Ceremony Set for Colvin Run’s Newly Renovated Waterwheel
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled on Sunday, May 2, 2021, so spectators can witness the new waterwheel at Colvin Run Mill take its first turns and grind its first grains.
Members of the public are invited to attend the event in person. You can walk the site beginning at 10:30 a.m., then join us for the ceremony at 10:45 a.m. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only limited in-person reservations for the event will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. After a brief ceremony, attendees will be allowed to tour the historic site and witness the mill’s first grind of the season. Reservations can be made at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XS9NDK9.
Colvin Run Mill is the sole surviving example of a 19th century mill in the D.C. area. The renovation project included removal of the mill’s old wood wheel and the wood flume that carried water to the wheel. Both had deteriorated after years of use, and a new wood wheel and flume were fabricated and installed. The $382,000 project was funded through voter-approved Park Bonds.
Colvin Run Mill is located at 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls, Virginia. For more information, please call 703-759-2771; or visit Colvin Run Mill.
Annandale Real Estate
Has Our Market Changed since Covid - That is the Question?
As you probably know, with people spending more time at home the number of people renovating their homes has grown phenomenally. This is coupled with the increase in renovations for selling homes now.
One of the most important remodeling jobs is for the kitchen. This many times includes, if the floorplan allows, opening up a wall or several walls to create a wide-open living space. For older homes with boxy rooms this is very important. Labor costs have increased alongside the increase in the price of lumber and other materials, as well as a backlog in delivery times.
If you plan to sell your home now or in the near future, should you do any renovations? This comes down to costs versus final sales price. In most cases there is a benefit to remodeling, especially in the higher price ranges. If it costs $100,000 to do a remodel you will usually recoup that cost at resale. Many buyers do not have the time, money or inclination to move in and start remodeling; the value can be captured in their loan amount versus having an immediate infusion of cash. Sellers can use a home equity line of credit to cover the costs.
Transition to Phase 2 of Vaccine Registration
Sunday, April 18th.
Please see the Fairfax County Health Dept.'s latest blog post on vaccine scheduling. They are announcing that Fairfax County will be transitioning into Phase 2 beginning this Sunday April 18th.
All individuals 16+ who reside or work in the Fairfax Health District will be eligible to directly schedule a vaccine appointment through VaccineFinder.org. With this new system, Fairfax County will no longer accept registrations for the COVID-19 vaccine and eventually be retired.
Fairfax County Health Department
10777 Main Street, Suite 203
Fairfax, VA 22030
Why COVID-19 Vaccines Are Good News for Local Businesses
We all dream about an eventual pre-pandemic “return to normal” — especially local businesses who look forward to seeing their customers in-person once again. And, for some businesses, working alongside their employees again after many months of working remotely. Our new normal will likely still require mask use and social distancing for some time, but the Governor has indicated that by April 18, COVID-19 vaccines will be open to all persons 16 years and older.
With the addition to the return of shoppers, restaurant patrons, concert goers and others simply enjoying what they have missed over the past year, widespread vaccine coverage has the potential to boost local businesses in many ways.
Vaccines Keep People Working
Vaccines are proven to prevent severe cases of COVID-19 that can lead to hospitalization or death. A healthy worker is an active and engaged worker – employers will have to worry much less about being short-staffed or having a team member’s positive coronavirus test negatively affect their operating capabilities. And a paycheck can go back into the local economy, boosting success for all. During this pandemic, thousands of people in the Fairfax Health District experienced loss of wages due to the need to quarantine or isolate. Widespread vaccine acceptance prevents disease spread and keeps people working.
Vaccines Can Make Consumers Less Frazzled
This pandemic has taken its toll on mental health. In addition to protection against COVID-19, vaccines provide hope and reassurance. Pandemic stress is alleviated as people return to socialization and cherished routines – including patronage of local businesses.
Vaccines Are Good for the Bottom Line
As more of your staff choose vaccination, it may cause some inconvenience for business owners as they will need to accommodate the appointments of their staff. But, doing so will pay off. So many businesses pivoted to survive in the ever-changing world of the pandemic. Now it’s time to recover and grow, with a greater number of vaccinated staff.
What You Can Do Today
- Learn about vaccine registration: Find out if your industry is eligible for vaccine. Our website has all the details about eligibility and vaccine registration in the Fairfax Health District.
