Friday, May 10, 2013
Free concerts range from jazz to pop to world music.
It's time for free summer concerts again at Fort Hunt Park! The concerts are courtesy of the National Park Service and will be held in the A-Pavilion Sundays at 7 p.m., weather permitting. This summer’s Sunday evenings concert lineup is: JUNE 2 - Balalaika Orchestra 9 - Black Moon Tonic 16 - Black Moon Tonic 23 - Prince William Brass 30 - Mount Vernon Swing Band JULY 7 - Mandoleers 14 - Vienna Community Band 21 - Emy Tseng 28 - Kings Park Concert Band AUGUST 4 - Alta Kameraden 11 - Mount Vernon Concert Band 18 - Hot Society Ochestra 25 - Philomelo
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Leaves are starting to turn in Mount Vernon.
Across Mount Vernon, the leaves are starting to change colors. Fall is here, and it's a time for change. Walkers, joggers, and cyclists take to the Mount Vernon Trail to enjoy panoramic views of the Potomac framed by trees. Driving on the George Washington Parkway is a treat for motorists who see the fall foliage. Do you have any great photos of fall foliage, pumpkins, or hayrides? Add them by clicking "Upload Photo or Video" above.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
This site once housed heavy guns to strengthen Washington defenses
Picture it - large heavy guns blasting enemy ships out of the water from Fort Hunt Park. That was the idea behind Battery Mount Vernon, one of four similar batteries that were built to defend the nation's capital in the event of a naval attack. The three-gun concrete Endicott Perior 8-inch gun battery was built by the War Department in 1898 - just in time for the Spanish-American War - yet it was never used, except perhaps ceremoniously. It was deactivated in 1917, and is now a popular spot at Fort Hunt for tourists, teenagers with chalk and spraypaint and children who like to explore. Enjoy the pictures!
Monday, October 1, 2012
"Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower" - Albert Camus
Northern Virginia is just about ready to explode with color. The leaves will turn goldish red, orange, pink, and soon fall wind gusts will shake them loose. Catch a falling one and make a wish! We hope you like these photos taken today at Fort Hunt Park. Incidentally, if you've taken any of your own, feel free to add them to the gallery.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Read this week's top headlines from the Route 1 corridor.
From Huntington-Belle Haven Patch Alexandria City Councilman Rob Krupicka officially announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the 45th District House of Delegates seat Tuesday. County officials have identified four positive pools of West Nile virus in late May and early June, but the infection rate is low. From Fort Hunt Patch The paintings of a group of local watercolor artists will be on display at River Farm throughout the summer. The National Park Service hosted a public meeting to discuss four new alternative concepts for Fort Hunt Park Wednesday night. From Mount Vernon Patch Mount Vernon resident Armond Mascelli is retiring from the Red Cross this month after 42 years of service. At a change of command ceremony at …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Residents voiced their concerns at a public meeting.
Community members turned out in full force at a public meeting hosted by the National Park Service to discuss Fort Hunt Park alternative concepts Wednesday night. National Park Service planners discussed four alternative concepts for the design of Fort Hunt Park. These concepts were unveiled in the wake of significant community opposition to plans last fall that would have eliminated picnic pavilions. The National Park Service nixed those plans this past winter. The alternative concepts balance recreational use and resource protection, and enhance the preservation of the historic significance of the land, according to the National Park Service. Read more about all four concepts here. “This is how the process is supposed to work,” stressed …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
NPS officials will be on hand to answer questions about park concept plans during a meeting Wednesday evening.
The National Park Service is seeking comments on three new alternative concepts for the Fort Hunt Park Site Development Plan Environmental Assessment/Assessment of Effect in a public meeting Wednesday evening. After residents voiced opposition to prior plans involving the removal of picnic pavilions at the park, the National Park Service decided to re-evaluate its plans and formulate new alternatives. “We decided we would take a step back over the winter and we started looking at new alternatives,” said Park Ranger Ben Helwig. “This is how the process is supposed to work.” NPS planner Thomas Sheffer stressed that the NPS is looking within the highlighted zones on the concept maps to build contact stations. “A lot of the planning would …
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Free events range from jazz to pop to world music.
It’s almost time for the free summer concert series at Fort Hunt Park! Bring a blanket, a picnic basket and the family dog as concerts begin in June at the "A Pavilion," at the south end of Fort Hunt Road. The concerts are courtesy of the National Park Service and will be held Sundays at 7 p.m., weather permitting. Owen Hammett, a volunteer for NPS who took the lead in this summer series, called the concerts acts of public service. “They started nearly 30 years ago, having consecutive Sunday evenings,” Hammett said. They’re from 7 to 8, and they had done this just for a long time. It’s been a tradition for a lot of families in Fort Hunt to do that on a summer evening.” This summer’s Sunday evenings concert lineup is: June: 3: Cold Fusion …
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Del. Scott Surovell raised $30,000 Saturday at event that attracted constituents and fellow Democrats.
Delegate Scott Surovell (D-44) held his third annual “Cinco de Surovell” campaign fundraiser Saturday, celebrating the Cinco de Mayo holiday at Fort Hunt Park. The 50-person party featured Mexican food, Tejano music and beer as well as visits with constituents, colleagues in the General Assembly and members of the Fairfax County School Board. “This is one of the most successful fundraisers I have every year," said Surovell. "We've made about $30,000 today." An attorney, Surovell was elected to Virginia's House of Delegates in 2009, and is the former chair of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee. Guests at Saturday's event included:
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Some spring flowers are blooming in February.
Spring-like temperatures this week have trees budding and led joggers, cyclists and picnickers to flock to Fort Hunt Park Thursday to enjoy the sunshine and warm air. Some trees are already budding new leaves, and Patch spotted yellow daffodils and pink flowering bushes in bloom near the park. Shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service reported a high of 66 degrees from its Fort Belvoir station. Friday's high is forecast to reach 75 degrees, according to the weather service. Expect temperatures in the low 50s over the weekend.