What’s Up? January 23-29

Friday, January 25
Night Sky Photography Workshop
The Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Rd, Warrenton | 6:30 – 8:30pm

Night sky photography has become popular, but to be successful there are special techniques to learn. This evening will be a basic introduction into the equipment and techniques. Bring your cameras, instruction books and a tripod (if you do not have one, there will be a couple available to borrow). The evening will start with a slide show, followed by camera set-up, and then will move outside to take some pictures! If the night is clear, there will be stars, and if cloudy, participants can still set up and practice

Note: Not all cameras can take good images at night. The best ones are newer DSLRs (in most price ranges, you do not need a high end one), but some point and shoots with manual settings are also usable. Please email Alison at azak@cliftoninstitute.org to register or do so here.


Friday, January 25 – Sunday, February 10
The Lion in Winter
Fauquier Community Theatre, 4225 Aiken Dr, Warrenton | Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm, Sundays @ 2pm

Image Credit: Fauquier Community Theatre

Dungeons, sibling rivalry,  and who will ultimately inherit the throne from King Henry II of England? The Lion in Winter, by James Goldman, is a modern-day classic. Comedic in tone, dramatic in action – the play tells the story of the Plantagenet family, who are locked in a free-for-all of competing ambitions to inherit a kingdom. The queen, and wealthiest woman in the world, Eleanor of Aquitaine, has been kept in prison since raising an army against her husband, King Henry II. Let out only for holidays, the play centers around the inner conflicts of the royal family as they fight over both a kingdom and King Henry’s paramour during the Christmas of 1183. As Eleanor says, “Every family has its ups and downs,” and this royal family is no exception.

Tickets: $17 Adult, $15 Seniors (60 & over)/Children & Students (3-18 yrs) can be reserved here.


Friday, January 25
Shumaun CD Release Party w/Screaming Monkeys
Club Eclipse, 5615 Wellington Road, Gainesville | 9pm

Shumaun plays hard rock for people who love the sounds of intricate rhythm sections, progressive inspired guitars, colorful synths, and melodic vocals. Shumaun initially started as a solo project by Farhad (Zink) Hossain. After recording a few demos, he decided to recruit a few friends to help build the project into a full-fledged collaborative band. 2019 will see Shumaun return to the live stage in support of their second album One Day Closer to Yesterday. Screaming Monkeys, which consists of 3/4s of Shumaun, will perform a special encore with to close out the night. It shall be a very special night with lots of merch available!


Saturday, January 26
Fauquier Education Farm 2019 Workshop Series: It’s Time to Start Planning
Lord Fairfax Community College (The Barn), 6480 College St., Warrenton | 10am – 12pm

Photo Credit: Fauquier Education Farm

Join the Fauquier Education Farm for their first workshop of the year! “It’s Time to Start Planning” will take you through the full calendar year in the garden, when you should plant each crop and when to schedule specific task to maximize your success. They’ll also be introducing the rest of the 2019 Workshop Series, sharing what varieties of crops and techniques they have found successful at the farm, and letting you know how you can be a part of everything they do at the farm! Plus they’ll have free seed catalogs! This workshop is free and does not require registration. Everyone is welcome regardless of previous experience. Follow along with the FB Event!


Saturday, January 26
Hero’s Bridge Volunteer Boot Camp
PATH Foundation, 321 Walker Dr #301, Warrenton | 11am – 1pm

Join Hero’s Bridge for this informational session designed for individuals who are interested in assisting aging veterans in the community! It will provide valuable information and deeper understanding of what aging veterans may be facing. Additionally, participants will have the time to interact with Hero’s Bridge staff and other volunteers. If you are interested in working with older heroes, this will provide you the opportunity to develop meaningful connections with like-minded individuals with the mission of assisting older veterans in the community. This is a free event and will provide light refreshments. Children under 16 need to be accompanied by a parent. Register by Jan 25 here.


Saturday, January 26
The Phantom Tollbooth
Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas | 2pm & 4pm

The beloved and inventive childhood classic book, The Phantom Tollbooth, is brought to life in an original stage adaption. Norton Juster’s original story begins with Milo, who is very bored until a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room. He decides to drive his toy car through it, and everything changes! Once on the other side, Milo is thrilled to find a fantastical world where he is welcomed, and his help is desperately needed. Using puppets, masks, magic, inventive scenic effects, and original music, Enchantment Theatre Company recreates Milo’s adventures as he travels the Lands Beyond in his exciting quest to rescue Princesses Rhyme and Reason.

Recommended for ages 6-11; Grades 1-6. $15 Adults, $10 Children; Buy tickets here. Federal Government Shutdown Offer: The Hylton Center is currently offering $5 tickets to federal employees for this performance. Simply present your Federal Government employment I.D. at the ticket office and get up to 2 discounted tickets. Discount is limited to two tickets per Federal I.D. Valid for new purchases only. Subject to availability.

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