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Reminder: Westbriar General Meeting Tuesday

Hope to see you Tuesday 22nd, 7:00 PM sharp, at the Methodist Church on Country Club Drive at Old Courthouse Road.  Parking is at the rear of the building.

Because of scheduling, we will need to start the meeting promptly at 7:00 PM.

Original Westbriar House Goes Out in a Blaze

In 1955, Westwood Country Club existed as an island in a sea of cornfields, pastures and forest.  That year, 19 houses were built along Niblick Drive between Maple Avenue and Echols Street, and were to become the seed of a new community forming a narrow crescent around the golf course.

The building codes at that time were rather lax by today’s standards.  The walls had no insulation, and the ceilings, only a few inches of cellulose were thrown in between the rafters.  The fuse box was filled with those glass screw in types, and the two outlets per room were two prong.  If the house had air conditioning, it was window mounted.

So it is no surprise that these original houses are almost always torn down when ownership changes. Only seven remain.

But even in its final moments, an old house can be useful.  304 Niblick last Sunday served as a school for Fairfax County fire fighters who showed up in twenty pieces of emergency vehicles, and gave this well-kept split level an opportunity to pass along to the newbies the skills of their trade.

The neighborhood, pre-warned, turned out to watch as hoses were deployed, ladders carried, air canisters refilled, ambulances on the ready.  It all looked real.  And it was. Sort of.  Bales of straw were set on fire in several rooms, and extinguished under the supervision of seasoned leaders.

Out on the lawn, masks and other tactical gear were donned. Officers called the shots on how to enter, what to do.

Food, of course is essential to keep the energy up.  For this, a BBQ was set up, and cheeseburgers were turned out at a fast clip.  Lots of coffee an ice water appeared.

The next day, the charred school house was reduced to rubble and put aboard a fleet of dump trucks to be taken to the landfill.

Westbriar Zones A and B are one of the hottest residential redevelopment areas in the region.  But the other homes around the east and north sides of the golf course, which filled in during the 60s are not far behind.  It is not all due to the age of the homes.  It is the extra value of the land due to our close proximity to Tysons that is the impetus.

Westbriar is well situated to take advantage of this good fortune.

New Sign for Navy Federal

You may have noticed a lot of activity on the lawn of Navy Federal Credit Union, just where Follin Road turns right and becomes Electric Avenue.

There was a marker there, but it was rather small and got lost in the long vista up the hill to the the main administration building.  What was needed was something that stood out a bit more.

The job was given to Merrifield Gardens designer Tom McVean, who tastefully incorporated the Navy Federal logo into an attractive base of stonework and perennial plants.

The signage is illuminated at night, and was turned on Saturday for the first time.  It attracted the attention of a Whitetail deer and a few Canada geese who strolled over to check out their new acquisitions.

Navy Federal is Vienna’s largest employer and taxpayer.  It is a good friend to the town and regularly supports community activities.

This Saturday …..

… Vienna Choral presents its first program of its season with American Quilt, 7:30 PM 10/19, Providence Presbyterian Church, 9019 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax.

AMERICAN QUILT is a collection of songs you will know and have strong feelings for.

From the poignant “Will the Circle be Unbroken” and “He’s Gone Away, to the uplifting rise and fall and rise again of “The Boatsman’s Song”, this is a concert of shared American musical heritage where anyone can simply wait for an opening and step into the common square of song.

So come and hold your breath with a room full of people. And fall right into music that’s been there all long, waiting to be rediscovered. Join us!

Tickets are available online
until 11:55 pm, Friday, October 18, 2019.
We’ll also have them at the door on concert night. 

Halloween Parade Coming Up

Don”t miss Vienna’s 73rd annual Halloween Parade along Maple Avenue on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.

This year’s parade theme is “Famous Children’s Books and Fairy tales Brought to Life.”  Marching bands, fire trucks, stilt walkers, unicyclists, motorcycle formations, floats, antique cars, ……. there will be few dull or quiet moments.

Recently retiring Vienna Council Member Carey Sienicki will be Grand Marshal. A Vienna resident since 2000, she also served on the Windover Heights Board of Review, Vienna Arts Society’s advisory committee and Historic Vienna, Inc.’s Walk on the Hill coordinator.

The parade starts on Maple Avenue at Branch Road SE and turns left on Center Street S for one block. Best viewing is on Maple Avenue between Branch Road and Center Street.

The Vienna Halloween Parade is a state-wide fixture of the Autumn season, and is a must stop for politicians, especially in the years of their November elections.  For us in Vienna, that will almost certainly include State Sen. Mark Keam, and Fairfax County Chairman hopeful Jeff McKay, and Hunter Mill Supervisor Walter Alcorn.

If you were there, you may not remember the year, you did not forget the gigantic red tennis shoe float that was the easy winner for artistic creativity.

Cartwheelies at O’Hare

A runaway catering cart on the tarmac at Chicago O’Hare International Airport had airport employees scrambling to subdue the vehicle, and provided some amusement for passengers on the concourse above.

The cart seemed at risk of crashing into the nose of an airplane parked nearby before a vehicle being driven by an airport employee collided with the runaway cart, bringing it to a stop.  See it here.

In a statement to Business Insider, American Airlines said initial reports indicated that the catering cart’s accelerator got “stuck,” causing it to lose control.