Tulips at Burnside Farm

Burnside Farms has opened their tulip farm for the season in their new Nokesville, Virginia location (outside the Manassas area). They have a limited number of tickets for this weekend so snatch them up right away if you think you will be going. Tickets are for a specific date only and you cannot buy them at the farm. Do not show up if you did not already purchase a ticket online. https://squareup.com/store/burnside-farms-flower-fields Due to weather and other circumstances, this may be the only weekend they will be open during the 2018 season. You may pick and purchase tulips and other collectables to take home.
Buy tickets here: https://squareup.com/store/burnside-farms-flower-fields

Better Bird Photography Workshop

MWCC will present a workshop for Better Bird Photography on Saturday, February 23.

Equipment selections and camera settings for photographing birds will be discussed as well as: lens alignment; calculating field of view; magnification; focus; and specific tips for obtaining more “keepers” for both perched and flying birds.

A slide show of numerous bird species will also be shown.

Revolutionary War Weekend @ Mount Vernon

http://www.mountvernon.org/plan-your-visit/calendar/events/revolutionary-war-weekend/

Watch hundreds of Continentals, Redcoats, Hessians, cannon, and cavalry in action on the estate. Throughout the weekend, learn more about life in the 18th century, discuss military techniques, and watch battle re-enactments. Wander through the encampment and meet the soldiers. This family-friendly event features a youth muster on the bowling green and even meeting General Washington!

On the bowling green, walk through a replica of General Washington’s Campaign Tent on loan from the Museum of the American Revolution.

Concessions from the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant will be available on-site.

Revolutionary War Weekend takes place rain or shine.

Schedule of Events
Schedule is subject to change.

Manassas Regional Airport Airshow & Open House

http://manassasairshow.com/

Manassas Regional Airport, 10600 Harry J Parrish Blvd, Manassas, VA 20110, United States

Manassas Regional AirportAirshow & Open House

Important Airshow Information

PARKINGThe location of the Airshow is at Manassas Regional Airport, 10600 Harry Parrish Blvd, Manassas, VA 20110. Buses start loading at 9:45 am and will run until everyone is back after the ramp closes at 4:00 pm. Come to the airport and follow the directions of the police and parking personnel. 20 Manassas School buses provide transportation all day to and from ALL parking areas. Please do not park alongside a street or road at the airport as you will be ticketed and/or towed. There are plenty of parking lots and shuttle buses to get you quickly to and from the main terminal. Handicap equipped buses are available. Limited Handicap spaces are available on a first come first serve basis at the terminal.

COSTS: The airshow parking and admittance is absolutely 100% free to all. It’s a great family event. We are accepting cash donations at all gates for three local charities: The Freedom Museum, The Virginia Airborne Search & Rescue Squad and the Civil Air Patrol, Prince William/Manassas composite Squadron. Please consider a recommended donation of $5.00 per adult as a contribution only if able. No tickets are required, just come on down.

FOOD: We have many great food vendors on site right at the airshow to provide a wide variety of food and non-alcoholic drinks/water all day. So bring some cash for food! No alcohol/No coolers, please.

SOUVENIR PROGRAMThis year the airshow will offer a 48-page, full color, souvenir program. The program features information and photographs on our performers, aircraft, and sponsors, as well as two pages of aircraft trading cards for the kids. Supplies are limited. Get your program for only $10.

SEATING: The airshow is mostly a walking/standing event. You are welcome to bring strollers and folding chairs/blanket to sit on with you for your comfort.

SAFETYLaw Enforcement and Event Staff personnel will be onsite and will have the right to check, search and inspect anything brought onto airport property at any time. Please avoid backpacks, cases that will delay your entry. Do not leave any item you bring unattended.There will be at times music, loud aircraft and announcements. Please plan accordingly and bring with you earplugs/protection if you are noise sensitive. Most have no problem.Sunscreen: please prepare for a day in the sun and bring sunscreen, head protection and stay hydrated. Please place all trash in approved trash cans or take it with you.

RESTROOMSPorta Johns will be provided throughout the public area for your use. Some will be handicapped equipped/marked for your convenience.

PETSPets of any type are prohibited. The ramp gets hot and can burn the paws of our little friends. If you have a service dog prescribed to you and it is, certified, licensed and vaccinated, advance permission can be attained by emailing: kcrychlik@aol.com at least 5 days prior to the event.

