Picnic Theatre Presents: An Evening with Ray Bradbury

On Sunday November 10, join Picnic Theatre Company at Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House for An Evening with Bradbury!

Be transported to this 1950's vision of the future at the dawn of the atomic age, with a one act multimedia staging of two short stories from America's master of mystery, Ray Bradbury, and bonus campy ads on Dimension X radio! Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door. The house will open for cocktails at 4pm, with a 5pm performance in the Underwood Room.



Picnic Theatre Company Presents: The Great Gatsby

On Wednesday June 19, be transported to the mansion of mysterious multimillionaire Jay Gatsby for a summer party! Picnic Theatre Company returns to Woodlawn Mansion garden for a Roaring Twenties cocktail hour, music and live action one- act performance of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.

Join us in the Woodlawn Mansion fountain garden for drinks, a picnic, and a wild theatrical romp! At 5:30pm the garden opens for cocktails and picnicking, performance is at 6:30 pm, with no intermission.

We will have drinks for sale to accompany the picnic dinner you have brought from home. Or, dinner is on us – purchase a pre-packaged picnic dinner and we will have it waiting for you! Dinner options will be sent to all attendees a few weeks before the event.


Pass the Plate Potluck - A Cross Cultural, Heritage Inspired Dinner

October 4, 2018 at 6:45 PM

Share the food of your family at our casual, unique, potluck dinner that is open to guests of all heritages, inspired by our current Makers In The Mansion exhibit. Each guest, or group of guests, as part of their participation will be asked to bring a dish which highlights their own family story.

Gather with us this October in our historic garden for a delightful and delicious dinner where everyone is welcome, featuring culinary foodways historian and cookbook author, Michael Twitty, as well as the artisans of our current art exhibit, Makers In The Mansion!


DIY + Sip: Custom Denim Clutches

Join featured maker Morgan Davis for an afternoon of "Diy + Sip" on Sunday, October 14th from 1-4 PM where attendees will be able to customize their own denim clutch using ankara fabric, embellishments, patches, paint, embroidery, and more!

Tickets include one foldover denim clutch (with ankara lining), all supplies, two glasses of wine, and light refreshments. This event is 21+



Uncovering the Craftsmen of Woodlawn Plantation – African laborers and the building of Woodlawn

October 22, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Join us for this informative look at the history of Woodlawn's building and grounds! The lecture will examine Black free and enslaved labor that might have contributed to the clearing of the land and construction of Woodlawn.

This lecture will be led by Michele L. Simms-Burton, PhD, who is a retired professor of African American Studies. She has traveled the world delivering lectures on the African diaspora.

Tickets are free - Please CLICK HERE and RSVP!


Hadiya Williams | "More than a Notion" Artist Talk X BPP Pop Up

September 30, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Artist Talk X Black Pepper Paperie Pop Up

Artist talk at 3PM - TICKETS ARE NEEDED FOR 3PM ARTIST TALK ONLY - Pop-Up Shop will be open to all who come!

Hadiya Williams and co-collaborator Risikat "Kat" Okedeyi will engage in dialogue on the process of creating Layers, the installation in the Woodlawn dining room.In a one-on-one conversation, the two will share how the idea came to be, the spiritual connection to the project and the overall go of the installation. A pop-up shop featuring similar items included in the installation and Hadiya's wearable art will also be available for sale.

Tickets to Artist Talk are free - Please CLICK HERE and RSVP!

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SANCTUARY- The community of Gum Springs, a haven in a weary land

September 26, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Gum Springs is the oldest African American Community in Fairfax County, was formally established in 1833. West Ford, a former slave, founded the community after being freed by George Washington. The community became a sanctuary for freedmen and runaways. The triumph of the community is in the people the families, the intuitions which enabled it to be in continuum. Come discover the journey of the community of Gum Springs!

This lecture will be led by Ron Chase, who is the Founder/Director of the Gum Springs Museum.

Tickets are free - Please CLICK HERE and RSVP!


Artist Talk: Sandy Hassan "My Journey with Fabric"

September 16, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Join one of our featured Makers in the Mansion, Sandy Barrett Hassan, for a discussion about her current installation at Woodlawn, and about her life as a quilter.

She will discuss the following:Fabric, Tools, Color, Techniques and Styles, Paper piecing, Stack and Wack, New York Beauties, Portraits, Crazy quilts, Geometrics, Political quilts, Books - Communion of the Spirits and Spirits of the Cloth, Quilt guilds, Fabric Crafts and Accessories.

Tickets are free - Please CLICK HERE and RSVP!


Indigo Fabric Dying Workshop with Njena Surae Jarvis

September 19, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Learn how to dye fabrics with natural indigo dye, and create stunning patterns! Njena Surae Jarvis, one of our featured Makers in the Mansion, will show you how she created the fabrics used in her installation in the mansion.

Please bring items you want to dye, small items such as t-shirts, pillowcases, jeans, socks, silk scarfs, etc.

Vats of indigo and tying material will be provided. Learn how to prepare a vat with pre-reduced indigo crystals and a few different tying methods!



