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Centreville Townhouses

Hyperlocal Tourism: These drawings are part of my ongoing attempts to fall in love with Centreville, Virginia, where I’ve lived for more than a decade. I’m hoping that by getting up close and personal, I will develop an affection for the place.

I like drawing historic buildings but the truth is that most of Centreville is made up of strip malls and townhouses. It’s the oldest town in the county but we’ve paved over most of the evidence. This was drawn from a photograph I took while taking a walk around the neighborhood.

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Centreville Volunteer Fire Department

Hyperlocal Tourism: These drawings are part of my ongoing attempts to fall in love with Centreville, Virginia, where I’ve lived for more than a decade. I’m hoping that by getting up close and personal, I will develop an affection for the place.

These are the guys who come save me if my house is on fire. I stopped to draw this from across the street while walking home from Centreville Day.

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Harrison House, Centreville

Hyperlocal Tourism: These drawings are part of my ongoing attempts to fall in love with Centreville, Virginia, where I’ve lived for more than a decade. I’m hoping that by getting up close and personal, I will develop an affection for the place.

The Harrison House has seen better days. I know there are efforts being made to preserve it, but I don’t know the details. I would like to note that one of the former owners was a Confederate soldier named – believe it or not – Spotsylvania County Spindle.

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Stuart-Mosby Cavalry Museum, Centreville

Hyperlocal Tourism: These drawings are part of my ongoing attempts to fall in love with Centreville, Virginia, where I’ve lived for more than a decade. I’m hoping that by getting up close and personal, I will develop an affection for the place.

The Stuart-Mosby Civil War Cavalry Museum is a collection of Civil War memorabilia crammed into the tiny front room of an old gas station, if you can believe it.

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Spindle Sears House, Centreville

Hyperlocal Tourism: These drawings are part of my ongoing attempts to fall in love with Centreville, Virginia, where I’ve lived for more than a decade. I’m hoping that by getting up close and personal, I will develop an affection for the place.

The Spindle Sears House was what it sounds like: a house ordered from the Sears Catalog. It’s small but surprisingly modern (by 1930s standards).

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St. John’s Episcopal, Centreville

Hyperlocal Tourism: These drawings are part of my ongoing attempts to fall in love with Centreville, Virginia, where I’ve lived for more than a decade. I’m hoping that by getting up close and personal, I will develop an affection for the place.

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Centreville was built before the Civil War. It’s very small but pretty inside, and some interesting people are buried in its yard.

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Extra Festive Saturday

If you’re in the Washington, DC, metro area this coming Saturday, there are plenty of things to do. Fall for the Book in Fairfax is winding down and the Maryland Renaissance Festival is in full swing. The Baltimore Book Festival is this weekend, conflicting as it does every year with the National Book Festival in DC. My local BookCrossing group will be cavorting around the National Mall, handing out books. Heck, even my home town is having its annual festival on Saturday.

But I’m not going to any of it. My husband and I will be at the Small Press Expo, geeking out on indie comics. And I can’t wait.

We might also stop by Horrorfind Weekend on Sunday, but that’s still up in the air. Either way it’ll be fun times.

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Library antics

My home library is pretty cool. They have a lot of branches, a user-friendly electronic catalog, and a good selection of titles. I don’t tend to participate in any of their programs, as I tend to be either too young, too old, or too married for their target demographic, but sometimes I peruse the schedules out of curiosity.

Which is how I stumbled upon the upcoming teen events. On the 13th two branches are having V-day parties: Be my Anti-Valentine and a Goth Valentine Bash, and on the 20th they’re having Noisy Library Music. I admit, part of me wants to go see these bands. Check out the descriptions:

TIDELAND: [dreamy noise rock]
HADOPELAGIA: [drone shake breakfast flakes]
MASSALIA: [acid rock noise infection]
SLIGHT SURFACE NOISE SOUND SYSTEM: [noisy noise]

As bizarre as it all sounds, I have to hand it to them for making an honest effort to appeal to adolescents without assuming it’s still 1955. Or that everything they do has to revolve around books. Sometimes just getting them into the library is a vital step.

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