AlCOHOL/DRUGSAlcohol is prohibited on airport grounds. Being on the airport ramp intoxicated is prohibited. Illegal drugs are prohibited.

WEAPONSCarry of firearms/weapons of any type must be in full compliance with all state, federal and local laws and FAA regulations. No RC flying aircraft, kites, rockets, projectiles, fireworks or laser pointers are allowed by visitors. No throwing of balls or any objects, please.

CHILDREN: Children of all ages are always welcome as this is a fun family event. There will be many aircraft displays and we ask that all parents keep a watchful eye on your children at all times as there are aircraft in operation. Looking up at planes is a prime time for them to wander away!

FIRST AIDA first aid station will be in front of the main terminal on the ramp. If you need help, seek any uniformed person or event staff person wearing a yellow vest. Wheel chairs and electric slow moving carts are acceptable for those needing them.

ATMS will be onsite!

Revolutionary War Weekend @ Mount Vernon

https://www.mountvernon.org/plan-your-visit/calendar/events/revolutionary-war-weekend/

Watch hundreds of Continentals, Redcoats, Hessians, cannon, and cavalry in action on the estate. Throughout the weekend, learn more about life in the 18th century, discuss military techniques, and watch battle re-enactments. Wander through the encampment and meet the soldiers. This family-friendly event features a youth muster on the bowling green and even meeting General Washington!

On the bowling green, walk through a replica of General Washington’s Campaign Tent on loan from the Museum of the American Revolution.

Concessions from the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant will be available on-site.

Revolutionary War Weekend takes place rain or shine.

Schedule of Events
Schedule is subject to change.

Spring Weekend Trip-Ricketts Glen State Park-Waterfall Photos-Overnight Camping

Ricketts Glen State Park is one of the most scenic areas in Pennsylvania. Ricketts Glen harbors Glens Natural Area, a National Natural Landmark. Take the Falls Trail and explore the Glens, which boasts a series of wild, free-flowing waterfalls, each cascading through rock-strewn clefts in this ancient hillside. The 94-foot Ganoga Falls is the highest of 22 named waterfalls. Old growth timber and diverse wildlife add to the scenic area.

There are 26 miles of trails to explore in the Ricketts Glen State Park. However, the most popular and scenic is the Falls Trail. This trail parallels the two branches of Kitchen Creek as it flows through Ganoga Glen and Glen Leigh. On the Falls Trail, you will see 21 falls of varying heights. The Falls Trail can be hazardous in places, and good hiking boots along with a bit of caution should be used when hiking this trail.

The full loop of the Falls Trail is 7.2 miles if hiking both the upper and lower sections. To see most of the waterfalls, a 3.2-mile loop can be taken by going on Highland Trail and the Glen Leigh and Ganoga Glen sides of the trail.

I’ve chosen the 3-7pm timeslot for the following reasons:
– The Adams Falls parking lot will be the beginning point for our group hike.
– I would rather be headed out and be clear of the trails than walking the trails in the dark (after 7:45).
– Direct sunlight (harsh light is bad) is not optimal for photographing the waterfalls; therefore either morning or afternoon is the best time (providing shadows).
– Soft or overcast light is favorable for photography conditions.
– Hiking rugged and slippery terrain is required in order to access the waterfalls.

Address: Ricketts Glen State Park, 695 State Route 487, Benton, PA 17814

Webpage: http://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/FindAPark/RickettsGlenStatePark/Pages/default.aspx

Map: http://www.docs.dcnr.pa.gov/cs/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_003164.pdf

360° Panoramic Photography Workshop

360° Panoramic Photography Workshop

Will Janssen will provide his experiences and knowledge on the art of 360° Panoramic Photography. Will currently a Google Maps Local Guide Level 4 has eighty-nine 360° Panoramic images on the mapping platform. You may see Will’s images here: https://maps.google.com/maps/contrib/111714074291966219736/photos

Agenda:
– What can you do with 360° Panoramic Photography?
– Panoramic workflow
— Taking the HDR images
— Importing images
— HDR processinng
— Working with PTGui Software stitching
— Lightroom Processing
— Photoshop Processing
— Exporting to the cloud
— Downloading to a mobile device
— Uploading to Google Street View