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Here’s a look at some of the open houses taking place in Fairfax County this weekend:

  • 1456 Wasp Lane, McLean
    6 BR/7.5 BA Single-family home
    Noteworthy: Screened porch and deck, 10 foot ceilings, butler panty
    Listed: $2,950,000
    Open: Sunday, 2-4 p.m. (Mansoora Dar – Keller Williams Realty)
  • 1033 Founders Ridge Lane, McLean
    5 BR/5.5 BA Single-family home
    Noteworthy: Theater room, double front doors, hardwood floors
    Listed: $2,475,000
    Open: Sunday, 1-4 p.m. (Tania Squadrini Hosmer – Keller Williams Realty)
  • 9612 Podium Drive, Vienna
    6 BR/5.5 BA Single-family home
    Noteworthy: Private wooded lot, stacked stone fireplace, deck
    Listed: $2,096,685
    Open: Sunday, 1-4 p.m. (Fred Reitzel – KW Metro Center)
  • 9301 Arnon Chapel Road, Great Falls
    5 BR/4.5 BA Single-family home
    Noteworthy: Screened porch, stone gas fireplace, private pool
    Listed: $1,999,999
    Open: Saturday, 12-2 p.m. (Matias Leiva – Keller Williams Chantilly Ventures, LLC)
  • 1924 Rhode Island Avenue, McLean
    3 BR/3 BA Single-family home
    Noteworthy: Fireplace, private hot tube, Tesla Charger
    Listed: $1,700,000
    Open: Saturday, 1-3 p.m. (Karen Close – Century 21 New Millennium)
  • 2731 Chain Bridge Road, Vienna
    6 BR/6.5 BA Single-family home
    Noteworthy: New flooring, meditation room, deck
    Listed: $1,599,000
    Open: Saturday, 1-3 p.m. (Mayura Gupte – Realty2U, Inc.)
  • 7928 Tire Swing Road, Dunn Loring
    5 BR/4.5 BA Single-family home
    Noteworthy: Patio and deck, two gas fireplaces, two car garage
    Listed: $1,450,000
    Open: Sunday, 2-4 p.m. (Sarah King – McEnearney Associates)

See all Fairfax County open house listings here.

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1964 The Tribute, a Beatles tribute band, will perform at The Barns on Feb. 9, 2023 (courtesy Steven Gardner/Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts)

(Updated at 2:15 p.m. on 8/12/2022) Perhaps sensing a growing weariness with the heat of summer, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts has released a preview of its upcoming fall season.

Announcing its first scheduled performances yesterday (Tuesday), The Barns at Wolf Trap will deliver an assortment of pop, rock, country, jazz, and orchestral music as well as some comedy sets, starting with the Rebirth Brass Band from New Orleans on Oct. 6.

The 382-seat indoor theater at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts typically hosts more than 80 performances during its regular season from October through May. In the summer, it’s home to the Wolf Trap Opera, which still has three performances scheduled on Aug. 12, 14 and 20 of “Susanna.”

The park’s open-air Filene Center also has another month left in its main summer season, which will continue tomorrow (Thursday) with a sing-along concert to the Disney film “Encanto.”

“This summer has been a welcome return to a full season of shows at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center,” Jo LaBrecque, vice president of communications and marketing for the Wolf Trap Foundation, said. “We’re dedicated to offering the community a diverse lineup of shows throughout the year, and we look forward to seeing audiences return to The Barns this fall.”

After going on hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic, The Barns returned with live, in-person performances — and some COVID-19 health policies — last year.

Wolf Trap is no longer requiring proof of vaccination or masks, though face masks are still welcome and individual artists may request a different approach, according to the park’s guidelines. Wolf Trap advises checking its website 48 hours in advance of a show for the most updated information.

