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From July’s Summer Guide: NoVA’s Summer Concerts and Festivals

For when you just need to get out in the sun, listen to some live music or enjoy a county fair.

By Sophia Rutti


Courtesy of Nickelback

Courtesy of Nickelback

Herndon Friday Night Live!
May 1-Aug. 28 Come enjoy free Friday Night Live concerts on the Herndon Town Green. Performances include both popular local musicians and artists from up and down the East Coast. The musical performances will cover a variety of styles including classic and modern rock. / Town Green, Herndon;; free

Lubber Run Amphitheater Summer Concert Series
June 12-Sept. 19 | On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays all summer long, the Lubber Run Amphitheater invites you to come and watch a variety of free performances in their annual tradition. / Lubber Run Amphitheater, Arlington;; free

Courtesy of Castleton Festival

Courtesy of Castleton Festival

Castleton Festival
June 28-Aug. 2 | The Castleton Festival will blend performances of classical music, theater and opera from both established artists and people who are new to the profession. All placed within the idyllic hills of Rappahannock County, this festival boasts performances such as “Romeo and Juliet,” “Our Town” and a symphonic concert with maestro Fabio Luisi. / Castleton Festival Theater & Theater House, Castleton;

Summer Sounds Concerts
June 27-Sept. 5 | Get your picnics, blankets and chairs ready and come and enjoy free concerts in beautiful Old Town Manassas. Every other Saturday starting in June there will be a variety of concerts to watch. The musical performances include Russian music, traditional bluegrass, Latin fusion and more. / Harris Pavilion, Old Town Manassas;; free

Leesburg Sunday Concerts at the Courthouse
June 29-Aug. 3 | Every Sunday, come listen to a variety of eclectic and unique performances in Leesburg. Some of the performers include the Dixie Power Trio, Solas and Pan Masters. / Loudoun County Courthouse, Leesburg;

Def Leppard, Styx & Tesla
July 2 | The 1980s aren’t ready to be laid to rest just yet, so put on some leather, play some air guitar and listen to nothing but hits from Def Leppard, Styx & Tesla. / Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow;

Kid Rock & Foreigner
July 8 | It doesn’t really matter whether Kid Rock is a country star or a rapper when he teams up with rock heroes Foreigner for a dynamic and unforgettable show. / Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow;

Dierks Bentley
July 10 | If country music is the new black, then this concert is the little black dress. Dierks Bentley, Kip Moore, Maddie & Tae and Canaan Smith light up the stage with their cowboy boots and southern drawls. / Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow;

Alexandria Live Music Week
July 10-19 | The city of Alexandria is introducing its first-ever live music week. Over a span of 10 days, there will be more than 30 venues hosting live music. The musical selection will range from jazz to bluegrass, folk rock, country and more. A few of the venues are Birchmere, Blackwall Hitch and the Old Town Farmers Market. / Venues throughout Alexandria;

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes
July 12 | When you’ve been recording albums since 1976, it’s safe to say that you’re a veteran of the music world. Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes have inspired decades of musicians and are continuing to perform their hits in concert. / Birchmere Music Hall, Alexandria;

Toad the Wet Sprocket
July 14 & 15 | The ’90s are back at Birchmere when Toad the Wet Sprocket is joined on stage by Smash Mouth and Tonic during the bands’ summer tour. Toad the Wet Sprocket will be playing the tunes from their 1991 album “fear,” and they will also be serenading concertgoers with the latest tracks from “New Constellation.” / Birchmere Music Hall, Alexandria;

Courtesy of Fauquier Fair

Courtesy of Fauquier Fair

Fauquier Fair
July 16-19 | The Fauquier County fair is the epitome of a country fair. There will be carnival rides and games, an “agricadabra” show and a petting zoo. There will also be a booty shake contest, a pizza eating contest and a hub cap hurl. / Fauquier County Fairgrounds, Warrenton;

Idina Menzel
July 18 | Idina Menzel is a genuine Broadway star whose voice acting in “Frozen” has catapulted her to international fame. She’ll light up concert stages for every fan who just can’t “Let it Go.” / Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow;

