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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 813-504-4479.

There are so many fun things to do over Thanksgiving Weekend.

If you find yourself looking for an experience to create memories and get ready for the holiday season, here are a few of my recommendations!

Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights is an elegant garden trail decorated with thousands of sparkling lights. The half-mile walk through the enchanting Meadowlark Botanical Gardens features nature themes and animated displays along a paved wheelchair and stroller-accessible trail. Stay warm by sipping on a hot beverage (with or without spirits) as you walk and s’mores to finish out the evening.

Welcome the beginning of the holiday season with a merry and bright tree lighting. Santa will spread holiday cheer and make his way through Mosaic on a firetruck with live entertainment and fun for the entire family.

Reston Town Center launches the season with the annual Reston Holiday Parade celebrating its 31st year! The one-of-a-kind, one-hour, half-mile parade along Market Street also welcomes the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn carriage.

This show features 40-60 local juried artists and crafters offering original, handmade arts and crafts.

Come out to Shipgarten for their Thanksgiving Barks & Brews Festival! The event will include live music, live character performances from Princess Parties DC featuring Encanto as well as various activities, crafts and games throughout the day!

Come see some of the best comics in the DMV and let laughter burn off that last piece of pumpkin pie you shouldn’t have eaten.

Explore Fairfax with Sharmane Medaris of McEnearney.

Sharmane Medaris | Live Fairfax | www.soldbysharmane.com | Sharmane@mcenearney.com | @soldbysharmane | 813-504-4479 | 374 Maple Avenue Suite 202, Vienna, VA 22180

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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 813-504-4479.

It’s that time of the year, it’s Pie Time!

On the hunt for the perfect pie in Fairfax County, we surveyed several community groups that lead us to these Top Three Pies.

Pie Gourmet (Vienna)

A true fan favorite throughout all the communities. Established in 1987, Pie Gourmet prides itself on using fresh local produce and the perfect mix of herbs and spices.

Whisked! (Always available at Mom’s Organic Market, Mosaic)

These homemade pies are made with fresh ingredients and each one has a special twist that makes it unique yet still traditional. I first experienced Whisked! amazingness at a local fresh market, which just happens to be where it all started.

Mom’s Apple Pie Company (Occoquan)

Since 1982, Mom’s Apple Pie Co. has definitely made a true brand with 3 locations in Virginia. Through a partnership with Lost Corner Farmer, you are guaranteed to fall in love with the true freshness and flavor of each bite.

Make sure to watch the video of the Pie Taste Challenge with these 3 amazing pie spots. Hope you have a chance to taste the goodness for yourself and enjoy this Thanksgiving season.

Explore Fairfax with Sharmane Medaris of McEnearney.

Sharmane Medaris | Live Fairfax | www.soldbysharmane.com | Sharmane@mcenearney.com | @soldbysharmane | 813-504-4479 | 374 Maple Avenue Suite 202, Vienna, VA 22180

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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 813-504-4479.

There is so much Halloween fun for all ages this weekend around Fairfax. Here are a few we recommend checking out!

Citylight Fall Festival (October 29) — All-Free Family Festival with Trunk or Treat, petting zoo, pumpkin patch, photo booth, crafts, and so much more. Pumpkin bowling anyone? You definitely don’t want to miss apple cider, kettle corn and doughnuts!

SUP, Witches? Coven Paddle (October 30) — Calling all witches and warlocks. Join us for a flashmob SUP paddle across Lake Anne on Halloween Eve. Wiccan attire is highly encouraged. The coven departs the Lakeside Cluster dock at 2 p.m.

Mosaic Spooktacular (October 30) — From store to store stop by for trick or treating! Shop around FestFarm Farmers Market and get your face painted at the Bienna Singing Princesses glamour tent.

Boo at the Zoo (October 30) — Join Roer’s Zoofari in costume for a fun-filled Halloween! Zookeepers will have Halloween themed enrichment sessions with our animals and creepy crawlies!

Great Falls Spooktacular (October 31) — Dress up the entire family and head to the Village Centre Green and Great Falls Shopping Center to trick-or-treat with their foundation sponsors, local merchants, and community organizations in a safe environment. There’s even a pet parade and costume contest!