Tickets for the first batch of 2022-2023 shows will go on sale Friday (Aug. 12) at 10 a.m. The full schedule is below. Read More

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Here’s a look at some of the open houses taking place in Fairfax County this weekend:

  • 1052 Balls Hill Road, McLean
    6 BR/6.5 BA Single-family home
    Noteworthy: Finished walk-out basement, media room, stone and hardiplank exterior
    Listed: $2,999,900
    Open: Saturday, 1-4 p.m. (Nadeem Malik – Green Logic, Inc.)
  • 11806 Forest Heights Court, Herndon
    5 BR/5.5 BA Single-family home
    Noteworthy: Three fireplaces, deck, three car garage
    Listed: $2,495,000
    Open: Saturday, 12-4 p.m. (Virginia Echols – United Real Estate)
  • 2242 Highland Avenue, Falls Church
    7 BR/6.5 BA Single-family home
    Noteworthy: Fully fenced backyard, home theater, fireplace
    Listed: $2,099,900
    Open: Sunday, 1-4 p.m. (Hui Zhang – Zoome Realty, LLC)
  • 6530 Chesterfield Avenue, McLean
    6 BR/6.5 BA Single-family home
    Noteworthy: Hardwood floors, third floor loft, deck
    Listed: $2,050,000
    Open: Sunday, 2-4 p.m. (Li Li – Samson Properties)
  • 403 Yeonas Drive SW, Vienna
    6 BR/5.5 BA Single-family home
    Noteworthy: Stone fireplace, 9′ ceilings, pet washing station
    Listed: $1,799,000
    Open: Saturday, 2-4 p.m. (Guiselle Ortega – Century 21 New Millennium)
  • 6727 Cedar Spring Road, Centreville
    5 BR/5.5 BA Single-family home
    Noteworthy: Three car garage, private entry gate, hardwood floors
    Listed: $1,529,000
    Open: Saturday, 12-2 p.m. (Daniel Hong – Samson Properties)

See all Fairfax County open house listings here.

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The David Dorfman Dance company will perform “(A) Way Out of My Body” in McLean on April 14, 2023 (courtesy McLean Community Center)

The Alden Theatre at the McLean Community Center is about to get busy, with a full slate of music, theater, inspirational speakers and other entertainment over the next year.

The upcoming 2022-2023 season will feature local groups like the Virginia Chamber Orchestra as well as more far-flung yet notable figures, such as gold medal-winning U.S. gymnast Laurie Hernandez and The Peking Acrobats.

Kicking off with a free concert by saxophonist Lil’ Maceo at McLean Central Park on Sept. 11, the lineup is guided by a core theme of “healing, both personally and societally,” MCC said in its announcement on Monday (Aug. 1).

Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased through the theater’s website. Three of the musical performances are free, while the other shows have varying prices with discounts for seniors and students.

A full rundown of the schedule is below. All events are in the community center at 1234 Ingleside Avenue unless otherwise indicated.

Music

Lil’ Maceo

  • Sunday, Sept. 11, 3 p.m. — McLean Central Park (1468 Dolley Madison Blvd)
  • Free admission

For all ages. Old-school funky, foot-stomping R&B saxophone. Lil’ Maceo’s musical roots in funk, pop, dance and contemporary jazz will get you off your butt and partying.

Sons of Mystro

  • Saturday, Sept. 17, 5 p.m. — McLean Central Park
  • Free admission

The Sons of Mystro are brothers who use their violins to interpret reggae classics and American pop songs by such artists as Al Green, LMFAO, Bob Marley and Dua Lipa. They are winners of the Emerging Artist Under 21 Years Old Award from the International Reggae and World Music Awards.

The Boy Band Project

  • Friday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m.
  • $30/$20 MCC district residents/$25 seniors and students

The Boy Band Project transports you back to a time when the boy band phenom dominated pop culture and TRL was appointment television. Delivered with their own special mix of handsomeness, tongue-in-cheek humor and talent from Broadway’s “Wicked,” “Hairspray” and “Mamma Mia” (and more), these boys recreate the sounds and choreography of your favorite boy bands, from NKOTB to One Direction. Read More

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Live Fairfax is a bi-weekly column exploring Fairfax County. This recurring column is sponsored and written by Sharmane Medaris of McEnearney Associates. Questions? Reach Sharmane at 703-839-8200.

Hello Fairfax!

My name is Sharmane Medaris.

I am a mom of three (twins included), wife, an avid runner, and of course a big foodie and I’ve been a licensed Realtor® for seventeen years both in the DMV and Florida. I’m so excited to take you on a journey through Fairfax County with my new video and neighborhood series, Live Fairfax!

In my former career, I worked for Destination DC and I absolutely loved showing people what to do in Washington, D.C. — from festivals and games to museums and nightlife.

Now as a Fairfax resident, I would want nothing more than to give you the insider’s knowledge on all of the hidden treasures, special events, festivals, places to eat and so much more. 

