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Welcome to Historic Occoquan, Virginia
& to HistoricOccoquan.com

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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 the Winter Season.

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Historic Occoquan Community Events
for this month & Beyond

The latest Town of Occoquan Newsletter is available on the left.

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

 

Historic Occoquan Event Application

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
    • Receive 50% off one item in the store (excluding any other promotions, some products excluded) on your birthday.
      • Well, not exactly limited to just the one day.  Offer is available 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).
  • The L @ Gifts4All is having a 40% off February Sale!
    • 40% off of everything in the L @ GIfts4All room. Not valid in the main room or sidewalk areas. February 15th is when fairy gardens and Occoquan souvenirs arrive.
  • Dansk Day Spa is offering Valentine Month
    • Celebrate the Month of February with Dansk.
    • We have chocolate treats with every service and special offers throughout the month.
    • Gift Certificates make excellent gifts for your special someone. 
    • Check our Facebook page and our loyal emails for announcements.
    • Visit our website to sign up for emails

November 1 (Saturday) - April 1st (Wednesday)

  • The Yarn cloud is having a Hats (and other warm things) Drive for the Homeless
  • Their Hats4Homeless Project is a winter-long drive.  There is no particular specifications of what you must knit or crochet.  They accept handmade items that will warm the body including blankets, scarves and mittens.   They are very appreciative in advance for your generosity.

January 1 (Thursday) - February 28 (Saturday)

January 24 (Saturday) - March 1 (Sunday)

  • Annual Fine Arts Sale at the Loft Gallery
    • The Loft Gallery announces its much-anticipated, once-a-year sale on original fine art, including 2-dimensional, sculpture and stained glass.   At up to 75% off, this is a unique opportunity to own original art.
    • Introducing their newest artist Deana Bolin, signature artist with the Pastel Society of America.

February 1 (Sunday) - March 31 (Tuesday)

  • NazBro Chocolates & Fudge is offering to Sweeten your Winter
    • Melt away the winter blues with the taste of rich, decadent Belgian chocolate.  
    • We invite you to stop by NazBro Chocolates and Fudge and sample any of our handcrafted chocolates.  
    • Mention this announcement and receive 20% off your first order.

February 3 ( Tuesday) - March 2 (Monday)

"To Spring or No to Spring"
Featuring artists: Gerry Gantt and Bob Horowitz

  • Featuring Photography by Gerry Gantt of Fairfax, VA and Wood Turning by Bob Horowitz of Falls Church, 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

“Olive-backed Sunbird Female” by Gerry Gantt – Photography “Pink Virginia Bluebells or Virginia Cowslip” by Gerry Gantt – Photography “Jefferson Memorial on the Tidal Basin” by Gerry Gantt – Photography “Japanese Stone Lantern and Washington Monument” by Gerry Gantt – Photography

“Maple Salad Bowl” by Bob Horowitz – Turned Wood “Curly Maple Bowl” by Bob Horowitz – Turned Wood

February 17 (Tuesday)

  • The Cock and Bowl is having their Chicken & Waffles Night!
    • From 1600 Hours to 2200 Hours (4:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
    •  Their delicious breaded boneless chicken breast, served perched atop a fresh baked waffle, and slathered in OMG-level creamy sausage gravy.  It's an institution!
    • All give a big sigh with happiness the whole meal through.
    • Get it while there is still time!  When it is gone, it is gone!

February 18 (Wednesday)

  • The Cock and Bowl is having their Mussels, Frites, and Brew
    • All Day - Every Wednesday
    • Mussels Mariniere & frites, just $14.
    • Best deal in town! 

February 22 (Sunday)

  •  Patriot Scuba is offering an Enriched Air Diver Course
    • At 1100 Hours (11:00 AM)
    • Are you diver looking for more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives? If staying down longer and getting back in the water sooner sounds appealing, then don’t hesitate to become an enriched air diver. 
    • Course fee $225.
    • See their site for details and to make reservations.

February 24 (Tuesday)

  • The Cock and Bowl is having their last Chicken & Waffles Night of the month!
    • From 1600 Hours to 2200 Hours (4:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
    •  Their delicious breaded boneless chicken breast, served perched atop a fresh baked waffle, and slathered in OMG-level creamy sausage gravy.  It's an institution!
    • All give a big sigh with happiness the whole meal through.
    • Get it while there is still time!  When it is gone, it is gone!

February 25 (Wednesday)

  • The Cock and Bowl is having their Mussels, Frites, and Brew
    • All Day - Every Wednesday
    • Mussels Mariniere & frites, just $14.
    • Best deal in town! 

February 28 (Saturday)

  • CPR/FIRST AID /AED at Patriot Scuba
    • At 1100 Hours (11:00 AM)
    • Learn how to help in the event of an emergency.  Take our CPR/First Aid/AED Course (or any combination of the 3 components).  Price and course length vary based on your selection. 
    • See their site for details and to make reservations.

