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Thanksgiving will be here soon and we know that one thing we are thankful for this year is our readers. We’re grateful for the feedback you all have given us after we published our first issue of Alexandria Living Magazine in September. There are also several folks behind the scenes who have been extremely helpful in getting the magazine off the ground, and we’re tipping our hat to you all as well. There’s truly no better place to be during the holidays than Alexandria. Everywhere you look, you’ll see decorations and plenty of activity, whether it’s Santa waterskiing the Potomac, brightly lit boats cruising the waterfront twinkling with holiday lights, or bagpipers marching in kilts down King Street in the annual Scottish Christmas Walk. Be sure to check our events pages for all the scoop — you won’t want to miss a thing this holiday season! If you’re planning to host a holiday party or dinner, there’s no need to go it alone. Enjoy the festivities and get out of the kitchen! Check out some of what Alexandria’s food emporiums have to offer for the holidays and shortcuts for enjoying your own soirée, starting on Page 19. Hosting family and friends for a few days in your home? We have some helpful tips (Page 38) from Alexandria Airbnb “super hosts” who have garnered praise for their hospitality from hundreds of visitors from all over the world. For those of us who look at the holidays as a time to get away from it all, there’s nothing like a little R&R at the beach especially during the off season. We have the lowdown on all the doings in The Outer Banks at this time of year, starting on Page 33. Many of us will be meeting up with family during the holidays. You might notice a parent’s forgetfulness or problems cooking or driving. Although it’s a very difficult conversation to have — about the possibility of a move to a community that makes more sense or about in-home care — we all want what’s best
Beth Lawton, publisher, and Mary Ann Barton, editor. Photo by Matt Mendelsohn, taken at Virtue Feed & Grain.
for our loved ones. We talk to experts for an in-depth look at some steps to consider for aging parents, starting on Page 44. For those in another season of life who may be planning a wedding (or who are just interested in all things bridal), we chatted with Alexandria resident Monte Durham of TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta” as he prepared to chair the American Horticultural Society’s 25th anniversary gala. He’ll be hosting a special event at AHS in February! Read our Q&A on Page 40. Also don’t miss: Bird-watchers will want to be sure to read “Winter’s Watch” on Page 30 by writer Glenda Booth as she explores the fascinating world of “birding” during the winter season. If you’ve been to a parade or festival in Alexandria, you may have crossed paths with Benjamin Fiore-Walker, also known as the Old Town Crier. In this month’s “Last Word” we learn more about the man behind the voice, on Page 56. Please visit our website for an ever-changing look at what’s happening in Alexandria. Our next print issue will be out in January. See you next year! Mary Ann Barton and Beth Lawton Founders
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