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Lunch & Learn – Thursdays, Sept. 21st, 28th and Oct. 5th. From 10:30 AM to 1 PM at The Lodge. In this 3-week technique-driven series you’ll learn the “why” behind what we do in the Kitchen, including knife skills, how to purchase and use kitchen equipment and ingredients, as well as solid culinary techniques. While preparing a delicious lunch, veteran cooks and beginners will learn and practice basic knife skills including how to hone and sharpen a knife, slice and dice an onion, dice a shallot, julienne carrots, chop herbs and debone a whole chicken. The Kitchen will vacuum pack your chicken for you to take home.  Lunch will be served each week along with a glass of wine. *This class is limited to 12 students.

$70/person per class for Week 1 and 2. $90/person for Week 3 (includes a Free-Grange chicken to take home). Series $230/per person (includes a Willowsford apron and a Free-Grange chicken to take home on Week 3). 

Register for all 3 sessions or individual sessions here!

Week 1: Knife Skills and Kitchen Techniques ($70)

  • Deboning a chicken
  • Chicken Pot Pie with the Flakiest Pie Crust Ever
  • Sesame-Ginger Chicken and Farm Vegetable Stir Fry
  • Thai-style Chicken Salad in Lettuce Cups

Week 2: Taking Stock ($70)

  • Deboning a Chicken
  • Chicken Stock
  • French Onion Soup
  • Chicken with Mushroom Cream Sauce
  • Rice Pilaf
  • Glazed Carrots

Week 3: Birds of a Feather ($90)

  • Debone a Take-home Chicken
  • Chicken Milanese with Lemon and Capers
  • Chipotle-Honey Glazed Chicken Legs
  • Chicken Thighs, House-made Sausage and Farm Tomatoes in Saffron Rice
  • Chicken Braised in Red Wine with Bacon and Apples

Building Closures – The Lodge will be closed on Saturday, September 16th for Street Eats at Willowsford. 

Community Buildings: Updated Hours – The Lodge and Sycamore House observe the following hours of operation:

  • Sycamore House
Monday, 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday-Friday, 9 AM - 9 PM
Saturday, 11 AM - 6 PM
Sunday, 11 AM - 4 PM 

  • The Lodge

Monday, closed
Tuesday-Friday, 9 AM - 9 PM
Saturday, 11 AM - 6 PM
Sunday, 11 AM - 4 PM

*These time changes do not affect building rentals or Willowsford Community Club events on Saturday evenings. Reminder: rental applications should be submitted at least 30 days before the event date.

Community Standards Inspection Reminder – The following sections in The Grant can expect to see Elexandra over the next few months: 2A and 2B. Click here to determine what section your street is in. Elexandra will be dressed in Willowsford Gear and/or wearing an ID lanyard. You can expect to see her taking pictures and walking along the property.

Board of Directors Meeting – The Board of Directors meets every other month. The next board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 9th at 1:30 PM at Sycamore House. 

Design Review Meeting 
Deadline - September 18
Pre-review Meeting - September 20
- September 27

For DRC applications, Design Guidelines and more information, click here!


Sculpt It by Abrakadoodle - Wednesdays, October 4th through November 8th from 3:45 to 4:45 PM at The Lodge. The Abrakadoodle art experience engages children with art lessons that will inspire your child's imagination. In our Sculpt It class children will learn to create 3D sculptures using a variety of tools and materials which may include modeling compound, wire, wood, aluminum, plastic, string and paper.  Our program is intended to be an art enrichment class where we'll mold, bend, twist, stretch, and balance all while learning about amazing artists and making 3D creations that are dynamic, creative and fun!  All materials are provided. Grades K-5. $101/child. Register here!

Willowsford Fitness Schedule

  • Monday – 5:30 AM, Boot Camp, Sycamore House Parking Lot 
  • Tuesday – 10 AM, Boot Camp, The Lodge Multipurpose Room
  • Tuesday - 6:30 PM, Yoga, The Lodge Multipurpose Room (bring your mat!)
  • Wednesday – 5:30 AM, Boot Camp, Sycamore House Parking Lot
  • Thursday – 10 AM, Boot Camp, Sycamore House Multipurpose Room
  • Thursday – 6:30 PM, Yoga, Sycamore House Studio (bring your mat!)