Explore Fairfax with Sharmane Medaris of McEnearney.

Sharmane Medaris | Live Fairfax | www.soldbysharmane.com | Sharmane@mcenearney.com | @soldbysharmane | 813-504-4479 | 374 Maple Avenue Suite 202, Vienna, VA 22180

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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 813-504-4479.

We got a sneak peek of the newest Halley Rise community in Reston and its first Fall Festival.

A community event taking place onsite Saturday, October 22 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) featuring live music, food, and family-friendly activities (including pumpkin painting and make your own bouquet stations).

It will also include the introduction of the Farm at Halley Rise, an urban farm operated by Up Top Acres that grows food and flowers and provides produce to organizations working to reduce food insecurity.

Such a fun way to spend a fall Saturday!

Best,
Sharmane

Explore Fairfax with Sharmane Medaris of McEnearney.

Sharmane Medaris | Live Fairfax | www.soldbysharmane.com | Sharmane@mcenearney.com | @soldbysharmane | 813-504-4479 | 374 Maple Avenue Suite 202, Vienna, VA 22180

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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 813-504-4479.

It’s that time of the year to pull out your favorite pair of boots and adventure outdoors to make those fall memories. In this video, I will be showing you around one of our family’s favorites, Cox Farms.

If you have visited Cox Farms and are ready to add a few others to your list. Here are some of our additional favorites, and check out our recent post here for more details.

Pumpkin Patches with Fall Festival fun included:

Cox Farms — From famous hayrides to corny Corundum, giant slides and Field of Fear, there is something fun for all ages.

Great Country Farms — Pick your own pumpkins and apples or get lost in a corn maze while you savor their famous cider donuts. If you’re up for real excitement, shoot pumpkins from a cannon, feed P-Rex, the pumpkin munchin’ dinosaur, or pick the winning pig in the annual running of the swine at The ‘Oinkin’tucky Derby Pig Races.

Reston Farm Market — Loads of fun, games, activities, pumpkins and so much more.

Leesburg Animal Farm — Pumpkin Village Fall Fest is packed with fun family activities from giant hill slides, moon bounces wagon ride, petting zoo and so much more.

Maybe a Fall Festival isn’t your thing. There are also local pumpkin patches that will still guarantee some fall fun and yumminess on a smaller scale:

Whatever you decide, I hope you get out there and have some fall fun!

Best,
Sharmane

Explore Fairfax with Sharmane Medaris of McEnearney.

Sharmane Medaris | Live Fairfax | www.soldbysharmane.com | Sharmane@mcenearney.com | @soldbysharmane | 813-504-4479 | 374 Maple Avenue Suite 202, Vienna, VA 22180

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Live Fairfax: Fall Festivals are here

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 813-504-4479.

The fun only picks up as summer turns to fall in our area. Maybe you are new to the area or just need some fresh ideas of how to fully experience fall in Fairfax County and the surrounding areas!

As a Florida girl, I still marvel at the fall foliage at the numerous parks and trails, and I love running as the weather cools down. (Check out my previous trail video!)

And fall festivals are definitely one-stop opportunities to honestly embrace all things FALL. If you are like me with 3 kids in tow, I am all about efficiency in creating memories. Here are few of our favorites!

Photo via Cox Farms
  • Cox Farm Fall Festival: September 17-November 7
    Cox Farms has hayrides, the corny Cornundrum mazes, giant slides, pumpkin smashing and of course yummy apple cider doughnuts — there is something for every age!
  • 46th Annual Falls Church Fall Festival: September 17
    This family-fun event features The Taste of Falls Church, a beer garden, live music, children’s entertainment, and booths from local crafters, businesses and civic organizations.
  • Oktoberfest at The Boro: September 17
    Enjoy a Polka concert, playing games in Boro Park, and crafts there is something fun for all ages.
  • Reston Farm Garden Festival: September 24-October 30
    This Reston tradition will guarantee a day of games, activities, pumpkins and more.

  • Mosaic Fall Festival: September 24-25
    Live entertainment, FRESHFARM Farmers Market, URBNmarket, Caboose Brewing Beer Garden, Wine Garden and so much more. NOVA Fall Music Festival is September 24.
  • Vienna Oktoberfest: October 1
    A day full of fun with a Beer/Wine Garden, food court, live music (including a German band), free children’s activities, children’s entertainment stage, acoustic stage and a festival marketplace
  • City of Fairfax Fall Festival: October 8
    City of Fairfax Fall Festival will have more than 400 arts, crafts, information, food and gourmet food vendors, children’s activities and three stages of music and entertainment for all ages.
  • Clifton Day Festival: October 9
    Marketplace with around 150 artisans, antique dealers, vintage sellers and other vendors. Live music, children’s activities, pony rides, a beer and wine garden, and other delicious food and beverage choices add to the fun.

Explore Fairfax with Sharmane Medaris of McEnearney.

Sharmane Medaris | Live Fairfax | www.soldbysharmane.com | Sharmane@mcenearney.com | @soldbysharmane | 813-504-4479 | 374 Maple Avenue Suite 202, Vienna, VA 22180

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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 813-504-4479.

Join us for the insider scoop on running in Fairfax County!

Fairfax County has so much to offer the outdoor lover. In today’s video you will see first-hand that the area’s running trails are definitely at the top of the list!

Each trail has unique features from easy accessibility to the benefits of long training runs for those marathoners (or Ironman enthusiasts). Join us as we talk all things running and even offer a few tips!

Explore Fairfax with Sharmane Medaris of McEnearney.

Sharmane Medaris | Live Fairfax | www.soldbysharmane.com | Sharmane@mcenearney.com | @soldbysharmane | 813-504-4479 | 374 Maple Avenue Suite 202, Vienna, VA 22180

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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 813-504-4479.

As summer vacation is coming to an end, there are still a few weeks left before school starts to make memories with your family.

As a mom of three and a Realtor, I really try to be intentional about spending quality time with my kids. I challenged myself to have “dates” with each child to create special memories. Here are a few experiences that made a lasting impact on us!

A trip to the City of Fairfax Regional Library to see a puppet show or just grab a few books to engage with together later. Followed by a quick walk across the street to cool down at the Splash Pad and then to grab a treat at the legendary Woody’s Ice Cream. A perfect combination for all ages.

Point 50 StoryWalk is an opportunity to read “Nugget and Fang Go to School” and engage with businesses in Fairfax’s Point 50 Shopping Center. There are 15 stops with pages from the book featured in storefront windows plus additional fun activities along the way.

We had such an adventure at Roer’s Zoofari in Vienna. The new ownership did make changes to the overall experience which was great for those of us who love to feed the animals! Roer’s Zoo guarantees laughs and memories for the entire family. After a few hours at the zoo, we headed to Playa Bowl at Reston Town Center for the best acai bowls in the area. Our favorite is the Electric Mermaid!

When the heat’s too intense or the rain showers the day away, leave it to Chuck E. Cheese for a power hour of old school fun. $17.99 for ALL you can play for an hour. Also, who doesn’t love a quick Trader Joe’s stop to grab a few of those yummy staples to bring home?

Scramble has saved us this summer several times. Both the Falls Church and Alexandria locations are fun for all ages. They have thought of everything from quiet space to take a call or food options you will not regret. Great place for a PlayDate or just to get the wiggles out.

After hours of play at Scramble Falls Church we always head over to one of our favorite spots for a bite. Fava Pot offers authentic Egyptian food that everyone in our family loves from the hummus with pita bread to the grilled chicken seasoned to perfection — and don’t forget the famous fava beans!

When in Tysons we like to visit Bowlero, the newest bowling alley in the area. And they are still offering 50% summer game passes. This bowling alley is amazing! Of course, you will have to stop by Jeni’s at The Boro for your sampling of the most gourmet flavors in the area.

Pro Tip: 2 half scoops is the way to go so you can taste two flavors!

Explore Fairfax with Sharmane Medaris of McEnearney.

Sharmane Medaris | Live Fairfaxwww.soldbysharmane.com | Sharmane@mcenearney.com | @soldbysharmane | 813-504-4479 | 374 Maple Avenue Suite 202, Vienna, VA 22180

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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 813-504-4479.

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 | 813-504-4479 | 374 Maple Avenue Suite 202, Vienna, VA 22180

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