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Can you feel it? The season is here, the season of planning those perfect spring and summer house parties, BBQs and game nights. I don’t know about you but when I think about these fun events taking place in my home, I immediately think about the improvements and additions I would love to make to my indoor and outdoor entertainment areas.
Perfect The Art Of Entertaining In Your Home With GreatGatherings
While we would all love to do a complete remodel of the areas we use while entertaining, that just isn’t possible but heading to GreatGatherings is a great place to start as we venture into this season of entertaining.
Human beings are social creatures by nature – they long to talk, to share, to interact and to connect with those who are near and dear. Sadly, these connective needs are often trumped by the demands of an ever-quickening pace of life they cherish. Well, this spring and summer it is time to take action and slow down and enjoy those friends and family.
GreatGatherings was created to inspire friends and family to gather more often in their homes. We believe that every gathering, no matter how large or small, is an opportunity to create cherished memories that last a lifetime. We’ve built a place that brings the most inspiring elements of entertaining together in one place so that you can easily visualize and experience all the unique and exciting ways to enjoy “Connecting with Family and Friends.”
GreatGatherings believes the space outside your home should be as warm and inviting as that inside. So we offer luxury outdoor furniture with unparalleled quality and sophisticated styling from the industry’s leading brands such as Brown Jordan, Lloyd Flanders, Tommy Bahama, Tropitone, and more. You’ll also find all the accessories – from breathtaking chaise lounges to cozy fire pits - to make any outdoor party one to remember.
A GreatGatherings store is an experience that caters to all of your senses. It might be the inviting scents permeating throughout, or the stunning visuals of the professionally decorated and merchandised room vignettes, or perhaps it’s the monitors throughout the store where you stop to watch the greatest party clips from our favorite Hollywood movies, or the potential sounds of our guests playing pool or air hockey, or the professional sales associates that treat you like a guest rather than a customer. GreatGatherings has a way of inspiring its guests and enticing them to repeat their store experience in their own home with the people.
Time to Shop with GreatGatherings:
After experiencing a GreatGatheringsstore you better believe I am ready to spruce up our entertaining space and get ready for some great memories between friends and family this spring and summer.
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In GreatGatherings we’ve created a retail store that brings the most inspiring elements of entertaining together in one place so that you can easily visualize and experience all the unique and exciting ways to "perfect your art of entertaining" in your home.
No other retailer in the D.C. area has the massive inventory like GreatGatherings and, in many cases, exclusive furniture style so you can create the best gathering spots in or outside any home. We have five 17,000 sq. ft. designer showrooms where you and your clients can see an enormous variety of product selection.
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What area of your home - inside or outside - are you excited to be updating this spring?
The famous Delaplane Strawberry Festival returns on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 for its 26th year. The event, held in the beautiful Virginia countryside at Sky Meadows State Park (11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, Va., 20144) and run by the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, has continually supported over 100 organizations around the world.
Over the past 26 years, the Delaplane Strawberry Festival has raised $712,522 to fund a variety of programs including: Fauquier free clinic, Camp Love, The Boys Home, Fauquier Habitat for Humanity, Hospice, Literacy Volunteers, People Helping People, Leeds Ruritan Club, St. Marc’s Trade school in Haiti, Marshall Fire Department, Fauquier Family Shelter, Clarke County and Fauquier County 4H, Piedmont Dispute Center, Fauquier Community Food Bank, Women of Wonder, Services to Abused Families, and Seven Loaves.
“This two-day festival takes all year to plan! Members of the Emmanuel Church meet monthly to bring it to life,” said church rector Rev. Amanda Knouse. “Over 200 volunteers put in thousands of hours throughout the weekend to ensure it runs smoothly. This festival not only unites us as a church, but also offers us the opportunity to lend a hand to those who could use one.”
Each year 500 flats of strawberries are purchased for the festival, totaling over 10,000 pounds. They are available by the flat or pint, as a sundae, in a pie, or on your funnel cake. While the strawberries are not grown locally, the festival remains a celebration of the spring bounty and the coming of summer. The event also includes live musical entertainment, children’s activities, raffles, food vendors, and crafters. Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. both days, rain or shine.
Festival participants can visit the 4H petting farm, go for a hayride (over 300 rides given during the festival!), or take a guided tour of the circa-1860 Mt. Bleak House. Children can participate in old-fashioned games (three-legged races, tug-of-war, water balloon tosses, a cupcake walk, and more), ride a pony (additional fee), as well as have their faces painted. Visitors will also enjoy strolling entertainers including Jerry Brown and Django, Danimal the stiltwalker, and Mint Condition Barbershop Quartet. K9OLOGY will have a pool and agility course for your leashed canine friends both days and the Virginia Raptor Conservancy will also be on-site with some amazing birds. The Strong Person Tractor Pull competition is back again this year. Teams of four will pull a tractor 25 meters, quickest time wins! Other events include Strawberry Sundae Eating Contests, Park Ranger Demonstrations, and the Tasting Tent. Stop by the tent to try some local craft brews (additional fee).
