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Calendar of Events

 

The Fairfax Resolves Chapter is very active chapter that participates in various community events and projects as well as historical and patriotic observances state wide and nationally. The calendar of events is below.

 

2017

 

 

Battle of Great Bridge Commemoration

Actual battle occurred on December 9, 1775.

Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Location: Great Bridge Battlefield Park, Chesapeake, VA

Website: Great Bridge Battlefield and Waterways History Foundation

Hamrock's Restaurant

Chapter Holiday Awards Luncheon

Location: Hamrock’s Restaurant, In the Historic 1842 Moore-McCandlish House, 3950 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA

Time: 12:00 PM

Details: RSVP Required

* RSVP to Jeff Thomas with a check by December 1st. Mail Check Payable to Fairfax Resolves SAR by Dec 1st to Jeff Thomas, 6608 White Post Rd, Centreville, VA 20121

* Dinner Selection: Salmon and Chicken Buffet

* Cost is $25 per person

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Past Chapter Events

 

2015

 

 

Youth Oration Contest and Chapter Meeting (the newly elected officers will preside)

Featuring: Youth Oration Contestants

Compatriots and spouses are encouraged to attend to provide a large audience for our Chapter’s Oration Contestants as they compete for the chance to go onward to the VASSAR and hopefully National SAR contests.

This year will also mark the first time the Chapter will be able to sponsor a youth poster contest. Open to 4th and 5th graders, this year’s topic is “The Declaration of Independence”. Entries will be displayed at the January meeting.

Location: Falcons Landing Auditorium

Time: 7:00 PM

Board of Managers Meeting

Location: Falcons Landing Auditorium

Time: 7:00 PM

VASSAR Annual Meeting

Speaker and Business Meeting

Speaker: Mr. John Sinks

Topic: Revolutionary Tax Lists as Evidence of Patriotic Service

Location: Falcons Landing Auditorium

Time: 7:00 PM

Speaker and Business Meeting

Speaker: Tom Fontana, Marketing Director for the US Capitol Visitor Center

Topic: The US Capitol Visitor Center

Tom Fontana is the Communications and Marketing Director for the United States Capitol Visitor Center. He serves as a spokesperson for the Architect of the Capitol and is responsible for distributing information about Visitor Center operations and educational offerings to the congressional community, the public, the media and the tourism industry. The Visitor Center has welcomed more than 13 million visitors since it opened in December 2008.

Tom has 27 years of experience in public affairs with the federal government. In 1988, he began his government career with the Army Corps of Engineers New York District in New York City where he managed public affairs activities for a variety of military and civil works construction projects including a $2-billion flood control project for northern New Jersey. Tom then transferred to the Army Corps’ Baltimore District where he worked for five years as the Public Affairs Officer for the Pentagon Renovation Program. There he was responsible for distributing information about the program to the 23,000 occupants in the Pentagon. He spent his final seven weeks at the Pentagon on the crash site following the September 11 terrorist attack, directing the communications program from the field. Tom joined the Architect of the Capitol late in 2001 to be the Communications Director for the Capitol Visitor Center Construction Project. He managed the communications program during the seven-year construction period before moving into his current position following the opening of the Visitor Center in 2008.

Location: Falcons Landing Auditorium

Time: 7:00 PM

8th Gold Good Citizenship Medal Gala

General Earl Edward Anderson was the first active duty Marine Naval Aviator to be promoted to a four-star rank. He has extensive and significant career including service in the Marine Corps where he earned numerous medals and decorations and 35 years as a lawyer with the American Bar Association where he is still active. For his outstanding patriotic achievement and service to the nation, the Virginia Society of the SAR will recognize Fairfax Resolves compatriot General Anderson by awarding him the SAR Gold Good Citizenship Medal. Read more about General Anderson's service and accomplishments in a short biography.

Location: Belle Haven Country Club

Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres: 6:00 PM

Dinner: 7:00 PM

Black Tie Optional. RSVP by April 3, 2015. $85 per person

Reservation Form: RSVP Form

Grave Marking

Patriots: Gustavus Scott and Tom Millan

Joint event with Fairfax County Chapter DAR. Local newspapers are expected to report on the event.

