Archives for April 2011

Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival Begins April 29th

SNL In the Movies

Photo Courtesy of Rosslyn BID

This year’s theme for the Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival will be “SNL in the Movies” and will feature actors from Saturday Night Live.  Movies will be shown every Friday night at dusk beginning April 29, 2011 and ending August 26.  Bring your blankets and low chairs and picnic in the park before the show.  There will be pre-show games and prizes.  The event is free and open to the public. The screening is just two blocks from the Rosslyn Metro and parking is available across the street from Gateway Park at the Atlantic Parking Garage for $3 at 1901 and 1911 N. Ft. Myer Drive after 6 pm. Enter the garage on N. Moore Street.

Here is the schedule of movies:

Groundhog Day – April 29
Coneheads – May 6
When Harry Met Sally – May 13
Vacation  – May 20
Tommy Boy – May 27
Anchorman – June 3
City Slickers  – June 10
Trading Places – June 17
Happy Gilmore – June 24
Caddyshack – July 1
The Blues Brothers – July 8
Space Balls – July 15
Austin Powers –  July 22
Animal House – July 29
Hot Rod – August 5
Mean Girls – August 12
Night at the Roxbury – August 19
Shrek – August 26

Historic Garden Week Tour Scheduled for April 19th

Historic garden tour

Photo from 2010 Garden Tour

The Garden Club of Virginia and The Garden Club of Fairfax are presenting the 78th Annual House and Garden Tour in Arlington & McLean, Virginia for Historic Garden Week on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 from 10-4.  Tours benefit the restorations of historic gardens and landmarks in Virginia.  According to the Historic Garden Week website, this year’s tour “will open a fascinating variety of homes and gardens. . . Architectural styles include Tudor Revival, modified Craftsman, cottage-rambler, Arts and Crafts, French Country, and one described by its owners as a “cross between a ranch and a Cape Cod on steroids.”   Some are creatively renovated houses from the mid-20th century, while others were only recently constructed.  Interior and garden designs are as eclectic as the exteriors, offering visitors a thoroughly enjoyable day of touring.”

The tour includes the following homes, all of which are open for the first time during Historic Garden Week:

The Ceckowski & Christie Home – 2560 Vermont Street, Arlington VA 22207

The Kimmitt Home – 2419 N. Fillmore Street, Arlington VA  22207

The Hickernell & Rose Home – 6710 N. 25th Street, Arlington VA 22213

The Coakley Home – 2114 Virginia Avenue, McLean, VA 22101

The Nichols Home – 6028 Chesterbrook Road, McLean, VA  22101

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the tour.  Advance tickets can be purchased at Calico Corners, Company Flowers Express Jewelers in Ballston Mall, Lemon Twist and Millie’s Dry Cleaning in Arlington.  Tickets can be purchase don the day of the tour at Memorial Baptist Church, 3455 N. Glebe Road, Arlington or any of the properties open for the tour.

For more information, or to see a list of other tours around the state during Historic Garden Week, visit the website here.

Garden Tour

Photo from the 2010 Garden Tour

Letter From the Author

Thank you to all the fans of 365 Things to Do in Arlington, Virginia and 365 Things to Do in Northern Virginia on Facebook and the related pages on my websites, All Around Arlington and 365NoVA, I have now completed 365 posts about my hometown of Arlington and another 365 about the greater Northern Virginia area.  I have shared information about restaurants and bars, fairs and festivals, parks and sporting events, historical sites, monuments and memorials, shops, art galleries, theatres, and music venues.  Some of you have asked, “What is next?”  It shouldn’t end here.  There are too many more places to explore in this great community.

I won’t commit to posting on each site every day now, but I won’t limit posts to one a day either.  In the past, I tried to have only one post per venue unless it was a special event, but now I may make repeat posts for the same place if, for example, a popular band is playing at a music venue, a restaurant I have written about before is having a special dinner, or an art gallery has a new exhibit I think might be of interest to our readers. I will also repeat a previous post for an annual event so I can update it with current information.  I will  try to visit more of the places I haven’t been personally so I can give a firsthand review and take my own photographs.  I may incorporate reader polls, photo contests, and announce deals.   And I will be filling in the gaps on the websites which don’t have all 365 posts yet. These sites allow you to search by keywords so I encourage you to visit them as a resource when you are looking for something to do.

