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table of contents June 2013 Vol. 3 No. 6

FEATURE STORY Living Safely in Prince William ............................4

DEPARTMENTS from the publisher..................................................3 advertiser index......................................................3 on a high note Shenandoah Sound: Virginia’s Only Drum and Bugle Corps ........................................10


destinations e Freedom Museum: Lest We Forget ..................14 taking care of business Troy Tanner: THE Home Energy Detective ..............................18 family fun “Staycationing” in Prince William: Where to Go and What to Do..............................20 giving back Prince William Crime Prevention Council Takes Bite Out of Crime ........................24

10 Photo courtesy Shenandoah Sound

local flavor Malones: Where Traditional Embraces Modern ................................................28 calendar ..............................................................32 tambourines and elephants Vacation ..............................................................35 distribution sites..................................................37

COLUMNS health & wellness ................................................16 home & hearth ....................................................26 your finances ......................................................30 Discover Prince William & Manassas................33

28 Photo courtesy Malones

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Prince William Living Publisher Rebecca Barnes Contributing Writers Rebecca Barnes, Lisa Collins-Haynes, Kristina Schnack Kotlus, Audrey Harman, Ann Marie Maher, Olivia Overman, Jennifer Rader, Charlotte Rodina, Denise Smith, DeeDee Corbit Sauter, Val Wallace Editorial Staff Emily Guerrero, Peter Lineberry, Val Wallace Photography Sean Floars Copy Assistant Marissa Cameron Graphic Design and Production Alison Dixon/Image Prep Studio Advertising Account Executives Michelle Geenty and Jennifer Rader Prince William Living, the premiere lifestyle magazine of Prince William and Greater Manassas, is published monthly by Prince William Living, Inc. e opinions expressed in the magazine are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Prince William Living. © Copyright 2013 by Prince William Living, Inc. All rights reserved. Materials may not be reproduced or translated without written permission. Visit the Prince William Living website at for reprint permission. Subscription rate is $12 (Continental U.S.) for one year. Change of address notices should be sent to Prince William Living Publisher Rebecca Barnes at Reprints and Back Issues: To order article reprints or request reprint permission, please visit the Prince William Living website: Order back issues by calling Prince William Living Publisher Rebecca Barnes at (703) 232-1758, ext. 1. For further information about Prince William Living, visit, or contact Prince William Living at (703) 232-1758.

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ummer is almost here. School will let out and vacations will begin. Now is the perfect time to evaluate your home and the plans for your family in the case of an emergency. Our feature, by Olivia Overman, “Home Safe Home” (page 4) covers all the things you will need to do to help keep your loved ones safe from emergencies that may occur. Did you know that four out of five cardiac events happen at home? All the more reason to read “What is CPR” in this month’s “Health & Wellness” (page 16) Understand why it is important to learn CPR and when to use it. In keeping with Home Safe Home, “Giving Back” (page 24), by Audrey Harman, introduces us to the Prince William Crime Prevention Council and McGruff the Crime dog. Kids are drawn to him as they learn about how to stay safe. “Taking Care of Business” by Jen Rader, features Troy Tanner of Home Energy Detective, Inc. who seeks out inefficiencies in your home’s energy system. He gives an inside look at being a successful entrepreneur. Before you leave on vacation, “Your Finances” (page 30) shares tips on “Financing that Summer Fun”, and Kristina Schnack Kotlus’ “Family Fun” (page 20), tells us all the things we can do right here at home in “Staycationing in Prince William Where to Go and What to Do”.

Advertiser Index ACE Hardware (Pitkin’s)............................................................27 ACTS ..........................................................................................36 Advantage Physical Therapy ....................................................17 Alpha Pets ................................................................................36 Ameriprise–Whitlock Wealth Management ............................31 Apple FCU ................................................................................31 AVON/Teresa Giltner ................................................................36 Bargain Relo..............................................................................36 Beacon Electrical Services ......................................................36 Best Western Battlefield Inn ....................................................27 CAP Accounting, LLC................................................................31 Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory ................................21 Christ Chapel ............................................................................36 City of Manassas Park—Parks & Recreation ..........................21 Confidence Realty ....................................................................30 Creative Brush Studio ..............................................................36 Cruise Planners ........................................................................36 Dansk Day Spa at Occoquan....................................................36 Discover Prince William & Manassas......................................33 Dominion Eye Care ..................................................................13 Edgemoor Art Studio................................................................36 EuroBronze................................................................................35 FURR Roofing............................................................................33 Gainesville Ballet ......................................................................13 GEICO ..........................................................................................9 Golden Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics ............................16 Harbour View ............................................................................17 Hard Times Cafe & Cue ............................................................13 Historic Manassas, Inc. ............................................................22 Imagewerks ..............................................................................36 Imagine Design ........................................................................23

One fun thing to do with your family this summer is to check out our “Destinations” this month’s “e Freedom Museum Lest We Forget” (page 14) by Lisa Collins-Haynes. Find all the interesting and educational history in aviation, as well looking at cool airplanes! In “Tambourines and Elephants,” DeeDee Corbett Sauter prepares us for the reality of our summer trip in “Vacation” (page 35) which simply put, isn’t always that. And for a real treat, Val Wallace introduces us to Shenandoah Sound in this month’s “On a High Note,” (page 10), where your family will be entertained as they put on a show, this summer at Brentsville High School. Summer dining is a real treat. Check out “Malone’s: Where Traditional Embraces Modern” by Charlotte Rodina in this month’s “Local Flavor” (page 28) hopefully you can stop by for a little summer R and R. Whatever you chose to do this summer, I hope it is filled with fun, love and safety. Sincerely, Rebecca Barnes Prince William Living Publisher

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Living Safely in Prince William By Olivia Overman, Contributing Writer

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n Prince William, numerous organizations are ready to assist residents in keeping their homes and, more importantly, themselves safe from harm. ese organizations include the police and fire departments of Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, which each have their own rescue departments. Several volunteer fire and rescue departments also serve the area. Officer Jason Alicie of the Prince William County Police Crime Prevention Unit provided tips on staying safe. “If there is an unexpected knock on the door, don’t open it. Look out the window, but don’t unlock the door. And this is not just at night,” said Alicie. “Even if you are at home, always keep your doors locked.” If you have children who are “latchkey” kids, leaving or coming home when you’re not there, make sure they know emergency numbers and can reach you when needed, he said. “Use role play to teach children what to do in case of emergency.” Also display a clearly-marked address on your house, he advised. Post house numbers outside in numeric format using contrasting color combinations. is makes it easier for rescue personnel to find your home in case of an emergency, Alicie said. Other advice from the officer includes the following tips on how to reduce the possibility of someone breaking into your home.

How to Prevent a Home Break-in ■ Maintain your property. Make sure all structures, such as fences and barriers, are well maintained. is provides people looking in with a sense that there is ownership, and that the people living there care about what happens to their property. It also ensures that people cannot cut through breaks in the fence. ■ Keep landscaping low profile. Keep shrubs less than three feet tall and remove all low-lying branches, so that would-be intruders are unable to easily hide in the bushes or trees. ■ Make sure all your property is well-lit. Do not let bushes block exterior lights, and keep both the back and front of the home well lit. Motion lights are an option for those who do not want to keep a light on all night. ■ Use timers. Leave a light on and put interior lights on a timer when going out, so that it appears someone is in the house. Do the same thing with televisions and radios. ■ Have solid exterior doors. Check that exterior doors are solid-core doors made of wood or metal and include a 180degree peephole. Doors should also have a one-inch deadbolt fitted with three-inch screws in a strike plate. Any glass should be impact-resistant. For sliding doors in the house, use a “Charlie” bar for added security. You can also use screws in the track to prevent the door from being pulled up and pushed out.