- Learn more about vaccines: We can help! In addition to our website, the CDC and Virginia Department of Health have excellent vaccine information sources.
- See our business website for ideas on how you can connect your staff with vaccine information.
Read the Latest
ENDEAVOR News Magazine
The ENDEAVOR News Magazine is the Chamber's quarterly online publication and the must read magazine in Annandale. Acquaint yourself with local businesses, community history, revitalization efforts, and issues that concern Annandale: The Crossroads of Northern Virginia TM.
Let the Good Times Roll
Summer Treats are Coming Your Way
Remember the long lost days of your youth listening for the musical chimes of the Ice Cream Truck rolling down your neighborhood street? Today, that truck has been replaced by a Kona Ice Truck filled with the most delicious assortment of flavored toppings on icy refreshing snow cones.
Just a bit more than a year ago, chamber member Trung Dinh bought his first Kona Ice Truck, worked closely with the Fairfax County Health Dept. to insure all safe practices were employed during this strange and challenging Covid year, and began to bring Kona Ice treats to the neighborhoods and businesses of Annandale.
Trung Dinh is a small business owner living in Burke with his family. For twenty-two years he worked in the Information Technology industry, lived abroad in Australia, and traveled all over the world. In 2018 he decided to leave IT and the constant travel to pursue his dream of becoming an entrepreneur while putting down firm roots with his family. He also wanted to find a business where he could give back to the community while making customers happy.
Tuition-free Community College Program$145 million for Governor’s signature ‘Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back’ initiative for Low and Middle Income Students
Office of Governor Ralph Northam
Governor Ralph Northam announced his proposed budget will include $145 million over the biennium to make tuition-free community college available to low- and middle-income students who pursue jobs in high-demand fields. The Governor’s “Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back” initiative, or “G3” program, will provide financial support to cover tuition, fees, and books for eligible students at the Commonwealth’s two-year public institutions.
“Everyone deserves the opportunity to get a good education and a good job, no matter who you are or how much money you have,” said Governor Northam. “This is an investment in equity and our economy—by helping Virginians get the skills they need, we’re building a world-class workforce while ensuring all Virginians can support themselves, their families, and their communities.”
The G3 program is one of the first in the nation to provide wraparound financial assistance to help students at the lowest income levels with expenses such as food, transportation, and childcare. Students who qualify for full Federal Pell Grants and enroll full-time will receive a Student Support Incentive Grant on a semester basis. These grants will be in an amount up to $1,000 per semester and up to $500 per summer term. Each participating institution will receive a Performance Payment per eligible student receiving a Student Support Incentive Grant that successfully completes 30 credit hours and an additional Performance Payment when such a student earns an associate degree.
GREEN SPRING GARDENS
Programs April - June 2021
Adult Programs April - June
Saturday, May 1
Garden Tour: Green Spring Up and Down
10-11:30am. (Adults) Extension Master Gardeners lead a special “Grand Tour” of Green Spring! View some upper demonstration gardens, then take the garden path less travelled to explore the naturalistic lower garden areas: the Virginia Native Plant Garden, woodland stream valley, and ponds. The tour involves a steep slope with loose gravel. $15 per person.
Saturday, May 1
Plants & Design: Multiply Your Plants
10:30am-12:00pm. (16-Adults) Multiply your plants through the simple, money-saving techniques of stem cuttings and plant division. Green Spring staff will walk you through this hands-on workshop where you will learn to propagate house and garden plants. Take a few starter plants home to grow for your garden. Your garden will flourish with your new skill. $22 per person.
Saturday, May 22
Plants & Design: Hummingbird Garden
1-2:30pm. (Adults) Attracting hummingbirds to your garden is fun and easy to do. Learn fascinating hummingbird facts and how to create a garden habitat for hummingbirds with Green Spring horticulturalist Susan Eggerton. Get a list of choice plants to get started on your hummingbird garden. $22 per person. This program is also available virtually
Historic House Tea Programs
Sunday, April 25
2-3pm. (Adult) How many “handshakes” away from fame are we all? Explore the theory that everyone is six or fewer social contacts apart. Discover surprising human connections—present and historical—and learn how to find links to famous ancestors in your family tree. Lecture only: $12/ Optional tea box: $24.
