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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.

HMI Looking for Sponsors for Civil War Event - Blue/Gray Ball

From Asha Sedalia Bruot of ASHA Public Relations, LLC:

Historic Manassas, Inc. is seeking sponsors for their Sesquicentennial commemoration kick-off event, the Blue and Gray Ball, scheduled for Sat., Jan. 22, 2011 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Va. Tickets are $150 per person and guests are encouraged to be in 1800s’ formal period attire. The event will transport guests back in time to the 1800s at the end of the antebellum where attendees will enjoy festive cuisine, period entertainment and interactive experiences.

This event will also feature appearances by unique Civil War personalities, a Photography and Period Attire Exhibit, period music and dance instruction for period dancing.           

Women in History 2010 Exhibit to Open at Manassas City Hall

From The Manassas Museum:

A new exhibit honoring the contributions of eight extraordinary Virginia women opens at Manassas City Hall on Monday.

Virginia Women in History 2010, an exhibit on loan to The Manassas Museum from The Library of Virginia, will be displayed in the Manassas City Hall lobby from November 1 through December 4. City Hall is located at 9027 Center Street in Manassas.

Basement to Attic Tours of Liberia Plantation Set for November 13

From The Manassas Museum:

Upcoming Manassas Museum Basement to Attic Tours of Liberia Plantation on November 13 will offer visitors a rare glimpse into the historic 1825 house where both Confederate and Union forces set up headquarters during the Civil War. Visitors on the tours will be greeted by Mrs. Weir, who with her husband William James Weir, owned the home during the Civil War. Tours begin at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Tickets are $15 each and should be purchased in advance. Directions to Liberia will be provided and the tours will be conducted rain or shine. Please dress accordingly. Handicapped access is available for the first floor only.

Leesburg Executive Airport Hosts 2010 Open House and Air Show on Saturday, October 23, 2010

Free event promises fun for the whole family

4th Annual Neighborhood Conference This Weekend

The 4th Annual Neighborhood Conference will be held this Saturday, November 13th from 9 AM until 3 PM at the Boys and Girls Club of Manassas. Admission is FREE, however registration is required.

Civil War Fort Expert to Speak at Manassas Museum

The following was sent to us by the Manassas Museum:

At the start of the Civil War, all eyes turned toward Manassas and the vital rail lines that met here, connecting north and south, east and west. National Park Service Historian David W. Lowe will speak about the importance of a network of earthwork forts protecting those rail lines during a talk at The Manassas Museum on October 17 at 2 p.m.

Lowe, an expert on earthwork fort construction, says those forts that remain can tell us much about Civil War military operations. “Military earthworks, shaped by soldiers and sometimes slaves, are the most significant visible resources left to us from earlier wars,” Lowe explains.