Weekender: Good For A Laugh, Nighttime In the Woods and Carve It Up

It’s the weekend before Independence Day with lots of great activities at your Fairfax County Parks.


  • Is This Thing On? Start the weekend laughing as the Workhouse hosts a Live Standup Comedy Night. This event will feature brilliant comedians who are bound to show you a good time, including Jeff Maurer, “Last Comic Standing” semi-finalist, and Kat Radley, winner of the Women in Comedy Festival Friars Club Award. The show will be hosted by Rahmen Mostafavi, who has appeared at DC Improv, Riot Act, Richmond Funny Bone and the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse. Ages 18 and above welcome.  8 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. $10/person in advance, $12/person (cash only) at the door. For information call 703-584-2900.
  • Snake and Turtle Feeding: At least one snake, two turtles and a toad will be fed at Hidden Oaks. The program is appropriate for children age 4 and above, accompanied by a registered adult. 3 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.
  • Campground Wildlife: Explore the wildlife that inhabits the Pohick Bay area at a naturalist-led campfire and hike. Meet at the campfire circle in the main field of the campground for a nocturnal animals talk. Then enjoy roasting marshmallows and making s’mores. After the sugar rush, come along for a hike into the woods! Reservations required. 7 to 9 p.m. Pohick Bay Regional Park. Free. For information and reservations (required) call 703-339-6104.


  • Face the Music: Bring the kids to a fun and educational introduction to chamber music.  The Fairfax Symphony’s ” Overture to Orchestra” is geared toward young children from preschool through early elementary, introducing them to different sections of the orchestra. Children are encouraged to participate in these exciting, educational shows, which introduce a variety of musical concepts, including sound, rhythm, the mechanics of each instrument and music of different cultures and eras. 10 to 11 a.m. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park  Amphitheater. Free.  For information call 703-324-7469.
  • Sounds of the Night Campfire: Learn to identify nocturnal animal calls and enjoy stories of the night around a campfire and make s’mores! Children age 4 and above are welcome, accompanied by a registered adult. 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.
  • Saturday Family Fun – Comedy with Mark Lohr: A unique blend of circus skills and physical comedy draws in audiences and leaves them howling with laughter. He juggles, he eats fire, he spins plates and he can leap tall shrubbery in a single bound! Faster than a punch line, more powerful than a 3 -year-old, it’s Mark Lohr, Super Vaudevillian! 10 to 10:45 a.m. Town Square Park at Reston Town Center. Free. For information call 703-476-4500.


  • Tea Time! Enjoy a sit-down tea reminiscent of elegant garden teas without the heat and insects. At the (Indoor) Garden Tea you’ll meet butterflies and ladybugs, which contribute to lovely gardens. Make a flower crown and learn flower lore. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $15/person. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information call 703-941-1065.
  • Art Reception at Green Spring Gardens: Come to the art exhibit opening of local artists Marni Maree, Sharon Safran, and Penny McGrath. Enjoy light refreshments as you view local art and meet the artists. 1 to 3 p.m. Green Spring Gardens  . Free. For information call 703-642-5173.
  • Wood Carving Lessons: Skilled wood carvers lend their tools and expertise to help uncover your hidden artistic talent as you create a creature from a block of wood. Noon to 4 p.m. Colvin Run Mill  .  Free. (A nominal fee is charged for wood blanks.) For information call 703-759-2771.
  • Independence Day 2012: Celebrations are scheduled at Lake Fairfax Park, Langley High School and the Workhouse Arts Center. Concerts, picnics, pony rides, tasty treats and much more are among the offerings. Get details.

Information was correct at time of publication.  Please contact individual event sites to confirm programs are being held as scheduled.


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Truman Lewis
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