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A Photo Tour of Springfield Landmarks

Local history in words and pictures.

There is history in our own backyard. While Washington, D.C. is only a few metro stops away, the Franconia Museum in Springfield, though small, offers a taste of local history that visitors are sure to remember.

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Bob Simon’s Favorite Events, Places in Reston

Reston’s founder, Bob Simon, in last year’s Connection’s Newcomers Guide shared his list of top ten favorite events and places in Reston:

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Yarn Store Tangles Knitters for 37 Years

Knitting and crocheting creates community in Burke.

Knitting is as popular today as it has been since, well, maybe World War II. The resurgence of knitting and other fiber arts has seen the opening of yarn stores, such as Fibre Space in Alexandria and Looped in Washington, D.C.

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Everybody Goes to Spartans

Family-owned restaurant bustles with local patrons.

“Have you been to Spartans? Everybody goes there,” said Diane Thompson, a former teacher at Terra Centre Elementary School. She lives in Springfield now but likes to hang around Burke because it has a “more small town feel.”

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Rock the Block! Celebrates Summer’s Last Hurrah

Residents enjoy concert in downtown Fairfax.

The City of Fairfax held another Rock the Block! on Friday, Aug. 22. This is the second installment of the inaugural event, which started this year on July 25. The free outdoor concert series took place on University Drive between North and Main streets.

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Running in the Area

Routes and trails in our neighborhood.

Runners in Burke have quick access to Burke Lake Park and Lake Accotink Park, as well as the Gerry Connolly Cross Country Trail after a short drive.

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The BookShop Worth Exploring

The BookShop at Claude Moore Colonial Farm is home to 80 categories of books.

The Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run is known for its authentic, interactive and educational programs that showcase the everyday life of Virginians during the 18th century. Although the farm is part of the National Park System, a nonprofit organization, “Friends of the Claude Moore Colonial Farm, Inc.,” runs it.

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JamBrew Indie Concerts Return to Herndon

While Herndon Friday Night Live concludes music does not yet stop.

Friday Night Live, the Herndon outdoor concert series concluded on Aug. 22 with performances by bands Almost Journey and The Fuzz. “We have had a great year so far for Friday Night Live,” said founder Doug Downer.

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Great Falls, Virginia: Landmarks of Local Aspirations

Capturing and preserving the ever-evolving story of our the village.

There are certain old-timers in Great Falls whose families are filled with memories that span generations and even centuries in this area, connecting them deeply with the local story.

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Afternoon with the Madisons

Interactive play “An Afternoon with the Madisons” was shown exactly 200 years from the date that British soldiers set Washington D.C. ablaze to give locals a history lesson at the free event at McLean Community Center’s Alden Theater Sunday.

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Celebrate Great Falls searching for volunteers

In an effort to drum up volunteers, Celebrate Great Falls is making some changes soon. A more membership driven service and a new event under its wing - the Turner Farm Independence Day fireworks - it hopes to drive the number of people willing to donate their time to make CGF’s events happen.

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A Summer Snow Day at Town Center

Hundreds of happy pups got to frolic in the snow last weekend at Reston Town Center. Petco hauled 20 tons of snow to the town center plaza to give local pets and pet owners a Summer Snow Day to give back to the community and raise awareness for local animal shelters.

Fall for the Book in September

Local book festival with something for everyone.

Your opportunity to be part of a literary celebration is about to arrive. The annual Fall for the Book Festival begins on Sept. 11. It is a week-long, multi-venue affair with free events at locations throughout Fairfax County, and beyond.

The Great Falls Farmers Market - Where Saturdays are Local

Please know that you have a standing invitation to join us every Saturday morning (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) at the parking lot next to the Wells Fargo Bank for a spirited community event, the Great Falls Farmers Market – immediately following Cars & Coffee.

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Middle Eastern Food Festival Returns for 22nd Year

Festival hosted by Holy TransfiguratiMelkite Greek-Catholic Church features, food and sweets, family activities and traditional culture.

Food and festival-lovers alert! The annual Labor Day weekend Middle Eastern Food Festival is upon the McLean/Vienna area once again. And if you’ve wondered how a Northern Virginia foodfest can go through 200 pounds of lamb, 400 pounds of beef, 450 pounds of chicken, 180 pounds of butter and 12,000 pieces of sweets, this is your opportunity to find out.