lorton workhouse arts center: Make Your Own Spooky Treats For A Halloween Party - 10/11/13 08:21 AM
Though we can't pass out any unwrapped candy during Trick or Treat time we can learn to make some clever treats to serve family or friends.
Check out the fun class at the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center on October 26th from 10 AM to Noon.
Scary Halloween Treats for Kids will teach you how to make Mummy Dogs, Rat Meatloaf and Witches Hands.  Even more fun is that your kids can join you for this class too.
The class cost is $25 and a $5 charge for the fresh food payable to the instructor.
In the meantime enjoy a recipe for Dirt Pie with Worms.  One … (10 comments)

lorton workhouse arts center: Play Ball Under The Watchful Eye Of The Prison Guards - 11/25/12 09:19 AM

It's not often you find a baseball field under the watchful eye of a guard tower.  In this case the ball field is part of the land that used to make up the 3200 acre DC Reformatory in Lorton VA.When the reformatory was in full operation the ball field was well used not only by prisoners playing games but teams consisted of prison guards and inmates together.  Local high school and minor league baseball teams would also play against the inmates as well.In June 1959 Grammy winner Ella Fitegerald performed at the baseball field with almost 2,000 inmates crowding the … (6 comments)

lorton workhouse arts center: Support Local Artists Black Friday At The Lorton Workhouse Arts Center - 11/20/12 05:29 AM
Want to support local Northern Virginia artists and avoid the crowds at the mega malls?  Then head to the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center on Friday November 23, 2012 between 9AM to 7 PM.The center will feature not only artwork for sale but throughout the day special classes and demonstrations are going on.
This is a great opportunity to not only support local artistst but also learn more about what is happening at the Lorton Workhouse.  Big plans are underway for more development including converting older dormitory buildings into condos and a town center. 
Workhouse Arts Center 9601 Ox RoadLorton, VA 22079703-584-2900
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lorton workhouse arts center: What's Next For The "New Lorton" in Fairfax County VA - 07/12/12 06:29 AM
Lorton VA neighborhoods have been around a long time. In fact the Lorton area has plenty of history that goes all the way back to our early famous neighbors, George Washington and George Mason. There are older neighborhoods which are just as popular today as they were when they were built in the 50's, 60's and 70's.  Over the last 15 years a "new" Lorton has emerged which has brought a renewal to southern Fairfax County. Most of the "new" Lorton growth came about when the DC Correctional Complex in Lorton was ordered closed in 1998. With just over 3200 acres … (6 comments)

lorton workhouse arts center: Enjoying March At The Lorton Workhouse Arts Center - 03/04/12 09:50 AM
Looking for a way to shake off the winter blues?  Then stop by the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center during the month of March for a variety of events for everyone.
Here is a list of some of the upcoming events:
Woman MadeMarch 2-25, 2012
"Woman Made, highlights work by local women artists. This exhibition celebrates National Women's History Month and features handpicked artists from around the DC Metro region."
Workhouse Theater"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"Shows Starting on March 9, 2012
"A musical comedy telling of six young people overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn … (0 comments)

lorton workhouse arts center: December Seasons of Celebrations And Sharing-Breakfast With Santa At Lorton Arts Center - 12/12/11 11:52 AM

 
For more information on Lorton Workhouse Arts Center check out their website.  The Arts Center was built on the grounds of the old DC Reformatory in Lorton which was in operation for over 100 years.  The center has become the jewel in the local community and next year ( 2012) the Children's Theater will open
Christmas wreath from iClipArt
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lorton workhouse arts center: Wordless Sunday-A Message of Hope From Behind The Prison Fence - 11/06/11 06:38 AM

A view of the full painting on the former DC Reformatory located in Lorton VA. 
 

Every once in awhile I get a chance to sneak behind the fences at the former DC Reformatory in Lorton VA.  Helps that I'm a volunteer at the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center which continues to expand on the former prision site.  The artwork created by prisoners can be found both on the exterior of some of the buildings but in some of the former dormitories of the prison as well.