Join me bi-weekly… there are so many things to do and new experiences to make in Fairfax County you never know where or what I’ll be doing next!

I can’t wait!

Sharmane Medaris | Live Fairfax | www.soldbysharmane.com | Sharmane@mcenearney.com | @soldbysharmane | 703-839-8200 | 374 Maple Avenue Suite 202, Vienna, VA 22180

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8341 Springhaven Garden Lane (via Google Maps)

There are homes you can actually afford, and then there are homes that are just fun to look at.

Our list of the most expensive recently-sold homes in Fairfax County, below, is definitely the latter for all but the most well heeled.

Image via Google Maps

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Several new tenants are set to open at the town center (via Springfield Town Center)

(Updated at 4:20 p.m. on 8/4/2022) An international accessory store has officially opened at Springfield Town Center — bringing an assortment of accessories near the grand court of the mall. 

The opening of Lovisa, a fashion accessories store — which follows the first location in Australia in 2010 — brings a new brand to the mix of new tenants in the mall. 

BoxLunch Gifts is also slated to open soon in the mall, rivaling Lovisa’s accessories’ collection with a curated collection of licensed and non-licensed merchandise.

Shawarma Taco will also serve up a mix of tacos and shawarma in the upper level food court, according to the mall’s website. The company did not immediately indicate when it plans to open.

Elevation Lifestyle, a company that sells all-natural home and body care products, also hosted a grand opening over the weekend. The business is located on the upper level of the mall near JCPenny. Products are reportedly made from natural and organization ingredients.

Highs & Lows also opened on the lower level near Dave & Busters earlier in the year, bringing a mix of exotic snacks, candy and sodas to the town center.

LEGOLAND’s Discovery Center is also still on the way. A spokesperson for the company said that the store will still open sometime this year, but a more updated timeline was not available.

Correction: This article originally reported that the Canadian retailer Showcase is coming to Springfield Town Center. Its new location will actually be at Fair Oaks Mall.

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Junction Bistro & Bar’s upcoming Mosaic District location features a mural nodding to the area’s past as a movie theater hot spot (courtesy Junction Bistro & Bar)

A Junction Bistro and Bar is on its way to Merrifield, ready to pay homage to the area’s cinematic past.

Drawing its name from the railroad ties of Alexandria’s Del Ray, where the original Junction Bakery and Bistro opened in 2016, the regional business adapts each of its locations to the neighborhoods they serve, Managing Director Noe Landini says.

When the opportunity emerged for a bistro in the Mosaic District, the property’s history with movie theaters — starting with the D.C. area’s largest drive-in and continued with the Angelika Film Center — was a logical source of inspiration.

“We thought, ‘Man, it would be really cool to design this Junction after a drive-in,’ so we have a lot of cool design features at this one that are much different from the rest,” Landini told FFXnow by phone.

The Junction team hopes to unveil those design features, including a hand-painted wall mural with iconic film characters and images, to customers in late August.

Located between Urbano and District Dumplings in the former Cheesetique space (2985 District Avenue, Suite 115), the Mosaic Junction materalized with a partnership between Landini’s REX Management group and Common Plate Hospitality, which owns Urbano.

According to Landini, Common Plate invited him to look at the adjacent, vacated space, since they thought his brand “would be a good fit.” He had also collaborated with Mosaic District developer and property manager EDENS “on some minor things” in the past.

“I knew them, and I met with them, and it did seem like a really good fit, so we said, ‘Let’s give it a shot,'” Landini said.

The Mosaic Junction will serve a lunch and dinner menu of sandwiches, salads, and various entrees, from shrimp and grits to Thai street noodles. Brunch will be available on weekends, and there will be baked goods made by the bakery in Alexandria.

It will be the third Junction with a bar, joining venues in Capitol Hill and Chevy Chase. Landini says it will have the capacity to serve about 140 people with indoor, outdoor, and bar seating.

The restaurant has been under construction for more than half a year now, with Fairfax County issuing an interior commercial alteration permit back on Jan. 27.

The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on supply chains has “one hundred percent” affected the restaurant’s build-out, Landini says. A refrigerator or oven that once might’ve arrived in a couple of days or a week now takes anywhere from four to 20 weeks.

“Whether it’s equipment for the kitchen or light fixtures or flooring, you name it, the supply chain is seriously broken in this country,” he said. “We’re not the only ones that are experiencing this. It’s everybody.”

