Archive: Museums, Culture

Fairfax City Opens New Library

Check out this cover story from today's Fairfax Extra for an early peek inside the new Fairfax City regional library branch. The library, which is set to open Saturday, is at the heart of the revitalized downtown of the city....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | January 24, 2008; 12:23 PM ET | Email a Comment

Reston Museum Plans Future Growth

The little Lake Anne Village Center storefront museum that chronicles the history of Fairfax's first planned community is about to get an upgrade thanks to grants of up to $250,000 the county is planning to bestow. Read about that news and the past present and possible future of Reston in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | December 6, 2007; 11:39 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fall for the Book

Fall officially begins Sunday morning and so does Fall for the Book, George Mason University's annual community event to promote reading and literature. The Fairfax Extra has a run down of all the literary luminaries set to appear and details about what else to expect at this year's festival....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 20, 2007; 11:36 AM ET | Email a Comment

Public Garden Celebrates Korean Culture

This article from yesterday's Metro section, describes how a special garden, planned for a section of Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, will help to celebrate the Korean heritage of a large number of local citizens when it is completed in 2010....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | June 11, 2007; 10:46 AM ET | Email a Comment

Kaine Expected to Sign Mount Vernon Whiskey Measure

From today's Metro section: A spokesman for Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) said yesterday that the governor is expected to sign into law a measure that would allow the Mount Vernon estate to sell small amounts of George Washington's own brand of rye whiskey. The estate will sell whiskey from the first president's rebuilt distillery, which is scheduled to open to the public next month. Mount Vernon historians have said that after serving two terms as president, Washington was the nation's largest producer of whiskey in 1799, producing 11,000 gallons a year in a state-of-the-art distillery. Archaeologists found the remains of the distillery in 1997, and it has been rebuilt with funding from the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States and the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America. The distillery will reopen next month with a museum and will serve as part of the American Whiskey Trail, which runs...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | February 21, 2007; 10:07 AM ET | Email a Comment

A County History Museum Is Under Consideration

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has begun the process to create a panel that, in cooperation with George Mason University, explore the ins and outs of creating museum dedicated to the history of the county. Read about it in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | January 25, 2007; 01:44 PM ET | Email a Comment

What To Do With the Lorton Crucifix ?

A crucifix created by the inmates of the former Lorton prison and bearing a life-size figure of Christ now sits in a warehouse and awaits restoration. But where the icon, which many agree is an item of historical, cultural and religious significance, will be placed for permanent display is undecided. Read about it in this article from yesterday's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | December 18, 2006; 10:30 AM ET | Email a Comment

New Buildings, Exhibits Open Friday at Mount Vernon

Check out this front page story about the multi-million dollar makeover at one of the county's star attractions....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 24, 2006; 09:11 AM ET | Email a Comment

SoCounty Secondary Studies Cold War, Helps Museum

Students at the South County Secondary School and organizers of the Cold War Museum (planned as part of the adaptive reuse of the former Nike missile base in Lorton) have agreed to a partnership in which the students will help to preserve personal recollections of key Cold War events. Read about it here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 12, 2006; 12:10 PM ET | Email a Comment

Love Books? GMU Has Something For You

Here is a look at what book lovers can expect at the eighth annual Fall For the Book Festival at George Mason University. The festival began yesterday....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 28, 2006; 12:31 PM ET | Email a Comment

Adopted Children Learn About Cultures at Camp

At Adoption Service International Agency's annual Culture Camp, internationally adopted children spend three days each summer learning about the cultures of their birth countries and sharing experiences with other families like their own. Read about it in the Fairfax Extra....

 

By | August 10, 2006; 12:11 PM ET | Email a Comment

Art Atelier in Great Falls Shopping Center

A tiny loft above a Great Falls shopping center has become the working home of seven local painters. Today's Fairfax Extra has the story....

 

By | May 11, 2006; 12:36 PM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax: The 2006 Guide

An Introduction To The Guide Trying to make sense of Fairfax? Join our club. To help newcomers learn and old-timers discover new possibilities, here's The Guide for 2006. We know how easy it is to get confused here, because there are about a million people -- more people than seven states have -- and trying to make sense of the governing machinery can be tricky. The local governments include those of the county and two cities, the City of Fairfax and the City of Falls Church, each with its own idiosyncrasies and treasures. What you'll find in these pages is our attempt to lead you to old favorites you had not thought of for a while or to what might become favorites. There's golfing and fishing and biking and walking, just to name a few leisure pursuits. If you have students in the family, there's a place within the county...

 

By | April 28, 2006; 09:51 AM ET | Email a Comment

Moran Proposes Admission Fee For Smithsonian

Rep. James P. Moran (D-Va.) has proposed charging a $1 admission fee to the museums that make up the Smithsonian Institution to help offset the cost of much-needed repairs. Is giving up the Smithsonian's official free-to-all status worth it?...

 

By | March 30, 2006; 10:35 AM ET | Email a Comment

Please Read: Rules Issued for Commenting on Fairfax Focus Blog

Some readers of this blog have recently raised questions about the role of The Washington Post in policing Fairfax Focus. I have deleted a few blog posts because they did not meet The Post's standards for fairness. For more clarity about how to play by the rules, Jim Brady, the executive editor of washingtonpost.com has posted a message explaining the rules for readers participating in the site's Live Online discussions, discussion forums and for posting comments on the company's blogs. The complete list of rules is here. --Steve Fehr, Fairfax Extra Editor...

 

By | February 17, 2006; 01:06 PM ET | Email a Comment

Part Of Wilson Boulevard Could Get a New Name

From today's Fairfax Extra: A portion of Wilson Boulevard in the Falls Church area would be named Saigon Boulevard under a proposal made by the county Board of Supervisors to the Virginia Department of Transportation. The supervisors voted Monday to ask VDOT to designate the stretch of Wilson between Route 7 and Roosevelt Boulevard as Saigon Boulevard, with signs to mark the change. The stretch is in front of the Eden Center. var technorati = new Technorati() ; technorati.setProperty('url','http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/11/AR2006011100867_Technorati.html') ; technorati.article = new item('in brief','http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/11/AR2006011100867.html','A portion of Wilson Boulevard in the Falls Church area would be named Saigon Boulevard under a proposal made by the county Board of Supervisors to the Virginia Department of Transportation.','') ; document.write( technorati.getDisplaySidebar() ); Representatives of the Vietnamese American community requested the change to reflect the area's retail and cultural activity. The name change would be ceremonial; Wilson Boulevard would keep its name and addresses...

 

By | January 12, 2006; 12:40 PM ET | Email a Comment

Air and Space Museum Anniversary Discounts Sunday

From today's Fairfax Extra: Parking fees will be reduced from $12 to $5 Sunday at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center to mark the air and space museum's second anniversary. In addition to displays from the Smithsonian's flight collection, the center offers museum store shopping, IMAX film entertainment, simulator rides, casual dining and a coffee shop. As part of the celebration Sunday, a drawing will be held for five of the new aviation-themed, limited-edition M&M candy dispensers created exclusively for the museum. Visitors who spend $50 or more at the Udvar-Hazy store will receive 10 percent off their purchases. All proceeds from Udvar-Hazy Center parking help pay for museum operations. Fees are charged per vehicle, not per person....

 

By | December 9, 2005; 05:09 AM ET | Email a Comment

 

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