View upcoming class schedule and Register for classes at studiopinkfit.com

THIS SATURDAY! Final Summer Concert Series feat. Jameson Green  September 9th from 6:30 to 9 PM on The Lodge back lawn.  Jameson Green is a regional ensemble of multi-talented musicians with years of experience performing for the tri-state area. Whether entertaining as a duo, trio, or quartet, Jameson Green delivers quality live music (covers and originals) that has culled a loyal following. Regardless of audience or genre, Jameson Green never fails to deliver the appropriate energy fit for all ages and occasions. A truly versatile band, Jameson Green occasionally showcases additional musicians enjoyed on the tri-state circuit.  Don’t forget to bring chairs, a picnic, and your favorite beverage! This concert is FREE but please RSVP here.

street eats

Street Eats at Willowsford (Street Eats at Willowsford is a Developer Marketing-sponsored even) – Saturday, September 16th from 12 to 4 PM at The Boat House. Join us for the second annual Street Eats featuring 7 of the DMV's best food trucks*, complimentary local craft beer, live music, a 35-foot rock climbing wall, face painting, air brush tattoos and model sailboat racing on Willow Lake. *food available for purchase.

Bring your appetite for Pizzeria MOTO, HammerDown BBQ, North Cove Cafe, Parallel Food Truck, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Reba's Funnel Cakes and The Inside Scoop. Bevs. on tap: Old Bust Head. Registration required: Register here!

night out in mexico

Parent & Child Culinary Workshop: Kids Night Out in Mexico – These classes are designed to give children and their parents a chance to share a culinary experience enhanced by our own Farm's harvest, make a meal together and enjoy a Farm to Table supper with their neighbors.  Unlike JCA and Summer Camp, these one-time classes offers the adult/child team a chance to try a class without making a 5 to 6 class commitment. 

  • Adult/Child Pairs for children ages 5 to 8 – Tuesday, September 19th  from 5 to 7 PM at Sycamore House. $70/pair. Register here!
    • Mexican Wedding Cookie
    • Arroz Roja (Mexican Red Rice)
    • Quesadillas: Local Cheese, Free-Grange Chicken or Farm Vegetable 
    • House-made Flour Tortillas
    • Register here!

  • Adult/Child Pairs for children 9 to 12 – Thursday, September 21st from 5 to 7:30 PM at Sycamore House. $85/pair. Register here!
    • House-made Flour and Corn Tortillas
    • Skirt Steak and Farm Vegetable Fajitas
    • Farm Vegetable and Cheese Corn Tostadas
    • Traditional Condiments: House-made Salsa Fresca, House-made Mexican Slaw, Cheese, Sour Cream
    • Churros and Chocolate Sauce
    • Register here!
date night at the movies

Date Night at The Movies – September 22nd from 8 to 10:30 PM at the Tenant House Amphitheater. We will be showing La La Land!  Bring a blanket and snuggle up with your loved one! This event is for ADULTS only. Free. RSVP here.

Farm-to-Table Brunch – Sunday, September 24th from 12 to 2 PM at Sycamore House. Willowsford Kitchen is cooking up a delicious end-of-summer brunch! Join us for an afternoon of farm-fresh inspired cuisine paired with Virginia wines. This event is for ADULTS ONLY. $65/person. RSVP here!

Basket of Breakfast Breads
Virginia Oysters on the Half Shell, Cucumber Granite
Chilled Grilled Mustard Crusted Atlantic Salmon, Dill Sauce
Willowsford Benedict (Fried Green Tomato, Country Ham, Poached Farm Egg, Chili Aioli)
Heirloom Tomatoes; Zucchini Carpaccio; Beets
Heritage Hollow Short Ribs over Woodson’s Mill Grits

NEW PROGRAM: Let’s Roll! Teen Night Out in Asia Tuesday, September 26th from 5 to 7:30 PM at The Lodge. Teens ages 12 to 14 are welcome into the kitchen for this teens-only cooking class! Learn to make sushi, spring rolls and ice cream. $65/person. Register here!

