The City of Falls Church Recreation and Parks Department will present its annual free July 4th Celebration on Thursday, July 4, at George Mason High School (7124 Leesburg Pike). Musical entertainment begins at 7 p.m. with a live performance by The Apple Core, co-sponsored by the Village Preservation and Improvement Society as a part of this summer’s Concerts in the Park Series. The Falls Church City Concert Band will perform during the concert’s intermission. Fireworks will follow at 9:20 p.m.
Spectator seating will be available at George Mason High School’s Moore Cadillac Stadium and the Northern Virginia Graduate Center parking lot. Most of the spectator seating at the high school will be on the synthetic turf football field. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets for the field. Chairs will only be permitted on paved surfaces.
Parking is limited at the high school and visitors are reminded to not park in nearby shopping center parking lots, which are reserved for store customers. Illegally parked vehicles may be towed. Drivers near the high school are reminded to watch for a large number of pedestrians crossing Route 7, especially after the fireworks.
No alcohol, smoking, fireworks, or pets are permitted on site. Food, drinks, and ice cream will be available for sale.
In the event of rain, the event will be held on Friday, July 5 at the same time and location. Spectator seating on the rain date will be available at the high school, but not the Graduate Center parking lot.
To help defray costs of future fireworks programs, donations will be accepted at the event. For more information, call Recreation and Parks at 703-248-5178 (TTY 711).
The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation and the City of Falls Church will present the 20th Annual Tinner Hill Blues Festival, June 7-9, 2013 in Falls Church, Virginia. The festival has grown from a small community embraced street festival to a 3-day event featuring outstanding national and regional talent. The Tinner Hill festival began in 1994 and is a tribute to the late John Jackson, Piedmont Blues icon and Smithsonian National Heritage Fellow.
2013 performers include:
- John Hammond, Blues guitarist and singer
- Phil Wiggins (formerly of Cephas and Wiggins)
- Big Bill Morganfield, son of the legendary Muddy Waters
- Sista Monica, “Lioness of the Blues”
- Roy Book Binder, master guitarist
- Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, real classic smokin’ blues
- Daryl Davis and Band, boogie woogie pianist
- Mary Ann Redmond, soulful rhythm and blues
- Sheryl Warner and the Southside Homewreckers
- The Acoustic Blues Women: Eleanor Ellis, Pearl Bailes, Gina DeSimone, Pat Quinn
Other activities include Foxes Music Instrument Petting Zoo, mini guitar lessons, BBQ demonstrations, raffles, vendors, and more!
Free activities include FIRSTfriday of Falls Church; Emily Sings Books at Mary Riley Styles Library; Virginia’s Blues Voice, a intergenerational panel discussion with blues legends, music lovers and next generation musicians; blues genre film screenings at the Falls Church Community Center; Traveling Exhibit, Virginia Songsters; Call it the Blues Art Show at Art and Frame of Falls Church. Free live music all over town including Clare & Don’s Beach Shack; Dogwood Tavern; Stifel & Capra; Art & Frame of Falls Church; Famous Dave’s BBQ and more
Full schedule and ticket information: www.tinnerhill.org
Tickets may be purchased online.
Friday: The State Theatre www.thestatetheatre.com
Advance: $30–Door: $35
Saturday: Cherry Hill Park www.brownpapertickets.com/event/293652
Advance: General: $15 VIP: $25; Gate General: $20 VIP: $35
Enjoy the best of summer at the annual City of Falls Church Concerts in the Park series on Thursdays at 7 p.m. from June 20 through August 1, with a special performance as part of the City’s Fourth of July festivities. Bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy free performances by local musicians. Each concert also features local artists and their artwork. Concerts are held atCherry Hill Park (312 Park Ave.), with the exception of the July 4th installment, which will be held at George Mason High School (7124 Leesburg Pike); all are free to the public. In the event of rain, concerts will be held in the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St.). For more information, call 703-248-5077 (TTY 711).
The concerts are sponsored by the City of Falls Church Recreation and Parks and the Village Preservation and Improvement Society (VPIS). The full schedule is available at www.fallschurchva.gov/Concerts.
