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Go Fly a Kite

Gunston Hall’s 29th annual Kite Festival promises a high-flying time.

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Trying to keep her kite in the air, Chloe Keef, 7, of Lorton, runs fast as she can at last year's Gunston Hall Kite Festival.

The skies above Gunston Hall play host to kites of all shapes and sizes at its Kite Festival Saturday, March 29. In its 29th year, the festival runs from 12-5 p.m. Besides kite-flying, the festival offers a puppet show, hands-on archaeology, open-hearth cooking and a modern-day fire truck on display. The "Bubble Lady" will fill the fields with bubbles of all sizes and a kite doctor will mend kites free of charge. Costumed characters introduce children to 18th-century games, penmanship and basket weaving. Participants may bring their own kites or purchase one from the Museum Shop.

Kite-fliers may purchase food from American Bar-B-Que and baked goods from the Gunston Hall Docents Association. Tickets are $8/adults, $4/ages 6-18 and free for Friends of Gunston Hall and children under 6-years-old.

On Sunday, March 30 from 1-4 p.m., Gunston Hall has a "History Highlights Tour: Destination Mason Neck," starting at the Gunston Hall Visitors Center and touring through 18th- and 19th- century sites relating to George Mason and his family. $15/adults, $12/ages 18 and under, $7/Friends of Gunston Hall.

Gunston Hall is located at 10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck. For more, call 703-550-9220 or visit www.GunstonHall.org .