The Sizzle March 2017

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The Sizzle March 30, 2017

Bluegrass Barn Concert Series

On Sunday, April 9, welcome the Boxcars to the Bluegrass Barn Concert Series at the Frying Pan Visitor Center!  You’re in for a bluegrass treat! The Boxcars are composed of Adam Steffey, Ron Stewart, Keith Garrett, Gary Hultman, and Harold Nixon. With their previous projects, they have impressive Grammy nominations and awards. As musicians,they have been associated with such greats as Alison Krauss and Union Station, Dusty Miller, Lester Flatt, and Ricky Skaggs.
Advance tickets available online for $18 until 4pm on concert day. $20 tickets available at the door.  Doors open at 6pm. Music starts at 7pm. Shows held indoors at the Frying Pan Visitor Center, 2739 West Ox Road. Food and drinks, including beer and wine, are available for purchase; see the menu here.  New this year: group ticketing for 10 or more people is available for only $16 per person. Contact the Visitor Center Monday through Friday, 9:30am-4:30pm, at (703) 437-9101 for sales.
This is the last concert of this Bluegrass Barn season. We thank you for your support and for the significant growth of this series. See you next year! Buy Bluegrass Tickets Here

Welcome Jeff & Charlie!

Come out to meet the Belgian draft horses, Jeff and Charlie. The Welcome Reception will be on Sunday, April 23 from 1:00-3:00pm, near the antique equipment shed in the farmyard.  Bonus! Mini wagon rides pulled by Jeff and Charlie will be going on during the reception, which will also feature light refreshments, while supplies last. No registration needed. Thank you to all who contributed to the horse fund! Through your generous donations, in addition to getting the Belgian draft horses, the staff was able to receive extensive training in the handling of these horses. We also purchased the necessary harnesses and equipment for them.

Visit the farm and see the babies!

New Arrivals! Piglets dashing and squealing will not only make your day,they’ll make your week! Come out, de-stress, and let your mind get carried away in the joy of piglets! You can always track the farm’s newest babies here


It’s Spring!

Usher in Spring with two favorite outdoor family activities that will take place at the Visitor Center, 2739 West Ox Road, Herndon.

Kite Day April 1, no foolin’! Be an engineer and a designer, then get your kite to fly! Two sessions:10:30am and 1pm. Register here.

Easter Eggstravaganza is April 8. See what baby animals and egg-stra special activities will surprise and delight you! Many time slots to chose from and$2 wagon rides available with event registration.Register here.

“Through the Years” at Frying Pan FarmPark!

The “Through the Years” series puts things into perspective by era: April covers Civil War Life; May is1920-1950s Farm Family Life; and June is Into the Present. Each month will feature a night hike, a campfire,a plant presentation, and a special topic. Eventsare independent of each other, so come to as many as your schedule allows.
Where the Wild Medicine Grows (with guided hike) on 4/1 at 4pm
(Meet at Meeting House, 2615 Centreville Rd, Herndon)
Dig In for Victory! on 5/20 at 4:30pm
Farm Tech: Using Hydroponics on 6/3 at 4:30pm

Special Topics:
Civil War Life at Frying Pan on 4/23 at 2pm(Meet at Meeting House, 2615 Centreville Rd, Herndon)
Forging the Future: 1940s Black smithing on 5/21 at 2pm (Meet at the Moffett Blacksmith Shop)
The Quest for Lost History on 6/11 at 2pm (Meet at the large Information Kiosk near the parking lot)

Night Hikes:
SOON! Starlight Compass Night Hike on 4/7 at 7:00pm
Faster Farming, Waning Woods Night Hike on 5/27 at 8pm
Bats in the Cropfields Night Hike on 6/9 at 8pm

The Comforts of Campfire on 4/28 at 7:00pm
The Frying Pan Sizzle (sample grilled oysters!) on 5/6 at 4:30pm
Summer Camp Sunset Campfire on 6/16 at 7:30pm

These Walls Are Talking!

The Frying Pan Meeting House walls stood throughout the Civil War, serving as a field hospital, encampment, and picket post. Discover the lives and fates of some of the Union and Confederate soldiers’ that can be traced back to the Frying Pan Meeting House.

Local historian Chuck Mauro, reenactors, and exhibits will bring the history of the common soldier to life. The African American Civil War Museum will highlight additional contributions to history from this time. Feel the thunder of Company H 4th Virginia Cavalry, The Black Horse Troop.

These Walls Are Talking takes place April 30 at from 1-3:00pm for ages 4 to Adult. There is very limited parking at the Frying Pan Meeting House at 2615 Centreville Rd, Herndon. Park in the main farm lot at 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, with a free wagon ride shuttle available at Frying Pan Farm Park’s Country Store. This is a drop-in event with ongoing free demos & speakers; no registration required. Donations gratefully accepted.  

Fun, Fitness & Learning

Classes are beginning now! If you are not able to register online because the class has already started, call the park for an override to get in!

