Spring 2016 in Historic Occoquan
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Welcome to Historic Occoquan, Virginia
& to HistoricOccoquan.com

Often duplicated. Never replicated.

Historic Occoquan is a community rich in history and consists of residents, artists, shops, restaurants, businesses, and a local town government.  It's outdoor dining, ghost walks, town boat dock and more are located just 11 miles south of the Capital Beltway on I-95 at exit 160 and then north on Gordon Blvd/Rte 123 to Commerce Street.  Directions to Historic Occoquan are available at Google Maps.

Occoquan is located at 38°40′58″N, 77°15′39″W and is accessible by car, boat, raft, bike, and foot traffic.  Access is available by road, river and the East Coast Greenway.

Occoquan is also conveniently located just minutes from the Amtrak Auto Train stop in Lorton, VA.  Unlike a plane or the car, the auto train provides onboard entertainment, a lounge car and a dining car as it takes both you and your vehicle on a stress free journey to Florida.  So when you next consider a trip to Florida, please remember your opportunities of shopping and dining in Historic Occoquan before you depart or upon your return.

The Town of Occoquan can be explored by this aerial view where you can click on shops and business for more information or you can access an on-line map of the town which includes a little bit of history and is provided by the Business Guild of Occoquan.  For even more history, the Historic Occoquan Self Guided Walking Tour has been made available with the permission of LaVerne Carson.

Read about this month's masthead celebrating  Spring in Historic Occoquan.

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Historic Occoquan Community Events
for this month & Beyond

Historic Occoquan.com can now be viewed on your phone
 by going to
Historicoccoquan.mobi

 

Pictures of some of the Historic Occoquan Town Markers are now online.  Read about some of the town history as more markers are added to the site.

If you would like to look more quickly for specific items, participating Occoquan Merchants and items that they provide can be found using the Google custom search feature below:

The "Just say 'Hi' Campaign"

  • Show your support for the "HistoricOccoquan.Com" website and  help maintain the friendly Occoquan lifestyle.  When next in town, don't forget to smile and say 'Hi".  Having a sparkle in your eye is optional.

Local Poet Leo Smith now has some of his work on-line

The Historic Occoquan Theatre is now On-Line!

Watch events that have occurred in Historic Occoquan that you may have missed....

During the Month:

  • Serendipity is offering: 10% discount coupons on their site, for entire purchase
    • They also are reporting on their website that
    • Every Tuesday--military spouses get 20 percent off.
    • Every Thursday--senior citizens (60 and older) get 20 percent off
  • Off the Beading Path monthly special includes:
    • Strands that are 20% off, see their site for details
    • Birthday Beaders: Receive a free gift with purchase within one week of your birthday
  • Off the Beading Path is also offering Jewelry Making Classes
    • Choose from a variety of creative jewelry making classes. Techniques range from beginning to advanced. Can't make a class? They offer private classes, parties, and individual instruction. Check their online calendar or go in to chat and view their class samples.
    •  Registration taken over the phone or in person.
  • Spinaweb is featuring fabric woven in their shop that they make into fashionable clothing and boutique items.  See their site for details.
  • Sincerely Yours Stained Glass Studio is holding classes to teach how to create a copper-foil stained glass panels of your choice.  Call or Email to schedule.
  • The Preservation Station is providing -
    • Furniture Painting and Distressing Fun!
      • Learn the basics of restoring, painting, distressing and finishing furniture and home furnishings. 
      • Classes are hands–on and include all supplies and your choice of a mirror, shelf or frame (etc.) to finish and take home.
      • Fee is $50 per person or $175 for a group of 5 ($35 each).
    • Free Chalky Painting Mini-Class
      • With any paintable purchase, receive small jar of TPS Chalky Paint w/brush and quick lesson. TPSCP is UV–protected for indoor or outdoor items. Available are mirrors, frames, baskets, architectural cast-iron and tin stars, shelves, wall art, candlesticks, bowls and (yes!) more— all from just $7.00! 