■ Lock garages. Lock the garage door when you’re not in the garage. Since attached garages provide access to the home, this door should meet the standards for exterior doors mentioned earlier. ■ Invest in an alarm system. An alarm system can obviously detract criminals. ere are a number of alarms on the market, although the police department doesn’t recommend any particular security company. A Prince William County ordinance requires registering alarms with the police department and paying a nominal fee. ■ Double lock windows. Have a secondary lock on all windows. Double check that they are locked before you go to bed. e police department does not recommend double-sided deadbolts for windows because they present a fire safety hazard.

Programs that Protect e Prince William County Police Crime Prevention Unit oversees and promotes the program “Operation ID” in collaboration with Manassas City Police. e program helps area residents mark their property to make it easy to identify if it is lost or stolen. As part of the program, police advise area residents to engrave items of value that could be stolen, including computers, bicycles and cameras. For this purpose, the Prince William Crime Prevention Council has donated engraving machines, which are available for checkout at most Prince William public libraries. Engraved items are easier to identify and return should they be stolen, Alicie said. “Our burglary guys routinely check the pawn stores for items that are stolen,” he said. “And pawn stores are required to provide a record to the police department of all goods pawned.” Under the program, local residents are instructed to engrave their property with the letters “VA” and their Virginia driver’s license (continues on page 6) prince william living June 2013 | 5

(continued from page 5) number. Members of the military are instructed to use their branch letters and service number. Police encourage area residents to also make a list of their property with serial numbers, make and model, and to keep that list in a safe place, Alicie said. e police department operates a number of initiatives during the year to assist people in identifying their belongings, he added. In April, Alicie and other officers were at the Walmart parking lot off Liberia Avenue in Manassas offering free Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) etching, which involves etching a vehicle's VIN onto its windows to reduce its value as a stolen vehicle. Year-round, the crime prevention unit supports the more than 320 Neighborhood Watch programs operating in Prince William County by providing information, encouragement and training, according to Alicie. A unit officer trains members for about an hour on topics that include emergency preparedness and observing and reporting crime. e officer gives them phone numbers to call in cases of emergency, he said.

In Case of Fire In case of a fire in your home, dial 9-1-1 and then evacuate the premises, advised Jim McAllister, department chief at OccoquanWoodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department. “Leave the rescue up to the first responders. I realize this is easier said than done. However, a resident outside the building can tell us upon arrival where [any trapped] victim is, thus allowing us to go directly to them,” McAllister said. “Secondly, re-entering the building will normally create an additional rescue for the first responders, requiring additional time to search ... and nobody to tell us where [trapped individuals] are located.”

“People grill too close to the side of the house or on the deck.” Robert Wall Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue

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An Ounce of Prevention An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as the saying goes. Robert Wall, public education coordinator for the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue, said that working smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms are the key to surviving fire and injury in the home. McAllister concurred, saying that fire alarms “should be installed on every level of your home with additional detectors in bedrooms. Hardwired detectors with battery back-up are preferred.” He said that the alarms should be tested monthly. “Carbon monoxide detectors are easy to install, but a little harder to test,” McAllister said. “CO detectors should be placed a minimum of 10 feet away from a CO source and at least one per floor.” e majority of fires occur in the fall and winter months when people tend to use more candles and have the fireplaces going. “People do not use steel containers when cleaning out wood fires, and coals continue to smolder when put outside the house. When the fire goes up the side of the house and into the eaves of the house, then it is a whole-house fire,” said Wall. is data is backed up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) report, “Topical Fire Report Series,” which shows that January has the highest residential building fires resulting in injuries based on statistics for 2009 to 2011.

e chief said every home should have a fire-escape plan, which all family members review and practice often. “Creating a safe meeting location will give you a way to account for everyone and meet with arriving first responders to provide us with crucial information,” said McAllister, who also recommended keeping a retractable ladder in homes with more than one story to aid in escape.

Wall added that cooking is the number-one cause of fire in the home. During the summer months, grills are the most common culprit of house fires. “People grill too close to the side of the house or on the deck, even though county ordinance prohibits people from cooking or grilling without a 15-feet clearance all around the grill,” said Wall.

Fire and rescue crews are often the ones to call in case of other accidents, such as poisoning. As with fire, if someone ingests poison, the first call should be to 9-1-1. “e second call should be to poison control,” said McAllister. at phone number is

Every summer the department kicks off a safety campaign to remind residents of the county fire codes as well as to provide tips on how to grill safely, Wall said. is summer’s safety campaign is the “rill of the Grill.”

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Summertime also brings more water-related activity, and with that, the need for water safety. “Drowning is not as prevalent in Prince William as other areas. However, one drowning is one too many,â€? said McAllister. “Drownings can be prevented in many ways, usually unique to the particular situation.â€? He explained that infants and young children should never be left alone in bathtubs or near bodies of water. Personal oatation devices should always be worn when in or near Prince William’s ponds, lakes, rivers and reservoirs. Home pools should have alarms that alert homeowners if the water is disturbed.

The Voice on the Phone While the police and ďŹ re departments respond to emergencies, dispatchers and communications technicians coordinate these responses from behind the scenes. In Prince William County, emergency calls to the police and ďŹ re departments go to the OďŹƒce of Public Safety Communications (OPSC). OPSC dispatchers are the â€œďŹ rst representatives of county government to assist citizens in need. Without leaving the communications center, they are usually the ďŹ rst public safety persons to ‘arrive’ at the scene of a crime, ďŹ re or medical emergency,â€? according to OSPC’s Web page on

Testing Your Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detector Testing CO detectors can be a little tricky, according to Department Chief of Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department Jim McAllister, who explained the process: 1. Press the button to ensure it has power. You should hear a loud beeping noise similar to a smoke detector. This confirms that the device is powered. 2. Place a lit cigarette or incense stick within eight inches of the device. 3. If the detector is functioning properly, you will see numbers starting to register on the screen readout. These numbers should be very low and will not activate the audible warning. provide emergency medical instructions, so that the callers can begin care immediately. Heeding the advice of area rescue professionals can help keep you and yours safer this summer. And if you do ďŹ nd yourself in an emergency situation, you are in good hands in Prince William.

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A graduate of American University’s School of Communication, Olivia Overman has written articles for a number of online and print publications. Overman can be reached by email at

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SHENANDOAH SOUND Virginia’s Only Drum and Bugle Corps By Val Wallace, Contributing Writer


hile its name implies it’s based far from here, Shenandoah Sound Drum and Bugle Corps has made Prince William its home for years, serving not only this area, but Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland. “We are the only drum and bugle corps in Virginia and the only one within four to five hours of D.C.,” said Anthony Fiumara, the corps’ media relations director. “e drum corps world doesn’t always know that we’re here, which is kind of weird,” he said. “We are a group … on the rise. We had our best season competitively last year. … We earned a lot of respect from the drum corps community, and we are hoping to build on that this year.” e corps started in 1993 in Winchester, in the Shenandoah Valley—thus the group’s name, said Sean Peck, Shenandoah Sound’s executive director and a Manassas resident. e corps eventually relocated to Loudoun County when its prior director moved to Sterling. It moved operations to Prince William in 2007 when Peck became director, he said. “Our primary home for about four years was Manassas Park High School because I had a [friendship] with the band director there.” Needing more space as it grew, the corps moved to Brentsville District High School in Nokesville about a year ago, and this year is based at Fitzgerald Elementary School in Dale City, Peck said. “One of our percussion staff members is actually the music teacher at Fitzgerald, and he offered.” Although growing, with 35 to 40 members Shenandoah Sound is still one of the smaller corps in its division, Drum Corps Associates (DCA), according to Peck. “You have to have 35 to be on the field, but any group with 35 to 65 members can be Class A, which is what we are,” he said. A corps can be as large as 128 members, he added. 10 | June 2013 prince william living

e competitive all-age corps welcomes members of all ability levels, and as a nonprofit music education and performance organization, also provides instruction. Shenandoah Sound’s 10 to 11 paid instructors teach its members, who range in age from 15 to 67, Peck said. Members “are taught by people who are professionals in their field,” he said. “Almost everybody who teaches with our group is a degreed, credentialed person. … For those folks who are interested in being better at the marching arts, improving their skills, performing in a group that is much more dedicated and focused than most high school bands, that’s the opportunity that we provide.”

