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Festival showcases Slavic food, music, and crafts

The Annual Slavic American Festival Sunday featured live music, carnival games, bingo, a craft fair, and a rummage sale, but it seems most people came for the food. Among the menu items: holupki (cabbage rolls in tomato sauce), haluski (noodles with cabbage and butter), pirohi (potato and cheese dumplings with butter and onions), kielbasa, and potato pancakes.

The festival, sponsored by the Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church on Woodburn Road in Annandale, has been going on for 37 years.

The future may be unpredictable, but it can be planned

By Dan McKinnon, chair, Annandale Central Business District Planning Committee

Last month the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (BOS) approved a Comprehensive Plan amendment for downtown Annandale, or what is called the Annandale “Community Business Center” (CBC).

As a result of concerns about the lack of downtown renewal by the Annandale Central Business District Planning Committee, the BOS directed county planning and transportation staffs to perform a study of the area seeking, first, plan language that might encourage redevelopment, and second, language that would address the traffic issues of Little River Turnpike. Study results were briefed to community focus groups and endorsed by the Planning Commission. The product is unique and a first for Fairfax County.

Performers announced for Mason District Park Festival

The Fairfax County Park Authority has announced the musical line-up for the Mason District Park Festival in Annandale, Va. The festival takes places Saturday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

This year’s live entertainment includes: 11 a.m.- Kristina Furey. Described as “chick rock with tomboy attitude,” Furey has been compared with Sheryl Crow, Michelle Branch, and Melissa Etheridge. Dan Furey will accompany her on the guitar. 12:15 p.m. - Eric Peters.

Jane Smiley is Coming to Annandale

Jane Smiley, Pulitzer Prize winner for her novel “A Thousand Acres” in 1992, will be giving a presentation in Annandale on September 22. Smiley is also author of the new bestseller “Private Life.” She will be speaking about her books in the Ernst Community Cultural Center at the Annandale Campus at 12:30 p.m. at the Northern Virginia Community College.

Come hear Smiley speak about her writings and get your own books signed! The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, you may contact Terry Alford at talford@nvcc.edu or 703-323-3274.




QuinTango Brings Tango Music to Annandale

QuinTango is a tango music group that has appeared at two international music festivals in Costa Rica and has performed at The White House and at the U.S.Embassy in Buenos Aires! Now they are coming to Mason District Park Amphitheater in Annandale, VA. They will be performing live on Friday, August 27, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mason District Park Amphitheater is located at 6621 Columbia Pike.

Come Groove to Old School Reggaeton Tonight

Tonight, August 20, Star Lounge in Annandale is hosting an Old School Reggaeton Concert. You can see three artists perform for the price of 1! You pay $20 and you get to see Sir Speedy, Don Chezina, and Big Boy. The concert starts at 9:00 p.m. and will run until about 2:00 a.m.

Star Lounge is located at 7203 Little River Turnpike in Annandale, VA. Buy your tickets in advance here: http://oldschool-reguaeton.eventbrite.com/.

Hidden Oak Nature Center Hosts a Weekend of Fun for Kids

This upcoming weekend the Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Annandale, VA has lots of fun activities in store. On Saturday, August 14, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. there is the “Goodnight Walk: Abounding Bats” for ages 4 and up and adults are welcome! You will get the opportunity to join a naturalist teach you about bats and take a stroll along the Old Oak Trail to look for bats.

The on Sunday, August 15, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. the center is hosting “Water Festival and Science Day.” This will be a day of science experiments, hiking to Bugg Creek to find crayfish and salamanders, watershed activities, examining erosion, and a water limbo contest. Be sure to pack your bathing suit! Kids ages 5-10 years old are welcome.

Reservations and advanced payment are required for both days and the cost for Saturday is $5 per person and Sunday is $6 per person.