Archive for 2014

Occoquan Holiday Events in December

Posted by Lou on November 24, 2014 in Christmas, Holiday, Special Events, Town News

 Golden Goose Occoquan, Va

Quick line up of events in the Town of Occoquan for December. Check back for updates:

Miss Rivershore will have two events with Santa this year.  On December 6th, Santa will arrive at Mamie Davis Park at 12:00pm and will visit children until 4:00pm at Town Hall. On December 14th, Santa will be aboard Miss Rivershore again. There will be three boat rides available at 1:00, 2:00 & 3:00.
Cost: Children $15, Adults $20
Call Captain Mark for details and to reserve your spot! 703-498-4348

Town Blessing & Holiday Party: On Sunday, December 7th,  the Town Blessing will be at 6:00pm at Ebenezer Baptist Church followed by the Town Holiday Party at Madigan’s Waterfront Restaurant.

Accolades Florist “Homemade for the Holidays” Open House:  ACCOLADES FLORIST HOLIDAY FLYER
Stop by Accolades Florist on December 7th to place your holiday orders and receive $10 off your order. Family owned and operated, Accolades Florist, has been in business for over 20 years, always going the extra mile to make your floral gift perfect!

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Holiday Festivities on the Occoquan Waterfront

Posted by Lori on November 17, 2014 in Christmas, Holiday, Special Events, Town News
VanEch Studio, Occoquan Virgina

Courtesy of VanEch Studio.

Bundle up and head out to the Occoquan Waterfront this Friday for shopping and dinner before the Town’s Christmas Tree Lighting! The Business Guild of Occoquan will hold their annual Holiday Open House on November 21st from 4:00pm – 8:00pm followed by the Tree Lighting Ceremony in front of Town Hall at 8:05pm. The Guild’s Open House drawing will be in front of Hawthorne House (404 Mill Street) at 8:15pm, where $1,500 in gift certificates will be given away. Our streets are decorated for the season and the shops will be open until 8:00pm.

Come early and grab a table at the Bottle Stop (311 Mill Street) located across the street from Town Hall for the 1st Annual Occoquan Tree Lighting Watch Party from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. Check out this week’s menu here.

The Holiday Open House is the kick off to the holiday season for many shops in town. Below are just a few of the shops that will be participating:

Jerry’s Occoquan Jewelers (306 Mill Street)

Off the Beading Path (310 Mill Street)

The Loft Gallery (313 Mill Street)

Quinn’s Goldsmith (199 Union Street)

The Golden Goose (302 Mill Street)


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Occoquan on Instagram

Posted by Lori on November 9, 2014 in Announcements, Pictures

Excited to announce that we added a real-time Instagram feed for #occoquan! Check back anytime to see what our visitors and local photographers have recently snapped in town and on the river.

Put your best shots on our page by using hashtag #occoquan on Instagram!!!


- Instagram feed not found.

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Stunning Occoquan Foliage

Posted by Lou on November 5, 2014 in Pictures

Occoquan, Virginia

My all-time favorite portrait of the Historic Town of Occoquan! Photo by T_13 Photography.


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Ghost Tours in Occoquan

Posted by Lori on October 17, 2014 in Town News


Local paranormal investigator and owner of Haunted Occoquan Tours, Kay Pietrewicz, continues to offer family-friendly ghost tours through the streets of Occoquan this fall. Up to 20 buildings in town are said to be haunted. Register for one of Kay’s tours on her website or call 571-572-9410. Maybe you will catch a glimpse of one of our most famous ghosts at the Occoquan Inn or witness one of the sightings described in Suburban Legends’ YouTube Series from a few years back.

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Happy Haunting!

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Redesigned Rivergate Project Approved

Posted by Lori on October 15, 2014 in Occoquan River, Politics, Redevelopment

Proposed Rivergate development to be situated along 14 acres of land along the Occoquan River.

In a 5 to 2 vote, the Prince William County Board of Supervisors approved a redesigned version of the Rivergate development to be built along 14 acres of land along the Occoquan River. Supervisors Mike May and Frank Principi were not in favor of the development due to the community’s concerns over traffic, overcrowding schools and the thought of having even more apartment buildings along the Rt 1 corridor. The redesigned projected is very different than the 15 story luxury high rises initially approved almost 10 years ago prior to the recession. The Rivergate complex, expected to break ground next year and be completed by 2020, will offer three five story buildings housing 720 units which will be both condos and apartments.

Although we are looking forward to seeing the project complete and the new streetscape leading into Occoquan Harbour Marina and The Landing, we hope this was the right choice for the revitalization and redevelopment the area needs.

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Occoquan River Clean Up Day

Posted by Lori on October 14, 2014 in Environmental News, Meetups, Occoquan River

Join your neighbors and volunteers in sprucing up the shoreline in town! Everyone is invited and kayakers are welcome.

The Occoquan River Clean Up Day hosted by Friends of the Occoquan (FOTO) will take place on Saturday, October 18th from 9:00 to 12:00pm. Meet at Town Hall wearing sturdy shoes. Dumpsters, toilet facilities, trash bags, gloves and light refreshments will be provided. Check out FOTO’s website or event flyer for more info.

