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River Creek Blog: Thanksgiving Traditions
There’s the debate about where and when was the first Thanksgiving? The place that appears to be at the forefront is Plymouth Rock and the Pilgrims from England. They supposedly celebrated their abundant harvest in1621. At the time, apparently they went after geese and ducks for their meal along with fish, berries, watercress, lobster, dried fruit, clams, venison and plums. All fowl were referred to as turkey. The pilgrims avoided potatoes thought to be poisonous. They evidently didn’t know about mashed. potatoes.

There is some consideration for Charles City County, Virginia in 1619 as being the first Thanksgiving. The celebration of Thanksgiving was made official in 1941 as the third Thursday in November and here we are.

The Turkey Trot:
The Potomac Club in Lansdowne will have its 10th annual Turkey Trot on Nov. 23 starting at 8 a.m. Residents and non-residents can enter the 5K Turkey Trot or one mile family fun run/walk. You can sign up and get details by entering the HOA website: http://www.LansdowneHOA.com. The Club asks everyone to register early as it will likely be sold out. Registration will be open until Nov. 20. Entry fees: $25 for those 18 years and older, $15 for those 17 and under.

This year the Turkey Trot will support Women Giving Back, an organization whose mission is, “To serve women and children in crisis by helping transitionally homeless women and children get on their feet with clothes to help them enter the workplace and fit in at school at no cost.”

Opportunities are open for sponsorships. If interested get in touch with Kim Moran at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Lansdowne Resort and Spa:
The Lansdowne Resort and Spa will celebrate with a brunch sponsored by Finks Jewelry— an opportunity for those attending to win an elegant piece of jewelry. The brunch takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 23 and will feature a variety of items on the menu at a cost of $85 for adults and $30 for children, ages 4 to 12. Children 3 and under are free. To make a reservation call 703-726-1449 enter the resort website and click on events: http://www.destinationhotels.com/LansdowneResort.

Turkeys to Go: The River Creek Club is offering roasted turkeys along with side dishes. Interested parties can call 703-779-2022 extention251 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) before Nov. 21 at 5 p.m.
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River Creek Blog: Quoth the Raven
The Drama Department at Riverside High School in Lansdowne will feature the play, “Nevermore,” on Nov. 16,17, 18 at 7 p.m. and on the Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. “Nevermore” is the story of Edgar Allan Poe and his fate. According to information from Riverside, “In September of 1847, Edgar Allan Poe is reported to have boarded a steamer in Baltimore Harbor for an overnight voyage to New York City. He never arrived.

Five days later, Poe was found delirious on a Baltimore street and died soon thereafter.” This performance at Riverside High School purports to solve the mystery of Poe’s demise. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased at http://www.rvhsfineartsboosters.com/tickets.html.

Comedy Night at Lansdowne: The Potomac Club will be having their annual Comedy Night on Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m. The Comedy Night is for residents only 21 years and older at a ticket price of $25 per person that includes beverages. Call 571-333-1212 for reservations.

Comedians Brian Shirley and Scott Angrave will be performing. Besides standup Shirley has published comedy books, hosted a radio show and writes a syndicated column. According to his profile he delves into relationships, divorce, the military, crazy money making schemes, and much more.

Scott Angrave says he’s a “not-so-perfect English Gentlemen.” One of his quips involves driving on the right side of the road when he mistakenly grabbed the door handle with his left hand instead of the gear shift and fell out of the car. He has appeared on TV and radio.

Fusion Academy in Lansdowne: Fusion Academy will be having an open house, at 19300 Promenade Drive, Suite 200 in Lansdowne Town Center on Nov.13 from 5 to 7 p.m. According to their flyer, it will be an opportunity to “see our space, meet our team and learn about Fusion.” They plan to have a grand opening on Dec. 7 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

The Academy was founded in California in 1989 with classrooms in a garage. Since then, Fusion has grown into a nationwide operation with three located in Virginia. They accommodate middle school and high school age students with classes in science, history, mathematics, English, performing arts, social studies and foreign languages.
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River Creek Blog: The Backpack Buddies
The Backpack Buddies will be hosting their third annual Friends Giving Gala at the River Creek Club this coming Nov.10 at 6 p.m. The event will include dinner, music and dancing. The Backpack Buddies have tickets available for $125 that can be purchased by http://www.BBFLoudoun.org/Friendsgiving/

According to the Virginia Department of Education “Nearly 10,000 students in Loudoun County are food insecure. Most of these students are eligible to receive free or reduced cost meals at school during the week but they lose this support on the weekends.”

That’s where the Backpack Buddies Foundation has stepped in. The program began in 2014. According to their information, “it started with two Leesburg Elementary Schools supporting 275 students, but that was the tip of the iceberg with over 3,000 students who rely on volunteer-led food programs over the weekend and extended school breaks.”

According to president and founder Daniel Hampton, “During the current school year there are 82 schools and 3,683 students receving supplemental weekend food through backpack buddy programs.” He says they confidentially receive bags of food to take home for the weekend or long holiday, “including six meals, two milks and snacks.”

Treats for Troops: It is truly the season of giving. The Riverside High School in Lansdowne, under the auspices of their PEER program, for the third year is collecting candy, letters and cards for service members overseas. Mrs. Evan Rodgers, school counselor said, “the program was started by a student who continued the program after she entered Rock Ridge High School.” She says, “we ask students and their parents to donate the candy. Last year we collected 620 pounds to send to our troops overseas.”

The program, Rodgers says,“has expanded to Belmont and now Fairfax County schools are involved. Our biggest challenge is raising money for shipping.” They rely on sponsors and individuals to provide funds for this purpose. And they have to ship to persons as opposed to an Army Base. Also they have to be careful not to send chocolate to desert areas, since the chocolate could melt.

Alternately named “Sweets for Soldiers” collections will continue until Nov. 8. Large cardboard boxes are set up at in the lobby at Riverside HS. For interest in contributing email Mrs. Rodgers at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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