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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 the current masthead celebrating the Annual Lemonade Stroll 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....

Historic Occoquan Theatre

 Own a piece of the Occoquan Arts and Crafts Show

During the Month:

  • 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! 
    • Drop in Upcycling & Restoration Clinics
      • There's always something new going on!
      • Drop in (7 days 12 - 5pm) to get a list of current offerings. 
      • Groups of 15+ possible w/ tea room.
      • All clinics are just $10 to $15 per (+tea if applicable) and most include all supplies and your finished item(s).

Historic Occoquan products can be found at Spriral Creations

July 1 (Saturday)

  • Loyalty Pet Care - Occoquan Regional Office Opening!
    • Personal, Professional, the Perfect Fit! 
    • Loyalty Pet Care has expanded their decade of great service to the Occoquan, Lake Ridge and Belmont Bay Communities.  
    • They offer enriching dog walks, exclusive sitting services and new puppy orientation, training and care to busy Prince William County pet parents! 
    • See their website for more details

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July 1 (Saturday) - July 31 (Monday)

  • Arte A La Carte is offering this month  "Wood Crafting and Painting"
    • Featuring Gifted Artist Lila Sanchez de Polo
    • Reception is on 29 July, 2017
    • Artist Statement:
      • My name is Lila P. Sánchez de Polo; my fascination in art and woodworking began in my native Bolivia, where I started using methods such as engraving, painting, and pyrography to make pieces of art on timeworn wooden chests. I visualize that the ability of being able to transform salvaged wood into inspiring messages or landscapes aids to encourage that old can always be turned into treasurable.  
      • Many years went by for my hobby to grow and continue here, state side. After years of difficulties in searching for the way to show my art in many places and advertising, my perseverance was blessed as I approached the doors of ART A La Carte Gallery.  
      • I think that today is the moment, it is when a new stage in my life begins, to be able to use old salvaged wood in a gift helps me reveal through phrases a meaning to life ... my inspiration is love and nature.
    • About the artist and event:
      • After moving to the United States. Lila turned her hobby into a small business. She began to do what she liked the art of painting; using quotes from life or popular folk paintings with a single purpose elevate the spirit and beautify the walls of any home.
    • 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.
      • The gallery is located at 310 Mill Street Occoquan, Virginia  22125
      • Gallery Hours: 11 am-5 pm 7 days a week
      • For additional information - 703.496.9540 

‘Wooden wall art”, Medium Size

Occoquan website of the month

July 4 (Tuesday) - August 7 (Monday)

Down the Shore

  • The  exhibit features rare and unique works of art that include: 
    • Fused Glass by David & Dale Barnes of Sterling, VA,
    • Pencil Paintings by Tina Kannapel and
    • Oil Paintings by Steve Myles of Reston, 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.
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      • For more information contact the gallery at 703-494-0584

“South Carolina Sea Oats” by Steve Myles (Oil Painting) “Blue Moves” by David Barnes (Fused Glass) “Blue Crab” by Tina Kannapel (Colored Pencil)

July 5 (Wednesday) - August 6 (Sunday)

Still Life and From Life - Act II
Paintings by Deena Hunkler-Sanks and Sculptures by Francesca Di Lorenzo

  • Still Life and From Life – Act II has artists Deena Hunkler-Sanks and Francesca Di Lorenzo teaming up again to show the contrast presented by Deena’s “Still Life” oil paintings and Francesca’s “From Life” sculptures.  The contrasting forms of artwork presented in this show reflect each artist’s interpretation of what makes “life” a joy to paint and to sculpt.
    • Deena Hunkler-Sanks – Deena collects memories and tells stories weaving together bits and pieces of peoples’ lives to present a rendition of their story captured in her paintings.  Old photographs, keepsakes, and memorabilia are included in her still life scenes.  A glance shows the beauty of a time past… a closer look tells the story.
    • Francesca Di Lorenzo – Francesca’s “From Life” sculptures are created with clay using live models.  The nuances of the human figure are captured in her traditional sculptural style.  Her sculptures celebrate the beauty and differences of life as depicted in her interpretation of the female and male forms.
    • To see more of Deena’s and Fran’s works go to The Loft Gallery www.loftgallery.org and Facebook page www.facebook.com/loftgalleryoccoquan
    • 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)

“Airforce”, 18”x18”, Oil on panel “Tranquility”, 18”H x 7”W x 10”D, Terra Cotta

July 8 (Saturday)

  • Spiral Creations is having The Bad Bear - Happy Hour Sale!
    • From 12:00 Hours to 19:00 Hours (High Noon to 7:00 PM)
    • The Bead Bar - New at Spiral Creations. 
    • A curated selection of vintage beads and findings. Adding new items weekly!
    • They have cameos, cabochons, glass, stones and so much more!
    • Beady happy hour specials during the event.
    • Light refreshments will be served.

July 10 (Monday)

  • VanEch Studio is offering a IKEA Painted Mirror Hack Class
    • From 18:00 Hours to 21:00 Hours (6:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
    • You love the drama of large mirrors but don't want to pay hundreds of dollars for the trending rustic wood finishes.
    • This workshop will be hands-on instruction transforming a 75" tall black IKEA mirror into a stylish, one-of-a-kind decorative home accessory.
    • Class fee includes mirror, decorative hardware and paint.
    • See their site for details

July 11 (Tuesday)

  • Another action packed Town Hall meeting starting at 1900 Hours (7:00 PM)
    • Open your wallets and lock down your property... go see what they are up to at Town Hall.

July 14 (Friday)

  • YOGA for Recovery at Soaring Spirit Yoga Studio
    • From 19:00 Hours to 20:00 Hours (7:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
    • Free class for people who have been touched by cancer.
    • Class work may include breathing exercises, slow stretches, healing yoga sequences and work appropriate during and after treatment.
    • Yoga beginners to experienced yogis welcome.
    • Collecting donations for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.
    • The studio is located at 308 Poplar Alley
    • See their site for details

July 15 (Saturday)

  • The Occoquan Lemonade Stroll!
    • From 10:00 Hours to 17:00 Hours (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
    • When life gives you lemons…..come to Occoquan….
    • We’re making Lemonade & Lemon treats.
    • Over 25 shops participating, each with a variety of sales and specials.
    • Graze thru Occoquan enjoying Yummy Lemon Treats to keep your energy up for lots of bargain hunting.
    • Look for yellow balloons at participating shops
  • The Loft Gallery is hosting a Meet-The-Artists Reception
    • From 13:00 Hours to 16:00 Hours (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
    • Come and meet talented artists Deena Hunkler-Sanks and Francesca Di Lorenzo
    • 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)

The participants in the 2017 Occoquan Lemonade Stroll

Art A La Carte Gallery Glory Be Preservation Station
Artist Undertaking Gallery The Golden Goose Red Art & Design
Bar Js Hawthorne House Sincerely Yours Stained Glass Studio
Blue Arbor Cafe Kountrie Lanes So Olive
Dansk Day Spa The Loft Gallery Spiral Creations
Details of Occoquan Patriot Scuba Tastefully Yours Gourmet
Elements Personally Yours Vanech Studio
  Yarn Cloud  

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 16 (Sunday)

  • The Occoquan Lemonade Stroll! - Day II
    • From 10:00 Hours to 17:00 Hours (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
    • When life gives you lemons…..come to Occoquan….
    • We’re making Lemonade & Lemon treats.
    • Over 25 shops participating, each with a variety of sales and specials.
    • Graze thru Occoquan enjoying Yummy Lemon Treats to keep your energy up for lots of bargain hunting.
    • Look for yellow balloons at participating shops

Historic Occoquan Tidbit: New article by Leo Smith

July 22 (Saturday)

  • The Artists’ Undertaking Gallery in Historic Occoquan is hosting an Artist Reception
    • From 13:00 Hours to 17:00 Hours (1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
    • This is your fabulous opportunity to meet and greet gifted artists David & Dale Barnes of Sterling, VA, Tina Kannapel and Steve Myles of Reston, VA all at the same time!
    • 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

July 24 (Monday)

  • VanEch Studio is offering MISS MUSTARD SEED MILK PAINT FURNITURE PAINTING WORKSHOP
    • From 18:00 Hours to 21:00 Hours (6:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
    • You love the drama of large mirrors but don't want to pay hundreds of dollars for the trending rustic wood finishes.
    • Learn to create painted furniture with milk paint.
    • You’ll paint a vintage framed chalkboard (provided), and leave with 5 samples showcasing different paint techniques and enough know-how to get you on your way to completing your own project.
    • Geared for beginners. 
    • All supplies provided
    • See their site for details

July 29 (Saturday)

  • Arte A La Carte is hosting a "Meet the artist Reception"
    • From 14:00 Hours to 17:00 Hours (2:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
    • Featuring Gifted Artist Lila Sanchez de Polo
    • 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.
      • The gallery is located at 310 Mill Street Occoquan, Virginia  22125
      • Gallery Hours: 11 am-5 pm 7 days a week
      • For additional information - 703.496.9540 

August 6 (Sunday)

  • Yoga for VETS! Free Classes at Soaring Spirit Yoga Studio
    • From 12:00 Hours to 13:00 Hours (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)
    • Open to all active duty military personnel and veterans and their spouses. 
    • In collaboration with the non-profit Yoga for Vets, students will gain an understanding of yoga poses, breathing techniques and meditation practices.
    • The studio is located at 308 Poplar Alley
    • See their site for details

August 8 (Tuesday) - September 3 (Sunday)

District Moods
By Nick Aman

  • Artist Statement:
    • These are my recent paintings of D.C. street scenes, which focus on iconic structures that define the city for me. I use the early morning and late evening light to create a deep sense of mood and atmosphere.  
  • See more of Nick Aman’s work at nicholausaman.com
  • 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)

“The Gate”, 8x8” Oil on Wood “Crossing the Triangle”, 16x24”, Oil on Wood

The Hampton Inn by Hilton of Historic Occoquan

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Hawthorne House

Jerry's Occoquan Jewelers

The Golden Goose

River Shore Charters

Glory Be

Artist Undertaking Gallery

Artaville Rugs

Sincerely Yours Stained Glass Studio

Spinaweb - Specialty weaving in Occoquan

Elements of Occoquan - Fun and Wacky

Spiral Creations

Union Street Guitar Works

Haunted Occoquan Tours

Fetch Pet Bakery

Hair Studio 14

Personally Yours

Art A La Carte

The Prince William Art Society, Inc.

The Cock and Bowl

Occoquan Craft Show

Lorton Valley Star Newspaper

 
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