A Thanksgiving family campout, a nighttime hike and flying squirrels. These and many other fun things are available this crisp November weekend at your Fairfax County Parks.
Fired Up: Join a naturalist for an evening of outdoor fun at the Thanksgiving Family Campout. Bring a picnic or food to cook on the fire (skewer cooking only) and enjoy a culinary sampling of traditional Thanksgiving foods. Listen to American Indian stories and go on a night hike. Bring sleeping bags, tents, flashlights and food. Light breakfast provided. Ages 3 and above are welcome. 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. Riverbend Park. $18/person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.
An Evening with Rosemary Wells: Meet Rosemary Wells, author and illustrator of popular children’s books including the Max and Ruby series. Books available for sale and signing. Adults and children welcome. Register each child and adult separately. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Fairfax County Government Center Board Auditorium. Free. Register online. For information call 703-324-3100.
Gardens, By George! Enjoy a beautifully illustrated presentation looking at the lives of the founding fathers and how their attitude toward plants, gardens, nature and agriculture shaped the United States during Founding Gardeners. Join Andrea Wulf, award-winning historian and author of Founding Gardeners and Brother Gardeners for this fascinating look at how plants, politics and personalities intertwined as never before. A book signing and reception follow the program. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Green Spring Gardens.$20/person. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information call 703-642-5173.
New Moon Night Hike: Come on a night hike and join the nocturnal wildlife at the park. Explore natureâ€™s nighttime communication and animal senses and experience the night environment in a unique way. Gain added confidence on how to navigate comfortably in the dark and have fun with sensory awareness activities that help us overcome fear of the darkness through knowledge of and familiarity with it. Although participants may bring a flashlight, the hike will be mostly in the dark. Clothing for nighttime climate and closed-toe shoes recommended. Ages 8 and above are welcome. 6 to 8 p.m. Potomac Overlook Regional Park. $5/person (suggested donation). For reservations (required) or more information call 703-528-5406.
36th Annual McLean Antiques Show & Sale: An exceptional group of dealers representing American, English and European antiques, decorative accessories, furniture, folk art, porcelains, silver, paintings, prints, linens, Oriental carpets and rugs. A glass repair service will be available on-site. Refreshments available for purchase. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.) McLean Community Center. $7/person. For information call 703-790-0123.
2nd Saturday Art Walk: Showcasing the diverse work of more than 100 visual artists in a unique historic venue, creating an atmosphere that encourages visitors to immerse themselves in the richness of this creative community. Guests can tour seven studio buildings, mix and mingle with artists and buy original works of art, all while enjoying light refreshment and music. The social atmosphere of the monthly art walk makes it the perfect destination for a date night or girls night out, as well as for art collectors and art appreciation groups. 6 to 9 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. Free. For information call 703-584-2900.
Face the Music: The Music Friends of the Fairfax County Public Library present National Symphony Orchestra Artists in Concert. Natasha Bogachek, violin, and Dasha Gabay, piano, of the National Symphony Orchestra, will perform works by Saint-Saens, Faure, Wieniawsky, Massenet and Ravel. 3 p.m. McGuire Woods Gallery in Building W-16 at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free. For information call 703-584-2900.
Flying Squirrels: Gliding in Tonight: Join a naturalist and look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Ages 4 and above are welcome. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.
The Changing Shape of Fashion: Collector and exhibitor Caroline Hottenstein shows her fabulous collection of antique dresses, bodices, outerwear, trimmings and more. Take the opportunity to examine exquisitely hand-crafted pieces up close as she explains the changing shape of female form and fashion during the 19th century. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Historic Green Spring. $30/person (includes a full English tea). Program only: $10/person. For reservations or more information call 703-941-7987.
Information was correct at time of publication. Please contact individual event sites to confirm programs are being held as scheduled.