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table of contents June 2014 Vol. 4 No. 6

FEATURE STORY “Always at Home Wherever We Roam”: Why More People Are Adopting the RV Lifestyle......................................................4

DEPARTMENTS from the publisher..................................................3 advertiser index......................................................3

4 Photo courtesy Lindsey Reines, Reines RV Center

on a high note Hannele Lahti: Exposing Nature ..........................10 destinations Minor League, Major Fun: Pfitzner Stadium Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary ......12 taking care of business Danny Barker of Penguin Paddling Brings “Active Meditation” to the Community ....16 family fun Getting Your Kids Outside, and around Nature....18

12 Photo courtesy Sean Floars

giving back Prince William’s Boy Scouts: Learning, Leading, Serving....................................22 local flavor Gunnis Restaurant & Grille: A Hidden Gem Worth Finding ............................26 calendar ..............................................................30 tambourines and elephants User Manual ........................................................35


22 Photo courtesy Amy Falkofske

health & wellness ................................................14 home & hearth ....................................................24 your finances ......................................................28 Discover Prince William & Manassas................31

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The premiere lifestyle magazine of Prince William and Greater Manassas

Prince William Living Publisher Rebecca Barnes Contributing Writers Cindy Brookshire, Amanda Causey, Amy Falkofske, Helena Tavares Kennedy, Dr. Christopher Leet, Peter Lineberry, Ann Marie Maher, Jen Rader, DeeDee Corbitt Sauter, Bennett Whitlock, Vickie Williamson Editor in Chief Emily Guerrero Copy & Production Editor Val Wallace Assistant Editor Peter Lineberry

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from the publisher On the Road


uch of the focus in this month’s issue is on the outdoors, which makes sense; June is the beginning of summer vacation. Travel by plane, train and automobile starts. On page 4, writer Helena Tavares Kennedy takes us on a trip suitable for all ages in “Always at Home Wherever We Roam,” looking at why more people are adopting the RV lifestyle. As some Prince William families know, RVing is an excellent way to spend time outdoors and see the country while never leaving the comforts of “home.”

And who knows more about the great outdoors than the Boy Scouts of America? In “Giving Back,” on page 22, Amy Falkofske highlights the local Boy Scouts in Prince William and how the youth organization is building future leaders in our area with projects that serve our community as well as get our boys outdoors and learning self-reliance. Speaking of boys, what young man doesn't like baseball? June’s “Destinations” takes us “out to the ballgame” as Pfitzner Stadium celebrates its 30th anniversary. Read about some of the ballpark’s

Advertiser Index Alpha Pets ................................................................................36 Ameriprise–Whitlock Wealth Management ............................29 Apple FCU ................................................................................29 Beitzell Fence ............................................................................21 Best Western Battlefield Inn ....................................................25 CAP Accounting, LLC................................................................29 CASA..........................................................................................36 Christ Chapel ............................................................................36 City of Manassas Park—Parks & Recreation ..........................15 Creative Brush Studio ..............................................................36 Crossfit Gathos..........................................................................19 Crossroads Realtors ................................................................28 Dance Etc...................................................................................32 Dansk Day Spa at Occoquan......................................................7 Discover Prince William & Manassas......................................31 Edgemoor Art Studio................................................................36 Emeritus at Lake Ridge ............................................................32 EuroBronze................................................................................36 Frame Magic Video ..................................................................21 FURR Roofing..............................................................................7 Gaeltek, LLC ................................................................................7 Gainesville Ballet ......................................................................15 GEICO ........................................................................................29 Harbour View ............................................................................34 Historic Manassas, Inc. ............................................................32 Imagewerks ..............................................................................36 Interior Eloquence ....................................................................36 Keep Prince William Beautiful..................................................36 Leadership Prince William..........................................................9 Linton Hall School ....................................................................21

activities planned for this summer, as well as plans for the future in “Minor League, Major Fun,” by Peter Lineberry, on page 12. Also, the National Wildlife Federation’s popular, nationwide Great American Backyard CampoutTM is in June, and Amanda Causey shares her s’mores recipe and tips on how to unplug and head outside in this month’s “Family Fun,” on page 18. Lastly (but not last), nature never looked so good as Cindy Brookshire introduces us to Hannele Lahti in “On a High Note," on page 10. This award-winning photographer shows us the beauty of the outdoors in her work and through her eyes. We hope that this month’s Prince William Living inspires you to take some time to experience nature. Just remember to wear sunscreen as you head outside. Enjoy your summer and stay safe. Sincerely, Rebecca Barnes Prince William Living Publisher

Madison Cresent ......................................................................32 Magnificent Belly Dance ..........................................................36 Merry Maids ..............................................................................36 Manassas Christian School ......................................................19 Novant Health ..........................................................................C4 Patriot Scuba ............................................................................25 Pediatric Achievements ..............................................................8 Peggy and Bill Burke, Virginia Realty Partners, LLC ..............24 Piedmont Physical Therapy........................................................8 Potomac Place ............................................................................8 Prince William Chamber of Commerce ..................................15 Prince William Ice Center..........................................................19 Prince William Library System ................................................19 Prince William OBGYN ............................................................19 PRTC/OmniLink ........................................................................33 Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center ............................C2 Simply Stunning Faces ............................................................25 SPARK ........................................................................................15 Spectrum ............................................................................25, 36 Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center ......................................9 Tackett’s Mill Center ..................................................................21 The Arc of Greater Prince William/INSIGHT ..........................36 The Point at Park Station............................................................8 Tiny Dancers ............................................................................20 VanEch Studio ..........................................................................32 Vintage Moving & Storage ................................................25, 36 Vision Finders Design ..............................................................36 Washington Square Associates ..............................................36 Westminster at Lake Ridge ......................................................34 WineStyles ..................................................................................8 Yellow Cab ................................................................................36

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“Always at Home Wherever We Roam ” Why More People Are Adopting the RV Lifestyle By Helena Tavares Kennedy

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eisurely traveling whenever you want, wherever you want isn’t only for retirees. Many enjoy the freedom of traveling by recreational vehicle, commonly referred to as “RVing,” regardless of their stage in life. In fact, the largest growing segment of RV owners are age 35 to 54, according to a national survey sponsored by the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) ( Lindsey Reines, owner of Reines RV Center on Balls Ford Road in Manassas, helped to explain this shift, noting that the ability to accommodate the entire family affordably can be a draw. “We are having younger families buying RVs because with low interest rates they are affordable. Many of the units we sell have bunk beds in both motorhomes and travel trailers,” he said. “Travel Trailers that are well equipped and can sleep up to seven people are very popular in the price range between $13,000 and $19,000.” RVIA’s 2011 study, which the University of Michigan conducted, also shows that RV ownership remains at high levels across all age groups, with a record 8.9 million households in the U.S. reporting RV ownership. RVIA announced that in February alone, RV manufacturers shipped nearly 31,000 RVs. An 11.5 percent increase over shipments during the same month last year, this was the largest February shipment in eight years. In 2013, the RV industry shipped more than 321,000 RVs throughout the country, a gain of 12.4 percent over shipments during 2012.