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Local Chef Named One of 2014’s Best Chefs in America

Posted by Lou on October 6, 2014 in Restaurant News

Chef Troy Clayton, named one of 2014’s Best Chefs in America, recently held a formal ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony for his third and newest restaurant, The Landing Restaurant at Occoquan Harbour Marina. Renovated, literally, from top to bottom, the restaurant offers white-clothed formal dining and for those of you just getting back after a few hours on the river, there is more casual seating outside. Our favorite spot is the new outside “front porch” overlooking the tiki bar and deck. Check out the weekend entertainment and football specials on their website, updated weekly.

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2014 Farmers’ Markets

Posted by Lori on September 17, 2014 in Farmer's Market News

There are only a few more weeks for Occoquan’s local Farmers’ Markets. The Tackett’s Mill Farmer’s Market ends September 30th so make sure to stock up on Walnut Hill’s beef and kielbasa before the end of the month! The Workhouse Farmer’s Market ends October 25th.

Check out Northern Virginia Magazine’s complete Farmer’s Market list. There are a few year round markets including one in Old Town Alexandria and in Del Ray.

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New Exhibit at the Artists’ Undertaking Gallery

Posted by Lou on August 18, 2014 in Announcements, Special Events, Town News

The Artists’ Undertaking Gallery in presents “Pairs By Any Other Name”, an exhibit featuring Paintings by Roger Frey of Woodbridge, VA and Wood Turning by Bob Horowitz of Falls Church, VA.

The exhibit runs September 2 – October 6. An Artists’ Reception will be held on Saturday, September 13, from 1 to 5 pm.

The gallery is open 11am to 5pm daily and is located at 309 Mill Street in Occoquan, VA.

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“Friend of the Occoquan” License Plate

Posted by Lou on August 18, 2014 in Announcements, Town News, Transportation

Occoquan River Communities (ORC) is sponsoring an initiative to create a special “Friend of the Occoquan” regional license plate.

The brainchild of Polka Dot Diva’s co-owner Kristyn Gleason, the effort is being led by Betty Dean, the President of ORC, and the special plate has been designed by local artist Donna Merchant.

In order to get the Commonwealth of Virginia to approve creation of the plate, ORC must collect at least 450 completed, paid applications for the plate before January 30, 2015.

Fees for the special plate are $25 for a non-personalized plate and $35 for a personalized one.  Click here to complete an application.

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The Tiny Island in Occoquan Bay: SOLD!

Posted by Lou on August 18, 2014 in Occoquan River, Potomac River, Random Musings

SOLD! The tiny island at the confluence of the Potomac and Occoquan rivers has been sold to the highest bidder for $65,000. InsideNova has the full scoop.

According to the new owner, Mark Richards, the island might soon have a new name:

“It’s had a lot of local names, none of them being Holiday Island. Everybody calls it either Rock Island or Spider Island. It’s been called Dinosaur Island because the tree looked like a T-Rex. I’m thinking about naming it The Duck Blind at Rock Island or maybe just The Duck Blind.”

The county assessment: $2,500
The original list price: $477,000
The final selling price: $65,000

A square deal? Here is the virtual tour, courtesy of MRIS.

For some unknown reason, the address of the island is 15751 Featherstone Road. The island is 1/4 acre and zoned A-1 (agricultural).

Correction: A previous version of this story included photographs of Conrad Island.

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Live on Fox 5: The Blue Arbor Cafe

Posted by Lou on June 6, 2014 in Town News, Video

In anticipation of this weekend’s spring Arts and Crafts Show, Fox 5 broadcast live from Occoquan on Friday, June 6. Check out this clip featuring the Blue Arbor Cafe and watch more video clips.

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2014 Town of Occoquan Elections

Posted by Lou on March 28, 2014 in Announcements, Town News

In 2014, the residents of Occoquan will once again have the opportunity to elect a Mayor and new Town Council. The General Election voting will take place on Tuesday, May 6. Reminder, you must be registered to vote by Monday, April 14th in order to participate.

The sample ballot is now available on the Prince William County Office of Elections website.

As reported by, Mayor Earnie Porta has already announced that he plans not to seek reelection. In his stead, Town Council Member Elizabeth “Liz” Quist has announced her candidacy.

Mayor Porta supports Quist as the town’s new mayor because “she is open-minded and strives to be fact and evidence-based on every issue that comes before the council. She also has a very strong handle on town finances and has worked very hard to improve the professionalism and capabilities of town staff.”

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The Capital Wheel at National Harbor

Posted by Lou on March 28, 2014 in Chesapeake Bay, National Harbor, Potomac River, Video, Washington DC News

The Capital Wheel at National Harbor is scheduled to open in May 2014. With its 42-closed, climate-controlled gondolas each seating eight, the observation wheel will operate year-round. For riders, Wolfgang Puck’s catering service will provide creative seasonal snacks and concessions. Other Cities with observation wheels: London, Seattle, Niagara Falls, Brisbane, Perth, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Malacca Island, Pigeon Forge and Myrtle Beach.

  1. Size: 176 Feet Tall
  2. Visible from the Top of the Observation Wheel: Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol, Alexandria, Prince George’s County
  3. Number of Climate-Controlled Gondolas: 42 (including 1 VIP Gondola)
  4. Maximum Number of Passengers: 336 (8 per Gondola)
  5. Price (estimated): $15 per ride (VIP Gondola will cost more)
  6. Hours of Operation (estimated): 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., year-round
  7. Ride Speed: 1.5 rotations per minute
  8. Lighting: 1.6 million LED lights, fully programmable, with a spectrum of 16.7 million colors

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