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Fairfax County is fast implementing the county-wide bike plan by establishing a variety of new bike lanes throughout the Tysons–Reston Corridor. These bikes lanes will begin appearing this summer as new paving operations begin and are completed. Community meetings are being held to discuss the bike projects. Go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/bike for more information on the projects.
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participants and the many more anticipated spectators. Also read about the athletes and volunteers who devote so much to bring this worldwide event to Fairfax County. Want a get-away, but have little time? Check out the West of the Ridge section and learn about some great places to spend a day. We hope you enjoy this publication and remember to consider your impact on congestion in the region as you venture out to Live More this summer.
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live more By Biking to work By Kelley westenhoff
Ever thought about bike commuting? What stops you? Too hot in the summer. Too cold in the winter. Terrible when it rains. Too many hills. Don’t have the right equipment, or clothes . . . If those are your objections, think of the flip side: No sitting in traffic. Saving money and wear and tear on the car. Improving your health. Enjoying beautiful days by being in them, not just passing through. Reston is a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community. Founder Robert Simon’s original vision called for bike commuting. Yet, although I’m chair of the Reston Association Pedestrian & Bicycle Advisory Committee, I am not a zealot. I know that bike commuting does not work for everyone. It’s a choice that has to make sense for your life. It requires planning, preparation, and a commitment to giving it enough time to see if it works for you. But if you do decide to try it, you, like many of those who incorporate it into their lifestyle, may discover that you are healthier, happier, and more connected with your communities. So if you’ve read this far,. perhaps you’re curious, but concerned about obstacles. Let’s take them one at a time: I need to look professional at work; I can’t get sweaty on the way to the office. Many employers provide showers for the use of those who bike commute or work out during the day. Or, where in Northern Virginia is there NOT a gym nearby? You can make a deal
with them! Or, some people commute in non-work clothes and with the use of some wipes and a quick change, are ready for the day. The Women & Bicycles program of the Washington Area Bicyclists Association (WABA) periodically offers bicycle commuting seminars to help women address this particular obstacle. (As a corollary, bike commuting does not require lycra or spandex) It’s too wet/cold to be on a bike. Preparation is key. First, your bike needs fenders, easy to install, which prevent the splash-up from wet roads. Clothing layers and proper gear will protect your clothes and
keep you warm. Experienced commuters can help you figure out what you need. Too many hills. Reston does indeed have hills. But the more you bike, the stronger and healthier you get, and the less challenging those hills are. Your heart will thank you and you’ll gain great satisfaction as your exertions seem to flatten those hills. Electric bikes that kick in a little battery assist when you’re facing a hill that’s a bit much for you have also recently come to the market and might be a good between step for some. Traffic is scary. Yes, it can be. Both cyclists and motorists need to learn better how to
share the road safely. For cyclists, you can take a confident cycling course through WABA or learn in a private or small group session with a League of American Bicycling (LAB) League Certified Instructor (LCI). Reston is fortunate to have a couple of LCI’s living here; contact the League to find out more at www.bikeleague.org. Plus, if roads aren’t your thing, Reston has over 55 miles of paved trails, some bike lanes, and many alternate means of getting around that allow cyclists to avoid busier ones. Bicycling takes too much time. One does have to budget time to allow for the slower
speed of biking versus driving, but in some situations bicycles are faster. One Reston resident who bike commutes to Tysons Corner has reported that many mornings he has passed standstill traffic on Rt. 7. But normally, biking takes more time, so you have to plan for that. On the other hand, bike commuting can mean eliminating the block of time formerly reserved for your cardio workout. Get it while you commute. I need transportation flexibility. Commuting by bike does not force you into a single mode of transportation. There are bike racks on every Fairfax Connector bus. Maybe
your commute will be to the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station where you can leave your bike in the secure bike room on the north side of the station (membership required), or on the covered bike racks next to the secure room you can use for free, or uncovered at the bike racks on the south side of the station. The bike room costs $75 the first year, $60 each subsequent year (the $15 extra is for the key fob). Not sure how to get to the station? The Reston Association PBAC has developed routes from each village center to the Wiehle-Reston East station, available at www.reston.org. If your commute is to somewhere else, the PBAC has several experienced cyclists who can help you design a commute route—some will even help you try it out a couple times. You can reach them at PBAC@reston.org
So, will you save money? Maybe. You can certainly save on parking and gas and perhaps Metro fares depending on your circumstances. You won’t need a gym for a cardio workout. You will, most certainly, improve your health and probably your mental well-being. Your stress levels may decrease, and your enjoyment of life increase. Quantify that and then decide. May is Bike Month, and it’s a great time to start this change in your life. There are many ways to celebrate (see sidebar). Additionally, Reston’s PBAC is promoting the formation of family biking groups, 55+ groups, and groups just for women who want to bike together. Once you start down the commuting road, you may find that using your bike to commute isn’t enough for you anymore. Either way, your health, budget, and environment will thank you!
