Reflections on the End of Summer at the Workhouse

Now that the nights are starting to get crisper and the kids are looking forward (or not) to school starting next week, we know that the summer of 2012 has ended.

Now that the nights are starting to get crisper and the kids are looking forward (or not) to school starting next week, we know that the summer of 2012 has ended. This past summer at the Workhouse has been a blast, from the sounds of the Mount Vernon Nights Saturday concerts to the tastes of the Workhouse Farmers Market. Let us take a moment to reflect on this summer’s activities as we look forward to the fall:

This year the Workhouse was host to the Mount Vernon Nights summer concert series. These free weekly outdoor concerts were very popular and well-attended. Each of the concerts featured different, exciting musical groups and styles that the whole family could enjoy.

Celebrate Summer Block Party at the Workhouse! was the place to be this past June. There were family activities, food from some of Lorton’s popular restaurants, live outdoor music, a community resource tent, and most importantly—lots of art! Not only were you able to have a great time, this was a great opportunity to our community to help those in need by bringing non-perishables for the Lorton Action Community Center.

The Clifton Film Festival at the Workhouse was an immersive storytelling experience for the entire Northern Virginia area. The top ranked films from this year’s competition were showcased under the stars, displaying the talent and creativity that grows in our region.

Every Thursday since early spring, the Workhouse Quad has been transformed into a Farmers Market, supplying the surrounding community with fresh produce, breads, meats and more. If you haven’t had a chance to stop by and pick up some goodies, you can catch the Workhouse Farmers Market every Thursday 3:30-7pm until the end of October.

The 4th Annual Ice Cream Social couldn’t have happened on a hotter day this summer, helping everyone to cool down with a sweet treat and beautifully handcrafted ice cream bowl souvenirs to remember the summer. Later that evening the summer night sky became our canvas and the Workhouse Arts Center became its own work of art with a fantastic fireworks display, in celebration of Independence Day.  

Laughter was in no short supply at the Workhouse with Live Stand Up Comedy Nights. All the shows were well attended and in several instances, completely sold out! There’s still a chance left to catch the hysterics, with our continuing comedy series throughout the fall.

Many kids spent their summer break here on the Workhouse campus, participating in Summer Camp. They gained new talents, made new friends and had lots of fun.

As the summer comes to a close, we look forward to the fall. With new events, classes, performances and activities, fall 2012 at the Workhouse is guaranteed to be as much fun as summer was and more!


Stop by and visit us! 

The Workhouse is open Wednesday – Saturday from 11am – 7pm and Sundays from 12 – 5pm.  The Workhouse Prison Museum is open Wednesday – Friday from 12 – 3pm and Saturday – Sunday from 12 – 4pm.  Visit www.WorkhouseArts.org for more information, to purchase tickets or to register for classes.

Camela Speer

Director of Marketing

Workhouse Arts Center . . . Escape to Arts & Entertainment!



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