With hiring for the new bistro underway, finding staff has also been a challenge — not in terms of finding people looking for work, but in finding people with experience, Landini told FFXnow.

Despite those obstacles, Landini says he’s eager to introduce Junction to the Mosaic District and find a foothold in the neighborhood.

“I know people that live there. I know people that work nearby. They’re very excited about us coming,” Landini said. “I’m very excited to come and be a part of that community.”

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Best Buddies Virginia and D.C. had a grand opening reception for its Tysons Corner Center office on July 13 (courtesy Tysons Corner Center)

It took a team effort to get Best Buddies its new office at Tysons Corner Center.

The nonprofit’s Virginia and D.C. affiliate moved into a first-floor suite near the mall’s former Lord and Taylor in March, but the office didn’t get an official grand opening until July 13, according to Molly Whalen, the affiliate’s state director.

While the site is mostly for staff, the office is also intended to serve as a gathering space where Best Buddies can host events, trainings, and meet-ups for participants in its programs to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

In addition to its signature friendship program, which pairs people with and without disabilities to encourage socializing, Best Buddies provides job assistance, leadership development, and two live-in residences in D.C. and Florida.

“We try to raise awareness of inclusion and friendship and employment and leadership advocacy for people with IDD,” Whalen said. “So, just being in the mall and having that Best Buddies sign is a big deal, because people will want to learn more.”

Best Buddies Virginia and D.C. decided a change was needed from the more traditional office it had in Seven Corners after employees pivoted to working from home in March 2020 in response to COVID-19.

According to Whalen, the rent proved too much for a space the organization wasn’t using, and it was set to increase “considerably” each year.

“By end of last year, like October, we were kind of desperate to get out of the contract, because it was just so much money that, as a nonprofit, we were just kind of burning,” she said.

In stepped NBC4’s “The Scene” reporter Tommy McFly, who chairs Virginia and D.C. affiliate’s advisory board and helped secure a discounted lease for a vacant retail storefront for Best Buddies.

The nonprofit was also the recipient of furniture donations from National Association of Manufacturers, which happened to be relocating, and Heather Cooper — a Best Buddies volunteer who happens to be a former White House floral and interior designer — decorated the windows and wall with a mural.

Though the office isn’t open to the public, except for scheduled events, Best Buddies plans to take advantage of the location’s visibility by putting a video and QR codes in the front windows that will enable passersby to get more information about its mission and programs, according to Whalen.

“The new location will provide Best Buddies the opportunity to grow their work and increase its exposure to new audiences while being metro accessible to those they serve,” Tysons Corner Center said in a press release.

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Here’s a look at some of the open houses taking place in Fairfax County this weekend:

  • 6004 Balsam Drive, McLean
    6 BR/6 BA Single-family home
    Noteworthy: Theater room, double-sided gas fireplace, elevator
    Listed: $4,475,000
    Open: Sunday, 2-4 p.m. (Tom Francis – Keller Williams Realty)
  • 8419 Overlook Street, Vienna
    5 BR/5.5 BA Single-family home
    Noteworthy: Electric fireplace, custom stone bar, wine fridge
    Listed: $2,500,000
    Open: Sunday, 1-4 p.m. (Jerome Baker – SFS Realty)
  • 10909 Willow Creek Lane, Oakton
    5 BR/4.5 BA Single-family home
    Noteworthy: Stone and brick exterior, see-through gas fireplace, saltwater hot tub
    Listed: $2,295,000
    Open: Saturday, 1-4 p.m. (Karl Achstetter – Keller Williams Realty)
  • 11102 Prince Edward Court, Oakton
    7 BR/6.5 BA Single-family home
    Noteworthy: All brick, four fireplaces, walk out lower level
    Listed: $1,750,000
    Open: Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (Casey Samson – Samson Properties)
  • 6914 Mount Daniel Drive, Falls Church
    5 BR/5.5 BA Single-family home
    Noteworthy: Roof top terrace, deck, two car garage
    Listed: $1,599,000
    Open: Sunday, 12-2 p.m. (Michelle Lynch – Classic Cottages Realty)
  • 4528 Orr Drive, Chantilly
    5 BR/4.5 BA Single-family home
    Noteworthy: Walk-in pantry, deck and patio, finished garage
    Listed: $1,299,000
    Open: Saturday, 1-4 p.m. (Herbert Medeiros – Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.)

See all Fairfax County open house listings here.

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