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Things to do in the weekend in Northern Virginia – April 20 to 22, 2012

From family friendly events to music, arts and entertainment, there are several things to do in the weekend in the North Virginia area.

Welcome Discovery
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA 20151
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 – Friday, April 20, 2012
Free – $15 parking

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is planning a festival of activities — Welcome Discovery — to celebrate the acquisition of the Space Shuttle Discovery. Activities at the Center will kick off on April 19 when Discovery will be officially transferred by NASA into the Smithsonian’s collection in an outdoor ceremony open to the public.

Swing Dance at Potomac Point Winery
275 Decatur Rd.
Stafford, VA 22554
Thursday, April 19, 2012 (6:00 PM-9:00 PM)
Reservations: (540) 446-2107
An intro lesson followed by social swing dancing at the beautiful Potomac Point Winery.
Admission Fee: $10.00 per person

22nd Annual Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival
Historic Downtown Leesburg
Leesburg, VA 20175
Saturday, April 21, 2012 – Sunday, April 22, 2012 (10:00 AM-5:00 PM)
$3 Suggested Donation

Visit the Historic District of Leesburg and walk through award-winning landscape displays and shop for fresh flowers, gifts, trees, fountains, garden furniture, and much more! Enjoy lively music and bring the kids to explore hands-on art and education area featuring puppet shows, story telling, and unique art projects. Rain or shine.

2012 Earth Day at Loudon Family Festival
Willow Creek Farm by Clyde’s
42920 Broadlands Blvd
Broadlands, VA 20148
Sunday, April 22, 2012 (11:00 AM-4:00 PM)
Free

The Earth Day Family Festival, the official Earth Day Celebration of Loudoun County, will feature Live music. Live wildlife exhibits. Petting Zoo. MarketPlace with local artisans arts and crafts. Local Beer and Wine Garden. Over 100 exhibitors; eco friendly products, services of all kinds

Date Night: Chef’s Table at Workhouse Arts Center
9601 Ox Road Lorton
Lorton, VA 22079
Saturday, April 21, 2012 (7:30 PM-10:30 PM)
$70 per couple and includes food, non-alcoholic drink and dancing

Visit for an evening of dancing, cooking and fun. Begin the night at 7:30pm with a 30 minute optional ballroom dancing lesson in the Workhouse Gallery. Work your way downstairs at 8pm to our café area , where you’ll work side by side with your date as our instructor teaches the easy yet impressive techniques behind a menu of dishes designed to inspire the warm fuzzies every time! Students are welcome to head back upstairs after the cooking lesson and take another twirl until 10:30pm!

The Hub Theatre presents John & Beatrice
The Swayze Theatre
9431 Silver King Ct, Fairfax, VA
Friday, April 20, 2012, 8:00 pm – 9.30pm
Saturday, April 21, 2012
25, $15 seniors and students

The Hub Theatre, a Fairfax-based, professional nonprofit theatre presents John & Beatrice by Carole Fréchette. This modern, urban fairy tale is set in a nearly empty room in Beatrice’s 33rd-floor apartment. She’s posted an ad declaring that a “well-to-do heiress is seeking a man who will interest, move, and seduce her.” She offers a substantial reward which lures in John, a self-described bounty hunter. When John climbs the 33 flights to deliver his proposal in person, the rules are laid out, and a battle of the wits begins. Carole Fréchette’s work is a masterful play about the delusions and truths of modern day romance.

Children’s Art Workshop – Reston Museum
11400 Washington Plz W, Reston, VA 20190
Saturday, April 21, 2012, 10:00 am
Pat Macintyre’s ever popular Saturday morning free art workshops for children are now held on the plaza level of Heron House.

Sixth Annual Spring Art Festival
790 Walker Rd, Great Falls, VA
April 21 and 22,10 AM to 5 PM
Free

Great Falls Studios presents the Sixth Annual Spring Art Festival, Saturday and Sunday featuring 20 artists exhibiting their work including painters, potters, photographers, jewelry artisans, and fiber artists.

Reston Salsa Sundays
M & S Grill
11901 Democracy Dr, Reston, VA 20190
Sunday, April 22, 2012, 6:00 pm
Beginner Salsa – 6 PM
Intermediate / Advanced Salsa – 7 PM
After-Hours Salsa Social – 8 PM
$10 Class Admission/$5 After-Hours Salsa Social Only

Learn the basics of salsa dancing along with food and drinks.Don’t forget to get your shoes!

