Sadly, plantations in Virginia in the 18th century were largely run by slaves. The same was true at the Sully Historic Site. This weekend you can learn about how the slaves there kept healthy:
Cures from the Quarter: At Sully’s slave quarter, learn how enslaved African Americans maintained their health. Discover the differences and similarities between preferred health care methods of slaves and their masters. This program is included in Forgotten Road Tours and is offered at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. $7/adult, $6/student, $5/senior or child. Buy tickets at site. For information call 703-437-1794.
If you want a challenge, visit Lake Fairfax Park, which opens the water park for the season tomorrow. Let’s hope they are heating the water, given the unusually cool weather this weekend. The good news is you probably won’t have to wait long in lines:
Water Mine Park Opens: The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole opens for the season with more than an acre of slides, flumes, sprays, showers, floatables and interactive play features. While the Water Mine’s attractions are designed for elementary-aged children, there’s something here for everyone. Tenderfoot Pond gives toddlers a perfect place for water play. Teenagers can join a game of water volleyball and everyone will enjoy going with the flow in a tube on Rattlesnake River. Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Memorial Day weekend and subsequent weekends until June 19 when it opens daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Lake Fairfax Park. Admission on weekends and holidays: $14.50 – over 48” tall, $11.25 – under 48” tall, 2 years and under – free. For information call 703-471-5415.
The Chantilly Patch reports:
Chantilly residents will gather Wednesday night for a standing bingo fundraising game for charity that this week will benefit the victims of the Oklahoma tornado.
All local residents are invited to attend.
Hosted by Staybridge Suites, 3860 Centreview Dr., in Chantilly, 100 percent of the money raised Wednesday night at the event will be sent to the victims’ fund, said Carl Brown, assistant general manager at the hotel, in an email to Patch.
The hotel provides dinner for participants, from 7-7:30 p.m., and the bingo game takes place from 7-9 p.m. The cost to play is $5 per bingo board.
From Leesburg Today comes word of a Loudoun County committee approval for construction of residential units at Dulles World Center at Sully Road (Rt. 28) and Innovation Avenue:
Although it was far from unanimous, the proposed changes to the phasing of Dulles World along Rt. 28—to accelerate construction of the development’s residential units—have passed the muster of the Transportation/Land Use Committee and are headed to the full Board of Supervisors.
The committee voted 3-2 Friday to forward the application with a recommendation of approval. The action signaled a change from the discussion at the full board last month, when supervisors called the plan a “bait and switch” from what was promised by the developer and a majority of the board indicated they were unlikely to support the changes.
Dulles World was approved by the previous Board of Supervisors for more than 3 million square feet of office space; a hotel; more than 400,000 square feet of retail; and 1,265 multi-family units. It was pitched as a premier commercial development project that would capitalize on the proximity of the Metro rail stations, with residential units that would appeal to the young professional, thereby limiting the impact on schools and other county resources.
The 1,265 units are planned to be 900 square feet each and are estimated to create approximately 235 new school children for the county.
Fox Mill Estates is a community with character, and plans its only Fourth of July parade. From their web site:
Thursday, July 4th
10am – 1:00pm
Parade Route Starts at Fox Mill Elementary
Parade Ends at Viking/Kettering Park with, Live Band, Face Painting, Games
Food and goodies to purchase and more Games to support our kid’s clubs
The event is from 10 AM to 3 PM. Activities include:
- Sheep shearing
- Milk a cow or goat
- Make a craft
- Play farm games
- Visit baby farm animals
- Watch antique farm
- Equipment demos
- Carousel, Wagon & Pony
- Rides (separate fees)
- Fair Food
Preregistration is $7 a person, $8 day of event. Children under 2 are free.
See the brochure or register.
Chantilly is celebrating, well, that Chantilly exists and is a nice place! Saturday is Chantilly Day at Sully Center, 13910 Metrotech Drive near the K-Mart. Events as reported by the Chantilly Patch include:
- 9:30-10 a.m.: Opening ceremonies and presentation of awards to local groups and individuals.
- 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Business Expo, Kids Area and Rides
- 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Taste of Chantilly
- 10:15 a.m.-4 p.m.: Stage Entertainment
Skip the local grocery store and buy local! The farmers market opens Thursday with hours from 3:30 PM to 7 PM, so you can stop by the market on your way home from work. The market will be open Thursday through October 31.
Frying Pan Park on West Ox Road has events for kids, including Little and Junior Farmer and Equestrian Events. You can register here.
Fairfax County residents can recycle televisions, computers and peripheral devices – including keyboards, speakers, printers, external drives and other such materials – and unbroken fluorescent light bulbs and tubes on Electric Sundays. There is No Charge for Fairfax County residents to participate in Electric Sunday; however, they may be required to show proof of residency.
All electronics recycling events are held from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: I-66 Transfer Station, 4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax 22030