may is national Bike month, sponsored by the league of american Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. established in 1956, national Bike month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling— and encourage more folks to give biking a try. you can be a part of Bike month by participating in Bike to work Day on may 15. sign up at www.biketoworkmetrodc. org/ and get a free t-shirt and be entered into a drawing for some great prizes. reston also offers a Board-led Bike ride on the south side of reston to ride some of our lovely trails and appreciate some of the public art on may 9. a celebration of biking women coincides with mother’s Day on may 10. international Bike to school Day is may 6. all of reston’s elementary schools are participating. for information on any of these events, contact PBaC@reston.org.
For the first time ever, the World Police and Fire Games will be held in Fairfax County. The Games will feature 12,000 public safety athletes from 70 countries taking part in 61 sports in 53 area venues.
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Region Gears Up For Bike To Work Day 2015 By Adrienne Moretz
When Baron Karl von Drais invented the “dandy horse” in the early 1800s, his intention was creating a different way of transportation. His conception had two wheels and a straddle on top of which you sat and propelled yourself with your feet. The first “bike” was made entirely of wood and had no pedals. The German inventor displayed his “walking machine” in several countries; the machine being known as the modern bicycle’s forerunner. Wouldn’t von Drais be pleased to know that bicycling has become a major transportation option in today’s car-focused culture? Bike to Work Day celebrates the possibilities of adding even more commuters to the
ranks of cyclists.
6:30–8:30am rain or shine.
Bike to Work Day is a regional event with 79 pit stops and over 16,000 participants. The 2015 event will occur, rain or shine, on Friday, May 15 at locations across DC, Maryland, and Virginia. This celebration of bicycle friendly communities across the region allows commuters to enjoy free T-shirts, snacks, participate in prize drawings, music (in some instances), and listen to and converse with elected officials. Frederick, Maryland’s pit stop will be located at the Transit Center on 100 South East Street, and will feature donuts, coffee, music, patch kits, and great raffle prizes including the chance to win a FREE bicycle from The Bicycle Escape. The event will take from
Bike to Work Day has been held annually in the Washington metropolitan region for over a decade and was originally started by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association with a main rallying point or pit stop in downtown DC. In September 2000, the Commuter Connections program as part of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments partnered with WABA to form a regional Bike to Work Day Steering Committee to examine the feasibility of adding additional Bike to Work Day pit stops throughout the region in 2001, thus creating a larger awareness of using cycling to work as a viable commuting alternative. Since that first involvement with
Bike To Work Day in 2001, registration for the event has grown with more participants signing up every year. Commuter Connections secures cash sponsorship donations that go towards the overall regional marketing efforts. The success of the marketing promotion campaign relies upon the analysis of the employer and commuter markets, identification of costeffective mediums, and key messages and giveaway items such as t-shirts and water bottles designed to attract commuters to try bicycling to work. A survey issued to registrants every three years was last conducted in 2013. Seventeen percent of registrants had never biked to work before the event.
