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    River Creek & Lansdowne
    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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    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Post script 2014
    Kristi Nimmo, the founder and organizer of the annual River Creek Art Show, had the 10th one in 2014 with art forms on display to suit anyone’s taste: paintings, jewelry, photos, paper and new this year – assemblage art – 3-D collages.

    In December, the Pike’s Fish House restaurant opened its doors in Lansdowne Town Center. A review of the menu reveals crab cakes, salmon and more, plus a kid’s menu and ‘on land’ with beef steak.

    It opens each day at 4 p.m.

    New year’s resolutions

    I am determined to adhere to some new year’s resolutions in spite of my faltering in the past.

    – To always open the garage door before backing out of the garage.
    – To stay awake past 8:30 p.m.
    – To use the turn signal for right turns in addition to left turns.
    – To finish reading the book I started reading three years ago.
    – To do five minutes of strenuous workout at least once a week, followed by a 30-minute nap.
    – To come up with some novel ideas, e.g. consolidating errands: take the trash out, get the mail and pick up the newspaper in one trip instead of three.

    A memory from 2014

    On the last day of 2014, I was in a crowded supermarket having picked up a container of corn and black-eyed peas to have on New Year’s Day for good luck.

    The person in front of me at the checkout had a number of items and at one point turned, looked at my container and asked, “Is that all you have?”

    Yes, “Then please go ahead.”

    So I stepped around her and handed the container to the cashier. She rang it up and as I began to swipe my credit card, the woman said (with no uncertainty), “No, I’m paying for it.” I thanked her and wished her Happy New Year.

    The item I had was maybe $2, but I realized that it wasn’t the cost that mattered, it was her spirit of generosity toward a perfect stranger. It represents the mood and attitude we should probably all hope for in 2015.

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