City Talk with Theresa | What’s the Buzz in March?

— By Theresa Coates Ellis for Manassas City Mayor on Nov. 3rd, 2020 —
March 2020

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— March into Spring Events 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: The world is coming alive! The Spring bulbs are popping out of the dormancy of Fall and Winter. We have been hybernating long enough. I am aware that even though our Winter has been mild, in the past, we have had big snowstorms in March — ever hear of America’s 1993 Storm of the Century on March 12-14? Spring or snow, we have a lot going on in the City — enjoy!

  • In case you have not heard, I have initiated a plan for a resolution for Manassas City to be designated as a “Bee City USA.” Stay tuned for the upcoming announcement. It is an awareness for action message — plant native, attract native bees, set up hives, all good stuff. It is no wonder that people love the City of Manassas.
  • Historic Liberia House and the grounds for the City park are going to be even more amazing.  We need to FINISH Liberia. We still need donations for Liberia restoration and thanks to a generous donor, we have the garden funded!  Visit Liberia House, Portner Ave. (between Liberia/Lomond and Breeden Ave.) on Sat., March 28 at 1pm to learn more about the exterior/landscape plans!

So, I am not a fan of snow — so I hope it stays away! Teachers and students might disagree with me. I’m sure they miss their snow days.  Maybe we should give them off for a Spring Day!

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
• 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

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Manassas Museum
• 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
• April 19, 1:30 p.m. Book Talk, Witchcraft in Colonial Va.
• April 22, Noon, Spotlight Talks
• April 24, 10-11 a.m. — Museum Stories for families

Liberia House
• March 7, 2 p.m. and April 11, 1:00 p.m. – Front Porch Conversation
• March 28, 1p.m. – Buzz and Bees in the City with Councilwoman Theresa Coates Ellis. Learn about pollinators, native, and honey bees, native plants and the Bee City USA designation with Linda, Prince William (PW) County Master Gardner and PW Regional Beekeepers Association.

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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
• Ongoing art, acting, dance classes
• Feb. to March — Ballroom Dance

Manassas Museum
• 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
• April 16, 9:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m. Museum at the Farmer’s Market

Hylton Performing Arts Center
• 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:

Holidays and Important Dates
Remember March 8 is daylight savings time! Spring ahead!
• March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day (observed)
• April — Farmer’s Market

City Hall
• March 16, 7:00 p.m. “Town Hall” by City Council at the Manassas Regional Airport.
• 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: Spring is right around the corner! Enjoy the beauty of the season and plant native plants to attract our declining pollinators!

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

Theresa Coates Ellis is a candidate for Manassas City Mayor for the upcoming election Nov. 3rd, 2020. She 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: March, 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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