Music entertainment on Saturday includes: Americana, Nu-grass and bluegrass band- HENRY; Jazzy classic rock with The Imaginary Blues Band; Enchanting Illusions magician Kevin Owens; The City of Winchester Pipes and Drums; SPOON MAN musical comedy act; and a mix of folk, blues, and Celtic music with Wicked Olde. Sunday’s stage entertainment starts with a Coffee House assortment of folk musicians, The Imaginary Blues Band, Magician Kevin Owens, Spoon Man; and traditional old timey country music, The Butcher’s Family Band.
On Sunday morning at 9 a.m., there will be a 5K Trail Run/Walk to kick off the Delaplane Strawberry Festival that day. The race/walk fee is $25 per participant in advance (until May 20) and $30 after that up until the time of the race, and includes admission for all occupants of the car to the festival for the day.
The per-day cost of the festival is $25 per car at the gate, or $20 in advance (purchase from the website www.delaplanestrawberryfestival.com. All of the activities and events (except pony rides and the tasting tent) are included in the per-car fee and include access to Sky Meadows State Park and the Appalachian Trail. (The Lost Mountain and Turner Pond access to Sky Meadows State Park will be open for normal park use and fees. Go towww.virginiastateparks.gov for more information.)
Sky Meadows State Park is located approximately 55 miles west of Washington, D.C. To get there, take Route 66 west to Exit 23 (Delaplane/Paris) and go approximately 6.8 miles to left on Edmonds Lane and to Sky Meadows State Park.
This year, National Harbor brings back its popular Movies on the Potomac series from May 1 through September 30. Every Thursday (“date night”) at 7 p.m. and Sunday (“family night”) at 6 p.m. guests are invited to gather in front of the Plaza Screen to watch recent releases and classic films. Movie goers are encouraged to bring chairs and order take-out from one of the many restaurants right around the plaza to enjoy the following screenings:
2 - Jurassic World, Fallen The Fate of the Furious
5 - The Little Rascals
9 - First Man (2018)
12 - Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
16 - Robin Hood (2018)
19 - Incredibles 2 (2018)
23 - Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018)
26 - The Lego Batman Movie
30 - Crazy Rich Asians
2 - Matilda
6 - Aquaman (2018)
9 - Cars 3
13 - Pele (2016)
16 - Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)
20 - Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)
23 - Air Bud: World Cup (2000)
27 - Dream Girls
30 - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
4 - Selena
7 - CoCo
11 - Kin (2018)
14 - Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
18 - Night School (2018)
21 - The Nut Cracker and the Four Realms (2018)
25 - Justice League
28 - The LEGO Movie 2 (2019)
1 - Green Book (2018)
4 - How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)
8 - Transformers: The Last Knight
11 - Learning to See: The World of Insects (2018)
15 - Bring it On
18 - Holes
22 - Bumblebee (2018)
25 - Dumbo (2019)
29 - Mean Girls
1 - A Wrinkle in Time
5 - Black Panther
8 - The Wizard of Oz
12 - Venon (2018)
15 - The Wiz (1978)
19 - Creed II (2018)
22 - Despicable Me 3
26 - Ocean’s 8 (2018)
29 - The Lion King
Please note that movie times/dates may be changed or cancelled due to weather. National Harbor will announce any updates via social media. For additional information, please visit https://www.nationalharbor.com/movies-on-the-potomac/.
A DAY OF TAIL-WAGGING FUN DEDICATED TO MAN'S BEST FRIEND
Great Country Farms will be hosting their annual Dog Days Bloom Festival on April 13, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This event is in partnership with Appalachian Air Canines, a small, regional club comprised of members who enjoy having fun with their dogs through disc-dog sports. Appalachian Air Canine competitors will be showcasing their talents, and novice and veteran competitors are encouraged to compete for prizes.
Bluemont Vineyard and Dirt Farm Brewing will be serving beer and wine in our beer and wine garden, and specialty doggy vendors will be on-site offering everything from pet accessories to mini training sessions. Dogs are also invited to compete in our "Doggy Olympics" in events like Dog or Frog to see how many times your dog can jump in 15 seconds, Musical Sit and Trick for a Treat.
Advance ticket sales are $8 per guest. Tickets at the door are $8 per child and $10 per adult. Dogs are free, but must remain on a leash sporting their current rabies tags. Drinking water for dogs is available from our farm pump, so bring a bowl to keep Fido hydrated. Please pick up whatever your dog leaves behind.
For more information and advance ticket sales please see the official event link.
Great Country Farms: Open daily 10am-5pm
Admission: $8/child (3-17 years) & $10/adult (18+)
Children under 2, CSA and Fan of the Farm members, and military ID holders do not pay admission.
STOMP is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, utterly unique and appeals to audiences of all ages. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. The return of the percussive hit also brings some new surprises, with some sections of the show now updated and restructured, utilizing props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans. As USA Today says, “STOMP finds beautiful noises in the strangest places.” STOMP. See what all the noise is about.
Run time: Approximately 95 minutes with no intermission. Children under the age of four are not permitted to attend the show.