April 1 (Friday) - April 30 (Saturday)

  • Art A La Carte Gallery artist of the Month - Linda Condray
  • Through preservation and creation, Linda Condray celebrates the renewal of the Earth in her new coastal driftwood and glass creations during the month of April, 2016.  
    • Linda has been with ALAC for over four years.
    • Her newest creations to be showcased in her artist of the month display at the gallery are borosilicate glass orchids and other flowers that are then mounted on coastal driftwood from North Carolina.
    • Some of the Driftwood is from the dismal Swamp fires that occurred in 2012.
    • Linda plans to also bring back her popular mosaic garden benches and bird baths this spring as a welcoming addition to the gallery porch front.  
  • ART A La Carte, an artist-owned cooperative gallery and gift boutique, opened August 1, 2010.  It showcases the work of 26 top artists producing a kaleidoscope of gift items including photography, original fine art and prints, one-of-a-kind glass items, jewelry, wood work and textiles. Artists are juried and selected for their edgy vision that compliments the personality of the gallery.
  • For interviews or to learn more about the artist and the suite of work, please contact the artist directly: Linda Condray, Walking on Broken Glass, wobgnut@aol.com, 703-986-4416

“Linda Torching” Glass Fantasy Phal

Store Closing Sale on NOW

  • Off the Beading Path is having a Store Closing Sale!
    • Stock up on your beading supplies or pick up a locally hand-made piece of jewelry.
    • Everything in the shop is for sale.
    • There's a contract on the house and it's time to go spend time with the grandkids!
    • Check their website for more information and hours during their closing sale.

April 5 (Tuesday) - May 2 (Sunday)

Creativity Awakens

  • An exhibit featuring -  
    • Pottery by Marianne Cordyack of Reston, VA and
    • Photography & Digital Painting by David & Jane Ernst of Springfield, VA.
    • The gallery is open 1100 Hours - 1700 Hours (11:00 AM – 5:00 PM) daily and
    • is located at 309 Mill Street in Historic Occoquan, VA.  
      • For more information contact the gallery at 703-494-0584

“Flower Mug” by Marianne Cordyack – (Salt-fired Porcelain) “Old Town Flag” by Jane Ernst – (Photo Sculpture) “Planter” by Marianne Cordyack – (Salt-fired Pottery) “Poppy in Bloom” by David Ernst – (Photo Painting)

April 5 (Tuesday) - May 1 (Sunday)

Anything Goes
Alkyds/Oils by Jewell Pratt Burns

  • Jewell's paintings combine realism and impressionism. Her work reflects her interest in landscapes and her enjoyment of bird watching.  Paintings are on canvas as well as paper.
  • You can always see her work at The Loft Gallery .  To learn more about Jewell and her work, visit Facebook page "The Loft Gallery of Occoquan".
  • For further information or an interview call The Loft 703-490-1117 and/or contact the artist directly at prattburns@gmail.com.
  • The Loft Gallery is open
    • Tuesday - Friday 1100 Hours - 1600 Hours (11:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
    • Saturday 1100 Hours to 1700 Hours (11:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
    • Sunday 1200 Hours - 1700 Hours (12:00 PM - 5:00 PM)

“Willet and Friend”, 16 x 8, Oil on Canvas “Cold Chickadee”, 9 x 12, Alkyd on Paper

April 26 (Tuesday)

  • Off the Beading Path is holding "Open Beading"
    • From 12:00 Hours to 15:00 Hours (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
    • Have an unfinished beading project or having trouble getting started on a new project?
    • Join them for some creative and cooperative help.

April 28 (Thursday)

  • Yarn Cloud is hosting a "Knit a piece of History" Event
    • Pale but Proud Peacock Face Cloth is a delicate piece of work revived from an antique pattern
    • See their website for details.

