ResOURces Newsletter-July 2014: Pirates, Carnival, WWII, Bears, More

By Fairfax County Park Authority - Monday, July 07, 2014


July 2014    Vol 14, No. 7

Get Out in July, Because Out is In 

Rock out! Camp out! Hang out! Cook out! Look out! And Head out to a park this month, because Out is In.

July is National Park and Recreation Month.  Fairfax County parks are loaded with outdoor activities during the celebration -- and indoor ones in case of a Rain Out.
This month, Get Out! Because Out is In!

Pirate Fest Debuts July 26 at Lake Fairfax Park

Ahoy, me hearties!
Round up ye buccaneers, show a leg and set sail fer the boundin' main of Lake Fairfax Park on July 26.
It's Pirate Fest, and all ye lubbers are welcome. Hoist your colors, dress the part smartly for the costume contest, and haul off some booty. There'll be grub and grog fer all.
Round 'em up, turn to, and ship the lot of 'em off t'Lake Fairfax. Ya miss it, and we'll keel haul ye.

Thursday, July 31 through Sunday, August 3.

It's everything you'd want from a 21st century fair on a preserved 20th century farm: 4-H competitions, farm animals, exhibits, carnival rides, picnics, tractor pulls, great carnival food, concerts, and wagon rides. There's no entrance fee, and parking is free on Thursday and Friday. There are sponsorship opportunities if you'd like to support the fair and the ideals of 4-H. Join the Park Authority, 4-H and the Fairfax County Park Foundation for fun at the fair.


Stories from dad and your grandparents become touchable and real when Sully Historic Site hosts Axis and Allies re-enactors on July 12-13 during a World War II Living History weekend. There will be music and demonstrations of life in the 1940s.

You'll talk to the re-enactors, both soldiers and civilians, about their lives, their food, their living quarters and their experiences. A tour of Sully's historic house is included.
Details are on Sully's website.

Discover Green Spring Gardens with a Child

Fairfax County Park Authority Board Member Kala Leggett Quintana calls Green Spring Gardens "the perfect destination for a family with young children to explore."

Read about her discovery of Green Spring with her three-year-old on the Park Authority blog. You'll learn that Green Spring has a lot to offer kids.


Huntsman Lake Set to Refill This Fall

Water may start returning to Huntsman Lake this fall. The lake has been empty this year during construction work.

Catch up on what's been happening and what's coming to Huntsman through the blog and video, "Huntsman Hole Soon to be Huntsman Lake Again."

Learning from Frying Pan's Pollinator Garden

Step by step, every little bit helps.

We need more bees, and to get them you and I can plant small pollinator gardens.
Master Naturalist Kim Scudera can show you how. She's one of the volunteers maintaining a pollinator garden at Frying Pan Farm Park, and you can follow along with their efforts on Kim's blog.

Sometimes when nature and urban life mix there's a little fear of the unknown. Snakes sometimes fall into that category despite the good things they bring to their natural habitats. Here are some websites with good information about local snakes:

Virginia Herpetological Society: Lots of information about the state's reptiles
Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries: Information about local species
Guide to Snakes: A field guide to Virginia's snakes  
Conflicts with Snakes: Keeping snakes away from your home

Park Foundation Announces Eakin Award Recipients 

The Fairfax County Park Foundation has named Mike Rolband, the president of Wetland Studies and Solutions (WSSSI), and Transurban-Fluor as 2014 recipients of the Eakin Philanthropy Awards. WSSI was the contractor for the reconstruction project at Huntley Meadows Park. Transurban-Fluor constructed and operates the Beltway express lanes. The awards will be presented during the Elly Doyle Award ceremony in November.


Visit the Farmers Markets

Farmers Markets are rolling along this summer in Fairfax County. Check out the list of vendors spread among the eleven markets.  Take part in the Farm. Fresh. Pledge! challenge for a chance to win a prize worth between $100 and $200. SNAP is accepted at the Reston, Lorton and Mount Vernon markets. Virginia Living Magazine has named that Reston market the best in Northern Virginia. Concerts are held in conjunction with the Government Center market at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays through August.

Bears in Fairfax?

Yup. There's been an occasional bear in Fairfax County. Doesn't happen often, but it does happen, especially in early summer when youngsters seek new territory. This camera-trap photo from July 2012 shows a black bear visiting Sully Woodlands. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) says reports indicate bears have almost reached the Beltway in their wanderings. They follow natural corridors like the Potomac River. VDGIF has good information on its website about living with bears in Virginia.
Program Listings by Parks



Program Listings by Date 

Jul   9  Kayaking for Fitness, at Riverbend Park, 5 p.m.
Jul 10  Flora-Fauna, at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 10 and 11 a.m.
Jul 10  Tai Chi I, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 7 p.m.
Jul 10  Tai Chi II, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 8 p.m.
Jul 11  Park Walk, at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 10 a.m.
Jul 12  Ice Cream Making, at Colvin Run Mill, 12-3 p.m.
Jul 12  Evening Walk, at Huntley Meadows, 7 p.m.
Jul 12  Frog Chorus at Eakin Pond, Eakin Park via Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7:30 p.m.
Jul 12-13  World War II Living History, at Sully Historic Site, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Jul 13  Grinding Demonstration, at Colvin Run Mill, 12-3 p.m.
Jul 17  Flora-Fauna, at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 10 and 11 a.m.
Jul 19  Sunrise Kayak Tour, at Riverbend Park, 7 a.m.
Jul 19  Ice Cream Making, at Colvin Run Mill, 12-3 p.m.
Jul 19  Evening Stroll, at Huntley Meadows, 8 p.m.
Jul 20  Wood Carving Lessons, at Colvin Run Mill, 12-4 p.m.
Jul 20  Sunset Cruise, at Lake Accotink Park, 7:30 p.m.
Jul 24  Flora-Fauna, at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 10 and 11 a.m.
Jul 25  Family Nature Night, at Huntley Meadows, 6:30 p.m.
Jul 26  Pirate Fest at Lake Fairfax Park, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Jul 26  Hiking, at Riverbend Park, 10 a.m.
Jul 26  Ice Cream Making, at Colvin Run Mill, 12-3 p.m.
Jul 27  Canine Cruise, at Lake Accotink Park, 7 p.m.
Aug  2  Sunrise Kayak Tour, at Riverbend Park, 7 a.m.
Aug  2  Campfire with the Constellations, at EC, 8:30 p.m.
Aug  3  Grinding Demonstration, at Colvin Run Mill, 12-3 p.m.
Aug  3  Ice Cream Making, at Colvin Run Mill, 12-3 p.m.
Aug  3  Wood Carving Lessons, at Colvin Run Mill, 12-4 p.m.
Aug  7  Flora-Fauna, at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 10 and 11 a.m.
Aug  9  Riverside Camping, at Riverbend Park, 6 p.m.
Aug  9  Evening Stroll, at Huntley Meadows, 8 p.m.
Aug 14  Flora-Fauna, at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 10 and 11 a.m.
Aug 15  Summer Wagon Ride, at Huntley Meadows, 9:30 a.m.

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