occoquan river communities: Worldess Wednesday-The Perfect Spot To Fish For Dinner On The Occoquan River - 08/03/11 01:16 AM

 
It's summer time and most anglers are out of their boats along the Occoquan River in Belmont Bay looking for the perfect spot to drop their line.  For the wildlife in the area though finding a spot to positiion themselves is a bit easier.  With the Occoquan Bay Wildlife Refuge adjoining the Belmont Bay Community we are able to watch Blue Heron, Ospey and Eagles on a daily basis. 
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occoquan river communities: Occoquan VA- Book Signing and Launch Party with Mayor Earnie Portia - 10/31/10 03:02 AM
The Prince William County Library Foundation in partnership with the Occoquan River Communities and the Occoquan Historical Society are proud to sponsor a Book Signing and Launch Party for Mayor Earnie Porta's new book titled "Images of America: Occoquan" scheduled for release on November 22nd, 2010. Book Signing and Launch Party
Madigan's Restaurant201 Mill Street 2nd Floor Occoquan , VA November 22, 2010 5:30 PM- 7:30 PM
In 2006, Earnie Porta began his term as Occoquan’s Mayor. Mayor Porta joined the Occoquan Historical Society and volunteered at the Mill House Museum.  The book “Images of America: Occoquan” was a result of … (6 comments)

occoquan river communities: 6th Annual Occoquan Bay Wildlife Refuge Fall Festival Scheduled for October 9, 2010 - 10/03/10 02:09 AM
Mark your calendars for the annual Fall Wildlife Festival at the Occoquan Bay Wlldlife Refuge in Prince William County VA.  Fun for the entire family.The Prince William County Conservation Alliance will have naturalist led tours of the refuge and a hands on opporunity for volunteers to help plant native plants to help improve the habitat at the ponds within the refugee.  For the youngsters there will be frogs, turtles and other critters on display to teach them about some of the animals that make their home in the ponds.The Raptor Conservancy will have birds of prey for you to see up … (7 comments)

occoquan river communities: Occoquan Regional Park-Join In the Launch of the New Kayak Rental Facility - 08/31/10 09:40 AM
Grand Opening of the new Kayak Launch facility at Occoquan Regional Park is this coming Labor Day Weekend.For added fun on Saturday September 4th, Ernie Porta the Mayor of Occoquan is leading two historic tours of Occoquan. The tours will kick off at 10 am and 11 am.  Participants on the tour will receive a 10% discount coupon for lunch at either the Garden Kitchen or Madigan's Waterfront good for use on the day of the tour.Per Occoquan Regional Park site the following fees and times are available for Kayak rentals this fall.
"Kayak rental is available from September 4th to … (8 comments)

occoquan river communities: 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)

occoquan river communities: Wordless Wednesday-When You Need a Blogging Break - 10/21/09 12:09 AM

 
 
The Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1998 and is the intersection of the Potomac and Occoquan Rivers. The 644 acre refuge was formerly a military research site and is another one of the hidden gems that many residents of Prince William County and Northern Virginia don't know exists.  In the Spring and Summer the area is known as one of the top local nesting spots for Osprey and Blue Heron. 
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occoquan river communities: Occoquan (VA) A Step Back to Another Time - 08/28/09 09:28 AM
Most people zooming across the Occoquan River on Route 123 or driving south on interstate 95 aren't thinking about the history of our area. Hidden among all of the mega subdivisions and marinas on the Occoquan River in Prince William County is the historic Town of Occoquan. The town's history can be traced back to the indigenous Native American Dogue Indians who inhabited much of the Occoquan River area. The Town of Occoquan growth as a settlement began in the 18th century as a mill town. It was prospering by 1765 with a grist mill, tobacco warehouses and foundry. As one … (4 comments)

occoquan river communities: Town of Occoquan-History amidst the Hustle of Prince William County - 06/25/09 11:07 AM
Most people zooming across the Occoquan River on Route 123 or driving south on interstate 95 aren't thinking about the history of our area.  Yet hidden among all of the mega subdivisions and marinas on the Occoquan River in Prince William County is the historic Town of Occoquan.  The town's history can be traced back to the indigenous Native American Dogue Indians who inhabited much of the Occoquan River area.   The Town of Occoquan growth as a settlement began in the 18th century as a mill town.  It was prospering by 1765 with a grist mill, tobacco warehouses and foundry.   As … (0 comments)

occoquan river communities: Occoquan River Festival-Hot off the Presses - 04/16/09 10:15 AM
As an member of the Occoquan River Communities Festival Committee I am pleased to share with you the updated Occoquan River Festival flyer from our meeting last night. As anyone who is involved in the planning of an event knows changes happen all the way up until the day of an event. This event is no exception. The dedication of small group of individuals lead by John Houser, Director of Occoquan Regional Park once again will make this an event worth attending. Mark your calendars for the 2nd Occoquan River Festival on May 2, 2009. Occoquan River Festival as of April … (2 comments)

