Weekend in the Parks

November is here and, besides elections and Thanksgiving, that means cooler weather and plenty of fun things to do indoors and outdoors at your Fairfax County Parks.


  • Talkin’ Turkey: Wild turkeys roam Riverbend’s meadows and riverbanks. Learn about these elusive and seasonal birds with games and activities during Riverside Campfire: Terrific Turkeys. Bring a toasting stick; s’mores provided. Come early if you’d like to bring a picnic or hot dogs to toast. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Riverbend Park. $4/person. Register online. For information call 703-759-9018.


  • Revolutionary! Before Richard Bland Lee made his home there, Sully was an Indian hunting ground, a pathway to the west and a tobacco quarter. At Colonial Day learn the daily routine of Revolutionary War soldiers. Discover daily life skills that allowed the farm family to feed and clothe themselves, and also to have fun. Gather round the cook fire to keep warm. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sully Historic Site. $8/adults, $6/children. (A house tour is included in the fee.) For more information call 703-437-1794.
  • Cabaret Series at the Workhouse: Broadway Memories: A spirited evening of music and laughter from the Broadway songbook. The cast will lead audiences on a tour of some of the greatest hits from the Great White Way, with the best of yesterday and the newest hits playing today. Featuring some of the region’s finest performers and musicians. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., performance at 8 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. $25/person (includes a complimentary hors d’oeurves plate). For information call 703-584-2900.
  • e-reader Holiday Shopping Guide: Planning to give or receive an eBook reader this holiday season? Learn about the features and capabilities of popular eReaders and how you can use them to access the library’s eBook collection.1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Kingstowne Library. Free. Register online. For information call 703-339-4610.
  • Jazz Masters with John Eaton: The Wit and Wisdom of Cole Porter: Pianist, scholar and humorist John Eaton explores the career and life of American composer Cole Porter in this lecture/recital. Musical virtuosity and insightful commentary reveal the secrets of composer-lyricist Porter’s magic: Porter’s songs, arising from their wonderful melodic foundation, combined with his incomparable lyrics, meld melancholy and joy. Eaton brings his unique interpretations to this amazing music with his performances of “Begin the Beguine,” “Night and Day,” “Anything Goes” and many more. Please note that this is a lecture with musical examples, not a concert performance. 1 p.m. McLean Community Center’s Alden Theatre . Free. For information call 703-790-0123.


  • Song and Dance: Bluegrass-David Peterson & 1946: David Peterson & 1946 capture the essence of why bluegrass was so direct and compelling in its original form and why we’re still enjoying its complexity years later. Support the Bluegrass Barn by becoming a season pass holder. Season pass includes admission to all shows, plus prime reserved seating. Doors open at 6 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center. $12/person advance, $15/person at the door. (Patron season passes: $132/person.) Advance purchases: roster at door, please present ID. 703-437-9101.
  • Howard Fishman & the Biting Fish Brass Band: A contagiously exuberant five-piece New Orleans-style brass band, the Biting Fish is Howard Fishman’s tribute to the Big Easy, his former home. Ever-evolving and increasingly difficult to pin down, Fishman filters a deep passion for New Orleans jazz, Brooklyn soul, open-hearted country, blues and gospel music through a completely original, experimental aesthetic, to create a sound entirely his own. The band performs originals mixed with a classic brass band repertoire of spirituals, blues, gospel and funk. 3 p.m. Reston Community Center’s CenterStage. $30/person ($15/Reston Community Center district residents.) For information call 703-790-0123.
  • Blacksmithing Demonstrations: Watch the blacksmith fire up his forge and listen to the ring of his hammer as he strikes the anvil to make iron tools and utensils. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Free. For more information call 703-759-2771.

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