Tropical Storm Isaias Passes by Alexandria — “Our residents and businesses took this storm seriously and prepared. While we got about 4 inches of rain, it came with much less intensity and we appear to have dodged the worst impacts. Thanks to our dedicated staff for working around the clock to keep people & property safe!” [Twitter]
Beyer Criticizes Trump Over Statement on John Lewis — “Trump thinks that everything, including the life and death of Civil Rights hero John Lewis, is about him. Pure narcissism.” [Twitter]
New Hotline Helps Virginians Cope with Coronavirus — “The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and Mental Health America of Virginia have established a non-emergency ‘warm line’ for those struggling with isolation, fear, grief, or trauma caused by COVID-19. A warm line may be a more comfortable choice for those who do not feel their concerns are urgent enough to call a hotline. Trained staff provide support, community resources, and referrals for any Virginia resident in need.” [City of Alexandria]
George Washington Masonic Memorial Reopened in July — “The Memorial is implementing safety guidelines and is part of ALX Promise, a certification program of the Alexandria Health Department that goes beyond the minimum safety standards for guests and staff. All guests are required to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth inside the building, undergo temperature screening and practice social distancing.” [Patch]
Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Postpones Concerts — “The performances moved to next season include collaborations with the Alexandria Choral Society, Alexandria Film Festival, BalletNOVA, and the National Symphony Orchestra horn section.” [Zebra]
Alexandria Tutoring Consortium Asking for Donations — ” Today the 501(c)(3) organization launched a $22,000 fundraiser to purchase books for kids who will begin its Virtual Literacy Tutoring Program this fall. That amount is the estimated cost of books for 150 students.” [Zebra]
Today’s Weather — “Sunshine and some clouds. A stray afternoon thunderstorm is possible. High 87F. Winds light and variable.” [Weather.com]
New Job: Development Officer — “As we commemorate the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, and as we come closer to realizing our dream of building a world-class brick and mortar museum, the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) seeks an experienced and entrepreneurial development professional to execute a comprehensive strategy to increase corporate, foundation, and individual giving for the Museum.” [Indeed]
New Residential Building Promises Daycare and Retail in Braddock Area — “Right now, that property is primarily garage and warehouse space for a variety of auto and other businesses.” [Alexandria Living]
Van Dorn, Eisenhower Metro Stations Reopening June 28 — “Several stations and stops were closed in March, in an effort to conserve cleaning supplies during the early stages of the pandemic.” [Zebra]
Residential Proposal Made for Old Town North Building — “The project, at 801 N. Fairfax St., goes before the City of Alexandria Planning Commission this Thursday and may go before the City Council on July 7.” [Alexandria Living]
Nectar Coffee & Wine Bistro Closes For Good — “Susan and I have made the extremely difficult decision to close Nectar permanently. We have loved our business, awesome staff, customers and neighbors and are truly grateful for your business over the past 3 years. See you in the neighborhood!” [Facebook]
The Water Taxi is Back — “On June 22 the Potomac Water Taxi resumed service between Alexandria, National Harbor, and the District. Dining cruises resume on Saturday, June 27. To ensure the safety of all on board, a number of procedures are in place. The safety measures include requiring face coverings for all guests (ages 3 and up), physical distancing, touchless entry boarding and ticketing, and reduced capacity onboard.” [Zebra]
TEDxOronocoBayPark Cancels All 2020 Events — “We are excited to be bringing the TED content to the community virtually through the TED Circles program – save the date July 20 7 p.m.” [Facebook]
Alexandria Symphony Premiers Virtual Concert — “Welcome to Alexandria Symphony’s Garden Sounds! Enjoy music from ASO musicians and appearances from special guests Paula Poundstone, Alan Gilbert and more!” [Youtube]
New Job: Bartender — “Be a part the Silver Diner Family! We are hiring full-time Bartenders for all shifts for our Grand Opening in Alexandria! Full-time Bartenders at our established locations can make $400-$700 in tips per week!” [Indeed]
Social distancing got you feeling a little stir crazy? A few Alexandria businesses are hosting quarantine-friendly online activities to help keep you connected to your neighbors and favorite local establishments.
Hops N Shine, a Del Ray bar with an ongoing fundraiser for laid-off employees, is hosting a virtual beer tasting on Thursday (April 30). The tasting, hosted by Hops N Shine on Facebook live, will feature the Ashburn-based Old Ox Brewing Company and four beers — the Festival, Hoppy Place, and two more yet to be named.
To participate, Hops N Shine encourages viewers to join in by buying their own selection.
