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Pre-Thanksgiving Festivities

Posted by Carten Cordell / Friday, November 16th, 2012

The holidays can be a joyful time…or a stressful one.  To get in the spirit of Thanksgiving and to calm your nerves, here are just a few events to help you unwind before slaving over the turkey and pleasing the in-laws. 


Thanksgiving Crafters

When: Friday, Nov. 16, 7-8:30 p.m.

Where: Walker Nature Education Center

Make table decorations for your Thanksgiving feast.  Guests will learn how to make a centerpiece made out of various plants from the NoVA area, as well as napkin rings to take home to display on the dinner table. Enjoy mulled cider, treats and music while you work on your decorative masterpiece. $20 for Reston Association members, $25 for non-Reston Association members   


Joyful Noise Holiday Bazaar and Bakeshop

When: Nov. 17, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Dominion High School

Enjoy an array of activities at this year’s holiday bazaar. Arranged by the non-profit organization, the Hammond Foundation, this event features countless artists and crafters selling goods, a silent auction, bakeshop, kids’ holiday craft station, food and music.  The hundreds of crafts and decorations are sure to spruce up your home for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Free admission


Chew the Fat

When: Saturday, Nov. 17, 1-4 p.m.

Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm

Craft up some everyday necessities just like the pilgrims did hundreds of years ago.  Learn to make candles, soap and dubbin (used for waterproofing leather) from pig and beef fat.  Though it may sound unpleasant, you’ll be amazed how the colonial family produces everyday supplies out of limited resources.  $3 for adults, $2 for children and seniors



Photo Courtesy of Claude Moore Colonial Farm

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra

When: Saturday, Nov. 17, 8 p.m.

Where: George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

There’s nothing like getting in the mood for the holidays with some classical music.  The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra will perform pieces by Beethoven with Ken Woods as the guest conductor and Benjamin Beilman featured on the violin.  $25, $45, $55 or free with GMU Student ID



Photo Credit: Barry Wheeler

Sam Bush & Del McCoury

When: Sunday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Birchmere Music Hall

Spend a Sunday evening by listening to bluegrass music performed by Sam Bush and Del McCoury to get in the spirit of Thanksgiving. These Grammy winners and long-time friends are sure to entertain and provide great music before the stress of Thanksgiving Day.  $39.50


Culinary Kids

When: Tuesday, Nov. 20, 4-5:30 p.m.

Where: Alice and Louise Catering and Cooking School

Kids ages 7-15 can learn how to cook-up some delicious food perfect for the upcoming holiday. On this week’s menu: turkey noodle soup and buckeyes (peanut butter balls). Kids will learn to make the food and take it home for the whole family to enjoy. Who knows, maybe this class will help get the kids get off the couch and in the kitchen to help prepare Thanksgiving dinner.  Culinary classes are every Tuesday,$45 per child

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