Location: Fairfax City Cemetery

Time: 11:00 AM

Grave Marking

Patriots: Reverend James Scott and William Scott

Location: Aquia Episcopal Church

Time: 2:00 PM

Spring Luncheon

Featuring: Patriot Project, Chapter Awards, and 2015-2016 Officer Inductions

Our fundraising for The Patriot Project will be closed out, and a cumulative donation check will be presented to representatives of the Loudoun County Revolutionary War Committee. The Patriot Project statue will be unveiled at the Loudoun County Courthouse on November 11, 2015. Outgoing Chapter President Bill Price will present a number of Chapter awards, and VASSAR 2nd Vice President Mike Elston will be inducting new Chapter officers for 2015-2016.

Location: Falcons Landing Auditorium

Time: 11:30 AM

C.A.R./SAR Joint Flag Day and Flag Disposal Ceremony

Featuring: Children of the American Revolution

Bring well-worn American flags to the ceremony or drop them off at the Great Falls Library in advance to have them properly disposed of by the Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department and the Children of the American Revolution. All are invited and welcome to attend!!

This year will mark the tenth anniversary of this event where C.A.R. leads this act of citizenship for the community. This event has successfully retired hundreds of well worn flags that have been displayed in various locations such as Patriot graves, fire stations, car dealerships, residences, and many others.

Location: Great Falls Freedom Memorial (Behind the Great Falls Library)

Time: 6:30 PM

No Regular Chapter Meetings

Regular chapter meetings will resume in September.

Speaker and Business Meeting

Speaker: Marc Leepson (Author’s Website)

Topic: What So Proudly We Hailed

Location: Falcons Landing Ballroom

Time: 7:00 PM

Battle of Point Pleasant Commemoration (Battle Days)

Actual battle occurred on October 10, 1774.

Location: Point Pleasant, WV

Website: http://www.tu-endie-weistatepark.com/battle.html and http://www.masoncountytourism.org/7.html

Battle of King’s Mountain

Actual battle occurred on October 7, 1780.

Location: Blacksburg, SC

Website: http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/park-finder/state-park/945.aspx

Speaker and Business Luncheon

Speaker: Dr. Curtis Morgan

Topic: George Washington and Lord Fairfax

Location: Falcons Landing Ballroom

Time: 11:30 AM

Battle of Yorktown and Victory Day Commemoration

Wreath laying at Thomas Nelson’s tomb and parade. Actual battle occurred on October 19, 1781.

Location: Yorktown, VA

Website: http://www.virginia.org/site

Speaker and Business Meeting

Speaker: Colonel Edward “Ned” Burr, U.S. Army (Ret.), USMA 1943

Topic: War Stories: My Experiences in Major Combat Operations during World War II and the Korean War

Burr took part in ten major combat engagements during World War II and the Korean War. He was a forward observer during the invasion of Normandy, where he was wounded by artillery fire. After his recovery, he participated in the Battle of the Bulge and was stationed in Japan after World War II. From there, he was sent to Korea and fought at the Battle of the Punchbowl. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart in World War II.

Location: Falcons Landing Ballroom

Time: 7:00 PM

Battle of Great Bridge Commemoration

Actual battle occurred on December 9, 1775.

Location: Chesapeake, VA

Website: Great Bridge Battlefield and Waterways History Foundation

• December 12
   New Date & Time!

Chapter Meeting and Christmas Social

This will be a family style pot luck social where children are welcome and may sit at their own table, where there will be a (free) door prize drawing just for children. Please plan on joining us for the December family dinner. We will bring our own pot luck to share. There is no scheduled speaker, but we will induct any new members, and they will share interesting facts about their patriots. AUUC is near the intersection of the Fairfax County Parkway and Burke Lake Rd. The facility is very handicap friendly, and there is plenty of parking.

