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AlphabetRockers 2Latin, brass, jazz, Americana and rock all take the stage @ The Alden’s Summer Sunday Concerts in the Park

McLean, Va.—The Alden at the McLean Community Center is again sponsoring free summer concerts in the gazebo of McLean Central Park on Sunday afternoons in June and July. A mix of musical genres give this year’s concerts an international flair, with New Orleans jazz, classic rock and Latin American melodies all on the bill. Concerts begin at 5 p.m. The park is located at 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd.

Schedule
(Subject to change)

Alphabet Rockers
Sunday, June 16, 5 p.m.
Get moving to music that moves you! The Alphabet Rockers trio uses positive messages and modern, hip-hop beats to help children love who they are and celebrate differences. “Alphabet Rockers breaks new ground in socially-conscious kids’ music—& the album is a lyrical & artistic triumph!” – Sagan Thacker, Ashville RadioActive Kids

Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards
Sunday, June 23, 5 p.m.
The spirit of Mardi Gras is sure to take over the gazebo with Jazzy Ash’s original mix of family friendly, New Orleans-style jazz and favorite jazz standards. Bring your own beads! “Our favorite musical discovery has got to be Jazzy Ash.” – SiriusXM Kids Place Live

Read more: Summer Concerts @ McLean Central Park

McLeanDay 2018 logoMore than 100 years of happiness—a McLean Day history

McLean, Va.—The rides, the amusements and all the many activities at McLean Day make for a happy experience for the whole family. That happiness has been a part of the history of McLean for 104 years now. When this year’s festival takes place, it will create new memories and more history for the community and the individuals who attend. McLean Day 2019 will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at Lewinsville Park. The park is located at 1659 Chain Bridge Rd. Produced by the McLean Community Center (MCC), the event is free and open to the public.

McLean Day was established in 1915 and was the first festival of its kind in Fairfax County. It was created by the McLean School and Civic League and the McLean Volunteer Fire Department as a fundraiser for Franklin Sherman School. Originally, it was a week-long festival, and for years it was held on the Saturday preceding the Democratic Primary in August. In ensuing years, the festival took on a variety of forms and acquired several sponsoring organizations. In 1973, MCC cosponsored McLean Day with SHARE of McLean and eventually became its sole producer.

For more information, call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711. The Center’s telephone will be answered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the day of the festival.
funnel cake ladyTacos to lobster rolls—the international food court at McLean Day has it all

McLean, Va.— Lobster rolls, tacos, empanadas, pizza, grilled cheese and French-fried chicken sandwiches are just a few of the many international flavors at this year’s McLean Day festival. Produced by McLean Community Center, the festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Rd. Admission is free.

Empanadas de Mendoza
A variety of empanadas, choripan, chimi fries, churros, lemonade, soda and bottled water.

McLean Rotary Club
Pizza, hot dogs, chips, cookies, soda and water.

Red Hook Lobster Pound
Maine and Connecticut lobster rolls, shrimp rolls, clam chowder, lobster mac and cheese, coleslaw, potato salad, chips, sodas and whoopie pies.

Ride Concession Trailers
Corn dogs, funnel cakes, popcorn, ice cream, soda, coffee and water.

Read more: International Food at McLean Day 

whova logo boxThe app is back, for McLean Day that is

McLean, Va.—Use your phone to get up-to-the-minute information on all aspects of McLean Day 2019 by downloading the McLean Day app. Returning for a second year, the free app is the latest way event producer McLean Community Center allows patrons to stay in-the-know. The festival will be held on Saturday, May 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Rd. Admission is free.

In 2018, MCC established the new app in cooperation with Whova, Inc., an app development company based in San Diego, Calif. Patrons can download the app to their smart phones or other devices by searching for the Whova App in the Apple Store or Google Play. Once it has been downloaded, use the search feature to find McLean Day on May 18.

