Northern Virginia ushers the first weekend of January 2012 with a wide selection of events. Whether you’re looking for something for the whole family, or for a cozy date night idea for the two of you, we have several options to beat the winter chill.
Wine & Dining
Each weekend in January, enjoy the gorgeous view of the vineyards and the Blue Ridge Mountains, as you relax with an assortment of mulled wine at Gadino Cellars in Rappahannock County, Va. Complete the experience with live accordion music, gourmet cheese and sumptuous sausages. Date: January 7 & 8; Price: Cost of mulled wine and tasting fees
The Virginia Wine Experience in downtown Fredericksburg hosts a free sampling of four new selections of beer/wine every Friday night. Sign up for their email list for special discounts. Date: January 6; Price: Free; Time: 5:30-8:30pm
Cork & Fork in Gainesville, Va. invites you to free specialty beer tastings every Friday evening. Enjoy anywhere from 4 to 20 selections, in addition to live music. Food pairings are also provided. Date: January 6; Price: Free; Time – 6.30 to 8pm
For the next ladies night out, gather a few of your special girls and enjoy special discounts at Market Street Bar & Grill on Friday nights. Ladies will enjoy $3 glasses of Canvas wine, $5 premium rail drinks and $3 draft. Date: January 6; Time: 7:00 pm. – 9:00 pm.
Family-friendly theater and entertainment
Savor a heartwarming afternoon and enjoy two shows at the Encore Stage and Studio featuring Darius the Dragon by Eleanor Harder and Rap-Punzel by Whitney Ryan Garrit – ideal for kids 4 and up. Tickets: Adults $12; Children, Students, and Seniors $10. Group discounts are available.
Fri. Jan. 6 at 7:30 pm
Sat. Jan. 7 at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm
Sun. Jan. 8 at 3:00 pm
Also available during the weekend is the classic knockout show Plunkett & Tremolo, recommended for kids 4 and up. Get entertained as you enjoy an amusing session between two mute fools played by Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandrell. Date: Saturday, January 7; Price: $8
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Both shows will be performed at:
The Artisphere’s Spectrum Theatre
1611 North Kent Street
Arlington, VA 22209
While the holidays are over and we’re back to the grind, doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the fuzzy feeling. Perfect for the cold winter days is Parfumerie, the story that inspired You’ve Got Mail and the musical, She Loves Me. A perfect comedy for the whole family! Price: $15.00 – $35.00
Fridays 8 pm
Saturdays 2 pm & 8 pm
Sundays 2 pm & 7 pm
1st Stage Theater
1524 Spring Hill Road
Tysons Corner, VA 22102
Participate in classic series of yesteryears and enjoy “Citizen Kane” at the Bow Tie Cinemas starring Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten. Price: $5; Date: January 7 & 8; Time: 11am
Rock ‘n Roll Skate Night
Every Friday night, skate your way to the tunes of a Live DJ at the Reston Town center from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Games & prizes are available until 11 p.m. Date: January 6, Time: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Price: Adults – $9.00 Children under 12 – $7.00 Senior citizens (55 & up) – $7.00
Make plans to come into Market Street Bar to enjoy local musicians perform; Date: January 7, Time: 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. No cover charge.
Reston Museum offers a session of interactive fun for your little ones. Bring your little artists to enjoy free art workshops offered by Pat Macintyre every Saturday morning Date: January 7, 2012; Time:10am.
Free yoga classes for the whole family is offered at the Health Advantage Yoga Center; Date: January 7 & 8
Community & Giving Back
Blood Drive sponsored by Reston Runners – Reston Town Center on Saturday, January 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; 703-629-0381