By JOEY PUGH
April 30, 2012
The George Mason High School Girls Field Hockey Club is keeping the excitement alive in the spring. The team played in the “Beach Bash” tournament in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware last weekend, gaining lots of experience against teams from around the region.
Rising 8th – 11th grade girls and parents interested in the team may send inquiries to email@example.com for information about the Spring meeting, summer camps, and more.
By FALLS CHURCH TIMES STAFF
April 30, 2012
Falls Church City residents go to the polls Tuesday May 1 to elect members of the City Council and School Board. Seven candidates are competing for three positions on the City Council, while four School Board candidates are running unopposed.
In the City Council race, incumbents Nader Baroukh and Lawrence Webb are campaigning for reelection and are joined in the race by challengers Phil Duncan, Paul Handly, William Henneberg, John Lawrence and David Tarter.
For School Board, incumbents Kieran Sharpe and Joan Wodiska are seeking reelection to their current seats, while newcomer Justin Castillo is running for an open seat and incumbent Charlotte Hyland is running to fill the final two years of an unexpired term. Read more
Helen Hayes Award® Winner Carolyn Cole will appear at ArtSpace Falls Church beginning Thursday in Women of the Blues, an original blues music review celebrating the lives and music of some of the greatest blues divas of the 20th Century. Presented by Creative Cauldron and the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation, and directed by acclaimed musical theater artist, Matt Conner, the show takes audiences on a soulful and sassy journey through some of the most memorable songs in the blues canon. Cole is one of a powerhouse quartet of versatile female vocalists in the show, including Helen Hayes Award® nominee Ashleigh King (Hairspray Signature Theatre), musical theater diva Shayla Simmons and Indie Soul recording artist Tarina Szemzo.
Women of the Blues previews Thursday, May 3 at Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 South Maple Avenue. The show runs Thursday through Sunday nights at 7:30 pm through May 20. Opening Night is Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 Adults and $18 for Students and Seniors. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.creativecauldron.org or by calling 571-239-5288.
Carolyn Cole was seen most recently in Signature Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Hairspray. Last week, she received a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress for her portrayal of the irrepressible teenager/ dance show wannabe Tracey Turnblad. Carolyn has also appeared locally with the No Rules Theatre Company in The Stephen Schwartz Project (Soloist) and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Lucy) and in touring productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Donny Osmond, and Martha Speaks, (Martha). Her cabaret credits include Carolyn in the City and Monday Nights, New Voices, (at the Duplex) and An Evening with Carolyn Cole. She has also lent her voice to recordings, television trailers, ball games and staged readings.
Ashley King was seen most recently scene as Dynamite in Signature Theatre’s production of Hairspray. She also understudied and took over the role of MotorMouth in the show during the final week of the run. Ashleigh’s other Washington, DC area credits include the Kennedy Center; Brothers of the Knight, Pearl, Pepito’s Story, Dreams, Joffrey Ballet of Chicago’s The Nutcracker; Olney Theatre: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Grease, Aida, White Christmas, Cats, Damn Yankees, 42nd Street, Peter Pan South Pacific, Witness for the Prosecution, and Chicago.
Shayla Simmons has appeared locally at Toby’s Dinner Theater as Deena Jones in Dreamgirls, Pinkett in Happy Days “New Musical”, Nehebka in Aida, Stepmother in Into the Woods, Evillene in The Wiz, and in Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies, and as Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, and Tina Turner, in Beehive. For the latter, Maryland Theatre Guide praised Shayla Simmons stops the show with Natural Woman” a song made famous by Aretha Franklin. Shayla is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. In 2004, she received the regional NAACP ACT-SO award for Best Actress.
Tarina Szemzo is an indie soul recording artist from Washington, DC by way of Hungary, who has created her own sound, fusing a variety of musical flavors. She spent most of her childhood mixing it up between the urban R&B/Hip Hop community and the quiet, laid back Hungarian countryside. Singing soul music finally became her passion, and she has performed at numerous DC venues including the Kennedy Center, the Old Post Office Pavilion, The Omni Shoreham Hotel and in a weekly gig at Stars. Tarina has performed with The National Symphony Orchestra, and with Composer Marvin Hamlisch, and toured Europe with Indie musician Tibor Szemso. Tarina has had the privilege to work and record with such musical veterans as cellist Dave Eggar, guitarist Thad Debrock, pianist Daniel Minsteris, and cellist Colette Alexander.
Matt Conner has been a teaching artist with Creative Cauldron for the past 11 years. A versatile theater artist who is an accomplished composer, performer, and teacher, last fall Matt made his professional directorial debut at Creative Cauldron with a Helen Hayes Award Recommended production of Nevermore. Nevermore, an original musical based on the writings and poems of Edgar Allan Poe, was first produced to critical acclaim at Signature Theatre in 2006. In 2008, Matt was one of six composers to receive Signature’s American Musical Voices: The Next Generation award funded by the Shen Family Foundation. Conner’s composition The Hollow, an adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow opened Signature’s 2011-2012 season.
Nikki Graves Henderson and The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation are collaborating on the production, providing blues history and anecdotes about the famous divas and music featured in the show. The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to raise awareness of the contributions of African-Americans and other cultures to the development of Falls Church, Fairfax County, the United States and African descendants in the diaspora, by disseminating information and providing community services. In 2010, Creative Cauldron joined forces with THHF to create “Tinner Hill: Portraits in Black and White” an original work for the stage based on the stories of Falls Church’s early civil rights pioneers.
Creative Cauldron is a non-profit arts organization whose innovative programs in the performing and visual arts embody collaboration, experimentation and community engagement. Creative Cauldron was founded by Producing Director Laura Connors Hull in 2002. In June of 2009, Creative Cauldron acquired a permanent home at ArtSpace Falls Church, a 3,000 square foot flexible arts space that provides a venue for year-round classes, live performances of theater, music and dance and visual art exhibits. Programs are presented in part through grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Arts Council of Fairfax County and the City of Falls Church.
By DAVID TAYLOR
Special to the Falls Church Times
April 29, 2012
Here is the weekly recap for this week’s Falls Church Kiwanis Little League games.
The FCKLL Red Sox defeated the Mason District Cardinals 6 to 3. In a fast-paced game, Red Sox winning pitcher Thomas Dean struck out 10 and walked only 1. Craig Fischer hit his first home run of the season and earned the save with 2 innings of scoreless relief. Thomas Creed had 2 hits, including a triple, and Ian Thompson, called up from AAA, had a clutch fielding play at third base. The Cardinals’ Dylan Nadler had 2 hits and scored a run, while Fehiber Rosario also had 2 hits, including a triple, an RBI, and 2 stolen bases.
The Tigers played host to the Mets on Tuesday, April 24th in a game that featured some great pitching, fielding and hitting. The Tigers were led by Ian Thompson who struck out 9 Mets Batters while issuing only 1 walk and 1 hit. Jack Taylor came in to pitch the save in the 6th inning striking out 2. Several Tigers also produced some nice hits: Marty Casserly, Davey Tarter, Jack Taylor, and Ian Thompson had nice base hits and Jacob Moran hit a shot to deep left resulting in an inside-the-park home run. For the Mets, Robert Newton took the mound in relief and registered 5 strike outs, with Chelsea Lang and Ryan Fletchall also seeing some action on the mound striking out 2 and 3 respectively. The Mets also produced some nice hits: Ryan Fletchall, Alex Pigeon, and Robert Newton hitting singles and Josh Post hit a nice double. Tigers 11, Mets 4.
The Storm battled the Rock Hounds to a 10-3 win with Noah Cha and Ian Wilson hitting Home Runs for the Storm. The Rock Hounds Zach Sedmak had a good day a bat going 2 for 2. The Storm had a strong first pitching outing by Aaron Gaston and Thomas Shaw helped by the great pitching effort of Evan Stegenga. The Rock Hounds had great pitching from Danny McMahon.
The Scrappers hosted the Sand Gnats in a hard-fought game. The Sand Gnats struckfirst in the second inning when Peter Villa signaled and came around toscore. The Scrappers responded with fiveruns in the second inning due to hits by the following players: Brendan Schwefler, Conor Glavin, Curran Gilster, Jackson Leary, Jonah Wilkes, Tyler Kirbyand Jack Biggs. The Sand Gnats scoredfour to tie things up in the fourth inning with a series of singles from NickPollack, Reyn Butterworth, Gaarison Holran and Villa. The Scrappers and SandGnats both had solid performances on thepitching mound. For the Scrappers, AlexPawlowski and Zach Walker both pitchedwell. For the Sand Gnats, Reyn Butterworth and Charlie Tucker had solid outings on the mound. The game ended in a tie. Scrappers 5, Sand Gnats 5.
Single A Division
On April 27 the Single A Bees and the Express played a taut game filled with timely hitting, and solid defense. The Bees were led by Jake Rodriguez and Ian Williams who had 3 hits apiece. Williams also started a nifty double play by snaring a line drive and tossing to third baseman Connor Mills. For the Express, Jake Sisson, Noah Rodriguez, Trey Robinson, and Tapi Goredema led the offensive attack. With the bases loaded and two outs and the score tied in the bottom of the fifth, Kai Kujawa singled in the winning run. Express, 15; Bees 14.
The Volcanoes outlasted the Sea Dogs – 18 to 12. Tied through 3 innings, the Volcanoes put together two solid innings at the plate to win going away. The Volcanoes’ clutch hitting was keyed by four hits each by Troy Ehrlich, Tyler Bledsoe, John Roberson, and Bradley Persson. Three hits apiece were added by Henry Martin, Ryan York, Nathaniel Bledsoe, and Mario Medina. The Volcanoes defense also came through with several important outs. The Sea Dogs were led by Jonathan Buchholz with 4 hits and 2 RBIs. Nicholas Teply and Finn Evenson had 3 hits and 3 RBIs, and Nathan Milhorn joined the 3-hit parade for the Sea Dogs.
It’s that time of year again for the Annual City of Falls Church Native Plant Sale. Local Girl Scout Troop 1251 organizes this pre-sale. You can download an order form and plant list from this webpage: http://mysite.verizon.net/vze8mqhk/troop1251/
We have some new plants available this year, so please take a minute to look at the plant list. Native plants benefit our local birds and butterflies and can transform your yard into a watershed friendly environment. They are often hardier and need less water and attention than transplants.
The plants come from native stocks and are grown at a Virginia nursery. All plants are priced at $10.00 and come in mostly 6″ or 7” containers.
All orders must be received by April 30th with payment by either mail or drop-off at this address: 802 Ridge Place , Falls Church , VA 22046 . We have a limited availability of stock – we cannot guarantee we will not run out of a particular plant so order early.
Orders will be available for pick up on May 6th at Cherry Hill Park in the City of Falls Church (behind the community center near the basketball court). Please come by between noon and 2pm. If you need to arrange another time please contact Melissa Teates (703-538-6961 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
You can also get the order form and plant list using Google Docs:
PDF – https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B1qFfaWjvWoUSnBZczB6Ni01VFk
Excel – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AlqFfaWjvWoUdDhQWWp1YmRqbVRzQ2xfblc0T0tZenc
BY KATHLEEN NIXON
Falls Church Times Staff
April 29, 2012
The cold and chilly morning did not dampen the kick off of the fourth year of the Falls Church Farmers Market Chef. Willow Restaurant’s Tracy O’Grady and Kate Jensen all bundled up prepared a sweet and savory pairing of ricotta pancakes topped with sautéed asparagus and roasted strawberries. And while many thought that the morning would not be a success as the sun decided to hide behind some clouds shortly after 8am, you could tell it was another success by the more than 500 ricotta pancakes served by 10:30am.