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lorton workhouse arts center: Good Fences Made Good Neighbors-The Former DC Reformatory In Lorton VA - 09/19/11 03:41 PM

This photo shows just one of the brick walls that surrounded the DC Reformatory in Lorton VA.  What many folks new to the Lorton area don't know is that the bricks used to make these wall and the buildings of the former DC Reformatory were produced by the inmates themselves. The eight brick kilns on the property were  considered some of the best on the east coast and between 1925-1927 it is estimated the inmates made over 4.2 million bricks.  The kilns were located on the banks of the Occoquan River making it easier for bricks not used for the … (10 comments)

lorton workhouse arts center: Another Lorton VA Home SOLD By CJ Realty Group - 07/07/11 02:03 AM
Cindy Jones and CJ Realty Group are happy to announce the settlement of our listing at 8183 Paper Birch Drive in the Laurel Hill neighborhood of Lorton VA.  This closing was our 30th Department of Defense Homeowners Assistance Program (HAP) settlement.  This home garnered multiple offers and sold for 15K over list price.  I've had the pleasure of working with the former owners of this Lorton home on three transactions over the last 7 years.  Laurel Hill is one of the new communities in Lorton that was built after the closing of the former DC Reformatory located in Lorton for almost … (11 comments)

lorton workhouse arts center: Occoquan Regional Park-A Little Slice Of Tranquility In Northern Virginia - 05/22/11 01:03 PM
Occoquan Regional Park in Lorton VA is a small slice of tranquility just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Northern Virginia.  The park managed by the Northern Virginia Park Authority offers not only wooded walking paths, views of the Occoquan River but also contains significant pieces of Lorton VA history.Walking along the wooded scenic trail you find a marker labeled DC 1910.  The park was originally part of the land owned by the DC Reformatory located in Lorton.  The main buildings of the reformatory are now the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center.  The park contains the only remaining brick kiln … (10 comments)

lorton workhouse arts center: Lorton Workshouse Arts Center-Celebrating 25 Years Of Glass Art - 05/03/11 01:20 PM
Lorton Workshouse Arts Center is showcasing a new exhibit entitled "Influence-25 Year Years of Glass Art" now through the end of May.The exhibit features amazing works of glass from around the country including works by Harvey Littleton the founder of the studio glass movement in the United States.  The Lorton Workhouse Arts Center has it's own glass studio where those interested in learning everything from mosaics to flameworking to make beads can take classes.  The Lorton Workhouse Arts Center offers 2nd Saturday Art Walks in the evening from 6-9 PM on the 2nd Saturday of each month.  This weekend would be … (6 comments)

lorton workhouse arts center: Speechless Sunday-Hopefully It Was A Friendly Rivalry - 01/09/11 09:44 AM
Earler this week I posted a photo of artwork on the wall at the former mens dormitory at the DC Reformatory in Lorton VA.This is the first painting in support of the Chicago Bulls.
There was a second painting in the same men's dormitory on the opposite wall. 
 
These could have been done by the same artist as the style and certainly the colors are similiar. < Being inside a prison we can hope that the artwork inspired friendly rivalry during games and nothing more. 
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lorton workhouse arts center: Wordless Wednesday-Art Therapy To Help Pass The Time Behind Bars - 01/05/11 12:10 PM

While attended a ground breaking ceremony for  Phase II of the conversion of the former DC Reformatory at Lorton I got a sneak peak inside of one of the old mens dormitories.  On the walls were a couple of paintings done by former inmates. The construction crews will be working around the painting so they can be preserved as part of the conversion of this space to a new kids art center.   Obviously the inmates had plenty of time and talent to create this tribute to the Chicago Bulls.
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lorton workhouse arts center: Lorton Workshouse Arts Center-Moving Forward in 2011 With More Prison Building Conversions - 12/22/10 03:34 AM

