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Discover Prince William & Manassas: Escape Your Cabin Fever

By Ann Marie Maher

discover pwWinter is moving out and spring is just around the corner. With warmer temperatures approaching, it’s finally time to get out of the house and enjoy the many activities that Prince William and Manassas offer.

First, get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with the 15th annual Greater Manassas St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which starts at 11 a.m. on March 15. Then continue the Irish festivities with a performance of the Canadian family band, Leahy, at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas. This octet of brothers and sisters with Irish and Scottish roots performs at 8 p.m. on March 15 and 4 p.m. on March 16, step-dancing, playing fiddle music and singing in the Celtic style of their ancestors. Leahy, which has performed worldwide, is guaranteed to take you across the globe. Remember to wear green!

Also, don’t forget that March is Women’s History Month. “A Woman’s Work is Never Done,” on March 15 (from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at the Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre in Bristow, features costumed historians who demonstrate the labor-intensive household chores that women and children endured in the mid-19th century. Then travel back in time again at Rippon Lodge in Woodbridge on March 29 for “Sample the Past: Women’s History Day at Rippon Lodge” to experience the art, fashion and food of a bygone era.

Later this spring, hike with your family at Leeslyvania State Park, encompassing more than 500 acres. This birthplace of the father of Confederate General Robert E. Lee offers playgrounds, hiking trails and canoe rentals. Make sure to pack a picnic and enjoy the view from the Potomac’s shores.

For more information on these and other activities, visit Also follow Discover Prince William & Manassas on Facebook for the latest activity news.

Ann Marie Maher is the president and CEO of Discover Prince William & Manassas. For more information about what’s going on in Prince William and Manassas,

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