“The drum corps world doesn't always know that we're here.” Anthony Fiumara

e group gets members and staff from as far as two hours away. Fiumara, also a drum major in the corps, travels from Sykesville, Md., an hour and a half from the group’s rehearsals, to participate. He’s been doing that since joining in 2008, he said. “It’s an activity … that’s definitely a big part of me. I just wanted to continue it,” Fiumara said. “Shenandoah Sound is by far the closest group to me.” Also, the corps provides a creative outlet that doesn’t encroach on work or other activities, members interviewed said. “Because it’s on the weekends only, it doesn’t take up too much of my time,” Fiumara explained. “It allows me to perform, entertain, have fun, but still have a life.”

Photo courtesy Shenandoah Sound

Shenandoah Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, based in Dale City, includes members of all ages and abilities. Its instructors teach the corps' 35 to 40 members, who range in age from 15 to 67, how to play a variety of corps instruments and help them improve on their preferred instrument.

“It’s strictly a weekend commitment, which makes it perfect for the high-school aged members that we have and for [me] and Rob, the 20- and 30-something crowd,” said Erica Poff, the corps’ other drum major. She and Robert Leonard both began performing with the corps in 2010. e couple, who married last year, used to come from Falls Church to participate. ey moved to Alexandria in May. Degreed professionals, they both work in downtown D.C. “It’s a lot of fun, we get to travel, and it doesn’t completely eat up your schedule,” said Leonard, a Shenandoah Sound tenor drummer who’s been teaching tenor drum technique part-time for the group since last year. While many members have prior experience, including him and Poff, no experience is necessary, he said. “If you never marched before, that’s perfectly fine. We’ll bring you up to speed. If you marched before, that’s perfectly fine, too. e more, the merrier.” Shenandoah Sound travels more than 8,000 miles annually to perform and compete, according to Fiumara. Part of the DCASouth Region, the corps performs in shows in the South and also on the East Coast as far north as New York. “is year there’s one in Atlanta, and there’s one in Florida,” Peck said. e shows, which are competitions, include corps from throughout DCASouth and usually number about six per year, he said. e competitions culminate with the DCA “World Championships,” which will be held in Annapolis, Md., this year during Labor Day weekend, when DCA’s more than 20 corps will square off. Shenandoah Sound is a three-time DCA-South

Class A champion (2005, 2011 and 2012), and members have won and placed in the top three several times in the DCA Individual and Ensemble competition at the DCA World Championships, Fiumara noted. Shenandoah Sound also hosts a show annually, which will be July 5 this year at Brentsville District High School’s stadium. Corps from Michigan, Florida, North Carolina and New Jersey will come to compete. Additionally, a Prince William Arts Council member, the corps performed this April and also last year in “Arts Alive!,” a festival the council presents annually at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas to celebrate local arts. e group also performs in parades locally and throughout Virginia and the Baltimore area, Peck said. Performing, competing and learning are all important to 19year-old Aaron Cooper of Bealeton. e quads drummer has been a Shenandoah Sound member about three years and is a first-year college student majoring in musical composition. “I love the group. e people are great and motivated and as we get more members … we can really take this group far,” he said. “We have great instructors and people … highly dedicated and willing to step out and try new things.”

Manassas Park resident Val Wallace is a freelance writer, editor and proofreader and a frequent contributor to Prince William Living. She can be emailed at prince william living June 2013 | 11

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The Freedom Museum Lest We Forget By Lisa Collins-Haynes, Contributing Writer


oor is the nation that has no heroes, but beggared is the nation that has and forgets them,” penned an anonymous writer. e Freedom Museum in Manassas is a historical place marker, created to commemorate the brave contributions of local men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and made sacrifices for the nation. A group of U.S. military veterans with a goal to educate future generations about our nation’s historical battles and milestones founded the Freedom Museum, said Jim Porter, president of the museum’s board of directors. e museum, which opened its doors on July 4, 1999, is part of the affiliate program of the Smithsonian Institute and is operated by U.S. military veteran organizations, including the American Legion and the Vietnam Veterans of America, he said. e Freedom Museum is currently located in an air terminal building at the Manassas Regional Airport, 10400 Terminal Road. Phase Two of the museum’s long-range plan includes building and relocating to a permanent structure adjacent to the airport.

A Treasure Trove of Military History

Photo courtesy Sean Floars

e museum is a unique treasure trove of 20th century U.S. military history. On one of its walls hangs a panoramic photograph of the 80th Infantry Division, nicknamed the “Blue Ridge Division,” which included men from Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. In World War I, the division numbered 23,000 soldiers and sailed to France, landing on June 8, 1918.

Using mannequins, the Freedom Museum displays the uniforms of various wars. The museum covers the American experience of all significant military events throughout the 20th century. 14 | June 2013 prince william living

e photo shows a large group of the soldiers while they were stationed in France that year. A roster lists the name of each soldier pictured. Visitors related to anyone listed have the opportunity to see what their ancestor looked like. e Freedom Museum displays and exhibits a wide array of military artifacts, many donated by loved ones of local fallen

heroes. Artifacts include objects from bombsights, medals and ribbons from all branches of service, newspaper clippings, tools, equipment, personal mementos, letters from soldiers and items used by local servicemen. A photograph collection shows aviation’s progression over time. A small interactive display allows children to try on authentic Vietnam War era uniforms, including helmets, canteens, sailor caps and belts.

For his troop service project, area Eagle Scout James Corsin created a memorial that includes the names of local fallen heroes who lost their lives in each war. Porter recalls that one woman, visiting the museum with her son, was brought to tears over the memorial. When he asked why she was crying, she explained she hadn’t expected to see her husband’s name at the Freedom Museum, and was moved that it was included in Corsin’s memorial. An exhibit on the Spanish-American War, which began in 1898, greets visitors entering the museum. is was a time when America, having defeated Spain, was first recognized as a world power. Mounted photographs depict what life was like during wartime for early American soldiers. Mannequins in time-period uniforms and flight suits provide a realistic depiction of what our servicemen wore. Local hobbyists constructed the numerous model planes and scale-model battleships strategically displayed throughout the museum, Porter said. Noted artist, author and Marine Corps veteran Avery Chenoweth, Sr., whose art can be found in collections around the world, also exhibits some of his poignant paintings, depicting episodes in history that photography didn’t capture.

