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Potomac: ‘Tis the Season for Garden Club’s Tradition

A tradition established in 1978 by the women comprising Potomac’s Little Farms Garden Club continued on Dec. 1 when over two dozen of its members enhanced the historic Great Falls Tavern with a bounty of verdant foliage.

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Potomac: Market at River Falls To Open

McWorter, Abadian to oversee business.

Potomac residents James McWorter and Yasmin Abadian will be opening The Market at River Falls this month in the space vacated by the River Falls Seafood Market.

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Last-minute Gift Ideas Make the Season Bright

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas … and Chanukah and New Year’s Eve …. Here are ideas to wrap up your gift-giving opportunity for the season, from gifts under the tree to hostess gifts. Gifts of food are always welcomed so we’ve included sweets and savories, as well, for parties or “thank-you” acknowledgements. There’s a plethora of community restaurants, as well as Culinaria Cooking School, that offer gift certificates, so, start dropping hints now.

Cappies Reviews: Fictional Town, Real for Viewers

Madison High’s production of “Our Town.”

Plays can transport one to new places, perhaps a magical land, a pivotal point in history, or perhaps the small town of Grover's Corners. While it might sound stale, “Our Town,” produced by James Madison High School, is a phenomenal play that always pulled me into the lives of these small town people.

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Potomac: Holiday Cheer at Great Falls Tavern

Gilmore’s Light Ensemble recreates Civil War-era music.

The sounds of 19th century dulcimer music filled the Great Falls Tavern on a sunny, temperate Sunday, Dec. 7. Hikers, cyclists, walkers, passers-by and families gathered to hear the seasonal tunes played by Gilmore’s Light Ensemble – a group of authentically-dressed musicians who entertained with the music of long-ago as well as holiday songs and an invitation to “Sing-along.”

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McLean Community Center Hosts Holiday Craft Show

The 32nd annual McLean Holiday Crafts Show featured 72 juried crafters from across the U.S. last weekend, Dec. 5-7, at the McLean Community Center.

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Arlington Celebrates Richard Thompson

Local cartoonist’s work exhibited in film and book at Arlington Central Library

Nick Galifinakis and David Apatoff had a problem. They wanted to keep meeting at the home of fellow cartoonist Richard Thompson, creator of Washington Post comic Richard’s Poor Almanac and his nationally syndicated comic Cul de Sac, to chat and to pour over his work, but were afraid that Thompson would kick them out if they didn’t come up with a good reason to stay. This was the origin of “The Art of Richard Thompson.” Though likely apocryphal, the story is indicative of the reverence and humor with which the editors compiled the collection.

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McLean Holiday Homes Tour Attracts Hundreds

A ribbon cutting on Dec. 4 kicked off the Woman’s Club of McLean’s 48th annual Holiday Homes Tour at Tour House No. 1, in Langley Farms. Designer Doug DeLuca, honorary tour host, together with McLean Chamber of Commerce Chairman Marcia Twomey, cut the ribbon to open the tour.

Cheery and Cheeky Humor Coming to the Alden

“A Kodachrome Christmas” at the Alden Theatre, Dec. 19-21.

Take a sleigh ride of speeding fun with the “Queen of Rural Media” this holiday season as "A Kodachrome Christmas" barrels into the Alden Theatre at McLean Community Center. "Kodachrome" is written by Pat Hazell who wooed audiences last year with his "The Wonder Bread Years."

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Gifts for the Season Entice Shoppers

The cold weather would not deter hardy cyclists from riding. Dave Meyer said that gift cards, children’s bicycles, and warm clothing are popular gift items at his store, Green Lizard Cycling, located at 718 Lynn Street, Herndon.

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Herndon High Wind Ensemble Honored in Norfolk

On Nov. 20, the Herndon High School Wind Ensemble, comprising 81 students, performed at the 2014 Virginia Music Educators Association (“VMEA”) In-Service Conference in Norfolk. After Herndon High Director of Bands Kathleen Jacoby submitted a recording of the Wind Ensemble state assessment performance to the VMEA last Spring, the Wind Ensemble was one of only three high school bands selected to perform for over 400 music educators from across the state of Virginia.

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Great Falls Kicks Off the Season with Celebration of Lights

Despite the constant rain throughout the day, dozens of Great Falls residents braved the weather and headed out to the 24th annual Celebration of Lights. The free event kicked off with Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving on their sleigh, an antique fire truck with reindeer perched on the hood.

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‘Skate with Santa’ at Fairfax Ice Arena

Beginners, experienced skaters enjoy the adventure of ice skating.

For some ice-skating is a challenge, especially for those of us who didn’t grow up in colder climates. Trying to stand on ice skates, stopping, and turning takes some practice. For others ice-skating is part of being in a hockey league or improving one’s skills in competitive skating. And for some it’s a special time to return to the ice and introduce their children to the fun of skating. And so it was for one family this past Sunday at Fairfax Ice Arena.

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Fairfax Station Girl Plays Clara in Kennedy Center Nutcracker

How many people can say they’ve truly lived out their fantasy? And of those, how many by age 11?

Clifton Home for the Holidays

Christmas Candlelight Homes Tour returns Dec. 6.

Driving through neighborhoods lit by Christmas lights is a time-honored tradition but in historic Clifton, residents take it a bit further. Each year as part of a candlelight homes tour, the public can enter five preserved and restored homes and two churches, done up for the holidays.