After the event’s conclusion, 10 percent of registrants started biking to work 1.4 days a week! Results also show that 34 percent of registrants are employed by the federal government, 34 percent in the private sector, 21 percent in nonprofits, 9 percent in state or local governments and 2 percnet were self-employed. Registration is free and includes a free t-shirt to the first 14,000 registrants. Sign up at www. b i ke t ow o r k m e t r o d c. o r g, and click the “Pit Stops” link to find your local event. Learn more about commuting options at www. commuterconnections.org. Adrienne Moretz is Frederick County TransIT, 2015 Bike to Work Day committee chair.
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wiehle-reston east station Bike room Opening with the Silver Line, the new Reston-Wiehle East Station features Fairfax County’s first enclosed, secure bicycle parking facility with a capacity for over 200 bicycles. The bike room facility features ample parking with a combination of floor mounted bicycle racks as well as vertical space-saver racks. In-room amenities include: Okay, we all see it. You’re walking past one of those strip mall gyms, or the workout area in your office building, and there is always some gal or guy churning away on the stationary bike—maybe you! If it is you, it’s great you’re getting exercise. But what if you turned that faux ride into a real one a couple days a week? By riding to work. May is Bike Month, and the month long celebration features a slew of opportunities for you to explore how you might be able to “expand” your biking horizons, both commuting and recreational. DATA’s partners, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties’ DOTs, park and recreation agencies, and a number of nonprofit bike organizations have a vested interest in helping you explore your opportunities to get on your bicycle more often. Below is a long list of activities, resources, and information that you can use to get out of your gym, house, car or office—so you can take a bike ride! On a real bike! That’s what Living
More and Commuting Less is all about. National Bike Month is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling—and encourage more folks to giving biking a try. If it’s been a while since you’ve ridden your bike, it’s time to get back in the saddle. If you have NEVER ridden a bike, then there are tons of resources to help you learn how to ride. Bicycles will open up your world like you have never seen before, guaranteed.
who is involved?
Just about every locality in the greater Washington Metropolitan area is sponsoring, or helping with events on Bike to Work Day (see corresponding article). The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) has a website dedicated to Bike to Work Day at www.
biketoworkmetrodc.org. If you register with WABA you become eligible to win prizes as well. In addition, there will be 79 “pit stops” set up around the region where you can receive assistance, refreshments and advice. If you need assistance, please contact one of these
• Parking for oversized bikes/bikes with trailers • Two ”fix it” stations featuring a work stand, an assortment of commonly used bike tools, and an air pump •
Access to the room is con-
trolled electronically. Each subscriber is issued an access key fob which will allow access to the room 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week. You must subscribe to use this facility. The membership cost to use this facility is $75 a year, which includes a one-time $15 non-refundable fee for the security device and application processing. After the first year, users will be charged only $60 a year. The room will be available to bicyclists starting on opening day of the Silver Line. Interested in joining? Just let us know. We’ll start the process by sending you a membership package. Contact us by calling the Fairfax County Department of Transportation at 703-877-5766, TTY 711.
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may 2 Spring Festival
The Spring Festival is fun for all ages with live animals, fishing activities, craft-making for kids, displays and information from environmental groups, and familyfriendly entertainment. Entertainment sponsored by Reston Community Center. 1–5pm; Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive, Reston, Virginia 20191; FREE. RAIN OR SHINE.
2 Space Day
Space Day is an annual favorite at the National Air and Space Museum where visitors enjoy STEMinspired hands-on activities, meet an astronaut, and learn about space from experts from the Museum and NASA. All of the activities take place amid the awe-inspiring collection of historic aviation and space artifacts in the Museum in Washington, DC. 10am– 3:00pm at Smithsonian
Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC; National Mall, Independence Ave SW & 6th St SW, Washington, DC 20597; 202-633-2214; free admission.
9 The Lonesome River Band
It’s the 6th Annual Loudoun Bluegrass Festival sponsored by Rotary Club of Dulles International Airport. This year’s headliner is the Lonesome River Band. Proceeds go to pay tuition for local students who cannot afford college to Cops and Kids bringing Christmas to children who might otherwise have nothing, and to other charities of Rotary Club of Dulles International Airport. 10am– 10 pm; Loudoun County 4-H Fairgrounds; 17558 Dry Mill Rd., Leesburg. Contact Dave Humphries, 703-203-8667; email Info@ BluegrassLoudoun.com.