Veterans Volunteer Time and Stories Volunteers, many military veterans, are the cornerstone of the Freedom Museum and essential to its existence. Active participants in the museum’s day-to-day operations, they’re always available to answer questions and recall war stories for interested groups, Porter said. A volunteer for nearly four years, Ernest Merle Hancock, of Manassas, shares with museum visitors how he was captured by the enemy when his B-17 aircraft was shot down over Germany on July 18, 1944. “I shot down three German aircraft before our plane was hit,” said Hancock, a gunner. “It was a long row to hoe,” he said of his experience as a Prisoner of War (POW). He was a POW for a year in Poland until the

Photo courtesy Sean Floars

e museum covers the American experience of all significant military events throughout the 20th century, including U.S. victories and losses up to modern day. World Wars I and II, the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War and the tragedy at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, are represented. ere are also exhibits recognizing the role of women in the military and paying tribute to medics and chaplains.

The museum lists the names of local residents killed in combat or from acts of terrorism.

British liberated him and the other POWs. A photo of Hancock hangs at the museum as a tribute to volunteers who dedicate their time and share their stories to educate youth about our nation’s past. Volunteers who help run the museum also host meetings and high school Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) color guard competitions, Porter said.

Exhibits and Programs Bring History Alive Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with self-guided tours, exhibits and unique programs designed to bring history alive, the museum is also a field-trip destination for schools, summer camps and retirement homes. Porter estimated that the museum receives about 5,000 visitors each year. In addition, the Manassas Airport Regional Business Alliance partners with the museum to hold an air show each May, which attracts about 10,000 people, Porter said. Admission is free to the show, as well as to the museum, although donations are accepted. Funds raised support the Freedom Museum. Pilots and collectors, including military veterans, exhibit their vintage planes at the show, and the museum displays a jeep from the Vietnam War era and a World War II vintage military warbird’s nose head, equipped with 50-caliber machine guns, which the museum also displays during parades, Porter said. To schedule a field trip or presentation or for more information about the Freedom Museum, call 703-393-0660 or visit Donations to the museum can be made online, where tickets for its annual “Hangar Dance” fundraiser, on Oct. 5, are also available for sale. Lisa Collins-Haynes lives in Woodbridge with her husband and daughter and is a freelance entertainment and travel writer and selfprofessed out-of-control travel spirit (OCTS). She invites everyone to follow her travel blog at She can be reached at prince william living June 2013 | 15

health & wellness What Is CPR? By Rebecca Barnes, Prince William Living Publisher une is National CPR Month, the perfect time to learn about CPR and why it is important to you. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a combination of chest compressions and rescue breathing performed on victims having a cardiac event. During cardiac arrest, the heart stops pumping blood. CPR is an emergency procedure to sustain blood flow to the brain and heart, “buying time” until spontaneous circulation returns.


Why Is Learning CPR Important? According to the American Heart Association (AHA), about 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home. Simply put: The life you save with CPR is most likely to be someone you love. Also, nearly 92 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before they get to the hospital. Statistics show that immediate CPR can more than double a victim's chance of survival. Therefore, getting assistance immediately is crucial to survival. However, 70 percent of Americans don’t know what to do during a cardiac event, according to the AHA. Since four out of five cardiac arrests happen at home, it is imperative to take the time to learn CPR. CPR training takes less than an hour, and anyone can learn. How do people successfully survive cardiac arrest? A strong “Chain of Survival” can improve chances of survival and recovery for victims of heart attack, stroke and other emergencies, according to the AHA. The “Chain of Survival” are the steps taken in reaction to cardiac arrest: 1. Recognizing early a cardiac event and activating the emergency response system. 2. Performing immediate CPR with an emphasis on chest compression. 3. Providing rapid defibrillation. 4. Conducting effective advanced life support. 5. Integrating post-cardiac arrest care. What Is Hands-Only CPR? Hands-only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth rescue breaths. Conducting hands-only CPR includes first calling 9-1-1 and pushing hard and fast on the center of the person’s chest (to the beat of “Stayin’ Alive,” the classic disco song). This is recommended for use on adults who suddenly collapse. Conventional CPR is still advised for infants and children, adult victims who are found unconscious and not breathing normally, and for victims of drowning or collapse due to breathing problems, based on information from the AHA. For more information or to sign up for individual courses, visit the AHA at or the American Red Cross at

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Troy Tanner THE Home Energy Detective By Jennifer Rader, Contributing Writer


roy Tanner, founder and CEO of the Manassas-based energyefficiency service company, e Home Energy Detective, Inc. seems to be part entrepreneur, part superhero. In addition to running his company, Tanner shares his knowledge at industry gatherings and as an adjunct professor at Northern Virginia Community College. He also lends his skills to a variety of federal and state-sponsored programs. e U.S. Departments of Energy and Commerce and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regularly call upon Tanner and his company to teach at national conferences and to speak to foreign delegations about home energy performance. Northwest Laboratories, a national research laboratory managed by the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI), a national standards development and credentialing organization for home energy efficiency retrofit work, produced a case study detailing how e Home Energy Detective, Inc., has been successful despite there being no state-sponsored energy incentive program for Virginia homeowners. In March, Tanner’s affiliation with Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) progressed to being a paid consultant as well as a “network partner”. LEAP sponsors the national Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program in Northern and Central Virginia.

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Prince William Living caught up with Tanner, a long-time Manassas resident, for an enlightening conversation about how he’s found success in business. PWL: When did the company begin and what was the inspiration behind its start? Tanner: We started about six years ago and e Home Energy Detective has become known worldwide. … I have been a certified remodeler with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and a Class A contractor. When I got married, we decided we were going to do an addition to our house. I remodeled the house and then the first winter we couldn’t get the heat to turn off but it was always cold. It was built to code. What we found was that I know how to put bricks and sticks together but didn’t know why and what the best method was to make it energy efficient; it’s just not [widely] taught. I had an epiphany. I started to search around to see if there was anyone around that could figure out what was going on with the house to make it operate better. I couldn’t find anybody. I began to think, well, there’s a whole new revenue stream. I was working for a large remodeling company at the time and started to develop this company and have never looked back. PWL: What is e Home Energy Detective about? Tanner: We work with the Building Performance Institute, Inc., and Home Performance with ENERGY STAR programs. We’re an accredited contractor with BPI, which means we work at a

PWL: How have economic factors affected your company? Tanner: is is how it occurs to me: we’ve gotten complacent. Every time I hear someone blame the economy, and I’m talking about my industry, I can’t speak to other industries, all it does is make me go back to where we began. How did we start our company? We had to go find it because it wasn’t there yet. You just have to go find it. It’s out there; you just need to work a bit harder. is is where the cream rises to the top. PWL: What is your vision for e Home Energy Detective? Tanner: We’ve been a very small company. We do basically $500,000 to 750,000 a year with three people, which is okay. e future of our company will include HVAC supply and repair. We will have our own internal air-sealing and insulation company. We’re also going to have the ability to show people how to purchase their own fuels for their house. We can reduce, through a business arrangement, by five to 15 percent, the homeowner’s gas [cost]. All this is launching fairly soon. I’m expanding operations. Photos courtesy The Home Energy Detective

PWL: What advice would you give others considering starting a business? Tanner: Do your research. Write a good business plan. Find a good mentor. People that don’t have a stake in it can have an objective look at what you are trying to accomplish and provide feedback. Don’t go to an industry expert or competitor that may have bad habits. You don’t want to emulate that. A competitor may be kind enough to share, but he may be sharing all his failures, too. Don’t join every trade association right off the bat; you’ll go broke. Certifications, get them. ey’re valuable. Tools of the trade for Troy Tanner, owner of The Home Energy Detective, Inc.

very high level and get third-party verification of our work, which is extremely rare in any construction business. It sets us apart from competition. When we talk about home performance, we talk about energy savings, health and safety of the dwelling and comfort. With an energy audit, it’s more of an educational process. We have all these scientific tools that we use to diagnose what is going on inside a house, [and] we can educate the homeowner while saving them money at the same time.