Dog Agility Dog Obedience Tai Chi I & II Hatha Yoga I & II Watercolor I & II Photography II Quilting, All Levels Country and Western Line Dancing I & II

Jobs Open!

Want to work at Frying Pan Farm Park? We are a 135 acre park with equestrian facilities, 70 acres of undeveloped land with a nature trail, 20 historic buildings, rental facilities, and a working historic farm. Frying Pan currently has these positions available:
Weekend and Evening Front Desk Staff: Greet visitors and give overviews of all the park has to offer. Position is several evenings per week and some weekends.
Birthday Party Facilitator: Help make magical childhood memories and gain valuable experience in the parks and recreation field by facilitating birthday parties at the park.
Seasonal Historic Farm Educator- Camp: Make the summer fun by providing summer campers with hands-on, formal and informal education about the farm.
Historic Farm Educator: Learn and grow your knowledge of farming, rural community life, and culture as you connect the park’s visitors to the historic treasures of Frying Pan Farm Park.
Hatha Yoga I Instructor: Lead beginning students interested in safely learning yoga poses, with the goal of balance, strength, and flexibility. Current Group Exercise Instructor/Yoga certification required.
Summer-only job openings include Counselors-In-Training and Camp Counselors, who will plan, implement and supervise educational activities for children in formal and informal hands-on programming. Email Patrick McNamara at for details.

Keep your students busy on school holidays!

Sign up for Teacher Workdays on the Farm on April 17! Choose from 8:15am to 6:15pmor 9:00am to 4pm.   Ages 5-12.

Want to learn to ride a horse?

Enroll now for upcoming Therapeutic Horseback Riding lessons for ages 3 to Adult in the Indoor Arena. The next series begins the first week of April. Riders learn safe and effective horsemanship in an inclusive setting. Each lesson is tailored to the rider’s abilities.

Start Beginner Horseback Riding for ages 8-14 years during the first week of April. Register early to ensure your child’s spot!

Volunteers Needed

Become a docent! Lead both group and individual tours around the Kidwell Farmhouse, during special events,and for daily visitors. Prime topics include the kitchen,den, and radio exhibits. Training provided.

Use your gardening skills! Meet others who have an interest in gardening. Work in the pollinator garden where we plant to attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. Volunteer Gardeners help us plan and create a ‘Victory’ garden, modeled after the gardens that were planted by families during WWI and WWII.

Learn what it takes to be a Roving Farm Interpreter.
Help us teach the public about our amazing 1870’s1940’s Farm Machines! Tell the story of each machine,how they worked, and how they helped farmers in early 19th century America! Perfect for anyone interested in interpreting history directly to the public and getting their hands dirty with real antique farm tools! You will also have the opportunity to take baskets of smaller farm tools and do roving interpretation, allowing kids and adults to safely have hands-on activities with the implements and learn their uses on the farm.

Help out as a Store Assistant. If you are a people person with a big smile and a caring heart, then becoming a volunteer at the Country Store may be right up your alley! Store Assistants enter sales into the store computer, stock shelves, operate the carousel, research ideas for new store merchandise, and up date marquees throughout the park.
See current Frying Pan volunteer opportunities here.

The Friends Board Is Grateful!

The Friends of Frying Pan Park Board would like to thank Stone’s Cove Kitbar for their generous donation to the group through their “do good things”Sundays. Thank you for eating there on Sundays and selecting us to receive the contribution! The funds will be directed to the care and upkeep of the park’s animals and antique machinery. Support Stone’s Cold Kitbar’s support of us!

Birthday Parties at your Favorite Farm Park!

Celebrate your child’s birthday in style with a party at Frying Pan Farm Park! The animals are excited to join the parties, too. Parties include an animal “meet and greet,” private wagon rides, and other fun farm activities!
Click here for more info and to submit your date and time requests!

Step back in time…

The Kidwell Farmhouse is open for the season!Call (703) 437-9101to ask about the schedule. Watch for the “Kidwell House Open”sign and come see the new exhibits! April and May will focus on the 100th anniversary of the United States entering WWI. Local Floris soldiers are highlighted.

CountryStore Now Open Daily!
Swing by for some farm-raised eggs,special preserves,or a unique gift.Monday through Saturday, the store is open 10am-4:30pm. On Sundays, it is open 11am4:30pm. Buy your wagon ride tickets here for $3.50 for anyone past their second birthday. Buy your carousel ride tickets, too, for $2 per child Monday through Friday and $3 per child on Saturday and Sunday, plus holidays.

Elmore Farmhouse Curatorship

Be a preservation hero! The Fairfax County Park Authority’s Resident Curator Program has identified qualified historic properties ready for curatorship. In exchange for the rehabilitation and long-term maintenance of a property, a curator may occupy the property without charge. One of these county properties, the Ellmore Farmhouse, is located at Frying Pan Farm Park in front of the Visitor Center. To learn more, click here or call (703) 324-8700.


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Frying Pan Farm Park   |   2709 West Ox Rd, Herndon VA 20171   |   703.437.9101


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