park will also be open September 1, 2, and 3 for Labor Day Weekend after which it will close for the season.

Daily admission to Waterworks is $7.75 for visitors 48″ or taller, $6.50 for visitors under 48″ tall, and $6.50 for seniors. Children age 2 or younger are admitted at no charge. 

City ready to unveil improved Stonewall Park Pool

MANASSAS — A ribbon will be cut on a newly remodeled Stonewall Park Pool on Friday.

The new public pool in Manassas features a new splash pad inspired by community suggestions.

More from a press release:

The 34-year old pool–tucked away behind the Point of Woods neighborhood in Stonewall Park–is home to the Stonewall Park Swim Team and an important resource for the Manassas community. From Memorial Day to Labor Day the pool hosts swim practices, swim meets, open swim, day camps, swim lessons and movie nights.

In August a community pop-up event gathered community input on how to improve the Pool. As a result of these suggestions—and others offered during the city’s Community Conversations effort—the Pool now boasts a new shade structure, an expanded pool deck, new fencing inside the pool enclosure, updated landscaping, new chemical controllers, and the major new feature that will be sure to please families: a splash pad with 15 aquatic features.

The splash pad design, which expands the baby pool, is an increasingly popular feature around the country for its safety, interactivity, sustainability, and accessibility for all ages and abilities. Pool visitors will be able to enjoy the simple pleasure of water spraying from a variety of heights, and young visitors will be able to walk through some of the larger features, which include a frog, a daisy, and a cattail in a nod to Stonewall Park’s natural setting.

The transformation began in February with the demolition of the old pool deck and a portion of the existing baby pool. Although the Pool appears to be a pile of dirt and rubble in the photo, contractors were just beginning to create the new features.

We invite everyone to join us at Stonewall Park Pool on Friday, May 25 at 1:30 p.m. for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Be one of the first to check out the improvements and celebrate the re-opening of Stonewall Park Pool. Light refreshments will be served.

City Hall dabbles in watercolors, features work of Manassas Art Guild

From an email: 

There is a new exhibit in The Hall at City Hall featuring the work of the Manassas Art Guild.  This month’s exhibit theme is “flowers” and features work in acrylics, watercolors, mixed media, digital painting, pastels and oil.

The Manassas Art Guild is a non-profit organization that promotes art in the Manassas community.  Their artwork will be featured throughout the summer in City Hall.

These pieces and more can be viewed at 9027 Center Street, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are free to the public.  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

The Vulcan parking lot is off limits this year at Occoquan craft show

Unlike in years past, attendees to the Spring Occoquan Craft Show June 2 and 3 will not be able to use a lot at the nearby Vulcan materials lot. 

From a press release: 

After many years of partnering with Vulcan Materials to provide off-site parking for the Occoquan Arts and Crafts shows, the property will no longer be available for public event parking due to planned improvements at the property.

As a result, the ‘yellow lot’ will move to the Workhouse Arts Center, 9518 Workhouse Way in Lorton, and patrons may park and ride a shuttle to downtown Occoquan to visit the Arts and Crafts Show.  In addition to the Workhouse Arts Center, three other off-site parking locations will continue to be available with shuttle service to the show: 123 Commuter Lot, the I-95 Commuter Lot, and the Lake Ridge Commuter Lot.  Round-trip shuttle fare is $5 per person (kids 12 and under ride for free) and payable at drop-off at the show.    

Occoquan Arts and Crafts Show Parking Lots with Shuttle Service:

  • Workhouse Arts Center (Yellow Lot) 9518 Workhouse Way (No Vendor Parking) – Drop off on Mill Street under Rt. 123 Bridge

  • Lake Ridge Commuter Lot (Purple Lot) Corner of Old Bridge and Minnieville Roads – Drop off at Mom’s Apple Pie

  • 123 Commuter Lot (Green Lot) Corner of Rt. 123 and Old Bridge Road – Drop off at Occoquan Footbridge

  • I-95 Commuter Lot (Red Lot) Off of I-95 and Rt. 123 – Drop off at Mom’s Apple Pie

Potomac Local Parent of the Month: Kristina

Potomac Parent is a monthly column that looks at life through the eyes of real parents. This month, we interview Kristina.
1. What time you do wake up?
I’m still on chemotherapy treatments until around August, so getting out of bed is not my favorite.  I’m usually up around 7, 7:30, but not functionally out of bed until 8 or so. 