Lost Boy Cider is hosting a similar happy hour discussion every Wednesday at 4 p.m. with industry insiders discussing the state and taste of all things cider. This week Jay Brandish, retired Navy veteran and founder of Red Clay Ciderworks in North Carolina, is the featured guest.
For those with children, there are other youth-friendly activities sponsored by the city. The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is hosting a weekly animal talk on Saturday mornings, from 9:30-10 a.m. The series is aimed at elementary school-aged children and helps teach them about crafts and careers related to caring for animals.
Image via Lost Boy Cider/Facebook
The event is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 9 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
“Join me at Lost Boy Cider in Alexandria, along with a fluffle of lionheaded bunnies visiting from Tripple Springs Farm in Brandywine, MD, for Hoppy Hour,” organizer Beth Wolfe Yoga said in a Facebook post.
Tickets to the meditation are $30.
The event is a 45-minute guided meditation, which will include some bunny snuggling. Included in the ticket price is a post-meditation beverage of hard cider or non-alcoholic, house-made apple juice, according to the Facebook page.
Space for the event is limited and attendees are encouraged to bring their own yoga mats. If the event fills up, another is scheduled for April 5.
Photo via Curtis.Kennington/Flickr
Starting this weekend, roughly 70 restaurants throughout Alexandria will start offering new specials on multi-course meals to get locals to try new places.
Alexandria’s Winter Restaurant Week is scheduled to run for just over a week, from tomorrow (Friday) through Sunday, (Jan. 26). The event, put together by Visit Alexandria, aims to showcase local chefs in areas throughout the city.
While many of the restaurants are in Del Ray and Old Town, the West End, North Ridge, and the Landmark area are also represented. A list of all participating restaurants, as well as a map showing where the restaurants are located, is online.
New restaurants this year include:
- Augie’s Mussel House & Beer Garden (1106 King Street)
- The Study at Morrison House (116 S. Alfred Street)
- Rus Uz – Alexandria (210 Swamp Fox Road)
- Mai Thai (6 King Street)
Three-course dinners will be $35 per person. A one-course dinner for two is offered for the same price, $35. Also during Restaurant Week, 35 of the restaurants will offer lunch menus at $15 or $22 per person, while more than a dozen restaurants will offer $15-$22 brunches.
Photo via Rus Uz/Facebook
The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra (ASO) will perform its holiday concert series “Nutcracker Potpourri” next month.
On Saturday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 15 at 2:00 p.m., ASO Music Director Maestro James Ross will lead the orchestra in a hybrid version of The Nutcracker, with excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s ballet suite and a Duke Ellington swing series.
ASO will perform at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Arts Center (4915 East Campus Drive) on Dec. 14, with tickets ranging from $5 to $85. The Dec. 15 concert at the George Washington Masonic Memorial is sold out.
“The program will delight audiences with the Nutcracker presented to two ways: excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s ballet suite and Duke Ellington’s version that swings,” ASO said in a press release. “Besides holiday-themed music attendees will enjoy visual accompaniments to Saturday’s performance, and both concerts will be followed by a reception for the entire audience. Performances will be presented with no intermission and one hour earlier than usual to accommodate families and young children.”
“The concert will culminate with Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite, accompanied on Saturday by video realizations by the New Live following the story of an African-American girl from Harlem,” the press release continues.
“Tchaikovsky is only one point along a line of creativity starting with E.T.A. Hoffman’s original story, continuing through Ellington’s big-band re-imagining to resetting the story in Harlem through the eyes of a young girl,” said Ross. “It’s a wonder-worthy, multi-sensory experience for the whole family.”
Both concerts will be followed by a reception.
In addition, the Alexandria Community Nutcracker begins its 11th year in production next week.
Four historical sites around Old Town and beyond will participate in this year’s Yuletide by Candlelight event.
The holiday event is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14, from 5-9 p.m.
Tickets start at $8 for children, $25 for seniors, and $30 for adults. Beginning at 5 p.m., participants can explore the following places and activities:
- Ballroom dancing in Gadsby’s Tavern Museum (134 N. Royal Street)
- Warming fireplace at the Carlyle House (121 N. Fairfax Street)
- Crafting a Victorian keepsake at the Lee-Fendall House Museum (614 Oronoco Street)
- Touring and creating scented souvenirs at the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum (105 S. Fairfax Street)
A free shuttle will run between all four sites, where there will be seasonal decorations, refreshments, and a 10% discount at museum stores. There will be a cash bar at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum.
Photo via Carlyle House/Instagram
A little over one month after it launched, local news site ALXnow celebrated its launch with a party last night (Tuesday).