Tracy chose the pairing of the asparagus and strawberries to show consumers that with a little creativity you can create savory or sweet dishes to highlight local seasonal food. The asparagus was blanched for 3- 4 minutes and then sautéed in butter with salt and pepper. The strawberries were trimmed and then roasted. To roast the strawberries, you wash and trim them, toss them in white balsamic vinegar and then place them on a shallow baking dish at 250 degrees in the oven for an hour. Roasting intensifies the sweet flavor to the strawberries which sets off the savory of the asparagus.
The ricotta pancakes were very light and Tracy recommends using the farmers’ market ricotta rather than the commercial ricotta as the farmers’ market variety is sweeter and lighter. The commercial ricotta due to the preservatives will have much more of a sour taste. The pancakes are super easy to make and can be used as an appetizer or a light lunch. The recipe can be found on the Farmers Market Chef website.
It is always a pleasure having Tracy O’Grady as part of the Falls Church Farmers’ Market Chef demo as she has so many fans in the local community due to the many organizations she and Willow support. Willow is also a favorite of many of the local community for a dining experience and it is a treat to get to see Tracy and Kate in action. What is also very special is the Curtin family tradition of supporting local chefs and Ciara Curtin donning her chefs toque to help out with the line and dress the pancakes with the roasted strawberries.
The next Falls Church Farmers Market Chef will be on Saturday, May 19th featuring Chef Bertrand Chemel.
By GEORGE BROMLEY
Falls Church Times Staff
April 28, 2012
For the first time in at least 50 years a Falls Church City municipal election will not feature a ticket or slate of candidates. The venerable Citizens for a Better City (CBC) has stepped aside and no alternative organization has stepped forward to offer a list of their own. Every candidate for City Council now is a true independent, free to run his campaign as he sees fit and take positions without consulting his running mates.
However, many unofficial slates of candidates have emerged via the signs sprouting on many local lawns. Tickets of two, three, or even four contenders have been spotted, the last perhaps reflecting some discord in the residences, as voters may chose only three of the seven candidates.
Excluding unrealistic quartets, 56 different Council ticket combinations are possible: 21 duos and 35 trios. Each candidate has 15 potential matches with his six opponents, either as a pairing or as one-third of a trio.
Yard signs may not be an accurate reflection of wider voter preferences, but in the absence of any formal poll data they provide the only indication of popular sentiments in the City. Over the past week the Times has surveyed the signs while driving or more often walking through most streets and every neighborhood.
Some blocks are bereft of signs, but on others there are more signs in bloom than azaleas. As a general rule, the closer one comes to a candidate’s home the more likely one will see more of his signs. City-wide, signs endorsing Mayor Nader Baroukh, Phil Duncan, and Dave Tarter appear to be the most common, though not necessarily in that order.
The majority of lawns host single signs, but at least 20 full or partial Council tickets also are on display. While Baroukh, Duncan, and Tarter are more frequently found on these tickets, all seven candidates appear to have at least one running mate.
The multiple signs on many lawns reflect that voters no longer have the ”straight ticket” option, which CBC always provided in the past and, given CBC’s historic success, proved very tempting. Now every voter, like every candidate, is an independent.
How will the voters respond? The field is an unusually strong one, leaving them with difficult choices. Will they create full slates of their own or be more discriminating and vote for only one or two candidates? The choices they make and the City’s future are in their hands next Tuesday.
By JACKIE HANDLY
Special to the Falls Church Times
April 28, 2012
April certainly graced us with showers last Sunday during the Falls Church Elementary PTA Home and Garden Tour. But as the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers,” and showers in April were neither unexpected — nor did they deter people from seeing the wonderful homes and gardens.
Based on ticket sales, the eight homes and the gardens were enjoyed by as many as 430 home, design and history enthusiasts. Started in 2006, the tour has been a biannual tradition in Falls Church City and it’s certainly a wonderful addition to our community. Our family has been fortunate to go every year except 2010 when we out of the country for six months. Each year we’ve attended, the houses have been a delight, each one inspiring in its own way. Read more