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Mondays:

Military Mondays, deals for veterans, active military personnel and first responders at Laurel Hill! Golf Course.

First Thursday:

Prayer & Healing Service, at 6:30 p.m. at Cranford UMC located at 9912 Old Colchester Road, Lorton for first Thursdays monthly

Cub Scout Pack 2000 meeting first Thursday of each month: Contact: Brian Dieffenbacher cubmaster_pack2000@yahoo.com

Thirsty Third Thursday, South Fairfax Chamber of Commerce

Saturdays:

SCAPE Open Art Studio Saturdays, 12p-3p, Ongoing, art-making sessions serve active duty and retired service members and their families, allowing participants to explore their creativity, inspire and be inspired, and grow with others. The Workhouse Art Therapist will be available for an hour after each Open Art Studio session to meet with participants to discuss artwork or other topics. All materials provided. http://www.workhousearts.org/event/scapeopenartstudio/all/

First Saturdays:

Historic Pohick Church Tours from 1:00–3:00 pm The Historic Pohick Church Docent Guild will give free guided tours of the historic colonial church. Call 703-339-6572 or visit www.pohick.org. See Story.

 

September

6 Join South Fairfax Chamber of Commerce for a casual meet and greet at the newly renovated Burke Lake Golf Center on September 6th, 6pm-8pm. Bring a friend, potential member or co-worker, network and enjoy the cash bar and complimentary snacks. As a added bonus range balls will be provided! RSVP.

8 Quantico Orienteering Club invites all newcomers to join us for an "INTRODUCTION TO ORIENTEERING” on Saturday, September 8 at Mason Neck State Park. It will be FREE beginner-only orienteering events for all ages - from children to adults. For anyone who has ever wanted to try orienteering, or just wondered what it is, here's the chance to come out and give it a go. Seasoned orienteers, invite your co-workers and friends out to experience that activity you're always telling them about.
Participants will learn the basics of orienteering from experienced instructors and then apply their newly acquired skills on a beginner level orienteering course that same day. Registration opens at 10:00 AM and instruction will be offered approximately every 20 minutes beginning at 10:20 AM and running through 12:00 PM. Participants can either orienteer solo, or in small groups of their own choosing. All participants will have until 1:30 PM to complete their course. The only equipment you'll need to bring is your brain.

8 The 9th annual Nalls Nice Neighbor block party. Saturday September 8, 11am - 3pm Block Party with a moonbounce, food, fun, giveaways, kids activities and more. If you have a small local business and are interested in participating in person or with a giveaway. We are still looking for a couple of vendors.

8 Workhouse Arts Center 10th Anniversary Celebration 9:00AM, The Workhouse Arts Center invites the residents of greater Lorton to join us for a week of free and low-cost events and activities in celebration of its 10th anniversary from September 8-16, 2018. Experiences include classes and presentations, films and music, special tours, and more.
Learn about the creative arts offerings at the Workhouse during our Education Open House! 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm This free event is open to the public and will feature demos, hands-on workshops, opportunities to talk one-on-one with our amazing instructors as well as explore our beautiful, historic campus. For questions about the Education Open House, please contact Debra Balestreri, Director of Education, at 703-584-2909. Download a PDF of the Open House Flyer
http://www.workhousearts.org/events/category/10th-anniversary/
or just events.

8 Annual Crab Feast Dinner at Historic Pohick Church, Saturday, September 8
will be held in the Common Room from 3:30 pm until 6:00 pm on Saturday, September 8th. The menu will include Crabs, Fried Fish, Steamed Shrimp, Potato Salad, Pork and Chicken Barbecue Sandwiches, and Hot Dogs for the kids. The cost is $30.00 per adult (ages 18 and older), $15 for children ages 12-17 and children under the age of 12 are free. For tickets and more information contact Rodger Jones, rodgerjns125@gmail.com, or Fred Crawford, frcrawford205@comcast.net , or call the church office at 703-339-6572. Pohick Church is located at 9301 Richmond Highway, Lorton.

