Antiques Appraisers at the Freeman Store (EVENT COMPLETE – APRIL 25, 2015)

The Historic Vienna, Inc. (HVI) Annual Antique Appraisal will be held Saturday, April 25, at the Freeman Store and Museum, 131 Church Street, SE, Vienna, VA 22180. Hours for the event are 12:00-4:00 PM. Professional Appraisers Josephine Thrasher and James Johnson will be offering verbal appraisals on antiques of all kinds, and may be able to provided fascinating information about the items.

Appraisals are ‘by-appointment’ only. Interested persons may make an appointment by calling (703) 938-5187 or stopping by the Freeman Store. Those with appointments may bring a maximum of two items for appraisal. The cost is nominal: $10.00 per item for HVI members, $15.00 per item for non-members. Mr. Thrasher and Mr. Johnson donate their time. All funds raised go to support activities of Historic Vienna.

Historic Vienna, Inc., is the nonprofit organization established by the Vienna Town Council in 1976, to preserve and promote Vienna’s heritage through the identification, preservation, and interpretation of historically significant places, events, and persons; educate the public through permanent and revolving exhibits, outreach programs, special events and publications; and enhance a spirit of community through an awareness of Vienna’s past.

 

Historic Vienna Used Book Sale at the Vienna Community Center

Date: June 8 (9:00 AM-4:00 PM) and June 9 (12:00-5:00 PM)
Location: Town of Vienna Community Center

Historic Vienna, Inc. is still collecting books for our largest fund-raiser, the Annual Used Book Sale. Don’t forget to donate your gently read volumes and mark your calendar for June 8 and 9!

This year the sale will be held at the Town of Vienna Community Center on Saturday, June 8 from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM and Sunday, June 9 from 12:00-5:00 PM.  Your tax-deductible donations may be brought in to the Freeman Store at any time during store hours – Wednesday through Sunday from 12:00-4:00 PM, or left on the front porch at any time.

As usual, the sale will feature a wide variety of excellent quality hardbacks and paperbacks in many categories – fiction, biography, science, history, cookbooks, gardening, the arts and many others plus the always fabulous collection of children’s books. If you have a few hours to help with sorting, please call us at (703) 938-5187 for a schedule!

 

Please take advantage of this opportunity to help our organization by giving us your wonderful books to sell at reasonable prices back to our community.  If you have any collectable or fine quality books, those help us a great deal and are popular sale items in our Treasures Section. When dropping off books if it is necessary for you to do so when rain is in the forecast, please insure that plastic is used to protect your donations as the porch is not always a dry place. Thank you for your donations and we hope to see you at the sale.  Please contact Historic Vienna if you would like to help us out.

We ask that you please refrain from leaving encyclopedias, textbooks or magazines of any kind (even if you remember the class fondly or think that the magazines are special interest) and “Reader’s Digest” type condensed books. These simply don’t sell and our volunteers must move them, sort them, move them again and, ultimately throw them away. Over the years, we have tried and tried to find homes for these types of publications but we have discovered that they just aren’t right for our book sale. You’ll help us more by choosing to donate them elsewhere!

Questions? Call us at (703) 938-5187.

39th Annual Walk On the Hill

Time: 2:00-5:00 PM
Date: April 28, 2013 (Rain Date, May 5th)
Location: Vienna’s Windover Heights Historic District

The 39th Annual Walk on the Hill through Vienna’s Windover Heights Historic District will take place on Sunday, April 28th (rain date May 5th) from 2:00-5:00 PM. Co-sponsored by HVI, Vienna’s Dept of Parks and Rec, and the residents of the District, this is a one-day opportunity to enjoy the gardens and ambiance of a very special part of Old Vienna, including a variety of styles in both gardens and structures.

Streets close to vehicular traffic at 2:00 PM. The Vienna Community Band will play at 3:00 PM and the Old Tyme Machine will play  throughout the afternoon at 223 Walnut Lane, NW. Refreshments are provided by HVI and the residents. The Walk is free and open to the public, with visitors invited to walk through any yard with an “Open” sign!

Spring Membership Meeting: The W&OD Railroad’s Civil War History

Time: 7:00 PM
Date: Thursday, March 28
Location: Dyer-Gunnell American Legion Post 180

The Spring Membership Meeting of Historic Vienna, Inc. will be held on Thursday, March 28, at 7 PM at the Dyer-Gunnell American Legion Post 180 (330 Center Street North, Vienna).  Following a brief business meeting and announcements, the Speaker for the evening will be local historian and reenactor Jon Vrana.  The Social Hall entrance is on the second floor.  Please drive around the building and park at the upper level.

Mr. Vrana is currently President of the Burke Historical Society, Board Member of the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, and has served on the Fairfax County Sesquicentennial Committee.  He has vast experience as a living history civilian and military reenactor and has appeared as Senator Justin Morrill, Capt. Samuel Means, Henry Thomas Harrison and Col. Silas Burke.

At the HVI Membership Meeting, Mr. Vrana will discuss the history of the Alexandria, Loudoun & Hampshire Railroad and others which ran through Vienna from 1855 to 1968.  The exhibit “Roads to Rails to Trails” is currently open in the Freeman Store exhibit room and includes photographs, drawings, maps, artifacts, replicas and displays, illustrating the evolution through the years to what we now know as the W & OD Trail, a Northern Virginia Park Authority property enjoyed by 2 million visitors each year.  If you have ever walked, jogged or biked on the W & OD or if you are a lover of trains, Mr. Vrana’s lecture and the exhibit will be of interest and we encourage you to attend.

HVI’s Membership Meetings are free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

Please call (703) 994-9054 for more information!

Fall Membership Meeting With the National Cathedral’s Head Stonemason

Time: 7:00 PM
Date:
Tuesday, October 16
Location: Town Council Chamber of Vienna’s Town Hall (127 Center Street S)

Our speaker for the evening will be local resident Joe Alonso, Head Stone Mason at the Washington National Cathedral since 1990.  We can all say where we were when the unusual-to-our-area earthquake struck in August, 2011, but most of us dealt only with a bit of broken crockery or art a bit askew.  Mr. Alonso and his fellow Stone Masons are still dealing with the aftermath of the quake and will be doing so for many years to come.

He followed his father into the stone mason profession,  has been at the Cathedral since 1985 and was present in 1990 when the final stone was set on the towers (83 years to the day after the first stone was laid).  He will show slides of the history of the Cathedral, its construction, the earthquake damage and bird’s eye photographs of the stabilization and restoration work which is on-going.

There will be a brief business meeting, during which elections will be held for three Board of Directors positions. There will also be a presidential debate at 9:00 PM–please note our earlier-than-usual start time!

The HVI Membership Meeting is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served! Interested in becoming a member? Learn more!

 

Join the Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee!

Time: 6:30 PM
Date: Tuesday, March 20
Location: Council Chamber of Vienna’s Town Hall (127 Center Street S)

Historic Vienna, Inc. invites interested community members to attend a meeting of the Town of Vienna Sesquicentennial Committee at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, March 20, in the Council Chamber of Vienna’s Town Hall, 127 Center Street South. We’ll need your help as we continue to plan events for the Civil War Sesquicentennial!

Upcoming events sponsored by HVI or the Town of Vienna include a Civil War Film Festival on the Town Green, an afternoon of “Civil War Vintage Baseball” on June 23 and a History Tour of the Hunter Mill Road Corridor.   For more information call 703 938 5187 or 703 255 6360.