December 2019, Vol. 19, No. 12
Festive is the word for holidays, winter and parks. Winter Wonderland and Celebration Station return to Burke Lake Park during the first two weekends of December. This holiday season in the parks there will be Santa sightings, Christmas at the Farm, a gardener's holiday, historic site candlelight tours, hot cocoa, potato horses, puppets, children's holiday shopping, wagon rides, a chance to be part of an ice show, and many, many other winter events. See all of the park holiday programs on the park website.
It's amazing what a tax and a little weight can do.
In the 18th century, those two elements led to a social change in the style of stems that the public wanted on its glassware.
So sit back, relax, raise a glass, and read how this twist in styles came about by peeking into one of the county's cultural collections in this month's artiFACTS.
Sully Historic Site's main house will be closed January to May in 2020. The house needs some structural repairs and maintenance, so its artifacts, furniture and exhibits are being padded and protected to keep them safe during the work. Site Manager Carol McDonnell says the house will continue to look as it did in 1794 once the repairs are done. Work includes siding, plaster and flooring repairs, painting, and electrical/mechanical upgrades.
The site, the visitor center and the outbuildings will remain open for tours and visitors. Only the house will be closed.
The Fairfax County Park Authority’s fight against invasive plants has gotten a major boost. Parks have received a $25,083 Biodiversity Conservation Grant from the National Environmental Education Foundation.
The money will provide tools, gloves, native plants and t-shirts for the Invasive Management Area program and its annual spring Take Back the Forest promotion. Funds will also be used for treatment of invasive species at Mark Twain Park and Huntsman Park.
Fall produce is still available at three farmers markets.
Here are market closing dates.
• Mount Vernon – December 18
• Reston -- December 7
• Burke – December 21
• Closed: Lorton, Oak Marr, Annandale, McLean, Herndon, Wakefield and Kingstowne.
Need an idea for a holiday gift? Give a personal craft or an experience.
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Things To Do in Parks
Other Holiday Stuffings
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