Weekender: Night Music, Candlelight…and the Blues

Music, Christmas Past and art escort us into the holiday season this weekend at your Fairfax County Parks.


  • A Little Night Music: Enjoy an Evening of Original Music, presented by students of Fairfax Academy’s Music and Computer Technology class. Performances will include a brass quintet, solo pianists, singer-songwriters and rock bands performing contemporary, classical, jazz funk, blues and rock music. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door. 7 to 10 p.m. Ernst Community Cultural Center Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus. $15/person.  For information call 703-750-8300.


  • Candle Burning Bright: Take a Candlelight Tour of the 1794 home of Northern Virginia’s first congressman, Richard Bland Lee. Hear seasonal music, make an ornament, and sample sugar cookies. Each night discover a different living history experience. 4:45 to 7 p.m. (Tours run every 15 minutes.) Sully Historic Site. $10/adults, $7/seniors and children. For more information call 703-437-1794.
  • Second Saturday Art Walk: Showcasing the diverse work of more than 150 visual artists in a unique historic venue, creating an atmosphere that encourages visitors to immerse themselves in the richness of this creative community. Tour seven unique studio buildings, mix and mingle with artists, buy original works of art, experience ever-changing exhibitions and meet featured artists, all while enjoying light refreshment and music. 6 to 9 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center.  Free.  For information call 703-495-0001.
  • Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem: Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem’s eclectic roots music is a fresh take on America’s musical traditions that combines folk, blues, swing, Cajun and traditional pop influences. Frontwoman Arbo’s expressive alto voice and gifted fiddle playing are backed up by the band’s brilliant four-part harmonies, guitar, stand-up bass, recycled drum kit and exuberant on-stage spirit. 8 p.m. McLean Community Center’s Alden Theatre. $25/person ($18/McLean Community Center Tax District residents.) For information call 703-790-0123.
  • Meet the Author: Join author Mimi Grolund to discuss  “Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark, A Life of Service.” Clark, Grolund’s father, was an associate justice on the Warren Court. Registration is not required. 2 to 3 p.m. Dolley Madison Library.  Free.  For information call 703-356-0770.
  • Santa at the Mill: Enjoy old-fashioned family holiday fun, including a visit from Santa, and see the Christmas tree trimmed with Victorian decorations. Join the 49th Virginia Volunteer Infantry for caroling around a bonfire. Roast marshmallows and make a craft. 3 to 6 p.m. Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. $6/person. For information call 703-759-2771.


  • Feeling Blue: Join author Katie Fallon for a talk on Cerulean Blues, her book of the same name, exploring the plight of the cerulean warbler, a tiny migratory songbird struggling to survive in ever-shrinking bands of suitable habitat. “Cerulean Blues” is a story of international intrigue taking the audience from forests in Columbia to eastern North America. It ties in everyday life from our morning cup of coffee to the electricity we use. Reservations required. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Potomac Overlook Regional Park. For information call 703-528-5406.
  • Huntley Holiday Happening:  Looking for something special for the nature-lover on your list? Enjoy an afternoon of shopping with a 10% discount on merchandise. Enjoy yummy treats and make holiday crafts. Noon to 3:30 p.m. Huntley Meadows Park. Free. For more information, please call 703-768-2525.