#BEYONDTHEBOOKA Marketing and Branding Workshop for Poets

September 9, 2018 at 1:00 PM

You've written the perfect manuscript that includes your best poems. Now what?

This workshop is led by Woodlawn 2018 Makers in the Mansion Writer-in-Residence Cherryl T. Cooley. Poets will brainstorm ideas for how to put their poems in places other than books. We will look at ways that other poets have succeeded at this and create a solid plan for one or two of your poems. This is a exploration of marketing and branding for contemporary poets, but it is also a chance for you to consider your body of work and start shaping how it will impact your community and the world.



Artist Talk : Antonio McAfee

September 7, 2018 at 6:30 PM

Join one of our featured Makers in the Mansion, Antonio McAfee, for a discussion about his current installation at Woodlawn, titled "Unmaking and Making/Variations of Figures".

Antonio McAfee’s work addresses the complexity of representation. Through appropriating and manipulating historical portraits, he engages in prescribed views of individuals and rework images to provide an alternate - more layered image and concept of the people depicted. His photographs oscillate between formal considerations (modifying the print’s surface) and imaginary potential (establishing new back stories and roles) of the photographed sitters. Antonio currently teaches at American University.

Tickets are free - Please CLICK HERE and RSVP!


Lecture: African American Community at Woodlawn

August 28, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Join us for "The African American Community of Woodlawn: Discovering a Historic Free African American Community among Antislavery Quakers" This talk is led by Martha Claire Catlin, the Historian for the Alexandria Quaker Meeting at Woodlawn. Her current research emphasis is on the Woodlawn settlements of antislavery Quakers and African Americans of the pre-Civil War and 19th century eras.

Tickets are free -Please CLICK HERE and RSVP!


Nicole Crowder - Upholstery Workshop

August 9, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Nicole's upholstery courses look to give upholstery and home decor enthusiasts basic skills and tips on how to approach small projects like chairs, benches, and ottomans, with the hopes of empowering you with confidence to tackle even larger projects at home!

The Picnic Theatre Company Presents: The Importance of Being Earnest

June 20th, Taking place in the Woodlawn Mansion Fountain Garden - Garden opens at 5:30, show at 7:00

Oscar Wilde’s wildly entertaining 1895 comedy “The Importance of Being Earnest:  A Trivial Comedy for Serious People” features two carefree bachelors, each with a carefully hidden double life that quickly unravels. Silliness ensues with jealous fiancées, whimsical ingénues, scheming society matrons, and the most famous handbag in theater history. Join Picnic Theatre Company at Woodlawn for a garden cocktail party and one-act performance of the play that the London Telegraph calls “the most perfect comedy in the English language.” Bring your own picnic or order one from us! Come at 5:30PM to grab a drink and enjoy our garden while you picnic, and the show begins at 7PM!  Rain or shine, tented if rain.


The Picnic Theatre Company Presents: An Evening in the Twilight Zone
November 1st, 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Picnic Theatre Company returns to Woodlawn Estate for seasonal cocktail party theatre on November 1 with An Evening in The Twilight Zone: A Parody! Experience three short episodes of classic 1950s sci-fi suspense, exploring themes of Cold War fears in American suburbia; artificial intelligence for daily living; and the promise and peril of contact with alien civilizations, along with hilarious actual advertisements from a bygone era. 

Enjoy wine and refreshments and be transported to another time and dimension at Woodlawn! 6:30 cocktail reception, 7:30 one hour performance.

Directed by Steve Rochlin

Cast: Nurith Aizenman * Nova Daly* Chris Fowler* Charles Kovatch* Daniela McInerney* Antonio Olivo* Steve Rochlin * Kevin Rooney * Christina Sevilla *Matt Stoller

Proceeds benefit Woodlawn Pope-Leighey House preservation and programs.
Price: $15

Washington, Whiskey, and Woodlawn Tour: Dogue Run Farm Exclusive Experience
Location: George Washington's Distillery & Woodlawn
October 15th, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Enjoy private guided tours of the George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill site and Woodlawn during this special fall partner tour! 
Watch demonstrations of the Gristmill's operating system, and the distillers in action as they make apple brandy and sample the unique Mount Vernon whiskey. 

From the Distillery & Gristmill, guests will drive to Woodlawn, the home of Martha Washington's granddaughter, Eleanor "Nelly" Parke Custis and her husband, Lawrence Lewis. At Woodlawn, guests can tour the mansion, as well as walk through Arcadia's educational farm and enjoy a historic cocktail created by Element Shrub with seasonal light bites from Rouge Fine Catering

Learn more about the connection between Woodlawn and Mount Vernon, as well as gain a greater understanding of how this area once operated as one of Washington's five farms. 

1:00 p.m. -- 4:00 p.m.: Tours of George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill with private tastings on the second floor of each building. Timed tickets for entrance to both sites. 
2:00 p.m. -- 5:00 p.m.: Tours of Woodlawn & Arcadia farm. Event ends at 6:00 p.m.

Price: $25 per person