May 1 (Sunday) - May 31 (Tuesday)

  • Art A La Carte Gallery artist of the Month - Tonya Butcher
    • Tonya is a portrait artist with a passion to capture the spirit and personality in every portrait.
    • She is excited to share her work and story with you! Take a look around to see some of her latest projects and learn more about her background and creative influences.
    • She is a self-taught artist enjoying watercolor, pastel, graphite and charcoal.
    • Meet the artist on May 21 from 11 to 5 PM.
  • ART A La Carte, an artist-owned cooperative gallery and gift boutique, opened August 1, 2010.  It showcases the work of 26 top artists producing a kaleidoscope of gift items including photography, original fine art and prints, one-of-a-kind glass items, jewelry, wood work and textiles. Artists are juried and selected for their edgy vision that compliments the personality of the gallery.
  • For interviews or to learn more about the artist and the suite of work, please contact the artist directly: Tonya Butcher, Art@TonyaButcher.com or www.tonyabutcher.com

“Piper & Miko (Commission Portrait)” by Tonya Butcher

May 2 (Monday) - June 5 (Sunday)

"Feathers"
Paintings & drawings by Deanna Boling

  • "Feathers" takes you on a visual flight of birds ranging from raptors to backyard denizens with some exotic cousins in between.  Boling's flock of intimate portraits includes a crowned crane, macaws, and an emu with "attitude."  "I want the viewer to get close to my birds and feel the texture of the feathers with their eyes."
  • Boling is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America. An award-winning artist, she has exhibited in many juried and solo shows in the metro area, as well as the international competition, Birds in Art. Boling has been a finalist in several magazine competitions, including The Pastel Journal and Artist's Magazine in the wildlife category.
  • You can always see her work at the Loft Gallery, and at their website.  For further information call The Loft Gallery 703-490-1117.
  • The Loft Gallery is located at 313 Mill Street, Occoquan VA and is open
    • Tuesday - Friday 1100 Hours - 1600 Hours (11:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
    • Saturday 1100 Hours to 1700 Hours (11:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
    • Sunday 1200 Hours - 1700 Hours (12:00 PM - 5:00 PM)

“What?”, 14x11, Pastel on Art Spectrum Paper “Royalty”, 11x14, Pastel on Art Spectrum Paper

May 2 (Monday) & May 3 (Tuesday)

  • Off the Beading Path is having "Beginning Silversmithing Classes"
    • From 10:00 Hours to 15:00 Hours (10:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
    • Do you admire beautiful silverwork and gemstone pendants?
    • Guest instructor Dave Smith will teach you how. You'll leave with a finished pendant you can be proud of.
    • Check the website or stop in for more information.

May 3 (Tuesday)

  • Another action packed Town Hall meeting starting at 1900 Hours (7:00 PM)

May 7 (Saturday)

  • The Loft Gallery in Historic Occoquan is hosting a Meet the Artist Reception
    • from 11:00 Hours to 16:00 Hours (11:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
    • This is your opportunity to meet talented artist Deanna Boling
    • The Loft Gallery is open
      • Tuesday - Friday 1100 Hours - 1600 Hours (11:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
      • Saturday 1100 Hours to 1700 Hours (11:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
      • Sunday 1200 Hours - 1700 Hours (12:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
  • The Artists’ Undertaking Gallery in Historic Occoquan Participating in Occoquan's Art on the Block
  •  
    • From 1300 Hours to 1700 Hours (1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
    • The gallery will be having a reception, art demonstrations and entries for door prizes.
    • The gallery is open 1100 Hours - 1700 Hours (11:00 AM – 5:00 PM) daily and
    • is located at 309 Mill Street in Historic Occoquan, VA.  
      • For more information contact the gallery at 703-494-0584

“Puffin” by Tina Kannapel – Colored Pencil Drawing “Yesterday’s Lunch” by David Ernst - Photography “Spinner Ring” by Tyler Kulenguski – Jewelry “Country Lane” by Jane Ernst – Photography “Cardinal on a Cherry Branch” by Gerry Gantt – Photography

