More than 230 people bought tickets for annual Vienna event.
The annual lunch with Santa was held at the Vienna volunteer fire station this year as the community center is out of commission while being remodeled. With support from the Town of Vienna Parks and Recreation Department, Santa and his elves joined more than 230 guests at a lunch in his honor on Dec. 3.
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens decorates its 100-plus acres with lighted scenes.
The Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens off Beulah Road in Vienna runs to Jan. 8. First timed entry is at 5:30 p.m.; the last is 9:30 p.m.
Church Street Holiday Stroll lights up with Santa, music, fun; draws hundreds of families.
The Vienna Volunteer Fire Department’s antique fire truck carried Santa along Center Street and onto Church Street, its siren blaring as it made its way to the Christmas tree at the corner of Church and Mill streets. Santa, Mayor Laurie DiRocco, State Senator Chap Petersen, and Del. Mark Keam joined together to light the tree as milling guests applauded.
What Are You Most Thankful For?
“Thankful for eight years with the Obama Family as our First Family. What a kind, loving, moral family. They will be truly missed. Thankful for my husband of a blessed 46 years together. Thankful for a wonderful daughter and her family and especially my grandchildren. Thankful for nature around me. Thankful for my dear friends. Thankful for art and music that takes away pain. Thankful for the Vienna Community.”
Community rallies in support of inclusion and kindness
A young mother living in a bombed-out German town in early 1942 fled with her children to a less-dangerous home in Germany, seeking safety and refuge. Eventually, in 1952, they made their way to the United States.
From ‘things’ to to experiences, gifts come in all kinds of packaging.
The Vienna-Oakton Connection offers its readers “part 1” of gift ideas, from small community businesses with personalized service to gifts that benefit the spirit of the heart.
Events in Vienna-Oakton serve children and adults, welcome the spirit of giving.
The festive season, of sparkling lights and aromatic baked sweets, of craft bazaars and seasonal holiday music, of good-will and selfless spirit, is upon us.
70th annual parade focused on the 1940s in 75-minute most-loved event.
By early morning on Oct. 26, Maple Avenue was lined with blankets, chairs, even tenting, to mark spectator-places along the halloween parade route between Branch Road and Center Street.
Vienna Vintner and Wolf Trap Animal Rescue raising funds to build a rescue shelter and animal hospital in Merrifield.
A FUNdraiser was held on behalf of Wolf Trap Animal Rescue, a local vet-and-volunteer-run animal rescue team. Organized and coordinated by Jordan Rice, daughter of JDA custom home builder Dennis Rice, the fundraiser included appetizers donated by local restaurants and a diversity of high-quality wines donated by Vienna Vintner.
Annual event promotes home fire safety with fun events for children.
The open house hosted by the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department in recognition of fire prevention week is, traditionally, a popular community event that draws hundreds of children and their parents throughout the day. On Oct. 15, VVFD held another of its annual fire prevention fairs to bring attention to fire safety in the home, and to show the community a fun time.
Club’s annual fundraising campaign on behalf of Growing Hope netted about $32,000.
The Optimist Club of Greater Vienna – once again – raised more than $32,00 from its annual “Growing Hope” fundraising campaign on behalf of families facing childhood cancer .
Fun-filled day featured activities, prizes, music, pizza – and a helicopter.
Clear sunny skies and mild temperatures have a way of bringing out the families to community events. The Vienna Police Department could not have ordered a more perfect Sunday afternoon for the launch of a new Vienna tradition, Cops and Kids Fun Run --- and fun day.
From Oktoberfest celebration to a wintry block party, there’s a fun event for any age.
Fall marks the start of the festive season, the fair season, from holiday-themed events to traditional seasonal events.
Second seasonal party on Church Street to become Vienna tradition.
The second seasonal Chillin’ on Church block party drew in hundreds more guests than the debut party in June. Church Street lit up with music, games, food, and neighbors meeting neighbors.
From community center to Marco Polo, change comes to Vienna.
Vienna doesn’t change much … and that’s the way the Vienna zip codes like it --- a small-town feel, family-focused. There’s not much in the way of crime unless an unlocked vehicle break-in counts. The annual Halloween parade, Oktoberfest, Church Street Stroll, and ViVa! Vienna! are traditions that don’t die.
Sweltering heat did not deter families from activities and games on grounds of Freeman House.
If smiles, wonderment, laughter, photo ops, and crowds are an indication of success, by that standard the debut Historic Vienna, Inc. Freeman House “country fair” on Aug. 20 was a booming celebration of country life.
John Becci recalls growing up in town before it boomed.
John Becci’s step-mother, Milly, still lives in the house on Branch Road that the Becci children, now adults, grew up in decades ago. John Becci’s dad, Aldo, who bought that home from Yeonas builders in 1956, died in 2014. His mom died of cancer in 1978, the year John graduated from James Madison High School.
Historic Vienna, Inc. hosts free activities reminiscent of an earlier time.
Step into a Norman Rockwell painting on Aug. 20 as Historic Vienna, Inc. hosts a country fair with a myriad of activities, at no charge, for families. The debut “Vienna’s Country Fair” takes over the Freeman House end of the Vienna Town Green from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20. HVI refers to the fair as a “return to a simpler time.”
Connie Stuntz chatted about ‘This Was Vienna, Virginia’ to friends and fans.
Connie Stuntz was born in Falls Church in 1923 and moved to Vienna after she and Mayo Stuntz were married in 1947.
Vienna siblings raise funds for children rescued from child labor and human trafficking.
Vienna siblings Medhnaa Saran, 12, and her younger brother Kushaan, 11, are on a mission to help children halfway across the world, victims of child labor and trafficking, to be safe and to get an education.
Hundreds of kids and parents turned out for water fun.