The event was hosted by McEnearney Associates — ALXnow’s launch sponsor — at the company’s Alexandria headquarters at 109 S. Pitt Street. The event featured appearances from city leaders and members of the local business community.
ALXnow is part of the Local News Now group, which started with ARLnow and includes Reston Now and Tysons Reporter — which launched last year. Local News Now also partners with D.C. community site PoPville and regional running publication RunWashington.
“We like to take everything Arlington does and do it better,” Mayor Justin Wilson quipped, of the city’s newest local news publication and its sister site to the north.
Want a happy hour but don’t want to skip the gym? One Alexandria brewery has you covered.
The run will roll out at tonight, November 13, at the Aslin Beer Company (847 S. Pickett Street) in the Van Dorn neighborhood from 7-9 p.m. Runners will trek from Pickett Street, to S. Van Dorn Street and Eisenhower Ave, and back.
Participation is free, though runners are encouraged to mark that they’re interested in attending on Facebook.
Participants must be 21 years or older, and are invited to stick around after the run for drinks and socializing at the craft brewery.
Image via Jeff Blackler/Flickr
From 12:30-1:15 p.m. at 3051 Mount Vernon Avenue, a “fluffle” of lionhead rabbits from Tripple Springs Farm in Maryland is scheduled to make an appearance and play around during a guided meditation.
The yoga session is scheduled to be followed with bunny snuggling and bunny selfies.
Space for the event is limited and $30 tickets can be bought in advance.
Attendees should bring their own yoga mat. Children over ten are welcome if accompanied by an adult.
If you’ve waited until the last minute to put together your Halloween plans, here’s your guide to events around the area.
The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Avenue) is planning it’s annual party called Raven’s Night on Saturday, Nov. 2. The “unique soirée” features belly dancing, live music and a pre-show carnival. This year’s theme is “Creature Feature,” an homage to classic iconic movie monsters. Tickets are $25. Doors for the show open at 5 p.m.
Other Halloween events around town include:
Tonight (Oct. 30)
- Costume Halloween Shindig in Ivy Hill Cemetery (2823 King Street): Ivy Hill Cemetery is hosting a costume party tonight at 6:30 p.m. that will include a visit to the cemetery’s vault, ghost tours, moonshine tasting and costume awards. The event is also scheduled to include a reading from Maribeth Decker, a “local intuitive animal communicator,” who will be available to check in with pets living and deceased if the attendee brings a photo of their pet. Tickets are $35 per person and include food and drink.
- The Haunting of Hill House at The Little Theater of Alexandria (600 Wolfe Street): The Little Theater of Alexandria is hosting a performance of The Haunting of Hill House, a play based on the 1959 gothic horror novel by Shirley Jackson. The plan is running every day this week starting at 8 p.m. and Wednesday (Nov. 7) through Saturday (Nov. 9).
- Halloween at Cafe 44 (44 Canal Center Plaza): Cafe 44 on the Alexandria waterfront is hosting a Halloween party tonight. The event is scheduled to include champagne, costumes, an dlive music from acoustic band Sleeper Car. Festivities are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.
Tomorrow (Oct. 31)
- Halloween Bar Crawl in Carlyle: The Carlyle Council is hosting a bar crawl across the Carlyle neighborhood. Participating restaurants include Tequila & Taco, Trademark Drink and Eat, Sweet Fire Donna’s and Whiskey & Oyster. Checking into each restaurant earns a ticket to a raffle to win a dinner at Taste of Carlyle. Those who wear costumes can get discounted drinks.
- Halloween at Sonoma Cellar (207 King Street): The Sonoma Cellar is celebrating Halloween with an all-night happy hour. All night, the restaurant will have $2 off all wine and appetizers and $1 off all beers. Cigars and mulled wine in the garden are planned after 8 p.m., with blankets and patio heaters for a cozy atmosphere.
Friday (Nov. 1)
- Grief and Ghosts at the Lee-Fendall House Museum (614 Oronoco Street): This weekend, the historic Lee-Fendall House will host a series of tours on Friday and Saturday starting at 7:30 p.m. that explore death and mysteries from the home’s history, as well as a look at Victorian mourning traditions. The event page says such customs include draping the mirrors after death, hair jewelry, and séances. Tickets are $10 and frequently sell out, so advance purchase is recommended.
- 10th Annual Columbia Firehouse Halloween Bash (109 S. Saint Asaph Street): The Columbia Firehouse is hosting it’s annual party, with trick or treating for kids and prizes for the best costume.
Photo via The Birchmere/Facebook