Local Commentary

Editorial: Good Times on The Horizon

The budget process is behind us for a few months in the City of Falls Church. A new tax rate and level of City services were adopted, after six months or more of strain by the City Council, School Board and City staff, and we’re still here. It’s time to turn our attention to more soothing things, assuming the weather will cooperate. In light of all the talk of pressures on belt tightening, there are great ways to “keep it real” in the face of today’s economy and gas prices.

The budget process is behind us for a few months in the City of Falls Church. A new tax rate and level of City services were adopted, after six months or more of strain by the City Council, School Board and City staff, and we’re still here. It’s time to turn our attention to more soothing things, assuming the weather will cooperate. In light of all the talk of pressures on belt tightening, there are great ways to “keep it real” in the face of today’s economy and gas prices.

Happy events on our horizon offer – to even the most “new normal”-bounded, $5 a gallon-averse penny watcher – some nearby and guaranteed good time action, beginning with the Falls Church annual Memorial Day Parade and Festivities to set off the summer season, all the way through the annual Fall Festival and “Taste of Falls Church” in mid-September.

Just ahead is the spring play at George Mason High involving an unusually-talented crop of students, this year’s offering being the poignant “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Then there’s Mason’s commencement in mid-June, with all the hoopla of a Prom and awards ceremonies. Who knows by the end of this month how many more Mason High sports teams will be contending for state titles?

Then the beach. Well, for many in Falls Church, the “beach” involves abundant use of the numerous public and condo association pools in the area. As long as you’ve got your sun hat, shades, lotion, beach chair and summer reading, the only thing you’re really sacrificing (to save a couple hundred dollars in gas) is sand. So, you don’t have to keep combing the sand out of your hair all summer!

At least one backyard deck we’ve visited in Falls Church has signage that proclaims it as “Boardwalk West.” You get the idea.

Meandering around town this summer, there will be plenty of live music offerings for you at the State Theatre and other restaurant venues downtown, and of course the lazy Thursday night “Concerts in the Park” and the Tinner Hill Blues Festival in July and Saturday morning Farmers’ Markets.

If the City Council can’t think of anything to get riled up about, August could be sleepy, unless folks decide to spend the month closer to home than usual.
They would add to those parents with kids on Mason fall sports teams having to make sure their darlings are there on time for the start of training and practices at the beginning of August, with the first official games considerably before the start of the school year.

For those who get stir crazy, we’re not somewhere in West Texas. For the cost of a short Metro ride, there are all the Smithsonian museums, all the Nationals baseball games, one of the biggest July 4 fireworks shows anywhere, a major tennis tournament, much more, and all within seven miles as the crow flies. How good does it get?