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34th Annual McLean Antiques Show & Sale

The following was sent to us by Peggy Moore of Fairfax County Government:

The 34th Annual McLean Antiques Show and Sale will be held on Saturday, Nov.13 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 14. from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to benefit the James C. Macdonald Scholarship Fund.

An exceptional group of dealers representing American, English, and European Antiques, Decorative accessories, Furniture, Folk Art, Porcelains, Silver, Paintings, Prints, Linens, Oriental Carpets & Rugs, Glass Repair Service and much more...  Fresh Food Service Provided by Sweet Leaf of McLean http://www.eatsweetleaf.com.

For a list of dealers see show manager Pappabello Show's Web site at http://www.pappabello.com.

Suits and Sneakers Extravaganza

The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) will host its first “Suits & Sneakers Extravaganza” on Thursday, October 7, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Claude Moore Colonial Farm. The event will benefit the Claude Moore Colonial Farm’s facilities and activities as well as programs of the GMCC. 


McLean area restaurants, including Assaggi Osteria, Café Oggi, Evo Bistro, Fluffy Thought Cakes, J. Gilbert’s Wood Fired Steak and Seafood, JR’S Custom Catering and the Pavilions of Turkey Run, La Sandia, and Wildfire, will provide the gourmet fare. The evening will also feature live music from the McLean Orchestra, a cigar-tasting tent, and the opportunity to sample fine wines recommended by a sommelier. Sponsors of the event will have the chance to imbibe cocktails by Todd Thrasher, the celebrity mixologist famed for his innovative cocktails at Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, Virginia.


Favorite Restaurant

So, I have been in Chicago for the past few days getting out and checking out the sites - it is crazy how much that town has changed since I lived there. It’s always good to get back to my roots and the food there – unreal. I forget how many great restaurants there are out there and that is probably because I spend my life in one. So, I need some help. I don’t have much time to get out so I need some recommendations for some of Virginia and DC’s best restaurants. Any type of food, any type of ambiance – I just want to know what the next place is that I should try. Hook a brother up.

Also, in case you want to follow me further, check out my blog at http://stevenlukisblog.wordpress.com/. Look forward to seeing you there.

McLean Project for the Arts Offers Cocktails and Coloring!

McLean Prjoect for the Arts, or MPA, is a non-profit visual arts center in McLean, VA. MPA continues to bring the community great events! On Tuesday, August 31, the center is offering a “Cocktails and Coloring” session that will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Get ready to unleash your inner artist and mingle with others in your community. The session will be held at the McLean Community Center building at 1234 Ingleside Avenue in McLean, VA.

Food and Fun at the Middle Eastern Food Festival

The Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek-Catholic Church is holding its 17th annual Middle Eastern Food Festival on Labor Day Weekend. The festival includes authentic Middle Eastern food, Arabic desserts, Byzantine Church tours, vendors, live entertainment, a moon bounce, raffles, games and dancing! There are activities for both children and adults and parishioners of the church have worked all summer long to prepare for this event that has become a 17 year old tradition.

The Middle Eastern Food Festival will be Saturday, September 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 5 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission and parking are both free and The Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek-Catholic Church is located at 8501 Lewinsville Road in McLean, VA. Don’t miss out on the special lamb dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday!

MPAartfest Coming Back by Popular Demand

The McLean Project for the Arts (MPAartfest) will be held in McLean, VA for the second year in a row. The artfest will be held on October 5, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the McLean Central Park at 1234 Ingleside Avenue.

The McLean Central Park will be transformed into numerous mini art galleries where guests can visit, view and purchase artwork from various local and regional artists and craftsmen. MPAartfest is free and more than 3,500 people are expected to attend this year’s festival.

Other features of the festival include the Children’s Artwalk, an ArtTent and performances by local and regional entertainers. Local restaurants and community groups will be bringing refreshments for sale and ample free parking will be available. In the case of inclement weather, the artfest will be moved to the McLean Community Center which is adjacent to the park.