Location: Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church (AUUC), 10125 Lakehaven Ct, Burke, VA

Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

2016

 

 

Board of Managers Meeting

Location: Falcons Landing Ballroom

Time: 7:00 PM

Youth Oration Contest and Chapter Meeting

Featuring: Youth Oration Contestants

We will have the ballroom open for setup & socializing at 6:00 p.m. The competition will start immediately at 6:30 p.m. because we have about a dozen contestants to present their work. The schedule will have to be flexible to get that many competitors through their 5 minute talks. Following the competition and presentation of awards, the contestants and their families will be dismissed during a short break with refreshments. The chapter will continue with a brief meeting, induct new members, present other awards, and dismiss. We will present the chapter 2016 treasurer’s budget to be approved by the membership before dismissal.

Compatriots and spouses are encouraged to attend to provide a large audience for our Chapter’s Oration Contestants as they compete for the chance to go onward to the VASSAR and hopefully National SAR contests.

Location: Falcons Landing Ballroom

Time: 6:00 PM

VASSAR Annual Meeting

Location: Omni Hotel, Richmond, VA

Virginia History Day

Location: Mount Vernon High School

Speaker and Business Meeting

Speaker: Dr. John Maass, Ph.D., Historian of the US Army Center of Military History

Topic: The Road to Yorktown: Jefferson, Lafayette and the Invasion of Virginia

Other Events: Presentation to Teacher of the Year, Eagle Scout (planned), and induct new members

Location: Falcons Landing Ballroom

Time: 7:00 PM

Speaker and Business Meeting

Speaker: Daniel Piazza, Curator of Philately at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Topic: Early American Postal History

Location: Falcons Landing Ballroom

Time: 7:00 PM

Speaker and Business Luncheon

Speaker: Cathleen Myers, Virginia State DAR Speakers Staff, member of the Dr. Elisha Dick chapter of the DAR

Topic: The Spy Wore Red, White and Blue

Discover the spies who worked for the cause of liberty during the American Revolution and the methods of espionage they employed.

Location: Falcons Landing Ballroom

Time: 11:30 AM

No Regular Chapter Meetings

Regular chapter meetings will resume in September.

C.A.R./SAR Joint Flag Day and Flag Disposal Ceremony

Featuring: Children of the American Revolution

Bring well-worn American flags to the ceremony or drop them off at the Great Falls Library in advance to have them properly disposed of by the Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department and the Children of the American Revolution. All are invited and welcome to attend!!

This year will mark the tenth anniversary of this event where C.A.R. leads this act of citizenship for the community. This event has successfully retired hundreds of well worn flags that have been displayed in various locations such as Patriot graves, fire stations, car dealerships, residences, and many others.

Location: Great Falls Freedom Memorial (Behind the Great Falls Library)

Time: 6:30 PM

Speaker and Business Meeting

Speaker: Don McAndrews

Topic: An Evening with George Mason

McAndrews has portrayed George Mason at Gunston Hall since 1995

Location: Falcons Landing Ballroom

Time: 7:00 PM

Battle of Point Pleasant Commemoration (Battle Days)

Actual battle occurred on October 10, 1774.

Location: Point Pleasant, WV

Website: http://www.tu-endie-weistatepark.com/battle.html and
http://www.masoncountytourism.org/7.html

Battle of King’s Mountain

Actual battle occurred on October 7, 1780.

Location: Blacksburg, SC

Website: http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/park-finder/state-park/945.aspx and
http://www.nps.gov/kimo/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=1113919-307230

Battle of Yorktown and Victory Day Commemoration

Wreath laying at Thomas Nelson’s tomb and parade. Actual battle occurred on October 19, 1781.

Location: Yorktown, VA

Website: http://www.virginia.org/site

Chapter Social and Orientation

Topic: Chapter Social and Orientation

Informal social gathering and orientation for SAR veteran members and newbies. Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church (AUUC) including use of the kitchen and permission to share snacks, Hors d'oeuvres, soft drinks, wine and beer. Families welcome.

Location: Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church - AUUC is located at 10125 Lakehaven Court, Burke, VA. This is about 100 yards south of the intersection of Fairfax County Parkway and Burke Lake Rd. You will see a large sign for a Buddhist Temple at the same turnoff

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Speaker and Business Meeting

Speaker: Glenn Williams

Topic: Colonial Virginia Militia

Williams is Senior Historian at the US Army Center of Military History in Washington, D.C.

