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 the current masthead celebrating  All Hallows Eve 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:

  • 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
  • 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).

September 6 (Tuesday) - October 3 (Monday)

Light and Dark

  • The  exhibit features rare and unique works of art that include: 
    • Mosaic work by Diann Root of Alexandria, VA,
    • Paintings by Steve Myles of Oakton, VA and
    • Pencil Paintings by Tina Kannapel of Fairfax, 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

“Trivet” by Diann Root – Mosaic “Pawley’s Storm” by Steve Myles – Oil on Canvas “Loggerhead Turtle” by Tina Kannapel – Colored Pencil Drawing “Hope Breaking Through the Turmoil by Steve Myles – Oil on Canvas “Cubed Candle Holders” by Diann Root - Mosaic

September 6 (Tuesday) - October 2 (Sunday)

Reunion
Paintings by Barbara Sullivan and Woodart by George Jones III

  • “Reunion” showcases the reuniting of two long time work friends through their passion for creating art. Since both artists retired from the medical field, their paths crossed only occasionally. A lunch with a group of friends opened the way for exchanging artistic experiences, and the opportunity for George to join the gallery. The decision to have a joint show was to bring together many former work colleagues and art friends, and introduce them to the Loft Gallery and the town of Occoquan.
    • George Jones III – George began the craft of woodturning 14 years ago. Since then he has studied with a number of internationally renowned wood artists, and for six consecutive years studied at the Arrowmount School of the Arts in Gatlinburg, TN. Exposure to artists working in other media at the school has allowed George to develop a unique perspective by incorporating some of these techniques in his work. Each of the artist’s pieces is unique, from bowls to wall art and tell a story. It is his hope that the love and fulfillment from creating each piece is apparent and brings enjoyment to those who see them. George became a member of the American Association of Woodturners and Capital Area Woodturners in 2002, and is a current board member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 227.
    • Barbara Sullivan – Barb began her painting career 24 years ago taking a class at the suggestion of her mother-in-law, an accomplished watercolorist. She has been studying ever since, covering various media and techniques. Her career in clinical laboratory science and global health, provided a wonderful opportunity to live and travel abroad, providing a wealth of reference material reflected in her work. Barb was juried into the Potomac Valley Watercolorists in 2003, Workhouse Artist Association in 2011, and The Loft Gallery in 2015. Watercolor is her preferred medium, but she also works in acrylic, pastel, and collage. Her work is published in Artistic Touch 5, Potomac Valley Watercolorists - Celebrating 40 Years, Artistic Touch 6, and has written two Swipe File articles for Watercolor Magazine.
  • You can always see Barb and George's work at the Loft Gallery, 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)

“Tuscan Grapes” 14” x 20”, watercolor by Barb Sullivan “Sunday’s Peace” 11”H x 8”W x 3”D, wood by George Jones III

Historic Occoquan products can be found at Spriral Creations

September 17 (Saturday)

  • The Artists’ Undertaking Gallery in Historic Occoquan is having their Meet the Artist Reception!
    • From 13:00 Hours to 17:00 Hours (1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
    • Come in and meet gifted artists Diann, Steve, and Trina
    • 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
  • River Shore Charters is offering rides to Tim's Rivershore from the Town Wharf (behind Mamie Davis Park) departing at 18:15 Hours (6:15 PM) and returning between 23:00 Hours and 23:30 Hours (11:00 PM to 11:30 PM).
    • Reservations are required
    • Tickets prices are -
      • $30 for each adult,
      • $20 for children
      • Children under 4 years old are free
      • Call 703.498.4348 to book your reservation while seats are still available

Historic Occoquan Tidbit: New article by Leo Smith

September 21 (Wednesday) - September 23)

  • Haunted Occoquan Tours is hosting a Ghost Walk
    • Starting at 20:00 Hours (8:00 PM) (weather permitting)
    • Family-friendly walking tours of historic, haunted Occoquan, VA.
      • Adults and teens - $14
      • Children 6-12 - $7
      • Children 5 and under - free
    • Book your spirited tour while now while room is available
    • Reservations required

September 24 (Saturday)

  • Occoquan Fall Arts & Crafts Show
    • From 10:00 Hours to 18:00 Hours (10:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
    • Occoquan’s Historic streets are filled with unique Crafters.
    • Streets are closed to traffic – look for Signs to satellite parking. 
    • Continuous shuttle bus Service from satellite parking for a minimal fee
    • Children under 13 ride free
    • See the Occoquan Craft Show website for more details!

The Hampton Inn by Hilton of Historic Occoquan

September 25 (Sunday)

  • Occoquan Fall Arts & Crafts Show
    • From 10:00 Hours to 17:00 Hours (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
    • Occoquan’s Historic streets are filled with unique Crafters.
    • Streets are closed to traffic – look for Signs to satellite parking. 
    • Continuous shuttle bus Service from satellite parking for a minimal fee
    • Children under 13 ride free
    • See the Occoquan Craft Show website for more details!