The McLean Day app will allow patrons to:
• View the day’s schedule and create a personal schedule of their own.
• Receive announcements and notifications throughout the day.
• Use an interactive map of the park to find the location of various activities.

Read more: There's an app for McLean Day

Shuttle patronsTake a Free Shuttle to McLean Day and Leave the Driving to Us

McLean, VA — Parking is prohibited at Lewinsville Park all day on McLean Day 2019. Event producer, McLean Community Center (MCC), encourages residents who plan to attend the festival to make use of three satellite parking lots and a free shuttle bus service that will help relieve congestion around the park. The free festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturday, May 18; the park is located at 1659 Chain Bridge Rd.

Taking a shuttle is the best transportation option for patrons seeking to get to the park as parking on surrounding streets is also limited.

With the help of its community partners, MCC has secured the use of the following parking locations. ADA-accessible shuttles will run between the hours of 10:25 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

Read more: Take a Shuttle to McLean Day

large carnival ridePrepare to be Amazed—Here’s what you need to know about McLean Day 2019 

McLean, Va.—On Saturday, May 18, the McLean Community Center’s free, annual outdoor festival, McLean Day, returns to Lewinsville Park. A wide variety of rides, games, activities and performances are planned. Here’s a brief rundown of what festival attendees can expect to see, hear and experience at the event, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The park is located at 1659 Chain Bridge Rd.

Sponsors Help Make McLean Day Happen
McLean Day is produced by the McLean Community Center (MCC). Community-minded local businesses enhance festival offerings. This year’s sponsors are: Wheat’s Landscaping (Park Beautification); State Farm Agent Lynn Heinrichs (Stage); Giant Food (Marketplace); Squeals on Wheels (Petting Zoo); Burke & Herbert Bank (Picnic Tent in Kids Way); McLean Properties (Balloon Twisters), Washington Fine Properties (Picnic Tent in Food Court) and Mars, Inc. (Climbing Wall).

A Brief History of 104 Years of Fun
The history of McLean Day is long and varied. In 1915, it began as a school and community fundraiser put on by the McLean School and Civic League at Franklin Sherman School. A host of community organizations kept it going over the years, until the mid-1970s when McLean Community Center (MCC) began producing it. Lewinsville Park became the festival’s home in 1988.

There’s an App for McLean Day
Returning for a second year—the Whova McLean Day App! Stay in the know about festival happenings by downloading the free Whova app from The App Store or Google Play. Once the app is downloaded, search for “McLean Day 2019.” 

Read more: What's Happening @ McLean Day 2019

mia rocks1Local Teen Singer/Songwriter, Mia Rocks, Performs at McLean Day 2019

McLean, Va.— Mia Rocks, a 17-year-old singer/songwriter who lives in the D.C. metro area, will perform for McLean Day 2019. The singer's alternative pop band plays both covers of popular songs and original music. Produced by the McLean Community Center (MCC), the festival will be held on May 18, at Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Rd. All performers have been vetted by the staff of The Alden, a division of MCC.

Schedule is subject to change.

11 a.m.
Joy of Dance
Young students who take dance classes at MCC will showcase what they’ve learned.

12:30 p.m.
Big Bang Boom
These three, dynamic dads play parent-friendly, educational children’s music. They are rock stars for the kids and the kids-at-heart!

1:45 p.m.
Abada-Capoeira DC
Capoeira (pronounced ka-poo-eyh-rah) is an Afro-Brazilian martial arts and self-defense discipline that brings together fighting techniques, acrobatics, dance, percussion and songs, in a rhythmic dialogue of body, mind and spirit.

Read more: McLean Day 2019 Stage Schedule

All the Way Live 2 webChildren See History Through Hip-Hop Lenses at “All the Way Live!”