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PWL: What business challenges have you overcome? Tanner: Switching from the sales side of business to learning how to run a business. We have a plateau so we are looking to change something to move forward. is is all the learned part of having a business. Also knowing when to let people go that aren’t performing, but [are instead] costing the company money. is leads to finding motivated people that have a basis of entrepreneurial skill, getting the “right” people. e biggest thing I’ve learned is how to be objective. prince william living June 2013 | 19

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“Staycationing” in Prince William Where to Go and What to Do By Kristina Schnack Kotlus, Contributing Writer


ver the last several months, my family has had a change in pace. is winter, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent surgery and radiation therapy. While I'll be out of treatment by the time this goes to press, my family and I will still need to make some adaptations during my ongoing recovery. For instance, it is definitely changing our summer travel plans. After spending several weeks in a hotel while receiving treatment at Duke University in North Carolina, the last thing I want to do is go away. Luckily, there are many ways to “staycation” and enjoy being a tourist in my own backyard. ere are also benefits to vacationing at home. You not only reduce stress on yourself and your family, but cutting travel costs keeps your budget in check, too. A successful staycation includes a little planning and implementation, and a lot of fun. First, identify activities your family normally enjoys. If you like being active, a hike or bike ride could be a big hit. Try a new bike trail or route. (Visit for the March article on biking in Prince William.) ere's also plenty of camping, canoeing and kayaking available. If the outdoors makes your skin crawl, from bad sunburn memories or fear of mosquitoes, then how about some historical tourism? We're surrounded by fantastic museums and historic sites in Prince William. Secondly, establish a budget. ird, plan a date. If you can take a weekday off, you'll benefit from smaller crowds, but weekend special events can be a great “vacation,” too. 20 | June 2013 prince william living

To help you plan, check area blogs and local magazines for activities and upcoming events. Books are also available, such as “Kid Trips Northern Virginia Edition: Your Family’s Guide to Local Fun!” by local authors Claudine Kurp, Amy Suski and Micaela Williamson. “Northern Virginia has really come into its own as a happening place to be. ere is so much to do without having to take a trip to the District [of Columbia],” noted Suski. Prince William boasts three water parks: Waterworks in Dale City, Signal Bay at Signal Hill Park in Manassas Park and SplashDown in Manassas. Low-cost and even free outdoor fun and scheduled programs for kids and families can be found at parks, such as Prince William Forest National Park near Dumfries and Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge. (continues on page 22)

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(continued from page 20) August 9-17 is the Prince William County Fair, the largest county fair in Virginia. î &#x201C;is annual event in Manassas includes shows, games and carnival rides, exhibits, tractor pulls, a rodeo, demolition derbies, live music and, of course, hot funnel cake. For those who want a little education with their tourism, Rippon Lodge in Woodbridge, the Weems-Botts Museum in Dumfries, the Manassas Museum and the National Museum of the Marine Corps next to MCB Quantico are among local venues that look into our past. Depending on your childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ages, you can plan events and activities around one location or â&#x20AC;&#x153;ďŹ eld tripâ&#x20AC;? so no one gets bored or cranky going from place to place. Ideas from my own family: Have a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Civil War Day.â&#x20AC;? Read with your children â&#x20AC;&#x153;You Wouldn't Want to be a Civil War Soldier,â&#x20AC;? by î &#x201C;omas RatliďŹ&#x20AC; and David Saliraya, before heading out to Manassas BattleďŹ eld Park. To commemorate what the soldiers would have had available, pack a picnic of bacon, crackers, cornbread and peanuts to eat in the ďŹ eld. Also have your children write â&#x20AC;&#x153;letters homeâ&#x20AC;? on postcards purchased at the gift shop. It will thrill friends and family to receive a note from your family while you all are on vacation, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also help your children practice writing skills. Finally, end the day at home with your own â&#x20AC;&#x153;Battle of Bull Run.â&#x20AC;? Water balloons make excellent ammunition, and super soakers are fun, too. Or cool oďŹ&#x20AC; instead by heading to SplashDown, where admission is $9 per person after 3 p.m. on weekdays (excluding holidays). Enjoy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arts in Action.â&#x20AC;? Start the day with painted pancakes. Make your favorite pancake recipe, tint honey or clear Karo corn syrup with food dye and let your kids â&#x20AC;&#x153;paintâ&#x20AC;? their food. After breakfast, make drums out of empty oatmeal containers and decorate them with stickers, yarn, glitter and construction paper. î &#x201C;en, view artwork just outside Prince William at the Workhouse Arts Center in 22 | June 2013 prince william living

Lorton, or visit the Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory in Old Town Manassas to check out the Caton Merchant Family Gallery. (If your budget permits, each facility oďŹ&#x20AC;ers classes in multimedia for all ages.) While in Manassas, you can also grab a bite to eat and watch the trains drive by. End the day with an outdoor concert or family movie at the Workhouse, or an outdoor concert and ice cream at the Harris Pavilion in Manassas. See each place's website for a schedule of events. Schedule Fun in the Sun Plan a visit to Locust Shade Park, located down the street from the Museum of the Marine Corps. You could see both the same day. Locust Shade Park includes a marina on an 8-acre lake, playgrounds, tennis and volleyball courts, pavilion rentals, horseshoe pits and a 400-seat outdoor amphitheater. Check ahead for special presentations at the amphitheater, which features everything from reptile shows to musical performances. Picnic and play areas are well-shaded, and the park also has batting cages, a golf driving range, an 18-hole miniature golf course and a ďŹ shing area. Bring charcoal and a cooler of food and stay for dinner, using one of the many picnic areasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; grills. î &#x201C;ere are also several trails for nature hiking. Remember to pack plenty of water and wear hats, long pants and comfortable shoes if hiking, to help avoid ticks, scratches and scrapes. î &#x201C;ereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no swimming in the marina, but there are boat rentals if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to get out on the water. So if you've got a week oďŹ&#x20AC; work coming, but don't want to haul to the beach, stay in Prince William. Plan a great summer of fun for your family that includes sleeping in your own bed at night.

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giving back Prince William Crime Prevention Council Takes Bite Out of Crime By Audrey Harman, Contributing Writer


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stablished in 1982, the Prince William Crime Prevention Council (PWCPC) is a nonprofit organization based in Manassas that promotes the community's involvement in preventing local crime.

