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    The Elf Who Came to Sterling, Holiday House, Thankful Quilting and Thanks

    photoThe cast of the Sterling Playmakers’ production of “The Elf Who Came for Christmas.” Photo courtesy of
    It’s no surprise that the holiday elves are already hard at work. What may be unexpected, however, is what some of those energetic elves are doing.

    The members of the Sterling Playmakers are in their final rehearsals for “The Elf Who Came for Christmas,” an original holiday musical comedy written and directed by Joe Campanella of Leesburg. The play makes its world debut in the theatre at Sterling Middle School on Friday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m.

    “The Elf Who Came for Christmas” tells the story of a 13-year-old girl and a misfit elf who work together on a search for the perfect Christmas gift for the girl’s father. Molly, the teen, hopes to restore her father’s holiday spirit. Elliott the Elf is on a quest to learn the true meaning of Christmas.

    McKensey Struzik of Sterling plays Molly; Sarah Katherine Lawless of Leesburg plays Elliott the Elf.

    The Sterling and Potomac Falls area residents in the cast are Stephen Coakley, Herbert DuVall, Herb Fuller, Chris Gray, Sophia Martinese, Kathleen Meier, Elizabeth Pittman, Sarah Quadros, Meg Roosma, Pery Salyer, Jack Tenshaw, Meghan Voyack, Jerri Wiseman and Zach Wold.

    Ashburn is represented by the show’s producer, Lora Buckman, as well as cast members Katie Anderson, Jeannie DeLisi, Abby Lohmeyer, Anneliese Lohmeyer, Jordan Lohmeyer, Chris Panetta, Maria Renteria and Kelly Videgar.

    Jessica Fondaco, of Lansdowne, and Sonia Kalian, of Leesburg, are also on stage.

    The Fairfax County residents in the show include Dan Clark (Chantilly), Anna Dulik (Great Falls), Erik Dulik (Great Falls), Melody Flores (Fairfax), Sally Flores (Fairfax) and Leandra Lynn (Chantilly).

    "The Elf Who Came for Christmas” appears at Sterling Middle School on Dec. 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12. The show begins at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information, go to or send email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    Holiday House: The Cascades Community Association presents a Holiday House celebration on Saturday, Dec. 4, from noon until 4 p.m. The event features sleigh rides, pictures with Santa, hot chocolate, treats, live holiday music, face painting and craft work. Reservations are required and must be made by Tuesday, Nov. 30. To reserve a spot, call the Lowes Island Community Center at 703-406-0820.

    Thankful quilting: The CountrySide Quilters group meets Tuesday, Nov. 30, for a business meeting and sit’n’sew, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Lutheran Church in Cascades. Bring items for show-and-tell, a nonperishable food donation for the church’s LINK pantry – and tales of your Thanksgiving weekend. Non-members are welcome. For information, call 703-409-9893.

    A thankful columnist: Thanks very much to all of you who keep in touch to provide information about events in our community and the wonderful people who live here. I couldn’t write this column without your help.


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