What I ask in return is that you interact with the site. “Like” a post if it’s one of your favorite places, or someplace you have never been but you would like to try.  Comment on posts.  Share them.  Make suggestions.  These sites will only be made better with more interaction from you.  And support your local businesses.  To borrow a phrase from Dale Chumbley whose site about Vancouver, Washington inspired me, “Get out, explore and enjoy our community!”

Elizabeth Bouchard

#365 – Take the Tourmobile


Photo courtesy of Tourmobile

I thought it would be appropriate for the 365th post to be a tour of highlights of the area. Fortunately the government averted a shut down so this is still possible. Catch the Tourmobile at Arlington National Cemetery for the only riding tour of the cemetery, or take the American Heritage Tour which includes the cemetery as well as monuments, memorials and museums in DC, the Mount Vernon tour, or the Frederick Douglass tour to his newly restored home, Cedar Hill. That’s 365 – watch for an announcement on what’s next.


Author’s Note: while the Tourmobile seemed an appropriate finale for365 things to do, it is unfortunately stopped running October 31, 2011 after 42 years in operation.

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Mount Vernon, Virginia

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#364 – Join the Lunch in Shirlington Bike Ride

Potomac Pedalers Touring Club

Potomac Pedalers Touring Club holds a weekly “Lunch in Shirlington Bike Ride” Sundays beginning at 10 AM year round (weather permitting.)  Meet at the brick plaza in front of the Shirlington Library and Signature Theatre to select a restaurant where you will reconvene at noon.  The bike ride travels first on a portion of the W&OD Trail, then the Custis Trail, the Mount Vernon Trail, and the Four Mile Run Trail with a rest stop at Starbuck’s in Lyon Village, and a brief regrouping at Gravelly Point (there is a cue sheet for the Arlington Loop  on the PPTC website, and it will be passed out at the ride). The 3-4 miles on the Custis Trail are hilly but the rest of the ride is pretty flat.  Then enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants in Shirlington (free parking in garages and lots on weekends).  All levels are welcome.  For those who want more or fewer miles you may continue up the W&OD and return to join the group for lunch). If raining, icy or wind speed is greater than 15 MPH the ride will be cancelled.  Check the “Ride News” Forum on the Potomac Pedalers website for last minute cancellation information.  For more information, contact the ride leader Ron Trueworthy .

#363 – Come to the Friends of the Arlington Library Book Sale

Arlington Public Library Book sale

The Friends of the Arlington Public Library Book Sale will be open to the public April 8-10 in the Central Library Parking Garage (on the upper level).    Hours Friday and Saturday are from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 12-6 pm when everything is half price.  The Friends have held a book sale to benefit the Arlington Public Library since 1976, when it was an annual event. Today, money earned through the Friends continues to support Library programming and collections, including the One Book – One Community program, Arlington Reads.

#362 – Come to a Wine Tasting to Benefit the Arlington Free Clinic

Wine tasting to benefit Arlington Free Clinic

A wine tasting to benefit the Arlington Free Clinic Saturday April 9th , 2011 from 6:30PM to 9PM at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 825 S. Taylor Street, Arlington, VA 22204. Tickets are $35.

#361 – Watch Amateur Boxing Live

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Virginia’s best amateur male and female boxers ages 9-16 will be competing at the 2011 Virginia Junior Olympics Boxing Championships at Barcroft Sport and Fitness Center on April 9th, 2011. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Doors open at 3:30pm. Click the link for more details.

#360 – Come to the Arlington Home Show and Expo

Arlington Home Show

Arlington Home Show

The Arlington Home show and Expo will be held on Saturday, April 9th, 2011 from 10-4 at Walter Reed Community Center 2909 South 16th Street, Arlington offering free classes and exhibits for one-stop shopping and information on a wide array of home improvements.  More than 60 home builders, contractors and specialist vendors, architects, inspectors, realtors, master gardeners, banks, nonprofit organizations and Arlington County housing, zoning and inspection representatives will be on hand.