“Community outreach is the council’s sole purpose,” said PWCPC President Irene Pospolita. Working in conjunction with the Prince William County Police Crime Prevention Unit, the council holds local neighborhood and community meetings to promote the national Neighborhood Watch program and to educate area residents on crime prevention. Run by individual volunteers and representatives of community service organizations, churches and businesses, “the council acts as a liaison between local citizens and the police department and is a forum for both to exchange ideas on crime reduction and prevention,” Pospolita said. e crime prevention unit and the PWCPC are “partners in community outreach. It is a grassroots effort,” said First Sergeant Ruben Castilla, the crime prevention unit supervisor. To become involved, community members can attend the meetings, or join or start a Neighborhood Watch in their own neighborhood, Castilla said. However, “you don’t have to be a part of the watches to attend the meetings,” he explained. e council also holds alternating bimonthly board and membership meetings. “ese meetings are open to the public and allow every Neighborhood Watch in the community to attend and have a voice,” Castilla said. Prince William has more than 320 Neighborhood Watches, Pospolita reported. e PWCPC board of directors is comprised of 15 members, all but one elected by council members, who vote every two years. e president, secretary and treasurer are board-elected. e board’s vice president, a member of the crime prevention unit, is appointed. To help launch and grow local Neighborhood Watch programs, the crime prevention unit during neighborhood and community meetings trains watch members on how to successfully operate their programs, Castilla said. e unit, which includes three crime prevention officers and a civilian crime prevention specialist, first 24 | June 2013 prince william living

The Prince William Crime Prevention Council educates residents on crime prevention through community outreach.

encourages leaders of proposed watch programs to spread the word and gain interest for starting a watch. e unit then explains to watch members what is and isn’t a crime, what is suspicious activity, how to report a crime and when and who to call, he said. “We explain the process and how crime is prioritized so they can get a picture of reality,” explained Castilla. e training lasts about an hour, and afterward, members post Neighborhood Watch signs. Representatives of local Neighborhood Watches are expected to reach out weekly or monthly to a unit contact to update the team on what has been going on, Castilla said. “ere are three contacts in the crime prevention unit for the county—one for the west end and two for the east end,” he said. To support Neighborhood Watches, the council puts out the “Watchdog Observer,” a newsletter edited by the crime prevention unit and distributed to more than 25,000 community members, Pospolita said. e newsletter keeps readers up to date on crime prevention information, community crime statistics and the council’s activities, she said. e crime prevention unit also oversees other types of local watch programs that the council promotes and supports. ese include

the Fleet Watch, which organizes local businesses with mobile communication capabilities, such as employees who routinely drive company vehicles throughout Prince William. e drivers serve as extra eyes to report suspicious activities, Castilla said. e area has more than 40 Fleet Watches, according to Pospolita. Another is Worship Watch, “which relies on members of churches, synagogues, mosques and temples to look for crime and report it,” Pospolita said. ere are nearly 20 Worship Watches in Prince William, she added. In addition to supporting local Neighborhood Watches, the council promotes the Certified Crime Prevention Business program sponsored by the Prince William County Police Department and overseen by its crime prevention unit, which developed the program. e free program, available to businesses in Prince William County and its incorporated towns, addresses new crime and safety issues within the business community. e program’s purpose is to encourage business owners to become more involved in reducing the opportunity for crime to occur in their establishments. Prince William has more than 60 of these programs, Pospolita said. Additionally, the council participates in numerous communitybased activities and public safety campaigns to promote crime prevention. Last year the PWCPC, the crime prevention unit, and the retail giant Target Corporation got together for Crime Prevention Month during October to raise awareness for the annual “National Night Out,” a crime and drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. e event, held the first Tuesday night of August each year, is “America’s Night Out against Crime,” when neighbors come together in

communities across the country to step outside in a show of united force against crime. e council and the crime prevention unit also partnered in the annual “National Take Back Initiative” on April 27 to collect expired drugs in the community and dispose of them properly. Under the initiative, individuals throughout the country have an opportunity to safely dispose of unused and expired medications. e council hosts several fund-raising activities as well. One of the largest is the PWCPC’s annual golf tournament, slated for June 6 this year at Bristow Manor Golf Club. Funds raised during the event, the PWCPC’s sixth annual tournament, covers the council’s budget, according to Pospolita. More information about the tournament can be found at or on the council’s Facebook page. anks to a grant received from Target Corporation, last year the council funded an anti-bullying campaign in Prince William County public schools. PWCPC volunteers distributed pamphlets and resources to schools to help reduce bullying and cyberbullying among students and to educate parents on bullying, Pospolita said. For more information about the council’s activities or how to start a watch program, call the council at 703-792-7270 or email e next board meeting is June 10 at the Western District Station, 8900 Freedom Center Blvd., in Manassas. Audrey Harman, of Woodbridge, has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Spanish from Hollins University and is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in publications design at the University of Baltimore. She can be reached at

Prince William’s Own McGruff, the Crime Fighting Dog ome may be familiar with the National Crime Prevention Council’s McGruff, the iconic trench coat-wearing dog and his “Take a bite out of crime” slogan, synonymous with crime prevention in communities across the world.


“Because he’s a dog, kids are attracted to him,” said Tim Castle, who has been playing Prince William’s very own McGruff for the past 12 years. “Most kids know McGruff and come running.” McGruff is a positive symbol for the police that teaches kids to not be afraid of them, Castle said. “He has a badge and is mostly with a police officer, so kids see McGruff as an authority figure to be respected. He gets kids aware of the police.” Castle has been with the Prince William Crime Prevention Council for 15 years, and started his Neighborhood Watch shortly after he moved to his newly built Linton Hall Road neighborhood. He said he earned his role as McGruff one hot summer day when he donned the canine costume at a baseball game of the Potomac Nationals, known then as the Cannons. In weather like that, “it’s yours from that point on,” Castle said.

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home & hearth Evolution of “The Man Cave” By Denise Smith, Design Consultant or some, the term “interior design” conjures images of perfectly decorated homes orchestrated by temperamental designers stubbornly insisting on beauty over livability. Television has certainly done little to quell this prejudice, because—let’s face it—shows with caricatures are fun to watch.


This image is far from the truth. The purpose of design is to make a home work—even if what one household member asks for is anathema to the overall design plan of the rest. This is most apparent in the explosive popularity of “The Man Cave.”

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Hardly a day goes by when I don’t hear a reference to “The Man Cave.” Now granted, I may be more attuned to this trend considering my line of work, but even still, it is obvious that the idea of a male-only sanctuary has invaded popular culture. “The Man Cave” can run the gambit from an area of the home which is left undecorated to a fully designed, custombuilt refuge. This masculine refuge can often be found in the garage or basement. The overriding premise for “The Man Cave” is function over form with the specific intention of being a respite from the “civilized” (and often feminine) rules of the rest of the home. In 1992, pop psychologist John Gray coined the term “Man Cave,” which was officially added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary just last year. However, the idea of a personal space for men to retreat goes back much further. What began as an area of the home dedicated to the workbench grew in scope and square footage over decades to become what it is today. A fully tricked-out “Man Cave” can include a putting green, televisions covering an entire wall, and a built-in bar complete with taps. More realistically, this space is intentionally haphazard. Some couples compromise, and call a decorator, who uses a masculine theme, such as the colors and memorabilia of a favorite sports team, in a portion of the house that satisfies everyone—because, ultimately, it’s an interior designer’s job to be sure the home functions well for the entire family, whether each member has a designated space or not.

Denise Smith is the design and sales consultant of FA Design Build, a locally owned and operated full-service remodeling and contracting firm located in Woodbridge and Fairfax. The company was founded in 2004 as a subsidiary of FlooringAmerica®. You can reach Smith with your design questions at

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Malones Where Traditional Embraces Modern By Charlotte Rodina, Contributing Writer


ocated in a newly updated, nearly 140-year-old historic church, Malones of Manassas offers a blend of traditional and modern in a setting that embraces both old and new. Abstract modern artwork embellishes the dining room walls of this new eatery on the corner of Main and Church Street in the heart of Old Town Manassas—a contrast to the century-old spruce pilings interspersed throughout the room. Owner Kevin Malone, a native of Manassas, likes the mingling. “I’ve always loved this building,” he said of the brownstone church adorned with stained glass and cast iron, giving it a slightly gothic feel from the outside. However, the inside of the newly opened restaurant, which first welcomed customers on Feb. 1, has been freshly remodeled. Malone remembers when the building, built in 1875 as the Manassas Presbyterian Church, was a weekly meeting place for his Boy Scout troop. In 1977, church members moved to a new building constructed to accommodate the growing congregation.

