Christmas At Oatlands 2013This holiday season Oatlands, a National Trust Historic Site, is brimming with festive activity. Featured events include afternoon teas, holiday house tours, a small works art show, shopping, children’s theater, a wreath-making class, photo ops with Santa, and a gingerbread house contest.
This year’s Christmas exhibit will focus on “Christmas in the Roaring Twenties.” Each room of the 1804 Oatlands mansion will sparkle with unique historic and handcrafted decorations, some featuring materials from the gardens on the property. The holiday décor will also feature an abundance of greenery and beautifully decorated Christmas trees.
Holiday tours will be held on the half-hour, beginning on Nov. 18 and continuing through Dec. 30 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays. Tours are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for children 6 -16. Children 5 years old and younger are free. The last tour of each day begins at 4:30 p.m.
During the holiday season, Oatlands offers a unique shopping experience at the Carriage House Gift Shop. Arrayed in a variety of holiday gift items, the gift shop at Oatlands has become a destination for many shoppers in the region. Visitors are invited to come in to view the spectacular holiday displays.
The Four Seasons of Oatlands Art Show & Sale featuring small works of art will run from Nov. 18 to Dec. 30. Artwork will be on display in the historic Carriage House which will be open to the public Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. These small works are perfect holiday gifts and home décor items.
Oatlands’ Head Gardener Mark Schroeter will hold a wreath making workshop on Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. in the greenhouse. This informative session will help you create a beautiful wreath just in time for the holidays. Admission is $20 per person. Cut greens will be included. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Call 703-777-3174 to register or for additional information.
The Oatlands Gingerbread House Contest will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14. There are judging categories for adult entries and children’s entries. Judging will take place in the Carriage House at noon. Entry is free, but contestants must pre-register by Dec. 9. Please visit http://www.oatlands.org or call 703-777-3174 for rules and additional information.
Oatlands will host candlelight tours on Dec. 15, 20, 21, and 22 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Guests will have a chance to enjoy a special evening tour through the mansion with a knowledgeable guide. Select evenings will feature live music in the mansion, echoing the sounds of Christmases past. Enjoy cookies and cider in the Carriage House. Candlelight tours are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for children 6 – 16.
On Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m. and Dec. 21 and 22 at 5:30 p.m., StageCoach Theatre Company presents “Jingle in the Jungle”. This fun and exciting holiday production is suitable for children of all ages. The event will also feature holiday refreshments and pictures with Santa in the Carriage House. Tickets for “Jingle in the Jungle” are $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 2-12. Tickets are available for purchase at http://www.stagecoachtc.com .
Afternoon tea at Oatlands continues throughout the holiday season. Fall teas will be served every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during November. Holiday teas will be served from Dec. 5 to Dec. 29 on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Teas are $26.95 per person (not including tax). All seatings are at 1 p.m. and reservations are required. Call 703-777-3174 for reservations. Additional information is available at http://www.oatlands.org.
About Oatlands Historic House and Gardens
Oatlands is a 360-acre self-supporting National Trust Historic Site and National Historic Landmark. The site features a stunning landscape with magnificent gardens, 1804 mansion and 19th century brick dependencies, including the Oatlands greenhouse, the second oldest greenhouse in the nation. For more information, visit http://www.oatlands.org or call 703-777-3174. Oatlands is located six miles south of the Town of Leesburg on U.S. Route 15.
Oatlands will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The property closes for the winter season beginning December 31. For additional information call 703-777-3174 or visit the web at http://www.oatlands.org.
Date:November 28-December 30
Bluemont Announces 2013-2014 Dance ScheduleBluemont Announces 2013-2014 Dance Schedule
Bluemont will hold its first of eight old-time contra dances on Saturday, October 19th at the Hillsboro Old Stone School. The dance will begin at 8 pm, with a workshop for new and inexperienced dancers starting at 7:30 pm. Admission is $10.00 per person, $7.00 for Bluemont Friends, students, and seniors. The Old Stone School is located at 37098 Charles Town Pike in Hillsboro, near the intersection of Charles Town Pike and Route 690. For detailed directions go to the Bluemont website, http://www.bluemont.org .
Bluemont dances will be held the third Saturday of each month, October through May, and attracts residents and visitors throughout the area with a friendly atmosphere that welcomes both new and experienced dancers. The dances feature old-time square and contra dancing with music provided by a live band. Instruction and calling are provided throughout each dance. Families and single dancers are welcome. The October 9th dance will feature music by The Avant Gardeners, featuring Laura Light on fiddle and George Paul on Piano. The figure caller will be Brad Sayler.
Location: Hillsboro Old Stone School
Web site: http://www.bluemont.org
Fall Festival Weekends at HartlandCorn Maze, hayrides, pig races, jumping pillow and more! Hayrides are approved for the Girl Scouts of the Nation's Capital.
October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 opening at 8AM.
Location: 3064 Hartland Lane, Markham, VA
Date:October 13, 2013
Time: 08:00 AM
Web site: http://www.hartlandfarmandorchard.com