Festivities abound all weekend long

Organizers of upcoming weekend events in the area are hopeful that projected rain does not put a damper on their festivities.

The long-line of activities begins tonight with the Empty Bowls meal to benefit SERVE, Inc. and the opening of the ninth season of Vpstart Crow Productions of the comedy “The Foreigner.”

The Empty Bowls event will be staged at Manassas St. Thomas United Methodist Church from 4 to 8 p.m. For a $10 donation, a dinner guest may get soup, bread and a beverage. Plus, they may keep a hand-made bowl that was donated by a local potter.

Vpstart will present its show on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Cramer Center in Manassas through Nov. 3.

Fort Belvoir got an early start on the weekend activities by beginning its seventh annual Oktoberfest and Fall Bazaar on Thursday at the Parade Field 2 off U. S. Route. 1. It runs through Sunday and includes a fest tent, music, food, carnival and prizes.

A 1980s dance night with a live and silent auction is set for tonight from 8 to midnight at the Piedmont Golf Club in Haymarket to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Other events area residents may partake in include:

— Old Town Manassas’s 20th annual Fall Jubilee will take place in the streets of the historic district Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festivities include crafters, entertainment, food, children activities and educational exhibits;

— The 17th annual Country Fair and Auction to benefit Youth For Tomorrow will take place on the campus south of Manassas Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will have live music, food, games and activities for children along with a live and silent auction of more than 500 items;

— Buckhall United Methodist Church will host a craft bazaar Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature a variety of craft items handmade by the members of the church. Lunch and baked goods also will be available;

— Haymarket will conduct an open house and tours of its new Town Museum and new Town Hall Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m;

— The Cabin Branch Quilters will host its 17th annual quilt show “Quilting for Comfort,” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Gar-Field High School in Woodbridge. Part of the proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity;

— Manassas Honda and Goldwing Riders will host a 1950s sock hop and cookout at the Nokesville Volunteer Fire Department that will benefit B.A.R.N., an outreach program that provides transitional housing for homeless women and children;

— “I Got Rhythm,” a concert featuring the music of George Gershwin, Cole Porter and their colleagues, will be presented by the Manassas Community Chorale on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Manassas Baptist Church;

— The Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra will begin its fifth concert season with a benefit concert Saturday at 7 p.m. The concert will be conducted at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Woodbridge and all proceeds from the event will repair the church, which was struck by lightening in August;

— Unity in the Community will sponsor “A Unity Forum: Creating a Safe, Secure Community Environment for Sexual Minorities” on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bull Run Unitarian Universalist Church in Manassas;

— The second annual Rodeo Days will be staged at the Prince William County Fairgrounds Saturday from 9 to 5 p.m., featuring a tow-truck driving competition, truck beauty contest, rides for children and entertainment;

— St. Francis of Assisi in Triangle will host its 10th annual Art Auction on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. More than 300 pieces of art will be sold at auction; and

— The weekend festivities will come to a close at 2 p.m. Sunday with a concert at the Central Community Library as New York singer/songwriters Ellen Schwartz and Roger Bruno as “Too Human” perform.

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