NoVAL 10: 10th Anniversary Art Show in the Northern Virginia
750 Center St, Herndon, VA 20170 (ArtSpace Herndon)
April 21, 2012
10:00 am–5:00 pm
FREE

Artists League in celebrating their 10th anniversary with a delightful exhibit at ArtSpace Herndon. The Exhibit features creative works in a variety of media from watercolors, oils, pastels, acrylics and photography .

Historic Garden Week Tours at Oatlands
20850 Oatlands Plantation Ln, Leesburg, VA 20175
April 20, 2012, 21, 22
12.30pm
$12

This year Oatlands is offering special guided tours of its spectacular gardens during Historic Garden Week in Virginia. The Historic Garden Week Tours at Oatlands are outdoor walking tours that will give visitors a chance to explore the beautiful gardens at Oatlands.

 

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Date Night Couples Cooking Classes in Northern Virginia

Whether it’s your first date or you have known him long enough, attending a recreational cooking class is a good way to bond. While it offers a way for many to break the ice on their first date – it’s also an opportunity to try something new together for couples who have known each other for long. Whatever the reason is: cooking classes are stress-free and casual. North Virginia offers myriad options for couples to enjoy a culinary class together.  Here’s a list of places to check out:

Culinaria Cooking School
110 Pleasant Street, NW,
Vienna, VA 22180

Cookology 
21100 Dulles Town Cir
Dulles, VA 20166
Phone:703 433-1909

Open Kitchen
7115 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043
Phone: 703-942-8148

Sur La Table
1101 South Joyce Street Suite B-20
Arlington, Virginia 22202
Phone: 703-414-3394

Let’s Dish
Pinecrest Shopping Center
6550-G Little River Turnpike
Alexandria VA 22312
Phone: (703) 750-0790

44260 Ice Rink Plaza #122
Cameron Chase Village Center
(next to Ashburn Ice House)
Ashburn VA 20147
Phone: (703) 858-7900

Cook
44710 Cape Ct
Ste138
Ashburn, VA 20147
(703) 861-2387

Judy Harris Cooking School
2402 Nordok Place
Alexandria , VA 22306
(703) 768-3767

Alice & Louise Catering and Cooking School
4449-A Brookfield Corporate Drive
Chantilly, VA 20151 703-657-0226

For more listings: Click Couple’s cooking classes in the D.C. area

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North Virginia things to do in the weekend – January 20 – January 22, 2012

The weekend weather forecast looks grim. However, you have enough events to look forward to warm you up. Here are some ideas if you are looking to venture out.

Friday, January 20

Date night: Spend a leisurely night at the acclaimed, romantic French restaurant in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. La Bergerie participates in the Alexandria Restaurant Week offering a three-course prix-fixe dinner menu for $35.

Saturday, January 21

Music: Indulge in a musical night featuring Tom Chaplin, the Grammy Award -winning American musician, entertainer, singer-songwriter and storyteller. The solo concert will feature some of Tom’s musical hits at the Wolf Trap Barn. 7.30pm. $22

Food & Drink: Beat the chill with a cup of simmering hot soup, and wine next to a fireplace at Loudon Valley Vineyards. Click here for the soup menu. 11am. $12/person for glass of wine and bowl of soup, $2 extra for reserve wines.

Kids friendly: If we dodge the snow, head your li’l ones to Reston Town Center, where they can indulge in a skating session with Scooby-Doo, Tweety Bird, Cat in the Hat and more. 11am to 1pm Adults – $9.00/Children under 12 – $7.00

Date Night: Enjoy a delightful evening at the Market Street Bar and participate in the sounds of local musicians as they perform live from 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. No cover charge.

Date Night/Cooking Class: Head over to Workhouse Arts Center that features Date Night: Chef’s Table every third Saturday of each month. Work along with your partner in this instructor-led class and prepare a delectable menu. Every month, a new dish is featured. 8-10pm $30 per person

Sunday, January 22

Family Friendly: Transport to a old-world storytelling at Bow-tie Cinemas, that features the classic “My Fair Lady” (1964) starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison. $5. 11am

Date night: Visit Clyde’s of Tysons Corner for a casual wine night where most bottles of wine are value-priced. This is a perfect time to try something new, or indulge in your favorites. 4-9pm

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2012 Valentine’s Day Hotel and Bed and Breakfast Packages in North Virginia

Velntine's Day hotel packages

Valentine's Day in North Virginia

Eager to treat your sweetheart to something special on Valentine’s Day? From gourmet chocolates, roses and breakfast in the privacy of your room, North Virginian hotels and bed and breakfasts have geared up with several romantic packages for an unforgettable experience. Check them out and make your reservations now.

