City Talk with Theresa | Busy Times

By Theresa Coates Ellis, Manassas City Council
February 2020

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Busy Times in our City of Manassas

Our City of Manassas is bursting with shindigs, conversations, action, and creative culture that connect our #ManassasTogether.

Why it matters: With the combination of our economic boom, ideal location, top education opportunities, and vibrant quality of life and charm, it is no wonder that people love the City of Manassas.
• Our City of Manassas Economic Development Department reported that approximately 450,000 people attended events in 2019.
• Our #SIPandSHOPtime was added to selected Historic Manassas events. Launched in October with an overwhelming success.

The big picture: There is something for everyone in the City of Manassas. Here is a collection of upcoming community events, happenings, and ideas to keep you, your business and family updated and/or busy.

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Historic Manassas
• Harris Pavilion – Daily Ice Skating
• Feb. 7, 6-9 p.m. First Friday, Souper Bowl
• March 6, 6 to 9 p.m. – First Friday
• March 14, 11 a.m. – Greater Manassas St. Patrick’s Day Parade
• May 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Manassas Viking Festival

Manassas Regional Airport
• May 2, 4 p.m. — Leaseweb Manassas Airshow
• April 26, 8 a.m. – 2020 Manassas Runway 5k, 10k, 1 miler


Manassas Museum
• Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m.– Annual Athletic Field Use
• February, March, April – Museum Spotlight Talks
• Feb. 8, Noon — Neighbors Coming Together (HOAs, COAs). Join us to build our City of Manassas Inter-Neighborhood Group. Understanding Financials with Chris Peden, Peden Accounting Services and Councilwoman Theresa Coates Ellis
• Feb. 12, 3 p.m. — Stories in Preservation and Progress with Chief Emeritus John Lightner
• Feb. 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – African American Ancestry Workshop
• Feb. 20, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. — Evening for Educators: African American History in Manassas
• Feb. 23, 1:30 p.m. – Book Talk: Second Manassas: Longstreet’s Attack and the Struggle for Chinn Ridge, Scott Patchan
• Feb. 28, 10 a.m. – Museum Stories with family hands on activity
• March 8, 1:30 p.m. – Book Talk: 250 Years in Fauquier Country: A Virginia Story, John T. Toler
• March 11, 3 p.m. – Stories in Preservation and Progress with James G. Harrison III of the National Museum of the American Indian

Liberia House
• March 7, 2 p.m. – Front Porch Conversation
• March 26, 1p.m. – Buzz and Bees in the City with Councilwoman Theresa Coates Ellis. Learn about honey and native bees and the Bee City USA designation.

Take action:

Manassas Transfer Station
• March 7, 8 a.m. to Noon – Household Hazardous and e-Waste Drop Off Day
• March 21 – May 31 Great American Cleanup

Creative Culture:

Historic Manassas, Inc.
• April 24, 6:00 p.m. to April 25, 10:00 a.m. One Love Art & Music Festival
Center for the Arts
• Feb. 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Camera Eyes: On Poetry Art Exhibit with JoAnn Lord Koff
• Feb. 7, 8, 14 & 15 Mystery Dinner Theatre Murder on the Manassas Express.
• February — Yemonja Small, “It’s Complicated,” Black History Month.
• Feb. 15, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Feb. 16, 1 to 4 p.m. – Auditions: Sweeney Todd
• Ongoing art, acting, dance classes
• Feb. to March — Ballroom Dance

Manassas Museum
• Feb. 5, Noon – Spotlight Talk
• Now through May – Exhibit: Native Legacy: The Patawomeck Indians of Virginia.
• Feb. 8, 10-11:30 a.m.– Workshop
• March 5, 6 p.m. Opening Exhibit. March 6 – 31 Artistic Expressions, Osbourn High School
• March 14, 10 to 11 a.m. – Family Workshop: Native Legacy, Symbols

Hylton Performing Arts Center
• Feb. 8, 8 p.m. — Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra
• Feb. — Va. National Ballet: Cinderella
• March 13 to 15 – Manassas Ballet Theatre, Les Sylphides
• March 21, 7:30 p.m. – Voices United: One Voice, Many Voices, Manassas Chorale

Bulletin Board:

• Feb. 14 — Valentine’s Day
• Feb. 17 – President’s Day
• March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day (observed)

Manassas Museum
• Feb. 8, Noon — Neighbors Coming Together (HOAs, COAs). Join us to build a City of Manassas Inter-Neighborhood Group. Understanding Financials with Chris Peden, Peden Accounting Services and Councilwoman Theresa Coates Ellis

City Hall
• Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m. City Council Meeting; 7:30 p.m. – Comprehensive Plan Update City Council public hearing
• Feb. 24, 5:30 p.m. City Council Meeting
• April 1 — 2020 is a Census Year. Please complete census forms in a timely manner.

Hylton Performing Arts
• March 18, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Valor Awards 2020
• March 21, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Prince William County / Manassas History Symposium

The bottom line: The doldrums of winter will come to an end with the emerging of spring. Our City of Manassas is packed with things to do to get you through the cold weather – so get busy and enjoy!

If you would like to add to this ongoing list, please email

Theresa Coates Ellis is an elected member of Manassas City Council and was appointed to the Economic Development Authority, Land Use, and the Citizen’s Action Committee. She has a professional background in business, marketing, photography, and events. She is Area Governor of the Rotary in the City of Manassas and Prince William County. In 2019, she was awarded George Mason University Communication Department Alumni of the Year for her community achievements and contributions to continued education for our youth and young professionals. Theresa and her husband George have six daughters and one son – all grown — and live in the City of Manassas.

Posted: February 1, 2020
Go deeper:
• #ManassasTogether
• City Connection Newsletter
• Historic Manassas
• Prince William Chamber of Commerce
• Service and Non-Profit Organizations (ISCC)
• City of Manassas Designated List of 20 Community Events
• Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory
• Manassas City Public Schools
• Manassas City Government and City Council Calendar
• Manassas City Council Meetings (video, agenda, minutes)
• Manassas Regional Airport


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