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River Creek Blog: Crossing the Potomac
History tells us that this month 154 years ago, Union troops congregated on what is now the driving range, the ninth hole of the golf course and confluence park in River Creek. These troops, under the command of General Joseph Hooker, were preparing to cross the Potomac River in route to Gettysburg.

The crossing took place from June 25 -27. The Union forces, probably the engineering units, constructed two pontoon bridges across the river near the mouth of Goose Creek. The pontoons consisted of row boats connected to support wooden planks for a walkway. The Army crossed on two 1,400 foot long pontoon bridge, and heavy rains during those three days made the single road to and from the bridges extremely muddy. That referred to Edwards’ Ferry Road, the route taken by the Union to their destination. Nevertheless, Hooker’s troops were on their way to the historic battle in Gettysburg.

Previously in 1861, Union forces set up camp and sustained attacks by the Confederates. And just downstream from the confluence of Goose Creek and the Potomac, two stone walls remain between the River and the C&O Canal. These are what remain of Violettes Lock, put out of commission by J.E.B. Stuart. The Violettes Lock, across the River from Lansdowne, had been able to hoist barges up from the Potomac to the C&O Canal for transport to Washington. His troops also burned 15 barges loaded with government supplies and captured mules and men working the barges.

Movies on the green

Skipping ahead to present day, on July 7 the Village Green in Lansdowne Town Center will be showing the movie “Secret Life of Pets.” Face painting and a moon bounce will capture the attention of the kids at 6:30 p.m., prior to the show, which will take place at dusk. Those attending are encouraged to bring something to sit on. Admission is free.

The animated film gives credence to the attitudes and competitive nature of pets. The film was released in 2016 and has received favorable reviews.
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River Creek Blog: River Creek golf pro nominated for award
River Creek golf pro nominated for award

Scott Seville, assistant golf professional at the River Creek Golf Club, is a top 10 finalist to be nominated for the Club Corps assistant golf professional of the year. Club Corps has a large number of golf clubs nationwide. To be one of the 10 finalists out of hundreds of assistant pros is quite an honor. Members have been encouraged to cast their vote for Seville. They can do so by opening the email from Chris Bates, the new golf professional at River Creek.

As a note of appreciation, Scott says, “Your support means everything to me. In my eight years at River Creek I have made so many relationships with you all and truly love coming to work each day. I’m not perfect by any stretch but my only concern is trying to make each day a special one for you.”

Scott handles the junior golf program in the summer.

Movies on the Green

The River Creek Club will be showing the movie “Moana” on June 20 from 8-10 p.m. The apron that slopes down on the back side of the clubhouse forms an amphitheater, an outdoor setting for watching movies. Accompanying that will be ice cream and popcorn. Open to members and their guests at no charge. Besides ice cream and popcorn, those attending can get a taste of Polynesia through this animated movie by Disney, released in November of 2016.

Live at Lansdowne

The Village Green in the Lansdowne Town Center will be the venue for a continuation of summer movies and concerts. On June 23 the country and western singer Shane Gamble will be performing. The program starts at 6:30 p.m. with the student band Back2Rock. Gamble will take the stage from 7-9 p.m. Remember to bring your lawn chairs.

Lansdowne Summer Concert Series

The amphitheater at the Potomac Clubhouse will turn to The Jangling Reinharts on June 23 from 7-9 p.m. The Jangling Reinharts mix popular cover songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s – along with the occasional TV theme song, just to see who’s listening. Once again, seating depends on the members of the audience and their preference: lawn chairs or blankets.
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River Creek Blog: Concerts and movies
Concerts and movies

The Loudoun Symphony recommends you “kick off the summer by bringing your friends and family to picnic on the lawn and enjoy a free outdoor concert.” The concert, “An American Salute,” will be presented by the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra and the Loudoun Youth Orchestra on June 10 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Barn in One Loudoun, 20405 Savin Hill Drive in Ashburn. In case of rain, it will shift to June 11 at 7 p.m.
Mathew Brown will be the guest conductor and the orchestra will include in its repertoire, “America the Beautiful,” Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” Bizet’s “Carmen” selections plus pieces from Rodgers and Hammerstein such as “Some Enchanted Evening” and “My Romance.”

The sponsors of the concert advise those attending to “bring a blanket or low beach chairs.” In addition you can bring food and drink and a parking garage is available at One Loudoun. Attendance is free and for further information visit loudounsymhony.org.

The Finns

On June 9, The Potomac Club of Lansdowne on the Potomac will host the musical group known as The Finns. The concert will take place at the outdoor amphitheater from 7-9 p.m. The club encourages everyone to “Grab your blankets and lawn chair and join us …”

The four-member Finns come from Greensboro, North Carolina, and they cover Motown and the British Invasion. Their repertoire includes classic rock and dance along with hits from the 80s and 90s.
For information on reservations and ticketing call 571.333.1212.

The Movie “Sing”

If you’re inclined to be outside, another opportunity exists at the Village Green in Lansdowne Town Center, where the Harper Clubhouse has arranged for the movie “Sing” to be shown on June 9. For those interested in having their face painted or jumping on a moon bounce show up at 6:30 p.m. preceding the movie. Be sure and bring something to sit on.

This animated film first appeared in 2016 and is the story of a theater owner whose fortunes were waning so he decided to sponsor a singing contest.
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