Why Are More People RVing? There are a number of reasons for such RV industry growth. “I think more people are being turned off on flying, hotels and cruise ships. They are finding that RV travel is a great way to spend a weekend with the family or just to take off and see America,” said Reines. RVIA, in an April report on its website, summed up some of the benefits of owning a RV:

n Provides quality family time. According to RVIA, RV owners in a Harris Interactive survey reported that RV travel enables them to experience nature and outdoor activities and enjoy quality family time. RVers reported stronger bonds with loved ones and benefits to children. n Saves money. Citing a 2011 study prepared for RVIA by PKF Consulting USA, a member of an international travel and tourism consulting group, RVIA reported that a family of four traveling in a RV spends 23-to-59 percent less than for other types of vacations, even after factoring in ownership costs and fuel. Even when fuel prices rise, more than 80 percent of RV owners said their RV vacations cost less than other forms of travel.

n Accommodates a variety of uses. RV owners use their RVs to participate in leisure activities “as diverse as the people who own them,” according to RVIA. Tailgating, traveling with pets and engaging in outdoor sports are just some of the leisure activities RV owners enjoy in their recreational vehicles. (continues on page 6)

Photos courtesy Lindsey Reines, Reines RV Center

Most RVers start in a travel trailer, said Lindsey Reines, owner of Reines RV Center in Manassas. Many trailers today are much lighter than ones years ago, making it much easier for smaller vehicles to tow them, he said. prince william living June 2014 | 5

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n Is tax deductible. For most RV buyers, interest on their loan is deductible as second home mortgage interest.

n Permits travel freedom. RV owners surveyed said that their RV makes it easier to take more frequent weekend getaways or mini-vacations that accommodate busy family schedules.

There’s also the comfort factor. “Always at home wherever we roam” is a RVer saying.

A Lifetime Interest Area resident Norm Frizzle has been RVing since age 9. Frizzle, an engineer at the British multinational defense technology company QinetiQ and a volunteer with the Nokesville Volunteer Fire Department, grew up in Massachusetts. His family rented a camper at a lake in Maine for their summer vacations. After college, Frizzle bought a pop-up camper for summer vacations and eventually purchased a 31-foot pull-behind that sleeps eight. He said he uses the RV about six times a year to go anywhere from Canada to Florida. Frizzle said he prefers the pull-behind because once he’s arrived at his destination, he can unhook his car to sightsee.

“I think more people ... are finding that RV travel is a great way to spend a weekend with the family or to just take off and see America.” — Lindsey Reines However, “you don’t even need to own a camper to enjoy RVing,” Frizzle said. “You can rent one.” He explained that renting gives you a taste of the RV lifestyle, and if you really enjoy it, then you can look at buying a RV.

Recreational vehicles today can be relatively spacious, coming in all shapes and sizes and with a variety of features.

Price is also a consideration. A smaller new motorhome starts at about $50,000, said Reines, adding that larger new gas models sell for about $80,000 to $115,000, and big diesel deluxe motorhomes start at about $160,000. To keep down costs, you can buy a used RV. About 40 percent of sales at Reines’ business are pre-owned recreational vehicles, he said.

Not Your Grandma’s RV Early RVs in the 1970s sometimes weren’t more than a mattress in the back of a van. Today, they come with technology and luxuries you may not expect. Even the smaller and more affordable travel trailers, fifth-wheels and pop-up trailers contain basic furnishings, such as a bed and kitchen or dining area. Higher-end RVs are full of home conveniences, such as a flatscreen TV, air conditioning, a full bathroom and king-size bed. They may also sport an icemaker, microwave and side and rear cameras for easier navigation.

Local couple Yonnie and Tina Nania started camping in tents when their kids were young. Eventually they bought a conversion van and then a pop-up trailer and now have a 36-foot Class A motorhome that they have owned for four years, Yonnie Nania said. Their flexible work schedule allows them to travel for long weekends in their motorhome, which they use six or seven days a month to visit their children and grandkids, who live in Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and other areas.

You can even maintain communication and online access on the road. “We have our mobile phones, Cathy has an iPad, and we use a Verizon Hotspot where needed on the road,” said Burnett “Chip” Deyerle, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, of the devices he and his wife, also retired, bring when RVing.

“We were going to buy a cabin at Lake Anna, but a friend suggested we look at motorhomes instead, so we could go to different lakes all over the country instead of being tied to one lake all the time,” said Yonnie Nania. The couple spoke to Reines at Reines RV Center and researched a variety of motorhomes over two years. “[We] even went to the RV show at the Dulles Expo before we finally decided on which motorhome to buy,” he said.

“We stay at RV parks which have solid and reliable Wi-Fi. KOA® campgrounds [found throughout the U.S. and Canada] do a consistent job in providing reliable Wi-Fi,” he said. “We have the option of having either satellite TV when traveling or we can receive TV signals off the air through our antenna system on the RV. We also select campgrounds that provide cable hookup to avoid the cost of having satellite TV.”

Besides size, when buying a RV, “you should consider if you want a gas engine, which is less powerful, but fine for shorter trips and is less expensive, or if you want a diesel engine which is more expensive, but better for long trips, especially anywhere with hills or mountains like going out West,” said Nania.

The Deyerles, former Bristow residents who recently moved to Colorado, travel to Palm Desert, Calif., each November through December, proof that RVing isn’t limited to summer. “It’s a long drive for us, but our planned stops along the way permit us to visit old friends and family,” said Chip Deyerle.

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In the spirit of camaraderie, RVers meet to share food, music and stories. Nania belongs to Virginia Allegro Lovers, a chapter of the national Allegro Club, which is comprised of owners of RVs manufactured by Tiffin Motorhomes. Group members meet once a month in locations including Virginia Beach, Luray in the Shenandoah Valley and Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Nania said. The club often plans in advance, with members taking turns as “wagon master,” or meeting organizer. The gatherings usually include a potluck. RVers may also tie hobbies into their travel. Nania said one member of Virginia Allegro Lovers visits lighthouses, and another has a goal to see every presidential library in the country.

RVing in Prince William Deluxe RVs include plush amenities, such as microwaves, kitchen islands, flat-screen TVs, air conditioning, Internet access and even fireplaces.

He noted that cooler seasons are “when campfires in the evenings add a special delight to camping and family experience. For some RVers, an electric space heater is all that is needed to spend a nominally warm night. Larger RVs have an on-board furnace fired by propane or a heat pump to keep things comfortable, even on a cold and windy Virginia night.”

Making Connections RVers interviewed said that RVing is not just about going out on your own to travel, but about joining a community. “What I think is so amazing is how friendly everyone is, and [how] you are not restricted to just your local town or area for friends. You make friends with other RVers wherever you go,” said Nania, who referred to RVing as “living the dream.”