8 The 2nd Saturday Writers Guild invites seasoned and beginning fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry writers to its September meeting from 1 p.m.to 3 p.m. at Northern Virginia Community College library, Room 230, 2645 College Drive, Arts and Science Building (WAS), Woodbridge, VA 22191. The Arts and Science Building is the building farthest south. Free parking is available in lots marked B. Contact: June Forte at home1270@gmail.com

16 111th Anniversary of Silverbrook United Methodist Church! All are invited to come worship and celebrate Sunday, September 16. Homecoming service will be at 10am followed by a luncheon fellowship. Silverbrook United Methodist Church is located at 8616 Silverbrook Rd, Lorton. 703.690.4159 or www.silverbrook-umc.org

16 The George Washington Chapter, Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution, will be commemorating Constitution Day at 1:00 pm on Sunday, Sept. 16 at historic Pohick Episcopal Church, 9301 Richmond Highway, Lorton. The Rev. Tom Costa will be portraying Rev. Lee Massey, the colonial rector of Pohick Church, which was the parish church of George Washington and George Mason and is the final resting place of 15 Patriots of the American Revolution. Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787. Sunday, September 16

17 Genealogical Resources at Virginia Room. Monday evening, September 17, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm, presentation by Laura Wickstead, Librarian of the Virginia Room, City of Fairfax Regional Library, about the numerous genealogical resources at the Virginia Room. The talk will take place at the Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road, in the Mount Vernon area. The meeting is free and open to the public. Browse www.mvgenealogy.org.

17 Lorton Heritage Society Monthly Meeting at Silverbrook UM Church, September 17, 7:00 pm. Speaker presentation: Why Virginia Failed to Ratify the 19th Amendment in 1920 by Professor Alice Reagan from the NVCC, Woodbridge Campus. The Lorton Heritage Society is the local Lorton historical society meeting the third Monday of the month. This month’s presentation is about the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote. 8616 Silverbrook Road, Lorton, Browse Silverbrook-UMC.org.

18 Efficient and Effective On-Site Research Strategies. The Mount Vernon Genealogical Society Meeting, Tuesday, September 18, from 1 pm to 3 pm, hosts a presentation by Board-certified genealogist Victor S. Dunn about how to make the most of your time on a research trip to a courthouse, library, or other record repository. The talk will take place in room 112 of the Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, in the Mount Vernon area. The meeting is free and open to the public. Browse www.mvgenealogy.org.

21,22,23,28,29, Oct 5,6,7 Castaways Repertory Theatre announces: The Madwoman of Chaillot, Written by Jean Giraudoux, Adapted By Maurice Valency.
September 21 (e), 22 (e) 23 (m)
September 28 (e), 29 (m), 29 (e)
October 5 (e), 6 (e) 7 (m)
(e) = Evening - 8:00 pm, (m) = Matinee - 2:00 pm
A beautifully comedic play of stark contrasts in human character, The Madwoman of Chaillot divides the world sharply between the artists and the men of business. The businessmen, whom are called by their profession rather than by name, are interested only in finding new ways to become wealthier. They do not tolerate anyone but their own kind. On the other hand, the poets, musicians, vagabonds, and artists only want to create and to love and enjoy one another. The bohemians are a vanishing lot; the businessmen are taking over and corrupting everything that is pure and full of life. The Prospector, the Broker, and the President have discovered oil beneath the streets of Paris and seek to destroy whatever they must in order to get it. Their nefarious plans come to the attention of Countess Aurelia, the benignly eccentric madwoman of the title. She is an aging idealist who sees the world as happy and beautiful. But, advised by her associate, the Ragpicker, who is a bit more worldly than the Countess, she soon comes to realize that the world might well be ruined by these evil men—men who seek only wealth and power and acts as the core of creative thought to stop the darkness from taking control of their world.
Directed by Dr. Harry Kantrovich, Assistant Director: Samantha Franklin
General admission $15.00. Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Drive, Woodbridge
Discounted rates: Seniors, Students, Military, Prince William County employees $12.00, Matinees and groups (10+) $11.00, Children 12 and under $8.00, Children 12 and under matinee $6.00

22 4th Annual Twilight Rock-n-Run 5K, Glow Walk, Kids’ Fun Run. Runners and walkers from across Fairfax County will converge in Lorton for the South County High School Band's 4th Annual Twilight Rock -n- Run 5K. This yearly family-oriented event on September 22, 2018 also features a 1-mile Glow Walk and a Kids' Fun Run. The evening event benefits the South County High School Band program.