Traditional and Inside Out Sushi Rolls
Vietnamese Summer Rolls
Crispy Thai Spring Rolls
Thai-style Chicken Lettuce Rolls
Rolled Coconut or Vanilla Ice Cream 

(Only 2 Spots Left!) Date Night: Tour of Asia Dim Sum Style – Saturday, October 7th from 6:30 to 9 PM at The Lodge. Bring your significant other and discover how to prepare some Asian inspired cuisine with Chef Bonnie and her team! $130 per couple/team. ADULTS ONLY. Register here!

Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura with Soy-Scallion Sauce
Blue Fin Tuna Nori Sushi Rolls with Pickled Ginger
Heritage Hollow Chicken Satay with Coconut-Peanut Sauce
Local Pork Gyoza with Sesame-Ginger Sauce
Willowsford Beef Yakitori
Vietnamese Garden Rolls with Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce
Ginger Ice Cream with Chinese Almond Cookies 
sushi and date night

Jr. Chef Academy: Half Pints - Tuesdays, October 3rd through November 14th (no class 10/31). From 4:30 to 6:30 PM at Sycamore House. "Dough-Re-Mi." Kids will start off right here in the US making biscuits. From there we'll travel to a different county each week, learn about a dough from that culture and how to create delicious sweet and savory dishes with it.  Half Pints is for kids ages 5 to 8. $310/child (price includes a Willowsford apron). View the weekly menu and register here!

Jr. Chef Academy: Foodies - Thursdays, October 5th through November 9th from 5 to 7:30 PM at Sycamore House. "All You Knead is Love…and Bread." Kids will start off with basic yeast dough and build to more complex enriched and laminated dough, including homemade brioche and from-scratch croissants!  Each week the kids will learn the techniques specific to each dough, then how to shape and bake them into delicious sweet and savory treats! Foodies is for kids ages 9 to 12. $340/child (price includes a Willowsford apron). View the weekly menu and register here!

We have exciting events and activities planned for you this fall! Check out the line-up below and don't forget to save the date. 

October 14th - AutumnFest
October 27th – Kids' Night Out: Spooky Halloween Dinner
October 27th - Halloween Movie on the Lawn (kid-friendly)

October 28th – Austrian Wine Dinner
November 4th - Mystery Dinner Theatre

For Community Club events and information, click HERE!

Conservancy & Farm

Friendly Reminders from The Farm  

Tuesday Pizza Nights in September: September is pizza month at the Farm Stand! Pizzeria Moto will be at the Farm Stand making wood-fired pizzas every Tuesday from 2 to 7 PM. Look for the Market Pie made with our own veggies.

CSA Winter Shares: 12/3 – 1/31 (8 weeks).  Join the "waitlist" which is effectively a sign-up list. Sign up here.

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Community Bonfire & Camp Out Saturday, September 30th. Join the Willowsford Conservancy for our annual community bonfire and camp-over on The Greens meadow at the Grassland Grove Boulevard trailhead. The bonfire, BBQ and potluck begin at 6 PM with live music from 6:30 to 9:30 PM.  Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. We’ll provide hotdogs and sausages, a veggie dish, water and supplies. Anyone camping over will be treated to coffee/hot chocolate in the morning. Tents may be set up starting at 2 p.m. $5/person. Register here!

Rev3 Adventure Enablers: The Trail Mix - Saturday, October 7 from 7 to 11 AM in The Greens. The Trail Mix offers a chance to mix it up on the trails with your choice of a 5K, 10K, or half-marathon. You will experience single track, and double track as you take on these trails in woods and gently rolling open fields. More information and register here!

Rev3 Adventure Enablers: Tenderfoot - Sunday, October 8 in The Greens. The race is from 9 AM to 12 PM not including a pre-race brief and post-race food and awards. The Tenderfoot is an event for beginners and families to mountain bike, trek, strategize, navigate, perform challenges, and paddle by following a map with marked checkpoints. Basically, it's an all-terrain scavenger hunt with a handsome reward…great prizes, muddy legs, a sweaty body, and proud smiles like you may not have seen in a while. More information and register here!

Rev3 Adventure Enablers: Ghoul GLOW Run - Saturday, October 28 from 5 to 8 PM in The Greens. Join us for a super-fun, costume-friendly Glow Run; 5K or 1-milke fun run! Twinkle and sparkle your way around paved paths, and roads at The Greens, then cross the finish line amid smoke and lasers and with that special glow! Start planning your bright and shiny--and maybe even blinking--outfit now for this unforgettable night under the stars. More information and register here!

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