Nicki Minaj
July 22 | With the release of her third album, “The Pinkprint,” Nicki Minaj proved herself as a rapper/singer who won’t soon be leaving the public eye. With her wild antics, bubble gum pink hair and exciting songs, her concerts always prove to be a spectacle. / Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow;

Diana Krall
July 25 | Diana Krall is a five-time Grammy winner whose sweet jazz melodies inspire everyone who hears them. She will be playing music from her new album, “Wallflower,” with the help of the Wolf Trap Orchestra. / Wolf Trap: Filene Center, Vienna;

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals (Courtesy of WolfTrap)

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals (Courtesy of WolfTrap)

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
July 30 | Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, like their contradictory name, are known for blending together seemingly separate styles of music such as blues, soul, reggae and rock into one to create unique and eclectic music to make their live performances explosive. / Wolf Trap: Filene Center, Vienna;

Steely Dan
Aug. 5 | With four decades of music to draw from, Steely Dan promises a concert that draws from their very best music. With Elvis Costello and the Imposters as the opening act, this concert is one of veterans with lifetimes of experience and success. / Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow;

The Piano Guys (Courtesy of WolfTrap

The Piano Guys (Courtesy of WolfTrap

The Piano Guys
Aug. 6 | As their name suggests, The Piano Guys light up the stage with beautiful piano and cello music playing a range from classical music to pop music as well as some of their own original works. / Wolf Trap: Filene Center, Vienna;

Toby Keith & Eli Young Band
Aug. 8 | Toby Keith and Eli Young Band know how to take a concert and make it an interactive party. With countless hits, fun-loving performers and the perfect country tailgate, this concert will be all you could want from the country music experience. / Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow;

J. Cole
Aug. 9 | What happens when you put a hip-hop artist, an R&B singer and a rapper on a stage together? You get an unforgettable concert that effortlessly blends different styles of music. / Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow;

Aug. 11 | If you’re looking for mayhem, for anarchy, for absolute musical chaos—metalheads, look no further. Slipknot’s Last Stand Tour will deliver an iconic performance with help from Lamb of God and Bullet for My Valentine. / Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow;

Needtobreathe (Courtesy of WolfTrap)

Needtobreathe (Courtesy of WolfTrap)

Aug. 11 | Sometimes just one band isn’t enough. Switchfoot, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors and Colony House join Needtobreathe so you can immerse yourself in alternative rock with a few of the biggest names in the genre. Their hit songs are the type that get stuck in your head. Prepare to hum the same tune for days. / Wolf Trap: Filene Center, Vienna;

Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire
Aug. 14 | Funk and jazz were meant to be fused, and at this concert expect to hear them as they should be. Hit songs by Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire will exemplify the match-made-in-heaven combination of the two for an exciting night. / Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow;

Little Big Town (Courtesy of WolfTrap)

Little Big Town (Courtesy of WolfTrap)

Little Big Town
Aug. 15 | If you’ve got a country song stuck in your head but you aren’t quite sure who sings it, then it is probably by Little Big Town. They’ve surged on the country scene in the last few years with songs like “Day Drinking” and “Sober.” / Wolf Trap: Filene Center, Vienna;

The Lucketts Fair
Aug. 15-16 | At this fair there will be a little bit of everything. More than 100 crafters will be on-site demonstrating their trade, and at least 15 well-known local authors will talk about their work. Antique vendors will be lining the field while you enjoy musical entertainment, demonstrations, great food, pony rides and more for the kids. / Lucketts Community Center, Leesburg;; free

Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
Aug. 19 | Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons have not only written some of the most iconic songs ever released—“Grease” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”—but they have also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. To miss this concert would be to miss a legend. / Wolf Trap: Filene Center, Vienna;

The Beach Boys (Courtesy of WolfTrap)

The Beach Boys (Courtesy of WolfTrap)

The Beach Boys
Aug. 23 | If anyone could exemplify the way it feels to be enjoying a day in the sun, it would be the Beach Boys with their memorable summer soundtracks. With their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, their success has been noted, but their music and concerts really speak for themselves. / Wolf Trap: Filene Center, Vienna;

Aug. 25 | Nickelback is a Canadian rock band that just won’t quit after nearly two decades of success. With the release of their eighth album, “No Fixed Address,” fans can expect a new and exciting concert with the same great performers they’ve come to trust. / Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow;

Santana (Courtesy of WolfTrap)

Santana (Courtesy of WolfTrap)

Aug. 25 | Ten-time Grammy-winning guitarist Carlos Santana blends Latin, rock and blues music to create his own unique sound. One of Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists,” his performance of hit songs will make you feel like you’re hearing them for the first time again. / Wolf Trap: Filene Center, Vienna;

Tim McGraw
Aug. 28 | If there were a king of country music, it would be Tim McGraw with his unstoppable career and on-stage charisma. Put on your cowboy boots because he is teaming up with Billy Currington and Chase Bryant for his Shotgun Rider Tour. / Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow;

5 Seconds of Summer
Sept. 6 | 5 Seconds of Summer is a young Australian boy band that has skyrocketed to the top of the charts. They promise an exciting and fresh show that will delight fans. / Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow;


(July 2015)



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By Laura Wingfield

S.C. governor calls for death penalty for suspected gunman in church shooting
(The Washington Post)

Texas’ Sons of Confederate Veterans license plate ruling may affect Va., Md.
(The Washington Post)

Leaking acetylene caused explosion at Vienna service station

Arlington looks to revamp Courthouse Square
(Washington Business Journal)

World’s oldest person dies in Michigan at 116

Fido’s guide to summertime living

Northern Virginia Magazine Summer 2015 pet guide

Photo courtesy of Wierink/

By Sophia Rutti

School is ending, and kids are coming home, which means that summer has officially begun. It is time for kids to run off to camps, swimming pools and ice cream shops. Families are gearing up for their summer fun, but meanwhile Fido is getting left behind. In an area as exciting and dog-friendly as Northern Virginia, there is no excuse to exclude the beloved pooch from your plans. Check out this guide of dog-friendly summer fun for the whole family—Fido included.

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Fallen trees block Vienna road; NTSB report IDs possible cause of Metro fire

By Raquel DeSouza

Amtrak is testing positive train control in Washington, D.C. and Maryland

D.C. police plan to track down synthetic drug suppliers

Part of Hunter Mill Road in Vienna is closed this morning because of fallen trees and power lines
(The Washington Post)

NTSB report IDs possible cause of Metro fire
(The Washington Post)



Sydney Hale Co.’s founders share the sweet smell of success

Sydney Hale Co.

Photo courtesy of Sydney Hale Co.

Sydney Hale Co. began as a local woman and her husband’s candle-making hobby out of their home, now in Purcellville.

In just a decade it has graduated from craft fairs on the East Coast to being sold wholesale throughout the U.S. and Canada. Meghan and Chris Cook alongside their two rescue pups, Owen and Georgia, now share their hobby and their passion for fragrances and candles with people all over North America. -Sophia Rutti

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3 events to kick off the first weekend of June

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Producers of 'Serial' Podcast come to Wolf Trap

‘Serial’ producers Julie Snyder (left) and Sarah Koenig. Photo courtesy of Wolf Trap


By Robyn Smith

Because Thursday is practically the weekend, here are three events to look forward to.

Dennis Crayon Solo Show Opening Reception
June 5, 5-8 p.m. // Combining modern composition with classical painting, Dennis Crayon enjoys portraying the relationship between objects and light in his work. The title of his solo show, which has an opening reception on Friday at Gallery Underground in Crystal City, is “Fragments of Everyday Life.” // Gallery Underground: 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington; free


5th Annual Capital Classic Strongman Challenge
June 6, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. // For those who are interested in watching very fit men and women lift, carry, press, pull and push heavy objects, this event is for you. Weight lifters and bodybuilders from the region will compete to become the next “Nation’s Capital Strongest Man and Woman,” and this year’s winner of the World’s Strongest Man competition, Brian Shaw, will be there to meet fans. // The Edge 2.0: 8500B Tyco Road, Vienna; $10, free for children 12 and under