Location: Falcons Landing Ballroom

Time: 7:00 PM

Battle of Great Bridge Commemoration

Actual battle occurred on December 9, 1775.

Location: Chesapeake, VA

Website: Great Bridge Battlefield and Waterways History Foundation

Chapter Meeting and Holiday Social

Families are encouraged to attend this festive event!

Location: Chantilly Country Club (14901 Braddock Road in Centreville, VA)

Time: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Details: RSVP Required

* A buffet luncheon will include entrees of salmon and chicken picatta, salad, herb roasted potatoes, green beans, rolls & butter, tea & coffee and dessert.

* Send payment to Carl Loveland by December 2nd (4509 Demby Dr., Fairfax, VA 22032)

* Costs are $35 per person, $17.50 per child. Children may also opt for a chicken tender option for $12.00.

2017

Youth Oration Contest and Chapter Meeting

Featuring: Youth Oration Contestants

Compatriots and spouses are encouraged to attend to provide a large audience for our Chapter’s Oration Contestants as they compete for the chance to go onward to the VASSAR and hopefully National SAR contests.

Location: Falcons Landing Auditorium

Time: 7:00 PM

VASSAR Annual Meeting

Location: Omni Richmond Hotel, 100 S 12th St, Richmond, VA.

Details on the VASSAR website at: www.virginia-sar.org

Chapter Meeting and Docent Tour

Tour: Pohick Church, Lorton, VA

Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Chapter Field Trip

Destination: Grand Opening of the American Revolution Museum

Location: Yorktown, VA

Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Chapter Meeting and Wine Tasting

Destination: Chrysalis Winery

Featured Wine: Norton - Native Virginia Grape

Speaker: Richard Leahy, Author of Beyond Jefferson's Vines

Topic: Early History of Virginia Wine

Location: Middleburg, VA

Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Spring Luncheon and Meeting

Location: International Country Club, Fairfax, VA

No Regular Chapter Meetings

Regular chapter meetings will resume in September.

Constitution Day - Speaker and Business Meeting

Speaker: Ben Lenhart, Adjunct Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown University

Topic: The Current State of the U.S. Constitution

Location: Chantilly Regional Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road

Time: 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Event Flyer: September Meeting - Constitution Day Flyer

Battle of Point Pleasant Commemoration (Battle Days Festival)

Actual battle occurred on October 10, 1774.

Location: Point Pleasant, WV

Website: http://www.tu-endie-weistatepark.com/battle.html and http://www.masoncountytourism.org/7.html

Battle of King’s Mountain

Actual battle occurred on October 7, 1780.

Location: Kings Mountain National Battlefield Park, 2625 Park Road, Blacksburg, SC, United States

Website: http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/park-finder/state-park/945.aspx

38th Anniversary of the Fairfax Resolves Chapter - Founder’s Day Celebration

 

Speaker: Dr. Edward Lengel, Chief Historian of the White House Historical Association Former Director, Washington Papers, University of Virginia

Topic: George Washington as First Entrepreneur

Historic Fairfax Courthouse where our chapter received its charter and our first officers were installed 38 years ago. You do not want to miss this evening as some of our founding members, including our chapter’s first president Stephen Halbrook, will join us for the dinner and program.

Location (Dinner): Dolce Vita Italian Restaurant, private dining room (see menu), 10824 Fairfax Boulevard in Fairfax, VA

Time (Dinner): 5:30-7:00 PM

Location (Program): The Historic Fairfax Courthouse, 4000 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA

Time (Program): 7:30-9:00 PM

Details: RSVP Required

* RSVP to Jeff Thomas with a check by October 20th (dinner selections will be made at the event)

* Cost is $38 per person or two for $75

* Attire for compatriots is jacket and tie or continental uniform

Event Flyer: Founder’s Day Flyer

Event Menu: Dolce Vita Menu

Battle of Yorktown and Victory Day Commemoration

Wreath laying at Thomas Nelson’s tomb and parade. Actual battle occurred on October 19, 1781.

Location: Yorktown, VA

Website: http://www.virginia.org/site

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Fairfax Resolves Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution