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!

Open House At the Vienna Train Station

Time: 1:00-5:00 PM
Date: Saturday, December 15
Location: The Vienna Train Station (Dominion Road NE, Vienna, VA)

The Vienna Train Station will be open on Sat. Dec. 15 from 1 to 5 PM.  View a depiction of the Western and North Carolina RR as it existed in the 1950s.  Free admission; donations accepted. The station is located on Dominion Rd. NE behind the WO&D caboose.  The caboose will not be open during the month of December.

Please support our model railroaders as they represent an interesting part of Vienna’s history!

Civil War Movies on the Green: “Gone with the Wind”

“Gone with the Wind” –  is the movie for the evening of Saturday June 16 – 8:15 p.m.

Enjoy a movie under the stars!  Free admission. Free popcorn.
Cold drinks for sale by Historic Vienna, Inc.
Bring a blanket or chair. No alcohol permitted.

Weather Permitting. Call (703) 255-7842 for weather information two hours before showtime.

Civil War Sesquicentennial Event: Vintage Baseball Game

Mid Atlantic Vintage Baseball League and living history exhibition as part Vienna’s ongoing 150th commemorative observation of the American Civil War. Mark those calendars June 23! The event will be held from 11:00 AM-5:30 PM, with games from 12:00-5:30 PM.

Living History Exhibition includes telegraph, first person spy impression, signal flag demonstration, quilting, bonnet and soap making etc.

The first Civil War era ball game played by 1864 rules starts at noon and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

 At 1:30 a skills classes will be offered to children ages 6 to 12 (approximate time)

The next game start at 2:00 PM.

3:30 is the next skills class (approximate time)

And 4:00 PM Is the scheduled time for the last round robin game of the day.

The exhibition grounds are open until 5:30 PM.

Come and see how the game was born, how it used to be played (without gloves!) renew your love for the game or find a new one. This is the perfect history activity to do with your dad, grandson, etc. see you on the Caffi ball fields on June 23.

Additional parking at Vienna Elementary school and at Vienna medical Center on Park Street (the latter after noon).

Free Lecture from WWII Pilot Bernard T. Nolan: “The Unfriendly Skies”

Historic Vienna, Inc. will present a lecture by World War II veteran, NASA program manager and author Lt. Col (Ret.) Bernard T. Nolan, on Tuesday, June 12 at 7:30 PM in the Council Chamber of Vienna’s Town Hall.  Mr. Nolan is the author of “Isaiah’s Eagles Rising,” relating the journey of one young airman from boyhood to completion of a combat tour with the US Army Air Force’s 8th Bomber Command.  Realism and little known details are provided in his discussion of evolving technology, ever changing tactics, what it is like to be shot down and the comparison of two pivotal aircraft, the B-24 and B-17, both of which Mr. Nolan flew in combat.  The lecture is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served.  This event is free to the public and is a unique chance to hear about the skills required to fly these dangerous missions.  Mr. Nolan will have autographed copies of his book for sale at this event.  A brief question and answer period will follow the talk.   For more information call 703 938 5187.

“My lecture reviews the history of the Eighth Air Force and its role in the air campaign in Western Europe during WW II.  It is the story of a battle lost by the Eighth to the Luftwaffe during 1943 as the result of unacceptable attrition, and how and why the Luftwaffe was in turn beaten by mid 1944.  I focus on the origins of strategic bombing and its objectives, the build-up of the Eighth, the combat environment, survival odds, tactics, formations and how they were assembled and a typical bomb group.  A few personal anecdotes are tossed in.  The lecture is supported by many visual aids including diagrams and photographs – many in color –most of which were obtained from the USAF archives.”   – Bernard Nolan

Book by Bernard T. Nolan

Bernard Nolan’s entire life has been spent in aerospace related activities including 22 years in the USAF as an active pilot. Nolan flew 33 missions in B-24s and B-17s with the 8th Bomber Command in Europe in 1944. Following his combat experiences, he was retrained as a transport pilot and flew North Atlantic and other routes for ten years. Thereafter he held various staff jobs until leaving the Air Force in December 1965 to accept a job with NASA.

Nolan held a Command Pilot rating and the regular rank of Lt. Col. on retirement. His combat decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross and four Air Medals.

Nolan’s NASA career spanned 15 years with NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC where he worked in various program management assignments. He was the program manager for NASA’s Airborne Geoscience Program and served as program manager for Landsat Operations. Following his “retirement” from NASA in 1981, he worked as an independent consultant to NASA and as a senior engineer for Science Applications International Corporation.

Nolan graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland in 1959. He is married to the former Sarah (Sunny) Davis of Charleston, South Carolina. The couple has two adult children.

Bernard Nolan is the author of a history book entitled Isaiah’s Eagles Rising and is the co author of the novel Wild Blue Murder.

Join Historic Vienna for the 2013 Easter Egg Roll!

Time: 10:30-11:30 AM
Saturday, March 23
Location: Town Green

The Easter Bunny and Vienna’s wonderful Department of Parks & Recreation staff will all be on hand on Saturday, March 23rd from 10:30 to 11:30 as children 12 and under and invited to Historic Vienna, Inc.’s annual Old Fashioned Easter Egg Roll.  Following the hunt, various age groups are welcome to participate in a traditional egg roll, have a photo opportunity with the Bunny or listen to a Storyteller.  This is always a delightfully happy event and very popular!

Please note that it is one hour only and starts promptly at 10:30! Be sure to arrive right on time so that your children won’t miss a minute.

The Easter Egg Roll is free and open to the public!

Author Talk with Robert F. Dorr: “Mission to Berlin”

Time: 7:30 PM
Wednesday, December 7
Location: Council Chamber of Vienna’s Town Hall

Historic Vienna, Inc. is sponsoring a lecture by author, USAF veteran and retired senior diplomat Robert F. Dorr on Wednesday, December 7 at 7:30 pm in the Council Chamber of Vienna’s Town Hall.

On the anniversary of the United States’ entry into WWII, Bob will discuss his newest book “Mission To Berlin,” a history of the B-17 Flying Fortress crews who participated in the largest mission ever flown against a single target.  There will be a question period following the lecture.  Bob writes books, magazine articles and newspaper columns about Air Force history and operations.  He will have copies of this book for sale at the event.

The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.  For more information, give us a call at (703) 938-5187!