September 28 (Wednesday) - October 1 (Saturday)

  • Haunted Occoquan Tours is hosting a Ghost Walk
    • Starting at 20:00 Hours (8:00 PM) (weather permitting)
    • Family-friendly walking tours of historic, haunted Occoquan, VA.
      • Adults and teens - $14
      • Children 6-12 - $7
      • Children 5 and under - free
    • Book your spirited tour while now while room is available
    • Reservations required

October 1 (Saturday) - October 31 (Sunday)

  • Art A La Carte Gallery artist of the Month - Karen Rexrode
    • Whether it's a fairytale, a parable or a good story, most involve a moral. On this theme Karen built her fall show titled "Cautionary Tales". Her medium is assemblage, an art form that uses various objects to build a three dimensional work of art. Each piece will also contain at least one item that would normally be recycled. Some re-purposed components will be easy to spot, other may require close observation. Everything from "Puss-in-Boots" to "Little Red Riding Hood" will be represented, time to get reacquainted with some "lesson's learned".  
    • Meet the artist on October 13:00 Hours to 17:00 Hours (1:00PM to 5:00 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: Karen Rexrode at

“The Tiger's Eye” assemblage by Karen Rexrode

October 1 (Saturday) - October 31 (Sunday)

See the video created by Historic Occoquan's creative artist Pam Troutman of Art A La Carte!

October 1 (Saturday)

  • Art A La Carte Gallery is hosting a Meet the Artist Reception!
    • Reception is from 13:00 Hours to 17:00 Hours ( 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
    • This is your opportunity to meet talented artist Karen Rexrode
    • 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: Karen Rexrode at
  • River Shore Charters is offering rides to Tim's Rivershore from the Town Wharf (behind Mamie Davis Park) departing at 18:15 Hours (6:15 PM) and returning between 23:00 Hours and 23:30 Hours (11:00 PM to 11:30 PM).
    • Reservations are required
    • Tickets prices are -
      • $30 for each adult,
      • $20 for children
      • Children under 4 years old are free
      • Call 703.498.4348 to book your reservation while seats are still available

Little Free Library at 204 Union Street

October 4 (Tuesday) - November 7 (Monday)

Celebrating Nature

  • The  exhibit features rare and unique works of art that include: 
    • Watercolors and Mixed Media by Mary Rose Janya of Springfield, VA and
    • Salt-fired Stoneware by Marianne Cordyack 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.  
      • For more information contact the gallery at 703-494-0584

“Wolf” by Mary Rose Janya - Watercolor “Toad House” by Marianne Cordyack – Salt-fired Stoneware “Vase, Tumbler and Mug” by Marianne Cordyack – Salt-fired Stoneware “School of Fish” by Mary Rose Janya - Watercolor

October 4 (Tuesday) - November 6 (Sunday)

Fall For Art
Original Art by The Loft Gallery Artists

  • The Loft Gallery invites you to FALL in love with inspired creations by our artists!!
  • 2016 marks 30 years of great art at The Loft Gallery in Occoquan, VA.
  • The Loft has grown from one room to the entire top of the block and now has 21 local artists working in a variety of media, six working studios, and an Arts Center.
  • There is something for everyone.
  • Come celebrate with us!
  •  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 Loft Gallery”

October 4 (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 at Town Hall.

October 5 (Wednesday) - October 8 (Saturday)

  • Haunted Occoquan Tours is hosting a Ghost Walk
    • Starting at 20:00 Hours (8:00 PM) (weather permitting)
    • Family-friendly walking tours of historic, haunted Occoquan, VA.
      • Adults and teens - $14
      • Children 6-12 - $7
      • Children 5 and under - free
    • Book your spirited tour while now while room is available
    • Reservations required

October 8 (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)
    • The Loft Gallery invites you to an “all gallery member show” in celebration of their 30th anniversary! They have grown from one room, to the entire top floor, with 21 local artists working in a variety of media, six working studios, and an Arts Center.   
    • 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)
  • River Shore Charters is offering rides to Tim's Rivershore from the Town Wharf (behind Mamie Davis Park) departing at 18:15 Hours (6:15 PM) and returning between 23:00 Hours and 23:30 Hours (11:00 PM to 11:30 PM).
    • Reservations are required
    • Tickets prices are -
      • $30 for each adult,
      • $20 for children
      • Children under 4 years old are free
      • Call 703.498.4348 to book your reservation while seats are still available

October 12 (Wednesday) - October 15 (Saturday)

  • Haunted Occoquan Tours is hosting a Ghost Walk
    • Starting at 20:00 Hours (8:00 PM) (weather permitting)
    • Family-friendly walking tours of historic, haunted Occoquan, VA.
      • Adults and teens - $14
      • Children 6-12 - $7
      • Children 5 and under - free
    • Book your spirited tour while now while room is available
    • Reservations required

October 15 (Saturday)

  • River Shore Charters is offering rides to Tim's Rivershore from the Town Wharf (behind Mamie Davis Park) departing at 18:15 Hours (6:15 PM) and returning between 23:00 Hours and 23:30 Hours (11:00 PM to 11:30 PM).
    • Reservations are required
    • Tickets prices are -
      • $30 for each adult,
      • $20 for children
      • Children under 4 years old are free
      • Call 703.498.4348 to book your reservation while seats are still available

October 19 (Wednesday) - October 22 (Saturday)

  • Haunted Occoquan Tours is hosting a Ghost Walk
    • Starting at 20:00 Hours (8:00 PM) (weather permitting)
    • Family-friendly walking tours of historic, haunted Occoquan, VA.
      • Adults and teens - $14
      • Children 6-12 - $7
      • Children 5 and under - free
    • Book your spirited tour while now while room is available
    • Reservations required

October 22 (Saturday)

  • River Shore Charters is offering rides to Tim's Rivershore from the Town Wharf (behind Mamie Davis Park) departing at 18:15 Hours (6:15 PM) and returning between 23:00 Hours and 23:30 Hours (11:00 PM to 11:30 PM).
    • Reservations are required
    • Tickets prices are -
      • $30 for each adult,
      • $20 for children
      • Children under 4 years old are free
      • Call 703.498.4348 to book your reservation while seats are still available

October 23 (Sunday)

  • Doggie Trick or Treat
    • Details coming soon.

October 26 (Wednesday) - October 29 (Saturday)

  • Haunted Occoquan Tours is hosting a Ghost Walk
    • Starting at 20:00 Hours (8:00 PM) (weather permitting)
    • Family-friendly walking tours of historic, haunted Occoquan, VA.
      • Adults and teens - $14
      • Children 6-12 - $7
      • Children 5 and under - free
    • Book your spirited tour while now while room is available
    • Reservations required

October 29 (Saturday)

  • Historic Occoquan Haunt Hunt
    • From 10:00 Hours to 16:00 Hours (10:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
    • Join the shops of Historic Occoquan in finding and validating 6 Halloween Characters and be entered in a drawing to win a Life-size Venetian Victoria Halloween Figure. 
    • Pick up your entry form at participating shops which will be flying orange & black balloons.
  • River Shore Charters is offering rides to Tim's Rivershore from the Town Wharf (behind Mamie Davis Park) departing at 18:15 Hours (6:15 PM) and returning between 23:00 Hours and 23:30 Hours (11:00 PM to 11:30 PM).
    • Reservations are required
    • Tickets prices are -
      • $30 for each adult,
      • $20 for children
      • Children under 4 years old are free
      • Call 703.498.4348 to book your reservation while seats are still available

November 8 (Tuesday) - December 4 (Sunday)

Something New
Original Artwork by Jo Ellen Walker and John Ploch

  • The Loft Gallery is pleased to introduce two new artists to their group. Jo Ellen Walker and John Ploch will be their featured artists in November and they invite you to attend the reception and view their show, “Something New.”
    • Jo Ellen is a mixed-media artist, working primarily in encaustic paints. She is specifically drawn to Greek icons, amulets, and the iconic monuments of Washington, D.C. These images find their way into her work, and are often layered under beeswax and mixed-media fragments. The fragments are emblematic of the many layers of a person’s life; some hidden, and some that we show to the world.
    • John’s direct carving in stone is all done by hand with hammer, chisel, and files followed by extensive fine sanding. With his style of abstract work, John strives to make the sculpture interesting from all points of view and to ensure that every line or plane on one part of the sculpture communicates with all of the lines and planes on the other sculpture surfaces. This three-dimensional approach creates interest regardless of the observer’s point of view and invites the observer to look at each piece frequently to gain new understanding. !
  •  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)

“Courage”- John Ploch, 9”W x 9”H x 8”D “Three Angels”-Jo Ellen Walker, 11”x14”

November 12 (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)
    • The Loft Gallery invites you to meet their two new artists: Jo Ellen Walker and John Ploch.
    • You can also see their fabulous work while at the reception....
    • 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)

November 18 (Friday)

  • Occoquan Christmas Open House
  • More details later

December 3 (Saturday)

  • Santa Comes to Town
  • More details later

Prince William County Community Alert Network

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If you are a resident of Prince William County, registration with the County's Community Alert Network will allow you to receive county alerts on your mobile phone.

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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

The Preservation Station

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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