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RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Comedian Wes Martens to perform at River Creek
Comedian Wes Martens will be the centerpiece on stage at the River Creek Club on Friday.
Comedian Wes Martens will be the centerpiece on stage at the River Creek Club from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 following a buffet dinner. The clips on Youtube show Martens as a self-deprecating comedian with much applause and laughter. The cost to members is $75 with registration required by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). For non-members, latch on to a friend who is a member.

The aftermath

A driving tour around Lansdowne and River Creek last Wednesday revealed that the streets had been cleared of snow. In some cases at intersections, for example, the snow is piled so high that sight distance has been severely constricted.

Drivers were noticeably cautious and could be counted on to make sure there was plenty of space between vehicles when passing each other. Since the sidewalks were covered with several feet of snow, pedestrians – what few there were – had to walk along the edge of the street. Drivers showed a measure of care by slowing down – at least 5 mph less than under normal conditions.

In general, the neighborhoods took care of their own. Those with large snow blowers willingly shared their resources with their immediate neighbors. Since school was out all week, teenagers equipped with shovels provided services for a small fee or as a gesture of good will.

In many cases, people in both communities were unable to free themselves from cabin fever until Tuesday of last week. Until then driving conditions were virtually unsafe and many driveways had not yet been cleared. Home entertainment expanded thanks to not losing power with TV shows, card games, reading, winterized spring cleaning and solace having the understanding that there was no urgency to run errands or attend some function or another—most had been canceled or postponed anyway.

The proximity to the refrigerator and the pantry for three days turned out to be a dining pleasure, basically a perpetual intake of snacks. Many folks now have committed to a strict diet once they broke free from their homes.

In my wanderings on Wednesday, there was no evidence of stranded or disabled vehicles. Restaurants in Lansdowne, for the most part, remained opened and had a sufficient supply of customers.

The winter of 2016 will be long remembered and the River Creek and Lansdowne residents will have many stories to tell.
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The snow storm from a view in Lansdowne. Times-Mirror/Joe Motheral
With the communities being snow bound this past weekend, staying home seemed the thing to do, especially after our snow shovel malfunctioned. We enjoyed getting a blast of cold air when opening the front door; watching TV shows recorded last August – while every news show droned on and on about the weather – reading a book I started three years ago; napping by the fireplace; doing chores around the house like, getting another cup of coffee, peering out the window at the snow, deciding what to have for dinner, making sure that the garage door is closed and adjusting the thermostat.

Martinis that Matter
The River Creek Club schedules fundraising events called Martinis Matter on some Saturday nights during the winter. Last Saturday night was dedicated to Boulder Crest Retreat, but postponed because of the snowstorm.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, The Hook and Ladder Martini will be served for $10 each to support the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company (LVFC). River Creek resident Georgina Potter leads the campaign to support the company. She says, “To support the wonderful men and women of the LVFC who volunteer their time for the love of a noble cause.”

There will be raffle prize tickets available at $5 each. And you can call Georgina Potter at 703-669-9470 if you can’t attend, but would like to make a donation. Otherwise, members and their guests just have to show up at the clubhouse.

Dialogues of Discovery

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the Janelia Campus will open its doors on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. for a lecture by HHMI investigator Bonnie Bassler who will, “explain how bacteria communicate with one another using small chemical molecules that they release into the environment.” She will describe how the molecules travel to communicate from cell to cell in a process known as “quorum sensing.”

Dr. Bassler is a member of the National Academy of Sciences received her doctorate from Johns Hopkins University in biochemistry. She has been honored with the Shaw award, a UNESCO award for Women in Science Awards Laureate for North America.

The lecture is open to the public and not only offers a view of science, but also the splendor of an architectural masterpiece. Reservations are available with no admission fee by calling Margaret Oriot at 571-209-4332 or emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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The outdoor decorations at the Coleman’s home in River Creek, celebrating the holidays. Times-Mirror/Joe Motheral
Members of the River Creek and Lansdowne communities in many cases installed lavish Christmas decorations in front of their houses.

One example is River Creek resident Dustin Coleman, who with his family has a penchant for decorating -- both inside the house and outside. This year they produced a blend of holiday elements. They had a fireplace, sleigh with reindeer, baubles suspended from trees, dolls lining the driveway -- all illuminated by multicolored lighting. Coleman said their inspiration this year came from their kids: “Let’s do something outside.” He says they hauled out everything they had stored over the years to create the composite in the front yard. He said his wife decided “where to put things – put that there, put that over here.”

They decorate not only for Christmas but for other special days during the year. Coleman explained that for Halloween they dress up the front yard and turn the inside into something of a haunted house. They invite neighbors and friends to come for the experience.

A run for the needy

The Rotary Club of Leesburg meets every Thursday at the River Creek Clubhouse. For the 19th year on Friday, Jan. 1 starting at 9 a.m., the club will be hosting a 5K and 10K run plus a 4K, run/walk at Ida Lee/Morven Park to benefit various charities including, ECHO Works, Interfaith Relief, Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter and the Perry Winston Scholarship Fund. The club has partnered with Rehau this year and seeks sponsors. To obtain details on participation and sponsoring, call Richard Jolton at 703-608-8781; access the website at http://www.resoltionrace.com or email Carole Malorey at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Memories of Christmas’ past

As an enlisted man in the late 1950s, Wally Rustad of River Creek boarded a train in New York bound for Chicago thence to his home and family in Williston, N.D. on Christmas Eve. Although he had a ticket, the train no longer had any seats available. The conductor stationed him in the lavatory.

Despite the relative discomfort, he says, “All was well, I was on my way; a seat in the lavatory and a watchful conductor, $50 in my pocket and some certainty to get home with family.”

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
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