March 3 (Tuesday)

  • Art A La Carte is hosting talented artist, Kathy Guzman, as she brings together two very different painting subjects to show how lines, shapes, and colors influence her work. "Landscapes and Letters" will feature acrylic paintings inspired from cross country trips and letter collages reflecting her interest in graphics and textures.
    • Reception is being held from 1100 Hours to 1700 Hours (11:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
    • Art a la Carte is located at 310 Mill Street, Occoquan, Virginia 22125
    • Gallery Hours: 11 am-5 pm 7 days a week
    • For more information, contact the gallery at 703.496.9540

Kathy Guzman, “S”, Mixed media acrylic, 6x6 “Somewhere in Montana”, Acrylic, 20x30

  • The Cock and Bowl is having their first Chicken & Waffles Night of the month!
    • From 1600 Hours to 2200 Hours (4:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
    •  Their delicious breaded boneless chicken breast, served perched atop a fresh baked waffle, and slathered in OMG-level creamy sausage gravy.  It's an institution!
    • All give a big sigh with happiness the whole meal through.
    • Get it while there is still time!  When it is gone, it is gone!
  • Another action packed Town Hall meeting at 1900 Hours (7:00 PM)

March 3 (Tuesday) - April 5 (Sunday)

Joy of Spring
Featuring Original Watercolors by Carie Cole

  • Joy of Spring is the theme for Carie Cole's show. Joy is the elation, serenity, and delight one feels at the beginning of spring. There is anticipation, promise, and hope when one sees the buds transforming into blooms. Cole's paintings are reflective of the gladness and rapture of spring. She gets her inspiration from nature, and her watercolors are a way she can show people what she thinks is beautiful. She loves the transparency, fluidity, and luminosity of watercolor.
  • You can always see her work at The Loft Gallery, Burke Family Practice, and the Springfield Art Guild.
  • 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)

“Iris” 14x18 Watercolor on Paper by Carie Cole “Dogwood” 20x16 Watercolor on Paper by Carie Cole

March 3 (Tuesday) - April 6 (Monday)

"March Madness"
Featuring artists: David & Dale Barnes and Roger Frey

  • Featuring Fused Glass by David & Dale Barnes of Sterling, VA and Artwork by Roger Frey of Woodbridge, 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

“Pope John Paul II” by Roger Frey - Acrylic “Plaid Bubbles and Curves” by David Barnes – Fused Glass “Diana Running Free” by Roger Frey – Pastel “Diana Leaning on Apollo” by Roger Frey – Etching

March 6 (Friday)

  •  Off the Beading Path is having a FAB Friday - ON the Path Bracelet
    • From 1400 Hours to 1700 Hours (2:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
    •  Make a quick, zig-zag bracelet perfect for layering.
    • $15 per project includes supplies.
    • Walk-in, no registration required. .
  • The Secret Garden Cafe is hosting a Donation Event - Coby's Angel
    • 10% of daily sales will be donated to Coby's Angels. This charity helps support animal shelters and the individuals who work there.

March 7 (Saturday)

  • Personally Yours is having a Grand Re-Opening Celebration!
    • From 100 Hours to 1800 Hours (10:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
    • Join them for their Grand Re-Opening at their new location 402 Mill Street. 
    • Shop for all the latest in Spring Decorations and gifts for Easter and Mother's Day.
    • Enjoy refreshments, door prizes and special sales. 
    • Enter to win a $100 gift certificate. Don't miss it!
  • The Loft Gallery is hosting an Artist Reception for gifted artist Carie Cole from 1300 Hours to 1600 Hours (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
    • 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)

March 7 (Saturday) - March 17 (Tuesday)

  • The Irish Collection is celebrating 25 years!
    • March 14 (Saturday) - March 15 (Sunday) also having an Open House
    • Celebrating 25 Years of bringing you EVERYTHING IRISH!!
    • Just in time for St. Patrick's Day!!
    • Storewide Sale 25% off!
    • Free gift with purchase!
    • Fantastic Door Prizes!

March 8 (Sunday)

  • Personally Yours is continuing their Grand Re-Opening Celebration!
    • From 110 Hours to 1700 Hours (11:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
    • Join them for their Grand Re-Opening at their new location 402 Mill Street. 
    • Shop for all the latest in Spring Decorations and gifts for Easter and Mother's Day.
    • Enjoy refreshments, door prizes and special sales. 
    • Enter to win a $100 gift certificate. Don't miss it!

March 10 (Tuesday)

  • The Cock and Bowl is having their Chicken & Waffles Night!
    • From 1600 Hours to 2200 Hours (4:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
    •  Their delicious breaded boneless chicken breast, served perched atop a fresh baked waffle, and slathered in OMG-level creamy sausage gravy.  It's an institution!
    • All give a big sigh with happiness the whole meal through.
    • Get it while there is still time!  When it is gone, it is gone!
  • Planning Commission Meeting at 18:45 Hours (6:45 PM) at Town Hall
  • Architectural Review Board Meeting at 1900 Hours (7:00 PM) at Town Hall

March 14 (Saturday)

  • The Artists’ Undertaking Gallery in Historic Occoquan is hosting a Meet the Artist Reception
    • From 1400 Hours to 1700 Hours (2:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
    • Great opportunity to meet -
      • Gifted artists David & Dale Barnes of Sterling, VA and
      • Talented Roger Frey of Woodbridge, VA

March 22 (Sunday)

  •  Patriot Scuba is offering an Enriched Air Diver Course
    • At 1100 Hours (11:00 AM)
    • Are you diver looking for more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives? If staying down longer and getting back in the water sooner sounds appealing, then don’t hesitate to become an enriched air diver. 
    • Course fee $225.
    • See their site for details and to make reservations.
  • Off the Beating Path is hosting a Meet the Artist Event with Sarah Wicks' Glass Beads and Critters!
    • From 1200 Hours - 1700 Hours (12:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
    • Meet glass artist Sara Wicks and learn how she makes her whimsical critters and beads.
    •  This is a one-day trunk show you won't want to miss.

March 28 (Saturday)

  • CPR/FIRST AID /AED at Patriot Scuba
    • At 1100 Hours (11:00 AM)
    • Learn how to help in the event of an emergency.  Take our CPR/First Aid/AED Course (or any combination of the 3 components).  Price and course length vary based on your selection. 
    • See their site for details and to make reservations.

April 2 (Thursday)

  • Off the Beating Path is hosting a Meet the Artist Event!
    • From 1100 Hours - 1900 Hours (11:00 AM - 7:00 PM)
    • Join then for a one-day trunk show with Nolly, of Nolly's Folly.
    • Pick a bouquet of beautiful glass flower beads for your next creation, or watch Nolly create something unique before your eyes.

April 3 (Friday)

  • Off the Beating Path is hosting a FAB Friday Quick Class: Rosebud Bangle!
    • From 1400 Hours - 1700 Hours (2:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
    • Wrangle some heavy wire into a sweet rosebud bangle.
    • Walk-in class, no reservations required.
    • $5 per project includes supplies.

April 4 (Saturday)

  • The Occoquan Peep Show!
    • From 1100 hours to 1600 Hours (11:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
    • Occoquan Shops will be displaying creative dioramas using Easter Peeps. 
    • These marshmallow peeps will be doing amazing things...
      • there will be Peep Artists, Peep Santas, Peep Wine Connoisseurs, and so much more. . 
    • Look for yellow balloons at participating shops. 
    • On Saturday April 4th vote for your favorite Peep Diorama and be entered to win a "Peep Swag Bag". Free "Peep Hats" while supply lasts. 
    • Preview in most shops March 30th - April 3rd
  • The Easter Bunny arrives in Historic Occoquan!
    • From 1200 Hours to 1500 Hours (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
    • The Easter Bunny makes a personal appearance in Historic Occoquan.
    • The Bunny will be strolling the Historic Streets handing out Easter Eggs filled with jelly beans to all believers.
    • Hop into the Easter spirit in Historic Occoquan!

April 7 (Tuesday) - May 3 (Sunday)

"My Song"
Featuring paintings by talented Jan E. Moffatt

  • My Song celebrates Moffatt's passion for landscape painting. "Painting is My Song…it is the music of my life.  Painting carries me away to places remembered or dreamt," she explains.
  • New paintings from two popular series— The American Farm Collection and The Blue Door Collection as well as lavender fields, beaches, wetlands, and Ireland will be featured.
  • Moffatt has shown at The Loft Gallery since 1991. This is her 16th solo show. She is an award-winning painter and has exhibited in many juried and solo shows in the DC metro area. In 2012 she was honored to be selected as a Visiting Artist at The Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria VA.  
  • You can always see her work at The Loft Gallery and in her adjoining studio in The Loft Art Center. To learn more about Jan and her work, visit her website
  • 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)

“Cotswold Lavender Fields” 18x24 Acrylic on canvas by Jan E. MOffatt “Morning Glory, American Farm Collection ” 24x24 Acrylic on canvas by Jan E. Moffatt

April 11 (Saturday)

  • The Loft Gallery is hosting an Artist Reception for talented artist Jan E. Moffatt from 1300 Hours to 1600 Hours (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
  • 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)

 

 

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Occoquan Coffee Shop - Open mike every Saturday night

Jerry's Occoquan Jewelers

Sincerely Yours Stained Glass Studio

Spinaweb - Specialty weaving in Occoquan

Elements of Occoquan - Fun and Wacky

Union Street Guitar Works




Hair Studio 14

The Prince William Art Society, Inc.

Off the Beading Path

Occoquan Craft Show

Lorton Valley Star Newspaper

 
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