Abandon Presidential Heads Light Painting Workshop

Have you ever wondered how Light Painting is done or even if you could do it yourself? Well here is your chance with a workshop. This workshop will be a 1 night event at Presidential Heads, near Williamsburg Virginia. The Statues are a sight that would make just about anyone stop in their tracks. 43 ghostly effigies of presidents past crowd together in the tall grass.

All participants should bring a camera that allows you to have some control over long exposure settings, particularly a long shutter speed, this means you will need a camera that has the ability to shoot in either full manual mode or shutter priority mode. You will also need a tripod as you’ll be shooting with long exposure shutter speed. Not essential but you should bring a shutter cable or wireless remote but shutter priority mode will work just fine. All participants will need to sign a waiver of liability agreement for this workshop. Attendees can receive refunds up to 7 days before this event start date, no refunds after SAT JULY 13th. If workshop is canceled due to weather, alternate date will be scheduled.

Ticket Price – $100, Early Bird Price ($75) has sold out.
Registration – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/abandon-presidential-heads-light-painting-workshop-tickets-60453280389?fbclid=IwAR0hWZJy8zY7dpw53CM3ixANo3XDXJNf_DKOZem-xRRtGcv0zKZGHMHyHTY

Light Painting Brushes Starter Kits and Light Painting Brushes Deluxe kits available – https://lightpaintingbrushes.com/

Gordonsville Bull Riding Rodeo

The Gordonsville Bull Riding Rodeo will be held on Saturday, May 11th, 2019 in Gordonsville, Virginia. This Gordonsville rodeo is held at Oakland Heights Farm. The events include Barrel Racing, Bull Riding and Cowgirl’s Barrel Racing

McKee-Beshers Sunflower Patch

• What we’ll do
When: Occurs the second Saturday of July from 5:30 AM to 7:30 AM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).
Where: Maryland McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area, 16898 River Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837


Sunflower Field
16898 River Rd
Poolesville, MD 20837

McKee-Beshers WMA
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.
Click Here for Map What To See
McKee-Beshers WMA provides habitat for a great diversity of wildlife species including deer, wild turkey, waterfowl, over 200 species of songbirds, and numerous reptiles and amphibians. Biologists deliberately flood forests during the fall and winter in “Greentree Reservoirs.” These attract colorful wood ducks as well as other waterfowl which migrate through or spend the winter here.
What To Do
Hikers will find trails for miles and miles, meandering through the forests, fields and wetlands. The C&O Canal and trail actually border the area. From here, you can hike or bicycle east all the way to Washington, D.C. or west as far as Cumberland. Hunters enjoy the pursuit of white-tailed deer, wild turkey, woodcock, squirrels, waterfowl and many other species.
Area Regulations
* Use of McKee-Beshers WMA is permitted seven days a week throughout the year.
* Hunting is allowed in accordance with statewide open season dates, bag limits and shooting hours unless otherwise noted.
* McKee- Beshers WMA is a public hunting area. No permit is required.
* All State and Federal Hunting Laws and Regulations are applicable.
* Trapping is by permit only.
* Dove hunting in specifically designated fields is restricted to certain days and shooting hours.
* No motorized vehicles are allowed.
* Vehicle access is via marked parking areas located on River Road, Hunting Quarter Road and Sycamore Landing Road.

• What to bring

• Important to know

MWCC Annual End of Year Awards Banquet

This will be a potluck banquet at the Brookside Community Clubhouse (No, the other one!).

Lake Ashby Center (LAC) Clubhouse
1000 Clubhouse Way
Warrenton, VA 20187

In order to sign-up to bring a dish or potluck item, please visit this website: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a49a5a629a0fd0-endofyear

Setup begins @ 6:00pm
Opening remarks @ 7:30 pm with dinner to follow-on
Awards Presentation to begin 8:00 pm to 8:15 pm
Clean-up and Depart by 9:00 pm
Take your images with you when you depart.

The Gettysburg 156th Anniversary National Reenactment

The Gettysburg 156th Anniversary National Reenactment
July 5 – 7, 2019
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania


Featured on our list of top battle reenactments of 2018, taking place for over 150 years, enjoy 3 days of events and educational activities including Field demonstrations, a living history village with period food and music, Civil War merchants and military camps. Learn about Civil War medicine, music, weapons and daily life during the conflict that defined our nation and saved the Union.

Order Tickets Early. Limited Seating Available.
Event Site Address: 1085 Table Rock Road, Gettysburg

Helpful Hints
Arrive Early – at least 2 hours before battles begin. We recommend that you arrive early (gates open at 8:30 a.m.) and plan to spend the day. There is plenty to see and do all over the site. Traffic peaks just prior to the battle times and is also heavy after the battles (especially Pickett’s Charge). Try not to make any commitments in town or “off site” immediately following the battles. Anticipate delays and consider staying on site to relax and enjoy the live period music or stroll through the camps, sutler, and food areas following the battles.