occoquan river communities: Take an Afternoon Walk in the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge - 03/27/09 08:49 AM
This afternoon to take advantage of a break from the rain and real estate we grabbed our camera to take a walk in the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge next to our house.  Though the trees and grassy areas are mostly still bare from the winter, the Osprey nests in the refugee were everywhere.  The Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge is made up of 644 acres of land that was reclaimed from the government after an Army research site closed down in 1994 directly on the Occoquan River.  About 50% of the land has been reclaimed as a natural wetland and … (6 comments)

occoquan river communities: Occoquan River Festival 2009-Mark Your Calendars Now! - 09/16/08 07:06 AM
As strange as it may seem in today's busy world you have to get out announcements about upcoming community events early!  So here it is hot of the presses.  Occoquan River Festival -May 2, 2009
Last night the founding members of the Occoquan River Communities met at Belmont Bay to discuss our plans for next year's festival.  The festival is just one part of what the Occoquan River Communities is all about but it is the largest group event encompassing all of the communities in one day.  Under the leadership of John Houser from Occoquan Regional Park, the overall event manager last … (0 comments)

occoquan river communities: Lorton Workhouse Arts Center-An Insiders View - 09/13/08 10:01 AM
One of the benefits of being actively involved in the Occoquan River Communities is the opportunity to get a "sneak peek" at one of the biggest success stories in redevelopment in Lorton.  The Lorton Workhouse Arts Center is getting ready for the grand opening the week of September 19th -27th with multiple events planned throughout the week.  The week starts with a classic concert concert-pianist Pedja Muzijevic and culminates with the grand opening gala featuring Tony Award winning singer Barbara Cook.
Artists who have studio space are just moving in and getting themselves settled.  The staff is putting in long hours … (7 comments)

occoquan river communities: Discover Belmont Bay-The Premier Waterfront Community in Prince William County - 09/08/08 11:10 AM
Yesterday I spent a few hours with a Washington Post reporter who will be writing a feature on Belmont Bay in Prince William County.  It seems the word is out on this "hidden gem just across the Prince William County line on the Occoquan River. Not only has the Washington Post decided to feature the community but  Washingtonian Magazine has twice picked as one of the "best communities" to live in the DC area and recently the Washington Business Journal included this area has one of the Top 13 places to watch in the DC metro area.
So what makes Belmont Bay so great?  Ask … (6 comments)

occoquan river communities: The Painted Ladies of Occoquan Virginia - 08/18/08 12:22 AM
What do you do when you need to put new homes in a historic town setting?  In some areas builders just throw them up and disregarding the integrity of the neighborhood.  In Occoquan, the town planners, the builder, the architects and a Victorian color expert sat down and for months hashed through a plan that would create new homes that fit in with the setting of the old town.
The result is Gaslight Landing townhomes on the "main" street of historic Occoquan.  My first post about Gaslight Landing was in July 2007 when the development was just breaking ground.  Now the … (2 comments)

occoquan river communities: The Washington Business Journal Likes Us and So Will You - 08/15/08 11:43 PM
The latest edition of the Washington Business Journal (WBJ) has named Town of Occoquan and the Occoquan River Communities in the top 13 communities to watch in the DC Metro area in the future.
Having recently posted about New Urbanism in Northern Virginia it was interesting to see the WBJ cover some of the same thoughts expressed in my post.  Stating that Gen X and Gen Y buyers are looking to finding live, work and play neighborhoods with good transportation options to Washington DC.Occoquan was selected due to its historic charm and it's location between Fort Belvoir and Quantico.  In addition to the … (4 comments)

occoquan river communities: Take a Seat on the Deck at Madigan’s Waterfront Restaurant - 08/13/08 05:46 AM
We have had picture perfect weather the last few days in Northern Virginia and it seemed like a good time to escape and enjoy a few moments on the Occoquan River.  So we headed over to Madigan's Waterfront Restaurant to have a leisurely lunch on the waterfront deck.
Madigan's in located in the historic Town of Occoquan just off I-95 and Route 123 in Prince William County.  It is one of those hidden gems in the area that many people drive right by without even knowing it is there.  Madigan's has a prime spot in town right on the Commerce Street … (4 comments)

occoquan river communities: Mom’s Apple Pie and General Store in Occoquan Virginia - 08/05/08 01:17 PM
The smell of pies baking is not coming from my house.  That is the good news for my friends and family  The even better news is that we only have to go a few miles away from our home in Belmont Bay to the historic town of Occoquan to find Mom's Apple Pie Company and General Store.
All of the pies at Mom's are made fresh with local ingredients.  You can actually find someone peeling apples in the kitchen and you have your choice of the traditional two crust apple pie or the brown sugar crumb topping.  Even though the store … (8 comments)

occoquan river communities: A Crazy Day on the Occoquan River - 07/27/08 02:39 PM
Despite a torrential downpour that hit the Occoquan River Festival in the early afternoon everyone who helped plan and participate in the event will call it a success.
The American Spirit sailed into Belmont Bay right on time and there was a line waiting to take off on the first water taxi to Occoquan Regional Park at 11 am.  By 1 pm the Children's Science Museum had counted 250 visitors through the interactive trailer. 
Now I will have to say that if I didn't know it already it was reinforced today that trying to hold down a canopy with a metal … (4 comments)

 
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