24th Annual Tinner Hill Blues Festival, June 9-11, 2017

24th Annual Tinner Hill Blues Festival, June 9-11, 2017

The festival features blues music, all over town, all weekend! Poised to become the premier blues festival of the region this is a weekend long event featuring outstanding national regional and local blues performers, historic displays, family activities, vendors, food, carnival games. is a day long concert in Cherry Hill Park. 

2nd Annual March for Unity, Racial Healing and Justice

2nd Annual March for Unity, Racial Healing and Justice

From the Tinner Hill Civil Rights Monument, where 100 years ago the first rural NAACP began in once-segregated Falls Church, VA, to The Falls Church Episcopal, several hundred marchers representing diverse races, religions, ethnicities, and more, will walk to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and gather for a program of unity, racial healing, and justice as communities struggle to understand and overcome the violence and hate witnessed in Charlottesville last summer.

For one-half mile, with warming stations along the way, participants will march, sing, and stand together in unity. The event is designed to focus attention on the need for communities to come together peacefully and demand justice for those whose rights are in danger of being violated and to begin a dialogue on solutions to heal our nation’s divisiveness.

Immediately following the march, a 90-minute program at The Falls Church Episcopal, will feature a video honoring Dr. King, and an open panel discussion will be held. The invited panel speakers include:

  • U.S. Rep. Donald Beyer (D-VA)
  • Fairfax NAACP: Kofi Annan, president, 
  •  Falls Church & Vicinity Social Justice Committee: Andrea Brown
  • ACLU/WPFW radio host: Garland Nixon
  • Black Lives Matter: Representative TBA
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR): Zainab Arain
  • SURJNoVa: Cat Clark 

Both events are free and the public is encouraged to attend the march and the program, which follows.  Those unable to march can observe it from the sidelines or go directly to the program at the church. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Lineup 12:30 PM, March begins 1:00 PM.
Participants will meet at South Washington St. (Lee Hwy) and Tinner Hill Rd., Falls Church, VA 22046

Program & Panel Discussion:
1:30 - 3:00 PM
The Falls Church Episcopal, 115 E. Fairfax Street, Falls Church, VA 22046

Free parking:
The Lincoln at Tinner Hill, 455 S. Maple Ave. & Falls Church Episcopal lots

Shuttle bus service:
Free shuttle bus for seniors and the disabled from the church to parking lot at The Lincoln after the program. 

Attention Artists! Juried all-media show “Nothing But The Blues”

Attention Artists! Juried all-media show “Nothing But The Blues”

Nothing But The Blues is a juried all-media show held in conjunction with Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation and the 24th Annual Tinner Hill Blues Festival.  We invite you to submit your works of art, that in your mind and imagination, connect to the “Blues”

The show, June 2 – June 30, 2017, is sponsored by

Art and Frame of Falls Church

205 West Jefferson Street

Falls Church, VA 22046 ♦ Tel: 703-534-4202

Entry form available here & must be submitted by May 26, 2017

Prelude to the Blues 2017

Prelude to the Blues 2017

In preparation for the 24th Annual Tinner Hill Blues Festival, we're having a special Prelude to the Blues with Daryl Davis house concert on Saturday, May 20, 2017 ♦ 6:30 – 10:30 PM

It’s an evening of Boogie Woogie Blues & BBQ with an acclaimed master of the keyboards.  Daryl is an award-winning musician who sings the blues and rocks a mean piano!  And, it takes place in the beautiful, art-filled home* of true music lovers.

Admission: $25 (advance sale only ♦ seating is limited). Delicious food, generously provided by soon-to-open Liberty Barbecue, will be served.

Food and drink ticket included with purchase.  Cash bar. 

Tickets:  http://tinyurl.com/THHFDD  *Address provided with ticket purchase 

This special event is hosted by Chandler Fox, Laura Liner, Kerry Moynihan and Mark Fedorchak in conjunction with Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation and the Tinner Hill Blues Festival.

Dr. E.B. Henderson “Dear Editor” Contest

Dr. E.B. Henderson “Dear Editor” Contest

Contest Information

What It Is:  

“Dear Editor” is an opportunity to engage students to think critically and write persuasively, responding to news media regarding the topic of social justice and civil rights.

Who Can Enter:

The “Dear Editor” contest is open to Northern Virginia public and private, middle and high school students, including age-appropriate home schooled children.

How to Enter:

Write a “letter to the editor” of 250 words or less that responds to an article, a photograph, or another “letter to the editor” published in a local or national newspaper, magazine or internet news source.  Each student may submit only one letter per year.  Letters must be addressed to “Dear Editor” and signed by the student.


The news article selected by a student should relate either:

  • To a denial of civil rights 


  • To an acceptance of multicultural differences and how this has improved life in a community. How a social injustice has harmed the community or how the social injustice, when corrected can help the community.

Your “Dear Editor” letter should:

  • Express your thoughts on civil rights or multicultural relations, 
  • Explain how the newspaper item relates to a denial of civil rights or acceptance of cultural differences,
  • Tell how your position affects the denial of civil rights or acceptance of cultural differences.

Letters will be judged on:

  • Clarity,

  • Relevance to civil rights or acceptances of cultural differences,

  • Persuasiveness,

  • “Dear Editor” letter format

  • How well your letter responds to the news article

When to Submit:

Diener & Associates must receive the application package by 5 PM on April 30th.  Award Recipients are expected to attend the Tinner Hill Blues Festival to receive their monetary awards.

Cash Prizes

10 prizes awarded

Senior High School (Grades 9-12)    

  • 1st prize - $100       
  • 2nd prize - $50       
  • 3rd prize - $25  

Middle School (Grades 6-8)   

  • 1st prize- $100        
  • 2nd prize - $50
  • 3rd prize - $25

Cay Wiant Teacher Award for Superior Encouragement of Students Writers

Additionally, the educator who submits the greatest number of entries to the contest is eligible for a $75 cash prize.

To learn more about the contest and enter, download the Dear Editor Contest information and application form.

All entrants give THHF the right to publish and/or display their letter.

Historical Reference

The “Dear Editor” contest honors the work of Dr. Edwin Bancroft Henderson (1883-1977), a Falls Church resident and prolific letter-writer. Dr. Henderson knew full well the power of the written word and it’s ability to influence public opinion and policy. He wrote over 3,000 letters to the editors that were published in newspapers in the Washington, D.C. area and across the nation. His focused, passionate letters frequently created a groundswell of direct action by readers, as well as, the government. 

In 1915, the town of Falls Church attempted to enact an ordinance, which would have forced residential segregation. In response to the town’s action, Dr. Henderson, together with Mr. Joseph Tinner and other residents of African American community in Falls Church, founded an organization to rally against the ordinance.  The group, which called themselves The Colored Citizens Protective League (CCPL), succeeded in defeating the ordinance.  The group became a chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the very first rural chapter in the entire country.

Over the next 50 years, Dr. Henderson became a leading Northern Virginia civil rights leader, using the power of the pen to achieve his goal.