The USATF-certified measured course is a paved, mostly flat course that starts on the SCHS campus, goes past the beautiful Laurel Hill Golf Club and South County Middle School and ends in Stallion Stadium.
The overall top male and female, as well as the top 3 runners in five age categories will receive awards!
Race Co-Director Gail Albert says, "The money raised will go towards maintaining and repairing band instruments, purchasing music rights for the marching band performance, entry fees to band competitions, and transportation to play at games and competitions."
Schedule for Twilight Rock-n-Run 5K, Glow Walk & Kids Fun Run – Saturday, Sept 22, 2018
• Registration and Packet Pick Up 5:30p-6:30p
• Kids Fun Run 6:40pm
• Twilight 5K 7:00pm
• 1 Mile Glow Walk 7:05pm
• Awards 7:50pm
Race Co-Director Robert Kolb says, "Our family ran in the race last year and had a blast! Even if you are not into running we have the Glow Walk and a Kids’ Fun Run!”
To register or for additional information about the Race Day Schedule and packet pick-up go to www.schsbands.org. Send all media inquiries to schstwilight5k@gmail.com.
Sponsorships are available until August 27 and can be downloaded at www.schsbands.org.
Follow us on Twitter @Schs5K and Facebook: South County High School Band Twilight Rock n Run 5k.
SCHSTwilight5K@gmail.com ~ www.schsbands.org

24 the Prince William Art Society will conduct a short business meeting at Tall Oaks Community Center, 12298 Cotton Mill Dr, Woodbridge, September 24 at 7:30 pm which will be followed by a free program featuring a presentation by Fine Artist Greg Skrtic. Mr. Skrtic will share some of his originals as well as slide images during a presentation on Thematic Development. Mr. Skrtic has a BA in Art and a BFA in Art Education, has taught art in the Peace Corps in Botswana, and practiced in Yemen and Lithuania. He currently teaches elementary students in Fairfax, leaving time for an active professional art career. His work can be viewed at https://gregskrtic.pixels.com/. Meetings are open to the public. More information on the PWAS can be found at https://www.princewilliamartsociety.com/.

28,29, Oct 5,6,7 Castaways Repertory Theatre announces: The Madwoman of Chaillot, Written by Jean Giraudoux, Adapted By Maurice Valency.
September 28 (e), 29 (m), 29 (e)
October 5 (e), 6 (e) 7 (m)
(e) = Evening - 8:00 pm, (m) = Matinee - 2:00 pm
A beautifully comedic play of stark contrasts in human character, The Madwoman of Chaillot divides the world sharply between the artists and the men of business. The businessmen, whom are called by their profession rather than by name, are interested only in finding new ways to become wealthier. They do not tolerate anyone but their own kind. On the other hand, the poets, musicians, vagabonds, and artists only want to create and to love and enjoy one another. The bohemians are a vanishing lot; the businessmen are taking over and corrupting everything that is pure and full of life. The Prospector, the Broker, and the President have discovered oil beneath the streets of Paris and seek to destroy whatever they must in order to get it. Their nefarious plans come to the attention of Countess Aurelia, the benignly eccentric madwoman of the title. She is an aging idealist who sees the world as happy and beautiful. But, advised by her associate, the Ragpicker, who is a bit more worldly than the Countess, she soon comes to realize that the world might well be ruined by these evil men—men who seek only wealth and power and acts as the core of creative thought to stop the darkness from taking control of their world.
Directed by Dr. Harry Kantrovich, Assistant Director: Samantha Franklin
General admission $15.00. Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Drive, Woodbridge
Discounted rates: Seniors, Students, Military, Prince William County employees $12.00, Matinees and groups (10+) $11.00, Children 12 and under $8.00, Children 12 and under matinee $6.00

29 Annual Pohick Country Fair, Saturday, September 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The 73rd Annual Pohick Church Country Fair includes games, booths, moon bounce, smoked pork barbecue, funnel cakes, homemade apple butter, free children’s games, historic colonial church tours, organ concerts, live music, a classic car show, a Boy Scout camping and cooking demo, and much more. It's a Lorton Tradition. Historic Pohick Church is located at 9301 Richmond Highway in Lorton, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information call Fair Chairman Doug Smith at 703-644-0480 or visit the Pohick Church website at www.pohick.org .

 