Wear and bring sunscreen with you. Be sure to wear light-colored clothing, hats, comfortable shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen. Bring the bottle of sunscreen with you; it wears off after 2 hours. Early August is typically hot and sunny in Gettysburg.

Sun umbrellas may be used right up until the guns can be heard, marking the start of the reenactment. They must be lowered at that time.

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Photoshoot

Bring tripod, bug spray, water, and both wide and longer lenses (100-400 or 70-200). Try not to leave any photo equipment in cars, I have heard there has been some car break ins in the past.

Fireworks and Light Painting – Rappahannock County July 4th

Meeting spot: come through all the tents (lots of free snacks at some of the tents as well as regular food, entertainment ). go to the tractors. good idea to set up at least by 8:00, even a bit earlier, especially if you are not familiar with your camera set up. This is a new venue, so I am not exactly sure of the set-up, I will be there early.

Come join the Rappahannock County July 4th Celebration 2019.

Do something different with fireworks. There is a lineup of old tractors and sometimes other vehicles. We can light them while the fireworks are going on. After the fireworks are over, we can play with a few sparklers or other types of lights. Examples are below, including 2016’s Color Print of the Year, with the old car.

Food and drink and entertainment starts at 1:00. the firehouse website is down right now, but you can check it out when it gets going. $25 per carload, usually. (http://www.sperryvillefire.com/ (http://www.sperryvillefire.com/))).

Also, facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/Sperryville-Volunteer-Fire-Department-246003968266/ )

Joyce Harman’s 2016 Fireworks images:

Independence Day Celebration – Manassas Virginia

Manassas Virginia Fourth of July Fireworks 2019
Celebrate Independence Day in the City of Manassas

The City of Manassas celebrates the Fourth of July with one of the largest fireworks displays and Independence Day parties in Northern Virginia. The annual event includes live music, an Apple Pie Baking contest, a watermelon eating contest, carnival rides, food, and more. The afternoon events begin with a bicycle rodeo. Kids are encouraged to decorate their bikes in patriotic colors of red, white and blue.

Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
Rain Date: July 5.

Getting to Historic Manassas
Location: Old Town Manassas, Train Depot & the Manassas Museum Lawn, 9431 West Street Manassas,VA
The city of Manassas is located near Prince William County, Virginia about 30 miles southwest of Washington, DC and a short drive from the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Directions: From Washington DC, take I-95 South towards Richmond. Take Exit 152 North, Route 234 towards Manassas. Continue for 16 miles and turn right at traffic signal onto Dumfries Rd (Business 234).
Continue 3 miles north and turn right at traffic signal onto Prince William Street and go 4 blocks to West Street. The Train Depot and Museum is located at 9431 West Street.
Parking: The Manassas Museum parking lot as well as commuter Lot F at the corner of Main and Prince William Streets are reserved for handicapped parking. Plenty of free parking is available in the other commuter lots on Prince William Street, at Balwin Elementary School on Main Street, and at Metz Middle School on Wellington Road.

Manassas has the best fireworks display in Northern Virginia. Believe it.


Celebrate America this Independence Day in historic downtown Manassas.
Family-fun surrounds the train depot, Manassas Museum, and Harris Pavilion with great views of the best fireworks display in Northern Virginia! Bring out blankets and lawn chairs to claim your spot and enjoy all of the entertainment and fun going on. The fireworks show will start at 9:15 pm but there will be plenty of activities and contests before.

Unique bikes parade
The fun starts at 3 p.m. with kid’s rides in the water tower parking lot – Lot B – as well as a bicycle decorating contest in the Harris Pavilion. Children will ride in a parade around the pavilion showing off their unique bikes and prizes will be awarded for the most creative, most patriotic, and best overall bikes.

Apple pie contest
Next up is the apple pie baking contest at 4 p.m. Residents, visitors, and more are encouraged to show off their baking skill with delicious homemade apple pies. The pies will be judged by a group of city staff and residents looking for the City’s best apple pie.

Watermelon eating contest
Last in line for contests is the watermelon eating contest at 5 p.m. in the Harris Pavilion. What better way to cool down in the summer than a fresh piece of watermelon? The contest will be broken up into two age groups – 17 & under and 18 & older – as contestants show off how fast they can eat their watermelon. The children’s age group will have to finish a quarter of a watermelon while the adult group will have to eat an entire half.
Applications for all three contests can be found on www.visitmanassas.org and are due back no later than Friday, July 1.