Manassas Farmer’s Market

The Manassas Farmer’s Market is held every Thursday from the 3rd of April to the 20th of November and every Saturday from the 5th of April to the 22nd of November at the Harris Pavilion located on 9201 Center Street in Manassas, VA 20110.

A wide variety of home grown products can be found at Manassas Farmer’s Market sponsored by Historic Manassas, Inc. All products sold are locally grown alongside organic meat and seafood.

Schedule as follows:
April 3 to November 20 (7am to 1pm) at Harris Pavilion
April 5 to November 22 (7am to 2:30pm) at the Visitor’s Parking Lot on West Street.

The Manassas Farmer’s Market is only open in November if weather permits.

The National Christmas Tree and The Pageant of Peace

The National Christmas Tree and the Washington Monument
The National Christmas Tree and the Washington Monument

The first national Christmas celebrations began in 1913 when President Woodrow Wilson and over 20,000 visitors gathered together at the Capitol with a lighted community Christmas tree that began the national event.

In 1923, Vermont’s Middlebury College had presented the first official National Christmas Tree as a gift. It was decorated with 2,500 red, white and green lights and was lit by President Calvin Coolidge on the Eve of Christmas at President’s Park situated to the south of the White House also known as the Ellipse. Through the years, the National Christmas Tree had been relocated to several areas such as in 1923 when it was relocated to Sherman Plaza and to Lafayette Park years after, and was returned to the Ellipse in 1939.

On December 17, 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower started the lighting of the National Christmas Tree for the Pageant of Peace, permitting more visitors to view the lighting and celebrating Christmas Eve at home with family.

From a single Christmas tree, the National Christmas Tree now is accompanied by 56 smaller Christmas trees representing each state, territory and the District of Columbia. The National Christmas Tree is lit with reflection of the current events such as when the lights were turned off for a moment in support of the American hostages in Lebanon and their families on Christmas Eve in 1985 as instructed by President George H. W. Bush, and the lighting in 2001, when the children of the September 11 attack victims of the Pentagon had assisted in the lighting.

An array of trees, such as the Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir, Engelmann Spruce and Red Cedar were constantly donated for the event till 1973, when the National Arborist Association then donated a 42 foot blue spruce intended as a permanent National Christmas Tree till it began to die and thus a 40 foot tall living Colorado blue spruce was donated from Maryland and served as the National Christmas Tree. Standard filament burning bulbs had long ago decorated the National Christmas, then Solar energy was then used in 1995 to light the tree, in 2007 energy efficient LED lights are now used as a reminder to everyone that energy can be saved to decrease carbon footprint.

Every year, the tree lighting ceremony begins the festivities of the National Christmas Tree program or “Pageant of Peace”, with re-known performers and a military band and a message of peace by the President dedicated to everyone worldwide. Entertainment and musical performances provided by volunteer choirs, bands and dancers are for free.

For the “Christmas Pathway of Peace”, the National Christmas Tree and its accompanying 56 smaller trees shall be lit every night at dusk till 11pm all through the 1st of January. While model trains surrounding the base of the National Christmas Tree are provided by the National Christmas Tree Railroad.

Manassas National Battlefield Park of Prince William County

Located north of Manassas in Prince William County, the Manassas National Battlefield Park sites the area where the American Civil War battles took place in July 21, 1861 ( First Battle of Bull Run) and in August 28 and 30, 1862 ( Second Battle of Bull Run – First Battle of Manassas).

The National Battlefield Park was established in 1940 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in October 15, 1966, that now offers everyone the chance to discover the site where the battles took place years ago along with the Henry Visitor Center located at the south entrance to the park that showcases the civil war era uniforms, weapons, gear, exhibits and more to highlight the First Battle of Bull Run.

Featured at Manassas National Battlefield Park:

  • Stone House – Found at the intersection of Sudley Road and Lee Highway that was occupied as a hospital during the battles.
  • Stone Bridge – Located on Lee Highway and within proximity of Bull Run where the Union retreated after the battles.
  • Brawner’s Farm – Location where the second battle began and renovated as a museum exhibiting the Second Battle of Bull Run.
  • Battery Heights – The Confederate batteries were deployed at the Union troops.
  • Matthews Hill – Site where the first battle begun.

  • The Unfinished Railroad Grade – Site where Jackson deployed his men for the second battle.
  • The Deep Cut – Area where Pope fired his attacks against the Grade.
  • Groveton – A Civil War era neighborhood with remains of a small house that was occupied by Lucinda Dogan with a Confederate Cemetry nearby.
  • New York Monuments – Site where 123 5th New York Zouaves men lost in 5 minutes.
  • Hazel Plain – Chinn family plantation now in ruins located across the Henry Hill Visitors Center.
  • Chinn Ridge – Counterattack of General James Longstreet of the second battle took place.
  • Portici – Francis Lewis plantation used as the Confederate Headquarters in the second battle now in ruins.
  • The Robinsons House – The home of James Robinson.

Manassas National Battlefield
12521 Lee Highway
Manassas, VA 20109

Lake Fairfax Park Stocked With A Half-Ton of Rainbow Trout

Foxy in the boat at Fountainhead
Foxy likes fishing!