Sunday, May 9
Mother’s Day Tea: Bringing Up Baby
2-3pm. (Adult) Take an entertaining look at parenting throughout history as we explore child-rearing advice of times past. Hear surprising advice dispensed by early “experts” that both shock and amuse us today. Then celebrate motherhood at your tea table! Lecture only: $12/ Optional tea box: $24.
Sunday, May 23
2-3pm. (Adult) Personal grooming was a public affair for centuries. Explore the history of washing and dressing, from medieval bathing habits to the 18th-century ritual of the lady’s toilette. Hear about the intimate and public elements of these necessary aspects of everyday life and how, eventually, privacy prevailed! Lecture only: $12/ Optional tea box: $24. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes (MA9.RQDK) or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.
Saturday, April 17
Create an Egg-cellent Spring Art Project
at Sully Historic Site
Spring has sprung and the birds are singing! Spruce up your house décor with an egg-cellent art idea.
Register your family for the “Spring Nesting” program and learn how to create colorful birds’ eggs using the wet felting technique. Place them in a natural nest to bring a little springtime into your home.
This program is for a family or pod of up to four people, ages 5 to adult. The 45-minute programs at Sully Historic Site run at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday, April 16, and at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 17, 2021. The cost is $20 per family.
Sully Historic Site is located at 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, Virginia. For more information, call 703-437-1794; or www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/sully-historic-site/
Sully was completed in 1799 by Richard Bland Lee, Northern Virginia's first Representative to Congress.
It is on the National Register for Historic Places and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
Plant Sales Underway
at Green Spring Gardens
Phone-order plant sales with curbside pickup is now available at Green Spring Gardens. There are three planned phases to the plant sales -- plant plug-tray sales, individual plant sales with curbside pickup, and in-person shopping.
Plant plug-tray sales are ongoing through April 2. Orders can be placed by calling Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173. A plug-tray plant list is on the Green Spring website.
Each tray contains 30 plugs of small, well-rooted perennials ready for direct planting and consists of a curated mix of 10 different species of plants chosen to work together in similar growing situations in the garden. There are trays for a dry sun pollinator garden, a moist sun pollinator garden, a moist shade garden and a dry shade garden. The price is $120 per tray. Supplies are limited. Pickup will be available on April 13 and 15.
Phone order sales with curbside pickup for individual plants begin on April 12 and will continue into early fall. An order form and a list of available shrubs, perennials, annuals and tropicals will be on Green Spring’s website, and the plant list will be updated weekly. Gardening tools will also be available through phone orders.
In-person shopping at the plant shop is expected to begin around mid-May, depending on COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time.
The Garden Gate Plant Shop at Green Spring Gardens specializes in plants that do well in local growing conditions. It offers many of the plants that are featured in Green Spring’s demonstration gardens.
Green Spring Gardens is located at 4603 Green Spring Road in Alexandria, Virginia. The gardens are open to the public and free to enter year-round. For more information, call 703-642-5173; or visit ww.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/green-spring
The American Rescue Plan
Message from Sen. Mark Warner
The American Rescue Plan – a bold piece of legislation that will create 7 million jobs and ensure that our nation is able to get vaccines into arms, kids into schools, Americans to work, and lifelines to our hard-hit communities. Earlier today, I was glad to see the House of Representatives put its final stamp of approval on this bill, which now heads to the White House, where President Joe Biden is expected to sign it into law.
Among other priorities, I was especially proud to work with President Biden to secure $17 billion in funding for broadband in this bill, because as too many folks across the Commonwealth know, broadband is a necessity in the 21st century – not a luxury. But in Virginia, there are still 700,000 people who lack access to high-speed internet during the pandemic. This funding will expand broadband access and affordability, and is the largest-ever federal investment of its kind.
In addition to broadband, the American Rescue Plan extends emergency unemployment insurance programs through September 6, 2021. This will help ensure that Americans who lost their jobs through no fault of their own are able to make ends meet while the economy rebuilds.