Yesterday was the ceremonial ground breaking for three new buildings at the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center.  The three new buildings are Phase II of the conversion of the old DC Reformatory buildings into a thriving arts community in Northern Virginia. The first buildings opened in September 2009 include artist studios and gallery space.  Classes and events are held regularly throughout the year and the Lorton Workouse Arts Center has quickly become a valuable addition to the area.  In 2011 three more buildings will be converted to continue the growth of the center.  It may sound like an easy task but … (5 comments)

lorton workhouse arts center: Lorton Workhouse Arts Center-Mark Your Calendars For Annual Black Friday Sale - 10/28/10 12:51 AM
If you are looking for a one of a kind gift for that special someone this holdiay season then head to the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center of November 26, 2010.With over 125 artists the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center offers you a chance to browse and shop a wide variety of options.  Ceramic, fused and blown glass, fiber arts, photography and more. In addition to the Escape to Black Friday event, the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center offers events and classes all year long.  If you are an aspiring artist the center has a full class schedule of courses for you to take.Events … (7 comments)

lorton workhouse arts center: Lorton VA-Where Inmates Paved the Way For A New Future - 08/05/10 07:55 AM
Included in a recent Speechless Sunday post was the photo on the right.  The question was did anyone know what this is?  A few people were on an interesting track when they said incinerator and jail. The photo shows the only remaining brick kiln used by inmates at the DC Reformatory formerly located in Lorton VA to produce the bricks used to build many of the structures and walkways at the reformatory. In 1925 the brick kilns were considered some of the best on the east coast and in 1927 it is estimated the inmates made over 4.2 million bricks.  The … (18 comments)

lorton workhouse arts center: Lorton Workhouse Arts Center-Stay Cool & Look at Beautiful Photos at the Same Time - 07/23/10 05:12 AM
No one will dispute that a heat wave is on in Northern Virginia.  However there is a place to hang out that won't cost you any money and will give you a chance to see wonderful photos by local artists.The Lorton Workhouse Arts Center 2nd Annual Juried Photographic Competition is underway and on display through August 15th, 2010.  The Lorton Workhouse Arts Center is the crown jewel of the redevelopment of the buildings and land that once were part of the DC Correctional facilty that was located in Lorton VA.For local artists the center provides a place for studios close to … (8 comments)

lorton workhouse arts center: Enjoy Movies Under the Stars at Lorton Workhouse Arts Center - 07/16/10 12:40 AM
Grab your kids, your lawn chairs, a blanket and even a bottle of wine and head to the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center to enjoy a movie under the stars at the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center on July 23rd.  Lorton Workhouse Arts Center is the crown jewel of the revitilization of the former DC Reformatory. Buildings surrounding the green are now filled with artist studios. Events and classes are held year round featuring local artists and renowned musicians.
The July 23rd movie will be the Monsters vs Aliens a fun animated movie by DreamWorks. The movie starts at 8:30 and the gates … (11 comments)

lorton workhouse arts center: Speechless Sunday-The Long Walkway to the Dining Hall - 01/03/10 10:42 AM

Prior to closing in 2002 this was one of the walkways that inmates used to get from the barracks to the dining hall and other prison buildings at  the former reformatory.
The brick in many of the buildings were created and fired in a kiln on site.  Now the buildings are used as part of the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center and are a great place to view local artists at work.
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lorton workhouse arts center: Wordless Wednesday-Your Services Are No Longer Needed - 12/30/09 08:41 AM

 
Fortunately for the residents of Lorton (VA) the guard towers at old reformatory now stand only as a "decorative" element surrounding the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center.  When the prison closed Fairfax County and local developers worked together to save many of the original brick buildings while at the same time creating Lorton Station and surrounding communities.
If you are relocating to Northern Virginia give me a call at 703-346-2213. Let me show you not only the Lorton area but properties througout Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax and Prince William County.  Put my "native" knowledge of the local area to work for … (9 comments)

 
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