2. What are your children’s names and ages?
Riley is 14, Logan is 12 and Savannah is 10.

3. What’s the most difficult part about your morning routine?
Our mornings usually work pretty well, actually.  Each of my kids has a laminated sheet with their morning list on it, so they do their chores, eat breakfast and get ready for the day on their own.  It’s a perk of having older kids.  We homeschool, so as long as they’re ready to start devotions by 9 a.m., they’re good to go.

4. What is your morning beauty or grooming routine?
I tend to shower at night so that I have time to do my hair, so in the mornings I keep it pretty basic — just brushing, moisturizing, and clothes, although if I’m going out I’ll do my makeup. I am trying to be better about that now that I’m in my mid-thirties. I’ve definitely noticed that people react better to my face when it’s made up, and they ask me if I’m feeling okay if it’s not. That’s definitely a sign I need a little help!

5. Are you a coffee or tea person?
Yes.  I enjoy a nice cappuccino or hazelnut latte, but at home I usually go for tea.  Iced Lipton with lemon (no sugar), or Numi Organic Chai with half and half and honey, or Tazo Lemon Cake are some of my favorites. 

6. What do you do once the kids are in school?
My kids are homeschooled, so when they’re in school, I’m in school.  Balancing their coursework with my own responsibilities can seem like a lot, but for the most part, we’ve got it down to a science. I write, run my website and plan my lessons for classes I teach outside our home in the “between times” when everyone is working independently.  
7. What kind of work do you do outside the home?
Until January, I was Delegate Rich Anderson’s community outreach coordinator, and I run  I also teach classes at Capital Baptist Coop, and I volunteer in our community and through our church. However, I think that my work inside our home raising our kids is the most important thing that I do, and I think that it’s okay to think that. For a lot of moms that choose to stay home, it can feel like people are looking down on your decision, so I just want to validate that it’s a legitimate choice.

8. What is the biggest challenge of trying to get work done – any work – with your schedule and responsibilities?
I think that as moms, prioritizing our time is really hard because we’re all kind of stuck in that “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” mode where you start one thing and then notice another that needs to get done.  It’s really easy to walk downstairs with a basket of laundry and notice the kitchen needs cleaning and then realize you  haven’t started dinner and then you get a phone call for work — it just kind of snowballs.  I try to take time to plan the deliberate parts of my day — phone calls scheduled during certain times, to-do list items that must get done, and then I can always go back to my list to feel like I’ve accomplished something that day when I see the completed tasks.

9. What do you wear during the work week?
If it’s winter, I’m probably in jeans and a sweater, wishing I lived in Southern California.  If it’s not winter, I’m a big fan of dresses and skirts.  Since I generally work from home, it would be really easy for me to stay in pajamas or sweats all day, but I did the Fly Lady system for a long time, which requires you to get up and get dressed and take your day seriously, and that really stuck with me.

10. What’s the craziest thing that happened to you so far this week?
I’m teaching a Biography in Writing class at our homeschool coop this year, and that can get really dicey when people cancel at the last minute — so probably having to ad-hoc a class around watching a YouTube video interview of Colonel Sanders from KFC fame.  

11. Do you have pets?
We do not. We have had bunnies in the past, but right now we are pet-free, which is, honestly, kind of nice. I still want a dog though, but that would require my husband completely abandoning all of his moral principles, so it’s probably not gonna happen.

