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Father’s Day at Colvin Run Mill

Catherine Edge and Amanda Rutledge watch Mike of Arlington from the Northern Virginia Carvers, as he teaches them the basics of woodcarving.

Catherine Edge and Amanda Rutledge watch Mike of Arlington from the Northern Virginia Carvers, as he teaches them the basics of woodcarving. Photos by Caroline Burr

For over 20 years, Colvin Run Mill has organized a special Father’s Day program for children and their fathers. “A day of fun on a kid’s budget,” is their motto for the event. On Sunday, June 16, from noon to 4 p.m., the park welcomed Northern Virginia Carvers to the park to teach free wood carving lessons.

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Shannon Keating of Fairfax turns the handle for the homemade ice cream that takes about 30 minutes to make.

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Austin, Tara, Amelia, Roshni and Bennet Lauber of Fairfax smile as they leave the mill tour.

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Shannon Keating and her father, Bob Keating of Fairfax, help make homemade ice cream.

When the fathers come they are given a tour of the mill, and can watch the mill’s grinding process. Along with the free woodcarving there was also a chance to watch the blacksmith and give a hand at Colvin Run’s homemade ice cream that they make with a hand crank which they can then eat for $1.50 a cup. The Colvin Run Mill Historic Site is located at 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls.