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Grist from the Mill

April-June 2024

The mill gets in motion, maple sap to maple syrup, hillside cleanup and shed restoration, the miller's ring, names of the enslaved associated with Colvin Run mill  owners, update on the tunnel under Route 7 to join the two halves of the park, NOVA Wood Carvers classes, and a list of wonderful, fun, and educational activities are all covered in the April - June 2024 newsletter. Click "Read more" to read the whole thing.

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January-March 2024

From the mill to the still: getting into the grinding spirit; Get ready for the "Mill in Motion;" Santa graces Colvin Run with his presence and charms girls and boys; Applause applause: Julie Gurnee is Fairfax County Park Supervisor of the Year and Friends Board Member Bob Coblenz is Volunteer of the Year; Ships Company bakes like its 1812 in the kitchen of the sea; Tunnel night vision; Friends receive Sally Ormsby Environmental Award; Mingle at the Mill donation; and upcoming events. Read all about it by clicking "Read more" below. 

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October-December 2023

Mingling at the Mill by Celebrate Great Falls with food, drink, music; summer camps, new programs for pre-schoolers, engineering then and now; school program coordinator Meighan Foster Williams, and upcoming events including the annual meeting, apple cider and tamale making, fighting climate change, lantern tours, local chocolate, AND Santa at the mill for two days! Read all about it by clicking "Read more."

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July - September 2023 

The election of FoCRM's board of directors is scheduled to take place at the annual meeting on October 17. 2,455 students learned about simple machines - can you name them? (the simple machines, that is). Harvest from the newly planted medicinal garden will be used to make oils and vinegar this fall. New plant labels identify the 35 different plants now thriving in the family garden, and new benches have been ordered so you can sit in to enjoy the blossoming space. SPOOM's visit was enriching and the "Engineering Then and Now" program was fun and educational. Read about these and other developments, like an update on building trails to make use of the new tunnel under Route 7, by clicking on "Read More" below.

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April - June 2023

Folks mingled at the mill, maple syrup was boiled down, SPOOM is coming to Colvin Run, and the program "Engineering Then and Now" on May 20 is sure to delight young and old. It is budget season in Fairfax County and parks need support. Some progress on creating a trail on the south side of the new tunnel under Route 7, but there is a need for speed. Read all about these and other stories and upcoming events at Colvin Run by clicking on "Read more" below.

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January-March 2023

Making apple cider, replanting the family garden, refurbishing the snake fence, touring by candlelight, and hosting Santa filled the last months of the year at the mill. On tap for the New Year are preserving history, including your own family history, discussing history books, and boiling down maple sap into syrup. Click on "Read more" for details. 

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Summer-Fall 2022

Our outstanding miller was recognized by the Fairfax County Park Authority for his Outstanding Performance (congrats, Steve!); Dan Dyke is our volunteer of the year (congrats Dan!); Bob Coblenz reports on a SPOOM conference; academicians research the mill and learn more than they expected; tunnel to nowhere; report on wood carving activities; tea tastings; special events; and the mystery of the millstone.

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Spring-Summer 2022

School kids return! Miller's house dedication. Meet the new staff. Carvers class activities. New Alliance of Park Friends Advocate for more resources for park operations and maintenance. Update on the tunnel being constructed under Route 7. Huge list of upcoming events, including cooking and crafts camps, ice cream and games, simple machines, and bugs naturalist!

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Winter-Spring 2022

Activities at the mill begin to pick up including maple syrup boil-down, wood carving lessons, and tea tastings; good time for young and old when Santa came to town and the mill; Route 7 tunnel and adjacent trails update; Girl Scouts wood carving experience; grinding grain in old Morocco; election of new officers; message of out-going President; financial statement; Friends honored with  Eakin Philanthropic Award. 

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Fall-Winter 2021-2022

Introducing the new Colvin Run Mill site manager, Julie Gurnee; message from the FoCRM president on the Friends being honored with the Eakin Philanthropy Award; widening Route 7 news; automating the hopper boys; making cider; shout out to National Charity League volunteers; and upcoming events (flour mills in War of 1812, Santa at the mill, yoga at the mill, book club, and many others). 

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Summer-Fall 2021

Grand opening of new waterwheel and flume; upcoming events (back in business: grinding, blacksmithing, opening of miller's house, cider making, and Santa will be back!); Temporary site manager; Changes in Friends' membership dues; Roads around the mill - Route 7 widening in historical context; Carper of Carper Farm's Way.

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Spring-Summer 2021

Reflections of FOCRM President, progress report on replacement of the water wheel and flume, Fairfax County Park Authority in the process of selecting a new site manager, Treasurer's 2020 report, activities of the Friends of Colvin Run Mill, report on the wintry maple syrup boil down, and more.

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Winter 2020-2021

Kathryn Blackwell moving on after eight years at the site, Sarah Oberther new temporary manager; Scottish whiskey tastings; Santa at the mill cancelled; Route 7 widening.

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Special Summer Edition  2020

Kitty O'Hara, past FOCRM President, current Treasurer, and volunteer for 17 years wins Fairfax County Park Authority prestigious Elly Doyle Service Award. Delivery of working model of an Archimedes screw. Refreshing the Educational Center.


Spring-Summer 2020

Miller's house rooms furnished but grand opening delayed. Mill coloring book. Maple syrup boil down. Four floor tours of the mill. New map resources.


Fall-Winter 2019-2020

Dedication of Lundegard Educational Center; Stills and Cider; Miller House Tea Table; fireboxes for blacksmith forge.


Spring-Summer 2019

War of 1812 re-enactors - the Chesapeake Independent Blues; Miller's room restorations; summer camps for kids; Four floor tours.


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