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The Lantern November 2022

The Lantern

Dunn Loring Woods Civic Association November 2022


President’s Message

Steve Bergeron

Greetings everyone! I hope all is well, that you are enjoying the fall colors and are looking forward to the holidays! We’ll be holding our annual Holiday Decoration Contest next month. Please see the article inside for details.

At our fall membership meeting at the end of September, we approved a budget for this year; discussed some issues relevant to our community, including trash collection, expanding our use of technology for newsletters, directories, community news, and dues payment; and received an informative update on the I-66 project from the VDOT team. Thank you to all of you who attended.

And, again, thank you to all of our volunteers and my best wishes to each of you for a happy holiday season!

Important Membership Information Effective November 1, 2022

Pat Stout

Thank you to all residents for your support in the past 10+ years of my serving as your membership chair.

The Membership Drive collectors have finished their dues collecting for the 2022 drive. For those of you who received a mailing or a pre-addressed envelope for you to mail your $15 dues check to 2545 Villanova Court, I would ask that you now mail or deliver it to the new membership chair, Aric Campling.

DLWCA Membership

2631 DePaul Drive

Vienna, VA 22180


A Note From Your New Membership Chair

Aric Campling

Thank you to Pat Stout for years of dedicated service to the community. I look forward to taking on this new role. Pat will be a tough act to follow!

I would also like to thank Maryann Gallagher and all of our Membership Drive collectors for their hard work going door-to-door to verify contact information, renew existing members, and sign up new residents to the DLWCA.

And lastly, thank you to all who joined or rejoined the association, and a very warm welcome to our new neighbors joining us for the first time!


Directory Update

Steve Bergeron

Our new Dunn Loring Woods Directory will come out this winter. Thank you to all who have expressed interest in advertising in it. If you have not already, please send a pdf of your ad to and contact Steve to arrange for payment. Thank you again for your patience and support!


2022–2023 Annual Membership Drive

Maryann Gallagher

A BIG THANK YOU to the following 22 neighborhood volunteers who col­lected dues for this year’s membership drive:

Dana Granville

Galeet Benzion

Margaret Murphy

Jennifer Koshute

Kathy Schneider

Rachel Thompson

Ken Quincy

Miao Yang

Mary Wheeler

Gulcin Ross

Tamara Teslovich

JoAnn Donnelly

Kathy Schneider

Maryann Gallagher

Steve Ni

Carole Malarkey

Darla Haney

Chris Gieseler

Benita Wong

Lynn Donovan

Courtney Peksens

Becky Perez

Many of these volunteers have been collecting for years and continue to volunteer for this worthwhile effort! We owe them a big round of applause!!

It has been a wonderful experience meeting and working with all of you, and I look forward to working with you again next year. Thank you all so very much!


High School Theatre

George C. Marshall High School’s Statesmen Theatre will present Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale, November 10 through 12 at 7:30 p.m. with a 3:00 p.m. matinee on Saturday.

Blue Stockings tells the story of four bright, young English students at Girton College for Women in 1896 who struggle against the patriarchy and societal norms for the right to earn degrees.

Several DLW residents have parts in the show, so come out and enjoy our neighborhood talent. Tickets can be purchased at for $10-15 each.

That same weekend, James Madison High School’s MAD Drama will offer Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, a story of masked identities and hidden feelings, misplaced honor, and good old-fashioned deceit. Shows will be November 10 through 12 at 7:30, with a 2:30 matinee on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased at for $10 or at the door for $12.

Holiday Decoration Contest

Our annual Holiday Decoration Contest is coming up, with prizes for the top three vote-getters! So break out your lights and other trimmings, and let’s make this the most festive holiday season Dunn Loring Woods has ever seen!

Make sure to take a walk or two around the community to spread some cheer and to see your neighbors’ holiday spirit. Then send in your votes for first, second, and third place, by address, to

Thank you and happy holidays!


Mount Vernon Salutes Veterans

On November 11, Mount Vernon will offer free admission for all active duty, former, or retired military personnel. Specific Veterans Day activities will include a special flag raising just before opening, performances by the Harmony Heritage Singers and the U.S. Air Force Strings Orchestra, a special ceremony at Washington’s tomb, and an invitation to veterans to place floral tributes at the tomb throughout the day.

Mount Vernon will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Veterans Day.


Northern Virginia Christmas Market

Billing itself as Northern Virginia’s grand opening to the holiday season, this show features 225 fine artisans from more than 20 states. Artisans offer a diverse selection of fine arts, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, wood, photography, and fiber arts, as well as thousands of one-of-kind holiday collectibles. Select specialty food vendors will offer gift-packaged gourmet fare. A major food drive benefiting the Capital Area Food Bank is held during this event each year as well.

The market will be held Friday and Saturday, November 11 and 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, November 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is located at Dulles Expo Center, 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA 20153. Admission for adults is $8, and children under 12 are free.


Church Street Holiday Stroll

Every year on the Monday after Thanksgiving, Historic Vienna and Church Street businesses celebrate the merriest season of the year and welcome Santa to Vienna. Enjoy favorite holiday tunes performed by school choruses and others as well as s'mores, children's activities, and more.

This year’s Holiday Stroll will take place Monday, November 28, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. It is a free event in front of the Freeman Store and Museum. Most Church Street businesses and historic structures remain open during the stroll.


Please send submissions for the next issue to by November 22.



President—Steve Bergeron

1st Vice President—Iman Butler

2nd Vice President—Frank Piazza

Treasurer—Steve Dirkse

Secretary—Rae Schoffstall

Director (1 year)—Jo Ann Donnelly

Director (2 years)—Eleanor McCann

Director (3 years)—Ken Quincy


Neighborhood Watch — Adam Nowaczyk

Membership Chair — Aric Campling

Island Care Chair — Jo Ann Donnelly

Hospitality — Jo Ann Donnelly

Editor, The Lantern — Wendy Lieberman Taylor

Lantern Distribution Coordinator — Jo Ann Donnelly


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