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    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Martinis Matter to benefit Adler Center
    The 10-year run of the Daffodil Ball designed by Dr. and Mrs. Jack Fox raised sufficient funds to build a Capital Hospice clinic. For the Foxes and many others, the dream became a reality last year with the opening of The Adler Center in Loudoun County off Route 50 on the Van Metre Campus in Stone Ridge.

    With the Daffodil Ball now a thing of the pasteam became a reality oney to build what was then re Janet Fox says, “If you are like most of us, we miss the fun and camaraderie that we all had working together on the Daffodil Ball.”

    Now that the Adler Center is a reality, the Martinis Matter event at the River Creek Clubhouse on Jan. 30 from 5:30 to 9 p.m., hosted by Laurie Tansey and Felicia Kettler of Capital Caring, will offer an opportunity to help defray the center’s operating costs. There will be raffle prizes and the ultimate: Daffotini that will be concocted by guest bartenders Kevin Conley, Ginger Wassum and Tom Reed.

    “Fed Up” documentary

    The “Fed Up” documentary will be shown at the Ida Lee Recreation Center at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4 following a farmers’ market at 5:30 p.m. Free tickets are available at http://www.FedUpScreeningIdaLee.eventbrite.com The e.vent is sponsored by Inova, Leesburg Parks and Recreation and Wegmans, based on an initiative by River Creek’s Stephanie Manning and Anne Flam who promote healthy eating habits.

    Lansdowne Golf Pro

    I recently met with Craig Forgash, 15 years a professional golfer and the club’s director of golf and instruction at Lansdowne Resort. He discussed the three golf courses at the resort and he expresses an interesting concept for golfers who are always eager for tips on improving their swing. I know it’s hard to imagine golf this time of year with icy conditions and January’s opposition to the game. Maybe golfers can take heart that in six weeks or so winter will begin to loosen its grip and golf courses will be more receptive than they are now.

    “The importance of a neutral, fundamentally sound setup position cannot be overstated. If your body is not aligned properly, it is impossible to create efficient movement because your body has to compensate for the lack of balance and stability,” Forgash said.

    He added something about “unnecessary movements” leading to inconsistency and frustration. Now I know what caused me to take refuge in a vocabulary punctuated by expletives.

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    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Fundraiser for the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Co.
    The River Creek Club on Jan. 24 will be serving at 5:30 p.m. The Hook and Ladder Martini for the standard price of $10 – $5 of which will be headed for the coffers of the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Co. an organization that relies on charitable contributions to support itself.

    Again in keeping with the typical format, there will be raffle prizes. For advance sales of raffle tickets at $5 each, three for $10 or other donations get in touch with River Creek resident Georgina Potter at 703-669-9470 or by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    Potter urges participation because of the dedication and selfless involvement in men and women who care about the communities in which they are responsible.

    “So come out and have fun, (or call me to arrange a donation) and contribute to a great cause. Keep in mind that the work that these volunteer firefighters do help to minimize the tax burden on our community and that they have to raise about 30 percent of the budget every year,” Potter said.

    Pre-owned land

    Somehow a seat in front of the fireplace causes minds to wander and as such it may come as a surprise that residents of River Creek and Lansdowne are actually living on pre-owned land.

    Old building foundations, a cemetery, pottery shards, flint implements and ceremonial grounds – evidence that the Algonkian Indians inhabited Lansdowne in the early 1600s – have been found by a site survey conducted by historian Eugene Scheel. Maura Steele once uncovered an arrowhead along the river that testifies to the Algonkians or some other tribe having lived in River Creek.

    Thomas Ludwell Lee farmed the area in Lansdowne near the beginning of the 19th century. He named the homestead Coton after the Lee ancestral home in England. Elizabeth Mills Park, adjacent to the locks that once existed on Goose Creek near the Potomac, preserves the remains of a small village and a mill. The survey also discovered Civil War gun emplacements and trenches.

    Some time in the 1790s, Benjamin Edwards started a ferry service near the confluence of Goose Creek and the Potomac River. Bazil Newman’s family cemetery, marked by his headstone, is adjacent to Olympic Boulevard in River Creek. In the early to mid 1800s Newman owned 119 acres in River Creek and was the ferryman on Edward’s Ferry and part owner of a warehouse along Goose Creek.


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    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Martinis Matter
    The Martinis Matter series continues at the River Creek Club at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 17, this time in support of Mobile Hope, an organization that provides material goods for needy children in Loudoun County.

    According to spokesperson Donna Fortier, Mobile Hope has given assistance to well over 5,000 children of all ages and ranging from food to clothing, counseling and temporary living quarters. A recent 18-year-old client named Peter was forced from his home and Mobile Hope came to his aid by arranging access to a homeless shelter.

    Mobile Hope’s present goal is to locate and develop a shelter for youngsters like Peter. As a nonprofit organization it depends on donations and funds generated from events like Martinis Matter where a percentage of the purchase of each martini is donated to Mobile Hope. In addition there will be other means of accepting funds. Club members and guests are welcome.

    Showing of “Fed Up”

    River Creek moms Stephanie Manning and Anne Flam, advocates of eating a healthy diet, have arranged for a showing of the film “Fed Up” on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at Ida Lee. The showing at 6:30 p.m. will be open to the public and is in concert with a recently issued proclamation by the Leesburg Town Council as follows:

    “Therefore Proclaimed by the Council of the Town of Leesburg in Virginia that February 4, 2015 is ‘Skip Sugar Day’ in the Town of Leesburg. Be it further proclaimed that the Council supports the community screening of the movie FED UP and urges the citizens of Leesburg to pay attention to their health, food choices, and lifestyle to help them live longer and healthier lives and reduce the risks of obesity.”

    As we close in on the date, more details will be available.

    Kid’s night

    The River Creek Club will host a Family Fun Night on Friday, Jan. 16 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. For $10 plus tax (and pre-registration) the River Creek kids and their guests can enjoy a kid’s buffet, face painting, a moon bounce and balloon animals. You can register via email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    When I was a kid, they didn’t have moon bounces or face painting. Under the guise of taking our grandchildren I would consider participating myself in one or more of the above activities.

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