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First Sunday Dance at the Candy Factory

Join the fabulous dance sessions on the 1st Sunday of each month from 4-6pm at the Center for the Arts in Old Town Manassas. On Sunday, December 5, the dance will be the rumba! Arrive at 3:30pm for a dance lesson with great dance instructors teaching you specific dances, followed by an open dance session where you can practice what you've just learned or refine steps you may already know! Beginners and advanced dancers are all welcome. Come try the gorgeous floors of the Kellar Theater at the Candy Factory. Bring your friends and family! Cost is $15.00 per person for lesson and dance session, $10 Dance only. Pay at the door.

DC Area's Film Scene: "Underground Hollywood"

In 1998, Eduardo Sanchez and Neal Fredericks, two Montgomery County Community College alums, shot a film in the woods of Maryland called “The Blair Witch Project.” It went on to gross nearly $250 million at the box office, making it one of the most successful independent films of all time. “The Blair Witch Project” was a perfect storm of a clever idea and a shrewd marketing campaign that capitalized on the budding new medium of the internet. It's a good possibility that you've heard this story before.

It's an equally good possibility that you haven't heard of the army of filmmakers in the D.C. area that has been growing in the decade since “The Blair Witch Project” captured the country's imagination. I should know. I'm one of them.

Art for Wounded Marines

The following was sent to us by Nina Foster:

The National Museum of the Marine Corps is pleased to sponsor a project to collect original art for wounded Marines. The Museum will collect children's art work from now until November 30, 2010. The collection of original student works will be displayed in the Wounded Warrior wing of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Children are welcome to draw, color or paint a picture for our Wounded Warriors, along with including a message. The only requirement is that the art fit on an 8 1/2 X 11 inch piece of paper. Be sure that each child puts his or her name, hometown and grade level on the back of the artwork submission.

Christmas Parade Participant Submissions Due Soon

Update: Do you want to be a Christmas Parade participant? Email info@gmchristmasparade.org if you’re interested in participating in the 2010 parade! Deadline for submissions is Friday, October 22nd.

From Historic Manassas, Inc.:

Bluemont Hosts Its 41st Annual Country Fair This Weekend

This Saturday and Sunday, September 18-19, the Bluemont Cititzens Association invites "neighbors" from surrounding communities to join them for a country fair. The fair, a tradition of 41 years, is held in the center of Bluemont, a quaint and delightful village in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.

The fair offers more than thirty types of attractions and is sure to please everyone in your family. You'll find juried crafters and live demonstrations of historic crafts. Ladies from towns all around will bring home-baked goods to please your palate, and there are even pie and pickle—yes, I said pickle—making contests. There is an abundance of live music, and your children will also be entertained with games and fun especially for them.

Auditions for "Charlotte's Web" in Manassas

Calling all actors ages 8-18! On Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11 auditions will be held for the November production of the Pied Piper Children's Theatre "Charlotte's Web." Auditions will be conducted at the Center for the Arts located at 9419 Battle Street in Manassas, VA.

1st Annual Wine & Arts Festival

Save the date! Old Town Manassas will be holding its first ever Wine & Arts Festival on Saturday, September 18. The festival will feature free tastings from local restaurants, wineries and art work from local artists.

The Wine & Arts Festival will also feature live music by Jason Paul Curtis with the Fabulous Bob Meyer Trio. The event will run from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Old Town Manassas and the food tastings are FREE. However, if you are a wine-taster, the admission cost will be $10 a person.  For more information about the festival check out www.visitmanassas.org.