(Images courtesy of Northern Virginia Park Authority, Mount Vernon, Fairfax County, Krispy Kreme)
With the transition to Daylight Savings Time complete and the Spring Equinox around the corner, things are starting to feel like they’re waking up around the Richmond Highway corridor. Here is a round-up of seven seasonal events to note on your calendar:
Baby farm animals at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. The first set of baby lambs were born on February 27 at Historic Mount Vernon. You can visit them at the Paddock. While visiting the estate, you also can buy tickets for the newly reopened 45-minute narrated sightseeing cruise of the Potomac, which departs from the Wharf. Morning cruises are currently available; afternoon cruises will restart in April.
Green Doughnuts at Krispy Kreme. From March 16-17 only, Krispy Kreme at 6332 Richmond Highway will be turning its “O’riginal Glazed Doughnuts” green for St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The doughnuts are specially formulated with green dough and traditional hot glaze.
Cherry Blossoms at River Farm. Avoid the crowds at the Tidal Basin and head down to River Farm—just off the George Washington Parkway—to view the blossoms near the entrance. As of press time, peak blooms are expected between March 17-20.
The Ides of Bark. This third-annual free festival for dogs and their owners will feature games, prizes, food and fun at Grist Mill Park on March 18 from 1-4 p.m. The event is sponsored by Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck.
Children’s Needlework Workshop with Nelly’s Needlers. As part of Woodlawn and Pope Leighey House’s 55th Annual Needlework Show & Sale this month, the Children’s Needlework Workshop from 3-5 p.m. on March 26 will teach kids ages 9-15 the basics of cross-stitch. Tickets cost $25, and students will create a bookmark featuring a scene from the grounds of Woodlawn. The site is located at 9000 Richmond Highway.
Pohick Bay Easter Egg Hunt. This popular event at Pohick Bay Regional Park—located just off Gunston Road in Lorton—features crafts, games, photos with the Easter Bunny and an Easter egg hunt for kids ages 2-11. Check-in begins at 11 a.m. at shelters 1 and 2, and the hunt ends at 12:30 p.m. Children’s tickets are available online for $10 plus a $3 registration fee, or on-site (if still available) for $15. Parents and grandparents are free.
Pop-Up Peeps. Martha Washington Library at 6614 Fort Hunt Road is hosting this free event on March 28 from 2-3 p.m. Participants can create a scene for their Peeps, play with edible architecture or build them a house.