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    RIVERCREEK/LANSDOWNE: Leesburg Volunteer Fire Co. to hold golf benefit
    The River Creek Club on Monday, June 8 will host the eighth annual benefit golf outing to raise funds for the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Co. River Creek resident, Georgina Potter, has been spearheading this event. Potter remembers eight years ago when a fire broke out in their neighborhood. She witnessed firsthand how “hard the firefighters worked.” And it’s not uncommon to see on television the danger and the challenges these volunteer firemen face.

    Slots are open for golfers to participate at a cost of $110, which includes greens fee, practice range, breakfast, beverages, afternoon meal and a raffle. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. There is also an opportunity for sponsors at various levels.

    As Potter says, “The LVFC receives some funding from the Town of Leesburg and from Loudoun County. However, approximately 30 percent of their budget for operations and equipment costs, including fuel costs as well as vehicle maintenance, are financed by fundraising activities and by corporate and individual contributions from the community.” And none of the funds goes toward “any compensation for the volunteer firefighters.”

    The LVFC was founded in 1803 and in last year alone responded to over 1,800 calls.

    For questions, potential sponsors and interested golfers, call Georgina or Jim Potter at 703-669-9470 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    Second annual Hoedown

    River Creek residents Mackie Christenson and Paula Nigro have been organizing the second annual Hoedown that will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, at the Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont, a healing haven for wounded warriors and their families.

    Christenson says: “On this Memorial Day weekend, we rightfully find ourselves reflecting on families who have served our country. A great way to honor them would be to support Boulder Crest Retreat for our wounded combatants. The BCR Hoedown is an effort of local volunteers who put their patriotism into action by planning and organizing this event and have great fun along the way.”

    The evening will include “New Orleans style barbecue, entertainment and an assortment of activities including a live band, line dancing, yard games and a chili cook-off.”

    Tickets are $100 each and sponsorships are available. For further information call Mackie Christenson at 703-350-0184 or Paula Nigro at 703-443-6867. You can purchase tickets online at .

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    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Happenings on Memorial Day weekend
    While the origins of Memorial Day go back to the Civil War and have taken many forms, Saturday, May 23 will hail the beginning of the summer season.

    At Lansdowne on the Potomac, the outdoor pool will open for local residents. The Lansdowne Resort will cater to its patrons by opening its swimming pools; likewise, the Harper Clubhouse at Lansdowne Town Center will offer residents a chance to swim or relax by the side of the pool for the first time since last year.

    Plans are underway at River Creek for a poolside barbecue buffet from noon to 4 p.m. with a DJ, dancing, games and prizes in addition to the food. Then later on at 8 p.m. as the sun descends, there will be a movie called "Big Hero 6" shown at the pool.

    "Big Hero 6" comes out of Disney Animation and features Baymax, the huge inflatable character who looks like a cross between a snow man and a dirigible. It’s a family movie that can possibly keep everyone awake after consuming measures of barbecue and side dishes.

    In the midst of the festivities, it might be well to remember that Memorial Day was once known as Decoration Day when families laid flowers at the graves of American war dead. And there has been a strand of evidence that Warrenton was one of the first places to do so on June 3, 1861.

    Lecture at Janelia

    One of the activities many have been privy to is the free lecture series at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Campus on the edge of Lansdowne. They are scheduled quarterly and the subject matter, while highly technical and scientific can be educational, interesting, entertaining and the venue with all its trappings is an architectural delight.

    Last week, Dr. Shirley M. Tighman delivered a discourse on “The Wild and Wacky World of Epigenetics.” She presented the case for the studies on genetics stemming from the 19th century father of genetics Gegor Mendel.

    Tighman delved into the complexities of genes that can be “expressed” or “remain silent” and terminology: DNA, genomes, cellular structure, inherited genetic code, etc. One example showed was how humans enduring a famine gave birth to offspring who were obese.

    Dr. Tighman, scholar in molecular biology, was elected president of Princeton in 2001 after serving 15 years on its faculty.

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    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: A picture book
    Photo of a sunrise at River Creek by Tom Lewis
    River Creek resident Tom Lewis has focused his camera on sunrises that spread their dazzling display across the Potomac River. He collected a number of them and has had them published in a 22-page book that came out last month. You would think that a continuum of sunrises would become repetitive, but given the change in seasons, the variation in cloud cover and misty scenes, each one tells a different story that has been recognized and recorded by Lewis.

    Lewis is a native Virginian who has as his constant companion his iPhone or iPad to take his photos.

    “I will always find time to shoot a few photos for the world to enjoy,” he said. And he hopes that you find something you like in his first book and that it makes you feel good about life.

    You can get in touch with Lewis to purchase a book at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). And his work will be on display at the annual River Creek Art Show in the fall at the River Creek Club. Also you can see them at

    Snackbar Jones

    The Lansdowne on the Potomac Club will be starting its concert season on Sunday, May 24 at 7 p.m. The opener for the coming season will have Snackbar Jones on stage in the outdoor amphitheater. This group of four musicians, according to their stated repertory, can do rock, hip hop, country, classic rock and oldies, among others. For more information call 571-333-1212. This entertainment is for residents of Lansdowne on the Potomac.

    Packing for travel

    Recently while preparing for a trip I asked myself the question: Why is it that the female gender can pack a suitcase neatly, whereas the male species has difficulty? My wife can fold a shirt in less than five seconds and it will be perfectly square with the buttons in a straight line in parallel with the two sides of the shirt. After over three minutes of folding and refolding finally I have only one sleeve sticking out; the button line in a zigzag pattern with the edges of the shirt uneven. The collar is turned up and the bottom of the shirt protrudes out of the top. After packing my suitcase its contents have all the earmarks of a mid-term rummage sale. Meanwhile hers looks like a display at Lord and Taylor.
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