12. How do you get through the hard times?
Without sounding preachy, I am a big believer in relying on God. My Christian faith helps me to keep things in perspective, and to know that there is someone bigger than me that I can lean on when things are overwhelming. It also provides me with other women to look to as mentors, and friends who will pray for me and help me during the really hard times.  Having been through two cancer diagnoses, my definition of “hard” is also a lot different now than it was before.  Crying kids and burning dinner pale in comparison with facing your own mortality at 29, so I keep things in a lot better perspective because of that. There’s a tradition in Judaism (my degree is in comparative religion) where you break off a piece of bread dough and burn it as an offering to God before you make the loaves, and I love that, because the idea is that you’re giving your sacrifice before you know how it turns out and God honors your effort, not the outcome.  As moms, we’re working every day on these little people and we’re not really able to see the outcome yet, but I believe that God accepts our efforts in much the same way. We’re all just trying our best.

13. What’s you favorite color?
Grey. And glitter. 
14. What kind of car do you drive?
A Dodge Grand Caravan.  If you would have told me that a minivan would become my dream car, I probably would’ve jumped off the Empire State Building in my junior year of high school, but I really do love it.  I wish it had the automatic sliding doors, though, because my children’s friends are super confused by the fact that they have to shut the doors themselves.
15. If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
This question legitimately seems like something you got from my children to torture me with.  They love asking me random, frequently ridiculous, hypothetical questions. I refuse this question on principle.

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Brew Republic Bierwerks hosting 2nd annual Woodbridge Beer Fest

From an email: 

We’re taking over the main drag of Stonebridge for the 2nd annual Woodbridge Beer Fest and filling it with beer, food, some wine, root beer (for the kids), and a ton of fun for adults and kids alike. 

SATURDAY, MAY 26: (Memorial Day Weekend) Starting at 11 am (10 am for VIP) going until 5 pm.

PARTICIPATING BREWERIES: Dozens of the best of local and regional craft breweries. Visit for current (and growing) list.

WINE: We’ll also have a wine table so you can bring your wine drinking friends along to enjoy the merriment!

FOOD, MUSIC, ACTIVITIES: In addition to liquid revelry, there will also be food vendors, live music, DJ 2Much (from 99.3 The Vibe) and other fun (like giant beer pong, a photo booth, and more!) — including kid-friendly activities (bouncy house and a face painter). Plus, we’ll have Jiffy Lube concert ticket giveaways.

AFTER PARTY: Stay late for the after party in the Brew Republic taproom.

LOCATION: Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center is located just off of I-95 in Woodbridge, Virginia. The center is home to Brew Republic Bierwerks, as well as retailers like REI, Carhartt, an Apple Store, and restaurants. The main road through the center (Potomac Town Place) will be closed to vehicle traffic between Starbucks and REI for the Beer Fest, creating the perfect venue for enjoying great craft beer and tasty food with friends and family. 

TICKETS ON SALE: Get the best price by purchasing in advance. Get them here:

Workhouse Brewfest to return for a third year

From a press release: 

More than 30 Virginia craft breweries, artisan distilleries, and Virginia wineries will be on tap at the third annual Workhouse Brewfest on Saturday, August 4, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center in Fairfax County, Virginia (9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton, VA 22079). This event will feature live performances by 12 of the region’s most popular bands, food trucks, access to 12 air-conditioned art galleries and 65 artist studios, craft beer, artisan spirits, and Virginia wine.

The day will provide an experience for every kind of beer lover – from the uber-knowledgeable beer geek to the casual drinker and those new to the world of craft beer. Fairfax County, Visit Fairfax and Celebrate Fairfax are joining the Workhouse in producing this year’s Brewfest, which builds on the success of the festival’s first event in 2016. Tickets are available for purchase online at

Brewfest also highlights how craft beer is a big business in Virginia. Craft breweries sustain more than 10,000 full time-equivalent (FTE) positions and produce nearly $1.4 billion in economic impact in the state, according to the Brewers Association. There are more than 200 licensed breweries in the state – including 10 in Fairfax County. Of course, the arts also contribute significantly to the economic health of the county and enhance its appeal to many audiences. Americans for the Arts reports that in Fairfax County alone, direct economic activity tied to arts and culture organizations and their audiences exceeds $271 million dollars per year and supports more than 6,200 FTE jobs.

Addams Family musical is entertainingly horrifying with strong vocal performance, ensemble numbers

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