Prince William includes and is also near numerous popular destinations ideal for weekend RV trips. “Fridays, you hit traffic early and make your way over to Route 50 to the Eastern Shore for the beach, nice restaurants or just to hook up with fellow RVers for rest and relaxation,” said Deyerle. “Other RVers from [Prince William] head out on Route 95 North or South to camping destinations in Maryland and southside Virginia,” he said. “Route 66 West and Interstate 81 offer prime camping spots in the Shenandoah Valley and western Pennsylvania.” Of the local RVers making these weekend trips, Deyerle said, “families find it to be an easy way to spend time together and see the area, especially state parks and historical locations. … Many [are] located a short drive in Virginia, West Virginia [and] Maryland.” At 32 to 36 feet or more, RVs can be large, and some homeowners’ associations don’t permit parking RVs in driveways or yards. However, most RVers start with a travel trailer that can be pulled by a pickup truck or passenger car, said Deyerle. (continues on page 9)

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Enjoying the Adventure From young families to retirees visiting grandchildren to adventurous solo travelers, the options are nearly endless when your home is on wheels. Whatever the reason to RV, every vacation is an opportunity to create memories and savor experiences. For instance, no camping experience is complete without s’mores and a hot cup of coffee or hot cocoa on a chilly night, said Deyerle. Also, don’t let technology replace gathering around a campfire and storytelling, he advised. “There are always stories to be told about past camping adventures, experiences, hikes and sights seen. It is also the time to make plans for the next day, or the next RV trip,” Deyerle said. Marketing and communications consultant Helena Tavares Kennedy has resided in Manassas for 13 years. She enjoys freelance writing and dreaming about a RV vacation with her husband and two children. She can be reached at or visit her blog,

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Hannele Lahti Exposing Nature By Cindy Brookshire


ationally recognized documentary and fine art photographer Hannele Lahti remembers the first time she picked up a camera. She was 5. It was a pink Minnie Mouse 110. Later, while she was in junior high, her father bought her a Petri 35mm from a pawn shop. “It was just a single lens SLR,” she recalled.

Everything about nature Hannele Lahti fascinated her, from the rippling waters of Lake Wesserunsett in central Maine, where she grew up, to the long drives out to Wyoming to visit the ranch where her grandmother worked. “My parents were both teachers, so we had the summers off to go on road trips,” she explained. Wild horses often became the subject of her focus. She also seeks water, inspired by the first art show she attended as a child: a showcase of several oil paintings by French Impressionist Claude Monet, including “Water Lilies.”

Maine, as well as in Rochester, New York. Her work as a photographer, which focuses primarily on images of nature, has earned her at least a half-dozen awards. She was a winner in 2013 (Issue 32) in the professional photography category competition of New York-based Creative Quarterly: the Journal of Art & Design, among the top publications of its kind in the world. She also won runner-up in that competition, with a second image she submitted, and she won runner-up again in the magazine’s 33rd edition competition. (That publication listing winners hit stands the end of April.) Additionally, Lahti won a 2005 FOLIO Ozzie Gold Award, recognizing excellence in magazine design (and photography) in New York. At only 33, she is a member and past co-president of the D.C. chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers. She has served on the advisory board and awards committee for FotoWeek DC, rebranded in 2011 to FotoDC, Inc., a nonprofit organization in the nation’s capital committed to providing exposure for photographers and with an annual photo festival that draws more than 40,000 attendees each year.

Lahti brought her water images of her beloved Lake Wesserunsett to her recent “Ebb & Flow” exhibit at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, in Manassas. It’s her second exhibit in Prince William. Last year she participated in a group exhibit at the Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory, in downtown Manassas. She will teach a four-hour workshop there on July 12.

“People think they have to have the right camera. They don’t. It’s more about who’s behind the camera, and what that person has to say,” Lahti said. “You don’t look at a painting and wonder, ‘What brush did the artist use?’ You don’t read a story and ask, ‘What kind of pen did the writer hold?’ Photography is still a new art form in so many ways. It’s only a couple hundred years old and has a long ways to go.”

Lahti, who has exhibited her works as a professional member of Women Photojournalists of Washington, D.C., has participated in 20 shows and exhibits in the past 12 years in Washington and

Lahti, who is a 2003 graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York (with a bachelor’s degree in photography), has paid her dues. She once posed kitschy kids-

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Photos courtesy Hanneli Lahti

This fox family moved into Hannele Lahti’s neighbor’s backyard in Manassas last spring. Lahti said she was obsessed with photographing them for two months, and has devoted a whole gallery to them on her website, including this photo.

Hannele Lahti shot this photo of a yellow dory at the Bay of Islands in western Newfoundland in 2012 while she was on an artist residency at Full Tilt Creative Centre. It won her runner-up in professional photography in Creative Quarterly magazine's 32nd issue competition.

with-bunnies shots in front of roll-down backdrops at a suburban portrait studio. She lit a photo shoot in the dank basement bar of the former Brickskeller (now The Bier Baron Tavern) in Washington, D.C.

couple shares studio space in their home, and represents part of a growing synergy of creative artists drawn to Manassas to invest in its future as an arts and tourism district.

She even shot (photographed that is) historic guns in the National Firearms Museum in Fairfax—including famous weapons from Hollywood action films—as a staff photographer for the National Rifle Association. Since 2008, she has been a contract photographer for National Geographic Creative. Through, her images are showcased among those of hundreds of award-winning photographers to professional buyers around the world. Lahti and her husband—illustrator, oil painter and art professor David Labrozzi—moved to Manassas’s historic district from Arlington in 2009. Lahti focuses her photography on environmental conservation, travel and, more recently, dogs. The

“Old Town Manassas has the cute coffee shop, the café restaurants, the outdoor concerts,” Lahti said. “I want it to attract really good artists, and photographers raise the bar.” She said one of her heroes is Atlanta gallery owner Jennifer Schwartz, who started a nonprofit called Crusade for Art, to encourage communities around the U.S. to connect audiences at the street level with the fresh new work of local artists and photographers. Freelancing in the Washington area for Lahti means covering a hearing on Capitol Hill one week and shooting an occasional video the next. Last summer, she shot “Three Schools in One Day (continues on page 14) prince william living June 2014 | 11


Minor League, Major Fun Pfitzner Stadium Celebrates Its 30 th Anniversary By Peter Lineberry

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ucked behind and a little downhill from the county government administration building in Woodbridge, off of Prince William Parkway on County Complex Court, sits the hidden gem of G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium, home of the Potomac Nationals. Perhaps the stadium’s not really hidden, as the Minor League Baseball team welcomed a club-record 236,000 fans to its 70 home games last season. Yet it is barely visible from the parkway and miles from either of Prince William County’s highways—a fact that may lead to big changes soon. In the meantime, whether you diligently track earned run averages and on-base percentages, or are just searching for a family-oriented summertime activity, a visit to “the Pfitz,” which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, offers a healthy dose of Americana and more fun things to experience than you can shake a Louisville Slugger at.

Meet the Team The Potomac Nationals are the Class-A minor league affiliate of the Washington Nationals. Most players are in their early 20s, not long out of college and hoping their talents will advance them to the AA or AAA leagues and eventually the majors. It does happen: All-time home run king Barry Bonds, Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols and former New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte are but a few over the years who have played home games at Pfitzner. Because of its proximity to D.C., Pfitzner often hosts players from the Washington Nationals on their way back from injury rehab. 12 | June 2014 prince william living

Standings on Breaking Ground for a New Stadium


he landscape forms a natural bowl in the forested area near the intersection of Opitz Boulevard and River Rock Way, between Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center and Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center. The Woodbridge location is also adjacent to I-95. It is here that the Potomac Nationals anticipate breaking ground on a new stadium.

of 2016. We have made great progress in completing the design and marketing of the ballpark to new sponsors. Our situation is unique in that the ballpark is not being paid for with public funds, but by the ball club itself. We believe that the overall design and location will make it the finest sports and entertainment facility in the greater Washington area.”

Retired bank president and lifelong baseball fan Art Silber has owned the team since 1990, when it was known as the Prince William Cannons. In a written statement for this article, Silber said: “We are still optimistic that opening day at our new ballpark at the Potomac Town Center will be April

Added Potomac Nationals Vice President and General Manager Josh Olerud: “Behind the scenes, there’s a lot going on to get us to the point where we can start. ... Nobody wants to see it happen more than we do, and we want to be a part of it.”

Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth, among others, have recently made appearances. When they do, attendance noticeably spikes. Potomac competes in the eight-team Carolina League, including teams from Wilmington, Del., to Myrtle Beach, S.C. In 2013, the team won more than 60 percent of its games, finished first in its division and advanced to the league championship series. “We couldn’t have asked for a better season,” said Bryan Holland, the team’s media relations director. “Perfect synergy, both in the field and in the front office.” Holland also handles play by play for the team for Internet radio and the Nationals’ mobile app.

Big Moments at “the Pfitz” 1984 – The stadium opens as Davis Ford Park, named for the cross-county road that led to it (before Prince William Parkway existed!).

1994 – The county dedicates the stadium to County Supervisor G. Richard Pfitzner, whose efforts were instrumental in moving the Minor League Baseball's Alexandria Dukes in 1984 to Prince William. The team undergoes various name changes, and Major League Baseball affiliations, over the years.

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2005 – When the Major League Baseball team the

Among the average 3,500 attending a P-Nats game, you’ll find all ages, many wearing Washington Nationals or Potomac Nationals attire. Hoping to be tossed a souvenir baseball, kids bring their gloves and often congregate above the home team’s dugout.

Montreal Expos relocate to Washington, D.C., and is renamed the Washington Nationals, the Potomac Cannons, now affiliated with the Nationals, become the Potomac Nationals.

“We’ve done this a hundred times at least,” said 11-year-old Little Leaguer Kinzie Workman, of Woodbridge, from the top row of the bleachers. He and his mom, Julie, (who amended it to “a couple times a year”) and Kinzie’s brother Peyton, along with Julie Workman’s friend Virginia Leurs, also from Woodbridge, were enjoying the home opener in April. “It beats doing homework!” Kinzie proclaimed.

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Down in the box seats nearer to the field, Fairfax resident Bill Kovatch was attending with his son and daughter, proof that the Nationals draw fans from throughout Northern Virginia. A Cub Scout leader, he said he’s also brought his pack for a game and, afterwards, a movie night and campout on the field, which the Nationals offer four times per season. “It’s a wonderful family atmosphere,” Kovatch said. “The players are very friendly and gracious.”

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Then there’s Uncle Slam, the patriotically dressed, jovial whatchamacallit who often roams the grandstands, wordlessly greeting kids and posing for pictures. Beneath the top hat and blue fur, in his first full season with the Nationals, is Vinnie Allin, a sports management major at George Mason University in Manassas. Allin also performs as his school’s Patriot mascot. “I like doing this because I get to be this funny, goofy, silly character,” Allin said from inside his normally silent costume. “I’m here to make everyone’s experience memorable.” (continues on page 33) prince william living June 2014 | 13

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Stress Is Really a Four-Letter Word By Christopher Leet, MD, FACC Emeritus here is no simple answer to preventing cardiovascular disease, because it has multiple risk factors, including obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, smoking, sedentary lifestyle and stress. It is this last one that seems to get the least attention.


The problem with stress is that it affects different people differently. There is no blood test to show whether an individual has an elevated stress level. If you are working hard, but enjoy your job, stress is probably not a risk factor. People in difficulty are those who work hard and hate what they’re doing. The increased output of stress hormones produces higher blood pressure, restricted blood flow to the coronary and other arteries and, frequently, erratic heartbeats, leading to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Anxiety medications and mood stabilizers are available to help reduce stress. Indeed, these are one of the largest categories of pharmaceuticals on the market today. Unfortunately, they carry side effects, occasionally significant. Lifestyle interventions may help reduce stress. Outdoor activities such as hiking and sports may burn off accumulated hormones. Other distracting activities, such as dancing and hobbies, may also help. However, many people find that even with these activities, they’re unable to block stress. Recent data in prominent medical journals, such as the New England Journal of Medicine, have confirmed that successful meditation practice can result in reducing stress hormones and blood pressure. Meditation, which involves methods of training the mind to relax, is part of mind-body therapy, which has become popular. The most popular form is called mindful meditation, also known as mindfulness meditation, popularized by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in Massachusetts. It involves focusing on a body function, such as breathing, and then concentrating on serially relaxing muscles. There are also forms of guided imagery, transcendental meditation and various related techniques. Other methods to contribute to mind-body therapy include yoga, tai chi and therapeutic massage. The ideal is to combine one meditation form with yoga or similar exercises, usually available at various exercise facilities. Meditation recordings are available widely as well. Manassas resident Dr. Christopher Leet, now retired, practiced medicine for nearly 40 years, specializing in cardiology and internal medicine. 14 | June 2014 prince william living

Hannele Lahti regularly photographs adoptable dogs, such as “Birdie,” for City Dogs Rescue of D.C., her 2014 pro bono client.

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Danny Barker of Penguin Paddling Brings “Active Meditation” to the Community By Jennifer Rader

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estled along Neabsco Creek between the nature preserve Julie J. Metz Wetlands Bank and Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge in Woodbridge, you’ll find Penguin Paddling, LLC, which Manassas resident Danny Barker founded, owns and operates. Penguin Paddling incorporated in March 2013 and guided its first kayak tour the following May. The business is a comprehensive kayak and standup paddleboard outfitter offering rentals and tours, including for groups up to 65, Barker said. Tours include paddleboard nature excursions of Neabsco Creek. The outfitter also has standup paddleboard yoga sessions. On weekends April through October, Penguin Paddling is open at Hampton’s Landing Marina, in Woodbridge, where the outfitter’s rental facility is located. (It also has an online retail operation.) Barker, who is a full-time Fairfax County firefighter and paramedic, has always been passionate about kayaking, he said. Knowing he wasn’t the office type, he once declined a job offer as a translator for the federal government. He decided to launch his hobby into a business. PWL: What is your motivation behind the start of Penguin Paddling, LLC?

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Barker: I have been blessed with having had a long series of great opportunities to learn about the outdoors and outdoor activities. Paddling is a form of “active meditation” for me and allows me to completely relax and forget whatever stressors I have going on at any particular time. I want to show people that experience. I have yet to see an angry face staring at me from a kayak or paddleboard.

provider) and Recycle Life [] are among the charities we are working on setting up partnerships with. PWL: Did you ever think you would become an entrepreneur? Barker: Yes and no. I have never managed a business or owned a business. This is my first venture into business ownership/ management. I learned about customer service and sales while working retail. And I have worked in other outdoor businesses. I had dreamt of doing so for years but for some reason, I decided to stop dreaming, stop talking and start doing. Penguin Paddling was born. PWL: What challenges had to be overcome?

Penguin Paddling, a comprehensive kayak and standup paddleboard outfitter located in Woodbridge, offers rentals and tours.

During the happiest period of my life, I was kayaking between 80 and 90 days a year. I figured that setting up a business centered on paddling would probably ensure that I paddle quite a bit and make me happy. I was right. Paddling has helped me out quite a bit, and I want to share that with others. Penguin Paddling gives me a route by which I can have a positive impact on the community. This is more important to me than making a profit. I believe that leaving a place better than you found it is a more lasting legacy than the amount of cash in your account. I want Penguin Paddling to be an organization of integrity. PWL: In what ways is Penguin Paddling working to positively impact the community? Barker: We offered the use of our boats to the Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition on April 12 to assist them with a stream cleanup. Their cleanup operated at multiple sites and removed tons of refuse from the upper Occoquan [River]. We hosted an event on April 19 that pulled 1.17 tons of trash out of the Potomac River. We partnered with local businesses to make the “Penguin Pickup” a success. We are working with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, Apple Federal Credit Union, Prince William County and the City of Alexandria to get at-risk youth out on our equipment, free of charge, to expose them to healthy, positive and wholesome outdoor experiences. This sort of exposure helped me become the person I am, and we are trying our best to pass the gift along. We are trying to set up a program where we will get 30 [to] 40 kids out on the water at a time at least once a month. We are [also] partnering with charities based in our community to raise awareness and funding to their respective causes. Events will be hosted at our facility to this end. The 25th Project (Springfield-based nonprofit homeless outreach services

Barker: The next one! Life is full of challenges. I prefer to think of them as opportunities to learn. There is always a “challenge” around the corner. As far as challenges to the business go, it’s really difficult to figure out how to do everything from scratch. There is no employee manual for starting your own business. There is nobody who explains what you need to do and how you need to do it in order to stay out of trouble and be successful. You have to ask different people and not be afraid to mess up. I personally have found marketing to be my biggest challenge, and it is something I am trying to figure out. I am hosting positive community outreach events to get Penguin Paddling as a whole out to the community. I am constantly building/maintaining relationships with businesses in related, but not competing, fields to establish working partnerships. PWL: What is the future vision for your company? Barker: This is the million-dollar question. I am concentrating on having my first rental location be a success. I want to devote my energy into making Prince William County’s waterfront into the best waterfront destination in Northern Virginia. I want to make Penguin Paddling into a positive fixture in the community. I want happy customers, happy neighbors and Penguin Paddling to be an instrument of good. People will know my company for the good times we provide and the good deeds we do. This is my way to shape contributions to the community. The gift is in the giving. PWL: What advice would you give others considering a business venture? Barker: At the risk of dropping a cliché on you: “You only live once.” I encourage everybody to live a life without regret. Just go for it. The only thing limiting your potential is you. Is there risk in starting a business? Depends on how you look at it. I do not see risk. I see opportunity. As a certified massage therapist, freelance writer Jennifer Rader enjoys studying nutrition, wellness, fundraising and entrepreneurship as well as writing on various topics within her interests. She lives with her son and husband in Manassas. Rader can be reached at prince william living June 2014 | 17

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nplug and head outside. That’s the idea behind the National Wildlife Federation’s popular, nationwide Great American Backyard Campout.™ In conjunction with Great Outdoors Month, this annual June family event encourages people of all ages to camp in their backyards, neighborhoods, parks and campgrounds, as a way to reconnect with nature. This year’s event is Saturday, June 28. “Kids need to experience camping, especially in their youth when the wonders of the outdoors can influence their future love for nature and wildlife,” said Maureen Smith, chief marketing officer for the National Wildlife Federation®, America’s largest conservation organization. National Wildlife Federation programs educate and inspire Americans to protect wildlife and its habitat for our children’s future. There are a lot of benefits to taking your kids camping. “In addition to developing a deeper appreciation for the outdoors and the wildlife around them, through camping in their backyard or at a local park, being in nature helps to burn off energy, stay fit and be mentally focused for school, homework and all activities in their busy day,” Smith said. For its Great American Backyard Campout, the National Wildlife Federation provides nearly everything you need to head out into the great outdoors. The event website ( has packing lists, recipes, nocturnal wildlife guides, exploration activities, nature games and more. Now in its 10th year, the event is part of the organization’s 10 Million Kids Outdoors campaign, a three-year initiative to get kids outside regularly, connecting to nature. According to the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), which supports the National Wildlife Federation campaign, 18 | June 2014 prince william living

increasingly fewer American children are playing outside, from 75 percent a generation ago to only 25 percent today. The goal of the federation’s initiative is “creating a generation of happier and healthier children with more awareness and connection to the natural world,” according to the NRPA ( The National Wildlife Federation has worked to connect youth with nature for decades, inspiring children through its Ranger Rick and Ranger Rick Jr. magazines, working with educators to get kids learning outdoors and helping parents find new ways to engage their children outside. For the past two years, my son and I have participated in the National Wildlife Federation’s camping event. Prior to moving to Prince William, we lived in a small town in rural Alabama. So camping in our backyard was very much like being in the middle of the woods. Instead of just throwing up a tent and heading to the backyard, I like to try to make things as exciting as possible. We work on crafts the week before and get our grocery list for the things we will want to cook on our campfire. Of course, no campout can be complete without making s’mores. Here are simple steps to creating your own custom marshmallow roasters. I spent a total of $3 in supplies for this affordable craft, and kids will love being able to use their creativity to design their own.


n Long round wooden dowel 1 inch in diameter n Sandpaper

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Decorating your campfire skewers is a great way to personalize them at your family camping trip or backyard campout.


n Cut the wooden dowel into about 6-inch lengths. Drill a hole in the bottom for skewers and, if making a string handle, also through the top for the twine or yarn. Sand the edges. n Decorate your dowels as desired and allow them to dry. Use clear wood sealer spray paint to coat the dowels and let that dry completely.

n Clip the end of your metal skewers and add adhesive to the end. Insert the skewer into the bottom of your dowel. n Add your twine for the handle along with any buttons or other decor items you want to use. n Before roasting food, burn the end of the metal stick in the fire for a few minutes to burn off any residue.

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PRINCE WILLIAM’S BOY SCOUTS Learning, Leading, Serving By Amy Falkofske


here is no finer program for preparing American boys for citizenship and leadership than the Boy Scouts of America. As an Eagle Scout, I know firsthand how impactful this program can be, and I believe its mission is more important today than ever before,” said Dr. Robert Gates in an October press release, on, announcing his election to the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America. Gates, former U.S. secretary of defense and at one time the director of the nation’s Central Intelligence Agency, got his start in the Boy Scouts, like many other notable achievers, such as astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon; Bill Gates Sr., father of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and legendary Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg. These men all attained the rank of Eagle Scout, the national youth organization’s highest level.

Boy Scouts of America includes nearly 2.5 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21 throughout the U.S. and its territories. In Prince William County, the organization serves about 4,800 youth, including close to 2,500 in the county’s western part, known in the Boy Scouts as the Bull Run District, and about 2,300 in the eastern portion, the Occoquan District, according to Bennett Hart, committee member of Troop 670, in Manassas, and former Bull Run District chairman. The Occoquan and Bull Run districts are among 23 districts that form the Boy Scouts’ National Capital Area Council (NCAC), which includes the District of Columbia, parts of Virginia and Maryland and the U.S. Virgin Islands, said Ben Hazekamp, Occoquan District executive. The NCAC is the second largest council out of 300 local councils throughout the nation, he said.

Since incorporating in 1910, Boy Scouts of America has been teaching boys values and life and leadership skills that prepare them to be exceptional members of their community, nation and the world. Providing community service is a big part of being an exceptional member of the community. According to Boy Scouts of America (on, Scouts performed more than 17 million service hours nationwide in 2013. The Occoquan and Bull Run districts combined contributed nearly 15,000 service hours, said NCAC Scout Executive and CEO Les Baron. 22 | June 2014 prince william living

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It all starts when a boy is in the first grade or 7 years old. He can join a Cub Scout Tiger Cub den and when 8, move up in the Cub Scouts to eventually become a Boy Scout at age 10 or after completing fifth grade.

Cub Scouts Pack 1353 Cub Master Tim Boegler, of Woodbridge.

Prince William Boy Scouts’ largest project is “Scouting for Food,” according to Hart, who said that as part of the week-long nationwide Boy Scout project, Bull Run District Scouts collected more than 19,000 pounds of food this past November for SERVE (Securing Emergency Resources through Volunteer Efforts), the Manassas campus of Northern Virginia Family Service. SERVE provides food, emergency shelter and other services to impoverished families living in western Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park. Hazekamp said that during that week Occoquan District Boy Scouts collected more than 43,000 pounds of food, which he said went to ACTS (Action in Community through Service), a private, nonprofit organization in Dumfries that provides food and shelter to families in the greater Prince William area. Occoquan District Boy Scouts also partner with Keep Prince William Beautiful, a local nonprofit environmental organization, and the Prince William County Landfill to collect worn and tattered U.S. flags for repair or proper retirement. Cub Scouts serve the community primarily through cleaning up nature trails and parks. Woodbridge resident Matthew Moore, 8, is a Wolf Scout member of Cub Scouts Pack 1353, which is sponsored by Lake Ridge Baptist Church. Moore has helped clean up churches and schools in his area alongside others in his pack. He joined Cub Scouts at the urging of his mother, Patricia Moore, because she saw the value of the program for young boys, she said. “I think Boy Scouts overall is a really good society for young men. Everything we teach them is based on core values and principles. They may achieve different things, but they learn responsibility and resourcefulness and getting outdoors,” she said. Patricia Moore, a Tiger Cub Den leader since her son joined Scouting last year, said she has seen the positive results that Scouting has had on him. “Matthew is more focused when he wants to earn a belt loop or a badge or something. He actually asks, ‘What can I do to earn this?’ He likes the achievement,” she said.

Members of Boy Scout Troop 671, of Nokesville. The Boy Scouts of America includes about 4,800 youth in Prince William County.

Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts alike earn merit badges by learning about and demonstrating proficiency in a subject of choice, such as camping, emergency preparedness or fishing. There are at least 134 merit badges available in the Boy Scouts. Scouts must earn 21 to become an Eagle Scout. They must also complete a service project for a religious organization, school or the community. Hazekamp said that a Boy Scout working to qualify for Eagle Scout will put in hundreds of hours of labor in addition to time spent planning and preparing his project. Eagle Scout projects are a major portion of the service hours that NCAC Scouts put in every year, he said. “In the NCAC, every six hours, a new Eagle Scout joins the ranks,” Hazekamp said. Another way that Scouting encourages service is through its national honor society, the Order of the Arrow. Scouts are elected to the order, after fulfilling a set of requirements to qualify, based on how well they exemplify the “Scout Oath” and “Scout Law” in their daily lives. They then can move up through the order’s ranks by completing service weekends and focusing on what it means to do a “good turn,” Hazekamp said. Hazekamp recalled his days as a Boy Scout, earning his Eagle Scout badge and being a member of the Order of the Arrow. “It was a very valuable part of my childhood growing up and taught me a lot of great skills. I’m happy to be here now, trying to make sure all the kids in Prince William County have the same opportunity to grow with those same skills,” he said. To learn more about how to get involved in Scouting, visit or

Cub Scouts Pack 1353 meets monthly at Lake Ridge Baptist Church. The Cub Scouts are divided into four age-based levels: Tiger Cubs and Wolf, Bear (pictured here) and Webelos Scouts.

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ecorative accessories are like jewelry for the home. No room is complete until the accessories are in place. Here are key accessories that help dress up a room:


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restaurants local health department standardization officers visit with new health inspectors and other environmental health specialists seeking standardization, a department certification required every three years.

“In the beginning it was very hard because we are not a chain. People did not know who we were,” said Guenther Viscarra, who owns the eatery with his wife, Blanca Viscarra, and sister, Jaqy Bertran, all natives of Bolivia. The staff are also members of his family, he said.

In choosing eateries to visit during the process, “we’re going to pick a restaurant because they’re cooperative with us. They do a pretty good job. They’re going to be a better-than-average restaurant most likely,” said Hagy, now the health department’s environmental health manager for its Peninsula District.

The restaurant, which opened in 2009, follows high standards. For example, the Virginia Department of Health has used Gunnis as a training kitchen, said Viscarra. Inspectors in training from throughout the commonwealth have visited to see the proper procedures for cleanliness in a “non-controlled environment,” he said.

Gunnis’s patrons come from as far as Washington, D.C., and perhaps farther. With its fine Italian and American cuisine, the eatery offers a range of dishes that give its diners many options. “We are not a traditional Italian restaurant. We follow Italian food trends in the United States and constantly try new things with our menu,” said Viscarra. “We do have traditional Italian dishes, but we have much more to offer.”

Gary Hagy, former director of the state health department’s food and environmental services division and speaking on behalf of the new director this year (Julie Henderson), not available when this article was written, said that while the state health department keeps no records on food establishments it visits as “classrooms for standardization,” Gunnis may be among 26 | June 2014 prince william living

One of Gunnis’s most popular menu items is “Braised Pork Shank,” which consists of hand-seasoned pork shank with a rustic grain mustard demi-glace, served with truffled mashed potatoes. Another popular dish is “Grilled Salmon Salad,” a field of greens with fresh grilled salmon, also including asparagus,

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Guinnis [sic] Restaurant and Grille no less than a billion times, and I have never noticed it was there. It showed up in my Yelp suggestions,” said a reviewer from Manassas on earlier this year.

Gunnis, open for lunch and dinner, includes a rich variety of soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes, steak offerings and desserts on its lunch menu. In addition to soups and salads, its dinner menu lists a number of appetizers and an extensive selection of entrees, including chicken, veal, pasta and steak dishes. There is also a kids’ menu. Along with American-style fare, there are plenty of traditional Italian offerings, including Chicken Florentine, Veal Marsala, Fettuccini Alfredo Primavera and Shrimp Scampi to name a few. Gunnis Chef Mario Martinez, whose culinary background is in Italian cuisine, also creates one-of-a-kind sauces, combinations and flavors, which allow him to offer daily specials. Additionally, he comes up with custom menus for special events. “Since we are not a chain restaurant, we have more freedom to change our menu at the convenience of the customers.” said Viscarra. The eatery, which accepts walk-ins but requires reservations for groups, also books special events. “We have seating for 120 and reserve for special occasions, company parties, wedding rehearsal dinners and receptions. During the holidays, we are normally very busy with parties and gatherings,” Viscarra said. “Fridays and Saturdays are times of celebration. So we have live music for our guests on those evenings.” A small stage at the rear helps create a cozy atmosphere in the dining area where patrons can enjoy their dinner while listening to local artists perform. Also, Gunnis’s open kitchen gives guests the opportunity to see their meals being prepared. “I feel it is important for the guests’ enjoyment to be able to see who is preparing their food and how it is being prepared,” said Viscarra. Next to the kitchen is the bar, offering a wide variety of wines and other adult beverages. Patrons’ dining experience at Gunnis is overwhelmingly positive, based on several rave reviews online. Customers’ biggest challenge was realizing the restaurant was there. “I’ve driven by

“The decor in the restaurant has been mentioned in almost every review posted. It is stunning,” the reviewer said. “Yes, it is an old [7-Eleven®] that has been totally renovated. You can see the [7Eleven] features on the exterior of the building, but the inside is totally original. The marble floor is beautiful.” “It’s always nice to find that overlooked gem that you missed in your town,” said another Yelp reviewer from Manassas. “This family-run Italian restaurant treats you like family. … The food was outstanding. … The entrees we ordered were all amazing. … Desserts were also heavenly.” Out of more than 80 reviews of the restaurant on tripadvisor®, nearly 90 percent of the reviewers recommended Gunnis. “We were greeted warmly and service was superb,” said one reviewer from Culpeper, posting in April. “The kitchen was most accommodating. The desserts were delicious. We’ll definitely be back.” “Love the food, atmosphere and staff!” said another tripadvisor reviewer from Manassas, posting in March. “Have been four times now and have never been dissapointed [sic].” The restaurant’s catering also gets positive reviews. “I have not been to the actual restaurant, but Gunnis catered a lunch meeting I was at yesterday, and the food was so good that I wanted to write a review,” said a Vienna resident who posted on Yelp earlier this year. “We had tilapia, and it was cooked really well, and the sauce was delicious.” Gunnis is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It’s closed Monday. To learn more, visit Prince William Living Marketing Director Amanda Causey is a Georgia native and a crafter, photographer, blogger and Southernstyle cook. You can email her at prince william living June 2014 | 27

your finances Don’t Let Sibling Rivalry Affect Caring for Aging Parents By Bennett Whitlock, CRPC® Private Wealth Advisor

s the parents of baby boomers age, helping to care for them can become a source of financial and emotional stress among families, especially between siblings. In most families, siblings have different financial situations, personalities and perspectives, which can make it a challenge to come to an agreement about caregiving.


Research from a 2012 study, Money Across Generations IISM, commissioned by Ameriprise Financial, shows that 36 percent of boomer-age respondents say that proximity to their parents is the biggest factor in determining which sibling will be the primary source of family support. Only 13 percent agree it’s the sibling with the most financial means, and a mere three percent believe that all siblings should share the responsibilities. These tips can help you and your siblings manage your parents’ finances and caregiving needs:

n Be aware of and respect your siblings’ situations. Siblings may live in a different state or have family obligations or professions keeping them from being available to help care for aging parents. Talk to them about what each can do in respect to time and money. n Recognize differences in money habits and priorities. Consider money management styles when you’re choosing who will be best to help.

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Taste of Historic Manassas

Sun., June 1 • Noon – 4:30 p.m. e Harris Pavilion 9201 Center Street | Manassas The second annual Taste of Historic Manassas, organized by the Historic Manassas Restaurant Alliance, will transform Historic Downtown Manassas into a lively street festival, with a rich variety of appetizer, lunch and dinner entree samples from local restaurants. Also includes musical entertainment and more. For more information, visit

Free Book Talk with Garrett Peck Sun., June 1 • 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Manassas Museum 9101 Prince William Street | Manassas Independent historian and literary journalist Garrett Peck will speak about his fifth and latest book “Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C.” Free. For more information, go to

20th Annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival Sat., June 7 • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Manassas Train Depot 9431 West Street | Manassas This family celebration of rich railroad history featuring train memorabilia, specialty vendors and live performances includes country and bluegrass music, four train excursions to Clifton and back and displays of miniature model trains come to life. Local model train clubs created the elaborate model train displays, located in the Manassas Train Depot lot and in the Harris Pavilion, nearby at 9201 Center Street. Train excursions are at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased at the Manassas Train Depot. For more information, go to or call 703-361-6599.

Gainesville Ballet Spring Recital

Every Thursday • 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. e Harris Pavilion 9201 Center Street | Manassas Local farmers and vendors offer their produce and a variety of other goods for sale. For more information, visit or call 703-361-6599.

Sat., June 7 • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center 10960 George Mason Circle | Manassas Gainesville Ballet will perform “Le Corsaire, Act III” and a spring recital at the elegant opera house of the Hylton center’s 1,123-seat Merchant Hall. The production will feature international faculty and students of the awardwinning arts organization. For ticket information, visit or For more information about this event, see the article on regarding this performance.

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Thur., June 5 • 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Bull Run Unitarian Universalist Church 9250 Main Street | Manassas The Washington, D.C.-based environmental nonprofit organization Potomac Riverkeeper works to protect water quality in the Potomac River, the source of drinking water for almost six million people. Learn how Potomac Riverkeeper is fighting for local residents’ right to clean water and what you can do to help fight pollution of the Potomac River. Free. For more information, visit

Sun., June 8 • 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Manassas Museum 9101 Prince William Street | Manassas The authors of “Battle of Big Bethel: Crucial Clash in Early Civil War Virginia” discuss their book, the first full-length treatment of the small but consequential June 10, 1861, battle that reshaped both Northern and Southern perceptions about what lay in store for the divided nation. At Big Bethel, the first planned engagement of the war proved it would be neither short nor nearly bloodless. Free. For more information, go to

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Lecture: “Establishment of the Prince William County Police and Some of Its Most Challenging Cases” Thur., June 12 • 7 p.m. Old Manassas Courthouse 9248 Lee Avenue | Manassas Take a unique look at the origins of the Prince William County Police Department, presented by someone who was there: retired Police Chief Charlie Deane. He will speak about changes in policing since the department’s formation in 1970. Deane will talk about immigration policies and provide insights about the Beltway Sniper and John and Lorena Bobbitt cases. Free. Donations accepted. For more information, call 703-792-4754.

Father’s Day Tours


Sat. and Sun., June 14-15 • 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. All Prince William County Historic Preservation Division Sites In honor of Father’s Day, all fathers who visit the historic sites of Rippon Lodge (15520 Blackburn Road in Woodbridge) and Ben Lomond (10321 Sudley Manor Drive in Manassas) and the Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre (12229 Bristow Road in Bristow) on Father’s Day weekend will receive a complimentary tour. $5 per person, free to children younger than 6 and to fathers. For more information, visit

Potomac River Blockade Boat Tour Sat., June 14 and June 28 • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Leesylvania State Park 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Drive | Woodbridge Cruise along the Potomac River shoreline and view sites that were critical to the successful blockade of Washington, D.C., while it was held by the Confederates from September 1861 through March 1862. The cruise includes the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Nose, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point. Tours include lunch and depart from Leesylvania State Park. $40 per person. Reservations required. For reservations, call 703-792-4754.

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Time to Get Outside y family spends more time outdoors in June, when we also celebrate Father’s Day, of course. Take advantage of great activities in Prince William and Manassas to spend quality time with your family this month.


This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Historic Downtown Manassas Train Depot. Learn about Manassas’s rich railroad history at the annual Heritage Railway Festival on June 7. Take a train excursion, view the elaborate miniature train displays in Harris Pavilion and listen to live music as you stroll through the specialty vendors.

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Experiencing the Potomac River Blockade Boat Tour and lunch on June 14 and June 28 in Dumfries is a perfect way to celebrate Father’s Day, which is June 15 this year. Board a pontoon boat and travel back to 1861 when the Confederate’s blockade stopped passage in and out of Washington, D.C.

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Or bring Dad to the 10 annual Wine and Jazz Festival on June 15, held on the Manassas Museum lawn in Historic Downtown Manassas. The event features notable jazz artists and the opportunity to taste and purchase award-winning Virginia wine. Exploring the more than 640 acres of wildlife at the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge will get your family outside. Bike or drive through the established trails or roads. Talk to volunteers or take a picture at the photo blind on Marumsco Creek. The observation platform overlooking the Potomac River will take your breath away. Or give your daughter an educational summer experience with a week of American Girl Doll Camp June 23-27 at Rippon Lodge in Woodbridge. Each character’s historical life comes alive, and kids get to plant a victory garden, tie nautical knots and learn period dance. Ann Marie Maher is the president and CEO of Discover Prince William & Manassas. For more information about what’s going on in Prince William and Manassas, visit and like us on

Family Day – Marine Corps Animals

Dance Etc School of the Arts’ 33rd Spring Concert

Sat., June 14 • Noon – 3 p.m. National Museum of the Marine Corps 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy | Triangle Bring your kids to learn about the contributions that horses, dogs and other animals have made to the Marine Corps. Help your children make their own animal craft, which they can take home. Free admission and parking. For more information, call 877-635-1775 or visit

Sat., June 14 • 7 p.m. Sun., June 15 • 2 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center 10960 George Mason Circle | Manassas Performers from Dance Etc School of Arts in Woodbridge will present in Act I “An Evening with Tchaikovsky,” including selections from “Swan Lake” “Caprice Italienne” and “Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Flat Minor.” In Act II, they will perform “A Tribute to Disney,” featuring “Aladdin,” “Peter Pan,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and more. Tickets can be (continues on page 32)

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(continued from page 31) purchased at the Dance Etc studio through June 4. They are available at the Hylton Center ticket office from June 5 until the shows. $18. Single tickets are available after June 4. For more information, visit or email Dance Etc is located at 13590 Minnieville Road in Woodbridge.

10th Annual Manassas Wine and Jazz Festival Sun., June 15 • Noon – 7 p.m. Manassas Museum 9101 Prince William Street | Manassas Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the museum lawn tasting and purchasing wines from award-winning Virginia wine artisans while listening to live music by headline jazz artists. Tickets can be purchased at or at the Manassas Train Depot (9431 West Street in Historic Downtown Manassas). For more information and ticket pricing, go to

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(continued from page 13) the Year, shared some of this summer’s offerings. Bryce Harper Bobbleheads and, not to be outdone, Jayson Werth BobbleBeards (“with real hair!” Olerud said) are both scheduled in June. Jimmy Buffett night comes during the heat of July, and there’ll be a “Cowboy Monkey Rodeo” (featuring capuchin monkeys riding sheepdogs) on the field in August. But fireworks really bring out the crowds. This season, postgame fireworks shows are scheduled for every Saturday and Sunday evening home game and July 4, 18 in all. Traditionally, the July 4 home game is the most popular. Last season, nearly 8,000 fans packed into the 6,000-seat stadium on Independence Day to watch the Nationals win and the night sky light up afterwards.

The Potomac Nationals invite the community to share the spotlight at Pfitzner Stadium. Here, the Singing Scribes of Penn Elementary School, in Dale City, led by music teacher Talia Roder, perform the National Anthem before a recent game.

Add traditional ballpark food, such as hot dogs, burgers and pizza (plus peanuts and Cracker Jack, of course), giant inflatables for the kids to play on and occasional live music, and an evening at Pfitzner becomes a carnival-like adventure. “The value is unfathomable compared to what you would go and look at entertainment-wise anywhere else,” Olerud said.

Bobbleheads and Fireworks Minor league baseball games are known for their sometimes offbeat promotions. Potomac Nationals Vice President and General Manager Josh Olerud, last season’s Carolina League Executive of

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I stood in a public toilet stall with my 5-year-old. In slow motion, I banged my head against the metal partition as he pulled off his last sock and flung it on the disheveled pile of clothing on the floor. He waved his hands, the nails painted a glorious orange, and tried to reassure me by gesticulating calmly and flashing his freshly polished fingertips.

misbehaved. He consistently plays with an iPad, cell phone or small toy. He never cries or screams. He never annoys other children, but if one approaches him, he shares his snacks and is generally very nice to everyone. Plus he’s incredibly cute, which is just an accident of genetics. But I would love to read his mother’s manual of child behavior tips.

“Don’t worry, Mommy,” he said. “I will put all my clothes on after I poop. And you can leave now. It’s okay. I will be fine.” Using the Mommy whisper that theoretically conveys frustration, not anger, and acceptance, not dismissal, I could only mutter, “Oh, honey, please, stop.” My forehead was now somehow glued onto the wall. I understand my tone only conveys that complex message in my head, and his young brain did not decipher it any further than me using a term of endearment. He smiled and started to perform a State Farm commercial followed by a complete recitation of “What Does the Fox Say?” He still wasn’t done. Where did I go wrong? A few years ago, a friend of mine said that she wished children came with instruction manuals. But they do. These manuals can be found in bookstores, online, playgrounds, family gatherings and doctors’ offices. There is no shortage of advice, facts and anecdotes (much of it conflicting) that affords parents an opportunity to choose what works for them. No one can say that a manual is not available. The majority of my friends are amazing parents. I listen intently as they report their interactions with their families, hoping I can glean some useful information that I can apply to my home, thereby creating the perfect family. One friend recently told me that her kids start creating homemade Christmas gifts in September. Full plans are made as a group and joyfully executed together annually. While another friend was weeding her garden, her 15-year-old son approached with a small problem. He understood the springtime planting rush, but had noticed the living room was disheveled and the kitchen was still a mess after breakfast. He then asked permission to clean those areas. The scenario is simply too confusing to believe it actually happened. When I am sitting at dance class every week, waiting for my youngest to finish one of our many attempts to reduce his energy level, I chat with several other moms, many of whom have children with them for the hour. Every week, I am fascinated by one toddler who has never

“A few years ago, a friend of mine said that she wished children came with instruction manuals. But they do. These manuals can be found in bookstores, online, playgrounds, family gatherings and doctors’ offices.”

By contrast, my youngest child’s skills not only include singing naked in public restrooms, but also stealing small items from around the house, like a raccoon on a scavenger hunt, and hiding them under his bed. We never check there, of course. My oldest is deathly afraid of acquiring an unidentified food-borne virus while holding a dirty dinner plate by the edge and gently applying random sponge strokes in the general direction of the dirt. In what manuals are the clues and hints necessary to make parenthood run smoothly without anger, tears and tantrums? Where’s the tome of information that enlightens children and makes them self-motivated and less egocentric? I turned around in the tiny stall. The echo on the ceramic tiles encouraged him to sing just a little louder. His feet swung back and forth, and he started to giggle insanely when he saw my hair stuck to my forehead. I suddenly realized that I had been searching the library, when the book of information was right with me the whole time. My children most often hold the clues I am looking for to make them happy and me proud. My 13-year-old simply may need a pair of gloves to make him comfortable while learning independence. Nail polish is probably not in any guide to parenting a 5-year-old boy, but that’s what I finally read in his joyful eyes.

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Let’s celebrate the beginning of another 50 years

Join us for a community celebration and Care Fair Saturday, June 14, 11 to 4 p.m. • Manassas Fifty years ago, our community opened the doors to Novant Health Prince William Medical Center. Since then, our continued commitment to providing the care you need right here in your neighborhood has only grown – along with our facilities, services, technologies and staff. Join us June 14 on the hospital grounds to recognize this milestone with a fun-filled celebration for the entire family. It’s our way of saying thank you for trusting us with your family’s care over the past 50 years and for many years to come. Activities include • Free health screenings • Child-friendly activities, including moon bounce • Health and wellness information tables

• Hands-on surgical robot showcase • Community partners • Antique car show • Food available for purchase

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Prince William Living June 2014