Since then, the old church has housed several restaurants, changing ownership a number of times over the years. Malone said his predecessors were unsuccessful because of a lack of investment into interior remodeling. So as soon as he bought the place, he began redesigning the inside.

Photo courtesy Sean Floars

Malone is no stranger to remodeling restaurants, or operating an eatery. He left Manassas for a career that spans 30 years in the food industry and worked his way up from bartending and managing to become a regional manager whose job was remodeling and improving underperforming Ruby Tuesday restaurants around the country. After moving back to Manassas, he decided to open his own restaurant. Major changes to the building’s interior include an updated bar area with a granite counter, remodeled bathrooms and repainted walls and ceilings as well as updates to the lighting and landscape. While 28 | June 2013 prince william living

Randolph-Macon College in Ashland and more recently at the National Marine Corps Museum in Quantico. He was also the chef de cuisine at the Iron Horse, an award-winning Ashland restaurant with Southern modern American fare. Following Malones’ menu starters are a selection of five salads, including the arugula and apple salad, which comes with prosciutto-wrapped dates, caramelized walnuts and manchego cheese. Entrees include pork, beef, chicken and seafood. e panseared scallops with sauce bonnefoy (a traditional French sauce), which is served with house grits, sautéed spinach and crispy garlic chips, is the top-selling dinner choice, Gulden said. “We sell a lot of scallops,” he added, noting that seafood is the main attraction at Malones. Some menu items will change seasonally. Gulden plans to add an heirloom tomato caprese salad to the menu this summer. Photo courtesy Sean Floars

Diners can go French with dessert by ordering an apple gallette or crème brulee. Southern-style bourbon bread pudding and molten chocolate cake are also available. Gulden makes the desserts as well as the main fare.

Jamie Gulden, Malones’ chef, oversees the kitchen.

the décor is more modern, including hanging lights with soft gold fabric and green-and-gold pillows on bench seats, the historic feel of the old church has been preserved. An intricately carved headboard from an antique bedframe adorns the area above the three-sided bar, and the metal spiral staircase that leads upstairs gives the room an Old-World feel. e restaurant’s lower level, open for fine dining at dinner, includes several tables draped with white and taupe tablecloths under crystal glasses and mirrored vases. e room seats 60 people. is summer the upper floor will also be open, for lunch, dinner and late-night drinks, with a freshly-installed four-sided bar in the room’s center and a stage in the back for live entertainment, Malone said.

Menu Blends Modern Southern and Old World e subtle blend of modern and traditional extends to Malones’ food. e menu, split into three straight-forward sections of starters, salads and entrees, includes a varied selection that lists Southern modern American dishes alongside sophisticated fare that incorporates tastes of Spanish, French and Italian cuisine. Under appetizers and on the bar menu, for example, Southerninspired Shrimp n’ Grits can be found next to the popular French dish, Mussels Poulette, in a garlic white wine cream sauce with grilled baguettes. Chef Jamie Gulden commands the kitchen and menu. “Our goal is to exceed expectations,” said Gulden, a former student of the renowned French Master Chef Alain Lecompte, who opened and operates the highly-rated classical French restaurant Chez Max in Richmond. A Richmond native, Gulden was the executive chef at

ere is full bar service as well, and lining a storage rack on the back wall in the cozy, softly lit dining room, domestic and imported wines are available by the glass or bottle. e fare has expanded. In April, the restaurant began serving brunch on Sundays. e menu includes pancakes, eggs, bacon, omelets and Eggs Benedict. Gulden described the breakfast fare as traditional, but with a unique and surprising twist.

Patrons Fill Malones Although Malones has limited advertisement, the restaurant has had a waiting list every weekend since opening night and is never empty on weekdays, Malone said. Online reviews on tripadvisor® are also positive. “is is a must-go for dining out in Manassas. … e food was fantastic and the service superb,” wrote one patron. “Appetizer, main course and dessert were all perfect, and the excellent service made everything taste just that much better,” another noted. Support from Malone’s family, friends and neighbors gives his restaurant a comforting and welcoming vibe, said the owner, who described operating his establishment as similar to attending a high school reunion. He is constantly running into old friends, Malone said. He also enjoys seeing new faces each night. Being near family and friends, old and new, is the best part of his new business, he said: “I couldn’t ask for more.” Malone said he hopes the restaurant becomes a treasure of Manassas. Malones is located at 9329 Main Street in Manassas. Visit for restaurant hours and more information. Charlotte Rodina is a student at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg and has written for her school newspaper and website. When not attending college, she lives with her family in Manassas. She can be emailed at prince william living June 2013 | 29

your finances Financing that Fun Summer By Rebecca Barnes, Prince William Living Publisher ummer is here and thoughts turn to vacations and fun spots. Lots of attractions and activities are free, but others have an expense attached. So how do you afford the good times?


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Spare some change. Each time you empty your pockets at night, put your change in a jar. Have your kids search the house and car, too, for any loose or lost coins. You’ll be surprised how fast it adds up. An entire year of everyone placing change in the jar can make a major dent in paying for a summer vacation.

Find something in your budget that the whole family can give up. Maybe it’s dinner out or cable. Reassign those dollars toward summer fun. Don’t have a budget? Start one. List all the places and ways you’re spending money, and pinpoint what you can easily do without.

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calendar Manassas Heritage Railway Festival June 1 ● 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Harris Pavilion and Manassas Train Depot Old Town Manassas / Manassas Experience Manassas at its best during the 19th annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival. is family celebration of rich railroad history features train memorabilia, specialty vendors and live performances. Country and bluegrass music will transport you, as you watch miniature model trains come to life in displays by local model train clubs. Board one of four round-trip train excursions to Clifton (at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.). Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Manassas Train Station.

Ask a Master Gardener June 8 and 22 ● 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Manassas City Farmers’ Market Corner of West and Prince William streets in Old Town Manassas / Manassas Get answers to your gardening questions from Master Gardener Volunteers. Call 703-792-7747 for more information.

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June 9 ● 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Patriot High School 10504 Kettle Run Road / Nokesville e Tiny Dancers Spring Recital will present the classic tale of “Sleeping Beauty.” Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, call 703-7542210 or visit

“Put Technology to Work for Your Business”

June 13 ● 7:45 a.m. – 10 a.m. Prince William Chamber of Commerce 9720 Capital Court, Suite 203 / Manassas In this nuts-and-bolts session of the Prince William Business Academy, business owners learn about technology systems that drive businesses, also exploring current trends in business and technology and how to include them in their offices. Price is $25 for chamber members, $50 for nonmembers. Details and registration are online at

Manassas Wine and Jazz Festival June 16 ● Noon – 7 p.m. Manassas Museum 9101 Prince William Street / Manassas Now in its ninth year, the Manassas Wine and Jazz Festival is held on Father’s Day each year and will be located this year on the Manassas Museum lawn. Featuring headline jazz artists, this event is an intimate and relaxing afternoon of tasting and purchasing wines from awardwinning Virginia wine artisans. Tickets can be purchased at the Manassas Train Depot and online at

Friends of Leesylvania Monthly Meeting

June 18 ● 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Drive / Woodbridge e Friends of Leesylvania State Park assist visitors, protect the park’s natural resources and raise money to support programs, such as the Junior Rangers, “Free Kids’ Fishing” tournaments and “Haunted History” hikes. e group also promotes the park’s nature, history and activities, including fishing and boating. Group members have diverse interests and different backgrounds. Many membership options are available. For more information, email e organization’s monthly meetings are the third Tuesday of each month.

