By Greg Hambrick
Campfire S’mores doesn’t require you to hike a mile into the woods with a thin sleeping bag that provides limited comfort on the hard ground. Today, Friday, Aug. 30, your family can toast S’mores over a campfire and head back to the comfort of home.
The last day of summer is Sept. 21. Or, you can look at it this way: The first day of fall is Sept. 22. Patch has found something for you to do each day as we count down until summer passes us by.
Check our events calendar to see what’s happening in our community, and add your own events!
Today, it’s “Campfire Friday” at Hidden Pond Nature Center in Annandale. From 7:30-9 p.m., families join a naturalist to search for nocturnal animals. The event concludes with a campfire, S’mores provided. The cost is $8 per person. Register at the parks authority site, or call 703-451-9588 for more info.
There are more campfire opportunities in the region before summer is over. Arlington will be hosting a “Family Fun Campfire” from 7-8 p.m. Saturday at Gulf Branch. Fairfax County Parks Authority regularly updates its list of campfire events. And campfire rentals are available at Belvedere Plantation’s Harvest Festival in Fredericksburg beginning Sept. 21, so you can send summer off and welcome fall.
Do you have a campfire event coming up? Share it with us in the comments section.
More Days of Summer:
More summer resources:
Aug. 31, Outdoor Blues
Lake Anne Jazz and Blues Festival http://reston.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/save-the-date-lake-anne-jazz-and-blues-festival-aug-31
2nd Annual 5K/1K Run (Good Shepherd Catholic Church)
When: Aug. 31 8 a.m.
Prince William Community Band performs patriotic American Music -presented by the Center for the Arts' SummerSounds Concert Series-
When:Aug. 31, 6:30-8pm at the Harris Pavilion, 9116 Center St., Manassas
Coverage/Directory: Will appear on Manassas Patch later this week
Sept. 1, Capitol Concert
National Symphony Orchestra: Labor Day Capitol Concert
When: Sept. 1 8 p.m. at the U.S. Capitol
Sept. 2, International Festival
38th International Festival (Good Shepherd Catholic Church)
When: Sept. 2 noon-6 p.m.
Herndon Labor Day Festival
Sept. 5, Wagon Ride.
Wagon Ride. Scavenger hunt for birds, butterflies and blossoms. (also, Sept. 18)
Sept. 6, Rocket Launch
When: Sept. 6, 5-8 p.m.
Sept. 7, Indian Festival
Virginia Indian Festival Returns to Riverbend Park
Fall Festival/Taste of Falls Church
When: Sept. 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Coverage/Directory: Will appear on Falls Church Patch later this week.
Doggy Swim at Great Waves Park
When: Sept. 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
4th Annual Doggie Paddle at Signal Bay Waterpark
When: Sept. 7 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Coverage/Directory: Advance story coming Sat. Aug. 31
Burke Centre Festival
When: Saturday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, Sept. 8
Coverage/Directory: (2013 guide will be posted this week) 2012 coverage: http://burke.patch.com/groups/local-connections/p/burke-centre-festival-opens-saturday
Sept. 8, Triathlon
30th annual Reston triathlon
Coverage/Directory: None yet; big splash next week. Annual real-deal regional triathlon
Sept. 9, Feed Animals
Feeding Day at E.C. Lawrence Park.
Sept. 11, 9/11 commemoration
When: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the Courthouse Plaza, 2100 Clarendon Blvd.
Sept. 12, Farm Family Fun
Junior Farmer Family Fun
Sept. 13, Fishing
Fishing Fun at Riverbend Park
Sept. 14, Sunset concert
Outdoor concert celebrating end of Summer featuring the music of Broadway, live performance by award-winning vocalists.
What: Third Annual Native Plant Sale, Vienna
When: Sept. 14, 8 a.m. to noon.
Coverage/Directory: Will write preview for Sept. 9.
Stonebridge Fall Fest and 5K, https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=585789524814287&set=a.172862106107033.43895.172841996109044&type=1
When: Sept. 14, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sept. 21, RiverFest
Rappahannock RiverFest 2013,
Andrea Kauffman Sprint Four the Cure 5K
When: Sept. 21 at 8 a.m.