10 Gallery Coﬀeehouse: Alex Little Richmond musician
Alex Little performs a selection of acoustic songs. Coffee included. 6:30pm at Franklin Park Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. Contact 540-338-7973; fparkarts@ loudoun.gov. Tickets: $8 per person at the door.
16, 17 Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival
Produced by the Greater Reston Arts Center, this is a top-rated annual juried outdoor street festival held in the heart of Reston Town Center. The threeday event attracts more than 50,000 patrons and provides an interactive experience to view and purchase art directly from unique and talented artists. Reston Community Center is thrilled to be a Platinum sponsor for the 24th Annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival. Saturday 10am– 6pm and Sunday 10am–5pm, rain or shine. Reston Town Center; 11900 Market St. Reston.Suggested donation
for admission to Festival is $10. Contact Greater Reston Arts Center, 703-471-9242.
16 Chantilly Day
Now entering its 4th season, the day draws upwards of 15,000 people. It includes a business expo, stage entertainments, Taste of Chantilly, attractions and children’s area, pet adoption and astronauts on site to sign autographs. 11am–5pm; Kmart Parking Lot on Metrotech Drive, Chantilly; 571-323-5304. Shuttle bus service from the satellite parking location at 3900 Skyhawk Drive (at the corner of Skyhawk Drive and Centreville Road) will be available every 15 minutes for the duration of the event. See www.chantillyday.com.
17 Loudoun’s Got Talent
An annual talent contest for solo performance by students in grades 9–12 who reside or attend school in Loudoun County. A preliminary round of
auditions selects ten finalists to compete in concert. At the concert, the top three performers are selected by a panel of judges, including Maestro Mark Allen McCoy, in combination with the audience vote. The three finalists win scholarships of $1,000, $500 and $250. The winner performs at a symphony concert during the following season. 2pm at Franklin Park Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. Contact 540338-7973 or fparkarts@ loudoun.gov. Tickets: $18 Adults, $12 Seniors, $7 students, under 12 free. www. LoudounSymphony.org
23 Joey and The Waitress Band
Joey and The Waitress Band performs songs from their two CDs as well as some favorite covers. Loudoun360 says they are “a new local alternative acoustic band. Their sound has been described as Kings of Leon meets James Taylor.” 7:30pm at Franklin Park Arts Center,
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may/june 2015 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. Contact 540338-7973 or fparkarts@ loudoun.gov; Tickets: $16 in advance $18 at door. Call to reserve.
28 Herndon Festival
Attracting an average of 80,000 people each year, the outdoor festival creates a dynamic family experience by combining the fun of an outdoor concert series with the thrill of a summertime carnival. Throughout the four-day event, there will be two fireworks displays, a craft show, business expo, 10K/5K race and fitness expos, and a Kids’ Alley where children can have a hands-on art experience. Historic Downtown Herndon. Contact 703787-7300. The free shuttle bus is located at Herndon High School, 700 Bennett St, Herndon and Worldgate Shopping Center, 13037 Worldgate Dr., Herndon.
30 The Immortals
Selections to include Rock, Soul, Contemporary, R & B, Jazz Standards and originals by the members. The Immortals are a group made up of the best music students at Loudoun Music Instruction. 8pm at Franklin Park Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane. contact 540-338-7973 or fparkarts@ loudoun.gov. Tickets: $7 all seats.
june 6 Manassas Heritage Railway Festival Come out to the 21st Annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival, a family celebration of rich railroad history
featuring train memorabilia, specialty vendors, and live performances. Country and bluegrass music will transport you, as you watch miniature trains come to life. These elaborate train displays are created by a number of local model train groups. Located under the Harris Pavilion, these displays are a must see. Times include: 10AM/11AM/12PM/1PM. Historic Downtown Manassas. Contact 703-3616599 x102. Free admission.
7 Taste of Historic Manassas
The 3rd Annual Taste of Historic Manassas takes place rain or shine, noon until 4:30pm. The annual Taste transforms Historic Downtown Manassas into a lively festival, complete with local entertainment, and lots of noteworthy restaurants. Noon till 4pm at various locations. Get info at 703361-6599 x102.
13 Saturday Star Party
Join star party host Sean O’Brien and amateur astronomers for astronomical observing under dark, starfilled skies, away from city lights. The program begins with a half-hour junior astronomer program for children ages 5-12. Next is a presentation by a Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassador followed by night sky orientation. One of the telescopes available is a National Air and Space Museum Celestar-8, a typical backyard telescope available to amateur astronomers. If weather allows, there will also be astronomical
observing of celestial objects. Sky Meadows State Park is west of Washington, D.C. on US Route 17 North, 1 mile south of US Route 50, or 7 miles north of Interstate 66, Exit 23. The park phone number is 540592-3556.
13 The Gullah
Circle Unbroken, The Gullah Journey from Africa to America. Born of slavery, the Gullah’s spiritual music transcends time and takes the listener on a journey through history. Audiences nationwide have been mesmerized by the South Carolina Sea Islands Gullah kinfolk, with their unique style and uplifting musical renditions. Join us as the Gullah recount their journey from Africa to slavery and finally freedom in America. Performances at 3pm and 8pm at Franklin Park Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. Contact 540-338-7973 or fparkarts@loudoun. gov. Tickets: $35 for main section, $25 for rear section; Reserved seating.
14 Loudoun Symphonic Winds
In the footsteps of great bands from Sousa to the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Loudoun Symphonic Winds give you a spectrum of music including original works for band, transcriptions from the classical repertoire, the great marches, Broadway songs and holiday favorites. 3pm at Franklin Park Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. Contact 540338-7973 or fparkarts@ loudoun.gov. Tickets: $10.
Manassas Wine and Jazz Festival will be held June 21 at Manassas Museum Lawn.
20 Innovations in Flight Family Day
Talk to pilots of almost 50 commercial, vintage, recreational, and home-built aircraft flown in for one day only. See vintage cars paired with the airplanes by era. Explore the engineering and design innovations that have taken place since flight began more than 100 years ago. Participate in handson STEM-based activities that demonstrate the science behind flight and take the Paper Airplane Design Challenge to build a paper aircraft and learn to fly it with accuracy. Meet special guests involved in aviation and space exploration and learn what they do. 10am– 3pm; 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway Chantilly. Contact 703-572-4118. Parking, $15.
20, 21 Western Loudoun Artist Studio Tour
The 10th annual Western Loudoun Artists Studio
Tour offers a weekend of art, shopping and relaxation. Visit the studios of over 60 talented artists as you wind through the scenic countryside and historic villages of western Loudoun County. Artists demonstrate their artistic process in paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography, fiber, sculpture and more. 10am–5pm both days. Visit www.wlast.org for information. Free admission.
21 Manassas Wine & Jazz Festival
Now in its 11th year, the Manassas Wine and Jazz Festival is held on the Manassas Museum lawn, featuring headline artist Marcus Johnson with two other special guests. This event is an intimate and relaxing afternoon of tasting; purchase wines from award-winning Virginia wine artisans. Noon till 7pm, Manassas Museum Lawn, 9101 Prince William Street, Manassas. Contact 703-3616599 x102. Tickets $30 per taster; $20 for non-tasters.
making time to Compete: world Police and fire games Professional police and firefighters from 70 countries make time to develop as world class athletes. By DaviD lillarD
Photos courtesy of World Police and Fire Games.
How many times do we tell ourselves, “I’ll make time to live more once my life isn’t so stressful.” Having the life we want can seem always around an unseen corner. We can all take inspiration from the men and women who lead incredibly stressful lives—often putting their lives on the line for our safety and protection. Yet they still find time to pursue their dreams. We’re talking about the 12,000 athletes who will come to Fairfax County this year to compete in the World Fire and Police Games. Despite the stress of looking after us day after day, they
find “spare time” to train and compete at the highest level. Started in 1985, this international sporting event offers police officers, firefighters, and customs and correction officers from around the world an opportunity to showcase their athletic excellence in over 65 sporting events. This year, athletes from 70 countries will be in Fairfax County, Va., to compete. “The World Police & Fire Games truly unite our community in support of the brave first responders who keep us safe. The range of locations across the National
Capital Region illustrates the local community’s enthusiasm for the Games,” said Bill Knight, Fairfax 2015 President and CEO. “From large venues like George Mason University to local high schools and parks, we are thrilled to bring this year’s Games to so many locations around the area, allowing Fairfax and the greater D.C. area to show their support for the men and women who have dedicated their lives to public safety.” Men and women like Amy Harris, competing for the first time in the World Police and Fire Games. She
also will be competing for the first time in CrossFit on an international level and her love and passion will no doubt shine through during her competition.
Amy started training in CrossFit two years ago and says it was “love at first sweat.” Loving that it incorporates so many varied movements and styles of training, she
“Volunteer recruitment has been robust for the last several months and we are finalizing the shift assignments, planning training sessions and selecting uniforms. Over the next several months our team will be working directly with volunteers to prepare them for the week of the Games. It is a very exciting time!” said Director, Volunteer Services Diana Rothe-Smith.
has been competing locally since the early days of her training. Although new to CrossFit, she was no stranger to competing. She has since embraced the process of building her strength, her speed and improving her health. Then there is Jon Haase. “I was lucky enough to be paired with one of the best officers I’ve ever met AND came away with the ultimate prize!” Jon says when asked to describe his golf partner, Retired Officer Pete Lucas. Jon has competed in FOUR World Police & Fire Games: Adelaide, Vancouver B.C., NYC and Belfast, as well as the 2008, 2012 and 2014 U.S. Police and Fire Games. Jon was quick to mention that the most notable aspect of the Games involves the camaraderie of the athletes, the welcoming nature of the local residents and the competition.
As you can imagine it
takes a giant volunteer Corps to pull off something like this. Each sport has its own volunteer coordinator who ensures the logistics and smooth running of their section. It will take over 4,000 volunteers to make the Games happen. You can be part of this exciting international event and meet people from around the world while acting as an ambassador for Fairfax County and the National Capital Region. Volunteer opportunities exist in multiple areas of interest including: •
Venues and Competition
• Registration and Accreditation • Athlete Village and Volunteer Support •
• Logistics and Transportation •
Organizers of the game are also doing their share to make sure that transporting athletes around Fairfax County to various venues does not contribute to the traffic load of on local streets. Free shuttle is provided to athletes and their families and guests to get them to and from the venues. Mark your calendars to cheer on these incredible athletes. For the schedule and to learn more, visit http:// fairfax2015.com.
live more: journey west of the ridge
Photo courtesy of Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum.
Clarke County and Winchester, Va., are a short drive west past Leesburg. Once you’re west of the ridge, life really slows down. Berryville, the county seat of government, features the lovely Rose Hill Park, where musicians play on Friday nights throughout summer. The town has eateries and shops to satisfy hungry travelers. Historic downtown Winchester—15 miles west of Berryville—has a walking mall chock full of Southern hip, a terrific variety of food, from comfort to fusion elegance.
Here are a few stops to whet your appetite for spending a day West of the Ridge.
shenandoah valley Discovery museum
Sure it was built with kids in mind, but the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum will bring out the kid in everyone. It offers a user-friendly, hands-on, interactive venue for informal education—and is especially great for the way the activities create connections between kids and their parents or grandparents who bring them.
Burwell morgan mill
Located in the tiny hamlet of Millwood, the mill was built for Nathaniel Burwell by Gen. Daniel Morgan and others in the mid-1780s. Sometime after the mill closed its doors in 1953, a local businessman bought it for a restaurant site—when he decided against the project he sold it to the Clarke County Historical Association for $1. Now, on weekends May through November, visitors from far and near come to see the grist mill at work grinding corn meal of colorful varieties and wheat
Photo by Jennifer Lee.