BRMC Youth Summer Herpetology Camp June 20 and 21 ● 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Session 1) June 22-25 ● 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Session 2) Herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians. Bull Run Mountains Conservancy (BRMC) invites your child to spend a two-day hike handling, searching and observing salamanders, frogs, lizards, snakes and turtles on the Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve. Discovering more about these unique creatures will add to your child’s understanding of natural systems. Marty Martin, a preeminent rattlesnake expert, will join the camp for one day at each session. For ages 7 to 12. Price: $150 ($100 for BRMC members). Register online at

Center for the Arts’ Summer Sounds Concert Bagpipes and Celtic Dancers June 22 ● 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Harris Pavilion 9116 Center Street / Manassas roughout each summer, the Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory, in partnership with Micron Technology Foundation, the City of Manassas and the Harris Pavilion, offers free concerts on alternate Saturday evenings. Bring your chairs, blankets and picnics to enjoy these free concerts with your friends and neighbors. See the schedule at, under “Programs.”

Prince William Chamber of Commerce’s Putt Putt Scramble June 28 ● 9:30 a.m. – Noon Broad Run Golf & Practice Facility 10201 Golf Academy Drive / Bristow Participate to raise money for the Young Professionals of Northern Virginia (YPNOVA) Scholarship to send one of YPNOVA’s members to “Leadership Prince William.” Families and friends are welcome to this special and fun event. Costs are $20 per chamber member, $45 per non-chamber member and $60 per foursome. Become a tee sponsor for $65, which includes one ticket. To be a tee sponsor, email For more information, visit

Music at the Marina June 29 ● 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Leesylvania State Park 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Drive / Woodbridge See “Country Current,” the U.S. Navy's premiere country-bluegrass ensemble. Nationally renowned for its versatility and “eye-popping” musicianship, the band performs a blend of modern country music and cutting-edge bluegrass. During the concert there will also be children’s activities. Afterward, watch the fireworks over the Potomac River. e concert is sponsored by Steve’s Auto Repair ( and Friends of Leesylvania State Park. For more information, call 703-730-8205.

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ick off your summer with an outdoor adventure just minutes from your own back yard. With pristine parks, rivers and mountains, Prince William and Manassas offer some of the most scenic outdoor opportunities in the region, which the whole family can enjoy without breaking the bank.


A perfect way to connect with the family is to pack your sleeping bags and head to a community camping hot spot. Help the scout in your family earn another badge by teaching him or her how to pitch a tent at Greenville Farms in Haymarket. While there, learn about day-to-day farming operations and enjoy the animals. Or stay in the historic cabins, built in the 1930s, at Prince William Forest National Park near Dumfries. During World War II, the U.S. Office of Strategic Services used the cabins as a location to train spies.

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Other activities I love during the summer involve the water. Executive Director Discover Prince William & Manassas Take your family for a cruise along the Occoquan River aboard a Miss Rivershore Charters boat. Or try your hand at steering your own boat at Locust Shade Park in Triangle or at Lake Ridge Golf & Marina, where paddle boats are available for rent. The parks are also great places to fish and catch everything from catfish and largemouth bass to crappie and bluegill. After you learn how to fish, test your new skills at Leesylvania State Park’s kids’ fishing tournaments, which take place on July 6 and Aug. 3. While at the park, stroll down the beach that stretches along the Potomac River and wade in the water. I hope you have a wonderful summer and take advantage of all the outdoor opportunities available in our community. To discover more, visit us at Ann Marie Maher is the executive director of Discover Prince William & Manassas. For more information about what’s going on in Prince William and Manassas, visit

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tambourines and elephants Vacation By DeeDee Corbitt Sauter, Contributing Writer Vacations are dreams. Most everyone fantasizes of getting away to the perfect vacation destination that is either a picturesque hideaway or the scene of party central. My personal idea of an escape haven involves balmy weather near the ocean or a large lake with the scent of nature wafting in through open windows ruffling the curtains as the cabin cools. All I need is a book, a light lunch and a nap. Repeat activities upon awakening. Simplicity at its finest. Of course, some of my friends have diametrically different ideas of the perfect holiday sanctuary: Going out to dinner, dancing, parties, shopping frenzies and visits to local museums. That would drive me insane. Regardless, a vacation by any other name is still a vacation. Yet, ironically, preparing for any type of trip is always an exercise of stress and angst. I am incapable of getting ready for a vacation without piling totes, boxes, suitcases and clearly-labeled bags. I create a checklist for each family member. Then, to make sure I am as redundant as possible, I force each one to make a list of their own and I compare the two. It’s necessary to be comprehensive. I don’t want to miss anything. Our destinations are usually within a five- or 10-mile radius of a Walmart or Target, but I don't want to take chances. There is always the possibility that, with my infamous directional sense—or lack thereof— I could always take a wrong turn on my way to the beach and end up mysteriously stranded on a desert island. My diligence can sometimes be confused with over-packing. But I would have the last laugh when someone is begging for Windex® due to a rogue tropical sandstorm and no one can see through the windshield. Naturally, I would require the obligatory “You were right” as I hand over the coveted cleaner. I would be a hero. You may as well thank me now. It just pays to be prepared. Packing and planning are only the beginning of the vacation freneticism. After I stack the gear in the dining room, take a sip of water and wipe my brow, I am always overcome with the sudden urge, no, need, to clean the entire house. It’s one of those traditions handed down from mother to daughter. Before departure, the house must be immaculate. Otherwise, something dire may happen, although this danger has never been identified. It is necessary to return to an immaculate home. These teachings are not just modeled in action or shared over a cup of coffee, but DNA modifications actually occur within the marrow of the matriarch. Darwin would agree. Baseboards are washed, toys are tossed, all laundry is completed, floors are mopped and the refrigerator is scoured. The smell of Pine-Sol® and

bleach must fill the air. If you are not nauseated and dizzy, then the job has not been satisfactorily completed. Then, and only then, can a final walkthrough with the last checklist occur. The journey can begin. My last family trip involved 16 hours in a minivan with my children, my husband and my father. None of these Y-chromosome passengers have any diagnosed illnesses that should cause travelling with them to be a hardship. But behavior that is somewhat acceptable at home can induce hallucinations and seizures while we are confined in a vehicle driving down the highway at over 70 miles per hour. Singing all day long, quoting SpongeBob, and asking repetitive, nonsensical questions are all perfectly acceptable in children when I can run from the kitchen or lock myself in the bathroom while huddling in a fetal position. When the venue was condensed into an odiferous, poorly-ventilated steel nightmare, I entertained thoughts of leaping from the window somewhere in the middle of Georgia. One would assume that surviving the pre-vacation planning and the actual road trip would ensure a week or 10 days of complete bliss. Unfortunately, the whining, tantrums and begging are always packed with the rest of the belongings and come out to play at inopportune times. None of that compares to the fits the children can throw. It never ends. The bottom line is that whether the fantasy getaway involves solitude or circuses, time with family and friends creates memories that will never go away, which may or may not be a good thing. No matter how much you plan and how much research is done prior to the trip, vacations take on a life of their own. They become a separate entity from the everyday family dynamics and influence everything. Don’t fight it. Just laugh and make sure Motrin® is on your checklist. It’s all in the family! DeeDee Corbitt Sauter is a resident of Prince William County. Her column, “Tambourines and Elephants,” appears monthly in Prince William Living.

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