Fall Church Summertime! News

Dive Away

The Northern Virginia Swim League (NVSL) will begin its competitive diving season on June 26. Teams of divers come from more than 40 pools in Falls Church, Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax County. Meetings are held on Tuesday evenings at varying locations. Results will be available Wednesday on the NVSL-Dive website. For more information, visit

Music and Art in the Park

This summer, City of Falls Church Recreation & Parks Division and the Village Preservation and Improvement Society is co-sponsoring its 15th Annual Concerts in the Park series. Every Thursday at 7 p.m. from June 21 to August 2, the community is invited to a free concert featuring musicians playing a variety of genres, from classical to jazz to rhythm and blues and rock-n-roll.

The series began 15 years ago as an outreach of the Village Preservation & Improvement Society to the community. Back then, the society hosted home concerts, where a Falls Church home opened their doors to a band and guests. Today, Concerts in the Park are held at Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Ave., Falls Church). Their aim is to provide entertainment, take advantage of the city’s resources and, overall, improve the quality of life here in Falls Church.

This year, Gordon Theisz, a board member of the Village Preservation and Improvement Society and producer of this year’s concert series, chose the bands, mostly local, with the only requirement being a connection to Falls Church. Musicians may have gone to high school in the area, reside or have relatives here. He selected a variety of music to appeal to all ages.

The event is free: concert-goers need only to bring a picnic, blanket and lawn chairs if they wish. Refreshments will be sold. Along with each scheduled musician, the concert spotlights a local artist from Falls Church Arts. Their artwork will be on display and for sale from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. In the event of rain, concerts will relocate to the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church). Call 703-248-5077 TTY711 for further information.


June 21

Falls Church Concert Band (Music from Broadway)

Artist: Ines de Andrade (Paintings)


June 28

Sin Miedo Band (Latin, Salsa, Cha-Cha and Bolero)

Artist: Cathy Summers (Photography)


July 5

Tom Principato (Rock and Roll, Blues)

Artist: Gerri Goodwin (Paintings)


July 12

The Shebeens (Irish Music and Song)

Artist: Christy Gavitt (Photography)


July 19

Sudden-M-Pac Band (R&B, Jazz)

Artist: Bill Abel (Paintings)


July 26

Andrew Acosta and the New Old Time String Band (Bluegrass and Swing)

Artist: Julie Singer (Ceramic Tiles)


Aug. 2

Randy Barrett and the Barretones (Bluegrass)

Artists: Eileen Levy (Paintings) and M. Layne Kalbfleisch (Photography)