Beginning on Friday, October 8, 2010, the waters of Lake Fairfax will teem with a fresh stock of rainbow trout. Friday’s 1,000 pound stocking will mark the start of a two-week trout season at the park which ends on October 22.

Fishermen will appreciate the abundance of above average size fish. (The smallest fish will be one-foot in length.) Fishing at the park is open from dawn until dusk. An accessible fishing pier provides a safe place to cast a line for enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.

A Virginia fishing license is required for all fishermen age 16 and older. Because the fish were purchased by Fairfax County, the state trout stamp doesn’t apply. The 2010 seasonal fishing pass for the park is also required, or a daily pass can be purchased. Daily passes are available for $12 per adult (16 to 63 years), $10 per senior (64 years and older) and $10 per child (7 to 15 years).

Only one pole is allowed in the water at a time, and the daily catch limit is six fish per person. Fishermen are expected to keep what they catch. The local game warden will be present.

Lake Fairfax Park is located at 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive in Reston.

For more information, please contact Lake Fairfax Park at 703-471-5415.

Recreation For both Young And Old Around Lakeridge

Lakeridge offers many recreation facilities to its residents. So they would not have to stray far away just to enjoy such recreation. Here are a few of the well known recreation facilities that Lakeridge residents and visitors enjoy.

Lake Ridge Park Golf and Marina

Located at 12350 Cotton Mill Dr in Woodbridge VA 22192 and opened in 1992, Lake Ridge Park Golf and Marina was skillfully designed by Lindsay Irvin. Lake Ridge Park Golf and Marina offers a golf course, 9 hole par 3 length course, driving range, picnic facilities and boating trips out on the Occoquan River. The course is suitable for beginners and the young ones as well, without having to spend so much money.

Old Hickory Golf Club

Located at 11921 Chanceford Drive in Woodbridge VA 22192, Old Hickory Golf Club keeps the tradition of golfing with the tradition golfing attire. With that in mind, one can expect the challenge of a good golfing challenge at the course. Old Hickory also offers a much updated practice area of a putting green, short game area and driving range, which features an indoor golf academy with digital video analysis along with professional teaching staff. Certain events such as weddings, banquets and golf outings are also welcomed to be hosted at the Golf Club.

Prince William Forest Park

The federally threatened orchid Isotria medeoloides, a small whorled pogonia is being proudly protected by Prince William Forest Park as well as the Eastern Box Turtle which a type of reptile with the longest life span. The Prince William Forest Park is a complete forest ecosystem offering residents and visitors the beautiful experience of nature’s blessings of plant, animal, reptile and land. The park is a great learning tool for children and teachers can arrange educational trips to give students an on hand study of their lessons. But the park is not only for learning, it also offers 37 miles of hiking trails and 21 miles of bicycle trails.

Occoquan Regional Park

Offering over 400 acres of spacious recreation fun, historic remnants and the remembrance of the women suffragists that were imprisoned there in the 1900, Occoquan Regional Park is the perfect place to spend time with family and friends. The park features walking trails, snack bar, athletic fields, batting cage, picnic shelter, marina building and boating ramp and storage.

Leesylvania State Park

Opened in 1992, Leesylvania State Park is located at 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Drive. Woodbridge VA 22191 with 542 acres of park space bordered by the Potomac River, Neabsco Creek and Powells Creek. The Park features exciting opportunities of fun and adventure for families and friends and even an office outing. Overnight facilities are available as well as camping sites.  Although swimming is not allowed, one can enjoy wading and sunning along the beach of Potomac River. Excellent fishing can also be done at the park where catfish, perch, striped bass and largemouth bass are highly popular. Picnic shelters, gift shops, visitor center and an environmental education center can be found in the park where nature and history programs are offered.

Chinn Aquatics and Fitness Center

Located at 13025 Chinn Park Drive in Woodbridge VA 22192, Chinn Aquatics and Fitness Center offer exceptional health fitness services such as yoga, exercise, kickboxing, swimming, weights, sauna, pools and professional one on one training. The facilities also feature racquetball courts, gymnasium, and an outdoor pavilion. The pools available are a leisure pool with depth of 3ft 8inches and a 40 meter heated indoor pool and zero depth walking entry. The center is open to both children and adults.

Hidden Pond Nature Center Is An Educational Place for Everyone

With a small park for leisurely strolls around a pond and through the woods, Hidden Pond Nature Center can be found at the end of a residential street in the Kenwood Oaks Community of Springfield in the Fairfax County.

25 acres of Hidden Park is ruled over by larger neighboring parks such as Burke Lake Park with 880 acres and Pohick Stream Valley Park with 700 acres.

The Hidden Park is acres of undisturbed woodland, tranquil trails, bubbling streams and an acre pond along with a new 2,000 foot trail and bridge that connects to Pohick Stream Valley Park. A lighted tennis court and a children’s play area can be enjoyed.

Hidden Pond Nature Center is special because of its wide variety of educational activities and programs provided throughout the whole year for school children and community organizations or work. The programs and activities held are connected by Fairfax County Public Schools that meet the local science standard of learning helping teachers in their lessons. The Center also features live displays and exhibits that teach about the natural world of Fairfax County. Books and other items are also sold for nature lovers.

Hidden Pond Nature Center is located at 8511 Greeley Blvd in Springfield VA 22152. Form ore information about their programs and activities you can contact 703-451-9588.

RECenters in Fairfax County for Everyone

Mount Vernon RECenter

Mount Vernon RECenter located at 2017 Belle View Blvd.  Alexandria in Virginia provides the community with complete entertainment and recreation facilities.

Facilities:

  • 25 Meter heated indoor pool
  • Poolside Spa
  • Beach area with play features
  • Locker rooms
  • Showers and Sauna
  • Fitness Center with Cybex VR2 equipment
  • Pro Shop items for sale
  • Dance Room
  • Multi Purpose rooms
  • 200 foot by 85 foot indoor Ice Arena

The Ice Arena is open on certain hours only and the ice skating fees are separate from the general admission fees.

Lee District RECenter

Lee District RECenter in the Lee District is located at 6601 Telegraph Road in Franconia VA  can be found near Kingstowne and Rose Hill in Franconia VA on a 193 acre park.  The RECenter is open to all residents of Fairfax County; however non residents do pay a higher fee.

Facilities:

  • 1 soccer field with 2 overlay T-Ball fields
  • 2 Football fields with 2 overlay Softball fields
  • 4 outdoor basketball courts
  • An Amphitheater
  • 4 Picnic areas
  • Horseshoe pits
  • A sand Volleyball court
  • A playground
  • Tot Lot
  • 4 Lighted Tennis Courts with a tennis practice wall
  • Walking Trails
  • A Carrousel
  • RECenter  building

RECenter of over 84,000 square feet of Facilities:

Indoor Pools / Natatorium

Heated 50 meter pool with spa, locker rooms, family changing rooms, saunas and showers, outdoor sun deck as well as a grassed sunbathing area

Gym

20,400 square feet of hardwood with 1 regulation size basketball court to be converted into 2 smaller courts as well as 2 volleyball courts.

Other Amenities

Electronic Scoreboards, spectator seating, boxing equipment, volleyball nets and a 3 lane -10 mile indoor running track, racquetball/walleyball courts, 2 mirrored dance/fitness rooms, 3 multi purpose rooms, a mezzanine and preschool

Fitness Center

Cardiovascular equipment, free weights, work out machines and a stretching area

George Washington RECenter

George Washington RECenter is located at 8426 Old Mt. Vernon Road in Alexandria VA 22309 offers recreational amenities to all residents and visitors to the area.

Facilities:

  • Heated indoor 25 meter pool
  • Poolside Spa
  • Beach and wading area
  • Saunas
  • Showers with locker rooms
  • Lighted Tennis Courts
  • A picnic Area
  • Fitness Area
  • Resurfaced Lighted Tennis Courts
  • A picnic Area

Fitness Area offers:

  • 2 Treadmills
  • Recumbent and stationary bicycles
  • Curb Cuts
  • Dressing Stalls

A wide range of programs and activities are available for everyone young or old.

Fresh, Convenient and Delicious at Crystal City Farmer’s Market

Walking home from work is irresistibly fun if you live in Crystal City. From May 18 to October 26, local vendors line the 18th to the 20th Streets sidewalk between 3PM to 7PM.

Scrumptious fresh fruits and vegetables, newly blossomed flowers, fresh picked herbs, freshly baked bread and pastries, farm grown meats and eggs are brought in by the local farmers.

The Sweet Green / Sweet Flo yogurt truck sometimes park on the sidewalk to delight customers with their cold flavorful delights.

Everything sold at Farmers Market in Crystal City are fresh and are a treat for your taste buds.

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Riverside Camping at Riverbend Park

Families can enjoy camping and night hiking at Riverbend Park. Riverbend Park has over 400 acres of forest, meadows, and ponds. Trails include a 2.5 mile portion of the Potomac Heritage Trail linking national and regional parkland. Kayakers and canoeists can enjoy exploring many islands in the Potomac River. Serious anglers and families can bring a boat or fish from the shady riverbank. Nature highlights include spectacular river views, beautiful wildflowers and birds.

Facilities include a visitor center with snack bar, gift shop, exhibits and riverside picnic area. The park also has a nature center which is available for rent.

Camping will began at 6 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday on May 15th. Bring your camping gear, toasting sticks and a dinner to cook on toasting sticks. S’mores and a light breakfast are provided. The cost is $45 per family. To register, call 703-759-9018.

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Upper King Street Fresh Farmers Market

Upper King Street Fresh Farmers Market is located at King Street Gardens Park, 1806 King Street

In 2010, the market is open on Wednesdays, May through October from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m with dates and times subject to change.

King Street Gardens
Hanging Gardens

The Upper King Street Farmers Market offers area residents and commuters the opportunity:

  • to shop for fresh
  • locally grown produce meat
  • dairy and bakery items