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Activities commemorate President Lincoln's Grand Review

Activities commemorate President Lincoln's Grand Review

Planning is well under way for the Nov. 12, 2011 re-enactment of President Lincoln’s Grand Review in Bailey’s Crossroads, and several events associated with this commemoration will take place next month.

The original Grand Review of the Army of the Potomac consisted of 70,000 soldiers divided into seven marching divisions. The sesquicentennial re-enactment, being organized by the Lincoln at the Crossroads Alliance, will consist of approximately 5,000 people portraying soldiers and civilians divided into five marching divisions. Each division will be headed by a ceremonial detachment and marching band representing one of the five uniformed services (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard). The parade will also include a large contingent of active personnel from the U.S. Armed Forces and Virginia National Guard.

Christmas Celebration 2010

Christmas Celebration 2010

The holiday’s are here.  People are Christmas shopping, people are caroling, and it’s snowing.  The holiday’s are in full affect.  But one exciting thing that has come to our area is the Christmas Celebration at Evangel Cathedral in Largo, Maryland.  The Christmas Celebration has been a big hit in our area for many years in the past.  This play will leave you in amazement as you watch the birth, crucifixion, and resurrection of Christ.  You also can’t forget the live animals, the laser shows, pyrotechnics, and other special affects.  But this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Broadway style play.  Twenty years is a huge milestone, so what wouldn’t be better with performances by Grammy artists Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, and Marvin Sapp.  If you haven’t ever seen this show, this would be the perfect year to attend this extraordinary event.

DMV Indie Film Festival to Continue Through Weekend

DMV Indie Film Festival to Continue Through Weekend

Looking for something new and different to do this weekend? Want to stay out of the cold? Well, last night I attended the DMV Indie Film Showcase, a film festival that highlights some our area’s very own filmmaking talent. The festival opened last night, but it will run through Sunday, December 5.

Come out any night this weekend at 7 PM to the Cinema Arts Theatre in Fairfax to catch several different short films, along with the feature production 6 Nonsmokers. The shorts will definitely get you thinking, encompassing a variety of genres and the comedy 6 Nonsmokers is a guaranteed laugh out loud.

Leesburg's Thomas Birkby House Featured as a Destination Wedding Locale by Martha Stewart Weddings

From the Town of Leesburg – The Thomas Birkby House, a wedding and special event venue located in Leesburg’s historic downtown, is featured on the Martha Stewart Weddings website, as one of “50 Ways to Wed in the United States.”  The website article lists one destination wedding site in each of the fifty states.

Annandale is home to TV cake stars

If you’ve ever been enthralled by the elaborate, artful cakes on TV cooking shows, you might be surprised to learn that a winning contestant on several of those shows lives and works right here in Annandale.

Norman R. Davis and Zane Beg of the “custom cakery” known as The Sweet Life competed in more than a dozen Food Network Challenges. Norm won four times, and Zane came in second in his first solo challenge. Norm has been on TLC’s “Ultimate Cake Off” four times and won once. He is also often featured on the TV show “Historic Tours and Recipes.” 

The Sweet Life doesn’t have a store, though. It operates out of a house near the intersection of Braddock and Backlick roads. Their work is by appointment only.

Craft show this weekend at NOVA's Annandale campus

The Northern Virginia Handcrafters Guild is sponsoring a craft show this weekend at the Ernst Cultural Center at the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike.

The show is open Saturday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $3.

More than 60 artisans will be at the show, including Sunisa Yorgason, who makes clay flowers like the ones pictured here. You can also expect such crafts as pottery,  fiber arts, jewelry, woodworking, and glass.

Annandale's big event Oct. 23: The annual parade and festival

The biggest annual event in Annandale is just a few weeks away. The Fall Festival and Parade, Saturday, Oct. 23, is sponsored by the Annandale Chamber of Commerce.

The parade runs along Columbia Pike, starting at the Annandale United Methodist Church parking lot near the Gallows Road intersection at 10 a.m. You can expect marching bands from local high schools, community organizations, and because it’s an election year, lots of candidates. The Kena Shriners are usually on hand with their tiny cars, and last year, the Bolivians marched in the parade with some amazing costumes. Spectators often wear wear Halloween costumes.