Spend time with your Valentine at the historic ten-room bed and breakfast located on a 4200-acre working cattle ranch. Marriott Ranch in Hume. Va. offers a Valentine’s Day package, which includes one night stay, intimate 4-course dinner featuring Philip Carter wines,gourmet chocolates, champagne in room,country breakfast, horseback riding and picnic. Manor House & Suite – $525.00 per couple +taxes/ Carriage Rooms & Cottage Rooms – $430.00 per couple, plus taxes

On Valentine’s Day, spend a leisurely night at Black Horse Inn, a Circa 1850 plantation-style home located in Warrenton, Va. They have several packages to meet every budget.

Indulge in their “Bed of Roses” massage package that features one night stay, bouquet of flowers, bottle of Virginia red/white wine, his/hers massage OR couples massage for an extra $100, after dinner “Cookie Night Cap” tray! $399/$150 additional for 2nd night.

Also available is their “Days of Wine and Roses” Virginia Wine Lovers Tour Package that includes 2 night stay, two-hour winery tour, floral arrangement in room, a $50 Gift Certificate for dinner at Iron Bridge Restaurant in Old Town Warrenton, Va. and an after dinner “Cookie Night Cap” tray. $899

Black Horse Inn also offers the “Horse Whisperer” package that wows you with two night stay, horseback trail riding for two at Marriott Ranch in Hume, Va., $50 Gift Certificate for dinner at Iron Bridge Restaurant in Old Town Warrenton, VA and an after dinner “Cookie Night Cap” tray.$649

Hampton Inn is located in the historic town of Manassas and is close to  The National Battlefield Park. Indulge in their “Just because” romantic package and receive a romantic night for two, a bottle of wine, 2 wine glasses a single rose in a bud vase and assorted chocolates. $109/per night

The Rosslyn hotel Palomar Arlington offers the “Adore Mi Amore” package, featuring accommodations in a waterview suite overlooking the Potomac, strawberries and champagne upon arrival, dinner for two at their exclusive Domaso restaurant ($100 food & beverage credit) and complimentary in-room movie. Price varies with room selection.

Indulge in a Leesburg getaway, when you book the “Roses and Romance package” at Lansdowne Resort. The AAA 4 Diamond Resort offers luxurious accommodations, $150 dining credit, dozen roses, Champagne and Chocolate Covered Strawberries, your way breakfast, valet parking and much more. Price varies with room selection.

Spend a night at the Ritz Carlton, Tyson’s Corner and savor their Romance package that entitles you to overnight stay, bottle of Champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, rose-petal turndown and American-breakfast for two at the acclaimed restaurant Michel. Starting at $279 USD per night.

Enjoy total privacy in the House at the Water Street, a 107-year old historic farmhouse  nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Indulge in their Weekend Wine getaway and enjoy a weekend stay along with 7-wine tasting at the nearby Gadino Cellars. $270 per couple

Enjoy a romantic weekend at Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles. Their Escape Romance package includes overnight accommodations for two, breakfast for two in The Palm Court or $25 room service credit towards breakfast, welcome with champagne and truffles, in room movie and valet parking. $149

Savor the peaceful surroundings of the Blue Ridge Mountains when you book the Relax and Rejuvenate package at the historic farmhouse, Cardinal Springs. This package includes a bottle of fine local wine, 2 nights lodging, 5 hour tour of local wineries in your own car with a professional designated driver/tour guide, and a $50 gift certificate to the awesome Thornton River Grille in Sperryville.

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Northern Virginia things to do in the weekend – January 6 – 8 2012

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.

Performance Dates:

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

For tickets, click here

Both shows will be performed at:
The Artisphere’s Spectrum Theatre
1611 North Kent Street
Arlington, VA 22209

Parfumerie

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

When
Fridays 8 pm
Saturdays 2 pm & 8 pm
Sundays 2 pm & 7 pm

Where

1st Stage Theater
1524 Spring Hill Road
Tysons Corner, VA 22102

Classic Movies

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

Live Music

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.

Free workshops

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

 

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