The American Rescue Plan also funds a number of critical priorities that will help Virginians get through the health and economic crisis:
- Relief checks: The bill includes an additional round of $1,400 economic impact payments for individuals making less than $75,000 and joint filers making less than $150,000 – plus an additional $1,400 per dependent
- Vaccine procurement & testing: The legislation includes $160 billion for national vaccination and other health efforts, including testing, tracing, genomic sequencing, public health staffing, and supplies to slow the spread of COVID-19
- Keeping small businesses open: The American Rescue Plan has billions to help small businesses keep their doors open, including:
$7.25 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
$15 billion for the Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance Program
$28.6 billion for a new Restaurant Revitalization Fund to provide grants to help small local restaurants, bars, and craft breweries stay in business and keep their workers employed
$1.25 billion for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) Program to support live entertainment venues, and a critical fix to ensure venue operators can access both PPP and SVOGs
$10 billion in new funding for the State Small Business Credit Initiative to help small businesses grow and create jobs
- Reopening schools: The bill includes $170 billion for K-12 schools and higher learning institutions so they have the resources they need to reopen safely
- Keeping Americans in their homes: The legislation includes more than $21 billion in emergency rental assistance to help renters and small landlords make ends meet as well as $9.9 billion to aid homeowners struggling to afford their mortgage payments, utility bills, and other housing costs
- Help for the hungry: The legislation extends a 15 percent increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits through September 30, 2021, which will help the nearly 50 million Americans who have struggled with hunger during the pandemic
- Maintaining government services & preventing layoffs: The bill provides $350 billion in aid for state, local, and tribal governments so they can continue to provide critical community services, limit long-term harm caused by the pandemic, and address longstanding inequities exacerbated by COVID-19
- Child care & help for families: The bill cuts taxes for working families by expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit. An estimated 1.5 million children across Virginia will benefit from this expanded tax credit, and it will lift 249,000 children in the Commonwealth out of poverty and deep poverty. Researchers have said the move will cut the child poverty rate in half nationwide this year. The bill also includes $39 billion in dedicated relief for child care, to make sure that child care providers can continue supporting working families
As we work to rebuild and recover from COVID-19, please know that I will continue to work with the Biden administration and leaders in Virginia to ensure that funding is distributed appropriately, programs are implemented quickly, and Virginians get the help they deserve.
Lake Barcroft Dental Group Celebrates Anniversary
Special Offering in Celebration
This month, Lake Barcroft Dental Group celebrates its one-year anniversary as part of the local community. As part of this celebration Dr. Aseel Mukbel and the team are offering 50% off in-office whitening and $200 off CEREC – in-office -- crowns through January 2021.
Lake Barcroft Dental Group is a one-stop spot for all of your dental needs – it’s located in Barcroft Plaza at the intersection of Columbia Pike and Linconia Road. The practice offers Invisalign and same-day crowns. The practice has an in-house oral surgeon to take care of any extraction needs including wisdom teeth; and endodontist to handle dreaded root canals with a gentle touch; and a periodontist to care for any gum issues.
In addition to Lake Barcroft Dental Group’s robust services, the practice also offers a slew of financing and payment options to ensure the dentistry fits comfortable in your budget, especially during these unprecedented times.
While patient’s budgets are a huge concern during this pandemic, safety is an even bigger concern. At Lake Barcroft Dental Group, that is the team’s top priority. A study by the American Dental Association revealed dentists have less than a 1% COVID-19 positive rate and at Lake Barcroft Dental Group we are taking extra precautions. Patients are taken to their room with no waiting time in the lobby, the clinical team wears multiple masks and face shields during procedures, along with a bevy of other precautions.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
BARCROFT PLAZA . 6464 A1, Lincolnia Rd
703-876-6700 lakebarcroftdentalgroup.com + smilegeneration.com
The Curious Tales of a Jacket with No Tail—1820’s
This ladies’ spencer was found in a closet at the home of a Lee family descendant and, according to the donor, the family had used it as a dress-up and costume piece for decades. It was donated to the Fairfax County Park Authority in 1994.
The garment was conserved and stabilized in 2012 due to its fragility. It was analyzed at that time and was dated to around 1820. The outer fabric is mauve silk with a woven pattern of vines and leaves. The neckline, which is U-shaped in the front and V-shaped in the back, is trimmed with a wide, pleated and ruched band. The inner lining of the spencer is a mixture of beige linen for the bodice and wool for the sleeves. It is fully handstitched.
The spencer, a waist-length jacket with no tails, is a unique clothing item from the Regency Era. Its creation is credited to George John Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758-1834), though there are many versions of the origin story.
