Tinner Hill Brings Blues Back to Falls Church by Ron Weinstock

Ron Weinstock's blog offers a semi-regular collection of observations, reviews and more about blues, jazz and other matters informed by the blues tradition. He wrote a excellent description of the artist featured at the upcoming Tinner Hill Festival, that with his permission, we'll share.   First up Beverly Guitar Watkins.

Beverly "Guitar’ Watkins (seen performing above) . . . describes her blues,“My style is real Lightnin’ Hopkins lowdown blues. I call it hard classic blues, stompin’ blues, railroad smokin’ blues.” If you’ve never seen a blues lady who can play guitar behind her head, belt out powerful songs and lay down James Brown steps, you’ve never been in...Read on

2017 Line Up Announced!

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Blues in the Night Fundraiser at Creative Cauldron, FEB 10 TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR

Join us at a special fundraiser performance of Blues in the Night at Creative Cauldron on Friday evening, Feb. 10, 7:00 pm.  The production is a scorching, Tony-nominated musical, captures the soul of the blues. Featuring twenty-six hot and torchy numbers BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW  that tell of the sweet, sexy and sorrowful experiences three women have with the lying, cheating snake of a man who does them wrong, it will leave you energized, inspired, and ready to wail! The interweaving stories are defined through glorious songs from Bessie Smith to Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Jimmy Cox, Ida Cox and more. Admission, which includes a special dessert reception & post show discussion with mix and mingle with...Read on

Attention Artists!  Enter the Tinner Hill Festival “Envisioning Blues” Juried Art Show

Attention Artists!

As part of the 2014 Tinner Hill Blues Festival, the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation and Art and Frame of Falls Church will once again sponsor a juried all-media exhibition.  The exhibition will open as  part of FIRSTfriday of Falls Church on June 6 and will be on display, in the Art and Frame gallery,  through the month of June. Theme: "Envisioning  Blues" As part of the 2014 Tinner Hill Blues Festival, this exhibition focuses on the meaning of the “Blues" from an artistic or visual perspective. Artwork may explore the nature of blues music, poetry, literature, or history; interpret theemotions and events that inspire or evoke the blues; focus on blues performers; or ruminate...Read on

Visionaries of Early Black Basketball and Education; Dr. Edwin B. Henderson and Julius Rosenwald

Thursday, February 20 at 6 p.m. Join the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. for a panel discussion and film clip screenings on early black basketball and education of African Americans.

Tinner Hill founder and president, Edwin B. Henderson, II will be one of the panelist.

Carnegie Library, 801 K Street NW Members: $10, Non-members: $15 More information at http://www.historydc.org/

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Open Kitchen & Tinner Hill Partner in a Party with a Purpose: Music on the Terrace!

Last month, Blues musicians from the Tinner Hill Blues Festival performed a private show for our guests.  This was such a success that we've decided to partner with the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation to "Party with a Purpose" by bringing Open Kitchen guests encore private performances! Open Kitchen is a Falls Church hidden jewel - a culinary space to eat, cook and entertain, featuring inspired cuisine and fabulous wines! On the last Sunday of each month, join us from 2-5 pm for special private performances by local Blues musicians on our terrace.  ALL ticket proceeds will go directly to benefit The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation. We will also feature gourmet snacks and artisan wines available for purchase.  1st...Read on

Not to Run From History, But to Learn From It

From Falls Church News-Press Guest Commentary By John Ohmer & Nikki Graves Henderson

This Saturday, The Falls Church and the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation will jointly dedicate a stone sidewalk plaque in front of the historic building of The Falls Church. The intention of this plaque is to convey to the public that we hold in our hearts deep regret, and with gratitude and repentance we honor the enslaved people who built The Falls Church.

As Congressman Gary Ackerman said in 2012 about a similar proposed acknowledgement regarding the construction of the White House, “While slavery is no moment worthy of national pride, the American way has always been to acknowledge our wrongs and constantly strive for better. It is...Read on

Tinner Hill Foundation Thanks Community

From Falls Church News-Press Letters to the Editor: February 23 – March 1, 2017


As we come to the end of Black History month, the board of directors of the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation wishes to thank the many Falls Church residents who participated in our events this month and in the 550-plus person march from the Tinner Hill Arch to City Hall on Martin Luther King’s birthday last month. Special thanks to actor and playwright Ted Lange, who came from Hollywood to oversee our production of his new play “George Washington’s Boy” at the Falls Church Episcopal last weekend.

Cheryl Rhoads and the students from her Falls Church-based acting school presented...Read on

On Eve of Trump Tenure, First Ever March in F.C. Touts Racial Healing

Tinner Hill Foundation Secretary Michael Everett leads marchers through Falls Church during the City’s first-ever Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day march Monday. Photo credit: J. Michael Whalen

Preaching racial unity, openness and collective responsibility, hundreds of protesters channeled the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday’s holiday, marching through Falls Church in a historic first for the 70-year-old city.

Peaceful marchers, armed with signs reading “Love not hate” and “Unity is power” among others, began at the Tinner Hill Historic Monument, where 100 years ago the first rural branch of the National...Read on

SOLD OUT Bus Trip to National African American Museum of History & Culture FEB 12

Yes, we have got the hottest tickets in town! Join us to celebrate Black History Month on Sunday, Feb. 12th with a bus trip to the Smithsonian's newest museum! Seats are $25.00, departing & returning to the Tinner Hill Historic Site BUY YOUR SEAT (106 Tinner Hill Road, Falls Church, VA) to the museum in DC  and includes a FREE 2 pm timed entry ticket for the museum!   You'll enjoy help navigating through the museum from a seasoned museum professional plus map and museum guide booklet.

You can purchase tickets for the bus trip here.

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