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Tuesday, April 23 – 28
The National Theatre
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Your favorite Sesame Street friends are back in Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic! When magician extraordinaire Justin visits the neighborhood to put on a magic show, Elmo wants to join in. But there’s one problem: Elmo doesn’t know how to do magic, so he teams up with Justin, Abby, and friends to practice his trick while discovering the magical moments in everyday life.
Sat. May 4th at 10:30am and 2:30pm
Sun. May 5th at 10:30a and 2:30pm
Ticket Prices start at $20
Additional fees may apply. Ticket prices based on market demand and subject to change.
3 Easy Ways to Purchase Tickets:
1. At the Eagle Bank Arena box office
2. Visit www.ticketmaster.com
3. Call 800-745-3000
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POTOMAC PADDLE PUB TO LAUNCH SPRING SUMMER SEASON MARCH 30
Nation’s Capital’s only BYOB pedal boat to set sail from Georgetown waterfront
Launching on Saturday March 30 for its Spring-Summer season is the Nation’s Capital’s only passenger pedal boat set to cruise the Potomac from the Georgetown waterfront. The 16-passenger boat with ten cycle stations is propelled by a 6-foot paddle wheel powered by passengers pedaling in tandem. It also has a motor, a captain and two deck hands to help. All cruises are BYOB and “bring your own food”.
Co-founders Jack Maher and Jack Walten, Yorktown High School graduates, were both born and raised in Arlington, VA. “The Jacks”, as they are known, became best friends in pre-school because they shared the same first name.
Potomac Paddle Pub provides coolers and ice, passengers may bring their own beer, wine or soft drinks (no alcohol) and choice of food. The 90-minute cruise departs from the Georgetown Waterfront and travels to Columbia Island Marine for a rest stop before continuing down the Potomac in front of monuments and landmarks.
Passengers sit on comfortable bike seats that encircle a 10-person mahogany bar as they pedal at their own pace while enjoying monumental views of the city on an intimate cruise with food and beverages of their own choosing. For groups with 10 or more passengers, the front of the boat has a furnished lounge area for some group members to hang while their comrades power the journey.
Potomac Paddle Pub
Departs from Georgetown Waterfront
3100 K Street NW
Adult – $45
Children (under 12) – $25 *Note: height restrictions apply
Whole Boat (group rate for up to 15 passengers) – $500
11 am-11 pm
Whole Boat (group rate for up to 15 passengers) – $625
Easter Bunny and Family-Friendly Adventures in Annual Bunnyville Experience Return to Fair Oaks Mall March 29th
It's that time of year again! Beginning March 29th, the Easter Bunny will greet visitors in Bunnyville -- a three-dimensional town for kids to explore. Located on the shopping center’s lower level in Grand Court, Bunnyville features many places to visit including Hoppin’ Fresh Bakery, Hare Salon and 24 Carrot Bank.
This annual event is free for the public to attend. Photo packages may be purchased onsite.
Adventures in Bunnyville + photos with the Easter Bunny at Fair Oaks Mall
March 29th through April 20th 2019
10 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Fair Oaks Mall, 11750 Fair Oaks, Fairfax, VA 22033
Bunny Paws: Bring your furry friends to visit the Easter Bunny on April 7th, 2019 from 6:30PM to 7:30PM and on April 13th, 2019 from 8:30AM to 9:30AM.
Bunny Cares (Sensory Bunny): April 6th and April 7th. Individuals within every spectrum of special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session, to experience the time-honored tradition of a visit with the Easter Bunny during dedicated hours. Please reserve your complimentary ticket on EventBrite - ONE TICKET per group/family, please.
Photo packages that capture holiday memories will be available for purchase at the event, pricing varies.
For more information visit shopfairoaksmall.com/events
Marvel fans, assemble for this live, action-packed, legendary battle to defend the universe from evil. Spider-Man, the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy join forces with Doctor Strange, master of the mystic arts, in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before it falls into Loki’s hands. This ancient artifact holds immeasurable mystical power and would allow Loki to achieve his eternal quest to crown himself ruler of Asgard and Earth. This all new show unites some of Marvel’s greatest Super Heroes including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk and Black Widow against some of the most threatening villains. Their journey sparks new feuds with old foes, pitting student against mentor, sister against sister and brother against brother. Witness cutting-edge special effects, aerial stunts and video projection in this incredible adventure. Fans of all ages will be immersed in the Marvel Universe and experience it all with their family…LIVE!
EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, VA
Friday March 22 2@ 7:00PM
Sat. March 23 @ 11:00AM, 3:00PM, & 7:00PM
Sun. March 24@ 1:00PM and 5:00PM
Sat. March 30 @ 11:00AM, 3:00PM, & 7:00PM
Sun. March 31 @ 1:00PM and 5:00PM
Ticket Prices: $90 Front Row, $70 VIP, $50, $35, and $20
Additional fees may apply. Ticket prices based on market demand and subject to change.
Tickets go onsale Jan. 15, 2019. To purchase:1. Visit www.ticketmaster.com
2. Call 800-745-3000
3. Visit Arena Box office (and save on service charges)
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