  • Occoquan Art on the Block
    • From 13:00 Hours to 17:00 Hours
    • Stroll the streets of Historic Occoquan and support the arts!
    • Receptions at each of 6 galleries
    • Grand Prize Drawing for Wildlife River Tour aboard Rivershore Charters

May 8 (Sunday)

  • Wheat Milling at the Mill House Museum
    • From 11:00 Hours to 14:00 Hours (11:00 AM - 2:00 PM)
    • Children will be able to operate a hand grist mill and grind wheat into flour. 
    • A recipe and wheat to plant will be handed out.
    • Weather permitting. 
    •  Children can check out discovery bags to use in town.

May 14 (Saturday)

  • Occoquan River Fest 2016 at the Occoquan Regional Park
    • from 10:00 Hours to 16:00 Hours (10:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
    • Enjoy the day at the Occoquan Regional Park and in Historic Occoquan!
    • Complementary boat rids are available on Miss River Shore during the event!

May 21 (Saturday)

  • Sail Occoquan!
    • From 9:45 Hours to 10:15 Hours (9:45 AM - 10:15 AM)
    • Join us to view a festive Blessing of the Fleet parade of boats led by Fairfax & Prince William first responders,  with fire boats spraying their high powered water cannons, and decorated pleasure crafts. 
    • View from the Town of Occoquan  Boardwalk behind Madigan’s and Mamie Davis Park.
    • Sponsored by the Occoquan River Maritime Association.

June 7 (Tuesday) - July 3 (Sunday)

Walk with Me
Original Paintings by Lydia Jechorek

  • Known for her painterly, intimate works in oil, Lydia’s show, “Walk With Me” invites you to stroll alongside and see through her eyes the images that inspired her paintings.  Children playing, a train rumbling by or wandering through museums.  Catch a glimpse of fleet feet in city streets or the slower pace of shoppers strolling. 
  •  You are invited to join Lydia on June 11th for her reception at the Loft Gallery to view vibrant oil paintings inspired by the active world sprinting or strolling leisurely through life.   
  • You can always see her work at the Loft Gallery, at their website, or at Lydia's blog
  •  For further information call The Loft Gallery 703-490-1117.
  • The Loft Gallery is located at 313 Mill Street, Occoquan VA and is open
    • Tuesday - Friday 1100 Hours - 1600 Hours (11:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
    • Saturday 1100 Hours to 1700 Hours (11:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
    • Sunday 1200 Hours - 1700 Hours (12:00 PM - 5:00 PM)

“Baby Steps”, by Lydia Jechorek “FAN-tastic”, by Lydia Jechorek

June 11 (Saturday)

  • The Loft Gallery in Historic Occoquan is hosting a Meet the Artist Reception
    • from 13:00 Hours to 16:00 Hours (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
    • This is your opportunity to meet gifted artist Lydia Jechorek
    • The Loft Gallery is open
      • Tuesday - Friday 1100 Hours - 1600 Hours (11:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
      • Saturday 1100 Hours to 1700 Hours (11:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
      • Sunday 1200 Hours - 1700 Hours (12:00 PM - 5:00 PM)

July 16 (Saturday) - July 17 (Sunday)

  • Lemonade Stroll
  • Details coming soon

October 1 (Saturday) - October 31 (Sunday)

  • Haunt the Town
  • Details are on their way

October 30 (Saturday)

  • Haunt Hunt
  • Details coming later

November 18 (Friday)

  • Occoquan Christmas Open House
  • More details later

December 3 (Saturday)

  • Santa Comes to Town
  • More details later

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Jerry's Occoquan Jewelers

Sincerely Yours Stained Glass Studio

Spinaweb - Specialty weaving in Occoquan

Elements of Occoquan - Fun and Wacky

Union Street Guitar Works




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The Prince William Art Society, Inc.

Off the Beading Path

Occoquan Craft Show

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