ResOURces Newsletter-May 2013
By Fairfax County Park Authority - Tuesday, May 07, 2013
NATURE, HISTORY AND HORTICULTURE IN FAIRFAX COUNTY
May 2013 Volume 13, Number 5
Take A Hike. There are Things to See.
You'll be amazed at what you can see on a hike in a Fairfax County park. These photos of fox kits were taken last week by a ResOURces staffer who was standing on a major hiking trail as he pushed the camera button. The den, which is the hole in the ground barely visible just above the end of the black pipe, can be seen from the trail.
June 1 is National Trails Day. Celebrate it by heading out to a park and finding your own surprises on a Fairfax County Park Authority trail. Trail information and maps are on our web site.
Colvin Run Mill Earns $75,000 Grant
County citizen and employee votes for a grateful Colvin Run Mill paid off. The historic site has received a $75,000 grant from American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The grant follows Colvin Run's fourth-place finish among 24 Washington area historic sites in an online voting contest called Partners in Preservation. The contest helped determine how to divide nearly one million dollars donated to historic preservation.
Colvin Run's grant, the largest ever for the site, will fund restoration of the mill's upper levels, which will allow visitors to see more of the mill.
Red, Bulbous, Bug Eyes
Cicadas are coming. If you haven't been through this, it's quite an experience. They're harmless, but noisy. They might not be too thick in Fairfax County this time around. If you want some information about them, Hidden Pond Nature Center will have some on display, and the naturalists at any county nature facility can help. Channel 16's County Magazine also has information.
Arts in the Parks
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is just one of the many sites hosting Arts in the Parks programs this summer. One more reason to spend summer in your parks.
Changes at Frying Pan's Store
There's something new at the Country Store in Frying Pan Farm Park. An Artisans' Corner now features local artists and their work. In addition, keep an eye out for more locally made products in the future.
Blogging's On Our Mind
Here's what we've been talking about on our blog:
Trek Into Parks for a Birthday Party
Celebrate a birthday in a park. Feed a turtle, visit with animals, make crafts, take a hayride, garden, following a naturalist, explore forests and meadows, fish or dig into archaeology -- and, of course, eat some cake. All of these parks can host your party:
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park -- Frying Pan Farm Park -- Green Spring Gardens -- Hidden Oaks Nature Center -- Hidden Pond Nature Center -- Huntley Meadows -- Riverbend Park -- Sully Historic Site.
There are also birthday party packages at RECenters, Burke Lake, Jefferson Falls Miniature Golf Course, and Lake Accotink Park.
The Farmers Markets are Open
Here's everything you need to know.
Rev It Up! It's Car Show Time
The annual Fathers' Day Antique Car Show returns to Sully Historic Site on June 16. More than 400 antique and classic cars will be on display. Don't forget sunglasses. These babies shine.
How About a Free Round of Golf?
A free round of golf is just one of the thanks for volunteers at the upcoming U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, Va. We need scorers, forecaddies, standard bearers and more as the nation's best amateur public links golfers vie for a spot in the Masters. The tournament is July 15-20. Here's information on volunteering.
Click on the links for information.
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