BIKE TO WORK DAY
What really works at the Discovery Museum is the way exhibits engage people of all ages and backgrounds—grabbing each kid at their own level, each adult with some curiosity-inducing puzzle. There are educational programs throughout the year, as well as activities meant to bring together artists and other creatives. Check out the website before you go to get a lay of the land and what to expect when visiting with small children: www.discoverymuseum.net.
flour. Much of the yellow and white corn ground at the mill comes from local farms. Volunteer millers offer up one-on-one history lessons to all comers on the inner workings of the gears and grinding stones, the building, and the village that sprang up and flourished around the mill. The mill is also the home of the Clarke County Historical Association’s popular Art at the Mill. Open this year on weekends through May 10, the program exhibits the works of many of the Valley’s finest artists. Proceeds from the sales benefit the CCHA. Learn more at www.clarkehistory.org.
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Photo courtesy of Long Branch Plantation.
historic long Branch Plantation
Long Branch Plantation in Clarke County is much more than your garden variety house museum. In addition to the 200-year-old estate house, there are some 400 acres of pasture, farmland, and gardens. There are programs year round, with plenty of outdoor activities in summer—including a few outdoor movies. It’s a sought after spot for weddings and special events, too. Long Branch Plantation’s herd of retired horses are more than living scenery. The horses are an aspect of farm operations and a reminder of the Valley’s equine heritage. If you’re a photographer, be sure to pack your camera; you’ll get great scenes in any weather in every season. Learn more about the history and see the summer schedule of events at http://www. visitlongbranch.org.
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Barns of rose hill
The Barns of Rose Hill are two early 20th-Century dairy barns that were part of a farm estate donated to the Town of Berryville in 1964 by Mr. Horace Smithy, who had named the farm after his wife, Rosalie. The land surrounding the barns is now serene Rose Hill Park. The reincarnated Barns of Rose Hill opened in 2011 as a gallery and one of the premiere music venues in the Shenandoah Valley. The music hall was restored with sound in mind. Whether you’re listing to the strains of pianist Katie Mahan (May 17) or the Irish and bluegrass sounds of Baltimorebased Charm City Junction (May 29), you’ll be wowed by the acoustics. Check out the summer schedule of exhibits, music, and more at www.barnsofrose.hill.org.
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Celebrating our travel Choices By john martin
In the Dulles area, we have so many ways to travel. In our daily commute, we can walk, bike, or drive or ride in carpools, vanpools, or on a bus or train. We can also choose to telework. While we urge our elected officials and transportation agencies to continue to enhance and expand our choices—it’s also time to take a few minutes to celebrate our travel choices. What are our choices today? Within the 335 square miles that make up
the “service area” of the Dulles Area Transportation Association (DATA)—from Manassas to the Potomac River, from Route 15 to Hunter Mill—trails and sidewalks allow us to walk, hike, bike, and ride horses (yes, Northern Virginia, you can still commute by horse!). Bicycle commuters make use of our unique Washington & Old Dominion Trail to travel in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties and all the way to DC.
Within our region, the very good network of roads and highways afford us the opportunity to drive alone— or better yet—to drive or ride with friends, colleagues, and co-workers in carpools and vanpools. We can also ride in style in a variety of high-quality buses provided by Fairfax County, Loudoun County, and the Potomac and Rappahannock Transit Commission (PRTC). And we have rail (almost) to Dulles. After many years, Metrorail service has made it to Reston, and construction is underway to take it through Washington Dulles International Airport and into Loudoun County. Speaking of our airports—we have a worldclass transportation facility that is truly a gateway to our region and provides choices for us to get to any destination across the globe. Pretty amazing. What’s also amazing is that we can choose not to travel. With a world-class telecommunications network in our area, telecommuting is a travel choice, too.
Wingback by Marco Violante.
what other choices are to come?