An Evening with the Creators of Serial: Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder
June 6, 8 p.m. // “Serial” was the first podcast in iTunes history to reach 5 million downloads. Now, fans of the podcast—and really anyone interested in the game of modern journalism—can meet the producers of the show and hear them discuss what lead to the podcast and how, with a few risks, they created something huge. Koenig was also recently named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People. // Wolf Trap: 1645 Trap Road, Vienna; $25-45

20 new and almost opened restaurants, breweries and coffee shops in Northern Virginia

Posted by Editorial / Friday, May 22nd, 2015

New and Almost Open restaurants in Northern Virginia

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Need a new spot to nosh? Here is a list of new restaurants now open or opening soon.

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Turn down the heat this Memorial Day with these 11 cool commemorations

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Memorial Day Events in Northern Virginia

Photo courtesy of Olga_Phoenix/


By Emily Cook

Spend your long weekend feasting on crawfish, unwinding to the sound of smooth jazz and honoring our armed forces at distinguished monuments. You won’t even have to cross the 14th Street bridge.

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Tysons art trolley hits the streets; Queer Queens of Qomedy come to Vienna

Posted by Lynn Norusis / Friday, May 15th, 2015

Greensboro Park for Tysons Tiles

Artist rendering of ground mural at Greensboro Park for Tysons Tiles, 2015. Photo courtesy of Julia Vogl.

Tysons art trolley hits the streets this month.

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DIY: How to Design a Floral Arrangement

It’s the season for flowers, when spring blossoms and floral fragrances fill the air. To celebrate spring, David Shover, design manager at Karin’s Florist, has basic step-by-step instructions to help you create a round floral arrangement. Head to your local florist and gather the materials listed below; you can choose your own colors to put your own creative spin on this simple yet elegant design. –Victoria Gaffney

Items Needed:
1 vase with an opening 3 to 4 inches in diameter
1 packet of flower food
6 stems of salal tips (may vary according to personal preference)
3 stems Israeli ruscus (may vary according to personal preference)
4 stems of snapdragon (line flower)
3 stems of roses (mass flower)
3 stems of carnation (mass flower)
3 stems of alstromeria lily (filler flower)
3 stems of waxflower (filler flower)


1. Add flower food to vase and assemble materials.
Fill the vase two-thirds with warm water and add the contents of the flower food packet. Be sure to re-cut each of the stems using a knife or floral scissors before placing them in the water.


How to Design a Floral Arrangement

Photo courtesy of David Shover.

2.  Add salal tips and Israeli ruscus to create a grid.
Intertwine the stems of the foliage and place them into the vase. Foliage that goes beneath the waterline should always be removed.


How to Design a Floral Arrangement

Photo courtesy of David Shover.

3. Add snapdragon (line flowers) to create height.
Place one snapdragon in the center of the arrangement. Place the other three in a triangle around the first one. The three outer flowers should be a bit shorter and positioned halfway between the center of the flower arrangement and the edge of the vase. Line flowers are used to add structure to the design.


How to Design a Floral Arrangement

Photo courtesy of David Shover.

4. Add roses (first mass flower).
Add the three roses to the arrangement, placing each halfway between the line flowers to form another triangle. Allow one rose in the triangle to be taller than the others, which will help to establish roundness in your arrangement. Mass flowers create volume

How to Design a Floral Arrangment

Photo courtesy of David Shover.

5. Add the carnations (second mass flower). 
Add the three carnations to the arrangement to form a third triangle. Place one close to each line flower in the triangle created in Step 3. Like the roses, one carnation should be taller than the others.

How to Design a Floral Arrangement

Photo courtesy of David Shover.

6. Add alastromeria (first filler flower).
Add the first of the filler flowers to the arrangement, filling in any empty spaces. Filler flowers are used in available places after the other flowers have been added to establish a fuller design.

How to Design a Floral Arrangement

Photo courtesy of David Shover.

7. Add waxflower (second filler flower).
Add the waxflower to the arrangement, filling any remaining empty spaces. Branches on these flowers may be removed and added to the design on their own.

(May 2015)  

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