March 23, 2017

Homes Tour, Silent Auction, and Book Signing

Thursday, May 19, 2016 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

The Silent Auction and Authors’ Tables begin at 9:30 am and continue until 5:00 pm. The Silent Auction, located in the Clifton Presbyterian Church, features a variety of items: a wine tasting at a nearby winery, golf outings at country clubs and local golf courses, riding lessons with an outstanding instructor, Tiffany and Lenox vases, gift certificates for hair stylists and dinners at highly rated restaurants, and tickets for the Center for the Arts. Many more premiums will be available.

The Authors’ Tables are located at both the Presbyterian Church and the Acacia Masonic Lodge, across the street. Authors at both these sites will sell and autograph their books.

The following local authors will be present at the Clifton Presbyterian Church:

  • Dr. Peter Stearns, Professor and Past Provost at George Mason University, is an authority on world history and civilization. A Clifton resident, he has written 80 books, which are available on Amazon. His most recent titles are The Encyclopedia of World History, The Industrial Revolution in World History, and Childhood in World History.
  • Alan Eisenberg, author of A Ladder in the Dark, is the founder and managing director of Bullying Recovery, LLC (www.BullyingRecovery.org). His mission is to help those who suffer from the effects of bullying.
  • Kay Corbett is the author of Calla Lilies: A True Story of Four Sisters and Their Struggle to Survive Abuse, Addiction, and Poverty in America. Her book was the winner of the Beverly Hills International Book Award 2015 in the category of Women’s Issues.
  • Kim Dalferes, a resident of Fairfax Station, writes humorous stories derived from her own life. She will be available during the afternoon, when you can enjoy her entertaining books, I Was in Love with a Short Man Once and Other Tales from a Crazy Southern Irish Gal and The Magic Fishing Panties.

Authors at the Acacia Masonic Lodge will focus on regional history, as well as other topics:

  • Lynn Garvey Hodge, who has lived in Clifton for many years, is well known as a historical re-enactor. You will enjoy her book Clifton, (Images of America: Virginia) and her appearance as Antoinette Devereux or another character from our past.
  • Carole L. Herrick lives in McLean. A member of the Fairfax County History Commission, she has written about McLean and Washington. If you commute to the District, you will appreciate one of her recent books — Ambitious Failure: Chain Bridge, the First ??Bridge Across the Potomac River.
  • William Connery, the “history guy,” is a recent winner of the prestigious Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal for one of his well-researched, well-written books on America’s Civil War as it raged in Northern Virginia. He will share with visitors the enthralling Civil War Northern Virginia 1861 and Mosby’s Raids in Civil War Northern Virginia.
  • William Connery, the “history guy,” is a recent winner of the prestigious Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal for one of his well-researched, well-written books on America’s Civil War as it raged in Northern Virginia. He will share with visitors the enthralling Civil War Northern Virginia 1861 and Mosby’s Raids in Civil War Northern Virginia.
  • Charles (“Chuck”) Mills has a passion for history. A member of the Board of Directors of the Prince William Historic Preservation Foundation and the author of more than 40 books, he will bring to the Authors’ Table four interesting titles: Historic Cemeteries of Northern Virginia, Hidden History of Northern Virginia, Treasure Legends of Virginia, and Custer’s Last Stand: Portraits in Time.
  • Sophy Burnham, the author of 15 books, has produced novels, award-winning plays, nonfiction books, essays, articles, children’s books and short stories. Three of her books appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. Her most recent novel is Love, Alba; her new book of poetry, Falling: Love-Struck, the God Poems.
  • Don Hakenson is an award-winning writer of Civil War books. He is an expert on John Mosby and campaigns in Virginia and neighboring states. He has written numerous books, including This Forgotten Land, A Tour of Civil War Sites and Other Historical Landmarks South of Alexandria, Virginia and A Tour Guide and History of Col. John S. Mosby’s Combat Operations in Fairfax County, Virginia.
  • John Grady, a managing editor of “Navy Times,” will present his biography on a leading figure in the United States and Confederate navies and one of the 19th century’s most prominent scientists. Titled Matthew Fontaine Maury: Father of Oceanography, the book was nominated for the Library of Virginia’s 2016 non-fiction award.

Either before or after you tour the beautiful houses on the 2016 Homes Tour, plan to spend some time in the picturesque Town of Clifton. Visit the Silent Auction, make a bid on a unique premium, and talk with our local authors. Eat lunch, have coffee in the town, and shop at the charming stores. We hope to see you there!