A Celebration From the 1700s
Gunston Hall, George Mason's home at Mason Neck, will hold its annual holiday festival from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday.
The event features candlelight tours of the mansion, horse-drawn carriage rides and samples of foods prepared by hearth cooks. There will also be costumed characters, 18th-century dancing, fiddle playing and demonstrations of other seasonal pastimes, according to a news release.
Admission is $14 for adults; $7 for children ages 6 to 18; and free for children younger than 6. For more information, call 703-550-9220 or visit www.gunstonhall.org.
Tours of Clifton's Homes and Churches
The annual Clifton candlelight tour will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and includes nine of the town's historic homes and churches.
The tour will be preceded by a parade of carolers on horseback at 2 p.m. Local church choirs will perform from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Among the buildings on the tour are the Stein home, 7227 Dell Ave., which will be decorated for Hanukkah. The Clifton Primitive Baptist Church, at Main and Chestnut streets, was built by slaves in 1871 and is an annual attraction on the tour.
The Wine House, 7157 Pendleton Ave., is a Colonial Revival vernacular home built in 1905 and owned by Raie Paxson. It was restored in 1973 and still retains its Victorian feel, according to a news release.
The Clifton Caboose, located by the railroad tracks next to Heart-in-Hand restaurant, is a permanent reminder of the town's railroad roots. Clifton Presbyterian Church, 12748 Richardson Lane, was founded in 1870 by families of Civil War soldiers who settled in Clifton after the war.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for children 3 and younger.
Parking is available on Main Street or in the Clifton House parking lot. For more information, call 703-322-1811 or 703-830-2129.
PTA Craft Show Geared Toward Kids
The Island Creek Elementary School PTA will host its first holiday craft show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
There will be approximately 40 vendors, and many items will be priced for children to shop for their families and teachers.
Refreshments and gift wrapping will be available. The school is at 7855 Morning View Lane in the Alexandria area.
Seniors' Luncheon to Feature Music, Dancing
The Reston Community Center will hold its annual holiday luncheon for seniors from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Sheraton Reston Hotel.
The luncheon will feature food, gifts, dance music by the Richard Bray Orchestra, a performance by the Harmony Heritage Barbershop chorus and holiday music performed by the Heatherwood Harp Ensemble.
Free bus transportation is available from the Hunters Woods Fellowship House, the Lake Anne Fellowship House and Thoreau Place.
The cost is $16 for those who live or work in Reston; $32 for all others. For more information, call 703-476-4500.
Sully Property by Candlelight
Sully Historic Site in Chantilly will host holiday candlelight tours of the 1794 home of Richard Bland Lee on Dec. 10 and 11.
There will be costumed characters of the 18th and 19th centuries throughout the house, along with Victorian Christmas music and a tree decorated with toys, angels and popcorn. Tours will begin at 5 p.m. both days; tours end at 8:15 p.m. Dec. 10 and at 7:15 p.m. Dec. 11.
Tours will include the original outdoor laundry, kitchen and slave quarters. Visitors can join in caroling on the lawn and see how Christmas was celebrated on the home front during World War II.
Cookies and warm cider will be served. The cost is $8 for adults; $6 for seniors and children. Prepaid reservations are required. For more information, call 703-437-1794 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/Sully.
-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY
and STEPHEN C. FEHR