The Town of Vienna Parks and Recreation Department picked the ideal sultry summer day – July 31 - for its first-ever Big Splash on the Town Green.
Vienna Youth Players bring Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash musical to life.
The Vienna Youth Players have interpreted Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash Broadway musical, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” with an era twist. Turning its back on the traditional biblical setting of the play, the VYP has set its upcoming production as a 1920s period-piece in a nod to the timelessness of the story’s essence of friendship, steadfastness, and betrayal.
When the children – or their parents – tire of the local swim clubs, parents look for alternative community attractions and events.
Clothed in the dress of her day – mid-1800s, Ms. Elizabeth Cady Stanton greeted her guests demurely at a “tea” on Sunday, July 3, in the parlor of Freeman Store and Museum.
Fifth and sixth graders smothered competition throughout lacrosse season.
Morning program broadcast live from Town Green and Church Street.
Organized and sponsored by the Vienna Arts Society, adoption event pulled together adoptables and families looking for a furry family member.
Debut block party on Church Street and Town Green sponsored by Town of Vienna Parks and Rec offers live music, food, fun.
Annual kids’ obstacle course embraces safe biking.
Brian Bui pulled the most cash-votes to take the title.
It took 45 auditions, months of preparation and community outreach, and dozens of sponsors and volunteers to come down to this moment: Vienna Idol 2016 finals.
Throughout Vienna, small shops are loaded with a big fan-base.
From one end of Vienna to the other, there are small businesses loaded with a loyal customer-base who may not be famous – yet – in the community.
Rides, food, entertainment, kids’ activities and Memorial Day tribute celebrate community spirit.
What has 300-plus craft and merchandise vendors, dozens of carnival-food kiosks, non-stop entertainment on multiple stages, more than 20 amusement rides for kids, and takes over the historic Church Street corridor for three days? The annual Memorial Day weekend festival, hosted by the Rotary Club of Vienna, ViVa! Vienna! does.
Participants will create mobiles from repurposed natural and manmade materials
The Vienna Arts Society (VAS) has scheduled its first, “Planet Art for Kids” event in celebration of Earth Day, Saturday, April 30 at the VAS center on Pleasant Street, Vienna.
From 350 students in 1965 to 750 students today, Westbriar boasts outstanding academic programs and recognition.
In the early years of Westbriar Elementary School’s 50-year-run, there were but 350 students from the neighborhoods along Old Courthouse Road on down to Browns Mill.
Historic Vienna, Inc. and Friends of Patrick Henry Library offered more than 30,000 used books over April’s first weekend.
It was a big weekend over April 2 and 3 for Vienna-area book fairs. Both Historic Vienna, Inc. and Friends of Patrick Henry Library opened their doors to hundreds of residents and book dealers and offered thousands of inexpensive used books.
Vienna Theatre Company reproduces two mysteries with humor and hard-boiled crime-solving.
The 18-month closure of the Vienna Community Center – renovation time – precipitated some scurrying around by groups that regularly used the center for programming and special events.
From food festivals to ViVa! Vienna! and things in between, warm weather events blossom in the Vienna area.
Some days, more than others, it appears that spring has finally sprung. Fortunately, events are planned and announced long before the last snowflake has fallen, giving the community things to look forward to …
You don’t have to fly to have fun.
Not everyone wants to get on an aircraft during one of the busiest travel weeks of the year. Fortunately, if you live in the Vienna area, there are lots of fun things to do that other Americans pay to do (hint: no hotels, no flights).
From the rolling countryside of Umbria to the neighborhoods of Vienna, local oral surgeon brings the best of the best to local tables.
What do you call Washingtonian Magazine’s “Top Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon” living out his alter-ego dream in a parallel universe --- overseeing production of 100 percent pure Italian olive oil and importing the finished product to the U.S?
The Korffs of Vienna foster dogs who wait for a family to love them.
For many families, watching the family pup frolic and play around is fun.
Caffe Amouri wins Virginia Green Restaurant of the Year award.
From cold cups made of corn starch rather than plastic, fettucine coffee stirrers (big hit with little kids), windows that open in warm weather, and coffee grounds set out in a bin for free use by local gardeners, all underscore Amouri’s commitment to sustainability.
At Feb. 3 dinner meeting, check presentation and installation of new members.
Northern Virginia, in support of local families confronting childhood cancer.
Fire department, Auxiliary recognizes selfless service in 2015.
Approximately 130 friends of the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department came out on Feb. 6 to salute the department’s volunteers and staff for service to the community in 2015.
When children are off from school in cold weather, there’s still fun to be found.
The children are off from school --- again. It’s winter and it’s cold, and, possibly, snowy. You’ve done the library (Patrick Henry and the Oakton Library), the movies (huge selection at Tysons AMC) and have taken the kids bowling (Bowl America is full of youngsters during “break”).
Fun to Fun Fundraisers coming up.
The thought of snow sends Northern Virginians into survival mode, discouraging the scheduling of mega-events.
Veronica Day competes in skeleton, nationally and internationally.
While watching the 2010 winter Olympics bobsled and skeleton runs staged in Canada, James Madison High School graduate Veronica Day joked to her college roommate they they, too, should learn to bobsled.
Local officials look out over the horizon in the new year in Vienna.
What does 2016 look like to elected officials and the business community serving the greater-Vienna area?
What are your hopes and resolutions for 2016?
For many area seniors, aging-in-place is a strike for self-reliance.
Irene Coyne, 77, fills her days with activities, from crafting jewelry and knitting to volunteer work at a multitude of nonprofit organizations, such as Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna and Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.
Community center renovation was community’s biggest newsworthy story.
Not much in the way of earth-shattering events happens in Vienna and not much changes there every year …