The Contents of a Lady’s Handbag
The Year Was 1854
In the early 19th century, women began to use small ornamental handbags in which personal items were carried. A purse was something quite different. A purse was simply a satchel in which only coins were carried since they were heavy and would soon wear holes in any pocket. Consequently, coins were often contained within their own case made of metal, leather or reinforced fabric.
Fashion of the 1850s for both men and women were colorful, sumptuous in style with luxurious fabrics. Sewing machines were increasingly available and the cage crinoline underpinned the dress silhouette.
Women’s dresses were made of lush fabrics often obtained from overseas markets. Silk and velvet were favorites along with beautiful polished cottons loomed largely in England for wear in warmer weather. Dress shapes consisted of fitted bodices to the waist and full bell skirts that were accessorized with ruffles, multiple trims, flowers, and layered flounces. Tight boned corsets narrowed the appearance of the waist but often reduced the natural breathing ability of the women laced within. Fainting,, especially in hot weather, was not unusual. Smelling salts were kept close at hand.
Pupusas Express -- NOW OPEN
In the Annandale Shopping Center on Columbia Pike at Gallows
Now Open in the Annandale Shopping Center is a much awaited new dining experience known as Pupusas Express. (7042 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003) Delicious, spotlessly clean and friendly, this eatery will delight the young and the young at heart. The menu reflects the traditional Salvadoran dishes offered at affordable prices certain to please every budget.
Known for their warm hospitality and exceptionally quick and courteous service, they have now expanded to four locations. If you are unfamiliar with Salvadoran cuisine, the staff will be happy to discuss ingredients and walk you through the menu offerings.
The traditional Salvadoran foods are a mix of Native American cuisines from indigenous groups and influences from European (Spanish) cuisine. Many of the dishes are made with maize (corn) in one form or another. There is also a heavy use of pork, chicken, and seafood.
El Salvador's most notable dish is the pupusa, a thick handmade corn flour or rice flour flatbread stuffed with cheese, cooked ground pork, chicken, refried beans, or vegetables.
Since most are only $2.40 each, you can afford to try a few combinations. Condiments accompanying the pupusas are pickled-cabbage (a cole slaw known as curitido) and tomato sauce.
A favorite Salvadoran specialty is pupusa stuffed with cheese and the loroco flower. Fernaldia pandurate is a vine with edible flowers known as loroco flowers grown throughout Mexico and Central America and is an important source of food in El Salvador and Guatemala. The plant's buds and flowers are used for cooking in a variety of ways, including in pupusas. At Pupusas Express a special pupusa is stuffed with cheese and the loroco flower.
Other well-known Salvadoran dishes include carne guisada (a saucy beef stew with potatoes and carrots), carne asada (grilled steak), Camarones a la Crema (Sauteed shrimp mixed with onions, green peppers and cream), Ceviche de Camaron (lime cooked shrimp), various Tacos, Quesadillas, and Fajitas.
SOUP-SOUP, YOU MUST TRY THE SOUP
Don’t overlook their four soup offerings as they are of special note.
In the Annandale Shopping Center
on Columbia Pike at Gallows Road
7042 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003
Open Monday thru Saturday 11 am
to 10 pm, closed on Sunday
Free delivery within 4 miles and a minimum $12.00 order.
Dr. Mudd's House & Museum
Explore Local History
Dr. Mudd’s 19th century farmhouse in Waldorf, MD became an historic site when president Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. At Dr. Mudd’s, Booth received medical treatment for a broken fibula received when Booth jumped from the President’s theatre box to the stage at Ford’s Theatre in Washington. Booth had just shot the President..
This farmhouse is cozy and bright, and very typical of farmhouse architecture of the mid 19th century. The house features wide plank floors, small bedrooms with multiple beds, fireplaces in each room, well lit from multiple windows and white painted walls. Empire furnishings of fine craftsmanship and an impressive array of tableware and accoutrements adorn a gracious dining room table and sideboards. In the parlor, many Mudd family antiques remain including the sofa where Booth’s broken leg was examined.
Only a fifty minute drive brings you to this historic site and a rather fascinating tour. Docents, in period dress, provide a thorough and friendly tour of both floors and a captivating 1860’s kitchen filled with period pots, jars, utensils, cooking stoves and fires. This kitchen equipment was characteristic of the time and had been in use for centuries but only remained operational for another 50 years. After electricity reached the rural communities kitchens changed forever.