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Sterling Blog: Bonnets & Booths

It’s sometimes easy to forget how good we have it. I hate doing laundry, and all I have to do is throw things in the washer and walk away. I don’t have to boil water, mix in lye soap, and then rub against a washboard. I would have never washed anything and I’m pretty sure I would have smelled horribly. This upcoming Saturday, you can wear your clean clothes and experience life in colonial times, all while being back in plenty of time to catch the Nats’ game.

In the Claude Moore Park Historic Area (use the North entrance to the park off of Cascades Parkway), Lanesville Ordinary will be hosting “Life in Colonial Lanesville,” giving you the perfect opportunity to learn how much you appreciate electricity. Exhibits include bread making, wood working, clothes making, and cooking over an open fire. Younger colonials can try their hand at making toys before anyone had even imagined Nintendo. The fun starts at 10:00 am and runs until 2:00 pm and there will be refreshments available. The best part is the whole event is completely free.

Next month, Claude Moore Park will host their annual Fall Festival. As much as being outside in the most gorgeous park in the county is wonderful, what makes it even better is the booths of crafts and handmade goods for sale. You could get all your holiday shopping done before Halloween. However, if you’re a crafter yourself, then you might want to save your space so you can take advantage of all the money people like me want to spend.

The park is now taking applications for crafters for the festival on Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendor space is just $25 for a 10’ by 10’ booth space, and all vendors must provide their own tables, chairs, tents, etc. If you need electricity, that’s an extra $10 and those equipped spaces are limited. Your application is due no later than Sept. 15, so don’t wait to get all your stuff together and reserve your space now. You can learn all the details online at Loudoun.gov/claudemoorepark or by calling 571-258-3700.

Just a last reminder than your only chance to wow the incomparable (and local celebrity) Kathy Bleutge and land a role in the Sterling Playmakers’ production of Man of La Mancha. Auditions are this weekend, Aug. 25, 26, and 27, and you don’t want to miss out on this show—if for no other reason than the director. Learn more at http://www.sterlingplaymakers.com/auditions-man-of-la-mancha/.

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