What’s Up? January 16-22

Friday, January 18
Fringe Benefits
Club Eclipse, 5615 Wellington Road, Gainesville | 9pm

Photo Credit: Fringe Benefits Band

Formed at the end of 2013 with talented and experienced musicians from all around northern Virginia, this 5-piece band based in Gainesville features drums, guitar, bass, guitar synth and vocals and knows how to get a crowd going! Featuring 4 vocalists, including both male and female lead vocals, Fringe Benefits covers a wide range of popular songs including 80’s, 90’s, Motown and current hits, jumping from Heart to Aretha Franklin to Bruno Mars.

Saturday, January 19
Invasive Species Control Volunteer Day
The Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Rd, Warrenton | 9am–12:30pm

The Clifton Institute needs YOUR help to control Autumn Olive in their fields! This invasive, exotic species provides very poor wildlife habitat and crowds out native plants. They are trying to eliminate as much Autumn Olive as possible to minimize re-sprouting and are focusing on the Upper Woodcock, Lower Woodcock, and Blantyre fields this year. Once the Autumn Olive is under control, it will be much easier to maintain the fields with regular bush-hogging and prescribed fire. They will have saws, loppers, and glyphosate at the site. If you are comfortable using a chainsaw, feel free to bring your own and any additional bow saws and loppers may also come in handy. If you can, consider helping out with this satisfying and important community work!

You can register to volunteer here and keep updated with the FB event!

Saturday, January 19
Artifacts of Mosby: An Exclusive Showing
The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail, 10 Ashby St, Warrenton | 6-8pm

Photo Credit: Fauquier Historical Society

Join the Fauquier Historical Society for an evening dedicated to the artifacts of Col. John S. Mosby and his Partisan Rangers. Discover the collection once belonging to the Spilman-Mosby House Museum as you journey back in time with period music, light refreshments, and even a chance to speak with Col. Mosby himself! The process of indexing and cataloging the collection is ongoing offsite, and this showing is the first by the Society since obtaining possession. This is a one-night only showing and all proceeds from this event will go to the care of the Mosby artifacts. 

$15 Adults, $5 Children 12 and under. Snow Date is set for Saturday, January 26th from 6-8pm. Tickets can be purchased here and stay up to date with the FB event!

Sunday, January 20 
We Shall Overcome
Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas | 3pm

Hear the compelling words of the great Martin Luther King, Jr. interwoven with incredible music created by African-American artists during the Civil Rights movement in this inspired production. Conceived and created by accomplished musical artist Damien Sneed, “We Shall Overcome” blends actual recordings of Dr. King’s speeches with music from African-American traditions, tying together a lineage of music and culture that includes traditional gospel, modern gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway, and spirituals. From his seat at the piano, Sneed guides the audience through this cultural journey, introducing soloists and sharing personal anecdotes, all accompanied by a choir and an instrumental ensemble. They will perform traditional spirituals, as well as a broad range of music from luminaries like Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis, Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, and Donny Hathaway.

Tickets are $26-44 and can be found here.

Sunday, January 20
The Cold War Museum Presents: Eyes and Ears in the Sky
Old Bust Head Brewing Company, 7134 Farm Station Road, Warrenton | 1-4pm

The Cold War Museum, in cooperation with Old Bust Head Brewing Company, invites you to attend “Eyes and Ears in the Sky”, a presentation by former NSA Deputy Chief Scientist John O’Hara on the intelligence community’s presence in space during the Cold War. O’Hara will discuss how the U.S. was limited in what we could intercept from the USSR due to the Iron Curtain and how that drove us into space, give details on the politicians and military people involved, and discuss the importance of our intelligence from space in relation to the U.S.’s military combat operations. This is the seventeenth in a series of presentations sponsored by the Museum featuring expert eyewitnesses to, and other authorities on, significant Cold War and related events and activities. Presentations occur at Old Bust Head Brewery or at the Vint Hill Craft Winery, followed by special access to the Museum with a tour for event participants.

For the full schedule and to register, click here.

Monday, January 21
Martin Luther King Jr Day Celebration
Lord Fairfax Community College (Rose Loeb Student Center), 6480 College St, Warrenton | 5:30pm

Image Credit: LFCC

This coming Monday, LFCC’s Fauquier Campus will open its doors to welcome those wishing to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The MLK Jr Day Choir will perform spiritual and contemporary songs under the direction of the Rev. Lemuel Montgomery. Fauquier County resident Earlene Morgan, the daughter of the Rev. Leamon W. White, a pastor of Mt. Bethel Baptist Church in D.C. who, according to his obituary in the Washington Post, was instrumental in organizing the March on Washington, will deliver the keynote address. Light refreshments will follow the program. For more information, contact LFCC campus life and engagement specialist Chris Lambert at clambert@lfcc.edu, or (540) 351-1567.

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