Photograph “The Tank Farm”

2017 Open House
September 23 and 24
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days
“Tank Farm” in Nokesville, VA

Family-friendly activities such as vehicles and helicopter displays, living history displays, a scavenger hunt, a veterans round table and much more!

2016 Open House Schedule

All Day on Both Days (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.):
– Vehicles on Display
– Living History Unit Displays
– 9/11 Artifacts on Display
– Scavenger Hunt for Kids
– Museum Membership Sign-up
– Museum Merchandise for Sale
– Veteran Welcome & Registration
– Artifacts & Displays in Hangar Building
– Voices of Freedom Recording Studio & Interview Registration Scheduled Activities:
Vehicle Demonstration
U.S. Army Military Working Dog Demonstration
Medal of Honor Recipient Colonel Barney Barnum
11:45 – WWII Veteran Roundtable
Semper K9 demonstration
Vehicle Demonstration
Vehicle Demonstration
USMC Historical Company Demonstration
Vehicle Demonstration
Kevin Hymel (Patton Historian) & Book Signing
Semper K9 demonstration

Vehicle Demonstration
Vehicle Demonstration
Medal of Honor Recipient Colonel Barney Barnum
11:45 – Vietnam Veteran Roundtable
Semper K9 demonstration
Vehicle Demonstration
Vehicle Demonstration
USMC Historical Company Demonstration
Vehicle Demonstration
Semper K9 demonstration

Recommended donation: $10 per adult – Proceeds support the future Museum.

Early Morning Photo Shoot at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

A special 5:30 a.m.opening time is happening on June 25, 2017 for the public. Meetup members can take advantage of a great early morning photographic opportunity (The Gardens normally open at 10:00 a.m.) at this beautiful botanical garden

Parking is free but there is a  regular admission cost of  $5.00 or $2.50 for seniors (55 +) and is payed when going  through the entrance building. This is a self directed photo opportunity based on your subject interest. Birds, flowers, landscapes and several ponds provide plenty of photo opportunities. 

On June 10 the following birds were seen in the morning: Goldfinches, pileated woodpeckers, blue birds, king birds, and a Baltimore Oriole. Art Cole will be trying to photograph any hummingbirds stopping by for nectar at the perennial garden just a little down the hill from the garden entrance. He would be happy to share information on camera settings he uses for hummingbirds or birds in general. 

-Tripods, macro lens or longer bird/wildlife lenses are some of the equipment you can bring depending on what you want to shoot.

-We could also plan to do breakfast at an area restaurant after the shoot for those who are inclined. 

Website for the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens:

Board Of Directors Transition Meeting

We are currently seeking a location for this meeting and will update this when we have it secured.

This is an administrative meeting for the Board Of Directors and Committee Chairpersons as we transition between previous and new leadership.

All meetings of The Manassas Warrenton Camera Club (MWCC) are available to members, but please be aware that this is purely an administrative session on the overall operations of the club.

Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival (The Flying Circus), Bealeton, VA

August 19-20, 2017
Airshows on both Saturday and Sunday !
Hot Air Balloon Launches Both Days 
Early Morning 7-9 a.m. & Late Afternoon/Evenings 6-8 p.m 
Hot Air Balloons cannot fly in windy conditions, so most balloon activities will take place during the early mornings and late in the afternoon/evenings when the air is the calm.

Then come to the Flying Circus Annual  Hot Air Balloon Festival
*** NOTE ***
Balloon rides are not brokered by the Flying Circus.
Prices must be negotiated between the Balloon Pilot and the rider(s).
Rides are subject to availability, and existing weather conditions.

Hot Air Balloon Rides are available during the Balloon Festival weekend”

NOTE: Group rates for admission are not available during the Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival Weekend

Photograph the Prince William County Fair

The Prince William County Fair dates back to 1949 and today is Virginia’s largest County Fair. The annual event in Manassas, Virginia includes livestock exhibits, a variety of midway shows, truck and tractor pulls, Monster Trucks, Lawnmower Racing, a rodeo, demolition derbies, baby contests, pet shows, live music, storytelling, games and carnival rides.

Coming August 11-19, 2017
2017 Tickets Will Be Available at The Fairgrounds and Online.

Please visit the Fairgrounds at 10624 Dumfries Rd. Manassas, VA 20112 to buy tickets!

One Admission Adult Ticket $10
One Admission Child/Senior Ticket $6

Ride wristbands:
Weekdays: $18
Sun 8/14: $22
Fri 8/19: $20
Sat 8/20: $22

Specials: Tickets are half price on Half Price Night—Aug 14th.
Ladies admitted FREE on Ladies Night—Aug 16th.
Children 4 and under and Active Military admitted FREE daily.

For a full schedule of events, see the official website.

The County Fair receives NO FUNDS from federal, state, or local governments. The Fair is privately owned by the Prince William Veterans Farm Club. Mark your calendars for the 67th annual event August 12-20, 2016, and join the FUN4U. Be sure to Like the Fair Facebook page for updates (Click Here) and share it with your friends!

The Prince William County Fair is the largest County Fair in the state of Virginia. The annual event in Manassas includes livestock exhibits, home arts exhibits, tractor pulls, a rodeo, demolition derbies, baby contests, live music and a variety of midway shows. Games and carnival rides are provided by America’s #1 Carnival Company, Deggeller Attractions Inc. Prince William County 4-H Clubs participate in numerous activities and demonstrations. Upwards of 90,000 to 100,000 spectators are expected to pass through the turnstiles this year.

The Fair began in 1949 by a group of young World War II veterans who wanted to promote the agricultural industry in the county. The Fair history book, “Farms Forever – Forever Farms” is available at the Fair office (703-368-0173).

Read the Mission Statement of the Prince William Veterans Farm Club! (Click here)

Prince William County Fairgrounds
10624 Dumfries Rd, Manassas, VA 20112
The fairgrounds are located near I-66, off of Virginia Route 234.

Phone: 703-368-0173
fax: 703-368-5534

Gary Hall has some great Prince William County Fair photos here:

Images by John Caplis:

11th Annual Barnstormers Tour, Frederick County, MD


This beautiful plein air oil painting by Christopher D. Madden was chosen as our 2015 Poster and Tour booklet cover art. Chris painted this scene, titled ” Sycamore Morning”, during the 2014 Barnstormers Tour and Plein Air Paint-out. Planning has begun for Barnstormers 11th Anniversary Tour and Plein Air Paint-Out which will take place on Saturday, June 10th, 2017

The Barnstormers 11th Anniversary Tour and Plein Air Paint-Out will take place on Saturday, June 10th, 2017

The Barns Of South Mountain

Nine barns in the scenic foothills of the South Mountain Region will be featured during the Frederick County Landmarks Foundation 10th Annual Barnstormers Tour and Plein Air Paint-Out. The event will take place on Saturday, June 11, 2016, rain or shine.

This popular annual self-guided tour calls attention to these beautiful old structures and their importance to our agricultural heritage. The tour provides a rare opportunity to gain access to some of our most scenic and private farm properties.

This event has three components, a ticketed barn tour, an art show/sale, and various educational demos and displays. Tickets (guide books with map) are $15 dollars per adult. Children 16 and under are free. Using the map, tour-goers may drive their vehicles to as many of the farm locations as they wish to visit. The farms are only open to visitors on that day. Tour hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Trained barn docents will greet visitors at each barn. Some of the barns may feature extra educational displays such as blacksmithing, antique farm tools, handmade products, joinery, quilting, and Civil War reenactors.

Advance ticket locations.

Tour ticket/guidebooks will be available for purchase on or about May 24 at the  first two locations listed below.

Ticket/guidebooks with map will be sold in advance at the Frederick Visitor’s Center, located at 151 S. East St., in Frederick. Phone 800-999-3613. Ticket price, $15 per adult, 16 and under free.

Tickets are also available at Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, 1110 Rosemont Ave, Frederick. Call Melanie Gettier in advance. 301-668-6088.

Tickets on the day of the tour.

On the day of the tour, beginning at 9:30 a.m., tickets will be sold at the Tour Host Farm. No credit cards, please. Address, 8926 Mt. Tabor Rd., Middletown, Md.

Afternoon art show and sale at the host farm, plus beautiful music!

During the tour you may watch artists paint at the barns. Later, from 3-6 p.m., a juried art exhibit will feature the beautiful new plein air paintings, drawings, and hand-pulled prints. All the art created will be offered for sale during the afternoon exhibit. This is a great chance to purchase a fresh new painting straight off of the easel! The afternoon art show and music at the host farm is free and open to the public. A portion of the proceeds from art sales will benefit the projects of Frederick County Landmarks Foundation.

You can volunteer! If you would like to help at the 2016 Barnstormers Tour And Paint-Out, or act as a barn docent, or wish to volunteer your help in any way, contact Harry Richardson, phone 301-865-5863, or email, or contact our Barnstormer docent coordinator, Devra Boesch, at email

Food for sale. Delicious sandwiches, platters and sodas will be sold by JB Seafood at the host farm on the day of the event. You may purchase your lunch or dinner, or just a snack. South Mountain Creamery will also have one of their famous ice cream trucks on site!

Delicious sandwiches, platters and sodas and snow cones will be sold at the host farm on the day of the event. You may purchase your lunch or dinner, or just a snack. (Location for 2016 to be announced.)

Barnstormers Tour 2016 10th Anniversary Tour welcomes back the old-time foot-stompin’ music of the Main Line Gravy Soppers! They will entertain beginning at 5 p.m. until about 7 p.m. on June 11 during the the art show and sale at the Host Farm. Admission to the music and art show is free and open to the tour-goers and the public.

Barnstormers Tour featured in MPT “Outdoors Maryland” documentary! Maryland Public Television featured several barns and interviews from our 2011 Barnstormers Tour. Below is the program cover for March 2012. Barn owner Skip Lewis of Woodsboro, Md. watches while Deborah Lovelace Richardson paints his barn. The new “Historic Barns Of Maryland” documentary produced by Jonathan Slade premiered to a large audience on February 29, 2012 and has repeated on the MPT channel many times.. Check your MPT show schedule for current times.

Sunflowers at McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area

Meetup Time: 5:00 – 5:15 AM
Meetup Place: The parking lot @ 16898 River Rd, Poolesville, MD

The 2017 sunflowers have been planted. Estimated bloom time is early to mid-July. There are approximately 30 acres planted in 9 fields. 

Saturday July 15th, 2017 – Sunrise 5:37 AM @ 60°

McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area, Poolesville, MD

McKee-Beshers WMA 
The McKee-Beshers WMA sunflowers

There are approximately 30 acres planted in 9 fields.(

Located on River Road in Western Montgomery County, McKee-Beshers WMA is a 2,000-acre tract in a mixture of woodlands, fields, wooded bottomland and managed wetland impoundments (green-tree reservoirs). The WMA shares a common boundary with the National Park Service Chesapeake and Ohio Canal to the south and borders Seneca Creek State Park, a 1,200-acre public hunting area, on the east.

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Informal Members Meeting – Show and Tell!

This is an Informal Meeting of the Manassas Warrenton Camera Club (MWCC).

You can bring images in to show (Show and Tell) the other members of a trip you’ve taken recently, or show us a new product you’ve purchased lately.

There is no formal program being presented and no formal speaking engagement.

Baby Fawns in Big Meadows – Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive

We will meet in front of the Harry F. Byrd, Sr. Visitor Center AT 5:30 AM. If you have any questions, please let us know so that we can get them answered for you.

We will eat Breakfast after shooting, at approximately 8:00 to 9:00 AM in the Big Meadow Lodge (Breakfast Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.).

Harry F. Byrd, Sr. Visitor Center, Shenandoah National Park
Skyline Drive Milepost 51, Stanley, VA 22851
Google Maps:

Drive time: 1 h 50 min (72.3 miles) via US-211 W and Skyline Drive.
Google Maps:
       From: Manassas City Hall
       To:  Harry F. Byrd, Sr. Visitor Center, Shenandoah National Park

Byrd Visitor Center hours: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Fri/Sat)

Shenandoah National Park
Summer Vistas and Fawns, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Shenandoah National Park in June is a great place for wildlife and landscape photography. The new born fawns are just beginning to explore their new world in Big Meadows, wildflowers are blooming and the mountain valleys fill up with fog along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains at sunrise. Explore and photograph in this gem of the National Park System along Skyline Drive.

Sunrise: 5:48am  –  Sunset: 8:40pm

Sample images: