ANNANDALE News, Events

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SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP:  Over 100 Gift Vendors
All Vendor Spaces are now full,
and no further registrations are being accepted.

PARADE:  The popular Annandale Parade, cited in 2013 as one of the Best Small Town Parades in America, and Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014 beginning at 10:00 AM. Marching along Columbia Pike from the historic white church all the way to the Bowling Alley/Safeway, thousands of participants from Clowns, Storybook Characters, and Marching Bands to Antique Vehicles, Fire Trucks, Civic Organizations, Scouts, and beautifully costumed International Dancers will parade before the residents of Greater Annandale.  Sponsored by the Annandale Chamber of Commerce, this sixty-three year old tradition only gets bigger and better every year.

This year’s Grand Marshal, Don DiSpirito, who works tirelessly year round collecting slightly used furniture to distribute to families in need through the ACCA organization, will lead the parade, followed by Chamber President, Marilyn Hoosen.  Children in the community are invited to watch the parade in their Halloween costumes and to collect the frequent gifts of candy that the marching groups hand-out; just don’t run into the street to retrieve it, but do bring your Trick or Treat Bags!  Looking for a day of family fun?  Start at the parade and then stroll over to the Fall Festival for a day filled with sensational food, entertainment, and games. 

FALL FESTIVAL:  In the Community Market over one hundred vendors will contribute hours of enjoyment, and an early opportunity for holiday gift shopping.  Amazing handmade jewelry, gorgeous silk scarves and shawls, clever pet accessories and toys, copper and brass metal works, garden furniture, backyard beehives & birdbaths, stained glass, Downton Abbey Hair

Jewels, silk evening purses, children's books, toys, puppets, dream catchers & children’s books, toys, puppets, dream catchers & monster swatters, handcrafted Wooden Puzzles, fashion handbags, silk evening purses, mineral make-up, and herbal spa soaps are just some of the offerings.  Fashion Stylists will also be there to show you the latest fashion trends and suggest accessories to update your wardrobe.  A score of Pet Vendors made their debut three years ago to rave reviews.  This festival will again feature a broad range of colorful pet accessories, dog trainers & walkers, gourmet pet food & treats, and veterinary services. Bring your holiday shopping list; you will be able to check-off the lot with high quality & unusual remembrances.

Also located in the Market, you will find The Secret Garden decorated by Campbell and Ferrara Outdoor Living Center.  In The Secret Garden Bob Brown will provide his highly entertaining puppet show at 1:00 and 3:00 PM.   Also, a surprise visitor from the film, FROZEN, will join other storybook characters for photographic portraits with your children. 

In the Kids Zone a full day of fun awaits.  There will be a toddler play area with age appropriate games such as the bubble booth and a Lil’ Pirate Inflatable.  The crowd pleasing Obstacle Course and Bungee Jump will be back along with interactive children’s crafts, Turbo Spinning Tubs, the MEGA slide, and the Nationwide NASCAR with simulator, sponsored by Burke & Burke Insurance. Have you ever wanted to be a race car driver? 

Here’s your chance to give it a go.

In the Food and Entertainment Zone, you can enjoy dishes from many culinary cuisines. Try Thai, Japanese, Nigerian, Greek, German, Italian, or the perennial favorites such as BBQ Ribs & Chicken or Fish & Chips, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Knockwurst & Sauerkraut.  Specialty Vendors will offer delicately shaved Snow Cones, hand turned Ice Cream, Halloween Confectioneries, Funnel Cakes, Kettle Corn, Specialty Non-Alcoholic Wine Slushy Samples, along with the signature Beanetics coffee, Jaguar Joe.  The proceeds of this coffee funds the technology department at the high school.   Slated for the Festival Stage are Costumed Bolivian Dance Groups,   Pop-Rock and Jazz Groups with a Headline performance at 3:00 PM by the sensational Logan Craft Band.  There will also be a special performance by the NOVA

Annandale Jazz Ensemble from 10-11 AM.  This Jazz Ensemble is part of the Reunion Music Society, and has kicked-off the festival with exhilarating arrangements for many years.  And, as a special treat, the band ZAKKE, who specialize in Rock with a strong Latin Beat, recently performing to dancing crowds at the Arlington County Fair will play at 1:00 PM.

Grateful thanks is extended to all who have helped organize and sponsor the festival and  parade.

To see photos of last year's festival.......

October, November and December 2014
Holiday Events at AnnSandra

AnnSandra will be hosting a score of fun Special Events on Saturdays (and some Sundays) with special offerings that will fill your holiday shopping list.   Events include product lines from Wainright, Herend, Juliska, Waterford, Simon Pearce, Annieglass, Vera Bradley, Tumi Luggage, Two's Company, Mariposa, and many more...See AnnSandra's event page at

4417 John Marr Drive, Annandale, VA  22003


Sunday, December 7, Noon-4 p.m.
Gardeners’ Holiday Open House

Treat yourself to a day of holiday fun in the garden. This festive day is for gardeners of all ages, individuals and families. Register in advance for the 1 p.m. children’s puppet show, enter the annual gingerbread house contest, and catch a ride on the trackless train.  

Green Spring Gardens
4603 Green Spring Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22312


The Falls Church Academy at FCHS
will be preparing career experiences for the 2014-20
15 academic year. If you are interested in speaking to one of their classes, offering a field trip, or hosting their students for an internship or job shadow, please
contact Jill Burrer, Physicians & Dentists are especially needed to host a student for a day so they can observe a practice in operation.  Career Experience Specialist at

Students from 20 different county high schools attend Falls Church Academy, whose mission is to serve as a professional learning community that provides high school students with hands-on real life applications to explore careers in health and human services, while gaining practical skills, confidence and enthusiasm to thrive in 21st century workplace.  For more information

Campus to Community Outreach

Have you, as a business owner or professional, had days or even seasons, where small tasks become overwhelming?  Have you wished to take a vacation from the minutiae of multiple projects?  Have you wondered how to locate temporary help?  Students at Westwood College

might provide a workable solution. Annandale’s Westwood College Campus to Community Outreach encourages students to seek positive opportunities that will give back to the Annandale community. Westwood’s 4-by-4 Program encourages businesses and students to collaborate on creating student work experiences, and relationships that will provide skill development in the student’s career field.
For more information or to speak with the college......

Thursday, January 8, 2015Rethinking your Business, Life and Productivity
We all have the same 24 hours in a day and have to juggle career, relationships, family, health, exercise, and social life.  In real estate, there is a concept known as the, "highest and best use" of a property...So what's the highest and best use of your work and personal time?

Chirs Haddon, business owner, author, entrepreneur, syndicated iHeart Radio and Money for Lunch personality, and real estate investor & educator, will address how to manage your work and life, how to make opportunities into habits, and the snowball strategy for business clients.  Chris will reference insightful information from his upcoming book, The "Whiteboard:  Rethinking your business, Life and Productivity", which promises to be a great read to start the New Year off right.

Where:     Juke Box Diner - 7039 John Marr Drive (at the corner of John Marr & Columbia Pk.)
When:      NOON - 1:30 PM
Cost:        $20 Chamber members; $25 Non-Members, payable at the door
Details:  Please RSVP by no later than Tuesday, January 6th with reservations to


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