Prince William, Loudoun, and Fairfax Counties are planning more trails and sidewalks and building missing links in the roadway network. The Virginia DOT and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation are developing a project to add several park-and-ride lots and two managed lanes in
marK your CalenDars! may 6, 2015: Data 29th annual Celebration and awards Ceremony, hilton washington Dulles airport hotel june 17, 2015: Data’s annual transportation roundtable with elected official and transportation agencies for more information on travel choices and on speical events in the Dulles area, visit www.datatrans.org or call Data at 703-817-1307.
each direction on I-66 to allow single drivers, carpools, vanpools, and buses to have a much more predictable commute in that corridor. Aviation choices continue to grow at Dulles Airport. A few companies in our area are involved in another mode of transportation: launching of people and cargo into space. Perhaps one day, space transportation will be a travel choice for many people. For now, we can celebrate that we have so many travel choices today, that we truly have options. We can choose to commute a number of ways, or we can choose to commute less—and live more. John Martin is a consulting engineer and principal with Kimley-Horn and president of the Dulles Area Transportation Association.
vanpooling: we’ve Come a long way, Baby! By sarah mCgowan
Washington, D.C. ranks among the top ten most congested metro areas in the country, with L.A. coming in at number one, closely followed by San Francisco, Seattle, San Jose and Portland. A 2014 Texas A&M Transportation Institute study found that D.C. metropolitan commuters spend a whopping 67 hours a year delayed in traffic, costing them an average of $1,398 a year. Additionally, the average time for a commute in D.C. is 39.5 minutes. Rush hours last a mind-numbing seven hours a day. Commuters out West, with similar traffic woes, have made vanpooling into one of the most popular transportation programs, finding that these programs reduce the money, time, and stress associated with getting to work. As a result, transportation experts have seen vanpooling growing in the Washington D.C. metro area—with not only increased ridership, but rider incentive programs and comfortable, new vans outfitted with amenities like wi-fi. “Vanpooling is a key part of our total transportation solution,” said Ryan Johnson, vice president for Enterprise Rideshare. “It represents one of the most pragmatic and cost-effective transportation alternatives available today. The benefits of vanpooling are immediate and quickly
measurable, because the program decreases the number of vehicles on the road, the number of parking spaces needed and the daily cost of commuting, including fuel and tolls. “Vanpooling has been popular on the West Coast for some time, with several thousand commuter vanpools on the road between private & public vanpool providers, but we have also seen tremendous growth in demand in the North East, particularly in the DC area over the past few years.” If you live more than 15 miles from your place of employment or travel through a very congested zone with HOV lanes, it’s time you start changing the way you think about commuting!
what is vanpooling?
For the record, this is NOT the carpool you took to basketball practice when you were 13—radio firmly fixed on “oldies” (Thanks Mom!), trying to avoid embarrassing topics of your (nonexistent) social life, all the while squeezed in with three other neighborhood kids who may or may not have been introduced to the concept of deodorant. Today’s vanpool is a group of five to fifteen commuters who have joined together to ride to and from work in the same
multi-passenger vehicle, saving both time and money. Members volunteer to drive and all share in the cost of leasing and operating the van. The whole group enjoys the economy of sharing their commuting expenses and the convenience of sharing the ride to work. At the end of the day, the benefits speak for themselves. By joining a vanpool you can: • Reduce your commuting costs from as much as $800/month to less than $200/month; • Work, read, sleep or socialize while avoiding the stress of driving; • Avoid the need for parking; • Circumvent gridlock and traffic jams by using the HOV lane; • Qualify to receive
up to $130 in tax-free transportation benefits from your employer.
the vans are topnotch!
When you choose to ride in a vanpool, your vehicle options are not limited to late-model vans with bench style seating—a ride that calls to mind the road to Hana, minus the amazing views. In fact, most vanpool groups ride in fully converted vans with individual reclining captain’s seats, overhead lights and a number of other amenities, including wi-fi. Imagine being able to do a full 45 minutes’ worth of work before you even hit the office! While vanpooling obviously benefits vanpool riders themselves, each vanpool on the road eliminates
12,500 lbs. of CO2 per month. Recognizing this significant impact on the health of our environment, vanpools are encouraged through a variety of incentives. For example, the Dulles Area Transportation Association (DATA) recently kicked off the Van Do Attitude Vanpool Formation Program, designed to introduce commuters to the world of vanpooling through a six-month trial, incorporating incentives and subsidies. Come on, you “van do” it . . . and save time and money to spend on what matters most. Sarah McGowan is DATA’s Vanpool Coordinator. For information on the “Van Do” program, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.817.1307, ext. 8.
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