Lubber Run Amphitheatre Performances are Back for Summer 2011

Lubber Run’s 2011 summer series opens with Mary Ann Redmond on July 29th. Its a completely free way to enjoy and support the local arts.
The Summer Schedule:
Friday, July 29: Mary Ann Redmond

Saturday, July 30: Justin Trawick

Friday, August 5: Origem

Saturday, August 6: Teen Talent and Movie Night: FAST AND FURIOUS

Friday, August 12: Margot MacDonald

Saturday, August 13: Russkie Musikanti

Friday, August 19: Texas Chainsaw Horns

Saturday, August 20: Andrew Acosta & the New Old-Time String Band

Friday, August 26: Eric Scott

Saturday, August 27: Cartoon Johnny

Friday, September 2: The Grandsons

Saturday, September 3: Teen Talent and Movie Night: INCEPTION

Neighborhood Day 2011 is May 21st

Arlington County Neighborhood Day

Saturday, May 21st will mark the 11th annual Neighborhood Day designed to help make Arlingtonians connect with their neighbors.  Among the many events scheduled (some of which I mentioned in earlier posts) are the HB Woodlawn 5K at Potomac Overlook Park to benefit H20 for Life, a Walkabout beginning at the Westover Library at 10 and going through the Highland Park/Overlee Knolls neighborhood, Lyon Park’s Spring Fair. the dedication of the new park and playground at Dominion Hills, yard sales in Ashton Heights and the Old Dominion neighborhood, invasive plant pulls in Fairlington and Barcroft, a Turtle Trot 5K to benefit injured turtles and other wildlife at Bluemont, a  BBQ for the Bluemont Civic neighborhood from 11:30-1 at Firehouse #2 on Wilson Blvd., a “family affair” themed picnicat the Drew Elementary School field for the Nauck neighborhood, and a ribbon cutting of the new truck themed playground at Bluemont Park.  For a complete list and more information, visit the county website here.

#342 – Go see the Daffodils at LBJ Memorial Grove and Lady Byrd Johnson Park

LBJ Memorial Grove

The daffodils are in bloom!  It was a beautiful day today so I took a a drive past Lady Byrd Johnson Park today and a stroll to Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove, which I had never visited before.  You can see the daffodils at Lady Byrd Johnson Park as you drive down the GW Parkway,  but there is nowhere to park.  But follow the signs to Lyndon Banes Johnson Memorial Grove and you can park your car and take a short walk across a bridge where you will find more daffodils and a flagstone walkway to a stone sculpture.  Formerly known as Columbia Island, the park was renamed in honor of Lady Bird Johnson and her campaign to beautify Washington D.C.  .  From the grove there is a beautiful view of the river and the monuments in DC.  This was apparently one of the Johnsons’ favorite spots to stop and admire the view.


LBJ Memorial GroveLBJ Memorial Grove

#339 – Help Remove Invasive Plants

ivy on tree stem

Arlington has regularly scheduled opportunities to help remove invasive plants from area parks. Sunday, March 13th and all second Sundays there will be a gathering at Gulf Branch Nature Center on Military Road from 2-5 PM. See the schedule for other dates and locations.

#117 – Take the Kids to Play at Chestnut Hills Park

Chestnut Hills Park Arlington VA

Located on Harrison Street, Chestnut Hills Park is one of the most popular playgrounds in North Arlington.

#115 – Come to Family Fun Day at Bluemont Park

Bluemont Park Arlington VA

July 31st, 2010 was Family Fun Day at Bluemont Park from 10-2  with inflatables, sports challenges, games, bike rides and more. Grills were available or you could pack a picnic.  Check the Arlington website and search for Bluemont Park once Summer is here to see if a 2011 date has been set.

#71 – Enjoy Free Concerts al fresco at the Lubber Run Park Amphitheater

Photo Courtesy of Arlington Arts

Lubber Run Park in Arlington Forest has frequently been the site of many Arlington Arts Al Fresco Events including free outdoor dance, musical and theatrical performances.  After a hiatus for a couple of years due to budget cuts regular performances returned to Lubber Run Amphitheater in 2011.  The 2013 schedule begins June 14th with a performance by May Ann Redmond, winner of 16 WAMMIE Awards followed by the Lennie Burride Duo with an eclectic blend of acoustic, blues and rock on Saturday, June 15th.  After some a special weekday performance on Wednesday of  opening week, shows will continue on most Fridays, Saturdays and  Sundays evenings through early August.  For the complete 2013 schedule, visit the Arlington Arts website.

#66 – Play Disc Golf or Ultimate Frisbee at Bluemont Park

Disc golf
Image via Wikipedia

‎Bluemont Park at 329 N. Manchester Street has an ultimate frisbee course where tight fairways, trees, hills,  and a creek all come into play.  There are four pin placements and three cement tees on each of the nine holes.  For more information, visit the  Professional Disc Golf Association
website.  One of Arlington’s High Schools, HB Woodlawn, even has its own ultimate team.

#52 – Stay Cool at Upton Hill Waterpark

Upton Hill Waterpark on Wilson Boulevard generally opens weekends beginning Memorial Day and is open daily once local public schools are out through Labor Day.

Upton Hill – Waterpark

#45 – Visit an old Southern Railway Caboose at Bluemont Junction

Southern Railway donated this caboose after the Federal government allowed railroads to operate trains without cabooses. Alexandria and Arlington’s  grew up around rail lines of the RF&P, the W&OD and two trolley lines (Washington, Alexandria and Mt. Vernon Railway, and the Arlington and Fairfax Railway).  The Bluemont Historical Railway Junction Display, Alexandria and Arlington’s only railway museum, is located in the caboose and is open to visitors on weekends.