October

Oct 5,6,7 Castaways Repertory Theatre announces: The Madwoman of Chaillot, Written by Jean Giraudoux, Adapted By Maurice Valency.
October 5 (e), 6 (e) 7 (m)
(e) = Evening - 8:00 pm, (m) = Matinee - 2:00 pm
A beautifully comedic play of stark contrasts in human character, The Madwoman of Chaillot divides the world sharply between the artists and the men of business. The businessmen, whom are called by their profession rather than by name, are interested only in finding new ways to become wealthier. They do not tolerate anyone but their own kind. On the other hand, the poets, musicians, vagabonds, and artists only want to create and to love and enjoy one another. The bohemians are a vanishing lot; the businessmen are taking over and corrupting everything that is pure and full of life. The Prospector, the Broker, and the President have discovered oil beneath the streets of Paris and seek to destroy whatever they must in order to get it. Their nefarious plans come to the attention of Countess Aurelia, the benignly eccentric madwoman of the title. She is an aging idealist who sees the world as happy and beautiful. But, advised by her associate, the Ragpicker, who is a bit more worldly than the Countess, she soon comes to realize that the world might well be ruined by these evil men—men who seek only wealth and power and acts as the core of creative thought to stop the darkness from taking control of their world.
Directed by Dr. Harry Kantrovich, Assistant Director: Samantha Franklin
General admission $15.00, Discounted rates: Seniors, Students, Military, Prince William County employees $12.00, Matinees and groups (10+) $11.00, Children 12 and under $8.00, Children 12 and under matinee $6.00
Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Drive, Woodbridge

 

November

November 9-10 and 16-17
REVOLUTIONARY GENTLEMAN: THE ROCK OPERA

A New tragic-comedy on the life of Benedict Arnold

Move over, Hamilton!—a new Revolutionary War-era musical is taking the spotlight! A satirical, behind-the-scenes look at the American Revolution as seen through the eyes of Benedict Arnold, Infinity Stage’s Revolutionary Gentleman: The Rock Opera brings to life an act of betrayal so infamous, that the name Benedict Arnold has become synonymous for the word “treason.” Musically a cross between Little Shop of Horrors and Jesus Christ Superstar, Revolutionary Gentleman features the true-life story of General Arnold, a wildly popular figure in early Colonial America, who so despised British loyalists that he occasionally resorted to burning them out of house and home.
After being injured in combat, Benedict Arnold (played by Fredericksburg attorney Robert Beard) is appointed military governor of Philadelphia, putting him on a collision course with the sniveling, peevish President of the Supreme Council (David Merrill). Ben marries the beautiful and much younger Peggy Shippen (Julie Marie Britt), who just happens to be having an affair with British spy, Maj. John Andre (Carlos Ramirez). General Arnold never had a chance.

Lake Ridge Writer/composer Steven W Rodgers states: “The interesting thing is, I really didn’t have to invent a thing. I could never have come up with a story as compelling and incredible as what I found in the pages of the history books. Everything in the show is true. It’s a dream play, so it’s just all highly stylized. One of my favorite little anecdotes was when Ben, who lost his first wife, falls in love with the gorgeous Betsy Dubois. He wrote her a letter, saying: ‘your charms have lighted an inextinguishable flame in my heart.’ When she turns him down, however, he just moves on to his second choice, Peggy Shippen, crosses out the name ‘Betsy’ and says ‘ok then….Dear Peggy. I guess your charms have, you know, lighted that inextinguishable flame in my heart!’ What a romantic !”
Also starring Jackie Madejski, who plays Mr. Reed’s sassy, incorrigible Chief Advisor, the Kellyanne Conway-esque Josephine; Liz Colandene as Ben’s English nurse, Emily; with Alex Siegal as EveryMan (as the judge, soldier, coachman, servant and delivery boy); Rex Grigg as George Washington; along with a trio of ethereal, mystical forest muses played by Juanita Blankumsee, Aerika Saxe (of Lorton) and Carrie McKnight. Townspeople include Rebecca Kiser, Hannah Ratcliffe and Elena Runkle.
Although set in 1801, many of the themes are all too familiar to those with even a passing interest in contemporary politics. At one point, angry at the false charges being leveled against him, Ben storms into the office of Mr. Reed, the president of the Supreme Council in the song Alternative Facts:

BEN: Reed! These charges are trumped up! Fake media’s at it again!
REED: See how he acts? Why they’re not lies! They’re just…..uh…..?
ADVISOR: ….alternative facts!

Revolutionary Gentleman will be performed for four nights only at The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia, 9518 Workhouse Road, Bldg #3, November 9-10 and 16-17 at 8 pm. Tickets are $34 and $38 at the door (pending availability) and $28 and $32 online in advance at www.infinitystage.com . Seating is limited. Parking is free.

Book, music and lyrics by Steven W Rodgers; additional lyrics by Oregon novelist Carolyn Tracy and British satirist Wendy Christopher. Costumes by Juliana Cofrancesco, Lighting by Kimberly Crago and Jeffrey Auerbach. Choreographer/assistant director: Liz Colandene; Vocal Coach: Juanita Blankumsee. Produced by Infinity Stage. Soundtrack CD pre-orders available online October 1.

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