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Celebrate Summer Block Party at the Workhouse

Event Date: 
Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 3:00pm

We invite friends, neighbors and family members to gather on the Quad to kick off the summer season at the Celebrate Summer Block Party at the Workhouse! There will be family activities, music, a community resource tent, food from some of Lorton’s most popular restaurants and, of course, art!

The Workhouse is partnering with the Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC) during the block party to collect non-perishables for those in need in our community. Bring your donations to the collection truck on the Quad and visit with the folks from the LCAC to learn about their services and how the community can both benefit from and contribute to this important organization.

Block Party Activities

The Fairfax County Park Authority golf pros will offer family-friendly SNAG (Starting New at Golf) golf lessons for youngsters on the Quad, and the zany Workhouse Jester will be on hand to encourage good-natured mayhem and mirth!

Watch the Northern Virginia Archers (NORVA) demonstrate Traditional and Compound Archery.

Kaleidoscope Theatre Company will present a preview of their upcoming Capital Fringe Festival production of "Will Rogers' U.S.A." in the W-16 first floor café.

Visit our community resource area to learn about the fun, educational and creative resources available in the region.

Meet the Workhouse Artists on the Quad and in their studios as they demonstrate their work and share their creative talents.

Here are just a few of the groups, artists and food vendors who will be participating in the Celebrate Summer Block Party at the Workhouse!

  • Patchwork Dancers Performance at 3 pm
  • Participatory Yoga Demonstration at 4 pm
  • Papermaking with Workhouse Instructor Anne Cox
  • Sword and 15th and 16th century Western European martial systems demo with Workhouse Instructor Brad Waller at 5PM
  • Airbrush Face Painting with Jessica Melson
  • Fetch Dog Boutique treats and accessories for your dog
  • Fairfax County Park Authority’s Greenology activities and summer pool safety guide
  • Cultural Exchange Activities for Youngsters with Cultural Care Au Pair
  • Historic Occoquan exhibit with Mayor Earnie Porta
  • Volunteer Fairfax
  • Westminster at Lake Ridge
  • Sentara Healthcare
  • Mason Neck Park and Gunston Hall
  • Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS)

Workhouse Artist Demonstrations on the Quad

  • Bonnie Ferguson Butler
  • Gloria Benedetto
  • Joan Hutten
  • Relene Schuster
  • Hsi Mei Yates
  • Bill Firestone
  • Patrick O'Brien

Food Vendors

  • Great Harvest Bread Company, Lorton
  • Fireside Grill
  • Pane e Vino
  • Vocelli’s Pizza
  • FREE Izze Sparkling Juice Samples
  • Comfort Mix Snack Mixes
  • Cakes by Shelby

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and plan to stay for the Mount Vernon Nights concert on the Quad beginning at 7PM featuring Ruthie & The Wranglers and their roots/rock sounds. Then, stick around for Cinema Under the Stars featuring the sing-along to version of the movie Grease!

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