McLean, Va.— The Alden presents B-Fly Entertainment’s “All the Way Live!,” for one performance at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. Written and performed by Washington, D.C.’s own hip-hop artists Baye Harrell and Paige Hernandez, this interactive show for children is “all the way live” as history is revived through hip-hop lenses. Tickets are $15, $10 for McLean Community Center district residents. The theater is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

Creativity. Respect. Understanding. Cooperation. Effort. Self-care. “All the Way Live!” seeks to teach these qualities in a relatable and catchy way, much like a song on the radio. Using rhythm and rhyme, the show aims to tune children to the frequency of positive thoughts and feelings. Its opportunity for audience participation gives young people a chance to broadcast their best selves to the world. “Paige Hernandez is the complete performer package personified. She has a lot of energy and possesses a million-dollar smile…Her rapping and rhyming skills match Harrell’s, making them a winning team.”— Broadway World.

For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit: www.aldentheatre.org or call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711. For ADA accommodations, contact Patron Services Manager Evelyn Hill at evelyn.hill@fairfaxcounty.gov ; or call 571-296-8385.

stories by starlightMcLean Community Center Calendar of Events for May 2019

McLean, Va.— The McLean Community Center (MCC) offers the following activities in May. Residents of the Center’s tax district, Small District 1A-Dranesville, are eligible for discounts on fees. The center is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

Presented by The Alden
Intro to Djembe Drumming and Drum Circle
Friday, May 3, 7-8:30 p.m.
$12/$8 MCC district residents, includes admission and drum rental
Back by popular demand! Join The Alden for a creative (and de-stressing) Friday evening master class for families. Participants will learn the elements of Djembe Drumming from artist Kofi Dennis and then use those skills in a group drum circle.

Old Firehouse 5th and 6th Grader Parties
Luau Party
Friday, May 3, 7-9 p.m.
$35/$25 MCC district residents; preregistration is highly recommended.
These popular parties are themed, and the Old Firehouse is decorated accordingly. Participants will enjoy free catered food and beverages, an open dance floor with music played by a popular DJ and a variety of party attractions.

New Family Event
Stories by Starlight
Featuring Author Christina Graham
Friday, May 3, 7-8 p.m.
$20 per family; price includes the purchase of a book from the author.
For ages 3-8. This new story time program features local children’s authors and storytellers. Authors will read stories to your children as they follow along in their own books. After the reading, they will answer any questions you may have about their characters, storyline or anything else you find interesting. Christina Graham will read her book, “Bunnies Are a Lot Like You and Me.” This is a cozy, relaxed event for young children and their parents. Wear your PJs!

Read more: MCC May 2019 Calendar of Events

Twist SarahCaldwellSmith webNew York’s Gilbert & Sullivan Players bring “I’ve Got A Little Twist” to The Alden May 4

McLean, Va.— The Alden in McLean presents New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players in “I’ve Got a Little Twist,” for one performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 4. Tickets are $40, $30 for McLean Community Center district residents, and $35 for students and seniors. The theater is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave. Free parking is available onsite.

Victorian-era dramatist W. S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan jointly created 14 comic operas, including the well-known “H.M.S. Pinafore,” “The Pirates of Penzance” and “The Mikado.” New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players have been giving vitality to the living legacy of Gilbert & Sullivan since 1974 and are known as one of the premier interpreters of the repertoire.

“I’ve Got a Little Twist” is a cabaret evening that reveals the timelessness of Gilbert and Sullivan, juxtaposing G&S with more modern musical theater offerings, such as “Cabaret,” “Spamalot,” “Brigadoon” and “Company,” to name a few.

According to Alden Performing Arts Director Sarah Schallern Treff, the value of Gilbert and Sullivan’s work is evident in that many of their tunes continue to be used today. “I think G&S has become part of the cultural vernacular, and people don’t even know it. Are you a “Curb Your Enthusiasm” fan? Then you’ve heard G&S underscoring Larry’s shenanigans” she said. “Ever broken into “Hail, Hail, the Gang’s All Here” at a party or pub? You’re singing G&S!”

Read more: "I've Got a Little Twist" at The Alden