June 20 Falls Church Concert Band (concert music)
June 27 Mike Thornton & Project Natale (jazz)
July 4 The Apple Core at 4th of July Celebration (Beatles cover band)
July 11 Lu and the Blues Crew (blues and more from GMHS graduates)
July 18 Andrew Acosta and the New Old Time String Band (American roots)
July 25 Mama Tried with Randy Barrett and Dede Wyland (bluegrass)
August 1 Tom Nichols and Dan Chadburn (singer-songwriters)
For more information, visit www.fallschurchva.gov/Concerts
Special to the Falls Church Times
Creative Cauldron’s founder, Laura Connors Hull, says their final production of the season is “fixing to blow the roof off the cauldron!” Directed by Helen Hayes Award winning actor, Stephen Gregory Smith, Thunder Knocking on the Door is “a musical fable that is filled with humor and heart, and just the right touch of supernatural high jinx” according to Hull.
When writer Keith Glover first penned Thunder in 1999, he knew he had a hit on his hands. Steeped in the devil-at-the crossroads blues mythology of the Mississippi Delta and featuring music and lyrics by three-time Grammy Award winner Keb’ Mo’ and his collaborator Anderson Edwards, this show has played to critical raves and sold out houses in theaters around the country. Stephen Gregory Smith fell in love with the show when it premiered at Arena Stage in 1999.
Smith is guiding a powerhouse cast of singers including Shayla Simmons, featured in last year’s Creative Cauldron hit original production of “Women of the Blues.” Shayla most recently appeared as Deena Jones in Signature Theatre’s Helen Hayes Award winning production of Dreamgirls. She is joined by Iyona Blake, RaMond Thomas, Malcolm Lee and Michael Mainwaring, each a vocal dynamo in their own right.
Performances are at 8 pm, Thursday through Sunday, through May 26. Tickets are $22 for adults and $20 for seniors/students. Ticket specials include the “Juke Joint” — up close seating for 4 people and a bottle of wine for $100 and the “Sunday Night Bargain Blues” – buy one adult ticket and get the second one for half price for any Sunday performance. Online purchase only and limited to 20 per show.
Purchase tickets in advance at www.creativecauldron.org Creative Cauldron is located at ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 S. Maple Avenue in the Pearson Square building.
9am to 1pm – Falls Church Community Center – 223 Little Falls Street
Find your treasure at the oldest and largest annual fundraising sale in the Little City. All proceeds will support the VPIS community programs like Concerts in the Park and other programs you love. It is quite fun to discover unbelievable bargains and unique treasures while tapping your toes to the live music of Andrew Acosta.
Donations Drop – Friday May 3, 10am to 7pm – Fall Church Community Center- 223 Little Falls Street
The following are accepted: household items including kitchen items, musical instruments & recordings, plants (5 gallon max size), gardening items, household goods, kitchenware, special treasures (antiques, collectibles), toys, jewelry, hardware, books. Sorry – no clothing, bicycles, computer equipment, or junk please. We need volunteers – please contact Michael or Marybeth Connelly at 703‐237‐0604 or email email@example.com.
The City of Falls Church will host Civil War Day – a living-history event depicting the Falls Church home front during the Civil War – on Saturday, May 18. This free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cherry Hill Park and Farmhouse (312 Park Ave.).
This year’s theme is the Home Front. Living history presentations with Civil War soldier and civilian reenactments will show how the area coped with the war at their doorstep. Other events and activities include soldier firing and drilling exercises, live music, a children’s activities tent, house tours, and more. A special Emancipation Proclamation presentation will take place at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and a free bus tour of the new Civil War Trail through town will depart at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Box lunches consisting of chicken, coleslaw, corn bread, ginger cake and lemonade will be available for $8.00 each. Advanced lunch tickets for $7.00 are recommended and can be purchased at the Community Center (223 Little Falls St.) by May 17.
For more information, call 703-248-5171 (TTY 711). This event is sponsored by the Recreation & Parks Department, the Victorian Society at Falls Church, and the Falls Church Historical Commission.
In celebration of The Week of the Young Child (April 14-20), bilingual educator, children’s author, and recording artist José-Luis Orozco will bring his folk guitar and wide repertoire of songs from throughout Mexico and Latin America for an interactive concert on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at 11 a.m., at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School in Falls Church. Concert tickets are available at www.fcmlcc.org, $5 for children and $7 for adults. Read more
Falls Church’s own Randy Barrett will perform Saturday, April 6 at 7 pm at Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 S. Maple Ave. The band Mama Tried showcases the talents of Randy and Dede Wyant, two of the DC area’s best bluegrass singers and multiple WAMMIE Award winners! Tickets are $20 adults and $18 student/seniors. Purchase online at www.creativecauldron.org.